Such a fun read! I laughed, I teared up, I swooned, I rolled my eyes. These characters were so enjoyable to get to know. Not only were the lead characSuch a fun read! I laughed, I teared up, I swooned, I rolled my eyes. These characters were so enjoyable to get to know. Not only were the lead characters great but so were the secondary.
I rooted for Mellie and Trevor both; as characters that I wanted to see become successful in their scientific endeavors as well as their romantic relationship. I was so happy to be reading a strong female lead that wasn't full of the usual cliches. Don't get me wrong, I love a good cliche romance novel but 50 Ways was such a refreshing take on the genre.
One thing I can tell you, dear Reader, if you love a strong female romance character that is into more than just finding a husband, is smart and witty, Mellie is for you.
Trevor wasn't the 'usual' hero either. Both he and Mellie were straight forward about their intentions. Their determination to help one another was one of my favorite parts, as was the chemistry and friendship between Mellie and Trevor. Our handsome hero only a nice looking face himself. I loved that he discovered just how brilliant Mellie was and did not treat her like we so often see men treating women in that era.
As much as this story was about Mellie and Trevor's love story, it was also largely about Mellie spreading her wings. I believe that is part of the reason I connected so well with her. I enjoyed this read so much I didn't want to reach the end. Ms. Lee wraps it all up nicely, for all involved.
I can't wait to see this series continue. *gobble gobble*
Beautiful. Haunting. Heartbreaking. I haven't been touched by a book like this in a long while. Maybe it's because of the things happening in my lifeBeautiful. Haunting. Heartbreaking. I haven't been touched by a book like this in a long while. Maybe it's because of the things happening in my life currently. Maybe it's because it's just beautifully written and raw and real. I'm so thankful someone convinced me to read this here and now. Everyone needs to read this book. It's a reminder that life is short, precious, sometimes painful, but there's always hope if you just look for it. ...more
I don't know that I have the appropriate words needed to talk about how beautiful a book Clipped Wings truly is. I'd read it in it's original form, asI don't know that I have the appropriate words needed to talk about how beautiful a book Clipped Wings truly is. I'd read it in it's original form, as Twilight fan fiction so I was eager to get my hands on the published version. Sometimes you never know what changes (if any) are made when a fan fiction gets pulled offline and picked up by a publisher. That doesn't really bother me, I have to admit, because I like revisiting 'old friends'. Clipped Wings was one of the first fan fiction stories I read and it has stuck with me since.
It's hard to write a review for a book that you absolutely love and adore and not give too much away. Clipped Wings is packed with raw emotion and a lot of angst. I know that's not everyone's cup of tea but I love a touch of heartichoke mixed in with my eventual romance and spiciness.
And let me just say that the spice and the romance are both there in spades. Ms. Hunting does a gorgeous job with both of those.
Hayden is that guy you want to hug and heal. Tenley is that girl you want to see fit in her own skin and grow as a confident person. Both of these characters have had some really terrible things happen in their lives. They definitely make you want to bawl your eyes out a time or two. The writing in some scenes is so powerful I found it effecting my mood. I was a roller coaster ride up until I finished reading. This is not a complaint at all, but almost a compliment that a story could make me react so strongly.
The changes that were made in the book, compared to what I remember when I read it as FF are great. I believe they definitely strengthened my love for Hayden and Tenley, as well as the secondary characters. I really wish I could be more specific because so many things occur that are important to the overall aspect of why I loved the book. Since I can't do that, here's a small list of stuff I loved:
The Kitten, Hayden's passion for artistry, as well as hard exterior/soft interior, Tenley's strength and calm nature, Friendships between the small group of characters, Raw emotions and the slow slide into love, Cupcakes
Things I did not love: That cliffhanger! But that's ok because I've moved on to Inked Armor and I get to love up on more of Tenley and Hayden.
I have to admit that I received a copy via NetGalley through the publisher but I was not having any part of that and bought my own copy with my own money so I could have it in print. That's how much I love this series....more
I'm currently making an effort to read more of my netgalley books and since I've been in the mood forThis review can also be found on Book Boudoir.
I'm currently making an effort to read more of my netgalley books and since I've been in the mood for some historical romance lately, I chose Seven Nights to dig in to. I can't say how glad I was that I did finally read it. SNiaRB hit every single sweet spot I have. Loner, misunderstood guy that is afraid of contact with others because of a tragic past. Virginal lady that is being handed over to the wolves to save her family. Ding ding ding.
