Review: Looking Inside by Beth Kery


Title: Looking Inside
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 11/1/16
Length:   384 Pages


Are you just going to stand there and watch?
Eleanor Briggs just can’t help herself. The sight of the man in the high-rise across the street is driving her wild. She longs to feel his touch up close and personal. To win him over, she’ll need to shake off her wallflower sensibilities and become the seductress she never imagined she could be. The only trouble will be finding the perfect way to meet him…
Or are you going to join in?
Sex is easy for millionaire entrepreneur Trey Riordan. Finding something of substance, however, seems impossible. That is until a simple night of reading at a local coffee shop becomes something far steamier when a beautiful brunette comes by and leaves a note telling him to look out his bedroom window at eleven o’clock. But when the time comes, neither of them will be truly ready for what follows…

My Thoughts

For those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that i love Beth Kery and just about everything that she writes.  So when i saw this one on my Goodreads list, i was ecstatic.  The challenge though is that i saw very early on that this wasn’t going to be what i’ve become accustomed to in her writing.  The story has potential, but i think that there’s that ‘it’ factor of sorts that is missing.

What we have here is a sweet story about Nora, a girl who’s a bit more subdued and introverted finding herself at a point in her life where she’s just lost her sister and as a result, has decided to heed some advice and try to live her life for each day.  That of course means that she’s going to go after a guy that she’s been watching for the past year.

This guy, Trey, he lives across the street from Nora (now that nora’s moved into her sisters apartment), and he’s quite successful both in business and in the bedroom.  Nora’s seen him participate in all sorts of things with all sorts of partners, and that’s part of the allure.

The journey that we go on in this story is a bit of Nora finding herself since she’s at a crossroads for where she wants to go in life, and Trey kind of doing the same thing since he’s realized that he’s all about sex with women and not about relationships.

The bits that ring consistent and true for other stories from our author is that when these two come together, the scenes are super hot.  You can feel the chemistry and electricity between them, and honestly, that’s what keeps me into the story since the rest of it was ‘meh’.  That’s my biggest issue – the plot itself didn’t really feel deep – it was so on the surface that you never get too much about the actual bits of the storyline.

True to Ms Kery’s form, we get a nice twist at the end, someone ends up in the hospital, there’s a twist related to nora’s sister that was unexpected (yet oh so expected) and all in all, at least there’s closure that’s realistic and what the story deserved.  So….Just because i didn’t love this one, doesn’t mean you guys won’t – so feel free to let me know if you think differently.  Have a great day!

Review: Make Me Forever (Make Me #8) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Forever
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 5/22/16
Length:   70 pages
Series:  Make Me #8


As the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine and The Affair delivers the final installment of her breathtaking new serial novel, Jacob and Harper are forced to examine the strength of their love—and the frailty of their desire…

Unable to hide from Harper any longer, Jacob reveals his painful past, finally acknowledging his long-hidden connection to her. Afraid the truth will drive her away forever, he’s surprised when Harper exposes startling facts about her own past.

Harper is is angry at Jacob for robbing her of someone she’d loved and burying a part of himself she’d forever cherish. Still, when he faces a devastating loss, Harper races to his side. Strengthened by Harper’s love, Jacob finally fully bares his soul and reveals everything he has kept hidden. But if they are to have a future together, he will need to release all of his shame—and embrace a happiness they both desperately deserve..

My Thoughts

And the truth FINALLY comes out.  we learn so much in these last 70 pages  – seeing what Harper went through when she was saved, and what her parents did in the hopes of making her life better which actually made it all worse.  Then we see what Jacob went through during those years as well and of course it makes you feel so sorry for him.

The other thing here is that we see that their trust still isn’t that firm.  I mean, i thought that they had gotten past the hurdle, but when Jacob is led to believe that Harper is looking into his past, when it’s really someone else pretending to be her, well you just can’t wait to see the explosion go off there.  I think that it’s no surprise that Harper wants distance and that she needs to regain some of the control over her life that she’s lost.

And of course, there’s Regina.  She’s a bit of a wild card – you never really knew what the back story was there, and you don’t know what her mindset will be at any given moment.  Well, she comes back, she causes trouble, and all that results in a death.  who’s  – well you’ll have to read to find out.

In any event, i think if nothing else, we learn so much more about what made Jacob into the man he became, and why he did that – and you see why he surrounds himself with the type of women that he does.  I feel like all this is why he’s so different with Harper, but you’re forced to wonder if it’s sustainable, and if it’s something that they both want.  that they can both live with.  Are they too damaged to make it work or is love enough?  and do they love each other now even knowing what their pasts were, and weren’t?

