About iscm13

I'm a mom of 3 living in NYC who loves to read. When i'm not at work, or shuttling my kids around the city (since i'm sure you can imagine that it's hard to entertain little ones in a small apartment), i'm immersing myself in all things pop-culture, watching movies, or listening to music. One day I hope that i can get inspired enough with an original idea so that i can join the ranks of some of my favorite story tellers to bring to life a great tale - but so far, i'm more than happy to dive head first into a good story or 2.

Review: Lover in Lingerie (Lingerie #15) by Penelope Sky

Title: Lover in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 10/23/18
Length:  235 pages
Series:  Lingerie #15

Overview

I know this has no future.

Only heartbreak.

Bosco Roth may be the man I’ve fallen for, but he’ll never be the man I marry.

He’s too dangerous. Too risky.

When our three months is over, I’ll walk away.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself…

My Thoughts

Knowing that there’s not apparently a book 16, i guess i have always gone into this hoping for the final installment of the series and closure all around. The way that the series has evolved and run from the first books about Conway and Sapphire all the way to now gave me the impression that finality and resolution would be the name of the game. The questions that beg to be answered though are around many of the characters – not just Carmen and Bosco, and it seems like we may not have enough runway to do all that.

So, to start with Carmen and Bosco, we know that their relationship is something real, we have watched it grow into the soul connection that all the other couples have – including the parents, but what i find to be most interesting with this dynamic is that there’s really no outside pressure here bumping up against them. Sure, we know that Cane will hate Bosco for what he stands for, and we know that Griffin has his own opinions because he’s from a similar world, but we don’t have the same level of risk in most instances that we have with the others.

That all changes of course when The Butcher takes a liking to Carmen and Bosco has to step in. It’s literally an apt description for what happens, all because The Butcher was put in the ring and didn’t lose, and that wasn’t a viable option for anyone.

As much as Carmen wants to leave because she knows in her heart that Bosco can’t give her the life and future that she wants, seeing how he will go to any length to protect her, how he makes her feel cherished, well it’s only through the means of a term agreement that she’s able to continue on. We all know that won’t last and play out how she wants, but oh well.

Intertwined into this story is that of Carter and Mia, and Luca. Seeing how that relationship has grown and developed into a family. Personally, I constantly wondering how Egor hasn’t discovered them yet, but well, that’s not for me to say since i’m not the author. Or then again, has he discovered them and that will have a bad omen on the ending? We all know that everyone’s actions have an affect on another family member, Vanessa getting kidnapped because of Sapphire, Griffin getting shot for Conway etc. So, who’s going to be the bait this time?

The power struggle is real here, yet the pull of love and romance from the Underground is even stronger. Peace and family are the name of the game, but it’s too much for some to compromise. Bosco isn’t in the same situation where he can walk away from his business for Carmen and be safe since he is the business – him physically and that puts everyone at risk. His brother Ronan though has ideas, and power, and desire for everyone to find what’s right for them that he serves as a voice of reason and a man who can help things go in the right direction. He makes Bosco realize that family is more important than work, trying to pull him out of the grief from their mothers death bit by bit, and he serves as a voice of reason for Carmen every time she leaves and pushes Bosco away.

What this means to me though is that Ronan should have his own story and i don’t see another installment hinting at that. @PenelopeSky – if you’re reading this – we need a Ronan Roth Story!

The passion and heat comes across in book 15 just as strong as it did in book 1. The plot lines, characters and depth in this final installment were just as compelling and intriguing as they were in very first book as well. I feel like i’m going to be suffering a bit of loss now that i’m done, even with the Epilogue that we were served since the Barsetti’s are an amazing family. I guess the good thing is that i can dive into the 3rd book in the Skull Kings series, but i’ll miss these guys! Enjoy!

Review: Fighter in Lingerie (Lingerie #14) by Penelope Sky

Title: Fighter in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 10/9/18
Length:  172 pages
Series:  Lingerie #14

Overview

Bosco Roth is a crime lord. 

The owner of the biggest underground casino.

He’s the kind of man who gets what he wants. He’s got the best poker face in the world.

Now he wants me.

When things become too intense, I hit the brakes and make a run for it.

But one problem…he won’t let me go.

Now I belong to Bosco Roth.

