Blog Tour: Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet #4) by Monica Murphy~ Kat's Review & Giveaway
Finally…the story of Owen. As much as I was looking forward to his story, I was well aware that I may have issues reading it regarding the fact that I “met” him when he was just 13. It took some time to forget about all that, but once I finally did, I fell into the story of Owen and Chelsea and once again fell in love with the characters that Monica so beautifully writes about.
The pros and cons of Owen McGuire:
1. His favourite word is F. He says it A LOT!
2. He is that football jock. Parties hard and studies way too little.
3. He is going to be majorly screwed for the future if he doesn’t get his S together, like NOW!
1. He’s determined to be independent and not rely solely on the riches of his NFL playing brother-in-law, Drew.
2. He got a kind heart and is afraid to let people down, even if those people are toxic for him.
3. He loves his sister with everything he’s got.
It’s understandable as to why Owen feels so much pressure and is always looking for a way to escape reality, if only for a little while. He idolizes Drew, grew up wanting to be just like him. Perhaps he’s putting a little too much pressure on himself to do that instead of being who he really wants to be. He feels like he needs to love his mother, even though she a horrible person and he knows it. I wouldn’t exactly say getting stoned with your mother is quality bonding time. How any parent expect or want to even do that with their own child is beyond me. It really didn’t come as a big surprise though, she was a terrible mother as we had witnessed previously in Fables story. I wholly support the fate that Monica gave her. It was either that or the other thing (and I can’t say exactly what without spoilers), but I really don’t think she was strong enough for that.
As for Chelsea, of course she had a story of her own, one she was embarrassed by. The how and the why of her father ending up the way he did and the dislike she felt towards her mother for continuing to support him had left her feeling angry and confused the hell out of her. It gave her the mentality of never wanting to have a boyfriend, because men are trouble and will only let you down. So she focused her attention elsewhere. She was the perfect student, smart beyond her years. She was pretty much the stereotypical nerdy, socially awkward teenager as you could imagine. She was like that timid little Chihuahua sitting in the corner watching the other dogs play and have fun, but never really knew how to join in.
Owen knew Chelsea was going to be a tough nut to crack. Once he did and she realised just how much she needed him, she had no choice but to give him an ultimatum. Would he choose love and reality or his continue on with his self-destructive ways? These two really are perfect for each other once they got by all their individual issues. They opened each other up to a world that was unfamiliar to them. They grew beautifully together into a love that will last them forever.
This really was a great story for Owen. And even though the romantic aspect and the swooniness I had for Drew (sorry to compare) wasn’t quite there for me, Monica’s writing and storytelling is always a rapid page turner. I love this series, and I’m sad it has come to an end. Unless y’all know something I don’t, I will miss them all.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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Lifers is a beautiful, heart wrenching story about love, forgiveness, finding and accepting peace. After spending eight years in prison, Jordan Kane returns to his hometown to finish out his parole sentence. When he returns it’s still the same small town that he left eight years ago. He is shunned and hated by everyone because of what happened years ago as a teen. Torrey Delaney is new to town and so happens to be the preacher’s daughter. She has quite the reputation. She quickly befriends Jordan and it slowly turns into more. Jordan has demons that he faces daily. Torrey isn’t sure if she can love him through that. As time passes on, their feelings are undeniable.
“I like talkin’ about it with you. It’s just a little strange for me. I feel like you’re a dream and I’ll wake up and find my life really is total shit after all.”
I have read books by this author before, but Lifers? There are no words. Lifers is captivating, beautiful, and has ALL THE FEELS! Torrey is funny, sassy, and she has to be one of my favorite female lead characters. Her past keeps her from believing in love. Her parents messy divorce didn't help in her views of marriage. Jordan is a lost and broken man. He has the most beautiful soul, but is completely consumed with guilt and grief. The minute Torrey and Jordan meet, you feel their connection. They are instantly drawn to each other. The change in Jordan's character is remarkable. At first he is quiet, shy, hesitant. His human spirit was shattered. Over time, the love he shares with Torrey allows him to develop into a someone he never thought possible-someone who wanted to live.
"I think that meeting you has been the best thing that's ever happened to me. You don't know it, but you've saved me Torrey Delaney"
"Do I love her? It's more than that, bro. She's my reason for livin'."
My heart shattered throughout this story. I felt everything. Every. Single Word. Your heart aches for all the pain that every character is subjected to. The characters in this story are real, genuine, and authentic. The emotions are raw. They are displayed for the reader to FEEL. That giddy feeling that you get as an avid reader when you read a book? Yeah. That doesn't even begin to describe how I felt about Lifers. I was completely consumed by this book. It left me breathless. It left me wanting to read it over and over.
"It's ok Jordan. You're safe with me."
“I love you.” I said. “What we have, you and me, it’s what I thought love should be, but I’d stopped believing it existed.”
Days later, I am still reeling over Jordan and Torrey's story. I didn't read this book, I lived it. I was consumed by it. The art of storytelling is not lost. This beautifully written story flowed nicely. It grabs you from the first page and does not let you go until the end. The love between Torrey and Jordan comes naturally. No insta-love here. It's fate and just meant to be.
"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"
Lifers goes where no other story has ever been. Love? What's stronger than that? Torrey and Jordan. Love knows no boundaries. Love heals. In all things, choose love. So love, deeply.
*I received an ARC in exchange for honest review*
“A lot can happen in six seconds. Your whole life can change in a heartbeat.”
Wow!! Did I love this book; I've not stopped thinking about Lifers since I finished it a few days ago. Lifers was one of those books that captivated me from the very beginning, and took me on an emotional rollercoaster. It made me feel every emotion, and I found myself having moments of when I was angry, sad, crying, anxious, and nervous, but equally I found myself laughing aloud, smiling, grinning and swooning.
