If you loved Undeniable and Unbeautifully (Undeniable: Book Two) then this is a great novel to tide you over until you get your next fix from Ms. Shee...moreIf you loved Undeniable and Unbeautifully (Undeniable: Book Two) then this is a great novel to tide you over until you get your next fix from Ms. Sheehan. Good biker books are hard to find. This isn't your Kristen Ashley's biker book and shows the ugly side of the MC as well as the touching and family oriented side. I loved the reality it showed of the true biker lifestyle and would recommend it to any Sons of Anarchy fans too.
Marie is just your ordinary hard up woman who has just gotten out of a bad relationship with her hubby. He smacked her and she runs to her brother, Jeff. What she doesn't know is he's been dealing with the Reapers, a hard core MC, as their accountant of sorts, moving money to off shore accounts. He is major pot smoker and gambling addict so things don't end well.
Horse is introduced on and off in the beginning and there is a lot of stop and start between him and Marie, hence the knocked off star. It was a lot of unnecessary drama, IMHO, but I plundered on and it turned out to be one of the best biker books I have read all year other than Ms. Sheehan's work.
This is, without a doubt, a love story but far from conventional. I am not a conventional gal and prefer my lovers bad boys with careers that are outside the norm. The last two thirds of this book kicks you into high gear and there is never a dull moment. I felt like I truly bonded with these characters and look forward to the next novel in the series.(less)
M. Leighton has done it again! This is a passionate and dark story of obsession, possession and broken people who come together and can't let one anot...moreM. Leighton has done it again! This is a passionate and dark story of obsession, possession and broken people who come together and can't let one another go. It is a tour de force and a beautiful story of love and redemption. I loved it and it's more than I could have imagined! I loved it!(less)
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Carrie Thompson-Sherman and Ray Sherman...moreI cannot believe I spent all this time writing a beautiful review and it was deleted because I did not save it.
Carrie Thompson-Sherman and Ray Sherman are hopelessly in love with one another and in the blink of an eye, their lives are shattered beyond repair.
Carrie leaves the accident with barely a scratch and a secret of her own meanwhile Ray is left in an awful condition (along with Carrie's sister who is also badly injured in the accident) which could have direct links to a conspiracy and a war crimes trial he was personally involved in.
Sounds simple, right? Wrong. This book is a tour de force and I rate it as one of my all time favorite reads. It is emotional, heartbreaking, beautiful and tragic. It is about how life happens while we are busy making plans, falling in love and starting all over again. It is about a love so deep, it can transcend any obstacle thrown in its way and that is the beauty of Sheehan-Miles writing.
You will fall in love with Carrie and Ray and they will become a part of your heart and soul. I cried, loved, and laughed with them. In many ways, this novel reminds me of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood because the author reminds the reader life isn't black and white, good and bad. You feel emotions for every single character in this book and when one of them breaks, you feel broken too.
This story is told in a non-linear fashion and although it is a great style for memoirs, it is hard to pull of in fiction. In this book, the style is perfect and the novel would have not worked if it had been told in a linear fashion.
P.S. I would advise future readers to go down to their nearest Costco or Sam's Club and buy an industrial box of tissues. You are going to need it to venture on this heart breaking story that is a mystery, thriller and romance rolled in one. Nicholas Sparks could learn a thing or two from Charles Sheehan-Miles on how to craft a *real* love story. 10 stars!!!!(less)
I suppose because this novella wraps up the arc of this part of the book, it was extremely engaging but the emotional roller coaster it took me on was...moreI suppose because this novella wraps up the arc of this part of the book, it was extremely engaging but the emotional roller coaster it took me on was a bit too much to take at times. This story will break your heart at times and although I understand why Ms. Reiss wrote this novella the way she did, sometimes I was on the verge of tears.
This is an unconventional love story and I still look forward to reading the next arc in this series. I docked off a star, not because the writing is less good but because this story goes beyond mere erotica and enters territory that might be tough for some readers. I know there are times I could feel my heart break.
