A recovering sex addict and an alcoholic, how could a relationship like that woThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
A recovering sex addict and an alcoholic, how could a relationship like that work? Addicted For Now proves that it’s workable, especially when it comes to the sheer love Lily and Lo have for each other.
It was always going to be shaky ground as Lily and Lo learn to feel comfortable in their relationship and work against both of their addictions. I mean a sex addict and an alcoholic, both needing to resist their own vices while supporting each other? Who would’ve thought? Surprisingly, the two actually grow even stronger by supporting each other, Lily’s psychiatrist and their new network of friends.
As with overcoming any addiction, it isn’t a smooth ride all the way through, but I just loved seeing how the two strengthened together in the book. Lily, the socially awkward girl who always needed to hide behind Lo will stand up to the most vile of people at the end of her book herself, and it was definitely worth reading just for that.
It’s the first time we get Lo’s point of view and this book really strengthened my opinion of him. We all know how fiercely protective he is of Lily and how he sometimes intentionally rubs people up the wrong way, but after delving into his childhood and how his father treats him, you can see why he sometimes puts on that bravado. You can really see how much he cares about Lily and how he wants to stay strong for her, but also how much he respects Ryke and his group of friends. It’s great how such a secluded character could open up and you can see he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Witnessing interactions for Rose and Connor’s hilarious sharp fights in French and Daisy and Ryke’s fearless flirting felt like an entertaining sitcom. They are all such vibrant characters who each stand out in their own way, and I love how well developed each of their relationships are with each other.
The element of mystery was also unexpected, where a mysterious texter will threaten to go public about Lily’s sex addiction. This leads a few developments in the novel, where they try and find out who the person is and a major driver in Lo’s relationship with his father. I kind of expected this would take more of a front seat in the novel, but it did add an interesting element into play about female sex addiction as compared to male.
If there’s something that Krista and Becca can do well, it is to raise the stakes on each and every sequel of the series. Addicted introduced Lily and Lo as a sex addict and an alcoholic, Ricochet really heated things up and made us fall in love with the Calloway sisters and side characters, and Addicted For Now creates strength in both of these characters. I really loved the fantastic character development for both Lily and Lo, while getting some great scenes with the other Calloway sisters, and now can’t wait to read Kiss the Sky....more
The depth of emotion that Lily feels here is so deep, just the compulsive need to satisfy her addiction but to stay true to Lo and her therapist. ButThe depth of emotion that Lily feels here is so deep, just the compulsive need to satisfy her addiction but to stay true to Lo and her therapist. But when she does give in, the guilt and sickening thoughts she feels of herself was portrayed really well.
I love how we see more of the two other couples - Ryke and Daisy (even though it's weird that she's only 14, going on 15) and Rose and Connor with their sharp tongues. Haha I love it!
I'll do a longer review some other time, but loved it! ...more
After all the raving and book pushing that Siiri from Little Pieces of Imagination has been doing, I finally listened and picked up Addicted To You. NAfter all the raving and book pushing that Siiri from Little Pieces of Imagination has been doing, I finally listened and picked up Addicted To You. Now I know why it’s called that because I am seriously addicted.
I wouldn’t have picked it up from the blurb, with Lily being a sex addict and Loren being an alcoholic, it sounded a bit too much on the erotica side of new adult for me. But guys, it was so much more than just being about the sex. It really explores the emotional and physical affects of addiction and how scary, uncontrollable and intoxicating it can be.
Addicted To You contained immense character development for both main characters. Lily and Loren both have a problem, and they use each other to cover it up. Being best friends for their whole lives, and the only people that know each others’ secrets, their bond was strong, uncontrollable, unbreakable, just like their addictions. These two are absolutely intoxicating, with the intensity which they relate to each other, care for each other, and try not to interfere with each others’ addictions. Being together is both destructive and preventing them from seeking help or getting better, because having someone else to relate to with addictive behaviour kind of makes it a part of life. The more Lily spirals into a self-harming spiral of sex, the more Loren drinks to hide his pain.
