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After having read other books by the author before, I can honestly say that her books just keep getting better and better than ever before. She knows how to deliver characters that will stay with you and never let go. Protector’s Claim is a story about second chances that will literally leave you wanting for more.
At the beginning of the story we get to meet Gabrielle Thornton, a college student who may have a respected last name, but all her life she has been struggling to keep up with her wealthy family. As the black sheep of her family, Gabrielle has endured their bad treatment towards her all her life. Now that she has finally moved out of her parents’ house, it all seems to be working just fine, but she has bills to pay and needs get the money that she needs fast. It is that she stumbles upon an opportunity that she can’t deny, but that will mean giving up on the one thing she has left and that will ultimately change her life forever.
Kieren Kincaid has it all, he has the looks and the wealth to get just about anything he wants. Yet for the longest time he has been eyeing Gabrielle from a distance while waiting for the perfect time to make her his. He knows that she is young and inexperience, but even he doesn’t know the struggles that she gone through her whole life. He wants to protect her and show her that she can trust him, but it won’t be easy especially when finds out what she has been afraid of the most. It’ll be up to them to learn to move on if they want to be together.
I absolutely loved this story, it was such a roller coaster ride that will leave you at the edge of your seat wanting to know more. Airicka Phoenix has created such a great story filled with so much substance and feelings. You will love Kieren, he is kind and protective. On the other hand, Gabrielle is such a strong individual who has struggled all her life. She wants to be there for her family even though they treat her like crap, like she doesn’t belong with any of them, and it was emotional to read. When she is with Kieran their relationship blossoms and it just keep growing from their. The steamy scenes that we get will leave you blushing and swooning for the characters. When I first read the synopsis of the book, I wasn’t really sure what it was going to be about since we don’t get a lot of information, but it was nice surprise when I started reading the story. The author does a good job writing stories with a dark twist in them that I’m really enjoying to read. She has become one of my go-to authors and if you life a bit of mystery/darkness to a romance story then this is the right book for you. I would highly recommend it, you will not regret it. :)
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Really liked the overall story, the only thing I wish the author could have done was develop the character's relationship a bit more. The ending was gReally liked the overall story, the only thing I wish the author could have done was develop the character's relationship a bit more. The ending was great, will definitely be reading more from the author in the future. :)...more
From the cover to the intriguing synopsis, Burn for You had me hooked from the very start. No***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World .:)***
From the cover to the intriguing synopsis, Burn for You had me hooked from the very start. Not having read any other books by the author before, I was really impressed with her execution of the story and how well developed the characters are. It’s evident that both of them have issues of their own, but together the chemistry is truly explosive.
At the beginning of the story we get to meet Bianca Hardwick, a New Orleans chef whose popular dishes has slowly made her successful around the city. It has taken her hard work to get to where she is and she is not about to let anyone get in her way, especially Jackson Boudreaux. He might be powerful and rich, but she is not about to let him walk into her restaurant and start ordering people around. But when he does indeed come to her restaurant demanding to see her, she doesn’t have a clue that her life is about to change forever.
Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux may have it all, the money and the looks to get just about anything he wants. His family may be well-known, but moving to New Orleans has prove to be an adventure of its own. As the heir to the family bourbon dynasty, he has been raised to lead, but he wants something else for himself. When his chef suddenly quits, he is in need of someone to help him with his benefit dinner that he is throwing for the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s an excellent excuse to see the sassy chef that has been haunting his thoughts. When she helps him with his project, it becomes evident that he is attracted to her in more ways than one and he is not about to stop at nothing to make her his.
I had such a good time reading this book, it was sweet and funny. It was truly hard to put down, especially with the amount of chemistry that we get. Bianca is such a hard worker, but when she needs money to cover her mother’s medical costs Jackson makes her a proposition that she can’t deny. Marriage. For Jackson, his proposition would not only help Bianca, but it would get her closer to him. When they start to spend time together, the harder it gets for either of them to deny their feelings for each other. I liked Jackson’s personality the most, he is tough around the edges and charming on the inside. He cares for Bianca and it showed. The ending was hilarious and I loved how the author included recipes throughout the story. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book! It will not disappoint at all. :)
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Not having read any other books by the authors before, I was really excited by the synopsis of the book. Though the idea is not new, the story itself was exciting and well executed. In the story we are introduced to Sasha, a wedding planner whose work schedule has kept her busy and a need to get away is just what she needs. That is how she ends up in San Paluzzi, a small nation tucked within Italy, whose population include the wealthy of European society. It is full of glitz and glam, and most of all a monarchy who strive for perfection. After spending two weeks in San Paluzzi, Sasha is ready to go back home when she stumbles upon a handsome stranger who happens to be a prince. He tells her that he is going to get married and offers her the job as his wedding planner. She accepts his offer, but the more time she spends with Antonio the more she wants him to be hers. When the truth about the wedding comes out things began to change and her life will never be the same.
