I debated on whether or not I was going to write a review for this book. But I’ve read and reviewed the previous 3 books in this series so I’m not goi...moreI debated on whether or not I was going to write a review for this book. But I’ve read and reviewed the previous 3 books in this series so I’m not going to make an exception. I loved the first two books in this series. My favorite is Beauty and the Billionaire. Who can resist a scarred, virgin hero? I know I can’t. The third book, The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed, was good but didn’t draw me in like the first two in the series. I was looking forward to Once Upon a Billionaire. We know very little about Griffin and I wanted to know more about this royal character. We were introduced to Maylee in Beauty and the Billionaire. She’s a transplant from the South trying to make her way in the big city. Griffin and Maylee are total opposites which should make their romance journey very interesting, right?
I’m going to preface by saying that I’m from the South. 90% of my family still live in Tennessee. I visit them once a year and whenever I’m down there, my southern accent kicks in like I’d never left. Unfortunately, Maylee’s southerness grated on my nerves because she was basically a country bumpkin who was set up to fail. Let me rewind a bit. Griffin has to attend a family wedding. His butler is too sick to travel. Griffin is in dire straits so one night at their poker game, Griffin mentions that he is in need of temporary help. Gretchen decides that she will set Griffin up with Maylee knowing that Maylee has zero experience with this kind of work. Maylee is rough around the edges and has zero skills. Not only is Gretchen setting Griffin to be aggravated with an incompetent employee but she’s also setting Maylee up to be ridiculed and yelled at when Griffin discovers that she’s not qualified for the job. I loved Gretchen in Beauty and the Billionaire. When did she become such a meanie? I didn’t find this funny at all. Why would she do that to Maylee who she thinks is a sweet person?
Maylee is a nice enough person who’s trying to better her life. Her only notable skill is that she’s a burn talker. WTF?! She talks to burns and they heal. Uh..okay. And we’re supposed to take her seriously. It would be different if this was said in jest but no. She’s serious. Maylee wants to improve her life but from what I could tell, she wasn’t doing much to improve it. She’s inappropriate and she’s constantly saying “lawdamercy”. If you’re in a professional environment, you should know when to turn on and turn off the hillbilly. It’s not endearing.
Griffin. Ugh. He’s a jerk. Plain and simple. Which makes me doubly mad at Gretchen for setting this up. He has no couth. He’s arrogant. I found nothing likable about him. He can go play in traffic for all I care. He is so mean and rude to Maylee. I found their initial attraction implausible.
I only read 25% of the book and I put it down, debating on whether or not I should continue. In the end, I decided I could not. I hated the characters. I like this series and I hope the next book is more enjoyable. I’m just going to chalk this up to a minor bump in the road.(less)
I like this series but Beth and Ed didn't click for me. I don't even remember Ed from the previous books. Ed is supposed to be a grumpy nerd but I nev...moreI like this series but Beth and Ed didn't click for me. I don't even remember Ed from the previous books. Ed is supposed to be a grumpy nerd but I never got that from him. And what does he look like? I couldn't get a feel for his appearance or his character. I found myself being bored with this one. Eve. though the book is 100 pages I wasn't interested enough to continue with the story.(less)
I normally LOVE Ruthie Knox's work but I can't get into this one. The story starts off slow. The pacing is awkward. I'm not drawn in. And the heroine...moreI normally LOVE Ruthie Knox's work but I can't get into this one. The story starts off slow. The pacing is awkward. I'm not drawn in. And the heroine is 26. The hero is 32. I can't. I've pretty much stopped reading contemporary romance because I am so OVER the young heroine and older hero. OVER. IT. (less)
I went into this book with an open mind. It's about a taboo subject and it's New Adult. I'm not a fan of the New Adult genre. I've tried but every boo...moreI went into this book with an open mind. It's about a taboo subject and it's New Adult. I'm not a fan of the New Adult genre. I've tried but every book cements the fact that I am not their target audience and I'm okay with that.
I knew going into A Little Too Far that Lexie was going to have sex with her step-brother. What I didn't expect was how soon it happened. Lexie and her step-brother Trent are 20/21 years old. They've been in each other's lives (when their parents started dating) since they were 13/14 years old. So they became step-siblings when they were young teens. There's a hint of some attraction between them when Lexie was 15. They kissed but it was innocent enough and nothing else came of it until Lexie comes home and breaks down in Trent's arms after seeing her cheating ex. And that's when they have sex.
