An dark look at mail order brides and the consequences of such practices. I wouldn't classify this as romance. A love story, maybe, or a cautionary taAn dark look at mail order brides and the consequences of such practices. I wouldn't classify this as romance. A love story, maybe, or a cautionary tale...perhaps womens fiction, but not a romance in the definition of the genre.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Favorite Quote: “It’s not going to fit! It’s too big!”
Natalie Reese is a planner. Her whole life is a series of plans, schedules, and to-do lists. Having just turned 30, she has a bucket list of things that must be done now and the number one thing is to lose her virginity. But Natalie isn’t one to go about it in the usual way. No escorts or friends with benefits will do it for her. She doesn’t want the romance or the connection that might form from a sexual interlude. Oh no. She has an agenda. Her plan is to enter therapy and use a sex surrogate to divest her of this pesky problem. No muss. No fuss. Everything is planned perfectly right down to the lie that will get her in the program.
Fate rarely takes us into the direction we want to go…
Dr. Ryan Andrews-a 30 year old sexy, tattooed, intelligent, motorcycle riding soccer player is the bad boy every mama in the world would want you to bring home for supper. Currently working towards his PhD. Ryan’s ex girlfriend got him into the sex surrogate program to help fund his degree. He has secrets that keep him from forming romantic relationships and this job is perfect for him. When he first met Natalie at the local library, he gets a punch of attraction he hasn’t felt in a while, but when he learns she will be one of his clients, he tries to get out of it through no avail. Now stuck together as client and patient, Ryan and Natalie try to keep their attraction at a minimal and follow the rules of the program.
Fate often takes in the direction we need to go…
Ryan and Natalie’s relationship changes from clinical to steamy in very short time but when secrets, miscommunication, and jealous coworkers enter the picture, Natalie and Ryan will have to come clean with one another if they want this relationship to work.
Though listed as book one in a series, The Lessons is touted as a stand alone. Funny, lighthearted, sexy, and a wee bit angsty; Brown does well overall with just a few bumps in the road. Heavily character driven, this quirky heroine and her endearing hero entertain with witty dialogue, engaging internal monologues, and humorous scenes.
The first quarter of the book starts out slowly. I had a hard time understanding who Natalie was and where she was coming from. While I’m all for an OCD list maker (so says the post it note queen of wee little lists) I was confused as to why someone would hire a sex surrogate to lose their virginity to. That’s a lot of work and deception for something that can be down with one phone call and a hundred bucks. As I got to know Natalie better and Brown reveals her backstory, I began to see why she might choose this route. A product of foster care and a whole host of tragedies, Natalie has major trust and emotional issues that for her won’t allow her to choose a relationship that might produce an emotional connection. She honestly feels a professional surrogate will keep it all above board.
“He did not need him to be an Adonis. A pre-screened disease-free surrogate with a penis would do the job well enough…”
The introduction of Ryan as the surrogate and the firming up of the plot line brings the book into better focus. Ryan is delightful. Simply delightful. A beta style hero, he has a charming possessiveness (and dirty mouth) about him that belays his seemingly laid back personality. He has a firm moral stance and professional demeanor that has served him well in the past but meeting Natalie throws him for a loop. He wants her and it really messes with his head and heart. Once we are made aware of his own secrets and tragedies you only grow to like and respect him more.
“My new client was so f*cking hot it was messing with my brain.”
Though the initial setup is decidedly unconventional, Brown builds a believable romance that is appealing sweet, very hot, and dotted with a nice layer of tension. Natalie and Ryan’s romance is fraught with laughter and bittersweet moments as they attempt to navigate their way through this mess they have inadvertently created. I loved watching Natalie discover the joys of sex as she unknowingly falls in love with Ryan. It’s fun to see a character whose first sexual experiences aren’t overly melodramatic or littered with indecisiveness on a physical level. Natalie wants to try it all, discuss it all, and Ryan is 100% on board with it all. I also enjoyed the possessiveness Natalie develops towards her ‘doctor of lurve…’
“Yes, I called him mine. He’d put his mouth on my vagina, and I was a feeling a little territorial about the whole thing. Sue me.”
Overall I enjoyed The Lesson. It’s a quick fast read that hits all the right spots-romance and humor wise. A well developed cast of secondary characters gave the book added depth and more humor to the story and I really hope we see some of them in future installments. I did feel some of the plot devices used to push this couple in the right direction came off a little heavy-handed and manipulative. The external conflict that pushes the miscommunication issue stunned me; especially Ryan’s decision. I was also a little put out that Natalie didn’t seem to think all that much about the risks Ryan was taking for her. Even with the rather fast and anticlimactic resolution, the ending is sweet and fulfilling, wrapping up the story in a predictable but enjoyable manner.
Drive Me Wild is part 3 of a 5 part serial by Shari Slade. These edgy, suspenseful, erotic little niblets are an action packed surprise that gives readers a decadent taste of the dark side of Motorcycle Clubs and the bikers who give their undying loyalty to this brotherhood. The serial focuses on Noah, an enforcer with the Devil’s Host MC, and Star, a waitress whose cousin is in deep debt with the MC. In Ride Me Hard (part 1-review here) Noah is sent to collect payment for the debt Star’s cousin owes the club. Unable to locate Harry, Noah takes Star instead. A connection forms between Noah and Star though the connection is littered with lust and fear as Star is unsure in what manner Noah and the club will be extracting her cousin’s debt.
