What. In. The. World. This book!!!!! I've read so many comments about how messed up it is and how the ending is ridiculous. I've had a million theorieWhat. In. The. World. This book!!!!! I've read so many comments about how messed up it is and how the ending is ridiculous. I've had a million theories as I've read. I've thought about it constantly. It's shocked me left and right. It's made me never want to get married. Ever.
There were parts where I guessed what was happening, other bits that blew me out of the water.
The writing was fantastic. I felt everything these characters felt. Kudos to the author.
The only complaint is the way it ended because now I'm just trying to figure out what happens next.
I'm giving it five stars because I feel like I can't go any lower. When a book messes with your head this much it deserves the top rating. Good gracious.
Beautiful. Haunting. Heartbreaking. I haven't been touched by a book like this in a long while. Maybe it's because of the things happening in my lifeBeautiful. Haunting. Heartbreaking. I haven't been touched by a book like this in a long while. Maybe it's because of the things happening in my life currently. Maybe it's because it's just beautifully written and raw and real. I'm so thankful someone convinced me to read this here and now. Everyone needs to read this book. It's a reminder that life is short, precious, sometimes painful, but there's always hope if you just look for it. ...more
I don't know why but I really this type of plot. Girl jilted, finds love with someone else. Of course that someone else is ten times hotter than her eI don't know why but I really this type of plot. Girl jilted, finds love with someone else. Of course that someone else is ten times hotter than her ex and the chemistry is off the charts. Frenched was a pretty quick read for me because of that very story line.
Mia is a character I could see myself being friend with. Lucas is that guy that makes you stutter and swoon because he's so smooth and sexy. I laughed a lot and the hotness was pretty far up the charts....more
I'd been anticipating this series for a while! I read it as Twilight fanfiction many many books and stories ago and it has remained a favorite for me.I'd been anticipating this series for a while! I read it as Twilight fanfiction many many books and stories ago and it has remained a favorite for me.
Cupcakes and Ink is a bit of a prequel novella type thing to whet the whistle until Clipped Wings release. It's a peek into what Hayden and Tinley's lives were like before meeting.
I don't necessarily think it has to be read before starting book 1 of the series but it doesn't hurt. Cupcakes and Ink is beautifully written and tugs at the heart strings -- two things I love when reading a good book....more
The Lucky One was another one of those "I've watched this movie a million times how is it I've not read the book?" books. I know a lot of people eye rThe Lucky One was another one of those "I've watched this movie a million times how is it I've not read the book?" books. I know a lot of people eye roll Nicholas Sparks because he has the same type of story every time. But I don't care! I'm a sucker for a romance of any kind and Sparks always gets to me with his.
I loved that The Lucky One was modern day and a touch military (also one of my favorite things). Sometimes it's hard to read a book after watching the movie, because you have these characters and scenes from the screen stuck in your head. I don't think it distracted me this time though, if anything it was helpful while I read.
Logan and Elizabeth were both great characters. I really enjoyed the setting of the story as well as the pace.
This is one of those books I found myself identifying with characters immediately. It's real and funny and deliThis review can also be viewed here.
This is one of those books I found myself identifying with characters immediately. It's real and funny and delicious.
Bliss is the kind of character that I can relate to. I could see a bit of myself in her; in the way she thinks, and reacts. Bliss is awkward and funny but her experience with guys is limited. She feels left out, being the only one of her friends that is still a virgin.
She's tired of being that girl and her best friend decides she should find someone to have a one night stand with. Bliss very reluctantly goes along with it, allowing herself to be dressed up and taken to a bar. There, she meets a deliciously accented guy and they hit it off. I found myself really hoping this smart, funny, charming guy may make a huge impact on Bliss' life.
Thinking he could be the one that can help her out, Bliss takes him home with her. When things heat up between the pair, she leaves him in her bed, making up a rather funny excuse for taking off. But the giggles don't end there because once she gets outside, Bliss realizes she's barely dressed and doesn't have her apartment keys.
Never expecting to see the gorgeous would have been one night stand, Bliss allows her best friend to think she had sex with him. Who would ever be the wiser? But one day she walks into a classroom to see him again. Turning her world upside down and, I admit, making me flail around a little at their possible second chance.
Things are easy for Bliss, with having feelings for this new guy that she shouldn't get involved with, an unexpected confession from her best [guy] friend and her classes. That girl has a lot on her plate. There's a lot of misunderstandings, confusion, heart flip flopping, swooning moments. I really enjoyed the story though. It felt like one of the most real books I've read in a while. Losing It has a lot of heart....more
I absolutely adored this book! It was short and sweet and I didn't want to put it down. I also didn't want it toThis review can also be viewed here.
