I really liked the aspect of Bronagh and Dominic getting a after-the-HEA-moment and what better way to see how everyone is d...moreFull review coming soon...
I really liked the aspect of Bronagh and Dominic getting a after-the-HEA-moment and what better way to see how everyone is doing than with a birthday party. What I didn't much like was the ending. I didn't see that coming and it left me thinking that they have now taken a few steps back in their imperfect relationship and are now at the stage of happy-for-now. Left me kinda confused. Still trying to process this development.(less)
A rough ride of emotions and so worth the journey!
The characters are multidimensional and flawed and their story is completely engrossing. Even after...moreA rough ride of emotions and so worth the journey!
The characters are multidimensional and flawed and their story is completely engrossing. Even after having read it, I still can't believe all that they went through and how unpredictable their individual stories were.
Skylar and Mitch are both independently strong and have a very common background and upbringing that leads them to their destined meeting as pre-teens. But even then their connection and gravitational pull towards each other was strong and seriously unbreakable. It is when they allowed themselves to become truly vulnerable towards one another do they see that they have found true happiness and their soulmate.
I enjoyed seeing Skylar teach Mitch a thing or two about letting someone in and learning to trust. She was very intelligent for so young and gradually broke through Mitch's barriers. Those beginning years were heartwarming and cute. Cut to a few years later and you get the next stage in their life as teenagers and dealing with more intense feelings of jealousy, possession, and the transition from admiration to crush to love. It is necessary to see these important stages in their relationship, but I'll admit to initially thinking that the story would drag. This is absolutely not the case. By the end, we come full circle with Mitch teaching Skylar a thing or two about going after what you want and being courageous enough to hold on to it. There are a great many obstacles for these two to overcome and many instances that will make you mad and want to put down the story, but all the heartache and misunderstanding is so worth it by the end.
I found the dialogue and characters realistic with a very mature emotional level through Skylar and Mitch's various ages throughout the story. It was great to see how Skylar really came into her own while undergoing the unthinkable. After the initial shock of the situation, Skylar really started shedding her inhibitions and became a person looking to live in the moment. It brought out a different side to her and it let the real Mitch loose and able to be his possessive, demanding Alpha self. Things heat up between the pair gradually in the physical department, but once it does... watch out! Bottom line is that I loved these two characters individually and I loved them together, so it made for one phenomenal story! They truly have an epic friends-to-lovers tale! This is my first read by this author and I know it won't be the last. (less)
This story came so close to being my first ever DNF. How sad too since I really wanted to like this story. The premise seemed fantastic until I read t...moreThis story came so close to being my first ever DNF. How sad too since I really wanted to like this story. The premise seemed fantastic until I read the TSTL characters and the really stupid decisions and rationale they make out of their lives.
Where to start with Marlene... she's strong for having taken on motherhood so well at such a young age and for having the guts to put her dreams on hold to provide a nurturing and loving life for her daughter. And yet... her kryptonite (as she puts it) just waltzes back into her life and instead of making him grovel hardcore for having left her the way he did she almost immediately forgives him and continuously rationalizes his attitudes and remarks thereby excusing his very immature (to say the least) behavior. For that, she lost major respect points.
Which brings me to Luke... dude had a major ass-kicking coming or at least a major tongue-thrashing (and not the good kind) with a side of cold-shoulder. In the four years he was away, he really in no way proved that he grew the hell up. Props for being a self made man after a messed-up childhood, but I really thought he would come back with a vengeance to prove that he's the man his family always needed. He was supposed to make me believe he was on the way to redeeming himself, not throwing attitude to Marlene and calling her out as being selfish for going after something that could be a really positive change for both her and her daughter.
And honestly don't even get me started on the best friend who had absolutely no right to step in and make a critical decision for Marlene at a critical moment in her life and decide not to say anything until Luke spills the beans. But then again Luke never had to agree to it and just proved to be even more totally unworthy.
Rant over. I'm skimming the last 20% and only because I'm a glutton for punishment and have to know how this thing ends.