Maybe I wouldn't have had an issue with it if we were privy to the apparent growing attraction between Lexie and Trent. Them having sex seems so abrupt and that's why it was so icky to me. If they became step-siblings as adults, maybe it wouldn't have been such an issue for me.
Lexie and Trent's relationship is taboo enough so I don't understand why the author added in Lexie's relationship with the priest. What's the point when it's obviously that Lexie's HEA is wrapped up in Trent.
Two taboos in this book is two too many for me. I tried but I couldn't continue.(less)
I can't with the virgin heroine. It's a trope that i am not fond of. Caitlyn's too goody goody and wholesome. She obviously has intimacy issues from h...moreI can't with the virgin heroine. It's a trope that i am not fond of. Caitlyn's too goody goody and wholesome. She obviously has intimacy issues from her reaction when Spencer kissed her but I don't have time to wait for Caitlyn to figure them out.
20% into the story and I was pretty bored. Even the grandfather and untrained puppy, Minnie, couldn't keep me entertained.
The blurb is misleading. What combative relationship? They are not combative in Beautiful Bitch and that's why this book didn't work for me. I loved B...moreThe blurb is misleading. What combative relationship? They are not combative in Beautiful Bitch and that's why this book didn't work for me. I loved Beautiful Bastard and was looking forward to reconnecting with Bennett and Chloe. At 54% mark I had to DNF this novella and then I really didn't want to. I was willing to keep going and give it a chance. But the constant flashbacks were ruining the book for me. I don't care about Bennett meeting Chloe's dad or when they got back together or Chloe going out with Sara and Bennett being pissed cause he wanted time alone with Chloe. Who cares?!? I want the here and now and there wasn't enough of that. Plus I miss the bickering that made me fall in love with the couple in the first place. What happened to all that heat? Bennett is so whiny and needy that he has become unattractive. He's pretty much a whipped pussy. And Chloe is boring. She's all work, work, work. So what she gave Bennett a blow job in his office, with the door unlocked. They had sex in the stairwell in the first book! *yawn* They've become a boring couple. What happened to the spice?
Such a disappointment.
p.s. I don't understand the title. I know it's supposed to coincide with the overall series but who's the Bitch? Is it Bennett cause he sure acted like one. I'm just saying. (less)
I am not down with brothers sharing the same woman. Just no. Not sexy at all. Even the closet scene at the beginning with Aubrey and Jackson was tepid...moreI am not down with brothers sharing the same woman. Just no. Not sexy at all. Even the closet scene at the beginning with Aubrey and Jackson was tepid. DNF.(less)
I tried. I tried. I tried. I am not a Kristen Ashley fan. After reading a couple of her self-published books and not enjoying them, I was hoping her f...moreI tried. I tried. I tried. I am not a Kristen Ashley fan. After reading a couple of her self-published books and not enjoying them, I was hoping her first professionally published work would finally make me a fan. Wrong. I was hoping that I would like Own the Wind. I read Motorcycle Man and it was one of the Ashley books that I could finish and somewhat enjoyed. I was excited to read book 1 of the spin-off series and had such high hopes for it.
I struggled to the 15% mark and haven't picked it back up in a weeks. The prologue was entirely too long and I would have preferred if it was written as chapters in the book. But that probably would have made the book 600 pages. I'm not a fan of reading about characters that are in their early 20s which is the age of Tabby and that bothered me. I have no problems with the motorcycle club setting or how the women are treated. I'm a fan of Sons of Anarchy so I wasn't shocked at the treatment.
