This is a book about best friends. Logan is the typical cocky, handsome, man-whore fighter. He is Unbreakable. But unknown to his fans, Unbreakable, iThis is a book about best friends. Logan is the typical cocky, handsome, man-whore fighter. He is Unbreakable. But unknown to his fans, Unbreakable, is already broken. He is broken on the inside and that is why he can never give his best friend Maxx what she wants. Max is in love with Logan and he knows it and if he admits it to himself, he loves her too, but he cannot allow his feelings for her to overrule what he knows. He knows that he comes from a long line of abusers and he will never let Maxx be touched by the curse that seems to cling to his bloodline.
This was sort of a frustrating book. The writing irritated me. All the reviews I read seemed to enjoy it, but I thought that it was weird. Paragraphs in bold were comments directed at you, the reader, from the characters in the book. I think most people found it funny, but I found it annoying. I started skimming when I got to those parts, because I didn't find it funny like it was intended to be.
(view spoiler)[ The other thing that sort of bothered me was that Logan KNEW how Max felt about him, and he wanted to protect her from himself basically. But then he paraded woman after woman through their house (Yes, they were roommates, along with their other two best friends) knowing that would hurt her. That ticks me off.
Then the whole plan that Maxx and her friend comes up with to get Logan's attention makes NO sense! She decides to mess around with him, basically do anything but sleep with him because she's sure that will get his attention. (And even that doesn't work, because she ends up throwing herself at him and he turns her down) So basically she gives him exactly what he wants... her, with no strings attached. In real life that would be Logan's dream come true, he wouldn't stop sleeping with other woman just because he finally got what he wanted. No he would think he hit the jackpot by having his cake and eating it too. It's ridiculous. The kind of thing that would get his attention is if she finally got some self respect and decided to put some space between Logan and herself. No more letting him cuddle up and spend the day in her bed after sleeping with some bimbo, or two, the night before.
Ugh it just annoyed me to no end. Because it wasn't realistic at all! (hide spoiler)]
Then when I'm finally getting to the end of the book, I'm ready for it to be done and wrapped up I get to the last page to find out that is NOT the end of the story. It's one of those books that has 4 or 5 other books following it. So to finish the story I have to buy multiple books with about 150 pages each. I can't stand that. And I doubt I will be buying the next book.
It wasn't a terrible book, the story sucked me in and held my interest the whole time. Xavier Neal is a good story teller, there were just too many things that annoyed me for me to really enjoy it. What really baffles me though is that this series- if you can call 150 page books a series- has some serious love. From readers, I mean. The reviews for this series were overwhelmingly positive and nothing but praise. Although I guess if you are going to pay for all these individual books, the last few books are probably going to be read by the biggest fans of the series, the people who aren't feeling it, me, have dropped off after reading the first or second book. I find it a bit of a rip off and it has to be seriously engaging to get me to but 4 short stories at $3.00 a piece.
So to wrap up, I kind of want to know what happens with Maxx and Logan, but I'm at the point where if he falls into bed with one more bimbo, and then Maxx acts like it doesn't bother her, I'm going to throw my kindle. And I'm pretty sure there will be more of that in the future books, based on reviews I've already read. So, no thank you. I like reading about women with a little more self respect.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was recommended to me because of my love for Perfect Chemistry. I was so excited about reading it, I had planned on saving it for a trip I am takThis was recommended to me because of my love for Perfect Chemistry. I was so excited about reading it, I had planned on saving it for a trip I am taking to Florida in two weeks, but I couldn't wait. I started reading it and finished it in one day. I'll have to read something else on the way to Florida.
I was intrigued with the violence/knight in shining armor aspect of this book. I couldn't wait to get to that part and when I did get to it, it didn't disappoint. The story line was good but I thought there should have been more. For an $8.00 e-book, there should have been a lot more to read. It was way shorter than I was expecting and because of that I felt as though the relationship between Maddie and Ortiz was rushed. They went from being attracted to each other, to being in love in a matter of days/weeks.
I really liked her coworker Manny. I would have liked to read more scenes with him in them. I thought his character was so well written I could picture him very clearly in my mind. He had an extremely likable personality.
