Review: Victor (Ray #5) by E. L. Todd)

Title: Victor
Author:  E. L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 4/4/17
Length:  187 Pages
Series:  Ray #5

Overview

Ryker finally told me what happened all those months ago. He explained his distance, his coldness. Now everything makes sense. I’ve been with Zeke for a long time now, and everything is exactly how I want it to be.I adore him.No, I love him. But there’s a warning deep in my gut. Zeke is acting differently, and Ryker isn’t the same either.It’s the calm before the storm.I can feel it.

My Thoughts

This summary actually ties a bit better to what we get in this fifth installment of the series. Everyone seems to be in a better place – we see the couples finding their footing, that is until there are slips and those slips are fairly significant.

I’ll start with Rex and Kayden since they are the easiest. We know that they are finally in a good place with each other and given that they aren’t the main characters of this saga, we can expect that they will continue to have smooth sailing ahead. We see things grown and continue on a good path and what that means is that we get to see Rex as the caring and protective brother rather than the ass who really has no frame of reference to anything outside of himself. He’s now a person and even a person that we like. Kayden continues to be the grounding force here and she’s a powerful and strong woman that’s great for this friendship circle.

Then there’s Jessie – she’s still got her player ways, but she’s now got the conquest of Tobias as an option. He’s into her and she’s into the idea of him so that means that we don’t have to worry about her being the third or fifth wheel anymore.

Now onto Rae – and Zeke – and Ryker. This is a love triangle that’s a mess. Just when we think that things are going well, the floor falls out beneath them. Rae wants to maintain her loving relationship with Zeke and has no reason to worry about what she does, until Zeke gets out of his mind jealous and that turns ugly. All Rae wants to do is be the best friend, girlfriend etc. for everyone and that in her head isn’t doing something wrong. When Ryker needs to talk to her, to let her in a bit and share why he was the way he was, that’s the breakthrough that she’s been looking for the entire time that she’s known him, but she even tells him that it’s too late. The issue here though is that Zeke sees the conversation but doesn’t hear it and thinks the worst and as a result, he throws away the best thing that happened to him – pushing Rae so far away that the idea of reconciliation is impossible.

The bulk of this story is watching Rae figure out what she can live with since she can’t live with what Zeke did. We see her fall apart and we see Zeke hit rock bottom. We see Ryker there to pick up the pieces in a way that Rae needs – proving to us that he’s really a good guy even when we only want to think the worst of him from previous installments. We know his intentions aren’t pure but he’s what Rae needs and that’s honorable.

Just when we think they are all at their lowest lows, we see a ray of light shine down in the form of forgiveness and then it all crashes and burns again.

This is probably the most extreme roller coaster yet for this group of friends, and i don’t know if they will ever be the same for it. Friends are forced to choose sides, trust is broken, games are played and those never net out well for anyone. You definitely need to read on to find out what happens and what may come next. Enjoy!

Review: Hero (Ray #4) by E.L. Todd

Title: Hero
Author:  E. L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 4/4/17
Length:  212 Pages
Series:  Ray #4

Overview

Zeke and I are finally together.

Going from best friends to lovers is surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. We do everything together, and of course, the sex is fabulous.Everything is great until Ryker shows up. He says he needs to talk to me and I think I know what it’s regarding. If my suspicion is right, he’s in for rejection.

Because he missed his chance a long time ago.

My Thoughts

The summary again doesn’t do this story right nor is it even that accurate but oh well. So we had left off this series with Zeke and Rae finally getting together and we see how their relationship develops. It’s fast to burn hot and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to cool off. There’s really no change in the friend group dynamic since everyone was supportive of this and well, that’s a positive. Rex has a hard time watching his sister and his best friend be all over each other all the time but that seems to be the worst of it.

At the same time we get to see how things continue with Kayden and Rex – and their dynamic is a bit different than Rae and Zeke. Rex has never had a real relationship and he’s afraid to do something wrong here so he’s being sweet and romantic but at the same time he’s sort of pumped the breaks on the steam and heat and that’s something that Kayden needs. It takes a stern talking to from his friends to get back on the right track and it’ll be nice to see how that plays out.

Jessie on the other hand continues pretty much on the same path as always. Single and looking for a good time, potentially finding a guy in their friend circle to make things more stable but who knows how that will play out. I think her constant player ways in a good way give this story stability.

Now – back to what the description of this book says – Ryker comes back to haunt them and it turns ugly. Where i disagree with what’s written is that Rae really has no idea what Ryker wants and is totally naive to his intentions until it’s too late. Zeke sees through it and doesn’t trust Rae and Rex sees through it and knows his sister well. Ryker gets creative with his advances, and when he lays it all on the line, we get emotions coming out that no one expected and as a result, we end this story on a cliff that’s going to change the trajectory of the story. There’s cheating and betrayal, there’s mis-trust and there’s heartbreak. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment since this very vanilla story may get good! Enjoy!

Review: Player (Ray #3) by E. L. Todd

Title: Player
Author:  E. L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 1/3/17
Length:  187 Pages
Series:  Ray #3

Overview

There’s no way to sugarcoat it.

