Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review: Castle Hill by Samantha Young

Castle Hill: Jocelyn Butler and Braden Carmichael

(On Dublin Street #3.5)

Castle Hill (On Dublin Street, #3.5)


A Joss and Braden Novella

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…

Castle Hill by Samantha Young takes us back to Joss and Braden as a sneak peek into their lives post On Dublin Street. It is a novella but it packs quite a lot in, in few pages. The proposal is pretty much perfect for these two and then we fast forward to the wedding and on to the Honeymoon. As with On Dublin Street, Castle Hill is quite steamy, Joss and Braden certainly don’t lack anything in the chemistry department. Emotionally, they are doing a lot better. Joss has come a long way with dealing with her abandonment issues. She does still have her moments, but she has gotten a lot better at working them through, which is really nice to see. For all the sexy times we see in this book, it is still emotionally charged. Joss has become better at expressing her feeling to Braden so we get some definite “Aw” moments… Braden is just as sweet as always, at least in the beginning.. This wouldn’t be Joss and Braden if there isn’t at least a little conflict. There is a misunderstanding of epic proportions, which leaves Joss emotionally battered. You may even tear up a little bit at some point in this story. Although, it's pretty short, under 100 pages I think there is a lot to love about this book. To be honest I wasn’t even going to read this book, I didn’t think I had time but then I decided eh why not, it’s a novella. If I hadn’t read this novella I would have missed out. I think I even liked it more than I liked On Dublin Street, which is saying something because I quite liked On Dublin Street. If you read On Dublin Street, you definitely must read Castle Hill. If you haven’t read this series at all, if I were you, I’d give it a whirl. It’s pretty good.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

On Dublin Street: Jocelyn Butler and Braden Carmichael

(On Dublin Street #1)

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

I love a story where one of the main characters has suffered a tragic past and survives despite their past. In this book Jocelyn is our heroine that has suffered the tragic losses of her entire family at a young age and then not a year later her best friend. She blames herself for her friend’s death and has been suppressing all feeling in regards to her family’s death. It was too painful for her to deal with as a teenager and now as an adult the feeling has been so suppressed that she continues to be stunted emotionally. All that begins to change when she moves in with Ellie. Ellie is everything that Joss is not: open, friendly, high energy and comes from a loving home with a great family which includes her half brother Braden. Ellie is determined to pull Joss out of her shell and little by little Joss starts to open herself up. This causes Joss to start getting panic attacks; which makes her realize that maybe it’s time to deal with the deaths of her family.

In the middle of trying to deal with her grief she has Braden pushing at her. Emotionally she can’t deal with him right now, but her body is not letting her back away. The attraction between Braden and Jocelyn is instant and intense. They practically set the pages on fire with their smoldering heat. Braden convinces Jocelyn to agree to a “Friends w/ Bene’s” situation. I could smell a set up from Braden from a mile away, but it was fun to watch Braden maneuver Jocelyn where he wants her. He’s smarter than your average cookie. He knows that Joss spooks easily so he proposes a situation that he thinks that she would actually agree to while secretly getting her used to being in a relationship without putting a label on it. I’d have to say he did a pretty good job. Before she knew it, she had started considering him hers.

Joss still has her insecurities and everything she had been working for, for months falls apart when someone close to her falls ill. All her past feelings of loss and overwhelming grief come flooding back and of course predictably she panics and runs. Yes, I did like Joss. I liked that she is trying to get help for her issues. Some of my favorite parts of the book were her conversations with her therapist. Joss has a quick wit and humor. She does not let people push her around, yet has a softer side. You especially see it as her friendship with Ellie grows.

Ellie, is a cutie pie. You cannot help but love her. She accepts Joss as she is and does not try to change her, in doing so, she actually helps Joss grow and develop. Her unwavering acceptance is also admirable and Joss can’t help but respond. Ellie has her own romance in this book, for years she has been in love with her big brothers best friend, so this plot line definitely adds another fun aspect to this book. It is seamlessly woven in with Joss and Braden’s story.

