REVIEW: The Blyss Trilogy has come to an end, and what an end it was. When I read the first book I wasn’t’ ent**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: The Blyss Trilogy has come to an end, and what an end it was. When I read the first book I wasn’t’ entirely sold on it, and even had reservations about it, but as I read book #2 (Blyssful Lies), and now book #3 Blyssfully Undone I can say how much I enjoyed the series overall.
Blyssfully Undone starts right where Blyssful Lies left off. Travis and Julianna on the run, fighting to stay alive and together. What I liked about this book even more so than the first two is how much more action we get, and the confrontation between Nick’s cronies and Travis’s group. The high level of risk in which these characters find themselves and the high level of action works for the story because of its dark theme, it adds intensity an instant sense of darkness that is expected in stories that deal with the sex trafficking. That bit of uncertainty made the story more real, more credible and all together more exciting.
In this final installment, we get a Julianna that has learned a lot not only about self defense, but also a great deal about herself. I liked that Julianna was still learning things about herself a woman, discovering desires that were hidden and which would’ve never been explored had she married her fiance. I also enjoyed how much mature her character had become.
She no longer let her emotions take over, she is more calculating, smarter about her decisions and a lot more in control of her actions. Though of course when it came to Travis her body dictated otherwise but even then she tried to maintain certain level of control. I loved their chemistry, the way their interaction maintained a connection that developed from more than just sexual attraction, how Travis always knew what she needed and was always able to calm the turmoil in her heart.
I also enjoyed how Travis handled the situation between him and Julianna, yes I wasn’t always happy to see how he always resorted to sex when it came to controlling Julianna’s inquiries for more information but I completely understood the reasons why. The author did a superb job exploring these characters limits and wants while also making them sensitive, intelligent and aware of each others feelings and emotions. The author also provides us with a strong and secure foundation from which these characters connection started, allowing the reader to ride the wave with them. Every angst, every desire and emotion was easily felt by the reader, which in terms allows for a stronger connection and an amazing reading experience.
The author created a series of events that were heart stopping, graphic and at times nail biting, giving Blyssfully Undone the thrilling feel of an action movie. I enjoyed every aspect of the story, from the deceits and lies between these characters to the emotional and steamy hot sex scenes. Every aspect of their story felt real, their emotions and desires, their actions and acceptance were beautifully exploit. I can’t recommend this series enough, if you are looking for an emotional and sexy, yet thrilling series to read look no further. The Blyss Trilogy has it all, from hot sex to extremely volatile and sexy anti-hero to sweet and dangerous hero. Everything about The Blyss Trilogy screams amazing, go for it you will not regret it....more
REVIEW: Captive is the story of Madison Frost – a girl whose life isn’t as perfect as it may seem. Behind the doOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Captive is the story of Madison Frost – a girl whose life isn’t as perfect as it may seem. Behind the doors of her big mansion lies the secret of alcoholism, shame, lies, sadness and love. While her life doesn’t change much Madison goes on just because she needs to make sure her mother stays alive. Madison’s story is one we can identify as poor rich girl has a lot of money, great social status but lives a life of lies and betrayal.
Madison is twenty years old but the responsibility that falls over her shoulders make her feel a lot older, she doesn’t remember the last time she smiled or was happy, her mother has forgotten about her and her father doesn’t seem to care either way. But in a matter of seconds her life changes, when she becomes a captive of a man who would change her life for the worse, while making it sure that the future turns into the best. This is a story of acceptance and second chances.
I enjoyed Madison’s story even though it doesn’t read as a new adult novel. Her maturity at times refreshing and other times questionable, it brings to mind that while life throws difficult situations sometimes all at once is it up to the individual to decide how these tasks are handled. When it comes to romance novels and romance between the captor and the captive I have to say I have seen it all. They don’t always become original work, at times it feels like they have all be executed by the same authors because of their similarities to one another, and as a reader of romance I can’t help but compare them to one another.
Captive isn’t the exception, I read Captive wanting to find originality but I was disappointed to see it was not the case. However, the story itself was nicely executed and it gave me what I expected to find from these characters. Madison falls victim of a vicious and calculating man whose only business is to make sure his victims pay for their deeds. He kidnap them, he makes money. He doesn’t care what happens to them, as long as they pay and the rest is just a consequence of the business. Madison doesn’t fall under the usual MO and Gage (Ghost) find himself wondering why he accepted to take the job in the first place all while knowing there is more to Madison Frost that meets the eye. He falls slowly, but he falls without knowing that he captor will become the captive.
The story develops slowly, not much action happens in the first 50 percent of the book, once Madison is kidnap her interaction with Ghost goes from being the victim to becoming his friend and confidant. Though I thought their relationship developed nicely and its foundation strong, I think it lacked emotion and a sense of belonging that I would’ve liked to see after creating a strong connection. Their attraction lacked intensity, but perhaps that’s exactly what the author intended, both characters were young though their “experiences” were supposed to add drama it didn’t really have the angst one would expect.
The author did a good job exploring Madison’s feelings, giving us a clear picture of her thoughts, her discoveries and her curiosity about the man she was getting so close to. I enjoyed how the author exposes Madison feelings without losing touch of her sensibilities and need for love. However, I think her character lacked the maturity one expect to find in an twenty year old woman whose responsibilities are far greater than many other of her age and social status. Her frailty and innocence gave Madison an air of damsel in distress that I don’t usually enjoy in romance novels. However, I enjoyed how she stood up for what she believed was right and how she let her mind and heart dictate what would work best for her.
I enjoyed Ghost, the criminal who stole Madison’s heart and that of the readers. He is complex, sensitive, intelligent and cunning. His ability to adjust and modify his actions as needed is what made me like him. The author explored and exposed his feelings beautifully without taking away the roughness and masculinity readers enjoy. His sense of connection to Madison was sweet and his ability to accept his attraction puts many other male characters to shame. His background gave the story the needed spark of drama to make their love story sweet. While I didn’t necessarily understand some of his action I came to enjoy his character more than I did Madison’s.
Overall, Captive is a nice romance novel that plays well with the characters feelings and desires. Exploring the dark side of money and the consequences of humans actions. It also explores the sensuality of a woman coming to age and her need to find the love that would fill the void left by her family. If you enjoy damsel in distress stories and criminals with a sense of justice this story is for you....more
REVIEW: When the offer to read Propositions came to me, it was introduced as a contemporary romance set in the**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: When the offer to read Propositions came to me, it was introduced as a contemporary romance set in the corporate world, explaining that Tania’s sexy, sassy style is comparable to bestselling authors Victoria Dahl and Jennifer Probst. I have read Jennifer Probst (Searching For Something) and if the author is comparable to Probst then I am sold.
