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: Second (Betrothed #6) by Penelope Sky

Title: Second
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Barnes & Nobles Press 5/5/20
Length:  198 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #6

Overview

She’s gone.

But the fortune can’t be true because she means nothing to me.

Nothing at all.

But the doubt starts to creep in. My thoughts only focus on one thing. The other women no longer satisfy me.

It starts to drive me crazy.

When I finally confront her, the horror shatters me.

She’s marrying someone else.

My Thoughts

At the end of the first book we had to watch Anna marry her ex husband again – truly believing that he was the right choice for her at this point in time since a future with Damian was off the table and Liam seemed to truly regret and repent for what he did. This of course crushes Damian and we have to wonder what that will mean for the rest of this book.

Throughout this second installment of their story although the sixth of the larger series, we watch Damian try to move on with his life as best he can although that doesn’t mean that he’s really interested in moving on with another woman. Can’t stomach the idea. When one is put in front of him, he uses the situation for what it is, but hates that any time he crosses paths with Anna, it turns to a jealousy thing. He truly wants to find a way to be around her knowing that he walked away from her to protect her. The threat that his lifestyle proved to all of those that were close to him was too much for him to risk, even if it sacrificed his own happiness.

We watch Anna try to be happy – to be the wife and partner that she should be with Liam. She truly believes in the vows of marriage and will do anything to make it work, even though she’s admitted that she’s not over Damian. Liam is willing to take all the time that’s needed in order to get her to love him the way that she used to, but i think that as readers we all know that it’s never going to happen. He promised to give up death fighting to be with her and that’s something that we know will come back to bite him. curious to see if Damian is his opponent.

It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that we go through in this story. Watching Anna and Damian try to figure out how to be friends since they are in the same circle. Watching them both clearly love each other but never admit it out loud or even to themselves. We watch Anna move on with her life and then at the same time we watch Damian go through the motions.

If romance and love wasn’t enough, we also have the Skull King as a pain in our butt through out the story as well. Heath continues to be a thorn in their side and since we all know that he’s a loose cannon even outside of these guys, it’ll be a huge question of when he’ll go off the rails and what that will mean. Damian is adamant about killing Heath but doesn’t have the right plan yet since his only option isn’t in the game before. (you guys will all remember a man named Bones right?)

So….we are left at the end of this story on so many open paths. what’s going to happen with Anna and Liam since there’s definitely no way that he’ll keep up his end of the bargain. At the same time, we also have to wonder what’s going to happen to Damian since we know that he’s a masochist but this is taking things a bit far for even him. And then there’s Heath – what will happen there. Only way to find out is to read on to book 7 now – which i’m going to try to do. Enjoy!

Review: First (Betrothed #5) by Penelope Sky

Title: First
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Barnes & Nobles Press 3/31/20
Length:  206 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #5

Overview

Hades retired from the business. 

Now it’s just me. 

Look at me now… Bitter… angry… depressed. I resent my former friend so much, even hate the guy, but I’ve never been the same since he refused to forgive me. 

I meet a woman. She’s like all the others…beautiful, interesting, good at the fun stuff, but I don’t feel anything. 

One woman will love you for you, not your money or your power, but you’ll lose her. And once she’s gone…she’s gone. 

That gypsy wasn’t right about me too, right?

I’ve got trouble on my doorstep when the new Skull King shows up. He wants a cut of my business. 

Like he’s getting anything. This is all I have left. 

Once again I become swallowed by the underworld. 

Will I survive it?

My Thoughts

The way that Ms Sky has evolved this story has really taken us on a journey that makes it both necessary to love Hades and Sofia in order to push Damian forward but also hate them because this story wouldn’t happen if the struggle wasn’t real. What we have here in this first installment of Damian’s story is the path that his life takes now that he’s not in a good place with Hades and likely never will. Maddox is dead, so he’s now the sole owner of the drug business and yet at the same time he’s still partnering with Hades in their bank. Every day is worse for him and all he wants to do is drink himself into oblivion, that is until Anna walks into the bank one day to get his help and Damina’s life is changed forever.