That is, until they meet the preppy wanna be entrepreneur college boy Connor Cobalt who somehow weasels his way into their lives, as well as the intense, no-nonsense Ryke who doesn't takes no for an answer. These secondary characters both have their own stories and something to offer the couple itself, and it was great seeing them interfere with the unhealthy bond that the Lily and Lo had and making friends with them, and caring for them. Something which they’ve never had before outside of each other. Connor and Ryke are super sexy in their own ways, and are also excellently developed characters.
Addictive to You is a fantastic, well developed story about the sex and alcohol addiction and the unhealthy relationship between Lily and Lo. The way the story is told is hazy from the start, as Lily skips from faceless men each night as she pursues her natural high. The way she is completely dependent on sex to go through life is both disturbing and tragic, and she cannot function like a normal person without it.
I’ve never read a book that explored sex addiction so readily and honestly, and it was both a frightening and enlightening experience. It’s an emotional, sexy, disturbing, addictive and wild ride, with a host of characters that will charm their way into your heart....more
I’ve heard great things about Wallbanger, it being a fun, hilThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
Actual Rating: 3.5
I’ve heard great things about Wallbanger, it being a fun, hilarious sort of read. That’s why I was inspired to pick up The Unidentified Redhead as a light hearted adult read. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was more of an erotica, light on story and heavy on the sex.
The book was filled with wit and really enjoyable banter between wannabe singer Grace Sheridan and Jack, the 24 year old actor who is poised to be the next big thing. Jack is ten years her junior, and her previous hang ups about her body image are getting in the way of their apparent chemistry. Luckily Jack finds her quirkiness and modesty alluring, and the two can’t stop flirting with each other. Grace and Jack had a lot of chemistry and their flirting was fun to read, when they started getting in the hot bedroom action however, the book descended into pages and pages of teasing, laughs and erotic romance. Which was good if you like that sort of thing, it just caught me unaware.
I loved the LA setting of actors and actresses wanting to make it big, and could even picture some of the scenes after visiting the city last year. The friendship with Grace’s best friend, a big name agent called Holly was funny and kind of weird. I’ve never had a friend who I was comfortable with seeing me naked, and having sex with loudly in the house, but for some reason that adds to the books quirkiness. Other than the snark, banter, wit and sex, there’s not much depth to this book.
If you’re looking for a light, fluffy adult romance, The Unidentified Romance is a hilarious, witty and sexy read that will charm your pants off.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
How does Colleen Hoover create so much depth from a simple relationship? From cThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
How does Colleen Hoover create so much depth from a simple relationship? From couples who are completely damaged, to bad boys, and sensitive romances, with every single book, we ship them all.
For the first half of the book, we barely know anything about Miles. He’s mysterious and secretive, not one to reveal himself, unwilling to admit his obvious attraction to Tate. Not to mention he’s a pilot, with a six pack and a caring and possessive attitude. Despite their magnetism and chemistry, it takes a while to push him over the line and when he’s there, he still holds back. It’s frustrating and we don’t know why. We just have to watch the whole thing unfold, before we can truly understand his secrets.
The chemistry between Miles and Tate are completely off the charts, and it contains a lot more sex scenes than her previous books did. Tate and Miles decide to have a purely sexual relationship at the start with nothing more – and the result is mind numblingly INTENSE attraction that only Colleen Hoover could pull off. But somehow she does it elegantly, without verging into eye popping smutty territory, and I felt the romance between these two HARD.
Interchanging flashbacks from six years ago, you’ll see glimpses of Miles as a completely different person. Open, happy and free, and totally smitten with his first love. Seeing his character unfold during this time kind of hints at why he’s so broken now, and let me tell you, the end result is heart wrenching.
Tate serves as an innocent bystander who knows what she’s getting with Miles. Although she willingly walks into a world of pain, knowing that he promises no future, she can’t help but hope. And honestly, even though there were a few times where she tried to justify the pain she was going through, and Miles being upfront with her, I couldn’t help but emphasise with her. I mean their attraction is sizzling, as if they are meant to be, and it’s not a wonder why she wanted more.