Propositions is set in the corporate world of Sidney Australia, a world where money, reputation and hard work is what pays off and feelings and sentiments aren’t always a priority. The story is interesting and flows easily. Jessica owns a marketing agency, her work has been her life for a long time and that’s all she wants. Jessica’s life wasn’t always perfect, she got pregnant at a very young age but instead of letting that get in her way, she too charge of her life. While young she gave away her heart and only got hurt in return. As a woman, she kept a very tight leash on her control, her non existent love life and feelings. Work was all Jessica knew about and was content with that, however she also knew she was missing the fun and the vibrancy sex gives. She wants it all, sex, passion, security, success but she wants it all without complications, without getting hurt and without putting her heart at risk.
I enjoyed Propositions a lot, it has everything I like seeing in a romantic story. The story itself was beautifully developed. It moved slowly and it provided the needed balance between drama, romance and sex. The complications did not exceed the characters tolerance and it didn’t take away from the sense of reality that the story had. I enjoyed how the complications were part of life and not unnecessary drama added by the characters inabilities. The characters are mature, intelligent and give the reader a sense of connection. Nate a successful hotelier knows life has a way of getting the best of you if you do not keep one step ahead. He also understands his priorities have taken over his life but his business and his career are what keeps him afloat. Though Nate has it all, he is missing the love and closeness he expected to have with the woman he married, after his marriage failed he didn’t want to risk getting hurt again and focused his energy and life goals towards his business and his daughter.
The way these characters interacted gave the story the “real’ feel that many contemporary romance stories lack of. Their dialog and their encounters made it feel as if they were people you would encounter in your work place. The writing style is sexy and smart, the passion and sex was also quite steamy and detailed. The different events and situations were believable and it added an interest spark to the story. I enjoyed how well Nate and Jessica complimented one another. They had many ways in which they connected and to me that was very important. I enjoy when characters have more than their desire for passion and sex as a way to connect. They matched professionally and romantically. Their desired mirrored that of the other and in a way, it is what helped me connect with these characters.
If you are looking for an adult romance that has a great balance between drama and romance Propositions is for you, if you enjoy witty and mature characters then look no further, in Propositions will you find the perfect balance between romance and eroticism. Tania Joyce is an author you want to keep an eye on.
REVIEW: I am a big far of Jacquelyn Frank and have read almost everything she has written. Having sai**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: I am a big far of Jacquelyn Frank and have read almost everything she has written. Having said that, I was very excited about the premise of Cursed by Fire. Jacquelyn Frank has written a very sweet and love story of sacrifice, love and triumph.
The story follows a battered hero, Dethan a man who once was powerful, a man who felt he could conquered the world around him. His conquests brought him power and riches, yet he felt he deserved more. Dethan and his band of brothers pursued to conquer immortality without considering the consequences.
After years of being punished by the gods in one of the 8 caves of hell, Dethan gets a visit by one of the gods. A god he once prayed to and fought for. The god’s offer to free Dethan and it is then when his quest for redemption starts. Dethan is one of those characters I like to read about, he is powerful, honest to a fault, caring and loyal. The punishment he received for hundreds of years did not break his spirit but it gave him a new perspective.
I think Jacquelyn Frank did a great job creating an alpha male that wasn’t always burden by indecisions and misunderstandings. I liked that about Dethan, he was focus and kept working towards what he was destined to do. That didn’t take away from his prospect as a lover or a man who also desired the pleasures of the flesh. I think that part of his character was also nicely explored. Dethan’s ability to acknowledge the changes in him was ultimately what I enjoyed the most, there was no unnecessary drama. Though not always willing to pursue his needs, Dethan understood that there were times when you can’t separate pleasure and feelings, that at times they come together and at the end only the heart can tell what is best for the soul.
I also enjoyed Selinda, one of the strongest female characters I have read in a while. Focus, yet sensitive to everyone around her. Her sacrifices made her more human and likeable. The author explores Selinda’s feelings beautifully while also giving us a very mature and head strong character who finds herself trapped in a set of circumstances that will forever alter her life. I found Selinda to be both charming and fascinating. While I am not a fan of damsel in distress characters I admit to have enjoyed her innocence. Don’t get me wrong, Belinda isn’t the oblivious and clueless female character that awaits to be saved, Belinda sets into motion the steps needed to guarantee her freedom while gaining Dethan’s promises of pleasure.
Cursed by Fire isn’t one of those sex focus stories, on the contrary, it is a sweet love story that explores the characters need for redemption while also exposing their needs, desires and sexual awakening. Dethan & Selinda are great characters, they complimented each other. Both are strong and focus, loyal and sensitive to others suffering. The one complain I have about the story is the pace, certain things took a bit long to develop while others such as the romance was set at a nice pace. I also would’ve liked more showing and less telling, the interaction was not as constant as I would’ve liked but don’t let that deter you from reading it. I enjoyed Cursed By Fire, I think anyone looking for a sweet love story with some angst will find Cursed By Fire to their liking....more
REVIEW: City of Eternal Night is book #2 in the Crescent City Series by Kristen Painter, and the spinoff ser**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: City of Eternal Night is book #2 in the Crescent City Series by Kristen Painter, and the spinoff series to The House of Comarre Series. This story just keeps getting better, City of Eternal Night starts right off where House of Rising Sun ends. Harlow & Augustine are now sharing the house Olivia left them and they are discovering just how much attracted to one another they are.
I enjoyed City of Eternal Night very much, these characters have matured and evolved a lot. Harlow though reluctant to her Fae nature has learned to embrace it but not without reservations and even apprehension. I enjoyed how nice the story flowed, the conflict with Harlow’s father has taken a new spin and these characters find themselves fighting against a very powerful Fae.
Harlow’s life has changed drastically since her mother’s death, but what I like the most about the changes is how she understand that her life is hers to control and how she chooses to take the steps needed to keep her sanity. She is also interested in learning how gain control over her powers which she still doesn’t know much about. I think the author did a great job bringing a new spin to the story, the secret that keeps Harlow bound to her mother’s home and how she chooses to come to terms with the darkness that threatens to consume her. I love Painter’s writing style. It is simple yet so full of details that open the reader’s imagination to a world where anything is possible.
The world of the Fae and the exotic and dark nature of New Orleans give the story the needed spark to keep it interesting. The different types of Fae and the many different type of magic flowing around the story is entertaining without making it overwhelming. These characters have their good and bad traits, their needs and desire for power have created an array of conflicts that adds interest to the story. Kristen Painter has created a captivating world. A world with all kinds of creatures and magic, where witches, voodoo warlocks, vampires and ghosts, are in a constant struggle of power and conflicts but all the while giving City Of Eternal Night a captivating and sensual feel, where anything is possible and where power fuels these creatures souls.
