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Where do I begin with this review? I just finished it and I am still reeling over this story. It was adorable, nerdy, romantic, and steamy all rolled in one.
Twenty two Emilia (Mia), a popular gaming blogger finds herself in monetary problems. She decides to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder. That highest bidder happens to be the hot young billionaire, Adam Drake who happened to make his millions through software development and gaming. Mia explains her auction as a way to empower herself as a woman and be in control. When we meet Adam he is arrogant and undeniably handsome. He is persistent and it's easily seen that he gets what he wants.
At Any Price turned out to be a passionate, heart-felt romance. Adam and Mia's both have pasts that caused them to be numb when it comes to love, romance or relationships. They both coax through life with an unknown emptiness until they meet each other. I absolutely loved this story! Mia and Adam's love story is one that will stay with me for a very long time. They connected on such a deep level. I felt their immediate connection the moment they laid eyes on each other. It goes beyond their similar interest in gaming. Things make sense when are together. It's as if how did they live before each other? Their all consuming love made this to be one of my favorite debuts this year!
"I'd led my entire life until that very second firmly believing that I didn't need anyone-not a goddamn soul. That Mia Strong was an island, a fortress. But I needed Adam Drake. I needed him as much as I needed to breathe, eat or drink. And finally my brain allowed my heart to admit it."
What started out as what was supposed to be one night of Mia losing her virginity, turned into so much more. This story is so much more than your typical girl virgin meets billionaire. They have a love that captivated me as a reader. Two very empty people found solace in each other. I really enjoyed the author's style of writing. So many authors get wrapped up in the plot and forget about the writing. However, Brenna Aubrey keeps the reader engaged as her writing allows the story to flow nicely. I had a very hard time when it came to putting this book down. I needed more and wanted to know what would happen next.
"Every minute I spent with you made me want a hundred minutes more."
This story is full of hotness, romance, and secrets. I found it to be not only heartfelt but also completely romantic. Mia and Adam are two broken people that found their missing pieces in each other. You get to watch them fall in love without realizing it. I loved this story and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Adam and Mia.
Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, AT ANY PRICE, releases in December, 2013.
She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna’s favorite author is Jane Austen and favorite novel is PERSUASION. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting. She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.
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I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book. The romance, the steaminess, the suspense! It was an all around great book that was hard to put down.
The story begins where we meet Melissa who is at a resort with her best friend, Elaine. We are given the sense that Melissa is running from something or someone, but that is not revealed until later. For now, her and Elaine are adamant about spending their week relaxing and receiving spa treatments. One night she ends up meeting the dark, handsome, mysterious Derek Alexander. Their chemistry is off the charts. Melissa and Derek immediately connect and end up hooking up that night. Normal, right? Wrong. Something develops between these two, but they only have one week. Can two attractive people fall for each other in a week?
This fast paced adult romance story captured me the moment I started. The connection between Melissa and Derek was electrifying, exciting, and truly heartfelt. Neither one knew what they were missing in their lives until they found each other. This author did a great job in allowing two perfect strangers to meet and to fall for each other so deeply. This isn't insta-love. Love knows no time limit, no boundaries. Derek and Melissa are proof of this.
This story consumed me not only with romance but with suspense as well. There are secrets on both sides that I did not see coming. While Melissa is battling with her inner demons she finally allows herself to let Derek in. They spend more time together and although scared, she falls for him. Hard and quickly. No pun intended. Ok well maybe. :) Derek is sexy and swoon worthy. I would love to see more of their story, especially from Derek's POV. If you enjoy a hot and suspenseful romance story then this is the one for you. This is a great debut from the author and I am excited to see what she comes up with next.
**BOOK Two, One To Keep, IS COMING SOON!**
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!
There's a new guy in town...
"Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I’d get their shit done. And I did..."
Patrick doesn't do "nice."
At least, not anymore.
After his fiance cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight--and clean up the mess.
While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she's not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.
Patrick's ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he’s changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.
Standalone, M/F, HEA; Coming Jan. 16, 2014!
Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire all of her stories... wink)—turned wife, mommy, and novelist.
She lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…
It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review
I haven't had the pleasure of reading an Ilona Andrews' book before Clean Sweep, but her Kate Daniels series has been highly recommended to me so after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it.
I loved Dina, the innkeeper. When the neighborhood dogs start getting killed, Dina takes matters into her own hands and decides to hunt down the mysterious killer. I thought Dina was pretty badass. With the help of her super cool broom, her awesome magical house and her adorable Shih Tzu, Dina is ready to face the monster. She doesn't back down and just goes for it. She also doesn't let the men dictate her actions and stands up to them on more than one occasion.
I really liked the secondary characters like Sean and Arland. They brought a little bit of humor and entertaining dialogue. They interactions between them and Dina were one of my favorite parts of this book. I can't wait see more of Sean in the next book and learn more about him and Arland since they still remain a little bit of a mystery to me.
This story turned out into so much more than what I was expecting. As the story progresses, we're introduced to a whole new world(s) filled with interesting, and sometimes creepy, characters. This is described so vividly that you can easily visualize it. I also liked that images of some of the characters were incorporated into the book which made it a lot easier picture them throughout the book. There is also a little bit of romance thrown in, but it didn't take away from the story- which I loved.
Overall, I really liked the characters and the interactions with each other as well as the the world-building in this book. I found out that this was a serial published on the author's website, so I'll be keeping an eye out and see if the same will be done for book two. I will be definitely reading more from Ilona Andrews and read the sequel which is releasing in 2014.