My Thoughts

Carmen seems to be everyone’s favorite Barsetti and it’s about time that she gets her time to shine. Her story with Bosco has only begun, and it’s anyone’s guess to see how this will play out. We know that he’s a protector just like Bones is, but we know that he’s got exponentially more power than Bones as well, so that means that there’s more fear and reason for him to be plain wrong for Carmen.

The journey that this installment of their story goes on is one where as everyone else has experienced, they deny how they feel – or at least Carmen denies it because she has this image in her mind of what her future looks like, of who her family will approve of and of what she will become. Bosco doesn’t check off any of those boxes, but what he does for her personally, the way that he makes her feel really does mean the world and it’s enough for her, but on her terms.

We spend much of our time watching the power dynamic seem to shift when it really doesn’t at all. Carmen always holds the power here, but she for some reason seems to think that Bosco does. She negotiates what she needs out of their arrangement, getting him to compromise on a term of time so that she can hopefully work him out of her system, but we all know that it will never happen that way. Even if he agrees to let her go, she won’t want to because they are so deeply connected now.

Every time that Carmen needs to be saved, she knows that Bosco will be there and he proves is 2 and 3 times more. He’s not intimidated by Bones and the authority that he has, there’s respect there but there’s not willingness to back down. This makes their chemistry even more intense, it makes what they are together more powerful and when it’s Bosco who admits his feelings first, well we see all hell break loose.

I think that it’s safe to say that we can assume that this story will go on the same path that Bones did, but maybe with stress in different places since the families aren’t so intertwined. I think that it’ll just be a unique path that we take to get to the same end point, and i can’t wait to see how the this resolves now that we know there are only four more weeks to the deal. Enjoy!

Review: Dancer in Lingerie (Lingerie #13) by Penelope Sky

Title: Dander in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 9/25/18
Length:  198 pages
Series:  Lingerie #13

Overview

Griffin offered to take me home but I refused, knowing he needed to get Vanessa home. 

I walked to my apartment and took a short cut down an alleyway.

That was the worst mistake of my life.

Four men grabbed me. I fought them off, but when the barrel of a gun was pressed between my eyes, I knew the game was up.

But then a man appeared from the shadows and scared the men away like rats.

Tall, dark, and handsome. 

His name is Bosco Roth.

He just saved my life, but he didn’t do it for free.

He wants something in return.

A kiss. A hot and passionate kiss right up against the wall.

But that kiss is just the beginning.

My Thoughts

AHHHHH we finally get Carmen’s story and it seems like it’s following the nature of all the Barsetti women – being with a man who’s completely wrong on paper, someone that their family would never approve of, yet this same person is EXACTLY what they need. The path that we go down with Carmen and Bosco is very much reminiscent of that of Vanessa/Bones, so i guess we’ll have to wait and see how things play out.

Carmen sadly is in the wrong place at the wrong time, she turns down Griffin’s preference to walk her home one night and well, that was the wrong choice. She’s grabbed by a few men in an alley whos intentions are to rape and kill her, and since she has the Barsetti moxy, she fights back, and threatens the men not only with her family name but that of Bones. While it doesn’t do much for the men who are attacking her, another man walks to the front of the alley and hears Bones’ name and puts a stop to everything.

Here comes Bosco. A man that knows Bones, and owes Bones a favor for a job that was done (thank goodness Bones doesn’t always collect money for his work) and Carmen’s life is spared. Would have been a good ending of course except that Bosco is the kind of man that you dream of, built in a way that’s insanely strong but not boxy, eyes that you can get lost in, and a power that makes you want to submit in ways that you never imagined. He gets under Carmen’s skin, but once she learns that he’s not the right guy at all for any number of reasons, she tries to exterminate. Doesn’t work of course.

The path that this story goes on is one that’s rather familiar. Carmen tries to put Bosco out of her mind, he pursues her because he’s intrigued. They realize that while they can be everything for each other, it won’t be easy. Carmen voices her concerns to Vanessa who pushes her to end things with Bosco, but what we quickly learn is that he’s not willing to lose, and not willing to lose her. Carmen is his, and he wants her forever.

There are more questions than answers here in this story. We learn what it is that Bosco does to be the King of Italy essentially and it’s not a direction of work that makes anyone happy. We learn what’s made Bosco into the man that he is, the pain that he’s had in his past from his father who left and his mother who passed away. We see that he’s got a brother who maybe sees further into his soul than anyone else and begins to question his motivations. At the same time, we see that Carmen isn’t just a woman who’s strong, but a woman who knows that she wants to have the greatest future with a family and everything that comes with it.

