4-4 – It could’ve been a 5 but I needed more from the Hero – stars – Contemporary Romance
This was an addictive, entertaining, and scorching hot page4-4 ½ – It could’ve been a 5 but I needed more from the Hero – stars – Contemporary Romance
This was an addictive, entertaining, and scorching hot page turner. The push-pull chemistry and enemies-to-lovers interaction between Cain and Alexa was off the charts magnetic and explosive and kept me riveted. But Cain’s repeated highhandedness, hurtful, asshat actions, rejection, and cold-cold-hot-possessive-cold-cold-hot-possessive-cold-cold-hot-possessive-cold-cold routine and Alexa’s exasperating dichotomy between doormat-in-pursuit and spunky, sassy, independent persona ultimately became rather frustrating and tiresome.
Not having enigmatic Cain’s POV hindered the story and lessened my enjoyment because I wanted, no needed, more insight into his thoughts and actions. The ending was satisfying, and I liked finally seeing Cain so (view spoiler)[adoring of Alexa in the epilogue (hide spoiler)]. Even though I didn’t entirely love it and keenly missed having the hero’s perspective, I really enjoyed reading Hero.
Loved it! Cold Pursuit is a gripping, intense, and action packed romantic suspense thriller that reads like a great movi4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
Loved it! Cold Pursuit is a gripping, intense, and action packed romantic suspense thriller that reads like a great movie. My only complaint is the same I had with the first book, A Cold Dark Place, which is that I felt like the ending was a bit rushed for the H/h, and I wanted a more definitive HEA. Still, it’s an excellent romantic suspense read, and I’m really enjoying this series. I can’t wait for the next book, Cold Light of Day, to come out!...more
Loved it! This is my favorite of the series so far. Reece is such an amazing, unforgettabl4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/New Adult/Romantic Suspense
Loved it! This is my favorite of the series so far. Reece is such an amazing, unforgettable, husband-worthy hero! 4 ½ - Utterly yummy Reece really made me swoon - stars!
“Remember everything I said in the bedroom? I’m scared, too. And there are times I question what I deserve, but we’re in this together. So fall with me,” he said, smoothing his thumbs along my cheekbones. “Let yourself go and fall with me, and baby, I will catch you. I will get you through this. You just got to take that risk.”
Nina Lane’s Spiral of Bliss series was one of my favorites of last year. So I was ecstatic about this spin-off s4 ½ stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Nina Lane’s Spiral of Bliss series was one of my favorites of last year. So I was ecstatic about this spin-off standalone novel featuring Dean’s best friend, Kelsey, and brother, Archer. Break the Sky is an emotional, passionate erotic contemporary that I highly enjoyed, and it mostly satisfied my sky high expectations. I did have some quibbles though, mainly with the heroine and how much the story seemed to focus on her.
If I was rating this for the hero, it would get a big, gooey, decadent 5++ stars. I loved Archer! He’s such a complex, captivating, sexy romantic lead. I loved his enigmatic, bad boy persona, rough edges, boyish humor, sweet, caring, gentle side, vulnerability, and strength, and he is one seriously hot, yummy dirty talker and dominate lover! Whew!Yowza! But it seemed like he was always the one pursuing, challenging, giving, and accepting and also constantly taking all of Kelsey’s sh*t.
I really liked Kelsey in the previous Spiral of Bliss books, but she grated on my nerves in this. She spent way too much time in her head. Everything was always about her. (view spoiler)[She often lashed out at Archer and seemed ashamed of him and the way he made her feel. I expected Kelsey to want to know more about him and his artistic side, stand up for him with Dean and others, and fight harder for him and their relationship. (hide spoiler)] I felt like Archer got somewhat shortchanged, and I wanted more and better for him, I guess. I just needed MORE ARCHER!!!!
Still, Break the Sky is one of the best erotic romances I’ve read so far this year with sensual, memorable, scorching hot love scenes and an unforgettable, totally swoon-worthy hero. 4 ½ stars!
