He gripped me harder. “I can’t ever lose you, Danika. I’m not sure I’d survive it.”
“You’ve got me. And I’m not going anywhere. Not ever.”
I meant the words when I said them, but life had other plans for us.
I was, by nature, a fighter, and no one could say I didn’t fight for us.
I’d have given my life for that fight.
In fact, I very nearly did.
Oh, boy!! I think my heart nearly skipped a beat when I read that! If you’ve read the Up In The Air trilogy, then you’ll be familiar with Tristan and Danika in the future and you’ll know that Danika limps and that something very bad happened between them. Despite all the intense emotional upheaval in Bad Things, the first book in this new trilogy, things between them were good so I was pretty much prepared right from the outset reading this one that things were going to go very, very wrong for these two and PHEW what an incredibly intense ride.
Danika and Tristan are made for one another, they really are. Their relationship, their incredible connection is off the charts intense – it’s obviously how much they truly adore one another. It’s the outside influences, the people around them that are about to totally derail their beautiful relationship. Left to their own devices I think everything would have been fine for these two but Tristan’s ambition, his so-called friends all cause tension between them and things are about to go wrong in the worst way possible
“I love you, Danika. You being mine is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
“Yes. Yours. Every one of my heartbeats is for you. Every breath, Tristan.”
“Oh, boo. You beautiful girl,” he groaned. “You’re giving me too much.” He trembled. “You’re spoiling me rotten.”
“Every heartbeat. Every breath, Tristan. Yours.”
I adored Tristan in Rock Bottom, possibly even more than I did in Bad Things. He’s incredibly alpha, very protective of Danika and has an over-active caveman mode. He’s big, bad and dangerous to know and will stop at nothing to protect Danika, his Boo. Despite all his bravado and his badass macho image, there’s actually a vulnerable and emotional soul beneath the tough exterior and there were times when my heart really hurt for him. He definitely made some seriously bad decisions – sometimes he was like an out of control train but, deep down, he just adored and really needed Danika. He battles constantly with his demons and towards the end, they were definitely winning the war.
Danika is as feisty and kickass as I remember her in Bad Things. She is also trying to put to rest the demons of her past and almost ends up in some serious trouble. She’s so overwhelmed by her feelings for Tristan that jealous and envy rear their ugly heads more than once and she’s definitely got a fiery temper. She despairs at what Tristan is doing to himself and can sadly see their relationship going downhill as she tries to hold on to it like fine sand slipping through her fingers.
And then we have that awful moment when disaster strikes – the moment we’ve been waiting for and yet dreading ever since embarking on this trilogy and it’s really quite heartstopping. Far worse than I expected and we end Rock Bottom on a really dark note and a moment of complete and total despair. Thankfully, there is to be a third book, Lovely Trigger, and there’s a little teaser at the end of this to give the reader hope for the future!
What was left of a woman when she gave a man everything?
The answer was easy.
Impossible to deny, even for me.
Nothing was left of her.
So this was yet another seriously sexy and incredibly erotic novel from RK Lilley and we’ve really come to expect this from her. She writes mouth-wateringly delicious alpha-heroes and Tristan is no exception to this. It’s a real emotional roller coaster of a ride as we hurtle towards the devastating conclusion. Along the way there’s a fantastic Mr Cavendish cameo told from Frankie’s POV in his pre-Bianca days in all his sexy, dominant glory. A real treat for Mr Beautiful fans!
Now we have, at long last, book 3 – Remy. Finally we get up close and personal with the man himself and learn what has been going on inside his comple...moreNow we have, at long last, book 3 – Remy. Finally we get up close and personal with the man himself and learn what has been going on inside his complex mind as we’ve followed their story and it’s quite a revelation.
We know he’s fucked up, we know he’s got issues and inside Remy’s head is an incredibly intense and fairly dark place to be. It’s fascinating to see him react and how he feels as every a major plot development that we’ve already read takes place. It’s beautiful to see how much he loves and cherishes Brooke and how much he battles with his attraction to her but it’s also incredibly painful to read some of this too – especially that moment when he first reads Brooke’s letter.
I’ll not elaborate any more as I don’t want to spoil what’s in here but I think Remy fans are going to love this. Do I think Katy Evans has essentially told the same story in all three books? Yes, to a degree, there’s definitely an element of this going on but she tells these stories so well and they’re so jam packed full of deep emotion and beautiful love that I can’t help but just devour everything she reads and die-hard Remy fans will most certainly not want to this.
I think Remy is one of the most complex book heroes I think I have ever read and Real still remains my top read this year – it evoked such an incredible emotional response from me, I doubt it can ever be topped. Remy is tough and alpha but also incredibly vulnerable and lost and it’s a mesmerising combination.
This was a great conclusion to Brooke & Remy’s story and we get closure on everything here and I’m looking forward to seeing where Katy Evans takes this series next in Ripped and Raw, both due for release in 2014.
Absolutely a 5 star read for me. I fell hard for Q and really loved how Tess maintained her strength and fight despite the awful things that happened...moreAbsolutely a 5 star read for me. I fell hard for Q and really loved how Tess maintained her strength and fight despite the awful things that happened to her.
I just couldn't put this down - wholly compelling and moving straight on to the sequel
“Every night when I fall asleep with her in my arms, I thank God she’s mine. Every morning when I wake up, my first thought is that I’m grateful she married me. I will never be worthy of her.
Oh, Gabriel!! I think you will probably never see just how worthy you truly are!
This was such a treat. This is sexy, sophisticated romance, beautifully paced and all put together by a man with an enviable vocabulary and a mesmerizingly enchanting writing style that overwhelms the senses like a fine vintage wine. It’s quite simply sublime – a premier reading experience. It’s not actually overtly erotic, rather it just oozes sensuality with it’s intoxicating narrative and convincing character development.
