This book was THE sweetest thing! I LOVED Silas, especially when Delilah is concerned, their story was so endearing! You'd maybe expect an athlete toThis book was THE sweetest thing! I LOVED Silas, especially when Delilah is concerned, their story was so endearing! You'd maybe expect an athlete to be more "macho" but Silas couldn't be further from that, he is caring, sensitive and romantic. Funny how difficult it was for Delilah - a song-writer and singer to express herself like he seemed to do effortlessly. I really enjoyed how thoughtful he was towards her, not truly pressuring her into anything. Letting her get used to ideas, to himself, and often giving her the opportunity to lead when she so needed it. He called it "Zero ego", I kinda like that :)
I feel like the paragraph above is mostly what anyone should need to go ahead and grab this book.. and yet there is much more to say about Silas and Delilah, about how they met, missing opportunities but also making new ones..
It wasn't the best summer for Silas Kelly. He was SUPPOSE to be drafted as a Hockey Goalie after he finished college but there was a change of plans and he is now stuck in the small town of Darlington Beach, tending bar at "Roadie Joe's", not sure what to do about his future. He put all his eggs in "Plan A", not wanting to consider what would happen if he didn't get his big break. In a way, Delilah Spark is in the same place, she is WAITING for her Plan A to explode. She is trying to build a name for herself as a singer. The small town she and Silas meet, during a music festival seems to be a good a place especially with the help of the kinda douchey but also well connected - Bret Ferris. She doesn't plan on letting him "run the show" for her, but she needs him at the moment so... When Delilah orders an unopened beer bottle (the cheapest she could get) Silas is already enamored. They spend three weeks, chatting up while she drinks her regular unopened bottle of beer between the odd jobs Bret finds her. She enjoys Silas' company - maybe a bit too much - so she keeps refusing to give him her phone number not sure what future they could have.. But something about the honest and thoughtful Silas makes her wish she could.
A hasty offer to make his dreams come true puts Silas on a plane faster than he can let Delilah know he got the big break he was waiting for, and with no phone number between them, actually with no real name from Silas' part (due to a silly name tag) there is no way for them to (re)connect..
Yet though Delilah couldn't find Silas even if she tried, Silas was following Delilah's carrier enthusiastically. It became quite the joke between him and his teammates, being Delilah's "Superfan", going to her concerts, buying her records and staying "up-to-date" about her life. Her recent break up from Bret Ferris DID warm his heart... So when a chance to meet up with her arrives quite surprisingly through a twitter exchange he is READY to finally get to meet her face-to-face, explain everything that led to his quick departure and maybe even give a shot to something REAL between them.
Delilah is hesitant about meeting this "Athlete / Hockey player" who made a silly bet with her while she was watching her first Hockey game. Her assistant and best friend Becky is all for her to go out with him, but the public exchange almost makes them miss the whole thing as Brett finds his way to interfere.. If he can't have Delilah he sure won't accept her being with Silas of all people (as they actually know each other from high school where they played tennis one against the other). It's not enough the horrible mistake Delilah made in becoming his girlfriend she also has to deal with his strange behavior of refusing to release her second album, trying to pressure her to first sign with him for more albums. Delilah is tired of him, his bossy behavior and the impact he still has on her life even though they are not a couple anymore.. Yet somehow through all of this, she and Silas DO get to meet.
It's obvious right from the moment Delilah opens the door to find not just a random athlete but the guy she knew as "Ralph" they have unfinished business between them. And it's far more than just an attraction they shared even then.. Delilah might have been upset with the way things ended but she could never forget how sweet and encouraging Silas was right from the start. Silas has waited 3 whole years to meet Delilah again and he is not going to let her get away if there is a chance they can give a relationship a chance. Spending time together is so EASY, but RE-scheduling is far more difficult considering he lives in New York and she in California.
Silas was truly committed to making their relationship work, he has waited enough, and though his career is very important to him, he won't let it stop him from being with Delilah and even if they need to spend (more than) a bit of time apart he believes what they have is important enough to pursue. They might have just "clicked" 3 years ago, but as they come to get to know each other better he becomes even more confident it's what he wants.. He just needs to be sure it's what Delilah wants as well..
