This was an interesting read that is well-paced with strong female leads.
Natalia is having one of the worst days in memory when she meets an intere...more3.5
This was an interesting read that is well-paced with strong female leads.
Natalia is having one of the worst days in memory when she meets an interesting woman at a bar. She is intrigued and soon enough they are on the way up to the woman's hotel room when she's drugged and tied up. When she wakes she is understandably pissed and isn't quite willing to listen to what the woman has to say. The next day however she has nothing on her hands but time to see if what the woman says is true or not but doesn't expect it to pan out. After getting put on suspension for suspicion of taking a bribe to look the other way while a company perform illegal activities she decides to truly look at what is happening at an outlying mining operation but only to prove the allegations and give her a chance to have something else to do than obsess over her potential career ender. She's torn when she goes undercover doing the same job her family did for generations but at the same time this makes her learn more about someone who will become her everything in life and show her what it means to really live again.
Gennie just wants to get off-planet and give her kids a chance to live a life where they aren't constantly looking over their shoulders for her deceased former lover's family. She knows they had him killed and now they want to take her kids from her by any means necessary. She turns to Natalia out of desperation and instead finds someone who could be her partner in not only uncovering the secrets she has bits and pieces of but also in life. She's not easy to get to know because she's so worried about keeping her kids safe that she just can't trust but she's smart and strong enough to face her fears over and over in order to make them be safe. I liked how she was willing to cross lines in order to protect her kids but I didn't like how long it took for her to finally let Natalia in.
They both have major issues that get worked out in the book and I enjoyed seeing them come to an agreement even when they really didn't trust one another. Their chemistry is definitely off the charts but it does take a bit for them both to really let each other in and start to think as a team.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed it!(less)
At RT I was lucky enough to meet with Angela James at the pre-convention blogger get together and again at a luncheon held by Carina Press. S...more4.5 stars
At RT I was lucky enough to meet with Angela James at the pre-convention blogger get together and again at a luncheon held by Carina Press. She was nice enough to put this title on my radar on Twitter and then emphasize it to me at the convention. When asked if we wanted a copy to send her an email I jumped at it once I got back and unburied from some of the craziness that was RT. I have to say I'm so happy she was nice enough to offer a copy that I enjoyed thoroughly.
Tru left Defiance to get away from the evil that was her father and to make something of herself. She saw acts being performed on women and the way they were treated by some members of the MC that she just couldn't handle but also found herself drawn to the man that would never be allowed to be hers by the ways of the club. She's back and bringing with her an amazing amount of trouble because she ended up taking shelter with another MC when the destruction caused by a meteor wipes out normal civilization and the clubs have taken over running things outside the official government. When she gets dumped back in Defiance she's beaten down but her spirit is still there and causes her to make a choice that could be the end of her or could give her the man she's always wanted. I loved watching her struggle with reconciling her hatred of the treatment of the women in the club and the love of a man who puts on the game face with members but holds her heart in his rough hands. She's very strong and wants the right things so it was nice to see them both work through things to get to the heart of the matter.
Casper… dear lord… Casper… I adored this rough hard man right down to all his piercings. He's such a hard man to get to know and beneath his hard-as-nails exterior there is a man who fights for what is his even while being hurt down to the core by some of what he has to do. He loves Tru enough to help her leave when her father pushes the limits but leaves them both with a mark down to the soul of how love can feel with your soulmate. He's worked for years behind the scenes to set things up for the betterment of the club but with Tru's return the timetable for his final push to control the MC that is rightfully his has been moved up. He does what needs to be done but his heart and soul is wrapped up with the woman that has always held him even while she was gone. He has this way of getting others to follow him because of his actions and not because they feel they have to out of a sense of loyalty. He asks for nothing from anyone that he wouldn't be willing to give himself and that inspires an amazing amount of loyalty that others just can't command. I'd love to be held and adored by him even at his roughest because you can feel that his heart is truly in it unlike when he was with other women. He's not perfect but in this world you can't be anything other than a survivor and to do that you have to be willing to put everything on the line for who and what you love.
