Below the Belt was a delight to read, an absolute feel-good romance. This is the kind of story I look for in a contemporary romance!
Just when First LBelow the Belt was a delight to read, an absolute feel-good romance. This is the kind of story I look for in a contemporary romance!
Just when First Lieutenant Brad Costa Marine Corps finally gets his chance at the Marine Corps boxing team, an injury threatens to side-line him. He isn't going to let a busted knee divert him from his dreams though. Brad just has to keep it hidden from the sharp-eyed new athletic trainer until he makes the team, then he can get the injury taken care of. But Marianne Cook is no fool. She's darn good at her job and hopes to make this a stepping stone to training professional athletes one day. She know's something is up with Marine Costa, but he's remaining tight-lipped about it. Her frustration with his duplicity doesn't hinder the sparks flying between them from the get-go though. Soon Marianne is getting an up-close and personal look at every inch of Costa's body, but when he still refuses to come clean not only is her heart put on the line - but her career as well.
This was such a sweet romance! The story-line of Below the Belt is all about finding love when you least expect it. Both Marianne and Brad are career oriented at the beginning of the book but as their attraction towards one another sizzles, feelings begin to bloom, and the heart becomes involved, those former drives are moved to the back burner inch by inch. I loved how Marianne and Brad had such a full relationship outside of the bedroom. It made their romance well-rounded and believable. Don't get me wrong, there is some strong sexual chemistry between the two, but there is so much more as well!
Fun secondary characters help move the plot forward at a good clip, adding humor and support to the main characters. I enjoyed the world of the Marine Corps boxing team as well, it was interesting and I look forward to delving into it more in future installments, as well as seeing more from each of these characters! There was a smidgen of suspense woven into the plot that I'm not sure was really needed except to introduce a secondary character, maybe this will play out more in future books. All in all, Below the Belt was a enjoyable and entertaining read that I would recommend to contemporary romance fans who like a good dose of sexy military men in their stories. ☺...more
Manwhore is a downright hot romance that will keep you up all night turning the pages!
Rachel Livingston has the opportunity of a life time, not onlyManwhore is a downright hot romance that will keep you up all night turning the pages!
Rachel Livingston has the opportunity of a life time, not only a story that could expose her writing and lead her to bigger and better things, but a story that could save her career and the future of the magazine company she works for. The catch; getting close to a multimillionaire businessman and playboy, Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Rachel thought getting close would be the hard part but quickly lands an interview focused on his new business venture. The hard part she finds after several meetings - is staying away.
I'll be honest and state that if I wasn't already familiar with the author and her writing, I most likely wouldn't have picked up this book because of the title alone. Manwhore is definitely off-putting for me. Yuck. Luckily the story didn't live up to it's title! lol Manwhore turned out to be a sexy, scintillating, and ensnaring story that I loved. If you have read Katy Evans' work before, then you know that her writing is very literal, which sometimes makes for a choppy read. However, that form of writing style never hampered the story-line or interrupted the flow here. It was quite steady and over before I was ready for it to be! ☺ The repartee between characters was playful and witty, and by 9% I was already smiling.
Rachel was an endearing character that came off as a little naive at times but I really liked her. She knows that she should focus on the job at hand but can't help but be sucked in by Saints charm and magnetism, which was totally understandable. Soon she is faced with choosing between her head that knows she should focus on her career, and her heart that is consumed by Saint. I was surprised that once the layers began to lift from Malcolm's (Saint's) character that he was a totally different man then what readers are led to expect from the blurb and title. It was a good surprise! Though Saint has daddy issues, he doesn't let it affect his attitude. Instead it drives him to be better. A better business man. A better business owner. A better role model and leader. His persona has a good balance of dark and light. He wants Rachel, he is incredibly sweet and understanding with her, but he knows that a forever is not in his future. That doesn't stop him from going after the now though.
I was surprised by another aspect in the story as well, and I'm not sure if it was an unintentional deviation in the character or something that should have been polished up on more. From Rachel's actions and dialogue, I assumed she was a virgin so I was a little surprised with the first sex scene between her and Malcolm (which was panty-melting hot). It wasn't until after the fact that we learned that Rachel has slept with two other men. And like I mentioned above, I did enjoy Rachel's character immensely, but she came off as a bit of a push-over at times, especially when it came to her friends and Malcolm's friends. There is one scene where Malcolm's friend, Tahoe, is being beyond disrespectful and Rachel just sits there taking it. Another example is Rachel's friend Gina, who I did not like at all. She was a miserable character who seemed to enjoy nothing more then bringing her friends down to her miserable level with her, and Rachel allowed her to do this. I wanted to shake Rachel and yell at her not to give in to her so-called friend's negativity! Take that as you liked, but the author had no problem pulling me into the story!
