Manipulated...well, the name isn't really accurate for this story, but get past that. We have one Irishman who rolls his tongue around those letters, seducing all the women in the room. *Squeal* This is one sexy story of realizing maybe you did it wrong the first time and need to make it real the second time.
~~~ Shari the Delighted Reader
REVIEW: Oh, my. We have the Irishman from the band Hammered up next in the game of love. Yes! *fist pump* Things aren't looking up for him. Keys, his bandmate, has found her one true love and sees Owen as her best friend and nothing else. He never made his intentions known and now it is too late. For now, it is like being stabbed in his heart when she sees her with her with Quinn. So he drowns himself in women and a little whiskey.
Calliope is newly divorced and starting her struggling photography business while sidelining as a waitress to make ends meet. Her sister is the true star of the family who has sort of turn their back in a way on Calliope. So when Calliope's sister drags her to a Halloween Party, where she dresses up like a bombshell photographer of the past.
At the Annual Charity Halloween Party that Hammered throws each year. Owen is in his element, flitting between the damsels that all want a piece of him for a night. Only one is holding his interest. Not the one who wants attention, but the one who is graceful, voluptuous and intent on taking pictures instead of grabbing the attention of men. Finally Owen captures her attention, but not her name and flits off into the night, a lovely sexy memory, but just that a memory.
Now Ripper Records has hired Calliope to capture the candid pictures of the band Hammered for a coffee table book commemorating they 10 year anniversary. Surprise, surprise, now Owen has the name of the mystery woman who captured his thoughts and libido. Keys who? Yeah, Owen starts to realize that his love for Keys is just a crush and now he really looks at her as a younger sister. While Calliope on the other hand is struggling with all the damage her parents and ex-husband did to her psyche. Her sister is her biggest cheerleader and now Owen is determined to make something work, when both are so drawn together.
Now this story had more comedic elements to it. More in line with Manaconda than Manhandled. While there are deep moments, Owen is a man who lives life for family, band and some fun. I loved seeing a very brief glimpse of his mother and father. They are madly in love after all those years and Owen believes love is out there. Now he doesn't agree with his father's choice of career for him, but in the end you can see the deep respect that flows both ways between them.
QUOTE: I was a gentleman. Until the moments when I wasn’t.
Callie has her sister, who is a successful blogger. She is Callie's biggest cheerleader even if she is the one with the most success and according to Callie the better looks. Yep, Callie has quite the complex on who she is and where she is going. And a man will just mess with her life plans she put on hold for her marriage. Is Owen worth the risk of her heart and life?
QUOTE: "And dammit, I was sick of thinking of lack. I was enough. I was smart, I was talented, and gosh darn it, people liked me. Plus, I could give one hell of a blow job, if provided with enough motivation and half a pitcher of sangria."
Hot Irish temper, hot Irish lovin'. Owen is a man I could grow to like, love and even have as a good pal, because hey, his heart is already taken. Owen plays hard and loves even harder. When the chips are down, Owen's there to pick them up. Callie is a strong heroine looking to take over her life and must choose if she will let a man in who might change, but enhance her plans.
This tops the best of what I love about the duo of authors. They keep it real, while throwing you in the limelight of a rockband. They play hard, love hard, fight hard and stay loyal to one another. Throw in a love that blows them away and makes them human when they are rock Gods. It's humbling, but also makes you love them even more. *wiggles in my seat* Oh, yeah, Owen knows how to move...move and move.
QUOTE: "I shifted in the chair again, then stood up. Where was a towel when you needed one? Maybe two or three? I was in fine form tonight apparently, and mere terrycloth was no match for my penis on a rampage."
Manaconda drew me in right away with the sexy rockers with a side of comedic elements over the snake hidden in one Hunter Jordan's pants. While the original story ended in a cliffhanger, the authors have since add the second part to the original story. No cliffhanger for me! *fist pump*
If you have been following my reviews lately you have seen me go on and on about the rock band Oblivion, who is signed with Ripper Records and Lila Shawcross. This is all set in the same world and Hammered is another band in her arsenal. Hammered is a band that's been around a little longer than Oblivion and are on a roll of success. With this series we have a few more rockers to get through as they have a full band. Hunter, Keys, Owen, Zack, Bats, Wyatt and I hope I didn't miss anyone...
