Oh Griffin – What a Character!

This was an amazing read, as we have come to expect from SC Stephens. I was looking so forward to Griffin’s story and it did not disappoint. There was his usual vulgarity (which makes me laugh out loud) and his struggles as he searched for his path24299682 to enlightenment. It had me laughing and crying. It is heart-wrenching to read when a character hits rock bottom and climbs their way out, and SC Stephens writes it perfectly. I cannot begin to understand the challenge of getting into Griffin’s head and crafting how he would perceive and process events – as only how Griffin could. Then write the alternate POV of how other characters see him. I kept all my original feelings for the characters from the original trilogy – except for Matt. There is a fallout be24299682tween the cuz’s, and I felt that Matt could have been more humble in reconciling his relationship with Griffin – it wasn’t all one sided.

This is a standalone as part of a series. You will lose the context of the supporting characters if read out of order.

It is also great to hang with the D-bags again and see what happening in their lives. I truly hope this is not the end of the band. (less)

5 Hearts

Jacked (Tina Reber)
Jacked (Tina Reber)

A new story from Tina Reber – finally! It feels like we have been waiting forever. I am a huge fan of her Love Series, and Ryan Christensen is one of my favorite all-time book boyfriends – right up there with Christian Grey, Kellen Kyle and Gideon Cross. This is why it pains me to say that Jacked just didn’t do it for me.

Adam, a member of the auto theft task force, meets ER doctor Erin on a false arrest. Both come from personal tragedies and form an immediate bond. I really liked the storyline potential, and I thought there was good chemistry between the characters. It’s obvious that Tina Reber did the necessary police force and Shibari research to write in detail. I loved the hospital room scene towards the end!

Unfortunately, the beginning moved much too slow for me. The characters had some rather graphic thoughts about each other, yet didn’t kiss until about 29% into the story. The second half finally had all of the action and depth that I was looking for from the beginning. It seemed odd to me that Erin put her new relationship and job before dealing with a family crisis. I also don’t know if the art of Shibari added to the story or if it was thrown in as part of FSOG fashion. Lastly, I am getting a little bored with alpha males coming across like cavemen and speaking with incomplete sentences.

Jacked is part of a series about each of the Trent brothers. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I did like the lead into Jason Trent’s story Amped and plan to keep it on my TBR list, despite rating Jacked 3.5 Hearts.

Visiting Backstage with Trey Taylor!

The fourth installment of the Back-Up Series by A.M. Madden has finally arrived and was worth the wait! For fans of Rocker romances, this is a must-read series. I thoroughly enjoyed each book. This series has so much story to it and is up there for me with the Love series by Tina Reber.

22493119We were introduced to the mysterious bass player Trey Taylor in the first three books. Trey is such an enigma that we honestly cannot help but find ourselves attracted to him with the glimpses that we received along the way. Click the book cover to link to a great video! Between hiding behind his shades and his famous snarky comments, we just knew there was more to his story, and I thank A.M. Madden for writing Backstage just for him.

“It’s just pure fact that I’ll always have to hide my real emotions and feelings. Like Hunter will always be a f*tard and Scott will always be pale.”

I struggle how to categorize this book. There are elements of angst and suspense which I love in a story.  This is definitely not your typical rock romance where the biggest trials are the media and groupies. Backstage is rather a dark read and contains mature themes. Trey’s story is told so well! I tend to forget how young Trey is because of everything he experiences and the way he decides to things – alone. I felt every emotion that he had, and wanted to take him in and protect him. By the end of Part 1, I was feeling as lonely and in pain as he was! I am seriously fighting loneliness today with the end of this book and missing the DL band.

Backstage can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the series in order to get the full context and the draw of the story.

What I also appreciate is that the other members of DL appear in this book. It’s nice to see what’s going on with them and to see the solidarity between bandmates continue. I also appreciate seeing how it all began and where it all went to. I understand there will be a 4.5 novella released Dec.23. I look forward to warming up by the Christmas tree to continue this entertaining series! 5 Hearts

Finished reading On My Knees by Meredith Wild

As I anxiously await the 4th installment of the Hacker series to be released on Dec 9, I was curious to fill my time with more writing by Meredith Wild. On My Knees is the first of the Bridge series. Each can be read as a standalone, as each is a tale of one of the Bridge siblings.

