The Edge of Never's Camryn was dealt a severely less than stellar hand yet she still strove to be a loyal and caring friend. She was also determined tThe Edge of Never's Camryn was dealt a severely less than stellar hand yet she still strove to be a loyal and caring friend. She was also determined to keep trying at life, even if she has given up on love completely. I liked her to start but quickly found myself becoming a fierce cheerleader for her after the incident with Damon at The Underground and the backlash with Natalie. Redmerski's writing was 'real' and drew emotions from me easily. I felt like I was sitting on Cam's shoulder as events unfolded. Perfect start to this story because I was so invested in Camryn's quest that I gave nearly myself paper cuts flipping pages so quickly to get to what was next.
The Edge of Never started off with a good chunk in Camryn's point of view but around the 20% mark, it added in Andrew's. Eep! I love getting both sides in romances and considering how differently Andrew acted, I was so excited to see his thoughts. And oh man was he adorable, sweet, and completely yummy. I loved how Camryn totally misinterpreted some of the things Andrew did.
What I had been thinking about when I looked at him was that I realized I haven’t smiled or laughed this much since before Ian died. Not even Natalie could get a genuine elated emotion out of me and she tried really hard. She went out of her way to help snap me out of my depression, but nothing she ever did came close to what Andrew has managed to do in such a short time and without even trying.
I loved how both Camryn and Andrew were damaged but mending each other unknowingly. I found it it to be a romantic addition to their already beautifully blossoming relationship.
When thinking back on The Edge of Never my immediate response is OMG I LOVED IT!! IT WAS FREAKIN' AMAZING!! But to be honest... I hated it too. Some people don't like romance novels because there's little to no reality in them. Real men aren't romance heroes and real life isn't full of rich princes who would fight hell and high water to win their fair maidens. The Edge of Never is starkly, painfully, real and raw at times. As a fan of fantasy, I've never had an issue with unreal romances but Camryn and Andrew wormed themselves deeper into my heart because they became actual people. And this gave them the power to hurt me.
A smile warms my face and I glance away and say, “Well, everybody needs help feeling alive again every once in a while.” “No,” she says seriously, and my gaze falls back on hers, “I didn’t say again, Andrew; for making me feel alive for the first time.”
The Edge of Never was an extremely slow build but it was full of so many satisfying moments that I rarely noticed that Camryn and Andrew weren't actually together. But like I said before, when I did remember my heart ached for them.
The last few chapters of The Edge of Never... No spoilers but if you don't cry than I'm not entirely sure you've got a heart.
This is the first non-Stephanie Plum book for Evanovich that I've read and first one compleReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
This is the first non-Stephanie Plum book for Evanovich that I've read and first one completely for Dorien Kelly so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was, however, very afraid after reading the summary that Love in a Nutshell's heroine would be a watered down version of my beloved Stephanie since they seemed awful similar. I'm so glad that this wasn't the case; Stephanie and Kate Appleton do share some qualities but Kate is definitely her own girl.
I adored Kate and Matt. They both had a wonderful sense of humor that was never too over the top or silly and always managed to keep me amused. Humor is such a difficult thing to include because not everyone finds the same things to be funny. I'm very picky when it comes to comedy. I dislike 'stupid' humor and anything that seems to try too hard doesn't work well for me either. Their voices had an absolutely perfect middle ground for me. It was seemingly effortless and encompassed a wide variety of humor.
I have no idea how Evanovich and Kelly went about writing this novel but everything flowed amazingly. The book switches between Kate and Matt's point of view. With two authors and two point of views I was expecting some choppiness but I never ran in to any.
Many of the twists and reveals were predictable but I didn't find that ruined the fun. I usually like being kept in the dark and being just as surprised as the characters. For Love in a Nutshell I found the predictability to be sort of homey and reassuring. That's not really the best way to describe it but the book is set in a small town where everyone knows each other and it was a sweet, funny romance. I felt that being predictable built on that rather than made it boring.
My only disappointment with Love in a Nutshell was with its ending. I liked the ending but it wasn't satisfying. I felt like there was at least an epilogue or another chapter that I was missing. It went from the climax of the story to another page or two then 'The End'. As a romance the book should have had just a little more to it than what was given in my opinion....more
When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writiReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writing I've come to expect from Lori Foster. I've read many of her previous books but this one managed to blow me away. I simply couldn't read it fast enough and didn't want the story to come to an end. Foster is truly a master at her craft and this romantic suspense was a pleasure to experience.
