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You know those authors that keep you up all night. Were your eyes are straining to read each and every word cause you don’t want to fall asleep and miss what happens. That book that causes heart pounding anxiousness, waiting to find out what the main character may or may not do next. The emptiness you feel when you read the last page and you are unsure what to now do with yourself. The joy at knowing there is another book in the series, but annoyed at the same times you must wait for it. AGGGGG here it is. Kathleen Maree’ is one of those authors for me. Her books I devour. She is still new to the indie author scene, and not many people know about her, but oh my goodness you really should. Her books are everything you could want and more. I just finished her latest book, Midnight Rain. It is book 2 in her Lake Shore series.
When it ended I was like, “Why?” Why did it have to end? I could have continued to hibernate myself in this story and not come out till the end of summer. The characters are all amazing. The depth, struggles, despair, they go through is not only real, but hits close to home.
We have all been hopelessly in love. Or completely infatuated with someone. How do we know if it is the first or the latter? What is the moment you realize you are in love or just completely infatuated? Bree, our main character, comes to that realization in this book, and I LOVE the growth she goes through to get there.
First off, you have to read book 1. This is a nonnegotiable. Trust, it is an amazing read that you will not be able to put done. If you are unsure, then click here to check out my review of book 1.
Book two! Midnight Rain. Oh, I love. Not going to lie, I have been rereading my favorite parts again and again. I am so happy about some of the choices that Bree makes. She is a girl with a troubled past and the only way she has been able to continue on is with her two best friends: Ethan and Jase. And, let me just say for the record, these are two yummy male best friends.
In the story we have betrayal, fear, guilt, jealousy, deception, lies, romance, bravery, and love. We see and feel these emotions from not only our main character, but those that she interacts with. Some things I wish we could have in the book. One major point is having some POV chapters from our two supporting male characters. I think having their personal thoughts shared with us, as the reader, would be OH SO interesting! I would love it. Or maybe Kathleen just needs to write a book from Eth and Jase's POV's! I would be all over that.
Another thing I hope Kathleen will do is write about Bree’s friend Missy. Finding out her story, situation, and reason for certain behavior would be awesome. Her boy drama is just to much for us to speculate on. I would love to hard concrete information about Missy's relationships.
Overall, I can’t go into a great amount of detail about the book because it will ruin your experience. All I can say is you will LOVE this book. It isn’t graphic or dirty. It is honest and well written. So if you haven't already GO READ IT! Or at least go read book 1!!!
These two characters come to each other with their own baggage. One of theme literally. Saylor has lost everyone in her life and none she is trying to redefine herself. Entering into a little bar she didn't expect she would find a job, friends, and a place to live. The bar became her saving grace. Then she meets him. Rhett. He walks into the bar acting like he owns the place and beings to use his charms on Saylor. Well girl doesn't fall for it. These two then have their lives thrown at each other and intertwined. Their relationship is steamy because they are able to with stand one another for only so long.
When Rhett goes back to West Virginia to help out his grandfather he didn't think he would be there very long. As his time there continues and rekindling with old friends helps him find who he is and wants to be. meeting Saylor was just the icing on the cake. She couldn't walk into a room without Rhett having his full attention on her.
One weekend in Vegas as a favor turns into a mistake that neither of them are sure they were wanting to make. Now it is a waiting game until they can rectify the problem. But is it really a problem or providence?
I ate through this book in less then 24 hours. Couldn't put it down. Loved every minute of it. I want to say one things about Kaylee Ryan's books. Do not be deceived by the covers. The covers have Oh So Gorgeous men on them, but these books are NOT erotica. There is so much more story, character development, and pulled heart strings. Her books have depth. That is why I love them. Yes they have hot scene that make you need a fan or a tall glass off wine. But they are so much more then that. I love the way she writes and the way her characters grow.
Overall I will always tell you to read a Kaylee Ryan book. You will never be disappointed. I am giving this one 4 hearts. Not my favorite, but it was still amazing. ...more
Was given an ARC from New Adult Book Club on behalf of the author in exchange for an honest review.
Somethings in our lives we can admire from a far and appreciate the beauty is has. Other times we become drawn to the beauty to the point it consumes us with need. These two have come to desire one another for the comforter and stability the other gives; however, they also have barriers around them to protect their hearts from past pain.
Their obsession with one another is mild at best. The jokes and sarcasm and flirting that Adam does to distract from the real underlining issue is consistent within the text. There were a few times he puts his wall down and opens up about things, but not enough. I hope his wall comes down more in book 2.
Adam has know Eve her entire life. She is the daughter of Dan, one of his good friends. He grew up next door to their family and has been consider an adopted son. He works for the families music agency business. He travels all over seeking new talent and sleep with a new woman ever night. He knows he is well off, good looking, and one hell of a lover. However, as everyone around him is slowing down and tying-the-knot he doesn't allow anyone to get too close emotionally. He keeps his walls up and makes sure his conquest know what they are getting into. Their has only been one person on the planet that was been able to get under his skin and that is Eve.
Eve is just about the graduate high school in California, but when he grandfather passes away she flies out to the UK for the funeral. Seeing Adam, for the first time in a few years, her long time girly crush, she is just as struck with her attachment and chemical pull to him as ever. After graduation her dad and grandmother get her a job working at the music agency. She will do a few months in every department shadowing the supervisor to learn the trade. First up is Adam's department. So now these two are working with each other and constantly tip-toeing around their attraction for one other. Will these two allow their physical and emotional chemistry to over power the knowledge of the possible consequences that could arise if they go to far? -- I really enjoyed this book. There are some small edits here and there. The consistency of American and British dialect between Eve and Adam was accurate majority of the time. She grew up more in the states then in Britain, so I was grateful the author kept it authentic.
A Question: I am confused on the age difference between Dan and Adam. I mean they grew up with one another and Dan is 28; however, we never know how old Dan is and when exactly he had Eve. He has an 18 year old which would make him around late 30’s and that is IF he had her around then. So… can we get a more accurate description of Dan’s history?
Eve’s situation that occurred back in the states incapacitates her ability to become intimate with men. She struggles when she has the littles touch from men. We don’t find out what exactly happened till about over half way through. Her back story plays a huge part in her trusting Adam.
I recommend this story. However, be worn of the cliff hanger!
Agggggggg… It was not cool, but now I am invested for another book.
Bravo to you Ms. Olivia Adams. You knew what you were doing. ...more
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One girl, two boys, unconditional love. One she can’t live without the other her heart can’t beat without.