So, Hunter is getting a lot of publicity for a Rolling Stone cover that shows him with all his package on display. Coined Manaconda, Hunter feels like a piece of meat on display for all the masses. But he is more than just a cock on display. He can cook, oh my God, I want to try his food and he promotes a charity for adopting animals *sighs longingly* I really couldn't find much wrong with him other than he is short tempered...and has an ex he can't seem to be calm about. Let's be honest though...even though he detests the magazine and what it has done to his life, he does go rub his junk on some VIPs in a concert, making the Manaconda a big part of the show.
Kennedy comes blazing in to fulfill a favor she owes Ripper Records head. She has extra copies of Rolling Stone to give away and needs the lead singer to be available. So off she goes to find him...in the hotel kitchen cooking with the lead chef, his friend. He knows all the back ways in the hotel so getting around the crowds should be quick right? Only they get caught kissing and now she is labeled Hunter's girlfriend. In Kennedy style, she spins the story to put a good light on the band. One night in bed with Hunter shouldn't cause a problem right?
Then there is Victoria, Hunter's ex, who keeps showing up at their gigs with another bandmate, Bats. No one knows what is really going on between Bats and Victoria, but Bats keeps telling Hunter to believe in him. Let's just say this all causes a lot of turmoil, turned funny, turned into passion at times.
The story is quick and flows easily that you don't realize you at the end and time has flown by while you read. It engaged my senses and had me wanting to be a part of their world. There are moments to smile, laugh, shake your head in disgust and think this might just work out. The band is cohesive for the most part, with little shake ups along the way. Oh, and you get to read about the Manaconda when there isn't cloth separating your imagination from it! Why, yes, I can confirm it is truly a Manaconda any woman would love to have *wink wink*
Kennedy and Hunter work together. They argue and have different life goals, but in the end, they fit like puzzle pieces have have been lost for a long time. A fantastic book that engages your mind and doesn't let lose until the end, pick it up!
More like 3.5 stars - I felt uncomfortable with the start of this story and then it became clearer, but I never really fell for the hero. He just wasnMore like 3.5 stars - I felt uncomfortable with the start of this story and then it became clearer, but I never really fell for the hero. He just wasn't a very good man for many reasons. This is the first book in the series, but all the secondary characters seem to be married already....more
This is my first Marie Force book and I was floored with the sensual heat that bled from the Kindle to my fingers. This is sexy, dirty, and painful with a side of love. I was blown away.
Sex Machine was my first foray into Marie Force's world of story making. I thought it was good to start with a standalone as I am over loaded with series right now that I can't keep up with. Honey struck me as a little odd in the first chapter. She really doesn't see the hoopla in sex, not that she doesn't have fun, just never magical orgasms. Her best friend points her in the direction of Blake, a boy they all knew growing up. She approaches him with a proposition. "I want you to fuck me." Well, yeah, I don't know of many men who would turn down that line.
Blake is in some shock when she asks, but he isn't turning down Honey. He assures himself it is one night because that is all he can give. He doesn't have a heart anymore, but he focuses on sex and his construction business. Through the evening, Honey does realize her heart may be in jeopardy, but who can refuse the hard cock that is giving her the orgasm she craves.
Behind all of the sex, we come to know two people dealing with their own issues. Honey was left on a church doorstep and taken in my an elderly woman to raise. She was loved deeply, but the woman who took her in has passes away and now Honey is truly alone even if she has friends. No one to truly care for her.
Blake is dealing with his own emotional baggage. In high school he had true love that he thought would go onto marriage and kids when a car accident takes her away. He feels guilty because he was driving and lived. The accident wasn't his fault, but with no memory of that night, he burdens himself deeply. He doesn't feel he deserves happiness, so he drowns himself in his work, a beer at the bar and sex with women who know the score.
Blake can't understand the draw he feels for Honey. He finds himself getting together with her again and she finds herself confused as to his intentions. Through this all, they are having sex. See, he has a huge cock. And I mean one that is absolutely making her sore. She ends up soaking in a tub almost as much as time spent having sex. There are times I wished she would say no, but she never does. She even up does something once I totally wanted to chew her out for and then kick Blake in the nuts.
The hot and cold Blake gives off through the story finally got old with me. I mean I felt the pain they were both going through, but you don't give all the hope to a woman only to pull the blanket out from under her and tell her it's for her own good. That just wasn't something a felt a real man would do. Yes, Blake had a right to grieve, but when he continues to string Honey along, I got quite angry with him. *stomps foot*
My emotions were engaged. While I wanted Honey to get what she desired, I also wanted her to respect what she wanted and not give in so much. I wanted Blake to man up and talk to her. The two do talk, but then again they don't talk too. Things peak at a point and spiral downhill and I was at a loss. So lost I didn't want to see them get together.
