Received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From glancing at other reviews I think I may have lost some of the context havingReceived a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From glancing at other reviews I think I may have lost some of the context having dropped into this series at book 7. I'm guessing there's history between Neil and Kendra threaded throughout a few of the other books, because although we know he's been after her for a year they hook up pretty quickly in this book which makes it read more like an insta-love situation than a drawn out courtship. I'm not a fan of insta-love so I had a much harder time connecting with them as a couple. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the "suspense" part of the plot and kinda wished we had gotten POV from the serial killer. He was twisted and the few facts we were clued into after that part had wrapped up I found intriguing. I think this book will be far more enjoyable for those who have read the series in order from book 1 because everybody and their brother seems to play some part in this story. Although I didn't "love" this book, I actually plan on going back and starting at the beginning myself and seeing if it alters my perception of this book. My one major complaint is that I found errors. She thanked a variety of editors and beta readers and I find it hard to fathom that errors still managed to slip through. In describing a road she used traitorous when it should have been treacherous, and a variety of using the wrong tense. May be time to broaden her beta readers and find herself some grammar nazis to proof her work before publishing. ...more
I have been a Selena Kitt fan for years. The original version of Under Mr. Nolan's Bed is one of my fReceived an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have been a Selena Kitt fan for years. The original version of Under Mr. Nolan's Bed is one of my favorite hardcore erotica reads before the sex police (cough Amazon cough) got involved and started pulling all true taboo stories and all the authors had to alter their stories to make them more "acceptable". I've had less luck with some of her more current quickie reads, but that was usually due to the kink she was exploring was not my kind of kink. So when I got an email saying I could sign up for an ARC for Step Beast I was ALL over that. Repeatedly. Because when I didn't receive the ARC right away I got worried that maybe she had looked me up and didn't like the fact I only 2 starred some of her current stuff, but every time I got another email about signing up for the ARC I did...until the day finally came and it arrived in my inbox. YEAH! I immediately dived in since I knew she was on a time crunch. I realized less than 50 pages in I didn't want to write this review. The short version is that the first 2/3 of the book ranged from a 2-2.5 star read for me, but I refused to let myself DNF an ARC from an author I liked. Thankfully the last 1/3 picked up and I was able to up the rating to 3 stars without feeling I was lying to myself and padding the rating just because I've liked so much of SK's writing in the past. For those curious about the sex since SK writes all sorts: M/F, vanilla and BDSM lite. Although the sex is explicit it is really tame for a SK book. For those who want more info on why I had such a problem with this book here goes.... Read the synopsis because that is the only real info you get on the back story for a long time. It felt like I was dropped into the story mid-way and it was up to me to figure out what was going on. Tilly. She had 3 personalities traits: naive, too stupid to live, and brat. I have never been a fan of naive heroine, have often DNFed a book with a TSTL heroine, and I think a "brat" is only acceptable during a scene when she's looking to get punished. Sadly Tilly could run the gamut in one page and I ended up hating her almost immediately. For me there is nothing cute about a 22 year old entitled college graduate acting like a 2 year old. Her constantly whining about how her mother wouldn't let her get a dog, or move out, or have a life.....WTF??? You are 22! Get a job, get an apartment , get a freaking backbone. But no....it's even less understandable to me once we finally find out (very late in the book) what exactly went on in the past. How could a girl that had went through all that stay so clueless? Although I admire her for being able to forgive her mother for all the things she did I do NOT understand it. Her mother did some heinous things and not only do I not understand her foregiveness for her mother seriously damaging so many lives, but I never understood how her mother thought she was doing the best thing for her or any of the others that were involved. Frankie. Supposedly Tilly's BFF who knows Tilly better than anybody and can read her like a book. Uh no. Frankie reads Tilly as if she's a book written in Braille and all her fingers are broken. Frankie has her head so far up her ass it's amazing she even realizes Tilly is a real person. Apparently she has no clue that there is history between Tilly and Beast, that Tilly is interested now even after she confesses about the spanking and does some serious naked flirting with Beast even though she's hooked up with Erich. Sigh. Considering all that goes on in the last 1/3 of the book I would seriously recommend