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 feel like this series is equivalent to a violent, disturbing ten car pileup involving mass casualties that you j3 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.
There’s no possible way I can adequately express my feelings about this book or gush enough over how much I admire Kris5+ stars – Contemporary Romance
There’s no possible way I can adequately express my feelings about this book or gush enough over how much I admire Kristen Ashley’s writing brilliance. So I’ll keep things simple and just say that I loved, loved, loved this!
Ms. Ashley is the reigning queen of smokin’ hot, badass uber alpha heroes, addictive, sigh-worthy romance, and dreamy, gratifying epilogues, and Heaven and Hell is certainly no exception. It’s one of my very favorite KA reads to date! Huge, heavenly 5 stars!
Sam in all his sexy, swoonalicious glory:
Kia in casual glamour mode:
Kia lounging around Sam’s beach house in North Carolina:
Memphis going for a walk on the beach:
On a side note...I’ve been to Lake Como in Italy and it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful, heavenly places I’ve seen. So I especially loved all the Lake Como scenes.
Lago di Como è bellissima!
This emotional, heartfelt scene pretty much sums up the book.
(view spoiler)[“You walked into that dining room, baby, and you know, the minute I saw you, I wanted to fuck you. Two days later, I saw you outside havin’ a drink and even before you looked at me with tears in your eyes, just when I saw you sittin’ there, I was annoyed, thought you were playin’ games, and I didn’t care. Just you sittin’ there I knew it was you.” He knew it was me. Me I closed my eyes. “Look at me,” Sam ordered quietly and I opened them. “Weeks after that, Kia, I saw you standing in my kitchen writing a grocery list, doing nothing, just writing a grocery list. But you’d just made me laugh and, just like you, you made me do it hard. That shit with Gordo, with Luci, losin’ Ben, Felicia tryin’ to off herself, that shit’s too much, it wears you down. I hadn’t laughed like that in months, not since Gordo died and in that moment, you in the kitchen, I realized I did it all the time with you. There were times before, a lot of them, I’d look at you and feel your pull, so strong. I wanted to fight it, deny it but I couldn’t, you wouldn’t let me and I didn’t get it. But seein’ you standing in my kitchen, effortlessly beautiful, writing a fuckin’ grocery list after you made me laugh like that, I knew what it was. I got it. I knew it was more. I knew that wasn’t an offer. That was a promise. Even with all the shit goin’ down with you, shit that would wear any other woman down, it didn’t with you and you gave me that from the beginning. And it hit me then that was what my life would be like if I lived the whole of it with you. And I knew I couldn’t live without you.” Oh. My. God. He couldn’t live without me. His face got close. “You cannot leave me. You can’t. I can’t live without you.” He couldn’t live without me. He was in hell, just like me. And just like he did for me, I showed him heaven.(hide spoiler)]
My favorite badass alpha, yowza dirty talkin’ Sam quote:
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(view spoiler)[“Kia, eyes on me,” Sam ordered gently and my eyes slid back to him to see he wasn’t smiling anymore and there was no trace of hilarity. He was focused, intent and serious but all of that in a tender way that made something important shift inside of me. “Makin’ you melt for me then makin’ you light up for me, listening to you get excited, feeling it, tasting it, eating it.” His words made me shiver and it helped that his hand was gliding up my back, my neck and into my hair then he pulled my head down so my face was an inch from his and he continued on a whisper, “Feelin’ you come against my mouth, watchin’ you drive yourself down on my dick, listening to you moan as your pussy clenched around my cock when you came, baby, yeah, that was all okay, that was all better than fuckin’ okay. It was fuckin’ beautiful.”(hide spoiler)]
A bunch of my fellow romance lovin’ Goodreads friends have been reading and raving about Kristen Ashley, and with great5+ stars – Contemporary Romance
A bunch of my fellow romance lovin’ Goodreads friends have been reading and raving about Kristen Ashley, and with great reason. Lady Luck is the third book in the Colorado Mountain series, and after reading it, I’m now 3 for 3 with her books being big 5 star winners that I loved.
