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Review – Open Hearts by Erin Hayes

 

My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.

Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.

Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.

I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.

And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.

 

For once I’m not going to be my funny self (I think I’m funny, even if you don’t) with this review. From the beginning to the end I was captivated with the story of Becks & Rhys.

Becks has always had a heart problem but it came to the point where her heart was failing and she needed a new heart. The day that happens….

“There’s a heart?” I ask, dumbfounded. “For me?” Dr. Patel nods. “If you choose to accept it, of course. And if all goes well, it should be here within an hour.” “Oh my God,” escapes from my lips. A heart for me.

Becks has such a positive outlook on life and is a fighter and a survivor. She is strong, sassy and I really liked her. She is a painter and a talented one at that.

Rhys has moved from Boston to Birmingham to look after his half sister Charlotte. She has a non verbal form of autism. He has scars on the inside. I’m very impressed with Rhys. He was great when he was trying to do the right thing for him after his childhood and his Ma’s ‘friends’

He is becoming the man he wants to be even before he met Becks. He is a mechanic where he works for his Gramps and he ‘tinkers’ whereas he is a sculptor more than a tinker. An open secret is that his Gramps and Larry aren’t purely in a business-orientated relationship. They’re from a different time though, so they’d never admit to it, even now. I loved how Rhys gave him love advice at the end. Even he deserves a happily ever after.

Rhys doesn’t particularly like it in Birmingham that is until he meets Becks at a petrol station. Rhys has had it tough and he is angry but he has it under control. Becks tells him her secret and opens heart to him although he saw the scar before her admission.

 

I was surprised how well Becks was dealing with everything until she had a rejection episode that is some scary shite. She forgot to take her meds. But there was also a strong part of survivors guilt and realising that in order for you to live someone died. That you should live any that as if it is your last.

“Every heartbeat is borrowed time.”

After the rejection episode she tries to push Rhys away.

“I’m literally dying as we speak! Whatever it’s tomorrow, three months from now, or a year, at some point, my body is going to reject my heart. Because that’s what my body does! And then I’m fucked. I-“

“Don’t you think that,” I tell her, my breath ragged. I cup her face in my hands. “Don’t you ever Think that Becks. Because you have my heart. And I won’t allow you to reject it.”

“You deserve to have a normal life, Rhys,” she whispers.

“This is normal,” I tell her. “This is what being human is about. We lead our lives. We choose to be happy. We get sick. We have those who love us and help us get through everything.”

BEST. BOOK. BOYFRIEND! He tinkers her the best thing ever.

 

Becks receives a letter from the donor’s family.

Dear Recipient:

I want you to know how much Montana means to me and how I am comforted that she ensured a better quality of life for someone else. She was a cheerleader, a straight A student and bought a car from her after school job. It doesn’t matter if it was a car crash or something else.

But Montana was always a ray of sunshine wherever she went, so I imagine she’s burning bright within you. Full of life. Full of love. Take care of my Baby girl’s heart for me. I know she’s looking after both of us.

You have something that is vital but doesn’t really belong to you. It is gift but can also be a burden.

I loved the epilogue.

Three years later, three years strong, three years of leading a miracle.

Where Becks and Rhys meet the donor family on Thanksgiving.

She’s listening to her daughters heart. My heart. “I can….” Her voice trails off through her tears. “I can hear Montana in there.” And it’s because of Montana, died 16 that I am alive, it’s not perfect but it is my happily ever after.

I can hardly imagine how hard it was to write this book, Ms. Hayes you have my greatest respect. As the reader you think of mortality and how much we take for granted. I know that I was probably imagining it but I felt as if my heart hurt and how lucky I am.

 

 

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In the first novel in the new Kingman Brothers series from Nina Crespo a disgruntled assistant is wrangled into staying on to help her boss when he suffers from amnesia after a plane crash…Playing this out with him was so wrong, but she didn’t want to stop.

