Ay. I am having some mad love going on for Cambria Hebert lately. I absolutely loved Tryst.
Elle has been not so nicely asked to do this thing that … i...moreAy. I am having some mad love going on for Cambria Hebert lately. I absolutely loved Tryst.
Elle has been not so nicely asked to do this thing that … is really really horrible. She knows she can’t do it, but what do you do when someone threatens everyone you love? You can’t turn to the normal methods of problem solving in this situation, luckily she has Mr Cookie Monster, Spencer to turn to.
Spencer was the perfect hero to me. I adored him. Strong with a sense of right and wrong, plus a need to protect what he cares about from Elle to the president as a Secret Service Agent. He had the best attitude, I just really connected with that character.
Elle was awesome too. She wasn’t wishy washy in any way, shape, or form, but she did know when she was out of her league and needed help. She was a strong woman, a woman who wanted to protect her family, but also a woman who knew when she needed assistance.
They had so much chemistry, played off each other well, and were just really enjoyable.
This one is going on my perfect romance shelf. It’s another one of those books that takes me back to the feeling I got when I was reading my grandma’s romance books, where I felt all was right with the world when I was engrossed in reading.
I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to get my greedy 1-click finger on more of Cambria’s books.
I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen trying to figure out how to approach my review for awhile now. I think I am going to start out with sayin...moreI’ve been sitting here staring at the screen trying to figure out how to approach my review for awhile now. I think I am going to start out with saying this is not an easy book to read. If you read the warning in the blurb you get an idea of why.
I like dark books and this has got to be the darkest one I have read in awhile. I typically can fly through a darker book, outsider looking in, keeping my own emotions and things that I have gone through in my own life (nothing like what is in the book), what would typically be triggers for some people, separate from my thoughts while reading. I couldn’t do that with this one. It was hard.
Mr. X is an excellent book and definitely something I wouldn’t consider to be a romance, though there is love, a strange twisted love, but love none the less. I almost have to go into this as if I am reviewing a horror story, something that keeps me up at night and gives me nightmares, which minus the nightmares, I love horror stories.
I kept turning the pages to see why Mr. X was what he was, why he had the scar, why he was so fixated on Jay, what Jay’s memories of the past were, I wanted all the pieces to the puzzle.
I physically cringed, I winced, and during the strawberry scene, I thought I was going to get sick. Like I said, excellent book. Clarissa Wild definitely was able to work my emotions through her words, through these characters, through the entire story. During it all, I kept hoping someone in this book was going to get an HEA. I kind of realized my mind is a little twisted when I started having sympathy for Mr. X as more and more of his story came to light.
Clarissa pulls no punches and doesn’t mince words, she leaves nothing unsaid, and she will wring the emotions out of you whether you want to give them over or not.
Amazing, tough, gritty read. I’m really glad I got a chance to read it even if it made it hard for me to breathe at times.
Addictive Lunacy is a quick, easy, hot and spicy read. Callum and Liv meet at bar when they are both stood up by their friends/Callum’s brother. Insta...moreAddictive Lunacy is a quick, easy, hot and spicy read. Callum and Liv meet at bar when they are both stood up by their friends/Callum’s brother. Instant attraction and pull towards each other. Somewhere along the way as they are making out Callum mentions that his engagement just ended. I reread that part like 4 times to see if he actually said the words out loud or if he thought them and I didn’t see it, but he did, because she heard it. She tells him to call her when he is ready.
And so the story goes…
It was a fun read, the spicy scenes were the kind that set your pants on fire. There were a few moments where I kept rereading a few areas because I felt like I missed something, ie: the moment I described above and the scene with the assistant and his brother, more specifically his brother’s reaction to his assistant.
All in all it was an enjoyable read and I would definitely keep following the series to see what is going to happen among this group of people.
What a story! I’m not a huge reader of high school romances, though there are a few that I love and Promises Hurt is going on that list. Poor Blair an...moreWhat a story! I’m not a huge reader of high school romances, though there are a few that I love and Promises Hurt is going on that list. Poor Blair and Ethan have both gone through so much already in their lives and I think that makes them both wise beyond their years. They don’t act like your typical immature with a lot of growing up to do high school students.
Blair is someone I would have wanted to be friends with when I was in high school. I loved her. Such a sweet kid. She is now carrying out a list of things that her best friend asked her to do when she couldn’t. I think this list unintentionally brings her out of her shell a bit and helps her become who she is as the book goes on.
Ethan talks about what a player he was before Blair and I’m glad I didn’t see that side of him. The side we see in the book is someone I probably would have crushed on high school.
