I read this all in one sitting, completely sucked in by Cam's charm, the incredibly fun, sexy dynamic between Cam and Avery, and the laugh-out-loud huI read this all in one sitting, completely sucked in by Cam's charm, the incredibly fun, sexy dynamic between Cam and Avery, and the laugh-out-loud humor threaded throughout the story. One of my favorite things about the story is how well developed the romantic arc is. While the sexual tension is there between Cam and Avery from the beginning, the book has a slow-burn of a build up, making it a best friends to lovers story that tugs at your heart as well as gets your blood racing. Talk about your Unresolved Sexual Tension! With all the small touches and banter and near misses, I was nearly breathless for their first kiss. Cam was an amazingly appealing hero. For as much of a totally gorgeous, bad boy player (ex-player?) he was, he was also incredibly sweet. You will swoon, I guarantee it.
The second half of the book was angstier, and I thought Avery's trauma, thought patterns, and reactions were generally well handled, believable, and sympathetic. There are some common NA tropes, but I think people read NA in part because they love them--and they're well done here.
*Possible Spoilers* As a survivor of sexual assault, I was a bit bothered by Cam's anger when they attempt sex for the first time and Avery freaks, especially because he suspects this about her (even though she hasn't been honest about it which he begs her to do over and over). On one level, his anger is justified, on another it wasn't, not if he was really patient enough to wait for her--a huge (and lovely) theme of the book. It was the only moment where I thought he slipped out of character. Also as a survivor, I wanted more from the scene with her parents, who are almost heartless automatons, especially her mother. Similarly, I was uncomfortable that Avery felt the need to take Molly's (another rape victim) abuse and anger. These three together, to an especially sensitive reader, *could* send an unintentional message of blame or guilt. *End Spoilers*
Given my own experience, I felt like I wanted to point these items out--I can't help but read such themes in light of what happened to me--but they never really detracted from my immense enjoyment of this book.
I highly recommend Wait for You. It really was a fun, touching, heart-warming story with just the right balance of innocence, sweetness, heat, and hope. Kudos, Jen....more
Holy hotness! Hard Ridin' is not just great erotic romance, and it's not just great menage - although it is both. It's also a wonderful friends-to-lovHoly hotness! Hard Ridin' is not just great erotic romance, and it's not just great menage - although it is both. It's also a wonderful friends-to-lovers story (and I'm a sucker for them!) that has depth, likable characters, and tons of heartfelt emotion. Jens and Holden are sexy as all hell and the love scenes are deliciously erotic, especially when all three of them are involved and the guys are loving each other, too. Just an all-around fun, fast read. Highly recommend!...more
4.5 Stars - I've been on a Highlander kick lately and this one didn't disappoint. Great sexual tension and chemistry, a lot of fun and suspenseful act4.5 Stars - I've been on a Highlander kick lately and this one didn't disappoint. Great sexual tension and chemistry, a lot of fun and suspenseful action, plus the additional bonus of the heroine having a touching of paranormal ability. Toran is an incredibly compelling hero, Aileanna was a strong and likable heroine, and lots of interesting secondary characters (loved Senga) rounded out the story. I didn't fully get Ailenna's reaction to Toran toward the end (vague so as to not spoil), so that part tripped me up a bit, but all in all, an enjoyable read I would definitely recommend....more
I really enjoyed Garth and Melissa's story. I thought the premise behind the fake engagement worked well and the chemistry between Garth and Melissa wI really enjoyed Garth and Melissa's story. I thought the premise behind the fake engagement worked well and the chemistry between Garth and Melissa was sizzling the whole way through. I really liked Garth's character--he was complicated and different and had an exceedingly good reason for his actions and feelings that made him truly compelling. I also liked that there was more at stake for Melissa than just her heart - her career and her professional reputation were on the line too, which gave the story more conflict. Devoured it in one sitting. Recommend and am planning to go back and read book 1 now!...more
I just finished this book an hour ago (after reading it every spare moment I could over the past 24 hours), and I'm not sure I've fully processed my rI just finished this book an hour ago (after reading it every spare moment I could over the past 24 hours), and I'm not sure I've fully processed my reaction, but I still feel like I need to release some of what Flawed has made me feel. So here we go...
One thing is for sure: you cannot read Flawed and not have a strong emotional reaction. For me, reading this book kept my stomach tangled in knots. From the first chapter, you know things cannot possibly end well, but exactly what that ending will be you don't know until you're tied absolutely inside out in anxiety for all of them to find a way through the incredible darkness of James and Sarah's lives. By the midpoint of the story, I had a pretty good idea (perhaps fear?) of what the ending would be, but it was no less powerful or painful for that anticipation. There are moments of light in this book (Oh, Sam, I will always love you), but they actually make the dark moments more painful because you fear the characters will never be able to hold onto them. The author is masterful at evoking emotion.
The characters themselves are vividly portrayed. That doesn't mean you'll always like them, or agree with them, or not want to scream at them, but you will acutely understand the feelings and loyalties and rationales that motivate them. The impossible choices. The twisted loyalties and identities abuse creates. The many shades of love. I cared about Sarah, James, and Sam. Right now, I'm hurting for them.
I thought the author's voice possessed a real sense of truth. And the writing style has the most amazing...I don't know...starkness to it that somehow also created depth in the smallest collections of words. I was truly hooked.
Note: This is contemporary young adult fiction. Notice I didn't say romance. Romance guarantees certain things in a story. Contemporary fiction does not. Just know that going in.
