**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The p**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The premise of Raze is based on our hero (Raze) who was forced (basically slaved) into the underground fight world, escapes and seeks his revenge on the man who betrayed him. This is all well and dandy, but Raze doesn't remember why he is seeking his revenge, he only knows that he is. As a matter of fact, he doesn't remember anything from his life before he entered the fighting slave world. Upon his escape his memory slowly starts coming back with the help of Kisa. The other half of his soul.
This was a really great character driven story. Tillie Cole did a great job of "showing" us what was going on instead of merely "telling" us. Both Raze and Kisa were wonderful characters that you really want to see get their happily ever after. Same with the character development of Alik. You really hoped that he got what was coming to him.
My problems came in a couple areas. The first and main issue being the way the plot unfolded. Raze just conveniently begins to remember things pertaining to Kisa. He was this huge bad ass killing machine that is now vulnerable to the world and looked only to Kisa for protection and guidance. This was explained away just too easily and completely out of the character of Raze that we were initially introduced to. I'm not saying that Raze's life was easy, just that there was no depth to the story beyond that point. No complex unfolding. Just wam bam thank you mam and now we love each other. My other area was with the editing. The book needs to be edited... Lots of typos, mis-spelled and over used words to the point that it was a bit distracting.
On that note... Within my reading I can set aside my disdain for the word "cunt". It is a strong word that can be used to express a harsh emotion. Fine, I accept it. But in the context it was used here, it just grated on my nerves... And not in the way it normally would when it's used towards a woman. Both Raze and Alik used it repeatedly when referring to the other. I don't know if you could exactly use a thesaurus in that instance, but the over utilization of that particular word was something that stood out to me.
I don't want this review to reflect too negatively because I did enjoy the book. My reading preferences sway totally to the character driven style of writing and overall I think Raze did satisfy my reading mind in that regard. ...more
I will read anything Alessandra Torre writes. After The Girl in 6E, Sex Love, Repeat and now Black Lies I have committed myself to this fact. Her voicI will read anything Alessandra Torre writes. After The Girl in 6E, Sex Love, Repeat and now Black Lies I have committed myself to this fact. Her voice as a writer is captivating and I cannot deny that I am pulled into her stories as if I am actually inside them. She is a master in writing when it comes to "showing" the reader what is going on as opposed to just telling us.
With the above acknowledged, Black Lies was not my favorite Alessandra Torre book. All though I love her writing style and usually her characters are off the charts wonderful, I couldn't really relate too much Lana or really get behind her in her conquests. And since we were mostly reading her and her views on what was going on in her man(men's) lives, I had a hard time staying focused during her monologues. My slight dislike towards one of the if not the main character brought my rating down.
Lee didn't really do it for me either. I could never quite understand why a guy like him would want a woman like Lana. For anything other than sex I mean. He was a manly man who dated and screwed bored housewives and teenie bopper bimbos. He wasn't really an endearing character and I felt that in the brief encounters when he showed some vulnerability, it was out of character for a brute like him. Didn't really fit into the equation how in the end he showed his true feelings for Lana. That to me felt forced and didn't fit the storyline. (view spoiler)[ Almost as if the story had to end and Lee was being rushed into something and then accepted it too easily. (hide spoiler)]
One thing that was present in Black Lies was a great main hero. Brant was one of those guys you couldn't help but root for. I continued reading at some points and gave this book 3 stars for him alone. I fell for him within the first few pages of his entrance into Lana's life. I wanted him safe and whole and most of all happy.
I think I can mention without bringing a spoiler into the mix that this story has a pretty big twist. A reader will most likely be able to tell what the big secret is before the reveal which is about 70% in because it is huge. I was on board with this twist, fully invested in loving it once it was played out for me. But it kind of crashed and burned on me. mini (view spoiler)[ The thing is... the plot surrounding this twist is quite obviously not realistic. There were aspects involved that just couldn't realistically happen this way. I'm not a professional in that field but I could identify that! As a reader I can totally handle that! This is a work of fiction... I acknowledge that. If I was looking for "real" I'd pick up reading Nonfiction. I love this author and will read what she writes. But this one didn't quite work for me. I just couldn't 100% fully buy into it. (hide spoiler)] Things were just a bit too over the top to convince me the characters would respond in the ways that they did and everything could/would fall into place that way. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** I started Burn immediately following Ignite. I really enjoyed Ignite and would normally have been a bit miffed with the horrible cli**spoiler alert** I started Burn immediately following Ignite. I really enjoyed Ignite and would normally have been a bit miffed with the horrible cliffhanger ending (I HATE those!!!) but I was able to borrow Burn right away with my Amazon Prime membership so with the limited (and free) interruption I can let the crappy cliffy off with a pass...