I would be remiss in not mentioning how closely the story of Manwhore resembles the one of Fifty Shades of Grey. Young, sexy, and wealthy bachelor who shies away from commitment. Blushing young writer who meets said billionaire during a business interview who while putting him off can't help but fantasize about him and eventual give in... But having said that, as we've seen many times over, that kind of story obviously sells. So if you can add your own spin to it that works for both you and your readers, why not go for it?
All-in-all, Manwhore made for an exciting and passionate contemporary romance with an ending that left me frustrated, fascinated, and wanting! I can't wait for Manwhore +1, coming this July. ...more
4.5 Stars Total Surrender, a stunning conclusion to a phenomenal series!
Four boys, born from a combination of nature and science, raised in a top sec4.5 Stars Total Surrender, a stunning conclusion to a phenomenal series!
Four boys, born from a combination of nature and science, raised in a top secret military operations compound, methodically trained to be killers. They have no one but themselves. Always together. Until the day they escape. Three of the brothers found love, a future to look forward to. But one brother is missing. They were told he's dead. The clock is ticking down on them. They have a chip in their spine set to detonate and the Commander that raised and trained them will stop at nothing to have the brothers back and under his control. The entire Sin Brothers series has been leading up to this climatic moment...
Gah! This was such a bittersweet ending for the series! I loved this book, and have been looking forward to it since I finished reading the first book in the series. But I didn't. Want it. To end. No! But unfortunately it did, and Total Surrender ended up being a edgy, sexy, riveting romance. A thrill ride that you won't want to miss!
It's been the question of the series; Is Jory Dean alive - and who shot him? I try REALLY hard not to get too spoilery in this review and assume that if you are reading it then you have read the previous book sin the series. As you can see from the synopsis, yes, Jory is alive...for how much longer though is the big question. After a two year coma, Jory awakens back under the Commander and the Doctor's nefarious eyes. Caged, drugged, and studied, it is only a matter of time before Jory makes his escape but before he does, he must find out the code to disarming the deadly chip that was placed in his and his brother's spines. Jory knows there is no helping himself, the chip in his back was irreparably damaged from the shot that placed him in the comma. But his brothers still have hope, and if anybody can unravel the the mystery of the chips it is Piper Oliver, if only Jory can get Piper to trust him.
Two unlikely hearts collide in this romance! Piper is the daughter of the Commander. Oooh - Ahhh! She might not have known him most of her life but that doesn't suppress the need to please him, and she knows that if she can just figure out the problem with Jory's chip then she can earn the Commander's love and attention. The sexual tension sizzles from the pages though as Piper works in the same room as Jory and he sets out to convince her that he isn't the enemy. These two, I loved together. I have really loved each of the brother's and their significant others so that isn't really a surprise. Jory is the world's sexiest geek and he is protective to a fault. We didn't really get to delve much into his character with past books, since he was missing and presumed dead and all, but in Total Surrender layer upon layer is pealed away, each one more captivating then the last. Piper I liked. She was quirky and sweet. Frustrating at times; a little too trusting and naive. But all together a heroine with heart and a good match for Jory.
Rebecca Zanetti writes with unsurpassed creativity mixing not only suspense and romance, but some sci-fi/paranormal elements as well. The plot line kept me on the edge of my seat as these brothers came down to the wire. I must mention one little thing that affected my rating a bit; there were a lot of repetitive descriptions throughout the story-line that made me pause for a second but never removed me from the story. The book and series was wrapped up beautifully with one of the best epilogues I have read. In the end, the Dean brothers finally have the family they have always dreamed of and my heart couldn't be happier. I'm crossing my fingers, crossing my toes, and hoping beyond hope that this isn't the last we see of the Dean brothers! Bravo Ms. Zanetti, you created an all-star cast of characters with a unique and intriguing story line in the Sin Brothers and I loved every minute of it! ...more
4.5 Stars Jessica Scott delivers an unforgettable tale of strife, heartache, love and acceptance in her new adult contemporary romance, Before I Fall.4.5 Stars Jessica Scott delivers an unforgettable tale of strife, heartache, love and acceptance in her new adult contemporary romance, Before I Fall.
