Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review | SUSTAINED by Emma Chase

Sustained by Emma Chase
Contemporary Adult Romance Published August 25, 2015
Gallery Books
Author's website  |  Goodreads  |  Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

My Thoughts...

This is going to be a really quick, short review.  Mostly because I had most of my review written a couple days ago and my computer did an update and restarted and for some reason blogger didn't auto-save while I was writing it and I lost it all.  I don't know what happened, but I wasn't too happy about it!!

This is the 2nd book of what I assume will be a trilogy and while I did really like the first book I think this one was even better.  This book centers around Jake Becker who is a defense attorney who wins no matter what.  Many of his clients are guilty, but it's his job to exonerate them and he's very good at his job.  He's out one day and literally runs into a young boy who happens to pick his pocket.  He chases the boy down and when he takes him home me meets Chelsea.  This girl has her hands full with her 6 nieces and nephews who range in age from less than 1 year old to 14 or 15.  I have 3 kids and I can barely manage to stay sane most days, I can't even imagine what life is like for a 24 year old taking care of 6 children she didn't give birth to.

Jake doesn't "do" kids other than the time he spends around Stanton's daughter Presley, but he's drawn into this makeshift family and becomes the only person Chelsea can rely on when things get tough.  They fall in love as they learn to change how they view how life is versus how they thought it would be.

This book is sort of unique in that it's told all from Jake's perspective through a first person narrative.  Emma Chase did this in her Tangled series and it's done really well.  I think she captured that again in this book.  In the first book of this series she did alternating POV's and that was nice, but I think this one was spot on with just Jake's POV.  The pacing was great and the character development was excellent.  If you don't like books that have kids then this may not be your "cup of tea", but some of the most heart wrenching and poignant moments take place with the kids as the focus.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Friday, August 28, 2015

Review | Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian (The Midnight Breed Series) (Volume 13)

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian
Published July 30, 2015 
Lara Adrian, LLC

Synopsis from Goodreads
Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way--no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.
Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He's made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him...until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys's trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own
What I Think....
My goodness, my goodness, MY GOODNESS! After being off the Midnight Breed train for about a year, I was worried that I wouldn't remember any of the specifics from the other novels and would have to to back track. Not the case at all! Adrian does a great job of moving the story forward in Bound to Darkness, while throwing in bits and pieces of previous knowledge to keep the story up-to-date. It took a minute for me to remember Opus Nostrum and some of the minor characters, but again, a year is a long time!

Rune is an incredible specimen. Not only is he La Notte's most vicious Breed fighter, he's also kind, and extremely caring. However, he isn't that way for just anyone, only Carys Chase. The one woman who managed to get under his skin and into his head. He has a past darker then the clouds in Hell and he wants her to have nothing to do with it, but love just doesn't work that way. He knows she's as headstrong as he is and would never back down from a fight, especially if his heart is the prize. Being known for his warrior abilities, Rune shouldn't be afraid of Carys, but he is. Because if one woman would be able to get into his heart, it would be her.

Carys Chase is a rare breed of woman. Aside from being Breed, she's also a daywalker, someone who can walk directly into sunlight without suffering any consequences. Because of this hidden talent, she's marked as one of the most powerful of her kind. Don't let that fool you though, she's every bit as tough and ruthless as the rest of the Order, but that isn't the lifestyle she wants. She just cares about one thing: Rune. He's feared among the rest of her kind, but she doesn't mind, she know's the real Rune. She know's that no matter what she must endure, he is her forever.

After La Notte's owner, Cassian Gray, is murdered, Rune's main role changes. He now must take care of the club as well as all of it's employees, all while still putting on a jaw-dropping show in the ring. It is a lot of keep track of, but he's willing to do it. However, when trouble strikes and Rune is confronted with the ghost of his past, all bets are off. He knows he's headed down the rabbit hole, but in order to keep Carys safe, that's his only option. Now, it is up to the Order to bring him back, safe and sound.

What I really liked about this novel was that we are introduced to Carys and Rune after they've already fallen in love. If you've read the series, this normally is not how the story goes. So, it was a nice surprise. I also loved the bone-deep chemistry between Carys and Rune. It seemed so much deeper and sensual then some of the other novels, which was also a nice surprise. I can't rate this novel high enough, it was fantastic. If you haven't read the series, do it! You won't regret it!

Victoria ♥

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review | FALLING FOR JUNE by Ryan Winfield

Falling for June by Ryan Winfield
Adult Contemporary Romance Published June 30, 2015
Atria Publishing
Author's Website  |   Goodreads  |  Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Elliot Champ, a charming but solitary bachelor who has sworn off romance, is closer than ever to realizing his childhood dream of moving to Miami—until a chance letter lands on his desk, and changes everything.

