Judging this book on its writing, the quality of the words, and the talent the author has... I'd give this story five stars. But. Big but. My first th...moreJudging this book on its writing, the quality of the words, and the talent the author has... I'd give this story five stars. But. Big but. My first thought after finishing it was, "What was the point?" If the point was to utterly depress me and suck almost all of the hope out of my body... consider it a success.
To say the heroine is unlikable isn't quite true. She's... depressing. Hopeless. Bleak. Emotionless. Stark. Off-putting. A void into which love enters and never comes out again. I couldn't relate to her or understand her. I felt for her, which was just weird since she had no emotions herself.
It also didn't help that I never quite bought the plot. It never felt real to me. And when all is revealed, I wasn't shocked. I felt misled. I didn't understand what possible motive the kidnapper could really have had to do all of that.
And don't even get me started on the ending. I've read books that have made me mad when they end the way they do. Or sad. Or sad and mad. This one... I feel... let down? Like I was on a rollercoaster that has made its steep ascent, is almost to the top, about to get to the good part - the freefall, but it just stops. Stalled. You don't get the crazy, fuzzy feel good rush.
Sigh. Simply put, I don't like stories that give you hope only to find out there is none. I don't consider this book to have a happy ending at all. There was no point to the character growth. No point to the developing relationship. None. It all comes to naught.
Sara Nolan was neglected by her alcoholic parents and bullied at school. She never wanted to be at home and school offered her...moreRating: B ... Heat: Warm
Sara Nolan was neglected by her alcoholic parents and bullied at school. She never wanted to be at home and school offered her no sanctuary. Until Jaxson Barlow stood up for her at school and made the bully go away. From then on, with Sara eight and Jaxson ten, the two were inseparable. Best friends—and only best friends.
When things finally did change.between them, their happiness together was short lived. Because, quite frankly, Sara goes batshit crazy. From that point on, I literally hated her character. Hated her. She was mean, cruel, and abusive. I get why, with her childhood, that’d she'd have some issues—namely anger issues—but it was Jaxson she was hurting.
Jaxson. The boy who saved her. The boy who took her home to his mom, who then helped raise her. The boy who grew into a man and never once hurt her. He always kept her safe. So, when he’s exposing his heart to her, bleeding for her practically, and she verbally and physically attacks him... yeah, i hated her.
When things fast forward five years, Sara was still on my shit list. Even after getting help, I did not want to forgive and forget. When her and Jax reunite, I couldn’t blame him for not forgiving her either. But that didn’t stop me from crying for Sara. And Jax. And the entire effed up situation.
God, these two. I don’t honestly know if I want them together or not. When they're bad, it’s really bad. And the gang world Jax gets himself involved in? It’s definitely not good either. There isn’t a lot of good between these two. And, honestly, it was hard to come back from hating the heroine... but somehow i managed to.
Story aside, the vernacular was odd at times. Can’t say I’m a fan at all of the term ‘bikies’. It just sounds juvenile. Also, there were more than a few grammatical errors. Some easy to overlook. Others, not so much.
Ignite was dramatic, angsty, and emotional. It was also very bleak at times. And, yes, it does end in a cliffhanger. Which is not a big deal now that the second book is out. Not sure how I feel about the introduction of a love triangle at the end. Especially since I might (at this point) like him better than Jax. But I’m pretty sure it’s Jax for Sara, so... Moving on to the second book, Burn! Can’t wait to see what drama these two can stir up next. (less)
How did I not realize this was a serial? *grumbles* I hate it when a serial sucks me in... because I don't like waiting. And...moreRating: B- ... Heat: Hot?
How did I not realize this was a serial? *grumbles* I hate it when a serial sucks me in... because I don't like waiting. And I don't like unresolved endings. But now that I’ve read Seven Sons, been drawn in by it, well, too late now. Guess I’m in it for the long haul!
Juliette Portland, daughter of the former Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club’s president, had her innocence stolen from her at fifteen. She barely made it out alive. Her dad wasn't even that lucky. After six years of hiding and waiting and carefully planning her revenge, she's about to enact her plan. She's going to take down the man who hurt her, Dornan Ross, along with six of his sons. She’s going to truly make them pay.
So she becomes an entirely new person—Samantha. Juliette/Samantha is a strange combination of hardcore badass and scared child. The things she went through utterly horrified me. Like, bile rising in the back of my throat. And the things she's willing to do to get her revenge... also completely horrifying. All I could think is “you go get ‘em girl” and “this is not going to end well at all.”
