4.5 out of 5 Two Broken Souls Finding Grace, Heart Palpitating, Ride or Die Stars!!!
"The damned souls who together found grace."
Just when I thought my frail heart could take no more, AK and Phebe come along and chip away at the sad remains. Each one of these Hades Hangmen stories fill your hearts with so much emotion and capture your unwavering attention with such compelling journeys. And AK and Phebe were no different, irrevocably ensnaring our souls through their painful heart break and struggle to embrace their sunrise. Tillie Cole always seems to find the perfect matches for her couples, complementing each others strengths and weakness, entwining their pain in such a way, that what remains is an inexplicable recipe for hope.
"She didn't push me. She didn't ask what I might be hiding. No, she just ripped open my fucking chest, bared my soul, then left it for display for her open-blue eyes to see."
We finally got to learn so many of AK's missing pieces to his story, not only the heart quenching devastation, but the warm beginnings of him finding some semblance of peace with the Hangmen. Oh, and we get some great back story to how the Psycho Trio all came to be. Let me just say, that as I began to see the ghosts that haunt AK from his past, I was a true mess of emotions...growling in frustration and gripping my chest from the devastation.
"...the sniper in me couldn't help but keep track of each heart I'd stopped. The psycho within fucking liked to."
Let us not forget young beautiful Phebe, who was well brainwashed by The Order. She truly believed for many years that all the pain and anguish brought to her and her sister was for the greater good. I thought the cruelty of these evil men could not get any worse, but I was sorely mistaken. My heart quenches now, just thinking back to what Phebe and these other women had to go through. Tillie really didn't hold back, but you must hang in there. The smidgen of hope hidden in the crevices of this story is enough to keep your Kindle firmly gripped in your hands.
"And for the first time in my life, I lay in bed with a man and just slept. My body protected in his arms... and perhaps my soul too."
All the while, there is a backdrop of war, violence, and blood...keeping true to the Hades Hangmen series. On one hand, I am so devastated that these amazing strong couples continue to have to fight for their happiness, getting only short intermediate periods of peace, before yet another evil comes knocking on their door. That being said, the greedy reader in me is elated that we keep getting more of this amazing series that I don't want to ever end! These Hangmen with such tough unapproachable exteriors are rendered to goo when it comes to their women. Foul mouthed softies they are...what more can a girl ask for? So hang on tight, hold onto your hearts, souls, and knickers....because AK is ready to ride or die!
"Before this, I did not know that home was a heartbeat."
5 out of 5 Soul Merging, Split-Aparts, Poetically Passionate Stars!!!
"Me, a duchessa, styled and dressed to the nines and him, a winemaker, dirtied and roughened from an honest day's work."
Be still my poor flimsy beating heart. Achille has slayed my heart and soul--making my knees a permanent wobbly mess. I have said on more than one occasion that Tillie Cole is a literary voodoo queen, but I'm still shocked that she still easily shocks me, undoing me with her words. The stories she creates are pure magic, and the characters become so detrimental to your existence, that you quite literally become invested in their journey. I stayed up at night wondering what Achille and Caresa where up to at that flipping' amazing vineyard. By the way, I am seriously looking into visiting Italy this next spring, so I can go on a hunt for this vineyard and the hunky winemaker that comes along with it.
"...never wanting to be parted from this man who was burrowing his goodness into my blood and my bones."
Achille was the silent but strong type, devilishly handsome but didn't know or care of it, and winemaker to the most extraordinary wine in all the hills. I fell so hard for this character, he was just...gah...EVERYTHING!!! I wish I could send Tillie a million thank you notes for creating this soul piercing, life changing character. Just talking about it makes me want to go back and read it all over again.
"My heart stuttered. He was beautiful. Achille was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful."
Tille not only flawlessly painted the most vivid setting for a book, but successfully transported me to this time and place. I felt every heart stutter, smelled the sweetness of the grapes, and heard the rhythmic beats of the horses' hooves against the rich Italian soil. The heat and passion between these characters may have been forbidden, but these souls didn't get the memo.
"Our movements were rough and raw and fumbled...we were tangled, chaotic perfection, a frantic, flawless mess."
This book is not like the typical dark ball busting book that Tillie is a rockstar writer of, but the raw emotion she is able to portray through Achille and Caresa is quite staggering. An Italian duchessa royal destined to marry the prince since she was a child, and a vulnerable recluse of a winemaker that stole her heart from the very first encounter. They may not have been set to meet and fall in love, but fate is a funny fickle thing sometimes. Their love story has many bumps, hoops, and obstacles that could very much keep them separated for life. A modern day soon-to-be queen of Italy cannot just throw her whole family and life away in order to marry for love. Right? Is she willing to give it all up for him? Even if she does, will Achille let her sacrifice it all for him and the merger life he can provide for her? Oh, and what of this prince of Italy? This book has many twists, secrets, and indisputable passion. You must read it. The vulnerability, the connection, the poetic atmosphere. Every checkbox that I have was checked, and some new ones were even created after this brilliant piece of work from Tille-I bow-down-Cole!!
"I knew it in my head, I felt it in my heart and I knew it by our touch...it was....it was...destined."
"Split-aparts. Soul Mates. Two halves, now one whole...Achille and Caresa. Per semipro."
5 out of 5 Outstanding, Soul Squeezing, Because Pancakes Stars!!! "Hatred is easy. It's love that's hard." [image error]
I have a pancake-sized hole in my heart, left by the complex bow tie wearing beast that is Preppy!!! I need more like two days ago. I've been waiting for this book since we got a small inkling that this character was not going down without a fight, while reading some of the other books in this incredibly alluring series. I was that book junkie in the corner foaming at the mouth, just waiting for this book to finally come. It's not a pretty picture...look away. Preppy's book was everything I hoped for and more. That foul mouthed tatted stud just does something to me.
"I knew right then what I had seen would be burned into my brain and haunt me forever. A wicked smile, a bow tie...and a gun."
Preppy is a conundrum, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in enigma, wrapped in a bow tie. This book finally lets us unwrap some of the complicated broken layers. I knew it wasn't going to be pretty or easy, but I was dutifully glued to my Kindle nonetheless. My heart squeezed to unbearable limits for this amazing character trying to find his place in the world, including love.
"Upon first glance, the guy was about as scary as the Easter Bunny. Until I saw IT. It was a spark. Just a glint of depravity lurking behind his amber eyes."
We got to see a part of Preppy that not even his close friends got to see. One has to be a special kind of tortured soul to even get a glimpse into his true self, let alone his heart. Preppy and Dre were such an intense and chemically explosive match, yet they fit perfectly together. I held on tight with every pain filled obstacle that kept getting thrown in their path. Screw that...Preppy makes his own damn path while giving life the finger.
"Even though betrayal moved in, love refused to pack its bags and get out. Fucking squatter."
T.M. Frazier knocked me straight on my ass with this one, and I can still feel the lingering burn. I absolutely love that Preppy's character never faltered from the inappropriate, hilarious, crazy, bow tie wearing stud with a past that seeped deep down to his broken soul. There were so many added dimensions to him, which just made me appreciate all the multifaceted complexities that make him tick that much more. I both love and hate that Preppy's story is broken down into two books. I love that we get even more Preppy and Dre (can't ever get enough), but the waiting is my book junkie's achilles heal!! I am dying to get me more Preppy...gimme gimme. If for some reason, you've unfortunately been living under a rock and haven't read this series yet, stop everything and get those one-click fingers flexing!! Stop, drop, and one-click.
"Don't be silly, Conner. I don't shoot people in the head. You know how much blood and gunk gets sprayed around when you go all gangsta willy-nilly and start shooting people in the head?"
5 out of 5 The World Keeps Spinning because your Hearbeats Exist, Painfully Beautiful Stars!!!!!"
Wow!! I'm still trying to catch my breath after finishing this awe inspiring story. My poor frail emotions are still all over the place, dancing between the light and dark. This is one of those books that will linger in my thoughts for years to come. Brittany C. Cherry tells this story with such poetic grace and profound emotion, you can't help but connect with these characters on a soul grasping level. I've read every book in the Element Series, and each one has extracted emotions from me that I wasn't even aware held such a deep influential power. Brooks and Maggie May have stolen a piece of my heart with no hopeful promise of its return. They are more then welcome to keep it, go dance and sing in the rain with it!
"True love meant you could laugh at mistakes. True love meant you could whisper secrets. True love meant you never had to dance alone."
Brooks and Maggie May had the initial setup up of destined-to-be-childhoold-sweethearts that we all get the googley eyes for, but fate threw a painful wrench in their story. I spent an alarming amount of time with one hand firmly grasping my chest while reading through all the dark struggles. Each agonizing moment held a distinct purpose, even if it seemed so inconceivable when it was happening.
"I didn't want to see, but I still saw. I saw him. I felt him. I tasted him. Everything grew darker Everything became shadows. Everything went black."
Gah...my heart still jumps, my fists still clench, and my soul still weeps when I think back to the innocent love stolen and the unrelenting struggle they have to endure in order to hold onto any shred of lingering hope. I don't often rant or rave about the delivery of a story, but the set up the author provided in this book was flawlessly done. Every place, person, and action had an equally important duty to pull everything together.
"Do you promise me the same type of love I've read about in my books?"
"No, Maggies May. I promise you so much more."
And these characters!!! I could go on for days about each and every unforgettable character in this book, even the ones I hated with an intense fiery passion. Brooks was so fierce, but gentle at the same time. All he wanted was to fix all the broken parts of Maggie May, gladly take all the darkness that resided in her and make it a home inside him. I was rooting for them so hard, frantically waving my imaginary pom poms like the loyal cheerleader they deserved. Maggie May was such a vulnerable creature, cradled in a deep unwavering cocoon of strength.
"I hadn't know you could hear someone's voice so clearly in the silent moments."
This book was not just about tragedy and its effect on the two main characters love story, it was about how that tragedy seeped into every open crack that it could get its grasp on. That darkness spread to almost every facet of Maggie's life no matter how much she tried to fight it. I could feel the frustration, loneliness, and hopelessness leap off the page and strangle me with the same breathlessness these characters were stuck with. There are books that you read and enjoy them just fine with a fond smile afterwards, then there are books that knock you on your ass, leaving you with an aching throb you won't ever forget. This one is definetly a knock-you-on-your-ass story that I'm still recovering from. I usually don't make it a habit to openly confess my teary eyed episodes (got to keep my street cred intact), but this book had me grabbing for my tissues on more than one occasion. You really did a number on me once again Brittainy C. Cherry!! There's one more book in this series, so I guess I might want to invest in some tissue stock, because I'm sure the next one is going to shred me just as much if not more. If you haven't read any of the books in this series, I highly recommend/demand you drop what you're doing and get those one-click fingers flexing! They are all stand alone novels, so there is no need to read them in order, go wild and read them any way you please.
