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Screwed, by Kendall Ryan

Screwed__________________________________________________

I have one rule: Don’t shit where you eat.

Several of the women in the condo complex I own would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit, attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.

Yay, me, right?

But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall. She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.

After being warned about my past, she does her best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.

My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.

SCREWED is standalone romantic comedy by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

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“I’m screwed – completely and utterly screwed. And not in the fun way.”

Mmmm. I guess I would give it 2.5 stars. I actually started by giving it 3 stars but if I follow the rating on GR, then my feelings about this book equal 2, but I think just 2 stars is a little harsh.

“Fuck. Why did we wait so long to do that?”
(…)
“Because we’re friends?” I suggest helpfully.
“Right. Totally. I’d say now we’re more like best friends.”
“Besties.” I almost choke on the word. Why is my heart clenching in my chest?”

What to say about Screwed. Well, for one, this book is that it’s an easy read. It’s short, sweet and light. Now, it won’t win any awards for originality, but it serves its purpose, which is to entertain. And it did entertain me.

“What are we doing?” I ask him, not meaning for it to sound like a plea.
“Being friends,” he replies. His breath puffs over my lips, and I almost shiver. “Why do you ask?”
“Because friends don’t usually get erections for each other, do they?” I retort without any real force, bumping my hip into the large ridge in his shorts. Friends also don’t get soaking -wet panties, for that matter.”

Hayden and Emery were fun together and I liked that they didn’t fall in bed right away. And I enjoyed the banter between them a lot.

“Her gaze drops to the front of my pants. “I have a big dick ahead of me,” she says, and her cheeks flame bright red. “I mean a big day. Day,” she repeats.”

But I have to say, it didn’t exactly make my heart beat faster. A lot of things about this book made me think of the word flat. I know, it probably doesn’t make much sense. I’ll explain:

– Emery and Hayden, even though they were enjoyable characters ended up being a little paper thin for me. Emery’s funny, but I don’t have the feeling that I know her, what kind of person she is. I know that she likes to work and that she is intelligent. She likes yoga. She’s a vegetarian and had lousy boyfriends. But that doesn’t tell me what kind of person she is.
Same thing for Hayden, but in his case, I feel like I know even less. He’s good with kids, loves his family, had a relationship that ended badly and he has a 9 inch cock and knows where the G spot is. But that’s pretty much it.
I couldn’t, for the life of me, tell you what kind of characters they are. I can’t gush over them, because even after reading a book that focuses on those two, I still feel like I don’t know them.

“I’m not looking for something deeper. I have a luxury condo in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, drive a new BMW, and possess a nine-inch cock.”

– Like I said, I was entertained and I enjoyed the sexual tension between Hayden and Emery, but…I don’t know, the fact that I wasn’t rooting for them, that I wasn’t frustrated when Hayden messed up or scared that Emery wouldn’t forgive him easily, or the fact that my heartbeat stayed flat when Emery was heartbroken or when Hayden finally told her why he acted like a douche, it all left me feeling a little blah about the story and the book. I never felt like I was being sucked into the story or like I was a part of it.

“You broke up with a girl for farting?”
“Indeed,” I confirm.
“That wasn’t love, then.”
“How do you know?”
Hudson shakes his head. “Because when you’re in love, and your woman feels comfortable enough to do that in front of you, you’ll think it’s cute.”

There were sweet moments like when Hayden is with his family or when he realizes his in love with Emery; but again, it felt more like I was seeing things happen from a distance, not like I was living it. I felt very detached from all that was happening. Which is, I think, why my ticker didn’t really going crazy when things went south or when Hayden and Emery finally got over their hang-ups and gave in to their attraction for each other.

“There’s no way I’m letting her go… After all, I’ll never find another girl with cuter farts.”

It kind of sad because I can’t say that I didn’t like this book, but the fact that I felt so detached from it disappoints me. I wish the story would have made me care more, would have gotten me more involved into the story and the characters’ lives. But it didn’t. So even though it’s far from being bad, it’s not exactly good either. I hope Kendal Ryan will do better with the spin-off novella of Screwed, Monster Prick. I’m actually curious about what’s cooking between Hudson and Gracie.