The setting of Seven is gothic and intriguing. From the first sentence in chapter one I was curious about what was taking place. Sidonie arrives in the middle of a storm, having agreed to take her sisters place and spend a week with a man that she's been led to believe she should fear. She is such a strong character though. I don't know that I could turn myself over to someone just to protect my sisters secret! But Roberta's secret isn't the only one Sodonie carries. She also has one of her own, and it involves Jonas. Bum bum bum.
When we first meet Jonas he is a hard, cold man that lurks in the shadows. It's obvious he has reason for these things, making him even more intriguing. As I got to know him, I realized that all of Jonas' life he's been incredibly mistreated for a few silly reasons. Society has shunned him and it's made Jonas very bitter; rightfully so in my opinion.
Sodonie slowly brings out a different side of Jonas in the short amount of time they spend together. They also share a great amount of sexual tension, another personal favorite. One of the other things I really enjoyed about this novel is that they don't jump into bed immediately, despite the books title. Jonas doesn't try to force her or pressure Sodonie into anything. He's patient, even though it's obvious he wants her in his bed.
Their time together is delicious and somewhat bittersweet, with knowing she can't stay there. Sodonie and Jonas both begin to have feelings for one another but neither admits to it.
After Sodonie returns home and Jonas finds out she was withholding information that could change his life, he is completely torn apart. The revelation puts a large rift in any future relationship they might have had. It's completely heartbreaking. Jonas shuts down and refuses to talk to Sodonie. But she's determine to make him see that she wasn't trying to hurt him, but protect her sister.
It is completely gut wrenching how torn apart Jonas is. He wants Sodonie, to create a family with her and to finally be happy, but he is so very broken and doesn't think he can trust her. Thankfully, her determination to make him see that she was doing the right thing does pull through eventually. I was really worried that I wasn't going to get my happily ever after and it was down to the wire. I kept watching my kindle percentage tick on and finally at the last minute, everything was worked out for the best.
Seven Nights was sexy, heart tugging, and sweet. This is the first in a series and I can not wait for the next installment!...more
It's no secret that I'm always a sucker for books where the hero and heroine are friends first. UnrequiteThis review can be found at Book Boudoir.
It's no secret that I'm always a sucker for books where the hero and heroine are friends first. Unrequited love that has a happy ending is one of my favorites. Plus One hit the spot with that theme. Olivia has had terrible luck in the men department. From creeps to flat out weirdos. She has come to the conclusion that she's never going to find someone worth her time. For me, this was one of those stories I could relate to when it came to that. I've dealt with some crazy guys in the past myself.
When Olivia's friend Ian steps up and offers to be her 'plus one' in a slew of weddings she must attend, she agrees. What could be better than spending the evening with someone that knows you well. No more awkward dates are needed! It makes perfect sense. Except, Ian always had a crush on Olivia and she was totally oblivious.
One of the things I liked most about Plus One is that in this type of story it's usually the female lead that has a crush on the guy and he doesn't realize. The switch up is a fun twist! I really enjoyed that.
Also, the sexual tension between the two of them was smokin' hot. It's obvious there is a serious connection, physical and emotional, but both of them do their best to fight against it in different ways. Ian is afraid of getting hurt, Olivia is just confused about these feelings she's having. Neither of them wants to ruin their friendship.
These two characters are the type that you just want to smush together and MAKE them kiss. Just so they'll see what they are missing out on. Luckily, I didn't have to do that and they got their HEA. Yay!!!
Brighton Walsh tells such a great story. Plus One is sweet, and sexy. My only tiny complaint is I didn't want it to end! ...more
It's no secret that I really love when the male lead in a book is hard and tough and hard headed and just...frustrating beyond belief. I don't know whIt's no secret that I really love when the male lead in a book is hard and tough and hard headed and just...frustrating beyond belief. I don't know what it is about that but I love it.
Remington is definitely that personality type. I never knew what he was going to do next and I couldn't really get into his head, even when he began to open up to Brooke. This is in no way a complaint. Though Remington could be frustrating I enjoyed slowly learning about him.
Brooke is such a juxtaposition when you consider Remington. She's classy and lady like. Not the kind of girl you'd think would be interested in a boxer. Then again, I don't know that I would have thought he'd be interested in her either. But I always enjoy it when the male and female lead are entirely opposite but somehow still 'work'.
There's good chemistry between the two, which is always a plus when reading a romance heavy book. I liked that it wasn't solely about the romance though. There's back story on both Remington and Brooke, which made them more well rounded characters and the book a lot more 'real' (no pun intended).
REAL is a good book and I enjoyed Katy Evans style. I'm curious to see how the rest of this series goes....more
There are so many BDSM style books coming out of the wood work lately, for obvious reasons. The nitty gritty onThis review can also be viewed here.