I've rambled WAY too much about this book.. I'll just say that though they had a bit of a bumpy ride, and though it takes time to truly get rid of Brett and his abusive behavior, they get their happily ever after in the sweetest way possible! I gotta say, I really wish we'll meet Delilah's bodyguard - "Mr. Muscles" again.. I figure he's kinda misunderstood.. Poor guy.. The new bodyguards though? Awesomeness! ;)
Yep, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
This was SUCH a great read and exactly what I expected from Sarina and Elle. Though the idea behind the synopsis sounds like a great fun, a spice up sThis was SUCH a great read and exactly what I expected from Sarina and Elle. Though the idea behind the synopsis sounds like a great fun, a spice up sexual experience, this book is much more complex, it's not a MMF novel, it's a story about two young men finding a special friendship, learning to trust one another and against their "better judgment" also falling in love. It was tender, it was raw, it was difficult to read at times being so heart breaking, yet the sweet moments between these two, the hope they both share made this book a BEAUTIFUL read.
Keaton Hayworth III has it all. He is studying biology in a prestigious college, he has a beautiful girlfriend - Annika - he adores. They have been together for 5 years and she is his best friend. He lives with his friends at their "Alpha Delt" frat house preparing to becoming its president. He is wealthy and he is very close to fulfilling his dream in an exciting expedition looking for a new species of killer whales. Well, his parents won't approve as his dad have BIG plans for him running their pharmaceutical company, but he'll get to telling them when he actually gets accepted.
When Annika surprises him with the offer of a threesome for her 21st birthday. At first Keaton isn't sure if she is serious but once he realizes she MUST be if she keeps bringing it up, he opens up the "Kink" app looking for a candidate.
Luke Bailey is the polar opposite of Keaton and it's quite obvious not only because they live next door on the frat house. Luke is a local, and locals aren't the elite who usually get into this collage, but he got in through a scholarship and he will do his best to use it to make something of himself, he studies finances and for him it's his way OUT of a life of poverty and insecurity with a mother who couldn't care less about him and idolizes his criminal brother, both not feeling ashamed of asking him money whenever they feel like it. While his scholarship covers his school expenses he still needs to pay rent, buy food not to mention books and the likes he needs for his studies.. The best paying job he found is as a stripper in a local club. It's fun, he loves dancing, and the money is GREAT allowing him to mostly work in the weekends and study hard throughout the week.
Though living next door to one another, they know NOTHING of each other's worries. But when they stumble into each other as "LobsterShorts" who is looking for a man for a threesome and "SinnerThree" is up for a party they find an easy casual friendship. It starts with "SinnerThree" trying to figure out if "LobsterShorts" won't freak out when the big day arrives, but it quickly turns into something else entirely, a sexy friendship they enjoy having, almost forgetting it's not just about THEM it's about "LobsterShorts"'s girlfriend as well.
When the big day arrives I think you can imagine the reaction they have to one another. Le'ts just say the night ends VERY differently than EITHER expected and not for the best. But when Keaton finds himself unexpectedly single it's easy to gravitate towards one another even with the truth of who they are being revealed. But even with both of them being single it's complicated. Keaton is not out to the world, and even if he was it's not a great idea for them being together for a bunch of reasons and also Luke doesn't DO relationships. He doesn't trust anyone and he has good reasons. Keaton on the other hand has found something he didn't even know he was missing. He is HAPPY with Luke even if Luke keeps him in an arm's length. He can see he is warming up to him even if it's little by little.
When Luke's world comes crushing down Keaton does his best to be there for him, but while Luke accepts his help it's also the exact thing that makes them realize they have growing up to do on their own before they can promise anything to one another. Keaton is living a lie with with family, not just his newly revealed sexual orientation, but also what he wants to do with his future. His parents, mostly is father is VERY controlling and he needs to find a way to make a life of his own. Luke needs to learn how to trust and the RIGHT people, but it's so difficult for him with the life he has been living. Keaton is asking but also offering TOO MUCH, he needs to make a choice what he is willing to accept.
