A new take on the bad-boy rockstar theme. The girl's father is the leader of a bad-ass motorcycle gang so there are all sorts of crazy things going on...moreA new take on the bad-boy rockstar theme. The girl's father is the leader of a bad-ass motorcycle gang so there are all sorts of crazy things going on in this story. The book ends with a cliffhanger but I've got book #2 Heart Song ready to roll. This is great...I can visualize the cast of characters...Katey Sagal as Violet's mother, Ron Perlman as her father, Charlie Hunnam as Travis Phoenix, etc...it's totally Sons of Anarchy!(less)
Books 1 and 2 in the Thoughtless series were two of my all-time favorite reads. Unfortunately, Reckless was a little bit of a letdown for me. The angs...moreBooks 1 and 2 in the Thoughtless series were two of my all-time favorite reads. Unfortunately, Reckless was a little bit of a letdown for me. The angst that rocked the first two books just wasn't there. I kept waiting for something to happen that would break my heart into a million pieces then slowly put it back together piece by piece, which is exactly what happened in both Thoughtless and Effortless. S.C. Stephens is the best at writing heartbreaking scenes, and I really missed that in Reckless. But overall, I'm just happy Kiera & Kellan, Denny & Abby, and Anna & Griffin all got the happy endings they deserved. Damn, but I'm going to miss Kellan Kyle! Waaaaaah!!!(less)
Whew! I'm emotionally drained, I went thru a box of tissue, and I've got dark circles under my eyes from staying up all night reading...sure signs tha...moreWhew! I'm emotionally drained, I went thru a box of tissue, and I've got dark circles under my eyes from staying up all night reading...sure signs that I loved the hell out of this book!
Tru & Jake were the best of friends for the first 14 years of their lives. But then Jake and his family moved from England to the US and the two lost touch. It is now 12 years later. Tru received a college degree and now works as a music journalist for an indie magazine. Jake started up a rock band, The Mighty Storm, that has become world famous. Now on the European leg of a world-wide tour, the band is in England; and Tru has landed the job of interviewing the man who not only can make panties drop with just a flash of his devastating smile but the best friend that Tru has kept close to her heart for over 20 years. When they meet for the first time, it is like all the years melt away and they still have that special bond between them. Only this isn't an adolescent crush anymore but the he-gets-hard, she-gets-wet, tongues-get-tied, this-is-my-long-lost-soulmate type of crush. There is just one problem...Tru is in a committed relationship with Will, and they are very much in love. Did I say that was problem? Nah, at least not for Jake; because, as he tells her more than once, he always gets what he wants. Poor, arrogant Jake...if that was the case, we wouldn't have a story!
If you happen to be a fan of Thoughtless by SC Stephens, The Mighty Storm is the fix you've been looking for...and Jake Wethers is the man to steal your heart away from Kellan Kyle. While both books basically share the same premise (rock star + girl + boyfriend), the gist of the stories are very different; and in this respect I enjoyed TMS more because, although the results of the triangles were both disastrous and heartbreaking, Tru didn't vacillate between her choices and string us along for several unnecessary chapters like Kiera did. Sure, Tru wagered an ongoing battle with herself (no, not with her inner goddess) throughout the book but I expected & appreciated that because the story was told from her POV. I enjoyed Tru...in fact, all of the characters were likeable. Tru & Jake were the only 2 characters who were thoroughly fleshed out but that was perfect for me. TMS was their personal love story and I like nothing better than when an author focuses solely on the two main protagonists and leaves the sub-plots and secondary characters in the background or out of the story completely.
But truly, what elevates this story from good to great is Jake...hot, hung[image error], arrogant, cocky, talented, tattooed, sexy smart-ass that he was, lived the typical rocker life. He drank too much, got high too often and fucked anything that moved... until the day that Tru walked back into his life. She was his true best friend - his one and only love - and he tried hard to be the best man he could be for her. But even rock gods are human, and the best-laid plans complete with happy-ever-afters aren't as easy to come by as Jake once thought. The last 25% of the book was both heart-wrenching and painful to experience as Jake put it out there like no other hero ever has. Raw anguish, sincere grovelling and pure love...it was all Jake. Believe me, you won't be forgetting him anytime soon!!
