Easter's Lilly is an interesting read that follows a young woman's spiral into the mob world. Lilly is young and doesn't have a lot of life experience. She falls for a guy named Johnny that has quite the record. He is a drug dealer and quite possibly, a murderer. She has been warned to stay away from him from her father (who is a cop), that he is very dangerous. But her not listening has major repercussions. She is quickly sucked into a world she never thought she would enter. A world where drugs and murder are the norm. Lilly is now on the run for her life and who she is running from is the last person she would expect.
Oh boy. Talk about 180 degrees (maybe not a complete 180, but it is better from where I started). My feelings for this book went from one extreme to another. I have to say I ended up liking it, but it took a while to get there. This book was very close to being my very first DNF (Did Not Finish). Why, you may ask? I will tell you why. Lilly! Freaking Lilly! I couldn't stand her. I could probably write an essay on all the notes I wrote when she did something stupid and man, there were a lot. You guys know Bella Swan is the bane of my existence, Well, Lilly made Bella look like a genius. I understand she was naive, but there is a thin line between naive and stupid, and I think Lilly crossed it quite a few times. She was selfish as hell and I just couldn't put up with her anymore. Something awful happens to the man she supposedly loves and instead of crying or asking questions like a normal person, her first thing to say is. "I am all alone". This was ridiculous since she still had family who she abandoned (after a near miss), but again, it was all about a man, She just never acted the way someone would in extreme situations. After the incident, she turns around and starts thinking about the two other men that immediately enter her life after that. Her head always seemed to be in the clouds or something. But I stuck with this book even though I couldn't stand Lilly.
Close to the halfway point, the book started to change because we started to focus on other characters. Enter the most interesting and dangerous family ever, the Montiago brothers. We meet the men that are meant to protect Lilly. Hector, Max and Diego. Diego is the most dangerous one and the leader. He is married to Lilly now and wants her protected by his brothers, Hector and Max. Her and Max develop quite the connection in the book. As a matter of fact, she has great connections with all the men in this book and I don't get it. Lilly gets easily confused and falls in love with whoever is in her personal space. I didn't understand why the men were fighting over her. Even Hector (who I am so in love with), points out the things I am thinking. He talks about how confused Lilly can get and how she doesn't seem to understand certain situations. I loved all the men even Diego who you will hate and for good reason. The men carried this book well. Their mob life was scary and insane. Even amongst all their chaos, I love that they had personalities and were able to joke around, Hector and Max especially. Lilly doesn't deserve any of them, she just doesn't.
Like I said, the story kicks up nearly halfway when things with Diego really go south and we meet Jorge, who is also a fellow criminal (a very scary criminal). Things between Lilly and Max heat up and they know that if Diego found out, someone will definitely be dead. The FBI are now involved with their life and better yet, Lilly's dad is involved. They are on the run and Diego and Jorge are on their tracks. People are dropping like flies and worse yet, it seems as though they can't trust a lot of their friends. Someone has ratted them out and has been spying on them. It was quite a thrilling read to say the least. I couldn't believe where the book went. My mouth hit the floor.
I could go on all day about Lilly. Now I will say, she slowly starts to show some spine later on in the book. The book really is about self-discovery, but Lilly does have some ways to go. I don't dislike her quite as much as I did in the beginning, but I am still not a fan. She still makes some very dumb decisions for me. Like I said, the men were amazing. This book would have gotten 5 stars if we followed them instead of Lilly. They were just so entertaining. They can be badasses one second and have me smiling the next. This book was thrilling and intriguing. I am glad I didn't give up on it like I thought I would. As much as I am not a fan of Lilly's, I did feel for her and her story. Serrano managed to make this book frustratingly fascinating. I have never seen anything like it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a romantic suspense featuring some insanely sexy mobsters. But be warned, if you like strong females, you will have some issues here like I did. I know this all is a growing experience for Lilly, so I am looking forward to seeing her snap out of it and know what she wants in the future. I am very curious about this series. This book ends on quite a cliffhanger and I do want more. (less)
Rekindled Dreams is a sweet and fast read about a small town romance. We follow a woman named Vena (or Elfie) who is on vacation. Her break, however, is anything but relaxing. She returns to her hometown in Montana and end up staying in an inn where her old teenage crush happens to live. The years apart have not diminished her feelings a bit and his special proposition won't help keep her feelings in check either.
