Review: I Belong To You (Inside Out #5) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title:  I Belong To You
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 11/18/14
Length: 223
Series: Inside Out #5

Overview

The stunning conclusion to Mark and Crystal’s relationship in the passionate, all-consuming Inside Out series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Master…

Being that person, that man, is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.

My Thoughts

It’s a mixed bag here – i don’t know that I wanted to get to the end of this saga and journey, yet how we were taken there was so well worth the ride.  I think that we got the finality of the story that we were hoping for and while it was expected, the path was definitely filled with a lot of tension and anxiety.

From the novellas that we’ve read with Mark’s story, you definitely got the impression that his ghosts were from something more than just Rebecca, that the story was much deeper, and it takes us just about the entire story to get the full details, and i’m not at all surprised to learn about what made him into the Master that we know.  The other piece is that we’re also given hints throughout the story of what ghosts and monsters haunted Crystal to make her into the woman that she is, and yet where i thought our author was going with things isn’t really the path that it went – but still was enough to justify who she became.

Both had love lost, both faced the horrors of losing someone that meant the world to them at the hands of someone else, and i think that it’s that dynamic that not only makes for a good relationship, but makes for a good dynamic shuffle which is what we get.  Mark is quick to admit that he allows more liberties with Crystal and that she does for him what no one else has, and it’s really up to Crystal to determine what she will allow from Mark and what that means to herself.

All while this is going on, since it’s no small feat, there’s the fact that Ava has escaped, and no one knows where she is or who she’s with – really – until we learn that she’s with a mercenary named Wright who doesn’t follow anyone’s rules and is quite the hired killer.  Mark assumes that the threat is now on him and his family, Crystal included, and while he’s got his own security team on it, he’s going rogue a bit and hires his own ‘hunting party’ to see what they can find.  I don’t know about anyone else, but part of me spent much of the book wondering if they were looking too focused and narrow on Ava/Ryan/Ricco and that it was perhaps someone else, and that’s a thought that i carried through up until the end.  I think that the closure that we got though suits the story.

The other piece is that i’m still of the group that believes Rebecca isn’t dead – no body no death right?  And i’ll admit that as crazy as it sounds, part of me had a moment or 2 where i thought that she was behind it all.  yes, crazy i know.  Anyhow, i think that it was well written and worth the continuation of this story.

The heat and passion that we’ve come to love and expect from Ms. Renee Jones is here in full effect – The dominance rolls off Mark in such waves that you can’t help but to get caught up in them.  Crystal is worth the fight and gives Mark a run for his money which makes their sceneing even hotter.  I guess what we’ll all have to wait for now is the side series that was hinted at with Sara/Chis when they went looking for her roommate/best friend.  I’m excited to see where that story goes.  so….Enjoy!

Blog Tour & Cover Reveal: Micah (Damage Control #1) by Jo Raven

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MICAH (Damage Control #1) COVER REVEAL

New Adult contemporary romance

by Jo Raven

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RELEASE DATE: Dec 16, 2014 in the Red Hot Alphas Boxset

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SYNOPSIS

There’s me: Micah Owens. Tattoo artist at Damage Control. No parents or siblings. A past that still gives me nightmares.

And then there’s her: Evangeline, the girl who saved my life and haunts my more pleasant dreams. Only she doesn’t know who I really am, and telling her might well send her fleeing for the hills. She deserves better than a loser like me. She’s pretty. She’s clever. She’s goddamn sexy and has a heart of gold.

Which is why I can’t tell her. A smile from her and I’ll do all I can to make her mine – including pretending to be someone I’m not, someone worth having.

Isn’t love weird?

This is book 1 in the Damage Control series – a series parallel to Inked Brotherhood, so that you’ll find the boys of Inked Brotherhood making appearances here, too.

MICAH is a stand-alone work. No cliffhanger.

The expected publication date is Dec 16, 2014 in the Red Hot Alphas Boxset, on all of your favorite e-book websites.

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EXCERPT

Quiet.

I ring the bell again, and when nothing happens, I check the piece of paper. I’m at the right place. Maybe Rafe made a mistake? Or maybe Micah is not in.

Just when I’m about to turn and go, I think I hear footsteps and push the paper into the pocket of my jacket. I lick my lips, my nervousness returning.

