Where the Ivy Hides by Kimber S Dawn

I’m normally a really huge fan of this author, and so far I’ve loved ALL of the Roman books, for their darkness, so I was excited to see the Ivy book come out, because I wanted to know what happened to her, and I must say of the entire series, I was really disappointed. This review will contain spoilers.

There were times I felt like I was reading a completely different book in the middle of reading the book. We all know how the last book left off with Winter Ivy being kidnapped, so she basically lives a completely new life which is where this book starts out.
And that’s how this book starts. Her new life. Ok. I get that. Her new life, where she’s basically a strung out drug addict, that can’t get her crap together. It starts to become exhausting, and repetitive. Finally, she screws up hard enough to the point where she’s in a crazy accident to where she meets her parents. You know the ones she was kidnapped from. Here’s what I don’t understand. They just magically appeared. After all these years, they show up out of nowhere and they’re there. Oh, and let’s also not bring up the fact that Rome, her brother KNEW where she’s been this entire time and didn’t say anything. Let’s also not bring up the fact that Roman and his wife ‘Mouse’ all of a sudden are acting like the freaking Beaver family. What happened to the Roman from the other books? The one that was killing women, and was this brutal man. Instead we have the muppets. It was almost disgusting. There was no power exchange. I guess I didn’t realize they would turn into softies upon having kids. The book was ok, but I liked her other work better. 2 stars.

Manwhore by Katy Evans

So, I was really excited to read this book, based on all of the reviews it’s been receiving, so I’m thinking ok, this has to be good right? I’m reading, and I’m reading, and I’m thinking ok, any minute now, something is going to happen………
Well, not only did NOTHING happened, but this book was a huge waste of my time. Unless I happened to have the wrong copy of this book which I seriously doubt it, there was nothing remotely appealing about this book.
Spoilers
You have your typical billionaire, whose labeled as a ‘Manwhore’, whose name is Malcolm Saint, and then there’s Rachel, who is a reincarnation of Anastasia from fifty shades, only dumber, I didn’t think that was possible, but guess what? It really is. Rachel is given an assignment to basically DO A JOB, that we all know she will immediately fail. No shocker there. We all know where this is going. This entire book felt like Rachel was in high school. Especially the scene when her friends discovered that her and Malcolm had, had sex, and felt the need to make a scene about it, in front of everyone. Last I checked, both Rachel and Malcolm were consenting adults. So to act like having sex was a complete and utter shock, was unnecessary. There was so much inner dialogue going on in Rachel’s head, I found myself skipping through a lot of it. There were so many times I seriously wanted to put the book down, because nothing was happening. It then got to the point where Rachel became so involved with his life, it was like she couldn’t do anything else such as I don’t know maybe her job, or have a life of her own, or maybe stop trying to act like she didn’t know what life was like without him. You know what life was like before him? Remember what you were doing a few weeks before you met him? Do that. Do exactly that. And of course there’s a cliffhanger. But now she’s moping around and can’t do her job because she’s depressed, which let’s be honest, she wasn’t doing her job in the first place and should’ve been fired a long time ago, he wont talk to her blah blah blah. Book 2 is pretty much predictable. All in all this book was not my favorite, and I’m disappointed in it’s entirety.

2 stars

Shattered by You by Nashoda Rose

I’m a HUGE fan of Nashoda Rose, so I couldn’t wait until this book was released to hear all about Ream’s sister, Haven. I knew she had gone through some tragic experiences in the past, that left her truly haunted, and emotionally disconnected from everyone, so I was excited to hear about her story. I absolutely loved the connection between her and Crisis. I knew from first contact in the previous book that these two, were going to be it. So I was glad that, this book centered around these two.
We learned that Haven was basically broken. Survived the worst, fought, and is still standing. She’s had some setbacks, including some moments, that scared the crap out of me, because honestly I don’t know how she was able to do it. I loved the patience that Crisis gave her. He allowed her to deal with what she had going on, he gave her the space she needed, to figure herself out, but always made sure she knew that he was always there. I don’t want to list any spoilers, but I’m really excited for the next book to hear all about Kite.

