Enjoyable novella overall. David is a rock band drummer determined to win Thea, his publicist who is having trouble recovering from a disastrous engagEnjoyable novella overall. David is a rock band drummer determined to win Thea, his publicist who is having trouble recovering from a disastrous engagement. The memos and emails between them are cute as David makes his case and they begin their relationship. However, they spend about the first third of the story on different continents emailing each other, which was a little long for me. Otherwise, it was sweet and short....more
Five stars. I should go back and re-rate all of Wylde's biker romances as 5 stars instead of quibbling and reducing them to 4 stars. The male leads arFive stars. I should go back and re-rate all of Wylde's biker romances as 5 stars instead of quibbling and reducing them to 4 stars. The male leads are criminal, often violent and usually crude. The women are drawn to these men (say no more). The plots are filled with drama and the protagonists' relationship is intense and at times twisted. The sex is rough and graphic.
And Wylde always writes a heck of a tale. Think plots that are like riding on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Her heroes, for as rough edged as they are, fall deeply in love and are actually quite sweet and supportive of the heroines. Puck is no exception and the quick tempered ex-con is a great match for his tough little survivor, Becca. She escaped a horrific family situation 5 years earlier, thanks to Puck's rescue and wants nothing to do with bikers. Except she can't stop thinking about Puck who can't stay away from her. With Puck, Becca finds not just love (and lots of lust) but also reclaims the strength and confidence she thought trauma and abuse had stolen from her.
I really liked both Puck and Becca. Puck and his motorcycle club were fairly civic minded in their own way and Puck didn't have the rampant misogynistic/generally unpleasant attitude that some of Wylde's other heroes display. Becca's trauma history was appalling but she never dwelled on it or showed a trace of self-pity.
Some day I would love to read a book by Wylde where the characters aren't criminal, trashy low-lives. But until that happens, I will continue to eagerly await her MC books and thoroughly enjoy her talented story telling....more
I understand the disappointment that many NS fans express over this book. It is a very straightforward (simple) contemporary romance that could use aI understand the disappointment that many NS fans express over this book. It is a very straightforward (simple) contemporary romance that could use a bit more plot. I still give it four solid stars because the characters, especially Fox are so compelling and carry the fairly uneventful story quite well. A couple times I felt my attention wandering, but in general Fox just blazes off the page/Kindle screen and I really liked Molly as well.
The plot is Molly has survived a very difficult childhood, complete with all kinds of trauma and public scandal and now hopes to live a quiet,"normal" life out of the limelight. However, she catches the eye of Fox, an extremely popular rock star and they begin what Molly believes is a temporary affair but Fox intends to be a long term relationship. Molly struggles with Fox's bad boy reputation, the public's interest, groupies and the press while trying not to freak out because the last thing she ever wanted was to be in anyway famous or infamous, even by association. Fox has his own baggage of abandonment and rejection by his mother. Together they figure out how to make their very passionate relationship work and move forward from their rocky starts in life.
Despite not having a huge amount of plot, the characters (Fox!) made for compelling reading. I am a huge fan of NS's Psy Changelings and there is nothing like the complexity of plot, overarching story line and long list of characters here. But frankly, I find that refreshing about this Rock Kiss series. While I continue to love the Psy Changeling series, it is increasingly complex/dark and I'm never thrilled by books that begin with two pages of the cast of characters, in case you are losing track. I don't care for urban fantasy so the Archangel series isn't my cup of tea, even with as talented a writer as NS.
So, anyway, I am very much enjoying this simpler series. I read Book 2, Rock Hard, first and liked it even better than Rock Addition. A nice thing about this series is you can read the books as stand alones and NS avoids plot spoilers if you read out of order. I have the novella, Rock Courtship, fired up to read soon and that says a whole lot because I dislike novellas in general. I only ever give novellas by my favorite authors a try. NS is so talented and I enjoyed the two full length novels enough to make an exception. Hopefully the next novel isn't too far down the line. ...more
I should know better than to read novellas. Best case scenario, I love the story and am disappointed it is over so quickly. Hard Knocks was ok. 60 pagI should know better than to read novellas. Best case scenario, I love the story and am disappointed it is over so quickly. Hard Knocks was ok. 60 pages doesn't allow for much plot and the story takes place over the space of a few hours with Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gage and Harper finally get together and start a relationship.
