I know I'm going to forget stuff when I'm writing up my review later. *sigh* I haven't even finished it and I know this one is going to end up 5 starsI know I'm going to forget stuff when I'm writing up my review later. *sigh* I haven't even finished it and I know this one is going to end up 5 stars. Roxie is a bit smarter about not getting herself into trouble. This time she's honestly just put into bad situations where she should be safe and isn't. (except for the haunted house thing. DUH. LOL)
Hank is overwhelmingly male and alpha to the extreme, but my GOD does this man love her. It's so fast, but it's so complete that I'm willing to go with it. If I was Roxie--and man, I'd kill to be her. Well, after Billy is caught. THEN I totally want to be her because MY GOD. I want a man like Hank.
100x's do I want a man like Hank.
1hr later...finishing up the book and here I am to finalize the review. I hate to compare Mz. Ashley to Evanovich, but there are parallels. They both know how to write madcap fun.
But Ashley totally pulls it off better. Her characters are crazy, but they make sense and there's so much growth by the end of the story that you feel satisfied instead of ready to murder.
The only teensy issue I had was with the end of the book. The flash forward then back was wholly unnecessary and just ruined the otherwise awesome pacing of the book. And I was so with the characters all the way that I just don't even care enough to take away my 5 stars.
My Goodness...What a beautiful book. I'm a huge fan of the first book, Curio, which was all Caroly's pov and now we delve into Didier's psyche. To seeMy Goodness...What a beautiful book. I'm a huge fan of the first book, Curio, which was all Caroly's pov and now we delve into Didier's psyche. To see just why he is the way he is.
I'm fascinated by the male POV in this book. The lyrical way Mz McKenna explains the terror of agoraphobia, the happiness of falling in love, the absolute trust Didier has with Caroly. All of it should not be. He's a male prostitute. Yes, you read that right--he makes his living by creating fantasies for women. And within that world he is a god, but the moment he steps out of of that skin his doubts and his needs and his fears are so real and so heartwrenching.
Even with all the exposition and limited dialogue it reads exactly as it should. This is about a sensitive man that is on a journey. He knows he loves Caroly, but he knows he's not ready for a one on one relationship with her yet. He knows it would be selfish to ask more from her when he's not ready to give up his lifestyle, nor is he ready to be more than a beautiful caged bird of his own making. But he's closer.
And the beauty of Caroly is that she only wants what he can give. And that doesn't make her a weak character. Not at all. It's a journey for both of them.
And within all of the emotional tides in this story is a love scene that will truly rock your world. Caroly is curious about some of his clients and wants to expand her sexual horizons and MY GOD does she.
READER WARNING: Role playing of forced seduction involved. But if you've read Willing Victim from Mz McKenna...it's not to that level, but no less hot. WHEW!!...more
Nothing makes me happier than cracking a Cari Quinn book. Not just because she's my CP. (no, she didn't pay me to say it either. *slips $5 in purse*)Nothing makes me happier than cracking a Cari Quinn book. Not just because she's my CP. (no, she didn't pay me to say it either. *slips $5 in purse*) It's because this girl...ahem, woman...knows how to draw a reader in and keep them.
Dillon James has made it his goal to avoid the trappings of the corporate side of his family's business, but he realizes he needs to take a more active role when his parents decide to retire. The only problem? He's met an amazing woman that thinks he's just a handyman and hates his legacy, Value Hardware, with a fiery passion.
So what's a man to do?
But...I can't blame him. Ha had no idea just how important Alexa Conroy was going to become to his heart, his head, and his future.
And Cari makes sure that the boy has to work for every lie. And that's why I love her.
Alexa is another strong female lead as only Cari knows how to write. She makes sure that her characters are evenly matched both in the bedroom and intellectually.
With witty dialogue, a rooftop scene that could NEVER be adequately reviewed...instead, it must be experienced, and a twisty road to happily ever after--I truly loved this book.
I love how she made the pieces of Alexa and Dillon fit and merged them into better people by the end of the story. And the supporting cast of characters will leave you breathless for more of their story. ESPECIALLY Cory. People...when you get to Cory's story you are going to be in such trouble.
Holy Hanna! In my opinion, this is the perfect kind of D/s book for ME. Not for everyone, but someone like me that only likes the elements, but preferHoly Hanna! In my opinion, this is the perfect kind of D/s book for ME. Not for everyone, but someone like me that only likes the elements, but prefers a more romantic twist on the D/s roles.
This was beyond hot. The elevator scenes ratcheted up the tension till I was almost as much of a wreck as the woman was.
There was obvious pain in her past. A Dom that sliced and hacked into her psyche instead of making her feel safe and connected. I really liked that she had to overcome so many fears to make this union work.
And the scenes were off the charts.
And hell, it was FIRST person as well. Which is definitely not my fave kind of book, but it damn well worked.
Whew! I read this one in one sitting. CHOMP! I loved Ryan and Cassandra. Both characters had their own hangups to overcome and it was really nice to sWhew! I read this one in one sitting. CHOMP! I loved Ryan and Cassandra. Both characters had their own hangups to overcome and it was really nice to see an actual relationship unfold in a book. It takes place over a few months. The sex is ultra hot and has that just right level of kink for me. I laughed out loud quite a few times. Ryan's internal debate worked for me because of his childhood conditioning. And that made it easier to deal with just how much he struggled with his love of role playing.
I can't wait to see what happens with Tin Tin and Princess, Ryan's co-workers and fellow pilots.