Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Jacob’s Ladder by Katie Ashley

Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe

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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Jacob’s Ladder lead songwriter, Gabe Renard, is having a rough start in writing for their next album. In his quest to find some quite and solitude, his journey to North Georgia Mountains took a wrong turn to be stuck in the mud. The help he got is from the form of Rae Hart, the beautiful and sassy woman with a penchant for bad luck. Would Rae be the new muse for Gabe? Would Gabe be able to turn Rae’s life around? Or would their distrustful nature be their doom before it even began?

I absolutely love Katie Ashley! It has been years since we have read anything from the Runaway Train gang but I know that Jacob’s Ladder is in the works. I have kept my eyes opened for this one and it was beautiful! It didn’t feel like it has been years since the last book. Her characters were so memorable that I didn’t need to reread the previous series to re-acquaint myself with the Jacob’s Ladder gang.

Gabe was everything I thought he would be. He’s the yin of the twin brothers. He was your classic broody, manwhore guy. He had his own frustrating moments but you couldn’t help but fall in love with him. I truly adore Rae. She’s one of the few heroines the I actually applaud to. Her life circumstances didn’t break her, it made a stronger woman out of her. I love how Katie Ashley melded these two strong personalities together. From an outsider’s POV, it would seem impossible for them to be together because their personalities clash too much. However, their intensity and drive pulled everything off.

Gabe being the classic rockstar cost this book a star. It made me feel like reading Music of the Heart again. Now, there’ s nothing wrong with that book. I LOVED that book. However, I couldn’t find Gabe’s true person in the beginning. It pains me to admit this, but it almost made me quit the book. I didn’t because I know that this book has a lot to offer. I truly believe that Katie Ashley would never fail to deliver. Well, I don’t think a four-star rating is anything to sneeze at 😉

Read: November 5, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

 

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Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams

Exes with Benefits

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*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*

FOUR-POINT-FIVE STARS!!!

Maggie and Canaan Ford went through rough times when they were kids. They fell in love and got married in their teens. Soon afterward the harsh reality of the world separated them. Five years have past and Maggie returned home to settle things between them by divorce. But Cannan is not yet ready to throw the towel and asked for a month of second chance. Could one month change the five years of distance between them? Or would Cannan lose the only woman he ever love forever?

“The man was the boy again, and I wanted to save him the way he’d saved me. But I couldn’t. The only person who could save Canaan Ford was Canaan Ford.”

I’m not really a fan of second-chance romances but there’s just something with the way Nicole Williams writes it that made me crave it. The characters may seem generic at first but there’s always a little twist that will differentiate it from the rest. The writing style is sublime. You couldn’t put this down once you pick it up. Just reading the prologue will hook you so be sure to clear a good four hours once you start.

I love how the story immediately showed the characters as flawed. Maggie is not the strong badass heroine. Canaan is not the perfect book boyfriend. They have weaknesses and faults that made the story better. The one month that Canaan ask for to get Maggie back was so perfect for me. I feel like he’s not only courting Maggie again, but also us readers. You really couldn’t help but melt at this man’s hands.

I saw some similarities with Nicole Williams’ previous book Touching Down. It may be not as heavy as Touching Down, but this book made me fall in love. Their trip down memory lane is a roller coaster ride of emotions. You’ll never know what the next chapter will bring you. You could be smiling at how adorably perfect these two are, then next you’re sobbing wondering where it went wrong. All together it was a perfect combination of humor and romance.

Read: September 16, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Trust by Kylie Scott

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*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*

4.5 TRUSTED STARS!!!

Being held hostage at gun-point changed Edie Millen’s perspective of the world. She dropped out of the prestigious school she hated and let go of people she don’t need. Edie transferred to public school but unbeknownst to her John Cole also attends the same school. Will their shared experience of that awful night be a way to bridge friendship? Or would an ugly past catch up on them?