Ryker dumped me.Everyone warned me dating him was the wrong decision. But I did it anyway. Now that it’s been three months I’m finally in a good place. I haven’t started dating just yet but I know that will happen in time. Finally, I don’t think about Ryker anymore.But when I have a dream about Zeke, a very inappropriate one, I start to wonder things I shouldn’t. 

And I start to look at him in a way I never have before…

My Thoughts

So, i think that the summary doesn’t do this story justice but i guess that’s the point of reading a book. What we have here in this third installment is the evolution of Rae. and Ryker’s relationship once she admits how she feels. Mind you, she only shared how she felt to 1) be true to herself and 2) because she was certain that he felt the same. Everyone thought so. but i think that he’s just too scared and as a result, they’re dunzo.

We spend much of this book watching Rae get past her feelings for Ryker, and figure out what’s next for her. She learns about the way that Zeke felt about her for years and that makes a whole net path of complexity lay itself in front of her.

Add to that story line, we get to see things evolve for all the other characters. (well most). Zeke is in this great relationship with a girl name Rochelle and while they’ve moved fast, it seems like a great one. Even with how we know he feels/felt about Rae, he’s. still pushing forward and wants to take things to the next level. We hear him tell Rex about his plans to propose to Rochelle, and Rex still has his reservations since he knows that his friend can’t be over Rae so fast, but as a good friend, he knows he can’t step on toes here. So we watch that one play out.

Then there’s Rex and Kayden. We see what their friendship can evolve to, and friends with benefits becomes their thing. It’s not surprising at all knowing how we saw Kayden feel about Rex in the last book. He doesn’t pick up on that and really just think that he hits the jackpot. When he cuts things off though, we see this story take a depressing turn,

The only character that we don’t dive too deeply in with is Jessie and i’m not sure why. While she’s the fifth wheel here, she’s got all the potential in the world to have a great story line so i really. hope that’s coming soon.

This story takes us on a roller coaster of emotions – happy sad. Depressed, elated, romantic and ecstatic. All mixed with the right layers of naive/basic heat and passion. I can’t wait to see what comes next so i’m off to book 4. Enjoy!

Review: Bad Boy (Ray #2) by E. L. Todd

Title: Bad Boy
Author:  E. L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 1/3/17
Length:  165 Pages
Series:  Ray #2

Overview

Ryker and I aren’t exactly perfect.

But I was falling for him—and falling hard.

Every kiss. Every Touch. Every embrace.

Just made me realize this wasn’t a fling. It wasn’t even a relationship.

It was so much more.

I just hoped Rex was wrong about Ryker. Because I didn’t have the heart to listen to him say those terrible three words.

Told you so.

My Thoughts

This story continues on the path that we all expect. Rae and Ryker are getting closer and it seems like they could be in it for the long haul. As most couples tend to do, they don’t talk much about their feelings and about the future, but if you stop to think about it, it’s only been a few months, so why should they right? Instead, they enjoy what they have, and Rae keeps her thoughts to herself. until she doesn’t.

In this second book, we also get to see a bit of the supporting cast get their time to shine. Rae and Zeke have helped Rex remodel his bowling alley so he’s got his swagger back (and some income) and that’s what was missing from his ability to be a great guy (we think).

Then if you think back, Zeke was going to tell Rae how he felt and then chose not to when she started things with Ryker. Well, now he’s met a girl named Rochelle and they seem to be perfect for each other. They are deep into their feelings, they express things in a way that Rae and Ryker don’t, and everyone seems to love her. (except Rex). Remember that he’s the one that knew how Zeke felt about his sister and to change his tune so quick, well he’s not buying it.

And then onto Rex. We saw the beginning of an interesting. thing with him and Kayden in the last book – awkwardness from her and feelings that no one else picked up on (except Ryiker). She takes things into her own hands in this second book in the form of tricking him into being her ‘teacher’ by saying she doesn’t know how to attract or keep a guy, and we all know that this can’t go anywhere but in the WRONG direction.

So, throughout this second installment, we get to see a roller coaster of things happen. GREAT relationships continue, new ones start, things get dicey and then things crash and burn. Hearts are broken and i can’t wait to see how this plays out since we all know how it will end. Enjoy!

Review: Ray of Light (Ray #1) by E.L. Todd

Title: Ray of Light
Author:  E. L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 1/1/17
Length:  172 Pages
Series:  Ray #1

Overview

My brother is an idiot. He won the lottery and invested all of his money in a run-down bowling alley. Since he’s barely making it, he moved in with me.
Great.
Having him around the house isn’t the worst thing in the world, but he does make a mess like nobody’s business. My friends Zeke, Jessie, and Kayden keep me sane but there’s only so much they can do.
And it’s definitely not the worst thing in the world when his old friend, Ryker, moves to town.
The second I lay eyes on him, I’m hot under the collar. He makes my body burn in longing and freeze in desperation at the exact same time. When he talks, I don’t listen to anything he says because I’m staring at that hard jaw and those kissable lips like I already own them.
But he’s a bed hopper. A playboy. A heartbreaker.
I’m all down for some hot, sweaty, yummy sex even if it doesn’t have a fairy tale ending. I’ve been down that road before. I know the drill. But with Ryker, it’s different.
Because I know I’ll fall in love with him.
For now, I’ll steer clear of him and keep my hands to myself. It can’t be that hard, right?
Or can it?

