Holy canoli! Ms. Grey blew this one out of the water. Between a fucked up love triangle, hot man love and a threesome that will have you changing your...moreHoly canoli! Ms. Grey blew this one out of the water. Between a fucked up love triangle, hot man love and a threesome that will have you changing your underwear, this writer is top notch.
Beats is not Strings and Jinx isn't Letty. She has to find her inspiration, her beats and own her sexuality. Her transformation is real and a joy to watch. When she and Toombs finally get together, it is hot.
Nocturnes? Yes, please. 5 hard metal harlot 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)
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)
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)
I 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...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)
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)