I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
WOW!! This audiobook really captured my attention and heart because it brimmed with almost everything on my romance checklist. This is one scintillating, emotional and very touching romance between badass, UFL fighter Jonah Slade, and the beautiful Raven Morretti who is sweetness personified. (Might I add that both leads have incredible tattoos---which is another plus!)
This book had so many elements that made this a nonstop listen from start to finish. First, you have this great group of friends who are MMA fighters and simply hilarious and they comprise Jonah's inner circle. I can't wait to read/listen to each of their stories, especially Blake's--That man-whore with the crazy sense of humor…LOL.His story is next! Woot-woot! Jonah is a well-respected fighter and buddy among the group. Everyone wants to party and crash at his house. His friends also know Jonah's pattern with women--he never gets emotionally involved or sleeps with the same girl twice. (I mean we're talking about Vegas lifestyle here….)
THen you have this incredible woman who enters Jonah's life and it all changes from there….Let me say that this heroine, Raven is something else. I LOVED her! She is a survivor of a ruthless father (more like biological contributor) and a cold mother who neglected her. Her sperm donor, Dominic is a cold hearted bastard who is more like a monster than a human being, and he's her mother's pimp. So, imagine how beautiful it was to read about a sweet girl who beams with kindness. A woman who is so special, sweet and innocent despite her unsavory family background. Also, the fact that Raven is a dark-haired beauty with aquamarine/green eyes AND a car mechanic added an interesting twist which was refreshing, and unexpected.
So, you get Jonah and Raven together and you have this amazing couple…..Their romance was built up nicely and moved from sweet to sensual to completely unbridled hot-passion. Let me say, I love it when a man loves a woman like Jonah's loved Raven. He became her Hero, her protector, her lover, her best friend….I mean the man was completely smitten by Raven. The love making scenes were meaningful, and fiery and the challenges they face, as a couple were explosive. There is little angst in the romance. Mainly, the problems are external and initiated by Raven's monster of a father.
The narrators were amazing. Ryan West was a dream…I loved his voice as he really brought Jonah to life. Erin Mallon was simply brilliant as she performed a sweet, vulnerable, sultry voice for Raven that did her justice. The emotional inflections in her voice were just perfect for each circumstance.
In speaking of justice, the villains get what they deserved (I bit off all of my nails in the last 15% of the book due to the suspense and looming danger), YET, the epilogue was so moving and just perfect…..
JB Salisbury---You did an awesome job with this debut novel, and start to what is sure to be a promising series!
Wow, this is one power-punched audiobook! Let's start with the dreamy narrator----OMG! Where the heck did he come from???? What a gorgeous, masculine voice of perfection with a nice, smooth Texan accent! I'm serious, Reid Kerr's voice is just delicious and natural. He does great things for this book---An already sumptuous, sweet, sexy, erotic read enhanced by Mr. Kerr.
This book was a great treat. No unnecessary drama, only a hot band of cowboy brothers who get introduced though out this book, and an incredibly hot chemical romance between Aaron and Libby. Libby, as a heroine, was sweetness personified and the reader is beckoned to root for her HEA every step of the way. You come to appreciate her love of life, as she was determined to be happy and not get burdened with small issues. It was interesting to read about a cancer patient on remission. I think that especially gave LIbby a wonderful, very grown-up character for her age. Aaron, the hero, and eldest of the brothers was a nice piece of Alpha-Male, cowboy fantasy..LOL. I appreciated how became more and more tangled in his love affair with LIbby. His growing nicknames were so sweet and endearing. Both Aaron and Libby enjoy a heated, but sweet romance that lights up as quick as wildfire with a widespread impact. But, you won't find a better pair of leads who deserve their HEA as this pair.
I enjoyed the writing as it was interlaced with fun sayings and cute metaphors. This read/listen is pretty smooth sailing. There are struggles and barriers, but they're very minimal. The focus is on the developing romance between Libby and Aaron along with the character development of the brothers.
This book should not be read as a stand alone, as it continues exactly where book 1 ends.
Awe….. I really loved this sequel!! I was on pins and needles with the way the last book ended, but this book is a dedication of how deeply Ronin fell in love with Amery and his persistent need for her…OMG!! --I just love a Hero who is persistent in love!
The beauty of this book is that all previous suspicions about the shady part of Ronin are either thrown out the door or explained. Amery accepts everything about Ronin, including his past as they work on their relationship as well as all of the challenges that come their way. Some of those challenges encompass Ronin healing from fighting injuries, sealing loose ends with his past, expanding his business with the Brazilian MMA fighters, rediscovering his family connection and most of all re-establishing his all-consuming relationship with Amery after their very bad break-up. Challenges that Amery has to deal with include her judgmental parents and Ronin's nasty ex-girlfriend.
Believe me there is plenty of movement in this story with the leads whose problems feel real and who are surrounded by supportive, interesting and fun friends (Chaz, Molly, Knox, Deacon, Shiori, etc.) Both Amery and Ronin are very stubborn and strong-willed people so you can imagine the things they have to work through. The parts where Ronin practices the Japanese style of bondage (Kinbaku and Sheebari) with Amery was actually very intimate, intense and quite beautiful. You could feel their connection and the intensity of their moments together. Who knew the use of ropes could be so sexy??? This is definitely one very steamy, erotic novel but with leads who are interesting and who you grow to care about.
Overall, I found this sequel to be very good. There is a resolution to each of the issues that arise which makes me sad because I don't know if that means that Amery and Ronin's story is over???? I hope not. I would love to have one more book about their love affair. (Although I have a feeling there is going to be a book with Knox and Shiori…they fight too much which probably means they're crazy for each other…LOL)
Narrator: OMG!! What happened to Rachel Vivette????? For half of the book I was trying to get over her loss. It felt as though I was reading about different characters…I missed listening to Amery's voice through Rachel V.---ugh!! So sad!!! Luke Daniels did a good job for the men, and especially for Ronin, but his voice for the women sounded like transvestites. I would have appreciated a dual narration from both Rachel V. and Luke D. rather than booting Rachel out on this audiobook.