The Bourbon Thief

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

5 stars!

“As long as nobody gets hurt and it doesn’t spook the horses, do what you want and keep the details to yourself.”

Tiffany Reisz yet again delivers an enchanting and haunting tale of love and family, and how family legacy can affect one’s fate. The Bourbon Thief begins when a man named Cooper spends the night with a femme fatale named Paris, and wakes up to discover she tried to steal a million dollar bottle of bourbon from him. When he confronts her, she tells him the tale of the downfall of Maddox family and the events leading to the fire that claimed their bourbon factory.

Switching from present day point of view to that of Tamara’s in the late 70’s and early 80’s, we are presented with a captivating story of love and suspense of young Tamara and Levi.

“I’m riding in the wind with joy at my feet and freedom in my hair.”

This was one of those books where once the story began I was sucked in and wouldn’t look up from my kindle. After the introduction of Tamara and Levi, I found myself completely invested in their story, as beautiful and haunting as it was. What was interesting to me was the mystery aspect, which isn’t a typical suspense novel but a question of what would happen to these characters based on all of the elements coming to play against them.

There were lots of twists and surprises, some I guessed at and some that felt like a punch I was so shocked at them. Ultimately Reisz delivers a beautiful story of love, heartbreak and family and it’s a story I could see myself reading again and again.

“I know I love you. You’re perfect and handsome and I think about you all the time and I want you all the time and I love you.”
“All the time?”
“All the time.”

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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TORN Synopsis:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

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#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Broken Prince

Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

***There will be minor spoilers for those of you who HAVE NOT read the first book Paper Princess. If you HAVE read PP, then this review should be spoiler free of Broken Prince spoilers. You were warned.***

5 stars

“He told me to stay away. He told me I didn’t belong. If only I’d listened to him.”

OMG. Erin Watt you lovely ladies!! You outdid yourselves.

This was an amazing follow up to Paper Princess and I loved it!! I couldn’t ask for a better sequel to book one.

Basically I have so many feelings about this book I need to express them in gifs. So this is gonna be a giftastic review. Here we go!

When the arc hit my kindle:

Me after reading this book:

Let’s start from the beginning, or I should say the end of book one. Ella has left the Royal household heartbroken and alone. The Royal family desperately wants to find her as she is the missing piece of the puzzle that held their dysfunctional family together. Reed has a past he needs to explain to Ella and he needs to make amends for wrongdoings.

That’s all I will say about the plot, really. What I can say is, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Paper Princess is already one of my favorite books of 2016 and I am so happy that Broken Prince was just as amazing, it lived up to all of my expectations and more.

“My instincts had screamed at me that she was trouble. My instincts were wrong. She wasn’t trouble. I was. Still am. Reed, the destroyer.”

These characters, they are what make the book so special. Flawed, raw, and maladjusted they may be, but they stick to your heart with an iron grip and do not let go. My favorite character? Easton! Is that really a surprise? This bad boy steals the show in any scene he is present in and I love how the authors continue to peel back the layers and show who he is beneath his tough exterior.

“Whatever girl takes on Easton is going to have to hold a whip in one hand and a pistol in the other.”

I also adore Ella as a heroine. She’s such a good person through and through. She defends the weak and stands by her friends when they need her. With all the craziness going on with some of the side characters, I can honestly say I personally would have tried to blend into the shadows. Instead Ella faced those who bullied and fought them head on. She’s an admirable girl, and an amazing heroine for us to read about.

“Ella Harper doesn’t forget. Ever.”

Delicious angst is present in this book as well, intricately woven into the story without being overwhelming. And this book was FUNNY. There were several moments where I laughed out loud and then was so glad I wasn’t reading in public and no one could see. There were also so many plot twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing! Never a dull moment in the life of a Royal.

There are some characters in this book, I really hope they get what’s coming to them in Twisted Palace.

That ending???