In Break Me In (Part 2-review here) Noah arrives back to the clubhouse with Star for protection only to put her straight into the line of fire as the Devil’s Host president wants his money and Star’s cousin is refusing to tell him where it is. Star learned along time ago that pain is just an emotion. An emotion that can be twisted for pleasure if you can find right person to share it with. When Noah is forced to get the answers his president wants, the results are catastrophic.
Drive Me Wild is the aftermath of Noah’s rebellion. The MC holds their lives in their hands while also deciding if and who they will send to rescue Noah’s sister who has been kidnapped by a rival MC. Star has begun to believe that Noah may actually care for her and while it relieves some of her anxiety…it also relieves the control she has had over her mouth. *wink*
As everyone knows, in an MC you can bad mouth your old man all you want but it had better be in private behind closed doors. Only a united front is shown in front of the MC. Star strikes out verbally to punish Noah for brushing her off and not allowing her to have her say but that’s okay because Noah knows exactly what Star needs.
“We’re alone now, Star. Do you need to cry?”
“Do we have time?”
“For me to give you something to cry about? I think so.”
He bends me over and pushes my face into the bedspread. The thermal weave I’d studied so closely is rough against my cheek. He holds me there with just the weight of his hand fisted in my hair.
“I’m going to spank your ass until it’s all pink and perfect. Until your pussy is soaking wet and you’re sobbing from it. Until you’re wild and raw.” He yanks my skirt up and my panties down in two brisk tugs. “And you’re going to tell me when you’ve had enough crying, understand?”
I nod, the slight movement jerking at my scalp, sending a fresh wash of pleasure down my spine.
“And if you’re really ruined—if your eyes are puffy and your face is swollen, if you’re fucking wrecked, just the way I like—I’ll lick your pussy until you come so hard on my tongue we both see stars. You can do that for me, baby. Can’t you? Let yourself go like that?”
Tears are already leaking from the corners of my eyes. Relief. I shudder with it. “Yes.”
The bed creaks as he settles beside me and then the first crack of palm to ass vibrates through my body. It’s a sharp heat and then it fades. A second crack, lower this time. A third, to the left. They layer together until my ass is all stinging heat and throbbing. I’m crying in earnest now. From the sharpness of the pain, the sweetness of the ache.
He spanks me again and again. On the end of every blow is a reverb that shoots straight to my clit, the pleasure on the other side of torment. I can feel moisture gathering between my lips every time I squirm and sob into the bedspread.
Everything feels swollen and ready. My pussy, my ass, my clit. God, my clit feels so hard I might come just from this. And I cry some more at the thought of not having Noah’s tongue. I’m crying for orgasms I’ll have and orgasms I won’t. I’m crying just for the sake of crying and it feels amazing. I’m nothing but feelings, dancing on the edge of Noah’s touch. Tender and brutal.
“I’m ruined.” I cry out.
But I’m not. Not nearly. I’ve got miles to go before Noah ruins me fully, drives me completely wild, wrecks me. I don’t know if we’ll have enough time together to get that far, but I’m ruined enough to make him happy in this moment.
Slade opens up further about Noah and Star’s childhoods; especially Noah’s. His blue collar upbringing is at odds with his tough exterior only further proving that all walks of life can be seen in an MC. A huge cliffhanger leaves readers rocking back in shock as we learn that not everyone is committed to the cause and sometimes what you see is definitely not what you get.
When I first saw came across this book-the title, cover, and blurb demanded I read it. A supernatural motorcycle club with a suspenseful storyline? Sign me up.
The storyline focuses heavily on the characters with light introductions to the Inked Menace club members and dual backstories on our protagonists-Cecelia Marks and Lucky Miller. Cecelia is in the witness protection program after she turned her husband in to the Feds for illegal arms dealing. An impromptu decision to get a tattoo leads her to Lucky. Lucky Miller is a wolf shifter. A patched member of a secret shifter motorcycle club- Inked Menace- he went nomad when his girlfriend was murdered. Lucky and Cecelia connect instantly but their collective issues keeps them from making any moves in that direction. When he hears Cecelia has a bounty on her head and two rival gangs are thinking of trying to collect on it, he throws caution to the wind and decides he and his club are going to protect Cecelia no matter what.
Unfortunately what I expected to read and what I read were two different things.
Weak characterization and storyline takes potentially strong, interesting protagonists and makes them clichés. This is a result of the author choosing to use a multitude of plot devices to force the characters into the direction she wants them to go rather than building on the base she initially sets up. Can’t pursue a relationship due to past issues? Then we’ll slap in a situation to make it possible. Unsure sexually where you stand? The mate bond is a surefire way to bypass having to work through all those pesky emotions. Can’t figure out how to address the supernatural elephant in the room? No worries. We’ll just make the other person magical too. So on and so on. There was no real work in developing the story. Rather the reader is manipulated by flash and awe before noticing there is nothing behind the smoke screen.
