This is my first book from Amy and well, she’s a new-to me author and has just debuted. YAY!
From the moment I read the blurb of this book I was hookedThis is my first book from Amy and well, she’s a new-to me author and has just debuted. YAY!
From the moment I read the blurb of this book I was hooked, I mean come one, both the hero and heroine are total opposites and you know what they say, opposites attracts~ *wink wink*
Anyhow I also love a kind, friendly and imperfect heroine and an agent/spy for a hero. If you know me I really love spies so this was a hit for me.
I was surprise there was a secondary story within this one, which was great and didn’t lose me one bit because I would have wanted more if that didn’t happen. So the secondary story worked amazingly with this book.
The characters were both intriguing and likeable. They both had multiple layers to get through and it was nice seeing those different sides when they’re together and when they’re not, even if it’s not pretty sometimes and just makes me mad as heck! Stonebridge really needs most of the wack on the head but all is good with him and me, for now. I did question his abilities as an agent from some of these actions but then I thought, “He wasn’t dealing with a star struck love during his work so……” Yeah, I may have understood why he lost his head a bit.
But he was a hunk and a Duke so I can’t be too angry with him. And come on, he’s an agent! I love my agents! As for Grace, I got confused every time I hear her name, well especially in a sentence along with her calling Stonebridge, Your Grace. Can I say it was funny at the same time too? Teehee~
But Grace was a practical heroine for the Regency. I mean she’s not a wallflower nor is she the belle of the ball but she’s just that typical romance heroine from many of the other HR stories I’ve read. The same would go for Stonebridge but there’s always something about these characters that makes them different and unique in their own way so that’s always a good thing.
Like I said the secondary characters were a great add to the story. They helped moved the story along and shall I say, added tension too? However, it ended well and everything’s all swell.
There’s some mystery as to how Stonebridge’s father died and some evil doings going around which I enjoyed following. I also enjoyed spending time in both the minds of the two characters. What’s funny is that, what’s not so good is them being apart. Sure spending time in their own heads were great but sometimes it was just too much? Like Stonebridge is just too cruel when they are apart and it makes me wish there were more time for the two to be together to fix all these misunderstandings and such. And did I say I wanted to kick him? Yeah, that happens a lot, I have the same feelings with Grace too when she’s totally being a…..mute.
I’ll say the pace of the story was good. There were lots of details which worked well for capturing the feel of the Regency time and there were lots of thinking from the characters but it worked.
Overall the writing was smooth and easy to follow and it was a great read and a great start for a new author, so I’ll see what’s next from her in the near future.
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This is not my first time reading Ava Stone’s work. I absolutely love her Historical Regency romances but this was my first of her contemporary romancThis is not my first time reading Ava Stone’s work. I absolutely love her Historical Regency romances but this was my first of her contemporary romances. NA in fact.
I noticed that she had a novella that came before this full length novel which I didn’t read so I hope I didn’t miss anything from that. However, I believe these could be read as standalones so missing the novellas are okay, unless they’re characters you’re dying to see get their own HEA.
As for this series it’s the first of a brand new series called Desolate Sun. It’s the name of the band and the series will be based around each member’s stories. The novellas will be small stories of their own from what I know, and will be of small side characters that make appearances either major ones for one book or throughout the series.
Did I say this is a NA? I don’t read much NA but I do find them interesting. Lots of drama and growing up but great lessons learned in the end.
From this read I thought it was great. It had a lot of feels going on on both sides of the aisle. Both characters had major stuff going on in their lives that they had to work for and it was great seeing how they overcame them.
Leah is the single mother who as a teenager became a teenage mom to a son. She really hit rock bottom when her father died when she was a young teen. When she got pregnant she decided to live for the child and got back up and is shooting for a better future. I love that she’s taking charge of her life and going to college to make a better life for her son. She also doesn’t care about what others think because she wants what’s best for her family and always put her son’s needs first. But then she met Brody and she knew he was trouble and that was definitely true.
Brody is a hunk. He’s trouble with a heart of gold hidden beneath his player profile. His love for music is out of the world and will do anything to succeed in it. His band is his life and his crew are his brothers in crime. It’s everything to him. And I love that he doesn’t give up on what he loves no matter how grim the circumstances may look. Oh and his bandmates are just as determined as he is. Just as bad and sexy, they have their own problems and challenges. I do love that they get along although sometimes it maybe hard but boys are boys and they can move on. How they talk is purely boys. It’s hilarious. But I love that when he meets Leah his dreams starts to change and adds them and their dreams into the picture too.
Yes there were times when you think things wouldn’t work out for them, and trust me it’s a wild ride because they were just so different. They both had different dreams, goals, and responsibilities that made it hard for them to put the other person’s needs upfront, but then with love, anything is possible.
I loved reading both their POVs because we got to see the different sides of them around folks they love. And just the interaction between themselves were destructive but amazing.
Just from this I know the next books int he series are going to be great because come on, the rest of the bandmates are just sexy and bad and in much need of love too.
So, yeah this was a great fun read with some grittiness and feels. This truly shows that Ava Stone can do anything!
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This was my first read of Laura Strickland’s Steam Punk and I can say it was definitely a great read.
I absolutely love this Steam Punk slash paranormaThis was my first read of Laura Strickland’s Steam Punk and I can say it was definitely a great read.
I absolutely love this Steam Punk slash paranormal story. I don’t read much paranormal but this was an awesome addition! I also loved that this worked with an amnesia kind of feel to it. I tend to not like picking up amnesia stories but since this was a resurrection of the dead, it was different and had that mystery of not knowing what happened in the story so that was definitely a plus for me.
So as you may know Clara, a physician’s daughter has the power to bring the dead back to life and she has decided to bring back a dead man from the gallows to be her husband. He was supposed to be awaken to a forgotten past and follow her guidance to help save her home and all the folks who lives under her care. The only thing that she didn’t expect was for him to be dead handsome, have a mind of his own, and be a pain to handle. On the other hand Liam, the man she brought back to life, doesn’t remember a thing beside remembering having a noose around his neck, dying, then brought back to life, knowing things without actually knowing how he knows them, and Irish. But he sure knows he’s attracted to this witchy-lady of his that is his wife. Of course not knowing his past, he has a mission to get revenge on the person who murdered him, even if it’ll get in the way of his new life with Clara.
Oh I really love that Liam had a personality of his own despite the fact that he doesn’t know who he is, kind of. I love that Laura threw in all these things that he knew but didn’t know how he knew but that he just did. It made me feel really close to him like, I myself would know that feeling if I were to ever forget. I also love that Liam has this self worth and knew what he is and what he would do in certain situations. Like he knew what he would fight for and believe in just from feeling it in his gut. He was definitely a gentleman from the way he thought in my mind. I definitely loved the scene with Dax when he brought him home. It was the first moment that showed any sign of his true character and of who he was so that was definitely one of my favorite scenes. Loved it!
Clara is a very passionate lady in what she does. She has insecurities in her self, definitely towards her slim and unflattering figure. I liked that she was honest with it with Liam because she never thought about her looks until he came into her life. She may have felt like he deserved someone just as beautiful as he was so that was what brought on her insecurities. She also has very little trust in people. This may have been due to the fact that her father kept her safe from other people as a child, so she doesn’t have many people outside her home as friends. Even though I know these things about Clara, I felt like I didn’t know as much about her as I did Liam. I felt like this story was definitely more about Liam searching for his truth rather than Clara resurrecting Liam to help save her home, so I didn’t have that close connection with her even though she was a huge part of the story or even “the” story.
And the love scenes. Oh they were great. They were very…… there were NO Visible Sex scenes. None!! Okay maybe one but that was it! Yes, I was shocked! When I first hit that end of the chapter where there was sure to be a love scene and turned the page and it was the next morning, yeah. I Died a little I think. I Definitely didn’t expect a no sex scene in this story. With all the books I’ve been reading I was definitely expecting it but was surprised that I really enjoyed not reading the sex scenes in this story. I loved that there was a black curtain after the sexy interaction between the two that lead to the bedroom. I mean that was already hot, like steamy. Their interaction was burning the pages! It definitely made up for the no visible sex scenes. And I loved that we also got information on what went on behind the door without being there seeing it played out. It was very nice for a change you know and well written. I sometime skip over the sex scenes anyways because I wanted to get back to the main story so I really liked that there was a black curtain in here. Yeah, it was great. And I definitely think this was Laura’s strong suit in the storyline. She did a fabulous job in writing the sexual interaction and scenes between her characters.
The secondary characters really got me interested in their background stories and even looking forward to the next books if there are any coming up. The world of steam punk in this book was definitely different from ones I’ve read before. It’s less dark and less action packed but still every well enjoyable.
Now the problems….. When Clara said no. That was a problem of mine. I really wished Liam had obeyed or just, you know, got her wet without finishing, but… Yeah, moving on… I had problems with how certain sentences were structured. Not just that but the dialog. I had to re-read many of them and I tried not to think much of it at first but it did bother me once it occurred more throughout the story. Another problem was how modern the characters were speaking. Many times I had to stop and think about, If certain words were used during the Victorian era, and having read many Regency and Victorian novels, I felt like some were not used during those times. It really did pull me out of the story and supposed time period.
But so far I did like the story and it was definitely something different. Yes, it had its problems but if you can over look them and just enjoy the story then all is good. This is a great example of the black curtain romance and the mystery and paranormal aspect of the story made for a very interesting and intense read. It’s light and smooth and will keep you reading till the end.
*This book was provided by the Publisher for an honest review....more
This was my first Dakota Madison and Sierra Avalon novel and I can’t believe I’ve never picked them up, even though I’ve seen them around! I’m super hThis was my first Dakota Madison and Sierra Avalon novel and I can’t believe I’ve never picked them up, even though I’ve seen them around! I’m super happy though that I picked this up because, The cover can absolutely fool you! And not just that but the blurb didn’t say much about what it was either so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into besides it being a suspense, which I totally enjoy, and that it referred to being a comic book and a romance mash up. But once I got going with it, It was excellent! I know for sure it’s not going to be my last of them.
This was utterly different from any book I’ve read and it was a thriller ride. It’s told from two perspectives in first person so that made the story even more personal. Plus, it’s like telling a real true story yet fictional one because of the topics it touches upon. Those topics are what we are getting exposed to now in our real world currently involving huge universities and frat groups and even politics.
