Well sit down and cross your legs ladies and gentleman because when you hear about Unbeautifully by MadWhat the hell did I just read you may wonder?
Well sit down and cross your legs ladies and gentleman because when you hear about Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan, you run the risk of having your panties (or manties) run off into a lust filled abyss of awesomeness.
Last year I had the pleasure of reading book one of Sheehan's motorcycle club series promptly named, Undeniable. (Fun fact it was supposed to be a stand alone, but being that Madeline is a fucking Goddess of EPIC proportions she wrote another book for her fans AND recently told us that she will be adding another THREE, yes THREE books to the line up. This bitch is my hero. For real.)
Undeniable threw me into a world of lust, hurt, pain, wonder, hatred, belly drops from hell, and most importantly a real taste of the fucked up, but totally legit love story of Deuce and Eva.
That book ruined me.
There were parts where I just knew I was going to stroke out, or throw up all of my insides. Madeline has a way of getting under your skin to secretly rip your fucking heart out, while calmly keeping your punk ass alive, whilst your bloody, traitor of a heart erratically beats in her tortuous grasp. Then she holds your heart captive until SHE is ready to let you go, and even after that bitch ass heart is back in its place you're still fucked up in the head from the royal mind fuck that just slapped you in the puss. Curtiously delivered by those fucking ingenious digits of hers which spout this fucked up beautiful mess of a book out on to her computer screen.
Yes I feel that strongly about these books. That's how you know that your shit is REAL. Undeniable put me into the biggest book funk I've had to date because I couldn't REEL IT IN. Deuce and Eva have been on my brain for months, then finally....oh lord sweet baby jesus FINALLY Madeline released Unbeautifully early.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I found God and her name is Madeline Sheehan. We need a statue or something erected in this woman's honor because yet again she has released some beauty into this world that no one else can do.
Unbeautifully is the story of Danny (Deuce's baby girl from Undeniable) and the scarred bad boy, Ripper.
I will admit, I didn't think I'd be as hooked on Danny and Ripper as I was Deuce and Eva, but once again Madeline proved me wrong.
Unbeautifully has something for everyone. There are swoon moments, hot moments, OMFG TAKE ME NOW moments, youfuckingbastardhowcouldyou moments, laugh your ass off moments, and the most important to me, the "ah ha" moments. Danny's transformation from Undeniable to the end of Unbeautifully is something only an extremely skilled writer could pull off. It was nothing short of amazing and (to me) inspiring as hell.
If you've read Undeniable, you already know that our boy Frankie did one hell of a number on Ripper. Ripper is scarred pretty bad, but Danny sees past that shit and loves him for who he is on the inside and not the shit that's on the outside. I was not expecting that from an 18 barbie-esq girl who wore pink and bling twenty-four seven.
Sheehan weaves the pieces together flawlessly to where you feel the pain and turmoil that Frankie caused during his crazy escapades during Undeniable. He fucked everyone up and even after he's long gone he is still causing all sorts of pain for a number of people. Unbeautifully picks up where Undeniable left off and you are given a taste of the hurt that everyone is feeling and why the characters are acting the way they are.
Danny is lonely and down on life. Ripper provides her with a night of letting go and being free of all of the worries in her life. Yeah it might have not been the greatest of ideas, but I loved it! I think I turned five shades of red when I read some of the lines that he said to her during THAT scene at the lake.
Oh lawd jeebus it's an orgasm!
Reel it in, Brandi. Ok where was I? Oh right, from that night forward we are taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Some of which are from Deuce and Eva's point of view because after what happened to them in Undeniable, shit didn't automatically fix itself. It was raw and it was real. Like I've said a million times before Madeline can do no wrong with her characters. I have mad respect for this woman and her brutal honestly about shit that most people would gloss over and tie up with a pretty bow.
Fuck that she said, here let me crush your soul and laugh in your face while I hang it over your head that they will in fact get over this shitty ass hump in life and be stronger than ever.
She's twisted like that, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Unbeautifully was just as good, if not better than Undeniable. I'm more than ever invested in this serious and I can.not.wait. until the next book which is going to be Cage and Teegan's story. That one is going to blow the roof off of the fucking house!
Thank you Madeline AGAIN for sharing your world with us. You're the coolest bitch I know. #DeuceBabe4life! ...more
First let me just say that I was expecting this to be raunchy, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is nothing of the sorts!
Don’t get me wroFirst let me just say that I was expecting this to be raunchy, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is nothing of the sorts!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my raunchy borderline psychotic reads, but I needed a break from the royal mind fuck Unbeautifully left me in, and Chase gave me just that.
