From the author of one of Booklist's Top 10 Women's Fiction of 2014, an original, fresh, aWho doesn't want to be a mermaid?
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From the author of one of Booklist's Top 10 Women's Fiction of 2014, an original, fresh, and absolutely captivating beach read.
Jess Creary knows it's not responsible to spend her summer cooking hamburgers on a fishing boat off the coast of her quaint Maine island home--though the handsome Captain Matthew is certainly a bonus--but she has little motivation to do more than surf and fantasize about getting justice for her sister Amy, who died in an "accidental" fall two years ago.
On her twenty-third birthday, Jess catches the perfect wave--a wave that transforms her into a mermaid. Under the sea, a startlingly beautiful, dark place, Jess is reborn into a confident, powerful predator with superhuman strength --finally she is someone to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, back on land, Jess's relationship with Captain Matthew heats up, and so does her search for the truth about Amy's death.
Jess has thirty days to choose between land and sea; legs and fins; her humanity and her freedom. Who could ignore the freedom of the sea? Yet, the ocean is a dark, wild, lonely place. Is this a gift or a curse? Will Jess choose family and love, forgiveness and truth, or will she be seduced by the wild call of the sparkling sea forever?...more
I don't know why, but I didn't read Vicious Cycle the first book in the series before picking up Redemption Road. I'll definitely check it out after reading this.
Nathaniel "Rev" Malloy saved Annabel Percy two months after she had been captured with the intent to be sold into human trafficking in Mexico. Their relationship grows as he helps her mend--physically and emotionally. Meanwhile, her captors aren't happy about being raided and seek revenge on the club.
I really don't like storylines where the captive falls for her captor, so I was really happy when that wasn't what happened here. I enjoyed the pacing of the story and the way Annabel and Rev allowed themselves to open up to each other. There were trust issues with both of them and I didn't feel like it was insta-love (insta-connection, yes!). I also felt like the way they felt about themselves was so authentic--neither felt like they were good enough for each other and it was refreshing that it wasn't just because of some contrived cliches. Rev was sweet, tender, and swoony, and I loved that about him.
This book deals with such sensitive topics, I am almost surprised that it was a romance, especially an MC one. Annabel wasn't treated delicately in the two months she was being held against her will. Still, Katie Ashley handled it with respect, and I appreciate that. It has to be said, though, that this was a light MC romance. There wasn't any of the gritty, dramatic, alpha-ness that I love in Bikers.
Rev's little brother, Bishop, will be the star of the next book, and I honestly can't wait. He's arrogant and cocky and totally the kind of character I love to get to know.
A surprisingly sensitive MC club president and a damaged socialite find they both have something to offer each other in Katie Ashley's latest biker romance, Redemption Road. ...more
If you're like me, you spent a lot of your childhood pretending to be a princess. So that's one of the reasons I couldn't wait to jump on the blog tour for Courted by Jennifer Chance.
Emmaline has been taking care of her sick parents when she is urged to go study abroad. While at a European beach, she's almost swept away at sea and is rescued by hottie Kristos, who it turns out is a prince. They're instantly smitten--I'm talking instantly and begin a whirlwind romance, facing the trials you'd expect from a couple made up of royalty and a (foreign) commoner.
This book was cute, but it was missing something for me. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story and Chance's writing, but I felt that the characters lacked substance. This really was a whirlwind, and there was so much awesome fairytale-esque stuff happening--palaces and balls and beautiful dresses. Even though I loved that this story was told in dual POV, I just felt like I didn't really know anyone when it was all said and done.
Still, it's a fun, quick read and is perfect for fans of The Prince and Me and pretty much every fan of Disney princesses. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series, even if it's just to get more of Kristos and Em's HEA. :)...more
Maybe I just read this book at the right time, but Madame X was exactly what I needed to get me out of my reading slump--thrilling, thought-provoking, and decadent.
I can't tell you a whole lot about this story without giving it away, but what I can tell you is this is complex. Madame X trains up-and-coming young billionaires to become men and handle the pressures of society. She's on point when with clients, but loses all control when she's with Caleb Indigo--the man who owns her. Along the way, she meets another man, Logan, who I can't really tell you anything about, either ;) Honestly, you have no idea who you're supposed to be rooting for throughout most of the book.