Especially since Samantha has a hard time pretending around Jase, Dornan’s youngest and the black sheep in a family of sociopaths. Jase has been resigned to his fate since the day he thought his best friend, Juliette, was murdered by his father. He’s as much a prisoner as Samantha is. But something about Samantha reminds him of Juliette, makes him want to get close to her, even when her actions – her relationship with his father – turn him off.
Seven Sons is very much a dark romance. There is nothing remotely sexy about the sex in this installment. Seriously. Nothing. Juliette is on a quest for vengeance hardcore. The things she’s willing to do and endure will turn your stomach. But at the same time, there’s that spark between her and Jase—the only bright spot in this story. That hope for them, combined with the drama and darkness that is Juliette’s life, has me hooked. (less)
Delaney Cross has a guilty conscious. Not that what she feels guilty for is at all her fault but that doesn’t stop her from wa...moreRating: B ... Heat: Warm
Delaney Cross has a guilty conscious. Not that what she feels guilty for is at all her fault but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to fix everyone her father’s mistake touched. And she’s made it her mission to find the last person involved and help him, in any way she can. What she doesn't expect is for him to unknowingly help her.
Adrian Westfall is broken almost beyond repair. There is so much guilt inside him. Adrian uses drugs and alcohol to keep the memories away. Of course, there’s also the women that help him feel better for a few hours. Which is what he wants from Delaney when they meet. Except she isn't like the others and doesn't give in to his flirtations. Which forces him to seek her out. Makes him pursue her.
There was no way this story couldn't tug on my heart. Both Adrian and Delaney had the same tragedy rip their lives apart—exposing every part of their lives for the ugliness they really were. And since Delaney's dad was the catalyst, the one who wrecked two families lives, Delaney wants to atone for her father’s sins. Let the drama and heartbreak begin.
Poor Adrian. Poor Delaney. The secrets and lies made it feel like a train wreck you couldn’t avoid. You saw it coming and couldn’t stop it. Adrian and Delaney have a sweet romance with a very complicated history. There is so much pain inside them both. And yet they're the only balm to each others souls. It was distressingly beautiful. And, okay, Adrian is a practiced seducer who had me hooked from page one. It’s hard not to fall for the broken ones. Delaney didn’t stand a chance against his charms.
Adrian truly was the star of this book. I’ve never read a hero quite like him. His pain is almost manic in its intensity and it really grabs you by the throat. He’s so broken he’s almost destroyed. His pain is so tangible. How could I not fall for him? Feel for him? It was impossible not to. He’s a hero I won’t soon forget.
Façade was my first book by Nyrae Dawn and it won't be my last. She has a great writing voice and draws you into these dark, sad worlds filled with characters you want so badly to find happiness. Façade was emotional and deep. It did feel repetitive at times though and there was a lot of internal dialogue versus external... but, overall, a very solid story. Now I need to go back and read Charade! (less)
After all of the hell Drew and Fable have had to endure, I was so happy for them at the end of Second Chance Boyfriend. All I...moreRating: B ... Heat: Warm
After all of the hell Drew and Fable have had to endure, I was so happy for them at the end of Second Chance Boyfriend. All I ever wanted for these two is happiness and love and contentment – and they got that and more. Even though Drew and Fable have had their ups and downs, some of them seriously down, they made it through.
So, even though their story was wrapped up nicely in Second Chance Boyfriend, I wasn't about to turn down a happily ever after novella! If Monica Murphy wants to give me more Drew Callahan, I'm more than okay with that. Because of Drew, I'll never hear the word marshmallow without going a little mushy inside.
I was a little concerned with how slow this novella starts out—there is a lot of rehashing of the first two books, which I could've done without (I’m more than okay with never hearing about Adele ever again, the evil witch). Plus, it felt like there was a lot telling and not much showing between Fable and Drew since there wasn't much dialog the first half of the book. And there was a lot more past tense than present. But, once we got further in, the magic started. The magic that is Drew and Fable.
