Falling For Her (The Callahans #2) by Monica Murphy

Jake Callahan. Prince of the popular crowd.
My mortal enemy.
Gorgeous. All the girls want him.
Quarterback. All the boys want to be his friend. He’s the most popular boy in the senior class.
And he hates me.51211852._SY475_
Or so I thought.
What I mistook for hatred turns out to be…interest. There’s that thin line, right? It makes me crazy. I can’t stand it. Attraction, chemistry, whatever it is, I also can’t resist it.
And neither can he.
Together, we make no sense. The odds are against us. His friends definitely don’t approve. I’m not a part of their crowd. Not one of the cool kids. I don’t fit in, or so they say.
But that doesn’t stop him from falling for me.

And it won’t stop me from fighting for him.

MY REVIEW

4 stars!

mademoiselle smut-9
First of all, look at that cover! It’s gorgeous. Second, Monica is a new to me author, and when I received this book on my Kindle, I dived right in.

Quarterback. All the boys want to be his friend. He’s the most popular boy in the senior class.
And he hates me.
Or so I thought.

In this book, we get Jake Callahan and Hannah Walsh’s story. The quarterback and the smart girl. When Jake’s friends push him to go talk to the girl sitting alone in the quad, he does just that. He will ask her to wear his jersey to the next game, and who would ever turn him down? No one.
So when Hannah coldly refuses, he’s shocked and humiliated.

Hannah is a ‘nobody.’ She hangs with her two friends Sophie and Marty, and they keep it low. Never attracting any attention. One day in the quad, she kind of overhears Jake’s friends dare him to approach her, and when he does, she’s furious. Never, in three years, has Jake even said one word or looked her way, and suddenly he’s there, asking her to wear his jersey. When she turns him down, she expects life to back to normal. But their crossed has passed, and this is how their story starts.

description

I read this book in one sitting, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The chemistry between Jake and Hannah was off the charts. If you’re looking for a sweet enemies to lovers romance with some angst, read this book!

 

Empire (Eagle Elite #7) by Rachel Van Dyken

25544961._SY475_I have lost everything.
My purpose.
My love.
My soul.
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle–the promise I made her, brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade.
I am broken, I dont want to be fixed.
One last trip to New York, one last chance to redeem a lost part of the mafia family. The Empire is crumbling and it’s my job to fix it, my job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
The only issue is, the only way to fix, is to do something I swore I’d never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time.
I won’t fall.
Or so help me God, I’ll kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandanoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate–you have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.

MY REVIEW

5 Stars

I skipped Elude… and I don’t regret it.

When Sergio and Andi were introduced in Ember, I was thrilled for their story. And when I read the description of Elude, I was so excited. An arranged marriage in the mafia, yes, please! But then… I read some reviews full of spoilers and found out about Andi’s death.
Sergio falling in love only to lose her, yeah my heart couldn’t bear that. And I didn’t want to get attached to And only to have her die and then for Sergio to marry another.

I’m not that strong. I need a HEA.

So, therefore, I skipped their story and read Empire. And my god, did I love Valentina and Sergio. Especially Val and her whole family. Sergio is left a shell of a man after Andi’s death. When they had married, there was no love, and he vowed not to fall in love; however, he did. Now, he’s broken and nothing like the man he was before. And although his wife is dead, duty doesn’t let you take a day off.

Val is naive and knows nothing of the mafia. She doesn’t know they exist outside of books and movies, and when she finds out that she is the daughter of the once mafia boss, Luca. Not only that, she’s also betrothed to a man in the mafia. Her fiancé is broken, she finds out that his recent wife had just passed and that he’ll never love her.

Val is the most innocent in the group and also very naive, which I found quite funny. She never believed in violence and to then be thrust into a world full of drugs, guns, and murder does things to a person. But Val kept her belief, and her innocence brought only light into Sergio’s dark life. But how do you stay with a man whose hearts belongs to a dead woman? What do you do when that man only pushes and pushes and never gives?