Kristen explore Augustine and Harlow’s feeling quite nicely. She exposes their needs and wants without making it the focal point of the story. She gives us a love story that develops slowly, showing the characters true intention and forming alliances based on strong foundation. I enjoyed how Augustine and Harlow’s story moves slowly, giving their story a sense of reality and normalcy. City of Eternal Night is full of surprises and twists, it engages the reader to draw conclusions and to take sides, it evokes reactions and strong emotions. I enjoyed this installment and I can’t wait to read the next book. Kristen has proven to write spellbinding stories that captives the imagination....more
REVIEW: One of the most exciting PNR Jeaniene Frost gives us another installment in the Night Prince series***Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog***
REVIEW: One of the most exciting PNR Jeaniene Frost gives us another installment in the Night Prince series. Bound by Flames is the 3rd book in the series and it is just as enticing and exciting to read as the first two books.
Bound By Flames follows up on the war between Vlad and his century-old enemy, Szilagyi. While these two has gone about killing each other for centuries, Leila is practically new to the conflict but she doesn’t just sit back and watch everything develop, she has become part of it and will do anything possible to make sure it ends with Szilagyi’s death.
Bound By Flames was fun to read, Leila proved to have mature considerably not just in her powers but mentally and emotionally. She no longer needs reassurance and comfort, she goes out and fight for the people she loves. While at times reckless I think her character proved to have grown a lot more than in previous installments. I enjoyed how their relationship has also grown, not without their ups and downs. The trust & the loyalty they have for one another keeps them alive. I think the author did a great job when it came to Vlad & Leila’s relationship. The was something sweet about it, even though both of these characters are quite dangerous.
I felt the conflict between Vlad & Szilagyi lacked substance and drama. Yes, there were bloody encounters but I felt Frost left out a good one on one juicy action. I enjoyed the other aspect of the drama, the uncertainty and the evil that Leila had to go through, while proving she has become invaluable to Vlad’s life. I liked how Vlad not longer kept his feelings hidden and was able to acknowledge his desire and need for Leila.
There were a few surprises, good and bad. I think I would love to see more of Maximus at some point, there is something about his character that tells me he could give us an entertaining story. Overall Frost did a great job bringing us a drama filled installment, with gruesome and bloody moments. With intense desire and feelings as well as the uncertainty that comes with every development while adding suspense to the story. This story pushes love to its limits, exploring the characters feelings and sense of belonging while exposing the inner desires and needs without making the characters any more vulnerable or weak.
I am looking forward to the next installment. Vlad & Leila are explosive and fun together, I can’t wait to see what the future brings them. If you are looking for a story that brings love, war & action then Bound By Flames is the book for you....more
REVIEW: The Lord Of The Underworld has been one of my favorite series to date and Gena Showalter one of m***Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog ***
REVIEW: The Lord Of The Underworld has been one of my favorite series to date and Gena Showalter one of my favorite PNR authors.
The Darkest Seduction is Paris’s story – to me Paris is one of the most exciting, funny and hot characters in the LOTU. Paris holds the demon of promiscuity within and can’t survive without sex, but there is a problem, Paris can’t have sex with the same woman more than once.
Paris has been fighting hunters for a long time, fighting for survival while also trying to find the artifacts that will help him and his friends find Pandora. In this installment of the LOTU we get a follow up to Sienna’s death. Paris non stop search for her to bring her to safety even if that means losing her forever, his inner battle with the dark that keeps trying to surface and his need to make Sienna his are what makes his story the more passionate. The author gave us a very matured, less playful and more focus Paris. This time he finally understands that there is more to the last encounter between him and Sienna, he feels there is more than his need to make sure she survives, and more to his need survival. I was happy to see these characters evolve and fight for what they thought to be just.
I enjoyed this installment very much – the way the author brought all these characters together again to create such an exciting story was amazing. I was happy to see Sienna coming out of the mold, she made her character a lot more enjoyable this time around. Her new abilities and strength gave the story the needed balance to make it a page turner. I liked how these characters fought for what they felt was right and held onto their sense of justice and loyalty. Paris’s story was heartfelt, the uncertainty and the many obstacles he had to overcome gave the story a sense of reality, it also made these characters more likeable. I like Sienna, her understanding and awaking into a world she always thought to be evil made her vulnerable but it also made her stronger.
I liked how she embraced her new reality and fought for her survival while also learning about sacrifice and respect for those around her. I think this story is one of my favorite so far. I liked that we got to see glimpses into other character’s life. I liked knowing how their relationships have evolved and how they are coping with the changes around them. I waited enough to read this book but I will not make the same mistake again. I will be picking up the next story and enjoy all these characters once again.
Gena Showalter is a great author, one that knows how to mix great romance with kick ass action without taking away the characters vulnerabilities while exploring the most deeply desires and feelings. If you are looking to read a great story of love and sacrifice then look no further....more
REVIEW: If you read book #1 of the Game Maker Series you have then started to understand why these Russians ha**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: If you read book #1 of the Game Maker Series you have then started to understand why these Russians have us ladies fanning ourselves. They are just to hot and to alpha. The Master is book #2 in the Game Maker Series and it is not less amazing than book #1. I probably sound like I am rambling and perhaps I am but this book was so hot I had to walk away a few times.
The Master is Maksimilian Sevastyan story, a story that isn’t less intense, or less heart breaking than that of the Syberian. Maksimilian (Maxim) is a man who knows pain, psychological and physical but that hasn’t stop him from becoming a very powerful, dangerous rich man. Maxim (as Cat’s calls him) is sexy, powerful and a business man. A man who enjoy sex and the kinks of submission and domination and he prefers them tall, blonde and submissive. That’s until he meets a sexy witty and spicy Latina.
I enjoyed this story so much for many reasons, one is that I think everyone who reads this story will be able to relate to Cat Martinez (Ana Lucia). She is funny, smart, mouthy and isn’t afraid to call it like she sees it. She has a playful spirit but behind that veil of sexuality and witty remarks hides a woman whose heart has been broken and is just looking to survive.
This story explores the what if’s in life, while allowing the reader to measure their own decisions and consequences. It explores the reality of many people, the contradictions of life, the obstacles and the ultimate reality that we have the reigns of our own destiny only if we are ready for it. It also takes us into the world of a woman whose past keeps hunting her, and even though Cat is young, she has suffer deeply and her loses have been great. I enjoyed reading about her, her mind and her feelings were beautifully exploit. Author Cole was able to transport us into Cat’s world, a world new to her but a world that opened the door to an escape, to a possible future and shot at a second chance.
I really enjoyed the dynamics between these two characters. Each character had a very different background but their differences brought them together. Each brought something unique to the story, Maxim gave us power, richness, dominance and control, while Cat gave us witty humor and a spicy personality that would put many other characters to shame. She was sensual, beautiful and with a great heart. The interaction between these characters was explosive, beautifully developed and well played out. I enjoyed their sexual escapades and scenes, the details, their dialog and their dirty talk was explosive.