There’s just something about her stories that grab me right from the beginning and never let go. I especially love how the details, descriptions, and conversations depict such vivid images of the characters and scenes so that it feels like you’re watching a movie in your mind. It’s true that the editing could use improvement and there’s perhaps too much elucidation of inane minutiae, like clothes, jewelry, outfits, rooms, furniture, and common “stuff”. But overall Ashley’s unique writing style and genuine, engaging dialogue bring the story and cast to life. Her books are unusually lengthy and take me longer to read than other authors/books, but then astonishingly when they’re over, I’m sad and still want more. Fortunately, she also gives her readers superb epilogues that more than satisfy.
I absolutely adored Lexie, but I didn’t warm up to Ty quite as easily. I felt bad for him and all that he endured, and his anger, cynical mistrust of women, and desire for vengeance were more than justified. Even so, Ty’s cruel treatment of Lexie in a couple of momentous, heartbreakingly intense scenes really pissed me off. I cried like a baby and felt nearly as emotionally flayed and raw afterward as she did. Lexie’s such an incredibly sweet, loyal, giving, and loving heroine, and I wasn’t sure he’d be able to win me back after he’d hurt her so terribly and unforgivably. Amazingly he did, and with icing and a cherry on top. It certainly didn’t hurt that he’s a smokin’ hot, tortured, badass alpha, which I can never resist.
Crude language doesn’t bother me, but there’s a lot of fuckin’, pussy, and bitch talk in this that got somewhat grating at times. Also, I didn’t really care for Ty’s nickname “mama” for Lexie initially, but it grew on me after a while.
My summary of the Colorado Mountain series so far: Favorite hero: Max from The Gamble Favorite heroine: Lexie from Lady Luck Favorite overall story/book: Sweet Dreams And I can’t wait for Chace and Faye’s story!
I’m glad she’s got an extensive backlist and more book releases coming because I definitely want to read more by this author! Big 5 stars!
I envisioned hunkalicious Boris Kodjoe as Ty. He doesn’t have enough tats, but I’ve got a great imagination and could mentally tat him up.
I imagined Jennifer Garner or Rachel Weisz as Lexie. I think either of them could play her with the perfect mix of sweet, goof, and sass.
Always listen to your instincts. I had a hunch about the killer in book one, If You Hear Her, and thought Puck confirmed4-4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
Always listen to your instincts. I had a hunch about the killer in book one, If You Hear Her, and thought Puck confirmed it for me with his whimpering/growling around a certain character. Then so much happened in the second book, If You See Her, that I became confused and second-guessed myself, but my original deduction was right.
The romance between Law and Nia felt a bit rushed and wasn’t quite as convincing as the other couples of the trilogy (Lena and Ezra and Hope and Remy), but they were definitely smokin’ hot together. With steamy sex scenes and creepy suspense, If You Know Her is a satisfying ending to the series....more
Why did I read this? Well, I love military romantic suspense and of course the smokin’ hot cover didn’t hurt matters.Sadly 1 star – Romantic Suspense
Why did I read this? Well, I love military romantic suspense and of course the smokin’ hot cover didn’t hurt matters. But I understand now why there are such low ratings because unfortunately, the cover is the best...possibly only...redeeming thing about this book.
It just didn’t work for me or hold my interest...at all. The love scenes are odd, giggle inducing, and have very flowery prose, especially for a military romantic suspense read.
“French kisses and two-fingered pressure lifted her backside off the duvet and began to salsa her hips, turning her quick pants into long moaned wind chants. He found her voice; resurrected it from the dead. It got hollered into a pillow when she spilled sweet coquito yum nectar down his chin.”
“Put it in just a little bit, papi?” *snicker, snort*
I’m a fairly generous reviewer, but this is a pretty bad mess.
Note: Alexis Grant is another pen name for author L.A. Banks who passed away in 2011. I have genuine admiration for everything she accomplished in her career, so this rating/review is in no way meant to be disrespectful of her legacy.