Braden is exactly who and what Jocelyn needs. He works through all her freak outs, he never gives up on her and he accepts her for all of her issues. Even when she is trying to protect him from herself, he doesn’t let her. He is a great match for Jocelyn. He is an unwavering presence and little by little breaks down her defenses. We don’t know Braden as well as we know Joss, he isn’t a mystery but we are never really in his mind so he remains a bit of a mystery. His past is not quite as fluffy as you would think and I wanted to know more. He is very much likeable and sexy as hell. He is confident and owns his sexuality and it comes across. He is kind of a tamer, less intense, Scottish Gideon Cross. Speaking of Scottish, he has a very sexy accent and knows how to use it! You can’t help but love Braden; I want one just like him! LOL

One thing with this book and I usually hate to compare books, but it just so happened that I read this book and Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning back to back. In each book one of the main characters came from a similar tragic childhood. Granted Jace from Hot Ticket was a bit more tragic, but overall they were very similar. The reason I even bring this up is because with Jocelyn, yes I felt her grief but it wasn’t as tangible or believable as it could have been. The pain didn’t truly translate and I had a hard time connecting with her issue due to this. Now with Jace and his pain from losing his family at a young age it was tangible and it came through loud and clear. His pain became your pain and my heart bleed for him. I read Dublin Street first and then Hot Ticket, I noticed that I wasn’t really connecting with Jocelyn’s tragic past before I read Hot Ticket; however, that disconnect became so much more obvious once I started reading Jace’s story. I’m of the frame of mind that if you are going to give your character a tragic past you really really need to make that past come through and make the reader feel it, if it’s going to be affective; otherwise, when the character starts acting out because of their past it becomes somewhat annoying rather than making you feel the tragedy instead. Now, I didn’t get annoyed with Jocelyn, it wasn’t quite to that level, but it got close a couple of times. So I think Samantha Young could have been a bit better with this, but overall, it was a good effort.

I did quite enjoy this book, it was a fun, hot and steamy, passionate read. The characters are quite likeable and you are likely to fall in love with at least one of them. Is it as memorable as similar books of this ilk such as Hot Ticket or Bared to You, not quite but it was almost there and you will want to read more by this author. I would definitely recommend this as a read to romance lovers everywhere. I think it has mass appeal and is tame enough for those who don’t quite want to get as intense as other books similar to this one are.

*This book was provided thru NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

**This book is also reviewed on my other blog "Let's Get Romantical"

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Freefall by Tess Oliver

Freefall: Alexander "Nix" Pierce and Scotlyn James

(Custom Culture #1)

Freefall (Custom Culture, #1)

After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander "Nix" Pierce has left his wild, out of control years mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he's never met, Nix's life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his obsession, walks into his shop.

Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn't spoken one word. Up until now she didn't care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn't hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her.


There is nothing memorable about this book. While I was reading this book I had put it down for some sleep and when I woke in morning I had forgotten that I had even started the book. I was already halfway through at that point and I had to really sit there and think about what book I had started and what it was about. Now I know I dont have the best memory but it's not that bad. The character development was lacking which makes it hard to care about the characters or even remember them.  I don't have a clear picture of Nix or Scottlyn but i do like her name.  Scottlyn didn’t seem to have much personality and I wondered why Nix was even into her so much.  I knew he was attracted to her, but where did all the emotion come from?? And the whole ending was just like really?? That just happened, so unbelievable. There were no repercussions of what went down? That all can't happen with that neat and tidy of a wrap up. I highly doubt I’ll continue with this series which is too bad it had a lot of potential.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness: Caden Grayson and Makenna James

(Hearts in Darkness #1)

Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness, #1)

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he's terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he's trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

I can’t believe I have never reviewed this book, it is literally one of my favorites. I’ve read it, I don't know how many times over the year. The basic premise of this book is, Caden and Makenna get stuck in an elevator together in the dark without ever having clearly seen the other (Makenna was too distracted and had her hair all in her face so Caden never got a good look at anything but her hair).  With nothing else to do and the need to keep Caden distracted these two do something so rare these days.. They talk, and talk and talk. Anything and everything was discussed, in those hours they were stuck in the elevator they learned more about each other than some couples do after a month or two of dating. In some ways since they never saw each other they were able to get closer, quicker, but when the lights come on will they feel the same? This book is just so sweet and you just fall in love with Caden and Mackenna. I think it took 3 or 4 years for the sequel to come out, I don't even think there was supposed to be one, but people (myself included) were just not able to let this couple go. Beware, if you read the book you might have the same problem. Good thing is you won't have to wait for the squeal.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Early Review: Just What I Needed by Lorelei James

