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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.

Inappropriate (Bristol Island #2), by Elizabeth Finn

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A New Standalone Bristol Island Tale.

Cohen is a man apart on Bristol Island—an outcast loved by all but separated by his position within the community. Dylan is the newest resident in town, but she arrives with a dark secret and a desire to keep it buried.

But when burning attraction is thrown into the mix, his job and her secrets are quickly forgotten—that is until one impetuous decision renders a relationship off-limits, unethical, and utterly inappropriate.

Living next door to one another on the island’s isolated peninsula guarantees their paths will cross time and time again. With fate tempting Cohen to ignore his conscience and, for the first time in his life, gamble with the rules, will he risk everything for Dylan?

And what happens when Dylan’s past suddenly catches up to her? Will she find the strength to bare her soul to him? Or will she let her secrets take them both down?

Sometimes the inappropriate relationship is the most appropriate of them all.

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“It was quite simple really. Men were supposed to be men, and women were supposed to be women. And, frankly, everything else was supposed to be irrelevant.”

 I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I get a little tingly before reading a book. Not the sexy tingly you get before starting a sexy book. It’s a tingle that has more to do with its author and the kind of books she writes.

“The woman he couldn’t ethically fuck, he wanted to fuck six ways to Sunday without a single socially acceptable barrier between them.”

Well, every time I’m about to start a book by Elizabeth Finn, I get tingly. This woman is truly gifted. She writes the kind of books that treat of controversial subjects, stories that suck you in, make you feel warm inside, then proceeds to tear you apart to the point you don’t know if you’ll be able to keep on reading, and eventually patch you up with a HEA.

“She seemed to have a thing for unrequited love or maybe it was just the forbidden, because he knew her writing style enough at this point to know unrequited would not remain unrequited for long. Her stories always involved heavy and hot amounts of requiting.”

Inappropriate was this kind of book for me. I downloaded the book because of the blurb and its author. I knew this book was going to be sort of tough to read. I always get a little apprehensive before reading her books. And to be honest, this book in particular felt a little bittersweet to me. Not because of how it ends, because I was pretty much happy with the ending and the resolution of conflict with this book, but because of how a particular character reacted.

“People shared their hurts and anger with a person who meant something to them. And when they stopped, it meant they’d lost a reason to.”

The characters are one of the reasons why I enjoy Elizabeth’s writing so much. They aren’t the perfect characters. They are flawed, and they can be wrong, and they can even be ugly in the way they react but that’s what makes then so true and human. That’s something I like about her books and her writing and her characters. But in the case of Inappropriate, Cohen’s attitude and actions toward Dylan REALLY bothered me. I’m not going to quote anything major from the book because even now it seriously pisses me off and because it’s impossible for me to do so and still keep this review spoiler free, but here is a taste of Cohen’s venom. Just keep in mind that he says this to the woman he loves:

“The sight of you made me vomit once already today. I’d really like to avoid that happening again.”

It was to the point where I though he was practically being abusive with her, at least that how it felt. Some of the stuff he has to …digest because of Dylan’s past were hard to swallow since he has a romantic interest in her and that it was obviously upsetting but he would say stuff to her so hurtful and mean and he would do so intentionally. And I couldn’t understand how he could be so intentionally mean to her and pretend to do that because he was in love with her. How could someone want to hurt the person they love the way he does? With words so hateful? Especially when Dylan has been through so much abuse (verbal abuse). He never even tried to put himself in her shoes. Other characters had to to it for him.

“Our past only has the power we give it, and I think you’re giving yours too much.”

That was the dark spot of the book for me because Cohen and Dylan’s relationship could be so good and all of a sudden he would ruin everything by jumping to conclusion and judge her without letting her talk and explain.

“She stood in front of the door, staring at the mat at her feet and waiting for what wasn’t going to happen. Forgiveness, understanding empathy, all those things she’d been stupid enough to hope for.”

