I hate Abby! I mean...this woman! She’s funny. She’s adorable. She’s compassionate. She’s smart yet quirky and lovable. She’s accepting of all peoplesI hate Abby! I mean...this woman! She’s funny. She’s adorable. She’s compassionate. She’s smart yet quirky and lovable. She’s accepting of all peoples. She’d doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She stands up for herself while she isn’t afraid to laugh at herself. She’s an awesome employee. She says just the right thing when someone is worried about her reaction. She whips out the best, wittiest one-liners ever. She loves with her whole heart. She can turn the coldest, neat-freak boss into a warm smiling, loveable guy. And the real kicker...she gets to be in a freaking hot Sam/Lawson LOVE SANDWICH. I want to BE her, or be her best friend, or just...both. So on all counts of jealous-bitch girl code, I must hate her, right? Right.
So yeah, Abby Warner is probably one of my favorite book heroines of all time, and she’s perfect for Lawson Stone, the ice-cold prince of filming adult movies. The whole porn might make it sound a little tawdry but it’s actually a classy, sweet, funny—while incredibly hot—story. Lawson keeps it incredibly clean-cut, and I mean that literally. If a germ ever dared touch his person or his business, it no doubt shriveled away long ago, apologizing as it fled, after a single dark glare from Mr. Stone himself.
And then Abby steps into his world and all the perfectly-ordered precision in his life goes to hell in a handbasket. If you like opposites attract stories, this is it in spades! She helps the ice-man thaw. And he makes the lonely orphan feel loved. They are exactly what each other need.
While Lawson was amazing and totally meant for Abby, I grew a big ol fat crush on his best friend, Sam. I mean...SAM! You’ll understand when you meet him. He’s just so...Sam!
Anyway, I really, really REALLY enjoyed this book. I mean, more than I thought was possible. It’s a lot hotter than Ada’s earlier stories and may not contain some of the heart-breaking, soul-crushing moments she’s been so awesome for creating previously (if you’re into those). But this was meant to be a bit more on the lighter, brighter, happier, hotter side of things and it delivered all that amazingly well, while still providing enough depth to make it so worth the price of admission. I would classify it under contemporary erotic romance with a breathtakingly happily-ever-after ending.
** And Yes, I got to read an early beta copy!! I rule!! #NotBraggingTotallyBragging! ** ...more
I read this because Karen Ferry said I should. I didn't even peek at the blurb first, I just dove right in. I had no idea what to expect, but it wasI read this because Karen Ferry said I should. I didn't even peek at the blurb first, I just dove right in. I had no idea what to expect, but it was different than anything I'd ever read before! And this is the first time in a while I've been able to read a story through in one sitting! I loved it.
All the trials and emotions the two had to go through together were just...I don't even know how to describe it. But if I ever crash land in the Amazon, I better have a Tristan with me too.
And as a lover of epic first kisses, I must say, this one was...wow!
I fell for the Duke of Montgomery! No one thought they could trust him, but I knew he'd end up being a good guy. I hope he gets his own story. And I wI fell for the Duke of Montgomery! No one thought they could trust him, but I knew he'd end up being a good guy. I hope he gets his own story. And I was so happy to see an excerpt for Trevillion and Phoebe's book at the end! That one looks good :) ...more
Lots of shock value! A couple lessons in the classes got downright seedy, but the romance was nice and sweet, until it turned yummy and steamy! The wrLots of shock value! A couple lessons in the classes got downright seedy, but the romance was nice and sweet, until it turned yummy and steamy! The writing reminded me a lot of Tangled by Emma Chase because it was from the man's POV and didn't filter out any crude man thoughts...except Justice Drake could probably make Drew Evans look like a choir boy!! The twist in the plot at the end was unexpected and made me a bit suspicious of JD's intentions all along, but I got my HEA at the end, so I'm all good! Awesome writing with characters that keep you turning pages whether you're mad at them or not....more
I've wanted to read this book since the moment I met Johan in Elemental Fear. He was just so fun, and flirty, and cool and laidback. He danced with liI've wanted to read this book since the moment I met Johan in Elemental Fear. He was just so fun, and flirty, and cool and laidback. He danced with little girls without any inhibitions, was perceptive enough to know when his friend was hiding an awful secret, and he was 'there' when he was needed most. Yet you knew he had a past, and it probably hadn't been kind to him. He melted my book-boyfriend-loving heart.
Before Ada Frost even started writing Surviving Love, I was all like, "This man is MINE. All you other ladies can just back off. FIRST DIBS." I was even skeptical of Louise when I learned she was going to be his leading lady, even though they had some nice sizzling chemistry together in book one. I just wasn't ready to share yet!
Then Surviving Love got here, and I was allowed to read it (early, ha ha!!), and wow! Knock my freaking socks off. Johan's poor past was so unbelievably awful, it was just...I wanted to hurt and castrate, and un-alive many bad characters in this book. But it made what Johan became as a grown man even more outstandingly amazing! He overcame so much and still turned out that awesome. And the residual little setbacks here and there that he had made it even more heart-wrenching.
And I haven't even gotten to the main storyline yet. Lou! Wow, I so love this spunky, straight-forward, yet caring woman. She can be sassy one moment and the perfect care-taker the next. She is honestly the best match for my Johan. Only with HER will I share him!
I wanted to kick her "boyfriend" in the nuts way more than once, but even if he turned out to be an okayish guy, I still don't think he woulda stood a chance with competition like Johan (I feel like sighing every time I type his name!!).
They had trials and tribulations and more than one stumbling block. But they also had each other to help get past everything. No matter how dark things looked, there was always a light at the end of the tunnel. There was hope for a better future. They healed and they triumphed.
I love the way this story made me laugh. I love how it made me want to curl into a ball and weep. I love how it made my guts twist into knots, worried that the worst had happened. I loved how Johan was so willing to take on Lou's baby. I love how she was there for him when he needed someone the most. I love their first bedroom scene, and what he does to her house, and when they go out dancing. And I loved me most of all the sweetest happily ever after possible!
This is what romance stories are all about! ...more