Alexa Riley is now my go to author for quick, dirty, dark stories. This woman knows how to write smut...and i mean that in the absolute best way possibAlexa Riley is now my go to author for quick, dirty, dark stories. This woman knows how to write smut...and i mean that in the absolute best way possible!!!
This story is slightly different from others i have read by her. It's the first of a series of novella's about a tough as nails MC. Now, anyone who knows me knows that i am a sucker for a good MC story, so count me in! Add in a female lead that is both strong and not afraid to be feminine and a smoking hot guy with an especially impressive....weapon...and you have the makings of an awesome, quick dirty read.
Alexa Riley has a devoted book slave in yours truly.
**kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**...more
Book description: When Garon gets the news he’s about to be transferred to a new assignment, his entire world comes crashing d3.5-4 Naughty Angel stars
Book description: When Garon gets the news he’s about to be transferred to a new assignment, his entire world comes crashing down around him, for as a guardian angel, a new charge can only mean one thing.
His Jessie, the girl he’s watched over from the moment of her birth, the human he’d been created to protect, is about to die.
Can he stand by and let her be destroyed? Or will he dare to do the unthinkable.
Dare to fall....
Jessica Martin doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Prince Charming is just a lie bought by starry-eyed women, and she’s far from that anymore.
No man has ever measured up to the one who lives in her imagination. With no real family, just temporary ones that came and went, she’s had few constants in her life, but the make-believe friend from her childhood has always been there for her. Always.
Too bad George isn’t real.
So when a mysterious man rescues her from danger, she can’t help but be suspicious. Her Good Samaritan is blond-haired, blue-eyed, and drop dead gorgeous, the complete embodiment of her perfect man, but he’s more than what he seems. The strange familiarity in his eyes, his touch…it shouldn’t be there.
What is he hiding?
This was just the quick, hot read that i needed! Always a sucker for the Angel/Fallen Angel storyline, I was excited to read this take on the classic theme.
I really loved how devoted Goran/George is to Jessie. She is literally his entire world, and when he discovers that she is about to die, he sacrifices himself in order to save her. In the process, he becomes "human" and is given the chance to be with his Jessie for real.
This might sound like a sweet little fairy tale, and while it has some sweet, romantic aspects to the story....this is definitely first and foremost an erotic tale. And the author does a good job of bringing the heat. The chemistry is great and i could feel the attraction between these two. To be honest, i have never been a fan of the whole insta-love thing, and I would have preferred a bit more of a buildup in their relationship before the mind blowing sex starts filling the pages...but, i do appreciate how much of George & Jessie's story we get in a short novel.
Considering this is a debut novel, I am very impressed by the author's writing ability. It definitely doesn't read like a debut...everything flows together very well, and she paints a very vivid picture with her words....be it with Goran's struggle to make the leap from Angel to human, or with the sex scenes that, did i mention?... are H O T. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in Jennifer Leighton's career.
**This book was offered to me by the author, in exchange for an honest review.** ...more
Started out fun, but ended up being a bit too silly and all over the place for me. The characters came off as juvenile and I just didn'2 'meh' stars.
Started out fun, but ended up being a bit too silly and all over the place for me. The characters came off as juvenile and I just didn't like either of them at all.
I have had many people recommend this author to me, so once again i seem to be in the minority. I have been having an off year for reading, and maybe i picked this one up at the wrong time....but this just wasn't my cup of tea. ...more
This just goes to show that just because you originally can't get into a book the first time you pick it up, doesn't mean it wo5 Second Chance Stars!!
This just goes to show that just because you originally can't get into a book the first time you pick it up, doesn't mean it won't end up knocking your socks off in the future.
I attempted to read this one quite a while ago, and just couldn't connect with the story or the characters. So it ended up on my DNF shelf. Fast forward to a few days ago, and yours truly in yet another horrendous reading slump and i just decided to give it one more shot before deleting it off my Kindle for good.
And i am SO GLAD I decided to give this another shot, because it ended up being one of the most entertaining reading experiences I have had in a long time.
Anyone who reads my reviews, or just knows what my reading preferences are....knows i am not a fan of needless angst and melodrama. One of my major pet peeves is when i'm reading a story and it is obvious that the author decided to either lengthen the story or to just try and make it more interesting by throwing in one crisis after another for the H/h. A vindictive ex, meddling parents, or just a long string of ridiculous misunderstandings that manage to keep the couple apart until the very end of the book. I'm all for an emotional story, but when obstacle after obstacle magically pop up like christmas lights down main street, it gets to be rather frustrating. And i read to escape the frustrations of my daily life. So, when I find a book that is sweet, romantic, funny, steamy AND blessedly Over-The-Top-Angst free...i am a happy girl.