When You Dare begins by introducing us to Molly who was kidnapped by human traffickers and taken from her home to Mexico. Lucky for her, hunky Dare Macintosh happens to be rescuing a friend from the same bad men. But what would a thirty year old 'plain' woman be doing grouped in with a bunch of young statuesque women? Molly can only assume that someone wanted her hurt and out of the way, but she has no idea who and there are too many suspects to count. It could be could be her father, ex-boyfriend, one of her angry fans... Surely this means Dare will agree to act as her protector for a little longer and if the attraction becomes to hard to fight then so be it.
Dare was an absolute dream to read about. I loved him from the very first sentence. Him being a big man with a bigger gun yet having a sweet, gentle side completely endeared him to me. There aren't many hulking mercenaries that would take the time to brush out a woman's hair when she was too weak to do it, especially when he barely knew her. And that's only the beginning of what I adored about it. He was so protective and intense when it came to those he cares about. Being an animal lover was just the cherry on top.
Molly was an amazing, stand out heroine. She had such beautiful inner strength and her emotions were always so believable and genuine. I did have a love/hate relationship with Molly's career though. Molly happened to be a romantic suspense writer with a movie deal in the making. This was difficult for me for reasons completely unrelated to the book, but I was anxious for a long time because of it. Jennifer Crusie's Welcome to Temptation features a script writer and when she wrote a personal life experience into her film, which I was constantly fearing Molly might do, the book's hero freaked out and that was the cause of much strife and agony for the characters and myself. I should have known Foster would never put her readers through that though. Once I finished the book I really appreciated how she integrated a writing career into the plot. It was very well done, never felt like she was writing herself into the book and it made the story even more unique.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this new Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. If the upcoming book manages to have even a fraction of the chemistry and steam Molly and Dare shared, I know I'll love it....more
This is a little DNF review that I wanted to post, I will someday read the whole book but these are my initial feelings/thoughts:
I read all of the conThis is a little DNF review that I wanted to post, I will someday read the whole book but these are my initial feelings/thoughts:
I read all of the contemporary romance portion of the book (Piper/Mick) and loved it. I loved how the story was told using the historical romance part of the book as a diary that Piper finds. This was a huge surprise to me, a very welcome one though as I've never encountered this in a book before. That said, I just couldn't get into Ophelia/Sir's story. The sex was scorching hot, unlike Piper and Mick's, yet that was all it brought to the table for me. I'm not into the sex for freedom instead of emotion that I encountered at the beginning of their story and I couldn't get past this. I did spoil the ending for myself, of course since I read all of the other story, so I know that I eventually want to read the historical romance side. It's not high on my priority list, however, considering how put off I was from its beginning....more
When I picked up The Perfect Play I definitely wasn't expecting what I got. I wasn't familiReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
When I picked up The Perfect Play I definitely wasn't expecting what I got. I wasn't familiar with Jaci Burton so I assumed the book would be a fluffy contemporary sports romance, something along the lines of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I certainly wasn't expecting a super hot, steamy romance bordering on erotica. I really enjoyed the book though but I was off balance when I first started reading. It was so different from what I was expecting that I had trouble getting into it at first. My advice is to go into reading this book knowing that there's hot sex in nearly every chapter and Burton shares all the yummy and explicit details.
I started reading this book for it's cover. Ladies, you can't possibly convince me that you don't find the cover beyond swoon worthy. I could stare at it all day. I'm so glad that the romance turned out to be just as great as the cover because I honestly didn't even read the summary when I grabbed this book. Mick and Tara were wonderfully flawed characters to read about. Their issues were what really drew me to them because often times in romances either the hero or the heroine are nearly perfect. My only problem with the book arose from a possibly unintentional flaw Burton gave Tara, which drove me absolutely insane. In the beginning of the book Tara kept saying that she loved talking and that she wasn't with Mick just for sex, yet whenever Mick tried to talk with her, Tara would use sex to shut him up. This made her come off as incredibly skanky which was frustrating for me because I never had that opinion during the rest of the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to any 'hotter than usual' romance lovers. I'm not a sports fan but football was integrated so well into the book that I almost wished that I was a fan. I believe that true fans will especially love this book as I'm sure it's a lot of woman's dreams to end up with an insatiable football player. I'm so excited that Burton is writing a sequel. I'm a little nervous because I loved the upcoming hero, Mick's brother, but absolutely loathed the heroine because she was such a bitch in this book....more
Wine connoisseur Jordan is incredibly worried about her twin brother who was recently incarReview originally posted at Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
Wine connoisseur Jordan is incredibly worried about her twin brother who was recently incarcerated for shutting down twitter after his girlfriend broke up with him via tweet. She's been given an opportunity to get him released if she allows sexy FBI agent Nick to go undercover as her boyfriend at an exclusive party hosted by a suspected money launderer. I don't think there's any part of A Lot Like Love's premise that didn't have me totally hooked.