I've probably said WAY too much about this novel but there is so much going on with these guys, the journey they went through was heart breakingly beautiful to read, it's no wonder I read this one in ONE sitting. I just couldn't put it down. I wanted them to be together while realizing it's not that simple. But this is a romance story - they get there in the very end. Speaking of the very end, there is a free epilogue though THIS LINK. Register and you'll get it right to your email. It was a great finish. Really appreciated this glimpse into the future.
I'm sad to say goodbye, but I'm also SO happy for Keaton and Luke.
Another beautiful and touching story. I really enjoyed this one. Like the previous one, it's not just about the two MCs finding love with one another,Another beautiful and touching story. I really enjoyed this one. Like the previous one, it's not just about the two MCs finding love with one another, it's about finding and building a family. It was sweet and tender. It's a real slow burn, the MCs don't even kiss till something like 80% I think.. It's all about friendship, acceptance, appreciation, being there for one another, SEEING the other person. This is what makes love eternal.
We've met Jack Pecker in the previous installment "Taboo For You", he is Luke's best friend and though he thought he could find his HEA with Luke, it wasn't meant to be.. so though he had a rough time getting over Luke he is truly over it and he is happy for Luke and Sam being together. Though he might be a bit jealous, especially since he's living with them now until he finds another house to renovate. This is what he does, he works as a carpentry teacher but his main job and income is living in a house needing renovation, saving up for his dream house. His TRUE love is a house he already has the full funds to buy, but the owner who is somewhat of a friend (considering they have been dancing to this song for YEARS) is reluctant and Jack isn't really sure why..
Ben McCormick might be just 24 years old, but he has been charged with caring for Milo his 11 years old brother for the past year ever since their parents died in a car accident. They currently living in a small cottage on the property of their family home. Ben wants to sell the house as he is unable to even go inside it. But the place needs a bit of care if he wants to get a decent price.. That's where Jack comes in and though Ben THOUGHT about it when he met Jack, the matchmaker is actually Milo who REALLY wants to go back to living in the house. he hopes if the house looks better, Ben would accept living there instead of the tiny place they share now.
Ben is TRYING to do the right thing, trying to raise Milo as best as he can, but he isn't that far from his school days and it's not like he was a good obedient student.. It doesn't help that the head master and Milo's teacher remember him ad his shenanigans TOO well. Milo's teacher is a hateful woman, she might put up a front of someone who "wants to help", but it's easy to see she is just high handed and like people to dance to her music. Ben is really offended by her. I was heart broken at how much her words affected and hurt him. He was TRULY doing his best, and while his methods might not be in the "parents' handbook" he is learning "on the way", doing his best and while he isn't always "successful" he and Milo share a close and loving relationship. Losing their parents broke them, they need time and each other to heal and it's not something either of them can rush.
As Jack moves into the big house (while Ben and Milo stay at the nearby cottage) they form a sort of friendship. Jack knows being with Ben is a MAJOR no-no, he is Milo's teacher, it's unappropriated to say the least.. and he is also 15 years older than Ben so.. yeah.. better keep his fantasies to himself even though Ben is a HUGE flirt but he too knows a relationship is problematic. Yet as they spend more time together and get to know each other they find themselves playing "house" together quite unintentionally. It more than works. But underneath the friendship, the easy dinners together, playing games and honest conversation there is the realization on both their sides it's MUCH more than just friendship and as their time together nearing it's end with Jack almost finishing the renovation and waiting for an answer about his dream house, they need to make a decision and as Luke points out, it's not just about them, there is also Milo to consider.
I loved how everything was resolved, even Ben's conversation with Milo's teacher. He FINALLY stood up to her and said his piece, it was short but beautiful and I loved even more the scene faded to black without getting HER side. I REALLY don't care about HER. I care about Ben and Jack and Milo and what they have now together. They both lost their family, but now they have one another and they can have everything they dreamed of (and the epilogue! ~swoon~). I also loved the way it played with Jack's dream house. It was clever and also sweet.