“When you move on with your life, when you find that person, whoever she may be, she isn’t going to remove every last remnant of Andi from your heart. She isn’t going to take over and squeeze out memories. She’s going to fit with them. Live with them. Laugh with them. It’s not a matter of replacing, it’s a matter of joining.”

I understood Sergio and his pain. When you’ve loved and given your heart, how do you let go and move on? When is the right time? And to then be forced into another marriage with a woman so young, how do you not feel guilt.

But Valentina was absolutely perfect and patient. She did not take shit from Sergio and made her place in the group. I loved how all of them were so protective over her and would give Sergio shit for always hurting her.

What if his wife was still alive?
Would he choose her or me?
Who would he keep alive?
Her. Every. Single. Time.

I believe if I’d read Andi’s story with Sergio, I wouldn’t have liked this one as much as I did. I love Sergio’s soft side with Val. How he’s intention was never to hurt or scare her but to only keep her at a distance so that he wouldn’t fall again.

Only he does. And she does. But will he be able to let Andi go and completely give himself to Val?

Ember (Eagle Elite #5) by Rachel Van Dyken

I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life. 23269850._SY475_
And changed everything.

She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.

MY REVIEW

3 stars

I haven’t read the previous books in this series except for Entice, and I think I’ll keep skipping books in this series and only read those that grab my interest. And boy did the description of this book caught my mind and soul.

I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.

So, because I have not read the previous books, I had no clue about the relationship between Phoenix and his friends, especially Nixon and Trace. There was some information that Phoenix had kidnapped and tried to rape his best friend’s girl…right.

description

Anyhow, Phoenix is broken, inside out. He’s scarred from his past and sees no light in his future. But then there is Bee, the Cappos’ sister. She’s bright, young, and everything he should stay away from, so he uses cruel words to keep her away.

“How many times can a girl face rejection before the only way to find comfort is to close herself off from the very world that rejected her in the first place?”

Bee has loved Phoenix for a long time. He is her only friend, but she wants more. Phoenix, however, keeps rejecting her advances, not because he hates her but because he doesn’t want to drag her into his dark and injured world.

“I believe in you,” she blurted, tears in her eyes. “I just… I want you to know that despite everything… I believe in you.”

But Phoenix’s plans to stay away from Bee backfires when Tex, Bee’s brother, assigns him as her bodyguard when she starts school. There was a lot of suspense, and the chemistry between Phoenix and his friends was excellent. It was Bee that I didn’t fancy. She was kind of…too much? Her practically always clinging to Phoenix even when he was so cruel and when he went too far, she stayed away for maybe a day before she was back to drooling by his side.

“Warm fuzzies?”
“I don’t do warm fuzzies.”
Well, we can’t win ’em all.
“I do scorching blazes,” he muttered under his breath. “That sear you alive.”

Phoenix and the guys were the stars in this book. I absolutely loved this man even with such a broken soul; he was so strong. I was sad for him. He felt not to be worthy of Bee, not feeling worthy of light when that was what he deserved. And when he accepted his fate, his Bee, my heart was whole.

Barbarian’s Beloved (Ice Planet Barbarians #16) by Ruby Dixon

My tribesmates don’t understand her. The other humans think she’s weak. But no one knows my mate like I do. They don’t see her gentle heart or her brave spirit. I know why 38460281._SY475_she struggles. I know how strong she is. And I know I’ll do anything to make her smile.
But can I convince her that she can be happy in this strange new world with me?

MY REVIEW

5 Anxiety stars
The story of Ariana and Zolaya was absolutely perfect.

This book is set as a flashback to the beginning. In the beginning, we get a glimpse of how Ariana is doing after eight years on the planet, now pregnant with her second kit. Zolaya is out hunting and has been gone for a long time, which doesn’t do well with Ariana’s mind. So to calm her brain, she relies on her moments with Zolaya.

