There are so many BDSM style books coming out of the wood work lately, for obvious reasons. The nitty gritty onThis review can also be viewed here.
There are so many BDSM style books coming out of the wood work lately, for obvious reasons. The nitty gritty on this one is-- it did have moments that reminded me of the Shades books. Sometimes it distracted me, but not so much that it was annoying.
As I got deeper into the story there were clear differences between most of the other fetish books I've read more recently. This was more about Nikki stepping out of her comfort zone by allowing people to get closer to her. She had a rocky past to overcome. Damien knows this but he's not aware of the extent of what happened to her.
Damien is that rich guy that always gets his way. The one we've seen in too many books to count. That one that meddles in a girls life without her knowing or approving. He wants Nikki -- to work for him, to join him in his bed, and it's almost impossible for her to say no. She agrees to 'work' for Damien for a ridiculous sum of money, which she will earn in only a week. I don't want to spoil what it is she agrees to but it's definitely a different twist.
In doing so, Nikki must reveal parts of herself she never wanted anyone to see. But Damien is compassionate and caring. I really enjoyed that about his character. While it's obvious he is dominant, he never actually says so. It's in his actions. He is commanding, knowledgeable, passionate and compassionate. He guides Nikki into a submissive role but never actually tells her what kind of relationship he's developing. I couldn't decide if that bothered me or not.
On one hand, I figured surely she was aware of D/s, I can't imagine someone not being. Then on the other hand, just because I know what BDSM and Dom/sub is, it doesn't mean everyone does. It's possible she doesn't know the term for their budding romance; just that she enjoys the thing he does to her. I wish there had been some explanation of that somewhere in the book.
I did enjoy Release Me but it didn't stick out in my mind the way I'd hoped it would. It felt more like a novella because of the speed in which everything happened. The entire book was probably the span of a whole week. I like a bit more pacing sometimes.
While I did enjoy the characters, I felt like it had a bit more potential. There were things I'd have liked to have seen fleshed out more, to help me really connect....more
I've always been a really big fan of Julie Garwood. She has written some amazing highlander books. Since she's bThis review can also be found here.
I've always been a really big fan of Julie Garwood. She has written some amazing highlander books. Since she's been writing more contemporary stuff in the last few years I've looked for books to fill the void because I'm a big fan of this type of book. I found The Bridegroom Wore Plaid on NetGalley and requested a copy right away. I was thrilled to be approved and to start reading it.
Augusta, the cousin of Ian MacGregor's intended bride is unlike any woman he's ever met. From her violet colored eyes to her plain spoken attitude, Augusta surprises Ian at every turn. They bond and build a friendship; Augusta intending on helping Ian with his suit to win over his future bride, who he needs to marry in order to help save his family and clan.
The only thing is, Ian's future bride has no interest in marrying him and hasn't allowed him to get to know her, not the way Augusta has. There's no way Ian would be happy marrying someone he can't connect with, but he can't marry Augusta either. She's a 'spinster' and dependent on her uncle and his family after losing both her parents at an early age. Her uncle turns out to be horrible. There are little signs here and there, making it clear that he's up to something, that he's hiding things.
As bits and pieces of information start to fall into place Ian becomes suspicious that maybe there's more to Augusta's history so he starts to dig around. I really liked the blend of romance, with the mystery and intrigue aspect of Bridegroom. It's rare to have the hero and heroine in a period book to become such good friends before falling in love so that was a nice change as well.
When Ian makes a huge decision that will change his life he must figure out how to tell everyone. But Augusta takes things into her own hands and helps him out a little. I loved that she isn't a cowering 'lady'. She speaks her mind, is a bit sassy, and smart. Definitely a strong female character. It's understandable that Ian would be drawn to her strong personality. He knows he loves Augusta and she knows she loves him, but they had to get to the point of telling one another how they felt.
I really enjoyed the way things were wrapped up in the story. Questions answered, happiness achieved. There's lots of fun and entertaining characters in this book and I'm happy it's going to be a series since I like to know what happens to couples in the future. My only real issue was that in the beginning of the book there was a lot of characters to remember and keep up with. Once I got the hang of it and knew who was who, that disappeared.
I admit that I was a little uncertain when I started reading this. Sometimes this type of story can seem rushed --This review can also be found here.
I admit that I was a little uncertain when I started reading this. Sometimes this type of story can seem rushed -- A bride immediately jumping into a relationship with another man. Happily, it wasn't the case with The Wedding Fling. I felt the pacing was decent and the story was entertaining.
Leigh Bailey is definitely not what you'd expect out of an actress. She's naive, nice and doesn't like the spot light at all. Her mother controls her life. Her parents do nothing but argue. And the huge gap between her and her fiance has been growing for a while.
She finds out that he is cheating on her, on the day of their wedding. She reacts immediately, taking off for the airport. I shake my head as I think about it again. The guy deserved to be confronted-- and then maybe I'd have voted she take off for the airport. I get why she didn't do it though, especially after reading more of her story and getting to know her character.
I liked the private islands resort pilot, Will Burgess. He's a bit sarcastic and definitely skeptical of Leigh. She's not the first celebrity to have floated through the island on a luxury vacation. When Leigh invites herself to a resort employee party Will sees a different side of her. They have great chemistry, Will and Leigh but he tries his best to stay away from her.
Will is a bit of a... free spirit. He can easily take off any time, leaving everything behind. The last thing he really wants is to get involved with someone. Least of all someone that the tabloids are after. And he knows for sure they are, since they contacted him to leak info on her. It's a tempting offer, but once he gets to know her a little better, he can't do it. Will is a really good guy and can't bring himself to do something like that to her.
Their friendship and relationship grows slowly buy steadily. They are great together but it's obvious that things are going to go south. There usually isn't an HEA without a little drama before hand. Also, I figured that tabloid thing wasn't just going to go away. And when Leigh finds out about it, things aren't pretty. Of course it's hard for her to believe he didn't have ill intent. Leigh has always had to deal with people wanting things out of her. It's not shocking that she'd assume Will is just after something else, mainly money.
There's a lot of miscommunication and heart break between these two. Even when Leigh goes home she can't forget about Will. One thing leads to another and Leigh realizes she made a mistake, that Will wasn't trying to use or hurt her. She hurries back to the island to make amends with him. I wanted to hug the poor guy once I learned what he had done to move forward with his life. No longer was he the drifter I first met.
Will's made a drastic life change and when she finds out Leigh makes one of her own. I felt like they had both done everything they should to get to the right spot-- the place they were meant to be in. Together.
