Favorite Quote: “Fuck the guy, take the girl, save a soul”
Raze is a medic for Underworld General and a supernatural night club. He is also a seminus demon (sex demon) who has a bit of a problem. He’s gay. Unfortunately, he can only obtain the sexual release he needs to survive with females. 30 years ago he met a succubus, Fayle, who saved his life and now services him when he needs relief. Raze appreciates what Fayle does for him but neither are interested in each other and her possessiveness is beginning to wear on him. Raze has accepted his fate but when he meets a sexy man, he wonders if it’s possible for him to not only have what he needs…but who he wants.
Slake is an assassin for a demon run law firm. He escaped his violent homeland and made a deal with the devil (or someone pretty close to Satan) in order to survive but now finds himself on a deadline. He needs to retrieve a succubus and deliver her pronto or he forfeits his soul forever. The stunning medic he recently met has all his engines firing at full throttle but when he discovers his target, Fayle, is the only thing keeping the Raze alive, he finds himself caught in a trap of his own making.
As Raze and Slake look to find some middle ground, Fayle’s jealousy turns deadly, and suddenly Raze and Slake are fighting for more than their right to love. Now they’re fighting for their lives.
If you are anything like me, you glom Larissa Ione’s Demonica series with an unholy passion. I continue to wait breathlessly for each little niblet Ione releases in this world. When I heard she was writing an MM romance…my grabby hands went into hyper drive. As always, this wickedly dark and gritty paranormal world continues to thrive with it’s dynamic characters, devious plots lines, steamy sexually intense romances, and engaging often humorous dialogue.
Raze and Slake are a delightful addition to this world. Both are intelligent, gorgeous, honorable men who haven’t had the easiest of times. Ione weaves a sensual “lust at first sight” romance and divulges just enough into their backgrounds to help fan the flames of desire and attraction. Delicious love scenes and some unusual but well plotted twists helps these boys towards their happily ever after. Fans will delight in seeing cameos of various beloved characters who pop in and out to help Raze and Slake. My only qualm is the blurb claims Fayle and Raze are best friends but the storyline doesn’t support that. Their relationship is anything but friendly and decidedly one sided.
Once again Ione has given us a much desired and sexy glimpse back into her world and reaffirms that in the PNR genre, she is definitely royalty.
Though decidedly Harlequin-esque with an old skool flavor, Walsh makes this her own as she writes a sweet slow burning romance between a billionaire a
Though decidedly Harlequin-esque with an old skool flavor, Walsh makes this her own as she writes a sweet slow burning romance between a billionaire and a former employee. Using a surprise pregnancy to tie our lovers together, Walsh spends a considerable amount of time addressing emotional issues on both ends, allowing this couple time to get to really know one another and fall in love. secure the romance. Both characters are well developed and personable with actions and reactions in accordance with storyline. A few melodramatic plot lines add to the overall flavor of the book and leave us with a predictable but satisfying ending....more
Girl Wife Prisoner reminded me heavily of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca in its overall construct though the author does attempt to modernize with some basic changes and unexpected twists. Narrated by the heroine (whom is named), we hear her tale of love, loss, deception, revenge, and redemption. We learn of the ultimate sacrifice one can make for love only to discover that the devil is always in the details. This is not a romance in the truest sense of the genre. This is more of a cautionary tale. A tragedy. There is a love story in here but it is used more as a learning experience to show readers the psychological and physical ramifications of lost hopes and shattered dreams.
Noriko, a young woman (approx. 17 years of age) from Japan, arranges to be a wealthy man’s mail order bride in exchange for payment of her beloved father’s medical bills. Filled with trepidation and hope, Noriko comes to her future home with every intention of honoring her commitment and being the “good wife” that her new husband, Drake Blackwell, has bought and paid for.
When she arrives at Blackwell Manor, her husband is nowhere to be found and she is instead greeted by her new husband’s jealous personal assistant and the over zealous housekeeper. She is left to her own devices for days at a time. In her loneliness she goes looking for a friend only to learn that the staff have specific instructions on how to interact with the new mistress. Her introduction and subsequent relationship with Drake does not go as she has envisioned and Noriko discovers her marriage is little more than a gilded cage she voluntarily walked it. A chance meeting with an attractive gardener gives her an outlet for the desolation and loneliness she is feeling but as their friendship turns to something deeper, Noriko finds that everything has a price and sometimes that price is your soul.