While the summary above reminds me that Damian got a prophecy from the fortune teller years ago, that really doesn’t come up in the context of this story so we almost forget about it. Anna is newly divorced from a powerful man who ironically she wants nothing from aside from getting off of anything that’s attached to him (namely his bank accounts). at the same time she really wants to start a new life for herself which means she needs to clean our her only personal account so that she can buy an apartment. This transaction not only puts Anna fully on Damian’s radar, but that means that we get to be on the peripheral of another guy that we likely do not want to ross (Liam – her ex).

The story that we have from here is one that really results in a lot of pain and suffering. Damian still has lost his best friend, the only person that means anything to him and as a result, he’s also lost Sofia since there’s no way to co-exist there. At the same time, he’s found this attraction to Anna but he knows that he’s neither in a mindset in his life to be a good guy for any one single person, nor does his professional life lend itself to being safe for anyone else. Yet that doesn’t stop either of them from the attraction that’s shared and we have a wild ride come out of it. (Anna’s no stranger to danger given that her ex is a death fighter so the shock is minimal here).

We see positive momentum come from their relationship and then we see it crash and burn when tragedy hits. Some of our favs from other Penelope Sky series come back in this one, in the form of the Skull Kings where we get to see Heath in his role as King trying to take what he feels he’s owed by Damian. Pride of course gets in the way and what we have is a kidnapping, death and fear. Every time i think that we’re about to see something good happen, a truce with the Skull Kings, a change in the trajectory if the relationship with Hades and Damian, hope for romance, another curve ball is thrown and makes us realize that hope really is lost.

We end this first installment at a wedding and then we wonder what the future will bring. So on that note, i’m picking up the next book to see what happens next for everyone! Enjoy!

Review: Committed (Betrothed #4) by Penelope Sky

Title: Committed
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Barnes & Nobles Press 4/2/20
Length:  220 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #4

Overview

Hades has done everything for the woman he loves. Now it’s time for Sofia to do the same for him.

I never broke the curse…I just changed it.

Now I’m forced into a partnership with Maddox, and since I can’t kill him, I have to tolerate him every day.

So Sofia leaves me.

I’ve sacrificed everything for her, but it’s never enough. My love for her doesn’t change despite the betrayal. The torture continues.

What am I gonna do?

I have one option. I said no the first time, but I’m not sure I can say no again…

My Thoughts

Penelope Sky is one of my favorite authors these days i think, and getting back into the story of Hades and Sofia is exactly what i needed during these insane times. We left off at a point in the story where it seemed like everything was finally about to go well for Hades and Sofia – they were happily in love, they wanted to be together, and then Sofia was kidnapped by a psycho Maddox, Maddox forces Hades to trade places with her, and he loses his freedom and his business to Maddox. And all during that, Sofia learns that she’s pregnant. She’s not in a place where she’s having a child, her husband is now the ‘bitch’ to a man who will torment him forever, and the unspeakable things that Maddox did to Sofia while he had her means that she can never stay with Hades in Florence if Maddox is part of the picture.

The decision is made and Sofia leaves Hades – which causes the biggest rift imaginable. She asks for a divorce and he doesn’t fight for her to stay, so we now see the story take two paths, one in Florence where Hades is left to a life of misery and slavery basically and then one with Sofia in Rome with her mother, rebuilding her life as she waits for the birth of her son.

Throughout this series, all we have seen is the nature of this relationship, and how there’s literally nothing that will keep them apart since their souls are so intertwined. The challenge now though is that there’s truly so much between them, and the fortune teller never implied that this would happen that all hope and faith is lost. In true form of all men in this genre when their heart is broken, Hades dives into work, and into the bottom of bottle after bottle of Scotch, where nothing makes him feel any better anyway. His friendship with Damian is so far past repair and that likely would have helped him out, but at least on the flip side his relationship with his brother Ash is repaired, which is a bridge between him and Sofia since he’s in Rome and he’s still friendly and in contact with Sofia.

This is a dark and depressing fourth installment. Every time you want to hope that something good can happen, you realize that the obstacles in front of them are far too high. Sofia made her decisions to protect herself and her child, and Hades doesn’t seem to want to come to terms with that. He instead resents her for walking away and that turns into hate. Even though we know that he loves her and can’t live without her, he still does his best to push her away when all she needs is a partner as the baby’s birth comes near.

