Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Confessions: Julien ~Ella Frank

People are complex. 
Love a double-edged sword. 
And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time… 

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about. 

To the outside world, he has it all. 
A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life. 

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi. 

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out. 

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did? 

Only time will tell. 

How wonderful are these men? I just can't get enough of Julien, Robbie and Priest. They are so hot together and its just enough angst and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat without making you crazy. 

These characters are so well written and complex. Priest is very emotional even though Robbie always thought he wasn't. We see a new side of him here that just has me loving him even more. 

Julien's baggage is one that can be understood. The why and the how of his tragedy are devastating. Yet here comes their light, Robbie, to brighten their darkness. 

Robbie is just awesome. He's so fun and happy. He is someone I'd want to keep around forever too. His love for these two is so apparent, even if he thinks he's not giving anything away, I think Priest and Julien can see it. 

I need Priest's story ASAP!! Please and thank you! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Allure (Brooklet Dreams #1) ~ C.A. Harms

She was supposed to be his forever.
At the age of twelve, they were best friends. 
By the time they were sixteen, they were more. 
Rhett only had eyes for one girl. His girl.
They had even made plans for a life together.
But when she left town, she let those dreams go...

Different life paths only led to broken promises.

Rhett spent his days existing. 
Baseball, classes, and working at the family farm became his life. 

Until Allison Jo.
The quiet and beautiful girl he never expected.
She made him laugh, and slowly, brought the old Rhett back to life.
He was happy.

He became her world. 
She was his everything.

But what happens when Rhett’s past returns?

Everything changes and limits are tested, but one thing is certain...
Rhett Jackson will fight for the woman he loves.

CA Harms is one of my "go-to" favorite writers. Allure just further solidifies that. She's able to write enough angst to keep you on the edge of your seat with enough love to heal a broken heart. 

I really enjoyed Rhett and AJ together. I'm glad that Rhett finally pulled his head out of his butt to give her a chance. The fact that AJ didn't give in to his advances right away, made me proud. She wanted to be sure it was her that Rhett wanted. As their relationship progressed, there was no doubt that AJ had quickly become Rhett's everything. 

Rhett was so stubborn, pining after a girl that left him, I wasn't sure if he would be able to give himself to AJ fully. I'm glad I was wrong. He loves AJ fiercely. Their chemistry is explosive and their hearts beat for each other. When Rhett's past comes back to haunt them, I just wanted to shove her back in to the hole she crawled out of. 

While people make mistakes or try to be thoughtful of others, sometimes the best intentions can still hurt or come across wrong. Rhett had a good heart. And it only beats for one girl. They way he fights for that girl, made my heart melt. This was a great story to start off this series. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

El Pecador (El Santo Book 2) ~ M. Robinson

So here you are… 
Turning the pages, opening the next chapters of my life—wanting to know the next truths of my sins. As if the first half of my life wasn’t enough. 
You. Need. More. 
You want my redemption. 
My heart. My soul. 
Your happily ever after… 
You. Want. Answers. 
And I will grant you the very first one you’re dying to know. 

Why did I leave her?

So go ahead.
Turn the page. 
I dare you. 

You just might not like the answer. 
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I'm coming down from this emotional roller coaster that this book put me on, trying to come up with words to express how I feel. I almost what to write my review in emojis since I think it might express my emotional state at this point. I mean. Wow.

The twists and turns constantly had me on the edge of my seat the entire read. I was in tears one minute, angry the next. The hate, love and devastation dripped off the pages. I hate Emilio myself. He destroyed these two and their entire worlds. Their relationship, irreparable. All I wanted was for Andromeda and Perseus to have their time together, but they kept destroying each other. 

All of these emotions....It was just that good. M's writing brings you in to the minds of the characters and had you feeling their love and pain. Oh my goodness, the pain. There was a ton of that, plus all the angst you could ever imagine. El Santo was raw, emotional, hot, gripping and one hell of a ride.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Knotted (Trails of Sin Book 1) ~ Pam Godwin

I try to forget her.

It’s impossible.

Growing up together, Conor and I shared all our firsts.

First love, first kiss, first…
Not all our firsts.

We were sixteen the night she was violently assaulted while I helplessly watched.

I’ll never forget the sounds of her suffering.
Or my inconsolable agony when she left Oklahoma.

Years later, she returns to honor our teenage pact.

Except the boy she loved is gone, replaced by a ruthless cattle rancher knotted with secrets.
She doesn’t know my dark cravings or the trails of sin that lead to her.

I don’t deserve her, but one truth remains.

She’s mine.

 I was gutted at chapter three! I saw that this was a new Pam Godwin book about cowboys, so I signed up. But I wasn't expecting to be  destroyed at the beginning of this book. The journey that Jake and Conor takes is emotional and raw. They have to come back from this dark and twisted place and I wasn't sure they would be able to.

Jake and Conor are so amazing together, yet they were completely ripped apart. They were both destroyed by the tragic event when she was sixteen and then again when she left. Jake continues to break Conor and the only hope she had left of them being...well them. She is strong and resilient, yet has her triggers. Jake knows them and knows her, but Conor can't trust Jake anymore after he wrecked her heart. 