Burn was almost nothing like Ignite. I didn't like it really at all. Nothing that was prevalent in Ignite was present here. The likable characters (Sara and Jaxon) somehow turned into sniveling idiots. The endearment that I had established for them in Ignite went "poof" as soon as they began wishy washing around. Do I want her? Yes, I want her. Oh wait, no I don't want her. It's best that I walk away. But maybe I do... Do I want him? Yes, but alas, he doesn't want me so I mine as well stick with the guy that's kidnapped and is "protecting" me... back and forth and back and forth... I wasn't impressed! If you're in love fight for it dammit! Don't just walk away! That's what I'm reading romance for! I want some "Burning" love that won't die no matter who steals the woman! Then when the climax did finally start rolling it was over and resolved way too quick. I felt like I was watching (the movie) The Usual Suspects. Didn't see that one coming did you? No, I didn't but in this case I didn't want to. I wanted some action! The only character that I had any warm fuzzies for was Remy. Poor, sick, twisted and demented Remy... He was quite the anti-hero in all of this.
To wrap it up... The characters I had established feelings for in Ignite took a 180 towards annoying. And the big plot and how the story came together frankly I found confusing. What happened in the end? Why did that person die? How did they die? I have no idea. Maybe it's because I started getting so annoyed with the on and on and on of nothing moving forward halfway through that I started skimming and I missed something. But considering what I DID absorb, even with the confusion I didn't feel compelled to go back through and read the parts I may have missed. I don't know if I'll read the next book or not... The set up for it was kind of a "throw in" in the Epilogue and I don't know I like the direction that was going. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this! All though the story is tackling some very mature subject matter (physical and psychological abuse in a relat**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this! All though the story is tackling some very mature subject matter (physical and psychological abuse in a relationship) for a YA book, the writing was not overly depressing or overly emotional. It wasn't a slap in the face, or a wake up call for civilization that screams "WAKE UP PEOPLE. ABUSE IS ALL AROUND YOU AND YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!" like some other YA books can come across as. This just seemed more realistic than that to me. A caring, sweet teenage girl who comes from a loving home, with loving friends finds herself confused when she realizes that maybe her boyfriend isn't the person she thought he was. And maybe her best friend Luke isn't going to sit in the "friend zone" and silently witness her turmoil.
It takes Ronnie a while to accept that her boyfriend is abusing her physically. At the same time she realizes that the way he toyed with her emotions was not right either. This all played out in what I was convinced was a realistic manner. Ronnie was used to being loved. She was surrounded by good and loving people. So how could her boyfriend tell her how much he loved her if he was abusive?
Really great character development. Great Heroine, you will fall in love with her, she's adorable. Really great conflict, though you'll want to hate Shawn, he does have his redeeming qualities so you can relate to Ronnie's confusion. Great supporting characters, Luke is dreamy. My only hold out on the 5 star rating was I was hoping for a little more of a HEA than we actually got. ...more
Lord help me, why can't I love Kristen Ashley? I want to... I used to... I absofrickenlutely LOVED Sweet Dreams, I liked Lady Luck, and Law Man... EveLord help me, why can't I love Kristen Ashley? I want to... I used to... I absofrickenlutely LOVED Sweet Dreams, I liked Lady Luck, and Law Man... Everyone else loves her! She creates great alpha males that are all hot and broody. Ugg what's wrong with me that I just can't do it anymore.
The last few KA books that I've read I've actually had to DNF. The Will was pretty much the same. There was really nothing wrong with it by Kristen Ashley standards. Great hero who just happens to have some great (and fun) kids. Kind of prissy heroine who is swept off her feet by the kind of guy all of us ladies would secretly love... This particular heroine was a bit annoying. She spoke in a combination of stuck up and (long ago from England) English. Who really says "Alas"? Once? Let alone on every page? Ok, that was an exaggeration but you get the picture. She says it a lot!