Awkward dialogue and some odd phrasing made me laugh but not in a good way; knocking me out of story multiple times. The losing of one’s head is referred to as getting you’re neck hacked from your body. The heroine refers to her and the hero having sex as sating their baser desires. Dirty talk from the hero consists of, “you’re so tight that when we’re done you’re gonna squeak when you walk.” *blinks*
The story rushes to the end with almost no time devoted to the main conflict beyond introducing and off the wall resolution. I wished the villain would have played a more active role. The relationship issues are resolved with sex and a single conversation and everything else is “magically” wrapped up with a happy ending for all.
Moonlight on Nightingale Way is listed as the final book in Young’s adult romance contemporary series, On Dublin Street. Based on a group of friends and family, we have watched this group grow and expand beyond what was first introduced in book one-On Dublin Street. Brimming with sexy men and women, humor, angst, real world issues, and much growth in the world, characterization, and from the author herself, I have enjoyed, for the most part, my journey through this series.
Opposites attract and enemies to lovers are always fun tropes to read in romance. Often starting from an antagonistic base, readers laugh and rejoice as the protagonists learn more about one another and find that spark we saw from the beginning. I admit I was uneasy when I read the excerpt to this book at the end of book five. I really didn’t want another story about woman or man whose baggage is so great they are unable to emotionally or mentally move on with their lives; choosing instead to place all their anger on the shoulders on the one person who truly sees them. Luckily for us, this is not one of those stories.
Grace Farquhar is a quiet, intelligent, studious woman who works from home as a freelance book editor. When she finds a pair of thong underwear drying on the landing between her apartment and her neighbor’s, she expects to make her issues known and leave…in a quiet, considerate manner. Unfortunately, her neighbor doesn’t seem like a quiet considerate man. He’s gregarious, big, gorgeous, obnoxious and immediately takes offense at what he deems Grace’s prude-like stance. From there starts a battle of the wills that left me giggling and smiling non stop.
“For the last three nights I’ve had to put up with the constant loud sex from you and your bloody American. I just want peace and quiet. I want some bloody goddamn sleep!”
“Have you got a glass up against the wall?”
“How did you know I’ve been fucking an American?”
“Because. I. Can. Hear. Every. Word. She. Says.”
Logan McLeod was just released from a two year stint in prison for assaulting the man who beat and almost raped his sister. Working as a nightclub manager; all he wants is to catch up on everything he missed during his incarceration. Namely sex. He uses one night stands to avoid commitment and dealing with his issues. When Grace makes her feelings known over the underwear, the loud sex noises, the constant parade of woman, he feels judged and strikes back.
“You don’t have to be so antagonistic, you know. You should consider removing that stick from your tiny arse.”
“You talk down to me. And there’s that pinchy-mouthed look you give me instead of a smile every time you pass me in the hall.”
Pinchy-mouthed? I sniffed at the insult and turned to leave again, not deigning to give him a response.
“And that. That haughty little sniff is extremely fucking annoying…”
I really liked Grace and Logan. Grace with her soft snarky wit and strong sense of self. She escaped her abusive family years ago and has made a life for herself with the help of some close friends. Watching her learn to trust Logan intimately was delightful, especially after he put a roadblock in their way only to discover he screwed up. MEN! Luckily for him he has an ace in the hole-namely his sister and her friends. Logan delights and confounds with his blatant sexuality and obnoxious charm, making the chemistry between them burn throughout the story. Young does a great job of facilitating the romance amongst the backdrop of their personal issues.
“I know good and bad, Logan, trust me. And deep down you do too. And you know you’re a good man. You know it. And I’m not going to tell you any different.”
Emotionally the overall tone is rather lightweight. A bit more formulaic than usual for Young, this engaging romance contemporary can be read alone though it is part of a series. A delightful journey of love and second chances. The fast steady pacing coupled with the slow burning romance is perfect for the overall tone of the story and subject matters at hand. Young’s witty dialogue and dynamic characterization only adds to the over all appeal.
“The horror. How will you ever get your next booty call?”
The main conflict blends well with the subplots. Young injects tongue in cheek humor to help offset the seriousness of the subject matter. Young slowly peels the lid back on Grace and Logan’s problems and begins to systematically and realistically address them using some well placed secondary characters. Logan learns to let go of his fear and guilt over what happened in the past, accepting he paid the price and can move on. Grace learns that she is worthy in all aspects of her life and that sometimes letting go completely is the best way to move forward.
The ending is a bit serendipity in that Logan and Grace both receive the ‘out’ they need to close the book on their respective pasts. It ends rather abruptly; shifting straight into a brief epilogue that gives us small peeks into the lives all the past couples; gifting us with a fond farewell. While I’m sad to see this series end, I’m sure this will not be the last we see of Samantha Young and her wonderful imagination.
Favorite Quote: “I could stay like this all night. Breathing in your scent, never leaving your body.”
