Antenn and Tiana! I’ve waiting for this book for years and years.
We first met Antenn back at the very beginning of the series, in Heart Mate. He and hAntenn and Tiana! I’ve waiting for this book for years and years.
We first met Antenn back at the very beginning of the series, in Heart Mate. He and his brother were downwind boys who joined a gang. Antenn’s brother merged with two other boys to become a triad who shared thoughts and power, and he went mad when his triad brothers were killed. He ended up firebombing the council and killing several people. As his brother, Antenn carries the taint of a murderer, though he had nothing to do with it. Many of the Noble Families turn their nose up at him, and others spurn him outright. Building a new Cathedral, the first one for this new religion, is a way to overcome his past. Not only will it cement his place in society, but the Cathedral will live on forever, which offers him a bit of immorality.
The last thing he wants is to get involved with the Priestess assigned as liaison to the project, especially one with such a large chip on her shoulder. But he can’t deny his attraction to her, or his desire to see her happy.
Tiana is no stranger to scandal. When she was a girl her family was accused of practicing black magic and their home was destroyed. They were forced to flee under cover of night and their reputation was ruined. She’s spent many years trying to overcome her anger and grief at the injustices done to them, but hasn’t been successful. She’s up for a big promotion, but the High Priestess makes it clear she won’t consider Tiana unless she’s able to rid herself of her anger and focus on other things. This project is a way to help her channel that negative energy in a positive way. If only she didn’t have Antenn to deal with.
Though neither are interested in a relationship, especially with each other, they can’t deny their feelings for long. Especially when it looks like they may be Heart Mates…
The story was well done and did justice to both, I think. They were both a bit broken and scarred by their pasts. They worked very well together. Antenn offered Tiana a place to be herself, without her constant worry about her family and their smeared reputations – and even more, the injustice in what was done to them. For her part, Tiana offered Antenn unconditional acceptance, something he struggled to find within himself.
The world is so amazing, I always end up fully immersed. Celta feels like a real place to me, and its inhabitants good friends. I always look forward to my visits with them, though I admit this book renewed my love for the series.
Damien Burke was at Eton on what he thought was a scholarship when he was attacked by bullies. The boy in charge of the group was Walt Stratham and heDamien Burke was at Eton on what he thought was a scholarship when he was attacked by bullies. The boy in charge of the group was Walt Stratham and he took something precious from Damien. Damien believes that that item will lead him to whoever his parents are – whether they be paupers or royalty. He has waited years for his chance to get the item back. Damien now owns a gaming hell and Walt has lost a ton of money. Damien tells Walt that he needs to return the item or he will hold his young sister for ransom. Well, Walt’s an idiot and doesn’t return the item and Damien kidnaps Beatrice. Only, it’s not Beatrice he takes but her cousin Ellie.
Ellie is furious that she’s been taken in Beatrice’s place but due to weather and other circumstances she can’t get back to her family in a timely manner. This gives her time to first: look for an escape – none – and second: to get closer to her kidnapper. She lusts after Damien and ends up giving him her virtue as she knows she’ll never marry and has no need of it. She believes she’ll live on memories for the rest of her life. Ha!
Without giving too much of the plot away we see Damien and Ellie together but while Damien wants Ellie to be with him permanently she still believes that she needs to be on her own and wants to leave. This causes all sorts of issues and makes Damien and unhappy man. Ellie was kind of rude about the whole situation but Damien deals with it. He’s not letting something like Ellie’s actions stand in the way of his love.
I didn’t read the first two books in the series but that ended up not being an issue. Yes, there was a character in the story, Lady Milford, who I would have liked to have known more about but it wasn’t a necessity.
The story was very cute and I liked it a lot but quite frankly Ellie had me confused. She cared for Damien and once they were together could pretty much live her life as she wanted but yet she insisted that she be on her own. Yes, this was what she’d dreamed of for forever – to get out of her uncle’s house and be her own person, but Damien was letting her do that and more. I couldn’t see the issue but Ellie put her foot down, and pretty hard too. That didn’t stop her from caring for Damien but it put a damper on the relationship in my mind.
The story was sweet and it was a very readable book. If you want a bit of a fairy tale love story then this would be the one to read.
Cara Barrow is on her way to Ireland for the wedding of her cousin Kate and her fiancée Jack. She’s upgraded to business class as a last minute gift fCara Barrow is on her way to Ireland for the wedding of her cousin Kate and her fiancée Jack. She’s upgraded to business class as a last minute gift from her cousin and happens to sit next to a hunky Irishman by the name of Patrick. The pair completely hit it off and he even manages to take Cara’s mind off the fact that she loathes flying.
When Cara meets her cousin Kate in the airport she’s so excited but soon becomes very angry when Kate see “Patrick” and introduces her to Cara as William, Jack’s brother. William acts like he has no idea who she is and this makes Cara even madder. As much as she likes the guy she has a hard time believing anything that comes out of his mouth after that. She hates being lied to. William, however, is chock full of his Irish charm and soon has Cara eating out of his hand. The day of the wedding William and Cara end up in bed and that begins a two week romance that both of them love.
