I have just read books 1 & 2, and can't believe I didn't make time earlier to read these. So many characters to love (& lust after!). I need W...moreI have just read books 1 & 2, and can't believe I didn't make time earlier to read these. So many characters to love (& lust after!). I need Winter, RIGHT NOW!!!(less)
Playing the Maestro took us into the world of classical music and the Easthampton’s Civic Symphony . We met Melody who put her flute and passion for p...morePlaying the Maestro took us into the world of classical music and the Easthampton’s Civic Symphony . We met Melody who put her flute and passion for paying before everyone and everything else in her life to date. Just as she swears off dating musicians, in comes the new German conductor Wolf, aka Mozart who has just escaped a poisonous relationship and is in no way looking for another – particularly with someone who could be mistaken as his ex’s double.
When these two meet (and clash instantly!), everyone knows about it. Wolf is forbidden to form relationships inside the company & Mel doesn’t want a bar of stuffy arrogant Wolf, so there should be no problems. Right? Wrong. Insert career sabotage, sexy confusing dreams, a mugging gone wrong, and a chance meeting in the children’s ward, can these two ignore the connection they feel or will they risk their jobs and everything they have worked so hard for and to escape from, to be with each other? You will have to read it and find out for yourself.
The world was rich full of musical instruments, notes, competition and even some messed up orchestra politics. It was a fast read that held my interest throughout. Great job Ms Dione.
I was one of the lucky ones. I didn't find Wreck Me until Restore Me was already here, otherwise I'm pretty sure I may have thrown my kindle, and broken something. That ending was just...wahhhhhhhh. Snot, tears and noise. The sound and sight of a broken heart, devastation & chaos.
Restore Me started right where we finished off. Damon, oh Damon, my poor baby. Zombie Damon. He had checked out. Of life.
When I found him, I felt true and absolute terror. Never in my life have I felt such an encompassing sense of dread. Not when my parents died. Not when I was on the streets. Not when I knew the store was going under. Not even when I saw Captain lying on his floor with just the tiniest bit of life left in his eyes. Seeing Damon, unresponsive and lifeless, elicited an unfathomable level of fear.
He was broken, a shadow of his former self. He turned into someone I didn't know or understand. Someone so cold and I desperately wanted to be hot again, I wanted his dominating nature to pick Jo up and run up those stairs and tie her to their bed. Instead I was with Jo, 'I feel cheap, disposable, and used.' I was sad. I felt he was giving up on everything good, and struggling to find his way back. Boy oh boy did I cry, so many times. For Damon and for Jo.
"Maybe someday somebody might save me."
I don't know what he would have done without Jo. Our adage loathing Jo.
I've heard the saying "All out of tears" before, but I just assumed that it was another one of those stupid adages that people insist on overusing. Serious as a heart attack; the apple never falls far from the tree; what goes around comes around, and all those other bullshit things I usually tune out. Actually, I think I tune out nearly everything that others say. I consider it a gift.... "Let's get going. No use in putting it off. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?" I ask the dog, cringing when I hear the stupid adage sail out of my mouth. Stupid fucking adages.
She was even more incredible and amazing than in the first book. She muddled in and out each day. Surviving. I wouldn't call it living because her other half just wasn't there. She soldiered on putting on a brave front and focused on getting things done, cooking (omg, the soup reaction - bahahaha), and being everything to everyone. Jo was far from ok herself.
This story and writing still packs that emotional punch that we got hammered with time and time again during the first book. The story & the characters so changed, yet still the same. Grams was wickedly wonderful and fun. Hemingway was still sleeping in luxury. And Jo & Damon were going to find their way.
Hope is a mostly foreign concept to me, but where Damon is concerned, I have all the hope in the universe, multiplied by a million, and that still doesn't accurately describe it. Who knew hope could be so frustrating and scary? I feel like I'm gambling and the wager is irreplaceable.
Again, there is too many wow moments to mention. A man and a dog I fear we will see again, a twist that literally left my jaw on the floor at the end, the bookstore, meeting the sister, the dreams, but most of all the journals. That's where I totally lost my shit and started sobbing.
This book was the ducks nuts. For reals. It was a fast read that had me holding my breath on the crazy Zombie Damon roller coaster. This series has made the list. I will be recommending to everyone with eyes. Introducing Damon & Jo to anyone that will listen to my fan girl squealing. Seriously, A MUST READ series with all the ingredients. I need the third book. Right.now.
Well done Ms Mac, you did it. You met, and exceeded my expectation. Love-love-loved it.
Holy shiz. Taste of You kept me in a perpetual haze of need. It was so hot. The food, the sex, the food and sex together.... Holy hot damn, I was ready to combust time and time again. I will never be able to look at a fig, pain au chocolat or grapes the same ever again. *fanning self in remembrance*
Firstly, if you love the likes of Christian, Gideon, Ethan or Damon - you are going to LOVE William (aka Stormy Eyes). He's insatiable, got money and that closed off vibe hangs from him like his suit. He sports the take charge, caring nature, and has skills (and not just the culinary type!). My.oh.my. *multiple orgasms anyone?* There's a lot of tasting going on.
Taste of You introduces us to Cat, lingerie collector, and food photographer specializing in making food sexy. And does she ever! She has a past that has left her sad, lonely, scarred and unwilling to enter another relationship. Hell, even going on a date is way out of her comfort zone. One fateful night, she runs into William, THE hottest man ever, and drops her bundle literally before she knows it, he's vanished and she didn't even learn his name. Their brief meeting is enough to get her blood rushing and wondering where she put her b.o.b when she moved, and has him deciding that she was going to be his.
