Nina Lane’s Spiral of Bliss series was one of my favorites of last year. So I was ecstatic about this spin-off4 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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4 ½ stars – Contemporary/New Adult/Rock Star Romance
I really enjoyed this one! Jimmy is such a yummy, complex, narcissistic, tortured, broodylicious b4 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
I really enjoyed this collection of sexy holiday romances, especially the fabulous stories by Emma C4.5 stars – Contemporary/Holiday Romance Anthology
I really enjoyed this collection of sexy holiday romances, especially the fabulous stories by Emma Chase and Kristen Proby. A great way to warm up on a chilly winter’s day!
Searching for You by Jennifer Probst – 3 stars
It’s a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol by Emma Chase – Loved it! Drew gets Scrooged!!!! He made me laugh (of course!), but it’s also a touching tale that brought tears to my eyes. A wonderful indeed 5+ stars!
Saving Grace by Kristen Proby – Loved this one, too! It’s a sweet, fun, charming, and steamy story with an amusing, klutzy heroine and a swoonalicious ski instructor (with a twist) hero melting the slopes and heating up the lodge together! 5 stars!
Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne – 2 ½ ‘it was just okay’ stars
Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader is an enjoyable second chance/reunited lovers story and a great introduction to her new Hot in Chicago Firefighters series. 4 stars!
This was a tad slow for me in the beginning. I liked Cassie, but too much time was spent in her head and on min4 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....more
Awaken is a beautiful, passionate, evocative, utterly romantic, and brilliantly written conclusion to Dean and Liv’s sa5 stars – Contemporary Romance
Awaken is a beautiful, passionate, evocative, utterly romantic, and brilliantly written conclusion to Dean and Liv’s saga. I loved their soulful journey. I had some issues with Dean in the first two books, but he made me sigh and swoon blissfully in this. 5 satisfied, seductive stars for the entire trilogy!...more
This really sucked me in and I neglected all kinds of household tasks to finish it in nearly one sitting. It’s a great4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
This really sucked me in and I neglected all kinds of household tasks to finish it in nearly one sitting. It’s a great read with lots of melodrama and angst that makes for an addictive, fast-paced romance. It reminded me of a very well done Harlequin romance. There were some editing errors, and I got confused when the heroine suddenly developed red hair to match her fiery temper when I could have sworn at one point earlier in the book she was described as being a blonde. But those minor missteps didn’t lessen my overall enjoyment, especially considering it was only .99 cents. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from this author....more