I’m not one to usually reread a book, but after finishing this I realized that I can, and probably will be, one to reread a whole series. I got into tI’m not one to usually reread a book, but after finishing this I realized that I can, and probably will be, one to reread a whole series. I got into the RESTORATION series by chance, and it has been a rough ride, an extremely emotional ride, but definitely a worthy one. This final book in the series may mark an ending of sorts, but I feel like this won’t be the last I’ll be hearing from these guys. Just like its predecessors, this one took me on an emotional roller coaster that ended up being a worthy experience.
For those who are familiar with the storyline-and I strongly suggest you read these books in order if you’re considering the series- it was obvious that this was going to be a difficult journey for Elliott and Auggie. Having unknowingly shared a man, they had a chance to finally put things to rest and move on with each other, and theirs was a beautiful story.
I liked Auggie almost immediately. He was charming and considerate almost to the point of too good to be true, but it was so subtle that I could only love him. There are many positive adjectives with which I can refer to this man but I won’t waste your time describing just how perfect-for-Elliott he was because what I really want to talk about is Elliott himself.
Up until this book, apart from anything minor, I didn’t have any connection issues with any of the heroes. But Elliott, I gotta admit, was my most challenging hero so far. This is not to say I disliked him because damn that would be a lie, but it took me more time and effort to get there, to see Elliott the way his friends and Auggie saw him. I’m not going to lie, when we met him in this book, and some parts of the previous one, he wasn’t in a good place emotionally. He was recovering, yes, but his healing still wasn’t complete. And though the two heroes shared the spotlight, for all his inner turmoil and more dependent character, Elliott was the one who truly shone in the end. Having been betrayed by the same man, Auggie was quicker into forgive and forget mode, but for Elliott it took some time and that ended up being the story. I might’ve been confused with Elliott’s dependent and clingy personality at first, but he balanced that out with his joyful energy-when he allowed it through his grief- and his boyish charm. I especially loved his inner strength the last 80 something pages, I think that was when he truly showed just how strong he could be. Despite what he’s been through and his need to be taken care of, Elliott was the perfect match for Auggie’s caring nature. And despite my initial confusion, getting to know Elliott was like gaining a new friend through and through.
Needless to say I loved this book. From its two heroes, to all the emotional turmoil. If you enjoy reading m/m romance and you wouldn’t mind serious obstacles and your heart’s strings played with, then I strongly recommend this series. It’s been a true pleasure to read these guys, and I feel much better knowing I’ll be rereading them....more
Since the moment I finished the first book, I've been looking forward to this one. I knew Cujo and Drea were going to be next-because how could they nSince the moment I finished the first book, I've been looking forward to this one. I knew Cujo and Drea were going to be next-because how could they not with all that sexual tension going between them?- so yeah, I was excited, eager and, well, crazy over the fact that I had to wait a while before I could read them. No words are enough to describe my excitement when I could finally get my hands on their story, but let's just say climbing and walls were involved.
I highly recommend reading the first book, THE STRONGEST STEEL to get to know these characters better, and to see more banter before the attraction, but still, be ready for an explosive chemistry between Cujo and Drea.
One of my favorite things to read about is the story of two people constantly challenging each other. I loved the fact that while they fundamentally were very much similar, Cujo wore his armor of strength more visibly while hiding his vulnerability, and Drea was the opposite. She seemed more fragile on the outside, but knowing what she's been through and constantly working hard to make ends meet, she had a certain strength underneath that was worthy of respect. They had a lot of differences of opinion, they each had personal problems to deal with, their own personal demons to fight against, and they even faced a bit of a mystery that bound them together. All this combined, theirs made a satisfactory, filling story. There was no wasted moment here, no filler chapters, because at every corner there was a bit of plotline to keep you wondering....more
Öncelikle kapağının hastası olduğum bir kitap. Daha sonra hikayesiyle de beni tavlayan, hoş, sevimli bir gençlik hikayesi. Nedendir bilinmez, konusunuÖncelikle kapağının hastası olduğum bir kitap. Daha sonra hikayesiyle de beni tavlayan, hoş, sevimli bir gençlik hikayesi. Nedendir bilinmez, konusunu okuduğumda karakterlerin yaş ortalamasını daha yüksek düşünmüştüm ama bu düştüğüm ilk yanılgı değil. Her ne kadar lise çağındaki gençlerle ilgili hikayeler romantik kurguda ilk tercihim olmasa da, yine de okurken hoşuma giden bir kitaptı.