Simply put, it was a really enjoyable read and I need more of this series…like yesterday.
Also there’s the little fact that Chase is an Alpha male.
*dies* I freaking love me some alpha males!
Let me wipe this drool off of my face and we’ll continue. [image error]
Ahh. Bless it.
Layla is our heroine in this series and finds herself in a situation to where she ends up rooming with three other males. Kade is the first roomie we meet, followed by James, but Layla doesn’t meet the third roomie until she hears a one night stand being thrown out of the house. Of course she never actually meets Roomie numero 3 face to face because he’s never at the apartment, so when she meets Chase during a night out on the town with her bff Nikki, she has no idea that life is getting ready throw a curve ball in her face!
I loved reading about the development of Chase and Layla’s relationship. They have some bumps, like most relationships do, but in the end they are perfect for each other.
Also every good series always has a villain and in this book its Aubrey aka the show girl from hell.
God I hated her. Even when I didn’t have a solid reason to dislike her, I still wanted to strangle her ass lol Dawn and Chantel had me invested in Layla and Chase’s love straight from the beginning and when Aubrey came into the picture I automatically knew she was going to be trouble.
I kept waiting for Nikki to shank her or something. Nikki is a bad bitch! I can’t wait to read more about her in book 2 of the series which is going to be about Kade. Kade is my crush from this series. Yes the book is about Chase, but I’ll be damned if Kade didn’t have me from his first line. He’s funny, protective of his family, and hot.as.hell.
Oh god I can’t wait to read his book!!! I could probably right a whole other review about Kade in Chase’s book lol but I’ll save it for my book 2 review.
In the end, reading this book was a breath of fresh air that I really needed and I feel like it’s recharged my brain and appetite for reading.
Which is saying something because the last time I was in a book funk it took me months to get out of it!
Dawn and Chantel, you ladies did a FANTASTIC job on your very first novel. I, like the rest of the book community, am so damn proud of you two! Congratulations! ...more
This book is, by far, my favorite out of the series.
Kade is still a close second, but Rylie and Derek’s story just ripped me up on the inside.
Our Heroine, Rylie Sullivan, grew up in a home without love, and lived in a nightmare scenario until the age of 18, when she finally made her escape.
The book starts out with our girl Ry, celebrating a new promotion and finally feeling like her life is actually going somewhere.
She’s fun, carefree, and high on life when a mysterious man named Caleb comes into her world. After spending a night dancing in his arms, Rylie decides to take things a step further, but is surprised when Caleb insists on getting to know her first. By the end of their first night together, Rylie is naturally starting to feel the buddings of an unexpected romance and we leave the prolog with high hopes that our girl’s streak of luck will continue on in to her new relationship status.
But then we wouldn’t have Derek now would we?
Derek comes into Rylie’s life when she’s only a figment of her old self. Some bad shit…and I mean really bad shit…goes down between Ry and Caleb, and our girl is nowhere near the end of the healing process and flat out refuses to consider any type of relationship with another man UNTIL she can gather up the remnants of her old self, and begin to re-build her life from the fragile,broken pieces that are left of it.
And this Ladies and Gentle-ladies is where I feel that this book stands apart from the rest.
Rylie’s struggles to rebuild herself…doesn't happen instantly!
Ohmergerd! A heroine that doesn't fall from one relationship into another…could it be true?!
Yes it mother fucking is and it’s a fucking relief given the seriousness of the situation that Rylie had gone through.
Derek has to WORK to get Rylie to be responsive to him and LET HIM IN. It doesn't happen instantly and OF COURSE there are few hiccups along the way, but this book comes full fucking circle in the end, and IMO doesn't leave you feeling cheated.
It truly is a great fucking story of overcoming a terrible fucking situation and putting all of the pieces back together to make an even better life for oneself.
Rylie is a fucking boss. Derek is a fucking Alpha male THAT GETS IT. And Dawn did a really great fucking job with ending this series on its highest note.
