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 way...more4 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"]>(less)
Ellie Watt --> More like Ellie Twat! Seriously...I wanna smack a bitch! Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a da...more3 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.”
Killing Sarai was one of my favorite romantic suspense reads of 2013, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this second instal...more3 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
Killing Sarai was one of my favorite romantic suspense reads of 2013, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this second installment. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a disappointment for me, mostly because of Sarai/Izabel.
Instead of admiring her transformation from a strong, determined, and brave yet broken and vulnerable victim and survivor to an avenging assassin angel, she just came across as a petulant, childish, demanding, whiny, peevish, bratty, TSTL shrew. Her immature ultimatums for Victor to train her to be a killer or else reminded me of Veruca Salt demanding her golden goose. But I wanna kill bad guys, Victor. No...NOW!!!!
The surprising twist of Victor (view spoiler)[agreeing to have Sarai/Izabel interrogated and tortured as a means of testing her trust and loyalty (hide spoiler)] turned and pissed me the hell off. The justification for it made sense in the context of the story and considering the shadowy, dangerous world they live in...“In the Company of Killers”, but it was still hard to take. Sarai/Izabel might have accepted and forgiven Victor easily, but it really lessened my feelings for the dark, brooding, ruthless, calculating, cold, and brutal killer/assassin antihero.
And Fredrik, (view spoiler)[an interrogator and torture specialist (hide spoiler)], being the hero in the next book? Hmmm...I’m not sure if I can stomach that.
Despite being somewhat letdown, this is still an exciting read that kept me intrigued, so I’m giving it 3 ½ stars. It’s just a bummer because I’d hoped it would be so much better.
I hated the H/h...a selfish, immature, total asshat hero and a doormat heroine who kept putting up with him despit...more1 star – Contemporary/Sports Romance
I hated the H/h...a selfish, immature, total asshat hero and a doormat heroine who kept putting up with him despite his disregard and horrible treatment. This was an overall fail and a rare 1-star for me.(less)
I guess I’m in the minority, but this didn’t work for me...at all. The heroine’s immaturity and inner dialogue re...more2 stars – Contemporary/Sports Romance
I guess I’m in the minority, but this didn’t work for me...at all. The heroine’s immaturity and inner dialogue really annoyed me, especially in the beginning, and I almost DNF’d it. Eventually the story picked up a bit and held my interest more, but the heroine continually irritated me and Remy didn’t wow me either. I also felt like his (view spoiler)[bipolar disorder (hide spoiler)] was sensationalized and not portrayed well. Overall this was just an okay/average read. Hype letdown...it happens.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I feel like this series is equivalent to a violent, disturbing ten car pileup involving mass casualties that you j...more3 stars – Biker/Contemporary Romance
I feel like this series is equivalent to a violent, disturbing ten car pileup involving mass casualties that you just can’t avoid being compelled to stare at. The characters are hardcore crazy and seriously f*cked up.
I hated Cage and Tegen in this, and I didn’t like them any better as a couple. They fought, shouted, and cursed at each other the entire frigging book, but I guess they deserve each other.
And the secondary romance between Dirty and Ellie was compelling and surprisingly touching, but a (view spoiler)[violent killer and rapist (hide spoiler)] as a romantic hero? Sure, he was uber tormented and his past heartbreaking, but it was still a bit much and hard to accept, even in the context of MC life.
But this series is still shamefully addictive and wildly entertaining, so I’ll be seeking my next fix when Unbeloved comes out.
I’m using the same picture to describe how I feel about this book that I used for Undeniable.
Like many KA fans, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the continuation of Frankie and Benny’s story since their electric and...more3-3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
Like many KA fans, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the continuation of Frankie and Benny’s story since their electric and dramatic connection in At Peace. I read that book all the way back in March of 2012, so that’s more than two years of keen anticipation.
I wish I could say The Promise fully delivered and satisfied my high expectations, but sadly, I was really disappointed. I liked but didn’t love it, and honestly, I found myself rather bored at times. For me, this is definitely not a KA favorite/winner. I hope other KA fans enjoy it more.
*I hated and wanted to bitch slap Frankie for the first 50% of the book. She was annoying, melodramatic, wishy-washy and sometimes acted like an insecure, spineless doormat and martyr and other times like a sassy, irrational, overly temperamental spitfire. I liked her more in the second half of the book, but I still never fully warmed up to her after feeling so much aggravation.
Some possible/minor spoilers:
(view spoiler)[*The ugly hostility toward Frankie from Benny and the Bianchi family that occurred in At Peace seemed diminished and forgiven much too easily/readily.
*Benny and Frankie’s relationship and issues settled and resolved early (except the boring long distance aspect of their dating) and the rest of the book was anticlimactic.
*The minor suspense subplot concerning Frankie’s pharmaceutical company was lame. (hide spoiler)]
*All the stuff with Frankie’s crazy, dramatic, Jerry Springer Show-worthy family was irritating.
*The story dragged at times and had way too much repetition and dull filler.
What I Loved:
*Benny Bianchi – He’s a hot, possessive, intense Italian alpha and also besotted, giving, and caring. Another yummy, unforgettable KA hero!
*All the scenes with Joe/Cal, Vi, and their daughters from At Peace were fantastic and heartwarming. I loved getting more of their story and continued HEA.
I liked this, but not nearly as much as so many others seemed to, and it just didn’t quite live up to the hype....more3 ½ stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
I liked this, but not nearly as much as so many others seemed to, and it just didn’t quite live up to the hype. The heroine drove me batsh*t crazy and seriously grated on my nerves, and I honestly couldn’t figure out why Gideon even bothered or gave her the time of day. Gideon was enigmatic, intriguing, magnetic, and uber sexy, but he became less compelling once he was besotted with Eva. And there were times he pissed me off too, so she wasn’t always to blame for their many misunderstandings and frequent lovers’ quarrels.
I tried hard not to make comparisons, but it still felt somewhat unoriginal to me. With those considerations, it’s probably closer to a 3 star read. But it kept me completely engrossed, and I was captivated by Gideon’s character and enjoyed the steamy scenes. Overall Bared to You is a pretty good read, but I just wasn’t blown away, so I’m giving it a 3 ½ star rating. I don’t know if I’ll read the next book, but I’m curious to find out more about Gideon’s past, so I guess we’ll see.