The lock creaks and the door slides open. “Yeah?” a hoarse male voice says, and I catch a glimpse of a suspicious blue eye through the opening.

“Micah? It’s me, Ev.” Oh God, this sounds so lame. I shift my weight again, my leg twinging. “I, um. I forgot my walking stick at the cafe…” I feel ridiculous addressing his eye and not even seeing his whole face. “I was hoping maybe you noticed and got it for me.”

“Ev?” His voice cracks. He turns away and coughs, and the worry gently gnawing at my insides morphs into a voracious monster.

“Are you all right?” My voice goes high-pitched, and I wince. Calm down, Ev. “That cold still hasn’t cleared up?”

“What?” He pulls the door open and leans against it, bracing one arm on the frame. One bare, muscled arm. Attached to his muscular bare chest. “Oh, the cold, yeah. I’m fine.”

Fine. “Why did you stay home if you’re fine?”

He blinks at me, a slow sweep of long lashes against high cheekbones, and I have a moment of oh-crap-I’ve-gone-too-far panic.

But he doesn’t slam the door in my face as I think he might. “Rough night,” he mutters. “Ocean said he’d cover for me at work, so I stayed home to sleep.”

Straightforward. Honest. A rough night. I want to ask what made it rough, but I think I’ve already overstepped the boundaries of our… friendship? Acquaintance?

I drop my gaze from his face, and that’s a mistake. My mind blanks a little as I realize he’s shirtless and barefoot, lounging in front of me in only a pair of gray low-hung, draw-string pants. My gaze slides back up his long legs to his narrow hipbones and a spectacular set of abs, complete with sexy divots forming a V line.

My mouth is honest-to-god watering. I tear my gaze off those lickable abs only for it to be caught by his defined pecs and then his amused sky-blue eyes.

“Is there anything I can do for ya?” he drawls lazily, and I swear my panties get wet at the raspy sound.

Well, wetter.

Which is kind of alarming. No guy has ever had such an effect on me before.

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AUTHOR BIO

Jo Raven writes New Adult contemporary romance. She loves sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines, and divides her time between writing and reading. When not cooking up plots, she putters in her cluttered kitchen and dreams of traveling to India and Japan.

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Review: My Control (Inside Out #4.5) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: My Control
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster 9/8/14
Length: 47
Series: Inside Out #4.5

Overview

I have lost who I used to be, letting guilt and heartache define who I am, letting darkness control me. Only one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me: the man I do not wish to exist. His lack of control led to tragedy, and I cannot allow that to happen again. But even as she offers ease, she challenges me like no woman ever has—and my hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity. But no more. She is about to find out that the Master has returned…

My Thoughts

I love how the bigger main series leads into these installments about Mark – and how you could in theory read this as a standalone, yet you get so much more if you’re reading everything.  So….it’s been a little while since i was last in this series, so i’ll admit i was a little foggy on where things were left with Crystal and Mark, but it’s not hard to pick back up.  If you’ll remember, there were new leads and information leading to discovering what happened to Rebecca, and of course that meant that a lot of folks were now being looked into, luckily it seemed as though Mark, Chris and Sara were off the hook, and attention was being directed towards Ava, Ryan and a younger kid.  This is the part of the story that overlaps with what we saw in ‘No In Between’ with Chris and Sara once they returned to the US.

Anyhow, in this next installment of Mark’s story, where we’re left with him is figuring out how to deal with his internal confusion about how he feels about Crystal and how he doesn’t want to allow those feelings to come through, partially because of what happened with Rebecca and partially because it goes against everything that he is.  The challenge of course is that nothing’s ever easy, and if Crystal weren’t so strong (at least in appearance), then this would be much shorter lived.

True to form of our lovely author, you feel the tension and attraction rolling off these 2 even if we don’t get into much sceneing between them.  it’s such a short installment that i’m not surprised that we really only had 1 scene between them, but at least it was hot.  I think that there’s a lead into something much bigger between them and i can’t wait to see what comes of it.  Mark seems to think that Crystal is hiding behind her faux strength, and i think that his need to control and dominate will bring that out.