All good things must come to an end and eventually Cara has to go back to Melbourne. She knows that Will has property outside of Melbourne and Will mentions that they should get together if he’s in town – just as friends. Cara is hurt but knows it’s for the best. Of course a month later when Will shows up on her doorstep and they try the whole “just as friends” thing it doesn’t work out. They end up getting as close as two people can be and falling in love. They’re both incredibly happy until Cara’s friend Jane (who seems to be a bit of a Debbie downer throughout the book) makes her face reality and realize that sooner or later Will will head back to Ireland and then where will the relationship be? Cara’s not one to get her heart trampled on so she decides to make the decisions for both of them herself – not necessarily a good plan.
I have to say that I really enjoy reading K-E’s books. They are fun and pretty light on the whole. The romances are sweet and the men are wonderfully nice.
In this novel I really liked Will and Cara together for the most part. I think that Will was smart in not overanalyzing the relationship and because he let things flow he could let himself fall in love without it being something he felt he had to avoid. Cara on the other hand was a huge worry wart. She was like this from the minute the book started but by the end of the novel it got to be a bit frustrating. She had come out of her shell and was becoming the confident woman we all knew was under her skin. The last 40 pages frustrated the hell outta me as she took matters into her own hands and pushed Will away without giving him a chance to even say anything. Yes there was an HEA but it was a bit abrupt and I would have liked to have seen at least a few more pages dedicated to the resolution of their issues. We’re led to think that in the end all you have to do is say I love you to each other and all will be will in your life. Hmmm – not realistic. Ok, it’s a fiction, but still. lol
Overall it was a good story, and one I enjoyed reading.
This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series by Christina Lee. It’s a series that both Holly and myself have come to love. I adore the characThis is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series by Christina Lee. It’s a series that both Holly and myself have come to love. I adore the characters in this series and while this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, I really liked it. I really liked getting to know both Jessie and Nate and I thought their romance was too cute for words.
Jessie and Nate are friends and they have absolutely nothing in common. They’re not each other’s normal type but that doesn’t stop Nate from being attracted to Jessie. But Nate isn’t going to go there with her because he likes her and he doesn’t do relationships…like ever. There isn’t anything anyone can tell him to change his mind about that. He’s got some family issues that keep him from trying for more than a bang session with girls and it’s not until Jessie wakes up and smells the Nate is hot coffee that things start to change for Nate too.
This was a really fun story to dig into. Nate and Jessie were really strong characters that leaped right off the pages and straight into my heart (cheesy shit and all). I adored the both of them. I thought their romance was fantastic and their first love scene? Hot damn, Nate! I wanted to say to Nate what this pervy weirdo said to me in a bar once. I wanted to tell him to, “Give me your lips!” Haha. That’ll show girls not to talk about the way Nate kisses. He kissed the hell out of Jessie.
I really liked Nate. I felt for him when we find out about his family life. His mom, dad and even his brother. It couldn’t have been easy growing up in that house but I really admired that Nate was able to grow up and be mindful of the person he wanted to be. I liked that he worked hard to make sure that history didn’t repeat itself and I loved the way that he loved his Mom. Their relationship was great and I really liked the person that Nate’s Mom became over the course of the book.
Jessie was a great heroine for Nate. I thought their differences made them even more perfect for each other. I loved that Jessie didn’t have a dark childhood that she was struggling to overcome. I liked that one part of the main couple came from a normal background and had a great support system in not only their friends, but in their family too. Far too often, we see a whole lot of dark childhoods from both the hero and heroine in NA books. I was happy to see that wasn’t the same here. I loved that Jessie was able to show Nate that not everyone is bad and he was a better person than he was giving himself credit for.
Watching these two grow closer and closer made the story so easy to fall in with. I was invested in both Nate and Jessie’s life and I adored just about everything. There were times when I wanted to throttle both Jessie and Nate but in the end, I was so happy with the way everything fell into place that I closed the book with a big ol’ grin on my face. My least favorite part of the story was Nate’s Dad and there were times when I would get so frustrated with Nate’s Mom but none of that stopped that grin from spreading across my face once I was finished.
It was good to see everyone from the previous books. I’m not sure what is next for this series (it’s not the end, is it? I don’t want to say bye to these characters) but if Christina Lee writes it, I will definitely read it. I completely recommend this book.
Evan and his young son, Lyon, are moving to Evergreen Cove, a place that he spent most of his summers growing up. He needs to get out of the house thaEvan and his young son, Lyon, are moving to Evergreen Cove, a place that he spent most of his summers growing up. He needs to get out of the house that he lived in with his wife, Rae, as he sees her death every time he walks down the hall – as that’s where she died in his arms.
Charlie was Rae’s best friend. She had a crush on Evan when she was younger but Evan only had eyes for Rae. Now they’re friends. Charlie and her ex-boyfriend once hung out with Evan and Rae as couples and the pair get along fine.
When Evan sees a beautiful woman in a bikini laying out of the dock at the lake he’s anxious to go get to know her further. He’s shocked when he finds out that it’s Charlie but realizes that that instance provided him a view of Charlie he’d never had before. He starts trying to get closer to her but as much as Charlie longs for Evan and she loves Lyon to death, she can’t get over the feeling that she’s betraying Rae by starting something with her husband.
This was a really great story. I loved the ins and outs of Charlie and Evan’s relationship even though I thought at times that Charlie was fighting it all too hard. I still understood what she was going through as I feel that I would have some of the same issues as she did if I were in her shoes.
