Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review of Safe with Me by Kristen Proby



Synopsis:
"Keeping others safe is what Caleb Montgomery does. He’s never had a problem taking on an assignment, whether it was during his dangerous SEAL days or his most recent job of training war mercenaries. But being assigned to keep Brynna Vincent and her adorable daughters, Maddie and Josie, safe from an unknown threat has thrown Caleb off his axis. Hot for the tall brunette since she came back to town more than a year ago, being close to her day in and day out is cracking Caleb’s resolve to keep his hands off her gorgeous body and his head in the mission.

Brynna is sick and tired of being afraid. All she wants is a normal, quiet life for her and her precious girls. Just as she’s settling into her new home in Seattle and feeling safe again, Caleb shows up on her doorstep insisting the danger is as high as ever. But whether she needs to be sheltered from the threat in her past, or from the intense emotions she feels for the sexy, protective man sleeping in her home, remains to be seen. What will happen if Brynna and her girls fall in love with a man so broken he may not be able to protect them from the danger that threatens, much less himself?”

SAFE WITH ME is the fifth book in the With Me In Seattle series, and continues to follow this tight-knit, loving family through life’s trials and tribulations with humor, passion and everlasting love."


Review:

In reading the other books in this series we have already met Brynna and her two daughters, Maddie and Josie.  We learn that she is Stacy's cousin and is moving back to town, but we never learn why.  Caleb Montgomery has always been the more stand-offish one of the brothers.  We don't learn much about Caleb in the previous books, other than he is a SEAL and goes on dangerous missions....but no one really talks about them.  I was so glad to read this book because I have been dying to know what was going on with Brynna and Caleb, both individually and together.

Brynna and her girls witness something devastating and are forced to move back home for protection from an unknown threat.  Brynna is stubborn and will not move out of her home and is not really good about following directions for her protection.  Caleb, in a moment of frustration, decides to move in with Brynna and her daughters at their home so that he can better keep an eye on them.  
The attraction between Brynna and Caleb is obvious to everyone....and it doesn't hurt that Caleb is a Montgomery, which would make any woman's mouth water!  As they live together, feelings develop and Brynna and the girls fall in love with him.  Caleb realizes he is in love with her and panics.  He panics because he is battling issues of his own and doesn't think he is good enough for them.  When he panics, he does something to Brynna that he can't undo.  Brynna is closed off to Caleb in order to protect herself and Caleb just walks away.  While he is separated from Brynna something terrible happens.  He doesn't know it until he is home for other reasons, but he knows that he failed to protect her and the girls.  He doesn't know if the relationship can be saved, but he vows to try.  He loves Brynna, and those are his girls....he wants his family back.

I am so glad to finally get to know why Brynna came back to town.  I just adore Maddie and Josie.  What I love most about this story is Caleb.  He is a strong, beautiful man, who has a kind, gentle heart.  He has seen things and been a part of things that no one can understand.  He fights internally with those issues and struggles with PTSD.  I feel for him and what he has had to go through. When he walks away from Brynna, I yelled at my kindle.  I was so mad at him for just giving up.  He not only broke Brynna's heart.....but he walked away from two little girls who loved him.  That really pissed me off.  Thank goodness, he realizes his mistake and attempts to make things right.  The epilogue was beautiful.  I loved Maddie and Josie calling Caleb "daddy" and I loved how they had a family wedding ceremony and Caleb said vows to the girls as well as to Brynna.  That was such an amazing moment.  You can just feel the love he has for those two little girls.  This was a beautiful ending for two people who have a lot of ugly in their past.  I feel so much better knowing that Caleb finds happiness despite the ugliness in his past.