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Sophie Jordan dreams about hooking up with Nicolas “King” Kingman—the gorgeous CEO of her company—but as her boss, he’ll always remain out of reach. King knows he isn’t built for happily-ever-afters and only indulges in brief romantic encounters. But when Sophie agrees to fill in as his last-minute date to a charity gala, an unexpected discovery quickly escalates their platonic relationship to one of passion.

King is determined to ignore their attraction and, feeling betrayed, Sophie severs ties with him and the company. Everything changes, however, when he’s injured in an accident, and Sophie agrees to help until he closes a major deal. Unfortunately, he’s developed amnesia, and although he doesn’t remember their night together, desire binds them in ways they can’t resist.

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What he was about to do seemed crazy. He just needed to hear Sophie say nothing sexual had ever happened between them. Then he could chalk up those images as pure fantasy. 

He pulled into a space, threw the gear in park, and got out. Sophie’s shocked expression alone would whip him down to size. Guilt over dreaming of her naked would replace his attraction to her. That’s exactly what he needed. A heaping pile of remorse.

Signs with numbers and arrows led him through the maze of duplexes in the courtyard. In the past, he’d followed her from work after a long night to make sure she’d made it safely home, but he’d never actually gone to her apartment before. King located the right door and rapped on it. Not that he had a good reason now.

A porch light flickered on above him. He heard movement inside. What if Sophie’s roommate answered? He’d forgotten about her. Shit. What was his excuse? A lost phone number. Problems accessing the presentation from his computer.

Sophie opened the door. Devoid of makeup, hair swept back into a ponytail, and dressed in a faded green tee and jean shorts, she radiated uncomplicated beauty. “King? What are you doing here?”


He barely squashed the need to take her in his arms and went inside. “We have to talk. Is your roommate here?”


“No. Robin’s at work.” She closed the door. “Why? What’s going on?”

“When were we together?”


“Yesterday. Don’t you remember?” The genuine concern in her expression made him feel like a cross between a jerk for thinking of her sexually and a man struggling to prove his sanity.

“No. I mean yes.” He raked his hair and pulled so hard his scalp stung. “When did we sleep together?” Shock. Laughter. An emphatic denial. He braced for them.

Sophie paled. She shrugged and brushed her bangs from her forehead. Her tell. She planned to deny what happened.

No way in hell was she getting away with that. “How long ago was it? Weeks? Days? Why didn’t you tell me?”

What’s next for Sophie and King? Pick up your copy of FORGET YOU, The Kingman Brothers and find out. Available April 16, 2018

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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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Forget You (The Kingman Brothers #1) is not the first book I read from Nina Crespo – so far my ratings for her have been 3-4 stars because while I liked her writing there was always something in the plot that did not totally work out for me.

Third time is a charm it says and it seems to be right this time – finally I came across a plot that truly worked for me.

Sophie and King have great dynamics and you hate and like them in all the right moments and places. They are well and deeply developed as characters and I could perfectly connect my “Reader Self” to them. The plot is well written and flows at a good pace.

I am really looking forward to the next book in that series.

 

 

 

 

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A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin

A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin

 

September 30, 2017

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Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 A Kiss To Build A Dream On

 

 Katie Baldwin

 

 

 

 March 1st 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Bethany Michaels leads a fairly isolated existence, but she longs to be an outgoing and sexually confident woman. When her celebrity crush comes to town, and literally falls at her feet, her prayers seem to be answered. But can she protect her heart while still experiencing true passion?Hollywood celebrity Aidan Shannon, drunk and lost in small-town Virginia, finds himself in the home of a beautiful woman, and he finds her more than just a little alluring. Bethany is voluptuous and nurturing, fragile, yet steely. And that is a problem for a man who never wants to be tied to another woman again. Living in the now is good enough for Aidan and Bethany for the short term. When the universe steps in and shows them what’s important, will Aidan take a chance on love a second time around when his girl needs him?

 

 

 

 

 

A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin is that kind of book that you will want to read when you have been dreaming since forever to have a few minutes alone with your favorite star.

 

You should not expect it to be totally realistic because that would raise questions at certain points of the story and this would be harming the feelings this book can evoke within you if you let it.