Evan was…hot. Everything about him was gorgeous. He was beautiful from head to toe and inside and out. He loved his wife dearly and would have liked nothing more than to have her alive and well but he knew that would never happen. He was also not blind to the fact that he and his wife didn’t have a perfect relationship. They had their issues and even though people tend to remember only the good about someone once they’ve died he wasn’t blind to their problems. He had survived 5 years without his wife and he was ready to start living again. He was still haunted by his own demons but for the most part he was a pretty great guy all the way around. I loved him and his son together and the fact that he didn’t let things slide with Lyon’s upbringing as he so easily could have – just from guilt alone.
Charlie took a little longer for me to warm up to. I thought she was overly dramatic at times but as I said, I understood where she was coming from. I would have liked to have seen her stand up to her ex (who was a complete douche) when he confronted her. He was such an ass and I wanted her to be strong in his presence. Unfortunately that didn’t happen but it would have been great to see. :)
While it had its issues I found the book to be an overall good one. I’m looking forward to see what happens next with the secondary characters we met in this book.
Mara is on her way home for Christmas when she gets caught in a storm and her car goes off the road. She’s in the middle of nowhere and when she getsMara is on her way home for Christmas when she gets caught in a storm and her car goes off the road. She’s in the middle of nowhere and when she gets out to find help she is surrounded by wolves. She runs for her life and is saved by Connor Reece. He takes her to his isolated cabin so she can recover. Reece immediately recognizes Mara as the woman he met at a friends’ wedding 8 years earlier. He was fascinated by her then and never truly got her off of his mind even after many years had passed. When Mara awakens she doesn’t recognize Connor but is soon as fascinated by him as he is of her.
Connor takes Mara home to Denver but he doesn’t want to let her go. Unfortunately he is a vampire prince and his parents do not want him getting involved with a mortal as he had in the past. He knows he has to leave Mara but he loves her and doesn’t want to let her go. He can’t tell her who/what he is and it kills him to keep it from her. He can’t tell her though as his last lover he told killed herself to get away from the monster she thought he was.
Mara is bowled over by her feelings for Connor but finds out that he’s keeping a secret from her and that’s unacceptable. While at a Christmas dinner Mara is invited by Connor’s parents to dinner and that’s where Mara’s life takes a huge turn.
This is a cute but kind of intense category romance. I liked that parts of it were fun and light as well as sexy. Other parts were pretty intense and sad. It was almost insta-love but not quite. The story is one of fate playing a role in the lives of these two MC’s. Mara and Connor had a history beyond meeting at the wedding that is revealed and it’s incredibly sweet.
There was a major contradiction to the story. Connor was told that he could never be with a mortal and he certainly could never tell a mortal about his vampirism. That’s shot all to hell many times over in the book and that was a bit disturbing. I also found a lack of drama in the story and I felt there needed to be more in order for the final result to be completely satisfying.
Book Two in this trilogy follows Dana Steele through her journey of finding the key of knowledge that will free the second daught of the glass. It folBook Two in this trilogy follows Dana Steele through her journey of finding the key of knowledge that will free the second daught of the glass. It follows her while she finds her destiny and deals with her past, her present and prepares for her future.
Dana is straight up and takes no bullshit from anyone. Most especially her ex-boyfriend, Jordan Hawke. The man who walked away from her and what they shared in the two years that they were together with no backward glance.
His up and leaving left her very bitter with him and men in general. She doesn’t trust him farther than she can throw him which isn’t at all. And with him back home and mixed up in this key business right along with her makes her madder than all get out. She hates that he’s back and in her life again because the last time he was in her in life and in her heart, he crushed it. She doesn’t trust herself to keep things light and friendly with him and she gets all pissed off when she finds out that in order for her to find the key that she needs to find, she needs to make things right with Jordan because Jordan is part of her quest in finding the key.
Dana needs Jordan in order to find her key and she needs to get to the bottom of why he left and see things from his perspective in order for her heart to survive another encounter with Jordan Hawke, who is the only man that she has ever loved.
This book was the bomb.
I’m serious, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this story, I loved Dana’s hardheadedness where Jordan was concerned and I understood it. It did get on my nerves a bit but more over, I just plain understood why she was with the way she was with him but she wasn’t playing stupid over why she was acting unreasonable where he was concerned. She didn’t deny that she was still in love with him which made her the way she was around him, all surly and bullheaded.
I loved Jordan and all of his issues, his sense of humor and just everything about him. Jordan was a fantastic hero and I enjoyed reading about him trying to make things right with Dana. I loved reading his reasons for leaving and I loved reading how he wooed Dana back into his corner, I loved that he didn’t try to breeze right over what he did to her before but really wanted her to understand and forgive him for what happened between them before.
I loved his writing, I loved his role in all of this, I just plain loved Jordan Hawke. He was my most favorite thing about this book, maybe this series. He was my favorite hero in Key of Light and I really enjoyed him in this story but I have a feeling that Brad is going to be my favorite hero in this series…there’ s just something about Brad that I’m looking forward to reading in his book.
I loved how Dana and Jordan fought to overcome the evil bastard in this series, I loved how they fought together and their love was what got them through, corny as all get out but I was digging it.