Finally, I wanted more Jonathan and Monica and less Monica and Kevin. Something about her ex rubs me the wrong way and I don't think anything good will come out of their collaboration. I can't help feeling that Monica is creating an excessive amount of drama in her life just so she doesn't have to focus on her feelings for Jonathan and that kind of upset me. She is an intelligent and talented young woman who can take much more than she thinks but she is so mired in her own insecurities at times that sometimes I felt like slapping her and shouting in her face, "Snap out of it!"(less)
Mmm, how I love Ms. Reiss' novellas, let me count the ways. This one is hot, steamy and will leave you begging for more. After the genuine tension fel...moreMmm, how I love Ms. Reiss' novellas, let me count the ways. This one is hot, steamy and will leave you begging for more. After the genuine tension felt between Jonathan and Monica in "Beg", they are allowed to go all the way and then some with one another in "Tease".
There are aspects of BDSM so if this is not your thing then you should stop now. As usual, Ms. Reiss is beautiful with her prose and this is one of the hottest novella series I have read in a while. Jonathan and Monica are still insatiable but another aspect has been added to all the tension we have become used to: their exes.
Monica's ex and Jonathan's ex are both artists and invite them to a gallery where they have work being shown. Jonathan goes all out and sends Monica to Barneys so she looks stunning on opening night and he invites her along with him. However, their lovemaking was a bit rough the night before the opening so Monica is hit by all these feelings, including how she really feels about her ex, the fact that Jonathan is in love with his ex and no matter how hard she tries, she is starting to fall in love with Jonathan and this is not good for a woman who is used to being in control.
I love Monica's vulnerability and although Jonathan can be a jerk sometimes, he still grows on me and I can understand the attraction.
The ending is a scorcher and it is one that will leave most readers with their mouths hanging open. I know mine was. I expected nothing less from a 5 star erotic novella. ;-)(less)
Decent read and I would have rated it higher if not for the cliffhanger ending. I don't mind series but end each book with resolution of that story be...moreDecent read and I would have rated it higher if not for the cliffhanger ending. I don't mind series but end each book with resolution of that story before you continue on...otherwise, make sure the story is wrapped up before you decide to hit "publish".(less)
This is a beautiful and engaging novel set in a historical period which tells the story of Coreen and Anahu, two lovers not too different from Romeo a...moreThis is a beautiful and engaging novel set in a historical period which tells the story of Coreen and Anahu, two lovers not too different from Romeo and Juliet. Although not light story telling as it deals with race relations and the booming years of Washington state's history, it sucked me in from the moment the novel started.
I adore the way Ms. Shay weaves this book like a tapestry and would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with YA characters. Mixed with mysticism is an emotional read that had me on a roller coaster of thoughts and feelings. If you are looking for a light, fluffy romance novel, this isn't it but if you are seeking out something more literary then I believe you will be quite satisfied by this novel. (less)
I loved this novella because it was well written and had a plot. Hell, I love steamy scenes as much as the next person but this story blew me away. I...moreI loved this novella because it was well written and had a plot. Hell, I love steamy scenes as much as the next person but this story blew me away. I love the MC was tough and not a pushover. Monica is no Mary Sue and she is sure to let the world know it. Sure, she falls for a handsome guy (with red hair so that was a nice touch because I think a man with any natural color of hair can be sexy...he doesn't have to be dark haired or a blond).
However, her career is important to her and while she may be a mere cocktail waitress, her passion is music and I loved she had a goal in life. This is one series I will definitely be following and I adore the way CD Reiss weaves this story. It is multi-layered and multi-faceted. I definitely recommend for anyone looking for tasteful erotic romance that is beautifully written and has a wonderful back story, great characters (not just Monica and Jonathan but EVERY character comes to life and there are no cardboard cutouts).
P.S. Major plus for the setting of Los Angeles. I lived there for six years and this story brings back a lot of memories.(less)
I allowed my daughter to read this first and when she told me it was so good she couldn't put it down, I had to read it though YA isn't my usual fare....moreI allowed my daughter to read this first and when she told me it was so good she couldn't put it down, I had to read it though YA isn't my usual fare. All I can say is Ms. West does an excellent job of weaving fantasy and magic like few can accomplish and I am always humbled my her writing style. It is intelligent and although this book could easily be for the average teenage boy with all the action and the main character, Markus, I feel like both boys and girls, men and women can relate to the cautionary tale in this novel.
If I may not jump the gun, I felt this novel is the equivalent of Harry Potter for those who love fantasy with a mix of Tolkien magic. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked or loved Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) and The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings. You will not be disappointed.(less)
If your brain is suffering from reading too much faux-angst in New Adult literature, may I introduce you to a book that is not only well written but o...moreIf your brain is suffering from reading too much faux-angst in New Adult literature, may I introduce you to a book that is not only well written but one I have enjoyed immensely. I will be the first to admit I am not crazy about YA but I do dip my big toe in every now and again. I have to say this was a book that stayed with me long after I finished reading.