Each character gave the story a certain balance, each with their own story to tell and each found on one another the needed support that made it all happen. Of course not without going through the aggravations and conflicts that would make it all worthwhile at the end. This story is fun, perhaps more dramatic than that of The Professional but not less intense and sexual. There was a sense of reality in this story that made it fresh and interesting perhaps not so much on the male side of the story but Cat’s story could easily hit home for some readers. Perhaps it was her background, or perhaps her need to hide her feelings, I am sure that many will identify with her and would love her no less than they love Maxim.
Kresley Cole has given us a great second installment in the Game Maker Series, one that will shatter your heart and put it all together with bits of passion and steamy sex. Have a fan and cold water on the ready, you will need it....more
REVIEW: It is difficult to write a review of a book you love to hate, and actually hate it because it ended. I**Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: It is difficult to write a review of a book you love to hate, and actually hate it because it ended. I can come up with all sort of things to say about Burned but as I write this I am trying to organize my thoughts into what I think will be an opinion that will help you change your mind about what you want to read next.
The Fever Series has been phenomenal in so many ways. However, that does not mean it can’t be frustrating at times. Burned brought back Mac and Barrons. Two of my favorite characters and two of the strongest characters I have ever had the pleasure to read about. In this installment of the Fever Series, Mac is back on the streets trying to keep evil at bait but doing a really poor job of it. While she is still trying to come to terms with the truth about who killed her sister she is also trying to come to terms with the power and evil that resides inside her.
What I found in the pages of Burned is a very engaging, and intricate world that keeps evolving. The evil keeps getting stronger and Mac keeps doubting herself, while also trying to accept her reality and perhaps finally understanding that though Barrons has always been there for her, he also has secrets to hide. Burned also brings a lot more complications to the table, relationships are put to the test by the many changes and conflicts that keep re-appearing and though loyalties stay strong there are times when these characters find themselves doubting and forming unexpected alliances.
Burned has a lot going on, there are multiple situations and points of view going in this story. The feelings and emotions of these characters are put to play a game that only the stronger can survive. I loved how the author was able to manipulate and maintain such an intricate plot, where we go from one state of mind to another, from one character to the next without the story losing its essence and flow.
What I find to be at times disappointing is how little to no grow we see in Mac, it seems as if the time that has passed hasn’t given her any maturity. Her thoughts and behavior are at times childish and more times than not, her actions are inconsequential. I was not completely sold on her character this time around. Other characters become part of the action, some at lot more than others. We are introduced to the 9 but only get a glimpsed of Lor who seem to be the next character to hold a certain importance in the story to follow.
I feel there was a lot more to these characters than we were given, there are things I would’ve liked to be addressed such as the changes experienced by Dani. I think it could’ve been explored a lot more, perhaps even give the readers pointers into understanding how it all happened. What changed and what triggered the domino effect. I am happy to have read the book, I was looking forward to what was in housed for these characters, I am however even more excited to see how some of these characters are becoming more important than others, how their alliances is going to play out and how their relationships are going to develop.
Burned brings a whole new level in the game to surviving where only the stronger stays afloat. If you are yet to read this book, I suggest you get to it. Be ready to enter a world filled with a lot of testosterone and dominance. Alpha has a whole new meaning and it all points to LOR....more
REVIEW: Below The Belt is the first book I read by Sidney Halston and also the first book I read under an MMA**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Below The Belt is the first book I read by Sidney Halston and also the first book I read under an MMA series, I can assure you it will not be the last. I was given the chance by the publisher to read an ARC and I am very happy to have had the chance.
Below The Belt is a great story of love, trust and second chances. I will admit to have fallen in-love with Antonio (Tony), he is everything I like in a male character. He is sexy, funny, strong, understanding and sexual but he is also sensitive and knows when to step back. The story flows nicely and at a good pace, Tony is a champion MMA fighter, cocky, egocentric and full of himself. He is also smart, strong and dedicated, however over the past few years he has stir into partying, bar fights, women and everything a champion should avoid if he doesn’t want his career to end. It was extremely fun to get to know Tony, he is a Casanova, a ladies man, a 100% macho. He is a good representation of a Latino, full of himself, a good son to his mother and a great bother to his sisters. He is also a man whose temper can easily get the best of him.
Francesca is strong, independent and beautiful. However, her past has always hounded her present and it threatens to eliminate any future. I liked Francesca for many reasons, she is the epitome of an independent twenty something year old woman. She hides behind a veil of responsibility trying to find solace and an anchor in her work. She is loyal, hard worker, bossy, temperamental and sweet. There isn’t anything I don’t like about her, she is exactly the kind of female I wish most authors write about. She was exactly what I expected from a woman surrounded by testosterone and a woman who once was part of the MMA world.
Below The Belt is funny, passionate, hot and sexy. These two characters were meant for each other, their passion, banter, fights and flirts can put a lot of other couples to shame. I enjoyed their chemistry and dialog. I liked how their relationship developed slowly. The tension was always there, which for me was exactly what the story needed to balance out the bit of drama that Francesca had about her past. But it also lighten up the mood in the story, it made it fun and sexy.
I think Below The Belt is one of those stories I will always come back to because I felt I could relate with the characters, specially Tony. Knowing the culture well, I couldn’t help but love his rants, his struggles and his love for his family, even his jealous rants were enjoyable. The relationship described between Tony and his mother is heartwarming and funny, even hilarious at times. I really liked this book and I can’t wait to read the others in the series. Though Below the Belt is part of a series it can also be read as a stand alone. There are references to other characters but not detailed enough that would throw off the plot. Overall, I liked this books very much, it is funny, sexy & heartwarming. I think the author did a great job exploring Francesca and Tony’s feelings and backgrounds. Their difference made them unique and that’s exactly what brought them together. The sex between Francesca and Tony is explosive, I totally enjoyed how these two characters took their time to fall into it and how they managed to balance their attraction and their professional life even when the line was crossed a few times.
If like me you are new to these type of reads I recommend you start with Worth the Fight Series by Sidney Halston. She has done a great job introducing us to a great group of characters, that for the look of it are all strong and independent, sensitive and loving but above all, passionate and sexy....more
REVIEW: This review can start in many different ways, I can start by saying how much I love The Origina**Review originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: This review can start in many different ways, I can start by saying how much I love The Original Sinners Series and the characters, their stories and their lives. It can also start by saying how much I love and admire Tiffany Reisz for her ability to create such an amazing world of sex and passion, pain and pleasure. I could find many other different ways to say how amazing I find the books and stories she writes, I can also say that no other author has been able to convey the feelings and passion these characters felt, while bringing the reader closer and deeper into their world, passion and lust.
