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”