Addison Peacock has carried a torch for her college fiance for five years. When he leaves after graduation, promising to return, she is forced to stay due to her father’s illness. Now he’s back-only he’s married and she doesn’t find out till after they slept together. Shattered by his deceit and duplicity, Addison sees hope on the horizon in the fine, fine form of her new next door neighbor.
Damian Walker has his own problems. A car accident destroyed his sports career and took something very precious from him. Damian knows what it takes to get your life back on track and while he’d love to help Addison, he doesn’t have the inclination to be anyone’s rebound. If Addison wants a one night stand, she’s looking at the wrong man.
As Addison and Damian get to know one another better, the future starts to look brighter, but until Addison can let go of her past, all these two can ever be in next door neighbors.
Right Next Door looked in the beginning to be a lighthearted friends to lovers romance about a young woman who discovers the prince charming she waited years for is really a toad and looks to her neighbor for some sexual healing. Only it develops into being far more as we get to know the protagonists at the heart of it-Addison Peacock and Damian Walker. Love, loss, hope, and redemption all swirl together as our protagonists meet and begin their journey. The past plays heavily on the present; foreshadowing their actions and the emotional base on which they react. Both are damaged but Damian has already had ample time to move forward from his tragedy while Addison is just starting the recovery process.
“From here forward I’m going to be like the contestants from American Ninja Warrior-badass, unstoppable, and you better not mess with me because I’m not taking anyone’s shite.”
Their first meeting is like a nuclear explosion going off. Heavy flirting and instant white-hot attraction leaves them both a little stunned. Their chemistry is perfect…only they are not at the right stages on their lives to be together. Damian is looking for forever and Addison is looking for right now. Additional issues in their lives leaves them both weary of emotional intimacy and watching them get from point A to point B is a bittersweet mixture of lust, humor, misunderstandings, and some hot sticky dirty talk.
“I can’t believe you did that behind me.” “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to shoot my shite all over you like that. It was a lackluster attempt at birth control.” “What’s so funny?” “I was only upset I didn’t get to watch you touch yourself. Next time, do that when I’m looking.”
Humor and sorrow fill the pages as Damian and Addison slowly, almost reluctantly, build a relationship from friends to lovers. I wasn’t sure I would like Addison at first. She was pretty passive aggressive concerning her ex boyfriend and tended to demand a lot from Damian without giving as much in return. She also pulls a stunt towards the end that left me questioning her rationale. Despite this, it’s very easy to see why Addison is the way she is. She is caught in a whirlwind as she struggles to define who she is and where she is going after she put her heart and life on hold waiting for the man she loved to return. She never really moved on from that point in her life and deep inside she knew she has to. Addison grows monumentally throughout the story; learns to understand that love is a gift that can bring you pain and joy without destroying you in the process. She also learns to love herself.
“I need to focus on me, as selfish as that is.”
Damian I loved. While he too has some secrets and heavy personal issues he was dealing with, he had no problems being honest with himself and with Addison. He saw her and KNEW she was the one for him and is willing to wait until she realises it too. He had already been down that road of one night stands and meaningless relationships. He wants marriage, the white picketed fence, and 2.5 kids.
“My life is complicated, I don’t do casual, and I don’t play games. I won’t be giving myself away piece by piece. When I find the right woman, it’s going to be all or nothing.”
This is not to say he’s a saint because he’s not. He has his guy “moments” that only serves to push Addison away more than draw her close. Luckily for her and us, Damian is a fast learner and both are equally adept at saying they are sorry.
Pryor does an impressive job of wrangling the main conflict while pushing additional subplots into the storyline. A complex array building that tugs at your heartstrings as readers follow the path set out for them. A well-developed cast of secondary characters further the agendas set out, giving us the information our protagonist can’t or won’t give. Pryor doesn’t pull any punches and makes both Addison and Damian work towards their individual goals. The pivotal moment hurts, I won’t lie, but we are gifted with an ending that more than left this reader happy and comfortable with Addison’s and Damian’s future.
The first in a spin off of Vale’s The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series bring us the boys of the Kilgore Swat Team and tRomance Suspense RATING: C+
The first in a spin off of Vale’s The Heroes of the Dixie Wardens MC series bring us the boys of the Kilgore Swat Team and the women who bring them to their knees. Fans will enjoy seeing Tru’s sister, Reese, and Bailey’s brother, Luke, front and center in a romance suspense that pushes some boundaries reality wise but brings it home with the humor, dominant alpha men, and sensuality that Vale is known for. Reese and Luke are both in Kilgore healing from broken hearts. A chance meeting opens the door to a new life for the both of them if only their respective exes would move on already. Erotic sexual scenes blends well with the storyline as Vale builds the romance. Plenty of action and suspense round out the extremely convoluted conflict which I admit confused me. There was too many plot twists to keep up and by the end I was a little shell shocked. Regardless, Vale continues to entertain me with her strong heroines and heroes who above and beyond for the people they love. ...more
If’s He’s Noble is the seventh installment of Ms. Howell’s ambitious Wherlocke series. An entertaining and somewhat dark series that uses love, humor,If’s He’s Noble is the seventh installment of Ms. Howell’s ambitious Wherlocke series. An entertaining and somewhat dark series that uses love, humor, heroism, revenge, and a wee bit of the supernatural to guide our hero and heroine past adversity and into true love. Action and suspense go hand in hand as two souls come together to stop a mad woman from further destroying a family’s life. This can be read as a stand alone and you do not have to read the others in order to appreciate this story, though previous heroes and heroines drift in and out of the story at random intervals.