Anywho... I guess that's my problem. When I read KA I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over. The on and on about what people are wearing grates on me because I really don't care what pumps she is pairing with her ponytail. And it dances on my nerves that all though she is apparently attempting to write dialogue as a broody alpha male would actually speak it, the lack of complete sentences just makes the hero sound like a dumbass... "Need you now babe"... would it really make him a pussy, or any less "alpha-y" if he said "I need you now babe"? What would that little "I" really hurt? During every KA book I read it is inevitable that at some point I will start to picture the hero in my head as Rocky Balboa(Sylvester Stallone). "YO ADRIAN!!!" That talk where it sounds like the guy has marbles (or shit) in his mouth and can't create a coherent sentence.
Don't hate me all my KA loving goodreads friends... I still love you and I hope you can forgive me! Please help me in my quest to find my own "Kristen Ashley" to love so I can have an automatic "go to" author. ...more
What a treat this was! Hard Time exceeded my expectations by miles! I started reading it because it appeared to be the most recent "buzz" book with myWhat a treat this was! Hard Time exceeded my expectations by miles! I started reading it because it appeared to be the most recent "buzz" book with my GR friends, it had a good price so I figured what the heck??? But I had my reservations. I mean how is this author really going to pull off a prison librarian and a convict falling in love and it not turning into a completely sleazy and immoral yuck fest? Well, she did! Just about perfectly I might add. Everything in this fit together as it should. Eric is in prison for something that he did. He doesn't deny doing it, nor does he regret it. It just happened, he's accepting the consequences and then later trying to move on with his life. Same with Anne. She's moving on with her life trying to create a new normal for herself. She accepts a job helping prisoners at the correctional facility one day a week. She doesn't expect to be attracted to one of the prisoners, nor does anything physical happen while he's incarcerated. But after he's paroled...Anne doesn't just accept Eric's crime and jump in the sack with him. She goes through the emotional roller coaster (realistically) of what he did, why he did it and finally comes to the internal conclusion that he isn't a bad guy. In fact he's a remarkable guy. He just did something horrible for what he felt were the right reasons.
This was a great mix of hero and heroine. Both characters were wonderfully likable (especially Eric, he made my heart go pitter pat a few times!). They were both damaged. Not overly dramatized damaged... just not perfect. But they didn't dwell on it. They just were who they were and worked things out like normal people. There were no games, no big misunderstandings, nothing too over the top that would make you think "yeah right, like THAT would ever happen". The entire story just came together beautifully.
My only negative beef, that brought this down to a 4 star from 5 was the ending. Waaay to abrupt for me. I needed a bit more closure to such a great love story. It wasn't a cliffy, or anything horrible like that. It was just abrupt, kind of "kiss me and lets see how this works out". No epilogue, no nothing really after the major climax was done. I needed just a little wind down to let me know that my new friends (Eric and Anne) were going to make it and be ok......more
When a story can make me laugh out loud and shortly thereafter I have tears streaming down my face, it is an automatic ticket to the favorites shelf.When a story can make me laugh out loud and shortly thereafter I have tears streaming down my face, it is an automatic ticket to the favorites shelf. Hands down the best book I've read in 2014 so far.
Character driven books are my absolute favorites and both Anne and Mal are pretty darn close to perfectly imperfectly written (does that make sense?). They are both messed up in their own way but together they bring out the best in each other. Anne has some pretty significant relationship issues. Starting with her mother. But she's spunky and likable and though she starts out as a doormat, with Mal's help she learns to stand up for herself and become a force to be reckoned with. It's very important that as a reader I am able to identify with the heroine and boy, there were many times I loved Anne so much I wanted her as my own best friend (or I wanted to be her because Mal is so off the charts amazing). I know that I have loved heros before as much as I love Mal. But not one literary hero in my recent memory has had the captivating humor/alpha/sensitive/everything I've always wanted in my book hero combo that Mal has going for him. He is hilariously wonderful.
So, I think I found a new best friend in Kylie Scott. I love her writing style and her gift at creating characters that make you want to jump into the book and be in their lives is just amazing. 6 stars, wonderful... I can't wait for the next book! ...more
I really, really enjoyed this one. I bounced around between 4 and 5 stars with this one. I ultimately went with 4 just because of some very minor issuI really, really enjoyed this one. I bounced around between 4 and 5 stars with this one. I ultimately went with 4 just because of some very minor issues I'll touch on later. This was totally up my alley! Angst followed by some angst with a little suffering of angst on the side. There was not a dull moment!
