Wild Like the Wind

Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley

4 stars! 

“Today, I woke up a loser. But I’m gonna end the night a winner.” 

Hound has loved Keely for years, but she’s the widow of one of his Chaos brothers and off limits. Over 18 years he was there for her, until an argument between them made him run away and Keely pursues him. Embarking on a physical relationship, there are a lot of issues that are between them…

^^^Okay so not my best synopsis, but I tried. What I can say was I was really surprised I enjoyed this one as much as I did, no offense to Ashley but her newer books can be a hit or a miss for me. But from the beginning I was absorbed into the story and couldn’t put my phone down (kindle app). This book reminded me of why I fell in love with Ashley’s books to begin with.

If you’re on the fence give this book a chance! It’s really good!

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The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

4 stars! 

“You can hear someone’s secrets and their fears and their wants, but remember that these exist alongside other people’s secrets and fears, people living in the same room.” 

OMG I READ SOMETHING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND IT WASN’T AWFUL!!!

I have to be honest, I would have never picked this book up on my own. I work at the library that has like seven billion book clubs (just kidding it’s more like 5, but still) and this was selected for the mystery book club. Wanting to get more involved I read it…. and really enjoyed it!!

The Woman in the Window is about an agoraphobic doctor who watches her neighbors from her windows. One day she see’s something she shouldn’t have, and everything goes spiraling out of control. And that’s all I am gonna say about the plot, any more is too much.

“No family, happy or unhappy, is quite like any other. Tolstoy was chock-fullo’shit. Remember that.” 

This book was very much a modern day take on Rear Window and other old suspense films. So much so in fact the main character talks about them a lot (which made me glad my mother is obsessed with movies from the 30’s and 40’s because I actually understood a lot of the references). It was interesting to read a book from the perspective of an unreliable character, there are twists you see coming and others you don’t because of it.

I picked up this book apprehensive of the size, being almost 450 pages, but I found it read really fast and the other has a great writing style with the ability to suck you into the story. I would read 100+ pages in a sitting and would be shocked they flew by so fast and that I was so invested in the story.

I think this is a book a lot of people would really like. It’s not super original but it works because as I said, it’s more of a modern day Hitchcock story.

“The world is a beautiful place,” she insists, and she’s serious; her gaze is even, her voice level. Her eyes catch mine, hold them. “Don’t forget that.” She reclines, mashing her cigarette into the hollow of the bowl. “And don’t miss it.” 

Blue-Eyed Devil

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

4 stars! 

“I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.” 

Blue Eyed Devil is the story of Haven, a young woman from a very wealthy oil family. Coming out of a bad marriage Haven has attracted the attention of Hardy, a rival of the family. But there may be more to Hardy than meets the eye, but Haven isn’t sure if she’s ready to handle a man like him.

It’s funny because everyone told me after I read Sugar Daddy that I would love this book more and well…. I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong it was fantastic, but it’s almost like how everyone else LOVES Devil in Winter and while I enjoyed that one too, it doesn’t live up to the hype. Maybe it’s just me and my picky ass reading tastes? This book was very rushed at the end and everything just fell together with minimal conflict (even tho there was a crapton of buildup to it).

What I loved was Haven as a heroine. Beat down she had a hard time of it, but she overcame and did her best to live her life on her own terms. I love Kleypas’ writing style which makes it so effortless to fall into her world and read about her characters. And I even really enjoyed the sex scenes, normally I skip those in my romances. I can see why others loved this book and I really liked it, hence 4 stars.

“One of the blessings human beings take for granted is the ability to remember pain without re-feeling it. The pain of the physical wounds is long gone …and the other kind of hurt, the damage done to our spirits, has been healed. We are careful with those scarred places in each other.” 

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

4.5 stars 

“My physical appearance was just a small fraction of who I was. I was more than a pretty bauble to hang on the tree of a man’s world.” 

After a horrible trip to her childhood home, Ava just wants to get the heck out of Arizona and back to her apartment in Boston. Her attempts at everything in the airport from first class upgrades to meals to the coffee cart are thwarted by a rude Scotsman…. who happens to be her seatmate on her flight. Their hatred for each other soon turns into a night neither of them will ever forget.

By chance Caleb reenters her life when Ava had thought he was just a one night stand, and the two decide to explore their physical attraction even further…

“When you were infatuated with someone, you failed to see their imperfections. When it was more than a fixation, you still cared about them in spite of their flaws.” 

First off, Samantha Young is romance royalty. She delivered THE BEST ANGST in any romance novels, hands down. She’s also one of the few authors that I don’t skim sex scenes (yes I am weird and I do that most of the time). When I read a book by Young, I am enthralled from the very beginning, all the way to the last page at the end. I always say this too but I love how she manages to write characters from different countries and nails it every time, there are never cultural inaccuracies which blows my mind.

There are similarities in this book to On Dublin Street, a heroine with a messed up family past and a best friend who dies tragically (not a spoiler it’s in the beginning of both books). But the similarities end there. I loved Ava. She was such an incredible female character unlike many we see in this genre. She’s gorgeous but wants to be valued as more. She works hard but remembers to be kind. Caleb was an amazing alpha-hole, but was nice at the right points. I wish we had gotten more of his side of events but I still really loved him too.

I have two things to gripe about in this book, the first affected my rating the other did not. At the end of the book, what was done to Ava, there needed to be a lot more fucking groveling. I was actually appalled at the lack of groveling at the end considering Caleb’s words and actions. The second thing I have to gripe about, I friggin hate the cover of this book. I know it’s the newest rage in romance and we have The Hating Game to blame for it, but the cover of this book does not match the inside at all and I am looking forward to when (if) they change the cover in the future. I want to reiterate, the cover did not affect my rating.

“We’re all afraid of something, sweetheart. It’s up to us whether we stay and fight that fear… or whether we run and hide from it.” 

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes came from an unedited copy and are subject to change in final review. 

Consumed

Consumed by JR Ward

3 stars 

This is a book that started out very strong for me. I loved the prequel novellas and the beginning of the book was so compelling with the story. And then about halfway through it’s almost like it fell apart. Consumed is about firefighters Anne and Danny. Both of them feel an intense attraction to each other, but working on the same team nothing can come of it.

Like I said I felt the first half of the book was very good and I liked the characters and the story. The second half of the book I found boring and a tad bit ridiculous. I think this series has a lot of potential and the future installments will be really great so I’ll definitely be checking those out. Three stars because I enjoyed this book for the most part.

ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

4.5 stars! 

“All this time, Dad had taught Leni how dangerous the outside world was. The truth was that the biggest danger of all was in her own home.” 

Thirteen year old Leni is used to moving around. Her father Ernt was a POW in Vietnam and when he came back from the war, he didn’t come back right. On a whim, he moves Leni and her mother up to Alaska in search of a simpler and better life.

But Alaska is more than they all bargained for, and as winter approaches it becomes clear they are not prepared. But as the days grow shorter, so does Ernt’s temper and Leni and her mother have more to fear than the dangers of Alaska.

“Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” 

Kristin Hannah is an author I’ve always been meaning to read and never got to before. I can now say I totally regret not picking up one of her books until now. The Great Alone captivated me from the first page and had me staying up late and sacrificing sleep to finish it.

It’s odd because thinking back on the book, I didn’t quite love or understand any of the characters. Except for maybe Large Marge because that woman was freaking awesome. But Leni who started out strong for me changed about 75% in. I think what really makes this book amazing is the story and the writing style. I felt like I was in Alaska with the rest of the characters and experiencing everything with them.

“It’s scary that people can just stop loving you, you know?”