Similarities to du Maurier’s Rebecca are seen throughout the story. A young penniless bride and an older wealthy man marry. A home shrouded in sorrow and darkness by it’s former owners. Isolation and secrets are alluded to over the former mistress’s death. The husband never spends the night in bed with his wife. There is a wing that the heroine is warned is off limits. We have a Mrs. Danvers and a Frank-though their roles are revised in here. There’s even a scene where Noriko is tricked into wearing something of the former mistress’s in hopes her husband, Drake, will react negatively. Yet regardless of the similarities, Peach does strive to make this her own with her development of Noriko and the channeling of her youthful voice and strong emotions. She reminds us constantly she is nothing like Mrs. De Winters.
While reading it was very easy to forget Noriko is essentially a child who has been tossed into an unknown situation with no one at her back. She is in a strange country with no friends, no family, and most importantly, no money. She is utterly dependant on her husband who seems to completely ignore her one minute and dominate her every move the next. Though in the beginning she seems at times to be reacting purely on an emotional level, striking out at everyone around her, you soon see she is far more complex and intelligent then she lets on. When she finally lets down her guard, we begin to see the true Noriko and it’s here that the story picks up the pace and it’s similarities to Rebecca ease off. We begin to see the cracks in Noriko’s psyche that Drake’s actions have caused. Peach doesn’t as spend much time as I would have liked in developing Blackmore or its master though. I would have liked to have seen Drake as more than just a prop in Noriko’s evolution. Or devolution as it may be.
The ending surprised me and further complicated my final impressions of Noriko. Rather than ease us in, Peach chooses to go for the jugular, taking us at a whiplash pace of speed and allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions about the events taking place. Noriko’s choices were unusual, extremely dramatic at one point, yet somewhat understandable when the picture is viewed as a whole. Love can make us commit horrific acts when we are driven to the edge of the abyss. The story leaves off on a hopeful note, giving us the impression that Noriko has a chance at the happiness she tried desperately to find at Blackwell.
I made it 40% and had to give up. A confusing story that had a lot going on but wasn't actually going anywhere. DNF-will post thoughts in Sept reviewsI made it 40% and had to give up. A confusing story that had a lot going on but wasn't actually going anywhere. DNF-will post thoughts in Sept reviews. ...more
Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox (aka Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers) is an NA romance contemporary that deals with little sister crush, second chan3.5
Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox (aka Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers) is an NA romance contemporary that deals with little sister crush, second chances, and some serious subject matters. Two strong well developed and likable protagonists build a sweet and sexy romance while discovering some uncomfortable truths about one another, themselves, and their combined pasts. Angsty, broody, and wonderfully romantic with some delightful supporting characters whose humor and support adds some lovely lighthearted moments to break the serious overtones. All in all enjoyable NA, I did have a couple of issues. One, I found Hannah hard to relate to for most of the book. Knox did such a good job showing the readers how emotionally disconnected Hannah was I never felt we really got to see the real Hannah till almost the end. Also, I felt the ending came hard and fast with too little resolution for the serious of this couple's issues. I am looking forward to the next book as this looks to be the start of another winning series for this dynamic and prolific writing duo.
Devoted in Death is the 41st installment in J.D. Robb’s thrilling futuristic mystery series. Taking place in the year 2061, the series revolves around a tough as nails police lieutenant, Eve Dallas, and her sexy billionaire husband, Roarke. I find it amazing that this series (story wise) has only advanced two years in time. The writing and character advancement are so strong and creatively revealed, you get the impression that years have gone by. Robb perfectly blends Eve’s personal life with her professional one, creating an addictive action packed police thriller with a lush established romance that constantly hums in the background. Though plumb with police procedurals and investigative terms, Robb writes with a liberal hand, making it easy for those unfamiliar with either of these aspects to follow along with nary a hiccup.
Eve has just returned from a much needed tropical vacation with her husband Roarke only to be called out on a homicide. A famous cello player has been tortured and murdered; his body dumped far from home. The only clues are the letters E & D surrounded by a heart carved into his skin. As Eve submerges herself into her investigation, she meets up with an out of town cop who claims he has knowledge of this case. Deputy William T. Banner from Arkansas has been investigating earlier murders whose MO bears a striking resemblance to Eve’s case. Unable to get his chief on board, Banner starts connecting the dots on his own time which leads him to NYC and Eve. Eve invites Banner to join her team as they slowly begin to piece the puzzle together and discover a way to capture this destructive duo.
