Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it’s a safe bet she’ll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine’s stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A former teacher, she’s now writing sexy romance stories full time. She has a handsome prince of a husband, two brilliant sons, and two bouncy Italian Greyhounds to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.RaineMiller.com to sign up for updates and her newsletter with links to upcoming books. Join us on Facebook at the Raine Miller Romance Readers group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/raine…
Both characters grew so much and found a way to heal together as their love grew even stronger.Another life threatening scene, altered Brynne and Ethan’s perspectives about everything.A promise of hope, a rare and precious love story!
I was happy with the 3 books in the series, although in this one, some questions were answered that satisfied my curiosity and I have been listening to a beautiful hot love story.
Billionaire Caleb Blackstone lives in the glamorous world of wealth and success, with every material luxury. But the moment he sees Brooke Casterley, none of that matters. Caleb is filled with a raw, undeniable need that he can’t ignore…for a girl who is so completely different from everything and everyone he’s ever known.
Only Brooke isn’t looking for love. She knows all too well just how much damage the wrong guy can do. Still, what sane, broke British girl can resist the charms of an incredibly sexy, chivalrous billionaire? What starts as flirtation quickly turns into all-consuming passion. Nothing could have prepared her for the searing heat of Caleb’s touch—or just how much she craves him.
Their whirlwind romance is the stuff of high-society fantasy—but for every moment of pleasure, there is a cost. Past mistakes and tragedy shadow them both…and falling for him might be the kind of trouble she can’t afford.
(unedited, subject to change, copyright 2016 Pepper Winters)
* CROWN OF LIES *
“YOU MUST BE Chloe.”
“I am.” The girl who tormented me in high school simpered, tossing her chestnut hair like a high-strung pony. Her green dress complimented the tan she said she’d earned from the Caribbean last week. Her gaze sank into Penn as if he were some prize to be won. A prize she’d very much like to taste.
Penn pulled me into his side, running his hand erotically up and down my arm. “And I believe you know my partner Elle.”
“Wait, partner?” She blinked. “I thought she was with Greg.” Finally her eyes left Penn and locked on mine. “You got two men now, Ding Dong Bell? A little greedy don’t you think?” Her giggle sounded forced and fake.
I wanted to sink into the ground and never reappear.
I waited for Penn to mock the nickname, just like Greg had. But he stood cold and primitive, a velvet purr falling from his mouth. “She only has one. Believe me, all she needs is me.”
I opened my mouth to reply but Penn squeezed me, keeping me silent. His arm was a hot band controlling me and making me wet in equal measure.
The other girls from school slowly looked up from their conversations, paying attention while trying to appear uninterested.
They didn’t fool me or Penn as he smiled his signature sexy smirk and grabbed my chin. His lips planted on mine in a brutal kiss, bruising me, consuming me as his tongue took liberties and his power stole all my remaining breath.
He made me stupid.
He made me proud.
The instant I lost the tension in my spine, he let me go—almost as if he’d kissed me deliberately to keep me out of my head and in my body with him.
“Are you going to tell them the good news, or shall I?” His authoritative tone blended with a dark flirt.
I blinked. “Tell them what?”
I was one step behind. I couldn’t catch up. I’d never been that way before. I’d always been the boss, leading. I didn’t know if I liked being the follower.
“Tell them you’ve decided to let me own you.”
“Wait, what?” Chloe’s mouth hung open. “What does that mean?”
I shook my head, rubbing the sudden goosebumps on my arms. Penn said we were playing a game. And yet I didn’t know the rules or what was expected.
He answered for me again. “We met a few days ago and it was love at first sight.” He dragged me close, his eyes black. “It took some convincing but Elle has agreed to give me a chance.” He glanced at Chloe, filling his handsome face with ardent satisfaction. “She said yes.”
“Yes to what?” Frankie appeared, eyeing Penn from his black shoes to his five o’ clock shadow.
“Yes to marrying me.”
The world screeched to a halt.
I flinched, trying to tear myself from Penn’s embrace.
He held me tighter, his fingers sinking like keys into my arms, turning a lock, keeping me bound to him and useless.