Mitch and Skylar have been in love since they've been children. Though it takes a while for them to recognize and act on their feelings, they are an adorable and fun couple that I grew to love. Their love is beautiful and open. They were the quintessential couple that I absolutely love to read about.
When a true misconception of a feeling (not a dumb one like we see so often in these types of new adult romances but a pretty darn legitimate concern) drives Skylar to break up with Mitch he's just about to leave for college... so continues and heightens the angst. Mitch and Skylar have been through so much together, they suffer so deeply when they are apart that after a time Skylar realizes though she is still in the same boat she was in when she called it off with Mitch, it no longer matters. She just wants to be with him and him with her. But then BAM!!! Something really earth shattering happens with Mitch that drives them apart farther than either of them can overcome (not cheating!!!) Mitch would never cheat on Skylar! But it is something that, all though I noticed some reviewers criticized Skylar for running away from it, I don't think I would have done anything different. It was a doozy that would have been semi-impossible to overcome if she'd have stayed.
They gradually find their way back to each other after a freak run in at a store. The angst continues!!! That problem that pushed them apart to begin with is still there. Not only that, but Skylar is now engaged. But with all that Mitch is not going to let Skylar get away again. He works so hard. He's on my list of favorite book boyfriends for sure!
My mini complaints... I really can't be expected to believe that a 19/20 year old guy and a 17/18 year old girl who love each other so much (and are not crazy religious) don't have sex? They resist? Don't get me wrong, they scratch the itch with other stuff once or twice but come on!!! They don't go all the way? That just didn't do it for me!
The other issue I had is with that of the big problem that ultimately split them up for years. The catalyst for that big problem was kind of thrown in as an afterthought. There was one small chapter explaining the situation of psychoness and that was it... I needed a little more background as to how that situation evolved.
Despite those little issues I loved, loved, loved it. I guess I'll beat the dead horse one more time and say that I love angst... I wish all my books and book boyfriends could be like this and Mitch. I need to feel when I read and this was just what the doctor ordered.
I began reading Big Sky Eyes at 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. Big mistake! About 30 minutes before I had initially planned on going to b4 1/2 stars...
I began reading Big Sky Eyes at 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. Big mistake! About 30 minutes before I had initially planned on going to bed I began one of those stories that you're lucky if you meet with once or twice a year! One of those books that you have a hard time putting down (no matter what time it is, or what you SHOULD be doing) because you've stepped into a special world and you just can't stop yourself from reading "just one more chapter". That's exactly what Big Sky Eyes was to me.
The most important factor in any book I read is that that heroine needs to be a likable kind of gal. Mackenna was everything I hold dear in a heroine. She was strong yet sweet and most importantly she played no games. There wasn't any big, stupid misunderstanding. Mackenna was in love with Brent and though she kept it to herself for a long time, she did it to preserve her friendship. And talk about a hero to remember! Brent was everything I ever look for in a hero. He wasn't perfect, far from it actually. But everything he did was in attempt to be a better person, a better man.
The fact that this was a first time self published book just amazes me! I can't remember seeing better quality editing and writing in an indie book.
The only small negative that bumped me down just a half star was... Once Mackenna and Brent finally got together. They admitted to each other that they were in love and from that point their relationship just took off. It felt a bit rushed and right up to the big climactic moment just felt to zoom by a bit too quick. I wanted more!!!
All together I loved it and would love to see what Sawyer Belle has for us next! ...more
I really don't know how Making Faces could have been done any better. The story was spectacular, the charecters completely lovable and the writing floI really don't know how Making Faces could have been done any better. The story was spectacular, the charecters completely lovable and the writing flowed pretty darn close to perfectly. This was my second book by Amy Harmon, and though her writing style (very mild on the steam factor)has historically not been my favorite I'm glad I found her!...more
I had a hard time believing that this is the same author that wrote The Edge of Never. I didn't really care for that at all. And I'm almost ashamed toI had a hard time believing that this is the same author that wrote The Edge of Never. I didn't really care for that at all. And I'm almost ashamed to say that if I would have known that fact, it would have detoured me from reading Killing Sarai and I would have missed out on what I'm confident is going to be a great series!
What a great voice J.A. Redmerski has! I loved her writing style, I loved her characters and I absolutely loved this story. Sarai has been held against her will for 9 years. She has kept herself alive by her pure will to live and in turn she is her capture's favorite toy. Until one day a savior in the form of a professional assassin shows up and her whole world changes.
