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In Flight (Up in the Air #1), by R. K. Lilley

In Flight
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When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

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Soooo…In Flight. Well, first off, I liked and enjoyed this read.

“I knew I had a problem. I was starting to like that kinky rich bastard.”

The book is well written, the plot is more than interesting, the sex is oh so hot and you get attached to the characters. I loved that each chapter in this book started with a new name for James and that it described a bit of his personality each time.

“Mr. Stalker
Mr. Kinky
Mr. Spellcaster
Mr. Charming
Mr. Personality
Mr. Stalker
Mr. Celebrity
Mr. Beautiful
Mr. Mercurial”

It took me some time to finish this book but normally, I would have finished it in less than a day. It’s that kind of book. Once you start it, you cannot put it down until you’ve turned the last page.

“I’m going to ruin you. I’ll be your first, and I’ll fuck you so thoroughly that I’ll be your last too. You won’t want any other man after I’ve gotten my hands on you.”

Now, and this is what kept it from earning five stars, is that even if the characters are lovely and sweet and you get to like them more and more as you read the book (especially Stephan and James) Bianca became a problem to me at the end.

“If you are having trouble understanding, let me spell it out for you … This is serious, Bianca. I’ve never been more fucking serious in my life.”

I liked her character a lot, and that from the start. But the thing is, she was so quick to jump to conclusions and think the worst of James when really, nothing justified it, and that is something that annoys me to no end!

“I had fallen in love with a perfect lie.”

I can’t really tell you what happens and what Bianca does or think at that time in the book but it happens close to the end, something like six or seven chapters before it. When you read it, it’s clear she just exaggerates everything that has happened. Well at least that’s how it felt to me. And then she’s all sad and depressed, blaming James for things that he didn’t do. Anyway, sorry for the rant.Well, it’s probably of no help to those who haven’t read the book yet, but when you do, I think you’ll see my point.

“My past has shaped me, that’s true of anyone.”

Anyway, that was really the only thing that bugged me while reading, so all in all, I really recommend this book, and I will be reading the sequel very soon!

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Genie, by Kitty French

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The queen of the sex scene is back. USA Today bestselling author Kitty French returns with a brand new, smokin’ hot story to set your kindle on fire.
One complete story. No cliffhanger. Hold onto your corset strings, we’re going burlesque!

Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust.

Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre.

Now meet Abel Kingdom, the Australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her.

On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less.

The only thing they DO have is chemistry.
Undeniable, rip-my-clothes-off-and-do-me-now-against-the-wall chemistry.

He wants her theatre. She wants him dead.

The stage is set for an explosive summer…
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When I saw that Kitty French had written another book, I was a little excited as to know what it would be like. When the Knight & Play series came out, I got crazy over it! I seriously loved Lucien and how dirty he was. So obviously, when I started Genie, I was kind of expecting the same magnetism that I’d found in Knight & Play. And , admittedly, it was hot. Genie and Abel do have chemistry. But that’s basically all they have, coupled with the ever present animosity between them.

“In truth, she was a little disappointed in him.”

To me, the characters were a little flat and tasteless. I never got the feeling that I knew the characters. It was like they were so focused on hating and screwing each other that in the end, I didn’t really see anything beside their lust and hate for each other.

“You love me?” he said. “Have you lost your fucking mind?”

The same thing happened over and over. They fight, they fuck and then fight and fuck some more. Until all of a sudden, Genie develops feelings for Abel – which sounds weird because they never seem to even appreciate each others personality traits.

“It doesn’t mean I like you any less because I don’t like your name,” he said. I’ll just think of something else to call you.”

I got the lust and chemistry. Really, I did. But Abel’s character was really crass with Genie throughout the whole book, never saying a nice thing to and about her except when they were physical. And all of a sudden, she goes from not standing him and wanting to prove a point to him to being in love with him? Seriously?

“She was an enigma, so many women in one. Fascinating, and he already hated that she occupied so much of his headspace.”

And actually, I didn’t really get Genie. Her character made sense, but I didn’t connect to her and she had a too many faces for me to identify her. Like I never had the feeling to actually know her. And the shit she got past him! It actually annoyed and frustrated me at some point that she would just shrug it off and let it go without ever calling him on his shit.