The question arises though at the end of who’s safe and who’s going to be the next target.  We have always questioned Ryan especially after reading No In Between and there’s even more reason to now that we’ve gotten this novella.  Mark seems to think that Crystal’s next on the target list and he’s going to do what he can to protect her.  so….off we go into the next story – to see what’s to happen, if Rebecca is truly dead (which you guys all should know by now that i don’t believe to be the case) and who did it.  Enjoy!

Review: Inside Out (Insiders #1) by Maria V Snyder

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Title: Inside Out
Author: Maria V Snyder
Publisher/Year: Harlequin 4/1/10
Length: 227
Series: Insider #1

Overview

Keep Your Head Down.

Don’t Get Noticed.

Or Else.

I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

My Thoughts

I have to say that when you have a synopsis like what’s above, it leaves you to assume that you’ll exceed expectations on what you read.  That’s the case here since i didn’t have much to go on aside from this being a dystopia and there’s a rebellion looming.

I’ve come to have an appreciation for stories like this that have their societies in an enclosed space  – with divisions and routines all in place to ‘keep order’ and to make sure that people don’t question what they’ve been told and to just do it unless they want to be expunged (or recycled as they say in this one).  In this series, we get that same thing – with the Scrubs – the general pop so to speak all living on the lower levels of the space – working the maintenance and menial jobs to keep things functioning.  Trella’s job is to clean the ducts since she’s small enough and can do it – and the ducts need to ensure that clean air is cycling and the heat is working properly etc.  Of course – with all that time to herself, she’s going to think about things a little more, and even gets a nickname of ‘queen of the pipes’ which leads her down a path of the unknown since it’s gotten her recognized.

Along with Trella, we meet Cog – who’s her best friend/brother type whom she’s grown up with.  He’s protective of her and really just wants to help sort things out to make their life as best as possible.  He’s the one that introduces Trella to Broken Man who’s a prophet of sorts and that’s where things go awry.  See – there’s this thing called ‘The Gateway’ which is supposed to be a way out of The Inside and Broken man seems to think that Trella is the one that can help them find it and get out.  It’s because of this request that life as they all knew it changes.

Trella meets Riley who’s an Upper and who becomes a character that i really like and can’t wait to get to know more about.  he’s not your typical Upper in the sense that he follows the rules and has this air of entitlement as Trella assumed.  He not only helps her when he doesn’t have to but he sees things in her that others don’t and that of course leads to the hopes of a romance in my eyes.

Throughout this story we see a plan form – with Trella and the others trying to figure out how to evade security to find locked files and passwords and allies to get to The Gateway – all the while wondering who they can trust – if they can trust anyone  – and what that’ll inevitably mean.  No one knows if the Gateway is even real – and what’s on the outside and i think that’s the twist that we all really want to learn while reading.

The characters are believable and really likeable – aside from the Travas (the security), there’s really no one that you can’t like here and you want to root for everyone to succeed.  There’s the hint of romance without the expected love triangle, and that’s something that’s so welcome in a YA dystopia.  The one thing that made me sad was an unexpected death of sorts – that was one that i didn’t want to see happen and i’m still in denial about – but we’ll see what happens in the next installment.  anyhow – a good intro to the series and you should check it out.  Enjoy!

Review: Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) by Sylvia Day

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Title: Captivated by You
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 11/18/14
Length: 368
Series: Crossfire #4

Overview

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

My Thoughts

I don’t know about everyone else (although i’m pretty sure that many agree), we’ve been WAITING FAR TOO LONG for this continuation of the series.  but, i’m so excited to be back in the world of Gideon and Eva – since nothing is ever dull.  We pick right back up with these 2 and if you thought that their lives were complicated before with ghosts and people trying to get in the way, you’re in for something new.

Before i get into the meat of the story, there’s something that i have to say about our author.  What i find to be challenging sometimes with other series is that authors have trouble sticking to the heart of what makes us love characters and what makes a dynamic exciting.  Sylvia Day doesn’t have that problem – at least with these 2.  We’ve been with them now for 4 installments and the passion and pain and chemistry and all of those other deep emotions are still there, raw and at the surface and that’s something that makes you really want to keep reading.  (even if you didn’t want to – and that’s def not the case here).

So back to the story – we pick up with Gideon and Eva back from their secret wedding and they’re trying to get back into the thick of life without making any waves with others since they want to do things at their own pace.  Once people learn of their engagement, they find that they are facing mixed emotions, but that’s the least of their problems.