I could go on and tell you that as a reader it is difficult not to love these characters, from Michael to Søren there is something that compelled me to devote a piece of my heart to their love and devotion for one another. I could go on and just praise this author and her writing style, her characters (all over again), their stories and passions, the way in which one is transported to a world of kink. There are so many ways to tell you how great her books are. However, I have chosen just one word to describe it, SPECTACULAR!.
The Virgin brings us back to the time when Nora ran, not to, but from the man she has always loved. The story beautifully flashes between the times of intense happiness and deep sorrow. Giving us glimpses into the time when all these characters were going through life altering experiences, from new found endurance, to needs and desires. From the moment possessive need took place, to the time acceptance was the only way. The Virgin covers every aspect of Nora’s life, before, during and after she becomes who she is now, what caused the changes and how she faced the consequences. The Virgin will surprise you, it will enlighten you in ways that only Tiffany Reisz can do. The Virgin explores Kingsley’s feelings, actions, needs, sorrow and pain. Readers will find the answers and reasons of why and how things came to be. Every page, ever paragraph gives us glimpses into the life of our beloved characters.
If you are yet to read any books by Tiffany Reisz, I suggest you start NOW. Her stories and characters feel so human that one can’t help but imagine them as if they were real. Her writing style is smart, fresh, funny, sexy & sinful. The Virgin was everything I expected and more. The back stories on these characters we have come to adore and the many questions we once had, have now been answered. Read The Virgin, enjoy it, savor it because there is no other way to read it. Tiffany’s books were not written to be read, they were written to be devoured....more
Review: Every Steampunk I have read brings a different aspect of the genre to the table, when I started readingOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
Review: Every Steampunk I have read brings a different aspect of the genre to the table, when I started reading Chronicles of Steele:Raven I was looking to be blown away. I wasn’t knock off my socks, but I am quite happy to have read it.
I really enjoyed this story, the characters, the setting, the old and the advance all merged together to create a quite likeable story of love, redemption and survival. Raven Steele is a reaper, an assassin a hit-woman. She is trained to survive and to kill, trained with purpose, trained to subdue even the biggest of opponents and she is good at it. Though after years of being a reaper her time to put all of it behind comes, the outcome isn’t what she expected.
I enjoyed how well the author exposes Raven’s feelings and desires. She explores her need as a woman, acknowledging that even when she is tough, controlled and focus she still wants and need to love and be loved. Raven’t character is one of those one can’t help but enjoy. Raven has everything I enjoy in a strong female, she is agile, loyal & intelligent. She represents women beautifully in a violent and men driven world. As an assassin she takes lives, but in an attempt to redeem herself she looks to save them as well.
The characters are well rounded, beautifully crafted and well thought-out. The science, the alchemy/magic makes the story wonderful. The details and settings are fascinating & intriguing. The love story grows as the story develops, and the characters get to know each other, developing trust, dependence and understanding.
I really enjoyed the story, the one thing I would’ve liked to see more was the implementation of more technology, the automaton were a nice touch but I think the story lacked the “steam” touch I am used to seeing in Steampunk stories. If you are a fan of strong characters and stories of redemption Raven is the story for you....more
REVIEW: Her Dark Angel is book #1 of the Her Angel Series. I have read a few books by**Post originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Her Dark Angel is book #1 of the Her Angel Series. I have read a few books by Felicity Heaton and I can honestly say I enjoy her writing style. This short story introduces us to Apollyon the angel of destruction and the witch Serenity.
The story isn’t long but it is nicely crafted. Serenety has had her heart broken by a cheating boyfriend. She seeks revenge and wants to make her ex-boyfriend pay. She seeks the help of Apollyon (Abanddon) but little did she know is that by asking for his help she would find herself losing her heart once again.
The story isn’t very long but it is sweet, heart felt and interesting. The characters are easily likeable, Apollyon possess a very strong sense of loyalty and Serenity gives her heart completely making this couple a favorite. Her Angel series started off in the right direction and I am certain I will be reading more of this series. Felicity Heaton knows when to add sweetness to a story and when to make it spicy creating a great balance.
If you are looking for a short sweet paranormal romance Her Dark Angel is for you....more
REVIEW: Blyssful Lies is the second installment in the Blyss Seri**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog** Rating 4.5 of 5
**IT CONTAINS MINOR SPOILER**
REVIEW: Blyssful Lies is the second installment in the Blyss Series. The story starts right where Blyss left off, Julie is recuperating from a confrontation with Nick. I was skeptical at how good the 2nd installment would be, considering I felt the first book in the series “Blyss” left me feeling like there was not much substance to the characters and the plot. I am happy to say that I was blown away this time around by the quality of this installment. The characters are a lot more developed and intriguing, giving me exactly what I expected to see and feel from them. The sense of uncertainty that I felt when reading Blyss has dissipated and in its place a sense of contentment as been put in its place.
(view spoiler)[The plot has thickened and it brings a new development to the story. Julie and Travis are on the run; Travis felt it necessary to take Julie away from Nick not without considering the retaliation and the force in which he would attack. However, there is the possibility that is it not just Nick trying to get Julie back. (hide spoiler)] The situations in which these three characters have found themselves are a creation of the world in which they live in. Nick though again we don’t get much from him has promised revenge and I am looking forward to the cruelty to which I am sure he will subject both Julie and Travis. Nick is showing his vulnerability, however his control and strength keeps his mind steady while his heart is in turmoil.
Julie has gone from frail and scared to a tigress ready to pounce and take control of her life and do anything necessary to make it happen. I think there is more to Julie than her beauty, her character feels a lot stronger now than she did before. She shows a stronger voice and her actions mirror her thoughts. Travis on the other hand is acting on impulse and that surprised me. I felt that he was in control, opposite to Nick’s volatile persona; however that hasn’t proven to be the case. Travis is letting his feelings drive him; his heart has decided what’s best for him and Julie without judging the eminent danger in which they have put them both. The author has done a superb job exploring the feelings and emotions of these characters. She has given us a more mature Julie and a very vulnerable Travis without portraying him as weak. Nick sees control slipping from his hands and that is something I would’ve liked to see more of. The author has given us a lot more of Julie & Travis relationship, their feelings are being exposed and their attraction and sexual tension has grown exponentially. It is a treat to see them interact, their dialog flows easily, their banter is sexy and their sexual encounters explosive.