I do love the cover of this book. But when I saw it, I was expecting a bit of a steamy read. This is not a steamy book, but it is still quite the romance. The story is fast and will make you smile. There are just a lot of great little moments that I really liked. The pace is great for this kind of set up and I really liked the characters.
Vena was an interesting lead. I liked her a lot. She had a great spirit that I really enjoyed. She was sassy and funny. She was a woman that knew what she wanted, well most of the time anyway. We meet her in a conference with her fiance/boss. It really didn't go over well, as you can imagine. I did have an issue with this, but I will get into that later. But when we see Vena back into her new town, she had a different energy to me. That may be due to her new hunk of a housemate, Finn (or Finnian). Vena had the biggest crush on Finn back in high school and coming back seeing the man he has become has made those feelings resurface tenfold. I can't blame her, Finn was mouthwatering. Why can't I just stumble on a sexy, shirtless Irishman at my front door? I think I deserve it, dammit! Nonetheless, Finn was amazing and had me smiling as well. I loved his straight forward attitude and how much he cared about Vena even though he had to keep things professional, so to speak. But the best thing about this book was seeing their relationship grow.
The plot was simple enough actually. Finn has no problem with letting Vena stay in his inn, but she must agree to something for his help. She has to become his fiancee for for two weeks. That is simple enough, right? They have to keep it all a secret at first so he can show her off at a special event. He is an up and coming politician in their little town and single men don't do well. He needs to make an impression. No to mention being set up with every single woman sent to him due to his nosy neighbors and his mother aren't working. He is very career-orientated and so is Vena. It was great watching them work at what they were good at and working together. I really liked the connection between these two. I definitely felt the chemistry.
Now for my issues, well issue. As I mentioned earlier, there was an issue with Vena and her fiance, Nick. We only get a few lines from the guy in the book and we see that Vena isn't happy with the guy (from the few lines, he seems like a bit of a turd). But that was it. There isn't a real consequence to this little scenario, so I just didn't see a point in having it there. It is mentioned and in a few chapters, it is no more. I would have pushed this a little further actually. But then again, it may change the tone of the book. It is a pretty light and sweet read and that may have darkened it a bit. Another little issue is I would have loved more backstory from the characters, specifically from Vena. We see that she had a deep connection with her grandparents and they basically made her into the woman she is now. I would have liked more on her past with her parents. It is still pretty clear that things were bad though. Her parents didn't seem to care much for her, just their expeditions really.
But despite my couple of issues, this was an enjoyable read. It is definitely a change of pace from the things I am use to reading. I forget that things can be simply normal sometimes and this reminded me of that. That was weird, wasn't it? Nonetheless, this was a fun read. Vena will have you laughing a lot in this book. "Hijinks" must be her middle name. The scenarios she finds herself in are very funny and entertaining. Something else that will make you laugh are Finn's neighbors, Tootie and Ruth. These two are those gossipy next door neighbors that know and see everything. I loved these two so much. They were just too much. I recommend this read if you are looking for something fast, sweet and funny.(less)
Courage takes place after Strength. Rena and Wallace are together and very happy. They still have an issue with Wallace's immense strength, but they are taking it one step at a time. That doesn't last long when Rena is summoned by Faye, she is the leader to ERA (Evolution Requires Action). They want to create a utopia and the only way to do that is through Wallace and Rena. But after some investigating, they realize that Faye has much bigger plans for them and those they love.
Courage is the amazing sequel in Carrie Butler's Mark of Nexus series and what a sequel it is. I am head over heels for the New Adult genre and Butler makes me love it more. Courage is full of mystery, betrayal, romance, badassary, and well, courage. Once you start this, you won't be able to put it down.
