Review: Sustain by Tijan

Title: Sustain
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I had a simple life.
I worked two jobs, made ends meet, and hung out with my mom and twin brother. The other part of my life was about avoiding him, but when SWAT raided my boyfriend’s home, that was the last straw. The boyfriend got tossed and to help me keep busy, my brother talked me into joining their old band again, but I had to be honest. It wasn’t a hard sell. Playing drums was in my blood. I used to be addicted and that craving hadn’t been satisfied in three long years. The only problem was their lead singer.
It was him.
The drums might not have been the only thing I was addicted to. I think I was still addicted to him too.

My Review:
I’ve been binge-reading Tijan for weeks now and she is definitely up there at the top of my fav authors’ list. I love the soap-opera style drama and emotional complexity of her novels. They always suck me in and eat me right up!

Sustain is a friends to lovers story set within a rockstar world (one of my favorites) with a male lead that is to die for, so I was off to a good start. I ADORED Luke and Bri was also great, even though both of them frustrated me with their inability to communicate at times. Another great thing about Tijan is her ability to create strong secondary characters. I loved Gunn! Braden was a loveable rogue and Elijah and Emerson were the token jerks (especially the latter – I wanted to swing for him so many times.)

The reason this is not a higher rating is down to some issues with the plot and certain things not being properly explained. Also, while the chemistry between Luke and Bri was sizzling, in the main, the romance was a bit on the light side. Then it all felt very rushed at the end when I wanted to see some of them together as an actual couple.

Definitely, not up to the magnificence that is the Fallen Crest series – man, I love that series SOOOO much and can’t wait for book six – but still a decent read, and one I’d recommend.

In summary, this is a very good standalone contemp NA/Rocker romance and a must read if you are a Tijan fan.

Actual rating 3.75 stars.

Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

My Review:
Wow, just wow. I’ll come back to write my review when I can make sense of the mess in my head. Absolutely brilliant. Loved it.

FULL REVIEW

I apologize in advance if this review rambles but my head is still reeling from this experience. I’d also like to caution that this review may contain slight spoilers, although I’ll try my best not to mention anything specific, as I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, yet it’s difficult to discuss how I’m feeling without mentioning a few things.

This book put me through the ringer, and I’m still feeling the aftershocks. I love books that make me question my own beliefs and really give me pause to stop and think. It Ends With Us is one of those books.

I have no personal experience of the subject matter but I have always had sympathy for anyone going through such a situation. It was no surprise that I really felt for Lily and shared her pain, grief, heartache, and confusion. I found myself constantly stopping to imagine how I might feel, how I would act, if I was in a similar situation, and I honestly don’t know how I would deal with it.

What shocked me, what was entirely unexpected, was how much I felt for Ryle. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted her to do what she did, and he was definitely in the wrong, but he wasn’t a really nasty person. He was hugely flawed, damaged, and he couldn’t control his emotions, but there was no doubt in my mind that he loved her. Probably too much which is where his issues stemmed from.

When I reflected on the initial scene where they met (so so good – the dialogue was unbelievably brilliant) I could see how self-aware he was. He indulged in one night stands with no strings and he didn’t have relationships because he knew he was incapable of same. He should have stuck to that, but then we wouldn’t have had a story.

I loved the letters to Ellen and the retelling of her time with Atlas. It was heartwarming and gut-wrenching at the same time. I really felt their connection, and I was rooting for them and then I became conflicted because Ryle was so perfect at the start and I felt their chemistry and their love and then…

Gosh, my heart is pounding again. And that twist – oh my Lord, I was cut up all over again when that happened.

I don’t think I’ll every forget this book. The last one that ripped my insides apart was Bright Side by Kim Holden (so good – go read it if you haven’t already.) Different story but it delivered the same powerful emotional turmoil.

My only complaint is that I wanted more of “present day” Atlas but I’m greedy like that! A little novella now would be great, Colleen, hint hint!

I loved the personal note Colleen included at the end, and the personal connection she had to this story shines through.

It is quite simply masterful. Absolutely superb. She nailed the emotions and managed to end it on a positive note and I’m going to be feeling all the feels for a lot while.

