Wes and Natalie have a long history, growing up together, Wes is Natalie's older brother's best friend and business partner. While both Wes and NataliWes and Natalie have a long history, growing up together, Wes is Natalie's older brother's best friend and business partner. While both Wes and Natalie harbour some serious attraction to the other they have channeled the tension into business rivalry and frenemy personal status. The enemy part exasperated by Wes's adamant stance against Natalie working for the company he owns with her brother. Competitive by nature, Natalie embarks on a quest to make Wes regret his decision by trumping at his own game. Although Wes's decision was motivated by his personal emotional issues stemming from his parents relationship rather than Natalie herself.
When their rivalry escalates with Natalie losing a bet to Wes and becoming his personal servant for a duration of two weeks, there is no denying their chemistry.
Natalie is under no illusion where Wes is concerned. He has held firm to his player status for as long as she has know him. Instead, Natalie looks at the loss of the bet as an oppurtunity to gain back some of the self-confidence she lost thanks to her cheating ex. Why not take full advantage **wink, wink** of the two weeks she has to be at Wes's beck and call ;) Unfortunately, she can't control her heart which has been tied to Wes for as long as she has known him.
Wes's insecurities result in him pushing people away rather than run the risk of rejection; he lets his fear dominate his relationships or lack thereof as the case may be. Although he is unable to keep his barriers in place where Natalie is concerned, their compatibility on all levels is the stuff romantic and other fantasies are made of. Big Shot shows that sometimes finding the one person who makes you a better person is worth letting go of your insecurities and discovering a life you had only dreamed of.
I absolutely loved the tie-in to Carly and Erika's Dirty Sexy series within the narrative. ...more
This Beats Perfect is a relatable story of overcoming your fears in order to realise your dreams.
The story is told in third pREVIEW BY OLIVIA - YEAR 7
This Beats Perfect is a relatable story of overcoming your fears in order to realise your dreams.
The story is told in third person narrative but it has the feel of an omniscient narrator providing insight into the thoughts and actions of both the main character, Amelie, and the significant supporting characters. All of the characters are extremely well-developed, their individual personalities shone through the narrative. Each character developed through the plot and became more interesting as a result.
Amelie is a gifted singer/musician whose dreams of achieving recognition for her talent. Unfortunately, Amelie suffers from paralyzing stage fright, freezing in the face of a large audience. No matter how many times she tries she is unable to overcome her fear. It is easy to empathise with Amelie, from the stage fright to the emotions she feels about her mother, she is a very realistic character and easy to identify with. The plot takes us on a journey of friendship, confidence and determination to follow our dreams, when you have the right people in your life, their support can help you realise your dreams.
The plot flowed well throughout enhanced by the realistic setting and relatable characters. For me the main message of This Beats Perfect is that no matter how difficult the path you can always achieve your goals if you persevere.
This is the first contemporary novel I have tried and it has definitely made me want to investigate the genre further....more
I love the inter-connectivity of these novels – although stand-alones they connect the characters from No Pants Required and Bedwrecker, while it is nI love the inter-connectivity of these novels – although stand-alones they connect the characters from No Pants Required and Bedwrecker, while it is not necessary to read the two previous books before delving into Hollywood Prince I am certain they add clarity to the relationship of the make-shift family within the pages of Hollywood Prince.
Brooklyn (Keen’s brother – Bedwrecker) is the royalty the title suggests born to Hollywood elite, unfortunately, that also translated into a lonely upbringing due to his parent’s careers coming before their child giving way to a lot of emotional issues and lack of boundaries as Brooklyn matured into the young man he is today. Add in a reality TV show persona he is equated too and you have a whole host of issues Brooklyn has to work through, especially his inner belief he has to take responsibility for his hack of a father’s actions. While Brooklyn’s mother’s star still shines in the movie business as a director his father has an air of entitlement about him resulting in him being nothing more than a washed-up hack. Brooklyn is determined to prove himself with his writing although he lacks the belief in himself required to truly succeed.
Amelia (Cam’s sister – No Pants Required) has lived in a carefully crafted bubble protected by the people around her until the bubble is burst in dramatic fashion on New Year’s Eve, paving a much-needed re-evaluation of her current path and the relationships she has. I adored Amelia and especially her quest for romance-seeking THE ONE, her Prince while littering her path with frogs, lol. Amelia’s fresh start leads her to her brother’s doorstep and next door to Brooklyn. Amelia and Brooklyn have known each other since late childhood due to their brother’s friendship, the memories of their interactions as children add depth to the plot and a certain cute factor to the narrative. Amelia’s pre-conceived notion of her Prince/Mr Right adds to the barriers between herself and Brooklyn, although I did love how she romanticized romance ♥
It is obvious from the beginning that Brooklyn and Amelia fit together perfectly; everything about their relationship is easy with a side of hot. They instinctively supported and guided each other, making each other better people for the experience. The only problem they seem to have is the way in which they view themselves which, therefore, creates boundaries between them, agreeing to a casual fling with a pre-determined end and keeping it secret from their families being the biggest barrier of them all.