We connect once again with Julia and Gabriel as newly-weds. We’ve come a long way since we first met them in Gabriel’s Inferno and they have both grown immensely in that time. Julia is not the frightened rabbit we once knew – she’s now a woman of strong opinions and morals and will stand up for what she believes and hold fast in that. She’s not going to be steamrolled by Gabriel or anyone else. Gabriel, for his part, is an altered man. He completely worships Julianne and his love for her has changed him, immeasurably. He now has more patience and is caring, sensitive and sensible to all Julianne’s needs and desires. This is a man who knows his woman well!
I think it’s a real treat to see a couple such as Julianne and Gabriel after the apparent happy ending of a wedding. This is the point that so many romances end and we’re led to believe that the central couple live happily ever after so it’s nice to see that two damage souls such as these still struggle with the darkness of their collective past and how they move forward and deal with that together. A marriage ceremony has not been a magic wand for these two – there are still speed-bumps in the road ahead, differences of opinion and expectations and issues to deal with as in all marriages and that’s largely the story of this novel. The peripheral characters all have their stories neatly tied up by the end of this story too and I gained a distinct satisfaction comeuppance dished up to a couple of them!!
For me the overwhelming star of this trilogy has been Monsieur Reynard himself and his almost hypnotic writing style that really had me in his thrall. There is a scene in this book, fairly early on, when Julia feels hurt by something that Gabriel says and its obvious here how well the author understands the way women behave, especially when they are in pain emotionally. His description of Julia’s body language and how she retreats is absolutely spot on. I closely identified with her in this scene.
The story deals with issues of guilt and redemption and ultimately forgiveness, about learning from the mistakes and lessons of the past and moving forward, together. But, of course, this is ultimately a love story and the whole trilogy has been, in my opinion, about the power of love and how that can heal the past and change people and take them away from a destructive path they’ve been following and allowing them to take a different course with their soul mate.
I’ve really enjoyed all the literary references in this series from Beatrice and Dante to Abelard and Héloïse and ultimately Lois Lane and the Man of Steel himself, Clark Kent. It’s been a rapturous ride that I’ve thoroughly lost myself in. It’s very spiritual and there’s a lot of references to God and His Forgiveness which I confess as a non-religious person, I found fairly hard to deal with but it’s a minor niggle and didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this story. It’s full of art and literature and beautiful settings and the whole story vividly came to life in my imagination as I read – it’s just divine.
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I adore everything about Christmas and this is my first festive read this year and I loved every second of it. How much do I want to snuggle up to my very own Walker Brother and watch A Wonderful Life and think about what happens after the movie!!
I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a huge Nicole Edwards fan and have been ever since I first stepped into her sexy world when I read Kaleb. Since then I’ve read absolutely everything she’s written and Holidays with the Walker Brothers is just such a treat. We get to catch up with each brother, both those who have already had their story told and those whose story is still yet to be told and it’s an absolute smörgåsbord of erotica - a real sexy, kinky glimpse into their world.
Most of the story centres around the home of the original Alpha-Walker himself, Curtis and his lovely wife Lorrie – the Walker Mom and Dad and, even with fifty years of marriage under their belts, there’s still a twinkle in those eyes. And so you’d expect – these gorgeous sexy cowboys were raised by them after all!
They’re looking fondly at their boys that are now settled and happy with their forever guys and gals. Kaleb and Zoey as they eagerly await the arrival of their baby – don’t expect pregnancy to have put a dampener on their sex life. We’re treated to a couple of sexy scenes and some really sweet ones with these two.
Zane (my absolute fave Walker Boy) and his V – I just adore these two together. They’re an incredibly sexual couple and the fire that burned so bright in Zane for his V has not dimmed one iota and these two can hardly keep their hands off each other, always finding ways to sneak away from the crowd and indulge that incredible incendiary attraction that zings between them.
We also catch up with Travis, Gage and Kylie and it’s a thrill to see the eldest Walker Brother finally happy with the man and woman of his dreams. Needless to say that you’re going to get some down and dirty really thrilling ménage scenes with these three.
So that leaves us with sexy Sawyer, Brendon and Braydon (the naughty twins) and Ethan, the stoic loner of the group who’s got a bit of a Bah Humbug cloud hanging over him right now. They’re definitely not lacking in action in this book and I think their story’s are all perfectly lined up in this one – I think I can see where Nic’s going next with all four of these and I just can’t wait. I think 2014 is likely to be another vintage year for Alluring Indulgence stories. Can’t wait!!
Nicole Edwards does a fantastic job of giving each brother equal and meaningful page time allowing them all to go off and do their thing without it ever feeling staged and, at the same, keeping the story moving along. The pacing is, as always, perfect and I quite literally devoured this, totally unable to put it down.
Fans of the series will absolutely not want to miss this Christmas Special – it’s entertaining, sexy, a real feel-good experience and I loved every second and read this in one sitting with a big ole goofy grin on my face. The writing is perfect for me and the words zip by at a rate of knots – they always do for me when I read Nicole Edwards. She’s absolutely my go-to author for erotic romance and she writes fantastic characters who are just larger than life and vividly live in my imagination. I can see them clearly as I read and I truly feel like I’ve really got to know them over the past few books. This is a really special festive treat from Nicole Edwards quite clearly written with her fans in mind. She knows exactly what they want and she delivers brilliantly. It’s perfect!
“I didn’t choose her,” his voice breaks. “Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you’re just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love.”
I have to confess that I’ve fast become addicted to this trilogy – it’s consuming me. It’s all I can think about.
Dirty Red continues in the same tense, edgy vein as The Opportunist. I pretty much hated Leah on sight in the first book but was prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt – after all, is she really any worse than Olivia? Yes, she’s lied and she’s deceived but she’s done it all in the name of love – I definitely needed to give her a chance.
I will say that being inside Leah’s head in this book really did make Olivia look like a fluffy bunny. The lengths she will go to to capture the man she loves and tether him to her are really quite staggering. She knows that she’s second best, that Caleb gave his heart away and is incapable of returning her feelings but she loves and wants to keep him so much, she’ll go to astounding lengths to secure her future with him.
To date we know she’s resorted to breaking and entering and blackmail and we start Dirty Red with her producing a child to fully ensnare Caleb. Despite the apparent security of a rock on her finger, she feels she needs more clout. As the story progresses, she becomes ever more desperate as she feels Caleb slipping through her fingers like fine grains of sand and she is frantically trying to hold on. Her obsessive hatred of Olivia is unhealthy, at best, and verging on psychotic.