Jordan Kane is a sweet, honest, funny, passionate and oh so sexy, but at the same time he’s fearful, suspicious, defensive and trusts no one. His story was not an easy read at times, and my heart was just breaking for him as he tried to move forward with his life the best he could. This was hard to do because he had to return home to the town where just about everyone hated him and treated him like an outsider because of one mistake he made as a teenager. The things he had to endure from the people around him and even his parents’ prejudice and judgment made me so angry at times.
“One mistake.That's all it took. One fuckin', stupid, childish, dumb mistake.”
I loved Torrey Delaney as much as I loved Jordan; this girl was an amazing strong character. She was confident, feisty, sassy, passionate, and so funny with a great attitude. I loved that her mouth had no filter, and she said what she thought. Torrey and her lifestyle are the talk of the town, but she doesn’t care what people think about her and is happy to give them the finger, and do and say what she feels.
“Why don’t we talk about what’s really bothering you, instead of dancing around it like a couple of queens at an Abba convention”
What I absolutely loved about this story was the level of detail, emotion, romance, sexual tension and passion that Jane Harvey-Berrick puts into these two incredible characters. The way Jordan and Torrey's friendship, and then relationship developed was faultless. It was realistic, palpable and wasn’t rushed or forced. It was lovely seeing it bloom from mutual attraction into a hot sexy romance. I loved all their encounters together and the way they opened up to each other. Their dialogue was both hilarious and heart wrenching at times. Jordan and Torrey have a deep underlying connection that binds them together.
“Just talking to her like a normal person was the best conversation I’d had in eight years”
“We… have something special. I don’t know what it is yet but I’m willing to find out”
Written from both points of view meant I was able to see what they were both thinking, including their insecurities and demons and I just adored that. It was heartbreaking but also heartwarming. Jordan was so vulnerable at times. It was just heartbreaking; the way Jordan’s guilt consumed him, and made him believe he was not worthy and deserved all the crappy things that happened to him. Also, Torrey’s issues and past relationships have made her fearful of commitments.
“He made me believe in myself… because he loves me”
“When I was with her, for the first time in a long while, I didn’t feel judged. I couldn’t figured out why, but she seemed to accept me for who I was”
I loved that Torrey was Jordan’s biggest supporter. She fights for him, gets him to fight for himself and makes him see that he deserves to be happy.
“You’re not in jail now, Jordan, and you don’t need to hide away. Live a little. Take a chance”.
“I felt it. I felt it in her words, in her voice, and in her body. I closed my eyes: I wasn’t alone anymore”
“My God! How did this man who had endured eight years of brutalizing treatment hold such love in his heart? It stunned my soul”
I loved Jordan’s passion for Torrey, and the way he was also her biggest supporter. This boy loved, and he loved hard, he knew that Torrey was it for him. I loved the way his personality went from being quiet and shy to confident and Alpha. Every time he said sweetheart in that southern accent my heart just melted and it put the biggest grin on my face.
“Sweetheart I’ve been at your feet since the first day I saw you”
Overall, Lifers is a completely beautiful, well-written and consuming read about love, forgiveness, second chances, and redemption. I loved the epilogue, but I did want more. So Maybe a novella, just so I see what the future has in store for Jordan and Torrey, please Jane pretty please! ;-)
This was the first book I have read by Jane, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It’s one of those stories that I’m convinced will deeply impact anyone who reads it. I loved this book! I had 18 Kindle pages of highlights so that must tell you something!
“A life without love is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead”
“It scared the shit out of me to feel so much. I’d spent eight years keeping every emotion frozen and numb, trusting no one”.
“God! This woman! She just has a way of making everything okay…bearable”
"I love you, Torrey Delaney. You don't have to say it back to me, but I love you. I didn't believe life was worth living until I met you. I'm so, so happy I was wrong.“
“She’d stripped away every layer of skin and poured her kindness and compassion into my body, healing me from the inside out.”
“Come and sit down,” Mom said, patting her hand on the cushion next to her.
I took a seat in the easy chair opposite, hanging my legs over the arm.
“Go on then. Lay it on me.”
“It’s not something to joke about, Torrey.”
“Do you see me laughing?”
“No, well … the truth is Jordan Kane is a very troubled young man. Now, I’m doing my best to help him settle back into society but…”
“But what? Get to the point, Mom.”
She looked up at me sharply.
“But it won’t help him if you start talking flirty to him.”
I burst out laughing at that. “Talking flirty? Jeez. Did we just get beamed up by a spaceship and land in the 1950s? I made the guy a cup of coffee, and I kind of get the impression that I’m the only person that’s tried to have a conversation with him in a while.” My voice sobered. “He looked lonely. I made him coffee.”
Mom shook her head.
“I heard what you said to him—you told him you thought he was cute.”
“Mom, that’s not flirting. That’s a fact. That dude is smokin’ hot.”
She gasped, and I couldn’t help riding her ass just a little more.
“Saying that he’s cute is like saying that it’s dark at night.”
“I know you’re trying to aggravate me, Torrey, so I’ll let that pass. The fact is that he would have seen it as you flirting with him, no matter what you call it.”
“Fine. You busted me eye-fucking the hot handyman. So sue me.”
“I don’t want you talking like that, Torrey!”
“Oh, jeez, Mom! I didn’t hump him on the porch!”
“There’s no need to be so crude!”
I was getting seriously pissed now. Did this woman not know how hypocritical she was being?
“Oh, is that right? So, talking to the handyman, whom you employed, and giving him a damn coffee is suddenly a cardinal sin? Why don’t we talk about what’s really bothering you, instead of dancing around it like a couple of queens at an Abba convention?”
“I can’t talk to you when you’re like this,” she said, standing up suddenly.
“Yeah, well I guess we’ll never have a real conversation then, because this is who I am. And if you’d stuck around instead of leaving us when I was 13, you’d know that.”
I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It's only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.
I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.
Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.
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The synopsis for this book completely drew me in when I read it. It sounded exciting, emotional, and angsty. Everything I look for in a story.
