I tried. I really did. But I kept wanting to murder the heroine because of the sheer stupidity! I got to 60% I think that's a fair shot but it only go...moreI tried. I really did. But I kept wanting to murder the heroine because of the sheer stupidity! I got to 60% I think that's a fair shot but it only got worst. (less)
I am so conflicted with this. Let me start out by stating that I do not like writing bad reviews. I don't go into a book wanting to hate it. On the c...more
I am so conflicted with this. Let me start out by stating that I do not like writing bad reviews. I don't go into a book wanting to hate it. On the contrary, when I see a book that is right up my alley, even when it's an author I've never heard of, I jump in ready to enjoy it. Now, I know a lot of people think that if you don't have something good to say, then don't say anything at all. But you know why that's wrong? Opinions can be different. And when all I find is praise, things like this can happen.
Back story here is that I purchased this book because I saw an author I absolutely love and adore pimping this out. Then I read the blurb and got all giddy and excited because it sounded like just my type of dark read. I even pushed aside everything else I "should" be reading and reviewing to get to read this right away. I was in the mood!
I can't even begin to tell you all the things that made this not enjoyable. But lets start with some of the worst editing I've seen in a while. I mean, I'm not one of those that needs everything perfect and I let a lot of things go by. By no means do I start getting an itch if it's not perfect. But the grammar and spelling mistakes happened so much that I could start feeling my blood boil. Things as simple as "i" instead of "I", "too" instead of "to", "then" instead of "than". It made me want to grab a red marker and start making correction notes! And from there, there was just more of that. It really took away from the story.
But wait, then there's the story! Where this could've been a great dark new adult story, it fell completely flat on its ass. The hero is a jerk, not even likeable. His connection and attraction to the heroine doesn't make sense to me as there is no relationship development other than her bumping into him, then him running into her at a crime scene (yes, he's a hit man remember?) where he's doing his job and spares her life because he's obsessed/infatuated. Then all of a sudden they are getting hot and heavy just days after that?
So while my brain couldn't wrap itself around the fact that the HEA was believable due to the circumstances in the book (no spoilers here!)...the ending was even worst. Like a bad soap opera where things get so tangled and then big reveals happen that you can't help but roll your eyes at it all. This book was a melting pot of cliches, and a few commas short of the mark.
I really couldn't find one redeeming quality to this. No, not even the sex. And this makes me sad because I went in really wanting to like it!(less)
Here’s the thing about covers…they CAN be misleading. I saw this cover and immediately thought “hot biker book”. And although our hero rides a bike,...more
Here’s the thing about covers…they CAN be misleading. I saw this cover and immediately thought “hot biker book”. And although our hero rides a bike, this is not an MC romance. It is however, a family centered story. And I do enjoy those quite a bit (even more so than MC books). This book spins off from the series SPIRAL OF BLISS, being the story about Professor Dean West’s brother. Since this was my first read by this author, I missed out on some background because I didn’t read the previous books. However, I think this worked very well as a standalone. And as much as I thought Dean was interesting enough, I actually have no desire to go back and read his story.
But back to the brother, Archer West is a self proclaimed bad boy and the family black sheep. That might because he’s not 100% really part of the family. Archer’s brother, Dean, takes the rose colored glasses off of him at an early age, revealing he has a different father. And he’s the product of their mother stepping out and cheating on her husband. Archer has never been able to recover from that. He’s been a loose cannon ever since.
He is just misunderstood and needs some love. I liked him pretty quickly because he shows a caring side. One that is still looking for acceptance and love, and still tries to show that he cares for his family. Kelsey on the other hand is an atmospheric scientist, ex storm chaser and current University Professor. She has become this tough chick because of her past and she’s made something of herself. Now thinking that the grown up thing to do is giving up her passion for chasing storms and just working behind the scenes back from University.
I think that both characters could’ve been more. I liked Archer more than I liked Kelsey, to be honest, but I think they were both wishy washy and a bit weak. Their dialogue felt scripted at times. But what really got me ready to pull my hair out? The indecisiveness of both characters!!! The constant back and forth. The “I can’t be with you because of this and that … Ok I’ll leave… What do you mean? You’re giving up so easy?” behavior. Mostly on the heroine’s part. It happened once, it happened twice, it kept happening. I wanted to beat some sense into her! With a wooden spoon! Then it was contagious and other characters were doing it. Arghhhhhh Putting that aside, I did find Kelsey and Archer somewhat entertaining as a couple. They were just not memorable.