I absolutely adored this book! It was short and sweet and I didn't want to put it down. I also didn't want it to end.
I'm such a lover of the "I'm in love with my best friend/brothers best friend/best friends brother" kind of story. I can't even tell you how much it makes me swoon! It's always been one of my favorite tropes.
The reader is dropped right into Lacey's wedding and her finding her new husband with someone else. Oh he's such a jerk! Cheating on her the day of their wedding and making her feel like it's all her fault. Lacey's families company is depending on her marriage to this man working but it's the last thing she wants now that she knows who he really is.
Lacey is devastated and Galen comes to her rescue without hesitation. There's has been a relationship full of childhood teasing and unrequited feelings. She'd always had a crush on Galen but had done everything she could to hide it. She knew he wasn't interested in her; not like that. He barely tolerated her for years. Seeing her as his little sisters annoying friend.
But when Galen whisks Lacey away from the wedding venue, helping her avoid friends and family, she sees a different side of him. He's always been sexy, a little cocky too, but this new sweetness she's seeing in him is huge.
They spend a drunken night talking and getting to know one another better. Galen seeing another part of Lacey, the girl he'd always tried to keep out of his mind. When he makes a joke about them going on Lacey's honeymoon, she jumps at the chance. They wake up the next morning in Puerto Rico with massive hangovers.
Galen begins to help Lacey to see that she's not the woman she thought she was. The one that her husband cheated on because he wasn't satisfied with her. The boxer woos her and makes her realize that she's sexy and desirable. This adventure is making Galen crazy though because he wants so much more from her.
With Lacey trying to dodge calls from her mother and Galen worrying about where his career will go, the two do their best to take advantage of the honeymoon resort. But things go awry [of course!!!] and words get twisted, causing our lovers to part rather painfully. Galen was hard headed, Lacey was stubborn...and I was flailing and just wanting to step into the book and make them kiss.
Sexy, sandy moments on the beach, in a pool, and in their bungalow make a girl fan herself. The heat between them is off the charts. Down for the Count is fluffy, funny, and flat out fantastic. I can't say enough how much I swooned over this adorable story....more
Faking It is the follow up to Losing It, which I read recently as well. In this installment, "Max" is this sassyThis review can also be viewed here.
Faking It is the follow up to Losing It, which I read recently as well. In this installment, "Max" is this sassy, flaming red haired, tattooed rocker chick. She uses all of that to hide behind her vulnerabilities. The life she has in Philadelphia is a bit of a mystery too. She keeps a lot of herself hidden from her parents but when they show up for a surprise visit, Max has to think quickly.
No way will the 'rents be ok with the guy she's dating. They'd never approve of him, and Max needs their support while she tries to get her band off the ground. So instead of letting them meet Mace, she enlists the help of a stranger. Max asks Cade to be her boyfriend for a day, just to put her parents at ease.
Cade is still in a coffee shop minding his own business, nursing his broken heart, when a beautiful girl approaches his table. He's the quintessential "frat boy," according to Max, and the perfect boyfriend in her parents eyes. It doesn't take long for Cade to agree to help this woman he's incredibly attracted to. He also can't help but think that this might be a great distraction from the girl he loved.
The last thing either of them expected though, was to actually like the other. They are really different people, something Max isn't sure she can really get past. Besides, she still has a boyfriend! But her parents absolutely love Cade, "Golden Boy", and you can see Max's mother getting way ahead of herself. Their family has been torn apart by tragedy but Mrs. Miller wants Max to find that perfect guy. If she met her daughters real boyfriend, she'd have had an aneurysm.
I was worried that the story would feel rushed since I knew Max's parents were not going to be visiting for long. I wasn't sure if they would magically be in love after Mr. and Mrs. Miller went back home the next day. Instead, there was a lot of ups and downs and twists that often made me nervous about the future of these two. One of my favorite things is when a male and female character are extremely different but still manage to make it work. I love the 'opposites attract' theory.
With Max and Cade, their individual personality traits even one another out. Where Max can be rough around the edges, Cade is sweet and caring. He spends a lot of time being there for her in several different ways. Also, their chemistry, it is palpable. Max struggles to ignore it, but Cade dives in head first. That was one of the things about him I could relate to. I'm very easy to read in the way he was. Max definitely keeps things close to the cuff. When she slowly started to open up to Cade, it was nice to see a vulnerable side of Max.