This isn't your typical run-of-the-mill Dom/sub (or Domme/sub) story. In fact, it's not typical anything. It's dark and twisted and suspenseful, and you don't even know what's going on part of the time.
X's character is multi-dimensional, and I kept forcing myself not to turn toward the back of the book to see what was going to happen. The fast-paced seduction is totally worth it, though. It's intense for sure, and I still cannot stop thinking about it.
What didn't I like? Honestly, I wish this wasn't a trilogy. Judging from the first book, I know Exposed (the second book in the series) is going to kill me. That's really my only complaint--I needed more.
Amazingly written with characters and a storyline that will keep you guessing, Madame X by Jasinda Wilder is a must-read thriller perfect for all romance lovers....more
This book was fun. I love friends-to-more stories and fake-boyfriend/girlfriend-to-real relationships, so this one should have been right up my alley. Unfortunately, though I really enjoyed Holly and Roth's banter and thought they were cute together, I am tired of one particular trope that I can't tell you about without giving this story away. I wish that part hadn't happened, because I think they would have gotten there on their own.
I know, cryptic-not-so-cryptic.
Holly needs a date to a party when she loses a client due to a breakup. She enlists the help of neighbor and friend, Roth, to accompany her. He agrees on the the condition that she return the favor the following weekend. Perfect compromise with friends helping each other out, right? Right. Except they realize they have a thing for each other and since they can't commit to a real relationship, they enter into the FWB zone.
I really loved their chemistry and the way their relationship developed, though it was a little fast for me. But what am I saying? I totally believe in love at first sight. I guess I just didn't love the whole "we're best friends but don't know anything about each other" aspect. The pacing of the story was good and I enjoyed the writing.
If you didn't read A Friendly Engagement, you can totally read this as a standalone. A Friendly Arrangement is a quick read with great chemistry and a predictable storyline that turned out to be a little too cliché....more
I think you all already know that I love everything Rebecca Grace Allen writes. I've been a fan of hers for a long time, and I am inspired with each new title she releases. With every new book, I go back and forth on which is my favorite. I liked The Hierarchy of Needs a little bit more than this one, but really, it's a toss up. I think it comes down to the fact that I'm not crazy into BDsm books. But though this story definitely has realistic, amazing BDsm, at its heart, it's a love story, and that's what I love the most about His Contract.
After being treated horribly by her former Dom, Lily moved to Boston, where she meets Harvard Law Professor Jack Archer. This story takes place a year after Jack's beloved wife passed away, and he's not looking for any kind of relationship--no matter how short--when he sees Lily. With their practically instantaneous and undeniable chemistry, they decide to embark on a short-term relationship, with a contract that they keep extending. You know what happens from there. Feelings. And all the feels.
The characters are so realistic, and I really liked both of them, which is sometimes a surprise for me. I love that Jack was protective of Lily from the beginning and that he showed her what a real Dom/sub relationship should be. He's smart and sweet, and yeah, totally hot.
The story progressed perfectly, and I can't wait to read the next story in this series, especially if it's focused on Patrick and Cassie. My only complaint is that Lily resembled Jack's late wife, and that I wanted more of them.
His Contract is an incredibly well-written love story with chemistry in spades and characters you'll fall for. It's a must read, regardless of if you're into BDsm or not....more
This was a quick read, and I enjoyed it. After her sister goes missing, caterer Maylin will do anything to find her. In comes military-guy-turned-mercenary-for-hire Gabe who, after saving Maylin's life, agrees to help her.
Maylin was a sweet character that reminded me a lot of Monica from Friends. She cooks and cleans and is kind of quirky. Gabe came off a little too much for me at times. I guess that's the way it is with his type a lot though. I liked him, though. There's some stuff that happens with his ex that I just didn't love.
The pacing of this story is great. It's action-packed and has a good storyline, and it gets pretty steamy. Piper Drake is definitely an author that I'll keep on my watch list....more
I've never read anything like this book before. I have to admit that I didn't read the first book in this series, Raze, and I definitely feel like I need to go back and read that. I got what was going on, but I wish I had read Raze first.