Brooks, Branch, and Katy grew up together. Not only was Katy the twins neighbor, but also their best friend. When tragedy strikes Katy's family, due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, she moves in with the twins' parents. Along the way, feelings arise. Katy is caught in the middle of these two brothers. After she chooses, it was obvious to me that she chose wrong. She obviously had feelings for the other twin, but due to some manipulation, she ends up staying with the wrong twin.
Years pass, and its the night before their wedding. After the twin that was in the military comes back to be the best man, all those feelings that never went away resurfaced. They finally come out with how they felt about each other, which leads to them sleeping together. Katy wakes up the next morning and realizes that there is no way she is going to face the family after what she did, so she flees to another state. I wanted Katy to to stand up and yell from the rooftops her love for him and have enough faith that the family that raised her, would love her no matter what. I wanted her to be strong and brave enough to let all of her feelings be known.
At this point in the story, I was loving all the emotions and angst that Jennifer Foor threw at me, but I had a little bit of a problem with the middle of this book. Katy is now living in a small-town. After finding out some huge news, she decide to keep it to herself and not contact anyone from her family. Around this time is when she meets Bobby. As soon as I met Bobby, I knew he was too good to be true; I was right. He was batshit crazy! More than once I found myself yelling at Katy to get out and leave him, but that doesn't happen. The love of her life is now back in her life, but she's already married to Bobby.
I disliked Branch. From the very beginning, I knew he was hiding something and I was right. Brooks I completely loved. He was pretty great; he was there for Katy when she most needed a shoulder to cry on or just someone to be there. He was protective of Katy and completely likeable.
Overall, I liked the story. It had a strong beginning and ending, but the pace slowed down in the middle. I loved the angst and drama, and most of all, Brooks!
“Brooks, the man that I shattered and abandoned, had given me more than his heart that night we’d made love. He’d give me something even more fragile.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I was an early fan of the Mitchell series by Jennifer Foor so I was looking forward to reading this new story, the synopsis intrigued me and I needed to find out more.
Katie Michaels is dealt a tough hand in life, losing both her parents in the September 11 attacks, she moves in with her parent’s best friends. That also means she will be living under the same roof as Branch and Brooks, twin brothers who also happen to be Katie’s best friends since birth. But growing up, friendship turns into more and when feelings and hormones get involved, the happy trio break apart. Katie makes her decision to be with Branch even though that’s not where her true feelings lie, a lot of miscommunication and manipulation goes on.
The night before her wedding to Branch, Brooks returns from the army and Katie can no longer deny her feelings. Brooks thinks this is the start of their life together but Katie is so ashamed with her actions and the consequences that she flees her hometown and the only family she has left.
The years that follow are full of ups and downs, Katie starts over in a new town and builds new relationships. Leaving Brooks behind may have been the hardest thing she had to do but raising his daughter alone and without his knowledge proves even harder. Katie marries her friend Bobby for convenience and comfort, she is up front that her heart lies with Brooks and Bobby is ok with that to begin with, believing her feelings will change with time.
When Brooks reappears Katie’s life is once again up in the air. She has to gain Brooks forgiveness, escape from crazy Bobby and confront her ex-fiancé Branch, all the while protecting her daughter. It all goes down in this book and you are in for one roller coaster ride!
The story started strong for me, there were tears when Katie lost her parents, and I liked getting to know Branch and Brooks. It was clear from the start that Katie should have been with Brooks but they were both young and Branch made it impossible for them to be together. When Katie left town and started over, the pacing of the story slowed down. It’s not often I think time jumps are a good idea but in this case I think it would have worked, we got a lot of Katie’s life on her own and her relationship with Bobby. When I’m reading a romance, I need the connection with the two main characters, so for Brooks to be missing for half the book this did take away some of my enjoyment. I wanted Bobby’s role summarised and Brooks’ expanded.
Brooks was my favourite character by far, even though his actions when he was younger were questionable, I loved the man he became and he really was sweet, protective and kind. The scenes with his daughter melted my heart. Katie on the other hand frustrated me at times, I wished for more character growth on her behalf. She did a lot of running, avoiding and blaming herself. I did soften towards her at the end as she was put through a lot and I was glad she got her HEA.
I really enjoyed the dialogue between Brooks and Katie; there were some sweet lines. These two were clearly meant to be together and even though they had a lot of miscommunication and a back and forth relationship, in the end it was shown they were meant to be.
I did feel there were many storylines merging at the end and it all got a bit too much, Bobby, Brooks and Katie were the focus but then Branch reappeared, creating drama and then a curveball was thrown it at the end with the twins’ mum. It was a lot to take in.
I liked the storyline and I think if it was streamlined and the flow of the story was more consistent then I would have loved this book completely. With that being said, it was a good, angst filled read with plenty of drama and you should check it out today.
“It’s his life’s mission to love you more than I do. So I figure that as long as I still love you, he’ll worship the ground you walk on.”
“Hurry back to me. We’ve got forever to spend together.”
“I meant every word that I wrote in those letters, Brooks. I could never completely give my heart away, not when it was with you the whole time.”
“That night we spent together in that hotel room was the second best night of my life.” I could tell that I’d affected him. “What was your first?” “The day I gave birth to your daughter.”
“I can’t stop loving you, Kat.”
“I don’t want to be your friend, because I need more than that. Open your eyes woman. I want to be your everything. I always have.”
“I’m not scared of you.” “You should be. I’ll steal your heart and you’ll never get it back,” he promised. “I gave it to you years ago, and I don’t want it back.” I replied.
“I love you.” “That will never get old.” “It better not. I’ve been practising it in front of a mirror since I was twelve.”
A Maryland native who spends most of her time devising a plan to live off the land on some remote island, where no one will ever find her.
She is a married mother of two kids, who may or may not drive her completely bonkers. In her spare time she enjoys shooting pool, camping and spending time with friends and family.
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Title: Lost In Love
Author: Kate Perry
Series: Summerhill #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2014
Publisher: Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.
Portia Summerhill feels like a loser.
Thirty-something, jobless, and living at home… How could she not? Next to her accomplished sisters, Portia's achievements—or lack thereof—are that much more noticeable.
