4.5 stars First Impression: I was anxious for this one, because I finally felt like Matt was going to step up.
The story: In this installment, we actuall...more4.5 stars First Impression: I was anxious for this one, because I finally felt like Matt was going to step up.
The story: In this installment, we actually see Mac and Matt as a legit couple. They're both getting used to the idea that they could be something more than just a fling. Plus, they're learning more about each other. They take the time to listen to each other rather than just hopping into bed. But, Matt's past still haunts him and Mac fears that she may never be able to break through.
The characters: I still love them both. And even though Matt seems to be a bit stuck in the past, I fully understand why. I loved seeing Matt as a dad. It really softened his character up, a lot. As for Mac, I adored her in this one. I really felt like she was committed to making their relationship work. She understands what makes Matt tick. And I appreciated that she doesn't want to give up on their relationship just yet.
What didn't work for me: I was a bit disappointed that Matt didn't stand up to Marissa. It seems out of character for him to be manipulated by her. I would have expected him to put up more of a fight to keep Gabe with him for the day.
Overall: I love this series and I'm anxious to see how it all ends in Affirmation. I certainly know how I want it to end, but I suppose I'll just have to wait and see how Bennett polishes it off. The Legal Affairs Serial comes highly recommended by ME, so if you haven't started it yet, get to it!
Favorite quotes: ~"Sorry, babe...you can't expect me to pay attention when you're flashing that at me. You've got five seconds to get some underwear on, or I'm going to throw you on the floor and fuck the shit out of you."-Loc 300
~"Baby...I've never seen anyone in more need of a blow job than you right now."-Loc 366(less)
First impression: I really liked the cover. The colors are soft and I like the way his sweetly kissing her cheek.
The story: I have to say that I was in...moreFirst impression: I really liked the cover. The colors are soft and I like the way his sweetly kissing her cheek.
The story: I have to say that I was intrigued with the idea. I'm a very organized person and being a personal assistant has always been something I would have liked trying before I had kids.
Elizabeth is a personal concierge for the wealthy of Manhattan. She runs errands and basically performs mundane tasks for her clients. She's always made it a rule not to get involved with clients, but there is something about Grant Morgan that interests her.
Her intrigue is reciprocated by Grant. He's a bit of a playboy, or so it seems, but he's looking for something more stable with Elizabeth. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop.
The characters: I usually do a breakdown of each character, but I think with this book, Grant and Elizabeth together made the story. Individually, they were likable, but together they made the story stronger.
What didn't work for me: I had to keep reminding myself that the development of their relationship was over a course of several months, but there were times I felt like their relationship was a bit rushed.
I also didn't really understand Matt's purpose in the story. I liked him, but I didn't feel that he was necessary.
The only other thing I would mention is that there is some drama to the story, but it seemed kind of mild. It was a bit unexpected, because Ingro's other books are heavier on the dramatics. So, I suppose I expected a bit more angst or conflict.
Overall: I did enjoy it. The sexy times were great. Like I said, Grant and Elizabeth were great together. Their sexual chemistry worked for me. I will say that the last 1/4 of the book bumped my rating. I found myself plowing through the rest of their story. It just felt a bit stronger and captured my attention a bit more. If you're looking for something sexy, check it out!(less)
First impression: Well, for starters it's told in Will's POV. SOLD. Second, look at the cover! Adorable.
The story: I truly, deeply enjoyed Sweet Thing w...moreFirst impression: Well, for starters it's told in Will's POV. SOLD. Second, look at the cover! Adorable.
The story: I truly, deeply enjoyed Sweet Thing when I read it last summer. That was a book that was written with care in every page. While I struggled a bit at times with Mia, I fell hard and fast for Will. For me, he was the glue. Don't get me wrong, I did end up really liking Mia and appreciated the journey she had taken, but I loved Will from beginning to end. And I was happy with the ending. But, I think this novella really wrapped up their story nicely.
Told from Will's POV, Sweet Little Thing shows us what life is like for Mia and Will once they've established their routine as a couple. They have a lot to look forward to and everything seems to be going their way. Just when it seems like things are moving along steadily, a surprise comes their way.
The characters: Will. OMG Will. If I hadn't already loved him in Sweet Thing, he would have completely won me over in this novella. I love his quirkiness and his sense of humor. Getting this story from his POV was super smart. And to see him as a Daddy? Brilliant.
Of course Mia is in the story, but because this is Will's POV, I got a different perspective of her. I have to say that I liked her much more in this story. Maybe it's because her life is more settled and she is on a good path with Will? Probably. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed her.
What didn't work for me: I have ZERO complaints.
Overall: I loved it! Even though it was a novella, I really felt like I got a full story. If you liked Sweet Thing, then you will love Sweet Little Thing. For me, it was absolutely perfect!
Quotes: ~It sounded like a pounding and sucking at the same time, but it was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. It was the sound of my kid's heartbeat.-Loc 860
~Imagine it's thirty years from now and you're thinking back to the day you married your wife. Was she pregnant with your child, playing "When the Levee Breaks" on the drums, in a wedding dress with no underwear on because you f*cked her silly in the back of a limo? Yeah, be jealous.-Loc 1057
~"It means the beauty and wonder that I see in you every day colors each page of my life and makes it more vibrant. You make my experiences more meaningful."-Loc 1131 (less)
4.5 stars First Impression: Well, I think it's been established that I'm in love with this series, so I couldn't wait to read this one.
