GILBERT, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009
OMG, what an incredible, unpredictable, beautiful love story this was! The first scene between the leads was rather shocking as it was devastating and quite broken. Then, the author took the reader back to the past, to build the story and smoothly landed in the present tense. The blend of incredible leads, secondary characters, great writing style, as well as the fabulous performance of narrators made this an awesome listen!---Actually, a superb listen! Shirl Rae is one of my favorite narrators and she did so well in her performance in this one, and Marc Bachmann's voice was sexy as hell.
Maverick Hart IS "badass personified" as a Navy SEAL. Yes he is a man-whore, but in broader terms he's a part of a brotherhood that was wonderful and so touching to explore. I loved Maverick's POV! He had such a crude, dirty mouth, especially with his SEAL brothers...but it all felt like a realistic depiction of their masculine world. You can’t help but admire and fall in love with these fierce SEAL brothers!
Maverick is a very strong man who leaves no challenge unanswered, and is thrown into a tailspin when he is rejected by the beautiful, but guarded Windsor Forbes. Yet what started as a game between predator and prey turned into an intense, extraordinary, deeply emotional love. I loved Maverick and Windsor together so much, especially their sassy humor, electric chemistry, witty banter, and hot-torrid love! There are so many powerful and romantic moments that Maverick, the adrenaline-seeking, tough as nails, yet soft as velvet, Navy SEAL hottie gave to Windsor.—Seriously, very beautiful MUCH ANTICIPATED love scenes, and romance at it’s purest. *Sigh*
Overall, this book drew out a great depth of emotions in me. I was angry at both Maverick & Windsor’s decisions, at times, but more than anything I was enchanted with how they never gave up and worked things out, reaching a satisfying HEA. There is also tragedy, and I cried noisily while I was driving to work, and had to pull it together. This brings me to the next book, all I can say is that I am going to be greatly conflicted at heart when I read it. Boy does Robinson have a feat ahead of herself with Morganna’s book!!! I was so impressed with this book as her debut, that I know she will not disappoint! What a great start to a series!!!!
EXCELLENT AUDIOBOOK! LOVED IT!
OMG, the dual narration on this audiobook was super hot...like steaming hot, and very intimate. It took me a while to get used to the intimacy of the dual narration style on this book. It almost felt like intruding on a personal story/conversation. But, with time I got used to it. There were some background noises, at times, but nothing overly disruptive. Some of the sounds such as the gasps, whispering, and moans were a bit over the top, at some parts, but overall the narrators were really good--super sexy for sure!
When I read novels with a BDSM-style romance, well it's because of the sexy adventure that is so alluring. But, I notice that I also expect there to be an emotional depth & growth between the leads that compliments their sexual activity. So, even though Dr. Jaxx Gavin and Ramsey (Aries) Taylor had sizzling chemistry, I found their relationship to lack some emotional depth throughout the book. Aries always seemed to have an upper hand in the relationship. I wouldn't have minded complete domination in the bedroom, but I thought Aries had unrealistic expectations imposed on Jaxx, as he demanded her complete trust, with no explanations on his part. He didn't bother to explain the presence of certain women in his life, and he didn't even want her to question him about this topic--Ugh, I didn't like that at all. There was definitely an inequitable balance of power in this relationship, as Aries never seemed vulnerable (even when you'd expect he would have).
Jaxx and Aries meet as he's assigned to her counseling group, by the court, to address his anger management. However, even though both Jaxx and Aries share hot chemistry, witty banter, Jaxx, as a therapist was not believable. And, it wasn't just that she ALWAYS seemed out of her depth with Aries. When she recounted her schooling as 4 yrs. in junior college and 4 yrs. in regular college----UMMMMM, what the hell does that mean? "Junior college" typically is in reference to community college or trade school, not an undergraduate program...What the???? So, was "regular college" supposed to be a graduate school program? That was just weird. The only time Jaxx was really good, as a therapist, was when she psycho-analyzed Aries. I thought she did well then, otherwise, the way she failed to set boundaries in her personal life with her mother-figure didn't seem like any of her training generalized to her personal life. Anyway......
Jaxx and Aries do get to their HEA, and there is a cute & funny epilogue that brings everything together.
