When Mia's Navy SEAL brother is accused of murder and sent to prison, she vows to find the evidence to clear his name and get him set free. So[image]
When Mia's Navy SEAL brother is accused of murder and sent to prison, she vows to find the evidence to clear his name and get him set free. So she comes up with the brainless idea to get massive plastic surgery to make herself over so she can go undercover among his SEAL teammates and root out the real culprit.
Um first of all, yeah right. I know most romance takes some suspension of belief, but come on...this idea is so completely ridiculous that I must have rolled my eyes a hundred times while reading. I mean hello, they're SEALs!! They're not going to be fooled by some stupid bimbo with fake everything. Especially Grant, her ex and her brother's close friend. Her ex, the man who knows her better than anyone. Sure...
I just could not get into this story at all. It was all so far-fetched and Mia is a ridiculous character. Grant is OK, typical SEAL - alpha and growly and all all that jazz, but nothing special or outstanding. Honestly, the most interesting character is Mia's brother. There's also a cliffhanger, but it was noted in the author's note so I didn't rate down because of it. Nope, the 2 stars is because the story is ridiculous and the characters are boring.
When Ava hears her high school sweetheart is back in town, she's not thrilled. After all, he left her with a broken heart and never bothered
When Ava hears her high school sweetheart is back in town, she's not thrilled. After all, he left her with a broken heart and never bothered contacting her again. But, as she finds when invited to his mother's party, their chemistry is still there. Perhaps she can get him out of her system and enjoy a few weeks of fun before he ships back out again.
Or perhaps not because her heart is still his. Will he break it again when he leaves and doesn't look back?
While sweet and spicy, Home for Holly is lacking in a strong connection and I didn't get to know either Holly or Kevin well enough to like or dislike them before the ending rushed up on me. The wording in the sex scenes is a little bit squicky - the word member and the word penis are two words I hate being used in sex scenes! But the hardest part for me to get past were the weird POV shifts. The story is mostly told from third person but there were weird shifts into first person that threw me off a lot and took me out of the story and made it even harder for me to connect to this story.
ARC via Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an honest review.
Selena has gone through so much in her young life. It's a wonder she's still standing, standing tall no less. And as much as Keanu is the
Selena has gone through so much in her young life. It's a wonder she's still standing, standing tall no less. And as much as Keanu is the love of her life, and always brings her peace, she needs to let him go for now, so she can heal further, turn herself into who she is meant to be. If they're meant to be together, they'll reunite someday. Unfortunately for her, that day comes sooner than expected when her dark past resurfaces right before her eyes.
Keanu has no plans on letting Selena go now that she's come back to him. Even if she's only back because she needs him and the safety and security he represents, he knows he's not letting go this time. Can he protect her from her past, and allow her to heal at the same time?
Releasing Keanu is a heartbreaking story. But it's most definitely my favorite of this series. I loved Selena and her strength and determined positive attitude even in the face of the evil from her past. And I adored Keanu for his gentle nature and infinite love for Selena. This is a story and a couple that I'll not soon forget!
When Katrina gets a call from her best friend, she knows she has to be there for her. She has no work to attend to now, so why not go back and help Gemma? Unfortunately, Gemma's annoying (hot) younger brother, Syler, is there, too, and it will force their still present attraction to flare up. They still dislike each other, though, so the attraction doesn't mean anything, right? Wrong...
Enemies to lovers and second chances are two of my absolute favorite tropes, and I gotta say that Cora Brent nailed both of them in this sweet, sexy holiday tale. I loved it! It's light hearted and fun, with enough steam and chemistry to warm up the reader's holidays. These two were just dying to get back together, even though they disliked each other on the surface. But their chemistry and their real feelings were not be denied, and were really obvious from the first page. And the secondary cast is just as great as Syler and Katrina, so I'm really hoping Syler's siblings will get their own stories.
The last person Anna expected to see in her building is Jackson, her ex from college. Yeah their reunion isn't exactly brimming with good cheer[image]
The last person Anna expected to see in her building is Jackson, her ex from college. Yeah their reunion isn't exactly brimming with good cheer and happy to see yous, but that chemistry they had while dating is still there, still strong as ever. So a fwb situation seems like a good idea. Or is it? Of course not because the feelings they had in the past are still there, and limiting themselves to friends with benefits is not going to end well, especially if the same lack of communication they had before continues into their present situation.
I really enjoyed seeing these two idiots (yeah I call them that because they didn't communicate!!) work through their issues. I may have wanted to yell at them more than once, but by the ending, I was really happy they were finally together and happy. This is a strong debut from an author I see good things from in the future.
