Review: His Royal Princess (Billionaire Boys Club #3.5) by Jessica Clare

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Title: His Royal Princess
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/19/16
Length:   106  pages
Series:  Billionaire Boys Club #3.5

Overview

Their romance led to a royal wedding in Once Upon a Billionaire. Now see how it all began for Princess Alexandra of Bellissime and American actor Luke Houston in this novella from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.

As heir to the throne of Bellissime, Princess Alexandra is supposed to be cool and calm…not crushing on a movie star. When she hears that Luke Houston is filming a scene for his next movie in her tiny country, however, she can’t resist sneaking onto set to get a glimpse of the Hollywood hunk.

When Alex is almost caught on set by the press, she ducks into the first available hiding place—only to find herself in Luke’s private trailer, and getting much more than just a glimpse of him. It’s an up close and personal encounter that sets her heart aflutter, and sets her mind on some very unladylike plans to get to know him better…

My Thoughts

To be honest, i had no idea how this novella fit into the mix and then had to go back and sort it out all.  I”m glad that we got to peek into how this romance started though and how the wedding came to happen.

In this story – we get the expected royal that we know Ms Clare has been itching to write.  Alex is the heir to the throne now that her mother has abdicated and that means that she’s always had to live her life by the rules.  That’s been ok so far for her, just unfulfilling.  It’s only when a movie is being filmed in her small country  with the start being Luke – the actor that she’s had a crush on forever that things begin to change.

She happens onto the set one day and ends up hiding out in his trailer to avoid photographers when a chance encounter makes them meet, in circumstances that are quite funny.  Luke misinterprets who she is – meaning that he thinks she’s a hooker, and well, you know that there’s going to be a lot of apologizing later and quite a bit of embarrassment.

We spend the next chapters seeing how they figure out if they can entertain a relationship, be covert about it, and understand what it could mean to their futures since they are VERY different.  Alex speaks multiple languages, is destined to run a country and is very put together.  Luke has his GED, is American and is an actor on the cusp of something big in his career.

What we get is typical Jessica Clare in the sense that we have a nice romance here, with a story that carries us through the chapters.  Being that it’s a novella and not a full length story, there’s a bit that’s been shaved off so that we don’t necessarily get the depth and breadth that i’ve come to really love in her writing, but nonetheless, it’s still a sweet story filled with the right amount of steamy passionate moments. I can’t wait to see what’s up next in this series, novella or otherwise!

On that note, have a great weekend everyone and i’ll be back!

Review: Make Me Desperate (Make Me #4) by Beth Kery

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Title: Make Me Desperate
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/26 /16
Length:   82  pages
Series:  Make Me #4

Overview

Jacob and Harper push the boundaries of danger and desire in the next installment of the alluring serial novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery…
 
Jacob’s addiction to Harper is putting his life’s work at risk, but he can’t deny himself the pleasure he feels when he’s with her. Even when her seeming refusal to acknowledge their past connection makes him doubt her true intentions, he finds himself pushing their affair further, insisting Harper submit to their attraction, even in the most compromising of circumstances.

As their encounters become even more lavish, daring, and intimate, Harper aches to break down the walls around Jacob’s heart. But she fears his secrets conceal a dark side she’s not ready to face. When he suggests a weekend in San Francisco together, she accepts despite her doubts about getting involved with such a guarded, powerful man. There’s something about him that keeps her coming back for more. He claims he’s obsessed, but she is every bit as compelled…

My Thoughts

Ahh, the story continues, and it’s interesting how willing Jacob is in letting Harper into his life, and being so willing to let her see everything that’s in his private life, especially when he doesn’t let anyone in.  so…Where we go in this fourth installment is more along the lines of the development of whatever it is that they are doing sexually than anything else.

We get the continued flashbacks to see in to what happened when they were younger, and Jacob has been asking around to find out if there’s really a chance that Harper remembers nothing because of being hypnotized, however there are ‘tells’ that we get where Harper is beginning to sense that they know each other from a past life, but isn’t sure how to figure that one out.