*I received an ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.*
As a huge fan of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels urban fantasy series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. It helped that I had already read and loved the parts of this novel they posted on their blog back when Clean Sweep was a free serial story, so I knew it would be good. I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of Clean Sweep when I saw that they were looking for readers, and am very glad I had the chance to read this story in it’s entirety, in one book.
Dina was the main character. I really liked her, since she was compassionate, resourceful, and very brave. I felt sorry for her because of her parents’ disappearance and her inability to find them, but the fact that she got back on her feet and started her own inn was something that made me admire her even more. I never thought she was annoying, and even when she had weak moments, I fully understood them. I loved that she stood up to people when she had to, and I had a lot of fun following her through this book.
The side characters in this book were mysteries, and mostly remained that way. I have to admit to liking Sean the best, though. He was arrogant, but I could tell that he really came to care about Dina. Plus, it was kind of interesting that Dina had to teach him some things about himself. Arland never grew on me, but I did like that he ended up being loyal, and doing the things that he needed to do. I thought that Sean, Arland, and Dina ended up making an interesting team, even with all of the personality clashes.
The plot of this story was really interesting. It started off with dogs being killed, and Dina wanting to try and stop it from happening. From there, the story turned into an intriguing mystery, with an otherworldly element. As this was a short novel, things happened pretty quickly, but I was definitely satisfied with how the story was told.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was a quick, easy read with a likable heroine and an interesting side cast. The mystery was interesting, and I loved the bits and pieces of world-building that was created in this book. With how this story ended, I am definitely looking forward to the sequel coming in 2014.
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team.
Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.
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"Love isn't something you hide from. Love isn't something you trade in. Love is a priority. It's the one thing in people's lives that make them want to live. It's the one thing in my life that's kept me breathing."
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I really enjoyed book one, In The Air and wanted to read Kingsley's story. She was closed off in book one and it was obvious she was hiding a dark past, I didn't realise just how dark and deep it went.
Kingsley has been 'dating' Wren for 9 months, although Kingsley refuses to label their relationship, it's safer that way as she vowed never to fall in love again but Kingsley underestimated Wren's feelings for her and this guy was determined not to give her up without a fight. Wren wouldn't stop until each and every secret of Kingsley's was bared to him.
The book was split into past and present chapters, I liked this format at the beginning, as Kingsley found it difficult to open up to Wren, we got to delve into her past and just find out what she was hiding. Kingsley suffered a harrowing past, not one any child should endure. The tough scenes were really well written and even though some tough events were only alluded to, the affect was still the same and it was heartbreaking to read. Kingsley was abused in her foster home yet it was the constant fear she lived in that forced her mouth closed. One ray of light in the form of Porter made Kingsley's life bearable but even then, it wasn't long before Porter lost his shine.
I really liked Kingsley's character, you couldn't help but love her. I liked the fact she was different, the cover of this book is a perfect image and I wish we read more heroines like her. Kingsley had a horrible childhood yet she still managed to be a kind hearted, sincere person. It was the small things, like keeping track of how many days she loved Porter, or the way in which she got excited over tasting a cupcake that really brought out her endearing side and highlighted just how young and innocent Kingsley really was. Porter started to change and Kingsley knew within herself she wasn't happy with drinking or partying but she was so desperate for a love that didn't hurt her, that she turned the other cheek and carried on regardless. All this took place when Kingsley was 13-14 so it was such a young age, for any child to experience what she did. My heart ached for her at times.
When the book began Kingsley and Wren's relationship was already established and even though we knew they got together in book one, I would have liked to read about the early stages of their relationship, for Kingsley to let Wren in that far for a length of time, I couldn't help but want to read about their beginning. Each chapter left on an important note, leaving you desperate to read on, I must admit there were a few times I wanted to just skip to the next future chapter as I really wanted to know what was happening with Kingsley and Wren.
I really enjoyed the author's writing in this book, it has grown so much and the end result is a well written, raw, gritty new adult book. Some of the passages were beautifully written, most of my quotes are from Kingsley describing her love for Porter and even though I hugely disliked Porter, I loved the way Kingsley's feelings were described, it was real and evocative. This was Kingsley's story. It isn't your typical romance and yes perhaps I wanted more time between her and Wren and to enjoy their relationship but this was about Kingsley and her journey of confronting her past leaving her free to live her future.
I'm not going to lie, I almost had a heart attack at 98% thinking there was going to be a cliffhanger, fear not there isn't although the ending was kind of abrupt. There was no fluffy epilogue or mushy future scenes but then this is Kingsley we are talking about ;-) the ending was significant and just as it should be.
In Control is an engrossing read with great characterisation. I recommend you check this one out today.
"For years, I blamed myself for falling for Porter. For years, I refused to let myself fall for anyone else. And then Wren came along and changed everything."
"I had been shattered a long time ago, and the shards of my former self were so sharp, nothing else could ever harm me."
"Most of all, I just wanted to call him mine because I never had anything of my own."
"He turned and said the one thing that could pierce through the layers of concrete surrounding my heart. "I love you." Three Words. Eight letters. One single tear escaping as the concrete slowly chipped away."
"Not only was his joy contagious, but it also gave me promise that maybe my heart could be repaired."
"I wanted to live on his lips. Build a house, raise a family, and someday die, all while cushioned against his skin."
"I hoped that if there was a genie who made birthday wishes come true, he'd hear mine and award me with a love that would never abandon me."
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