This quote from Broken Dove haunted me for so long. Each
time I came across the highlighted passage on my kindle, I had a feeling the
mysterious woman would be Franka Drakkar. Despite the fact I loathed her
character, I always believed she could prove worthy of the gallant Noctorno
Hawthorne’s affections. I could have done cartwheels when learning Franka was
destined for Noc, finally getting the chance to tell her story in the series
finale ~ Midnight Soul.
Now if you’re a fan
of the series, you might think I’m whacked, getting all excited over Franka.
After all, she’s one fierce and traitorous shrew. Honestly, I loved hating her
villainous, manipulative ways. Regardless, Franka fascinated me. I wanted to
see what circumstances caused her to be so openly cruel. I craved to see Noc
work his way through her defenses. Most importantly, no one writes a story of
redemption quite like Kristen Ashley, the likes of which are my favorite type
of read. In Midnight Soul, gone was
the Franka I once despised and in its place, a strong heroine I’ve come to
respect and adore.
Noc and his
“Frannie” were truly destined for each other and perfect together.They were
two broken souls in need of healing and I was an emotional wreck seeing not only
the life-long horrors Franka endured, but also Noc’s insufferable pain.
life, Franka believed she carried darkness within her soul, But through all the
beauty that was Noc ~his gentleness, patience and love ~ Franka discovered her
true self while starting over in a foreign world. I admired the person that was
hidden behind the mask. Her strength, her bravery, her willingness to right all
the wrongs, the sacrifices she made, learning to put trust in others and the
way she supported Noc during his time of need... I was amazed how her character
flourished into a lovingly kind and often humorous woman. In the end, I felt
absolutely guilty for despising her in the first place.
incredibly sexy and tenderhearted. A man with a heart of gold, troubled by his
own darkness, yet selflessly tended to the needs of his woman before all else. I
loved the way he consistently gave what Frannie needed ~ comfort, understanding
the woman she needed to be in order to survive, support, time to mourn and the
freedom to drop all her defenses and just be.His gentleness and compassion were limitless.
And when Franka’s circumstance came to light, I instantly fell for the way Noc stepped
up to guard and protect her. He was a true noble hero in every sense of the
Franka and Noc’s
romance was inspiring as well as beautiful. Midnight
Soul was a powerful, slow burn love story of passion, forgiveness, healing
and self-discovery. Low on angst in comparison to the other books within this
series, the story told mainly focused on Noc and Franka’s journey from
friendship to love. Kristen Ashley never ceases to overwhelm me with her
magical story telling talents, which touches my soul and always leaves me
wanting more from her imagination. (One character in particular ~ Valentine. I need her story). It saddens me that this
great series has come to an end. But, I enjoyed seeing all the past couples
heavily involved within the story line, as well as meeting new and lovable
characters. And that epilogue…WOW! As I expected, Ashley brought me to tears
Lexi Blake is one of my favorite BDSM novelist and the absolute best
when it comes to writing erotic stories that are not only off the charts steamy,
but intriguing as well. Yeesh, found within the pages of her books are some of
the sexiest flogger-wielding Alpha-Doms ever. (I freaking love all the
McKay-Taggart hotties in the Masters and Mercenaries novels). When finding out
there was a new series coming along, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on
the first installment, Ruthless.
Even though Riley and Ellie’s romance was a departure from Blake’s BDSM
style that I adore, it was no less captivating. Ruthless had everything I love whenever reading this author’s tales
~ an exceptionally written nail biting story line whose plot twists had me on
edge; An un-be-lievably hot yet romantically sweet hero; a sassy heroine; And a
cast of colorful characters that left me wanting to discover their stories.
From the emotionally heartbreaking prologue that had me all teary-eyed, through
to the last page, Ruthless was an
angst filled passionate read that I consumed in just one sitting.
As children, Riley Lawless and his siblings suffered the horrific
tragedy of their parents’ murder, which was rooted by corporate greed. After
years of plotting and positioning, it was time for those responsible to pay for
their crimes. It was Riley’s responsibility to insinuate himself into Eleanor
Stratton’s company and seduce her. Her firm, StratCast, was founded on stolen
technology and his parents’ blood shed. Regardless of the fact that Ellie
was not directly responsible for the Lawless’ death, she was instrumental in
the grand scheme.
“The sins of
the father were about to be visited on the daughter’s doorstep. Ellie Stratton
would have to pay her father’s debt.”
Using her was just part of the plan. Consumed with vengeance, Riley was
ruthless in his pursuit of bringing down his targets but surprised when the
unthinkable happened… he fell hopelessly in love with Ellie.
