Not sure if I will be able to finish this... It's disturbing and every time I think there will be a bit of happiness, Anna gets smacked back down. I'mNot sure if I will be able to finish this... It's disturbing and every time I think there will be a bit of happiness, Anna gets smacked back down. I'm shelling it for now, maybe I will come back to it again.
Just finished Part 1 Enslaved Rating: 4 stars
This was an introduction to who Anna is and what her life has been like. It starts out when she turns 16 and her life changes drastically. Then it skips ahead to her 20th birthday when things change again for her. She's not sure who to trust and she longs to be loved and cared for. It's an extremely sad existence, but this ended with a bit of hope. Alex.
Finished Part 2 Entwined Rating: 2 Stars
Wow, I thought this was a bunch of short stories put together, that was a long freaking book!
This one started out great! I was so excited to read the last scene from enslaved from Alex's POV. But so much has happened since then to color my view that it's safe to say I wasn't as much in love with it by the end as I was at the beginning. Anna goes from relationship to relationship and she falls in love with everyone. I can't tell if the author is trying to keep me interested by introducing new people or if she is trying to show how vulnerable Anna is and how much she craves love. Its kind of annoying though.
Towards the end of the book Anna was abused pretty badly. To the point I was cringing. I don't know why Alex gave her that bracelet... Nobody thought twice about what they did to her, like he said they would.
This book felt like one long plateau. Or maybe just really bumpy with a lot of dips and valleys but staying it's course at about the same elevation. There didn't seem to be any major climax. I never felt as though the book was building to anything. Its just one day to the next, slowly moving along. There is SO much that happens though, that I didn't realize it until I finished. I guess the trip to DC could be considered the climax, but not very much was revealed. I still feel as though we are very much in the dark with Devin's plans and so that climax doesn't seem legit, there were no huge revelations imo.
Pressing on, not even 50% through with this book yet and I've been reading for 2 days straight....more
I think Abe had the potential to be really hot, but he was just angry all the time. I liked how it started. He was head of security toEh, it was OK.
I think Abe had the potential to be really hot, but he was just angry all the time. I liked how it started. He was head of security to a prestigious family. The moment he laid eyes on Bethany he knew she was his. He sees that she is not like all the other richie, uppity high class people she is surrounded by. And when an engagement is arranged between her and a man who works for her father, Abe decides to take what is his. So he takes her.
He kidnaps her and then is continuously angry with her when she resists him. It was sort of annoying. Its a short story that basically takes place over one weeks time. It just didn't meet my expectations. Also, Abe sort of lost points with me when he pushed her to her knees and forced himself on her. That just doesn't seem like the best way to break down her defenses. I think it should have been the other way around personally... him on his knees if you know what I mean, I think that would be more effective in getting her to accept him....more
I'm really torn about this book. I enjoyed the story, I liked most of what happened. But I hated how it was written. I read the whole thing because II'm really torn about this book. I enjoyed the story, I liked most of what happened. But I hated how it was written. I read the whole thing because I was interested enough to know what happens to the characters, but I felt as though I was reading a story written by a high schooler.
Everyone was so immature, the things they said were corny and the characters were not very well developed. All the females could have been the same character. They all talked and acted exactly the same. The men were supposed to be big mafia bad boys, but it fell short for me. The hero actually yells out in the middle of a parking lot that he is a Russian mafia boss... I picture mob bosses having a bit more control than that, if they were all yelling to the heavens who they were, it would make law enforcements job much easier. Not to mention his girlfriend, who didn't know he was in the mob, heard all this but didn't really get it. She actually forgets he says this until her friend later reminds her and she decides she needs to ask him about it as if his yelling he was in the mob needed more clarification. She was kind of dense.
There were a lot of forgetful characters in this book... like when her best friend comes to town to tell her that her psycho ex boyfriend is out of jail and looking for her. But when she gets there they immediately start partying and it isn't until a full 24 hours later when the ex boyfriend makes his presence known that her stupid friend smacks her head and is like "Oh yeah, the whole reason I drove from Texas to Tennessee was to warn you that your ex, who wants to kill you, is out of jail. Like, duh."
That sort of stuff irritated me. BUT for some reason I couldn't stop reading it. I'm actually interested in the next story because the storyline is interesting but I can't do it. I can't read another story written in annoying first person with annoying random, rambling inner thoughts. ...more
This book made me love this series even more! But I have a hard time giving books like this a full 5 stars because they are not complete stories. TheyThis book made me love this series even more! But I have a hard time giving books like this a full 5 stars because they are not complete stories. They are parts to a book, and in a way that drives me crazy. They usually leave off in cliff hangers and if the next book is not out I want to scream... if they are as good as this story is anyway. I hate waiting, I want to finish the story now, not wait. So that aspect really ticks me off and I can't give it a full 5 star rating now matter how much I like the book.
At the same time though, the story wouldn't be nearly as dramatic if and compelling if it didn't have these cliffhangers at the end. And this one got me just as much as the last one did.
In this book we have a whole new Lily. She is not exactly who we thought she was in the last book. In this book she struggles to do her job and fight the feelings that are growing for Jake. She has to continuously tell herself it's not real, she's not Lily Hart, and this will not last forever. But more and more she finds herself wishing for forever with Jake Eden.
There's not much else to say that won't give away the ending to this book so I'll just end this review with a rant.
I can't believe I have to wait a freaking month for the next installment!! This is why I usually stay away from books broken into parts! UGH!...more
So, this was a book that was recommended between my friends posts on Facebook... I wasn't expecting much because so far the books from those little adSo, this was a book that was recommended between my friends posts on Facebook... I wasn't expecting much because so far the books from those little advertisements that have managed to suck me in have been disappointing. And even this book at first, I wasn't sure how I felt. There were times it felt rushed and I was still on the fence until I got to the last page.
Then I was hooked. I immediately downloaded the next book.
Jake Eden is the head of his family, the head of his organization and he is not easy to get close to. Until he meets Lily. She's a stripper in his club and from the moment he sees her, he it consumed. He is drawn to her and not only does he want her, he wants to keep her, much to his surprise.
Lily is troubled. She has suffered a great loss and is broken inside. Despite her emptiness, she too feels drawn to Jake and although fights it at first she can't seem to say no to him.
This book has dual POV's which I love. I love seeing Lily through Jake's eyes. Lily is secretive and closed off, even to the reader at times, so I enjoyed seeing her through another characters eyes. I also liked being in Jake's head because Lily had a prejudice view of him. She saw him as a gangster, who was closed off and untouchable. But bing in Jake's head let us as readers see more of him than he showed the outside world and it was almost like two different people. Jake's thoughts vs. his actions and words. Lily brought out a vulnerable side to him and I loved reading it....more
This is a book about best friends. Logan is the typical cocky, handsome, man-whore fighter. He is Unbreakable. But unbeknownst to his fans, UnbreakablThis is a book about best friends. Logan is the typical cocky, handsome, man-whore fighter. He is Unbreakable. But unbeknownst 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