Rena and Wallace are still to die for. I love Rena's wittiness and lack of filter. If something is on her mind, you will hear about it. She is a great heroine. I love rooting for her. And Wallace, oh Wallace! I am so in love with that man. Why can't guys like him exist in real life? I love his way with words. He had me smiling within the first couple of pages of this book. I love how much he loves Rena and those around him. He is so scared to touch anything or anyone because of his strength. I love how much he has changed due to Rena. He was quite sheltered due to ability and it is so great seeing him out of his shell.
I love how this book is split between four different POVs. Butler handles all four very well. I knew exactly who was who without being told because everyone has a certain voice. We even follow Aiden in this book. He was a side character from Strength who I really enjoyed, cute and nerdy. But you won't believe where things go for him. My jaw dropped. We are also introduced to a new character named Corynn who I actually liked. I liked her sassy and spunky ways. I did feel bad for her because of the situation she was put in and her not being fully aware just how bad those guys are. She has been brought in by ERA because of her special abilities that can be used against (well, on) Wallace.
I really loved this story and how well put together it was. Butler can really pack a punch. She doesn't really waste anytime throwing us a curveball. I love that with each chapter we find something new. Faye is crazier than we originally thought and she wants to bring everyone into her madness. She will go any length to make this "perfect world". What she has planned is huge and very scary.
I loved everything about this book even Cole. Cole is Wallace's twin brother who is not always put in the best light. As a matter of fact, you will hate him when you first meet him in Strength, but you will warm up to him. He is the original pain-in-the-ass, but you will love him, trust me. But everything about this book was great. The chemistry between Rena and Wallace is off the charts. I love seeing them together. The buildup and pacing are perfect. I loved trying to put the puzzle pieces together. The mystery was great and kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are well fleshed out and are easy to connect with. I highly recommend this read if you are looking for a New Adult read with a kick. Definitely putting this on the favorites list and you will too.(less)
Nine Feet Under is the third book in Talbot's Caching Out series and boy what a sequel it was. This time around we follow our favorite duo when they go on a trail through the forest for the Fourth of July. Things are going fine until they stumble on tragedy after tragedy. Margarita and Bindi must do what they do best and figure out who is behind a strange incident that makes no sense. Not only must they deal with another murder, they also have to deal with a past that shows up out of the blue and try to find out why they are there.
I really enjoy the series. I think this may be my favorite so far. Our characters are as amazing as ever. I am such a big fan of Margarita and Bindi especially Bindi. I love that we get more story from her this time around. We learn more about her past and what a dark past it is. For someone so strong, you never would have known the nightmare she had to live through. I love that we got to see that contrast. It made me love her more. She is an absolute favorite. I love how unpredictable she is. You never know what she will do or say next. I especially love one scene where she helps stick up for a young girl while they were both in a hospital. That was amazing. I love that even though she was high on Vicodin for most of the book, she was still quick as whip. I also love Margarita. She is smart and always willing to help those need which is why she is so good with mysteries. I love that we get a bit more about her relationship with her ex-husband, Jake, who died (but the body was never found). We see that her demons are weight for her and her new found relationship to Drew. We don't get as much of him in the book given his new promotion. But the book had plenty to follow.
Not only are our duo amazing, but the book introduces some characters I found very interesting. We have Garrick and his brother Shannon (I won't tell you much, but you will be floored when you find out where they fit in). Garrick was a bit hold and cold for me. One moment I liked him and the next I wanted to punch in his face (like Margarita). Shannon just always seems to be in competition with him. We also meet Sheriff Lopez who happens to be quite sexy. I liked him a lot even though he was way too serious sometimes. But there was a chemistry there between him and the characters (specifically Bindi).
I like the way the story developed. It all starts off so innocently until a fatal accident takes place. A man named Felix seems to be getting stabbed by his son, but it turns out he is trying to use his Epipen on him. His dad is having an allergic reaction, but the pen has stopped working. It seems like it was an accident, but then it is discovered someone has stolen the man's thumbs. Why would someone need a dead man's thumbs and what a consequence to get them when he is dead? I really love the mystery here. Talbot had me guessing up to the end. Every time I thought I was right, she threw me for a loop. Talbot really knows how to keep me on my toes.