Where we are left off is a point where they are forced to compromise but that’s not an answers that really gives anyone any peace. Bosco has to fight harder than ever to get Carmen and she needs to figure out how she can be happy either with him or without him.

Families will never allow this romance to happen, yet their chemistry is so intense and heated that it would be a shame to let it go. Penelope Sky does it again with crafting an amazing story and set of characters, although this time around i think that we’re starting to see a similar story to what we have in the past, so i’d love to see how the next installment turns out so that we can get a truly unique story. Enjoy!

Review: Princess in Lingerie (Lingerie #12) by Penelope Sky

Title: Princess in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 9/11/18
Length:  242 pages
Series:  Lingerie #12

Overview

This woman used to be my slave.
But now she means more to me.
More than she should.
I’ve done unforgivable things to her, treated her like livestock I bought at the market. I made her tend to my needs without question.
To make up for it, I should let her go.
But even now I can’t.
Instead, I want her to marry me.
Whether she wants to or not.

My Thoughts

SOOOOO much is happening in this installment. And i mean a LOT. i think just about everyone in the 2nd generation has had some type of large resolution to their story and that’s something that’s an amazing feat.

Let’s see, where to start.

Conway/Sapphire – we have been awaiting the birth of their child for such a long time and now it’s that time. It’s really amazing to see how that changes the dynamic of the family, how it makes people who were confident turn into mush, and brings people together when it was completely not the chosen path.

Vanessa / Griffin – i think that it’s safe to say that this is one of the biggest more complicated story lines that we have had the pleasure of reading. We know that they are together for the long haul, that their feelings for each other will overcome anything, but it’s not an easy road. We see Crow try with Griffin. We see Griffin try with Crow. We see each give up and resign themselves to things never working, but what we know is that this is a family that never takes the easy out and well, that’s what happens here.

And just when we think that things are settling, the family of one of Griffin’s targets comes after him, but goes for Vanessa instead, and well, you can only imagine what happens from that point on. This is the moment of the story that defines the man that Griffin thought he was moving away from to become, and we instead see a darker more horrid and tormented side that really breaks everything good that we wanted.

Where Vanessa unconditionally loved him before, she sees that he’s capable of going past the point of no return in a fit of rage and that means that their dynamic is shuffled and changed forever.

Carter / Mia – this is the story that everyone wanted to see how it would play out. She’s gone from purchased slave to the woman in his bed, to the woman that he had to return, now to the woman that he helped fake her death to live in freedom. all because she said she has a son, and that’s something that really pulled at Carter’s heart. Their story, their path now veers off course because Carter now has to make the decision to cross a very powerful man, a man who doesn’t trust what he sees and a man who will have a vendetta for the rest of his life if he’s wronged. Carter steps into that box, gets Griffin’s help (isn’t he such a nice addition to the family?) and tries to get away with murder. We don’t yet get to see the outcome of this, but honestly, we all know that it cannot end well.

So you can see how three stories converge here in this one installment and it’s intense. Emotions come to the top, lives are joined, created, and pulled apart, all with the same level of angst, anxiety and fear that we get in every story. The one constant is that we see that the Barsettis stand beside each other during EVERY moment of need and there’s no end to the amount of need that this family faces. The only person that we have yet to get to the crux of here is Carmen, and we all know her story is up next. I can’t wait to see how that one plays out and what stud of a man comes her way. Enjoy!

Review: Fine in Lingerie (Lingerie #11) by Penelope Sky

Title: Fine in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 8/28/18
Length:  159 pages
Series:  Lingerie #11

Overview

I’ve decided to keep her.
I paid for her, after all.
I should feel guilty for the decision I’ve made, but why? She prefers me to her previous master anyway.
And it’s not like my father didn’t do the same thing when he was my age.
I’m rich, powerful, and untouchable.
I’m a Barsetti, and I can do whatever I please.

My Thoughts

Things continue to keep getting more and more interesting with this family and their dynamic with each other, with Griffin and now with Carter/Mia. The trend that started in the last book continues here and while it’s nice, it complicates things a bit more as well.

First, the primary story line of Griffin and Vanessa continues to blossom. We see them together now, the Barsettis are on board with the relationship, but now Griffin is the one with the issues. He keeps putting on a great effort to make the relationship with with Crow and the family, but sometimes it’s just pushing too hard and he explodes. Every step forward is a million steps back, and it leaves us wondering if there will ever be calm and peace with this family. It’s so important to Vanessa that everyone gets along ,but maybe the end result is that they will have to get along separately.

