It’s been a while since I had that special feeling of not being able to put a book down, of thinking about it constantly, wanting to get back to it thIt’s been a while since I had that special feeling of not being able to put a book down, of thinking about it constantly, wanting to get back to it that I thought I lost my touch with that part of the pleasure of reading. This book though, it reminded me that yeah, I still had that spark. Because, damn, I just simply couldn’t stop thinking about this book, about all the characters in it.
If you’ve already read the previous books, you know who Dred and Pixie are, and how they already had a chemistry going on. If you haven’t, well, I strongly suggest you go back and get them all and start reading, not because it needs to be read in order-though I think it’s best enjoyed that way- but because you’re seriously missing out on some great reading experience. I’ve loved this series from the very first book, and every new one is cause for accelerated heartbeats and over the top excitement. No kidding.
I don’t want to say much about the story simply because I wish you’d experience it on your own, but just wanted to say that this is a story of two broken souls who piece themselves, and eventually each other, back together in a beautiful and heartwarming tale. I don’t think there are enough words to describe how much I loved and appreciated Pixie and Dred as both individuals and as a couple. There are lessons to be leaned in here, that’s for sure. Their strength against the things they had endured and still faced during the story was admirable.
Apart from Pixie and Dred’s inspiring path towards freedom and happiness, I also found myself incredibly taken by some of the other characters, namely Dred’s bandmates. When I’ve read the previous books, I had no idea about the depth of Dred’s character, which of course is the idea, and so I paid no attention at all to the fact that Dred’s band was made up of more than just him. Reading this story though, I’m overwhelmed by the intensity to get to know them all better, to know their stories, and yeah, to read them find the kind of freedom Dred and Pixie had found with each other. And I’m not just talking about a passionate love story, but a sense of belonging and safety that they can find with someone who hadn’t shared it with them in the first place. I truly hope their stories will be a part of Scarlett Cole’s writing career, otherwise I don’t know how I will fare knowing I won’t know these guys any deeper.
A brilliant addition to an already touching series, I strongly recommend this book. Hell, with this whole series, you won’t be disappointed....more
This is the second time I’m meeting a CEO who’s supposed to be all business and all stone cold, but turns out to be one of the most charming men in fiThis is the second time I’m meeting a CEO who’s supposed to be all business and all stone cold, but turns out to be one of the most charming men in fiction. Seriously, I’m this close to not cringing when coming across billionaire heroes. But then again, this is probably the magic of Jessica Lemmon.
This is a familiar storyline, but from the moment it starts, you have a feeling it’s going to be different. Jessica Lemmon is an author I’ve read before, so I knew the kind of potential this story had. She has a knack for creating complex and charming characters, and you can’t help but adore them no matter what mistakes they make. Merina and Reese were no different. I immediately warmed up to Merina for her love for the family business and her work ethics. She was the kind of boss who knows her employees by name. So when the family business, and the people who work there, are in danger of being replaced by something that’s not the spirit she’s always known, she takes matters into her own hands and takes a stand against the man who’s responsible for the demise.
Enter, Reese Crane. The man who’s buying out her beloved hotel, the high up man of the soulless Crane Hotels. Needless to say I adored the man. Yes, he had a bit of a wooden personality, but he was never the kind of man I expected him to be either. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I liked him from the start. As days went by with their so called business contract, he became such a charming man that yeah, I was jealous of a heroine. There, I’ve said it. Merina is one lucky lady. But then again, Reese was one lucky man too.
The story was so sweet and all, and the family dynamics with Cranes was quite intriguing, but this was also a very, very-yes, very- sexy book. Damn, Reese and Merina sure know how to fake a good marriage. Or not. Whatever. Their slowly falling in love and realizing they weren’t faking things any longer was oh so lovely and fun. I love when this happens....more
I have to say, this book has exceeded my expectations. Not that they were low, but here I was, after reading many contemporary romances, expecting somI have to say, this book has exceeded my expectations. Not that they were low, but here I was, after reading many contemporary romances, expecting something akin to a spark to get really excited about the series, and this book excited me. It made me curious about the whole of the Clarkson clan, because I gotta say, they were some characters.
