Favorite Quote: “I think I preferred it when you were in love with me.” “Sorry. My meds finally kicked in.”
Piper Dove is giving her all to make her family’s business, Dove Investigations, the best agency in the Chicago. Her first job? To shadow retired Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Unfortunately, Cooper has made her despite her numerous disguises and now he wants to know who hired her or he’s siccing his lawyers on her.
Cooper Graham is at the height of his success. Smart enough to retire from the Chicago Stars before he suffered any real damage, he now owns and operates one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago. Currently looking for an investor to help take him take his clubs nationwide, the last thing he needs is any trouble in the form of a pint-sized crazy person.
Piper refuses to name her client but offers some insight into some of his employees, convincing Cooper he can trust her and he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. A job to help him clean up his nightclub. From social media guru to bodyguard to savior of servants, Piper is a one woman show, much to Cooper’s dismay.
When real trouble begins to stalk Cooper, Piper’s determination to save Cooper becomes a problem…because who is going to save Piper’s heart from Cooper?
First Star I See Tonight is the eighth installment in Phillip’s best selling Chicago Stars series. This standalone brims with laughter, insanity, and an enchanting antagonistic romance. Phillips captures the very essence of two people whose extreme competitiveness causes some very interesting dilemmas. Add in a plethora of dynamic individualized characters and a couple of subplots that weave in and out like a seasoned Nascar driver, you have a story that shines. While I haven’t been particularly fond of her last few books, Phillips has definitely rediscovered her groove and the spark that has always made her stories so much damn fun to read.
“I’m not full-out barmy, you understand. Just…mildly unhinged.”
Well written with an abundance of personality and charm; you are immediately drawn into the story. The strategic plotlines and flawed characters effortlessly entertains and delights. A firm conversational style dialogue keeps the book flowing smoothly (and you laughing) as Piper and Cooper bicker, fuss, and fight their way to true love.
“I doubt you’re ever in the mood to listen.”
“What do you mean by that?”
Her frustration got the best of her. “You’re so used to feeling superior that you’ve forgotten that there are people who might know something you don’t.”
One of his big, competent hands landed on the blade of his hip. “What’s you deal anyway? Do you feel like such a failure you need to attack anyone who’s successful?”
“No. Maybe. I don’t know. Fuck you.”
Piper Dove has to be one of Phillip’s most spirited and entertaining heroines to date. Defiant with her chaotic lifestyle and ability to take life by the horns, I was pleased to see the quintessential humiliation theme that is often a mainstay in Phillip’s stories was not in evidence. Raised by her father after her mother was the victim of a deadly crime, Piper was forced to adopt the dual role of son and daughter. He raised her to be strong, stoic, and deadly while having to take over the cooking, cleaning and other feminine roles of the household. He made her a part of Dove Investigations but refused to allow her to take a more active role in the investigations. In his effort to protect her, he completely smothered her. When he passed away, he left the family business to Piper’s step mother, forcing Piper to drain her life savings to purchase the business back. Now the owner, Piper is struggling to bring it back to it’s former glory after her step mother ran it to the ground.
Snarky, intelligent, and more than able to handle herself be it with a gun, self defense skills, or her mouth, Piper had me laughing from page one. A born protector, Piper will always jump head first into the fray for whoever she feels needs her help. And she is convinced Cooper needs her help.
“You’re walking a fine line here.”
“I want build a business based on people having a good time, not killing themselves.”
“Every thought about miniature golf?”
Cooper Graham is equally amusing with his larger than life celebrity personae that contrasts perfectly with his down home, sweetly gruff personality. An alpha hero with a strong sense of self and integrity, he matches Piper in snark, wit, and protectiveness. A thin vein of vulnerability and his need to remain connected to his family roots through terrace gardening gives him a realistic vibe as he keeps his feet firmly planted on terra firma.
"He’d always like growing things […] Out her, he’d been able to forget the adrenaline rush of being in control of the whole savage ballet that made up an NFL game."
The chemistry between Piper and Cooper begins as a small flame that slowly grows into a blazing inferno. Their foreplay consists of comedic antagonism and witty repartee. Emotionally, this couple needs the slow build that Phillips provides. Piper’s childhood left her emotionally stunted and constantly feeling the need to prove herself. She doesn’t trust the concept of love. Cooper’s fame is the barometer in his relationships. He is never really sure if he or his stardom is what attracts women to him. And most of the time, it’s proven it’s his fame. He wants Piper but knows he will have to tread very carefully if he wants to keep her.
“I don’t want to talk to him!”
“I understand. But this is a negotiation.”
“I hope you choke on your blood vegetables!”
The romance blends well with the main conflict. A myriad of seemingly random subplots contribute the rising strength of the conflict as Phillip’s uses Piper’s and Cooper’s sense of competitiveness to for the rights of a foreign servant, help a young girl gain some street cred, and discover who is trying to destroy Cooper and his nightclub. As Piper gets closer to the truth and the end of her time with Cooper, she is forced to look deep inside herself and examine the reasons for her impulsive actions and inability to trust Cooper.
The only issues I had with this story was the very end. The main hurdle in Piper’s and Cooper’s romantic journey was rather disjointed and not as cohesive as the rest of the story. Interacting with a few familiar faces from previous books helps to draw it all together but I found the path Phillip’s uses to confront and relieve Piper of her romantic misgivings odd even for this couple.
Regardless, First Star I See Tonight is the classic SEP I fell in love with and fans will delight in this amusing romance between two solitary people who find one another other and make their greatest wish come true.
I picked up The Mysterious Governess out of curiosity. Oakley is a new author for me and I do enjoy a well plumed historical romance suspense. My iDNF
I picked up The Mysterious Governess out of curiosity. Oakley is a new author for me and I do enjoy a well plumed historical romance suspense. My interest was instantly captured by our heroine-an illegitimate child of a viscount who suffered the shame of her birthright and now works as a governess. She essentially blackmails her employer’s son for a chance to attend a ball and see her half sister who parentage is secure. A carriage accident on the way back home sweeps her up into a world of intrigue, espionage, and love.