If you’ll remember, at the end of Entwined by You, Eva thinks that she’s see Anne Lucas at an event – seducing Cary of all people, but she’s not sure.  Well, i think that it’s safe to say that once Gideon gets wind of that notion, things get ugly, and while we don’t even get to the crux of what Anne’s got planned in this 4th book, you know that it’s going to be good.  she’s got a vendetta against him and i think that we’re going to see things get bad fast.

The undertone of this story really is that Gideon feels that he’s off his game and that everyone that he’s ever wronged is coming after him since his focus is now on Eva – and that means that they are all going to go THROUGH Eva.  While we know that Eva’s a strong woman, i think that there has to be a breaking point for her, and we actually see that happen at various points and in varying degrees here.

Corinne’s back and has her own agenda, as does Brett.  While i think that both are rather minor in comparison to the love that Gideon and Eva have, it still makes a challenge of things just when they want to settle in.

In addition to this main story line, we also get to see a few things come and go.  First being Cary’s ‘baby’. situation.  While it seemed to me like it would play a bigger role in this book, it hasn’t really . we know that it’s stressing him out, coming in between his relationship with Trey and all that, but there’s really not much movement on that piece.  the other bit though is that we see Gideon’s relationship with his step-father change drastically because of information revealed and i’m curious to see how that affects things in the next installment.  I have a feeling that Chris will become a big help in a situation down the line, but what that is, i’m not quite sure.

Regardless of all that, we get the same tension that we’ve come to love with these 2.  It’s hot and sexy, there;s so much passion between these 2 that you can’t help but to get turned on just by their scening.  Gideon has some very specific habits that Eva begins to see more of and it’s HOT.  i can’t wait to see what’s next for them, and i’m really hoping that we get the same roller coaster that we’ve gotten in all of the books so far since it makes for some great reading.  I hope you guys enjoy!

Review: The Affair: Never Let Go (The Affair Week 8) by Beth Kery

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Title: The Affair:  Never Let Go
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 11/4/14
Length: 78
Series: The Affair #8

Overview

Upon her return to the Breakers, Emma makes a bracing decision—her affair with Montand will end, but only to make way for a deeper relationship with the man she loves. But Montand’s aunt Vera has plans, too. Vindictive, obsessive, and unsettlingly territorial, Vera insists that Emma leave the Breakers and never look back. And she has the weapon to make it happen: a final secret about Montand that even he doesn’t know, one with such devastating implications that it would surely destroy him and ruin any chance of happiness he might have hoped for with Emma.

Loathe to plunge Montand into despair, Emma decides to heed Vera’s warning. But as Emma first learned when she arrived at the Breakers eight weeks ago, Montand’s family promised many surprises. And there is one more to come that could change everything.

My Thoughts

I was waiting for the other shoe to drop for a while and it seems like it certainly does in this final installment of the series.  It’s not 1 but 2 things that happen to put us in a bit of a tailspin for the last few chapters.

We’re coming upon our return from France – and there’s a fire at one of Vanni’s factories which keeps him in France while Emma goes back to the US.  While we never get resolution there as to what happens, although there’s a point in the story where Vanni hints to complications and that he’ll tell her about it later – it’s still up in the air.  part of me thinks sabotage – but since it’s never resolved, i don’t know that it really matters.

It’s really what happens once Emma is back in the US – she goes to the Breakers as Vanni asked her to, and when she gets there Vera is there in full force.  She tells Emma that Vnani’s going to be further delayed – into the next day and then continues to spew her hatred onto Emma in the sense that she feels like Emma isn’t suited for the family, isn’t going to last with Vanni and should just high-tail her butt out of there.  When that doesn’t seem to work fast enough, Vera unleashes some dark family secrets in the hopes that blackmailing Emma to leave will work – and it does.  Emma leaves, Vanni comes home to an empty house, and things go from bad to worse fast.

If that wasn’t enough, Emma’s trying to move on in her life, without much success, but yet at times still just a bit, and then there’s a car accident.  This is always the point in these types of stories when folks are forced to make a choice – do what makes them happiest or make the choice ot walk away – and i think that in this instance, what we see happen afterwards shakes things up.  Secrets that were meant to be kept secret aren’t / weren’t – and relationships are broken up because of that.

