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I didn't even realize Maya Banks made Brazen into a series. I was disappointed in the first book because it had no real substance. Book 1 had just fallen flat for me. Since, I have a love/hate relationship with this authors books, I always try to stay open minded with her writing. My point is that the description of "Reckless" didn't clue me in that it was a sequel. If I had realized I most likely would have never purchased it. To be fair, this book was better than the first BUT that is not saying much. The story line is based off the sheriff named JT. He was briefly introduced in the first book. If I were you....I wouldn't waste your money or credit! However, I would highly recommend Maya Bank's Sweet series. Those books are DELICIOUS!!!
Awesome, witty, sweet, exciting, sexy, sexy, sexy… Law Man, the third book in the Dream Man series is all kinds of greatness! Mara & Mitch live in the same apartment complex. They have each been crushing on each other secretly for the past 4 years but for various reasons have never acted on them. When, one day, Mara suddenly gets a desperate call from her dead beat cousin’s two little children, Billie (girl) and Billy (boy), saying that they ran away from their home and need her help, she runs off to rescue them and Mitch comes with her. Mara suddenly ends up with custody of them and Mitch is willing to do everything in his power to help her and the kids. Serious drama ensues involving the Russian mob, druggie trailer trash, custody battles, family issues, as well as a swoon-worthy romance, a whole lot of healing, and the heart-warming building of a beautiful, if unconventional, family unit held together by a whole lot of love and earned trust. I adored all the characters in this book especially swoon worthy Mitch who has stolen my heart!! Seriously hot, family oriented, loving, drool-worhty badass Alpha cop. This book is by far one of my favorite Kristen Ashley books. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Of course I would recommend the entire series as it is so good. A must buy!!
Stripped is the story of a sheltered pastor’s daughter, Grey Amundsen who after family tragedy strikes heads to Los Angeles to attend USC majoring in film studies. This of course is after being disowned by her father if she goes to LA (a place that leads to sin). Grey is drifting along in life until her school informs her that her grant is running out of funds. After searching unsuccessfully for a job for weeks she decides to take a job as a semi-nude stripper. One night she’s forced to work the VIP room & meets the sexy gorgeous famous bad boy actor Dawson Kellor. He becomes transfixed by the beauty of this girl he has been watching dance. He can not take his eyes off of her. She's different from others girls. All he knows is he wants her. He wants all of her especially why there is sadness and desperation in her eyes. He's even more determined when both their paths meet again the very next day. This happens when she arrives at her internship for the first cast meeting for an upcoming movie, and finds Dawson starring as the lead. Basically , their whirlwind romance begins…. Very much a insta love fairy tale with a movie star who can have any girl but wants this sweet, innocent, mysterious girl. He is determined to have her at any cost. I enjoyed the book overall and thought the narrator was very good as well.
These books aren’t for everyone, but I love the raw, gritty world that these bikers live in. It wasn’t quite as intense or extreme as the first two books, but it still had it’s moments! There were two stories in one, the main story is about Cage & Tegen but you also get Dirty and Ellie’s story. Cage & Tegen's love story is the main story. They started out childhood friends, but when Tegen was sixteen, one night changed everything between them. Cage West changed in Tegen's eyes. No longer was he the sweet guy always looking our for her, no longer was he her best friend. No. Now Cage West is only the asshole who broker her heart. No matter what happened between Cage, how much she hates him at times, she has loved him since she was eight years old. That much hasn’t changed. As much as she wants to deny it, she's never stopped loving him. The second story is about Dirty and Ellie which is a love story is one born from tragedy. What I enjoy most is that in this ugly world there is still beauty and love, and it just highlights the small things we take advantage of. There is a big sense of family in this book, and although they may not be all blood, they are family where it counts most. The author did it again, she has taken broken, damaged, and completely imperfect characters and managed to write a dark and gritty book that you will not be able to put down until the very last page.
Another enjoyable book about the lives of In Vito Veritas. I do have to start by saying that BDSM is generally hit or miss for me. As for this, I honestly enjoyed it. Its about a wealthy man named Elijah and a beautiful artist named Samantha. Samantha caught Elijah's eye after he saw a piece of art that she had displayed at one of his resorts. They seem to have instant chemistry and see something that draws them to each other. This story has a lot of twists and turns. Elijah dealing with lingering scars. Samantha is carrying around a lot of guilt and shame from a dark secret. This story has a lot to do with sexual discovery for the heroine, Samantha. Overall, it was definitely a hot book. Although, the book had some originality, I did notice some common similarities found in other books in this genre. Regardless, my attention was still absorbed from start to finish without really stopping. Fans of the BDSM genre will really enjoy this. And it will definitely appeal to lovers of contemporary romance who don’t mind a little kink with their love story.