The story: Mac an...more4.5 stars First Impression: Well, I think it's been established that I'm in love with this series, so I couldn't wait to read this one.
The story: Mac and Matt are at a bit of a cross roads with their relationship. Just when Mac feels like they may be able to move forward, Matt steps away. He still has a lot of baggage that he's hiding from Mac. She wants to understand, but he won't let her in. Things between them become tense in the office and Mac is forced to make some difficult decisions.
The characters: I still love both of these characters. I felt like Mac really stood up for herself in this installment and I really felt for her and the tough decisions she had to make.
What didn't work for me: While I love Matt, he did frustrate me a bit in this one. He didn't lose me, but there were moments that I felt he was just too cruel. I understand why, but it had me scrunching my nose a bit.
There were some sexy moments, but not as many. Granted, this installment warranted a more serious tone.
Overall: I still really...truly...love this serial. In fact, I find myself pining away for the rest of the series. I need to know how things are going to turn out! And the ending of this one leaves me feeling even more anxious! If you're looking for a short read with spice, check this out!
Favorite quotes: ~"Are you ok? Miss Anders said you were taking a few sick days?" I actually laughed out loud at that. I mean, how dare he act concerned? He told me just a few hours before to get on my knees-a thought that actually had me slightly horny and greatly embarrassed that it made me horny. Bastard.-Loc 480
~"Did it help?" "No," he said quietly. "It didn't help at all. I can't get you out of my mind."-Loc 557 (less)
First impression: I absolutely love this new cover. I think it's very fitting for the story. The girl looks like how I picture Eva in my mind too.
The...moreFirst impression: I absolutely love this new cover. I think it's very fitting for the story. The girl looks like how I picture Eva in my mind too.
The story: I originally read the first part of the book back in October 2012. I absolutely loved it and it was, at the time, my favorite book of Cole's. Going into reading this, I had only planned on reading the second half, but I opened the first page and immediately got consumed again by this gorgeous story and ended up reading part one AGAIN. What should you know about the story? Well, the plot is mysterious as are the characters. It's a dark story and a bit of a thriller. I remember the first time I read it, I think I had ten different possible theories going in my head.
Eva is a psychiatrist who comes to Malta to study and care for Luca's mother. She and Luca have a undeniable connection, but Luca keeps Eva at a distance. Eva can't seem to figure out what makes Luca so intriguing, but as she searches for answers, she soon realizes that this fact finding mission may be a bit dangerous. She discovers dark secrets buried deep, but she's determined to help Luca, no matter what the cost is.
That's about all I'll tell you about the actual story. There are quite a few plot twists, so I don't want to ruin all the surprises. Let the story carry you and you won't be disappointed.
The characters: My favorite thing about Eva is the way she loves Luca. I like her, but I think what sold me was her determination to help Luca. She never gave up, even when he pushed her away.
Luca is complex. He's battled demons his whole life. He's feared that he will suffer the same fate as many Minaldi men before him. And there is a darkness that surrounds him, but once Eva comes into his life, he begins to feel a hopeful. I loved the mystery of Luca. I also love his dominating presence.
Eva and Luca, together, were great. They have intense chemistry, which created some pretty fantastic steamy moments between them. I couldn't get enough of them together.
What didn't work for me: There wasn't really anything that stands out as an issue for me. I will say that I feel the first part is stronger. However, the second half delivers all the answers I needed. So...it's hard to find anything really wrong.
Overall: I loved it. I don't read many suspense, thriller, romances, but Cole gave me something intriguing and definitely sexy. I didn't realize how much I had missed Luca until I started reading it. If you're in the mood for something a it dark, gritty and mysterious, check this out!
Quote: ~I enjoy the vibration of the sound against my lips, the heat of her breath against mine. Everything is visceral now, an explosion of sensations and my vision blurs. She is soft and I am hard and I rage against her, taking her over and over until her eyes glaze and her screaming stops. Her heart is pounding against my chest and her body is so very fragile. So I break it. (less)
First impression: I was so proud of Mac in Stipulation for putting the breaks on Matt, so I couldn't wait to see how he was going to treat her in this...moreFirst impression: I was so proud of Mac in Stipulation for putting the breaks on Matt, so I couldn't wait to see how he was going to treat her in this one.
The story: Mac and Matt are still on the edge of falling for each other. Their casual sex relationship is becoming more. And Mac realizes that she does, in fact, want to know more about what makes Matt tick. But, Matt isn't an easy guy to read outside the bedroom. So, Mac is at the point where she won't put out until he gives her a bit...more.
Her friendship with Cal continues and she decides to give him a chance. However, she can't stop thinking about Matt. Mac does learn a bit more about Matt through Cal, which helps her understand him better, but she still wants more.
Then, tragedy strikes for Mac and she has to head out of town.
The characters: I'm still loving these characters. I love the fact that Mac isn't letting Matt make all the decisions in their arrangement anymore. She's giving him a lot of herself. She deserves the same in return.
I've loved Matt from the beginning, but we're starting to learn more a bit about him and why is the way he is. Even though this is told from Mac's POV, I still felt like I could feel a shift in Matt. He doesn't like that Mac is putting the breaks on their relationship and he's acting out. And he certainly doesn't like her friendship with Cal. At the end of this installment, I literally stood up and cheered for Matt. He is turning out to be the man I had hoped he would be for Mac.