Beth Lamont despises anything that has to do with the war that broke her father and destroyed her family. When she is asked to tutor a young ex-soldier in her stats class though, she can't turn down the money that could go towards her father's medications. She never expected to fall so hard for Noah Warren, a man similarly damaged by the war. But that life is all Noah knows and college feels like foreign territory to him. Can two such flawed and weary souls find a love worth fighting for in each other? Or will their demons and the war they can't forget steal that from them as well?
Written with a depth of realism that only comes from experience, Before I Fall was a compelling read from beginning to end. Beth is a young women struggling to care for her father while juggling school and work. I couldn't help but ache for her character and the trials she endures. What would you do if you found yourself at sixteen being the caretaker of the family? Striving to keep up with not only the day-to-day bills but also a never ending amount of medical bills? Would you cut and run? Or would you stick it out no matter how overwhelming? There is one light at the end of the tunnel for Beth and that is finally obtaining her degree and finding a job with medical insurance so that her father can finally receive the care he needs. It's a sad fact of life that many of our veterans don't receive the medical care they need and deserve from the VA, and Scott brings that battle to the pages. This is not a light and fluffy story; it is at times dark, stirring and gritty.
Noah was an equally poignant hero. His struggles to acclimate himself to life outside of the war was difficult and you could feel the tension radiating from the pages. His scars run deep and are not all physical though, and as a reader you quickly see that avoidance is a well used coping mechanism for him. The chemistry between him and Beth is palpable from the start, and Noah's heart really shows when it comes to Beth. He wants nothing more then to lighten the load that Beth already shoulders but realizes that he could quickly burden it further. The build-up pulled me in farther and though the happily-ever-after was not what I was expecting, it was one that was real.
Before I Fall was a beautifully written story with well developed characters and plot that moved at a steady pace. The real world issues that the story is based around run deep but they are not overstated. These characters could have been anyone I know, or anyone I pass on the street. It made for an engaging and powerful story that is what fans have come to expect from this talented author. I look forward to more from the Falling series and Jessica Scott in general. She's a wonderful author with an affinity for contemporary military romances.
4.5 Stars Something Real is the conclusion of Liz and Sam's story (Something Reckless) and a raw, sexy romance that will pull at your heartstrings!
Som4.5 Stars Something Real is the conclusion of Liz and Sam's story (Something Reckless) and a raw, sexy romance that will pull at your heartstrings!
Something Real picks up not too long after Something Reckless, which ended with a lot of heartache and feelings of betrayal. I was breathless by the end, and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next! At the start of our story, Liz is moping in Indianapolis with the political campaign while Sam is back in New Hope drowning in his sorrows. That campaign quickly brings them back together though and the tether of chemistry they have always shared is once again pulled taut. Unsurprising, hurt feelings and outside influences add plenty of knots to that tether, but it's impossible for Liz and Sam to stay away from each other for long. There is no denying that the love they share still burns strong. But will love be enough?
This was one gripping, yet frustratingly bumpy ride that I could not put down! You thought you knew Sam and Liz, but the author adds more intriguing layers onto our leading couple in Something Real. The characters love and vulnerability shimmer from the pages. The constant push and pull between them had me white-knuckling my kindle while the lack of honest communication that could have saved them so much agony destroyed me. I wanted to shout at them, "Stop! What are you doing?!". Needless to say, Lexi Ryan had no problem pulling me into the story! I even begin to question the outcome of Liz and Sam's relationship towards the end.
Riddled with oodles of delicious angst, magnetic characters, sizzling sex scenes, and biting tension, Something Real made for an all-night read that left me with a sappy smile at the end. The characters of New Hope are phenomenal, I am looking forward to Max and Nix's story next, coming this summer in Playing with Fire! ...more
Becoming Rain is an edgy, suspense driven new adult romance that perfectly captures the feelings of a forbidden love.
Luke Boone can't wait to finallyBecoming Rain is an edgy, suspense driven new adult romance that perfectly captures the feelings of a forbidden love.