Just What I Needed: Walker Lund and Trinity Carlson

(Need You #2)

Just What I Needed (Need You, #2)

Expected publication: August 2nd 2016


The second sexy novel in the Need You series, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mastered Series and the Blacktop Cowboys® Series.
Trinity Carlson might be having the worst day ever. And that was before she started drinking in a dive bar, right across from her ex and his new girlfriend. So when she finally decides enough is enough, she grabs hold of a hot, blond stranger and gives him the kiss of his life.
Walker Lund never expected that a chance at love would hit him right on the mouth. Since the moment his brother decided to settle down, Walker has been dodging his family’s hopes that he’ll do the same.  He’s never been interested in following in anyone’s footsteps. But when he discovers his sexy assailant has given him a fake name and number he suddenly finds himself in the mood for a little hot pursuit...


Im a bit torn on how to rate this book, maybe a 3.5 rating..

I quite liked the beginning of the book, Trinity was quirky, the dialogue was funny and the storyline quite fun. But the book started to lose me probably around mid point. It started to get repetitive and less funny. It was kind of too insta-love ish.

Walker was a hottie, I liked how he was referred to as a viking and went out on his own rather than fall into the family business. He was sweet and didnt give up on Trinity. Trinity was a mixed bag, but she knew it. She was in turn confident and moody. She lacked confidence at times but in others stepped up. At least she knew this and commented on it a few times with Walker. She knows she is a handful and warns him right off the bat. He can't say he wasn't warned.

Overall, it was a good book, I enjoyed it. I just wished it had remained as strong as it was in the beginning throughout.

**Review copy provided for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Own the Wind: Parker "Shy" Cage and Tabitha "Tabby" Allen

(Chaos #1)

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1)


Too hot to handle...

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...

I fell in love with Kristen Ashley with the first book I read by her MYSTERY MAN and to date she has not let me down. My love of her books continues to flourish. OWN THE WIND is no exception and is in my list of favorites by her, if not my favorite! I could not put this title down. Even when I was supposed to be getting ready to go out I was still reading past the time I should have already stopped.

This book actually spans over approximately four years, the first years go quickly by jumping forward in time in chunks. I thought I would become disoriented by the large leaps in time, but K. Ashley keeps you grounded and I wasn’t confused at all. The reason it spans over such a large timeframe is one due to Tab’s age, I don’t think she would have been ready for that is Shy at 19, nor was Shy ready for the awesomeness that is Tab. Secondly, because of a misstep on Shy’s part and man can Tab hold a grudge.

I was pulled into this book immediately by the characters, we start the book with a human pretzel and it just gets better and better from there. Within the first quarter of the book I had already teared up twice and by now you should all know my rule “You make me cry, you get a five!” . Even if my eyes hadn’t watered, I still would have given this book a 5 Romantical rating. As with all of Kristen Ashley’s previous books you come to care about the characters, they take on their own life and all have very strong distinctive personalities. With some writers one of the characters may outshine the other in the personality or character development department, but I do not find this to be the case in this book. Both Shy and Tab have distinctive personalities and hold their own against each other. Shy is one of Ashley’s “Bad Assess” and man do we love them that way! I know when I want a contemporary Alpha Male type, I can count on Kristen Ashley to provide me with one. I wanted a Shy of my very own. Her females are no slouches either. Some may be feistier than others, but they all can stand up against their “Bad Ass” and don’t let their men walk all over them. I can’t stand a doormat so, I am very glad that Kristen Ashley so far has not written a doormat character at least not one that I have read yet. K. Ashley really writes a character that you can come to care about and want to know what happens with them. With Shy and Tab you really wanted them to find their “Happily Ever After”. Both had some rough patches in their lives so you really want them to find some peace and happiness. They have a rough start but through tragedy they find their way back to each other.

