If there was ever an author that I would super fan girl in front of it would be Karina Halle. Seriously, her and Rachel Vincent made me love reading aIf there was ever an author that I would super fan girl in front of it would be Karina Halle. Seriously, her and Rachel Vincent made me love reading again, and I can literally remember the exact moment when I fell in love with romance books, I was sitting in the guest bedroom of my moms house reading Love, In English listening to Ed Sheeran and I knew then that I would always been a romance book lover, seriously every time I hear Ed Sheeran I think back to Karina Halle. I love her darker books, don't get me wrong, but I was really looking forward to this book because it kind of reminded me a little bit of the book that held a huge space in my heart for so long. We have the older guy, a kid is involved, kind of a family who doesn't really understand our heroine, and a hero and heroine who are suddenly spending a lot of time together.
Jackie is a single mom, and she's a really good mom. She's also pretty young, 25 years old with a 7 year old. I think she has been defining herself so much as a mom she hasn't really ever gone outside of that role in a long time. She works so hard to make sure her son can everything he needs, and doesn't think twice about going without. She left a bad situation to move back home with her parents and is trying to give Tyson (her son) the life he deserves, and that means swallowing her pride and taking a job at her dad's work and letting her parents help out. I liked Jackie, but she is carrying her fair share of baggage. There was more than one moment when I just wanted her to pull her head out of her bum and walk towards all the good things coming her way. I didn't love her family, well that's not true, her mom is cool, but her dad annoyed me, especially in the way he spoke her her sometimes, and I really wanted her to stand up for herself a little bit more, but other than that I liked her.
William is much older than Jackie, at 42 I believe, and is best friends and business partners with Jackie's dad. Talk about complicated. He's also coming off of a divorce where his wife not only cheated but got pregnant by someone else and then he basically stuck it out in LA and stayed working with her until she asked him to leave. He's a pretty chill guy honestly. And the minute he walks into work with two rescue dogs he had me in the palm of his hand. He's a really sweet guy, good boss, great with Tyson, good friend, just all around good guy. If I had one complaint about this dude its how often in the beginning of the book he called Jackie kid, drove me (and her) bananas.
This was really a sweet romance, there was a little bit of drama, a lot of secret keeping, and a fair amount of angst and emotional turmoil. But at the end of the day it was sweet, and I was super rooting for these two to get beyond the physical and move towards the happy ending they both deserve. Oh and did I mention they really heated up the pages when they finally caved in to each other, cause woo hoo that was fun. ...more
I don't know what I was fully expecting out of this book, but honestly whatever I was expecting, the book was way better. I think I went into this thi I don't know what I was fully expecting out of this book, but honestly whatever I was expecting, the book was way better. I think I went into this thinking it was going to be more romantic comedy then anything else, mostly because that's kind of how much online dating books tend to go, a lot of weird first dates, finally finding the right guy (although almost always not through the website) and some laughs and a HEA as the cherry on top.
This book totally had some funny moments, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't call the book a romantic comedy. I loved how the book started off, frankly Silver at a party throwing drinks at people is good way to both get a good laugh, and get good sense of her personality. Silver is sassy, sometimes combative, has a lot of guts, has great inner monologue, and she is just honestly fun to read and easy to like.
As for the whole vampire element to this book, I have to say I like how it was handled. Vamps are out in the open, but it's almost like nonchalant like, sure there are vampires out in the world, but they don't require blood, and no one really fears them. That actually kind of worked for me, mostly because the vampires were more like people, they had the same traits they had when they were human, they just were stronger, maybe had an ability or two, and lived forever (so basically if you were a sociopath as a human you were an even worse sociopath as a vamp, but most of them seemed to be just normal).
Our hero is the vampire Logan, who Silver meets right as the book starts, is kind of awesome. He really comes off as a good guy. He has some inherited abilities, he was a healer as a human, so that just expanded when he was made a vampire. Now that's not to say that this dude doesn't have some baggage, let's just say his "family" ain't the best.
I enjoyed this book all the way through. It was interesting to get to know the vampire world. Silver had some seriously bad dates on the vampire service, which were fun to read. Silver and Logan argued like the best of them, but in a way that always seemed to result in their clothes coming off, so look out for some steamy in this book. I also liked Silver trying to figure out what happened to her mother who disappeared, and how that all tied into what was happening in present day. I without a doubt will be reading more by the author in the future, and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. ...more
This book should have been a home run for me, it was not. It really did seem to have everything going for it, I mean I was really excited about anythi This book should have been a home run for me, it was not. It really did seem to have everything going for it, I mean I was really excited about anything having to do with sports, especially if it had to do with baseball. I also really have a big time affection for workplace romance, I just love the whole you shouldn't be getting down and dirty with the boss thing.