The one thing Portia can claim is expert knowledge on antiques and her ancestry, and in a moment of serendipity, the perfect job lands in her lap: curator at the Museum of British Peerage. There's one caveat: the museum won't hire her unless she brings the family jewels with her. Or, more specifically, the infamous Summerhill tiara.
Except a cowboy hotelier stands between her and her tiara. Jackson Waite needs help getting his newest posh hotel launched and, luckily for Portia, he's willing to make a trade. If she helps him meet the deadline for his new resort, he'll give her the tiara. Only, the more time she spends with Jackson, the more Portia wonders if she wants the tiara or the man keeping it from her.
Lost in Love is the second installment in Kate Perry’s Summerhill series and focuses on Portia. Portia is the sister who always comes across more conservative than the others. She wasn’t my favorite sister, but I have to say after reading this one I feel as if I understand her more, and I have definitely warmed to her. Portia has the most love and knowledge for the Summerhill antiques and her family’s ancestry, but feels that compared to her sisters she has not accomplished much.
Portia feels this may all change when she has the chance of a new job that would be perfect for her, however, in order to get the job there is one condition involving the family jewels. In order to meet that condition she is going to need the help of a charming cowboy/hotelier called Jackson “Jack” Waite, the new owner of the Summerhill estate.
As expected, I really enjoyed Lost in Love, an easy, quick romantic read, low on the drama, but high on the romance and the feel good factor. I enjoyed learning more about the Summerhill history, and seeing Portia go for what she really wanted and deserved. Jackson and Portia are such a fun couple and I loved their chemistry. The dialogue that they had together was very funny at times and it was great to see Jackson bring out Portia’s softer and more fun side.
There is a side story involving Meredith, Quinn and a bucket list that was heartwarming, sweet and funny. And of course the rest of Portia’s sisters were back; Rosalind, Beatrice, Viola, Summer, Titania, and Imogen aka Gigi. Love those ladies!! They are, as always entertaining, and delightful. It’s lovely to get snippets into what’s happening in their lives, and hints of what may happen next for them.
Overall, I really enjoyed Lost in Love, and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series which after reading the epilogue, I would say to be Gigi’s story. If you are looking for an enjoyable, sexy charming, romantic and easy read then this series by the lovely Kate Perry is for you, as are all her books.
“He had a severe case of lust for a prissy British woman who wore saloon- girl underwear.”
“I don’t want to be your rebound fling. I want to be your forever”
“You don’t pick and choose, Meredith. Both good and bad things happen, and I want to experience them all with you.”
“I‘m pretty hooked on you, Portia. I can’t imagine wanting another woman the way I want you”
Read my review of Say You Will, Book 1 HERE
Kate's the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She's been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she's big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.
Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she's wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh...
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Title: The Plan
Author: Qwen Salsbury
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Day of Employment: 359
Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.
Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.
He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.
Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.
It is a goal. Emma has a plan.
While sitting back, watching and betting with her co-workers about how long Alaric’s assistants will last, Emma secretly pines over him. Everything she does to try to get his attention goes unnoticed. Or does it? Then she is surprisingly thrusted into the very spot no one can manage to hold, his new assistant, and the real story of Alaric and Emma begins. Their relationship forms on a business trip neither are soon to forget.
I enjoyed the story and her ability write the sexy scenes were definitely there, but I wasn’t quite invested in their emotional connection as much as I would have liked it to be. I thought the sexual innuendo laced banter back and forth that was cute and witty and it definitely brought forth the giggles. And I absolutely loved when she told him he needed more pineapple juice in his diet. “Drink it if you ever want that to happen again”. I loved the honesty in that. I mean every other book woman say’s “You taste like heaven” and blah, blah, blah. Ya, ok hunny, you go right on pretending you just finished sucking out the crème filling of a cannoli.
I didn’t really get a lot of the references in Emma’s inner dialogue that I know were meant to be funny. I was actually googling them as I read just so I could understand what the author was talking about. I did put a stop to that a third of the way through as it was not conducive for my reading flow. But at least I can now say I now know about Schrodinger’s cat. Maybe I’m just not up on my pop culture or perhaps I need some history lessons, who knows. Lots of other people I talked to got “it” so I could just be in the minority.
I also enjoyed the here and there writing format of:
Dinner: Being eaten on sofa.
Roommate: Inquisitor, it seems.
Have you ever watch Judge Wapner? Do you remember the sound effects when it shows you the summary of the verdict at the end of each case, like a type writer? Well, I just thought you should know that’s the sound that I had in my head as I read those parts. Call me weird or whatever but I just had to share that thought with you.
So if you are looking for a funny refreshing read, with a quirky, witty heroine give The Plan a go. It’s a sure thing for a fun read.
Emma Baker is a young woman who has had the “hippity hots” (as her BFF calls it) for over a year now for a Man that doesn’t even give her the time of day. She works at her job day in and day out with no real change to her routine. This Man is a complete asshole to everyone around him, Including Emma. Alaric Canon is a big shot business man who has a revolving door of PA’s that has stirred Emma and her co-workers in to a fit of healthy gambling. Every time Mr. Canon hires a new PA, Emma and her colleagues make wagers on how long they will last. This goes on for the entire time of Emma’s employment. Then one day she gets the call that just about kills her, she is Alaric Canon’s new PA.
Mr. Canon is HOT, I’ll give him that. I tend to have a weakness for stone-cold assholes that treat everyone like they’re nothing. Like for real, I do. But in this case I felt like Mr. Canon was too cold, too distant for far too long in the book. I just wanted him to break already! Eventually Emma wears him down. She ultimately becomes his best assistant, and his walls S L O W L Y begin to crumble. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for angst and build-up but Emma and Alaric’s game went on for a little too long for my liking. But other than that I enjoyed it.