Overall: I loved this! The ending was superb and I couldn't wait to dive in for more. The Legal Affairs Serials are fun, sexy, and captivating. I highly recommend them!
Favorite Quotes: ~Asshole hadn't even bought me a Big Mac, and I'd made him howl with pleasure. Where's the gratitude?-Loc 21
~"Leave with me right now. I need you, and it's killing me not to be with you." His words are harsh and urgent. He sounds like a man in pain, and I pull my head back in surprise to look at him.- Loc 287
~"I can't believe I just got cock blocked by you...while I was inside of you."-Loc 374
~"Just like when you first signed up for One Night Only," I add. "Just like that. So I say take the bull by the horns...Or, in your case, by his incredibly talented dick, and enjoy the ride."-Loc 447(less)
Ok, it's no secret that I'm a big fan of Abbi Glines books, but I have to tell you that there's a reason for it. From the time I first read The Vincen...moreOk, it's no secret that I'm a big fan of Abbi Glines books, but I have to tell you that there's a reason for it. From the time I first read The Vincent Boys until now, she continuously keeps me on my toes. In my opinion, her stories get better and better. Don't get me wrong, I love each and every character from her other books for specific reasons, but her more recent stories dive just a little bit deeper. And I can tell you, since I get to watch these stories unfold, that there is a lot of thought and care that is put into these stories. It continues to be a journey and I was beyond thrilled to get my Grant book!
Harlow Manning. How do I describe my feelings for her? Harlow is my girl. She has an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove. She appears to be delicate, but she's anything but. Her father is a Rock God, but she's been somewhat sheltered from that life, however she isn't naive to it either. She loves her father, but recognizes his faults. She's caring, smart and strong. I admired her for many reasons, but I fell in love with her for seeing Grant for who he really was.
Grant Carter. Ok, look...I love pretty much all of Abbi's men. However, there are a select few who really grab my heart. Grant Carter was one of those characters. From the minute I met him in Fallen Too Far, I knew he was going to be someone special to me. And while I find some of his choices less than stellar, I simply see the good man underneath. I see why he makes said choices. I understand why he feels a sense of loyalty. Does that make it easier to swallow? A little bit. For me, at least.
Let's talk about a few characters that nearly stole the show. And yes, I begged for books for at least one of these guys. Let's start with the old fellas and end with the young. Dean and Kiro are absolutely fantastic. Sure, they're a bit on the sleazy side, but that's the life they live. They've lived hard and fast for many years, but I will say that these guys have taken care of their kids. I love the relationship Dean has with Rush and Kiro may not win any father of the year awards, but he is very good to Harlow. And I will tell you that Kiro's story broke my heart a bit. Last but not least, MASE. Mase is Harlow's brother and Kiro's oldest child. Like Harlow, Mase has been shielded from the limelight. He doesn't have the best relationship with Kiro, but he is devoted to his baby sister. I adored him and truly hope to see more of him in the future.
Now for the yucky part. Nan. If there is anyone out there that actually likes her, raise your hand. She is awful, isn't she? Despite my intense dislike for Nan, I will admit to seeing a different side to her in this book. She really is a pathetic person. And it wasn't entirely her fault. Trust...I don't like her, but I can see why Grant felt a bit responsible for her. Sure, they were attracted to each other, but I could see why he continued to go back to "save" her time and again. Grant and Nan have a destructive relationship and it really was a blessing that Harlow came into his life. He needed to see that he deserved more.
Overall, I loved Take A Chance. It was basically an emotional roller coaster for me. The ending left me in a bit of a fit and I'm sure I won't be alone. Just remember one thing, if you feel a bit frustrated at the end, you'll get your answers in One More Chance! Do I recommend this one? Abso-freaking-lutely. It is honestly one of my favorite Glines books.
Fun fact: I named Harlow. :)
Quotes: ~"Three kinds of women in this world. The kind that suck you dry and leave you with nothing. The kind that only want a good time. And the kind that make life worth a damn. The last kind...the right woman's the one who give as much as she takes, and you can't get enough. She's the kind...if you lose her, you lose yourself."-pg 6
~"You're all I want. Forgive me for running? Please."-pg 117
~"You smell like heaven and hell all wrapped up into one,"-pg 119
~"...You're all I can think about, Harlow. Where I'm headed is new to me, but I damn well want to go there as long as that's where you'll be. You're worried about getting hurt, but I don't think you understand yet that you're holding all the damn cards, sweet girl. All the damn cards."-pg 181
~Everything about Grant felt right. Maybe God made him for me. There has to be someone out there who wanted me, even if I was broken.-pg 262 (less)
3.5 stars First impression: I'm pretty obsessed with anything British, so I was on board for trying this one out.
The story: In high school, Maggie was s...more3.5 stars First impression: I'm pretty obsessed with anything British, so I was on board for trying this one out.
The story: In high school, Maggie was so focused on her studies that she didn't leave much room for a social life. Now, she has the chance of a lifetime. She's off to London for college and she wants to make the most of her time there. There are new friendships formed, reluctantly, and lots of boys to ogle. One particular boy, Samir, seems to constantly creep into her thoughts, but she doesn't think he's right for her. She wants someone solid, steady. She learns a lot about herself in her first year of college. Now, the question is...where does she go from here and will Samir be a part of that picture?
