It’s not what you want, but what you need. Would you be able to choose?
I found a new author and I am in love!
Olivia Townsend is just like any other girl trying to make something of her life. She goes to college, works on the weekends and helps take care of her father. She’s just plain old Olivia- to herself that is. Definitely not to twin brothers Nash and Cash Davenport. Definitely not the them.
After briefly meeting Olivia on separate occasions, both Cash and Nash think Olivia is not only insanely gorgeous with sexy curves, but she’s smart and has a sharp tongue on top of it. Olivia’s quick wit and way about herself is what they want- both want, but can’t have. Olivia finds herself instantly attracted not only to Nash, but Cash as well. One brother is what she needs, but the other…is what she wants. The only thing stopping Olivia from going after them? Nash is already taken by her pompous cousin Marissa, and Cash is the one thing that she promised herself to never to go after again.
Down To You was a quick and fast read for me. Why, you ask? Simply because I could not put it down! It was smokin’ hot with addicting characters and an emotional storyline (my favorite!) that I could not get enough of. The beginning started off a little rocky for me, but I think it was due to the authors writing style. I found it to be a bit stilted at times with the punctuation slightly off, but clearly it wasn’t enough to stop me. No way was I stopping with brothers like Nash and Cash!
There are three point of views in this book, and trust me, it worked so well in this story. Each chapter was a new point of view and we were made aware of it too. I loved reading each view! It was great getting inside their minds and seeing where they were at. This is really a story that could use the different point of views too because of the twist that I didn’t see coming. It was totally shocked and it was slightly heartbreaking, but I didn’t ball my eyes out from it and it didn’t make me want to punch my kindle. It was just..sad in a way.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found myself wishing it was longer. The end of the book ends with a suspenseful cliffhanger and now I’m going to have to hunt the author to find out when the next book comes out. I’ve been eying a few of the authors other books for some time. After reading this one, I can’t wait to check the others out now.
“She is the triple-S trifecta- spoiled, snobby and snide.”
“I want to paper cut her. On every square inch of her body. And then roll her in salt water.”
“Don’t get me started on her. I will cut a bitch!”
“I have ovaries; therefore I repel all things mechanical.”
“There’s an unsavory term for that- a guy forcing a girl to do sexual things. But what is it they say? You can’t rape the willing. And I’d be willing. Oh, how I’d be willing.” -Olivia about Nash
“Where did you get that dress?
I stole it from a homeless person,” I say straight-faced. “She was lying right beside the stripper that gave you yours.”
Just as the couple is settling into their newfound relationship, they encounter a beautiful lawyer, Payten, who is immediately taken by Luc’s rough edges. But he denies her, making him absolutely irresistible in her eyes. Payten is a woman who has grown accustomed in her privileged life in obtaining whatever she wants, no matter the cost or sacrifice. And she is fairly confident Luc will eventually see things her way… one way or another.
This book just didn’t do it for me. When I first started it, I really thought that this would end up being a five-star read for me. I was hooked from page one… but after I hit about the 10% mark, everything just went down-hill for one of many reasons:
1.) The story-line. Very cheesy and nothing out of the ordinary. I honestly thought that one of the reasons I would love this book was because of something that was mentioned in the synopsis: “Just as the couple is settling into their newfound relationship, they encounter a beautiful lawyer, Payten, who is immediately taken by Luc’s rough edges…” Ummm, hello? Enter beautiful woman who tries to get in the way of the hero/heroine’s relationship… and there you have it: DRAMA! The thing I live for in my romance novels.
However, I was seriously disappointed. What I ended up getting instead was a psycho stalker who wanted what she couldn’t have- nothing about the story-line for me was unique or angst-ridden. It all ended up being a very cookie-cutter clean and amateur plot.
2.) The characters. Nothing out of the ordinary. I can’t think of anything that makes these characters unique or stand out. The heroine was likeable, but nothing to rant over. Her best friend was okay, but I can barely remember her name. The psycho villain takes stalker to the extreme, but nothing I haven’t seen before. The hero had about one drool-worthy quality, and that was his fierce protectiveness. But that certainly didn’t make up for his stupidity. And I say this because it took him all of about 8 years to realize that Robbie (the heroine) loved him. Forget the fact that she threw herself at him at every opportunity, told him on numerous occasions the things she wanted to do to him, and the hints she was consistently giving him… none of that made him think he loved her and vice/versa. The deal-breaker for him was the fact this his best friend told him: “Hey man- you’re in love with her, and she’s in love with you too.” And then… *gasp* …all of a sudden he realizes he’s had feelings for her all along, and maybe… just maybe… she feels the same way. …like I said- stupid.
