Acquiesce by Cory Cyr

AquienceseBlurb: Caspian Vance~former child prodigy, now an accomplished professor of human sexuality at twenty-six has it all—an IQ that’s off the charts, a stellar career at which he excels, and the drop-dead looks and body that make women spontaneously combust with lust.

He’s been studying sex and women’s behavior since he was sixteen. When it comes to the science of human lust and the rewards of sexual pursuits, he has all the answers.

There’s one thing he knows for sure: “love” has nothing to do with it.
Sex is a basic, primal human need—love is an unstable, emotional complication. Both are present in a person, but completely unrelated. His own world of logic and fact accepts this truth and now. . .

He’s going to prove it.

When Cass takes a sabbatical to research his theory in order to write his third book, he enlists the help of a former lover and now owner of the world’s most exotic and secretive male brothel catering strictly to wealthy older women. On this remote Caribbean island, he uses his keen sense of observation and research to prove “love” is merely a series of chemical reactions in the human brain—nothing more.

Nicola Barrington~ had the perfect life, married to her soul mate.Ten years into her one and only relationship, her idyllic world is shattered by the death of her beloved husband. The loss of her “one true love” sends her into seclusion where she spends the next eleven years pining for the man she still loves.

The beautiful heiress, stays hidden away, her only connection to the outside world being being the hired help and her two close friends. Her friends know Nic has much to live for and are eager to see her find love again. . . and if not love, they would settle for her rediscovering the throes of lust.

As her 40th birthday approaches, her two friends succeed in coaxing her out of her emotionally safe haven to celebrate with a trip to an exclusive resort known for “restoring an older woman’s brilliant, inner glow.”

Caspian’s superiority and logic combined with Nic’s innocence and melancholy are on an imminent collision course. Sometimes even a genius has a hard time figuring out a woman.

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2.5 stars

I think I have a love /hate relationship with Miss Cory Cyr’s books. I love to hate them, or I hate to love them. I’m still not sure which.

I do love a good erotica.  And I have recently been reading the older woman/younger men ones because they are different than my normal M/M ones that I have been reading.  This one just didn’t flip my switch.

I found Cas to be immature and self centered.  I couldn’t understand how a woman of Nic’s background could ever find that attractive.  I also took issue with the fact that what they felt was purely physical, yet, they spoke and thought of each other as if it held more depth.  They didn’t get to know each other, it was all sexual.  He thought she was hot for a widow and she thought he was hot for a younger guy.  That’s it.  They didn’t get to know each other on a more personal level and that right there killed it for me.  I know I may sound a bit hard on this book but I need more to really suspend my belief.

I found the constant warring of feelings by both MC’s in this book to be monotonous and a bit boring. It took me three days to finish the last few chapters making this my least favorite book by this author so far. The setting didn’t really seem pertinent to the plot either, making me think it was for shock value and not really needed for the progress of the characters in the story line.

All in all I will most likely read another one from this author because I know that she has good books in her.  This one wasn’t one of those for me.  And I love being proven wrong.

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Revealed by H.M. Ward

Blurb:
51OQCF3BZ2L._SY346_Fame has a price and Trystan doesn’t want to pay it. Everything he worked so hard to hide is about to be revealed. Nothing he can do will stop it. Within a few short hours everyone will know about his father and the sordid details of his past. Brie is by his side, sputtering things that she shouldn’t know. Did Mari stab him in the back? After everything they’ve been through, he can’t believe it, but where is she?

There are four words Trystan’s father said that haunt him—four words that he ignored—never fall in love.

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My Review:
3 stars — OK, first things first: that blurb is really misleading.  I hate that.

Second, if I didn’t know there was another followup novel in the future, this ending would seriously piss me off.  I feel like I invested in this serial (that is really kind of expensive for what you get), and we didn’t really get much of a plot at all.  It kind of felt like a soap opera where it keeps going and going, but at the end you didn’t really get much.  There was no resolution with either parents.  You got a glimmer of their futures, but I didn’t really believe it was going to all work out nice, so it felt like it just kind of ended abruptly.  And thinking of it from the other perspective, KNOWING there is another book in the future (and seeing a glimpse of what it’s supposed to be about and that they are separated) I will admit to being confused with the happy (ish) ending.  So that was kind of disappointing too.