Tate’s unlikely best friend Cap, an 80 year old man who works at her building was a great character to get to know. He serves as her confidante, and I found it endearing how they mutually took care of each other and how he had his sideline story as well.
I just loved the chemistry between these two, it was completely off the charts HOT and I shipped them so hard. Finding out what Miles has been through will torment your heart as you realise why the book is called Ugly Love. I loved the depth within the book and how it doesn’t venture into cheesy romance, how it’s completely realistic and believable and there are people out there just like Tate and Miles. The relationships aren’t textbook romances, and I like that about Colleen Hoover’s books. Ugly Love is an emotional, heart breaking experience that will manipulate your feelings in such a way you never thought possible.
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Actual Rating: 2.5
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Actual Rating: 2.5
How do you rate a book where you loved the writing, but you hated what conspired inside?
One Tiny Lie was captivating, but it was also one that I couldn’t bear to read, because it contains the one inexcusable thing that a love interest can do to turn me off completely: cheating, and lots of it.
Not only cheating from the handsome “sex on a stick” Ashton, but also cheating from the good girl gone bad Livie who was perfectly fine until she hit college. Lots and lots of cheating, which escalates and gets worse as we see Livie stumble, repel and lie her way through her boyfriend’s face.
It doesn’t matter that they’re taking things slow, or that they technically haven’t slept together yet. Because the longer she leaves it, the more she hurts Connor’s feelings, and I just couldn’t ship a couple that could do this to their respective partners, no matter how hot the romance was.
“Because you’re not a one-night girl, Irish.’ Leaning in to place a kiss on my jawline, he whispers, ‘You’re my forever girl.”
Oh Livie, how did poor innocent naive Livie turn into this mess? She’s a wild beast let out of her sexually repressed cage and all she can think about is Ashton, even though he sleeps with other women. Her grades drop, she stumbles and hurts herself while staring at him and as her father said, boys turn girls stupid. She doesn’t even wear a condom for gods sake, you’d think a straight A student would be smarter than this.
I just didn’t understand why her sister Kacey and the psychiatrist Dr. Stayner insisted that she was completely fucked up, just because she wanted to do med school and because she was forced to mature early when her parents died. If they left her alone she would have been fine, but the book kind of made it out to be a bad thing.
“And he’s definitely a train wreck,” Kacey repeats. “He needs to clear the tracks before he can move on with anyone, and that includes you.”
Speaking of Ashton, the whole dynamic there was similar to Ten Tiny Breaths where the protagonist falls in love with the damaged guy. Only in this case, his prolific sleeping around and cheating on his girlfriend seems to be justified by the end of the book just because of his sad back story of abuse.
Sure it all turned out to be warm and fluffy by the end of it, with Dr. Stayner being right and Livie actually deciding that she’s gone down the wrong preplanned path that her parents hoped for her. It all winds up predictably happy in the end.
So did I enjoy it? One Tiny Lie was written brilliantly, with all of the raw emotion, honesty and confusion being handled beautifully by K.A. Tucker. There’s something gorgeous about her writing and how she can handle such damaged characters with ease, with great fascinating secondary characters. I love Dr. Stayner as the quirky, unconventional psychiatrist who has weaseled his way into being the family psychiatrist.
I just can’t condone cheating or any forms of it and even the sexy scenes just turned me off the book completely. I’m not particularly keen on the damaged bad boy romance either, I’ll pick someone who hasn’t slept with countless women, thank you very much.
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WOAH if Ten Tiny Breaths was intense, Cain’s story in Four Seconds to Lose is cThis review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
WOAH if Ten Tiny Breaths was intense, Cain’s story in Four Seconds to Lose is completely off the radar when it comes to sexiness and intensity. Everything about the story, from Cain himself, to his love interest Charlie, to owning a strip club and the secrets they had to keep was a powerful, intense and romantic thrill ride.
