Jasinda Wilder cleverly introduces the next brother to grace the spotlight in the epilogue of the previous book, so you need to make sure you read theJasinda Wilder cleverly introduces the next brother to grace the spotlight in the epilogue of the previous book, so you need to make sure you read them in order to fully understand the plot dynamics. Believe me it is well worth it.
Badd Ass is Zane's story although I did feel as if I was getting two brothers for the price of one as Brock's story is interwoven with Zane's. At the end of Badd MotherFer we left Zane with the delectable army medic, Mara. Could two people be more perfect for each other. With Zane's Navy SEAL background and Mara's time served in war zones, they understand each other and know without question the memories each are dealing with.
What was supposed to be one night of fun quickly morphs into more due to the intense connection between Zane and Mara. Both have a lot of issues where relationships are concerned so they use their time together as an experiment of sorts - a test relationship.
Mara has a lot of issues with painful secrets buried in her past and hinted at within the narrative. She is the queen of hook-ups, second to her best friend Claire, Mara owns her sexuality an doesn't apologies for her hit it and quit it mentality. Yet, she feels differently about her encounter with Zane, to he point of proprietary about Zane, something she has never encountered before. Luckily, these new feelings are the same for Zane.
Mara veers between confident and controlled to naive and immature within the narrative, it was difficult to grasp the person she really was. For me, I felt as if Mara hadn't really explored her identity and therefore, lacked self-awareness until her interactions with Zane. Zane opens Mara's mind and makes her question her future and what she would like to gain out of it.
I loved the depiction of the close sibling bond between the Badd brothers, showcasing their similarities and uniqueness within the story. Their growth as a family since being forced to work together for a year as well as their absorption of Dru into their family, was heart-warming providing hope for a brighter future for all of them.
Seeing the closeness and understanding between Zane and his brothers served to highlight just how superficial Mara's friendship was with claire. While they genuinely care for each other and support each other, they know next to nothing about their past. I struggled to grasp this, being one of those people who instinctively need to know what makes up other people's identities. However, meeting the Badd brothers alters each of them, enabling them to overcome the wall that has been dividing their past from their present. What is it about those Badd boys that helps Mara and Claire overcome their insecurities and embrace their vulnerability rather than hiding it?
Spending a week together serves to deepen the already intense connection between Mara and Zane. Unfortunately, both of them battle the reality of their connection; questioning if they can trust that their relationship is the real deal and whether it could make it in the long haul, especially as they live so far apart. Both, Mara and Zane are too afraid to put themselves on the line to take the risk of rejection. Trust destiny to step in and give them a (metaphorical) push in the right direction ;)
I really liked how Jasinda challenges the role of women in today's society from owning their sexuality to the pressure placed on women to have both career and family. How society judges you based on your profession and stay-at-home mothers are considered lower on the totem pole, sometimes even viewed as lazy for not having a career as well. Let me tell you being a mother is the hardest 'job' I've ever had.
It looks as if we are getting Brock's story next, the groundwork has already been laid out within Badd Ass although I have to be honest and say I am not convinced Claire is the right person for Brock. I'm looking forward to seeing if Jasinda can change my mind ;) ...more
Under Her Hood is short and sassy where the heroine holds fast to her individualtiy even if it sets her apart from her peers.
Sadie has always been a tUnder Her Hood is short and sassy where the heroine holds fast to her individualtiy even if it sets her apart from her peers.
Sadie has always been a tomboy, happiest when under the hood of a car and covered in oil. Her short hair and casual appearance go against the trend and while Sadie is happy with her style, she does feel a little unattractive in comparison. Her attraction to her new boss frightens her, although she is convinced it is purely one sided.
Jackson has never experienced such all consuming devoiton to another person. Determined to make her his forever, he is surprised to find they are compatible on so many more levels than he could have imagined.
Jackson makes Sadie realise just how beautiful and desirable she really is while providing her with the comfort and security she has previously lacked.