The story is told from 3 different POV's, giving us the opportunity to witness first hand what each main character is thinking & feeling. I really enjoyed the storyline. It’s about growth and forgiveness. It captivated from the beginning the story draws you in, it left wanting more after each page, there are lots of twist and turns and it's a roller coaster ride of emotions. The book begins with Maggie returning to New Hope for her sister Krystal's wedding. Her wedding to Maggie's ex-fiance Will. Poor Maggie....she's been through a lot. She was so broken. Made to believe things about herself that stemmed from an unsavory tragic event that she experienced when she was 15.
Maggie ends up meeting Asher during the wedding. We find out that Asher actually lives next door to Maggie's parents. He's a former rock-star with a past of his own. He see's the real Maggie. The Maggie beyond the broken spirit. The Maggie with a kind heart...that wants more then anything to be loved. Maggie & Asher's relationship really starts to blossom when Maggie begins to come to terms with the things that happened in her past. She learns to let go so that she and Asher can have something beautiful together. Overall, I found this book endearing. It’s sexy, passionate as well as tender and emotional. It involves a young woman’s journey from a past where innocence was violated resulting in years of unwarranted guilt & despair. It involves a painful secret, one that’s heart wrenching, so be prepared!
Into the Deep is the book it claims to be. It's a second-chance/ex-lovers romance through and through. It starts off in alternating chapters between present and past, so we really do fall in love with this couple twice in this book. A second chance at love story always tugs at my heartstrings. Not only did Into the Deep tug at my heart strings it settled in and gave my heart a great big crushing squeeze! It was filled with painful longing, lusty attraction, and a once in a lifetime romance. Jake & Charley first meet in high school. Jake moves to Charley's small-town and turns her world upside down. She trusts and loves him whole-heartedly. They fell into love while they were both sixteen. They were very young, but sometimes life works out like that. Unfortunately, tragic circumstances cause a rift and Jake leaves Charley without any explanation shattering Charley’s heart. She’s never been the same. Over three years later Charley has moved on as best as she could and is fulfilling her goal of studying abroad. Complete shock, excruciating pain, and disbelief strike Charley when she finds Jake also attending school there, as well, with a girlfriend in tow! Avoiding him and his girlfriend is near impossible as all of their friends hang out together. Plus, Jake can’t seem to stay away from Charley and asks her to be his friend. She knows that she should avoid him and refuse but she just can’t tell him no. Their mutual attraction and deep connection comes through loud and clear to everyone around, causing drama and angst. The story alternates chapters flashing back to the past, and then going back to the future, revealing slowly what went wrong with Charley and Jake.With all my uneasiness over Jake I still want nothing more than a HEA between them. Their hot chemistry, sparks, and attraction are felt profoundly throughout the story!! Samantha Young always manages to suck me in with her addictive and wonderful writing. All the ups & downs were worth every moment! I'm looking forward to the sequel once released!!
Told from alternating points of view, Logan and Emily's, this book had an interesting plot. Logan and Emily are each dealing with their own personal struggles, and even though a little over the top at times, as far as the story line goes, it’s not too over the top with angst or overly dramatic. This book captured my attention right away. The characters were endearing, the story was fast paced, interesting and refreshing. Lets just say a few pages in and I was hooked. By the time I hit the ending, I was disappointed it was over so quickly! In fact, this book ends abruptly but leaves you knowing there is more to Emily and Logan’s story. Emily goes by Kit. She spends her days playing guitar by the subway of NYC. She is a long way from home. She comes from a whole different world than the one she is living in now. She is homeless- but it’s a choice she made. She's hiding a secret that she can't trust anyone with. Next you meet Logan who lives with his four brothers. He is a tattoo artist. He is a bit of a man slut. And he is also deaf. He too has his own secrets. One day Emily arrives at a tattoo parlor requesting a tattoo of one her designs. Logan is the tattoo artist for this project. The sparks fly between them especially when Emily ends up punching him in the nose and breaking it. From that point, Emily and Logan start to form a connection early on and the chemistry between them is quite believable, but what I really loved is the relationship she forms with all his brothers and that the brothers have with each other. I family dynamic in this book was great. Even though Logan had no parents to speak of, his brothers were a tight unit. I especially had a soft spot for Matt. Although short, this book was still packed with plenty of steam and enough awwwww moments. Still worth the purchase even though the book was very short.