As I said Angela was nice enough to give me a copy of this with no pressure for any kind of review although she like most publishers love it when we do review them …. especially if we love them. I adored this story even with the rough edges of the MC world and am looking forward to more stories.
Another wonderful entry in this series about the hidden offspring of angels and humans.
Ella only wants to live her life in peace without having to be...moreAnother wonderful entry in this series about the hidden offspring of angels and humans.
Ella only wants to live her life in peace without having to be confronted by the evil that made her run and hide. She knows the monster is dead but when she meets our hero she is forced to confront not only her own fears but that the monster she thought was dead might not truly be gone. She's strong but is so unwilling to trust anyone that she lives an almost half-life full of fear and distrust. As she has to confront long dormant sexual urges she also is fighting her own inner demons that keep her from fully letting this man in to her life and her heart. I liked how she had made a new life for herself but that she also was strong enough to recognize the fear for what it was and not let it win. After surviving a killer and running away from the life she once knew she also lost a major part of herself and until Nate has been unwilling to let her guard down even the tiniest bit.
Nate is struggling to figure out exactly what he is now that his powers have seemingly left him. He is hired to find the victim of a serial killer in order to give her funds left for her by a member of the psychos family but discovers not only her but a side to himself that he was never willing to acknowledge until it is forced out of him under extreme circumstances. As you get to know him and what makes him tick you can't help but be drawn to him and want to help heal this wounded warrior. He's so convinced that he has nothing to provide from a supernatural standpoint that he puts himself on the line in other ways to help this woman he found when she was taken. I loved how much he needed Ella but I also loved that we got to see him really work through issues that have kept him bound for his entire life. Seeing him come in to his own and start to trust in himself was wonderful to read and I appreciated the time we got to spend watching him work things through.
The bad guy in this is one creepy demon and getting glimpses of the others via the Web was a nice treat. I cannot wait for more from this series and I have to thank Stacy for writing yet another fun tale.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for providing me a copy of this story in return for my honest review. I greatly appreciate it!(less)
Wyatt is very career-driven and tends to focus on what he's doing more than living life. He's been having some crazy dreams about sexy times with his...moreWyatt is very career-driven and tends to focus on what he's doing more than living life. He's been having some crazy dreams about sexy times with his assistant but while they are steamy he just can't make the move he wants to. He's always been attracted to her but is unable to take the chance on making a move. He's very understanding about practical things but not so good at the intangibles in life. As he realizes that there is more in life than just work he becomes someone I would love to know. He has a secret thing for comics so that was fun to see but the rest of his life made me sad for him as one should not be happy living that way.
Megan was always free-spirited but after a meeting with Wyatt when she was working at a B&B he took over made her rethink her priorities. She understands him better than anyone but still has those moments when her fanciful side comes out. She's had these sexy dreams about a mystery man but never figured out it was Wyatt until they stumble on the fact that both of them are dreaming the same things at the same time. She's more willing to accept the paranormal than Wyatt but the good news is this made them both make a move they wouldn't have normally made. I enjoyed watching their interactions and especially enjoyed how good she was at managing his obsessiveness.
The moments they were together in the dreams were fun but I enjoyed the give and take that went on between the two of them as it showed that they were truly equals. Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.(less)
I was very lucky to meet Erin Galloway at an RT Convention unofficial Blogger event sponsored by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Dear Author. We had a...moreI was very lucky to meet Erin Galloway at an RT Convention unofficial Blogger event sponsored by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Dear Author. We had a great time and as a part of this event Erin was nice enough to offer us a chance to read this title with no pressure for review. I have to say I am looking forward to the next one as even though I didn't like most of the "friends" that surround the main characters I did love his family and the next one is about his brother plus one of the "friends".
Rory has always been an outsider when it comes to being a normal young woman. She's very smart and driven but when it comes to social interaction she's lost. An introvert by nature and shaped by life with her introverted father she skipped out on having dates, boyfriends and all the other drama that comes with getting older but in college she ends up being roommates with two women that are much wilder and willing to live life for fun than she has ever been. When they find out she's a virgin they decide pairing her up with someone her complete opposite from the outside would do the trick. She finds out that love, sex and passion are not as easy as she would have hoped but that what people see on the outside is not necessarily the true version that exists if you look behind the facade. She grows up a lot during this story and I have to say I liked how much she was willing to push her family and the man who ended up stealing her heart. She isn't perfect and at times is overly dramatic but it never made me roll my eyes as the author does a good job making you see why the reactions fit Rory.
