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: Dirty Pleasures (Dirty Billionaire #2) by Meghan March

Title: Dirty Pleasures
Author:  Meghan March
Publisher/Year:  Meghan March LLC 12/23/15
Length:  188 Pages
Series:  Dirty Billionaire #2

Overview

I did it. I married a billionaire.
My reasons are my own, but the last thing I expected was to feel owned.
I may have taken vows, but I’m still determined to be me.
Now his rules are taking over my world, but I’m not the kind of girl to just obey.
There’s only one problem: I might actually be falling for him…
I have no idea how this marriage is going to go, but holding onto a piece of myself while succumbing to his dirty pleasures is shaping up to be the ride of a lifetime.

My Thoughts

Two leading characters who are so driven by their careers that they have to decide if they can fit someone else in their life, even when it’s already too late given that they are married. Nothing is permanent right?

Holly made her deal breakers clear and Crey seemed to understand ad respect that, until he didn’t. And he messed up, and she left. That’s where we were left off at the end of the first book, Holly had to get to her tour, and so she left him because while he promised to be back in time to get her on the jet home, he wasn’t answering texts or calls and she had to make the decision on her own.

The first few chapters we spend watching Holly try to get back into the tour mindset, and we see that there are actually some great people with her who appreciate her talent and her heart. not everyone is scum and that’s really nice to see. Her friend Tana is there again to help her see reason, and to help her when she’s down, and i think that everyone needs a friend like that. Once Creighton realizes that she’s left, and figures out that she’s gone on tour, well, that voice of reason is going to be super helpful.

Then there’s Crey, and once he figures out why he screwed up and how to find her, all bets are off in seeing what this man will do to get his wife back. It’s nice to see that he’s so devoted to her, so smitten and in love with her that he’ll go to any length. What we see though in this story which is so rare compared to others, is that while he’s a billionaire, while he has this empire that he runs, he basically drops it all for her because that’s how important she is.

He grovels, they figure it out, until they don’t, and that’s where we are left at the end. Another . good-bye note, yet this one seems much more permanent.

Throughout this story, we get a lot of great dynamics through in, in addition to their relationship stuff. We have BT who’s the headliner on Holly’s tour, and while he looks rough, he’s really a teddy bear and he tries to make Crey see things that he’s not willing to see, given that their lives are so different. We are also faced with Holly’s mom through a series of annoying events, and that brings down the mood of the book too.

Underneath all that though is the great steamy chemistry that these two have. I still can’t say passion because it seems one sided, but i’m hoping that by the end of this trilogy, i’ll be able to use that word. I want a happy ending, but seeing how his high society life brings her down time and time again, i don’t know what’s realistic. I guess that’s what book three is for. So….i’m off to read it and i’ll let you know soon! Enjoy!V

Review: Dirty Billionaire (Dirty Billionaire #1) by Meghan March

Title: Dirty Billionaire
Author:  Meghan March
Publisher/Year:  Meghan March LLC 12/1/15
Length:  204 Pages
Series:  Dirty Billionaire #1

Overview

I’ve got a big dick and an even bigger bank account. That’s pretty much where my bio ends.
Honestly, I don’t need to say anything else. I’ve just sold 99% of women on going home with me.
Do I sound like an asshole to you?
That’s because I am.
And guess what? It works for me just fine.
Or at least it did.
Until I met her.
Books talk about sparks flying. Fuck that shit. With her, it was like emergency flares mixed with jet fuel. Or maybe just straight up napalm.
Only one problem.
She wouldn’t tell me her name or her number when she disappeared from the hotel room after the hottest fucking night of my life.
Now I’ve had a taste of unicorn pussy-the sweetest, rarest of all pussy-and I need it again.
So what’s an asshole to do?
I took this problem to the street. A missed connection gone viral.
And when I find her? I’m keeping her.

