Monday, July 9, 2018

Buckled (Trails of Sin #2) ~ Pam Godwin

I protect what’s mine.
The ranch, my family, our buried secrets.

Nothing will stop me from reassembling the life that went terribly wrong.
Not the law.
Not our enemies.
Not even Maybe Quinn.

The gorgeous, quarrelsome journalist shouldn’t have meddled.
I shouldn’t have let her stay.
But she’s hiding something in those deceptive blue eyes.
Something deeper than her thirst for a news story.

I make a deal with her to buy time.
To unravel her lies. To play with her. To satisfy my darker appetites.
When she buckles beneath my belt, I’ll send her away.
Unless I buckle first.

I just love these cowboys! Seeing Jake and Conner again was fantastic, but seeing Jarret's continuation of the story was just excellent. This was not as dark and twisted as the first in the series, but it does deal with the fall out. 

I was constantly wondering how or why Maybe came Sandbank, Oklahoma and I know that she was not expecting Jarret Holsten. The secrets between them kept me on the edge of my seat and while we think we know all Jarret's secrets, their domino effect still threw me for a loop. There were a lot of times where my mouth just hung open in shock. 

Jarret and Maybe had major chemistry from their first meeting. While I know why Jarret was trying to warn her away, Maybe kept showing up. Jarret finally gave in to the old cliche, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Jarret was loyal, self-less and compassionate. He's a great man, but he was the enemy for Maybe. 

"A man cannot be good unless he possesses the capacity to be evil. Decency is a choice."

I loved Maybe's stubborn and persistent character. I will admit, there were times where that persistence got her in a lot of trouble. While being very independent, she needed Jarret, but had a difficult time admitting it. While I don't agree with some of her actions, I do feel they were necessary. 

Both of Maybe and Jarret's lives have heartbreak and tragedy. Some of the heartbreak, they caused each other. It was so hard to watch each of them struggle knowing they were trying to do what was right for the other. Their story was passionate and intense. It was well written and exciting. I cannot wait for Lorne's book!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Contracted by Marni Mann

Years ago, I was burned by a woman.
I forgave, but I haven’t forgotten, and it’s a road I’ll never go down again.
My career has become my life instead. I’m Max Graham, the biggest music agent in the business. Women love me, but I don’t do love anymore. I’ve found another way to meet my needs.
Eve Kennedy—stylist to the stars and total bombshell. By far, she’s the most daring woman I’ve ever had in my bed with a sexual appetite as ferocious as mine.
We might just have the hottest sex life in Miami and LA.
We don’t date anyone else—although, sometimes, we invite someone for a night. We travel the world, and I lavish her with gifts. But she knows my career comes first.
And the best part? For the past two years, she’s been happy with our arrangement.
Or so I thought.
I’ve survived heartbreak once before, but this one could be the end of me.

Eve and Max were HOT right from the start. Their chemistry was off the charts and they sizzled. For two years everything was great and status quo, but the illusive word of "more" came up which threw their relationship for a loop. 

Max, having been burned before, didn't want to admit how much Eve meant to him. Everyone around him could see it, even Eve could, yet Max couldn't admit it to himself. He was stubborn and regimented. There was no need to deviate from his norm because it was working. At least until it wasn't for Eve any more. 

Eve is a strong and independent women. But even those types of women want to be needed and feel wanted. Gifts and material things are nice, but the emotional connection and commitment is so much more to her. Not being able to express their love verbally or have a definitive direction of their relationship was hard on her. She wanted "more". 

I liked the push and pull, the "will he or wont he admit his feelings" angst. At times, though, I wanted to smack Max for being so oblivious to what was right in his face. Max needed to say something before he lost Eve forever. I won't say what happened, just that the last half of this book kept me on the edge willing for Max to pull his head out of his butt. I was very proud of Eve and the way she handled herself. 

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).

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