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..
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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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!
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…
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!
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…
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.
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…
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!
Title: To Command and Collar Author: Cherise Sinclair Publisher/Year: Loose Id LLC 11/29/11 Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #6
Determined to find the human traffickers preying on Shadowlands’ submissives, Master Raoul gets himself invited to a small slave auction. Once informed, the FBI orders him to reject the limited choices so the slavers will invite him to the big auction. To Raoul’s shock, one of the slaves is the kidnapped friend of a Shadowlands sub. She has a scarred body…and an unbroken spirit. He can’t leave her behind. Ruining the FBI’s carefully laid plans, he buys her.
Kimberly’s freedom has come at a devastating price: the other women are still slaves. An FBI raid is their only hope for rescue. Desperate to help the Feds locate the big auction, she agrees to pose as Master Raoul’s slave. Wearing a collar again is terrifying, but under the powerful dominant’s care, Kim starts to heal and then to blossom. This is what she’s been drawn to-and fled from-her entire life.
She escaped the slavers who captured her body-can she escape the master who’s captured her heart?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to: bondage, fire play, flogging), violence.
i have to say that i’m THRILLED with where this story started off just because of the sadness that i felt at the end of Make Me, Sir. Although i was really relieved that both Gabi and Jessica were ok, and that Jess/Z were ok, Dan/Kari were in their own happy place and Beth/Nolan were as well, i had hoped that they would get to Kim. I figured that not all things could end on an happy note, but i still hoped.
so when we find ourselves with Master Raoul – and he’s working with the FBI to get into the ring – that’s the best thing that we could hope for.
Let’s back up a second though to talk about something here though. From all the Masters that we’ve spent time with so far, none of them have really been overly sadistic – none like to inflict pain to an excess and none were really interested in much more than a dom/sub relationship in the club and maybe a little bit more. that’s clearly not the school of BDSM that Raoul was from though. his past included multiple relationships where he collared a sub and had a full time slave. it worked for him, and although he not a mean and hurtful master, he’s still the type to have a full time 24/7 slave. I wasn’t sure how i was going to take to this, but i figured that i’d give him the benefit of the doubt.
Being a slave ‘owner’ in the past though was just the in that Raoul needed to get his in with The Harvest Association better known as the kidnapper organization. because of his reputation, he’s working with the FBI to infiltrate and see how he can help bring them down. all the while in the back of his mind he has the picture / image of Kim – Marcus’ sub Gabi’s best friend to think about and hope that maybe he’ll be able to find her or do what he can to ensure that doesn’t happen to others again.
Raoul finds himself at a private sale pre-auction type thing for ‘slightly damaged goods’. this actually made me sick to think that not only did these men kidnap women, but they abused them so badly that they were not considered used and damaged. being sold at a ‘discount’ i think the phrase was a one point. i can’t quite understand how it’s possible for on human to think of another like that but that is certainly intentional so you get the emotional build up that the author is looking for.
Lucky for Kim, Raoul recognizes Kim at the pre-sale and buys her and brings her home with him. This has major implications though to what he’ll be able to do moving forward in the investigation. He may have hurt his chances of getting into the bigger auction to help the ‘feebies’, and has to think about Plan B and C (B being that instead of being a buyer at the big auction he has to do a demonstration, C being that he brings in another guy – Sam who would fit right in with what the FBI’s need of a buyer) He manages to get her to realize that he’s one of the good guys by getting Gabi to his house as soon as he can. We see that Kim has major trust issues as can be expected based on what she’s been through but she’s made of tougher stuff than even anyone can imagine. She learns that in order to bring down the operation and to save her friends (or at least try) she has to ‘submit’ and become a slave to Raoul. I don’t think a better master could have been set for her since he’s incredibly patient, and understanding. He’s damaged from what his past relationships have done to him and his lack of relationship with his family – so he really knows how to treat Kim with kid gloves. We works hard to make her stronger mentally and physically because that’s what she needs to heal and because he just doesn’t know what the future is going to bring.
It’s really great to see how the trust aspect of their relationship is built up through the story and how their dependency is on one another. Raoul spends his time getting Kim stronger while falling for her more and more. Kim realizes that she CAN trust someone again and begins to realize that she can’t live without her ‘master’.
Just as Raoul suspects, things aren’t what they seem, and a wrench is thrown into things. Nothing is ever easy, Kim’s healing is almost derailed because of the Harvest Association, and Raoul finds that his past keeps haunting him. There’s also a bit of sinister-ness popping up in the latter third of the book just to keep us on edge and wonder what WILL happen.
This story also brings us a bit more information around Master Sam which is nice. We’ve seen hints of him through some of the other stories, but we don’t know too much. Here we learn that he’s got a bit of a darker side than the masters that we’ve come to love so much. he actually likes pain and considers himself a sadist. This is perfect for the slave auction but I wonder how that will work out for him…and us. I’m not one for the pain aspect of BDSM. the spanking/flogging stuff doesn’t bother me, but the bull whips and the welts, blood, and ‘stripes’ – that actually does make me cringe.
With this story like all the others, just when you’re comfortable with how things are developing and going, it makes a 180 and things go up in smoke. this story doesn’t fail and really keeps you on edge. Cherise Sinclair reminds us again that all her female characters are incredibly strong and resilient and that the men have redeeming qualities even past their amazingly good looks.
so now…we have to wait. i believe book 7 is in the works and not yet finished so i’m tracking another series to bide my time.