In closing, I enjoyed this book but at the end felt a smidge disappointed because it was over so fast. ...more
Keela was abducted by aliens and taken to an auction on another planet. Along the way she met a 10 year old girl who was certain her father was goingKeela was abducted by aliens and taken to an auction on another planet. Along the way she met a 10 year old girl who was certain her father was going to rescue her. When her father did show up to rescue her she asked him to take Keela with them.
Marruk couldn't ignore the attraction to Keela the moment he saw her. He also wanted nothing to do with the feelings that were stirring him every time he thought of Keela.
This kept me interested through the whole story, but when I was done reading it just felt like an ok book. Nothing really special, but not bad either. It was the typical alien book. I'm noticing a lot of them are just so-so with the same sort of story. Nothing really sets this book apart from the many others like this one....more
This was a different kind of shifter story in the sense that the main shifter could shift to any animal he wanted. He was like the king of shifters inThis was a different kind of shifter story in the sense that the main shifter could shift to any animal he wanted. He was like the king of shifters in his area. He rescues a human one night from some vampires, and he realizes pretty quickly that she is his mate. He takes her home and lets her sleep off her attack and when she wakes up he intends to talk to her but their attraction is so potent, they can't keep their hands off each other.
Ava wakes up in a stranger's house with no memory of how she got there. She is even more disturbed by her reaction to the man, who she recognizes as the Omega. As soon as her senses come back to her she realizes she needs to get out of there.
This was a pretty fast paced book. I never got bored and even when it would switch to other story lines with different characters, I never felt bored. I was just as interested in the other story lines. In fact I can't wait to read about the other characters in the next books.
I didn't like that the shepards were zealots. Christians seem to get a bad rep for that, but the use of scripture in this book made me uncomfortable, because it was so perversely misused and misconstrued to benefit the shepards cause. It made me cringe.
I love how fiercely protective Diskant was of Ava. I love a good strong alpha male with his possessiveness and out of his mind jealousy when his woman talks to another man. And Diskant did not disappoint.
I also loved all the cool things that Ava and Diskant could do once they started their bonding. Telepathy. So cool.
"I'm not your mate." "We're back that, are we?" "We never left that!" "Oh, kitten." His eyes shifted to that vivid shade of jeweled emerald and he smiled mischievously. "You turn me on when you're angry. I can't wait to learn what pisses you off so I can get you good and fired up just to cool you back down."
In this story, Dragons are losing numbers. They need to reproduce, but have been cursed to only produce males, no female dragons. So they must mate wiIn this story, Dragons are losing numbers. They need to reproduce, but have been cursed to only produce males, no female dragons. So they must mate with human women. The catch is that human women can't survive giving birth to the dragon offspring. But there is a war brewing against the rogue dragons and they need more dragons and they need to ensure that their species will carry on. Bastian is the leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, and he realizes that although he hates the idea of hurting a woman, he must lead by example and select a woman to carry his child. He is having trouble picking someone knowing he will ultimately doom them to die. Then he meets Myst. He is instantly drawn to Myst, and he knows that she is the one, because once he meets her he knows he can't let her get away. He can't live with out her, which is quite the conundrum, since by keeping her, she will die.
I have mixed feelings about this book. If the story was mainly told from Bastian and Myst's point of views I would probably be ok. I would have enjoyed it much more. But it was told from multiple POV's and it drove me nuts. Every time the story would get really good, or something exciting would happen, it would switch to another POV of someone who was doing something completely different and completely boring. I got so frustrated I had to put the book down several times because I was getting so angry.
There were also several times that I found myself rolling my eyes because of all the cliché sayings. There were SO many of them in about the first 50% of the book. Luckily, either they stopped or I just got used to them. Here are a couple of examples.
Not the kind of case a cop wanted to catch this close to the weekend. And yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. All of a sudden, Sheriff Yahoo was looking a whole lot smarter than the two of them put together.
She wasn't a chicken. Somewhere along the line, the bok-bok gene had skipped a few branches in her family tree...
Yippee-ki-yay. Let the games begin.