“I love you, Ellie. I'm
going to say it until you understand that I mean it. This started out as a job,
as a path I've been on since the night my parents died. But it led me to you,
and though I wish my mom and dad were here with me, I have to be happy that I
The chemistry between this couple was scorching. With their whirlwind
insta-romance starting off hot and heavy, but based on Riley’s secrets and
lies, I found myself anxiously holding my breath waiting for everything to unravel
as the story progressed. All the passion and deceits frayed my nerves.On top of all the relationship angst, there
were plot twists, bad guys and circumstances that had me on edge as well. Secrets,
betrayals, murderous plots, unending suspense… with each revelation more
questions arose as I became fully immersed within Riley and Ellie’s story. I just
love when a book is so gripping, each intricate detail has a meaning, and I’m
forced to pay close attention while piecing together the puzzle. Ruthless was exactly that type of read.
Riley was delectably sexy and so tenderhearted, he had me swooning. A
shrewd lawyer with a plan of attack, he was fueled by his family’s need for
justice. I loved the way his character journeyed from the stone cold man solely
focused on revenge, to a true and dedicated hero willing to sacrifice everything
for Ellie. And when her world came crumbling down, it was Riley who came to her
rescue. Desperate for her forgiveness and affections, Riley worked hard to
right the all wrongs that destroyed Ellie, despite his family’s thirst for
vengeance. Once deceptive and later sincere, he won me over with his overly
everything he loved lost at one point or another, but she was different.He
couldn't lose her.”
Poor Ellie. She was everyone’s pawn and so eager to trust those who were
part of her close circle. Friends, colleagues, family… all took advantage of
her sympathetic heart. A businesswoman with ethics, Ellie found herself surrounded by conniving vipers,
including the man of her dreams. Living a lonely life, she took a chance on
Riley, which in the end shattered her to pieces.
As naive and insecure as she first appeared, Ellie developed a backbone when
her life spun out of control, and I admired the way she stubbornly stood her
ground against those who betrayed her. But above all, Ellie was compassionate
and regardless of her dire circumstances, she opened her heart to the entire
Lawless clan. In the end, her love for Riley was genuine ~ she was the perfect woman to break
through all of his defenses and help heal past heartaches.
Ruthless was an extremely intense novel that had all the feels. I loved the McKay-Taggart
connection and the Lawless family dynamics. Riley and Ellie’s journey was just
the beginning of an intricate story line and I can’t wait for it to continue in
Brandon and Andrew’s romances. Another great read from Lexi Blake and a perfect
choice for lovers of steamy romantic suspense.
Vi Keeland is one of my
favorite go to authors. My fondness for her stories all began with Nico in “Worth the Fight” and with each
subsequent read, I fell a little more in love with her writing style and
characters ~ especially her luscious heroes. “Bossman” did not disappoint. It was just as steamy hot as the
gorgeous man on the cover. A sweet, heartfelt romance filled with loads of passion,
moments of laughter and a hint of drama. Sexual tensions ran high as I was
immediately hooked within Chase and Reese’s world.
Reese Annesley’s a strong
willed and sassy New York City girl who’s down on her luck when it comes to her
career and love life. While in the midst of a boring date from hell, she
crosses paths with the dynamic Chase Parker. He’s drop dead sexy, charismatic,
overly confident, and a colorful storyteller. I loved how his magnetic
personality managed to both attract and piss off Reese from the moment they met.
He definitely caught her attention; despite the fact their first encounter was
a rocky. Reese was immediately consumed and intrigued by all things Chase,
which put her in a precarious position when hired at Parker Industries…Chase’s corporation.
I liked Reese’s cheekiness
and wit. She was sassy and stubborn, which caused oodles of tension in the story-line, as she fought her attraction to Chase. It had me on edge at times, patiently anticipating
the moment where she finally…finally caved. Reese certainly took her time surrendering to her
I adored the tall, dark, handsome
and oh so charming Chase. Loved his relentless pursuit to bed Reese, not giving
a crap she was an employee. Although mostly funny and quick witted, Chase had
an air of mystery surrounding his character. He slowly unraveled all the
reasons why he was total commitment phobe. The complicated love affair with the
feisty Reese not only heated up in the bedroom, but it stirred feelings and
fears buried deep within Chase’s heart.
Chase was an incredibly lovable hero that had me swooning. I adored his personality, which oozed so
much sexiness. But man, was he a stubborn boy at times. Consumed by past
heartache and anxieties, Chase made some poor decisions. I wanted to (lovingly)
bop him over the head and snap him out of his funk while reading the last few
chapters. Nevertheless, even though he vexed me at times, his character shined.
My heart went out to Chase, seeing all his sorrow, guilt and regrets.
All in all, another enjoyable
and well-written romance from Vi. From beginning to end this read held me from
the funny, lighthearted moments, through to the emotionally driven heartaches.
I must confess that I wanted more insight into this couple’s future and explore
their relationship further. That happens to me sometimes when I become invested
within the lives of certain characters. Regardless, “Bossman” was a hit for me and it had all the feels. I highly recommend this fun and flirty read.
Received from author in exchange for an honest review