I really liked this one. Dex is mysterious and there was enough sexual tension to keep me interested. I was actually scared a few times and had to sto...moreI really liked this one. Dex is mysterious and there was enough sexual tension to keep me interested. I was actually scared a few times and had to stop reading it at night!(less)
Wow... Where do you even begin. (view spoiler)[ I wish I could say I didn't see it coming but I did and its so completely devastating. He came such a...moreWow... Where do you even begin. (view spoiler)[ I wish I could say I didn't see it coming but I did and its so completely devastating. He came such a long way. Such an amazing life, gone. Destroyed. How I want to kiss him and hold him and love him and rock him. I prayed to the HEA Gods that if everyone made it out alive I would consider it an HEA. I'm glad decided to stick around. Kit would have been next. (hide spoiler)]. I am shattered... (less)
My expectations were rather high for this book and I feel kinda let down :( It was good I was just hoping for fantastic and something more along the l...moreMy expectations were rather high for this book and I feel kinda let down :( It was good I was just hoping for fantastic and something more along the lines of Sempre. (less)
I couldn't get into this novel. It was a DNF for me. I wanted to like it and I liked the cover a lot but I really didn't like Lucas and that's just no...moreI couldn't get into this novel. It was a DNF for me. I wanted to like it and I liked the cover a lot but I really didn't like Lucas and that's just not going to work for me. I may try to give it a chance later but I definitely wasn't feeling it considering that I've read such excellent books lately :((less)
"I can’t explain it Ash. I look at you and I just can’t look away. I look at you and even though I see all of the sadness and pain you carry, what I...more"I can’t explain it Ash. I look at you and I just can’t look away. I look at you and even though I see all of the sadness and pain you carry, what I really see is a beautiful soul buried beneath it all. A beautiful soul, who desperately wants to be happy. Who I want to make happy, more than anything else in the world." ∞ Playlist 1. Dark Paradise- Lana del Rey 2. Change Your Mind- The Killers 3. I’ll Stand By You- The Pretenders 4. Truly, Madly Deeply- Savage Garden ∞
Luke blows me away, he is absolutely an amazing character that not only makes you swoon but he has a heart of gold. He is the ultimate keeper :) The true star of this book is Luke. I can’t say it enough and the more I think about it the more I realize that he might be the best hero I have ever read; like ever. Like out of 103 books, he still does it for me. He is way up there with some heavy hitters like Barrons (Fever Series), Kellan (Thoughtless) and Zsadist (Lover Awakened). But he has given those boys a run for their money. So what was the big deal? From start to finish Luke was flawless; beyond perfect. This guy is up for sainthood, in case you were wondering. He was incredibly patient and an absolute sweetheart. Before I get carried away on a Luke tangent, let me talk about the book.
Poor Asha. This girl has been through the mill. Every terrible thing imaginable has happened to every soul she has loved. She has been left without any family and has purposefully pushed away any friends in order to save them and herself was what she perceives as impending inevitable doom. Can 12 deaths surrounding one person be a coincidence? I don’t know, but that was my theory surrounding Asha. As the story progressed and events took place I began to wonder if she was cursed or if there was some kind of supernatural/paranormal entities at play. I was beginning to get really worried for her. She truly believes that every death in one way or another was her fault. It’s heartbreaking.
Dark Paradise Loving you forever, Can’t be wrong Even though you’re not here, Won’t move on There’s no remedy for memory, Your face is like a melody It won’t leave my head Your soul is haunting me And telling me that everything is fine But I wish I was dead
The final and one of the most tragic deaths to have touched her life was that of her boyfriend Sam. His story is the last to be told however, throughout the novel you learn about how they met, how they dating and how they loved one another. This process really sets you up to be sobbing uncontrollably by Sam’s story and you honestly wonder how Asha hasn’t just gone off the deep end and committed suicide. Sam was a good guy but as his story was told and you were introduced to Luke, I found that Sam was not really meant for Asha. They had an incredibly loving relationship that was filled with laughter and good times but he wasn’t her soulmate. I truly believe it’s Luke. Sam spent most of their relationship trying to reassure Asha that he wasn’t going to go anywhere and that he loved her and all these deaths were a coincidence. (view spoiler)[ He leaves reminders around the apartment, a heart on the mirror with their initials and one day while Luke is over Asha goes into her bathroom and wipes the heart off the mirror, rather suddenly if you ask me. I think I gasp a little, because it’s like wiping away pieces of Sam. I was shocked. (hide spoiler)] As if he knew ahead of time that he would also die, Sam leaves a note for Asha hidden in their alcohol collection. The note is heart wrenching so have your tissues ready.