Though this series is normally dark in terms of conflict and characterization, this particular installment is lighter than the others I’ve read. I wish I could say this story blew me away me, but I cannot. An interesting premise that never seems to quite gain a strong foothold. The best I can say is that it is vaguely amusing. The protagonists are nice. The plots and subplots are slow to produce and quite predictable. The resolution is understated and anti climatic. Even the villain, who is said to be insane, comes off more ridiculous than scary. There is no sense of adventure within the plot as one would suspect from this series; only mild intrigue. No real anticipation or excitement. I knew from the beginning what the end would be.
Our main protagonists, Lady Primrose Wootten and Sir Bened Vaughn are calm, rational, good-natured souls with a quiet dry wit about them. They meet by chance, with Primrose lost in the woods trying to find her spectacles and horse. She is on her way to find her brother as her father, the Baron has passed away, and her aunt and uncle want to marry her off to an old man in order to gain her inheritance. Bened is a bodyguard, hired to protect the nobility’s heirs. He has just finished up a job in which he is awarded a title and an estate. He meets up with Primrose in the woods on his way to his estate and after hearing her tale of woo has decided he is honor bound to help her. His attraction to her is just a bonus. All very amicable. And that pretty much sums up the entire tale. Amicable. I found neither of them were well rounded or particularly deep. Howell uses more than half the book to build their romance while building up the conflict alongside. Any conflicts, either personal or plotwise, were resolved quickly with little fuss.
Their attraction to one another is well documented and that was part of my issues with the book as a whole. Howell writes very well but the emotions didn’t transcribe the written word. We spend more time being told every thought, emotion, etc…then feeling what has happened. Their chemistry is more like two old friends who become lovers then a passionate new affair. It’s all very comfortable. Each alludes to it with the proper listing of pros and cons of entering into a relationship with one another. Everything about them and the situation as a whole is so well-mannered and civilised.
It’s only when the other characters come into play does the excitement levels pick up. The Whitlockes and Vaughns are a rambunctious group whose gifts and amusing eccentricities offer a respite from the overall blandness. They are a large and unusual family and Howell continues to expand on the two families with each new book. The inclusion of the supernatural is just as potent as always but in here seems to stay in the background, adding to the characters natural inclines without being used as a catchall to save the day. Primrose’s brother Simone had some backbone to him that proved interesting and I enjoyed meeting Primrose’s Uncle Gregory and his partner Frederick. Howell adds a bit of spice to the series by introducing this couple and their relationship.
Overall this was not my favorite in this series. I expected the usual shock and awe and instead felt barely felt a tinge. Regardless, I look forward to the next in the series, if only to see if this one was an anomaly.
Allen’s debut teen contemporary addresses the hero like worship that is gifted to high school football players and the socialContemporary/YA RATING: C
Allen’s debut teen contemporary addresses the hero like worship that is gifted to high school football players and the social and emotional ramifications of that worshiping attitude. The yearly scavenger hunt is held at this small high school to usher out the senior players and haze the incoming ones has four new players who have decided to teach these players, the school, and the town itself a lesson they will never forget. Told in the first person, each girl’s POV is told in alternating chapters, explaining what happened to lead to this moment and how they each chose to deal with what happened to them. Emotionally light with bits of humor and romance to offset the underlying seriousness of the storyline; the voice in here is decidedly young and it shows through the girls dialogue and actions. I did find some aspects unbelievable. For example, some of Peyton’s school work is more appropriate for middle school then high school. Overall it was good though the scattered layout and overall youthful tone took a toll on this reader and made it hard to stay engaged....more
Favorite Quote: “If I wanted to be sexually assaulted by a bottle of awful body spray, Simon, I’d go hump a cologne display in a drugstore.”
Devon Jenkins, sister to famous rock star, Trevor “Trax” Jenkins, has been playing a game with her brother’s sexy infuriating band mate for two years. Every since they met and he tried to lay some cheesy lines on her, it has been an antagonistic relationship in which Devon and Simon bicker, snark, and try to to avoid taking that final step into the unknown. When Devon is hurt in an accident and Simon is the one to care for her, Devon sees the complicated layers that belay his goofy playa’ personae and her resolutions towards him weaken considerably.
Simon Cole is a fun loving, sexy, intelligent, wealthy rockstar whose reputation paints a far different picture than the man we get to know. He has wanted Devon for a long time but her pricky nature and the fact her brother is his best friend has him keeping his distance. When Simon decides to let Devon know his intentions towards her are serious, he finds himself having to not only prove he’s worthy of her love…but that she’s worthy of his.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series-True North. A humorous, sexy, swoony romance that erupts between a rockstar and a widow. I was happy to see Simon and Devon were the next couple to be featured as the antagonistic chemistry between them was intense and begged to be explored. I will be honest and let readers know up front I was not as taken with this book as much as the first one, but I still enjoyed watching the fireworks explode as these two seemingly opposites’ attract each other like moths to a flame.