As a strip club owner with some past demons, Cain is a noble man who treats his employees like his own family. He does everything that he can to provide the strippers with a better life than they would have on the street, and that includes interfering with their personal lives and beating up their cheating husbands. Cain is probably my favourite male character out of the ones presented in this series so far, because he is so noble and has good intentions. He is as chivalrous as they come, and even with women flaunting themselves at him every night, he never lays a hand on them.
That is, until he meets Charlie, the young, mysterious girl who reminds him of a previous lover, who walks into his office wanting a job. Charlie holds some dark secrets of her own, and everything she does is cold, calculated, and an act. She’s caught in a dangerous web of lies, and the guilt, self doubt, disgust and conflicted feelings that Charlie felt throughout the novel was portrayed really well. She is a complex character to write about, and K.A. Tucker pulled her off perfectly.
Pretty much the first half of the book involves drawn out foreplay between Charlie and Cain, as they tease each other mercilessly before they finally act on it. It is worth the wait though, because Cain doesn’t do anything halfway. The passion that they have for each other is intense and enveloping, especially when the book picks up in the second half. The plot of the book really speeds up and comes to a head towards the end, with everything from drugs, sex, gang involvement turning the whole story into a blockbuster action flick.
There is no beating around the bush (excuse my term lol) here, with Cain working as a strip club owner in the sex trade, there is a lot of boobs, sex and action. The number of times Charlie described another male staring at her chest started to grate after a while, as it seemed like every male besides Cain and his buddies were horn dogs. The cattiness of the other strippers and their relentless gossiping and competitiveness was something I never got used to, but I was thankful that Charlie was different.
Four Seconds to Lose is one of the best books in the series so far with it’s intensity, action, complex characters and really, really hot romance. Usually I’m not a fan of cliche romances with damaged characters, but with K.A. Tucker’s amazingly powerful writing and deep, well developed characters with an air of mystery captured my attention and I was enthralled.
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Colleen Hoover does it again and creates another perfect relationship with two people that couldn’t be more right with each other. The only problem? One of them is already in happy relationship.
I loved Maybe Someday for the road less taken, told from the point of view of two people meeting and falling in love when one of them already has a partner. A partner who they love and adore very much. Ridge and Sydney are not bad people, they aren’t promiscuous, they aren’t out there trying to cheat and they don’t want to fall in love with each other. They just happened to have a connection that could only be explained through chemistry, fate, and the beautiful music they created together.
Being a musician and not being able to hear, Ridge is more attuned to his and other’s feelings and emotions through non-verbal cues. He communicates with both his girlfriend Maggie and his muse Sydney with complete honesty. Ridge was so swoony, his ability to make music, his maturity and intensity, and how he wants to protect those close to him. Ridge knows that his feelings for Sydney are completely wrong, and he doesn’t want to be the bad guy, even punishes himself for it.
Sydney never feels like ‘the other woman’ because she is so incredibly aware of the situation she is putting herself in that she chooses not to act on it, and even discusses pushing through it with Ridge. I really admired Sydney for her strength of character. She’s respectful of others, never judgemental, intelligent and emotionally aware.
She understands me. She respects me. She astounds me. She predicts me. She’s never once, since the second I met her, made me feel as if my inability to hear is even an inability at all.
The two are stuck in this situation that feels so wrong, but is so right. Their mutual attraction was undeniable, and they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. I loved their maturity and their honesty; drama wasn’t created for the sake of it and they can clearly communicate their feelings with each other. The shame, the guilt they felt, their willingness to keep things platonic yet their undeniable attraction to each other was felt through every word they shared with each other.
Colleen Hoover has an incredible ability to write books that just reach into your heart and create a depth of emotion, with her magnetic, deep and impactful words. This depth could only be communicated through the Maybe Someday soundtrack by Griffin Peterson, which has some awesome songs on it. You should definitely check it out while reading the novel, as these songs are Sydney and Ridge’s story and there is also an epilogue on the website.