Drew + Fable Forever is a cute novella that gives us a peak into life with Drew and Fable once all of their baggage has been let go. Drew Callahan without all that heavy Adele-shaped baggage on his shoulders is a sight to behold. That man... he turns my insides to marshmallow with how fiercely he loves Fable. Truly, it was great to see them both and find out what they'd been up to for the last few years...and to be a part of their forever. (less)
Emilie Swanson is your typical college student, going to school for graphic design because she loves art. Loves to paint. And because her rich parents, who don't care about her hopes or dreams, have vetoed her desire to be an artist. But she’s not about to let her parents crush her dreams. After losing her little sister, Emilie vows to live with no regrets. It also means accepting an invitation to Whitman College's most notorious players’ party.
Quinn Rowland is an asshole. A jerk. A pig. You name it, this manwhore deserves it because Quinn enjoys playing games with women's hearts. Since one girl stepped all over his heart, he’s going to step all over every other girls’ heart. And because daddy doesn't love him and his pro tennis career went out like his knee. Alcohol, parties, and seducing women with the intention to hurt their feelings is all he has.
And his latest conquest is Emilie. But Emilie isn't easy and she's definitely not dumb. I understood her attraction to Quinn, believe me I did. He might be all of those things I mentioned, but he's also human and his home life really does suck. Plus, he's a skilled seducer. Combine that with every moment of vulnerability he shows and it’s like girl crush kryptonite. I was seriously happy Emilie didn't just fall all over herself for him though. He more than deserved to be bested at his own game.
Broken at Love had a Cruel Intentions vibe from the beginning. Rich kids with no parental guidance, too much money at their disposal, and a lot of free time to devote to parties, booze, and bad behavior. Plus there’s the whole bad boy who falls for the innocent girl thing. Still, it managed to be full of some deep emotions and buried feelings... and had more than enough sexy times with a man who knows what he's doing. (Quinn definitely knows what he’s doing—just don't think too hard on how he learned it.) I didn't expect to be sucked into the drama like I was, but Broken at Love held me captive. The first half, especially.
Tyra Masters is stuck in her ways, not really living life. When she decides to change that, she leaves behind the things that m...moreRating: B ... Heat: Hot
Tyra Masters is stuck in her ways, not really living life. When she decides to change that, she leaves behind the things that make her unhappy. One of which is her job. After being jobless for a while, Tyra answers an ad for an office manager gig at a custom bike shop owned by Chaos Motorcycle Club. To celebrate, Tyra goes to a party thrown by the MC and does something she’s never done before—she has a pretty hot one night stand with a motorcycle man. Who, Tyra believes, is her dream man.
Until he kicks her out of his bed and, the next day, she realizes he’s also her new boss. Kane ‘Tack’ Allen is not just rough around the edges but rough all over. He doesn't mince words or pretty things up. He doesn't need to. As the president, it’s his way or the highway. And one of his rules is that he doesn’t sleep with his employees. But when he tries to fire Tyra, she isn’t willing to give in.
Tack has no problem bringing out Tyra’s sassy, fiery side. Which isn’t so surprising considering how crass the man can be. Then he has to go and bring out his soft and sweet side, proving he’s definitely the kind of man who could drive a woman crazy. But not as crazy as what he can do to her in bed. Holy moly. How can you not be set on fire by Tack? Combine that foul mouth of his with his generosity between the sheets and, yeah, he’s one irresistible, bad ass motorcycle man.
But even though I can understand the madness Tack causes a lady to feel, Tyra’s penchant for bailing on him and their relationship was a bit annoying. Every single time things got tough, there she goes threatening to walk away. It took away from her character some, who I would’ve otherwise described as caring, devoted, and strong. She is all of those things but she’s also a bit fickle.
Motorcycle Man will give you a serious case of alpha overload. Ladies, you will get more than your daily dose of testosterone-laden man candy. And it’s so good that you can't help but devour it. So many people have described Kristen Ashley’s writing as crack and they’re right. Her hero’s are absolutely addictive.(less)
Censored version? I loved this book. Uncensored version? I fucking loved this book.
Sophie Williams fell for the wrong brother, gave her virginity to an unworthy boy, and ended up with the gift of a lifetime. Her son, Noah. But being a mom at seventeen isn't easy and, eight years later as a single parent, it still isn't easy. Sophie's had to make choices and sacrifices. And one wrong choice could've cost her everything.
Thankfully, Ruger was there. Whether Sophie wants him to be or not, he's always there for her and Noah in all the ways that his loser stepbrother isn't. But Ruger is nothing if not bossy and controlling. A biker to the core, he lives the 1%er lifestyle completely. Women are property or they're nothing. They’re disposable and good only for one night hookups. The only woman who isn't disposable is Sophie.