“On behalf of women everywhere, let’s give him hell.”

To me, they just hurt each other with words and actions, and I had a hard time understanding how she (so suddenly) fell in love with him when he kept projecting his shit on her and what she did for a living, saying really hurtful and unrespectful stuff to her, just because he didn’t like the fact that he was attracted to her.

“So what exactly are you saying, Abel? I’m your upstairs angel, downstairs whore?”

To be perfectly true, the characters weren’t even that likable. Abel was so freaking moody and hard and abusive in the things he said to her. On that alone, I would have crossed him out. But no, Genie somehow goes past all that because he’s hot. I don’t know, maybe there is such a thing as someone so attractive that even with the shittiest personality and behavior, you can’t help but bang them.

“She was the poster girl for just about everything in life that made his skin crawl, and the fact that he couldn’t stop himself from wanting her despite that fact made him hate his own reflection in the mirror in the mornings.”

Another thing that bothered me with the book was how the characters seemed to so easily let go of their obstination over what they were originally pursuing and how they seemed to be feeling one thing one moment and something completely different the next. Like for example the fact that Genie so readily let go of her theater after all the time she spent trying to save it. I mean, seriously, she’s been fighting tooth and nails for this freaking theater because it’s her home, etc, and now, she’s in love with him and the theater doesn’t count as much to her than he does? He’s been screwing her and telling her she’s a whore the whole book, and NOW she loves him because he’s wounded? You cannot be serious here!

“He held her as a man holds a woman he adores, and he kissed her as a man kisses a woman he needs to fuck more than he needs to breathe.”

The only thing I actually liked about the book was the end. Even the sex (that was good) felt really empty because they just have it out of lust. Sometimes, it felt like they didn’t even really enjoy it. More like they had to do each other because they were attracted to each other.

“No one was really what they seemed at face value.”

So yeah, even though I had hoped to like the book, it just wasn’t for me. I tried and finished it, but I was a little bored with it. The whole love-to-hate theme is usually something I enjoy in books and it started out that way with Genie, but the whole thing turned out to be a little redundant and just really….empty to me.Plus I felt a little claustrophobic while reading. The universe and feel of the book was stifling and oppressing. There were moments and bits of the story I liked, like when Genie comes up with a plan to derails Abel’s, but those moments didn’t have as much weight in the end as all the other things that bothered me in the book. I hope I like Kitty French’s other books better than this one.

Hero, by Samantha Young

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The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

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Samantha Young’s books are usually a no brainer for me. Whatever she writes, I read. I usually don’t even read the blurb. She had me with On Dublin Street and since then, I’m pretty much into anything she writes. So when I heard of Hero I was really excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a Fifty-style billionaire and after reading the blurb, I was pretty much ready to give this book a try. I love this kind of romance where the characters go from hating to falling for each other. Then I read the first three chapters as a teaser, and well, it did its job because I was very much teased and going crazy over the fact that I had to wait to get my hands on this book.

“He was a complex mix of confidence and insecurities.”

I know the whole the-guy-is-an-asshole-but-I-still-can’t-resist-him aspect of this book will bother some readers. And I get it, sometimes I don’t like that too. But with Hero, it didn’t bother me because Alexa, in my opinion, gave as good as she got (when she could). I liked that she wasn’t too afraid or intimidated to still tell it like it is to Caine when he was being an asshole or completely unreasonable, and how patient she was with him. Yet again, it a book, so I was able to see the purpose of her enduring Caine’s sometimes abusive behavior towards her. And anyway, I usually like when the hero starts out as a jackass to gradually soften and reveal himself for who he is and so because of his feelings for the heroine.

“The truth was, even when he pissed me off I wanted him. And that made me even angrier.”

Something I really enjoyed about this book was the sexual tension between Caine and Alexa. The love/hate aspect of their relationship had a lot to do with it but the cherry on top for me was the fact that Alexa was bound to him by contract. Now some of you may find this weird, but I love it when the characters get themselves in situations where they have to sign a contract or arrangement that will force them to spend time with the each other. I find it’s the perfect set up for witty banter, close proximity, mounting sexual tension and deliciously awkward moments. And when all of these things lead to the inevitable “mistake-fuck”, I’m pretty much in book heaven. I just love it when the characters just can’t help themselves and forget about the fact that they “hate” each other to finally cave and go at each other. So I was really happy with this book because it has all of the above.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to let yourself be vulnerable even when it’s the scariest thing in the world.”