I had a hard time deciphering if this book was suppose to be serious or humorous. There is a soap opera feel to it with its multiple melodramatic story lines yet it’s syrupy dialogue and characterization stays on the straight and narrow. Though this is 3rd in a series, I don’t believe not reading the first two was the cause for my confusion. The romance is extremely slow in developing and maintains a low profile despite the obviously attraction held by the protagonists. Around 30/40% realized I hadn’t formed a connection to anyone and didn’t care who was doing whom or why....more
Gods, goddesses, pantheons, explosive magic, vengeful antagonists, and a world on the brink of destruction is just the beginning in Galenorn’s newest PNR series-Fury Unbound. This action-packed supernatural conflict is saturated with Galenorn’s trademark wicked humor, personable characters, and explicit attention to detail. Set in an alternative post-apocalyptic Seattle, the world has been changed drastically due to a temper tantrum thrown by the goddess, Gaia. One woman, Kaeleen Donovan aka Fury, a servant to Hecate, is charged with recovering an ancient artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. As with most fantasy-based stories, the world building, and character setup holds a large part of the storyline though I found the sheer amount of information pushed at us in the beginning daunting and somewhat confusing. The story soon settles and we are off as Galenorn takes readers on a wild untamed ride that will leave readers ready for the next installment. My only qualm, besides the information overload in the beginning, was the weak interaction with the main antagonist . I hope the following novels allows them more on-screen time. ...more
Wild Ride is the 4.5 installment in the Fernando’s Wind Dragon MC series and fans are pleased to see it is the elusive Talen’s story. Talen is the pC+
Wild Ride is the 4.5 installment in the Fernando’s Wind Dragon MC series and fans are pleased to see it is the elusive Talen’s story. Talen is the president of the Wild Men MC; a rival club of the Wind Dragons. Though the MCs don’t get along, his relationship to a Wind Dragon brother and another member’s girlfriend complicates the situation. Content to stay in the background, trying to keep his MC on the straight and narrow and improve his relationship with his half-brother and sister, Talon has no time for romantic entanglements. But love waits for no one. We first meet the heroine, Tia, in Rake’s Redemption. She is Bailey’s bff and the perfect comedic sidekick. Fernando digs deeper into Tia’s personality and background, showing us and Talon that she is more than able to hold her own against a commitment phobic biker. This fast and furious story is brimming with plenty of laughter, passion, and some suspense as Fernando takes readers on the wildest ride of their lives. The novella does end rather abruptly on a cliffhanger, leaving this reader feeling a bit unfulfilled....more
Mrs. Edwina Chelton was dismayed to learn her late husband left her and their young child with nothing upon his death. Having spent her marriage keeping the books for her husband’s company, it’s only when the company begins to show a healthy profit does he decide to hand everything over to his debt harassed brother who ends up running the company into the ground. Luckily for her, a dear friend is able to help her secure an interview to be a secretary for a Duke.
Michael Hadlow needs a secretary yesterday. Having spent his valuable time turning away fourteen applicants, he is at his wits end. Your typical aristocrat; he is high-handed, boorish, quick to cut, and suffers fools lightly. Honest to a fault, he expects the same from those around him and does not play the games polite society insists upon. When he meets Edwina, he sees a beautiful woman. When he talks to her, he sees an intelligent woman who intrigues him and hires her on the spot.
The fourth installment of Frampton’s smart and humorous standalone series-Dukes Behaving Badly- introduces us to Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, and Mrs. Edwina Chelton. Two very intelligent and somewhat unconventional people whose personalities and social class differences make for a light-hearted and whimsical boss/secretary romance. Frampton uses “reasons” for why Dukes fall in love as chapter titles that only adds to the light atmosphere of the story.
Edwina and Michael complement each other well. Edwina is not some virginal miss intent on finding herself a husband. Nor is she looking to gain herself another. As a widow, she has already sampled the marriage mart and quickly learned she can only depend on one person-herself. Intelligent and forthright, she uses her brains and skills to obtain a position not offered to women in this day and age in order to not only secure herself a future but one for her daughter. She is not afraid to say what is on her mind and holds her own against Michael’s more intense personality.
Michael is very linear in both his thinking and attitude. Born into a ducal family and always knowing his place in the world affords him a luxury and sense of superiority. He doesn’t seem to realize that not everyone thinks the same way he does so he views them as inferiors for not understanding what he wants. But Edwina understands him. She also gently nudges him towards thinking beyond himself and his needs.
The romance is comfortable, cute, and sexy as we watch Michael and Edwina’s affair smoothly unfolds. Sensual erotic scenes and some rather intriguing dirty talk keeps you firmly engaged. What I enjoyed most was the contrast between their dialogue and their internal thoughts. You watch them fall in love but it takes much longer for them to verbalize it. Especially Michael.
Various secondary characters flow in and out of this couple’s lives, used to further flesh out our protagonists, two important ones being Gertrude, Edwina’s daughter and Chester, Michael’s dog. Both are lively beings who are frankly used as plot devices but amusing enough for you easily forgive the author for using them in such a manner. I am very curious to know Edwina’s friend Carolyn’s story. Her warnings to Edwina against men in general leaves you to wonder who hurt her so badly. I do wish the conflict regarding Edwina’s brother in law had been drawn out more. It all felt rather rushed in its resolution.
Why Do Dukes Fall In Love is lightweight romance that doesn’t divulge too deeply beyond the basic parameters of the trope used. Michael and Edwina aren’t particularly profound or demanding emotionally and their romance isn’t a love story for the ages. It’s a simple and fun feel good story; perfect for a few hours of relaxing escapism.
The fourth and supposedly last book in Singh’s Rock Kiss series is an emotionally rich, sexy, and bittersweet second chance romance that speaks to everyone who has lost their way. Love, heartbreak, and forgiveness help a couple find their way back to one another after their journey to happily ever after was interrupted by fear and addiction. Singh doesn’t pull any punches as she takes us back to the beginning so that we can understand the elements that destroyed Abe and Sarah’s marriage before she slowly moves forward with the reconciliation, using their dialogue and internal thoughts to grant us an intimate step by step view. Laughter, tears, and incredibly sensual scenes keep the reader entranced as a couple destined to be together fights for one more chance. Previous characters in the series maintain a strong presence and Singh gifts us with some much desired scenes that assures us they are all happy, healthy, and very much in love....more
Favorite Quote: If there’s a lesson you can take from vampires, it’s “take what resources you can, when you can, even if it’s in a less than ethical manner.” We call this “survival of the sneakiest.”
The fifth installment in Molly Harper’s silly, sexy, and adorably addictive Half Moon Hollow series will leave readers cheering and laughing out loud at the pairing of a shiftless vampire with an extreme germaphobe who are trapped in the wild together with no food, no water, and lots of dirty surfaces. Though part of a series; the setting, main plotline, and protagonists are relatively new ensuring this can be read as a standalone that newcomers and diehard fans alike will enjoy.
