Okay, so I have to be completely honest in my review right off the bat. I felt this story was a bit boring at times and some of the sex scenes could h...moreOkay, so I have to be completely honest in my review right off the bat. I felt this story was a bit boring at times and some of the sex scenes could have been replaced with actual story. For that I took away a star. I loved everything else about the story though, so this is a solid 4 star read for me. The drama is minimal so it's not super heavy, and it's light hearted enough (with minimal intensity as well) to be enjoyable.
It was extremely well written (a rarity nowadays) and the characters were likable and had a very "real" feel to them. Over all, it was a beautiful story about 2 broken people overcoming their pasts, allowing their walls to be torn down and letting the other person in (as the title suggests). I think maybe the reason I found myself to be bored at times is because Jessa and Grant's relationship progresses like a normal relationship should. I'm so used to other books rushing through the meeting and the typical instant connection, followed by the exchanging of "I love you's" a couple days later. So at the same time its very refreshing to be presented with something different and more accurate to real life.
I thought Rob was a total douche and I wish Jessa would have come to her senses sooner rather than later about him. He's the perfect villain you love to hate, easily comparable to Jason, the boyfriend Jessa escaped. While she grew a lot as a person after the big betrayal, Jessa still doesn't have much of a back bone and would often over react to conversations with Grant that weren't nearly as serious as she made them out to be. So she was a tad annoying at times. But Grant was a patient man, dedicated to showing her nothing but love despite his fear of losing everything he holds dear to him. My heart ached for him at times. Most characters claim to be alone or to feel lonely, but he truly is. No parents or extended family to fall back on, no real friends, just people who've helped him along the way that he's adopted as family. It makes perfect sense that Jessa and Grant would gravitate towards each other. Their chemistry and love for each other is undeniable, and their flirtatious banter will have you smiling to yourself without even realizing it.
Even though Let Me In is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. However, if you'd like more info on Sadie and Brady (the couple to be envied) then definitely pick up a copy of Don't Let Go. (less)
Guarded is a cute, light hearted beach read! You get a complete story from start to finish, both well written and fast paced, sans cliffhanger. I love...moreGuarded is a cute, light hearted beach read! You get a complete story from start to finish, both well written and fast paced, sans cliffhanger. I loved Vanessa's story, and found it to be heart warming and incredibly sweet! Watching her transform right before my eyes from someone with practically no self esteem to a woman who knows her worth was so uplifting.
I felt that the characters could have used a bit more developing, as I didn't completely connect with them, but they were endearing nonetheless. Also I must admit it was kind of predictable. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but you can see where its headed so there's no real suspense or plot twists. The sex scenes are somewhat glossed over so you won't get a whole lot of steamy action here, but it doesn't detract from the story in the slightest.
All in all it's an enjoyable novella, and I look forward to continuing with the series! (less)
Lately I've been on a New Adult kick as far as my reading habits are concerned. But when I was offered an ARC of Wild Hyacinthe for an honest review,...moreLately I've been on a New Adult kick as far as my reading habits are concerned. But when I was offered an ARC of Wild Hyacinthe for an honest review, I couldn't refuse. PNR is my absolute favorite genre as it provides the ultimate escape into a world of fantasy. I am so glad that this was my re-entry point into the PNR world because it was one hell of a "welcome back."
I absolutely LOVED Asher, and not just because he's a filthy rich super sexy incubus, but because of the man he is underneath it all. His everyday struggles are what draw you into him. Mostly because he's not embracing his role as an incubus, he's fighting it with everything he has & keeping track of each kill with a physical reminder. He is completely guilt ridden and not at all like the "villain" you may have expected. Unfortunately for him, the one thing he wants the most is the only thing he can't have, as his past history has proven. I was especially interested in the chapters told from his POV, as his story was more intriguing.
I struggled a bit with Aria's character, feeling she was a bit inconsistent in her thoughts and actions, and downright annoying at times. Or maybe just desperate, that's probably a more fitting word. But I held out on my final judgement until the very end because I had an idea of where I hoped the story was going, so I wanted to hold off on forming my opinion. And I'm so glad I did. Getting a little more insight into Aria's past was interesting and helped me to connect with her a little more.
The suspense of will they or won't they was pretty intense and kept me on the edge of my seat, thinking each time they got too close was going to be it! Who knew that not having sex could be so sexy?! The big question here is how can they possibly have any kind of relationship without intimacy? With the possibility of death looming so closely? A simple kiss or touch taken too far could have dire consequences. Asher is against doing anything that will hurt her, but Aria is as stubborn as they come and intent on sealing the deal, so to speak. The anticipation alone will keep you hooked on this awesome story!