A Lot Like Love was such a fun read. It had everything I desire in a romance novel; an interesting story, witty banter, great chemistry etc. I was especially appreciative of the fantastic characters. Our hero and heroine, Jordan and Nick, were both so easy to love. I loved each of them as an individual but together they were on fire. I even found myself falling for one of the minor characters, Kyle the very naughty, dramatic brother. I'm so excited that he will be getting his own book. He and Jordan were hilarious together, loved all of the jail jokes/humor.
Often times I honestly don't care about the storyline when it comes to romances. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one though. The special agent/undercover tension was very well done and added a lot to the the romance. I had expected to be turned off by the undercover scenes since I'm not one for the misunderstandings and confusion that it usually brings out. James didn't do that to us though. She used it as a tool to feed their banter and passion, and I loved every second of it.
I only have one itsy bitsy complaint about the book. I'm not a wine girl. I enjoyed the wine talk thrown in the beginning of the book because it made the characters' lives more real. I also adored when the wine talk turned sensual. However, it became a little tedious for me nearing the end of the book when it was just page after page of wineries and wine making.
That said, I enjoyed the book too much to let that bother me. A Lot Like Love was fun, witty and didn't have much of any angst, thank you Julie James! We got to see both Jordan and Nick's POV which is another aspect that I always enjoy. Both characters had great voices. Basically I can sum up this review by saying that this book was a quick read simply because I couldn't put it down once I got started. I look forward to reading more by this author....more
Pink Satin was a quick, heartwarming romance. The book remained lighthearted and fun even iReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
Pink Satin was a quick, heartwarming romance. The book remained lighthearted and fun even in the face of more serious topics like insecurities and a potential stalker, both of which I usually find tedious and annoying. Greene is a wonderful writer and I will definitely be returning to her books since I enjoyed this one so much. Her writing style made the book flow very easily but it was the voices she gave her characters that drew me in.
The chemistry between Greer and Ryan was tangible, very satisfying to read about. It was easy to picture the two of them as my neighbors and their romance actually playing out. The craziness to their situation and the circumstances of the relationship only added to the believability. Greer keeps receiving creepy phone calls from The Breather and to alleviate her fear, she seeks out company. Enter Ryan, a new neighbor, who ends up sprawled across Greer's robe clad body then somehow talks his way into her apartment for dinner so that he can protect her. A normal beginning, their situation is certainly not but it fits them perfectly. Ryan was a very sexy hero and not just because of his looks. His protective and caring nature are what made me find him delicious. What woman wouldn't love a man who played chess in the apartment's hall to calm her down, stormed into her apartment whenever he heard the phone ring to protect her or carried her cat about between apartments even though he dubbed it his nemesis just to keep her happy?
There was a slight plot to Pink Satin other than the romance. It definitely took the backseat but it was still interesting and held my attention. It was also well integrated into the romance, they never felt like separate entities....more
I love cowboys and horses so the summary of this book really interested me despite the pregReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3½ stars.
I love cowboys and horses so the summary of this book really interested me despite the pregnancy storyline which I was quite hesitant about. For nearly the whole book I was anxious in regards to that conflict, which is one I don't care for, and how it would be handed. I think Eagle did a great job addressing it then moving on. It wasn't drawn out and painful like many authors would have made it. I think that made the book a lot smoother and enjoyable read for me.
I liked Skyler. She was fun, smart, interesting... And I liked Trace even more. Definitely loved the cocky, sexy cowboy image he had going on. Their relationship just didn't work for me though in the first half of the book. Passionate moments felt cold and other than great one liners, I never felt them connect in conversation. However, I did love their instant attraction. Sure the build up can be fun but it often contains some angst or denial, neither of which I find enjoyable. I really liked that there was no pretense or nonsense between Skyler and Trace in regards to attraction. They liked each other so they let it happen. The second half of the book was a whole different rodeo; it was a wild ride and I loved every second of it.
The love scenes can go either way. If you're looking for something explicit and detailed, you won't enjoy the sex in this book. If you're looking for something a little more subtle then you'll really enjoy what Eagle's got in store for you.
Something about this book didn't feel modern, it felt more like something from the mid-eighties. I think it was a combination of the author's narrative language and the dialogue given to the characters. Some lines had a current witty and cleverness but much of it had an older feel. This wasn't a problem for me, but it was a surprise that took some adjusting to.
Lastly, many people aren't going to get the rodeo or equine talk and it isn't really explained. It's not necessary knowledge for the story but it will be frustrating to encounter that type of language not knowing what's going on considering both characters' lives revolve around horses....more