Change Your Mind Racy days Help me through the hopeless haze But my oh my Tragic eyes I can't even recognize myself behind So if the answer is no Can I change your mind
Out again, a siren screams at half past ten And you won't let go While I ignore, that we both felt like this Before it starts to show So if I had a chance Would you let me know
The relationship between Luke and Asha is a very slow process. It begins when he is hired at the book café she works at while she is still out on leave recovering emotionally from Sam’s death. He doesn’t approach her and just spends his days stealing glances at her for seemingly no reason. We actually don’t have any idea what Luke looks like until we are 17% into the book. This goes to show she wasn’t even looking at him in that kind of way. They come to know each other at a snail like pace and after 7 months of working together they have what could be termed as a first date. While watching some of Luke’s friends play a set one night, things change. Asha begins to long for the hand that Luke removed from her lower back. This is the beginning of her coming to terms with her really wanting him and wanting to feel that kind of love again. But this poor girl has been tortured into thinking that along with love comes pain and inevitable loss. She finds herself unable to resist him.
I’ll Stand By You Oh, why you look so sad? Tears are in your eyes Come on and come to me now Don't be ashamed to cry Let me see you through 'Cause I've seen the dark side too
I'll stand by you, I'll stand by you Won't let nobody hurt you I'll stand by you
Take me into your darkest hour, and I'll never desert you. I'll stand by you.
Luke really is the most patient character I have ever read. He started off slow with her just casual conversation at work. Then one night he emails her. This was the only time he seemed a little forward for me (relatively speaking); he asks if she wants company while lounging and drinking at home. Asha is totally caught off guard and shoot him down and I think this was needed in order for him to realize the pacing that she needed. He has been her shoulder to cry on more than one time and he continues to be someone she can talk to and be around even if it is just in a completely platonic way. He just wants to be near her.He does like to try to move her out of her comfort zone by showing up at her apartment, pulling her to shows, buying movie tickets for her. It is all done with good taste and he never pushes. But it all falls into his plan to slowly allow her to come to him on her terms when she is ready. He just waits patiently. Showing her little by little who he is and how he is waiting for her. This boy waits months. I’m so curious to see if he dated anyone in between or anything. It’s pretty clear that he was very taken by her immediately so I think he probably just waited her out. It’s all very impressive considering that he is in a band that gets flocked by girls after every show.
∞ Truly Madly Deeply I'll be your dream I'll be your wish I'll be your fantasy I'll be your hope I'll be your love Be everything that you need I'll love you more with every breath Truly, madly, deeply do I will be strong I will be faithful 'cause I'm counting on A new beginning A reason for living A deeper meaning
I know that song is so cliché. But it’s really what Luke feels for Asha. This book is really amazing though. It is incredibly sad and you will cry but it’s about how a boy saved a girl from herself and their journey. And it’s just begun thank god. Book 2 is in Luke’s POV and it is being written as we speak :) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
“Trudy Bennett, I love you beyond any lyrics I could ever write, or any words I could ever say. I always have, and I always will.
Thoughtless meets Lov...more“Trudy Bennett, I love you beyond any lyrics I could ever write, or any words I could ever say. I always have, and I always will.
Thoughtless meets Love Unscripted. Two of my absolute favorite novels condensed into an awesomely hot novel. Jake Wethers is beyond sexy and the epitome of the bad boy. He’s literally done it all: all the drugs, all the girls and all the crazy stunts including peeing on the stage in Japan. But he’s seen the light after losing his best friend and is ready to live a life with a lot less addiction in it. As if watching from the sidelines, Trudy Bennett, has followed her former best friend’s rise to fame, successful career and very public struggles.
It isn’t until she is asked to interview him that she sees him for the first time in twelve years. She isn’t sure is he will even recognize her or remembers her but boy is she wrong. He’s all grown up and even more gorgeous and intimidating in person. Samantha Towle has blessed us with Jake’s POV for the interview when he first sees her again and it’s so f*cking awesome! It’s incredible to get his perspective because this dude honestly believes that this girl is his and has always been. It’s like, “Okay where have you been all this time if she is YOURS? Did you forget about that while you were on tour f*cking anything that walks? How about a postcard or a phone call or something?” No? Well, anyway he makes up for lost time! He is so possessive of her. He really expects her to give everything up in order for him to have to again in any way he can, preferably in a sexual/girlfriend type of way. He really sees that she is his to have and Will should just hit the road. It’s incredible that someone can be so possessive but he wants her and he wants her bad.
This book was HOT! There are some books that’s that make you want to moan out loud and dammit this was one of those books. The things that come out of Jake’s mouth are incredibly sexy and make you melt, make you liquid. The sex in this book is really hot and there is a lot of it.
I really enjoyed this book, the only other thing that kinda bothered me was the editing wasn’t as good as it should have been. I couldn’t tell if it was a cultural/colloquial thing or if there was actually errors. It was unusual for me to read a book where the main character isn’t American.