(This one really got me. This was said by a dragon that was so intimidating that the waitress wouldn't even put his drink in front of him, she set it on the edge of the table so she didn't have to get to close. He is the kind of guy who only answers in two word sentences, very quiet and brooding. Except in this scene where he says...)
Gonna take a look-see.
With an abrupt shift, Bastian cut his flight short and...One potato. Two potato. Three potato, four... He broadsided the rogue, hitting him like the freight train he knew Wick wanted to throw.
I'll stop, because I'm not trying to bash the book or the author. Some people might really find it entertaining or funny, but I just got annoyed. Although, the descriptions weren't all annoying, one of them ended up being my favorite quote. So like I said, some readers might enjoy this style of writing a lot.
So despite the things I found annoying, I really liked the story line. I think the author has a really good story going and she definitely set it up to be a series from the start, because some things were settled in this book, but most things were not. The story is really only beginning in a way. I would really like to find out what happens next, but I'm not sure I'm interested in reading the next book because I got so tired of reading about Angela and Rikar in THIS book. I could care less about all the chapters from Angela's POV. She was boring. I can't see myself enjoying a book about her, if I do read the next book it will be because I want to know what happens with Bastian and Myst. And Forge. I'm interested in Forge's storyline.
One whiff of him and her libido went first-grader on her: hand raised, butt dancing in the chair as her hormones screamed, "Pick me! Pick me!"...more
I really loved this book! I've been on a dragon kick lately and this one has to be my favorite so far. It was one of those stories that I would tell mI really loved this book! I've been on a dragon kick lately and this one has to be my favorite so far. It was one of those stories that I would tell myself I would put the book down the next time the story starts to slow down... that never really happened. I was constantly interested and constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Pia was blackmailed into stealing from the most powerful being she knows. She knows she must run after she steals from him and she tries. Dragos does not like anything taken from him, even if it is as small as a penny. He will find who is responsible and they will pay. Dragos hunts, and its not long before he knows who did it.
The only problem is once these two are together, there is an undeniable attraction. Dragos realizes pretty quickly that he can never let Pia go. But that goes against everything Pia's mom has instilled in her. She taught her to never get caught, to always hide and go unnoticed. Most of all keep her identity and abilities a secret. Dragos wants to know everything about Pia and is relentless in his pursuit to find out as much as he can.
There was a few things that bugged me though. One was a part of the book where it switched from third person to first person. That was a little weird.
Also, I think the author took the easy way out by not coming up with a name for Pia. Instead of thinking of a cool fantasy type name, she just says Pia tells him. That annoyed me. I wanted to know her name.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FAVORITE QUOTES
Payback was a beautiful b*tch. She was also a good friend of his, and they were just getting started.
~Dragos internal monologue
"I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity," he said. "I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch." He cocked his head. "I used to eat people, you know."
~Dragos - some of his better qualities.
"It means, you stupid woman, that I am learning too. Now you listen to me. I never stop thinking about you. You're with me everywhere I go but I miss you when we're apart. I've already shown that I will kill for you. I would also die for you. You make me laugh. You make me happy. You're my miracle and my home. If you as much as twitch, I get a hardon. I will always come for you, always want you, and always need you. We clear?"
I've been looking for good dragon books and I absolutely loved this one! I really love a strong female, and Annwyl is about as strong as you can get.I've been looking for good dragon books and I absolutely loved this one! I really love a strong female, and Annwyl is about as strong as you can get. She was known as Annwyl the Bloody because of all the heads she had severed in battle. But the thing that I loved so much about her, was that she had the mouth and attitude to back up her rightly given title. I hate it when authors describe a character a certain way, but write the character differently. I was so glad Annwyl was written as a mouthy, sarcastic warrior. I really loved her
Fearghus the Destroyer was a dragon who just wanted peace and quiet. He had is own reputation of destroying villages to obtain his peace and quiet. So the two of them together made such a great couple. Annwyl was all attitude and Fearghus fell in love with her almost instantly. Everytime she stood up to him, every time she ran her mouth and tried to push him around he was astounded that she didn't fear him, but then became more fascinated with her because of that fact.
