Olivia Wilder fell in love with Jackson Lockewood the first time she laid her eyes on him. She gave him her heart and her love, and ended up alone, heartbroken and with scars that were almost too much for her to bear.
Seven years later, they cross paths again. Jackson is everything she remembers, only more irresistible. Underneath his disdain, his desire to possess her lights a response within her, but she has no desire to rekindle their past, or face the pain of all those years ago.
However, Jackson has no intention of making it easy for her, this time he's determined to make her pay for the past, and for the future they should have had, even if it means destroying her in the process.
When Olivia Wilder is asked to return to her foster home, Halcyon for a work project, she’s upset. I would be too as I’ve never seen a premises brandishing that name that didn’t get raided by police every month because of its ‘liberal’ drugs policy and the health implications of Sambuca Saturdays, Ladies Get In For Free Before 8pm. Anyway, Halcyon (now with cage dancers and slopey toilet cisterns to stop people from doing lines off it!) holds bad memories for Olivia. She was brought up there after a family tragedy and then promptly fell in love with her kind-of-foster-brother-but-not-really, Jackson. The book swings back and forth between the past and the present as we explore Olivia and Jackson’s relationship before and after whatever enormous clusterfuck made them hate each other.
Said clusterfuck takes centre stage in this book, and while I found the book really entertaining, I had so many questions about the aforementioned fuck of clusters that I couldn’t help but be bothered by the prominent loose ends and plot holes. There were so many easy solutions, so many opportunities to clear things up but nothing was ever resolved. The hero is harbouring a grudge for literally no reason, and the heroine feels bad about something of which she was a victim.
That’s not to say I didn’t like the book. I really did enjoy it, and if you want an entertaining read, it does the job (this is down to the author. The editing was appalling and I would urge Ms Grey to find another editor pronto). But I feel that, despite some good storytelling, the book was too short to be epic and I was left confused by more than one aspect of the plot. But these flaws are easily remedied and the author definitely has the raw materials to write bigger and better books.
Genre: Adult Contemporary Steamy Romance
Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?
Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.
Lilly Thompson just wanted to get her ride along time with Sergeant Jake Simmons over and done. She needed to complete three shifts with the Sheriff’s Department to complete her internship for school. Just when she thought she was finished, she makes a stupid mistake in the last moments of her time spent with Jake. If he doesn’t give her a good report, she fails her internship. When he tells her he can’t give her the report she wants because of her mistake she begs, pleads and is willing to do anything to correct the mistake. But there’s only one way Jake will relent and give her a good report, and it involves handcuffs and naked bodies. Lilly wonders how far Jake will go with his punishment. Little does she know that Jake plans to take it all the way and then some! How long can Lilly resist his dark passion? Will she turn and run…or will she submit to the deepest pleasure she has ever known?
Ethan Hale is a vampire with a mission. Together with his three brothers and a few other unmated members, he fights with The Vampire Coalition to protect humans from fallen vampires. His life is fairly simple. If he has a problem…he solves it. If it’s an evil problem…he kills it. But his uncomplicated life is about to end when his mate unexpectedly calls him to her.
Brianna Cole is weak, her life force fading away. She thinks she is suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Little does she knows that her illness is much more complicated. She’s dying because she has not united with her vampire mate and given him his soul that she has been guarding since birth.
Ethan finds Brianna and knows he needs to convince her to mate or watch her die. He’s waited for her for five hundred years and he has no intention of letting her go, but she is not in any shape for the dominate, volatile mating ceremony with a vampire. He will have to win the race against time to strengthen Brianna and a battle with a stalking fallen to claim his mate. He is also at war with his mating instincts that make him burn to dominate and conquer her. But Ethan is determined, and the stubborn vampire will do whatever is necessary to possess his soul bonded mate…forever.
Grace Marin was a veterinarian with a mission. She needed to raise and keep enough funds for her wildlife sanctuary. When she meets her biggest donor at a fundraiser…her world is turned upside down. After a passionate and wild encounter in a bathroom…he drops a bomb. He’s a wolf changeling and she is his mate. Unless she agrees to his terms and mates with him…he will pull her funding. The proof of his claim becomes indisputable, but Grace is torn. She is drawn to him…but can’t give in to his blackmail. He’s a dominating alpha with an attitude and she’s a stubborn woman. But her wildlife refuge means everything to her. Can these two destined mates negotiate terms that will satisfy them both?