Breanna (a.k.a. Bree and Breezy are nicknames for her) has grown up with her two best friends for years. Ethan (Eth) and Jason (Jase) are her world. They are the two people who protect her from everything and anything. Bree is shy and keeps to herself. She hides in her art and under the arms of Eth. Growing up the three of them did everything together. Bree didn’t have it easy growing up. Her father was abusive. She was saved before her father could take anything to the next level. Her saving grace was Jase, but with saving Bree there were repercussions. Jase was sent to juvie leaving Bree and Eth. When Jase got out of Juvie, the three of them went to San Francisco. Eth and Bree attend the university, while Jase tried to get a job.
During this time, Jase disappears for two years. With no real word or idea where he may be. It tears Bree apart. She worries about him nonstop and ask Eth, if he has heard from him. On evening Jase returns into her life in an unexpected way. Bree is caught up in a world wind of secrets, lies, and illegal dealings because she wants to keep Jase safe. Jase’s only concern becomes protecting Bree and keeping her out of his crazy life. Only that isn’t as easy as it may seem.
Ethan is “the mule.” He is known around campus as the hotshot basketball player. Not only is he handsome, smart, and athletic, he is aloof. He spends all his free time with Bree. Constantly holding her under his arm, cuddling with her while watching movies, giving her endearing caresses. Bree thinks that is just the way it has always been. Eth is very affectionate with her and makes her feel special in his eyes. He is the good guy that wants to do right by Bree. He cannot see his life without her in it and neither can Bree.
Jase doesn’t regret what happened that night he saved Breezy from her father. He would do it again in a heartbeat, but he is bad news. He can’t keep out of trouble. He wants to be the man she always says she sees in him, but it is difficult when you have a criminal record. He has got himself caught up in some shade business and he knows that the only way to keep Breezy safe is to stay away from her.
My thoughts are all over the place. I enjoyed this story and was gripped into it by each of the characters. I would get frustrated with each of them and fell in and out of love with all of them too. I will be honest, I am all the way team Ethan! I SOOOOOOOO want her to be with him.
It is hard to understand who she ends up with because we are left on a CLIFF HANGER! Aggggg, so mad and yet so smart on Ms. Mareé’s part. She knows we are hung over from this book and are waiting for our next fix.
I love her writing. She writes captivating stories with real strong characters. Each character has their own set of problems that they struggle with. I love that no one in her stories are perfect. Each one has good and bad parts. Parts we love about them and parts you just hate. This story will make you feel all of those emotions and more.
I give it a 4.5 hearts. Only because I was slightly made on how it ended. I cannot wait to read book 2 though. Crossing fingers!...more
Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, in exchange for an honest review.
Okay who is a fan of The Royals on E! I am! I actually got hooked on it from Amazon prime (that dang amazon prime shows!) Ever since I binged watched it I have been hooked. If you have not watched the show don’t be alarmed it is okay. This book is a great intro to some of the main concept of what occurs in the show.
One of the main points is that the family of royals has two sons and the eldest goes missing. In this story he is kidnapped, and his twin brother has to take on the role of the crown prince. Another similarity is the younger brother “hooking up” or begins to have a relationship with the brother ex-girlfriend. Now that is pretty much were the similarities end. Now that I have gotten that out of the way lets discuss this fun steamy read.
Savvy doesn’t want to get mixed up with the royal family again. She has been burned once already and that was enough to shatter her. Now getting mixed up with Prince Kian isn’t going to turn out right, regardless of the steamy attraction and chemistry the two share.
Kian is trying to keep his head on straight. With his elder (fraternal) twin brother missing he has to step up and take charge as the possible (and most likely) heir to the crown. The job he does not want. While attending a royal function one of the waitresses saves him from a very uncomfortable situation. That waitress catches his eye and he now must find out who she is.
Once these two begin their tug-of-war relationship it becomes passionate and scary. Savvy is scared to tell Kian the truth of everything she knows and has been through with the royal family. While Kian is nervous to bring Savvy into his crazy life.
These two are a mess individual and an explosion together. They have steam coming off the pages.
I was thrown for some curvy balls in this story.
Things I didn’t see coming, which made it all that much more enjoyable.
I give the book a 4 I liked it, it was hot, interesting, and fun all warped up in a royal bow package....more
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Aribelle is alone in the world. Her father passed away a few months prior and her current circumstances are anything but taken care of. She gave up school and a future to take care of her dying father and now she is need of money. The only thing she is able to find through a temp agency is a housekeeper position. She doesn’t fit the physical qualifications for the positions but she knows she pleaded for a trail run. For the next week she works for the brute and aloof Mr. Thaddeus Walker.
Thaddeus hasn’t had the easiest life and he allowed himself to be a self-sacrificing martyr that helps keep his beastliness in check. He purposely keeps people far away from him and has given up dreaming of a new life. Thaddeus was not happy when he laid eyes on Aribelle. She was young and pretty, which made it very difficult to keep his emotions in check with her. He kept pushing her away, but had a need to keep her safe. (Something like an Edward Collen and Bella Swan).
When Aribelle begins to discover there is something not all right with Mr. Walker she starts to pry into his nightly outings. It is strange to her that he comes home every morning more bruised and beaten then the day before, yet miraculously heals. Once Aribelle begins chipping Mr. Walker, now Thaddeus’s harden exterior, she discovers a man that seeks redemption for his mistakes. Their desperate emotional and physical bond continues and thus the romance blossoms.
The book was actually surprisingly good. I mean it captivated my attention, and I wanted to know more about Aribelle and Thaddeus. The beauty and the beast concepts were there, however Aribelle wasn’t a physical prisoner. She needed the job and wouldn’t give up of quit.
Thaddeus’s situation sucked, but however it showed his desire to become a better person and to learn how to control himself. His devotion to Aribelle helped him become a better man. I give the overall story 4 hearts. Let’s be honest folks this review isn’t everything it should be. I read it a few weeks ago and I thought I had the review already written. Well needless to say I couldn’t find it, so this is my review based off what I remember from reading it....more
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Sometimes hiding in plain sight works and other times it doesn’t. Unlike a Gecko that can camouflage itself within its surroundings, we as humans attempt our own version of blending in to our current environment. Giselle has been living a life that is preserved as amazing and glamorous from an outside perspective, but underneath the surface she is hiding her true self from everyone around her.
Giselle is currently living in New York City and organizing her most current store. Her fashion line has been booming with the stores in Sydney and Los Angeles. The New York store is putting her clothes on the map as a new and upcoming designer. This wasn’t always her life. A few years prior she was in a relationship with a man, whom she thought was the man of her dreams. After a year and some of being together, the relationship became different. Love was there, but not tender and sweet. It was fearful and submissive. Conner her boyfriend took being a possessive boyfriend to a different level.
She escaped. Not unscratched. Those around her became casualties in the processes. Now her past has come back into her life and she is trying to overcome it. But inside of facing her fears, she is running. Running physically and running emotionally. There has been only one person that can see through her façade. Draz.
