Vanessa Mazur knows she's doing the right thing. She shouldn't feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans, and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary. But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.
I think this book was about twice the length it needed to be. A lot of time was spent in the head of the female lead, admiring the muscles and body of the male lead. There's only so many times you need to hear what a fabulous butt someone has, really. There are also several hours at the beginning of the book that seemed unnecessary as they were. They added to the story, yes, they could have been covered quickly in a prologue or as memories or in other ways.
Unfortunately the book was also written solely from the female perspective so it's hard to connect with the guy at all. She talks/thinks a lot about how introspective/quiet he is and how his face doesn't really show emotions, etc
I'm also not a huge fan of the narrator. She wasn't the worst I've ever heard by any means but I found her distracting. That, along with the oddities of the book brought it down a point for me.
As a side note, if you're not big on the sex you find in most romance novels now-a-days, you might enjoy this. It's a long build up with one make-out session and 2 sex scenes at the very end of the book. They literally hardly touch each other the entire book.
Blake Orbison's pro football career with the Portland Devils may have come crashing to an end, but not calling the signals anymore just gives him more time to devote to his business enterprises, including the latest and greatest: the opening of the Wild Horse Resort in scenic north Idaho. And that other one, too. Blake's on the marriage track now, and he's got a game plan.
And definitely the best $5 I've spent in a very long time. Get this one on sale, like I did and make yourself doubly happy.
I'm a sucker for a southern boy and the southern boy in this book was just about perfect. Outside a bit of repetitiveness in his speech sometimes, I can't complain about any of the writing here. The female half of the couple was also very likeable. She was strong and artistic and knew what she wanted, though there was also vulnerability there and pain in her past (the book does contain a description of rape during her teenage years, as fair warning for those who might have sensitivities in that area).
The small town life was portrayed pretty accurately, though I'd have liked to see more of the 'good side' of that, maybe. Having been raised in one myself, I feel like the author probably knows what it's like (or she did some majorly good research) and it's hard to look back and find the good if you've experienced the bad.
Finally, while Tanya Eby did a very good job, if I could change one thing it would probably be to make it dual narration. Having said that, though, having just Tanya didn't take anything from the book and I highly recommend it.
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Half-Moon Hollow's supernatural social event of the season - Zeb's Titanic-themed werewolf wedding - is coming up, and Dick Cheney (not that Dick Cheney!) needs a date. But Andrea's had enough of clever, handsome, and rakish to last a lifetime, and Dick Cheney is certainly not the sort of man you bring home to mom (not that Andrea's deadist parents are speaking to her ever since she dropped out of college and became a blood surrogate).
This book should be read much earlier in the series... like 2nd or third. I read it as numbered by Audible and it threw me off until I figured out the problem.
Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den - despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another dom. Yet he can't deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees - if Allie will stay, too. The chemistry between the trio prompts Allie and Tyler to agree to submit to Seth for one week, and he'll show them both the true pleasure that a dom can provide.
I don't mean a rape scene like two people consenting to act out a rape scene. I mean an actual rape of a male submissive by a male dominant including whipping to the point of blood and non consensual, unlubricated anal sex. I wish I'd seen reviews that pointed this out. Or a trigger warning in the synopsis. If so, I never would have bought the book. Unfortunately, while I managed to continue reading and got through the book, I couldn't get past that opening scene to actually enjoy the story or the characters. I'm disappointed to the point that I don't know if I can read any more of the series, maybe not any more of the author. I'm also asking for my money back.
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Reporter Cassa Hawkins has always supported Breed rights—especially in light of a specimen like Cabal St. Laurents, the epitome of the male animal. But when the Breeds are incriminated in a series of violent murders, it’s left to Cassa and Cabal to discover the truth before they become prey.
Am I just imagining this? I thought up to about 3 hours from the end that the killer was a female. Then suddenly this person calling themselves death is a dude? I could have sworn the killer was referred to as a she and even voiced as a female.
