Friday, May 27, 2016

The Spiral Down (The Fall Up #2) by Aly Martinez

 
 
 
Goodreads Review
 
 
 
Standalone M/M romance.
I was afraid to fly.
He made me soar.


After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want.
Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.

Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming.
Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight.

We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.

But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.

I just never expected to crave the spiral down.
  
 
 
I finished this book yesterday and since then I’ve been thinking what to write for my review. To be honest I’m scared shitless to post this review as it has received so many high ratings and you know what some people can be like sometimes.

I really have been wracking my brain as to why I can’t give it more than 3 Stars and I’m coming up blank. Ms. Martinez’s writing id flawless. I know that when I read one of her books I’ll get beauty, heartache, banter, great chemistry and a feel good read. I think for a debut M/M read she has done a fantastic job and I can clearly see more books with M/M featuring in her future writing career. There were so many bits of the book that I highlighted in the book. That it is hard to pick which ones are the best.

I am an Aly Martinez fan. FACT.

I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. FACT.

When I got an ARC and wanted to wait to read it nearer to the release date I just couldn’t. So I started it ASAP. FACT.

I even did a happy dance.

BUT…..

Whereas I loved Henry in
The Fall Up (The Fall Up, #1) by Aly Martinezand I liked him here I just couldn’t connect with him.

Henry has everything you want in a main character. He is hot, funny well actually he is bloody hilarious. He has a sweet and vulnerable side. He is also cocky, full of himself and well he has the rock star persona down pat. I wanted to see more of his vulnerability. Usually I have a problem with rock star themed but this didn’t bother me at all. Bonus! He has one wish that seems to be so far out of reach.
 
 

His greatest fear is to be rejected and that all the people that have been in his life have left him in one way or another. He has Levee his best friend and Robin. Although Robin guts him. Every. Single. Time. He is also scared of flying especially with commercial flights.
 
 




Evan Roth left the Academy and well the past ten years he hasn’t been living his life. Evan is also a great main character. It was easier for me to connect with Evan then with Henry. Evan has been in a relationship with a man before that it ended in an awful way. From that point onwards he only dated women.

Enter Henry Alexander where Evan started to reawaken.



Evan becomes Henry’s permanent pilot.

Evan is sweet, a total hunk, patient and seriously an awesome book boyfriend but as Henry has demons that he needs to overcome. HE does and once he is in. He is all in. They have chemistry and banter. I’m actually pissed that I can’t give it more stars but I just don’t have it in me.

Levee and Henry had their banter once again as well. 
 



  
Yoda/Sam has wise words for Henry after he panics and rushes out on Evan.
 
 
 
 
 Once all of their issues came out it was a bit anti-climactic for me. Huh, that was what it was all about? Makes me sound like a bitch with a heart encased in ice.


Please note that this is just my personal opinion and that I am in the minority. I will continue to be a fan as her work appeals to me.

I loved the epilogue so much that it was the cherry on the top.

Will Scott Dalton get a book? Carter and Robin?
 



 
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Kiss Me That Way: A Cottonbloom Novel (Cottonbloom Novels #1) by Laura Trentham



Goodreads review
 
 
 
 
 
A river divides Cottonbloom in two: the upscale enclave on the Mississippi side and the rundown, rough and tumble side in Louisiana. They’re worlds apart—but nothing can build a bridge like love…

Cade Fournette never had it easy Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West—and never looked back. Even though he’s made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only weak spot: the girl he left behind…

Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn’t protect her from her mother’s drinking—or her mother’s boyfriend. It was Cade who did that, on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and it’s Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore their mutual passion—or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once more?
 


"Bravery is about doing something even though it scares you.”

This is one of my first surprise reads of 2016. I loved this book it had all the elements I love in a book.

Sometimes I have the knack of requesting books and when I do get them a couple of weeks later I wonder then why I requested the book. This occurred here as well but hey I read it and I frigging loved it.

Two states, one town split between them for reasons unknown. Cottonbloom, Mississippi & Cottonbloom, Louisiana. A quirky town which I love. But a quirky town where both sides are competition for one another? Even better.

Cade Fournette has a chip of his shoulder the size of Texas. He came from the wrong side of the tracks in this case the Louisiana side, the swamp rat side. His became an orphan. Along with the crazy uncle he looked after his younger brother Sawyer and sister Tally. Cade had it tough and sacrificed a lot to keep his family fed and out of the foster homes.

Monroe Kirby grew up on the right side of the tracks in this case the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom. Appearances can be deceiving after her father left and her alcoholic mum things were tough.

That is until one fateful night. A young Cade and Monroe cross paths although they shouldn’t. A friendship of sorts is born. They went their separate ways until something beautiful could have blossomed.

Fast forward – they are both grown up and the feelings are still there.