Just to summarize the story….. There are two characters we’re following. The heroine, Roxie and the hero, Alexander. Both of them are connected together by a horrible event that happened to them when they were high schoolers in Massachusetts. Now they’re far from home and attending college at one of its prestigious colleges were wealth rules the campus and fraternities are outlawed. Both have kept their pasts hidden from the new lives they’re living and thought that no one in this new town would find out who they truly are. Roxie isn’t her real name, she had changed it to get away from that horrible past that will connect her to it for life, while Alexander has locked himself away from the world due to his disfigurement from that event and chooses a virtual existence than live among the flesh around him. Without knowing it, their paths soon crosses and when Roxie’s roommate goes missing, they end up work together to find her and bring down a secret fraternity will bind them together forever. Although there are many things that connect them, both are also afraid to share their secrets and their hearts due to the pain and suffering they’ve felt from the past.
I highly enjoyed this and was super devastated when I finished it. Why? Because I swear I though it was going to be much longer book. I was even contemplating that if it was going to end on a cliffhanger I would be alright with it because I was going to get the next book anyways. And you know How I hate cliffhangers! But man, it ended and I didn’t like it. Not that didn’t like it but that it just ended too quickly and I still had all these questions I wanted answered and all these emotions flying about. But really, it did end pretty quick. It was totally rushed and I didn’t like that. The major thing I didn’t like about this book. It went from climax to Bam! The End. Sad….
Otherwise the relationship between Roxie and Alexander was great. Sure it felt rushed but knowing they had been chatting online without knowing who each other were made up for their quick connection and spark.
I thought Alexander was super cute. Moving from this popular kid to a recluse really changed him and how he saw the world but I loved that we got to know him and see all of his vulnerable sides and insecurities as a man. I loved that he wasn’t a push over. He contemplates and work meticulously, plus is very careful about what he does and say. This might be due to the fact about him being a hacker, doing illegal things but also to protect himself from harm and from his past. But I super love that he does that with Roxie because it shows how much he cares about her and her opinions. He wants her to feel comfortable even though he himself have all these insecurities. And I love that he just so sweet and loves so deeply and passionately. Not having contact with physical beings for so long must had been so hard on him and knowing that this great and caring man was locked inside was just a breather when he finally found Roxie to let him live again.
Roxie had a lot on her shoulders and I really felt for her. She’s truly connected to what happened back in Mass. and it can really change how everyone see her if they knew who she was so changing her name and keeping a distance from folks made for a sad life for her. But on the other had she’s a strong young lady and life made her curious about everything, from people, life, and choices. That’s how she met Alexander because she was curious about the masked man who lived on campus, without knowing that she has already met him and have a deep past connection with him. She can be a bit nosy and manipulative. This is how she is with Alexander and getting him to do things out of his boundaries. Although they were done to help him breakout of this shell he carved himself I felt like she went over the top to get him to do as she pleased. It was definitely a different side of her and definitely not the same Roxie we knew, so it was kind of off character for her. But I like her passion and her determination in finding out things that catches her interest.
Also, as I read this I had no notion of time. Sure I knew that two years had past since the horrible event but things tend to had moved quickly in matters of days if not just mere weeks. So having Roxie and Alexander’s relationship move from first base to home-run really got to me. Like it made me pause on it. Nothing bad about it but it just got me to pause because they moved pretty quick even though they practically knew each other for months online before then. Another was how much this story read to me like a non New Adult book. Like I new it was college students but I felt like it should have been characters in their late twenties and early thirties you know. I don’t know why but that’s just how i felt when I read it but then the topics this story hit wouldn’t have really worked so I kind of gave it a pass.
So, all in all I really liked this. Other than how it ended I highly enjoyed this would recommend it to suspense lovers. I’m definitely going to keep up with the next book and see if it’ll start off from where we were left off, which I hope it does, but we’ll see. I’m hoping this series is a series that follows Roxie and Alexander on their conquests about the university but as I see it it’s not so I’m sadden but optimistic about what’s next.
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This is my first read of Lynne Barron and i know for it won't be my last. I was surprised by how well it was written, not to be mean, but it flowed anThis is my first read of Lynne Barron and i know for it won't be my last. I was surprised by how well it was written, not to be mean, but it flowed and definitely kept me turning the pages.
The title may have gotten me off in the wrong footing but it definitely made sense once I read the story and came to understand the complications Laudanum can bring.
I really liked how this story was set up and told because we don't get very many, well, at least I haven't read many novels in which the heroine is the Laudanum user, so it was definitely different from the norm.
In this story Emily is an American Heiress who has been sent to London for the season to get married after her failed engagement back home. But as she was on her way across the ocean she fell in with the poison of Laudanum. Unfortunately for her, her intended in London also didn't want her after a few meetings and she was soon sent off to the country side to live a life of spinsterhood, in which she promise to never marry. I thought Emily was a great heroine. She's strong and independent, a wild heart tomboy who can run with the boys and play hard. But she's also a lady who's sweet and has vulnerabilities that are hidden. She's smart and knows she doesn't want less than love but is also afraid of how others would see her, most likely if they know of her addiction to Laudanum, especially Nick's reaction to it.
Nick is a sexy gent! He was Emily's intended when she arrived in London but for some unfortunate events he just didn't think of her as suitable. When he later meets her again in the country side he was surprised to find that the wild spirited lady there was the very same lady he was supposed to married in London. Sure he can be a bit dimwitted but he is sexy and smooth like chocolate. I'll say he's the kind of man I'll like to fall for myself. I love that he isn't in it just for the money and looks, but for love and for one being true about one's self. He also cared a lot about Emily and loved her very much despite her reasons to not marry him because of her failings as a suitable wife and her addiction.
I thought this was a great read with many humorous and heart pullings scenes but over all a wonderful first start for my first Lynne Barron novel.
I'll have to check out Lynne's other novels because this was a great and well read and I'm hoping the others are just as wonderful.
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When I first read this I really disliked Cam for being a total douche about keeping their affair secret. It was like very disrespectful for Drea had hWhen I first read this I really disliked Cam for being a total douche about keeping their affair secret. It was like very disrespectful for Drea had him agree with not going public about their fling and then he goes and does something that absolutely broke that rule and tried to play it off like it was nothing. Like literally, and that really pissed me off and got me hating him. How he acted when Drea was telling him it was done really made him a douchebag too. And can you believe that was only in the first two-three pages!! Wow, that really hooked me to the story.
But then at the same time I really disliked Drea too at that moment. Not at having the right to be angry, props for her on that front and walking away, but the fact that she still wanted to rub herself against him really eerked me. Like really? You still want to hump him while I’m here screaming my head off for you to throw your chips and cheap drink on him for breaking your rule! Ugh I already felt the dread coming at that moment. And “babe”? Really? That’s how you’re being discreet about your relationship, Cam? You totally lost me on those few pages bro. Boo you!!!
But hey, you got me, Cam! *relief* I absolutely feel you, if a girl can “feel” you, no pun intended, maybe…. But yes, all that mattered was you got me to feel for you and adore you every time I turned the pages and got into your little head. That was the moment I knew Avery was a phenomenon writer!
I was blown away to see that she wrote it (if that’s what her intentions were?) so that I came to hate the Cam that Drea saw in her perspective but wrote me to adore the Cam I came to know from his own perspective, (which was a totally different person from what I thought I knew!) because it was brilliant!! I absolutely enjoyed it! Gosh I feel bad now, but it was all in the moment I suppose.
But I did enjoy the story. Both are running or hiding from the pasts but of course one always see through the other’s facade and breaks through them. You know there’s chemistry between the Cam and Drea from the beginning, and when they’re together it’s like lightning bolts every where. Sure they had their falling out with how Drea ended their fling but they couldn’t stay apart for long when murder and mystery brings them together.
There were lots of action packed going ons in this story that kept you turning the pages and engaged. But it was also a pretty quick read so I guess it works if you want a short read?
I did hate the reason why Drea didn’t want folks to be close to her romantically. It was just eehhh for me and a bit overrated?
Oh but one thing I absolutely loved about this. It has mystery. Romance! Mayhem!!!! Okay more than one thing but yay!! You do know I love my Romantic Suspense right? Yup~ so that was great.
Secondary characters were good. We see familiar faces from the previous books and they semi add to the moving of the story and relationship between the two but nothing much. But I am curious about Alex Lee though…..
Anyways, this was a good quick read and I really enjoyed it. Hilarious and action packed to the rims with a super hot dude who can really show you a good time. Yeah, that’s all to it.
*This was provided by the publisher for an honest review*...more
Have I told you how much I adore Ava Stone and her novels? I have haven’t I?
Well she has done it again for me in this short but really adorable novel.Have I told you how much I adore Ava Stone and her novels? I have haven’t I?
Well she has done it again for me in this short but really adorable novel. As you may want to know before hand this novel is a standalone but was written in part as an author collection-anthology with other authors. They participation in the Red Door Reads’ “Who’s Ben Skrewd?" in which they each would have a red door on the cover of their novel and have a Ben Skrewd who’ll make an appearance in each story. Trust me, I was so intrigued by this Ben Skrewd guy and had to ask Ava what it was all about because I absolutely forgot about what was going on there even when I went to the party to celebrate it’s release way back when. *face palm*
But yes, this Ben Skrewd went everywhere. He’ll make an appearance during the Regency time and then travel through time to the paranormal fantasy realm and come back to the past and even make it to the present. Pretty cool that Ben Skrewd, but enough about him, he only made one small entrance in this story so what the heck!
Back to the review…..
Although this was a short story it made me feel like I was reading a longer story. Not just that but I was also listening to it through audible which was fantastic. The narrator did an amazing job telling the story and her way of distinguishing each character with her voice was fabulous. I loved it.
The characters were so loveable! I adored both of them very much. They were both hilarious and were very non-judgmental of each other. They were basically very well behaved and respectful even though they were both in a situation that both didn’t quite want— an engagement of convenience.
Miss Wilhelmina (Mina) was adorable. She is a descendant of a clan that held magical powers that love nature and everything environmental. She is what you’ll say, a child because she believes in fairies, forest trolls, and spirits of nature and their surroundings. She also has this 6th sense in which she would have visions in her dreams and see auras of energy emitting from people around her, therefore telling her of their character– bad or good. She’s also very wild and full of spirit which makes her quite different from all the other girls in the ballroom. This makes her fear the presence of her father because she isn’t exactly what he wants in a daughter to act like, a spirited and imaginative childish young lady. And since he’s a captain and commander in the army he doesn’t tolerate childish behavior and wants Mina to be a proper young lady. This causes a rift in their relationship no matter how much they love each other. Mina miss seeing the laid back lovable father she had as a child and her father wants what is best for her, so he pre-arranged a marriage for her with someone he knew will take great care of her. That is because everyone seems to think she’s insane and child-like. I mean she believes that her true love is a one-eyed respectful army commander…yup.
