★✩★✩★ 5+ Rules are made to be Broken -Stars ~this review may contain minor spoilers~
“I'd hate to have to witness you bringing dudes home, but-you're a★✩★✩★ 5+ Rules are made to be Broken -Stars ~this review may contain minor spoilers~
“I'd hate to have to witness you bringing dudes home, but-you're an adult, and it's whatever.” “It's 'whatever'?” “Yeah, whatever. Jut do me one favor.” “What?” “Just don't sleep with Blake. Like, ever. I mean it.”
When Skyler finally left behind the abusive relationship that had a death grip on her for two years, she left behind everything-her job, friends, apt... needing a new place to stay, she turns to her brother Josh. The successful Talent Agent gladly opens up his Hollywood home and takes in his little sister, he just has one rule-DO NOT sleep with, or otherwise get romantically involved with, his best friend/roommate Blake. Seems like an easy enough rule to follow. She's not exactly emotionally ready to tackle another relationship after her last disastrous one and even if she was, the last person she would go to is the one who has a different woman in his bed every night. What she wasn't counting on was the explosive chemistry between the two of them, or Blake's relentless pursuit of her. She starts to find it more difficult by the day to turn away from the lust burning between them and realizes that they both want the same thing-no strings attached fun... crazy hott fun. What Josh doesn't know can't hurt him, right?! Keeping her heart out of it may just prove to be harder than she could have anticipated....
“I want you,, if it's easier hearing me say it first. I'd like access to you whenever I want, in both convenient and even inconvenient heated moments. It'll be fun.” “Are you serious?” “Absolutely.” “Have you ever been in a purely sexual relationship like this?” “No, not really. Most sexual encounters tend to be a one-time thing, but you're looking for the same thing as me-something noncommittal and fun. With our compatibility, I think it could be kind of genius.”
This book had everything I love in my favorite kind of romances-the pain in the ass ones. So very much drama, having the hotts for big brothers best friend/manwhore, crazy hott sex & so much chemistry you could choke on it, the girl's hilarious gay best friend, tears, laughs, jealousy, frustration, I could go on but lets just say I was OBSESSED with this book and this fantastically damaged couple. It's no secret that I prefer my romance on the 'make them suffer a little bit for it' side rather than the 'glitter and rainbows, insta-love' versions and this book gave me exactly that and then some. Ms. Alex had my full attention right from the beginning and refused to let go, hell I'm still thinking about these two. The pace did not let up, the dialogue was fantastic, the progression was flawless and never rushed, the characters were all amazing and unique-even the ones I hated never came across as throwaway's, they all had an impact on the story be it good or bad-I really had very little to complain about (and I'll get to that in a second). Blake was the poster boy for manwhore of LA-all American charm, sexy as hell, flirty to the max, didn't even bother to hide who he was, a bit of an ass at times, dirty and all around impossible to ignore. But it was clear that there was a lot he was hiding, a whole other side to him that he never let anyone see, and you just knew there was a reason for it. Getting him to open up about it was the hard part. Skyler was understandably gun-shy when it came to relationships, but that didn't stop her from yearning for someone to break down her barriers and show her she was worth it. She had her own flaws too. She was incredibly selfish at times, and frustrating as hell, and she knew it, which just made it all the more aggravating. But I at least understood where she was coming from, even if I wanted to shake the shit outta her once or twice. Josh was the quintessential over-protective big brother... to the extreme, and a smidge hypocritical-but I loved him. Skyler had a very small group of friends in her new life, but they proved to be exactly what she needed-even if she didn't realize it. Now for my half-empties, and they're VERY minor: the book was told entirely from Skyler's POV. I really, REALLY, would have liked to have spent some time in Blake's head. There was more than one occasion where I was like 'Dude-what the HELL are you thinking?!'. But I can't complain too much, Ms. Alex still did a fantastic job of getting us to know him and there was no denying the connection between him and Skyler-that isn't always the case with single person POV's which is why I prefer duel's-but she pulled it off. Still.... I would have loved a little one-on-one Blake time. I am a HUGE fan of epilogues and there wasn't one here-there was no cliffhanger though and I HATE those so I wasn't too disappointed. I do feel like there were a few things left unresolved, but after I was done I found out there is gonna be another book so I very quickly moved on to EXCITED AS HELL. I CANNOT WAIT to get more from these two-but I would be lying if I said I wasn't just a wee bit nervous about it. In the end, I would definitely recommend this to ALL romance lovers-especially the ones who love their stories packed with emotion, both good and bad and everything in between. Alex Rosa has slammed her way onto my One-Click-Addiction with Tryst one giggle, blush and scream at a time and I am DYING to see what she brings us next. She has turned me into a total fan-girl and I love her even more for it.
“He doesn't deserve you, you know?” “What if I don't deserve him?” “You're both idiots.” “I think I'll take that as a compliment.”
★✩★✩★ 5+ Emotionally Charged, Tear Fueled -Stars ~this review may contain minor spoilers~
“I want you to know everything. A lot of it's not pretty and★✩★✩★ 5+ Emotionally Charged, Tear Fueled -Stars ~this review may contain minor spoilers~
“I want you to know everything. A lot of it's not pretty and for most of my life, no, make that all of my life, I didn't even know how fucked up it was”
Oh my dear sweet, beautiful Henry....
I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. This is an emotion filled journey that you just have to experience as it comes, not have it fed to you ahead of time. Don't expect a light and fluffy read- it gets dirty, heartbreaking, and downright scary. Henry has been dealt a lot of crap in his life that most of us don't have to deal with and the fact that he still manages to be an amazingly sweet, caring, and gentle soul shows what an incredible character he truly was. I fell deeply for that man, felt deeply for that man, hoped fiercely for that man... my heart was tossed into a grinder more than once and at one point I had to read through the tears in my eyes. Add in the fact that he is surrounded by some pretty fab people and this was a book that was impossible to put down. From the minute he arrives in San Diego I was hooked, fully submerged in his story-and what a story it was. There is loads of angst, plenty of laughs, lots of tears, smokin hott sex, it was just an incredible journey full of light and dark. I know this is a stand-alone but includes characters from the Needing Moore series, which I have not read-well let me tell you, THAT will be changing. Hell I've already gone and downloaded the first book, simply because this book was such an amazing read and I need more of these characters. I want to see Schooner & Mia's story for myself, I want more Henry & Seth leading up to this- I didn't get to spend near enough time with Seth this time around and I have a feeling there is so much more to him than what I have so far. I totally fell in love with Quinn and..... well, you'll see. In the end, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who like some meat to their romances (pun intended) and loaded with despair-the end result is worth the bumpy road to get there. Julie Richman has definitely secured herself a spot on my One-Click-Addiction List with this one and I CANNOT WAIT to see what else she has in store-both past and present.
“That's becoming our thing, huh?” “I like that at we have things.” “Seth, we have more than things. We have something really special. Don't look so scared.” “I'm not scared.”