Wow! I just loved this book! I knew it was a big KA favorite. But I was about 50% in and liking it, but I couldn't figure out whyPictures at the end!
Wow! I just loved this book! I knew it was a big KA favorite. But I was about 50% in and liking it, but I couldn't figure out why this was a stand out for so many people. By the end, I knew. I got it. Sam was this loyal, affectionate, sexy as hell, uber-alpha (a shelf I created specifically for KA), but he had demons and they were keeping him from true happiness. But God, I still loved him! Even when he was frustrating as hell! I was rooting for him. (view spoiler)[ I loved he had a gun drawn on the intruder naked! (hide spoiler)]
And Kia was the bomb. Just amazing. Someone that was so hurt and abused, trust broken over and over, yet she could open herself up to love. Everyone who met her loved her. I knew why, I loved her too! When she met Sam's supermodel friend and widow of his best friend, Luci, she wasn't jealous or possessive. She saw Luci for the inner beauty that was there. I just loved that. She had very reason to feel insecure given her background, but no she let her sweetness infect everyone she came in contact with. And can't forget Memphis! Kick ass little dog!
And Celeste and Thomas, OMG! I just adored them. There are times in life when you meet people and just click, and thier connection to Kia felt so real. Utterly believable. And Kristen Ashley again brings together all of these people of different cultural backgrounds, like real life! I thought Sam's mom was such and honest to goodness real life character, she was a take no prisoners, you-may-be-grown-but-your-still-my-baby-so-listen-up mom. Loved it!
I'm just sad that this is a standalone. What about Hap and Luci? I GOTTA KNOW! Luci-
Great job Kristen Ashley!, How does she make me feel so much and from such an honest place? It spoils you for other authors! Shit!
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-As we saw at the end of Lover Avenged, Xhex has been taken by Lash. John Matthew, desperate to find her and acting every bit the bonded male, gets “Xhexania” tattooed on his back in the old language in the first chapter. Could we love him more? Seriously.
-There is some serious Qhuay (Qhuinn and Blay) in this book. Never enough for my taste, but what we see is combustible!
-We see the latent power John Matthew has been hiding from us all when he uses the guts of a lesser to redo a kitchen. Sweet!
-Xhex saves herself, which is no small feat for the half-sympath. Lash is keeping her hostage in a kind of psychic prison. You go girl!
-Once Xhex is out, only John Matthew knows where to find her. He cares for her with the heart of a warrior and all of the love his old soul possesses. I loved it!
-We get to see Darius’ and Tohr’s connection to Xhex. It’s surprising.
-At first I didn’t like this, but after reading book 9, I do. I like Payne. She’s Vishous’ badass sister, but she has unexpected depths. I’m not sure Wrath could do without her.
-John Matthew’s reaction to finding out Lash wasn’t impotent like the other lessers. Broken treadmill anyone?
-I love, love, loved JM and Xhex’s first time once she’s back.
-Tohr and John make peace. *happy dance*
-Blay goes on a date with Qhuinn’s sexy and refined cousin, Saxton. It unleashes Qhuinn’s bonding scent in a big way!
-The mating ceremony. OMG! Zsadist is singing All I Want is You by U2 (A capella!) as Xhex walks down the stairs in Wellsie’s red gown. John signs ‘Come to me. Come down to me, my female.’ Tissues please!
-Xhex lets down her walls and is there for JM in his time of crisis. In return, John gives Xhex the closure she so desperately needs, even though he needed the closure too. His love for her trumped his needs for vengeance.
-And maybe the best of all, is the moment Xhex sees her name tattooed on John Matthew’s back. Loved it!
What I didn’t like about Lover Mine:
-Lash. He is such a punk! Ugh!