This installment starts out a little different from previous installments as we are made privy to the villains in the beginning. The storyline revolves around watching how Eve puts it all together to solve the case. Robb flashes between the past and present, allowing us an intimate view of Ella-Loo and Darryl as they make their way towards NYC while Eve and her squad investigate their crimes in present day NYC. Robb gradually intersects the two storylines and merges them together towards the climactic finale. A majority of the book focuses mainly on the investigation of the case with snippets of Eve’s personal life dotting the storyline. Readers will appreciate the continued evolution of Eve as she continues to become more comfortable in her life with Roarke and in her own skin. Though she will never forget her childhood, she is gradually coming to terms with it and letting go of the guilt that has held her hostage for years.
The case itself is interesting in the way it’s presented. The readers are in the know before Eve and I found this caused me to be more heavily invested in watching her use her skills and gut feelings in solving the case. Some violence and sexual assault is alluded to so for some readers this may be a trigger.
Old familiar faces along with some new ones provide entertainment, sweet sigh invoking scenes, and the usual humor. Eve still continues to be confounded by the oft-repeated and taken for granted sayings we all sprout unconsciously. Fans will love the deepened friendship and camaraderie Eve has developed with her squad. The family style atmosphere only serves to further enhance how much Eve has grown in the past two years. The chemistry between her and Roarke is still steamy hot and Robb doesn’t cheat readers out of their private times together-assuring us the honeymoon phase is still going strong. *wink* I love there is a small scene where Roarke experiences some jealousy. It’s nice to see as he is usually in tight control of his emotions and seemingly maintains a level head at all times.
Fans of the series will find comfort in the familiar as Devoted in Death continues the In Death saga with a thrill based storyline, much beloved characters, and a timeless romance.
Fans of new adult sports themed romances by such authors as Kristen Callihan, Sarina Bowen, and Elle Kennedy will love Jen Frederick’s newest venture. Sacked is a fun, sexy, humorous, slightly angst filled romance that introduces a couple whose love story is complicated by family obligations. Facilitated by witty banter, adept communication, and delicious sexual tension, Frederick’s takes an all too common trope, adds a few twists, and infuses it with new life.
I have long enjoyed Jen Fredrick’s writing since I first read her collaboration Hitman series with Jessica Clare. Already a popular NA author with her Woodlands series, I was pleased to see her jump on the sports band wagon as this one of my favorite settings in romance. Frederick is a talented writer whose realistic and appealing characters draws me in like a moth to flame. They aren’t perfect and while we do see emotional turmoil, it’s not the eye rolling melodrama used to create unnecessary angst within the conflict. She takes pains to avoid the stereotypical over the top obnoxious behavior usually presented in this genre and instead gives us smart characters whose actions are genuine in reaction to the circumstances and their age. The insta love/lust aspect was a little eyebrow raising in the beginning but the reveal is entertaining; especially as the hero is a virgin for benign reasons and his love interest is a teammate’s sister who avoids football players like the plague.
Knox Masters is the big man on campus. A senior defensive end top NFL draft pick, this talented, dedicated, gorgeous, and intelligent is a likable hero who charmed my pants off. No, not literally but close. *wink* Not to say he didn’t have what I like to call his “guy moments” but he’s not malicious, self-absorbed, or a game player. No heavy or emotional baggage weighs him down. As self-assured off the field as he is on, once he meets Ellie Campbell there is no stopping him. He feels their connection and is determined to do everything possible to get her to see they belong together.
Her. This one.
Ellie Campbell transferred to Western State with her brother Jack for numerous reasons. One reason especially that if it got out could not only hurt her and her brother, but the entire football team. A junior working towards her degree, Ellie doesn’t have time for romance, especially not with one of her brother’s teammates. Plus, she’s already went down that road before and the results are disastrous. Intelligent, witty, and snarky, her affordable nature belays a deep vulnerability that pinches at your heart once you are privy to the reasons behind it. Knox appeals to her more than she would like to admit but her fear of the past repeating itself has her running from her feelings. And him.
Football players and I don’t mix.
Knox and Ellie are a delight together and individually. Frederick’s characterization of them is strong, helped along by intense internal dialogue that further divulges into the personalities of Ellie and Knox. The romance builds slow but steady, infusing the story with yummy sexual tension and laugh out loud scenes that proves Knox and Ellie are indeed destined for one another. I cheered for Knox’s grand gestures and never ending attempts to break through Ellie’s walls. He sees Ellie and no one, besides Jack, ever has before. Ellie’s guilt over her secret drags her down but Knox holds her up every time she stumbles. They have such electrified banter and delectable crazy chemistry. Sexually charged scenes add a nice bite to story.
