Thief is the conclusion in a 3 part series, Love Me With Lies. They are not stand alone books. You must first read, book 1 - The Opportunist and then book 2 - Dirty Red. This series is the most twisted, mind blowing love triangle ever written. They consumed me for days.
Each of the books are told in that particular protagonist's point of view. Each of the books are written where every chapter is either in the past or in the present. They flowed together well and it was not confusing to flip between the years.
Thief is Caleb's book. Caleb is desperately in love with Olivia. Leah is insanely in love with Caleb. Olivia is determined to believe that she is not worthy of the kind of love Caleb offers and self destructs and sees the worst in every situation. These three books will exhaust you. They will consume you. They will leave you with a book hangover.
It is hard to write a review on Thief because in doing so, you would have to understand the depth of what occurred in the first two books. I am emotionally wrought. The series spans over ten years. Ten years of drama and one heck of a roller coaster ride. It was worth it. The writing is spectacular. I can't remember when I highlighted and quoted so much in books. These books could be a study of human nature. Absolutely amazing read.
"I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood."
"Let me carry you out. I’ll never let you touch the ground. I was made to carry you, Olivia. You’re fucking heavy with all of your guilt and self-loathing. But, I can do it. Because I love you."
"She was like water. She moved through everything no matter how hard it was. If there was something she couldn’t control, she’d flow right over the top of it and keep going."
"Broken people give broken love. And we are all a little broken. You just have to forgive and sew up the wounds love delivers, and move on."
"I know, I know that I am the match and she is the gasoline and without each other we are just two objects void of reaction." (less)
I would wager that the author Tarryn Fisher had a lot of fun creating this psychotic, unbalanced female character named Leah. Leah is the product of festering jealousy and an extremely unhealthy love attachment to her boyfriend and then husband, Caleb.
"My name is Leah, and I will do anything to keep my husband."
"It was exhausting trying to hide yourself from everyone."
Dirty Red is the second book in a series called "Love Me With Lies." These are not stand alone books. You need to read book one "The Opportunist" first to fully understand Leah's crazy. Oh yeah, she is right crazy. Off the charts cracked. I can't remember reading a more despicable female character. If Leah ever makes it to a psychiatric ward, she'd never get out. Can I just add that the cover for this book is spectacular. Exactly Leah.
Jealousy is the evil monster in Dirty Red. Leah's jealousy of Olivia (from book 1 The Opportunist) actually starts off being warranted. She has a boyfriend that she loves, that she has invested time and energy into and she feels she is starting to lose him to another woman. She does things that are a little crazy and granted there are a lot of women that have been known to be a little crazy in a similar circumstance.
You see, Leah's jealousy starts off as a little slice and then has grown to a stage 5 raging cancer with no hope of remission. Leah ends up deranged and the reader is privy to everything she feels and thinks because Dirty Red is told from her first person point of view. The story flips back and forth from past to present and scenes that you read in The Opportunist are now revealed from another POV. I loved that! It was not repetitive as in did not feel like I was reading duplicated scenes at all.
The author sometimes throws in tiny bits of information that can make you feel a tidbit of sympathy for Leah BUT then then turns around and makes her do something even more wretched. Reading Dirty Red is another roller coaster ride. Another 5 star roller coaster ride. At times the story made me think that Leah had forgot that this was about love and it became more of a determined goal. A goal that she will anything to reach.
"I have done a number of things to keep this man. I have lied and cheated. I have been sexy and meek, fierce and vulnerable. I have been everything but myself."
I could not put this book down. It was unputdownable. I am so invested in these characters at this point. I am typing this review waiting for my iPad to charge so I can dive right into book 3, The Thief. I'm glad it is the last book because I don't think my emotions can take much more.
Teasers: baby girl Estelle, day care disaster, Sam the manny, chocolate covered raisins (less)
Reasonable Doubt is a perfect example of a book I bought strictly because the book buzz. I didn't read any reviews. I just went with the buzz and saw it was only $1.00 on Amazon and did my favourite thing to do; Buy now with 1-click.