Prince Antonio di Maggio has it all, the privilege of being royalty and his looks could get him just about anything he could possibly want. Yet, the only thing that he wants has been put at risk as his playboy reputation threatens his future. When his parents give him an ultimatum, he is ready to get married in order to get the throne, but he never imagined to meet Sasha and now his whole future is hanging on the balance now that he has discover that he is about to be a father.
I very much enjoyed reading the book, at the beginning I thought their encounter was a bit rushed. Antonio doesn’t hide his identity and when he tells Sasha who he is, she takes it rather calmly. I didn’t liked how Antonio reacted when Sasha told him about the pregnancy, but it all worked in the end. I do wished the author could have extended the ending a bit more, it all seemed a bit rushed for me. Overall, it was a quick read that I’m sure a lot of people will like if you’re into these types of stories. I’m a sucker for a good romance between royals and non-royals. I recommend checking it out. ;)
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Tamara Lush has done it again! She delivered a great page turner full of great detail and rom***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Tamara Lush has done it again! She delivered a great page turner full of great detail and romance that will leave you wanting for more. Having read and loved The Story Series, I knew that the author could deliver a great romance, but I wasn’t expecting the twists and turns in this book that had me at the edge of my seat.
At the beginning of the story we get to meet Justine Lavoie, a journalist turned publisher the minute she inherits her grandfather’s newspaper company. After spending time out in the field, she is now in charge of a group of people under her command who some don’t trust her judgement because of her experience and age, but she is willing to prove those people wrong at all costs. Yet, things don’t always work out and she is close to filling for bankruptcy. Her only choice left is to apply for a loan to save the Times, but soon finds out that Florida Capital has been bought and the new owner happens to be her ex boyfriend. Now it’ll be up to Justine to convince Rafael to put aside their past and help her save the paper that she loves dearly. Having met at the University of Miami, Justine and Rafael had a wonderful relationships full of ups and downs. Her father wasn’t very keen on them dating, but when they moved in together everything changed completely. Their pasts and the events that transpired while they were together is what ultimately brought their relationship to at end. Now fifteen years later they face each other once again and when Rafael makes her proposition that she can’t seem to deny, she knows that being with him again will open old wounds, but that might just be what they need to fully leave the past behind if they hope for a future together.
As one of the wealthiest man in the country, Rafael Melendez de Aviles owns MDA which backs many industries including the media among other things. He is Miami’s condo king, which has made him a very wealthy man over night. Rafael could get just about any woman he would want, but still misses Justine and the relationship that they’ve had in the past. It has been years since they’ve seen each other, but he is willing to do anything in his power to make her happy again. When he suggests they spend the next month together, it was supposed to be part of the healing process for him in order to move on with his life. Little did he know that he would end up right back where they started and the future that he’d always dreamed of with her might just be possible for them this time around. But facing their pasts has proven to be harder than he thought and he has to find a way to move on with or without her.