When Maggie Jones lets her best friend talk her into attending the annual charity mystery single’s ball to help her friend out of a jam, she never imagined she would end up paired with the most handsome, eligible man at the ball. Unfortunately, he was also the man that she had secretly adored for over a year. What chance did an overweight pastry chef have with a hunk like Jake Rawlins?
Jake Rawlins wants Maggie Jones, but he can’t get her to take his advances seriously. He’s been hinting around for a year. Now he’s ready to take drastic measures to get Maggie to notice him.
Will Maggie realize that her Prince Charming has finally arrived at the ball, or will she miss out on having a man who truly wants her exactly the way she is just because of her insecurities?
J.S. Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotic romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way!
When rakish Ned falls in with the wrong crowd, his brother decides to send him to the Continent for “seasoning”. For Sophia, this just won’t do. She’s loved Ned for ages—and also longed for adventure. She runs away from her boring suitors and disguises herself as a cabin boy on the Defiant, the ship sailing Ned to Italy.
Ned knows he’s not good enough for Sophia, but once they’re on the Defiant, he can’t stop himself from touching her, tasting her, loving her. Not when a wild tempest and a band of ruthless pirates threaten them. Not when every look from her gives him such pleasure. And certainly not when she comes, warm and wild and willing, to his bed.
If they survive their voyage, Sophia’s brother might kill him, but it will have been worth every moment and every hot, sweet kiss.
As one of the heads of his family’s well-respected fashion house, Vincenzo Renaldi is used to living life at light speed. His relationship with Amber, a successful model, was the definition of “jet-set”, from whirlwind romance to quickie wedding. Now, at the rate these two workaholics are going, they may as well live in two different worlds.
Determined to recapture the magic that drew them together, Vince flies to New York to confront his wife. And only succeeds in chasing her away—straight into the path of a moving car.
When Amber awakens in the hospital, she’s overjoyed to see her husband by her side. Yet there’s something behind the relief in his tired eyes. And something behind his determination to treat her like a queen. Something that lurks just beyond the shadows of her missing memories.
And when the truth re-emerges, the pain could be a sign of healing…or the final straw that tears them apart once and for all.
Annie Sloan is a bad girl. Seriously attracted to her neighbor and key buddy Matt Howard, she abuses her key privileges and sneaks into his place when he’s away. She wastes no time getting naked and slipping into his bed, fantasizing about Matt and what he might do to her. Her hormones shift into high gear when Matt’s buddy Peter joins them in her daydreams. She suspects the two of them have a habit of taking a woman to bed together. The idea makes her feminine parts tingle.
Matt Howard loves women. Lately he’s had a major hard-on for his neighbor, Annie. Thoughts of her gorgeous curves and sexy red hair disrupt his sleep. After a weekend away, he returns home to find Annie sleeping in his bed, ripe for the picking. His friend Peter joins them for a thrilling night of sexual adventure. But Matt might want more from Annie.
It isn’t romantic.
It may not even be classified as a friendship.
Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.
But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.
When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.
He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.
She’s his weakness.
He runs when things get hard.
She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.
He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.
Married at twenty-five, successful entrepreneur at twenty-six and widowed at twenty-nine, Sabrina lived more in one decade than most do in a lifetime. Now she’s in her thirties and for the first time in years, ready to remember what it’s like to have a man in her bed—just not in her heart. Michael, her sexy neighbor, is just the guy for the job. He’s handsome, flirty and screams player. Too bad Michael has something more serious in mind.
Michael has been flirting with Sabrina every morning. He’d love to escalate things, and Sabrina seems receptive, he’s just waiting for the right opportunity. After one hot, stolen kiss Michael knows—Sabrina is different. He not only wants her in his bed, and anywhere else he can have her, he wants her in his life. But timing isn’t on Michael’s side and he’s got to play by Sabrina’s rules if he wants to keep her. He may be ready for something more, but he’s going to have to convince Sabrina that she is too.