Since it’s such a short novella – i don’t want to get into anything more – but i think that the underlying bit of this story is a really nice one about not just love, but about forgiveness and balance and setting yourself free.  Vanni needed all of that and Emma seemed like just the person to do that all for him, or at least take him down that path to do it.

The one thing that i’ll say is that Ms. Kery is very consistent in what she gives us.  The way that she designs her characters and her stories always intrigue me and suck me in, and i can’t wait to see what’s next.  In the case of this story though – i kind of wish that i had waited until more of the installments were out before reading – since i feel like they were a bit short in the mid-point, and there wasn’t as much substance as i would have liked.  but all in all, i’m very happy with this one.  Enjoy!

Review: The Affair: Can’t Stop Thinking of You (The Affair Week #7) by Beth Kery

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Title: The Affair:  Can’t Stop Thinking of You
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 10/28/14
Length: 74
Series: The Affair #7

Overview

Emma discovers startling new secrets about the enigmatic Montand and fears his spiritual wounds are too deep to heal—as New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s The Affair continues…

The Affair Week Seven

Emma and Montand’s exhilarating vacation in France takes them from the glamour of a luxury yacht to the dangerous thrill ride of the Montand Grand Prix, but it’s the daring new levels of intimacy they share that leave Emma breathless. Their decadent getaway affords Emma insights into Montand she never anticipated when she learns more of the truth about his damaged childhood, his volatile relationship with his father, and the woman groomed to be Montand’s substitute mother. Emma longs to help him fight his demons and end his suffering, but how can she, when his anger and guilt won’t let him forgive his stepmother…or more importantly, himself?

There’s a storm on the horizon, but for now, there’s sun-drenched sweetness and the naked truth in each other’s arms. Their days together are drawing to a close, giving every touch, every kiss, every moment of sensual submission and possession a wild, desperate intensity. They only have the moment so Emma and Montand surrender to it with total abandon.

My thoughts

So honestly, i’m really curious about this storm that’s on the horizon since things seem to be in a really good place for them – but i guess that’s part of what makes a series good – you’re on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what’s going to come next.  Perosnally, this was one of the more interesting installments, since there was a lot of action.

Where we were in the last book, Emma had finally flown to France to be with Vanni and things looked like they were going to be in a good place.  Personally i felt like the other shoe was going to drop since they kept claiming that Emma was lucky and no one could be THAT lucky – but as it turns out, we’re still waiting.  We see Vanni and Emma growing closer to each other – they are admitting to themselves at least that there are a lot of feelings there and even more than they had planned for.  There’s a lot of trust building between then which is key since we know that Emma still questioned what it was that Vanni was into.

So we’re basking in the South of France, spending time with Niki whom i LOVE on his yacht, and a bunch of other characters whom i could do without.  It’s nice to see the dynamic between Emma and Vanni here especially since everyone keeps telling us about the type of man that Vanni used to be, which is clearly someone different than who he is with Emma.  He’s turned into this caring and protective guy who’s no longer moody and i think that it’s fantastic.

We also finally get to the point in the story where it’s about time for the race.  I’ve been saying for a while that i think a crash is going to happen, and i wasn’t left without having that at least.  The question of course is who crashed and what it means – but that gets sorted out.

I guess what i’m most curious about for the final week since i believe that there are just 8 installments – how will Vanni and Emma resolve themselves, who else is going to try to come in the way of them (Vera maybe?) and what will happen with Amanda.  If there’s really something looming just over the horizon, i’m curious to see who or what it is and what that means for everything.  I hope that it’s nothing too drastic but i suppose we’ll just never know.  (personally i think that Emma’s preggo so that’s perhaps the something but that could just be me).  Anyhow, i hope you guys all enjoy!

Review: One Night: Denied (One Night #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Title: One Night: Denied
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing  11/11/14
Length: 370
Series: One Night #2

Overview

The passion that burned between Livy and M in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries . . .

He’s amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she’s never before known. For Livy, there’s no turning back. She’s determined to be the light in M’s dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price . . .

M knows that the power he possesses hasn’t come without sacrifices-but he won’t let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs . . . from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about M that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he’s ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all .