The idea of the book was good, I just had a hard time getting into the flow and I felt like some of the sexy time scenes were drawn out way too long. They were done well though! It was hot, and once these two get past their game of brooding and hiding it’s actually very sweet and has some really cute sexy dialogue between them. I’m not sure how it happened, but Mr. Canon (as Emma calls him) turns into a really sweet man. I wouldn’t go all Prince Charming with him, but he definitely redeemed himself enough to make me happy. The only problem I had is this, Emma’s been borderline obsessed with this guy for over a year now. And by the time he finally breaks down and admits his feelings towards her in sweet fashion, she goes all clammy on him and doesn’t reciprocate. I was like DUDE! You’ve been wanting this forever, and you’re gonna go on lockdown now? Emma obviously frustrated me at this point, but she eventually turns the corner too. Well sort of, I’m still thinking she could have done a little more towards the end of the book.
Ultimately I enjoyed the storyline, and the general idea behind the book. The banter and dialogue between Alaric and Emma could have been a little more prevalent or revealing to me. I really enjoy when there’s a wealth of cute sexy banter back and forth, and since I was really pulling for these two characters I’d hoped for more of that. There were some really funny scenes that had me laughing out loud , the Author obviously has a great sense of humor and I felt like she didn’t over use it at all. This book was a good read that just had me wanting a little more out of the characters.
“Assholes are not special, Emma. Assholes are, however, your specialty.”
“It is a fact, universally accepted, that a single man in possession of a fine ass must be observed like wildlife.”
“I have flour in places where flour ought not be. Where people typically only complain about having sand in. Flour has gotten farther than anyone I’ve dated in recent memory.”
"I’m in the shower. The same shower in which Alaric Canon was naked and touching himself mere minutes ago. The water on the walls may well have splashed off his skin. Showerhead: Does not detach. Universe: Hates me.”
After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate. She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.
A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year. Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.
For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).
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Embrace Blog Tour: In Bloom by Katie Delahanty ~ Brittany & Stacy's 5 Star Reviews, Dream Cast & Giveaway!
Title: In Bloom
Series: The Brightside #1
Author: Katie Delahanty
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 10th. 2014
My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.
I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…
While working behind the scenes at a fashion show and trying to make herself invisible, Olivia Bloom runs into the lead singer of her favorite band, Berkeley Dalton. Of course she's a bit awestruck and proceeds to make an ass of herself. Not her finest moment. Enter Olivia's new friends/neighbors and "Operation Loverly," their attempt at transforming her. They're determined to give her the Hollywood makeover they think she needs and we get to see her try to navigate life in a new town. After stressing about her future, she lands a job at a high-end lingerie company and things start to look up.
Yep. That's me. Olivia Bloom. Ending the world, one g-string at a time.
After a few chance (and some not-so-chance) encounters, things start to progress a bit with Berkeley and Liv. She's convinced that she's made a fool of herself during each of their meetings, and there's no way he could be attracted to her, but it turns out that she caught Berkeley's eye from that very first meeting. He's just as enamored with her as she is with him. Things actually progress pretty slowly in their relationship, which was great for me, but Liv finds herself trying to focus more on her work, which she soon excels at, so that she won't have to pine over Berkeley. And when Berkeley is back in the picture, we find Liv on the red carpet, dodging paparazzi, and soaking up affection from a hot rock star. Pretty great, right?! Of course, dating a celebrity comes with its share of complications, and Liv really needs to develop a thicker skin.
It's official. My tongue is cursed. #funkitup
He nods his understanding and folds me into his arms. "Can I call you?" he asks into my hair.
Can I stay here forever?
He looks at me and softens. "I'm not captivating-- far from it, actually. I'm just honest. And to be honest, I've never met anyone I liked more than you. And, for once in my life, I don't care who knows it."
Sitting back, I peek at Berkeley's perfectly symmetrical profile, my thoughts turning to the near escapade in the Escalade. That was so almost rock' n' roll. He catches me looking. We share a conspiratorial smile, and he reaches out and squeezes my hand.
Hook, line, and sinker, I'm in love.
Berkeley Dalton, lead singer for Berkeley and the Brightside, and Ahhhhhhhh. This guy is everything! I loved him from the moment I met him! He is basically Hollywood’s “it” guy, and Olivia is Hollywood’s sort of fake “it” girl, due to an experiment that her two friends decided to pull. Her friends which I loved by the way! Which I’m not sure why I loved them because they were pretty crappy at times! LOL, but they were entertaining for sure! And something else that I loved about this book was Katie’s smooth wit that went into her writing. I found myself giggling late into the night (Trying not to wake my husband), this book was so smart and quirky and I found it so refreshing that the humor wasn’t forced. You can tell that the Author is just naturally a funny minded person. I can totally appreciate that, considering all of the books I read. I loved every bit of it, and now I’m spoiled and I just want more!
Something else I didn’t know about was how the book was actually formed. While reading, there are some cute “tweets” at the beginning of the chapters that coincide with that part of the story. I just thought that Katie was showing us how her characters were acting in the real world. And she WAS! It turns out that her characters have twitter accounts, and those tweets actually made it into the book. I just found this out while reading it! Crazy right? But I think it’s so cool! I love being surprised with stuff like that! This book really is different, and I LOVED it thoroughly!
Ok so back to the love… Berkeley and Olivia have this amazing chemistry that can’t be denied. He is smitten with her from the very first moment he sees her. And of course she feels the same way, yet she finds it hard to believe that her feelings could be reciprocated. But they are, and you get to go on this crazy cool whirlwind story filled with passion, heat, laughs, tears, and crazy paparazzi Hollywood drama. This book was just simple perfection for me, and I want all of my people to read it. It’s genuinely one of the best books I’ve read this year. You will fall in LOVE with Berkeley and Olivia big time!
Okay. Here it goes…
Berkeley Dalton: Like I said, I’d prefer someone unknown…but if I had to pick…Alex Pettyfer could work!
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Blog Tour: Incinerate by Tessa Teevan~ Bianca and Stacy's 5 Star Reviews, Teasers, Book Trailer, and GIVEAWAY!