"I want to fuck you. Hard. Long, until you come and come and think you can't come anymore."
"We are going to fuck in more ways than you can imagine. And I'm going to show you pleasure you didn't know existed."
From their first kiss, in the industrial freezer, I was on fire. I wanted to jump in his limo and have my way with him. The scene in the lingerie store kept my blood hot, and his surprise with coffee and croissants was HOLY SHIT TAKE ME RIGHT NOW in the kitchen on the floor hot. This steamy book made kept me horny, (and hungry!) for the duration. I couldn't put it down.
It wasn't all just sex and food though. Both Cat and William had major emotional issues from their pasts that affected the way they related to each other and their ability to be rational at times. Whether it was his mercurial mood shifts, or her too-ing and fro-ing & difficulty letting go and moving on, it was a wonderful story to read. The characters were well developed & grew throughout the story and vital pieces of information were revealed in just the right places. Beckett was a great, loyal and fun friend and was a wonderful addition to the story.
"Is it strange," I asked him, "to have everything you want? You buy me gifts all the time, but what am I supposed to get you for Valentines Day or for your birthday or Christmas? You have everything."
"Not quite everything. All I want is you."
The settings, cooking & food, photography, and clothing detail were the perfect balance to the sexy times. I could imagine the scenes as if I were looking at a picture rather than reading words. I absolutely loved this book, and I need the next instalment right now. Well done Sorcha.
Thankyou to Netgalley and Premier Digital Publishing for the opportunity to read Taste of You. That fact has not affected my rating, nor my opinion on the story or writing. Pinky promise!(less)
I'm not sure what I was expecting going into Four Summers. I just knew that after Charade and Measuring Up, that I would read anything that Dawn writes. So when I started reading, the smooth prose, beautiful words, humor and love really jumped out at me & showed me my worship of her was deserved.
Four Summers starts with 15 year old Charlie Rae, the girl with a passion for astronomy but the destiny of continuing her families legacy & marrying her lifelong best friend Alec and staying in The Village. Her home, her job, her life.
Enter Nathaniel, from the Big Apple. He's come to stay at The Village for the summer. Each year, and each Summer over the four years, they are a year older, and a little different than the one before. Their lives change, circumstances tear them apart when they are separate and the following Summer they begin to heal.
I read Four Summers in one sitting and felt a whirlpool of emotions in my stomach all the way through. The first summer I felt loneliness, nervousness & the stirrings of first love.
The Second I felt melancholy, apprehensive, elation and doing things and feeling things for the first time ever. The Third was just...wow. Almost perfect, the all consuming feelings of first love, and feeling as if you know someone almost as much as you know yourself, and the honesty of all the emotions.
Four Summers really was such a beautiful read. I giggled at times, and shed more than a few tears throughout the pages. I loved so many things about the story. I could type all day and couldn't do this book justice. It has many messages that I took from it and still has me considering days later. I would absolutely recommend picking up this book and meeting & falling in love with Charlotte, Nate, Alec, & Brandon & their families.
Well done Ms Dawn, another beautiful story with more WOW, SIGH & SWOON moments that I could count. I did count the 146 hightlights I made though. I LOVE-LOVE-LOVED FOUR SUMMERS ♥
Can anyone say sexual tension? Holy snappin crap claws, this book was effing hot. I wanted them to get down and dirty pretty much straight up. Oh.my.god. The anticipation had me fanning myself and begging my kindle to give me the goods. At the club - Oh, I wanted it. By the time they made it to Sanders apartment and the couch - I was panting. His mouth on .... Hang on, is that the phone? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Then ... more waiting. At the front door, legs wrapped around, grinding - oh yes. Please. Sweet relief .... Noooooooooooooooooooooooo. Once we hit the elevator at the party I knew shiz was gonna go down, and I was SO damn ready. Duffy knows how to keep the anticipation burning page after page.
Meet Sander - DJ, singer and judge on tv show. He's in a bit of a bind and is less than happy about it. I guess a skanky, gold digging ex girlfriend & slimeball best friend and band mate will do that to you. So when he met Chloe at his local coffee joint, he decided she was who he needed to survive the upcoming night from hell. He wasn't interested in getting to know her past a few weeks, and knew just the way to do it.
Chloe is a barista and makeup artist looking her big break after relocating. She has something on her plate most woman her age couldn't comprehend though. She doesn't have time for fun or distractions and has sworn to herself that if she ever had time for a relationship again, it would never be with a celebrity. She had been burnt badly previously, and returned from America to London to heal her heart and care for her ill mother.
Both had insecurities, secrets and commitments but both also had something to gain from his proposition - the pretend relationship. What they weren't expecting was the off-the-charts chemistry, the friendship they would form, and how spending time together would turn their bodies into furnaces (and mine!). Can I tell you, when it was finally time? Oh.my.god. Brace yourself. It's so effing hawtttttttt!
Never Say Never had a bit of everything. Steam (IN SPADES!), anticipation (WHOA MAN!), drama (but not roll your eyes drama, just a little to have you glued to your kindle wondering when they would let their walls down), and the fun of watching a new relationship transform 2 people who deserved something great and found it in each other, even if there was a bunch of denial going on.
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the story - even the torture by sexual tension, & would recommend you give it a go too. I think you will love Sander & Chloe as much as I did.