With the recommendation from Yaya and Miri from SMIBookClub, I have finally gotten to this series. ‘With You’ by Nashoda Rose is a novella giving you Emily and Scuplt/Logan’s back story and how they got together before the novel ‘Torn From You’. With how this novella ends and the synopsis of the next book, you can tell ‘Torn’ is going to be a rough read. I liked this one, but the two of them haven’t grabbed me yet. I’m just not smitten. With all the red flags this dude was throwing out, she couldn’t tell something was up?! It was as if he had a sign on this forehead that said “DANGEROUS! STAY AWAY!” But she just chose to ignore it. Oh Emily. My heart went out to you at the end though. Ok let’s do this…I’m ready for ‘Torn’!-Lynn
Before you go any further with this review, do yourself a BIG favor and read the novella, “With You”. This is Emily and Logan backstory before all of tough, emotional, raw and horrific events that occur in “Torn…”. You will think better of Logan than what you feel at the beginning of this book.
After being kidnapped the night of Logan’s band performance. She awakes bound and beaten. Not knowing why she’s even there. She is hoping that her love ones, especially Logan, is out there trying to look for her. He is, but not the kind of knight in shining armor she was hoping he be. She has been captured and used for a sex slave ring. Thinking Logan has played his hand in her capture, she (of course and rightfully so) feels betrayed. Logan makes a deal that no one but him will be her Master in exchange for being one of the leader’s prized fighters. Stripped of her control, pride and courage, Emily must learn how to keep her emotions in check and follow everything Logan says in order for them to survive and gain their freedom.
I have to say this was a tough read for me. I was back and forth with my emotions in this book. One minute I was loving it. The next I wanted to stop reading and start a new book. The content is tough, but not unbearable to get through. I had issues with Logan’s character. I’m sorry, but he was an asshole. Yes and you find out Eme’s captivity was beyond his control and he had to do and say things to make him a tough Master (that dining room scene after he won that fight was just degrading). All in all he had to do what he had to do, but he could of drop hints here and there. Yes I want a lot from my male characters. Sorry! I will say this, he is sexy as hell and some of his sex scenes with Eme were drool and blushing worthy.
Beautiful Emily, I loved her. Nicknamed mouse, you would think this experience would break her down completely, it did for a time, but she fought her way back. What she didn’t expect was for Logan to comeback in her life and want to pick up from where things were suppose to leave off before hell took over for a bit. You know she was thinking he was out of his mind. I liked how she just didn’t run to his arms. She let him work for it. I think Eme is a strongly and well written character.
With my up and down emotions of this book I’m going to give it a 4 out of 5. Strong writing and a tragically beautiful love story will always get my heart in the end. If you are willing to fight and fight hard, love truly does conquer all.
I received an ARC of Torn From You from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
How does she do it? How does Mrs. Lilley make you feel like you’ve been hit by a MAC truck and left to just wither or make you feel like you’ve had your heart stomped on over and over again? Now these maybe extremes, but when a book leaves you with these feelings I call THAT some damn good writing. Once again she done that to me and I don’t know how long it will take for me to fully recover.
"Rock Bottom" by R.K. Lilley is the 2nd book in the Tristan and Danika series. Stop now if you have not read, "Bad Things", which is book one. This review may get a bit spoilerish and I dont want to ruin the experience that is Tristan and Danika. From this book, you truly understand why they are at odds when first introduced in "Grounded" also by Lilley. "Rock Bottom" picks up after the death of Tristan’s brother. Danika and Tristan, in different ways, are grieving over his death and trying to move on. Danika is slowly coming to terms and Tristan is slowly coming apart as the seams. After a record exec takes a big interest in his band and signs them to a recording contract and promotional tour. The bond that is Tristan & Danika slowly starts to crack..leading them both to heartache, loss, despair and ultimately, rock bottom.
God, this book literally broke my heart in two. The thing about their story is that the 1st half basically was full of a mixed happiness. They had their good times and they had their bad times. And boy when they had their bad times, it was a freaking doozy. You were always feeling that it was the calm before a big and powerful storm. That at any moment the bottom was sure about to fall out. The angst in this book was at an all time high. And I just love that. I said before, angst don’t always work for a character couple, but for these two it was so damn good. I know my heart was thumping a few times in this book. The things that I would have never guess in a million years happened in this book. And honestly I can understand why Danika treats Tristan like he’s a cancer.