Maybe Someday is an incredible story of music, attraction and fate and I couldn’t put it down.
Thank to to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review....more
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Derek is a bad boy who has been unwillingly relocated to Chicago by his ditzy stepmother. He meets his new stepsister, a gorgeous tomboy who is the captain of her football team. Instantly attracted to each other, but not seeming to get along, the two undergo a love/hate relationship throughout the course of the book.
Wild Cards is filled with romance cliches, instant love, to an extremely good looking boy and girl, to an obstacle of them not being able to be together for various reasons. The incredible overuse of synonyms was scattered throughout - Derek is described with shaggy brown hair, totally ripped, mesmerizing clear blue eyes, a deep masculine voice, a bronzed chest and perfect physique. Ashtyn on the other hand, "talks like a jock but has a body like an angel". It's over-exaggerated and totally hilarious.
I really enjoyed the snarky, sarcastic dialogue and Derek and Ashtyn's antagonistic relationship. Derek's playful, carefree and confident attitude was the perfect balance to Ashtyn's stubborn, spunky and headstrong personality and it was fun seeing the two tease each other with witty comments. The two are obviously attracted to each other, and didn't admit their feelings until they'd wound each other up. It was frustrating seeing them get close and then pull away, retreating into their shells because they don't think they are each other's type.
I'm supposed to keep my emotions in check and only hook up with girls who want a good time, not girls who are desperate to make this something more than it could ever be. - Derek
It was refreshing to have a female in a traditionally male dominated role, and you could see what part of Ashtyn's personality made her perfect for being the football captain. Unfortunately her inner dialogue began to grate after a while, showing off how insecure she really was.
I don't want a guy who cringes at the thought of having a real relationship instead of a one-night stand. - Ashtyn
Wild Cards started out really strong but began to fizzle towards the end, when it became melodramatic and angsty as the two tried to stay away from each other. The last quarter of had a heavy football focus and I began to tune out. Despite its flaws, Wild Cards took me by surprise, it was the light fluffy read I was looking for after some heavy dystopians. That's probably why some of the cliches didn't bother me much, I just laughed at them and continued to enjoy the book.
I received this book for review from Bloomsbury Australia and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’m sold. I haven’t ventured yet into the New Adult genre but it’s oneThis review has been posted on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
I’m sold. I haven’t ventured yet into the New Adult genre but it’s one I’ve been meaning to try out, especially due to it’s recent popularity. Featuring more serious issues and romances that young adult novels rarely venture, it’s an interesting change.
Hopeless is an endearing, shocking, and strangely heart-warming novel. It slowly envelops us into the story of a girl named Sky who feels nothing for guys even when she’s making out with them. Her mother has shielded her from technology and public schools ever since she was adopted at 6, and it’s her first time going into public school with a reputation of sleeping around.
Then she meets Dean Holder, a guy who has a temper and a reputation rivalling her own. He’s a high school drop out who was thrown into juvi for a hate crime, after beating a gay guy up at school. Holder envokes strange feelings of lust and passion that she’s never felt before, and even though she’s confused by his strange, violent outbursts and foreign behaviour, she can’t stay away. As it turns out, Holder is the person who will change her life forever and uncover secrets that she has kept hidden away all of her life.
Hopeless slowly draws you in and before you know it, you’re heavily invested in Sky and Holder. It’s told in a very intimate way which I’ve never quite encountered with such intensity before, with the chapter’s set out like Sky’s diary with all of her emotions, thoughts and confusion laid out to bare. Interactions between her and Holder are intense, passionate and powerful. It’s clear the two have a connection that many other literary couples cannot rival.
From picking up the book from its humble beginnings, the journey that it takes you on is not one I would have anticipated. But amazing nonetheless, and my heart breaks for the suffering that these two teenagers have gone through. The author handles shocking and disturbing subject matters very elegantly and realistically, and kudos her for being able to do so.
