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Release – Down on Me (Man of the Month #1) by J. Kenner

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Title: Down On Me

Author: J. Kenner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: January 16th

Tight muscles. Vibrant Ink.

Meet Mr. January. Winter’s never looked so hot …

Certified bachelor Reece Walker wants two things—to save the local bar he manages and to get Jenna Montgomery into his bed.

He has a few ideas for the bar. But Jenna . . . well, he’s going to have to rely on cold showers, because she’s been his best friend for years, and that’s a line he just can’t cross.

Until one wild kiss on a dark night changes everything. Now Reece is certain Jenna’s meant to be his.

And with long nights in bed, sensual caresses, and deep, lingering kisses, he sets out to thoroughly convince her that friends can be lovers, too.

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About J. Kenner

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.jkenner

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4ish stars.

Overall and surprising enough an enjoyable read. See spoiler for why it shouldn’t have been.
I had a lot of fun with this book. It is upbeat with some angst but very entertaining.

Reece, Brent & Jenna have been best friends since childhood. Only 8 months ago things changed. Reece sees her for what she is. A beautiful woman. Not quite willing to take that step he lets it drop and she leaves the next day for LA.

Jenna has come back to Austin it didn’t quite work out in LA. She comes home to her family. And to the attraction that she left behind for one of her best friends. They both notice that it has become awkward and that something has changed but they need time to come to terms with it. Once they do they are all in. A romance from friends to lovers. There is inner monologue of push and pull because the dynamic of their relationship has changed or will change which was somewhat repetitive.

Reece is a bit of an arse but he has good character development throughout the book. Although he is an arse I still really liked him. God knows why if I’m being honest.

Jenna is a strong and sassy heroine and she stands up for what she wants but she doesn’t give Reece a chance an unfair ultimatium IMO.

With all books there is the buildup of the romance and then a spanner is thrown in the works. This spanner is slightly predictable but the grand gesture isn’t too bad.

The setup of saving The Fix on sixth street which is their local hangout is interesting and a lot can be done with the series. I like the author’s writing style it flows well and is easy to read. I don’t know if I’d read any of the other series by this author.

I’ve signed up for all twelve books ambitious, right? So, fingers crossed peeps. In a way I’m glad that I have because the secondary characters here are amazing and I’m sure that they are going to get their books.

 

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Review – To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne

Goodreads Review

Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning… is theirs?  

5 ‘Wedding Belle’ Stars 

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors. She manages in comparison to other authors to hit the right spot in it being sweet & funny but with a pinch of angst and a plus not so much fluff. Some authors tend to go overboard with the fluff which kind of makes me cringe. I am NOT a fluffy person.

 

Brooke Baldwin has moved from the West Coast to the East Coast due to some unfortunate event that made her flee. My heart went out to Brooke what with the embarrassment and the humiliation of the situation. So she starts over in New York as a Belle. 

Her first big wedding is the wedding of Maya Tyler, a heiress of Hotels that belong to the Tyler Group. The thorn in her side? Seth Tyler the brother.

 

Seth Tyler the CEO of the Tyler Group is controlling and after the death of his father he has become even more so. When his little sister confesses that she is getting married after only three months? His temper is hard to contain. So what is a possessive, controlling yet adorable big brother to do but tag along to damage control the situation. What also doesn’t help is that he is also an absolute cynic when it comes to love. But understandably so when he but his well you can’t really say heart but was rejected in a cruel manner that has colored many an aspect of his life. 

The mission for Seth is to implement stop sister marrying a dodgy bloke but the ditzy, bubbly wedding planner is in the way. He never expected to be instantly attracted to her. Brooke has in her opinion a conflict of interest and that conflict is Seth Tyler and his domineering ways. In the end they give into their attraction to one another and well they are a great couple. Seth did take some things a little too far. 

The secondary characters are just as fleshed out as the main characters and I love how we get a feel for them to see them in their upcoming books. What I find pretty cool is that Ms. Layne has a writing bucket list. So expect more awesomeness from the author.  

I am of the opinion that when I like an author I don’t always like all of her books but so far the books that I have read by LL have been a winner for me.

 

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Everywhere Unraveled (Foundlings #2) by Fiona Keane

 
 
Title: Everywhere Unraveled
Series: Foundlings #2
Author: Fiona Keane
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
 
 
 
 

 


 

They told me I had to leave her.
 
They were right.
 
It doesn’t matter that she’s the first thing I think about every morning, and my last thought before I sleep.
 
It doesn’t matter that the moment my heart started beating was when I laid it at her feet.
 
As long as she’s around me, she’s in danger. I have to keep her away, keep her safe, before this storm overtakes us.
 