Hollywood Prince shows how two people can grow and develop into who they are supposed to be with the aid of their friends and family, even if the journey has a few bumps along the way. Your family is the people who love and support you unconditionally, and it isn’t necessarily the people you are related to by blood. I really enjoyed watching the family Brooklyn and Amelia belong to grow and strengthen through the three stand-alone stories....more
What happens when a sexy construction worker (Stone) shares a bedroom wall with a gorgeous vet (Paige)?
In true Aria Cole guilty pleasure style, the sWhat happens when a sexy construction worker (Stone) shares a bedroom wall with a gorgeous vet (Paige)?
In true Aria Cole guilty pleasure style, the sexy construction worker tends to be rather noisy in the bedroom *cough,cough* keeping the lovely vet awake well past her bedtime and filling her dreams with x-rated images.
Retaliation on Paige’s behalf leads to her finding out just how good Stone’s hands can be, but once Stone gets Paige in his hands there is no way he is letting her go EVER. Alpha with a dose of sweet means this handyman takes care of his woman.
Add Under Construction to your list of hot, steamy, quick reads when you need that little something to keep you warm at night....more
Retreat is the type of book you become so utterly engrossed you forget everything else around you, your sole focus being what is going to happen next.Retreat is the type of book you become so utterly engrossed you forget everything else around you, your sole focus being what is going to happen next. Unfortunately, this doesn't bode well when trying to remember particulars of the plot in order to write your review ;) I'm quite literally staring at my screen and the words running around in my head are READ. IT. NOW.
I identified with Leo (Leonora) on a painful level. Badly burnt from a previous relationship where she was manipulated and deceived, Leo has the unhealthy habit of pushing people away when she most needs them. Her barriers are almost impenetrable, it takes a strong person to put in the effort required to be Leo's friend; luckily Emrys is tenacious and the optimistic balance to Leo's cynicism. In order to regain some of Leo's self-confidence, Emrys has coerced Leo into a holiday where they get to be real cowboys, hoping that the break from civilization will allow Leo the healing time she needs. With her life and career imploding around her, Leo accepts in the hope of being a better friend to Emrys.
I absolutely adored Emrys and her view on life. I cannot wait to see how her own journey plays out in Shelter.
From the moment Leo arrives at the ranch where she will be undertaking her adventure, the sparks fly between her and Cy (Cyrus). Their meeting had an air of destiny about it, from the way in which they push each other's buttons to the vulnerability they allow to show each other. Although Retreat is told solely from Leo's perspective I didn't feel as if it detracted from getting to know Cy on a deeper level.
Cy has his own baggage that has formed emotional barriers, however, the nature of the baggage is revealed throughout the narrative providing insight and understanding to his not-quite-a-cowboy persona ;) The path his life has taken has shaped his life and the person he has become; Cy has had a difficult time transitioning into the person he was always supposed to be, fighting his destiny had only lead to emotional trauma. His family history is a little unconventional and certain aspects have been revealed in order to lay the foundation for the rest of the series.
The thriller elements within the plot add to the nail-biting tension within the story but more than that, for me the situation the characters faced forced them to confront the fears, both emotional and physical, and become the person they truly want to be. The events the characters face serve the purpose of making them reflect on their own lives and more importantly makes them re-evaluate their priorities. What they ultimately want out of life, who they want to be, where they want to be and who they want to be with.
Now where can I find me a not-quite-a-cowboy!!!!! SIGN ME UP ;) ...more
Sweet Ride continues Dani Wyatt’s success with the short and steamy guilty pleasure reads. However, in this instance, the story isn’t just sweetness aSweet Ride continues Dani Wyatt’s success with the short and steamy guilty pleasure reads. However, in this instance, the story isn’t just sweetness and deliciousness, apart from the donuts that is ...more
Dear Life showcases Meghan Quinn's talent in a completely different direction, full of emotion and character growth, be prepared to shed more than a fDear Life showcases Meghan Quinn's talent in a completely different direction, full of emotion and character growth, be prepared to shed more than a few tears along the journey with Jace, Carter, Dasiy and Hollyn.
Each of hte four characters takes a turn in the spotlight bringing unique elements to the story as a whole. Meghan makes each character stand out while weaving their stories together with one main thread, however, the narrative has a six degrees of separation feel to it, whereby the characters are all inter-connected in different areas of their lives. For me this inter-connectivity made the idea of fate and destiny more tangible and relatable.