-I know it’s a set up to introduce Murhder, but the whole haunted house reality show stuff was boring and WTFery....more
Great, great book. I was surprised by Eveline's condition, and it made for such an interesting and refreshing read. Loved it! She was a heoine with plGreat, great book. I was surprised by Eveline's condition, and it made for such an interesting and refreshing read. Loved it! She was a heoine with pluck, spirit, incredible courage and heart. I adored her. Graeme was such an amazing hero and leader. Not perfect, but perfect for Eveline. There's a scene in the end that brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait for the next book. ...more
Hot as hell! It's a novella length, but I would have loved to see it full length. I loved Vin and his Dominant nature, while still being tender and caHot as hell! It's a novella length, but I would have loved to see it full length. I loved Vin and his Dominant nature, while still being tender and caring. Love him!...more
This book was fabulous! I was in a slump after reading Motorcycle Man. Nothing was working for me. Well this did! It featured a man, Sam, who was writThis book was fabulous! I was in a slump after reading Motorcycle Man. Nothing was working for me. Well this did! It featured a man, Sam, who was writing his dead wife love letters and taking out billboards to do so, even before she died. And Rory works for for the billboard signage company. When Rory finds out that Sam's wife has died, she calls to offer her condolences. Sam asks her to lunch and things grow from there. Sam is rusty when it comes to love. He and his wife were estranged before her death, but Rory is anything but shy. They adore each other from the beginning and a sexual relationship starts to grow slowly between the two, including some very hot phone sex. it's a perfect combination of sweet, sexy and nasty-hot! Plus! It has a KICKASS EPILOGUE! Which for KA fans is a must!
Tack! We finally get Tack’s book and boy was he worth the wait! We first met Tack in Mystery Man, Book one ofAs reviewed for Read Our Lips Book Blog!
Tack! We finally get Tack’s book and boy was he worth the wait! We first met Tack in Mystery Man, Book one of the Dream Man Series. Click here for that review. He’s a hot biker guy, who’s a real badass in the ‘protect and take care of what’s mine’ arena of the Alpha Male, and Kristen Ashley can write the hell out of an Alpha Male!
Tyra is a smart, got-it-all-together chick, who has been living off of her savings for the past two months after leaving a toxic work environment. We meet Tyra after she’s had a one night stand with Tack, thinking he’s her dream man, but after some seriously hot sex, he kicks her out of bed and it breaks her heart a little. Fast forward a day or two we get to see Tyra show up for her first day of work at Ride, the garage belonging to Chaos, the Biker Club of which Tack is the leader.
What is the first thing Tyra sees upon getting out of her car at Ride? Tack kissing a tall, beautiful brunette goodbye. Whatever, Tyra needs this job. She’s been without one for too long. She’s going to do whatever it takes to survive.
Tack spots her and assumes that she’s there for him. But when she explains that she’s there for her first day of work, he informs her she can’t have the job because they’ve slept together. Tyra refuses to take this lying down and fights to keep her job. Tack states that if she’s in his bed again, she’s out the door. Then it’s on like Donkey Kong as Tack sets out to seduce her and Tyra is determined to resist.
Kristen Ashley books are really something special. She writes from a very honest place. Her characters resonate deep emotional truths that just plain ring true. She writes heroines who are so real. They are strong, beautiful, flawed, smart and always full of fire. Tyra was no exception. She had fears and insecurities but those were drowned out by how wonderful she was. So kind and accepting, with a heart of gold.
Tack has two teenage kids from a previous marriage that Tyra accepts and loves. Not because of their Dad, but because they are awesome kids and they earned it all on their own. She has layers and layers to her, all of them wonderful an fascinating. Tack sees this from the get go.
The way Tyra describes the effect Tack has had on her life, is that her world was black and white until she met him and brought color into her world. They are a fun pair to watch unfold. Tack being the tattooed, hawt, badass biker that makes pancakes and fajitas for his family and does anything he can to protect them, even from his ex-wife. And Tyra, the beautiful woman who decided long ago not to settle for anything less than her dream man, but when she finally finds him, it scares the bejeesus out of her. Tack is not without complications.