“How’s your sister?” he asks out of the blue.(…)
I shrug. “Gracie’s Gracie.”
(…) Hudson nods once, effectively ending that weird conversation. Okay then.”

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Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6), by Samantha Young

Moonlight on Nightingale Way______________________________________________

Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right-or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…

Last book in the Series
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“No man alive loves a woman as much as I love you. I never thought I would feel this way about anyone. I didn’t think it existed. Not for me.”

I hate that this series is coming to an end. I understand that it’s time and Samantha Young already gifted us with over six great books and stories and characters, but this series and its characters have a very special place on my bookshelf and in my heart and it’s hard to realize that this is coming to an end.

This book sort of built up for me. What I mean is that it was a book that slowly (but surely) won the reader over. It wasn’t the kind of books that swallowed me in from the first page to spit me out at the last one. It was more like getting into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and slowly and gradually feeling the water get warmer and warmer. In a way, it was a little bit like some people fall in love, slowly, without even realizing when it happened.

“I told you I don’t do casual sex.”
“Grace, there is nothing fucking casual about how I feel about you.”

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a 100% sold on this book when I started it. Before I started it I was all pumped up because it was another book in the ODS series that I was going to read, because it was Logan’s story too and also because I wanted to savor it because as mentioned in the synopsis, it is the last book in the series.

So I was a little surprised (and not really in a good way) when I realized that the first part of the book, the part where Logan and Grace meet and bicker at each other from their respective thresholds, didn’t feel like I was reading a Samantha Young’s book but more like a parody of it. It’s strange really, because everything was there for it to feel like another one of her books, but it just didn’t.

“Are you always this deliberately irritating?” I huffed, mirroring his stance by crossing my arms over my chest.
To my surprise, this caused Logan’s lips to twitch, and his eyes started dancing with humor. “I only seem to irritate you.” He cocked his head to the side. “I wonder why that is.”
“Because,” I whined, my head lolling with exasperation and tiredness, “I’m sleep deprived, and it’s all your fault, you bloody wretched manwhore.”
“Well, this is a whole other side to you. It’s quite unpleasant. I may have to speak to the landlord about it. I can’t take this kind of abuse.”
My head jerked upright and I glowered at him. “I swear if you don’t start taking this seriously I will push you down those stairs.”
“Now you’re threatening my life.” He tsked. “That won’t do at all.”

The way Grace spoke at the beginning of the book was, I think, the reason I felt that way. Let’s just say she had a bit of a stick up her arse and you could hear it when she spoke. So here I was, already seeing this last book in a beloved series go to shit. Let’s just say I wasn’t in a good head space. But then, the book took a life of its own and it started feeling more like an ODS book.

“I can’t walk away from you even if I wanted to. And I don’t want to. You are reality and sweet oblivion wrapped up in one annoyingly argumentative, always-bloody-right, classy, gorgeous-as-f*ck package.”

Grace became more….normal (for a lack of a better word) at Logan’s contact and I started sensing their connection. I have to say, Logan was a bit of an asshole with her at the beginning so I liked getting to know the real him with Grace.
I liked their connection even though it felt like it was brought up a little more clumsily than usual. But once they found their balance, so did the book and that’s when I really started enjoying myself.

“The things I’m going to do to you, babe. I’m going to make you mine, every single piece of you.”

I loved the tension between Grace and Logan. I loved how Logan turned to Grace when he was lost or needed help with his situation and how Grace just got him and never judged him for who he was and what he did (except for that bit at the beginning of course).

“Logan MacLeod is the least likely candidate for boyfriendhood of any man in the entire world.”

Logan at the beginning of the book is a total manwhore. He pretty much has a new girl in his bed every night of the week, and let’s just say that the neighbors know about it.  But I liked how he so completely changed his ways when he had to and how he finally let Grace in. I loved how protective he was and seeing him being clueless about how and what to do in his situation was sometimes quite comical. It was also great to see him relate on Grace and look to her in those times. I loved their connection and the team they made. And how I loved Logan’s determination when he went after Grace.