The Wedding Fling was a sweet and steamy story that I read pretty quickly. I enjoyed Meg Maguire's style of writing and her characters very much. I just imagine that Will and Leigh are sitting on a beach together, watching the sunset every evening.
A series that follows a family is one of my favorite things to read. I enjoy getting to know characters and then beThis review is also posted here.
A series that follows a family is one of my favorite things to read. I enjoy getting to know characters and then being able to go along once they've had their 'happy ending' in a book. The reader can catch up with the couples in past books and see their relationship evolve. Caroselli's Christmas Baby is part of The Caroselli Inheritance. Which I assume (hope) will be a series.
Nick is an interesting guy. His family is in the chocolate business and his grandfather wants nothing more than to see him married with a family. They are a meddling group of people and the family needs male heirs. Only thing is, Nick doesn't really have interest in tying the knot or having children. When his grandfather makes a deal with him he can't refuse, Nick begins to reconsider his life.
Then his best friend of twenty years mentions she wants to have a baby and Nick figures, two birds one stone. They can marry, and produce an heir then get divorced. Nick gets what he wants, Terri gets what she desires. It's a win win situation. Except once the ball is rolling, their physical chemistry is fairly intense and Nick isn't sure he wants to let her go after their deal is complete.
Terri is torn between what she wants and what she thinks is best for her. She lost those she loved most early in her life. If she allows herself to get too close to Nick, she may get her heart broken again.
Something changes Terri's mind and she realizes she needs Nick in her life, that maybe they can make things work. When Nick realizes he's in love with her and it's possible Terri feels the same way, he confesses his feelings. She panics and they argue and separate. Time apart gives them some perspective on what they really want the rest of their lives to be.
They both want forever. Not just a temporary, for money relationship.
I enjoyed both Nick and Terri's characters, as well as the secondary ones too. My only "complaint" is that I wish it had been longer, maybe more detailed here and there, but most Christmas novels are usually short and sweet anyway. Caroselli was definitely light and sweet. A fun, holiday read....more
I came across this short story because of a few tweets on the twitter and decided to give it a read. I love shoThis review can also be viewed here.
I came across this short story because of a few tweets on the twitter and decided to give it a read. I love short stories, and reading a Christmas themed one is always fun. Unknown to me, this was formerly a Twilight fanfic *shrug* that doesn’t bother me a bit, obviously.
Magic at Macy’s was extremely sweet and fluffy. In short, it was right up my alley. Jack is Ally's best friends older brother. I’m especially a sucker for the “I’m in love with my best friends sibling” kinda thing. I tend to read a lot of those... I sometimes look for this type of story when I’m looking for new things to read.
Ally is an adorable character and very relatable in my opinion. She’s hesitant to express her feelings for her best friends brother because she doesn't think he 'sees' her. It's easily believable. How often do people crush on someone they assume doesn't feel the same way toward them? I know I've definitely been in that position a time or two in my life. That unrequited thing make me swoon.
Little does Ally know, Jack has a bit of a crush on her too. Except he thinks she's indifferent because when they are around one another, she's super shy. Ally doesn't talk to Jack much, even barely meeting his eyes. He thinks she doesn't like him at all. When he realizes she's following him he decides to take matters into his own hands, surprising her in a few ways. He is a fantastic guy and it's easy to see why Ally has feelings for him.
One of the other things I enjoyed when reading this is that it is written in two parts. First part is Ally's POV, second is Jack's. I love love love getting both perspectives, because once I read the girls thoughts, I find myself dying to know what the boy is thinking too. It's funny to see everything through a different pair of eyes, especially when both characters think the other isn't interested in them.
Magic at Macy's was a fun, quick read. A very sweet story. ...more
Debra Anastasia is one of my favorite authors. There I said it. Her witty dialogue and imaginative stories never fThis review can also be viewed here.
Debra Anastasia is one of my favorite authors. There I said it. Her witty dialogue and imaginative stories never fail to reel me in. She isn’t afraid to write what she wants, even a fart joke here and there. Bittersweet Seraphim most definitely did not disappoint. It was all I expected and more.
Bittersweet is the follow up to Crushed Seraphim, in which we met Jack, Emma, and Jason, just to name a few. In this second book we join those three as well as a few new characters. Often times I’m leery of characters being added in on top of characters but not this time. I liked how our new friends’ stories were weaved in with those we already knew and loved.
Jack is back (hehehe) and he’s sexy and funny as ever. It's impossible not to love him, devil or not. He bleeds sarcasm and I adore that, which shouldn’t be a big surprise to most everyone that knows me. But my absolute favorite thing about him is his overwhelming love for Emma. Even while they are apart, he refuses to give up and his love for her holds strong. *sigh* If he were the mushy type, I’d have just climbed through the pages and hugged Jack. (Possibly I’d sneak in a grope.)
The bad thing is, Jack is back on earth as a human while his love is in Hell. Emma is caged up by the current devil, who likes to spend his days dishing out any form of abuse he can. Everett has never wanted anything but Emma and he thinks now that he has her trapped, he’ll get what he desires. Poor Emma tries to keep her mind focused on what she loves most, even though she no longer has her wings. Some days it’s hard to focus and remember why she’s there.
Though she doesn’t know it, Jack and the gang plan to break Emma out of Hell. *jazz hands*
Unfortunately they release minions on their way in, creating a bit of chaos on earth. A devilish twist I wasn’t expecting at all follows. I’m all about a book surprising me over and over-- Bittersweet does just that. Not only does the plot have a few twists but I enjoyed seeing the characters grow and evolve before my eyes. The characters I love (and even those I love to dislike) surprised me often and kept me on the edge of my seat.
I felt like the final chapter was the perfectly wrapped package with a beautiful bow on top. Fascinating and very enjoyable book. If you’re curious but uncertain about checking out Bittersweet, first I have to say, read Crushed first (obviously) so you can hurry on over to this one-- you won’t be disappointed. Who doesn’t want to read the story of the devil falling in love with an angel?? It’s a steal via amazon for kindle right now. You should go buy it. ...more
I'd heard people rave about Divergent for a long time and since the movie is now being cast, I bumped it up on my 'to bReview can also be viewed here.
I'd heard people rave about Divergent for a long time and since the movie is now being cast, I bumped it up on my 'to be read' list. I was worried I would spend my entire reading experience comparing it to The Hunger Games. I'm happy that it was different enough that it didn't happen a lot.
Divergent is a beautifully written story with an interesting plot and characters. I was fascinated with the dystopian world Veronica Roth created. I was most excited to see what all the scuttle butt was about when it came to Four. I saw him name mentioned fairly often with a lot of "he's my fictional boyfriend" statements. After getting to know him, I can understand why that is.