A groan tumbles out before I can stop it. I just let some poetry reading rich kid eat me out, and I loved it.
Heavily character driven, it’s the vibrant characters and realistic emotions and situations they face that makes the story come to life. Witty banter, steamy sex scenes, and the quiet introspective moments create a romance that perfectly showcases Liora Blake’s appealing voice and talented writing. I enjoy that Blake chooses to explore what is behind the mask of her characters, choosing not to give in to tired tropes and easy predictable behavior. She, like her characters, work hard at showing us the little nuances and quirky behavior that we all experience when striving to find and be in a relationship.
I’m scared to death I might want this. For real. Until it makes us whole again.
Our heroine Devon Jenkins has issues. Serious issues. Stubborn, passionate, snarky, and troubled, Devon hits first, then runs. Raised in a trailer park and referred to a ‘white trash’ growing up, she has self-esteem issues that eat at her day in and day out. Though she, like her brother, managed to claw her way out and make something of herself, she forever sees herself as undeserving, flawed, and unworthy. Able to maintain professional relationships with no problem, it’s the personal ones that give her the hives. Factor in she was in an abusive relationship for three years and her walls are thick, high, and covered in thorns.
Simon Cole was a joy to meet. Though he puts on a good show as the typical womanizing, opportunist, rock star; in reality he is smart, geeky, romantic, very talented, and comes from an upper crust background. He’s a multitude of contradictions. One minute he’s whispering erotic nothings in her ear and the next he’s reading her obscure poetry. He plays hardcore guitar and classical piano. He’s worth millions but sleeps on pink cotton unicorn sheets. He is honest to a fault and gives with his whole heart.
Watching these two fall in love is both funny and sad. Sexually they are in their element. Explosive chemistry leads to some pretty incredible mattress dancing and lots of laughs.
Dear Fellow Board Members:
I take full responsibility for making Simon late for your fancy meeting. The problem is he’s a sex goddess. Yes, goddess. Sometimes he giggles like a schoolgirl when we’re through. He tried to leave this morning, at a very responsible early hour, but I had to have him again. The man can fuck like nobody’s business. Please send him back as soon as possible.
Ms. Devon Jenkins
Their journey to their happily ever after is littered with man-made pitfalls-aka-Devon. Her multi layered self-esteem issues play a recurring role in her attempts to self sabotage her and Simon’s relationship. No matter what he does, she always waits for the other shoe to drop. For him to realise she is not worth his time. Heartbreaking and frustrating, you can’t help but want to shake her, hug her, and make her understand that she is worthy of Simon’s time. Worthy of his love. Worthy of happiness.
“I’ve been trying to be patient with you, not push, but we can’t grow this thing if you won’t let me in. I just want you to give me something-”
We see old and new friends aplenty though I did feel this one focused more on the couple then book one did. Kate and Trevor are a strong supporting cast along with Miss McKenna who is firmly Team Simon. I loved the introduction of Stacia and Preston and I hope we see more of them in the future. Their love of freshly made bread is quite amusing. Family continues to play a strong role in the series which I love. Too often, especially in rockstar romances, family members are often portrayed as leeches or screw ups who bring down rather than lift up their famous relative. I like that Blake shows family can be supportive and relatively normal.
The book does slow down considerably due to Devon’s issues. Devon’s internal monologue about her insecurities and jealousy does get a bit irritating because she rehashes the same issues over and over with no real steps of moving forward. I felt at times her issues overshadowed the storyline and Simon. I was disappointed with both the plot devices introduced towards the end to push Devon into making a decision about her and Simon. One didn’t make any sense and the other was nothing more than a manipulation that felt a little wrong considering what we knew of them. I would have understood more if there was a real defining moment or epiphany gleaned from the ordeal.
Regardless, True Devotion is an entertaining follow-up to True North; proving Liora Blake didn’t fall victim to the sophomoric slump. Fans of troubled heroines and adorable heroes will enjoy this snarky, humorous, antagonistic, and sweetly dirty romantic story. I look forward to the final book in this series-True Divide- is Kate’s sister Lucy’s story. YAY!! True Divide releases October 15, 2015.
A family, their secrets, and the consequences of those secrets sets the stage for Novak’s newest mystery suspense by introducing the main players and explaining the complicated facets that make up their relationships. A somber tone punctuated with bits of quiet humor and a lightweight romance permeates the story as Novak takes great pains to make us understand the volatile nature of this family’s dynamics that exist under its placid surface. Smooth writing and a steady pace introduces an overly controlling mother whose imagined high position in society demands a strict adherence to the rules-her rules. We meet the son who choose drugs and the daughter who choose to marry an “unsuitable man” in order to escape their mother’s influence.