I loved the original concept of incorporating storm research into this book. It made it original and interesting for me and probably was my absolute favorite thing about the book. That and the small details that were key moments in the Archer/Dean brotherly dynamics as well as the Archer/Kelsey relationship building. There were so many cute moments (the tree house, the nickname, the coin, the comic book…), even if some of them could also be cheesy. Loved those!
I feel bad classifying this as new adult because by definition I think these two are older and should fall under just contemporary romance, but their maturity level? Yeah, just wasn’t there. As far as this being erotic romance? I think everyone has different ideas on what they consider erotic romance and what just falls on a sexy contemporary. So lets call this one sexy and lets leave it at that.
I picked up this book on a whim really, because I've never read this series or this author. Call me a cover whore! From the very beginning I was a bi...more
I picked up this book on a whim really, because I've never read this series or this author. Call me a cover whore! From the very beginning I was a bit put off by the behavior of the characters. I'm not big on the love/hate relationship and there was a lot of animosity between everyone it seemed.
Fallon is the typical misunderstood teen. She wants to go against the grain and be different. She has piercings and tats and thinks that makes her edgier than the jocks and cheerleaders. Her mom is a golddigger who married a rich guy and now landed her a hot step brother, Madoc. Madoc hates his father and the woman he married for destroying his family, and in a way that translates to his hate for Fallon as well. They're like oil and water. They are mean to each other. Until their hate turns into sex.
This book takes place two years after high school, and two years after the heroine, Fallon, went away (or ran if that's more like it) to college. She had been in love, you could say, with her step brother, and they had a sexual relationship up until she left. So what happened between them?
This book is completely full of angst, a lot of unnecessary in my opinion. And when the big reveal comes out at the end, it just made me wonder why let immaturity prevent these characters from communicating better? Couldn't these people just talk to each other and be clear once in a while? This might be the perfect example why I often stay away from new adult that has characters that immature.
The story underneath still kept me interested and I enjoyed some things. Can you say hot sex on top of a sports car in the rain? But for my personal taste, the hot sex was all I got out of it. Now I just need a stiff drink.
If you thrive on stories full of angst, and enemies to lovers and the sexual sparks that can usually cause, then RIVAL is for you. This relationship is combustible in many levels. And it certainly was scorching hot. Just didn't show much growth. I am not interested in going back and reading about the previous characters, I know that. But I am certainly curious about Jaxon and will be reading that one for sure!
I absolutely LOVE revisiting couples that we've already fallen in love with in a series. FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT brings us back to Jace, Evan and Andr...more
I absolutely LOVE revisiting couples that we've already fallen in love with in a series. FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT brings us back to Jace, Evan and Andre and shows that a permanent triad has its own special set of complications. And that it will take commitment and effort to make things work. Their road to a HEA is harder than most couples because of juggling the inner dynamics of their triad, as well as what others perceive of their relationship.
Feelings can be a touchy thing. This book goes to show you that. And maybe what you always assumed you didn't want or need becomes a priority. As you may be aware, I'm a fan of the series, and have come to care for these characters! It was refreshing to see them be strong through the struggles of life. There are many important issues at hand in this book, and even when facing uncertainty they pulled through and didn't stray. If there's something I hate is unnecessary drama and lack of communication. Ms. Loren managed to share this story without falling into the easy traps where this could've happened.
I feel that after FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT there is a true happily ever after in their future.
These three are still one of my faves. Well, I do love them all. I'm somewhat of a Roni Loren addict. But stories like this is exactly why. They go past being just a hot way to spend the time. They move you, connect with you. And she always does right by her characters. Another job very well done with this one!
We all have that book we've wanted to read for ages because EVERYONE seems to recommend it. This was it for me. I was so excited to finally read it b...more
We all have that book we've wanted to read for ages because EVERYONE seems to recommend it. This was it for me. I was so excited to finally read it because quite frankly, at least 10 people I know have talked about it and told me it was the best book ever and that I would cry rivers. I was in a "I want to cry" mood. This? Not it.
From page 1 we know that we are dealing with a married couple, they live a 24/7 Master/Slave relationship. And the husband is dying. *cue my heart breaking and preparing for a rough ride* What I wasn't expecting was the "mechanical arrangement" he decides to force on his best friend of a lifetime. He needs someone to take over his position as his wife's Dom. Without a Dom she can turn into a basket case. And he worried about her safety and her life after he's gone.