There is so much to the story that I liked, each character has their own past and issues that they have to solve in order to have a future together. As a Cuban exile, Rafael had to endure so much as a child and not having his family with him made the transition so much more difficult for him. He was practically poor and wanting to make a name for himself was his goal and priority until he met Justine. They both lost their virginity to each other and their love truly blossomed as they moved together, but that didn’t last. One of the topics that the author touches on was discrimination and prejudice mainly when it comes to acceptation Rafael. Justine’s dad is not happy with their relationship, owning a successful paper gives him a certain status in town, and Rafael sees that. He understands that he may not be rich, but he is willing to work extra hard to give Justine anything she wants. Though she is supportive, Justine also goes through ups and downs, especially with they deaths of her mom and brother. She is devastated and when she fins out about other things, it changes their relationship and themselves. As a journalist, Justine never envision to be in charge of the Times, but now she is ready to save it no matter what. In the end, they both have priorities and if they don’t put their relationship first they’re relationship is not going to work. All in all, the story was well executed and the amount of detail that we get makes it easier to envision. Rafael is your typical character with flaws, but his caring personality towards Justine will leave you swooning over their relationship. On the other hand, Justine is a hard working woman whose been hurt so much that when she sees Rafael again she is afraid to taking the next with him. Though the end of the story will leave you in tears, I do wish the author could have elaborated on some things towards in the end, but it still worked for me and I highly recommend picking it up. You will not regret it! :)
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Tempting Little Tease was a short and romantic read. It is the fourth book in the Forbidden D***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Tempting Little Tease was a short and romantic read. It is the fourth book in the Forbidden Desires series and the story follows a forbidden romance that will leave you wanting for more.
In the story we get to meet Alessandra, a twenty-two year old nanny who happens to be fluent in Italian. One of her dreams is to move to Italy and start a new life there, so she gets as many shifts possible in order to make that happen. Although she is a nanny full-time, she also manages to get a job as an Italian tutor and when one of the tutors falls ill she is called to step in to tutor Quinn Kingsley. She only had three weeks before she was set to leave for Italy, but as soon as she stepped into his office all bets were off and their chemistry was instant. Alessandra knows that she has very limited time with him and when he starts to flirt with her in Italian and doing sweet things for her, she can’t deny him any longer.
As co-owner of Forbidden Desires and eldest in the family, Quinn Kingsley knows that he has to take care of his family and all the responsibilities that involve having a successful company. Though he works day and night, he doesn’t have a lot of time to do anything else. He doesn’t know much of his family history other than the fact that his mother was Italian, and that makes him want to learn the language. When his tutor falls ill he is surprised to see Alessandra walk into his office full of energy and beauty. Quinn knows that he is older than her and he should keeps things professional, but he can’t do that when Alessandra agrees to go out with him. Now as the two start to get to know each other, the more he wants to keep her for himself. Yet, there are things that could hurt their relationship and it’ll be up to them to decide if they want to move forward or not.
I absolutely loved this story, Kendall Ryan has done an amazing job with the rest of the series and this was no different. I liked the taboo aspect of the book as well, Quinn is relatively older than Alessandra but that is no issue with them when they’re together. I think the fact that he is older makes her feel safer and cherished. On the other hand, Alessandra is full of energy and dreams. She knows what she wants, and she is willing to explore a whole new country on her own. Even though the story was short, it was full of steamy and romantic scenes. I liked how Kendall Ryan described the Italy and how she included Italian phrases throughout the book. We do get to read both perspectives in the story which made it that much more enjoyable and the ending was really sweet. I do wish the author could have of made the story a bit longer, but it still worked out in the end. I would highly recommend reading this book and the others in the series, you will absolutely loved them. :)
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Torrid Little Affair is the third book in the Forbidden Desires series that can technically be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading the first two books in the series for a full effect. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Cooper Kingsley, the youngest Kingsley brother whose recent heartbreak had taken him away from his family in order to get better. When he gets a call from one of his brothers demanding him to come back to work, he goes back home only to find a a new personal assistant waiting for him at work. Now his brothers referred to her as being their gift and Cooper thought that she was there to please him in other ways and that scared her away. After clearing the misunderstanding they go back to work, but there is something about Corinne that Cooper likes and he makes her a proposition that she can’t deny. A sexual relationship with no strings attached. But as the two start to get to know more about each other, the more he wants to keep her around, but he is afraid to get hurt again.
Corinne never expected to end up working at Forbidden Desires, but being Copper’s assistant would help her get back on her feet and she needs the job. After clearing the air between the two of them, Corinne never expected to get a proposition from Copper, one that would ultimately change their relationship in ways she never expected them to. But there are things in her past that she might just come in the way of their relationship and she doesn’t know what to do about them. She wants a relationship with Copper, but she doesn’t want to hurt him either. It’ll be up to them to decide if they’re ready to move forward or not.