There were some plot points I had guess at timidly, but I didn’t see that ending coming at all. When is Twisted Palace coming out?????? I cannot wait!!!!!

Overall I think fans of the first book will love this second installment. It’s a book I was unable to put down and I never wanted to leave the Royal world. And if you haven’t read Paper Princess yet, what are you waiting for????? Get it and start reading now!!!

“She’s the best thing to happen to the Royals I a long time.”

ARC kindly provided by authors in exchange for an honest review

Delinquents

Delinquents (Dusty #2) by Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth

3.75 stars

***There may be mini spoilers for those who have not read the first book Dusty Innocents! Proceed at your own risk!!!***

“Nothing about love is easy.”

Wow these two books are probably some of the most conflicting books I’ve ever read!

Deliquents begins with Dusty having been gone for a long time, no one knowing where he went. Upon his return Bliss accepts him back into her life the way things had always been between them. Their relationship continues to be a secret, mostly because her parents wouldn’t approve. But their love for each other still burns strong, despite Dusty’s struggle with drugs.

“It’s not even fair to want someone as heavily and wholly as I crave this person. I feel too small to contain it, and all he did was look at me.”

I enjoyed this book much more than the first book Innocents. I felt the writing was smoother and the plot flowed a lot better. I still don’t like the use of nicknames and the way the authors have adjectives as names. And of course I didn’t care for the actions of Dusty in this book.

But what made this book better than the first was I began to understand his struggle, I understood his choices a lot more. Plus he was no longer cheating on Bliss and was struggling with his past actions and how they affected Bliss. He really was questioning whether being in her life was good for her, and to me that showed genuine love that he wanted what was best for her.

Ultimately these books have unforgettable characters and a story that will stick with me. It’s not a picture perfect book but these aren’t perfect characters, so it fits.

“Because I love you.” I refuse to allow fear into my voice. “Because I love you, nobody else will ever touch me. Even though you are constantly touched.”

Innocents

Innocents (Dusty #1) by Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth 

3 stars

“Don’t you get it, baby?”
“What’s there to get?” she asks.
“That I love you.”
“Well, you have a shitty way of showing it.
I smirk. “That doesn’t make it any less true.”

Whelp. That was quite the story. Dusty Innocents is a book that has been sitting on my kindle for ages. I decided it was finally time to give this book a shot. I had no clue what to expect from it other than drugs and a frustrating male lead. And I got a huge amount of both.

Innocents is the story of a young girl named Bliss, spanning from elementary school aged to early high school years. She has been in love with her best friends brother for as long as she can remember and he loves her back. But Thomas is surrounded by drugs and bad influences and he himself succumbs to both. The two also have their families who would not be okay with them being together.

“We’re attached in ways I can’t comprehend. While everyone else expects me to fuck up … she just loves me. And I’m reckless enough to let her.

She’s my softer side, and I’m her motherfucking monster.”

I have to say, this was a very compelling book with interesting characters. While reading I found myself really needing to know what would happen with Thomas and Bliss. What I didn’t care for was the writing style, it felt like I was trudging through mud to get to my destination, in fact this book took me three times as long as it normally does to read a book. I didn’t like the constant switching of names for nicknames or describing words. Plus, I felt the plot was very weak as it never really went anywhere. I know there’s a second book, but I didn’t really get the point of this book.

I felt this book also portrayed how bad parenting can ruin a child for life. If I ever become a parent I pray I will never be like the ones in this book, letting their children get away with what they did, and even encouraging it. Our actions affect others and it’s important to remember the impact we can leave on a person.

As I said before it’s very compelling and unique which is why it still merits a 3 star rating from me, despite my issues I did enjoy reading this book for the most part. There’s just a lot going on that made it a difficult book to read. I definitely want to see where this goes and I am going to read the next book asap. Hopefully it clears up some things.

“Because love is a lot of things, but above all, love is what we make it. And we’ll make this never ending.”