I've always been a sucker for a good Rocker Romance. The problem is that there are so many of them out there now, that it all feels like the same story. But Lick really does stand out from the pack. Call it insta-love if you want, but I loved the way David was all in right from the beginning. He knew after spending one night with Evelyn that she was the one. And instead of having "buyers remorse" the morning after spontaneously getting married by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas, David wants to try and make it work. Even when he realizes that Ev doesn't remember the obviously special night the two of them shared (as blurred by alcohol as it was).
Kylie Scott took what on the surface seems like an overly wacky plot, and injected so much humor and emotion and just plain FEELS into it, that i couldn't help but be swept away by it. David and Ev are perfect together, and even though they have issues to deal with...they always know that regardless of how odd the circumstances of their coming together were, that there is a real connection and real feelings between them. And i loved that it didn't take until the very end of the book for the two of them to accept that.
I am currently reading book 2 of this series (Play...Mal is such a sexy goofball) and I am, so far, enjoying it just as much as the first. I'm definitely going to give books i have given up in the past a second shot after this experience.
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fi5 Truly Surprising Stars
Let's just get this out of the way first.
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fifty Shades. And for some people, those two points would be enough to say far, far away from this book. This series has gotten a bad rap because of the fact that it has gone through very little editing from the original version that was posted online (other than the obvious name changes etc). But, this book surprised the hell out of me. In a very, very good way.
I have been pretty much burned out on the Fifty Shades/Crossfire clones that seem to pop up every week. But I picked this up while browsing in my local bookstore the other day, read the first 4 chapters standing there in the 'Romance' section, and found myself immediately hooked.
The first thing that struck me is that it is very well written. Yes, there are obvious similarities to Fifty Shades present, but the actual writing is actually very well done. There are no run on sentences, or instances of the same phrases used dozens of times. The author managed to take a storyline that has been done to death over the last year, and put a neat little twist on it that, for me, was really addictive and enjoyable.
Yes, the BDSM elements are on the tame side, but Nathaniel states up front that he isn't a sadist (unlike our misbegotten Mr Gray). But, the sex scenes are still hot and...unlike in FSoG, it didn't feel like I was reading the same scene over and over again.
Without giving anything away, i have to mention 'The Twist'. It might not have surprised some people, but it took me off guard, and I thought it was great as surprise endings go. It added another layer to Nathaniel's character that made him much more endearing (in my eyes anyway...but maybe not to some). If I have a complaint, it's over the actual ending...there isn't really one. The story just sort of....stops. That was the one aspect of the book that really reminded me of FSoG...no clear cut ending.
All in all, The Submissive was a surprisingly enjoyable and well done and erotic tale that I couldn't read fast enough. Can't wait to get a glimpse inside Nathaniel's head in The Dominant....more
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Super hot, super short novella introducing us to the main characters in the upcoming releARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Super hot, super short novella introducing us to the main characters in the upcoming release Torn From You.
I LOVED Sculpt (AKA Logan). He's an underground fighter, covered in tattoos, uber-Alpha and the lead singer in a rock band. What's not to love? His connection with Emily was instantaneous (maybe a little too instantaneous...hence why I am not giving this a full 5 stars) and scorching hot.
Gotta admit, I have NO CLUE where this story is going in the full length novel, but I'm excited to see where the author decides to take us....more
Once upon a time a jaded book nerd discovered a story that stood out among the sea of carbon copy FSOG wannabes and proceeded to knock her socks off.
TOnce upon a time a jaded book nerd discovered a story that stood out among the sea of carbon copy FSOG wannabes and proceeded to knock her socks off.
The first book in this trilogy, Night Owl was that book.
Now, this book nerd was more than a little picky when it came to her idea of the Perfect Leading Man. Broody, sensitive with a bit of possessiveness thrown in? Right up her alley. Throw in a dry sense of humor and one hell of a dirty mouth, and she was in heaven. Enter Matt Sky....and this humble book nerd was a goner.
Jump ahead a couple of years, and this same book nerd has decided it is FINALLY time to tackle the next book in the series.
After the first chapter, she remembered how much she had loved the first book, and sighed in contentment to be back inside the heads of these wonderful, unique characters. This feeling of contentment continued throughout the first half of the book.