This is not a book you pick up when you’re feeling like a light read or a simple romance. It’s one that will tear you up, make you smile, break your heart, and realise how lucky you are for what you have. Hopeless is a book that stays on your mind long after you’ve read it and you’ll be hooked.
I can’t wait to read Losing Hope, the 2nd in the series which has just been released. Due to heavily mature content, sexual situations and language, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone below 17.
I received this book from the publisher via Readplus in exchange for an honest review, which has been cross-posted on the site....more
A Ranger's Tale is an emotionally charged story about a beautiful high elf in search of adventure and an ex-pirate sea merchant falling in love. Told from multiple perspectives, I experienced a flurry of emotions as I followed Lady Caliphany and Galidan on their adventures.
Caliphany is the King's niece and a high elf who will do anything to escape the life her father has planned for her. As a mage in training, she is expected to follow in her father's footsteps and become a wizard and wed another elf. While she can wield the power of fire, Cali wants to escape her gilded cage in search of adventure and independence.
One day, she is rescued by a half-elf and ranger called Galadin, who she pressures into training her how to fight. Unable to resist her charm, the Galadin succumbs and before long the two can't hide their attraction to each other. As the two begin to learn about each other, we're swept up in a sweeping romance between the two.
I thoroughly enjoyed the world of Tallenmere, a fantasy world full of high seas, elves, villages, goblins, magic and inns. The author has built an amazingly evocative world where we have the pleasure of experiencing the emotions of two strong, independent protagonists who go through some character developments and unresolved feelings. I loved Mysti's follow through and the way she tied things together, from bringing up Jayden, Cali's childhood love to Cali wanting to become a ranger later in life. Cali's relationship with her parents was both touching and heartbreaking at times as they are experiencing difficult emotions themselves with having a rebellious daughter.
I took a star off for the corny "want to be with him/her" lines and the way they suddenly decided they loved each other but hey, it's a romance so I guess that's to be expected. I've seen worse where it's completely unjustified and at least these two have gotten to know each other beforehand.
I didn't expect to love this book like I did when I finished it, as there was a difficult moment in the middle when things didn't seem to work out. With several unexpected twists and turns, I won't spoil the surprise but it's definitely a journey worth experiencing. The book features heaps of action, fantasy, romance and steamy bedroom scenes and I highly recommend it. Thanks Mysti for providing me with this review copy, in exchange for an honest review....more
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Emily Snow is an author I can rely on when I need a quick, welcome break from all of the heavy books out there. Her characters are real and complex, and the romances are sexy and fun. Devoured, was more of an erotic romance but Tidal, as a new adult romance, was quite innocent in comparison.
Willow Avery is a famous actress that went off the deep end 3 years ago and has just recovered from Rehab, to film her next big movie in Hawaii. Her surf coach is Cooper, a sexy Australian surfer with an intense attraction for her. Willow doesn’t want to get into a relationship and Cooper doesn’t want to take advantage of her, so they try and resist each other throughout the book.
The standout of the novel was definitely Willow herself. Her voice was a pleasure to read, as she’s snarky, full of dry humour, and is raw and honest about her problems. Although she’s a famous, talented actress but she doesn’t let it get to her head. With a dark past and a bunch of secrets, Willow is a complex character, but that’s what made her all the more real. I liked how she was self aware about her issues and where she stands. Although she puts on a smiling face to her admiring fans, in her head she feels that everyone is judging her based on her previous drug or alcohol problems or lawsuits,
“I’m not proud of what happened, or what I did, or my fuckups, but it’s public knowledge.” Still, I had to take a deep breath to pull myself together. Saying those words aloud just reminded me that so much of my life was a book, left wide open for anyone to skim through. - Willow Avery, Page 150.
It was pretty much lust from the very first sight for both Willow and Cooper and seeing as this is a romance novel, with barely any build up of the relationship. The two attempt to resist each other for their own complex reasons, despite the inevitable. I adored how Cooper and Willow knew where each other stood but ended up giving in. Cooper is a sexy surfer guy who is perfect for Willow as he’s not starstruck by her talent and is kind of jaded by the movie industry.