There are supporting characters that may become a problem as we see this story evolve.  Elizabeth, Jacob’s assistant obviously doesn’t like the flexibility that Harper’s being allowed, the access that she has without any care.  We also see that there’s a reporter who works with Harper that seems to think that she’s his ticket to bigger and better things through her relationship with Jacob.  Personally, i feel like both are going to be problems, but that’s all assuming that these 2 main characters don’t come between themselves first.

True to Beth Kery’s style, we get some uber hot scenes, they are so heated and steamy that you know what it is exactly that Jacob wants and what Harper is willing to give, and then they push it just a bit further.  It’s so hot that you don’t even care of they have issues coming back to their past, you just love how hot it is now.

On to the wait for next week for #5.  have a great day all!

Review: Dirtiest Secret (S.I.N. #1) by J Kenner

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Title: Dirtiest Secret
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 4/19/16
Length:   320 pages
Series:  S.I.N. #1

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of such “sizzling Stark novels” (RT Book Reviews) asRelease Me and Say My Name comes a Stark International Novel featuring provocative bad boy Dallas Sykes—the first in a new trilogy in the S.I.N. series.

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.
 
The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

My Thoughts

We’ve gotten hints and glimpses into the man that’s Dallas but i think that no one had any real idea what his past was made up of, and how horrible it was.  It’s his driving force in everything that he does now in life, and it’s understandable.

Being kidnapped at the age of 17 really does a number on someone, especially when there’s torture and especially when you’re sister (not blood) / lover / best friend is kidnapped with you and tortured along side you.  The remainder of his life has been set towards finding out who was behind the deed and what their motive was.

The sister, Jane comes to us as a new character entirely, never hinted at in the series that we read with Damian or Jackson.  It’s nice to have a new person, especially since we only knew of Dallas as a womanizer and nothing more.  Jane was there with him during the kidnapping for the most part, and has had to deal with the issues and challenges that come from it.

The path that this story takes is an interesting one.  The first is the constant fight between these 2, they know that there’s a draw and connection and sadly, the only way that Dallas feels that he can deal is to push her away. It’s taken years for Jane to stand up for what she wants, and well, it’s not necessarily giving her the outcome that she hoped for.

Alongside this story line, we get the search that Dallas’s vigilante organization has going to find out who his captors were, ‘The Jailer’ and ‘The Woman’ since they were the 2 that really made his life horrible, and well, he’s closing in on someone, and then finds that he’s killed himself.  (sure…..).  On top of that, his organization is sooo covert, that when it comes to light that someone’s outed them slightly, in outing their code name, things begin to get complicated.  Jane’s got her own agenda in this sense as well as it’s been her job now writing stories about kidnapings and now writing a story about the vigilante side of things which makes Dallas uncomfortable along with his partners, and then there’s the complete uncertainty that we don’t know what will happen if they are outed.

Throughout this story, i have had my suspicions on who was involved and we see a bit of headway coming through.  whether i’m right or wrong is still to be determined but we’re left on a cliffhanger as the people that are being named aren’t those that you’d really want to see included.

There’s also the Dom (BDSM) side of things that we see Jane branching out to since that’s the kind of control that we know that Dallas needs now, and that’s going to cause plenty of challenges in the story line.  Where that goes, well i think we’ll need more of the story to take us there.  the great thing is that J Kenner has this amazing ability to really take us deeper into a scene and feel the passion and heat leaping from the pages to keep us engaged.  I don’t know about anyone else who’s read this, but there are times when these 2 come together that it’s so hot it’s explosive.

And on that note – have a great night everyone and i’ll be back around soon!

Review: Make Me Say It (Make Me #3) by Beth Kery

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Title: Make Me Say It
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/19/16
Length:   74 pages
Series:  Make Me #3

Overview

Attraction melts into obsession in New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s latest installment of her beguiling new serial novel…
 
Even as Jacob offers Harper a life of luxury and indulgence that thrills all her senses, she grows wary of this powerful man and his unquenchable desires. In their most intimate moments, Harper can’t help but submit to his seductive demands. But the man outside the bedroom, whose early business dealings carry an air of questionable origins, who refuses to share even the smallest detail about his past, is an entirely different story…

Jacob worries that, deep inside, Harper must recognize who he really is—the boy he was before he became a powerful, billionaire mogul. As much as he craves acknowledgment of their shared past, he dreads she might call him out as a fraud and leave his life forever…

My Thoughts

In this third installment, we are seeing the aftermath of really what was the first real interaction sexually between these 2, and how both have to deal with it.  We’re seeing that Jacob is having a harder time separating the past from the present when he gets into his head, and that is manifesting itself into something that makes Harper uncomfortable.