Highly Recommended, but make sure you have a box of tissues because you’ll need them.

Blog Tour: Your Fierce Love (The Bennett Family #7) by Layla Hagen


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Your Fierce Love (The Bennett Family #7) by Layla Hagen! This was the first book I read by the author and it certainly won’t be the last. scroll down to read my review and check out some of the teaser images!

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Title: Your Fierce Love
Author: Layla Hagen
Series: The Bennett Family #7
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The strong and sexy Blake Bennett is downright irresistible. And Clara Abernathy is doing everything she can to resist his charm.

After spending her life in group homes, Clara yearns for the love and warmth of a true family. With the Bennetts treating her like their own, she can’t possibly fall for Blake. That would be crossing a line…

But when Clara needs a temporary place to live, and she accepts Blake’s offer to move next door to him, things escalate. Suddenly, she’s not only supposed to resist the man who’s hell-bent on having her, but the TV station she works for is determined to dig up some dirt on the Bennett family.

Blake knows family friends are off-limits, and Clara is more off-limits than anyone. But Clara’s sweetness and sass fill a hole in him he wasn’t even aware of. Soon, he finds himself gravitating toward her, willing to do anything to make her happy.

Blake enjoys bending the rules—much more than following them, but will bending this one be taking it too far?

YOUR FIERCE LOVE is the seventh book in Layla Hagen’s Bennett Family series, but all books stand alone.

My Review:
This was my first Layla Hagen book but I can confidently say it won’t be my last. While this is the seventh book in The Bennett Family series it holds its own as a standalone and you don’t need to read the other books to enjoy Your Fierce Love. Sometimes, I find when books within a series are labeled as standalone they can lack proper character development. Not this book. Layla nailed the character development in this one, and while my interest in the other characters is definitely piqued, I don’t feel like I’ve missed out by not reading them first.

Both Blake and Clara are very likable MC’s, and I was rooting for their romance from the get-go. It is a forbidden romance of sorts, mainly because Clara is so protective of her relationship with the Bennetts, cherishing and valuing it because she didn’t have that growing up (or mostly didn’t.) So, the family is important to her and she worries she will mess up a good thing by getting involved with Blake.

Blake is extremely determined though, and he doesn’t give her the opportunity to back away because he knows she wants him as much as he wants her.

I liked the build up of their relationship, and how sweet and caring Blake was while at the same time he’s all man. The romantic and sexy times were hot without going too far and perfectly to my taste. There was no doubt they shared intense chemistry, and you could tell the bond was growing stronger the more they fell in love. All of that leaped off the pages of my Kindle and it was so heartwarming.

The main reason my rating isn’t higher is due to two things that happened toward the end of the story that took away from my enjoyment. The first was the confrontation with her bosses. In reality, they wouldn’t have given up that easily and I just couldn’t accept it as credible. Then, when her secret was revealed the reactions of both characters was, significantly, lacking in emotional depth. I should have felt her pain, her concern, her fear, her panic, but I didn’t. Those scenes require more heightened emotion and more tension, in my opinion. I wanted to feel an ache in my chest, but I didn’t. It just felt like a plot device that was hurdling toward an inevitable end.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can say this is still a perfectly lovely romance and it ticks along at a nice, consistent pace. It would make a great summer beach read.

For me, one of the best things about this book is it has ignited my interest in this family and I really want to read the other books now. I ADORED the family dynamic, and all the siblings, and the close knit feel, and how they all supported one another. Loved it! I’m definitely going to check out some of the other books starting with Logan because, aagh!! I loved him. Seriously, I think I might have a Logan fetish because anytime I come across that name in a book I just have to read it and I invariably fall head over heels in love. So, I’m off to download Logan and Nadine’s book now.

Actual 3.5 stars.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

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Review: Cole by Tijan

Title: Cole
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I shouldn’t have remembered him.
He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn’t know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.
But I could feel him.
The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.
The second time was different.
He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.
That was just the beginning.
He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…
Cole Mauricio

My Review:
Combine one dark, sultry, mysterious man, one sweet grief-stricken woman, and add tons of smokin-hot chemistry, plenty of suspense and intrigue, a mafioso environment, and you have one heck of an explosive read. Cole is signature Tijan at her very best. I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down.