I adore Ethan and Blair together. This isn’t filled with what I would consider to be normal teenage angst, but it is full of heartbreaking tragedy and things that no child should have happen to them ever. You’ll cry and you’ll smile. You’ll hope and root for this couple to end up ok.
Then the ending happened.
And I am sitting here going what???? Man, this book doesn’t release until next month? How long do I have to wait for book 2???
Patience has never been my finest virtue. I shall wait though because I have to know what happens.
Thank you so much for my copy of Promises Hurt. I loved it! (less)
Where have I been and why have I just now heard The Heart Of Fame series when book 7 has been released?
I have been missing out on an awesome rock star...moreWhere have I been and why have I just now heard The Heart Of Fame series when book 7 has been released?
I have been missing out on an awesome rock star series (one of my fave kinds of romance). Luckily Getting Played was easy to read as a standalone and I am totally going to go back and read the other stories. One thing I loved is that with not having read the rest of the series, I wasn’t lost at all. There was just enough info that I got a taste of what the other books will be like when I read them, but not so much that I feel like I have already read the other six stories and don’t need to read them now.
As Getting Played started, the situation that Jax was in had me cracking up. He is a smart a$$ (love that) and how he didn’t get himself beat to the ground I don’t know. To me, in that situation, he feels like that one guy that we have all known in our life, who can do just about anything, flash his charming smile and crack a little joke, and all is forgiven. (That is not exactly what happened in that scene, but that is just how he felt to me right off the bat.)
Then it moves into the heart of the story, Synergy needs a new lead singer after Nick’s retirement. They have two weeks to find one for an important deadline. Jax volunteers to go to Natalie, he is sure she is the one who can help them out. The other guys know about him breaking her heart and stealing her AC/DC album, and they start making plans for his funeral. :D (I feel like I should add they don’t really plan his funeral, for all of you out there who take things literally.)
And so the story goes.
It was hot. This is my favorite type of romance, a great story line with some super hot scenes that will you leave you wanting your own Jaxon Campbell. The first spicy scene? I was both laughing and fanning myself.
These two have amazing chemistry, I loved both of them. Both are extremely likable characters with the way they are written. I can understand why Nat is trying to hold herself back because of both how Jax was when they were first together years ago and because if his reputation as a ladies man now. I was rooting them both on though. These two were perfect together and I loved the book.
I cannot wait to get started on the other 6 books.
Thank you so much for my copy of Getting Played! (less)
Seriously, funniest book ever about this industry. Possibly more funny if you can think of bloggers that act the way the interviewees act. I was sitti...moreSeriously, funniest book ever about this industry. Possibly more funny if you can think of bloggers that act the way the interviewees act. I was sitting there silently praying please God, don’t let me ever ever EVER come off like these people. :D
You’ve read the blurb, you know what it’s about. You don’t need me to rehash it when what I really want to say is I LOVED this book. I think every blogger should read this. You will nod your head and be praying to whoever will listen that this is not about you. (For real, I’m pretty I don’t act like the bloggers here, but if I did, someone feel free to slap me upside the head.)
There was one interview with a tour/promotional company that cracked me up and I am pretty sure she wasn’t describing anyone of the tour people I know, I hope, nobody has threatened my first born yet.
On to the story, I loved the characters, I loved the attitudes behind the pen name(s), who they were when they were themselves and who they were when they were putting on a persona. I loved the Michael like so many of the authors I know when they get into that writing zone, though I think the majority of them bath, and most are pumped up on coffee while on a good writing spurt.
The hot scenes were hot, the fun scenes were fun, there was a little bit of pulling on the heartstrings, and now I really want to go to a convention just so I can watch the extreme fan girls fawning over authors (and meet the authors who I have become friends with, that’s really why I want to go).
I think Amalie hit a homerun with this one, if not with everyone, at least with bloggers, authors, and anyone who has ever been to a convention (yes, I’m a bit jealous). Love the fun cover, love the book! Thank you so much for my copy of Word Play! Too much fun!
P.S. Will someone please tell me what “smeeping” is? :D
I have been waiting for this book, let me tell you! L.U. Ann left us with the HUGE cliffhanger at the end of Destructive Choices that had me stalking...moreI have been waiting for this book, let me tell you! L.U. Ann left us with the HUGE cliffhanger at the end of Destructive Choices that had me stalking her FB page and my own email box (for newsletters) because I really wanted the date that Destructive Release would be out.
And here it is!
First, this might possibly be the hardest review I have to write because there is so much in this book that is not in the blurb and I hate spoilers. Hate them.
