I had a review all typed out for this, and then I hit submit and Goodreads ate it. GRR.
So let me try to gather my thoughts again...
First I want to sen...more I had a review all typed out for this, and then I hit submit and Goodreads ate it. GRR.
So let me try to gather my thoughts again...
First I want to send up a big 'ol /birdflip for that cliffhanger, because, STOP IT, PEOPLE, STOP IT. It doesn't make me want to read your next book, it makes me want to never read anything you've written again for fear that I'm going to get bent over on the last page (and not in a good way).
With that being said, let's get to the book. I saw this recommended on Twitter yesterday with the words 'good dirty talk' attached. Of course this means I was sold. I hopped over to Amazon, checked out the sample and then bought it because I was intrigued. It had a bit of a rough opening, and now that I've finished it I'll say that I feel like it wasn't nearly what it could have been. There was no relationship build up for these two characters. We were thrown right into what we were told shouldn't happen between them.
Hannah and Matt are writing partners, and Matt, a reclusive best-selling author, doesn't want any personal information exchanged between them. No names, no photos, nothing at all. But he breaks that rule in the first chapter by having cybersex with his new partner. Which would have been fine, but I saw no reason for the attraction beyond what I was told to assume. I didn't feel like there was any reason for what happened between them beyond what the author wanted the story to be, which was basically pure smut packed with a big punch of crazy.
These two were instantly in love, and Matt was overly obsessive about all things Hannah, which was a tad bit scary.
I will say this, it definitely delivered on the dirty talk, and I didn't mind the smut. Although it was a bit over the top for me. I mean, I can handle a dominant male lead...but I want to feel like the female is fully into participating in it. I didn't necessarily feel that way here. Matt came off as a tad bit creepy, and Hannah as quite a bit naive and stupid. Which I'm sure wasn't what the author intended. Plus: cheaters. Both of them were cheaters. So yeah, this book is definitely not for everyone. Don't let the dirty talk suck you in like it did me.
So in short, I'll say that this book features humiliation during sex, lies, cheating, alcoholism and a dose of crazy I didn't expect at all. If you're into those kinds of things, or don't mind them at all, by all means you're welcome to give this one a shot, but do remember it ends in a cliffhanger that will have you saying the same thing I did when I hit the last page: what the fuck??? And if you're not into those things, or they're one of your hard limits: avoid, avoid, avoid.(less)
Ya’ll, it’s no secret if you know me that I’m a huge fan of Brighton’s. I have been for years. My fangirl for her is strong. I've loved everything she...more Ya’ll, it’s no secret if you know me that I’m a huge fan of Brighton’s. I have been for years. My fangirl for her is strong. I've loved everything she's written and I can't stress enough how much you're missing out if you haven't picked up one of her lovely stories yet!! You should give Plus One a shot right now now (seriously, right now), and later this week (Thursday *cough*), make sure you pick up this new Christmasy goodness, Season of Second Chances! It's the perfect short little sweet story you'll want to curl up with and enjoy while sipping hot chocolate and staying inside to avoid the cold weather!
Because this one definitely has the ability to warm you up. ;)
In Season of Second Chances, you'll meet Claire, who's just trying to get to her family in Colorado for the holidays. Unfortunately for her, an epic snowstorm has hit Chicago and she's stranded in the place where memories of a lost love are everywhere. After discovering she's not going to make it to her family on Christmas Eve, the last person she ever expects to come face to face with is that same man who broke her heart two years before, Logan Dawes. The workaholic overahiever with whom she didn't have the best of breakups.
Once Claire realizes that finding a hotel will be close to impossible, she decides to accept Logan's offer of a place to stay. And it's not long before she begins to realize that the man she lost two years ago has changed. What was once their shared condo is different; it's lived in. Not at all the picture of order it once was. She also begins to see that he's changed, too.
And that maybe she still has a major soft spot for him inside her heart...