Instead of their time together being over after Max's parents went back home, Cade was still there for Max. Even when she made it hard for him. As Cade falls for Max, he gets frustrated with himself that he can't find someone that isn't already in a relationship. It's hard for either of them to keep from flirting with each other though. And as things with Mace start to get rocky, Max sees more and more what a catch Cade is.
Still, she pushes him away, thinking once they do one last thing for her parents, Max can walk away from Cade and not look back. Except it's not that easy. The connection they share grows every time they are together. While I won't give away how things end for Max and Cade, I will say that a lot happens to open up both their eyes. They are strong characters separately, but even more so together. I loved their friendship and their blossoming relationship. It was fun, sweet and sexy.
Faking It was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a while....more
While this is not my first BDSM novel, it is only the second book I've read with a Master/slave aspect. I'm veryThis review can also be viewed here.
While this is not my first BDSM novel, it is only the second book I've read with a Master/slave aspect. I'm very--- uncertain about M/s on a personal level, but I like to keep an open mind and see what a story brings. I read Slave because it was recommended by someone on twitter. I'm always looking for more novels in this realm so I tackled it with anticipation.
First, I thoroughly enjoyed Sherri Hayes' writing style. She is clear and concise and the emotions through the book were palpable. I felt an easy connection between the characters. Stephan's pain leapt out at me, as did Brianna's.
Overall, I struggled reading the bulk of Slave. I hit a point when I felt like it was monotonous because the story takes place mostly in Stephan's apartment. Brianna is frightening, understandably, to go out in public after what she lived through. For me though, it got to be boring that there wasn't much going on outside of that. I hated that I wasn't more in love with it but I kept reading, hoping things would pick up. Seeing as this is the first in a series, I can see that the bulk of Slave was the setup for a lot to come in the future for these characters. Establishing a connection between them and the reader.
Brianna was intriguing and she is the character that kept me reading when I felt like I may've been losing interest in the story. I became angry that someone had treated her the way they did. That's a good thing though, because if I can't care about a character, what is even the point in reading their story?
Stephan made me feel for him on a different level. He so much wanted to save Brianna from the very beginning. Though I'm not sure he went about it the correct way, he did what he thought was best. I gave him major points for what a great person he was. As a Dom and as a man. In the end it was hard for me to believe he was in love with Brianna though. I felt that he barely knew her, both because she hadn't not been with him for long and she hadn't really opened up to him much until the end of the book. Even then, there was still so little he knew about her.
There was a lot of unanswered questions I'm sure will be covered as the series goes on. I feel like that will be interesting. While I didn't love Slave, I'll probably read the second book to see what happens to these two....more
I'm currently making an effort to read more of my netgalley books and since I've been in the mood forThis review can also be found on Book Boudoir.
I'm currently making an effort to read more of my netgalley books and since I've been in the mood for some historical romance lately, I chose Seven Nights to dig in to. I can't say how glad I was that I did finally read it. SNiaRB hit every single sweet spot I have. Loner, misunderstood guy that is afraid of contact with others because of a tragic past. Virginal lady that is being handed over to the wolves to save her family. Ding ding ding.
The setting of Seven is gothic and intriguing. From the first sentence in chapter one I was curious about what was taking place. Sidonie arrives in the middle of a storm, having agreed to take her sisters place and spend a week with a man that she's been led to believe she should fear. She is such a strong character though. I don't know that I could turn myself over to someone just to protect my sisters secret! But Roberta's secret isn't the only one Sodonie carries. She also has one of her own, and it involves Jonas. Bum bum bum.
When we first meet Jonas he is a hard, cold man that lurks in the shadows. It's obvious he has reason for these things, making him even more intriguing. As I got to know him, I realized that all of Jonas' life he's been incredibly mistreated for a few silly reasons. Society has shunned him and it's made Jonas very bitter; rightfully so in my opinion.
Sodonie slowly brings out a different side of Jonas in the short amount of time they spend together. They also share a great amount of sexual tension, another personal favorite. One of the other things I really enjoyed about this novel is that they don't jump into bed immediately, despite the books title. Jonas doesn't try to force her or pressure Sodonie into anything. He's patient, even though it's obvious he wants her in his bed.
Their time together is delicious and somewhat bittersweet, with knowing she can't stay there. Sodonie and Jonas both begin to have feelings for one another but neither admits to it.