If all that weren’t enough, Ms.Kery gives us exactly what we need in the sense of heated scenes between these two.  you know what you’re going to get with them, one who needs to be in complete control, and one who needs to be controlled.  it’s hot.  and steamy and makes me want to see oh so much more!

Review: Make Me Remember (Make Me #7) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Remember
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 5/16/16
Length:   78 pages
Series:  Make Me #7


During sun-drenched, passionate days spent on Jacob’s yacht, Harper and Jacob fall deeper in love, taking risks not only with their bodies but their hearts. The only thing standing between Jacob and pure bliss is the suspicion that Harper’s memories are returning. If they do, she may never see him the same way again—or let him keep her safe from the horror that she faced as a young girl…

The sense of security and trust Harper feels with Jacob has her finally abandoning herself to sensual decadence along with the truth that she’s hopelessly in love with this dark, daring man. With her submission to her feelings, sad memories and dreams begin to rise to the surface of her consciousness-and hers isn’t the only past being unburied. When one of her reporters reveals a startling revelation about Jacob’s history, their shared experiences crash together in a way that will change her forever.

My Thoughts

As i said in book #6, i think that we were starting to make progress in seeing if Harper would ever remember who Jacob was, and in this next book, its definitely something that’ll come to a head in this one.  In addition to seeing how Jacob and Harper are evolving their relationship, especially now that Harper has a better understanding of ‘why’ Jacob wants to have her around more.

So true to Beth Kery fashion, we have some intense sceneing between these two – their chemistry continues to be super heated and passionate and i love it.  i always want to see where Jacob takes her and what it means for the control that Harper has to give up.  It’s also intense to see how these interactions start to bring back her memories of the past – bit by bit.

The other nice thing that we’re FINALLY getting to is that folks are digging into Jacob’s past and i wonder who’s going to be the one to find out the truth first, Harper or the ppl at her paper, and what that will mean for her and Jacob since there’s a reason that he’s tried to reinvent himself.

So – i gather that book 8 is the conclusion so next week we’ll finally find out what’s going on.  Can’t wait!  Have a great day all!

Review: Make Me Feel (Make Me #6) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Feel
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 5/10/16
Length:   72 pages
Series:  Make Me #6


As their relationship grows more intense, so do Harper’s concerns and Jacob’s secrets, as the next chapter of New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s sexy serial novel continues…

Haunted by the prospect of possessing Harper whenever he can, Jacob deepens his risk, indulging in a passionate escape with her at his Sea Cliff mansion. In their moments of intimacy, there are times when Jacob could swear Harper remembers their shared past, making him wonder if she’s purposefully misleading him about forgetting Jake Tharp. But despite his suspicions and increasing worries for her well-being if she does remember that traumatic time, he finds himself falling harder for the woman who has reignited his most savage desires, and his most tender feelings…

Harper can’t help feeling uneasy even though Jacob has begun to slowly open up to her about his past and his relationship with the beautiful Regina Morrow. There’s a mystery to her lover that she can’t comprehend, even as she draws alarmingly close to him with each second she spends in his challenging, intoxicating presence. As their days of volatile passion and pleasure in San Francisco draw to a close, she realizes how much she longs for this enigmatic man. Despite her fears about his secretiveness, when he reveals he wants her to stay with him indefinitely in his Lake Tahoe home, she realizes just how strong her need for him has grown…

My Thoughts

I think that we’re finally starting to break through a wall here with these guys and their shared past.  While Jacob is taking Harper to an entirely different level physically and sexually, we’re seeing that there are hints and teases to what they shared before – through experiences and words, and through trust that gives me hope that maybe in the next installment, we’ll finally have harper make the connection.  granted – it’s not going to be pretty.

While they are in San Fran, we see that Harper’s being forced to take a leap, to make decisions professionally about what she wants to invest her time in, and while she’s doing that, she pushes Cyril to see what information she can get on Jacob’s past since he’s an enigma and is shut down rather quickly.  I feel like aside from their joined past, there’s more to the story there as well and i can’t wait to find out what it is.

I feel like Beth Kery is the master of serials, of giving us novellas that have such a great amount of ‘stuff’ in the short length to really keep you engaged and on the edge for another week.  The passion and heat between these two is intense, and i think that there’s so much of the ‘what if’ situation going on too that i can’t wait for the other shoe to drop.  They are finally coming to a place where they are both outside of their comfort zones, and if that’s not enough to keep you wanting to read more, then i don’t know what else will do it.  Jacob is powerful and controlling, clearly knows how to make a woman feel amazing and lucky Harper, she gets to experience it all with him.