As an introduction to a new series, this book did an amazing job. Not only did I wonder about the romance between Rita and Jacob, but I also wondered how the relationship between the Clarkson siblings was going to be mended, because, yeah, they are an odd bunch. An odd and estranged bunch. Though at times they seemed a bit stereotypical, with Rita being the glue that tries to hold the family together with her crazy idea of a road trip, their eldest brother Belmont the stone guardian, the younger brother Aaron the womanizer and finally Peggy, the youngest sister, aka the runaway bride. They were sort of predictable at the beginning of the book, more so than I usually read, but page by page new sides to them all surfaced and I liked what I saw.
Apart from the Clarkson clan, I have to admit, I really enjoyed reading Jasper's character. Perhaps this isn't so, but in my reads, I can't say that I've encountered many heroes who wanted to change their sleeping around ways. I mean, desperately. Maybe Jasper used to be a ladies' man, but all I saw in this story was a sweet, vulnerable and passionate man. With Rita, they made a challenging pair because they both had their own insecurities that put a dent in their relationship in all the appropriate times. Was it possibly painful for them? Yes, I'm sure. I've read it. Did I still enjoy reading about their troubles? I'm sorry to say, yes. Heh.
Filled with amusing moments and interesting characters, this was a fun read. And before I leave, let me tell you that this was a sexy read too. Rita and Jasper might be funny and quirky, but damn they were also naughty. I was pleasantly surprised by their sexy chemistry. This, I'd definitely recommend if you like contemporary romances. I have a feeling many intriguing plots await us in the upcoming books and I'm looking forward to them all....more
Ah New Adult.. The genre I come across only occasionally, and when I do it's unintentional. Not that I think it's bad, but I feel like there's certainAh New Adult.. The genre I come across only occasionally, and when I do it's unintentional. Not that I think it's bad, but I feel like there's certain degree of melancholy I feel etched into these stories and that's why I usually try to avoid them. INSEVERABLE also had this melancholic undertone, but to be fair, it was done in such a way that I was kept distracted because there were multiple things that multiple people had to deal with, not just the hero and the heroine, so I was constantly going back and forth without having much time to dwell on a single problem.
I may not be all that familiar with the genre, but I do know a pattern when I read one. Callahan was the standard hero of New Adult, he was suffering from demons after his time in the military and some of the things he had done during. Now, that was the most interesting part of Callahan's character for me. Everybody has their own opinions about military, but I was glad that Cecy Robson spent much time in Callahan's head to give us a clear view of his psyche. I'm sure there was much left unsaid, but I was able to get the big picture, not that it's so hard to guess. And even after he and Trinity had gotten intimate, things were still hard for him. As it should be for a man in his situation. I like challenging characters and I think Callahan provided me with enough of that to last me the whole book and keep my interest.
I also liked Trinity's charming and lively character. Again, I haven't read much of these books, but usually the heroine has a baggage as big as the hero to carry around her shoulders. Trinity didn't seem to be one of those heroines which was good because Callahan had more than enough for her to carry as well. I liked that she constantly tried to get a smile out of him at the beginning of the story and slowly worked her way into his heart. I found myself warming up to her much quicker than Callahan did though, and him? Well, he resisted. Hard. Poor guy.
This was a nice beginning to a series. As much as I try to avoid the New Adult genre, when a good one comes along and you get curious, you just gotta keep going. There was especially a potential couple, the one I root for along with Trinity, that I hope will have their own books, and that's enough reason to be on the lookout for at least the next book. But as things are going, I'm sure Cecy Robson will make me come back for more....more
I have to admit, when talking CEO heroes, I immediately think of domineering, and perhaps a little conceited guys who, with the help of their heroinesI have to admit, when talking CEO heroes, I immediately think of domineering, and perhaps a little conceited guys who, with the help of their heroines and perhaps some ass kicking from them, become the more polished versions of themselves, and discover their inner teddy bears. And though I enjoy that transformation, I do try to keep a controlled dosage of those heroes in my reads. Jason Sanders, though? I certainly did not expect. I totally wasn’t prepared for his goofiness and his adventurous side, the playfulness. He was neither domineering nor any level of conceited. In fact, he was quite the charmer. I think it’d be safe to say I warmed up to him much quicker than I did to Miriam, though that was no fault of the poor woman. And in her defense, it took me only maybe a paragraph longer than Jason.
