Hellish Read for “Hell Without You” by Ranae Rose

First of all…LOVE this cover!  It’s what drew me in initially.  A big thank you to Netgalley for providing this book for an honest review!

This is a story about a seven year separation between two soul mates who met when they were mere teenagers.  Tragedy struck at that young age and through parental force, the couple went their separate ways…until seven years later when fate is determine to bring this couple together again. 

Clementine moves back to her small hometown of Willow Heights in hopes of a short stay while she seeks employment in the nearby metropolis of DC.  She never imagined that she would run into HIM of all people as she stops to reminisce at grandmother’s former home.  This home has wonderful memories for her childhood only the house is no longer her Grandmothers’s….it’s HIS, Donovan’s.

Clementine is dumbstruck when she learns that the love of her life has bought her childhood home and made it his.

Donovan is a brokenhearted man searching for the part of his soul that went missing seven years ago.  His love for her has never wavered and his need for her is exemplified as he begins to spend more time with her.  Old nightmares come back to haunt Donovan and only Clementine can make it right.

From there the love rekindles and the two become inseparable…until once again tragedy threatens to tear them apart for good.  Will their love survive this time?  Hmmmm…

I liked this book and it’s story line.  I adored both Clementine and Donovan and the connections that they shared.  Clementine is this lost woman and only realizes that she was just surviving her years in college without Donovan.  It takes seeing him again for Clementine to truly understand the depths of their love together.  Donovan is this gruff yet cuddly teddy bear that only wants the love of his life in order for his life to be complete.  He is desperate to keep her this time and fight for their love.

With that said however; I felt that while the story was a good story line, it lacked the intensity to hook the reader and make it where you just couldn’t put the book down until it’s completely read.  To be honest, I started this book and read three others between it because I just wasn’t that intrigued to finish.  It’s a good story for sure, just needs more OMG moments and HOT love scenes and SCAREY moments; just something to get the reader’s heart pumping faster.  I really didn’t feel any of those while reading this.  I’m glad I finished the book and would encourage others that like romance with a definite PG-17 rating….to go for it.  You’ll like it but don’t expect intense moments.

I give it a 3 star rating

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Review of “Wicked Beat” by Olivia Cunning

This was the book I had been waiting for in this series and I am soooooo happy to say I was NOT disappointed.  First of all a HUMUNGOUS thank you to Netgalley for affording me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

This is the love story of Eric Sticks – the Drummer of Sinners – The hottest band ever with hottest guys ever!  And Eric just happens to be my favorite.

Eric is the watcher up to this point.  He has watched Trey, Jace, Brian and Sed for months.  In their sexual escapade and falling in love.  He is Shy and adorable, fun loving and a goof ball.  AND – Sexy as hell. 

When Rebekah takes over on sound for Dave her older brother as he recovers from the bus accident, she is hell bent to get close to Trey because her huge crush won’t let her see anyone else.  However, the moment that Eric sees her, he is lovestruck and will do anything, including playing second fiddle to Trey to get a piece of Rebekah.  But that doesn’t last forever and he is bound to make Rebekah his and only his.  Eric overcomes his shy shell and takes the woman he wants and loves.

I loved this book and have to say next to Brian and Myrna, Eric and Rebekah is my next favorite romance.  I loved how the author played off of Eric’s shyness and inability to “seal the deal’ to build the strength in the relationship between these two adorable characters.  The voyeurism that Eric needed was perfectly fulfilled by Rebekah and I LOVED the Bunk scene and how it played out. 

I’m giving this a super fantastic 5 stars and highly recommend this book and series to anyone that loves Rock bands and the intense love stories that are conveyed by this wonderful author.  I challenge anyone to not fall in love with Eric Sticks!  Go ahead…I dare you!

 

Review of “Full Exposure” By Tracy Wolff

This is a story about a woman coming to terms with her tragic past and facing her demons.  She does this by moving forward with her life while still being dragged back into her past involuntarily.  Serena is a survivor.  She is strong to a fault and tries to ensure that she only needs to block out her emotions and fears and not let anyone close enough to break through the shield that she has built around her heart and secure inner sanctum.  That inner sanctum is about to come tumbling around her as her next assignment is supper Hot sculptor Keven Riley.

Kevin is a bit of a recluse himself preferring solitude and peace to people.  He lives in a swamp where he builds these beautiful sculptures from nothing.  They are so profound and meaningful that he is the hottest thing since sliced bread and everyone wants a piece of Kevin.  He’s a brooder and a loaner that just wants to be left alone.  Until Serena is assigned to work with him to create a book about Kevin Riley and who he is through his art.  She is a photographer that takes beautiful pictures of Kevin as he sculpts his next project.

Unfortunately for both of them, they seem too preoccupied with each other.  Kevin sculpts but he can’t seem to get his mind off of Serena.  And Serena, she is taking pictures of Kevin but the pictures she is capturing – his ass – aren’t really the book worthy kind she needs.  The romance blossoms from there but can Serena let her walls down enough to let Kevin in.  Can Kevin penetrate the facade that Serena has built to protect her and save her from herself and her other demons that continue to lurk from her past?

I really liked this book.  It was a great start to an intense love story.  Both characters were beautifully defined and strongly conveyed.  The author did a great job in providing enough back story to get the reader invested enough to keep reading.  The storyline kept me turning page after intense page  to find out how it all played out.  I was in the dark about who exactly was Serena’s ‘demon’ until it was revealed and that scene was intense enough to make me jump at every noise in my house for the next several pages as it unfolded.  I would give this book a solid 4 stars and would recommend to any of you reading this….please put it on your ‘to read’ list.  It’s worth the time to read it and try out this author if you haven’t before.  I definitely will be looking up her other books and giving her another try.