Release Event for Have Gown, Will Wed by Killian McRae

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Excerpt: 
"The penthouse loft on the fifteenth floor boasted an expansive view of the city by the bay. Her prime SOMA location afforded a view of the Museum of Modern Art and the Moscone Center. Though the hills in the mid part of the city rose to block her view of the sunset, she could still see by the time the reality sunk in red and orange staining the sky.
Okay, so she was a little behind on the lives of women she used to be so close to in college, they’d text each other good night across campus as part of an on-going joke between them.
“What did I think, that they’d all stop living forward just because I got a little distracted?”
She hadn’t realized she’d said it aloud until Kamakshi answered. “Of course not. And they all understood. You were building BetaHouse, working fourteen-hour days when you weren’t traveling. You were doing it: living the dream we all had.”
“But that’s what gets me, Kam. This is what we all wanted to do? We all said biz before bros, cash before cocks. What happened to everyone? Seems like you and I are the only ones who remained true to that.”
Carmen, the outsider to the sisterhood, perhaps had the best perspective. “Miss Betters, that’s how life works. Sometimes you set out walking down a road thinking you’re going somewhere, and somewhere along the way something else grabs your attention.”
Rosalind inhaled deeply, gathering all her tension into a ball at the pit of her stomach, then convincing herself it was leaving her body as she pushed the breath out through pursed lips. The coping routine was one she’d been taught long ago as a child. “Right, Carmen. You’re absolutely right.” Then she turned to Kamakshi. The stark ivory of her own hand looked even more pale when laid atop her Indian friend’s latte tone. “At least we’re still in it together. I got BetaHouse, you have KeyTerra, and we’re going to rule the world, just like we planned, right? No relationships, just equity.”
As though Kamakshi had suddenly developed an intestinal bug, she cringed and squirmed. “Um, yeah.”
The nerves were back, and so was the sound of her own pulse pounding in her ears. “No, I am not that out of the loop! You, I know. We still have dinner once a week! Well, except these last few weeks, but leading up to the big meeting… Kamakshi, what happened? Did your funding fall through? Did you liquidate? Whatever it is, we can undo it. With the next phase of BetaHouse underway, we can get together and brainstorm like we used to do. We’ll find a way to fix it.”
“No, no, no! KeyTerra is fine. And both you and I know that your big contract is going to double your work load, not lighten it,” Kamakshi returned.  “It’s… something else completely. This isn’t really the way I pictured telling you this. But…” Pushing her hand in to her pocket, Kamakshi withdrew a stone with that could choke a goat. It was only when she slipped the rock over her finger that Rosalind noticed there was a ring attached to it. “I’m engaged.”
One final thud of her heart, and Rosalind was through. There were only so many revelations a body could take before it had to reboot. Rosalind Betters rebooted, right onto the floor."

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What I'm Currently Reading...




Currently reading Safe with Me by Kristen Proby.  Loving Caleb Montgomery!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review of Unattainable, by Madeline Sheehan




Synopsis:
"Warning: This is not a virtuous and tender love story. It’s chaotic, ruthless, and tragic. This story takes love and kills its innocence, steals away the pure moments, and crushes the hearts of the broken. A story born in childhood, tying one girl to one boy, leads to a destructive path—that hurts more than it doesn’t, that shatters more than it heals—testing the love that binds the two through a lifetime. 

Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning. 

This is Tegen and Cage’s story. 

Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love."


Review:
Wow.  Madeline, you gut me.  Every....single....time.  I am left with a book hangover from hell and have no one to blame but you and the amazing awesomeness that you bring to me in written form.  I finished this book this morning, and am left with a knot in my stomach that no amount of drinking is going to make go away.  This book is Cage and Tegen's story.  Cage is Deuce's son, Tegen is Dorothy's daughter. There is so much going on in this book let me start at the beginning.  The Prologue shows us Cage and Tegen meeting when Cage was 11 and Tegen was 8.  Tegen invited him to a tea party, and in return he nicknamed her Teacup.  Cage is blonde and beautiful, Tegen is red-headed and awkward, but they become best friends.  Cage and Tegen share a lot of history.  Tegen falls in love with Cage over the years, but Cage is oblivious and having sex with any whore that will spread her legs.  One night, in a drunken stupor, Cage has sex with Tegen.  Tegen is 16, Cage is 19.  The morning after, Tegen mistakenly tells Cage that she loves him, Cage panics and tells her it isn't like that for him and then walks away from her.  From that point on, Tegen has a chip on her shoulder and hates the world, but most specifically she hates Cage West.  As soon as she graduates high school, she flees far away from Miles City to California and avoids going home at all costs. When Tegen comes home when Dorothy is shot, she is not the same little girl Cage remembers.  She is now a sexy woman with tattoos, dreadlocks and piercings.....but she still either pretends Cage doesn't exist or spews hatefulness at him.  

Tegen, I want to punch you in the face.  Every time you throw a fit like a two year old, I find myself balling my fists at my sides.  Did you forget how to have a conversation like an adult? I don't know whether to hate you or love you.  I sympathize that Tegen is confused and broken-hearted.  I sympathize that she has a chip on her shoulder and does not want to become a club whore like her mother.

In the years that follow Tegen leaving Miles City, Cage handled club business and screwed anything he could...but eventually that wasn't enough for him and he wanted more.  He just didn't know what more was.  Tegen was living life in California.  ZZ also escaped Miles City after Danny broke his heart and when he is not on the road handling club business, he crashes with Tegen.  They develop a strictly sex relationship.  Tegen gets called back to Miles City to help her mother, but fate throws her right into Cage's path.  It isn't long before their fighting escalates into sex.  Cage wants more, but Tegen is too afraid to give it to him out of fear of being rejected again so she fights him.  