UPDATE: Well I finally finished the story and all that did was leave me with disappointment over how the storyline could've been taken advantage of had it been better developed. For a reader who loves reading as much as I do, depth is key and without it a story is bound not to survive on my ereader and sadly this one too will soon be among the forgotten.(less)
I really enjoyed this story for its complimentary characters and unique premise... however, I was slightly confused with the execution. It just seemed...moreI really enjoyed this story for its complimentary characters and unique premise... however, I was slightly confused with the execution. It just seemed that the pacing was off. One moment we're actually in the moment with the characters and the next we're fast-forwarded to something else. I found myself more than enough times to notice, having to go back and re-read what I just read to see if I was missing something. It lacked the fluidity from scene to scene, which made it hard to keep track of the set-up and characters, which was a bit of a distraction for my overall experience.
I also had a bit of a problem with the leading man himself. Callum was the ulitmate in Alpha, but he was also the ultimate in undecided, which I could understand initially given what he went through, but he really started to rub me the wrong way when he refused to be anything other than ignorant. His inner thoughts were a complete contradiction to what he would verbalize and that just made him the most confusing, Alpha character I've ever read.
Now Stella I will say was somewhat refreshing in how she grew into her own throughout the story and most especially throughout her roller-coaster experience with Callum. She became stronger and many times went head-to-head with him and stood her ground, but also didn't react poorly like he would've. She did the right thing by him so many times, that it was fairly easy to see this is one case in which I believed the hero really didn't deserve the heroine. Nevertheless, their couplings were hotter than hot. It was the one place where they both really submitted themselves and spoke their truths using their bodies since they were both verbally stubborn to say how they really felt.
Having said all of that... I really liked the various character dynamics and the posh world they live in. There was depth in both Callum and Stella's histories that added to the storyline nicely and kept it comfortably predictable. I will definitely be checking out more in this series as well as other stories by this author.(less)
I think by now I'm fairly used to all ranges of possessive alpha-type characters, but Reid is definitely in a league all his own. He left me more conf...moreI think by now I'm fairly used to all ranges of possessive alpha-type characters, but Reid is definitely in a league all his own. He left me more confused than anything else, but I think it was because he was throwing seven different kinds of smoke. Let me explain...
He's starts off as the mysterious and scarred guy Summer is warned against and yet totally intrigued by. I mean who wouldn't be with his obvious physical and sexual appeal. His attitude is gruff and short-tempered, especially when it comes to Summer. Reid's consistent in pushing and pulling her away, which intensifies with chapter. All the while something is brewing that involves Reid, which causes major mood-swings and some bouts of hypocrisy at its best. His possessiveness is definitely there, but sometimes only in fleeting moments where I would've loved much more and for it to build to almost smothering levels. :) Then when I think we've made a break through, boom he check's out even though he promised not to do that very thing. I'm not expecting perfection here and I get why he attention suddenly became diverted, but seriously there's no reason for it all to go as far as it did. Major props to Summer for handling herself the way she did and move on while Reid figured out if he was going to be oblivious and ignorant or not. It was obvious to me that a certain 'test' should have been taken and not just some untrustworthy person's word.
It was supposed to be one of the best nights of her life, but no way could Caitlyn have predicted that that would also be the night she see's the man...moreIt was supposed to be one of the best nights of her life, but no way could Caitlyn have predicted that that would also be the night she see's the man who holds her heart since he disappeared with it years ago.
Caitlyn is finally on the mend from her broken, teenage heart and has built a new life outside of her humble, small-town beginnings. Now at college she has finally found acceptance with friends and a loving boyfriend, but lurking in the shadows of all that is the one who knows who she really is.
Caitlyn is the reason Heath left and Caitlyn is the reason Heath has returned, but will she continue moving forward or risk it all for a trip down memory lane with the one who broke her heart?
With an enjoyable fast-pace and characters who were as predictable and dramatic as young adults can be, I really couldn't put this one down. The story did seem a little rough around the edges with how it jumped from scene to scene without as much of a smooth transition as there could've been. The dialogue too was a little jumpy, but easy enough to follow. I will say Caitlyn herself is not the most likable character since she went back and forth alot throughout the story and seemed to struggle with her own identity, which is a part of the basis of the story. Heath on the other hand, made a few poor choices, but continued to be self-assured if not as commanding as I initially thought he would be in his pursuit of Caitlyn.