On that note – happy friday everyone and i’ll be back soon with more for you.


Review: Make Me Risk it (Make Me #5) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Risk It
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 5/3/16
Length:   74 pages
Series:  Make Me #5


Harper has had more than her fair share of bad luck with men. Although Jacob treats her royally and she can’t resist his challenging sexual demands, his secretive nature makes her worry that he’s just like all the rest. When a romantic trip to San Francisco gives her a glimpse into his past, Harper’s distrust of powerful men kicks into overdrive. Between his questionable business activities, which Harper’s paper wants to expose, and his secretive relationship with another woman, Harper wonders if his intentions are truly noble…

Unable to get her out of his head, Jacob takes the risk of exposing part of his painful past to Harper. Even though his fascination with her could be his downfall, Jacob willing to do anything to bind her even closer to him…

My Thoughts

I feel like the overview doesn’t do this next installment justice, but then again, i’m not sure that i ever really rely on them to make me read a book.  In this 5th installment, we get to see how things are progressing for Harper and Jacob, especially since it seems like glimpses of their pasts are coming out a bit more.  Jacob has to go to San Francisco on business, and invites Harper along.  It’s there that they get the unfortunate surprise of Regina, a woman from Jacob’s past who’s not the most stable, and the issues that we see come up are in how Jacob shares information on who she is and how Harper receives it.  Always a chance for some really tough situations – for sure.

The other bit here is that we see that they are each digging for a bit more of something with each other – trying to get to the crux of what makes them them.  We know that Jacob knows exactly who Harper is from his past, yet she doesn’t make the connection yet.  We know that she’s digging for information and i wonder if on some level she really does know who he is, but we’re just not there yet  Since we’re coming to the end of the series, i think that it’ll be interesting to see how her eyes are opened up, and i wonder how explosive it’ll be.

In the meantime, at least we see that they are taking their relationship to the next level here – knowing that they won’t admit that it’ll be something more finite and substantial (yet) but also knowing that there’s something that they can give each other in terms of both physical solace as well as mental.  So, on that note, tomorrow the next one is out and i can’t wait to see what happens.

Review: Make Me Desperate (Make Me #4) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Desperate
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/26 /16
Length:   82  pages
Series:  Make Me #4


Jacob and Harper push the boundaries of danger and desire in the next installment of the alluring serial novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery…
Jacob’s addiction to Harper is putting his life’s work at risk, but he can’t deny himself the pleasure he feels when he’s with her. Even when her seeming refusal to acknowledge their past connection makes him doubt her true intentions, he finds himself pushing their affair further, insisting Harper submit to their attraction, even in the most compromising of circumstances.

As their encounters become even more lavish, daring, and intimate, Harper aches to break down the walls around Jacob’s heart. But she fears his secrets conceal a dark side she’s not ready to face. When he suggests a weekend in San Francisco together, she accepts despite her doubts about getting involved with such a guarded, powerful man. There’s something about him that keeps her coming back for more. He claims he’s obsessed, but she is every bit as compelled…

My Thoughts

Ahh, the story continues, and it’s interesting how willing Jacob is in letting Harper into his life, and being so willing to let her see everything that’s in his private life, especially when he doesn’t let anyone in.  so…Where we go in this fourth installment is more along the lines of the development of whatever it is that they are doing sexually than anything else.

We get the continued flashbacks to see in to what happened when they were younger, and Jacob has been asking around to find out if there’s really a chance that Harper remembers nothing because of being hypnotized, however there are ‘tells’ that we get where Harper is beginning to sense that they know each other from a past life, but isn’t sure how to figure that one out.

There are supporting characters that may become a problem as we see this story evolve.  Elizabeth, Jacob’s assistant obviously doesn’t like the flexibility that Harper’s being allowed, the access that she has without any care.  We also see that there’s a reporter who works with Harper that seems to think that she’s his ticket to bigger and better things through her relationship with Jacob.  Personally, i feel like both are going to be problems, but that’s all assuming that these 2 main characters don’t come between themselves first.

True to Beth Kery’s style, we get some uber hot scenes, they are so heated and steamy that you know what it is exactly that Jacob wants and what Harper is willing to give, and then they push it just a bit further.  It’s so hot that you don’t even care of they have issues coming back to their past, you just love how hot it is now.

On to the wait for next week for #5.  have a great day all!

