I really loved book 3 in this series and I'm hoping that we'll get a book 4! Scott Hildreth's writing has become seamless. Whereas I found book 1 in t...moreI really loved book 3 in this series and I'm hoping that we'll get a book 4! Scott Hildreth's writing has become seamless. Whereas I found book 1 in this series to be a bit stiff, this book was the epitome of 'Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight.' I loved it.
Vee is a great heroine and the ancillary characters have me crossing my fingers for follow up books for them.
I can't wait to see what's next out of the mind of this author. He has a very unique voice. Which is what I have come to value as a reader.
The greatness of this book is in the details. (view spoiler)[I could list the details but I HATE spoilers. However I can't...more4.5 Left Hookery Stars! ;)
The greatness of this book is in the details. (view spoiler)[I could list the details but I HATE spoilers. However I can't wait for you to discover "the Lickle", and all the other details that the complicated Mike "Ripp" Ripton supply. From his shoes to what he does with them. (hide spoiler)]Scott Hildreth's writing just continually improves--something that is one of the highest compliments I can pay. The interesting thing is, the hero in Unstoppable grows leaps and bounds. Writers that stall or decline or maintain status quo bore the hell out of me. Hildreth's intelligence, wit, sexy writing and sense of humor come through in every single chapter!
I have a lot of respect for Scott Hildreth. He fought "the Man" and won. He's persistent and so are his characters. He also writes very strong female characters, and the the ugly truth. But I love the way he constructs the beauty of life.
The story is so enjoyable, sexy, hysterical and unique. It's not a book you've read in any way before.
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I am REALLY loving this series! The writing is so biting, so rich, so decadent. Full of emotional intelligence, fiery passio...moreRound Three is a Knockout!
I am REALLY loving this series! The writing is so biting, so rich, so decadent. Full of emotional intelligence, fiery passion, and closets full of skeletons that weave a great story as we go deeper into the human plot of Dom Wars. Add to that- sext challenges and a limo equipped with a driver than can sing, and you're in for an emotional ride!
Our hero shows such vulnerability and wants so desperately for the heroine to trust him with every part of herself. Lucian's hunger for trust that I felt was a character all it's own in Round Two, is still around, but plays a smaller part. Perhaps, satiated in some ways when it comes to gaining Tara's trust and yet still hyper-vigilant in other ways. Interestingly, the trust that is growing between them is often built due to sex. Which is hot, emotional and always surprising.
It was clear to see that Tara's trust is growing, but incrementally. Lucian drinks up every drop of those moments of Tara's walls being down. He thirsts for true intimacy with Tara. Not to be confused with sexual intimacy, which they have in spades. True intimacy means letting the other person see every part of yourself, all of the parts you think are ugly and unsightly. The parts you hide away. Tara is so afraid to pull those parts of herself into the light of day, so afraid that Lucian will reject what he sees. If Tara could only see that her letting him in would quench every, single need in him. Repair the part of HIM that's broken. He would drink her into his soul and never let go. He would protect her with every fiber of his being. He already does.
Denial is a big theme in this book. Tara's denial that the parts of her past still hurt her. She thinks all of her problems are solved because of therapy. But she clearly hasn't done the homework part of therapy. The living, the making amends. Instead, she's put coat after coat of shellac on all of those cracks and Lucian can't let that be. Lucian wants to build what they have together, from the foundation up, brick by brick. A brand new house for Tara to feel safe in and place for him to love her with everything he has. It's my dearest hope that Lucian isn't living in denial, believing that Tara will give him all of herself, if he can just be the man he needs her to be. Does that man even exist? Hopefully, we'll find out in Round Four. I'm certainly rooting for Lucian and Tara. I can't wait!
I like the plot in this series, but it is in serious need of copy editing. It was as if the author had a limited number of periods and commas that she...moreI like the plot in this series, but it is in serious need of copy editing. It was as if the author had a limited number of periods and commas that she was allowed to use. I had to backtrack so many times, to figure out where the break was supposed to be! that it took away from some of the enjoyment. The sex scenes are hot, but I'd love more character development. It's entirely the hero's POV, which is a change, too.
“Shit I slipped I hadn’t wanted to say that now with all this uncertainty hanging over our heads, I’d wanted to wait until things had been squared away with her dad I thought she would better appreciate it then oh well the cat was out of the bag now wasn’t it?”
Excerpt From: Jordan, Silver. “Bred.” iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.(less)
I like the plot of this book. That was fine. The male POV was authentic but the female POV had me scratching my head. As did some of the co...more3.25 Stars.