He was so quick to judge her, and point out her wrongs and punish her if he though she was wrong. Every time he felt like he was going to get hurt, he would hurt her first. And I just don’t see how redeemable that could be. I’m usually the first to be forgiving and see why someone would do something, even if it’s wrong, but in Cohen’s case, I just couldn’t and that just made him ugly to me as a person. Especially when Dylan was such a sweet girl and had already been through so much hurt.

“Life wasn’t easy, nor was it supposed to be, and she seemed to understand that.”

Now, Dylan was a great character. She was sweet and strong even though she was still scarred from her past. But again, how she reacted to Cohen’s excessive reactions to her, how she kept forgiving him without ever calling him on his bullshit attitude toward her had me raging at my Kindle. It enraged me to see her just taking him back (without him really apologizing for his words and actions or groveling) every time without ever pointing out his wrongs.

“To err is human; to forgive is divine.”

I’m all for forgiveness, but here, the situation bordered on doormat territory.

“You deserve to be happy, Des (…) You need to remember that, because you might have to fight for it. And if you don’t see your worth, how the hell can you make anyone else see it?”

But beside this very black point in the book, I really liked it. The whole island universe and atmosphere, the people on the island and side characters (except for one though). And let’s just say that Elizabeth Finn’s sex scenes have the same punch as they usually have. Damn, there were some hot moments during this winter. And I really liked the matter she treated with Dylan’s situation and past and how she was perceived  and sometimes judged too. It was a great subject to ponder upon and she treated it really well.

“You are the best mistake I could have ever made (…) I… regret… nothing.”

Vivian’s List, by Haleigh Lovell

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A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestseller.

A New Adult Romance packed with Heat and Heart.

Her brother’s best friend. A list. A love story.

After ending a horrible, scarring relationship, Vivian embraces her freedom by making a sexual bucket list. When her brother’s best friend, Liam, finds it, sparks fly and hearts open.

Can Vivian heal one steamy encounter at a time?

** This is book 1 in a two-part series
** New Adult Romance recommended for readers aged 18+ due to language and strong sexual content
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DNF @ 68%

“I want you to know what it should feel like to have a man make love to you.”

I’m kind of disappointed here because I was actually looking forward to this book. The cover kind of sold me as well as the blurb. Then the plot seemed promising and Liam seemed like the kind of hero I might like. And everything was going fine with the book until Vivian and Liam started going at it and check the items on Vivian’s list.

“We had the sort of sex where I just wanted to crawl into his skin and become one person.”

It didn’t feel like that for me to be honest. The sex scenes left me highly skeptical. It’s hard to describe but basically, some of Vivian’s body reactions during sex were troubling, at least, to me they were. I don’t know about you but I, personally, have never heard of a woman’s sex organ tearing apart her underwear because of how aroused she is. I know Vivian’s character is supposed to be under the impression that she is frigid, but even then I’d be worried to have this type of reaction to attraction and arousal. Now, maybe I’m no expert with the human body, but this seemed far fetched to me. It reached the point where I enjoyed the book more when Liam and Vivian were flirting and bantering than the actual sex scenes they were involved in.

“I wanted to make her feel special and let her know she was wanted, needed and desired in so many different ways. I wanted to make her feel loved. I wanted her in a way that surpassed sexual need. I wanted…I wanted her.”

And then, Vivian’s voice started boring me. Same thing, I can’t really tell what made it boring for me at some point to read her POV, but it did.
I liked Liam’s character though. It’s probably because of him and the whole friends falling in love plot that I kept reading this book until the 68% mark.

I really tried to keep going. I don’t particularly enjoy not finishing a book. I feel like I give up on them or something. But I really couldn’t stand Vivian’s voice anymore and the fact that I was spending more time skipping her inner monologues and the sex scenes than actually read the book was a bit depressing, so I thought “what’s the point?” and gave up eventually.

Some people will probably really like this book and read the other one coming up, but I’ll stop here. This book really wasn’t for me after all even though it looked like it could be right up my alley. Better luck next time I guess.