While I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wild Hyacinthe, I felt like there were some questions left unanswered. It's nothing too obvious or major, just a couple things I would've liked to know a little more about. I don't feel it detracts from the story at all and you may not even have the same questions by the time you're done. However, I do know that we need a follow up book about Gypsy finding love! She deserves it! I would love to know more about her and her life. She seems very rigid and emotionless, I just know there has to be a story hidden in there somewhere! *hint hint*(less)
One to Hold is a great debut romance from Ms. Tia Louise. Right away we’re thrust into the story as Melissa and her best friend are away at a spa retr...moreOne to Hold is a great debut romance from Ms. Tia Louise. Right away we’re thrust into the story as Melissa and her best friend are away at a spa retreat. Melissa desperately needs this time away from home as she is about to make some life changing decisions. While taking advantage of some much needed girl time with her BFF, Melissa meets an attractive stranger, Derrick, who shows an instant liking to her.
Their chemistry is undeniably intense and sexy as all hell! Who doesn’t dream of meeting a tall, dark and handsome stud for one night of incredible passion?! Or maybe I’m alone in that thinking, whatever. But what intrigued me the most is that instead of the typical one night stand, they decide to embark on a one week stand. Very interesting indeed. All the sexiness that ensues on their week long tryst is just jaw dropping, fan yourself and grab a glass of water HOT! I had a hard time putting this one down because there really is never a dull moment. The story carries on at a quick pace and so much can happen from page to page that you’ll want to keep going to see what happens next. And believe me; you’ll be done reading before you know it.
Don’t get me wrong though. This book isn’t just about hooking up with a hot stranger. There are some interesting plot twists that you may not see coming and just enough drama to keep you on your toes. So I’m sure you’re wondering, if I liked it so much why did I give it a 3 star review, and not a 4 or 5. The reason is simple. While I loved the fast pace of the story and its originality, I felt like we lost a bit of detail that would’ve been helpful in further developing the story. A little more insight into Derrick’s past and the relationship between Melissa and Sloan would’ve been a welcome addition. Also I felt a certain aspect of the story (towards the end) was incredibly rushed and not very believable. I can’t/won’t say what because it would be too much of a spoiler, but when you get to it I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about.
I would definitely recommend this book. It’s an enjoyable stand alone with no cliffhanger (gotta love that!). I look forward to reading more books from Ms. Louise.
After reading the synopsis & seeing all the 5 star reviews I was immediately drawn to this book. The description alone makes it seem sexy, intense...moreAfter reading the synopsis & seeing all the 5 star reviews I was immediately drawn to this book. The description alone makes it seem sexy, intense and exciting. The blurb really does a great job of building up the hype (as a good blurb should), but at the same time it creates a high level of expectation which I don't think was entirely met. For me, this was a solid 2 star read. I'm not one to pick on typos or grammatical errors unless they interrupt my reading flow, and while the errors were minimal I feel it could have benefited from another round of editing just to fine tune it a bit more.
Seven is a confident, powerful and sexy heroine. I really liked her character and thought she was pretty bad ass at times. She takes the whole girl-power, women taking charge role to a whole other level. I can honestly say she's one of a kind, mostly because she says and does all the things you wish the lead character would. Her unapologetic demeanor makes her admirable and fun to watch, even if she could be a bit infuriating at times.
I had some issues with Levi. I don't feel his character was consistent at all. His failed attempts at being an alpha male made absolutely no sense. One minute he's totally whipped, wants to live and breathe Seven. And the next he's trying to call the shots?? I'm not buying it. His character needs to go one way or the other, pick what he's going to be because he can't just hover somewhere in the middle. It just doesn't work that way.
I must admit the sex scenes didn't appeal to me either. It seems as though they were all the same; rushed and with ridiculous "dirty" talk that bordered on amateur porn. I wasn't really feeling any of it. I do love Erotica so its not like I'm some prude who can't handle sex scenes in books. I absolutely worship NJ Cole, the queen of erotica in my mind, so I know how good it can be. This just wasn't it, and labeling it as erotica is a bit misleading.
From beginning to end it was predictable. There really wasn't any major twists or turns that you didn't see coming from a mile away. And that ending! It wasn't really an ending at all. It came to a very abrupt stop without much notice. I kept swiping the pages to make sure I hadn't missed something. Much to my dismay, I didn't miss a thing. In all honestly I'm not really interested in reading the next book, Finding Willow, because I absolutely HATED Star and couldn't care less about what happens to her. I can't sympathize with her at all, her behavior just didn't allow for it. Maybe that's the effect Ms. Robertson was going for, I have no idea. I can't say I would recommend this one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.(less)
The Promise is a fantastic debut novel from blogger turned author, S.L. Jayne. I am so unbelievably honored to have received an ARC to review and can’...moreThe Promise is a fantastic debut novel from blogger turned author, S.L. Jayne. I am so unbelievably honored to have received an ARC to review and can’t wait to share my thoughts with you!