And then....things started to go wrong.
The book nerd (i.e. Me) isn't sure the exact moment things began to fall apart. Maybe it was when Matt's being evasive turned into obsessively lying to cover his ass. Or, maybe it was when Hannah decided to not only start drooling over Matt's bother Nate (a good guy, and a likable character)...but also his OTHER brother, Seth (a broody musician who goes from being a totally douchey Alpha-asshat in the beginning, to having no balls whatsoever by the last act of the book). I guess Hannah is just SO IN LOVE with Matt that she can't control her hormones around any of the Sky men. If their father had been alive, I'm sure she would have started daydreaming about him as well.
There were just so...many...times...where Matt and Hannah's actions made little sense. Especially in the scope of the previous book. Yes, they went through some trust and lies issues in Night Owl...but the level of fuckery that was on display here was ridiculous. Matt has always been a loose cannon, he has real issues to deal with, and he definitely struggled here. But some of HANNAH'S behavior just boggled my mind.
**Warning: Spoil-filled rant ahead**
(view spoiler)[ Adding "I slept with Seth" at the end of the note to Matt. That was just a childish Fuck You, and completely unnecessary. And the icing on the cake, as it were? Giving Seth a HJ. Um, really?! Why?! Because you're mad at Matt? Because you're hurt? How about because you're a narcissistic slut face. Okay...that might sound harsh, but that scene really pissed me off, and i felt like that whole aspect to the story was ridiculous and not needed at all. Drama for drama sake. In the same vain, the scenes with Melanie groping Matt in his car. Again....added nothing but angst and drama to the book where it wasn't needed. (hide spoiler)]
Were the sex scenes still smoking hot? Hell yes. Was Matt's dirty mouth still on full display? Praise Sweet baby Jesus, it was. But....believe it or not, i need more than just great sex scenes to fully enjoy a book.
Considering the high ratings this book has gotten, i know these opinions are in the minority. And maybe my expectations were just too high for this book. But, this was one of the biggest let downs by a book I've had in a while. I almost feel like this was filler between the beginning and the end of Matt & Hannah's story. Maybe it should have remained a stand alone. I just wish i felt differently.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I dove into this book out of curiosity. It seemed like every one of my book blogging friends was readi
6+++ beautifully emotional and haunting stars!!!
I dove into this book out of curiosity. It seemed like every one of my book blogging friends was reading and reviewing this book lately. And while i very rarely seem to agree with the masses about books that receive a lot of hype, I decided to give it a try in the hopes that it might snap me out of my reading slump.
All i can say is, wow.
For the first time in months, i was IMMEDIATELY hooked on a story. Within the first couple of sentences, i knew this book was going to be one of those reading experiences that leave a lasting impression on me. Yes. I knew that quickly.
At first I thought, while incredibly addictive and well written, this was just going to be a hot, sexy read about a rich guy with a dirty mouth and the spunky girl that falls for him. But Night Owl ended up being so much more than that.
The first half of the book is very much an erotic story. The chemistry between Matt and Hannah is just ridiculous. I hereby crown this author the King/Queen of writing dirty talk. I seriously felt like I needed to smoke an entire pack of cigarettes after reading certain scenes.
And then we get to the latter half of the book.
The author throws us one hell of an emotional curveball that left me reeling and unable to tear my eyes away from my e-reader if my life had depended on it. Normally I am not a fan of an overload of angst, but here...because I cared so deeply for these characters and what happened to them...i completely bought the influx of emotion and pain.
Buried just beneath the surface of this seriously sexy love story, lay some mighty dark themes. And the author handles it perfectly. Beautifully.
The problems that plague one of our main characters - problems which are revealed slowly and deliberately - are handled in an honest and unflinching way. And there is nothing sugar-coated about this character's struggle to come back from such a dark place. It's raw and emotionally exhausting to experience as a reader. Which is exactly how it should have been. That is brilliant storytelling, folks.
This wasn't an easy review to write. I don't want to give too much away, so it's hard to touch on certain aspects of the plot that moved me, angered me, made me blush, made me giggle, and me cry ugly tears.
Let me just say this. If you go into this book expecting a sexy little story about likable characters with lots of steamy goodness, fine. You will get all of that in spades. But, you will also get so much more. By the end you will feel like you have been on a journey with these characters. And, I for one, feel so privileged to have gone on that journey. And I can not wait to see what else this author has in store.
In a sea of FSOG and Bared to You knock offs...Night Owl blows the lid off the erotic fiction status quo, and sets the new standard.
