Book Review: “Lady Luck” by Kristen Ashley

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“Lady Luck” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Ty Walker was wrongly imprisoned and for the five years he was inside, he honed his plan so when he gets out, he has nothing but vengeance on his mind.

But then he walks straight to stylish, leggy, beautiful, goofy Lexie Berry and he suddenly has something else to think about. He knows within seconds he wants her and within days he can love her but with the filth that was flung at him clinging; he also knows he can’t have her.

Since birth, Lexie Berry has been Lady Luck’s favorite toy and because of that, Lexie is cautious. But within a day, she senses Ty is something special. With her luck, however, she can’t trust it. Then she finds out what was done to Ty and she’s willing to do anything to make it right.

Even what Ty will never forgive her for doing.

Ty clings to vengeance and Lexie goes all out to give him back the time he lost. But Ty is battling demons within and they’re up against dirty cops and criminals who will stop at nothing to sway Lady Luck against them. All Ty and Lexie have is hope Lady Luck will finally swing their way.

REVIEW

This series is definitely a must-read for all the fans of this genre! Although, for some reason these books have too many unnecessary details, the plot and the characters are very interesting and you want to keep reading them!

This story has it all: A man who seeks justice and revenge and a woman who was looking for a home. They found each other and they didn’t found only happiness but they found also the reason to live and don’t look back.

Ty went to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His mind was only to revenge until he saw Lexie. He’s a badass and a man of a few words. He’s also smart and a man who wants to built a future without the shadow of the past. It took him a while to trust again but when he did it, it was magnificent!

Lexie didn’t have the best luck since her first day on earth. When she found herself in the company of a man who just got out of prison and wanted to marry her because of his plan for revenge, she decided to do just that. But it was easy to see the longing to belong with a man, to have a good house and a family. Things that she hadn’t in her life so far. She’s sweet, funny, loyal and determined to help the people she loves.

I really liked this story because it’s a life lesson. No matter what happened, everyone must dream that life is going to be better! Definitely a must-read if you like contemporary romances!

Book Review: “Sweet Dreams” Kristen Ashley

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“Sweet Dreams” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Lauren Grahame has spent her whole life thinking something special was going to happen. She didn’t know what it was, she just knew it would one day be hers. But she learned the hard way that special wasn’t on offer.

So, after divorcing her cheating husband, Lauren searched for nothing special and she thought she found it when she landed a job as a waitress in a biker bar in Carnal. It was perfect: a nothing job in a nowhere bar in Nowheresville.

Then Tatum Jackson walked in. Part-owner of the bar, he took one look at high-class Lauren and wanted nothing to do with her. And he made this known, loudly.

Tate’s angry insults seared in her brain, Lauren decides the feeling is mutual and she doesn’t want anything to do with the gloriously handsome Tate Jackson. The clash of the bartender and barmaid begins but, even though Tate makes his change of mind clear (in biker-speak, a language Lauren is not fluent in), Lauren is intent on going her own way.

Until a serial killer hits Carnal and Lauren finds out Tate isn’t a bartender, he’s a bounty hunter. He stakes his claim for Lauren before he goes on the hunt for a killer but Laurie doesn’t speak biker nor does she understand bounty hunters and Tate comes back from the hunt to find his old lady has moved on.

Life throws curveball after curveball at Laurie and Tate. As secrets are revealed, women are brutally murdered, and Lauren tries to find her inner biker babe.

REVIEW

I just can’t stop reading Kristen Ashley’s books! “Sweet Dreams” is one more very good read, with great plot and interesting characters! It’s so good that for a change the story was about an older woman. Not that forty-two is old, but definitely it’s not about a twenty-something young woman. I love when a woman at this age finds her happily-ever-after because it means that all women must believe that someday they will find their own. That never it’s too late.

So, this is the story of Lauren and Tate. She is trying to find herself after a bad marriage while roaming in the country trying to decide where she is going to live and work. He is a bounty hunter biker, part-owner of a bar and larger-than-life man and he lives in a small city. Their first meet was far from pleasant but after their rocky start it’s easy to see that they belong together.

I have to admit that I respect a woman like Lauren. She realized that she was living in a lie and she decided to find herself. She’s not afraid of work, she doesn’t want to be a trophy wife and she has enough respect for herself not to do the same mistakes. I admit that she had her not-so-good moments but that’s only logical. She’s a good woman, loving and ready to help everyone in need.

As for Tate… What can I say? Badass, sexy, amazing lover and even more amazing father! Possessive, protective, witty and the list can go on! He’s the man of my dreams! I liked him a lot because he was honest and ready to take what he wanted!

Of course, my personal favorite was Jonas, for obvious reasons! Such a great boy! Actually, he’s a mini-Tate and it was fun to read about him!

As you can see, this was one more very good book by Kristen Ashley! I’ve read many reviews that were saying about the editing, the typos etc. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that all the authors must be more careful with the editing, but when the story is so good, I tend to stick to the story and enjoying it!