Four is a spectacular character full of courage, intelligence, and fire. I love the way he slowly creeped up on me. It was hard getting to know Four because he's an extremely private person, but the little bits here and there made him all the more interesting to me. With the book being from Tris' point of view you don't really know what Four is thinking or what he's up to. When he finally opened up to her I could see why everyone was so swoony over him.
Tris is an entertaining character herself. She is a brave teenage girl, diving head first into a place much different than the home she grew up in with her family. Seeing everything from her perspective was fascinating to me. The training she goes through is grueling but it makes her into an amazingly strong young woman. As the story progresses and she and Four become close I couldn't help but ship them like crazy.
When the story hits a certain point I was shocked, maybe even convinced it might have been a dream sequence. It wasn't. My mind is still blown by what I read. Such a twist I wasn't expecting...not in the way it happened at least. Such a great book though!! I really did love it and can't wait to get back into the Divergent world again....more
The Prince is the third book in The Original Sinners series (The Siren #1, The Angel #2). I am actually having troubReview can also be viewed here.
The Prince is the third book in The Original Sinners series (The Siren #1, The Angel #2). I am actually having trouble putting my thoughts together enough to review it. This seems to have happened with the other two books as well. This is not a bad thing, don't get me wrong. It's just that Tiffany Reisz's books leave your mind a little boggled.
One of the things that sticks out in mind is that the point of views alternate with each chapter. I really loved that, actually. In some books that can make things confusing but in The Prince, it added to the experience. There's a lot of back story between Soren and Kingsley, which I really enjoyed. It made me see both of those characters in a different light. I haven't always been Soren's biggest fan, I won't deny that, but seeing another side of him was great. It made him and Kingsley both a lot more 3D. They are incredibly complex characters. And, really, heart stuttering sexy too.
I've always been a fan of Wesley and at the end of The Siren I was flailing over him. Such a curious young man. I needed more of him. Of course I was thrilled to have a large chunk of the book with him and Nora spending time together. There's a little bit of mystery intertwined in their story. It made me really curious about the horse racing world. Wes and Nora are sweet and hot together too. They are a great combination but I feel like the other shoe hasn't quite dropped yet when it comes to them. I'm a little nervous!
In most great books, there's a twist. The twist. Oh, the twist. Still has my mind whirling! And the whole damn book ended on a CLIFF. HANGER. to beat all cliffhangers. When I read the very last line I said, rather loudly, "Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?!" As I recall, the previous two books ended on cliffies too. I should have known this one would as well. It has left me salivating and chomping at the bit [see what I did there?] for more. Why must we have to wait so long?!
If you haven't given these books a read, please do. They are full of great and fascinating characters, delicious sex scenes and interesting plot! ...more
OK. I really am not sure I have enough words in me to explain how much I enjoyed The Angel. I honestlyThis review can also by viewed on Book Boudoir.
OK. I really am not sure I have enough words in me to explain how much I enjoyed The Angel. I honestly wasn't sure when or if I would get around to reading it. After seeing the comments of someone I follow on GoodReads and Twitter she had me intrigued. I had to know what happened with the characters I'd read about in The Siren (Original Sinners #1).
In The Angel we learn a lot more about the Soren. I admit, I wasn't a huge fan of his in The Siren, but he definitely showed a different side of himself in this second book. It was good to get a glimpse into his past. To be able to see why his life went the way it did. With every new twist or reveal I found myself liking him more. I was really happy about that.
Nora's part of the plot was great as well. I liked seeing another side of her. Honestly I was not expecting her to still be thinking about Wesley. The fact that she was really made me feel for her. I was (and still am) actually a little torn about whether I wanted her to leave Soren and go find Wesley.*sigh* I can understand how Nora would be conflicted.
Also, I did a lot of swooning through out the book. And not because of Soren. I adored both Griffin and Michael. I was excited to see them both since we'd had glimpses in The Siren. They are such great characters. I found myself almost wanting to speed through the other parts of the book just to get back to them. Love love love.
I would actually like to know more about the reporter that investigated Soren. I feel like there was so much potential with her. She and Soren had great chemistry too. I was almost disappointed nothing happened there!
I really did love this second book and am curious to see what the next book has in store. I highly recommend The Angel. ...more
After finishing my previous read I needed something different to move on to. Lessons was the perfectThis review can also be viewed on Book Boudoir
After finishing my previous read I needed something different to move on to. Lessons was the perfect choice.
Sycamore Falls is the quintessential small town. Everyone knows everyone and there are very few secrets kept. Sarah moves back to her hometown after a horrible tragedy. She's a bit of a runner when faced with uncertainty. Sycamore Falls and the house her grandmother left to her are the perfect opportunity to protect herself.
When she meets Lucas Sarah tries not to become attached to him, but that is impossible. Lucas is the perfect guy. Sweet, handsome, caring and giving. He stands by Sarah through so much, it's evident he cares for her. I swooned-- a lot. In my mind, he looked like Chad Michael Murray. I don't know. Either way, he's a fab character. Both he and Sarah are actually. They were compliment one another so well. He is strong, she is compassionate and they share a love of teaching.
When Matt, who the town has always praised for his football skills, finally admits to a huge secret he's been keeping people start turning their backs on him. My heart really hurt for him. He is a great character and you see him go through so much. There are very few people that he can lean on. Even his relationship with his parents is strained.
There are a few characters that made me want to just jump into the book and shake them. Two of them in particular, were extremely frustrating.
Lessons Learned is full of strong characters and a story that a lot of people can relate to. Every one has struggles in their life-- these characters help each other to get through the rough times. Sarah and Lucas are one of those couples that make you smile and feel warm and fuzzy. Best of all, there's a happy ending! This book made me laugh, it made me cry... it touched all the emotions I love to feel when reading a book. I definitely recommend it....more
His Very Own GirThis review can also be viewed on Book Boudoir
OK ok I'm kidding. Well. Mostly, I'm kidding.
His Very Own Girl is the first WWII book I've read. Now that I think about it, I don't think I ever read a WWI plotted book either. I'm usually a Victorian or Edwardian era romance reader. I'd never really thought about that before now.
Anyway, it was really fun to see this different world that was so craftily created. Probably one of my favorite parts about the entire book was how detailed it was. I could so easily visualize the scenes and the characters. The flight scenes were fantastic and easy to understand for someone that knows nothing about the technical side of flying. Carrie Lofty did an amazing job with that. It kept my engaged and interested.
The chemistry between Lulu and Joe was easily felt as well. It made me happy that I could feel their desire and intrigue for one another. Lulu's thoughts on keeping men at a distance were easy for me to identify with, even without having been in her particular situation. She was an incredibly strong character, doing history changing things.
