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I am unsure on how to rate this book. I really liked the book but I am emotionally drained from listening to it. I was so invested in the characters and the story line and the hits kept on coming. I am trying to be objective considering the fact that it is the 4th in a 5 book series so I knew there would be no satisfaction at the end.
The books spans over a 3 week period in their relationship so it can't be resolved. If you understand the process of healing from sexual abuse you will get what she was getting at. She needed to develop that side of Gideon POV and that process is emotional and difficult to get through. Having said that, the Brett Kline thing was disappointing and I wish it would have been left out.
If you are invested in this series , you will enjoy this book but please be prepared for the roller coaster ride and understand that is purely character development and no significant advances in the storyline.
So in a direct appeal to Silvia Day. If you are at all reading your reviews. Thank you for showing the male perspective of a sexual abuse survivor and the consequences if you have not dealt with it. But please ........... for book # 5 let them both find their strength and claim their life. Finish their story line where it was worth for us to invest 3 years into this series. Skip the cookie cutter way out and span it over a few years not just weeks. If there ever was an extensive Happy Ending needed it would be in this series. Considering the time investment of the readers. I sincerely hope to see "One with you"published within a few months. Not years!!
The dual narration by Jill Redfield , Jeremy York was good. But Jill Redfield was so good with the delivery of the series I felt the added narrator was unnecessary.
Never have I ever listened a book with more emotional angsty goodness than Collide. From the very beginning, I bought every single word Gail McHugh was selling and then some. And, you know what's weird? I'm usually not a fan of love triangles. Or cheating. Collide has the love triangle to beat all love triangles, as well as some cheating. And, I just could not get enough. So, bravo to Ms. McHugh for doing what few authors have been able to do.
Emily moves to New York to be near her boyfriend Dillon and her BFF Olivia after her mother passes away in her home state of Colorado. After only a few days in the city, Emily meets Gavin completely by chance. And, it's sorta love at first sight. Except Emily's already in love with someone else. As time moves on and Dillon and Gavin both show their true colors, Emily has to decide what is more important - the past or the future.
I'd heard nothing but amazing things about Collide from many other new adult fans. I bought the audio version from Audible and it sat there. For months. I'm not sure why. I just didn't get to it. Then, I started listening And, I was like, WHOA. I am such an idiot for not reading this sooner!
Initially, I wasn't a big fan of Emily's. It was glaringly obvious who the right guy was, and yet she spent the entire span of the book denying it, even in the face of some pretty convincing evidence. This was one of those books for which a padded Kindle cover is a good thing - you know - for the times you want to throw it across the room because you're so damn frustrated. On one hand I wanted Emily to realize what was doing from the beginning. On the other hand, her self-denial made for some pretty amazing sexual tension between she and Gavin.
OMG - it was beyond delicious. Gail McHugh knows how to write the heat. I'd classify Collide as a mature NA book. And the heated tension between Emily and Gavin is the best part of the book. It was palpable on every single page. It doesn't hurt that McHugh made Gavin this amazingly perfect specimen of a man. I think any encounter between him and a woman would overheat my senses. But with Emily - the woman he loves more than his next breath - swoon city, baby.
Dillon is the biggest jerk EVER - I kept waiting for the moment when Emily realized what the reader had known for awhile. It was a very long wait. Gail McHugh was able to weave a powerful message into her epic love story - a message about finding your inner strength and beauty when someone all but rips it away from you. Other reviewers called it "stupidity" or Emily being a door mat. But, I get what Gail McHugh was trying to say. Sometimes, especially in the face of a tragedy when you're at your weakest, others are able to convince you that you need them and are not able to make it on your own. It sucks, but it happens all the time. This book was very real in that aspect. By the end of Collide, Emily has finally started reclaiming her voice and her life, and although you don't get to see Dillon's comeuppance, you know it's coming.
Collide ends on one of those good kinds of cliffhangers. Most of the loose ends are tied up and the story comes to a close, but there's one big thing left undone that absolutely compels you to read the next book in the series. By the time the end rolled around, I was very glad that I had had the foresight to purchase the audio version of Pulse (Collide #2) and had it waiting for me. Because, although the ending was good, I was left wanting to know what came next.
The banter between Emily and Gavin is many times lighthearted and sweet. Olivia's and Emily's restaurant is funny and real and amazing. Those moments were the lightest of the book. For the most part, Collide is angsty with a capital A. It's perfect for when you want one of those super emo romantic books. Just, trust me when I say, have Pulse ready to go before you finish. You'll thank me for that bit of advice.
Mary Kowal was fanastic with the delivery of the story.