But she’s so cute and adamant in what she believes in and even though there’s the sexy Viscount Healeyfield, she’s going to pass him up to find her true love. Sure she may even be a bit naive but I think she’s an absolutely perfect strong character, especially for Nathaniel.
Viscount Healeyfield, Nathaniel, was never a Viscount. He was just a regular guy who suddenly came into possession of a Viscountcy for his heroic duty for the Crown. But all before that, he had agreed to marry his Captain’s daughter out of respect, command, and wishes for the dying old fellow, who was like a father to him. But then fortunately the Captain lived through his injuries and now Nathaniel has to do his duty and marry the chit even when he didn't want to. Of course, from what he was hearing the chit was some what strange, weird, and talks to animals and trees….??? No wonder the Captain wanted him to marry her, even before he became a Viscount! And yet he fell for her strangeness and loved everything about her, despite her talking of fairies, auras, brownies, and a one-eyed man….
Nathaniel is just the perfect hero for Mina and he didn’t give a fig if she was talking nonsense or auras, all he knew was that she believed in them and he wasn’t going to change her. She’s smart, beautiful, has a great big heart, and is very passionate in what she wants and believes. And when he talks to Mina he doesn’t reprimand her for her thoughts and silliness. He listens and asks questions. He’s also very open in to Mina about his need of money to repair the shambles of a mansion that came with his Viscountcy. He wanted to be open about it so that she wouldn’t think him as a fortune hunter and only marrying her for her money. And how Mina responded to that was just not what he was expecting, and that’s why he fell for her and wants to protect her from all the bad people in the world, despite her persistent in finding that one-eyed man.
And oh how it ended!!!! I was absolutely over the moon smiling like a fool in joy, bliss, happiness~ Eeeeekkkkk!
It was adorable and so sweet, I can’t even explain the feeling. It truly made me believe in love at that moment. Ugh why can't I find a guy like that!?
But yes, it was beautiful.
Ahh, the secondary characters. I really liked them. Some of them have been featured in other books and a couple got their own story told in a different short story so I’ll be grabbing that book soon to read because that couple really made me smile. Some info on that couple: they’re from Scotland, both are absolutely different from one another, they’ve been engaged since childhood, one of them is in love with the other but isn’t showing it, and one of them has their eye on someone else, so it’s going to be cute seeing how they over come that hurdle. Oh how it’s going to be a sweet read for those two!
So all in all, I absolutely recommend this short story. It has a little bit of paranormal, it has silliness and humor, a great hero and a fun heroine, great secondary characters, and is an absolutely cute lovable read. I will definitely be re-reading this book....more
In these novellas, they each tell the story of the grandchildren of the Duke of Danby spending Christmas at the Danby Castle. This particular story from Jerrica is of Lady Isobel Whitton whom lives at the castle with her twin sister, parents, and the Duke.
I really loved how Jerrica wrote this story for Lady Isobel Whitton and Damien Lockwell. They're both so very opposite yet so much alike on so many different levels. Their story is told at the same time other stories are being told in the anthology, like for example her twin sister Lady Emma and her own romance.
Isobel is very bookish and especially likes reading about horticulture and animals. She hates parties and can't sing or dance for the life of her, and that includes sewing. So when Damien intrudes on her family gathering, uninvited, but then invited by a close family friend, Lord Heathfield who was invited, she just got even more annoyed for she had to play hostess for strangers.
Damien Lockwell is just a normal lad. A scoundrel if you want to call him or more like a rogue but he's still very much a gentleman in any sense. He's smart and very bookish himself but you wouldn't know it by the looks of him with his rolled out of bed hair and loose cravats. Plus he loves teasing and playing mind games, especially if it unnerves people to the bones like it does to Lady Isobel.
But I thought it was highly hilarious that these two are playing their own kind of game without knowing it. Both are also trying to help their friends work out misunderstandings in the name of love.
I really liked that we got to see different sides of Isobel and had some character development with her, very little though it was but it was nice to see her have some changes. It was nice to see that she had a vulnerable side to her especially when her mother is always insulting her on not being lady-like enough. But I found her relationship with her twin sister strangely awkward.... Yes I felt the love between the two but it was weird. They're supposedly very close but I didn't feel it because they were so different. The ending between the two sisters were also very strange because it just didn't help me understand their closeness. But it was nice to see even though it was hard to understand Isobel's thoughts on her sister. But yes seeing some changes in her was nice but it was also sad that we got very little to not enough about Damien's character.
Though we got a hint about Damien and his neglectful family background it wasn't much to help understand why he was the way he was. I didn't see him develop much from the man we first saw him as to the final man that he came to be. There were very little changes which was fine with me because I liked him immediately, but I did want something more from him as the story moved on.
Overall I really enjoyed and came to love this short novella. I should have said that I highly enjoyed it even more when I listened to the Audible version because it made it just so much more magical. Michaela James did a wonderful job at narrating and distinguishing the different kinds of character's voices. And she read very well too.
So yup, I'll definitely be grabbing more books from Jerrica, especially her Wetherby series and the rest of these anthologies from The Lady Scribes. ...more
Not to ruin anything but this is an ongoing series so if you want to get into this book, beware it's the first book in the series and will leave you wNot to ruin anything but this is an ongoing series so if you want to get into this book, beware it's the first book in the series and will leave you with cliff hangers.
I enjoyed this. I got sucked into the story right away and hit it off with a bang. Jayne is a really strong independent woman but she was also a vulnerable girl. She is a loving daughter that give up her freedom to save such an ashat of a father who doesn't deserve her as a daughter. I mean her father got himself into his dealings and she has to pay for his freedom. Yeah, like I know he's family and all but really? I'm not really sure what I'll do but for a father like hers..... nahhhhh. But she did grow up learning the things she learned to do in Vegas from her father so I suppose.... Jayne is also very closed off towards other people, most especially to her clients. She's a top ranking escort and doesn't like mixing her personal life into her work life but Flynn gets under her skin and she comes tumbling down every time he asks for her company. But then things get mixed in the bond they build and she's confused on who to trust and what Flynn really wants from her. But in other news she lacked in character and seemed to
Flynn on the other hand is pure God! Not just that the name Flynn is super sexy, but he is truly a sexy rich spoiled beast! A super playboy in the city of sin~ Getting what he wants when he wants it. But when it comes to Jayne, there's something that just clicks between he two. But even through their connection there always lies trouble. Like he's hot and cold all the time, playing with Jayne and pushing her feelings around. Yes, I'll take his money to be his escort any day but for him to drag me along as he did Jayne on such a wild but thrilling and super complicated ride is just frustrating. Like are you with me or are you not with me on this? And to have me watch you make out with another lady!? Do you like being watched doing your dirty, Flynn? LOL Anyways, I just couldn't resist his lure and sexiness. But then secrets lies every where in Vegas so even Gods can be dangerous~
What I thought was strange was that Jayne watched this man for a long time and thought him strange or maybe a bit creepy? And yet feeling stirred and love supposedly grew.
But yeah, I was so shocked about this book..... Loved all the suspense and build up, but the drama and romance was alright~
It was written wonderfully and easy to follow and I would recommend this but I'm not sure at the same time either. Of course you'll have to be able to read and enjoy erotic and some explicit readings but it all depends on the person.
Oh wow, where should I begin. I don't even know what to say! But first of all, this is BOOK 2 of a series and CAN NOT be read as a stand-alone. Not aOh wow, where should I begin. I don't even know what to say! But first of all, this is BOOK 2 of a series and CAN NOT be read as a stand-alone. Not a Stand-Alone!!! It's an installment of five books so there will be cliffhangers. So read Book 1, Enslaved: The Life of Anna first. And it's dark, like super abusively internally gut twistingly dark in which you'll be cringing, jaw breaking, enraged, slamming doors, eye gorging, and screaming dark.
So from that, you already know where my opinion lies......on installments, cliffhangers, and abuse. But set that aside, the book was just, Damn!
I knew what I was getting myself into when I jumped into reading this and nothing shocked or surprised me, but it sure did get my blood boiling and ears ringing!
This story start off from where it left off from book 1 with the ritual. Anna is still a slave in the hands of her master Devin, which is horrible because he's an ashhat and pure evil to Anna. But there's also Alex. We didn't see him much in book 1 but in here we got a better feel of him and how he felt towards Anna. Alex is just the greatest person ever in this book. He's protective of Anna and becomes Anna's second master, a better master in fact. He got Devin to agree to give Anna some freedom and to actually live a little. If you know from book 1, all Anna knows is to be a submissive and a sex slave for her master and to do her duty as it's told to her, so this freedom that she got from Alex is a huge break from what she has been taught at a young age. And I do love him for denying Anna's sexual advances. It shows how much he cares for her and that what he wants isn't just sex, but everything: trust, love, body, soul, respect, everything! But, put his good side aside, there are points in the story where I wished he'll just stand up and punch whomever in the face for hurting Anna. Every freakin time he just sits there, stand there, listens, mummm about everything that is going on. I would love to slap him and get him straight! Like how long are you going to wait to save Anna? Love her right? Ha! Yeah.... But I'm still holding out for him to break.
And as I said, Devin is just pure evil. He wants control of everything and he uses Anna to do his dirty work for him; by seduction and using her body. She would also get punished painfully if things didn't go as planned or if she questions his orders which gets me full of rage! He just gets worse and worse and I know for sure it's going to get even worse by the end of the series. How? Because of all the warnings we were told at the beginning of the book before even opening the book! I'm not going to see a happy ending for this dude right here. I would have poisoned him already for all that he's done. Gosh he needs to die to make this a great book!
This was also a very Very long book. For book one to have been half the page size as this I'm not sure how the other 3 books will hold out. But I guess all the bits and pieces had to fit for the story to make sense so making this a longer book was understandable and left a lot for the other books to pick up after till the end. But of course there are still going to be lots of horror and gut gorging coming our way for Anna. Oh how will she survive anymore of these horrific torments!? Dang!
Would I recommend this? For those of you who can hold in their vomits till the very end, yeah! But for those of you with a light heart and can't handle torture scenes and lots lots more, don't even get started on this series because you might not even make it past the first couple of pages.
This was a truly dark read and something I've read before so I thought it was great. The writing was fabulous and wasn't difficult to follow, if you've read book 1, but I'll see what happens next.