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars
Spoilers below for this book and Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens:
I hate to compare this book to Thoughtless, but this is so similar. And that is definitely not a bad thing. I loved Thoughtless and Effortless and more of a Kellan like character is so wonderful.
1. Possessiveness- Jake is so much more possessive than Kellan. Jake demands that Tru leaves Will, stating that she is his and he is tried of sharing her with him. That kind of statement is like bonkers! I mean Tru has been with Will for 2 years and Jake waltzes into Tru’s life and wants Will gone like yesterday. Kellan never demands it of Keira he just is hoping she will make a choice and is okay for a while continuing this relationship as the “other man.”
2. Sexiness- They are both rock stars in their own right and they both drip sex. It’s a beautiful thing. I find Kellan more attractive because he has not been into all drugs and the smoking but Jake is incredible sexy.
3. Lead Singer- They are both lead singers in a rock band. Albeit, Kellan is a rock-star on a much smaller scale he is no less wanted than Jake.
4. The Other Man- They are both the other man in an affair. Kellan more willingly, in order to have Kiera in any way he can, and Jake very reluctantly.
He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.
I’m guilty; probably guiltier than most when it comes to naivety and...moreHe was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.
I’m guilty; probably guiltier than most when it comes to naivety and ignorance. Before Sempre, I didn’t know that human trafficking took place in the United States. I lived what I considered a very sheltered life with a mother that spent most of my childhood terrified someone would “steal” or kidnap me. I wasn’t really sure what someone would want with a child. Then as I got older I found out the terrible things that people do to kidnapped children and was horrified. Never did I consider a life of manual or sexual slavery after the kidnapping. It’s a terrifying thought. Especially since becoming a mother, it is my greatest fear. When I read a book I try to set aside these feelings because this is a work of fiction and I as a reader have to realize that. This book doesn’t glamorize human trafficking but instead shows an instance where a captive fell in love with her captor despite the situation they found themselves in.
Livvie, is an exceptionally strong character. I usually find myself trying to imagine what I would do in tough situations in books and I think she acted far braver than I would have and came out better for all her efforts. She’s incredibly smart. Her decision to thrust herself into Caleb that morning was what allowed her to survive her captivity. She spent the time between that encounter and her kidnapping fantasizing about him sexually and I think that helped to see him in a way other than her captor. If that wouldn’t have happened I’m not sure things would have evolved the way that they did. Some of the situations that occurred made me cringe (view spoiler)[ Her getting slapped by Jair, her spankings, her being tied up and left (hide spoiler)]. Even though they were cringe-worthy moments there were undercurrents of desire and sex that does help to lessen the blow in my opinion. Like many female leads in books, they all push buttons or see how far they can go and it drives the reader insane and leaves them shouting things into their kindles. Some of my screaming fits included: just shut your mouth and do as you’re told and don’t you dare say his name again. You just end up thinking, things will probably work out for you in the end if you just follow directions, however Caleb never would have grown to know the real Livvie.
This isn’t a romance. You’re not a damsel in distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you.
Caleb, oh Caleb. I think as a reader you alternate between wanting to kiss and kill Caleb. What a terrible life this poor boy had. He has been though the mill and come out on the other side pretty f*cked up. He knows there is something different about Livvie from all the others he has held captive but he’s not sure. He’s mercurial to a fault. One minute you think, “Oh! He’s finally going to reciprocate!” and then you are painfully shown that no, that is definitely not the case. The instances when he shows Livvie that he can care it is truly heartwarming. However, when his monstrous side comes out to play it is terrifying. (view spoiler)[When he left her to have sex with whomever he brought to the house, I was pretty sick. At this point Livvie was starting to feel things for him and I think she was fairly jealous about what he was doing. And I truly believe that Caleb did what he did because he knew he couldn’t have Livvie the way he wanted. Poor girl I would have passed out too. When he finally had anal sex with her it was bittersweet. You were glad to see them have that intimacy but not exactly in the way that you had hoped. It changed something for them both I think and that was important. However after they experienced that and he let her out of her room, she decided to run and it broke my heart. Because you want her to have better but it seemed he was turning a corner and it just killed me. The entire scene where he rescued her was an admission of his feelings for her. He didn’t want to see her hurt and wanted her back for reasons other than she was his property. And I loved it. (hide spoiler)] I loved both sides and both sides are all about what makes Caleb who he is.
This is most definitely a dark read that deals with a very taboo issue so prepare yourself. That being said it is also very well written and you find yourself seeing just how a captive can fall for her captor. I highly recommend.
“Do you know what’s scarier than taking a risk and losing?” I shook my head. “Regret, Joss. Regret does awful things to a person.”
Um, who wouldn’t wan...more“Do you know what’s scarier than taking a risk and losing?” I shook my head. “Regret, Joss. Regret does awful things to a person.”