I found flawed compelling and heartbreaking, and I highly recommend it.
I loved, loved, loved this book! OMG! Just finished it and I'm almost mad it's over! I adored Galen and Lacey, thought the sexual tension was crazy goI loved, loved, loved this book! OMG! Just finished it and I'm almost mad it's over! I adored Galen and Lacey, thought the sexual tension was crazy good, and was rooting so hard for them to be together that, twice when it seemed that something might keep them apart, my stomach got that icky sinking feeling. Galen could NOT be hotter. His dialogue. His profession. The way she incorporated boxing into the story. The progression of his feelings for Lacey. Complete love. Would read this again in a heartbeat. This book was a knock out!...more
Maya Banks did it again! She gave me another Highlander story I totally adored. Okay, I'm not sure *yet* if I like this one as much as the McCabes, buMaya Banks did it again! She gave me another Highlander story I totally adored. Okay, I'm not sure *yet* if I like this one as much as the McCabes, but since I went totally raving mad for them, that's a really, really high bar to hit, and I definitely need to read more in the series before I can fairly compare them! Eveline and Graeme had amazing chemistry, and I really enjoyed Eveline's strength despite everything she had been through and this incredible shame and fear she carries around that has led her to stop speaking. Man, the moment when she regains her voice was powerful. And Graeme was a delicious Highland warrior--everything you want in one of these stories! Highly recommend!...more
Alex Ban MacDonald owns me!!! I loved, loved, loved this book! He was the epitome of a sexy, virile, alpha Scottish warrior, and the heroine Glynis waAlex Ban MacDonald owns me!!! I loved, loved, loved this book! He was the epitome of a sexy, virile, alpha Scottish warrior, and the heroine Glynis was strong and assertive--a great match for Alex. The first half of the book was hot and playful. The second half of the book was filled with more conflict and tension--both between Alex and Glynis, and between warring clans. I was hooked the whole time. My only nitpick was that I thought Glynis should've apologized more for what turned out to be her false assumptions about Alex's behavior--I never thought he received the full recognition and justice he should've had for that, BUT it was a minor bump in a journey I otherwise loved! Can't wait to read the third book!...more
I have been on a Highlander kick, so I was very excited to find Margaret Mallory's series. I really enjoyed the world Mallory built, the four lead malI have been on a Highlander kick, so I was very excited to find Margaret Mallory's series. I really enjoyed the world Mallory built, the four lead male characters that will make up the series' heroes, and the heroine, Sileas. Sileas was tough and resilient and not easily trifled with, and it made her an incredibly sympathetic heroine I couldn't help but root for. It took me longer to warm up to Ian. His misgivings about his forced marriage were understandable, but I too often found his reactions and behavior for a long time after he returned home to be irritating and unsympathetic. By the second half of the book, I warmed up to him, and by the end I was cheering for them to have their happily ever after. In the end, I found this a fun, satisfying read and I went right out and bought the second book in the series. If you like Highlanders, you'll enjoy the MacDonalds!...more
This book was powerful in its darkness, masterful in manipulating my emotions in places I didn't want them to go, and so suspenseful I couldn't put thThis book was powerful in its darkness, masterful in manipulating my emotions in places I didn't want them to go, and so suspenseful I couldn't put the book down or stop thinking about the characters. The story is about a human sex slave trafficker, who escaped from sexual slavery himself, who kidnaps an 18-year-old American girl to train and sell her into sex slavery so he can get revenge on someone who wronged him and the man who took him in after his escape from slavery. The main characters--Caleb and Kitten/Livvie--are both incredibly well drawn and relatable, and they take you against your will into the reality of this terrifyingly dark existence. Roberts does a phenomenally artful job of believably building the relationship between Caleb and Kitten while never once shying away from the horrors of the world in which they're trapped. I felt the same mixed emotions about Caleb as Livvie--he is a darkly appealing character and I yearn for his redemption (and honestly have NO IDEA whether he'll be redeemed or if he's even redeemable). My only complaint is with the cliffhanger ending, but I'm invested enough in the story that there's no question I'll go on to read the second book as soon as I can get my hands on it! Readers should understand this is dark erotica--NOT erotic romance, NOT sexy BDSM. There are no happy endings guaranteed here. But if you're okay with that, you just might find a story that sweeps you up in its darkness. I know I did....more
I enjoyed this book so much! It's sexy, funny, and so smartly written! Grace is an awesome heroine and I couldn't help but route for her. And the sexuI enjoyed this book so much! It's sexy, funny, and so smartly written! Grace is an awesome heroine and I couldn't help but route for her. And the sexual tension between Ethan and Grace is off the charts! I highly recommend it!...more
Man, I love me a Highlander story, and this one was simply fantastic! A little bit enemies to lovers, a little bit fish out of water, and a lot HOT HOMan, I love me a Highlander story, and this one was simply fantastic! A little bit enemies to lovers, a little bit fish out of water, and a lot HOT HOT HOT. I *loved* the characters in this, especially the heroine, Rionna McDonald, who was kickass without being unfeminine or hard-edged. The tension between Rionna and Caelen was crazy good and made you route for the moment each of them would finally let down their walls. I also really liked the cast of supporting characters in the story too.
This tells you everything you need to know: after reading this book, which I received for free at a convention, I went out today and bought books 1 and 2.
This book can be read as a stand-alone, but you're going to fall hard for the other two McCabe men, too, so just go ahead and buy the trilogy! Definitely recommend, as if that wasn't clear! ;)...more