Review: My Fallen Saint (Fallen Saint #1) by J Kenner

Title: My Fallen Saint
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 9/15/20
Length:  230 Pages
Series: Fallen Saint #1

Overview

His touch is her sin.
Her love is his salvation.

Charismatic. Confident. Powerful. Controlling.

A brilliant investor with a Midas touch, Devlin Saint turned a modest inherited fortune into billions, and now operates one of the world’s foremost international philanthropic organizations. He’s a man determined to help the underprivileged, to fight injustice, and to make the world a better place. And that, at least is true.

It’s not, however, the full truth.

Because Devlin Saint is a man with a dangerous secret. One he’ll do whatever it takes to protect. And when investigative reporter Ellie Holmes turns her attention to an unsolved murder, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue and passion as Devlin draws her closer and closer. But as the intensity and sensuality of their relationship grows, so do Ellie’s suspicions. Until she is no longer certain if the heat between her and Devlin is real, or only a facade he constructed to hide his dark and twisted secrets.

My Thoughts

WOW. That’s how i’m going to start this one because well….wow. We’re brought into a completely new world from the great J Kenner. A world that doesn’t even remotely touch on any of the other stories that we’ve gotten and that makes this one even more amazing. It’s romantic, it’s heartbreaking, there’s more than a touch of drug lord, sex trafficking and all that other bad stuff to keep this story moving at a quick pace. Top that off with some intense heat and passion….and well….there’s something combustable happening.

We start this story off through the eyes of Ellie, the leading lady here – watching her life crumble piece by piece as everyone that she loves and cares about dies, gets killed, or leaves her. She’s found solace living with her uncle, and has this insane attraction to Alex, a boy who works for him and when there’s nothing else good for her, she turns to him and they become more than best friends. It’s everything that a high school romance is supposed to be except that he’s not in high school and there’s so much that no one knows.

Ellie’s best friend moves away, her uncle is killed and Alex uses her and leaves without a word that Ellie grows up even faster and realizes that she can only count on herself and trust herself. Fast forward about nine years, there’s new information that’s brought to Ellie’s attention that draws her back to the town she ran from and the ghosts that she never wanted to face again. There’s information on who her uncle’s killer is and as an ex cop and now investigative reporter, she goes after the story. Little does she know that she’s about to run headfirst into her past in ways that she never knew were possible.

Enter Devlin Saint. A man that has a clean past that no one can really dig too far into, yet he’s a man that does so much good that people just let it be. He started a foundation to help rescue and rehabilitate people who were trafficked and he’s also now on the receiving end of Ellie’s story. We watch as he cancels interviews with her, yet stalks her and makes her curious. Only when his identity is revealed does this story truly get exciting. There’s chemistry between them but we know that Devlin isn’t a man to give into anything that he doesn’t have a value or purpose for. Until he realizes that there’s no point in fighting what he feels for ellie.

The bulk of this story is watching the game that these two play – dancing around each other – using other excuses to be together instead of just truly admitting emotions and feelings. there’s a lot of danger and a lot of secrets – some of which are revealed in this book and many that are not, and what that does is cause even more pain and heartbreak. There are so many lies in this story that you have no choice but to wonder what’s real, and then when the world crumbles because of photos and information revealed by a handful of people who are lucky to be in the know….it’s a cliff that we’re now on and I really can’t wait patiently enough for book 2 to come out. I have so many thoughts on wha’s going to happen and who’s going to get caught in the crosshairs. I also wonder who’s going to out some of the more severe secrets- so ……i’ll find something to keep me occupied until I can get this next book. Enjoy!

Review: Theirs to Cherish (Wicked Lovers #8) by Shayla Black

Title: Theirs to Cherish
A
uthor:  Shayla Black
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 3/4/14
Length:  400 Pages
Series:  Wicked Lovers #8

Overview

The perfect place for a woman on the run to disappear…
Accused of a horrific murder she didn’t commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was sixteen—until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is she’s fallen for the club’s master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm’s length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart…and his consuming desire for her.

To live out her wildest fantasies…
Enter Sean Kirkpatrick, a Dom who’s recently come to Dominion and taken a pointed interest in Callie. Hoping to make Thorpe jealous, she submits to Sean one shuddering sigh at a time. It isn’t long before she realizes she’s falling for him too. But the tender lover who’s seducing her body and slowly earning her trust isn’t who he claims…

And to fall in love.
When emotions collide and truths are exposed, Sean is willing to risk all to keep Callie from slipping through his fingers. But he’s not the only man looking to stake a claim. Now Callie is torn between Sean and Thorpe, and though she’s unsure whom she can trust, she’ll have to surrender her body and soul to both—if she wants to elude a killer…

My Thoughts

It’s been ages and ages since i’ve been in this series so I honestly don’t remember Dominion much, the characters or what the stressors are, but when we dive into this story and get to live in the world that Callie’s living in and yet running from, we realize that it doesn’t matter.