“Taking in their expressions, I just knew it.
Logan had enlisted them.
The bugger.
“Oh dear God.” I let my head fall back as if in supplication to an unmerciful deity. “Why me?”
Joss snorted. “Yeah, doesn’t it suck when gorgeous, funny, loyal Scotsmen fall in love with us?”

This book was full of funny and very emotional moments, be it between Grace and Logan but also because of the other characters in the series. It’s probably the one series where you feel this sense of togetherness, belonging and family. At least it is the one series for me.

The family Samantha Young created with and for those characters is amazing and I can only wish to find this for myself. I’m not sure I ever mentioned it in one of my reviews before, but the family in this series is one of the many things I love about those books. And when you read them, I just couldn’t help but feel like I was part of this big crazy family that are the Nichols, Carmichael, Sutherland, Mac Cabe, Sawyer, D’Alessandro, Walker and MacLeod.
Along with everyone of the characters in this series, it’s this family that I keep with me in my mind and my heart when I think of On Dublin Street.

I loved what Samantha did at the end of her book. To give her readers a last peek into each of our beloved couples’ lives was a great idea but also a great gift. I loved that last chapter of Moonlight on Nightingale Way. It left me feeling all warm and happy and now I have a silly grin stuck on my face and I want to hug every person I see.

“There are moments in life that change us irreparably. Sometimes those moments are grand and dramatic, tragic or beautiful in their intensity. Sometimes those moments are quiet and small like footsteps fading behind a closed door. The subtlety of those moments can sometimes camouflage their impact and sometimes the impact is felt profoundly, but the quietness of the moment is lost on everyone else around you adding loneliness to the equation.”

I’ve been following this series and its author since I first accidentally found and read On Dublin Street back in 2012, while I was looking for a book taking place in Ireland and got fooled by its title. I’m glad that happened because it made me discover a great author and amazing characters and stories.
Like I said, I hate that this series is coming to an end. I feel like when I finished highschool. I was happy because it was summer and I was starting something new after that, but I also knew that it was the end of something big. It’s weird to be feeling so much for books and characters but I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling so strongly about fictional characters (or books in general) so I’m not too embarrassed to be feeling like this.

So, to conclude, thank you Samantha Young for On Dublin Street and all the beautiful people and stories you created. I hope (and wish…. and pray…. and beg) that you have more in store for us readers 😉

Inappropriate (Bristol Island #2), by Elizabeth Finn

Inappropriate______________________________________________

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.”

Ugly Love, by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love_______________________________________________

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
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“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”

Wow. This book, like the last one I read by Colleen Hoover, did a number on me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to start reading it because I’ve read quite a few reviews that showed that readers had issues with what Miles does to Tate in the book as well as how she reacts to what he does to her. So even though I was curious when I started this book, I was also a little worried and on the lookout for something to bother me. 

“I suppose if a man lived through the ugliest side of love, he might never want to experience it again.”

Turns out, what happens in the book didn’t bother me very much. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few moments (I’m sure those who have read the book know which ones I’m thinking about) when I was really upset with what Miles did or said to Tate. And there were also moments when I wished Tate wouldn’t allow Miles to hurt her so much. However, I understood why they did and said those things. Doesn’t mean it excuses anything, far from that, but I understood why Tate kept allowing Miles to hurt her so much, and then, I understood why Miles hurt her repeatedly even though he wished he didn’t.

“Make me leave… You don’t need this… I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.”

I know what I’m writing is really vague if you haven’t read the book yet, but just like in Maybe Someday, I can’t reveal too much of the story because it would ruin it for future readers. What I’ll say though, is that once again, Colleen Hoover made me feel so many things. She sucked me into the lives of Miles and Tate and I just couldn’t get enough. I had to force myself to stop reading (you know how hard that can be) because it was 5am and I had to be up at 7am. I didn’t see the night go by. Every time I read a chapter I had to start the next, and well, you know how those things usually end up: an all-nighter. Which I don’t regret, AT ALL.