Floored (Frenched #3), by Melanie Harlow

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Erin Upton is too embarrassed to tell the cops what she was really doing while her townhouse was burglarized, especially since the first officer on the scene is former nuisance next door Charlie Dwyer. Where’s the justice in the world when a neighborhood know-it-all grows up to be six-foot-three inches of solid muscle with gorgeous green eyes and a slow, sexy please-arrest-me-now-officer smile? It’s bad enough she’s wearing her robe and slippers—did he have to notice her fuzzy hand cuffs on the bathroom sink?

He’s arrogant as he ever was, which is fine by her—she’s too busy with her dance studio’s grand opening to make time for a man. But they keep crossing paths, and
when Charlie offers to help her put in new flooring at the studio one night, things go from hammering nails to hammering each other in a hurry. And about those hand cuffs…

They agree it’s a one-time thing. But when that becomes a two-time thing, then a three-time thing, Erin starts to wonder if maybe she and Charlie could be a life-time thing. Her best friends Mia and Coco found love in unexpected places. Is it finally her turn?
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As always, Melanie Harlow did a great job writing this book and closing the Frenched series with Erin’s book. So if you’re looking for a light steamy feel-good book that’ll make you laugh out loud, you’ve found your match with Floored. I loved this book! It was amazing and I had a goofy grin plastered on my face from the moment I read chapter one until I swiped the last page on my Kindle.

Now about this first chapter. Seriously, if you’re not sold after reading the blurb, the first chapter of Floored will surely seal the deal. Picture this: a shower running, a girl having some alone time with her B.O.B, a pair of handcuffs and picturing Brad Pitt as a golden haired warrior, and an uninvited intruder snooping around while said girl is still in said shower. And when things can’t possibly get worse, well they do when the cop that shows up is none other than her childhood tormentor. Except he’s not a child anymore and she can’t help notice it.

“Sexually, I wanted him six days to Sunday. Sixty-nine days to Sunday, in fact, and I wasn’t even a sixty-nine kind of girl. Confession: I was, of course I was. I’d just never acted like it in real life. But I’d do it with Charlie. In a heartbeat. And were there other numbers? I’d do those too.”

After friends falling for each other, there is nothing I like more than two people going from hating to loving each other, while still making each other crazy. Add to that Erin as the quirky heroine and Charlie as the dirty talking cop and I’m pretty much in book heaven! I swear, Erin’s inner monologues were the best and if I rated the book on them alone, it would still get a five star rating. I swear, she kept making me laugh with everything that came out of her mouth and the thoughts going through her head.

“Confession: I actually said a little prayer here, something along the lines of Dear God, I hope you’re not watching this but I’d really, really be grateful if I could get through this without gagging or choking, and also it would be great if this was the best blowjob he ever gets in his entire life. OK thanks, go away now.”

I like that there was crazy chemistry between Erin and Charlie but that it wasn’t an insta-lust thing. More like an irrepressible attraction that you’d rather not feel and yet can’t avoid or help caving for. Erin fights her attracting to Charlie as best she can and considering that he’s not really a relationship kind of guy and she’s never been one to go out with a bad boy, they aren’t exactly a match made in heaven according to her book. But alas (or more like thankfully) Erin can’t help her attraction to Charlie, try as she might.

“Charlie had come over here, tempted me with his whiskey and his cologne and his cuddling, and then kept his word not to touch me. How dare he!”

And when you picture Charlie, you kind of get why she can’t help herself. Because he’s so bad that he makes it feel good to be bad with him. I swear this guy is sex on a stick. Let’s check the boxes shall we? Dirty talker: check! Bossy in bed: check! Good at giving orgasms: double check! Let’s just say that the moment he stepped into Erin’s kitchen and got all serious and bossy, I was pretty much done for.

“Tell me to stop.”
“Stop.” Don’t stop.
“Tell me you don’t want this from me.”
“I don’t want this from you.”
“Good girl. You don’t want this. You don’t want my tongue on you’re clit… You don’t want my cock inside you… You don’t want me to make you come. Don’t let me.”

