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Ten hearts for
Oren and Caroline!
Every so often, a secondary
character steals the show and haunts me to the point of which I crave jumping inside their story and
their minds. The ornery Oren “Ten” Tenning fascinated me from the moment he was
introduced in “To Professor, with Love” and I was so excited hearing he was
getting his own book. Could hardly stand the wait, but it was absolutely worth
it. Ten is by far the sexiest of all the
‘Forbidden’ men. He is also crowned my new favorite bad boy in this series.
(Hope Mason will find it in his heart to forgive me).
He’s sexy, he’s lewd and
often a crude snarky bastard (I mean that in the most loving manner). Couldn’t
help myself - I adored all of his amusing and sarcastic ways. Ten was one of the
wittiest book boyfriends I have come across in a long time. However, there is
so much more to his persona. Lying beneath the surface, Ten masks his true
pain. The more I got to know the real Oren, the deeper I fell in love.
Honestly, I was a wee bit
fearful of stepping into Caroline’s story. Events in her past tread on one of
my few “reading triggers”. Nevertheless, I got over it real fast. Her character shinned
brightly as she was the sweet yet brazen tough girl whose sense of humor and
cleverness was the perfect match for Oren. I love a gutsy chick who’s determined
to chase what she wants. Caroline was ballsy enough to take on the man-slut of
her dreams, and Ten gave her a wild run for her money. When these two finally got
together…BAM…fireworks exploded. From midnight rendezvous’ to stolen moments on
rooftops, Caroline and Oren were an adorable couple whose passionate chemistry
sizzled both in and out of the bedroom.
Aside from this couple’s
hilarity and deliciously overactive sex drive, “Perfect Ten” was an endearing,
tender love story of two people weathering painful pasts, trying to find their
way to bliss. After battling through their individual hurdles, together they
faced so many obstacles. I loved every moment of their journey as I found
myself constantly rooting, hoping for their well deserved happily ever after.
In “Perfect Ten” Linda Kage
is at her finest penning a romance chock full of giggles, desire, lust, sexual
tension, angst and nail biting moments. It’s definitely my absolute favorite
read in this series. Loved that it was told in dual POV’s, seeing love blossom
through the eyes of both main characters. And best of all, revisiting some old
friends from earlier installments. Kage gives me the sense that I never have to
say a final goodbye to her characters – they will always find a way back into
the next story. As always, looking forward to more Forbidden Men.
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was an amazingly fantastic, ridiculously sexy, feel good read that proved once
again why Kristen Ashley will forever remain my literary queen of romance. This
love story embodied everything KA spoils me with - a unique and descriptive
writing style, brilliant dialogue, an incredibly strong heroine, super hot
dominant Alpha, a cast of secondary characters that stole my heart and
passionate moments that set my kindle ablaze.But words sometime fail me when trying to put together my review because
it’s so difficult to fully describe what I experience and how truly touching
her romances are. Once stepping into Amelia and Mickey’s world, I became
totally overwhelmed and consumed. My emotions were constantly ebbing and
flowing as their joys thrilled me, their fears filled me with worry, and their
despairs flooded my heart with sorrow. And in the end, I hated leaving this
couple, their friends and family behind. I needed to savor this story over and
over again before gathering my thoughts.
(Amy) is a woman who has all the money in the world, yet missing everything she
needs for a happy life. A bitter divorce set her life on a downward, negative
spiral - leaving her shattered, miserable, lacking self-confidence and losing custody
of her children. In an effort to regain their love and respect, she decides to
reinvent herself and begin a new life in Magdalene, Maine.
character wrecked me - I ached for all her pains and cried tears over all her
sorrows. Seeing her lonely life and dealing with the children’s indifference,
sliced right through the very heart of me. Starting over at the age of 47 takes
courage and BALLS – I just love how brave she was. Amelia’s endless struggle to
find fathomless inner strength and discovering her self worth left me
awestruck. She is my new all-time favorite kick-ass heroine.
for Amelia, along with her new life comes a very handsome neighbor. A knight in
shining armor of sorts…Michael Patrick Donovan. The mere mention of his name
makes me quiver in all the all the right places.