The one thing about Danika and that I love about her is that she is a ride or die chick. She is woman who stands by her man. She was very much in love with Tristan and supported him through so much. But at what point do you say enough is enough? She was questioning herself many times throughout this book. I felt so bad for what Danika had to endure. My head is still reeling from it. I just want to freaking hug her.
Tristan..Tristan. Is it ok to say that I kinda wasn’t feeling him in this book? After the 1st book I swear he had me swooning and putting him 1st on my book boyfriend list. Now, I want to punch his damn face in. I’m sorry, but he did Danika so wrong in this book. And yes not only was he grieving his bother’s death but someone else’s which you will read about in the book, I just felt at every turn he just wasn’t there for her. Tristan needed to be shaken a few times. He was losing a good woman and it took him forever to realize that. You can’t stay Danika wasn’t there for him. She tried so many times to change him and the path he was leading. Up until the sad and bitter end.
This book had it all: amazing sex, angst, funny moments, sad and great character build up. Told from dual POVs of Danika and Tristan this book was a GREAT follow up. You even got a POV from Frankie. Read the series please so you know who I’m talking about. Love Frankie to pieces. Out of 5 I’m giving this book 100 stars. I know 100 is not out of 5. But its my review I can do what I want. Just a fair warning prepare your heart. Once that fall starts, you are in for a ride of your life. Book 3 should be out in Early 2014. All of us that have read this book are all saying the same thing, “Early 2014 better mean January!
So, I don’t know if I can call myself the biggest RK Lilley fan out there, but I think I come pretty close. After reading the amazing “Up in the Air ” series by Ms. Lilley, I was excited when she treated us to an excerpt of “Bad Things” at the end of “Grounded”.
"Bad Things" is Tristan and Danika’s back story of their relationship . How it began and how it ended up the way it did in "Up in the Air". Danika starts out as a nanny and college student who has a penchant for bad boys (and what woman doesn’t love bad boys!?). After being burned one too many times, she has completely sworn them off. Tristan of course comes in the like the wind, sweeping her off her feet and making her fall head over heels for him. They first started out innocently. He gets her to live a little like the 21 year old that she is and he begins to heal old wounds from a previous and damaging relationship. They call themselves best friends, but as we all know; a man and a woman can never truly be friends if deep feelings begin to come into play (and don’t say that they can be friends because they can’t, so stop!) And of course, that exactly what happens here.
I have to say their relationship is/was an emotional roller coaster and as a reader, I enjoyed every part of it. Danika is a feisty ass female who doesn’t take any shit from anyone. Do you know how refreshing that is? For a female character in the book to actually have a brain and a strong voice??! Love that! As for Tristan…Tristan…Tristan…*drools*. Sorry…What can I say. Sexy, tall, muscular, tattoos and can make Danika submit to him in the bedroom like no other. Tristan is pure alpha male (and I just love my alpha males!).
Tristan and Danika together are intense. You felt like you were in the book as one of their friends watching step by step how their relationship unfolded. Ms. Lilley has a fine way of drawing you in, getting you to know the characters as if they are a part of your life. The many times she had me wanting to hug the both of them and say “it will be ok” or had me gripping my kindle were endless. I actually slowed down my reading towards the last 60 pages of the book because I didn’t want it to end. I’m all about the not so easy love, angst and mind blowing sex in a novel. And Ms. Lilley delivers, yet again! Also, as a treat, we get an excerpt into the next installment of the series, “Rock Bottom”. I need that book as of yesterday. These two are becoming my favorite book couple. I can only imagine where Ms. Lilley will take this series next. One thing is for sure, I’ll be there for the ride. “Bad Things” could be read as a standalone series. But honestly, do yourself a favor and read the “Up in the Air” series first. You get James Cavendish, what more could you ask for?? LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I could very well see myself re reading this book again! This book is getting a 5 out of 5 from me.
When ANY of my friends recommend me a book from now on to read, no longer will I question why or their sanity..no, no, no. I will take the damn book and go no questions asked! In the case of this book, I should of did just that the first time around. Stupid me!!