You can’t help but look at his hands, the heavily veined forearms and the bulging biceps, and wonder whether the parts of him you can’t see are just as big. You can’t watch him move on the field, making fucking magic with his body, and not wonder what it’d be like to feel it flush against your own.
Though the romance is the main theme, Frederick’s intertwines it with some drama laced external plotlines, using them to break down and rebuild Knox and Ellie at a mental level to help them learn what is most important for themselves. A dynamic and rambunctious cast of secondary characters helps keep the story following it’s predestined path and offer clues to the next hero. My vote is Matty or Jack. From the football team attempts to help Knox lose his v-card to Ellie’s brother Jack and his sweet protectiveness towards her, we see a diverse group where laughter and camaraderie are the prime ingredients on which they are built. They certainly kept me laughing with their advice, observations, and attempts to help.
“Are there rules for when you should text a girl?” “Three days unless it’s a booty call, than anytime after ten.”
Of course, the best romances have a happy ending and Frederick’s doesn’t disappoint. Some may be surprised by some her choices but I wasn’t because it summed up Knox and his love for Ellie in a nutshell. I will say I thought the resolution to the“big secret” wrapped up a little too neatly for it being the main conflict. Regardless, Sacked is a fun sexy romance that reads hot and fast. I look forward to spending more time with the Warriors in the future.
Derek Sawyer has it all with a fiance, a good job, a romantic getaway cabin on the lake, and his dog, Gracie. When his best friend and coworker, Victor, sexually assaults him on a business trip then turns around and files harassment charges against him at work, Derek loses everything. Alone and scared, Derek is stuck in a web of fear and shame that is tightening around him every day.
Officer Russ Thomas owns the cabin next door to Derek. Though immediately attracted to Derek upon first meeting him, Russ isn’t about to come between a committed couple. A comfortable neighborly friendship develops between Derek and Russ. When Russ runs into Derek after not seeing him for a few weeks, he notices something is wrong. Gone is the happy go lucky man he has come to know and in its place is a scared and angry man. Having worked with victims of sexual assault before, it doesn’t take Russ long to figure out what has happened to Derek. With Russ’s help, Derek files a police report and restraining order against Victor in hopes of gaining back his life. But Victor doesn’t see what he did was wrong and Derek’s actions only serve to anger him more.
As Russ stands by Derek, being the rock at his back as he slowly tries to recover, Victor refuses to give up and soon Derek finds himself fighting for more than just getting his life back…now he’s fighting to stay alive.
Violated is a thought-provoking and sobering tale that addresses sensitive subject matter. Male on male sexual assault happens far more often than it’s reported and the aftermath for the victim and everyone around them can be devastating. Fessenden effectively identifies and reveals the physical and psychological effects that rape has on the person assaulted and the continued emotional and mental assault they face as they struggle to find justice. The plot line sets up well, introducing us to the players involved and the roles they play in the protagonist’s life. The timeline is revealed in a concise and clear manner with no confusion or questionable scenes. That in itself was part of the problem. Fessenden does a good job of telling you of Derek’s pain, sorrow, and confusion – but the emotional connection I was expecting didn’t happen. I was never able to make the jump from reading to feeling the story through Derek’s eyes and emotions.
A varied character base helps to keep the story moving at a steady place though Fessenden’s focus remains almost solely with Derek. When he does break away to other characters, the story loses itself and becomes even more disconnected. I found Tim and Victor to be weak links and they really shouldn’t have been. They were purported to have strong ties to Derek and I would have liked a more time to have been spent developing them and the reasons why they acted as they did. Instead, Tim and Victor serve as merely plot devices to give the story the villains it needed to push Derek towards his supposed HEA.
Russ had stronger characterization and I liked seeing him and Derek connect first as friends. He tries to give Derek the space and support he needs though his job as a police officer and his attraction foreshadows his need to protect Derek at all costs. He doesn’t push (too much) which I thought was appropriate considering. Again though, I felt as if I was being told of their feelings without seeing it actually happen. This gave the relationship a forced feeling as if the author wasn’t sure of his characters intentions . There were also some scenes that were supposed help us better understand Russ but they don’t really add anything to the story or procure the desired effect. Russ’s adventurous sexual hook ups wants us to see he’s looking for a solid monogamous relationship and his sister’s news hints that he understands Derek better than Derek or we think. Yet, It’s all very awkwardly presented and out of sync with the rest of the storyline.
