I found this paperback secondhand at my library's book sale. I'm glad I took a chance on it. A quick read, for which I was thankful. While I love this...moreI found this paperback secondhand at my library's book sale. I'm glad I took a chance on it. A quick read, for which I was thankful. While I love this genre, most of the books tend to drag on after the first half, not pulling the trigger on that ending we all know is coming, boring the hell out of me. With Sins of a Wicked Dude, the majority of the story was in the first half, with the last half barreling towards the conclusion, thank goodness. Only one bout of dragging out the inevitable, but it was tolerable. The book's ending sets up the beginning of the next in the series.
I read reviews before & after I read a book. Many stated they didn't like the Hero. After reading the book, I feel they may have not finished the book. Yes, in the beginning he is a bit of a rogue (but isn't that the point?) Obviously he isn't faithful. But why would he be faithful to a person who does NOT know exists? Oddness. I thought the hero was intriguing.
The premise of the story is wrapped up nicely with a bow, and I can tell the other two books will also be as tightly complete. What would be engrossing is to go back in the past with other characters, and perhaps have some more backstory on the school they grew up in... *wistful sigh*
Face-paced, original, sultry, and entertaining.
Recommended to any historical romance fans Would I read more from this author: this is the first book I've read by Sophie Jordan, and I will most definitely read more from her in the near future. Will I continue on with the series: already have it queued up on my Kindle. (less)
Whoa... I was not expecting this book. Unsure, suffering from insomnia at 2 am when I should have been sleeping, I picked a book at random from my Kin...moreWhoa... I was not expecting this book. Unsure, suffering from insomnia at 2 am when I should have been sleeping, I picked a book at random from my Kindle because nothing was appealing to me. I queued up Good & was gone. This book sat in my Kindle for months on months, with great regret.
Good could be flawed, it could be riddled with errors, but hell if I noticed since I was so caught up in the story. I read the book from first to last page with nary a potty break.
I still don't know what to think of the story. Was it YA? She was 17 & still in high school. Was it NA? Because of the content? Was it mystery? Because we still don't know about Mark's past? Hell, was it erotica? Because the sex scenes were extremely explicit with a BDSM twist.
& then there was a cliffhanger. So I find myself at almost 8 am, without a lick of sleep, downloading the next book when I thought it was a standalone. My bad, but good for my entertainment ;) Hell on my sleep, though. (less)
Best of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful,...moreBest of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful, but not as agonizing as reading the ending of one of my favorite series. (less)
As a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especially...moreAs a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especially one that isn't littered with curse words. First, I will say a few words about our protagonists. I wanted to lodge Deuce's sac somewhere in the vicinity of his throat. Eva was in need of a thorough bitch-slapping to gain some self-respect- repeatedly with a closed fist. *Hands Deuce & Eva some self-respect* Other than the main characters being a trainwreck and the overuse of BABY & BITCH *shudders in revulsion* I was highly entertained, smirking, sometimes ignited while blushing at Deuce's nasty talk, and laughing at a good portion of the dialogue. The book started perfectly, grabbing my ass in its rough fingers and not letting go. The initial encounters, both platonic and sexual were outstanding. It did wane a bit from the mid-point until the end where the characters were simultaneously acting in&out of character- confusing the f outta me. It was like, Why? How is this driving the story forward? Why do I as a reader have to figure out Deuce's motivations when I'm in his head during his narration? Why is he acting and reacting differently that his thought pattern? I would've liked to hear Deuce's fears instead of guessing that it was the case; I hope it was the case, anyway. Because if not, he was pretty irredeemable otherwise. But I forgave that because I had to know what was coming next even if it was predestined to end a specific way. While I was highly amused at the various ways the word F*ck was utilized, *truly, I was a dirty sailor in a past life* the feminist was clawing, screaming, dying to dig its way out of my throat and throw my beloved Kindle across the room. Yeah, I'm mighty big on respect for a woman, both from men and towards oneself. HUGE trigger for me, that. I understand the dynamic of their world and that women aren't respected as equals. I said I understood it... I didn't say I have to f'n like it, now did I? Second: I pretty much read the book in one sitting and immediately purchased UnBeautifully. Annoyingly frustrating or not, the characters engrossed me, and I loved the storyline for the most part. Curious to see where this series evolves, and do plan on reading the rest of Sheehan's work... just lay off the babies, will ya, PLEASE? I can't swallow that shit. Just can't. Drives me f'n batshit cray-cray. 'k, baby? (less)
I'm not entirely sure how to review this novel without doing it book-report-style or spilling spoilers like water. I will just make a few statements....moreI'm not entirely sure how to review this novel without doing it book-report-style or spilling spoilers like water. I will just make a few statements. Whether I'm in the minority or majority in agreement on how the series ended, I thought it was the correct ending. Everyone was team Jack or team Ramsay, and we needed to be team Lexi.