Once Andrew is born, we see this story take a variety of turns. Relationships grown in some cases and fall apart even faster than previously imagined. There’s yet another trip or 2 to the fortune teller and the worst option is the only option in order for Hades to break the curse. That choice means that every path that we want to see at the end of this series is impossible and that’s a direction that i honestly can say i’m surprised to see our author take. I think that the way that this story resolves is one that is worthy of the journey, but the path to get there was very complex and twisted.

My honest thoughts here are wondering why i can’t find a man who’s willing to give up his livelihood and his life to be with me and to make me happy. That continues to baffle me to know that these types of men are only in books, and perhaps that is the biggest reason for my hopeless romantic nature – and this quarantine time doesn’t help much! Anyhow, i’ve picked up First which is book #5 and Damian’s story which is long overdue. I can’t wait to see how this one plays out since he’s left in quite the precarious and down state in this book. So on that note, Enjoy!

Review: Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6) by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Imagine Me
Author:  Tahareh Mafi
Publisher/Year:  HarperCollins Publishing 3/31/20
Length:  260 Pages
Series:  Shatter Me #6

Overview

Juliette Ferrars. Ella Sommers. Which is the truth and which is the lie?

Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.

The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.

My Thoughts

You know, it’s kind of weird thinking that we’ve come to the end of this series – all signs point to that being the case, although i’m sure there are spin-offs that we could get just like we had so much with Kenji, but that’s to be determined i guess. Anyhow, what i thought was a trilogy all those years ago has extended through so many additional installments and the journey that we’ve gone on with these characters has been so intense and complex that as a reader, i’ve had no choice but to dive in head first and see what happens next.

In this sixth book, we are with all of our loved characters, but in a form that’s not the same as previous books. We know that Anderson has a need for Ella/Juliette as a new host to Emmaline since she’s in a body that’s not strong enough for her and is dying, and the goal was always to put her into Ella’s body. Ella however is stronger than anyone ever expected, so even with the attempts for Emmeline to take over her body as a new host, we see a continued need to fight back. We come into this story with Ella in a destructive outburst all caused by her sister transferring powers to her and warner trying his best to keep her alive. While that’s happening, we see Kenji and Nazeerah explode at each other because of the confusion of their feelings for one another as well as their completely opposite views on everything.

If that’s a foreshadow for what we will see in this story – then it’s spot on. The journey that we go on in this final installment is wrought with fear, death, destruction, a loss of hope and a confusion on who is truly on what side.

We know that some of the Supreme kids have been taken hostage by Anderson and the parents, and the hope is that they can be retrieved safely, assuming that they are on the right side of things. At the same time there’s the need to protect the Sanctuary and all the kids that we know are on the right side of the right. All the while, trying to piece together what the future looks like. Warner and Ella were ina. great place, with an accepted proposal, and yet that’s torn from them quickly.

The way that this story is written, we spend a lot of time back in Oceania where Anderson has Ella and they have managed to begin the transfer, turning her into a devoted super soldier who only listens to what he demands of her. Knowing how strong Ella is though, we know that she’s not likely to go down without a fight and stop questioning things, and that’s exactly what happens. She’s confused to how she feels about Anderson now, she’s hearing voices in her head that she can’t quite put her finger on the origin, and she continues to have her own thoughts about things which contradicts all that she was expected to be able to do and yet completely on par with the Ella that we know.

We find ourselves at a cross road where Castle has to find a purpose in this new world, where Warner has to go find Ella since he’s not complete without her, where Kenji can’t let his best friend wither and die, where James is now without Adam and where Adam betrayed everyone. It’s a mess that’s not uncommon compared to what we’ve seen in prior books but still one that is far more complex than we’ve seen as well.

The questions that we’re forced to ask is whether there’s hope, whether there’s any chance that someone who was on the wrong side could be on the right side and help. Whether there’s any chance that the life and relationships that we’ve been fighting for over all these books can be something left standing at the end. I know that i’m not alone in praying for a happy ending, but i think that the ending that we get is not going to be the one that anyone was expecting. There’s no way for everyone to turn out the right side up and it’ll have to be some semblance of that to get us through this series. I don’t know how our amazing author does it, but she’s managed to give us one of the most dynamic stories of what the world could be all while giving us something to hold onto for the sake of love and friendship. So on that note, i’m sad to potentially be done with this series but i think you guys need to read it all….that is if you haven’t already. Enjoy!