Regardless of my issues, Fessenden does do justice to this main topic and those involved. He wraps it up in a realistic manner; Derek isn’t magically cured. He struggles until the end but with help is trying to get on with his life and making strides in his recovery. While this wasn’t quite the story I thought it would be as it didn’t solicit the reactions I expected, it is a story that I appreciated for the honesty and compassion Fessenden used in writing it.
A shy young woman makes up a suitor to thwart her family's matchmaking schemes but never imagines the lengths she will have to go to keep up4.5 stars
A shy young woman makes up a suitor to thwart her family's matchmaking schemes but never imagines the lengths she will have to go to keep up the charade until her make believe fiance shows up to claim his "bride."
Let the games begin.
When a Scot Ties the Knot is an absolute delight and fans will definitely cheer this humorous, sexy, and emotionally fulfilling marriage of convenience tale between a shy heroine and a war weary veteran. ...more
I was super excited when Molly Harper told me at CMC2015 she was co authoring a new pnr series based on a Russian mob family who just happen to be wolf shifters. So I stalked her until I got a copy. GO ME! A strong, intelligent, sexually free alpha heroine takes the stage front and center as she fights to save the family business from her insane brother and her right to live and love on her own terms in a world where women are nothing more than pretty decorations. Humor and horror go hand in hand as Conrad and Corona build an engaging world that straddles the line between the mundane and the supernatural. Dynamic characters and witty dialogue keep the story moving along at a steady pace. Overall, I enjoyed though there were issues that stood out for me. A bit too much repetition (heroine constantly repeats that she can’t be with the hero due to his family) and there are some plot holes that defied explanation. Regardless, I look forward to reading more of this world.
Fans will love Sinclair's lastest offering involving two long standing characters whose sexual appetites are at opposite ends of the specturm. SensualFans will love Sinclair's lastest offering involving two long standing characters whose sexual appetites are at opposite ends of the specturm. Sensual and emotionally charged, Sinclair digs beneath the typical D/s storyline to showcase the mental and emotional makeup of a couple whose choices in lifestyle are more of a way to hide then truly live. The tempestuous and erotic push and pull of what they want and what they are both willing to give offers readers a unique view into the world of sadism and the joys one can receive when they give up their most precious gift of all...control.
I disliked the first book in this series but decided to give it another shot because the blurb intrigued me. I should have listen**spoiler alert** DNF
I disliked the first book in this series but decided to give it another shot because the blurb intrigued me. I should have listened to my gut. The heroine annoyed me. Seriously annoyed me. Again we have a heroine who is so over the top emo with a strong NA feel. My first hint I may not like is when the heroine admits in the beginning she's playing the hero in order to get him to fall in love with her. From there it's all downhill. She instigates herself into his life, his family's life, ect...doing things she KNOWS he'll hate to prove she is the one for him. The scene that broke me is when it's discovered what she did (lied and manipulated him) and rather then truly apologise, she shifts the blame on the hero. Meh. I'm done.
Favorite Quote: “I saw you, you know. Everywhere I looked.”
Avery Dare lives a quiet life as a popular vlogger. Though she never forgot her first love, Grey Kingston, she knows his fame and lifestyle was never for her. When she receives a ticket backstage for one of his concerts, she attends only to see him wrapped up in a crowd of groupies, proving what she always thought.
Grey Kingston left home at eighteen to fulfill his dream of being a rock star. Now seven years later, he is at the top of his game as lead guitarist and singer for the band, Tangled Royal. He has everything he could he want-fame, money, and all the women he can handle-but not the girl he left behind. Tired and ready for a change, Gray heads back to Miami, hoping he can convince Avery to forgive him and give him another chance.
As Grey weaves his magic once again around Avery and their love for one reignites, there are those out there who don’t want them together. With the paparazzi circling and a stalker starts threatening Avery, she wonders if their love for one another can survive the fishbowl Grey seems to live in.
Dare to Rock is a short steamy second chance romance about a rock star and the girl he left behind. Number seven in Phillips’s Dare To Love series, each book can be read as a stand alone. This series follows the Dare family. The Dares’ are a group of siblings whose father carried on a secret affair for years and fathered four additional children with his mistress. YIKES. This installment is Avery Dare’s story. Avery was particularly hurt by her father’s deception because not only was she forced to deal with the cruelty of the world over the affair at a young age, but her father also asked her to donate bone marrow to one of her step siblings who was dying from cancer, reinforcing that her father loved his new family more than her.