And I mean really, who could blame her? Because Logan...sigh. I loved him. I loved them both, really. The chemistry, their dynamic...just everything. Plus, did I mention he's a daddy? To an adorable little girl who he's completely whipped by? Yep. Just the way a man should be. Reading them together had my swoonometer going off the charts.
So yes, once again, Brighton has done it right. If you want something sweet and sexy that will tug at your heartstrings, but leave you with a smile on your face in the end, you absolutely do not want to miss out on this story!(less)
Nina's been suffering from panic attacks since she was trapped in an elevator years ago. Now she's moving to Brooklyn to start nursing school and it j...moreNina's been suffering from panic attacks since she was trapped in an elevator years ago. Now she's moving to Brooklyn to start nursing school and it just so happens that her brothers' best friend, Ryan, has a free room for her to rent. On her first day in the big city, she encounters one of her new roommates when she overhears his, ahem, sexual prowess with another girl before actually meeting him face to face.
And when she does...she's absolutely smitten. Because Jake is hot with a capital H. Tattooed, pierced and oddly addicted to bananas. These two form an almost instant friendship, and when Nina ends up needing help in math, Jake makes a deal with her. He'll tutor her, but if she gets anything less than an A on her exam, he gets to push her to face one of her fears. With him at her side, of course.
While Nina's slowly falling for her new roommate, she has no idea the life Jake has lived. Or the secrets he's keeping. But she wants them all. She wants him.
And I could not blame her. I seriously loved these two together. Nina was such a likable heroine, and Jake--gah. He was a smartass and a sweetheart and totally adorably hot. The banter, the teasing, the sweetness...it all added up to make for such an enjoyable read that I couldn't seem to put down. Highly recommend this to everyone except PV, because ~reasons. ;)(less)
It's a good thing that I didn't realize who the author of this was before I started reading, because it would have definitely kept me away after how m...moreIt's a good thing that I didn't realize who the author of this was before I started reading, because it would have definitely kept me away after how much I disliked a previous series of hers. But since I did go in blind, I was already wrapped up in the story and, I'll admit, hooked. So yeah, I really enjoyed Mia and AJ's story, I enjoyed them as characters and I wish there had been more of these two together for me to read.(less)
This was such a good idea. I mean, for once, the heroine wasn't the one raped. But still, even though I liked the idea (and was completely in love wit...moreThis was such a good idea. I mean, for once, the heroine wasn't the one raped. But still, even though I liked the idea (and was completely in love with the cover), that's about where it ended. The writing here isn't nearly as bad as other self published books I've seen, but it still needed some editing--not just for grammar/misspelling, etc, but for content and plot and excessive repetition from the MC. It was tiresome and took away from the story.
I also had a huge problem with the fact that the major conflict happened around 60% in and then the book continued on for what felt like forever, dragging it out. I didn't see the point in the author giving us the climax (or what felt like one) so early on when it could have been plotted out differently and made a huge difference.
So yeah, giving this one two stars. It fell short for me...(less)
I was really into one of Erin's previous works, so I decided to give another of her series a try because, well, I love cars. Especially when you put h...moreI was really into one of Erin's previous works, so I decided to give another of her series a try because, well, I love cars. Especially when you put hot boys and cars together.
Sadly, I was a tad disappointed once I'd ventured beyond the cover only to realize that this was another failed attempt at the new mainstream BDSM trend that's so popular right now. Don't get me wrong, I like a good dom/sub as much as the next smut reader, but when it doesn't feel genuine it seriously just kills the whole thing for me. For Rhett and Shawn, it didn't feel genuine. It felt like Rhett being an overbearing buttface who, if it had been me in his bed, would have gotten kicked in the junk. There's a huge difference between when someone is totally into the submission thing and when someone's being forced into it. In this case, I felt like Shawn was forced into it, and that really didn't sit well with me.