I have to say right off the bat, I had some issues with this book. It did not feel organic to me in any way. I honestly felt like the characters talked in a way that normal people don't actually speak to each other, and in some cases, act. The way these two meet, it made me not really want to continue on. But I pushed forward, I figured beginning aren't always smooth, let's keep giving it another chance. It didn't work.
Ethan was, I don't know how to explain it, but he was not an attractive character to me at all. Sure he might have money and know how to look good in a suit, but he was not my dream guy, in any way. In the beginning especially he was like super jerk, and had a touch of the man-slainning going on, and there is nothing worse than a manslainer.
Jenny was more likable. She was smart, had good motivation to get the job with Ethan, and she did have some sass that worked for me on occasion. But honestly at the end of the day, my biggest with her came from the fact that she was even remotely attracted to Ethan in the first place. He gives off that bully vibe, and I don't mind the whole bad boy thing, or a guy who is arrogant, but he really is kind of a bully, and that is the opposite of attractive. Also these two really started to regress to the land of immaturity the more the book went on.
At the end of the day I have to give this book a skip it. ...more
Okay, seriously, why has no one told me about this book before? I mean really, I have been missing out. And frankly, you have too. I am not a person w Okay, seriously, why has no one told me about this book before? I mean really, I have been missing out. And frankly, you have too. I am not a person who enjoys novellas, occasionally they work for me when they are like the middle of two books in a series to fill in a gap, or maybe to sometimes set up a series, but even then it's not like I love them. I'm sorry I just need more, lots of words, give me all the words. But this book, LOVE.
As the blurb sets it up, Sophie is our heroine, and Leif (a.k.a Neil in future books), meet at an airport, their flight is cancelled and Sophie who is basically bailing on college and striking her own path in life, without much regard for planning, gets the courage to go up to the hot older guy and hit on him. Things obviously progress quickly. If you are looking for some kind of love connection here, look somewhere else, I mean for real. This is all about the hot and sweaty and dirty and maybe the occasional shower to clean up afterwards.
I'm not sure why I was able to love these characters the way I did without fully knowing them, because frankly there isn't a lot of story here, it takes place over like 24 hours and mostly consists of sex, but it just works. I think the thing I like the most about Sophie is that she learns to ask for what she wants, frankly for a girl her age, this is a gift. Figuring out what you want, and then going for it, frankly takes most women a lot of time to work up to. But the reason why Sophie learns how to do this is because of the hot older guy, Leif. He is 100% behind open and honest communication. He's good with her, he's kind, patient, still super sexy, and really gives her a good experience. It's hard not to just love him.
I know this novella leads into a story, and I am for sure reading that (already started), but this was just a good start, no a great start. I can tell by the writing style that when the series really picks up the story is gonna be awesome. If you are looking for some seriously hot heat, you should check this book out asap. ...more
I like stories about neighbors, nothing like the person you literally just can't get away from. I wasn't 100% on board with the title, but the descrip
I like stories about neighbors, nothing like the person you literally just can't get away from. I wasn't 100% on board with the title, but the description won me over. I am also a big fan of starting over, so I was really kind of excited to see Shay start her life in a new place and all that jazz.
I wanted to like Shay, I really, really did. I mean she has a lot of good qualities, she's nice, she's a good friend/neighbor even though everyone she is meeting is very new to her, she goes out of her way to be grateful to people who are kind to her, so she's not like a bad character or something. BUT, she has like a mania for being independent, to like such a degree that it's kind of annoying. I mean I get that she grew up with older brothers, and her family basically coddled her, and she wants to make it on her own, which I support, but I mean come on, like can't you just accept other people being kind to you without it being some kind of threat on your independence. Also when things start to pick up with Wyatt, she is a little bit overly emotional, I mean she jumps to conclusions about things really quickly, and reacts really quickly. I don't know she bugged me.
Wyatt, I understood a lot more. He's coming off an undercover assignment, and is carrying some serious baggage and trust issues because of it. I get why he's rough around the edges. I mean he lived through some stuff, some real stuff, so I mean come on it makes sense that he has some problems reintegrating back into normal life. I also really like how serious he takes his job as a cop, I mean you can tell he cares about his job, and he does his best to separate his job from his personal life, in an effort to try to do both things well. At the end of the day, I liked him, a lot, I wouldn't call him a bad boy, but I liked him.