There are so many BDSM style books coming out of the wood work lately, for obvious reasons. The nitty gritty on this one is-- it did have moments that reminded me of the Shades books. Sometimes it distracted me, but not so much that it was annoying.
As I got deeper into the story there were clear differences between most of the other fetish books I've read more recently. This was more about Nikki stepping out of her comfort zone by allowing people to get closer to her. She had a rocky past to overcome. Damien knows this but he's not aware of the extent of what happened to her.
Damien is that rich guy that always gets his way. The one we've seen in too many books to count. That one that meddles in a girls life without her knowing or approving. He wants Nikki -- to work for him, to join him in his bed, and it's almost impossible for her to say no. She agrees to 'work' for Damien for a ridiculous sum of money, which she will earn in only a week. I don't want to spoil what it is she agrees to but it's definitely a different twist.
In doing so, Nikki must reveal parts of herself she never wanted anyone to see. But Damien is compassionate and caring. I really enjoyed that about his character. While it's obvious he is dominant, he never actually says so. It's in his actions. He is commanding, knowledgeable, passionate and compassionate. He guides Nikki into a submissive role but never actually tells her what kind of relationship he's developing. I couldn't decide if that bothered me or not.
On one hand, I figured surely she was aware of D/s, I can't imagine someone not being. Then on the other hand, just because I know what BDSM and Dom/sub is, it doesn't mean everyone does. It's possible she doesn't know the term for their budding romance; just that she enjoys the thing he does to her. I wish there had been some explanation of that somewhere in the book.
I did enjoy Release Me but it didn't stick out in my mind the way I'd hoped it would. It felt more like a novella because of the speed in which everything happened. The entire book was probably the span of a whole week. I like a bit more pacing sometimes.
While I did enjoy the characters, I felt like it had a bit more potential. There were things I'd have liked to have seen fleshed out more, to help me really connect....more
**spoiler alert** I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped. It was slow in parts and I got bored or confused. I enjoyed the characters but I felt like**spoiler alert** I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped. It was slow in parts and I got bored or confused. I enjoyed the characters but I felt like some of the plot was unnecessary. I spent a good bit of time wondering about a few certain aspects of the story and how they were believable. I felt like Fiona's parents being unreachable the entire book, and that the family couldn't stop Tye from doing his fathers bidding was a little less believable.
As I said, I did enjoy the characters, Tiberius was intriguing, Hester was caring, Fiona was precocious, Aunt was hilarious ...but I wasn't fully engaged with the emotions. I didn't feel the chemistry between Hester and Tiberius the way I'd have liked. I felt like I was waiting on the story to begin through the entire book. It never picked up for me, sadly. ...more
I've always been a really big fan of Julie Garwood. She has written some amazing highlander books. Since she's bThis review can also be found here.
I've always been a really big fan of Julie Garwood. She has written some amazing highlander books. Since she's been writing more contemporary stuff in the last few years I've looked for books to fill the void because I'm a big fan of this type of book. I found The Bridegroom Wore Plaid on NetGalley and requested a copy right away. I was thrilled to be approved and to start reading it.
Augusta, the cousin of Ian MacGregor's intended bride is unlike any woman he's ever met. From her violet colored eyes to her plain spoken attitude, Augusta surprises Ian at every turn. They bond and build a friendship; Augusta intending on helping Ian with his suit to win over his future bride, who he needs to marry in order to help save his family and clan.
The only thing is, Ian's future bride has no interest in marrying him and hasn't allowed him to get to know her, not the way Augusta has. There's no way Ian would be happy marrying someone he can't connect with, but he can't marry Augusta either. She's a 'spinster' and dependent on her uncle and his family after losing both her parents at an early age. Her uncle turns out to be horrible. There are little signs here and there, making it clear that he's up to something, that he's hiding things.
As bits and pieces of information start to fall into place Ian becomes suspicious that maybe there's more to Augusta's history so he starts to dig around. I really liked the blend of romance, with the mystery and intrigue aspect of Bridegroom. It's rare to have the hero and heroine in a period book to become such good friends before falling in love so that was a nice change as well.
When Ian makes a huge decision that will change his life he must figure out how to tell everyone. But Augusta takes things into her own hands and helps him out a little. I loved that she isn't a cowering 'lady'. She speaks her mind, is a bit sassy, and smart. Definitely a strong female character. It's understandable that Ian would be drawn to her strong personality. He knows he loves Augusta and she knows she loves him, but they had to get to the point of telling one another how they felt.