Aside from that, I'm irritated at the same sorts of things other reviewers (see the Amazon reviews, since the Audible ones all seem to be positive). I was unimpressed with Cassa, half the time she acts strong and the other half she's weak and whiny. I was even less impressed by Cabal, he supposedly knew his mate for years but screwed around on her, letting her suffer with mating heat while he was sleeping with half the world. Then when they got together she was either harping on his cheating or melting over how she loved him and he was cold and manipulative, blaming her for something she had no control over all the way up to the end when suddenly he knew all along that it wasn't her fault.
I'm also not happy about how all this is handled by Jonas and his manipulation and threats against other breeds, especially Cabal when he finally loses it because Cassa was kidnapped. Actually, I'm not happy about how all the breeds are becoming cold manipulating assh*les.
Then there's the inconsistencies in the timelines and story plots. I'll keep listening to the series, at least for now.
The Mackay cousins - Natches, Rowdy, and Dawg - would do anything for family, so when former DHS agent Timothy Cranston drops off four sisters that Dawg never knew he had, there is no question: The cousins will protect and care for the girls, and their mother, because they’re family.... Five years later, Eve Mackay, the eldest sister, has graduated from college and settled in to life as a Mackay in Pulaski County, Kentucky. She works hard as a cocktail waitress and helps out at the bed-and-breakfast that Dawg bought for her mother.
I'm sad to write this review because I normally like Lora Leigh's writing. This book, however, was neither a good, nor in any way believable story. I can't recommend it as a romance. The too macho, dominant (in bad ways) and over-protective men who keep lying, controlling (in bad ways) and manipulating the women in the book are infuriating. There's some decent sex, despite it happening at times and in ways that are, at best, improbable (a recently former virgin being ok with anal and spanking after having sex only once previously). So, if you don't care about the story and just want want the sex, it might be worthwhile for you.
That's not even getting into the pseudo-psychic "connection" between the H/h or the fact that he doesn't bother to tell her about a broken condom, then deliberately waits until she can't take a morning after pill -- and the multiple accompanying lectures about how newly conceived babies deserve to live.
As if those things aren't bad enough, the choice of a female narrator who can't do a decent male voice nor a decent southern accent just added to the whole mess.
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Kelly Bradley is convinced she doesn't need to worry about falling in love when she comes up with her plan to marry Jack Sutton. She's dated so many great guys over the years, but hasn't fallen in love once. Not with any of them. It just isn't in the cards for her. So, when she approaches powerful, sexy Jack Sutton and proposes a temporary marriage-of-convenience, she's not one bit concerned that her heart will be on the line.
This book is the cotton candy of romance novels. There was very little to it, it was sickly sweet, no real flavor and not at all fulfilling. If all you're looking for is background noise while you do something else, this will suffice. If you want something more than that, look elsewhere.
One look, one smile, and I didn't stand a chance. The instant my eyes landed on Presley Chambers, I was a goner. She was a force of nature that turned my world upside down. Sweet, sassy, and sexy as hell, she brought me to my knees. But she isn't just any woman, she's a gift, she's a goddess, she's my disease...and I'll fight like hell to erase her fears. Sometimes fate has other plans. Now our future is in her hands.
Think about it a minute, then go buy the Kindle version and read it yourself. That's what I had to do.
What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice, and hilarious one-liners. Marriage: The final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the '50s, all the while knowing they’d never make it back. And now another poor rocket is ready to launch. But this isn't just any posh New York wedding. You've seen my friends, you've met our families, you know you're in for a treat.
Don't waste your time or money. This added exactly nothing to the series. And if that witch had carved something into the paint on my car, I'd have had her arrested.
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Soon-to-be college freshman Evie Claremont had hoped that once she'd arrived on Crestwood's campus, the nightmare that she'd been having would go away. It hasn't. She may be an inexperienced 17-year-old, but she's grounded... sane. She looks for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he's near, she feels an attraction to him - a magnetic kind of force pulling her toward him.
The book was fine... even interesting for the first 8 hours or so. After that it just got tedious. A good editor should have been able to pare it down to a more manageable length and also fixed some of the grammatical errors. The narration was also just ok. Despite the potentially interesting and somewhat unique characters I will not be pursuing the rest of the series.
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