I'm not one to read books out of order. It just gives me an uneasy feeling. Every now and then a book comes along by an author I am dying to read, soI'm not one to read books out of order. It just gives me an uneasy feeling. Every now and then a book comes along by an author I am dying to read, so I give it a try. This was one of them. Although this is book #7 in the Alluring Indulgence series, it can be read as a standalone and what an introduction to the series!
I honestly had no idea what this series was about, or even the genre when going into this one. This was full of firsts for me. Aside from my first Nicole Edwards book, this was my first book with so many diverse backgrounds amongst characters, and my first book about a cowboy who owns a sex resort. It definitely didn't disappoint.
Sawyer is a charming, former playboy who has his eyes and heart set on the one woman who wants nothing to do with him. Kennedy Endsley is a former nerd turned bombshell vetrinarian who has no intentions of ever giving into her attraction to the man who took part in making her highschool experience miserable.
I loved the build up of this romance. These two were sweet, had great chemistry, and I enjoyed their witty banter towards one another. There was no instalove here. Sawyer had to work hard to get the girl. This book was also scorching hot! I tend to skim sex scenes in books (OH, THE HORROR!), but I'd be lying if I didn't say I was glued to every word.
As I stated earlier this is a standalone. With that said I will mention that the series is about 7 brothers, and this is a close knit family. When you throw in all the significant others and thier children it can be hard to keep up with who is who. I'm not sure if the family plays such a central part in every book, or if the author uses these lovable characters as a way to give readers of the previous books bonus scenes. Despite getting the names jumbled up from time to time, I adored this family. They defintiely added some humor and drama to the story. I'm interested in catching up on some of the previous books in the series to get to know some of theim better, especially Travis and his family.
I recommend this read to those who love swoonworthy, contemporary romances with a slow build followed by a heavy dose of steam....more
Grant and Ari are the same mismatched couple we fell in love with in Take Me For Granted. This book picks up where the last book ended and follows GraGrant and Ari are the same mismatched couple we fell in love with in Take Me For Granted. This book picks up where the last book ended and follows Grant and Ari through the next stage of their relationship. They've figured out that they are "it" for each other. Now, they just have to figure out how to make it work as Grant's music career takes off, and for the first time Ari's perfect GPA is in trouble. In their journey to do so comes plenty of mistakes, a pinch of insecurity, and a whole lot of drama. This relationship is full of ups and downs that will keep you turning the page to find out how they are going to be able to make it all work.
One of the most refreshing things about the book is the characters. While they are still a little immature at times, there is also alot of growth to them without losing who they are. The rockstar bad boy meets good girl has been done to death (which I LOVE, and am fine with), but often times you start with a couple and end with a different couple who have changed so much they don't even resemble the people we fell in love with, especially the hero. This is not the case with Ari and Grant. Ari is still the snarky girl with a backbone who cares about her grades and future, and Grant is still the flawed, lose tempered, reformed manwhore. I loved that he never seemed to be ashamed of his past. He owned who he was, but recognized that Ari was someone he wanted in his life and he was willing to do what he needed to be the boyfriend she deserved without losing himself in the process. Their relationship wasn't one-sided. There was a lot of push and pull that I enjoyed.
The added and unexpected bonus of this book was the suspense. Grants dad makes more of an appearance in this book adding to the already healthy dose of drama provided. I enjoyed this intense aspect of the book.
Overall, I think this was a good follow up to Take Me To Granted. I don't think that this will be the last we see of Grant and Ari and I look forward to more from them. I also like alot of the secondary characters, and wouldn't like getting more from them. If you loved Take Me For Granted then you will enjoy this book too! This book could possibly be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Take Me For Granted first to fully connect... plus you would miss out on all the angsty, swoony, fun of Take Me For Granted....more
This second chance romance is full of southern charm, hilarious banter, swoony butterfly-in-your-tummy moments, and heartache with a pinch of angst. TThis second chance romance is full of southern charm, hilarious banter, swoony butterfly-in-your-tummy moments, and heartache with a pinch of angst. This is the first book I have read in this series, and it reads completely as a standalone. At no point did I feel like I had missed out on something except maybe a fantastic book if the previous book was anything like this one.
I loved the characters and their developement. They were fun and felt authentic. Often times with second chance romances I find myself conflicted as to what is keeping the characters apart. The author did a wonderful job with this book, and I always understood without question the reasoning behind the direction this relationship took.
The beginning (past) was absolutely flawless. I found myself grinning ear to ear while reading it. The chemistry between the two is the kind that keeps you giddy with excitement. The middle and end (present) of the book was equally gut-wrenching and I found myself tearing up at several instances. The love and pain these two felt when together and apart was palpable.
Although the book never fell flat, the middle of the book took on a slower pace compared to the high-on-life feeling that the beginning of the book gave, and the chapter transitions didn’t always feel smooth to me. Either way I was committed and couldn’t put the book down.
This book wasn’t predictable. Several times I wondered what direction the author was going to go with this book… was she going to rip my heart out Nicholas Sparks style, give me the happy ending I so desired, or leave me with a bittersweet feeling? Want to know what she did? Grab this book! It’s worth it!
The author definitely has found a new fan in me...more
This book held my full attention and I was completely entertained. I listened to the audio version and couldn't put it down until it was over.
The storThis book held my full attention and I was completely entertained. I listened to the audio version and couldn't put it down until it was over.
The storyline was dark and sucked me into the mystery. The author's descriptions were very insightful. I kept thinking, "man, she must see/notice everything." I could have loved the book for that alone. Luckily it had an an intriguing and completely unpredictable plot to go with it. I kept thinking I had it all figured out, only to be wrong... again and again and again.
This is my first Gillian Flynn book and I can't wait to read more! ...more
The idea of this book really grabbed my attention. I’ve had it on my TBR for a while and finally decided to give it a try. I have to say I’m a littleThe idea of this book really grabbed my attention. I’ve had it on my TBR for a while and finally decided to give it a try. I have to say I’m a little disappointed.
From the synopsis, I expected this to be a very emotional book full of grief and turmoil. I didn’t get that. It never really revealed anything and never really went anywhere. Where most books follow a somewhat arced path this book was more of a flat line for me.
I tend to be an emotional reader, but I didn’t feel anything in this book. There was no sadness because Colt never let anything out and I felt no love between him and Julia to be saddened by her loss. Their relationship seemed very superficial and lacked chemistry.
There just seemed to be so much telling to this story, and very little showing. There are letters scattered throughout from Julia’s notebook to Colt. I normally love letters, emails, etc. I thought they would reveal their past, but they really didn’t. They mostly droned on about her boyfriend. I really didn’t see any purpose to them. They didn’t really bring anything to the story or provide any insight into their relationship. I would have much rather had past/present scenes and experience some of their relationship then maybe I would have understood it or connected to them in some way.
Overall, this book was a bit of a let down for me. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did. I see plenty of 5 star reviews from my goodreads friends so it may just be a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.” It wasn’t all bad, and I may be focusing on the bad because I had such high hopes. I did enjoy Colt’s sense of humor and the story idea was awesome. I will probably give her another try....more