As with the previous books in the Reapers MC series, this was so trashy and so sleazy with a criminal biker hero who in real life any sane woman wouldAs with the previous books in the Reapers MC series, this was so trashy and so sleazy with a criminal biker hero who in real life any sane woman would stay far away from. Add to that, Reaper's Stand was far darker and more twisted than the previous books, which is saying something. This series is not my typical read but talented Joanna Wylde tells a heck of a tale and from the first page, the plot gripped me. At one point, things got so dark and twisted that I took a very brief break, but I powered through that section to the biker version of a HEA.
As much as I enjoy these books (and I really, really do), I haven't given any of them 5 stars. Something always trips me up from that top rating. In Reaper's Stand, the h gets into an awful situation, made more awful because she doesn't go to the H for help. That drove me nuts and I didn't buy her reasoning. Still, I now eagerly await the next book by Ms.Wylde a biker romance set in a different Motorcycle Club, due out in April. It's called Silver Bastard. Lord help me, LOL....more
The usual Robin Carr fare of decent people making their way in the world, struggling with old wounds,Another solid entry in the Thunder Point Series.
The usual Robin Carr fare of decent people making their way in the world, struggling with old wounds, facing new challenges and finding strength to make positive changes in their lives. I like how falling in love doesn't make everything perfect for the characters, but alters their outlook and priorities. The Chance has parallel love stories that were both touching and believable. The ending was just a tad too abrupt however. A few extra pages of HEA would have been nice....more
I am very much in the minority here but I do not see this as the Kristen Ashley of old. Yes, it was longer t1.5 stars. I have hated other books more.
I am very much in the minority here but I do not see this as the Kristen Ashley of old. Yes, it was longer that her recent books. Yes, it had her long rambling descriptions of clothing, decor and little daily dramas. Yes, it has classic KA over the top emotion and angst. And yes, it has the typical KA ultra Alpha, protective, bossy, caring, grunting hero.
So what is not to like? Mainly, there is very little plot and I've decided I need the crazed 4 books worth of plot that KA used to write to not get bogged down in all the overwrought emotions and rambling descriptions. And also her wild plots kept me from focusing too long on her frequently just too perfect, shallow, narcissistic heroines who blather on in excruciating detail while men fall at their feet. Plus, The Will needed a plot to help me stop gnashing my teeth over the bizarrely formal and antiquated way the heroine spoke. For example, Josie repeatedly said, Alas and Indeed. Over and over and over. If you made this book a drinking game, you'd end up in rehab. Though the booze would have blunted my pain over the dialogue.
It isn't that I don't like KA, though I hate her a little bit right now. I have read all the Rock Chick books twice, except for the last, another of her newer publications. I loved many of her books, even with all her faults, because I knew her big sprawling stories were going to be a great ride. I found a couple of her heroes too crude and a couple heroines too self absorbed. The plots were crazy at times, but it all worked and it was great fun.
Now that KA has a real publisher, her books just lack that fun, satisfying ride I knew to expect. Most are short and tame. The Will has all the emotion and details without much plot other than Josie is stunning and everyone young, old, male, female is in awe of her. What plot there was reminded me of previous books. I was so bored, I started skipping pages and scenes and skimming through others. This honestly was almost a DNF.
So I think, until I feel brave enough to try a new KA book again, I will stick with rereading her old works and catching up on the several I haven't read yet. Alas and Indeed. ...more
I have really enjoyed Brenda Novak and her Whiskey Creek series. I love her soap opera plots and her all too human, at times gritty characters. But II have really enjoyed Brenda Novak and her Whiskey Creek series. I love her soap opera plots and her all too human, at times gritty characters. But I had a hard time with this book due to the subplot involving Presley's sister, Cheyenne. It was really hard to believe that a crazy scheme she came up with, one that involved lying and betrayal of her husband "for the best reasons" was supported by Presley and Chey's brother-in-law. I kept hoping at least one of them would return to reality or the idiotic plan would fall through. Very disappointing.
When not centered on the awful, creepy subplot, I liked the story of Presley trying to rebuild her life and guard her heart from Aaron who wants back into Presley's world more than he realizes. Novak does write great soap opera. I just wish she hadn't introduced Chey's crazy subplot into the mix.
