Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Little Bit like Desire (South Haven #2) ~ Brooke Blaine

What if you had everything in the world you wanted...except the man you never knew you needed? 

Shaw Jennings, the seductive, enigmatic owner of Body Electric Tattoo works hard and plays even harder. He’s built a life he’s proud of, and though that doesn’t include a significant other, he’s got plenty of sexy men to keep his bed warm at night. None of them have ever made Shaw sit up and take notice for long, though. But that all changes when a famous rock star walks through his door. 

Trent Knox had the world in the palm of his hand as the lead singer of TBD, one of the biggest rock bands in history…until the day he walked away. A getaway to South Haven Island seems like the perfect place for Trent to find himself again and reignite his passion for music. But what he never expects is to find his muse in a six-five, tatted-up badass whose sinful smile he can’t get out of his mind. 

The only problem? Trent’s a notorious womanizer, and Shaw isn’t interested in being someone’s experiment—muse or otherwise. But in a town as small as this one, Shaw is finding it more and more difficult to keep the persistent rocker at arm’s length. 

As the tension between them builds, maybe it’s time to finally give in and get carried away with something a little bit like...desire. 

I absolutely loved Shaw and Trent's story. There was the perfect amount of angst that makes it feel more like a real relationship. Sure they both had their fears and hangups, but they were honest with each other. They supported each other in whatever decision the other made and that was before they really knew what to call each other. 

Don't get me wrong, there was some time before they jumped into some fun, but there wasn't an ex storming back in to their lives messing everything up. That had a a getting to know you period, a few drunk evenings and talks, that definitely cleared the air. They had their own issues, like most people do and they worked on it. 

I wish there were more Shawes out there. Holy hotness batman! He is just so delicious. He's straight forward, honest and supportive. The best book boyfriend, even if he didn't think he could have a relationship. 

Trent is all sorts of messed up, but he doesn't burden anyone with it. He turns on his performer switch to ensure others feel comfortable and are happy, even if it makes him unhappy. He's selfless and sexy. A great match for Shaw.

Shaw and Trent are super hot together and I just love their non-relationship-ish. I was so excited for them to get to know each other and explore their feelings. This was wonderfully written. I just love these men from South Haven!

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!!

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