All that being said, the story continues.  We see Jacob’s friend Cyril questioning his interest in Harper since she’s not his type, and that line of conversation puts Jacob off balance which is doesn’t like.  he’s forced to really internalize what he’s doing, which is something that doesn’t often happen.

The nice thing here is that while he’s digesting things, we get another bit of a flashback to when Jacob and Harper met, and we’re seeing how their relationship / interaction began.  It’s not quite that deep yet, but we’re seeing what happened 20 years ago to make their paths connect.

It’s only after that, where we see Jacob finally take things into his own hand and go to Harper and try to explain himself.  Where they go from there is then all in typical Beth Kery style – incredibly hot and steamy, super sexy and passionate.  Where they go with their needs, well we see what Jacob means about what he needs in a partner, and how he takes Harper there, even though he knows exactly why in theory she’d be uncomfortable.

While she still doesn’t recognize him, he keeps trying to nudge that memory – but learns an interesting reason for why she may never make the connection.  There’s something more there about what happened to her post the kidnapping 20 years ago that i’d really like to get into in the next book since i feel like there’s another twist coming that will shake things up.

So on that note, since i was slow to read this one this week, at least i don’t have to wait so long for the next.  Have a great weekend!

Review: Make Me Tremble (Make Me #2) by Beth Kery

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Title: Make Me Tremble
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/12/16
Length:   68 pages
Series:  Make Me #2

Overview
When Jacob Latimer ran into Harper McFaddan on the beach, she thought it was the first time their paths had crossed. Only Jacob knows that his murky history connects with hers in ways she couldn’t imagine—ways that make their relationship dangerous. He should let her go. But now that he’s felt her in his arms, he worries that he’ll never be able to forsake her…

Harper has never been this attracted to anyone before—nor has she ever been so intimidated. Jacob can go from aloof and mysterious to total mastery of her mind and body in a second flat. In the glamorous setting of his luxurious yacht, he finally stakes his claim. And he won’t stop until he has every inch of her under his delicious control…

My Thoughts

We’re slowly starting to learn more and more about how these two have a past together, even if Harper doesn’t realize it yet.  there was quite the hinting going on in the first book that now it’s nice to see a little bit of a backstory going on.  makes his character a bit more relatable.  we learned that there’s not much intel on his own back story and it’s nice to know that there’s really something there that makes him more of a deeper person.

As we left off in the first installment, there was definitely heat and passion coming at us from all angles.  Jacob and Harper had a steamy moment in the shower when Harper went back to get her purse, and this 2nd book gives us the aftermath of all that and then what comes next.

What’s nice to see here is that Harper’s starting to get a sense of familiarity but not quite sure why.  the other nice thing is that there’s got to be more coming out of the Ellie story that the director wants to make a movie on than we know, and how it’s some how tied to Harper (or at least that’s my guess) so we’ll have to see how that plays out.  I feel like that part of the plot – the other professional side of things will def have an interesting progression here.

Jacob though, i wonder how his story is going to come to fruition.  we know that he’s been harboring this crush on Harper because of their past, and i think that it’s a bit of revenge ore resentment that’s coming out in present day since he feels that she never responded to his notes.  i’m sure that we’ll learn that her parents kept those letters from her, and that she never knew – and that’ll create a whole new side to things.

So on that note – we get the expected heat and naughtiness that i’ve come to expect from Ms Kery, and i’m definitely excited to see what next tuesday brings in the form of the 3rd installment.