I guess I liked reading more Trystan and Mari together, and I enjoyed seeing the Seth and Katie bits, but all in all it was just kind of unsatisfying.  Oooooo, I also really loved the Tucker stuff.  I really hope Broken Promises delivers what was missing in this serial novella series.  It was cute, but it could have been a lot shorter and with more meat.

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A Real Cowboy Never Says No by Stephanie Rowe

real cowboyBlurb: New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe delivers a brand new series set in Rogue Valley, Wyoming, home to the Stockton brothers, a clan of fiercely loyal and honorable men, and the women who touch the hearts of these rugged, loner cowboys.

The only reason rancher Chase Stockton and his brothers survived their brutal childhood was because they protected each other. Nothing will ever come between them…until a sudden tragedy calls in a life debt Chase can’t ignore, forcing him to make a choice that could destroy the very bonds that hold his family together.

Mira Cabot has never asked for help, but when a sexy, protective cowboy makes her an offer she can’t afford to refuse, she finds herself on her way to Wyoming to be the shotgun bride of a man she has every reason…and no reason…to trust.

The sizzling connection between Mira and Chase turns a rescue mission into something dangerously addictive, one that could either heal two broken hearts, or shatter them forever.

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3 stars

THIS BOOK IS FREE RIGHT NOW!!!!

Ok the cover is a bit cheesy but I enjoyed this book. It came up in my feed for free and I love cowboys so I thought, “What the hay?” (see what I did there) Anyway, the story was good, but the beginning could have used some more background for my tastes.

I mean, it was a great gesture by Chase but his feelings came on a bit too strong for me.  It was akin to insta-love.  He met her once and offered to marry her in less than 24 hours?  I could not suspend my believability for this part.  Chase’s feelings warred with themselves.  And I couldn’t see how a woman hater like him could just throw it all away for a person he didn’t know.  I mean, sure he knew what his friend told him but it wasn’t enough for me.

Mira I had a much stronger connection with.  But her feelings seemed to go in circles as well and it became a bit monotonous for me in the end.  I actually skimmed the ending just so I could get to the good part.  But the ending was soo worth it!

The big bad was so well written.  I loved how he was so evil and I was scared for her.  The ending really made this story, I just wish more would have happened in between the beginning and end.  I t seemed a bunch of the same stuff kept happening and that what ultimately killed the love part of the story for me.  Honestly the brother story was more to my taste.

So it seems its a bit of a toss up for me. I will probably read the next one because that brothers story is the one I want to know.

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Predator by Michelle Horst

PredatorBlurb: All my life I’ve been hiding, until there is no corner on this god-forsaken earth left for me to hide. I have to pay for the sins of my father. No one with Ellison blood in their veins is allowed to live, and I am the last of my bloodline.

I am kept in a container waiting for my death sentence to be carried out, when he comes. He is only known as ‘Predator’. No one knows who he works for, only that he leaves no one alive.

His every breath is filled with the last gasp of his dying prey.

But for some reason he doesn’t kill me.

I don’t know which is worse, the death sentence hanging over my head, or being at his mercy.

If you need a warning before reading a book, then this book is not for you.

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3 stars

Hmm, I don’t know about this cover. This was a pretty dark read, but I didn;t really believe it TBH.  I mean, the action was there but I found the emotion a bit lacking.  Which made me kinda roll me eyes at some of the parts that were supposed to come of and deep, intense and dark.

The beginning for example, it was way too fast, a bit more back story would have really helped me to connect with the character and form a bond.  But since I had no real connection with her I didn’t feel the empathy I needed to feel when the things started to happen to her.

And since I had no previous connection to the MC I didn’t believe the ‘Predator’s’ feelings. I think that was one of the major issues I had throughout this story.  None of the characters really called to me as a reader.  The story was a good one for sure.  I just didn’t get the feels for the MC’s.