The truth is something she cannot know, should never know. Even if that means I’ll never see her again.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fueled by coffee and rainy days, shelves of books consuming her home in the Pacific Northwest, and a vivid imagination, Fiona writes about love because she believes the world needs more of it. She could spend eternity lost in a story, taken into someone’s thoughts while she is left lingering there long after the pages have turned. Fiona works to meld themes in the current world and spin them into stories of longing, determination, and hope. Her characters are relatable and relevant, as they battle their own fictional version of existence.
 
 
 
 

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Everywhere Unraveled is a truly fitting title for the second book in the Foundlings series by Fiona Keane. It picks up directly where Nowhere Girl the first book in the series left the readers. Nowhere Girl placed this new to my author high in my lists as THE YA debut author of 2017 for me. Ms. Keane’s writing style is intense and I am still not sure how she did it but she completely changed the tone from the first book to the second. Where the first book was a YA romance with characters struggling to find a way to each other, the second book has a totally different feeling (at least to me) .

 

Right from the first page I could feel Sophia’s confusion and Jameson’s desperation. Those two emotions were headlining many chapters of the book until the characters finally managed to crack the walls and had a chance to take actions. Interesting was that I could really feel those emotions as a reader.

 

Jameson is really the readers hero and I liked him in this book even more then I did in the first (if that is even possible) – however I was struggling with Sophia a little. AND don’t even get me started on the secondary characters. To have a final opinion on them I now need the full picture more than ever, so we will have to wait for the third book on that issue.

 

The story definitely leaves the High school YA romance genre and moves to something containing more suspense and I am really not sure where the journey is going. For now it feels that a lot of the mysteries were unraveled but I somehow do not trust the author (I am laughing while writing that) – She changed the tone of the series while maintaining the intensity of the story so who knows where the last book will lead us.

 

When I gave those 5 stars to the first book I made it clear that given the fact that it’s a trilogy my opinion on the complete series will not be fixed until the last book is released. So when it comes to Everywhere Unraveled the jury is out if it is a 4 or 5 star read. For the time being I will give it 4 stars because I need to see where the journey is going and just now I am not sure how I feel about this total change in the “tone” of the story.

 

Tap … tap … tap… <- my fingers (while I am waiting for the conclusion of this intense journey

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Fret (Recoil Rock #4) by K.E. Osborn

 

Fret (Recoil Rock, #4)

  

 Fret
Recoil Rock #4
K.E. Osborn
June 05th 2017

 

Loss—the failure to keep someone or something.
I know all about loss, and the resulting damage can do more harm than good.
Losing everything in one fell swoop… yeah, Karma’s definitely not on my side.

My life has been somewhat monotonous. Look after my twin. Play in the band. Party like a rock star.
Women have filtered in but never stayed, and now that my band mates have all settled down, I’m looking for something… more.

My problem? I’m a perfectionist, and I desire a particular type of woman. I don’t want groupies or fangirls, they’re not my scene anymore.
No, I want the perfect ten. And I’m counting on an internet dating guidance guru to help me find her.

But I’m not doing this alone. My brother’s friend and gallery manager, Alex, is along for the internet dating ride, and we’re doing this ‘dating thing’ together for support.
And in doing so, we’ve become the best of friends. Inseparable one would say.

Now with chaos surrounding me—being arrested, accosted by thugs, and all the drama that comes with my internet dating life—it’s forced a wedge between us, and I’m faced with losing her forever.
And it’s only now I see what’s been in front of me the whole time.
You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

 

 

 

Not my first ride with this author but again K.E. Osborn manages to surprise me with  Fret (Recoil Rock #4), because this book again has a different voice than the previous ones. So it never gets dull with that series.

I could use a ton of cliché lines to describe the storyline of the book. With “you never know what you got until it’s gone” being the first one that comes to my mind.

Yet non of them would do the story real justice. While the baseline is a cliché and the idea has been used multiple times. Matt’s story still manages to have its own voice.

I liked how the story started… intriguing you how a guy like Matt could end up in that situation. Yeah actually considering all his Ideas and thoughts it was kind of funny (well not for him in that moment but well you will get it in the end when you look at the complete picture)

Matt’s and Alex’s dance around each other is sweet and there are moments when I found myself just shaking my head wanting to shout at them to open their eyes. So I guess you could say I was definitely engaged with this story and liked it.

In total, it did not pull at my heartstrings which is why it gets “only” 4 stars but really in all honesty not that many books get the 5th star with me. I would have to find myself hysterically laughing or crying a river for that.

I love the writing style of this author and I would pick up a novel of her at any time.