Review: The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: The Power
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publisher/Year:  Spencer Hill Press 2/23/16
Length:   334 pages
Series:  Titan #2

Overview

With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

My Thoughts

I loved the original series and i love this one just as much.  i feel like i continue to be concerned with how they are going to evolve the story to make it fresh, yet still give us bits of the characters that we really love.  Ms Armentrout has done that!

So as you will remember, Josie is at the Covenant where she’s being trained to not just protect herself but to use her powers that need to gain strength.  At the same time, she’s sorting through these new feelings that she has for Seth, since that’s a place that neither of them have ever been before.  If that weren’t enough, the Shades and Titans are still after them, and there’s unrest in the school between Halfs and Pures, and well, death is all around them, all the time.

There are constantly hints being tossed at Josie on what she needs to know, who she needs to find, how she can find the other demigods and who she can trust, and i think that it’s a constant battle for her between being too trusting and skeptical at the same time.

So, that being said, we’re no a roller coaster that takes us on a variety of paths.  We see the return of Aiden and Alex which puts Josie out of balance, and makes Seth’s old personality come back a bit.  Then there’s the issue of all the Pures trying to kill the Halfs while making it a bit tougher to protect the school from outside forces, and then there’s the random appearances of gods throughout that keep giving bits of information but never the whole story.  Josie’s being told to perhaps not trust Seth and while they are on again off again, it’s not something that she’s truly conformed to.

This 2nd installment gives us the introduction to Hercules, another demigod that has quite a cocky attitude who’s role is to help seek out the other 3 demigods that haven’t awakened.  He’s got the ability to see them out, but i guess the question is whether everyone will manage to not kill him in the meantime.

Where this story goes though is a semi deja vu situation since there’s constant talk of ‘The God Killer’ which is the result if you remember in the first story where 2 Appollyons live in the same generation.  Everyone thinks that its Alex and with her return, there’s fear, but i guess you can’t count Seth out.  It’s not until Atlas shows up, a TItan that we see the unleashing of power that no one knew that anyone had, and well, the story is thrown into a tailspin.

I now have to say that im really excited to see what’s next in The Struggle and sad that i have to wait a year for it based on what i’ve read.  I think that there’s so much that this story can still do, and the characters are evolving still so much from the original series that i feel like we don’t even have a true sense of where it’s going to go.  Will Josie and Seth make it, will both Alex and Aiden continue to have their happily ever after?  Will Deacon and Luke make it to the end together?  THen there’s the question about who’s going to confront the Titans and who’s going to win.  Who’s going to die, since we’ve already seen a beloved character die in this installment.  So on that note – enjoy and now im off to find something else to entertain me reading wise!

Review: In His Corner by Vina Arno

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Title: In His Corner
Author: Vina Arno
Publisher/Year:  Kensington 4/14/15
Length:   123 pages

Overview

Work Out

No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft, until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild work-out…

Knock Out

Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stitches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…

My Thoughts

One of my favorite things ever is to find new authors and take a look at what they’re writing in the hopes of discovering a new favorite.  Through the network of Goodreads folks, this author reached out to me in the hopes that i may take a look at this story and of course i was thrilled.

What we have here is a really sweet story of the well off leading lady Siena (with 1 ‘N’) who’s moved to San Fran for med school and now is working at a private hospital there.  Her family is from the East Coast and is fairly successful and well off as well, having the best of everything, and as a result, her tastes are fairly expensive and high end.

Of course, that is in complete contradiction to that of Tommy or the ‘Juggernaut’ who is a very well known and successful boxer on the cusp of turning pro.  He’s young, and rough around the edges, but seems to have a really sweet soul.

Their paths cross when he comes into her ER and from then on, you see that they are connected through a connection that doesn’t make sense and is not going to be easy, but still seems to work.

The story itself is a really nice one – i think that you constantly hope that they find a way to be together even though their ages, backgrounds, and tastes vary so much.  The question that we’re constantly thinking about during this story is who’s going to bend, and at what cost. Compromise is needed in a relationship, but because they are so different, it means that someone’s going to lose their identity and i wonder if that’s going to be a good thing or not.  It’s a roller coaster for sure, and the distraction and constant break-ups takes a toll on Tommy’s career and well, i think that’s where you get hooked since it’s so disappointing.