Cover Re-Reveal: Crazed by Sarah Darlington



COVER RE-REVEAL!!!
Title: CRAZED (previously titled CRAZY SEXY NOTION)
Author: Sarah Darlington

Mick is in for a wild ride…

Baseball Pro, Mick Jasmine, is the worst at relationships. His most recent ex-girlfriend pitched a crystal vase at his head with such precision, that maybe she should tryout for the Sea Dogs. It doesn’t help that one of his ‘game-day superstitions’ is getting laid right before each game, and that he even has a handful of women on call to help him fill this need.

But Mick is over his lifestyle. He’s done with being a certain type of person. On a whim, he gets in his car and drives halfway across the country for Pecan, Kansas; a desolate town that’s not even on the map. He knocks on the trailer door that used to belong to his childhood best friend. In his entire life, he’s never loved another girl the way he loved her as a child. She’s the one. Somewhere in his heart he knows this.

But what he finds on the other side of the door, he never expected. Raven Malone, all grown up…

Nick is no match for Raven Malone all grown up. She’s going to eat him alive.

**This novel was formally titled CRAZY SEXY NOTION. Sarah Darlington’s upcoming series, the KILL DEVIL INK Series, will feature characters from CRAZED. Meaning, this novel now can be read as a prequel novel to INKED and the KILL DEVIL INK Series.
Available for purchase on…
Amazon and Kindle Unlimited




Sarah Darlington was born in Colorado and grew up all over the United States. These days, she calls Virginia home, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and large dog. The best word to describe Sarah is ‘creative.’ She’s passionate about designing, crafting, and photography. But most of all… she loves creating stories through her writing.

Her romance books are sexy and heart-gripping at their core, guaranteed to make you swoon. Any of them can be read as a stand-alone, but all are connected within the same world. 

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Review: Dirty Rich Betrayal: Love Me Forever (Dirty Rich #10) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Betrayal: Love me Forever
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 5/12/20
Length:  188 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #10

Overview

Grayson Bennett returns.

A powerful man, the king of the world to some, but he is nothing without Mia Cavanaugh. She is his life, his heart, the reason he breathes. Shaken by an attempt on her life, Grayson is ready to marry her, love her, protect her, but the threat isn’t over. He has lost everyone he loves before Mia. He will do anything it takes to protect her and call her his forever.

My Thoughts

For some reason i thought that we had completed their story so i was surprised to see that this was a new book, but i guess perhaps it’s because all the Walker stories intertwine into this bigger series as well and there are a lot of different trails. Regardless, we’ve picked up with Greyson and Mia now that they are back together and Mia is alive, Ri is dead but they don’t know where the safety will come from next.

There’s so much dirty business going on trying to get at Greyson and we don’t yet know what angle it’s going to come from. Blake and the Walkers have stepped in to protect them and at the same time try to suss out who’s behind it all now that Ri is dead and they are still at risk. Blake learns that there’s a hit still on Greyson and that means that no one is safe- especially since an underground group has been contracted and they want their price.

Throughout this second piece to their story, we watch the unwavering trust and commitment between these two and we get to see that their love has truly prevailed this time around. There’s nothing that can break them at this point so that’s not the struggle in the story. It’s trying to stay safe and build a new life, while also trying to figure out who’s for them and who’s against them.

Through this story we get to be reminded of the amazing relationship between Reece and Cat who we met in earlier books. He’s called in to help Greyson out in defending him from the insanity that comes from an FBI investigation and at the same time, Reece is able to help step in and help Mia with a case that she’s capable of handling on her own, but could use the support for from his ability and reputation.

This is a shorter story of sorts with fewer worries on the longevity of their relationship, but at the same time we are constantly on edge wondering what’s going to happen next and from whom. Our author Lisa Renee Jones gives us all the elements of her stories that we love – romance and heat, passion and fear, trust and loyalty, and of course a few new people that we can hopefully get to know more about in upcoming stories. There’s an endless stream of new guys coming into the Walker fold that we get to meet so i can’t wait to see what’s next. Enjoy!