This book was another definite winner from Nora Roberts, although I’m having a hard time believing that Nora Roberts will write something that I don’t like. I just like her writing style, it’s the bomb diggity for me! She knows just how to rock her stories to get the most out of them and make me love the characters, the story lines and just everything about them!
One thing I didn’t really care about in this story was Jordan’s nickname for Dana, which was Stretch. That’s no fault of the author though since it only reminds me of a harsh nickname that a woman that I know was called when she was younger. They called her Stretch for an entirely different reason that Jordan called Dana that and so every time Jordan called her Stretch, I cringed because I kept thinking about that poor girl.
But aside from that, the book was fantastic!...more
I’m not even sure where to start with this review. I went into this book a bit cautious because I read Tracy’s short review on Goodreads but I still gI’m not even sure where to start with this review. I went into this book a bit cautious because I read Tracy’s short review on Goodreads but I still gave it a shot because the book sounded like something I’d enjoy.
When we first meet Mikayla Jones, she’s a senior in high school getting ready for her senior prom. She’s got a pretty fantastic family, a family with a great sense of humor. She’s got a great boyfriend that she adores and a best friend that she’s had since the fifth grade. The night of prom, her entire life goes to crap. Dealing with betrayal and tragedy isn’t something that she thought she’d be dealing with at such a young age but what’s even more surprising is that the one person that has been there for her throughout it all is the guy she met the same night she found out about James (the cheating ex-boyfriend) and Megan (the crappy best friend).
His name is Jake Andrews.
Jake takes Kayla in and shoulders her burdens with her. He becomes her everything and bit by slow bit, they fall in love. The beginning of this story grabbed my attention and I was really enjoying the pacing of the story and just everything but then the longer Jake and Kayla kept their feelings to themselves, the more Kayla would cry and push Jake away, the more I wanted to pull my hair out.
I can’t even imagine having to live through what Kayla lived through in this book alone. I mean, she lost her entire family on the same night that she found out that the boyfriend she adored was screwing her best friend. Sure, she meets an even better guy who holds her hand through everything and is there for her but there were times when I thought I’d give up on Kayla. She cried a lot and yes, I get that her entire family died and if she was grieving and crying over them then that would be one thing but the stuff that drove me up the wall is when Jake would try to figure out what she feels for him and she would cry. Every time her and Jake had a disagreement, she cried. I hated that I felt like such a bitch for being fed up with Kayla at times. She lost everything and I’m supposed to be understanding but goodness, she cried over everything.
Her reasons for holding Jake at arms length (and still teasing the crap out of him) were good reasons and I would have been okay with them had she shared those reasons with Jake. But no, she would tease the hell out of him and then be like, “Nope. Not tonight. Not like this.” He never really understood where he stood with her and it got to be a bit much.
Jake was a great hero but he came with his own set of faults that drove me crazy too. He was just as bad as teasing the crap out of her and then being like, “Not now. Not here.” OMG, I wanted to smack the both of them throughout most of the second half of the book.
There were things that I really liked about this book. The writing was great and the characters were interesting but the story drove me up the wall. In the beginning of the book, I was really enjoying pretty much everything. The story, the characters and just everything but as the story progressed, my enjoyment of the book gave way to frustration and a lot of that had to do with the story itself.
Near the end, when Megan finally comes back into the story (and I should add that I’m glad that there was closure with Megan. I was so glad that she didn’t just fall of the face of the earth after she got caught sleeping with James), I was really frustrated with where everything lands. Kayla had already been dealt a pretty shitty life card, did she really need for all of that other crap with Megan? Was it really necessary to put all of that other crap on Megan’s shoulders? Wasn’t the betrayal enough? I felt like it was. Megan already lost everything, did she really need to keep losing shit?
Overall, my frustrations weren’t enough to make me give up on the series. I enjoyed the first part of the book a great deal and I really came to love Logan and the rest of the crew so I’m not throwing in the towel yet. I really want to read Cam and Lucy’s book. I LOVE LUCY! But my frustrations did make it hard for me to rate this book any higher than a 3. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
I’m not going to lie. I wanted to read this book because I’m a fan of the show. I love me some Klaus and Elijah and I’ve come to love Rebekah. I haveI’m not going to lie. I wanted to read this book because I’m a fan of the show. I love me some Klaus and Elijah and I’ve come to love Rebekah. I have followed the Mikaelson’s from Mystic Falls to New Orleans and I went into this book with high expectations. I ended up liking it but not nearly as much as I thought I would.
The first part of the book was really slow for me. It took me FOREVER to get through it but once the action picks up, the story got better. It’s a completely different experience reading about what is going through Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah’s mind instead of watching them on TV. I was glad that we got all three POV’s and not just one of them because this book was about all three of them.
Getting into their heads and seeing their thought processes made me really see who they were. They’re not all rainbows and sunshine all, well any time but they’re such interesting characters. Julie Plec did the unthinkable for me when she introduced Klaus on Vampire Diaries. She made me fall for the bad guy. Not just the bad boy but the villain. LOL.
In this book, Klaus is building an empire. Rebekah is falling for a French Captain and Elijah is trying to keep the peace so that he can build a home for his family. They’re each chasing something different and in true Mikaelson fashion, they’re doing it with a whole lot of dramatic flair.