I really enjoyed the way things were wrapped up in the story. Questions answered, happiness achieved. There's lots of fun and entertaining characters in this book and I'm happy it's going to be a series since I like to know what happens to couples in the future. My only real issue was that in the beginning of the book there was a lot of characters to remember and keep up with. Once I got the hang of it and knew who was who, that disappeared.
Back in the day (hehe) I'd just read this book series about vampires and werewolves but it left me waThis review can also be found at Book Boudoir.
Back in the day (hehe) I'd just read this book series about vampires and werewolves but it left me wanting more. I decided to find some fanfiction to make up for the things I didn't get *cough* mostly smutty deliciousness. Everyone was all in a tizzy about a few different stories, The Office, being one of them. When I started reading it, I understood why that was.
Much to my enjoyment and glee, that fanfic became a published book. When I heard the news I flailed all over myself and had to get my hands on it as soon as it was released. There are some stories that I hold near and dear to my heart and this is one of them. To be able to have it in print and on my bookcase was a dream come true for this fangirl.
Granted, there is a lot of changes between the fanfiction and the published book, I still love it so very much. Chloe is sassy and head strong. No wilting flower, which we do often get in romantic based books. She gives as good as she gets from Bennett. And she definitely gets a lot of attitude from him. Her frustration with him pretty much jumps off the pages. I like that Chloe is a smart, successful, business woman too.
Bennett ... he's a difficult man to work for. At times he seems to be unwilling to bend. It was his way or the highway. That is, until I was really able to get into his mind. With BB alternating POVs through the book it was nice to see where his head is. He definitely has conflicting emotions when it came to Chloe. As I got to know him a little better I could understand why that is. I loved his personality, really. He's a hard working, brilliant, and protective guy. Plus, he's always in a suit and tie. You can't go wrong with that. Ever.
Beautiful Bastard is incredibly sexy and admittedly, smut filled within the first few pages. But, it's so much more than that too. There is an intense relationship between Chloe and Bennett and for this reader, it was very believable and obvious.
I love UST and this is full of that too, because even though they have multiple flings together, neither of them wants it to happen again. It's kind of funny actually. One second they are both swearing it won't happen again, then two seconds later, they're *ahem* on a desk. I spent a lot of time fanning my face, I'll just admit that right now. So if you're looking for a yummy, turned romance read, this one could be for you.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stalk my mailbox for Beautiful Stranger!...more
I admit that I was a little uncertain when I started reading this. Sometimes this type of story can seem rushed --This review can also be found here.
I admit that I was a little uncertain when I started reading this. Sometimes this type of story can seem rushed -- A bride immediately jumping into a relationship with another man. Happily, it wasn't the case with The Wedding Fling. I felt the pacing was decent and the story was entertaining.
Leigh Bailey is definitely not what you'd expect out of an actress. She's naive, nice and doesn't like the spot light at all. Her mother controls her life. Her parents do nothing but argue. And the huge gap between her and her fiance has been growing for a while.
She finds out that he is cheating on her, on the day of their wedding. She reacts immediately, taking off for the airport. I shake my head as I think about it again. The guy deserved to be confronted-- and then maybe I'd have voted she take off for the airport. I get why she didn't do it though, especially after reading more of her story and getting to know her character.
I liked the private islands resort pilot, Will Burgess. He's a bit sarcastic and definitely skeptical of Leigh. She's not the first celebrity to have floated through the island on a luxury vacation. When Leigh invites herself to a resort employee party Will sees a different side of her. They have great chemistry, Will and Leigh but he tries his best to stay away from her.
Will is a bit of a... free spirit. He can easily take off any time, leaving everything behind. The last thing he really wants is to get involved with someone. Least of all someone that the tabloids are after. And he knows for sure they are, since they contacted him to leak info on her. It's a tempting offer, but once he gets to know her a little better, he can't do it. Will is a really good guy and can't bring himself to do something like that to her.
Their friendship and relationship grows slowly buy steadily. They are great together but it's obvious that things are going to go south. There usually isn't an HEA without a little drama before hand. Also, I figured that tabloid thing wasn't just going to go away. And when Leigh finds out about it, things aren't pretty. Of course it's hard for her to believe he didn't have ill intent. Leigh has always had to deal with people wanting things out of her. It's not shocking that she'd assume Will is just after something else, mainly money.
There's a lot of miscommunication and heart break between these two. Even when Leigh goes home she can't forget about Will. One thing leads to another and Leigh realizes she made a mistake, that Will wasn't trying to use or hurt her. She hurries back to the island to make amends with him. I wanted to hug the poor guy once I learned what he had done to move forward with his life. No longer was he the drifter I first met.