The good news though is that in this book, it’s not the dynamic or relationship between these two lovers that has the roller coaster. It’s what Carter and Conway have done that makes this exciting.

You’ll remember the side hustle that they had with the slaves from the Underground. Well, as you’ll remember from before, it’s caught up with them and now the Skull Kings are after them for blood. Even though they weren’t successful in killing Conway before, they’re not done with their efforts and we know that the Skull kings are viscous, so theyll never stop until they win.

Again, another reason Griffin/Bones has to get involved. The biggest issue here though is that he’ll likely end up blowing his cover of being involved with Vanessa, which he’s tried to keep under locks. He’ll use up all of his chips that he’s got with the other people who go to the Underground because he’ll need their help and protection, and there’s not guarantee that anything will work. So….we spend much of this story wondering what the outcome will be and who will be alive and with what when it’s over.

Separate from that story line, is Carter and Mia. It’s no surprise to know that the back story here is going to be much more robust and entertaining than ever. And Ms Sky, our author doesn’t disappoint. We learn that Mia was taken years ago by Egor, and that she’s been abused for years with little to no freedom. She escapes him and ends up with the Skull Kings, thinking that anything is better than her past master. So when she realizes that Carter isn’t as bad as everyone else, the way that she views the world changes.

He has few rules for her and her life will be luxurious while she’s with him. Don’t cross him, don’t try to escape. Do that and all bets are off on her safety and freedom. Well, this wouldn’t be a story without a really strong woman, so Mia would have to make her move at some point, and we know that the moves would fail. Carter is much smarter than she gives him credit for and the enjoyment that i get from watching this play out makes the book even better.

There’s definitely a trend that we see throughout all of the stories written by our author – we have volatile relationships that all have this immense intense chemistry that can’t stop anything. Relationships are fueled and started by deep rooted hatred, and they blossom into something that’s so powerful that you can’t hope but pray that they overcome what they’re going through.

In the case of Mia and Carter, it seems like there are far too many secrets, far too many unknowns for things to workout. Carter was mislead by Egor on who Mia was to him. He hired carter under the guise of being her brother, but we know that he was an abusive master. We don’t know the true circumstances that Mia was taken, but we do learn that she’s got a valid reason to stay alive and fight. We know that Carter is a Barsetti through and through, yet he seem to be the most naive of them all. Which hohnestly is kind of interesting to me since Cane is the more ruthless of the brothers. Anyhow, he finds himself at an impasse where their story takes pause during this 11th installment, and that’s not a good place. He can’t do what Mia wants, and Mia can’t agree to her horrible future.

Add in more dispute with the Skull Kings yet again, and you have a perfect bridge to the next installment where i’m sure things will continue to get dicey. So…now i’m off to reading the 12th book and hopefully get some answers. Enjoy!

Review: Foxy in Lingerie (Lingerie #10) by Penelope Sky

Title: Foxy in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 8/16/18
Length:  137 pages
Series:  Lingerie #10

Overview

I’m risking everything for Vanessa. 

One last time. 

I can’t turn the other way and let her family be murdered by the Skull Kings. 

I have to do something. 

Maybe I can earn her father’s trust. 

And finally get my woman back. 

My Thoughts

My heart is hurting a bit less now that i see where this story has gone. Honestly, heart palpitations at the greatest scale when there was a chance one of my favorite couples was really kaput. Thankfully, things changed, Bones proved that he really has the right intentions and always have when it comes to Vanessa, and because of him, the family is still alive.

Bones is the kind of man that you really want in your life. While he’s got a dark side, a side that lives in the world of crime, he’s also the most loyal person, protective and caring and realizes that while his heart may break, he wants others to be happy regardless. That was the decision he made when he walked away from Vanessa after seeing her with Antonio, but that didn’t make ME happy. Thank goodness the Skull Kings put a hit on Conway and Bones learned about it in time to save the Barsettis….because it brought us to our happy place once again.

We still don’t have clarity on what prompted the hit to be ordered, but it’s safe to assume at this point that it has to do with Carter going to the Underground, posing as Coway and making a purchase. No one else in the family knows what happened, and there’s clearly more to the story of the woman that Carter was paid to buy, but we don’t know all that yet. Instead, we get to see two parallel stories here in the bigger introduction to Carter and Mia.