Miller, Willow’s bodyguard was a great, supporting character in the book. Unlike some previous bodyguards, Miller actually cares about Willow and offers her some smart, resounding advice. He’s more of a friend than a staff member and looks out for Willow throughout the book.
…Miller wasn’t my old bodyguard. He was the man who’d taken me to the lamest amusement park ever when I was alone. He’d sat with me after I had a nightmare. - Willow Avery, Page 178.
While Tidal brushes over parts of the story, like the actual filming, the author Emily Snow knows story she’s trying to tell. Tidal is a story of a broken starlet trying to piece herself back together, with the help of a romance to sweep her away. I recommend Tidal if you love real, raw characters and new adult romances.
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Devoured by Emily Snow is about Sienna Jensen, a wardrobe assistant who findsI posted this review on Happy Indulgence, check it out for more reviews!
Devoured by Emily Snow is about Sienna Jensen, a wardrobe assistant who finds herself face to face with a rock star from her past. One who she never slept with. Consumed with need, Lucas Wolfe finds a way to get close to her by appointing her as his temporary personal assistant, in exchange for her grandmother’s estate.
If you like bad boys, Lucas Wolfe will be up your alley with his possessiveness, rock star confidence and tattooed sexiness. He makes it known that his goal for appointing Sienna as his assistant is to have her beg to be touched, but when they get close, he pushes her away. This usually comes with warning bells and complications, which only surface towards the end of the book.
Emily Snow has mastered the art of writing suggestive sex scenes. It’s not too pornographic or overly descriptive, but just enough to excite. There’s a quote on the back of my copy from which describes it perfectly: “Not many authors can write ‘bedroom talk’ without it sounding a bit like a porno. But, man, Emily can…I highly recommend this.”
My criticism about the book is that upon bumping into Lucas, Sienna decides that she’s not going to let him have his way, and all of a sudden her lust gets in a way and one thing leads to the next. Love was even thrown into the mix which was a complete mystery to me.
Devoured was a quick read that is actually quite thin on the plot or character development. But if you take it for what it is, a short, sexy fun read, you’ll enjoy it like I did. While Lucas reminds me of Christian Grey from his possessiveness and ordering Sienna around, but the writing is fantastic and Sienna can stand up for herself.
Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me a review copy, in exchange for an honest review. I will be checking out the rest of the Devoured series for a quick, sexy read....more
To Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical/fantasy romance would be more accurate. The start of the novTo Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical/fantasy romance would be more accurate. The start of the novel started off with a bang as we meet Leila, a courier and a thief who is also known as a ghost, as she’s never been caught before. Leila is beautiful, a skilled fighter, and also spirited and fiesty. She has men wrapped around her little finger but also knows how to stand on her own two feet. She definitely isn’t the type that would let someone like a King sweep her off her feet.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what King Nalick did, which seemed incredibly uncharacteristic of the character that was set up. Nalick apparently isn’t like all the other Kings, not letting social class get in the way of love or acceptance, much to the nobles contempt. He’s noble, honourable, and protective, but Leila still manages to mesmerise him, much like she’s mesmerised every single male that she encounters.
While To Stand Beside Her had an interesting premise, Leila seemed a bit too unrealistic and perfect to be believable. Kings around the world want her, men will grovel at her feet and she’s falls in love with not one, but two men. She just doesn’t seem the type to settle into the court as comfortably as implied, taken care by a man.
The writing was also unnecessarily difficult to get into. It described every single minute detail about things that were seemingly unimportant, such as Leila’s leg injury yet would skip over things like the wedding and a competition between the kingdom’s best fighters. Throughout the course of the novel, we’re introduced to so many characters that aren’t an important part of the plot. We’re simply experiencing Leila and Nalick’s journey together after they meet, which certainly was not a journey I expected after the start of the novel.
