All of my GR friends rated this book very highly, which is enough for me to pick it up. Unfortunately I just didn't feel the same way. The first 75% was a struggle for me to get through, and I kept finding myself interested in doing anything else to avoid it. I couldn't figure out why everyone loved this book. It could be the cheating that didn't sit well with me, or the fact that I disliked Cathy. It's hard to imagine a husband like Ben who loves Cathy with everything he has, being possibly replaced by Arsen. The last quarter of the book was a bit redeeming however, which is why I rated it 3 stars. As much as I disliked Cathy, my heart broke for the situation that she created. The epilogue makes me think the consequences of her actions will be ongoing, but I hope that isn't the case. I'll quit here, and pretend there is a HEA! :)...more
When It Rains is not a book you read in public. It was heartbreaking, and so accurate at portraying how absolutely unfair this life seems at times. I honestly don't know how you can read it, and not get even a little emotional. So be forewarned, don't read in public and have a few tissues nearby.
Kate & Beau have been best friends since they were children, and everyone expects them to end up together one day. I think they were expecting the same. Unfortunately one night forever changed both of their lives, and left Kate unable to overcome it. Beau tries to be there, and help her through it, but he can't help her with what he doesn't understand. Kate can't seem to overcome her secret, and eventually watches Beau leave her behind. Asher is new in town, and that's quite obvious when he focuses his attention on Kate. She feels the chemistry, that invisible pull, but resists. Asher doesn't quit, and with him Kate feels safe. She doesn't have to be the girl she was before, only the girl she is now. With his help, and persistence, Kate is able to start living again. For the first time in years, she is happy, and looking toward a future. Then it's all ripped away, destroyed again, this time by someone else's secret....more
Nine Minutes.. I must have missed the meaning of that title. Ginny was the latchkey kid of two stoner hippies. She pretty much raised herself, and was able to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. At fifteen she was kidnapped by a notorious motorcycle gang, and during her time with them she witnessed many cruel, violent acts. It might be her personality, or her ability to cope with her situation, but Gin makes the best of her time with her captors. Grizz is the leader, the most ruthless of them all, and yet he cares for her like she has never been cared for before. The characters of this book all grew on me. I like these awful people, root for their love, and somehow hope they all make it out unscathed.
***Spoilers*** Gin is surprised to find the man who owns her, also loves her. The fact that he cares for her, and shows her a side that no one else sees is endearing. Idk if it's Stockholm Syndrome, or what but I was hoping it would have all worked out for Kit and Grizz. Kit is her new nickname, and everyone in their gang has one. Kit and Grizz do love one another, and despite their situation that much seems real. Grunt the youngest of their group was one of my favorites, as well as Moe. Blue's wife Jan spills some of their secrets as a way to get back at her husband when he leaves her, and tries to take their two boys. At the end of the book, a lot of secrets come out when Grizz and his gang are taken down. Grizz gives up a lot of information to keep the people he cares about safe. When Grizz knows he will never leave prison, he asks Kit to marry again, so that when their daughter was born she would have a father. Naturally because they had always been close friends she turns to Grunt. They did love one another, and went on to have another child. A short time before Grizz's execution was to take place, a reporter wants to do a story on them. Kit gives her most of the story, but asks that she leave out the part about her losing her virginity to Grunt, instead of the way it was originally planned. She agrees not to put it in the story, but does tell Grizz hoping he will tell her something juicy as a way to get back at Kit. What we find out towards the end is that one of Blue's boys actually belongs to Grunt, and apparently he had a hand in bringing down Grizz. He had it planned, because he had been in love with Kit his entire life. Grizz took him to watch over her, and he grew up watching her from afar. We also learn that Grunt is not actually Blue's little brother, but Grizz's son. I don't know if those two things are the secret that Grunt has to tell Kit before the end, hopefully there isn't more. The next book in the series seems to take place from Grunt's POV, starting around the time that Kit arrived at their compound. ...more