I liked Dare To Rock overall even with it’s formulaic storyline. Phillips’s is a talented writer whose sexy romance contemporary entertains. Engaging characters and dialogue, along with a small suspenseful subplot, keeps the story running fast and smooth though I did feel we were dropped right down in the middle with not much to cling to as the story starts. Avery and Grey’s relationship picks right back up where it left off with little fanfare or conflict. We aren’t given an in depth look at their romance as teenagers nor do we get to see the results they suffered when Grey left. In fact, we barely see or hear anything of what happened to them (emotionally) in those years apart so I never got a good feel for how they were compared to now. Also, while I definitely felt the chemistry between them, I was a little more weary of what kept the attraction alive for seven years of no contact and how easily it was for them to fall back into it.
The sexual aspects of the romance are loud and proud as Grey is dominant dirty talker who loves to show Avery just how much he wants her. Which is all the time. :P Avery matches him sexually deed for deed which made for some nice steamy scenes. They are a cute couple whose connection is easily felt.
“He wanted to own her.To claim and possess her, to brand her so when she walked aout the door, she wouldn’t just smell like him, she’d belong to him. And come back to him.”
Avery and Grey’s reconnection blends well with their separate external relationships. I liked that Phillips’s didn’t isolate this couple to the point where nothing and no one else mattered. Avery has a strong relationship with all her siblings and a job that requires her continuous presence. Grey also has issues with his family that needed to be addressed and a career that didn’t just stop when he went home. Phillips’s gives just enough with the secondary characters so that new fan’s interests are peaked to scour Phillips’s backlist while more established fans will be pleased to see what past couples have been up to. The sparks between Erin and Tyler were HAWT and I hope their story comes soon.
The Dare To Love series are the perfect length and heat level to give even the busiest of readers a nice pleasant respite from the demands of everyday life. I recommend the series to everyone who enjoys a short but sweet romance with low level conflict and complementary characters....more
I picked up Red Card because I enjoy sports romances and I had seen some good reviews for the first book in the series. Red Card starts off interestingly enough. An international male soccer star falls hard for a semi pro women’s soccer player. Insta love prevails and I enjoyed seeing how emotionally vocal the hero was in his feeling for the heroine. However my pleasure soon morphed into horror as I got to know the heroine and her sister. Irrational behavior ahoy, these women are crazy. And not in an amusing way. Manipulative and abusive, the heroine and her sister had to be two of the most unlikable characters I’ve come across. The author offers explanations behind their behavior but I felt the reasons were pale and not good enough. They both treated the hero and other important people in their lives horribly. We see the heroine attack the hero physically twice, causing injury, but it is not addressed nor condemned. The heroine’s sister is just as bad with her verbal abuse of her family and the hero. The author attempts to redeem the heroine’s sister in a second chance romance; using grief to force her to change, only for me it wasn’t even enough to consider....more
The third and last installment of Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series brings us a few classic tropes such as the dreaded friend zone with a healthy dose of class barriers, deceptive first impressions, and an alpha with overly protective issues. As with the first two books in the series, this one follows the same prescribed checklist-boy and girl meet, boy has issues, girl has issues, boy and girl come together for a night and issues explode between them. An engaging blend of laughter, angst, sexual tension, and addicting banter gives us a sugary sweet friends to lovers story with hints of D/s between a rough tattooed construction worker with a marshmallow center and an upper class woman whose innocent passive exterior hides an intelligent and spirited woman who’s ready to take a chance on love....more
Grab some ice and a fan ladies because Pike Ryland is in the house. The 8th installment in the Loving on the Edge series brings us the heat a4.5 stars
Grab some ice and a fan ladies because Pike Ryland is in the house. The 8th installment in the Loving on the Edge series brings us the heat and humor we have come to expect from this author but Loren focus shifts more onto the hero and heroine in this one with a few twists and turns that guarantee you will fall head over heels with this bad boy rocker and the woman and child who steal his heart....more
Sometimes two wrongs do make a right. Sensually wicked delights infuse this romance as two dynamic and damaged protagonists who consider themselves diSometimes two wrongs do make a right. Sensually wicked delights infuse this romance as two dynamic and damaged protagonists who consider themselves disappointments find the peace and acceptance they crave in each others bodies and hearts. A rich plotline only serves to further enhance the erotic overtones....more
Bailey serves up some of the best alpha heroes and Connor Bannon maybe her most alpha to date. Controlling and dominant, his need to always be in contBailey serves up some of the best alpha heroes and Connor Bannon maybe her most alpha to date. Controlling and dominant, his need to always be in control is tested by a fiery woman who will to do whatever it takes to make sure her freedom is never taken away. The sparks soon become a raging inferno as these two snipe, swipe, and dirty talk each other into a romance that burns both their souls....more
Favorite Quote: “The truth always come out eventually.”
