One With You (Crossfire, #5)

One with You

Author: Sylvia Day
Published: April 5, 2016
Pages: 464

Stars: 3 out of 5

 

Links to buy:
$9.99 Amazon
$9.99 Barnes&Noble

 

 

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

Review:

This book was better than I thought. Since the release, I have read reviews that put the book near the middle of the road. And for the most part, I would have to agree. For me, the repetition of what Gideon and Eva say was slightly annoying and I felt like it was something the author did to fill the space. The same goes for the plot. I felt the plot was similar to a conversation that crept along at a leisurely pace. My thoughts on reasons behind doing this range from the plot not having enough substance to stand on its own to the author wanting to incorporate an overview of the series. What I mean by this is the author would highlight scenes from previous books in this series as something the characters looked back on or commented on how they grew.

The author did a wonderful job of staying true to her characters. I wouldn’t go as far as saying the characters grew on an individual level but they did develop as far as their relationship is concerned. I wouldn’t say the developments in Eva and Gideon’s relationship was jaw dropping insightful or suspenseful. It was in ways predictable and  slightly uneventful.

Overall, I am glad I read this book. The author does a nice job wrapping everything up and tying loose ends. If you have been keeping up with this series, you will enjoy reading this book. It’s provides the perfect closure for these loved characters.

Meat

Meat

 

Author: Opal Carew
Published: July 26, 2016

Stars: 2 out of 5

Amazon $2.99

 

Synopsis:
I ran into Rex Keene—literally—when I was trying to catch my flight and his muscled, tattooed arms stopped my fall.
Then our flight gets canceled, and we’re stranded in the same hotel room together…it ended up being the steamiest night of my life.
All I knew is that I had to see him again.

I just didn’t expect him to show up a week later in the restaurant I manage…as our new head chef.
But the generous, tender man I spent that night with is gone; instead he’s arrogant, demanding, and terrorizing the staff.
But he won’t give up until we’re together – and I’m not sure I can stay away.
Which man is real?
Who is Rex Keene?

Review:

Ok, so the cover is a little cheesy but the synopsis is what drew me in. And oh man, this book had me laughing from the start. The introduction of Rebecca and Rex was awkward with instances of romantic gestures and swoon worthy touches. Realistically, I don’t think something like this would actually ever happen. But the idea is intriguing.

Rebecca is first introduced as a complete and utter mess. Leaving her aunts funeral, her emotions are all over the place. But as her confidence grows, her character at times becomes more enjoyable. The thing that bothered me about her was how she would cry and become overly emotional, making a big deal out of a simple kind jester. I actually started thinking at one point during the book- was Rebecca treated poorly or has no one ever done anything for her? I felt like her emotions ruled her life, making reckless decisions based on emotional highs or lows. And even more, it really irritated me how Rebecca ran away from explanations. A couple times in the book Rex would try to explain something of importance and she couldn’t handle it, always shutting down, running away, and stopping the conversation before it started. I wouldn’t say Rebecca is a strong character.

Rex is a strong, attractive man with a sweet and dirty sexuality. Oh and did I mention his ‘flaw’? Rex is not only walking sex, he is also hung like a horse. The head being “larger than a large plum” and the length something to intimidate the most experienced and send woman all over the world running.. Haha, ok I get the idea he is supposed to be enormous but the way he is described makes him sound like a freak of nature. And probably someone who should still be a virgin because of his size.. Not have specific tastes. But what do I know, maybe I’m wrong..

This book is highly sexual with dominant and submissive sexual acts/scenes. More specifically slave/master play. Although I think this was on the more mild side, I can see how this might not be some peoples cup of tea. I felt like the author had a general knowledge of what a D/s or Master/slave relationship looked like but I felt like it was missing the depth usually involved in these types of relationships. And like I said,  the sexual acts were really mild and closer to adventurous vanilla sex.

I felt like some of the language was really cheesy and overdone. For example, his giant spear filled her to the limit. Spear, I guess that’s one way to describe a mans genitala. I think I was having a hard time getting into the book and because of this, little things bugged me.

Rex and Rebecca’s relationship moved at a ridiculously fast pace. Considering how many arguments they had and how little they know each other, I just can’t wrap my head around the ending. Overall, this book wasn’t really for me. It was a fast paced book, easily read in one day. Some of the sexual scenes were steamy and fun to read about but the plot lacked depth and real substance. Or maybe it was how weak and emotional Rebecca’s character was that made it seem that way.

The Trial Series (Trial Series #1-4)

The Trial Series

Author: Lizzy Ford
Published: March 9, 2016
Pages: 514

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:
One to love. One to lead. One to Fear. Leslie Kingmaker has three weeks to choose a leader for the supernatural community, find her soul mate and break a curse. To make matters worse, the three candidates vying for leadership and her heart – a werewolf, fae and vampire – won’t tell her what she needs to know to navigate the trials. One of them is supposed to betray her, and all she has to guide her is the obscure, rambling commentary in the Book of Secrets, an ancient tome that’s been in her family for two thousand years.