3.) The chemistry. What chemistry? You had about 30% of build up between the hero and heroine… sure we saw the occasional forbidden cuddle and kiss here and there… their relationship had a slow start, which personally, is something that I really enjoy in my romance novels. But if the author is going to do a slow start, then I expect fireworks when the initial explosion happens… which it did in this book… for all of about half a page. Really? That was it? No long and drawn out foreplay? No whispering of sweet nothings in between the sheets? …I felt completely cheated.
The list could go on and on, but I’ll do you all a favor and leave it at three main points.
…Usually I love when other girls come into the picture to start drama… like an ex-girlfriend. Or the new girl in town. Or perhaps even a pretty co-worker. But, no. This woman ended up being an obsessive psycho who the hero never even liked in the first place. He was always mean to her since she had been introduced in the book, yet when his girlfriend (AKA: the “love” of his life) leaves for a length of time and they have to do the whole long distance thing, he starts messing with this chick behind the heroine’s back. Not once… not twice… but a full blown affair. Oh, but it’s okay and justifiable because “it meant nothing to him.” Ummm, no. …I just can’t deal with that… it was honestly a chore to finish the book because the hero was just so unlikeable to me.
And speaking of cheated- if you’re not a fan of cheating heroes, don’t bother with this book. I can tolerate it at times, under certain circumstances. For instance: if the heroine and/or hero are both going for that whole “no strings attached” thing that I’ve never really understood. Or if the hero/heroine have always been known as a “player” and therefore you’re not blind-sided with the shock of it when it happens. But the hero in this novel decides to just cheat on the heroine while she’s away, and with someone who he could barely even tolerate throughout the entire novel- I couldn’t believe it. And do you know how long before he started having an affair with another woman? A week. A FREAKING WEEK! He spends eight years of his life loving no one other than Robbie, but he throws it all away for no reason in particular, other than for the Spawn of Satan whom he thought just looked too good to pass up. Yeah… good reason.*rolls eyes* …His drool-worthy factor definitely went out the window after that. I want absolutely nothing to do with any hero I read about, who thinks that cheating on his girlfriend is justifiable because “it meant nothing to him.”
Something about the speed of this book went a little too fast for my taste as well. Everything just seemed to happen at rapid speed: Luc and Robbie moving to different foster homes. Luc and Robbie moving out of their foster homes. Luc and Robbie’s relationship. The psycho stalker’s psychotic obsession. …Everything just moved at a lightening pace, which took away from not only the plot development, but character development as well. Not to mention, once the hero begun to have an affair, he just became completely unredeemable. Not only that, but the book as a whole was just so non-believable. It was actually humorous to see how quickly the heroine forgave the hero. Or the lengths the villain went through to snag a man who’s nothing but rude to her. I highly doubt that I would go on a murderous rage for a man who would drop his pants for just about anyone who looked good, if he felt like he had a plausible enough reason to do it… I don’t care how drool-worthy and smart he is… which he obviously wasn’t.
Suffice it to say, this book honestly ended up being a chore to read, and nothing I would consider being worth the time or money I spent on it.
Aside from the slice to the labia…
The Angel is a dark and abrasive yet sensual read. It’s eloquently written and will take you places you’ve never been. It will evoke many, many emotions from you. I went from happy to pissed off, to hot and bothered to morally offended. It’s a forbidden kind of read however you just cannot take your eyes away from it.
I can’t even say Tiffany Reisz pushed the envelope with this one. There are no boundaries left to push, as Ms. Reisz has toppled them down long ago with The Siren!
Nora is a trip. I would love to have a friend like her! Her wicked and warped sense of humor was some of the best parts of the story for me. She’s outgoing and fun loving, but like most, she has deep seeded issues she’s working to get the kink out of.
We watch Nora struggle with her love for Wesley in making herself believe she is over him, when she is clearly not. On top of that, there is a journalist out to uncover secrets about Soren who happens to be attracted to him at the same time. In addition, Nora is forced to stay away from Soren for the summer by living with Griffin and her charge, Michael.
Aside from the problem previously stated above, I would say I enjoyed this book to a degree. I found myself skimming over the long drawn out parts with the journalist. It did nothing for me and I feel as though it could be cut down a bit. The one part of the book I found so moving involved Michael’s mother at the end. It brought tears to my eyes. I hated the way Michael’s parents treated him. They made him feel like he was worthless. It hurt so bad on the inside not only for him, but for me as well! But what the mother did was so gratifying in my eyes.