Draz is the bass player, in a small indie rock band. They are known more in the underground music committee, then anything main stream. He is rough, tough, and scary as hell. Giselle and Draz know each other, because their best friends married one another. The physical attraction between Giselle and Draz has always been there. Their relationship has been rocky. With hurt feelings and unforgiving words it has made it difficult for Giselle to find comfort in Draz as a friend on anything else, regardless of the connection they may have.
Draz ends up becoming a pivotal figure in the book. He helps Giselle physically, emotionally, and mentally overcome her demons.
There are so many different figures in Giselle’s life that at times no one is sure who to trust or who to run away from. The only person (as a reader) you are rooting for the entire time is Draz. He is the quite but strong type. Those are always the ones that are the most perceptive.
I love Kathleen Maree’s writing. She writes love stories that don’t need sex or graphic descriptions to be full of enjoyment. Her characters are fully developed where you can honestly see so many layers of them. Her plots keep you interested and engaged in a suspenseful way. If you haven’t read her series Cut, (which is where these characters originated from) you are missing out. This book has added so much depth to Giselle and Draz. Understanding their past and how they have moved forward with their lives was eye-opening and appealing.
HIGHLY recommend! Gripping, suspenseful, entertaining, and lovely!
Just for the writing, characters, plot, and sensitive topic, you NEED to Read this BOOK!
Warnings: Physical and emotional abuse. Woman being held emotional captive by a significant other. Female being physically abused by lover. Rape, attempted rape, and attempted murder....more
Your best friend can come in any shape and size. It all depends on the connection the two of you have. There is always something that bonds friends together. It could be a love a superhero; dry sarcasm; movies they love to hate and hate to love; families can be the reason someone becomes your closes friend. For Daniel and Rose they were born on the same day and their parents all became friends. Even through the ups and downs of their family lives they continued to seek out one another for comfort and acceptances.
I think the prologue gives a good idea of what the story is all about.
Daniel desires to be a photo journalist. He wants to travel and capture images of the world around him. Rose wants to party, well plan parties. She loves organizing and throwing big shin-digs. Rose is more outgoing and assertive, while Daniel is more reserved and stand offish. The two balance each other perfectly. Now the only problem was, Rose only looked and Daniel like her best friend from so long ago. Daniel, however, has been in love with Rose since they were 19. Now he thinks he lost his chance with her. He decided to leave for two years in hopes to move on from his constant desire for Rose.
When Daniel gets back from his two year world-wind trip, he not only acts different, but looks different two. He is more filled out, geeky-hot, with a tattoo too. She can’t help but have him now staring in all her wet dream fantasies. It freaks her out. Why can’t she just have a normal friendship with him, like in the past?
Daniel knows that one look at Rose and the two years away did nothing to erase his desire for her. It’s his chance now, but is he already too late again?
Rose and Daniel dance around their attraction, desire, and longing for one another. Daniel is too scared to change the relationship from friends to more than friends and he is worried that Rose doesn’t see him in a romantic way. Rose loves Daniel, but she doesn’t believe that he could be her soul mate. He has been her best friend and there is no good changing that status in their relationship when there is a possibility of losing each other all together.
Daniel and Rose are both to chicken to do anything. The story is all about the ‘what-ifs’ and the ‘unknown’ regarding relationships.
It is actually a fast read and was fun. Once the two get out of their heads and face reality, their finally see what they have been missing all this time. That they are perfect for one another.
I enjoyed this fun, classic, best-friends to more story line....more
If you have read any of Kaylee Ryan’s books you may see a patterned of familiarity with her male characters. Majority of her men are jealous, possessive, and domineering. Now I am not talking Christian Grey type of domineering, more just wants to make sure they wear the pants in the relationship kind of guy. Now, I will say not all her male characters are like that; however, Crew falls perfectly into this category. In Kaylee Ryan’s debut novel Anywhere With You (which is one of my favorites) her male protagonist, Liam, has many similarities to Crew. Berklee and Crew are both in their early to mid-twenties. In the prologue of the story we find out that Crew was given an inheritance from a grandmother that he didn’t even know. A large inheritances. I mean in the millions. He took that money, paid things off, bought stuff for his folks, invested a chunk, and decided to start a business. He wanted to be able to create something that would make him money and be a smart investment. The story then begins to unfold with alternating POV’s between Berklee and Crew.
Berklee is a college graduate with her degree in Business Administration. She is stuck working at the local coffee house because everywhere she applies to work will not hire her due to her lack of experience. She feels stuck in her situation. SO when the opportunity arises to work for the new club that will be opening down the street from her current job she jumps on that chance.
Neither Berklee nor Crew knew that their first few meetings would constitute in them working with each other. Crew just thought of Berklee was the sexy barista at the coffee shop he just randomly stopped by at. The girl he couldn’t get out of his mind or fantasies. Berklee knew that Mr. Super Sexy Beard guy that came in for a black coffee biggest cup she’s got, was having her count the minutes till she saw him again. Whether it be in real life or in her dreams.
By some random coincidence these two end up working with each other. Berklee becomes his manager of the club and working within such close proximity of her, keeps him on high alert to ever touch, every bump, and every caress. He tries to with stand the strong attraction he has towards her, but the more he fights it the more his desire for her bubbles beneath the surface. Eventually they both just explode towards one another like a volcano. It is hot, and heated, and O’ so satisfying. However, Berklee wants the relationship to be kept on the down low. She is convinced Crew will become tired of her and move on. She tries to keep her heart out of their physical relationship, but Crew makes it extremely difficult.
These two have intense chemistry that you can feel through the pages. It reminds me in many ways of Anywhere With You. The difference is these two characters are older and mature. The book also takes the steamy up a notch. They are not new to relationships or intimacy. These two are experienced adults and know exactly the type of relationship they are having.
I like that there is a miscommunication in the plot lines with Crew and Berklee. It shows that Crew has trouble believing and trusting people. He believes the worst of situations and not allow for others to explain the circumstances. I just don’t understand why he didn’t trust people? I don’t think that is explained enough of why? He is an only child and had a great life. They don’t go into great detail with the story, it kind of bugs me.
Anything thing that stood out to me (not sure if anyone else noticed). The time line seemed off at times. They say things are happening in a few weeks, but then they say that they have been doing stuff for a month or more together. I guess I need to go back through it to truly get the time frame of their relationship down.
Over all, Crew is your Alpha Male with sexy scruff and tattoos. Once Crew sets his mind towards something or someone he goes for it. Berklee is ambitious and goal orientated. She is an organizational freak and thrives on it. They are evenly matched. Berklee doesn’t let Crew walk all over her. She pushes his buttons and stands her ground. She realizes that some battles are not worth fighting (which happens in all relationships).
The story is a standalone and has alternating POV’s from bother characters. They are evening distributed through the story.