One of the other things I love about a Kristen Ashley novel is her sense of humor. Quite frankly she is sarcastic and a smart ass and that humor works for me. It keeps me laughing from beginning to end. I know when I pick up a K. Ashley novel I’m going to laugh and again this one is not an exception to this rule. I had some chuckles and some full out belly roll laughs!

Also, with a K. Ashley novel you can count on the side characters to add to the wonderfulness that is the story. A lot of previous characters show back up for their cameos in this book, plus we get all of the brothers from the Chaos MC and there a lot of them! So lots of Bad Assness to be had. Oh and Elvira one of my favorite recurring characters shows up in this one and has a man! Another “Bad Ass” I really really hope that we get their story! I love Elvira; she freak’n cracks me up every time!

All in all, another FANTASTIC installment to the Kristen Ashley catalog! Can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us!

*This book was provided thru NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided. **This book is also reviewed on my other blog "Let's Get Romantical"

Friday, July 15, 2016

Review: Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside:  Hop Kincaid and Lanie Heron

(Chaos #2)

Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley

Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club . . .

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She's too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can't say no. And he doesn't regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that's ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.

First off I have to say I am a Kristen Ashley fan. Her characters tend to be real, they have flaws and talk like normal people. Her woman tend to have normal women issues like bad hair days, insecurities, flaws, previous bad taste in men and a weaknesses for hot alpha men to are as bossy as they are sweet. Ok, her men, I haven’t met a single dude like the ones she writes but her in lies the fantasy aspect of her stories. Lol We love to love her alpha male, bossy as hell, sexy, protective yet will do anything for his lady men. We get this same fantastic character development in this book.

Lanie is a drama queen; she comes by it naturally as it tends to run in the family lol. When she approaches Hop it is for one night, one night of immense pleasure as it’s been seven years for her. Seven years from that fateful night when everything was stolen from her because of her fianc├ęs bad decisions. As a character I liked Lanie, I didn’t love Lanie but I enjoyed her dramatics and all. She is a confident woman who knows what is important in life. She almost lost her own life and that of her best friend because she stood by the wrong man. Now she is deathly afraid of attaching herself to another man, after hasn’t she shown her trust in men cannot be trusted? The push and pull between Lanie and Hop is entertaining to say the least but I’m not sure I truly bought the romance.

Hop is everything you would come to expect from a Kristen Ashley male. He is dominating, self-assured, a bad ass and knows what he wants. And for years what he has wanted is Lanie Heron, now she is approaching him for a night of pleasure. He knows shit is about to get complicated but this woman is worth it. Hop does all the right things, he says all the right things, he’s a total bad ass who will protect his woman into death. But here again, I liked his character, but I never grew to love him, not like I did Shy in the previous novel in this series. Hop is great, but maybe a little too great? I don’t know, I’m not sure what kept me to truly loving his character. Again, I did like him and he was great to Lanie it was just missing that teeny bit extra.

Overall, this book was very entertaining with typical K. Ashley laughs. There is plenty of drama and a great story. However, I kept waiting for something extra to happen. I don’t know what, but usually in a K Ashley novel there is at least one life threatening action happen, but this one didn’t really have one. There was a quickie but not like I’ve become used to. I kept waiting for it, but it never happened. Besides that, this novel was not lacking in anything else. Oh and I think this is one of her steamier novels. There were lots of romantical times steaming up the pages!

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

This book is also reviewed on Let's Get Romantical

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Early Review: Meat by Opal Carew

Meat: Rex Keene and Rebecca



Just one taste isn't enough…

I ran into Rex Keene—literally—when I was trying to catch my flight and his muscled, tattooed arms stopped my fall.
Then our flight gets canceled, and we're stranded in the same hotel room ended up being the steamiest night of my life.
All I knew is that I had to see him again.

I just didn’t expect him to show up a week later in the restaurant I manage…as our new head chef.
But the generous, tender man I spent that night with is gone; instead he’s arrogant, demanding, and terrorizing the staff.
But he won’t give up until we’re together – and I’m not sure I can stay away.
Which man is real?
Who is Rex Keene?