After yet another month without a lead singer, the band Synergy is on the verge of calling it quits. Which drives Jaxon Campbell, keyboardist and perpetual player, to do something dangerous—hit up a woman with contacts—and curves—in all the right places. Trouble is, the last time he saw her, he kind of broke her heart. And stole her cherished, autographed AC/DC album.
Natalie Thorton, Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, knows everyone who’s anyone in Australia’s music industry. She’s driven and utterly professional and doesn’t have room in her schedule for relationships.
When Jaxon strides into her office, all of Natalie’s suppressed sexual urges—the ones born in Jax’s arms—surge to the surface. He wants something from her? Well, she wants something from him. Orgasms. Lots of them.
How can Jax say no? He’s never forgotten her, and it’s not like they’re going to fall in love. But just who’s playing who? And whose heart is going to fall first?
Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s convinced she’s happy being alone—until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all”.
Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction, and soon Casey is having the best sex of her life—on a mountain, in the lake, all over her cozy cabin. But as their weekend fling turns into something more, the demands of Ben’s family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible.
Now Casey must decide what she can’t live without—her life in the mountains or the man she wants as hers. Smart, sweet and blisteringly hot, Above All is about getting lost…and finding yourself right where you belong.
They’d been together for a while, half of it in secret, but she’s ready to get serious and take things to the next level.
She moves in with Jamey, forcing him to label what they are to each other, and he’s not pleased about it.
During all of the drama Peyton realizes that Jamey thinks clearing his head with other women is just the thing he needs. While she’s been at home waiting for him, he was out in the same parking lot he took her to, cheating. She turns to her brother, the known ex-cheater, for advice and does as he suggests.
She rejects Jamey, ending the relationship and making it clear that she never wants to see him again.
A broken hearted Jamey finally realizes what he’s lost and decides that he won’t give up until he gets Peyton back.
Will she forgive him or find someone else that will appreciate her?
Cole Fowler never settles down and he doesn’t do love. He likes sex and women and he’s not ashamed to have both in abundance. When his bike is in need of repair, he stops at a bar intent on earning enough money for the bike and to live off in the coming months. Then he meets Sandy and all bets are off.
Sandy has never fit in. She hates to be controlled and studying at the local college doesn’t challenge her. Nothing interests her. The need to travel is in her blood.
The attraction between them is instant. Sandy knows Cole will not stick around but no one ever said she couldn’t become a nomad, too. Has Cole finally met his female match?
When New York matchmaker Addison St. Claire is tasked with matching her best friend’s new brother-in-law, she almost refuses. But the sexy southern CEO turns out to be a challenge she can’t resist, because if anyone needs to meet his soul mate, it’s this man. And if matching him with someone else removes the temptation of being near him? Even better.
The last thing Caine McNeill needs is a matchmaker—especially a gorgeous redhead who spouts nonsense about soul mates, critiques what he drives and how he dresses, buys him a dog, and pesters him about a million little things he couldn’t care less about. It’s a crying shame he has to keep his hands off because chemistry like what’s flaring between them ought to be explored. Thoroughly.
And so the battle begins. Addison is determined to stick to her plan of setting him up on dates with other women, and Caine is equally determined to ignore these women and seduce her.
Aubrey earned her love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation with her serial dating past. A pregnancy scare makes her see the light and change her ways. She gets serious about school and stops dating – until she meets Luka and falls head over heels for him.
Luka doesn’t trust easily after having his heart crushed by the girl next door. When he meets Aubrey, he doesn’t think she’s relationship material because of her past – even though he’s drawn to her.
What happens when the girl who always ran the moment a relationship got serious meets The One? Will Aubrey be able to get Luka to see her Outside the Box he’s put her in?
When Sloan Reynolds beats criminal charges, Melissa Jones stops believing her wealthy, connected ex-husband will ever pay for what he did to her.
Derek Alexander can’t accept that—a tiny silver scar won’t let him forget, and as a leader in the security business, he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancée.
