I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
Running the Red Light by Kelsey Browning is the second book in her Texas Nights series, and is the follow-up to Personal Assets. Running the Red Light tells Jamie & Roxanne's story. Roxanne is making a life for herself in the little town of Shelbyville running her lingerie business. When a former employer sues her, putting a major wrinkle in her careful plans, she reluctantly accepts help from hot-stuff Houston attorney Jamie Wright. Jamie is a silent partner in Roxanne and Allie's separate businesses and when legal issues strike, Jamie can't help but assist Roxanne. Along the way, their attraction to each other takes off and we get their story in this book. I caught myself laughing out loud a time or two, there are a couple of really good cat fights, lots of steamy sex, a few hurt feelings, a few scrapes and bruises, second chances for love, family dramas, and a whole lot of good old fashioned soul searching that will bring about some life altering changes for some. This was a wonderful well rounded novel that would appeal to lovers of contemporary romance and chick lit.
One thing I do have to say is that this book is intense! I was so absorbed in this book, that when it came to the end I wanted to start back at the beginning! When listening to this book, be prepared. Cold showers, panty changes, or other forms of...stress relievers may be needed. We're talking sexual frustration here. Don't get me wrong, these two were sizzling! It just seemed something or someone just kept getting in the way. Hell, Remington himself got in the way but he had his own reasons for that. Reasons that made perfect sense once explained later. Not that it made the sexual tension any less torture! The book starts out with Brooke being dragged to an underground fight one night with her best friends Melanie. Brooke isn’t the type of girl that usually goes to these types of things. She is a recent college grad and focusing on career in sports medicine/therapy. Brooke spent most of her life training for the Olympics, until she hurt her knee. Now she is just interested in helping other athletes. While watching the last fight, she see’s someone that gets her attention. Remington. He notices her right away in the cheering crowd. He knows right away she's special and wants her. Brooke receives tickets for another fight to see Remington. She starts talking herself into having a one night stand with him, because let's face it, she wants him. But he actually has a different offer all together, and next thing Brooke knows she's on the road with him. Remington “Riptide” Tate is the king of the underground boxing circuit. He’s beautiful, strong and easily the best piece of eye candy any woman will find. Brooke & Remy are inseparable. The longer together, the more the sexual tension between them builds... and builds... and builds... It makes you ready to combust, along with Brooke! The sexual tension in this book was un-freaking-believable! Eventually we got some major SMEXY scenes... Seriously! On the gym mats, shower, bed, anywhere and everywhere. Remy cannot get enough. The reason I love the character of Remington "Riptide" Tate was because of his animal magnetism, his possesiveness, loyalty, agression, vulnerability, and most important he was "Real!" The intensity of this man is off the charts!! Katy Evans has created a very well written, seductive and passionate love story. Nothing in the story was roses and perfection. The road to HEA was a complete struggle with heartache and pain. The only thing I didn’t like was that it had to end. I’m very anxious for more and can hardly wait for audible to release the next book!
I can’t tell you how relieved I was to finally get my hands on Pulse after the gut-wrenching cliffhanger at the end of Collide. What a crazy, emotional rollercoaster ride this has been! In Collide, I was consumed by Emily and Gavin’s story. I hated and loved that book. I was struck speechless by the cliffhanger. I loved this book even more than the first one. I didn't know that would be possible considering that the first one was real great. It didn't have much angst (thank goodness) but I can say it was sweeter and more romantic. And the steam was over the moon. Believe me when I say there was a lot of “shmexy” scenes. Pulse started right were Collide ended, when Emily finally got some sense in her head and left Dillon. Emily goes after Gavin, but he wasn't so accessible, and she realizes that getting him back was going to be worth the fight. Emily & Gavin do find their way back to each other, but they don't have it easy. Major events happen throughout this book and so no spoilers here. I'm being vague because their love story needs to be savored. I really loved the progression of everything. It was well paced, the sex scenes very erotic and captivating. If you loved Gavin Blake in Collide, you will fall hopelessly and head over heels in love with him in Pulse. His words and his actions will make you melt. Gavin and Emily are not fighting against their feelings for one another, they’re fighting for their happiness together. Their journey is hard, complicated, challenging, breathtaking, and it smolders with passion. Emily and Gavin' face a lot of complications and challenges but, it’s an extraordinary conclusion to this story. Prepare to be enthralled, surprised, passionate, heart-mending, and deeply emotional …it’s all you can ask for and more! So, I can honestly say that this was an amazing ending for a perfect series. I loved the conclusion, loved how the characters ending, loved everything. On a side note, this book tries to deliver a different message within. It's about moving forward. It's about fighting back. Basically the theme that every abused woman out there shouldn't blame herself! she should fight back, and get out! It was very powerful message. So the author really focuses on abuse and this subject in particular is very sensitive. I thought the author was sucessful in delivering her message in sensitive way. The love between Emily Cooper & Gavin Blake was even stronger if that was even possible, their lives kind of collides together. There has been so many things in the story, so many events. I guarantee that you will LOVE this book.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I loved this book by Julia London and the real romance she develops between Jake and Robin, as well as the real problems the two must face and overcome in their quest to be together and try for their own happily ever after. I am so glad I read this book. It was a contemporary romance that depended on developing real relationships and just the right amount of sex to add some spice to the listen. If you want a real, feel good romance this is the book for you.
Robin Lear has it all, or so it seems. She has money at her disposal and a cushy job. She can take one of the family jets to Paris on a moment's notice or shop frivolously for designer shoes. But she's still seeking the approval of her father, who's now dying of cancer. When he decides she must make it on her own, she has no direction except that of ex-lover Evan who dogs her every step. Both humorous and poignant, it's fun to watch her growth into a mature woman.
She's hired Jake Manning to renovate her mansion and has ridiculed him from the beginning. She's unaware of his struggles with his nephew or that he's close to his degree in architecture. She does recognize his virility, and there's a strong attraction. Jake is aware of their different places in society although he refuses to take a back seat to her status. He fears her relationship with Evan but plows ahead despite it. He uncovers a real person beneath the veneer.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I laughed, then shed a tear at the unexpected conclusion. Pick up this book if you want to read about people that are flawed but become more aware of themselves as the book progresses. A good contemporary romance.
Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of the story.