Another thing that I loved about this book was that the story lasted longer than I expected. I felt as though there were 3 major climaxes. Not really sure if climax is accurate, but there were 3 major happenings in the book, 3 issues to resolve. I liked that there was more to the story than just boy meets girl, for whatever reason they can't be together, they resolve it and live happily ever after. No, there was a little more to this, and I loved that after the first hurdle, I had more to read and more to look forward too.
"And you are Annwyl of Garbhán Isle. Anwyl of the Dark Plains. And, last I heard, Annwyl the Bloody." Annwyl did cringe at that. She hated that particular title. "You take the heads of men and bathe in their blood."
"I do not!" She looked back at the dragon. "You take a man's head, there's blood. Spurting blood. But I do not bathe in anything but water."
~Fearghus and Annwyl
"Did you just throw a book at me? In my own den?"
"Yes. And I'd throw it again!"
Fearghus scratched his head in confusion. He'd never met a human brave enough- or stupid enough, depending on your point of view-to challenge him. "But," he croaked out, amazed, "I'm a dragon."
~Fearghus and Annwyl
"Really, Fearghus. You need to stop asking me to let you kill our family."
Fearghus shook his head. "They just keep irritating me."
~Morfyd and Fearghus
Briec now stood beside hime. His arms crossed in front of his chest. "Lady." He nodded coldly to her, and Annwyl glanced between Gwenvael and Morfyd.
"I'm sorry, do I know you?"
Briec blinked in surprise. "I am Briec the Mighty."
Annwyl examined Gwenvael's brother from head to toe. "Really?" she remarked at last. "Did you give yourself that name?"
~Briec and Annwyl
"And Annwyl. Remember what I told you."
"Protect my right side?"
"Feint with my left?"
"No!" His growl of annoyance only elicited a sweet chuckle from his woman.
I was looking for a book with a possessive alpha male like Gideon Cross, Christian Grey and Remington Tate. And I FOUND IT! That never happens. But AsI was looking for a book with a possessive alpha male like Gideon Cross, Christian Grey and Remington Tate. And I FOUND IT! That never happens. But Asher Mayson could not have been more possessive or alpha if he tried. I loved it.
November has lived her life in NYC with her selfish mother. But when she is attacked one night she decides she is in need of a change. She calls her dad who lives in Tennessee and moves in with him. He gives her a job as office manager at his strip club which is where she meets Asher for the first time. Asher gets the wrong idea about her role at the club and sticks his foot in his mouth giving her the a bad first impression.
Asher decides right away that she is meant for him and he stops at nothing to get her, forever. He wants to love and protect her and make her happy. And as it turns out she does need protecting, as some weird threats have been made towards November.
Right from the start Asher makes a lasting impression and he is bossy and takes what he wants when he wants it. I love that and I loved that even though he was a player, as soon as he met November he couldn't even look at another woman. He only had eyes for her. I just loved everything that came out of his mouth. Especially his overuse of the word "Baby." He said it constantly... and I LOVED IT!
November has to be one of my favorite heroine's to date. Everything she did made me laugh, I just loved her. She was so genuine and natural. I really enjoyed her and I could completely understand Asher's immediate infatuation with her.
Here is a perfect example of the dynamic between Asher and November, him being demanding and her just being funny.
"Kiss me," he says, with a completely serious expression. I can't believe he just said that in front of my dad.
"I'm not kissing you in front of my dad and uncle," I hiss at him and he has the nerve to smile.
"You kiss me or I'll kiss you. Make up your mind, and make it quick. I need to talk to your dad then I've got sh*t to do." I cross my arms over my chest and glare at him. He cannot be serious.
"Don't tell me to kiss you in fro-" I'm cut off when Asher pulls me to him and kisses me. It's closed mouthed and ends before it really starts, but I'm speechless that he just did that in front of my dad. I try to pull myself together but I'm completely stunned by what just happened. Then, I hear my dad laughing and I look at him just to make sure I'm not imagining things.
"Shouldn't you be getting your gun or something?" I say, looking at my dad while throwing my hand in Asher's direction.
"Nope," he says, smiling. "Now I see what James was talking about when called me this morning." My dad re-crosses his arms over his chest and leans back on the heels of his boots.