Ruger and Sophie have a complicated history. A history full of pain and unrequited lust. When they’re forced to live together under the same roof, it only made all those pent up emotions between them burst free. And by pent up emotions, I mean a raw and uncontrollable urge to remove each others clothes and do a little bump and grind. And, oh, the sexual tension that stirs up. Wow. I dare you to resist Ruger and his multiple (and well placed) piercings and sexy tattoos.
Ruger had to be the hottest guy I had ever met, he was all danger and hard muscles, with his tattoos and piercings and that god damned black Harley of his. When he walked into a room he owned it, because it only took one look to see he was fucking badass, the type that takes what he wants.
But there is more to this story than just dirty and hot sex with a deliciously rugged biker. There's also grit and suspense and some pretty heavy emotions. As a reader, we’re taken to some pretty dark places with Sophie and Ruger. Neither one has had an easy life and the MC lifestyle isn’t exactly glamorous. It really made me love both Sophie and Ruger even more.
Sophie, because she’s tough and smart and she has a backbone. With a man like Ruger, who is incredibly dominant and, let’s face it, not exactly a friend of feminism, it would’ve been easy for her to fade into the background. Plus, I like that – delicious hunk of man meat aside – she made Ruger earn her affection.
“You want the freedom to sleep around. I'm not willing to give you that—I want more. Sounds like we have a fundamental difference of opinion here, and I'm not going to try and change you. But I'll tell you one thing, Ruger—I deserve to be with someone who gives a shit about me, as a person. Someone who values me enough not to fuck other women. I'd rather be alone the rest of my life than settle for what you're offering. Consider yourself a hell of a booty call, but that's it. We clear?"
Ruger really didn’t make it terribly hard to fall for him. For one thing, his utter devotion to Noah and Sophie. He might be easily misunderstood and he might be rough around the edges and, yeah, his philandering ways did make my heart hurt... but there is such goodness in him. Such honor. He definitely proves that a bad boy can also be a good man.
Reaper’s Legacy gives us an authentic MC world that really grabs you by the heartstrings. It gives us lusty and intense sexual chemistry. It gives us raw emotions and tons of action and drama. To put it simply: Reaper’s Legacy gave me everything that I’d hoped for after the epicness that was Reaper’s Property—and more. Joanna Wylde, please keep those sexy Reaper’s coming! (And, yes, I mean that in all ways.... *wink*)
Better picks up right where Good left off. Cadence, on her own for the first time, is trying to figure out how to be an adult,...moreRating: B+ ... Heat: Hot
Better picks up right where Good left off. Cadence, on her own for the first time, is trying to figure out how to be an adult, how to live with her boyfriend—all while also starting college. She wants to prove to Mark and everyone else that she's okay. Great, even. But inside she's a little bit lost and a lot hurt. Breaking ties with your parents at eighteen isn't easy.
But Mark is there for her. Dependable, reliable, loveable Mark. He is understanding and patient to the nth degree—and I do mean that because Cadence, being a hormonal teen, does act out. A lot. Though their age difference is no longer a possible legal issue, it still causes them problems.
When events (read: Mark’s secret) cause Cadence’s evil alter ego to show her face, my heart broke for Mark. Our good girl goes bad, that's for sure. Cadence made me cry and cry and cry. I wouldn't have blamed Mark one bit for jumping ship. But he understands her, loves her, and let's her struggle with herself. While some might have painted Mark a villain in Good, he is most certainly a hero now. He really shined like a knight in shining armor.
It would have been very easy for Miz Walden to paint a very pretty picture for Mark and Cadence—to give them a life together full of roses and puppies. I’m glad she didn’t. Even when Cadence was acting out, I still felt for her and could relate to her. I remember what it was like to be eighteen. Hormones are a bitch. I also loved getting Mark’s point of view because it opened up a whole other layer to him. There was a vulnerability to him that wasn’t apparent before. It made me fall for him even more.
Better proves young love isn't easy and big age differences come with their own share of issues. While still very sexy and naughty, it had an added depth to it. More emotions. More consequences. Mark and Cadence really work for their happily ever after. Speaking of which, the epilogue will melt your heart. Absolutely melt it.