So yeah, while there were parts I enjoyed--and a few of the scenes were pretty steamy, I spent too much time being annoyed with their dynamic to really enjoy this one the way it was intended. (less)
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, so I assumed this one would suit me as well. And I did like it, but I didn't really love it. It felt...moreI really enjoyed the first novel in this series, so I assumed this one would suit me as well. And I did like it, but I didn't really love it. It felt a little like the two MC's were together and in love all too quickly after just a few days of pretending. If there'd been some backup to that before the weekend, or previous feelings to be heard of, maybe I would have felt differently. But to me, this felt more like a rushed job at a novella than an actual story with depth and that was a bit disappointing.(less)
This book won't be for everyone simply because of the plot. Adrian isn't your typical love interest. Nope. He's the anti-love interest, actually. A gi...moreThis book won't be for everyone simply because of the plot. Adrian isn't your typical love interest. Nope. He's the anti-love interest, actually. A gigolo. A very high priced one.
And totally captivating. At least to Billie Cort, the reporter who's been tasked with the job of interviewing him for an article in the magazine she works for: Illicit.
After one meeting, Billie's completely knocked on her butt by this mysterious man who seems to know everything a woman wants, including her.
What I expected here wasn't at all what happened. After reading the synopsis, I figured 'okay, she's going to interview him and then they're going to progress to ~things (you can guess what) and after lots of ~things, they're going to fall in love.' But Reed knocked me for a loop, because while there was some off-the-charts sexual tension, and a few steamy scenes, these two didn't at all follow the path to least resistance. Nothing at all about their relationship came easy except for the attraction they had to each other.
Everything else was a constant struggle.
Which, I'll admit, got a little taxing. The constant push and pull and unmade decisions wore a bit on my impatient nerves. But still, it worked in the end. Each had their own demons to work out before they could be together, and I'm so glad Reed made them into what I could imagine as real characters rather than just two flattys with no depth. There were moments where I flailed (if you saw my tweets), where I swooned, and where I wanted to throw my phone across the room and quit them both. But I'm so glad I didn't because I ended up really enjoying Adrian and Billie's story and I'm looking forward to more from this author!!(less)
Not even going to lie on this one, I chose it for the cover. Because damn. That visual is really nice.
Sadly it didn't live up to my hopes and dreams f...moreNot even going to lie on this one, I chose it for the cover. Because damn. That visual is really nice.
Sadly it didn't live up to my hopes and dreams for what would be underneath. The writing was a little sloppy, and while--surprisingly--it wasn't full of misspelled words, it still bothered me to the point where it was a little difficult to get into. I did enjoy the idea behind the book and the story itself though. But I wanted it to wow me and sadly, it just didn't.(less)
This one was just okay for me. While I really liked Kate, I wasn't over-the-moon for Griffin...which makes it hard to like the romance itself because,...moreThis one was just okay for me. While I really liked Kate, I wasn't over-the-moon for Griffin...which makes it hard to like the romance itself because, well, I just wasn't flailing for the dude. He was a little grumpy and didn't bring the swoons I've found in Shalvis' previous works like I was hoping he would.(less)
Meg's spent her life chasing after Mr. Wrong, and now that she's about to hit the big three-oh, she's decided it's time to find Mr. Safe, instead.But...moreMeg's spent her life chasing after Mr. Wrong, and now that she's about to hit the big three-oh, she's decided it's time to find Mr. Safe, instead.But when she runs into an old one-night-stand from years ago on her first day living in a new city, well... let's just say her plans go a little haywire. Because Reed Porter isn't a man who can be resisted. He's all military southern gentleman with a cheeky side. And I mean, really, who can blame her? A man in uniform with an accent? where do I sign up?Let me tell y'all...this book had my feels workin' overtime. There was good banter, good smut, a little dirty talkin', some angst, good smut, oh and some fluffy sweetness, too. It was a fun, lighthearted and cute read--for the most part. There were some parts where I wanted to throw my phone, but it all came together in the end and I even got an epilogue that I adored. So all in all, I'm a happy camper. This was just the right book to pick me up after a bad day!(less)
I told the girls I was nervous about this one, because I figured there was no way they could make me fall for another like I did for Max. But I was wr...more I told the girls I was nervous about this one, because I figured there was no way they could make me fall for another like I did for Max. But I was wrong, because they absolutely did. I am smitten with Will and Hanna both and I adored their story. Better review to come closer to pub date.(less)
This little gem was full of all the dirty things and characters we've come to love from the Beautiful series, and I have to admit that I liked this on...more This little gem was full of all the dirty things and characters we've come to love from the Beautiful series, and I have to admit that I liked this one quite a bit more than Bitch. If for no other reason because Max and Sara were in it. Don't get me wrong, I like Chloe and Bennett, but I seriously loved Max and Sara. A lot. I was so happy to read about them again, I think they could have been playing bingo and discussing the merits of bread and I still would have enjoyed it.