I liked this book but I think that I liked this book as much as I did because I watch the show. The characters and the story lines are familiar to me. I don’t think that readers who don’t watch the show will enjoy this book as much as I did. I didn’t really get the sense that this book could be a stand-alone book. I don’t think that the characters will be fully understood or even liked if they don’t know who they are going into the books. I hope that makes sense.
Anyway, this is an enjoyable book for fans of the TV series and I enjoyed getting into the heads of the Mikaelsons. I can’t readily recommend this to people who don’t know the Mikaelsons but again, for the fans? This is a treat.
Matt and Henrietta (aka Harry) met at their friends’ wedding and had a little naked sexy time in the garden in the rain. Neither one has been able toMatt and Henrietta (aka Harry) met at their friends’ wedding and had a little naked sexy time in the garden in the rain. Neither one has been able to foget about that short but wonderful time in their lives.
Harry is an archaeologist who is working for a private company in Iraq. Matt Stanning shows up after Harry puts in a call about a piece of metal she found that might possibly belong to a downed military plane. From the minute that Matt shows up he and Harry cllick once again. They end up sleeping together – finally! – but that all turns a little nuts when Matt realizes that Harry is the widow of his best friend who died seven years earlier. Matt is mortified that he’s betrayed his best friend but Harry doesn’t see the issue. Yes, she loved her husband so very much and feels that she’ll never let anyone into her heart again, but she sees no problem in sleeping with Matt as it won’t mean a relationship.
While the two are dealing with the “sleeping” arrangements their lives are in danger. There is someone out there who wants whatever is below the surface at Harry’s dig site and will stop at nothing to get it.
This was another great story in the Alpha Ops series. So far I’ve really enjoyed reading about the different characters that we met in the previous book. I think that both the suspense part of the story as well as the romance was well done and blended nicely with each other.
The dig site and what’s underneath the sand in Iraq is a major part of the story but it provides a nice catalyst for bringing our two MC’s together. Both Harry and Matt had dealt with Danny’s death in their own way. Matt felt incredibly responsible for Danny’s death even though Danny was a man who worked with explosives and nothing Matt could have done would have saved Danny’s life. Despite that Matt had deeply mourned his friend for the past seven years and hasn’t moved on.
Harry knew that Danny had been her one true love and that she’d never love anyone the way she’d loved her husband. Knowing that, she had allowed herself the rare sexual partner but had always held herself apart from any true connection. When she met Matt she thought that they could just sleep together and have some fun but she soon realized that Matt meant more to her than even she thought possible. Each of them had to come to terms with their feelings about each other and I really liked how Curtis took us on their individual journey’s in dealing with their grief and recovery. I did want to slap Matt a time or two near the end of the book because he was acting like an ass but other than that I loved reading about the romance between these two characters.
The other parts of the book that dealt with the suspense portion were incredibly interesting. I found myself completely absorbed with the story which is always a good thing.
Overall the book was well done and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.
Emmie has been a personal assistant to the best A&R guy in the recording industry for eight years. She wants desperately to get a promotion and beEmmie has been a personal assistant to the best A&R guy in the recording industry for eight years. She wants desperately to get a promotion and be an A&R person herself. The problem is that her boss won’t promote her. She finally decides to take matters into her own hands so she takes a 6 week leave of absence to try to discover her own band. She feels if she can just discover ONE band that her boss will sign then she’ll get her promotion.
Emmie has other things she wants to take care of while she’s on leave. She was in a relationship with a band member for three years. She found him cheating and then found out he’d been cheating for a long time while on tour. When confronted her ex told her that she wasn’t wild – that she serviced him. What an ass! Emmie has made a list and has decided she will work on being a bit more wild. Things like skinny dipping and sleeping naked. She heads to Texas to see her brother, Derek, and to check out bands. While there she helps Derek’s band, Snatch, in getting organized and getting them ready to be discovered. The lead singer of the band, Slater, is someone that Emmie can’t seem to get off her mind. He’s amazingly hot but they also share an amazing connection. Slater, however, is a man whore as far as Emmie knows and on top of that she’s sworn not to get involved with any more musicians.
Slater – whose real name is Jonny – doesn’t quite know what to make of Emmie when he first meets her but he soon finds himself thinking about her constantly. He also feels the connection that they have but he knows that she’s been hurt by another musician and there’s the fact that she’s Derek’s sister and he’s been warned away. They soon can’t stay away from each other but Emmie is leery of letting everyone know of their change in relationship and he hates that because he wants to shout it from the rooftops that she’s his girl.
Emmie manages to get Snatch booked at a local music festival AND get them to open for a music star by the name of Piper Lee. Once that happens Jonny and Emmie only have 11 days together before he goes on tour with Piper. Jonny tries to make Emmie believe that their relationship will endure the tour but Emmie is positive that Jonny will need to move on and be with other women. Then of course there’s Piper who is a barracuda and a manipulative bitch who has her eye on Slater. It’s a tangled web that Emmie’s not sure they can ever get out of.
You Really Got Me is a story that has a great romance in it but one that has relationship issues. These issues are different from your average every day variety as it has Jonny and Emmie dealing with him being gone on tour and all that is involved with him being the talented rock star he is (mainly groupies). I could see how Emmie could doubt Jonny’s feelings for her but she was so mercurial emotionally that it was hard to tell how she would react to some things. She doubted herself because of her ass of an ex but Jonny was forthright enough with his feelings for her that she should have seen how much he loved her. He definitely told her enough. Her up and down emotions really started to get on my nerves until she finally believed she was good enough for him – and that was near the end of the book. I was more than frustrated with Emmie the last half of the book.