Oh and being that this book just came out, I find it odd that the one star bandit has already struck, so I’d like to take the time to address something that said Bandit had to complain about. “The voices were different.” Um…duh? Claiming that the characters "don't sound right” when this book is about two characters who were only had small supporting roles in the previous books…is just dumb. The older characters only make two appearances in this book, and are completely the same--same antics, same speech patterns, etc. But the Bandit was right in a way, because this book has NEW characters and their voices ARE different which is most likely due to the fact that they weren't IN the other books. Derek had cameos, of course, but never once, have we been let inside of his head- until now. Also, I don't even remember Rylie ever speaking in the previous books, much less already having an established character profile BEFORE her own book. Feeling uncomfortable for the heavy use of the word "fuck" is something that I can understand, but nit picking at new characters because they don't "sound right" or "feel right" compared to the profile that The Bandit had already established for them in his/her mind, isn't fair to the author of this book and I don’t think it’s fair to the people who are contemplating if they should take the time to read it or not. It’s just flat out dishonest.
But with that being said, I’ll step off of my soap box and leave you all with this: Give this book a shot. I swore up and down that no one could ever replace Kade as my favorite story in the series, but Derek and Rylie just blew that out of the water! . Congratulations Dawn on another successful book, and while I’m sad to tell this series farewell, I’m stoked to see what you have planned for us in the future. ...more
Whiskey Lullaby gets a solid four stars from La Casa de Gilvaja.
The first novel of the Love Song series starts us off withHoly roller coaster Batman!
Whiskey Lullaby gets a solid four stars from La Casa de Gilvaja.
The first novel of the Love Song series starts us off with the sweet...hell maybe even too sweet now that I’m thinking about it…background of how Jules and Jase originally came to be. "I remember talking to my two best friends, Kristen and Bec, when he came up and told me we were going out. Yes, he told me, I was going out with him that night. Since then, we’ve been inseparable.” Sooooo while I’m reading this, I’m thinking to myself “Oh okay this is going to be a light read with a touch of Alpha Male.”
…WRONG. By page three, my stomach was dropping and I was cursing myself for not truly reading the synopsis of the book and realizing that it was going to be Angst Fest (August 2013 edition) alllll up in this bitch!
PAGE THREE PEOPLE! Hell, before I even made it out of the prolog, I wanted Jase’s balls on a silver platter and Bec (don’t EVEN get me started on that chick) tarred and feathered. I didn’t think Jase had ANY redeeming qualities. Nope. None. Nada. Zip. Jules didn’t need Jase. Jase was a pig and would never do right by her… Of course I was wrong. Whiskey Lullaby takes you through the trials and heartache that is Jules and Jase’s love story. There are many surprises and a lot of gasp worthy moments but I promise you that you will learn to look past Jase’s transgressions and root for him in the end. I’d also like to take a moment to dedicate a small shout out to the Villain in the series. Let’s call him “The Big Bad.” Sometimes when I read a book I find myself hating villains while at the same time loving them. The perfect example of this would be Leah from the Love Me with Lies series. “The Big Bad” in this book isn’t present often, but when he is, it’s interesting to say the least. I pegged him as a mad hatter type. One minute bat shit crazy and the next totally level headed and cool. I've been told that we’ll see him again in this series and I think I may be looking forward to that! Just a little bit.
I saw a segment about this book on my local news station. Apparently this book is a hot read for suburban moms. I decided to check it out and it was aI saw a segment about this book on my local news station. Apparently this book is a hot read for suburban moms. I decided to check it out and it was a total waste of $7. I'm all for new/independent authors but this book is extremely over priced. Not too mention the writing style was extremely annoying. I liked the general idea of the novel but in the end you can't help to admit that this is fanfiction at its best. After I did some research and found out that this was originally Twilight fanfiction somethings started to fall in place. Unless the price comes down I'd save your money. This book is NOT worth all of the attention it's getting. ...more
“Falling in love with the wrong person is easy. Falling in love with the right person is easier. But falling in love with your soul mate is easiest.”
W“Falling in love with the wrong person is easy. Falling in love with the right person is easier. But falling in love with your soul mate is easiest.”
What can I say about this book…honestly it made me sick.
I had heart palpitations…
…Bouts of nausea…
…Feelings of depression and at times full on hopelessness.
Arsen is the prefect name for this novel, because after reading it, I feel like my heart and my brain have both been shredded in to a million pieces tiny pieces by a dull bladed blender, while Mia Asher joyfully saturated them in gasoline, then dropped a match into her masterful concoction, and laughed while I burned alive in it.
Arsen: A Broken Love Story starts out with our heroine, Cathy, letting us in on one of the worst things a woman can ever experience. The failure of her body in regards to safely encasing a child in her womb until they are ready to come earth side. Its gut wrenching to read and feel the heartache that Cathy has been through, while continuing to mourn her latest loss, and see that her feelings of depression and hopelessness are foreshadowing of worse things to come.