I am really happy to have read this second installment. Blyssful Lies is explosive & sexy. The action and sense of danger brings the most needed balance to the story without taking away the dark, romantic and sensual flow of the story. The plot is provocative and hasn’t steered away from its dark and painful nature while the characters have maintained and developed whole new levels of control, sadism and promise of pains. I am a big fan of anti—heroes and that is why I am rooting for Nick. I think readers will feel captivated by the new developments, by the romance and the possibility of great danger. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First pr**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: When I came across Ticker on Amazon and I was given the chance to participate on the Kindle First program. I am happy I did because Ticker was a lot of fun to read. Ticker is a YA Steampunk filled with adventure, science and witty characters.
I enjoyed reading Ticker, the story was fun and entertaining. Penny Farthing is smart, beautiful and hardheaded. Her love for life usually put her in situations not always desired, her heart may be weak but her spirit is strong. The Farthing family suffers from a condition that threatens the women to die at a young age, after Penny's older sister die suddenly during her eighteen birthday Penny knew it was just time before death claimed her too.
Penny's way to mourn put her in a precarious situation when her selfish behavior caused her to have an accident and as a consequence her heart gave up. This accident started to unfold a chain of events that would put Penny's life and those around her in great danger. The author gives us a great story, beautifully written and filled with fascinating description of old London. She also portrays the madness behind a scientist and his desire and need to evade and cheat death. His heart once broken by the death of his beloved Dimitria and a promise that would one day bring pain to those he once loved.
Mad scientist usually make great villains, that's exactly the case of Calvin Warwick, a scientist whose grieve was deep and maddening enough to send him into a rampage of crime and murder all in the name of science. The action was non-stop, I liked how well and nicely paced the scenes were. The intensity of some of them quite graphic and thrilling. I enjoyed every aspect of this story. The romance though it wasn't greatly developed it was paced nicely. It was not intense or the main focus, but it played an important part on bringing some of the characters together. The characters were well rounded and smart, their interaction and dialog greatly developed and their connection beautifully exploit. The technology and science was nicely explored giving this story a unique and interesting twist. Ticker has all the needed ingredients to make the story interesting, it gives us human interaction, friendship, romance, deceit & forgiveness. All of this makes Ticker a fun and sweet holiday day that you would like to share.
Overall, Ticker is a great YA Steampunk that would keep readers entertained. Fans of Kady Cross may find themselves enticed to read Ticker. If you chose to do so, you will not be disappointed....more
REVIEW: There are times when we crave a story that can break the mold, a story that is capable**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: There are times when we crave a story that can break the mold, a story that is capable of putting us on edge, capable of putting our head on a spin and our heart in turmoil. Debt Inheritance is one of those stories. When I came across Debt Inheritance I was looking to find something different, something that didn’t reflect on stories I have read before, or sounded similar to stories that have been buzzing around Twitter & Facebook.
Debt Inherent is the story of a cruel and old legacy left by a family that was wronged many years ago, a legacy that despite time it still lives in the life of those who maintain the tradition trying to make right what was once wrong. Nila Weaver comes from a wealthy family, a family that for many years have maintain wealth and financial freedom through the their work in textiles, and which has pass from generation to generation.
Nila is an accomplished fashion designer, a young woman who despite her wealthy life, she dedicates her time to working and keeping her face out of the spotlight of cameras and gossip magazines. Though in her 20s, Nila lacks the experience most girls her age posses, always kept in the dark and under heavy protection from her brother and father, not able to do much besides work. Nila’s life takes a turn when she meets the stone cold Jethro Hawk. A man she has never met before but a man who seem to put her father on alert, a man who seems to keep his control safely guarded and cold as he keeps his heart.
The story flows nicely following each characters turmoil, indecision and demons. The way in which the story develops takes us into a slow and detailed world of old money, tradition and a sect like family that keeps their promises and their past close by. I enjoyed the premise of the story, new and unexplored. Two families both wealthy, one indebted by the actions of the past, a legacy of money, lies & a chain of intriguing events make this story one of its kind. The way in which each family keep its secret adds the needed suspense, the tasks “debt payments” combine sex and pain, which are not always supposed to be pleasurable but due to the connection & attraction between Nila & Jethro the line between pain and pleasure crosses path more often than intended. The characters are interesting, not necessarily unique but worth exploring, their history unexpected yet enjoyable, their actions reckless but satisfying. I enjoyed every aspect of how this story flows, the sense of “real” is easy to accept. I enjoyed the sex, the innuendos, their reactions and inaction, their realizations and acceptance, their exchange and dialog, the combination of all of this makes Debt Inheritance an interesting first book. If you enjoy stories with manipulative men, dark family history and dirty laundry Debt Inheritance is for you....more
REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read boo**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: I don’t usually follow a certain criteria when I read books, nor I tend to read books in a series one right after the other. This is perhaps the 2nd time I do that since I have been reading and there is a good reason behind it. The Artists Trilogy is one of those series that leaves you craving for more. I wasn’t 100% sold on the trilogy when I read the first book (Sins & Needles), but now that I have read the 2nd book I am happy to see how much this trilogy has to offer.
Shooting Scars is book 2 in the trilogy and this time around I was overwhelmed by the quality of this installment. This series has turned out to be exquisitely addictive. The story as well as the characters have develop greatly this time around, the plot and the characters’ voice and presence feel stronger and with more purpose. The drama, angst and conflicts are non stop.
While I wasn’t entirely supportive of Ellie Watt on the first book, now I am enamored with her as a character. In her attempt to redeem herself after all the things she has done as a con artist and after having hurt Camden so deeply – Ellie goes back with Javier thinking that her sacrifice will give Camden a chance to reunite with his son and ex-wife. One can’t exactly say that Ellie is the selfless heroine who has put everyone else’s needs before her, not at all. She has been selfish & reckless. I think the author depicts Ellie exactly as her characters requires it. She doesn’t take away from the crude reality of Ellie’s life, she emphasizes the connection and history that exist between her and Javier and also explores the dark and deep needs that exist between them. It brings out the what if of life, making her question her true motives behind her selfless act to give up on her love for Camden. What I enjoyed the most on this installment is how well we get to know her emotions, not because she still suffers and hurts for Camden but because we also get to explore how her mind works.
The attraction between Ellie and Javier & Ellie and Camden isn’t necessarily an attraction made from love, but an attraction that seem to exist in the deepest and darkest part of the heart, one that requires more than just love. The confessions and actions that follow the capture of Ellie help us understand the close connection and the thin line that exist between love and hate & between need and obsession. The author manages to create a contrast between these characters while clearly exposing the derailed & dysfunctional passion that exist between them, showing us that their need for each other can only be measured by the intensity of their desired.