"She needed someone to fall into her memories and erase the dark waters she swam in each day."
4.5 out of 5 Angry, Fierce, Beautiful, Give me Your Rage Stars!!! [image error]
"Hope was officially gone. All that was left in her place...was Rage."
Yes...yes...a thousand times yes. I know I wasn't the only one that was left scratching their heads in curious intrigue after being introduced to Rage in Lawless and Soulless (Bear's books). What a captivating and alluring character. I immediately wanted to know what her story was...learn the deep, dark, and disturbing thoughts that ran through that tiny ball of anger. So into the shadowy depths we go. Should I be THIS excited? Hmmm...what does that say about me? *Shrugs shoulders* T.M. Frazier pushes those boundaries...and I'm am more than willing to hop scotch right over them with her.
"I soaked in and reveled in the whole body shudder that consumed me with want. The want to destroy. The want to kill."
One would naturally assume, that a girl who becomes morbidly giddy with excitement from the mere thought of killing or blowing sh*t up, must have had one ROUGH upbringing. Well, we couldn't have been more wrong. I actually appreciate that T.M. Frazier didn't go the predictable route, and took us on a whole different direction with her back story. I was firmly strapped in and ready for the ride.
"The one who left her closet doors open at night, hoping the monsters would come out and take her home with them."
After taking a trip though Rage's crazed and disturbing mind, all I could think was, who could ever actually crack...no more like jack hammer through her walls? Did she even have a gooey center in there? It was so hard to think that she could show any kind of vulnerability to anyone really. Well, maybe I spoke to soon. *Clears Throat* Here comes Nolan, the sexy and slightly crippled new target, ready to strip back all those hard layers. Oh my, was I rooting for this hot enticing stud!
"Who the hell was she? Where the hell did she come from? Why the fuck was she so pissed off? Why the fuck am I so goddamn hard?"
Turns out that Nolan had secrets of his own. Well, there were secrets and twists coming at me from every direction. I was a pretty vocal reader with this one. Gasping, WTFing, and straight out grunting with frustration. I kept my fingers and toes crossed for these two amazingly deep, broken characters to find their solace and happiness together in the end, despite the difficult obstacles thrown in their path.
"All rational thought was gone. In its place was the new life Nolan was breathing into my body and into the two other places in me I'd thought were long dead. My soul. My heart."
Slap my ass and call me Sally...call me whatever you want really! I was thoroughly pleased with this book. Even though this is technically a standalone, I think to get the full experience and impact of these characters (including the secondary ones) I strongly suggest reading all the previous connecting books. I was secretly hoping and waiting for any clues to drop for the next books. I know, I'm a pretty needy and greedy reader. That was pretty much the only thing that left me wanting more. I wanted a tid bit more from her time with Bear and Thia...to see her side and interaction with them. It was probably all part of her master plan though. Leaving us with all these unanswered questions, including new mysterious characters. Way to keep a girl hanging! She's just dangling a mouthwatering steak in front of my starving book junkie face. Rage was every bit the crazed, passionate, bad ass I could have ever hoped for. I will be all over whatever book T.M. Frazier writes next! If you haven't read this author before, I strongly suggest you step away from whatever you are doing, and get those one click fingers flexing.
4.5 our of 5 Magic between the Pages, Passion-laced Stars!!! [image error] " How the hell does a fifteen-year-old girl fall in love with an eighteen-year-old boy? I hardly fell. It was the opposite of that. A soar. A hurdle. A breakthrough to a new place in my heart."
Well, butter my biscuit and call me Sally!! I continue to be surprised and flabbergasted when I stumble upon such amazing authors I didn't even know existed. I must have been hiding under some unknowing rock. I'm so glad I muscled my way out from under that dreaded rock and found the A. Wilding Wells glowing light. This story was so beautifully written, that I wanted to literally cannon-ball myself right into the pages. The characters rocked my world in every way. Hawke Slater was one tasty foul-mouthed treat.
"Each goose bump has his name on it, and the memory of his touch."
Sloan and Hawke were high school sweet hearts who fell in forever-love. Then Sloan leaves to go overseas to Amsterdam to live with her grandmother with no real explanation. *Cue Mysterious Music* Hawke was left confused and completely heart broken. So what does a young hot stud do when his heart is broken? He puts his other throbbing organ to good use. *Taps Mic* Introducing Hawke Slater...pornstar extraordinaire!!
"Well, look at you, Mr. Porn Star. Ejaculating your thoughts all over me."
Sloan comes back to her home town ten years later with a bag full of mystery in tow and a whole lot of worry over how she would be received. When Hawke and Sloan reunite, the remembered passion was off the charts hot. My Kindle was steaming up, Rose-and-Jack-rolling-around-in-a-car-on-the-titanic style. The obstacles they have to maneuver around were not limited to Hawke's lack of clothing career status though.
"Ten years become breaths, moans, and memory, as though we'd never left each other that last night on the willow bank, as though I'd imagined the torture and grief I'd gone through."
"Our hunger rocks in hot sparks as we grunt out words in fiery machine-gun rounds of desire."
The love they once shared is clearly still burning fiercely within both of them. Hawke wants her back in his life, but Sloan kept a wall of distance between them, due to all the mysterious going-ons that happened whilst she was away for a decade. Details were revealed painstaking bit by bit. It drove me, as the reader, to the edge of Kindle abuse, and it eventually caused road blocks for their relationship. They couldn't move on until all the secrets were revealed. Once everything was out in the open, could they get through all the old scars and the fresh wounds?
"We're stained by each other and our combined past. Both of us seek the ink of our future..."
This story was not only enthralling and enchanting, but it was beautifully told. There was so much heat, mystery and beautifully written magic. The author's words flow so poetically that I found myself repeatedly rereading lines, just so the magic can really soak in. My highlight function on my Kindle was pushed to its limits. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't stop reading. This was the first book I read from this author, but not the last. I plan to do some catching up, in true book junkie fashion. The unjust ban that Amazon put on this book was finally lifted, so now you can go and pre-order this amazing book. Get those one click fingers flexing my book junkies.
"She makes pain look beautiful, like a springtime blossom trapped in an ice storm."
4.5 out of 5 Intoxicating, Captivating, Hope-filled Stars!!!
[image error] "Heaven and Hell. God and Satan. Love and hate. It all blended together. Forming a clusterfuck of hope and despair."
F*ck my life. M. Robinson is literally trying to kill me with her words. I feel like I've been giving my heart a pep talk about finally reading Austin's story since the first book dropped. I just knew it was going to be a rough ride, and M didn't hold back, no hand holding or coddling in sight. We finally get to dig in deep to the depths of Austin's heart and soul. He's not just a bad boy drug addict on a mission to rebel, he is damaged by guilt and a heart breaking struggle to be loved for who he is.
"It was too late. It had me. The addiction. A tight grasp on my soul, pushing me further and further into the black abyss."
Gah...you can feel his desperation gripping you to your very soul. Drug addiction isn't a glamorous or easy topic to read about for most people, but M did such an amazing job at drawing you into the dark side and pushing the boundaries of love--proving that passion and love is limitless. I had to grab for my heart multiple times, just to hold myself together.
"For a moment I had silence. For a second I found my peace. Even if it almost just cost me...my life."
From the moment Austin met Briggs, he knew his life would change forever. She made him feel things he never thought he was capable of...acceptance and understanding. Briggs' story was heart clenching on a whole other level. They may have connected with their shared painful pasts, but the feeling of finally not being alone anymore was what made their hearts flutter with hope.
"I saw something familiar in her eyes, something I had always seen in mine, reflecting back at me. Pain."
Of course, things aren't that straight forward. Outside influences come in to wreck havoc on their fragile and new bubble of love and passion. Austin falls down the rabbit hole, takes every potion, and struggles to climb back out to reality. Is Briggs enough to help him win the fight and finally face his demons? Or will she end up collateral damage in the destructive downfall? Can they untangle themselves from the web of hurt and face all their truths head on? If they do...will it be too late?
"As much as he wanted the truth, I wanted to remain in the lies."
This story wasn't just about pain and struggle, it was about hope, preservance, and...here comes the gushy stuff...true lasting love. It was so hard to see all the eternal love that Austin had for Briggs get all muddled up with his addiction. The fight was difficult, with many defeats that kept knocking him down. I was actually mentally giving him the coach-half-time-hang-in-there speech so many times throughout the book. Both Austin and Briggs were incredibly strong characters, despite their many weaknesses. Sometimes those weakness are what makes you stronger in the end, and their story is the perfect example of that. Well done once again M!!! You really knocked it out of the park. Each book in this series just gets better and more emotional. You probably have quite a collection of all our hearts proudly displayed on your night stand. I can't wait to see what she writes next...because you know you have a fan girl for life over here! If you haven't read this series yet...stop what you're doing and get those one click fingers flexing.
4 out of 5 Sinfully Sexy, Mysterious Italian, Fiery Vengeful Stars!!! [image error] "I've been forger in fire and born anew. He would Pay. They all would. I'd burn this whole cesspool of a city to the ground util I'd exacted revenge on all of them. Every. Single. Fucking. One."
Well, this book started off with one hell of a bang-you-very-much Prologue. I mean, how can you read that and not be "hooked" (yup, I went there)? Consider myself intrigued and more then amped up to find out what caused such a fiery hunger for revenge. I always love a heroine who is tough and strong, and Emily was just that. Yes she was a paid escort, but she was unapologetic and cut throat about it....no far fetched fairytale idealistic thoughts in sight for this tough cookie.
"This is the part where you judge me. We both know that's what you're doing...but don't bother. It won't make a difference to me. I'm not in need of someone to save my fucking soul."
She truly did have her reasons for doing what she did, and it successfully smoothed out her rough edges, making her more lovable in my book. Every hardened heart has it's weak spots, and we quickly find out what Brandi's kryptonite is. After reading the prologue, you know that something bad is lurking in the shadows, ready to reak havoc. This had my eyes wandering around every turn of the page, waiting for that other awful fucking shoe to drop.
"The eyes of the man I thought loved me bore into me from above, and the realization hits – he is the one responsible."
