February 24th, 2016
Beyond Ruin (Beyond #7)
Author: Kit Rocha
Publisher: Kit Rocha
Recieved: From Author
What’s It About According to GoodReads:
Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.
They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.
Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.
Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.
What I Thought: I LOVE this series. Seriously, I think I’ve devoured the entire thing in like a week. So when I was given the chance to review Beyond Ruin I jumped at it.
By now in the Beyond series the Sectors are getting ready to go to war with Eden, so a lot of this is not only the love story between Dylan “Doc”, Scarlet, Mad, and Jade, it’s also watching Sector 4 prepare to go to war and try to figure out if they’re willing to fight and potentially lose.
The best part of this story though, honestly was watching Jade become herself. She went from being the addicted whore who everyone thought would shatter, to honestly being just as strong if not stronger than Dallas (the leader of Section 4)
Trying to navigate a relationship of 4 is tough. Hell navigating a relationship of 2 is tough, so it was really interesting to watch the 4 of them come together and explore just how it could work, if it could work and to just see the 4 of them love each other in such a complete way. Each character had their flaws that the others would balance. They knew the worked well in their individual pairs (Scarlet/Jade and Doc/Mad) but the 4 of them together it was explosive.
I also really liked how Rocha pulled the 4 of them together. You had 2 of them who were addicted to something, and 2 of them who had lost so much that they were afraid to love and trust again. It made for really interesting dynamics, and really sexy scenes!
Do I Recommend: I do. I recommend that you read the series in order, and I probably should have reviewed them in order but I was too impatient.
Also to help you get started on the series Kit Rocha is letting me give away a copy of Beyond Volume 1 which contains the first 3 books in the series.
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December 3rd, 2015
Beyond Shame (Beyond #1)
Author: Kit Rocha
Pages: 355 pages
Publisher: Kit Rocha (December 28, 2013)
Received: Free from Amazon
Note: Currently Beyond Shame is free on Amazon (Link)
What’s it About According to GoodReads:
ll Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.
The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.
Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.
What I Thought: When I first read the summary of Beyond Shame I thought I was going to be reading some mix of dystopian and paranormal romance, and I wasn’t too sure how I felt about it. Once I realized that it was just a dystopian romance I was okay with it, and happily read on.
I wish the first book had set up the world a little bit better. Instead we learn a little bit about the O’Kane gang, who run Sector 4 – and sell booze and apparently have some of the hottest strippers and shows in all of the sectors. But there really wasn’t much that told me what Sector 4 used to be, or why or how Dallas (the leader of the O’Kane gang) came to be the leader.
Noelle being cast out of Eden was probably the best thing that had ever happened to her. In Eden it’s pretty much forbidden to feel any sort of pleasure or to do anything that is considered taboo, or lewd. From what I understood it was even frowned upon for them to drink in Eden.
Her fainting at Jasper’s feet and him deciding that he needs to protect her was for the best, I mean there was no way in hell she was going to survive the Sectors on her own, and Jas needed to feel like he was more than enough for someone.
Of course Noelle and Jasper fall in lust right away, and have some super steamy sexy times. But the beginning of their relationship wasn’t without it’s own faults – which I really really liked. I love when there are missteps on both sides of the relationship so that you can watch as it grows and as it becomes its own living breathing thing.
Do I Recommend: I do. It’s a quick sexy, full length dystopian erotic romance. What more could you want, and like I mentioned above it’s currently free on Amazon in preparation for the 7th book in the series. (Link)
December 1st, 2015
TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm
, where you ‘tease’ others with a little bit from the book you’re currently reading, making them want to read it, too!
How to participate:
- Grab your current book and open to a random page
- Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page
- Make sure what you share is NOT a spoiler
- Include the title, author and page number so that others can read the book if they like the ‘teaser’
- Head on over to A Daily Rhythm and leave a comment on the Teaser Tuesday post there
This weeks teasers:
So she blurted out the truth, awkward and raw. “You can have my body. You’ll take better care of it than I ever have.”
Found in Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha
November 30th, 2015
I Was Here
Author: Gail Forman
Publisher: Viking Books (January 27, 2015)
Received From: Library
** TRIGGER WARNING: Talks about Suicide **
What’s it About According to GoodReads:
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.
What I Thought: Reading I Was Here, was hard. At first I just wasn’t interested, and as harsh as this sounds couldn’t muster up the empathy for Cody because her friend was gone. I just didn’t care. But as the story continued and I watched as Cody struggled to find the answers that so many people who are affected by suicide do, I found myself caring for her.