Luke Boone can't wait to finally be let in on his uncle Rust's business dealings. He knows there is more then just the garage and the menial work he performs there. It may not be all on the up and up, with the Russian mobster looking men that his uncle likes to hang out with, but the booze, money, and women more then make up for the risk. Just when Luke finally gets his in though, he meets Rain Martines. A beautiful down to earth socialite that makes Luke question the things he always thought he wanted in life. Was their meeting just a coincidence though? Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game in the D.C. major crime unit, but when she has the opportunity to go undercover in a west coast car theft ring she jumps at it. This is her chance to prove herself and hopefully advance her career into the F.B.I. It's easy to to adapt to the life of Rain. Million dollar condos, fancy clothes, expensive cars, she can almost see how easy it would be to fall into a life of crime to have it all. And Luke is far from the corrupt criminal she imagined. Getting close to him wasn't hard, and staying close is even easier. When Rain's feelings start getting a little too real for Clara though she has to decided, should she follow her head, that of a professional law enforcement agent? Or her heart, who doesn't see labels such as right or wrong?
Becoming Rain was such a wonderful, and well-written story from K.A. Tucker! It encompassed two people from two very different walks of life that incredibly find a love worth fighting for in less then optimal circumstances.
At the start of the story Clara's outlook of life was black and white; there was right and wrong, good and bad. When she had to become Rain though, she realized that there are shades of grey to life as well. And navigating through those shades isn't so easy. After all, she was expecting to take down a cold blooded killer and unmerciful criminal. What she found instead was a young man with stars in his eyes, who just wanted to emulate his Uncle, the man who raised him. We first met Luke in Burying Water, as Jesse's friend and old roommate. In that story Luke comes off as both vapid and shallow, and maybe a little naive. But if you looked closely at his character you could see that there was a good heart under that pretty face. In Becoming Rain we see more of that heart of Luke's, and it is big and golden. There was a lot of character development and growth throughout the story. Clara/Rain's view of life, of right and wrong, took a total 180 while Luke's character grew and grew. Especially when Luke started having reservations about following in his uncle's foot steps. I loved reading about this couple.
With Luke's heart and charm, not to mention his hello-sexiness, he starts to win Rain over until Rain no longer sees a target, a number, but a man she could love. This adds some sizzling tension to the plot through the push and pull Rain struggles with. Does she keep to her cover to take Luke and his uncle down, to avenge a husband and father who lost his life because of them, and uphold the trust of her team? Or does she give in to the feelings she is starting to have for Luke, and try to save him from the destructive path his uncle is leading him down? Her future is on the line and she has to decide which is more important to her; her career or her heart? The author really delves into the consequences of the choices you make in life and the path those choices lead you down.
With dual point-of-views throughout the story readers get a good insight on what each character is experiencing. The attraction between Luke and Rain is raw. Devastating lies and betrayals bring considerable emotions out while the both the romantic suspense and scene suspense kept me turning the pages. The pacing is steady as pieces of the plot slowly click together. The only point in the story that I did not like was the ending. It was wrapped up in a little over one page with the epilogue and I was left wanting. Otherwise though, Becoming Rain was a smart, sexy, and gripping read that spectacularly wove romance and suspense together. ...more
Wild Hearts, the first book in Sharon Sala's new Secrets and Lies series, is a thrilling romantic suspense packed with emotion!
Thirty years ago four fWild Hearts, the first book in Sharon Sala's new Secrets and Lies series, is a thrilling romantic suspense packed with emotion!
Thirty years ago four friends were enjoying a night out celebrating when tragedy struck, one friend ended up loosing their life. Now those friends are grown and enjoying their prime...but when one ends up taking his life memories from the past begin to emerge. Memories that one person will do anything to keep buried. Dallas Phillips left her small town life for a big city job. When she receives a phone call that her father is dead though, Dallas not only has to face the possibility of his suicide, but the man she left behind as well. While Trey Jakes, local police chief, helps Dallas prove that her father's apparent suicide was a murder, he also sets out to prove that this small town has everything that Dallas needs. And he isn't letting her leave it, or him, again. But as Dallas and Trey dig deeper into the mystery of her father's murder, more questions rise and another threat looms in the towering mountains behind them.
Sharon Sala is an author filled with talent and heart, and that comes through in her writing every time! Wild Hearts is an exciting, gripping, and passionate page turner with the perfect balance of romance and suspense. Trey and Dallas make for a wonderful pair of main characters and a lovely second chance romance. Dallas is a very independent woman who is determined to prove that her father's death was a murder, and not the suicide everyone believes. But when Trey comes back into her life, Dallas realizes that even though she can get along well on her own doesn't mean that she wants to do it without Trey anymore. Trey, I loved to pieces. He was such a straight shooter and I adored how he told Dallas how it was going to be! These two were sizzling, sexy and sweet together.