Of course that's not what they're doing. Oh no.
I'm not going to go into details, because it's much more fun to find out everything that's happening in this little treat all on your own, but... there are clubs and strippers and watching and frustration and ulcers and grand theft auto and a guy named Mike Hawk and one with a fabulous mustache. Plus there were several laugh out loud moments, a whole lot of lovin' and my favorite: Max saying "Petal," and killing me absolutely dead every single time. I loved reading about the boys being boys and of course, the boys being men and being reminded that I really like this series a lot by getting a glimpse into their lives all over again. (less)
Merry's lived her entire adult life as the fat girl; up until a year ago when she started taking control of her eating. Now that she's down a hundred...more Merry's lived her entire adult life as the fat girl; up until a year ago when she started taking control of her eating. Now that she's down a hundred pounds, she's celebrating with a trip to Scotland where she plans to hike her way across the country and finish in the town where her now dead mother grew up.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, maybe) for her, after about two weeks hiking, she's suddenly stricken with a bout of illness that lands her stranded and seeking help from the only possible option. A small cottage in the hills.
Inside that cottage lives Rob, a reclusive man who's abandoned everything in his life to live simply. Away from everyone, just the way he likes it. And when Merry knocks on his door bloodied and ill, not even he can turn her away.
What begins as one frightened, lonely man helping out a girl who's only just recently discovered that she's more than just what she looks like on the outside, quickly becomes more when secrets are revealed (and obviously, clothes are taken off). This is Cara McKenna, ya'll.
Honestly, this wasn't what I expected at all. You know my bad habit of neglecting summaries and instead going: ooh, hot man on the cover, MUST READ. So yeah. I was surprised. I've read quite a few of Cara's books, and I found this one to be quite a bit different. Not bad different, just...not what I expected. Because instead of a dominant man, she gave us a dominant woman. Which I liked, but I had a little trouble dealing with a man who doesn't take what he wants. I like strong men. But Rob definitely got me. That is after I forced myself to stop picturing him like this...
And started picturing him a little more like this:
During the first 25% or so, I was a tiny bit bored because, like I said, this is Cara...and I was waiting for something to happen. And waiting, and waiting... But now that it's over I'll say that the anticipation was a good thing, because it made the actual *ahem* acts that much better once it finally did come (lol).
So if you're like me, DON'T GIVE UP. Just hang in there. It's worth the wait. This book totally got me in the feels like you wouldn't believe, because there's just so much each of these characters is dealing with, and when they're together...it's sweet and hot and yeah, I really just loved it.
And the end. There was no epilogue which you know I'm fond of, but I still finished this with a huge smile and the hope that maybe, someday, Cara will give us a little peek into more of their life in the future. ;)(less)
As someone who spends a lot of time reading YA/NA, this book was refreshingly mature. Louder Than Love was without all the high school drama, and inst...more As someone who spends a lot of time reading YA/NA, this book was refreshingly mature. Louder Than Love was without all the high school drama, and instead filled with strong characters and a story that had me by the heart. I was captivated from beginning to end.
Katrina Lewis lost her husband three years ago, and she still hasn't moved on. Even with the encouragement of her friends, it's not until her four and a half year old daughter Abbey's obsession with a cartoon cat brings a new man into their lives that she finally feels ready to take the next step.