Um, who wouldn’t want to move to Scotland to go to school and listen to all those incredibly sexy accents? Oh, sign me up! I love that this book is based in Scotland and written by a Scot as well. I couldn’t help read all of Braden’s line with an accent. *Sigh* Aside from the amazingly hot sex in this book, it was very funny and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Braden is to die for with a charming personality and quite the sex drive and all he wants in Jocelyn. I could see how someone could get frustrated with Jocelyn. If anyone has read The Opportunist, I could totally see Olivia in Jocelyn. She didn’t want to let Braden in and was completely comfortable avoiding any kind of meaningful relationship with him. It seems unusual to read a book where a guy chases more than the girl does but if you have to have a guy chasing you, it doesn’t get much better than Braden! (view spoiler)[ When Ellie found out about her tumor and Jocelyn got out of there. I was disappointed that she left but I understood where she was coming from. I also have this desire to not get close to people for fear of loss or a strong emotional connection. I get it. But it still wasn’t appropriate for the situation and I think she eventually realized it. Braden hurt deeply from that and even more so from her breaking up with him. More on that later. (hide spoiler)] I think that Braden didn’t know how he was going to get Joss and the best idea he had was to turn up the flirting. However, it seemed that every time Joss rejected Braden he ended up with a new girl or going on a date. This is the wake call that pushed Joss to agree to the proposal Braden made to her. I found that Joss acted almost like a guy while participating in their friends with benefits relationship. If at any point he started getting too intimate with her she tried to steer him back to sex. I truly believe he used this proposal in order to try to trick her into a relationship. Take this quote for example:
“We fuck, we have fun, and then we spoon. I don’t go home. I don’t go home because sometimes in the middle of the night I wake up, and when I wake up, I want to fuck. And for some baffling reason, the person I want to fuck is you.”
Braden is a guy who knows what he wants without a doubt and it seems that he stops at nothing to get what he wants. I think he is generally not used to hearing no and is taken back someone telling him to him needed to move on because he wasn’t going to get anywhere with her. He is seriously funny and so possessive and sexy. I love him. (view spoiler)[ I was devastated for him when she broke with him and didn’t know how the hell things were going to work out. When he confronted her in the kitchen and was being a total ass to her I was so taken back. He was obviously hurting deeply and covering his hurt with anger that was projected on Joss in a painful way. When he said that he had sex with someone right after they broke up the night before, I was in shock. Two things came to mind: first, I could totally see Braden doing it since he jumps from girl to girl and second, what an asshole. He just totally gutted her, she was completely and utterly beside herself. I ached for her. I was so hurt I wanted to throw my kindle. And he just watched her reaction. I wasn’t exactly sure what he was doing and then I was relieved that he was testing her and wanted to see if she did love him and care for him. I really thought they were going to get back together right then but freaking Joss cannot make up her mind. (hide spoiler)]
This book was such a pleasure and I absolutely loved it. If you like Alpha males who like to spoon like I do, this is the book for you.
“Babe, nice lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already fucking seduced.”
The glitter in the sky looks as if I could scoop it all up in my hands and let the starts swirl and touch one another, but they are so distant, so ver...moreThe glitter in the sky looks as if I could scoop it all up in my hands and let the starts swirl and touch one another, but they are so distant, so very far apart, that they cannot feel the warmth of each other, even though they are made of burning. This is the secret of the starts, I tell myself. In the end, we are alone. No matter how close you seem, no one else can touch you.
I loved this book! I am a Sci-Fi fanatic and the fact that it had romance made it even better. Across the Universe was a well written and had a great storyline. There was a lot of world building that had to take place in order to develop the story. And what a story it was. The Godspeed is on a mission to travel an Earth like planet in order to colonize it. Cryogenically frozen, Amy is traveling with her mother and father who are essential to the operation. Eventually they will be thawed 300 years in the future when they arrive at Centauri-Earth. Amy is suddenly waken early from her slumber and finds herself trapped on a ship that won’t land for 50 more years.
Amy is a great character that handled the situations that she was thrust into with such ease and intelligence. The opening scene where she is watching her parents being prepared and eventually cryogenically frozen was an interesting first glimpse into what was in store for Amy and her parents. What was even more amazing is that Amy didn’t experience endless sleep with the occasional dream. She was conscious for some of it and I think I would have gone insane from being claustrophobic and trapped in a frozen prison for so long. But she was completely resilient and I think that is what inspired Elder’s affection for her. If I had been told I wouldn’t see my parents for 50 years I would have gone ballistic. But she is trying to make the best of the situation and I commend her for that. I was unsure about her appearance at first but then I saw the importance of it for the storyline. Someone with looks as different as Amy would cause all kinds of disruptions on Godspeed. I can’t imagine being given the option of either staying on earth without my parents or giving up Earth and everything I ever knew to take a chance and traveling 300 years to another planet. I think that Amy made the best choice she could.