The characters: I kinda liked Maggie. She was a bit naive, but I understood that. I couldn't relate to her in that way, but I had some friends like her, so it was easy to connect with her. I felt like her experiences in her first year of college were pretty realistic. Maybe not all the flash, but the basics like meeting new friends, adjusting to life away from home, boy drama...all pretty real stuff.
I was surprised that I like Samir as much as I did. When he's first introduced, he seems like such an ass. But, I liked how gentle he was with Maggie. Sure, he made bad choices, but I think he's really good for Maggie. I think she grounds him a bit too.
What didn't work for me: The first thing is that I just didn't get the relationship with Hugh. It just never really fit with me.
This is an NA novel, but to me it read more like a Mature YA. I've read some Mature YA that had more steam. I think Cleeton could have pumped up the romance. Samir and Maggie had great chemistry.
Overall: I liked it. It certainly kept me entertained, but I could put it down. I will say that I've thought about the book since I've read it, so it must have made a decent impact. I'm definitely interested in seeing where Maggie's story goes from here, so I'll likely pick up the next book, London Falling.
Quotes: ~It scared me that it was always like this with him, always a spectacular loss of control. It scared me that he pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me crave more than I should.-Loc 1510
~"You should expect more from some guy than having to fight for his attention. Don't sell yourself short. You deserve more. You deserve everything.''-Loc 4986 (less)
First Impression: Awww...Jake and Roxie. The Good Life was a surprise read for me last year, so I was looking for more about Jake and Roxie's back stor...moreFirst Impression: Awww...Jake and Roxie. The Good Life was a surprise read for me last year, so I was looking for more about Jake and Roxie's back story.
The story: Jake and Roxie have grown up together. Jake is Roxie's brother's best friend. As they got older, they flirted here and there, shared a few kisses, but nothing ever really happened. Then, Roxie comes home on break from college for the summer and is mending a broken heart. Naturally, she runs into Jake. There is something about this visit home and seeing him again that's a bit different. She thought her summer was going to be dreadful, but her friendship with Jake is changing and he helps to make her summer one she would never forget.
The characters: I had forgotten how much I loved Roxie. She's quirky, funny, and slightly...awkward. One of the best things about her character is that she has faults and as a reader, you love her for them. It makes her easy to relate to. I loved reading about her again.
Jake is just as wonderful in this book as he was in The Good Life. I enjoyed getting to see snippets of their past as kids. It helped to explain Jake's character a bit more and the bond he shared with Roxie's family. Jake and Roxie together were great too. I love them.
Note: the condom mishap was STELLAR! I even sent my BFF a text about it.
What didn't work for me: While I enjoyed the flashback scenes, the timing of them seemed a bit off for me and a bit sporadic.
There were some great funny moments from Roxie and I did laugh quite a bit, but I admit that I missed how she described her life as a movie and her ongoing life music playlist. She was funny, but I can't pinpoint as many great moments from this one. Although I did love her "lists"!
I'm not crazy about the cover.
Overall: I enjoyed it. I remember wanting to know about their past when I read The Good Life, so I'm glad to have gotten it. And I have to say that even though I know how their story ultimately ends, the ending of this one broke my heart a bit. When Roxie stops her phone reminder, I may have gotten a tear. I do recommend this series and I do think this prequel was a great addition. Definitely check these out!
Quotes: ~"I'm just waiting for the right one. When all the newness wears off and she stops shaving and starts wearing boring underwear that doesn't even match, and I still want to be around her, I'll stop. It just hasn't happened yet."-Loc 741
~It was a no-win situation. "I'll get it," he said, taking charge. He did not kneel down to get a better look or get out a flashlight. I said a silent prayer for that small victory. He stayed where he was and stuck his finger up there like an expert. His assertiveness was a turn-on.-Loc 1988
~"I'm going to miss you. A lot. And it'll be easier to get through it if no one knew about it. I won't have people-like Allison, or my mom-asking me how I'm doing, if I'm okay. I know it sounds totally psycho, but I'm just trying to protect myself. We might be unbreakable together, but I'm not unbreakable without you. Not even close. Does that make sense?"-Loc 2248 (less)
First Impression: New adventure, new love, self discovery...sign me up!
The story: Auden was in need of an adventure. So, she got a job as a tour guide i...moreFirst Impression: New adventure, new love, self discovery...sign me up!
The story: Auden was in need of an adventure. So, she got a job as a tour guide in Europe. The job proves to have it's own set of challenges, but she likes it. On one of her trips, she meets a smart, sexy Brit. Just as her love life and her job are becoming more interesting, her world is rocked by a mysterious stranger. This changes everything she thought she knew about her life.
The characters: Auden was a lot of fun. She's a bit dramatic, but not in an annoying way. I loved that she craved adventure and that she wasn't afraid to take chances.
Campbell just might be the perfect guy. I adored him! He actually courted her. He valued her. And he really supported her when she needed him the most. He seriously is the best! And he was quite sexy at times too.
I loved seeing Hadley and Jason again too. They are such a great couple and it made me miss them a bit. I just might have to go back and read Picturing Perfect.
What didn't work for me: I'm not so sure I could pin point anything that stands out to me. I suppose if I want to be nit picky, I would say that Auden may be slightly irritating to some, but she didn't bother me.
