This book is one for the keeper shelves! I really loved Flirting With Scandal, the first book in the Capital Confessions series. I've always enjoyed aThis book is one for the keeper shelves! I really loved Flirting With Scandal, the first book in the Capital Confessions series. I've always enjoyed a romance that mixes in some politics and shows that lifestyle from the inside, and this story was everything I'd hoped for. It was scandalous and super sexy right from the start. It was also a story with a lot of heart. I liked Jackie and Will a lot and wondered how they were going to make it work ultimately. Will was a nice guy with a definite edgy side, and I fell for him hard myself. Okay, I'll admit I swooned big time for his character. If I'm going to read about a good guy who isn't dragging around a lot of angst and baggage, from now on I want him to be just like William Clayton! I loved how Will really felt that he could be his true self with Jackie and fought for her throughout the book, not giving in to her fears.
And holy moly their chemistry was intense from the get go. This author can write seriously amazing love scenes! The details, the heat, I could go on and on. I understood how they couldn't keep their hands off each other!
I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series, featuring Blair. Hopefully Will and Jackie will make an appearance. I'm so glad to have found another author whose writing I love!
(view spoiler)["I walked away, Will trailing behind me, his hand drifting down to the small of my back. To the onlooker it was a perfectly casual touch as he guided me through the crowd. But I recognized it for what it was, could feel it in the way his skin pressed against mine. He was marking me, and strangely enough, I liked it."
"I didn’t tell him the rest, that there was something about the poem that gave me hope. Hope that even though I’d been born from this ugly affair between two people who didn’t give a shit about each other, that maybe there was something out there that was special—more—even if I was afraid to find it. Even if it sat across the table from me, staring at me like I was everything."
“Sometimes when I’m inside you, I feel like the breath has been knocked from my body, and I forget everything but the look in your eyes. There’s something about our bodies joining that feels right, like there’s nowhere I’d rather be. Like it’s exactly where I’m meant to be.”
"The weight of his stare knocked the breath from me. He looked at me like a man who knew exactly what he wanted." (hide spoiler)]...more
Another fantastic book from Nancy Haviland! I love this book so hard! From the first few pages I was hooked. Maksim Kirov is a character that demandsAnother fantastic book from Nancy Haviland! I love this book so hard! From the first few pages I was hooked. Maksim Kirov is a character that demands attention and I was happy to give it to him. An Obsession With Vengeance is the third book in the Wanted Men series and I have to say it is my absolute favourite so far. This series is a must read! If you love badass, strong, sexy, very alpha, dangerous heroes, then you're going to want to read about these men.
This book features Maksim and the woman he falls hard for, Sydney. I thought Sydney was a perfect match for Maks, their chemistry was off the charts from the start. Sydney is strong, sexy, smart, and a single mother who works to protect and provide a great life for her son, Andrew. Maks wants her right from the start and has no problem letting her know all about it. Maks is beyond sexy, mysterious, definitely dangerous and yet he's also a rock that Sydney can lean on for anything. Maksim Kirov is a respected member of the Russian mafia, and a tortured hero for sure, overcoming a very difficult past. When Maksim and Sydney are on the page together the heat is undeniable. And their love scenes are intensely sexy.
This book brought out all kinds of reactions from me, which is how it should be when you're reading a great book. Before the halfway point I had overheated, squirmed, laughed and even gasped. And there was so much more to come! To say An Obsession With Vengeance was intense (in all the best ways), is an understatement.
You won't find any fluffy, just for show gangsters here. When threatened or disrespected, there are consequences to pay.
"When he threatened you, he opened himself up for like. He plans on taking your life; he's given me permission to take his. That's just the way it is."
He does not take lightly to Sydney or his organization being threatened and he, along with the men in his circle, work to protect her and flush out those who dare to make moves against them.
I recommend An Obsession With Vengeance so highly! This one is headed for my keeper shelf. I also can't say enough how talented this author is at writing secondary characters that draw you in and leave you begging for their stories to be told. The brotherhood of these men is a pleasure to read about. Alek's story is up next in the series and I absolutely can. not. wait! Watching Alek's emotional state deteriorate through each of the three books, I just know it's going to be another consuming read!
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
(view spoiler)["Her cheeks went pink, and he knew his tone had registered, but she didn't seem cowed by it. The reaction simply showed him that she instinctually recognized authority when she heard it. And she liked it."
"His fingers curled into fists, and he felt a bead of sweat roll down the middle of his back. Not yet. But soon. As he had last time, he'd mark her, leave behind his scent. Like an animal. All the f*ck over her." (hide spoiler)] ...more
Risking It All is an exceptional start to a new series by the fantastic Tessa Bailey!