Cage, my heart breaks for you.  You are such a stupid man sometimes, but really - with the examples you have had in your life, I get it.  You are complicated, and I love the hell out of you for it.  You don't know what you want.  However, you found you are good at sex and are willing to let women use you.  Dammit Cage, you are better than that!!

Tegen, stop playing both sides of the fence.  Using ZZ after the heartbreak he suffered from Danny is not cool.  You should've filled ZZ in on the fact that it was strictly sex to you.  I knew the arguing and fighting between you two would finally lead somewhere!  It's about darn time!  Cage, yay....you finally see what you have been missing.  Tegen, you finally see that despite your better judgment you still love Cage, but it scares the crap out of you.  You are afraid of him rejecting you again.  I get that.  Cage, dude, you gotta earn her trust.  You can't just get her naked once and expect all your issues to fade away! You two are so stubborn that you are driving me crazy!  I just want to lock you both in a room and force you to talk and admit how you each feel. I won't do that of course, but strictly because I am afraid you two might kill each other.

There is a lot of drama, including a shooting that leaves Cage fighting for his life after they finally admit they love each other.  More drama ensues, more people die or almost die and people finally pull their heads out of their rear-ends.  ZZ on the other hand has fallen off the grid.  After this last round of his heart getting shattered, he started cage fighting, then disappeared.  

Oh ZZ, my heart breaks for you.  I want you to have your HEA.  I don't want you wandering alone, with no one to care about you.  I hope you find your way.  Gosh, what is with everything happening all at once? Cage's life falling apart because he is heartbroken, then Blue, then Deuce, then Cage again.  My emotions were all over the place.  I felt for Cage, I felt for Tegen, and I really, really, really felt for ZZ. ZZ my dear, I want you to find happiness - I just don't know if it is possible for you anymore.  The club has worn you down to a shell of a man.  I am worried about you ZZ.

A side story of UnA is Dirty and Ellie.  Dirty saves Ellie from being raped by the Chief of Police.  However, I am sure you can imagine he wants her dead.  Drama, drama, drama.  Dirty takes it upon himself to protect her.  Over the course of Dirty and Ellie getting to know each other, we see how screwed up Dirty is. We also discover that he is actually beautiful but due to his dark past, he is dirty in an attempt to hide who he really is.  Ellie sees how screwed up Dirty is and tries to help him.  She is there for him and vows to love him.  Dirty finally has someone to love him the way he has always needed.

Dirty I think I love you.  I want to hug you and snuggle you and protect you.  You are a good man, even though you don't see that about yourself you will.  You have Ellie now.  She'll help you.  You just have to trust her enough to let her try.  You can do it.  I have faith in you.  You have had such a screwed up life and I hope that Ellie is able to ease your pain and help you find your calm amongst the storm.  Be careful with your heart Dirty, don't give it to those unworthy.  You are worthy of so much more than you give yourself credit for.  You deserve some peace Dirty. Go on, go have your HEA.  

Well, I guess that about sums up my thoughts on Madeline's newest release.  She makes me feel her characters and I fall in love with them.  For that reason alone, she is deserving of my five stars.  I don't give five stars easily.  Usually reserved for books that bring out a significant bout of emotions....and since I am about as unemotional as they come - if it can do that to me, then it must be a darn good book!  



Friday, September 20, 2013

Review of Cage by Harper Sloan



Synopsis:
"Greg Cage was born to protect. While growing up, he was his mother and sister’s shield against the world… until he failed. For the last decade, he has carried that guilt and need for vengeance around… until it was stripped from him. Now, with his best friend getting married and no longer needing his protection, he is even more lost, completely adrift, and desperate for some control. All he has ever known was how to protect: his family, his friends, and his country. Can he go against everything he has ever known, and give up that control?

Melissa Larson will never let anyone hold the reins in her life. She has been the rock in her family for more years than she can remember, and the fight to keep them together is her main priority right now. She has always been fiercely independent and proud. The last thing she will ever do is ask for someone else’s help. But when that choice is out of her control, forcing her to rely on others to save her and her family, and pick up the pieces that are left, will she be able to let someone else be her strength?

The second Greg locks eyes with Meli, he knows that she is someone he needs. Someone he craves. Meli knew the second she met Greg that he would be nothing but trouble and heartache. Her life takes an unexpected turn, and that bitch Fate is back to wreak more havoc on another member of the Corps family.