My first impressions of Leah after the initial chapters were that she was a vacuous, self-serving, narcissistic, conniving bitch but if you look across the apparent barren emotional wasteland that is her mind, in the distance, you can see the lost and unloved little girl that once was Johanna. The little girl who wised up early and learned from those around her that no one truly cared for her and no one was ever going to but herself. She may have always considered Olivia to be white trash but she is the one that’s always been treated as trash, disposable and unwanted. Despite being married and affluent, she really is incredibly alone and, to my own surprise, I started to feel sympathy for her. She thinks she loves Caleb but it’s more about possession than anything – she wants him for herself and will stop at nothing to ensure that Olivia and he cannot be together.
Just about everyone has let her down in the past and Caleb can see this. I know he has affection for her, even loves her but he’s not in love with her and he never will be. He’s in love with Olivia. End of.
I knew Caleb would be a good father and I loved to see his interactions with his baby daughter. She instantly becomes the centre of his world and Leah’s inability to bond with and love her own daughter really do seal her fate. Caleb’s always been able to put up with Leah’s greed and self-indulgence but put his daughter in the smallest of harm’s way, and you really do awaken the fierce protective monster that is Caleb The Father.
I love Caleb so much but the man is being destroyed by the lost love he’s harboured for Olivia pretty much all of his adult life and it is absolutely consuming him. He’s not quite the innocent victim he first appeared to be right back at the beginning of The Opportunist and, despite trying hard to do the right thing for a long time, he’s losing the battle. His love for Olivia is eating away at him and in the end, nothing else will do. I’m really looking forward to hearing his POV in the third and final book in the trilogy, The Thief.
Caleb seems to be in constant pain in Dirty Red. This is not a happy man and my heart still aches at the reveal in The Opportunist – what Olivia did to end their relationship and what she took from them. I still haven’t quite forgiven her for that. I’m invested in Olivia and Caleb finally ending up together but that love is so incredibly destructive that I’m not sure that a HEA without major casualties along the way is even possible and there are many undeserving people here who could be hurt and hurt badly.
So this is another rollercoaster of a ride, this time from Leah’s twisted and desperate POV. It’s beautifully written and I really did feel her perpetual torment, the constant pain and sorrow and most of all her desperation. At every hurdle, she’s constantly scheming, planning ways to chain Caleb to her and, ultimately, ways to pierce his heart with the worst emotional weapon she can grab hold of and completely crush him. Yes, she’s a vicious bitch and ultimately a villainess but I do actually feel sorry for her and empathised with her. There’s more shocks and surprises as Leah’s history is told and as we learn more about what everyone else’s backstory with more shocking truths.
Again, I applaud Tarryn Fisher for her consummate story telling abilities. The second book in a trilogy needs to move the story on significantly or risk being just ‘filler’ and she accomplishes this skilfully. It’s utterly gripping and compelling and I raced through this constantly on edge and tense and wondering what on earth would be revealed next. It’s wholly addictive
I need to know more about Seth, Dobson Scott Orchard and Noah and, most of all, I need to hear it all from Caleb’s perspective.
I really think more people ought to be reading Adriane Leigh’s books. She’s a gem just waiting to be discovered and it’s very easy to completely lose...moreI really think more people ought to be reading Adriane Leigh’s books. She’s a gem just waiting to be discovered and it’s very easy to completely lose yourself in one of her books and the sex scenes are white-hot! Tristan is a delicious hero and I think if you like Kim Karr’s River, then you’re definitely going to love Tristan.
We pick up right after the hurricane at the end of The Mourning After and this time we’re hearing Tristan POV’s. Things are not going well, Georgia has not returned and now Tristan is burying his sense of loss in booze and an endless stream of plastic easy women. He’s reverted back to how he behaved before he met and fell in love with Georgia and she has also headed back to DC and her feckless, long-term boyfriend Kyle. They’ve both reverted to type – it’s one step forward and several hundred backwards.
Georgia does, however, return to North Carolina and Light in Mourning tells their story as they attempt to finally put their pasts behind them, accept who they are and move on together. There’s several obstacles in the road ahead for this couple and, with alternating POV’s we get to hear exactly what they’re thinking as we cross every hurdle, deal with it and eventually move on.
This is an incredibly visual story as it mostly takes place on the North Carolina shoreline and their whole landscape was brought vividly to life in my imagination. I could see both Georgia’s and Tristan’s house, the beach – everything. It played out with perfect clarity in my mind as I devoured every word.
Tristan is a hero that I have so completely come to adore. He’s so sweet, funny, sexy and he’s head over heels in love with Georgia who, quite frankly, would try the patience of a saint with her hesitation and restraint and her unwillingness to give herself to him 100% but, thankfully, Tristan is a patient man and is prepared to play the long game and wait for the prize at the end and I’m so glad he did. I was desperate for these two to work things out and to finally put the pain of the past behind them and accept what is glaringly obvious to us, the readers, and succumb to that all-consuming electric connection between the two of them!
It’s actually Adriane’s writing style that’s the star of this novel for me – her pacing is excellent as she gives every character time to slowly absorb every new development and react and it’s this attention to the emotions that make the whole story work so well for me. I need to feel what the characters feel rather than just be told how they feel and I definitely have done in these two novels. It’s an emotional read, a bit lower on the drama than The Mourning After, but a powerful story nonetheless as both of them struggle with their emotions, their fears and allow themselves to overcome all of this and finally admit that deep love that they now share.
If you’re looking for a beautiful sexy romance with a gorgeous hero, a deep emotional read then this book is definitely for you and there’s an absolutely perfect epilogue – I do love a good epilogue and this one definitely ticked all the right boxes!
I am Olivia Kaspen, and if I love something I rip it from my life. Not intentionally…not unintentionally either.