There also didn’t seem to be any particular plot until late in the book, when the whole story title suddenly clicks and before you know it, it’s all over. With a bit of editing, polish and retweaking, I think To Stand Beside Her would be a much better title.
I received a review copy from the author and Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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Normally I don't read books in the romance category, but every once in a while it's nice to take a break from those paranormal types.
Bared to You is basically touted as what 50 shades should have been, and I'm happy to say it's resolved my faith in the genre. Turns out I actually hated the horrific writing in that book and not anything else. While Bared to You did somehow take inspiration from 50 shades, everything else was much better including Eva, a strong, spunky main character with some hauntings from her past, and Gideon, who is marginally less creepy than Christian Grey.
The problem I have with the whole storyline in general though, is that stalker behaviour is tolerated too easily by Eva. Firstly, she has her mother tracking the GPS on her phone. Then Gideon uses his insanely rich empire to look into her entire history and turn up the places where she is. Is there someone out there who thinks stalker behaviour is somehow endearing? Because Twilight, 50 shades, and Bared to You all seem to think it's part of the romance. Which it is not.
Rant aside, Eva and Cross have this magnetism towards each other but because they're both scarred from sexual abuse, they somehow keep on mucking things up in their relationship. This doesn't prevent them from staying away from each other however, and the drama they have isn't TOO annoying or entirely unrealistic. There's some hot scenes of them together here that are totally awesome.
Oh, the BDSM aspect. There's merely the hint of suggestions in this book, but it doesn't go too far in that respect. Perhaps in the sequels, as you can see it's sort of heading that way....more
Eh, I'm not quite sure what to think of this. The start was really promising, but the plot sort of loses itself shortly after the twActual rating: 3.5
Eh, I'm not quite sure what to think of this. The start was really promising, but the plot sort of loses itself shortly after the two main characters and then it turns into a heavy paranormal romance that was kind of unexpected.
It starts out with Diana, a professor at Oxford stumbling upon the Ashmore 782 manuscript. Diana also happens to be a witch who wants to be a human, and all manner of supernatural creatures turn up and stalk her to see how she summoned the manuscript. One of these creatures is Matthew Clairmont, another super smart professor who also happens to be a mysterious vampire.
At the starting point, I was really impressed with the detailed descriptions of Diana's world at Oxford and the historic accounts about Ashmore 782 and witches. Unfortunately, this impression disappears quickly after Matthew enters the picture.
From Chapter 8 onwards, you basically get a better written, adult version of Twilight, with a bit of witch and history thrown in. I wouldn't have minded the whole paranormal romance part even though it was somehow unexpected, however over the entire course of the book the Twilight references were endless.
Here's what I mean (contains spoilers): - Matthew's vampire possessiveness and over-protectiveness of Diana. - His stalker tendencies over watching Diana sleep. - Diana's apparent innocence and less adult moments, where you wonder where the smart professor has disappeared off to - The money and the riches that Matthew uses to shower his attention on - The fact that menstruation was brought up and that vampires aren't affected by it - Matthew's intense longing for Diana which seemingly came out of nowhere related to his wanting to hunt her - Matthew's family taking her in all of a sudden as their own - The only way they can be happy together is if Diana turns into a vampire - No sex, even though these are two grown, consenting adults
I could go on more, but you get the picture. It's as if the author has taken the main concept of Twilight and added several parts to it but that's still not enough to make it a completely different story. It just frustrates me because this had so much potential to be great, and the authors writing is definitely enveloping and descriptive. It kind of feels like I've read this story before.
Not to mention the convoluted plot (or lack thereof), I mean with all the mention of the manuscript (how many times was Ashmore 782 mentioned within the first few chapters?), the brief parts about planning a war, and the Knights of Lazarus, these things were all very interesting but barely touched upon. Instead, most of the pages are covered on the food that is being served or of Diana's yoga sessions. The book could have been condensed so much further if the less essential things were made more brief.
I'm hopeful though. Now that we've gotten the whole debut and setting out of the way, perhaps the somewhat strange lead into the next book will be better covered in Shadow of Night.