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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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Restoring Jordan, by Elizabeth Finn

Restoring Jordan_____________________________________________

When Adeline Parker decides to celebrate landing a coveted internship at one of Chicago’s most prestigious architectural firms by indulging in a brutally dark and handsome man, she gets more than she bargained for.

Lost in a maze of hallways on the first day of her new position, she stumbles headlong into a boardroom of suits. Very expensive suits. They are the somebodies of this prestigious firm, and she is, by all accounts, the very definition of a nobody. And sitting at the table with the rest of the principals from the firm is a man—the very man who unwittingly deflowered her only days before.

From the look of it, Jordan Ellinwood is none too happy to see her again; by his own admission, he’s a one-night-stand man, and the fact she conned him into taking her virginity isn’t sitting well with him either. But as her path is inextricably attached to his, their closeness will no longer be a choice.

As an intern, she’s off-limits, and that says nothing of the fact he’s twelve years older than she is. But when coworkers bent on jealousy and resentment threaten her reputation and internship, the long-dormant emotions Jordan has so effectively stifled fight to break free. And as he struggles to get out of his own way long enough to let her see his compassion, her career is jeopardized and leaves him fighting with every last ounce of himself to save her.

Will it be enough? Can he overcome his emotional shortcomings in time to rescue her future and his own—now so very attached to hers?
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“Love with a strong side of smut” ~ Elizabeth Finn

I usually really enjoy Elizabeth Finn’s book. I started with Brother’s Keeper, then with The Rules Regarding Gray and more recently with Inappropriate. In short, I really like her books. They always challenge me a little, get me all comfy and good while reading and then BAM, they knock me on my ass to the point where I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish the book.

“He’s gorgeous, dressed like a man with money. And obviously puts the cock in cocky. He’s the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome.”

So I was pretty much expecting the same thing with this book. I vaguely knew what it was about and I started reading it expecting the kind of heart wrenching books Elizabeth usually writes. But, as it turned out, Restoring Jordan was quite different from what I’m used to read from Mrs. Finn.

It saddens me to say this but I got bored reading this book. The fact that I didn’t even finish is already strange for me as it is but I just couldn’t take it anymore.

“I don’t know Adeline, but I crave her anyway. She’s far too young, she’s far too innocent for an asshole like me, but I want her to belong to me, I want to protect her and fight for her, and I’ll be damned if I can figure out why.”

I just didn’t connect with the characters of the book. They were both very likable but they just didn’t keep me engaged. And the fact that there was so little dialogues between them made the prose somewhat monotonous. I don’t know if this book was a debut novel for Elizabeth Finn but after reading her other work, it felt like it. Like this book was a little…clumsy compared to her other books. I usually really connect with her characters. What they go through is very far from my reality but as people, I can like them, connect with them, even relate to them sometimes or at the very least, I can understand them. But in this book, Adeline and Jordan just felt … I don’t even know to be honest. They just never made me feel. Except for a few ones, even the sexy bits didn’t really do it for me and that’s NOT normal for me when I read her books. They usually really get me going but here, well not really.

And what was even more unusual: there was useless drama. At least to me it was useless drama. The 55% mark was so terrible. It was such a pity party! And they just kept saying how sad and depressed they were and how miserable and worthless they were. I swear at some point I started wondering if I was really reading something by Elizabeth Finn. I know I probably missed out by not finishing the book (Elizabeth’s endings are great and always leave a smile on my face) but I wasn’t engaged in the book (around the 74% mark) and I gave up.

“He intrigued me and aroused me the moment I first saw him in the bar nearly a month ago, and he’s more intriguing and arousing in this moment than I ever imagined he would be. I know him, and yet, I don’t. I feel close to him, but I can’t say I understand why. He doesn’t do “next times,” yet he keeps coming back for more.”

Even the writing felt different. Something that truly annoys me in books is when the characters repeat each other. For instance, you have a scene told from one character’s perspective, and then you start the next chapter, and what do you know, the other character just start to describe you the same scene but from his perspective. The same freaking scene! It just makes me feels like I waste my time, like I read the same page over and over and like the book doesn’t progress. And that NEVER happened before when I read something by Mrs. Finn, until Restoring Jordan.

“Perhaps I can love too. Perhaps I can love her. Perhaps I already do. Perhaps I can love her more than myself, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be damn good at it, and I’ll have her to thank for that.”