Chloe’s mouth hung open. “Wow, Elle, I never knew—”
“Never knew she was the sexiest woman alive?” Penn snarled with sudden viciousness. “Never knew she worked so damn hard, first for her father and now for thousands of employees around the world? Never knew she was one of the richest women alive? Never knew that she was ten times the fucking woman you’ll ever be?”
Whoa, this was too much. Too fast. Too scary. Too far out of my comfort zone.
Yes to marrying him?
I never agreed to that.
I’d agreed to sex.
Stupid, silly, sensual sex.
And now it’s time to say no.
I tore myself from his embrace, my body shaking. “Stop. That’s not true. Don’t spread such lies.” I stared helplessly at Chloe whose face had turned snow white. “I’m so sorry. Ignore him. I don’t know what’s gotten into him. We’ve only just got together. We’re not engaged. He’s not—”
“What my fiancé here is trying to say—” Penn interrupted. “Is she’s too kind-hearted to rub her success in your face even though you do the same to her. I don’t need to hear stories of what it was like to grow up with you. I see her and I see you and I understand the shadow you made her exist in. But not anymore.”
His teeth flashed as he snarled, “I’m stealing her from you now. From all of you. She’s mine. And it’s a sad loss that you never figured out what an incredible creature you had under your noses the entire time.”
Greg sidled up, hate stares fired at Penn.
“That includes you.” Penn pointed at him. “I don’t know how long you’ve known each other but you fucked up.” He laughed low. “You’ll never get her back because she’ll never be the same once I’ve had her.”
My cheeks turned into flames of hell. I ducked my chin, doing my best to hide. I wanted the club to vanish and Penn to disintegrate into dust.
Words and curses tangled to spew at him but he pulled me from the crowd, away from cringe-worthy declarations, away from high-school trolls and wanna-be boyfriends, and through the nightclub to the fresh air outside.
I managed a few gulps of oxygen before he yanked me down the alleyway between the nightclub and a restaurant and slammed me against the brick wall.
Quicksilver memories of another alleyway and another man once upon a time tried to twist my present with my past, and then it had no power as Penn’s lips crashed over mine and he kissed me.
He kissed me and then he kissed me.
Each swipe of his tongue blasted through my decorum, dragging alive the sexual being inside who’d never been allowed to evolve.
His right hand bunched my dress up my leg. My brain tried to split—to focus on the foot traffic only a few metres away and not on the blistering heat of his fingertips on my inner thigh.
And then nothing else mattered as his touch found my core, pushing against my underwear.
He didn’t ask permission.
He didn’t pull back to see if I was okay with this.
He merely kissed me and fingered me over the lace.
All I wanted to do was to let go. To trust in the magic he created in my blood and allow him to be as arrogant as he wanted. To take charge.
But I couldn’t.
I couldn’t let him get away with what he’d said. His lies. His verbal telling off to people I had to converse with.
He was far too brash and daredevil for my world.
His mouth kept working mine, dragging a moan deep from my lungs.
I had a second before I drowned under his powerful wave and lost myself. A second and then I would be gone and I couldn’t blame anyone but myself.
So I bit him.
My teeth sank into his lip, not holding back as I did the only thing I could to slow things down and breathe.
He stumbled backward, holding his bottom lip where a bead of blood welled. “Fuck.”
My ribcage rose and fell. I sucked in gasps, giving in to the slight hysteria he’d caused. I held up a shaky finger. “Don’t touch me.”
“Touch you? Fuck, I own you.”
My plait caught like Velcro on the bricks behind me as I shook my head. “No, you don’t.”
His eyes etched with black. “You said yes, remember?”
“Yes to a beneficial sexual relationship. Not to damn marriage!”
He chuckled. “That’s what’s got you afraid? Marriage? I have no intention of marrying you.”
I frowned. “Then why lie about it?”
“Why not?” He shrugged. “Why do other people have to know exactly what we do and who we are? Why do they have to hear our truth when they’re so fucking fake themselves?”
I hated that he had a point.
He placed a hand on the brick wall by my head, his body swaying into mine. If he touched me again, I doubted I’d have the willpower to stop him. My clit still throbbed from his touch, the echoing bands of release a phantom cry in my veins.