Eli and his pals are the owners of a very successful company that provides extreme adventures for those who can afford it. When one of their best clients, an A-list actor, wants to include a wedding in his adventure, they find themselves in need of a wedding planner. Marnie wants to jumpstart her career as a wedding planner, so she is all game when the Thrillseekers Anonymous guys want her to "audition" for the job. This opening for Julia London's Wedding Survivor is both improbable and highly entertaining. On the one hand, it seems like no self-respecting professional would do some of the bits that the men ask of her (it's nothing lewd or licentious, just nothing practical, either). But this is fiction, so one suspends disbelief (because it IS entertaining) and moves on (but this is also the reason for the 4-stars versus 5).
Once you get past the premise, the execution of the story is both hilarious and heartwarming. Marnie is, at first, awestruck by her celebrity client, but she soon realizes that she is working with the client from hell. Eli, who never wanted to deal in the wedding business in the first place, is overseeing the job, and the two have an immediate rapport. Marnie, at times, puts up with just way too much crap from her client, but her interactions with Eli are fun and funny. It's Eli, however, who makes the book for me.
Eli is protecting his heart, which was broken a year ago when his fiancee dumped him just before their wedding day. We see him struggle with his emotions, feel vulnerable to love, screw up the whole relationship, and beautifully--and heartwarmingly--redeem himself in the end. It's the glimpses into Eli's thoughts and emotions, and his journey toward love, that made me love this hero and this book.
Renee Raudman did a good job with the narration once you got used to her Texas accent.
I went out on a limb to read this book, because I almost always stick with other genres. But I found this very refreshing, thought-provoking, and as others have noted, heart-warming. This is aptly titled, for this is all about Edward, and the other characters, while fleshed out, are really just counterpoints to Edward's growth and introspection. The book really made me want to know what inspired Craig Lancaster to write this - or was this really just pure creation. Some reviewers don't like the repetitive elements, but I think it helped me identify with Edward and really drove home how differently he, and others with his affliction, might perceive their world, and I found it fascinating. Despite this drastically alternative world view, the writing style is clean and easy to read. The humor is touching, almost achingly so. This book is a treasure, one which I will long remember. I have already downloaded the next book in the series
Luke Daniels was fantastic with the narration of the story
I have owned this book for a couple of months now and I heard so many great things about this. And I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to listen to this! I loved this book. I was hooked into this story right from the first chapter and I hated to put this down!!
There are so many books out now about characters with troubled pasts, but author TK Leigh did an incredible job developing characters that stands out from the rest. Olivia Adler lost her parents when she was a child. Now as an adult Olivia is commitment phobic because she is afraid to lose any more people she loves. But enter sexy Alexander Burnham who saves her from an attacker and changes her life. Alex has had some relationship issues and keeps an important secret from Olivia (a secret that is so huge it will change both of their lives forever). But even though Olivia and Alex are both "damaged" due to their past, I enjoyed reading a story where the characters grew emotionally and were slowly able to love. And for once it was nice to see that the male character, Alex, was more willing to make a change. But Olivia's fears causes problems for both of them.
Along with Olivia and Alex's romance story this book is also suspenseful. The truth about Olivia's past is driving me crazy!! And Alex is holding on to an important piece but refuses (and is afraid) to uncover it. That is why my characters rating is 4 stars - I was screaming at my iPod for Alex to tell Olivia the truth!! The book ends in a cliffhanger that has me frustrated but I can't wait for the next book, A Tragic Mess!
I have heard readers compare this story to Fifty Shades of Grey, but the only similarities I found was the dominating theme. Alex is a successful businessman who prefers to be in control in his life (at work and in the bedroom), but he is also loving to his family and to Olivia. Alex felt free to express his feelings, which was lacking in Christian Grey. Both men are 'damaged' in ways, and their reasons for wanting control are completely different. So I don't think the 2 series should be compared to each other!
A Beautiful Mess is a series worth checking out!
Allegiance is the fourth book in the Penton Legacy series and Susannah Sandlin continues to give us the close-knit, brave, and yeah - sexy, Penton characters we've come to love. Cage Reynolds takes center stage in this book and doesn't disappoint. Allegiance also has a tie in with Sandlin's Omega Force, bringing shifters into the Penton world.
Cage was one of my favorite characters in the third book, Omega, but I was always a little unsure of his relationship with newly turned vampire Melissa. Mel's human husband was still alive and I loved them together, though I enjoyed her dynamic with Cage as well. I just wasn't sure what I thought would work out better. Well, I was very satisfied with the way everything was handled in this book and I loved seeing how maturely Cage and Melissa dealt with their feelings. I was so happy to see Melissa and Mark beginning to work on their relationship; it just felt right.
Cage meets his match in Allegiance in the form of eagle shifter, Robin. Yes, an eagle shifter named Robin -- what can I say? Her parents were hippies. Robin and Cage were pretty hot together though I didn't quite get the same "mate" level from them as I did Aidan and Kris and Mirran and Glory; they were more around the Will and Randa level. I did enjoy the addition of the shifters to the story though and I am interested to see how the collaboration between Penton and the Omega Force will play out.