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Woohoo~!!! Finally their book is here! I got to tell you I've been waiting for these two since the very beginning(Original post at Doing Some Reading)
Woohoo~!!! Finally their book is here! I got to tell you I've been waiting for these two since the very beginning and finally they're here!
This is book three in Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series which follows three wallflower friends as they use their skills to help one another achieve their personal goals. But as each uses their skills, one always falls....(metaphorically speaking).
Miss Jane Lowndes is a bookish bluestocking spinster. At Twenty-six, she's still being treated like a child by her mother and she's done with it. She has no plans, actually no desire to ever marry. She has come up with a plan to permanent her bluestocking spinster reputation for good and has called upon her friends for help. With the help of her closest friends, Lucy and Cass, she has a new "chaperone", Mrs. Bunbury, to escort her to Cass's wedding in the country. But how Jane's going to pull it off to her mother is both difficult and easy. Lucy will help vouch for her chaperone's credentials and when the time comes for her mother to meet the "chaperone", well, they will take that one step at a time. It is Jane's motto after all: take it one problem at a time. But one thing stands in the way of her plans and that is the insufferable book hater prick Mister Upton. He's been her irritation ever since they first meet at the theater with the showing of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and having an argument about it. But of course she always have the last say and he's not going to ruin her plans.
Lord Garrett Upton is cousin to Lady Lucy Upton, now Duchess of Claringdon. He has been through many of her schemes and plans, which never turns out great till the very end and he's not going to be apart of any of her new games this time, or so he hoped. He already has baggage on his plate and this was a small escape from the world at Cass's wedding. But when he's brought to notice that his cousin is scheming one of her plans again he couldn't help but probe at what the game was this time and hope for dear life he wasn't going to be guilt into playing a part in it. But since it was Miss Jane that is leading the strings this time, it is going to be interesting and teeth gritting since Miss Jane is not a person he can have civil conversations with. They are not quite on good terms nor do they call each other friends other than having a mutual connection through Lucy. But something changed while they are housed together for the wedding and schemes and more schemes abound!
I absolutely love both these characters! I can not tell you how much I laughed and enjoyed their company. It was hilarious reading their banters and counters. Their interactions is both tense and comical and heart stoppingly gripping. It was great to see how smart Jane was and how very different she was at the same time, which definitely took her out of the norm. I have to say I connected with her right on the spot and can finally say that I found a heroine that is just like me.
Okay, not exactly like me but all the banters and counters she gave plus her way of thinking was right on with how I was feeling and thinking at the same moment, so I can definitely say I feel a real connection with her. She's independent, strong and speaks what she believes in even if it's things like her opinions on politics and scientific researches, to books and plays. And she cares little for her looks or what others says about her and that makes her the stronger person. But I also love that she has a vulnerable side to her and is willing to open up about it when the time is right and show that she isn't always as strong as she makes her self look.
Garrett was every inch as lovable as he loves to pick and probe at Jane, at being the rational mind around Lucy and her tactics, and just being laid back and calm. He has so many secrets and back doors to his person that you can't get enough of even if you finish reading this book. He's a soldier who survived the horror of war and has huge guilt like many soldiers who's come home without their fellow friends and comrades. I love that he has so many edges and contours to his personality that made him a unique and different hero from any other heroes before him. He was a very well written character and is a hero I want for myself. He's on the beta side for me which I totally love and adore so that's a huge plus to why I love him so much. And of course he's super ...eeekkkk...!!! You'll have to read to find out.
It was quite enjoyable to see familiar mentions like Marquess of Colton and his wife, the Countess of Merrill and her sister Miss Annie Andrews in the story. I thought it was great seeing mentions of characters from other series have a very small and unnoticeable part in the story. It made my heart leap with joy just reading their names.
But I have to be honest, the story has many parts but only three stuck out to me as the strongest. Part one: the many many lovable and witty banters the two aimed at each other, Part two: the change in relationship into something more and civil, Part three: mystery....
I did love the added mystery to the plot but I felt like it was just something thrown in to move their relationship to the next stage. I felt like it would have worked without it though but then it kind of needed it too with how their relationship was at. But it was nice and truth be told, it was a bit rushed at the end which I was sad to see.
However, I really loved this story and many scenes touched my heart. They literally got me holding my breath and smiling seeing everything connect. Yeah, it made my breath hitch.
I absolutely recommend this and you don't even have to worry about reading the previous books in the series, they can be read as standalones for sure. But then I would highly recommend you not to read this book first because, well, I just want you to enjoy it more if you knew the back ground to Jane and Garrett's story. But then I won't stop you if you want to grab this amazing read. It's definitely worth it!
And shall I say the next book will definitely be a must!!! So shocking and so much anticipation!
*This ARC was provided by the publishers through Netgalley for an honest review. ...more
Oh man I got to tell you I’m loving every read I’ve been doing from Lauren Carr! So far I haven’t been disappointed by any of her books and this is anOh man I got to tell you I’m loving every read I’ve been doing from Lauren Carr! So far I haven’t been disappointed by any of her books and this is another one that I’ll want to have on my shelf. Lauren Carr also has another series, The Mac Faraday Mysteries,which I’m also loving every bit and will have too catch up with very soon!
Both Joshua Thornton (hero) and Cameron Gates (heroine) also made appearances in Lauren’s other books, like in the Mac Faraday Mysteries and in his very own the Joshua Thornton Mysteries.
But in this series, it’s its own series all on its own and it’s just as wonderfully written and told just like Lauren’s other stories.
As you can see from the synopsis this is about an 18 year old crime that has been brought back to light when a body of a missing sheriff deputy is found shot in is cruiser at the bottom of a lake. But not just that but he, the sheriff, was on a case when he disappeared and it involved the murder of another case 20 years prior. Joshua being the last person to have seen and talked to the sheriff, his childhood friend, felt guilty for not going with his friend to help him on his case that fateful day and is now determined to solve the case of his friend’s murder and of the case his friend was trying to solve. Not just that but Cameron takes up a case when she is put on two weeks vacation to recover from her latest injury during one of her cases. But this is a case that many claims as an “unreal” case imagined by an elderly lady with a scandalous past. But as they both try to solve their own case, they find that it’s more than what meets the eye when it starts to intertwine.
I love how both Joshua and Cameron worked perfectly as a team in solving both their cases, unbeknownst to them that it’s all one whole part of a crime. As newlyweds their chemistry was sweet and lovable and didn’t overshadow the whole mystery and crime solving, which is the whole part of the story. If you want to see how these two got together I would highly recommend reading Joshua Thornton Mysteries which is Joshua’s own mystery crime solving cases and his life before this book and series; plus it also tells of how he was before his wife passed and when he found love again.
But anyways, Real Murder was sure a heck of a mystery. Bring in the history of the crimes and the different kinds of characters that will either help or break the case made it all more thrilling. It reminded me a lot of the television show “Cold Case” so it was fabulous. It also kept me on my toes once the story got going into delving into clues and sleuthing about town trying to figure out why the murders happened and who was behind them. I had my suspicions but like always it never goes the way you think they will and that always makes for a great mystery crime story. It was also written in a great paced so you have time to think about the crime and come up with your own theory.
So yes, I definitely recommend this for readers who love a good mystery and crime solving novel. Not just that but any readers should read mystery, they;’re just that great! Plus, you don’t even have to read the other books written by Lauren Carr to have a better understanding of backgrounds on these characters. This book can definitely be read as a standalone but do check out the other books too because they’re just as wonderful.
This ebook was provided by the author/publisher for an host review.
I can't say how exciting this was. I've been waiting a long time for this day! Sure it has only been a year in the making, maybe even less but you donI can't say how exciting this was. I've been waiting a long time for this day! Sure it has only been a year in the making, maybe even less but you don't know how it was just wating. And now it's Here!!!!
Tracey has taken to self-publish and I think that's pretty awesome since many of the authors I read has or are looking into that now a days. It's awesome to take hold and make plans for yourself.
But any who, this is a totally different and new series from her spy thriller series the Nexus. Sure the hero is a familiar face and name because he had an itty bitty part in the Nexus novels and the heroine made a short stop in Latymer too, but this is a totally new series. I swear I thought it was going to be apart of the Nexus when she hinted at it way back when, but I suppose things change and for the best right? Yup!
Oh Cameron Adair. How he got sexier in this book of his. Being a thief-taker not just makes him sneaky, mysterious and dangerous because of his work, but now he's playing detective and solving crimes? Heck yes that just made him even more swoon worthy! Plus we got a better look at him (pun intended LOL) in this story. When we saw him last he was an informant and detective for a "friend". I had a feeling he was going to be someone special with a great story that needed to be told. He was intriguing and mysterious and maybe even cocky? But he was brave and up to the challenge of whatever that was thrown his way. A hero~ Plus, I felt sparks triggered when Cameron was somewhat mentioned at and around the same time as Charlotte.
Now Charlotte was a great heroine for Cameron. Who knew they had so much history! She's an apothecary and from what we can find, there's nothing that said there were any female medicine women. But of course we knew they were around, just not recorded in the records by men. Anyways, Charlotte is a very smart and passionate person. She does her own thing and doesn't need the lectures and rules of men to tell her what to do. Of course her relationship with people can be distant --Cameron-- but it can also be fierce and loyal.
I might be biased because I love this author, but really, I love murder mystery crime thrillers and romance all in one! Yes it's a romance novel but it doesn't over power the whole book. The mystery is still all there and just as huge as the romance. The story also really does get you on your heels and on the edge of your seat trying to solve the crime. Plus some fling and steam is thrown in there to keep you happy.
Oh, and all the characters were fabulous. I loved their interactions and how much each of them care for one another when things get dirty. And the relationship between Cameron and Charlotte had its rough edges but as they got reacquainted, their painful past were revealed and they had to plow through. Of course they got passed it but it was not easy. Quite an angst ride I'll say.
But I loved it. I definitely can't wait for the next book!!! I'll have to read this again and definitely her Nexus series again just to have it all as one whole series and not its own series. But it totally works as a standalone story too.
I give this a 4.5 out of 5.
This eARC was provided by the author for an honest review....more
I just got to say, the cover really got me. I had to look and look again just to see what it was and after knowing what the story was all about the coI just got to say, the cover really got me. I had to look and look again just to see what it was and after knowing what the story was all about the cover really made sense. The candle and a splatter of blood, plus the church candle holder and the marriage rings….. Yup, it basically told you what the story was about. But I love looking at the cover because it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Anyways…..this can be read as a standalone.
Finally there’s going to be a wedding!!! If you’ve been following this series you know you couldn’t wait for this moment!