“Love isn’t always pretty… Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

What Miles and Tate have isn’t easy, and like the title says, it could even get ugly, but I loved their story. I loved that Tate didn’t give up on Miles, that she couldn’t because she just knew he felt more than what he showed. I loved Miles even though we only really get to know him towards the end of the book. I felt for him so much. And even though at times I wished his chapters were told like Tate’s and not six years prior his story with Tate, they helped understand him when the moment comes. I didn’t really care for the “poetry” (I have a hard time calling it that in the case of this book but anyway) but I loved reading between the lines of Miles’s story from six years ago, and his story with Tate.

“It’s love in general I don’t want, Tate. Ever. It’s you specifically that I just…want.”

And I liked Tate. I really liked her. I know a lot of readers didn’t and would have wanted her to woman up and not allow Miles to repeatedly hurt her, but those moments when she wasn’t acting like herself because of her love for Miles, those moments when readers found her pathetic for letting Miles do that to her and for getting her hopes up, they made her very human to me.

“I’m terrified to lose him for good, so I sell myself short and take what I can from him, even though I know I deserve better.”

We all hope that in a situation like Tate’s, we would be strong women, who stand up for themselves and don’t take shit from men. And some women do. But still, a lot of us don’t. Even though we know better, we find excuses, we hope that maybe we can make a man change because of us, for us, with time and patience. That’s what Tate does and she gets hurt in the process. Personally, I cringed when I she lied to Miles and wished that with time, he would change his mind and break his rules. I think we all did. But at the end of the day, I could understand why she did that. It doesn’t make it okay, and I often while reading I wished she would just put a stop to it, but I also wished she wouldn’t. Because just like her, I had hope for hers and Miles’s story.

“If I were capable of loving someone . . . it would be you.”

I almost don’t want to mention it because this book is soo much more than that, but since I enjoyed those parts a whole lot, I’ll still say a word about it: THE SEX! Man! I would have switched places with Tate on quite a few occasions during the book. I’m not saying I enjoyed all of it. I especially didn’t like the times Miles put his walls up right after such intense moments, but the man is hot! And skilled from what I read. I also loved those moments because they were some of the rare ones where Miles let Tate see into him, or at least a little bit more of him. It wasn’t much, but those moments as well as those when he was with Tate and started forgetting about the past, the pain and the guilt, those moments were great for me, because those were the moments when you knew that Miles isn’t a heartless asshole. In those moments I guess I was like Tate. They made me hope for more than what Miles was offering her.

You saw something in me that gave you hope in us, and you didn’t give up on that. And Tate? That means more to me than anything anyone’s ever done.

This story was beautiful even when it was ugly. I definitely don’t regret reading this book. I’ll read it again. Colleen Hoover made me love her flawed characters and that’s what I love in books. I love that authors can make me fall in love with imperfect characters with their qualities and their flaws, and sometimes, because of those flaws.

God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.

This book was realistic in the sense the love isn’t always pretty, sometimes it’s ugly. But the ugly makes you appreciate the beautiful even more. So like I said before, this love story was sometimes painful and ugly but it was terribly human. It pictured two people that love changed, not always in a good way, but who in the end, still found their way to each other and to a beautiful love.

“My heart isn’t hurting from pain this time, though. It hurts because its never felt this full.”

Made For You (The Best Mistake #2), by Lauren Layne

Made For You______________________________________________

Some mistakes are worth making…

Lauren Layne’s Best Mistake series continues with MADE FOR YOU.

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right

Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn’t resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . .

Back in town, Will intends to get what he’s always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he’ll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he’s out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . . .
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I was really looking forward to this book! I enjoyed Only With You when I read it, but even then, Will and Brynn’s story had me super intrigued and interested. I loved reading the few chapters there were from Brynn’s POV then and I have been looking forward to Made For You ever since I finished book #1.