Even though I enjoyed the first book, this second one was slow for me. With the aftermath of book 1, you have Porter and Ella reaching toward one another to try and figure out a way to make their romance work. I don't want to give anything away, but because of the condition of the heroine, the reader revisits Porter and Ella's relationship anew. That weighed down the romance for me, because stages they had already experienced had to be forged through again. Also, there was a lot of forging through when it came to the mundane daily tasks that got boring for me. Ella working in her store, Porter driving 2 hours to visit her, Ella finding a new apartment, Porter traveling 2 hours to visit her, Ella having lunch with her sister, Porter traveling 2 hours to visit her…(oh then Ella travels 2 hours to visit Porter) LOL----That's how the setting felt to me--back and forth.
The danger and mystery brought about from Kyle, the ex-boyfriend, was completely frightening. How scary it must have felt to find out that the man you lived with for 4 years presented a complete farce in the way he felt for you. Even though Porter and Ella still have to figure out their living situation, and figure out a life together, they shared a sweet kind of love.
This was a good book for people with a lot of patience…..
Overall, this was a sweet one! Ella Sinclair is the kind of girl that every woman will root for when it relates to love. Mainly, because her 4-year relationship with her boyfriend Kyle came to a devastating end as Ella caught him with another woman…UGH! How awful! So, you really feel for Ella when she goes ahead with her plans of a romantic beach getaway sans ex-boyfriend. But, then she meets this handsome man, Porter, who helped her when she found herself in a rut and in the rain.---Well, Porter and Ella's romantic entanglement ensued from there, at a nice pace, I should add. Even though one would anticipate that getting involved with another guy just a few days after you break up with your boyfriend is a bad decision, well, it just wasn't for Porter and Ella. I mean they had this "HEY I JUST MET YOU AND THIS IS CRAZY, BUT I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU-CALL ME MAYBE" chemistry…LOL Porter was very sweet and quite the hero with Ella. The issues arise when they have to figure out the logistics of a long-distance relationship. Yet, the crushing part comes at the very end with the cliffhanger that threw this book in a totally different direction than I anticipated…..WOW! Just crazy! With a cliffy like that, you just need to plow through immediately to book 2!
Narrator: Romy Nordlinger's voice has an odd quality to it, that I can't really put my finger on….her voice is not my favorite, but I got used to it soon enough.
OMG! Jay Crownover really hit the ball out of the proverbial ballpark! This installment was excellent! To date, it's my favorite Marked Man couple. Rowdy St. Claire's sweet southern, yet quiet charm was always appealing to me, and I'm so glad we got to explore his story--And, what a story it was!
Initially, I was worried that Crownover was going to exploit and try to remediate a taboo triangle between Rowdy and the two Cruz sisters, Poppy and her older sister Salem. I mean, Rowdy's claimed Poppy was "the one" who rejected him and broke his heart. Yet, Salem was the friend, of his heart, who left him behind when she fled her hometown, in an attempt to distance herself from her father's tyrannical rule over her. Immediately, there are questions that came up for me, such as, "why did Salem come to Colorado in pursuit of Rowdy if he had a previous history with her younger sister?" "What was the extent of Rowdy's involvement with Poppy and Salem, alike?" etc. Well, just know that those questions are applicable and they get answered in the best way possible, and that's just part of this fabulous ride with Rowdy and his exotic Latina-betty page, Salem.
Crownover delivers on all levels! The backstory between the leads is compelling and greatly moving. When Rowdy and Salem finally give themselves to each other, it's powerful and emotionally grounded. These two are perfect for each other. And, the love scenes are sensational with tat on tat-covered bodies with interesting, eh-hem…intimate hardware. OMG, yes!!--Sensational for sure!!!
One thing that I loved was the beautiful theme of family that the Marked Men and their women formed. I loved seeing the new "family members" who integrated into this loving group of people. This book shouldn't be read out of sequence because you need to fall in love and become vested in the previous couples, as they are just as pertinent and the current couple. I also thought it was so moving how Rowdy talked about "good luck" and "good fortune" in what seemed like a fluid, mythical quality. So, I loved it when this theme of fate finally ended up delivering a beautiful story to Rowdy, as he so deserved his HEA with Salem.
This is my favorite kind of story, one in which the leads don't engage in "STUPID." During times of conflict they take time to process their feelings, but are always invested in the potent connection to one another. And, I loved how Rowdy and Salem just clicked together….Dam, they were so good together!! Salem drove Rowdy nuts with her blood-red lips, voluptuous curves, ebony hair (with a red streak), and beautifully-marked skin. Rowdy, was just wonderful himself, with his charm, golden looks, broad hard-body, with his own unique body art! The style and individuality was off the charts! I loved every minute of their heart-felt story!---Can't wait to continue with the rest of the series, and the budding romances!!!
