I loved this short, sexy read. The idea of Noah "helping" Jenna overcome her recent sexual assault was a new twist. I'm sure that premise has been pen...moreI loved this short, sexy read. The idea of Noah "helping" Jenna overcome her recent sexual assault was a new twist. I'm sure that premise has been penned before, Copping Attitude made it seem natural. The only complaint was it was not long enough and a few areas seemed rushed. I await for the day that Ava Meyers will right a full length novel and as naughty as the Red-Hot Series!(less)
My first thought from the cover is this is going to be some unrealistic chick-lit bore. I mean, who would divorce a rack like that? Heroine's going to...moreMy first thought from the cover is this is going to be some unrealistic chick-lit bore. I mean, who would divorce a rack like that? Heroine's going to be a whack job, watch! A few of my Goodreads.com friends give this book 4 stars so we shall see if my taste follow theirs once again. A little skeptic to start though.
Edited 6/17 Way better than expected. The plot was cheeky and "chit-lit"y but fun and engaging. It reminded me of a play I was in in high school, Rumors. Chaotic and fast paced but justice was served and HEA's doled out. Good light read for the beach.(less)
Check out my Freebie Challenge! Love Me is first up and not a bad start I say! Can you commit to free books for a month? Try it out, you may surprise...moreCheck out my Freebie Challenge! Love Me is first up and not a bad start I say! Can you commit to free books for a month? Try it out, you may surprise yourself!
Love Me is the sequel of Take Me. After reading Love Me I find it is not necessary to read Take Me first but if you have then you will have a slightly better understanding of the main characters history. I did read Take Me but did not realize until Janica started talking about the Italian wedding festival, then I had one of those lesser "Ah, ha" moments.
Janica Ellis is the younger sister of the heroine in Take Me. She is a clothing designer and is unjustly foisted the role of careless baby sibling. Boys and girls, this is why it is important to write a thorough review, because if I remember correctly I did not care too much for Janica in the prequel. However, she proves me and the other nay-sayers wrong by showing a great deal of maturity and personal growth. Her business is thriving and she is trying everything in her power to keep her feelings for Luke at bay. Our first interaction with her is the start of possible threesome with two randoms she picked up at a bar. Ok, well, that does not show the most maturity but it does tell me that she is at least taking her life, and her pleasure, by the balls. Then Luke shows up and crashes the party.
Luke Carson, surgeon, twin brother to hero in Take Me, and all around dumbass. Just kidding about that last one. He did have a bit of "stupid boy syndrome," but obviously got smart eventually. He is forced to leave the hospital because of fatigue and decides to release some tension with his sister-in-law. Well, there were quiet a few releases and bonds that were forged. He is then forced to take an extended vacation and finds himself with said sister-in-law, Janica, in Big Sur. Luke is the typical romance novel hero. Never going to fall in love, never going to commit to one person, runs away from said love and spends a majority of the book squandering precious time with the person, all so in the last 5 or so pages he finally grows a pair and declares his never-dying, all-comsuming love and adoration. Did I get all the character points? He's taken aback by his burgeoning feelings for Janica and it takes him awhile to finally realize that he is a romance novel hero and there is no escaping fates (or Bella Andre's) decree.
This was a very sweet book. Don't get me wrong, it had that heat and passion that almost every Bella Andre book has but this had just the right amount of sweetness. Love Me has one of the most enchanting passages about love and making love I've read in a long time:
"'I'm so damn lucky you're here.' His statement was out there before he could think better of saying it. She blinked up at him, her big brown eyes warm with arousal-and love. 'You are?' Her response took him by surprise, the fact that she didn't know it already. And it made him want her even more. It made him want to show her how lucky he was, rather than just tell her with words. The surf crashed around them as her slowly stripped off her clothes. The moon shined down over them as he ran kisses over her skin. The fire flickered as she cried out with pleasure in his arms. As he made love to Janica Ellis, the warning bells and lights clanged and chimmed and shined as loudly as they could, trying to remind him that the higher the heights, the bigger the fall. But with Janica moving beneath him and the stars up above in a cloudless sky, he couldn't stop himself from feeling greater pleasure-and deeper peace-than he ever had before."
Sweet, right? I was Janica's champion throughout the book. I was rooting her on, cringing every so often at her if-only-I-can-make-him-love-me-a-little shtick, but, nevertheless, hoping she got her HEA. Her humor and her sticktoitiveness were great. Then she got her guy and she was still holding out. Wait, what? Luke announces to all and sundry that he loves her and she refuses to ride off into the sunset. Janica lost a little of my support at that point. Then she got whiny about how if only he wanted to love her "not just someone who can't help himself."
My disappointment did not last long, the books climax came along and had me enthralled again. Up, downs, good and not so good, I really enjoyed Love Me. I remember wanting to read this book at the end of Take Me because I wanted to see how Janica and Luke's HEA would transpire. Although, the journey was not exactly what I like/expected, I still enjoyed the ride and continue to enjoy Bella Andre's characters and their development. Love Me was a wonderful way to kick off my challenge. Check out what's up next: Freebie Challenge Book List
WOW, this is what the hype is all about! First and foremost Fifty Shades of Grey was not the most erotic nor well written book I've read. At the end a...moreWOW, this is what the hype is all about! First and foremost Fifty Shades of Grey was not the most erotic nor well written book I've read. At the end all I could think is "This is what gets suburban wives all hot and bothered? Boy, do I have library worth of books for you to drool over!" But it was a lot of fun! A different spin on an overdone story.
I continuously got a Pretty Woman vibe . . . high rise rendezvous, waking up to a mouth watering man who deals with mergers and acquisitions while you pick and chose from a conference table full of delicacies. Granted, Ana is not a prostitute and Grey is the one with red hair, I could not help but see some parallels. It worked for me since that is one of my most favorite movies.
Ok, the book was really good but spectacular if your focus is Christian Gray! He was so dark and stormy, like a ogre/onion, layer after layer after layer! I spent the entire book wanting to know why he was the way he was and I never really found out the whole story. It was like half a pie . . . half a pie is better than no pie but a whole pie is beyond words. And he was so alpha but with such an complicated soul. Oh, I could eat him up with a spoon. I was right on board with Ana wanting to figure him out!
Ana bugged me a little. I get that she was naive/green/wet behind the ears but she seemed a little too unsure. I felt like she kept waiting for someone else to make her mind up for her. Having finished the book I see how her pussyfooting helped her "snare" the hottest thing since a toaster, but it still irked a little.
Then we're left with this cliffhanger and I could curse EL James a blue streak for leaving it at a sobbing immature girl. Ugh, guess I have to wait until my library hold comes through for Darker!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a deep, complicated romance. Someone who does not mind waiting for the HEA and is unsure if they will enjoy BDSM. (less)