I think the synopsis is a wee bit misleading. If nothing else it looks like you are going to get the story from Trick's POV. You don't. I had scannedI think the synopsis is a wee bit misleading. If nothing else it looks like you are going to get the story from Trick's POV. You don't. I had scanned reviews so I new going in it would tend to be from Darby's POV but I didn't realize we'd only get a few paragraphs sprinkled throughout from Trick. I liked Trick a lot and it would have been nice to see things through his eyes more than we did. Since it was his life that was such a cluster I would have liked to see it from the inside instead of being locked out. My main complaint is with the sex. Anybody who reads my reviews or even glances through my Goodreads shelves know I read from clean to pure smut. A good story doesn't necessarily need to have sex scenes at all. But if you are going to make sex part of the story at least make it good. This story had a lot of sex. A LOT. It just seemed like the author couldn't decide on what kind of sex she wanted to include. We get some "fade to black", we got some vaguely described, we get some old school 80's style, some minor kink, but it all came across as tentative. In the end it was just boring. Really really boring. When two characters are going at it that much and we're along for the ride I'd like to enjoy the ride. But no, I ended up skimming through a lot of it just waiting for it to be over, or waiting for it to get interrupted because at least then there was humor. She could have easily cut out at least 75-100 pages of the sex, added in more Trick POV and made it a much tighter story. ...more
First I want to acknowledge the elephant in the room....How is ARR going to adjust her storyline set 20+ years after the original books? I gotta giveFirst I want to acknowledge the elephant in the room....How is ARR going to adjust her storyline set 20+ years after the original books? I gotta give the author credit for her audacity in ignoring it completely. Once you suck it up and realize the growing up of all the kids happened off page in the blink of an eye you'll be golden. I had a minor WTF moment when the first reference to Sons of Anarchy was made, then I realized what was going on and decided to go with it. After that it was smooth sailing and exactly what I expected out of ARR. Sweet, hot, and some minor angst. The book only really left one unanswered question in regards to one of the villains but since Jax's book looks like it's up next it may be answered in that one. We've got a whole mess of Maysons in this next generation and a whole lotta bikers they could hook up with so she need to get to typing. I just hope June's book comes up soon because I really want to know more about her and Evan. ...more
I decided to check out this book when it hit my FB stream and I saw it was being compared to Kristen Ashley. I love me some KA but have been mightilyI decided to check out this book when it hit my FB stream and I saw it was being compared to Kristen Ashley. I love me some KA but have been mightily disappointed before when I picked up books compared to hers, so I did the smart thing and checked out the sample first. It had me laughing and smiling almost immediately so I jumped on it. I've had a great week with heroines because this is the second one I've fallen in love with. Piper is hilarious and her inner monologue is the best.
If he weren’t such a giant asshole, I might have enjoyed having his body pressed against mine. Right now, though, a well-aimed punch to the junk seems like a better idea…
Uhh, just sayin’, I don’t think normal people sit and talk to themselves… “Shh, quiet. It’s not my fault. He hates me, then he likes me, then he’s rude, and then he’s sweet. There are mixed signals, and then there are signals that are so mixed I’m picking up stations from the other side of the world. How am I supposed to have any clarity?”
Why is it not acceptable to run away from awkward situations, flailing my arms and screaming like a certain green frog puppet does?
Holy hell, do his pants have a security system? Did I just trip his dick alarm?
Say something witty and charming. Okay, say something alluring and enticing. Ohhhkay, say something brainy and intellectual. Fine, how about just say something? You know, make the mouthy do the talky. Or just keep staring at the bar and looking like a deer caught in the headlights. I’m sure that’s a good look, too.
Although KA's heroines aren't usually that funny there is a definite KA vibe with Jake and his general alphaness and his desire to have the "sweet". Unfortunately there is also the comparison with Piper having the "golden vajayjay". I kept having flashbacks of Mystery Man with all the guys tripping over themselves to get into Piper's panties. It is a trope I loathe. Luckily we moved beyond it pretty quickly since Jake isn't the kind of alpha male that will tolerate men trying to crawl over him to get to Piper. Just to be clear, although there is a KA vibe I didn't pick up any stolen scenes (which I've seen before) or blatant character ripoffs. I also wouldn't be surprised to find out the author has read her before and thought "yea, that's the kind of badass I want". I find it harder to believe this is her first book. Hard enough to believe that it also wouldn't surprise me if I found out it's an author working under a new pen name. Sure I thought there were a few plot gaffs....I think the stalker plot came in way too late, almost too many characters to keep track of, and it lost some of the humor once Jake and Piper started working out their crap, but there were none of the glaring mistakes new authors seem to make. So I'm convinced it's a pen name or she was wise enough to pay for a kickass editor. In the end I don't really care. I enjoyed it immensely and will no doubt be picking up the next book because there are a LOT of hot men working at that garage.
This is a bit of a new take on the typical Moviestar romance. First off Wheeler/Thomas is not the3.5
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is a bit of a new take on the typical Moviestar romance. First off Wheeler/Thomas is not the A-list manwhore actor. He's a character actor who is more interested in the acting than the fame and seems pleased that most of the time he can wander unrecognized in public. Mel/Melanie/Melvin is just an everyday girl trying to make ends meet and when her and Thomas meet she is fairly unimpressed with not only his fame but his silence. Luckily they both have Graham to alleviate the awkwardness and lighten the atmosphere that begins to surround them throughout the first half of the book. I think my favorite quote of Mel's in the whole book was "“Sorry, no can do. We country bumpkins like to roast our road kill in the comfort of our house trailers. The Federals get riled when we try to sell our moonshine to the slickers. Good gravy, why am I doing this? I’m not supposed to chat with you.” The first half moved at a good pace as both Thomas and Mel felt each other out between trading barbs, trying on friendship as though it was a coat a size too small and trying to get over their own insecurities. Then we get to the second half and we hit a few rough patches. The story becomes a little uneven. There's a time gap I didn't find entirely believable that a person would keep yearning for another when they had barely made baby steps towards each other, a rush ahead then another time gap and more bumbling. I also really missed Graham and thought he could have pulled both their heads out quicker had he been involved. Overall it was a really solid contemporary read. The only angst is created by the characters stubbornness, which although annoying is a relief from some of these darker reads coming out lately. Also for those who are curious about the sex (which took for-freaking-ever to get to) it was standard for a contemporary without being overly explicit. No dirty words, no dirty talking and pretty vanilla. About as non-offensive as you can get without being a "fade to black". My biggest complaint was with the ending. For me it read more as a HFN than a HEA and left a lot of questions. An epilogue could have solved that problem. Why oh why don't more authors use the epilogue? I know books can't all be 600 pages and cover everything a reader wants but it would have been nice to see where Mel ended up in her life in regards to her dad and her career. ...more