Tack and Tyra have amazing sexual chemistry and Tack is such a sexy dirty talker. It works. It works really well. The dialogue between the two becomes more and more intimate, as Tack is surprisingly sweet.
But their journey isn’t without outside strife. We have to deal with Tyra’s best friend and some trouble surrounding her, as well as problems with the Russian mob! But to sweeten an already great book, we get to see the other couples and Elvira (yay!) from the other books in the series a few times.
The magnificent Kristen Ashley does it again. Amazing characters, wonderful story, beautiful epilogue. Definite recommended read.
What I loved about Motorcycle Man:
*Tack calls Tyra “Red”, but won’t allow anyone else to call her that. *Badass bikers with bigass hearts! *Pepper spray smackdowns. *KA’s descriptive writing. Nothing like it! *Tattoos. Existing and proposed. *Tabby and Rush. Great kids. *How and why Tack checks for a pulse on the people he loves to reassure himself that they are ok. *That Tack made Chaos not only run clean, but in the black. Giving it’s members a good life. *Pizza and The Color Purple. *Cherry Red 1967 Mustang Eleanor Fastback. *The word “Greedy” has now become hot! *Tack’s sweetness and Tyra’s inability to take it without crying. *Dog tags for no reason. *That Tack was willing to do whatever he had to to get his kids out of a bad situation from their home with their mother, Naomi. *How Tyra dresses to come to work at a garage. *The epilogue. Oh, how I love a Kristen Ashley epilogue.
What I didn’t love about Motorcycle Man:
*BeeBee the skank. *That Tack was a bit of a jerk for a time. (This resolves.) *The requirement of Tyra to turn a blind eye to someone’s cheating. I get it, but it feels like the sisterhood take a hit. And Kristen Ashley handles it with aplomb.
Here is a picture Kristen Ashley posted as having a Tack vibe.
Here is the playlist I made for Motorcycle Man using mostly youtube videos.
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Preliminary review-This book is amazing. Just amazing. Tiffany Reisz is so damn smart. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you questionPreliminary review-This book is amazing. Just amazing. Tiffany Reisz is so damn smart. She makes you think. She makes you feel. She makes you question yourself and your beliefs. She's not afraid of the darknessthat resides in a character's soul and she's not afraid drag you along with her into that darkness.. Nothing is taboo with her, and she makes you feel like you should reconsider what you consider taboo. All of her characters are relatable. All are human, flawed and beautiful.
Søren, in the Siren, was not my favorite character. I like him much more now. I understand him better. We get to see the complexity of all of these wonderful characters. The addition of Michael is a beautiful one. There's a lot of character growth and definitely more sex. Reisz's characters have layers upon layers that are rarely seen in literature. She's a gifted writer. No one can write a Switch like Ms. Reisz, no one.
If you like BDSM, this series cannot be missed. It will be a classic one day. Of this, I'm sure.
The Angel by Tiffany Reisz: Blew. Me. Away. It's the kind of read you wish wouldn’t end with twists and turns you'd never anticipate, evoking emotions you never expected.
The Angel picks up a year later after the ending of The Siren. Nora is back together with Søren. We get to see some play scenes between the two of them, which we fans have been waiting to see for so long. Those two live up to the hype, let me tell you. And finally! We get to see some love and tenderness between these two! Tiffany Reisz (TR or Mistress Tiff) made us wait a long time for that! But it was definitely worth the wait.
To protect everyone involved from a work issue that's dogging Søren, he sends Nora away and has her take Michael (the White Room Virgin from The Siren) with her to begin his training as a submissive. Nora decides to go to upstate New York and visit Griffin. We all remember Griffin from The Siren, right? Sexy Dom with great muscles, hair, and smile? Yum. So it's just the three of them in Griffin's big house for the period of exile.