Will's made a drastic life change and when she finds out Leigh makes one of her own. I felt like they had both done everything they should to get to the right spot-- the place they were meant to be in. Together.
The Wedding Fling was a sweet and steamy story that I read pretty quickly. I enjoyed Meg Maguire's style of writing and her characters very much. I just imagine that Will and Leigh are sitting on a beach together, watching the sunset every evening.
A series that follows a family is one of my favorite things to read. I enjoy getting to know characters and then beThis review is also posted here.
A series that follows a family is one of my favorite things to read. I enjoy getting to know characters and then being able to go along once they've had their 'happy ending' in a book. The reader can catch up with the couples in past books and see their relationship evolve. Caroselli's Christmas Baby is part of The Caroselli Inheritance. Which I assume (hope) will be a series.
Nick is an interesting guy. His family is in the chocolate business and his grandfather wants nothing more than to see him married with a family. They are a meddling group of people and the family needs male heirs. Only thing is, Nick doesn't really have interest in tying the knot or having children. When his grandfather makes a deal with him he can't refuse, Nick begins to reconsider his life.
Then his best friend of twenty years mentions she wants to have a baby and Nick figures, two birds one stone. They can marry, and produce an heir then get divorced. Nick gets what he wants, Terri gets what she desires. It's a win win situation. Except once the ball is rolling, their physical chemistry is fairly intense and Nick isn't sure he wants to let her go after their deal is complete.
Terri is torn between what she wants and what she thinks is best for her. She lost those she loved most early in her life. If she allows herself to get too close to Nick, she may get her heart broken again.
Something changes Terri's mind and she realizes she needs Nick in her life, that maybe they can make things work. When Nick realizes he's in love with her and it's possible Terri feels the same way, he confesses his feelings. She panics and they argue and separate. Time apart gives them some perspective on what they really want the rest of their lives to be.
They both want forever. Not just a temporary, for money relationship.
I enjoyed both Nick and Terri's characters, as well as the secondary ones too. My only "complaint" is that I wish it had been longer, maybe more detailed here and there, but most Christmas novels are usually short and sweet anyway. Caroselli was definitely light and sweet. A fun, holiday read....more
The Prince is the third book in The Original Sinners series (The Siren #1, The Angel #2). I am actually having troubReview can also be viewed here.
The Prince is the third book in The Original Sinners series (The Siren #1, The Angel #2). I am actually having trouble putting my thoughts together enough to review it. This seems to have happened with the other two books as well. This is not a bad thing, don't get me wrong. It's just that Tiffany Reisz's books leave your mind a little boggled.
One of the things that sticks out in mind is that the point of views alternate with each chapter. I really loved that, actually. In some books that can make things confusing but in The Prince, it added to the experience. There's a lot of back story between Soren and Kingsley, which I really enjoyed. It made me see both of those characters in a different light. I haven't always been Soren's biggest fan, I won't deny that, but seeing another side of him was great. It made him and Kingsley both a lot more 3D. They are incredibly complex characters. And, really, heart stuttering sexy too.
I've always been a fan of Wesley and at the end of The Siren I was flailing over him. Such a curious young man. I needed more of him. Of course I was thrilled to have a large chunk of the book with him and Nora spending time together. There's a little bit of mystery intertwined in their story. It made me really curious about the horse racing world. Wes and Nora are sweet and hot together too. They are a great combination but I feel like the other shoe hasn't quite dropped yet when it comes to them. I'm a little nervous!
In most great books, there's a twist. The twist. Oh, the twist. Still has my mind whirling! And the whole damn book ended on a CLIFF. HANGER. to beat all cliffhangers. When I read the very last line I said, rather loudly, "Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?!" As I recall, the previous two books ended on cliffies too. I should have known this one would as well. It has left me salivating and chomping at the bit [see what I did there?] for more. Why must we have to wait so long?!
If you haven't given these books a read, please do. They are full of great and fascinating characters, delicious sex scenes and interesting plot! ...more
I don't usually read books with a religious undertone. And every time I say that I roll my eyes at myselThis review can also be found at Book Boudoir.
I don't usually read books with a religious undertone. And every time I say that I roll my eyes at myself because I seem to read them randomly -- even though they are on my "don't read" list. Yeah, it makes no sense. The summary of The Guest Book was enough to catch my attention and I decided to give it a try anyway. Part of me is glad I did. I'll explain why.
I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason. Whether it's a conversation you are having making you realize something, or even reading a book that makes you realize things won't always be tough. However, I don't like for religion to be the forefront of anything I read or listen to. Mostly because there is such a fine line between sharing your views and pushing your opinion on people to try and make them believe it too. TGB straddled that line for me.