Narrators: Alexandra Marcuse was perfect! She presented with an authentic, Latina voice. And, well, Cody Hammersmith….when I heard his voice as he narrated Rowdy's POV, I just about dropped my iPhone (which I was using to listen to this audiobook) because his voice was smooth, masculine, and swoon-worthy perfection! WOW! Excellent audiobook!
AMAZING JOB JAY CROWNOVER!!!--MORE MARKED MEN AND THEIR LUSCIOUS LADIES PLEASE!!!
OMG, the best part about this story is definitely Jackson Knight (aka Jax)!! OMG, the man was glorious perfection. He was charming, educated, successful in his individually-owned business, had good manners (the ever-conscientious gentleman), but he was also a potent fighter. You get the picture, Jax had heart-palpitating appeal. So, it's no wonder how Lily St. Claire reacted when she first caught sight of him. That was one of my favorite parts....when "boys meets girl," or more accurately when "boy catches sight and can't keep his eyes off of girl, then she notices and falls all over herself"--LOL.
From the beginning Jax and Lily hit it off and their moments together were filled with special tension, the kind that made you want to rip-your-clothes-off-tension. Although Jax made no qualms about his pursuit of this beautiful girl he'd fallen for, Lilly is hesitant. Her reasoning was quite sound, as well. Lily is the co-owner of a growing franchise of specialized gyms and Jax got intertwined in the business aspect of her life through his company Knight Investments. Since he became a part of her business-related life, she refused to get involved romantically with Jax after a bad experience with another MMA fighter named Caden. Caden, her ex-boyfriend continues to make her life difficult since he still works for her and is stalker-like and super controlling.
Yet, some things are simply inevitable, as with Jax and Lily. These two are inseparable and their easy-going banter and friendliness turns into something more delicious, steamy and serious. I loved Jax and Lily together, they were cute, fun, romantic and hot! But, this story began to lose stars at the conflict part, and that's when the "stupid" came out of the heroine. I HATED how she dealt with the conflict within the relationship, as instigated by a person she should have known better than to trust. Anyhow, during that "stupid phase," I forwarded most of that part until we got to the good part; the reconciliation. Aside from Lily's stupid phase, this book was really good, and it was all because Jax was irresistible! The epilogue helped me forgive Lily a little bit. Oh, and I loved the part where Jax and his brother form a lasting, unbreakable bond. I suppose that was the only good that came out of the conflict in the book.
Overall a good read/listen. The narrator performed well.
As Daniel and Hayley's saga continues you get more drama, added with some sweet get-aways, and unexpected moments, and you have a nice finale to this love affair. Both Daniel and Hayley have a bit of aftermath to resolve from when they were broken up, but the make up part is always nice. The love scenes are not extremely emotionally compelling, or as detailed as I would like, but I guess you could say that they were good enough. You still have a very strong best friend trio who are always there for Hayley, in the good and bad times. Daniel seems to work a lot in this one, and the time apart was kind of a bummer, but Daniel seemed to make it up to Hayley in some way, or other. In this book, you get to meet Daniel's mother Iris, who was so sweet. There is also some jealous moments on Daniel's part that he had to work through. Drama ensues when one of Hayley's past hook-ups comes to stir up trouble (which I thought was refreshing since novels always seem to explore the crazy past hook-ups of the guy's coming to haunt the couple). Hayley is still a commit-a-phobe, but there are some events that occur that have her moving forward in her HEA with Daniel. I thought the epilogue was lackluster, as it was too sketchy, moving here and there. I couldn't say that the epilogue was amazing, only good and sweet. But, I think that's a good descriptor for this romance in general, it was "good," nothing remarkable or amazing, just good. Hey, sometimes, that's good enough.
Narrators: Nelson Hobbs continued to perform for only the epilogue as it's in Daniel's POV. I do love his voice, so it was enjoyable. Aletha George continued to do well in her narration.
3.5 to 4 STARS (can't decide)
This is an enjoyable audiobook. It took me a bit to get used to Aletha George's voice, as it's different, but overall I thought her performance was good. Now, regarding Nelson Hobbs, well I freaken love his gorgeous voice, but he only performs for the epilogue at the end.
This story is a familiar one. A beautiful young woman (Hayley Grace), who recently graduated, has a chance encounter with a handsome, self-made millionaire (Daniel Stark) that sets them on a course of no return in the journey toward love. Even though it was a familiar story, I did enjoy the variations that strayed away from the typical. For example, it seems like so many heroines in these type of novels don't realize their own beauty and ALWAYS overly admire the beauty and lack of inhibitions of a best friend (who always seem to have green eyes). Well, Hayley does have a best friend with green eyes, who is beautiful, but I did like that Hayley does seem to have a good handle on her own beauty as well, and didn't overly dramatize the best friend's qualities as they were both pretty equal. Plus, add to that Ian,a gay model who is also a bestie, and you have a very fun trio of friends who serve as Hayley's support group.