Dylan and Alex are extremely intelligent people. The problem is a love affair gone awry and they meet up yet again at Columbia University through their work study program. I really enjoyed the first POV narrative from both characters and can I say how refreshing it is that a man wrote this? Some women just don't seem to get the way men think but Mr. Sheehan-Miles, being a man, digs deep into the heart of Dylan's feelings for Alex. He does an equally impressive job with delving into Alex's feelings for Dylan.
This story is beautiful because it is written well-steeped in reality. Dylan is also a veteran and survived severe trauma (both physical, mental and psychological) while stationed in Afghanistan. This was beautifully woven into the story because behind all the rhetoric of war, we sometimes forget the men and women fighting for our freedom in these far off places are much younger than we are (I'm in my thirties and it is reminiscent of the Eminem song where he proclaims: "I'm 27 -- they're gonna take you before they take me!"). And it is true. This badly damaged man is barely in his early twenties and we see the hell he goes through to try to get his body back into working order, how he complains about his lack of memory and how there are "holes" and how he just forgets certain words and phrases because of what he suffered.
I could rehash the plot but this is a story to be read and it will stay with you long after you have finished the last page on your Kindle reader. I still think about the real Dylans' out there and hope most of them can find the redemption this one finally receives because in the end, that is what this book is about: redemption, pride, forgiveness, and above all, a hope that humanity isn't lost and when we think life is completely hopeless, sometimes it throws us a curve ball to help us remember what is really important about life.
Bravo, I can't celebrate this story more than it has already been celebrated but I can say it comes highly recommended and encourage both those New Adult and not so new to give this novel a chance because it will touch your heart in a way few books written these days do. Bravo, Mr. Sheehan-Miles, and please write MORE New Adult fiction. This genre needs you desperately!(less)
This is one of the best zombie books I have ever read. I know that says a lot but I love a good horror story. I devour Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, and...moreThis is one of the best zombie books I have ever read. I know that says a lot but I love a good horror story. I devour Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, and Kealan Patrick Burke like it is going out of style.
Ms. Meigs has created perfection with this novel. After an ending that didn't quite sit well with me in The Becoming, she comes back with perfection. Cade, Brandt, Ethan and Co. are asked by a mysterious stranger to make the journey back to Atlanta but her motives are unclear and they have every reason not to trust this young woman. However, they have no idea what awaits them in Atlanta but they do know that is where the virus started and they will have to face a whole bunch of hungry zombies on the way.
People will be lost, characters that readers will have bonded with but Ms. Meigs keeps the pace heart-pounding and it kept me turning the virtual pages on my Kindle. This is definitely a keeper. Although this novel does not end on a cliffhanger, it ends at a part where I wanted to know what would happen next. Ms. Meigs pulls something out of her hat no reader would ever expect and that is what makes her such a prolific writer and one of the best young talents out there.
Those who love Ms. Meigs' Ground Zero will probably also like her novella The Becoming: Brothers In Arms, Afraid, Trapped, Endurance (A Novel of Terror), and KIN. None of these are post-apocalyptic but they sure do seem that way at times and if you love to be scared, you'll enjoy these as much as this one. Plus, they can tide you over until The Becoming: Revelations has been released. I, personally, can't wait for that one. (less)
I initially bought this e-book on Amazon but returned it due to the wacky formatting and had to purchase it from Smashwords instead. I have no idea wh...moreI initially bought this e-book on Amazon but returned it due to the wacky formatting and had to purchase it from Smashwords instead. I have no idea why some of the e-books I buy on here have formatting issues but from what I read, I knew I wanted to finish it.
All I can say is wow. I have a great love for novels that have dancing involved, including classical and ballet, so I knew this one would be satisfying too.
Sydney dreams of nothing more than to get her shot as professional in the dancing world and due to an incident and the eye of a very slick businessman, Nolen Adams, she gets her opportunity. She is a bit naive but this seems to work in her favor and that is what made reading this book so eye-opening.
Everything about the characters ring true of how they would behave. Nolen is extremely dominating and used to getting what he wants but when he falls for Sydney, all bets are off.