She soon discovers the candidates aren’t the ones on trial – she is. The family curse is a threat to the supernatural community, and the three candidates have sworn to do whatever it takes to break the curse, even if it means killing her. In a race to understand the ancient spell that befell her family, and struggling not to lose her heart to any of the sexy, brilliant men in the process, Leslie must defy the odds and end the curse if she is to survive the trials.

Review:

The story starts off right away outlining the problem and digging head first into it. But one of the things that bothers me is how little the author spends on details. Usually too many details drive me crazy because it takes away from the story. But in this case, there isn’t even enough details to make out what the characters look like. And this makes getting lost in the plot difficult because I can’t picture in my head what’s happening in the story. Eventually the author provides more detail but it would have been helpful to have more detail in the beginning.

The plot is actually really interesting and unique. At least I haven’t read a book similar, maybe you have? The book is simple and easy to read but the repetitive story plot begins to get old and the story begins to drag. At times I feel like the plot lacked depth or the author just said something that would have made a bigger impression is she showed it through actions. There was a lot of ‘telling’ throughout this book instead of “showing” and leading the reader to the conclusions the author wanted. The author is also really inconsistent with Leslie’s character. Leslie will say one thing, only to say the opposite two paragraphs later.

Looking at Leslie’s character, I really didn’t like her. From the start, it’s easy to see she is a complete mess- dependent on drugs, alcohol, and sex to drown her sorrows and escape reality. She is extremely selfish and although she is in her twenties, often acts like a young adolescent. Her interaction with all the men seems very similar without much setting her experience apart. I think the thing that really irritates me is her weakness, her dependence on everyone and everything, and inability to handle anything.  Throughout this book you learn that everyone had to sacrifice something to break this curse- everyone except Leslie. In my opinion, she didn’t lose anything compared to the others. Yes, her father died. Without giving too much away- what you learn later in the book shows that her father wasn’t himself and his death would have happened no matter what. Besides, his murder never was solved which I thought was a big deal to Leslie but ended up being another thing that doesn’t seem to matter.

Trial 1- Benjamin is a safe and comforting wolf. But he is also brooding, moody, and hurtful. The week Lesslie spends with him is an uncontrollable roller coaster. The whiplash from their extreme emotions both create anticipation and dread. I thought Leslie accepted his cruel remarks without much, if any, apology far too often and quickly. Ben is the worst with verbally expressing his emotions. His actions are nice but there was a part of me that wanted to scream, ‘Words, Ben! Use words!’ During the week Leslie was a wolf, I hated how she referee to her wolf as ‘Were-bitch’. It just bothered me.. The sex during this part of the book is complete alpha male, dominant sex. It was fun to read but it wasn’t anything too crazy.

Trial 2- Tristan is fae. He is sly, secretive, but compassionate, sweet, loyal, and has the biggest heart. Although he is hundreds of years older than Ben, he is also awkward and unsure when it comes to his bond with Leslie. At this point in the book, Leslie goes from the focus being the trials to her new focus is dating the trial guy for a week. She complains about not wanting to fall for the guys but the only time she is comfortable or feels like they are on even ground is when sex is involved. The sex with Tristan was softer and much slower. In other words, the complete opposite of Ben. It was sweet, semi-romantic sex.

Trial 3- Myca is an extremely old vampire who is upfront with Leslie but she doesn’t know how to take that. Ultimately, he is the most patient one of the three and guides Leslie into discovering the answers she seeks. This part of the book was really interesting with the blood-rights and what Leslie discovers. The sex in this section is all about bondage as Myca introduces Leslie into the softer side of BDSM. For some reason, I just find this cliche but I’m probably overthinking this. And for some really the author switches over to using the word pussy a lot. I found this slightly awkward because of how immature Leslie’s character was but how she would use such strong language. By this point into the book, secrets are coming out and the story is beginning to make more sense.

Trial 4- The last week of the trial is where she faces the curse who transitions from being a shadow into a more solid figure by the last day. By the end of the trial, the curse was so confusing that I am not sure what to think of him. I think the author was attempting to write in a way to mislead the reader so they don’t know if the curse is on her side or his own. But for me, it just ended up being inconsistent and confusing. I think if things were shown more through actions, instead of being told, this might have worked out better. Or maybe not.. In this section of the book, Leslie also figures out who her destined mate is. And he is everything she isn’t. If you a imagine her polar opposite, that’s him. Which didn’t make much sense to me. The only thing they had in common was movies but that isn’t much to build a relationship on. But the thing that really surprises me is how the author skips over the sex with her true mate. This book has a TON of sex in it, except for the end where everything is kind of skipped over.

Looking at the story as a whole, like I said there is a ton of sex and the plot is a little repetitive. With each trial, the similar things happen: she falls in love, has a ton of sex, comments about how she hasn’t felt this relaxed/good in a long time, something bad happens usually revolving an attempt on her life, and then she is saved. There were quite a few sentences that didn’t make sense and a lot of inconsistencies. I wanted to like this book but I just can’t.