My Thoughts

The one thing that i can say which you could also assume from the intro is that you can’t be shy about the naughty dirty talk to read this story. we’re accustomed to dominating men who think that part of the intrigue is the way that they are able to control their partner with language, but in this case, i think that our leading man Creighton is just a man who cuts to the chase always.

This first installment of the series takes us on a bit of a bumpy start, watching Holly our leading lady struggle to make something of herself. As is the case in all these stories, her past is a troubled one where she was raised by a mother who doesn’t know who her father is, she was poor, handed off to her grandmother and well, now she’s made her own name. In this instance, it’s through an American Idol like show where she’s able to showcase her talent for country singing, and she’s not trying to find where she lives in that world. Her label coerces her into a relationship with an established country star, which in theory is great but he’s not exactly what he seems to be, and as a result, she’s miserable, and she’s the laughing stock of the industry, and luckily she finds herself befriended by a Faith Hill like object where she’s able to find some pease. With this woman, Tana, she discovers a powerful man who’s none other than our leading man, but when she finds him, it’s in a magazine talking about his ‘take no prisoners’ approach to everything.

This is where Creighton enters our story. He’s a very successful businessman and a man who gets everything that he wants. It’s nice to see that he’s bored by that, and because of that boredom, we see his path cross with Hollys. For a night that neither can forget and a night that Holly runs from in the hopes of never repeating. When Creighton determines that he wants her, he takes an interesting approach by propositioning her publicly with marriage, which actually gets her out of a bind of her own.

From this point on, we see how impossible it is to merge New York with wrong side of the tracks Kentucky and all we want is to see these two happy. What’s nice about how these characters are written is that Creighton isn’t afraid to admit to himself what Holly means to him, how it’s more than he imagined, where we often see the man afraid to admit that there’s anything more than sex. Holly on the other hand has trouble trusting, and she’s compromising a lot, but will not compromise her career, which of course becomes a challenge for these two.

It’s the one thing that Creighton can’t control, and he’s a man who needs control. What’s great about how our great author Meghan March writes this story is that we get to see trade offs, but we get to see the submission in bed as a result. The heat between these two is beyond hot, and while i don’t know that i can say there’s passion yet, there’s chemistry that beats any porn that you could read or watch. It’s hot and edgy, bordering on BDSM but really just about control.

We’re left on the edge of our seat when they aren’t respecting the needs of each other and there’s a line that’s crossed that has major implications. Someone’s not answering their phone, someone has a professional decision to make, and we don’t know what this means for their future. So, what that means for me is that i need to dive right into book 2 and see what happens next. Enjoy!

Review: Cherry Lover (Cherry #2) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Cherry Lover
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 3/5/19
Length:  186 Pages
Series:  Cherry #2

Overview

I got what I wanted. 

Got what I paid for. 

But once Monroe starts dating a handsome billionaire, I can’t stand it. 

It drives me crazy. 

I decide it’s too much to handle. 

I arrive at her door and demand another chance. 

But I’m not sure if she’ll give me one.

My Thoughts

This story takes us exactly where we expect in one sense, and then on a roller coaster in the other. We left off with Slate and Monroe truly seeming as though they are at an impasse – at a point where she’s put herself out there, and Slate just won’t give her what she needs and what she deserves. It’s painful to watch, to see such a young and strong woman put herself out there in the hopes that she can change a man who admits that he can’t be changed. Slate is powerful and sure of himself and knows that he’s so damaged that he can’t let anyone in. Good luck Monroe right?

The bulk of this story is watching them combust. Slate pushes her away and she goes on with her life. She finds a man who can compete with Slate in all categories, authority, success, money, interest. She’s trying to move on, although she’s clear with her new man about how things were with Slate and she even admits that she’s not truly moved on either. They still try to see what works and we see how things could be with Slate out of the picture.

He of course, being the alpha male that he is, can’t handle it. He’s quick to pay attention to every note about her with this new guy, keeps tabs on all that she’s doing, and eventually realizes that he can’t be without her, so he does what he did to begin with, and makes Monroe an offer that she can’t say no to. He’ll try to be what she wants, in exchange for payment as well as 3 months of her time. He’ll do what he can, but in true Slate form, he puts a time limit to things to protect himself.