Readers of this series will remember Finn Palmeroy as the vampire who answered Libby Stratton’s Craigslist ad in The Single Undead Mom’s Club. A long time con man… errr… con vampire, Finn is up to his old tricks in here but meets his match in newcomer Anna Winthrop. Anna is an archivist whose collegiate career was snatched out from under her by an unscrupulous ex-boyfriend. Having rerouted her career into authentication of supernatural manuscripts, she now has a book in her possession that must be delivered back to Jane Jamison. A book that could change the landscape of the supernatural world. When she is attacked by the pilot on her flight to Half Moon Hollow, Anna finds herself “saved” by a vampire named Finn. Lost in the woods, miles away from home and humanity, Anna will have to pull up her big girl panties, toss out the antibiotic gel, and decide if she is ready to rejoin the messiness called life.
I adore Molly Harper. From her contemporaries to her paranormals, Harper writes rich, engaging, adventurous stories filled with strong-willed females and smexy prickly alphas. Where the Wild Things Bite continues this tradition with a delightfully light-hearted paranormal romance that uses self-deprecating humor, personable characters, and some off the wall plotlines to ensure you won’t want to put it down. Her characters are hysterically eccentric and provide much eye rolling and snorts of laughter as you slip smoothly into their lives. The relatively straightforward storyline along with its invigorating narrative makes for a fun fast read.
Anna is hilarious with her multitudes of idiosyncrasies, ingrained suspicious nature, and raging monologues. Raised by a manipulative, narcissistic mother and an uninterested father, Anna’s struggle to break free of the bonds her family has placed on her has only served to make her even more introverted. She trusts no one, especially men, and sees Finn more as the enemy than a fellow survivalist. She is focused on her mission and determined nothing will keep her from completing it.
I was trapped in the bluegrass version of Deliverance. With a vampire.
Worst. Case. Scenario.”
Finn is the classic bad boy whose con artist nature is more a habit than a need. A former grifter from the early 1900s, his transition to vampire was the direct result of one of his scams. Death, or nondeath as the case may be, wasn’t a detriment for him but merely opened up new ways for him to scam people. Anna touches something inside of him that was opened by his interactions with Libby and that scares him to death. Witty, handsome, and charmingly slimy, even the reader is somewhat distrustful of him. And we soon learn we should always trust your instincts.
The slow evolution of Finn and Anna’s relationship is a delightful journey punctuated with humor, sarcasm, and some hot and steamy sexual chemistry. Wandering through the woods with a hungry vampire keeps Anna on edge as she waits for Finn to pounce. And pounce he does but only in ways that make life much more interesting. Harper does a fabulous job of fleshing out Finn and Anna, peeling back their layers and showing us that they are the perfect couple if they can just get out of their own heads for a moment.
“Admit I was right.” His voice was a smug tickle against the shell of my ear.
“OK, OK, we needed a bath,” I confessed. “We were getting a little gamey.”
“You know, a lesser vampire would take advantage of the situation,“ he said, ghosting his hand over my bare belly in the water. “Moonlight, nudity, your tender gratitude.”
I rolled, treading water so close to him my feet bumped against his shins. “I think you are overestimating the tenderness of my gratitude.”
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but I don’t like you that much.”
You know, you’re right about a lot of things,“ he told me. “But not that. You like me plenty.”
A rambunctious cast of supporting characters- from the wild and crazy supes chasing Anna and Finn to the “unusual” bed and breakfast owner-will leave you literally howling as the conflict begins to straighten itself out and you see exactly what is at stake here. Dick and Jane (I love when these two get together) arrive with help to save the day and only add to the overall outrageousness of the situation. A few twists and turns keeps you guessing as you watch this comedy of errors play itself out.
If you’re looking for a funny, sexy paranormal romance with a dash of mystery and suspense that will leave thoroughly entertained or for a good place to dip your toes in this world, then I highly recommend picking up Molly Harper’s newest Half Moon Hollow’s adventure-Where The Wild Things Bite.
Favorite Quote: “How much less injured and screwed up would we be if we didn’t have that past clinging to us?”
Trina Wilson thought she had married the man of her dreams until her dreams became a never ending nightmare. When her trips to the ER become the norm for her marriage, she grabs her car, dog, and what little cash she could hide and goes on the run. In her attempt to make it across the Canadian border, she runs into some problems and finds herself stranded with no money or a place to stay.
Declan James owns and operates the Fireside Grill. He put his heart and soul into it and when his wife walked away from it and him without a backward glance, he loses what little trust he had left. Intent on discovering who or what is rifling through his trash at night, he is shocked to find it’s a beautiful but beaten woman digging through his dumpster to find food for her dog. Declan invites her into his restaurant for a decent meal.
Declan’s long buried protective instincts roar to the forefront and before he knows it, he is offering Trina a place to stay and a job. As they grow closer, Trina learns there are men out there who will do anything to protect women they care for and Declan learns there are women who will treasure that protection. But Trina’s husband isn’t going to let her go without a fight. And unless Trina learns to trust Declan with everything she has, her husband may win.
His To Protect is the 2nd in Stacey Lynn’s Fireside series. I didn’t read the first one but this one is easily read as a stand alone. An abused woman finds sanctuary, hope, healing, and strength with a gruff and broody man-a favorite trip trope of mine. Though this is characterized as a romance suspense, the suspense is extremely lightweight. A major of the story focuses on Trina and Declan. Fluid and engaging, the storyline ebbs and flows seamlessly as we meet and watch two untrusting people learn to trust and love again.
Heavily character driven, we are instantly submerged into our heroine’s and hero’s stories from their first meeting. Trina is a strong, intelligent, and loyal woman who has been repeatedly lied to and forced to endure an abusive marriage for her family. She suffered and bided her time until she could escape and using her wits and ingenuity, has managed to evade her husband. Declan’s offer is a god send though she fears his motives.
“You need a place to stay?”
“I thought the burger was free?”
Declan is the alpha that romance loves to write about though Lynn strives to make him unique in his characterization. Strong, stoic, intelligent, protective, and nursing a broken heart. Struggling to keep his dream afloat he has shut himself off from his feelings, choosing to put everything he has mentally, physically, and emotionally back into his business. Meeting Trina compels Declan to move past his anger and pain. His focus narrows down to her and her only.
