Loved this!!!! Everything about it was just fabulous! David was such a perfect, swoonalicious, husband...more5 stars – Contemporary/Rock Star Romance Novella
Loved this!!!! Everything about it was just fabulous! David was such a perfect, swoonalicious, husband-worthy hero, the memos were clever, saucy, witty, and sexy, the romance was sigh-inducing, sweet, and steamy, and it had just the right amount of sensual, hot sex scenes.
Introduction : In which I, David Rivera, set out the reasons why you, Thea Arsana, should make an honest man out of me.
First and foremost, I am insanely, deeply, forever in love with you. Since you admit to feeling the same, roadblock number one ceases to exist.
Second, your mother likes me. She kissed me on the cheek this morning and told me to hurry things along, start working on grandbabies for her. Your father, meanwhile, no longer gives me the stinkeye (most of the time). I think he’s resigned to my existence.
You know my parents adore you and both my brothers are in love with you. Your sweet little sisters, meanwhile, seem to find me giggle- worthy, and Molly thinks we’re perfect for one another. Ergo (I looked that up in the dictionary), there are no viable family reasons why we can’t get married.
Third, all our close friends love that we’re together. We don’t want to break their hearts by not going all the way, do we?
Finally, and most importantly, I want you to be mine in every way. I want every single man on the planet to know you belong to me, and every single woman to know I belong to you. Playing with you, arguing with you over silly, everyday things, making love with you, growing grumpy and wrinkly together with you (while continuing to have mind- blowing sex at least three times a day), that’s my idea of heaven.
This quote from Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars perfectly expresses my feelings abou...more5++++ Infinite Stars – Contemporary/YA Fiction/Romance
This quote from Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars perfectly expresses my feelings about this book.
“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”
I’m just incapable of coherently and intelligently expressing my myriad, jumbled mix of thoughts and emotions about this astoundingly beautiful, resonant, insightful, heartbreaking, funny, existential, quirky, charming, poignant, and unforgettable love story.
The Fault in Our Stars eloquently emphasizes the inherent and indomitable privilege and gift in simply loving someone. It’s a book that left me emotionally gutted, inspired and uplifted, and reverently awed over the transformative power of the written word. Hazel and Gus will stay with me, forever.(less)
This was a tad slow for me in the beginning. I liked Cassie, but too much time was spent in her head and on min...more4 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.(less)
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.
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 appe...more3 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.
I was somewhat underwhelmed by the first book in this series, Come Away With Me, but I’m soooo glad...more5 stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
I loved this!
I was somewhat underwhelmed by the first book in this series, Come Away With Me, but I’m soooo glad I kept reading because the rest have been some of my favorite reads of this year; not to mention having some of the most memorable, swoonalicious heroes. (Nate McKenna from Fight With Me is one of my all-time favorite husband harem worthy heroes!)
I had high expectations for this one from all the circling and tension that’s built between Caleb and Brynna in past books, and it definitely delivered. Caleb is a hot/cold, growly, sexy alpha SEAL hero with a sensitive, caring, protective nature who’s also vulnerable and tormented by inner demons and PTSD. Brynna is a strong and loyal heroine and she was perfect for him. I loved them together! I also adored Caleb’s relationship with Brynna’s inquisitive, vivacious twin six-year-old girls, Maddie and Josie. There were some very precious and poignant moments between them. And the ending and epilogue was satisfying and brought on some waterworks.
I love the close-knit Montgomery family and all their extended clan. One of the best things about this series is the relationships and interactions between all the characters and how much involvement there is in each book. The sexual teasing and hilarity that often results when the men and women get together provide some of the best and most highly entertaining moments. (The scene I posted below is one such instance.)
I can’t wait for hot, protective cop with a kinky side Matt’s book, Tied With Me, to come out! And I really hope she writes Dom’s story!
I loved this scene when the gang’s all together playing a dirty board game and Caleb is still trying to deny and resist his strong attraction and feelings for Brynna.
I drop my face to my hands and scrub hard.
"I wish I had your boobs," I hear Sam announce and raise my head to see who she's talking to. Of course, she's talking to Bryn.