The journey in this eighth book of this series takes us on two different paths. First we see the sub in Callie come through, even though she’s got bigger walls than anyone. She’s got this attraction to Thorpe, but he’s always kept her at arms length. She doesn’t realize that it’s because of the attraction that he has to her, and the burden of his past that he doesn’t want to lay on her. AT the same time, she’s using Sean both to make Thorpe jealous and to fuel a bit of an attraction that she feels there. She doesn’t trust anyone yet she finds that there’s something that she can latch onto with both, until one proves that he’s not who he seems and that forces Callie to run yet again.

Thorpe’s always known that Callie was on the run and knew her true identity and still chose to keep that information to himself since he knew that it would make Callie run. He’s a protector by nature and that’s all that he wants to do for her. Sean on the other hand really isn’t who he showed himself at the club and he’s the reason that she runs. She finds an old picture of herself in his phone and a gun, and that’s more than enough of a reason to run out.

That where the other part of the story really starts up. 1) the hunt for Callie, and who will get to her first. 2) who’s actually after her and why 3) what will this mean for everyone involves.

we go to Vegas, to a lake in the middle of no where back to vegas and then on the news. Mysterious military men are on the hunt for Callie, and even though it’s nine years later, we don’t know who or why.

The other side of the story is that there’s this menage going on with Callie, Thorpe and Sean. They both give her what she needs in one for or another yet they don’t complete her and they have their fair share of misunderstandings throughout. They each know where they fall short and yet they hope they can be enough. While this isn’t a menage in the true way that we’ve seen it in other stories/series – it’s an interesting approach. I don’t know that i’ll dive back into the next one of this series just yet since there are a few other things i’ve got in the pipe, but i’ll def hop back in eventually. Enjoy!

Review: The Ruin (Convenience #3) by Stella Gray

Title: The Ruin
A
uthor:  Stella Gray
Publisher/Year:  Stella Gray 9/15/20
Length:  203 Pages
Series:  Convenience #3

Overview

My life is in ruins. Failed marriage, failed career—I’m a failure.
 
My husband may have had a hand in it, but I can’t help missing him.
 
We made an agreement. I signed the contract, and so did he. Without our arrangement, everything falls apart. 
 
So we’ll keep losing ourselves in each other’s bodies.
 
We’ll keep pretending everything is fine.
 
But maybe I’m getting sick of pretend.
 
Maybe I want to find something real.
 
And just maybe, Luka does too.

My Thoughts

We were on such a roller coaster in book 2 that I think we could use a bit of a reprieve in book 3, the final installment. If that’s what you were expecting as a reader, then you don’t know Stella Gray that well, and of course we were on another turbulent ride.

The end of the last book had our hopes up soo high thinking that Brooklyn will finally get her break on a huge national / international campaign, especially since Luka seemed to be her cheerleader, but we were left freefalling off a cliff when Monica Shore’s name was called and shocker, she had a new look that was exactly that of Brooklyn.

Tensions are high since Brooklyn now feels betrayed, by her husband and by the woman who seems to want to get into Luka’s pants. It’s sad to think that everything they overcame in book 2 was now falling to the wayside. Brooklyn runs to LA to be with Mateo who’s the only person who’s able to help her pick herself up off the floor. They craft a plan dubbed Operation Sexify which is now a means to make Brooklyn less wholesome since that’s the persona that Luka and Stefan needed her to take on.

The bulk of this book is tense, they are at odds with one another, yet there’s still clear love and chemistry between them. They can’t stay away from each other but they both have such hatred about the situation that they can’t be around one another. It takes Luka being called up to testify in his father’s trial to get Brooklyn to come back to his side, and when we think that there’s hope, walls of stone and ice are up once again and it seems as though there’s really no point in even making an effort.

What we do get as a constant is that every time they do seem to like each other more than they hate each other, we get some of the kinkiest steamiest scenes ever. And those carry the story through.

True to form with this story – just when it seems like they’re on the final uptick, controversy hits – the first time it was on their honeymoon when the leak of Brooklyn’s offer from Elite came to light. This time it was Monica herself leaking the details of what was offered to Brooklyn, implying that she took the deal and lied to the family. Luckily, Luka already knew the details, but that didn’t help things when Brooklyn goes to see Luka to make sure things are ok and overhears him talking to someone supporting Monica yet again instead of his wife.

We get gender reveal for Stefan’s baby, and the growing up of Mr Kibbles. We have romance and sadness, hints of opportunity for love for Em, and yet, there’s still so much vagueness for Luka and Brooklyn. This story definitely gives them the send off that we wanted and I think that there was no way to truly expect all that was thrown their way. I read that Emzee now gets her own series coming out of this one but the release date looks like Feb 2021 so I have to be VERY patient. Oh well – Enjoy!