In the meantime, Brandi gets a new dark, handsome, Italian client who throws her firmly planted feet off kilter. She doesn't know how to handle all these newfound...and very unwarranted feelings that he was effortless pulling from her. He was mysterious, passionate, and sexy as sin. He wanted more from her than just physical desire though...he wanted her heart and more importantly, her secrets.
"His dark eyes never gave much away, but I saw desire there – only this time it was desire for more than just my body. It was for the truth."
I highly enjoyed the possessive parts of Marco, whilst he hunted and claimed what he wanted from Brandi. He wanted all of her, and dammit he was going to get it. And let me tell you, it was HAWT! The lingering secrets of what brought Marco to Vegas in the first place continue to cause problems for the two new lovers. I felt the storm a-brewing, and knew it was going to profoundly rock the already shaky foundation they were able to build.
"I'd been with a lot of men, he was the first one to ever see into my soul. It was exactly what made him so dangerous."
The prologue was reader-catching-enthralling and the characters were developed nicely so that we become invested in their story. The sexual chemistry between Marco and Brandi was passionate and the underlying mystery just added to the dangerous love factor. All in all, I was captured enough from the beginning and the back stories of the main characters to willingly hang tight for their tremulous journey. The ending was a cliffy, of course. I have a love/hate relationship with those damn cliff hangers, but they always seem to do their intended job right? We growl...or shout...or curse (probably a combination of all three) for having to wait to find out what happens next, but it makes us come back needing all those questions answered nonetheless. I am fully committed to finding out what that damn sexual mysterious Italian has been hiding, and how Emily will extract her revenge!! Stay tuned my book junkies...
5 out of 5 T-Rex, Bye-Bye Knickers, Point that Sexy Viking Smile this Way Stars!!! [image error]
"Tahoe the beast.
I was a lucky winner of an ARC and I quite literally had to take a fan girl giddy moment...well maybe more than a minute. Katy Evans is an instant one- click author for me, actually I own every one of her books on paperback, and this one will be nestled right next to the rest of the collection as well. After my proper tween girl (wrist-flicking-face-fanning-on-tip-toes) melt down, I dropped everything I was doing and initiated "book nerd hermit mode", which led to me reading the whole book in one day (sorry family and friends). Tahoe "T-Rex" Roth is my perfect broken alpha male stud. It's like Katy dug deep into my brain and plucked every quality that made up my perfect book boyfriend...and voila...there he is...in all his blue-eyed modern day Viking glory!! I was already pretty mildly swooning over him while reading the first two books in the Manwhore series, but my heart and my knickers fell so HARD for him after reading his story. Put a fork in me...I'm done. I'm not sure how Katy Evans can continue to create such unique and unforgettable characters, but I bow down to her genius.
"There's smarts and pride behind those eyes. He owns the suit but it looks like his cage: the beast is prowling within."
Tahoe Roth was the typical playboy who knew how to have fun with a carefree flare and a heated smile that could smolder you in an instant. Gina was a woman scorned who had some deep seeded trust issues which gave her a harsh "man hater" attitude. This set up the perfect recipe for sexual tension and lots of angst. Hmmm....my fave! A girl has needs though right? So Gina let's her lady bits do the thinking for a hot minute and decided that Tahoe was the perfect one-night stand. Well, every laid out plan has it's flaws, because Tahoe rejected her advances (a little payback perhaps).
"I want to take him home and kiss him. I want him to take me home and kiss me. And then I wanted to forget I ever kissed him, and ever wanted to."
Since Tahoe wasn't giving up his sexy Viking man goods, Gina ended up gravitating towards another man, a safer man, a man who she felt she was enough for. Tahoe and Gina go on a back and forth ride of jealousy, friendship, and something much deeper. There was a broken soul buried beneath that cocky smirk, and Gina seemed to be only one who not only saw it, but wanted to bust out her shovel and dig in. I mean they both gave it the old college try, but how long could they both deny their continually growing connection? Will either of them be brave enough to let go and risk their friendship? And the sexual chemistry...HAWT damn!! I was a fidgety hot mess, screaming for her to chain him up and ravage that Viking already.
"There's never been a guy in my life more protective of me than he is–to the point of protecting me from himself."
This was supposed to be a short and sweet review, but as soon as I started typing, my rambling fingers couldn't stop. Even though I purged and read it in one day, I seriously didn't want it to end. The only perk that kept me going was Callan's story is still to come. Now that is going to be a doozy, seeing as we get a nice set up of who this next playboy has his sights set on in his book. Needless to say, I'm having some serious T-Rex withdrawals right now. That sexy, arrogant, wealthy stud donning his suit and smile...but that wild untamed beast laying in wait ready to bust out of those finely stitched seams. Mother may I? Tip of my imaginary hat to you Katy Evans. This was yet another unbelievable story by an unbelievably talented author. She always manages to pull all the right strings, and I am nothing more than a willing puppet. If you guys haven't read this author before, I strongly recommend/demand you go get your one-click fingers flexing. You can thank me later. ;)
5 out of 5 Heart Quenching, Devastatingly Beautiful, Promise-Always Stars!!
This story gutted me like a fish ready for a summer backyard fry. I laughed, cried, screamed, cringed, and bit the crap out of my nails during this read. M truly blew me away with this one...when I finished I was an emotional wreck with a please-don't-talk-to-me-right-now- expression plastered to my face. I felt these characters deep down to the marrow of my bones. I wanted to momma bear cradle them in my arms and smack them over the head at the same time. Only the mad genius that is M. Robinson, could make these see-saw contradicting emotions seem together flawlessly to make perfect sense. We have gotten glimpses of Dylan and Aubrey's rocky and turbulent story throughout this series so far, but finally getting all the gritty details, unveiled a storm of epic portions!
"The deeper the love, the deeper the pain."
I knew going in that Dylan and Aubrey's story was going to be a tough one, since we learned of the abusive relationship that Aubrey ended up in. There was no amount of preparation I could have done, to adequately prepare me for the devastating emotions that were pulled from me...more liked ripped straight out of my fragile beating heart. I was desperate to not only find out what happened that forced them apart, but what led Aubrey to end up with that horribly abusive boyfriend. The awful pain and betrayal they went through was like a living breathing entity of its own. It trampled hopes and dreams, squashed possible retributions and young love.
"I lay there trying to hold her together, knowing it didn't matter. She wasn't the only one that died that day...I died too."
There were parts of this book that shocked me to the point that I literally yelled, "Shut. The. Fuck. Up!" Thankfully I was in the safety of my home, so the greater population was safe from my crazy "turrets like" outbursts. Even though this story was filled with a lot of mystery and inexplicable pain, it also had undeniable passion and heart fluttering young love. Aubrey was an amazing female character who grabbed Dylan by the balls with one hand and had him eating out of the other. She threw a wrench in his seemingly smooth running man slut machine and it was a blast to experience. Their chemistry was palpable *cue panty withering passion*.
"I won't stop until I've explored every last inch of your flesh...until I'm etched so far into your heart that you'll never be able to touch your skin and not feel me."
Yup...bye bye panties...it was fun while it lasted. Dylan was a cocky yet absolutely swoony charmer. I fell in insta-love with both of them. All those good ol' boys give me the feels. M does an incredible job guiding us through their journey. I love the way she starts each book off with an emotional jam packed prologue in the present time that leaves you wondering, how the hell did they get there...and someone get me my onesie and some wine, because I'm not going anywhere until I find out what happens next!? She then builds you up with the foundation of their love story and every crack, rattle, and earth shattering shake that happens in between. The amount of emotion that M has layered into this book, is just off the charts. Just when you see that teasing glimmer of hope in the horizon...BAM...your world is turned black and cold! Every word had a purpose and I was hooked to every last one. Bravo M. Robinson...Bravo!! I don't know if I can handle Austin and Briggs' story without a healthy amount of whiskey and tissues (hold me closer tiny dancer).
4 out of 5 Sexy, Possessive, Insta-Love, #BOOM Stars!!
The #BOOM has hit!! Where do I sign up to get me a Jax? Is there a Google Doc out there to order one? If there is I need it like yesterday. Not only is he a hot alpha, but his sweet, gentle, and vulnerable side real through me over the top. I was a heated and swooning mess. Jax and Ellie's story was an instal-love, passion filled, journey with the underlying mystery that followed them from the other previous books. It was a great blend of action, love, and sexy-take-me alphaness (is that a word...well I just made it one).
"Fate, baby...this is fate," I tell her seriously, wondering how crazy she would think I am if I told her about the Boom.
I loved how he tried so hard to contain his stalker-alpha side at the beginning, afraid he was going to scare her away. I enjoyed reading his inner struggle to hold back trampling his love all over her. You could feel their connection leap at you from every aspect. The sexual tension was titilating and the banter was funny and alluring at the same time.
"You're seriously cuckoo. Like, white coat, padded room crazy," I rambled, looking at him.
"Wasn't crazy before you, so if I get diagnosed as mentally unstable, that's all you, baby."
Ellie's past was heart breaking, and made her strength that much more admirable. Jax's connection to Ellie's daughter, Hope, was so freaking adorable. My heart literally fluttered like crazy, every time he interacted with her. I dare you to try and not fall head over heals in love with Jax, I will be victorious with no doubt in my mind at all (and rich).
"I would protect these girls with my life. I would die for them. And I will never let anyone take them from me."
Oh, Jax...you take your girls! *le sigh* I thoroughly enjoyed this story and characters more than I thought I would. I am always a half in-half out kind of girl when it comes to the instal-love romances. This one did it for me though. I was in right from the start and I didn't look back. Jax's devotion to his girls and his sexy possessiveness was just the right recipe for insat-panty dropping status! Thank you Aurora, for continuing to give us such hot and shmexy studs and captivating stories. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, Until June. Keep your eyes peeled my book junkies.
"How the hell are you supposed to survive, when the part of you that you need to live is walking around outside your body?"
4.5 out of 5 Dark, Twisted, and Completely Addicting Stars!!!
"I was a kept woman. Black and white. Red and green. I was a glorified whore."
The dark voodoo princess strikes again!! Jettie really can do know wrong. I would have her dark, twisted, maddening brilliant babies! This story was just off the charts disturbingly amazing. Jettie has this sick magical talent to create these horrible male characters that you hate with a fiery passion...like you have planned out ways to castrate them, then immediately feed them their man parts! But then somehow...bit by painstaking bit, she layers in moments of vulnerability that are pulled from these male characters and we begin to feel things pulsing through us, that we never thought possible. This is exactly what she did with Paxton in this story. Not only was he a complete douche canoe, but the marriage/situation that Gabrielle and Paxton shared was confusing and off the charts effed up! I was strapped in for the ride of my life and me and my Kindle were stuck in a love/hate relationship that Jettie Woodruff is unequivocally the queen of.