When I first read the blurb, I wasn’t 100% sure that I wanted to read this. The whole premise is fascinating but I had already prejudged and tried Olivia and found her wanting before even giving it a chance. She’s not your regular every day heroine. In fact, how do you come to terms with the fact that the heroine of your novel is actually also the villain of the piece, the Cruella DeVille style antagonist of the story?
The way Olivia conducts herself, her bitter and twisted inner monologue all makes for fairly uncomfortable reading. At first, I just didn't know what to make of her. After all, she is that character that normally hurts the main heroine in any other book, the one that threatens the special relationship with the hero – she’s the one we normally love to hate. But, oh boy, if I didn’t find myself completely absorbed by her and as the novel progressed, my reading speed picked up as I was so fascinated by what was going on that I just couldn’t put this down.
Being inside Olivia’s head isn’t always a pleasant place to be but you know what they say about glass houses and who hasn’t found themselves consumed by jealousy over a hot guy at some point in their lives? Olivia is often selfish, frequently duplicitous and I came to think of her as Olivia The Deceiver but I did begin to develop a fragile respect and a bit of an understanding of why she behaves the way she does, her lack of trust and really start to ache at her pain and her inner turmoil. She’s far from perfect, more deeply flawed than most book heroines, but, in the end, she finally learns from the errors of the past and makes some fairly noble and selfless decisions and I ultimately came full circle and developed a deep affection for her.
Caleb – well I just kind of loved him right from the get-go. He’s open, engaging, sweet, sexy & funny – just about everything a good-looking, talented college jock should be. For the longest time he felt like an unknowing victim, desperately manipulated by the calculating women in his life and subjected to the most incredible pain by those that claim to love him. But, as this is very much a story of flawed and mostly confused people, it appears that Caleb isn’t always the saint I first thought he was.
And as for Leah, Caleb’s significant other, well I just about loathed her on first sight but it pays to remember that she’s really not behaving any worse than Olivia and I’m erring on the side of caution and trying not to judge her for her actions as I know that we’re going to hear more from her POV in the sequel, Dirty Red.
I think this whole story hinges on the theory that when you first fall in love and give your heart away, you can’t take it back and when you’ve met ‘The One’, everything and everyone else pales in comparison and just how far are you prepared to go to get what you want? At some point in all this, someone has to break the constantly repeating cycle of totally destructive behaviour and take a long cold look at what they are doing to themselves and everyone around them and take a tentative step in the right direction.
So this was an incredibly compelling yet fairly challenging read. It’s not all neatly tied up with a pretty little bow on top – it’s edgy, taut, tense and wholly captivating. I have to say that I didn’t get the ending that I hoped for although I completely accept that it was the rightful and happiest ending possible. The whole book is tight with some real gasp out loud moments and shocks and unexpected twists in store. That pacing is flat out perfect as the story is told in dual time zones, both past and present, and everything is introduced at the right time and it all maps out beautifully. It’s meticulous story-telling and I flat-out applaud Tarryn Fisher for trying something refreshingly different with this trilogy and I am now moving straight onto the sequel because I just have to know………
I really can’t resist a book blurb when it features a tortured bad boy rocker hero and I jumped at the chance to read and review The Tattoo Thief. Gav...moreI really can’t resist a book blurb when it features a tortured bad boy rocker hero and I jumped at the chance to read and review The Tattoo Thief. Gavin Slater is our bad boy with a troubled past who has completely trashed his apartment and fled overseas on a journey of self-discovery and has hired a house-sitter to take care of the mess that he left behind.
Beryl (Berry as I preferred to think of her - Beryl is an old lady’s name) is the house-sitter left in charge of the clean up. She has escape her humdrum life, her predictable boyfriend, over-protective mother and moved to New York to work for her Uncle’s Property Management Company and start her life anew.
She is not a woman who is backward in coming forward and, after finding that Gavin has abandoned his dog at an expensive Kennels, she lets rip at him by email and the elusive rock star replies to her and they begin to form a long-distance ‘pen-pal’ style relationship through emails and online chat.
I actually really enjoyed this and found it to be a little different – it’s not often the central duo in a romance don’t actually meet until the last 25% of the book but the author did a really good job of realistically showing how their relationship blossomed from angry employee/employer to something really quite beautiful. Of course they google one other so they know how good looking the other one is but they get to know one another slowly through emails and online chats and,as they share the experiences of the past and the events that have left both of them to the situation they now find themselves in, they slowly start to fall in love with one another. It’s a beautiful thing.
Beryl was a great heroine – feisty, kickass and open to new experiences. She’s making an attempt to change her life and move on from her stifling hometown and forge something new and wonderful for herself. and I really grew to like her.
Gavin – well I fell in quite a lot of love with him. At first he appeared like spoiled little rich boy but of course his story is far deeper than that. He’s endured a big loss and has a bad case of guilt and, after his self-destructive rampage in New York, he’s off travelling to find himself and as Beryl got to know him and he opened up to her, we slowly get to understand his behaviour and sympathise with him.
It’s a surprisingly sensual read as you can feel the attraction between Gavin & Beryl growing just through words on a page as they slowly heal each other through shared stories and mutual respect. I think I did miss the person to person contact and waited impatiently for the moment that they would finally meet but, overall, it’s a well paced novel and quick and easy to read.
I whisper, “It would be totally stupid for me to fall in love with you.”
His smile fades, but only a little. He nods in agreement. “It would be totally stupid.” He pecks my lips once, twice, three times. Pulling back, I look into his deep-blue eyes and see nothing but sincerity. He adds gently, “Can’t help who you fall in love with, princess.”
Well, I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t read the blurb very carefully and I was expecting a darkly erotic Stockholm Syndrome style story but I got something completely different and I’m so glad I did. This book may not have been what I was expecting but I truly did thoroughly enjoy it. Lily has been taken for her own protection at the orders of her Father and Nox is the delicious, protective, broody alpha charged with maintaining her safety.