There is a drama, of course...it's a romance novel, but not as much to be found in Aaren or Before Sunrise but just enough. The reader also finds out more about Sydney's roommates and friends: the over ambitious Portia who is a pain and I'm only happy she wasn't given more page time than she was already allotted. There is also the mysterious Trish who hides so many secrets but when she is freed of all her pain and heartache, you root for her to finally have her happy ending.
The author's prose is smooth and I am really beginning to like her novels. She is definitely becoming a favorite of mine in the romance category and I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who has read her work in the past and liked it as much as I do.(less)
Aaren is the story of a successful businesswoman who must come back to her small, Kentucky hometown to bury her father after he's died. What we don't...moreAaren is the story of a successful businesswoman who must come back to her small, Kentucky hometown to bury her father after he's died. What we don't know, we learn in flashbacks, including Aaren had a man, Jarrod, her first love, who still resides there and who she wants nothing to do with due to their awful demise over fourteen years ago.
I can understand how Aaren would be confused as she's just lost her remaining parent, but I can't understand how she takes everything to such an extreme when it comes to Jarrod. She treats the man like utter crap and won't hear anything he has to say to her and such bullheadedness makes me annoyed.
Then there was the whole "let's be PC and advocate condom usage". First of all, the people who read these novels should be adults and if said adults don't know they should practice safe sex, even with the "loves of their lives" then this book isn't going to set them straight.
I don't know, I am being a bit petty but there are two occasions my pettiness comes out: when a novel tries to get all preachy and sanctimonious, and when a romance novel tries to advocate safe sex. It is FICTION, a fantasy for Pete's sake, we don't need "he grabbed a condom" thrown in before every love scene is consummated.
Other than that, I love this author and think her books are fantastic but the whole "town secret" is anti-climatic to be honest (both my parents hail from Mississippi so this little itty bitty town secret included is nothing to some of the secrets I can tell about my own family) and throwing in the hubby to conjure up yet more drama towards the end was waste of time, space and the book could have ended about twenty pages earlier than it did instead of being dragged on for nothing at all.(less)
This novel could be an ode to Indecent Proposal with a twist. Instead of some old, dried up millionaire parting with a million dollars to sleep with t...moreThis novel could be an ode to Indecent Proposal with a twist. Instead of some old, dried up millionaire parting with a million dollars to sleep with the attractive (at the time) Demi Moore, we have a young couple from Kentucky who come to Vegas to strike it rich.
They gamble, get caught in the mysterious net of Aiden Keane and lose big time.
To me, this novel was a tale of what people think they want (more money = more happiness) but what happens when you are willing to sell your soul to get it. Nothing is the same after the one night encounter and everyone walks away from this story having lost something which can never be regained.
This is a romance novel but it isn't for the faint of heart. (less)
First and foremost, I did purchase this novel initially from Amazon but the formatting was defective on my Kindle Fire so I returned it and purchased...moreFirst and foremost, I did purchase this novel initially from Amazon but the formatting was defective on my Kindle Fire so I returned it and purchased it from Smashwords where the formatting was perfect.
This is a very steamy novel but above all, it is a love story and the writing was beautiful and kept me up for three days to see what happened between Kennedy and Liam. I have fallen in love with all these stories about the military and their wives so I highly doubt this will be the last one I read. I have also purchased Come Back To Me, The Grunt (The Lonely Heart Series) and Sand. It is so easy to get caught up in all the rhetoric about how we are fighting terrorists and forget the families left behind, the lives destroyed and the havoc war wreaks on our servicemen, and women's lives.
I suppose it is even more poignant as I live near Nellis Air Force Base and I have interacted with military personnel so I know what is realistic and how they behave. I must say all the novels I have read about the military so far have been very accurate and this one is no different.
So why not five stars? There was a lot of unnecessary drama in this novel which got in the way of a very good story. There were also a couple of plot holes which were closed up a little too pat and I would have preferred some explanation. There also seemed to be other characters with too much screen time when I thought this was the Kay and Liam show. I didn't get anything out of Harper or her parents or all the side-stories and found myself flipping past those areas of the book.
Overall, I was very pleased with this author and have ordered another four novels by her so she didn't turn me off in the least bit.
If you like stories with steamy love scenes and military personnel as well as stories which deal with very difficult issues then you will enjoy this. It is intense at times and it is not just a light-hearted Harlequin romance.(less)