I really really reaaaaalllly wish I had paid more attention because I didn't understand that Reasonable Doubt was a book serial. There are three novellas to be published (that is what I understand but could be wrong). Since Reasonable Doubt is a serial, the author ends this first book on a cliffhanger. I very much hate cliffhangers. So much so, I really don't care what happens in book 2. When this first book just ended abruptly as it did, I was just so mad that I decided it will just end for me. Besides, I got the jest of the story. I have to say, I'm not a fan.
Although I didn't really like either character, I could not put this damn book down. They annoyed me and yet I wanted to read more about them. Andrew is a complete jerk. He treats women like crap and holds standards that don't make any sense. For instance, he hates liars yet he is a defense lawyer???? He gets furious when women don't use their real names when going on questionable dates or dating sites. Yet, what a shocker, he doesn't use his real name either.
Aubrey is a complete liar. She is enrolled in law school AND at the same time trying to be a lead in the ballet Swan Lake. Not sure how that is possible. But back to her being a liar, she cheats and signs up to a "lawyer only" communication forum and pretends to be a full fledged lawyer and uses the other lawyer's free advice to pass through school. She lies about her age, who she is, her occupation and even what she looks like. Aubrey is really a 22 yr old law student and you can totally tell by her lack of maturity.
I tell you, these two deserve each other. It was like a bad car accident. I couldn't look away.
I did find their text messages back and forth humourous. Because they were a couple built on a tower of lies and deception, I kept on reading because I was dying to know how this all played out.
When Andrew and Aubrey finally do meet and have their eventual sex, it was weird. Andrew was this dominate character, being extremely rude and very inappropriate for an office setting (especially when he is a partner). He treats her really bad and the fact that he is so attracted to Aubrey really angers him. He takes that anger out on her with cutting words and actions designed to hurt feelings. I have to say, the author Whitney Gracia Williams penned a relationship that I have never read before.
Will I continue with the serial? No. I had enough in this first book. It was only $1 and it totally captivated my attention but not really my interest.
Another great story. The next points aren't a review but mostly little reminders of what happened in the story. Vigilantism. Roarke and Eve both have...moreAnother great story. The next points aren't a review but mostly little reminders of what happened in the story. Vigilantism. Roarke and Eve both have great points. Feeney hostage. McNab stunned. Mavis news. NYC Mayor scandal.
Happy 1 yr Anniversary Eve and Roarke! Love how time flies in this series.
Once again a super fabulous story. Lots of Eve's background comes to life a...moreHappy 1 yr Anniversary Eve and Roarke! Love how time flies in this series.
Once again a super fabulous story. Lots of Eve's background comes to life as Eve needs to visit Dallas, Tx for a case. This was another story that Roarke got me angry at him. He went over Eve's head on a case and it just made me very angry at him. Well at least he fessed up and apologized continuing on with the amazing man and husband that he is. Eve remains one tough cookie! Peabody's parents come for a visit. Great couple. (less)
Brilliant. Smart. Roarke and Eve once again a fabulous team. Lots of head butting too. I found I sided more with Eve this book. Normally I'm 100% Roar...moreBrilliant. Smart. Roarke and Eve once again a fabulous team. Lots of head butting too. I found I sided more with Eve this book. Normally I'm 100% Roarke but Eve was right in one of the main plots. It all works out of course. I love that Roarke is not always seen in the perfect light. Great story. (less)
You would think that a book that was penned by two amazing, erotic authors would end up being a perfect 5 in my rating system. Sadly I was so disappointed with Their Virgin Concubine. I can't believe it. Shayla Black and Lexi Blake are such great writers that normally write books I love with exceptional eroticism. I enjoy their books immensely.
Firstly let me say that Their Virgin Concubine is book 3 in a series but each book can be read as a stand alone. Secondly Amazon had a great deal on where the book was only .88. I totally jumped on that deal because I was going to pay the full price originally.