After reading the synopsis I was really excited to read Copper’s story, and it didn’t disappoint. Kendall Ryan knows how to deliver a good romance and although I loved the overall story, there were a couple things missing that I would have liked to have seen in the book. The point of the story was to get Corinne to feel more comfortable in her own skin during sex, and we don’t really get to see much of that in the story. It’s only stated afterwards that we get to know that she is having with Copper. We do get to find out a lot of things about Corinne and it’s understandable to see why she is the way she is in the story. On the other hand, Copper is sweet and caring towards her making him totally swoon worthy!!! I enjoyed reading their romantic scenes and all the twists and turns that we get on the way. The ending definitely had me surprised, I was not expecting it and it made the story refreshing to read. I would highly recommend reading this book as well as the last two books in the series. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, it’s going to be good! ;)
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I have read some of the other books by the author before, but never had the chance to chec***Review to can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
I have read some of the other books by the author before, but never had the chance to check out the Steele Brothers series. Needless to say, this was a completely different side of what I’ve read by the author in the past. Reveal Me is a story about second chances and new beginnings, it is intriguing from the start and will most definitely leave you wanting for more.
At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Leonardo Sinclair, with a reputation of being good with numbers he is hired to catch card counters at a casino in Las Vegas. Before making the big move to a new city, he gets invited to masquerade ball at the Blasphemy Club, a BDSM club. With one last night to fill his sexual appetite as a dom, he enters the club ready to find a submissive. But, when he is introduced to Scarlett Rose all bets are off and he is ready to make her his no matter what. After having the best night of his life, he wakes up the next morning with her gone and with no information on how to find her, he decides to move to Vegas without looking back. Little did he know that his life was about to change forever.
Scarlett Rose never imagined herself being part of a BDSM club, but after a disastrous divorce she is ready to move on with her life. When she becomes member of the Blasphemy Club, she is ready to explore her most secret desires, but she wasn’t expecting to meet Leo and to have the best night of her life. Now she is back in Las Vegas and as part of the Fanta- C club, she expects to find a new date/dom, but she gets Leo instead and after revealing their pasts she knows that she is in deep trouble when she starts to fall in love with him. Now it’ll be up to them decide whether they are truly ready to move on with their lives together or not.
As mentioned before, this is a new genre to me from the author and it was well executed. Jennifer Probst gets BDSM and it shows in the level of detail that we get. It’s evident from the start that both characters have their pasts, but they help each other move on and explore a new beginning. Leo is caring behind his dom facade and he is willing to put Scarlett first every time. I wish we could have gotten more of their relationship in the end, but it all works out really well. Probst did an amazing job bringing everything together in the end and I can’t wait to read more of the series in the future.
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Show Me the Way is one of those books that will grip you and never let go. It wasn’t just abo***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Show Me the Way is one of those books that will grip you and never let go. It wasn’t just about the romance or the sexual tension between the characters, but it was also about moving forward and letting let go of the past.
At the beginning of the story we are introduced to Rynna Dayne, after having moved away from her home at the age of seventeen, she promised herself to never return to Gingham Lakes ever again. When she finds out that her grandmother has passes away, Rynna knows that it’s time to go back to her old town and face the past that she longed to forget. But when she meets Rex Gunner, her neighbor, things quickly start to change. Not only does she have to resist his charms every time she sees him with his little daughter, but she also needs to manage to restore her grandmother’s diner. Pepper’s is diner that everyone in town loves, especially the pie’s that made Grandma Dayne famous in her little twown, and Rynna feels responsible to make her proud. She knows that there are things that she needs to face in order to move on with her future, but soon discovers that her past has once collided with her future and it could ruin what she longs to have with Rex.
Rex Gunner is definitely a lady’s man, he is handsome and even more charming when he is with his little girl, Frankie. As an owner of construction company, he has been able to provide for his daughter after her mom left them both years ago. It’s no secret in town that what she did hurt him really bad, but after moving to Gingham Lakes, he meets Grandma Dayne and it seemed that everything was going to be okay. When she passes away, he never expected for anyone to move next door to him until he sees his neighbor and his life changes forever. Now it’ll be up to him to get her to trust in him and see that they can truly be together.
