Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Tycoon by Katy Evans

Tycoon

Tycoon

*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, 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

Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Red Kings MC by Emma Kendrick

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

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Reeves, along with her best friend Tyler Davis, tried to escape the violent city life only to fall in the clutches of the notorious Red Kings MC. Being caught in the dangerous world of drugs and guns is bad enough, but being attracted to Dean Rockwell, one of the MC’s enforcers, is much worse. Could Jackie save Tyler and herself from the muddy waters of the underground with her heart intact? Or would she drown and be lost deeper in Dean’s arms?

This is what I do! I hurt people. I always have and I always will. I’m not just a little short-tempered or aggressive. I fucking kill people. It’s my job and I like it.”

I have read a lot of MC books. I’ve read stories that would seriously make me sick and cry (like Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen series) or make me fall in love so fast (like Kristen Ashley’s Chaos series). All these created very high expectations. Strays’ synopsis really drew me in. I expected a lot of things that didn’t quite happen. I was expecting to see more of the illegal business of the MC. I think it would be better to show the readers what you want to say instead of telling it. I think it would’ve help the world-building for some who haven’t read anything biker romance.

However, I liked reading tame biker romances like this. It was not the dark romance I was expecting but there is a certain beauty in the story that surprised me. I love Emma Kendrick writing style. The third POV didn’t spoil the story much. I loved Jackie and Dean together. It was not an insta-love which added lots of bonus points for me. I would go as far as it being an intense slow-building that makes they’re chemistry go to the roof. There’s more to the story than Jackie and Dean. The other characters are interesting as well because they’re not just background characters. I hope we’ll see more of character-building in the next books though.

I highly recommend this book for readers who want to start in the biker world. You’ll love and enjoy it!

Read: March 20, 2017

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Touching Down by Nicole Williams

Touching Down

Touching Down

FIVE PERFECT STARS!

Everybody knew Grant Turner. He is a football star, adored not only by the fans but also the media. But Grant has a piece of him that people doesn’t know about. Ryan Hale. The only girl who knew the darkest of his past. The girl he fell and fought for. The girl who left without a backward glance and came back seven years later with the news that will bring ‘The Invincible Man’ to his knees.

I know I didn’t make the right choice. I know that now, years later. But that’s the thing about hindsight–you don’t realize you screwed up until after the fact.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Nicole Williams is one hell of a writer. This book has so much hurt to deliver. I thought this would be a cliché second-chance romance. I thought Grant will be the womanizing manwhore because Ryan left him high and dry. I thought they’ll reconnect and Grant’s career will create a rift in their relationship but they’ll fight past it and have a happy fucking ending.

I WAS SO WRONG!

I don’t know how I could love Grant more. This man remained standing tall and strong, blow after blow. Having Ryan back in his life was one of the most bittersweet reunions you’ll ever read. You would probably yell foul by how Ryan left Grant but there’s a reason why Ryan made an appearance in Grant’s life again. It was a reason that many could’ve guessed but I never expected. I was totally blindsided. I shouldn’t be really surprised anymore after reading some of Nicole William’s work but can’t we just have a love story that wouldn’t rip our hearts out chapter by chapter?

I can’t find anything to rant or complain about for this book. It’s not perfect but there’s nothing I want to change. I couldn’t even moan about the ‘miracle’ thing authors did to give a HEA despite how depressing the situation was. I have mixed feels on that one because I it makes me cringe when that happens, when an author forced miraculous things just so they’ll live happily ever after. But all I felt was relief and happiness because our dear characters deserve a happy fucking ending.

It was a story that redeemed my view on ‘cliché’ second-chance romances.

Read: October 17, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, New Adult

The Debt by Tyler King

The Debt

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Josh McKay and Hadley’s lives were intertwined at that foster home when they were kids. They grew to be the best of friends until Josh repaid Hadley for saving his life by leaving her to her worst nightmare. Years had passed, they remained friends that never spoke of that fateful night. Could Josh and Hadley face their pasts in order to have a future together? Or were they destined to go their separate ways?

I can’t promise you a happy ending,” I said, leaning forward with her hand clasped in mine to speak at her ear, “but I can offer you a happy beginning.”

I did not expect how this story went. I thought we were in for just two best friends being in love with each other and fighting/denying it. There were so many layers that the synopsis barely scratched. Tyler King is a first time author for me and I would never regret reading this book. There were lies and secrets that greatly affected our dear characters. I can’t remember the last time I cried in a NA romance standalone. There’s just so much hurt in this book.

I don’t hate or love Josh and Hadley. I love them together but I was so frustrated with them. I was really falling for Josh because of how much he loves Hadley. He had a tortured past and its destroying the best thing that ever happen to him. However, there were times that Josh could be a real asshole. He makes the worse decisions when he’s hurt and/or angry. Hadley didn’t have an easy childhood either. I was liking her character but she’s so conflicting. I understand that she loves Josh but there were limits with how much you shit you should/could take. She’s not really a doormat but she fights mean when it’s uncalled for. These two did a good job in making my head explode but when they’re together, they just clicked. I had so much fun reading them even if it came to the parts the hurts so good.

I absolutely adore this book but I wanted a different ending. The ending was sweet but I wanted more. It felt like they were fighting half of the book, a quarter for some good sex and suddenly it’s the end. It was so cliché for them to have this huge argument then something really bad happened which makes making up happen just like that. We were only down for five more chapters and it was just not enough. Nonetheless, this is still a favorite of mine. It was good combination of romance, angst and witty banters.

Read: October 21, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman

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Reese Annesley and Chase Parker met in the most unusual ways that eventually lead to a cliché working relationship. They had a hot chemistry and it was only a matter of time before Reese gave in to Chase’s arms. But dark pasts had a habit of messing up the present. Could Chase find redemption before it’s too late? Or would Reese be long gone leaving second chances behind?

“Hope. It’s an amazing thing. It grows inside of you like a vine and wraps around your heart, making it warm. Until someone stomps on it.”

I’ve never read anything of Vi Keeland’s and I just read a funny quote so I decided to give it a go. I love the storyline. I didn’t expect a little twist from their pasts. It added a bit of allure and suspense to the story. I never guessed who the killer was. I didn’t even suspect this character! I was so blindsided like the rest and it actually made sense when the truth was finally revealed. It made things rocky for Chase and Reese but it was a good hurt that balanced out the laughters in the story.

The characters were different in a way I never expected. I never thought I’d say this, but I love how Chase Parker lies. His ability to spring a story on the spot is just so ridiculously funny. Like any other heroes out there, Chase had a tortured past that kept people at arm’s length. My heart just aches from all he’d been through. I also love Reese. She was a fun one but what I admire the most about her is the tenacity she showed when things hit rock bottom. She didn’t give up and fought for what she wanted no matter how much it hurt her.

I was expecting a grander ending. Well, the epilogue gave a few good laughs however I was expecting to see more developments not only from Reese and Chase but also from the other characters. I was interested in Sam and Owen. They weren’t just side characters. They were vital in making Chase and Reese the persons they are today. This was not just their story and I’m kind of hoping for a short story or novella with marriage and babies on the horizon.

Read: September 12, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Book Updates, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

BOOK REVIEW UPDATE: Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

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My review for the last book in the series, The Goal, is up!

I had my fun with Sabrina and Tucker. I’m not the only who didn’t expect how their story turned out. Some were disappointed, some were not. Nonetheless, Off-Campus is worthy of being a favorite series.

Just click the book covers above to see my reviews.