Mac Faraday and Archie Monday are finally going to get hitched! Well, more like elope first then throw the huge party later. These two have been at it for a long time so it is great to see them stepping into the plate for the home run. But then before they even get to saying their vows the beastly dog Gnarly, whom belonged to Mac’s birth mother and Archie’s boss, has to go sniffing up a murder. Not entirely his fault for having such a great nose for but hey, who would want to murder a nice church going dude with nearly no enemy in sight?
And like I said it is great seeing how Mac and Archie’s relationship evolved throughout the series. They’re still learning and growing and getting used to finally becoming a family.
And of course as always, Lauren always has twists and turns in these mysteries, and this is another one of them. But aside from all the mysteries, secrets are uncovered about its church members and there seems to be lots of motives among them. Not so peaceful now is it? It was super interesting finding out and getting these evidence.
And then there’s the humor. Love it! Gnarly is just the highlight of the book. He’s the one that brings all the humor and whacky comments from. Being a dog can be tough it seems so being able to bring in the humor for being a smart dog is fantastic.
Also, did I mention that Mac’s half-brother, David, is back? Yup, he’s back and all grown up! Well, more grown up than maybe the last time you saw him in IT’S MURDER, MY SON. These two brothers are just adorable. They both have their quirks and humor and both are just amazing mates to their lady loves. And since both of them are in the police and detective work they both can also be a bit competitive in proving how well they are at don’t ng their job. It can be a bit difficult at times because they weren’t willing to let the other out best them so the competitive nature of it some what impacted the solving of the case. But don’t worry, it got solved.
And since this murder took place in a church, there were lots of religious mentions and related stuff. It’s was cool but maybe a bit unsuspecting for some. It also had a lot of info and report on counseling and couple counseling so I felt like it was telling me something major. Not just a story but for me to take from and use outside of the book in real life.
All in all, I love Lauren’s Mystery novels. The Mac Faraday mysteries are her most well known series but I love them all. They’re so much fun with its humor and twists. And I still super love how Lauren provides a character list with the names and roles in the story.
This book was provided by the author for an honest review.
Wow. This was a very good book. I’m not just saying that because I’ve been reading lots of great mystery thrillers and crime novels but I didn’t expecWow. This was a very good book. I’m not just saying that because I’ve been reading lots of great mystery thrillers and crime novels but I didn’t expect the ending at all. It was a thriller ride to follow this family and kept me on my toes. I really liked how we got different POVs from all the characters involved and it really gave us a different view of how each character viewed and were viewed by eachother.
I also really liked the suspensefulness of the story and how it was written. Each chapter was a different perspective from one of the characters and was written in first person. Plus the story wasn’t told through the eyes of Heather, the main character that this story is about, but it was told through the other characters and I thought that was fabulous. I wasn’t expecting that’s how the story was going to be told but it worked beautifully in finding out what happened to Heather and the secrets everyone held from each other, if I’m making any sense.
This might be a spoiler but I just can’t keep it to myself! But as I read this story I started to feel sad for this family. From all the secrets I learned from them, I saw them all walking in the same path, just a different generation. There’s this whole under belly of family problems going on with this family and I thought, if this family was a lot closer to eachother and didn’t hide some many secrets then maybe many of the paths that were taken wouldn’t have to be repeated in the next-generation.
But anyways, this was a very unpredictable story. I thought I figured it out somewhat at the beginning but then got thrown off from all the other things that I learned as I read on. And my gosh, I saw it coming and suspected all the things that happened but it still shocked me speechless.
As we got to know the characters better each of them had their own problems and insecurities. I liked them all and hated them all at the same time. At first I thogught I liked them from how they were seen front the eyes of Heather before her attack but then as I got to see their POV and how they saw the others it absolutely changed how saw each of them. But I suppose it was also how they acted after Heather’s attack and from finding out their secrets.
But I can tell you I most disliked Heather’s sister, Elizabeth. She was just ignorant and didn’t care for anyone. Heather’s husband Steven was okay. I liked him and he seemed very sincere Dispite his flaws and his huge secret. Her parents were an odd couple. Her mother was very dramatic but that’s how mothers are, but she proved to be very surprising at the end. Her father was just, not there. Like he was always there but he’s more in the background. He let’s their mother do all the talking and ever since a huge accident that took place years ago involving their mother, his wife, he changed and has secrets of his own.
And her aunt, Katharine –her mother’s sister– was the one I liked the most. She was the one that I saw changed throughout the whole situation. Learning of her past and seeing her make life changing decisions at the end was something very, admiring. Though they all had some kind of life changing experience I felt Katharine had the most in-depth personality and realness to her character.
So in all, I highly recommend this book! Yes it was a super quick read and I thought I was going to get a cliffhanger ending because as I came closer to the last pages things still weren’t fully solved. But man was I surprised. I may have also been confused as I read the last pages and reread it more than twice over but man it really got my mind reeling. In a good way, well maybe a bit disappointed too because I have so many questions for the author!
But yes, I do recommend this for you mystery thriller readers!! It will blow your mind. And how it was written was just marvelous! Can’t think of it written any other way.
This book was provided by the author for an honest review.
Okay this is my first read from Sheila Roberts and I may have jumped right into the lot of family and friends in(Original post at Doing Some Reading)
Okay this is my first read from Sheila Roberts and I may have jumped right into the lot of family and friends in this wonderfully small and friendly town of Icicle Falls. This is the fifth book in the series but can most differently be read as a standalone and I loved it because now I want to read the others in the series~
This is written in third person but we get to see the story told in not one, not even two but in four perspectives! Yes, I know, that was something I was really surprised by and highly enjoyed because, you know me, I love being inside the heads of my characters and this was magnificently written and done.
So we start off with the youngest sister, Bailey having a mess of a party when the hostess a “star” client supposedly faked a food poisoning act and got Bailey and her business in the hot spot for collapse. And so, down came her catering business and flying home she went when her eldest sister encouraged her to come home. And when she does get home she’ll be staying with her other sister, Cecily.
Cecily is the matchmaker of the family and town. She has set up multiple friends and got them on their way to the alter but unfortunately, she herself can’t even figure out why she’s still single. Sure she got burned from two previous relationships that almost led to the alter but she just can’t seem to figure it out. But then of course there’s two men in town pinning for her attention. One that sizzles her hormones like crazy and the other one that will definitely be the settling down type. Who to choose!? But things get rough and bumpy when Bailey gets in the picture because well, she ends up renting a property and opening a tea shop and starts working with the one that sizzles, Todd.
Unfortunately Cecily doesn’t let it slip that she’s somewhat “seeing” Todd, and with Bailey working with Todd, confusion, jealousy, problems, and competition heats up! But not just between the sisters but also between the two gents that are trying to get Cecily’s attention. Yes, drama drama drama~ And to add to that, Todd himself is also confused on who he’s attracted to between the two sisters! Sheesh!
I got to say I’m not a fan of triangle romance and that between two sisters fighting over one man, but I have read something of the likes before and did enjoy it, although they didn’t fight for the same man but one having a one-sided love to the man while the other is just attached to him from circumstances… But that’s a different and not at all apart of this story, so moving on.
Yes, I didn’t know how this was going to play out with this plot. It gave me problems! Really, not one for sisters fighting for the same dude.
But moving on, as I read this I found it more of Cecily’s story than Bailey’s since we got more of her perspective than most from the book. I liked her but I felt like she was too indecisive about her feelings for the two men. Like just pick one or the other and get it over with! Take a chance at love for sakes, who cares if you’ve been duped twice before. That’s what taking a chance is all about! Not everything will always go perfectly. Plus, she was so childish when it came to Bailey and Todd. It's like high school all over again and I hated that part. She's so insecure and it ruled her perspective on things and got her to jump to conclusions too quickly.
Anyways, Bailey I liked. She went from failing at the one thing she dreamed of becoming huge and great at to picking back up the pieces and starting over. She could be a bit kiddish but she was more of the stronger sister for me, besides the eldest Sam, which had her own story in a previous book in this series. Bailey had her own problems to deal with, like her on and off "boyfriend" whom she learned now has a girlfriend and is living in a different state. And her fear of getting back into the kitchen and fighting her fear of actually poisoning someone with her food. But I liked her because she knew what she wanted. Like she when she was starting to feel something towards Todd, she knew it was wrong and kept away but, you know, he's her landlord.
And then there’s Todd and Luke. I got to say I disliked Todd at the very beginning. He had that whole “player” attitude written all over him. I mean he was all trying to get into Cecily’s pants! But, of course there’s a but, when we got to his cut of the book he’s really not such a bad person. He has his own problems and really does care and love the folks and the small town. He was all good and his motives were very understanding until bam! Towards the ending I had a huge problem with him calling someone the B word for something they supposedly did and that just totally ruined his image for me. Yes the tension was boiling hot at that point but I thought it wasn't necessary and absolutely killed it.
Luke on the other hand we didn’t get to see as much. I felt really sad that Sheila didn’t give us more of him and his perspective. Though his parts in the story were an important factor in moving it along I felt like we could have gotten more from him. I mean, he’s really a great guy and truly the type of guy that you can settle down and grow old with. He’s patient and understanding, plus he’s a father to an adorable and too knowing daughter. He’s basically perfect, but of course is always placed in the friend zone because you would rather go for the bad boy player type — Todd. LOL
But don’t worry, things get down and messy but all’s well and good at the end.
So over all, I really enjoyed this. It was cute, sexy, clean, and romantic with lots of intensity but all’s well in creating a wonderful story. Do get ready for some major emotional roller-coaster rides because you won’t know what Sheila will throw at you in her stories! Plus, it really reminded me of works from Candis Terry, Lori Wilde, Emily March, Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thyne, Susan Mallory, a whole great of contemporary romance authors! So definitely check out this series and Sheila Roberts’ work because it’s definitely worth reading.
I absolutely can't say how excited I was when I heard Jess was beginning a new series. Yes it was sad when she en(Original post at Doing Some Reading)
I absolutely can't say how excited I was when I heard Jess was beginning a new series. Yes it was sad when she ended her Pleasure Wars series but I'm excited for this new one!
So we have Lady Isabel Avenbury, who is considering the idea of taking lover after she's left widowed by her two or three times her senior husband. She shares this information with her two best friends and they agree, somewhat with her plans and hope for the best. But she has to marry off her youngest sister Serena first before she acts upon anything to damage her sister's chances at true love and marriage. So off they went to a country house hosted by the Marquise of Lyndham playing chaperone to her sister. But of course she didn't intend to have an attraction to the marquis, although she has noticed him for years she has never actually been introduced to him or been up this close to him. But when she finds the scandalous Ladies Book of Pleasures in his library, she didn't know she'll be so naughty as to take it, read it, use it, and be tempted by the marquis. It wasn't so bad until the marquis started to play the guilt game on her for taking his book that she began to fall into sin.
As for Seth, he only hosted this house party to search for a wife and a young one at that. With the death of his elder brother he had to come to terms with being the head of the house and holding a title that needed to be full filled. Not just that but to bear an heir for their next generation. But as the doors open and guests pour into his hall, he didn't intend to be captivated by a chaperone of a young lady, and one that is not of "supposedly" child bearing age. Plus, he has been captivated by her before, way long before she has even gotten married during her coming out ball and he was still just a young lad getting his thrill of life. But then when his scandalous little book goes missing, and Isabel was the only person in his library where the book was last seen, he begins to see a new side of the proper and quiet Isabel. Plus, he wasn't sure if it really was Isabel who took the book until she thrust it to him one night after he and his friend played a game to guilt trip the perpetrator. And when he took a kiss from her, he wasn't sure if he could stay away and choose one of the little misses at his house party as his bride. But now she's a widow but society won't tolerate her being his wife, so what does he do? Propose a preposition and take her as his lover for the time being.
I really enjoyed this book! Isabel was a very likable heroine and I found her very hilarious when it came down to simple matters of desire. Yes, she's the proper one and stuff and it was very understanding from where she was coming from but I just thought it funny. She was very passionate and also very open in some instants, mostly to Seth way before they even started their "affair". She can be naive at times which was okay with me due to her marriage with her older husband. They had a mutual relationship, their was love there but not the deep passionate and desire kind, so she's still fairly very new to love, romance and sex.
Seth on the other hand I adored! I was surprised to find him very intact to his feelings and found him to be very open to me, as a reader. His thoughts aren't hidden like some of the other heroes I've rad and I really liked that about this book. Seth's very family-ish. He cares very much for his family and for his family name and the next generation, which is why he's in need of a wife. And I have to say that I love it that he's close with his mother. The back story of his family and of his mother is very warmhearted and touching. His mother would actually save a couple of hours a day for "talk" time; like if anyone needed to talk or wanted someone to listen to them his mother was all ears. And I found that bonding between their family very loving. But moving away from that Seth can also be seen as tortured. Not in the tortured tortured kind of way like others that went through war and has PTSD, but in the form of being born the second son and having no real upbringing of becoming a Marquis because that was held and meant to be for his elder brother but then because of tragedy now befell to him. So, he was at a lost and not in tune with how he felt of hold that title. Plus, he changed himself to take up that role so he wasn't being truly himself. But can I say he's very honorable and a gentleman all the way!
And if you've read Jess Michaels' other works, The Pleasure Wars, Mistress Matchmaker...., you know that the sex is going to be super hot. Just so Hot! I'm not going into detail, but you know it is hot. It is hot. Can I call this Erotic Historical??? Not really, it's not like her previous series but I guess that really depends on the reader.
So yeah, these two just get along perfectly! Right from the start there were already attraction flaring and these two really have some heart to heart conversations. Like they know what they want in life but because of both their desires for one another it made it hard but all in all, they fought through it, worked around some things and made it work to get them to their HEA. It was a really nice journey to follow them through and really made you feel hopeful for people who who is stuck between doing something they should do for a right thing and doing something right for you. But you know, in here, it worked out.
But anyways, if you want a good start into this series, this is the place to start. Might even be a place to start into Jess Michales' works if you haven't grab her up yet, so go for it! Totally recommend it. What can I say, I'm a sucker for adorable heroes, naughty heroines that didn't know they can be naughty, fabulous secondary characters and just amazing love scenes!
This was a very quick read and book two in this series. This is also told in first person but we get both of their perspectives interchangeably througThis was a very quick read and book two in this series. This is also told in first person but we get both of their perspectives interchangeably throughout the story.
This story can be read as a standalone so you don't need to read the first book to know what's going on but I would give book one a go just because both Harper and Maverick were first introduced in that one and it would have been great to see how they both change from then to now in their own book. In here we also got to see how things are going with couple number one, Elly and Carter, so that was nice to see. Plus I ended up purchasing book one because it was free, so go get it while it lasts.
Harper is a fashion designer one of her top dreams to be as a child and the other dream is falling in love. Unfortunately she has only hit one of those dreams and it's not the falling in love one. She's also nearing her thirties and finding love and starting a family of her own is nearly impossible with how her life works around the clock. She also has a problem of sorts. With being a designer and a fashionista, she has to keep up her image of slim figure and great body, plus, her stars and clients’ needs to look good and a good looking designer has to keep up with fashion so, she has an ugly history with an eating disorder, bulimic. But that was in the past and now history, but that doesn't stop it from being brought back up for discussion when she volunteers at a center to mentor eating disorders and encounters the sexy trainer there Maverick.
Maverick is not a fan of fashion and all their hype. He hates them like the devil himself because it was because of their tag lines, skinning models, and trends that caused the death of one of his close friends to anorexia. That's why he opened up a Fitness and Wellness center at his gym and even has a center for those fighting eating disorders. But then in comes Harper and all his bearings is lost. He's attracted to this lady but critically judges her for her career choices and fights hard not to fall for her. But behind her shell is something more and he begins to see pass her facade and learn not to be quick to judge.
Both these characters are great together! I can see why they make a perfect match. They actually complement each other in helping the other see and find the best that they can be. Maverick was wonderful! He was a perfect hero for Harper because even though he had a huge grudge against what social media and fashion does to self-esteem and body image he was willing to put aside Harper's career and help her through her crisis. He was there to help her up when she was down in the hole and falling fast and he was there to hold her up and give her faith to fight through it. And Harper was a strong and passionate woman. When she wants something she goes for it. Sure she had an eating disorder but when she got through it she became an even stronger character. She also showed Maverick that she can be a part of his center because she's been through it and survived it so she understands the hardships of going through an eating disorder and what it can do to a person. So she became a major benefit in his center in helping and counseling the group there. Both of them are strong, loyal, and passionate about what they do and want, and that includes wanting each other.
There were many characters that were introduced and I believe they'll get their own story, so I'm quite looking forward to that.
So all in all, this was a very nice and quick read. There's not really any angst to the story but it can be a tough and bumpy ride, plus throw in a bit of suspense and the story is a well rounded story! This will make you smile like crazy because of the many adorable and sweet scenes and it'll definitely make you happy when you reach the end.
This was provided by the author for an honest review.
Oh, I'm just so excited! After I read this book, my very first book from Ms. Ally Broadfield, I directly went to(Original post at Doing Some Reading)
Oh, I'm just so excited! After I read this book, my very first book from Ms. Ally Broadfield, I directly went to her website and searched up her booklist. Sadly she only had this book which I believe now is her debut book -Hooray!!!- But I checked up her upcoming books and she has more works coming!!! An anthology with other authors and.......A sequel to Just A Kiss!!!! Squeals~!!! Sadly I have to wait till 2015!!! Why~? :'(
But I'm hoping she has more ideas for this series because I'm concocting my own ideas for fellow secondary characters and already have my couples lined up from the beginning! I know right, I'm crazy like that.
Sebastian, Lord Marley is just the most adorable hero out there. He's the most sought out bachelor in the ton and his cute grandmother has hopes for him to wed before she gets too old to live. And because he loves her dearly, he complies. But what happens when he finds his interests lies in the form of a penniless girl being rudely ridiculed by more fortunate girls at a ball? Help her of course!
Charlotte Lightwood is orphaned and is going to be forced to marry her wretched sister-in-law's clammy horrid of a cousin if she doesn't find a suitable suitor to marry, pronto! Having no title or dowry to her name that's going to be tough but as luck will have it a certain Lord has a proposition for her in the form of help him secure a suitable wife and he'll help her find a suitable husband. But what happens when she finds that he may be the one but wants her help to secure her friend's hand? Well, despite having feelings for him, she'll let him help her find a suitor, anyone is better than that horrid of a cousin, a rake or a blue-collar.
Both these characters hit it off from the start and I highly enjoyed their conversations. They didn't hold back and spoke plainly to each other. They have back to back jeers that were very fun to follow and show so much of their personality and character outside of their social status. They're both easy going, kind loving characters and always think of others. They're both also strong independently and dislike the rules of the ton on how one should act and stuff. They find it so, unbelievable.
The storyline moved smoothly with the setting and plans they had in place to find suitable spouses for each other. The only thing that I had a problem with was the word choices chosen. Some of them were too modern for me to be used for the time period. There were very little of them that it didn't bother me so much or took me out of the story but there were enough for me to still remember them and pause.
The secondary characters were fabulous! I super loved them. One is Charlotte's niece Amelia. Amelia is patiently waiting for her own season after Charlotte weds first since her mother doesn't want both her daughter and sister-in-law to come out at the same time and for Charlotte to ruin Amelia's image. But Amelia couldn't care less because she lives her aunt and is getting tired of her mother’s antics. I super want Amelia to get her own story, which I think may happen soon but not at this moment. She was a crucial part in advising Charlotte to do as she pleased and to defy her mother, Charlotte's sister-in-law, and we see Amelia's change in character from quiet docile to debugging her mother’s ideas as the story progressed. Yay!
Anna was also a crucial part of the story because she is the girl Sebastian is hoping to win and is a good friend of Charlotte. Anna is just so caring and sweet, she doesn't care if suitors line up for her hand in England, she just wants to go home to Russia and marry a fellow mate there. Plus she helped pushed Charlotte to follow her heart and stop following the way the ton wanted things to be done in the form of marriages. And Lord Ashdown, he's just someone I'm looking forward to seeing more of. He has a humorous side to his character and we know he's caring and watchful of Charlotte even without being told to by Sebastian. Is there something more there than meets the eye? I don't know but I had a feeling..... But just from that it makes him all the more mysterious and interesting which got me thinking and hoping to hook him up with ones of these two ladies: Amelia or Anna? I'm not sure who yet but I'm definitely excited for the second book which is Anna's story~!!!
So as you can tell, I super enjoyed my reading of this short story. Yes it's a short story but for me it was a great short story because it didn't feel at all short for me. In under 130 pages it was a great romance that got me smiling like literally throughout the whole book. It made me swoon and giddy, smiling like a fool, and man the sexual attraction got me squirmy, in a good way. *wink wink*
So I really really loved it. Ally did a great job of expressing how each character were feeling and got me to also feel those emotions as they did at the same time of their circumstances. Especially of the moments when you know they're angry but holding it back for propriety sakes and when they're doing something cute and adorable and you can't help but grin.