İki yakın arkadaşın komik ve bir o kadar sevimli iddiasıyla başlayan ve sonrasında daha derinleşen ilişkileri hep zayıf noktam olmuştur zaten. Ne kalıpta olursa olsun seveceğim de bu kitapla tescillendi sanırım. Arkadaşlıktan aşka giden yolda gerçekten inanılmaz bir çekicilik var, ve-yaşımı açık etme pahasına da olsa- gençliğin verdiği o saflıkla birleşince hoş bir okuma oldu bu.
Sanırım neredeyse herkese önerebileceğim, hoş zaman geçirmenizi sağlayacak bir kitap. Eğer benim gibi arkadaşlık-aşk dönüşümünü seviyorsanız ve yaş ortalaması da size uygunsa bence kolay okunan, zevkli bir seçim olacaktır....more
Short and to the point, STRANDED WITH MY STEPBROTHER is read like a bang. The prologue gives you the exact idea as to what to expect from the story ifShort and to the point, STRANDED WITH MY STEPBROTHER is read like a bang. The prologue gives you the exact idea as to what to expect from the story if you already hadn’t guessed. Really, if anyone asked me to describe this story in one word, it’d be bang. And not just because of what it’s telling-because yeah, it’s two people banging- but also because you’re given no time to process anything, this being a novella, but are simply expected to go with the flow. That would be fine, except, the author tried to make it more than it was, and that’s where the story failed for me.
I’m no fan of novellas of romance, because you never have enough time to develop something I can buy into. So I try to avoid them as much as possible. But when we’re talking about erotica, I can usually go there, enjoy my fun, sexy read, and leave it at that and that’s its own reading pleasure. So when reading an erotic novella of 80 something pages, I don’t expect much in terms of emotional growth. And I think the author made a mistake of trying to tell too much in too little pages. The idea of two people about to be related by marriage and sharing explosive chemistry is definitely a kink I like to read about. But to put them quickly in a tiny environment and have them stranded there for a couple of days, I don’t expect any romantic entanglements. All I expect is exactly what the title promises, stranded with my stepbrother and doing all kinds of naughty things until our time is up. If the author took the story further and perhaps made this into a full length novel, than I think Bentley and Sierra’s story would’ve been more romantic and their deepening feelings more convincing. As it was though, I couldn’t decide whether to enjoy the sex, or to wrap my head around the rushed romance, and that has reduced my enjoyment a big deal.
As a side note, the ever changing conjugation made this short story a bit harder to read. A character would start speaking in present tense, and suddenly, mid sentence, things would be happening in the past. I couldn’t understand what was going on in that regard, and that made this experience less fun for me.
If you like it real quick and don’t mind the rushed romance along with it, then you’d enjoy this. For all the telling faults, it was still an easy read....more
At the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremAt the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremost on its awesome cover. Just looking at it made me quite the happy gal. That coloring, that pose with the cover models, that potential bad girl making an appearance from behind the good girl façade of the heroine, and the ever so trouble bad boy of course. All was in that gorgeous cover and after skimming through the plot, I was a goner.
I gotta say I’m still a baby when it comes to New Adult. I can be confused with the classification, but what the book wanted to tell was loud and clear. Although I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the genre, I truly believe that I can enjoy a good book no matter what it’s about. And did I find this world of humans with magical abilities interesting? Oh yeah.
Told from both the point of view of Francesca and Rafael, the story was easy to follow. With no big angst filled dramas that always scare me, Francesca and Rafael presented many challenges as they were. I can’t emphasize enough how much enjoyed such variety of people in one story, with both the hero and the heroine, and their families and friends, there was always so much going on and so many issues and challenges thrown in at once. It was definitely fun to read. I was on the verge of getting lost a few times with the speed of conversation of all 18 year olds, but hey, I got some young chica in me that quickly got the gist. Needless to say, after I got on board with them, I had a good time in their company. Francesca and Rafael’s gangs were fun, and on their way to be united in more ways than one I think, which is something I’m looking forward to in the upcoming books.
A great, fast paced start to a new magical world, I recommend this book to those who like the genre, and to ones who wouldn’t mind giving it a try. I sure didn’t regret it. Plus, look at the cover! You gotta admit, that gets extra points in awesomeness.