With Griffin topping Nora, who's topping Michael, this equals to so much sexiness, it makes you squirm in the best possible sense. The three of them together and all their debauchery for a summer were some of my favorite scenes. At one point, Griffin is wearing a kilt and nothing else. Be still my heart!
Add to the landscape, Suzanne, a reporter investigating Søren. Suzanne has demons of her own – namely a brother who committed suicide, the biggest triggering factor having been molested by a priest in childhood. Her faith is in question. Suzanne has a very primal attraction to Søren. She wants him. With Nora gone for the Summer, Søren is short a play partner...
Suzanne gets to go a bit down the rabbit hole, but all under the guiding hand of Søren and of course Kingsley the Omnipotent. Suzanne's investigating an anonymous tip she received about Søren, and through her digging we learn about Søren's beginnings. I have to say, I like Søren a LOT more in this book, than I did in The Siren.
We get to see some of the bricks of his foundation and to say it's shocking is an understatement. This is where TR shines. She can take a book that is so enjoyable and sexy and bring an abysmal darkness into it. All the while, she protects you from the deep despair that would normally accompany reading such a harsh subject matter. Usually, it would be hard for me to move to a lighter scene after such darkness is exposed, but TR is just so good at weaving the human conditions which plagues us all. Her writing makes you feel protected, I think much in the way Søren's subjects feel protected by him. You may take the fall, but she'll give you a soft place to land. I have no idea how she does it. But it's one of the things that has always made her one of my favorite authors.
Notably missing is Wesley, but not for long. I'm not going to spoil you on this one. But just so you know, I desperately covet Wes' combs.
The Angel is not to be missed. TR is like one of those World Record setting Domino Toppling Players. You know – the ones who set up tens of thousands of dominoes; up stairs, around corners, then back down stairs, and it all starts with one. . . little . . . push. The Angel is brilliantly woven, with wonderfully sweet moments as well as incredibly disturbing revelations. While on this journey, I have no idea where TR’s taking me, but I love the hell outta the trip! I have the feeling we've only just begun our Original Sinners journey and I eagerly await the next installment - The Prince.
What I liked about The Angel:
Reunion. I finally get the reunion between Søren and Nora that I wanted in The Siren. Tenderness included. Søren. I have now fallen prey to Søren's hotness. Back story. We get more of Søren and Nora's back story. Together and Separate. Hold onto your hats! Griffin. I adore him. Sexiness aside, his playful nature and huge heart would have even the coldest reader swooning. He is a natural Dom, protective to the Nth degree and a smart-ass to boot. Love, love, love Griffin! Tattoo time and everything that went with it. Everyone should get their tats from a purple-haired, Scottish chick named Spike. Healing. Søren's assistance in helping Suzanne heal. Wesley's talk with Søren. Boy's got cajones. Nora's big heart. She may be a switch, but she's also a nurturer. Michael, Nora's Angel. I love his sweetness, his bravery, his capacity for love. His submission is beautiful. He's very special and TR makes sure we know it. The ending. Here's how I feel about the ending-*twirly, whirly-gig, Lucy from Peanuts dance, ending in beautiful ballet on tip-toe, (I took tap and jazz, I don't know the names for these, sorry!) and Plié.*
**spoiler alert** This is the non-orgy edition. I liked the orgy edition a bit better. I know why it didn't work for some, but Trey exerting complete**spoiler alert** This is the non-orgy edition. I liked the orgy edition a bit better. I know why it didn't work for some, but Trey exerting complete control over his mate and sharing her is the ultimate in Dominance.
I LOVED this Book! It was wonderful! The heroine, Taryn is snarky, smart, strong and funny as hell. She's all of this despite being ostracized by herI LOVED this Book! It was wonderful! The heroine, Taryn is snarky, smart, strong and funny as hell. She's all of this despite being ostracized by her pack for being a "latent wolf" or not being able to shift into wolf form. She's has very special healing powers, and still, her stupid pack picks on her. But Taryn is an Alpha, whether she can shift or not, she's powerful. Taryn's dad is set on mating his daughter off to someone Taryn knows will abuse.