Nox – Le Sigh!! I just kind of fell in love with him. He’s gorgeous,wild, untamed, ferocious, protective, really quite bad tempered, swoon-worthy, very exasperated by Lily but slowly finding he can no longer resist her quirky charm. Lily is feisty, a bit of a kook, incredibly genuine, full of compassion and empathy and it’s almost impossible not to like her. She was a lot of fun to read and, as the story is told from her and Nox’s alternate POV’s we get to hear what is going on in both their heads and see how they fall for each other although Nox will attempt to resist it for the longest time.
What makes Willing Captive a little different is the narrative style. It’s fun, it’s in your face and it feels friendly and close and it’s kind of like listening to a story told to you by your best friend as you’re sharing a bottle of wine together.
You know how when a guy and girl really like each other in a book, they talk about a spark between them?
With Nox, there is no spark.
He bypassed the spark.
When Nox touches me, there’s nothing less than the whistling, shrieking explosions of fireworks.
The ones they save till the end of the show.
The ones people hang around to get a glimpse of.
That’s a good example of how Lily tells her side of the story and I think it shows how easy it is to get completely engrossed in this book with the engaging style and, of course, the sexy beautiful romance.
The pacing is spot on as we slowly and realistically see Lily’s relationship with Nox and her other guards grow from wary captive situation and blossom into full blown love and friendship. I really enjoyed the developing feelings between Lily & Nox and I was desperate for them to succumb and take things beyond hugging and comfort and, oh boy, when they finally did – there was definitely fireworks. HAWT!!
This novel had just about everything – friendship, camaraderie, love, sex, romance, suspense and even all out desperate tragedy. There’s a few gasp out loud moments and an angsty, dramatic finale that kind of stole my breath. This was my first book from Belle Aurora –it definitely won’t be my last.
Reaching toward him, I run my fingertips down his cheek and then trail them gently across his lips as a single tear runs down my face. “I would rather have one night with you, than to live the rest of my life with the possibility of never being able to experience loving another person the way that I love you.”
Holy Moly!! This is one of the best books I've read this year. If you enjoy a book that packs an emotional punch, a book where you can really feel soul deep the emotions of the central characters then this one is for you.
I’ve read and really enjoyed L.B. Simmons before – the first book in this series, Running On Empty, was a feel good romance and I loved it but nothing could have prepared me for the emotional roller-coaster I was about to embark on when I picked up Running In Place to read. I got all misty eyed by page two – just reading the prologue made me realise I was in for something far deeper here. I started it Saturday night and I finished it Sunday morning, stopping only for sleep and to make coffee. I quite literally could not put it down and I was engrossed right from the tear-jerker prologue all the way right through to the epilogue which also made me cry. This book is quite simply breath-taking – it’s beautiful and it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.
So we start with Noah & Tatum, both working at the same bar, both very broken by the pain of their past, both dating other people in doomed relationships, both of them are ‘settling for less’, unsure of their own self-worth. They’re kindred spirits and slowly they come to realise this and develop an incredible connection which made my heart positively melt.
You have no idea how much your words, when I read them, touched my soul. To know that someone out there feels the same pain, the heartache…well, it makes me feel not so alone.
My heart hurt so badly for Tatum right from the very first page. She’s masking a world of sorrow, years of hurt behind a fake smile and a quirky sense of humour. I literally ached for the lost childhood, the terror and pain she has endured, her loss, the guilt she feels over that loss and the blame that is heaped upon her and, most of all, I hurt for just how alone she is and has been for years. The people that should have been there to protect her and to cherish her have either lashed out and abused her or simply turned their backs. From the child quaking in fear, hiding in her closet to the adult that is settling for a loser fuckwit of a boyfriend because she can’t even begin to believe that she deserves anything better – she quite simply broke my heart.
Noah can see this pain a mile off. He recognises it – it’s completely familiar to him. He’s also suffered the pain of loss, the lack of love and he completely ‘gets’ Tatum. She touches him soul deep and he aches to just take her in his arms and ease some of that pain. Sorrow is casting long shadows over both of their lives.
Then, once again leaning forward, he places his lips tenderly on every single inch of my marred skin. After what seems like hours, he utters, pride lacing his tone, “Beautiful. These are your strength, Tate. What you’ve overcome. Never be ashamed of them.”
Words cannot express just how much I loved Noah. Right from the very beginning, before anything happened between him and Tatum, my stomach did those crazy little flip-flops every time he was on a page. I just adored him. He’s sexy, funny, very protective I just melted into a puddle right at his feet. I love the way the lyrics that he writes showcase his deepening affection and love for Tatum. He’s also holding back emotions and feelings, conforming to the life he’s supposed to be living and his relationship with Tatum just allows him to be free, to unleash all those pent-up feelings and finally just be Noah, for the first time in his life.
Her eyes break away as I continue to speak, my head shaking back and forth as I finally throw down my gauntlet. “I’m tired of denying myself the only thing in my life that I’ve ever really wanted. And I want you. Every part of you,flaws and all.”
There’s no doubt about it – these two heal one another. This is journey of self-discovery, of learning to let go of the coping mechanisms both have employed for so long to deal with the pain of the past, of learning to embrace the beauty of the love they now share (and it is a thing of beauty), learning to accept themselves for who they really are and, eventually, moving forward together to a happier future.
“I have no right to attempt to make a life of my own. I have no right to believe that who I want to be can even exist. But, most of all,” his tear-filled eyes rise back to mine, “I have no right to love you as much as I do. But, goddamn Tate. I do. I love you so much that it hurts. My heart is deliberately being torn from my chest, leaving a void that no one will ever be able to fill, no matter how far away I am. You have to believe that.
Please believe that.”
It’s not all about the intense emotions, there’s also plenty of humour here too – like when Noah suggests that Tatum helps him wash his jeep, braless in a white T-shirt. We get a little glimpse of Blake & Alex and her adorable daughters plus we get a bit closer to Trace, Tatum’s big brother. Theirs is also a fractured relationship that needs to be healed. Harlow also has a pivotal role to play – she’s wise beyond her years and, as always, is there to pick up the pieces when everything seems lost.