Initially, I was a little concerned that I might not like this book. While I’m a massive fan of this author, I wasn’t a big fan of Carter Reed. However, that had nothing to do with the characters or the worldbuilding so I thought I’d give Cole a go. I’m so glad I did.

This book was extremely well written and I really enjoyed the mafia world Tijan has created. Cole is dangerous and mysterious and I ADORED that aspect of his personality. He had this aura that bled from the pages and he was swoon worthy in the extreme. I enjoyed watching as Addison slowly started to peel back his layers.

The first half of the book introduces us to the characters and lays some subtle clues as to what is going on. The suspense and the action are really ramped up in the second half and I loved it! The climactic scenes were so good and I had chills, peeps, legit chills. So intense. So good.

I totally shipped our couple and the romance was very hot. They caved to their monkey lust pretty much straight away but it worked, and I felt the believable connection between our pair.

I liked meeting Carter and Emma again, and Jake was a decent side character. I really didn’t like Sia. She was a bit of a conundrum of a character – she had the capacity to be both selfless and selfish at the same time. I didn’t like how she made comments about Cole when she knew he was her friend’s boyfriend. It goes against the girl code and is a big no-no in my opinion.

The plot was a wee bit predictable in parts – I guessed who the villain was but not what was driving his behavior so that was a nice surprise along with certain people’s backgrounds (being vague on purpose so as not to spoil anything.)

I liked that we got some of Cole’s perspective toward the end because I was expecting this book to be in his perspective and was surprised initially when it was in Addison’s. I’m not sure why I thought it was going to be in his voice but it didn’t matter anyway.

All in all, this was a superb read and is one of the best books Tijan has written. If you are a fan of this author or a fan of mafia romance in general then you will love Cole.

Highly Recommended.

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Thanks to the author and TRSOR promotions for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Title: Kissing Max Holden
Author: Katy Upperman
Series: standalone
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

My Review:
Full of bad boy charm, hot swoony romance, family drama and life lessons, Kissing Max Holden is a superb debut from author Katy Upperman and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

The gorgeous cover and enticing blurb hooked me instantly and I was really looking forward to reading this book. Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations and more.

Jillian is a good girl with a dedicated focus on a bakery career, and she is on a countdown until she starts culinary school in New York. Max Holden is the boy next door and her one-time bestie. All that changed after his dad took a stroke and Max started going out with his girlfriend.

I loved how the book opened on the scene where Max climbed through her window, and that we got stuck into the meat of the story straight away. I was rooting for them from the get-go!

This book gave me so many feels, and it was heartwarming as much as it was heartwrenching.

Max is to die for, and my perfect kind of misunderstood, sexy, bad boy with a heart of gold. I wanted him to ditch that scheming girlfriend for Jillian so badly! All the stolen kisses and sneaky moments were diamond! Absolutely, loved them, and the romance scenes were perfectly written. They made my heart swoon, and I felt the intense connection between our couple.

I also loved how family and friendship played a big part in this story.

The writing was fantastic, the pacing was spot-on, and it was an addictive read that I had a hard time putting down.

I cannot wait to see what this author delivers next, and I really hope this book does well for her because it’s a fab read.

Highly Recommended.

Actual 4.5 stars.

Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book via Netgalley. I am voluntarily reviewing same.

Review: Jaden (Jaded #3) by Tijan

Title: Jaden
Author: Tijan
Series: Jaded #3
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Being framed for murder sucks. Being framed for the murder of your old friend-turned-enemy-turned-ma….

My Review:
Initial thoughts: Feel like I just got run over by a truck.

Full Review: CAUTION – This review contains SPOILERS so if you don’t want to know, please don’t read on.

No one writes teen angst and drama quite like Tijan. This book was full of ups and downs in relation to the stalker/murderer plot, and the messy love triangle.