My Thoughts

I was looking for something new to read and i decided to click on the details tab of one of my books in my nook app to see what was recommended. That’s how i found this one, and i’m on the fence about how i feel.

We have a sweet story about a group of friends that find themselves at a point in their lives when they’re all grown up, there may be feelings for some that are either unrequited or unknown, and there’s great sexual tension amongst quite a few.

We start off with our leading lady Rae – she’s a scientist by day and a great friend and sister by night. We quickly learn that her older brother lives with her because he has no money – after investing his lottery winning into a bowling alley that needs more help than he can afford. We quickly learn though that there’s more to their story than just a nice sister letting her brother crash. We get their family history in the form of learning that their mother killed herself when Rae was 15, and her brother Rex who was 18 took guardianship over her and became brother and father.

Rae meets a hot guy one day while running with her dog and when she doesn’t take him up on his offer to just go home with him right then, she thinks that the connection is over. Little does she know that he’s going to be in her life in a far more complicated way.

Enter Ryker. Not only is he the hot stranger, he’s high school friends of Rex and their friend Zeke, and he’s also…….the son of the man who owns the company that Rae works for, and therefore her new boss. Well, before she learned that last bit, she crossed paths with Ryker a few more times to know that the attraction is real, and despite her brother’s pleading for her to stay away from Ryker, she scratches that itch and then things get interesting.

So there’s that one romance situation going on and it’s entertaining to watch how that plays out. Then there’s another prong to this triangle in the form of Zeke and his crush on Rae. He’s just about decided to admit it all to Rae when she tells him about her and Ryker and basically crushes his soul.

That’s not enough though. Rae has two friends who are part of their crew, Jessie and Kayden. Jessie is gorgeous and can get any guy she wants, yet she wants Ryker. Oops! Then there’s Kayden whom we learn is also fairly smoking hot, and also has a crush on Rex, but no one else realizes this.

So you can imagine the entertainment that a reader can get watching all this play out. What i’ll say is that this is a book that didn’t take much brain power for me, which was nice given that i’m exhausted from work these past two weeks, but it was also a bit immature for what my taste tends to be. The ‘kinky scenes’ weren’t really deep enough and felt more like college kids hooking up than grown ups. That doesn’t ruin the story, just a different layer of ‘heat and passion’ than i’m used to.

So we’re left off in a point in this story where there’s nothing dramatic really happening. Things are changing for everyone, and there are decisions that have to be made, but there’s nothing that feels like a cliff. You can read the next book or not is basically the sense, and while that’s good (since i mean – we all know i’ll read book 2), i feel like it’s not mandatory to do right this second. So….i guess i can say that i’d love to see if anyone else has read this and has an opinion. and if you haven’t read it, do so and let me know thoughts. Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Together (Dirty Billionaire #3) by Meghan March

Title: Dirty Together
Author:  Meghan March
Publisher/Year:  Meghan March LLC 12/28/15
Length:  174 Pages
Series:  Dirty Billionaire #3

Overview

My wife.
I love saying those words.
She’s mine, and if she thinks I’m going to let her run without tracking her down and bringing her back to where she belongs-with me-then she’s about to be introduced to a new reality.
Because I’ll fight dirty to give her the happily ever after she deserves.

My Thoughts

This final installment of the series takes us on a roller coaster that’s genuinely insane. There’s no rhyme or reason about what happens in this third book, and yet our characters some how manage to make lemons into lemonade.

Creighton still has him empire to run, while also trying to be with his wife whom he admits out loud to loving, and shocks the world with this admission. Holly still does everything that she can to pursue her career, and even though she’s the center of Crey’s world, those times that he’s taken away from her make her question things. Add to that some interesting information about his past that she learns from a source that she never knew existed, and well a mess arises. And a mess that has the potential to truly break them up. So she runs.

In this installment, we get to see where Holly grew up and got her start. We get to see a different side of her, and this is the side that she feels she can be herself and not hide a thing. When we reunites with a guy from her past, the boy that she could never have hoped to have, yet one who shows her courtesies etc., well Crey has reason to worry.

If that weren’t enough, Holly’s mom shows up, and we’re faced with the repercussions of trusting too much too soon. and she gets burned.

It wouldn’t be a robust story though if Holly had all the drama. In this story we get to the bottom of why Crey’s uncle hates him so much and why he’s out to ruin Crey’s career. It’s something that we never even thought about – a twist, and well that’s something to add quite the dynamic. You have to spend the back third wrapping your head around what’s going on here to really be able to complete this story.

We have a story of lust that turns into love, that turns into fear, frustration and a realization that life can’t go on without the other. There are circumstances that continue to make their dreams come true and we’ll have to see what sacrifices can be made and if they are enough. I hope you guys check this final installment out and Enjoy!

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!