Nicola Rendell is a new-to-me author. I've heard of her, but I've never read her books until this one. Here we meet R3.75 "Just roll with it." Stars
Nicola Rendell is a new-to-me author. I've heard of her, but I've never read her books until this one. Here we meet Russ and Penny. They are an insta-attraction, insta-love couple, but they are just so damn adorable that I couldn't stop reading.
And then there is Guppy and Maisie and that damn Mayor. The cast of characters is so freaking lovable. I wish I could visit Port Flamingo and meet everyone in town.
"Every moan, every orgasm, every please, please, please. Those are mine."
Dirty, dirty Russ. Damn. I've never met a guy quite like this in my regular life, much less randomly at the fucking airport. Lucky Penny, that's for sure.
"I'll always be trying to take control, because you're the one with all the power."
Russ can have the control. He can have the power. Penny agrees with these two statements. She gives all of herself to him--can't blame her either.
"All day it's been you. Since the minute I saw you, it's been you. I think myh whole life, even before I knew you, it was you."
Hello, Quin, my old friend. I've come to visit you again.
Yes, I may have sang that, but fuuuuuck. Yes. This book is exactly wha5 "I need him" Stars
Hello, Quin, my old friend. I've come to visit you again.
Yes, I may have sang that, but fuuuuuck. Yes. This book is exactly what I've needed to keep me in that reading mood. And JA Huss never disappoints.
It's not her I want. It's certainly not him. But another...us. I could go for another round of us.
If you took the ride in Taking Turns, you know exactly what kind of 'us' we're talking about here. It's the best menage book I've read. Turning Back is no joke either. I might even like this more because of the fluidity, the beauty, the comfort between Bric and Quin.
"He'd be my friend again. You'd be my lover. We'd be what we were, Rochelle. But we'd be better."
Better. Who will be better? Quin? Rochelle? Bric? Is this plural relationship going to work? It's worked for so long, but what happens when they desire something more or something else entirely?
I look at him as he comes. His eyes are open. Staring right at me. Reminding me of what I've been missing this past year.
It's been a long year. When these three come back together it's nothing short of a dance. The choreography is set, the moves are perfected, the players move on feeling and instinct. You can feel what they are feeling, you can imagine yourself in any of their roles, you want to be Bric. Quin. Rochelle. You want this plural relationship more than your next breath.
He wants to hurt her right now. And he's going to use me to do it because he's not into the punishment stuff--and I am.
Fine. He wants her punished, I'll punish her until he's had enough.
Bric is the punishment guy. Quin is the carefree romantic. But what do you do when you hurt and you want the person who hurt you to feel pain? This is the best example of how these three have relied on each other over the course of their relationship. It's a great example of how Bric and Quin work together.
Her eyes are closed in ecstasy when I lean down kiss her. Kiss him. Kiss them both.
Faking It is the book I didn't know I needed. I was coming off a long funk--and by that I mean it took me a week to rea4 "We'll take it slow" Stars
Faking It is the book I didn't know I needed. I was coming off a long funk--and by that I mean it took me a week to read a book that everyone else loves, but I couldn't get into it--and needed something different. Faking It isn't necessarily light and fluffy, but it isn't the dark or heavy book I typically find myself immersed in.
Meet Hailey, matchmaking professional. She's great at matching others, but always struggles with her own relationships.
Meet Max, real estate agent extraordinaire. Busy with work, he never makes time to find that special someone so his mother is constantly finding women for him.
Hailey decides to create an imaginary fiance. This will make her look like she knows what's happening in love because she will have someone in her life to love.
Max is lusting after his client, even though he believes she belongs to another. He's respectable though and never--and I mean NEVER--crosses any lines. He treats her with kindness and respect and he respects the relationship she is in.
When Max and Hailey find themselves in a slight situation, they take this fake fiance thing to a new level. And they do that with each other. It's a mutual relationship. They need each other. It'll end eventually. Right?!
"How do you want me?" "Every fucking way I can have you."
I loved watching these two find each other. I mean, yes, they were pretending, but it's nice to watch those shields drop. There isn't much conflict in this story, which is nice. Their conflict is internal and it's mostly Hailey's hangups that cause issues. But they aren't real issues because Max is perfect.
"When it happens, it's going to be because you fucking beg for it. Understand?"
I'll start this review by saying I've never read a book by Holly Renee prior to this one. To say that she won me4.25 "What took me so long?" Stars
I'll start this review by saying I've never read a book by Holly Renee prior to this one. To say that she won me over is an understatement. I sat down with this book, just wanting to get into it so I could finish it the next day. I had just finished another book and wasn't looking to fall into another.
Well, I should have picked a different book. I devoured this book in one sitting--only stopping to update social media because I couldn't not tell people about it. Parker and Livy are the couple I want to be. Parker is the guy I wish I had. Let me explain...
"What are we doing, Parker?" "I don't know. But I cant't stay away from you any longer."