You will have to be a judge on this. I enjoyed reading my first Marie Force book. It won't be my last, but I will temper it to a new series or a standalone book I can keep up and enjoy.
Fused picks right up where Shattered ended. Nick is in a tailspin not knowing where he will land. His band is in shambles and the futures is unknown. His best friends is hurting and Nick can't seem to help even though he tries. Finally the woman he loves is on the run away from him. While I am not a fan of Nick's, I do feel so bad for him and wished everyone would stop crapping on his generosity.
Fused wraps up all the love stories for the group Oblivion. We have seen this group come from the beginnings of their first tour, to the heights of their own tour and album, to devastating loss with Simon losing his voice. This group has felt betrayal, hope and loss. And I have had the honor of following along as a groupie with each of them through it all.
In Quinn/Elliott style, the story unfolds organically with real life concerns for the future. There is still a lot to resolve and while this story ends, Oblivion's story is still unresolved. I fell in love with characters I didn't think had redeeming values and grew to be more tolerant of personalities that rubbed me wrong. Their stories captivated me and now hold me prisoner waiting for each new book.
Fused is no different. Nick must learn to bend more than anyone should. He just wants to be loved and accepted for who he is, not what he can get someone. While set for life money wise, he doesn't live like a typical rockstar, but he would give his shirt off his back to someone in need. Music is where he goes for solace, but even that is being denied to him. The one woman who can make him whole has her own concerns keeping her from him.
Lila is getting her divorce, but she has desires and dreams she is not sure she can give up...and they don't always agree with Nick. She wants love, babies and family. Her job is on the line and the boss isn't all to happy about her relationship with Nick. Lila's downfall is how she locks all her emotions tightly within her head.
There is a hint of a spin off .... well, I can confirm it isn't a hint since I read the first book in that spin off as well. You get to see some of the Oblivion characters in other books, because they are intertwined with family, managers and co-workers. I am so glad this isn't ending for me. I need my rockers!
The story evoked deep emotions of a love that can't be denied, a man who wants to make his woman happy and a woman who just wants to be loved. Fused is a good addition to the Oblivion story, but it isn't the end for the band, they still have a lot of work and page time for me to enjoy. Lost in Oblivion Series - Don't miss a book!
Consumed picks up right where Destroyed ended. Now, I can't review this book without some spoilers to Destroyed. So if you haven't read Destroyed and don't want to be spoiled, you have been warned.
Ok, now that that it over.
Simon is in the hospital. All those months of ignoring the tickle in his throat and abusing his vocal cords has led to him damaging them. Not knowing what the future holds, the band ends the tour and they all go their respective ways. Angry at the world and himself, Simon is now silent. Unable to use his voice for weeks and on a restrictive diet. He heads back to his beginnings, to the beach that comforts him and the laundry mat where Oblivion began.
While Simon is getting the bad news, Margo is by his side, but she wants something for him and herself. Her wealthy family owns a house on a beach on a tiny island. She trades with her mother to get access to it: she must try out for a new symphony spot open in California. Nothing is too big for helping Simon. Off to the island Simon and Margo go.
The two trade in their busy lifestyles for sun, a beach and a house that used to be a church. They make love and grow closer as a couple, with a looming timeline and no voice to be a front man any more. While on the island, they do things honeymooners do (lots of sexy times people!). Turning off their phones and ignoring the world. Margo gives everything to Simon, but still sees their time together with an expire tag. Men can't be trusted to be faithful forever and she won't be the second fiddle in any relationship.
Simon didn't need his voice to be heard. For two weeks he seduces Margo with his body, eyes and his heart. The man she fell for is gone and Simon doesn't know who he is any more, he just knows Margo is the woman he loves, desires and never wants to leave. The sea is where Simon finds solace, when not in Margo's arms, so this trip to St. John is a dream. He works hard to get back his voice, repay his bandmates for lost revenue with a cancelled tour and to find a path where he might never be able to sing again. It is so emotional to read, feeling just how lost he is and committed to making it right.
Through it all, the two were there to support each other. Margo with taking care of him and Simon taking care of the band. While it ended resolving the love story, the future of Oblivion is still in doubt and I couldn't wait to go grab the next book...a short story to accompany Simon and Margo. Lost in Oblivion Series - Catch up today!
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis If she has her way ...
Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...
He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.
Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...
Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...
Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...