I admit I had a hard time seeing Kylie Scott in this YA highschool romance. I was used to rock stars (Stage Dive series) and hot bartenders (Dive Bar series) but I got past it. I fell in love with the story. The intense first chapters hooked me so good, I didn’t put this book down until I get to the end. It was maddeningly beautiful. The pace of the story is what you would expect in any great YA. Everything seems to be happening in slow motion then, boom, the feels will hit you head-on.

I absolutely love Edie and John. I didn’t expect the chemistry between these two. I had doubts whether they’ll work at first but they totally blew me away! From strangers to bestfriends to lovers, I can’t find a single fault in their relationship. I love the cat-and-mouse chase because it was so highschool. *sigh* It made me feel so old though. I was frustrated and impatient for them to go through their issues so they could finally be together. 

Trust delivered a story that is more than I bargained for. As an avid reader of Kylie Scott, you could say I will always love whatever she’ll write. But she went far and beyond the norm by writing Trust. Just because it’s a YA set in highschool it doesn’t mean that the story is any less intense or deep. It was something everyone who went through a rough time can relate to. And I think that’s what makes Trust a beautiful story come to life.

Read: June 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Tycoon by Katy Evans

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*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*

A little bit of 5 stars!!!

Aaric Christos is the biggest what-if in Bryn Kelly’s life. After more than a decade, their paths crossed again. Their meeting was of the business matter but with their past nothing could ever be simple. Will old flames threaten to explode? Or would Bryn let him go again?

Katy Evans did it again! I absolutely adore this book. I haven’t read anything of hers that I didn’t love. I couldn’t get enough of this story and I just devoured it in one day. Every page opens a new room for more passion and intense scenes. Bryn and Aaric doesn’t just tell a second-chance love story everyone wanted to have. It was a story for every what-if you have in your life.

Bryn, I think a lot of us can relate to her. She was so scared of what she wanted that she let him go. More than ten years has passed but she still guards herself from anything that could hurt her. I love her tenacity and good spirits. She desperately chased her dreams despite everything that happened. Bryn is one of the few heroines that I actually loved. Aaric Christos, now this man made my head and heart spiral out of control. He could be a big jerk (of course) but he’s more than that. His past, failures and experiences shaped who he really is. He was every book boyfriend you could ever wanted and imagined. Their backstories were just heart-fluttering and heartbreaking at the same time. I feel like I’m about to jump into a cliff whenever I see a “___ years ago”.

Everyone has a story to tell. It was not just Bryn and Aaric that captured my heart. I wanted to know more about Jensen, Cole and Sarah. I see them as pawns that nudged our two lovebirds together. I think they deserve to have their own story… a book or novella perhaps? I’m not yet ready to say goodbye to this crew yet. When was I ever ready? Anyway, I’m hoping to get more stories with our beloved characters.

Read: June 10, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

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After finishing college with student loans, Candace Tapers’ dream of using her degree goes up to flames when the reality of finding job seemed fruitless. Now, Candace works the pole to make ends meet. Until he met Nathan Dumont. He needed a wife. She needed money. It was a perfect contract but secrets can’t be hidden forever. 

I thought I was trading a strip club for a mansion and Ramen noodles for caviar. I did not realize I was selling my soul to the devil.

I’ve read a lot of Alessandra Torre’s books and Trophy Wife had her style written all over it. It has the perfect mix of romance, eroticism and suspense. I had a hard time putting this book down because every chapter leaves me hanging. Her characters gave off the same feels like the ones in Black Lies. Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Candace and Nathan were just perfect for this story.

I love how demure and sassy Candace can be. She dealt whatever hand life gave and made grueling choices in expense of her own well-being. Candace may have a few moments but she put her own happiness first in the end. I had mixed feelings regarding Nathan. Was he a knight in a dark horse? Or the villain hiding behind a handsome face? He was so frustrating. One minute I was falling for him, the next I’m plotting all the ways to kill him. I had a hard time forgiving him for what he made Candace do chapter 30. However, my heart cries out to them both at the end. Their love is just so passionately explosive.