3.5 Not my favorite story of Kaylee’s. I like Crew and Berklee, I just think there was not enough character development to understand why they would just jump into a ‘friends-with-benefits’ type of relationship, when they weren’t really friends as it was.
Enjoy the read.
Just because Crew isn’t my kind of alpha man, doesn’t mean he couldn’t be yours....more
Netgalley proved an ARC from Skyscape and Two Lions Publishing
When I first read the synopsis of the story I was intrigued to see how an ex-fiance would end up cheating the night before his wedding, and then end up with the younger sister. I know it sounds confusing, trust me I was lost too. Rachel Van Dyken does really good and showing different sides of a character. Their internal and external struggles. They two main characters are no different.
Avery Black is the youngest daughter of the Black girls. She always felt inferior to her two older sisters. Especially, Kayla, the eldest. Kayla was ten years older than Avery and had everything a girl could dream for. She was a cheerleader, dated the football player. She was homecoming queen, with said football player. She had it all, and Avery was too young to have any influence. She just lived in shadows and envied the privileges her sister was given.
Lucas Thorn was not born a cheater; nor, was it second nature to him. He was a devoted boyfriend for years to Kayla. He did everything that was excepted of him, even get engaged to Kayla. During that time he thought he was happy because everyone around him was, but when his attraction towards Avery begins to make him second guess everything, he doesn’t know what to do.
One mistake. One choice and everything was gone.
Lucas started over. For the last four years he decided committing wasn’t for him. He made arrangements to have a different girl Monday through Saturday. They each had their day of the week and if they wanted more he let them go and found a new girl to take their place. It was the perfect arrangement for a bachelor that doesn’t want to be tied down. He was successful, good-looking, and enjoying life. Avery was not a thought until she was standing in his office
Avery refused to move back home. She moved to Seattle to escape her crazy family and the drama that comes with it. Ever since Kayla and Lucas end up NOT getting married, her family has been on pins and needles. Lucas was known has ‘he would do not speak of’ or her personal favorite Lucifer. When she got laid off from her job she had to find something fast. She took the first job that took her. Not knowing all the particulars. When she realized she was Lucas assistant she knew she was in Hell, with the Devil himself.
Now Avery and Lucas are in a sticky situation. With history between them and their family they are struggling with keeping each other at a distance. Ignoring though the large elephant in the room, AKA their attraction to each other, makes working in close proximity difficult. Then there is Lucas’s lifestyle she discovers. She wants no part of it, and the only way is to make sure she doesn’t become another day of his week.
The story was interesting. Some parts I wasn’t the biggest fan of, but realizing that Lucas choose his lifestyle because of pain and avoidance made the whole situation a lot more bearable....more
If you are a Kaylee Ryan fan be warned this book is a little different. We usually go back and forth between our two main characters, but the majority of this book is from the POV of our leading man, Ridge. He took over his dad’s construction company. With his 4 best friends these five guys work and party together. A one night stand, for Ridge, ends up turning his life upside-down. I can’t say too much because within the first 15% of the book you are thrown a few curve balls. It is crazy.I was a little sad and confused at the beginning with our female character Melissa. Her story and situation, I wish we could have learned more about and had some back story with her. It would be cool to see if Kaylee Ryan writes a novella about Melissa.
Our second female Kendall we are not introduced to till about 27% into the story. She works as a nurse in a pediatric office. She becomes a rock not only for Reagan and Knox, but especially for Ridge.
From the cover you can tell there is a baby in the story. Ridge become a father and a single one at that within the span of 24 hours. It is such a sad situation you may need some tissues nearby. Being by himself and trying to raise a baby is tough enough. He has the aid of his parents and sister, who come and rescue him, but Ridge wants to prove that he can handle raising Knox on his own. He is learning everything for the first time and he had no preparation for it. One of my favorite scenes is when Ridge goes to the store and ends up buying a tone of stuff for baby Knox. Everything from bouncers, clothes, pacifiers, burp clothes,etc. You name it he had it in his over flowing chart. It was so endearing. I loved it.
Baby Knox is blessed. The fact that Ridge didn’t just hand the infant to Child Services was so admirable. I think it is heartwarming to see (as the reader) a big, strong, burly man holding an infant with such tenderness.
Kendall is so smart and patient. She gives Ridge confidence in his ability to raise his son. There is an attraction between Ridge and Kendall that is obvious to everyone around them. Ridge gets razed on by his best friends. Kendall and Ridge develop a relationship that has the ability to evolve into something more. It only comes about with the help of Reagan, the guys, and baby Knox.
This story is VERY similar to Southern Pleasure. Now I will say I liked Southern Pleasure more, BUT this story is beautiful. It is different and heartfelt. Kaylee Ryan wrote something that was not expected, but was greatly embraced. I hope you all read it, and if all else fails, share it with a single dad. He might get a kick out of it....more
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
It took me a while to get into this book. About 3 attempts of me opening it and putting it back down. Once I got about 30% of the way through it become more interesting and grabbed my attention more. I swear I have lie ADD when it comes to some books. Either they have me in from page one, or it takes me a few tries to get through it. I did finish Letting Go, and was pleasantly surprised. I was actually a little sad that the detail and depth that was so obvious in the beginning, began to taper off about 85% of the way through. It felt like all the good stuff happened 60% and on.
Our main character is Sarah. She is 22 years old, works at a sweet shop in town, goes to college, and takes care of her 3 year old sister. The reason? Her mother is a Hoarder. Yes, if you are thinking of the show Hoarders or Hoarders Buried Alive, then you are on the right track. Sarah’s mother’s struggle became a problem, after Sarah’s father passed away. After that, her mother wouldn’t get rid of anything. It became so bad, that Sarah left her mother’s house at the age of 17 and began living with her best friend. When Livie, Sarah’s baby sister was born, she knew she couldn’t let that child be raised that house. So, the story is about this young woman who has sacrificed everything to take care of others. In return Sarah doesn’t really have a social life. Until she meets Kal-El.
Kal-El is a dog, so didn’t get so caught up on the name. I thought it was cute. Loki, Kal-el, and Hank are the three dogs that are owned by the gorgeous, nerdy, 25 year old guy names Zac. Zac is everything she could ever want in a guy, but he has dogs. Dogs, to Sarah, are – messing, dirty, stinky – creatures. Through multiple attempts on Zac’s party, Sarah and him form a bond over nerdy X-men trivia and zombie apocalypse. The relationship seems to be going great, but road blocks cause Sarah to put a stop to the budding romance.
The story is about Sarah over coming her personal fears of being OCD; and, judgment of other people. She doesn’t want people to know about Livie, her mother, or her peculiar situation. Zac is like therapy to Sarah. He helps her and gives her confidences. He comes to her aid and also doesn’t turn away from the obstacles that Sarah believes will ruin their relationship. With the help of Winnie – the old lady that owns the sweet shop – and Megan – Sarah’s best friend – she is able to grow into her mental obstacles and aid her family into overcoming their personal problems.