Shooting Scars has it all, passion, deceit, sex, love and never ending action, with a roller-coaster of emotions that add amazing twist and turns to a story that seems to catch every aspect of human nature. This story is captivating, there is so much more to it than a story one redemption and second chances. The complexity and always evolving characters add to the story the necessary suspense to make this a page turner. If you love anti-heroes & villains, then you are going to love Javier. I am a fan of anti-heroes & villains, for me Javier deserves happiness as much as any other character. I think we have yet to see to what extend his love and need for Ellie goes, and for Camden to demonstrate how far is he willing to go for the woman he loves....more
REVIEW: Captivating Bridge is War’s story, one I was looking forward to and happy to have read. Wha**Originally posted @SinfulReads ** Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Captivating Bridge is War’s story, one I was looking forward to and happy to have read. What I like about War is not just his talent and his bad boy persona, I also loved the way he was described as sexy, broken, with a black heart and deliciously dangerous.
We all know War from his outburst of anger and his over the top personality that kept putting himself and those around him in situations that were less than desirable. War had a horrible childhood, an absent father and a less than loving mother, his reality was always rough, he was always getting in trouble and his though personality was part of his charm.
I enjoyed this story for many reasons, it showed up that behind every tough and uncontrollable guy there is a bleeding heart. I liked how the story focused so much in his feelings and how beautifully exploited they were. I was eager to find out what would trigger deeps emotions, how much was he willing to give in order to find that one woman who would forever heal his heart and make him the man he was destined to be. I enjoyed how brutal and raw his feelings were, how deep his suffering went and how his childhood affected him in ways that defined him as a man. Though I not always agree with how he acted and reacted to things on regards to his friends and relationships with women I do understand that at times the heart has a different plan from what your head and mind seems to have.
I think the author explored War’s demons beautifully, giving us a man who was not only broken, but who was guided by mistrust. She also gave us a guy who finally understood that life has a lot more to offer, and a man who was willing to show the world who he really was. His qualities went beyond that of a great artist, he knew when he was ready to change his life around and how much the people around him cared. I think that the author portray the reality of many people, the lack of substance in their life and how much love can change and affect us all in many ways.
War’s story clearly explores the reality of an artist, a man who even when he is surrounded by people and fans still holds a deep, hallow and dark hole in his heart that is almost consuming and suffocating. His reality wasn’t any less or any more than the reality of a regular person, but his deep sense of self-destruction showed us how deep and uncertain life can become without the love and support of friends and family. I think Shaina was the perfect female character for War. Even with flaws and a damaged heart, she understood that their heart needed mending and they found in each other the needed support, understanding, and dedication to do just that. Her need to help and love those around her made her especially likeable because she was selfless and caring, giving War exactly what he needed. I think the author gave us the perfect story and end to War’s bleeding heart. I found myself hurting for him, he is my favorite character of the series and I am very glad to see him finally happy. A great story about second changes and found love, redemption and forgiveness.
REVIEW: Master Over You is a very dark romance novel. There are times when stories are too raw, too painfu***Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog ***
REVIEW: Master Over You is a very dark romance novel. There are times when stories are too raw, too painful and all together to much to handle. Master Over You is one of those stories. The plot develops around human trafficking, a subject that is not only dark, raw & painful but one that holds a certain fascination.
When I requested this book for a review I was expecting something dramatic, painful, filled with angst and raw emotions. I got exactly that, the story tells about the dark minds behind the act, and suffering of the victim of abuse, it also gives us the story of two characters that after suffering horrendous circumstances take a path for the worse. The plot was gripping and the characters crafted to show their darkest nature.
The characters are broken, ruined and violated in ways that would forever altered their future and their nature. I think that aspect of the story was beautifully exploit. However, the way in which the story flows between the two main characters is not what I expected. At some point during the story, we as readers are supposed to connect and be able to identify with the characters we read about. Angeline & Noah are very different, they are not your typical characters. One can’t identify Noah as the hero nor can one identify Angelina as the heroine. As characters they both have strong voices and strong personalities, however the lack of interaction and dialog between these characters makes it almost impossible to connect with their suffering and anguish.
The plot deals with each character separately, they both seem to be going on different paths. Neither Angeline or Noah maintain an open dialog, their inner monologue makes it difficult to connect them in a way that supports their love story, each held anger, passion and disturbing emotions that made them unique and passionate yet incompatible. Their hate runs deep, their sadness perhaps justified but their actions and reactions made them at times feel like there was no connection and that their love story was forced.
The story has a lot of repetition, Noah’s constant declaration of who he is and what does was a bit distracting. Noah’s inability to communicate and express his emotions was disconcerting. Angeline’s constant need to hurt Noah was exhausting and unnecessary. Though both characters shared a terrible past, they did not seem to share the same passion for the future. Their love did not have a strong foundation, Angeline’s anger and Noah’s detachment did not seem enough for a happily ever after, yes their sexual chemistry was high and explosive that did not give them enough to hold on to. Love doesn’t feed on sex, there is more to a relationship than the sexual connection, it needs passion, it needs understanding and mutual respect. These two characters did not do it for me.
The story is about second changes and found love, redemption and forgiveness. If you enjoy dark romance, dirty mouth anti-hero and an almost psychotic anti-heroine Master Over You is the story for you. Do not expect sweet talk and loving talk between the characters, do not expect undying love and acts of heroism. There is none of that, but do expect however a man who calls his woman a bitch and who seems to be more in-love with her body than her heart and soul, and who is unable to speak with passion or love to the woman he has promised to spend the rest of his life....more
REVIEW: Sins & Needles is the first book in the Artistry Trilogy, in this book we are intrOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: Sins & Needles is the first book in the Artistry Trilogy, in this book we are introduced to Eden (Ellie) Watts, a troubled, damaged twenty six year old woman whose life has being difficult and nightmarish from the start. At an early age, Eden learned the art of robbery, the art of lying and the tricks of hiding in plain sight. Her life has never been easy, she has done everything she needed to do to survive and to always stay ahead of the game.
Sins & Needles is quite different from many romance stories I have read. The concept unique, refreshing and interesting because it puts a different spin on the heroine. The plot flows between the present and a series of flash backs giving the reader an idea of what happened to Eden during her younger years and helps in a way set the grounds and justification for her actions.
The story flows as we get to know the many ways in which Ellie has been wronged by her parents and how her life slowly turned into a disaster. From her predispose future set on course by her parents, to the ways in which she rip the people she loves off and gets involved with the wrong man, this is one of the kind story, the author did a great job crafting Ellie’s character. Her anger, her dark nature and attitude makes her an interesting character. Though at times readers may accept her actions as a justification for her terrible childhood, readers may also find it difficult to agree with her reasoning and question her sense of survival. This dark romance has every bit of uncertainty, sexual desires, a combination of dark personalities & violent attraction between the characters. From the character callous ways in which she takes advantage of people she loves, to the way in which her expectations and egotistic attitude gets her from one trouble to the next, this story nicely maps out her life and exposes her vulnerabilities in many ways.