Elder is such an interesting character with such a terrible name. I was seriously bummed to find out that he didn’t go by something else or have a name his birth parents gave him. Elder? It sounds so old. I guess that’s the reason for the name. But such a cute boy should have a spectacular name. However, what Elder lacks in name he makes up for in everything else. He is smart, charismatic, funny, caring, and responsible. He is the youngest person on the ship and will be the Eldest to his generation when they are born and the current Eldest dies. I had a hard time trying to imagine what Elder looks like because he is the blending of all the races that has produced a monoethnic population. He has dark hair and dark brown eyes with dark olive skin. I referred to the cover of the book in order to help with my Elder image but it still didn’t feel right. After googling Elder and seeing Avan Jovia as Elder in some fantasy castings I was quite content with him. I also loved how Elder is immediately drawn to Amy when he first sees her:
My eyes devour her body, then drift back to her breasts. The ice is a little foggy there, teasing me, but I can see enough to know they’re lush, and even if they’re frozen, I imagine that if they were warmed up...
He can’t stand to leave her side and is jealous when Harley takes a liking to her. (view spoiler)[ I didn’t see the fact that Elder turned off Amy, coming. I loved that he wanted her so bad that he had to wake her but hated that it could have killed her and may have caused her to never see her parents again. She took it in stride as she did everything else. (hide spoiler)] I really like Elder and hope there is even more romance in the books to come. They seem so good together! *fingers crossed*
The season was an interesting piece to the storyline. I’ve read erotica and other adult novels with scenes that are much more risqué than the season setting. But there was something about people being so open and having sex everywhere and anywhere that was weird. I just generally appreciate sex to happen in private and it was just lusty unloving animal magnetism out there. I think that might be why Elder seems so infatuated with Amy’s appearance.
A ship that is run on lies… And boy were there some impressive lies! (view spoiler)[ First off the stars. The fact that Elder is sixteen has lived on a spaceship all his life and has never seen stars in incredible. The poor thing thought the hull of the ship had been breached when the lights bulb stars appeared in the great room. Then there is the fact that he is a clone of all the Plague Eldest. He looks at Orion and thinks for a fraction of a second that he could possibly be his father but then shrugs it off. How about Orion’s freak out at the end? Frex, that was crazy! All of the hormones and phydus being put into the water, the killing of the elderly on the fourth floor, the lies about the time it will take to finally land, and the inoculations. Even the stars that the Eldest shows the feeders are fake with fake little tails to make it appear that they are traveling very fast. Nearly everything is a lie. It’s all pretty insane (hide spoiler)]
I wrap my pinkie around his. He squeezes my finger, and this world doesn’t feel so cold anymore. “Will you stay with me?” I whisper. “Always.” ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
"Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it. Song of Solomon 8:7"
WOW, this was such an excellent story. I had heard that it was bette...more"Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it. Song of Solomon 8:7"
WOW, this was such an excellent story. I had heard that it was better than The Siren and it was indeed better and yet so different. Tiffany Reisz is such a beautifully talented writer that she has a way of making you forget you’re a reading an erotic novel until you are thrust into a very tantalizing sex scene.
The Angel takes place approximately a year and a half after The Siren. I was surprised that there was such a gap but I could see how it was necessary for the storyline to evolve. It appears that Søren and Nora have picked up right where they left off now 6 years ago when she left him. They are still in love and as active as ever in the bedroom. In the opening scenes of the book you can just see and feel how much Søren loves her and cares for her. It's so heartwarming and wonderful and she feels it and he loves giving her his love, I just can't get enough of him. It comes to light that Søren may be up for a promotion and will be investigated and he doesn't want Nora or Michael around so they arrange to leave.(view spoiler)[ BTW The fact that Søren arranged this entire thing to get out of becoming a Bishop is ballsy to say the least. I would like to think that he did it in order to stay with Nora and keep his life the way it is. However, it could have ended badly but I think both he and Kingsley were in control the entire time. (hide spoiler)]
The reporter investigating Søren is a whore if you ask me. She has the audacity to make the following comment about Nora regarding having to investigate Søren: "All your fault, you slut." I don't like Suzanne, I think she's a terrible person who runs around demanding and having all kinds of sex with people. Ya she's got issues, who doesn't. Ya she's cute but she doesn't compare to Nora in personality or looks. She needs to get hit by a bus.(view spoiler)[ I HATE that she touched Søren's heart. Hate it. I hate that Søren had to tell Nora that and make her sick. I never have wanted Søren to stray and every time he looked at Suzanne with anything other an animosity it killed me. When he kissed her my heart shattered a little. I was relieved when he said his body didn’t belong to him because I knew he meant it was Nora’s. I hate for even a second that Søren might have wanted her. Thank god he has good restraint. (hide spoiler)] I think Nora showed Suzanne what was up, and I loved every minute of that conversation. I’m glad she was scared of Nora.