The first few chapters of this book rotate back and forth between present day happenings and flash blacks of significant moments of the past. I loved reading the flash backs because I could literally feel the love that Ben and Cathy had for one another.
Which is why Arsen, aka bad boy millionaire, immediately rubbed me the wrong way; I knew he was trouble from the minute he first stepped off his daddy’s private jet, and laid those deceitful eyes, on our girl Catherine.
There were parts of this book where I loathed Catherine and her indecisiveness, but upon further reflection: I get it.
I get why she felt torn between these two beautiful men.
Each one of them had something to offer her that she was missing her in life; a void that she eventually figures out how to fill properly without hurting others in the process.
I started out wanting to give this book 5 stars then switched to 3 stars, and almost gave it a 1 star rating at one point, because it affected me THAT much. As you can see I settled with 5 *out of this world* fucking stars because this book was worth EVER penny that I spent on it and probably more.
I think what really hit me the hardest is that I've been in Cathy’s shoes before, in regards to marrying young and finding yourself moving out of the “honey moon phase” and into the more challenging parts of marriage. It fucking sucks sometimes, and Mia does a wonderful job of depicting how you can fall out of love with your soul mate, and just as quickly realize that you can’t breathe without them.
“Arsen became the air I needed to breathe, but Ben was my lungs. What good would air be if I didn’t have lungs to begin with?”
Being that I could ramble on for days about this book, here’s my quick notes version review:
This book hurts.
I hated Catherine.
I despised Arsen.
I felt sympathy for Ben.
I cried for Catherine.
I still fucking despised Arsen.
I prayed for Ben.
And eventually I rooted for Catherine.
Miracles ARE the consequences of daring to believe.
Oh and Amy is kickass.
GIFalicious review can be found on my blog, since Photobucket is a bandwidth blocking bitch >.>
I’ve had this book on my kindle since MARCH. I kept telling myself that I would eventually get around to
What can I say….other than: Holy fucking shit.
I’ve had this book on my kindle since MARCH. I kept telling myself that I would eventually get around to reading it, but the devil known as Amazon 1-click, buried it underneath all of the other shit that I thought that I HAD TO READ RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND, and here we are now.
In fucking September!
I’m ashamed to admit that it took a book discussion on the Wild Pussy facebook group, to get me to read this book. I wanted to participate, so naturally I busted out my ecopy of The Soul Mate, and planned it out to where I had four days to slowly read my through it and still be able to participate in the book discussion on Sept. 5.
I read it in one sitting.
Four glorious hours of gut wrenching, heart palpitating, angst fest galore was what I suffered through while reading this book.
Bow down to the Queen B aka Madeline Sheehan because this woman can do NO wrong!
I’m a HUGE fan of her Undeniable series, but I’m an even bigger fan of this series.
Who knew, I fucking loved gypsies?!
I sure as hell didn’t until the very.first.fucking.chapter.
Swear to God, I was like: “This bitch has did it again; I’m going to be ruined after reading this.”
And I was…or I should say I am, but I’m fixing to start book 2 of the Holy Trinity series, so my next fix is imminent.
Now what can I say about this book.
I loved the Greek mythology.
I love the Romani.
I loved Gerik.
I’m still rooting for Gerik, even though he’s kind of fucked up looking now and has some serious emo issues. I suspect he’ll be listening to Jimmy Eat World and wearing his hair over one of his eyes…er horns?
And then there's Xan...
Xan is just over all kickass. He’s funny. He’s intense. And surprisingly he’s deep. I can honestly say that I want the Holy Trinity to be Gerik in the front and Xan in the back. That’s how much I like BOTH of these bastards.
Now on to our heroine: Trinity.
I was just as confused and upset as she was while reading the story from her view point. I hurt for her when Gerik betrayed her. I cheered for her when she found solace with Xan.
I will openly admit that there were times that I thought she was acting a bit immature, but the truth is, she was kept in the dark about a lot of things, so home girl was allowed to have a few temper tantrums in between life altering events.
By the end of this novel I was damn proud of our Heroine. She grew up a lot during the first book and I can't wait to see how she handles her newly gifted "powers" in the next book.
So with that said...I'm stoked for book 2 in the Holy Trinity series: My Soul to Take
This book was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down and it's safe to say that I'm looking forward to volume two! Oh and talk about messing with your mind loThis book was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down and it's safe to say that I'm looking forward to volume two! Oh and talk about messing with your mind lol there are twist and turns all in this book and the ending was just... I don't even know of a word to use to describe it!...more