Title: ENFLAME (The Affair, #3)
Author: Stacey Lynn writing as S. Layne
Release Date: July 13, 2015
Genre: Erotic Romance
Talia Merchant dropped the idea of a forever kind of love after the first guy she loved stole not only her heart, but he also took her virginity….and then he took off.
Now, busy with caring for her father and trying to save her teen shelter, Talia doesn’t need the messy entanglements that come with real relationships she doesn’t have time for.
But after a mysterious benefactor saves her free clinic and reveals himself…everything changes.
Donovan Lore doesn’t just want in Talia’s bed, which is the only thing she offers —he wants inside her heart and he doesn’t care what type of fight Talia puts up. He’s determined to break through every one of her walls until she’s pliable and needy in his hands and writhing beneath him.
And Donovan always gets what he wants.
Enflame is book three in the Affair Series. It has new characters and can be read as a standalone but it does cross paths with the characters in the first two books, so I would recommend reading them first.
Right from the beginning I knew this was going to be a good read. The first two chapters were written really well where I got a great feel for what kind of character Talia was going to be. Her personality came out easily in the writing. I could feel how desperate her situation was and how much pressure she was under. When Donovan was introduced, I felt like I liked him more than I should. So I was drawn right in.
The author kept hitting the mark with the buildup sexual tension she was creating between Talia and Donovan. S. Layne created scenes that were extremely sexy while balancing it with the progression of the story. Of course sex is a big part of the novel with it being an erotica but it didn’t take away from the plot. There wasn’t a spotlight on the physical aspect of their relationship which was smart writing.
I will absolutely keep an eye out for any future work of S. Layne.
I give Enflame 4 out of 5 stars.
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Grind: A Legal Affairs Story by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received this ARC of Grind: A Legal Affairs Story by Sawyer Bennett in exchange for an honest review.
In the second installment of A Legal Affairs Story Macy and Carl have a purely physical relationship. While Cal wants more to their relationship Macy still doesn't want to involve feelings. Will Cal break down her walls and finally be able to get what he wants?
Sawyer Bennett certainly bumped up the heat in this novel. The intimate scenes kept getting hotter and hotter as Cal and Macy explored each other’s fantasies. I’m always impressed with the authors writing when it comes to those scorching scenes.
I was expecting to find out more details on Macy’s secret but was left in the dark again. Besides Cal and Macy’s struggles in defining their relationship I thought there wasn't much progressing in the plot but I’m looking forward to finding out how it ends in Yield, the last installment.
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I received this ARC of Alex (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is set for release on October 14, 2014.
I still enjoyed reading this novel and have read almost all of Sawyer Bennett’s work which says something about her writing. I look forward to reading her next novel.
I give Alex (A Cold Fury Novel) 3 out of 5 stars.
I first read If I Stay by Gayle Forman in 2010. I can still say that it was an emotional read. It has a great love story, a tragic tale and the love of music all rolled into one. I saw the movie on opening day, August 22, 2014 and even though it wasn't like the novel (what movie is), it was still awesome to see it come to life on the big screen. I definitely recommend reading the novel and watching the movie, in that order.
I received this ARC of Before You by Amber Hart from Kensington Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received this ARC of Fight For You by Magan Vernon through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
After The End by Amy Plum is about a girl who lives in a small community in Alaska. After Juneau’s clan disappears, it’s up to her to find out what happened to them. Once she leaves the place she’s called home for all her life, she finds out that what she thought was real was just one big lie.
After reading Amy Plum’s Revenants series I was looking forward to reading After The End. The first few chapters hooked me right away. It was something different and interesting. As I read further I couldn’t really get into it; it felt off somehow. The relationship/romance aspect was lacking and I couldn’t really feel their chemistry. Their affection for each other came out in weird places. The way the events were unfolding was a little off, almost like there was missing information. It had a good premise but somehow it lacked excitement.
I give After The End 3 out of 5 stars.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about a teenage girl, Hazel, who has cancer and attends support meetings with other teenagers who share similar stories. One day she meets Augustus, who is in remission. They share a connection that links their lives together.
I was curious to read this novel because on one hand it was being praised so highly, and on the other hand, the realism of the characters was being judged. To top it off, a movie was being released. I’m always a sucker for books that are adapted as movies. As soon as I saw a trailer, I ran to get my hands on the book. Right before the movie came out I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars.
The characters were witty and their humor was dark, but I found it hilarious. Of course their teenagers, and teenagers don’t normally act or discuss things like these two characters, but they are fictitious. Their lives call for them to have matured sooner than your average teen. I loved the novel and had high hopes for the film.
It’s been almost two weeks ago since I’ve seen it, which gave me enough time to get my emotions in check. I came out of that theater with my eyes red and swollen. Even though the movie adaptation was not completely like the novel I was extremely happy with it.
I give The Fault in Our Stars novel and movie 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this ARC of Legal Affairs – Confessions of a Litigation God from Big Dog Books, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sydney finds the two people who she trusts the most are the ones that betray that trust. Once she finds that her boyfriend is cheating with her roommate/best friend, she finds herself with no place to go and finds help in an unlikely person, her neighbor Ridge.
Ridge is an extremely talented musician but is having a case of writer’s bloke. When he lends out a helping hand to Sydney, he finds that she can help him with his problem. They build a friendship that grows as their musical interactions increase and their chemistry sizzles. The only problem is that Ridge is in a very series relationship that starts to be compromised the closer he gets to Sydney.
From the minute I picked up Maybe Someday, I couldn't stop reading it. The story captivated me, and with each page, I learned things that changed how I was viewing the story all together. I even lost sleep because I couldn't wait to devour the pages, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end.
I loved all the characters in this novel. I felt myself liking Sydney no matter what bad decisions she made. Ridge was just an amazing character all around and I loved him for his honesty and “faithfulness”. I went through the motions with them and felt how real their connection was. The supporting characters had flaws that made them not seem fictional, but real. The only slight negative that I found was with Ridge’s girlfriend, I didn’t really feel that she was a very likable character than I believe she was meant to be. Regardless, with her it wouldn’t have been the same.
One other aspect of the novel that was so original and cool and blew me away was the ability to hear the songs that Sydney and Ridge were creating. I loved being able to listen to the songs while I was reading the lyrics, it added an extra connection to the characters and story. Griffin Peterson did an amazing job with all the songs.
Colleen Hoover wrote an amazingly gripping story that I absolutely loved. Wow, just Wow!
I give Maybe Someday 5 out of 5 stars.
Some Like It Wild is the second book in A Wild Ones Series by M. Leighton. Wild Child happened to be included in the Some Like It Wild novel and is a novella of characters from the First book in the Series.
Shattered Promises is about a girl who has lived numb without emotions. One day she starts to feel and with it comes changes to her life that she would never have imagined.
I’ve read a couple books by Jessica Sorensen and enjoyed them. I wish I could say the same about Shattered Promises. I don’t know if it’s because this novel is a Paranormal Romance and it didn’t really capture my attention like her New Adult genre or because my reading interests have changed.
Sorensen’s storyline just felt off and her characters didn’t appeal to me. I struggled to read through it and finish the book but I didn’t give it a one star review because some scenes had redeeming qualities.
I give Shattered Promises 2 out of 5 stars.
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.
Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
I received this ARC of Hold on Tight from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. This book is set for release on June 17, 2014.
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