"Shh, hush now. I assure you with everything in me that you are the type to be controlled. That's why you suck my dick. That's why your legs fall apart whenever I come near you. You're a slut. My slut. I own you."
After Gabrielle gets in a horrible accident when she defied Paxton her whole life changed. We, as the reader, were left in a mystery bubble of suspense through this story. So many questions, but no one had the answers. Gabrielle woke up not knowing who she was or what had happened to her that day. She got thrown into one effed up marriage to a controlling, complete ass, of a sexy man. He went from hot to cold, and she wanted to hate him with all her might. Unfortunately for Gabrielle, her body had other plans. She responded to some of his twisted ways, no matter how much she tried to fight it.
"It made no sense at all. Zero. The man treated me like his possession, and I wanted him. Had to be the head injury."
While Gabreille fought the growing passion between her and Paxton, she got flashes of her old life, but mainly from her childhood, which no one, not even Paxton knew about. The mystery element was done flawlessly. I had a mental checklist drawn out of all the things I knew for sure were going to happen, but there was still quite a bit that had me scratching my head. This Sherlock Holmes wannabe, was left stumped when it came to certain elements of the story. That on top of the seemingly unwanted, passion-filled connection that was blossoming right before my very eyes, had me glued to my Kindle from start to finish.
"Paxton did things to me. Things I couldn't explain. my body reacted to him like--like danger. A thrill seeker. That's how I felt around him. Like jumping out of a plane. The ecstasy of it overpowering the danger.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
I couldn't get enough of this story. I don't know what that says about me, because most of it would send most sane people running for the hills. I was ready to swim in the darkness of this enthralling story. The part I loved most was the very slow, yet impactful cracking that Gabrielle was able to make in Paxton's dominating asshole exterior. How he couldn't fight the passion that overtook his body when she did all the things he didn't want her to do. How the things that enraged him about her, began to intrigue him and perhaps even want more. Jettie is a mad genius, I tell you! Everything was done at just the right speed, and at just the right amount. Every element, from dark and gritty, to passionate and vulnerable seemed to flow effortlessly. The suspense was quite literally going to kill me, or at least send some questioning looks thrown my way (I'm a very expressive reader). And in true Jettie fashion, she left me desperate for the next book. Like this junkie has plethora of strength or patience to chuck out?! I highly recommend this book and it's future accompanying duet book, Slut, coming soon! Oh, and if you haven't read any Jettie Woodruff, you need to go on a light stalking session and check her out. She will rock your world!
5 out of 5 - I Want a Good Ol' Boy, Heart Squeezing, Passion-Filled Stars!!! [image error]
" I would forever remember this moment for the rest of my life. This is the moment that changed everything. This is the moment where I took another direction, another road that led me to my own demise. My own regrets."
Knock knock...(who's there)...M...(M, who?)...M-azing!!! This book was completely M-AZING!!
Oh, how I wish I had a pack of Good O'l Boys to love and protect me unconditionally! This book is off the charts amazing. M really outdid herself with this one. It is completely different from her other books, which are more dark, raw, and gritty. I was a little apprehensive at first, that she went to the contemporary realm, mostly because she so successfully achieved a high level of captivating emotion through her darker books. I was quickly proven wrong...the level of emotion that M drew from me right from the beginning was wonderfully consuming, and frankly shocked me to the core. I couldn't put this book down. The characters were incredible and Alex was so relatable. I was so her growing up, running around the neighborhood with my brother and his friends. The battle that both Alex and Lucas fought against was frustrating to no end, yet entirely consuming. It made me scream, cry, and kneel down and pray to the book Gods for a rainbow to come after their seemingly never ending turbulent storm!!!
"Our emotions were running wild, trying to accept the bond our hearts will forever have. We laid our love out for each other years ago...I fought a battle I knew I could never win."
This story really blew me away. Unlike most small town childhood love stories, this one starts right from the beginning. We don't just get shot back in time through flashbacks here and there to merely get glimpses of how their love started as kids, we get to experience EVERY single heartbreaking and heart touching moment they shared since they were just little kids running around on the beach. The connection that Alex and Lucas shared was undeniably strong, but complicated at the same time. So many different factors played out that seemed to wreck havoc on their hopeful HEA. Just when you thought, "okay, this is it...this is their moment...FINALLY!!!", you get your hope-filled heart ripped out and handed back to you in tiny mutilated pieces.
"I shattered her illusion that I was hers. I ruined the one good thing that I had in my life. The girl that owned my heart was bleeding out in a way that I had never seen before."
My emotions changed erratically from chapter to chapter throughout this whole book. I was shattered, then rage-fully angry, followed by a few tissue-grabbing moments (well, maybe more than a few...hey I got to keep my street cred intact). One thing that was constant throughout though, was the unquestionable chemistry they shared. I could literally feel the sexual tension jumping out from the pages...and it was fiery hot. The fact that they kept the back-and-forth-suppressed-thing going on for so long, just increased the intensity to panty-scorching levels! I was quite possibly going to die from lusty anticipation. It became imperative to my entire existence, that they "Marvin Gay and get it on" and live happily ever after dammit!
"Are you fucking joking? A child? You think I see you as a child? Jesus Christ, Alex, fucking touch my cock and I'll prove to you that I don't see you as a child."
I got everything I wanted in a romance book and so much more, all wrapped up in fantastic characters and a truly compelling storyline. Lucas was such an aggravatingly hot specimen that I couldn't help fall in love with, even though I tried my damnedest to keep my feelings detached (in order to help my aching heart), it was a half assed plan at best...Game Ovaries!! The writing was so well done, it had my hooked and addicted right from the prologue. M not only nailed the childhood sweetheart love story, but was able to layer in just the right amount of heart clenching moments and unwavering-soul-penetrating passion to elevate it to a whole other level! Bravo M...tip of my imaginary hat to you. The secondary characters were just as enthralling, and I can't wait to get my greedy book junkie hands on the next book in this unbelievable series. This is most definitely a must read...go get your one click on!!
"I allowed my hand to linger for a few moments, wanting to remember the feel of him against my hand as his heart beat rapidly, mirroring mine. They had always been in sync with one another; time, regrets, lies, mistakes, misunderstandings, hadn't made it any less true."
4.5 out of 5 Enthralling, Honest, Destined Love Stars!
This was a step a bit outside my usual book read, not that it didn't possess passion, love, and heart ache; but that it was a memoir. This was not a book about fictional characters and fantasy, this was a real life true and raw story of the authors quest to finally experience the love her life. C.J. English was such a brave author to share her story of lies, betrayal, lust, and unavoidable love with us. I tip my imaginary hat off to you C.J. I struggled a bit sitting down to write this review, solely because I usually analyze the characters and the storyline of a fictional story, but how do I as the reviewer critique the characters and story without unintentionally passing judgment? Well I took a step back and decided the best way to go about it, was to look at how the story was told and the writing itself. Despite the preconceived ideas of how an affair is quick to turn sexual, this was not the case with C.J. and Grant. C.J. tries to squash her consuming feelings for Grant for a very long time.
"This thing I felt for another man is completely normal, I convinced myself, a biological desire for the opposite sex, an inborn chemical attraction that would eventually dissipate."
This book was filled with notes and texts shared between herself and Grant, which I really enjoyed reading. It gave the reader an intimate connection into their journey. I really felt like I connected with the author's voice and could definitely relate to some of her desperation and frustration. This book really brings to light the human condition...we all crave to be loved and accepted. The resentment and utter distaste that grew between herself and her husband felt like a physical venom leaping from the pages, that even I tried to avoid. I felt the unfairness of the situation with every raw and toxic word they threw at each other.
"Resentment killed my spirit in a record quick time. I became a hardened, empty partner lying dead on a cold metal table with a toe tag that read, 'Don't fucking touch me,' and, 'Don't even dare try to have sex with me.''
The connection between C.J. and Grant was fierce and absolutely undeniable. The story flowed effortlessly and had me enthralled. I had become invested in their story and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I don't know what this says about where my moral compass points, but I was screaming with an unadulterated frenzy for Grant to throw caution to the wind and take what was rightfully his. However, I do respect his restraint, and I also thought that Grant was very much the perfect fictional book boyfriend that we could only wish were actually real.
"I ached for red silk romance, and carry me away passion, and I ached for it with nobody else but him. He was a breed of charming I couldn't resist."
So in a nutshell, I got everything I love in my romance with this book, but was also gifted with the glimmer of hope that despite the cards we are dealt, with a dollop of requited love, a set of steal balls, and a sprinkle of patient fate, we can find that true everlasting love. C.J. was able to take something that that is considered taboo and condemnable by many, and made it into something relatable. We are all searching for love, happiness, and fulfillment in the end. I was thoroughly happy that her life finally aligned to where it was always destined to be. A big thank you to C.J. English for allowing us to live vicariously through her story, which also helped to shed a better understanding on the views of having an affair. Your story was brilliantly told and may have even sparked some inspiration to many of those out there still looking for the same thing. I'm glad I took the leap and read this amazing tale. Not every risk has a reward, but thankfully this one did!
5 out of 5 Brilliant, Consuming, Inspiring, Flamwhore for Life Stars!!!
Where the bloody hell do I even start here? It's not even that I'm rendered speechless, it's more that I have an extreme overload of thoughts, emotions, and an endless array of explicit adjectives storming through my brain, and I'm just trying to properly filter them, so I can articulate the absolute brilliance of this book!!! I've just been flamed, burned, seared, incinerated, heated, ignited, scorched, torched, smoldered, melted, been set ablaze, and left to ashes. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, I just want to cry, hug, and bow down to the literary queen that is Tillie Cole. There is no other word to express how she is able to create such incredible characters and weave such a seamless emotionally enthralling plot at the same time, other than pure freakin' MAGIC! I have been waiting for Flame since It Ain't Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen Book#1). Tillie gave us bits and pieces of this tortured soul, leaving us with huge question marks throughout the first two books and lots and lots of intrigue. When I finally got this book on my kindle, I didn't know whether I wanted to cry, scream, dance, or pee myself. I probably did a combination of all three. Flame and Maddie's story is finally here...here we go...