From that point on, we have hope. We think that there’s a chance that things will work out and that they will have their happy ending. Even with the outside influences of watching Coen and Simone go up in smoke, that pushes them together and immediately pushes them apart.

Let’s pause here for a second and go back to Coen and Simone. We know their story is a bad one, and we get to see how it plays out. Coen is convinced that Simone is marrying him for love, Slate knows better, and Simone makes it clear that she’s out for money. There’s concern now that she will manage to get half of their business if she’s not stopped, but Coen won’t do anything. It’s not until he’s made a fool of publicly that he sees the light, but it’s too late to do anything and we get to watch that play out.

All throughout that mess, Monroe continues to be the light in Slate’s life. Giving him a reason to be happy to come home every night, to have someone to protect and care for, and some how that scares him even more. He’s not willing to admit that she’s got a place in his life and he continues push her away and even goes so far as to buy her a place to live so she can move out (even though i think he doesn’t really want that).

When Monroe can’t take any more, she walks away – AGAIN’ and the story takes a dark turn. We see interesting new allies ,and we also see some scary things happen. It’s anyone’s guess how this story will play out and each chapter from here on out gives us something new and unexpected.

While i’m bummed that there are only 2 books in this series, i’m pleased that we got an epilogue that closes out some loose ends. They are much needed given the cliff that we’re pushed off about 2/3s into the story. I hope you check this series out and enjoy it. On to something new now!

Review: Cherry Popper (Cherry #1) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Cherry Popper
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 2/5/19
Length:  181 Pages
Series:  Cherry #1

Overview

They call me the Cherry Popper.

Because there’s only one kind of woman I like to screw.

Virgins.

I pay top dollar for the experience. And sometimes women don’t want me to pay at all.

I get off to their tightness, their tears. I get off to the drops of blood on the sheets. All men have fantasies…I just happen to be rich enough to fund mine.

When Monroe comes into my life, she has a hefty student loan that she can never pay back. On top of that, she’s responsible for paying for her mother’s cancer treatment…even though she lost her anyway. Suffocating in debt, she doesn’t have many options.

Except one.

To sell her virtue to the Cherry Popper.

My Thoughts

I feel like i continue to get sucked into the worlds that our author Ms Quinn take us into, and that’s such a nice thing given the stresses of my daily life. In this instance, we have two character that haven’t had it easy for a variety of reasons, who find each other through odd circumstances and realize that what they’ve been doing to survive thus far isn’t the ideal.

We meet Monroe early on – she’s the main leading lady here – a girl who’s trying to make a name for her self professionally, while also trying to dig herself out of the hole that she’s in financially because of both her education and for a treatment that she had hoped would work to save her mother’s life. Sadly, her mother passed and she’s stuck with this $450k bill that is a reminder she will carry every day of her life until it’s paid off that her mom couldn’t beat the odds. On top of that, she’s paying off student loans that were taken out in the hopes of learning more to get a better job and she questions that choice every day of her life.

When a friend tells her how she was able to make a quick $100k by selling her virginity, and she realizes that the man who’s paying is young, attractive and worth the effort, she takes the leap and tracks him down. Her methods were unconventional and not at all what Slate (our leading man) is used to, and that’s what changes the trajectory of the story completely.

Enter Slate, the man who pays for girls virginity, for a variety of reasons. We learn that he’s been burned by love and family in the past and needs to have control so that he can protect his heart. Because of this, he won’t allow any woman close enough to get in, and he won’t ever do repeats. He’s able to get what he needs, and provide these girls with the best first time memory that they can desire and it’s a win win since they’re compensated nicely for it.

If only it were that easy right? This is where out story goes off the rails, and not in a bad way. Monroe essentially is a tease since she agrees and then stops at the last moment. She does this a few times and while that should irritate Slate, it makes this into an idea of conquest. It becomes about the chase because he realizes (even if he won’t admit that he does) that there’s something more here, that he enjoys Monroe’s company and that he’s attracted to her more than any other woman.

