I liked this book for the most part, and it definitely had a strong Kristen Ashley vibe. Sheriff Jack3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
I liked this book for the most part, and it definitely had a strong Kristen Ashley vibe. Sheriff Jack Gunnison was a sexy, growly, bossy, possessive, arrogant, cocky, badass alpha hero, but the TSTL heroine was exasperating and drove me nuts. Yet I still enjoyed it, despite my annoyance with the heroine....more
I really enjoyed this! Anna drove me nuts to the point that I honestly didn’t understand why Drew even bothere4 stars – Contemporary/NA/Sports Romance
I really enjoyed this! Anna drove me nuts to the point that I honestly didn’t understand why Drew even bothered with her, but I ended up liking her better towards the latter part of the book. Drew was a besotted sweetheart for the most part, despite a few asshat moments near the end. The sex scenes were smoking hot! I wanted a bit more from the ending but the epilogue was nice. I’m looking forward to Gray’s book, the, The Friend Zone....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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This had so much potential, especially with a dreamy, swoonalicious, besotted, and doting Italian gentleman alph3 ½ stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance
This had so much potential, especially with a dreamy, swoonalicious, besotted, and doting Italian gentleman alpha hero like Dominic, but sadly, it was my least favorite of the series. I just didn’t feel any real connection (beyond sex) between Dom and Alecia, and she was somewhat annoying and bitchy. Also, the big misunderstanding and miscommunication felt too contrived. But I love this series, so I enjoyed catching up with the other couples and the fabulous, heartfelt epilogue....more
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.
Like many KA fans, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the continuation of Frankie and Benny’s story since their electric and3-3 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.
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy debut that’s bold, inventive, engrossing, and sensual. I really enjoyed this!
McMaster has crafted an intricate, alternate London set historical with memorable, complex characters and unique elements of paranormal, steampunk, vampires, and verwulfen blended seamlessly without excessive world building to bog down the pacing or impede the romance. The dark, eerie Whitechapel setting gives the story an authentic gothic resonance and provides lots of danger, intrigue, thrills, and chills.
Blade, “the devil of Whitechapel”, is a captivating, sexy hero with a fascinating mix of tortured soul and primal alpha male who’s at times brutal yet intimately tender and protective of those he cares about. He’s rough, growly, ruthless, and possessive, has a caring heart of gold, and yearns for affection, trust, and peace. Blade reminded me a little of Charming Mickey from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Scandalous Desires at times but with more of a predator, supernatural edge and a somewhat softer, gooier center. In other words...YOWZA!
Honoria Todd is a strong, brave heroine and I both admired and wanted to strangle her at times for being so stubborn, proud, and loyal to a fault. It drove me crazy that she continually resisted and rebuffed Blade, no matter what he did or how hard he tried. Blade and Honoria engage in quite a bit of bickering, sparring, and bantering and have some seriously explosive chemistry. And when she finally comes to her senses I nearly screamed...well, it’s about time!
Kiss of Steel is a terrific, original debut that’s dark, passionate, intense, emotional, and satisfyingly steamy. I’m looking forward to the next book, Heart of Iron.
At least the title, Thoughtless, is an accurate depiction of such an immature, selfish, peevish, wishy-washy he1 star – Contemporary/New Adult Romance
At least the title, Thoughtless, is an accurate depiction of such an immature, selfish, peevish, wishy-washy heroine. I hated her character, and the romance wasn’t appealing, genuine, or believable. I also hated all the tedious details and descriptions. Needless to say, this book just didn’t work for me, at all....more
If I rated this based on the heroine it would get 1 star because Ava topped the annoying b*t4 stars – Chick lit/Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
If I rated this based on the heroine it would get 1 star because Ava topped the annoying b*tchometer until around the 65% mark and even after that was still ungrateful and somewhat irritating. Without a doubt, yummalicious, handcuff wielding, uber alpha badass Luke Stark made and saved this book.
Peace Out and Rock On!
*****Edited from original rating/review*****
I bumped this from a somewhat lackluster 4 stars to a stronger, more solid 4+ after finishing Rock Chick Regret, loving the series, and eventually growing to like Ava. Besides, Luke Stark is one of the most badass, studtastic members of the Hot Bunch!
This is my favorite in the fun, ridiculously zany, wild ride Rock Chick series so far. Va4 ½-5 stars – Chick lit/Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
This is my favorite in the fun, ridiculously zany, wild ride Rock Chick series so far. Vance is another yummy, KAmazing alpha hero, and he and Jules were smokin’ hot together!
I liked Jules and found her far less irritating than previous Rock Chicks, Indy, Jet, and Roxie, but she definitely had numerous aggravating moments. Her inner Rottweiler, constant threats about breaking up with Vance, and routinely bragging about being such a kickass “The Law” mamma jamma were really annoying. As far as I’m concerned, Vance has the patience of a saint.
The love triangle went a bit too far for my taste, so I’m knocking off half a star for that and some Jules irritation. Otherwise, it’s a highly entertaining read with some emotional moments that made me tear up a few times. 4 ½-5 stars!
Although his hair isn’t quite long enough, this is definitely my Vance Ouray Crowe.
Geez, and here I thought Indy from Rock Chick was aggravating. But Jet definitely wins the3 ½ stars – Chick lit/Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Geez, and here I thought Indy from Rock Chick was aggravating. But Jet definitely wins the prize for the most annoying, clueless, low self-esteem, and TSTL heroine who’s deserving of a major b*tch slap smackdown. I found her so exasperating that she lessened my overall enjoyment, and I don’t know why a yummy as sin hero like Eddie put up with all her bullsh*t, unless he’s just glutton for punishment.
But it’s still Kristen Ashley, so of course, despite my loathing Jet, the wacky, unbelievable plot, zany antics, and super abrupt ending, I still found it entertaining. And I’ll definitely read the rest of the Rock Chick series.
*****Edited from original rating/review*****
I bumped this from a low 3.5 to a higher 3.5 (closer to 4 stars) after finishing Rock Chick Regret, loving the series, and eventually growing to like Jet!