As the suspense side of the story played out I quickly came to realize that the blurb was a bit misleading. There is a mystery throughout the story-line that includes Trey's mother and Dallas' father, we even get glimpses of the past through Trey's mother's dreams. But it is part of a continuing plot arc in the trilogy so while there is a happily-ever-after in the end for Dallas and Trey, the mystery of the chilling killer and his or her reasonings is left up in the air for the future installments. Despite that though, Sharon Sala delivered a pulse-pounding romance that kept me on the edge of my seat and I am looking forward to the next book in the Secrets and Lies series!
Stealing Rose is a red-hot romance with an edge of tension, and the sexiest thing I have read all year!
Rose Fowler is the youngest of the Fowler sisteStealing Rose is a red-hot romance with an edge of tension, and the sexiest thing I have read all year!
Rose Fowler is the youngest of the Fowler sisters and the most overlooked. Her hard work and dedication has gotten her no where in her family's company, and when an upcoming promotion is rumored to go to her father's conniving new girlfriend, Rose has had enough. Heading to London under the guise of working in her sister Violet's offices, Rose decides to take the time to try and find her place in the world. And whether that place is with Fleur Cosmetics or not. There she begins a whirlwind romance with Caden Kingsley, a virtual stranger but a man Rose is able to simply let go with. He affects her like no other and the one thing she is sure of in her life of turmoil, is him. But Caden is cryptic about his life, and he has the ability to steal more then just her heart. When Caden first sees Rose she's just a mark, a way to help support his mother....when he meets her though, he can't deny that she's so much more. A second chance encounter is just the sign Caden needs to explore the chemistry blazing between them, and to renew his goal of getting closer to the diamond necklace that could secure his future. But when their encounters start becoming less about the necklace and more about his feelings for Rose, can Caden give up the only life he's known since he was sixteen? And can he admit his crimes to Rose without loosing her forever?
Monica Murphy is brilliant at creating an anti-hero that readers can not only relate to, but fall in love with! Sexy, sweet, and such a dirty talker I enjoyed everything about Caden's character. Rose makes Caden want to become a better man for her, but he fears he will never be good enough. *Swoon* Rose herself was a great character as well. A little naive and indecisive but at twenty-two, that's expected. Her character really came into her own towards the end of the story though. Rose and Caden together were down-right HOT. I'm talking don't read in public unless you want to embarrass yourself, have some relief available nearby, and a cold shower on stand-by HOT. This is seriously the hottest book I have read so far this year. The tension between these two is strung tight. They have the physical side of a relationship down but are afraid to move past that, each for their own reasons. The secondary characters in Stealing Rose were interesting. Violet and Ryder are in the story as well, which I enjoyed.
The plot did move a little slowly at first for me but picked up speed several chapters in. There were a few twists here and there but the outcome of a few...lapses in judgement, was predictable so that little turn of events did not surprise. The ending seemed glossed over, while I did enjoy the happily ever after, I felt some aspects of the story were forgotten. I was also disappointed that the story-line following Rose's father and the nasty Pilar didn't progress further in Stealing Rose.
All in all though, this was a great second book for the series and I really enjoyed it. Especially all of the dirty-talking, smoking hot hotel room scenes. Which was about 80% of the book! lol I'm looking forward to Lily's story next. I can't wait to see what happens to the trouble maker of the family and hopefully see Pilar finally get what she deserves! ...more
Return to Me is an incredibly poignant second chance romance story that I absolutely adored and the first book in a brand new contemporary series fromReturn to Me is an incredibly poignant second chance romance story that I absolutely adored and the first book in a brand new contemporary series from author, Kelly Moran!
Ten years ago Cole Covington and Mia Galdon shared a teenage romance that never stood a chance against the harsh realities of life. Now guilt-ridden and scarred from more then just his time in the military, Cole has escaped to his family's Wilmington home where not only the nightmares from the IED that almost killed him torment, but the ghosts of his past do as well. When Mia Galdon, the woman Cole loved and gave up, is called in a desperate attempt to break through Cole's recluse existence, Cole is shocked and thankful for the chance to finally apologize to Mia. But he broke something inside Mia when he lied to her all those years ago. In helping Cole to heal can she also heal the wound in her own heart?