After an accident his brother Sawyer drags him back home from Seattle to recuperate with the help of a PT, enter Monroe. Even right from the beginning there was banter.

“Can you fix me?” “According to Tally, you’re a hermit curmudgeon who is humorless and insufferable. In short, unfixable.”

Their relationship progresses naturally and there is no instalove which is refreshing. A feel good, engaging romance story from a very talented author who kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the whole book. He tries to convince himself that he will leave but not really believing it himself. Choices are made and happily ever after are there.

“I’ve loved you since I was thirteen. Three days won’t change that. Nothing will.”

This had a pinch of everything and the dose of each ingredient was spot on. There were hot scenes, great chemistry between the main characters. Banter and funny moments all the way throughout the books. A dose of sweet and spicy.

There were two things that bothered me, one was I would have liked to have seen that Monroe’s mum went to rehab especially after admitting that she is an alcoholic. And two Cade’s chip on his shoulder it could have been slightly smaller. That is why I can’t give it 5 stars and only 4 stars.

I can’t wait for Tally’s and Nash’s book and although I don’t like second chance romances I will read Regan’s and Sawyers book as well.

Please think of me when it comes to the next one Ms. Trentham.
 


 
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Phoenix (Bellator Saga #4) by Cecilia London



Goodreads Review
 
 
 
 
 
 
One epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words.


Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart.


“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”


Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that she’s more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late?
 



5 Dark thoughts, dark behaviours, dark desires Stars.

This is the fourth instalment in the Bellator Saga. I’ve been thinking for a while now how I’m going to write my review and to be honest. I have no efffing clue.

I don’t consider myself to be a very emotional person. It’s just not me. I can be eloquent if I want, I can be articulate but here I’m just going to be as real as I can. I’m a cost & effect kind of girl and this costed me nothing to read but it affected me in a profound way. This series always makes me think sometimes a bit too much.

If you don’t have a therapist on speed dial, like I do, thanks to this series then get on it stat before you start. Or maybe a support group. This series has taken a bit of my soul with each book that I have read.

I’m going to give some spoilers but to those of you that haven’t read the series it probably won’t make any sense at all. The ending of Sojourn was brutal, it was raw, it is gritty and it tore me to bits.

"My foolish heart is forever yours. Love, Monty."

Jack clutched the ring in his fist before tucking the chain back under his shirt. A tear rolled down his cheek as he silently cradled her head in his hands.

This book wasn’t that good for my sanity either and the ending. Just. Don’t. Ms. London. You. Are. Breaking. My. Heart. Here. But the positive is? It’s nice to know that the old chugger is still there.
Jack & Caroline are reunited after a year. Caroline made it to California, to Camp Pendleton. Jack is falling.

He was praying. For strength because his was fading. For peace for he would never find it. For hope because he had none left.

Until the unthinkable happened and that she was/is alive.

Caroline can’t make the distinction between what is reality and what is imaginary any more. She feels betrayed with how Jack interrogated her. Her coping mechanisms aren’t really working. She wants to get close to Jack but is scared shitless of what will happen if she lets someone in again. I have also never encountered that I myself have whiplash with how much I felt for Caroline but she wasn’t a cold bitch she was abso-fucking-lutely glacial bitch. Throughout the book she is an absolute brat.

Jack tries to be patient but it is hard. But not once did he give up believe me there were times but I can truly that if that isn’t love then I really don’t know what it is. Okay maybe obsession, devotion and an ingrained need to possess Caroline. But she twisted it into things that it wasn’t. Jack is my hero and every jab Caroline sent his way I felt for him every step of the way.

“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need.”

“I love you,” he murmured. “Nothing will ever change that. You tuck that away and hold onto it whenever you need a reason to keep going.”

She needs help she keeps on lashing out and in a way it is her right to lash out. But there is only so much that everyone can take. She needs to grieve. We see the process of that as the book progresses and it truly is beautiful to read but equal amounts painful for all parties involved.

They were warring with themselves and with one another.

“I will never overcome who I used to be,” – Jack

“I will never live up to who he thinks I am.” – Caroline

Ms. London is an exceptional writer and she must have a right love/hate relationship with her fans. As she puts us through the wringer. I can name maybe a hand full of authors if that. That can cause me to feel devastated, heartbroken, hateful, spiteful, joy, happiness, hope and love all at the same time.

Hope as well as love is a fickle thing and I have that for both of them in the future.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Do people die? Well, yes. Did you expect anything else? No? Me either.

Oh that ending? Major cliffhanger. But I knew it so it is my own fault.

What hopes am I still carrying for book five?

That Chrissy is still alive. That her kids are still alive that that one thing hasn’t been taken from her what with everything else that was taken from her. That they can find the love they had for one another and to build on that love.

Would you write a novella about Jack and what he experienced when he left Caroline behind?