Then the body of a former call girl turns up dead. She’s the breakthrough Derek’s been waiting for, the link to Sloan’s sordid past he needs. But as usual, legal paths to justice have been covered up or erased.
Derek’s ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family when his partner Patrick Knight devises a plan that changes everything.
It’s a plan that involves coloring outside the lines and taking a walk on the dark side. It goes against everything on which Alexander-Knight, LLC, is based.
And it’s a plan Derek’s more than ready to follow.
A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s brand new Lovestruck imprint…
Falling in love was never part of the plan…
Former Marine MacArthur Patton has made a small fortune on top-secret government contracts and black-ops missions, but his new assignment involves something more dangerous—marriage.
Well, fake marriage anyway.
To keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Mac has to secure a fiancée. A sweet, demure, compliant fiancée to serve as his arm candy for a few weeks while he completes the covert arms deal in Mexico. His sister claims to know just the woman, and sends her best friend to play the role.
“Sweet” and “demure” aren’t in Kelli Landers’s repertoire. A badass veterinarian who neuters big dogs and bigger men on a regular basis, she can’t wait to bring Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Detached to his knees. Her longtime crush on the commitment-phobe makes her plan to seduce him even sweeter.
Love wasn’t part of the plan, but the deeper Mac and Kelli fall into their ruse, the more danger they attract, until more than just their hearts are on the line…
In financial straits and unemployed, Poppy Gordon splurges the last of her money on a holiday in Nice. There she meets librarian Helen Crewe and learns of a near-perfect job working for Helen’s Dom Luc Prioux. But before she can accept the job, she has to pass the scrutiny of Luc’s lawyer Maître Poulain, whose tastes run in the same direction as his employer. Maître Poulain has certain demands that Poppy is more than delighted to satisfy.
Booshie, the vice president of The Vicious Bastards MC, wants Naggie in the filthiest of ways, but she is taken and off-limits. So, he backs off, and knows that this is one of the rare times he won’t get what he wants.
Naggie Conner is wild, speaks her mind, and is covered in ink. That is her life and she’s happy with who she is. When she catches her boyfriend in bed with the town tramp, she doesn’t hold back her anger.
A girls night out seems like the perfect therapy to put her ex behind her. But a night of drunken abandon ends up with her going home with Booshie. Being with the alpha biker is exactly how she envisioned: untamed, explosive, and addictive. But Booshie doesn’t want just one night with Naggie, and he is not the type of man to be denied.
Sara feels like her life is on track. She has the career of her dreams as a senior art director at one of the hot ad agencies in town. Her only real annoyance is the womanizing account executive in the office next door, Chuck.
When Chuck lands a new account, he sets his sights on Sara to work with him, but she gets the feeling he’s looking for more. Working late one night she discovers Chuck’s secret: he loves wearing ladies lingerie. Surprising to her, she can’t resist his long legs in silky stockings and her lust drives her to begin an ill-advised affair.
As a career-oriented woman, she’s not sure if she’s ready to balance her steamy encounters with work life, and she’s positive that trying to date Chuck would be a disaster. Yet, each time they get together she can’t help but speculate on what Prince Charming’s wearing under his well-tailored trousers.
After watching his mother crumble in the face of heartbreak, Holden believes monogamy is bull. New week, new woman, that’s just how he rolls. Too bad one taste of Sabra Harp leaves him salivating for more.
Sabra was ready for the climb from local news reporter to national anchor—before her pursuit of a story almost destroyed the Hot Rods, whose friendship she has admired from afar. Too bad they all hate her guts. That’s okay, she despises what she’s become too…enough that she’s just told her boss where to stick it.
When Holden drives a drunken Sabra home and puts her to bed, her blatant invitation almost has him following her between the sheets. She’s willing to let him take charge in bed, friends included—and he’s willing to listen to her amazing business proposition, which could rocket the Hot Rods to stardom.
Yet as his friends have paired off, Holden realizes that to participate in their polyamorous games without becoming a third wheel, he needs Sabra. And she needs him…oh, how she needs him.