He lowered his head, a tight smile on his lips. “Fine.” Holding his hands up in surrender, he kept his distance but didn’t move away. “What will it take for you to let me touch you again?” His voice dropped to sand and sleet. “Because I really want to touch you again, Elle.”
I shivered, doing my best to keep my thoughts focused and not on the molten heat inside. Having him so close didn’t help. He’d been gorgeous in the club—dappled in strobes and painted in shadows—but out here; out here where the vague lights of apartments and street lamps didn’t dare enter the sanctity of the alleyway, he was cloaked in darkness.
His shoulders strained against the stitches of his suit. His forearms ropy and tanned with his cuffs pushed up. His entire body flexed as he waved a hand with feline grace, hiding the throbbing tension between us, pretending he hadn’t just fired my libido to the point of excruciation.
“I’m not answering anymore of your questions,” I hissed. “Who the hell are you? What do you want from me?”
Sighing heavily, his lips pouted, blood smeared a little to make him seem part vampire. “You already know what I want.”
“But who are you?”
“I’m someone you can be free with.”
“I don’t know what that means.”
“It means you don’t need to be afraid of me.”
I clasped my hands together, seeking comfort from myself. Fighting with a strange man—even one who’d touched and kissed me—in an empty alleyway wasn’t exactly encouraged. “I’m not afraid of you.”
He cocked his head, his throat muscles tight and tense. “Are you sure about that?”
“I’m not sure about anything anymore.”
He ran a hand through his hair, disrupting the strands into a mess. “Isn’t that the point?”
“Stop answering everything with a question.”
“Fine.” He stood tall, his legs spread with dominion. “You said yes to me. I won’t let you take that back. But I will try to ease your mind.” His face tightened as if this game had higher stakes for him than he let on. “I’ll only say this once so listen carefully. I will lie to others about us. I will paint a picture that isn’t true for people who wish to know what we do. I will curse and hurt and do whatever I damn well want, but you have my word on one thing.”
My voice carried on a hesitant whisper. “What word?”
“That I won’t lie to you. What you see from me will be the honest fucking truth. I’ll only hurt you if you want me to hurt you and I’ll protect you even while I do it. Give me yourself, let me take control, and I promise you, you’ll enjoy it.”
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
António Fonseca disse, pela primeira vez, os dez cantos de “Os Lusíadas” em 2012, no âmbito de Guimarães Capital Europeia da Cultura, mas o trabalho de apropriação do texto de Camões para a oralidade começou em 2008. Tem sido um trabalho de esforço físico e mental que António Fonseca descreve quase como uma obsessão diária. Esse trabalho é agora finalmente recompensado com a edição de um audiolivro que António Fonseca apresenta no Café Concerto do Centro Cultural Vila Flor. “Os Lusíadas”, como António José Saraiva afirma, “é um livro para ser entoado por recitadores, e não analisado por gramáticos. Por vezes interessa pouco o que ele diz, e vale só a língua sonora que percorre os vários graus da escala, uma palavra que esplende, um som rouco de queixa ou um gesto teatral que se entrevê. Por vezes, também, é um brinco meio irónico com palavras que se repetem ou opõem, como os poetas sempre gostaram de fazer diante dos seus auditores, que só são perfeitos e cabais quando se embebem como crianças no fluir das palavras e nos seus inesperados efeitos” www.ccvf.pt
“Os Lusíadas como nunca os ouviu” is an audio book consisting of 10 cantos from Luís de Camões epic poem, “The Lusiads,” performed by António Fonseca.
António Fonseca performed these 10 cantos from The Lusiads for the first time in 2012 as part of Guimarães European Capital of Culture, but his dedication to performing part of Camões` great epic poem goes back 2008. This work has required such physical and mental stamina that António Fonseca describes it as bordering on a daily obsession yet one whose final reward has come in the making of an audio book which the artist will present at the Café Concerto of the Vila Flor Cultural Center. The Lusiads is, as António José Saraiva notes, “a work meant to be recited aloud performance-style and not analyzed by grammarians. At times, it matters less what is being said since the more important aspect is the sound of the language which climbs in scale, a word which shines resplendently, a rough, plaintive sound or a theatrical gesture which is made. There is also the somewhat ironic playing with words that are repeated or in opposition to others, as oral poets are inclined to do before an audience and which are so perfect and natural when they are introduced like children into the flow of speech and to unexpected effect.” www.ccvf.pt
I’m not sure I can review this amazing story, words fail me.
