4 stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
I really struggled with this initially, mainly because I was uber annoyed with the heroine, but I en4 stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
I really struggled with this initially, mainly because I was uber annoyed with the heroine, but I ended up enjoying it. There’s lots of clichés and manufactured melodrama, but I liked that the H/h communicated about their pasts, insecurities, vulnerabilities, and issues, in between all their explosive sexcapades, that is, which there’s a ton (too much) of.
I loved the secondary characters, friendships, and the relationship between the band members. I can’t wait for David and Thea’s story, Rock Courtship, and I hope Singh plans to write books for Charlie and T-Rex and Noah and Kit....more
Nina Lane’s Spiral of Bliss series was one of my favorites of last year. So I was ecstatic about this spin-off4 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!
Oh Holy Yowza! Cover Hotness Alert! Come to Momma!
I liked this, but I hated the hero’s bitter, crazed mother and the way she and others in the town treated3-3 ½ stars – Contemporary/Small Town Romance
I liked this, but I hated the hero’s bitter, crazed mother and the way she and others in the town treated the heroine. I spent way too much of the book frustrated that the heroine didn’t stand up for herself, and the hero didn’t really defend her honor to my satisfaction, either. At least there was some super steamy, fun, sexy times between the H/h to keep my interest....more
4 ½ stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
I really enjoyed this one! Jimmy is such a yummy, complex, narcissistic, tortured, broodylicious b4 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
This was a tad slow for me in the beginning. I liked Cassie, but too much time was spent in her head and on min4 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
Bold Tricks ended up being the best of the series, IMO, other than On Every Street, which is still my favorite. I didn’t hate Ellie nearly as much this time around as in the previous books, which was quite refreshing. And even more shocking...I actually liked her in certain moments, albeit grudgingly.
Here are just a few quick, random feels since I’m already full throttle ahead reading Bold Tricks.
I still feel the same way4 stars – Romantic Suspense
Here are just a few quick, random feels since I’m already full throttle ahead reading Bold Tricks.
I still feel the same way about Ellie Twat in this that I did reading Sins & Needles, only my hate for her has intensified even more. Camden has really grown on me and Javier still thrills, excites, and frightens me.
So whose team am I on? (view spoiler)[Honestly, I don’t know at this point because Camden and Javier are both dangerous, violent, twisted, and totally, precariously loco, just in different ways. And what’s even more f*cked up is that I’m not sure Ellie deserves either one of them! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ellie Watt --> More like Ellie Twat! Seriously...I wanna smack a bitch! Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a da3 stars – Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Ellie Watt --> More like Ellie Twat! Seriously...I wanna smack a bitch! Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn about your scars anymore. Your constant self-pitying and whiny bitching nearly ruined the book for me. You know you’re an annoying, awful heroine when I think a psycho drug lord and an angry, angsty, revenge driven hero are both wasting their time and energy pining after you. I liked you so much better as Eden White in On Every Street.
Camden McQueen --> I don’t know, but I probably could’ve liked you more had I not been introduced to Javier first in On Every Street. And all the mean things you said about Ellie were spot on yet you still forgave and fell for her anyway.
Javier Bernal --> Oh you villainous devil who saved the book! I was exasperated with Ellie and Camden and sort of bored until around the 78% mark when you finally made your grand entrance.
His mouth was a little too wide and snaked from corner to corner. His nose had been broken a few times, and when you looked at him straight on like I was doing as I stared at him across the circle bar, you could really tell. But his eyes were beautiful, cunning and otherworldly. His hair was a controlled mess; wispy dark strands that swooped across his forehead with long sideburns. He had high cheekbones, a strong jawline. When you combined all the parts, they equaled so much more than the sum. He was exotically, dangerously beautiful.
He’d been mine once. He’d broken my heart once.
And he was here to kill me. He only needed to do that once, too.”
I really enjoyed this one! The sexting and love scenes were creative and fire alarm hot! Jax was wowza yummy! The endi4 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
3 ½ -- Good But It Could’ve Been Better -- stars – Contemporary Romance
I’ve been eagerly awaiting broody Maddox Locke’s story ever since he first appe3 ½ -- Good But It Could’ve Been Better -- stars – Contemporary Romance
I’ve been eagerly awaiting broody Maddox Locke’s story ever since he first appeared in Axel, and his role in the previous books has been one of my favorite parts of the series. I enjoyed this, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I’d expected/hoped.
The book got off to a really shaky start for me because the H/h both had horrific, abusive, soap opera crazy, unbelievable pasts. Locke’s family was like some bad, overdramatic Dallas TV show remake and Emmy’s background seemed contrived and just too implausible.
I couldn’t understand Emmy’s stupid, WTF actions early on. “Little does he know, I’m the only one in control of my life.” Oh really?!?! Then why the f*ck did she willingly (view spoiler)[go back to stripping at her whack job parents’ seedy strip club and foolishly put herself in harm’s way from psycho, sicko Shawn (her violent, repeated abuser/tormenter/rapist) (hide spoiler)]?!?! And it seemed ridiculous to me that a strong, intelligent man like Maddox Locke would continually believe he had (view spoiler)[darkness and evil lurking inside him that destroys others just because it was spewed by his malevolent b*tch of a mother and malicious, despicable family. (hide spoiler)]
The constant push-pull between Maddox and Emmy was exhausting and went on for far too long. She was annoyingly aggressive and exasperatingly sassy and didn’t even seem like the same Emmy from the previous books. I was also pretty disappointed with the hot but unemotional sex scenes.
Thankfully, the story got much better about halfway through and the ending and epilogue were fabulous and made up for a lot. So I did like this, but I didn’t love it. And I was somewhat letdown and underwhelmed considering how much and how long I’ve been wanting Locke’s turn to be in the light.
I’m really excited that she’s writing a book for Cohen and Dani, Unexpected Fate, and I hope she has stories planned for the other Corps Security kids, as well.