Parker is Livy's brother's best friend. He's basically a permanent fixture at their house and vice versa. But at some point, Parker starts to fall for Livy. Livy has always had eyes for Parker James. She knows she shouldn't because he's her brother's best friend, he's older, he always has some girl on his arm, but none of that stops her. Nothing will keep Livy from loving Parker. When those feelings finally align, it's the sweetest romance ever. You want to read this for the sweet romance
"I love you, Livy." "I know, but fuck me like you don't."
Shit happens. Their past is fucked up, their present is not what it should be, and their future is up in the air. But what I do know is that Parker and Ivy are hot together. The push and the pull, the fine line between love and hate, the banter, the chemistry, the sex. It may be a sweet romance, but you want to read this for the up-against-the-wall passion that tears through the pages.
I wanted him to remind me how to breathe by taking my breath away.
This is where I want to take the time to describe Parker James. He's a tatted up hottie who not only likes ink, he puts it on others. He's an artist. He draws, he tattoos other people. He's broody and intense. He loses himself in his art. Do you guys know me at all? If you do, you know my weakness is the artistic guy. JA Huss won me over with Spencer Shrike and Nolan Delaney. Jamie McGuire got me with Trenton Maddox. JD Hollyfied hooked me with Hunter James. Jessica Hawkins with Finn Cohen. Holly Renee with Parker James. Artists are my type. Artists are how you convince me I need to read all your books. Artists steal my heart every single fucking time. I'm not even upset by that. So, excellent job Holly Renee, you have a new fan. You never have to write another artist (except I'd really, really like Brandon's story) again and I'll continue to read your books.
Our voices were barely a whisper, out of fear that we'd wake our memories.
#Rev picks up where #Junkie leaves us hanging. This is where I find my only complaint--and that's because the first 2 hours of this book (I listened t#Rev picks up where #Junkie leaves us hanging. This is where I find my only complaint--and that's because the first 2 hours of this book (I listened to it) were spent in a bedroom. However, the story, the trials and the revenge that happens in this book? Yes, that's what makes this book worth reading. The revenge is perfect. The revenge is beautifully executed. And the revenge is what drives this book.
Well, revenge and love. Because Drew and Trent love each other. They have their family (Romeo, Brayden, Ivy, Rimmel) to support them. They have Joey and the Gamble racing name behind them. They have that one reporter who called out Drew in #Junkie for being in love with Trent.
Follow along with Trent and Drew as their romance plays out on the track and in the frat. It'll play out on the field and in their personal lives. They find new allies, new friends, and each other.
It doesn't matter how many times I read these books. It doesn't matter how often I pick up a Huss book. It doesn't matter. Huss is amazing. Huss rocksIt doesn't matter how many times I read these books. It doesn't matter how often I pick up a Huss book. It doesn't matter. Huss is amazing. Huss rocks my world. And Spencer Shrike? Fuck. Me. That man is everything. My first real Huss love. My go-to Huss man. The artist, the bike-maker, the security.
Spencer fucking Shrike OWNS me. Fucking owns me.
Whether it's the first time or the twentieth time, I will always want Spencer. I mean, what's not to want? He's a romantic at heart. He does everything he can possibly do to protect Ronnie. And he is loyal to the Team. Loyal to Ronnie, but loyal to the Team as well.
And it's here we meet a key player for the next series (the Dirty, Dark, and Deadly series). Tet. Tet is a powerful man and his introduction in Guns is just the beginning.
I can't get enough of Jamie and Wes. I fell in love with them in Him and this just cemented their perfect spot on my top ten favorite5 Vitamin C Stars
I can't get enough of Jamie and Wes. I fell in love with them in Him and this just cemented their perfect spot on my top ten favorite couple lists.
This is what happens when the newness of a relationship wears off. Jamie and Wes are trying to figure out their way in this crazy relationship they want more than anything else. And it isn't easy, what with trying to hide their relationship from their peers.
I've realized there is always a moment in a book that solidifies itself as something worth reading--well, there should be, but whatever. There is that moment when I sit back and say 'yes, that's the moment.' The moment in Him was the first kiss. That first kiss was sheer perfection and ranks in my top five best first kisses ever. That moment in Us was the moment Wes dropped everything to be with Jamie. The moment he placed his lips to Jamie's forehead and then his lips was the moment I won't forget. It's the moment I'll want to replay over and over just to experience it again.
Jamie and Wes may have a few obstacles to overcome, but they have the help of the Canning clan and their new neighbor/Wes's teammate, Blake. Blake is awesomsauce. Buckle up because he'll have you laughing in a nanosecond. And I know he has his own book, but this first meeting is to die for! I love him so much! He's the perfect counter to the seriousness of Wes and Jamie.