The Lazarow’s are a complicated family. Each member is an important piece of the puzzle but only a small part of the overall picture. Maisey Lazarow has come home to Fairham Island to regroup after a painful divorce and to help her brother, Keith, with his ongoing addiction to drugs. Her husband’s cheating destroyed the final part of Maisey’s heart that was still beating after their baby is found to have died from SIDS and she decides leaving Manhattan and all the memories behind may be the only way to save her sanity and her soul.
Upon arrival, she sees a childhood crush to whom she gave her virginity to in high school, bringing back her anger and embarrassment of his dismissal of her and in essence, flares up her resentment towards her mother, her childhood, and her life in general. Part of this resentment manifests itself when she chooses to reside in the family owned rental property rather than stay at her mother’s house.
When Maisey discovers a metal box filled with baby pictures hidden in the walls of one of the rental homes she assumes they are hers until further investigation proves they can’t be. Maisey has always had faint memories of another little girl in their lives but figures it was just her imagination. That is until she reaches out to her brother and he admits to the same memories. From there Maisey is set out on path that digs deep into her family’s past and finds a mystery that could destroy them all or finally set them free.
Though touted as a romance suspense, I feel it falls more under contemporary mystery or women’s fiction. The main goal of the story is Maisey learning to acknowledge and let go her guilt and anger towards her husband, their child’s death, and her family. The romance for me was soft but endearing and seemed more of a bridge that helps Maisey in her journey towards forgiveness and self discovery. The Secret Sister is a well written story that accomplishes what it sought to do but I wasn’t blown away by it. I had a hard time connecting with the characters beyond a singular level and found the story dragged at certain times; especially in the first half. It’s when the mystery is introduced that the speed and my interest perked up.
The characters are well defined though again there was a subtle barrier between them and me that I was never able to break through. Everyone in the story is an extension of Maisey, used to help or hinder her. Even with this being told from Maisey’s POV, I never really felt I got to know her as well as I wanted to. They talk a good game but the emotional connects between them are so faint, they are almost non-existent. Secrets. Lots and lots of secrets. And perhaps that was intentional. As I stated before, this whole family has buried everything and pretends the world is okay until the cracks in the dam can no longer hold back the flood waters. They explode then shore it all back up quickly and quietly.
Novak does an excellent job exploring Maisey’s and Keith’s childhood, but what I found to be the most powerful aspects was what wasn’t said. Their mother is an abusive, narcissistic, non empathetic woman. Their only source of help was their father, but when he died, so did their only buffer against her. Masiey and her brother survived the best they could but it resulted in the burying everything which in turn manifested into some destructive behavior from them both.
Maisey is a mess. I found myself not always liking or understanding the decisions she made but her emotional barometer isn’t functioning properly and you couldn’t fault her flight or fight mentality. The contrasts in Maisey’s behavior when she is with her family and when she is with others is an interesting juxtaposition and goes far in showing us just how damaged she really is. I will admit her feelings of rejection and anger towards Rafe seemed a bit over the top at times. I never understand men or women who carry that much anger and pain towards an unrequited high school crush. After a few years, you need to let it go. Anything longer then that needs therapy.
Rafe is a solid character but like the others, acts more as a catalyst for Maisey rather a separate entity. Novak gives us insights into his life and past to try an explain where he is at in the present. He had good reasons for rejecting Maisey all those years ago-she lied about her age and he had no idea he was her first sexual partner. They had both been drinking and one thing led to another. He now wants another chance to get to know her as adults but Maisey is lost in her grief, anger, and confusion-not ready to move on from her divorce-though she does send some very mixed signals. Rafe’s daughter, Lainey, requires much of his care and attention and I respected the fact he put his daughter first in his life and she wasn’t used as a plot moppet to force Rafe and Maisey into a relationship. Maisy and Rafe have to build their relationship from the ground up, in spite of their past history, in order to move forward. The stumbling blocks incurred because of this goes far in further showing us the destructive force Maisey’s mother is.
The mystery was the best part of the story for me. Maisey jumps in with both feet, despite warnings and odd tales from family and town residents. She investigates with a tenacity and fierceness that surprised me due to her overall makeup. Once the full story is revealed, I was shocked and pleased by the twisting winding road Novak led us down towards the truth. What you expect and what you get are two very different things.
Though we aren’t given a concrete happy ending, there are questions and certain plotlines left unresolved, the main conflict is resolved and Maisey is given tools and help she needs to move on with her life and break free of the anchor of grief and anger that was weighing her down. I am looking forward to book 2. Maisey’s brother Keith is a complicated man whose demons have a tight hold on him and I am curious to see who he connects with and how he breaks free.
Favorite Quote: “I remembered where I belong. I got off course for a second, but I found my way again and that brought me home. To you.”
Best selling novelist Kate Mosley chose to grieve and heal in private after a car accident claimed her husband’s life. When her publisher set ups a series of talk show appearances to revive her career, Kate is forced to back into the public eye and to relive all the gossip that surrounded her husband’s death and the part she played in it. Wanting to get it done and over with, she is unprepared for the force of attraction she feels when she meets Trevor Jenkins, lead singer of the popular rock group-Trax. Expecting the typical rock star attitude, Kate is surprised to see Trevor is a down to earth man who appeals to her on multiple levels.