EDIT 11-6-13: It is now a few days after I finished reading this book, and much to my surprise I have noticed that many...many people were really upset by the ending.
I have to be completely honest here. When I read the epilogue...(view spoiler)[I assumed that Matt had found a way to "kill off" the M. Pierce persona in favor of having a more 'regular' life. And that the creation of "W. Pierce" was either his new identity, or his writing collaboration with Hannah. I never for one second assumed that his character was literally going to die. However, most of the other readers (or at least a large majority of them) took the 'death of M.Pierce' at face value and are really upset.
Of course now looking back, I can understand why so many people are freaking out about it. Talking to some fellow readers I have heard some rather odd scenarios as to how the next two books will be playing out. A lot seem to think that the next two books will take a hard left turn into paranormal romance and involve Matt's ghost haunting Hannah. At face value, if that is the case...i would be a bit disappointed. Okay....a lot disappointed. I think that would be a big let down considering how incredibly powerful Night Owl was/is. (hide spoiler)]
Frankly, my head is spinning from all the different theories that have been thrown my way over the last couple of days. And all I can say is, January better hurry up and get here soon, because I NEED to know what happens next!!!
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If I have learned anything by reading the first two books in this series, it is that Nicole Edwards is pretty much untouchable4-4.5 holy hotness stars
If I have learned anything by reading the first two books in this series, it is that Nicole Edwards is pretty much untouchable when it comes to writing super scorchingly hot sex scenes.
I adored the first book, Kaleb, and loved that it was pretty straight-forward in it's storytelling. Very little angst and heavy on the smutty goodness while still telling a sweet love story. With Zane, Edwards has added a heavy dose of angst (not one of my favorite plot devices), and a bit of OTT melodrama into the mix. And it is because of those two things that I am unable to give this book a 5 star rating.
Don't get me wrong. I really, really enjoyed this book. I love spending time with these characters and I love the family dynamic among the Walker brothers. However, as is so often the case for me lately...my main problem was with the female lead, V. I liked her spunkiness in the first book. But, here she was much too...whiny i guess is the only way i can describe it. Yes, i understand her being traumatized by the attack on Zane at the beginning of the book. But for me, far too much time was spent rehashing that one event. I found myself relating to Zane's attitude of wanting to move past that one incident, so I continually I found myself skimming the sections where we had to listen to V's inner monologue where she obsessed over the attack. Frankly I didn't like anything about that part of the plot, and could have done without it all together.
Now, moving on to what this book gets right....the smutty goodness.
I had no clue going into this book that Edwards was going to be teasing me with a little bit of M/M action. All I can say is, I approve and I wanted more!!
When I saw that Edwards was planning on a releasing a Walker brothers Holiday novella, I joked that it was going to turn into one massive orgy. Well, after reading this book...I might not be so far off. And I am TOTALLY okay with that.
The fact that so many of the side characters are involved with each other...it might have become a bit overwhelming and complicated, but for me...I loved it. One of the strongest aspect to these books are the characters and how they interact, so the more we get to see of them all, the happier I am.
And let me just state for the record....the Zane/Beau/V hook up (heavy on the Zane/Beau) was hands down one of the hottest scenes I have ever read.
If i had anything to complain about regarding that particular aspect of the book? The way Zane kept insisting to himself that he was 'only doing it for Beau'. Seriously?!
I mean, if you're going to include a M/M aspect to the story (which, if you hadn't guessed by now - I am totally on board for), the least you can do is have the characters embrace it. I mean, a guy is not going to have sex with another guy just to make the other guy happy. That is absolutely ridiculous. Period. End of debate.
Despite my problems with the book, I really did enjoy the heck out of it. And I can't wait to see what's in store for Travis. ;)
First off, I usually don't like novellas. Secondly, the numerous grammatical errors in this story should have been sendinWell, that was.....different.
First off, I usually don't like novellas. Secondly, the numerous grammatical errors in this story should have been sending my literary OCD into overdrive.
But, despite everything it had against it, I somehow managed to really enjoy this twisted little story.
Silver writes bare bones, down and dirty smutty goodness. And even though I am not comfortable with her fondness for "breeding" (something that was only mentioned in passing here, but plays a more active role in some of her her other stories), I enjoyed the naughtiness of this. It was definitely different, and I think that's what I needed after suffering through a massive reading slump over the past few weeks.
This story was wacky and over the top raunchy, but I enjoyed the crazy ride....more