Adrian Graves has been out of the public eye for years, and when he receives an e-mail from Katrina requesting that he perform at a public library--for children--he's sure it's a joke.
But it's not.
Katrina's daughter loves Maxwell Macgillikitty, and by extension, Katrina's grown her own infatuation with the man behind the voice she hears so often. Which means that even before these two meet, there's something there. It takes some convincing, but somehow she finally gets him to agree.
And when they're finally face to face--him smelling of Jack Daniels, and her reeking of disapproval, let's just say that sparks fly.
What follows is, like I said before, a very adult relationship between two people who have ghosts in their past they're not quite ready to reveal yet. And when they're together...god, it's just lovely. I enjoyed pretty much every character (except Grant, he deserved that punch to the face!). But Katrina, she was strong without being pigheaded, and Adrian was sweet (I died every time he called her 'luv'), or any time he interacted with Abbey. And Abbey...she was precociously adorable. Every piece of these peoples' lives worked so well and just made this book so enjoyable. And though it was a bit rocky at some points, it wasn't overdone or annoying--it felt real.
Highly recommended to anyone looking for a peek into an epic true love story.(less)
So many things I want to say. So. Many. Things. The biggest of which is the fact that I hate that this is the end!!! I don't want it to be over yet! I...more So many things I want to say. So. Many. Things. The biggest of which is the fact that I hate that this is the end!!! I don't want it to be over yet! I'm not ready to let go, okay, Tiffany? NOT READY!!!
Seriously, this was me after finishing:
This series kills me. It owned me for the last three days of my life. I consumed books three and four like I haven't consumed a book in a while. If you've read any of these, I don't think I have to tell you why, but if you haven't, this review should be a good indicator that you're missing out! Now's the perfect time to dive in and get acquainted with the Underground. Love them or hate them, these characters are deep and real, and so easy to get wrapped up and invested in. There's great banter, romance, passion, hatred, love and even a little suspense...everything I (or you) could ask for in a great book. And that's about as much detail as I'm going into because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who's been waiting a year for this. Just know this: I think you'll be shocked, and surprised...but I think you'll be happy with the end of this story. I think you'll be really happy. ;)
Oh, and just one more thing: I cannot wait for The Priest because I need more Father S.(less)
I was really excited to read this one! I ended up really enjoying one of Zanetti's previous works, so I was hoping I'd enjoy this one as well. And don...moreI was really excited to read this one! I ended up really enjoying one of Zanetti's previous works, so I was hoping I'd enjoy this one as well. And don't get me wrong, even at only two stars, I still enjoyed it. I just didn't love it. I was underwhelmed. This one's less romance and more action, which was fine because in this case, I was more interested in finding out Shane's back story than caring if he and Josie ever resolved their issues. But this is a romance novel...and I expect the romance and the action to wow me, and that just didn't happen for me. Mostly because of the situation these characters are in.
Josie Dean married a man she'd only known for three weeks--over two years ago. After only two months, he disappeared without a word. Now she's finally decided to move on with her life; to divorce the man who walked away from her after knowing what a hard life she had as a foster child. She's seeing someone new--Tom--and then she gets a phone call. Suddenly her estranged husband, Shane, is back in her life.
And after being attacked, he doesn't remember a thing.
First of all, I was like oh-helllll-no on Josie's behalf. I would have kneed him in the junk and walked away, memory loss or not. Maybe that makes me cold, but seriously, if dude wants to walk away so he can protect me--without a word--he deserves to live his days out alone. For one brief time, I thought Josie agreed with me, but then she waffled and caved in the end. Which to me, made her seem like a bit of a doormat. She was a waffler, and I like more confident women...not just those who try to appear that way by doing incredibly dumb stuff. Behind all that conflict there's some more surrounding Shane and his upbringing. It's kind of a romance-x-men-avengers-military mash-up going on in this book and while the story was interesting, the romance lacked the necessary steam to keep me satisfied. I'm hoping Matt's book will provide something a little better.