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.
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.”
There are always books or authors that will ruin you for all others. L.H. Cosway truly has a gift for writing compelling characters and unique storie...more
There are always books or authors that will ruin you for all others. L.H. Cosway truly has a gift for writing compelling characters and unique stories. With every book I read by her I realize more and more that she is quite simply one of my favorite authors! And she has ruined me for all others. Especially with her stellar heroes that make my heart skip a beat and my panties melt away when they get all possessive and alpha (or just when they breathe) and her heroines that just make me want to go out with them for a drink and make them my BFF.
SIX OF HEARTS is compelling, funny and entertaining, deep and emotional and on fire hot! I’ve fallen hard for Jay Fields and want to keep him locked up in my basement of book boyfriends. You need to meet him and fall in love with him as well. Jay Fields is charismatic, sexy, with a dash of arrogance and a heart of gold.
I don’t want to give too much away from the story but what you need to know is that Jay is an illusionist. Or read magician. Very much like Criss Angel (profession, not the looks). He’s seeking revenge from a childhood gone wrong and he’s seeking love. One of the best friends to lovers stories I’ve read in a while. I loved everything about their developing relationship.
I was completely enraptured from the very first page. Jay and Matilda’s quirky personalities that work so well together. Their sexual chemistry and the sexual tension in the beginning that was revving up all my buttons. And when they finally get together *mind blown with excitement*. Try not to salivate on your e-reader.
If you only have time to read one book this week or this month or whenever really… This is it! It’s funny that when I love a book so much there’s hardly that much to say. But really, it can all be summarized with “You have to read this, because this book is amazing!” End of story. I may want to re-read it now after I finished writing this because I want to experience it all over again!
“You’re lucky you got away with a quickie. I have a good mind to make sure you can’t walk straight in the morning.”
“Isn’t it more exciting not knowing, just letting the possibilities be endless?”
“On the contrary, my apple loves to be eaten. In fact, my apple is a little cranky right now because she hasn’t been eaten in a while.”
I had seen ads for this book before and although the cover was quite catching and I may have done a double take, it probably wouldn’t have called to...more
I had seen ads for this book before and although the cover was quite catching and I may have done a double take, it probably wouldn’t have called to me enough to look up the blurb. After the book came out, a good friend of mine happened to pick it up and loved it. Me being a sucker for a good read, and in need of an interesting audiobook at the time, dove right in not really knowing what to expect. I tend to do that a lot, not reading blurbs.
My first impression of this book was sort of like this…. O.O I really was not expecting to be thrown in the head of a girl with psychotic tendencies. But as shocked as I was by the subject matter and execution of the story, I was completely riveted. Once THE GIRL IN 6E grabbed a hold of my attention, I had a really hard time putting this book down to do anything else. Even sleep.
I have seen this comparison around and as I was recommending the book to yet another friend the same comparison came up. This book has a very Dexter feel to it. So if you are a fan of the show, then you will absolutely love this! Our heroine, web cam girl, part time vigilante, most of the day psychotic killer, is very much like the female version of Dexter. Except she doesn’t want to be. She’s locked herself in her apartment for 3 years and avoided human interactions. Afraid that her killer instincts will come out and attack… again.
She’s been working as a web cam girl during that time and has become so good at it that she has plenty of money. She’s also developed a strange relationship through her door with her UPS delivery man who is extremely curious as to what the girl in 6E looks like. She also has clients with questionable intent that tell her things that may be disturbing. And her conscience and desire to do the right thing brings her out of her apartment for the first time in three years. And an adventure begins. Ohh and did I mention the sexy parts? This book does not shy away from the sexy and I’m expecting to see a lot more of that in books to come.
I have to say I’m completely sold on A.R. Torre’s voice in this book. She’s told an unconventional story in a way that as much as the topic was dark and hard to process for some people, it was also so engaging! I was hooked from the beginning! I know this type of dark read may not be for everyone, but if you are not afraid to take a chance, I think this might be one of the most refreshing books you’ll read this year amongst a sea of books that blend together.
“No one is normal. Everyone is just pretending to be normal.”
“Hope, in general, is dangerous. Hope can be the loose thread that pulls apart your sanity.”(less)
What’s better than falling in love with your best friend? Decker has always been in love with Elizabeth, always the best friend and loving h...more3.5 stars
What’s better than falling in love with your best friend? Decker has always been in love with Elizabeth, always the best friend and loving her from afar. He sees himself as just the kid from the wrong side of the tracks, not wanting to sully her perfection with the likes of him. But he’s also made it his mission to be her protector. And that’s how he finds himself in jail for ten years.
Elizabeth has always stayed true to her friendship with Decker, even when others don’t support of it. Especially her new boyfriend.
This was a fun story with an edgy of dangerous, added in by that sexy hero. I love under appreciated heroes and I feel as if Decker was that in the past. He was boxed in the “friend” category and had to suffer seeing the love of his life with other men. His love obvious to everyone but her. But don’t think he’s all sweet and good. Decker has a dangerous and extreme side that as much as it is sexy that he’s so protective, it might’ve scared me just a bit. Elizabeth is also a full figured woman, and as much as her boyfriend had put her down for it, Decker loves her curves and makes her feel good about herself.
It’s always so hard for me to connect with short stories like this that stand alone and are not about characters I already know from a series. But Ms. Walker packs a great amount of story in a short amount of pages. If you haven’t read her yet, this will be a great small taste.
Talk about unconventional couples but also one my favorite tropes. Mac Byrd is the foreman(woman) of the Triple C ranch, and she can be one...more3.5 stars
Talk about unconventional couples but also one my favorite tropes. Mac Byrd is the foreman(woman) of the Triple C ranch, and she can be one tough chick. Even though she is very much a woman, she also has the tough attitude a man would need to run the ranch, and he enjoys her job. She’s also been a family friend since she was a little girl and was best friends with the Cavanaugh sister, and has had a crush on the older brother Deacon ever since.
Many things have changed since then. Her best friend died, Deacon moved away and became very successful, and she took over running the ranch. Now that Everett Cavanaugh died and Deacon comes back things are about to change yet again when Deacon makes his plans clears that he wants the Triple C ranch and wants to level the place down.
There is just a bit of angst with the backstory and I was glad to see it didn’t overpower the current plot. Deacon has his demons he has to deal with and Mac slowly uncovers them. She might be just the perfect heroine to bring him his HEA. I loved them together. The slow build up, their connection, their chemistry! These two had chemistry in spades! And of course, my favorite trope of best friend’s older brother. Can’t resist!
The mystery I find surrounding Cassie’s death will play throughout the series and made for interesting tidbits as we read through her diary. I can’t wait to see that unfold.
I would’ve liked to see more life in the ranch, but since we are combining this story with Deacon’s city living I lost some of that. I am however very excited about the next book and looking forward for more of a cowboy feel.