"Right," she smirks and takes another bite of brownie.
"Dude, I do!" And just like that, Sam saunters across the room and cups Brynna's tit in her palm. "See? You have the perfect boobs. Stace, have you felt her boobs?"
Just kill me. Put a bullet in my head and end the agony.
"Oh yeah," Stacy waves her off. "She has great tits."
She has amazing tits.
"I wanna feel!" Jules bounces over and joins in.
"Give me more chocolate and you can touch all you want." Brynna laughs and then glances over at me. "This is the most action I've had in months."
"Motherfuckingsonofawhore." I grumble.
"Is Brynna single?" Mark asks Will.
"Keep your fucking hands off her," I growl at him before I know what's coming out of my mouth.
"Hey," he holds his hands up in surrender and laughs. "It was just an innocent question."
Wowza! Oh boy, but I enjoyed this tasty confection! Edible definitely lives up to its name! Cole is one of the m...more5 stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
Wowza! Oh boy, but I enjoyed this tasty confection! Edible definitely lives up to its name! Cole is one of the most decadently yummy, suit-wearing, commanding, dirty talking alpha heroes in Romancelandia. The sex scenes are panty scorching hot, and I loved the touching epilogue. My only complaint is that it left me with a severe, unsatisfied, craving for some caramel sauce! 5 scrumptious stars!
This is one of the all-time best, most intelligent, and well written paranormal romance series, and Shield of...more4-4 ½ stars – Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance
This is one of the all-time best, most intelligent, and well written paranormal romance series, and Shield of Winter is another fantastic addition. The romance between Vasic and Ivy was so beautiful and moving. I just loved them together! *Swoon*(less)
A++wesome! An amazing, intense, gripping, emotional, and gratifying conclusion to a phenomenal series! I love Daem...more5+ stars – Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance
A++wesome! An amazing, intense, gripping, emotional, and gratifying conclusion to a phenomenal series! I love Daemon and Katy, and they are stronger and better than ever! I’m really going to miss them. *Sigh, sniff*
I really hope Ms. Armentrout revisits the Lux/Arum world in the future because I would love to see more of Daemon and Kat, Dawson and Beth, Hunter and Serena, Dee and Archer, Luc, and Hunter’s brothers. And even though this was a stellar, satisfying conclusion, there are still some things that felt somewhat open/unresolved. (view spoiler)[What really happened to Luc’s sick friend, Nadia? What happened to the kid Origins from Daedalus that Luc stowed away? Will Lothos and the Arum that helped defeat the invading Luxen play nicely or cause conflict for the remaining Luxen and humans? Will Hunter’s brothers ever get books of their own? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
All eight Bridgerton 2nd Epilogues have finally been gathered together in one volume, including the long-awaited 2nd Epilog...moreFrom Julia Quinn's website:
All eight Bridgerton 2nd Epilogues have finally been gathered together in one volume, including the long-awaited 2nd Epilogues for The Duke and I and On the Way to the Wedding. And as a special bonus: "Violet in Bloom," a short story in which we finally meet Edmund Bridgerton.(less)
Kristen Ashley has without a doubt earned the best/most of everything for 2012 (addictive stories, unforgettable...more5 stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
Kristen Ashley has without a doubt earned the best/most of everything for 2012 (addictive stories, unforgettable heroes, and moving epilogues) and is easily one of my all-time favorite authors. Her books completely beguile me every single time and this was certainly no exception. Never mind that I had boxes to unpack or a gazillion other things to do because Creed simply demanded my full attention...and boy howdy, he got it! I simply couldn’t put it down!
This actually started off a little bit rocky and I wasn’t quite sure what to think. But then around the 28% mark, everything started falling into place and I ended up loving it! Creed and Sylvie are both broken and battered with horribly tragic pasts, but they find healing and forgiveness through their resilient, enduring, and unconquerable love for each other. They’re memorable, unique characters, and I adored them together.
I loved Knight and Creed, and it’s hard to decide which I liked better. Both have compelling, strong, albeit very distinctive, heroes, and although related, they’re still very different books; so it’s probably best not to compare the two. Having said that, this definitely left me more emotionally satisfied than Knight, probably because there’s a definitive, more traditional, hard-won HEA.