Griffin is such a fun character and I really thought that he would eat Michael alive. An entire summer with Nora and Michael and Griffin in the same house, even it is huge, was going to mean massive amounts of sex. I can’t say I was entirely surprised that Søren forbade those two from interacting. (view spoiler)[ I was surprised that Griffin reacted the way he did and was relieved that he fell genuinely in love with Michael. He needed to feel love and I think Griffin will take care of him. He was so gentle with him, it’s heartwarming. One of the best lines in the book: “We’ll make it sixty-nine thousand. I just love writing 69s. I’ll even put that in the memo. For sixty-nining your beautiful son.” OMG, is that not hilarious, Griffin has some awesome lines. The envelope that Søren gives Nora worried me and I wondering about its contents for quite some time. I was relieved when all it revealed was that Søren predicted the collaring ceremony of those two. My husband and I play I game similar to this so I found it quite charming. (hide spoiler)] Michael is a sweetheart with a beautiful soul and like most teenagers he doesn’t know what to do with the fantasies that plague him. Nora and Father S have given him that outlet and he is very grateful. The book starts out with him fantasizing about Nora primarily and telling her that he is lonely for her. That eventually changes ;)
Nora… that girl is still as funny and kinky as ever. The fact that she has only used her safe word twice in her life says a lot about how she was trained and her endurance for pain. (view spoiler)[ When Søren pulls out a knife, I nearly fainted. I didn’t know if I could handle blood-play. Well I KNOW I can’t handle it in the real world but I wasn’t even sure if I could handle it on paper. I don’t know how Nora does it. She’s not a fan of blood-play but it does something for Søren that she knows he needs. I guess that is love. I know people think that this lifestyle is intense but when it comes to someone like Søren on the other end of the flogger or knife I can see how it would be easy to give in and to trust in him as Nora clearly does. (hide spoiler)] Nora, bless her heart cannot stop thinking about Wes. And for good reason; they have this incredible relationship. There are many good examples of their relationship but the Battleship scene was precious. Absolutely precious. I could see them sitting at the table with their hilarious banter and it just rang so true to real life. It was such a simple and honest moment that it touched me so completely and it made my heart ache for Nora because if I had had that and lost it, I’d long as well. (view spoiler)[ When Wes is in her house and Søren walks in. My heart sank. They had never met and I hated for them to meet like that. What Wes said to Søren broke my heart:
“This was our house. Mine and hers. I know she’d sneak over to the rectory every once in a while and let you wail on her for a night. But I got her the rest of the time. I cooked her breakfast. I answered her fan mail. I put her to bed when she fell asleep at her desk writing. I rubbed her back when she was sore from overworking herself. And when she got all wrought up over you, it was me she cried on. No, she and I never had sex. That’s true. But we had love, real love that didn’t take anything out of us, that didn’t bruise us or break us. I loved her without hurting her. You asked me if I, a virgin, could teach her what sex should be? No, course not. Hell no. But at least I can teach her what love should be like. And she knows it too.”
Well hell Wesley. I’m not Team Wesley, but it goes without saying that he is an amazing guy. I just want Søren for Nora. There I said it. (hide spoiler)]
Kingsley, I love me some Kingsley. I have had a hard time trying to figure out Kingsley. He had a huge secret exposed in this book. I predicted the situation, just not his involvement. (view spoiler)[ When Nora mentioned that she had an IUD in the first book. Alarms went off in my head. Somewhere in my life I was told you had to have been pregnant to have an IUD. I have one, I’ve had a baby. It made sense. So I was theorizing whose it was and what happened to it. I think I knew adopt was out cause it just wouldn’t have worked in this book. I thought okay maybe it’s Søren’s. She missed a pill and he got her pregnant (I’ve never seen him use a condom with her) and because of the priesthood he asked her to have an abortion or she did as to not ruin his life. That in my mind would lead to her wanting to leave him because how close she came to ruining his life and she couldn’t bear to take the chance of having it happen again. The fact that it was King’s was a little shocking. Did King care? That’s got to be an interesting twist. You get your best friend/man of your dreams’ girlfriend pregnant. And then she has the abortion and confesses to Søren on his bathroom floor (yikes). Does King consider Nora an enemy? I don’t know the answer to that. If you were to read the blurb about book 3 you might think so. Why would King hate Nora? She holds the key to the heart of a man he longs to have. That might be enough to hate someone. There is a scene in Daniel Part 2 where he and Daniel are watching Nora and Søren playing chess and they are both staring longingly. I assumed that both had their eyes fixed on Nora, but I was mistaken. Kingsley comments: “She loves him. And he her. And if there was any way to break them apart, I would have found it by now.” How about that picture of Søren and Kingsley from their boarding school days? Damn how I would love to get my hands on that little cutie. BTW Søren's secrets were terrible and his sister is damaged but damn did she have to damage him too?? (hide spoiler)] You find out so much more about King’s past in book 2. He’s a year younger than Søren and has a sister.