“No, she wasn’t homeless… She was hiding. Running. And for some damn reason, I had an overwhelming instinct to take care of her.”
The romance reveals very slowly but with a firm hand with just the right amount of sexual and emotional tension. I appreciated that Lynn doesn’t make this an ‘insta love’ connection. Though the chemistry is established from their first meet, she uses Trina’s situation and Declan’s white knight complex to help push past the awkwardness, giving them a base on which to deepen their acquaintance and move onto something more meaningful. Bittersweet and emotionally lush dialogue gives credence to this blooming romance.
“No one, not one single person, ever cared enough to have me seen and looked over when I’d been hurt.”
A cast of familiar and new faces dot the landscape; facilitating subplots, building future storylines, and helping to see justice served. Characters from the first book all step in to help Trina; giving her the stability she so desperately craves.
The suspense portion was almost non-existent. Only through Trina’s thoughts and memories to we see the villain and learn of his crimes. A few threatening phone calls are all that is used to keep him in the picture. So much is focused on the romance between the protagonists, the conflict was extremely low key and remained somewhat buried in the background, brought to the forefront only when needed.
His to Protect is some sexy escapism with a little bit of everything to appeal to the romantic in all of us but if you’re looking for an action packed romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense, this isn’t for you.
Mandi: The next to the last Beyond book (but don’t fret, a spin-off series named Gideon’s Riders is coming soon!). HonesJoint review: Mandi & Tori
Mandi: The next to the last Beyond book (but don’t fret, a spin-off series named Gideon’s Riders is coming soon!). Honestly, this was not my favorite book of the series. I have two main complaints – I’ll start with Hawk and Jeni. For some reason they just didn’t do a lot for me. Hawk lives his life like he is going to die tomorrow. He has very strong feelings towards Jeni, so when he decides he wants to be with her, he goes all in 100%. He has grown up in a life where he had to fight to make things his. With a very large family, everything was shared. This prompts Hawk to kind of jump on Jeni when he recognizes his feelings.
He offers her his collar to wear, a sign to show she is all his – and while Jeni definitely has feelings for Hawk, to her it feels very rushed. After a short debate with herself, and with a little hesitation, she accepts the collar. There wasn’t a big build-up to it – it all happened a little too easy and I guess I just needed a little more work up to their relationship. Once they are in a relationship, Hawk must learn how to please Jeni, and how to provide her with a dominant/submissive relationship she enjoys. The dominant/submissive stuff didn’t do a lot for me but I think that is because I didn’t feel like I really got to know Jeni and Hawk all that well. For me, Hawk and Jeni didn’t have the depth in their character like Ace, Cruz, Rachel, Dallas, Lex etc…
What do you think, Tori?
Tori: I admit to being more excited we were finally getting Hawk’s story then caring who he was ending up with. For me, Jeni has never been a very viable character. She’s always hovered in the background and nothing about her really distinguishes her as an individual in the O’Kane group. I felt as if she was built using a little of every heroine we have grown to love in the series. I neither liked or disliked her-she is just there. Hawk was far more developed for me going into this book. I found his background-growing up in a polygamous like commune-very intuitive look into his psyche. He is an intense man who gives his all and currently feels his loyalty is being pulled in a multitude of directions. He is a natural caretaker and due to his upbringing, he wants, no, NEEDS someone all for himself.
As you said Mandi, neither of their backstories really prepared us for them as a couple.
This made the relationship somewhat suspect for me. The instant need to collar Jeni was an intimate look into Hawk. Again, he has lived his whole life having to share everything and he doesn’t want to share Jeni. A collar, like a ring, is a promise of monogamy even though Hawk knows inside, the O’Kane’s don’t preach monogamy though it’s not frowned upon either. To each his own is a motto they live by.
“The O’Kanes have a reputation for casual” she said carefully. “But I think people just don’t understand. None of it is casual. Ever.”
As we got deeper into the story, I started to see Jeni as more than just another O’Kane. Her characterization was slow to reveal, rather like the romance itself. She is like a chameleon who adapts to the scenery around them. Blending but not quite fitting in. This couple starts out fast and furious, then backs off to shore up the foundation for the overwhelming emotions they hold. Emotions that are as dark, intense, and unpredictable as the war that is coming.
I liked that Jeni turned down Hawk’s need to collar her in the beginning. She showed strength, intelligence, and compassion by not grabbing what she wanted in order to try to build something worthy of it. She is correct in that for all the time they have been around one another-they really don’t know one another. This couple makes mistakes ( a lot of mistakes based on assumptions and lack of communication) and in that I began to feel the realism of the situation and their romance. They not only try but learn from their mistakes. I will admit I wasn’t totally on board with the The D/s scenes though they are HAWT. AS. HELL. Emotionally deep and drenched in the eroticism Rocha does so well, there was a rushed feel to the whole set up so at times I was uncomfortable watching them.
“Not having you is bad. Not getting to keep you would be worse.”
The war and the more indepth look at the different sectors, their roles, and the people who inhabit them is what really held my attention in this installment. This has been a long reaching arc and we are finally getting to see the sectors go to battle against Eden. Either they will win or die trying but surrender is not an option. There is no turning back for the O’Kanes. They are the backbone of this war and so much depends on them. Never has the weight of responsibility ever been so heavy as it is resting on the shoulders of Dallas and Lex. As we all know that Rocha is planning a spin-off so characters from that coming series all come out to play, giving us hints and clues to what is in store or us. Muy excited. ASHWIN!!! *thud*
“Let’s see how those fancy motherfuckers like the dark.”
While Beyond Ecstasy isn’t my favorite installment in regards to the romance, the main conflict and the strong arc advancements help to balance that out. I look forward *SOB* to the final book in this series and to what Rocha has in store for us next.
Favorite Quote: “No rules except for the ones we make.”
Mandi: While we do see the darker side of this war in this book, I did wish we had seen more of it. More action, more violence – been immersed in the darkness for longer.
But I enjoyed going to Sector six and meeting Hawk’s very (very) large family. The threat imposed on the farmers was alarming and their dedication to their sector and the frustration of making them give that up tugged at my heart.
I was saddened to learn that this was the next to last book in this series, but then so excited to discover not only is Ryder and Nessa next (omg I love them already) but we get a spin-off series to look forward to.
“Nessa, this is Ryder, the guy who took over Five. And this is Nessa.”
