This was my first J.M. Darhower book. I don't usually read fiction that focuses on the seedier side of life, that spotlights antiheroes who kill someoThis was my first J.M. Darhower book. I don't usually read fiction that focuses on the seedier side of life, that spotlights antiheroes who kill someone at a moment's notice and feel no remorse, where sex and drugs and illegal guns are just normal everyday life, and I hate, hate, HATE cliffhangers, but dang it, if I didn't have all that in this story yet I liked it anyway!
I'm glad the book didn't just immediately jump right into the dark side of things as soon as the story opened. It kind of reminded me of the movie Pulp Fiction in that regard. You know that scene where John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are in the car talking about hamburgers and French fries or whatever right before they go off and kill people? They could've just cut straight to the killing part, but it never would've made that movie as good as it was. No, first, they make us relate to Vincent and Jules's characters as real, normal people, people we might know or be. We get a sense of them before, WHAM, that "whoa, what the heck just happened" part does happen. So we tended to tolerate their actions more because we'd already kind of bonded with them. Plus it makes those crazy, bad things they do stand out a lot more starkly when they're juxtaposed with such a normal, everyday conversation next to them.
I thought that was a genius thing to do on Darhower's part in this story too, to get me adjusted and used to the world Lorenzo and Scarlet lived in and to kind of see some normalcy in it before, bam, she delivered the "did that really just happen" parts. I think it helped me to like the main characters more too. And I totally did. Especially Lorenzo. For being so totally depraved, he's just so freaking entertaining and cute! I like how he's unconventional and doesn't seem to follow any rules or logic but that you can also spot the decency and heart in him under all the menacing layers, despite how much he insists he has no feelings.
Scarlet/Morgan and Lorenzo are good for each other. They'd both be good people if they hadn't gown up in the seedy under-life they had to. But they adjusted and became something they probably never would have just to survive. The fact that they found each other in this world and discovered kindred souls is a miracle. I hope they accomplish their goals and help each other get through his ugly world together and can heal each other's battered pasts. ...more
Highly entertaining, outrageously unbelievable, so cheesy it makes you laugh even harder, and I loved every word because that's how I roll!! Plus it hHighly entertaining, outrageously unbelievable, so cheesy it makes you laugh even harder, and I loved every word because that's how I roll!! Plus it had some yummy steaminess!
I mean, who wouldn't want to read it after this line? “Okay, look, I can’t just sleep with every handsome villain who tries to kidnap me.” He arched a brow and leaned closer to her ear. “How about just one?”
I loved the first book in this Kinda Fairytale series, but I think I liked this one even more!!
Remake of Beauty and the Beast, this version had the tI loved the first book in this Kinda Fairytale series, but I think I liked this one even more!!
Remake of Beauty and the Beast, this version had the two knowing each other since Kindergarten, which I adored because we got to see them grow up together! It made their journey to a happily ever after more epic.
And conceited, arrogant, highbrow jerk that Avenant was, he still won me over because he worked through all his issues to be with Belle.
This story had more angst but still some of the humor I adored in book one. Belle and Avenant's struggle to come together twisted my guts in a knots a few times. And I've come to learn I don't ever want to be stuck in a labyrinth either!
Onto another Cassandra Gannon book! I think I'm addicted. ...more
I always enjoy reading a new spin on the Cinderella tale, but this one takes the cake!! This time around,My first read of the year is a winner for me!
I always enjoy reading a new spin on the Cinderella tale, but this one takes the cake!! This time around, Cinderella is the villain and the wicked step sister (don’t you dare call her ugly) is the heroin…except, I think she’s also supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood, which was interesting. And her hero is the big bad wolf. And HE’s definitely interesting!
I loved Scarlett! She kicked ass and took names, fought for what she believed in, and had a heart of gold, thinking about her sister Dru and Prince Charming’s happiness before her own. She was bound and determined to break out of a mental institution for the criminally Bad just to help them, and enlist the help of a few oddball baddies while she was at it.
And I loved Marrok! Flirty, cocky, sarcastic, and too handsome for his own good, he’s desperately devoted to not only this True Love, but to Letty herself as a person. He melted me in his first appearance and only got better from there.
I loved their banter, and all the twists on the original fairy tale, except oh my goodness, I’ll never be able to think about Cinderella the same again…especially her relationship with her mice…er, rats! EWWWW. LOL! I even liked how Letty decided no one is pure Good or Bad, they’re all just people with good and bad in them. There was a nice moral theme hidden under all the fun adventure and steamy goodness.
I also loved the Tuesday share group! Like the story quotes: “Being part of the Tuesday share circle was like being a part of a screwed-up, criminally-inclined family. Even when they didn’t like you, they were still there to help you blow shit up. It was touching.”
And now I’m more than eager to get started on book two: Beast in Shining Armor. I had no idea Avenant from the Tuesday Share Circle was the Beauty and Beast guy until late in this book…after he had a while to grow on me. I can’t wait to get a glimpse past all his hoity toity pomp and see what he’s really like. I wonder if he’ll always call everyone “peasant”! Anyway, awesome story!! I’m off to read the next now!! ...more
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