One man will do anything to discover the truth behind his brother’s death.
One man will do anything to keep it buried.
The answer lies in the hands of one woman who will be forced to choose which is more important…loyalty or truth.
Abigail Wolff, an investigative journalist, turned in her press pass and resignation when a high profile story she wrote resulted in tragedy. Left bereft and guilt stricken over her actions in the affair, she is now works as a content curator for a health website. When she anonymously receives a packet of unclassified documents in the mail, alleging a military cover up in the death of a soldier, she finds herself poised on the edge of an abyss where she may be forced to betray the people she loves the most in order to find closure for a family she feels deserves the truth.
Kimberly Belle has proven she is no one trick pony with this latest release. As strong and heartbreakingly poignant as her debut, The Last Breathe, The Ones We Trust is a complex and thought-provoking drama that delivers a power filled story built on family and filled with grief, love, trust, betrayal. It asks you how far will you go and how much are you willing to give up in order discover the truth. Well researched and smoothly revealed, Belle expertly pulls all your emotions to the surface as you watch two families deal with the tragedy of losing someone they loved and trying valiantly to discover the reasons why.
The story reveals itself slowly, introducing these dynamic characters and their backstories while laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Two stories intertwine in here-one that serves to reminds Abigail of her past mistakes and one that gives her a chance to redeem herself-if only in her own eyes. One aspect I enjoy in Belle’s writing is the honesty she forces from her characters. While everyone would love to be hero and act above the board, we can’t negate the everyday emotions that make up our humanity. Love, lust, fear, anger, and selfishness exist and will always be a prevalent force no matter the situation we are in. Belle addresses these issues, showing us that it is very easy to be both the hero and villain of our own story.
Abigail is a strong, intelligent, forthright woman whose sense of loyalty and honesty are hardwired in her. An army brat, her father, a three star general, instilled strong values in her from day one of her life. Her determination to find out what happened to the slain soldier, Zach Armstrong, leads her to locate the Armstrong family and show them what she received. Unbeknownst to the family, Abigail not only knew Zach and interviewed him once upon a time, but she knows his brother Gabe as well. Mrs. Armstrong begs Abigail to write Zach’s story and bring the truth out in the open even though Abigail has repeatedly told her she is no longer a journalist. When Gabe comes to her, also asking for her help, Abigail is helpless to fight the tide of curiosity and begins her investigation. Unfortunately, her investigation leads her to her father and signs that he not only knows what really happened to Zach Armstrong…but had a hand in covering it up.
As Abigail works frantically to wipe away the darkness that surrounds Zach’s death, Belle uses her investigation to examine all of Abigail’s relationships and the effects her actions are having on them. How do you co-exist with your family whose goals are at odds with yours? How do you maintain loyalty? Should loyalty to family supersede all? How much is trust freely given and how much is painstakingly earned? Each person in here is forced to examine the motivations behind their actions and answer for them.
While the romance isn’t the main focus, it is a strong, sweetly defiant undercurrent that flows through the story. Family takes on new definitions as Abigail begins to form a romantic attachment to Gabe Armstrong. Grief stricken by the loss his brother and the toll it is taking on his family and himself, Gabe is distrustful of Abigail and is unsure if she is truly here to help or hinder his family’s investigation. His growing attraction to her becomes a source of confusion for him that sharpens under the growing evidence that the military wasn’t honest about his brother’s death.
As the mystery swirls around, drawing in tighter and tighter towards the finale, feelings of sorrow and relief overtakes the reader as we learn exactly what happened and why. The ending is bittersweet but hopeful as Abigail and Gabe learn that the truth is often layered in shades of gray and doesn’t always give us the answers we wanted to hear.
