It's official. I'm ditching the tough chick stigma and giving over to the sappy, weepy girlie girl that cries over every one of Marie For...more[image error]
It's official. I'm ditching the tough chick stigma and giving over to the sappy, weepy girlie girl that cries over every one of Marie Force's novels. What's up with that, Marie? I'm 6 for 6 now.
The Wreck is Carly Holbrook & Brian Westbury's love story...two high school seniors that have found "the one" in each other and realize it for the blessing it is. They are planning to go away to college together in the fall & will be living together in an apt. off campus. A few weeks before graduation, Brian & Carly are hanging out with their 5 closest friends and Brian's younger brother, Sam. Ok, 6 closest friends. Deciding they want a pizza, the kids climb into Sam's station wagon but Brian & Carly back out at the last minute because they want to "spend some time together" (ack! I can't say it because I have a 17-yr-old daughter lol). Lying together under the willow tree, Brian asks Carly to marry him. Why sneak and live together when they can just get married a little earlier than they originally planned? Naturally, Carly says "yes" and for these two the future looks bright and the possibilities endless.
As Brian is walking Carly home later that night, a car crashes into a tree directly in front of them and bursts into flames...killing all 6 occupants. The night that was meant to signify the beginning of their lives together becomes the nightmare responsible for separating the two for the next 15 years.
"Every dream I've ever had begins and ends with you. No matter how much time passes, if you want to come home, I'll be here. I love you always. Only you."
~ note from Carly that Brian carries with him for 15 years ~
Although the plot centers around an elusive serial killer who has terrorized the small, close-knit town for almost 2 decades, this book is first and foremost a romance! Did Brian & Carly have a love connection strong enough to sustain them 15 years? Was it powerful enough to withstand marriages to others, psychological/traumatic disorders, and, completely different lifestyles? Yes, yes yes to all the above! We're talking Marie Force here... master author of tear-jerking, soul-searching, heart-wrenching contemporary romance novels that will break your heart one minute and see it overflowing with happiness the next. She writes the hottest, sexiest heroes that love their women with all they've got and don't give a damn who knows it. She isn't afraid to engage sensitive subjects and use them in her stories. In fact, there is a plot device used in The Wreck that is often debated by readers... one controversial enough to turn a 5* read into a 2* read for some. So she's got huevos. I think it's great!
Overall, this is an excellent love story with a hero to die for and a heroine to cheer for. But be warned: It is a heart-wrenching story so you'll need a box of tissue handy at all times because the teary moments sneak up on you from out of nowhere. If you've enjoyed anything written by Marie Force...Line of Scrimmage, Everyone Loves a Hero, True North, etc...I promise you this is more of the same and you will be pleased that I rambled on and on about it until you finally caved.
The Wreck is available for Kindle at Amazon for only $2.99 and if you don't have a Kindle you can download one to your PC for free and read it there! Enjoy!
The Brothers of the Absinthe Club is a series by Emma Wildes where 6 well-to-do aristocrats in Regency London have gathered together at their exclusiv...more The Brothers of the Absinthe Club is a series by Emma Wildes where 6 well-to-do aristocrats in Regency London have gathered together at their exclusive men's club to share their best sexual escapades. Arabian Pearl is Book #1 and is the story told by Robert St. Clare, the Earl of Grayson.
Robert is visiting an old college chum who is the son of a high Sultan. To show his hospitality, the Sultan gives Robert a woman to enjoy for the 2 weeks he will be visiting. The woman, Lady Celia Davenport, who had been abducted while visiting a relative in Italy and sold into slavery, has just finished her "education" in Harem 101. Of course Celia has been resistant from the start but after being chained to her bed without food or water for several days, she realizes resistance is futile and she resigns herself to her fate. Now she is told if she pleases the guest of the Sultan, and the guest wishes to keep her as a gift, the Sultan might grant the wish. If the guest is displeased, she will be relegated to the harem for the rest of her life.
Needless to say, Robert is quite pleased with his "gift". The lush, exotic surroundings well-known to the Arabian culture, is the perfect setting for Robert's exquisite seduction of Celia. Using his expertise and exercising patience, Robert coaxes Celia into shedding her inhibitions and giving in to her sexual desires. She acquiesces immediately and together they embark on a sexual, sensual journey that ultimately leads to love.
Wow!!! All I can say is if you are a fan of romantica then you must read this book, as it is "sex with a love story" at its finest! Ms. Wildes blends love and eroticism so well that whatever Robert & Celia do together can only be described as beautiful...not nasty or vulgar like so many other books with an abundance of sexual content. I encourage all of you closet dirty old ladies *cough Dhes cough* to download Arabian Pearl to your Kindle soon. I'm sure you will enjoy the story as much as I did!
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!
Really good debut novel...well thought-out plot and engaging characters. A totally hot beta hero and a heroine worthy of him. The sex scenes rocked as...moreReally good debut novel...well thought-out plot and engaging characters. A totally hot beta hero and a heroine worthy of him. The sex scenes rocked as they were not only explicit but very sensual...the amazing chemistry Quinn & Sylvia shared was undeniable and explosive.
Across The Hall will suck you right into the story and run you through the gamut of emotions, concluding with a perfect epilogue - the kind romance readers yearn for in every novel but very rarely see. I am looking forward to reading more by this author!
**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)