I just can't get over how different Killing Sarai was than The Edge of Never. It is really impressive how an author can switch gears so drastically and effectively by going from an almost quirky NA book to such dark and scary subject matter as in Killing Sarai. It was pulled off to a "T" and I can't wait for the next addition to this series. ...more
If You Stay started out with a great big bang. I was absolutely hooked at the beginning. The characters were well developed, you knew exactly who theyIf You Stay started out with a great big bang. I was absolutely hooked at the beginning. The characters were well developed, you knew exactly who they were, what they were about, and how their lives were going to change once they established a relationship with one another. All character driven books should start out this way. There was no fluff, no unnecessary gibberish leading up to our introduction. Just the low down get to the point meat of their personalities and actions.
I only wish that the story had continued on with the same flow. At about 60% through I got extremely put off and annoyed and my rating dropped from the 5 stars I was going to give down to 3. The characters who I was growing to really like and care about suddenly took a turn towards the TSTL and unlikely. To change a character's personality all together is a completely different process than to gradually grow a character as an individual into a better version of themselves throughout the story. Mila started out as a sweet, caring almost goody too shoes heroine in the beginning. She was a woman who Pax grew to love so much that he wanted to be a better man because of her. This process of Pax recognizing his feelings was written awesome. Mila was awesome! When Pax was faced with the gruesome details of his past that he had previously suppressed he was an (understandable) mess. Mila's actions from that point on were out of character and just flat out unbelievable. I couldn't buy that the heroine we met in the beginning was the same woman who decided "tough love" was the best way to teach Pax his coping skills on how he should deal with his childhood trauma. This whole situation and how the characters handled themselves within it was ridiculous and so out of character that I actually put the book down for a couple days.
Overall I felt the writing and plot of If You Stay was wonderful. This was 1st person with alternating narratives between Pax and Mila. This process was pulled off excellently. This was a character driven book though, so I have to rate it on the characters and their development within the story. And the actions of the characters did not appear to me to be consistent with their personalities throughout the story. ...more
I absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits so when I saw there was a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it. When I found out that Beth was the featuredI absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits so when I saw there was a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it. When I found out that Beth was the featured character in Dare You To, I rolled my eyes, kind of disappointed (I didn't really care for her in the previous book). After I sucked it up and decided to give Beth a chance, I'm so happy that I did! Dare You To was truly excellent.
Beth's life is rough. Her mother is a alcoholic, her father nowhere around, and after a horrible incident with her mother's abusive boyfriend she's forced into living with her recently re-surfaced uncle and his hoity toity wife. So when the local golden boy asks for her phone number she is immediately on guard. Boys like him don't like girl's like her.
On the outside Ryan's life is perfect. He's got the perfect look, the perfect pitch in baseball, and the cherry on top of a perfect family life. Or does he? Through the process of getting to know each other Beth and Ryan learn that what's on the surface isn't always what's on the inside.
It was heart wrenching to read about Beth and Ryan's struggles and then their eventual acceptance of one another. Katie McGarry can truly create a wonderful tortured character. Her grasp on the struggles that teenagers face on a regular basis, coupled with difficult parents added into the mix... she had me wanting to be a better parent myself. I never want my child to experience a sliver of what these characters live through and overcome on an almost hourly basis. And it's so real! Written for us in such a captivating and detailed manner, you can't help but hurt for these kids. Beth loved her mother so much. All she wanted was to help bring her out of the hell she was stuck in. The hell her mother created for herself and refused to leave! Even at the expense of her daughter's physical safety and emotional well being. It was as if Beth was the mother and she the daughter. And Ryan... he was so terrified of disappointing his father. He wanted so much to hold onto his parents that he almost let go of his brother who had actually made the choice to finally break free and live his OWN life. The best part of this book was the point where we realize that we have two teenagers on separate sides of the "tracks" and all though they have very different struggles with their families, they realize they have to work past those troubles in the same way. And being together as a couple makes them that much stronger as individuals.