 

So please give the story some leeway – I had problems with that at the beginning too but after a while, when I let go of my stoic need for it to be realistic, I got into it and then it this plot worked for me.

 

The plot is well developed, the writing is good and with the exception of the few times where I felt it could be more realistic it was a really good story. Even a little different from other stories that cater to the “hunger” of the same audience.

 

Aiden felt like a nice enough guy most the times so it was easy to connect with him, with the exception of his strange behavior when it came to relationships.

 

But Bethany seemed a rather strange person and felt detached from everything. And because of this appearance it was a little difficult to connect and with her.

 

In total it was an good read and I would certainly pick up another book of this author if the blurb sounds good to me.

 

 

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Review – Curvy by Alexa Riley

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The first time Flynn Long sees her, she’s lying on a bed in lingerie. The picture is soft, just like her curves, and instantly he’s obsessed.

Cali Carr is at the end of her full-figure modeling career when she’s hired for a new campaign. But when the owner of the company steps out of the shadows and starts calling the shots, a job is the last thing it feels like.

Love at first sight isn’t supposed to be real. One touch isn’t supposed to ignite so much. A single Picture isn’t supposed to drive a man insane. But luckily for us it’s happening in Curvy!

Warning: Over the top isn’t strong enough for what this short story is. It’s velvety sweetness coated in insta-love cheese, and it’s waiting for you to take a bite.

 

 

4 Cali & Flynn Stars

Listen up peeps and let me be honest. Curvy is completely OVER. THE. TOP. But I don’t frigging care. I think that this is the dog’s bollocks.

Curvy is a sweet, hot and steamy read. There is insta love & insta lust. So if you don’t like it then don’t read it. Git it?

I think we all want a Flynn Long in our lives. He is intense so maybe just every now and again.

Flynn Long is a workaholic and is looking for plus size models for his campaign. He sees a picture of Cali and bam t is instantly smitten with her and goes to all lengths to get her to LA and to keep her in LA.

Cali Carr has been booked for a job that is until she runs into Flynn Long. She is inexperienced and hasn’t felt anything nearly as explosive as she has with Flynn the past hour of the photoshoot.

 

 

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Review – The Crow Box (The Shadow & Ink Series Book 1) by Nikki Rae

Goodreads review

 

The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.

Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn’t sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.

Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?

 

This is an interesting read but I also have to say that I’m confused and not entirely sure how to rate the book. 

I’m afraid that I’m the odd one out here and that I couldn’t connect with Corbin who is the heroine of the book. 

She leads an odd and interesting life. She is dedicated to her art and her mum is a hoarder and has some mental problems. Strange things happen to Corbin once she receives a wooden giftbox from her mother. But even before that she started to hear a voice that voice starts talking to her more and more that she signs herself into a clinic to improve her health. 

The ending left me with more questions then answers and to be honest I think this is a promising series and I’m the odd one out here and really isn’t for me. Therefore I won’t continue with this book and when I look at all the 4 & 5 star reviews I wonder why I don’t like it. Please note that this is my personal opinion and is to be taken at face value as there are so many good and amazing reviews out there. 

 

 

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger

Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger

 

October 1, 2017

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Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Sin With Me

 

 J.T. Geissinger

 

Bad Habit #3

 

 April 25th 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

The past she can’t remember. The secret he hides. And a love that’s worth risking it all.After a devastating car crash stole both her family and her memory, Grace Stanton was left with no past and an uncertain future. Now Grace likes to keep things simple. No sleepovers, never date a guy more than a month, and never, ever fall in love. Which is exactly why Grace avoids Bad Habit’s lead guitarist, Brody Scott, at all costs. The green-eyed, sexy-as-hell musician has “trouble” tattooed all over him, and Grace isn’t taking any chances with her heart.Brody knows he doesn’t deserve an amazing woman like Grace—her creamy skin, red hair, or that smart mouth that fuels his every fantasy—but there’s something between them that’s more than chemistry. Something real. He’ll just have to convince Grace that he’s worth the risk—and hide the secret that haunts his worst dreams. But when fate plays a cruel hand, Brody’s darkest sin suddenly threatens his last chance at redemption…and the life of the woman he loves.