If there was one critique that i could make on this, it’s how the ‘romantic’ scenes are written.  Being as deeply into the genre as I am, i think that there are word choices that i tend to lean towards or away, and there could be a bit more finessing in these scenes to make them hotter and more ‘sophisticated’ i guess the word could be.  That’s not to say that the way this story was written didn’t keep me engaged because it did, i think that there could be some further editing to take it to the next level.

All in all though, while i’m not a huge fan of stand alone stories since i like to get into a character’s head a bit more – this was a good one off and i’m glad that Ms Arno reached out to me to take a read.  Happy Saturday everyone!

Review: Make Me Forget (Make Me #1) by Beth Kery

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Title: Make Me Forget
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/5/16
Length:   83 pages
Series:  Make Me #1

Overview

Harper McFaddan has made her name as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless. After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer comes into her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an urgent need to get closer to him…

Jacob Latimer is the definition of a self-made man. The software entrepreneur built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about the shadiness of his rise to power  and no one knows what secrets lurk in his past. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. As an investigative journalist, she’s the one person who could expose his hidden origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that make him irresistibly drawn to her. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants…

My Thoughts

I love getting back into a series from Ms Kery since i think that we’ve all come to expect not just a great plot line with twists, but there’s also such great steamy chemistry from literally page one of all her stories that you can’t help but be drawn in.  This one is no different.

Harper is trying to get away from what she’s known her whole life because she’s trying to move on from the death of her parents, and moving to Tahoe is how she chooses to do that. Completely different pace of life, and changing who she’s around with seems like the best idea, however i think that there’s more that she’s running from, based on what we read in the summary and what we learn of Jacob.

Now we move onto Jacob, who’s this mysterious billionaire, no one knows much about him aside from the fact that he’s been shrouded in mystery and scandal, and that he’s kind of a hermit.  It’s really no surprise that Harper wants to know more.

So it’s after a chance meeting on the beach that they connect, and then she gets invited to a party that he’s hosting, and we learn that perhaps it’s no coincidence at all – and that there’s MUCH MUCH more to this duo.  Jacob knows who she is from his past, but she’s yet to make the connection.

Since this is a short intro to the series, i think that there’s only so much that we can get in terms of the plot line, but there’s no shortage of what we can get from passion.  There are sparks from moment one, and we see in a very steamy scene that there’s definitely something hot and powerful going on here, and i can’t wait to see what comes next.

On that note-  i have to wait until next week for the continuation, but at least i know that it’s coming bit by bit!

Review: Shattered (Extreme Risk #3) by Tracy Wolff

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Title: Slashed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 9/29/15
Length:   190 pages
Series:  Extreme Risk #3

Overview

Bighearted and easygoing, Luc Jennings is falling behind in a family of serious overachievers. While he may be decent enough at snowboarding to turn pro and rack up some sponsors, he’s never topped any podiums—unlike his friends Z, Ash, and Cam. Luc’s always been head over heels for Cam Bradley, but she’s never seen him as anything more than a friend. Now, after years of coming in second, Luc can’t take it anymore—especially if it means watching Cam chase another guy.

Cam hangs out almost exclusively with dudes, and that’s fine by her. She’d much rather be shredding at the Olympics than primping in the mirror. Cam’s wildest dreams have a way of coming true—except when it comes to getting her longtime crush and best friend, Z Michaels, to notice her. Then her mother suddenly shows up after being gone for, like, ever, and Cam’s whole world comes crashing down. Desperate for a place to lay low, she turns to the one person who’s always had her back.

Try as he might to move on, Luc could never leave Cam hanging. He lets her crash at his place—and it isn’t long before she winds up in his bed. With Cam running scared and her icy facade starting to melt at last, Luc’s determined to finally win the only prize that matters.

My Thoughts

I think that we’ve all been waiting to see how the chemistry and miss-match between Luc and Cam would play out, and if we thought we’d get the obvious story – well i think we were all wrong.  We know that they’ve each been attracted and pining for one another for years, yet never admitted it.  Well, we learned that over the course of the other 2 installments, there was a drunken night where these 2 came together, and well, that’s not something that worked out well for them both.  As a result, they haven’t spoken in months, and it’s been horrible for everyone.