I don't know why I haven't read more of Jill Shalvis's work? I mean I have read two books and I loved them both. (One of them being this story). Really...I went out and bought book 1 of this series after I read this and pre-ordered another just because I really need more of this author in my life!
The Trouble with Mistletoe is a delight for the senses! With a great group of friends who have you back through thick and thin, laughable moments that make you appreciate your own pets, and a grumpy cat that holds a grudge against the hero. This had all the elements of a wonderful Christmas time romance.
When Keane Winters storms into Willa Davis's pet shop, it's game on. Willa recognizes Keane as the boy who stood her up in high school, but he doesn't remember a thing. Strapped with a grumpy cat his aunt has him watching, Keane just wants a place to board it while he works. He is intrigued with the redhead, but senses there is something she is angry about...specifically with him. Willa isn't giving him much quarter, especially when the Cat from Hell takes to her and everything seems peaceful.
Keane is one of those heroes with a tough outside, but a oohey gooey inside. The cat never gives him an inch often defecating in his shoes to show her displeasure of being separated from her owner. Even at her worst, he dutifully cares for her, finding a place during the day for her to go and keeping her with him when not. What's not to like about a hunk carrying a pink cat carrier? This all translates into his life as well. His home life isn't the greatest and truth be known, he doesn't really know his aunt very well. When the chips are down, he steps in and takes care of his family, no questions asked.
Willa for her part is a sassy one. She has her own deep secrets of life growing up. Wanting what everyone else does, she feels she is unlovable. The pet shop is her one big success, along with the sassy apron sayings around Christmas. Taking in employees that also grew up like she did is her unconscious project to give back good when there hasn't been much good in her life.
The two need each other in ways they both don't even know. A confirmed bachelor falls harder than he expects while a woman who wants love pushes away when things get real. The secondary cast of characters round out this wonderful story of Christmas hope and love.
The Trouble with Mistletoe is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series and can be read as a standalone. It has everything a good romance needs: friends, pets, Christmas, comedy, heartbreak and love. It was a wonderful mix...and if you think reading a Christmas story in September is weird, the Christmas elements are kept subtle. It's there, but not in your face all the time. The focus remains on the characters. I highly suggest you go get this one. You will have deep Christmas regrets if you don't. Buy a copy for a friend for Christmas....yes, get it!
New to Me: Series Books 'N Tunes: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Frank Sinatra
What she wanted was to put her hands back on his chest now that she knew it was as hard as it looked. Instead she gripped either side of her seat with white knuckles. “Of course not.”
“I think you do. I think you want something else too.”
“What I want,” she said as coolly as she could, “is dinner as promised.”
“Liar,” he chided softly.
“Well that’s just rude, calling your date a liar.”
“So it is a date.” His tone was very male and very smug. It should’ve pissed her off but instead it did something hot and erotic to her insides.
Clearly knowing it, he smiled at her and then dragged his teeth over his lower lip as he contemplated her.
Gah. She wanted to do that. And she wanted to do more too. She wanted him shockingly badly and suddenly she couldn’t remember why she shouldn’t. She tried to access her thought processes on the subject but her brain hiccupped and froze. Which surely was the only reason she let go of the death grip on her seat, slid her fingers into his hair, and . . . brushed her mouth over his. He didn’t move, not a single muscle, but when she pulled back, his eyes had gone dark as night, piercing her with their intensity.
“Don’t read that the wrong way,” she whispered.
“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman kisses you?”
I went into Destroyed not really sure if I was going to like Simon's story. Simon is really into the groupies, tried to give his band members the shaft and generally was just too egotistical. Boy was I wrong. Simon hides a painful past as an abused child. Music is everything to him and his voice has gotten him and Oblivion to new heights. Then one night he has a connection both through music and mouth to body action with a beautiful violinist that is helping with their new album. She's not his typical type with her buttoned up blouses and upper class accent, he can't figure out why her leaving him has left him wanting more.
Playing in an orchestra is what is expected of Margo Reece. Coming from an influential family, she is expect to be the buttoned up, non-curvy, staid violinist her family wants and demands. Little by little she finds herself wanting more, something with more passion. Then one night playing music with Simon and the resulting night leaves her questioning exactly what she wants.
Margo is invited to tour with the group for a bit and Simon isn't letting her go. It isn't a forever thing for either of them, but they can't seem to get enough. Simon is also not seeing a doctor for the tickle in his throat. He's hitting all the right notes, but things aren't as sweet and wonderful. He's short and grumpy with her at times. She's caring, but also aloof, trying to keep her distance.