The ending…oh the ending! The ending made up for all everything! Well…almost everything. I almost wish I hadn’t read this book until Prince is released. It made my heart beat so hard and so fast! My mind was racing. I couldn’t even think straight! Oh it’s going to be Wesley’s story! I cannot wait!
On a side note- If you have any type of religious affiliation whatsoever, you will most likely find this book offensive. We know Nora is having a heavy BDSM relationship with her priest. Priest was mentioned 208 times in this book and in most instances it was said in sexual situations. No, I did not go counting, the kindle did that for me. I felt as though the word was used heavily more so in this book than The Siren. We don’t need to be reminded constantly Soren is a priest and obviously what he is partaking in is a sin.
Crystal Jordan is a new author for me and I can’t wait to read more from her. She painted an amazing story and drew me into her world. I really liked her characters and found myself rooting for them to get their HEA.
This is the first dystopian erotic romance that I’ve read and I’ll keep reading cause I love me some of this!
In the future, hopefully not near, there is a place called Eden. Where basically you can’t do shit (drink, fornicate, watch porn, wear provocative clothes, etc…) because if you do these plus others you get kicked out to the Sectors. The Sectors are many, where they basically do what the hell they want (drink, fight, do illegal stuff, fornicate…excuse me, fuck I mean) and they do it with no shame at all.
Noelle gets kicked out of Eden from her councilman father after she is caught doing what she’s not allowed and she finds herself on the streets of Sector Four. The Broken Circle. She’s being followed by a strange guy who drugs her. She bumps into Jasper, right hand man to Dallas, leader of Sector Four. Jasper, who is kind hearted, takes Noelle back to where he lives with his other friends and fellow gang members so she can recover. They have instant attraction but Jasper doesn’t do anything until Noelle “finds” herself. She’s free to but she doesn’t know what she wants cause she feels nothing but shame when she has thoughts, dirty thoughts that is. Noelle’s story is about sexual discovery and I enjoyed the ride.
All I can say is that the sex is smokin’! There’s a scene at the tattoo shop that is an OMG moment. Nothing dirty dirty but it involves two men and Noelle and it’s good stuff. In this story will have orgies, menages, girl/girl…not a fan of those but I got to admit it was good. Guy and girl but no male and male…maybe in the future books? *hint hint, wink wink* Spanking, hair pulling and good ol fashion bang bang banging…all the good stuff and more. Oh! And cage fighters. Ya gotta love cage fighters! Alpha men. We have Alpha men who I am excited to read more about. Bren, Ace, Dallas, Maddox and more. There’s also some bad ass chicas that give as good as the men do. Lexi being the main one.
“What if I don’t want to be in charge?” “Then you get ink. Because once you submit to a man, really submit, he’s not gonna want to let you go.” She wet her lips, suddenly uncertain. “But how do I keep from doing that before I’m supposed to?” “You give pleasure, not yourself.”
This was a message, all right, but it wasn’t a fuck you, or even a look at what you lost, dumbass. It was a declaration, of independence and self-possession. Noelle’s power, the spark of will that had always lurked inside her, in flames on the stage. And she was beautiful.
Jasper held her gaze, his eyes blazing. Intense. “Do you need me?” She wet her lips. “I can survive without you, but it’s only that. Surviving. I want to live.”
Will I be reading more of this series…FO SHO! Happy Reading!
Rhian Cahill winners for one book from her backlist– Cathy M (from In Love with Romance) and Pam (from BlackRaven’s Erotic Cafe)
Vivian Arend winner of paperbak– Joy (from Lori’s Book Blog)
Erin Nicholas winner of Cotton Candy Flavored Baby Powder and Just My Type book– Di (from Close Encounters with the Night Kind)
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Rock Hard Heat is my first taste of author Cristal Ryder and boy oh boy was it sweet!
Colorado has a special place in Jenna’s heart. She’s drawn to the beautiful lush outdoors and the Rockie Mountains. With plans to go to Colorado anyway, she heads there early in hopes of seeing the man who has also anchored her heart to Colorado- sexy cowboy Chet.
Chet is one hellava cowboy! He is undeniably head over heels in love with Jenna. He wants her by his side once and for all and he sets out to prove it to her.
I was quickly drawn to Jenna and Chet’s story, they have a chemistry that will make you wish you had one similar to it. This story wrangled me in making me completely forget it was a short story until it ended. It’s well written and enough plot for a novella to make it a definite worthy read. I will be looking to get the first book, Elemental Heat, so I can read more about them and how they came to be.