Joe, oh Joe. Such a good guy. Gentlemanly, honorable and protective with a touch of uncertainty. He had a rough past that he sometimes seemed to be unable to overcome. I wanted to hug him when he would get into a down in the dumps mood. He was so afraid that his past would turn people away once they learned of it. I did want to shake him at times but even his faults were endearing.
I really loved the differences in Lulu and Joe's personalities but in the things that were important, they seemed to mesh well. There story is really lovely. It's perfect for anyone looking for something a bit different, with strong female characters and dashing men. ...more
When I first read the summary to The Siren I was intrigued and excited to get my hands on it. Once other readers IThis review can also be found here.
When I first read the summary to The Siren I was intrigued and excited to get my hands on it. Once other readers I follow started giving it rave reviews I knew I had to bump it to the top of my "to be read" list. Now here I am a week after finishing it and I'm still not sure how I feel about the story. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There was something missing for me.
I was interested in seeing what Nora's life was like. Very interested in getting to know Zachary. But I found myself unable to really connect the two of them. I didn't feel their chemistry jump off the page like I'd hoped. I did like their characters individually though.
Probably my absolute favorite character was Nora's assistant/intern. I couldn't help but want to cuddle him up. I'd love to learn more about him, actually. Especially as the book progressed. I felt a real connection with him as a character. My heart went out to him as the story moved forward.
Nora's business associates were quite the characters. I did love how little bits of information about them were leaked along the way. To continuously learn more about them as I read. It kept me reading, for sure.
Another thing I did like is that the foundation of the story might have had BDSM but it was much more than that. There wasn't a sex scene in every chapter. There was real plot and substance that made me want to know more about the characters. I saw their struggles. It made them real people.
That said, I didn't really get into it until I hit the 50% mark on my kindle. There's a big reveal that knocked my socks off and turned the world upside down. It made me sit up and go "HUH. WOW." I actually think I said "Whaaaaaaaaaaat?" out loud when I made it to that point. I flew through the rest of the book after that. I couldn't put it down. I was happy that finally I was able to get into it the way I'd wanted to.
In the end I gave it 3.5 stars because I wasn't able to connect at first. That was probably all me, because I've been so busy and not able to really focus on reading lately. (As I'm sure you can tell by my lack of reviews recently.) I do think it was a good book and I'll definitely be wanting to read the next one in the series, The Angel....more
YOU GUISE. I wish I had magical words that could wax poetic about how much I enjoyed this book. SThis review can also be found here -- Book Boudoir
YOU GUISE. I wish I had magical words that could wax poetic about how much I enjoyed this book. Since I don't I'll just ramble.
Faythe Reclaimed is the third in the Hanaford Park series...trilogy?, the first two of which I really loved too. Ms. Lisa Sanchez has such a lovely way with words! Faythe took a bit of a different turn than the first two books. I loved the time travel aspect of this one. I've always been so fascinated by the Salem witch trials. So many unanswered questions. It was cool to dive into such an interesting time period.
In this book Ms. Sanchez weaves her own story so well, using what we know as a background to these characters. It's so easy to believe that it could be how things went down back then. It gave the trials a breath of fresh air and makes for a delightful story.
The chemistry between Gabriel and Taylor is off the charts. I haven't felt it jump off the page so quickly in a long time. I'd began to wonder if I'd lost my love for romance novels or just reading in general. So glad to be proved wrong by Faythe Reclaimed.
Taylor's journey through a time and place she was so unfamiliar with was enchanting. She is such a strong character. I can't imagine how I'd have reacted to being unexpectedly transported through time. Though she did stumble, making her a perfectly flawed human, she picked herself back up and continued on.
It was the same with Gabriel. He had such a rough past that I just wanted to see him happy and content with someone. I enjoyed seeing him from a past and present aspect. Learning about how he became the person he did. Such a fascinating and delicious character. He's the perfect counterpart to Taylor.
Soooo to say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I definitely encourage everyone to check out the series itself. Lovely characters and great writing. You can't go wrong with that combo!...more
Circle of Light is book three in the Light trilogy. I've been anticipaReview can also be found here.
4.5 stars (where are my half stars goodreads?!)
Circle of Light is book three in the Light trilogy. I've been anticipating it's release for some time. I can't confirm or deny that I fangirl a little over Jennifer DeLucy and have talked to multiple people, telling them they need to read these books. They're not just another vampire story. They are so much more than that. The characters are well rounded and the plot is in-depth and interesting. She's created her own world. A world I really love.
In Circle we get all the stories wrapped into a nice, neat package. With a pretty bow on top. I especially enjoyed that, because often in a trilogy or series, the other characters fall to the wayside. I get why that is, but getting to see closure for everyone was a nice surprise.
I spent the bulk of the book swooning over Christian and Nicole, William and Lilly, and enjoying the other members of the household. Even the minor characters were a fun addition. Except maybe Judy Lynn (oh, you'll learn about her). I wanted to shove her off a cliff *smiles sweetly* She definitely brought the drama. But the thing is, the drama wasn't forced or overly used. There wasn't a sense of it being thrown in just to get us from point A to point B. It was solid and interesting.
I love how there's such a clear picture of how the Seers and Sentients live their lives. It gave me the feeling of being their friend, of being a part of their world. One of my favorite things a book can do for me is take me to another time and/or place. Circle of Light did that with ease. It was, in a word: superb. I'm actually sad to see this trilogy end but this last book made me warm and fuzzy.
I highly recommend the trilogy if you are looking for a twist on the usual paranormal or supernatural. You won't be disappointed. You can even enter to win a copy here....more
This was my first Cari Quinn book and while it was short, it was cute and delicious. The "I'm in love with my best friends older brother" story always reels me in. Always.
Noelle has it all planned out. She's bought a sexy dress, and a strapless bra to make the girls perky. She's going to make Jake want her -- to finally see her as more than just his kid sisters friend. Until she gets stranded on the side of the road, at least. She's stuck without her purse, and more importantly, her dress for the New Years Eve party.
Then Jake shows up to help her out. Little did Noelle know, but he was on his way to see her. The two stand in the road and argue. That is one of my favorite scenes because you can just feel the energy between them and just know that whatever happens, it's gonna be scorching hot.
The pair end up spending the evening together, watching the ball drop on tv. Their exploration of one another is incredibly delicious. So much so that I really wanted this to be a full length book. I'd have loved to have been able to see how things progressed for them.
