Once Tempted is the story of Tess and Ward. Tess is a bonefied city girl from New York. Ward is boot wearing cowboy from California. So, how did they end up together? A little hear break, a little luck, a map and a blindfold!
He was the one guy I couldn’t get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he’s turning my world upside down.
At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?
Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.
Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can’t help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she’s his soul mate.
Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?
I’m finding it hard to believe that Jacob could rescue me from the prison I’ve put myself in over the years, living the life of someone other than whom I feel I should be. Even if that is my true wish, wishes don’t always come true.
“Hey, sleepyhead.” He murmurs in between those drugging kisses. My legs start to stir beneath the sheet and I’m tempted to take another ride before I have to leave.
puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can’t wait to share her stories with the world.
This is not a rock star kind of book in the least, but this song was made for this book… Brantley Gilbert, You Don’t Know Her Like I Do
“The relationship I’d once had with Garret and Jesse was now
comparable to a broken window.”
Best friends torn apart by an unfortunate and untimely death. For Jesse, Garret and Alyssa, they were inseparable. Rode four-wheelers, ate lunch together at school, and were each others prom dates. They were each others backbone when times got tough with family. A friendship that started out because of a friends watchful eye ends up being the most amazing bond three young teens could ask for- until one life is cut too short. Now two friends are left to cope without him.
Shattered is now, without a doubt, one of my favorite books.
Jesse!! He’s definitely on my Jerk of My Dreams shelf! He might be the total package. Jerk (obviously!), sweetheart, asshole, small town hottie, and so very loveable. But he’s more like the sweetest jerk- and that is okay! Jesse was a total jerk at time but then would show such sweetness towards Alyssa that it nearly killed me. *sigh* I ❤ him.
Alyssa was so devastated by the loss that she shut Jesse out completely… well as much as she was able to. He tried every which way he could to penetrate that hard head of hers until she finally saw the light. Alyssa was suffering on the inside after loosing Garrett, who was still so ever present and probably will always be. But what she failed to notice was that Jesse was suffering as well.
Alyssa was drowning her sorrows in alcohol and prescription pills, pills which her witch mother made her take since Alyssa wasn’t recovering fast enough after loosing Garret. Jesse tried to be there for her, but she wanted to hurt him the way he hurt her when he left, so she ran into the arms of the towns playboy who was nothing but bad news.
I’ve had this book on my kindle for some time now and refused to read it. I just knew the affect it was going to have on me and wasn’t ready for it. But after reading Give Me Something by Elizabeth as well, I felt like I was ready. Shattered tore me up for sure, but I truly loved this story and the emotion it brought forth from me. I want to feel every word when I read… and sure did with this book! The characters left a lasting impression on me, ones that I don’t think I could ever forget.
The only minor issue I had with this book is the reconciliation between Jess and Alyssa. I felt like when it finally came, it was dealt with too quickly. I would’ve preferred to see them talk it out more than what they did. They’d been through a lot together, and to see it wrapped up so quickly didn’t work for me.
I feel Elizabeth Lee is an under rated New Adult author whose name needs to get out more. She has the right balance of emotion, plot and realism with this story that anyone can connect to. I see a lot of potential in Elizabeth Lee and look froward to her future work.
Reid Galvin is a Navy SEAL who’s been in a war zone for quite a while. He’s watched friends die and come close himself. All he wants to do is go home to Becca. Only, he’s not sure Becca will be waiting on him. He’s screwed up one too many times.
Becca has decided Reid has moved on. So, she’s trying to move on as well. As she heads out a for date, Reid calls her and wants to see her. He’s back in town. As much as Becca wants to stay home and see Reid, she goes on her date anyway, only to find herself fighting for her life. Reid appears and pulls her to safety, for now. But the threat to Becca isn’t over and Reid is determined to win her back and keep her safe.
The passion between Reid and Becca was unbelievably HOT and SPICY. It was AMAZING. Reid took the time to make sure Becca’s fantasy was played out to the fullest. He was hot and he made her even hotter! On top of that he was concerned with making sure she knew how he felt about her. He realized that life without her would be unbearable. I love it when strong, alpha men can admit how they feel. They can show their emotions to the women they love. They’re not afraid to show the women they love how they feel. That’s a true Alpha male to me.
