Review: Creed by Kristen Ashley (Unfinished Hero #2)

Released 09/15/12

382 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

THIS BOOK! I did not see this coming. This book is legitimately in my top 10 favorite books ever if not top-five. Like seriously, I have never loved two characters as much as I love Sylvie in Creed. At first, it took me a while to get into this book. I believe the first time that Sylvie in the creed get together. Period that’s when I knew it was on. I absolutely fell for both of these characters.

Sylvie works for Knight. Creed does his own thing. They come together to work on a case for Knight. Sylvie loves night, not like that, as best friends. She complicit me trust him. And she feels slightly betrayed when she’s forced to work with Creed who he knows is her childhood sweetheart. This book is told in alternating time periods. It goes between now and when Sylvie and Creed were younger. So what happened was Creed ended up leaving and he promised Sylvie that he would come back for her but he never did. Since he didn’t come back for her she was forced into this relationship with this other man by her father of all people. I don’t give away the whole story by telling exactly what happened but I think is important to know that each of their foundations is skewed since they don’t know the story from the other person’s perspective.

Honestly this is a five out of five because there are no two characters that can really compare to Sylvie and Creed for me. I don’t think I have loved both the hero and heroine is as much as I’ve loved these two characters in the book. This is the first time that I’ve loved both main characters hands-down. At first, I was a little put off by Sylvie and the whole story but I had read such great reviews that I kept going. Not to mention Knight is one of my favorite books ever. In the end, you have to read this. That is a statement, it’s not an “if you like this book you should read…” it’s a “I don’t care what you have read, you have to read this”

Favorite Quotes:

Born to love you, baby,” he repeated. “Die lovin’ you, my Sylvie.”

“You need me. You won’t stay away and you won’t let me go because, baby, you can’t breathe without me.”

“Some people get to live life. Some people survive it. We’re survivors. We can carve out our pieces of happy, and, I swear to God, baby, right now, you got my vow, for you and for me, the rest of our lives, I’ll bust my ass to carve our piece of happy.”

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Review: Rock with Me by Kristen Proby (With Me in Seattle Series)

Release Date: 4/30/13

Pages: 298

Price: $3.99

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

From the Publisher:

Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She’s already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn’t signing up for another lesson.
Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He’s not used to women treating him like he’s poisonous, and he isn’t about to let her run away every time he gets close. He’s had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime…when this one runs, he gives chase. But, catching Sam isn’t as hard as he thought.
The sexual attraction between them is so thick, Sam can practically hold it in her hand. There’s no way she can deny herself the promise of pleasure being with Leo would provide. But, pleasure always comes with pain and when secrets are revealed and trust is challenged, who will run and who will chase?

 

So, I’m a little late reading this. I honestly love the With Me in Seattle Series and I like series like this where the story actually ends at the end of the book but through other characters we still get a glimpse of what happens afterward. I like spin offs. This may be because the first erotic romance novels I read were by Megan Hart and all of her novels are stand alone but there is a reading order because the characters are intertwined. Anyway, so this book is about Leo who we saw in Play with Me which was Meg and Will’s story. Sam has appeared in all 3 books. Meg and Leo were in foster care together and Sam is Will’s sister.

This is going to be pretty short as I don’t have a lot to say about it which is not a bad thing. I thought the story was well paced and well written. The connection between Sam and Leo is instant and their reaction and banter is hilarious. Sam is very much an independent woman which I like; I am not a fan of spineless characters. At times Sam is a bit headstrong and difficult but I will take that over spineless, insecure characters any day of the week. Leo is a Rock star so of course he is used to people using him to get somewhere. He never has that thought with Sam. While she can be a bit cold to others she really has a warm heart and wants to help others. Sam is the one that is used to being used because of her famous family and that’s why she is so independent and sometimes standoffish.

Sam and Leo have some hot sex. Kristen is like a master at writing sex scenes that are realistic yet scorching on the sex scale. I will read anything she writes. Honestly, in most other series’ book four is in no way as good as maybe the first two. Kristen knows the secret of keeping it fresh. All of the characters male and female are different from previous books so it doesn’t feel like you are reading the same thing over and over. Also, since the characters from earlier novels continue to appear it maintains the connection or theme within the novels which helps because the characters are so different.

If you haven’t read any of the With Me in Seattle Series you must be living under a rock and you need to get out from under there and pick up all the books. You will not be disappointed.

Favorite Quotes:

“I’ll take you hard, and soft, and every way in between.”

“I’m going to make love to you until you’re shaking and don’t remember who you are.”

“As soon as I get you home I’m going to fuck you until you can’t walk”

Fresh Friday: New on the shelves

This is something new I wanted to start for my blog and this is Fresh Friday. This is mainly going to showcase what I bought or received this week (a lot of other bloggers do this but their in my mailbox). I’m not sure why I have to be different but its something I’m good at 🙂

My TBR list is getting crazy long so I didn’t buy too many books this is certainly much less than normal.