ARC Review: Stroke of Luck by Opal Carew

Title: Stroke of Luck
Author:  Opal Carew
Publisher/Year:  St Martin’s Publishing Group 10/27/20
Length:  304 Pages

Overview

Getting cheated on and left with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year was not a part of the plan when Riana came to Las Vegas to marry her wealthy fiancé. Her plans also didn’t include getting bailed out of this horrible situation by Quinn, the ex-boyfriend she hadn’t planned to see ever again. For Quinn, Riana was the one that got away and he’s never gotten over her, no matter how successful he became.

Riana insists on paying Quinn back, so he makes her an offer—spend the next month with him and his business partner Austin while they’re on vacation. It’s clear to him that Austin is attracted to her, too, and Quinn’s always liked the idea of sharing a woman with him. It’s something that Riana wants to do, and after a few glasses of champagne—only enough to stop denying herself what she wants—she voices her desire to be with both men.

But as the month comes to an end, Riana has to face the reality she’s falling for Quinn and Austin…and the possibility that one crazy night in Vegas could cost her one—or both—men.

My Thoughts

Before i get into this review, I want to thank the folks at Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for getting me this ARC. I’ve read several Opal Carew stories in the past and it was nice to get into a new one, even if it was a stand alone.

So, first i have to point out that in the version that i got, her name was April, not Riana, and there was a whole story about how she came to her name. Not a huge deal, but something that i noticed. The other thing is that the summary over simplifies what happens here and the timing of it all, but again, not a huge deal.

We start off our journey at a moment in time when April wakes up to realize that she’s not alone in bed, and not just that she’s not alone, it’s not with her fiance Maurice, but instead with two men that she’s yet to identify. The other thing is the quick realization that she was supposed to have gotten married the day before and she’s now also got a hangover which makes the slow realization of reality a bit more harsh.

We then flash back to the previous 24 hours when her life came crashing down on her. They were in Vegas to get married, enjoying the weekend with their friends, when post the rehearsal dinner, April walks in on her fiance ‘getting it on’ with some random blonde woman. That turns her world upside down and now not only has she lost her fiance, but he makes it so that her entire world comes crashing down. Because he has so much power and influence, he makes sure that everyone things that she’s the one who cheated, cancels her credit cards, leaves the bill with her, takes her townhouse from her (calls in her loan) fires her from work and ensures that no one else will hire her. To add to that, he knows that April has no family and really no friends, so she’s left on an island.

It’s through a weird twist of fate that as April’s being kicked out, that a man from her past is in the hallway and comes to her rescue. We don’t know what the true background of the story is between Quinn and April, but we know that it can’t be all good (or bad) based on his reactions to her. He immediately wants to help but he has such anger for her that it’s mixed.

The journey from here is an interesting one. There’s clearly chemistry between these two and even with Quinn’s business partner Austin, so if nothing else, we’ll get a really hot and steamy story, but what we get in addition to that is a really sweet story about lost opportunities because of the lack of true communication when they were younger and a misunderstanding of motivations etc. As a result, things get sexy, complicated and so engaging.

When the guys realize that April is left with nothing, and they watch Maurice send people to come and take all her belongings, they jump in to make her feel a little better. They take her in for the night, go to the casino and drinking, try to get her mind off of things, and end up married. All three of them. Yup – you read that right. First Quinn and April get married and then immediately after, she and Austin do. and while it’s with the intention to get annulled in a few weeks, (after their month deal is over), you know that there are feelings involved and things are going to get dicey.

The bulk of this story is spend enjoying each other – we get the full expected flavor here from Ms Carew in the steamy scenes between this threesome. It’s hot and engaging and really helps take your mind off how bad April’s life can be. At the same time, we also watch April and Quinn better understand each other and Quinn’s hatred for what went down between them in the past seep away. Now that he understands her fears because of how she grew up, and understands why she walked away from him in college, his eyes are opened up to so many new things that he actually wants the arrangement that they have to be real.