Holder is trying to live through Les’s death by writing to her on her note book, we learn a little about her and every emotion, every decision he makes, how he handles every situation is heartbreaking.
His nightmares about Les, about Hope… it was so hard to feel with him.
He was in constant battle about telling or not Sky, all the truth.
There’s this thing about words. They can be so powerful!
I’m glad I read Losing hope, I was worried about reading the same story, I was wrong, I didn’t need to worry! The author can turn the same story in something very special,so thank you for sharing it with us!
Heart beat struggle 🙂 It’s almost 6 am! Need to sleep first so I can dream this review tomorrow!
Next night review:
Listening to Maybe Someday audio book and Griffin Peterson’s original soundtrack was an experience, the music was perfect, a very important part of the story.
This story is told between the two main characters: Ridge and Sydney.
Can we truly love two people at the same time? If we can, then we probably can be broken twice.
Ridge has a girlfriend, Maggie, that everyone likes, they love and trust each other and that’s all they want.
Ridge loves music and feels music through his heart, something Maggie can’t…
Sydney was betrayed by her boyfriend and her roommate best friend.
She has nowhere to go and she’s alone and this all happened in her birthday! What a day to wake up!
Music brings Ridge and Sydney together, it’s also the way they feel music that makes them fall in love with each other. Something about Ridge, makes the story turn in an whole new level. I couldn’t imagine how this secret was going to be so important and loved how the author explored it into the story! I don’t usually like love triangles, but I was so curious about the story now!
They work on songs together, writing them with words and melodies and wow the songs were so much more than words… it was an escape to what they truly feel without saying.
They fight their emotions, but feelings kept winning! It begins so sweet and innocence… but they know, this between them, can’t happen and it gets so emotional, angst and heartbreaking.
Didn’t want to hurt each other and sure didn’t want to hurt Maggie… Sydney has been through the same path they were heading and that is not something they wanted to do to Maggie too, so they needed to end it.
We hear words about love, friendship, trust, loyalty, longing… words filled with such a passion that actually hurts!
Could this be fixed? Read it and find out!
I live music like the air I breathe, so you know, I stayed up some of my nights, just getting through the lyrics, trying to work the melodies and the ways these words could sound!
I searched for the soundtrack just when I ended the audio book.
The story was going so fast I didn’t wanted to end, so it was really hard to put it down.
Loved all the pranks, learn a few!
Grabbed the epilogue bonus!
Maggie deserved to be happy and free!
Although it’s a good emotional and rough story, well written, after 50% of the book, I’m afraid I didn’t like the most mercurial important character in the book. Yes I had hope it would be ok, but…
I don’t understand him, so selfish!
You know, you’re not alone Miles! Some people actually lost more than one love by accident or else and they moved on without leaving a wreck behind. Can’t think of one good thing about Miles. He was smarter when he was 18… A man this big and so self center. I understand he’s hurt but exaggerating words and silent, silence but deafening… duh
You’re smart enough to know, your friends worry about you but you can’t care less about them.
Ian was so good to you, even Corbin was taking care of you and most of all, Tate! How could you torture her so and not Rachel, who left you?
Are you aware they had feelings too and maybe they were hurt like you, before they met you?
Everybody hurts… sometimes.
Loved Cap! What an amazing and wise old man! And I got to say that Tate saved a man who doesn’t deserved to be saved at that moment.
All through the book, too much information about the “six years earlier” and I wasn’t impressed. I wanted to know more about the present and the development and interaction between Miles and Tate.
I wanted more about the realization of Miles almost throwing his whole life away! His story was tragic, ok! But there’s no hope, so why live and let others feel pain?
If you loved Maybe Someday, this isn’t enough and doesn’t come close.
I felt the ugliness not in the story, but in the character…
I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people’s emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories.
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word “smolder”. If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don’t be mean to me; I’m half badass, half cry baby.
I know I’ve picked this book because I know how different Tarryn’s stories can be!