At the risk of repeating myself, I loved this book. It’s both light and steamy and the cherry on top? There is no useless drama. Sure Charlie isn’t perfect and does screw up in a big way (I have to admit the twist totally took me by surprise) but it didn’t feel manufactured or you know, there for the sake of being there.

“It’s the strangest feeling – to love someone this way.” He slid both hands down the sides of my ribs to the small of my back. “I want to protect you. Cherish you. Worship you.” He gripped my ass hard, pulled me tight to him and spoke right in my ear. “But then I want to fuck you so hard it hurts. Take your body. Claim it. Make it mine.”

The reason behind Charlie’s behavior made sense to me and I loved that Melanie Harlow got this part so right. Charlie is far from perfect, but that’s what makes him so good.

“This is wrong.
Please. Can you not?
You need to stop.
No fucking way. This is happening.
Tell him to leave.
I can’t talk right now.
Tell him you don’t want this. You’re not like this.
But I do. I am.”

I think the epilogue was what got me the most. I didn’t realize it until I was reading it, but the end to this serie kind of took me by surprise, and even though I loved every second of the epilogue, I was sad to close the book and turn the last page on this serie. I truly recommend you give this book a chance because, while being similar to the first two (or three) in style, it was perfectly light read that made me take a break from reality for a few hours and left me with a really good feeling to carry around. If you need a good laugh, you should totally give this sexy and witty book a chance.

Caressa’s Knees (Comfort #2), by Annabel Joseph

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Working for megastar Jeremy Gray has taken an emotional toll on personal assistant Kyle Winchell. In the name of self-preservation, he re-locates to New York City to work at Ironclad Solutions, a service agency catering to the needs of the rich and famous.

He accepts a job as personal assistant to well-respected concert cellist Caressa Gallo, only to find she’s not as respectable as she seems. Soon he’s involved in a world of lust and dark inspiration, and emotional stakes beyond anything he’s encountered before.

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I really liked it this book. It was just as interesting as Comfort Object was and I liked getting to know Kyle a little better. In the first book we only got to see a little bit of Kyle and it was always in Jeremy’s shadow, so I really enjoyed getting to see more deeply into Kyle’s personality and even more when he was with his family.

Caressa, on the other hand, was a bit of a pain in the rear, but she was sweet at times and a little funny so the pain in the rear factor stayed tolerable. She is basically a talented but very spoiled brat that no one ever put in its place until Kyle comes around. Her crap is not easy to put up with and more than once I wished I could slap some manners into her. But (and I know it doesn’t excuse everything) she is under a lot of pressure, from the people around her, her work but also from herself, and she clearly craves attention while at the same time, rebelling against it. She was a little hard to get at time but eventually, she revealed herself and started acting like a somewhat normal person.

“When you said…when you said “good girl”….she paused, her voice suddenly tight with emotion. “It’s been a long time since I’ve really felt like I’ve done something well.”

This book is a lot less kinky than Comfort Object was. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of kink going on, but since Kyle is kind of new on the BDSM scene and Caressa didn’t know anything about it before Kyle came in the picture, this book was a little softer of the kink. But still very good. But it’s still on the light side of BDSM for those who are used to the harder, heavier stuff. But we still see how being dominated and relinquishing control actually frees Caressa and I really enjoyed this part of the dynamic between her and Kyle. It was also very interesting to see Kyle take responsibility for someone sexually and otherwise.
Annabel Joseph is a master in the art of describing good, hot, sexy BDSM scenes with deep emotions and she did a good job with this book too.

“He doubted there was any virgin in the history of the world who’d gone from lily white to so completely depraved in the space of a couple months.”

Caressa’s character is a little bit darker than Nell was but the overall feel of the story was still very close to Comfort Object, which is something I enjoyed since I really liked the feel of the first book and the balance it had between dark and serious and funny and witty. I also really liked to learn more about Jeremy and Nell’s lives throughout the book. They make some apparitions in this book and I loved them all.