Just because Margo is buttoned up in the beginning doesn't mean she doesn't know how to let loose. The music moves her so much and she wants a part of that. Nick (guitarist) isn't so keen on her joining and wants to keep her as one time thing to the group. The others kind of welcome her and see how her violin with her funky outfits start to add depth to their songs.
The passion rolls deep between these two as they grab moments when they can to the point of adding the suspense of getting caught. With each new day, they get closer and closer to being a couple. They are exclusive, but there is an expire by date on their relationship that adds to their desperate need to get as much of each other as they can.
That one was trouble. Too bad his dick wasn’t listening. It wanted that pussy. That woman. And the appendage was about as stupid as its owner.
In the end, this one does have a cliffhanger. One that will have you grabbing up Consumed just to find out what happens. It is something that will reverberate through the rest of the entire series. Oblivion may never be the same and this couple may never come together for a forever love. That is all the question and I have the answers, but I am not telling.
I found myself loving Simon and giving him slack on some of his "features." He hurt Margo, he loved Margo and he definitely banged Margo. He sang for Margo. And he just plain was a basic guy with a bad past trying to live the dream. I loved him.
Margo too a little more to get used too. Her family helped shape her view of love and relationships. Make no excuse, she isn't looking for a forever love with Simon, just a fun time to release her passion. She doesn't believe in forever love. Her love is her violin and the need to be part of something more than just an orchestra. Slowly she finds herself drawn to the man who brings out all the good things in her and lets her be herself.
Gosh, darn it. I loved these two even if they fustrated me so much. You need to read the series. No, not totally, but there is some past events that shapes who the band members are and how Oblivion is their life. Going forward, it matters more than ever you read the series in order.
After the first two books tying me into knots I really wanted to get Pace Drake's story like yesterday. Pace comes off early on as a playboy taking on a new woman each night of the week. But even in the last book, Filthy Beautiful Love, we saw a unexpected change in him that continues to grow within this book. Pace is Colton's younger brother, often thought of as young, but really he has made his own way into the world. While not as rich as his brothers, he does well in his own career and owns his own place.
I also met Kylie Sloan in the first two books as Sophie helps her run the charity side of Colton's business. She has an office in her house as she is raising an infant son by herself. She reminds me of several new moms, running around with food on your shirt, hair in a messy bun, loving her son, but also needing something that is her own accomplishment. Doing great on her own, she isn't looking for a new man in her life besides her son.
The one woman Pace shouldn't desire is Kylie, but he can't get her out of his mind. Experience with kids let alone an infant/toddler? Nope, but he show so much maturity and faith once he makes up his mind. Now it's time to make grand gestures and get the woman, but wait a minute. Kylie isn't going to be easy and where is the father of the child? All big deals that will test this couple.
I really like Pace, but also early on I wanted to cut his dick off. Yes, just because he finds Kylie interesting, he is still seeing other women and having no problem with them giving him head. While he isn't really promising them anything, I just wanted he to have more respect for his dick and who's mouth he allows on it. Once he gets his head on right though, he does stop that business, but until then, I really didn't like him.
Besides being a literal dick, Pace does turn out to be one of those guys you know gives his heart once and fully. He doesn't know much about kids, but that doesn't stop him for learning and being supportive of Kylie. When the going gets tough for Kyle, he drops everything to be there for her and her son. It was sweet to watch a young man with no interest in forever, get down on his knees to play with a toddler. This all scares Kylie to no end.
Kylie is a strong woman and she does everything for her son. Her needs take a back row, but Pace tempts her to want more. Hurt by her baby daddy, she learns she can only depend on herself. Body aching for more, she resists with all her power, but how can you resist a hunky man playing with your son and who desires you for you?
This was an emotional struggle as the baby daddy makes his way back into Kylie's life, misunderstandings push each other and life keeps them on their toes. This is a sweet romance of a playboy falling for a single mom. I recommend this to anyone who wants a simple story with tons of heart. The Filthy Beautiful Lies Series
After feeling lost and bored with the first book, Mercury Striking, I had a better grasp of the world building in this book. The short of it: the world has been infected with a virus that causes people to go insane. Vitamin B given to the infected helps stave off the worst of the effects, but some become sociopath capable of logical thinking that is flawed with the need to kill. Now 99% of the US is dead, with Rippers (infected crazies) are running around. Civilization has broken down into several groups like gangs, mercenaries, the former government and others who group together to survive.