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I really enjoyed this one! I’ve read every single KH book and despite their more chick-lit feel and the no/very low s4-4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
I really enjoyed this one! I’ve read every single KH book and despite their more chick-lit feel and the no/very low steam, fade to black love scenes, I always somehow find myself engaged, charmed, and entertained by her witty writing, fun, quirky characters, and sweet, humorous stories.
KH created another genuine, flawed, cute, funny, strong, insecure, loveable, lonely, relatable heroine in Emmaline and made me feel every emotion right along with her. Jack was a perfect, imperfect, romantic hero and exactly what she needed. I just wish there had been a lot more page time spent on Em and Jack together and much less on detailing their past relationships with their uber annoying exes. The ending felt slightly rushed, and I wanted a teensy bit more of an apology and groveling on Jack’s part. And of course, I keep hoping/wishing that KH will turn up the heat in her books by about 200 degrees! But it’s still a great read that made me feel, smile, laugh, and cry, so 4-4 ½ highly enjoyable stars!...more
4 stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
I really enjoyed this one! Jimmy is such a yummy, complex, narcissistic, tortured, broodylicious ba4 ½ stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
I really enjoyed this one! Jimmy is such a yummy, complex, narcissistic, tortured, broodylicious bad boy asshat and Lena is quirky, genuine, amusing, and snarky, and they were just so much darn fun together! I really, badly wanted Jimmy’s POV and for him to appreciate Lena more and (view spoiler)[realize and admit his feelings a lot sooner. (hide spoiler)] I also felt like there needed to be more time spent on them as an actual “couple”. The ending and epilogue just didn’t quite satisfy in that regard. Still, it’s a great read and my favorite of the series! And hopefully we’ll get to see more of Lena and Jimmy together in Ben’s book, Deep.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Loved this! It’s a sweet, fun, charming, and steamy story with an amusing, klutzy heroine and a swoonalicious ski instructor (with a twist) hero meltiLoved this! It’s a sweet, fun, charming, and steamy story with an amusing, klutzy heroine and a swoonalicious ski instructor (with a twist) hero melting the slopes and heating up the lodge together! 5 stars!
I really enjoyed this collection of sexy holiday romances, especially the fabulous stories by Emma Chase and Kristen Proby. A great way to warm up on a chilly winter’s day!
Searching for You by Jennifer Probst – 3 stars
It’s a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase – Loved it! Drew gets Scrooged!!!! He made me laugh (of course!), but it’s also a touching tale that brought tears to my eyes. A wonderful indeed 5+ stars!
Saving Grace by Kristen Proby – Loved this one, too! It’s a sweet, fun, charming, and steamy story with an amusing, klutzy heroine and a swoonalicious ski instructor (with a twist) hero melting the slopes and heating up the lodge together! 5 stars!
Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne – 2 ½ ‘it was just okay’ stars
Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader is an enjoyable second chance/reunited lovers story and a great introduction to her new Hot in Chicago Firefighters series. 4 stars!...more
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 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
I feel absolutely gutted and raw after reading this, and the ending left me screaming W.T.F?!?!
I wanted a big c4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance Novella
I feel absolutely gutted and raw after reading this, and the ending left me screaming W.T.F?!?!
I wanted a big confrontation and an explanation and answers and groveling and revelations and honesty and flowers and puppies and babies. I’m scared and hesitant to read Sins & Needles at this point because I want Javier and Ellie together in their dark, wild, terrifying rollercoaster ride of life. But I know I’ll continue with the series because I’m totally entangled in this crazy, gritty web of lies, revenge, and deceit....more
I really enjoyed this one! The sexting and love scenes were creative and fire alarm hot! Jax was wowza yummy! The endin4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
I really enjoyed this one! The sexting and love scenes were creative and fire alarm hot! Jax was wowza yummy! The ending was too abrupt and left me hankering for an epilogue, but otherwise this was a great read! I'll definitely read the next book in the series....more