In this story we’re introduced to Ava and Rylee, childhood best friends who’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. They have the kind of friendship you can’t help but admire. One night Rylee shows up at Ava’s house completely distraught. Without even knowing what has caused her best friend so much distress Ava makes a decision right then and there. With only her best friend’s interests at heart and determined to put an end to whatever is causing Rylee to suffer so much, Ava promises that they’ll move away together as soon as they’re old enough and able to. They build new lives for themselves in California as they both attempt to leave everything in their pasts behind them. But the past always has a way of coming back around in some pretty unexpected ways. My favorite being in the form of a super hunky ex-boyfriend.
I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Ms. Jayne has a way of writing that will cause her words to linger in your mind as well as in your heart. Her characters are well developed and so easy to relate to because they represent the average person. You’ll feel each joy and heartbreak as if it was your own and will come to care for them as if they were friends or family. What I loved most about The Promise is that instead of one flat story you get two amazing stories, seamlessly woven together. At first glance you would think it primarily revolves around Ava, but that’s not the case. Each of our protagonists has some personal growing to do and they do it side by side, as true friends do.
I would’ve loved to see some sort of closure between Ava and Reece, the douche bag she meets at a rather painful speed dating event, but at the same time I’m thinking, “Good riddance!” He was a special kind of sleaze ball that wasn’t worth the time of day he was given. I wish Ava had seen it and wasn’t so quick to brush off his shadyness. She’s such an intelligent, no nonsense kind of girl so the fact that she didn’t call him out on his behavior was a little disappointing. I can only hope that he’ll catch an awful case of Herpes in the near future. That would be karma at its finest. But seeing as how this is the first book in a series I will hold onto hope that he gets what's coming to him in the next book.
While some might call the ending a cliffhanger, I think it’s more of a “to be continued.” You won’t be devastated or left hanging by any means. Instead the story leaves off in a way that the 2nd book can easily pick up and keep right on going. And for a change, you the reader are in on a secret that only one of our 2 leading ladies is aware of. So it helps to be in the loop, so to speak, because at least you know what’s coming.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who love a novel with substance, a story you can get completely lost in without any fluff. From start to finish you’ll be absolutely hooked and left wanting more. Kudos to Ms. Jayne on a successful debut novel that has the perfect blend of romance, drama and suspense. (less)
In the Husband's Secret we are presented with three different story lines that are all somehow intertwined. I won't be telling you how, because that'l...moreIn the Husband's Secret we are presented with three different story lines that are all somehow intertwined. I won't be telling you how, because that'll just take all the fun out of it! First we're given Cecilia, who after searching for a piece of the Berlin Wall (literally) comes across a letter her husband has written, addressed to her and only to be opened upon his death. The big question is will she or won't she read it??
Secondly, we have Tess who has just been informed by her husband, Will, and cousin, Felicity, that they are in love with each other and want to act on their feelings. Doing what she thinks is best, Tess takes off for Sydney with her son Liam, to take care of her mother who has broken her ankle. Also allowing for Will and Felicity to just "get it out of their system" so she can have her husband back.
Thirdly, we have Rachel whose son and daughter-in-law will be moving to the United States and taking her grandson, Jacob with them. Rachel is absolutely devastated, Jacob has been the one thing to completely distract her from her solitude. Once they leave for the states she will be alone, and left with only her thoughts and memories.
All I can really say is Wow. Ms. Moriarty has constructed one unbelievably detailed and well written story. Her writing style will absolutely captivate you and keep you enthralled from beginning to end. The character development was excellent. She has created a cast that is so "real" and relatable it could easily be you or a friend living out the story, making connecting with them absolutely effortless. And I definitely connected! Sharing their emotions, their ups & downs and day to day struggles was just amazing.
Right off the bat we're thrown into the story just as Cecilia has found the infamous letter. But don't think you're getting the goods right away. The suspenseful build up leading up to the point where she actually reads the letter was pure torture! (In a good way of course). I was definitely caught off guard by the big reveal, I expected it to be something completely different, so kudos to the author for completely throwing me off the scent! I enjoyed the quirky humor and elaborately constructed scenes. It was interesting to see how all the characters lives were connected in one way or another. The story flowed perfectly and unfolds right before your eyes much like a movie on the big screen, which I seriously hope it becomes.
This is my first experience reading a book by Ms. Moriarty, but certainly not my last! I highly recommend this book to those who love a good emotional and suspense filled read. (less)
In this novelette, we're re-introduced to Amethyst who has been put into a rather sticky situation. She's no longer in love with her ex-boyfriend who...moreIn this novelette, we're re-introduced to Amethyst who has been put into a rather sticky situation. She's no longer in love with her ex-boyfriend who still seems to be head over heels for her & he's hell bent on making her his once again. There are 2 not so simple methods of fixing this situation, neither of which our little Nymph is comfortable with.