Purchased:

Burn (THE BREATHLESS TRILOGY) by Maya Banks

If You Leave: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 2 by Courtney Cole

Galleys:
Drawn Together (A BROWN FAMILY NOVEL) by Lauren Dane

All of You by Christina Lee

Review: Kept By Him by Red Garnier

Release Date: 7/1/13

Pages: 100

Price: $2.99

From the Publisher:

Red Garnier takes readers deep into a world of power and possession—and passion…

Not everyone knows that billionaire Daniel Lexington gets a little dirty, a little dark, and will settle for nothing less than everything from any woman lucky enough to tangle his sheets. Handsome, rich and completely irresistible, Daniel can have any woman he wants. However, there is one woman he aches to possess, but has never touched: Monica Davenport.

Monica is one of the alarmingly few women in his life that Daniel has called friend and Daniel protects his friends—no matter what. But when Monica comes to him one night, asking him to make love to her, Daniel is not about refuse—he can’t refuse—even if it could cost him everything. Now, she has a shocking, erotic proposal that threatens to change everything between them because Daniel is a demanding lover who will accept nothing less than complete surrender…

Read all five e-novellas in this sensational series—and look for the full volume of THE BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB in January 2014 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

So, I really love the billionaires club series but I would have to say that out of the novellas so far this is my least favorite. I thought I would love it because Daniel is the head of the billionaires club. Not necessarily the head but he’s known as the Prince of Chicago. Monica Davenport is known in Chicago as the Ice Maiden. She is very stoic, unemotional and cold. The only person that she’s ever been warm to is Daniel.

Daniel and Monica were close 10 years before the setting of the story. She had just lost her parents and she moved in with the Lexington’s for a while before she got on her feet. During this tough time Daniel would comfort her night but they never went beyond friendly interactions. Except for one night. Monica being the Ice Maiden that she is refused Daniel and set their futures into motion.

Obviously, the two are meant to be together but since they are denying their attraction they tend to look for what feels safe in a relationship. For Daniel, this is one night stands, never sleeping over, and generally being alone. For Monica, this is older men, unemotional attachments, and generally being alone. What they’re both lacking is love and excitement in a relationship.

Monica runs into Daniel at a public event and then they end up leaving together. Monica tells Daniel that the reason her boyfriend broke up with her is because she can’t turn her mind off during sex. She then propositions Daniel to have sex with her and of course he accepts. Their chemistry is off the charts whenever they’re together. Monica tries denying the attraction she feels to Daniel but Daniel understands that this is his chance to have the one woman that he always wanted. Daniel is the one that ends up fighting for the relationship. Eventually Monica sees the light and they give it a go and they get their happily ever after.

Like I said overall the book is good but it’s not as good as the previous novellas in the series. To me it didn’t have the same heat and excitement that Chloe and Graves story had. I can only hope the other stories will be more along the lines of the first two that I read.

Waiting on Wednesday: Stripped by Jasinda Wilder

New meme for the blog! I feel like everyone and their mother does this but I feel like this is something that will help you all get an idea for what kind of books I like to read. Plus sometimes I don’t have a chance to review everything I read as well.

So, what book am I most excited about coming out this month…..

Stripped by Jasinda Wilder!

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From the publisher:

So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you’re faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you’d imagine. That doesn’t make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There’s nothing I’d like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again.

Then, one day, I meet a man. He’s in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I’m used to though. It’s something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He’s People Magazine’s Sexiest Man alive. He’s the hottest actor in Hollywood. He’s the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind.

He’s the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what’s he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes?

I’m a virgin, and he’s an American icon of male sexuality. I’m a stripper, and he’s a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he’s the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not.

And then things get complicated.

 

Release Date:

August 16, 2013

Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Release Date: 7/1/13

Price: 3.99 for ebook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

After reading the synopsis I figured this could be really bad or be really good. I’m glad to say that this was a pleasant surprise. This was much better than I thought it would be. Long story short, Evelyn goes to Vegas to celebrate her 21st meets a Rockstar and he falls for her and they get married. Biggest problem: She doesn’t remember most of the night and he does. This causes him lots of frustration because he doesn’t readily trust people and he let her in. Evelyn has had her whole life mapped out by her parents and getting married strays from that. she realizes through the course of things that she doesn’t want what her parents want for her. Since David (tattooed Rock star that she married) kind of wants to try things to see how they go, she is willing to step out of her shell and see what life would be like with him.

They have their ups and downs at the beginning but as they work out their issues they have some really hot sex. Kylie Scott is an incredible writer (this is the first book I’ve read by her). The banter between the characters was fresh and didn’t feel forced as it sometimes does. Overall, I really liked it and honestly that was a surprise. I felt like this was different enough to distinguish it from other Rock star books. I would definitely recommend that you read it if you like books that are mildly humorous, sexy and with a touch of rock n’ roll.

Favorite Quotes:

“They’re love songs, baby. Love isn’t always smooth or straightforard. It can be messy and painful,” he said. “Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you. Doesn’t mean I’m not crazy about you.”