“I love you”, she said. “I love you so much. I think somehow I always have.
“Do you have any idea how long I’ve waited to hear you say that?”
“You might have heard it sooner if you hadn’t tried to woo me by running mu bra up the flagpole my freshman year.”
“Foreplay, baby. Fifteen really long years of foreplay.”

Now maybe you’re wondering why I was so looking forward to this book? It’s quite simple really. Will and Brynn have some serious unresolved sexual tension going on! And COME ON with the angry sex! I swear I get hot every time they are in the same room. The sexual tension was thick enough to cut with a knife!

“Kissing Will was a lot like dirty dancing. It was heady, instinctual and it gave her the urge to move her hips.”

And even though I don’t read it often and it is most of the time a recipe for disaster, this kind of I-love-you-and-that’s-why-I’m-mean-to-you kindergarten dynamic is the kind of thing I actually enjoy reading once in a while.

“She was ice and order and calm. He was fire and instinct and chaos.”

Brynn and Will are complete opposites but like they say, opposites attract and well it’s pretty much true for those two. And in a way, they complement each other. Will is exactly what Brynn needs in order to enjoy herself more.
And even though Will shows Brynn that she needs to change and be more her imperfect self and not the version of her she thinks is perfect, I loved that he was able to see through her facade and that he loved her long before she realized that maybe, good enough is better than perfect.

“Let me try to be the woman for you.”
“You’ve always been the only woman for me.”

Oddly enough, I could relate to Brynn. I’m not saying that she didn’t annoyed me with her stupid rules and the fact that she had to control every little thing in her life. But I could relate to her and especially when she started feeling unsatisfied with her life and the way she lives it. I liked that Brynn’s issues in the book are somewhat real. I think everyone in life has to go through what she is going through in this book at some point in their lives and that made me like Brynn even more because the issues she is working through in the book are issues that we all have to experience one day. Finding who you are and who you want to be is never easy to do, especially when you’ve been living your life a certain way for so long to finally realize that it’s never made you really happy and it was more of a crutch than anything else. So yeah, I could relate to Brynn in this book a lot more than in Sophie’s book.

“Have you ever felt, you know…lost? Like you don’t know your purpose in life?”

Now Will. Ah Will Will Will…Well Will I liked since book #1. And even though this game he plays with Brynn is not the way I would show someone I care for them, when it came to him it made sense somehow. Of course sometimes I wasn’t super comfortable with what he said to her and to me it was really a backward way of loving Brynn and making her fall in love with him, but then, when you know that he’s been in love with her for years without ever being able to tell her or even show her his love because she is so stuck in her ways, you kind of understand why it become frustrating for him too in the long run.

“He’d been sixteen, and he’d simply known. Known that she was the one. Even when she was busy tearing his heart out.”

But one thing all those angry and frustrated feelings created is something that I love in romance books: sexual tension! This book is full of it and I loved it. I especially loved it when Will would back Brynn up against furniture. And he does that a lot so I was very happy with him in those moments. And the fact that this story has both a great built up and character development made it even better.
And even if Will was mean at times, he was a hero that i was really looking forward to and very much enjoyed reading about, and I loved seeing through all his arrogance and mean streak to the man who’s been waiting all his life for the woman he loves to notice him and give him a chance.

“I would have done anything to get you to notice me.”

Once again, Lauren Layne succeeded in making me love her story and characters, flaws and all. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, I cannot tell you enough times to read one, if not all of them. If you’re looking for something to stimulate your brain cells and a super original plot, I’m not sure you’ll find it here, but if you want to read a sweet romance with a little depth to it and that isn’t all that predictable, then pick a book by Lauren Layne. Any book really. I think I’ve read every book she’s written so far and I’ve loved them all. They are the perfect book to break from reality for a few hours and they leave you with a smile on your face and a good mood.

“She would be happy. With the wrong man, who was so damn right it made her literally ache inside.”