I couldn’t really say what made this book feel so different from other books by her but that’s how I felt. All I know is that this was my third try at reading Restoring Jordan and that I couldn’t even go through with it, even though I really gave it a try. I don’t know what happened and I really hope this book was in fact her debut novel, because that would explain a lot.

“I’ve never had love, so I learned to be content without it. She held the mirror and forced me to take a good look at myself. She forced me to see what was missing, and it was her.”

However, Restoring Jordan didn’t deterred me from reading Elizabeth’s other work (because it is so freaking awesome and well written), and I can’t wait to read her next book. I guess Restoring Jordan was just a little bump in the road for me when it comes to Mrs. Finn’s books.

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4), by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Secret______________________________________________

AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

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 “And what if after the rush of conquest wears off, you’ll realize that I’m not what you’ve built me up to be?”

I’m saddened to say that I wasn’t as into this book as I was with the last three. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. Ruby made me laugh a lot with her infatuation with Niall and how awkward she was. But the fact remains, I had a harder time really getting into the story than I did for the last three books.

“In the past six months, I’d logged more covert glances at Niall Stella’s direction that if anyone was a qualified expert in the topography of his crotch, it would be me.”

I think the main reason was Niall. I had a hard time feeling him out. He was okay and interesting but where Ruby found his stuck-up-ness endearing and charming, I felt more like I couldn’t really get to know him. Especially in the beginning of the book, he was so in control that it was like listening to someone telling me a story about one of my colleagues. You know who they’re talking about, you kind of know the person but have never talked to them except for a “Good morning” here and there when you meet at the coffee machine, but you don’t really know them and what makes them special. I felt that way about Niall for a good chunk of the book and even though it didn’t stop me from reading and being interested in the story, I was still hoping to finally get to see what the real Niall, the one hiding behind all that proper-ness to finally show up.

“What was it you said about repressed sexual energy?”
“Enough to power the whole bloody city, if you ask me. That’s where his real urban planning skill would come in—hooking himself up to the grid .”

I guess that’s what made this book feel a little different from the other books in the series. It was a lot more vanilla in a way. Not during the steamy bits of the story. Ruby and Niall have good chemistry and the anticipation of them finally do it after spending so much time doing pretty much everything but have sex was really enjoyable. I love sexual tension between the characters in my books and when the wait before having sex while still experimenting is something I very much enjoy. It’s the kind of thing I love reading about and I never get tired of this particular brand of steam (ps: you should so check out Brother’s Keeper and Hard Time by Elizabeth Finn and Cara McKenna.)

I liked Ruby very much. She was sweet and funny and so awkward. I loved her voice and how infatuated she was with Niall. I also very much enjoyed that Niall wasn’t as sure of himself with the ladies as is his brother.

“It’s yours, you know.”
“What is?”
“My heart, of course, but also my body. My hands, my lips, my cock. I trust you with all of it more than I even trust myself.”

I guess it’s part of what made this book feel different but the fact that for once in this serie, the male characters isn’t a self-assurer man-whore was a change and a good one at that. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max, Will and Bennett. But it’s so rare to have a male character who is actually a little awkward and clumsy around women that it made Ruby and Niall’s interactions quite funny and had me smiling like a complete goofball.

“Am I a mess?” I asked.
“Mmm,” he murmured, bending and kissing me once. “Quite. I rather like it.”

I like seeing Niall come out of his shell at Ruby’s contact and get more sure of himself. That he slowly felt more free to say and do what he felt like was really good to see especially when you know what kind of relationship he had before meeting Ruby and finally letting his hair down a little.

“You touch my breasts like you know them. You suck them. Like you’re greedy.”
“I am greedy.”

As always, the dirty talk and steamy bits in the book were really well done and made me feel all kind of hot. This first scene in particular is still fresh in my memory and I’m keeping it in a corner of my mind to (hopefully) reenact it. I’ll just pray for it to be as hot as it was reading it. But enough with me and my TMI. The point is, Ruby and Niall in a room = Holy Hotness!

“Do you think I’m weird?”
“Yes, weird in the sense that you are unexpected and I am rarely surprised by people. I think you rather exquisite.”

I wish Ruby hadn’t been so keen on making drama happen for them. I get why she was upset and need Niall to make up for it, but I thought the stalling and waiting was a little to much, especially since a good talk (or two) would have been enough to make things better. But anyway.