The suspense and tension of Becca’s life being danger added an extra element to this story. The tension from that wasn’t as ramped up as I’ve seen in other stories, but it worked with this one. Any more tension from the threat would have been too much.
Mmmmm…..back to the hot Navy SEAL…….Mmmmmmm……
College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.
But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?
Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.
To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good
Taryn: Hey Quinn, thanks for taking the time for an interview today with My Secret Romance!! First, do you have a nickname by any chance? What color is your hair? Eyes? Boxers or Boxer briefs? And out of curiosity…what are you wearing? 😉
Hey. A lot of the guys call me Q. Black/blue. Boxer briefs, if I have to wear them. A suit and tie, at the moment, because Emilie and I are about to leave for dinner.
Taryn: Now, I haven’t read your story yet, but you sound perfect for my Jerk of My Dreams shelf. It’s where all the real hot douchebags sit. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. J It’s the guys that we hate to love who we just can’t help falling for. Are you one of those?
I guess plenty of girls hate me, and I’ve never pulled any punches. But I don’t lie, either. If that makes me a douchebag, fine. As long as we’re clear on the hot part. That’s true.
Taryn: Describe yourself, Twitter style, in 160 characters or less.
A guy who’ll never forget what a lucky bastard he is, or stop working hard to deserve the second chances.
Taryn: For those who haven’t read your story yet, what would you say about it? How would you sell it to me?
I’d say it’s worth reading in spite of me. You’ll get to meet the most beautiful, strong, determined, talented woman in the world. And you’ll get to see her save my miserable life.
Taryn: If you and your brother were to come with a warning label, what would it say?
Objects are less stable than they appear.
Taryn: Have you ever been in love? Had a broken heart? Describe it.
I’m in love now, for the first time in my life. My heart broke every time I walked away from her—it was like ripping away pieces of skin with a hot knife. If it’s up to me, I’ll never do it again.
Taryn: What’s the worst thing you’ve done to someone you’ve loved?
I feel the most guilt over calling Emilie pathetic in a room full of my fraternity brothers, but the most shame over letting her believe she was just like every other girl to me.
Taryn: Quinn, did you ever stop to consider the kind of game you were playing and how you could hurt someone emotionally? How would you feel if it were the other way around and you were the one being played?
No. I’ve been the one kicked away. I got over it. Some people say I treat girls like shit. I say I respect girls enough to believe they can get over it, too. They’re not any more or less breakable than guys. We all get fucked over. Deal with it.
Taryn: “It had to be her heart, too, or I lose. Sex and feelings. Shame and regret. That was the game.”
What was the game? And why go for the heart, too? Are you that callous or was it all about winning for you?
I didn’t make the rules. You’ll have to ask Sebastian.
Taryn: If I was being nosy… what’s in your refrigerator right now? On your bedroom floor? In your nightstand?
Leftover takeout and a carton of milk. Nothing; that’s what maids are for. A box of condoms, my cell phone charger, and antacid.
Taryn: What is more important – sex or intimacy? Why?
Let’s just say I’ve had plenty of sex, and none of it was more important than letting Emilie really see me.
Taryn: Do you have a secret you can share with us?
I miss playing tennis so much that I dream about it almost every night.
Taryn: Being athletic person myself for years, I hated having to retire from my sport. I remember the emotions I went through. To this day, I would love nothing more than to get up on a balance beam….but those days are long gone. You were forced to retire due to a knee injury. What were you going through when that happened? Is there a chance that you’ll ever play Tennis again just for fun?
My life was a fucking disaster for a long time after losing my career. It still kills me, but I’m dealing with it. My knee lets me play—Emilie and I play together, and I’m thinking of coaching—just not at a professional level. I’ll always with things had ended differently, but everyone has to face retirement at some point, and I’ve found a way to stay involved in the sport in a media capacity.
Taryn: Thanks for being here today, Quinn. Maybe next time your brother can come.
This was officially the worst book that I’ve read so far this year.
Perhaps that’s a bit mean, but I just can’t put how I felt about this book mildly. The reason I initially started this novel in the first place was because of all the high ratings and reviews- I mean, the book had over 500 five-star ratings on Amazon… That’s impressive. I just assumed that after hearing all the hype about this story that I would end up feeling the same way as everyone else seemed to have felt… Unfortunately though, I couldn’t have been more wrong. How this book managed to pull so much positive feedback is seriously beyond me.