I was really impressed with the story, A.L. Jackson has once again managed to deliver a story filled with twists and turns. It’s evident from the very start that the characters have a magnetic pull, and their pasts are what seem to pull them closer. Rex has been hurt in the past and he can’t trust those around now. Rynna was abandoned by the her mother when she was a child and her grandmother happens to be the one to raise her, yet living in a small town people talk and those that disliked her managed to hurt her in a way that ultimately makes her leave town. When the two of them start to get to know each other, they slowly tell each other their pasts and it helps them move on. In terms of the characters, it was a bit hard to like Rex at the beginning, he was guarded and a bit of a jerk towards Rynna. On the contrary, Rynna is kind and caring. She can see behind Rex’s facade and it’s willing to do anything in order to make him trust her. All in all, the story was great from beginning to finish and I highly recommend checking it out. The ending was sweet and romantic, definitely a great start to the series!
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Sir: The Awakeningis the continuation to the first book Sir (Book 1) of The Awakening Series,***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Sir: The Awakeningis the continuation to the first book Sir (Book 1) of The Awakening Series, now I was one those people that thought this was the first book for some reason, the synopsis looked fairly similar to me so I ended up reading this book without reading the first and I didn’t miss much. The author gives a good amount of information to catch us up to what is happening at the beginning of the book. We are introduced to Nate Stone, a Hollywood actor whose success has made him famous and wealthy. He has conquered the film in front of the camera, and now he wants to make his debut as a director by filming a movie in his childhood hometown of Louisiana. It was all supposed to be business for him, but little did he know that Tori Wilson, a local waitress was about to change his life forever. Tori knows that he can only offer her a short affair, but the more time they spend together the more they start to fall of one another. It’ll be up them to decide if moving on to the next level is worth it or not.
While I liked the overall concept of the story, there wasn’t a lot of action in the book to keep me invested in the characters. Tori doubts herself a lot, but when she gives Nate a chance he doesn’t do much to show that he cares to have anything with her other than the physical aspect of their relationship. The story could have been so much better had it been one whole book instead of separating it in pieces. Overall, if you like this types of stories than it’s worth checking it out. ;)
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Dirty Little Promise is the conclusion story to Emma and Gavin’s love story. Full of twists a***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Dirty Little Promise is the conclusion story to Emma and Gavin’s love story. Full of twists and turns, Ryan has done an amazing job concluding their story as well as prepare us for what’s to come in the next books in the series.
After the shocking cliffhanger in Dirty Little Secret, I couldn’t wait to read Dirty Little Promise and needless to say, it did not disappoint at all. At the beginning of the book Emma is still in shock after finding out part of Gavin’s past. She is not sure what to do, she wants to hear his side of the story, but at the same time she is not sure if he is right choice for her. Emma knows that Gavin’s brother, Cooper, will offer her the fairy tale relationship that she is used to reading. Yet, there is something about Gavin that calls to her and she just can’t ignore it any longer. That is when she decides to give him a second chance, but neither she could have predicted the turn of events that would transpire after making her decision. Now she has to convince Gavin that she is in love with him and that is not going to change after he tells her the whole truth of his past.
Gavin Kingsley has been tormented with his past for a while now, he doesn’t want it to interfere with his work or with the relationship that he has with Emma. Yet, it has come to haunt him now that his life was getting so much better, and he is not letting anyone or anything get on the way of his happiness. When secrets get exposed and sides get chosen, it will be up to Gavin to figure out if he is the man for Emma before it’s too late.
Without giving too much away, especially to those who haven’t read the first book, Dirty Little Promise takes us through a series of events that keeps twisting and turning with every page. It’s evident from the very beginning that Emma and Gavin have a sizzling chemistry that neither one of them can deny. But when it comes to fully disclosing their pasts, it’s hard for them to do that, especially with Gavin. He is the one that has been keeping secrets from Emma, but when she finds out part of his secret thanks to his brother Cooper. It is up to him to fully tell her what has been haunting him for years, more so than ever since his past has come back to hurt him and his company if he doesn’t do anything to stop it once and for all. Told in dual point-of-view, Ryan did a great job telling both sides of the story that had me reading non stop until the very end. The sexy scenes between the characters were raw and emotional. Gavin really needed to have Emma in his life to help him get through his past, and Emma needed Gavin to make her feel wanted and happy again. Both of them got their happy ending, I very much enjoyed reading the ending it was sweet and romantic. Kendall Ryan keeps surprising me with every story she delivers and I cannot wait to read what happens next in Torrid Little Affair. I would highly recommend reading this series, Dirty Little Tease is a “prequel” to the first book in the series and is now free on Amazon if anyone wants to check it out! :)
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Great story, the relationship between the characters was entertaining and hot! I only wish the author could have elaborated on some things towards theGreat story, the relationship between the characters was entertaining and hot! I only wish the author could have elaborated on some things towards the end, but I still highly recommend picking it up. :)...more
This was definitely a great start to the Forbidden Desires series, it was filled***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
This was definitely a great start to the Forbidden Desires series, it was filled with angst and dark secrets to keep you reading until the very end. The synopsis and the cover were intriguing enough for me to want to read this book and while having read the first book in Ryan’s, Filthy Beautiful Liesseries, Dirty Little Secretwas different and exciting.