My Thoughts

I’ve been waiting for this 2nd installment for AGES and i’m so glad the we finally got to continue Livy and Miller’s story.  When we last left these 2, things were in a very bad place.  When it once seemed like things were going really well between then, Livy learns about what Miller actually does and that throws her for a loop.  She taunts him into showing her his professional side which backfires – causing her to flee the hotel, and as a result, runs into William whom you’ll remember was her ex-pimp of sorts  when she went to find out about her mother – and William is the man that loved her deeply.

So…we’re back into the story and I’m happy to say that William plays a rather large role.  We see that he’s out to protect Livy – from Miller and seemingly other things but those things we still don’t know about.  I think that’s part of the allure – since we know that he’s protecting her partly out of obligation from his regret of leaving her mom but partly because there’s something dangerous that’s out there and while Livy is unaware – he knows all too well.

Where the story goes in terms of Miller – we see that his demons are coming to the surface in this 2nd book.  We’ve always known that he’s got a dark side but it’s unclear where it stems from.  Livy pushes him so that she can better understand, but it’s not quite that easy.  They some how find a way back to one another, even with all of the interference from people outside of them.  (Gregory for one, and Anderson for another).  What’s nice about their dynamic is that although it’s highly sexual and the chemistry makes the air tingle with electricity, there’s a depth there.  They are both broken and they both want to make the other one better because of their own experiences – it makes you want to root for each – even when you don’t like them very much.

there’s this under current throughout about danger and about a need to protect Livy – and i think that’s the one thing that’s only partly resolved and a good lead into to the 3rd book. The last chapter in this book sets things up in a way that i didn’t really expect but was very pleased about.  Clearly we know that Miller’s mixed up in a business that’s not too forgiving to folks that want out and we know that he’s been deemed the ‘Special One’ so that means it’s even more complicated.  Livy’s paying the price for that – among those in charge as well as from the women that will perhaps lose their greatest pleasure.

So – it’s a waiting game now until February i believe – to see what happens.  We know that there’s a chase ensuing at the end of this book – with Miller and Livy stuck in a predicament of sorts.  who’s chasing them, where will they end up and in who’s control and….the lady at the end of the pathway….hmmm. .i don’t want to give anything away there, but i can’t wait to see what she’s going to do from here.  so…Enjoy!  this was another great read from one of my latest favorite authors.

Review: The Affair: No Reservations (The Affair Week 6) by Beth Kery

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Title: The Affair:  No Reservations
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 10/28/14
Length: 69
Series: The Affair #6

Overview

Overwhelmed with worry for the safety of her heart, Emma tells Montand what few women have: No. But as he reminds her, she promised him she’d be his for five weeks, and promised herself she’d never again run away from a challenge. Especially one so irresistible. Now, on the glamorous playground of the Cote d’Azur Emma and Montand indulge in the all-or-nothing pleasures of the rich and famous—from the Cannes roulette wheels, to the most decadent restaurants to the dark challenges and raptures of the bedroom, they’re set on a dizzying, dangerous course…and there’s no turning back.

But when Montand is suddenly faced with his past and his vulnerability, he realizes that the woman he’s come to worship will not be a part of his future.

My Thoughts

I don’t know about anyone else but i feel like the summary or overview that’s published doesn’t necessarily jive with what we get in these installments, but to be honest, i don’t usually read them so it’s not a big deal.  Any how- where we are now in the story is that Vanni is off to the south of France for his race and Emma has agreed to go with him.  Vanni of course does what he does best and helps clear the path with her boss so that when she calls to get the weeks off there’s no issue, and it’s during that call that Emma learns that Vanni’s gone ahead and taken over and well – that doesn’t bode well.  What was meant to be a really nice and relaxing trip is now a solo journey for Vanni.

Several days go by that Emma is moping around at home and surprisingly it’s her sister Amanada who manages to find a way to bring her out of her funk and that’s something that i think we all wanted to happen, yet didn’t know if it would.  Amidst all this help that amanda provides, we learn that Vanni knows that the only way to get Emma to come to him is to go through Amanda, which is the way that it works out.