I liked the relationship between Alexa and Caine. I know some readers won’t feel that way at all and will point out the fact that the message about relationship and the behavior Alexa had in this book was appalling to them, pretty much like the comments there were about Miles and Tate’s relationship in Ugly Love but I didn’t feel that way. To me, Alexa was strong and yes, she went along with Caine’s will to have a fling even though it hurt her in the long run. But she was also strong enough to stop it after giving him a second chance. I wouldn’t say she was feisty but she wasn’t wimpy either and she didn’t let Caine walk all over her.

“I just wanted you, because despite what you might think, I see you. And no, you’re no fucking white knight, but you’re what I want.”

I liked their dynamic and how her being accepting and patient with Caine allowed him to slowly trust her and let her in. I’m not saying he wasn’t an abusing asshole with her at times or that his past was a good excuse for his behavior toward her, but he was still a good guy at heart, with serious self worth issues and she was intelligent enough to realize that his behavior sometimes was because he didn’t know how to deal with his feelings.  

“What Caine needs is a woman who is not easily intimidated, persistent, and pretty much okay with bulldozing her way into his life.”

Like I said, I enjoyed Alexa’s character. She was also pretty much all of the above. She was witty and funny and I really liked her quick come backs and smart-assery. She often made me laugh with her answers to Caine’s broody personality and moody attitude. She’s the kind of heroine I enjoy because even though she is tough and funny, she was also able to be gentle and considerate with Caine and she could read him really well. She was able to see past the wall he had around him. But I liked that at times, she didn’t let him walk all over her feelings or be a jerk to him unpunished. I liked that she respected herself enough to let him know when he was being a jackass and that she wouldn’t have it. 

“Turned out in the right situation, Caine being bossy was less annoying and actually very, very hot.”

Caine was hot. He is very flawed but let’s face it, that what we like most about characters like him. He was the perfect Christian Grey/Gideon Cross/Braden Carmicheal combo ever. I loved seeing him slowly open up to Alexa and seeing him care for her more and more at her contact. I especially liked it when we got to the heart of the matter when it came to his hang-ups about being in a serious relationship with someone. And boy, is he hot in bed (and out of it too)! I love his brand of alpha-male, all broody and take charge. The “mistake-fuck” at the office was pretty spectacular if you ask me but all the times after that were pretty amazing too.

“I fantasize about fucking you in this office a hundred times a day.”

However, I wasn’t really convinced by the epilogue. The fact that Caine’s name was replaced by the words “my husband” or “Baby” and the really predictable and let’s say it, cheesy twist really didn’t do it for me. I was feeling good with the ending until the last few pages of the epilogue where things went downhill when Alexa went all girly on me. Caine was cute but Alexa just wasn’t the same as she was in the book and I didn’t like the version of her that was in the epilogue. But if I overlook the epilogue of doom, I enjoyed this book and I’m glad I followed my gut and gave this book a go.

“I’m not looking for something else from life. I’m not looking for more. I’m not looking for a great adventure. I’m not looking, because I found it. You are my more. You are my great adventure.”

Sociopath: A Dark Romance, by Lime Craven

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“Passionate, frightening, intense and dangerous…get ready for a read that will leave you panting.” –Summer’s Book Blog

The name’s Aeron Lore. And you are…? Such a pleasure to meet you, sweetheart. Is that a southern accent? Gorgeous.

You f*****g bitch.

Why so surprised? I control a billion dollar fortune. I control the news. Give me five minutes and I’ll control you, too. If you could read my mind, you’d probably call me perverted. Unnatural. Manipulative. But I’ve learned to blend in, to be funny and charming. A predator in a designer suit.

I have no conscience. No shame in taking the things I want. And what I wanted was for Leontine Reeves to sell me her boutique tech firm so I could exploit the f**k out of it. Maybe exploit the f**k out of her, too, because desire haunts me in shades of scarlet, and I desire Leo most of all.