***Spoiler Alert! Pretty much this entire review is one big fat spoiler, but I feel you should read the spoiler to know what you're getting into.***

This book is literally one of the worst books I have read in a very long time. I dont usually give out too many 1 star ratings especially if I managed to make it to the end of the book. In the case of this book I can't really find much in redeemable qualities well except two things.. 1. The cover.. It is glorious! It's why I requested this title. I was thinking we were going to have a super hot tattooed bearded chef on our hands. And 2. The way they met was cute. They literally ran into each other in the airport and ended up being on the same flight. As a traveler I wouldnt mind that happening to me.... And now thats about all the good I have to say about this book.

So whats wrong with this book you ask?! Im so glad you asked, I would be delighted to tell you why this book was a glorious fail...

1. Unprotected sex... In this day and age this is just irresponsible writing. You can't have two people meet and that same day/night they are having unprotected sex with no conversations of any kind. No birth control talks, no clean record talks... nothing. What if a teenager was to pick up this book or hell I'm a grown adult in my 30's and even though I know its just fiction it still has some serious yick factor.. It only takes a few more words to have him wrap it up..

2. His "glorious" cock... He has a ginormous cock. She says its as thick as her forearm, long and the head is as large as a large plum. He says his large cock has been a burden and has affected the way he has lived his life. The author tried to go into how its affected his life but it seemed to cut off mid-thought never to be brought up again.. Now all the ways his glorious cock is referred too.. Including "glorious" as Im sure you have picked up on by now. I read the term "cockhead" more times than I ever wanted to in my life. The last sex scene they kept referring to his junk as "meat" hey they had to get the title in there someway. How thick and juicy his meat is, and how she likes. it. GAG! If I didnt love meat so much I might have been tempted to turn vegetarian. It got referred to as a spear at one point and than there is the cumming. His seed was constantly "heating" her up. He must have some super hot cum. Id get that checked out if I was him, with all that unprotected sex he may have caught something. lol.. Then there was another line, it involved his cum acting like a fountain.. yes my friends.. a fountain. Every time these two had sex I wanted to gag and since it's like 60% of the book, that is not a good thing.

"His seed erupting inside her. A deep fountain, filling her with his liquid heat."

3. Dom... He's a Dom?? Is the author sure about that? Mostly his Dom tendencies seem to be handcuffs. Rebecca is more of a Dom than him.. She'd be all like.. "I've been a bad girl! I need to be punished" and then he would be all like "Oh yeah, and how do you think you should be punished?" and then she would proceed in punishing herself by sucking on his glorious cockhead spear. Im just wondering how she fit her mouth around a forearm sized cockhead and spear? That's got to be a tight fit. Hope she minds the teeth. Wonder if he came in her mouth if his hot seed would burn her mouth from the heat? Hmm something to think about. or not..

4. Insta-love... So they meet in an airport, bang that night with little to no conversation, well she did cry on him at dinner to be fair. So he sets the expectations that he wont see her for a week when they arrive in Minnesota. Fair enough, but he doesn't call her either so Im not counting this week towards their time together. So she's gets back to work and poof there he is, the new head chef. He fired a bunch of people while she was out and got nicknames T-Rex. Turns out they were stealing, he caught it ON CAMERA and she still doesn't believe him. So almost immediately they are fighting or really she's giving him the silent treatment. So three days later there is a meeting and she's still pissed off at him and calls him out in a meeting. Later that night, there is a snow storm and guess where she ends up?? Thats right, his room! Again, very little talking. So that very night she tells him she loves him! WTF! So what is that like 3 days (of which she was giving the silent treatment) and 2 nights of sex. The very next day, she gets mad at him again and storms off not to talk to him for the whole weekend. Monday rolls around she's still mad at him and wont talk to him. Tuesday is a big meeting and a secret is revealed and she's still mad at him but he drags her off to finally talk to her to see some reason and guess what.. They have sex again and finally have a convo that doesn't involve her storming off and then he proposes.. Yes my friends.. proposed marriage to this crazy person who is always mad, not talking to him or storming off. So that took what like a week? 8 days?? Its completely crazy and unbelievable. (hide spoiler)]