I was about to know how different and challenging read I would get. I try not to read anything about it before I choose the book.
As a human, I hope for a sweet end, not happy ever after but satisfying and real, mostly because I don’t want to feel that lonely in the dark .
This one almost killed me, seriously!
I’ve finished the book a month ago, only now I have the courage to talk about it.
I have to tell you that I do not cry very often and never for a book. I’ve changed.
We grow up seeking forgiveness or redemption. We have to carry our mistakes, our scars…but with time the pain will fade, but no, not now…not happening!
Shed some tears as part of a release sensation… it feels good now.
Awoke from a nightmare that became only a bad dream.
Only Tarryn’s moments keep me on the edge, make me experience a turmoil of feelings I can’t hide! If the characters are so much alike me, I’m sure I need some kind of therapy after.
Thank God there is a sequel, because I need to know!
I need to read Caleb’s POV to make some sense, review later…
Ok, I’m ready! No I’m not.
I wasn’t… When I was told, the author really wrote about this awful character named, Leah. Saying her name, tastes nasty.
Yeah that one! Red head, stupid, need to grow up kid with some twisted plans and
plots to hold on to Caleb,the love of her life…okay love of her fairy tale…
Does she knows what love is, by the way? And at what cost…
I was surprise how hollow Caleb’s and Leah’s relationship was. By Olivia’s eyes
in the first book, it was great…she was willing to sacrifice… but for this?
I was a wreck! Very emotional! I didn’t know if I’d love them or if I’d hate them!
I didn’t know whom to believe.
I felt like Caleb for a while, yeah probably needed the amnesia too! Insert dark period here… in real life I was numb.
I was not having my HEA was I?
No! Of course not, I needed to bleed or have a brain meltdown first!
Caled did what he had to do, he made a mess earlier so he had to fix it. A baby on the way well, got to stand up for the family, right!? He was clever but blind holding that baby… Family… The name Seth, Caleb’s brother saved me from all the pain.
I was praying for a break up, for something!
A glimpse of happiness. So twisted, mostly, between romance reads we hope for the good guys to get back together, right?
This time I wanted chaos.
I was thrilled there’s was another book in this series to swallow!
This was torture!
Torture to find two people who belong together, in between books, get emotionally and physically distant with so many walls they’ve created for themselves, nowhere near to find each other again…What a complicated maze!
Hmm… Why am I not sure about this? I was afraid of what I wanted.
My little heart didn’t like surprises at this time…
Broke into little pieces and when it was time to pick them up and glue them back together, it got stolen. Not the HEA I was dreaming about, although I was cautious.
But that’s what amazes me!
No loose ends between the past and back to the present moments. Boy she can write! Tarryn Fisher does it! She’s amazing! Incredible!
She gives you more than you thought it was possible!
And still feels right, perfect… In a twisted kind of way!
I seriously recommend this series!
Can’t wait for what she writes next!
Can’t think right now… I have no words, I’m cold and I don’t want to feel, Senna broke my heart! I’ve finished listening to Mud Vein last night and it hurts.
Couldn’t sleep, I thought I would listening last chapter again to understand a little more, because my reaction was that I wasn’t listening it right! Did I get it wrong?
I kept going into the dark. yes Tarryn you did warn us about it, I’ve feared what words deeply mean. If you’ve been there, than you will know.
I liked the silent, I heard you clearly.
Amazing mind and writing!
This was a deep and very complex journey, learning the hardest way, the dark side of love, the truth in it. I can’t say more about this book. I don’t want to spoil it for you! If you didn’t read it yet than you’ll have to explore it, going in blind.
Everyone will read Mud Vein in a different way, as we do experience things and feelings in a different perspective. The truth in ourselves.
I highly recommend this book, but be prepared, it will punch you in the gut!
Text to re-read, knowing the author way of writing, my heart needs to be strong enough!!!
Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
It’s a tide all right, be ready for a storm of emotions and some serious sexual frustration throughout 57% of this audio book!
But it was all goooood!
With a kiss, it all begins, for Brooke and Remy.
