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 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
Oh lordy... Don't stone me but I just can't finish this one. It went over so well with so many of my beloved Goodreads friends... Why does it have toOh lordy... Don't stone me but I just can't finish this one. It went over so well with so many of my beloved Goodreads friends... Why does it have to be me who couldn't stand these characters???!!!
Because I love and respect my GR friends so much, I'll try not to rip too hard into this book and keep my review brief. Can I just leave it as I don't have anything good to say so I won't say anything at all? No? You really want to know what I thought of Spin? Okay, you asked for it, here I go...
One of the biggest things that needs to be present in any story to endear me to the characters is their presence. They have to be there for me to love them! I made it 60% into Spin. Other than the 3 or 4 occasions when the h and H ran into each other and banged (can I use that word?) Antonio was MIA. Part of the time he was absent simply to avoid the stalkerish heroine and the other, sad as it sounds, I just didn't care where he was. I never fell for him. I never cared about him. Other than the quintessential "bad boy" image, in this reader's opinion he had nothing going for him. Other than providing the heroine with a good lay (that as of 60% never occurred in a bed) I couldn't tell why she wanted him so damn much!
Flip that coin over and it was the same for the heroine. Theresa was just a dud. She vigilantly pursued Spin to the point of, as I mentioned earlier, she was a stalker! She was the one night stand that just doesn't go away. I never could figure out what it was about her that made Spin fall for her. Other than, of course, she's so hot!
I'm sorry GR friends who loved this book. I still love you! I just couldn't follow the beat of this particular drum. ...more
I don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her BlI don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her Black Jewels beings, I feel as though I'm inside and a part of the story. She truly has an amazing gift.
I'm not a particular fan of straight out fantasy (or urban fantasy) novels. I'm more of a Paranormal Romance kind of girl. But for some reason when I read anything by Anne Bishop my normal likes and dislikes go out the window. The lack of romance doesn't bother me at all. The way she develops the relationships between her characters whether they be romantic, platonic or familiar, it doesn't matter. She can draw out just about every emotion I am capable of. In the Others I continue to root for The Other beings. How truly sick and demented some of humankind has become. Their feelings of entitlement without any thought as to how their selfishness affects those around them is disturbing. The Earth Natives focus on the basics of survival of the fittest and humans, though extremely intelligent and cunning simply share this land with the rest of nature. If we don't learn to respect and appreciate it, it can turn on us at any minute.
My only disappointment is how long I'll have to wait for the next installment in this series. But on the flip side of that... it has to take some time to create these wonderful worlds she does! ...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 thoroughly enjoyed the characters in Back to You. Laura and Trent were wonderfully fleshed out and likable people. I longed for them to work out theI thoroughly enjoyed the characters in Back to You. Laura and Trent were wonderfully fleshed out and likable people. I longed for them to work out their relationship problems and get back together.
The book was in need of some serious editing though. To the point that it threw me off and left me feeling jilted. On one page Laura had endured 3 miscarriages before getting pregnant with their son, then a few chapters later it was 1 miscarriage. Little inconsistencies like that were evident throughout the entire book. It dragged it down quite a bit for me. ...more
It really breaks my heart to have to give this final book in the Fallen Angels series a poor review. I have been a fan of J.R. Ward and this series frIt really breaks my heart to have to give this final book in the Fallen Angels series a poor review. I have been a fan of J.R. Ward and this series from the very beginning but I just couldn't buy into this last installment. I'm hoping the rumors of this and the BDB series eventually merging together are true. If that's the case and we get a more true to form demonstration of the remaining characters, I may go back and edit this review. If that doesn't happen however I have to ask who these characters were, because they weren't the same bad a$$es that I fell in love with years ago.
I understand characters grow and obviously develop throughout a series. But with that mentioned, none of these people (ok, angels and demons) were even a shadow of what they were in the first book. This series takes place over the course of less than a month's time! That is just not enough time for the drastic personality changes that took place. Devina, the more evil than evil demon that is in fact a representation of the devil herself turned into a huge sniveling pu$$y! What a let down she was! Then moving onto Jim Herron... Ugg, how much I loved that guy. His big bad boy self just did it for me like no other dreamy book boyfriend ever did. When did he stop being a bad a$$? Sissy just turned him into one! Even Adrian! He was another great book boyfriend that I had to dump towards the end.
I was just disheartened by the book in it's entirety. The characters, the whole process of introducing the "souls" on the playing field in this installment, the plot, even the climax was anticlimactic... I felt like I was driving in the Griswald's family cruiser on the way to Wallyworld. We stopped once and a while to see things like the worlds biggest ball of twine, which by comparison was Sissy and Jim's relationship. Just pointless. And then, just when I think I might finally hit an interesting climax after my 3000 mile journey of let down after let down, the park was closed. ...more
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 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
**spoiler alert** This was a DNF for me at about the 60% point. I know I read "fiction" and I choose to enter a book at my own risk, but this was just**spoiler alert** This was a DNF for me at about the 60% point. I know I read "fiction" and I choose to enter a book at my own risk, but this was just too unrealistic for me. It actually bordered on ridiculous. The hero was extremely ill, to the point where he could die within months of his illness. He was taking experimental drugs that made him feel sick and he was constantly throwing up and looking pale and loosing weight but he still has the ability to play college football? Not only that but he's the star quarterback? Just too over the top for me. Two completely conflicting situations (terminal illness and being an active college quarterback) just don't go together! ...more