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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved loved loved it. The only thing I hated more was the crushing blow of finding out, that there will in fact be a 4th book. Way to go Geneva. Way to go for ruining my life, because who knows how long I will now have to wait for that.
So this book picked right up where book 3 left off. Alexander has proposed to Clara, and they’re planning the wedding. More like Clara is planning the wedding, because I don’t think guys really have much say in planning. The King still goes on his merry way of treating Clara like crap. Shit hits the fan when Clara finds out that she is still be stalked by her ex boyfriend and Alexander has been keeping this from her. This is all information we knew from book 2, so I’m not giving anything away. I don’t want to give anything away, but this was really good, full of some drama, as well as some unexpected twists and a few things that were clearly predicted that I totally called from the beginning. There was also a case where Alexander was being a complete dick and by then I was ready for Clara to just leave his ass, since he was basically going to not be who he was, but he prevailed. Read the book, and let’s be pissed and wait for book 4.