While there is a little backstory to the characters I did feel as if the story would have benefitted from a little more depth in the character development. This is purely a personal point as I love getting into the minds of hte characters I read about :D...more
3.5/5 Lucy's life has completely imploded thanks to her douche-tastic Ex-husband, not only does his selfish actions affect her personal life, it also t3.5/5 Lucy's life has completely imploded thanks to her douche-tastic Ex-husband, not only does his selfish actions affect her personal life, it also takes away the career she has worked so hard for. Lucy is a classic type A personality - pouring herself into achieving her goals only to be completely thrown off course by events outside her control. Overqualified for most of the jobs available and in a precarious financial situation Lucy applies for a position at a company via Craigslist only to discover the hottie from her high school fantasies owns the company. Jace couldn't be more different to Lucy in high school; a foul-mouthed slacker turned fetish toy maker. Jace has a huge amount of trust issues stemming from his childhood and compounded by previous relationships. It was his last interaction with Lucy in high school that spurred Jace on to embrace his talents and create a successful company and niche market. Jace is a bit of a conundrum, he is loyal and caring to his friends yet makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to get through his barriers. He is very much a black and white sort of person and doesn't allow for grey areas in his life; he places a high value on trust and loyalty and certainly doesn't believe in second chances.
Jace hires Lucy against his better judgement, that is his attraction to Lucy and personal policy to not mix business and pleasure. However, the chemistry between Jace and Lucy cannot be avoided, creating a slow burn in the narrative just waiting for the right moment to explode. On the surface it is easy to think Jace and Lucy are completely different, however, they provide balance and understanding to each other.
Unfortunately, the path to true love never did run smooth ;) Stupid decisions made on the spur of the moment influenced by alcohol and hormones result in catastrophic consequences for all concerned. Especially when Lucy's vengeful, narcissistic ex adds to the problems playing on Jace's history.
Both Jace and Lucy grow as characters throughout Friction not only as a couple but as individuals; confronting their insecurities and overcoming their barriers to help them lead a happier, fuller life....more
Kyle has been so far undercover he is afraid he will never be able to find the pieces of himself he has had to lose along the way. He has seen and donKyle has been so far undercover he is afraid he will never be able to find the pieces of himself he has had to lose along the way. He has seen and done atrocious things that he no longer feels in touch with who he was before he went undercover. More than that he feels tainted by the world he has been immersed in, to the degree that he feels he has lost his soul/humanity as a result of the things he has not only witnessed but participated in. As an under cover ATF agent, Kyle has had to adopt a persona to be able to fit into a really FUBAR situation.
Ready to take down the motorcycle club he has infiltrated, Kyle has opted to bide his time awaiting trail in semi-seclusion rather than in witness protection ending up in charge of a lighthouse and living across from Jane. Jane is the absolute opposite of Kyle in demeanour, her bubbly personality should be bottled and sold. Optimistic, glass half full and utterly in love with her life, I want to be Jane. Adorably quirky with her random movie quotes, you can't help but love her even when she makes you cringe in her pursuit of Kyle :) For me Jane as sunshine personified :)
As Kyle and Jane get to know each other it is obvious how much Kyle craves kindness and compassion; he soaks up goodness and normalcy like a sponge. Something Jane is more than able to provide in droves.
The way in which Kyle blossoms via his relationship with Jane re-inforced how terrific they are together. Unfortunately, the trial and secrets Kyle still harbours create additional problems for the pair within the plot. Leaving them both questioning their current path in life, but when something fulfills you so completely its worth fighting for.
Saving yourself is sometimes just as important as saving others....more
For the life of me I don't know why I can't get into this story. I like the characters although the angst level is very high in this plot. HowevDNF @33%
For the life of me I don't know why I can't get into this story. I like the characters although the angst level is very high in this plot. However, I pick it up - read a little - put it down and then struggle to pick it back up. Still no clue why - I adored A Pound of Flesh and A Measure of Love but An Ounce of Hope just isn't doing it for me....more
Firstly, I need to apologise for not reading this sooner, for some reason it didn't show up on my kindle and I completely forgot I had it until the tiFirstly, I need to apologise for not reading this sooner, for some reason it didn't show up on my kindle and I completely forgot I had it until the title appeared on my Netgalley list.
Spellbound is a novella size story, cute and smexy in its delivery. The real magic in the plot stems from the deep emotional connection between two people destined to be together - think soul-mates. However, there is evil a foot in the form of negative thought patterns manifesting themselves as real barriers between Belle and Nick. the characters are cute and quirky resulting in a few humourous as well as cringe worthy moments.
Spellbound ingeniously shows how negativity can have a ripple effect on those around you as well as fuelling the self-fulfilling prophecy concept.
Remember positivity breeds positivity just as much as negativity breeds negativity. ...more