I would still recommend the book to the Beautiful Bastard lovers and fans out there because I enjoyed getting to know Niall and having the Wild Season‘s universe encounter the Beautiful Bastard‘s series. I don’t think we’ll have another BB‘s book after this one (don’t really see who it’d be about) but I’m happy this one was written and if Beautiful Secret does close this serie, at least it did it well.

Tangled Extra Scenes (Tangled #1.1), by Emma Chase

Extra Scenes______________________________________________

A few extra scenes of Drew’s and Kate’s life together as a couple.
Taking place after or during ‘Tangled’
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This book was so sweet. If you’ve read and loved Tangled and want a little peek at what Drew and Kate are like some time afterTangled, this is the book for you.

“Why should I have to ask you? You’re a grown man! You should just know!”
And there it is, kiddies. The Famous Female Mind Fuck.
That’s short for: If you can’t read their minds? You’re fucked”

The short stories in this book made me smile and laugh just as much as Tangled #1 did, and I loved seeing how Drew was settling into a relationship with Kate, how they dealt with the first fight about silly things like toilet paper, how she still had to bust his balls once in a while, because let’s face it, Drew being Drew, some screw-ups was bound to happen. I loved hearing Drew’s sarcastic voice and comments and I really enjoyed hearing Kate voice too.

“Whatever. I didn’t throw beer on you just because you forgot to say thank you. I’m not some hysterical nagging psycho-bitch.”
Right. And if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…it’s a horse.”

Tangled is one of those books that left me with a book hangover that prevent me from starting another book right away. So those Extra Scenes from Tangled were exactly what I needed after finishing Tangled.

I really recommend you read those. They were funny, sweet and oh so hot! I’m sure you’ll have as good a time as I had reading them. Drew is as funny as he was in Tangled and he made me laugh my ass off while reading and seeing him deal with the twists and turns a relationship implies was quite funny too. But I won’t say much more about it and I’ll just let you read on.

The Bitch Strikes Back

(told from Kate’s POV)


The Honeymoon’s Over

(Drew and Kate have their first fight)

Click Me

What A Difference a Year Makes

(Drew and Kate celebrate their ‘Fuckiversary’)

Click Me

An Extra Drew Evans POV scene

Click Me

Valentine’s Day

Click Me

Tangled (Tangled #1), by Emma Chase

Tangled______________________________________________

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
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 “See that guy – black suit, devilishly handsome? Yeah, that guy getting the blow job from the luscious redhead in the bathroom stall? That’s me. The real me. MBF: Me Before Flu.”

Gosh I had such a blast reading this book. No kidding my lovelies. Whatever you’re doing right now, it needs to stop. This book is the kind of book you drop everything you’re doing to read and then, for the time you read it, you forget that there is a world out there, that you have a family or that you need to eat and sleep once in a while. It’s that captivating. I had to force myself not to go to the bathroom every five minutes with my kindle while at work and read. Oh don’t laugh! I know you do it too. And if you don’t, you haven’t been reading the right books. But I digress.

“Fuck you!”
She stalks back around my desk toward the door.
“Here? Now?” I look up at the ceiling, like I’m debating the prospect. “Well…okay. But be gentle. My couch is a virgin.”

Actually, I wasn’t really planning on reading Tangled. I had seen the cover on Goodreads on many occasions and it came up regularly in my recommendation feed, but I never put it on my reading list or even read the blurb. I don’t really know why I picked it to be honest. But I’m really glad I did. This book made me laugh so hard I snorted! I actually piggy-laughed because of how funny and witty this book is.

“No, I haven’t fucked her. Not that I wouldn’t love to. Trust me, if she didn’t work for me, I’d hit that harder than Mohammed Ali.”

I loved Drew’s voice. I wouldn’t say its rare but it’s not exactly common either to read a book from a male POV. But I usually enjoy those quite a lot. Well this book was no exception. Drew’s voice is seriously good. He’s funny and witty and charming and a bit of an arrogant asshole but damn if I didn’t love him!

“Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?”

From page one I was hooked! And he had all those mostly useless but oddly interesting fun facts about men and women and sex that he dispenses throughout the book to prove his points. I’ll give you a sample:

“In that same year, NYU conducted its own study. With rats. They implanted electrodes in the brains of male rats and put two buttons in their cages. When the lucky little bastards pushed the blue button, the electrodes triggered an orgasm. When they pushed a red button, they were given food.