Review: Make Me Say It (Make Me #3) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Say It
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/19/16
Length:   74 pages
Series:  Make Me #3


Attraction melts into obsession in New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s latest installment of her beguiling new serial novel…
Even as Jacob offers Harper a life of luxury and indulgence that thrills all her senses, she grows wary of this powerful man and his unquenchable desires. In their most intimate moments, Harper can’t help but submit to his seductive demands. But the man outside the bedroom, whose early business dealings carry an air of questionable origins, who refuses to share even the smallest detail about his past, is an entirely different story…

Jacob worries that, deep inside, Harper must recognize who he really is—the boy he was before he became a powerful, billionaire mogul. As much as he craves acknowledgment of their shared past, he dreads she might call him out as a fraud and leave his life forever…

My Thoughts

In this third installment, we are seeing the aftermath of really what was the first real interaction sexually between these 2, and how both have to deal with it.  We’re seeing that Jacob is having a harder time separating the past from the present when he gets into his head, and that is manifesting itself into something that makes Harper uncomfortable.

All that being said, the story continues.  We see Jacob’s friend Cyril questioning his interest in Harper since she’s not his type, and that line of conversation puts Jacob off balance which is doesn’t like.  he’s forced to really internalize what he’s doing, which is something that doesn’t often happen.

The nice thing here is that while he’s digesting things, we get another bit of a flashback to when Jacob and Harper met, and we’re seeing how their relationship / interaction began.  It’s not quite that deep yet, but we’re seeing what happened 20 years ago to make their paths connect.

It’s only after that, where we see Jacob finally take things into his own hand and go to Harper and try to explain himself.  Where they go from there is then all in typical Beth Kery style – incredibly hot and steamy, super sexy and passionate.  Where they go with their needs, well we see what Jacob means about what he needs in a partner, and how he takes Harper there, even though he knows exactly why in theory she’d be uncomfortable.

While she still doesn’t recognize him, he keeps trying to nudge that memory – but learns an interesting reason for why she may never make the connection.  There’s something more there about what happened to her post the kidnapping 20 years ago that i’d really like to get into in the next book since i feel like there’s another twist coming that will shake things up.

So on that note, since i was slow to read this one this week, at least i don’t have to wait so long for the next.  Have a great weekend!

Review: Make Me Tremble (Make Me #2) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Tremble
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/12/16
Length:   68 pages
Series:  Make Me #2

When Jacob Latimer ran into Harper McFaddan on the beach, she thought it was the first time their paths had crossed. Only Jacob knows that his murky history connects with hers in ways she couldn’t imagine—ways that make their relationship dangerous. He should let her go. But now that he’s felt her in his arms, he worries that he’ll never be able to forsake her…

Harper has never been this attracted to anyone before—nor has she ever been so intimidated. Jacob can go from aloof and mysterious to total mastery of her mind and body in a second flat. In the glamorous setting of his luxurious yacht, he finally stakes his claim. And he won’t stop until he has every inch of her under his delicious control…

My Thoughts

We’re slowly starting to learn more and more about how these two have a past together, even if Harper doesn’t realize it yet.  there was quite the hinting going on in the first book that now it’s nice to see a little bit of a backstory going on.  makes his character a bit more relatable.  we learned that there’s not much intel on his own back story and it’s nice to know that there’s really something there that makes him more of a deeper person.

As we left off in the first installment, there was definitely heat and passion coming at us from all angles.  Jacob and Harper had a steamy moment in the shower when Harper went back to get her purse, and this 2nd book gives us the aftermath of all that and then what comes next.

What’s nice to see here is that Harper’s starting to get a sense of familiarity but not quite sure why.  the other nice thing is that there’s got to be more coming out of the Ellie story that the director wants to make a movie on than we know, and how it’s some how tied to Harper (or at least that’s my guess) so we’ll have to see how that plays out.  I feel like that part of the plot – the other professional side of things will def have an interesting progression here.

Jacob though, i wonder how his story is going to come to fruition.  we know that he’s been harboring this crush on Harper because of their past, and i think that it’s a bit of revenge ore resentment that’s coming out in present day since he feels that she never responded to his notes.  i’m sure that we’ll learn that her parents kept those letters from her, and that she never knew – and that’ll create a whole new side to things.

So on that note – we get the expected heat and naughtiness that i’ve come to expect from Ms Kery, and i’m definitely excited to see what next tuesday brings in the form of the 3rd installment.

Review: Make Me Forget (Make Me #1) by Beth Kery


Title: Make Me Forget
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/5/16
Length:   83 pages
Series:  Make Me #1


Harper McFaddan has made her name as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless. After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer comes into her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an urgent need to get closer to him…

Jacob Latimer is the definition of a self-made man. The software entrepreneur built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about the shadiness of his rise to power  and no one knows what secrets lurk in his past. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. As an investigative journalist, she’s the one person who could expose his hidden origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that make him irresistibly drawn to her. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants…

My Thoughts

I love getting back into a series from Ms Kery since i think that we’ve all come to expect not just a great plot line with twists, but there’s also such great steamy chemistry from literally page one of all her stories that you can’t help but be drawn in.  This one is no different.