In all honesty, I thought this book had five-star potential when I first started it. I truly loved it- Watching Nell and Kyle’s relationship progress and blossom into something more than friendship was incredibly sweet… The author really made you feel like you were experiencing first love all over again- I couldn’t put the book down and while I was loving living in that moment, I still felt a lingering sense of dread at the same time knowing that Kyle dies. However, I still had hope that even though a horrible incident awaited, the book would still stay on course and continue to be a great read. Yet, after Kyle dies and Colton entered the picture the book took a major turn for the worst.
The first few chapters of this story while Kyle was alive was like reading something completely different, with completely different characters and a completely different author from the rest of the book. Actually… If I’m being honest here, the only likable character in this book was Kyle… And he died… So, that’s that. The heroine, Nell started off as your typical sweet and innocent heroine… Before turning into an alcoholic with self-destructive issues. Her dramatic change was like night and day and while I can understand the toll death can take on someone, her behavior was completely over-dramatic and unbelievable.
God, and don’t even get me started on the hero Colton… He’s about as far from drool-worthy as you can possibly get… Unless this is attractive to you:
…And I’m not talking about Eminem per se… I just mean, unless you’re into former gang members who talk like a cliché street thug and have emotional issues as well, due to the loss of his “homies” T-Shawn and Lil Shady among others then Colton probably isn’t your type of guy. Be right back…
I’m not kidding guys… This story-line was absolutely
bad horriblehorrendous awful. It honestly took everything in me to push through and see the book to the very end- It was like reading a really dramatic Lifetime movie mixed with an old Ice Cube music video.
Not to mention, the hero and heroine laid eyes on each other for all of maybe two seconds before having that stupid “insta-love” connection that so many authors these days love to over use. The chemistry between these two just felt extremely forced throughout the entire book and had absolutely no relationship development what-so-ever.
Ugh, and the freaking music mentioned in this book…
BEYOND over-kill. By the time I finished this novel, I was able to name every band and music artist on the face of this earth… That’s how much it was talked about. Oh, and FYI: Both characters magically have voices like Adele and Billie Holiday when they sing, all while playing the guitar together and being the best duet since Johhny Cash and June Carter. Riiiggghttt.
Over-all, I just don’t have much of anything positive to say about this book- It literally had everything imaginable from murder, lack of parental support, gangs, transformations, death, music, a million sex scenes, denial, guilt and destructive behavior all thrown into about 350 pages. There was just seriously too many issues going on in this story to even count. The only advice I have to give you before buying this book is to do all of yourselves a favor and save your money- You’re going to need it to pay for the therapy you’re going to have to have after finishing this novel.
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I honestly was at thirty percent and didn’t know what to think of this one. Thank goodness I had friends encouraging me to continue. The book came around and delivered, erasing my doubts. My hang up was that I felt that the story was repetitive and over descriptive at times. Then, I found myself addicted and couldn’t give up on these characters. Maybe I was experiencing Stockholm Syndrome also. Whatever it was, if you feel that the story is stalling at times, continue on and it will pay off.
Claire is in a confusing and icky world with Tony, and the author put me right there with her. The ending shocked me as much as it did Claire. You could have knocked my over with a feather. Seriously. What the heck just happened to me? I was wrung out, and thanks to all that is holy, I had Truthdownloaded on my iPad and ready to start.
Aleatha Romig really has an engaging story to tell, and the characters stayed with me long after I finished the book. You will feel mixed emotions throughout this book toward the characters and their relationship. I really would love to talk more about the characters and plot in this review, but I’m too afraid to give away any spoilers. I finished this book four weeks ago, and still feel strongly about it. This is definitely a good time to start this series and get in on the conversations about Consequences.
There is so much more going on than what you see on the surface. I don’t want to give anything away. I will say that Tony is such a fascinating character. Once you realize Tony’s motives you will scrutinize his every move from before and anticipate the ones to come. My mind is reeling with all the information I gathered by the end of the book. This one packs one heck of an ending that will sending you running for the sequel, Truth.
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