Green and Gray Typographic Beauty and Fashion Business Card-8
People don’t understand Ariana. She suffers from severe anxiety and freaks out about the smallest thing. Just her lunch, she gets abducted by aliens and ends up in a cargo ship with other females. When she wakes up, there are big blue aliens on an ice planet where the kidnappers dumped their ship. Her anxiety goes over the roof, and nobody understands why she cries all the time. No-one except one hunky blue alien.

“The smile that blooms across his face is worth it, though. He’s looking at me with such approval that I feel like I already conquered one of my demons. “Very brave,” he tells me.”

Zolaya understands the human female that cowers from everybody and cries a lot. And he wants to console her. When Ariana gets her Khui, they resonate to each other, but because of Ariana’s anxiety, Zolaya promises to take it slow, starting as friends.

“My mate, your enthusiasm will leave me so spent I will be bedridden.”

 

Barbarian’s Tease (Ice Planet Barbarians #15) by Ruby Dixon

SYNOPSIS

It should have been a one-night stand.
I never intended to seduce Taushen, but things happened. I don’t dwell on the past and while it was great, I’m not looking for a relationship. Of course, try telling that to Taushen. The big blue alien’s in love after one night, and it’s making things darn 35554313._SY475_awkward. We’ve got bigger problems than whether or not I’m his woman, like the ‘cargo’ of the space ship that landed here.
But Taushen’s not giving up. He thinks I’m his mate.

And he’ll do anything to keep me.

MY REVIEW

4 Teasing Stars

I’m kind of sad the series is coming to an end; however, we do get books with the already mated couples: Ariana/Zolaya, Marlene/Zennek, and Megan/Cashol and I’m hoping Sessah gets his book soon.

Anyhow, in this beautiful and steamy book, we get to read about pink-haired Brooke and brooding Taushen. They had been captivated by the slavers and locked together in one of the pods. The slavers had ‘roofied’ Brooke so that she and Taushen could mate and make kits for them to sell. Taushen, however, has no clue of this and believes Brooke truly wants him as her mate; only when Brooke wakes up the next day, she makes it very clear she did what she did to save them and the tribe.

Taushen is now kind of heartbroken and frustrated at Brooke, who seems to flirt with all the males. He feels strongly for the female, but she doesn’t give him her attention, so Taushen seeks advice from his brother, and with Hassen’s help, he manages to ‘kidnap’ Brooke.

Ah. These men and their kidnapping ways.

description

“I want all of it. I want everything you have. I want your tears, your touches, your smiles, your frowns. I want it all, and I do not wish to share. I want to put you in my furs and devour you whole.”

While Brooke is not happy with Taushen stealing her, she doesn’t want to go back to the tribe right away, and she wants Taushen to be her friend. He, being the sweetheart that he is, accepts and keeps everything with Brooke platonic. Brooke is okay with this at first but soon realizes she loved his affection and possessiveness.

I liked Brooke, but Taushen was the star of this book. He was super jealous that Brooke would resonate to the unmated aliens in the pods and wanted her for himself. He wants her to only touch his mane and only flirt with him. His reaction when his khui started singing along with Brookes’ was the best one yet. He was so innocent and just perfect.

Brooke leans in and pinches my cheeks. “Oh my god, that is so cuuuuute! Seriously, I could eat you up. Look at how jealous you are! I love it!”

I’m looking forward to reading the last couple of books in this series and also every book Ruby Dixon has written.

Barbarian’s Rescue (Ice Planet Barbarians #14) by Ruby Dixon

SYNOPSIS

Bad day? Try mine on for size.
Rogue slavers have landed on the ice planet and captured the tribe. The only ones not snatched? Me, a walking human motormouth with no skill except that of incoherent babbling, and Warrek, who’s as silent as he is attractive. Two more unlikely people have 35423630._SY475_never been paired together.
And now we’re supposed to form a rescue team.
Saving the others is either going to bring us closer together – or drive us completely apart. I’m pretty sure the feelings I’m having for my alien companion are as unrequited as they are inappropriate, but since we aren’t going to make it out alive, what harm is one teeny, tiny kiss?