Title: Incinerate (Explosive #2)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Cover Model: Joshua Saari
Cover Photographer: Josh Norris
When Knox Wellington opens the door to Charlie Davenport, he's not expecting the fiery brunette with whiskey colored eyes and a feisty personality. Sparks fly immediately, even though their initial meeting is nothing but hostile. Their chemistry is undeniable, but the chip on Knox's shoulder threatens to destroy any hope of him wooing the sweet, southern volunteer sent to help with his rehabilitation.
Little does he know she's no Southern Belle, as she gives as good as she can take. As unexpected circumstances push them closer together, heads butt, patience is tested, and flames ignite as they dance around their mutual attraction, both of them jaded from broken pasts.
They've both been burned before, so when their feelings of lust, desire, and wanting are inflamed in the heat of the moment, will they finally be able to get over the pain of the past or will their relationship be reduced to ashes before it can ever really begin?
*While this book is a standalone, characters from Ignite, book 1, will appear in Knox's story.
Incinerate by Tessa Teevan is the second book in the Explosive series, but can be read as a standalone.
Knox Wellington is a very complicated man. He does not believe in love, as love has burned him in the past. Why get involved with someone when it leads to heartbreak? So Knox loves 'em and leaves 'em. He has a huge issue with trust. While in the military, Knox gets inured pretty badly after an explosion. A volunteer is the hired to assist him with everyday life. Enter Charlotte Davenport (Charlie). Charlie is not your average heroine. She is sassy, confident, and has a mouth of her. She was raised by her dad and takes no nonsense. Charlie also has a bad past when it comes to love.
The attraction is immediate when Knox and Charlie meet for the first time. And the second time. Charlie ends up being the volunteer to help Knox. He refuses at first, but then gives in because he knows he needs help.
"I'm completely confused at my reaction to him. I want to gauge his eyes in one moment and then rip his clothes off in the next. He's sweet, he's an ass, he's warm, he's cold. He flirts, he scowls, but dammit if my heart doesn't melt when he smiles"
I loved the witty banter between Knox and Charlie. It was natural and went with the flow of the story. It's a perfect mix of sweet, sexy, steamy. They are both so stubborn and refuse to be genuinely nice to each other. There is always a slight sexual undertone in their interactions. They both feel it, but refuse to give in for awhile. When they do give in, it's passionate, heart-felt, and captivating. When you've been hurt it's hard to give someone your heart again. But sometimes, a person is worth that risk. Knox saw that risk and took it anyway. Every emotion. Every word. I FELT it. Do you hear that? That's my heart beating for Knox. He gave me ALL THE FEELS. I held on to every word. When Knox speaks it is with truth and conviction. And when he loves, watch out. It. Is. Beautiful.
"Here's the thing. I'm tired of this roommate bullshit. I want more than that. I want you to be my girl. I want you to be in my bed, just like this."
"Here's the thing Knox. You didn't even to ask. I was already yours"
Besides being hot, Knox is stubborn, brooding, yet charming. He is also one of the most passionate male characters I have ever read. When Knox loves, he loves hard. He loves with every fiber in his body. That's why his past hurt so much, it made him not want to love again. Until, Charlie that is. She represented everything he swore never to go back on, but he couldn't stay away from her. It's about time a heroine like Charlie came along. She is fun, strong, and completely irrevocably in love with Knox. The build up of their feelings is the heart of this book. It allows you to fall for Knox and Charlie. Them being together makes sense. Their love is raw, genuine, and knows no boundaries.
“This isn’t a one night thing. This isn’t roommates hooking up. This is you and me. This is us. Falling into place, the way we’re meant to. And I’m tired of fighting it. I don’t want to anymore.”
Incinerate is one of those books that you have to read from beginning to end. Life just has to take a back seat. The writing draws you in from the first page and you are captivated by the story and it's characters until the end. You don't read Tessa Teevan's books. You live them. You experience them. Knox Wellington. You stole my heart. You made me believe in love again. That true, all consuming love does exist. FIVE beautiful, rugged, all consuming, passionate stars to Incinerate!
Knox Wellington is a Soldier, He fought for freedom alongside his brothers. Alongside those same brothers that perished at his feet, in front of his eyes, and their memories ingrained in his soul. He came home tortured and broken. What he didn’t realize was the overabundance of love and support he would have from those who love him. Knox has a great sense of himself, he’s just afraid to admit that he needs help. His pride overrides his need for rehabilitation, and hope.
Then he meets Charlie Davenport. He’s seen her before, the beautiful brown eyed goddess that he treated like crap at a bar, slightly prior to meeting her. So when Charlie shows up at his home to rehabilitate this wounded soldier, he’s less than amused to meet her acquaintance. He’s in shock that this vixen will bare the hands to heal him! He turns adolescent almost! Its super endearing by the way! From the minute these two realize that they have to inhabit each other’s company, IT’S ON!!! The sexual chemistry between #Choxlie flies through the roof! Turn the page, turn the page, and TURN IT!!!! I wasn’t able to stop!
Charlie is probably one of my favorite book girlfriends EVER by the way! She’s awesome. She doesn’t back down, she gives Knox back EVERY bit of crap that he gives her. And it makes for some super hot chemistry. You can tell that she wants Knox, that she NEEDS Knox, but she’s so proud and stubborn that she’s not willing to give up her wall of China any day soon… Charlie has one thing in her life that could completely crumble her to pieces, one man who owns her heart and soul. This man is Wade. Her Father. No man can rival Wade, He is the Dad that we all want and wish for. And when Knox starts to take hold of Charlie’s heart, Wade is the only obstacle. Or is he? HA!
The secondary characters in this story will grab your heart as well! Knox has a set of brothers that can either rival your dream man or throttle your senses! Good and, uhhhmmmm bad? I guess you’ll have to wait and see, and read ;-)
This beautiful story moves along as so… Strong alpha male wants the strong independent female who is apprehensive to all of his “charms”. I won’t destroy the ending for you, but I will implore you to read this book. It’s sweet, demandingly sexy, and utterly irresistible! Knox will melt your heart with his words, and Charlie will make you strive to be a better woman. You honestly can’t read a better love story than this. I hate to use the word “melty” LOL. But it happened! Shoot me.