After Sodonie returns home and Jonas finds out she was withholding information that could change his life, he is completely torn apart. The revelation puts a large rift in any future relationship they might have had. It's completely heartbreaking. Jonas shuts down and refuses to talk to Sodonie. But she's determine to make him see that she wasn't trying to hurt him, but protect her sister.
It is completely gut wrenching how torn apart Jonas is. He wants Sodonie, to create a family with her and to finally be happy, but he is so very broken and doesn't think he can trust her. Thankfully, her determination to make him see that she was doing the right thing does pull through eventually. I was really worried that I wasn't going to get my happily ever after and it was down to the wire. I kept watching my kindle percentage tick on and finally at the last minute, everything was worked out for the best.
Seven Nights was sexy, heart tugging, and sweet. This is the first in a series and I can not wait for the next installment!...more
It's no secret that I'm always a sucker for books where the hero and heroine are friends first. UnrequiteThis review can be found at Book Boudoir.
It's no secret that I'm always a sucker for books where the hero and heroine are friends first. Unrequited love that has a happy ending is one of my favorites. Plus One hit the spot with that theme. Olivia has had terrible luck in the men department. From creeps to flat out weirdos. She has come to the conclusion that she's never going to find someone worth her time. For me, this was one of those stories I could relate to when it came to that. I've dealt with some crazy guys in the past myself.
When Olivia's friend Ian steps up and offers to be her 'plus one' in a slew of weddings she must attend, she agrees. What could be better than spending the evening with someone that knows you well. No more awkward dates are needed! It makes perfect sense. Except, Ian always had a crush on Olivia and she was totally oblivious.
One of the things I liked most about Plus One is that in this type of story it's usually the female lead that has a crush on the guy and he doesn't realize. The switch up is a fun twist! I really enjoyed that.
Also, the sexual tension between the two of them was smokin' hot. It's obvious there is a serious connection, physical and emotional, but both of them do their best to fight against it in different ways. Ian is afraid of getting hurt, Olivia is just confused about these feelings she's having. Neither of them wants to ruin their friendship.
These two characters are the type that you just want to smush together and MAKE them kiss. Just so they'll see what they are missing out on. Luckily, I didn't have to do that and they got their HEA. Yay!!!
Brighton Walsh tells such a great story. Plus One is sweet, and sexy. My only tiny complaint is I didn't want it to end! ...more
It's no secret that I really love when the male lead in a book is hard and tough and hard headed and just...frustrating beyond belief. I don't know whIt's no secret that I really love when the male lead in a book is hard and tough and hard headed and just...frustrating beyond belief. I don't know what it is about that but I love it.
Remington is definitely that personality type. I never knew what he was going to do next and I couldn't really get into his head, even when he began to open up to Brooke. This is in no way a complaint. Though Remington could be frustrating I enjoyed slowly learning about him.
Brooke is such a juxtaposition when you consider Remington. She's classy and lady like. Not the kind of girl you'd think would be interested in a boxer. Then again, I don't know that I would have thought he'd be interested in her either. But I always enjoy it when the male and female lead are entirely opposite but somehow still 'work'.
There's good chemistry between the two, which is always a plus when reading a romance heavy book. I liked that it wasn't solely about the romance though. There's back story on both Remington and Brooke, which made them more well rounded characters and the book a lot more 'real' (no pun intended).
REAL is a good book and I enjoyed Katy Evans style. I'm curious to see how the rest of this series goes....more
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
**spoiler alert** I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped. It was slow in parts and I got bored or confused. I enjoyed the characters but I felt like**spoiler alert** I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped. It was slow in parts and I got bored or confused. I enjoyed the characters but I felt like some of the plot was unnecessary. I spent a good bit of time wondering about a few certain aspects of the story and how they were believable. I felt like Fiona's parents being unreachable the entire book, and that the family couldn't stop Tye from doing his fathers bidding was a little less believable.
As I said, I did enjoy the characters, Tiberius was intriguing, Hester was caring, Fiona was precocious, Aunt was hilarious ...but I wasn't fully engaged with the emotions. I didn't feel the chemistry between Hester and Tiberius the way I'd have liked. I felt like I was waiting on the story to begin through the entire book. It never picked up for me, sadly. ...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.
Back in the day (hehe) I'd just read this book series about vampires and werewolves but it left me waThis review can also be found at Book Boudoir.
Back in the day (hehe) I'd just read this book series about vampires and werewolves but it left me wanting more. I decided to find some fanfiction to make up for the things I didn't get *cough* mostly smutty deliciousness. Everyone was all in a tizzy about a few different stories, The Office, being one of them. When I started reading it, I understood why that was.