It started out without any mention of religion and I thought maybe the other reviews I'd read were just flat our wrong. Then about half way through it seemed to just pop up...followed by it being mentioned what sometimes felt like every other page. It was borderline too much. That aside, I really did enjoy the book. [Don't look at me like that! I'm a woman and I have every right to like something even when it is full of things I don't connect with.]
There was a lot of repetitiveness. I felt like "the artist" was being drilled into my head every page or two. But it was a neat idea for a story. I just didn't feel like it was solid enough to grab me and not let me go. There was something that I didn't connect with. Possibly because I haven't gone through the major things that Macy had? I don't know. I can't say for sure.
I'd have liked to have learned more about certain characters. I enjoyed Macy's daughter, mother and brother .Really curious about him by the end of the book. Enough so that I'd be willing to read a book about him probably, even though I felt like his life was being groomed into something religious.
At the risk of spoiling it, Macy does meet three men, all very different, and all being set up for romance. I found myself unable to decide who to "root" for when it came to them. Usually I have a pretty solid idea of who I want the heroine to end up with in a romance based novel. Not so with this one. I kind of enjoyed that! All three men were sweet and caring at the core, which was a huge bonus. No jerks with ulterior motives in-sight. Phew! That was a breath of fresh air since some romance novels lean on that a lot. I definitely enjoyed that the people Macy meets come into her life for a reason. Some stay for longer than others, but they all helped her grow and see what she wanted out of life.
Ms. Whalen's writing style and voice was nice and I'm curious enough to check out other books by her. I think The Guest Book would be a great beach read, if you're planning on stocking up on books for summer vacation!...more
A Scandalous Affair was a bit of a novella. Occasionally it's hard to get into a shorter book but AffairThis review is also posted on Book Boudoir
A Scandalous Affair was a bit of a novella. Occasionally it's hard to get into a shorter book but Affair pulled me right in from the start. It's rare to read such a strong female lead in a period piece, which was part of the reason why I loved this story.
Daphne doesn't hesitate to go after what she wants, even when it's possible the man she's after doesn't want her in return.
Hartwell is said to be arrogant and cold. Treating women like they are nothing once he's done with them.
But when Daphne and Hartwell dance at a masquerade ball, she realizes there may be more to this man. She's determined to find out if she's correct; whether it means taking some risks with her own reputation or not.
Hartwell is uncertain, afraid really, of what Daphne's reaction will be when she discovers his "affliction". It's something he's struggled with all of his life, the emotional scars from his childhood still haunting him. But she isn't shallow enough to let that stop her. She sets out to prove to him that he's been wrong to hide from everyone. That he shouldn't hide from her.
The chemistry between the two is off the charts, both behind their masks and when they are removed. When they sneak around and are more out in the open, it's delicious. Daphne sees to it that she shows Hartwell what it's like to be loved by someone unconditionally.
My tiny complaint is that though we know Hartwell has a stutter, we don't really 'see' it in the story since the stutter doesn't manifest when he is with Daphne. I think it would have made my heart soften even more toward him if I got that somewhere during Hartwell's journey in this book. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it and sped through it rather quickly.
I've actually not read the first two books in this series since I received this from Netgalley. I'm incredibly curious about these books and want to pick up more....more
OK. I really am not sure I have enough words in me to explain how much I enjoyed The Angel. I honestlyThis review can also by viewed on Book Boudoir.
OK. I really am not sure I have enough words in me to explain how much I enjoyed The Angel. I honestly wasn't sure when or if I would get around to reading it. After seeing the comments of someone I follow on GoodReads and Twitter she had me intrigued. I had to know what happened with the characters I'd read about in The Siren (Original Sinners #1).
In The Angel we learn a lot more about the Soren. I admit, I wasn't a huge fan of his in The Siren, but he definitely showed a different side of himself in this second book. It was good to get a glimpse into his past. To be able to see why his life went the way it did. With every new twist or reveal I found myself liking him more. I was really happy about that.
Nora's part of the plot was great as well. I liked seeing another side of her. Honestly I was not expecting her to still be thinking about Wesley. The fact that she was really made me feel for her. I was (and still am) actually a little torn about whether I wanted her to leave Soren and go find Wesley.*sigh* I can understand how Nora would be conflicted.
Also, I did a lot of swooning through out the book. And not because of Soren. I adored both Griffin and Michael. I was excited to see them both since we'd had glimpses in The Siren. They are such great characters. I found myself almost wanting to speed through the other parts of the book just to get back to them. Love love love.