Let’s start this off with saying that this does pick up where Destructive Choices left off. We know Devon has been in a plane crash, we know that Caine is still around, we know that Lacey has been through so very much already, and we know she has Becca to rely on. What we don’t know is when is this girl going to get a break?
Destructive Release takes so many twists and turns and had my heart saying no no no, and oh thank God, and why????
One thing I can say is I love how L.U. Ann approaches mental illness in the book, how she is able to advocate for those who deal with these things. That she is helping to say we cannot help what we were born with anymore than you can help being born with whatever eye color you were born with. There shouldn’t be a stigma attached to it. I myself have major depressive disorder along with anxiety and have dealt with it since I was 14. For a long time I didn’t want anyone to know what I struggled with but as I got older and understood myself better I have been more outspoken and open about living with depression for a couple of decades. It’s not something to be embarrassed about, it’s just how my brain is wired. I take a pill every morning, see my therapist once a week to work through stuff, and live my life as a wife and mother just as so many other women do. There are times when we have to readjust or change my medicine and live goes on. Not everyone’s journey through mental health is as “easy” as mine is. (I put that in quotes because at times it is really hard, but there are people that deal with so much more than I do.) (I don’t mean to tell my life story and I have left a lot out, but I had to explain why this means something to me.)
That is just one thing I love about this series. L.U. Ann is such a great advocate.
One thing I love about Lacey is we know at times she has survived and not thrived, but she hasn’t given up, she takes what life throws at her, and it may knock her down for a bit, but she gets right back up and keeps on through this journey that is her life.
She has a great support network behind her now and I really like how the book ended.
That is all I feel comfortable saying about the book because like I said, I don’t want to give anything away.
I really enjoyed it and thank you so much for my copy of Destructive Release.
How does one review a box set of 10 books when one loves all the books she has read in the box set? I can’t just choose one. I loved all of them. I ha...moreHow does one review a box set of 10 books when one loves all the books she has read in the box set? I can’t just choose one. I loved all of them. I had read Fierce before I received Red Hot Obsessions and loved the relationship between Autumn and Hunter. That one book alone is worth more than the 99 cent price.
Add in That First Kiss, His Wicked Games, Slow Burn, Layers Deep, etc. etc. etc. this set is any romantica lovers dream come true. Hot, sexy, excellent story lines that will have you following each author from now on. It is just an absolutely amazing set of books put together into what my Kindle told me was over 21 hours of reading time (at my speed, which is pretty fast). You could pick this up and be set and extremely happy for quite awhile. I know I was while reading it.
Thank you so much for my copy of Red Hot Obsessions! I will be following all of these author’s works from now on! (less)
I was lucky enough to grab this on Amazon when it was free for a bit. The cover is what captured me first, read the blurb, and had to grab the book.
Wh...moreI was lucky enough to grab this on Amazon when it was free for a bit. The cover is what captured me first, read the blurb, and had to grab the book.
Where to start with this review? Love – hate – love – hate – love – WHAT – ah hell?. Friggin’ A. Definitely not your predictable Cinderella story.
I was pulled right in from the very start when Matthew and Morgan are young teens. It actually reminded me a lot of myself as a teenager. I was never the most confident person and if the guy I liked pulled the crap he did, I probably would have been right there with her. In fact, I did have an ex like that. He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, maybe he likes me, he probably doesn’t love me, maybe he does? My hopes would be up, then they would crash down, then something would happen that would pull them back up again. When the heart is involved and you aren’t very wise to the ways of the world yet, you tend to follow your heart. Even as adults we can do that. That felt very real to me.
In fact, the whole thing was very realistic in my opinion. Love isn’t all rainbows and lollipops, we know that. More often than not we have our heart broken a few times in our lifetimes.
As we watched them grow there were so many times I wanted to reach through the screen and smack some sense into Matthew.
I loved it up until …. no spoilers, I promise. I will just say I loved it until something happened and I hated it. Did it end how I wanted it to end? Not even close. Was it an excellent well written book that triggered those teenage emotions and feelings in me that I haven’t felt in years? Yes. Was I frustrated and did I want to throw my iPad at times, especially at the end? Absolutely. (I refrained, I love my iPad too much.) Did I keep flipping through those pages because I HAD to know what was going to happen next? Yes, very quickly.
All in all I enjoyed it, even when I was mad at the book, at Morgan, at Matthew, and even a little bit at the author. :)
Thank you so much Lisa for sending me a paperback copy of Boy In A Band. I will cherish it.