This was a group read a few months back and honestly I wished I would of joined. Thinking back, the comments on this book didn’t strike me as this being any different. He was sexy, a dirty talker, kinky and wait for it….has a rabbit as a pet. I will admit the rabbit as his pet was definitely odd and different. But still I didn’t care. Well I took the lead of Miss Boss Lady J from SMIBookClub who was reading the book for the 1st time and decided to give it a try. HOLY mother of all sexy hotness in the world. You did it right when you created Matt Sky!
I’m skipping the synopsis replay I usually do in my review. This is pure emotions I’m relating here people. I want to spend most of my time telling you how much this book just turned my world upside down!
Ok let’s start with Hannah. Smart, sweet, nerdy beautiful and gullible as all hell. Who in the hell gives a man you don’t know from Eve your address?!?! But what transpires is the best first time sex in a book I’ve read thus far. My ovaries still haven’t recovered. So I can’t be too crazed about that. Hannah is truly smitten and loves how Matt makes her feel. It’s like a crazed sex minx has been awaken in her. Some people may feel that he was a bit degrading and she set women back a few centuries. Not the case at all, so stop! What’s wrong being tossed around a bit during sex? Nothing. Hannah still knew who she was and took control from time to time. Loved her until she pulled a stunt later on in the book when all hell broke loose. If this was your man like you said, you should of heard him out. But she does redeem herself, so I’m ok with her..for now.
Matt Sky….Matt…damn. Sexy, aggressive, alpha, dominate and a vulnerable beautiful man. Do you want more? Then read the book because I know I’m not going to do him justice. I’ve never read in a book where a man was just so damn blunt about what he wanted. He just didn’t hold back when it came to Hannah, granted he was a bit shady in the 1st half of the book. Leading a bit of double life. The problem that cause this was Hannah. No one ever held his heart the way Hannah did. He had to have her and so he did! What I liked most about Matt’s character is that you saw all sides of him. A very complex character that didn’t seem one dimensional. Sometimes you didn’t know which way was up with him. I was so afraid he was going to throw her to the curb because this attraction, obsession was just starting to become overwhelming. When he was vulnerable you wanted to do nothing more than hold him and give him it’s all going to be ok, don’t worry speech. You’ll see what I’m talking about in the book. Another thing I liked about Matt was that his POV sound like a Male. *Que applause* Not once did I feel like I was hearing a feminine voice. He did and said what I felt a man would say and do in his situation. Note to future authors that want to write a Male POV: please take notes from M. Pierce’s Night Owl. That’s how it’s done!
All in all these two are on my favorite couple list and Matt is on my infamous Book Hubby list. Can’t wait for the follow up. I’ll take more Matt in a heartbeat. Out of a 5 I’m giving this a 5. I’m going on day 4 of not starting a new book and it’s all because of M. Pierce. Thank you M. Pierce. Thanks a lot!
What a change up from what I was reading and never finishing as long as I’m on this earth. (Said book will remain nameless). This book was the right amount of sexy and funniness you could ever want in a book.
Beatriz and Ben were the perfect book couple. Bea is a sex blogger and sex goddess that isn’t at all afraid to talk about SEX! She loves it. Ben is working at Google and trying to live the good life. These two had their chance back in college, but Ben turned Bea down. Problem was, Bea was in love with Ben. Fast forward 5 years and Bea and Ben are back together, wellll somewhat. They are in town for Bea’s sister’s wedding. Oh yeah, forgot, being that she a sex blogger she has to review a book. Before she leaves she absentmindedly picks a book and it isn’t one of those erotic book we all read. Oh no, it’s a sex manual. Meaning she is going to have to find someone to try the sex positions with her. That’s where Ben comes in. From there hilarity, romance and a damn good read takes off.
To have your reader laughing and being sexually turned on, all in the same breathe, takes some damn good writing skills on the author’s part. I swear I didn’t want this book to end. My only grip was that it was too short. I wanted marriage and babies for Bea & Ben. I guess that’s where my imagination will come into play. Loved this book and yes I am now a fan. Can’t wait to dive into the rest of Ms. Resiz’s work.
Out of a 5, I’m giving this book 5 stars. I will see me rereading this every so often for sure.
An arc was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.