Of course he was. Of course he fucking was, because if her hormones were anything, they were reliably self-destructive. Why fall for a nice, boring boy loyal to Sector Four when she could get the hots for a guy Dallas still didn’t entirely trust, a guy so dangerous he’d taken over Sector Five from the inside.
While this romance didn’t quite do it for me, I’m highly anticipating the final book. What a fun, erotic series this has been.
Favorite Quote: “I was worth more than a three day dance.”
Lila has moved to Oklahoma to escape a bad break-up and some even worse life choices. When she is hired on at the Marked Men, an MC owned tattoo parlor, Lila is determined this will be a fresh start for her. Meaning no more bad boys. But she didn’t count on meeting Dare. The manager of the Marked Men, a member of the Jericho Brotherhood MC, and one of the hottest bad boys she’s ever met.
Dare isn’t called Dare for nothing. He takes what he wants and he wants Lila. But Dare has secrets, secrets that could destroy him. Dare and Lila burn up the sheets with their passion but when the club wants to bring Lila deeper into their fold, Dare gets scared and pushes her away. Now he has to watch as his brothers try to take what was once only his.
As Lila tries to navigate the MC world while staying true to herself, Dare will have to decide if committing to her is worth his complete fall from grace.
Enough is the first in Jade Chandler’s new Jericho Brotherhood series. This erotic romance builds an extremely sexually based relationship between an MC member and their newest employee. Heavily character driven, Chandler focuses mainly on the protagonist’s opposites attract romance while slowly building the world and what looks to be a potentially long-running subplot involving the MC itself.
This story reveals itself in two parts. The first part is the introduction of the characters and the evolution of their relationship. It’s primarily sexual. There is A LOT OF SEX. Almost too much at times but it works once you get to part two and see the contrast Chandler seems to be striving for. I liked Lila right off. She is funny and smart. She wants to make a new life for herself and do it on her own terms. She owns up to her mistakes, takes nothing at face value, and shows a healthy amount caution when dealing with the MC and Dare. Her internal monologues are amusing, especially the arguments she has with herself concerning whether being with Dare is the smart thing for her to do. I loved that she actually considers her job in the decision. She has already been down that road many times where she has had to leave a job because the romance went sour.
Dare is your typical biker. Alpha, overly confident, forceful, and flirty. He sees Lila and wants her in his bed for a night or more but she fights the attraction and he has to rely on more than just his looks and MC status to impress her. He maintains a strong presence in the MC, especially with his relationship with the president’s son, Jericho. They are close and you learn exactly why towards the end. There is something almost methodical about Dare in the beginning though he becomes more individualized in part two. The story is told from dual POVs, Lila’s voice being the most predominant of the two. I felt she fleshed out far better than anyone else in this story.
The transition from part one to part two is rather a dramatic affair, ensuring the reader knows this is where the conflict begins. We go more in-depth into the world Lila is becoming a part of and meet all the men who make up the MC. There is more external interaction and angst. Dare and Lila’s relationship crosses the line from physical to emotional, causing Dare to run from his feelings and hurt Lila in the process. I found his willingness to hand her over to the MC callous; excusing his actions as being protective when in reality he didn’t want to have to deal with her or her feelings. I liked that Lila doesn’t just roll over and bare her throat. She shields herself with her independence and doesn’t suffer Dare’s or the MC’s foolishness lightly. It’s here where Dare’s voice asserts itself, letting us see how he really feels about the changes that are happening around him and the reason he is so scared to commit to Lila. I (and Lila) guessed pretty early on what his problem is though you don’t realize the true extent of it till the end.
A varied cast of secondary characters help to round out the story and propel it in the direction it needs to go; filling in some blank spots and helping to develop the plotlines. The MC brothers are introduced and their own problems and/or peculiarities are highlighted for future reference. Jericho, Dane’s best friend, and the president’s son, is a dark horse whose manipulative personality is kind of awe-inspiring while Lila’s new friends help her to discover her home is worth fighting for.
The ending is a dramatic all or nothing affair that finally brings everything out in the open. Dare spills his secret and he and Lila are able to work towards repairing their broken relationship. While I agree Dare’s secret was terrible and I felt bad for him, I didn’t feel it completely excused all his actions.
Enough is an entertaining erotic romance though I wouldn’t call it dark or particularly deep. A little frantic at times as it struggled to find its pacing and there are a few subplots and scenes that left me wondering what the author’s motivation was. While the romance is the main ingredient, there was an underlying unpredictability with the MC storyline that kept the story from becoming too predictable.
True North is the fourth book in Tamsen Parker’s The Compass series but can also be read as a standalone. This bewitching, humorous, erotically intense and emotional series introduced us to the hero -Slade Lewis- earlier and left readers with a less than stellar impression of him. Redemption of a character is a tricky trope to pull off. You have to not only convince the reader the character is worth redemption but also give them a reasonable explanation for their previous behavior and a believable reason for the change. Finding the love of their lives isn’t always a good enough reason and when you make it a second chance romance, some readers will inevitably side eye the author and scoff BRING IT!
Slade Lewis is frankly an arse. He is a masochist and a bully. He is rude, obnoxious, loud, angry, and carries a huge chip on his shoulder. Born into poverty, his rise in the political world and marrying the beautiful and rich Pressly Allwyn made him feel like he had won the ultimate lottery. But his low self-esteem issues and the fear of what his Pressly would do if she learned of his dark sexual proclivities led him to push her away.
“I’ve always loved Press. I drove her away because I loved her. I didn’t want to hurt her, and I thought there was no possible way she could love the monster I felt like."
After a self-imposed celibacy, Slade meets India Burke and has the fantasy fueled night of his life but as with any sexual fantasy, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you shouldn't be doing it. India decides to help Slade learn to master his kink by placing him in the stern but capable hands of Reyes Walter.
“It’s possible I can help you find what you’re looking for. No guarantees. But first things first. If we’re to work together, you need to knock that shit off. No more mistreating your staff, no hurling abuse at them, no yelling, or any of your other tricks you use to demean them. If I hear about it—and I guarantee you that I will—we’re done. Are we understood?”
So begins Slade’s education. Slade’s journey is chronicled in the present with flashes into his past; enabling us to see the reasons behind his behavior. His vulnerability, awkwardness, and shame is sweetly humorous yet enlightening to watch play out. It not only humanizes him but also goes far towards his redemption. He begins to see his bad behavior is a manifestation of his unhappiness and that his needs are neither evil nor shameful.