The book is well written and once the story picked up it was entertaining. I enjoyed the nerdy references. If you are The Walking Dead fan, then this book has your humor within it. I am actually intrigued to read the other series this author has written to see the difference.
Overall rating 3 Hearts. I liked it, but probably won’t read it again....more
All I can say at this moment is, OCTOBER! Really we have to wait now till October for the Twisted Palace the 3rd book in the Royals series. Aggghhh!
Okay so just general facts and thoughts, then I am going to talk about my theories of the book. Don’t worry, if you haven’t read it I will give you fair warning before I start spoiling it. The story starts off from Reed’s POV. About 1/3 of the book is from his perspective. We find out what was going on through his head during the end of book 1 and how the situation came about. The first book you are so unsure of Reed and his intentions. He is a total jerk for most of the book and then we are left on that huge cliffhanger. Book 2 is a different story. You start to fall for the guy. He does whatever he can to win Ella back. I think some of things he did to make her happy were so awesome. This book you come to realize a few things.
Everyone is not as naive of what is going on; as we may think they are. Easton, Reed and all the other men in the Royal family have HUGE abandonment issues, due to their mother’s death. It comes out very profoundly when Ella is gone and even after she returns. A family that sticks together can win together. Callum Royal (daddy royal) is pretty Bad Ass, when he wants to be. One of my favorite scenes is when Ella and Jordon had a huge fight at the school (again). I am not going to go into details, but OMG it was awesome! Ella is a chick you wouldn’t want to get into a dirty fight with. Let me just put it that way.
One thing that I was wondering about was once Ella and Reed reconciled, what happened to Val? I mean she was in the book so much, and then the last 20% she was barely in it. Just wondering. Val has her own issues with her boyfriend.
These are our villains: Brooke, Jordon, and Dinah. I think there may be more, but these are the obvious ones we are aware of. Brooke is a pathological liar and manipulator. She will ruin anyone in her path. How she and Callum first started hooking up was quite a shocker. Callum gives us a few revelations about Maria, Brooke, and himself that we didn’t see coming.
Do I think this book is good for YA? Well this one is a little cleaner (but not that much). I still consider it a New Adult genre.
Okay, I have this nagging feeling that Brooke killed herself, and despite of everything that was going on, tried to frame Reed. Why did Reed go over to her place???? Does he have a death wish? When he told Ella at the end, “You know I would do anything for you,” was like an olmen for what was coming. I wonder what Brooke said to Reed.
I feel like also Gideon has a more major role coming up. For goodness sakes, he is sleeping with Dinah. Also, he helped get Ella out of the house while Brooke was trying to seduce Reed. The timely just seems so too coincidental.
Specially sense Ella’s dad is back in the picture. Where was her dad during all of this? Did he hid on purpose? Did Dinah try to get him killed? Did anyone know he was truly alive? So many questions, that we have to wait till October to find out about. Aggggg not looking forward to that.
Easton is like that big beautiful animal that seems like he is tough and strong, but really was abused and hurt. You just want to give the guy a big hug and tell him you love him. I feel so bad for him.
Walsh, Reed’s Best Friend and the QB for the school’s football team, is such a man-whore. OMG I mean he gets more action then a hooker.
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Della has lived in North Carolina her whole life and with her surrogate step-mother. When her step-mothers job and home are threatened to be taken away, Della marches up to the individual who is responsible for it. Ends up being a gorgeous guy, just a few years older than her with two little boys. Her heart melts and she ends up helping this dad raise his two boys.
Colin, who is the crown prince, has been had a difficult few days. His parents have been assassinated which ended up with him and his 5 younger siblings left under his care. His brother Theo who is 2 years his junior. A set of twin (fraternal) sisters, Imogene and Charlotte, around 11/12 years old, when all this happened. Because the two youngest royals are so small, they ended up calling Colin, Daddy. No one had the heart to tell them the truth, and no one in the states knew the differences. So, that is how it went for 10 years. Colin playing Daddy for two little ones, and acting as a father figure for his other 3 siblings.
Present day, Della has made herself a fixture in Colin’s home. All the siblings love her, and the two little ones consider her to be a mother figure. Colin and Della, have become best friends. There is a strong chemistry between them, but neither act on it, because of their own personal secrets.
I like Della, she wants to do what is right, and her heart is always in the right place – even if her head isn’t at times. Colin and Della have some “heated” love scenes later in the story. Let me tell you, I needed a fan for some of them. There is only, I think, 3 main ones. But trust me, anymore sex scenes the book and I would have melted.
Colin isn’t your typical bad boy prince; we will leave that duty to the younger royal brother Theo. Colin carries too much responsibility and it shows. He loves ‘his boys’ (that is what he calls the two youngest) and he cares deeply for his entire family. All he wants is to return to their homeland. Just because Colin is a good guy, doesn’t mean he always makes the wisest choices. That is something you will have to read and find out.
This story is about Della and Colin finally admitted their true feelings for each, by being in a pretend relationship. It kind of reminded me of Southern Pleasure by Kaylee Ryan (which I will say is a compliment, because I love Kaylee Ryan).
I really liked this book. It was an ARC provided by Netgalley, so the copy I had still needed some revisions, but it didn’t deter from the overall story. My only problem, that made me so mad was the end. The author gave us a good chunk of her next book - which is going to be about Charlotte - but we have NO IDEA when it will come out. Agggggg So Not Cool!
Maddy’s parents were Olympic swimmers. They had one child and dedicated everything to training her to be like them. She grew up in the water and that was what she knew. When she met Evan and Will Hollister she found a new passion and drive to be better. Those brothers made her better and her vis-versa. It was a perfect friendship that bloomed into romance. Maddy and Evan were the perfect fit for each other and everyone knew it. They were the all-star couple and would compete with each other. Will, was older and went off to college. Life was great for the two families.
Tragedy is a bitch, and when it comes, it can come destroy someone in more ways than imaginable. It happened to Will. He lost everything and couldn’t handle the cleanup from it. His only saving grace end up being Maddy. Without her he wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things that can help him succeed.
Ginger Scott is an amazing writer. I own many of her books and enjoyed them. This one is incredible for a few reasons. First, we are introduced to two people who have deep wounds that are in desperate need of healing. Second, we have a child, Dylan, with a disability, specifically cerebral palsy. I love Will’s declaration regarding his commitment to Dylan.
“Dylan is only four right now. His disability – it’s lifelong. I’m committing to him for life, Maddy. However long that is for him.”
What person cannot fall for a guy with a heart as big as Will Hollister.
Third, we have a sport that is underrating; but not with the beauty of the athlete’s well sculpted bodies.