Another enjoyable read from Talbot. She really knows how to captivate an audience. The characters are amazing as always. I love following them on their crazy adventures and getting to know more about them with each book. I have really grown attached to them. The stories are always so much fun and I love joining in the mystery. These books can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading it as a series just to get invested in the characters more. You just learn so much about them and their stories with each book, it just makes you love the series more. I definitely recommend this for someone who wants a fast, energetic, and suspenseful read. You have to check this out.(less)
Yours, For Now is a short story that follows a young doctor named Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a strong woman, but she hides a lot of who she is. She doesn't trust anyone except for her best friend, Preston, who is also a doctor. That trust has lead her to ask Preston one of the biggest questions one could ask, "Would you like to try BDSM with me?" Preston, of course, is shocked beyond belief, but excited. They decide to go through with it, but things quickly change when they realize how much they care for each other. the problem is that Elizabeth has some demons that Preston doesn't know about. She may care for him, but her nightmares and fears may keep them apart for good.
I had a blast with this little gem. The story is just 100 pages long and Allen managed to give us a little bit of everything. The book is super sexy. I found myself going back a few times to read over some "special" scenes. Wow, if Allen can do that in a novella, I would love to see what she can do in a longer story. I feel there will be a lot of cold showers in the future. Next to the sexiness, I loved all the emotion in this book. Elizabeth trusts Preston as her best friend which is why she asked the question that she did. She just has a problem trusting someone with her heart. Her past is terrifying when it comes to men in her life. Her only saving grace was her grandmother and after her death, she hit rock bottom.
I really loved Elizabeth. Even with such a tragic past, she is very strong and she had a great sense of humor. You will instantly love her, I know I did. Preston is in love with Elizabeth and have been since they met. Her proposal is a dream come true. He knows she has issues with love, but he wants to take this opportunity to show her he is nothing like who hurt her in her past. But she has to let him in first. I loved Preston so much. I loved that he never gave up on Elizabeth and he was always there for her. They may have agreed on a month of their BDSM experiment, but Preston wants more.
This story was just amazing. I loved all the things that we learn from our characters. They both have some captivating and scary pasts. I would have liked more from Elizabeth's past given what we learn. It would have been a bit more suspenseful for me. But this book does a great job focusing on these two characters and their fears. I loved the unexpected turns this book took. I don't want to spoil what happens, but it is pretty intense and emotional.
If you want a quick and sexy read, this is the perfect choice. I love how well Allen captured the feelings of the characters. There never was a dull moment in this book. This was a beautifully put together story. It felt real and it was easy to relate to. I was very much engulfed in this book. This is definitely worth getting on your ereader. (less)
Empath is a story that follows a young woman named Jade. Jade is just starting college and it is her first time out in the world. Jade is an empath, she has the ability to feel other people's emotions. Her ability is so strong, she can take on someone else's emotions and has a hard time figuring out her own. Her world has opened up due to a chance encounter with a man named Logan. Logan's feeling are so heavily guarded, Jade can feel like herself around him. But she is also close to her clasmmate, Cam, who is slowly crushing on her. But she doesn't know if the feelings she has are hers or all his. On top of trying to figure herself out, she is not aware of a looming presence that has had its eyes on her. A man who has every intention of taking Jade and keeping her as his prized possession.
Another read that will look nice in my favorites list. Campbell really knows how to create a very captivating story and very captivating characters. Jade was a great lead. She has been isolated for most of her life due to her empathy. Now she is in college and in the real world. Things are overwhelming and new, she wishes her parents taught her more about the world before letting her go. I liked her connection to Cam. He had such a great personality. He is so happy and adventurous. He had me smiling a lot in this book, along with his siblings. Chloe and Josh were amazing. Chloe is feisty and tough and can keep up with her older brothers. Josh was a bit timid, but I liked seeing him slowly break out of his shell in throughout the book. I would have loved more from Josh. I think there is something about him we don't know about him yet. I found him quite as amazing as his siblings.