Harper is trying to get away from what she’s known her whole life because she’s trying to move on from the death of her parents, and moving to Tahoe is how she chooses to do that. Completely different pace of life, and changing who she’s around with seems like the best idea, however i think that there’s more that she’s running from, based on what we read in the summary and what we learn of Jacob.

Now we move onto Jacob, who’s this mysterious billionaire, no one knows much about him aside from the fact that he’s been shrouded in mystery and scandal, and that he’s kind of a hermit.  It’s really no surprise that Harper wants to know more.

So it’s after a chance meeting on the beach that they connect, and then she gets invited to a party that he’s hosting, and we learn that perhaps it’s no coincidence at all – and that there’s MUCH MUCH more to this duo.  Jacob knows who she is from his past, but she’s yet to make the connection.

Since this is a short intro to the series, i think that there’s only so much that we can get in terms of the plot line, but there’s no shortage of what we can get from passion.  There are sparks from moment one, and we see in a very steamy scene that there’s definitely something hot and powerful going on here, and i can’t wait to see what comes next.

On that note-  i have to wait until next week for the continuation, but at least i know that it’s coming bit by bit!

Review: Glow (Glimmer and Glow #2) by Beth Kery


Title:  Glow
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing Group 12/1/15
Length:  350 pages
Series:  Glimmer and Glow #2


From the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, When I’m With You, andThe Affair comes the sequel to Glimmer, the latest novel in the suspenseful and sensual new series about power, sex, and the secrets that can tear us apart, body and soul…

Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.

Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?

My Thoughts

Well, it’s been some time since we were left off on the theoretical cliff with both Dylan and Alice/Addie, so i’m glad that we were able to pick right back up with them to see where things were going. Alice is slowly beginning to get memories back with the help of Dylan, although there’s not much to garner from what she’s picturing, and she’s still skeptical.  Dylan though continues to invest himself wholeheartedly in both helping her uncover her past as well as proving that he loves HER now – as Alice even though he also loved Addie as the 4 yr old girl.

Where we are in the story is a few weeks into Camp, Alice is trying to help her Red Team build confidence in who they are and help them be successful in camp, all the while, trying to maintain some type of relationship with the other counselors, while trying to also solidify her position as one of the chosen to be junior Executives at Durand.  While we all know that it’s not something that will inevitably be necessary, should she be proven to actually be Addie, it’s something that she feels that she has to do for herself.

That never comes easy though right?  Brooke is dead set on hating her and making that hatred come through clearly.  Thad has mixed intentions as we’re coming to see.  We know that he has feelings for Alice, but where those feelings come from only comes to light at the very end.  The other thing is that he keeps trying to get into her ear to tell her to be wary of Dylan and to question the attention that he’s lavishing on her.

Not to be swayed, Alice continues on the path that she’s on, questioning everything, trusting almost nothing and pushing forward just to survive.

One of the things that i’ve come to really appreciate about our author’s style is that we not only get a really complex story line, one that’s filled with questions, conspiracies and doubt, but there’s so much heat and passion throughout – put in the right places at the right times that just build to just a hot and exciting place.  The chemistry between Dylan and Alice is undeniable and soooo steamy and hot that i can’t help but to read and re-read their scenes since i can’t get enough.

Where this story takes an interesting direction though is when several people know who Alice seems to think she is, and things get dicey.  One person that we’ve questioned throughout for his motives proves that the worry was correct – and founded.  It’s not until there’s a reason for a memory being triggered by Alice, and then something else coming to light in terms of an attack or 2 that makes things really take pause.  In addition to that, Dylan finds Lynn Durand’s journals which make us question even more.  So add that all in and then wonder a bit more about what’s real, what is what we were hoping, and what’s going to happen when facts don’t check out as we expect – well, it’s a great culmination to this tension ridden story.

I think that the fact that the last few chapters are jumps and jumps ahead in to the future, we get to see how thing are progressing, and that they are falling into place as they should, but not necessarily at the pace that we expect.

All in all, i’m really happy that Ms Kery decided to break this into 2 books since there was certainly enough to keep us engaged with Alice and Dylan.  I also kind of wish that there was more since i’m so into these 2 as a couple, but i think that it would have been drawn out too much so it’s fine as is.  All in all, a great finale to this series.  I hope you all agree.

Happy Thursday all and have a great holiday!