I haven't read both of the other books in the Devil's Den Series, but I love the way Violetta Rand tells a story. There was definitely a lot of drama here, but I expected that.
Joshua Camden plans to open his own club and is learning all about the business at Devil's Den. He's intrigued by the beautiful, sassy Macey, who is a dancer at the club, and despite their best efforts, they can't help falling for each other. Macey's been burned by a cheating boyfriend so she wants nothing to do with Joshua--even though their attraction is instantaneous and cannot be denied.
They're both dealing with their exes and the changes that Joshua is making around the club. Will they keep fighting their feelings for each other or give in to being together?
I liked both of these characters. Joshua was hot, and I loved how sassy Macey was. One thing that I loved the most about her was that just because her boyfriend cheated on her, she didn't instantly fall out of love with him. Of course, she knew she couldn't be with him ever again, but she still had feelings and I thought that was authentic.
This book was hot. Joshua and Macey were steamy together, and even though their conflict was annoying and I wanted to yell at them how obvious it was, I liked their chemistry and thought they were the perfect pair. I loved getting both of their points of view, and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
A fast-paced read with lots of steaminess, romance lovers won't want to miss Sin by Violetta Rand....more
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger has one of the most unique dystopian storylines I've ever read.
Not too far in the future, there are now five boys for every girl in Koyanagar, a country in India. The boys must undergo physical and mental testing to see who is eligible to get married--and who won't. Those who lose during the testing face an uncertain future, with some of them sent to the wall that surrounds their community.
I loved the way this story was told, alternating between Kiran and Sudasa's points of view. Bodger weaves words together in a poetic, lyrical way that is astounding. This is a quick read that will definitely make readers take notice of this debut author.
I love the idea for this story, really. Think The Selection meets Matched, with a little of The Hunger Games thrown in. I hate to mention those because I loved two of those series, and this wasn't that. One thing that I feel that dystopian books need to show more is the consequences for those who do not follow the ideals the society has set forth. What happens if someone chooses a "loser" or what would happen if a girl doesn't want to get married? Some of this was touched on but I wanted more for the story to be completely believable. Also, even though this story definitely relates to current events, I feel like it's not far enough into the future to be realistic. There are just too many questions about the society and how it functions for me to be all in here.
I wanted more about everything--more reasons for the way Kiran (aka Five) thinks and feels, more about Sudasa, just everything. I didn't feel a great connection with the secondary characters and wish that there had been a bit more with them. I absolutely wanted more swoon, as there was none. And the ending? Yeah, there needed to be more.
Filled with girl power and a powerful message, 5 to 1 by debut author Holly Bodger is a quick read with a fresh spin on dystopian societies that's unique and unexpected....more
I've been a fan of Rebecca Grace Allen's writing for a long time now, and I think The Hierarchy of Needs might be my favorite so far. It had everything I love in a story--smart, fun characters who are relatable and a realistic (and hot!) story. Best friends to more is one of my favorite genres, and Jamie and Dean were off-the-charts.
Jamie is the youngest of four siblings, the only girl, and the only one in her family who doesn't have a clear direction in life (her brothers are all doctors, I think), so she's viewed as a bit flightly and doesn't have it all together like everyone else.
Dean was just fun. He doesn't think he's good enough for Jamie and feels trapped by his family's business. He was a stand-up guy, a hard worker, and even though I wanted to yell at both of them to just tell each other at times, I loved his character.
Of course, they've had feelings for each other since high school. They fought it for years--until they can't anymore. They both want more but don't tell each other what they really need. I don't want to give away too much, but I will suffice it to say that these two are hot. Even more than that, the way their characters and relationship develop is just lovely to experience. They care about each other, and it shows.
I loved pretty much everything about this book. The banter, the sexy times, the characters, the story. If I had to pick something that I didn't like, it would be that I wanted more. But that's always what I say, isn't it :) Also, I don't know that I would classify this as New Adult, but whatever.
If you didn't read the first book in The Portland Rebels series, have no fear! You can totally read this one as a standalone. I do recommend that you read the first book, The Duality Principle, because it's awesome and should not be missed. Readers will be happy to see Gabriella and Connor here, too.
With sizzling hot chemistry, a sweet storyline, and characters that you'll fall for, The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen is a fast, fun read. You won't be sorry when you give this author a try. In fact, you'll wonder why you waited so long!...more