Hold On Tight (Sea Breeze #8), by Abbi Glines

Hold On Tight

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Six years ago, Dewayne Falco’s life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

What he didn’t expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne’s younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

Now, she’s back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin’s son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna’s story before it’s even begun.

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I have to say, I expected more from this book, but at the same time, I’m not really surprised with what it turned out to be.

“The journey may not be easy, but when you find the one to take it with, then you can do anything.”

By now, I’m used to Mrs. Glines’ writing and stories. The Sea Breeze Series so far didn’t disappoint much (even though some book were less than stellar) and is one I like. But because I have been following those characters for some time now, I was really looking forward to Dewayne’s story. His character is always present in the books but we really don’t know anything about him, except that I finds very amusing and entertaining seeing his friends fall for their girls one after the other. So I was actually interested in knowing more about him.

And even though my overall feeling after finishing the book is a mix of “I’ve enjoyed it” and “could’ve been better, I still liked reading it and enjoyed it. Like I said before, reading one of Abbi Glines books is like indulging in something familiar. You know what you’re going to get and it’s always nice and comfortable. So even though this book was a bit predictable and a little bit “been there, read that”, I was still involved in the story and it kept my attention from first to last page. It won’t shatter your world by its awesomeness but it’ll keep your mind busy and entertained.

“I’d just known I wanted her happy. It was important to me. But I knew why now. She was special. The kind of special that is hard to find in this life. The kind of special most people don’t get to touch. It’s the rare kind that, when you find it, you know it’s worth fighting for.”

I really liked Sienna and Dewayne’s characters. They both went through a lot of heartbreak and grief and when Sienna comes back to Sea Breeze after all this time, they both have to deal with feelings that never had a chance to be expressed. Dewayne’s character was really sweet. I won’t try to describe with my words what type of guy he is because this quote does it for me very well:

“You’re one of the best men I know. You wear your tats and piercings and those damn leather bracelets that only you could get away with. But inside you are one big teddy bear. When someone you love needs you, there is nothing you won’t do for them. When I needed you, you were always there. I’ve never questioned your heart. It’s made of fucking gold, and we all know it. We laugh at your crude jokes and snide comments because we know they mean nothing. It’s part of your shield. Underneath, I don’t know many men that compare. You’re one of the best, Dewayne. One of the best.”

And Sienna, well even though she wasn’t always the most forgiving girl, I thought she was sweet and brave. She hasn’t had an easy life, that’s for sure and still she wasn’t bitter. I was appalled by how she was treated by Dustin and how because of him, she never was able to really enjoy what it is like to be in a relationship and sex. Poor girl really didn’t win the lottery with the youngest Falco brother. So I was really happy when Dewayne finally showed her what things look and feel like when it’s done correctly. I liked that she made Dewayne work to get her and that she didn’t just give into him when he wouldn’t offer her more than a simple fuck because he was so scared. If there is one thing I had to say about Dewayne that bothered me, it was the way he kept telling her that he didn’t do relationship and that he wouldn’t offer her one, just a fuck so they would have get that out of the way. It annoyed me because that’s really the only time he treated her badly and it was because of his stupid loyalty to his brother who really didn’t deserve such loyalty in the first place.

“I’ve known you all my life. And I’ve never seen you treat anyone the way you treat Sienna. Not when we were in high school and not now. She’s your one. The one who reaches you. The one who makes you different.”

And actually, let’s talk about Dustin. Gosh, he annoyed me to know end this one. I know he’s dead but man, what an ass. I really wanted to shake them both. They were so stuck on their memory of a promising and kind hearted Dustin that could do no wrong when really, he was a selfish little prick who couldn’t keep it in his pants to save his life and who made a mess of everything he touched. It felt so good when Rock finally reminded that to Dewayne, because this loyalty he had toward his dead brother was dumb and he never acknowledge it. It really felt like Dewayne had lost all this time with Sienna when he was the one to always put her first and treating her like she was the most precious thing in the world.