“Everyone’s happy. This is better, right? This is what you want?”
“Yes, that’s exactly what I want.”
The moment of truth reveals when Slade runs into Pressly at a private BDSM club and realizes that he wasn't the only hiding secrets. Pressly was raised as the perfect political wife. Intelligent, good looking, politically savvy, and—most importantly—discreet. She was raised to be a help mate not a hindrance. Yet just like Slade, Pressly has a darker side. Her facade was already crumbling while married to Slade and the divorce obliviated it. Pressly decides after that to place her own needs first and takes a walk on the wild side, discovering herself in the process.
“Hale, I’d like you to meet Sprite.”
My gaze migrates to the woman, and at first I see teased blonde hair pulled on top of her head, followed by heavy black-lined eyes with lashes so long and thick they’ve got to be fake, especially on someone as fair as she is. That’s when my heart leaps out of my chest, up through my throat, and out onto the floor where it ceases to beat.
I know the eyes framed with black. I know the pert nose and slightly too-wide mouth underneath. I know the creamy expanse of neck that slides into delicate collarbones and, yeah, the breasts that spill out the top of her corset. Except, fuck me, I’ve never seen them like that.
I know all of them because I’m staring straight into the face—okay, the cleavage—of my ex-wife.
Slade’s meeting back up with his ex-wife is a pivotal moment in his life. His protective instincts roar to the forefront though he is impotent to do anything because she is no longer his. He begins to see that he not only hurt himself with his actions but also sees the extent at which he hurt his ex-wife though he is not even remotely prepared to deal with these feelings. Parker’s use of the club in which to try and repair this relationship is both knowledgeable and eye opening. She doesn’t make it an instant fix just because they have similar interests. Both are still works in progress and their reconnection is not without its bumps and pitfalls though if Slade is willing to do whatever it takes to be what Pressly needs, he can have it all. Of course, it helps to have Reyes Walter in your corner.
“...what I can tell you is to get your head and that giant stick out of your ass. You lost her once. You want to do it again? No one expects you to be perfect, but you’ve got to do better than this.
True North is a sweet, sensual, heartbreaking, and humorous second chance romance that uses BDSM to give two people a chance to learn more about themselves and their places in this world. Parker focuses on communication, acceptability, trust, and forgiveness as she helps Slade find his happily ever after-one kinky lesson at a time. Readers should be forwarded that certain BDSM elements in here might not be comfortable for everyone read about....more
Sarina Bowen shoots and scores a winning goal with the first in her sport based Brooklyn Bruisers series; a spin-off of her new adult Ivy League series. This smartly navigated second chance romance overflows with humor, heartbreak, and delicious sexual tension as a couple struggles to reconnect after a traumatic experience tore them apart. Smoldering chemistry, engaging narrative, and a cast of delightfully rambunctious characters keeps readers firmly engaged as Bowen slowly peels back the layers of the emotionally fueled plotline while expertly balancing it with the fast paced storyline. Though some may find the heroine quite stubborn in her reluctance to give the hero and their relationship another chance, Bowen’s firm hand guide this couple through the pitfalls of love gone astray, giving readers a romance that is sure to please even the most jaded of connoisseurs. ...more
When I heard Kristen Callihan was writing a new series I jumped on it like an addict in need of a fix. Idol is a delightful concoction of laugh out loud scenes, steamy chemistry, dirty sexy fun, and some bittersweet growth. It’s a book of choices and learning that sometimes you have to let go of your safety net in order to truly live. Set up in the Outer Banks of NC, we meet a rock star who is standing at a crossroad in his life and the grumpy recluse who charms his pants off. Literally. Okay, he may have helped take them off. *wink* Killian and Liberty are a fantastic couple whose chemistry and witty banter helps to spark an unlikely friendship that graduates into a lush romance. An all star cast helps to facilitate this relationship as it struggles to maintain itself against fans, friends, and their individual issues. Mild angst and some miscommunication (can we all say Darling Nikki?) leads readers on a wild ride and confirmed that Killian and Libs are one of 2016’s IT couples. Idol is a hit and a small excerpt from book two has me impatiently waiting to see what Callihan has up her sleeve for her next couple....more
Fans of Jess Haines are sure to enjoy her newest UF series which exists in the same world as her popular H&W Investigations series. Smoke and Mirrors takes us back to Seattle and introduces us to Kimberly, an older than average high school illusionist who needs a familiar to graduate. With a little help from a professor, she is dragged into new and well-hidden world filled with shapeshifters and mages on her quest to convince the greatest predator of all to be her familiar-a dragon. The action, intrigue, and humor meshes well with the slow building romance. I did have some issues with the heroine in that she is written as almost too perfect an underdog. Poor, hungry, struggling, beautiful, nice, shy, bullied, misunderstood, etc… Readers might question the thin line between YA and HA that Haines balances the heroine on. She is 20 but in high school and her narrative sounds young at times. New and some old faces are seen in this ambitious cast of characters that help to round out the story. Haines uses their stories to push forward the arc and drop clues towards new adventures. I look forward to book two in this series.
Anne Frasier writes a compelling and thought-provoking psychological thriller that examines the stability of a police detective who was kidnapped and tortured for three years. Frasier does a fantastic job of giving our heroine a voice; allowing us to see how her captivity changed her on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Frasier balances it with the thoughts and impressions of those around her who knew her before the kidnapping. A sly and insidious mystery builds alongside the heroine’s attempts to heal with Frasier slowly introducing clues that tie it all back to the heroine. Though I figured out who the main villain was, the additional characters who aided and abetted were a shock. The Body Reader is sure to thrill those fans who enjoy a psychological thriller that looks deep into the abyss. Frasier flips between the first and third person which some may find jarring. I truly hope Frasier looks to make this a series. The heroine has so much potential and her emotional grid is simply fascinating to watch....more
Favorite Quote: “I’m such a skank. An incredible, awesome skank. I rock!!”
Johnny Devlin is known charmer with his devil-may-care attitude and smoldering good looks. A mechanic at Webster’s Garage, he has been chatting up a local bartender, Lara Valley, for years, but she hasn’t the time for him or his checkered reputation. When she is attacked at work, Johnny jumps in and saves her, earning a date in the process. What starts out as a no strings good time becomes much more in Johnny’s eyes and his heart. But unless he can convince Lara that he’s ready to stop his wandering ways, this test drive will end with no buyers.