Overall: I would have to say that Unwanted Stars just might be my favorite Brown novel to date. During college, I always wanted to travel like Auden did. While I'm not as dramatic as she is, I felt a kinship in her need for adventure and she is also a romantic. I got her. And I really loved the relationship she developed with Campbell. Unwanted Stars was fun, romantic and had just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting. Although this is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend it!
Quotes: ~"Listen to me, okay? I want you, this, us...for as long as I'm lucky enough to have it. Losing you would destroy me."-Loc 2925
~"You're the most beautiful creature I've ever laid eyes on. When I see you, when I feel you, I'm content. The happiest I've ever been."-Loc 3684(less)
First impression: I love the cover and the guy certainly fits the image of Jimmy in my mind. I was curious to know more about Jimmy. Both he and Jenna...moreFirst impression: I love the cover and the guy certainly fits the image of Jimmy in my mind. I was curious to know more about Jimmy. Both he and Jenna were still a bit of a mystery to me when I started this one. Sure, we knew who they were, but I didn't know much about them. I was anxious to get started. I had a feeling that Jimmy would win me over.
The story: After a memorable one night stand, Jimmy can't get Jenna off his mind. But trying to win her over isn't easy. He has a reputation of being a ladies man, so it's hard for Jenna to take him seriously. She can't be a toss away girl. She wants commitment. She wants forever.
Jenna has been running from her dangerous past for a few years. She's found a good life in Beaumont. She's gotten to meet some amazing people and even live out a few fantasies. One particular fantasy involved a sexy Rocker. She thought they could remain friends and she never expected anything more. But, the fates have other plans for Jimmy and Jenna. One that ties them together...forever.
The characters: I adored both Jimmy and Jenna. I honestly thought Jimmy might be a bit much for me to handle before I got to know him. But, in this book I learned that Jimmy really does have a heart of gold. He's a player because he's been hurt in the past. The more I got to know Jimmy and also saw the way he treated Jenna, he really won me over.
Jenna...I liked her. I had no idea about her past before this book. It was a bit unexpected actually. What I liked the most about Jenna was the fact that she was willing to see that Jimmy was more than just a star. I loved that she trusted him to take care of her and that she let their relationship progress naturally, considering the situation they were in. I mean...they do get married quickly, but with reason. I really did feel like their relationship developed nicely.
What didn't work for me: There wasn't really much I didn't like about their overall story. I did feel like the Jenna portrayed in the last book was a bit different than what I saw here. I think going into this book, I thought she was a bit more...sassy?
With Jimmy, I liked getting the flashbacks about his childhood, but I kept forgetting he grew up in the music industry. His dad seemed more like a business man or something. It didn't make much of an impact on my overall thoughts, but it bugged me a bit for some reason.
Overall: I really enjoyed Jimmy and Jenna's story. Jimmy is probably the sweetest of the bunch, but has just enough of an edge to make him wicked sexy! He and Jenna are a really great match. I want to mention that I love that Liam is the glue to this group. I adore Liam and I'm finding it hard to see the magic that was in Forever My Girl repeated. However, I do appreciate each couple for different reasons. Finding My Forever delivered some great steam, some intense drama, and a really great love story! I definitely recommend this series.
Favorite Quote: ~Who knew that finding my forever would be so easy? I just needed my best mate to get married so I could hook-up with the bridesmaid. That's me in a nutshell, innit?-pg 201(less)
First impression: Yes. Absolutely, yes! I'm a fan of Sawyer Bennett's Off Series and I saw some of the teasers for this new serial, so I couldn't wait...moreFirst impression: Yes. Absolutely, yes! I'm a fan of Sawyer Bennett's Off Series and I saw some of the teasers for this new serial, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!
The story: After a drunken night with her friend, McKayla agrees to become a client of a super secret sex club. On the night of her "meeting" with her selected fellow, McKayla is all kinds of nervous. However, she's not about to back out. Especially after she meets sexy #134, Mike. Her night of no-strings attached sex is everything she had hoped it would be and more.
So...a few days later, McKayla is off to a new job. She walks into a meeting with her new boss and nearly falls over. Can you take a guess as to why she would be stunned? If you guessed that her new boss is sexy #134, you would be correct. Except his name isn't Mike, it's Matt.
Awkward and uncomfortable doesn't even begin to describe how these two feel about their new situation. On thing is certain though, they still can't fight their attraction. Will these two be able to keep their attraction at bay or will they give in to what they really want...more?
The characters: I adore McKayla! The story is told from her POV, so I got a true sense of what she was thinking, what her personality was like, and more importantly what she thought of Matt. And McKayla is hysterical! I love her inner dialogue and she has a great sense of humor about their situation.
I loved Matt too. He can definitely be a bit gruff and I'm curious to know why he can't get into a relationship, but I really liked him.
Their sexy scenes were off the chart hot and their banter was fantastic! I found myself craving more of their scenes together. And I have to point out that it wasn't just a quick roll in the bed. It's clear that something more is brewing here and I can't wait to see how their relationship develops.
Overall: I loved this! My BFF and I were talking about it after I read it and we were saying that there was an ease to this story that made it that much more enjoyable. I've established that I'm a fan of Bennett's, but this serial...it's truly fantastic! I was so glad I had the next one on hand.
Favorite Quotes: ~"Standing up or lying down? Bed or balcony? Missionary or doggie style? Any preference?"
His voice is low, gravely, filled with sex and lust, and my mind swims with the possibilities. Swallowing hard, I say, "I don't care...as long as there's an orgasm involved."