I gave No Dress Required three and a half stars only because it was short and I would have liked to had more fleshing out of some things. But, since it was meant to be short, the lack of details was understandable.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find another Cari Quinn to read....more
First off, I really love Lisa's writing! This is the second book of hers I've read and enjoyed imReview can also be found here - Book Boudoir
First off, I really love Lisa's writing! This is the second book of hers I've read and enjoyed immensely. Cursing Athena is a bit short but it doesn't take away from how great the story is. Their is a supernatural aspect that boosts the romantic.
Ty is party of Athena's army of elite seven. They protect humans from demons. These men are hand picked by Athena to serve her. But Ty is also cursed to be a shape shifer. He is the perfect weapon-- powerful, lethal and nearly indestructible.
Danika is newly divorced and struggling to support herself by working two jobs. One of which is a server in a popular night club. A place that has a skeazy boss and questionable goings on. But she needs the job to pay off the debt left for her by an ex-husband.
Ty is on the hunt for a particularly vicious demon when he sees Danika. He is instantly attracted to her, unable to keep his eyes off of her across the room. Danika feels it, her body reacting instantly, even before she sees him. I loved that piece of the story-- how aware she was of him without even knowing what she was reacting to.
When she approaches Ty's table, he is cold. He is a man unwilling to let himself get distracted until he finds the demon he's after. That is, until Danika's disgusting boss comes to her, demanding she give a lap dance to an equally disgusting patron. Ty decides to step in and Danika thinks that just maybe, he might be interested in her after all.
Ty defends Danika, intimidates her boss and demands he buy her time himself. When Danika's soon to be ex-husband shows up she tries to get him to leave, fearing he will cause her to lose the job she needs. Things with him heat up and he drags her to a back room. He's a violent man and Danika is in danger. She manages to get away from him but he's not done yet.
Danika losing her job because of her ex forces Ty to realize he needs to help her. The connection he feels for her is undeniable. When she leaves the club Ty follows her, keeping her out of harms way when someone attacks. It made my heart pound because Ty shifts into his animal. He could tear her to pieces even though he was only following her so he cold make sure she was safe. Once Ty takes care of the attacker he takes Danika back to his place... where he explains his life to her. Giving her the chance to walk away if she wants to. (Really, who would?)
The vulnerability he shows really tugged at my heart. And the tension and chemistry between the two is off the charts. Cursing Athena left me wanting more, which is not a bad thing, especially given that it's not a stand alone book. I'm really curious to see where the next book goes and to find out more about the shifters and their purpose. I like the twist Ms. Sanchez used to create her little universe.
Cursing Athena is available in ebook only and it's priced at a steal. Go. Read. Now.
These are only my personal observations and thoughts regarding this book. Any and all books blogged about here are paid for with my personal money unless otherwise specified within the review. If you have questions please feel free to contact me....more
In general I am a huge fan of angst, but with my angst, I require a Happily Ever After too. What can I say? I am picky like that. I want my tears to bIn general I am a huge fan of angst, but with my angst, I require a Happily Ever After too. What can I say? I am picky like that. I want my tears to be worth it. I was so very nervous to start reading Fifty Shades Freed. Excited, but definitely nervous. With everything Christian and Ana had gone through in books 1 and 2, I didn't know if they would survive much more. Plus, they really just deserved to be HAPPY.
I'm writing this review under the assumption (yeah, I know, never assume) that you have either read books 1 and 2 or won't mind a few spoilery moments. Be sure to check out my reviews of the first two books, where I swoony sigh all over the place. Also note, this trilogy has BDSM, if that's not your thing, well... sucks for you, because Fifty is HOT.
In Fifty Shades Darker our beloved Christian foils death but we don't know who the asshole that tried to kill him is. I'd really hoped that it was a female character that went a little wacko. Especially once she is out of the picture. Easy peasy, Fifty is safe. Or not.
Freed begins where Darker left off, Ana and Christian are married (everybody say woohoo!) and on a delightful honeymoon. Fifty being, well, Fifty is a paranoid jerk that won't let Ana out of his sight. Of course, it's not a bad position to be in when you are married to a man that sizzling hot. But he's keeping his real concerns to himself, trying to protect his new wife. Only thing is, Anastasia isn't the type of woman that really feels she needs protecting, especially since she doesn't know what Christian's deal is.
Body guards, security detail, a driver, and no privacy, even when they are back home and Ana returns to work. The tension between them is a slow burn. Probably not even slow. More like, moderate. Bless his heart, Christian is adorable and I wanted to hug him for being protective of his family but man, is he frustrating.
Ana and Christian are plunged into uncertainty. Neither of them really talking about what's going on. Mostly because Christian, though he's grown since Fifty Shades of Grey, is still the same Christian. He refuses to tell his wife anything. If I were her I would have been ready to knock some sense into him. She's certainly stood up to him in the past, which is one thing I love about her. She's not weak. With the fear for his families safety running rampant in his head, Christian goes into overdrive. Every little thing sets him off and in turn, that sets Ana off because he won't talk to her.
During those stressful times, Christian decides to take Ana on a little trip with friends. Those days were so sweet and hot but under the surface, there was something (someone) laying in wait. I really wanted Christian just to learn that you can't run away from your problems (or buy your way out of them either). That's just his way though, it's the only way he knows to be. Though it's kind of twisted, it's one of the things I love about him.
Unknowingly, Ana misses an important appointment and when she realizes what has happened, there is a huge blow up between her and Christian. Hurtful, angry words are thrown around and my heart just clenched. All I could think was that was the end of them. They'd already been through so much already, how could they make it through something else? Especially something that would change both their lives forever. There are so many misunderstandings between them, I just wanted to shake them both. Then shove them in a closet and tell them "TALK"! But since I'm always a glutton for punishment, those angsty, heart breaking times were among my favorites.
Ana and Christian drift, not speaking, not looking at one another -- ugh. When she makes a move to help a family member he is torn to pieces, believing the worst of her. But she is once again, in danger, and Christian once again, is her knight in shining armor. Knight in handcuffs? Knight with bondage rope? I don't know. Whatever. Either way, he was there for her. And Ana, even though she didn't know how things were going to end up for them, she still did everything she could to protect him.
I guess that's another thing I love about those two, they are both trying to protect one another without the other really knowing. Ana is the perfect match for Christian; and he is the perfect match for her, even with his insecurities about being a good husband. I'd like to sit down with him and make him see that he's worthy of Ana's love, as well as that of his family.
Oh! I just can't say how much I loved Freed. The epilogue itself gave me a glowy happy heart. I felt it was the perfect way to end the trilogy.
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I started out taking notes as I read, but I became so wrReview can also be found here- Book Boudoir
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I started out taking notes as I read, but I became so wrapped up in the story they fell by the wayside. I received Grave Mercy through netgalley after getting a mass email from them. It sounded intriguing but I wasn't 100% that it was my kind of book. But since I wanted to read something different, I decided to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did.