I loved this book so much – if you enjoy a story that you can connect with on a deep emotional level, that you can really feel everything along with the characters and completely lose yourself in, then Running In Place will absolutely work for you. It’s told from their alternating POVs which really allows you to get inside both of their heads and ride the gamut of emotions right along with them. It’s a story of salvation and how love really can conquer all the pain of the past, it’s captivating and breathtaking and it’s truly a thing of beauty.
Writing this review has been quite cathartic for me. When you get so caught up in a book like this, it’s almost impossible to move on to your next read without a massive book hangover and pouring all my feelings into this review has definitely helped.
This was just wonderful – I more than a lot liked More Than This. It’s a gorgeous, sexy and thoughtful new adult romance which has just about everythi...moreThis was just wonderful – I more than a lot liked More Than This. It’s a gorgeous, sexy and thoughtful new adult romance which has just about everything – heartbreak, despair, angst, happiness, laugh out loud moments, beautiful romance and steamy sensual scenes.
Mikayla Jones is our heroine and her world appears to come crashing in on her on Prom Night when she finds her boyfriend of four years covered in her best friend’s lipstick. Luckily, as the slides down the wall to the floor sobbing her heart out, her knight in shining armour, her Prince Charming, our hero Jake, is there to witness it all and pick her up off the floor and whisk her away to a much happier evening – his own Prom. Only that wasn’t the only bad thing to happen to Mikayla that night – in fact, things are about to get a whole lot worse. Worse than she could possibly ever have imagined and far worse than I expected – after a real shocking life-changing event, Mikayla’s world really does come crashing in around her and she’s left with only Jake to support her in her hour of extreme need.
I really enjoyed this. Jake is the kind of guy every girl at high school and college dreams about and every mother wants for her daughter – he’s good-looking, sporty, sensitive, thoughtful, patient, caring and all-out just kind of wonderful. He was there for Mikayla when she seemed to be all alone and desperately needed someone – he never once let her down. He was her rock, her port in a storm and he absolutely rescued her from her wreck of a life. He was steadfast, loyal, protective and he was just so patient with ‘his Kayla’ when she really needed time to heal. I just adored him for just holding her when she cried all night, for punching James, for everything that he did – he was very easy to love and Kayla more than a lot loved him although both are incredibly slow to share their feelings.
Mikayla – your heart really does have to break for her. She suffers incredible tragedy and I only had admiration for the way that she coped with it all. She’s been brought up in love and that background really does help her cope when everything seems lost and allows her to look to the future and carry on with her life. The whole time I was reading this, I was desperate for her not to hurt Jake – he’d been such an amazing support for her, he really deserved her love, really deserved to be ‘her Jake’ and I was scared sometimes that she was going to do something really dumb but, thankfully, she never did.
This novel had just about everything a new adult romance should have – it was full of beautiful tenderness, sweet romance, sensual scenes, angst and, at times, real humour. Jay McLean did a great job of showing me how much Jake and Kayla cared for one another through their emotions and reactions. This for me as a reader is essential – its not enough for the author to just tell me they love each other, I need to really feel it and I definitely did here. It was well written, beautifully paced. It’s full of great inner monologue that will make you laugh and cry – Jake often made me giggle with lines like this…..
Nothing says awkward like coming in your pants while dry humping.
The whole story is told from the first person POV alternating between Jake and Mikayla and this always works so well for me – I love being able to get inside the heads of both of the central characters and seeing what they’re thinking and feeling.
A big shout out must go to all the secondary characters. The author did an amazing job of bringing them to life – I connected with them all straight away and never once got them confused. I’m so glad that there’s going to be more books in this series and I can’t wait for Logan’s story. He seemed like such a douchebag in the first few scenes and yet I developed a real strong affection for him and really want him to find his forever girl There’s a sadness there lurking beneath that brash exterior and I can’t wait to get to know him better.
There’s also a bookish girlfriend here who always has her head stuck in a e-reader and anyone who’s ever read a steamy scene and then looked up over the top of their e-reader and given their husband or boyfriend ‘that look’ will be able identify with her!! I know you all know what I’m talking about here!!
So, in summary, a beautiful contemporary new adult romance that will appeal to anyone who enjoyed Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea, Wait For You by J Lynn and Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder.
Well, if you think you had it all worked out after reading Truth, I really have only one thing to say to you – GUESS AGAIN!! There’s more shocks and s...moreWell, if you think you had it all worked out after reading Truth, I really have only one thing to say to you – GUESS AGAIN!! There’s more shocks and surprises to come as Aleatha Romig finally puts all the missing pieces into the mix and brings it all together beautifully.
I have to that this whole trilogy is meticulously well told – the attention to detail is second to none. Convicted is not a book that you can skip or skim, there’s so much information passing before you that you’ll need to pay attention. It’s got one of the most complicated and convoluted plotlines I think you’re ever likely to read in the romance genre.
We start Convicted a few years after the final pages of Truth and the rest of the book tells the story either in the future or in the past leading up to how they got there. I wasn’t expecting it so even just the title of the first chapter was a gasp out loud moment. It leaves you with a sense of foreboding – how did it happen, what happened to everyone and how on earth is this all going to end? I can honestly say that I had absolutely no idea which way Aleatha was going to take this one – I read with no small amount of trepidation.
Creating the character of Tony has been a masterpiece of mindfuckery – I have both loved and hated him as he’s been both hero and villain to me. I don’t think many authors can pull that off. Right back at the beginning of Consequences, he is absolutely a villain – he’s a gorgeous, handsome smiling Adonis that masks the abuser beneath. I think it pays to read back to remind yourself just how awful Tony was and yet I came to think about the man with considerable affection. He was controlling, dominant, sadistic but, turns out, he can also be chivalrous and romantic.and he pulls off an amazing transformation over the three books that make up this trilogy and it is the love of Clare that does this to him but still he has done untold wrongs. He’s abused Clare, robbed her of her liberty and free will and ruled her life with tyranny and fear. You might ask yourself how she could ever forgive him and put all of this behind her and move on with Tony and actually respect and love rather than fear him but she does. And, as a reader, manipulated by a clever author, I also turned myself around and started to will for these two to find a Happy Ever After despite how unlikely and impossible that seems.