Wow, the angst is high in this romantic suspense tale. I loved it, though. Beth is strong and loving through it all, through all the obstacles, through Josh's unbelievable assholeish-ness and that was my favorite part of Audition. I really wasn't fond of Josh, even as I felt for him, but I loved Beth and I loved this suspenseful, passionate story.
Jake needs a break from the crazy double life he's living. Thanks to a trip offered to him by his sister, he heads out to a tropical paradise
Jake needs a break from the crazy double life he's living. Thanks to a trip offered to him by his sister, he heads out to a tropical paradise and promptly meets who is supposed to just be a fling, but she ends up being so much more. Can Jake give up his Ginge when the time comes for them to part?
In part two of their story, they come together, but it's not smooth sailing because their lives are crazy. There are so many obstacles, and secrets, and forces working against them. Will they find a way to prevail?
The Complete Package is a hot, sweet story full of suspense and action and passion. I loved Jake and Sasha together and would read a million more stories about them.
5 years ago, Gideon's new husband left him in Vegas without a word. It hurt him so badly that in the present, he's what the whole town has[image]
5 years ago, Gideon's new husband left him in Vegas without a word. It hurt him so badly that in the present, he's what the whole town has deemed a Grinch, disliking Christmas, being generally grumpy. And then his ex walks back into his life with divorce papers. AND with a child. What the what?!
This was a sweet, funny second chance Christmas story, and I really liked it. Just as Gideon found himself unable to stay mad at Liam for too long, so too I found myself unable to be mad at him much. Especially since he brought his adorable daughter with him. All in all a great story and Gideon is one swoony hero!
Candace Marks and Rick Savage used to be in love. She was planning on the whole shebang. Then he left her with a note and a heart shattered into a million tiny pieces. Now she's in an unhealthy, unbearable relationship with nothing left to live for, when who barrels back into her life but the man who broke her all those years ago. Can Candace steel her heart against Savage? Not if he has anything to say about it!
When Rick and Candace were together previously, Rick knew he wasn't good enough for her, knew that there were things in his life he didn't want touching her and her goodness. So he left. Unfortunately, he broke her heart when he did so. But he's back now and he's got the skills (and the alpha tendencies) to protect her. If only she'd give him a second chance. She can work out her anger, work out her broken heart on him. He's more than happy to let her...
I always love Lisa's heroes, they're usually alpha with big hearts, and Savage is certainly no exception. He's exceptional - super protective, vulnerable inside, and alpha af. I loved getting his backstory, as heartbreaking as it is, and I loved seeing these two realize (admit) that they were still madly in love with each other. I can't wait for Savage Burn now!
Kitten's been through so much that it is seriously amazing she's so beautifully alive and brimming with love to give. That love could be for Cole if only her new Dom weren't so stoic and cold. She wants so much for her newest relationship to work out, but she's just about come to the conclusion that she needs to end things for both their sakes.
And then a stroke of fate has Mason entering her life. Mason who happens to be Cole's first and only love and former sub. Kitten sees Mason coming back to Cole as a second chance, but Mason might have an agenda, and Cole might not really want his love back.
I have to admit that for nearly the whole of this story, I was rooting for Kitten and Mason to get together and give Cole the boot because he was such a giant douche! Mason and Kitten, though, are amazing characters. I may have kind of given Cole a pass by the end, but I still never thought he was good enough for Mason and Kitten.
I prefer my menage reading to be ones where the physical and the emotional are well-balanced, and I'm pleased to find that the balance is found in Siren Reborn. It's clear the feelings are equal to the physical attraction the three share, which made this all the better. Add in the suspense and all the awesome secondary cast, and what you get is a sexy, emotionally satisfying read. Can't wait for the next book in this series!
When Kelsey makes the decision to end things with Connor, she knows it's what's best for him. Too bad Connor doesn't feel the same. Now she's back, only Connor's changed. Seemingly no longer the tenderhearted man she loved (loves), he's grumpy and angry. Kelsey's the last person he wants but she's the only rehab therapist who can heal him. Will Connor ever find out why she left him with no reason?
This is a banner day for me - 2 tearjerkers in one review day is 2 too many! But, though tragic, Meant to be Family is a wonderful story full of love and hope. As second chance romances go, this one is top notch!
Wow, this conclusion was not easy for me to read or easy for L&S to experience. They're separated for years, literally years, and
Wow, this conclusion was not easy for me to read or easy for L&S to experience. They're separated for years, literally years, and when they finally come together, it's a less than satisfying experience. Not that they don't still love each other, because they definitely do, it's just that because of where Shay is at in her life, no longer the trusting young woman she was before, she refuses to open up her heart again, for fear of Landon breaking it again. So she only gives him a very small part of herself at first. Luckily for her, he's willing to work to get her back.