It was very sweet and both characters were very much loved and adored by me from the very beginning.
So, pick up this book for a fun flirty short read that'll make you smile and wishing to have more from these lovely characters!
This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
(A very long and thorough review) **Spoilers Alert!!!!
Okay, You got to read this. You really got to pick this boo(Original post at Doing Some Reading)
(A very long and thorough review) **Spoilers Alert!!!!
Okay, You got to read this. You really got to pick this book up! I’m going to say it right now up front. I recommend this book!
I’ve read many menage novels before and really liked them, and can say that this is another one I really, really, — REALLY loved! If I can I would so make a video review so you can tell how much I enjoyed this book and see all my quirky stupidity over this book.
This is Meghan March’s debut book and I was hooked right from the start — and I mean the start, like when I first read the synopsis when it was up for a Book blast and review tour, I knew I had to read it. And so here I am finished reading it and now reviewing it for y’all.
Oh my gosh I can not tell you how much I love this! I mean I don’t want to reiterate the synopsis but man it’s hard not to do. Teeheehee~ hard.
But anyways, the world is like basically heading into a hectic apocalypse, no zombies, just out of electricity, a blackout of sort, reminds me of the TV show Revolution (which is now cancelled by the way) when a plane crashes down in Chicago. We then have Rowan, or Ro, packing up the instant the madness hit and finding her way back home to join her father and sister. Unfortunately she got herself into a bit of a scramble, literally, and is on the run from some mad rapist hillbillies. Of course she gets herself injured by tripping and then rescued by a hunky and intimidating, Conan the barbarian. She gets brought to the safety of his camp and finds herself surrounded by other hunks. Dream come true right? *wink wink*
So yeah, things got down and banter flies within the moment she’s safe inside the in-caged barrier, she did not want to be there. And even though there’s two hunky men that makes her tingle in excitement, she’s hell bent determined to get the heck out of there and reunite with her family.
Okay, now on to the good stuff. I really liked Ro. She was heck of a heroine and I just couldn’t not like her. She had never placed her family first on her list because she was such a workaholic that once the apocalypse hit, it made her regret not having spent more time with them. But then her father did prepare her for something of this like so she was shocked that his craziness didn’t hit far from the truth. She was determined as heck to reach her family and also hell bent on doing things her way. Even to the point of defying the hottie hunky Conan the barbarian, Graham, again and again. She was strong-minded, stubborn, independent, infuriating, and a not so small of a girl with a size 8 waist. Yup, I liked her. But man can she be full of surprises! Not just can she argue and ignore the over protectiveness of these men but she can really pull something over their heads, and dare them to sack her. She’s a heck of a troublemaker for these ex-Marines. Dang! And I like her so much!
And then the two hunks. Graham, Conan the barbarian –from what Ro likes to call him because he likes to man handle her, in a very good and protective way—, and Zach the gorgeous friendly one. But yes these two are my absolute favorites! I mean they are the heroes but I can’t tell you who I liked best, gosh! I just wish they were one whole person! But of course they have to be two separate characters and in personalities which works just fine by me, but they are down right sexy. But I got to warn you, these two are just tortured. They’re both not perfect and had a rough childhood with parents that were just, not there when they need them so they really had a background and trust issues.
Graham is the absolute Alpha male every girl who reads romances super love. He’s the one who likes to take control and is the leader of the pack, so of course he likes control and likes to take control of the situation; which therefore made it difficult for him to handle when Ro was always disobeying his orders. He is the one with the most trust issues because of his childhood and so doesn’t like to be attached to people, most likely women so he’s never into the relationship thing. He can be very tenacious when he finds something that he wants, in the situation it’s Ro. And he can be very intimidating and can also be very aloof and detached if something emotional gets in the way. Very doubting you know. He’s the bad boy with all the problems but is very broken inside and sweet and you just want to hug and make everything better for his sake.
Zach on the other hand is the total opposite of Graham. He’s what we would call the Beta hero, but then he’s not actually the beta neither. But compared to Graham, he would be the beta. And you know me, I super love my Beta heroes! Just saying. But Zach can be very forthcoming and open about what he likes and can really take control of thing if he felt he needed too. He’s very friendly and flirtatious, I call him the pretty boy type because he knows he oozes everything sex. He’s the more approachable type and he doesn’t judge you right off the top and is more trusting and compassionate. He’s also more in touch with his feelings, which I loved about him because he doesn’t hide it. He too had a hard childhood but he tend to hide that and see only the good things in life. He’s the more rational one between him and Graham, while Graham is more action.
As I read this though, I felt that Graham had, or seem more of the “true” Hero in this book. I felt that he had more parts and we got to understand and see more side of his character, personality, and past than we did Zack. Zach felt like he was just the motivation to bring Graham up to pace with his feelings, although we also saw Zach’s personality and his role in their relationship he was more, to me, the wing-man.
As for the story I really loved how it was written. It wasn’t written in only one person’s point of view but in all three, and wasn’t in first person either which I really liked because I enjoyed reading this kind of story and setting in third person. The interactions between these three were super strong. I was surprised that I wasn’t turned off by this relationship. I know I had trouble with this kind of genre-ish because I would want each of them to find their own HEA. This is why I like separate books for these two different types of heroes because then I won’t have to choose who I liked best out of the book because I would know that the other one might get to have their own book and find their own HEA. Butas for this case, they all found it and I liked it.
Their interactions were very enjoyable to read and see move along as their relationship grew. Although it grew within a short space of time, like not even within 24 hours —of course an apocalypse would do that to you I believe— I was really invested in it. It had me on the edge of my seat and heart racing with every bit of action it gave me. And it had every good bit of action down from man handling to fearing for the lives of peoples and just, fire arms, guns, and lots of action.
Oh yeah, every banter and argument Ro and Graham had either got me laughing or thinking of what would happen next. They most definitely got me thinking of what Ro would do next to vex Graham because I just loved vexing him. I super loved it. I also super love how Zach is always reassuring Ro and asking her permission before he does things with and to her. I thought that was very sweet and caring of him to think of her personally first before himself. And he to likes to reassure himself by asking her those questions and to tell him verbally so that he hears it from her mouth what he can and what she wants him to do to her. Getting permission from her, you know, very gentlemanly of him. Whoa~ is he turning out to be a submissive? That just got me thinking. But anyways the sex.
Can I just say the sex was amazingly heart stoppingly panty wetting. Oh my gosh, that dang first sexual scene! Ugh~ I’m not sure why I’m feeling so vexed but that scene really got me frustrated because I needed some—thing! I had to skim over the the last sex scene because I couldn’t deal it with. It was too dang amazingly written I….errrr…..I wanted to finish reading before I exploded! Yup, that’s what it did to me. I’m giving y’all Too Much Information but I’m sorry, it just….. I can’t even come up with the words. My mind just poofed~ Those scenes just sucked every rational thought out of my head and left me feeling naughty and needy. Tsk tsk tsk~ I can’t believe it you know. I’m still reeling. Even after my shower. *sighs*
Moving on, Loved the secondary characters of brother in arms at the camp along with the wife and little girl of a brother in arms there. How the story ended was great. I wasn’t sure how the author was going to pull it off because it was so complicated! Especally with Ro’s determination to reunite with her family and the dangers that lurked outside the camp walls. But the ending was good, they got a HEA and I was happy. All was good, I didn’t care what happen next because they were good and that was all that mattered. Apocalypse be damned.
Then I read the epilogue. It stared off good because I really wanted an answer to a surprising situation and then, I didn’t get it but I wish I hadn’t read it. It just left me hanging with lots of questions and I wasn’t sure if the author was going to have a sequel or something, but I was already hoping for a sequel for the rest of the other hunky brothers in arms so that they could each find their own HEAs, but no. It just got messed up and Ugh~ So frustrated! I loved it so much and then, Bam! *sighs*
I loved it though. Despite the epilogue which I loved and hated, I still recommend this. Like really highly recommend this.
This lovely ARC was provided by the author for a honest review.
Wow, I was surprised by this book. At first I wasn’t sure what to think but it was interesting. It started off s(Original post at Doing Some Reading)
Wow, I was surprised by this book. At first I wasn’t sure what to think but it was interesting. It started off slow for me but once both these characters met I was pulled back into the story and was very much into finding out what was going to happen.
Both of these two, Nathan and Tracey, hit it off right from the start after she got hit by his car. Don’t worry, she was in her own car so it wasn’t that bad but of course she blacks out literally from his touch. So from here on out she’s bind to him and can feel every emotion of hurt, pain, love, and happiness from him, through him, and with him. Of course he’s also in her head reading her thoughts too and can telecommunicate with her which is funny and can be a bit difficult to follow but was pretty funny and enjoyable to read.
I can tell you I liked Nathan, the hero a lot. He was the kind of hero that spoke to me because he wasn’t afraid to do as he wished and did things the way he liked them to be done. He knew how to control himself lets say, and didn’t hold back; he was also very open about his feelings towards Tracey. And of course he’s always the one that is rational when they’re together, but then he is the problem to why Tracey isn’t in her right mind. Because of his strong influence on how she feels towards him when they’re around each other and him towards her, she isn’t strong enough to control both her and his own desires yet. So it was super sweet of him when he didn’t give into their desires and watched out for her in that way because he knows she’s smarter than that than jump on a guy she barely even knew. Oh yeah, and he’s not “normal”. He looks like a human but he’s a Sephlem, a creature of sorts with tainted demon’s blood, the most feared and dangerous kind of Sephlem.
That being said, Tracey can be a bit….off. She’s not the most interesting person but I liked her in getting the story moving. She likes things done quick and to the point. She doesn’t like waiting around for things to happen and can be very upfront and reserved. She’s strong in her own way and independent but she can be aloof at times and many times when she’s with Nathan. But she’s fearless and risks her life to be with Nathan, dispite knowing that she, or the both of them could die.
There is one thing though, I’m not sure if it was the way the author portrayed Tracey in they way she wrote her in first person but I knew I liked her, just not as much as I would have liked from how it was written. It wasn’t bad but that was the part that held me back on really enjoying her as a heroine.