So what went wrong for me? Well, honestly it was the erotic scenes and the lack there of. There were only 3 in the entire book! One where Piper loses her virginity, a short BDSM play scene between Piper and Tal and then the finale.
Starting with the first scene,it was so quick. The lead up was nicely paced then it was over once she loses her virginity with Tal. The other two brothers have sex with her too but nothing is written about it. It was just understood it happened. The BDSM scene really wasn't about the sex at all. It was about Piper trying to get Tal to open up to her. It was over before it started and for the amazing BDSM scenes that both authors have written before, this was so light. It was like they didn't want to go "there". The finale was good but should have been just a regular scene in what I would consider these great authors to deliver.
Now the story itself was also lacking. I loved so many elements but then so much of it fizzled for me. I just wanted more. So much more. I've become greedy I guess. (less)
Ruined is being heavily marketed in the same bucket as Fifty Shades and Bared to You but I am not seeing the connection other than a super rich young billionaire and a tortured past. (But geez how many romances include that formula?)
I love a first person point of view story but if you read Ruined, you are going to spend a lot of time in Chloe's head. The entire book was pretty much her thoughts, her feelings and what secrets she is debating on sharing. I wasn't sure before what the difference was with "New Adult" books but now I understand. The maturity level is definitely evident. Chloe is young. She spends a lot of time worrying about what people with think. She has trust issues and when she finally reveals her past it is only in bits and leaves out major gaps. She also jumps to conclusions quickly. Basically I found a lack of maturity with Chloe; however it was actually quite realistic for her age.
Chloe had a horrible event occur while she was a teenager and not enough time has happened between that horrific event and her current age. With only 5 years separating that dramatic event to the present day, I could really see how she still had a lot of healing to overcome. It sure seemed pretty obvious that Chloe should still be seeking counselling of some sort.
Ethan of course is perfect. Body perfect. Rich perfect. Grounded. Smart. A surfer. A philanthropist. Knows exactly what to say and when to say it. Sexy. Hot. Knows the perfect romantic gifts to send and to top it all off, he knows how to build a sand castle. My eyes were rolling with how unrealistic Ethan was. In fact, his perfection was almost nauseating. I think that is one struggle I have with these billionaire stories. Ethan is so perfect in everything he does and to top it off, he seems to know how to handle an emotional train wreck of woman.
Truthfully, I was not really enjoying Ruined but not enough to stop reading. Everything was so cliched and there wasn't any originality. Until the end. Until that cliff hanger. And now dammit, I have to wait until July to read what happens. I hate cliffhangers. (less)
I finished book 1, Only For You yesterday and rushed right back to Amazon to buy book 2, Pieces For You.
Pieces For You did not disappoint! I didn't think it was possible but I liked Pieces For You even more than book 1. You could read as a stand alone but you would be missing out on the fabulous relationship that I grew to love between Sam and her bestie, Ev from reading Only For You book 1.
These two best friends Sam and Ev are so witty together. Perfect best friends that are practically sisters. I love their scenes together the most because of their banter. They have so much love and fun together.
In book 1, something tragic happens to Sam. I knew that book 2 would be Sam's book and how she heals through the aftermath of that tragedy. Once again Ev is her number one champion but something beautiful happens in Pieces For You. Sam begins to heal and allows Griffin, the man that has been loving her from afar, into her fractured life. Sam doesn't heal in one chapter and with Griffin as her protector she can put the pieces of her life back together. One thing I loved was reading about the success of Sam's humour coming back. Here is an example - Early on in their relationship Sam and Griffin go to a gym. After he exposes his chest, Sam has a hilarious reaction.
"Fine…I licked you. But it was an involuntary reflex—hot guy, exposed chest…you know how it is."
After that moment, I knew that the old Sam was well on her way back.
I found Pieces For You suspenseful at times and always mesmerizing. I didn't want to miss one group date, therapy session, gym workout, dinner out and I especially didn't want to miss out on Griffin's solo guitar performances at The Stop (his bar). The beauty of the Kindle app on iPad is that when the author wrote what songs Griffin was singing, it was highlighted and automatically linked over to Youtube to the original artist. What a bonus that was! I ended up making my own playlist on the awesome song selections.