5 Stars out of 5

Sweet Ache by K. Bromberg

Being a huge K. Bromberg fan, I was aware of the hype for this book, so this was definitely on my list to read. I finally pushed it up on my list, and for some reason I was still hesitant to start it, but finally took the plunge for it. I honestly didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it.
This may contain spoilers. I found the first few chapters a bit boring. When I was first introduced to Quinlan in the Driven series, she came across as this fierce, I don’t take crap personality, but I didn’t really see any of that with her in this book. In fact she was kind of a spoiled brat, and the moment Hawk smiled, she seemed awfully willing to want to all of a sudden go to bed with him. Then there was Luke, who seemed to really like her, and Quinlan had the audacity to treat him like crap, and cheat on him while they were on a date. Yes, I know they weren’t technically dating, but seriously, who does that? A person who sat there and complained about how her own boyfriend cheated on her. Again, I know they weren’t dating, but who leaves their current date, to go get felt up in the bathroom by another guy, and then later on dry humps him on the sofa? So fast forward some really long inner monologues, that had me skipping over it. Some drama over a bet, that felt like this should’ve been taken place in high school, and we finally reached the end. Honestly I was rooting for Luke out of the whole book. I would rather have liked this more if Quinlan came to her senses and realized that Luke was a better fit, since he seemed like a genuine nice guy. Well written as always. Just didn’t appreciate it as much as the original series. Still a fan as always.

3 stars out of 5

Torn From You by Nashonda Rose

I can’t even begin to describe the emotions I experienced reading this book. At first glance, I automatically thought of this book as being similar to Tears for Tess by Pepper Winters but it sure as hell wasn’t. First of all, before reading this, it’s imperative to read the novella first With You, before starting Torn from You. At first I didn’t see what the big deal was reading the novella, but then you got to see the chemistry between Sculpt aka Logan and Emily, and I instantly fell in love with the both of them.
Torn from you picks up exactly where With you left off, in the manner where I still had the WTF just happened shock still going on.
This is going to contain spoilers so if you haven’t read the book you need to turn away.

Emily has been kidnapped, and held captive against her will, and taken from the love of her life. Right when she thinks she’s about to be saved because she hears his voice she couldn’t be more wrong when she realizes that he’s a part of the whole damn thing. Mouth drops to the floor. He’s nothing like the person she met and fell in love with. He’s cold, ruthless, and told her, that she will hate him, she will fear him, and allows others to beat her, and touch her, yet through all this she still tries to find something in him. Somehow whatever he did or says, it was always worded differently, in a way where she could have some kind of trust in him, because if she doesn’t she’ll be sold, and she’ll be broken down to basically nothing where she’ll wish she was dead.
After about 15 days, Logan risks his life to set Emily free. 2 years go by and Emily is living on a farm, trying to get her life together, and out of the blue Logan shows up. Emily hasn’t seen Logan in 2 years since he set her free, but now he’s back, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her back. Emily has zero trust in Logan, after everything he’s done to her. Logan refuses to give up, and won’t give up because as he says, he doesn’t take no for an answer. After the pain and abuse Emily went through does she give in, or doesn’t she? Would you once again love someone that purposely allowed you to be held captive and have vile things happen to you? This book was emotional, and had you teetering on edge and at times I wanted to slap Emily but then I had to remember she was suffering from PTSD, so that was a free pass.
I’m excited for the next installment in the series to read about Ream and Kat, since there was some serious tension there.