As the two stories go on, we see Vanessa and Bones find their way back to each other because Bones saved her family, and we see the dynamic between Bones and Crow change. Where it was Bones seeking acceptance before, now its’ reversed because Bones hit his limit. To read this and see how it plays out is very entertaining.

The other story line is that of Mia and Carter. We don’t honestly know much about Carter, he’s really been a secondary character up until now, but we get to see more of his personality shine in this 10th installment. He’s Mia’s captor but he’s really not a bad guy. He’s actually never wanted to have power over the ‘slaves’ that he’s bought and this case isn’t really any different. While he wants Mia to behave and respect, we all know that he’d never lay a hand on her and treat her wrongly.

With Mia though, her story is a complete mystery. We don’t know why she was with Egor, the man who had her before and who paid Carter to get her. We also get these hints throughout the story with there being some bigger reason for Mia’s need to fight and we don’t know what that is. My mommy radar goes off here and i’m assuming she’s got a kid somewhere but who knows.

There’s the endless power struggle and realization that there’s heat and chemistry between them, but neither will act on it yet. Mia still wants to either hurt Carter or run away, and Carter just wants the whole deal to be over and done with. So i guess we’ll have to see how the next installment plays out to see what this dynamic turns out to be. We know that the story will be dicey since there’s the Egor back story and so much uncertainty. Can’t wait to see how our author writes their piece since we all can expect it to be even more unique to the other couples. Enjoy!

Review: Divine in Lingerie (Lingerie #9) by Penelope Sky

Title: Divine in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 7/25/18
Length:  164 pages
Series:  Lingerie #9

Overview

My family tried to accept the man I love.

But they couldn’t.

Now I’ve lost the love of my life.

I try to move on, but it’s hard to find something to live for.

I don’t want any man but him.

But when Conway becomes the target of the Skull Kings, my life is turned upside down. They want my brother dead, and my family is doing everything they can to protect him.

Will Bones protect him too?

My Thoughts

i’m heart broken. Really heartbroken. This is one of those stories that has ended in a way that i absolutely didn’t see coming and i almost wanted to throw my iPad across the room. I don’t know how to go on with this series because i’m not happy.

What’s new with this installment though is that we are beginning to see more stories woven into this one. Where the books have been focused primarily on one main couple, we see a blending here, not just with Vanessa’s parents (father mostly) but with Conway/Sapphire as well as with Carter. Conway/Sapphire are months away from having their baby and at the same time they are planning their wedding and we see how that plays out.

The main undertone with this story though is the endless attempts at getting the Barsetti’s to accept Bones. He’s doing everything in his power to show the family that he’s honest and loyal and different than all their preconceived notions. He continues to take their insults, their punches, he works harder than anyone else at the winery to prove himself, yet it seems like there’s no way to make progress. Vanessa pleas her case that there’s a sexist double standard because neither Conway nor Crow/Cane are any different than Bones – they’re all quite the same, and yet, her father admits this and doesn’t care.

She begs, pleads, and just when we think that all hope is lost, and that there’s no chance of her family ever accepting him, they agree and make an effort. We want to celebrate this moment, but it’s short lived because Crow decides to ask Bones a question that he knows the answer of, but doesn’t want to hear. How they fell in love since Vanessa and Bones withheld some of that information. That’s when our world is shaken, and Bones is banished.

My heart literally broke from this point on. Neither Vanessa nor Bones can survive without the other, yet they don’t have a choice. Bones won’t ever take Vanessa away from her family so he makes sure that she’s taken care of when he leaves. He buys her a gallery and a place to live ,and then leaves her forever.

The turn in theme that we have from this point on shows us the resilience that people can have, especially when they are at their lowest. Vanessa knows that she’ll never find someone like Bones, someone that is in her soul as deep and it’s a struggle to move on. The strong powerful confident woman that we knew is gone and it seems like she’s gone forever.

Bones on the other hand goes back to his life of loneliness, going back into his shell, spending more time working missions than living life – and when he’s not on a mission, living at the bottom of the bottle of scotch. He ends up drinking himself sick, flipping his car and almost dying….but this doesn’t really change things.

This is a bleak and moody story – no hope is left for either of them, and it’s a shame since they were picture perfect. Vanessa’s family prods her endlessly to find someone else, and through a series of coincidences, she does find someone and starts to build something new. I’m NOT happy about it. Just to be clear here. And when Bones sees this, he has closure and walks away too.