I was so excited to hear Harte was writing a spin-off of her McCauley brothers series; focusing on the four mechanics from Webster’s Garage. Gorgeous, sexy, exasperating heartbreakers-everyone of them. Each book will focus on each one of these commitment phobic men and the one woman who gets their motors revving. Even though there is some character crossover between the two series, you do not have to read one to understand the other.
Test Drive is a humorous, playful, sensual, deceptive small town romance that starts out with a casual air of a lightweight contemporary only to deepen into a weighty story of love and growth as Harte digs deep into the lives and insecurities of our hero and heroine. As the first in a series, Harte takes her time setting up the world and introducing us to the inhabitants we will be encountering throughout. Witty dialogue, endearing complex characters, and a well-developed storyline keeps you entertained till the very end. Though not as erotically charged as Harte’s McCauley Brothers series, Harte keeps the heat factor turned up to high.
Heavily character driven, this installment is firmly built around our protagonists Johnny Devlin and Lara Valley. Johnny is one of the mechanics at Webster’s Garage. A well-known player, Johnny has dated most of the town’s women and never had the urge to settle down. Charming, witty, and gorgeous, his smooth moves hide a vulnerable heart of gold. Johnny’s childhood was a constant revolving door of women coming and going. He learned early in life that no one ever stays so he keeps his heart intact by leaving first.
“Johnny had plenty of women who wanted a ride on the Devlin motorway.”
Lara comes from a lower middle class family whose lives have been spent living from paycheck to paycheck. Her older sister is twice divorced and working on her third. Lara is determined she won’t end up like her family and is currently studying to become a nurse while working as a bartender. Security is very important to her. Smart, funny, loyal, and extremely strong willed, Lara has her path firmly plotted and isn’t looking for anything or anyone to make her deviate her from it.
I liked Johnny and Lara-both as individuals and as a couple. I found their dance to romance entertaining, especially the part that Johnny has been asking Lara out every week for 4 and ½ years. When Lara finally says yes, Johnny feels like he has won the lottery and this foreshadows Johnny’s unconscious intentions to treat Lara differently. He plans dates-looking forward to the next one before the current one is even over. He falls head over heels and is so adorably confused over it.
“You have baggage. I get it. Hell, we all get it. Don’t even get me started on Sam. But if Liam and Del can get over their shite, what makes you so special you can’t get past yours?”
Lara too falls hard, wrestling with the small voice in her head that wonders how serious he is. It takes a lot of trust on both sides to for them to open up fully.
Wonderful witty dialogue reveals their attraction and opens the doorway for a deeper understanding of each other. Johnny has a well developed ego that would usually irritate but actually comes across as boyishly disarming. As you learn more about his background, you see it is a coping mechanism for his feelings of abandonment. Lara gives as good as she gets. She has a bite to her humor that is amusing.
“How about we keep this low-key, so when you move on to the next bimbo who can’t say not o you, it’s not such a jarring transition.” For me.
“Now Lara, you’re the only bimbo that matters.”
Harte does a wonderful job of facilitating the romance amongst the backdrop of their personal issues. The humor flows through effortlessly; helping to keep the story on track and provide entertainment. Legitimate concerns are addressed and nothing is skimmed over or rushed to make the story more aesthetically pleasing. It’s an emotional journey for them both of them. Nothing is perfect and we aren’t sure till the very end if either will be able to accept the gift they’ve been given. Their high octane chemistry is fueled by with some deliciously erotic play and plenty of dirty talk. Both Johnny and Lara have quite the naughty mouths and minds and aren’t afraid to make their sexual desires known. I love when a couple has fun together in and out of bed and this couple has that in spades.
Her fantasy-Johnny’s head between her legs, in a garage, on top of a red car.
The cast of secondary characters are just as fun as the protagonists. Such energetic individuals whose personalities and narrative all add to the overall dynamics of this story. We met some news faces and see a few old ones who help to bridge the two series. I loved seeing more of the body shop boys and of course Del and her father Liam. I look forward to reading their stories. They are a gregarious, happy, nosy bunch whose affection for one another beams off the pages. A quick ending wraps up mostly everything up and leaves us secure in Johnny and Lara’s relationship. Fans of sexy, sun, small town romance contemporaries with a strong sense of family are sure to love Harte’s latest venture. I am looking forward to book two-C
Struck is the first in her new PNR Phoebe Meadows series. A young woman finds out the hard way that she is the result of a liaison between Odin andDNF
Struck is the first in her new PNR Phoebe Meadows series. A young woman finds out the hard way that she is the result of a liaison between Odin and a shieldmaiden. Forced on the run, she finds herself struggling to accept her destiny while trying to stay alive. I am a fan of Amanda Carlson’s and Viking/Norse mythology so I was excited to be offered an arc. I really wanted to like this one but there was just no connection for me. I like the potential of what Phoebe and the arc could become but watching her and the arc set up was painful. Her inability to accept what was right in front of her left her and those helping her in hot water. I found her struggles to survive more irritating them adventurous.The narrative was odd. It felt forced at times; the humor an uncomfortable addition. The storyline also seemed to struggle to find balance between the seriousness and more comedic aspects, giving the story an unbalanced feel. While reading, I kept feeling as though I was missing some pivotal scene. Certain plotlines didn’t reveal well or skipped around so much I became lost. I did like the secondary characters-especially the witches who I thought were very well developed-but not enough to keep me engaged. I may try again in the future but for now I don’t feel this series is for me....more
Torn is the fourth installment into Eden’s dark and gritty romantic suspense series-LOST. Even though I have not read the first three in the series, I had no problems diving right into the story and was completely pulled in by the heavy atmospheric mystery and romance that Eden develops. The story is easy to follow as Eden flashes back to earlier events in order for us to understand the dynamics of the group and chemistry playing out between our protagonists, Victoria and Wade. It does start out little slow are we follow Victoria and Wade to Georgia and watch them get up to date with the case. Eden maps out the investigation and the police interaction for us in a clear and easy to follow manner. Smooth presentation and intriguing dialogue immediately snags reader right out of the gate as she shows us the mindset of our protagonists and our villain with cryptic internal thoughts and intense emotions. As the plot picks up speed, the mystery and suspense follow suit, leaving us ripe with tension till the very last page.