All in all there is a nice setup for additional characters to have their stories told and maybe a bit more on how things turned out for the main characters of this story after the ending. No cliffhanger, but it definitely left me wanting more. (less)
Cami and Hunter seem to have a knack for finding themselves in constant trouble, only this time the danger is about to hit a lot closer to home with d...moreCami and Hunter seem to have a knack for finding themselves in constant trouble, only this time the danger is about to hit a lot closer to home with deadly results.
I think I was unprepared for how intense this story would be. It seemed that life was finally about to start for Cami and Hunter and although for some, their love story may have gone at hyper-speed from meeting in high school to now laying the groundwork for a future that was inevitable. I really enjoyed reading how their relationship continued to evolve and how much more in love they are. True to the title of the story, it seemed like this could've turned into some sort of extended epilogue, which I would've totally been on board with, but the author had other plans for Cami and Hunter and their peaceful planning quickly comes to an end. Within a short span of time, Cami and Hunter are given some very unexpected, but very welcome news. Life can't get any sweeter for them, until the ghosts from their past come back with a vengeance.
With highs and lows on every other page, this story took me on quite the emotional roller-coaster ride. Some of it was predictable, but the final blow towards the end, kind of came out of nowhere and I believe deserved a little more attention. I'll warn anyone intending to read this story, that there are some gruesome/violent moments that made it hard to read. I was hoping for a bit more resolution to everything that occurred as there was some very intense emotional and physical damage done that deserved to be delved into. It would've made the ending that much more believable. I guess I just wanted a bit more depth and a full circle healing for Cami and Hunter, but regardless of how it happened, I love their story and can't wait to get more Russ time. (less)
Well this story definitely has more of that heat I was looking, but still not as much I thought there would be seeing as how Cami and Hunter's relatio...moreWell this story definitely has more of that heat I was looking, but still not as much I thought there would be seeing as how Cami and Hunter's relationship really progresses in this one and by the end you'll see how it happened that things got taken to a whole other level much more quickly than they anticipated. However, there is not of that feeling as a reader that they might have bit off more than they can chew so to speak because throughout the story they pronounce to each other as often as possible how in love they are. To some this might be too much too soon, but to me this is just a clear case of love at first sight and I'm more than okay with that:)
The plot is just as angsty and swiftly paced as the first story and probably more so when you add in the fact that Hunter/Dylan is back at work and back undercover, which couldn't have come at a worse time when all he wants to really do is be the real him with Cami. Add in Cami's unintentional involvement in the case that throws her into Hunter's new world of fast cars and deadly gangs and of course you can see where this has the potential to be a read-in-one-sitting kind of story. And let's not forget the little problem posing as Hunter's new girlfriend and the leader of the gang turning an eye towards Cami and now you've really got a must-read.
I'm really liking this author's writing style and the character's/world she created for them. The storyline could've been a bit more involved with the murder mystery, but then again that could've caused unneeded drag in the story. Bottom line... I liked where it started and I liked where it ended, but most of all I love there is a third story because I'm not nearly done with these two yet.
P.S. thanks go out to the author for bringing Russ back along for this ride. (less)
Anticipation and angst were the ruling forces behind this YA story and it was those elements that kept me reading until the last page. While I haven't...moreAnticipation and angst were the ruling forces behind this YA story and it was those elements that kept me reading until the last page. While I haven't picked up a YA story in quite some time, I found this one to be just as engaging as an adult level romance even without the explicitness of a more physical relationship between the two leads.
Speaking of the two leads, Cami and Hunter are opposites when it comes to which social circles they run in, but chemistry and attraction don't care about those differences, so without much of a fight to it, they both cave and find something much more deeper than either imagined. Now while Cami is upfront about who she is and quickly nicknamed "Goody" for reasons which aren't hard to figure out, Hunter is the mysterious bad boy with a rep that she wants him to change if only to save him from the high-school underground drug/alcohol/womanizing/party scene. She feels there is more he's hiding and the reader knows it too, but we aren't given that information upfront. A few snippets of intel is shared throughout the dual POV's on who Hunter really is and what he's really after, but the ending is where all is revealed, so while Cami may have been in the dark about a great many things on Hunter, the reader may not be so clueless. However, I actually liked the predictability of the story. It made reading Hunter's POV's much less confusing and my overall reading experience and enjoyment of the story wasn't tarnished by it.