When you first meet Ismae, she is very young. The reader learns a little of how her life has been, how she is 'given' to a horrible man and forced to marry him. But then she's spirited away by someone from her past and hand delivered to a convent.
This convent is like no other convent. It is the house of Saint Mortain's assassins. He marques them and his lovely young girls are sent on missions to track down murderers, those that have committed treason and so on. Ismae is put through three years of training before she stars going on missions herself.
She is sent to infiltrate court and help protect the duchess of Brittany. Gavriel Duval escorts her, quite reluctantly, I might add. He's suspicious of her, just as she's suspicious of him. And my my but the sparks do fly. They are both strong and intense characters that pulled me right into the story. She's meant to spy on Duval, but he's not what she and the convent thought he might be. As Ismae gets to know him more, and as Duval learns what the Death maiden's are truly all about, it's obvious there is so much more than what meets the eye.
From chapter one I was intrigued and curious. The scenes are so beautifully written that you can see them, as if you're watching a movie, not reading a book.That's always (for me) a sign of a great book.
As the story moves along there are so many questions. They keep piling up, and even when you get answers, it just makes more questions pop up. It's also full of intrigue and action. The plot, the antagonists, protagonists, secondary characters-- they are all great, well rounded characters that make this story what it is. The lure and myth behind the book is fascinating and gets your brain really going. Ms. LaFevers built a whole world that just amazed me and made me crave more.
Oh... and Grave Mercy is a young adult book. Huh. I'm still not sure how to wrap my brain around that one. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking "isn't this YA?? I thought it was YA." Seriously, it reads so differently than any YA I've ever read. The sizzle was off the charts. I dare say it's the only YA I've read that did not leave me saying "stupid fade to black" even when it faded to black. The story is so layered that I don't even miss that part. Because I admit, I read YA but it's not my main focus, because well-- I like the smut. With this book I didn't feel like I was missing out on things.
I can't rave about this book enough. Like I said, I did get it from netgalley and since it will expire on my kindle, I'm planning to buy. As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to pre-order now.
Now to wait for Spring 2013 for the second book, Dark Triumph. What in the world?!...more
Ah Y'ALL!!!! I had a friend rave about Graffiti Moon after I mentioned my interest in reading it. After shReview can also be found here - Book Boudoir
Ah Y'ALL!!!! I had a friend rave about Graffiti Moon after I mentioned my interest in reading it. After she gushed about it, I knew I had to bump it up on my list. I so was not disappointed that I did!
Graffiti Moon follows Lucy, who has the biggest crush on a graffiti artist named Shadow. She and her closest friends plan a night out to celebrate their completion of Year 12 in school. They run into three guys they know, one which Lucy has a rather funny past experience with. Ed is the last person she wants to spend her night of celebration with. But the six of them make a night of it together.
Lucy is determined to spend some time looking for Shadow, who she's always managed to just miss every other time she's tracked him. Shadow's art is all over the city, on legal and illegal walls. Ed tells Lucy he knows where to find Shadow and they set out on their own after a stop at a party.
As they explore the city on Lucy's bike they come to realize they have more in common than they originally thought. They spend their journey discussing art, their hobbies, and the miscommunication that had them at odds. It was so fun to see them get to know one another and for their crush from the past to start to bloom again.
When Lucy realizes Shadow isn't the person she thought he might be she begins to see Ed in a different light too. I couldn't help but cheer for Ed. He is a good person; a nice guy that only wants to take care of his family. He was definitely easy to love, both for me and for Lucy.
And Lucy, she's a strong, smart character. A breath of fresh air.
Graffiti Moon is a read that I just sailed through. It gave me that feeling of, when I finished it, I just sighed happily. As a side note, it sort of reminded me of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. If you enjoyed that, you will probably like GM. I just really loved it. Can't say it enough. ...more
I received an email from Ms. Kage inquiring whether I'd be interested in reading and reviewing The Best MReview can also be found here -- Book Boudoir
I received an email from Ms. Kage inquiring whether I'd be interested in reading and reviewing The Best Mistake. After reading the synopsis, I immediately said yes. I thought The Best Mistake sounded like something that would be right up my alley. I'm a big fan of romance novels in general (duh). And when there is either an unrequited or against all odds feel to it, even better!
The way Deri craves acceptance and love from her family just broke my heart. Everyone deserves a loving family and Deri is no exception. Sadly, after the loss of her mother, the only family she has left is an estranged father. And he happens to be the head of a major corporation that wants to steal information from Harrety International and it's powerful owner. They are manipulative and horrible. As if her father didn't put Deri through enough by making her prove she's his daughter, they also use her as a pawn in business dealings. So she can prove herself to them. As if she should have to do that with family anyway.
Deri only agrees to seek a job at Harrety because she knows if she doesn't do it, someone else will. She is an honest person and doesn't plan to steal or pass on any information she might get. There's no way she'll allow herself to get roped into doing something so cruel. Besides, she's working as an intern, stocking the supply closet with paper and distributing new ink cartridges for printers. How is she expected to get her hands on secret intel from the CEO, Mr. Harrety.
When Deri meets Cole by accident (literally) she knows there is something she can't resist. Cole was adorable and a gentleman, coming to Deri's aide when she's injured. The attraction between them is instant. I felt it from both sides, not just hers. It's not often I read a romance novel where the male is all swoony and distracted. At least, not openly. Cole goes out of his way to find out more about her, trying to track Deri down after he's escorted her home.
In the mean time, Mr. Harrety has hired a private investigator, who is trying to figure out who the company mole is. Little does he know at the time, it's Deri. But even then, things aren't what they seem and when Cole does his best to woo Deri, she can't take the guilt of keeping who she is from him. The night she decides to tell him, they see one of her family members in public. When she admits her relation to the man, Cole is numb. One thing leads to another and he does something that only hurts both of them.
My heart hurt for both Deri and Cole. It is so obvious how strongly they feel for one another but they've let secrecy get in their way. I admit, I was a little worried about what might happen.
But Cole does something amazing, by confronting Deri's family, with lawyers in tow. He knows in his heart that she is innocent and even though she might be related to those people-- she hasn't given them anything they were after.
There were cheers all around (from me at least) when Cole stood up for Deri. I so desperately wanted him to take her family down, with legal action, but he did something so much better. Deri won't ever have to worry about them trying to manipulate her again. And Cole won't have to worry about the safety of his company, for that matter.
Once Cole is rid of Deri's family he makes amends with her too. Finally those two can be together, without shadows of guilt, lies or doubt lurking behind them.