My only disappointments in Dare You To is I wanted more depth inside Beth's relationships with the other girls. Not so much her mother. We saw a bunch of interaction with her mom and how she struggled with it. But more on how she overcame her loathing/fear of other girls her age. She eventually realized that Echo wasn't so bad. It was more than obvious that Echo and Noah were wonderful together and that Echo cared about Beth. I was hoping for more on that relationship. Echo sure does have her own significant "mama drama". I thought that a good heart to heart between her and Beth would have taken the cake! Lacey too... I wanted a bit more on the relationship between Beth and Lacey. Both past and present Lacey seemed like she loved Beth but Beth never really came off very appreciative of it.
So what am I saying here...??? My only negative about this book is that I loved the characters so much that I wanted to read more about them? This book could have been another 100 pages and it still wouldn't have been enough for me. That should tell it all! ...more
I thoroughly thank Harlequin and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review...
With each Original Sinners addition Tiffany ReiszI thoroughly thank Harlequin and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review...
With each Original Sinners addition Tiffany Reisz impresses me with her ability to create wonderful (and wonderfully messed up) characters. The Prince is no exception to this. As a matter of fact I think we finally get a slap in the face with how truly twisted most of these characters really are. Just when I thought they couldn't get anymore messed up... BAM!!! We're hit with another crazy train.
Throughout the book we're following 3 different story lines. Nora and Wesley today. Getting to know one another after Wesley removes the shield he has been holding up that covered his true background and his real family life. Kingsley and Soren's beginning. How they met, how their tortured and twisted relationship came to be and then ultimately ended. And finally Soren and Kingsley today. Someone from their past is threatening Soren and Nora and they must come together once again to determine who it is and what their presence truly means. Eventually these 3 stories come together and conclude with once again a horribly frustrating cliff hanger.
My first impression of The Prince was "WOW"!!! I was excited to be led on another crazy up and down wild ride that is expected of The Original Sinners series. Reuniting with Nora, Kingsley and most especially Soren and my beloved Wesley was everything I needed and wanted it to be. As I read on I felt that each character unfolded more and more until every feeling I had for them came to an exploding realization... At what point did the book turn into a BDSM erotic soap opera and why didn't I notice it sooner??? Don't get me wrong, I can love a soap opera and in many points I loved The Prince and all the characters involved. But in the same breath I can say I hated them too.
The only character within this whole series who deserves a NORMAL happily ever after is Wesley. He is still so young. He is a wonderful human being who would do anything for anyone, and his young mind is so confused and backwards. I can understand why he feels he loves Nora. A sexy, fun, mysterious and exotic older woman with a sordid past. What hot blooded American 20 year old guy wouldn't fall for a woman like Nora? With that said however I feel Nora should know better. All though I can see why Nora would fall for a boy like Wesley, if she truly cared about him she should let him go... I can't express how much I respected Nora at the end of The Siren for letting Wesley go. She will never be rid of Soren, neither physically or emotionally and Wesley deserves so much more than second best. The end of The Prince and Nora's decisions had me in knots and I hated her (but loved her for being such and intriguing character).
It has the impression on me that this entire series revolves around Soren. Not one main character would be who he/she is today without Soren's influence. He is a true tortured hero/anti hero. His behaviors and actions as a result of his horrible past are enough to turn the stomach. But then he turns on a dime and does something so selfless and wonderful that it's almost as if he's two people. We finally know what happened to him to make him the way he is. Because of his larger than life aura each person his influence touches becomes a new magnet drawn to him. Poor Kingsley is just a drummer in Soren's band. He was a sad, confused play boy before he interacted with Soren, but he is who he is, and has what he has today solely as a result of Soren's impact on him.
In the end I continue my love/hate relationship with each character. I love reading as their lives both present and past unfold for us. I love the dips my stomach make as they feel, speak and act in such a manner that either has me sighing in jealous awe or more so nauseous in how they can abuse one another. And I hate that they continue to make decisions and torture (sometimes literally) one another out of selfishness. ...more
I gave Undeniable 3 stars which does not in any way reflect my normal 3 star rating. In normal circumstances a 3 star rating is a kind of ho hum read.I gave Undeniable 3 stars which does not in any way reflect my normal 3 star rating. In normal circumstances a 3 star rating is a kind of ho hum read. Undeniable is anything but a ho hum story.
On the negative side one of the most important factors for me to enjoy any story is to have likable characters. None of these characters in my opinion were likable people. Not even the main players, but holy cow what these people did! I gave it 3 stars for the simple shock factor alone.