Vanguard is a small community that Jax Mercury created from the first book. Raze Shadow is one of his lieutenants with lots of secrets Jax wants access too. Raze has a mission. One that could get him killed by Jax, but one he has to complete to save someone he loves. Rock meet hard place. One woman is key to his mission and he has just found her: Vivienne Kennedy.
Vivienne Kennedy has been the prisoner of the president for too long when Raze rescues her. Infected and kept on mind altering drugs during her captivity, she now thinks she is either going crazy or has some weird supernatural powers like reading minds. The one constant is Raze, who seems to be there just when she needs him most. Having profiled for the FBI, she has unique background of reading people and gaining their secrets.
Wooheee this one was a ride. The men are definitely alpha in this series. They have no problem meeting out domestic discipline when needed, but also fiercely loving the women who they choose. Raze is conflicted. He can't love or have any affection for the woman he needs to save his own loved one. Fighting hard not to like her, he pushes while also pulling her into his web. Little things like putting socks on her feet, grabbed my heart. He wasn't a bad guy, just a guy who did what needed to be done and damn his heart in the process.
Vivienne, or Vinnie, is coming off a traumatic time as a victim and the world doesn't have time to cuddle her up or wait for her to heal. She's strong and to hell with being a pussy, she is going to get her life back. The little voices speaking in her head shouldn't be a problem right? She knows she shouldn't be seeing people like her stepmom who's dead, so knowing that, but still seeing it isn't crazy right? Night terrors wake her up, but she has a job to do, seeing all the people who needs someone to unload burdens onto.
One week, that's all this book takes place in. It feels like a lifetime, but really, it's only one week. Raze makes decisions fast and furious with is deadline looming. Jax is determined to figure out what his secret entails. Vinnie wants to contribute to her new home, while Lynne wants to find the bunker and a way to make the body generate vitamin B. Oh, and let's not forget Taze, the medic, who was infected in the last book. Not quite crazy, but he isn't feeling much in the way of emotions. Throw in a crazy cult leader, some mercenaries, a former gang and the crazy president and you won't be able to put the book down.
This book has it all and now that I am not so confused, it hit all the right points with me. Passionate sex against a wall, dominant men who love their women, crazy people who want to rule the world. I couldn't get enough of Raze and all the delicious things he did to Vinnie's body.
Now, I could have done without Vinnie reading minds. It was kind of an under developed side product that we only saw a couple of times. It was almost like it was supposed to be something big and got forgotten. She did see a dead person a lot, but after a while you just figured that person was her subconscious trying to protect her. With a new world, anything is possible I guess, but I wanted it developed a little better.
I recommend this to anyone who has read at least book 1, otherwise most of the outlying story won't make sense. The love between Raze and Vinnie is pretty straight forward if not too fast for a forever after all. You get enough secondary characters to keep the story going and the love alive for all the characters. If you are looking for a change of pace from contemporaries, this one will rock your world.
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Sophia Rose's Review
After reading the teaser chapter at the end of Mercury Striking, I was well-primed to get Raze and Vinnie's story. It's after 'the end of the world'. People either get tough or die and they do it in interesting ways. Rebecca Zanetti has captured a dark, gritty atmosphere, planted solid characters who blend with the setting well, and given the dire situation a series and book plot to keep the reader at it late into the night and wishing the next book was available now.
This is book two in the Scorpius Syndrome series and builds on the prequel and book that came before it. I include the prequel because it really does set up this series and what is to come not to mention a key player from the prequel is now brought back into the picture.
Shadow Falling opens right on the heels of the story before it. Jax has returned to Vanguard with Lynne, but Raze, the enigmatic and quiet, yet capable warrior has returned with an unexpected rescued woman, Vivienne Wellington. Jax is happy to have the fragile woman around to act as profiler and shrink since that was her career with the FBI, but for Raze, she is the key to getting his captured sister back from the Mercs another survivor group like Vanguard.
Vinnie was drugged to the hilt and she's pretty sure it fried her brain. She hears voices and is hallucinating about a step-mother who died years ago. Her nightmares are fierce, but she is happy to be in a relatively safe place and be needed by the people around her. Raze is the hero of her rescue, but she can tell that the man is conflicted about something and she's part of it. Between helping Jax and the crew figure out a conflict between the Pures and the Infecteds led by a delusioned new 'preacher', and helping those who are on the edge of sanity from all they are going through, she shouldn't be falling for a shadowy man with secrets.