Mickey you’re so fine…and you REALLY blew my mind...
I’m in love with you!
the sinfully sexy, outrageously macho construction worker/volunteer
fire-fighter/boxer that had my head spinning. One minute I adored his sweet and
tender ways; a single dad who melted me seeing the way he loves his children. In
the next, I wanted to strangle him for all his stubbornness! My feelings for
Mickey yo-yoed throughout most of this read as he found difficulties dealing
with Amy’s wealth. Fighting off his attraction brought out a callous side to
Mickey, and boy did this couple really go toe-to-toe.
The more he battled his
feelings, the more sexual tensions escalated, until it deliciously exploded in
some of the most sizzling sex scenes ever. It frayed my nerves to no end, but I
loved every lust filled moment of it. For me, the more ‘jerk-like’ the KA hero,
the deeper I fall in love with them as they struggle to find their way to
redemption. It’s crazy, but absolutely true, and Mickey fights hard to win
Amy’s (and my) love and trust. Mickey has a noble heart and feels deeply for
his woman. He was an emotionally driven, compelling character whose gentle and
protective side had me soaring, feeling all gushy inside. I now have a new
Alpha-hero to obsess and drool over.
and Mickey’s romance was inspiring as well as beautiful. Soaring was a powerful
love story of passion, hope, mending broken hearts, bringing together of
families and self-discovery. Kristen Ashley never ceases to wow me with her
flawless story telling talents, which always leaves me hungry and wanting more from
her imagination. Each one of her tales claims a little piece of my soul. I love
that this series focuses on main characters that are more mature in age. It’s a
rarity to find steamy romances evolving around older main characters that not
only I can relate to, but readers of all ages can also appreciate. Ashley has
that magical touch bringing such characters to life. Soaring easily became another
‘must reread’ favorite of mine.
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I am a HUGE Kim Karr fan and
was thrilled when first hearing about her new suspense filled romance standalone.
I love when authors take risks and gift their fans new and exciting stories. I
had feeling it would be nail bitingly edgy and I needed to get my hands on it
ASAP. The 27 Club is a drama filled read with countless mysteries and several
plot twists. It is a departure from her norm, but no less attention grabbing.
Without giving too much away,
this is a story about destiny and self-discovery. Zoey Flowers (the heroine)
believes she is fated to die at the young age of 27.These fears are not unfounded, since recently
losing her brother Zach, as well as other family members, at that age. Turing
27 herself, Zoey’s obsession with death is all consuming as she still grieves his loss. During her temporary stay in Miami to collect Zack’s belongings, she
soon discovers her brother led a mysterious life. Thus begins the quest to piece
together his secrets and the circumstances involving his accidental death…she
needs answers soon, before she become the club’s next member.
I liked Zoey, but found she
lived a little too much inside her head, shrouding her existence in so much
darkness. It was sad to see her outlook on life was poisoned by the thoughts of
a family curse. Here enters Nate Hanson, her brother’s best friend and a bit of
an enigma himself. There’s an instant attraction and Zoey makes it clear she
wants him desperately. He’s handsome, sexy and controlling; the perfect man for
a quick and steamy fling, since she isn’t looking for a long-term relationship.
There’s some sexual tension, which I always savor, as Nate battles their
connection. But when they finally succumb to the passion, these two sizzle. This
couple had chemistry, and Nate was oh-so dominating and hot.
I adored the way Nate took
gentle care of Zoey in her time of need. She began to blossom as the bonds of
their relationship grew stronger. Under Nate’s wing, Zoey reassesses her
outlook and slowly begins to live and thrive. In her determination to unravel
her brother’s and Nate’s secrets, she discovers herself and is opening her
heart to love.
“Let me help you live
wild and free.”