Who knew that one kiss could change everything?

MY REVIEW

4.5 Rambling Stars

Warrek was such a sweetheart with a kind soul, and Summer was just the right woman for him.

Summer is one of the females that were sold as a slave to Bek along with the other women. She’s the talker of the group, and her rambling was hilarious. Warrek is the complete opposite of her, he’s quiet and ‘shy.’ He teaches the kits to hunt and has given up on ever finding his mate.

“The women here are treated incredibly well by their mates. And they’re all ridiculously happy. It’s hard not to want that. And the guys are hot. Like seven-foot-tall, muscular as all get out, flowing dark hair, every female’s fantasy kind of hot.”

This book picks up where we left it in the previous book. Summer and Warrek are out collecting fruit for the tribe when the Tranquil Lady is seen arriving on the planet again. Summer and Warrek watch helplessly as unfamiliar aliens- slavers -drug and abduct their people and holds them captive on the ship. (view spoiler)

Now Summer and Warrek need to rescue their family and to do that they need to work together. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I loved that Warrek was quiet with the others but talked comfortably with Summer, and he was sexily demanding with her as well. And when Summer gave Warrek an anatomy lesson of the human body; fire!

“If we survive this night, I am claiming you as my pleasure-mate.”
I gasp. “You—you what? You are?”
He nods. “You will show me this kiss with tongue, and I will take you to my furs and make you mine. I have decided.”
“Decided?” I echo, stunned. I can still feel the light brush of his lips against mine.
“Yes. You are my opponent, and I am going to take control of your board.”
That’s the sexiest, most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.

Barbarian’s Lady (Ice Planet Barbarians #13) by Ruby Dixon

SYNOPSIS

You’d think a tall woman would fit in on a planet of seven-foot-tall aliens, but even on the ice planet, I’m still a weirdo and an oddity. I’m everything all the other cute, dainty human women aren’t.
One guy in particular – the alien Harrec – is determined to embarrass me by pretending 34490323._SY475_he’s interested. He’s a jokester that flirts like mad and hits on me constantly just to make me feel foolish. He gets under my skin. He makes me so frustrated I want to scream.
When a side-trip to a glacier turns into a nightmare and the two of us are forced to survive alone, I see another side to the enticing blue alien. Even with no one else around, his compliments keep coming and I start wondering if the attraction between us… is real.

MY REVIEW

4 Stars

I love this series! It is the perfect time to read about a whole other planet and get away from everything that is happening in our world at the moment.

This book is about Kate and Harrec. Kate is one of the women Bek bought in the previous book, and she’s different from the other human females. She’s built differently; taller and stronger than the others, she feels like the odd one out even among the big blue aliens. And to make matters worse, the flirty alien keeps teasing her.

“My eyes!” he’d cried out, putting a hand to his chest dramatically. “Look at this mountain of a human!” And he’d pointed right at me.
The other had laughed, and Harrec had looked delighted at his joke. Me, I’d wanted to crawl under a rock and hide away.

Harrec fell in love with Kate the moment he laid eyes on her. She was stronger than the other and just what he wanted in his mate. Although they haven’t resonated, he still feels strongly for her and wants her in his furs. So when the unmated aliens and humans set off for the Elders’ Cave, he forms a plan to get Kate alone for a few days. Only things don’t go as planned, and he ends up injured and in the care of Kate.

“A fierce hunter like myself needs more encouragement than that. Will you let me mouth-mate you?”

Once they’re away from the group, Kate realizes that Harrec’s teasing is not to belittle her or to make fun of her; he compliments her because he wants her. Their bickering was hilarious, and I loved how cheeky and flirtatious Harrec was towards Kate.

“Make no mistake, pretty Kate,” he murmurs to me. “I still intend to woo you. I will give you time to get over your shyness, but just because we have not resonated does not mean that my heart will forget yours.”