I put off reading this book for weeks. I 1-clicked it the day it was released, then hoarded it on my Kindle for weeks without reading it, because I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I knew I’d finish it in one sitting, then it’d be OVER and I’d be forced to just sit back and wait (impatiently, bitterly) for the next release. I should’ve just gone ahead and read it on release day. The end result was the same. I read it all in one day, I loved it, and now I’m impatient and bitterly waiting for the author’s next new release. Sigh. It’s all such a vicious cycle
Publication date:01/27/2018 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
I don’t normally read dark romance. It tends to depress me, and the world is depressing enough on its own, so I don’t need to read depressing crap, too. But on the recommendation of a friend, I read the first book in this series,Prisoner, and absolutely adored it.
I waited and waited and waited for Hostage to be released, and about hurt myself 1-clicking at lightning speed when it came out. And once again, the authors didn’t let me down.
This book is kind of unfair. I mean, there’s an unreasonably hot guy on the cover, holding an adorable baby. If that’s not kryptonite for 99% of the female population, then I don’t know what is. I mean, I feel like I had NO CHOICE but to download this book. The only thing that would’ve made it more irresistible would be a rescued shelter dog on the cover with the unreasonably hot guy and the adorable baby. But fortunately, I’m not bitter about all that emotional (and hormonal) manipulation the cover designer foisted upon me, because I actually ended up enjoying the book. (Phew. This could’ve gotten ugly otherwise.)
I really enjoyed the last book in this series,Curveball. I thought it was well-written, well-paced, and overall, I really loved the characters. I wish I could say the same forException. But…
I really didn’t care for the hero, Joey, at all. When he first meets the heroine, he’s being a total jackass, bad-mouthing her family’s hardware store and small towns in general. It’s totally uncalled for, petty and snobby, and I kind of wanted Coen (his brother and all-around awesome hero fromCurveball) to beat the crap out of him.
I’ll just warn you up front, folks. This could get ugly. There could be fangirling. There could be copious amounts of undignified squeeing. I can’t help it. That’s what this book has reduced me to. I’m just a shell of the grumpy, bitter old book reviewer I was before reading the book. A happy, shiny shell who can’t stop giggling and smiling. It’s gratuitous, really. Let’s just hope I don’t resort to LOLing and OMGing. (*shudders and takes a deep breath*) Here it goes…
Kelsey Kingsley is super cool—as both an author and as a person. She has just the right attitude and temperament (not to mention the talent) to make it to bestseller status. Even after I told her that while I enjoyed her writing style, her first book,Holly Freakin’ Hughes, wasn’t my cuppa, she very kindly thanked me for my feedback (you’d be surprised how many people don’t care for feedback AT ALL. I might’ve received a death threat or two. Just sayin’.).
Abigail Strom is a go-to author of mine for comfort reads. You know, literary mac and cheese, or biscuits and gravy. Her books are warm and funny and sweet, with likeable characters and nothing too over-the-top angsty or plot-twisty. Just good, solid, character-driven romances.Show Me, like it’s predecessor,Tell Me,was another winner. While they’re still part of a series, Show Me and Tell Me are completely different. They can easily be read as standalones, which is nice.
This was my first book by Melanie Moreland, and after reading it, I immediately dived into her backlist, where I happily discovered more books to 1-click. (There’s nothing worse than loving the crap out of book, then going to Amazon to 1-click everything in the author’s backlist, only to find that they only wrote one book. But I digress…)
So, about THIS book...sigh. I have a particular weakness for reclusive, damaged heroes.Joshua was just my kind of hero catnip.
This is not the worst book I’ve ever read. Hell, it’s not even the worst book I’ve read this week. The author has a smooth writing voice and does a great job with dialogue. The story also flows right along at a nice, steady pace. I don’t even really mind that Gray is essentially a stalker who watched the heroine in her cabin via his security cameras which were misaimed in her direction due to no real fault of his own. (He was worried about her safety. Yes, he found her attractive, but he wasn’t all pervy about it. It wasn’t like he was jacking off to images of her changing her clothes or anything. That we know of.) But my reading experience wasn’t all puppies and kittens and unicorns pooping rainbows. I had a few beefs:
Sometimes I think Amazon just likes to mess with me. You know, like Bezos sits around with his team and says, “oh, ha, ha...watch Jennifer buy this book thinking she’s gonna love it based on the blurb and cover and great reviews, then we’ll hit her with all kinds of crap she hates. It’ll be hilarious!” So...yeah. That’s what happened here. I was lured in by an interesting blurb and great reviews, then got smacked in the face with a bunch of stuff that just didn’t sit well with me. Curse you, Bezos!!!
Title:The Ones Who Got Away Author: Roni Loren Publication date: 01/02/2018 Kindle Unlimited: No Cliffhanger: No I’ll just start off by disclosing that I’m a big fan of this author. I LOVED Nice Girls Don’t Ride, so when I saw this one on Netgalley, I practically hurt myself clicking so fast to request a copy. Well, needless to say, I loved this one just as much as Nice Girls Don’t Ride, maybe even more.
First of all, the setup of this second-chance romance is totally unique, as far as I know. I don’t remember any other romances EVER that focused on the survivors of a school shooting.
Title:Team Player Author:Adriana Locke, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Kate Stewart, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Mandi Beck, Meghan Quinn, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige Publication date:12/14/2018 Kindle Unlimited:Yes Cliffhanger:No
I’m not usually a fan of anthologies. Novellas usually lack the kind of character depth I prefer in my favorite romances, and out of a ton of stories, I usually only find 1 or 2 within the set that I even remotely enjoy. But when I saw Adriana Locke, Emma Scott, Kennedy Ryan and LJ Shen all had new stories in this anthology, there was no way in HELL I wasn’t going to read this one. And I’m sooooooo glad I did.
When you buy a Sawyer Bennett book, you know what you’re going to get. Consistently awesome writing, complex characters that are supremely relatable, and just the right blend of romantic feels and hot, sweaty, melt-your-panties sexy scenes. I mean, there’s a reason she’s one of my 1-click wonder authors, folks. I’m happy to say thatVanis more of what I’ve come to count on from this fantabulous author.
This is one of those tough stories to rate, because it had a ton of great stuff going for it. But at the same time, there were also a few things here that irked me a bit. Nothing that made me want to dismember any of the characters (and yes...i’ve had those feelings before. I’m seeking help. Don’t worry), but stuff that impacted the rating a wee bit. (Keeping in mind that I’m a harsh grader, so a 3.5 rating out of 5 isn’t AT ALL bad for me. It could’ve been WAY worse.)