Dirty Little Secret starts of by introducing Emma Bell, a head librarian whose previous relationship has left her questioning any other guy that might be interested in her. After leaving an abusive relationship with her previous boyfriend, Emma has become more shy and often judges herself that makes her feel not wanted. When she gets glimpses of a sexy stranger at the coffee shop she frequents often, Emma suddenly finds herself wanting to know who the stranger is and thus the adventure begins when on one occasion he ends up leaving his business card in the tip jar knowing that Emma was going to be watching. Though their encounters are brief, that still leaves Emma wondering what he does for a living and what his personality is going to be like. This all changes when she finds out that the sexy stranger happens to be the CEO of Forbidden Desires, an escort service site and does the unthinkable by signing up to his company in order to get to know him without knowing that her life was about to change forever.
Gavin Kingsley has it all, the money and looks to get just about any women he would like. With the help of his brothers, they are able to co-found Forbidden Desires, which has made them very rich. But that’s not what Gavin cares about, not when he gets a glimpse of Emma at the coffee shop. For months they have avoided talking to each other, but when he leaves his business card behind one day, he doesn’t expect her reach out to him until the very day she walks into his office that everything changes for him. He knows that he can’t share her with his other clients, but his brother makes an interesting proposition that Emma won’t be able to deny. It is this proposition that will leave her spending time with both brothers, but Gavin wasn’t expecting to develop feelings for Emma. Now he’ll have to decide if pursuing a relationship with her is worth it or not, especially when he knows that his past will eventually come out to haunt him.
I very much enjoyed reading this book, this is definitely a different kind of story by the author, and I loved it. Gavin is a very secretive character who seems a bit careless at the beginning, but as he starts to spend time with Emma he starts to change a bit. Being the first book there is not a lot going on in terms of changes, but we do get to know the characters enough to keep us waiting for the next book to come. On the other hand, Emma is smart and kind. She has being through a lot and it’s understandable why she would not feel desired. It's a big step when she takes charge and decides to go meet Gavin, and what she gets out of it is not what imagined, but she is glad to be spending time with him. In the end, Emma is confronted with Gavin’s past and that is when the story ends. It's a huge cliffhanger that had me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Kendall Ryan has managed to create yet another gripping story that will leave you wanting for more. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series, I would highly recommend Dirty Little Secret, you will not regret it! :)
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Not having read any other works by the author before I was really intrigued by t***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Not having read any other works by the author before I was really intrigued by the synopsis and sexy cover. Yet, while reading the book there were times when I found myself not really connecting with the characters at all. At the beginning we get to meet business mogul, Oliver Cody, after being away for an extensive amount of time to reflect on his life and what he wants to do for his future, he find himself being summoned back home after finding out that his parents had passed away. His company is at the point of collapse and everyone working under him are treating to quit if he doesn’t get his life back together. The only thing is that Oliver wants nothing to do with the company and is ready to walk away from all of it after he finds out what his parents were hiding from him. His is basically in a dark place and his emotions and decisions are affecting those around him. But just when he was getting ready to leave everything behind, he meets Holland and everything changes for him.
After many years in school and a lot of training, Holland O’ Dell never expected to get the job she was hoping to get at Cody Tech and that completely frustrater her to the point where she needed to get ahead of the game by working on a couple things on the side to show her potential to the CEO of the company. While working for her favorite company should have satisfied her, she is not completely happy with how females are treating in the work force. She has seen gender inequality work its way at Cody Tech and wants to show that she can do just as well of a job as any male in the company would. Needless to say her life takes a different turn when she meet Oliver and without knowing his true identity (since he introduces himself with a different name), she goes out to think that Ollie is the best thing in her life, but when she finds out that he has been lying to her things take a turn for the worse. Holland wants nothing to do with him, but when she finally gets the job that she had worked for so long, she questions whether relationship with the CEO is going to hurt her reputation within the company or if they can truly make it work in the end. After their relationship is put to the test, secrets will get reveal and both of them will have to decide if their love for one another is strong enough to overcome those obstacles or not.