Jake is just trying to put everything back together, but he has to hold all his secrets in until the right time. He has to help Conor heal while dealing with their teenage pact. She's guarded, yet still so in love with Jake. The constant "will they," "won't they" reeks havoc on my insides. Completely angsty and dark, yet totally sexy.  UGH! This book was just so amazing and I cannot wait until the next one.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Endorsed ~ Marni Mann

My client’s younger sister is off-f***ing-limits. 

Getting my first big client signed to the NFL was the second best moment of my life. Escorting his sister back to her hotel was the first. Imagining what she would feel like, look like, taste like—none of it was as good as the real thing.

If her brother found out, it would destroy my career, so I ended things between us.

Eight years later, the girl who got away still owns me.

First I’ll make her forgive me, and then I’m going to make her mine.

He’s owned my body for far too long. 

It’s been years since he’s touched me, and my skin still remembers every brush, stroke, and thrust. I want to forget how good it felt. Almost as much as I want to do it again.

We can’t finish what we started until I make my confession.

I have a secret—and one that wasn’t mine to keep.

Before he can love me, he’ll have to find some way to forgive me.

Samantha and Jack have this explosive chemistry! But she is the baby sister of his client and he's just getting started as an agent. Jack can't screw this up. Yet, he can't step away. Samantha feels this magnetic pull to Jack and after their one night, feels completely shredded that she read him all wrong. 

Fast forward 8 years, these two reconnect and it's like their spark never died. Hesitant as she may be, Samantha still can't deny that her heart belongs to Jack. Jack feels Samantha is the one that got away.  Jack is now ready to go after what he wants, but Samantha isn't ready to just let him back in. There is way more at stake now. 

This is a quick, sweet read. Samantha (great name by the way) and Jack are electric, but stubborn and damaged. Jack leaving her 8 years ago really did some damage. While Jack felt like he was doing the right thing, it had some major repercussions that I didn't think they would over come. I enjoyed the "are they" or "aren't they" going to try, angst, even though I may not have agreed how both of them handled things. The story was quicker than I would have liked, but it was still written well. The characters were relate-able and fun. I am looking forward to the next book in the series (but can be read as a stand alone).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Confessions: Robbie (Confessions Series Book 1) ~ Ella Frank

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

After Logan and Tate, I wasn't sure if I would have more room in my heart. I always loved Robbie's character and was super excited for his own story. Ella did not disappoint. These three are hot, sexy and complicated. 

I wasn't always a fan of Priest. Nothing bad about the guy, but he was always very standoff-ish, blunt and brutally honest. That being said, this story has changed my feelings about him. I get him a little more now. I am super excited to dive in more though.

Julien is smooth, suave and a complete teddy bear. I only saw a glimpse of the "Prick" he was regarded as. Learning and understanding a little of his back history completing puts that attitude in to perspective though. 

Robbie is still lovable and fabulous. He had me smiling through the whole book. His heartache was palpable after Tate and Logan got married, but I think now he realized that there are others that are willing to give him "everything."

I really enjoyed these three. I was super shocked by the reaction that some had for their arrangement. Surprised is more like it. But when I read more I realized that it was guilt and protectiveness fueling that reaction. Priest, Julien and Robbie are doing what is best for them. They are following their hearts. I'm super excited to see how things go as more wrenches are thrown in their plans. 

"Regrets only happen when you aren't brave enough to try something that scares you." ~Robbie

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bare (Raw #2) (The Vault Series) ~ C.A. Harms

He was my weakness.

The one desire I fought the hardest, but craved the most.
There was an unexplainable pull whenever I was near him.
I was addicted to him. I was crazed by his touch. I longed for his kiss.

Until he broke me...

He was cold and callus.
What we shared was nothing but meaningless acts.
A facade. I was a ploy in his game of control.

I had no choice but to move forward.
I had to forget the impact he had on me.
More importantly, I had to forget him.
Only that was easier said than done…

Each night when I closed my eyes,
I’d hear the kind words he’d whisper, I’d feel his gentle caress as he held me close.
But the dreams always ended the same.
I would see him walking away, without looking back.

She tested my limits from the start.

The more I fought the attraction, the more intense it became.
She defied every rule I set for myself and challenged my need for control.
She made me want the things I had denied myself for too long,
so I did the worst possible thing.

I broke her heart.

What should have been my way out only left me feeling bare.
My desire to have her magnified.
It was time to pick up the shattered pieces of my life and face the harsh reality of my choices.

But my biggest fear of all was that with Brynn, it was now too late to go back...

Totally and Completely gut wrenching. This story has so much angst that my stomach was in knots. I was furious with Alec for most of the books, but I couldn't help but still cheer for him. Byrnn is such a strong, independent woman, I just loved her. Their coming together was messy, angsty and beautiful all at the same time. 

I love the writing of this book and the flashbacks are easy to follow. This book gives more of a first-person view of everything that happened in Brynn and Alec's past. you can feel their strength and devastation in these pages. While I understand why these characters are the way they are, some of their knee jerk reactions just crushed my heart. 

I was not expecting the emotional roller coaster I went while reading these. I had to stay up late to finish the book before I could go to sleep. It was almost too many "screw-ups" and "I'm sorry's" for me. I was that heartbroken. CA does a great job of healing the crushed heart, but whew, it was an emotional read. 

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