Pretty good contemporary romance set in Pittsburgh featuring a MMA fighting hero and an ex-ballet dancing heroine. The good part of the** 3.5 stars **
Pretty good contemporary romance set in Pittsburgh featuring a MMA fighting hero and an ex-ballet dancing heroine. The good part of the story was the relationship between the leads, I like the way it started slowly and blossomed over time. The hero was a really good guy who was very patient and sweet to the heroine who was trying to reclaim her life after a very traumatic event. I thought the beginning of the story was better than the middle and end, the story started skipping around too much and felt disjointed.
On one hand, the author included a decent cast of family and friends which I appreciate but I feel like we could have gotten to know them better, some of them just felt like names.
Being from Pittsburgh, I enjoyed having the book set there and felt like the author did a pretty good job of showing the city and some neighborhoods. However there was one mistake, the hero takes a "subway" from her home in Bloomfield and there is not a subway system anywhere near there, he would have to take a bus or taxi from there.
Overall, I think this was a nice romance and I hope the author keeps improving because she shows some promise. ...more
Sadly, this book did not work for me for many reasons, I found myself cringing or annoyed for most of it. The first "love" scene was disturbing, we arSadly, this book did not work for me for many reasons, I found myself cringing or annoyed for most of it. The first "love" scene was disturbing, we are in her head and she seems so out of it that she could not have given consent IMO. What a horrible way to lose your V-card. I guess we are supposed to be okay with him doing it because he was drunk too but I was not okay with it. Then the whole skipping out the next day then rubbing another woman in her face was just awful behaviour, I never liked him after that.
The whole kidnap plot was just annoying to read. The rich hero couldn't manage to get a team together to get her off the boat when it seemed like it would have been pretty easy. The step brother was a complete wacko who kidnapped her, attacked her, tried to make her think she was crazy, tried to get a doctor to give her drugs while pregnant - and then at the end the author tried to make it seem like he was just misunderstood? Seriously? This whole plot made the hero look like a bumbling idiot who had to have his friends do everything for him. I hated the way the birth and "rescue" was treated too.
Basically, this book was a big fail for me. I have liked her other books so hopefully she gets back on track for the next one....more
I really enjoyed this biker book, the heroine was smart and resourceful and the hero was tough but actually a nice guy who treated her** 4.5 stars **
I really enjoyed this biker book, the heroine was smart and resourceful and the hero was tough but actually a nice guy who treated her well. The editing needed some help but that was the only issue I had with it....more
I give up, this book annoyed me too much to finish reading it. The author borrowed heavily from Kristen Ashely for her writing style but was a very poI give up, this book annoyed me too much to finish reading it. The author borrowed heavily from Kristen Ashely for her writing style but was a very poor imitation of it. Most of the book is in first person from the heroine's point of view which is hard to deal with because she is very immature and her thoughts are very annoying. I am not rating the book because I couldn't make it past 10%....more
When I read the first book in this series (Nero), I liked it despite some issues with how over the top the actions were of some of the characters andWhen I read the first book in this series (Nero), I liked it despite some issues with how over the top the actions were of some of the characters and despite the violence of the hero and his friends. It was also hard for me to believe the heroine could have been bullied and abused to the point of broken bones and her parents didn't notice. Despite these issues, I liked the main characters and enjoyed them getting together.
Unfortunately, I had way more issues with the way Vincent was written and didn't enjoy the main characters either. The over the top writing style got even worse in this book until it was completely unbelievable. I guess this author's heroines always have to be abused by someone, so the heroine every weekend goes to her mom and her step-father's house where she is (I shit you not) made to clean the house while they call her trailer trash and they don't let her eat and make her sleep in the attic. Are you playing a sad little fiddle for her too? Step daddy invents reasons for her mom to leave the house, apparently the whole time she is there then yells at her and somehow makes her clean until she drops. I just don't know where to start with how dumb this plot point was. The heroine could have stopped this at any point by just not going to see her mom - but she doesn't. Her dad is in the freaking mob and supposedly never notices anything wrong. She supposedly doesn't say anything to anyone because she is afraid they will kill her mom. None of this makes sense.
The whole story just kind of jumps around, the heroine pulls some very dumb TSTL moments like going to see a mob boss twice, the second time was so idiotic for me because she had been told he will kill her if she does it again and then she does it for a dumb reason. The girl is just not smart.
I didn't feel the same connection between Vincent and Lake as I did between Nero and Elle, at least with Nero when he got to know Elle she was it for him. It was hard to see why Vincent wanted Lake so much when he didn't care about her for months after their first kiss.
Basically I feel the author has some talent but needs to seriously tone down the over the top and unbelievable actions of her characters. She also needs to work on her characterizations and add more depth to the people she creates in her stories. I will give her another chance despite this book, I think she can do better....more