Care to guess what happened to all the rats?
They died.
They fucking starved to death.
They never pushed the red button.
Need I say more?”

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“I bet you didn’t know this, but lots of guys have a thing for Ariel. You know, from The Little Mermaid? I’ve never been into her myself, but I can understand the attraction: she fills out her shells nicely, she’s a redhead, and she spends most of the movie unable to speak.
In light of this, I’m not too disturbed about the semi I’m sporting while watching Beauty and the Beast—part of the homework Erin gave me. I like Belle. She’s hot. Well…for a cartoon, anyway. She reminds me of Kate. She’s resourceful. Smart. And she doesn’t take any shit from the Beast or that douchebag with the freakishly large arms.
I stare at the television as Belle bends over to feed a bird. Then I lean forward, hoping for a nice cleavage shot…
I’m going to hell, aren’t I?”

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“To the ladies out there – here’s a fact for you: Men pretty much have sex on the brain twenty-four-seven. The exact figure is like every 5.3 seconds or some shit like that.
The point is, when you ask, “What do you want for dinner?” we’re thinking about screwing you on the kitchen counter. When you’re telling us about the sappy film you watched with your girlfriends last week, we’re thinking about the porno we saw on cable last night. When you show us the designer shoes you bought on sale, we’re thinking how nice they would look on our shoulders.

I just thought you’d want to know. Don’t shoot the messenger”

So basically, I seriously loved Drew. I know I shouldn’t, I know. He is an arrogant, womanizing shithead! But I just can’t help it. He charmed me nonetheless and I had absolutely no defense against it. But to be true I didn’t really fight it either.

“Half the women in this city would give their left tit to have me where I am right now. Pussy whipped. Obsessed. In love.”

Tangled is definitely the kind of book that grabs your attention from the start. It demands it and does not let go until you’ve turned the last page. I freaking love it. All of it. Emma Chase writing is phenomenal! I probably highlighted most of the book. Honestly, this book and/or Mrs. Chase: freaking genius!

Be it the jokes, the banter, the pace, she did wonders with this book, these characters and this story. I loved the characters. Well, except for Billy but that’s kind of okay. But otherwise, they were all great. Matthew and Dolores and The Bitch and her husband and their sweet little Mackenzie! I swear, this kid is just too cute! And I loved how Drew was with her!

“You are driving me crazy!”
“Crazy? Like you want to rip my shirt open again?”
“No. Crazy like the itch of a yeast infection that just won’t go away.”

Kate is exactly the kind of heroine I love! She’s cute and sweet and intelligent. I loved how she gave as good as she got with Drew and didn’t let him intimidate her. I loved how she always had a come back for him or a prank to up his. I sure wish there were more heroines like her in books. A woman who’s not afraid to show and ask for what she wants and not settle for anything less and who’s not a doormat. Her antics with Drew made me laugh so hard! And another thing I loved about Drew and Kate: the sexual tension between them!!!!

“It makes me want to kiss her and strangle her at the same time. I’ve never been into S&M. But I’m beginning to see its benefits.”

That was some hot angry foreplay if you ask me. Those times at the office when they were screaming and arguing with each other to finally kiss the daylight out of each other. I swear I was a squirmy mess when I read those scenes. Everything in this book was done just right. I really don’t have a bad thing to say about it. Of course the bit where Drew messes up wasn’t my favorite. I might have screamed at my Kindle for it because he was being such a dumb ass. But the groveling part was really good to read and what I liked about it was that instead of being sappy (because let’s face it, it easily goes into sappy territory in romance books when the groveling part arrives) Drew stayed the same somewhat. Sure, he was apologizing, but he was doing it Drew style, and of course it was cute in a cocky arrogant way and only Drew can achieve and still be sweet, funny and infuriating at the same time.

“My mother always told me, “Anyone worth doing, is worth doing well.” Okay, she didn’t actually say those exact words, but you get the picture.”

I definitely recommend this book to anyone out there. If you like a love story that is witty, makes you laugh and smile none stop and that manages to be emotional, fun and seriously hot, look no further because you’ve found the right book with Tangled. I’d also recommend you read the extra scenes from Tangled that take place after the events of the book. They’re quite sweet and funny and seeing Drew, former cocky arrogant man-whore being a cocky arrogant monogamous was just the cherry on top of the sweet cake that is this book.

“After this? Heaven’s going to be a major disappointment.”