I read this book almost in one sitting. Ben and Milo's dynamics was hysterical and a bit all over the place but it was also SO funny engaging. Add Jack to the mix, they easy banter / flirt turns to serious conversations and true friendship and I was a goner for this book and our main MCs. I LOVE the slow burn, I haven't realized how much I'm into this genre up until recently! I'm so much more about the buildup and less about the big bang ;) I have my guess about the next book in the series, there are two characters mentioned who might take the slot - a new teacher and one very unsuccessful date of Ben's.
This book was SO beautiful and raw and angsty in the best possible way. I LOVED both Ludo and Aidan and seeing them fall in love, form a family togethThis book was SO beautiful and raw and angsty in the best possible way. I LOVED both Ludo and Aidan and seeing them fall in love, form a family together was heart breakingly beautiful (sorry for the repetitive word ;)). While this book is an absolute stand alone, we get the littlest mention of Angelo, the MC from "Dream", just so you know.
It's been a while since I last wrote a full review or READ a whole book. When I ask myself WHY I read, the answer is quite obvious because of THIS. This is what makes me happy even if it sounds a bit f*ed up as these two went through A LOT in this book and most not that easy to deal with.. But anyhow, I"m trying to say, I read to find optimism in life even though it's fictional, I read to enjoy this endless emotion and love we rarely see (or feel) in real life. I read for the wonderful journey the characters, and we, as readers, go through all together to come in the end with a feeling of completion, of hope and love. A sort of high that makes the whole hurtful journey worth it and this one is SO worth it.
Aidan Drummond is a tree surgeon. Swear to ____ (whatever deity you believe in, though I believe in none hehe) this is what the synopsis says. It basically means he takes care of trees, healing them, but at times, when needed, taking them down. He knows what he is doing and yet a freakish accident brings him tumbling down from WAY up. When he wakes up in the hospital things aren't looking great, though the guy on the bed next sure does.. and if he can't really remember his face he'll sure remember his light touch and soothing voice.
Ludovico Giordano had a difficult life, his family never understood him and so when they basically left him behind he had to learn to fend for himself, that's not that easy considering he is dealing with Bi-Polar disorder. Yet between being too Yellow and too Black he mostly finds the balance to live his life. It's not ideal but it is what it is. Aidan is a nice distraction from the regular elderly people who surround him in his own hospital admission - needing to re-do a surgery on his arm. Aidan is not just easy on the eyes, there is something else about him that makes Ludo pay more attention to the guy.
Aidan is the kind of guy who lives by himself and talks to no one unless there is a VERY good reason to and even then he is mostly obnoxious. He had enough human interaction with his father (who died a few years ago) and he isn't interested in more, not even with his cousin who actually seems concerned, coming to visit him in the hospital. Yet somehow he strikes a friendship with Ludo. Surprisingly enough talking, helping each other out (the little they can), being there for one another is somehow easy.
When Ludo's time at the hospital abruptly comes to an end they are both left with very little knowledge about one another. Yet as fate (or rather Garrett..) brought them together, they were bound to re-meet again totally by accident. When THAT happens, Ludo realizes how much Aidan needs him and he is determined to help him out. It was truly endearing seeing Ludo, with all of his problems, insecurities, anxieties and paranoid thinking, he still always wants what's best for Aidan but what was even more beautiful was seeing how the interaction between the two made both of them grow and also appreciate more the life around them and their time together.
They started out as friends, I think it's obvious that even that was a bit scary for these two. They were used to being on their own, being together, sharing time together, opening up, was the easiest thing but was also quite difficult. While Aidan didn't always get Ludo, he still accepted him for who he is, never questioning him or labeling him. Ludo on the other hand did the opposite in a way, he took the labels Aidan stuck on himself - of being mean, unsocial, uncaring - and threw them out the window. He could SEE Aidan for who he TRULY is and he wasn't taking Aidan's words seriously. Together they were a better version of themselves. Yeah, they weren't perfect from the start and weren't when the book is concluded, but what they achieved together was incredibly beautiful.