Return to Me is just the kind of romance I love to read; character oriented, emotionally driven, and written with obvious passion. Cole was raised in a wealthy family with political ambitions. He had it all, including the unlikely friendship of Mia through the summers in his family's Wilmington home. Mia was the daughter of the Covington's maid who more often then naught, ended up doing her alcoholic mother's work along with raising her young special needs sister. She knew that Cole wasn't in the same class at her but couldn't help the connection she felt between them. While Cole knew his mother would never allow a relationship to bloom between him and Mia, but with wide-eyed youth thought to carry on their affair in secret until they could run away without any ramifications. But an outrageous ultimatum from Cole's mother not only tore Mia and Cole apart, breaking each of their hearts in the process and shattering Mia's trust, but also ripped Cole's older brother from him. Their past heartaches though haven't hindered the chemistry that explodes between Mia and Cole when they're together and I loved the push and pull that this led to as they each waded through their past hurts.
There is sizzling tension between Cole and Mia when they meet again. Both sexual and emotional. Their past history shaped Mia and Cole into the people they are today. Cole is harder, laughs less, and has lost the happy-go-lucky attitude of his youth. While Mia, though determined to leave the past in the past, is hesitant to trust or depend on others now, and has dedicated her life to her sister. But with a strong back bone she charges back into Cole's life like a tornado. Taking charge of his care and rehabilitation like the dedicated nurse she is. And as Cole begins to heal from his injuries so do the hurts from the past. The story-line moves seamlessly from past to present, revealing that first taste of young love and the circumstances that tore Cole and Mia apart. The raw emotion woven into the story drew me in from the beginning and made Return to Me an all-night read. Misunderstandings, lies, and betrayals separate Mia and Cole. Only forgiveness, acceptance, and love can bring them back together again. But it's not an easy road...but nothing worth having in life is ever easy.
Despite the story being told in the 3rd person, Moran breathes so much life into her characters that I had no trouble knowing exactly how each character was feeling throughout the story and being able to place myself alongside them in their journey through love, loss, and forgiveness. Return to Me was spectacularly written, the plot moved at a steady, captivating pace and the characters tugged at my heartstrings. Kelly Moran is a new-to-me author, but I will definitely be checking out more of her works because of this remarkable tale and I can't wait for All of Me (Sept. 1st), the second novel in this series. If you love lost loves, second chance romances, and moving stories of emotional healing, then you won't want to miss Return to Me. Pick it up today! ...more
Tonya Burrows weaves deep emotion and intense suspense in her new red-hot romantic suspense, Broken Honor!
Travis Quinn may not remember everything thaTonya Burrows weaves deep emotion and intense suspense in her new red-hot romantic suspense, Broken Honor!
Travis Quinn may not remember everything that has happened over the last two years since the car accident that tore apart his life and ended his military career, but he can't forget Mara Escareno. What was supposed to be just a one night stand turned into a week long affair that ended with him disappearing from her bed six weeks ago. Though the consequences of that affair won't be so easy to walk away from. Before Travis can come to terms with the sudden turn of events, Mara is kidnapped. Someone wants the information that is locked away in his head, in memories that Travis himself can't even access. But if he doesn't figure it out soon, Mara and her unborn child will be sold by human traffickers and he'll never be able to make up for his walking away...
I can't get enough of the HORNET series! Broken Honor is the third installment in the series and the much anticipated story of Quinn, Gabe Bristow's (SEAL of Honor) best friend and second-in-command. The plot was fast-paced and kept me turning the pages. Tonya Burrows has the ability to pull the reader right onto the front lines of the action and drama, and I loved every minute of it. The story was packed full on emotional ups and downs thanks to Travis's conflicting emotions and Mara's inner turmoil of loving a man that can't accept their future child. There was also several pulse-pounding twists and turns that took me by surprise.
Travis Quinn is a dominating, strong alpha hero who is honorable to the core, but he is also a heart-breaking character. He had a rough childhood with an abusive father and then once he finally found a happy home with his adoptive parents they were tragically ripped from his life. Travis eventually finds his place in life in the Navy, and then later HORNET, but he can never seem to hold onto anything good. Which is why when he meets Mara he keeps leaving her... before she can leave him. His actions throughout the story were both frustrating and heart-rending. I couldn't help but relate to him. Mara is HORNET team-mate Jesse Warrick's cousin, and such an easy character to like. She made a wonderful heroine for the story that I enjoyed reading. Despite Mara's accepting nature, she refuses to let Travis walk away from her and their unborn child without a fight, but will accept nothing but his all.
As the plot turns to rescuing Mara, the whole HORNET team gets involved. Don't think that just because a few of these ex-military men have already had their stories told that we won't see some major developments with them. Because we do, and some of them will just about rip your heart out. Though Broken Honor didn't have as much sizzle as is predecessors, it still had everything I look for in a romantic suspense. This is a thrill ride you won’t want to miss!