I’ll talk about the murder plot first. It was obvious that Sheldon was set up, but the question was by who? My money wasn’t on bitchface supermodel, but on that other cow from college (the one with all the stalker pics in her wardrobe – her name escapes me right now.) But I was wrong on both counts so kudos for that. I did suspect the culprit initially but dismissed it so when that happened at the end I was like damn! Missed that!

Sheldon grows up a lot in this book which I liked but she still comes with a hefty side order of snark. I really felt for her because her head and her heart were all over the place because of the boys. She loves both Bryce and Corrigan, no question about that, but who does she lurve love, and who does she see herself with in the future?

I have to admit I was rooting for Bryce, even though he was an ass in book two and he chose to protect bitchface supermodel instead of supporting Sheldon. I won’t ever properly understand but as we weren’t shown what actually happened in Spain, I’ll have to take Tijan’s word for it.

Corrigan had really matured in this one, and once he decided that he wanted Sheldon he was by her side through thick and thin. It was painfully obvious (from the last book) that Sheldon was pushing Bryce away in favor of Corrigan, so when she chose the latter I wasn’t surprised. And even though I wanted her and Bryce to sail off into the proverbial sunset, I have to admit that her choice made sense. Bryce and Sheldon have had a dysfunctional relationship since they were teens. It wasn’t healthy, and it was compounded by the choices they both made in and post-Spain. It was clear there was too much hurt, too much history, too much pain for it to ever work. Corrigan and Sheldon had a very different relationship – one that was built on years of friendship. They didn’t seem to have the same passionate relationship (I say seem because we didn’t really get to see them as a couple) but I choose to believe that’s because their love went deeper than that. I don’t hate Tijan for the way she ended the book; I applaud her for being brave enough to follow the story even though she understood it was going to upset a lot of people. I also loved her note at the end. It’s something I do on occasion for my readers so I love to see the same in other books.

My only complaint is that it seemed rushed at the end, and we didn’t get to see enough of Corrigan and Sheldon as a couple. I also want to know that Bryce is happy and although it seemed that way at the end, there was no sense that it was a permanent thing. I’d love another book – hint, hint. One thing I was puzzled about was that girl from college (the one with the pictures in her closet) – where the heck did she go? Or did I miss how that ended? Am I to presume that because her frat fell apart she just disappeared? Minor irritation, but it niggled at me. Kept thinking she was going to jump back into the frame and be all nasty and evil and stuff.

All in all, this was another great series from Tijan. It started off a little weak for my liking but finished strong. Off to my next Tijan series 🙂 Completely addicted and proud 🙂

This review will appear on my blog in due course http://myyanabookobsession.com

Actual rating 4.5 stars.

Review: Tell Me How This Ends (Tell Me #1) by Victoria De La O

Title: Tell Me How This Ends
Author: Victoria De La O
Series: Tell Me #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Brothers Jude and Ryan McAllister are inseparable. When Jude stepped in to raise Ryan after the death of their mother, it became the two of them against the world. But the scars it left were bone-deep. Then Lizzie Price comes along.

Lizzie hopes Ryan’s kindness can help heal her wounds from a toxic relationship. But when she meets Jude, their powerful attraction makes him difficult to resist. The problem is, Lizzie doesn’t realize Jude and Ryan are brothers, and they don’t know they’re falling for the same girl.

By the time the truth comes out, everyone is in too deep. Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers. All of them agree that no one deserves to get hurt. But love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds.

My Review:
I cannot believe this book is a debut work because it is an absolute triumph and Victoria writes like a seasoned pro. I am blown away by the complex characterization, witty prose, intense emotional connection, and the overall exemplary execution of this story.

I hope to God we don’t have to wait too long for the next book because I am already DYING to read it, especially after that little sneak peek we were given at the back of this book. I’m also really happy to read that the other brother is getting a book too because I would’ve been upset if there was no potential for him to get a HEA.

I don’t like giving away spoilers in my reviews so I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free even though it’s quite difficult to talk about the relationships without giving anything away.