"Great! just frickin' great," I mutter to the ground, rubbing my temples. I look up and glare at Asher. "Seriously, stop kissing me in front of our parents," I say, pointing at him. Then I turn around and stomp all the way up the stairs and into the house. I slam the door for good measure before I realize that I left Beast outside. I open the door and call Beast but all three heads turn to watch me. I glare at all of them then slam the door again.
This time, I can hear laughter from the other side. "Whatever," I mumble as I make my way down to my apartment.
And this totally made me want a Great Dane. (UPDATE: I now own a Great Dane... Not even kidding
His name is Yankee, not Beast. )
This was after they discovered the red poem painted on the wall and her Great Dane Beast attacked her getting the red stuff all over.
"Oh my God, your dad's coming," I repeat. Without thinking, I stick my hands up the front of his shirt and use it to wipe my face. "Is that better?" I ask.
"I can't believe you just did that," he says, sounding completely shocked.
"Oh, God. Your dad's going to meet me looking like Carrie," I cry out. I still have my hands up his shirt so I repeat the process of wiping my face. Then I use the inside to wipe my hands. I look up because he's not saying anything.
"I can't believe you just did that."
"Okay! So, is most of the red off my face?" I ask.
"You owe me a new shirt," he tells me.
"Fine, whatever. But is the red gone?"
"Yeah, baby. The red is mostly gone but now I don't know if I should kiss you or spank you for that sh*t."
"Whatever." I whisper and press my forehead against his chest to hide my huge smile.
~November and Asher
"You belong now. Not only do you belong to your dad and his family, you belong to me and mine. And one day, you will belong to our kids."
"Kids?" I ask, I don't disguise the shock of my words.
"Kids. I told you, I'm going slowly for you. But you're going to be my wife, and as soon as we sign the marriage license, I'm working on getting you knocked up."
~Asher and November
"But I want to confirm that I'm paying for my new car when I decide to get one, and the swimming pool when it's put in."
"We'll figure it out."
"Hell no!" I said, rolling him to his back. I was looking down on him, making sure I had his full attention. "I will pay for that stuff, Asher, or I'll buy you a gift every week, and I will make sure they are extravagant and expensive. Trust me, you don't want to test me. I'm thinking along the lines of a unicorn."
"You don't get it. This is my land, my house. I pay for the pool and I hope to God that you know unicorns aren't real."
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one on the fence with this one. There seem to be quite a few reviews of people saying "I liked it, but not really."
ThI'm glad to see I'm not the only one on the fence with this one. There seem to be quite a few reviews of people saying "I liked it, but not really."
That is sort of the way I feel. I liked things about this book, but I'm not sure they are enough to say I liked the book.
I went into this book without reading any description. It was recommended after finishing a different book and I download and read the sample. I liked it enough to buy it. But about 35% of the way through I almost threw in the towel. It was around that part of the book when Kellan asked Jenna not to quit on him that I started to really dislike him. But I sort of disliked Jenna too. I hated that she would never let herself feel sorry for herself. She was too self sacrificing. I was ready for her to have a break down for herself and I really wanted Kellan to experience it too. I wanted him to know just how much he hurt her. I wanted her to get angry with him. He really treated her like crap and she took it, with a smile on her face. That was SO frustrating.
But I'm getting sidetracked. Around the 35%-45% mark I was having a really hard time making myself read this book. I just kept telling myself it has to get better. It can get much worse. The book had already brought me so low I knew that it would eventually start climbing up, and eventually start pulling my emotions out of the black pit I was swimming around in. The dark clouds that had hovered over me while reading would soon start to clear and I would feel sunshine and happiness shining through the pages of this book, if I could just push past the storm, and claw my way out of the black pit one page at a time.
It started to get better, but then it would stumble and I would start heading back into rain. But then it would clear up a bit and I would be hopeful, that the sunshine was coming, only to go through showers again.