My favorite new character this time around was the human telepath, Nik. He's was cheeky and quick, but was also obviously devoted to those he holds dear. He was also very brave as one of the few purely human soldiers standing with the vampires and shifters. He begins to form a bond with Hannah in Allegiance and I am interested to see them begin to explore their powers together. I think he could be a source of strength for the little vampire since the loss of her foster family.
The only thing that I felt could have been tightened up a little in Allegiance was the pacing. A lot of "building" events happen in the beginning to middle of the book, but at some points it did drag a bit. As we got closer to the end, the book picked up a lot of speed but I felt like we missed out on some of the action. I could have done with a little less at the start and a little more at the end... especially at the very end. I get why Susannah used the time jump as she did, but I would have liked just a little more info about everything that had gone on during that time, the state of all the Penton residents (i.e. Kris), and a little more suffering for Matthais. Overall though, I felt like this was a strong offering in the series and am looking forward to more books leading to the rebuilding of Penton.
I love Amy McFadden's narration of the books it was outstanding.
Ramsey - or Aries, as he prefers to be called - gets sent to anger management in a case of justice unserved. Jaxx runs the group he gets sent to, and decides Aries needs additional one-on-one counseling. Really, she just wants to figure him out. Anyway, Aries wants off the psychiatric hook. When he and Jaxx make a deal concerning Rorschach tests, the results are very hawt!
Ramsey is a great hero. He's a truly decent guy. He tries to do the right thing, and helps those close to him. He understands people, and what makes them tick. And he happens to be a Dom who runs a sex club. Aries has plans, though, and to help him achieve his goals, he kind of needs a vanilla dating partner.
Jaxx is about as vanilla as it gets. On the surface, at least. Our heroine has a lot going on under the cover of her Woody Allen-esque glasses and restrictive hair style. I love how upfront and honest Jaxx is about her submissive desires, and from where the desires stem.
These two trade rapid-fire barbs throughout the book. They are both very intelligent, pretty determined and extremely competitive. Watching them circle each other is a lot of fun. Jaxx tries to keep up with Aries' plans and tricks, but our hero is very good at getting the upper hand.
There is a lot going on in Stare Me Down. Jaxx's mentor is a control freak, Aries' father's illness and Aries' subsequent estrangement from his brother are revealed. Maggie, Jaxx's mentor, brings a potential sperm donor over from Germany for Jaxx, and Aries' reaction to the German is too, too funny! I'm laughing just thinking about it.
Bottom line - I really liked Ms. Murphy's style. The story flows well, the characters are terrific and there is no shortage of laughs. Stare Me Down is sizzling hot, very sweet, and really funny. This is my first title by her, but will not be my last. Time and money well spent.
The sound quality was not so good. I really like the guy/girl narration and the two narrators sounded very good, but the quality of the recording was awful. You can hear the recorder/ back ground noise, etc. It actually sounds like to separate recording edited together. BAD.
The sound quality was not so good. I like this style of guy/girl narration and the two narrators sounded very good, but the quality of the recording was awful. You can hear the recorder/ back ground noise, etc. It actually sounds like to separate recording edited together. BAD.
Julia Faircloth is the oldest child and she likes it that way. Julia likes to take charge and care for her family. Her father has a gambling problem that only makes matters worse, and her mother adores her husband and thinks ladies should act in a certain way. When Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath where the family has just moved to Turbans things are going to change. After one of Julia's fathers lost gambling endeavors, she finds a note in her father's jacket with Lord Sebastian's name on it. When she goes to speak with this despicable man about trying to understand her father needs help and to forget his debts things don't go as planned. Julia is in a situation she cannot control and she doesn't like it. Unexpectedly after one last bad game against Lord Sebastian Julia's father has put the entire family in jeopardy. What else is there to do but to find a way to rescue her family, but this is once again out of her control. Lord Sebastian thinks that Julia's sister is a much better match for a wife, but Sarah thinks otherwise. In an attempt to save her family Julia switches with Sarah to marry Lord Sebastian.
To say the least he is not pleased. After he finds no other reason to argue he consummates the marriage and oh boy that was way overdue. The sex is very lusty and sensual, something Julia has never experienced. They travel off to Cornwall where they will be living in the run down estate Trevarre Hall where they will begin their married life based on lies. What Julia doesn't know is all this ill will towards this man who caused her family distress will fade, and soon only time will tell what will happen. Along the way Sebastian will find out some life changing news about his own deceased parents and Andre and Devon Raveneau who were friends of his parents. Come to find out Andre has a past with his mother, but is it good or bad? It will definitely stir up some emotion in a seemingly emotionless man, Sebastian. Smuggling is a big part of Cornwall, and Sebastian wants to make the money back his own brother gambled away so he has no choice but to join the trade, but he is more pleased then you think. Adventures are to come, and the risks are high but if Sebastian can pull it off he will make the money he needs, but in time will his plans change? Julia is going to affect him more then he knows, and he has definitely changed her. Will they be happy? Safe? Listen to Smuggler's Moon to find out!!! This was a great book, just like every other book I have read by Cynthia Wright! It captures you, and keeps you entertained, and by the end you are in love with the characters. A must listen!
Rosalyn Landor one of my all time favourite narrators does an outstanding job with the delivery of this story.
There is absolutely no HEA here. None. If you want the slightest bit of people being happy, skip this book. If you like a love/hate, rip-our-clothes-off-every-time-we-get-in-the-same-room-then-hate-each-other-for-it antagonist 'relationship', you might like it. It's "edgy", and I cant tell you how many times I wanted to throw the iPod across the room and scream in frustration. ONE GOOD CONVERSATION and they could have cleared much of the problems. Well, the current ones. There'd still be the things she did before, but at least there would be an explanation *why*, instead of the "because you're a horrible B of a person" that ends up being assumed.
Every interaction she had with Dom (the hero), she was either emotionless or witchy-with-a-B. I found myself longing to reach through the book and violently punch the heroine (who's otherwise quite likeable and badass) for being such a cowardly B that she throws everything away, constantly, because she's scared of what *could* happen. Ok, I understand. Her life is jacked up. She's got centuries of running, lying, hiding, unable to trust anyone. But besides just running from the guy she utterly and completely loves, she actively tries to burn her bridges with him. Constantly. "Burn bridges" is actually a mild description. She goes out of her way to make him hate and distrust her "to make a clean break." Only she doesnt get (even tho he's told her) that he loves her like crazy. And having her constantly hurt him makes him insane, so he hates her too. I could completely sympathize. She's also upset because she's hated by everyone around him; what she acknowledges, but doesnt seem to *get*, is everyone hates her because she's made someone who loved her beyond reason a miserable ball of pain and rage. Yeah, I can see how the other druids would have a tad bit of animosity towards her. Granted, there's one druid in particular who has it out for her, and she's "the princess" who covets the hero. But Jillian (the heroine) wont actually tell anyone how Siobhan (the "princess") torments her. So they usually see what looks like Siobhan mouthing off, and Jillian beating the crap out of her. Know what that makes Jillian look like? A horrible mean jealous bully who cant control (and doesnt even try) her temper. Again. I can sympathize with their dislike. If the reader wasnt privy to Jillian's thoughts and feelings as she's showing the world this cold, emotionless face, we'd probably dislike her too.
Finally, the book ends with one heck of a cliffhanger, and almost nothing resolved. She has a tiny part of a conversation with Dom where she explains a little bit of why she did what she did (and GOSH! It helps!) but not enough to fix anything. It seems like he doesnt actively hate her anymore, but he's still exhausted with her issues. I feel ya, dude.
Honestly, as cool of a book it was (in everything but Jullian's behavior/attitude), I really wish I would have skipped it. If I would have read a review like the one I wrote, I wouldnt have bought it. It was such an exercise in frustration that I feel like going and reading some retardedly simple romance novel. A Julie Garwood or something, where the hero & heroine dont spend the entire book fighting, but instead form a team and fight their enemy together. And live happily ever after, damnit!
Whew. Rant over. Remember, I liked the book :) I just hated the heroine. If she would have been half a normal person who knew how to communicate, I would have given it 5 stars and reread it forever.
What a great romance and set in the state of Minnesota. Abby comes home to Minnesota when she divorces her cheating husband after one too many affairs. She wants her daughter Maddie to have the wonderful childhood that she did not. Abby's parents were both drunks and her father threw in some physical abuse too. Enough that Abby learned to block out all the bad memories until therapy after her divorce started unblocking them.
Luckily, Abby was informally adopted by her best friend Laura's parents Bill and Mary. They are all still in her hometown to provide love and support. But Abby also seems to have attracted a stalker with her return home. It seems someone believes that the cheating adulteress she portrayed on a popular soap opera was the real Abby. Such a belief was aided by Abby's not defending herself when the press painted her as the one who had affairs that ended her marriage. Even the local police chief Josh has trouble separating the actress from the reality. Of course, Josh has the slight excuse of being in the process of getting over his own divorce and his own cheating wife.
At first, Josh is certain that Abby is manufacturing the stalker for publicity but it doesn't take long for him to see Abby as she really is. He begins investigating the stalker episodes and investigating the steadily more realistic dreams that Abby is having about a murder. Of course, things are even more complicated by a reappearance of the cheating husband and Josh's former young girlfriend who doesn't want to let him go.
This was a good mystery too. The identity of the stalker and his motives came as a complete surprise to me.
I really enjoyed this story and will be looking for more by this author.
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