I could NOT put this book down. I had to MADE myself do it when it became late I needed to sleep and then I continued reading just as I returned home from work TOTALLY leaving behind what I SHOULD have been doing. I loved so much about this book. The fact it was centered on these two (with very little interference from other characters) and yet it was always engaging, the way their friendship progressed so easily yet slowly (especially the sexual side - I much prefer the slow burn), I loved how "flawed" both of them were (which made them even more human and "real"), and though they helped each other out they did NOT heal one another, they did NOT "fix" or change each other. They were imperfectly perfect together.
When the book was concluded I felt I got EVERYTHING I could have asked for. I didn't need a minute or a page more. I FELT these two are going to have a beautiful life together even if it's not always going to be easy. Which made this book even more genuine and heart felt.
I could ramble for another hour and fill two many rows or even paragraphs about how much I absolutely LOVED this book but I'll end now with a request you head over to Amazon and grab your own copy.
While I LOVED the previous installments in the series, this one just wasn't for me. First of it felt VERY different from the previous ones, t3.5 Stars
While I LOVED the previous installments in the series, this one just wasn't for me. First of it felt VERY different from the previous ones, the issues it deals with and mostly the WAY it is dealt with. For me the main problem with this book was the amount of sex, sex talk and constant thoughts about sex. If I could I would have deleted round 90% of that and THEN this book would have been GREAT. I just felt like instead of DEALING with anything really, they turn to sex as a sort of escape. It was even in conversations, a real meaningful conversation would end with a sex innuendo instead of feeling like there's a real progress being made. It's OBVIOUS for me that this exact issue for me could be a TURN ON for someone else - books are subjective and that's the beauty of it, right?
Griff Ambrose & Becca Drake have known each other for a while now. He is friends with Nate who is married to Becca's sister - Alia. But it was mostly a casual sort of friendship. They would meet on family and friends meetups and that's about it. Everyone knows Griff is a "player", and Becca is quite a sheltered girl who wants to be brave and strong but finds it hard to date men since she is 24 and still a virgin. For some reason guys are freaked out about that and she had enough.. Which is how she finds herself asking Griff to "help her out" - just a one time thing - like he does.. Griff accepts and though they have their own rules once Becca is back for two weeks working in Jake's resort (where Griff also works) they find it hard to keep their hands from one another.. and the big question is - what happens next..
Becca had a very difficult up bringing with Alia being a mother figure to her and even now, so many years later Alia finds it hard to treat Becca as anything else than a daughter. She fears for her, she wants her to be happy but mostly SAFE. She doesn't approve of her being with Griff as she knows he will break her heart once he is over her.. She also knows from Nate that Griff was once married and when his marriage fell apart Griff was left heart broken and it's not clear if he is even over his ex-wife Marina. Yet Becca wants to HAVE FUN. She enjoys being with Griff, not just in bed or wherever they get it going, but just talking. He makes her feel so much better, competent, strong and smart. He empowers her and she feels great opening up to him and surprisingly (to him) Griff finds himself talking to her, and sharing things he can barely utter. But there are still things he keeps to himself because he isn't sure how to deal with those - Marina for sure, but also his flashbacks from his service. He tries to make Becca conquer her fears but he himself doesn't really act as he encourages her to.. He feels a hypocrite which is exactly what makes him try to take bettering steps himself.
It was sweet seeing these two fall for one another. I'm half sure they were on their way there from the very start. Griff's efforts for Becca's first time were BEYOND amazing. I don't know if ANY girl gets what Becca got for her first time.. Especially from a guy who isn't suppose to stick around.. They click from the start, they have many things in common though it doesn't seem like it. Mostly, for me, they both needed to grow up and realize if they WANT something they need to work for it because it's WORTH it. I guess Alia and Nate's meddling into their business didn't really help it only made them both even more insecure about their feelings for one another..
This book was truly a struggle for me and it's NOT what I was expecting. I liked both Griff and Becca but I was sick and tired of them being sexually obsessed about each other. For me it ruined the romance and also the relationship progression. I swear the first 3rd of the book is ONLY sex. Sex talk, sex thoughts and intentions and then sex scene. A THIRD OF THE BOOK! I wanted SOMETHING to happen other than sex but alas, I had to wait and that I did. I guess I got what I wanted in the end but I was damn frustrated till we got there.
Are you heavily into sexy times? If the answer is YES you should definitely grab this one!
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
OUTSTANDING! Christina and Riley DEFINITELY did it again! I LOVED Ansil and Orien in this retelling of "Snow White". It's a fantasy world, but unlikeOUTSTANDING! Christina and Riley DEFINITELY did it again! I LOVED Ansil and Orien in this retelling of "Snow White". It's a fantasy world, but unlike the original story, there is no magic - yet all the elements are there, entwined in a beautiful heart felt story of two men who couldn't be more suited for one another. Meeting each other, spending time together, Ansil and Orien both change for the better. They learn more about themselves than they knew before and with all the complications they manage to plan a future together so different than they would have imagined for themselves.
Lord Ansil Eirwin is 20 years old, in less than a year he will be proclaimed the Duke of Ravenswood. His life up until now have been quite sheltered. His mother have been the regent for the past few years even since his father died and so he was mostly free to pursue his interests. Ansil's mother didn't stay single, she married Reginald Moore hoping to bring more balance into their lives. Yet Reginald isn't who she thought and he has his own plans..
When Reginald contacts his brother Orien Moore (also known for a good reason as the Huntsman) his plan is very simple, his brother will kidnap and then kill Ansil, leaving him as the ruler of Ravenswood. Orien accepts Reginald's offer but he has a plan of his own as well. Still hurt by the way Reginald and their father treated their mother, he plans on hiding an sheltering Ansil until his time to be proclaimed Duke. What he didn't expect was falling in love with the beautiful young man.
Orien and Ansil's time together doesn't start on the "right foot", as he kidnaps him from his home and takes him to his manor hours ride away. There he mostly leaves him to the other residents of the manor. He doesn't know what to do and how to act with Ansil, he is too younger and sensitive and Orien is gruff and strict. Ansil sees "an ogre" at first but as he sees the way Orien treats the other 7 mismatched residents of the house he realizes Orien is actually a good guy and he wishes he could feel and see it towards himself. Orien on the other hand sees the kindness and honor in Ansil's behavior, the friendships he builds with the ones Orien holds dear and soon he starts to want to get to know Ansil as well.
Spending time together they get closer, but also Ansil changes the dynamics of the house, bringing everyone even more closer together. It was endearing to see all 9 of them forming a home together even if it's a temporary one until Ansil is returned back home.
Ansil and Orien's romance was tender and sweet. I loved the way they explored one another right from the start where a single touch to the cheek meant so much. Ansil was the joy Orien was missing from his life, and for Ansil - Orien was someone who enabled him to pursue interests and goals he never truly considered. They both challenged one another to be a better version of themselves.
I could go on for days... though it took me one day to read this book.. I started and didn't want to stop! (though I had to eat somewhere in the middle ;)). As usual Christina and Riley's writing is fluent and captivating bringing us a unique story, even if "Snow white" have been told many many times before. I enjoyed the little gems from the original story thrown in like a dream about the one sided mirror and Ansil's love for apples. These tied the story and made it feel like the fairy tale while still keeping it original.
I wasn't sure how this story is going to be resolved, I waited (im)patiently and naturally it was just perfect.. ~sigh~ What more can I say? READ IT! It's beautiful, heart felt, tender and sweet. It's everything a fairy tale needs to be and if you haven't read Christina and Riley's first fairy-tale novel "Ever After" - shame on you! Add it to your list as well! These two books have nothing in common story wise (though the MCs are mentioned VERY briefly as they live in a different kingdom) and just like this one it's SO SO beautiful.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED naturally..
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.