Seems like everything will be perfect until Maurice comes back and begs April to take him back. Giving her back everything that he took away from her, compensating her for the past 24-48 hours of pain and fear. April doesn’t realize the motives behind it all but the guys realized quickly why he’s crawling back and it’s because she’s got something that he wants and is afraid that now she’ll have too much control over him. The problem though is that the guys see her with Maurice and make the wrong assumption, driving her to leave them earlier than their arrangement deemed fit and worlds come crashing down once again.

What we have form this story is the notion that there’s really no such thing as happily ever after and that sometimes the idea of ‘what happens in vegas stays in vegas’. You want more for everyone and yet you don’t know what’s possible and the only way to truly find out if anything was real or fantasy is to read this story and engage with them all. I think that you’ll enjoy this one for sure and i can’t wait to see what’s next from our author. Enjoy!

Review: Savage Love (Savage Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Love
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 4/21/20
Length:  240 Pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #3

Overview

They say all is fair in love and war, but I really don’t give a damn about fair. In fact, when protecting those I love, fair is the last thing on my mind. Now that I’m back in Candace’s life, those who have used her to try to control me, may well put up a final fight, but they will not win. They will lose and badly.

My Thoughts

I really do love savage and i’m really enjoying his time with Candace, however when we left off at the end of book 2, we saw that there was a chance that they weren’t going to come out of this unscathed. I ‘mean, honestly, it’s really silly (slash stupid) to think that they won’t get their happily ever after, but to my wording choice at least, unscathed is the better description.

While going to the cemetery to search for the flash drive that Savage hid at his mother’s grave, of course drama has to follow – in the form of Wes, a man that has a vendetta against Savage for killing his wife (which was deserved based on the story we were told) and he has Candace by the throat with a knife there as well. There’s just a moment to react to save her life and that’s what Rick does – freeing Candace from his grasp and giving them a moment to flee safely (ish).

If only the drama stopped there, right? We know that there are so many uncertain pieces to this story – understanding who is going end up alive, who’s going to find out the motives behind everything and how to finish it all off. I know that the Walkers have some intense skill, so it’s only everyone’s guess that they they will prevail right?

We spend much of this final installment on the run. Every time we think there’s a moment to breathe, another adversary comes out. Tag is s till a wild card since Savage knows that he’s dirty yet doesn’t know how to bring him down without triggering all sorts of things. Gabriel is twisted and dirty on so many levels that it’s a mess in the making too. Candace is pulled into this every time she tries to get out because they what to make sure that she’s. safe meaning that she has to play the doting fiance (even knowing everything that she does about him)

Add to that, her father is still being held and they need to extract him, and then an assassin is put on Candace’s tail, one that doesn’t always follow the rules, so we see the call for help from a cartel lord – one that we haven’t met in this series, but one that’s from another LRJ series (which i’m going to pick up soon i think). Kane Mendez is a man that many fear, no one knows how to read, but that Savage trusts. It’s his assistance that helps in more ways than you can imagine.

So a roller coaster for sure, a story that gives you hope, takes it away and then gives you a new path to go down. We get to see the introduction of so many guys in the Walker family that i feel it’s our amazing authors way of keeping this series alive (for which i’m very thankful) and i can’t wait to get more. We also get the sexy intense passion and heat that we always come to expect from Ms Jones when we read her stories, and what Savage and Candace share is something that’s for the record books. It shows you that there’s so much that can come between a couple, but if you stay true to the heart of what you believe and know, that there’s a chance to make it. So, on that note, you have to read this story to see how it really evolves since it’s insane, but i think you’ll enjoy it!

Review: Sunday (Timeless #7) by E.L. Todd

Title: Sunday
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 8/27/16
Length:  184 Pages
Series:  Timeless #7

Overview

I ruined everything.

Instead of telling Rose the truth, I kept everything to myself. Even though my intentions were good and I was just trying to help, I was in the wrong. Seeing the look on her face in that courtroom was unbearable.

Will she ever forgive me?

Could I blame her if she didn’t?

All I know is I love her. I can’t live without her. There’s an unbreakable connection between us that I can’t shake off.

I have to get her back.

My Thoughts

After watching everything that Kyle has gone through in this series, through his relationship with Frankie and with his past dealing with his sister, we all really want him to find his happy ending. It seemed like it was possible with how things were evolving with Rose but then the truth about the case that he was working on came out in the worst way and she ran.