Bittersweet

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

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3.5 stars!

“Holy Cannoli. I was cuddling the world’s grumpiest farmer.”

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Sarina Bowen is an author I adore and I will read absolutely anything she writes. That being said, this was not my favorite book by her but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Bittersweet is a second chance romance between a farmer and a chef.

Audrey is doing her best to keep her job and please her corporate bosses when she is sent to the countryside to purchase produce. What she doesn’t expect is to run into her college hook up on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Griff is just as surprised to see Audrey. While the attraction between the two of them is obvious, many outside factors are at play that put the breaks on any kind of serious relationship between them.

“She and I were a dangerous combination. We needed cautionary signs like the ones hanging in the tractor shed over the cans of diesel fuel. WARNING: COMBUSTIBLE.”

So the one thing that really stood out to me about this book? It was frickin hot! Seriously the steamy scenes were amazing and the chemistry between this couple was so tangible. I liked reading about the differences between their two upbringings, farm life is definitely a topic covered immensely in this book. In fact, don’t go into this book hungry because the food descriptions might as well be food porn for the reader.

What didn’t work for me mostly was the pacing and the lack of decision from either main character. The book was a little too slow for my tastes, and by that I don’t mean slow burn. Also Audrey had a lot of insecurities that I felt were brushed under the rug quickly at the end instead of the characters hashing them out. I really wanted Griff to help her through them but that didn’t happen which I feel could bring up issues for them later, but maybe that’s me overthinking it.

Anyways if you want a hot and sexy summertime romance read, this is the book for you! Oh and I am DYING to read the next book. I am so excited for that character!!!

“I love you, princess. You’re the sweet that balances out my natural tannins.”

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review

Trapped

Trapped by Beverley Kendall

4 stars 
Let me use this review to get on my soap box and preach about the amazingness that is Goodreads. A lot of people talk shit about this website and how it’s only haters on here. I disagree. This website has helped me discover so many new authors and books that I would have never heard of before.

Case in point? This book. If I had not seen this 8 word review by a friend, I would not have read this book. I would have no clue this book existed. So thank you Supreet for your short review!!(https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…)

Anyways, this book is a trope I love, where the girl gets pregnant, the guy leaves her but then comes back wanting forgiveness. I felt this book was very well done, I didn’t see either parent making bad decisions once dad came back in the picture, everything that was done was done with the intention for what was best for the child. No keeping the kid from one parent or using her for advantages. Both parents had the child in mind.

It’s also so wonderfully angsty!!!! Omg, I ate it up! I do wish Paige had made Mitch work for forgiveness a little bit more, because I am a huge fan of groveling. But honestly the author did a great job with this one. I need more of my book friends to read this author and this book!

The Spiral Down

The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez

5 stars! 
“I was so high on this man I wasn’t sure I’d ever come back down.”

Okay Aly Martinez fans… I get it now. I totally get it. After reading two books by this author which really weren’t to my reading tastes, I decided to take another chance on this one, because well… MM romance is my weakness. I eat it up! And this book was so worth the risk!!

This is the story of pop star Henry and young pilot Evan. Henry is an openly gay superstar and has a type: straight men. Evan is a pilot going through a recent break up with his girlfriend he didn’t love. The two meet when Henry’s private pilot can’t fly due to medical problems and Evan steps in.

“I have millions of fans. But it’s the people who get to know me who leave. It always happens.”

Even thought I dnf’d the previous book in this duet, I still read enough to be curious about the character Henry. He has a unique sense of humor but I loved it. Henry is such a vulnerable man, looking for love in all the wrong places. Evan has been burned in the past with love and he has his own set of rules when it comes to relationships. He has no interest in anything with Henry, at first. But Henry’s persistence wore him down.

This book was HAWT. HOT HOT HOT. You can feel the intensity leaking off of every page. With this came the most delicious angst that I ate right up. Basically, this book had my name on it. Loud and clear, I just couldn’t see it for a while.