"I think perhaps, if you are told something often enough, you end up believing it. But maybe, just maybe, someone comes into your life and makes you question yourself. Makes you believe you are worth something." -Maddie
We don't only get to finally find out what led Flame to be the blood thirsty disturbed soul who carves into his skin with knives, but we also find out Maddie's heart clenching story that led her to be the broken timid lost soul who hides behind windows. Their lives were completely different, but through the shared pain of their past, they somehow began to heal each other. They were each the balms to the others pain. Maddie blew me away with her bravery and unwavering dedication to saving her Flame. I am getting teary eyed just thinking about it. I won't go into details of what happened to them in their pasts, because I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read it yet (hint...hint). I will say that the way Tillie layered in their pasts, while effortlessly letting the characters' walls down slowly, was done with perfection! With each step forward, my heart galloped, and I literally choked down tiny sobs. I probably looked like a complete loon, clenching my Kindle with one had and my heart with the other, but I did not care one bit!
"And even when the dark closed in, the darkness that I hated, her eyes shone bright. They chased away the pain." -Flame
The Hades Hangmen once again get trouble from that damn Order. We once again get to see bits of what's going on with them through Rider/ProphetCain's POV. Things are definitely getting more and more complicated and there is more betrayal, deceit and revenge to come. Will the girls once again become the unwanted hostages being thrown back and forth? Just when Maddie begins to find that love she never thought possible, could it all be taken away? I was a nervous wreck when The Order was involved.
"No one would ever hurt her again. If they did they would die. Die under my motherfucking blades... Because she was mine. The little black-haired bitch called Maddie was mine."-Flame
I could not get enough of this story. I didn't want it to end. It was tragic, dark, gritty, painful, enthralling, inspiring, and filled with such hope. Every time I had to step away from my Kindle, I carried Flame and Maddie with me. I worried about them, I fell asleep dreaming of their happy ever after. These were not just mere characters to me, Tillie made me feel like these were real living souls, broken and desperate for love. She is a storytelling voodoo princess, and there has not been one book I have read from her that has ever let me down. The way she captivates and consumes with her stories is one for the history books. Flame and Maddie's journey to find love and peace profoundly touched me and they will stay with me forever. There are not enough fancy beautiful words to ever express my unending love and appreciation for Tillie Cole. She never does what's safe and easy, and that's what makes her that what pushes her into another realm of awesomeness. I cannot wait until Rider's story comes out...way to always leave a girl desperate for more Ms. Cole!
"And I knew nothing this precious could be wrong. I knew that nobody as caring and as loving as Flame could be a sinner. No flames ran in his blood. Just love for me, and that was enough, always enough." -Maddie
This book kept handing out little bits of hidden surprises left and right. Not only was there a hot, sexy, bull riding stud to keep me glued to my Kindle, but the storyline was attention grabbing as well. Barbara Speak really knows how to layer in the emotion to make the biggest impact. I like to think of myself of a bit of a hard arse when it comes to the need to grab for my tissues, but there were parts of this story that really put my street cred into question for sure. I love it when a rough and tough guy uses his inner gooeyness to break down those strong walls the girl puts up. Arianna tried her hardest to avoid falling for the sex in jeans and boots neighbor, but how can you possible resist Canyon's resilient charm? I know I couldn't...I was a goner from the get go.
"I was leaving and nothing good could come from getting closer to Canyon. He served as a good distraction, but that was all I ever could let him be." -Ari
To say that Arianna and her little sister Shelby deserved to escape the shitty life they were forced to endure, would be the understatement of the year. I was a boiling mass of angry energy with the unfairness of their situation. This is where Barbara Speak really shines as an author. The emotional impact she is able to deliver from the tragic, harsh, and raw parts of her stories is done flawlessly. She doesn't always go with the obvious route that the reader would typically expect.
"There isn't anything I want more than for you to get out of that house but selfishly I don't think life will be the same." -Canyon
So we go on the journey with Ari trying to protect all the people she cares about by keeping secrets and sacrificing all the things she wants. She is a stubborn character with a selfless heart of gold. All you want is for her to get all those inner subdued wishes she refuses to let believe will ever come true. Canyon tries his damnedest to make her believe she can let him in and still be able to protect her. But like all good stories go, it is never that easy. *Cue horrible nasty characters bursting every hope-bubble insight* Will Canyon be able to protect Ari or will outside forces be victorious in the end? Can Ari ever feel safe enough to let her guard down for good? Will all the secrets be too much?
"I never needed your protection, Ari. I have only needed you." -Canyon
I thoroughly enjoyed all these characters, despite the occasional fist pounding frustration. It all made it worthwhile in the end of course. Canyon was just so damn panty melting in every way possible. He could put me to work any day, horse poop shoveling and all. If I had that hot bod to look at all day, I would be knocking on his door to wake him up every morning! *giddy up* The emotion layered in the story, along with the amazing connection to the characters all made for a truly great read. Be sure to check out Barbara Speak's other books as well.
4 out of 5 Emotionally Gripping, Bull Riding Stud, Let it be Me Stars!
"Those are the sweetest words a cowboy could ever hear." "A cowboy? What about a bull rider?"
Well, this was a hum dinger. One thing that M is good at, is giving us some strong bad ass bitches that don't apologize for shit. Her female characters will bring most men to their knees with as little as a teasing smirk or the flip of the hair. I was so happy to hear that there would be a book about Brooke and Devon. These two characters definitely left quite an impression from the VIP Trilogy books. I admit to asking myself a few times, "Hmmm...I wonder what happened to Devon?", and "Damn, Brooke's secrets seem to be locked up tighter than Ft. Knox." Well I got my answers and so much more. This story doesn't start with "Once upon a time..." and that "They lived happily ever after" ending seems too unimaginable to even hope for.
"Bad things happened to good people every day. Every fucking day. You choose. You always have a choice, but it's much easier to blame someone else. It's human." -Brooke This book had so much emotional turmoil and heartbreak, that I thought I would start off on a light note. So what did I love about this book you ask? Well, even though Christine was a bit of a beezy with a love for the dramatics, I couldn't help but love the banter between her and Brooke at the beginning. I was literally laughing like a complete loon with some of the crazy stuff that flew out of her unfiltered mouth. I don't know where M comes up with some of this stuff, but it's pure gold for me. The way to my book junkie heart is some hilarious, off the wall, witty dialogue. I eat that shit up (naammm...naammm), and it sticks with me way after I'm done reading.
"Yeah...we made up. Peace in the Middle East, sista and go sit in a warm bath so that your vagina doesn't feel like it took a pounding from King Kong, talk later." -Christine
We unfortunately go on to grow a distaste for the spitfire that is Christine. That is just a small blimp of betrayal, compared to the overwhelming pain that both Devon and Brooke both went through. Devon's story had my stomach violently twisting and my heart aching. I just wanted to jump in the book to hold and protect him. M never holds back when it comes to the dark gritty details, and she proves it once again with this one. Despite Devon's pain and deep seeded monsters he has to deal with on a daily basis, he has such a kind and loving soul. He was hell bent on not letting those dark monsters out of their cage and let history repeat itself.
"But it wasn't just a nightmare... It was a memory. I couldn't keep running away from them. Because they always found me." -Devon
Brooke's story was completely different from Devon's, but she was also hit with a loud smack of betrayal, which led her to VIP's doorstep. Brooke's talent was to hide. She became so good at it, that she didn't even know who was the real Brooke was anymore. She became her own catalyst, lacking all hope for a happy future...her own trojan horse set up to instantly destroy and take down any kind of emotions that even remotely resembled the word she hated most..."love." How long could Devon go on seeking before he realized she might be too lost to ever be found?
"I don't think twice about leaving them naked, with their emotions pouring all over the silk sheets. Love and I were not friends...we weren't even on the same page. I treated the four-letter word like my favorite four-letter word. F-U-C-K." -Brooke
So now is the moment where fate steps in and throws these two broken souls together, and we as the readers hope for a safe landing, but in reality we know deep down the fall is going to be a painful one. The old adage always questions whether two broken souls can heal each other, but with Brooke and Devon's story the question marks are never ending. They see behind the facade and looming shadows, but it ends up supplying them with the key ammunition to truly hurt one another. In the end the pieces may be broken beyond repair. Buckle up for one wild, emotion packed tale filled with betrayal, unquestionable lust, and painfully raw vulnerability. The ups and downs will both thrill and frustrate you like no other. Can Brooke and Devon make it through the pain-filled fog to get to their bright happily ever after, that neither one of them would have thought was possible?
"Bambi, with you I never have to pretend...you don't know how free you make me feel. You can't hide from me...you can't run from me...because I will always find you." -Devon
Phew...enough of the heavy. If you haven't read the VIP Trilogy I would recommend reading those first. Even though, this is a spin off and could be read as a stand alone, there is a lot of details and characters that might leave you scratching your head a little, if you haven't read the VIP books first. I guess that would be my main tiff with this one. I was left wanting more from certain parts of the book, which I guess "wanting more" isn't such a bad thing when you think of the big picture. Nonetheless, I really did crave for more details from certain scenes, especially some that we experienced in the VIP books. (I know...I'm one needy biddie.) That being said, I really enjoyed Brooke and Devon's story. Even though, I have read all of her books, M still finds a way to keep me guessing while pushing my boundaries at the same time. I was clenching my heart and WTFing all over the place with this one. Oh, and lets not forget this dirty bird knows how to lay out some hot as hell sex scenes...keep doing your "homework" M, we all greatly appreciate it (wink...wink). I can't wait to see what comes next from the lovely M. Robinson. Stay tuned my naughty book junkies...and as always..."Feed the Need!"
4.5 out of 5 Swoony, Heart Melting, Frustrating, Princess like a Boss Stars!
YAY! Pea is back and cuter than ever. Is it weird that I missed that little nugget something fierce? To say I was an eager freakin beaver to get my hands on this book after the way Black Rain ended, would be the understatement of the year. Thankfully I was able to get my greedy little junkie fingers on this one shortly after I finished Black Rain (phew). Now we get our much needed answers to those nagging questions we were left with, while enjoying the beautiful flourishing of this newfound adorable family. Oh, let's not forget that Jettie is one dirty bird, who will crack you up like no other and have you throwing your knickers to the wind! She sure as hell had me walking on the ledge with this one...my fragile heart was in her hands and I just had to trust that she was going to talk me down in the end. *Palms Sweating* Here goes nothing...