As one who prefers a reading order in series, this was another rule breaker for me, but one I definitely don’t regret. I liked Miriam and Jason’s flirtations, their bonding over adventures that were a tad too much for a city girl like Miriam that I could relate to. They were sweet and sexy at the same time. There was chemistry there that made me melt a little with envy, hot weather be damned. And the best part that made this gal swoon- yep, you heard it, swoon– was the part with Jason’s sister and her son. The forever infallible turn-a-girl-into-a-puddle-of-goo elixir that was a child in a story. I was sold. For good. Seriously though, is there anything sweeter and sexier than a guy caring for a child? Oh Sanders, you playful, sexy, adventurous CEO.
A series second that made me want to go back a book and wish for the next one at the same time, this was a great read. I can’t wait to read more of Tawna Fenske and get to know more of her characters and her storytelling....more
I like stories with kickass heroines. It doesn't matter whether they're already a part of the world of the book, or they come into their powers alongI like stories with kickass heroines. It doesn't matter whether they're already a part of the world of the book, or they come into their powers along the way, those stories call to me. They have a good pace, as is the case with all urban fantasy series, and I really enjoy getting into the heads of the heroines while they most likely deal with all kinds of troublemakers and frustrating heroes.
Phoebe was one of those who discovered her powers along the way. She was a Valkyrie but didn't know about it until the day she was struck by lightning in the stockroom in Macy's. Before she could dwell on that particular oddity, she was shooed from her own home and later, kidnapped. She did face some horrifying creatures by the way. And to her credit, freaked out on a lower scale compared to how I imagine I would've reacted. Hmm, must be the Valkyrie blood.
I'd be lying if I said I connected with Phoebe right away, the world is still building and the story still continues, so just like her being acquainted with her powers, I think I'll find a way to fully appreciate her character in the coming books. Everything was fast paced here, including her introduction, and that may be why I was slow on completely grasping her.
Talking about fast paced, her love interest also quickly escalated. I guess that's understandable under the terrible circumstances they met, but I kinda wished the author had taken things slowly and created a sexual tension instead of pledging their love for each other in the first book. Yeah, I know, I know, I'd probably curse that too, but it's more fun that way, c'mon.
The world building was fast but I was okay with that. Just like Phoebe, we're plunged into this strange new world where myths become reality. It's all good and fun though because it's always enjoyable to read certain stories from different authors.
A nice start to a new series, I think I will be following Phoebe and Fen's adventures. I'll definitely be looking forward to how Phoebe'll discover her powers as a Valkyrie, that's for sure....more
I usually like my series reads in order. But this book, what with a cute cover like that and the hero being a Premier League football-err, soccer- plaI usually like my series reads in order. But this book, what with a cute cover like that and the hero being a Premier League football-err, soccer- player, I just had to give this a try. And Jennifer Gracen’s SOMEONE LIKE YOU turned out to be a sweet story of building trust between two people who’ve been burned by different kinds of fire.
I have to say, I did like Pierce a lot. Probably more than Abby. I like it when a hero tries his best to gain the heroine’s trust by being super sweet, gentle and understanding. Really, he was supposedly the black sheep of his rich family but I don’t buy. Actually, from what I read of these family members, I can’t say there was one who much fitted the pattern of rich and privileged. At least not among the siblings. And Pierce was determined and caring, and he tried hard to make Abby feel like she could trust him. He worked to change himself from his partying ways, and it showed. Not that I bought his past. With that charm? Nah.