Tony’s not the only one who pulls off an amazing transformation either – Clare goes from meek, abused victim to a woman with cojones of steel, a woman who knows what she wants and take matters into her own hands and take incredible chances to ensure she gets what wants.
I’m trying very hard not to give the plot away here – there’s so much I could say but that would only spoil the story for anyone reading and I so want for you all to experience this exactly the way the author intends. Convicted plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy is a weighty tome with massive amounts of plot and backstory explained as everything is finally all pulled together and explained as we draw towards that final, pulsating, dramatic finish. Right up until the very end, I had no idea how the story would eventually conclude. I think Convicted probably has less shocks and surprises than Consequences and Truth but there’s still some plot twists in store for you that I feel sure you won’t have seen coming.
This trilogy really does offer something very different in the romance genre and, in that, I think it stands unique. It’s dark, twisted, captivating, tense – a wholly engrossing read. I think you’d probably get the most out of reading all three books in a row and, at the very least, I’d recommend a quick reread of Consequences and Truth before embarking on Convicted.
So I think I give this one 4.5 stars and I wonder what on earth Aleatha Romig will do next!!
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I love you. This doesn’t change anything,” I whisper, feeling strongly that he needs to know this.
“It changes everything, Dahlia.”
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for about half a year. At the end of Connected we had a very happy ending but the epilogue was a real SHOCKER and I’ve been dying to see how this story would progress after those revelations.
Right at the beginning of Torn, we have a fleeting moment of absolute, pure happiness. River and Dahlia have put the pain of the past behind them, are very much in love and have moved on happily and productively and are now planning a future together. We had a marriage proposal at the end of Connected and everything looks rosy but the rug is about to be ripped, savagely, from under them and everything is about to go to hell in hand basket PDQ.
The shocking revelation will test River and Dahlia’s relationship and their trust in one another and will undermine the very basis of their connection. This is still very much a love story but it’s more a glimpse of what happens after the Happy Ever After – how they can continue to sustain that amazing love they have for one another when faced with unexpected and very challenging complications.
A memory suddenly flashes before my eyes—the first time I saw River’s gorgeous silhouette across the bar, his intense gaze, our instant connection. Is it gone?
Walking into the living room I pick up his guitar and strum my fingers along the strings. When I look at the glass table now broken into a thousand tiny pieces, I think, You were wrong, River, we are in pieces.
This actually made me feel more sad than all the tragedy that Dahlia endures at the beginning of Connected. I absolutely believe in true love and I am a romance addict and I find it so sad that a couple who are obviously soul mates and destined for one another can suddenly find doubt and mistrust creeping in and tarnishing their beautiful connection. That Happy Ever After seems to be drifting ever further out of reach.
This was such an emotional read and it was so beautifully written. I was so invested in these two, so desperate for them to be happy and they both tried so hard to make things work but neither of them are perfect and much of this book centred around their instinctive reactions to the events and revelations around them and while Connected was more about River slowly getting Dahlia to trust and love him, Torn is more about maintaining that deep connection that they share against all the odds. They will be tested, severely tested, and you have to have faith as you read this that true love really will conquer all as they struggle to stay together.
This was beautifully paced, it never dragged and it was never rushed – plenty of time was given for each character to react to each new event in the story and, as a reader, this is so important to me. I need to be able to feel their emotions and I definitely did here as the story is told from their alternating POV and we get to see just what is going through both Dahlia and River’s head as the story unfolds. I fully understood everything they did, the misunderstandings and the mistrust and I longed for them to just talk and to accept what was happening around them and to face it together as a united couple.
It’s very romantic, River really is just so dreamy, and the sex is still WHITE-HOT with River getting slightly more dominant and commanding in the bedroom – HAWT! That physical connection that they share really is always there and they are able to solve a lot of their problems with some pretty steamy, pantie-melting make-up sex!
So, as I look back over Connected and Torn as a complete story together, I’d have to say that this is just a beautiful love story between River and his beautiful girl and the message here is trust and faith in one another, even after the apparent Happy Ever After, despite all the obstacles and hurdles life can throw at you.
I’m going to fuck you like you’ve never been fucked before, pet. I’m going to leave you unable to think and vulnerable, and open to accept my will. I’m going to ravage you and make it impossible for any other man to satisfy you the way I will. I’m going to make you feel things that no other man has and you’ll want no other after I’m done with you. I know you think I’m being arrogant, and perhaps I am, but I fully intend to keep my word without a care for how challenging that statement may be and no matter how long it will take. This will be no small undertaking because of the walls you’ve built up, but I promise you, Lilly, before the night is through: I. Will. Ruin. You.
This is another sexy as hell BDSM romance from Ella Dominguez laced with her trademark humour and snark!
Our central couple are Tucker McGrath, real estate mogul, dominant playboy and a man very much used to getting what he wants and Lilliana Norris, a dental hygienist, new to town and the recipient of a large property with acres of land willed to her by her late Aunt Margo. A property that Tucker McGrath very much wants to get his greedy hands on. Lilly also has a cheating low life of an ex husband, Adam, who still wants to claim her and isn't over keen on taking no for an answer either.
I have to say that on first impressions Tucker is really not very likeable. He’s a bit of an arrogant arse to be fair and attempts to bulldoze and confuse Lilly to get what he wants – namely her inheritance. But, as always, Ella Dominguez manages to pull some author hocus pocus on me and I found myself loving him after all. Yes, he’s arrogant for sure, but he’s funny with it and he’s sexy as hell when he turns on the dominance. Lilly brings out the cheeky, fun and playful side in him and it’s charming to see his love for her develop over the course of the novel and his softer side emerge. A softer side he probably didn’t even know he had.
Lilly might have the makings of a good submissive but she’s feisty as hell and isn’t about to roll over doormat style for Tucker. She makes things extremely difficult for him and he will have to try harder to win her submission than he’s ever had to before. She’s a feisty little hellcat, a hellacious little vixen and and also really rather skittish when it comes to trusting men – Tucker’s going to have to employ every weapon in his sensual arsenal to win her submission and her trust.