Lizzie has relocated to start afresh after a toxic relationship that almost destroyed her. Having grown up in a houseful of brothers, she needs to forge her own path in life and start making plans for her future. She is naturally wary of boys after her most recent experience but has had a little crush on Ryan, a boy with a stutter who is in one of her classes. She plucks up the courage to ask him to tutor her as a way of starting something with him.

As this happens, she meets Jude on a night out with her girlfriends. Jude is hot with a player rep and he’s currently bedding one of her friends. It’s immediately obvious that Jude and Lizzy share an intense chemistry but she won’t give him the time of day. After a steamy dance, they agree to stay away from one another because he can’t give her what she wants and she doesn’t want to take a risk that he might change his mind because she can’t afford to get hurt again. So they walk away from one another.

Lizzie’s relationship with Ryan is hotting up and she really likes him. He is hot, sweet, and adorable and the type of nice guy you have no hesitation in bringing home to meet the folks.

She discovers he is Jude’s brother when she wanders into Jude in the kitchen of his house in the middle of the night. This is the part where everything turns extremely messy and I’d love to delve into it but, as I said, I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone.

The three main characters were expertly crafted with flaws and weaknesses that were gradually revealed. The inner dynamics of this tangled relationship were fraught with delicious tension and conflict that had my heart racing and my stomach tied into knots. I knew how I wanted it to end, had a strong sense of how it was going to end, and I could scarcely read it in parts because I was so caught up in the beautiful torture, but I adored every single page and I really didn’t want the story to be over by the end.

Jude and Lizzie were both very selfless people who cared deeply about Ryan. Ryan was secure in Lizzie’s love because Jude did such an admirable job of raising him after his mother and uncle died. My heart broke for Jude – he was always willing to sacrifice his own happiness for his brother, even if it was killing him on the inside. Lizzie was the only person who seemed to be able to get through to him, to connect to him in a way he never even knew he wanted, but he couldn’t have her.

Lizzie, for her part, wanted to do the right thing but it was so hard. I love how the author explored the notion of being able to love more than one person at the same time. It’s never happened to me but I’ve always believed it possible. The fact that the two boys in this love triangle were brothers only added to the story. It felt so impossibly tragic at times and although my heart lapped up all the angsty-drama, I worried it would all be too much.

The ending did kinda go as I expected but it was heartwarming because I wanted that brother to reach that conclusion, to do the right thing by his brother, even though it was hurting him. Bravo.

My only complaint (and it’s not really a complaint) is that when they finally get their act together (after they leave the nightclub) the scene is completely skipped over and we are given a recap by Lizzie the next morning. OMG! I was waiting the entire book for that! That was a little disappointing but it still doesn’t detract from the fact that this was an utterly addictive read. I literally CANNOT WAIT to read the next two books.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book as supplied by the publishers via Netgalley. All the opinions expressed are my own.

Review: Still Jaded (Jaded #2) by Tijan

Title: Still Jaded
Author: Tijan
Series: Jaded #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sheldon, Bryce, and Corrigan ruled their school until a killer wanted to rule them. Three years later, Bryce’s back home from Europe the local celebrity jock. Corrigan’s busy running his fraternity and Sheldon’s about to be pulled back into the social world of drama. With the killer killed, who’s trying to hurt Sheldon this time? Or maybe it’s someone closer than she wants to admit?

My Review:
This book turned my stomach into knots, and I honestly felt a terrible panicky feeling in my chest while reading it. This series is like a sick addiction, one I just can’t get enough of even though half the time I want to scream and yell and throw a few things around the room. These characters infuriate me but I’m obsessing over them. It is like the most extreme car-crash TV multiplied ten-fold with an extra dollop of highly-emotive angsty drama on top. These characters have few redeeming qualities, and they can in no way be described as positive role models, but they are strangely endearing all the same.

I spent the first half of this book feeling sorry for Sheldon, the middle part screaming at Bryce, and the last part scratching my head in utter confusion over the apparent connection between Sheldon and Corrigan. I adore love triangles and this one is frustratingly good. I like that Tijan explores the theme of actually being properly in love with two guys at the same time. And it’s not lust or insta-love as these three have been best friends for years. I know some people don’t believe it’s possible to be in love with two people at the same time, but I think it’s credible. Gosh, it cranked the awkwardness level to new heights but I lapped it up. I started to have some sympathy for Bryce toward the end even though he still acted like an ass with that bloody supermodel.