Tyler… sigh… I have to say I adored Tyler once we got around his tough exterior. He does things not because he wants to but out of a huge sense of honor that even though they are not always smooth or appropriate are truly heartfelt and moving. He starts hanging out with Rory to get to know her better and as they start to develop a real relationship also tries to let her go knowing in his heart he is beneath her. She's smart, sweet and according to him worthy of someone that is more than the son of a druggie that is going to be lucky to get his EMT certification and then work to build a new life for his two younger brothers. He's very stoic about what he deals with from his mom but when the worst happens his only real thought is to protect Rory from being taken down with him. I adored this tattooed, pierced bad boy with a heart of gold and do want to see more of him. My hope is we will get to see him managing to get out from under the hole he is in when we see his brother's story.
This was a wonderful read other than the secondary characters who managed to piss me off because of their behavior. Neither set of them seemed worthy of the loyalty Rory and Tyler show them other than maybe Nathan but I just felt like slapping them all at times and saying grow the hell up!
Thanks again to Erin at Penguin/Berkeley Publishing for giving me the chance to read this one as I greatly enjoyed it. Please keep me in mind if you want to send me the next one… ;-)(less)
Cade is only back in town for a couple of weeks as a favor to his old high school coach and to give him time to finish healing from an injury. He's st...moreCade is only back in town for a couple of weeks as a favor to his old high school coach and to give him time to finish healing from an injury. He's still hoping to get back to being the quarterback for an NFL team but owes the man who was a surrogate father to him the world. He's intrigued by a woman he meets while out for coffee and they engage in an incredible one night stand. He's not happy when he wakes up the next morning and she's run off but when he finds out that she's the assistant coach for the football team he's supposed to be head coach for he just can't believe his luck. It starts out with him being a bit pissed off and wanting to get even with her for leaving him but as he spends more time around her he's a goner. He's smart, alpha and yet has enough sense to figure out what is truly important in life. I loved how he took other people's thoughts and future in to consideration before he made a decision except in typical romance land fashion… neglects to complete think his decisions through and their impact on the heroine. He's redeemed though as he never hid anything from her but he just needed a nudge to do the right thing.
Angela has always had a thing for Cade but back in high school she was always the nerdy girl who happened to be big in to sports and he was the high school star quarterback that was nice enough to let her talk about how the team could improve. She's always wanted to be the head coach and is not too happy when Cade comes in to take over the team while the head coach is out for health issues. She's used to fighting the prejudice that comes with being a female trying to coach a male dominated sport but she's smart and has a natural head for the game. She decides that the one night stand she had with him should be it for them but as Cade keeps pushing for more and more time with her she can't help but indulge. After all she knows he is really trying to get back in the NFL and she just won't fit in there as she only wants to stay in their small hometown and coach for the team she loves. She's got an entertaining father and some issues with believing in herself but this isn't a turn off and isn't something that feels like whining. She's very practical and does have trouble taking help but when it is offered in such a way that it makes sense she's willing to back off and listen.
This was a very nice read that I have to thank Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for. I loved the story and appreciated the chance to read it in exchange for my honest review.(less)
I can already say I am looking forward to the next one in this series so it can land in my mailbox any time now… LOL
Timothy carries a lot of secrets i...moreI can already say I am looking forward to the next one in this series so it can land in my mailbox any time now… LOL
Timothy carries a lot of secrets in his head and heart. One of the biggest ones is that he is still in love with his ex but knows one of the other major secrets he has will make being back with her impossible. He's always seen life in shades of black and white but as he works this latest undercover op he realizes things are not always cut and dry with the ones you love. He's a hard man to get to know and it took a bit for him to grow on me but when he did I wanted to be in Rose's shoes because having a man that intensely in love with you yet willing to let you shine would be awesome. He is very driven to protect those he loves but also to do the right thing even at the expense of self and I loved that.