Jonny was really a good guy who had had a strange childhood. Because of that he was unsure of his talent and that caused him to seek approval from those in the industry. I did love that he was willing to blow off interviews or events that would further his career just so he could be with Emmie. I’m not sure I believe that that would ever happen in RL but it was a good part of the fiction.
Overall I found the book to be a good one. There were many aspects of it that I really loved and then some that I didn’t. That evened things out for me and left me with a very good start to an interesting series.
I’m a huge chicken when it comes to trying things outside of my comfort zone. I’m more of the go with what you know you’ll like instead of trying someI’m a huge chicken when it comes to trying things outside of my comfort zone. I’m more of the go with what you know you’ll like instead of trying something new. I’m a lover of contemporary romances and that’s what I read. I know that I’ll either love it or like it and if I hate it, I have go to authors that help me forget. But 2015 is the year that I’m trying to step out and try new sub-genres. It’s the year that I get those paranormals that everyone loves read. It’s the year that I branch out and see if I’ll like steampunk and urban fantasy. So when Holly told me to try this novella out, I was game to give it a try.
I’m so glad that I did.
This book follows Ivy Blacksmith and Eben, the guy known as Mad Machen. The story opens with Ivy, on the run to the only guy that she knows who has the power to help her in the world that they live in. That guy is Mad Machen. Her life is threatened and she needs to get out because she does not want to stick around so when she shows up at Eben’s room, he’s surprised. He’s going to help her, of course. But before they can take off, Ivy gets another offer to get away and she takes it, leaving Mad Machen behind.
Two years later, Mad Machen finds the girl that got away and Ivy is scared out of her pants but when Eben forces her to accept a job she doesn’t want, she forgets to be scared and she just gets pissed.
This was a really short story so it didn’t take much time to get it read. I won’t lie and say that it was an easy read for me because I’m new to all of the steampunk romance business so a lot of the kraken talk and the metal skin stuff took some getting used to but when I finished the story, I was glad to have read it. I liked it. I liked that Mad Machen had a thing for Ivy before she got to his room that night. I liked that he never gave up on looking for her and I really liked seeing him fumble his way through each and every single conversation they had on the ship. He was the captain of the ship but he kept slipping every time he talked to Ivy. I thought it was adorable.
I liked seeing Ivy and Eben grow closer and closer with each passing day. I liked seeing Ivy struggle with what she was feeling for Eben, her confusion and seeing her come into her feelings for him. What I didn’t like? How short it was. But, that’s just me being greedy.
Ivy was a good heroine though there were times when I wanted to give her a good shake but she was strong and I liked how she made a life for herself in the town that she settled in.
Eben was a great hero. I loved how patient he was with Ivy. He waited a long time to be with this woman and every time she bought her freedom from hooking up with him each night, I groaned because he just kept right on waiting to get his hands on her. Poor guy but he cracked me up when he told her, “If courting didn’t work, abduction was next.” LOL.
I thought this was the perfect introduction into the steampunk romance genre and I’m looking forward to digging into this series even further.
This sounded like such a cute book so of course, I wanted to read it. I’m a sucker for these cute contemporary YA’s and I’m happy to report that thisThis sounded like such a cute book so of course, I wanted to read it. I’m a sucker for these cute contemporary YA’s and I’m happy to report that this book definitely worked for me.
Alyssa Reed is sick of being friend zoned. She’s going to be a senior when school starts up and she wants to go out with a bang..err, something like that. So gone are the sweats and the boy clothes. She’s going to revamp her style and hope that boys will start to notice her as someone they want to hook up with and not something they need to get serious with. She kind of had a thing for best friend, Brandon but when he didn’t reciprocate her feelings, she let it go.
Now she needs his help in getting other boys to notice her so she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend on the senior camping trip so that the boys at their school will finally notice her. Her plan completely works. The boys are definitely noticing her, but so is Brandon.
Brandon has never wanted a complicated relationship with his best friend. He loves the girl to death but because she deserves someone that would put her on a pedestal and he’s too young to commit to just one girl…but when he gets roped into helping Alyssa snag the attention of the boys in their class, he can’t stop thinking about her. And wanting to kiss her. And other things.
What a cute book this turned out to be. I really enjoyed it even though there were times when I wanted to smack the crap out of Brandon and Alyssa. There were some times when their communication broke down and I would shake my head because they’re best friends. They should be able to communicate a whole lot better than they did in this book but the angst was real and the characters were charming and I really enjoyed this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by Rachel Harris before but she’s on my radar now and I will definitely be reading more.
I loved seeing the growth in both Alyssa and Brandon’s characters. I thought they were adorable and seeing them try to figure things out was entertaining, sweet and just too freaking cute. If you’re a fan of cute, lighthearted contemporary YA romances then you’ll probably enjoy this one.
**spoiler alert** This is book 7 in the Hearts of the South series. I don’t believe it’s necessary to read all 6 previous entries, I do think reading**spoiler alert** This is book 7 in the Hearts of the South series. I don’t believe it’s necessary to read all 6 previous entries, I do think reading Hearts Awakened, the release immediately prior to this one, is a good idea. There are chapters in this book from the characters in that one and some of the plot threads carry over.