I almost wish that I5 sexy, intense, emotional, riveting stars!
Risking It All is an exceptional start to a new series by the fantastic Tessa Bailey!
I almost wish that I could go back and read it and experience it all for the first time once more. Halfway through this book I already knew I wanted to re-read it again soon. Tessa Bailey makes it easy to visualize each setting, the formidable streets and the details of each scene. The darkness, the danger and the light, fighting to burst through the cracks. I felt transported right into the story, and I never wanted this book to end. Risking It All kept me up all night, sleep became an afterthought. I just needed to know what was going to happen next. As 3, 4, 5 in the morning rolled around, I though to myself, Okay, I'll just find a good place to stop for the night. There is NO PLACE that's good to stop! Only my blurry eyes forced me to almost literally drop this book at 7:30am. After finishing up the following night, I knew Risking It All was now on my list of favourite books. And Bowen and Sera are one of my favourite fictional couples for sure.
Bowen is dark, sexy, alpha, unpredictable, and badass with an inner pain that grabs you from the first moment. Getting a look inside his head is exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time. All you want is for Bowen to find some kind of peace. Sera is the woman who changes everything for Bowen and offers him that glimpse of a better life. Sera is strong, intelligent, brave and vulnerable. Their chemistry is immediate and hot as hell. If you're looking for a dirty talker who hits the spot and always leaves you wanting more, then Bowen is your man. The brow raising, lip biting steaminess doesn't let up from start to finish.
Risking It All gives you powerful emotion, suspense, sex, tension, violence, captivating characters and true, honest, desperate love.
I had no idea where this story was going to lead us at the end, and when it came I was so excited! I can't wait for the next book in this Crossing the Line series! June is torturously long to wait for Up in Smoke. But I have a good feeling it'll be worth the wait!
"She really had no idea. Not even a clue how thoroughly she owned his thoughts. At first, he counted it as a blessing. If she knew the depth of his obsession with her, she might freak out a little. The more time went on, though, he felt hope bloom that she wouldn't even flinch if she knew. That she might be a little obsessed with him as well. God, he fucking well hoped so."
This is a continuation of Derek and Ginger's story which began in Protecting What's His. I would read anything and everything to do with Derek and GinThis is a continuation of Derek and Ginger's story which began in Protecting What's His. I would read anything and everything to do with Derek and Ginger, I just love them as a couple. This short novella packed in a lot of sexiness and tons of emotion. The connection they share is so deep and so special. I already knew from reading Protecting What's His that they would have their happy ever after, and this is the whipped cream, sprinkles and cherry on top.
"He should be home with her. Seeing to her needs. Demanding that she see to his. Spending every moment enjoying the fact that she’d taken that leap for him. With him."
I loved this book! L-O-V-E-D this book! I loved every page of it. This is the first book I've read by Tessa Bailey, and I plan on5 stars all the way!
I loved this book! L-O-V-E-D this book! I loved every page of it. This is the first book I've read by Tessa Bailey, and I plan on reading anything else she's written.
Derek Tyler is seriously sexy. He's tough, intelligent, rough around the edges, and has strong values. He's also a dominant alpha male and he wants Ginger from the moment he sees her. Ginger Peet is a strong, independent, smart, sassy woman who tries to hide her vulnerability. She's been through a lot, forcing her to grow up fast. She puts her younger sister Willa first and has always been the one to take care of her. Moving to a new city and into Derek's building with her sister turns out to be more of a shake up than she'd expected.
Derek and Ginger together are a perfect match. They mess up with each other a lot while navigating their feelings for one another, but he works to show Ginger he'll be there for her, and she really brings out a softer side in him. As their relationship progresses I love how you just know, no matter what, that Derek is not going to let her go. He will always go after her. He loves her deeply and wants her trust and won't let her run from what they have together.
"Her wildflower scent washed over him. In that moment, he wanted very badly to be the first and last person each day to breathe it in."
He evolves from being rough and at times insensitive with her feelings, to a man she can count on, all while never losing his ultra sexy edge. This book is extremely steamy! Derek's dirty talk and possessive attitude rank at the top of the list. These two characters set the pages on fire!
Derek and Ginger are definitely a new favourite hero and heroine for me. And I loved Willa too. She has a tough exterior and some of the things she said cracked me up. But then you also get to see a little of the vulnerable teenager beneath that toughness. I'm super excited to see that there is a second book adding to Derek and Ginger's story, Protecting What's Theirs, and I must read it immediately! I'm also so glad to see that there are more Tessa Bailey books to devour. Protecting What's His is 100% a keeper for me and makes me wish so much that I could have this in a print copy! Edit: This baby now has a permanent place on my print books keeper bookshelf!...more