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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Blog Tour - Forgiving Lies (Forgiving Lies #1) by Molly McAdams ~ Excerpt, Derna's Review and Giveaway
Title: Forgiving Lies
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Forgiving Lies #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 29, 2013
A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him
A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boywith a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel's will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.
A matter of love...
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel's heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies ... or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?
Logan “Kash” Ryan is an undercover cop who has a case to solve. He’s protective, strong, funny, caring, hot and swoon worthy. Everything you would look for in a book boyfriend. Kash finds it hard to stay focused on the job ahead after he meets his new neighbor Rachel Masters. Rachel is smart, feisty, independent and sweet. Her history has made her guarded, hard trust people, and she is more than happy being single.
“The only girl I’ve wanted for years now, and I can’t get her out of my head, no matter what I do she repeatedly blows me off like I’m nothing”
“It didn’t matter if my heart had skipped a few beats, and butterflies had taken up residence in my stomach when I first saw him…….A bad boy was definitely not in my future. Guys in general were not in my future.”
With both having secrets, it means they try to keep the friendship they have formed as just friends, but as it deepens the chemistry, the attraction and the sparks that fly between them means this is easier said than done.
“While I knew we needed to remain friends, it was a near-constant struggle to get my body and heart to understand that too.”
“I’d known that first day that she was a game changer, and I wasn’t sure I could live without her"
Forgiving Lies was a little different from Molly’s previous books, maybe not as heartbreaking. There was plenty of hot sexy romance, drama, angst, suspense, humor and a few twists along the way. Loved the connection Kash and Rachel, they were good together, and had great banter.
I liked how things between them developed slowly as they got to know each other and as their walls being to crack, especially for Rachel.
“I’d let my guard slip and somewhere along the way I’d let Kash in. It terrified and thrilled me, but I couldn’t keep pretending”
I really liked the ending it was action packed, and intense. I was in a happy place as there was that all-important epilogue that I love, and them boom!!! Molly sucker punched me with a twist in the epilogue, which meant the book ended on a cliffhanger, and I was left slightly frustrated, and wanting more.
Overall, I really liked this book; it was an entertaining read that I happily read in one sitting. Forgiving Lies has everything (except for the cliffhanger ending) that I love about Molly, and love about her writing style. It flowed well and was told in dual POV with likeable secondary characters such as Mason and Candice.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Deceiving Lies to discover what is going to happen next for Kash and Rachel. If you love Molly then you will love Forgiving Lies and if you don’t love cliffhangers and are happy to wait then, I would recommend you wait until March 4th, when Deceiving Lies is released and you can read both books back to back.
Book Two Coming March 4, 2014 . . .
Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they've had, she's ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there's something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.
Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn't want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him ... and it's the girl he loves who's caught in the middle.
Trent Cruz's orders are clear: take the girl. But there's something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel's protector runs out, he will turn his back on the only life he's known, and risk everything, if it means getting her out alive.
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Title: Tortured Soul
Author: Kirsty Dallas
Series: Mercy's Angels #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Abuse
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2014
Emily Donovan didn't know love, she didn't know gentle and her future wasn't hers to own. Because HE owned her. There is only so much one soul can take before it is broken beyond repair and she had reached that milestone long ago.
Braiden Montgomery had secrets, secrets that would see a special place in hell reserved just for him. He was trying to make amends, trying to find his own form of redemption when a waif of a girl with jet black hair and pale blue eyes seized his heart.
Emily's soul had been tortured by men like Braiden, so trusting the dark haired Dom would be one of the most difficult things she would ever do. For a man with skills like Braiden, keeping 'Em' safe would be a piece of cake. Bringing her frozen heart back to life might just prove impossible though.
My first impression after reading the blurb for Tortured Soul was that I was extremely intrigued. It seemed like it would be an emotional read, maybe kind of dark-- *fingers crossed*-- and the characters definitely piqued my interest. I love flawed characters, when they're done right, and had high hopes for this book. This novel is part of a series, but since it is marketed as a standalone, I took a chance. I usually like to read my books in order, if part of a series, but this one just looked too good to pass up. I had to make an exception.
Emily was in an extremely abusive dominant/submissive relationship, if you can call in that, with Jonas, a cruel and powerful man who held her captive, really. He took complete control of her life when she was not yet seventeen, and she spent seven years enduring unthinkable things at his hand until he had completely broken her spirit. He then passed her on to his son, who inflicted his own form of debasement and torture to her already battered heart and body. She finally escapes after his son, who eventually became her husband, is murdered, only to have to face her captor again after he threatens her sister, for who she'll do anything to keep safe. She's broken, beaten down and tired. At this point, Jonas no longer evokes fear in her because she's completely checked out. She's been through it all and she's just an empty shell of the person she could have been.
Braiden, a former assassin, is trying to make amends for all of the terrible things he's done and the lives he's taken. He's determined to free Emily from her captivity at any cost. He shows her compassion, while being a strong, protective force in her life. His fierce loyalty to her is something she's definitely not seen much of in her life up until this point. His main goal is to give her life back to her, to give her the freedom to live as she wishes. But after being conditioned for so long to depend on following a master's commands, she's lost and afraid, and Braiden must step in to fill that role. At least temporarily.
My heart absolutely broke for Emily and what she'd been through. The self-esteem she lacked and her perception of herself was incredibly sad. As "unclean" as she feels, Braiden shows her that she isn't to blame for the things that were done to her. In contrast, Braiden committed his sins willingly, and has some similar feelings of guilt and shame. They had a lot to learn from each other and Braiden is determined to put her needs first, even if it means giving her up. And when her past comes back to hant them, will he be able to protect her at all, or will she have to find the closure she needs for herself and slay her own demons alone?