Rose is very stubborn and independent but also has some major secrets that she kept from the man who held her heart. She's shocked when she sees him and finds out a bit of what he is doing in town but she can't afford to let him completely in her life because one of the items she holds secret is something he would never be able to understand or see beyond. The good news is she spills the secret to him and unlike what she believed he not only understood it but there was more to what she thought she knew about their split. He's such a closed door to her that when she can't ignore her feelings for him it tears at her inside. She doesn't want to vulnerable to him but he just has a way of getting beneath her skin and she can't turn away.
This was a good story with believable conflict from the main pair and from the external players. I can't wait to see more of the team and watch as everyone finds their HEAs. I would have liked a bit more time with the main pair in this one but the pacing was still believable and very nicely done. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.(less)
As the blurb says we have another book of fated matches but this book takes that premise and changes it a bit. We have an Alpha that is torn with his...moreAs the blurb says we have another book of fated matches but this book takes that premise and changes it a bit. We have an Alpha that is torn with his need to be with his true mate and one that wants to continue his line but knows (or does he) that his true mate would end up being killed if she ever got pregnant and came to term having the baby would kill her. So here we go in to the story...
Drake is a 300 year old wolf who also happens to be a twin Alpha. His father decreed that in order for one of the twins to become Alpha they would have to meet their one true mate. Drake doesn't want to completely destroy his brother so put his search for his mate on the back burner but fate has a way of bringing you what you really want when you least expect it. He runs in to the woman fated to be his in the basement of his house drinking some rather expensive wine and immediately needs to not only be with her but find out everything he can. He accomplishes this by moving her up to be an assistant to him and as he gets to be around her more and more the conflict in his head begins. You see she's human and he's always been told that human mates of Alphas don't survive. The other thing about him is his driven personality and the sheer amount of control he has over every aspect of it. He can't just relax and see anything other than the bottom line so is puzzled when his mate isn't willing to just let something dear to her go even though it makes no practical sense.
Emelia just wants to get even with the no-good businessman who claims that the bar/building she owns is actually his. She can't even get a response from him or a meeting with him so decides to work for his company as a temp in order to hopefully get to meet him. At the party she meets a man who brings out feelings in her she never expected and when she finds out this man is the same businessman that is stealing her life from her she does some stupid things to get even. As she gets to know him and is put in danger due to his brother she wants more than just a fling she wants him. She pushes him outside of his shell but when he does something stupid that seems to show her he is nothing more than a bottom line guy can she really live with that?
Both of them were stubborn and the conflict with the twin was believable although I wish we had more time to see a bit more of the dynamic. I do hope she comes back to this world so we can see more of the main pair and learn more about the pack. I have to say thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion. I appreciate it and am looking forward to more by the author in the future.(less)
While this was a nice read I find myself a little torn on how to rate this one. I mean I liked the characters and the world that was built but I can't...moreWhile this was a nice read I find myself a little torn on how to rate this one. I mean I liked the characters and the world that was built but I can't quite figure out why I'm torn on it.
Aidan has waited all his life to meet his fated mate but meeting her when he is trying to save his friend from the madness that can hit shifters if their fated mate rejects them is just not optimal. He's very laid back but stubborn when it comes to pursuing her even when she does everything she can to dissuade him and avoid contact. He's got issues with his past and is conflicted with what he did in the name of making money but when we meet him he's a good man worried about his buddy. He pushes her to not only help his buddy but also to see beyond her fear of the bonding that they would share should they complete it.
Jaylin has a very jaded view of the wonders of shifter bonded mates. You see she's witnessed first hand the devastation they can cause when one partner dies or rejects the bond. She's decided that even though she's a half-shifter she only wants to find herself a human male to build a life with. She's also decided to change her practice to human only which is causing her to have money problems. When Aidan calls her to help his friend break out of the trance he's gone in to she's in a huge hurry to get out of there as she realizes he's drawn to her. As she realizes what is happening she tries her best to avoid him but when he abducts her and puts on the mask he wore in his old life she realizes that she wants the old laid back Aidan not the cold almost cruel one.
