While we waited Tammy Falkner.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I read a lot of books and sometimes I just don’t keep track of new releases in series. That’s what happened here, I adored – a five star read – Tall, Tatted and Tempting, it was for me a perfect mix of hot, sensual romance, drama and a solid story wrapping it up. I did intend to look for more as they came out but….too many other books got in the way, so when I saw this one was part of the series I jumped at the chance to review it.
There’s a lot of links to characters and stories in past books, but this is a standalone so I thought it would be fine for me. From that viewpoint it was, although there were hints of previous things it didn’t stop me from being able to keep up with the story. I loved the characters, felt for poor Finn with her mum being mentally disturbed, it had given her an awful childhood and it made sense of why she didn’t do anything but one night stands. The foster parents were absolute gems, so solid in their love for the girls, so un-judgemental, they were just there to catch them when they fell and encourage them forward again. Sadly though it was a sweet, tender romance it lacked any real drama and I need that. I felt it was sort of one paced, all very sweet, and moving forward, with Finn and Tag quickly falling in love. It just seemed to be all too smooth, too slick, too happy, happy, happy, and I need some hiccups, some bumps in the road that fill me with emotion, and I just didn’t get it. I enjoyed reading this but its a one off only for me.
Stars: Three, I needed more drama, but for those who like a sweet, undemanding romance it’s perfect
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Embrace, The Affair Series, book 2, S. Layne
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Genre: Erotica, Romance
I loved part one, full of action and drama but somehow part two has lost that magic for me. Laurie is looking for answers, reeling from everything that was dropped on her in book one, where her private and business lives collided and collapsed. James refuses to give up on her, but she’s still head over heels with Liam. He seems to be promising more one moment but in the next saying he’s happy as they are…running hot and cold again really. That’s what put me off in the first book, even though he’s clearly an incredibly charismatic man. It makes me wonder just why he’s like this. What happened to him? Sadly we don’t get any answers to that – maybe in another book? I feel he’s got such potential if the right person could unravel all the things holding him back. He doesn’t seem to thing there’s a problem though, so until then he’ll carry on as he has been. Its going to be a lonely time for him at some point in his future.
James; he really made up for so much here, though at times like Laurie I was – what the heck is he annoyed about – he’s the one who cheated, had someone else’s hands all over him when Laurie thought everything was perfect. He’s so jealous of Liam, even though he acknowledges he’s at fault. He still can’t seem to tell Laurie what was wrong though, but she discovers though he wouldn’t go for counselling when she suggested it he now is seeing a counsellor. That’s a huge step in the right direction and finally it seems as if he realizes they need to work out what went wrong somehow if he is to persuade her to try again. At the moment though she’s still tied up with Liam, though reeling from the fact he’s been planning for a long time with her father to take over the business she works for. She feels betrayed by her dad, who knows she doesn’t want to work for him, betrayed by Liam because he knew the day after they met who she was but didn’t tell her, and of course there’s still the shock of Becky – her former best friend – and James affair…Poor Laurie.
Then another big shock comes, which takes precedence over everything else. It’s coming up to decision time, Liam or James, or nobody and a fresh start perhaps. James wants her back for good, as his wife, Liam just wants her for as long as they are having fun and won’t commit to more, but his attraction for her is magnetic. What will she do? That’s a great question and a hard decision to take, especially when she has this latest drama to contend with.
Somehow this book didn’t work so well for me, its still a good read but after all the drama of last time it felt a little flat. I got to like James more, especially once he recognised he needed to do more than just say sorry and send flowers. Liam, he’s still Mr Sexy and a real lust magnet for Laurie, but he seems colder, not the same man we first met and as I said I’m curious as to why. I’m also still a bit confused as to why Laurie keeps seeing him, knowing how he acted, and that he isn’t interested in a future with her. Does she think maybe he’ll change, or is it just that she needed to feel attractive, sexy, wanted again after James betrayal? She just doesn’t feel like the kind of lady who’d do flings…
Stars: Four, a neat finish but lost the magnetism of book one for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.