Trevor Jenkins has struggled and clawed his way from poverty to stardom and has spent years enjoying the fruits of his success but finds himself now looking to settle down for the next chapter of his life. Kate Mosley looks to be a huge part of his future but like him, has some past tragedies that need addressing before they can both move forward.
As Kate and Trevor explore the raging chemistry that exists between them, Kate’s broken heart begins to heal, showing her that love can come to a person twice in life. But when a trashy tabloid exposes all her secrets and makes some damaging assumptions, taking Kate back to the darkest hour in her life, will she stay and fight for her new life or will she run away and destroy everything they have built?
True North is a delightfully sexy, funny, and bittersweet romance contemporary about a couple for whom a chance meeting spells another chance at true love for a grieving widow. Liora Blake’s debut is a shining jewel in an otherwise overly saturated trope that promotes over the top emotional baggage and immature protagonists whose extreme sexual escapades overshadow the storyline. Blake has an enticing voice that lends credence and realism to her characters and their actions. Both protagonists (though the story is told in the first person from the heroine’s POV) are fleshed out; Blake expertly reveals their flaws and strengths with clarity and conviction. Strong writing and a smooth unfolding had me instantly invested in the story by the first chapter.
“Kate my darling, we are about to make some real money.” “Are we going to start smuggling drugs in my books?”
Your heart will hurt for Kate though she doesn’t inspire pity. She is a delicious combination of snark and strength that sheaths a fragile vulnerability that will take a strong and patient person to discover. Having been the one who was driving the car when her husband died, Kate carries a lot of guilt. It was an accident but the tabloids ripped her apart and she has never forgiven them or herself. Having Trevor’s attention is both gratifying and scary. She doesn’t see why he would be attracted to her; with his millions and looks he could have anyone. She also fears her attraction to him; feeling as though she is betraying the love she felt for her husband by feeling something much deeper for someone else.
Even nearly three years later, I miss his body in a way that weakens my breath
Luckily for her, Trevor is one of the most patient heroes I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Sweet, sexy, funny, and forthright, he fights for her both sexually and emotionally. Every roadblock she places in front of them, and she puts up quite a few to my dismay at times, he pushes against them, using any means necessary to strengthen their connection. Trevor reminded me a little of Eminem with his trailer park backstory, harsh upbringing, and misogyny song lyrics. An angry young man setting out to destroy the world is thrust into the limelight where his youthful mistakes turn around to create a thoughtful well adjusted adult.
“Christ, tell me what I have to do to prove to you that you’re my entire fucking world. I’ll do it. I don’t know how many ways I can say it, how many things I need to do to show it. I’m yours, Mosely.”
Trevor and Kate’s romance is fraught with laughter and some heartfelt moments as they attempt a long distance relationship. I loved Trevor’s “chasing” of Kate. His text messages and gifts are thoughtful, showing his desire to get to know her better. Once they cross the point of no return, their love scenes blaze across the pages. Trevor has a dirty mouth and he knows how to use it. *wink*
“God, you’re so ready. You love this, don’t you? Acting like a filthy groupie. Fuck, I love that it made you crazy, baby.”
He doesn’t let up as he growls at me, continuing to slam into me over and over again. I groan out an affirmation and rotate my hips in response to his thrusts.
“Tell me how much you wanted it. How bad my sexy, sweet good girl wanted this.”
My answer comes out garbled, broken up by moans and screams. I manage to stutter out, “I wanted it in the dressing room. I wanted it all night watching you onstage. I needed it.”
“Yeah? Did you think it would be this good? A rock star fucking you this hard?”
A kaleidoscope of vivacious and interesting secondary characters add love, humor, and advice to the mix from an exuberant personal stylist to flirtatious band members. Family plays a strong role as shown when Kate and Trevor’s respective family members come out swinging when they think their loved ones are being hurt or taken advantage of. Trevor’s mom suspiciousness is well warranted as is Kate’s sister’s over-protectiveness.
The book does slow down a little in the last half as Kate tries to figure out what she really wants. The rehashing of her feelings and insecurities does get monotonous because it recycles the same issues over and over with no real advancement. Even though I knew she wasn’t doing it on purpose, at times I felt she was stringing Trevor along. It takes a predictable conflict to shock her out of her endless loop and move forward.
True North surprised me in the best of ways. I expected the usual fare and received something fans of opposites attract and second chance romances will adore the sweet, slow, and humor journey to true love as a woman learns how to love again with a man whose only want is to be her one and only. I look forward to book two, True Devotion, which is the story of Simon (Trevor’s band mate) and Trevor’s sister, Devon. Book two releases June 22, 2015.
The second installment of the Crown and Key Victorian steampunk trilogy addresses subplots left open in book one while expanding the world and the characterization of a secondary character. Action, suspense, and intrigue continues to engage though the storyline seems to more introverted this go around, not allowing the reader to fully integrate themselves. Some areas dragged while others flew by requiring you to re read to fully understand what happened. An astounding amount of internal action is present, giving the book a jumbled feeling at times. A small cliffhanger hooks you up, requiring you to read book three....more