Of course we wouldn't have a story if something bad didn't happen and when it does we get to see more than a bit of angst as everyone tries to get it resolved. I liked the moments between Aidan and Jaylin when they let their walls down and truly interacted but those weren't frequent as both sides had issues to resolve.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I would like to see more of this world and hope she will revisit it.(less)
As always I adore Vivian Arend's writing, she has a way of making you love the characters even when they behave in ways you don't expect. In this case...moreAs always I adore Vivian Arend's writing, she has a way of making you love the characters even when they behave in ways you don't expect. In this case she not only gives us a lovely story of two misunderstood people finding one another but she gives us great stories that are giving us the building blocks of future books.
Joel has always been the willing partner in his twin brother's games but as he gets a bit older he finds himself not wanting to live the party lifestyle although he isn't in any huge hurry to be in a serious relationship. When he sees Vicki Hansol at the local cafe he is intrigued by her spunk and her looks. He's shocked when she comes out to the ranch to ask him for help but sees this as a chance to not only help a woman he's attracted to but also a chance to finally get seen as something other than one of the wild Coleman twins. He goes through a lot as he and VIcki connect but even though he loses his brother a bit he gains self-pride and a future he never saw coming.
Vicki has lived her life being yet another one of the Hansol whores. The sad thing is she isn't what people have made her out to be but with her mom and sister sleeping their way through the area she hasn't had a chance to prove her own worth outside that misconception. After she loses another job due to being unable to tolerate the maltreatment she finds a savior in Joel. He sees her real personality and doesn't seem to paint her with the reputation of her family. She gets another job but also an offer on an amazing job that won't be available until late the next spring but it means she would have to face a huge phobia- horses. This job means the world to her as it could get her away from the reputation she's been given just because of her last name but she has to learn how to be near the scary beasts. As she gets to know more about Joel and as they pretend to be in a relationship things begin to spiral out of her control and she finds herself wondering…. what do I really want and need?
I loved this story and even though Jesse (Joel's twin) is a royal asshole in this story I can't wait until he grows up to become an amazing man. I also am looking forward to Travis' story as he seems to be struggling with exactly what he wants and needs so it will be fun to watch him get kicked in the ass to move forward.
Great story and I cannot thank Vivian enough for letting Fatin send this one to me! Give me more Colemans any day and I will be a happy girl. Viv didn't require me to write a review but I am doing so with no input from her or Fatin.
For those heading to the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together in June 2013 please find me there as I have some goodies that Viv gave me at RT and will be giving them away to people that ask as long as I have them. (less)
The story of how I got the title & met a wonderful lady:
I could start this story in a really cheesy way… There I was getting on an elevator at RT....moreThe story of how I got the title & met a wonderful lady:
I could start this story in a really cheesy way… There I was getting on an elevator at RT...
I'm going to just dive in and tell how this wonderful book ended up in my possession. I might not have the exact conversation correct but the gist is there.
So the RT convention was an insane time but I met quite a few wonderful people and got asked the following question a ton of times - "What genres do you read?" My answer was typically "Um… all of them but I don't do overly preachy inspirational romances." Well on one such elevator ride a woman turns around at my answer and tells me she has a book for me then. I wasn't certain who she was but I'm always happy to check out new titles. She then proceeds to tell me that it has an atheist and a pastor. Well… how can one turn a title pitched like that down? She proceeded to give me her card and tell me to send her an email so she could send me a copy if I wanted to check it out. Well I can't remember if it was that night or the next night (early morning) I finally got a chance to check out the blurb for it and saw… Tattooed atheist??? *THUNK* Also I noted that not only was her comment that no one was magically saved during the story correct but that a few reviews I looked at said the same. I sent her an email and the rest as we shall say… was history.
The woman on the elevator - the amazing Sarah Frantz from Riptide Publishing. I cannot thank her enough for telling me about the title and then being awesome enough to send me a copy of it just to read. She didn't require a review or tell me to gush over it but here I am doing just that.
I'm keeping this review short and sweet. You don't get a true HEA in this story but you do get a more realistic ending than most stories I've read recently. Do I think they are going to be an HEA? Oh heck yes but I liked the way this ended.