During the story, a new character Meg is introduced and book 3 will be about her. Meg is a perfect friend fit with Ev and Sam and there are definitely some dark secrets in her past. I can't wait to read her story when it is published. That will be an autobuy for me.
Teasers: "No one can understand the scars left on your soul, but you can’t believe you are the only one who bears scars from your suffering."(less)
Only For You was only .89 on Amazon. I picked up then and wow what a deal. I loved it!
I am thinking that Only For You is my first New Adult book. At least I think it is a New Adult book. I'm not one for getting caught up in labels much. Let's just say that the characters of Only For You are in their last year of university.
I think I have girl crush on Everleigh. She is the best friend every girl wants. She is funny, smart, pretty and so loyal. Her best friend is Sam and they are more like sisters. They balance each other. Friendships like theirs are lifetime long and solid. They are #1 in each other's lives. I was kind of jealous of their friendship.
Only For You moved me. I was so enthralled with the story. There are gruesome attacks happening to women on the campus and the story really highlights the real life insecurity women constantly feel. It was disturbing to have that fact revealed over and over again. The women of the university are scared, transferring to different schools or even just dropping out. Everleigh and Sam are really trying to protect each other through this horrific time. They are vigilant with their protection and even sign up for a self defense class. That is where Everleigh meets Hunter.
Hunter is a big mystery almost the entire story. The reader is constantly wanting him to just love Everleigh. He was struggling with his feelings to just remain friends but the reader has no idea why. It is obvious that he has fallen for her and it is frustrating to keep reading that he claims it is not the right time in his life for a relationship. You can't help but have the suspicion that there is more going on that we are not privy to. Is he already married? Regardless, their friendship is really special and as Everleigh says, he is her un-boyfriend that she goes on un-dates with.
Only For You is so much more than a romance book. It is a story that captured me from beginning on different types of relationships. I read it in a day. I loved how much depth there was in regards to human nature. The way the book ends is not on a cliffhanger BUT (big BUT here) I just have to know what happens next. I need to still be involved with the group of friends and their lives so I am pleased to say, I am diving into the next book right away. (Pieces For You)
Teaser: "You may have experienced a tragedy, but I will not let you become a tragedy."(less)
I like The Principle of Desire more than the second book but not nearly enough as the first book. Ed and Beth really fun to read about. I just love th...moreI like The Principle of Desire more than the second book but not nearly enough as the first book. Ed and Beth really fun to read about. I just love them muddling through the world of BDSM and doing things their own way. The Principle of Desire is a fun read. This is an awesome group of friends and I find myself wishing I was invited to their game night. Gotta love nerds. (less)
Not nearly as good as the first book. Lindsey and Ben seemed like a mismatched couple.
What I did like about the story was that Lindsey and Ben were b...moreNot nearly as good as the first book. Lindsey and Ben seemed like a mismatched couple.
What I did like about the story was that Lindsey and Ben were brand new to the BDSM lifestyle and as such, they didn't follow through with the textbook version of how that lifestyle is "supposed" to be. I liked that. Ben had to do research, suffer embarrassment buying the tools of the trade and even muddled through his first experience.
I also loved revisiting Ivan and Cami. Glad to see that they are doing well. I missed them after the first book so I was glad to read a bit more about them. (less)
Intensely hot! LOVE! A great premise for an erotic story. The Theory of Attraction was an outstanding read for me.
I was attracted to Ivan and all his introvert glory. He is brilliant in the lab or as a professor but just like a lot of highly intellectual geniuses, he was socially awkward. I was so attracted to Ivan's personality. No games with Ivan. No guessing or making assumptions. He is not the type of man a woman would ask, "Does my butt look big in this?" because his unwavering honesty would truthfully tell you that your butt was big and he'd have no qualms about softening the blow. He doesn't "get" how you are not supposed to interrupt people's conversations or lie to spare people's feelings. Just the thought of a crowded room full of party-goers would make him sweat.