Meanwhile, President Atherton and his group continue to search for the Bunker just like everyone else since it looks more and more like it contains the answers to Scorpius. On a side agenda, he has dark plans for when he recaptures Vinnie Wellington and Lynne Harmony and smashes Jax Mercury.
Alright, so I probably tipped my hand there with that intro. Yes, this was a fantastic read and I am thirsty for more. I love how the author engages me deeply and leaves me curious to the get the answers to my questions while excited to see more post-apocalyptic action and romancin'.
The set up of this one had me going right away since I knew Raze was stuck between a rock and a hard place when it came to Vinnie and his sister. Trade one life for another? It was an easy decision before he got to know Vinnie.
And Vinnie, she did indeed make things tough for Raze. She was so cute and adorable when most people are running around serious and grim. She babbles, she laughs and smiles, and she really cares for those around her.
This pair were a delight. I've always loved it when tough, hardened warrior types fall for the adorable, soft opposites. I laughed so hard when he pulled an alpha-move on her and she kicked him in the nuts before racing away knowing she was going to get it when he recovered.
Beyond this pair, the Vanguard cast of characters introduced in the first book are a wonderful group of friends and family of a new sort. Jax and Lynne still get page time in the background as well as Tace and Sami. I am so intrigued by the hints that the original pair from the prequel are still out there and busting up Atherton and the other deadly Rippers' plans. But I also enjoyed the inclusion of a new pair of intriguing characters in Raze's sister and her Merc captor.
The hope and mystery of The Bunker has everyone's interest and things are converging as the hunt is on for this promised place with all the answers. Things are building for something pretty intense in this series. Can't wait!
In summary, dark, gritty, suspense, action, and romance in a post-apocalyptic world was abso-fab and my only frustration is I want Jupiter Ascending now. I recommend this series whole-heartedly to those who enjoy zombie-apocalypse romances.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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There are some sexy times in this book, but the story really didn't engage me. What's not to like about two men falling all over themselves to pleasure you? Well, that wasn't the real problem I guess. The characters don't set out to be in a menage relationship, but seem to easily fall into in some ways and not so much in others. Throw in large time gaps that leave you hanging on what is happening.
Finding your man banging another lady isn't a good way to keep Angela Kenzie. Angela quits her job as a lawyer, and moves back home with her mother, ready to start life over and become the hometown local lawyer. Mending her broken heart, she is attacked by memories of her college boyfriend, now the town Sheriff, Jake. Oh and let's not forget her high school boyfriend that ending things with her so she could go achieve her dreams, Hunter, who is now the local college basketball coach.
The two men haven't forgotten just how wonderful Angela is, but neither are willing to give up their hope of winning her heart again. They agree to give Angie a break of 3 months before all bets are off. She's offended when she finds out, but neither man is going to let her keep her anger when hey both want to win her. While she dates each, she finally decides she wants both and isn't going to settle.
So begins the two men becoming sort of friends, but still not forgetting they want forever with her. She gets two men making her pleasure their top goal.
And that is where it all fell short for me. I just wasn't feeling the two guys. I mean they weren't into each other. That's fine, but they are jealous a lot. Natural, but it felt wrong all around. They don't come to terms easily, but it never felt right as they tried to work it out. They all felt it was temporary until it wasn't and then a aha moment towards the end to figure out if it could really work out.
It just wasn't fun, sexy or interesting for most of the story. I just felt uncomfortable with each of them. And that is what led me to not like most of the story. Angie's experiences make her want more and I supported that. The men each seemed to know right away they wanted her for the long term, which seemed off since they both hadn't been around her for years. Hunter living in his father's house he bought, while Jake lives above a bakery he rented with his ex-wife. Angela lives at home. So they rent hotel rooms out of town until they decide to meet at Hunter's house.
Jake make things exciting with his handcuff's, while Hunter mostly bored me. I just didn't like the characters. I didn't detest them either. They just left me wanting to find a new story. So unfortunately, I can only give this 3 stars because it is well written, just not a story I enjoyed.
Gideon oh, Gideon. Well, at the end of Hush, we thought you were dead. Yep, you kicked the bucket while your brother was attempting to save you life. Instead you saved his life and then decided it was time for peace. So when this story started, we have no clue what happened. There was a fire in the jungle so it was believed you burned up, but surprise, someone found you and helped you for their own gain of course. Other than that, we don't really know why you died, and how your came back to life, but now you have no memory of who you are.