LOST-The Last Option Search Team-is indeed the last option for most people whose loved ones or friends have disappeared and their cases have gone cold. LOST’s newest case will pit two seasoned investigators against a serial killer who knows their most intimate secrets. Kennedy Lane disappeared without a trace five years ago while out running. One minute she was there, the next she was gone. Her ex-fiance has hired LOST to try to find out what happened to her to give himself closure. Gage, the founder of LOST, decides to send Wade Monroe and Victoria Palmer to Savannah, Georgia to see if fresh eyes can discover what happened to this young woman. Victoria is uncomfortable not only being sent out on a new case but also being paired with Wade. She was almost killed on her last case and she has developed an attraction to Wade that threatens her very sanity.
“Wade Monroe was trouble-trouble she couldn’t quite handle right now. Handsome, dangerous, and more than ready to play dirty on any case…”
Wade Monroe is an ex-homicide detective that helped start LOST with his best friend, Gage. Gage’s sister Amy was abducted and murdered while on Wade’s watch. Wade has never forgiven himself for this and treats each missing case as a way to atone and bring Amy home. Victoria has always intrigued Wade. Her intelligence, subdued beauty, and don’t touch persona begs him to slowly strip away all her defenses until there is nothing left but the sensual woman he knows is buried underneath. When Victoria was kidnapped and tortured on their last case, Wade decided that he was done waiting for her to see him and is now determined to push her until acknowledges the attraction that burns between them and reveals the secrets that stand between them.
“She had to enjoy it. She had to enjoy me…Because they weren’t going to be together just one time. Oh, no, he had plans for her…”
Our hero and heroine are an interesting mixture of contrasts; adding depth and background to the main storyline. The romance holds an integral place in the story and Eden uses their scenes together to flesh out Victoria and Wade. The almost suffocating sexual tension between them is addressed right off the bat with some intense love scenes. It’s the emotions they’ve kept buried that are slowly unleashed and brought to the surface for display that keeps your interest. Victoria is an intelligent woman with a horrific past. She has secrets that she feels will destroy her and anyone around her if they become known. She keeps her emotional walls high in order to avoid any real connections. Wade too has secrets but he has accepted the darker aspects of his personality and now channels it into his work.
“You don’t know what hell is. I’ve been there more times than I can count.”
A diverse cast of secondary characters keeps the suspense and mystery flowing smoothly. Each one adds personality, drama, and insight into the story. Through them we finally get the full truth behind what exactly happened to Victoria, Wade, and the women being kidnapped. The villain of the story is a twisted piece of work whose dark desires has them setting up the ultimate and elaborate scheme to make sure he gets who he really wants-Victoria.
The ending comes at you fast and furious as Victoria and Wade connect all the dots and solve their case. Loose ends are wrapped up, questions answered, and the past is finally put to rest. Two new and very interesting additions are introduced towards the end to assure us Eden will definitely be visiting this world.
Favorite Quote: “I’m surrounded by the dead in the middle of the night hoping to pull a previously unknown power out of my ass. What could possibly go wrong?”
Private Investigator and immortal descendant of Artemis, Nikki Glass, learns a very valuable lesson in vengeance when a group of fertility goddesses decide to strike. The lives and loves of the gods and goddesses play out on an epic scale when Nikki’s boss, Anderson Kane, goes awol and his ex-wife goes ballistic and declares war on humanity in revenge. To add insult to injury, Cyrus, the new leader of the Olympians, has learned Anderson killed his father and he wants Anderson’s head on a pike.
Once again Nikki finds herself outmanned and outgunned but with the fate of mankind resting on her shoulders, Nikki will have to find a way to get this ex-couple into counseling quick before the world as we know it ends.
Divine Descendant, the fourth book in Jenna Black’s Nikki Glass series, has been a long time coming. Three years to be exact. However, Black shows no signs she has backed off this series and once again presents readers with an action-packed urban fantasy that uses Greek mythology to create an engaging world filled with dark humor, engaging characters, and intriguing convoluted plotlines. The world building remains simplistic in its construction yet each layer we uncover reveals a twisting mass of lies and half truths. The result is a fascinating world you can’t wait to further explore.
Heavily character driven, what I continue to enjoy about this series is the unapologetic makeup of the cast. There are no clear cut good or bad guys in here; there are just degrees of separation. These people are gods and demigods. Powerful and deadly, each has a tragic story begging to be told. And each will kill to protect it. Each installment has given readers more information on these men and women backgrounds, showing the suffering, pain, and difficult choices one must make when immortal. Nikki’s connections with her new family seem to be strengthening as she has begun to accept her destiny and getting to know them better. It’s very apparent in this installment when she is forced into a position where she has to weigh the consequences of saving the world against the damage her decisions may cause those she has grown to care for.
“It’s not like I’m going to hurt him.” I shuddered. “You might not hurt him, but you can destroy him.”
Black picks up right where book three left off. Anderson is missing and no one can find him. The whole team knows what Anderson truly is and that brings about some serious questions. Cyrus is calling, demanding answers to know what exactly happened to his father when Anderson rescued Nikki. When a young woman appears at the Liberi mansion and asks for her help, she tells Nikki and the group a horrific tale about Anderson’s dark past deeds that causes them to further question their leader. Black takes some liberties with Anderson’s past, using the legend of Niobe to weave a sorrowful tale of love, loss, betrayal, insanity, and vengeance.
“I will die happy knowing my suffering is finally over and yours just begun.”
As with book three, Rogue Descendant, the arc is pretty much at a standstill through most of the book. The conflict focuses on one character rather than the group as a whole but the action and suspense more than makes up for that. I love that Anderson is the focus of this installment and remains the enigma we met in book one. Black doesn’t alter or downplay his personality in order to create an easy resolution. Once again it’s Nikki, her close ties with to her humanity, and ability to see the whole picture that saves the day though there are some close calls that leave you wide-eyed at the events unfolding. Black does shockingly change the direction of the arc with this dark conflict and opens the door to a multitude of future storylines, one that puts Nikki firmly front and center.
On a more personal level, the slow burning romance between Jamaal and Nikki finally picks up the pace and the faint love triangle we were all seeing is no more. Nikki has made her choice and the advancements made between the two of them are phenomenal and quite sexy. A smaller secondary romance experiences some changes that leaves the reader unsure of its future. This particular love triangle seems to be destined for heartbreak no matter the choice made.
“I’ve done a lot of distasteful things in my life. This will be just one more.”
Divine Descendant was worth the wait and I’m looking forward to book five, title and release date to be announced. I am cross my fingers it won’t be another 3 year wait.