Anyways, this book was great and I am so glad I took a chance on it after not loving other books by this author. This shows her talent as an author and that she’s diverse in her writing and doesn’t stick to the same story/style which I can respect.

“This doesn’t make you gay. It just makes you mine.”

Burn

Burn by CD Reiss

4 stars

“What we have isn’t something we made. It’s something that existed before we even met.”

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It’s been a while since I last sank my teeth into the Songs of Submission series, for some reason I stopped in the middle and didn’t pick it up. Well, I’m baaaacccckkkkk and loving Jonathon and all of his domineering and stalkerish ways (that just seem to work in this series).

So if you haven’t read this series there will be mild spoilers. If you have… well you already know lol.

Burn is about Monica and Jonathon, a couple that started out as just sex but has turned into so much more. Monica has fought for years to make it in the music industry and she comes to realize her relationship with Jonathon could jeopardize that before it even begins. Jonathon wants Monica in his life, but only when she comes to him.

“When this ice cube melts, I’m going to make love to you so slow, everyone in this hotel is going to know my name. It won’t be play. It’s going to be dead serious.”

It was very easy to get back into the swing of this series even though it had been a long time since I read the previous books. Reiss is a very eloquent writer and I could read this book without any breaks in the flow. I love how LA has such a strong presence in this series, it’s my hometown and CD nails it! (Probably because she lives here too).

The angst was delicious and the tension palpable. I just wish the plot was a little bit more focused, some of it seems all over the place with the side characters. But still a great, unique series with characters I love to read about. I need to get my shit together and finish this wonderful series.

“I feel your hands on your phone when you read my texts. I go to the Stock after your shifts just to stand where you’ve stood. I fall asleep on the pillow you used when you were in my bed. I need to share whatever piece of the world you’re in. Tell me you don’t feel the same.”

One True Loves

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4.5 stars!

“Good things don’t wait until you’re ready. Sometimes they come right before, when you’re almost there.”

Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts who lived an adventurous and happy life. In their twenties they married and fully expected to be together forever. But fate intervenes when a year into their marriage Jesse is lost at sea from a helicopter crash and presumed dead by everyone.

Three years later and Emma has moved on, her life is completely different. She lives on the east coast instead of LA, a career as a travel writer has changed into one of a bookstore owner. And Emma is engaged to Sam, an old family friend and is blissfully happy in a way she never expected to be ever again.

Then Emma gets a call and finds out Jesse survived. Thus brings on the question, do we only have one true love?

“You can’t be loyal to two people. You can’t yearn for two dreams.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid never pulls back her punches. I always approach her books with trepidation because so far every single one I have read by her has made me cry. This book was no exception. About 25% in I already had tears in my eyes.

Despite being essentially a love triangle I really enjoyed this book. The characters are relatable and tangible. It really makes you wonder how you yourself would react if you were in a similar situation as Emma, or one of her guys. This book was more about Emma’s own journey and her self discovery of the person she wanted to be, more than just a simple love triangle in a romance book.

The one thing I would have hoped for more from this book was a balance between the two men. By this we got to read more about one man and his effect on Emma and the other a little bit less. I would have liked to see more of Emma’s story with the other guy, as I feel it would have provided more insight into their relationship.

Thought provoking and charming, One True Loves is memorable experience and a delight to sink one’s teeth into. A poignant book about the meaning of a soulmate and whether we are destined in life to have more than one true love.

“When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever present and ubiquitous, that eventually it becomes ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel.”

ARC provided by publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Grin and Beard It

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

3.75 “put your best fuck forward” stars!

“It’s good to care what other people think but only when those other people matter.”

Grin and Beard It is the story of the eldest Winston brother Jethro, and Hollywood starlet and funny girl, Sienna. Sienna is a famous actress and comedian filming in Tennessee when she gets lost trying to locate the house she’s staying in. Ranger Jethro rescues her from the side of the road and the two hit it off right away.