 

 

 

 

 

WOW – that was a rollercoaster ride – I felt really emotional during reading Sin With Me by J. T. Geissinger. If you read her previous books of that series you will def. know what I am talking about.

 

I have honestly never experienced reading a book where I have been paying attention to the background characters almost as much as to the leading characters.

 

And really Dear. Ms. Geissinger – I need to have a word with you about that… (and no – you will not get any spoilers here from me as to why – you will all have to suffer on your own because that is the only way with this series)

 

Gosh – I am not even sure what I should or could tell you about this book.

 

Well for one, If you did not read the previous two books – well YOU NEED TO and do not start with this one.

 

It might be readable as a standalone but the background/secondary characters have too much “voice” to read the books in the wrong order, you would spoil yourself one hell of an experience.

 

And second would be – if you DID read the previous books of that series – you will NOT be disappointed by this one. It was worth the wait but #sigh – why does it always feel like it was to short?

 

I am really not sure what kind of Box this author is keeping her ideas in when it comes to this series, but opening a new book always feels like a book version of Pandora’s box.

 

Just where that would have contained all the evils in the world J.T. Geissingers box contains gut-wrenching and heartbreaking (the good kind – but still they HURT). Well and what can I say ? I love it – every minute of it.

 

Opening her books is similar to opening a book of Colleen Hoover, you never know what will happen you just know for sure you will be surprised and it will hurt along the way but in the end you will love it.

 

I realize I am not telling anything about the story but really I can’t because I won’t yeah … you need to feel her books from beginning to end – no way around it.

 

So please enjoy! 

 

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF

Review – Jackson’s Trust (Fourth Down #1) by Violet Duke

Goodreads review

 

 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.


I had to gather my thoughts on this one and also filter out half of the information that I highlighted to write my review. Annoying when you nearly highlight half of the damn frigging book.  I would like to add that this is the first book that I’ve read by Ms.  Duke and I consider her to be very talented.

But what I can say after a slow beginning but a genuinely fantastic read I give it 4.5 ‘Sunshine & Weatherman’ Stars.

 

 

The first time Jackson Grey sees Leila Hart he knows that she is a fibber. He is one of the best book boyfriends that I have read this year and overall a superb guy, hot, good looking, a sense of humor and kindness. All very appealing. His inner musings are funny and very entertaining. But he could honestly say he’d never once played second fiddle to an inanimate object. Never watched a woman stare, all hot and bothered. At his football stats the way Leila was doing right now. Damn he was in trouble with this one.

Leila always wanted to work as a reporter for the NFL events and she is grabbing this opportunity by the horns. There is instant attraction between them but they are adults about it and actually admit to the chemistry but say why they can’t act on it. She wants to be recognized for her job and he can’t do relationships as he has a huge secret. He wants the whole white picket fence and 2.5 kids but has his reasons. See point 1. Under spoilers. But knows that he can only offer sex with breakfast until he realizes that he can offer more by Leila proving it to him.

But he can’t help but be smitten with her even though he knows that it is a bad idea and that they work together.This wasn’t going to be easy. Because while he had absolutely no problem stepping back when a woman wasn’t interested, Leila wasn’t disinterested. In fact, all evidence would point to her being about as interested as he was. She was just… off limits. A volatile combination.
There wasn’t any unnecessary drama which I loved and all plot lines were within the realm of reasonability. Where not once did I think what the hell? And why would you do that?

Leila’s family is awful and not to mention her ex who is a politician and a cheating, lying bastard at that. To leak her secret persona to the press was also an arse move.

Leila is smart and sassy and they both complimented one another really well. At the beginning and during the book they were as honest as they could be. They told one another no deep, dark secrets until they were both ready.

Leila actually makes the first move as she realizes when she goes back to Utah that she has missed Jackson and her family is bloody awful and non-supportive in every possible way.