Let me sign up for the next book! I hear there’s still time. Now, how to kill it, hmm? Magic brownies and crazy tea parties anyone?...more
Another book in a favorite series finished in the blink of an eye. I feel like one minute I was anxiously settling in with a hot drink and getting comAnother book in a favorite series finished in the blink of an eye. I feel like one minute I was anxiously settling in with a hot drink and getting comfy, and the next, the book was over! How, pray tell, am I expected to wait so long until the next book?
Fae are probably the least known creatures by yours truly. I was first introduced to them in yet another favorite series, and after that, this one happened. I’m not complaining though. I’m happy to be learning different aspects of the Good Neighbors in different stories, from different authors, and honestly? I enjoy them all immensely.
Never disappointing with this series, especially in the last few books, are the heroes and the heroines. Fae, although believed to be cruel and deadly-with good reason-, turn out to have conscience and hearts after all. And the women they rightfully fall for are the epitome of strong and confident female characters.
Finn and Ann were a great match in their respective emotional strength. While Finn led a life of crime, Ann was more caring. But I liked the fact that with each other, they found what was missing in their personalities. As cliché as it sounds, they sort of completed each other in that regard. Finn found his conscience, and Ann found her strength. I absolutely enjoyed reading about the Fae history through glimpses of Finn’s old life, and found myself extremely intrigued by the Prince Consort. If any of you is familiar with this series-if you’re not, fix that immediately please- then you’d know what kind of enigma he is, and it was such a pleasure to get hints as to what might be going on in that pretty head of his. Crushing on a bad guy in stories is a surprisingly good predicament you might find yourself in.
Now I need to get back to that hot drink I made before I settled in for this ride. I will now be adding a dessert to the mix too because I need reinforcements if I am to take the torture of waiting for the next book in the series....more
I know this book is shelved as a romantic comedy, but unfortunately for me, it was neither romantic nor a comedy. Sure, I laughed a few times at the vI know this book is shelved as a romantic comedy, but unfortunately for me, it was neither romantic nor a comedy. Sure, I laughed a few times at the very beginning, to a few inner monologues of Ella, but that was the extent of the comedy. She quickly became too childish and too immature, and too odd to relate to her in any way.
I like this kind of lightly taboo stories. Nothing between actual family members, but stepsomethings via marriage or other. They provide a healthy relationship with just enough of delightful sexual chemistry and charge. But did I get that in this book? Not at all. I’m really sorry to say that from its cover to its plot I had high hopes for this book, but the characters turned out to be extremely disappointing, the plot the weakest I’ve ever seen, and the ending, unfortunately, was something I looked forward to while reading for those exact same reasons.
Ella started out as-and that was when I still had hopes from this story- an oddly sympathetic young woman, who was working with her mother in her company, who wanted to do her own thing but didn’t know how to start. She seemed like a good girl, always doing what’s right and what’s best, someone I wrongly assumed I could relate to. Why? Because she was meant to stand up for herself, discover her own strength and take a leap of love with the strange man she met at a wedding who turned out to be the son of the man her mother was about to marry. But alas, the illusion stopped right there, because after the second or third chapter, I slowly began to realize that Ella wasn’t about to grow up and mature. It was as if the more time I spent with her, the more I discovered about her delusional and childish character, and see that she wasn’t who I thought she was. Sure, we all make mistakes and do silly things in the name of love, but Ella was something else. She lived in her own world, and though she was portrayed as a selfless, responsible human being, she was anything but. All she did was pine after her soon to be stepbrother who also happened to be engaged, imagine scenarios in her head that he was also hopelessly in love with her, and after only speaking with him ten minutes, declare him to be her one and only, and create a fairytale love of epic proportions. Believe me when I say, she had neither the time nor the opportunity to bond with him this deeply. I could go on about how flawed her character was, but I really don’t want to sound too cruel. Let me just say that she wasn’t a woman I could respect, in either her personal or professional life, and that’s a shame. She was the biggest turn off in this book.
As for Nathan, there isn’t much to say, except that he didn’t even come close to the kind of hero I’d love to read in my romance books, be it a comedy or anything else. He was weak even though everyone claimed otherwise, he was emotionally detached from all the people around him, including Ella, and I don’t really think he knew what it is to be in a relationship. But that was okay, because the person he had a relationship was Ella, who was just as much clueless and weak.
Needless to say, this was not what I expected. Far from it. This makes me sad because it was promising. I expected a cute and funny story, instead all I got was a book I couldn’t wait to finish for all the wrong reasons.
