I have been a fan of Jennifer Ryan's Hunted series for the past year when I went and read the previous books. I love romances with a bit of s4.5 stars
I have been a fan of Jennifer Ryan's Hunted series for the past year when I went and read the previous books. I love romances with a bit of suspense, and Jennifer's books have that and more!
The book starts out with our villains, who I don't think I've ever had mixed emotions for a victim (one of them, that is) before. We have the characters, Evan and Christina (mother and son), chatting about Christina's divorce to her husband and the prenup that she signed when they first married. Seems innocent enough right? NO. Evan is a volatile boy of a man who thinks he is entitled to everything. He Drinks, gets into fights, even killed someone in a drunken rage. So his equally entitled, fucked-up mother convinces him to kill his father. All hell breaks loose.
From previous Jennifer Ryan books I've read, I know she has no problem killing off characters in the book, so I had a feeling what was going to happen with Evan's dad and his fiance, who is Kate's sister. Feeling worry that her sister wasn't picking up her phone, Kate goes to their house and finds them on the floor. I really don't know how she didn't have a full-blown freak-out session right there. The book became shrouded in emotions that had my heart aching for Kate. Kate's not-so-great past had me wishing I could find her childhood self and wrap her in a cocoon of love. It breaks my heart what foster children can go through.
But in walks Ben, attorney who has a passion to help those less fortunate. I loved Ben's character and his immediate acceptance of Morgan's prediction (make sure you read her book...it's great!) that he will meet his soul mate that night, who was Kate. That immediate acceptance was covered by a protective instinct that I love to read from men. I'm a total sucker for a man who knows that a woman is precious and to be protected. I truly enjoyed Ben as a character and love interest. He wasn't super alpha male, but he wasn't meek and mild either. He had a depth and this amazing, caring heart, it is hard to find anything to mark against him.
The plot and feel for the book was perfect. I never felt bored or lost. Jennifer Ryan knows how to create a story that will have you clinging to the pages, needing to know what happens next. Everything She Wanted was everything I wanted in a book!...more
I stumbled across the tour sign-up for this book and jumped at the chance to review this title. Megan Erickson has quickly become one of my go-to auth I stumbled across the tour sign-up for this book and jumped at the chance to review this title. Megan Erickson has quickly become one of my go-to authors and she proved, yet again, that she earned that place.
I was introduced to one sexy Chad Lake and Owen Hawkins, who was able to set the virtual pages aflame with their first look. I have found that most of the M/M that I have read has one of the heroes still in the closet or denying their true sexual nature, but that wasn't the case here. Both men knew their sexual orientation and were out and about to the general public. It was so refreshing to not deal with that played out storyline.
Chad was a great character that instantly comes of as a big bad alpha male, but we get to see the soft heart and insecurities, which only endeared him to me more. I like me some sexy alphas, but they can get quite tiresome since they are are usually closed off and can act like a gigantic asshole. Chad was not one of these alpha's and I think that if Ms. Erickson wrote him any other way, I wouldn't have liked him as much.
To me, Owen was a surprise. Originally, he seemed to be shy and have some social issues (I know exactly how he feels!) and he would be this meek and mild man. NOPE. He was more alpha than Chad and I fell in love with Owen. Chad was sexy, but good god Owen had me hot and bothered! He has no problems saying his mind and telling Chad what to do. It was hot as hell! But behind all that, Owen enjoyed how confident Chad made him feel, and started to grow attached to him and it was really lovely. There wasn't anything I didn't like about him.
The pace of the story, secondary characters, and the conflicts worked perfectly for the story. Except I had one slight annoyance with how something played out. Sometimes I find the conflicts that have the couple breaking it off with one another beyond dumb. The conflict towards the end of the book was fine, but how Chad handled it annoyed me. I felt like with the direction he was going in his mind, he could have gone a different direction and not had to break it off with Owen. But I know men are rather dense at times and don't make a lick of sense, so I know I can give Chad a little bit of leeway. With that said, it was by no means, a factor that made me dislike the book any. I gobbled this book up like a Thanksgiving feast, ending in an enjoyable stupor when I was done....more
I can honestly say that I was very much looking forward to this new series by Ms. Kincaid. I have become a fan over the last year of her stuff, so I wI can honestly say that I was very much looking forward to this new series by Ms. Kincaid. I have become a fan over the last year of her stuff, so I was happy as a clam when I saw RECKLESS. And I was not disappointed in what I read!
Let's start off with my boy, Alex. The reckless firefighter finds himself in some hot water when he disobeys more than one direct order from his superiors. As the wife of a detective, myself, I know that there are reasons these orders are made and why you shouldn't disregard them. So, he is offered to work off his punishment in community service, and if he completes it without any issues, it hightens his chance of not being fired. This is not an option for Alex since this is the only thing he wants to do with his life. He lives for the job. What I found refreshing about Alex is even though, yes, he is good at taking all kinds of risks, he generally does so in a general realm of safety. He is into extreme sports, but they have safety precautions that he follows. So he's not completely crazy in that area. And, he uses his gut to tell him what risks to take in his firefighting life. Sometimes that world is not cut and dryed. I liked that he knew what needed to be done and wasn't afraid to go for it. Of course, he could have gone about it a completely different way than he did, but I felt like he was kind of justified for his why. And let's not forget what a good guy he is! And sexy as hell! I know he had me going a few times in this book. I know he did for Zoe too. ;)
At first, I wasn't so sure I was going to like Zoe. She was so set in her ways and what she thought was the right behavior, it had me thinking she had this giant stick up her ass. Upon reading further, we were able to get more into her head and her thoughts and she grew on me pretty fast. I love that even though she was terrified of the challenges Alex through her way, she stepped up to metaphorical plate and got it done, and in the process, she finds that it's not all so bad. There were times throughout the book when I did want to shake her and her father, Alex's captain. Clearly they had issues they needed to work through, but they were so stubborn, neither would budge. I wanted to give them a long lecture about it. Lol.
The book storyline really worked for me; the characters, conflicts, sub-characters. Everything. Kimberly Kincaid is a master at what she does. RECKLESS is a prime example of an addictive and passionate story! I can't wait to read more in this series!...more