Favorite Line: "Yes, living with him wasn't easy. But loving him? That was the easiest thing she had ever done, and she wouldn't have him any other way."...more
When a deal seems just too good to be true....it probably is...
After witnessing the murder of her twin sister, Ella Wolf flees to her family's MontanWhen a deal seems just too good to be true....it probably is...
After witnessing the murder of her twin sister, Ella Wolf flees to her family's Montana ranch to escape her uncle and his wicked intentions. There she meets Gabe Bowden, an achingly sexy cowboy with a heart of gold. Together they must find the evidence her sister hid to unravel her uncle's plans and expose him for the monster he is.
At Wolf Ranch is my first experience with Jennifer Ryan and her writing and while I enjoyed the read, it failed to 'wow' me. Right from the starting gates heart ache and conflicts abound. Anticipating a page-turner I settled in for an all-night read. While action and suspense peppered the pages, the plot tended to drag in areas. There is more then meets the eye to this story though, and it's characters, which kept me going. Thick with tension, Gabe and Ella must find answers before her uncle can find them. Not only is Gabe's financial future on the line after purchasing Wolf Ranch in a slipshod deal, but so is Ella's life. This is were the story lost it's luster. The suspense side was too unbelievable at times. I did, however, enjoy Gabe Bowden's character immensely, he was a sweet hero. Emma herself was a surprise near the end as well. The chemistry between characters is potent and the anxiety over a future together tugged at my heart.
All in all, At Wolf Ranch made for an interesting read and I look forward to Gabe's brother's stories. ...more
Untwisted is the continuation of Jazz and Gray's story from Twisted. How is the new couple, yet life-long friends, coping with Gray's new-found sobrieUntwisted is the continuation of Jazz and Gray's story from Twisted. How is the new couple, yet life-long friends, coping with Gray's new-found sobriety, a baby on the way, and an upcoming wedding? Not to mention all the glitz and glam that comes with being rock stars. Throw in a judgmental mother-in-law, a long-lost family member, and a desperate need to provide for the new family, and you have a story that will definitely twist you up inside!
Gray is working himself to the bone to prove himself to Jazz, atone for his sins, and make sure that he can provide for his soon-to-be family. But Jazz is feeling a little left out and neglected, and her pregnancy hormones aren't helping. When Jazz receives a letter from her baby sister, a girl that Jazz hasn't heard from or seen since she was left in foster care, Jazz finally catches Gray's attention. Everyone is skeptical about her sister's motives. But Jazz can't help to hope for the best. Gray however, is not going to let the woman he loves be taken advantage of. And so they set off for San Francisco on an adventure that will either make or break their relationship...
Untwisted was such a great novella in the Lost in Oblivion series. Gray and Jazz have had so much thrown their way since they met as teenagers. They deserve every bit of happiness they can get together. I loved how Gray never lost his patience with Jazz through the worst of her hormonal episodes. And on the other side of those hormonal episodes? Well all I'll say is Gray and Jazz get adventurous in the hotel room with certain room service items...Can you hear the sizzle ? Untwisted just cemented the relationship between Jazz and Gray, and they burrowed a little deeper into my heart with this novella. It was a sweet and sexy story, with a good dash a spice that I loved! If you're a fan of strong romances featuring bad boy (and girl) rock stars with ensnaring plots and a dash of darkness, then I recommend you picking up this series today! ...more
4.5 Stars Rachel Van Dyken captivates and excites with the newest addition in her new adult dark mafia romance series, Ember!
Phoenix De Lange is the ep4.5 Stars Rachel Van Dyken captivates and excites with the newest addition in her new adult dark mafia romance series, Ember!
Phoenix De Lange is the epitome of the living dead. After surviving the horrific things not only his father did, but he joined in as well, Phoenix takes no pleasure in life. Going so far as to only eat tasteless items, and just enough to survive on. But that all changes when Bee Campisi walks through the door. Phoenix knows that he should keep his hands off her. Not only because they are tainted with evil, but because she is the Cappo's sister. His memories and guilt might solve that problem for him though, because every-time she rubs her tempting body against him he feels sick from the deluge of faces past that bombard his mind. When he's assigned to protect her though, Bee might just push him to the edge. She doesn't know his past and only see's his present. With her inner light and innocence, Phoenix begins to dream of a different future. Is there any hope of redemption for a beast?