Seduced by My Doms by Jenna Jacob

I’ve discovered that I’m a huge fan of Jenna Jacobs, and thoroughly enjoyed all the Genesis series, however, out of all of them; this just didn’t do it for me. All because of Liz. I don’t know, there was something about her. In fact I think it was all 3 characters. I just didn’t get them. They didn’t mesh well to me.
Liz meets James, and I’m intrigued by their chemistry. Ok good we have something here. This is going to be great. Then in comes Ian, 50% into the book. I had to be sure that this book did in fact have 2 doms in it, because Ian was nowhere to be seen. So moving on, in no way, has James indicated that he and Ian has a knack for sharing women. So imagine Liz’s surprise when she finds out this little tidbit, when Ian practically sexually assaults her thinking she’s someone else.
Later on, Ian basically gets her to admit that she does want to submit to the both of them although I think he pretty much coerces her.
I didn’t find their relationship as great as I found Savannahs, Nick, and Dylan. Plus I hated how Liz wouldn’t just shut the F up at times. For someone that was a nurse she should know more than anything how much patient confidentiality was valued. So when she was told more than once how much confidentiality was valued, for each member at genesis, they meant it, that didn’t mean for her to keep asking who was a dom and who wasn’t or “but I want to warn my friend”. For what? Sit back and shut the Fuck up. Your friend is a big girl and can take care of herself. She doesn’t need you meddling in her business. Take care of yourself.

3 stars out of 5

Strapped by Nina G Jones

So, I’m a HUGE fan of Ms.Jones after reading Debt, so coming into Strapped, I had HIGH expectations, and was prepared to be amazed, and was almost drooling as I opened my kindle and prepared to be immersed in a world of pure lust. So imagine my surprise when I was about 20% in, and I thought to myself “what the hell is this?” I haven’t been this disappointed in a book in a long time, and frankly have nothing positive to say about this book, so therefore I’ll make this review about all the bad things I hated, so yes this will contain spoilers. In fact just read this review to not read the book.
The main character is Shyla Ball. To sum her up in one word, she’s a complete idiot. She seems to have an ok life, with an ok boyfriend, with an ok job, then meets handsome man in coffee shop, who offers her a job she can’t refuse. Shyla then from what I can see has basically made up a relationship between her and Taylor, on the grounds that Taylor has looked at her, or bought her gifts, because she’s “Special, and they share a connection” because he allows her to touch her, because he has a weird issue and can’t be touched by anyone. She then finds herself jealous if another woman is around him. Never mind that she herself has a boyfriend that she’s contemplating to breakup with, to be with Taylor, even though Taylor hasn’t made a single move to be with her. She’s constantly having her inner voice saying “I can’t tell anyone what’s going on between me and Taylor” Again, this is all in her head, however again THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON BETWEEN THEM. Am I the only one that’s noticed she’s made up a relationship between the 2 of them? But she also doesn’t want to break up with her boyfriend in case Taylor doesn’t want her, because she doesn’t want to be alone. So basically Shyla is a manipulative shrew. Fast forward some useless chapters, and wow they finally have sex. And yes, even that is boring. So now Shyla has cheated on her boyfriend. So now she’s a whore. Finally they decide to do the whole relationship thing, but Taylor basically says to be cautious of who you tell. She “cleverly” disguises his name in her phone to Mr. Sexypants. Ok great, Shyla has the brainpower of a 14 year old. Then there’s her whole “oops I just name dropped my boyfriend”
Here’s what I want to do. Basically tell Shyla to go fuck herself. I seriously can’t believe that this story was done by the same author that wrote Debt. It just can’t be. This book is a hot mess. The entire story line is a hot mess. It’s boring, it’s cheap. The writing itself is childs play. There’s no chemistry between the two main characters. I wanted to like this, and I don’t even think I’m going to bother finishing the series because I could care less what happens to them. They could all die for all I care.