“You’re my life, Tru. My everything. And you always will be." “I’ll never be good enough for you, I know that. But I’m no good without you, and if that makes me a selfish bastard for wanting you as badly as I do then so be it because I can’t live a life that doesn’t have you in it.”
Thank you Samantha Towle for giving us this kickass, awesome hero and the touching, beautiful love story that came with him!!!
Try Me is a great short story introducing Olivia Cunning's new band of bad boys, Sole Regret. If you like The Sinners, you are going to love these guy...moreTry Me is a great short story introducing Olivia Cunning's new band of bad boys, Sole Regret. If you like The Sinners, you are going to love these guys!(less)
A well-written, sensual story about a man & woman who are instantly attracted to one another by an unexplainable sense of familiarity. This is str...moreA well-written, sensual story about a man & woman who are instantly attracted to one another by an unexplainable sense of familiarity. This is straight m/f eroticism at its best...truly captivating and highly recommended (especially if you crave rock star heroes like I do)!
**spoiler alert** What do I think? I think this is a 5-star book that was reduced to 3 stars because of one damn 4-letter word. Nate...with an exclama...more**spoiler alert** What do I think? I think this is a 5-star book that was reduced to 3 stars because of one damn 4-letter word. Nate...with an exclamation point. Nate! My response was also a 4-letter word...with emphasis...and multiple exclamation points Fuuuuuuuck!!! This book should have been entitled "Blindsided" because that's how it hit (me) in the end.
This was an angst-driven, page-turning, can't-put-it-down-until-it's-over story about Nate & Emi...best friends for 13 years who are looking for love in all the wrong places until they finally realize their one true love is each other. Like many indie authors, Lori Otto has a true talent for telling a heartwarming albeit heart-wrenching romantic story. Unlike many indie authors, however, she tells the story via 1st person POV of the hero exclusively. For once we are privy to know exactly what the male protagonist is thinking...what his feelings are for his partner in each of the many relationships he drifts in and out of...how he equates sex = love, and when he eventually realizes that what he feels for Emi is not merely a sisterly affection but a true, "soulmates" type of love. For once we don't have to suffer through the heroine's whiny rants and tedious he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not petal-pulling drama. Why is she mad at Nate? We don't know. Why does she have bruises on her neck? We don't know. What happened between her & Colin to cause their breakup? We don't know. And personally, I didn't care. My heart and devotion belonged to Nate and if he had an epiphany that Emi was his one true love - great - whatever made Nate happy made me happy. Which brings me to why I brought the rating down...
This is Romancelandia, so if you are an author writing a romance, there are certain laws in Romancelandia you should abide by, with one law in particular...the hero and heroine must have an HEA or at the very least a HFN. It can be a true love (where the couple rides off into the sunset), it can be semi-bittersweet (such as forgiving a cheater and starting over again); and, though rarely seen, it can be bittersweet ( with the H & h going their separate ways...readers have the option to hold out with the hope they reconcile or find someone better-suited for each of them).
This means you CANNOT kill our beloved hero off at the very end of the book and attempt to replace him with someone else in a sequel!
By presenting the story from Nate's POV, you have breathed life into him for the readers. This series may be called "Emi Lost and Found" but this story belongs to Nate. We have been put through the emotional wringer with him for 300 pages - have experienced his highs and lows, successes and failures - and ultimately his complete happiness, with Emi and with himself. And you wipe all that out simply for the shock value? Yeah, we were definitely shocked all right. But when the shock wore off we were disheartened. We felt empty...and sad. We are still sad. And it won't wear off.