We get on the roller coaster from here with them. watching how things seem to go on the right path to form a real bond, and then we see how that crashes and burns and how Monroe’s innocent mindset of what this could be is proven wrong. We’re accustomed to how this story plays out as it’s the norm in the genre – the man makes it clear what he’s looking for and what he’s not capable of giving, yet the girl thinks that she’s able to change his outlook on life. When she’s pushed away in a cold way, there are two choices, wallow or pick yourself up, and knowing Monroe the way we do, we know she’ll pick herself up. The way that plays out for Slate though will be interesting to watch.

The other plot line that we watch from here out though is that of Slate’s family. We know that his brother is marrying the woman who burned him in the past, and that’s what started all these actions. Slate knows that Simone is only after their money and his brother won’t recognize that. We have to watch to see what tricks have to be pulled and how this plays out to see if there’s any hope for Slate to have his happy ending as well.

So on that note, we’re left broken hearted on one side of the coin, hopeful for the future on the other, and completely engaged to see how romance, passion and fear will translate into a conclusion for this duo. Enjoy!

Review: Lover (Betrothed #3) by Penelope Sky

Title: Lover
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 1/5/20
Length:  195 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #3

Overview

I lost the only thing that matters to me.

My wife.

And I’m the only one to blame.

I will sacrifice my life, my pride, and everything else for the woman I love.

Whether she loves me or not.

My Thoughts

When we parted ways in the last book, we knew that Hades was still far gone over Sofia, knowing that she was the one woman that he loved, the one woman he couldn’t live without, but knowing at the same time that she hated him and never wanted to be with him. He stood for all that she didn’t believe in and she wanted to take away what she felt was hers and wha she worked so hard to achieve.

In this third book, we see how things can change and how they can evolve when they both realized that the choices are out of their hands. Sofia is forced to come to terms with the fact that she will have to marry Hades, even after she turned him down and they parted ways. It’s the best thing for both of them, and it’s inevitable. From that, we see how their lives change.

They create a relationship and a bond that becomes more than they each anticipated. They both found that there’s more to the other than they knew, and it’s enough to change how they feel towards one another. Or at least how she feels about him since he’s been so far gone in love with her from day one it seems that there’s no where more to go.

If we recall from the intro to the series, there was a fortune teller who has laid out what Hades future will be. When he’s not willing to accept that, he goes back and tries to understand what he can do to break the curse. He’s told either he can make Sofia forget about him or Hades will have to atone for his greatest evil, which was killing his father. That means that he some how needs to gain the foregiveness of his brother Ash, and that’s an impossible task.

We spend much of this story watching that play out – watching the failed attempts at a reconciliation and it’s a pipe dream that there will be a way to make things better so that Hades can live the life he wants.

Just when it seems as though they have turned a corner – when things seem to be settling across the board, an enemy comes at them again and again, and it’s through some stupid decisions made by Damian that we see everything crash and burn. Sofia is kidnapped and this adversary is so good that there’s no way to track him down to save her.

The remainder of the story from here is a dark one. There’s torture and pain. There’s fear and depression. There’s the notion that Hades and Damian will never be friends again because Hades puts all the blame on Damian for making rash and stupid decisions. We see Ash take a role in things and we have a glimmer of hope that’s very short lived.

There’s no way to get a step ahead in this story. There’s no way for Hades and Sofia to come out on top because every time it seems like they may, something happens and that something is Maddox. A man who inflicts pain, who has some weird motive and obsession, and a man who is impossible to beat. It’s because of this man that we are left at the end of this third book with everyone walking away. There’s no protection, or safety or security left, and we can only hope that perhaps in book 4 we will see his demise. I’m not so sure, but it would be interesting. So, on that note, i now have to wait for the next book but i’m excited to see how this plays out. Enjoy!