Søren, my sweet wonderful Søren. I’m team Søren and have always been and he made me swoon pretty heavily in this book. With the exception of the involvement of (view spoiler)[ that whore Suzanne. (hide spoiler)] He was so freaking sweet and caring and selfless. My god was he selfless. He has offered to give up the priesthood for Nora and be there for her but it wasn’t enough for her and now we know why it wasn’t enough. But more than Søren being a teddy bear at times (with a flogger in his hand) he was sexy. Oh god was he sexy. There is just something about him. When I see him in my head he is without a doubt Alex Skarsgard. Hands down that is Søren for me. Ya,ya I know Søren is like close to 50 but his face is a decade younger and that’s pretty close. You see more of their past in book 2 and it’s very nice to see. They have history that no one can touch, no one can replace and Suzanne said it best: “Father Stearns and Nora Sutherlin had something, a connection, an intimacy… something deep and unexplainable, something untouchable, unreachable.”(view spoiler)[ So I didn’t cry at the end of the first book but I did cry when Søren gave her the key to the white room. He wants her, he wants all of her. Mind, body and soul and he doesn’t have that when she is thinking about Wes the way she does. It killed me. He doesn’t want to give her up and God I didn’t want him to but she has to find out where she belongs. I like Wes, I do, I really do but he’s 20. He has his whole freaking life ahead of him and Nora belongs with Søren and that’s just the way it needs to be. I don’t know how things will turn out but I think being in Kentucky will prove to her that they really are from different worlds. We all loved Daniel and a part of me wanted Nora to end up with Daniel but at the end of the day like Nora said, they just weren’t meant to be. I think that is the situation here. I just don’t know how things will get resolved with Søren. He has got to give up some of that dominance. Her reason for leaving was having that taste of freedom. She had never had that and in her eyes marrying Søren was not the solution. Although that killed me because I wanted them to be married so badly but not if she was unhappy. I just know Søren wants all of her and there has to be resolution with Wes. I predict Nora dominating Søren and that maybe leading to a drastic change in their relationship.
“I’ll come back,” she promised. “I’ll always come back to you.” “I know,” he said with cold, calm arrogance. “If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t let you go.” “Believe it. It’s true.” She took a step back. Then another. “Always.”
Heartbreaking. AHHH! Please let her come back to him. Please. I love Søren. (hide spoiler)]
I wanted to say how thankful I am to have received this ARC from netgalley. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
"When one is a monster, one does well to beware knights in shining armor."
First off this book has been placed in the genre of erotica. I looked up the...more"When one is a monster, one does well to beware knights in shining armor."
First off this book has been placed in the genre of erotica. I looked up the definition of erotica: explicitly sexual literature. This book is so much more than this! It is complex. It is an excellent, intensely provocative novel. And as soon as you think you know who she ends up with or know everyone’s secrets you don’t. The characters even are so real with their own struggles and complicated pasts. But don't think you won't get incredibly hot erotic sex, because you certainly do. It is very BDSM and very hardcore; some might make you squirm a little but it's good stuff.
Who better to write erotic novels that one of the most notorious Dommes in NYC, Nora Sutherlin. She has experience on both sides of the whip and is therefore highly qualified to write BDSM erotic novels. However her latest novel is not what she usually writes. If there is something that I could recommend to someone preparing to read The Siren it would be to pay close attention to her novel that she is writing. The excerpts are not chosen at random and having a deeper meaning to the entire book as opposed to a glimpse at her writing. It wasn’t until the end that I found I should have read and reread her novel passages. Nora was a character that I did like quite a bit, she is witting and caring and smart. In my head she’s got a little Dita von Teese thing going on with her black hair and pale skin. The problem that I did have with Nora was (view spoiler)[ how she can fall in love with so many people at once. I don’t think I could do it. She’s in love with Wes, Zach and of course Søren all at once. I don’t find that to be a flattering attribute. (hide spoiler)]
When I started this novel, I was having a hard time trying to understand who the hero was going to be. Was it the ruggedly handsome British book editor, the 19 year old virgin southern gentleman, or Nora’s Danish former owner with a wicked secret? I’m not so sure that even Nora knew. One thing was unmistakably clear, one in particular holds the key to the collar around her heart: Søren. I really enjoyed reading about Nora’s relationship with Søren, probably more than anything else. There is something about him that I find irresistible. I want to be the girl in the school girl outfit getting flogged. Did I say that out loud?! Needless to say I’m Team Søren. His love for her is immense and I know it killed him to loose her. (view spoiler)[ What I don’t get it is, if Søren was willing to give up the priesthood to be with why she didn’t want that. She wants mornings and they never have mornings. They have to sneak and she has to slide in through the front door and hide her intense love for the love of her life. I understand he not wanting him to give up his life for her but then she has to move on and she can’t. Wes is not and never will be Søren. So now what? (hide spoiler)]
I liked Wesley and I have several friends who are on Team Wesley. He is a good guy who genuinely cares for Nora and has come to know her on a level that others but not have. They are best friends and the sexual tension can be cut with a knife. What would possess a 19 year old virgin to move in with a 33 year old dominatrix? It definitely is a weird set up but Wes is a good guy, a prince one might say ;) Kingsley Edge and Griffin Fiske are great additional characters that you find out more about in her prequels, which should be read after The Siren because of big spoilers that lurk within.