I never meant for this to be a love story. I fought it kicking and screaming, the same way Leo fought me. Now we’re bleeding into each other, making a mess. A chaos. There’s no control here. And what do monsters like me do when control leaves the building?

We attack.

WARNING: 18+. Contains abuse triggers and scenes that some may find disturbing.

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Well HOLY MIND FUCK my friends!
Of course with a title like Sociopath it’s not like you’re going in blind but still, pretty impressive.

This book was really good. It’s strength resides in the writing and the main character, Aeron freaking Lore. Lime Craven writes beautifully in this book and the narration draws you in. Aeron is a captivating character, that intrigues as much as he scares you. His mind is a thing of beauty, albeit a little frightening and unsettling to be into. I loved seeing him think and function around people. His view of the world is so unique. Being in his head and seeing the world and people through his eyes was truly fascinating even if sometimes, a little unsettling.

“I got nothing. There’s just an empty space where my fucks ought to be.”

This book goes directly into the twisted-mind-fuck section of my shelf. And this is due to Aeron’s twisted mind. It was fascinating to be in his head and his thoughts. He has no conscience, or maybe, empathy is a better word and he is very aware of the fact that he gives no fuck, whatsoever. But we’re not dealing with an evil creature here, even though he is the farthest thing from nice you could find. He is just very…self-serving I guess.
His character is really brilliant. Aeron was smart, like really really smart, handsome, like really really handsome (we’re talking dimples and bonus for me, a dirty mouth) and well, very manipulative too but likable (at least to me as a reader), and he has secrets from his past. Dark ones, that he went and still goes to great lengths to keep hidden.

“I don’t want to be a hero. Not unless it serves a purpose. I like the shadows better, where the dark things hide.”

And many times while reading, he did or said something that made me think he cared (ah, optimist that I am), but then, when you saw the reason behind his words or actions, it made me doubt everything I thought I knew about him and also what it made me feel. The only thing important to him was his personal gain. He didn’t hurt people just to hurt them and he never hurt anyone maliciously, but if he had to hurt someone in order to get something out of a situation, he did it. He just didn’t really care about people. Well much. When he does care, it looks a little bit like that:

“Oh, hello there. I’m Aeron Lore. You might recognize me from scenes such as sexually assaulting Leo, or trespassing in Leo’s apartment and assaulting her again.”

This book isn’t really a roller-coater of emotions. The pace of the story is quite slow actually. But I couldn’t put it down because I was really curious and intrigued by the story and Aeron himself as well as his view of the world. I’ll say it again, but being in his mind was fascinating, and often funny in a very sarcastic way. One thing I really enjoyed while reading was Aeron’s personal definition of certain words, for instance.

“Pain is useless without pleasure. One highlights the other, and the tension that simmers between them is the sweetest of lines to cross.”

This book is really not for everybody when it comes to the steamy bits. The sex is …. you could say very peculiar. It’ll undoubtedly make some readers very uncomfortable. We’re talking edge play here my dears, just so you know what you are getting into when you pick this book. Everything is consensual, but it’s still not everybody’s kink we’re dealing with here. Aeron’s kink of choice is cutting his partner during sex. Not in a butcher way, rest assured, but we’re still talking actual cutting, about an inch or so. Both him and the heroine want it and so it makes the whole thing kind of okay when you read it. I’m not saying I was into it. If a guy comes at me with a knife while in bed and asks me of I want to play, chances are I’ll be out of the house running naked in the street screaming bloody murder. But the thing is that our heroine kind of likes it too. They both enjoyed it and so I read on, even though what they did was definitely NOT my thing at all. The first time they did it, it kind of turned me off. Anyway, you’ve been warned, there is no lovey-dovey action going on in this book, quite the opposite.

“Why aren’t you afraid of me?”

I liked that this book was a love story. A really dark and twisted one but a love story all the same. And even though it’s the book that made me, I liked asking myself the questions: “Can sociopath fall in love?” How does it ….work? What does it take for someone to be in such a relationship? Is it even possible?
It seems they actually can, but it’s in a very different way and when you read the book, you’ll see it takes a very special someone to be with one and to make it work.