Review: Black Forever (Obsidian #4) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Forever
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 6/13/17
Length:  193 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #4

Overview

The second the whip was placed in my hand, I snapped.
 

I couldn’t turn away.

I needed this.

The man I fought for so long has returned, more feral than before. 

Will Rome still love me?
 

Or will she leave?

My Thoughts

As we go into this fourth and final installment, i have to admit that i really don’t like Calloway anymore. I think that he’s weak and i think that he’s disrespectful. I’m accustomed to our leading characters finding a bit of resentment towards the other when one has to give up more than the other, but in this instance, while Cal has obviously walked away from much more than Rome, he also succumbs to temptation in a way that’s just not ok to me. He should have just walked away from Rome, and while i understand why he didn’t – it doesn’t make me like him.

At the same time, we have Rome, someone who’s clearly keeping some secrets from Cal, won’t budget AT ALL in trying to truly understand why he is the way that he is and understand his needs, but she’s also so in love with him that she trusts everything and assumes his loyalty is real.

Shocker right? i mean, we knew that things would crash and burn, and Isabella, the sub that really doesn’t want to let go of Cal threatened to out him and Cal let her have her way. Every time we think that we’re making progress with this couple, where we think that they have suffered enough that they will come to terms with what the other needs and make it right, something upturns the apple cart and it’s all for nothing.

The same exact roller coaster that we were on last book is the ride we’re on here. We’re happy until we’re not. We have intense passion and sexual chemistry until we don’t. We have deceit and a lack of compromise and pain and that doesn’t make for a good story.

I think there’s no hope for this couple and much of the book i don’t want there to be a couple. Cal wants his cake and to eat it too, he wants to claim that he’ll always be there for Rome and protect her from the likes of Hank, but he’s the reason that she’s gone again and potentially at risk.

Rome isn’t strong enough to even try to live without Cal at times, and she barely goes through the motions to survive, even with the endless support of Christopher. It’s sad to watch such strong characters turn into mush.

It’s only when Isabella and Hank come back and completely inopportune times that we see the tides turn, and what happens has life or death implications to everyone.

The way this story ends is the closure that we need – although it doesn’t really give us the end to the story for everyone as we had hoped. I wanted to see everyone happy. I wanted to see Theresa find her memory and Christopher get his happy ending. We get a tease but nothing concrete, so perhaps i need to dig a bit and see if there’s another story out there that follows up after. So, on that note, i’m sad to see this story go, but i’m happy that i got to spend a few days with these characters. Enjoy!

Review: Black Promise (Obsidian #3) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Promise
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 6/6/17
Length:  213 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #3

Overview

I gave up everything for Rome.

The one woman I couldn’t live without.But could I keep my promise and turn my back on everything?Could I really forsake being a Dom?

Or will I pull her into the darkness with me anyway?

My Thoughts

This has been quite the emotional roller coaster between this couple and i don’t know where we’re going to end up, and i have a feeling that we’re going to spin cycle some more with them.

We spent time being insanely happy with this couple, and then suffering through massive depression when things seemed so grim. Then we turn a corner and it seems as though there’s a common ground that we can rest our laurels on, but we quickly learn that perhaps thats not even enough.

Calloway has his needs and if we know anything about people, it’s that you can only compromise so much before you start feeling too much resentment. Feeling as though you have given way more than the other person for what you felt was something that you mutually wanted but realize that you were wrong. Rome makes her needs and desires clear but she’s so unwilling to budge, and with all the secrets that we KNOW she’s hiding, there has to be a reason why. The question though is whether we will ever really find out the motivation and driving forces here.

The path that this installment goes on is one that takes us through the evolution of the relationship that these two share. Watching how their lives start to mesh into one, and then watch how this as a result amplifies how different they are.

There’s also the sub-story (no pun intended there) of Hank – the DA who abused Rome and is stalking her. I honestly don’t know how that one is going to play out. There’s not much that he fears and he’s apparently got access everywhere so i think that he’s still a wild card, even with the protection of Cal.