3 drooping stars 1 redeeming quality...Lori Otto must have an excellent editor/proofreader as there are no grammatical errors, (punctuation, misspelled words, run-on sentences, etc) anywhere in this book.(less)
Where She Went is the concluding story of Adam Wilde and Mia Hall, whose relationship was put on hold at the end of the first book, If I Stay, when Mi...moreWhere She Went is the concluding story of Adam Wilde and Mia Hall, whose relationship was put on hold at the end of the first book, If I Stay, when Mia, a gifted cellist, left Adam in Oregon to attend Julliard in New York. The story is told in first-person by Adam, and let me just say that if you do not listen to audio books but were thinking about doing so, this would be an excellent book to begin with. The narrator has a great voice and very smooth presentation.
When Adam kissed Mia goodbye and put her on the plane to New York, little did he know that she would be severing their long distance relationship within the first six months. Adam's grief was profound...he was not only hurt but was totally in the dark as to why Mia had shut down all methods of communication. During his self-imposed period of mourning and reflection, he wrote lyrics to more than 10 songs that were not only therapeutic in helping him deal with the breakup, but were kick-ass as well. The album Collateral Damage was recorded and Adam's small-time band, Shooting Star, became internationally famous almost overnight.
The story begins three years later, and Adam is living the typical life of a rock star...complete with renowned fame, luxury and a famous girlfriend. Unfortunately, fame for Adam also brings paranoia, reclusiveness and a penchant for violent outbursts. It is Friday the 13th, and Adam refuses to fly, on that particular day, with the rest of the band members to Europe where they will begin a 3-month tour. He will fly out the next day; thus, he finds himself alone in New York City for an entire day. After an unwelcome magazine interview that, as usual, ended badly, Adam donned his sunglasses & hit the streets. Totally blown away when he sees a marquee advertising a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Mia, he buys a ticket.
What follows is a heart-wrenching story of two people who have just a few hours of time together to find some type of closure over an old relationship that had once been rock-solid & filled with love. The author seamlessly blends the past with the present, so you do not have to read the first book (as I did not) to be totally in tune with what is going on. And as a bonus, every other chapter begins with a verse from a song off Collateral Damage, the lyrics being so poignant that you will wonder if such an album actually exists! Also, telling the story from Adam's POV is the perfect touch as it isn't often us romance readers are allowed this intimacy.
This book is listed under the subgenre of "young adult" but please don't let that stop you from reading a truly wonderful story of two people who shared a "once-in-a-lifetime" love, lost each other in the confusion of life, yet never let go of the love. Have tissues handy.
**spoiler alert** One word describes this story...intense. Extremely, brutally, heart-wrenchingly intense. It is the story of Michael Wade, lead guita...more**spoiler alert** One word describes this story...intense. Extremely, brutally, heart-wrenchingly intense. It is the story of Michael Wade, lead guitarist for the rock band Thrust and Annie Logan, the woman he loves. Their feelings for each other are genuine but their relationship is tempestuous, volatile and nothing short of overwhelming. How can it be otherwise considering the lifestyles they lead? But Annie wants what surely seems to be the impossible...the devotion, the honesty AND the fidelity of a man who has spent the last 20 years of his life proving that sex, drugs & rock n roll is much more than just a cliche.
I really loved Michael. He knew he had found his soul mate in Annie and he honestly tried to be as perfect as she wanted him to be. Being a musician herself, Annie was well aware of the temptations Michael was confronted with on a daily basis yet she cut him no slack. Most of the time I admired her for the short leash she was able to keep Michael on, but other times she irritated me when she was purposely trying to hurt him. Yes, he cheated early in their marriage. He was on the road on tour...tired, alone and missing his wife...when a persistent band groupie slut wouldn't leave him alone. He kept trying to get rid of her but she was giving him a massage and he basically let his defenses down and she gave him a blow job. It was over in two minutes but the guilt was already tearing him up when - unannounced - Annie arrived. Of all the cheating books I've read, this is the one heroine that didn't roll over and play dead. She bit, kicked, punched, and spewed venom at him...for months. When he tried to touch her, she would actually vomit (although being pregnant certainly helped that bit of drama along). Michael groveled. And groveled. And groveled some more. It was obvious that when she finally did forgive him, she wasn't being sincere because when a similar situation presented itself, Michael actually fought the girl off and got scratched for it. Annie saw the scratches; and without giving him a chance to explain, she walked out of his life & divorced him.