I was expecting a more dramatic scene than what happened in chapter 52. My gosh I was so frustrated with them! I want to slap a bitch. It was like the blissfully happy few chapters never happened. I need Nathan’s POV of those moments. I have lots of questions with the other characters. Like, you know, Drew? I’m curious what happened with him after. Nonetheless, I am so incredibly happy I read this book. It is an excellent read if you’re in the mood for some romantic erotica and just curl up in bed.

Read: April 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Fantasy

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

The Red

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*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Mona Lisa St. James will do anything to fulfill the promise she made in her mother’s deathbed. Anything includes spending a year in the mysterious Malcolm’s bed to save the art gallery, The Red. In every night tryst with Malcolm brought her new experience and and feelings she shouldn’t explore. When the time comes would she able to let go? Or would she be sucked in the world Malcolm showed?

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This book is the perfect summer read. Seriously, this is so sizzling hot Mona and Malcolm gave new meaning to erotic fantasy. Their chemistry is off the charts from the very start. I couldn’t put it down, I finished in under three to four hours in one sitting. I don’t think this is what The Original Sinners (TOS)  readers expected but I loved it all the same! I love the art and history in this book. My knowledge of art is not extensive but I didn’t get lost because Ms. Reisz explained a great deal about the artists and the pieces.

Mona changed a great deal. She’s not a prude but she wouldn’t have walked the dark path if she hadn’t met Malcolm. It was interesting to watch her cave and let society’s conventions be damned. She was stronger and more confident than they first met. Malcolm Fitzroy is the best English rake I ever met. He is not only wholly inappropriate but totally unrepentant too. He played a lot of games without a care in the world but his desires. If only all men were that straight forward to what they want, women wouldn’t have to trouble with playing game with the heart.

The ending kinda blindsided me. I was expecting a very different ending for Mona and Malcolm. I mean, I fell in love with Malcolm so it’s fair to say that I want a happy ending for all. Actually, I didn’t expect the mystery behind everything about Malcolm. But he is a cheeky bastard, he lined up all his ducks in the end. I got over it pretty quickly once I saw the fun and hilarious (and HOT) side of it. I should know better than expect a conventional story from Tiffany Reisz.

There you go, I can’t say more or I’m gonna spoil you guys. I want to talk about another character, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to because it will be a spoiler too. Anyway, The Red is coming on July 11, 2017. Don’t forget to pre-order!

Read: April 23, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Struck from the Record by K.A. Linde

Struck from the Record

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If there’s anything that has been constant in Clay Maxwell’s life it was Andrea Billings. They’ve been in an open relationship for over a decade but one incident might lead to the end of them. Would Clay let go of the girl who had been there for every ups and downs? Or would he risk opening his heart and claim his love?

“I don’t want to tame him. I like him the way he is – wild and mine.”

This book is absolutely beautiful. It was everything I hoped and wanted it to be. Every wrong turn in their relationship just hurts so good. I can’t even be mad with these two (or you, K.A. Linde!) for putting us through hell because what a journey it was. The writing style is just perfect. It made me wonder a couple times whether Clay and Andrea will ever find their way to one another. Don’t even get me started on their chemistry! These two have been stirring flames since we first saw them together the Record series.

I had a serious case of second lead syndrome over Clay. He’s just the perfect mix of asshole you couldn’t help but fall for. And this book didn’t disappoint. He didn’t turn over a new leaf overnight. He made tons of mistakes and wrong decisions but it paid off in the end. Andrea still has her bitchy attitude and I loved it. She didn’t become a goody-two shoes just because she found love. I think that’s what made this book so good. They’re were not saint when it began and ended but that makes them more real.

How come Brady and Liz get to have 3 books?

I want more. Clay and Andrea can have more adventures. The happy and sexy kind of adventures, I mean. Can’t we have a bonus material? Or even better, a novella? Pretty please? Lol, but seriously I need more of these two.

Read: June 20, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars