“I like to keep my eyes open. Wide open. But you have to close your eyes to fall in love, I think.” Peaches Monroe"
This plus size girl has seen more “action” in a month than most girls see in three years. The bed hopping and non-emotional relationships are surprisingly easy to get used to and, for some reason, don’t seem to be at all heart-wrenching. Where Peaches was with movie star Dalton in book one, she is with underwear model, Keith Raven in book two and ends up lip-locked with Adrian Strong by the end of this book. There is no jealous melt-downs or crying fits anywhere, just a calm moving on and seizing the adventure.
As I said in my review of the first book Stardust, I have never read a “romance” series like this before with its embarrassing encounters, intimately accurate sexual frustrations and no-nonsense relationship skipping. Peaches is truly a woman who buries unhappy events and moves forward with a tenacity to avoid pain (crying). In this episode, Peaches learns that Dalton was using her for Research for a script that included a fat girl lead. He word for word used lines from the script on her to melt her emotions and use her. While he didn’t see it that way, he regrets loosing Peaches to Keith Raven, one of her underwear models. Keith has just broken up with his girlfriend Tabitha and they agree to be each other’s rebound.
I frankly, was surprised at how fast Peaches was in bed with Keith (one day) after finding out about Dalton’s script. But Keith is a sexy, sweet guy and one cannot help liking him and seeing her move on. Always Adrian Strong is in the background making you feel that he will be the ultimate best person for her because he is not LA-fake, but who knows? Peaches doesn’t seem capable of falling in love, yet. She sure does get around sexually.
Peaches gets into a lot of trouble while in LA; drinking, messing with Keith’s ex and being her snarky self. You have to love Peaches and her attitude even if she does live in denial of the bad choices she has made and is making. It’s true; you just can’t stop listening about her life and there really is something dynamic about her that is compelling in a car-crashing sort of way.
Very descriptive sex (including anal, oral and minor public). There is a lot of profanity.
Wow Sandi has done it again. Lie Next To Me is Ian and Rory's story. It's very different to the Forever Black series, it's more raw, your emotions go crazy and you're sucked into the story right from the beginning, I savoured every word.
Ian Braxton is arrogant, sexy, rich, powerful and at times frustrating. He saves Aurora aka Rory, he takes her home to care for her. You soon see what kind of person he is deep down, he might be closed off emotionally but you see how caring and gentle he can be. I started to wonder why he would take a stranger into his home and care for her so deeply when he didn't know a thing about her.
Rory's life was anything but easy, she has so much to deal with but remains strong and tries her best under the circumstances. After her attack she wouldn't tell Ian who'd done it, and what haunts her dreams. Everyone needs someone right? Ian is the one person she wants to rely on and get close to, however that can't happen in his eyes.
They have a hard battle ahead of them in more ways than one. Can two people from such different lives let each other in and make each other whole?
A beautifully written story with a roller coaster ride of emotion. I can't wait to read the next book.
Jillian Macy is the WORST NARRATOR there is! She RUIND THE STORY! She's ruined many stories! Gettin' my credit back.
You kept putting it up as a rec when you had no reason too. The narrator sucked
You kept putting up as a rec when you had no reason too. It sucked anyway.
Amanda having so many insecurities is never fully explained or justified. Her parents are great. Her sister is great. There were no experiences in her background to justify that many complications or the level of insecurities she held so tight onto.
This book has the type of misunderstandings, simple questions and dialogue that could have solved everything-except the cancer of course.
Getting my credit back.
Major let down! Cora and Rome spoke maybe three times in audio. They didn't have real chemistry. I've read some good writing with military men and this one wasn't so great.. Jay just went on and on and on it was kinda boring and that kind of story interests me so.....
This book just was all over the place, some really good story lines just no real development of any ONE!!
Emmy struggles with her decision to continue a relationship with Ben. Not because she doesn’t love him with all that she has, but because she struggles with feeling that she will never be enough to fit into his world. Ben has never known anything but the glorious life of travel and luxury. Always surrounded by beautiful women, whom Emmy feels she will never measure up to, she wonders if love is really enough.