Abby though, was a challenge for me, to be honest. I can’t say I disliked her, but I couldn’t find a solid ground to connect with her either. I could see where she was coming from with her past and her current distrust of men or relationships, but after a while it just seemed to me she could try a little herself too. Still, they did make a good couple, a couple I can see making it for the long haul. It was also a plus that this book could be read as a standalone because being the second in the series, I didn’t feel estranged reading about the first couple. The only bother would be that I was curious about how they became together.
A nice start to a new series, and I'm already wondering about the oldest brother. I swear, I have a thing for men with children. Men who seem distant and calculating on the outside but with a definite potential of being the ultimate romantic on the horizon. ...more
This must be one of the sweetest romances I've read lately. And it's got everything. Small town, tight knit families, sports-even the mention of hockeThis must be one of the sweetest romances I've read lately. And it's got everything. Small town, tight knit families, sports-even the mention of hockey which is my favorite- flings and secret glances that'll probably be revealed in their own books, a charming hero and a librarian heroine. I mean, c'mon, if this is not the recipe for a damn good book, then I don't know what is. And it was a damn good book.
Apart from having a gorgeous cover that immediately draws your attention, CALLING IT also has the plot to back it up. This could've easily been a hit or miss, but thankfully was a definite hit on all my right buttons. As a sports player, Nathan had a certain charisma that never lacked any female attention, but a certain accident forces him to leave his career on hold and move back to his home town for a recharge, where he meets the librarian Dorie, who happens to be my hero. Or heroine. Whatever. For someone who's been through what he's been through, Nathan tried hard to be the brooding hero, but ended up being a charming, flirtatious romancer. This doesn't mean that he wasn't deep, because he was, but he was relentless in his pursuit of Dorie and what she meant to him, all the while trying to tackle his feelings towards his career as well. And he was so sweet doing all that. Dorie was a good match for Nate, because while she was librarian cute, she was also I-have-way-too-many-brothers-to-take-your-bullshit kickass, so naturally I liked her. She put on her glasses to save the local library during the day, and drove Nate crazy, well, all day everyday. I loved how they interacted through the book, from their first meeting to their tentative friendship that Nate tried very hard to move along quickly. It was fun and definitely sexy. Don't forget about the sexy, because, hi, a librarian and a baseball player.
A top notch start to a new series, don't pass on this one. Take the time to read it. I felt there were more pages than I expected but that never bored me while reading. On the contrary, I thought I finally unleashed my superpower of wishing a book to go on and on, but alas, there was an end. Glass, however, is half full of there's always a second book. ...more
This was a surprisingly more emotional book than I expected. Reading the blurb, I thought a somewhat traditional, albeit very much appreciated, romancThis was a surprisingly more emotional book than I expected. Reading the blurb, I thought a somewhat traditional, albeit very much appreciated, romance, but what I got went a little deeper.
We meet the two heroes when they're in their college years. Despite this book being labeled as New Adult, a genre that's generally referring to protagonists in their college years, early twenties, and the fact that we spend some considerable time with Jace and Colt during these times, this book was not a New Adult book. I'm specifying this for those who're meticulous with their genre reading. Even though we see how their deep bond and their relationship started when they're both in college, the majority of the story takes place ten years later, when both the heroes are in their thirties. I'm hoping this does not count as spoilers. Like I said, for those who're particular with their reading, this book might be a miss, but I wouldn't want it to be.
As for the story itself, it gave us enough time to really get to know these characters. We meet them when they're, well, younger than they'll be later in the book, so it was nice to get to know them so early on. I'm not going to go into much detail, this time for sure intending not to spoil the story, but let me say the transition from youngsters to adults was well done. I liked knowing their relationship background. It felt more real when they decided to fight for their love in the future. There was a solid basis for their romance, and I really enjoyed that part of the story.
Colt and Jace made for relatable, real life like characters. They weren't perfect at all, which is not something readers expect from heroes anyway, and whatever mistake they made throughout the story made sense to me. I was kept wandering what would come out of their romance, how they were to resolve their issues and finally be together. It was constructed quite nicely. Towards the end of the book presented a nice mystery, and the pace picked up considerably which was a pleasure to read for this reader. I liked those last few chapters a bit more, when things took an unexpected turn for the more exciting.