Unlucky in love and gun-shy after the epic failure that was her marriage, Lexie Berry is looking for nothing more than a girl’s night out as she joins her friends for drinks and good music at Club Decadence. She didn’t plan on sexy Master Jonas capturing her eye and sparking more than her interest. He’s a Dom though and she hasn’t had sex in six years, not since her husband had violently attacked her in a drunken rage. But he’s an expert at rope bondage, her guilty fantasy that she’s keep secret for years. In fact, he teaches classes in Shibari at his new MMA studio. Can she move beyond her past and be brave enough to explore with Jonas. Can he be the one to unbind her constricted and bruised heart.
Jonas Mitchell: Rossi agent, ex-Green Beret and karate grand master, is looking for a submissive. Tired of the revolving door of subs at The Club, he’d like to settle into a long-term relationship and find happiness like many of his friends. Lexie seems perfect for him, she’s tall, beautiful, experienced in some of the softer, more sensual martial arts and best of all, she is submissive. He can tell, but she hasn’t realized it yet, never exploring that side of her personality. Lexie, he finds she knows more and has more of an interest than she lets on. He decides to take her under his wing, introduce her to BDSM and Shibari, as they explore a D/s relationship.
As Jonas and Lexie grow closer, the Mendoza cartel infiltrates southwest Texas despite the efforts of the Rossi group and the joint taskforce. It once again hits too close to home in a near fatal shoot with the Mendoza kingpin himself at the clinic where Lexie works. In the midst of this violence, the blackmail threats continue in an attempt to close Club Decadence down, for good. Catch up with old friends in this latest edition to the Club Decadence series, as fast paced, intriguing, and full of BDSM adventures as the others in the series.
Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancé’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead. She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.
Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.
Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction. Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.
Janis Lincoln found the man of her dreams in handsome co-worker, Bryan Walsh, until he tells her exactly the type of marriage he expects. She is shocked. Can she submit completely to him? A free spirit, she balks at his first attempt to discipline her.
Returning to her old college crowd and an old flame, she finds herself caught up in the club scene once more. Realizing her heart is with Bryan, she nearly loses her life before she has a chance to decide if she can be the kind of wife he wants.
When the couple announces their engagement to his parents, another storm is brewing. Janis is not the girl they’ve chosen for their son. On Thanksgiving night when Jan walks in on her fiancé and the girl his parents want their son to marry, she bolts a second time and calls off the wedding.
Will Bryan be able to convince Janis she is the only one for him? Can Janis submit completely to Bryan?
Until finally, one day, I did.
But that’s the funny thing about life. Nothing good ever lasts, not for me, anyway. You think you’re the one with the power, at least I did, but then I got careless. One tiny mistake, and now I am powerless to stop what comes next.
People think money equals power, but all the money in my bank account, the dirty notes laundered clean that my father left for me, are useless.
Money does not equal power. Power is held by the one with the knife in his hand, tracing shallow cuts into your skin.
Power is held by the one who owns you.
I had power once.
Now, I have nothing.
He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…
Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…
She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion…
Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction — and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.
Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…
No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?
Heat up your summer with the sizzling new novel from New York Time bestselling author, Melody Grace.
The moment Vanessa Hilliard walked into the tattoo shop uttering those two words was the day my life began its downward spiral.
Or maybe it’s the day my life began.
My name is Rex Grayson.
And this is my story.
The day I met Rex Grayson, I got a hell of a lot more than I bargained for. He sparked something inside of me — possibility. A word that never existed in my world before. He caused me to question who I was and made me want things I never dreamed were possible.
We’ve both got a mountain of shit in our past.
My name is Vanessa Hilliard. I have an affinity for the unusual and seriously twisted.
He thinks this is his story.
But it’s really mine.
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At the end of book one ‘The Wild Side’ RK Lilley leaves us with the first chapter of book two… THANK GOD! The cliffhanger in book one is really hard to swallow, but having the first chapter of book two you can see that Iris does come back and that makes the blow a little softer. When starting this one, I was so excited to see where their story was going and to see if any secrets were revealed. While most of the story is still a big mystery I enjoyed the fuck out of these books!