They started off as ‘A perfect, and perfectly chaste friends-with-snuggle-benefits relationship.
I liked how their relationship progressed and that they faced everything together, well nearly everything. Leila made a deal with the devil but in the end didn’t go through with it and paid the price as being used as a human shield.

Three excruciating days later she is out of the woods.

But Jackson blames himself. Sunshine,
No one-not one mortal man in your heaven, or my hell-will ever love you as much as I do … but I want you to at least get the chance to find someone who will try.
Always yours Jackson
They both go to the extreme for one another and give each a happily ever after. They are each other’s happily ever after. Even after she broke Jackson’s trust. All the time she didn’t care about his money unlike others. I know it’s your entire family legacy but I never really bought into the whole billionaire hype.” Jackson’s mouth twitched up at the corner. “As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to adore the heck out of you.”
But what Leila writes, oh my gawd!Weatherman,
I predict this will help you build that big, amazing life you so richly deserve. Screw your family legacy. Make your own. Greatness you’ll achieve- I have no doubt of that. Happiness is trickier. You need to believe that it has a place in your life, and trust that you deserve it. Because it does and you do. No more running. Just… be happy.
Never anyone else’s,
Leila

There were two points that were really unexpected for me in the plot with two twists and turns. See spoilers below if you are really interested in knowing what it is.

I wanted the ending to be a little more hashed out what with the whole ‘them’ shite. I found it lacking. Suddenly everything is dandy and bam! Happy days!

I look forward to the coming books with Donovan, Owen, Bennett and Shane. I can’t wait to see Bennett fall. Oh and I hope the Bodyguard Mike gets a book as well.

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  1. Jackson’s secret wasn’t that bad but it was unexpected and for me it added to the story, With his past and being Reginald Jackson Grayhurst III and half his family being offed because of money I would protect that one person as much as possible. 2. Leila got shot which I didn’t expect at all.

For those of you have issues with o/w it does get mentioned that he slept with a different woman every night for a couple of days only once he’d met the heroine. Personally it didn’t bother me at all.

 

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Sensually exotic and enigmatic, Vincent details his deception while bragging about the amusement he took in manipulating Meadow’s sister.

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His story is a twisted web of coercion and lies.

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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.

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Just received my ARC – is it OK to say I am scared ? I read some books by this author and I know what she is capable of – so yeah I am SCARED …

Dear future Readers,

This book was just as I expected…. – so me being scared was justified –

So this leaves me with the problem what could I tell other possible readers about this book ?
Other than it was #mindblowing ?

Actually to be honest ? NOTHING !
Simply because anything that I could tell would spoiler something that you should better read than hear it from me.
So this does not leave me with much to tell except – you may

– Expect to be dumbfounded
– Expect that nothing is as it seems
– Expect lies
– Expect tears
– Expect the unexpected

oh and in the total contrary to what the blurb might suggest (now here comes my spoiler of the day)

– Expect LOVE

BUT I cannot promise if you will get anything of what I tell you to expect

SO I will promise you

– You will be surprised
– You will not be able to guess what’s going on until the author is allowing it
– You will get well developed characters
– You will not be able to deny your connection to the characters
– You will have MORE than one WTF just happened here moment

And it will probably hurt – there is no denying – so I have to be fair and at least mention it.

And when you turn the final page of this book you will ask yourself what just happened

Lily White is just one of THESE authors – when you see she releases a new book you will know you need to read it and you know it will surprise you but you will never be able to guess how

 

 

 

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Oliver (This is Our Life #3) by F.G. Adams

Oliver (This is Our Life #3) by F.G. Adams

 

October 2, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Oliver

 

F.G. Adams

 

This is Our Life #3

 

 April 3rd 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 Soulmates destined to collide.Six years after surviving a tragic loss, a photograph of a young woman turns Oliver Bishop’s world upside down. He’s on a mission, tracking her from state to state. Each stop bringing him closer to finding her. Will his search find the ghost vixen, or will the madman stalking her get to her first?After fourteen years of running from a nightmare, Fallyn Blackwood barely escaped her stalker’s clutches in Washington. When a sexy stranger walks into Ray’s Diner, her entire world shifts on its axis. Scared and determined, she finds herself fighting his protective nature—and her desire. The problem is, she’s not looking to be saved.He’s come too far to back down. He found her, and he won’t let go. Freedom from the past is within his grasp, and he’ll fight for her love.

