I started Risk the Night excited and looking forward to a quick, hot read. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little disappointed. This is a hard oneI started Risk the Night excited and looking forward to a quick, hot read. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little disappointed. This is a hard one for me to rate because I love Anne Stuart's writing and her dark heroes so much, but I just didn't connect to this story. I found it hard to find qualities to like about the heroine and hero, and instead found too many things I didn't love. I really like the premise of the story, but with so few pages to play it out, there wasn't any time to settle in and really understand where these characters were coming from. One big thing that bothered me was the fact that both the hero and heroine were cheating on the person they were seeing, and didn't seem to care too much about it. What made it worse though was having it rubbed in constantly, even during intimate scenes, which ruined the mood for me. I did enjoy the sexual tension and feeling of danger to their relationship though.
Setting aside those issues, Anne Stuart is still a favourite author for me and I would pick up another of her books in a second....more
Great start to a series! This is the first book by Nancy Haviland that I've read and I'm excited to have found a new series to follow and a new authorGreat start to a series! This is the first book by Nancy Haviland that I've read and I'm excited to have found a new series to follow and a new author to enjoy! This is a standalone and the first in the Wanted Men series.
Gabriel Moretti is a powerful, born leader who commands respect from everyone around him. He is a definite alpha male and I really enjoyed his interactions with Eva, who happens to be the daughter of his good friend and mentor, Vasily Tarasov. Vasily is also a powerful mafia boss. I thought this would give Gabriel more pause before pursuing Eva, given he was asked to protect her by Vasily, but he throws caution to the wind and decides to worry about the consequences later. Eva is almost an obsession for Gabriel from the start and the progression of their relationship felt real and meaningful despite the short amount of time together. And I really couldn't wait to see Vasily's reaction to their relationship.
There are a lot of great elements to this story: a sexy mafia hero, an innocent heroine coming into her own, suspense, murder, a touch of MC club , and a whole list of secondary characters to love. And I really have to stress my excitement for these men! There are so many interesting, sexy, mysterious, complex, alpha males that I can't wait to read about in future books. Some of them work for Gabriel and some head their own organizations. The author really knows how to write a bromance, which I love. But there is also some tension among the large group of men and it will be fun to see how they interact in future books.
A Love of Vengeance brings love, sex, danger, sexy alpha males, violence and a lot of promise for more in the books to come. I'm excited about this series and I look forward to reading Vincente and Nika's story in book two, The Salvation of Vengeance.
P.S. Am I the only one who really wants to see Vasily find love again too? I can't be! I think he deserves a second chance and I hope there's a possibility of his own book later down the line....more
Once again I'm trying to find new ways to say how much I love the writing of Tessa Bailey. Riskier Business was an absolute 5 stars for me!
I read HisOnce again I'm trying to find new ways to say how much I love the writing of Tessa Bailey. Riskier Business was an absolute 5 stars for me!
I read His Risk to Take again before starting this book just to get a double dose of Troy and Ruby. They are definitely one of my favourite fictional couples. The strong bond they have only grows exponentially stronger in Riskier Business. Tessa Bailey packs so much story and emotion and sex appeal into each book. Secrets come to light, personal boundaries are pushed and Troy and Ruby fight to make it through to the other side in one piece. Plus, did I mention they set the pages on fire? Scorching! This book can be read on its own, but I would highly recommend reading how their journey began in His Risk to Take.
Another big bonus is getting to see more of the delicious Bowen before his own book, Risking it All comes out this month. Thank. You. Tessa....more
Jackie Ashenden is a newer author to me, and I've quickly become a fan. I really enjoy her writing and the characters she creates.
I haven't read a booJackie Ashenden is a newer author to me, and I've quickly become a fan. I really enjoy her writing and the characters she creates.
I haven't read a book with a Sheikh hero for a long time so I was looking forward to reading this one. I definitely wasn't disappointed with Sheikh Isma'il. He's alpha, sexy, and tortured. He meets his match in Lily, who I found a really refreshing heroine. She's intelligent, independent and determined. They are two people struggling with their own past traumatic issues, and once they recognize this in each other, there is a definite bond formed. They each try to help the other find peace from their torments. Their chemistry is strong and the push and pull between them doesn't let up until the end. 4 sexy stars! ...more
Troy Bennett is a cop who had recently moved from Chicago to New York to get away from the memory of the death of his partner. Ruby Elliott is a streeTroy Bennett is a cop who had recently moved from Chicago to New York to get away from the memory of the death of his partner. Ruby Elliott is a streetwise, pool hustler. She is independent, beautiful and smart, with a tough outer shell. They lay eyes on each other one night in a bar and the sparks fly immediately. Troy is seriously sexy, and I wouldn't expect anything less of a Tessa Bailey hero. He's strong, possessive, protective and an incredible dirty talker. He sets his sights on Ruby and doesn't intend to settle for anything less than all of her. The heat level is seriously through the roof in this book! (view spoiler)[The empty pool hall scene is something else, let me tell you. The way Troy uses that pool cue on Ruby...wow! (hide spoiler)]
When his case conflicts with her past and the criminals she was formerly involved with, it spells trouble for their relationship. It is intense, sexy and emotional till the end. Loved it! 5 stars!
“His touch, the harsh words uttered from his lips, corrupted her little by little, and she loved it. As if he was calculatedly ruining her for anyone else, any touch beside his own.”
“It’s simple. You’re for me, Ruby.” “I’m for you,” she breathed.”
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