Cami is a sweetheart. I really liked that the book started where Cami and Ivan have been neighbours and friends for over two years. As such, the author spares the readers of a crammed in-depth history of Ivan and his "condition". Instead we are treated to Cami's first person point of view detailing her crush on Ivan and all of his quirks.
When Ivan approaches Cami with his request of seeking social training for a very important fundraising, I just knew this was going to be good. I got all giddy and couldn't wait for the training to begin. To my utter and complete surprise a delicious turn in the story occurs where the training ended up being more of a D/s story. Instead the training ended up more Ivan giving Cami instruction on being his submissive. I absolutely loved the lead up to the training. The date at the movie, the whispers in her ear, the placement of hands at the theater, the dinner and the drive home. It was anticipation at it's best.
Now for the best part of the story...the hot erotic play. It was excellent and exciting. Some of the best I've read. It was not dark BDSM and Ivan made an excellent Dom considering his read on people. The author did a great job early on in The Theory of Attraction to tell the story of how patient Ivan was with explaining detailed instructions on a complicated video game to a new player or when he is in his teaching element for the university. So when the time came for Ivan to change into his Dom persona, he did an exceptional job and very believable.
The only time I did an eye roll is when Ivan told Cami something about his biggest fear. Honestly, that part of the story was lame and it would have been a perfect read except for that one part.
Regardless, one of my favourite fun reads so far this year.
Teasers: "I wanted to make Ivan Reynolds completely lose his shit. Barring that, I would settle for Ivan making me completely lose my shit, which seemed a lot more likely." (less)
Lost in a Royal Kiss was okay for me. I don't really have a comment one way or another about what I liked about or didn't like about it. I guess it ju...moreLost in a Royal Kiss was okay for me. I don't really have a comment one way or another about what I liked about or didn't like about it. I guess it just didn't enthrall me. It seemed like the protagonists argued more than they talked but yet they were supposed to be so in love. I don't think I will bother continuing on with the series. Reading what the other books are going to be about didn't really interest me. (less)
Making Faces is the first book of 2014 that has me reeling with emotion. In fact I can't ever remember that book that had me more emotional. I need to get a grip. It has been a few hours since finishing and I have yet to think of anything else and when I think of certain scenes, I'm back to dabbing my eyes again. Making Faces blew. Me. Away.
Ambrose and Fern may have been the main protagonists in Making Faces but Fern's cousin Bailey was the hero of the story. Bailey has muscular dystrophy and Fern and Bailey are the best of friends and have been their entire life. Making Faces deals with so many aspects of life I don't know where to begin.
There isn't a thesaurus big enough to list the adjectives I could use to describe this story. Heart-wrenching, beautiful, and powerful are the best I can come up with. The story deals of friendship, family, loss, love, forgiveness, self esteem, death, healing, anger and even a little bit of religion but don't let that scare you away as it is NOT a preachy book. The parts referring to religion are segments that are fitting for the story and are not simply written in for the added preaching opportunity. Fern has wonderful parents and her father just happens to be a preacher so it was all very relevant.
The book blurb really sums up well what the story is about so I really wanted to focus my review on the emotions and impact Making Faces had on me. I had never heard of the author Amy Harmon before but she has just moved up my "author to watch list". I need to go and see what else she has written because she is one hell of a story teller and a writer. Pure talent. Don't even get me started on the childhood flashbacks she wrote because I am about to cry again.
Too late, I just saw the book trailer and I'm tearing up again.
Teasers: Kites or Balloons, pancakes at midnight, "Do you feel that?", Hercules, BS
NOTE: There is no heat level rating for this book because nothing went passed kissing(less)
I am wow'd right now. I freaking love this series and this book, The Rogue's Proposal is only book 2! You could read The Rogue's Proposal as a stand alone book but I would not recommend it. There is an overall story that is carried forward and is probably going to last until the end of the series. It is not a heavy plot but it is the plot that will link these stories together.