I like Maddy, she is a solid person, but to be honest Will is the real protagonist. He comes with a multitude of layers to his character’s development. That man has more secrets than the Pentagon, and when they all come crashing around him he just can’t take the pressure. Maddy becomes his saving grace. She holds him up, when everything else is trying to drag him down. She lifts his spirits when he falls into despair.
Will is trying to take care of everyone around him, but no one is truly taking care of him. Maddy becomes that person that wants to take care of Will.
“He’s breaking himself trying to save so many people, but nobody has ever stepped up to save him. I’m not sure I’m strong enough to, either. But I can sure as hell get him through the next few hours, in the air – in his worst nightmare.”
Will and Maddy’s relationship begins rocky. It smooths out the more they put their pain to the side and focus on their goals. They help each other, and that is a large part of a good relationship.
The story is told from the POV of both characters. There is steam to this book, so don’t think it is only going to be all depressing. It isn’t. This story is about overcoming your own fears. Facing your fears and having a person there to help you though them. A person to lean on. That is what every character in this story is seeking. Someone that they can turn to and rely on. Will and Maddy are that ‘person’ that all the other characters rely on whether it be – winning at a meet, having dinner with someone, listening to a person, helping with everyday task, etc. These two characters are so selfless and yet they make the other strong enough to put boundaries up with other outside forces.
I enjoyed the story and the characters. Is it my favorite of Ginger Scott? No. That will be very difficult, because my favorite of her is Waiting by the Sidelines, but this story (for a New Adult Genre) is amazing. It has character development, an interesting story line, and romance. I think it is worth the read....more
Here we are again with Kaylee Ryan’s new adult romance books. She usually releases 2-3 books a year. This one is coming at the middle of January so keep your eyes peeled.
If you read Southern Pleasure then you are familiar with Evan and McKinley’s story. Well Evan’s best friend and McKinley’s older brother, Aaron, is our leading man in this story. You do not need to read book one first, they can be stand-alone; however, it would be beneficial to read the first book to meet Evan and McKinley. Evan was my dream man, so I am partial to him, but Aaron has grown on me.
There are some stories were the men are realistic and there are some where the guy just seems too good to be true. Well Aaron is the type that seems too good to be true, but he is exactly “what you see is what you get.” He doesn’t bring girls around, and most hook ups are short lived for him. He thinks that when he finds, “the one” there will be fireworks and he will be struck by lightning. He comes to realize that, love doesn’t work that way and that it grows with the more time you spend with someone. Obviously there has to be a physical attraction, but the deeper stuff comes with conversation and honest desire to know someone.
If you dream about a kind, generous, strong, loving, passionate, cowboy that is also soft on the eyes, and has a light scruff – then Aaron is your new book boyfriend. He is a family man and doesn’t want to change anything. I noticed that he wants a girl to fit into his life more than willing to change to fit into a girl’s life. He was lucky that Whitney landed right on his door step, looking to change somethings in her own life.
Whitney is our protagonist female. She grew up in Chicago with her mom. After her mother died from breast cancer, she moved south to be closer to the only family she has left. She found a job working for Mills Photography (McKinley’s photo studio). Whitney is broken. She hasn’t fully grieved the loss of her mother. For seven years she was there with her mom through all the chemo and test. Her goal is to find a new home. A place she can start over and not have to think about the loneliness she feels.
Aaron and Whitney become fast friends. Best friends. They confide in one another and spend a great deal of time together. They are small things that gradually occur to show they are each interested in one another (e.g.: hand holding, his hand guiding on her lower back, seeking ways to touch each other without being too obvious). There is nothing sexual about the constant small touches, it is more flirty and fun.
What I liked about the story is Whitney. She is totally struggling with her grief. She suppresses it and it at times paralysis her. Aaron becomes the one person she is able to turn to and lean on; but, one secret that she holds from him becomes the tipping point for their relationship.
Can Aaron keep Whitney from running away from him and her grief? Can Whitney overcome her own road blocks with life and love?
Kaylee Ryan is phenomenal. I love her stories and each one has some type of internal struggle. She goes through phases of the type of characters she is writing about, which is fun. I kind of want her to write about bad girl turned good from a boy, or even, a two evil characters that become good with each other. You know two negatives make a positive. Just a small joke.
Should you read her latest book? Well it is Kaylee Ryan, so I would say DUH!
Is it my favorite? Not top 5, but it is still good and worth the read. I hope you will give it a shot.
Come on, who can turn down a hot cowboy as your new book boyfriend?
No warm blooded heterosexual woman, nor homosexual man! These are the stories we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Have you read – Suddenly Royal, Married to a Prince, A Royal Pain, or the Heir Untamed Series? Well this book I would categorizes with those. Prince Nicholas is being obligated to pick a wife. Not just any wife. He was given a specific list, from his grandmother – The QUEEN – and he is only allowed 5 months to make his choice. During that time he also has to go to the states to retrieve his younger brother who is traveling around the world getting himself into “trouble.”
Oliva is holding her family together with a very thin thread. She was required to leave college to come home and help her family’s small business. Within the city of New York, Olivia was born and raised by her loving parents, but when he mother passes away from Cancer, her father falls apart. This leave Olivia as the responsible adult taking care of the bakery & café as well as her younger sister.
Nick is in NYC doing some charity work on behalf of the royal family, and waiting out his brother. He stumbles into a little café with his best friend. While there he flirts – crudely – with the beautiful waitress. Olivia has no idea who this jerk with the ego the size of long island is, but he can take his “tea and pie” to go.
Nick is intrigued by Olivia and the fact that she doesn’t recognize him right away. To him it is — refreshing. He is determined to win her over and conquer her body, but he wasn’t expecting to have his heart conquered by her.
I really loved Olivia. If I ever meet her, we would totally be friends. She is a real, rock solid person who doesn’t let people walk all over her. She is selfless and sacrifice a great deal for her family. She wants to be able to have this one time summer fling with a prince, but she is scared that her heart will break by the end of it. Which I think most summer flings have the ability to do.
Nick and Olivia have many up and downs in this romantic fairy tale story. Prince falling madly in love with a common girl. She is then thrown to the wolves when having to navigate her way through the politics of royalty. The story is told from the POV of both characters, so you get to see things from many angles.
I love the ending. I thought this would be a series, following these two characters, but there story is a complete standalone. The next book is about the younger prince. This story is about sacrifice, facing your fears, courage, and forgiveness.