First, I just want to warn you that this story is absolutely NOT for the faint hearted. Unbeautifully is the heart wrenching, frustrating, intense and ultimately beautiful story of Danny & Ripper. Aside from Danny and Ripper's story, we also get a background story with scenes from Eva and Deuce's POV. After what happened with Frankie, the guy who singlehandedly ruined a dozen people's lives, both of them are still struggling to go back to the way things were before Frankie. I loved the fact that Eva & Deuce still had a big part in this story and that they eventually get the HEA they both deserve so much. This book continues after Undeniable, and going back to where Danny and Ripper’s story starts. As an eighteen year old girl, Danny feels lonely and miserable after everything that happened with her family. Her mother left her at an early age and her father Deuce, although he loves her and would do anything to protect his children, isn't exactly a role model kind of dad which pretty much left her and her brother Cage to grow up by themselves. All these events have made her into a strong, mature young woman, but at the same time she's also struggling to find out what to do with her life. On her prom night, Ripper was sent to pick her up from the dance, but on their way home, they make a stop at a lake, because Danny doesn't want to go home yet and one thing leads to another...
Ripper is a man with a broken past. After crazy Frankie got his hands on him, he's ruined on the outside. He has so many scars on the outside, and it feels like his ruined on the outside too. Other than the Club, his life doesn't seem to have much meaning. Danny finally makes him see that although he's all scarred up on the outside; those scars don't make him any less beautiful. She makes him feel alive and determined to truly start living again after feeling miserable and rather wishing he were dead for a very long time. He realizes he loved Danny, but their love is unconventional. They're not "supposed to" be together. Ripper is fourteen years older than Danny and a member of her father's motorcycle club and both of them know Deuce will never allow them to be together... They have to sneak around and when things start to get out of hand, their affair becomes messy. The story basically spirals out of control from that point on...
This is a story of love and life in a world of violence, sex, and death with its own rules. These are characters that you know you should hate, but just can't help but love. These aggressive, trigger-happy, rebellious, can't-keep-their-dick-in-their-pants, foul mouthed, badass bikers, who work their way straight into your heart. Enjoy this unconventional and sizzling HOT love story which will hook you!
Despite the fact that this book mentally exhausted me like no other book ever has, I did find myself spellbound by Ava and Jesse's unique and dramatic love life and I was unable to stop listening to their over-the-top crazy story. Eventually, I really did end up liking the second part of this trilogy much more than the first one. This book was so intense and I was utterly lost and transfixed in their world. Jesse & Ava in the depths of despair at the end of This Man. Both of them are broken by what has happened and their relationship is seemingly in ruins. They’re both in pieces and wrecked and, Jesse especially, hell-bent on self-destruction. This was done so very well – their broken hearts and intense overwhelming sadness leap vividly to life right off the page and their despair is palpable. They’re just lost without each other. Anyways, Jesse's friends come to Ava for help and so ensues the beginnings of their reconciliation. Eventually, Jesse is back to his arrogant, alpha, dominant controlling glory with sleepy sex, sense fucks, reminder fucks and now even retribution fucks. The steam factor in this book is through the roof!! I honestly didn't think Jesse Ward could seem anymore crazy but in Beneath This Man, the guy introduced us to a whole new level of borderline DELUSIONAL! At one point, I became appalled with their relationship but soon came to the realization that its just who they are(crazy in love). Throughout the book, the couple has their ups and downs. Jesse still held a lot of secrets from Ava until the end. Jesse finally opens up towards the end of the book and explains where he was AND what he was doing during those days he disappeared in the first book This Man. When he revealed this, my heart broke for Ava because she was devastated. Beneath This Man is a beautiful, captivating, conflicting, tortuous romance that had me completely consumed by their story. This book provides a wild ride, a rollercoaster of emotions, a train wreck and a beautiful prelude of what's to come in the next chapter in their story.... This book was definitely better for me than the first. I don't know what the third installment will bring, but I can't wait to find out!
RL Mathewson gave us another wonderful adventure in the Neighbors from Hell series. Connor O'Neil and Rory James have been torturing each other since preschool. The teasing, pranks and antics did not end as they got older...oh no...both Connor and Rory just got more creative. Bigger and better! Twenty-five years later and their two rival construction companies are competing for the same job. As fate would have it, both companies land the job and they have to work together. I adored Rory & Conner, they were both sexy and hilarious. It was a never ending banter between this two who hated each other yet can't live without each other. I loved the chemistry, the humor, the silly escapades, the romantic side of Connor, Rory stubbornness, the smoking smexy times, and the addictive hot cocoa! And despite the craziness of the story, I did love that there was a touch of sweet heart warming backstory. Plus, I was so excited to find out that both Jason and Trevor (from the previous two books in this series) made appearances and they were still up to their food-grabbing antics. Just remember to not take this book seriously, just enjoy the ride!
I am looking forward to Audible releasing more books in Mathewson's A Neighbor from Hell series. These books are a must listen!!
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