Both are hesitant to pursue the other, Sienna with her Hollywood career constantly interfering with her personal life. Jethro has a wild past he is ashamed of and made vows about the kind of man he wants to be. Both need to figure out a way to fit the other into their life plans, but the chemistry between them is potent and undeniable.

“It felt real. He felt real. I loved that he was real.”

I enjoyed this newest book from Penny Reid. It follows along the lines of a traditional romance, one with a sweet story and a slow burn. But while the romance itself is traditional, I felt there was a lot that was progressive about this story. For one, this is a movie star romance novel, but instead of the star being a man, it was a woman. Not only was she a star, but she also wrote her own movies and was Latina (something unfortunately hard to find in the white-washed genre of romance). I loved reading about Sienna because I love strong intelligent women who work hard for what they want instead of lying down and letting a man take charge.

“Every step of the way I’d been scolded for being happy with myself. How dare I be happy with who I am, my size, the color of my skin, that I can make both men and women laugh.”

The portrayal of Hollywood was something else I liked in this book. Growing up in LA I am pretty jaded about that whole industry and I hate how it’s glamourized. Yes there are positives to it, but many authors gloss over the negatives and Penny didn’t do this. Sienna’s career affected her daily life in ways we take for granted, such as how to look, act, eat, drink, speak and more. The fact that she was size 14 and working in Hollywood successfully is impressive to me because you don’t see that all too often.

As per usual in Penny’s books, there’s sharp wit and humor laced throughout the story. I found myself laughing out loud at many points and smiling a lot as well. I wouldn’t say this is a romantic comedy but I think readers will connect with the humor spread throughout.

“Where I’m from they call your kind a hipster or lumbersexual, with the beard and the flannel and such.”
“Ah. See, where I’m from, they call my kind a man.”

Side characters: Cletus gets MVP. Oh. My. Gawd. That man!!!!!! I need more Cletus in my life. I can’t ever put my finger down on what he will say or do next, or even what he is thinking. He managed to be a comedic relief, relationship guide, and a scary MoFo all at once! Also, I am dying to read Billy’s book. I’m not kidding, the wait for his book will be the death of me!

“I think we all need someone who sees the best in us.”

So why not a full five stars? Well, I blame it mostly on personal preferences. Sweet romance isn’t what I normally choose to read, and this book was fairly sweet and romancey. I also didn’t have that spark with it, the one you get when you absolutely love a book? Overall I liked this book, but it wouldn’t be my first choice to reread.

Readers far and wide will love this book and these characters, Sienna and Jethro make a delightful couple many will enjoy. The Winston brothers are a fun and unique bunch and I find myself cursing my parents for making me an only child, even though I suspect my siblings wouldn’t be half as cool as these guys. If you want a book to curl up with on a rainy day with some tea, this is the book for you.

“Jethro Winston was my forever person. I would never be strong enough to let him go.”

ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review

 

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Synopsis

Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heartthrobs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

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About the Author
Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
 

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Ricochet

Ricochet by Keri Lake

5 stars!!

“I saw darkness in her beauty, and she saw beauty in my darkness. Yin and yang. Black and white. Beauty and scars; fury and forgiveness. She should’ve been my nemesis, but in her, I found something I didn’t know I was looking for.”

Great writing? Check. Tortured sexy hero? Check. Kickass heroine? Check.

Ricochet is a dark, cunning tale of two people who have the worst cards in life coming together and blasting their way out of the shit hand they were dealt. Nick is a man who seeks revenge against those who murdered his wife and son, and who shot him in the head and left him for dead. Aubree is a prisoner in her own life, she married the wrong man and now suffers behind her public smiles. In his plan for revenge, Aubree is a key player, and Nick will do whatever it takes to get his vengeance.

“Monsters did exist. They didn’t hide under the bed, though. They stormed through the fucking door and stole away everything we loved.
To defeat a monster, I had to become one.”