So, Wes and Jamie are my go-to couple when I want a story that will make me happy. I know I'll be listening to them at least once a year from now on....more
Okay, maybe I'm hanging out in the minority, but I didn't absolutely love this book like everyone else. Was it just me? I3.5 Hell didn't want us Stars
Okay, maybe I'm hanging out in the minority, but I didn't absolutely love this book like everyone else. Was it just me? I mean, Creed is a hot biker, sure. But he's also an asshole. I like assholes, so I'm not sure what my issue was with this book, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it. And I like M. Robinson. Keeping Her Wet was hot and dirty and a nice break because it was all about the sex. And Creed and Mia's sex in that book was off-the-charts hot.
So, anyway, Road to Nowhere. Creed is older. We're talking 9ish years older. Which is cool and all, except Mia is young. Like, the first time he sees her I think she's only 9 years old. She's a spitfire. She's the little sister to his friend. She's totally off-limits because....eeew.
We watch these two grow. We watch a little girl develop a crush on her brother's friend. We watch her wait and wait and wait for this man. Even when she didn't realize she was waiting, she was. Even when he was off fighting a war, she was waiting.
The real conflict comes when she's almost sixteen. Itching to drop the pesky V-card, she finds a random guy for a quick hook up.
But really, are they ever random? Are they ever "just a hook up"? Trouble is brewing and Creed is going to be very unhappy when he returns. From War.
I'm torn. There were parts of this book I enjoyed, but it wasn't my number one. It's not my go-to M. Robinson book. I'm going to finish up Ends Here because I can't NOT know how this plays out.
I'm pretty sure I'm #TeamNoah and I hope that doesn't bite me in the ass in book two.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal."
This is my first Dawn L. Chiletz book and it will not be my last. I met Dawn last October at a book signing4.5 All I'm asking for is a chance" Stars
This is my first Dawn L. Chiletz book and it will not be my last. I met Dawn last October at a book signing and we hit it off, discussing books and movies and whatever else came to mind. The fact it has taken me 6 months to pick up one of her books makes me want to kick myself in the ass.
Anyway, on to the review, which is what you really want. I LOVED this book. I laughed--a lot. I cried--a little. I'm not even kidding when I say I'm pretty sure Dawn inadvertently wrote a heroine based on my personality. Closed off. Resting bitch face. Enjoys silence. All of these things are true of me so imagine my surprise when I found a character who really spoke to me.
I've hypothetically hung up my dating thongs and gone back to granny panties, where I'm comfortable.
Liz Foley is comfortable in her life. She enjoys her solitude. She doesn't like people and she enjoys the quiet drive to work. She's resigned herself to the single life after a few relationships that were less than stellar.
"There's no need to worry about hurting my feelings. I'd rather have blunt force trauma than sugar-coated lies."
I think this was my favorite line in the entire book. So much happens, but this line. Damn. We should all have shirts that have this line on them. I want this quote placed on my walls. If you hadn't won me over with your personality, Dawn, you won me with this.
"All I'm asking for is a chance. Give me a chance to show you what I'm made of."
Finn Walsh. Damn. This man is persistent. He's charismatic. He's broken--even if you can't see it. Finn is probably the most patient person ever. He knows Liz is worth the fight, she's worth waiting for. He pulls, she pushes.
"Could you chew a little louder? I can still hear myself think back there."
Did I mention this is a rom-com? Probably not, but I should have. This book is funny. I laughed out loud throughout the entire book. Liz and Finn are hilarious. But honestly, they're nothing without the carpool. Yes, there really is a carpool. Kel, Emerson, and Ernesto round out this book. They are the best cast of characters. They are more than friends, they are family. They fight hard and love harder. All of them.
I hope you're ready because this book was bloody brilliant. Yes, bloody because British.
The Penis List Penis #1: The virginity
5 Tequila Sunrise Stars
I hope you're ready because this book was bloody brilliant. Yes, bloody because British.
The Penis List Penis #1: The virginity snatcher Penis #2: The sweetie Penis #3: The ultimate cocktail
Where was this list back in my day? I mean, this is perfect. Especially when Penis #1 is rolled into your ER on a stretcher. The tension between Cam and Indie can be cut with a knife (a spoon? fork? what's the least sharp object?) and it's the greatest thing. Oh, did I mention I listened to this book so it was so much more intense?! If you want to hear Indie and Cam really come to life, grab the audio.
"You'll sleep so much better here, and it's important you're at your best when you operate on London's sexiest footballer tomorrow." "I've met all your brothers, Cam. Are you entirely sure you hold that title?"
Gah. See. I don't even know what to say. I laughed out loud. Then there are the puns. I love puns! And here I thought I was alone in this love, but I'm not! Cam and Indie are so freaking punny!
This book is excellent. I haven't listened to or read a book quite this fun in a long time. I can't wait to really meet the next Harris brother in Endurance!
Amy Daws just earned herself a new fan and the top spot on my soccer--and I feel awful calling it a soccer shelf after I just got used to calling it football--shelf on Goodreads.