Brooke Dumas was a rising star that lost her dreams at Olympics trials with a serious damage knee. She can’t run anymore, broken, she still tries to survive it all searching for another dream, at least something to make her feel better, something to get her back on her feet again! She decides to get her Masters degree in Sports Rehabilitation.
After graduation she’s looking for a job as a rehab specialist, something she’s good at and probably would go on with her life, a little bit happier. Two weeks had past and she’s already tense because she’s got no answers yet, but she needs to find work soon.
Her best friend Melanie wants her to feel better and have some fun, so she drags Brook to an underground fight. She’s not that excited to go but then again it’s a good way, an opportunity to pass out cards and get her name out. She needs this job too much! What she wasn’t expecting at all was, Remington Tate’s tide!
Remington “Riptide” Tate is so hot and sexy, plus he is the best underground fighter they say, our fighter hero, heading to win the championship. Women lose their minds over him and all try to get his attention. But as he lays eyes on Brooke, they feel a deep connection, he has to have her and makes that happen, starting with that stolen kiss.
After that and with Melanie’s help they meet again and she’s ready to feel something, she’s so attracted to him, she’s tempted to have an one-night stand! But Remy hires Brooke instead! What? He asks her to work as his sports rehab specialist, with a three month contract.
She can’t believe it! Perhaps she misunderstood their connection, she’s been “out of order” 🙂 for so long… But she accepts it! She can’t think straight in his presence, but he makes no moves towards her, he keeps staring, not a man of many words, apparently he’s only interested in her special stretching abilities after training and after fights. Poor Brooke, just touching him is torture!
Riptide can have all the girls he wants but after meeting Brooke he turns all of them away. She knows he’s attracted to her too but he still doesn’t want to touch her.
Remy is a very complicated man, unpredictable, doesn’t talk much, but when he does… Oh my! So much more interesting and deep!(I loved the way he talked through music!) He has a dark side that keeps him a mystery, he’s afraid Brooke would run away, until she knows who he really is, he just can’t, can’t! She feels it, he has a broken side and he has trouble dealing with.
He has a bipolar disorder, refuses to take medication due to the effect it can have on his training. What effect? (I don’t know much about this, but I’m ok with it!) He has highs, very highs speedy times or he goes a very low depressed state, goes deep black and loses track of time. He can be extremely violent and has been sedated to get through this awful moments. That’s a shame! What effect he’s trying to escape?
As their friendly zone relationship grows, all about kissing and no sex, Brooke believes he wouldn’t hurt her and keeps trying to support him no matter what. She wants him desperately, sex is all she can think of now, every touch is fire and he feels the same, but refuses to go all the way, he will hurt her!
He’s resolved, Brooke needs to know the “real” him first and once he has her completely, he’ll never let her go.
And then BAM Fi-na-lly! Love scenes were great!
Later, much later in the book, Brook sees someone familiar in a dangerous place at a match and she is shocked, but does anything about it for a while… A little predictable that this last twist happened just for Remy to take some action to show all his demons, this leads to Brooke leaving… I thought she was stronger!
This book is written in Brooke’s point of view but we can go into Remy’s head from time to time and I loved every part of it!
Great book! Good performance in an audio book format. I enjoyed it!
More about Remy is never enough!
I love how Katy Evans describes everything! The way someone touches, someones hurts, someone laughs, different cries.
I enjoyed her writing, I understood her well, sometimes too well. I’ve imagined two Remys, one dark and one light, two different persons mixing together in my head, sometimes blending into the better man!
At the end I could see him clearly and understand.
Mine is the sequel to Real. I liked Real but Mine was hard to listen/read. It’s a continuation of the first book, entertaining yes, with Remington Tate all over the place, but chapter after chapter some of the sex/love scenes were not that important for me anymore…
I had to have a break from the audio book because I only heard and felt Brooke’s perspective… I felt her emotions, trust and jealousy issues. I was going crazy too! 🙂
We can’t never take anything for granted… Was Remington aware or he never thought about that? I get it, I do! He wanted her to know the “real” man…She get’s it! But does he?
Brooke was young, beautiful starting a career and every man would love to keep her! Didn’t they try? The men? No one? She could leave him because of misunderstandings, overheard talks, things that were so important to be said, but weren’t out in the open? She could, couldn’t she? She tried so hard for him, left everything for him!