”We’re dead, but we’re human. We feel, and we see, and we have just as small a chance as anybody drawing breath of living a good life, of being loved....more”We’re dead, but we’re human. We feel, and we see, and we have just as small a chance as anybody drawing breath of living a good life, of being loved. We’re human.”
When I tell people that I’m reading a zombie romance, I get a lot of eye rolls and strange looks. But I LOVED this book! Oh it was so good, beyond good. It’s a bittersweet novel. You start reading this novel knowing that he’s a zombie, a dead zombie (I guess that’s the only way they come) and time is of the essence in this romance.(view spoiler)[ It is made very clear that there is no cure and even if a cure could be found the cure would kill what is essentially keeping the zombies “alive”. The thought of seeing or knowing that Bram is going to die at the end of this series is heartbreaking and almost enough to make me not want to continue. (hide spoiler)]
Let me say that the writing and storyline of this novel is so engrossing and well written that I fell in love fairly quickly with all the characters. I adore Bram and Nora but his friends are great. Renfield, Chas , Tom and Coalhouse are so engaging and different. Even Pam, Michael, and Vespertine weren’t too bad :). I looked forward to hearing about what was happening in their lives as much as what was happening between the main characters. Interest is created in these friends when you see how they interact with Bram and how much they want him to be happy. Chas and Tom are so cute together! (view spoiler)[ At the end when Tom was shot while carrying Dr. Dearly to the Black Alice, I was in shock. I really didn’t want him to die and the way Chas reacted broke my heart. It’s clear that they have a very caring, loving relationship and I hope we get to see more of them. I also had a feeling that Vespertine Mink was indeed Renfield’s chess partner. I would love to see a romance blossom between them; he seems like such a gentleman. And they obviously have something in common. Michael really surprised me with his terrible attitude at the end. I felt really bad for Pam and I don’t really know what is planned for her. I like her and want her to be happy. Also I wasn’t sure if Samedi and Beryl were together or not. It was mentioned that he put his head somewhere in order to spy to see if she was cheating on him. They are too funny and if they aren’t together they need to be. Vespertine Mink, what an awesome name! I Liked interview on the TV when she was a total b*tch in regards to Pam. It was sad yet funny. (hide spoiler)]
Bram is one of those characters that you don’t forget. He’s a perfect gentleman and I can’t help but wonder what he was like when he was living. If he’s beautiful in death he must has been ravishing in life. It’s clear to see why Nora fell for him. It hurts my heart to hear him put himself down for being a dead zombie. I hate that any of them have to go through this. None of them chose this life and they shouldn’t be punished for it. They deserve love just as much as anyone. A few scenes that stole my heart: (view spoiler)[ When he was standing in the woods after his mother shot him and his sister put the teddy bear on the porch as her way of saying goodbye, every time he touched Nora and was blown away by her, them confessing their angsty love for each other, and her running out to him after he returned. That kiss was a beautiful thing *sigh* (hide spoiler)]
Nora was a believable character I thought and not your typical heroine. She was a tomboy of sorts who has awesome taste in guys, yum. (view spoiler)[ Speaking of, that bite Bram gave her… wow! Loved it (hide spoiler)] The steampunk Victorian society that she lives in is interesting. I did some googling because I wasn’t exactly certain what that was and was pleasantly surprised by the design and creativity of it. I loved that the author added this aspect into the novel; it gave it originality that I hadn’t seen before. Whenever Bram saw her in a shorter dress and was stunned it was so cute. Bram looking dashing in his army dress uniform was something that only this era could have provided. I also wondered how other parts of the world were fairing, as the story primarily takes place in South America. The diversity that was displayed in the story was refreshing as well.
Dearly, Departed was such a great novel, I know that I am going to want to reread it in the future. I can’t wait to dive into the second book and catch up with all my friends again. I highly recommend this novel it was excellent! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)