You have probably heard may say this a lot (all the time) but I truly believe it is the negative experiences we encounter through life that shapes our identities the most. It is the way in which we cope with the adverse situations we may encounter that truly defines who we are. All of the characters have undergone a life altering situation and are struggling to move forward in the new direction their life has taken them. Brought together in a self-help programme, Dear Life; Jace, Carter, Daisy and Hollyn have to face their problems head on. I loved the idea of the Dear Life programme and found some of the techniques used within the story very helpful to real life situations. Opening yourself and making yourself vulnerable can be a very cathartic experience for all concerned, ridding yourself of the negativity that has been holding you back from moving forward with your life.
I have to say my favourite character was Daisy purely because of her optimistic nature and the way in which she treasured each new experience both good and bad.
It is obvious for anyone who follows Meghan on social media that she has put a lot of herself into Dear Life making adding a higher level of poignancy to the plot. It also made me look at perspectives I had not considered before - adding to my belief that reading helps develop empathy. I apologise if my review is vague in nature but I believe you need to experience each of the characters stories for yourself to truly appreciate the emotions conveyed within Dear Life, it certainly has all the feels (aka bring tissues)....more
Linking to The Rule Book by way of Lainey, we get her roommate, Zoey's story in The Rule Maker. If you have read The Rule Book do you remember ShirtleLinking to The Rule Book by way of Lainey, we get her roommate, Zoey's story in The Rule Maker. If you have read The Rule Book do you remember Shirtless Guy!!!!! It's time to find out just who Shirtless Guy really is!!!!
Zoey is an amazing interior designer and has the opportunity to take her career to the next level. Unfortunately, her is one tiny snag in her plan, her clients brother, Ryder, none other than Shirtless Guy!!! Following their one night together, Ryder did a disappearing act the next morning. Zoey takes it as a learning experience, although she hasn't been able to forget about their amazing connection. Faced with working together to realise his brothers sentimental dreams and the rules surrounding client interactions, will Zoey and Ryder be able to work together or will their undeniable chemistry combust burning them both in the process.
Ryder is a professional snow boarder, currently recovering from a broken leg and carrying a ton of guilt concerning his brothers well-being, Ryder finds himself running the business project when he has previously avoided anything to do with the family business. Ryder is a very complex character; the pieces that make up his identity are revealed little by little. Viewing the events that has shaped who he is provides clarity and understanding on a deep level. He has let his career define who he is as a person, accepting the limitations of the women he comes into contact with and the affect his constant travelling has on relationships. No longer willing to risk emotional pain, Ryder limits his encounters to one night. Yet, he too is unable to forget about his night with Zoey.
While the story is told from both perspectives, for me, The Rule Maker is more about Ryder and his character development than Zoey. His progress from player to romantic in a brief period was endearing to witness, and his increasing level of self-awareness inspiring. I really liked how Ryde and Zoey brought balance into each others lives. They understood each other on a profound level with a shared connection over the loss of a parent.
The Rule Maker shows how perspectives and priorities can alter as we mature, especially recognising once in a lifetime opportunities when they occur and making the best of them whether professionally or personally.
I loved seeing Lainey and Brogan briefly and the way in which the time frame of The Rule Maker crossed over with The Rule Book providing a different viewpoint on some of the events in the first book.
The Rule Maker combines Jennifer's humourous writing style with warmth and passion....more
Brett has some very deep emotional scars, although he is now a rich, successful CEO he still views himself as the neglected orphan he was as a teen. IBrett has some very deep emotional scars, although he is now a rich, successful CEO he still views himself as the neglected orphan he was as a teen. In an attempt to put his past behind him he hasn't ventured back into his hometown since college. Returning to his hometown for his best friend's wedding brings out all of the negative feelings he has done his best to suppress, feelings of unworthiness and inferiority, as well as the memories of neglect and bullying he had to endure all through high school. Brett is convinced he is incapable of love and being loved, he has embraced the art of the bachelor lifestyle; although subconsciously he craves being part of a warm loving family like his friend and neighbors.
Anna is Brett's best friends little sister and she has loved Brett unconditionally from the moment she first saw him, even at his lowest point. Anna is willing to accept her love for him is one-sided and unrequited, however, the sizzle of attraction is very real between the tow of them. Unfortunately, Anna is unaware her three older brothers have warned Brett away from her going as far as to swear a blood oath on it.
Anna sets out to fulfill her fantasies with Brett at her brother's wedding even is it is all she will ever get with Brett. The dual point of view provided insight into the feelings Brett and Anna have for each other as well as allowing the conflicted emotions these feelings bring forth in each of them. Especially how Brett's negative view of himself impacts his relationships with those around him. Witnessing the emotional abuse Bretts suffered at the hands of his Aunt and Uncle was heart-breaking.
While I enjoyed watching Brett and Anna come to terms with their feelings for each other and deal with the other obstacles they have to face in order to be together, especially interfering older brothers and dead phone batteries, I did find the story quite slow to start with a lot of push and pull between the main characters. It was a little frustrating because it was obvious Brett and Anna were/are perfect for each other. Ultimately, The CEO's Seduction shows that love can conquer emotional demons. ...more