Much to my enjoyment and glee, that fanfic became a published book. When I heard the news I flailed all over myself and had to get my hands on it as soon as it was released. There are some stories that I hold near and dear to my heart and this is one of them. To be able to have it in print and on my bookcase was a dream come true for this fangirl.
Granted, there is a lot of changes between the fanfiction and the published book, I still love it so very much. Chloe is sassy and head strong. No wilting flower, which we do often get in romantic based books. She gives as good as she gets from Bennett. And she definitely gets a lot of attitude from him. Her frustration with him pretty much jumps off the pages. I like that Chloe is a smart, successful, business woman too.
Bennett ... he's a difficult man to work for. At times he seems to be unwilling to bend. It was his way or the highway. That is, until I was really able to get into his mind. With BB alternating POVs through the book it was nice to see where his head is. He definitely has conflicting emotions when it came to Chloe. As I got to know him a little better I could understand why that is. I loved his personality, really. He's a hard working, brilliant, and protective guy. Plus, he's always in a suit and tie. You can't go wrong with that. Ever.
Beautiful Bastard is incredibly sexy and admittedly, smut filled within the first few pages. But, it's so much more than that too. There is an intense relationship between Chloe and Bennett and for this reader, it was very believable and obvious.
I love UST and this is full of that too, because even though they have multiple flings together, neither of them wants it to happen again. It's kind of funny actually. One second they are both swearing it won't happen again, then two seconds later, they're *ahem* on a desk. I spent a lot of time fanning my face, I'll just admit that right now. So if you're looking for a yummy, turned romance read, this one could be for you.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stalk my mailbox for Beautiful Stranger!...more
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
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Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of my favorite series' ... ever. I have my favorite cThis review can also be viewed at Book Boudouir. Also a giveaway!
Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of my favorite series' ... ever. I have my favorite couples that I ship, just like most other fans. Zsadist is my favorite of the brothers. Followed by JM, Rehv and Blay and Qhuinn, in no particular order. I have been anticipating this book for longer than I can remember. From the first time Blay and Qhuinn were introduced, I shipped them. As the series went on I continued to read just for little snippets of those two together.
I've always been a sucker for angst and heart break stories, and those two have always had both of those in spades. The kicker is, I always need an HEA so I have been holding my breath, hoping these two guys would get one.
When I first heard that the next full length novel in the series was actually going to be B/Q's book, I was nervous and excited. In the past, we'd been told there would only be a novella for them and that bummed me out. There was so much potential, good and 'bad'. Slowly, bits of info regarding the plot were revealed by Ward and I wasn't sure how I'd react to some of the things.
Layla was fantastic. I was afraid I would hate her for being a big interference between Qhuinn and Blay. Happily, she was not what I assumed she'd be. Such a passionate, caring, sweet character she turned out to be. I found her desire to help Qhuinn find happiness to be endearing. She was strong too, not weak willed, as I had noticed of the Chosen in the past. Good for her for going after what she wanted most! I found myself wanting to ship her with Xcor.
And Xcor, damn, as much as I wanted to, I couldn't hate him! The same was the case with Assail. Who'd have thought I would find myself absolutely loving the bad guys? Both of who have done terrible things to the Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood... they made me love them all even more, and I don't know how that's even possible because my adoration for them was super sized already. They are amazing males - warriors, hellrens, fathers, full of compassion and love. Sigh.
But Blay and Qhuinn, y'all. Every scene between the two of them jumped off the page. Their chemistry and the UST was off the charts, as usual. I spent a lot of time blushing and fanning myself. I also wanted to hug both guys. And then shove them together for lots of kisses. There was so much misunderstanding between the two that I almost wanted to throw my kindle. I spent most of the book yelling at them "omg tell each other the truth!!!" These guys had more relationship drama than a male/female couple!
Mercy, did I love them both so much though. I went through the gamut of emotions through all eighty-two chapters and an epilogue. Sometimes I got frustrated when a chapter would end and the next one would switch to another story. In the end though, I was glad to get a mix of other characters. I'm not a huge fan of the lesser society stuff but obviously it needs to be there, otherwise, what would the Brothers be fighting? There wouldn't be a real point in having the Brotherhood if the lessers and Band of Bastards too weren't around.
Lover At Last was the first male/male full length book for me, though I've read short stories and fanfiction in the past. I loved seeing a different type of relationship though. When it's all said and done, love is love. ...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