"Makayla?" "Hmmm?" "You're a body whisperer." I laughed. " I am. I'm right too." "You're right. Everything in my body is talking to you; telling you how much I love you, how unquestionably happy I am that you ran into me, and how much I love being inside of you."
Swoony, swoon, swoon! Blake and Mikki had to navigate through some big life transitions after book one. New home, new job, new life, all the while dealing with the lurking shadows of what their future might hold. *Cue looming dark music* There were so many frustrating unanswered questions...will she, won't she...does he, doesn't he? It sent me straight to utter edgy madness...madness I say! It was like Jettie had the juicy steak dangling just out of reach, and we were the desperate beezies clawing to get to it. (Gimme...gimme!)
"All the anger and frustration about the cards I was dealt kept coming. I didn't want these cards. I didn't even want to play this stupid game."
We once again get to step back in time with some flash backs from the past, but this time we get a glimpse into Blake and Janie's past. Time to see where the story all began. It was a times heart breaking, but endearing to see that nobody's perfect. There is no wrong or right way to deal with the pain that comes from caner...there is no handbook to tell you how deal and how you should act. There are so many heart squeezing moments throughout this book, but there are also such magically beautiful moments in there too. Pea once again stole my heart and kept a cheesy smirk planted on my face.
"Do you have bad dream?" No. I have happy dreams. Cause I'm happy." Swoon. That part melted my heart into a pile of goo. The last part shattered it. "Because I have you, and Mikki, and my grandmas and my grandpa. And everybody loves me." That's because you're so special." No, it's because I'm a princess like a boss."
If you read Black Rain, then you can easily figure out what Mikki has to possibly deal with. It doesn't all go to plan, and there are a lot of secrets unearthed while reminiscing in the past. Sometimes asking for more information, just forms more questions and the answers are not always what you may have wanted to hear. Jettie Woodruff knows how to not only talk dirty to me, but also lure me in with great story telling, and unforgettable characters that will be forever engrained in me. This story was truly a gift that just kept on giving. This book will make you laugh, swoon, get you all hot and bothered, cry, and shake your poor defenseless Kindle. I really should have invested in some bubble wrap for my Kindle, because there were definitely some close calls there. My fragile heart made it through the maddening frustrations...I never doubted you would talk me down from the ledge Jettie, and the journey was so worth it. So, to end my rambling. Should you read this duet? Hmmm...let me think...YES!!! Go get your one-click fingers flexin' my book junkies. And as always...Feed the Need!
This is the second book in the Boomerang series. It follows Alison, who is Ethan's ex which we briefly met in the first book. We all were left with a bit of a bitter distaste towards her, but as you get to know her in this book, you can't help but warm up to her. There is lots of forbidden lusty chemistry mixing up in the air. I love me some good work place sexual tension. Adam is a hottie with a body, but there is a darkness behind his eyes that screams tortured BAD BOY! No one knows much about him until a beautiful seductress in a black leather skin tight suit is able to crack his defenses in just one heated-dry-humping night.
"This feels so dangerous but tempting too. This whole night is out of time, a bubble removed from the rest of my life. It's exhilarating to feel hidden and unmasked at the same time." -Alison
Fireworks fly between them during their brief tryst, but soon they find out each others true identities. Alison is sent to Boomerang by her father to uncover any and all secrets to see if he should invest his millions in the company. They both try to ignore their physical attraction because there is too much at stake for both of them to mess up now. Alison is dead set on proving herself to her father and Adam will stop at nothing to finally get his dream, but his fate rests in Alison's hands. Let the back and forth tango of lust commence.
"If we were only bodies, everything would be simple. I'd drag him off into a cabin and bolt the door, finish what we started on Halloween night. But we're not. Our bodies had their moment. Now it's time to use my head." -Alison
There a similar recipe used in this book as in Boomerang. The whole love vs job debacle...fighting the cloud of lust to do the"right" thing...ignoring love and a chance at real happiness for their career and business. Alison and Adam both unknowingly, inch by inch, let their guard down and ultimately fall for each other. Which one is willing to give up their dream, so they can actually be together? Soon it may be too late, when others force their hand before they are ready. What will happen when it all comes to a boil. Will one betray the other? Will there still be room for one another in their lives?
"In this moment, with all these people, I want so desperately for Adam to have everything he wants. I just hope, more than ever, that I don't discover anything that gets in the way of that dream." -Alison
Well I liked a lot of things about this book. The beginning Halloween party scene was hilarious and scorching hot. The connection between Adam and Alison was instant. She pulled things out of him that nobody has come close to doing in years. The build up is steamy and it makes the inevitable joining that much more explosive. The reason that I held back some stars was that the story was just so similar overall to Boomerang. I felt at times like I was having some serious case of deja vu and not the good warm reminiscing kind. I wanted more from the characters I guess. That being said, I did enjoy the book as a whole. If you want a funny, light, sexy book, then this is the read for you my book junkies.
4.5 out of 5 Scorching Hot, Edge of My Seat, Can I Please Have More Stars!
Well hot damn! I am absolutely loving this sizzling and alluring novella series. This continuation both thrilled me, and frustrated me to no end. I can't wait to find out what happens next to this steamy ass couple.This second book picks up pretty much where the last one ended off--Anna went back to London with completely no contact after her and Ethan's amazingly scorching week in New York. What Anna didn't know, was that Ethan would be making an unexpected rendezvous to London. I just love surprise sexy pop ups...and add Ethan into the mix and I was one happy girl. I didn't think that Ethan could get any more dreamy, but he sure as hell showed me! *cue my knickers being swooned off into the wind*
"I don't have all the answers. You might the me in three months. All I know is that I'd rather spend this time with you and risk a broken heart than walk away. But if you don't want to take that risk--"
Anna had to take a minute to get over the initial shock of not only seeing Ethan again, but for him invading her work and personal life. But after that shock wore off, they both couldn't fight the pull they had towards each other. Their sexual chemistry was so explosive, that it could easily consume them, but it wasn't all about the sex for them and they couldn't deny it any longer. So they had to maneuverer their way through uncharted waters to get what they really wanted and needed. Ethan has never had an actual relationship, and Anna couldn't help but still be wary from her last disastrous relationship. What they both wanted to avoid was unnecessary heart ache.
"I had a feeling that she might be the first girl capable of breaking mine but the thought didn't scare me. I wanted to be with her more than I wanted to protect myself."
What I loved about finally seeing their walls crumble, was the instant protectiveness it evoked in Ethan. He was so determined to do this relationship stuff right and to protect her at all costs. When something came out that threatened her safety even in the slightest, he went into protective caveman mode...and I loved every second of it! They both still had to work hard at figuring out where they stood and where their future would lead. Ethan would be moving back to New York in a few weeks and she still didn't know whether he would want her to come with him or if she should stay in London. Would a long distance relationship actually work for them? Could their insecurities and past baggage hold them back from finally getting what they both truly desired? They both cared about each other and wanted no one else, but could that be enough to hold them together? Control was embedded in almost everything Ethan does, but this whole situation was something he could not have complete control over. Will they eventually let the fear go and come to a decision that will save them from that irritating looming heart break?
"This is difficult, I feel like I'm fucking this up." Too difficult? "I only want you, Ethan. I've only ever wanted you and you're not going to mess this up--I won't let you. And you've got to stop me from messing this up too."
I got to say, Anna's procrastinating and indecisiveness was driving me completely looney. I understood where she was coming from, but that didn't stop that pesky frustration from making it's presence left and right. I wanted to scream to both of them to just jump in with both feet. However, I have learned to embrace the frustration because it keeps me hooked like the junkie I am (Keep Calm and Read On). There are still many what if's strung around to keep me jonsing for more Ethan and Anna. Tip of my imaginary hat to you Louise Bay--you successfully steamed up my Kindle and had me a permanent swoony pile of goo. I anxiously await for what is to come next. I highly recommend this series to my fellow book junkies out there...go get your one-click on.
5 out of 5 Emotionally Charged, Sizzling Tension-Fillied, Fight for Me Stars!
Let me just start by saying, I was dying to finally get Marissa and Mike's story! The bad boy fighter holding onto a long unacquainted secret lust for the innocent forbidden younger sister of his good friend. * Cue maddening sexual tension* I absolutely loved this series and the whole cast of characters were irresistibly addicting. I was kind of heart broken to see it end. What will I do with myself? Mike was such a heart throb....just go ahead and check your hearts and your knickers at the door. You just can't help but be completely enthralled by this alpha male with a soft gooey middle...but only for Marissa of course. Barbara Speak did a real outstanding job in her first series. She always knows how to scorch up my Kindle with some off the charts sexual chemistry and then...BAM.... she hits you with incredible earth shattering heart break that will shake your very foundation.
"The only issue I'm having is the fact you are denying what you want from me." He got even closer until his lips were practically touching mine and said, "The sooner you quit this game you're playing, the sooner you will get what you really want."
We all knew from the other previous books in the series, that Marissa held one hell of a sex charged torch for Mike since they first met. What we didn't know, was that Mike had secretly yearned to have her as well, but held his inner most desires at bay for many obvious reasons. All it took was one snarky remark from Marissa that broke him and he finally gave in. She was shocked and a bit wary of his new found allure towards her. There was quite a bit of frustrating back and forth between them. One minute she was jumping on him in the middle of a liquor store, the next minute she was running away without looking back (literally). Mike was not easily swayed and was very dedicated to show her how much he truly wanted her, not only for the sizzling heat between them either.
"I don't know how to date, how to move slow and let it happen. For me, if you want something, you get it. You don't stop fighting for it until it's yours."
Hell to the yes! Fight for her Mike...take what's yours. Sorry for my little outburst there. Mike had me a hot swoony mess through this book. Moving right along, Marissa still struggled with the realization that he actually wanted her and no one else. Mike was training for a fight and she was busy with school, so they had a hard time finding time for each other. Unfortunately this is not the only thing that they have to fight past. It seems like every time they pass one hurdle, something else happens to cause them so much unwanted stress. Some things may have been misinterpreted, but in the end, devastating circumstances occur, and there may not be enough fight in them to hold on. It was completely unbearable to read this part. I had to actually put my Kindle down and take a breather. You know how in movies you scream at the people to not do something (like go upstairs to investigate a mysterious noise), but they do it anyway? Well that is how I felt while reading the second half of this book. I felt so damn horrible for Marissa, felt all her insurmountable pain, but I also wanted to shake the crap out of her at certain times too. Mike's unwavering dedication may not be enough. How can you possibly win, when there is only one person fighting?