I like the plot of this book. That was fine. The male POV was authentic but the female POV had me scratching my head. As did some of the conclusions the hero jumped to. For instance, he's in his very early 20's and has everything psychologically figured out. One visit to a therapist and problem identified. He also said most older waitresses who worked in diners were in an abusive relationship. Wha???
“More than likely she was the single victim of a relationship that was once like Kace’s. Most of the older waitresses in diners were.”
Excerpt From: Scott, Hildreth. “Undefeated - A New Adult Romance Novel.” Scott Hildreth Books, 2013-12-28T11:00:00+00:00. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.
So this was an okay read for me. I loved the revenge part and I liked the characters, but it just didn't gel.(less)
I LOVED this novella. It was witty and sexy and REAL. Even the reality show seemed a possibility due to the reality crap on TV today. I'd totally watch Dom Wars!
I loved how much Lucian put himself out there. He was a Dom that showed his vulnerability, his care, his kindness. Tara couldn't have a better guide into adult sexuality that Lucian. She hasn't figured out yet that she can dominate every single part of her life, but just let go in the bedroom. Let someone take the reigns and feel that freedom. It doesn't make her less of a woman to be submissive in the bedroom. Subs are, after all the ones who are in control. They're the ones who can say no, or safe word out. I love that in a lot of ways, BDSM is therapy. It involves things people often have trouble with: trust, commitment, control. But what a fun way to work those issues out.
I really felt that Lucian loves, respects and cares for women, just in general. A true Dom is protective to his core and Lucian is a true Dom. But all of those feelings are amplified when it comes to Tara. His soul seeks hers.
I enjoyed this book. The hero, Blaze is a firefighter that's inherited his father's lucrative personal protection company. He also rides a Harley. So...moreI enjoyed this book. The hero, Blaze is a firefighter that's inherited his father's lucrative personal protection company. He also rides a Harley. So I think the author covered every woman's "oooo spot". But he's a great alpha male, protective, but not overbearing. The heroine is broken, but Blaze is easy to trust. If you like Kristen Ashley book, I think you'd like this books. I love the relationship between sisters in this book as well. Just plain enjoyable.(less)
So. Wow. This book was very dark for me. From when Emme started to accept everything with child like wonder and became this sort of this woman-child....moreSo. Wow. This book was very dark for me. From when Emme started to accept everything with child like wonder and became this sort of this woman-child. And Jacob (Deck) being the genius he was, I think didn't even see it in the beginning. But then Emme. Poor broken Emme, became his greatest puzzle. This is a serious hero/damsel in distress complex. But KA writes these amazing broken characters. That's not new. So why does this resonate in such a dark place for me? No clue.
I wanted Emme to have inpatient psych treatment. I feel, after reading so many KA books, this may be her darkest. It has stayed with me and not in a good way.
Don't get me wrong. There are parts that are beautiful and wonderful. But parts that were so dark, I felt I needed another book to see it through.
I'm gonna say 3.25 Stars. But my mind is still reeling.....(less)
I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long. Eternal trainee, Sassy Sally, finally gets the Dom that's a perfect fit for her. W...more3.5 Stars
I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long. Eternal trainee, Sassy Sally, finally gets the Dom that's a perfect fit for her. Well, as it turns out, the perfect Dom is two Doms that like to co-Dom. They've had their eye in Sally for a while. Sally has a reputation at Shadowlands for being a bratty sub and topping from the bottom. Needless to say, with two Doms, there is no topping from the bottom.
Vance and Galen decide to take on the bratty little sub. When they realize that she might be in danger thanks to the goons still kidnapping subs to sell into slavery, they waste no time moving her in with them. The Harvest Association is still at large and the Feds have a hard time focusing on anything else. We also get to see the trio meet and explain their relationship to each of their families.
They are a perfect trio. There's always sexy fun, D/s and more. Very enjoyable! Sinclair is always an easy read. She handles the psychology behind how her characters act with aplomb. I would have liked more sex, there was surprisingly less sex, which surprised me. But still a great read. :)(less)
This is a very enjoyable, sensual and sweet book by a talented author. Just the right amount of conflict and angst without making you want to pull you...moreThis is a very enjoyable, sensual and sweet book by a talented author. Just the right amount of conflict and angst without making you want to pull your hair out. The characters were very real and beautiful and flawed, but they came together beautifully.(less)
Fantastic book. It's bittersweet, sexy, conflicted, heart wrenching and hot as hell. Only YOU will know which side you'll come out on. Honestly a 5 st...moreFantastic book. It's bittersweet, sexy, conflicted, heart wrenching and hot as hell. Only YOU will know which side you'll come out on. Honestly a 5 star read.(less)
Did you hear that? I was being very SHOUTY, because I freakin' love her! She is so enjoyable to read and I always have to look up n...moreI LOVE LAURA KAYE!