Knowing he will die gives him time to get his friend and his wife accustomed to the idea that they will be each other's life after he's gone. And gives him the peace of mind.
What a bizarre concept! But I could put that aside and kept reading. The more I read, the more I got annoyed. Leah is a deeply troubled person. She needs the pain aspect of BDSM to release her emotional hang ups. To the point that if she doesn't get it or doesn't find emotional release in some way, she may hurt herself. As in hide the knives from her and constantly watch to see if she cried it out. I felt like at least 50% of this book is spent on suicide watch.
Then there's the romance aspect. Seth is the best friend that has to now become involved in his buddies marriage. Obviously he has issues with it but has an open mind to see how he can do this for his friend. I could totally understand his point.
There are things about Seth and Leah's relationship that rubbed me the wrong way. There were things about Kaden and Leah's relationship that rubbed me the wrong way. And quite frankly, I had to push myself to finish reading this because I was determined to not let it be a DNF book. Maybe there was hope in the end?
I guess I should've known better. When the big ugly cry moment comes, I didn't even shed a tear. Yes, it's sad but I was not connected with the characters at point enough to care. I just wanted the book to be over.
To be honest, I'm not sure I'll give the author another try.(less)
BLURRING THE LINES is a step away from what I’m used to reading by Roni Loren. I was very excited to read it because of that. It’s alway...more[image error]
BLURRING THE LINES is a step away from what I’m used to reading by Roni Loren. I was very excited to read it because of that. It’s always intriguing to see what an author will do when playing in a different genre. As with other short stories by Ms. Loren, she always manages to make me feel satisfied after reading them and BLURRING THE LINES was no exception.
I admit I have not read any other Invitation to Eden stories, so I was going in blindly to learn about this island. The fact that this story starts off at a turning point in a relationship that has a lot of back story, worked very well for me.
Burke has been in love with his best friend since they were teenagers. But one wrong move and his brother swooped in and took the girl away from him. Now that his brother died over a year ago, his fiance Gretchen is in need of comfort. And Burke might just get the chance to get the girl, finally.
Burke was the perfect alpha male that so deeply cares about his heroine he will make the ultimate sacrifice. And walk away. In a way this was a sweet second chance at love story, and I’m a sucker for those.
BLURRING THE LINES was a feel good story, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. The lure of the magical island, the slightly haunted theme and of course New Orleans. I love a good Cajun hero, so there’s that plus. I can’t wait for my next Roni Loren fix.
“You’re an adventurer, Mr. Burke. Don’t miss out on the kind of adventure Eden can bring you.”
“Wow, I love your accent. What is that?” “Drunk Cajun.”
“I want to do really dirty things to you, cher.” “And I want to let you.”
It’s hard to talk about a book with a secret, especially when keeping “that” a secret is key to the enjoyment of the book. So I will try my...more2.5 Stars
It’s hard to talk about a book with a secret, especially when keeping “that” a secret is key to the enjoyment of the book. So I will try my best to express my feelings while keeping it vague. Wish me luck!
BLACK LIES starts off hitting all my “NO” buttons. The heroine, Layana Fairmont, is an heiress. Her family wants her to find a respectable husband of good social standing and lots of money. She is completely against that, and is biding her time to rebel against her families’ wishes until she meets exactly the man they want for her and falls madly in love.
Brant Sharp is a billionaire and a tech genius. Self made fortune, super intelligent and completely focused on only her. But with a secret. A secret that takes over and changes his relationship with Layana after she realizes what it is. And a secret that pushes Layana to have her own secrets and lies.
I wasn’t immediately invested in the characters. From the very beginning, their whirlwind romance didn’t completely draw me in, but it wasn’t bad either. They had some chemistry.
Now lets just say if you are not into reading books about cheating, then you may get annoyed by this book. Up to 80% I felt like I was reading a different version of book I’ve read before. As much as cheating can get on my nerves, I don’t mind pushing my limits and seeing it done justice. It has worked for me in the past. But it’s not a topic to brush off lightly and push it aside. It can seriously destroy people’s lives. That being said, cheating is not my favorite thing to read about.
But here is my biggest issue with this book. No, not the cheating. I love reading a good paranormal romance and suspending my belief to enjoy those stories, but I’m not a fan of having to do that with contemporary romance. And to fully enjoy this book, that had to happen for me. And I just couldn’t do it. Yeah, there’s a twist at the end. What I thought when I originally found out what it was: “ok, this could be interesting.” But then the most illogical happened. And when I can’t believe something would happen the way the story goes, then you loose me.