From this point though, we get a new journey, and one that takes a very dark path. We know that Bones lifted his vendetta against the Barsettis – regardless of if he’s with Vanessa or not, but apparently, someone crossed someone in the wrong way, or did something they weren’t supposed to, and at the end, we see a hit being ordered. This is the intro that we get to Carter’s story. He’s contacted to get someone from the Skull Kings auction, and even though he and Conway decided they’re out, he’s lured back in and learn quickly that something fishy is happening.

So, like i said at the beginning, I’m really upset about this story. Where i wanted the story to go has been completely flipped, and what i want to happen looks like it’s gone for good. I also think that we’re now on a darker path, relationships torn apart, and the inevitable death of someone that we’ve come to love is on the horizon. After seeing that there were still several more installments to the series – i can assume that things will continue to get complicated, and i think that while i’m not thrilled with the trajectory with some, the theme and tone is a nice change and i’m impressed that Ms Sky was able to accomplish this. So……i’m off to book 10 because i’ve been sucked in yet again! Enjoy!

Review: Sassy in Lingerie (Lingerie #8) by Penelope Sky

Title: Sassy in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 7/24/18
Length:  132 pages
Series:  Lingerie #8

Overview

I’m not sure how it happened.

But I’ve fallen in love with my family’s enemy.

I try to move on but I can’t.

He’s the only man I want.

Now I have to choose between the man I love.

And my family.

My Thoughts

So much is at stake here and so much uncertainty lies in front of Vanessa and Bones that you really have to wonder who’s going to win here. They’ve agreed to make the effort with her parents, and her parents agreed to make the effort back, but sadly it doesn’t look like the Barsettis are going to give even an inch

That’s where we spend this entire installment, watching the patience and restraint that Bones puts forth, because he loves Vanessa that much. And taking all the insults, the punches, the disrespect because the end result is worth it to him. Vanessa’s heart breaks every time they engage with her family because she knows that they aren’t going to even give the relationship a fighting chance, and it’s sad to see. Crow and Cane can’t let go of the past, and once Conway is in on things, he’s just the same.

The constant that we see keeping this story going is the intensity of Vanessa and Bones’ relationship. There’s something so deep and powerful here that no matter what comes against them, they know that they are each other’s forever. The passion that comes from it, the heat and chemistry that we see every night and morning between them is insanely hot.

Crow makes a good point in one of his argument, pointing out that in Bones’ line of work, while he thinks that he’s not going to become a target, we all know that he will since this is the under world and nothing is assured or safe. Crow wants Bones to retire and make an honest living and that’s not something that Bones can do because it would mean leaving his ‘brothers’ in the lurch. On one of his last missions though, we see that Crow’s fears may be real and legitimate because it seems as though the hit was on a person who was so public and so beloved that everyone’s searching for the killer. It gets dropped in this story but i feel like it has to come back.

Bones’ honesty is one of the best aspects of this story and what makes the family start to turn their opinion, however when Crow asks a question that he knows he doesn’t want the answer to, we see that there’s an impact to the dynamic that will make the story into something that is completely different. We’re left at a point where Bones’ is giving everything up but it’s maybe for nothing. I hope we get the resolution in the 9th installment because frankly, this has been dragging on too long and the anticipation is killing me. Enjoy!

Review: Desire in Lingerie (Lingerie #7) by Penelope Sky

Title: Desire in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 7/3/18
Length:  165 pages
Series:  Lingerie #7

Overview

Bones is a man I despise.

He gives Bad Blood a whole new definition.

But he’s not exactly what I thought he was. 

Maybe men can change.

But it doesn’t matter how I feel about him.

My father would never approve. 

He’d never let me love a man like him.

My Thoughts

The story with these two continues to be a roller coaster, where they have so much trouble admitting to each other and to themselves (in the case of Vanessa) how they feel towards the other, but it’s so obvious to everyone else. Is it something that they’ll overcome? Well, no.

We know that they love each other as we get deeper into this story, but we know that there’s no future because of so many reasons. Bones isn’t the type to settle down, although he follows suit with all the other men that we’ve met by our amazing author and we know that when the right woman comes along they change their tune. Vanessa knows that Bones is a man that his family will NEVER accept because of the blood war that’s been going on for generations. It doesn’t matter that Bones wasn’t raised by his father, it doesn’t matter that Bones is a different man, there are too many walls for anything good to come of this.