Novella Review: “Obsession” by Jennifer Lyon

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“Obsession” by Jennifer Lyon

4 stars

SUMMARY

In the explosive conclusion to The Plus One Chronicles Trilogy, obscenely rich, jaggedly handsome and still obsessed with love and vengeance, Sloane Michaels must face an impossible choice: lose the woman he loves or betray his twin sister’s memory.

Watching the man she adores destroy himself for revenge, Kat Thayne knows she should run and never look back. But running isn’t her way anymore. Kat has grown into a fierce fighter, and the man who helped her get there is the very man who needs her strength now. But as the sizzling passion and hard-won love bind Kat and Sloane even tighter together, old secrets and lies explode around them. Danger threatens. And Kat soon realizes that she’s risking more than her heart to be with Sloane…she’s risking her very life.

REVIEW

This novella is the conclusion of the trilogy and it’s as good as the previous two. The two main characters have been through a lot in their lives and it’s time to be happy.

Kat is starting to fulfill her dream and she’s taking back her life. She came to terms with the relationship she has with her parents and she realized that many people loved her for what she truly is.

Sloane realized that there are things more important than vengeance and that the love of a woman is enough to change a man’s plan.

I really liked the plot in this novella, because it kept my interest from the start until the very last page. I laughed and I cried while reading it and I enjoyed it very much! It’s a very nice series novella and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Dinner with a Vampire” by Abigail Gibbs

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“Dinner with a Vampire” by Abigail Gibb

2.5 stars

SUMMARY

One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price..

REVIEW

Well, I really don’t know what to write in this review and that’s a first for me! When I start reading it I thought that this would be an awesome read but after the first half of the book my opinion changed. It wasn’t what I was expecting and mostly because the sticker on the cover said that this book is “the sexiest romance you’ll read this year” and, believe me, this is so not the case here!

Violet finds herself in trouble when she became a witness in a mass murder. She was taken by the man who was responsible for the crime and she came to know a dark world. Soon she becomes a part of this world and her life changes.

I can’t say that Violet is a very likable character. Again I am going to say that at the beginning she was acting kind of normal but after a while I didn’t like her thoughts or her actions.

And as for Kaspar… He wasn’t what I was expecting. He has some serious issues and his behavior is far from good. I can’t say that I was convinced for his love. Too many times he made clear his uncertainty about Violet and in my agenda that is not a sign of love!

The world-building is very interesting and promising but I didn’t like the characterization because there wasn’t a good development of the characters.

It wasn’t my kind of read but maybe you’ll like it!

Novella Review: “Possession” by Jennifer Lyon

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“Possession” by Jennifer Lyon

4 stars

SUMMARY

Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and his need for Kat, his need to possess her at all costs, rivals only his single-minded goal of vengeance for the murder of his sister.

After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.

REVIEW

The second novella in this series is as good as the first one. The story continues and her we can see the development in the relationship of Sloane and Kat.

In this story, Kat is becoming stronger each day. And I don’t mean only physical but emotional also. Yes, she’s still a little insecure but that’s logical. She has goals in her life and she knows that she has to be stronger and determined in order to succeed. She has to put her fears behind. I believe that she’s doing it. She’s trying hard to remember what happened to her because in her case the truth will set her free.

Sloane shows us his possessive side in this novella. It’s easy to see that he doesn’t want Kat only for a small period of time. He’s falling in love with her but he’s afraid of telling her his plans and he’s right to be afraid. He’s worried about Kat and he wants to keep her safe. I like him because he’s the kind of man who is proud for everything his woman is trying to do.

It’s a very nice novella and after the cliffhanger I am very curious about what is going to happen in the next one!

Novella Review: “The Proposition” by Jennifer Lyon

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“The Proposition” by Jennifer Lyon

4 stars

SUMMARY

Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

REVIEW

A very nice read that kept my interest and made me want more! Although, it’s a short read, many things are happening. Kat experienced a brutal attack some years ago and that changed her life. She doesn’t really remember what happened to her and she’s suffering from panic attacks. Sloane is a man who is seeking revenge and when he meets Kat he found one more purpose in his life.

I liked Kat a lot. Although, she experienced something very traumatic, she found the will to change her life and do what she really wants. Yes, she’s still afraid but it’s only logical and that makes her even braver, because strength is to keep going even if you’re afraid. She’s hiding her scars and that makes her insecure but with Sloane’s persistence she showed them to him and that means that she is willing to accept herself.

Sloane is definitely larger than life. He’s mysterious, sexy, powerful and protective. We don’t know the details but we know that he wants revenge for the death of his sister. Although he says that he doesn’t want a relationship, I don’t believe it’s true. I think that he has convinced himself in order to believe that a “plus-one” agreement is enough.

I enjoyed this novella very much and I want to read more! I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “The Gamble” by Kristen Ashley

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“The Gamble” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Nina Sheridan’s on a timeout adventure in the Colorado Mountains. She needs distance from her clueless fiancé, distance to decide whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with a man who doesn’t care enough to learn how she takes her coffee.

Arriving in a blinding snowstorm at the A-Frame she rented, she comes face to face with the most amazing man she’s ever seen. Minutes later, when he kicks her out of his house, she goes head to head with him.