I wish there would have been a little bit more focus on Meg’s little brother Scottie and her family and how they were handling it all. I know the main point of the story was to focus around Cody, but I feel like as close to the family as Cody had been, there should’ve just been more with the family. If that makes sense.
I really liked watching Cody become friends with Meg’s roommates. I also really liked watching Cody become an independent person, no longer just 1/2 of a whole – but a whole all on her own. I don’t approve of the final actions she took to get her answers, I feel like they were unsafe and were just … I don’t know I can’t quite put my finger on why they bothered me so much.
As the story ended I loved the fact that we could see Cody start to move on, see her start to repair her relationship with her mom (which was a weird one from the beginning) and see her begin to make friends outside of Meg and even find a little love along the way.
Do I Recommend: I do. Whole hardheartedly. It’s a tough read, as it deals with suicide. And like I said I struggled A LOT with it in the beginning, but once I got going I really couldn’t put it down. It’s a great way to open up conversations about depression and suicide and the stigma that is attached to both.
September 10th, 2015
Against the Ropes (Redemption #1)
Author: Sarah Castile
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 3, 2013)
Received From: Purchased
What’s it About According to GoodReads:
He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…
Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.
All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…
What I Thought: Against the Ropes was a real thrilling ride. I do want to start of by saying that this is an erotic book so there was lots of sexy times. However, just because it was chock full of sex, it did not skimp on the story.
From the first page I was pulled in and I immediately wanted to know more. While I do think that Makayla and Torment’s relationship started off super fast, to me it was easy to see that they both cared about each other. I do really like the fact that Makayla felt very real. She had flaws and wasn’t a big fan of blood or violence, but still did her job with authority and was damn good at it. I still don’t understand why she went with EMT work, other than the fact that it paid the bills (pretty much the same reason she started working at the club). And, yeah Torment was a super cliche hero, like seriously cliche. Filthy rich dom from a prominent family and a dark past – yeah haven’t seen that before. BUT just because he was a walking cliche didn’t make him feel any less real.
I’ve read a lot of reviews that didn’t like the whole tortured MMA fighter past that Torment has, but it just worked for me. I can’t really explain it more than that.
Do I Recommend: I do. The entire Redemption series is a great read, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
January 5th, 2015
Looking back on 2014, I did a lot of great things, read a lot of great books (116 of them to be exact) and had a bunch of insanely awesome experiences. However, one thing I did not do was keep up with my blog.
So in 2015 I’m going to (yet again) keep blogging more. I want to keep expanding my author base and keep finding all those great books that are out there. The books that make you cry, that make you laugh, the ones you get so mad at you want to throw them against a wall. I want to experience it all!
So my goal for 2015 is to read 150 books and to blog about them in a timely fashion. Please bear with me while I get my blogging legs back and get back into the swing of things!
Here we go 2015 – hit me with your best shot!
June 18th, 2014
The Marriage Pact (The Brides of Bliss County #1)
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (May 27, 2014)
Received from: Netgalley for review
What Its About According to GoodReads:
Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying “I do,” when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she’s recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp’s interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she’s more attracted to him than ever!
Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father’s ranch. He’s not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend’s little sister. But he’s never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won’t be walking away!
What I Thought: In the beginning it was very slow going, to the point where I almost put it down. But because I have read other books by Linda Lael Miller, I kept pushing forward. After finishing the book, I have to say I’m some what glad I did.
Hadleigh was a heroine that had anything but an easy life, so it really didn’t shock me that she was getting ready to marry someone as soon as she turned 18. I was however, shocked that someone actually did say something when the minister asked if anyone objected! (Seriously, is that even a thing that is done? I’ve never been to a wedding where someone would object!)
Enter Tripp Galloway. Ruggedly handsome, Tripp Galloway. The kind of guy most girls dream about, Tripp Galloway. Yeah, he’s THAT good. I don’t know what part I liked most about Tripp. He came home after his marriage failed, and he found out his dad was sick. He also came back because he just missed home. You can take the cowboy out of the country, but you can’t take the cowboy out of the country.
While I think some of the fights that Tripp and Hadleigh had were just a little over the top, I really liked that their story was a linear one. One that you could actually see happening in real life. Their falling in love wasn’t something that just blindsided anyone. Hadleigh had been in love with Tripp since she was a young girl, and if Tripp was being honest with himself he’s felt the same way about her.
However, there is more to The Marriage Pact – than just Tripp and Hadleigh’s romance. The Marriage Pact is also a pact made by Hadleigh and her two best friends. That no matter what they would keep looking for love and support one another until each of them were happily married. Which I think is super cute and really kind of a cool thing.