Sin Diaz has no memory of his past, but seems to be the son of the greatest cartel leader, and now is running the cartel himself. Secretly drugged to keep his memories at bay, Sin starts to wean himself off to regain his memory. Everything seems off. He doesn't feel like a killer, or a savage beast. Slowly he starts amassing weapons and secret hideouts throughout the forest knowing the clock is ticking on his position of power.
Riva Rimaldi is going undercover for T-FLAC to infiltrate Escobar Maza's organization. Escobar relies heavily on psychic foretelling, so when he calls his favorite psychic, T-FLAC way lays her and puts Riva in her spot. Riaz has her own paranormal powers of foresight and sees the chopper taking to Escobar going down. Only part she can't see?? She never sees her own future, like if she will survive. Sin rescues her, but it's not that easy. She's now his prisoner and the camp wants to know what she knows.
Starting off with Riva being tied to a bed naked with Sin interrogating her. Riva is really cut off emotionally. She has had her visions all her life and without a filter at as a child, caused a lot of problems. Instead of having an understanding family, she had an abusive mom and a very abusive stepdad. She learns to hold her visions to a point, but she also used them as a shield to keep people away. Feeling unlovable, she has a hard time getting close to anyone enough to trust them.
Sin has his set of problems. He knows he really isn't Sin on some level, but as the memories start coming back, he has some resentment towards his brother, and the world. He falls fast for Riva. Maybe because she knows who he really is after he shows her a magazine cover of himself and brother. The hideouts he has created come in handy as they run from his "Mama" and supposed best friend through the jungle. Personality changes quickly from scene to scene as he goes from being Sin to being himself, Gideon.
Riva and Sin have a very tumultuous relationship due to all of the baggage they are carrying inside their head. The action never stops, the crazy people keep coming, the terror keeps you on the edge of your seat and these two and getting funky in the worst of conditions. The amount of time I spent on the run with them left me wanting my air conditioning, chocolate and a stiff drink. It all felt a little too over the top, especially the scenes with Escobar.
Again like with Hush, I felt off for most of the story. The characters are on the run most of the time with a lot of high adrenaline moments. You don't get much downtime to relax and get to know each other. The love making is fierce, but then they end up running right afterwards to get away from the bad guys. And not only do we have one set of bad guys, but two sets. It just gets so tiring.
Tired and ready for a nap, I would love to read something from Cherry with just a little less action, more time as a couple and characters that are likable, not because they past is horrible, but because they are good people. It just got old and I have decided this line of story isn't for me in the long run, but was a good escape for a day.
I was going through my TBR collection on my Kindle when I hit this story and said "Why not?" I didn't really know what it was about at first, so it kind of shocked me to learn the virgin heroine was selling herself as a sex slave to get the money she needed for an experimental cancer treatment for her twin sister. We follow this 21 year old virgin as she steps onto the stage where a bright light keeps her from viewing the men in the audience. Dressed only in her blue panties, her body is on display for all to see. A man purchases her for 1 million dollars. A heck of a lot more than she needed for the treatment.
And so begins the journey of Sophie and Colton.
The story is told in a first person narrative and we get both sides of the story. I didn't know anything about Colton. I didn't know if he was looking for a BDSM sex slave, a woman to just fuck around with or whatever. So it is slow getting to know him which is what made me continue the story.
Colton drags Sophie along with sensual promises, but also with rebuffing that plays with Sophie's mind. The two exist with each other as they get to know each other. There aren't much in the way of rules other than she must stay with him for six months and submit to all of his desires and needs. While I want to say this was an erotic romance, I can't. There are elements missing for me to say it is erotic. I was on edge, but not in a pleasurable way. Why? You have been warned it is a spoiler.
There is no penetration, or intercourse throughout the entire book. There is oral sex, mostly her blowing him and only once her getting fingered.
Colton holds onto a secret that ultimately causes them a lot of hurt in the end. And that leads to a cliffhanger that continues in the second book. There are a lot of things to work out. I don't totally understand why Colton purchases Sophie. At one point you think he just wants free access to sex. Another point you think he is just pissed he got outbid on another sex slave. It all is un-character like as we get to know Colton.
I like Colton, but I don't like that he purchased Sophie. I like Sophie and I understand why she sold herself. I just can't really wrap my head around the situation really well. The two draw closer, but also farther away through the book.
While it was an interesting premise, I kind of got caught in what the heck just happened too much. And quickly went out and bought all the books in the series. It ends in a cliffhanger, so I can only say the beginning grabbed me, but I am not totally sure I enjoyed just how uncomfortable I felt reading it.