This is my favorite Hearts of the South series novel. When I read it the first time the ending frustrated me so much I didn’t give it the love it deserves. Troy Lee is amazing. I absolutely adore him and his relationship with Angel. I’ve now read a million times – and each time I fall even more in love with Troy Lee. The end still makes me very angry, but if I skip the epilogue and ignore the way Tick acted for most of the book, I could happily label this book (almost) perfect.
I’m a huge fan of Linda Winfree’s Hearts of the South series. When I first started reading Fall Into Me I had serious doubts, however, because it features two elements I generally don’t care for. 1) Angel is older than Troy Lee. 2) Angel had a one night stand with the hero of the previous book. I was also concerned because Troy Lee was shown as kind of a bumbling kid in one of the previous books. I wasn’t sure how Winfree was going to make this work, but she did. Luckily the younger man angle was only looked at casually and not the focus of the entire book.
Angel has been very unlucky in love. Her fiance of too many years goes on a trip to Biloxi and comes home with a bride. Yes, he’s gone for a week and comes home married to another woman. A woman he’d just met. Then she has a one night stand with deputy Mark Cook that she thinks might go somewhere. Instead she hears from someone else that he’s got a brand new girlfriend. Determined to forget all about men, she focuses on work. Until Troy Lee Farr shows up, that is.
Troy Lee has had his eye on Angel for years. He figured if he waited long enough her fiance would screw things up and he’d have a shot. He didn’t see his co-worker getting to Angel first, but now that she’s single wastes no time pursuing her. Angel is wary, he knows he has to romance her slowly.
I loved Troy Lee Farr. Seriously loved him. He was…perfect. And not perfect in a you’re-so-perfect-you’re-annoying kind of way, either. Just..perfect. He’s strong, funny, smart, sensitive and not afraid to put himself out there. Angel is having a really hard time moving into another relationship, but Troy Lee is patient and understanding. He doesn’t push her to move too fast, he just asks her to believe one second at a time:
When he lifted his head, she clung to his shoulders, both of them breathing hard. He cradled her cheek in one palm. “I’m not asking you to believe now. I know it’s too soon for that, after…well, after everything. If you can believe just for this second, then for the one after that, and after that, soon you’re believing in me, in us, all the while. Think you can handle that? This second?” She smiled, desire pulling at her again. “I can do that.” An answering smile flirted with his mouth. He kissed her. “What about this one?” “I can do that too.” He lowered his mouth to hers again. “How about this one?”
When a huge complication pops up with Angel, he’s understanding and supportive. If Angel had been stupid enough to turn away from him (which thankfully she wasn’t) I would have scooped him up myself. He was the definition of what every man should be.
I really liked Angel, too. Yes, she’d had bad luck in love. And yes, she was somewhat cynical about it. But she had a great sense of humor and really worked hard to get over her hurt.
“Are you still running that bar?” Maureen’s voice dropped to a shocked whisper on the last word and Hope rolled her eyes, working the pick through Maureen’s thick hair. “The Cue Club? Yes, ma’am, I am.” Angel leaned forward with her best devilish wink. “But I’m thinking of changing the name to the Den of Iniquity and getting some exotic dancers. You know, strippers.” Miss Maureen’s eyes widened, pencil-thin brows nearly reaching the salt and pepper curls falling onto her forehead. “She’s just teasing, Maureen.” Mama waved a dismissive hand.
She didn’t let her past mistakes ruin her relationship with Troy Lee. Well, okay, she tried not to let them. She had a lot of baggage to deal with, but she didn’t run from him or try to push him away. She dealt, one second at a time:
His intense blue gaze held hers, willing her to believe. She pulled in a shaky breath. Each second, he’d said. This second, then another, then another, until she believed all the time. She closed her eyes. She wanted to trust in him, in them. Why did it have to be so darn hard? Using his hold on her wrist, he drew her closer, leaned down to rest his cheek against hers. “I’m yours,” he murmured near her ear. “You have me. Believe that, baby.” She nodded and slipped her arms about his neck, holding on hard. “I’m trying.” “I know.” He rested a hand against her spine, dropped a kiss on the curve of her shoulder. “One second at a time, Angel. We have all the time you need.”
I really loved how they worked together, leaned on and supported one another. When Troy Lee was stressed over work he turned to Angel. When Angel was having a bad day, she turned to Troy Lee. And when she has a major problem they work on it together. That’s not to say they didn’t have problems – with both of them being stubborn and independent they were bound to. But they fought for each other. I do think Troy Lee put more into the relationship than Angel did, especially in the beginning. He didn’t let her get away with anything.
She paused and met his gaze straight on. “You should be seeing someone your own age, Troy Lee.” “Please don’t start that bullshit again. It’s not the issue and you know it.” “Really. What, pray tell, is the issue?” “We’ve been out one time and already you’re looking for me to cut and run.” He shook his head. “You’re doing it again. Speeding ahead, looking for where you think you’re going, instead of seeing what’s along the way. You gotta learn to slow down and enjoy the ride, Angel.”
He was definitely the stronger of the two. But Angel didn’t disappoint me. She had some stuff to work through, and I saw major growth from her. Despite her being in her 30’s, she read as kind of immature in the beginning. That wasn’t the case by the end. Plus, once she committed to Troy Lee, that was it. She was all in.