Hero, by Samantha Young

Hero______________________________________________

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.”

Three Broken Promises (One Week Girlfriend #3), by Monica Murphy

Three Broken Promises______________________________________________

Breakout New Adult sensation Monica Murphy returns with a hot new contemporary romance—a heartfelt story of second chances, forgiveness, and redemption.

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.

I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me. ______________________________________________

I’m kind of bummed about this book. i always look forward to a story about friend falling for each other, and even more when those friends are a guy falling for his best friend’s little sister. So I was reeeeally excited about Three Broken Promises.

“There’s more between us than friendship, more than our shared history. She means everything to me.”

But in the end I’m a little disappointed with this book. It started out well but turned out to be … I don’t know really, but sone things didn’t feel right. I enjoyed some things like going back to the universe of OWG and SCB and the sexy bits (which were really sexy), bit Colin and Jen were almost too dysfunctional and the fact that they are unable to tell or show clearly that they feel more to each other than friendship and lust got really frustrating after a while. They could have made things easier for each other even by correcting a misunderstanding while they were arguing bit instead they just said nothing, sulked, and then pretended like nothing was wrong. Most of their problems were because of their lack of communication and general miscommunication between them.

“You don’t want me”, he finally says, dropping his head to stare down at the floor, a self-deprecating chuckle escaping him.”Trust me.”

I also felt like the plot, and/or the characters’ personalities and issues were a bit shakier in this novel than other books M. Murphy has written. I have a hard time finding exactly what makes me say this but it’s how I felt toward the last half of the book. For instance, Colin’s trauma over the death of Jen’s brother was….how can I say this….it felt a little overdone. I get that he can feel guilty over his death somehow, but to the point where he is almost crippled by it at times felt weird. But most of all, it felt a little far fetched to me to associate his guilt and the fact that he can’t seem to discuss it with Jen. And also the fact that he can’t seem to say the right thing when it comes to Jen and his feelings for her got a little old after a while. 

“And like a dumbass, I said nothing.”

Also, Jen got really weird at some point. It felt as though she didn’t even make sense to herself for a while there. She kept saying she wanted Colin to care enough about her to not let her go, and then, when he shows that he does care for her by actually taking care of her and really paying attention to her and  actually showing her that he doesn’t want her to leave, she has the gal to be irritated about it.

“I want you Colin. All of you – your faults and your strengths, the good and the bad, it doesn’t matter. I want it all.”

Oh is that right? Because you had me confused here for a second! What do you want woman? I know the guy can’t say anything right when it comes to you and his feelings for you, but when he tries to show you how he feels by taking care of you and actually caring about you on a general basis, you get mad at him! What’s he supposed to do then to make you happy? Let you go? Ah no wait, that would make you sad and feel unwanted. Make you stay? Nope, won’t work either because then you feel like a burden for him and like he doesn’t think you can do anything on your own! Well Jen, I have five words for you: Make up your freaking mind!

“It makes no sense, the confusion swirling in my brain. Why do I resent Colin for wanting to take care of me?”

Figure out what you want and tell him what you want and how you feel once and for all woman! This is unnecessary drama you’re making here!

And then, once they finally say they love each other and can’t live without the other (and actually listen this time) the ending felt all wrong to me.

“Their behavior makes absolutely no sense to me.” 

By the end, it’s like they are trying to make up for the fact they never said I love you to each other for a whole book in one chapter. The last one is way, WAY lovey-dovey compared to the book.

And it really felt rushed. It’s weird to say that after all the time they took to own up to their feelings and figure their shit out but it felt like one moment they couldn’t understand each other if their lives depended on it and the next, they actually communicate and everything is all better and they understand each other so well and Colin cries and Jen doesn’t act like a bipolar about Colin taking care of her and blah blah blah.

So yeah, this ending felt rushed compared to the pace of the whole book. It felt forced or like M. Murphy wrote this last chapter because it was what was expected of the story but it didn’t feel like the same characters at all. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is something felt off about this ending, on a general basis.

So like I said, I feel a little bummed about this book. I was really looking forward to it and I had high hopes for it since I’ve really enjoyed all the books M. Murphy has written so far, but this one turned out to be filled with little things that, on the long run, made it so that I became frustrated both with the characters’ behavior and the story. I didn’t hate it, but I expected more out of this novel. I hope Owen’s story will be more like the kind of books I’m used to when it comes to M. Murphy.

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