If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would do it. To say this book rocked me to my core is an understatement. I don't know if everyone has th...moreIf I could give this book more than 5 stars I would do it. To say this book rocked me to my core is an understatement. I don't know if everyone has their "boy in a band" but I did. So many of the feelings and events Morgan experienced with Mathew struck a chord with me and my past. The story takes place near where I grew up which made it all the more personal and familiar.
Boy in a Band spans Morgan and Mathew's relationship for more than 30 years. Without giving anything away, I knew in the beginning where their relationship would end but like moth to flame, I could not stop reading. It's like watching a train wreck (and I mean that with the utmost respect).
Lisa Loomis is the sort of author I want to be. She writes about life in all it's glory and ugliness. Her characters touched me deeply. I laughed, I cried. OK I cried a lot (long after I finished the book and even weeks later when I recommended it to a friend and told her about it). Any book that stays with me, whose characters stay with me, is my idea of successful storytelling. If you have ever experienced a relationship where you just couldn't be at the same place emotionally at the same time, that will give you an idea of Morgan and Mathew's tumultuous romance from age 12 until around age 46.
I will say the editing could have used a few more passes but don't let that stop you from picking up this book. I am also not a big fan of first person but that didn't prevent me from loving every word. I highly recommend it.(less)
A Facebook Affair is a sweet, sexy story with a little something extra - a message about adversity, bullies, and being less than "perfect". It revolve...moreA Facebook Affair is a sweet, sexy story with a little something extra - a message about adversity, bullies, and being less than "perfect". It revolves around Kelly, who lost her hearing at a young age and her budding romance with Brandon, who befriended her when they were children.
Kelly is at loose ends after the death of her mother from cancer. At the encouragement of her best friend to put herself out in the social world, she signs up for a Facebook account. She looks up an old crush from her childhood (Brandon), finds him, and they begin an online flirtation that turns into more when they meet in person for a date. The twist here is that Brandon's twin sister and her best friend are the bullies that tormented Kelly.
Throughout the book, the author effectively uses flashbacks of Kelly's childhood to show the growth and strength in her character. Those childhood insecurities surface when she comes face to face with the bullies from her childhood but Kelly handles it with grace and confidence.
The thing that really impressed me is how the author was not afraid to think outside the box with her characters. Kelly was very real, vulnerable yet strong, and refreshing. Also, the use of flashbacks can really confuse a reader unless it is done well and in this case, it was definitely done well. I don't think Kelly's story could have been told any other way. I would highly recommend this book.
This book left me breathless and wanting more. I couldn't put it down. A very intriguing look at the characters and lives of Masters at Arms and great...moreThis book left me breathless and wanting more. I couldn't put it down. A very intriguing look at the characters and lives of Masters at Arms and great background/back story. I am looking forward to reading each of their stories.
Ms. Masters has created characters that stay with you long after you finish reading. They come alive on the pages. I'm still thinking about each of them. (less)
Sonia Hightower takes you on the erotic journey of Juan and Maria as they fight temptation and lust. As told through the eyes of a priest who hears th...moreSonia Hightower takes you on the erotic journey of Juan and Maria as they fight temptation and lust. As told through the eyes of a priest who hears their steamy confession, we learn of Juan and Maria's sinful thoughts. Juan and Maria are married but not to each other. As each one confesses, the story unfolds until you reach the shocking twist at the end. They both try to fight their urges as is evident by their confessions and I have to say I felt for the priest as he tried to steer them on the right path.
Sinful Urges is not what you would expect, not by a long shot. This story unfolds in an unconventional and, in my opinion, brilliant manner. The moment I started to read it, I could not put it down. The tension built much like a seduction, from the first caress to the mind-blowing climax. There was even well placed humor woven into the fabric of this book. The sexual tension crackled as they struggled not to succumb to temptation. The ending was so unexpected that I had to read it twice.
This book stayed with me and I wanted to know more about the characters, their back-story, and their motives. I found myself completely invested in them. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by Ms. Hightower.
This book was romantic, refreshing, and addicting. I could not put it down once I started reading it. Cassia and Jake were made for each other, the pl...moreThis book was romantic, refreshing, and addicting. I could not put it down once I started reading it. Cassia and Jake were made for each other, the plot had some unexpected turns and overall it left me laughing, crying, and at times holding my breath.
The book is well written, the scenery is described so vividly that I can see, hear and smell everything. Most of all I love how the main characters really knew each other. You get a definite sense they belong together despite the circumstances.
Jimmy Doyle is at the top of his game, but his life is empty. Karin has resigned herself to a Christmas alone in her wilderness lodge....moreFrom the blurb:
Jimmy Doyle is at the top of his game, but his life is empty. Karin has resigned herself to a Christmas alone in her wilderness lodge. A spur-of-the-moment holiday trip brings Jimmy to her doorstep on Christmas Eve. Will these new Christmas memories be enough to heal a painful past?
That Christmas Feeling by author Karyn Gerrard is the perfect story to warm one’s heart during the holiday season. This novella had me at hello and managed to have me near tears at one point. For a short story, the characters were well developed and I felt an immediate connection with them. The small things, references to holiday traditions and memories, added an extra dimension to the story and had me reminiscing about my own Christmases past. The love scene was not only hot but also well done and sweet.
The author has an amazing ability to tell a story, to weave magic into it, and sweep you away. She has a way with words that is touching, engaging, romantic and at times even humorous. I highly recommend That Christmas Feeling.
I've read quite a few books that feature rock stars and I have to say Rock the Wolfe is one of my favorites. What I like the most is the look we get b...moreI've read quite a few books that feature rock stars and I have to say Rock the Wolfe is one of my favorites. What I like the most is the look we get behind the scenes of the rock star lifestyle and the impact it has on living in the limelight. It isn't all glamour, wealth and parties.
Wolf Phelan suffers from anxiety and panic attacks to the point he destroyed his band and his marriage. Kerri Coleson is a school teacher who's had a very difficult year that leaves her exhausted and frayed at the seams. Together, these two people spontaneously combust with some seriously hot and sensual sex scenes. What started out as six weeks of companionship without the romantic complications quickly turned to something more for both of them. Beyond the sex, there is a chemistry you only find when two people are fated to be together. They complete each other.
While this was a quick read, the book is filled with plenty of plot, background and character building to leave me completely satisfied. I highly recommend Rock the Wolfe.(less)