Ben has never needed another person the way that he needs Emmy. Not only does she see Ben as a person and not some famous model, but Emmy loves him for who he is, baggage and all. There is no doubt in his mind that Emmy is the one for him, and he will do everything in his power to keep her.
What I love so much about this book was that the relationship between Emmy and Ben is real. They have their troubles and they have to really work to get through them. Ben has a past, a very real one, and Emmy struggles with being a simple girl constantly having to deal with his past that feels like she will never beat.
Ben has never wanted to be tied down. He’s enjoyed the lifestyle he has, traveling and never keeping to just one woman. But Emmy has completely turned his world upside down, and now Ben struggles with trying to prove to Emmy that she is all he will ever need.
In Working It, we got little bits of what Ben was thinking and feeling, and I loved that in Craving Him, we get so much more from him. You are really able to understand and feel the struggles that both these characters go through. This was such a beautiful end for Ben and Emmy.
"Working It" is about your typical small-town-gal , Emmerson (Emmy) trying to make it in the biggest metropolis in the world: New York City. She is from Tennessee in the South and is feeling completely out of her element. After all, this is THE city to work in when it comes to the fashion world, and although Emmy admits that she is struggling in terms of getting along with her boss, Fiona, she is determined to succeed.
Needless to say, it is hardly boosting one's self-esteem working with models, and Emmy is constantly feeling self-conscious about herself: she is not 6 feet tall, she is short, with curves in all the right places. She is struggling, always doubting herself, especially when she is in the presence of the ever-perfect male model, Benjamin Shaw: he really is perfection when it comes to his physical traits:
"Seeing his photos on the computer was one thing. Seeing this delicious piece of man meat in person was quite another. My damn mouth was watering. He was tall and poised, with dark hair, broad shoulders, an angular jaw, and a pouty mouth built for kissing."
The main part of the book is set in Paris, the city of love. For some reason Emmy cannot fathom, Ben singles her out, strikes up conversations with her and, to be honest, rather quickly tries to get into her pants. They very quickly start with sexting (*smirk*) and soon after that they embark on a passionate affair that, eventually, turns to love from both sides. Emmy falls so much sooner for the charismatic Ben, but even though he will not admit it at first, he falls just as hard for her.
Now, it is completely on purpose that I am being so vague here - this is, after all, to be a review, not just another summary of the book.
I very much like Emmy: she is a sweet, Southern girl, has had a very healthy upbringing and although very insecure in the beginning, she finds her strength as the story unfolds. Not being a size 2 myself, I completely understand her self-esteem issues, though they became a bit too much at times even to my liking. I liked how she battles with herself when it concerns giving in to Ben's seductive ways - it seems natural to me.
"Asking me not to fall in love with Ben was like asking a meth dealer not to let you get addicted. Not possible."
Ben...oh, Ben....swoon! Well, like I stated above, he is the epitome of male perfection. But underneath all his physical attributes he hides himself from the world, not letting anyone see the real person. He makes no excuses for wanting Emmy, but he is, in fact, rather reluctant to seduce her when they first meet:
"If she knew the depravity lurking inside me, she'd flee for Tennessee without a backwards glance. I'd devour a girl like her. Own her. The thought was intoxicating."
I find Ben to be a very complex person - which is, I believe, Miss Ryan's intent. As a reader, it was not difficult to fall for this damaged hero, especially when reading about his VERY unconventional upbringing. Like Emmy, I loved how he could be so sweet and caring, but at the same time much the dirty talker in bed. Phew! Ben is the dark to Emmy's light and even though they, theoretically, should be all wrong for each other, this fact is actually what makes them perfect together. That is my opinion, anyway.
I like how the whole fashion scene seems to be well researched and how the author shares all the "secrets" about how the industry really works. There was no point in the story I did not find it to be believable, and that is very important to me when reading a book.
All in all, I loved getting to know Emmy and Ben, and I am so glad that Miss Ryan gave us Ben's POV throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading how Ben slowly falls in love with Emmy and especially when he realizes this has happened. It put a HUGE smile on my face!