I enjoyed Landon & Shay's conclusion, but I have to admit it didn't get to me as much as the first part. It's not as intense or passionate, and I hated that when they first re-engage with each other, it's not as a full blown couple. I guess I was a bit disappointed. Not to say that I didn't like or appreciate their hard fought for conclusion, because I do, I just wished for more of the passionate intensity of Part One.
Noel is an 18-year-old with a dream of opening up her own store selling the products she makes using her family's peach orchard. She's heading to college, plans on working hard, taking care of her younger brother Leon while her older brother Sawyer heads off into the Marines. And then that same older brother brings his best friend, Taron, home with him for the summer, before they're deployed. It will be the summer that changes her life, takes it off the track it was heading down. All because of the man with the beautiful eyes.
But, as things are apt to do, Noel and Taron's plan of staying together falls apart because Taron comes back from deployment a changed man. A man with deep pain in his beautiful eyes. And Noel can no longer reach him, can no longer see the heart she loves with all hers. Will Noel fall apart after Taron tells her to leave? Perhaps, but not if she has a reason to pick herself up and get on with life. What about when years later, Sawyer brings home a surprise guest?
Sigh...I loved Wait for Me. It's really heartbreaking in places, and I hurt for Taron, hurt for Noel, hurt for them both, as they lost time together all because of something unavoidable. But I loved reading as they came back together, how hard they worked to stay together, and how Taron redeemed himself in everyone's eyes. Tia's men and women always hold special places on my reading list, because they're always lovable characters, always deep with multiple character layers, and Taron and Noel are no exceptions to this rule. They're perfectly imperfect, and their love story is one I will not soon forget. Can't wait for big brother Sawyer's story next!
Well, someone seeking revenge for one. And when Herakles appears in her life again, she's determined to have it, at any cost. But she doesn't just despise him and want vengeance. No, she loves him, too, and that love might be a problem for her.
I have to admit that I'm not exactly up on my mythology, so a lot of the backbone of this was beyond me. But I did see the basics of this dark retelling - vengeance, desire, love and hate, second chances. I think N. Isabelle Blanco truly has a way with words, because the world she's created is fascinating. It's not my favorite story in the Sinister Fairy Tales collection, but it's nonetheless truly entertaining, seriously sexy, and intriguing.
ARC via Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an honest review.
When Remy gets the call that his first and only love, Maxim, is in the hospital, it interrupts what surely would have been a fatal event. How[image]
When Remy gets the call that his first and only love, Maxim, is in the hospital, it interrupts what surely would have been a fatal event. How will Max react to seeing his love, who had ghosted him? Will he let Remy back into his life? Does Remy even deserve a second chance?
I am trying to say this in the most sensitive way possible - Remy is really not my cup of tea. Do I feel bad he has such a low self-esteem? Yes. Do I feel bad his mental and emotional issues caused him to do such extreme things? I feel bad for the victims of his behavior, but I don't feel bad for Remy because honestly, I can't stand him. Sigh...
Remy is the reason for 3 stars. I like everything else about this story but him. Since he's such a large part of the story, I cannot justify more than 3 stars. I like Max, though, and his friends, especially Macalister, and I love the second chance theme. Too bad Remy mucked up what could have been a 4 star read for me.
Roxy and Jag are all abloom in first love, and expect to go to college together, and end up staying together forever. But life happens, career[image]
Roxy and Jag are all abloom in first love, and expect to go to college together, and end up staying together forever. But life happens, career plans diverge, and that first love ends. But not really. They breakup but stay friends. Now in the present, they're years past high school and still friends, though living in different cities, and still in love with each other. Will they get a second chance at first love?
Eh, this story just did not work for me. It's way too drawn out and reads like young adult even though the second half is years past young adult and into new adult/adult. Sigh...the angst got to me a bit and I found myself seriously skimming, looking for something to spark my interest in what I had been hoping would be a wonderful second chance love story. Alas, the interest never found me and I was left with feelings of meh. It's definitely not the worst thing I've ever read, it's just not particularly entertaining reading.
Never Again picks up years after the horrible ending of Never Lasting. At first, it gives no indication that Tali and Jude are even in each other's orbits at all. But then Tali comes face to face with her not so stable past, and she's rocked off her axis. Jude might be a tad less surprised to see Tali than she is to see him, but he's no less staggered because his first and only love is finally face to face with him and he wants her back. The ball is all in his court. Redemption and second chances are all within his grasp, IF he can work his admittedly fine ass off enough to prove to Tali they should allow the love between them that never died to flourish. Can they work through their past pain and into a bright future? Only time, and lots of talking, will tell.
Damn...I loved this duet! It's heartbreaking in its first stage when Jude's demons overtake him and sever their young relationship. But in its conclusion, where both have matured into amazing adults, wow, it's quite beautiful as they work toward a future and happiness. I'm going to remember Tali and Jude for a long time to come.