Chuckling, Mike sweeps me up in his arms and starts carrying me to the bed. "I guarantee you two...to start out with."-Loc 130
~"You can't figure out why I'm mad? How abut because I had my tongue between your legs two days ago, or the fact that we both almost overdosed on orgasms, or maybe it's because I got a fucking hard on the minute you walked in that conference room door? Take your pick...there are a variety of reasons why I'm mad."-Loc 312
~"Well, I have to say your dick is the most pleasant thing about you," I say sweetly, but with a touch of sarcasm.-Loc 552(less)
Tangled was one of my favorite books of the year, so when I saw this little short, I had to have it! It was so fun to see Drew again. I love his humor...moreTangled was one of my favorite books of the year, so when I saw this little short, I had to have it! It was so fun to see Drew again. I love his humor and he's certainly sexy! I was literally laughing out loud while reading this one. Especially, when I read about Matthew's proposal gone wrong. I was in tears! I could just picture how that all played out. And of course, Drew wouldn't be Drew if he didn't stir up some trouble. But, it made me laugh and I love how fiercely he loves Kate. Overall, I really liked it! It was a quick weekend treat that left me anxious for Twisted! Note: This is a SHORT story.
Quotes: ~"My favorite dress of yours will always be...the one floor."-Loc 132
~I press my face against her neck and inhale dramatically. "You smell like sweat and sex...and me. It's hot. Eau de Cum kicks Chanel Number Five's ass."-Loc 194
~I pull on her hand until she crashed against me. "I don't wanna go. I want to defile the prestigious Plaza Hotel by having you ride me like a slutty mermaid in the bathtub."-Loc 211
~"I'm a lovable guy." She laughs. And brings her palm to my cheek, smacking it softly. "And slappable--definitely a slappable guy." "Kinky.We should explore that further, later on."-Loc 512 (less)
3.5 stars First impression: I was definitely excited to get into this story. It sounded a bit different than anything out there. I liked that Ben was th...more3.5 stars First impression: I was definitely excited to get into this story. It sounded a bit different than anything out there. I liked that Ben was the model and was anxious to see that world from a male perspective.
The story: Emmy is living in New York City and she's gotten her first big job as an assistant to the owner of a prestigious modeling agency. The agency focuses on male models and they have a rising star in Ben Shaw. So when Ben is set to head to France for Fashion Week, Emmy gets to go. Ben is intrigued by Emmy. She seems so out of his world and he glimpses something in her that he finds comforting. Not to mention that she's real. He wants more real in his life.
As they spend more time together, they give in to their attraction. Emmy can't believe that this famous and wanted man of the world wants to be with her. Then there's her evil boss, Fiona, who is jealous of the connection she sees between Emmy and Ben. Ben's relationship with Fiona is complicated and as the story unfolds, more is revealed and causes major conflict between Emmy and Ben.
The characters: I really liked Emmy in the Prologue. Starting the story off with Emmy was promising. I think it helped me get a sense of how Emmy saw her relationship with Ben for what is really was. Once the timeline moved back to re-tell their story, I still thought she was sweet, but a little too sugary and naive. Overall, I did like her.
Ben was interesting to me. There were times I felt like he played the cocky player, but I did like how he really wanted to try to have a relationship with Emmy. Of course, their relationship was anything but normal, but considering the fact that he didn't know what normal was...I appreciated his yearning to try with Emmy.
What I liked about them as a couple was their chemistry. I did feel like they developed a good connection. They had great banter and I loved their flirting. The steamy scenes were good. I especially liked the threesome scene. For me, the limo scene with Ben, Bray and Emmy was the hottest scene in the book! I loved...loved Braydon.
What didn't work for me: I felt like there were a few inconsistencies with Ben's character. I felt like I had to go back a few times to clarify a few details. It didn't ruin the story, but it was a bit annoying. I also got tired of Emmy feeling like she wasn't worthy of Ben. I'm tend to appreciate girls who have a bit more confidence, which was what I thought I saw in Emmy in the beginning. Although, I will say that she did stand up for herself in the end.
Overall: I enjoyed it. It's weird because I could easily put it down, but I also found myself thinking about where the story was headed when I wasn't reading it. The ending left me curious about what's going to happen next. And, I am looking forward to learning more about Ben's past. I think he has some scars and I feel like Emmy can be a good person for him to lean on. Let's just hope she can muster up some confidence. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. It was different and I'm fascinated by Ben's world. Give it try. (less)
Travis Maddox was the kind of gorgeous every girl dreamed about, and he was my reality.
Like many others, I was curious about the events of Abby and Tr...moreTravis Maddox was the kind of gorgeous every girl dreamed about, and he was my reality.
Like many others, I was curious about the events of Abby and Travis's nuptials. I felt a little left out missing their magical moment. But now, all my questions have been answered and I feel like I learned that much more about one of my favorite couples. And I realized how much I missed them!
There is no question that this couple was meant to be together, but I thought it was interesting to see what else was going on in Abby's head. Like Travis, Abby is a fierce protector of those she loves. And, if you've read Beautiful Disaster, you know that they survived the fire. After the fire, I think that both Abby and Travis really understood the value of their relationship and their love for each other. I mean, they were crazy in love before, but life threatening situations can put things in better perspective. So, Abby proposes after the fire, because she loves him, but she has another motivation too. She wants to protect Travis. She can't and won't lose him. I'm not going to go into much more detail than that, but if you know this couple and remember the details of that event, you can probably figure it out.
