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)]
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-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 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 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
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.
2 -3 stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
Regardless of his rock star status, Mal was way too cocky, irreverent, immature, hyper, and manic2 ½-3 stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
Regardless of his rock star status, Mal was way too cocky, irreverent, immature, hyper, and manic for my taste and annoyed me for a majority of the book. I liked him better in Lick and Lead when he’s playing the joker of the group, but I just didn’t care much for him as a romantic lead....more