Raw and Dirty (Bad Boys MC #1)

Raw and Dirty

Author: Violet Blaze
Published: February 1, 2016
Pages: 324

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Make nice with the President of the Alpha Wolves Motorcycle Club. Yeah right. It was what my job description called for—I just never realized exactly how nice I needed to be. I certainly never expected to find myself twisted up and tangled in the raw, dirty world of an outlaw motorcycle club … or in the sexy, tattooed hands of the man in charge.

Royal McBride is a jerk—but a jerk with a swoon worthy accent, a big bike, and big … well, other things. I didn’t think falling in love with him would threaten my life. His life.
That we’d both risk losing everything we hold dear.

The mayor’s daughter … an outlaw MC president.
It’s a match made in heaven … a match tested in hell.

Review:

This isn’t your average boyfriend book. The tough, alpha male isn’t pretending to be dangerous and intimidating. He is and I’m pretty sure that adds to his sex appeal. Royal has an English accent with a raw and dirty attitude. Did I mention he is dangerous? Woman fight over him and where he is concerned, they aren’t able to keep their clothing on. His world isn’t perfect and his job is definitely not legal. This in not one of those books where the bad boy is actually a good guy or that he ends up changing who he is at the end of the day. What you see is what you get.

The romance between Lyric and Royal is intense, hot, and not always welcomed. Lyric works for the Mayor and did I mention he is her father. While Royal is the president of a motorcycle gang. Their worlds are miles apart and yet they always find themselves coming back together. So what logic could possibly come from them being together.. besides the instant attraction they feel, my guess is the idea of it being forbidden fruit.

Lyric is miss prim and proper. On the outside she is plain Jane, always hiding her true self from the world, from her family. She struggles to be the perfect daughter and is constantly fighting for her fathers attention. But underneath her frumpy clothing is a sexy woman who wears lingerie. She is feisty and confident. The only downside to her character (and I guess Royals) is that she falls head over heals for Royal far too quickly. Everything that happens in this book happens within a week to just over a week.

This book is a fun, light read. The author did a great job of catching and keeping the readers attention. You really do fall in love with these characters and I can’t help but wonder what will happen next. One thing that bugged me about this book was how the author described Royal’s smell. Maybe this is just me but a guy who smokes as much as he does, does not smell wonderful and nice. This story has corrupt FBI agents, corrupt family, lies, pain, love, action,romance, and adventure. If you have a thing for bad boys, naughty and dirty sex, and feisty personalities, read the book! I promise you will enjoy it 🙂 Besides,with a cover like this book has, there’s no way you can go wrong.

Fever (Breathless #2)

Fever

Author: Maya Banks                                                                                                    Published: April 2, 2013                                                                                                      Pages: 416

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women. When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.

Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.

Review:

I was really disappointed in this book. I felt like the story plot was too similar to the first book. In this book, Jace falls complelty head over heals for Bethany but doesn’t even know her. He feels this uncontrollable and absolute love for her after just meeting her. I hate stories like this where the characters are utterly in love but they have no history together and hardly know each other. In the first book, it was understandable for Gabe to be in love with Jace’s younger sister, they have history. But this book was just ridiculously. The sex scenes were good as expected. But if I am going to read a book, regardless how great the sex is, I need at least a half way decent plot and ideally one that is original. I need something tangible and this book feel short. If you are looking for a book that is almost identical to the first, then you would like this second installment in the breathless series.

Rush (Breathless #1)

Rush

Author: Maya Banks                                                                                                     Published: February 5, 2013                                                                                                   Pages: 396

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking…When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.

Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

Review:

Wow!! This book was absolutely amazing!! If you are looking for a book with lots of sex in it, then here you are. Maya Banks did an amazing job creating a story that is full of passion, sex, and yet still kept a good story plot. The sex in this book is not your traditional vanilla sex. If you aren’t intrigued by or into BDSD, you might not be to interested in this book. But I swear, Maya Banks opens a world of sexual fantasies that I doubt there are few who would not be turned on by this book. The main characters in this book is Gabe and Mia. Gabe takes on the dominant role in and outside of the bedroom. Although Mia plays the act of a submissive, she stands up for herself and doesn’t let Gabe complelty walk all over her. I really enjoyed this book!

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)

fifty shades

Author: E.L. James                                                                                                       Published: May 25, 2011                                                                                                        Pages: 356

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synapsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Review:

This is the second time reading the book and I feel like I have a better understanding. The first time around, it was difficult to separate myself from the emotional roller coaster of the characters. Fifty shades is well written and I love the email banter between Anna and Christian. But the emotional unsteadiness of both characters at times is disturbing.
Christian was sexually abused around 14 I believe. But the disturbing part is he feels his sexual relationship with Mrs. Robinson saved him. Taking that into account with his traumatic youth and his negative self image- the author nailed it when Christian claims he is 50 shades of messed up.

Anna, I also feel like she is a bit unstable with how emotionally thrown she is by Christian. She could possibly be this way because Christian is her first everything. But I feel like her feelings for and actions towards Christian are borderline obsessive.

Both characters try to change each other and not only is that unrealistic but it doesn’t happen in a real relationship. At least not the big things. But I feel like that is an underlining message with this book- it’s possible to change people.

Overall, this book is any psychologist dream book. It provides an insight, if not 100% accurate, into BDSM relationships.