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Claimed (Brides of the Kindred #1) by Evangeline Anderson

 

 

Claimed (Brides of the Kindred, #1)

  

Claimed
Brides of the Kindred #1
Evangeline Anderson
February 9th 2011

 

Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Strike (The Beat and the Pulse #10) by Amity Cross

 

 

Strike (The Beat and the Pulse #10)

  

Strike
The Beat and the Pulse #10
Amity Cross
July 12th 2017

 

Callie Winslow is on the verge of realizing her wildest dreams. When her cake shop on one of Melbourne’s most vibrant shopping strips opens to the public, she’ll be on her way to the top of the food chain…literally. But one night, days before the launch, everything goes up in flames.
As fire engulfs her shop, Callie is trapped inside with no way out, until a handsome mystery man bursts through the inferno and carries her to safety. Problem is, he vanishes soon after without telling her his name.
Haunted by the stranger who saved her life, Callie pulls out all the stops in her attempts at finding him, but she isn’t quite prepared for the man she finally meets.

Mark “Storm” Ryder is a shell of his former self. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he was banned for life from professional MMA and sent home with his reputation in tatters. Left with nothing to his name, he fights at the illegal cage fighting league known as The Underground to make ends meet. Plagued by the stigma of his downfall, he’s closed himself off to everything and everyone, believing it’s for the best.
Then one night, he hears a cry for help and rushes headfirst into danger without a second thought. When he pulls a beautiful woman from a burning building, he knows he can’t stick around and face her inevitable judgement, so he disappears, but little does he know, the mystery woman won’t let him vanish as easily as that.

Brought together by fate and flames, Callie knows if she wants to crack open Storm’s heart and show him he deserves to be loved, she’ll need to strike while the iron’s hot or risk him disappearing forever.

From Amity Cross comes Strike, the sizzling tenth instalment of the Internationally Best Selling MMA fighter romance series, The Beat and The Pulse.

 

 

 

Not as intense as I would have expected from a fighter novel – but a rather sweet version … One i liked very much and can only recommend

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR ARC BOOKPROMO REVIEW

Something So Irresistible (Something So #3) by Natasha Madison

 

 

 

 

Max Horton

They call me an outcast like it’s a bad thing.

An asshole byproduct of a shitty upbringing. I don’t care about anything except myself and my little sister.

I will always protect what’s mine.

With one year left on my hockey contract I’m keeping my head down and my eyes on the goal.

A collision, with her, changes my entire existence.

Allison Grant

Never fall in love with a sports star. That’s what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals.

As public relations for the New York Stingers I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man.

What started out as hate turned into something else.

We tried to stay away, to keep our distance, but the pull was too strong.

Something forbidden turned into something so irresistible.

“You may now kiss the bride,” Judge Reynolds says right before Max grabs my face in both of his hands.

“I love you,” he whispers, then his lips land on mine, gently and full of love.

My hands go to his waist as I close my eyes and take in the safety of my husband.

“I love you with everything that I am,” he murmurs against my lips. I smile and look into his crystal blue eyes.

“I love you more,” I say. He lets go of my face and we shake the judge’s hand. He grabs my hand and we walk out of his chambers while my chiffon train trails us.

Max proposed to me three hours ago. He got down on one knee and vowed to love me and only me till his last dying breath while I stood there in the middle of the shark reef in the Mandalay Bay. It took me two seconds before I nodded and got down on my knees with him, buried my face into his chest, and cried from happiness. I was completely and utterly in love with him. And not one person in my family knew. Well, none of the men knew. But this isn’t about them. This is about me, about Max, about how he took my heart into his hand and treated it like delicate crystal, making sure he bubble wrapped it to keep it safe.

Now here I am, watching my husband dressed in a black tux hold my hand and me in my two-piece lace dress. It is beaded from my collar all the way down. It ties around my neck but leaves my back bare. My arms are also bare. A gold belt ties the second part of the dress, floor-length split chiffon. My legs slip out while I walk, showing off my something blue, which is my Carrie Bradshaw Blue Manolo Blahnik.

As soon as the door to the chapel opens, my chiffon dress blows up almost like Marilyn Monroe’s, the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas almost non-existent since we are off the Strip. Someone in the distance must have snapped a picture because his flash went off.

“I think someone just took a picture of us,” I tell him while we make our way to the car that is waiting for us.

“Angel, it’s Vegas, everyone is taking pictures.” He waits for me to get in before climbing in after me. “So, my wife, where do you want to go?” Max turns to me and smiles while his thumb rubs the hand he’s holding.

“Back to our room.” I look at our hands. “I want to go back with you and lock the door and just be with my husband.”