I was sort of surprised when I turned the page to the epilogue, because to me the story was still climbing out of the black pit, the clouds were still clearing making way for the sunshine. I just never felt like it fully got there. The epilogue just felt like another short chapter to me. The book skips along over many years and months at a time, so for the epilogue to only skip a few months ahead just didn't feel like enough. An epilogue that would have been satisfying to me would have been 10 years down the road. AFTER they had worked through all the crap. Not ending with them still, in a sense, bogged down with problems and everything being still new for them. I wanted happiness. I wanted Kellan comfortable in his own skin. I wanted him to feel worthy of being with Jenna.
I hated Laney from the start of this book. She was selfish and spoiled and Kellan choosing her over and over again really made me dislike him. From the very beginning it is obvious that the love story is supposed to be between Jenna and Kellan. But it really wasn't. Most of the book Kellan is putting Jenna second, and choosing her annoying sister. It was really difficult to read. I didn't understand why Jenna wouldn't start distancing herself from him. Yes, he was supposedly her best friend, but when did he ever act like after she was in high school? I felt as though I was understanding Jenna's feelings for him better than she was. I felt her love for him more deeply than she did at times. Because there is just no way she could not start feeling bitter or start resenting her sister, especially when her sister clearly didn't know Kellan the way Jenna did. Jenna didn't seem to have any kind of self preservation except denial, which was just annoying.
Honestly, looking back I never really understood what Kellan's deal was. He had a crappy home life, in and out of foster homes and he was abused, but I kept waiting for there to be that one dark secret to come out that would explain why he he was so damaged. I thought maybe sexual abuse was hinted at during the therapy session, but I could have just been reading it wrong. I felt like there was something missing. Something darker than the explanation that was given.
I need to just stop thinking about this book and move on. Rehashing it over and over again in my brain is just pulling me back to that depressing place that I was in throughout the majority of the book.
So in closing, I felt as though the stormy weather and dark clouds I felt hovering over me through most of this book, never cleared. It was left with streams of light making their way through the clouds, but after everything I just read I wasn't confident the clouds wouldn't gather more strength and pinch the light out again. I just didn't get much closure. I hate it when books end with hope. The whole point of the journey is to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, in my opinion. Not just see it at a distance. I want to be there, at the light by the last page. And if I'm being really honest. I prefer to bask in it for a little while. Stretch that happy ending out a little.
"You're into football?"
One guess who had taught me about football.
"Enough to know your positions. Pretty and you like sports? Tell me your single."
I blushed with embarrassment, though I tried to hide it. "I am."
He smiled again. "Good. Now tell me your number?"
"Can I get your number?"
I laughed. "Don't you want my name first?"
"I mean, if you want to be formal about it."
~Devon and Jenna
"If I get anything in this world right," he whispered, "I swear on my life, it will be you."
I'm really on an alien kick lately. But I'm noticing these books are sort of hit or miss with me.
I liked how this book started out. Mira was a salespI'm really on an alien kick lately. But I'm noticing these books are sort of hit or miss with me.
I liked how this book started out. Mira was a salesperson. She sold anti aging beauty supplies to people who worked at space stations. On one of her trips her shuttle is intercepted by cyborgs, thought to be long dead. Flint feels a connection with Mira immediately and can't seem to let her go. So he takes her. Mira feels that same connection but realizes that she cannot stay with Flint if he only thinks of her as a possession or as his property.
I liked all that. I thought it was a good start to a great story. But I couldn't get past how Flint reacted when Mira tried to run. After that point in the story, I never felt the connection they originally had in the beginning, again. A character can't make a statement like "You're mine, I will never let you go." And then 2 chapters later completely wash his hands of her and literally GAVE her up to another man. I hated how Mira had to beg Flint in order for him to consider taking her back. I wanted him to want her so much that he wouldn't even consider another man touching her.
So I guess therein lies the problem to me. I never felt as though he truly cared for Mira the way she did for him. Right up until the end, he seemed to be OK with her being with another man if their cyborg laws were to call on her to reproduce. Not that that could happen because the laws didn't pertain to her, but he never seemed outraged at the idea when they were fighting about it.
So this story just didn't do it for me. I thought the connection felt forced and the I love you's at the end were a way to wrap the book up with a tidy bow. But Flint's actions and words up until that point didn't match his words....more