I think those are the major points on this book and why I disliked it. Personally if any of these things irritate you, save yourself two hours and skip this one. I wish I had. Sadly this is my first book by this author and I'm pretty sure it'll be my last. It left a bad taste in my mouth.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: Beyond Innocence by Kit Rocha

Beyond Innocence: Jared and Lili Fleming

(Beyond #6)

Beyond Innocence (Beyond, #6)


For years, Jared has existed on the fringes of both Eden society and Dallas O'Kane's Sector Four gang. He travels between these worlds, protected by his money and power--money he earned selling his body, and power that comes from knowing secrets. He's untouchable—until he starts a new life gathering intelligence for the O'Kanes.

Lili Fleming walked out of Sector Five with a gun, the bloodstained clothes on her back, and an icy determination to survive. She finds herself in a world where people live hard and love harder, and nothing's more terrifying than how much the O'Kanes wake her up, make her feel—especially Jared.

Emotion is a risk he can't afford, and a complication she doesn't need. But neither can resist the lust simmering between them, and the sparks that could either melt the ice around both their hearts…or get them killed. Because the only thing more dangerous than loving an O'Kane is loving a spy.

I've loved everything Kit Rocha has written and this is no exception. Jared and Lily were perfect together. They aren't my favorite couple but they do have some shining moments. Lily popped out of her drug addiction pretty easily, no withdrawals or anything which wasn't very realistic but whatevs it wasn't a central plot to the story except for the very beginning. Lily might be a little wide eyed but she is no innocent. She's seen, lived and heard things that most people will never be exposed to. She came to Sector Four with blood on her hands and pockets full of drugs. After months in an unfeeling daze she meets Jared, finds a sense of comfort with him and begins to awaken. He forces her eyes wide open and makes her look, really look not only at the O'Kanes but deep into herself and she finds there has been a lot lurking inside that she's finally ready to face, with Jared's help.

Jared has been on the fringes of O'Kane society for most of the series. Jared and Ace have had a lifelong friendship and are sometimes lovers. Ace has been trying to get Jared to join the O'Kanes for years. But Ace doesn’t know everything. Jared is good at two things: Sex and collecting secrets usually at the same time. Money is easy, money he’s got.. Now secrets, that's a currency that will never lose value. When he takes Lily under his wing he’s not expecting to feel anything for her, as his emotions got shut down a long time ago, but in opening her eyes, he opens his own….

**Review copy provided through the authors for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope: Aden Kai and Zaira Neve

(Psy-Changeling #14)

Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling, #14)

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.


This book is all about the Arrows, we get an indepth look into the Arrows, how they live, how they function and their loyalty towards each other. Aden is all about the Arrows and one Arrow in particular.. Zaira. A girl he met in childhood, one so full of fire she sets him on flame. Now if only he can make her see that. When the book starts Aden and Zaira have been abducted and need to get out of a perilous situation, but being Arrows, dont worry about them too much. As dangerous as it is this give Aden a chance to work some magic on the stubborn Zaira without Arrow or Psy interruptions.  

Aden is a determined man, and he is determined for Zaira to be his.. Zaira is just as determined to not be his. She knows she’s dangerous to him, she has anger issues and gets so possessive she’s willing to kill for whatever she deems HERS. If she and Aden take that next step, he would become hers and she’s not one to share. As the leader of the Arrows she’d have to share him with the world. As we are navigating through all of the twists and turns of a post Silence world Aden is wearing Zaira down little by little but there is still a threat on his life.

In Post Silence the Arrows are forging new bonds with new allies, making friends in unlikely places. Which is opening up this world to new opportunities to take us into a new storyline arc. Lots of new Changelings, lots of new Arrows, not as many humans but I'm sure that will come.  Aden recognizes that if the Arrows are to survive and remain strong they have to form allies outside of the Psy-Net and he goes about doing that with determination and intelligence.  This installment just reinforces why this series is one of my all time favorite!