Luke is what I would call my absolutely perfect lover. Note I didn't say perfect man; because he is not a perfect man. But oh wow he can set the sheets on fire. In fact I am willing to say that the intimate scenes between Luke and Emma are one of the best that I have ever in a historical romance (if ever). Their lovemaking was the perfect mix of erotic and mild bondage and complete love. Now don't go into this thinking that The Rogue's Proposal is a BDSM book and be disappointed because it is not. There is mild and sexy bondage which perfectly matched this excellent couple.
I know that the first thing I have reviewed is about Luke and Emma's intimate scenes (which were brilliantly written) but that is only a partial component of this amazing story. The majority of The Rogue's Proposal takes place on a carriage journey from Bristol to Edinburgh and all the way back to London. I loved it! The author, Jennifer Haymore takes the reader on a journey all across the United Kingdom. I was smitten with all the tiny inn's and the chilly countryside journey. Since it was only the two of them making this trek, you really got to know them well.
I adored both Luke and Emma. Luke is supposed to be a rogue and he is just so damn likable. Since Luke was the most distant sibling in book 1, The Duchess Hunt, an explanation is satisfactorily provided on Luke's distant demeanor and especially the grudge he has against his eldest brother, the Duke of Trent. A great story there! Emma was great. She was not a timid lady. She was a bit naive with her lack of experience but she was smart and determined. I found I really liked her.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series. It is out in May 2014 I think.
Teasers: "Do you like to be bound, Mrs. Curtis?"(less)
I just closed the cover on my long awaited read, Lover at Last. I can't really write a full out review because there was just to much stuff and I am probably the last person who is addicted to this series that has finally read the book. Here are my first impressions, likes and negatives:
1. J.R. Ward seriously needs to do some spin off books because there are waaaaaay to many stories swirling in one book. (and some I couldn't care less to read about *cough* iAM & Trez *cough*
2. J.R. Ward gave Qhuinn and Blay complete justice and this part of Lover at Last was stellar. There was emotion, great conversations and excellent M/M sex. At times it was raunchy & sexy and other times it was touching & soft ( even if no prep or lubrication was required *frowns* ). If the book was only about this long awaited couple, it would have been a solid 5 for me. Plus I totally love Blay's parents.
3. Now regarding Qhuinn & Blay's relationship, why was it so necessary for Qhuinn to determine and state if he was gay or not. Why can't he be bi? Why does it matter that he needed to be defined into one category or another? I don't know but it really annoyed me.
4. I have no idea what the heck is going on with Xcor and Layla. I mean whaaaaaat?!?! I'm not liking it. I like the new Layla but I get so angry that she is completely stabbing Wrath in the back with her thoughts of Xcor. I need loyalty. I'm not feeling that with her.
5. Why did Assail get so much page time? (refer back to #1) Regardless, I was totally digging the chemistry between Sola and Assail (even though I have no idea why they are getting any book time)
6. Looove the King storyline. I love the battles of wits here. They are going to fight with words and laws and I have a serious, full of angst, love/hate relationship with those types of storylines. I find those types of stories really smart and probably a hell of a lot harder to write. It will be odd because the BDB are fighters not scholars so we will see. At least I don't have long to wait for the next book.
7. Very interesting take on the laws in the vampire world. I love Wrath as king don't get me wrong but really when you think about it, it could be possible that a human (Wrath's offspring) could end up being the future king of vampires and that does seem really wrong to me. So much to take in.
8. The Lessors are becoming a bit of a yawn. I wanted to skip over those parts although I didn't. I swear.
9. I don't like the many inconsistencies. What I mean is how come Z couldn't materialize with his gun shot wound but Blay could? Why was it that Qhuinn flew the plane for Z when Blay was right there? John Matthew was left unprotected in a very dangerous position. Of course the story was better because Qhuinn flew the plan but really it should have been Blay. If the glymeria were so freaked out about Qhuinn's different coloured eyes and they are uncomfortable with Wrath's eyesight (and the BDB needs to keep his total eyesite loss a secret) why oh why would anyone even for a moment consider a serious deformity such as Xcor's cleft palate (which has been compared to that of a monster) be fit for a king's position?