Sins & Needles has a bit of everything, the darkness that makes it interesting and the romance that makes it likeable adding a touch of spice to make it a hit. The male characters are enthusiastic and perhaps the one thing that adds edge to the story. This story will appeal to readers who like me enjoy flawed & broken characters and characters driven stories, but I have to question the reason behind her non stop and impulse in which she gets herself in one trouble after the other. Readers can expect rocky relationships, characters with selfish motivations and agendas but all the while maintaining redeemable qualities.
Sins & Needles is one of those stories that have many good things, enough to counter balance the negatives and one that readers may end up loving it as much as they hate it. It has a good story line and evolving characters with strong voices. If you enjoy stories where the heroine is not the usual damsel in distress then you will enjoy Sins & Needles....more
**Originally posted @ SinfulReads - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Blyss is the first book of the series by the same name and the debut novel by J.C Cliff.**Originally posted @ SinfulReads - Rating 3.5 of 5**
REVIEW: Blyss is the first book of the series by the same name and the debut novel by J.C Cliff. Blyss is not your typical romance book, while it does have romance and very spicy sex scenes it also explores an interesting and explosive topic, sex trafficking. The characters are not necessarily complex and can be easily compared to others we have read in the past but that did not deter me from enjoying it.
Julianna Oakley is the daughter of a very affluent man, one who keep hidden a very dark secret. While I am not particularly attracted to “innocent” female characters I find Juliana to be a charming, sweet and funny. Not necessarily one that I would confess to love and admire but one I can see growing as a character.
The story pretty much flows slowly without major incidents until Julianna is kidnapped and forced into a world she knew nothing about. Not only is she exposed to the world of sex trafficking but she is also exposed to an experimental drug that “enhances” women's libido in ways never experienced before, giving the story an interesting twist.
The male characters are exactly what we have come to expect, sexy, beautiful, sexual, and experts in the art of sex. Travis who is the “hero” and Nick the “anti-hero,” have unique qualities but again nothing we haven’t seen in other characters before. While I would’ve liked to get to know Nick a bit more, the story focusses entirely on Julianna and Travis exposing their new found attraction and the awaking of feelings they didn’t think it was possible to experience. The author does a great job exposing Julianna’s feelings and the intensity of her turmoils, her new sexual awakening and her attraction to Travis, while at the same time exposes her internal debate between her guilt and her attraction towards her captor.
Though we can experience Travis strong voice, there is a lack of background on Nick making us weight his importance in the first book, which allows for a fairly easy prediction that book two will focus entirely on him. References to other books and characters were inconsequential to the story and unnecessary in certain scenes. I felt there was a lack of description and perhaps not enough background on sex trafficking and its consequences, which I think would’ve added the dark twist I was expecting to find in this story. Overall, I think the Blyss series has the necessary ingredients to pick the interest of readers who enjoy Fifty Shade of Grey, The Dark Duet & This Man Series. ...more
REVIEW: Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything is a great love story. One that left me won**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything is a great love story. One that left me wondering at what point in life do we know when love has arrived and how thin the line between love and lust really is. This story takes place in Germany during the last days of the German Democratic Republic. Maria a 16 year old girl is still trying to find herself in a changing world. There is no longer a wall separating the Eastern from the Western Germany and Maria finds herself growing in a society that is changing dramatically, and around her people and society are moving towards unison.
After meeting Johannes at a protest rally, Maria moved to the Brendels’ farm and was now living with Johannes. While she was trying to adjust to her new home Maria starts to questions her role with her new family and her future. Though she was in her final year of school her interest was slowly disappearing and she finds herself enjoying the stories she finds in her books more than attending school.
As she passes her days in the farm helping and learning things she meets Henner, a rough 40 year old man whose reality has roughen him up and has damaged him in unexplainable ways. As Maria start experiencing a certain attraction to Henner and him towards her, she starts to discover things she didn’t feel before. Her inexperience and curiosity slowly brings her into his arms. It is then that they embark into a love affair that at times is violent while other times raw and passionate.
“He lay awake at night, desiring her, and he had her.” I look over at Johannes, who’s still asleep and knows nothing. I ‘m utterly ashamed, and yet – I keep the note.
As things changes around them in a promise of a better life, Maria understand that many of those changes can be consequential to her, Johaness is planning a future with her but in terms Maria plans a future that does not include him. For Maria life begins and ends with Henner, she is experiencing changes within her, the way her body and heart reacts to Henner isn’t the same as when she is with Johannes. Maria’s life changes but while the changes brings hope and contentment those changes also bring awareness. They are both aware of the consequences of their affair, her immaturity at times shows by her reactions and actions. Maria realizes that her heart and body reacts different when she is with Henner her sense of loyalty and compassion for her boyfriend Johannen pushes her into a deeper state of deceit. Maria give herself to Henner but not without realizing that by doing so everything has changed, she isn’t the same 16 year girl who she once was, she has now become a woman who looks into an uncertain future. Her desires and needs all include Henner, but while she dreams and wishes them to be together forever, she also wonders if the dream she is now living will end soon.
I think this story clearly shows us how difficult and different living in Germany in the 1990s was, not only for young teenagers but for a society that found itself gearing towards a new era of unison and development. The author did a superb job giving us a story in which love transcend age but not without consequences and judgement. Maria’s curiosity and wonder about the people’s past and secrets kept her self evaluating. Her interest in what they thought, what they felt and what drove their passion was a times beautifully explored. Maria however understood that sometimes some secrets are better left unknown and untold, especially when she wasn’t ready to share her own.
As Maria’s affair with Henner progresses so did the difficulties of keeping their affair going and in secret, her sense of deceit did not sit well with her and her feeling of guilt weighted heavily. I found the passion between these characters deep and raw, they were driven by the pure force of their attraction and experiences but they were also experiencing a new high which neither of them felt before.
The story narrative is fantastic, the author exposes a subject which may not sit well with many, a relationship between a teenage girl and an adult man is more than enough to bring more than one argument to the table. How can there be passion and love between them when the experience of one is as great as the inexperience of the other.When is love enough to justify aggression and violence. Nowhere in the story did the author forced these experiences on Maria, the story flawlessly shows a natural attraction between Maria & Henner. The story follows a natural rhythm, an affair that starts as sudden and it ends, a story in which characters have the need to experience love, lust and loss. The relationship between these two characters is told in such way that the reader can’t help but feel understanding and longing without judgement.
The reader will feel compelled to like Maria, her innocence as well as her desires brings us back to our younger years where curiosity and longing took us in path that weren’t always the right one. This is one of those stories one keep coming back to because it explores the reality of a young girl trying to find her in in a society that has been awaken into a reality of unison and acceptance. The reality of a girl whose eyes have been open to experience unknown to her, where her body and soul crave for something forbidden, and her heart brutally exposed to the ups and downs that love always offers....more