I believe this was a nice, solid start to a new series. I'll definitely be following up this series, especially now that we've already been introduced to one of the heroes of the next book. Intrigued me enough. ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. While all the elements for a well fitted sports romance were there-like my favorite ice hockey and falling forI have mixed feelings about this book. While all the elements for a well fitted sports romance were there-like my favorite ice hockey and falling for your best friend’s little sister- I still couldn’t invest in the story as much as I wanted to. And I wanted to.
Lovey and Marc’s situation as roommates, their sudden attraction and inevitable romance was actually quite nice to think about. I liked the thrill that came from keeping their affair a secret from their other roommate who was Lovey’s brother. It’s kinda sexy to be sneaking around. But as much as I like that setting, their romance did start a bit suddenly for me. Better yet, it felt like what they felt was romance from the very first moment they saw each other, whereas I would’ve preferred more time for their relationship to develop. It wasn’t even a few days before they started thinking about how the other brought out the best in each other, or how they lightened each other’s mood and burdens.
It was a bit rushed, but to think this wasn’t a book with as many pages as some novels out there, it could be understandable. It would’ve been much better if it was longer though. Would’ve given me more time to see the transition from roommates to lovers, and their personal dilemmas when it came to Lovey’s brother, about how he would react to his best friend hooking up with his sister.
Since I couldn’t buy much into their romance, I found myself only a little invested in all the central characters. Marc wasn’t as serious as I wanted him to be, especially with the way the author described him as being the most work oriented and no fun player of the team. Lovey was supposed to be a free spirit who lived in her brother’s shiny hockey career’s shadow, but she was more in the forefront with her commitment phobia than her free spirit. And Lovey’s brother Duncan didn’t leave much of an impression in my mind, other than being her big brother who didn’t take her seriously and who was shy about the ladies.
But did I hate the book? No. Not at all. Actually, I’m kinda looking forward to reading about another member of the team who goes back home to his adopted family and reunites with his old flame. This was a series first, and I usually give them credit for that, it’s hard to introduce a whole new life to the reader. It definitely could’ve been done better, but I’ll still be reading the next book in the series and hope for a better execution.
I’m adding two spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and let’s see about that reunion....more
I have to be honest, I’ve been sitting on writing a review for this one. I liked the book, the story was solid, characters were very likable, very reaI have to be honest, I’ve been sitting on writing a review for this one. I liked the book, the story was solid, characters were very likable, very real. Romance, however, took a backseat to all this. Did I like it? Yes, definitely. It worked well for this story. I didn’t get the level of romance I expected before I started reading this, but while reading it I thought that was okay, and that it was just the right balance of everything.
Jake is an ex soldier. He’s powerful, he’s been through a lot in his lifetime and gotten over them and built a good business for himself. Life is routine but good. We already met him in Tiny and Ian’s books, and I remember looking forward to his story, glad that he was going to have one. Natalie, on the other hand, has also been through some hard times but in her case she couldn’t exactly get over them and move on with her life.
She’s agoraphobic after an attempt on her life is made, she has extreme trust issues. I have to say, her life was not easy. I can’t imagine living life her way, not being able to leave my house and get to know new people and trust them. Her struggle through everything in the book was a challenge I enjoyed reading about. And this is what I’m talking about. There was so much going on personally with these characters that romance didn’t have a chance but to take a backseat and leave the stage to growth. I was fascinated with both Jake and Natalie’s own problems and struggles, and while their text messaging was so sweet that I wished continued for much longer, I found that I looked forward more to how they were going to cope with obstacles and put somewhat of an end to them.
As a side story, the mystery of Natalie’s attack-the reason she and Jake come together in the first place- was fun to read. I liked getting the clues and thinking up possibilities for who and what.
A story of two people who are fighters in their own ways, I liked this book. The strength of it was in the challenges and different lifestyles of the characters, and it was nice to read....more