Seth is an incredible man who in most respects seems happy and healthy but he's missing someone to share this with. He's convinced that he is only a love 'em and leave 'em type but he's really a huge softie underneath the tattoos. He finds himself immediately attracted to the new neighbor but when he finds out the man is a pastor it puts him off-limits. Seth has a major problem with organized religion and this amazing connection he feels just can't be right. I loved watching his interaction with his friends and it was amazing to see how much he helped a character in this story at the church.
Darren is an amazing man who just happens to be a pastor. He finds himself incredibly attracted to Seth and when he sees something he wants he goes after it. He's a bit gun-shy in some respects but as you find out more about why he has moved to Tucker Springs it will make you mad at how much people buy in to stereotypes and misinformation. I loved how much he was willing to do to help people and understand that not everyone will be willing to see the person behind the label. He was just an amazing person and I hope that we will get to see him in future stories.
Now to them as a pair, they have a ton of stuff to work through but when they combust multiple times through the book you'll have to fan yourself and maybe even get some ice. They have an amazing connection that jumps off the page and how realistically L.A. Witt puts them through the wringer deciding what is best was just incredible to read. While they do have problems you get a great sense of what both characters are thinking and feeling so the decisions they make are reasonable plus there really is none of the stupid big misunderstanding that pulls them apart. (less)
I struggled with how to rank this one. I loved it but there was one thing keeping it from a 5 star for me - the heroine. I liked her but she was just...moreI struggled with how to rank this one. I loved it but there was one thing keeping it from a 5 star for me - the heroine. I liked her but she was just so hard to get close to for both the reader and her adorable hero.
Whitney is used to getting her own way and will let nothing sidetrack her from her goals of opening a medical spa with her friends. She's also very open when it comes to sex but is not willing to even consider that there might just be a relationship and love out there for her. She's scarred from her past where a man she gave up everything for ended up cheating on her and is determined to never be that vulnerable again. She's loud and opinionated but in this small town it makes her a pariah and not someone that will fit in which ends up causing things to happen that put their plans of a medical spa in jeopardy. Before all this happens she meets Matt in a bar and can't help but feel for this obviously sweet man that is so horrifically clueless when it comes to dating or picking up women.
Matt is still smarting from his divorce from a woman who cheated on him. He's such a good guy though that he keeps helping her at every turn and while lonely isn't quite ready to start again. When he gets a chance to meet Whitney he's intrigued and extremely interested in this woman who doesn't seem to care what people think. She's exciting and outlandish but there is something about her that calls to him for more more more. He's shocked when she suggests she be his rebound girl but is unwilling to have intercourse with her unless they are truly in a relationship. He's strong and yet there is this inherent weakness in him for taking care of people at the expense of self that you just can't help but be drawn to. He's also deliciously sexy with what he is willing to do with and for Whitney sexually other than full intercourse. I loved him and I have to say I cheered when he finally let everything out to stand up for himself and his needs. He didn't deserve the crap people were willing to put on his shoulders but at the same time he needed to learn that he was worthy on his own and to put boundaries in place when needed.
Ok… where I had problems… Whitney was very harsh on Matt in many sections of this book and I'm sorry I did get a bit frustrated with her. I only wish she had been able to let him in a bit more and a bit earlier even though I did understand it. I liked Whitney being strong and everything but she came dangerously close to just being a bitch at times…..
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this one in exchange for my honest review. I'd have to say read this for our amazingly wonderful hero. You'll warm up to Whitney eventually but Matt makes the book.(less)
Oh dear GAWD I want a Cajun of my own like Prejean. He's just deliciously dirty and so willing to give her everything she desires while still retainin...moreOh dear GAWD I want a Cajun of my own like Prejean. He's just deliciously dirty and so willing to give her everything she desires while still retaining a level of control over her that is caring and not smothering. I just… YUM!
Don't try to make sense of only knowing someone for a week and being willing to think of them in terms of forever.. I mean for me that usually is a WTF thing that I have trouble seeing around but in this case I can overlook it just because of how yummy Prejean is.
