I adored the H/h and their dazzlingly witty, sexy banter and snarky, steamy interactions, and the first 45-50% or so of5 stars – Contemporary Romance
I adored the H/h and their dazzlingly witty, sexy banter and snarky, steamy interactions, and the first 45-50% or so of the book was absolutely fantastic. Then it took a seriously twisty turn that I didn’t like when the hero finds out his (view spoiler)[bitchy, snobby, lying, cheating ex-fiancée’s adorable daughter is actually his. The conniving ex trying to manipulate and get him back and the whole suddenly I’m a father plotline (hide spoiler)]nearly took over and derailed the story and the romance, but luckily things got back on track.
I just loved the H/h together, and their playful Dear Ida advice column exchanges were particularly delightful and utter perfection and really made the book standout for me. The ending was sweet, fabulous, and hilarious (view spoiler)[(Graham’s Poopface in Manhattan Dear Ida email made me laugh out loud) (hide spoiler)] and left a big, fat satisfied smile on my face. So overall, this was a very enjoyable read!
This was a fun, cute romantic comedy. I was pleasantly surprised by the friends-to-lovers aspect of the3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
This was a fun, cute romantic comedy. I was pleasantly surprised by the friends-to-lovers aspect of the relationship between the H/h, especially considering what a player the hero was in the beginning. The yoga scenes were funny, and the romantic development seemed believable. But I was also somewhat disappointed by the relaxed pacing and lukewarm chemistry. I expected lots of fun, naughty, sexy times given Hayden’s cocky, manwhore reputation, but he was just a tad too tame for me.
There was some minor angst related to Hayden’s past and Emery’s job, but nothing overly dramatic. I didn’t like that the issue of (view spoiler)[sexual harassment by Emery’s boss (hide spoiler)] wasn’t fully dealt with and felt slightly downplayed and trivialized. But I was also glad it didn’t overtake the story, given the generally lighter, comedic tone.
Overall, the story wasn’t quite as sexy and entertaining as I was anticipating, but it was still an engaging read worth 3 ½ stars. And I’m definitely interested in reading Hudson’s book, Monster Prick.
**I was provided a free copy of this book by the author, Kendall Ryan, in exchange for an honest review.**
I honestly had little interest in consuming more milk from this overused cash cow, but the library had it2 ½-3 stars – Contemporary/Erotic/BDSM Romance
I honestly had little interest in consuming more milk from this overused cash cow, but the library had it. Part of me was curious, so since I didn’t have to pay for it, I figured, what the hell? Grey’s Fifty Shades of Fucked-Up POV was actually better than I expected, and I especially loved not having to listen to Ana’s uber annoying inner goddess....more
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.
I loved this book! It’s such a fun, engaging, original, witty, entertaining, and sexy romance with unforgettable charact5 stars – Contemporary Romance
I loved this book! It’s such a fun, engaging, original, witty, entertaining, and sexy romance with unforgettable characters!
Ronan...Rawrr...What can I say, ladies and gents? He is one of the sexiest, sweetest, naughtiest, funniest, dreamiest, yummiest, most devoted and protective, and downright deliciously dirty heroes I’ve had the immense pleasure of reading and fantasizing about in quite a while.
I might have been a little mesmerized for a moment as I took in the sight of her shapely backside. It was incredible. I just wanted to spank it and bite it and worship it and completely fucking defile it.
“I’ve always wanted you to eat me like an éclair.”
OH MY! Yes, please!
Annie, on the other hand, drove me nuts at times. I understood her shyness and awkwardness and sympathized with her abandonment issues and fears. I also found certain aspects of her personality endearing, especially her hilarious tendency to spout nonsensical swear words and phrases when she’s nervous. I heard her mutter, “Crappity, crap, crapper. Fuck a duck and smack a rapper...” However, her continued reluctance and resistance to Ronan really baffled, annoyed, and frustrated me. But I cheered (view spoiler)[at the end when she finally found her courage and put all her virtual blog cards on the table to prove her love to Ronan (hide spoiler)].
This is one of my favorite reads so far for 2015, and Ronan is a swoon-worthy romance hero who’s not to be missed!
This poignant novella, which gives Rosemary Beach fans the backstory of Harlow’5 – Beautiful, Bittersweet, Heartrending – stars – Contemporary Romance
This poignant novella, which gives Rosemary Beach fans the backstory of Harlow’s parents, rock legend, Kiro Manning, and his one and only true and forever love, Emily, is Abbi Glines at her very best. It’s such a beautiful, emotional, sweet, and heartbreaking story. *sniffle* I absolutely loved it! I’d recommend reading Harlow’s books, Take a Chance and One More Chance, before this story to have complete understanding and better appreciation for it.
There are so many touching quotable lines/moments from this novella, but here are my most sigh-and-sob-worthy favorites.
(view spoiler)[With one kiss, my life had been altered. It would follow a different path now. One where a woman owned my heart.
“I love you, Emily. I shouldn’t have told you for the first time when I was about to sink inside of you, but I couldn’t keep it in. I’m so fucking in love with you it scares me. I’ve never been in love. I may suck at this.”
But I’d daydreamed about it. I’d thought of ways to propose and imagined life as a husband and a dad. I just wanted to live this life with Emily and our baby. I kissed her as I covered hand with my own. “Mine. This is mine,” I repeated between kisses, and held her against me. “Marry me, Emmy. I want you to be my wife. I want you to have my name. I was waiting until the perfect moment, when I had the perfect ring, but I can’t think of anything more perfect than right here and right now.”
“I love you, Emily. I will always love you. This life and the one after and the one after that. I will always only love you.” Her soft laughter filled the room. “We only get one life,” she said. “I don’t believe that. I won’t accept it. I want a million lives with you. You’re my heaven.”
“She looks like you,” I said as I studied the baby’s small face. “I see you in her, too.” I thought she was imagining things, but I didn’t care. I wanted my daughter to look like her mother. I’d have two angels on this earth now. “I’ll keep her safe. I’ll keep you both safe. My girls will always be the most important people in my life. Nothing will ever come before you two. I swear it.” “Thank you for this. For her. For giving me this life.”
“I love you, Kiro Manning. Thank you for showing me the man no one else gets to see.”
In every lifetime, I believe that each soul is given one mate. Don’t get me wrong, I think that a person can fall in love more than one time. But finding your soul mate is a different matter altogether. You don’t just love that person, you adore him or her. That person is your world. Your reason for living. The one thing in this life that will make everything OK. When you find your soul mate, you’ve found your purpose. To love that one person. To experience life with that one person. Problem with all this is, what happens when you lose your soul mate? When that one person you will love for fucking eternity is taken from you? It destroys you. It shatters you. It takes a part of you that you will never get back. No one can heal you. No one can take your soul mate’s place. That person will forever be your other half. Your one true love.
I was lost. Until Emily. She changed me. She showed me the color in life. She gave me a reason to love this life I was given. She loved me in a way no one has ever loved me. Emily is my soul mate. In this life and in the next, she will be the one soul who completes me.
Now, twenty years later, I sit beside my wife, her soft, fragile hand in mine. We look out over the lake, and I tell her stories of our past. I remind her how much I love her. And I remind her that I will love her in the next life, too. She may no longer be able to speak, and her body may no longer work the way it once did, but inside is my Emmy. She remembers all our adventures together. She knows that for a short time, we had it all.
I press a kiss to her cheek and hold her face in my hands. This woman is my salvation. She is my anchor in this world. “My angel,” I whisper to her, reminding her who she is to me.(hide spoiler)]