When I started this book I knew something was up or brewing when it came down to “explaining” what Nathan was but I didn’t know how it was all going to effect the story or keep it going other than endangering both of their lives. But one sure thing that kept beating my head was that this story was for Twilight fans. And sure enough it was really close to the story, Beautiful Creatures – just the opposite in gender and other stuff. But yes, that was what it reminded me of right when it hit the part where the hero Nathan disclosed to her what he was and how it’ll effect their relationship. But anyways……
For a 400 page book I found it kind of too fast paced on the relationship part. I just couldn’t figure out or believe that they could really fall for each other that quick even if the attraction was all there. I was hoping for more of a build up to the relationship rather than just jumping right on it. It was good but I wanted a bit more but then it would have thrown off the whole plot and mystery and all that so maybe it was just me. Plus, it’s a paranormal and love at first sight, touch, sense….etc…. it all throws it off balance.
So yup, the story was very interesting. How there were many ups and downs to the story as both of them fight to survive whomever it is that’s trying to separate their love and even kill them while doing it. There were lots of tensions and sexual tensions which was great and to which I highly enjoyed because of its pure teenage lust full of exploding hormones! But yeah, It’ll say it was a great run reading this, I wouldn’t mind reading another one of these if there were to be a squeal of sorts. And the only true problem I had with this book were the grammatical errors and word building choices chosen to tell the story. They can be a bit distracting and truthfully, it almost landed this in the DNF pile, but I just wanted to know more about what was going to happen and it was a good ride.
Not particularly a paranormal reader I though it was good.
This book was generously provided by the author for an honest review.
Platinum Pleasure is a fun and steamy short read and is the first book I’ve read from Kate Deveaux. And I can tell you it won’t be my last~
This storyPlatinum Pleasure is a fun and steamy short read and is the first book I’ve read from Kate Deveaux. And I can tell you it won’t be my last~
This story stars Ainsley who’s in her forties with a successful career but is alone on Valentines day after her ex-boyfriend left her for a much younger woman some weeks prior. In her loneliness she decides to take advantage of the assistance her friend slipped her a week prior in the form of a card, Fantasy Inc., in which they will send you a fantasy lover who’ll provide you sexual pleasures of your dreams! So, kind of on a whim she took the offer and started checking off the list to create her lover for one night. And by chance she decided to pick a much younger lover, maybe as a way to get back at her ex for choosing a much younger lady? But she wants someone to dominate her and give her the release she craves. But there’s one catch, she didn’t expect the very young and sexy gentleman at her door to be a case of mistaken identity.
Marcus, a young entrepreneur is on his way home to enjoy a lonely Valentine’s Day decides at the last minute to take on a delivery for his assistant. Having lost the love of his life years prior he didn’t think to ever find another to take her place until the occupant of the delivery opened her door showing him all her glory in sheer lace! Amused and in total shock he lets the sexy lady do her damage on him.
Not wanting to reveal their identity for it’s only one night of flame gave each other aliases. Mrs. R and Mr. R. After some really steamy scenes she finds out that the young man she’s been playing with was not her fantasy lover. Horrified and absolutely stupefied, she tried her best to not think about it. And this was where all the fun came in! Trying to explain what just happened.
But Marcus had given her something that she has never been given…. Being older and not getting any younger she feels beat out by the much younger and prettier woman and having her ex-boyfriend leave her for a younger woman just poked at her self-esteem about her looks even more. But being with Marcus was different. He made her feel beautiful in her own skin and even though their “acquaintance” had been short they had so much in common. Both having lost something, they connected and fulfilled what they other needed, through companionship and just someone to be there to listen to and talk with.
Marcus feeling this unsuspecting relationship grow begins to change how he saw his life and began showing how life could get better if he can just get Ainsley to believe him.
Awww~ This story really made me smile and giddy all over. I find that short stories like this does that to me a lot. They’re just so quick and to the point that I can’t help but just love it! Although I would have loved for it to be longer it had everything that makes it a great story from background information to development of characters throughout the story.
This is one short story folks should really try if they want something quick, hot, and steamy, and it comes with a full story to tell!!!
I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on Kate’s works! So now it’s time to fix that problem~ :D
Oh my gosh! This is my first ever Shelly Bell book and man can I say it was steamy! This story really got me HOT like to the point where I had to…..taOh my gosh! This is my first ever Shelly Bell book and man can I say it was steamy! This story really got me HOT like to the point where I had to…..take a shower…..
I knew it was going to get me somewhere and it didn’t disappoint! Right from the start when I read the synopsis I knew I had to get my hands on this serial and you know how I am with serials, I disliked them, but this, this serial got me hooked from just the synopsis!!! That was how much I wanted to read this!
And I’ll admit I have read a good share of erotic serials and really enjoyed them but this may be one of those that will out rank the previous ones~ That or either I haven’t plunged into enough of them.
But for this review I’m not going to tell you anything about the book. You already got that information from the synopsis so I’m just simply going to tell you that you definitely have to grab this!
The sexual tensions are all there right from the beginning and they’re not afraid to hide it so to speak. I never knew sexual attraction can be so…..so noticeable to the point where you can smell the attraction! Is that even real? But anyways I really loved it. They weren't hiding behind the bushes with their attraction and jump right into it.
Sure there were obstacles, pain, and secrets swarming around the case from both Kate and Jaxson's past but things had to be done. Plus, there's the mystery of who murdered Jaxson's wife and who will Kate choose: her boss or her client? Oooo~ Both are steamy Hot and Sexy as Heck!
And Gosh the sex is hot! I just can’t get over that. I think I might not be as vanilla as I thought I am…..LOL But we all can fantasize right? Heehee~
So if you loved Cynthia Sax’s Seen Trilogy and Monica Murphy’s Billionaire Bachelors series and those others I’m missing because I can’t think straight at the moment then this serial is for you!
So yup, this is only the first part of the serial but I am reading the other three parts at this moment too so…. Looking forward for those.
This serial was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
Oh my gosh! I cannot tell you how invested I was as I read Forced to Love. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into and gosh was it a heckOh my gosh! I cannot tell you how invested I was as I read Forced to Love. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into and gosh was it a heck of a bumpy and obstacle filled ride! I have to be honest, I didn’t know what I was reading. It was Historical yes, but what was it really? Not romance for sure because I hit that like everyday, but this is a romance, just not the kinds I’m used too. And this is absolutely not even something I get everyday so I was amazed at how much it pulled at me.
And as you may know this is my first ever read from Sky Alexander and this is also the first book in his Fires of Love and Hate series, and man does it really ring true to it’s series title.
So, this is a Historical novel set in the very late 1890s about the turn of the century about a family having to go through all these horrible things. It’s set in Missouri in a small farming town and is told in a POV fashion. Meaning, there are many POVs from various characters that help tells the story but we have one dominate POV, which is the heroine Hattie. This is in third POV though and not first POV.
But I just got to warn you readers, this is one heck of a family filled ride. Like really, a family filled drama.
I’m not saying that it’s horrible but man do you get invested and emotionally and mentally stuck with them that you can’t even fathom that things can go so wrong, ever!
Hattie, our heroine is fantastic! I super adore her. She’s strong willed, smart, holds her ground, and has a very good shot. She also knows how to solve her problems and sacrifice herself for the sake and safety of her family. I mean her abhor of a father practically sold her off to the devil himself and at the tender age of fifteen! FIFTEEN!!! And to another devil himself! Ugh!!!
Her father is a scoundrel of an Ashh! He’ physically abusive to her lovely mother, which I was so happy when he got kicked to the curve! And he’s nothing but crap. plus, he’s just a monster!! A Monster I tell you! After what you learned about him as you kept on reading. No, I absolutely no. I hate him to the ground! I would have shot and killed him a thousand– a million times over if I could have.
But Hattie, she was strong throughout the whole ordeal and kept her head up even after tremendous tragedies happened to her. I really feel for her. every thing bad that happens just made me angrier and outraged. Like, what are you doing to her life Sky?, gosh dang it!! I just couldn’t handle some of the scenes. I read it but as it was going through my head it was all wrong and got me so frustrated and angry……. *deep breath*……I just, can’t explain it. I was really emotionally attached and really touched, like painfully heartbroken to see and know what had happen to Hattie and her family.
But all in all, her loving family and friends were there for her step by step through it all, thank goodness!!! I don’t even think I would have had the courage to do the thing Hattie were able to do, like stand up tall and face her fears and troubles or to even stand up against all the scrutiny. She was just, a superhero. I couldn’t have been happier for her. She really had some fabulous folks around and she’s an angel all around and there for them too so, everything goes around and comes around. I mean this is like karma right here, this book is basically it, Karma!
Oh my gosh, a side from me hating her father, the dude that she married is even more a devil! I was so angry when she admitted that she forgave him for what he did to her. (view spoiler)[He freakin raped you!!! When he snuck into the house and punched you unconscious!!! (hide spoiler)] Yeah, she forgave him! OMG I was so mad! But, she’s a church praying girl and you can’t hate on your neighbors not matter the sins they’ve evoked you have to forgive them. But man, I couldn’t do that. He is not redeemable! Never will he be redeemable thank gosh!
And then there’s her older sister, Laville. I do not like her. For all she can be protective and caring for her family and face to devil herself, I just couldn’t warm up to her. She’s selfish, a narcissist, shameless, heartless……. harlot…..person! For what I’ve learned of what she did….in the past, to her husband and his family. Nope, she’s just as horrible as her father. She’s her father basically, just nicer and loves her family. I don’t think even if she’s redeemed in her own book that I will like her.
Okay, yeah, I’m very passionate. There were many themes, topics, and situations that were presented and shown in this book that were very, touchy subjects. I personally liked them. They were the mysteries that snuck up on you without you seeing it coming. Yes, there were warning signs like foreshadowing but you weren’t sure if they were ever going to be acted upon or committed. They were just shocks that came and stayed for a very long time after the end of the story. Disturbing yes, but them really helped made the story and were also apart of what affected a character’s behavior to push the events and circumstances to happen the way they happened.
So over all, I really enjoyed this read because it got me hooked on it throughout the night and left me mentally and emotionally scarred for the horror and hurt it brought me. Don't worry though, all's in good sign of what made it a good book.
The only thing that bothered me were that it kind of left me hanging. It was a short novel and had many great aspects but it left me with lots of unanswered questions, plus the ending wasn't a cliff hanger but close enough that I'll have to wait to read the next book if I want to get my answers answered or just to know more about this family and their tragedies.
Sky's writing and story telling was easy to follow and very smooth. everything fitted together even during the transitioning of different POVs which out the use of breaks. I caught on to it quick so it was really great to see others points of views during the same time.
I will recommend it, but if you have a light heart and family drama with some uncomfortable subjects that are alluded to aren’t your cup of tea, just be warned. But if you’re willing to jump into something very different and shock worthy then go right ahead and try this out.