 

 

 

 

 

So here are my thoughts on “Oliver” by FG Adams. So first things first – I made a slight mistake when I choose the book, because I did not pay attention (Or it wasn’t obvious at that time) that this book was part of a series. So hence one of my problems with the story.

 

But let me start at the beginning. I loved the Blurb and I loved the writing of the author. As it was my first book by this author I need to mention that especially. The part coming now is based on assumptions.

So treat this info carefully.

 

I assume because of the writing style that previous books already had information’s on Oliver in them. So if you were following the series his character should be (well?) known to you.

 

The same probably goes for Fallyn Blackwood.

 

So if I come from that angle than this book has a great storyline and is probably well balanced in the “developing of romance” department.

 

BUT as it is – I only read this book and I had to wonder at times about the development of feelings between the leading characters.

 

Because even though the Blurb mentions that Oliver is “hunting” Fallyn for a longer time he does not really know her so that can not count. And by the amount of time he invested in this hunt it almost – could – border on obsession instead of love but the author really tries to steer the reader of that route.

 

Still – if I count the actual time only that Fallyn knows Oliver later – its really an Insta-Love which is amazing for someone in her “special” situation. And it is well known that I have a tiny problem with InstaLoves

 

So – when it comes to the writing, the blurb and the storyline this book is really good and will definitely not be my last by this author BUT in the romance department it feels a little to InstaLove – no matter from which angle I look at it.

 

But please judge for yourself when reading – because its def. worth the time …

 

 

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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Hunter Forsaken (Wild Hunt #2) by Nancy Corrigan

 

Review on Goodreads

“A vow to the dead…the mark of the Hunt…a love with one chance to survive.”

“Wild Hunt,” Book 2

In the slice of a moment, Ian Callahan lost everything he cared about-a deed done by his own hand. He awakens on the edge of sanity, chained in his own personal hell. He is to be the newest rider in the Wild Hunt, if he can learn to control the rage and guilt that consume him.

Then…a whiff of vanilla. The face of a lover he’s seen only in his dreams. He doesn’t know her name, only that she stirs the hungry beast within him.

For a millennium, Tegan and her sibling riders of the Wild Hunt were imprisoned, suffering under a curse meant for the Unseelie Court. Though her body is free, she carries the curse with her-and the additional burden of finally knowing the name of her destined mate. A human named Ian Callahan.

He’s her Trojan horse, the only one who can heal her heart. Just one last challenge stands in the way of claiming each other, once and for all. Failure means facing eternity the incomplete halves of a whole.

“Warning: Contains a hero who’s more than just the total…package. And a daughter of the Underworld who thought she knew what Hell was…until she fell in love. Boundaries of monogamy pushed, pulled, stretched-but never broken.”

Ms. Corrigan is a talented writer who has the strong ability to build a world full of paranormal mystery. I just unfortunately can’t get along with her writing style which means that this is most certainly me and not the book.

We meet Ian in book 1 he is Harley’s brother, to avenge his former fiancée he joins the Wild Hunt. But he experiences the rage and needs to be locked up until he can be calmed down. For the past 3 years though he has been dreaming about a blonde woman who haunts him.

Tegan has escaped hell, thanks to Harley and Calen in book 1. She is tasked with helping Ian, Ian has been her saving grace for the past three years.  They have their struggles but they get through them together and there are always tough choices and sacrifices that must be made.

This is a reoccurring theme in Ms. Corrigan’s books but there is just too much sex that takes away once again from the overall plot.

For some reason I can’t get above the 3 star mark. This is also the point where I say that I am grateful for receiving the books but I won’t continue. Please note that this is my personal opinion and that it doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things.

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