I'm leaving Ella and Nathan to fend for themselves in an adult relationship, wishing them good luck....more
If there’s something I like as much as small town romances-and I like them a lot– it is a good ol’ family saga. Add to that a pretty cover and a promiIf there’s something I like as much as small town romances-and I like them a lot– it is a good ol’ family saga. Add to that a pretty cover and a promising plot, and hopefully I got myself a recipe for good romance.
Although I liked this book, there were still a few things that didn’t sit well with me. For starters, Aiden is introduced as a workaholic control freak who lacks in the romance department. I could see and like that, but only if he made some solid progress. He was all of the above from beginning to end, and then he said and did some really hurtful things to Zoe, and although I’m all for making mistakes only to atone for them later, I thought some of those things were pretty harsh. And that’s where I lost a bit of my connection with Zoe because I would’ve preferred she not caved so easily.
To be so honest, Aiden and Zoe weren’t as strong as I would’ve liked as the main characters. Their romance felt rushed in the almost teenage like way they handled things. Zoe, though portrayed as a hard worker serious young woman, didn’t convince me with the way she reacted to some bad luck coming her way. And Aiden, a creature of habit, was not convincing at all with his obsessive objection towards change, which included Zoe spending time with his family. Now, there was a reason behind it of course, there was a reason behind everything, but the author seemed to scratch the surface with them.
The idea for the basis of these characters was good, but the end result was lacking. I needed more depth with their problems, I needed more details to understand where they were coming from and definitely more time for them to develop their feelings and take the next step in their relationship. Everything that happened seemed to happen in the last few chapters, before then, it all felt like stalling.
I kind of also wished the change in character perspectives were done in a clearer way, perhaps with more spaced out paragraphs or so. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the story is told from more than one point of view. It helps to get me in the right frame of mind, and though it’s not always a hassle, it helps for a smoother read.
I can say that I will be reading the next book, since I liked the idea in here, and I have one of my favorite couple tropes-*cough* friends to lovers *cough*- to hope for in the future stories. And besides, I am all for reading more than the starter book in a series unless I’m really peeved by it, which wasn’t the case here. I liked the family dynamics, though they were a bit maddening at times, they were sweet at others.
As much as I liked reading Aiden and Zoe’s interior design flirtation skills at work, I have my fingers crossed for the next brother who I hope to be the clueless one who can’t seem to see what’s right in front of him....more
Who’s up for a second chance story going hand in hand with a contemporary sports romance? Well, if you’re one of the awesome people who raised their hWho’s up for a second chance story going hand in hand with a contemporary sports romance? Well, if you’re one of the awesome people who raised their hands and made room in their never ending to-read shelf, then you’ll love this one. I’ve known and loved Alison Packard’s FEELING THE HEAT series for a while now, and I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to read this book. You know, for purely professional reasons, for you guys who follow the updates about the making of the hodgepodge, and not for the crazy chick inside me who loves men of sports, later daydreams about snagging one and hogs the tv for any matches. Nope.
I didn’t read that many second chance romances, and the last few ones I’ve read were about couples where one of them already loved and lost, for good. So, though I loved those previous books, Katie and Tom’s relationship was like a breath of fresh air for me. They were friends and lovers in their teens, and reading about them rekindling their passion and remembering good old times was, what can I say, romantic. I’ve always had a soft spot for friends to lovers and bickering couples, and this story had a little bit of both which was another bonus for me.
In this smoldering heat, it isn’t easy reading a sexy romance, I tell you. Tom and Katie’s sexual tension was part hot-which wasn’t good for body temperature in the summer- and part sweet-which totally wasn’t good for yours truly single. However, I sacrificed myself and read through this fun book, laughed at times, got jealous at others, got mad a little sometimes, but in the end, thoroughly enjoyed it. All for you. Really.
Tom was a sweet hero who did justice to his position as manager to the Blaze, and Katie reminded me yet again that women can very well be strong and independent and deal with the media all at once. They were good for each other, made a nice couple that I loved to read about. And since they were both actively involved with baseball, we had a lot of chance to read about the sports itself. It looks like I still have a few more things to learn in baseball, but it still didn’t take from my enjoyment of reading this book. With new characters and potential couples in the horizon, I simply cannot wait for the next installment in the series.
I know I have a hate/hate relationship with gym, and a tentative truce with actively playing any sports, but really, when are they going to invent the tv that allows us to bring the players we watch right into our living room?...more