She was so blind, loved him so much! But Remy was so hard to reach! Always quiet, she had to pull it out from him, hurting each other?
I know there’s love, that’s final, OK. But when in love, we share our deepest feelings and thoughts. (I think we should!) We want to breathe one another… Belong, become one! So why we leave things unsaid for the love sake?! Why do we want to spare the other one, who will fight for us no matter what, if we don’t know? Are you saved from pain, who bleeds the most?
The one thing I like more about Brooke this time was the way she handled Remy’s illness.
I don’t want to spoil the fun! You have to read it!
The secondary story or plot was not that interesting for me… at times I just felt: whatever…
The end was predictable, like I said, I understood where this story was going, pretty quick! Don’t think I didn’t like it though. 🙂
I liked the fighter blue and black swings and the power and perseverance in him! Refreshing side, a different look on love. I’ll keep it high in my shelf and I can’t wait to listen to the next book: Remy from Sebastian York’s voice! 🙂
At last!… We can now get deep with Remington Tate’s version of that sweet story that goes back and forth between his past and his currently state. I thought it was going to be deep, but…
I feel a little disappointed that some parts of the story I was so curious about, will never be told.
Remy being “black”, I just hoped he (or the author) could remember more of it… When Brooke left him I wanted to know more about his struggle to stay focus and get her back. The hospital times and the brain seizures he had to endure to get “blue”.
Some of the events were neglected by the author, rushing things to happen…
Other than that, most of the things I already knew…
Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.
As I start to read/listen, I knew this was going to be a very emotional love story.
I thought it was a darker read but the intense sexual chemistry between the two characters, light the way.
Both suffered a lot each in their own way, trying to break free from the hurt and loneliness. Alone, in real life they would need help, but that was OK for me to keep reading.
It’s damn hard to do on your own, without help, without someone to talk to.
So like any human, they feel the need to escape in each other from the pain and suffering.
What they didn’t expect was the emotional connection, it was beyond physical… and the secrets they were hiding would come back and make them realize this connection was what they really need from each other to go on.
I’m not that sure of the double standard… and the rules… When someone opens up to you and you refuse to do the same… hiding things from your own past which pale in comparison to the things the other one isn’t telling you… hmm.
I loved the art element, the tattoo, a symbolic design that bonds them together and becomes a real healing process.
I like the friendships around them too. Not that I would miss them… I think Sienna’s part although didn’t really matter much…
About the writing, dual POV was great, quite distinct and serious unique voices.
Again a story about getting back on your feet with the help of another broken soul. You´ll find out there many romances like this. This time a little edgier.
I like the way it was written, focusing in the connection, about art, hope, love with plenty of sex on the side, I must say, well not on the side, right in front of you and very detailed, good stamina!
I liked their interaction around their need for each other, afraid of the loneliness, breaking the rules and their limits, growing a thicker skin to start living again. To make sense. They went far beyond skin, only at the end they realized what they were missing. They build each others armor and completed the shield, healing their wounds.
What I didn’t like that much:
I’ve found a little difficult to understand why there was so many problems around a guy with tattoos, or even piercings… I think that city has many living there… but Ok… let’s keep reading 🙂
Then I didn’t understand that plot, the quick trial and why there was a murder in the first place, maybe an excuse to have a similar background and struggle with pain and grief. But they were murdered…I know, I know you never know, it could happen to you, yeah… things happen.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share this book with you. It has been a long time coming, and the readers who have been with me from the beginning of this journey have been extremely patient. For that, I thank you.
FRACTURES IN INK is a standalone novel
Sometimes the things we shouldn’t want become exactly what we need . . .
Waitressing at a seedy strip club isn’t ideal, but it pays Sarah Adamson’s tuition. Her goal is to finish her master’s program and get a job that doesn’t involve tight skirts and groping hands. She doesn’t need distractions. Especially not the one that comes in the form of a hot-as-sin tattoo artist who works across the street from her apartment.
Kicked out at sixteen, and a high school dropout, Chris Zelter is familiar with wanting things he can’t have. His fractured life has never been easy. As the product of someone else’s bad decisions, he knows exactly what happens when the wrong person controls your marionette strings. Now an accomplished tattoo artist in a renowned studio in Chicago, Chris has it together.