If you're already a fan of the Eagle Elite series, then you understand my trepidation going into Phoenix's story. Not many people could find redemption for such an apparently evil character, but Rachel Van Dyken masterfully pulls it off. Phoenix lives in darkness and embraces it, accepting it as just punishment for the heinous acts he committed. But Bee is all light, and just what Phoenix needed. Ember was a story of struggle, and if not forgiveness - acceptance. I loved how though Bee didn't overlook Phoenix's past, she focused on the person he is today and forced his friends to as well. They balanced each other out perfectly.
You can't have a mafia story with out danger, intrigue and betrayal. The plot was fast paced with action seamlessly woven into the romance. The suspense kept me on my toes throughout, never knowing what was going to happen next. Phoenix had more then a few tricks up his sleeve when it came down to it, finally stepping into the shoes of Boss. We also return to the school, which adds a whole new facet to the story and new characters. Are they friend or foe though? You never know at Eagle Elite!
Ember can technically be read as a stand-alone. The author does give an overview of Phoenix's past through some evil baddie's actions and Phoenix himself but if you want the full story of what made Phoenix the man he is in Ember, start at the beginning. He plays a big part in Trace and Nixon's story and the series as a whole is exceptional. Reading order can be found below. If you like your romance a little dark with plenty of action and suspense to keep you glued to the pages then you'll want to pick up Ember today!
Reading Order: Enchant (Eagle Elite, #0.5) - Amazon Elite (Eagle Elite, #1) - Amazon Enforce (Eagle Elite, #1.5) - Amazon Evoke (Eagle Elite, #1.6) - Short Story from Author Elect (Eagle Elite, #2) - Review | Amazon Entice (Eagle Elite, #3) - Review | Amazon Elicit (Eagle Elite, #4) - Review | Amazon Enamor (Eagle Elite, #4.5) - Short Story found in the back of Elicit Ember (Eagle Elite, #5) ...more
Dee Dawson and Joel Gibbon have chemistry from the start and it doesn't take long before they fall into bed with each other. They're both just out toDee Dawson and Joel Gibbon have chemistry from the start and it doesn't take long before they fall into bed with each other. They're both just out to have a good time. So when Dee starts feeling jealous and Joel starts acting all caring, Dee knows it is time to cut and run. But this rock star didn't get where he is today by quitting, and Joel isn't going to let Dee quit on them. Will Dee allow her inner demons to get the better of her, and miss out one one of the best things in life - love?
Riot was a new adult contemporary romance of chaotic emotions. We first met Joel and Dee in Mayhem and I was itching to read their story after finishing that book. Dee seemed to be a fun loving character and a good friend, while Joel had that sexy, mysterious, bad boy appeal. Unfortunately, while I liked the story, loved the series arc, and found the writing to be exceptional, I found myself really not liking the main characters the more I read.
Dee was a mercurial character who ran hot and cold. She wants Joel, wants his attention and affection, wants him to see only her, but she doesn't want to give anything back and definitely doesn't want to keep him once she has all that. I couldn't find any redeeming qualities about her, even her friendships had it's sour notes. I don't think this has ever happened to me before, loving a character from previous books but disliking them when I finally have their story. :( Joel however, was a good character, being incredibly supportive and patient with Dee even after I would have thrown in the towel. But I didn't always understand where he was coming from and wish we could have seen more into his thought process. There was also a scene towards the end of the book that put me off him and was disappointing. Plenty of push and pull between Joel and Dee created oodles of angst in the story, but instead of adding tension to the plot it just had me frustrated and annoyed because of the character's actions.
I did enjoy the interaction with the series characters - immensely. And I can't wait to see where this series of rock stars leads next. Despite my dislike for this couple the story did end well and I can't find much complaint about the story itself. The writing was spot on and I only had one issue with descriptive terms used. Never, in all my years of reading, nor my years of a woman being around men, have I heard grown men 'giggle' and yes, 'squee', like they do in this book. Ever. I noticed this in the first book, Mayhem, as well but it wasn't as excessive there as it is in Riot. But that is a relatively small issue in the grand scheme of things.
If you enjoy reading about turbulent romances, rock stars, and college age characters give Riot a try. Though I didn't love this story as much as I did the first book, I still think that Jamie Shaw is without a doubt, a rising star in the contemporary romance world. If you are interested in the beginnings of Joel and Dee, then be sure to read Mayhem. Riot is listed as a stand-alone but I disagree and think the series should be read in order. Otherwise you're sure to miss key elements surrounding this couple....more