Did you hear that? I was being very SHOUTY, because I freakin' love her! She is so enjoyable to read and I always have to look up new words when reading her books. This book's word? Morass- 1- boggy or muddy ground. 2- a complicated or confused situation. I surely- should have read this word in my favorite genre.
What's so fab? Well, I'm glad you asked. She gives her characters such unique voices. They're all so different. She makes individuals unique and surprising and complex and flawed and wonderful. She makes situations much the same.
Bonus for me - she's a local writer.
Recommended read. Very hot. Very angsty. No cliffy. ;) (less)
Hallelujah! Cum play! Woohoo! Super sexy! Tats, piercings, sexual chemistry thought the roof. An easy read. Not a boring moment. The dedication had me...moreHallelujah! Cum play! Woohoo! Super sexy! Tats, piercings, sexual chemistry thought the roof. An easy read. Not a boring moment. The dedication had me teary. Lola Stark's got skills. I'll be reading book 2.
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. I loved the premise of a man losing his wife and trying to win her back. I thought the story was pretty real...moreI enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. I loved the premise of a man losing his wife and trying to win her back. I thought the story was pretty realistic. There weren't a lot of sex scenes and they were mildly done, but they had the right tone, :)(less)
This book had the bones of being good, but it was missing the meaty flesh, that readers can sink their teeth into. The sex scenes were boring and repe...moreThis book had the bones of being good, but it was missing the meaty flesh, that readers can sink their teeth into. The sex scenes were boring and repetitive. (less)
I really liked this book. It was very hot. The plot was unusual. It all started with two strangers texting then meeting in the dark for fiery passion....moreI really liked this book. It was very hot. The plot was unusual. It all started with two strangers texting then meeting in the dark for fiery passion. There were times when I wanted to shake the heroine, for all her rules.
There is some great fellatio in this book involving oil. Love it!
I enjoyed the third book in the Breathless Series. I've noticed that they've taken out the "trilogy" after "Breathless", so I'm wondering if there wil...moreI enjoyed the third book in the Breathless Series. I've noticed that they've taken out the "trilogy" after "Breathless", so I'm wondering if there will be more books. I wouldn't mind Caroline or Brittany's stories. :)
I liked Ash and Josie's story. It wasn't very angsty, and they fell into a relationship easily. Of course, there is some conflict, but it doesn't season the entire relationship. I think Ash is one of those men that is a good man in spite of the viper's nest he was raised in. And Josie has a vast capacity for love and an ability to give Ash what he needs. To care and take care of someone. Ash will do anything to protect what he considers his family- Gabe and Jace and their women, along with Josie and Brittany, his sister.
I love all of these alpha males and their take charge attitudes. :) Again, like the rest of the series this is BDSM without calling it such and there is no safeword. No means no. :)
One of the best parts of the book was the girl's night out. They have one in every book but they get better and better. I laugh at every one.
Fun easy read.
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I know some people don't see Devin and Lilly as being realistic. That Devin is a hottie and Lilly is a size 20...moreGuest reviewed for B's Beauty and Books.
I know some people don't see Devin and Lilly as being realistic. That Devin is a hottie and Lilly is a size 20, and even though she's pretty, they aren't well matched. Here's my take.
I see their compatibility as realistic. The hero has never had any innocence- his mom left when he was 13. He helps keeps his dad's business afloat and raise his kid sister and the women he chooses, like Renee (his piece of ass) -are ones's he knows he won't commit to long term. He does mention that Renee is tall and lean, but he also hates all of the "fakeness" about her. Enter Lilly- yes she's plus sized, but he does feel immediate attraction to her in the jewelry store when they first meet. He likes her softness, her "realness" (yes, I'm making words up, but WTH, right?) he likes her smell. The smell of a person is a big part of attraction. When first meeting someone, you get the pheromone boost. I remember when my hubs and I first got together, I loved the way he smelled, even his breath first thing in the morning. But it was all pheromones talking. We've been together 22 years and I still like his smell, but it's not the same as that initial pull.