The story is definitely not new, we’ve all at some point have read books about CEOs/millionaire’s falling in love with someone that ends up working in their company, yet when I read this story I started to like the concept as we got to find out a bit more about the characters but there were times when the story felt flat in my opinion. There was a bit of chemistry at the beginning and their connection was playful in a sense and then everything got really serious and the characters had too much going on personally that it suddenly made their relationship non-existent. However, there were times when Oliver was very attentive and protective towards Holland which I liked. After finding out some serious secrets about himself that his parents had kept from him, Oliver is ready to leave his life behind and Holland somehow helps him find his passion again and what he is truly good at.
On the other hand, Holland has had a rough childhood, but she knows what she wants and is ready to prove that she is capable of a lot of great things that would benefit the company and herself. She is intelligent and compassionate, but she is full of doubts that Oliver helps her face. The ending was full of twists and turns that I was not expecting and some of the decisions that the characters make were a bit frustrating to read, but I love a good ending and this story definitely has it. Even though I’m in the middle with this story, it wasn’t bad at all and it’s worth giving it a try. I will most certainly be reading more from the author in the future. :)
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Not having read any other works by the author before, I was really intrigued with the synopsis***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.;)***
Not having read any other works by the author before, I was really intrigued with the synopsis of the book. The Boy I Hate is a story about second chances that will leave you wanting for more. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Samantha Smiles, after being friends with Renee Montgomery for a while now, she is ready to support her friend in the next chapter of her life by being part of her wedding. Though they have shared so much, one thing her friend is protective of the most is of her older brother Tristan Montgomery. People would befriend Renee to get closer to Tristan and when Sam did the opposite they become really good friends. But after spending so much time together, Sam failed her best friend by developing a crush on her brother. Needless to say, he became the boy she hated the most for being unreachable. Until one night that everything changed that Sam realized that she needed to stay away from Tristan if she wanted to save her friendship with Renee. Years went by and being in a relationship has slowly helped Sam from remembering the boy the she had a crushed on. Yet, when he comes knocking at her door ready to accompany her on her drive to her friend’s wedding venue Sam starts to get those feelings back again and this time she won’t be able to deny the attraction that they have towards each other.
I very much enjoyed reading the story, it’s evident from the start that they both have their issues to solve, but when they’re together everything seemed that it’s going to be okay. Tristan was the popular guy at school when Sam met him, he had everything he wanted but beneath all of that he struggled when his career was over. Underneath his serious facade, he is vulnerable and kind. He has always wanted Sam, but kept himself away because he didn’t want to hurt the relationship that her sister and Sam had. On the other hand, Sam is an struggling artist who doesn’t know quite yet what to do with her talent. Her boyfriend is often bailing on her and it’s gotten to the point where she starts to question her feelings for him. The drive to her friend’s wedding venue is supposed to make things between her and Tristan better, but when the both start to look back at the past and what they could have, it’ll be up to them to decide if a relationship is worth the shot. I enjoyed reading about their past, and the ending was really sweet. One could tell how much they both had changed for the better and it all worked out in the end. I would highly recommend this story, I will most certainty be reading more from the author in the future. :)
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From the eye catching cover to the intriguing synopsis, The Wright Mistake completely sucked***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
From the eye catching cover to the intriguing synopsis, The Wright Mistake completely sucked me in from the very start. Linde did a good job executing a story with sensitive topics while giving us a sense of hope and new beginnings. At the very start of the story we get to meet Julia Banner, who works at HR for the Wright Contraction’s company. After working for the Wright family for some time, she is used to being around them all the time on and off work. Needless to say that when she spends the night with Austin Wright, one of the Wright brothers, she doesn’t realize just how much her life was about to change. Their relationship lasted for a short time after that, and it ended abruptly. Neither of them expected to feel something more for the other, but Julia still feels the same way towards Austin and she hates it. When she is invited to be with the Wrights for the holiday weekend, she wasn’t expecting to find Austin there, but he is and he is not ready to give up on her no matter how much distance she tries to put between them. Now she has to decide if giving him a second chance is worth it or not.