Add to that story Cal and Jackson’s mom. She’s still in a state where she doesn’t remember things from day to day and it’s painful for everyone to cope. There was one moment where it seemed like they had a breakthrough with Rome, but then nothing. I feel like something will trigger her to remember them but i’m not sure yet what that will be.

Lastly, there’s the slow build of Christopher in this story and how he wants to change how he lives his life now that Rome isn’t with him so much. He’s becoming a mature guy now and we’ll see how that plays out.

Where we end up in this third book is watching our lovebirds really enjoy the chemistry and passion that they have but also at the same time watching Cal’s compromise eat at him and make him into a man that he doesn’t recognize. He has needs and we know that there’s only so much that you can tamp down before it’s too much. We’re at that point and the top is about to blow and i think we can thank Jackson for that. I’m almost afraid to see what happens in book 4 because of this and i can only hope that all the secrets are put out there on the table so that Cal and Rome can find happiness. Enjoy!

Review: Black Diamond (Obsidian #2) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Diamond
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 6/6/17
Length:  185 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #2

Overview

I know I’m never going to change.

I was born in the darkness, and that’s exactly where I’ll remain.Rome is sweet, gentle, and vanilla.But I’ll change all of that.I’ll show her who I really am.

And slip that black diamond onto her finger.

My Thoughts

The story continues – lulling us into a false sense of security with this couple, knowing full well that there are so many secrets that each is hiding that it’ll all combust.

Calloway, true to his nature wants nothing more than to be able to take care of Rome. To cherish her and enjoy her and to protect her. She wants that but not in the way that he’s thinking, because he’s got this dark side that he still can’t let her know about. The story here takes us on the journey where we see them go to new lengths in how they feel about each other, and then hit a wall.

Rome still has the same challenges that she faced in the first book. She’s trying to dig herself out of debt, trying to forge her own path and name in the industry and try to stay safe. All while being true to herself and Christopher. when her stalker comes knocking again, and her apartment is broken into, well Calloway has no choice but to make changes for her. Convincing Christopher to move so that she can move with him, and offering her a job that’s leaps better than what she had before.

Their chemistry and intensity don’t fade at all here. We see that they are closer than ever, they have a connection that most dream about, and theyre so hot that it’s combustable. Just when we think that things are going to be amazing, someone learns something they shouldn’t, and Calloway’s secrets are out.

It’s a struggle for these two for the back half of the book, and so much sadness and hurt are the theme for here on out. There’s no compromise that they can make that will put things back together, and there’s honestly no way that they can find their way back to one another without giving up too much in exchange. We’re left off at a point where decisions are made, and they aren’t good ones, and we don’t know what that means for the future. So, that means i have to dive back in now to the third book to see where we’re going. Enjoy!

Review: Black Obsidian (Obsidian #1) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Obsidian
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 3/7/17
Length:  213 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #1

Overview

I was standing at the bar and waiting for a friend when it happened.

When my life changed forever. 

She strutted inside with her head held high with grace, not pretentiousness. With legs that reached her neck, and an hourglass frame perfect for gripping, she got me hard instantly.  

And those green eyes got the rest of my body hard too.  

Mistaking me for the man who cheated on her friend, she walked up to me, those green eyes burning with fire, and she slapped me so hard my skin bubbled. 

And damn, it felt good. 

She slapped me two more times, using her petite size to gain momentum as her palm crushed into my skin. 

I never wanted it to end.  

I’d never met a woman who made pain feel so good. I’d never met a woman as strong as myself. I’d never met a woman I wanted to dominate more.  

I’d never met a woman like her. 

Rome Moretti. 

My next submissive.

My Thoughts

This is a very dynamic story that we’ve entered into, with so many twists and turns of uncertainty that i think it’s going to be great. We start this story with our mains, Calloway, a Dom and a man who knows exactly what his tastes are and has determined that he’ll never compromise. That is until Rome walks into a bar one night and he can’t think of anything else ….ever.