Should you read it? It will get your juices flowing, that is for sure....more
There is always those few main type of characters that gets a woman’s blood pumping. They usually are men that are: Musicians, CEO/Business Tycoons, Athletes, Men in Uniform (firefighters, police officers, military), and bad boys. Well ladies this book, which is becoming a series has your bad boy musicians all over it. The band of four guys plays rock music, similar to Kings of Leon and Coldplay. They have been a band of years and are now the main headliner. They have their system down, and their media personalities chosen. Wash, Joss, Colin, and Mike. These men, in their late 20’s have been at this game for a while. Even with the battles of alcohol, drugs, and women they still make great music. Joss is the front main, the go to person, the leader, the one who pretty much calls all the shots. He likes being in control and dictating every little detail about where the band plays, what their contracts say, and who they allowed to work with, helps him cope with his internal problems. This all works out until one night. One BAD choice that no one knows about, has the ability to crumple everything. He can’t lose what he has. He has no one, expect the band and music. If he lost those he would have nothing. This is all true, until he is reintroduced to Tammy’s little sister Mel. Now everything he thought would devastate him, if he lost, doesn’t seem as important as the thought of losing her.
Mel is about to graduate with her Master in Photojournalism. Everything is looking up. Though he ends up having a relationship with her professor, which becomes a problem for her grade. Now she is in limbo, waiting to know if she gets her degree or not. The waiting is what is killing her, but with luck on her side, Mel’s sister Tammy got her a job. For the next few months Mel is be photographing the band Lush so they can put together a coffee table book and other gifts for their fans. Tammy has been with Lush since the beginning, because her boyfriend, Walsh, of 14 years is the drummer. So Mel knows this is a once in a lifetime chance that can make her career. She takes it up the chances. She figured she would do her job and be able to make something out of herself. The one person she was afraid of interacting with was Joss. She has seen him before and knows what he looks like from all the media images. She knows that, that man gets her blood pumping and gives her body tingled that she is not familiar with. As long as she stays focus on the job, she can keep her emotions in check.
So before these two meet on the road we are introduced to their baggage. I don’t want to tell you what Joss’s is because he has more baggage than anyone in the freak’n book. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story. The characters are very well-developed and have multiple layers to them. Mel is a very likable heroin for this story. She is feisty but at the same time timid because of the atmosphere she is thrown into, that she is unfamiliar with.
I didn’t like a few of the characters, which you are not supposed to. They are seen as our villains, but the funny part is, they really aren’t the villains. Everyone is friends in some way, shape, or form, but that doesn’t mean that everything is all peachy keen between them all. A few of the characters I honestly wanted to say “SHUT UP” to, but closer to the end of the book you begin to see what was going on with them.
The author says she is going to write more about the band Lush. I am intrigued to see how these will turn out.
I give the book 4 hearts. I liked it. I honestly enjoyed it. I was totally engrossed with the story. So I say, if you are into a Hot Rocker kind of mood. Pick this book up. You won’t be sorry....more
The third and (sad to say) finally book in the Royals Trilogy. Secretly, okay, not so secretly I would love to have more in this series; and, I know I am not the only one wishing for that. First off, if you haven’t read book one or two, you need to stop right here and go read my reviews and then READ those books. Better yet just click here and go get yourself a copy. You will not regret it.
Twisted Palace picks up right where we left off with Broken Prince. Poor Reed. He is up a creek with no paddle. I mean everything that could go bad for this guy does. I honestly HATED him in the first book. I wanted to beat the idiot with a heavy cast iron pan; but, as the series continued we realize that Reed has more layers to him then an onion. I was team Easton and Gideon in book 1. Then I shifted to team Reed when we got to see his POV in book 2.
Reed and Ella are good for each other. They bring out better qualities when they are together. When they are apart, they don’t always make wise choices. Which we have seen in both book 1 and 2.
Ella’s life is not an easy one, but while living with the Royal’s, some things – such as: food, clothes, shelter, money – are not as important anymore because they have provided that for her. She is not ungrateful. I think she has become accustomed to so much uncertainty in her life that she is always prepared to be on the go.
Ella deserves some happiness and Reed gives that to her, but with the murder charges knocking at the Royal’s door and the resurrection of Ella’s father nothing is what it seems.
We continue with alternating POV’s between Reed and Ella. They get torn apart in this book because of outside influences. I don’t mean they break up or anything like that, so calm yourself. I mean they physically get separated by adult authorities. Why is it that every time someone wants to do something right or protect something/someone they have to go all cave man/ control freak on it. We see that with Reed and Steve.
You every realize that when someone is trying ot turn attention away from them in a negative way, they probably have a secret they don’t want anyone to big up? I think that is Steve in a nut shell. How did he survive? Who tried to kill him? Why come back now? Why not contact your friend
I enjoy these two authors. They know how to keep their readers wanting more and they do not disappoint. This story, even though the majority of the characters are in high school, this would still be considered 17+ with content, language, sexual interaction, murder, and everything else we love in a good soap opera. Gossip Girls addicts must read this series. Totally up your alley.
I think we need more. Who is with me! I think we need to go to college with Ella. We need to see what happens with Easton. What about Sav and Gid? Am I right? Anyone else want to know about our favorite twisted Royals? I do! Bring it on!
I have been hearing so many positive reviews about this book, which made me finally caved and purchased a copy for myself. First I want to say, I did
I have been hearing so many positive reviews about this book, which made me finally caved and purchased a copy for myself. First I want to say, I did like the book. I may be critiquing it with my personal opinions and all, but the overall growth and coming of age concept was not to bad. This book is a trilogy, thus far and the second one is coming out later this month. We were left on a mean cliff hanger so Yes, I already pre-order book 2.
Here are my beefs with the book: So here is how I feel about this book. First I honestly do not think this book should be categorized as a Mature YA. It is WAY too graphic and sexual for what I believe a proper YA should be.
Second, do not be deceived by the title, this is no fairy tale story with true loves kiss and a HEA. We don’t have any true Princes or Princesses. We just have many spoiled, selfish, rich kids that think they can do and act however they want with no consequences. Let’s just say, this book would run perfectly with Gossip Girls. (By the way I Love Gossip Girls)
Now I am going to talk about this book as a New Adult, because I “PERSONALLY” believe it should be categorized as such. In this case I will tell you. I enjoyed it. I really liked our heroine and her sassiness. She makes you want to root for her because of how B*tchy all the other people around her are acting. She is strong - emotionally and mentally. She ‘tries’ to not let others get to her. I actually admire that. Not all of us our dealt with an easy life. Ella was far from that, but she pulled up her ‘boot-straps’ and did what she had to do. Bravo chica!
Our main character Ella is a true Cinderella in every sense. She goes from rags to riches in a blink of an eye. She has had a difficult life, living with her mother and numerous ex-boyfriends. Jumping from city to city and state to state, she has never had a true home. Her mother got sick and this forced Ella to take up the role of the adult. She was earning a living, until she was discovered by Mr. Callum Royal. He “saves” Ella from her currently life and situation bringing her to live with him and his 5 sons in a mansion that should have its own zip code. Ella is not accepted by the brothers, and they make it known to her from moment one. They are constant back-biting, snide comments and derogatory remarks. She has tough skin, but everyone has their breaking point. Ella not only faces these cruel words and actions at the house, but also in the private school Mr. Royal has signed her up in. She is now at the mercy of the Royal brothers, who run the school.