Also, this book was one of the less steamy in the series in my opinion. Dewayne and Sienna had their moments, and man, the Facetime scene was seriously hot if you ask me, but there are only two intimate scenes in the whole book. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, it actually didn’t bother me in this book, but with the tension between Sienna and Dewayne, I wouldn’t have complained if there had been just a tiny bit more steam to this book.

“Because you’re mine. And I’m so fucking yours.”

The end, even though cheesy as all gets out was cute and put a silly grin on my face. So all in all, even though it was really predictable and very much in Mrs. Glines’ style, I enjoyed this book and had a happy feeling at the end of it. I looking forward to the last book of in the series, Rock and Trisha’s story.

Voyeur Extraordinaire, by Cora Reilly

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Living in a dank one room apartment and working as a waitress in a shabby bar, Nora didn’t think her life could get any worse. But that’s before sexy-as-hell Adrian Black moves into the apartment across from her bedroom window and she’s caught spying on him having sex. Now he has set his eyes on her.

Not falling prey to his panty-dropping smiles proves to be a challenge Nora isn’t sure she’s ready for – especially since the most action she ever had are the butt slaps from leery customers at work.

An encounter with Adrian involving a healthy dose of pent-up tension and too much alcohol leads to an awkward night that none of them will likely forget. But it’s only the beginning…

“Every night I take out my binoculars, point them at the window of my neighbor Adrian Black and watch him banging a new girl, and every night I wish the girl was me. Where the hell is a shooting star when you need one?

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**ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review**

I was in a good mood when I started this book. I had read another one in the same theme by one of my favorite authors, and so I was looking forward to read something along the same lines.

And, to be honest, the beginning was what I expected. A curious heroine who stumble upon her neighbor having sex, ends up sort of obsessed about watching him and develops a crush on said neighbor. And I liked it like that right to the moment our heroine gets caught, because let’s face it, that’s precisely what we want to happen.

But then we do meet the neighbor, Adrian Black, and from there, things started to go in a direction that I didn’t really like, and those are the two things that bothered me in the book:

See, Nora, our heroine, is a virgin and sort of has a bad record with guys. So when she first starts observing Adrian, she experiences some sort of sexual awakening and really, this is all well and good, but Nora turned out to be a little bit naïve and instead of coming to terms with what her sexy neighbor is: a man slut who takes to bed a different woman every night, she started wishing he would turn out to be someone else, someone who would offer her more than a simple one night stand.

So from the moment they meet I sort of had a bad feeling about where this was going. And I was right to be worried because, even though she knew Adrian acted with her just like he did with all the other women he’s slept with, Nora pretended and wished that maybe, this time would be different…..and then got slapped in the face when it wasn’t. I won’t say what happens, but at this point, both characters irritated me for different reasons. Nora, because I wanted her to open her freaking eyes and not act like a naïve little girl because it was bound to make her suffer in the end, and Adrian because, well he could have been a little bit more considerate with Nora.

The other thing that bothered me was the whole sub plot to the book. Not that it was a bad idea, far from that, but I think it could have been better woven through the book, instead of piecing all the pieces in one chapter only. Those are the remarks I have about the book.

What I really liked, was the whole voyeurism thing going on on Nora’s end. I loved the moment she got caught too. I had a big ole smile on my face and I loved how Adrian reacted. And let me tell you, the last chapter was HOT! Holy steam I wanted to be in Nora’s shoes and be “convinced” by Adrian too.

I also like Nora’s best friend Amy and her boyfriend, Jared. Just like Nora does, I kind of envied their situation and their love for each other. And you get why a girl like Nora would want the same thing for herself.

So all in all, I liked this book. It’s a quick and easy read, and you want to know what happens next, even though the plot and how it enfolds feels a little bit awkward. It’s nothing major because it doesn’t keep you from reading though. The ending sort of surprised me because I wasn’t expecting the book to end like this and so soon, but it made me curious about how things are going to turn out for Nora and Adrian.

Sorry for the lack of quotes, the format I had for this book wasn’t the one I usually have so I didn’t underline anything while reading.

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