“I was hoping you’d say that.” He pulls me to him, his arm going around my shoulder, and I fit perfectly in the crook of his arm.

We watch the city lights come into focus again once we get on the Strip. Walking through the lobby, I hold on to my husband’s hand, watching his ring glisten in the light. Max unlocks the door for us. Walking in, I head for the living room that is now turned into what looks like a small reception. Gone are the couches, and in their place is a cast iron square with blush pink roses wrapped all around it. Tea lights make it across. All the furniture is gone. The only thing in this room are blush roses, which are my favorites.

“This place looks like a fairy tale.”

Max walks to me, holding a bouquet in his hands. “For you.” He hands it to me as our song “Dive” comes on.

“Dance with me?” I ask him as I walk to him.

“Every single day of my life.” He wraps an arm around my waist. I hold the bouquet around his shoulders and we hold our free hands to his chest.

He takes his phone out and raises his hand, snapping a picture of us. I’m looking at the camera while he looks at me. “Stunning,” he says quietly as his cell phone rings. “Angel, don’t freak out.” His voice is curt, tight.

I don’t have to time to say anything because my phone buzzes with a text from Matthew.

Allison, when you get this you better call me.

“Oh my God.” I look at him. “What did we just do?” He looks at me shocked, steps back, and away from me.

“Max.” I reach out to him while he dodges me.

“A mistake.”

I don’t know if he’s asking or telling. My heart hurts as his eyes go dark. He darts out of the room and the front door slams after him. As I stand here in my wedding dress, a tear rolls down my face, and I look down and see my glistening wedding band.


 

 

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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I have to admit I am not a sucker for sports novels. If I read one it is because something other about the plot appeal to me so you will usually not get any comments on the sports side of these novels from me.

 

Something So Irresistible (Something So #3) by Natasha Madison was my first read in that series and from that author. I had no problems following the plot so it is easy to read as a standalone, during reading I only found a few tiny situations that related to the other books so you will of course have spoilers here.

 

The author does a fine job on the character development and writing style so I can fully recommend that to you.

 

But there was one thing that bugged the hell out of me and that were Allison’s relatives. It might be that I did miss out on the reasons for their behavior because I did not read previous books but as it was both of the male relatives that were present behaved like domineering axshxles that need some spanking themselves. (sorry – I know strong words are usually not my thing but you may take this as indication for how much they went out off line here) – I mean we are talking about a grown up woman and not some child….

 

From my point of view Max might have made some mistakes in the past but a lot of the stuff was also bad luck and missunderstandings. So to treat him like he was the devil itself was well … a tad to much I feel #sigh – I cannot help but like him … maybe again that is because I did not read the previous books but whatever – I take it …

 

Thinking about it I believe that once you read this book without reading the previous ones you might have a problem reading the others later… that might actually be a thing but I am not sure – its just a feeling.

 

That same feeling is telling me you are going to like this book if you liked the blurb so enjoy…

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

The British Knight by Louise Bay

 

 

The British Knight

  

 The British Knight
Louise Bay
December 5th 2017

 

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.

As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs.

But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.

When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up.

On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.

Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.

As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.

I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.

 

 

 

My thoughts on the British Knight by Louise Bay are kind of divided. And to be super honest I am not sure how much of my thoughts an can share without giving spoilers. But I assume to explain myself a few hints are necessary so watch out.

 

First of all I loved the general writing style of the author. It was the first book I read from her and she really managed to paint a vivid picture of the London I saw with my own eyes.

 

Now my thoughts on the leads. Our male lead has a ton of flaws or no let me rephrase that what looks like a ton of flaws actually is only one but a massive one. Otherwise he is pretty much perfect. What I loved most about him was how he was always able to correctly evaluate flaws and mistakes and he never attempted to cover them up. Only one thing sneaked up on him where he had another person jump in and give him hints.

I loved how he was able to reevaluate his life and make changes where necessary. And the author implemented those in a believable way for the character she created.

 

Then there is our female lead. What I loved most about her was at the same time the one thing I hated about her. She was so super cool with everything that it drove me nuts. While it was great that she was able to take what she wanted without regretting. It felt unbelievable that she was fine with everything. Never expected anything. Really there was no balance at all between her needs, her wants and her actions. Which in the end brought up one of the most childish reactions (she admitted herself) to ONE mistake. I could have worked with that but what really made me roll my eyes was that she accused the male lead of all the things he made clear in the beginning and she always said she was ok with.

And honestly I hate it when women say one thing and mean another on this really large scale – especially when they are presented as this kind of in depended women like her. .