So we spend much of the book watching them try to live their lives separately. Vanessa goes back to her apartment, her life, tries to make her life into what it was before Bones. Even allows her mother to set her up with someone who would have been considered the perfect man. But he’s not Bones, so he’s not perfect.

With the connection and chemistry that we know these two have, it’s no surprise that they realize that the jealousy that they feel, that the love that they share is more important for now and they give it a shot. Vanessa knows that she’ll have to hide her relationship forever and Bones knows that he’s not capable of giving her the fairy tale, but for now, they don’t care.

Life continues on for both of these guys – Bones goes on hits, and Vanessa gets scared for his safety. Vanessa paints and is successful at selling her work even when she didn’t have faith that she was good enough. Their path seems to be on a great trajectory. Until they decide that they have to be open with the Barsettis and that’s where all hell breaks loose.

Will Bones ever be accepted? doubtful. Will Vanessa be forced to choose between her love and her family? likely. will there be a happy ending here? who knows. While we’re left at a point in the story where decisions have been made and there’s no more ambiguity, there’s still a huge question on what the overall outcome will be and what’s going to be sacrificed. So…i must go find the next installment to figure it out, since honestly, i thought this would have been the story to tie up their romance. Enjoy!

Review: Fantasy in Lingerie (Lingerie #6) by Penelope Sky

Title: Fantasy in Lingerie
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Createspace Publishing 6/23/18
Length:  134 pages
Series:  Lingerie #6

Overview

Bones is the son of the man who killed my aunt. He’s the descendant of a psychopath, a murderer.

His handsome face, blue eyes, and strong physique can fool anyone into believing he’s a good man.

Including me.

My loyalty to my family makes me despise him.

But I also can’t stop thinking about him. 

Thinking about his kiss.

My Thoughts

These two are in way too deep with each other and it’s going to come at price. One will kill the other, one will lose everything they hold dear for the other, one will get captured and tortured because of the other. Nothing good can come of this relationship, yet they only feel safe with each other, they only feel like there’s good in the world with each other. And their connection grows more every day.

In this second book of Vanessa and Bone’s story, we get to see more and more of what their lives become as they evolve what they are to each other. We know that Bones has this vendetta against everyone who’s done him wrong, the Barsettis and now this man that he’s discovered as being the one who murdered his mother. Again there’s no good that can come out of the path he’s going down.

We can hope that the innocence, the power and the logic that Vanessa brings to the mix will talk him off his ledge, but that’s an impossible task and one that they are resigned to deal with. When Bones sets his mind on killing Joe – the man who killed his mother, he knows hes’ walking into a death trap, Joe Perditto is more powerful than most, is surrounded by guards, is always prepared. No one is able to talk him down from going, and it ends badly. he isn’t successful in the hit, and it’s brought unwanted attention to him, and puts him on Joe’s radar. When joe comes to Bone’s house, gains access somehow and goes through with executing him, Vanessa is left in a position where she can get her freedom back or fight. We all know which she chooses.

The challenge in this story for Vanessa is that she’s fighting everything that she feels internally. This is usually the problem that our leading man has, so it’s nice to see the switch here. She won’t admit how deep her feelings are for Bones, yet she protects him, she fights for him, she only feels safe with him and everything she actually feels comes out in her art. Her mom notices this and confronts her about it, but she’s not willing to admit it out loud.

The dynamic between these two changes throughout this story. Bones continues to give Vanessa her freedom (in a sense) but they can’t live without each other. They try to put space and distance between each other because what they are feeling is too fast and furious to be comfortable with, but they always end up together. Bones fears what this will do to his life and reputation and Vanessa knows that she has no future because of how her family feels.

Where we are at the end of this book is a path that no one wants. or do they? Feelings have been vocalized, people have been pushed away and a new relationship is in the early stages. The question becomes whether that will change everything for the better or if there’s more turmoil to come. Will the blood war continue and will anyone be safe? We know that Bones has a plan to take down Conway and Sapphire, and it’s only a matter of time before Vanessa finds those tracks.

The constant here is the need that they have for each other to feel safe and secure. It manifests itself the same as it did at the onset, in intense passion and heat in a way that we haven’t seen it before among the other couples. They fit together perfectly and fight each other in a way that compliments one another. I can’t wait to see how their story plays out since there’s no happy ending for everyone here. So, now i’m off to get the next book. Enjoy!