The note from Linde felt familiar to me. I've been in that position several times over: sell out by writing what the readers want, what you wish your characters would do, or close your eyes, take a leap, write what the characters want, and suffer reader outrage.
As a writer, I thought the story direction was perfect. It was the culmination of three books, after all. Linde gave us many twists and turns and false stops and starts, but I always knew she would go there. If she had went a different direction, I would have been disappointed for her characters.
As a woman... inside I am a screaming ball of UGHHHHHHH!!!!! I know from experience how a relationship can tear you to shreds, leave you numb... ruin you. I had my own personal Jack- the one that doesn't respect you but you are drawn towards even though he is toxic to your very being. I know there is redemption in love but only through change. What it comes down to is this, if it doesn't feel right, if you're having second thoughts, it's not about taking a leap of faith or a lack of commitment- it's just not right for you.... but it will be right for someone else. Don't waste your life doing what is right for others... and if someone comes back into your life spewing change, make them prove it... with time.
Thank you, Linde, for the emotional torture. Some people read the series for the train wreck quality of the storyline. But others, like me, read because of the parallel within their own lives, a story that showed how you lose yourself to another human being and the only fix is to fix yourself by growing up.
(view spoiler)[ I think it should have ended at the coffee shop where it all began, not a random hotel room covered in candles. I apologize for writing in my head what I thought should have been. But the story began at a coffee shop and it should have ended there. Jack handing Lexi a black coffee at the same place they met, the place they went off course, and then giving her the promise ring... that's what I would have written. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was impressed. Speechless. Scorched. I was looking for a book that would pull me in, hook me, trap me, and engage me from page one until the end &...moreI was impressed. Speechless. Scorched. I was looking for a book that would pull me in, hook me, trap me, and engage me from page one until the end & Beyond Complicated did just that! Twisted with a very taboo subject but so highly addicted. BC made me laugh as much as it made me squirm and sweat. I will say that this book would have been spectacular without the overuse of BABY. Baby distracted me, almost pulled me from the story. I believe the word shouldn't have been uttered by anyone outside of the triad, and it shouldn't have been spoken more than every page, not a few times per paragraph. While some of the dialogue was cheesy-romantic and the baby-babies were spewed like a benediction to God, the storyline overpowered the negative. I'm not into saccharine romances, and a few times BC dipped into that territory, but I forgave BC.
Highly recommend to m/m readers and fans of pushing the limits with taboo subject matter. (less)
While I enjoyed the Wallflower series, I'm engrossed by the Hathaways. The premise is stronger, more exciting, real- less saccharine. The tie-in with...moreWhile I enjoyed the Wallflower series, I'm engrossed by the Hathaways. The premise is stronger, more exciting, real- less saccharine. The tie-in with the Wallflowers made this series easier to get into. The strong yet humorous familial connection is more endearing than the simple friendship of the Wallflowers. I see a difference in Kleypas' writing from one series to the next, a growth that makes the reading experience more entertaining and less trite, the character building more complex with deeper connections between the characters. All in all, I've highly enjoyed this series but saddened that I only have one more book to read. I hope Beatrix's book doesn't disappoint as she is my favorite character! (less)
Short Story: Kindle Freebie. Dirty Play is part of the Dirty Shorts anthology. As a gamer girl/RPG fanatic, I loved the story. I fear non-gamers will e...moreShort Story: Kindle Freebie. Dirty Play is part of the Dirty Shorts anthology. As a gamer girl/RPG fanatic, I loved the story. I fear non-gamers will either be intrigued to play or feel slightly lost while reading. The actual gameplay was well described in a way that players would get a kick out of it and nonplayers would understand. FYI, my rouge in D&D was later named for one of the kids in my book series(Azriel)little known fact <-- but this review isn't about me *snickers*.