In conclusion, I'd have liked for the book to me a little longer, maybe a bit more detail here and there. But overall, I enjoyed it. It was a light, fast read and I'm happy to have been asked to review it.
A copy of the e-book The Best Mistake was supplied by the author, Linda Kage in exchange for my honest review....more
I was looking forward to reading more of this series by moving on to book 2. While I did enjoy the story over all, I didn't breeze through it as quickly as I did the first book. I felt like the characters weren't as developed as I'd have liked them to be. I didn't get a chance to really love Emmie and Caleb.
For that matter, I didn't see them 'fall in love' either. One of my favorite parts of reading a romance novel is to see two characters get to know one another, to see that spark and the beginnings of a relationship. To see why they fell in love. And how. That part fell a little flat to me. Bummer.
It never sat right with me that Caleb set out to use Emmie to get back at someone. Even when he told her, she seemed sort of ok with it. I expected anger or for her to feel betrayed, but she did not. I was honestly disappointed in her reaction and felt that it wasn't a 'real' reaction. I was more upset by his actions on her behalf. It was hard for me to get past the way Emmie allowed herself to be a doormat, both with Caleb and her own family.
As far as light reads go, this was a good one. It just didn't wrap me around it's finger like I'd hoped it would. I do plan on continuing with the series though. ...more
I have a love hate with series'. I love them because if book one is something I've fallen in love with, I don't want to let the characters go. Hate them because I read so many book series' that I can't keep up!! Not necessarily a bad problem to have, I don't think.
Rock Hard is book two of the Sinners of Tour series. I really enjoyed book one, Backstage Pass, so I was looking forward to see what the Sinners guys were up to. Sinners is a band of delicious rock Gods; Sed Lionheart is their badass lead singer with womanizing ways. Once upon a time Sed had his heart broken and has been surly since.
Jessica is a law student, and she just so happens to be the former girlfriend of rocker Sed. When she revealed her dream to go to law school Sed put his foot down (ikr?). It came down to her choosing between her love for him and her dream career.
But neither Sed or Jessica are happy. He is successful and she is attending college but neither has given their heart to another in the two years since they split.
I love love love stories like this. When Jessica and Sed see one another again the sparks are off the charts. There is no denying they still feel a physical attraction.
Then disaster strikes and a scandal breaks. Once Jessica thinks her her potential law career is dead in the water she goes on tour as an assistant to Brian, the guitarists wife, Myrna. But when Jessica tries to manipulate Sed, and he does the same to her, things get sticky. I really wanted to just shake the both of them. To make them see that they were making a mistake by using their past against each other.
They try to convince themselves and everyone else that it's just a physical thing when it's anything but. Their friends work to try to convince both Sed and Jessica that they were never really over. That their relationship is not just a game. When Sed's health fails they both see how hurtful they were and Jessica becomes determined to get her life back. With Sed in it.
This book is full of hot sex, funny and yummy guys and it was a nice read when I wanted to dive into a different world. ...more
I've always been a huge Nora Roberts fan. For her to write a romance novel that has a bit of a paranormal twist, that's even better for me!
Clare is a military widow and has moved back to the small town she grew up in, with her three young songs in tow. Beckett is the hard working man that has loved her since he was a teenager. He and his family are restoring a historic hotel into a bed and breakfast. Clare owns a book store across the street. Both of them love their work and their families but it's obvious something is missing.
Beckett's 'crush' (can you call it that when you're talking about adults?) on Clare is so cute. He tries not to be obvious about it but everyone (except Clare) sees it. I enjoyed how he did everything he could just to get the opportunity to see her. Like stopping by for coffee at her book store every day, inviting Clare over to check out the progress on the inn. It made my heart warm.
I also really enjoyed that Beckett spends time with Clare's boys. And not because he's trying to get her to date him, but because he cares for them too. They are pretty funny and cute kids though, so I loved them too.
Beckett's brothers and mother were a hoot so I'm looking forward to their books too. As it is with most trilogies it's obvious who the next books will be about. The other two Montgomery boys and two of Clare's friends. That part might be slightly predictable but I don't mind in the least.
The 'paranormal' aspect I mentioned is a -- friendly ghost that has taken up residence in the old inn. Nobody know who she was. There are some pretty amusing moments with Beckett having 'conversations' with her and even giving her a name. Clare isn't comfortable with the ghost in the house though. She finds it creepy. Ms. Ghost plays a pretty important role in protecting Clare when danger comes calling though. I liked that she wasn't just there as background noise. I can't wait to learn more about her in future books.
The Next Always really 'hit the spot' for me. It was a read that I breezed my way through because I didn't want to put it down. It's the perfect beach or rainy day spent on the couch kind of book. I look forward to the next one. ...more
It took me a while to really get into this book. Probably not until I was about 60% done did IReview can also be found on my book blog -- Book Boudoir
It took me a while to really get into this book. Probably not until I was about 60% done did I really feel the chemistry between Trent and Caroline. I spent a lot of time worried that Trent was going to get hurt, either emotionally or physically. I loved his devotion to his mother and sister and my heart went out to him-- that his family had been through so much and it was all on his shoulders to take care of them.
I liked Caroline and her sass and really wanted to see her happy with someone that treated her right. She definitely got a raw deal with her ex. It was understandable that any attraction she might have felt for Trent in the beginning was fought against.
I enjoyed some of the secondary characters. Caroline's girl friend was funny and their relationship entertaining. I definitely felt like some of the secondary characters had larger roles than I expected. Especially Reyes, who tried to woo Caroline throughout the book. He was kind of a jerk, but I guess that's to be expected when you are suppose to be rooting for the 'hero' of a novel. He was just so pushy! Ms. Thornton did an excellent job of making me want to punch him time after time haha
I had my fingers crossed for Trent through the whole book, desperately hoping that he would be able to do something with his music. I wanted something big to happen for him so bad. He definitely went through many obstacles in a short period of time. With the help of others, he really started to shine.
Once Caroline and Trent allowed their chemistry to come to a head things really picked up. They were delicious together. Caring and trusting and giving. I enjoyed that side of them-- seeing them as a couple since they'd fought against it for most of the book. I was on pins and needles until the end, worried that something was going to happen and it would fall apart. Thank goodness that did not happen!
Overall, I enjoyed The Way That You Play It. It had some great dialogue and an interesting plot....more
I'm a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I have been reading these books since justThis review can also be found here -- Book Boudoir
I'm a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I have been reading these books since just before the release of book 3 (my favorite) so I look forward to every new release. As the books go deeper into the world Ward has created things get more detailed and more and more secondary characters pop up. Sometimes that distracts from what I really want to read about (which is the couple that the book is suppose to be about). I'm slightly use to that with these books though and I believe that it helps with future growth of the series.