Michael did everything he could to make Annie happy...went to rehab, stopped touring, even let her divorce him without a fight. If nothing else, they had 2 baby girls together and he desperately wanted to be a part of their lives. But Annie's bitterness ran deep, and for claiming to love Michael so much, she did everything in her power to beat him down. Purposefully making out with a guy in front of Michael when he was there to see the girls was an immature stunt for a 34-yr-old woman to pull. Yes, he was flawed...he had cheated, but he paid for that indiscretion in spades...he lost the only 3 people he truly loved.
Although the author wrote Michael & Annie a happy ending, I'm not so sure that would've been the outcome in reality. But, thankfully, this isn't reality. And the rock legend, his loving wife and 2 beautiful daughters, drove their Land Rover to their beachfront home on Martha's Vineyard and lived happily ever after. *sigh*
Thoughtless is a compassionate but heartbreaking story of three people caught in a contemporary love triangle. I read this book last Sunday, and I don...moreThoughtless is a compassionate but heartbreaking story of three people caught in a contemporary love triangle. I read this book last Sunday, and I don't know if it was because Andy Whitfield passed away, or because it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11...maybe a bad case of the "Sunday blues" or simply because the angst was ratcheted up so high in the story. Whatever the reason, when all hell broke loose in Chapter 23, the damn burst. Reading with blurred vision is such a bloody nuisance but I had to finish the last three chapters to see if somehow, despite the cheating, deceit and lies, all 3 protagonists were able to find a measure of peace & happiness in the end.
Kiera and Denny, both in their early 20's, have been an exclusive couple for 2 years. When Denny is offered an intern position with a prestigious ad firm in Seattle, Kiera applies for and receives a scholarship to the University of Washington. Leaving small-town life behind they travel across the country...moving in with a close friend of Denny's from when he served as an exchange student in high school. Enter Kellan Kyle...an extremely good-looking, sexier-than-hell lead singer in a local band...and new roommate to the transplanted Ohioans.
What follows is an extremely intense story of a young woman who is torn between her love for two equally-deserving men and their unwavering love for her. There is no menage here, where in a fantasy world Kiera would keep both Denny and Kellan. This isn't erotica, yet the sexual tension is so prevalent and so fine-tuned you'll be buzzing with expectation. Told through Kiera's POV, it is a simple day-to-day story made complex by the unexpected attraction between Kiera and Kellan and the powerful, emotionally high-charged atmosphere that settles among these two as well as the unsuspecting Denny. Fortunately, even with the limited POV,the author won't ever leave you scratching your head and wondering 'what just happened here?' She leaves nothing to speculation and plays the entire drama out in explicit (although somewhat lengthy) detail.
As you can probably guess, there is cheating in this story. And while the idea of cheating in a romance novel might totally turn you off, at least the circumstances that prompt the cheating are not due to the overplayed drunkenness or selfishness or the big misunderstanding...they are simply due to inexperience, vulnerability and the inevitable loss in the struggle to follow one's head and not one's heart. As such, there are no bad guys in the story. Unfortunately, this greatly restricts the reader's ability to justify the cheating; and because of the devastating outcome, it was hard for me to forgive Kiera and be truly happy for her.
This book is angst at its best. I was riding the emotional roller coaster of a lifetime and had to physically unwind & stretch cramped muscles whenever I took a break. But I loved the fact that a story could totally consume me like Thoughtless did...blubbering tears and all. The author, S.C. Stephens really has the ability to express feelings and emotions and internal struggle. She gets to the heart & core of the characters and thoroughly fleshes them out...so much so you will feel like a personal friend to Kiera, Kellan & Denny. Their story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, and you will live every moment with them.
I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!