Enter Trey, Alpha wolf badass of the Pheonix pack and sex on a stick! He makes a deal with Taryn. They pretend to be mates for 12 weeks, hoping to gain alliances through Taryn's pack and for her it a get out of an abusing mating free card.
It starts off as an arrangement, but of course it ends up as so much more.
The peripheral characters are wonderful. If this gets made into a movie, Betty White has to play Trey's crotchety grandmother! I'll simply have it no other way.
The sex is crazy hot. Because between two Alphas, submission has to be gifted. Trey loves having to win her submission.
I like the way the the writer talks about the inner wolf. For instance she might say, "Taryn didn't like that at all, but her wolf was all for it. Hussy." The wolves inside are almost a separate entity within the same body, and one that often fights for dominance. But at the same time, the two halves are completely reconciled.
The one thing that may drive some readers batty, is that the Point-of-view skips around a lot, without delineation of any sort. This did not bother me. I liked knowing how the two main characters felt in the same scene. It was sometimes, paragraph to paragraph.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next in the series!...more
Bared to You was getting tons of fanfare on Goodreads. People were going crazy over it!Update: As reviewed for: Read Our Lips Book Blog
Gideon and Eva
Bared to You was getting tons of fanfare on Goodreads. People were going crazy over it! It didn’t take long for me to understand why. I was hooked in the first chapter. Eva Tramell, a 24 year old new graduate has moved to New York City with her best friend, Cary (a bisexual man) to be closer to her mom and stepfather. She has a new job in the Crossfire Building at an advertising agency. The day before she starts her new job, she stops by the office and literally crashes into Gideon Cross, who at 28-years old, is a billionaire business mogul, owner of the building she works in and the most gorgeous man Eva has ever laid eyes on.
After a few elevator encounters, it’s clear that the heat between them is mutual. When I say heat, I mean that it’s possible that I’ve never have seen such incendiary lust put to page. It borders on unhealthy and crosses over that line a time or two.
Gideon is determined to get Eva into his bed, but he doesn’t date. He has women that he sleeps with and women that are his friends and never the twain shall meet. Eva is not opposed to a friends with benefits arrangement, but wants a little more than a business transaction. So begins the chase.
Eva tries to hold out, but Gideon uses every one of his considerable resources to win her over. This borders on stalking which really bothers Eva because her mother is already ignoring the boundaries Eva has set in her life. Unfortunately, it’s a big error on Gideon’s part, but let’s just say Gideon is a little OCD on the information gathering.
Eventually Gideon wins her over. Their first sexual encounter has some of the hottest dialogue I’ve ever read and it only gets hotter from there. (see excerpt).
But both Eva and Gideon have serious issues to overcome. Eva has self-esteem issues mostly due to a sexual abuse history and Gideon, is battling demons of his own though it’s unclear exactly what kind. He is a Sexomniac and has vivid dreams that are upsetting for Eva to witness, and one of his dreams brings Eva’s traumatic past roaring to the forefront once again.
But both Gideon and Eva become quickly and fiercely devoted to one other. They try to mend a lot of their differences through sex, though it’s hard to tell that’s what they are doing because they literally cannot keep their hands off of one another. But they are both aware of their own flaws and try hard to work on them.
There is serious family drama on both sides and both characters make major relationship mistakes. But it’s an incredible journey to witness. Gideon learns to open himself up to someone and is so crazy about Eva at times it feels as if he’ll jump out of his skin if he can’t touch her or be near her. Eva works hard at not running when things become difficult and admits to being very jealous and possessive and even uses it to try to warn Gideon away in the beginning. Through it all they explore elements of Dominance and submission, though there is no bondage or physical punishment, it’s fascinating to watch them figuring it out.
