Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Frigid is book one, although both can be read as a stand alone I think.

This is one of those books that just hit you in the chest and knocks all of the air out of your lungs. Andrea is a party girl who has been crushing on Tanner since freshman year of college. Now that they have mutual friends, their paths cross more often and they develop a love hate relationship. You can see from the beginning that Andrea has problems with addiction and with a very destructive self dialog. Although I have never experienced the level of addiction Andrea goes through, the negative self talk? Yea, that one I get. It was so personal and eye-opening. I loved that the story didn’t take  the road of blaming the parents, although for some, that is a reality. It was refreshing. Tanner and Andrea’s love story is just beautiful and I give this book two huge thumbs up!!!!

Rating 1-5

  • Funny-4
  • Heart warming-5
  • Loyalty-5
  • Likable characters-5
  • Swoon worthy-5
  • Would recommend-5
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An Irresistable Bachelor by Jessica Bird

Oye! Just oye. I didn’t love this book. I wanted to. I love Jessica Bird/J.R.Ward, but this book started out having a huge hurdle to jump as I knew the hero, Jack, had proposed to his girlfriend in the last book, and she accepted. So, engaged man should not be getting busy with a pretty red head! I get that there were disclaimers all over the place: he didn’t love her, she knew that. I don’t care. That is a commitment. And I don’t care if there is a kiss involved or full out sex, it’s still cheating. I might have been able to get over it if Jack was an unbeliably likable character. Sadly, he wasn’t. He was ok, but ok is not going to make infidelity easy to get past. So, sadly not a great review. I hate writing these 😦

Rating 1-5

  • Swwonworthy-2
  • Funny-2
  • Likable characters-2
  • Angst-3
  • Would recommend-1

The Return:Titan 1 by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am so aggravated because I am reading out-of-order. I thought this was book 1 because, it is book 1. But its book 1 of a spin-off series. So annoying! However, the book was so good, I’m chosing to get over this. And the author explains everything, so even though Im coming into this book cold, I understood everything. This book was funny and sexy and suspenseful and just about everything that I like to read. Seth is adorable. His chemistry with Josie is off the charts! Their love story is so sweet and full of redemption, and unconditional love, I swear, just like the Grinch, I felt my heart swell. Now, I have to start at the beginning of the original series. Fun!!

Rating 1-5

  • Swoon worthy
  • Loyal=5
  • Funny-5
  • Likable characters-5
  • Would recommend-5
  • Angst-3

Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters

This is my favorite line in the book:
“I dumped the contents onto his ridiculously sexy swept back hair then leaned in until our noses brushed. “Come near me again, and I’ll strike a match to see how well liquor and fire like each other.”

Brilliance 

Sheer

Brilliance 

In some books, not all, there is a level of mystery. How is this going to resolve? What is going to happen? And then, a moment of clarity. You see the perfect conclusion. It’s so beautiful you want to cry. But, you realize , it might not go that way. What if your perfect ending is not what the author had in mind?
Well, this book ended on a cliff hanger!!!! Ugh!!! So I won’t know until June what the ending of this story is!! That was cruel Ms Winters!!!! Very very cruel. 

But, I did love this book!

The Pepper Winters books that I’ve read are usually dark. The content is not my usually fun read. But this author writes so beautifully, that it is palitable. This story starts out rough. Honestly, I was wondering if I had the stomach to read it. But then a hero comes. He saves the CEO damsel, so the intense scenes seem forgivable as no foul is followed through with. But then the book takes you on this wild and lusty ride with and unlikely couple. 

Great read.

Rating

  • Swoonworthy-5
  • Funny-4
  • Likable characters-5
  • Page turner-5
  • Loyal-5
  • Angst-5

An Unforgettable Lady by J.R. Ward

Have I mentioned what a huge fan of J. R. Ward I am?! I discovered my love of her work with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! Then, I discovered her older works.The earlier   writing was lovely, just missing some of the grittiness I love from this author. As I am going through her books, the characters are getting more and more alpha and I’m loving it! This book was a beautiful love story. It follows a beautiful countess, Grace, and her body guard, Smith. Their story is one of two soul mates separated by the worlds they live in that couldn’t be more opposite. Although I did love it, not going to lie, at one point I just wanted to shake Smith and say, enough already, just get out of your head and be happy already. But what would be the fun of an easy resolution. We need a little angst. This is book one but, I don’t think this is a series. Although the characters appear and revisit through a lot of these books . I think this is a spin off of the Moorehouse series that I just read and reviewed. Lovely read.

Rating 1-5

  • Swoon worthy-4
  • Funny-3
  • Loyal-5
  • Angst-4
  • Likable characters-5
  • Would recommend 5

Satisfaction by Lexi Blake

Satisfaction is book 2 in the Lawless series. For most of this book I LOVED Bran, the youngest Lawless brother. He was sweet and honest but kind of a little gross in his love of strippers and strip clubs. When he meets Carly and honestly lays out how they can help each other, it is a breath of fresh air. Their chemistry is off the charts. About three-quarters through the book I want to yell at Bran and maybe pull his arm hair a little. He didn’t go against any of the hard limits I have, but he was cruel and mean. Thankfully Carly and her maturity and love counter balance is temporary yuckiness. I would definitely recommend this book and I am on pins and needles waiting for book 3!

Rating 1-5

  • Swoon worthy-5
  • Likable characters-5
  • Angst-4
  • Page Turner-4
  • Loyalty-5
  • Would recommend-5

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mictch Albom

This was a refreshing read. I read The Five People You Meet In Heaven. That book was life changing for me. This one was similar. I really enjoyed it and there were parts that are quotables for the rest of my life. Here’s my problem. One of my sons teachers at back to school night said that nothing is written in a vacuum. Things around the author affect the writing. I think sometimes, the same is true for the reader. I really enjoyed the story but I became distracted at the way we were jumping from one persons life to the next. Was that a disconnected writing technique or did I just have to many books staring at me in my to be read pile and I just wanted it done. I don’t know. I will not give it a rating as it is not a romance. But I will say it was a loving compassionate read and you will be better off after your done reading it.

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