1 star out of 5

Hush Hush by Anneliese Vandell

So, I haven’t done a review in awhile, and this was one that intrigued me based on the face that it said Fifty shades (which I’ll be honest I’m tired of everything being compared to that, since I can name so many books better) meets Revenge, cause I actually do watch that show and I LOVE IT. So, I actually was excited to read this.
Such a huge friggin mistake. Let’s start with April, who goes by the name of Sophia. She returns to New Orleans to basically seek revenge on the fact that her parents were sentenced to life in prison for a crime they may or may not have committed, and since she things that crime was “too harsh” she vows to seek revenge on everyone that put the there. This means going after the Hawthorne family, the judge, the attorney etc…She of course meets the Hawthorne son, and of course develops feelings for him, and of course he’s into that controlling bdsm. But for the sake of this review, let’s focus on “Sophia” With any book I’ve read, there’s always that person leading female that’s completely stupid. However with this one, we’re lead to believe that she’s supposed to be highly intelligent, because she’s going after this big rich family. Watching her do it, is downright embarrassing. She has no plan whatsoever. Everything seems like a huge mess, there’s no organization about anything, and it’s hard to believe that her and her so called cousin spent months planning this so called heist. Apparently this was read from the back of a cracker jack box. I don’t get it. Surely she could have gotten in touch with her parents to get their side of the story. I mean it’s not like they’re going anywhere with all that free time on their hands in prison. Send them a letter or something. At some point she didn’t even sound sure if her parents were guilty, all she knew was that “the punishment was harsh”. Give me a break. This girl was nuts, an immature 25 year old, that acted 12. She was hard to take in, and made the book hard to read in fact.

Be Mine Forever Bennett Series Book 3 by Kennedy Ryan

I think of all the Bennett series, this one had to be my favorite. I think one of the reasons I’m a fan of Kennedy Ryan is because her books are very well written. Her stories actually have a storyline, as well as a background, and isn’t immediately about sex that’s happening 3 and 4 times a chapter where you find yourself rolling your eyes, and skimming past it, and OMG look it’s a lead heroine that doesn’t think with her vagina. That’s rare in itself right there. High five ladies.   But you do find yourself immediately immersed, where you get to a point where you feel like you actually know the character.

Book 3 of the Bennett series is about Jo and Cam. These were characters I found myself always intrigued about, because I wasn’t a fan of the Kerris/Walsh/Cam situation, and I remember even saying that I didn’t want Kerris to not be with either of them. Now that we’ve moved on from them, Cam seems to have made a life of himself, and moved on from the love triangle that was, and he’s gotten himself together. He’s finally admitted to himself that hey, maybe I do have feelings for this person that I’ve been trying to tell myself I didn’t for my entire life. Then there’s Jo, whose basically been trying to tell Cam that she’s in love with him, without actually taking out a billboard ad (Which let’s be honest, I’m almost surprised she didn’t). The only thing that bothered me and I mentioned before was that while I appreciated the work Jo and her family were known for, the constant designer drop was a bit annoying, it was a “hey let me grab my birkin bag while I go get these kids from Haiti adopted” Fierce. (My sarcasm is showing) Other than that, the book was amazing. I’m glad it’s over, because it couldn’t have ended any better than it did. Everything tied together perfectly, and I look forward to seeing what else Kennedy Ryan has in store for us.

A Dominant Fallen by Lena Black

Nook, Nook, Nook, Nook.  Book 1, was all about the word Culling or Cull.  Book 2, is all about the word Nook.  This word is used so many times, you start to doubt your own existence.  Well about the book.  Don’t worry, it’s still just as horrible as book 1.  In fact, it was my own fault for even reading book 2, when I rated book 1 so horribly.  I was HOPING this would be better.  Benefit of the doubt I guess.  I think a part of me was like “well, let’s see where this train wreck is headed”  and then a few pages in I was all “yep, still a train wreck”, Gabrielle is still a complete idiot, and she’s naive, to everything around her, she’s selfish, with no feelings towards anyone but herself, no shocker there.  I mean heaven forbid Damien who runs his own company cancels on her to do what he does which is actual work.  What does she do, she marches right up there, basically demanding why he canceled lunch, never mind it’s a legitimate work reason.  So then she’s standing there looking stupid, and they’re all “oh Damien, you have a feisty one” no, that’s code for “you really picked a dumb one”.  I’ve said it before, that this is the most unrealistic relationship there ever was, because there relationship is only sex.  That’s it. There’s nothing else. They know nothing about each other.  The whining is exhausting.  Gabrielle is exhausting.  This book is exhausting.  I think it’s safe to say I’m done with this author.