I feel so weird, as an adult I really enjoyed this book. I was up all night reading it. It was gripping and sucks you into their soap opera drama. The Royal Men are dangerous. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. They hurt those that they care about, even when they don’t mean to do it. The family situation is sad and I feel bad for the boys, until you see how they act. It is hard to love your antagonist in this story.
My overall thoughts on Reed Royal. He is your perfect example of a Byronic Hero. You hate him and love him all at the same time. He has power, money, looks, popularity, athleticism, charisma, and is a complete douche bag to Ella. He is the second brother our of the five and he is the ring leader. They all follow and step into line with him. Reed and Ella's chemistry is on fire. You can feel the heat coming off the pages. It is crazy. He is not only your new book boyfriend, but our anti-hero. I personally like some of the other brother s a little bit more. For Ella, Reed is what her heart and body wants; and he has no problem comply to her needs.
If you like high schoolers that act like adults. A dirty YA/NA with 5 HOT Men! Then yes this is your book. Other wise you may need to pass it. If you can't stand the heat don't go into the kitchen. Well, my friends this book is on FIRE! ...more
Received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
When I read some review about this book, I was excited for it. The first few chapters caught my attention right away and I really enjoyed the dynamic between Annie and Charles, but once we got about 35% into it, all the sudden it turned into an erotica, which I was not expecting. I didn’t find any reviews that mentioned the amount of sex and graphic detail that is portrayed in this book. When I expect a Contemporary Romance, yes I know there is going to be sex. I am no prude, I have read my share of novels as such, but this one I wasn’t expecting. The first few scenes were as expected, but then the book continued on in EVERY chapter about their sex life. Their relationship at the beginning of the book was friendly with intense chemistry. Once they allowed to have a physical relationship it was like opening Pandora’s Box.
When we got about 80% through the book we started getting more back story of Charles and Annie. We learn of their tragic history. Their upbringings, their family dynamic, etc. To me it was like “FINALLY, here is the meat of the book.” Besides the constant sex scenes the overall story and premise was good. Do you remember “Doogie Howser” from the 80’s and 90's? Well Charles is a type of Dr. Howser, which is pretty cool. I enjoy the over analytic guy that thinks too much before every situation. Be warn this is a nerdy book in the sense there is a lot of science’y talk. I am no science person.
This book has many similarities to our FSOG. Both characters start with the same first letter in their name. Annie – Anastasia / Charles – Christian. Sexual tension and exploration Male character becomes a control freak in the bedroom. Female character is about to graduate with her undergrad and is a virgin. There is a cliff hanger at the end. The girl has self-esteem obstacles. The list can go on, and from other readers I can see I am not the only one that feels this way. What I did enjoy about the book was the Rock Climbing. It was liberating to see the two characters do different type of physical activity that required them to exercise trust, and mental/physical strength. This was the only redeeming thing in the book. Honestly if you are a Fifty Shades of Grey fan, you “may” like this book....more
Oliva knows that. Her brother has been keeping secrets from her for years, and now he doesn’t keep in contact with her. Oliva’s ex-boyfriend kept secrets all the time, and now she is suffering from the consequences. Moving far away from an abusive, manipulating relationship can be difficult enough; but, there is no possible timeline for trying to move on emotionally from the damage said relationship caused. New Orleans was a bright spot and that is what she thought it would be. A fresh new start, where she knew no one. Oliva attempts to pick up the pieces from her fallen life. She has no parents, no family, no money, and is all alone. She is in hiding. Her goal, to not allow her ex to find her and to somehow overcome the mental and emotional scars that are branded on her.
Kyle came from a privileged life. Grew up with loving parents and with a skills many young men would covet to obtain. Baseball was easy to him. He loved playing the game. It was engraved into his soul, but when his leg shattered so did his future. One accident took everything he thought he needed in life away. Now he is at a new school, trying to hide from the lime light and prying eyes. He thought he was getting better. It wasn’t until he meet the most striking beauty in line for some good old southern creole that he realized what was missing in his life the whole time.
Kyle and Oliva’s meeting is so awesome. He is her knight in shining armor, but at the same time she is timid and fearful of what she does not know about him. She has a difficult time trusting any male figure. You feel her pain and sadness. Her fear and anxiety. I think the author demonstrated a very real picture of how terrifying it can be for a young woman who is petrified to live. Kyle was the exact person she needed, when she need someone so desperately.
Oh Kyle. Our deep and mysterious Kyle. We are unaware at times was exactly happened after his accident, but we come to learn of the scars. He is required to wear a knee brace and suffers from survivor pain at times. Men have a vise, and his was baseball. When that was taken away from him, he literally lost it. His best friend, Cam (who you LOVE) is the rock that he needed. The tough love kind. Oliva brings him full circle. She helps him (without knowing it) overcome his personal demons. He becomes a better man and opens up to Oliva....more
Can he be Maddy’s knight in shining armor? Or can Maddy show him that he can be her superhero and she can still be a strong independent women?
If you have a soft spot for military men, smart sassy women, and someone that forms an attraction which evolves into an obsession then you should totally go for it!
The first time I read The Backup, which is book 1 in this series, I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t like the main character that much, but I will not bore you with those details, because you can just read that in my review. I will say that this book was 100% better. Both characters have their flaws, but OMG it was so difficult to put down. Now this is book 4 in the series and I did not read 2 & 3. Each book can be read as a standalone within the series.
First we are reintroduced to Elijah. He is a former navy seal who was injured in battle. Part of his injury is his lower amputated left leg. He was asked to come to Montgomery University as a part-time instructor. He meets sassy and intelligent Maddy, who is not looking for any fling, especially with some hot shot that thinks ever girl that talks to him is hitting on him.
She grew up the daughter of a Navy Seal. Maddy knows how the lifestyle goes and is familiar with the ins-and-outs of the military. Injuries don’t faze her, so Elijah’s lack of a limb doesn’t bother her; she is more in awe of the man and the rest of his body.
These two have strong chemistry and even though there is history between Elijah and Josie, you can feel the strong attraction between Maddy and him. The only problem is Maddy tries to deny it and allows herself to go on a date with someone else. Jealousy, dominance, passion, and obsession are all in the story. Which made it so hard to put down. How about up all night kind of read. That is what happened to me.
Some issues that unfold within the store: There is a stalker after Maddy; and, she struggles with Elijah and Josie’s pass relationship. Elijiah has an ex-fling trying to stake her claim; as well, he has his own emotional and psychological struggles to overcome....more