"Not a chance in hell, darlin'. You dropped that on ME. The first girl in my life that I have ever cared about so deeply it burns, the first girl I have ever wanted to hear them from. I'm not going anywhere, ever. You can tell me to go away, leave and never come back, but I will always be yours. I don't want anything in this world like I want you."
I was rooting for both of them till the very end. They both deserved that damn HEA. I was thoroughly captivated by this story and all the amazing characters who left a lasting impression. I love how Barbara was able to successfully bring on the heat and also wring my heart with emotional turmoil. The connection established between the characters was strong and the storyline reeled you in and kept you begging for more. I can't wait to see what else is to come from this amaazballs author. Keep an eye out on this one my fellow book junkies! This is a standalone book, but I highly recommend the whole series...go get your one click on.
Well what can I say. This one was a doozy. Lots of angst, conflicting emotions, passion, and betrayal. What more can a girl ask for? Oh yeah, a full line up of hot mobster brothers and a forbidden love all set up for quite a storyline. Amelia was a strong, but broken hearted woman. Everyone knows that you don't mess with a woman scorned, which is why her broken heart is what fueled her to become so successful at being the Abbiati family's secret weapon. She was a seductress and a killer, but she was still a woman, and all women have their weakness, no matter how hard they try to keep it hidden. Her's just happen to come in the form of a sexy detective, who consequentially became her next hit. I was hooked in right from the thrilling start.
"Don't feel, don't deviate, just kill--it's my motto. The one that sees me through every kill without so much as a flustered thought, but here I am, a wreck."
Amelia thought she was doing a good job of just getting by with her life, with just a few flickers of her morale heart showing once and again. She buried the guilt of all she does down deep, but it was only a matter of time before it would all come to the surface. It all came barreling down on her when her father gave her the name of her next hit--Zane Maverick. The one man she ever loved...was also the man to leave her with nothing but a cold fragmented heart. As if that turmoil wasn't enough, her father and sadistic brother Giovanni were hell bent on demanding her obedience and loyalty to her family. *Cue dramatic music* There will definitely be nothing but trouble to come with guns a-blazing...who will come out alive?
"Just because I share his blood does not give me an automatic pass to freedom. I am very much a prisoner in this life, but he has me as a secret weapon. I am the empowered, cherished, praised secret weapon."
Despite her initial tough facade...knows she is in huge trouble right from the start, with a capital T, when it comes to Zane Maverick. Old emotions come flooding in , and they do nothing but complicate things even further. How can she possibly actually kill him? If he ever found out what she really is, could he look past it and love her regardless? Even if she ran away, could she really have a chance at a normal life? Will love ever be enough? Will her father actually be so heartless to kill her if she doesn't go though with it? Eat or be eaten...kill or be killed. Life can be so cruel.
"Our love is toxic. It doesn't just involve Zane and me. It involves my entire family, jeopardizes my standing, kills my chances of surfing long enough to see the end of the week. For that reason, it must remain on lockdown, laced with poison and presented as a threat that he could be my own death sentence wrapped in a tidy fucking bow. I have to fear it."
Damn there was enough inner turmoil in there to give you a serious case of whiplash. There was some profound revelations on Amelia's part, but her back and forth really drove me to the very edge of insanity. The storyline was crazy and action packed enough to keep me reading, but there was a bit of repetitiveness that took away from the story for me a little. Also, there were more than a few times that I thought some of the situations that were supposed to be "mob family" related, felt a little implausible, which took away from the authenticity. These were the reasons my rating wasn't as high as I initially was going to rate it. Honestly, the story was good, the characters were strong, so don't be discouraged. The passion and angst that Kirsty-Anne Still is so very good at instilling in her books, is still very much present and fiery as ever. At the end, I was left an edgy, heart broken, hot arse mess. Kirsty-Anne successfully left me shattered and desperate for more with another Kindle-shaking cliff hanger ending! Why Kirsty...shakes fists in the air...why???!!! I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow book junkies out there who love their romance novels filled with angst and some dark betrayal.
5 out of 5 Devastatingly Dark, WTF, OMG, Heart Palpating Stars!
"You don't need to be domesticated at all. You've been domesticated your entire life. You need to be set free, spread your wings and fly."
I am starting to feel like a broken record, because I just can't get enough of the dark seductress that is Jettie Woodruff. She always finds a way to make me love what I should hate, and shove me in that, oh so tempting darkness. This tale is a harsh one indeed, but it was worth every heart clenching word read. My libido was sent flying of the charts and at the same time I was unequivocally emotionally gutted, which together, left me an utter hot arse mess. Such a typical emotional recipe while reading one of Jettie's books. Kendra was such an amazing and strong bitchy ass character. I effin' loved her. If you read this book, most of you will think that maybe I am the one with issues here, because it is just way too easy to hate her pompous uptight self. You have to dig deep....way deep...to find the gooey center that is Kendra's soft side. She is the way she is due to a devastatingly effed up child hood, and some shitty distorted conditioning to be nothing but subordinate arm candy.
"I had to stay true to myself. I vowed long ago never to long for affection, love, or admiration from anyone. It was a safer place to be. Stone cold was much easier than a false reality."
Kendra was living the high society life, with lots of money, a nice house, an appropriately successful husband that all lived up to the status quo she was supposed to maintain. From the outside she had it all, but Kendra hated it with a passion. She had some dark desires that were never sated, and a constant compulsion to satisfy her dark hunger herself...multiple time as day. That girl was a horn dog that could get in the mood from even the smallest things. At first I was like, "WTF girl, keep your hand out of your pants, you are gonna give yourself arthritis if you keep that up!" That quickly turned into, "Damn, is it getting hot in her?" Kendra always kept her true naughty desires to herself, because she was programmed to believe that they were wrong and dirty. Her life felt so desolate and lonely, trapped in a facade that was seemingly inescapable. That is until her life got flipped upside down after a few interesting encounters with the man hired to drive her boat for the summer. *Cue overly sarcastic voice* Kendra fraternizing with...perhaps even attracted to the "help"...no way??!
"I was joking. Get that stick out of your ass and let me domesticate you."
Sam was the only one who put her in her place, not putting up with her uptight shit. She began to loosen up around him, which made her drop her unemotional mask and feel things she didn't necessarily want to feel. The bossy bitch in her always seemed to resurface when these pesky emotions started to show. It seemed like that was just the way she was wired to be, but it was mainly because those rights were crudely stripped from her from an early age. Her childhood was so incredibly horrible, but it also fueled some of her forbidden fantasies. Sam tried to crack her shield in order to see the real Kendra within. It was a tough task to accomplish though. They were both treading on shaky waters (nautical pun intended). Kendra wanted un uncomplicated Dom to sate all her naughty wishes, but Sam was just not that kind of guy.
"Jesus, Sam. Why does it matter? Your dick was so fucking hard you were ready to explode after leaving your hand print across my ass. Don't tell me you didn't enjoy it too."
Got to love Kendra's unfiltered sassy mouth. Even though Sam proved to be a horrible Dom, she couldn't help the draw she had to him. She knew that he was starting to feel things for her, and despite all her denial, she was too. Kendra was still married, he was due back home at the end of the summer, and a lot of other reckless things happened to make their situation even messier than they ever thought. How could they possibly ever have a happy ending when one person always had only one foot in? If Kendra decided to go all in, would Sam be able to catch her when all things were revealed? Will her past continue to hold her poisoner from ever having that HEA?
"I knew with everything in me Sam was mine for the taking. The only question was my own reservations. Could Sam handle me, and could I handle him? Maybe giving in didn't mean I was weak, maybe it meant I deserved it."
Okay, I promise I am wrapping it up now. I went a little long with this one, but I couldn't help it. Once I started writing the review, I couldn't stop typing. This book had all my fav things--captivating and refreshing storyline, strong female character that I couldn't help love despite the laundry list of reason why I shouldn't, a swoon worthy male lead who ran rampant with my heart and my knickers, and enough emotional turmoil to leave me shaking my fists high to the book heavens. Jettie really knows how to pull all the right strings, and I will always be her willing puppet. I can't wait to see what else she has up her deliciously enticing sleeve. I would definitely, absolutely, highly recommend this book to my fellow book junkies out there. Oh, and if you haven't read any other books by Jettie Woodruff, go get your read on peeps! You are missing out on some seriously effed up, magnificently maddening, amazingly addicting stories. ;)
4 out of 5 Emotional, Passion-filled, Finding The One Stars!
This second book was a fantastic addition to this series. This one tells the story of Nicole and Avery, which were the best friends of Ethan and Brooke who we met in the first book. They all met on the same couples cruise, but Nicole and Avery instantly embraced their connection. They hopped right into each others beds and the fireworks were set off with a huge bang. I really enjoyed the flash back to how they met, seeing it from their perspective was great to read. Avery was such a softy with a sweet gooey middle compared to his tough shelled, emotionally withdrawn best friend (I perfer the tough bad boys myself, their my fav). He was a hopeless romantic waiting for the one to spend the rest of his forever with. It was so freakin' adorable to read...I know men hate to be called adorable, but it if the adorable shoe fits--adorable, adorable, adorable. Their whole relationship gave me the warm and fuzzies. All the mushy stuff usually initiates my gag reflex, but I just couldn't help but root for them with a super annoying smile plastered on my face.
"I felt like my life started the day Nicole and I met. For so long I was searching, wanting to find that person to spend the rest of my life with and when I found Nicole I knew; I knew she was the one. She was my reason to live. My reason to breathe. My reason to love." -Avery
I know that in most romance books, there are always things thrown at them to test the relationship, so I knew that the rainbows were soon to be replaced with some nasty storm clouds. It really did sneak up on me though. They always seemed to handle most of their obstacles pretty seamlessly, but when they were hit with this tragedy, I was quite an emotional wreck.
"It broke me. It hurt me. It drained me and everything around me turned to darkness." -Nicole
Can their relationship survive the tradgeic events that unfold? How do they deal with their overflowing emotions without letting the negative overtake their love? Their HEA was so easily and immediately mapped out for them, but will they be able to find their way back in the right direction?