Beyond angry because she’s flown half a world away to start her timeout adventure, not to mention her sinuses hurt, she heads back down the mountain and ends up in a ditch. Unable to extricate herself, she gives up, hopes for rescue and falls asleep in the backseat.

The next morning she wakes up in the amazing man’s bed and she’s sick as a dog.

Holden Maxwell spends days nursing her back to health and then he spends the next two weeks trying to convince her to take her Colorado adventure further, in other words, make it permanent and take a gamble on him.

Nina has a tough time fighting her attraction to Max, especially when it seems all Max’s friends, her mother and stepdad and the whole town want them together and both she and Max get embroiled in the murder of Max’s ex-friend and the town of Gnaw Bone’s most detested resident – a man everyone has motive to kill, especially Max.

REVIEW

I keep reading Ashley’s book and I can’t find something that I don’t like! Yeah, Ι believe that she’s very talented in creating romantic stories! So, this book is another very good start in a contemporary series and now this series has my attention!

This is the story of Nina and Max. She wanted a timeout from her (unhappy) life and she rent a house in the Colorado mountains. He is the owner of the house and by mistake he was at the house and he hadn’t any intentions to have guests. But fate is fate and brought them together!

I have to admit that I liked Nina, although she’s not my favorite. She’s a very good person, but very stubborn and sometimes she speaks before she thinks! But she’s kind and when she cares for someone, friend or love, she will do anything to help!

Max was great! A typical alpha male but more down to earth than other male characters that the author has written about. He’s the man who will take what he wants. Protective and badass, he’s the kind of man who will help everyone in time of need. Definitely a man that you can count on!

As you can see, I liked the book very much! If you are a fan of this genre, then you should try and read it!

Book Review: “Two Worlds Colliding” by Jani Kay

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“Two Worlds Colliding” by Jani Kay

3 stars

SUMMARY

All any woman ever wants, is to know that she is worth fighting for.

All a man ever wants, is to know he can take care of his woman. Protect her, provide for her, look after her needs and desires.

Is the love between Ryder and his Princess strong enough to overcome the odds? When two people are so obviously meant for each other, can the world decide otherwise and rip them apart?

In a society that judges so easily, Ryder and Jade don’t stand a chance. Can the unthinkable happen?

WARNING: Explicit language and sexual situations. 18+

REVIEW

After I read the prequel novella, I wanted to read the first full novel in this series with bikers. I enjoyed reading it but I can’t say that it was the best biker book I’ve ever read. Mostly because everything happened quickly and not very convincing.

The story continues from where the prequel left us and we can see the development of the relationship between Jade and Ryder. They have many problems to solves, especially the fact that both Jade’s family and Ryder’s MC, don’t want them together.

Thankfully, Jade is better in this book. She realized that she shouldn’t be so judgmental when she met him for the first time and she understood that the real life is more complicated and she has to live it to see the difference. She has to grow up and not be “daddy’s little girl” anymore.

We knew Ryder’s life was far from good but in this book we can see how unlucky he is also. He believes that Jade deserves better but he can’t leave her because she made him happy for the first time in his life and it’s very sweet.

It’s a nice story but very fast-paced and I would prefer more details in some of the scenes. Nevertheless, I recommend it to the fans of the genre!

Book Review: “Deacon” by Kristen Ashley

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“Deacon” by Kristen Ashley

3 stars

SUMMARY

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance. He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

REVIEW

Although I liked this book, as I like every book by Kristen Ashley, I didn’t loved it. Why? Because the whole book was about a relationship!! Really? Where is the great plot, the badass men and women who are in trouble every five minutes??

This is the story of Deacon and Cassie through the years. And I mean it. We have their first meeting and every description of their meetings for the next six years. Kind of too much, isn’t it?

I liked Cassie because she’s a woman who is not afraid of doing what she wants. She is strong and willing to work hard alone or with company. She doesn’t let anyone make her feel bad and when someone is trying to denigrate her she doesn’t let him/her. But, to be honest, I believe that Cassie hasn’t, not even one, submissive bone in her body! She’s too bossy for my taste!

I thought Deacon would be more badass. Don’t get me wrong. He is badass but I believe that he’s tired. Also, I like a man of a few words but in the beginning I really wanted to punch him because he didn’t say anything at all!

It was an enjoyable read but it was an average Kristen Ashley book! Nevertheless, if you are a fan of this genre you should give it a try!

Book Review: “Raid” by Kristen Ashley

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“Raid” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she’s sweet, cute and quiet.

Too quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town of Willow’s local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.

But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?

REVIEW

Another very good story in this series! You know, I believe that Kristen Ashley can’t do any wrong! She knows how to write a love story that almost every woman would enjoy reading!

This is the story of Hanna and Raid. She is in love with him since she was just a kid and he didn’t know her. Until recently. Now, she’s the sweetest and kindest woman in the little town and he’s an ex-marine and a total badass. Yeah, that’s the perfect combination!

I liked Hanna a lot. She’s sweet and kind of goofy. Sometimes she trusts the wrong people but she doesn’t regret her actions. But she’s also a strong person that want to help everyone in need.

Raid is also great! He’s badass, possessive, protective, smart, funny and everything a woman can dream. I loved them as a couple very much!

As you can see, I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

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