 

 

Tracy Wolff – GREAT JOB on the story and LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover!!!

Review of “Claimed” by Stacey Kennedy

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Presley just ended her engagement when she found our her fiance cheated on her.  She is not a bitter person.  In fact, she is a timid woman that has conformed to the life that is expected of her…till now.  She has found vanilla sex lack-luster and wants to be more adventurous. 

Listening to her friend, Cora, she decides to go to Club Sin, a BDSM club that she hopes will be more fulfilling. 

Master Dimitri is not only an expert in BDSM and owner of Club Sin; he is just what Presley needs.  And, as it turns out, Presley is just what Dimitri needs.  Master Dimitri decides to train Presley himself and so the love story begins.

What I liked about this story is the manner in which this relationship begins.  I love stories where you have a timid partner that needs to be taught about sex and how to reach that euphoria that everyone strives to reach in a relationship.  This is the perfect story for that and the author did it justice.

I really liked the characters Cora, Dimitri and Presley.  I thought they were very nicely described and had unique traits that you could fall in love with.  I also liked that the other Masters of Club Sin were described enough to produce a series – I would love to read a book about Cora and Aidan.  I didn’t really like the Steven character and thought that the story could have been more intense if written differently.  I didn’t think he was scary enough but that was clearly the direction that the author was going.

Overall, I liked the book and was glad that I read it.  I would give it a solid 3 stars.

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Review of “This Girl” by Colleen Hoover

In this last bookImage of the series,  we are on Will and Lake’s honeymoon.  During the honeymoon, they talk about their relationship and what has happened to them to get them where they are.  We are retold a lot of the story given to us in books 1 and 2 but with additional insight from Will as the story is told from his perspective.  We learn a lot of the whys that we were left questioning in the first two books.  Between the flashbacks, we read about how Will and Lake are enjoying their honeymoon and how much they love each other.  

Since this is the end of the series I have to say that I am extremely happy and sad after reading this book.  This is a book couple that I will remember for quite some time.  In addition to the amazing couple that Colleen has created in this series, she also created some really great key phrases and take aways.  I love the theory of discussing the “sweets” and “sucks” of the day with your family and think a lot of families could benefit from this.  And who could not love her use of the word “butterfly,” how creative and absolutely fantastic.

Colleen Hoover, I will forever be a fan of your work and will gladly read and shout about how amazing your writing is.  Thank you for giving the world Will and Lake Cooper!

 

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Review of “Reburn” by Anne Marsh

This is a story about the re-kindling of a love that occurred 10 years earlier and fizzled out after Olivia – Livy – left to pursue her career and Sam stayed behind to do what he loved.  Sam became a hotshot putting out forest fires while Livy became an FBI agent.  They are reconnected when Livy goes on the hunt for a fugitive at Big Bear Lake where Sam is frantically trying to put out a forest fire.  

Mediocre bordering on boring is the best way to describe this book.  Everything about this book lacked an intensity that would have kept the reader intrigued.  The bad guy was nearly non-existent and really not that hard to take down in the end.  The love scenes were not until the last 10 or so pages and while interesting and good, far to late in the book.  Sam was hot and well described in the book as was Livy but there was no angst, no animosity between the two for them to overcome together.  To me, it was far too cordial which lent to the lack of intensity.  

I don’t think the author took enough advantage of the firefighter theme of this series in that the fire could have been a perfect villain but wasn’t.  It was more or less an after thought.  Yeah, they had to run away from it but so what. There was not one single life threatening event in this book caused by the fire.  I was so excited about a firefighter book and was disappointed that there wasn’t more of a hot firefighter coming in and fighting the burning beast to save the girl.

I would give this book 2 and 1/2 stars.  I had to force myself to finish this book and found myself actually reading 2 other books between start and finish of this book.  I thank netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Review of “Selling Out” by Amber Lin

First I will start off by saying that I loved this storyline.  Yes, it was a story about prostitution and that has been done time and again but this author took this book down a somewhat different path. I found myself wanting to continue even though there were many times while reading that I was scratching my head trying to make sense of the sentence/paragraph I just read.

I will also say that I did not read the book that preceded this one so I may have been missing some of the story line because of that.  Although, I don’t think that had anything to do with the sentences that just seemed to be out of left field.

I really liked the two main characters Shelly, a high priced prostitute trying to get out of the business and Luke a cop with some very interesting and troubling secrets that make him the perfect match for Shelly.

I also liked “Ella” who is tough and you could literally see the chip on her shoulder while reading about her.  I also liked her reaction to Phillip and can see book three in this series.

The book has Henri, the villain.  He is nasty and mean and just plain ruthless.  There are other villains in the book but no spoilers from me.   

The confusing parts.

The title – not sure I get the selling out part of the story. I don’t think I would have named this book that.  And the picture on the cover does not in anyway describe the book.

And as I stated before, there were some points in the book that I was left wondering what I missed or where that came from because it made no sense whatsoever to the sentence before it.  

This books was like your typical love/hate thing for me.  It really is a great story and had great characters that you wanted to read about and find out what happened.  But it took me A LOT longer to read this book because of the frustration of trying to make sense of the sentence or paragraph that I just read.

 

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