"The light jacket that I had on allowed the cold wind to seep through, but I couldn't feel anything. What was worth feeling if the only person that made me feel had left me?" -Avery
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the series in general. The story was well balanced with their initial meeting on the cruise, and their story afterwards as well. The back stories of their past hook ups before the cruise were hilarious. I was dying from laughter during Avery's flashback story. Let's just say, it involved a nosy 'peeping Tom' of a lizard named Fred that liked to watch the naughty sexcapades. I like a good book that can make me laugh and also lay on the emotional side as well. I eagerly await the next book in the series, which will continue Ethan and Brooke's story. I definitely recommend this book and series to my fellow book junkie out there.
5 out of 5 Awe Inspiring, Deeply Enchanting, Unforgettable Stars!
"I loved when he looked at me that way. It was something between awe and disbelief mingled with a tender reverence. It was as if his universe and all the answers were held in the stars of my eyes."
First off, let me just say that I was completely blown away by the emotional impact this story was able to deliver. I was completely captivated by these amazing characters and absolutely enthralling story. My heart was beating erratically out of my chest for the majority of this book. My house was a mess, because every spare moment I had, I went straight to my Kindle. I was an obsessed book junkie to the T. I am still reeling right now, as I look back at it to write this review. Grayson was able to both warm and break my heart with just one small smirk. I loved Angie as well; she was a strong willed, warm hearted, amazing female character. Her determination to get to know the mysterious enigma that was Grayson was so admirable, and pretty damn brave. Angie cared very little about his mental illness…she just wanted to get to know the incredible man that slowly began to show himself to her.
"He was so reserved, always holding back. My reclusive hero was an enigma. He did the most wonderful things for me, yet blocked every attempt I made to get close to him." -Angie
Angie was a hard working woman, who was attending grad school, working at the hospital as a nurse, and also working at her newly acquired job cleaning up a house that was in total disarray. She was hired by a slimy and cocky young rich kid who she hated from the get go. She believed that the mentally ill father she was told about that lived upstairs, was old and fragile. She had the wake up of a lifetime when she went innocently exploring to find the “old” mentally ill unknown father. This part had me a hot mess of mixed up emotions. I was gasping in pure shock, covering my eyes with embarrassment, and laughing with a bright flush on my face all at the same time. Well, let’s just say that Angie and Grayson didn’t start off on the best of terms.
"I knew that I'd felt a connection with him, knew that this man with his own brand of humor had somehow seeped into my skin, but who would've thought that this playful, exquisite, truly beautiful human being was hiding amid all this rubbish. It was like finding a perfectly polished diamond in a sea of gravel."
Despite their initial uncouth meeting, she couldn’t bring herself to stay away (loved that about her…you get’em girl). As time went by, Angie became more obvious about her needing his “help”, but even though he was on to her, he still went with it. You could see his walls beginning to crumble, and it was so heartwarming to read. With very little effort, Grayson swept right in and stole my heart and my knickers! He was just such a brilliant and enthralling character that you couldn’t help but fall in desperate love with. Oh, and did I mention that the sexual chemistry between them could reduce a nun to a puddle of hormonal goo?
"Unfathomable pleasure burned me with a blistering heat as he pounded into me. Our coupling was raw and hedonistic, and the pleasure was as sharp as a razor's edge."
Throughout their interactions, Grayson begins to question Angie’s motives which cause some quite intense reactions from both of them. They not only have to work through their fragile growing relationship, but there are other outside forces that try to cause problems as well. The amount of shit they had to go through just to be together was unbelievable, yet enlivening to the soul. Not many people could handle all of that, but Angie’s determination and dedication never wavered.
"It's me, Grayson. It's Angie. I'm on your side."
Angie and Grayson’s journey was completely bewitching and so very inspirational. Though it isn’t your typical love, hearts, and rainbows kind of romance, it truly instills a deep sense of the true meaning of unconditional and absolute love. There was a raw vulnerability shown that was beautifully flawed and thought provoking. It made me think about so many different aspects of a typical and not so typical relationship, and that is what really good writing will and should do to you....make you think and question. I was a highlighting fool with this one, if you couldn't tell be all my quotes sprinkled throughout--and that's just a fraction of them. Bravo Lisa Eugene, for writing such a brilliant story with characters that I will remember forever. You know you read a fantastic book, when you go to bed still thinking about the story and characters. I went through so many different emotions while reading this one…some of which I didn’t even know I had, and I loved every minute of it. It made me laugh, scream, and reach for that dreaded box of tissues. I will most certainly be lightly stalking this author; just to be sure I don’t miss any of her upcoming books (wink, wink). I would beyond a shadow of a doubt recommend this book to my fellow book junkies out there. Go out and read this book!
"Angie. My heart. My salvation. My Love." -Grayson
4.5 out of 5-I want a Week in New York with Ethan, Scorching Hot, Captivating Stars!
[image error] Well, I guess its official...I am a dedicated fan girl of the amazing Louise Bay. You can really see how much she has grown as a writer since her debut novel, Faithful. This new series has got me in its hooks, and I am already antsy to get my greedy hands on the next one. This is a spin off from the other series Louise has written. It focuses on Anna, which is best friends with Leah, who we met in Faithful. The characters were fun, witty, and alluring. Ethan was just the right amount of sexy alpha that successfully took me on a first class ride to swoon-town.
"Fuck," he said. "When you look at me like that, it does something to me. It flicks a switch in me." -Ethan
It was fun to see these two crumble under the pressure of their own set rules. They both went into it, thinking it was just for one night...no emotions, no promises, just hot sex. Then came those annoying, seemingly set in stone rules they made, all in order to avoid the emotions that typically come from sex. *Cue rule book thrown out the window* What was supposed to be a one night stand...turned into a 7 night stand.
"I like you. You're funny and sexy and amazing in bed. You're here for a week. Then you're gone. You've said you need a little fun in your life and I'm happy to oblige. Why don't we hang out for the week? We can have some fun and then say good bye. No bullshit. No promises."-Ethan
I loved that Ethan was the one that seemed to throw his neatly compartmentalized emotions out there first. He never had a relationship...only hookups with no actual dates at all (you know the going out to eat, drinks, phone number exchange, walk me to my door bologna). Anna was up for it in hopes to forget her last pitfall of a relationship and for the wild sex of course. She was the one that was more reluctant to let that pesky little emotion she kept trying to shove down show...hope for more.
"I was getting over someone else. He wasn't meant to be the guy that got to know me, that took me away for weekends, that gave me more orgasms in the past three days than I'd ever had in my life. He was meant to be uncomplicated fun. This felt like it was verging on complicated."- Anna
As the week went by, they both began to question each others motives. The one girl that Ethan actually wanted a relationship with was about to escape back to England, and he had to let her go. What began as a fun uncomplicated ride with lots of orgasms, took a turn to emotional turmoil, leaving both of them frustrated at the whole situation. Will one of them suck up their pride and succumb to the overwhelming feelings of how right they are for each other...give the big 'eff you' to the whole situation. Or will reality be the bitch that prevails and they just let each other go?
"He didn't say anything. Part of me was relieved--but there was something, a voice right at the back of my head, that was urging him to ask me to stay, to tell me we could be together, we could make it work between us, that it wasn't just a fling for him, that he felt something more, something different."- Anna
This was a novella, so it was short, but also packed with crazy scorching chemistry and an amazingly captivating storyline. (Where do I sign up for a week in New York with Ethan Scott? Hook me up with the sign up sheet Louise.) Ethan swooned the knickers right off me and Anna was a fantastic, fun strong female character. The steaminess of this book left me so hot and bothered, that I had to keep looking around to make sure I wasn't making any inappropriate faces while in public. Louise sure knows how to heat up my Kindle. I had a blush and a smile plastered on my face throughout this book. I really enjoyed the whole concept to this serial novella series, which continues with Autumn in London. This will be the continuation of Ethan and Anna's story and is set to release December 2nd, so be on the look out. I most definitely would recommend this book and series to my fellow naughty book junkies out there. Short, hot, and right to the point!
Well, this was one wild, thrilling, enthralling way to conclude Justin and Charity's story. I was anxiously awaiting for them to finally get their peace and HEA. There were some quite unexpected and powerful tugs at my emotion heart strings in this one. The first two books held so many secrets and twists, that the anticipation was successful laid for this final one. Justin really did it for me in all three books, and he surely did not disappoint in leaving me a swoon mess once again. The secondary characters had equally enticing stories and it was fun to read about their romance ups and downs as well.
"You've been ready all along. I'm the one that's terrified. I'm still trying to understand how my life got here--how I was lucky enough to find you. I have a prize that I don't deserve, and I'm doing everything in my damn power to keep it before God realizes the mistake he made giving his angel to me." -Justin
It's best just to check your knickers at the door, because they are certain to be swooned right off by the relentless Justin Collins. He is just so such a sexy mix of alpha caveman and oh so charming and sweet! I loved him hard throughout all three books. Justin and Charity's relationship is once again tested in more ways than one. Not only do they still have to fight for their safety because of Justin's dangerous job, but other unbearable tragedies occur that could possibly tear them apart.
" Fuck me, " he orders. "I don't care how tired you are. I don't want your excuses; I want you to use your beautiful body. Show me what you can do." -Justin
Hells to the yes...sign me up! In this book, all the secrets have been revealed, but they have a sinister murder hell bent on hunting them all down. Justin has to come up with a plan to take him down before he gets to the people he loves. At the same time, he is training his new found brother Garrett to take the reigns, so he and Lena can step down and finally have a real life. They can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but will they all make it there safe and in one piece?
"There are those here who I feel are more important than myself, those I would give my life for, but there is only one in here, on this planet, that is so vital to me that I would even kill the rest of you to protect her."- Justin
Is it wrong that that totally made me HOT and melted me to that pile of goo over there in the corner? Well if it is then I don't want to be right. Justin completely made this story for me. As a whole I liked the series, but the final book had its moments where I just thought "get on with it already"! The first two books held the elements of secrets and betrayals that added some fantastic juiciness. This third book was really just the conclusion to find Marker before he got to them, so it was mainly a waiting game till that one pinnacle point. I do have to say there was a heart clenching twist at the end that really did take me by surprise and had my heart breaking, along with my jaw successfully dropping. Where the story dragged on a bit, there was Justin's unbreakable dedication and unapologetic protectiveness that kept me going. I loved/hated the (short teaser pleaser) epilogue, because it was a glimpse into the sexy, tension filled story of Garret and Trisha. Maya James is going to tell their story with the upcoming novel, Panther's Heart, so be sure to stay tuned because it's sure to be a scorcher. I would definitely recommend this series to my fellow readers who love a little suspense and thrilling passion in their romance novels!
4 out of 5 Passion-filled, Swooning Alpha Male Stars!