Do I Recommend: You should really say I do! to The Marriage Pact It’s a cute story, that although started out a little slow will definitely melt your heart just a little bit.
June 9th, 2014
Her Only Desire
Author: Delilah Devlin
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Forever Yours (May 6, 2014)
Received From: Netgalley
What’s it About According to GoodReads:
The moment Tilly Floret sees the sleek Bentley driving down Main Street, she knows trouble has arrived in her sleepy little town. A mysterious job posting keeps appearing at the diner where she works, and she can’t resist applying. No matter that the entire town of Bayou Vert is whispering about the wealthy, powerful man behind it all and his scandalous return home. The moment his ice-blue eyes meet hers, he ignites an all-consuming desire she never imagined possible, one she can’t deny.
Ex-navy SEAL Boone Benoit never thought he’d set foot in Louisiana again. As soon as Tilly starts her new job in his pleasure club, he senses a kindred soul. One who has carefully guarded secrets of her own-and a simmering hunger for the taboo rites of mastery and submission. The only difference is she doesn’t yet know it. Now as Boone tutors Tilly in the tantalizing world of leather and lace, she will shed her every inhibition and surrender to him, body and soul.
What I Thought: Break out the ice cold lemonade. Things are getting hot and steamy down in the bayou. Seriously, Her Only Desire started off rather tame and ramped up quickly.
It starts out with the same old song and dance. Girl is poor, from the wrong side of the tracks and her momma works at the house of the rich boy. Boy ends up in trouble for committing a crime and he leaves town, no longer the towns golden boy. But that is quickly where the similarities end.
Her Only Desire is a sexy mystery. You read that right, it’s a sexy mystery. The who-done-it plot does take a back seat to the lovin’ however, I do have to say that the sexy times are well thought out and don’t interrupt the flow of the story or seem out of place at all.
Do I Recommend: Yup! Because while Her Only Desire is the first book in a series, it works well as a stand alone. I’m very interested in seeing what else Delilah Devlin will write. I’m also eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!
June 5th, 2014
Author: Marie Drake
Page Count: 259 pages
Publisher: Red Bird Digitial (April 2014)
Received From: Author
** WARNING: This book does contain sexual assault and could be potentially triggering to some! **
What It’s About According to GoodReads:
“I have learned three rules in my life: 1.) The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those you can live through. And probably the most prominent: 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you could become – I became a killer.” ~Hope Wellman
Hope Wellman has a childhood full of horrific memories, a bone chilling recurring nightmare, and a persistent paranoid sense of being followed that she would rather keep repressed.
Is evil reaching from beyond the grave to capture the tattered remnants of her soul once and for all, is it only a machination of her disturbed mind, or is there something happening more sinister than even she can imagine?
Attending the funeral of her abuser is the first step in putting her life back together. She struggles with the fact she never told anyone what happened to her, and that the grave they are mourning over is empty. She’d find it a lot easier to move on and believe in the future if he were in the box, ready to be covered with dirt. She fears the last thread of her sanity has snapped when she sees Lucas everywhere she turns, and can’t escape a recurring nightmare. Is her tormentor alive, or is she imagining it? Is her dream triggered by past fears or is it a prediction of the future?
What I Thought: As someone who has been sexually assaulted when I was first approached by Marie Drake to read her book, I hesitated. Did I want to read something that could potentially trigger me? Did I want to read something that I would probably hate because it would bring up negative emotions in me? After talking with the Marie Drake a little bit more I realized that I was interested in reading Three Rules, she had assured me that she took great care to not be triggery, and to make sure that Hope Wellman’s journey was one that was handled with care.
I’m pleased to say that she was right. The topic of rape is one that is very fragile. And if not handled properly can cause a lot of issues. I’m pleased to say that Three Rules didn’t seem to have any of the issues I was afraid of.
Hope was a full woman, and while she had her moments where she doubted herself and her actions, as a reader I did none of those things. I felt that Hope was a strong woman, and while there were times I wanted to slap her and tell her to stop burying her head in the sand, I also feel that in her place I would have done the same thing.
Three Rules is full of twists and turns, and at the end of the book you’re stuck staring at that last page blinking in disbelief that the wild ride is over. Throughout the story we get to watch Hope learn that she can trust herself and her instincts. And that in the end, nothing is really as hopeless as it seems.
Do I Recommend: I do. The subject nature is a bit dicey, so only read Three Rules if you are comfortable approaching sensitive topics.