Even though their wedding was speedy, it didn't lack in touching moments. Again, I won't go into detail, but I will highlight a few moments. I didn't think it was possible to love Travis more than I already did, but I have to tell you...this guy is truly special. He really does have a deep seeded love for Abby. There was never a question in his mind that getting married was the right thing to do. Abby on the other hand, has a few freak out moments, but it's never about Travis. She knows in her heart that Travis is the man she's supposed to be with. This is what brings me to possibly my favorite moment of the book. As Abby gets ready to walk down the aisle, she feels a bit shell shocked. But, Travis knows his girl and knows exactly the right thing to do. I won't say what he does exactly, but I will tell you that it brought me to tears...in a good way. From that moment on, I had a perma-smile on my face. I absolutely loved seeing them say their "I do's"and their vows to each other were perfect for them. And the end of the ceremony was great! I had a mix of tears and laughter.
~A Maddox boy will take you all the way to the edge, but if you go with him, he'll follow you anywhere.-pg 72
Near the end of the book, we get to see where things are with them a year later. You remember that America was upset that she missed the wedding, right? Well, Abby and Travis let America plan a vow renewal ceremony. This isn't a huge part of the book, but I loved seeing their friends and family get to be a part of the celebration. And let's just say that Travis's bachelor party was rather entertaining and has me even more anxious for Trent Maddox's book!
Overall, I absolutely loved it! My heart was full and my smile was bright. I will say this, if you're feeling a bit skeptical about reading this one (although I can't fathom why), know that this is all new material. I mean, this is a part of their story, but the events of the wedding are all new to readers. If you love Abby and Travis like I do, you won't be disappointed!
Quotes: ~"The only thing I'm afraid of is a life without you, Pigeon."-pg 2
~"Stop listening to everything I say. I'm probably not going to make sense for the next six months while I try to process the fact that I've gotten everything I've ever wanted."-pg 15
~"Did that just happen?" I asked.
"It sure as hell did!"
"Did I see some misty eyes back there?"
"Pigeon, you are now Mrs. Travis Maddox. I've never been this happy in my life!"-pg 80
~"You were right," I said.
Travis pulled back to look at me, curious.
"You were my last first kiss."
He smiled, pressed his lips against me hard, and then buried his face against my neck. He was breathing heavily but still managed to sweetly whisper, "I fucking love you, Pigeon."-pg 90
~"Happy anniversary, Pidge."
I looked into his eyes, as full of love and hope as they were the year before. "One down, forever to go," I whispered back.-pg 146
More Joss and Braden??? SIGN ME UP! I loved, no...adored them in On Dublin Street. They are the reason I've begun my love affair with this series. So,...moreMore Joss and Braden??? SIGN ME UP! I loved, no...adored them in On Dublin Street. They are the reason I've begun my love affair with this series. So, when I saw that they were getting a novella, I had *jumpy clappy hands*! And this novella was everything I had hoped it would be!
In ODS, we saw Joss and Braden fall in love. However, their love story wasn't easy. They're both stubborn, fiery, and a bit guarded. Not to mention Joss's history. She has dealt with some serious pain in her life, so it was hard for her to let Braden in. Well, in this novella we get to see them happy and madly in love. We see the proposal, the wedding, and even the honeymoon. It's what happens once they get home that made my heart nearly stop.
It's not that I was all that surprised at what was happening, but I was nervous that Joss would close herself up again. Surprisingly, Joss handled this new life moment fairly well. It was my broody Scot that didn't. Don't get me wrong, Braden is over the moon about the next chapter of their lives, but he also jumped to conclusions before really talking things out with Joss. Feelings were hurt and ego's wounded but in the end, their love for each other helped to resolve their lapse in communication.
Overall, I loved this novella! It reminded me why I love this series so much. I also loved seeing that they were happy and moving forward, but I think it also told a very realistic view on relationships. They take work, no matter how in love you are. I'm having to back track a bit to get completely caught up in this series, but it's ok, because I'm enjoying every minute of it! If you loved On Dublin Street, this is a must read novella!
Quotes: (So many to choose from. I love their banter!) ~I wondered if he knew hat just watching him sleep made me scary happy, breathless even. I wondered if he knew that he was absolutely, without a doubt, everything to me.-Loc 43
~"Everything but the ring," Braden murmured, his expression all smoldering as he leaned back against our front door, crossing his arms over his chest, and one ankle over the other. His pose said casual, possibly even bored. His eyes, however, were burning my not-even-naked-yet skin.-Loc 160
~It was hard. It was deep. And it was beautiful. Just like always.-Loc 207 (less)
First impression: I loved Josh and Cassie's story in No Reverse. I was anxious to see if they would get their son back. I was satisfied with the ending...moreFirst impression: I loved Josh and Cassie's story in No Reverse. I was anxious to see if they would get their son back. I was satisfied with the ending of No Reverse, but I needed them to truly have a happy ending.
The story: Fast Forward was about Josh and Cassie's struggle to get their son back. The adoption process was difficult on it's own, but Josh and Cassie are both at the beginning of their careers. Learning how to balance all of this stress is difficult on their relationship. They strive to rebuild their relationship, but past insecurities threaten to stand in the way, in addition to the stress of being apart and trying to get their son back.