Angel blinked hard and bit her lip, trying to stop the quivering of her chin. “I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for him, waited to get to this point where I could appreciate and value him most.”
Despite my love of Troy Lee and Angel, I did have some issues with this book. Some major ones.
First: Tick Calvert. Tick got his HEA in Hold On To Me. He was tortured and brooding in his book, but was reformed by the love of a good – oh, wait, no he wasn’t. Because Tick is an even bigger jerk now than he was when he was being “tortured” in his book. He was an asshole, plain and simple. He was dealing with a lot of stress in his life, but the way he took it out on Troy Lee was ridiculously petty and mean. He wasn’t hard on him because he saw potential and wanted Troy Lee to be the best he could be. He was hard on him because he didn’t like not being in control of other elements of his life. That’s makes him an asshole. Which annoys me because I really liked him prior to the last two books in this series (this one and Hearts Awakened).
My second issue is a big one, one that came close to ruining the story for me. The main conflict that arises between Troy Lee and Angel was resolved way too easily for my liking. I was really disappointed in the direction Winfree went.
I think I’m going to go ahead and talk about it.
**spoiler alert**Shortly after she and Troy Lee start dating, Angel finds out she’s pregnant. Troy Lee stands beside her and tells her he’ll support her. He’s loving and kind and I just wanted to kiss him. But that isn’t the problem. The problem is, she doesn’t know whose baby it is. It could either be Mark Cook’s baby, Troy Lee’s coworker that she had a one night stand with, or her ex-fiance’s. Her ex wants nothing to do with it or her, and though Mark is willing to be supportive, he’s just started a new relationship and is afraid this will ruin it.
In the end, it is Mark’s baby. That was wrong on so many levels. First, that baby should have been calling Troy Lee daddy. Second, it was just too easy. No one had to suffer at all. Angel got a great man in her life and a great biological father for her baby. Tori accepted that Mark had gotten another woman pregnant even though she struggled throughout the book with jealousy over Angel (not to mention Mark lost a baby some time back and this was seen as a “fate” type thing). Even Tick, who was an asshole of extreme proportions throughout the entire book, just shrugged it off (as Tori’s brother he had reason to be upset that his sister’s new man had gotten another woman pregnant – even if he was best friends with said man). It was just too neat.
The third problem I have is related to the second: all the unprotected sex going on. Angel was a woman in her 30’s, and so were both the men who might possibly be the father of her baby. I get the author needed the conflict the situation created, but come on. Though I do have to give Winfree credit for writing a female character in this situation and not slut shaming her. Angel had concerns about how she’d be regarded when people found out she didn’t know who the father was, but Troy Lee was quick to put those feelings to rest. **end spoiler**
Those last two issues definitely hurt the story. I just can’t get over the easy resolution.
Despite that, however, I was really impressed with this entry. Troy Lee and Angel were spectacular together and Troy Lee is just…perfect (I know I keep saying that, but it’s true!). Because it had issues I couldn’t get over,I’m giving it a:
Tressa Oliver is in her final year of college but she really doesn’t care about school or class work. How she managed to get to her senior year with pTressa Oliver is in her final year of college but she really doesn’t care about school or class work. How she managed to get to her senior year with passing grades is a mystery to her but she’s going with the flow. She loves to party and has a great time. She knows that she’s failing out of school but she can’t seem to make herself care a whole lot about it.
Then…tragedy strikes the college and a student dies. Tressa really doesn’t know the boy who died but she had spoken to him right before it happened. She’s deeply affected by his death and starts to change in ways that neither she nor her roommate can understand – she keeps to herself and stops partying. When she’s put on academic probation and told that Trent Lawson must tutor her she’s not thrilled.
Trent is from her home town and has never made a secret of the fact that he likes Tressa. He may be a nerd at heart but he knows that if Tressa just gets to know him she’ll see something she likes. That’s exactly what happens but Tressa thinks she may be becoming someone she doesn’t know and she’s completely confused about the change in herself. How can she be with Trent when she doesn’t even know who she is?
This was an interesting insight into college partying and the ramifications of hazing. In this case Tressa was one of the girls who always enjoyed a good prank and as hazing went it was pretty tame. Unfortunately a boy died that night and it had a deep affect on Tressa. She wasn’t in any way responsible for the prank but I think knowing how much she was enjoying it was what served as the catalyst for her change in thinking. On top of that her academic probation was pretty humiliating. She wasn’t anxious to share her probation with her roommate so Cameo wasn’t too sympathetic. I can’t say I was a fan of Cameo as she seems pretty selfish and self-centered but I could tell that losing the closeness with her was hurtful to Tressa.
The relationship with Trent was non-existent at first. I didn’t love the way Tressa seemed to almost bully Trent, at first, but I could tell it was a defense mechanism that she utilized to distance herself as her life was in flux. Soon she was treating him as a friend and their feelings grew from there. Trent was kind and I loved the way he treated Tressa as it showed how much he cared for her.
In the end the story didn’t have a major relationship issue and that was worked for the book overall. It focused on the partnership between Tressa and Trent but mostly on Tressa’s life and how it changed over the course of the semester. I really enjoyed the book and reading about these great characters.