 

Actually I shed a small tear for the male lead for trying so hard and then being punished for ONE mistake (and not even a huge life altering mistake) – given his circumstances it was a mistake yes and I would have been hurt in her place yes but she really exaggerated her reaction.

 

The plot itself was good and solid. The character development was great especially with the male lead ( the female too but I just did not like her that much). The story flow was steady and I could not find any flaws in the concept. If I would remarks something then it would be, that it might have been a nice touch if Alex had used some of his skills to find some justice for violet concerning her past. I loved the outcome of the story that proves that solutions do not always come in the most obvious ways.

 

The tear I shed should have been the 5th star but given the fact that I had a mayor problem with the female lead the book only received 4 stars.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nine years after a tragic accident, Hannah “Brennley” Evans has returned home to the snowy mountains of Whistler, Canada. This is the very place that destroyed her, where her whole world ended, and the reason she now goes by Hannah Jennings.
Struggling with his own tragic past, Rhys Axton, an infamous sexy snowboarding champion, wants nothing more than to be the next Olympic hopeful. Sex, snowboarding, and working out are all he cares about, which helps shut off the demons that haunt him and the family who rejected him.
The moment Hannah walks into his room, he knows something is different about her. Drawn to her, he can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious, guarded girl. They are two heartbroken souls who both understand the darkness.
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Most people don’t feel comfortable in the darkness, don’t want to be around people who do.

I have no words to really convey how I feel about this book. There are a lot of things that bothered me, no not bothered maybe irked me. But after reading the last words I was at a loss, what with everything that I had read and the things that irked me how could it come down to that ending? That twist and turn, the emotions that were described. The pain, the loss, of drowning in loneliness. That with all that irked me it didn’t matter that much in the grand scheme of things.

Hannah Jennings has come home to Whistler, Canada after running away for nine years and the death of her grandmother she has nowhere else to go. Once a happy, fun, boisterous girl she is now a shadow of her former self. With all the guilt she carries. The burden but what happened to her. A high price was paid.

Being back home the one person she doesn’t want to bump into is Rhys.

Rhys Axton has been living in the shadows all of his life he’s nearly through the finish line. He has been rejected all his life. His only support his coach and surrogate father. He has an anger and darkness in him that is on the brink of consuming him every day.

Rhys & Hannah having been living a lie and they both know it. They both are looking for something they finally find one another. Hannah tries to keep her distance but in the end she can’t. They get closer and closer until there is no turning back.

I liked the MC and I didn’t. There was something interesting about them and what they are going through but other times they drove me crazy. At times this book was maddening, frustrating, and heart-breaking with secrets and lies.

I didn’t particularly like Siena but the way she stood up for Hannah well she is my homie now.
But with everything that bothered me I can say that there is a lot going for this book.

As a new to me author I didn’t know what to expect. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. It’s hook, line and sinker. I was captivated by it from start to finish. Was I frustrated? Yes. Was it maddening to read at times? Hell yes. Did I want to throw my kindle against the wall most of the time? Yes, yes, yes and yes.

What bothered irked me was that there was an age gap. Older woman/younger man although it is only four years, I’m just not fond of these tropes. But Rhys acted older than he was which saved it for me.

Trope two I’m not a fan of his other woman drama and boy was there some drama.
I would need at least 2 extra pair of hands to count the amount of times the Hero mentioned that he could get any woman anytime he wanted. All the snow bunnies, it was for ME repeated one too many times. They have nothing on the snow bunnies here. #RidingRhys. Yuck.

Things I would have liked to have seen;

A longer epilogue, what happens with her future career?

More closure when it came to Hannah seeing her brother. Rhys’s father reconciling with Rhys.

After all the revelations the epilogue just wasn’t enough.

All in all I am extremely impressed with this book and although it had a lot of stuff I usually don’t like in a read I would recommend it.

 

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The Cabin by Alice Ward

 

 

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 The Cabin
 Alice Ward
November 20th 2017

 

Isolation is all I want. Until the goddess arrives.

Of all the mountains in the world, her sexy ass has to show up on mine.

Now, she can’t escape. Not from the blizzard. My cabin. Or the attraction neither of us can fight.

This mountain is mine alone, my escape from the wonderful life that imploded two years ago. But she’s here now, and the defenses I’ve erected are falling at her feet. She needs my protection. I need my hands on her perfect skin.

The goddess has become my obsession, but if she ever finds out what I’ve done, I’ll lose her. I’ll lose myself.

 

 

 

For an INSTA LOVE this story was a good read which says something in my book. And maybe I would have liked it even more if the male lead would not have used this corny name for the female. I always felt it did not fit the story and the charcters but maybe that is just me. Anyway – I can recommend this as a short and solid read. 

 

 

 

 

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