This book was just incredible. I couldn’t put it down! The sex was so hot and the relationship was so juicy that I just had to know what was coming next! There is a sequel planned to be released later in the year, but there’s not an uncomfortable cliffhanger that will make you wish that you waited for the sequel to come out to read both books. Definite recommended read.
Wow! This book was so hot. There was so much emotional angst, I felt it physically. I can't wait for the sequel. I know a lot of people are comparing this to Ifty Shades, but I like the heroine in this book more. A lot more. She stronger, sexual and a little broken, but so is Gideon. I thought (view spoiler)[ when the rape almost happened in Gideon's sleep, it could be weirdly cathartic for them. I get why not, but still, I thought the author was going there. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this book. I liked the situational tension, as well as the sexual tension between the two main characters. I r3.9 Stars, Just Missed 4 Stars
I enjoyed this book. I liked the situational tension, as well as the sexual tension between the two main characters. I really loved the road trip and how it brought the twosome out of their proverbial shells. I love that Shane becomes very Alpha-possessive over his Sunshine. I love that Kendall loves his pet name for her. The steam factor was through the roof!
But the reason it missed 4 Stars was (view spoiler)[ when our couple gets to the Heron B&B, Shane goes off! in a way that I didn't think fit with how the relationship was developing. It was like he had B&B PTSD. Hiding in the Barn, not coming out to eat. (Not knocking PTSD, just saying) What's up with that? I was glad that they pulled out the HEA, but not so sure I loved how it was done. (hide spoiler)] I'd like to thank the author for the epilogue. I ♥ epilogues.
The book also has a unique set up which you can read in:
THE BLURB. You know, that paragraph or five up there by the book's cover that gives you a synopsis without giving away all the enjoyment a person reading the book for the first time might want to experience, while reading it for the first time. This is why I do not rehash plot in reviews.
I love the Kindred series. The first book blew me away. But this one, though it had a lot of good story, it lacked the polished effort Andersone usualI love the Kindred series. The first book blew me away. But this one, though it had a lot of good story, it lacked the polished effort Andersone usually puts into her books. The tone of her author's note in the beginning was a little angry. I get it, but I don't know, it seemed so angry that it put me in kind of a mood. Ya know?
I'll probably read the next book, though not right away. :)...more
This book was good, but it had a lot of parallels to To Command and Collar. The heroine was raped then was given to the two broA new Sinclair! Yippee!
This book was good, but it had a lot of parallels to To Command and Collar. The heroine was raped then was given to the two brothers to be mentored, then they slowly brought forth her sexuality in a way that she felt safe. I'm still processing....more
3.75 Stars. A good, hot at times, tender scifi read. I liked it. Buddy read with Carrie, can't wait to see what she thinks about these Cyborgs who ove3.75 Stars. A good, hot at times, tender scifi read. I liked it. Buddy read with Carrie, can't wait to see what she thinks about these Cyborgs who overcame their programming and saved themselves. They have their own planet, which reminds me much of Laurann Dohner Cyborg seduction series, which I liked a bit better. But still a good read....more
I liked this hook, though not as much as the first. I would have liked to see more of Wrath and Beth. I love John Matthew and adore Tohr and Wellsie fI liked this hook, though not as much as the first. I would have liked to see more of Wrath and Beth. I love John Matthew and adore Tohr and Wellsie for the role they play in his life. I love those two. I thought Rhage could have just explained to Mary why he kept pulling away. And I think Mary should have communicated better. Plus, everything a section about the lessers came up, I lost some momentum. I find them boring and evil at the same time. Weird huh?...more
I enjoyed this very much. I love the Maya Banks Highlander Books. This one had a heroine who was very strong and inspiring despite all of the trials sI enjoyed this very much. I love the Maya Banks Highlander Books. This one had a heroine who was very strong and inspiring despite all of the trials she'd been put through. The Hero was wonderful. He was kind and tender with a lass who had been sorely a used and championed her. Their story was very sweet. :)...more