That said, sometimes it can be overwhelming, so I'm torn on whether or not I want less details or not. I'd have liked to have "seen" more of Tohr and No'One getting to know one another. There was a lot of skipping time, which I understand because the progression of Tohr's getting back to some semblance of his old self was needed. But I felt like I missed out on a lot too because there was so much other stuff going on in the book.
I enjoyed the character of No'One. I could see her growing as a person, finally coming out of the shell she'd put herself in so long ago. Tohr had a lot to do with that of course, but there were a few moments when I really just wanted to punch him really hard. His desire to keep himself cut off from emotions by hurting No'One was uncalled for, in my opinion. She'd done nothing but try to help him and atone for the past wrongs she felt she'd dealt him. Grrr.
I liked that Xhex and No'One slowly became bonded. I'd really hoped that would happen for them eventually. They both needed that connection so badly, for different reasons obviously, but it was still important. I don't know how I felt about the conflicts that Xhex and John Michael were going through though. It was understandable how they both felt and I completely sympathized. Though I really wanted to see things go smoothly for them after they'd been mated.
One thing I missed was Qhuinn and Blay. I'm a huge shipper of them and one of the things I look forward to most in the books is more interaction between the two of them. I take every little scrap I can get but there wasn't really much in Lover Reborn, especially considering the amount of content that wasn't based on Tohr and No'One that was in the book. I'd have rather had more Qhuay and Tohr/No'One than the other extras.
As if the Lessers aren't enough of a problem for the BDB, we now have the Band of Bastards too. I almost feel like they could be their own series, instead of throwing them into the Black Dagger books.
While this wasn't one of my favorites of the series I did enjoy it. I just felt that some parts were too long and some parts not long enough. I was left with an overwhelming desire to say "Please ma'am, may I have some more?" With the announcement of whose book will be next, I'm looking forward to book 11....more
I can't even deny that I want to be Lola when I grow up. She has fun clothes, colorful wigs and a quirky, artistic personality. There was a perfect mixture of sarcasm and sweetness to her. It was hard for me to see her as a teenage girl. She is definitely not average.
Lola's parents are fantastic but they were not fans of Lola's older boyfriend, Max. I really liked him too though. At least at the start, that is. He seemed sweet and attentive to her, even having family dinner every Sunday, which he did not feel comfortable doing.
Lola seemed to have everything going along smoothly. Great parents, awesome best friend and hot boy friend.
Then the two people Lola never wanted to see again moved back into the neighborhood. The last thing she wanted was to see childhood crush Cricket through the bedroom window next door. But he was back, and more perfect than ever. Cricket is adorable and smart. (And parental approved!)
I am such a sucker for the unrequited love story. Or when two people are torn apart by means they can't control. Then they find their way back together some how. I always want things to fall back into place so perfectly. But I guess if that happened, there would be no point in the story or book.
When Lola starts hanging out with Cricket it causes tension with Max. It was so funny to me that he would be jealous of a teenage boy. I guess he could see that Lola's feelings for Cricket still lingered though. He started to get jerky, which made me sad since I'd like him before.
Luckily, Cricket kept right on being he's sweet self and his relationship with Lola continued to solidify. I might have cheered many times for the two of them.
I'm pretty sure Ms. Perkins wrote Cricket for every girl that has ever loved a boy friend. He is adorable and I wanted to hug him. Or turn him into a real boy. Especially when all the stars aligned and Lola was free to love him. And vice versa.
Oh! Is this spoilery? I hope not, because I have to say, the appearances of Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss were icing on the awesome cake!
There are some books that just linger with you when you read them. For me, Shatter Me was one of those books.
Tahereh's words are like magic. They areThere are some books that just linger with you when you read them. For me, Shatter Me was one of those books.
Tahereh's words are like magic. They are poetry and lyrics; wind weaving through the trees, ocean waves smoothing sand. She strings together phrases and sentences that make me sit back and gasp. And think. It's lovely and brilliant what she did with this book. I think I have a pretty decent imagination when it comes to visualizing what I'm reading, but wow, Tahereh just blew me away with his descriptions. I felt like I was right in the middle of the action.
Within the first line of chapter 1 I was curious about this world I was being thrown into. Juliette has such a strong, powerful voice that carries the reader straight into her heart and mind. Accuse of murder, she has been thrown into a cell to count the days one by one. Without having been talked to or touched in over two hundred days one would think she would have lost her mind. But she's strong and alert; a fighter.
When Juliette is told she'll be getting a cellmate her mind goes in all different directions. I could feel her panic at the thought of having someone that close. Because, for her to touch someone physically, it could destroy her, make her more of the murder she sees herself as. Juliette's touch, is deadly, but no one knows why.
I don't want to spoil the entire book, because had I known what happens, what the cellmate was going to be like, I would have gone into the book with different eyes. I will say that I was definitely surprised when her roomie entered the room and something sort of niggled at my mind. As it did Juliette's, because she isn't willing to open up and talk to this new person. Not at all. She does an excellent job of deflecting and protecting herself as she searches her mind for clues about this person.
As things are revealed, as you go deeper into this world that has been so craftily created by Tahereh, you will gasp in anger, feel your heart expand and desperately need more. When I read Shatter Me I didn't realize it wasn't just a stand alone book. To my surprise and great joy, I realized it was only the beginning of great things to come.
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, which I did, you'll probably love Shatter Me as well. ...more
Pleasures Untold is the second book in Lisa Sanchez's Hanaford Park series. I enjoyed the first book immensReview can also be found on my book blog -0-
Pleasures Untold is the second book in Lisa Sanchez's Hanaford Park series. I enjoyed the first book immensely so I was excited to finally get the chance to read the second. It definitely didn't disappoint. I loved the character Martha in book one so for her to get her own story was pretty exciting.
She is a sassy, sarcastic, and strong young woman. Martha comes from a line of powerful witches that have all been brutally murdered. She has been making it her mission in life to try and hunt down their killer. With the help of her fantastic roommates and a delicious man she meets in a local club, Martha works to avenge her family.
Lots of new intriguing things are revealed throughout the book. It left me on the edge of my seat, anticipating every twist and turn. There wasn't one moment that I felt like Pleasures was predictable. It had the perfect amount of intrigue, supernatural, and funny. Oh... and the chemistry between Martha and Xan, it was through the roof. *fans self* Just the right amount of swoon worthy and delicious moments interspersed.
Pleasures Untold was the perfect second installment of the Hanaford Park series. I can't WAIT to read the next book. Go pick these up, you won't regret it....more