I could not get into the overall story or characters. I'm not a fan of Ashley's writing style at all. I've tried and I'm done trying. I surrender! I'm one of the few who is not a KA fan. I don't get it and I guess I never will.(less)
Can't get into the story. Editing (lack of) is a huge issue. I've already read two books in this series. I figure that is enough for me. Probably won'...moreCan't get into the story. Editing (lack of) is a huge issue. I've already read two books in this series. I figure that is enough for me. Probably won't revisit this book. DNF.(less)
Oy! I did not know what i was getting into when I started reading this book. The first few pages are a shocker. I was hoping that was just a way to ge...moreOy! I did not know what i was getting into when I started reading this book. The first few pages are a shocker. I was hoping that was just a way to get the heroine to L.A. But then more weird stuff happens, sexually. I thought this book was an erotic romance but it's actually erotica. Period. Won't be revisiting this one. DNF.(less)
Yawn. I got tired of the heroine constantly FaceTiming her friend in the bathroom, asking for advice on how to deal with working with her partner. Be...moreYawn. I got tired of the heroine constantly FaceTiming her friend in the bathroom, asking for advice on how to deal with working with her partner. Be a professional dammit! Again, no spark. Maybe I have less patience for the chemistry to develop. I need it pretty much to happen instantaneously.(less)
I hate, hate, hate DNF-ing a book. I also hate writing a 'review' for a book that I DNF. Most of the time when I DNF a book, I don't write a review. I...moreI hate, hate, hate DNF-ing a book. I also hate writing a 'review' for a book that I DNF. Most of the time when I DNF a book, I don't write a review. I stop reading the book and move onto something else. But there are times where I have to let my feelings known. And this is one of those times.
I read the blurb of The Librarian and decided to give it a try. It sounded Fifty Shade-ish but I liked the Bettie Page spin and felt that it would make the book slightly different from FSoG. Mind you, I haven't read FSoG but have heard so much about it and have read so many reviews that I felt like I've read it.
The Librarian is the most boring erotic romance I've ever read. I stopped reading the book at the 42% mark. After Sebastian and Regina had sex. It was the sex scene that finally made me stop reading this book! The sex scene was unimaginative, flat and uninspiring. But let's start at the beginning.
Sebastian is a billionaire (shocker) in his early 30s and he is for some unexplained reason drawn to Regina after seeing her for all of 10 seconds. Regina is from a small town in Pennsylvania. She moved to NY to work at the NYPL. She is a virgin and unaware of her looks. She has a Bettie Page haircut because she messed up cutting her own bangs (stupid ass reason) so of course, everyone tells her she looks like Bettie Page. Only thing is, she has no idea who Bettie Page is. Regina has a roommate that parties, has loud, wild sex and is rich. She doesn't interact with her roommate much because Regina is socially inept. Even though she went to college, she doesn't know how to act around other human beings. One day at the library, Regina goes into a part that is off-limits. This is where she catches Sebastian having sex. Regina is turned on by the sight (again, shocker) but chastises herself and vows to tell someone what she saw. She never gets the chance because the next day at a meeting, she finds out that the defiler of that off-limits room is none other than Sebastian Barnes and that his family donated that wing. And Regina will be working with him on some fundraiser for the library.
Sebastian immediately starts telling Regina what to wear, orders her around about her clothing and basically takes over her life. Regina feebly protests but eventually gives in because she's attracted to Sebastian and blah, blah, blah.
The Librarian was boring but I kept reading to see if the plot would pick up and become more interesting. I didn't understand why Sebastian was attracted to Regina. The story is told from Regina's 3rd person POV and we never know Sebastian's motives or what he sees in her. There was no sexual tension. None. No build up. Nada. Sebastian came off as a spoiled rich playboy and Regina was his new toy. And why virginal Regina gave into Sebastian's demands, I have no idea.
I'm all for hopping on the Fifty Shades bandwagon but at least make it interesting and sexy. This book failed on so many levels for me. The Librarian would have been much more interesting if Regina was a librarian by day and a Bettie Page domme by night. Now that's a book!
I really wanted to like this book but after putting it down and picking it back up and only getting to 16%, I finally had to dnf it. Everyone loved it...moreI really wanted to like this book but after putting it down and picking it back up and only getting to 16%, I finally had to dnf it. Everyone loved it but for some reason the story wasn't clicking for me. Maybe I'll try again at a later date.
Edit: I decided to give this book a second chance. I struggled to make it to the 40% mark. And I am done. I don't know why but Beyond Shame isn't working for me. Everyone I know loves this series. It's me, not the book. It's not horribly written. The characters are great. The story is very original. But for some reason I cant connect. I'm finally done. At least I gave it another try. (4/7)(less)
I like this series but this book did not work for me. The way Holden spoke and his quirkiness (not the agoraphobia) bothered me. And I just couldn't g...moreI like this series but this book did not work for me. The way Holden spoke and his quirkiness (not the agoraphobia) bothered me. And I just couldn't get into the overall plot. Maybe I'll try at a later date. Maybe.(less)