I would actually like to know more about the reporter that investigated Soren. I feel like there was so much potential with her. She and Soren had great chemistry too. I was almost disappointed nothing happened there!
I really did love this second book and am curious to see what the next book has in store. I highly recommend The Angel. ...more
After finishing my previous read I needed something different to move on to. Lessons was the perfectThis review can also be viewed on Book Boudoir
After finishing my previous read I needed something different to move on to. Lessons was the perfect choice.
Sycamore Falls is the quintessential small town. Everyone knows everyone and there are very few secrets kept. Sarah moves back to her hometown after a horrible tragedy. She's a bit of a runner when faced with uncertainty. Sycamore Falls and the house her grandmother left to her are the perfect opportunity to protect herself.
When she meets Lucas Sarah tries not to become attached to him, but that is impossible. Lucas is the perfect guy. Sweet, handsome, caring and giving. He stands by Sarah through so much, it's evident he cares for her. I swooned-- a lot. In my mind, he looked like Chad Michael Murray. I don't know. Either way, he's a fab character. Both he and Sarah are actually. They were compliment one another so well. He is strong, she is compassionate and they share a love of teaching.
When Matt, who the town has always praised for his football skills, finally admits to a huge secret he's been keeping people start turning their backs on him. My heart really hurt for him. He is a great character and you see him go through so much. There are very few people that he can lean on. Even his relationship with his parents is strained.
There are a few characters that made me want to just jump into the book and shake them. Two of them in particular, were extremely frustrating.
Lessons Learned is full of strong characters and a story that a lot of people can relate to. Every one has struggles in their life-- these characters help each other to get through the rough times. Sarah and Lucas are one of those couples that make you smile and feel warm and fuzzy. Best of all, there's a happy ending! This book made me laugh, it made me cry... it touched all the emotions I love to feel when reading a book. I definitely recommend it....more
When I first read the summary to The Siren I was intrigued and excited to get my hands on it. Once other readers IThis review can also be found here.
When I first read the summary to The Siren I was intrigued and excited to get my hands on it. Once other readers I follow started giving it rave reviews I knew I had to bump it to the top of my "to be read" list. Now here I am a week after finishing it and I'm still not sure how I feel about the story. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There was something missing for me.
I was interested in seeing what Nora's life was like. Very interested in getting to know Zachary. But I found myself unable to really connect the two of them. I didn't feel their chemistry jump off the page like I'd hoped. I did like their characters individually though.
Probably my absolute favorite character was Nora's assistant/intern. I couldn't help but want to cuddle him up. I'd love to learn more about him, actually. Especially as the book progressed. I felt a real connection with him as a character. My heart went out to him as the story moved forward.
Nora's business associates were quite the characters. I did love how little bits of information about them were leaked along the way. To continuously learn more about them as I read. It kept me reading, for sure.
Another thing I did like is that the foundation of the story might have had BDSM but it was much more than that. There wasn't a sex scene in every chapter. There was real plot and substance that made me want to know more about the characters. I saw their struggles. It made them real people.
That said, I didn't really get into it until I hit the 50% mark on my kindle. There's a big reveal that knocked my socks off and turned the world upside down. It made me sit up and go "HUH. WOW." I actually think I said "Whaaaaaaaaaaat?" out loud when I made it to that point. I flew through the rest of the book after that. I couldn't put it down. I was happy that finally I was able to get into it the way I'd wanted to.
In the end I gave it 3.5 stars because I wasn't able to connect at first. That was probably all me, because I've been so busy and not able to really focus on reading lately. (As I'm sure you can tell by my lack of reviews recently.) I do think it was a good book and I'll definitely be wanting to read the next one in the series, The Angel....more
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I started out taking notes as I read, but I became so wrReview can also be found here- Book Boudoir
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I started out taking notes as I read, but I became so wrapped up in the story they fell by the wayside. I received Grave Mercy through netgalley after getting a mass email from them. It sounded intriguing but I wasn't 100% that it was my kind of book. But since I wanted to read something different, I decided to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did.
When you first meet Ismae, she is very young. The reader learns a little of how her life has been, how she is 'given' to a horrible man and forced to marry him. But then she's spirited away by someone from her past and hand delivered to a convent.
This convent is like no other convent. It is the house of Saint Mortain's assassins. He marques them and his lovely young girls are sent on missions to track down murderers, those that have committed treason and so on. Ismae is put through three years of training before she stars going on missions herself.