So it’s only after a day out on the lake, watching each other do tricks on a wakeboard that somehow the ice has been broken and the conversations start again.  There’s obvious discomfort, and obvious chemistry still, and you have to wonder what it’s going to take to bring them together.

Well, easy enough – it’s the fact that Cam walks in on her dad on the couch with her mom – who had walked out on the family (the mom that is) 17 years ago, and well, that never ends well.  Where else does Cam feel she can go – to Luc, and that gives us a level of really combustive chemistry.  You see the fire and sparks pretty much leaping off the pages between them, and we get some of the steamiest writing from Ms Wolff yet!  One would assume that it’s all easy and smooth from there, 2 best friends finally coming to terms with what they mean to each other, yet, there’s jealousy that makes it worse, and they find themselves further apart than before.

It’s not until something life changing, potentially career ending strikes one of them that we see what they truly mean to each other and if they are able to make it work.  The question that we’re all forced to ask – Cam who’s on the cusp of the best season of her life – will she get to see the successes that she’d due?  Luc – the guy who’s always been on the rim, good but not great – will he ever get his chance to shine? You want to hope for the best, but you don’t know if it’s going to happen for them.  So – that’s where this series seems to close out – we find closure and endings where we could only hope to see them.  Enjoy!

Review: One With You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day

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Title: One With You
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher/Year:  St Martin’s Press 4/5/16
Length:   480 pages
Series:  Crossfire #5

Overview

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

My Thoughts

so, to be clear, i’ve spent the last week re-reading all of the books that preceded this one in the series to make sure that i knew EVERYTHING and didn’t miss a detail, just knowing that we’d get an amazing finale to this series that we’ve all been invested in.  What i have to say is that there were twists and turns that i wasn’t expecting at all, and some of which surprised me to the point where i’m deeply upset, but still pleased with how things turned out.

As you recall, we’re at the point in the series where Gideon and Eva are married, but they aren’t in a great place just yet.  there are people coming at them from every angle, and it seems like they’ll never catch enough of a break to help build a strong relationship together.  If that weren’t enough, it seems like Cary still has his issues w/ his relationships, and all of the supporting cast have more complications coming their way.

So this journey in book 5, we get to see the process in strengthening Gideon and Eva, in the hopes that they can find a good balance personally and professionally.  I feel like we want to see Eva test him more and more, but there’s a huge part of me that really wants to see Gideon catch a break since he’s being pushed further than ever before and it’s not something that can be changed overnight.  Thankfully there’s the trusty Dr Peterson who will help them wade through.

What we do get here is an interesting depth to the relationships of family.  We see that there’s still hate and discontent between Eva and Gideon’s mom – and we can’t tell throughout if that will ever be resolved.  We do however see an interesting change in how the relationship is with Chris – Gideon’s stepfather.  And then how that has an impact on Christopher.  Ireland gets to spend more time with her brother and it’s nice to see how that evolution happens in this book – since we saw the beginnings of that last book.

Then there’s the issues that we see with Stanton, Monica and Eva.  There’s so much complexity there, and the paths that we see each go through in this finale is really impressive – they find a good way to make each other happy without sacrificing too much.

What i do have to say though is that there’s a lot that’s uncovered here.  Someone isn’t who they seem, and that’s something potentially catastrophic.  Then there’s the fact that there were secrets hidden or made up about another supporting character and i wonder what impact that will have in the future.  We see revocations and moves, we see deaths and new relationships, and yet we’re also left with some unanswered questions – not that they have huge impacts on the outcomes of things.

All in all, i’m incredibly pleased with how this series was wrapped up, but quite sad since i really love the level of passion and investment that Eva and Gideon have.  they give you hope on how to manage a tough relationship, yet they don’t sugar coat things.  they have this chemistry that leaps off the pages, and you want to see yourself in each of them, since you realize that they make the other better, stronger.  So on that note, thank you Sylvia Day for giving us the closure to this story that it deserves, and i’ll still always wish that there was more coming.