Bottom line, Kristen Ashley is an author goddess and she’s once again made me a very happy romance reader! Big 5 stars!
The epilogue...of course. KA is the queen of heartwarming, mushy, gushy, and can’t-get-enough-of-it epilogues, and Creed left me smiling and wiping away tears.
Creed naming his kids (view spoiler)[with another woman the same names that he and Sylvie had planned on (hide spoiler)] made my heart break. Talk about a hot poker to the chest! His reasoning was awful, twisted, beautiful, and tragic, and although things eventually worked out, it was still hard to take.
After waiting so long for the flashback scene to reveal the moment that Sylvie (view spoiler)[finally lost her virginity to Creed (hide spoiler)], I was very disappointed that it faded to black.
I think it’s a bit misleading that this series falls in the Unfinished Hero series that’s described as erotic romances with anti-heroes because Creed is without a doubt an honorable man and a full-fledged hero, and it’s really not all that erotic.
This is Kristen Ashley’s first venture into the “erotic” romance genre, and I loved it! Knight Sebring is a serio...more5 stars – Contemporary Erotic Romance
This is Kristen Ashley’s first venture into the “erotic” romance genre, and I loved it! Knight Sebring is a seriously sexy, magnetic, dark anti-hero and all kinds of yummy “Dom”ineering alpha hotness. Anya Gage is very likeable and genuine and one of my favorite KA heroines. I really enjoyed their captivating, intense connection, dynamic relationship, emotional progression, and explosive bedroom scenes! YOWZA!
Ms. Ashley took a gamble with this, and I imagine some readers/fans will be put off by certain aspects, like the BDSM (D/s) elements and Knight’s dark side. He’s definitely an enigmatic, powerful “anti-hero”, but that’s one of the things I loved most about it. And I’ve read quite a bit of erotic and BDSM romances, so for me, this is actually on the somewhat lite/mild side, but it’s still gratifyingly steamy!
Controversy and Quibbles:
1) Spank Me Daddy
Knight had Anya answer/call him “Daddy” instead of “Master” or “Sir” in their sex play, which usually sets off my ick factor alert, but it really didn’t bother me in this. Somehow Knight mastered it, and I actually found this “Daddy” more smokin’ hot than creepy. “Come to/for Daddy?” If/when it’s Knight Sebring demanding it? Oh Hell Yeah!
2) I’m No Mr. Nice Guy...aka...Knight’s Big Secret
(view spoiler)[Knight is a pimp. WTF?!?! But hey, he treats his stable of women much better than his smarmy predecessor and he once covered Anya with a blanket while she was napping, so it’s okay. *dramatic eye roll* It just didn’t seem right to me that he would continue to profit from the world’s oldest profession, despite his reasoning and assurances that his girls are well treated and protected, especially considering his mother’s tragic past as a prostitute and how it impacted him when he was a little boy. And not to mention the fact that he’s already filthy rich. (hide spoiler)]
3) HEA But Knight Isn’t Traditional
(view spoiler)[Knight wouldn’t “officially” marry Anya or give her his last name because it’s just not him (too white picket fence and traditional). Yet he gave her a ring and very reception-like party and was excited and enthusiastic about having kids. Hmmm...isn’t that a bit ironic? (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I’m a very satisfied Kristen Ashley fangirl and sincerely hope she pens more erotic romances! 5 stars!
Favorite Knight quotes:
“Wars fought over a face like this,” he murmured like he was talking to himself, my heart stopped beating and his thumbs moved lightly across my cheeks. “A man would work himself into the ground for it, go down to his knees to beg to keep it, endure torture to protect it, take a bullet for it,” his eyes came to mine, “poison his brother to possess a face like this.”
“And I wake up happy, baby, because I possess beauty and I own that beauty in all the forms it can take and the least important of those are physical.”
“Who’s Your Daddy?”
Knight’s Hot in a Suit, Sophisticated Style:
‘Cause every girl crazy ‘bout a Sharp Dressed Man!