So 3 stars for me but maybe 2 stars for most other readers. I definitely am glad I didn't start with this book because I may have skipped an otherwise great little series. ...more
I liked Rumor Has It but it dragged a bit in spots. The plot seemed to clump heavily at the end and much of the story was about Kate being in love witI liked Rumor Has It but it dragged a bit in spots. The plot seemed to clump heavily at the end and much of the story was about Kate being in love with Griff, a resolute commitment phobe. I was a bit bored at times of the two dancing around each other, but overall it was a sweet love story with a very large cast of secondary characters, many of them from earlier books in the series. ...more
Another enjoyable visit to Last Chance, South Carolina. I really like this series and the stories of ordinary people falling in love and working throuAnother enjoyable visit to Last Chance, South Carolina. I really like this series and the stories of ordinary people falling in love and working through various trauma, dramas, issues and just the stuff life throws at you. I also enjoyed seeing characters from previous books make brief appearances without clogging up the current story.
I did have an issue with the heroine, Molly being a doormat, especially with her dysfunctional family. Then again, it could be the author's believable writing that made me frustrated with the way Molly's parents seemed to blame her for everything that went wrong in their lives and how her parents tried to control her as far as who she dated and what career she had. She was 28, living with her parents and stuck in an infantilized role in many ways. It was just weird and annoying and I, for one, would have felt better if someone did a few highly directive family therapy sessions with them, Dr Phil style. Molly, move out and grow a spine!! Mom and Dad, get a grip, stop assigning crazy blame and live your own darn lives!!
Hey, that does make me feel better, LOL.
The hero, Simon had it even worse with decades of estrangement from his own parents who had also tried to control and force their ambitions on him. At 40 and having moved across the country away from his parents, Simon had a better sense of himself and could see his parent's dysfunction for what it was. But while he refused to be controlled by his parents, he remained wounded by their rejection and past trauma. I really liked Simon and how kind, patient and decent he was underneath his at times remote self-containment. He and Molly not only fell in love, but brought out in each other strength, courage and a willingness to be vulnerable.
So this was a good, believable and interesting installment with lots of great secondary characters and subplots. Once again I am looking forward to the next book about Last Chance. ...more
This is such a fun series. Once in a Lifetime is Aubrey's story. The seemingly bitchy user hides a vulnerable side as she attempts to make amends forThis is such a fun series. Once in a Lifetime is Aubrey's story. The seemingly bitchy user hides a vulnerable side as she attempts to make amends for past behaviors. She comes from a dysfunctional family and tries to move past the painful lessons of her childhood as she begins a new career and falls in love with Ben who has been widowed for five years. Both she and Ben are afraid to commit or admit their true feelings for each other.
Part of the fun of Lucky Harbor is seeing characters from previous books and getting to spend time in one of my favorite fictional small towns. If only there really was a place like Lucky Harbor with great little restaurants and bars, well-intentioned busybodies, great friends and the perfect mate for everyone. :-)
My one gripe was the frequent but vague references to the bad thing Aubrey needs to apologize to Ben for. I am not a fan of a significant plot point being repeatedly brought up but not explained. I correctly guessed what Aubrey did to Ben long ago but was still annoyed needing to wait for it to be unveiled. Shalvis did a great job of explaining how Aubrey ended up doing something very nasty as a teen that continues to haunt her.
I am impressed with how consistently enjoyable this series is and look forward to the next installment. ...more
4 1/2 stars. I just love Novak's Whiskey Creek series. I don't find them typical of most romances out there. Often the H and h are at significant odds4 1/2 stars. I just love Novak's Whiskey Creek series. I don't find them typical of most romances out there. Often the H and h are at significant odds and/or barely involved romantically for a good part of the story. The books are great soap operas in the sense of lots of conflict (both internal and between characters), dark secrets, adversity, and trauma. The characters show growth and maturity as they take on these many challenges and overcome what are often extremely hard times to find love and happiness.
This book has more than its share of trauma, both past and present, as well as some PTSD and suspense/peril thrown in. At the beginning, I really didn't see how Addie and Noah were going to be able to get past all their baggage from the past and the stresses of the present, not to mention the big fat secrets that were tripping them up in their relationship. But they do get past all that should prevent them from staying together (and it is A LOT). My one quibble with Home to Whiskey Creek is the happy ending was just a bit brief. After all they had been through, it would have been nice to have a few more pages of showing them being happy together.
The book covers are a serious disconnect from the tone of the books however, with their old fashioned, sweet depiction of perfect couples. Meanwhile, the majority of these books are anything but sweet and the couples are very human -- strong, weak, brave, cowardly, but in the end overcoming adversities with perseverance, decency and love....more