The tender moments between Braiden and Emily, after seeing what she's gone through, were absolutely beautiful. I felt a really strong connection to Emily and my heart really went out to her throughout the entire book. Braiden was also a character that I loved. His loyalty, compassion, and determination to do whatever it took to free Emily of her past, was something that really made him a great character. The secondary characters were also great. The love and support they showed for Emily was heartwarming. They also brought quite a bit of humor to the story, which lightened up the heavy subject matter at just the right times. This book is a story about redemption, about revenge, and about second chances. A few surprising twists and turns, and some nail-biting moments made for an extremely entertaining read.
One issue that I did have was the claim that this is a standalone. I don't necessarily disagree with that statement, but certain things, characters, and events mentioned would have definitely had more of an impact if I had read the previous two books in this series. There were a few things that left me with more questions. For example, the two characters previously met in a hospital while Emily was recovering from a brutal beating. I found myself wondering for quite a while why Braiden was in the hospital with her when it seemed that they didn't know each other at the time. Clearly this information must have been revealed in a previous book. Also, why did he feel the need to rescue Emily in the first place? Why did he feel such a strong connection with her? I needed just a bit more background and insight into these characters lives, which I'm sure I would have gotten had I read the first two books. I was able to make some assumptions pretty early on, but it would have been nice to know, for sure, if my guesses were correct. Although this didn't ruin the overall impact of the story for me, I think it's worth mentioning as it is explained in the summary that this can be read without having read the rest of the series. Despite that, in my opinion, minor issue, I really enjoyed Tortured Soul and am looking forward to reading more from this author!
I enjoy ice cold ciders, barbeques, music and art. I hate cooking, in fact I think I have major kitchen allergies. My feet rarely grace anything other than flip-flops and even in the middle of a hot Aussie summer, I love my jeans!!! To sum me up in a few words (and you know how hard just a few words is for an author) ~ easy going, laid back, dreamy and passionate.
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Title: Taking Something
Series: Give Me Something #2
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: February 18, 2014
I know what you're thinking. “You were such a jerk, Nick!” Believe me, I know I screwed up the best thing I had going in my life, but that was kind of my thing. I’d learned how to run cons before I could even form complete sentences, and I'd always been selfish. But I changed. Lila forgave me, my brother and I were getting along, and I was trying to make a name for myself in the music world.
At least that was what I was trying to do when I negotiated my way into the recording studio with pop superstar Sadie Sinclair. I thought it would be a piece of cake—charm my way into her heart and into her record label's good graces.
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I got mixed up in a web of lies, manipulation, and deception. A web that had me questioning my motives and desires altogether.
Was the fame and fortune really worth the price?
"Could I do the happily ever after? I wasn't sure if I even deserved one."
I really enjoyed book one in the series, Give Me Something, although I must admit I wasn't a fan of Nick so I was interested to discover if his own story could sway my opinion of him.
Nick moved to the bright lights of Hollywood, he was now trying to stay on the straight and narrow and earn his money rather than conning someone out of it. This landed him as music producer for America's pop princess. Of course, he still had to use his charm and in order to convince Sadie Sinclair that he was the guy for the job, he made her fall in love with him. Nick was living his dream and the benefits of being Sadie's arm candy wasn't too bad either, that was until Gia, Sadie's childhood friend and now personal assistant caught his attention. Gia would soon change Nick’s world and the way in which he viewed it. But Sadie wasn’t giving Nick up without a fight, blackmail was her method of torture and if I thought Nick’s scheming was bad in book one, well Sadie had nothing on him. That girl was plain evil and poor Nick and Gia were her pawns.
I liked the fact that this love triangle was based on two girls and one guy, as so often it is the other way about. The term love triangle is used loosely here as really Nick was only ever with Sadie in the first place to further his career. I knew as soon as Gia was mentioned that she would be the real girl for Nick. Sadie was always at the forefront though and Nick and Gia had to steal little moments together, to build their friendship/relationship. I did feel that I didn't get to know Gia well enough. As the story was told through Nick's point of view, I missed Gia’s character development, I wanted inside her head to really know her and to learn why she was the right girl for Nick. I had guessed her secret early on and when it came to light, Nick surprised me and proved he had changed his ways as he was willing to give everything up for Gia. I may have swooned a little over Nick at that point.
It was great to get little snippets of Lila, Tucker and their life together. It was also nice to see Nick had formed a close family bond with them, and they were both on hand to give him the support he needed.
I enjoyed Elizabeth's writing, I must give her credit for making me fall a little in love with Nick after I had written him off in book one. For me, the story didn't really delve deep into the bones of the characters, Gia’s background had potential to be emotional and gritty but I get that this was Nick’s story. I also wanted more time with him and Gia together for me to fall for them as a couple. The pace of the story felt a little slow for me and there was much toing and froing with Nick and Gia giving in to Sadie’s demands. I just wanted someone to put Hollywood Barbie in her place already.
The story ended with a sweet epilogue and we got a tiny glimpse into Gia’s point of view. Even though I would have liked more of this and sooner, it was great to see Gia grow in confidence and finally go after what she wanted. I liked the setting of the music industry and the award ceremonies with even a little cameo from our fav country star Kylie Ryans!
Taking Something was a quick, easy read with an original storyline. Fans of the series will love the continuation of the Kline characters. It can technically be read as a standalone but to understand Nick better and to get a clearer picture of his relationship with Tucker and Lila, then it is best read in order.
If you are a fan of Elizabeth Lee, Give Me Something or just contemporary romance in general then you need to check this one out today!
"For the fist time in my entire life I wanted to earn someone's trust. Hers."
"Fuck. I was developing a damn conscious. How in the hell had that happened?"
"She was my second chance at love. My second chance to prove I was worthy of love. Capable of giving and receiving it."
"Her lips started to curl into a giddy smile. And when I knew she was completely satisfied, I let myself-and my heart-go. Completely."
"I'd always been on the take. My whole life I was always taking something from someone. But Gia had changed me. All I wanted now was to give. Give the beautiful woman in my arms everything she deserved and then some."
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