I hit the 48% mark and couldn't go any further. I found Ava's "I am woman hear me roar and be a bitch to everyone" annoying and Dominic on the sliDNF
I hit the 48% mark and couldn't go any further. I found Ava's "I am woman hear me roar and be a bitch to everyone" annoying and Dominic on the slimy side. The dialogue was awkward at times (though Ava's journey's back into her past were well done) and the pacing clunky. I think those who enjoy mob inspired melodramas with lots of sex scenes will enjoy but this one wasn't for me. ...more
Favorite Quote: “I could choose to be miserable or I could choose to be happy. I was going to choose to be happy.”
Isabelle (Iz) Martin has come home to Claremont, NC after leaving Duke University and her boyfriend. Her mother’s death and her father’s depression convinces Iz she is needed at home more than ever. When her father demands she get a job or get out, Isabelle applies at Sawyer’s Auto Repair; owned and operated by the Iron Horseman MC. Isabelle doesn’t care who owns or runs it, however she does care her high school nemesis is a mechanic is there.
Caleb Sawyer is on a fast track to nowhere. A legacy member of the Iron Horseman, he thought his life was all planned out until his girlfriend of five years suddenly announced she has accepted an internship in California. He can’t leave Claremont and she refuses to stay. When he hits rock bottom, he is shocked the person who picks him up is none other than Isabelle Martin. Despite his endless teasing of her in high school, being on Isabelle makes him feel better. She listens without judgement or pity but also doesn’t put up with any of his crap.
After a rocky start, Isabelle and Caleb slowly build a strong friendship that develops into something more as each has something the other wants and needs. But can two completely different people find common ground? Or will the past always come back to stand in their way?
When I was offered Carry Your Heart, I honestly thought I was getting an MC romance. The first few chapters reminded me heavily of SOA fanfic as we get the back story and set to the protagonists and the Iron Horseman. As the story developed, the SOA feeling gradually faded though it still remained in the background. The MC aspect is extremely low-key with the main storyline focused almost exclusively on Caleb and Isabelle. Alternating povs gives us insight into their emotions and actions about the situations they are currently dealing with, without recapping the previous chapter. It becomes a solid contemporary NA romance. This isn’t a stand alone. While no cliffhanger ending, Ryan does warns us this is a trilogy that spans eight years of Isabelle and Caleb’s life.
Caleb is at a low point when he and Isabelle reconnect. His girlfriend is leaving town and he knew nothing of her plans until they were set in concrete. With no time to prepare for what he sees as her betrayal, he spirals down a hole filled with alcohol, drugs, and random women. This inadvertently affects Isabelle as her father is slowly killing himself with alcohol; depressed over his wife’s death. Isabelle’s fears for Caleb going down the same path pushes her to tell him some hard facts about love and loss. Isabelle helps Caleb straighten up which in turn allows Caleb to be there when she needs him most. From that point on, they become each other’s shoulder to lean on and their friendship blossoms into love.
The friends to lovers plot line reveals gradually, allowing us plenty of time to get to know Caleb and Isabelle as individuals and to facilitate their romance. Neither one has ever had a best friend of the opposite sex and Ryan does a wonderful job of bringing their friendship to life. It’s an integral aspect of the story. Smooth writing moves the story along at a steady pace. Lightweight in terms of drama and conflict; self discovery is the theme that permeates the story. Emotionally and physically, the chemistry is there but when it comes to actual sex, the scenes are blurry and vague. As I have a fabulous imagination, this didn’t bother me. :P
An array of secondary characters plump up the story, allowing us to get to know the town, its inhabitants, and the role the Iron Horseman play in it. Here is where the SOA feelings were the strongest. There is much in here to remind you of Charming and the strong hold the MC held on it. I saw Jax, Opie, Gemma, Clay, Wendy, and more in the characterization and storyline dynamics. Ryan does make it her own by keeping her focus mainly on Caleb and Isabelle but I am very curious to see what the next two books in this trilogy holds as the ending hints at an overzealous agent looking into the club and it’s activities.
All in all, Ryan’s debut NA romance is an easy read that doesn’t add ridiculous melodrama or over the top posturing from the men or woman. It has a feel good element to it as you watch this sweet young couple overcome some adversity to find happiness in their lives. Any misunderstandings are dealt with swiftly as this couple knows how to communicate and neither plays games. And, color me shocked, there is no cheating which is almost unheard of for any story revolving around an MC. The only reason I did not rate this higher was the strong SOA similarity. I am hoping that this tapers off and the next book stands on its own two feet. Book two-Carry You With Me-is slated to release in September 2015. I have a feeling that is where the MC will grab a larger part of the storyline.