Archive | June 25, 2016

Rock Steady, Dawn Ryder


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Genre:  Romance, General Fiction (adult)

A rock star romance,a weakness for me…so I had to request it 😉 I loved book one and really enjoyed being back with Toxin. Though this story features Ramsey we still see the other band members, just the sort of read I enjoy best.

I laughed at parts of this – the start, Ramsey and That Tattoo – brilliant. I kind of sympathised with the groupie… though she did know what she was getting into so it wasn’t really fair, but what a revenge!! Jewel – she was a terrific character, felt very real, a strong lady. She’s got past issues too and yet she’s worked to get past them. I do like ladies in novels that don;t just curl up and depend on a man, but run their own lives. Ramsey doesn’t know it but she’s just what he needs and vice versa. Jewel doesn’t need a “yes” man, but one who will understand her need for independence, and their romance was so explosive in the physical way. Yet the mental parts, the way they needed to adapt to each other took time and proved the for me much needed heartbreak section. I love the drama, and don’t want a sweet easy read. the more setback and hard parts to work through the greater the reward IMO and this book was perfect for that. .

Stars: Five, a cracking read. Great addition to the series

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Full Disclosure, Book 1 of the No Secrets Series, Julie Olsen

Full Disclosure, Book 1 of the No Secrets Series,  Julie Olsen

Full Disclosure (No Secrets Book 1) by [Olsen, Julie]

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Genre:  Romance, Erotica

Wow – what a debut, a gripping, sensual and beautifully written story for a first book! Its a part one though…and I’ve a love/hate with continuation books.

Firstly what I love – the length. when so many eBooks are coming in at under 100 pages its a treat to find longer reads. They let the author really explore the characters, set complex plots and write a story that really pulls me in. Julie did all that here but then there’s…
What I hate about multi part books – I lose the momentum. They always seem to stop on a cliff-hanger and Julie throws in a real doozy of one here. Then by the time the next part is out, months later – years occasionally – I’ve lost the thread, the impetus, the whole grip of the story. I can reread the last couple of chapters and pick it up, but its never as good as if I’d read it all in one go. Still, after FSoG it seems inevitable that most erotic romance reads are going to be multi part reads 😦

So we meet Olivia, works as a trainer, lives with sister and has some good close friends. Then biking to work one morning she gets hit and Damien is on the scene, picks her up and is smitten with her. She’s tough though, reserved, has things from her past that still affect her and she’s not looking for a man. Damien’s persistent though, doesn’t give up even when she’s blatantly rude to him…he just smiles and continues and eventually she agrees to one date, that leads to a heck of a lot more.
She’s been attracted right from the start but pushed it down deep, but Damien manages to get her to relax and let him in. Well, he’s gorgeous, a real hunk, clearly wealthy, though its not til later she realises just How Wealthy, and he’s just what she needs. Someone who want her, protects her and gives her confidence. He is a bit overbearing and sometimes that gives her a pause, too close to things from her past but when she tells him he does try. The sensuality between them is off the charts but he’s reserved about his past and she has issues coming from hers.
Then we get to what makes the book for me, lifts it from just another billionaire, erotic romance read – The Bad Girl, the real B itch Queen. Hah- I saw her coming, just like Olivia I could see through her…and she’s so perfectly written, shows one face to Damien and another to Olivia. I do so love a character like her in a story!
Its all going well, the romance has been built up gently and is in full swing, there’s a couple of major hiccups but they get sorted,and Olivia and Damien promise honesty to each other – then we get That Cliff-hanger. Wow – I didn’t see that coming! I think – just – that I’ve an idea how its going to pan out, the when and why, but what a place to stop…arghh.

I’m so full of their story I need to know more, now dammit. and that’s what I hate about multi part reads, here I am fully engrossed in Damien and Olivia’s story, and when I get to the next book I’ll probably have read 100-200 others and their stories get muddled. Its time consuming to go back, try to get into the mood again and never quite works for me. What I really like best is a back to back read when all parts are out.Often if its a series I want to read and I haven’t Arcs then I’ll wait til final part is out, then buy all parts and read straight through.

I’ve asked Julie – via goodreads- if this is a two or three part story – or more maybe. I really like to know these things at the start and though this says book one it could very well be one of those stories that are about connected characters, thus book two would be maybe her sister or her best friend’s story, rather than the continuation of Damien and Olivia’s story. Readers need to know things like that before they buy.

Stars: Five, a fabulous debut read, a sensual and exciting story.

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