I don't even know how to explain what this book is about. Zaal, aka 221, is basically a lab experiment in the flesh. He's physically perfect and under a drug that controls him and affects his perception, all under the control of the Russian mafia in a futuristic NYC. Talia is the MC from the first book's sister. He made a promise to someone that he would rescue 221, and intends to deliver on that promise. At first, Talia doesn't understand why he would agree to that (for reasons I won't explain since it will spoil Raze), but she goes along with it. It isn't long before she sees that there is more to Zaal than she thinks, and she can't help but fall for him.
This book is intense. It has many points of view, which I found to be confusing at times, but not too confusing. I really loved these characters, which kind of surprised me. I understood Talia. She was strong, yet still vulnerable at times, and Zaal...just wow.
Our desperate gazes met.
He took a deep breath. Then he whispered, "You are...for me?"
In that moment, I was every hope he'd had. I could see it; see it in those sea green eyes. He moved me. Completely moved something inside of me with those simple, earnest words.
I couldn't stop picturing him as Jason Momoa, and you know how I feel about him. *flails*
I seriously cannot wait to read more in this series, including going back to where it all began. The storyline is perfect, the characters are relatable, and it's just so real....more
I've been kind of totally obsessed with reading books about hot hockey players and boy am I glad I checked this one out. Ryan is hot!
Chloe hasn't been having the best luck with her love life lately. She decides to have a party for one at home and heads to the store to get some limes for margaritas. She runs into sexy Ryan Douglas, who grabs the last lime. There's sexual tension in spades before something unexpected happens that bonds them together. Ryan insists that he walk her home and Chloe invites him in and then you know what happens. They expect it to be a one-time thing, so imagine their surprise when they end up working together. Of course, they can't keep their hands off each other. There's some drama, but overall this is a fluffy, extremely fun story.
I loved Ryan. He was so sexy and didn't let Chloe get in the way of herself. He was so cocky.
Right now you want me to fuck you so dirty the only thing you will be able to think of—-the only thing you will care about—-will be your next orgasm. The first of many I’m going to give you tonight.
He's just the perfect example of alpha sexiness, and I flailed every time he called her "Princess"! I liked Chloe, too, and really enjoyed them together.
I don't really love the cover. I think it's hot, but along with the title, I kind of felt like this sounded more BDsm-y, and it's totally not. That's not really a complaint, just an observation depending on what readers are expecting. I read the first book in this series, Once Upon a Dare, about Chloe's BFF, Olivia. I honestly barely remember Chloe from that book, but I like this one even more. You don't have to read that first to enjoy this one, and I think you'll really love it.
Once Upon a Power Play was a quick, fun read with characters who had amazing chemistry, including a dirty talking hockey player. It was steamy and sweet, and I really loved it....more
I love Brazen books. There are very few that I don't at least really like. They're always hot and usually a quick read that's just what I need. I also love books where the guy wants more. So, this book was pretty much exactly what I wanted, right when I needed it.
Chloe and Gage have had a sort of FWB relationship for the past couple of years, where they hook up whenever he rolls into town for Search and Rescue missions. He wants that to be a more regular occurrence, but Chloe is definitely not down for that. She's all about the sex but wants no part in anything resembling a commitment. Who will give in?
Like I said, this was a super quick read and it was hot, right from the beginning. I liked these characters, especially Gage (no surprise there). He's a stand-up guy, and I really liked his personality. Chloe annoyed me that she kept pushing him away with her flip-floppyness. I thought the ending was a bit rushed, and for sure the storyline was predictable. No complaints about the predictablilty from me, though.
I haven't read anything by Joya Ryan before, but she's definitely on my radar now....more
I don't even know where to begin with this book. So I guess I'll start at the beginning.