10. The changing POV drove me nutso. I just hated that. Not a fan of that style at all.
11. I love that Qhuinn is officially a brother but I just don't think he should have been made before John Matthew. It just didn't feel right to me.
12. The last book had lots of Autumn & Tohr and John Matthew & Xhex. They were barely mentioned in this book. I was super surprised that John Matthew was hardly in Lover at Last at all because the trio have been best friends for so long. I didn't need a full out storyline but a bit more of a mention about Xhex or Autumn at least. It seemed very odd. (less)
I am addicted to this Chicago Stars series. I have really enjoyed listening to each of the stories via audiobook.
Each book could be a stand alone as...moreI am addicted to this Chicago Stars series. I have really enjoyed listening to each of the stories via audiobook.
Each book could be a stand alone as each of the story's characters carry the weight of the story all their own. There is a little bit of character carry over but so little that you would not be any way confused. I am a little bit sulking right now because my library doesn't have the next book available on audiobook. I am not quite sure what I am going to do for the next book.
Silent Partner was one of the novels in an eight ebook bundle deal for only .99, Unfortgettable Heroes.
What a great concept for a story Silent Partner was. I have to admit that when I started reading it I was thinking something was going to be a bit different about the Chloe since she seemed to be pretty silent for a heroine. The reader is treated to a lot of what Chloe is thinking but not much in the way of verbal. Of course when we first meet Chloe, it is at a night club where the music is blasting and talking is usually at a minimum anyways.
Grayson is sexy. He completely knows he owns the floor with his dance moves and all the women there want him. It was a toss up between whether he was super confident or completely arrogant. When he starts to gyrate and dance with Chloe, I could picture the pair of them right in front of my eyes.
When Grayson leads Chloe to his apartment above the night club, it was a very sexy read. I loved that he carried the shot glasses in his hands and all the descriptions that were used to get them to the bedroom. Hot!
Without adding too many spoilers, Grayson and Chloe don't immediately become a couple. Grayson has to fix how he wronged Chloe and he did an amazing job. I found Silent Partner a quick and easy read.
The style of writing in Nobody's Baby But Mine was classic Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP). I've grown to really enjoy SEP stories but the actual story line of Nobody's Baby But Mine was not my cup of tea. In fact, I found it rather lacking. The idea that a brilliant world class physicist wanted to birth a stupid (non smart) child to be utterly ridiculous. Even more ridiculous was the fact that she thought a world class athlete would be the perfect, dumb hick of a sperm donor to impregnate her. I kid you not, right there was the plot.
There was just so much stupidity in Nobody's Baby But Mine I don't even know where to start. From Jane pretending to be a hooker (that doesn't take her clothes off) to luring the superstar athlete Cal (who is used to having women throwing themselves at him) into unknowingly implanting his sperm into her was so far fetched. Not to mention how quickly his entire family forgives Jane from doing what I consider to be one of the most despicable acts a woman can do in regards to deception. The best observance made in Nobody's Baby But Mine was that Jane, who is highly intelligent, is rather dumb as a post.
I found there was nothing redeeming about Jane that would allow me to forgive her. I understand the idea of wanting a baby so badly that you'd do almost anything but all of her reasoning and the way she went about it, was just to unforgiving to me.
I liked Cal but really I liked his family more. It was his mom, dad and grandma that made this story for me. Luckily there was a strong secondary cast with a great side story that made me want to finish out Nobody's Baby But Mine. It was their story that increased the rating to a 2 for me.
Although this story was not my favourite, I am 100% continuing on with this Chicago Stars series. In fact I've already put on hold the fourth book in the series and I can't wait for the library to notify me that Dream a Little Dream is ready for me.
Teasers: Pink bow, coolest grandma ever, Bonner back story (less)