All hell breaks loose, leaving Greg no choice but to call in a favor. He hooks back up with his old friend Braxxon Breaker from the Breakneck MC. Together, they make sure that nothing threatens anyone Greg loves again."


 

Review:
Wow, just wow.  I honestly think I fell a little bit more in love with Greg Cage after reading this novel.  We learned in Axel (Book One) that Cage is a badass and one hell of a protector, but reading Cage we finally understand why Greg Cage is the man that he is.  In Axel, the issues that Cage has are hinted at, and it all comes together in Cage.  This book starts out strong...like right out of the gate you are sucked in with its hotness.  We meet Mandy and roll our eyes.  We meet Melissa....and then Cage goes and falls for her because she is a hard-ass and he actually has to work for it.  (Take note ladies....men actually like it when they have to work to get you.)  Melissa has her own issues....and is bound and determined not to let Cage in.  The twists and turns in this book I didn't see coming.  I won't tell you spoilers...let me just say: the sisters?! Blown away.  Cohen?! Talk about making me choke up several times! Braxxon in Vegas?! Dude....no f-ing way!!! Guess that answers some questions, lol.  Sway is, well, still Sway and still very much into the Corps men! :)  The road to happily ever after isn't an easy one for Cage and Melissa.  Their issues start with a psycho named Mandy who wants nothing more than to cause them problems to get Cage back in her bed.  They have issues with Melissa's family....which I won't say because I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say it is all kinds of fucked up.  Drama, drama, drama!  Cage takes his role in protecting what's his very seriously....and teams up with Braxxon Breaker from the Breakneck MC to help him end the threat once and for all.  Needless to say Cage kicks some ass.  The ending was nothing compared to the epilogue.  There was no cliffhanger, but seriously....I want, no I NEED, to know more about Cage and Melissa! :)  Officially a Corps groupie!

Link to purchase Cage on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cage-Corps-Security-ebook/dp/B00F28ICBE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379657281&sr=1-1&keywords=cage#_

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013



Rock Bottom (Bullet #2)  

                         



Synopsis:  
"Ethan Richards has fought depression and a host of other demons all his adult life, and it’s caused him to lose everything—his wife, his son, his friends, and he almost loses the one thing that means the most to him—his band. He hits rock bottom and believes there is no way out.

Enter Jenna McCormick, a feisty drug and alcohol counselor, a woman with her own share of troubles. She finds Ethan intriguing but keeps him at a distance while trying to help him face life without crutches. She feels a spark but denies it, knowing that a relationship with unstable Ethan could be dangerous for both of them.

Ethan knows what he wants, though, and isn’t used to being told no. Jenna isn’t willing to risk Ethan losing his tenuous grip on sobriety, however, and is prepared to deny her deeper feelings to help Ethan climb out of his hole, but he learns how to let go of his pain when he finds that someone is prepared to walk with him through the shadows. Can he convince Jenna that they should take a chance on love or will they forever deny their feelings in an effort to keep Ethan on the straight and narrow?"



Review:
We first meet Ethan in Bullet.  He is a bad-boy rocker who lacks a whole lot of redeeming qualities.  He pisses you off and makes you wonder why anyone puts up with him.  Ethan is drowning, and his actions are like one giant cry for help.  We see the train wreck Ethan makes of his life and feel sympathy for Val and Chris.  

I really enjoyed Bullet, but had a hard time getting into Rock Bottom. It started slow, with Ethan attempting to get help for his addiction, but I didn't really connect with this book.  I thought it had a lot of promise, but just missed the mark with me.  This book had a couple hot, steamy scenes but for the most part focused on Ethan's mental health issues/addictions/recovery, rather than the love story.  Don't get me wrong, there is a love story here - but it takes a back seat to Ethan's struggle with depression and heroin addiction.  There was no angst and almost no emotional connection to the characters.  Several times I found myself almost not finishing this book due to the lack of emotional connection to the characters.

I started the book hating Ethan and ended the book almost liking him.  I love that he met Jenna and she is broken too. I love that Ethan is becoming the dad Chris needs.  Unfortunately, that is about the end of my likes.  I am a sucker for a bad boy rocker, so I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't.  In fact, if this book didn't shine a light on mental health issues, then I would have rated it 2 stars.  I would not recommend this book to anyone expecting a hot, steamy rocker boy read.
  
Link to purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Bottom-Bullet-ebook/dp/B00EX5JQ3K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379478259&sr=1-1&keywords=jade+c+jamison