Austin Wright has it all, he has the looks and wealth to attract just about any women he would like. Yet, it was his short relationship with Julie that has damaged him for other women. As one who never really cared for anyone else or takes things seriously, Austin has now to convince Julia that their relationship is worth fighting for. Yet his life gets more complicated when he gets passed up on a job that he thought he was going to get in the company. Now he has to prove to the board of directors that he can get over his alcohol addiction in order to seem more responsible. It is through a series of events that really make him see and value those round him, but most importantly value his health and well being before he can move on with Julia that proves to be the ultimate test.
I loved reading this story, it was filled with so much emotion and chemistry between the characters that I couldn’t seem to get enough of it. The characters have their pasts and issues that they need to solve before they could ever think about being together. Austin had his moments where he could be charming and others a total jerk. His family (which we get to meet in the other Wright books) is there for him no matter what and that along with Julia’s help completely changes him. On the other hand, Julia has troubles accepting who she really is through her somewhat rough exterior, but comes to terms with what she wants with the Austin’s help. Overall, I would highly recommend reading this book and others by the author you will not regret it. ;)
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The Baby Clause is the follow up short story of The Contract that you must read in order to und***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World:)***
The Baby Clause is the follow up short story of The Contract that you must read in order to understand this story. In this novella we get a quick glimpse of the lives of Richard and Katherine after she finds out that she is pregnant. Told in Richard’s POV, the novella is full of emotions that will leave you satisfied at the end. Having conquered the business world, now Richard has a new role to fulfill and that is of becoming a father. When Katherine finds herself sick, Richard does the only thing he could think of in order to give his wife a fully resting day, and that is to take his daughter to work. What happens after will leave your heart melting! He is a completely changed man and he shows that in this novella. The ending will shock you as well as bring you to the ultimate happy ending I’ve read in a long time. I have become a huge fan of Melanie Moreland now and I cannot wait to read what she comes up with next!
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The Contract completely sucked me in from the very start, not having read any other works by***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
The Contract completely sucked me in from the very start, not having read any other works by the author before I was really impressed with just how well she executed the book. In the story we get to follow the lives of two total opposites whose lives collide after signing the contract that would ultimately change their lives forever.
At the beginning of the story we get to meet Richard VanRyan, a wealthy playboy whose constant indiscretions can’t seem to get him out of the spotlight. He cares for no one, but himself and that has landed him on the hot seat with his fellow associates. After wanting to become partner for the company that he works for, after all the hard work that he has put to make the company successful, it is only right that he gets the the partnership that he wants, but that isn’t happening. He has once again being passed up from getting the offer and that has made Richard really angry. His only choice now is to either stick with the job that doesn’t deliver what he wants or move on to the next company to work for. It is after a friend suggests to interview for a rather different type of company that suddenly spark Richard’s interest. But not only will he have to give up his old habits to prove that he has changed, but he will also need a fake fiancee to be able to sale his story. With no one else around him that he can trust for the job, he turns to non other than his personal assistant, Katherine, for help.
After offering her anything that she wants in order to live with him for an extended amount of time, and basically play the role of dutiful fiancee, Richard starts to see her in a different light. He is attracted to her in more ways than he can explain and that could damage the contract that they have signed and his future if he is not careful. Now that he is so close to having it all, the only thing left is whether he is willing to give up what he has worked for so long for the women that he could potentially be falling in love with.
Katherine Elliott doesn’t do your typical PA duties, especially not for a man like Richard VanRyan. He is only proven to be the most demanding boss she’s ever had, yet when he asks for her help everything changes for her. Now she has to pretend to be in love with him and lie to those around her, including those she has grown close to. It is when she starts to feel a pull towards him that she has to decide if he is worth lying for.
I absolutely loved this story, the author did a good job developing the characters by giving them time to adjust in different scenarios. Though the book is predictable, the way it started to the very end of the story was filled with twists and turns that will leave you wanting for more. In the story we get to understand by Katherine is the way she is and her past. It will leave you in tears when you learn her story. Richard truly shows his compassion for her and love when he has to be there for her in a time of need. We also get to learn more of Richard’s past and his obstacles of wanting to follow his rules and not anyone else’s. Overall, the story made me laugh, cry and swoon for the characters. I would highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed (especially with how it ends!).
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