that Tilly finds a new BFF. Beast. He was the least offensive character for me. Your standard alpha male who occasionally delves into being an a-hole. We never really get too in depth with him which was disappointing because I really would have liked being able to understand his motivations for keeping quiet better. So for the first two thirds of the book we get Tilly whining, drinking, chasing Beast and a few hot sex scenes (SK never fails to write some hot sex) then FINALLY we get to the last 1/3 when the plot twists kick in. The story got WAY better for me at that point. Although I had already figured out one of the twists it was fun to see it play out and the other twist dropped in from nowhere. It was a little jarring since we had no real clue and I wish that had actually been played out for longer because it brought some excitement and more importantly some growth from Tilly. I never got to the point of actually liking Tilly but I found her much more tolerable by the end. Even though this was an ARC I didn't notice any glaring issues you sometimes find in an ARC and pray they get fixed before being released. There was one minor tidbit towards the end where Tilly supposedly told Frankie something during a time where I think it would have been physically impossible to do so, but It was 3am and I was trying to finish the book and was far too tired to go back and double check. Despite my obviously mixed feeling about this book, and the fact SK will probably take me off her mailing list for future ARCs, I am happy I stuck it out and I know I'll be reading future books....more
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I originally picked up Scar Tissue on a fluke thinking it was going to be a nice romantic suspenseI received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I originally picked up Scar Tissue on a fluke thinking it was going to be a nice romantic suspense. I did not realize at the time it would be a serial (which I'm not a fan of) but even though I thought the story was slightly disjointed, and that Jennifer came off as if she had a split personality I was intrigued enough to continue. Which brings us to Open Wounds. I read Scar Tissue about 3 weeks ago, I read at least a book a day, so by the time I got back to this world I had forgotten some of the details (which is my #1 reason I hate serials) and it took a while for things to start clicking back together but I still felt like I was missing things. There's more players coming in and the plot is becoming more intricate. This book relies heavily on the suspense and any romance is almost nonexistent. The spark I felt between Jennifer and Jacob in S.T. had disappeared and she was just his forced sidekick who wouldn't stay home but liked to be judgmental. Personally I wanted to smack her through most of the book. Overall this book was a smoother read than Scar Tissue. Will I pick up book 3? Yes. I have to see what happens next after the way this one left me hanging BUT I'm honest enough to say that if she continues to bring new characters in (I had a hard enough time keeping Elliot and Ellison straight and they're original characters but the names are too similar) and the plot keeps twisting that I'll have to call it quits. My reading style does not work with these kinds of continuing plot lines. It's a reader problem not an author problem. Worse case scenario I'll just have to wait until she's finished them all so I can just sit down and read straight through. ...more
Story is somewhat disjointed and Jennifer comes across as having a split personality most of the time, but I'm hoping since this is book one the kinksStory is somewhat disjointed and Jennifer comes across as having a split personality most of the time, but I'm hoping since this is book one the kinks will smooth out in the next book. ...more
Maybe a 2.5. First I want to say that I didn't rank this so low due to the writing. The writing was good, the story however felt rushed from the beginMaybe a 2.5. First I want to say that I didn't rank this so low due to the writing. The writing was good, the story however felt rushed from the beginning and instead of delving deep into the characters we got a surface story. I knew from the synopsis that Logan had PTSD and was the new Sheriff and there was going to be drama. My first question is, should a man suffering from such severe PTSD that he'd shoot a coffee machine in a restaurant because of a car backfiring be Sheriff and carrying a gun? Shouldn't there have been repercussions both personally and professionally? I would think doing something like that would make you walk your ass into the nearest psychiatric office ASAP. Then there's Julia...survived her own hell with a father who ate is gun due to his own PTSD, who knows how bad it can get when it's left untreated but does she ever insist Logan seek help? Nope. Cue missing kid, rescue mission then the HEA with no more mention of PTSD. Sigh. As if the love of the right woman just magically stops the nightmares and effectively disables all the triggers. This story could have been so good. The fight to overcome the PTSD, to show the town he's a Sheriff worth trusting, to show Julia that PTSD can be treated and he was no longer a threat to her or her daughters and she could trust him not to eat his gun like her father did. Unfortunately that's not the story we got. ...more