So we find ourselves in France – just before the race and it’s a happy reunion for this couple.  While Emma’s there, she sees the other side of racing – the nature of the race-car drivers and learns that Cristina left her a rather sizable inheritance – even after just working for her for just a few weeks.  It’s always nice to see stability written into a story sicne we know that there’s more than a limited thing going on here, and maybe with what Cristina’s done, there will be hope for these two.

I think that one of the biggest under-currents of this story is that both have agreed to a limited time together, yet we see that both have developed more serious feelings for one another.  I think that it’s just a matter of time that they will realize that it’s long-term, i think though that something dramatic is going to happen at the race which will either make it easier to come together or will temporarily rip them apart.  We keep hearing about how Vanni feels that he’s cursed and that he’s unlucky – and that Emma is the counter-point to this and is very lucky – but i guess my concern and anxiety now is who is going to get hurt in the race?  will it be Vanni (will he have to end up driving for some reason), will it be Niki, will we see Emma have to use her medical training to save a life?

All these questions which make for a great build up to the finale and i believe that there are just 2 more installments that i’ve got in my library to carry me through, so i’ll know in just a matter of a day or 2.  enjoy!

Review: Metritropolis (Meritropolis #1) by Joel Ohman

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Title: Meritropolis
Author: Joel Ohman
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing   9/9/14
Length: 170
Series: Meritropolis #1

Overview

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

My thoughts

I don’t know about anyone else, but i’m a sucker for a bit of fantasy in my Dystopia and i think that’s exactly what we get here.  Mind you there’s really no back story that we’re given to understand what has been set up for us, but regardless, the premise itself is a good one.

We are in Meritropolis, another one of those cities that’s set inside these very well protected walls – not knowing exactly what’s outside the walls but knowing that you DON’T want to go out there.  The city itself is run by what’s called the System – which is a way to determine if you have value to the city and if you don’t – you’re put outside the gates.

Our lead of course is valueable and worthy – he’s known as a High Score, and quite possibly one of the highest if not the highest since he’s so young.  It’s on the weekly score update day that we see things go awry.  Our lead, Charley – his score of course goes up, yet there are a few that have scores that go down and they are to be ‘zeroed’ and put outside the gates.  Charley can’t let this happen in good conscious and well – he’ fights for what he thinks is right.  if he weren’t already on the Commander’s radar – he is now since somehow he manages to keep the girl from getting put out and he kills/injures/disarms quite a few guards in the process.

Where we go in this story is down a path that’s kind of expected – yet i’m not sure what we’re going to get since there’s not that much in the sense of a lead here.  We slowly learn that there are several ‘High Scores’ that are being trained to be ‘hunters’ yet since they are quite smart- they realize that there’s more to their training than meets the eye.  They are taught by fighting and going out into the forest where they encounter all these hybrid animals that are very aggressive and are left to wonder how they became to be.  This is maybe the one point that we learn a little bit about what happened in the past – that there was some type of nuclear war of sorts and that left the population decimated and caused hybrids.  Or did it?  We learn that some of these are of course manmade – but the question remains as to why?

In addition to Charley, we get close to Sandy another High Score who’s in training with him, as well as Abigail who’s not training but who has an in to the Commander.  I can’t wait to see what she uses her own powers (i.e. feminine wiles) to accomplish since i think that it’s going to be interesting.  We also get a good sense of the type of man the Commander is – although you want to turn your opinion slightly towards the end – since you know that he’s afraid of his father – but you think that there may be more backbone to the man.

As expected – where we are left off in this story – there’s a raid on the town, by not just 1 direction – and there’s a lot of death.  i’m not sure who is going to survive and what it means for meritropolis – and even for the High scores – but i think that this is just the beginning.

What gets me about this story – like i noted above, there’s not a significant amount of substance to the back story and i think that it’s something that often makes a series really good.  what i’d like to see more of is an understanding of what made Meritropolis into what it is and what the tru function of the town is.  Are there others like it and why are they in play?

The other bit is that i want to know what’s out there.  I feel like we have a lot ahead of ourselves in understanding who’s really in power – and i think that further development of the story and the  characters will do a world of good.  Something that i’ve found in series like this is that while the first book lacks a bit of set up – the next installments pick up speed and that’s something that i hope that we get to see since i’m intrigued.  Regardless of all that – i hope you guys take a read and enjoy.  It’s a quick one so you don’t have to divest all that much time.