Once again, the epilogue was great. Annabel Joseph has a talent when it comes to writing amazing epilogues to her stories. I’m still not over the epilogue in Comfort Object, so that’s saying something.

Forked (Frenched #2), by Melanie Harlow

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Twenty-eight year old Coco Thomas knows the recipe for disaster:

1) Agree to plan last-minute engagement blowout for spoiled Mafia princess before you realize her choice of caterer is Nick Lupo, a despicably gorgeous young chef with a hot new restaurant in town, a reality TV show victory, and a romantic past with you—one that did not end well.

2) Strike a deal with Nick in which you agree to spend a weekend with him in exchange for his services, under the strict conditions there will be no talking about the past, no second chances, and definitely no sex.

3) Violate all three conditions within 24 hours and spend two glorious days remembering what made you fall for the sexy, egotistical bastard in the first place, and why it hurt so much when he broke your heart.

Add one road trip, plenty of good scotch, and endless spoonfuls of chocolate cake batter drizzled over your body and licked off inch by oh-my-God-yes-right-there inch, then just admit it.

You’re totally FORKED.

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I think most people who have read the last two books in the Frenched series will think I have shitty tastes because of what I’m about to say, but I don’t really care. So here it comes: I liked this book.

I’ll admit, my favorite of the three books so far is still Frenched. I think it was the best one. But I liked Yanked even though there was a little bit more drama in it than Frenched, and yes, I liked Forked too.

“Coco, not a day goes by that I don’t regret what happened between us. I thought I was doing the right thing, but I made a mistake. And it cost me the love of my life.”

Of course, not everything was perfect in it. There was a moment in the story that I thought wasn’t essential. I think those who have read it know which one I’m referring to. But for the most part, I liked the story and its characters. 

Coco was a character that I enjoyed reading about and I could relate to her. I enjoyed her voice and personality. I liked that she always followed her heart and trusted her gut feelings. Since Frenched, I thought that she would be an interesting character to get to know. I did wish she for her to be able to let go of Nick’s past mistakes and give him a chance sooner. What I mean by that, is that I wished she had given him a clean slate for their second chance. But again, I get why she had a hard time doing it. But still, I liked her and how connected to nick she was.

“I love you. And I want you. But I don’t want to live this way— being called a liar and an asshole for the rest of my life because of something stupid I did when I was twenty- two. I don’t want every argument we ever have to circle back to it. I’m not that guy anymore, Coco. I’m not perfect, but given the chance, I know I could make you happy. Tell me what to do to get that chance.”

Another thing that I enjoyed was the theme of this story. A second chance romance is always something I look forward to. Before I started this book, I hadn’t read the blurb so I was happily surprised to find out that this story was about Coco giving a second chance to the man she never got over. 

“Nothing is really lost forever. When a thing is meant to be found, the right person will find it.”

Now, I kind of have to talk to you about Nick Lupo. Ahh….Nick. Damn, this guy was hot. Like scorching! This guy was a close second to our dear Lucas if you ask me (please, don’t through rotten tomatoes at me for saying this). But let’s be honest, the guy is really hot, tattooed, has a lot of stamina (oh boy, he really does!) doubled by a dirty mouth (that’s always a plus 😉 ), he’s not afraid to show his feelings for Coco and…..he cooks! And the chemistry between him and Coco was pretty amazing. And Nick knew exactly what to say and when to say it when things got hot! 

And I loved getting to know about Nick’s family and the sneak peeks we get of the Speak Easy series were pretty great. So much so, that I bought it before I even finished Forked.

“We have history. That has weight. It has meaning. And you of all people know that just because something is in the past doesn’t mean it’s dead and buried.”

So all in all, I had fun reading this book. The story kept me engaged, so much so that I read it in under two days times. I laughed and I swooned too, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself while reading this novel. I’m really looking forward to Erin’s story since she’s been the most discreet one of the three friends, and I’m also really looking forward to Tiny and Joey’s story (Nick’s great grand-parents) which takes place in the 1920’s and it sounds pretty awesome! 

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