Like Jade, Cam also has a special ability, but I really don't know how to describe it. It is like astral projection, but different. It was pretty cool and very helpful (very very helpful). We also have Logan. Logan is a professor who teaches at Jade college. She accidentally stumbles on his campsite when she got lost. They have quite the connection in the book, but we don;t see much of them together in the book as I would have liked. But this is for good reason though. Logan has an interesting characteristic which I won't spoil, but was quite surprising. I knew there was a reason behind his lifestyle, but I didn't expect that.
I loved that Campbell gave us story from everyone's POV even our villain, Ethan. Goodness, he was insanely creepy. Every we got to his part in the book, my skin started to crawl. Being in his head was scary. His thoughts were so twisted. He is blind, well technically. He can only see when it is dark. He uses his lack of sight to his advantage to gain the trust of women to reel them in and kill them. He loves the fear and the pain and does all he can to make sure people feel it when they are around him. His sights are on Jade, but he can't seem to find the right time to catch her and she has no idea there is someone after her. She doesn't know that he thinks that she would be the perfect trophy.
But the story really focuses on Jade and her actually making connections with people besides the two friends she has. She avoided people because of the emotions and I loved seeing her break out of that box she was in. She was struggling with how to find her own emotions amongst the chaos around her. It was a great journey.
This was a great read for me. I loved the pacing. I loved how grounded the book felt. For a book that is paranormal, it felt quite real because I could relate to the characters so well. They were a blast. I am so glad this is a series because I would love more from these characters. They were just so enjoyable. The story kept me on the edge of my seat. There was always something going on or something to learn. There was never a dull moment. If you are looking for a great New Adult read with some incredible characters, look no further. Add Campbell to your must watch list.(less)
I have definitely found a PNR series to add to my must-buy list. I am in love. It has a little of everything I could ask for. Someone Else's Skye beautifully balances humor, action, mystery, and romance. This is definitely a favorite for me this year.
Our main characters Kane and Skye were great. The chemistry between them just jumps off the page. Kane thinks he is God's gift to women and he may be right. No one can resist. I loved him. He is the very definition of an alpha male and I loved him all the more for it. Skye may look like an angel, but she was a little spitfire. She could really hold her own. I love that she is never intimated or even scared. She is as much of a badass as the guys. I loved that she didn't immediately fall for Kane's games. I loved the witty and funny dialogue between them. The mind games they play on each other had me laughing so hard. I also enjoyed the side characters as well. Aiden was a lovable giant. I hope to get more of him.
I wasn't aware that this series is a spinoff of Wenrick's other series, The Charmed Trilogy. As a matter of fact, I hear the book begins where the last of the trilogy left off. There were times when things were mentioned that I thought I missed or something, but now it makes sense. But this book is still fine to read on its own though. Wenrick does a great job for those that may be out of the loop. I will be reading the Charming Trilogy though because I am curious about characters that were mentioned early on. I really love Wenrick's style though. She gave our characters a lot of depth. Nothing is as it seems on the surface and I loved that. It really kept the book suspenseful.
I loved the plot. There is something fast and untouchable that is killing off Lycans. Lycans and vampires are in a war with the shifters. Lycans are essentially the bad guys. You don't want to cross them if you are human. Things are getting nasty, but whatever it is that is out there may be an even bigger threat. It is considered an "Unidentified". No one knows what it is, but it is faster than a vampire and it is killing Lycans without even leaving a scent. Whatever it is, Skye is the only one who might have a clue as to what it is. She has been sent on an assignment concerning the Wraith (that is what they call it) and she can't let anyone know about it. But that isn't the only secret she is hiding.
This was an amazing read. This story was engaging and unique, which I really liked. Wenrick really knows how to write a compelling story. I was hooked from the first page. The characters are memorable and strong. I was so invested in the story. I just couldn't get enough of it. This is a definite favorite. I look forward to more books from Wenrick. Highly recommended.(less)