I liked this book for the most part, and it definitely had a strong Kristen Ashley vibe. Sheriff Jack3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
I liked this book for the most part, and it definitely had a strong Kristen Ashley vibe. Sheriff Jack Gunnison was a sexy, growly, bossy, possessive, arrogant, cocky, badass alpha hero, but the TSTL heroine was exasperating and drove me nuts. Yet I still enjoyed it, despite my annoyance with the heroine....more
Loved it! This was my favorite of the series! It felt less NA than the previous two books, particularly since the hero,5 stars – Contemporary Romance
Loved it! This was my favorite of the series! It felt less NA than the previous two books, particularly since the hero, Rome, is a mature 28 and a battle hardened ex-soldier. He’s a big, gruff, sexy, wounded, badass teddy bear, and I loved him! I really liked Cora, too, but I got frustrated with her continual fear and reluctance because of her douchebag ex. Still, Rome and Cora were perfectly imperfect together!
A couple of minor quibbles and possible spoilers:
(view spoiler)[The biker retribution plotline was a tad bit too predictable. The tattoo Cora got to show Rome her love and commitment was sweet, but I didn’t like that she did it while pregnant. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Unfortunately (and perhaps fortunately), I was spoiled and warned on this one before I started reading it, s4 stars – Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Unfortunately (and perhaps fortunately), I was spoiled and warned on this one before I started reading it, so I’d mentally prepared myself for potential anger, disappointment, emotional betrayal, and abject misery.
And yep, part of me feels like I’ve been royally bitch slapped.
And part of me feels pretty damned emotional, devastated, and weary after reading this.
The (view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)] romance lover in me wants to be mad at J.R. Ward and feel disillusioned and rant in frustration, but dammit, I still really freaking liked the overall story. So, I’m giving this a somewhat reluctant and begrudging 4 stars.
I both hated and loved this book. I thought I was prepared for the angsty4 ½ Addictive, Frustrating, Heartbreaking stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance
I both hated and loved this book. I thought I was prepared for the angsty continuation of Tristan and Danika’s love story after Bad Things, but this still eviscerated me. Rock Bottom was emotional, intense, devastating, gut-wrenching, exasperating, and extremely melodramatic, but I was enthralled by their passionate, all-consuming, tumultuous, addictive, and tragic romance and couldn’t swipe my finger across the screen fast enough.
So many times I wanted to scream my frustration over their repeatedly bad, destructive choices and actions and the lack of communication and misunderstandings that caused so much needless pain, suffering, misery, and heartbreak. After so much anguish and tragedy...everything these two have gone through together and done to each other, I honestly don’t know how they could possibly ever find their HEA. But I’m already reading Lovely Trigger to find out!
Some things that really upset/frustrated/gutted me:
**********Spoilers and venting ahead**********
(view spoiler)[ Why didn’t Tristan tell Danika that he fought with Dean over him threatening to revenge f*ck her like he did Natalie/Twatalie so that she’d know he was upset on her behalf, not because he was jealous or still had feelings for Twatalie?
Why didn’t Danika tell Tristan about Dean’s repeated, nasty comments and threats?
Why didn’t Danika tell Jerry, Bev, and/or Tristan about being roughed up and threatened with extortion and rape by the psycho guy at her mom’s trailer? And why did she keep denying anything had happened even after Tristan saw her covered in bruises. Just stupid. Yes, Tristan has a serious anger management issue and caveman temper, but she still could have handled the whole thing so much better and found a way to tell him with Jerry and Bev there to help keep him calm.
Why wasn’t Danika more open and honest about her insecurities and fears of infidelity and of them growing apart due to their separation and the temptations of life in LA?
Why didn’t Danika tell Tristan about Dean’s twisted plan to set him up, unwitting and unconscious, with Twatalie so that he could see for himself how truly sick and evil Dean had become?
And all the tragic stuff that happened because of Tristan’s addiction and in the end that was mostly left unresolved?!?!? Why didn’t they f*cking talk about it?!?!? It’s driving me crazy that Tristan doesn’t know about everything that happened or realize the extent of Danika’s suffering!
*The letter that Danika wrote to Tristan telling him to choose rehab or divorce that he seems to know nothing about, instead thinking she just sent him divorce papers. *Tristan's awful, callous actions when she showed up at his house to tell him about the baby and that she wanted to reconcile. *Dean’s assault/threat on Danika in the car before the crash. *All the horrific details of the accident: Danika losing the baby and not being able to have more kids, the surgeries, the extent of her leg injury and required therapy, and that she has a limp and will never dance again. *Danika’s sister, Dahlia, revealing that Dean drugged/raped her and that he’s the father of her baby.
This was repetitive, cheesy, over-the-top melodramatic, slow, and borderline ridiculous at times. I didn't really care muc2 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
This was repetitive, cheesy, over-the-top melodramatic, slow, and borderline ridiculous at times. I didn't really care much for the hero or heroine or their romance.
I've been underwhelmed with the last couple of books in this series and with the books in her Breathless Trilogy, Surrender Trilogy, and especially the Slow Burn series. I really hope the next Kelly/KGI book will be better....more
This was a tad slow for me in the beginning. I liked Cassie, but too much time was spent in her head and on minu4 ½ stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance
This was a tad slow for me in the beginning. I liked Cassie, but too much time was spent in her head and on minutely detailing the Glacier Lily cabins. I wanted more of Deacon, and there seemed to be a keen lack of his background and POV. Fortunately things picked up in a big way for me around the 25% mark and the last 30% or so was fabulous, especially the sigh-worthy, KA epic epilogue. I wanted some action and further details about Deacon’s shady, criminal past, and I think it would have been even better with more of the story told from his POV. But I still ended up loving it and very KA content. 4 ½ stars!
One last observation/quibble:
I got tired of the H/h using/saying the words ‘woman’, ‘beauty’, and ‘badass/badasses’. They’re common expressions in KA’s books and being overused to the point that it’s really beginning to annoy me....more