Dirty Little Promise (Forbidden Desires #2) by Kendall Ryan

Book Description:

Published: October 9, 2017

Format: E-Book

The secret I’d discovered about sexy billionaire Gavin Kingsley was so big, so haunting wasn’t something I could overcome. I had a decision to make—hear him out and see where things went, or turn to his brother Cooper, who I was fairly certain was in love with me. But something dark inside of Gavin called to something dark inside of me. And I wasn’t willing to just walk away—not yet anyway.

This is the conclusion to Emma Bell’s epic love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

Review –

This book concludes the story of Gavin and Emma even though the series will continue and I was less impressed by this installment than the other two because there wasn’t as much sexual angst. There was conflict and dangerous turmoil but in the end you knew there would be a great big HEA. 

I will take a break and read some other genre before coming back to finish the series but I want to find out what the author has in store for Cooper and Quinn Kingsley.

Bared (Club Sin #2) by Stacey Kennedy

Book Description:

Published: February 10, 2014

At Las Vegas’s exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant façade conceals a devastating loss—something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him.

Cora came to the BDSM club to act out her sub-and-dom fantasies without ever revealing the heartbreak that haunts her. But Aidan’s masterful touch is bringing her closer to the edge . . . and deeper into a world of control and surrender. He refuses to allow her to submit to any other man—nor does she want to. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing. For as they give in to passion, they must lay bare their souls for a love that could heal—and free—them both.

Review –

Cora is a submissive that just kind of stumbled onto the life style. She councils runaway teens in real life and needs the stress relief that being a sub gives her. It’s her time to escape the dark world she advises in and at times cries over. She falls hard and fast for Aidan, but realizes he hasn’t gotten over his past. She becomes exactly what he needs, in spite of her own needs. Protecting Aidan with a ferociously that the Doms at Club Sin think is getting out of hand. When faced with what she has become and the fact that Aidan won’t get over his problems with time, she has to decide her course.

Aidan is a very strong character, but is also lost in what he needs, wants and what is right in front of him. Cora is equally strong in her life, and then becomes Aidan’s crutch in the kink life.

There are some hot erotic scenes in this book.  They are full out erotic, painful at times, but also shows just how in tune the couple is with each other. There are some emotionally painful scenes as well, when all parties are confronted with the truths they aren’t acknowledging exist.

There are two other Doms that are Cora’s friends mostly, but they do also support Aidan. These are the men we wish were in every BDSM club. They saw what was happening to Cora and they pulled her out of the situation. They don’t let Aidan off lightly either. The make him face what he wants, needs and is willing to go after.

In the end Aidan realizes he loves Cora as much as she loves him and there is a HEA.

Adult

Five stars *****

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Burning Nation (Divided We Fall #2) by Trent Reedy

Book Description:

Published: January 27, 2015

In this wrenching sequel to DIVIDED WE FALL, Danny and friends fight to defend Idaho against a Federal takeover and the ravages of a BURNING NATION.

At the end of DIVIDED WE FALL, Danny Wright’s beloved Idaho had been invaded by the federal government, their electricity shut off, their rights suspended. Danny goes into hiding with his friends in order to remain free. But after the state declares itself a Republic, Idaho rises to fight in a second American Civil War, and Danny is right in the center of the action, running guerrilla missions with his fellow soldiers to break the Federal occupation. Yet what at first seems like a straightforward battle against governmental repression quickly grows more complicated, as more states secede, more people die, and Danny discovers the true nature of some of his new allies.

Chilling, powerful, and all too plausible,, BURNING NATION confirms Trent Reedy’s place as a provocative new voice in YA fiction.

Review –

Private Danny Wright, the accidental figurehead of the Idaho rebellion, becomes an insurgent in his hometown, fighting the Feds alongside his closest friends, including Becca and JoBelle.

While Danny’s moral conflict is easier now that he’s committed to the fight, the increasingly personal stakes keep him from growing complacent. While he’s glad to have his friends fighting by his side he’s worried that he could be the cause of their deaths.

Things go from bad to worse  because  open revolution has led to the beginning of a new American Civil War. Danny is captured and tortured by the Feds for two weeks along with Sparrow but are rescued by his friends and the Brotherhood.

Reedy spins an action-packed cautionary tale, allowing both state and federal viewpoints their strengths and weaknesses, stopping just short of condemning both sides while acknowledging the validity of their arguments. 

As with Divided We Fall, I had the audio version and the narration was beyond fantastic.

If you haven’t read anything by this author, be sure to add him to your “authors to try” list.

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The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The novel deals with the themes of fate and destiny. Despite the allusions to such themes made in the novel, Sparks admitted that he does not necessarily believe in either. He adds, however, that he is “…  a big believer in the fact that people have the ability to influence the future in a way that seems coincidental and when that happens, the feeling of fate or destiny is amplified. … In the end, when writing The Lucky One, I wanted to explore the subject of fate or destiny, but in a way that reflected the reality of the world.”

When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet.

Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives. (Wickipedia)

Review –

Nicholas Sparks has done it again and made me cry, in a good tearjerker way.  I cry at the drop of a hat.  Hallmark commercials are the worst.

I was so afraid this story was going to have a sad ending so I put off listening to the very last part until I just couldn’t stand it and as luck would have it -it had a happy ending. I always feel good when I read a Nicholas Sparks book and this one put a lump in my throat a couple of times. 

I found out that The Lucky One is going to released as a movie in 2012 and I may or may not go see it because movies rarely do justice to the books plot and characters, but I think it says a great deal about the authors appeal to the public(female, anyway) because so many of his books have been made into successful movies.

Mr. Sparks, I applaud you.

If you’re a Sparks fan – don’t let this one pass you by

 

 

 

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Product Description

Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy…

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

 
 
 
 
Review –
This is the first book I’ve read where the main characters are trolls (not the kind under the bridge) and it was such a fun fast read , that when I finished  I  immediately started the second installment of the trilogy, Torn,  and I’m halfway through it already. 
Wendy finds out she is a troll and her “brother” is not her brother and her “mother” is not her mother and on top of that she’s a Princess with persuasion
abilities and her real mother, the Queen, is just as cold and uncaring as her host mother. On top of all this, she feels strongly for Finn, her Tracker, and that’s a no-no.
  
I loved this story not only because it was a very fast read but also because it makes you want to go on read the sequels and that can’t be said for all series.
  
If you like the paranormal, conflict,forbidden romance and fun characters, give this series a try.   You won’t be disappointed.