The stalker subplot is good but very much in the background and I’m expecting that to develop in the final book.

I liked seeing a different side to Corrigan and it seems fairly clear that she has already chosen him even if she doesn’t realize it. I’m not sure how I feel about that. There was no clue to this connection in the first one so I find it weird that she might love him more than Bryce. If subtle clues had been evident in the first book, it would be more believable. The other issue I had is that all of the time the three of them spent in Barcelona isn’t relayed for the reader which is very bizarre because the supposed issues in their relationship arose from that chapter in their lives. We are told bits and pieces but otherwise it was glossed over. It would have made more sense if book two focused on that time and this was book three etc.

Glaring editing errors, some plot holes, and timeline issues grated on my nerves too but there is no way I can rate this less than 5 stars. Any book that ties me into so many knots and has me up half the night thinking about the characters and the plot is worthy of top marks. Dying to see how this series closes out now!

My recommendation comes with a health warning – only for those who enjoy high-stakes drama, despicable characters with little moral compass, and angsty emotional romance.

Blog Tour: Sin (Vegas Nights #1) by Emma Hart


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Sin (Vegas Nights #1) by Emma Hart! I’ll review the book and share some teasers with you!

Title: Sin
Author: Emma Hart
Series: Vegas Nights #1
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Damien Fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.
One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox…

(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)

My Review:
Emma Hart is one of the best writers of comedic romance and Sin was no exception. For me, the best thing about Sin was the great characterization and the hilarious, witty banter between our couple.

Damien comes across as a total douche at the start but an endearing one all the same. He is relentless and focused and Dahlia adopts a firm stance, one from which she never backs down. However, she is powerless to resist his charm and soon our couple is fighting genuine feelings for one another.

I enjoyed the gradual build up of their relationship and how they both struggled to drop their barriers and open up to one another. When they did, it was great, and I was totally rooting for them. Their chemistry was electric and the sexy times were smokin’ hot and extremely well written. I definitely felt the tension and the attraction and it smoldered on the pages of my Kindle.

Family dynamics play a part in this story and I was dying to know why Damien’s father was so insistent on purchasing Dahlia’s bar. I was expecting there to be some hidden family secret in the background that was going to threaten their love and I was actually disappointed that we never received an answer to this question, and was perplexed by the lack of an anti-climactic moment. For me, this dented my enjoyment of the last quarter of the book – it was lacking in tension and closure. That doesn’t detract from the fact that it was a highly enjoyable read, and one I would still recommend, but it is the reason why this isn’t a five-star review. The writing is superb and it flows well and our two mains are easy to root for.

I’m intrigued by Perrie’s story but torn over whether I’ll read her book. I did enjoy the sample at the back of Sin and I have huge sympathy for her situation, however, I find the premise very hard to swallow – Perrie had options and she didn’t need to follow the path she did. If it had been a year or two I could accept that but after eight years? Not so much. My personal view is it’d be much easier to swallow her pride and accept money from her brother than do what she does. And how is that setting the right example for her daughter? I’m not convinced, but I’ll mull over it.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Review: The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney

Title: The Failing Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an a**hole.

A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most a**holes don’t.

Dating?
Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.

He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one. Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him.

So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.
The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.

And that pisses him off, too.

My Review:
Man, this series is so funny and so well written. I love it. The blurb is apt for this one – Zeke is most definitely a level above douchebag and I didn’t like him in the last book although I was open to changing my opinion. And change it I did! I adored Violet and how she demanded respect from said douche. I loved seeing Zeke struggle to change but wanting to so badly. There are tons of laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of steamy romantic moments as well as drama and angst galore, so, yes, this one was right up my alley. I’d love to read Elliot’s story next although he doesn’t fit with the general douchebag theme and there was no more mention of further backs at the back so I guess it’s a wait and see for now.

Highly Recommended Read.