This was a fun and sexy read. When you read Ella Dominguez you know you’re going to get a lot of hilarious one liners and snark and I laughed out loud at some of the comments such as vaginal leprosy and referring to a flogging as pussy-numbing, fuckilepsy inducing, reproductive organ-exploding - powerful. Also, the sex scenes are powerfully sensual and the D/s is done really well and it’s a real turn on. Tucker is a dominant but not a sadist so there’s nothing too hardcore going on here – just sinfully sexy, seriously delicious D/s play in Tucker’s ‘Time-Out’ Room!
There’s also a great romance going on here as both Tucker and Lilly have to put the hurts of the past behind them and learn to love and trust again and it’s difficult journey for both of them with plenty of misunderstandings and screaming fights along the way. Never a dull moment! I loved the epilogue – very romantic but it also made me laugh.
Highly recommended and an excellent place to start if you’ve never read Ella Dominguez before!
A great beginning to a new series from Nicole Edwards. If Club Destiny and Alluring Indulgence books are smoking hot set-your-kindle-on-fire erotic ro...moreA great beginning to a new series from Nicole Edwards. If Club Destiny and Alluring Indulgence books are smoking hot set-your-kindle-on-fire erotic romances this one is mighty fine, plenty steamy contemporary romance. Not as erotic but very very sexy - you still get the Nicole Edwards style character development you've come to love and expect. Loveed it - can't wait for more!
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Well this was another wild ride with Bella Jewel’s MC Sinners. This time we focus on Spike and his………erm…………..delicately placed spikes. We know most of Spike’s back story from Hell’s Knights and it’s a tragic one and now he is hell bent on avenging the tragedies of the past whatever the cost.
Ciara, his dead-wife’s sister and also his first love is still harbouring deep affection for him and she won’t let him close himself off and she attempts to rekindle the fire that once burned so brightly and reawaken those feelings Spike once had for her.
This was another quick and engaging read from Bella Jewel – the story lines in these MC Sinners books romp along at an incredible pace and I always get sucked in and read them very quickly. Spike and Ciara light up the pages with some seriously delicious sex scenes – we learned a little about Spike’s predilections in Hell’s Knights and we definitely get to follow through with those in Heaven’s Sinners. Phew! This is definitely one hot and sexy read.
We get to catch up with Addison and Cade (who I am still crushing on) and see them enjoying their new found happiness and the last few pages also set up the next book nicely which will be Jackson’s book. Can’t wait for that one.
So, a quick and sexy read but overall my favourite of the series so far as been Hell’s Knights.
That man. He’s not some boyfriend in a line of them. He is my alpha and omega. He is the sky over me. Without him, I’m lost. There’s no one else, no one whose soul balances mine the way his does. I waited my life for him, and when he came I didn’t recognize him. Not until very recently. If I lose him I swear, as God is my witness, I will be alone. No man can match him.
Oh my GOD!! This one pretty much ripped my heart out and I ugly cried through large parts of it. It’s a real sobfest and there’s a sadness and a wistfulness that comes through loud and clear as the story is told that you will feel deep in your soul.
After investing in Jonathan and Monica pretty much all year long, we finally reach the conclusion of their tumultuous journey in a dramatic, tense and deeply emotional finale. We left Jonathan in dire straits at the end of Resist and, let me tell you, things really don’t get any better for him any time soon in Sing. Everything hangs in the balance, the future is very uncertain and the light at the end of the tunnel has narrowed to a near pinprick and is blinking out…………….very, very slowly.
As I read this, I felt as though there was a massive countdown on the wall next to me – counting down to impending and seemingly inescapable doom. It’s incredibly tense as everything hangs in the balance and I read at a ferocious speed as I just needed to know…………needed to know what on earth was going to happen to these two, whether or not the ending would be happy or tragic. I truly did not know which way CD Reiss was going to take this one. She’s ripped the rug out from under us before – I definitely wouldn’t put it past her to do it again. I read with fear, trepidation and absolute desperation.
There’s a huge dark cloud hanging over Monica and Jonathan as this story begins and it only gets darker. Their situation is Desperate with a big ole capital D. What happened to Jonathan at the end of Resist is explained but it’s far worse than I could have imagined and just seems to get worse as the story progresses and this dramatic conclusion will get your heart beating faster as you wonder just how on earth it will finally all end.
Looking back over this series, I have so come to love Jonathan – that fucked-up, beautiful, sexy dominant billionaire. We’ve come on quite a journey with him as his character and back-story has slowly been revealed by CD Reiss over all seven instalments until now he’s an open book to us – we finally get to understand everything that has happened and how this has molded the man who stands before us today. To truly know Jonathan is to love him.
“Goddess,” he said, his breath on my mouth. “Have me, please. I was wrong. You’re not the sea under my sky. You are the sun I revolve around, the stars that mark me, the moon rising through me. I’m lost without you. And if you won’t have me, I’ll break, I swear to God. I know it’s selfish, and I’m sorry. Let me serve you. Have me as yours. Let me live under you.”
Monica is the omega to his alpha, the final piece in the puzzle that is his life, the one person who will finally allow Jonathan to be just Jonathan. She’s also come a long way since we first met her in Beg and never has she seemed more vulnerable and lost to me than she does in Sing. Nothing matters to her any more other than Jonathan and what is happening to him and she will consider THE most desperate courses of action to secure his future. I think I read in absolute shock at one of her decisions.
This has just been a fantastic series, very dark and twisted, very sexy, deeply emotional and an incredibly taut, tense and angsty read – just the way I like ‘em. There’s a latent sadist within me somewhere that is never happier than when my book characters are suffering and suffer they surely do. It has everything – kinky D/s sex, romance, great character development, shocks, surprises, despair, tragedy, humour and even happy sappy goofy grin moments. It’s beautifully written, in fact, it’s sublime. Thinking Gal’s Erotica.
Look out for Songs of Corruption to début in early 2014, Theresa Drazen’s story, who's been trained to be distant and proper her whole life until she feels the heat of racketeer, embezzler, money launderer, mobster and fighter, Antonio Spinelli. Can’t wait for that one!