And I found the ending to be a bit odd for me.  It would have had more impact without the graphic nature of their intimacy I think. The sex fell flat for me and sullied the power of the story for me.

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Blood Solstice (Tale of Lunarmorte #3) by Samantha Young


10775474Blurb:
 In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out.
Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy… or bring them all down on her own terms…

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3 stars

I don’t like this cover either.  I don’t really get what it has to do with the story itself.  And honestly this story took a wild turn for me.    The ending was underwhelming to say the least.  I just couldn’t wrap my head around how easy it was for her to beat the big bad.  And we never find out what her ‘special’ power is.  That was a huge loose end that needed to be tied up IMO.

So let’s see, you would think after ALL the trials and tribulations Caia and Lucien go through, they would have a strong relationship.  But nooooo, surprise surprise, he still doesn’t trust her to be able to take care of herself and respect her decisions.  Not that Lucien is the only one who suffers from stupidity, Caia is an idiot about the whole situation.  Sorry to be mean about it but this series started out so good and just went downhill for me making me really angry and maybe a bit bitter as well.

Although I will say that once again, Jaeden and Ryder’s story saved this book from being a total loss for me.  I felt her pain, I felt his anger and hopelessness.  They had such a traumatic experience that I cried. I cried a lot at that one part.  You know which I mean Lenore, right?  Anyway,  if it wasn’t for the side characters in this story I may have DNF’d this book, which is sad because it’s the last book in the series.

I don’t really have much else to say about this story, as a whole it was good,  this last one just was a bit irritating for me.

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Shattered by H.M. Ward

Blurb:
51tseqQBbdL.jpgAfter Mari’s attempt to help Trystan goes horribly wrong they are both forced to deal with the consequences.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — Well that synopsis is horribly short.  After such a major cliffhanger, I didn’t realize that I never went on to find out what happened next (probably b/c this book wasn’t out yet), so this was my first read through!  I find that while I’m still really interested in Mari and Trystan, I’m not sure if this style of serial novella series is for me.  It feels like not enough happens in each book, and I don’t know if it’s just me, but these books definitely feel shorter than the 200 pages they claim to be.  It takes me less than 2 hours to read them.  So it doesn’t feel really satisfying.

I will say that I was kind of disappointed in the predictability of the story — totally saw what was going to happen with Brie.  Totally called Trystan briefly trying to push Mari away.  Sometimes I don’t mind a predictable storyline, but I might not be in the right frame of mind for it right now, kwim?  But I’m invested at this point, so I will finish this, I just doubt I will bother getting involved in any more of these kinds of series by this author.  It’s just not to my *personal* taste.

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Riptide by H.M. Ward

Blurb:
16125945A random hook-up isn’t enough for Trystan, not anymore.

After everything Trystan went through to tell Mari that he loves her, there is no way that he’s letting her walk away without knowing how he really feels. Every mask is stripped away making Trystan completely vulnerable. Mari’s the one girl he wants, that he knew he’d never have. But, the look on Mari’s face–the way she kissed him–makes Trystan think that confessing his feelings was worth the risk.

Shocked, Mari stands there staring at Trystan. As if it weren’t enough that Trystan is internet super star, Day Jones, but the song he wrote was about her. That was her name on the music. It was her name etched into his heart. Trystan Scott loves her.

Everything Mari wants is within reach. She just has to have enough guts to reach out and take it.

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.5 stars — AHHHHHH!!!! SON OF A *****!  Another cliffhanger.  The books in this series are getting better and better.  This one was fabulous.  Not only did you get some happiness with Mari and Trystan, but so much happened in such a small book.  And that ending.  GAH!  I need the next book, and I sincerely hope there aren’t many more, b/c I need closure now now NOW!  Anyways, yeah.  I really liked that they both have abusive situations at home…I think so many people, including those in the situations, downplay mental/emotional abuse…and Mari is no different.  It’s kind of nice to see that being addressed.  OK, I am somewhat disappointed that I read these now not knowing the series wasn’t complete, but I will get over it….someday….I need to start finding *completed* series….