This book is very different and I honestly don’t think it’s for everybody. I enjoyed reading it, really enjoyed it. I loved the writing and the characters (except Aeron’s mother ~ seriously, what a freaking bitch!) and I was never bored. I turned the pages frantically all along. But I can say right now that not everybody will love this story. It’s really a book that you have to try for yourself. But if you are a “darker” romance lover and like reads that are on the mind fuck side of things, and are in the mood or looking for something… different, then you should definitely give this book a try! I know I don’t regret it!

“Love is just a scar you can’t see.”

The Invitation: Release (The Invitation #3), by Roxy Sloane

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The invitation unlocked a world of pleasure — but the game is only just beginning…

He promised me an adventure. I had no idea what lay in store. Now, I know his name, and everything has changed.

I want to trust him, but his secrets could ruin us both. I need to know what he’s hiding – before it’s too late.

I’ve already risked everything for his love. Now, I’m playing to win.

Are you ready?

*The explosive conclusion to the seductive new series*

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“This invitation is not just for the night. It’s forever.”

I haven’t been in the mood for dark romance lately. But the last installment of The Invitation has been on my kindle for some time now and I really wanted to finally tackle it.
So even though I wasn’t as into the story as I was with the first two books, I still enjoyed reading JJ and Ash’s story.

“You’re still mine and don’t you ever deny it.”

Things are still incredibly hot between those two, maybe even hotter now that we know for sure that it’s Ash who was behind all those sexy anonymous invitations.
So like I said, the brand of sex we get in Roxy Sloane’s book wasn’t really what I was in the mood for when I read this book, but I can’t deny that it was still really good. Ash’s commanding and dominating presence is still as hot as it was in the book #1, and this man has one of the filthiest mouth I know! I swear, the man is gifted.

“I want you. This. Us.”

One thing I would’ve like a little bit more of was love instead of lust. We know JJ has feelings for Ash and we suspect that he does to – otherwise why would he go through so much trouble to get JJ back? – but those two were so consumed by their lust for each other that the sexy bits are almost overshadowing the tender ones showing and acknowledging what they feel for each other. The feelings are there, but I wish they would have been more mentioned. And every time something feeling related was mentioned, they always brought it back to sex.

“I need you. Fuck, Ash, I need you right now.”
“I’m yours. All of me, darling. Every fucking inch.”

And I’m sorry to say this but even though the sex was still really hot the first few times, it was a little bit of the same every time. And it really fells like Ash has a mind control device in his pants because every time he’s close to JJ, she apparently can’t think about anything but what he’s got between his legs and how huge and magical it is. That’s what bothered me I guess. That JJ (and Ash as well for that matter, since when he talks, it seems like this woman has a golden vagina under her skirt), an intelligent and independent woman becomes a sex-craze teenager. I don’t mind characters that are really attracted to each other, but here it went a little overboard, even for my tastes.

“God, I can’t get enough of this man.”

One thing that I feel like I should mention is that there isn’t anything really new happening in this book. I had a feeling of déjà vu somehow toward the end. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, but if you’re looking for something new and original, you’re probably not looking in the right place with this book.

“No hiding, no games, just us. But she doesn’t know the truth.”

I was a little mad with Ash for the secret he keeps from JJ when he knows it’s a risk for him to lose JJ again, but I guess he had to be a man at some point and mess things up. And his reaction when the truth comes out and he gets scared and frustrated didn’t make sense to me. But then, when things unfold, he really made up for his foolish moments.

“You belong to me, JJ. You always have. And I belong to you.”

I liked that this series was more focused on its characters and not so much on a big scary mystery like it was in The Seduction series. I liked that the more “serious” mystery of the story came so late in the book and didn’t take too long to be resolved. I wouldn’t have minded knowing what happened to a certain character after things settled down again but I was still happy with how the story ended.

“Tell me.What changed?”
“What changed is that I can’t live another fucking day without you.”

I really enjoyed this series, even though the last book wasn’t my favorite. And I’m glad Ash and JJ got their happy ending. After all, I’m always a sucker for friends falling for each other and JJ and Ash, even though it wasn’t simple, found their way to each other anyway.