I won't tell you what happens, but I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. They've both matured so much, even from the last book, and it was great to see how they work through their issues as a team when it mattered.
The characters: Cassie reminds me of myself at times. She has trouble allowing others to support her. She's always been responsible for herself. I think she used it as a defense mechanism. And as much as she loved Josh, she always felt like her decisions and choices were the best for their relationship. Cassie needed to learn to trust that Josh would always put her first. Also, I appreciated seeing her follow her passion with her music career. I think it was important for her to follow that dream, just as much as it was for her to have her family back together.
I've always liked Josh. I don't think he's always handled the challenges in their relationships well, but he always put his love for Cassie first. Josh is the kind of guy that likes to be needed. He knows that Cassie likes to take the lead in their relationship, but it has created a lot of problems for them. Granted, she felt she was making the right choices for Josh, but Josh was fully prepared to make sacrifices for his family. I really loved seeing Josh fight for Cassie and their son, Lucas. I also loved that he finally stood up to Cassie and pleaded with her to have faith in him to make the best choices for them. He's really a good guy.
As for supporting characters, I'm looking forward to Lenor's book and I'm hoping that Sam will get a book too. Sam's reappearance in this book is short lived, but it made me miss him. I liked Sam in the first book, a lot.
What didn't work for me: Ironically, what bothered me was also what I liked about Cassie. I liked that she followed her dreams, but the mother in me couldn't believe she would go off during the adoption process. I know there wasn't much they could do, but I know I wouldn't be able to stay away from my child.
Overall: I was happy with the way Cassie and Josh's story wrapped up. It wasn't necessarily in a pretty bow and it wasn't fast, but I was happy in the end. They are a great couple and I wouldn't mind getting a novella in the future just to get an update. Although, I'm curious to see if they will make an appearance in the rest of the series. If you like stories about second chances, this is a great series to read. I'm certainly enjoying it!
Favorite Quotes: ~"One day...soon, I'll have more. Neither of you will be in need of anything. I swear to God. I'll make you both safe and happy, and I'll work hard to keep it that way. Always."-Loc 214
~"I believe in you, Joshua MacBride. I have faith in you and I rely on you. You're my hero. I should have told you that a long time ago and I'm sorry I didn't."-Loc 3419 (less)
First impression: Despite the fact that I wasn't a fan of Sam's in A Little Too Far, I was excited to read this one. The premise sounded unique and I w...moreFirst impression: Despite the fact that I wasn't a fan of Sam's in A Little Too Far, I was excited to read this one. The premise sounded unique and I was curious to see what Harrison was all about.
The story: Samantha is desperate and is in search of a place to stay and a job. Her friend Jonathan pulls through and helps her get a job dancing at a gentleman's club. While Sam never pictured herself doing something this extreme, she finds that she's pretty good at it. Especially when she attracts the attention of customers like Harrison Yates.
Harrison has a familiarity about him that draws Sam in. Not only is he sexy, but he gains her trust by talking about his broken heart. Sam is liking her job, but Harrison makes coming to work worth it. However, meeting Harrison will change Sam's life in ways she never imagined.
A Little Too Hot was not only, well...hot, but the story took off right away and I was glued to the pages till the end. I was so into the story that I read it in a few hours. I loved A Little Too Far, but I loved this book just as much. And here's the best part, these two stories that I love so much, while in the same series are so very uniquely different.
The characters: I honestly wasn't sure what to think about reading a whole book about Sam. In the first book, I was a little miffed that she was after Trent. At the same time, I felt a bit sorry for her in that book. In this book, I found myself really liking her character. I still had sympathy for her, but I also liked the fact that she handled herself and the challenges thrown at her very well. She had a little bit of sass too, which made me smile. I appreciate a sassy chick.
Harrison won me over the minute he walked up to the stage. There's just something about him that pulls you in. Sure, he's sexy but it's more than that. Maybe it's his confidence or the way he makes Sam feel safe right away...I'm not sure, but I liked it. A lot. I knew right away where the story was going, but I found myself falling for him in the same way that Sam did.
Sam and Harrison together was pretty awesome. There is an undeniable attraction between them. Their steamy moments were off the charts hot! But it wasn't even the actual act, per se, but the sexual tension and build up throughout the story that made it that much better.
The supporting characters were awesome too. I really, really want Jonathan to have a book. He makes me laugh and I think he's pretty adorable. I'm thinking a book with Katie and Jonathan would be fantastic and feel that it's our duty as readers to make this happen! I also have to mention that my belly fluttered when I got to see Lexi and Trent again. I just love them. *sigh*
Overall: I loved every minute of this story. As I said before, I breezed through this book and I couldn't wait to see how the story would play out. I've mention my love of the first book, but I've yet to read the second book and had absolutely no trouble with following this book. The books in the series truly are special on their own and can be read as stand alones. If you haven't started this series yet and you're looking for plots that are inventive, exciting, and passionate...this is the series for you!
Quotes: ~I've never wanted anything in my life as intensely as I want Harrison, and it scare me how I let that base need cloud my judgement. It's only as I stand here with my back against the door, breathing hard and throbbing where I shouldn't be, that my head starts to clear.-Loc 1058
~His kiss isn't gentle. It's hungry and insistent. It's rough and hot and angry. It's so desperate that I ache with his need. His tongue slashes through my lips and I open wide, letting him have me, letting him taste all of me.-Loc 1540(less)