ON REREAD: 4 stars — I wasn’t quite as enamoured as last time apparently.  I LOVED that we got to see Mari and Trystan come together, but I was disappointed in the Brie stuff…it felt kind of weird.  But I’m still really enjoying watching the two of them navigate their relationship, and holy wow did things escalate at the end!

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Backdraft by H.M. Ward

Blurb:
21687740.jpgWhen Mari realizes that Trystan is the internet megastar, Day Jones, she can’t speak. Every time she listens to his song, it leaves her feeling so much. That song is bewitching. Everyone she knows heard it. As soon as it appeared on YouTube, it went viral, and then the guy who wrote it disappeared. Despite agents and record labels trying to lure Day5705 out, he remains anonymous. No one knows who Day Jones really is—except Mari.

To Trystan’s relief, Mari agrees to keep his secret. Part of him regrets uploading the song, but when he sings to Mari the song that once brought him solace, it fills him joy. In a life like his, joy is fleeting and Trystan plans on grabbing hold whenever a shot at happiness appears. To his surprise, Mari doesn’t realize the song is about her. When Trystan tries to push her to see, he jeopardizes losing her entirely.

One misplaced kiss topples the fragile relationship, leaving Trystan reeling, trying to assemble the pieces and convincing Mari that she’s not just another conquest, even though everything he did—everything he said—makes it seem like she is. It isn’t until Mari decides that being the good girl isn’t working that things steam up. Trystan knows she wants to hook up with someone, and he doesn’t know if he should stop her. Every attempt he makes to win her over goes bad and pushes her further away.

As the world gets one day closer to tracking down Day Jones, Trystan is one day closer to graduation and leaving this life forever. If Mari doesn’t realize he loves her by then, she never will.

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 3.5 stars — Phew….I was worried it was going to be full soap opera — you know, sucks you in but never goes anywhere in the end…but at least it did move forward.  Not as much as I would have liked, but still we weren’t in the exact same place as the end of the previous book.  And we learned a bit more about both Trystan and Mari’s home life….  There was a lot of me wanting to yell at the book, but hopefully it ends with some good stuff in the next one.

ON REREAD: 4 stars — I don’t have much to add.  I really enjoyed seeing glimpses into both Trystan and Mari’s lives, and I know how much people like to drag things out, so I was really happy with the way this one ended.  I thought the miscommunication and secrets would be drawn out too long, and it was almost there, but thankfully this one ended on a high point.  Can’t wait to remember what happens next (b/c apparently 3.5 years is enough time for me to forget where the story headed from here).

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Collide by H.M. Ward

So I never ended up finishing this novella series, not really sure why…I only had one novella left.  Probably b/c they were more expensive than I wanted to pay.  But then a related novel came out and recently went on sale, so now I’m rereading it and finally going to finish this story.  I’m not sure if this format of story is really my thing, I think I only enjoy serial novella series for certain styles.  But since I have most of it, I am definitely going to find out finally how it ends!!

Blurb:
16155264When Mari accidentally overhears that Trystan is in love, she can’t believe it. He’s pining over some girl that doesn’t know he’s alive. The confident swagger and endless stream of girls is a facade. It conceals his loneliness and hides how messed up he’s really become trying to flee from a life that’s battered him to his core.

Trystan tries to figure out how to make it clear how much he loves Mari, but every insincere kiss and every broken promise haunts him, because she knows them all. Now, Trystan has to prove to the one girl he’s actually fallen in love with that she’s not just another conquest.

Mari has no idea who Trystan loves, but she can tell that whoever it is has captured his heart entirely. Soon Mari sees the man behind the mask, the guy that Trystan tries so hard to hide. Everything about him is appealing, and too hard to resist.

In a moment of desperation, Trystan uploads a love song he wrote for Mari, but before he can show it to her, the video goes viral. Everyone wants to know who he is, and the only thing shielding him is an anonymous account name and some thick shadows hiding his face. Tyrstan realizes that the consequences of revealing his identity will be disastrous. Everything he’s tried so hard to hide will be exposed. It’s a secret that is impossible to keep and the only girl who he wanted to hear it will never believe him.