So Lilly of course, is pretty open about dating him. Why wouldn't she be? She's never had her heart broken, she's not bitter. Even on their date and phone conversations he's very surprised at how low maintenance she is. Her innocence makes him feel sexy. The way she blushes at him and is so open and fun.
Yes she's fat. But she's got a life. She works, though she doesn't have to. She has integrity and a kind spirit. Why wouldn't Devin find that refreshing? As far as him never having dated a fat chick before, I think it's a 'don't knock it 'til you try it' situation.
Here's what I couldn't relate to as a plus sized girl- that Lilly constantly makes everything a reference to food. A threesome with Ben &Jerry or that Devin's voice was "creamy". And she's aware she's doing it. I may be plus sized, but I don't relate anything to food. She's a bit obsessed with food, but her parents set her up for that. Her dad left her and her mom was always saying she wasn't good enough. So if you feel you're never going to be good enough, what the hell? You mom shows you affection by buying you things and you show yourself affection by rewarding yourself with food. If this were a real life story, and if she and Devin went the distance, she'd lose weight. She'd be fulfilled. Her sexual side is a big gaping hole. Fill that up and it would change her. And we see that growth.
What's the most unrealistic for me is the plot device of the mother paying him to date her. But we've read that kind of thing before. Whatever. It didn't turn me off of the book. And even if their relationship was unrealistic, and I don't think it is. Fat girls fantasize too. Who doesn't?
And she does talk/think about her weight a lot. This is hard for me to relate to too. I think she likes who she is, but she does feel hindered by her weight. But that changes once he finds her sexy.
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June, 2013. I've read this for the maybe 6th time. I just LOVE this book. It's my comfort food. I laugh. Ava is so hysterical and Luke is hot, crazy, crazy hot. I love Super mom Stark. And Luke's dirty talk. UNGH! It's emotionally charged dirty talk. I feel a new shelf coming on!
Initial review, April 2012- I liked this one! I thought the weight issues were great. As was the history between Ava and Luke. The drama was more in the background with this one, but I missed the rock chicks, as we didn't see as much of them. And Sissy got back with Dom? I hope Ren gets a book. :)(less)
4.5 Stars! Anne Calhoun releasing a full length novel will make me drop whatever I'm doing in order to read her work. Unforgiven is no exception. I wa...more4.5 Stars! Anne Calhoun releasing a full length novel will make me drop whatever I'm doing in order to read her work. Unforgiven is no exception. I wanted to savor it. Enjoy the book. But I devoured it like it was a Godiva Chocolate and the store was having a buy one, get two free sale!
I love the way Calhoun writes characters. They are so well drawn and yet open enough, that it leaves room for you to interpret them however you wish. The book starts out with a bang and leaves the characters to sort out what they are really feeling. Kind of like ripping off the emotional bandaid at Mach One.
Marissa's family home, Brookhaven sets the stage for a newly civilian Adam to arrive on the scene. He's come back to South Dakota, after 12 years in the Marines. Oddly enough, he's there to be the best man at his ex-fiancé's and best friend's wedding. When he arrives, he doesn't expect to see Marissa. His high school sweetheart and the woman she's become. The fire between them burns bright, possibly brighter than before. Flashbacks are written about their time in HS and it doesn't feel the slightest bit inappropriate. It's incredibly sexy and coming of age.
What I loved-
-Adam became a Marine because he felt he owed it to his deceased friend, Josh. He wanted to honor his memory and take the slot that Josh would have if certain events hadn't happened. Very honorable.
-That Marissa works construction by day and has renovated Brookhaven herself. She sees it as her legacy and yet confines herself to the cramped servants' quarters under the guise of being frugal with her heating bills, but I think there may be more to Marissa putting herself into such close quarters.
-The chemistry with Adam and Marissa, it was undeniable. Neither could resist the other. Marissa has always been Adam's stars, navigating him eventually home. Adam has always been Marissa's sun. She wants to get close enough to feel the heat, but she's afraid if she gets too close she'll get burned.
-The romance. Who said a Marine couldn't be romantic? Adam pulls out all the stops to woo his "tough girl." He even gives her a massage, in earnest. Not as a means to lead into sex, but in a way to relieve her sore muscles. He wants her to feel good. But more than that, he wants her dreams to come true.
-Their sex. It's so intimate. Hot and intensely sensual, as only AC can do. The way she describes them being in the moment. Sweat trickling down his spine, dust motes in the air of the barn. It's gorgeous! I love how their lovemaking progressed throughout the book. It was the first place you'd see walls come down and both were very adept at building walls. Luckily, the both were experts at demolition. :)
-Brookhaven, the big house, is a character all it's own.