“I knew you were the one back then. I can’t believe I wasted so much time, not being ready for you. I swear, I won’t do it again. I’m yours, JJ. Body and soul.”

Trashed (Stripped #2), by Jasinda Wilder

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I’m nobody. I’m an orphan. A janitor. A college student. A virgin.
And him? He’s a god. One of the hottest action stars to ever grace the silver screen, huge and muscular and gorgeous and famous. He could have anyone in the world.
Yet, despite the chasm separating my world from his, I find myself in his hotel room, and he’s acting like I’m the most beautiful girl in the world. I’m not. He’s everything every woman could ever want, and I’m just…me.

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She doesn’t know how sexy she is, and that’s it’s own kind of beauty. But for real, she’s gorgeous. I’ve met some of the hottest women in Hollywood, and none of them can hold a candle to this girl. I want her. And the fact that she’s closed off and impossible to figure out only makes the pursuit that much more intriguing.
The last thing I expect is for one night of pleasure to turn into something I’m unable to forget, even after she’s gone her way and I’ve gone mine. I can’t forget her, no matter how I try. And the next time we run into each other, I know there’s no way I can let her go again. No matter what it takes.

***This is a full length, stand-alone contemporary romance, set in the world of STRIPPED***
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Oh how I loved this book! And this epilogue! Loved it loved it loved it! It’s what earned this book its fifth star.

Books about celebrities such as Love Unscripted, Love Unrehearsed and Stripped aren’t usually my favorites. I enjoy them and have a really good time reading them, but when I look back on them after a while, I can honestly say that they aren’t the stories I keep closest to my heart. But in the case of Trashed well, my feelings are a little different.

“I’m not a movie star. I’m just Adam.”

I think the fact that the book isn’t too focused on Adam’s celebrity and his fame made it better for me. He wasn’t Adam the movie star, but simply Adam. He felt really down to earth to me and I loved that. I loved how real he felt to me. I’m not saying that Dawson in Stripped didn’t feel real either, but I think I didn’t read this book in the right conditions at the time to really appreciate it (my advice to you: don’t start a book when you’re tired and right before moving countries). Anyway, what I’m saying here is that Des and Adam felt very real and …accessible? I’m not sure this word means anything here but what I’m trying to say is that I felt like I could have know those characters in real life. They felt true and real to me. And I loved it. And I thought Adam was so cute when he first met Des. It was so sweet how awkward he got. I’ll say it again, I loved it!

“There’s something here, Des. Between us. There is, and I know you know there is. You’re just scared. Of what, I’m not sure.”
“Of what? Of everything.”
“Why?” I let out a breath.
“Because that’s what life has taught me.”

And I really loved Des. Her character kept surprising me and the more I got to know her, the more I liked her. At some point, the choice she made seemed really odd and not like her to me, but it turned out, it was a choice she had to make. I heard somewhere that the mistakes we make and the hard times in our lives are what make us who we are. And in the case of Des, I think it’s very true. Des really moved me and I loved seeing her evolve and grow into herself as I read.

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” –Maya Angelou

I loved the connection between Des and Adam. I wish one day I can feel so close and free to be myself with someone as Des did with Adam. Their relationship (especially toward the end of the book) had my heart go all warm and soft and kept a smile on my face until I turned the last page of the book. It was so moving to see Des let herself be loved and attached to Adam, and how Adam understood what a gift it was that she picked him for it.

“I don’t want to let my past dictate my present or future anymore.”

And boy, were they hot together! I mean seriously! Every time they went at it I was squirming like crazy. I got some seriously weird looks in the train. I’m usually glad I have a Kindle because people can’t know what I’m reading when I’m in public but I think even with my Kindle in hand I was seriously busted on this one. Anyway, word of advice, read this at home with either a cold shower or a willing man nearby.

One thing I really enjoyed was the absence of (useless) drama in this book. I’m always a little ….wary let’s say when I get to the 65/70% mark in books because that’s usually when something goes wrong between the characters. I know in some books, sometimes it’s useful and helps the story, even makes it better sometimes, but it’s truly THE part in a book I dread. I hate this part even more when the issue is because of miscommunication or a character jumping to conclusions. I’ll admit, I got a little worried toward chapter 17 for reasons I won’t share in order to not spoil the suspense for anyone, but there was no need for that.
So yeah, I was really relieved and very happy to see that this story, is for the most part, drama free. I enjoyed this book even more because of it.