The 20263223story is told from his and her alternating views, which I love and admire as a writing ability. Cameron Bridge and Maya Jacobs fell in love during college. After Maya turns down Cameron’s marriage proposal, there is a period of years separation before Maya and Cam wind up living and working in the same city. The couple work towards building a new friendship while facing their personal demons, hoping to find the relationship that they once had.

The writing of Meredith Wild is beautiful. She weaves an interesting story, and I was pulled in. As much as I loved Cam, this is definitely not the Hacker series which has more storyline and stronger characters. It is entertaining, and a length that is good to the story. At times I was more concerned about Maya’s drinking problem than I was about her rekindling her relationship. She seemed to have a real problem that was too easily cured with a good man. Her naivety was a little unbelievable for me as far as her working relationships and the situation she finds herself in.

All in all, this was enjoyable and served as a nice romantic getaway over the Thanksgiving weekend. 3 Hearts

Tried Some Man Love – More than Make Believe

Happy Day After Thanksgiving! The company has been CRAZY and I had to escape the food and madness with a book. Reading does burn calories, right?

After reading several reviews for The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton, I had to put it on my TBR list. If you are not familiar with the writings of Tymber Dalton, I should advise that she writes a lot of alternative romance material. While I choose to read her books, these do not reflect my personal preferences. What amazes me is her ability to write an entertaining story with characters the reader comes to really care about. Characters that come from an alternative romantic scenario that might normally have me saying,  “What???” Their stories are sentimental. Having spent a significant portion growing up vacationing in Florida, I love how this is the setting for her stories. Needless to say, I have read several of her books (blush).

I recently tried reading one of her man love books, More than Make Believe. I’m not sure what turned me on to this initially because it seemed borderline too risqué for me. Travis Collins is a straight college student who finds himself in a financial bind. He’ll opts for going gay for pay and spending a weekend with experienced gay porn star Marston Cougar, who has been scorned off love. Once again, Tymber wrote a touching (and scorching) alternative romance. Both men were in financial crisis. Neither man admitted a proclivity for being gay. It was about two men forming an attachment for each other. I loved how their emotions ran together. I give this 4 Hearts.

Review of the Wild Side series by R.K. Lilley

I’m looking forward to using this holiday weekend to catch up on reviews for some of my recent reads. I have completed the Wild Side series by R.K. Lilley. If you follow my blog, you will know that R.K. Lilley is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her books. While this series was entertaining, I am sad to admit that it was not among my favorite reads.

Alas214593832226600922266042dair Masters is in his 40s and has had a sort of midlife crisis when he discovers his wife cheating on him. After a period of celibacy, he meets 20 something-year-old Iris. We know nothing about her true identity: age, name, place of residence, employment status, etc. There is much mystery surrounding her person and she disappears for lapses of time, driving Alasdair crazy.

Despite the difference in their ages, the relationship between Alistair and Iris is actually quite touching and not disturbing While I do appreciate some heated scenes, this was almost too much repetition for me – similar to the first Fifty Shades. By the end of the series, you can sort of tune that part out or skip it, and you end up with a good story. However, unlike Fifty Shades, I think these three books could have been more effectively told as one novel. I rate this series 3 Hearts.

Anxiously Counting Down to Captivated by You!

Greetings! To those who have started following my blog, thank you for your interest! I know that I have recently been slower with updating my reading progress. There has been a lot going on in my personal life: the unfortunate funeral for an eight-year-old child which is impossible to understand, followed by witnessing the Christening of twins exactly one week later; nothing puts life in perspective quite like recognizing the end of one life and celebrating the start of another. I also learned  that I didn’t get that promotion I really wanted from my regular day job.  This has been a little too much reality of late. So what better way to escape? Reading the books that we love!

As most others, I am counting down the hours to get my next fix of Gideon and Sylvia Day’s Captivated By You (Crossfire, Book 4). This is absolutely among many favorite story lines! It rocks in every way: characters, story, angst, romance and a great heroine. If you are a fan of billionaire alpha males, this series is a must-read. Be forewarned that this originally was supposed to be three books and there are now going to be five.

I am actually tempted to take a mental health day from that said job that didn’t give me the promotion so that I can join Eva  in drowning myself with Gideon, vodka and truffles! Over the past few days, I have finished reading Entwined with You for maybe the fifth time getting myself reacquainted with the story because it has been way too long!  But they say good things come to those who wait! SQUEE! ( I guess I will keep waiting for that promotion!)51zFdfbe1KL._SL160_