She is sent to infiltrate court and help protect the duchess of Brittany. Gavriel Duval escorts her, quite reluctantly, I might add. He's suspicious of her, just as she's suspicious of him. And my my but the sparks do fly. They are both strong and intense characters that pulled me right into the story. She's meant to spy on Duval, but he's not what she and the convent thought he might be. As Ismae gets to know him more, and as Duval learns what the Death maiden's are truly all about, it's obvious there is so much more than what meets the eye.
From chapter one I was intrigued and curious. The scenes are so beautifully written that you can see them, as if you're watching a movie, not reading a book.That's always (for me) a sign of a great book.
As the story moves along there are so many questions. They keep piling up, and even when you get answers, it just makes more questions pop up. It's also full of intrigue and action. The plot, the antagonists, protagonists, secondary characters-- they are all great, well rounded characters that make this story what it is. The lure and myth behind the book is fascinating and gets your brain really going. Ms. LaFevers built a whole world that just amazed me and made me crave more.
Oh... and Grave Mercy is a young adult book. Huh. I'm still not sure how to wrap my brain around that one. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking "isn't this YA?? I thought it was YA." Seriously, it reads so differently than any YA I've ever read. The sizzle was off the charts. I dare say it's the only YA I've read that did not leave me saying "stupid fade to black" even when it faded to black. The story is so layered that I don't even miss that part. Because I admit, I read YA but it's not my main focus, because well-- I like the smut. With this book I didn't feel like I was missing out on things.
I can't rave about this book enough. Like I said, I did get it from netgalley and since it will expire on my kindle, I'm planning to buy. As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to pre-order now.
Now to wait for Spring 2013 for the second book, Dark Triumph. What in the world?!...more
This was my first Net Galley read so I was pretty excited to jump in! It caught my eye when browsing NG and I quickly requested it. I love historicalThis was my first Net Galley read so I was pretty excited to jump in! It caught my eye when browsing NG and I quickly requested it. I love historical romances, specifically this time period.
The Taming of the Rake is the first book in the Blackthorn Brothers trilogy. I enjoy trilogies or series' because I get to follow friends or family through several books. I usually get more attached to the characters that way. Oliver "Beau" Blackthorn is a wealthy bachelor and he has no intention of changing that status. Mostly because the members of "the ton" look down at him and his brothers for being bastard children. He's treated so horribly that years ago he came to tell his love of his feelings for her and he was violently attacked by her brother. He has been secretly getting revenge on him ever since. Leading him toward horrible investments that fail miserably.
Lady Chelsea Mills-Beckman runs to Beau for help when her brother is determined to have her married to a creepy and disgusting 'man of the cloth'. Really, I use that term very loosely. He thinks a wife should be submissive and if needed, beaten and bent to a husbands will. Also, a woman reading books and gaining knowledge was just ridiculous, in his opinion. I hated him immediately. I guess that's the point of that type of character though. He's out to get as much money out of the Mills-Beckman family as he can.
Beau is not a fan of Chelsea's. He's always found her to be an irritating brat. So when she shows up on his doorstep he's none too thrilled. However, since he's determined to bring down her brother he starts to consider how he might be able to do that through her.
They argue almost constantly. Throwing insults, fighting attraction. I like that kind of relationship. That goes for either annoyance or borderline hate, and attraction, then grows into respect. Does that make me weird? Nevermind don't answer that.
The two of them take off, planning to travel to Gretna Green and marry. The ultimate revenge for Beau and a way for Chelsea to escape a horrible future marriage. On their journey they meet one of Beau's brothers, who is probably my favorite character in the entire book. He's funny and sarcastic and I can't wait for his book.
Since Chelsea knows about Beau's revenge she's ok with being used as a pawn against her brother. She also thinks that maybe she can make him fall in love with her eventually. In general, she's a little abrasive and bossy and doesn't show a soft side too often. I wish that more of that shined through, especially when she starts to grow attached to him.
Beau begins to soften toward Chelsea and his attitude change, whereas hers doesn't as much. I think I'd have enjoyed it more if she had opened up more, shown compassion and been more giving. Beau shares things with her, tells her the truth, about his scandalous family. Something very few people know. While she doesn't judge him when she learns what happened, she doesn't offer up much of herself either.
The two of them make it work out and they do confront her brother, who promises she won't have to marry the horrible Reverend. Beau takes care of that and makes sure he knows Chelsea is in good hands. He even tells Chelsea's brother about the revenge plot and that he knows he was behind his own plot to ruin Beau, completely clearing the air. I was happy to see that he finally got what he deserved after what he did to Beau years before.
Overall, I enjoyed it. The Taming of the Rake was a fun read that kept me entertained with it's sassyness, high-jinx, adventure and scandal. I'm anticipating the next book. Be sure to check this one out!