Review: The Open Door (The Found Duet #2.5) by Laurelin Paige

Title: The Open Door
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Evil Eye Concepts 8/15/19
Length:  128 Pages
Series: The Found Duet #2.5

Overview

I knew JC was trouble the minute I laid eyes on him.

Breaking every rule in my club. I never forget how he made me feel that night. With all the women in that room, all those bodies on display, but his eyes were only on me.

Of course I married him. Now years have passed. Kids have been born. We’re still in love as always, and the sex is still fantastic…

And yet, it’s also not. Like many who’ve been married for a while, I long for the high intensity of those days of the past.

I’ve heard rumors for years about the Open Door. An ultra-exclusive voyeur’s paradise. A place to participate in-or watch-any kind of display you can imagine.

My husband’s eyes would still be on me. And maybe other eyes too. If that’s what we want.

So when an invitation to come play arrives, how could we turn it down?

My Thoughts

We’ve read so much about experiences at The Open Door through Trish’s story, through Celia’s story and now we get it in Gwen’s. The perspective this time is completely different since her reasons for going are unique to what we’ve seen from couples before.

We’re put back into the world of JC and Gwen, they have two kids now and they are settled in their relationship. They’re happy yet exhausted and there are times that Gwen wonders if she’s enough for JC who still looks as sexy as the day she met him. She feels like her body’s gone to shit from having kids and she’s not going to be able to keep the interest of her husband. That’s definitely not the impression that we get from JC but you know how women get in their heads sometimes.

When JC’s given a membership from an investor, they go back and forth on whether its the right thing for them and what their boundaries would be. They discuss whether it’s even for them, even though it seems like JC is really intrigued. Gwen’s heard about it from the folks she hangs with but she’s never known that it was real so this is a chance to really see that in person. She’s afraid of what it will do to her relationship but at the same time she’s hopeful for some nudging in the right direction.

The path that we take in this novella is one that spans quite a bit of time. They go to a party and experience it from a far. They aren’t sure what to make of it, but they know that they’re intrigued – and there’s a positive effect on their romance at home for a bit coming out of it. That begins to wane when life takes over and they try again. Each time they go, their boundaries are pushed further out until they are crossed.

So we’re left to wonder if this was a good idea or if The Open Door means the end of their relationship, and of the bond that they once shared. The only way to know who gets involved and how….is to read. Enjoy!

Review: Find Me (The Found Duet #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Find Me
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 8/13/19
Length:  272 Pages
Series: The Found Duet #2

Overview

I came to The Sky Launch to begin fresh, away from the horrors of my past. The circumstances that brought me here were not the best, but I’ve become good friends with Alayna and Hudson Pierce, and my family has healed in ways I never thought they could. With them around me, I’ve never felt more at home.

But starting anew means letting go.

And there are some things I don’t want to leave behind – like JC, the man who taught me how to let loose. The man I wasn’t supposed to love. The man I don’t want to lose.

My life is safe now. The threats from before have become less menacing, and I’m faced with a choice: either move on completely or keep holding to the hope that JC loves me enough to come and find me.

My Thoughts

There were so many ups and downs from that first book that we have to know that the same will come in the second. Even though Gwen thinks that her life is in the right / safer path, that’s the furthest from the truth, and we have to sit by and watch it all play out.

Through Norma’s work relationship with Hudson, Gwen gets a dream job at The Sky Launch beside Alaynna and what comes from that is an amazing friendship that’s even more like a family. While she’s trying to live her life knowing that JC may never come back, she’s also hoping that in some way he will find her even though everything about her including her appearance has changed. She moves on slightly with Chandler, Hudson’s younger brother and while he helps with one itch, he doesn’t fill the hole in her heart.

What happens next – is what changes her world forever. They see JC on TV talking about the court case that he’s the star witness for and that means that Gwen’s world implodes – he’s in New York and hasn’t made contact. The minute she decides to go down to the courthouse to watch the trial is the moment that changes her trajectory. He sees her and he goes after her and they realize that they are more in love now than ever before.

JC has an uphill battle – remember the last time we saw him was in Vegas right after he married someone else on the night he had wanted to marry Gwen. She walked away from him and JC let her. So with a lot of explaining, and a video that explains a lot, JC finds his way back into her life.

The romance story blossoms from there – we know that they are both the other’s only necessary thing in life – JC wants to marry Gwen still but she’s guarded and makes him work for it. They don’t know yet what their future holds but they know that they want to be with each other. Until……Gwen finds that she’s pregnant….which is interesting. Not only is she un sure that she even wants kids, but the timing of the conception means that it could be either JC or Chandler.

Add to that stress, the win that JC thought he had from the court case is overruled when the murderer gets out on a technicality, forcing JC to go into hiding again.

A baby with unknown paternity, going back into hiding with no sense of what that means for anyone, a murder attempt, and oh yea, Gwen’s father is a heroin addict who still wants money from her. So you can imagine what comes from this ‘final’ installment to their story and I can’t wait to see how it plays out – you should read as well! Enjoy!