Her road to self-discovery
was inspiring. For me, this story reinforces an important message; enjoy the
gifts life has to offer despite hardships. We may not have control over
destiny, but like Zoey, open our hearts to love, joy and happiness.
The 27 Club was a fascinating
read and quite the roller coaster ride. Buckle up for Zoey and Nate’s journey - Kim
Karr is known for her deliciously descriptive and detailed writing style, which
I absolutely enjoy. If you are a lover of suspense with a sexy twist, give this
read a go because it had all the makings of an interesting novel…mystery,
intrigue, tension, passion and an engaging cast of characters.
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Sunshine filled stars
After reading the synopsis,
I needed to get my hands on this book immediately. The Resurrection of Aubrey
Miller was my introduction to LB Simmons’ work and now I am kicking myself for
not discovering this author sooner. To say this was a poignant read is an
understatement. It was a paradox – causing me to wonder how this author created
such magic that was both devastatingly soul shattering, yet extraordinarily
heart warming. Page after page, I felt as if I was thrown head first into a
tumultuous cyclone, as I fluctuated between feeling gut wrenching despair and
absolute elation. It was a wondrously profound story of friendship, grief,
self-discovery and the healing power of love.
Meet Aubrey (Bree) Miller.
I'm dark, dreary, morbid.
I hate the person I've become.
child surrounded by death whose life is consumed by guilt and grief. A scarred
little girl left only to survive losing her entire family by locking up all
memories of her past and reinventing herself. Aubrey is lost as ‘Raven’
emerges, her self-loathing emo-goth-like alter ego. The girl she once was has
been masked, hiding behind crazy makeup, hair, contacts and body piercings. She
purposefully becomes unrecognizable, disallowing all from seeing her pain or
tempting to breach impenetrable walls surrounding her heart.
And I bring it to all who love me.
struck me, and I was truly saddened when seeing how Raven emotionally guards
herself through her physical transformation. Her ruse works well for her up
until she is off to college and encounters two loveable characters – Quinn and
Kaeleb. Each burdened with sorrows, but systematically work together to
dismantle tough girl Raven’s defenses in hopes to reveal the sunshine bury deep
beneath her gloomy façade.
This story addresses some
pretty serious issues and by no means a flowery sugar coated cutesy friends-turned-lovers
romance. This trio of friends faced grim circumstances (Bree’s being the most
extreme), which were so powerful and so intense, it moved me. I was totally
gutted the way this author painted Bree’s pain, through childhood flashbacks
and current heartaches she continues to endure, as they are slowly peeled away
to reveal her inner turmoil. All the while, my emotions were stirred to the
point of which I felt an overwhelming connection to her sorrows. I cried ugly
tears for all those she lost, frustrated with her stubbornness, and desperately
hoped for her healing. Bree was a compelling character whose journey to
self-discovery touched my heart.
I can go on and on gushing
over Kaeleb McMadden, Bree’s once childhood pal and adorably sexy boyfriend. He
is the perfectly flawed romantic hero.
Sincere, loyal, patient and most
importantly…passionate, Kaeleb is the driving force fighting to bring back his
Bree from the darkness that is Raven. He captured my heart with his unwavering determination.
Loved how despite his own problems he selflessly puts her welfare before all
else. Seeing them fall in love was deliciously heartwarming. I so adored all
And then there’s Quinn, the
stunning yet broken beauty queen who pushes her way into Bree’s life. Her
character added a bit of levity and hilarity into this otherwise sober read
with her perky personality and crazy antics. She was the perfect compliment to
Raven’s stark persona.
The Resurrection of Aubrey
Miller was truly a touching read for me. I enjoyed every laughable, sizzling
and tearful moment. There were times I found the story was too emotionally difficult
for me to handle, especially during Bree’s childhood flashbacks. It was during
those times that I literally felt her character’s anguish. Nevertheless, the
more dynamic the story, the more I tend to savor every word. It was an exquisitely
written tale, whose characters and experiences will stay with me for a very