Remington. Oh, my primal, sexy beast of a man, Remington. How I have longed to be inside your head with all those thoughts and...moreRating: C+ ... Heat: Hot
Remington. Oh, my primal, sexy beast of a man, Remington. How I have longed to be inside your head with all those thoughts and feelings. And the smelling and the touching and the super hot alpha tendencies. I wanted so much to get to know the you that has been locked away and hidden behind blue and black. Considering you are the heart and soul of this series to me, to say that I wanted this book is a severe understatement!
Remy is told in both past and present, the present of which takes place after the end of Mine. While I loved the parts set in the present, after a while the past scenes felt... redundant. I wanted to see or experience a side to those scenes I hadn't before. Really get in Remy’s head and feel him while he's black. On that aspect, it didn't live up to my expectations. I did love all of the present scenes though. It felt like the perfect epilogue, in Remy's own words.
While getting inside Remy's head was great, in the end, a lot of this novella didn't feel like it added to the series. I needed more. Something fresh instead of retold. I struggled to finish this, especially when we got to the scenes from Mine. I had just read Mine a week before, so it was fresh in my mind, and those scenes felt too much like a reread. I would’ve – could’ve – loved this book if it had been infused with more new scenes. New characters. New problems. Something.
After the whirlwind romance, full of tumultuous emotions and desperate drama, that occurred in Real, Brooke is happy to be back with Remy. Brooke has learned her lesson and is no longer willing to be without her real ever again. Now Brooke and Remy are content. These two are crazily, obsessively in love. Trying to separate them now would be as hard as trying split an atom.
Not that people won’t try. When you’re with Remington Tate—primal, raw, carnal, and wild Remington Tate—loving him won’t always be easy. Blue or black, he’s the toughest fighter there is. He may fight others in the ring, but he’s constantly fighting himself out of it. His hope, his salvation, is Brooke. Remy won’t let anything or anyone get between them. Not himself and especially not a lowlife like Scorpion.
“Why are you playing games with me? Hmm? I need to be inside you right now.”
Brooke and Remy have heart-pounding chemistry. These two are intense. You feel their passion for each other in every kiss and touch. They’ve both grown so much since the first book, together and individually. You can tell they're 100% dedicated to each other. A team. And if you thought things were spicy between the sheets before… you ain’t seen nothing yet! Remy is so, so hot. I love him. I love how such a big, tough man can wage such a hard, internal battle with himself. And Brooke is always there, right by his side.
“You are going to love me until I die. I’m going to make you love me even if it hurts, and when it hurts, I’m going to make it better, Brooke.”
This entire book is pretty much a giant spoiler, so I don’t want to say too much for fear of ruining it. I will say this: You would think after what Brooke and Remy had to go through in Real to be together that, well, it couldn't get any tougher. Except, it does. Mine is full of crazy, intense drama. Raging hormones. Highs and lows. Scenes will make you cry. Scenes will make you melt. Scenes will have you needing a cold shower. But, most of all, the entire book will blow your mind. Riptide fans will not be disappointed.
Marina Knight is worried about her and her aunt’s bakery—business has been pretty slow and it’s not picking up. Marina's afraid...moreRating: B ... Heat: Hot
Marina Knight is worried about her and her aunt’s bakery—business has been pretty slow and it’s not picking up. Marina's afraid her dad will sell the whole strip of buildings he owns, bakery included, before she gets a chance to turn it around. Especially since Gage Emerson is very interested in the properties.
Gage Emerson, real estate mogul, has been buying up property all over Napa Valley. Which has made him one of the most disliked persons in the area but he's still trying to make it a home. When he meets Marina at a dinner party, sparks fly—the good and the bad kind. Add in the fact that she doesn't melt like putty in his hands and he is more than intrigued.
Gage and Marina fight and fight and fight. Gage wants her family's property and Marina is angry about it. Not that I blame her. Her family isn't the most supportive of her business, or act like they even believe in her. All she wants is a chance to prove herself and Gage is trying to take that chance away. I just wish the mean words and actions hadn't gone on for so long. It dragged the pace of the story down and, honestly, made both characters a bit unlikeable. It also led to some predictable drama at the end.
All that said, it did manage to pull on my heart strings and make me tear up. Plus, Gage is darn sexy. These two have some smoking hot scenes, period. My favorite involves a sports car, high speeds, and a roadside quickie. One of my favorite things is how full Torn is of deliciously sexy scenes—none of which are the same ol’, same ol’ that can feel redundant after a while. And, even though both characters are not always on their best behavior, they did manage to worm their way into my heart.