Book Review – Raw by Belle Aurora

There is so much to say about Raw! I am going to start with the two drawbacks for me:  a cleaner editing job and a graphic of Twitch would have been appreciated! I had a difficult time visualizing him in my head! The number and patterns of tattoos were a mystery, and unfortunately at the conclusion I still do not understand the “13” on his cheek, so if anyone has insight please share.

That being said, this book was GREAT! Twitch was an amazing character. He didn’t pretend to be anyone that he wasn’t. Lexi loved him for who he was to her and didn’t try to change him to the rest of the world. I also appreciated that he didn’t pretend to be better than he was. We knew exactly who and what he was and still found a reason to care about him. Lexi’s monologue says it all:

“I don’t want a knight in shining armor.
I want a knight in scuffed armor.
I want his helmet to have dents. I want my knight to be real, and dark, and savage. I want my knight to be a survivor.”

The relationship between Lexi and Twitch with solid. It was an interesting concept to have her feel safe around her stalker. This story was original. It made me cry and it gave me chuckles. I do have a tendency to love crime related romances, and I absolutely LOVE the ending! It was a surprise that I did not expect it and it gave me chills. Like most others I would enjoy seeing the story continue in a sequel, because I really do enjoy sequels. However, I just don’t know if you could tell the story any better than what it already is!

As for other extras, I love the skeleton logo. It added to the mystery. I appreciate the story being told by both Lexi and Twitch. I enjoyed both of their quirky friends. And I share their mutual attraction to chocolate. I hated finishing the story and already plan to read it again. Just wish I had the recipe for “cocoa à la Lexi” to enjoy with it!

5 Stars

Book Review – The Driven Trilogy by K. Bromberg

I recently finished rereading the The Driven Trilogy for the second time around, and I loved it just as much as the first time! There are so many aspects of the story that I appreciate. Rylee Thomas is probably one of my favorite contemporary heroines. She has an admirable career, she survived a trauma and came back fighting and no anger, and she wasn’t willing to lose her sense of self for a man.

And then there’s Colton Donavan! Who knew race car drivers could make such a hot subject?! I love the whole approach to his character, the telling of his story, and how he overcame his demons. The way that he needs “Ryles” and his attachment to her boys went straight to my heart. While being such an alpha-male, we still come to see his sensitive side and his determined nature for not giving in to the dark side of his personality.

Other things that I loved included the side stories about the boys and the House. They were not forgotten over the course of the series. It was a well told story and left no parts unresolved at the end. I also tend to enjoy novels that are told from both his and her perspectives.

Reading Order:
Driven
Fueled
Crashed

5 Stars

Book Review – Making Faces by Amy Harmon

This is a wonderfully told story that is truly one of my favorites. A truly heartwarming story, the relationship between the central characters is strongly felt and remained with me several days after reading. The main story is the budding romance between Fern and Ambrose. We see Fern develop from sensitive and awkward teenage years into a well-rounded, blossomed young woman. Ambrose is a soldier returned home injured. At the same time, we witness a friendship between Fern and her cousin, Bailey, who is afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Fern is the glue that holds the trio’s friendship together. She helps bring the strength out of both men.

I wrote Ms. Harmon thank you note for writing this story. I had several friends pass away after high school from DMD. Visiting with Bailey was like revisiting with my high school pals and helped me remember just how much I miss them and what influence they had on my life. I was pleased to receive a personal and thoughtful response from Ms. Harmon to my note.

This story had me laughing and crying, and rereading it ASAP.

5 Stars