“Men are ruled by passion. Women are romantic, sure, but men are controlled by our desires, we’re slaves to it.”
Iris is back and Dair is still as confused as ever as to where she has been for the past two months or why her life away from him is so secret. What I loved about this book versus the first one is the fact that Dair seems more confident this time around. He didn’t hold himself back or lack confidence as he did previously. For this book to be only around 100 pages Dair brings the heat.
“God I thought about you. You don’t even want to know how much or what I thought about. I fucking abused my cock, thinking about you.”
To me, this book series is a completely different beast from our usual Lilley reads. There is sex after sex after sex scene. One sex scene ends and the next chapter starts with them fucking again. There is a love story developing along the way, but this is a far cry from her usual romance. I, for one, have really enjoyed this change of pace and can’t get enough of it. This is complete erotica with detailed scenes and some hot dirty talk. Some loyal RK fans (I’m looking at you Eagle) don’t like it as much as her usual stuff because it does lack the romance and relationship normally associated with her. But if you are like me and it’s the dirtier the better, this series has blown me away.
She was a feast, and I was a man starved.
When I finished this book I didn’t feel like we learned too much more about Iris and the mystery that she is, but there were a few bread crumbs spread along the way and I am anxious to see how they play out. I have my own conclusions as to who Iris is, but I am probably completely wrong! I would love to know what you guys think after you finish reading it. At the end of this book you get the first chapter of the next. Again, I feel that this softens the blow of the big cliffhanger you’re left with. I still was bummed it was over, but I am anxiously awaiting book 3 coming out July 25th.
As many followers know, beauty and the beast themed books are my absolute favorite. When I saw Maya Banks had a new book out with that theme I was super excited. What I wasn’t so excited about was that it was in a series that I had only read the first book in and it was all the way up to nine now! I was worried I would be lost if I jumped right in so I did some digging around and people told me I should be alright to jump right in and they were right. While I could tell that some of the characters were from previous books I was never lost or really felt out of the loop. It seemed like the book series keeps its focus on current characters and characters to come.
This book scared the shit out of me in the opening scene. I legit thought I just walked into a dead ex story and wanted to throw myself off a cliff, but luckily for me it was the heroine’s father who was telling a story of his past that was now coming after his family for revenge with his daughter, Eden, being the main target. Knowing Eden is in danger he reaches out to the KGI to help keep her safe.
When Swanson “Swanny” hears that Eden is trouble he can’t seem to stop thinking about the beauty that used to send her brother pictures and letters while they were in the army together. He is even more shocked that when he arrives to protect her she can’t seem to keep her eyes off of him. Swanny isn’t that man he used to be and has scars all over his body and face from being captured and tortured in Afghanistan. His insecurities about his looks are quite endearing and heart breaking.
Eden is said to be the most beautiful woman in the world. She graces the covers of countless magazines and is a highly sought after model. Not only is she beautiful on the outside, but she is just as beautiful on the inside. I found Eden to be extremely likable, in fact I’m not sure I can say one negative thing about her… she is utterly perfect. Oddly I didn’t find this annoying.
Eden’s pursuit to have Swanson is the main focus of the story and what largely pulled me in. While she is a virgin there is no stopping her in getting Swanny to be hers. It was adorable to watch Swanny try and kind of run from her. Despite the fact that he wants her more than he has ever wanted anyone he is scared that when this mission is over he’ll be cast aside and be more broken than he was to begin with.
The story idea was what hooked me, but the problem…. It was so goddamn repetitive. It was just back and forth of I want you, no you can want me. This went on for pages and pages and I grew bored of the repetitiveness of it. I truly believe that 100 pages could be ripped out of the book and it would make my rating go up for it. I even found the suspense and sex somewhat lacking. I didn’t feel the passion to have each other match the story. At the end of the day what this boiled down to for me was the time it took me to read the book worth what I got from it? Sadly, I don’t think it was. I’m not sure if I’ll return to the series. Maya Banks is a hard author to pass up even more so when she has a synopsis that hits all the things I’m looking for. I think I’ll wait until a book in this series about Hancock comes, until then so long KGI.