Hayley's not shy when it comes to men, in fact, she's used to dropping them like flies when it's necessary. She's not one to commit, or form emotional attachments until Daniel Stark, that is. Oh Daniel Stark, he's tall, blonde, has tattoos, gorgeous body, and well even his scars are appealing. [on a side note, I should add that the cover model doesn't really match with the hero described in the book. The cover model seems to have darker features than the book hero--that was weird, but hey whose complaining?] Daniel's also somewhat of a workaholic with a temper who Hayley likes to peg as having a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide" temperament. Oh my goodness, that is one thing that I LOVED about their relationship, both Haley and Daniel are funny! They flirt like crazy and share awesome banter between the two. It's evident that Hayley's witty humor really does something to Daniel...perhaps she inspires the unexpected.
So, take a trip on this Daniel and Hayley ride. I enjoyed it. I think this is a good book to read/listen when you're in between more turbulent, angsty reads. Both Daniel and Hayley definitely have things to work out in their relationship, but everything is pretty low on the angst part. This didn't seem like a complete book to me, but more like a volume I, as there is a cliffy at the end. You have to push through to the next book in order to continue and finish this saga.
There are not many love stories that can pull you in, grip your heart, tear it apart and then sew it all back together like this one. OMG! I have been obsessed with this book (3rd & last in series) as it brought Tristan and Danika home.
So, entering this last book you already know that Tristan and Danika have been separated for 6 years. Now, I thought they had NO contact during those years, and that made me resentful, but I was dead wrong. While Tristan worked on his sobriety, he never lost sight of her....and I loved that (of course Danika never lost sight of him either). This 3rd book tells a story of two people who never let go of each other, even when they were separated.
In this book, Tristan and Danika move toward each other like magnets, but the push was initiated by Tristan. He set himself on a mission to win her back and I ADORED how he did it! He was cunning, he was sexy, he was resourceful, sympathetic, sensitive, tender, assertive, relentless and so dam loving! Tristan is still the same man, but he definitely had a better reign on his caveman tendencies (I mean he only beat one of Danika's suitors this time), he communicated his feelings so well and he simply loved Danika with every part of him...he loved her like a starving man who had been without sustenance for too long. Danika also matured. She had always been stunning, but now she was more grown up with a polished elegance, yet the same gift for words. I admired Danika like no other heroine. She handled her casualties with grace and fortitude, and when she directed her healing words toward Tristan, well it was no wonder why the man could never give her up.
I have to say something about the biotches who came out of the wood work to disturb Danika, and try and steal Tristan from her....they were IRRELEVANT and INCONSEQUENTIAL...they didn't even come close to touching the power and strength of Tristan and Danika's bond (even though they annoyed the hell out of me). I must add, Danika handled them like a charm.
Since I was obsessed with this book, I could go on and on, but I just have to say that it was awesome to see all of the surrounding characters from the Up In The Air series get their HEAs as well. Yet, the ending of this book was absolutely amazing and so touching. Out of all of the things life had taken away from Tristan and Danika, they came away as champions with so much more than they had lost, and that's saying something. Their love story will stay with me forever......
Narrators: The narrators were excellent: Chris Ruen with his sexy voice, and Sarah N. with her incredible talent at conveying deep emotion...Needless to say, I was impressed. The only complaint is that Sarah N. kept mispronouncing Stephan's name as she pronounced it as "Steven."--Come on! Otherwise, everything was perfect!
This book will go down in history (for me) as being a very conflicted one. It kindled so many emotions that I needed a few days, after finishing it, to try and make sense of my response. Lilley has written this book for someone, hell, for everyone....everyone in life who has lost something very deeply impacting and life changing. Yes, there is grief, loss, drug abuse, and decline. But even if you never experienced addiction, this book will give you a life experience regarding addiction and it's unalterable negative impact on people. This is not a textbook version of addiction, you will experience it as one living in the trenches. Lilley never gives you a scene where the lead is abusing, snorting or anything like that, it's all of the subtle erratic behaviors that become more volatile across settings, as experienced through Danika's eyes.