There was so much going on that despite my overall feelings towards this book, the writing and the characters, I absorbed it in less than 2 days. I read and read and absolutely couldn't stop until I finished every word. There were so many despicable, disgusting and just down right mean things that these people did to one another that I just couldn't believe that all this crap was actually happening in one book to one small group of people. It was totally outlandish! Two people absolutely love one another yet it's acceptable for him to cheat on her when she's pregnant with his baby (readers beware there is A LOT of cheating), one character totally loves another yet it's acceptable to rape her (yes folks, beware there is more than one rape scene in this book), two women have been BEST friends their entire lives but it's acceptable for one to have an on-going nasty sexual affair with the other's husband (more cheating). Wow! Who does this shit?
I realize that the way to view this book is kind of an "anti" hero/heroine story. These were not good, sweet, decent or loving people. They lived outside the law, outside normal standards for morality and just overall not normal people. Because of this I will probably read this author again:) I'll just have to be in a certain mood to do so.
The thing I did notice that slightly annoyed me about the actual writing... I'm not sure if this is intentional or coincidental but the writing style thoroughly reminded me of Kristen Ashley. The run on sentences, the (almost) confusing dialogue which when the characters speak it's like there are words missing from their vocabulary. Simple words like "it" or "you" or "the" or "I". Sentences like "want you so bad babe" were all over the place. Does it really make the (anti) hero too much of a softy romantic dweeb to actually say the word/letter "I"? And yes the ever prevalent "babe" was oddly familiar as well.
Overall I guess I could say I had a love/hate relationship with Undeniable. Horrible people were doing horrible things but it was definite "stare at a car wreck" entertainment in my twisted mind. ...more
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into3.5 stars.
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into something in a long time. I have to say that this was a good book to get back into the swing with. Lots of angst, lots of romance and my favorite, lots of groveling...
Theresa was stuck in a loveless marriage for almost 2 years. What started out as an infatuation with a man her father wanted to manipulate turned into a year and a half trapped with a ice cold man who not only did not love her, but at times seemed to despise her. She'd finally reached the point where all she wanted was out of the marriage at the same time her husband realizes maybe she isn't the manipulative cad that her father has portrayed her to be.
I really felt that The Unwanted Wife was a good indie book that maybe with just a tad more polishing I would have rated higher. The characters were great. Theresa was a very likable heroine. She was (or grew to be) strong, resilient and the kind of woman that you'd want to be a friend to. Sandro started out as your typical A-hole husband who treated his wife worse than trash but once he finally realized what he had, he gave everything he had to winning her over.
There were a few typos throughout and though annoying they weren't to the extent that they distracted from the story. Where I felt the "polishing" was needed a bit was in the unfolding of Sandro's feelings towards Theresa. We really don't find out why he had such a sudden change of heart until the very end. And even then it was kind of a quickly put together explanation of his feelings. I also felt things fell a little flat in the "other woman" department. It was almost as if the author didn't want to tackle the obstacle of making a likable guy out of a cheating hero so she simply avoided it all together and just made it "appear" as though he was a cheating bastard. The whole situation was just explained away much too easily.
Over all I enjoyed the story and writing style of Natasha Anders and would gladly read her work again. ...more
I gave this 3 stars solely for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The preceding chapters I would have given 2 stars which I feel is being generous. Eva and GidI gave this 3 stars solely for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The preceding chapters I would have given 2 stars which I feel is being generous. Eva and Gideon's story continues in Reflected in You however there is absolutely no progression or growth of their relationship until the last few chapters at which point we are hit with a truly rattling revelation.
It was painfully frustrating to dredge through chapters and chapters of the heroin type addiction roller coaster ride that is Eva and Gideon's relationship. It starts with Eva going on and on about how hot Gideon is, how she doesn't deserve a man like him, they get in a fight because one of them is jealous or controlling or unreasonably dumb about a situation which has occurred, Gideon calls Eva "Angel", they have hot sex in which they both have multiple orgasms, repeat, repeat, repeat... This continues until at one point Gideon for some reason turns a cold shoulder towards Eva and she needs to find out why. At this point I started to get very interested in why after so much lust, attraction and "love" their relationship would cool off so significantly. I admit from that point I was pretty riveted to the story and really didn't want it to end. The big problem was it took so damn long to get there and the "good parts" didn't last long at all.
I'm not sure if I'll be purchasing and reading the final book in this trilogy. To be honest the only reason I bought this one was because I got the audio version off of Audible for $7. ...more