When an author touches on topics that are serious in nature, I like to see that they’ve done their research. That research should show in their work. Taking a liberty here and there on something minor is ok (again unless your liberties entail fangs and blood drinking and shifting). But when a liberty is taken that is big enough that it changes the course of the story, or explains events away to make your story easy to get to an HEA, just a big no no for me. This is a personal thing, I guess. I love being shocked by authors! But my brain just knew there was no way it could honestly happen the way it’s told. As shocked/annoyed as I was reading the ending, I was actually also annoyed reading the final note which states that yes, liberties were taken.
This was my first book by A. Meredith Walters. Although the subject matter is not a favorite of mine, I have to say that the writing was engaging and...more
This was my first book by A. Meredith Walters. Although the subject matter is not a favorite of mine, I have to say that the writing was engaging and in its own dark way, it kept me riveted to this story.
LEAD ME NOT for me was one of those books that by the end you’re not sure if you hate it or love it, but that I devoured it completely and left me with so many conflicted feelings by the end, that no matter which way you look at that, that is the sign of a good book. I’ll definitely be reading the next one.
This is not the type of book that will leave you with warm, fuzzy feelings. So if you’re looking for that, find a different read and revisit this when you’re in a better place for it. This book is about addiction. About how it can destroy someone’s life and the lives of those around them that care for them. Drug addiction is one thing, and yes, it’s a big focus of this book. But addictive personalities in general can seek many things to make them feel good. Relationships and addictions to people are also part of that.
Aubrey is as addicted to Maxx as Maxx is addicted to his drugs. They both have to learn to overcome those issues. This book was a journey for them both in both sinking deeper into their addictions, and the hope of healing. Their story is sensual and hard at the same time. It was hard to see all the mistakes they kept making and I wanted to scream at them both to act differently. However, Maxx does have a huge appeal, or potential for having huge appeal?, as long as if snaps out of his own self hatred and finds a way out.
Be warned this is not a standalone novel, FOLLOW ME BACK will be the continuation of Maxx and Aubrey’s story. That means this book doesn’t end up tied with a nice bow. I guess I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger, for those that don’t like those, but it is a to be continued and most definitely not a HAPPILY EVER AFTER here.
“I clawed through life with bloodied fingers.”
“I could be her white rabbit. She just needed to follow me where I wanted to lead her.”
“He was something primal and unfettered – a force that could take everything and everyone down with him, burning it all in a violent flame. And then afterward he would dance on the ashes. He was terrifying.”
When I first heard about Ms. Singh's decision to go back to contemporary romance, my first thought was "She can do no wrong, I'm in!" And I'...more3.5 Stars
When I first heard about Ms. Singh's decision to go back to contemporary romance, my first thought was "She can do no wrong, I'm in!" And I'm happy to report that I enjoyed ROCK ADDICTION a lot!
Ms. Singh writes amazing characters, there's no doubt about it. From heroes that you can't help but want and love, to heroines that make you cheer them on. Fox was all that and more for me. He's sexy and badass. I love a man who is determined and knows what he wants. And he wants Molly almost with a single-minded focus and goes after her. Then with that same focus he works to keep her. I am a sucker for all that intensity!
Then there's Molly. She's a bit less confident than I usually like but she manages to grow into her own throughout the book. From not wanting a relationship with someone in the public eye like a rock star to being strong enough to withstand the craziness that their life together will be, full of fans and paparazzi. She's just a heroine you can easily relate to!
Molly and Fox are definitely hot together. They have great chemistry and maybe that's what got me to overcome the insta-love. Fox is a dirty talker, and he likes to make Molly forget about any issues by having sex. There is plenty of sexy times, all very sensual. But maybe a bit too much of it. But even when it's not all about sex, these two are fun to read about. This is one of the things Ms. Singh does best. She can make any story work and make me believe.
ROCK ADDICTION is sweet and very sexy, even if predictable. I loved that we didn't get any unnecessary drama and that once Fox sets his sights on Molly he stays true to her. I found by the end that was important to me. Fans be warned, this is not your typical Singh writing style. And not because of the genre change. More on the way she tells this story.
This sets the perfect backdrop for the series. Not only does it give us a great romance, but it lays out the groundwork that has me already anxious to read at least the next 3 books! Talk about creating an addition. I love all the men of Schoolboy Choir!