I liked how everything took place primarily within the apartment building that everyone lived in, it was fun seeing everyone interact and try to figure out what was going on. It seems like there is going to be some interesting building changes in the next book. This book definitely I think qualifies as a sweet romance, there isn't a ton explicit heat in this book, and it does kind of almost at times feel a bit insta-love like, which isn't my favorite thing, but it's obviously some people's jam, so if you like sweet with a side of insta-love then this might be just the book for you.
I'm a big fan of K.A. Linde, I like her writing style, and the stories she tells, so this book was a forgone conclusion for me to buy. I was actually
I'm a big fan of K.A. Linde, I like her writing style, and the stories she tells, so this book was a forgone conclusion for me to buy. I was actually pretty excited about the whole dating a guy whose brother you already dated, I mean come on, we can all agree it's like a recipe for disaster right? Sign me up, yes please.
First and foremost can I just say I really liked Emery. I don't know why exactly, I just know that from the moment the book started I liked her. I think it's because she walked away from a life that wasn't making her happy, and of course from a jerk boyfriend who was cheating on her. So Emery heads back home to figure out what is going to come next. I really liked her sister, who she moves in with and her best friend. So of course her best friend drags her to a wedding, a Wright wedding, and that's where she meets Jensen. Oh Jensen. I can understand why Emery was apprehensive about going to the wedding and getting back involved with the Wright family, obviously one Wright in particular left some scars on her heart.
Jensen was pretty likable, he's a rich, hot, nice guy. What's not to like? I liked that he is a really good older brother. I mean he looks out for them the best that he can. I liked how the family stuck together, they didn't always agree with each other, and maybe they didn't like who some of them dated, but they were still there for each other and always made an effort to show up. I will say that I didn't really by into Jensen all the time. I mean he liked Emery a lot, really quickly, even when he was already pretty jaded about relationships, so it was kinda out of character for him to be so into her without really even knowing her. There were a couple of instances of this throughout the book, but overall I liked him.
I did feel like Emery and Jensen fit together pretty well, but I did wish that they had more heat between them. Don't get me wrong they had some great scenes and their physical relationship worked, but I guess I was hoping for more chemistry when they weren't in the bedroom. I did enjoy when the brother showed up and found out about their relationship, it did make things interesting. Also can we seriously talk about the ex's crazy wife, I mean come on, I almost wanted to see more of her. I am looking forward to see where this family goes next in the series.
Once upon a time, I pretty much exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it was the genre that got me back into my love of reading. I st Once upon a time, I pretty much exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it was the genre that got me back into my love of reading. I still dabble from time to time, but mostly I read a lot of romance these days. But I have always had a soft spot in my heart but UF and PNR, especially when it comes to werewolves, or really any kind of shifter book. This book was an easy pick up for me, because not only was it a shifter book, but it was already really rooted in Norse mythology, which has recently become a bit of a fascination for me.
Once of the things that tends to make UF and PNR not always work for me is world building. Let's face it explaining the rules to how a society works and all the history that goes along with that can be confusing to a reader if not done well, or worse can come off as super boring. Heather didn't hesitate to jump right in with this book, we have Sonya getting bitten within the first couple of pages of the book, and it was definitely not a good experience for her. I liked how we jump right in, and how we really got the opportunity to learn about the world at the same time as Sonya did, her questions were my questions, and just in general I felt like the world was explained really well. I will say that at the beginning I was not really on board with some of Sonya's reactions to things. I mean she gets by this guy, who is like big time creeper dude, she's angry and rightfully kind of violent about it, but when she gets a note from him telling her to meet him in Montana, she gets in the car and goes after him. Totally not something I, or any sane person, would do.
Ty is our hero, and an already established werwolf, and honestly in the beginning her comes across as kind of larger than life and a little bit like a zen master, and then you find out he's only 30. He's definitely a good guy, super hot, good with Sonya, and an excellent teacher. More than that though you find out as the story goes on that he has a long history with the area and with the packs in the area that is not exactly a good history, so him being a lone wolf, and by proxy a neutral party, make a lot of sense.
I think the thing I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was pretty well balanced, you learned the history of these wolves, the pack politics, and about Ty at a slow and steady pace, but it never got boring because just when you thought there would be a lull in the book, the sexual tension would amp up or other werewolves would show up and danger/suspense was there. I liked the book, I liked the writing style, I liked the mythology. I am definitely looking forward to seeing where this series goes especially now that all the ground work has been done. ...more