"I'd never wanted a relationship before, but this hit me like a smack to the head. I wanted all that and more with Emmy. My sweet Southern Belle. The idea of calling myself her boyfriend put a stupid little grin on my face."
Like Kendall Ryan's previous books, there is plenty of sexy moments - and yes, extremely STEAMY scenes, ladies - lots of drama and angst in "Working It", and I truly believe you will not be disappointed if you are a fan of her other books.
"My stomach flips with regret and disappointment. What I wouldn't give for a time machine."
Tangled is just that, a twisted, tangled tale about Drew and Kate, who met briefly in a bar only to, come Monday morning, discover that Kate is the new-hire at Drew's Investment banking firm. Story is brilliantly told entirely from Drew's POV and we get to follow him as he is thrown into what starts as an attempt at seducing a co-worker/sub-ordinate to a competition for an account and downhill from there...
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed listening and how I stayed up all night to finish it. But this story is best experienced. As a matter of fact don't even bother reading any further just hurry up and get your copy. Thanks Ms. Chase for an entertaining , witty all-consuming read!
If you are still reading this, not heeding my advice, I have included my thoughts on Drew and Kate below plus some quotes to give you an idea of the wonderfulness that is Drew, droll playboy man-whore extraordinaire!
"So that's it. That's my story. The rise. The fall. The end."
Hero: Andrew Evans aka Drew/28 years/Partner in boutique Investment banking firm/$$$$/black hair
Heroine: Katherine Brooks aka Kate/25 years/Investment banker-recent MBA graduate/dark hair/brown eyes
Andrew Evans, Drew, the prodigal son; spoiled, jaded and privileged, with uncanny good looks, smarts, wit and sarcasm has at age twenty-eighth already made partner in his father's boutique investment banking firm. He spends his weeks masterminding, structuring and closing deals affording him both wealth and industry respect. While his weekends are spent in careless pursuit of his next one-night stand, earning him a scandalous reputation and never-ending line of potential conquests. That is until Kate!
Listening from Drew's POV was truly a joy. Five words to describe Drew: Sarcastic, witty, smart, insightful and unforgettable.
"I tell them how it is, give them a good time and then the cab fare home. Thank you, good night. Don't call me, 'cause I sure as sh~ t won't be calling you."
"Newsflash, ladies: We can't read your thoughts. And frankly, I'm not entirely sure I'd want to. The female mind is a scary place to be."
After meeting and getting to know Drew it was a pleasure to meet Katherine Brooks, Kate, the woman who brought him to his knees or should I say sick-bed. From ordinary rather humble beginnings her intelligence, determination and ambition earned her a scholarship and a MBA at Wharton school of business. Upon her graduation she is hired by the prestigious Evans, Reinhardt and Fisher. Her new job will prove challenging on so many levels much thanks to Drew. Not helping matters, she has also brought with her, to the big city, her high-school sweetheart and fiancé.
Five words to describe Kate: Smart, beautiful, assertive, classy and loyal.
"I'm Drew, by the way." I hold out my hand. "And you are?"
She holds up her hand. "Engaged."
And so their roller-coaster story begins; For Drew mostly a descent as his life spins out of control:
"Although my mind recognizes that Kate Brooks is now my rival, apparently my c~ k hasn't gotten the memo."
"I told you how I grew up. I never had to share my toys; I don't plan on sharing my clients. Ask any four-year-old--sharing sucks."
I loved, loved, loved this audio! I put off listening to this series because I read mixed reviews, wow I wish I hadn't, it is so good! I love Conner and Ellery is fantastic. Ellery is funny, sarcastic, and doesn't take any crap from Conner.
I loved listening to their banter back and forth. I loved their supporting friends, especially Peyton.
A great chapter is when Ellery is at the beach (dressed to the nines) after a function and Conner is trying to convince her to get in the car and she says "only if you catch me" and she ran! He began chasing her in his ARMANI tux, it was too sweet and fun.
There are several parts in this audio that will make you cry ugly, I'm serious. <--Went through a box of tissues just listening to Part one!
Many books end before we get to experience a touch of what their future will look like, well not this one. It was told from both of their POV's. We also get a little treat as the end.
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