I think the cherry on top was the sneak peek at Falling Away (I am so grateful for that book!) at the end of Trashed. I can’t wait for January to be here so I can get my hands on it!

Broken (Redemption #1), by Lauren Layne

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Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

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“The reason I’m leaving New York has nothing to do with the goodness of my heart and everything to do with the wretchedness of it.”

I was really happy to start reading this book. Isn’t She Lovely really made me melt and made me curious about the little trio between Ethan, Olivia and Micheal. And I really wasn’t disappointed by Broken.

“You always imagine that you’re going to be the good girl everybody roots for. You imagine that right up until the very second when you’re not the good girl.”

With this book, I really got to meet Olivia. In Ethan’s book, I wasn’t really sure if I liked the Olivia introduced there. Of course it had to do with the fact that I saw her through Stephanie’s eyes but I didn’t really get to know her character. And in Broken, I really got to meet a “new” Olivia and I really liked her. She really surprised me in a good way because the moment she leaves New York, she really grows into herself and doesn’t act like the little good girl that everyone is used to. She becomes this independent woman, who won’t take the shit from Paul or anyone, but manages to stay a kind and caring person.

“What I did was beyond heinous. All I wanted was to take her in my arms, lay her on the bed, and just be with another human being, and for that reason, more than any other, I was cruel. Cruel even by my standards, and I didn’t even realize I had those anymore. A part of me is racked with guilt. The other knows that it’s better for her to find out now that I’m a monster.”

Paul was also a great character. Darker and rougher around the edges but still very lovable. It was really interesting to see Olivia get through to him and reach him when no one ever really did since he got back from war. And he also has serious self-worth issues to resolve which made it sometimes hard to get through to him, even though you get where those come from. But Olivia didn’t allow him to wallow is self pity and hatred like everyone else did and that made the difference. Seeing the two of them healing each other was very sweet and moving.

“The truth is, everything about Paul Langdon plain pisses me off and I lost my temper. I didn’t even know I had a temper.”

They both had a revealing effect on each other, as if but pushing each other’s button, they forced each other to reveal who they really where and not what they wanted other people to see.

“I have a serious lady bone for the guy I’m supposed to work for.”

But I loved the instant connection and chemistry between Paul and Olivia and except for the scene at the 18% mark, their attraction to each other felt very natural.

Also there were moments when things went a little too fast between Paul and Olivia for me to not roll my eyes (I’m thinking about the scene at the 18% mark) I thought the book was well paced. It never felt rushed or dragging and the way Olivia and Paul fell for each other felt very natural.

“Caring about a war veteran isn’t about philanthropy. It’s about penance.”

This book was full of funny moments as well as very moving ones. It never felt overdone, or cliché to me and I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Olivia and Paul both fight their demons in this book and try to figure out what is the next step in their lives. It was really moving to see Olivia try to forgive herself for the mistake she made and the people she hurt while she was trying to figure things out for herself and Paul’s struggle to find a reason to live when all his friends didn’t was also beautiful to see, even if it wasn’t easy. They both tried to flee their problems before they realized that they needed to face them and they did so together in order to move on with their lives.

“No matter where I look, my walls are crumbling, and this damned girl keeps presenting me with the most dangerous element of all. Hope.”

And even though this book stays in the realm of the sweet, easy romance, there were still moments that were very hard to read because of Paul. He spend so much time hating the world and himself that the moment he is out of his comfort zone, he lashes out on the people around him and he knows exactly what to say or do to hit where it hurts. And he does so with Olivia more than once. Those where the difficult part of the book, because you knew it was Paul’s way of protecting himself but you also know that he’s a good guy and that he’ll regret it.

“I feel a punch of (…) longing for her, and her laughter, and the way she expects good things of me because she thinks I’m good.”

This book was a lovely tail about learning to love and forgive yourself, and learning to love someone else and wanting to better for this person. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to readers in general but also to lovers of Lauren Layne’s books.

I had a great time reading this book and am really looking forward to Micheal’s book, Crushed.

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