-Marissa wears a formal outfit that she's worn before! *gasp*. That's so real life. I ♥ it!
Liked the book. Loved The Reluctant Dom, it was my first BDSM read. Dalton always hits the nail on the head. And now that she's a seasoned writer that...moreLiked the book. Loved The Reluctant Dom, it was my first BDSM read. Dalton always hits the nail on the head. And now that she's a seasoned writer that, if you read the author's note, is living life, the work gets sweeter, smoother and just plain excellent. (less)
I enjoyed this book. Thanks to Nicci for the rec. I thought Max was hot as hell but wasn't a knuckle dragging Alpha. Oh, he had Alpha tendencies, but...moreI enjoyed this book. Thanks to Nicci for the rec. I thought Max was hot as hell but wasn't a knuckle dragging Alpha. Oh, he had Alpha tendencies, but always handled Sara with care. I found both characters very likable and was rooting for them the entire time. I would have liked a less abrupt ending.(less)
So I've noticed that on Kristen Ashley's newest book covers, there is a quote from Maya Banks about adoring KA books. I would definitely say that this...moreSo I've noticed that on Kristen Ashley's newest book covers, there is a quote from Maya Banks about adoring KA books. I would definitely say that this series has a KA vibe to it. But it's still very much a Maya Banks work.
I love Maya Banks Highlander books. I think she's immensely talented. I enjoyed this book, maybe even more that the first one. The book starts off with a homeless Bethany having a ménage with Jace and Ash. They have no idea of her circumstances when they see her working for the caterer at a party they're attending. Jace wants her for himself, but before he can say anything, Ash detects his interest and goes in for the kill. She agrees as long as dinner comes as part of the package. Even though there is a ménage scene in the book, this story becomes about Jace and Bethany.
Jace doesn't have the same role of his sister's life anymore, since she's engaged to Gabe. I think Bethany fulfills that need Jace has to care for someone. But that's not all that's between them. They have incredible chemistry. Bethany is a sweet, strong woman. She's gorgeous and wonderfully submissive. It makes Jace want to claim her.
For Bethany, after years of trying to get by on the streets, someone taking care of her and making most of the decisions for her is such a relief. She spent so long wondering where her next meal would come from, that to have all of her needs met by a man she very much wants, is incredibly powerful.
There are obstacles. But nothing an uber Alpha can't overcome.
Like in book 1, I'd still call it BDSM, even though the characters never call it that. They don't go to clubs. There is no safeword. "No" is sufficient. There are flaggers and paddles and such. And definitely spanking. Punishment for being a "bad girl". But all of it is very consensual.
There's even some humor in one of the sex scenes.
Very enjoyable book. Can't wait for burn in a few days. :)(less)
3.85 Stars. There was a lot of good in this book. Like the first 60%. When they left the ranch, it went to crap a bit. Plus I have this thing - "smelt...more3.85 Stars. There was a lot of good in this book. Like the first 60%. When they left the ranch, it went to crap a bit. Plus I have this thing - "smelt" is not smelled. Leant is not leaned and so forth. But the sex was hot! I loved the hero. The heroine was neurotic, but her Daddy made her that way. Seriously, who intimidates his daughter's date so that he, her Daddy can be her prom date? Weird!
Ther as a little FMF action at one point. The sex was hot.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. Shayla Black does ménage really well. I love that the heroine, London, though inexperienced and had a terrible history of...moreI really enjoyed this book. Shayla Black does ménage really well. I love that the heroine, London, though inexperienced and had a terrible history of an accident with a traumatic brain injury, was the strength that was needed to bring two brothers out of their dysfunction and misery.
Javier, drowning himself in misery and booze, and Xander drowning himself in women, are both taken by surprise when this unassuming, big hearted woman enters their life. At first they compete for her, but when Xander realizes that she may also be the only salvation his brother might have, he shares her. Especially considering her attraction to both brothers.
There's definitely a light and dark brother, one brooding and stormy and the other lighter and charming. Even though they had everything money could ask for, they never had the love and support that made them rich in the way London was. In return, they show her that despite scars and her "imperfect" body, her beauty shines through. That her strength and fortitude is something they aspire to and can't live without. Through London, the brothers reforge a bond long broken.
It's a great story of healing and love growing from the hurt life sometimes causes. (less)