So first things first: Keri Lake is a phenomenal writer. I don’t say this lightly at all. There’s just something about the way she uses words, they flow across the page. The way she writes is beautiful and yet not longwinded, something very hard to pull off but she did.

Dark romance isn’t always my first choice when selecting a book to read. I had seen many friends in the past enjoy this book, but I honestly picked it up because my friend Angela over at Feeding My Addiction reviews said she devoured this 500+ page book in one day. So obviously my curiosity was piqued. And while I didn’t succeed in reading this book in one day (because of stupid real life), I will admit this is a book that’s incredibly hard to set down.

THIS. This is the kind of dark romance I enjoy reading! If all dark romances were like this, I would read a whole lot more. The kind with characters who aren’t perfect but are redeemable. Characters I can root for! To steal words from FMA reviews out of her mouth, Nick is the perfect antihero (a statement not mine but one I wholeheartedly agree with). I hate when I read dark romance and the antihero is some sort of sociopath who isn’t good in any way. I loved that Nick wasn’t entirely good, but he still had good in him. Darkness swept over him, but ultimately he fought it.

Aubree is a strong heroine that I loved. I hate doormats and she’s whatever the antonym of that word would be. My heart bled for her and the hardships she faced. She was the perfect counterpart to Nick, for he needed someone to protect, yet someone who would also fight.

Overall a very compelling and thrilling novel, one the reader will devour until the last page. I know I will be checking out Lake’s other books real soon, and I am so happy I took a chance on a book that isn’t normally my preferred genre to read.

“The ultimate revenge isn’t the murder of my enemy. It’s the whisper of truth on my last stolen breath.”

Hold On

Hold On by Kristen Ashley

3.5 stars

“You got good, you don’t let it go. It lets you go, you hold on. It slips through your fingers, you pull out all the stops to get it back. You got somethin’ worth fighting for, you fight for it. You do not sit on your ass waitin’ for it to come back to you. You show whoever that is they mean something and you go all out on that, and the only way you go down is doin’ that shit swinging.”

Hold On, the final book in The Burg series, is the story of Merry and Cher. Merry is a divorced cop and Cher a former stripper and single mom. Cher has been pining for Merry for years but was waiting for him to get over his ex-wife and notice her. And one day, he did.

3 star reviews are the hardest for me to write. This is probably because I neither hated nor loved the book. Obviously I liked it because I was able to finish reading and don’t think of it negatively. It just doesn’t have that something special that makes it stand out.

“Is there an us?” he asked.
My breasts brushed his chest as I started breathing heavily.
“Goddamn it, Cher, is there an us?” he clipped.
“I want there to be.”
Fuck! It came out because he was freaking me out.
Fuck!
“Then there’s an us,” he declared firmly.
… “And there bein’ an us, Cher, that means you’re mine. Ethan’s mine. Are you followin’ me?”

The Burg series in general is probably my least favorite Kristen Ashley series. I know this puts me in the minority, but hello, Wildcard here. Only book I truly loved from this series was At Peace and that’s because that book is fucking phenomenal.

Anyways, first 50% of this book was great, a 5 star read even. The second half was like trying to walk through wet tar. I had to push myself and it made it less enjoyable hence rounding it out to 3 stars.

My biggest issue with this book? It needed to be a good 100-200 pages shorter.

That’s right. Would have been amazing but instead everything felt dragged out and lost its emotional punch. I lost interest in the characters because it became a chore to read about them after having loved them for the previous 300 pages.

So in the end, I liked this book but it doesn’t stand out from the amazing work this author has delivered in the past. Obviously Kristen Ashley is The Queen of romance and I will read anything the woman writes.

“It happens,” he replied. “What happens?” she asked. He dipped closer and held her tighter. “It happens,” he repeated. “For people like us, baby. It happens, eventually. Just as long as we hold on.”