The letter takes him to Echo Glen, a secluded retreat outside of Seattle, where he meets David Hadley, an elderly man who needs Elliot’s help fulfilling a promise to his wife, June. But along the way, it is Elliot whose life will be changed, as he’s introduced to a cast of colorful characters who conspire to draw him ever deeper into a whimsical world, where falling in love is all about letting go.

From the green mountains of the great Pacific Northwest to the scarlet poppy fields of northern Spain, this unique and heart-wrenching love story will take you on an emotional journey to that ever-elusive place called true love. Another must-read romance from Ryan Winfield that is guaranteed to draw tears, put a smile on your face, and have you, too, falling for June.
My Thoughts...
This book was such a refreshing read.  It's a romance, but more than anything this is a story of how friendship can form in the unlikeliest of situations.  In Elliot's case he meets David at a time in his life when he is at a crossroads and his relationship with David is what will determine the course that the rest of his life will take.

Elliot is a man who, from a very early age, was turned against the idea of love. His mother left him with his father when he was only three years old and his father never quite recovered from the heartbreak.  He dates, but he's determined that love isn't something he will ever need in his life.  He's never seen this modeled in his life so he thinks his life will be just fine without it.  Elliot works for a company that buys out mortgages on home properties that are struggling to stay afloat.  One day a letter comes across his desk and while it intrigues him, he's passes it on to be picked up by someone else in the office.  On his 33rd birthday he can't seem to get the letter out of his head so he digs it out and decides to pay the man a visit.  It turns out to be the best decision he ever made.
"I think sometimes life lines up to give you exactly what it is you really need, and on my thirty-third birthday that's exactly what happened to me."
Elliot meets Mr. Hadley and over the course of a couple of days his life changes.  David tells him the story of June and how they met and fell in love.  His story is compelling and has the power to change how Elliot feels about love.  Elliot may have fallen for June, but I definitely fell for David.  He's in his early 50's when he initially meets June who becomes the love of his life.  She changes his life in such an amazing way and David does the same for Elliot as he's relaying his love story with June to him during their visits.

There is a thread of a love story going on in the present with Elliot and Estrella, but it's not the driving force of the novel and it doesn't really happen until David makes Elliot believe that a true and lasting love is possible.
"Find yourself someone worthy of your love, and love her with all you've got.  It's the only thing that's worth a damn in this life."
I have never read The Notebook, but I did see the movie years ago and this reminds me a little of that for some reason.  I think it's the dual story that's happening and the fact that the major love story happening is the one that is already coming to an end in the present.  I freely admit that there was some sobbing going on even after I had a feeling what the end was going to bring.  I was finishing the book on a break at school and I had to put it down a couple of times so I could compose myself.

While I still think that Jane's Melody is my favorite of Ryan's books, this is most definitely a close second.  I will say this again and again, but it's always true, there is such a lyrical quality to the writing and there are lines that you just have to highlight because you don't want to forget them.  This is a beautiful story with characters that you will absolutely fall in love with.  They have grand adventures complete with skydiving in Spain.  I also happen to know that Ryan Winfield is a big believer in researching what he writes about, so you can be assured that when he describes the skydiving scenes he is doing so from a point of experience.  

This is also a clean romance which was kind of unexpected because there are some very sexy love scenes in the Jane's Melody books.  I have to admit, though, that some stories just need to be told in a certain way and I think that adding sex scenes into this particular one would have somehow taken away from David and June's story.  This is a book that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who believes in long and lasting love.  If you don't believe...read this book, it may just change your mind.

XOXO, Shelly

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blog Tour Blitz | Hate F*@k by Ainsley Booth

Hate F*@K by Anisley Booth
New Adult Fiction published August 18, 2015
Author's Website | Goodreads | Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:
I push her buttons. I want to push them in the good way. Dirty, up-against-the-wall, my-hand-in-her-pants kind of way. 
But that’s not possible, because I’m dark and she’s light, and we both know it. 
So I push her buttons in the bad way, making her hate me. 
If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d ask for Cole Parker to never look at me again, that I’d forget the dark promise in his eyes, and that just once, before he vanished from my life completely, that he’d push me up against a wall and make me scream. 
Then I’d go wash my mouth out with soap

Author Bio:

Ainsley Booth is a reader and writer who loves the romance heroes in her Kindle almost as much as the ones in her head and her heart. Hate Fuck is her first erotic romance serial.
She also writes sexy small town and military romances as Zoe York.

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