I have to start by saying I did not read 50 Shades of Grey. It hit to many of my hot points and I couldn't read it. I know I'm in the minority and acc...moreI have to start by saying I did not read 50 Shades of Grey. It hit to many of my hot points and I couldn't read it. I know I'm in the minority and accept that. I did like the story line just not a fan of the writing style. That being said I enjoyed this book regardless of similarities or because of them.
I think for starters I liked that both Eva and Gideon were tormented and had a rough history. Through this story we get to watch both Gideon and Eva learn to overcome their past, hang-ups, and insecurities. It's something so personal and every time one of them opens up more you just want to cheer that they make it. Relationships for victims of sexual abuse can be beyond hard. The insecurities that come with baring one's shame (because for the survivor its often what it feels like) to someone you respect and/or love can be heartbreaking. I'm looking forward to the next book, I can't wait to find out how the story of Eva and Gideon ends.
I'm sure my reasons for liking this book are similar to reasons others love 50 Shades of Grey and Christian Grey's tormented story. We all love for someone who has had such a hard past to finally have something good. That being said for serious fans of 50 Shades I would not recommend reading this right after the 50 Shades series the similarities are likely to drive you crazy.
On another note I have to say I wouldn't consider the sex in this book BDSM. While they test the waters a little outside of vanilla it's not far and I don't actually get the impression it is likely to go into what I would think of as BDSM.(less)
The story itself was written well. The characters were even likable. If only I could have gotten past the idea that this supposed intelligent woman, S...moreThe story itself was written well. The characters were even likable. If only I could have gotten past the idea that this supposed intelligent woman, Sabrina, was willing to jeopardize her career to fill in for a friend as an escort. Nothing about that seemed remotely believable. Not to mention the girl was not the one night stand type much less likely to have sex with some stranger willing to pay for it. Add to that her awkward situation with one of the attorneys in her office and it makes it an even worse decision. What better way to make some perve from work think he could treat you that way. Not the actual result but really this woman would have to have considered the results right? This set up just did not work for me so regardless of my likening the characters and finding nothing wrong with the writing style I could not like the book. (less)
An interesting story with potential. It has a few to many similarities to other books out there now so I wouldn't call it overly original but it has s...moreAn interesting story with potential. It has a few to many similarities to other books out there now so I wouldn't call it overly original but it has some unique qualities. In the end I still enjoyed the read and will probably read the next book. (less)
I liked the first three but this one just didn't fit. If I was to make a recommendation I would say read the first three and don't bother with this on...moreI liked the first three but this one just didn't fit. If I was to make a recommendation I would say read the first three and don't bother with this one. Adair jumps around way to much and the results seem to be a jumble of unfinished scenes. I can't see the point in the work up of Jane and her two men's relationship for her to fall on the first man to pursue her after finding her sexuality. Why? The sex games and consintual sharing makes since but this seemed out of bounds. I don't like cheeting it rarely works for me and less so when it makes no sence. Add into that there is no auction in this book a few mentions of it and that's all. The blurb was misleading. Sorry I wanted to like this, but I felt the previouse story was sacrificed for a cheap afternoon of sex for Jane. The idea in the blurb worked. I could even like Jane and Archer hooking up under the right circumstances. This wasn't it for me. (less)
For starters with Leigh's books it is what it is. If you don't like her sex scenes or the story line you probably don't want to read the books. They a...moreFor starters with Leigh's books it is what it is. If you don't like her sex scenes or the story line you probably don't want to read the books. They are rarely edited well. The misspellings and grammar issues are in large quantities. The wrong names and misspoken facts about past events happen too. And this one has one big editing mistake that is new for her books half of a scene was left out. It is available on her website. While you feel a little lost and miss out on some sex it honestly doesn't leave you lost to the plot of the story. This probably isn't the most award winning opening to a review, but these are the biggest complaints and they are worthy of complaining. In the end I expect most of this and still choose to buy her books. I think Leigh has created a fascinating world with the breeds. It's original and I really love the idea. I would love to have read this in a more structured series, but in the end it was Leigh's idea and I enjoy the books and don't over think the mistakes.
This wasn't my favorite in the series. Things are changing in this book. The matings are not so much forced, but requiring an important element. I honestly love this evolution to the mating heat. I want to see these people falling in love even without having to. In previous books I was waiting for us to meet someone who absolutely hated their mate. (There could be one of those I haven't read many of the early books) Micca was a little different from some of our past heroines. She wasn't going to settle for half and I like that about her. She still at times was the same as past heroines too. Leigh has a type for the males and females in her books. We all know it at this point and it's pretty expected. But I enjoy when she at least tries to branch out of her comfort zone with a character and she did. Navarro was an ass in most of the book and in the end I don't think he had to work near hard enough for his place in Micca's life. But in the end we get our HEA and the story has progressed with some new twists to leave us wondering what to expect in the next book. (less)
Not really my favorite Breed story. It is what it is. I liked Wolfe. Not a big fan of Storme. I did sympathize with her history, but found she didn't...moreNot really my favorite Breed story. It is what it is. I liked Wolfe. Not a big fan of Storme. I did sympathize with her history, but found she didn't really make any since in her choices and long held resentment after the fact. I think it could have been a fantastic complication for their mating, but it needed something, and a little less of the whining. I would like to have seen her grow into a strong woman making well thought out decisions in one direction or the other because of her past. And really could the woman not take some fighting courses if she spent that many years evading Breeds and the council. It's one of my pet peves in story lines. If a woman spends several years in dangerous situations, they do something to learn to protect themselves in any way possible. I know, I know she was broke. I'm sure she could have found someone to teach her or for crying out loud she would have just learned from experience.
Also regardless of my disliking Storme as a character I didn't like the treatment she received from the Breeds when they captured her. In the scheme of things she was a victim too. And she had lived through some bad stuff. Not the same, but still not good herself. All because of the same people who had miss treated them. All that money they have to have a therapist around somewhere. Someone could have helped them find the best way to approach her and deal with her history.
Overall this book just felt a little less complete than most. There are some hot sex scenes as expected. But for the majority of the book that seems to be the only real connection our leads have. And yet it isn't even necessarily because of the heat in the same sense as the previous breeds.
Also the main story line besides our romance was incomplete and stilted. Not sure what was on the chip still. Just some useful information is about all we were told. I'm sure we will find out later? Most likely. But it was a major story line for this book and with that if felt a little incomplete to be robbed of the success of what they had worked so hard and treated someone poorly to obtain. (less)
You know I'm somewhere between 3-4 stars for me. I think I worked myself up so much waiting on Jonas' book to finally come out I had ridiculous expect...moreYou know I'm somewhere between 3-4 stars for me. I think I worked myself up so much waiting on Jonas' book to finally come out I had ridiculous expectations of the book. I can't seem to separate my expectations from the book. It was a really good book. I did want Jonas to have a run for his money when he finally found his mate. And I loved how she was pregnant from the start. It gave us an added issue that is hard for the breed to deal with. I think we got a little jipped on that front. It was glossed over pretty quickly. Then I spent some time being mad at Jonas since of course it appears he isn't going to claim his mate. Then we spent way to much time with Rachel's childish issues. That was my number one complaint. I didn't like her much for a time in this book. I lost a lot of respect for her while she whined and put Jonas through hell with what seemed like no good reason. But in the end she got back to the intelligent woman we had come to know. I did enjoy these two working their way around to each other and getting over issues. Jonas made a great step dad surprisingly and not so much so. And of course we got to know Jonas a little better. (less)