The journey that we go on with both of these characters is a tough one. They have their haunted and tortured pasts that have made them into the people that they are today, with walls up, a need for control and independence yet still with so much passion to give that even they don’t know it.

Cal is an interesting guy – he’s the premier humanitarian worker in the city, prob further reaching than that, but that’s his public persona. He and his brother also own one of the most elite BDSM clubs in the city and that’s where his tastes edge to the darker side. This however is something that may become a challenge now that he’s obsessed with Rome.

Rome on the other hand is a woman who’s got this innocent quality but she’s also so powerful and can own a room when she walks into it. She’s a mystery sine Cal isn’t able to pull any background information on her, but he’s able to find that she’s also in the same humanitarian category as he is with her own company that’s doing quite well.

When they cross paths in a bar, their lives are changed forever but they don’t both know it yet. It’s not until they cross paths at a charity gala that things really take a turn. The story from here is intense, it’s hot and it’s filled with so many secrets that you want to uncover them all even in between all the chemistry and passion that they share.

Rome makes him wait, Cal gives her control, and all the while, they are keeping major bits of information from each other that will likely impact their future…if there is one. I can’t wait to dive into the next book now! Enjoy

Review: Husband (Betrothed #2) by Penelope Sky

Title: Husband
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 12/10/19
Length:  188 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #2

Overview

Two years of bitter loneliness have passed. The woman I love is now the woman I hate. I lose myself in beautiful women every night and tell myself that fortune reading was nothing but a scam. 

But then her mother asks me to marry her. 

I say yes. 

Now this woman will be mine forever. 

Maybe the prophecy really is true. I’m committing to a woman that will never love me in return. 

But it was better to be her husband than allow someone else to take my place. It was better to conquer her body every night than be lonely with someone else. 

Much better. 

My Thoughts

well, i love all things that our author Penelope Sky writes so this second installment to the series featuring Hades and Sofia is at the top of my lists for great ways to start of 2020. There was such a connection between these two characters from the moment they met with Sofia was just a teenager, that to see it blossom in book one was amazing. And then it crashed and burned.

So we pick up their story in book 2 where there’s still such hatred between this couple. Sofia feels blindsided by what Hades truly does for work, and the fact that he paraded another woman in front of her was too much. Hades however has such intense feelings for her still, to the point of pain and when Sofia’s mother pushes the idea of marriage at him again, well, he jumps.

The journey that we go on in this second book in an interesting one. there’s the need to build some type of foundation here between the two of them sine Hades wants Sofia on the same page as him, even if it’s almost impossible. She wants to find happiness, but also is 100% opposed to the notion of love. She doesn’t trust easy, but she finds that the fact that he has such respect for her to be something that could go in the direction of strong feelings.

Add to that story Damian, Hades best friend that we met in the beginning of book 1. The same friend who was at the fortune teller in Morocco and who has a huge stake in everything that goes on in their business, which inevitably turns into a quest for too much power and greed, which results on catastrophic events happening from there. There’s a kidnapping, a bit of torture, and Hades is forced to make tough choices about his future.

Then add to that Hades need to figure out a way to prove the fortune teller’s premonition wrong which results in even more struggle and stress. What we do get from this though is the introduction of Ash (a name that i feel like i’ve seen in other Penelope Sky books), Hades’ brother, and a man who i believe will come in handy at some point.

We’re left in this story at a point where there’s been a huge betrayal and now there are consequences to those actions. One person’s choice has led us to the kidnapping of another person and we really don’t know yet how this will all play out.

If that story and plot line wasn’t enough to keep you engaged, we get what’s become to be something that i expect and crave from Ms Sky – the intense connection that she’s able to share and create for our main characters – something that makes you feel the passion and heat even when it doesn’t seem ideal. And to see the potential for romance and something deeper when they don’t believe it themselves.

Luckily i only need to wait until next tuesday to continue on this journey with some of the best characters.