The Secret Life of Trystan Scott is an addicting romance with lots of tension and steamy kisses. The story is told in 20,000 word segments. Each book is another episode, building on the previous. The books in the TRYSTAN SCOTT series will get hotter as it progresses and cross from YA into New Adult by the end of the series.

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 3.5 stars — Ah cliffhangers…at least the next book is out, otherwise that would have made me round down to 3 stars.  I really hate cliffhangers.  Just a personal thing.  This was a waffle one for me….I really had a hard time b/c I really loved Mari and Trystan…but it felt like not a lot happened and things just went back and forth with no forward progress…  In the end I love these 2 enough to get over it, but I’m hoping more happens in the next book.

I guess the other thing that has me waffling over rounding down to 3 stars is the tense issues…I’m not used to 3rd person, and it felt really confusing sometimes.  I mean, I can’t figure out if it’s just b/c I personally don’t like it, or if it was genuinely confusing and could have been cleaned up??  Weird…

ON REREAD: Still 3.5 stars — Knowing this is a serial novella series, I was prepared for the cliffy ending.  I’m not sure if this one has been updated and stupid Amazon just never sent me the updated files, but if it hasn’t been updated: beware there is a horrific amount of tense changes (past/present).  I was more easily able to get through the weird first person for Mari chapters, third person for Trystan chapters.  Maybe I’m a different reader than I was back then?

In the end I was sucked in by the mega emotions of both Mari and Trystan, particularly Trystan’s love for Mari.  It does feel a bit drawn out, but I’m willing to live with it because I liked the meat that we did get…even if I wished there was less bread.  You know, just being weird and using a strange metaphor.

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To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

Blurb:
27271035.jpgUSA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true… but their own.

Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning… is theirs?

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My Review:
4.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

So I will admit that while I love watching the P&P films, I have not actually read the book…yes, I know, for shame…take away my romance loving card, etc.  So I wasn’t sure what I was going to get when I saw people comparing Seth to Mr. Darcy, unsure if my movie watching fandom was enough to give me a good idea.  But I totally get where people are coming from with the comparison.  Seth alone is what bumped this up from a solid 4 stars to a 4.5 stars (rounded down).  He gets that extra half star all to himself.  I adored him.  Did he make mistakes and frustrate me on occasion?  Sure.  But seriously, he was just swoontastic.  He had the whole buttoned up personality down pat, but you could totally feel his vulnerability underneath it, and I just wanted to hug him and maybe squeeze his toosh at the same time.  Mmmm…

I will admit that I also think Seth got the short shrift from both Grant and Brooke in their over the top admonishment of a certain decision of his.  While I can sort of see where they were coming from, I ended up more on Seth’s side of things and was a little disappointed that no one got where he was coming from.  Hence why it was a round down instead of up.  I especially expected Brooke to have a bit more compassion given what she’d been through in the past, but she really only saw it from the one angle.

Brooke was pretty adorable as well.  I wasn’t mad in love with her, but I thought she matched up well with Seth for the most part.  For some reason she didn’t tug on my heartstrings to the degree that Seth did.  And so when she’d flip out and say mean things, I ended up being more mad at her mistakes than I was at Seth’s insensitive remarks.  But I think that happens sometimes, we end up being harder on the heroine…maybe b/c we’re girls, and we fall in love with the boys?  I don’t know.

They really did have some great chemistry, I was all on board for that.  And I really enjoyed the friendship chemistries we saw as well — the ones developing between Brooke and the Belles, as well as the one developing with Maya.  I think that’s part of why I was disappointed in Brooke for not wanting to stop potential Maya heartbreak in the end.  And I loved Grant and Seth together.  In fact, I’m almost sad we don’t get a little novella about Grant and Maya, b/c I would love to see more of their love story.  Grant was just adorable as all hell.

All in all it was what I was looking for in a Lauren Layne novel…and since I hadn’t enjoyed her most recent books as much this year, I was super happy that this one fit the bill for me.  It was pretty predictable, I called most of the little things right down to the final grand gesture scene.  But I’m ok with that, the execution was perfect.  I’m super looking forward to Heather’s book next.  I’m still on the fence with Alexis, though Logan looks super promising!

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