For a novelette it sure is action packed! It's well written (as you can always expect with Ms. Rivers) and it will immediately drawn you into this elaborately constructed world. Shadows Fall is an awesome segue between In Too Deep and Shadows of The Past. It actually might be helpful to read it before In Too Deep.
I loved having this insight into Amethyst's life and look forward to learning more about her in Shadows of The Past! (less)
An absolute mind-blowing, super intense, page turning story!! How's that for a mouth full??
A lot of books claim in their blurb that "nothing is ever...moreAn absolute mind-blowing, super intense, page turning story!! How's that for a mouth full??
A lot of books claim in their blurb that "nothing is ever what it seems" but very few actually deliver that promise. B.N. Toler has delivered that & then some! You will be absolutely captivated by this intriguing and completely unique story of healers & vampires and the balance of life. Healer is one of those books that will stay on your mind long after you've finished reading b/c of the overall impact it leaves, just complete & utter amazement.
I just love a story that I can sink my teeth into (no pun intended) and get lost in for hours. With a book as well written as Healer, it isn't too hard to do. There is plenty of drama, mystery & suspense and romance to keep you well entertained, and swooning from time to time. The suspense build up is seriously intense, and the elaborate detail & construction of this world will just have you astounded. You really don't know who to trust or what to believe until the very end. And when you find out the truth your mind will be blown! You can expect to read with bated breath as you will literally be on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
Ms. Toler has combined amazing character development with an unbelievable story line to present you with this gem. I would highly recommend Healer and will be anxiously awaiting more releases from this talented author. (less)
Forget Me Not is an extremely fast paced, sexy read. It'll draw you in from the very first chapter, which jumps head first into the story. The first h...moreForget Me Not is an extremely fast paced, sexy read. It'll draw you in from the very first chapter, which jumps head first into the story. The first half of the book is pure sex (either in action or feeling) with a hint of a story line woven in there, but the second half packs one hell of an emotional punch! You'll be all hot & bothered one minute, then on the verge of tears the next. Ms. Daltry has written a very intriguing story, with characters that'll tug at your heart strings and situations that'll seem all too familiar for those who've had their hearts torn in two directions.
My only cons: It's kind of unrealistic how sexually experienced these kids are. Maybe I'm wrong but it just seemed like they where a bunch of 30 year olds trapped in teenage bodies. All the screaming during sex was a bit over dramatic for me, it kinda got a little ridiculous. But even with that being said, there is definitely no shortage on the steaminess.
My interest has been piqued enough where I can honestly say I'd like to read more of Ms. Daltry's books. And I would definitely recommend Forget Me Not to erotic romance lovers. Prudish types beware, this one is not for you.(less)
I was immediately intrigued by this story of a plus size stripper with unshakeable self esteem. She's a size 20 and makes absolutely no apologies abou...moreI was immediately intrigued by this story of a plus size stripper with unshakeable self esteem. She's a size 20 and makes absolutely no apologies about it, and if you can't handle that then she's probably too much woman for you anyway! Gotta love it! I was literally laughing my ass off in the beginning. Just wait until you get to the snakes on a plane reference, I was dying! Oh and I can't forget her unfortunate case of the shits on her first day of work. Freakin hilarious.
Cherry Tart showed a lot of promise and I was super excited to get into this one, especially since it got off to such a great start. However, about half way through the humor completely stopped and the story lost it's flow. It became a bit rushed and instead of adding more content to the story line we're given way too much detail about mundane activities, that add absolutely nothing to the story. Who cares about her laundry or shower routine?! There were various scenes like this that served no purpose at all, causing me to lose interest from time to time.
Cherry's character was very deep & well developed, making her easy to relate to and sympathize with. What woman doesn't' struggle with her weight or self acceptance? And then to be completely humiliated the way she was, well your heart just breaks for her. The other characters weren't as evolved. They were definitely lacking, especially Cherry's parents & Trace. We're told that trace is always there for Cher picking up the pieces, but we're given no examples. We're also told that her parents are awful & unsupportive but we have no history on them until she runs to her mom when she breaks down. There's a minimal amount of foundation to the supporting characters. They just kind of pop up here and there.
I wasn't really swooning after Kellan. He was too intense and borderline creepy with his serious stalker tendencies. He was coming on way too strong considering the whole Boss - Employee relationship he has with Cherry. If I was her I probably would have gotten a restraining order against him & quit. What surprised me is that for a woman as strong and independent as Cherry claims to be her constant begging during sex was just unappealing. But then again maybe Kellan was just that good. Who knows. However, I do know that the sex scenes were a bit drawn out. I can appreciate a super hot extended sex scene but I just wasn't feeling it.
Over all Cherry Tart was a decent read, but it just wasn't what I had expected based on the amazing reviews & synopsis. (less)