Dani is in New Orleans to do a final shoot for the magazine she is working for before taking off for what she thinks is her dream job in Paris for Vogue. She's an expert at self-control and has this incessant need to be in charge no matter how much it hurts to deny herself things she craves. Weakness is something she cannot stand and self-denial has gotten her to where she is today. When she gets her attitude handed back to her in spades she's shocked and even more shocked when this horrid chef makes her a proposition she just can't seem to refuse later that same day. She's willing to be with him for the week she has left in town but on her terms. He can't know her name and she doesn't want this to be anything more than a fling. What she gets is someone who reads her like an open book and breaks down every single barrier she has.
Prejean… Bobby Prejean… now this is one sexy ass Cajun. Dear lord I'd have to let him have his way with me if he asked because he is just that damn appealing. He's drawn to Dani and finds himself wanting to make her open up to him in ways that are more than just a fling. He brings out the best in her just by being there to push her beyond her controls and opens her eyes to what she truly wants versus what her father would have wanted. He's definitely a Dom but I liked how he read her needs and didn't give her what she thought he was going to but gave her constant surprises. He treated her like a treasure and I melted at that. I also melted a bit when we got to see his pain and what he is struggling to move on from. I adored him.. truly adored him.
Hot sex, wonderfully caring Dom and an interesting story made this a wonderfully quick read. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.(less)
Zoe loved her husband so much that when he changed to nothing more than a money-making machine she decided it wasn't worth it any more. She decided to...moreZoe loved her husband so much that when he changed to nothing more than a money-making machine she decided it wasn't worth it any more. She decided to leave him and go halfway around the world to an isolated island to create a wonderful honeymoon destination. Unfortunately for her a major magazine wants to do a story about her and the husband that is known in the media as the Ice Man but she hasn't seen him in a year. She has to call him and ask for his help no matter how much it kills her to do so. After they end up stuck together because of an impending storm she is confronted with the fact that she's changed but he's still the same distant man who only cares for his business and making money. She's emboldened by his secretary to try to reach the man she loved but in doing so becomes someone she hates. She's strong enough to walk away from what she wants so desperately but knows won't be good for her no matter what she does.
Rory was a hard sell in this story. He's very brutal in his assessment of Zoe and what he wants but he can't see that his inattention killed the very spirit that originally drew him to her. He's at loose ends during most of this story and says/does things that made me cringe. I wish we had gotten more about his history as it might have made him a bit more sympathetic but I did get the feeling that he truly did love Zoe under all the macho caveman behavior. He's gruff and very obsessed with his business but as time passes on the island you see him changing. Slowly… but changing enough that his behavior at the end made sense and I really did have hope that they would be happy and make things work.
This was a good story that I think could have been great if it had been just a bit longer so you could get more of a feel for what made Rory tick. I mean I got that to him money = security for Zoe. I got that he equated material possessions with love but I wanted to know more about why emotion made him shut down and panic.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.(less)
Lucky is in town to help a friend out with a missing person's case and to buy his family's farm so he can finally have somewhere to call home. He's bl...moreLucky is in town to help a friend out with a missing person's case and to buy his family's farm so he can finally have somewhere to call home. He's blindsided by the appearance of his best friend's little sister and realizes this may be his last chance to make her his forever. They've always had a strong attraction and have acted on it many times over their past but he knows she doesn't want it to be anything other than scratching an itch. He is growly and possessive of her but at the same time wants her to be happy even if it tears his heart out of his chest. When she decides to take matters in to her own hands and help him with his case by being a stripper, he almost loses it but it is made worse when she catches the attention of a local bad guy.
Taylor is notorious for being willful and having the ability to be in the thick of trouble no matter what she tries to do. She's very driven and only came home to help her brother close up and sell the family home. When she runs in to Lucky again she's happy to scratch an itch but panics when she sees that this is more than that to him. She's extremely afraid of losing control of her life and allowing someone to make decisions for her. Unfortunately she doesn't see beyond this fear and truly see that Lucky isn't out to control her but to love her and let her grow. She makes a few major mistakes in this book when it comes to him but I understood where that fear came from.
I really did enjoy how much Lucky was willing to deal with when it came to his pursuit of Taylor and the fact that he really did love her, warts and all, was very obvious in this story. He's definitely sigh-worthy and I found myself wanting to reach through the Kindle to slap sense in to her.
I have to say thank you to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.(less)