The ending leaves the plotline completed and the mystery solved, but there is definitely much more to come where Cami and Hunter are concerned and I can't wait to dive into the next phase of their lives. I do hope the author turns up the heat on these two!(less)
Once started, I could not stop reading all that was Asher James Mayson. Many hours later, I can safely say that the "Asher fog" I am in has not lifted...moreOnce started, I could not stop reading all that was Asher James Mayson. Many hours later, I can safely say that the "Asher fog" I am in has not lifted and I have no reason for ever wanting to be cured of that :) I can now truly appreciate November's plight in trying to fight this particular "fog". It's impossible and Asher is just way too irresistible for his own good let alone anyone else.
Initially I thought I wouldn't much like November for being so helpless or Asher for being so pushy and bossy, but they both definitely grew on me. They were the perfect balance for each other and for that I can't fault them. November and Asher have positive traits as well. They are both family oriented despite November having a rough start in that department. November is also very thoughtful and Asher is very considerate with those he cares about and respectful of November in a very sexy, alpha way. You'll see when you read the story.
My only issue with the overall of the story is with how the flashbacks were incorporated into the storyline. I'd be reading along and before I know it it's flashback time. Then just when that's starting to get good, it'd be time to come back to the present. I became a little disoriented with this process, but nothing I couldn't just get over quickly. I do still have a few questions with where certain questionable characters are now since it seemed that things from November and Asher's pasts were resolved a little too quickly, but I have to say that those technicalities were nicely disguised by a great epilogue and even better bonus scenes if you read this story as part of the Alphas On Top collection.
Aurora Rose Reynolds is one of my new favorite authors and an auto-buy for sure!
So much emotion on all levels that included the supporting characters, which I found to be just as vital a...moreThis story was definitely a crazy good read!
So much emotion on all levels that included the supporting characters, which I found to be just as vital as the depth of emotion coming from the two main characters. Right along with the highs and lows of the story, I was grateful to feel the anger, the happiness, the hilarity, and so many more mixed emotions with the characters.
Another important point to note is the well-roundness of the storyline that took the unique route of giving you a glimpse of a desperate moment in which Windsor faces a low point and then the author brings it back to the beginning of Windsor and Maverick's story. It may sound unappealing to learn a portion of Windsor and Maverick's fate without understanding all of the circumstances surrounding it, but I actually really enjoyed this detour in discovering their journey. I had such anticipation, which wasn't disappointed in the least when all was finally revealed. The characters felt so real and raw in their actions, emotions, and dialogue, so it was so easy to 'hear' the characters throughout the dual POV's of Windsor and Maverick.
This is definitely a reread for me and I'm happy to add another new-to-me-author to my favorites list!(less)
I'll admit to ulgy-crying for both the sad and happy moments in this story. I won't give anything away, but the ending was made so much sweeter for Ja...moreI'll admit to ulgy-crying for both the sad and happy moments in this story. I won't give anything away, but the ending was made so much sweeter for Jake and Tru because of the emotional turmoil they went through. It's like the story had to play out the way it did in order for them to finally relax and be happy without over thinking their relationship and future.
However, I was a tad disappointed that we didn't get more of Jake's POV with the ending... I was really hoping for more of him in this book since we got to know Tru so well with the first. I liked that what we did get of him showed that he still struggled with his demons. It's genuine and realistic to his character. The wrap-up could have been that much more with Jake's thoughts on display too, but it was still wonderful how everything came full circle. (less)
This story definitely had an interesting concept going for it by taking the whole fated-mates trope in a new direction with actual physical links, but...moreThis story definitely had an interesting concept going for it by taking the whole fated-mates trope in a new direction with actual physical links, but I absolutely could not get over Tar's pig-headedness. His forcefulness and aggressiveness didn't come off entirely the way I believe the author intended. I was much more interested in Tar's sister's story than his. (less)