Heartbroken over a terrible breakup with her high school sweetheart, eighteen-year-old rich princess Sloane is spending the summer with her grandmother when she meets nineteen-year-old Luke, a gorgeous guy from the wrong size of the tracks and total manwhore. Sparks immediately fly between them, but they're not sure if it's mutual lust or hatred. A series of epic miscommunications has them each believing they can't stand each other. The stars seem to align for them for a brief moment, but after a few overheard (and misunderstood) conversations, one of them to does something unthinkable.
Fast forward five years and Sloane gets a desperate call to come back to her grandmother's. She does so, very reluctantly, to face the very people who wronged her when she ran. She can barely handle the feelings she has, so she covers them up by becoming the (man)whore she despised all those years ago. With fate (and Gran) intervening, can Luke and Sloane deny their feelings again?
This story, ya'll. It all pretty much centered around horrible miscommunication. I accept that for the first half of the story, when they're eighteen and nineteen years old, because what teenagers sit down and discuss their feelings with the boy or girl who seems to not dig them? None. But the fact that it so dramatically alters their lives makes me think that one of them would talk to someone about it! Nope.
The thing Luke does is unforgivable. While I love dual first-person POV (and thank rob we had that in this book or I would have definitely flounced), I don't understand his motivations even while he's explaining them in his head! Also, (view spoiler)[I hate Blaire. Regardless of what Sloane said, Blaire could tell that she liked him. (hide spoiler)]
The entire second half is just unbelievable. I don't believe that Sloane would subject herself to those people at all. And don't even get me started on Haley. Ugh to the second power. I am pretty upset that the companion book is going to be about her. I wish it were focused on Archer. I loved that guy!
Luke's character had such dimension, even though I hated him during much of the book. When he was young, he truly felt like he was being objectified, even though that's all he would allow people to see. Sloane made him feel...not worthless. In the after part, he was a better person. He took a terrible tragedy (or a couple of them, really) to turn his life around.
So why the four stars? When it all boils down to it, Until We Break made me laugh, cry, and swoon. And I guess I couldn't ask for more than that. Except for Luke to not have done what he did. The feelings were real and though I might not have been rooting for them in the end, I'm glad things turned out the way they did, and I'm proud of Luke for (finally) being a stand-up guy. Debut author Jamie Howard is without a doubt a force to be reckoned with. If you want to read a New Adult story with all the feels, I recommend this story. Just don't say I didn't warn you that you might want to throw your kindle across the room a couple of times. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I guess I'm just used to reading more mature YA (that probably borders on New Adult, just not explicit), so I thought this one was kind of immature. When I thought back to what high school was like a million years ago when I was there, I think OLS is authentic to the cattiness and drama of high school. I'm not sure--this is lower young adult age to me for sure. Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's talk about this book.
High school junior Becca Daniels has been best friends with Tori Michaels for pretty much her whole life--and she's been crushing on Tori's twin, Toby, for the last several years. Not only is Toby popular and smart and everything any girl could dream of, he's totally off-limits. Tori has a strict no-dating-my-brother policy, and she's stopped being friends with other girls for violating the rules. Becca is failing math and Toby agrees to tutor her. You know what happens--they fall for each other but have to keep their relationship a secret because Tori will flip when she finds out. Since she's pretty much Becca's only friend, they're not willing fot that to happen. Add to that some crazy stuff going on with Toby's ex, Meredith, and you've got yourself a secret couple who don't know if they can withstand the pressure that surrounds them.
Ah, the drama of high school.
I liked this story and thought that the situation was realistically portrayed. No surprise, I did not like Meredith and could not stand Tori. I don't know why Becca was even friends with her. She was just...ugh. Becca was a doormat and I just wish she had a backbone.
Our Little Secret was a fast-paced read, and I enjoyed the way the story was told. I love when we get to read text messages and stuff like that in books, and that was a cool aspect of this one.
What didn't I like? Besides Tori and Meredith (and at times, Becca), I wanted more with Becca and Toby. Of course, that could go back to what I said before about YA being way racier than it used to be, but I wanted more of that! I also felt like the end was a little too-nicely wrapped up, and there was unnecessary angst that I didn't love. But I guess that's high school.
A quick read with a couple that you'll root for, Our Little Secret by Ashelyn Drake is a great choice if you're looking for a clean, drama-filled high school story....more