We start this final installment with Rose furious at Kyle for keeping his case a secret, but Kyle even admits that he was in a lose lose situation. that there was no way that he was ever going to come out in an ok place with this because Rose had so many walls up and even with the best intentions, those walls would always be up.

So what we get to watch in this seventh book is how Kyle tries everything to find his happiness. He goes to Frankie for advice – trying to figure out how to survive in a world where Rose doesn’t exist and the unexpected support and help from Hawke even makes things interesting. In this installment, we see how people have grown and matured and how that knowledge and life experience some how made it possible to go on in life.

Kyle tries everything and we see progress start to get made just to have it knocked down again. We see every angle attempted. His quest to make her feel secure, his attempt to make her jealous, the scheme to get Hawke to build a professional relationship that Kyle can take over. Most doesn’t work and it’s only an unexpected intervention that makes anything change. but as expected – that change doesn’t pan out as we hoped.

Rose spends much of this story with her walls up, with her fear taking hold all the time and a belief that she’s damaged and not good enough for anyone. She can’t believe that Kyle wants anything about her, and even when he professes it, she’s challenged to believe it. The emotions that she feels for him scare her and she’s even more afraid of intimacy with him.

So you can only guess how this whole roller coaster will play out. Who will get involved to make things happen and who will come out of the wood work to pick up the pieces when life doesn’t work out the way that we want. We at least get a lovely wedding in this story (yup – someone gets married) and we see additions to the next generation (yup lots of babies too). I hope you guys have picked up this series and enjoyed it since i did – and i’m sad to see it go. oh well…on to the next. Enjoy!

Review: Saturday (Timeless #6) by E.L. Todd

Title: Saturday
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 8/27/16
Length:  184 Pages
Series:  Timeless #6

Overview

When Francesca left me I didn’t think I could ever recover.

But with every passing month it got easier. And when six months had come and gone, I was finally over it. And when a year had passed, I didn’t think about her at all anymore.

But I was still missing something.

I want what she has with Hawke, that kind of love that still burns even when the novelty wears off. I want a woman who loves me with everything she has. And I want to love her in the same way.

When I get set up on a blind date I expect to have a mediocre evening. Blind dates were all the same. We’d have some wine and dinner, and maybe some good sex afterward.

But when she walks in I know this one will be different.

My Thoughts

I think that Kyle was one of our favorites from the bigger series (i.e. the first few books) and the fact that he still remained a nice guy even through all that Frankie put him through – well that makes him amazing in my books. He’s sexy, successful and sweet – the Three ‘S’s’ that any girl would want. So when he’s set up on a blind date and sets his eyes on the most beautiful woman in the world, he knows that maybe it was all for the right reasons. Until he learns that she’s not his date.

Rose – she’s been through a lot and it takes us a bit of the story to get to the crux of what she’s gone through. We know that she doesn’t date, is really against being around guys that she doesn’t know and that makes her perfect for Kyle. We know his back story a bit and what he went through with the murder of his sister, so hes’ really the perfect guy to respect a woman and take things slowly.

The story that unfolds here is one of that’s slow to build but one that we also know is going to fail, it’s destined to fail since there are so many secrets between them. Kyle realizes that Rose needs to take things slow so he pursues her with patience, trying to be gentle and keep his distance since she’s giving off that vibe, but making sure she knows that he’s really interested. At the same time, Rose is confused about how he makes her feel and we get to see her come alive again.

Where things get dicey are that Kyle takes on a case that one of his lawyers couldn’t win the first time around where a woman was raped (gang raped apparently) and the guy got off on circumstantial evidence. When Kyle hears that the guy has struck again, he offers to help and when he learns that the original victim was Rose, he takes it personally. The issue here though is that he can’t let Rose know that he understands her past, and at the same time, Rose thinks that maybe she can open up and share what she went through to make him feel closer.

Emotions are tied up together and they are intense. These two are perfectly matched for each other and it’s a huge question if they will ever get to where they need to be in order to be together and happy.

It’s the final scene that really seals their fate – knowing that secrets can’t be kept and when they come out they will combust. That’s what happens and now we have to wait until the next book to see exactly what that means for everyone. I can’t wait to dive in and see what it’s all about. Enjoy!