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)
Probably like 2 and a half stars? I loved Alessandro in the first book, and I loved him just as much in this second one...but I had difficulty with Hi...moreProbably like 2 and a half stars? I loved Alessandro in the first book, and I loved him just as much in this second one...but I had difficulty with Hilary. Especially near the end. I went from not being bothered by her--maybe liking her even--to hating her in about two seconds flat, and then I felt like the ending was too easily resolved. :((less)
My distaste for the main character of this series made the whole thing pretty meh-worthy for me. I'm not sure that if all the books hadn't already bee...moreMy distaste for the main character of this series made the whole thing pretty meh-worthy for me. I'm not sure that if all the books hadn't already been published I would have even continued reading it. But I'm anal, and once I start a series I have trouble giving up on it. Plus, I'd hoped maybe Alex would surprise me and I wouldn't hate her in the end, but unfortunately, I still didn't really like her. I was also less than satisfied with the ending of the whole thing. I thought it was a whole lot of build up for a huge dose of meh.(less)