I just love the quarkiness of these short stories. I feel like I have a home within the stories as I grin and feel like I'm a part of an inside joke. Male/male romance with an amusing kick. Time for me to read the next!! (less)
Short Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. PLEASE, I beg of you, Kyle Adams, give me more Darkfist&Moltenman! Please, th...moreShort Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. PLEASE, I beg of you, Kyle Adams, give me more Darkfist&Moltenman! Please, this girl has a very stress-filled life and I really enjoyed this pair of characters.
Quote in the spoiler. (view spoiler)[ "You're right. You are the worst superhero, like ever. Letting millions die while letting your enemy fuck your tight ass. Shame one you, Moltenman." "I think social etiquette dictates to at least pull your cock out of someone's ass before you insult them. Don't be rude, Darkfist." (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Short Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. What is the perfect read for a Geek Girl BDSM writer? This story. Two men role pl...moreShort Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. What is the perfect read for a Geek Girl BDSM writer? This story. Two men role play as a superhero and a villain. It was piss your pants funny and dampen your panties hot. I was excited to learn that their story continues. Both characters are endearing and amusing. (less)
Short story: Kindle freebie, story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
UM... yeah. The other shorts I've read so far were cute, amusing, and sweet... y...moreShort story: Kindle freebie, story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
UM... yeah. The other shorts I've read so far were cute, amusing, and sweet... yeah, this had an entirely different tone to the story, not that I minded. HOT. DIRTY. SEXY. MALE. AGGRESSION.
I'm still blushing, dammit!
Quote that did me in. "Okay, fuck me like you paid for it." I think I'd suffered some brain damage earlier because I didn't know what he meant. "What the fuck does that mean?" "Fuck me like you would a whore. Hard, fast, dirty, but don't cry after," he snapped back at me.(less)
Short story: Kindle freebie, a story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
Kyle Adams stories are short and sweet and seem to plaster a goofy smile upon...moreShort story: Kindle freebie, a story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
Kyle Adams stories are short and sweet and seem to plaster a goofy smile upon my face. I find myself randomly laughing through the duration of the read. While sexy, it's endearing and entertaining. Definitely recommend for m/m fans who would like half an hour of escapism.
I've read some reviews on this series, some are poor and some are fangirly. I've seen people complain about the author behaving badly with reviewers,...moreI've read some reviews on this series, some are poor and some are fangirly. I've seen people complain about the author behaving badly with reviewers, screaming Do NOT read like we are traitors or such for reading & enjoying. Being an author myself, a reviewer, and a reader, I sympathize with all the parties. I can see how they both were right and wrong. & I refuse to be bullied either way. I'd hate for people to miss out on a book because of things that have absolutely nothing to do with the story. Frankly, I don't really care. The only review I will give for the book is about the book, The Selection.
Simply: I was entertained, and that's why I read. So entertained that after I spend two minutes typing this out, I've already bought the Elite and I am hungering to start. The premise is like the Bachelor meets Dystopian Fiction. Ah, reality television mixed with a chaotic world, what could be better than that? the world building is incomplete, but I believe this was on purpose, as most of the mystery surrounding the story is world building related. While love-triangle hater will not enjoy that line of the storyline, I'm a sucker for a triangle. & this triangle was properly written and doled out in a healthy doses. The pacing was slightly slow, but not enough to leave me bored. In fact, I started this book after finishing another book. It was midnight, & I needed something to push the story away so I could sleep. I found myself at 90%, it was 5 a.m., and my laptop was on 6% battery life. I passed out and promptly woke up to a fully-charged battery, eager to finish and start the Elite. As I said before, I read to be entertained, and I was thoroughly entertained. So what do I care about a reviewer and the author fighting over a poor review. Especially from someone who has been on both sides of this battle. I've had reviewers personally attack me, and I've had authors attack me over reviews I've written. So I'd rather just read, and tell the people who look to me for recommendations whether or not I enjoyed the book and if they would by their likes and dislikes. Who cares if two-heads bashed over someone else's review? I read BOOKS, not make friends... unless it's friends with fictitious characters. (less)