This second book left me feeling as though Tristan and Danika were in reach of the world at so many points, yet, it all slipped away. After reading this book I wanted to find myself a dark room and cry for days....that's how I felt. I was also conflicted with Tristan--so angry with him, yet tender sympathetic feelings also flowed through. And, Danika.....precious Danika, she was such a strong, beautiful woman who did not deserve to be part of the collateral damage.
This book starts off at a steady pace. Tristan and Danika are dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one. Tristan's rock band was doing well as they had been offered a record deal. Danika was still working as a nanny while studying and pursuing her love for dance. Yet, despite challenging schedules, demands from the band, and every other stressor that pushed on Tristan and Danika, they remained really strong and quite insatiable for one another, I might add. On that note, OMG, I freaken loved how Tristan adored Danika. This man could not live without her.....breath without her. He was caveman-possessive, and a beast in bed--so passionate, so immersed in his love for Danika. And, she responded to him with a love so fierce, and so committed that I knew the unraveling of their separation would be huge. They simply loved each other too hard for it to not end in anything less than catastrophe, and immeasurable pain. By the publisher's summary, readers know that this is the book where Tristan and Danika split up. So I read in dread and there are ominous warnings through Danika's memory as she retells some portions of their experience. Yet, for about 75% of this book, the angst was tolerable. You are left feeling like, OK, that was hard, but they will forge through....Tristan and Danika will get through it...THEN, at about the 30 or 25% mark, disasters uncoil and the freight train is released from the hinges and it all falls a part in the most terrible way possible. The hardest part to digest is that all of the disasters at the end were AVOIDABLE!!! They were within reach of someone's decision, but the wrong decisions were made, no attention was given to predators living in the midst of them, and the constant hunt to find numbness created a savage ending.
After finishing this book, I needed healing for Tristan and Danika and immediately delved into the 3rd book where I knew they would come home to each other.....
Narrators: Sarah Naughton and Chris Ruen were amazing! Sarah was utter perfection. I was even touched by her voices for the little boys Danika took care of. And, well Chris's voice is male perfection....gorgeous voices made this one well-planned, well-performed, well-executed audiobook.
OMG, this book is not just a read/listen that you pick up and forget easily….it's a journey… it's an experience. After being exposed to Tristan and Danika in "Grounded," from the Up In The Air series, I was intrigued. I knew their story had heart-break and devastation so I have waited until the release of all 3 books in their trilogy and a free weekend to explore and experience their love affair.
Let me say that this book is exquisitely done. R.K. Lilley is brilliant as she has created these characters who are vivid, they invoke raw emotion, and wonder, as well as being so likable. In fact, you want the best for them--for both Tristan and Danika as well as every person who touches their lives. I loved seeing James Cavendish (before he met Bianca, the love of his life), and Frankie…..Oh sweet Frankie!!! She is such a wonderful friend to both Tristan and Danika! She really made a difference so many times!
When you start this book, immediately, you know Lilley has give something to readers that goes beyond just another insatiable couple---She's give us a jewel with Tristan and Danika. This series is devastating and I felt that from the onset. This book will make you fall in love and believe in Tristan and Danika. Even though the title is "Bad Things" the reason you hold on, as a reader, is because of all of the good things that meld together as Tristan and Danika are so incredible as a pair. Danika is sassy, sweet, she's a survivor and she is so loving. She's also a student, a nanny, and a dancer. Tristan is kind of lost. He's a club promoter and singer for a band. Yet, even somewhat bereft, Danika awakens something beautiful in him. Her affections, combined with their electric chemistry, does something to Tristan. You can see it, you can feel it. However, Tristan is wrestling with so many demons that serve as heavy weights to his complete commitment to Danika. However, Tristan does grow a lot in this book. He grows in his ability to admit the strength of his feelings for Danika, which allows him to commit to her. There are so many fun moments between the pair, and their dialogue is awesome! In the sex department, they smolder, as they love each over in flames.
But, something's just not right…there is tragedy in this book, and from what I understand it's only the beginning. But even if there wasn't tragedy, there are other land minds that are imbedded deep inside Tristan, and we have only begun to see how his relationship with Danika will unravel and hit "rock bottom" before it plows forward in a much deserved HEA. I haven't even gone through the whole Tristan and Danika experience, but already I KNOW they deserve a beautiful HEA. I wish I could skip book 2 and just jump over to book 3, so I could watch this couple make it home together….oh well…the journey is 1/3 over!
Narrators: Sarah Naughton is freaken AMAZING!!! She did such a wonderful job in her performance. She really brought these characters to life! Chris Ruen narrated during the intermittent Tristan POV's that are inserted here and there, and his performance was delicious! This was one superb audiobook experience!
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