Apart from his infatuation with Sarah. She’s way out of his league, and Chris knows it.
But he’s willing to be her bad decision. At least for now.
S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.
Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.
In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.
I liked the story but hated Kiera, how can it be … A girl at 21 that never set goals in her life, doesn’ t know what she wants to do, just blushing so many times and always irritated, such an annoying pain.
She doesn’t function alone I think, she needs a gps not two beautiful guys that fell in love with what? What? So coward, so selfish…
Well it’s was a long story, sometimes repeating itself, closer to the end of the book I felt it was a little bit rushed… but overall my hate toward Kiera…I’m curious about what could possible happen in the next book. I don’t like hating so I’m hoping Kiera changes.
Listening to audible I wish there could be a song or two from D-Bags!!!
Liked it better then the first. Now I understand Kiera but still, she could be so much better, she could let go of so many problems that she obviously make in her stupid head, let go of all the secrets.
I can’t believe there’s a Denny somewhere.
Forgiving is something, forget it is, well…
There’s a lot of angst, love and friendship. I almost cried I remember saying no! No! To my dark bedroom, hoping no neighbor was awake at 6 am 🙂 But the story goes really good, just smoothing and calming my nerves toward the end. 🙂
I hope Kiera keeps going this way, can’t wait for Reckless and I’m ready for it right about now!
Just heard there’s a Kellan’s POV’s coming, “Thoughtful” I’m so excited!
Damn I need Kellan’s POV now! Review will come when I feel ready. …I don’t right now! I’m sad it’s over. I was dragging it…
Next day: … Ok now, I think I’m ready: Kellan’s and Kiera’s life and relationship goes through some serious struggle. But love wins right? Right? Kellan seems to fall in to manipulation so many times, even Kiera used him that first time… but the past is in the past and they are looking forward to the future together, declaring they’re husband and wife in their hearts. But Kiera wants to keep anonymous, when Kellan and his D-Bags are touring and recording their first album, their music and charisma makes them stars and they are popular fast. She will want to be known after, what she’s afraid of? She needs to wake up, burst the bubble she lives in, it’s her life, she needs to live it…
Kiera finally yeah finally knows what she wants, and what she wants to be, a writer. She starts to write a autobiographical novel just to cleanse and leave the past behind, betrayal and all, her thoughts about that time, not speaking when she should, all her insecurities. Writing is good for her, keeps her mind focus, at peace and we see her grew up and make some good decisions, for once.
The book was a little dragging here. I kept listening (audiobook) because I was intrigued with the story. Meanwhile…I don’t understand Denny’s presence… he was always there when Kellan was away or did something wrong, or seemed that way
and when Kiera needed, Denny was there… at the end I didn’t want to know… only in books I guess! 🙂 But I really liked that Kiera started to realise that Kellan does love her like crazy and she finally believes and trusts him! With all the rumours and pressure around that celebrity hunger for fame and the manager’s grid for money and success, no matter what. Real world, huh!?
The band yes, they all stick together, they support each other and they are truly friends, they’re family. Kellan obviously needs a family and to be loved!No more pain! Griffin on the other hand lifted the angst throughout the book, it was kind of fun!Very, actually! Loved to see a different side of him! Honest and caring.. lol made me laugh dude!
Kiera grew on me towards the end of the book. I was proud of her!
The epilogue, oh that was lovely, so good to know everything was fine and going strong! I did get all moods: I was frustrated, then I laughed, cried a little… only one time, I don’t cry easily and swoon, man! I’ll never forget the “morning” coffee and Kellan’s smell lol
Really enjoyed this ride! I will re-read this series! And I recommend it!
I was anticipating this read ever since I read Thoughtless years ago. Listening to Kellan felt like home, I was waiting for this for so long!
But I was waiting for more, I wanted to get deeper in his thoughts, I wanted it to be hard but strong! Sensitive guy, rocker we all loved, but felt the same, didn’t add much more emotions than Thoughtless… I wanted to know Kellan alone. Not just with Kiera, just him. But it felt he didn’t exist without Kiera and friends. I can’t believe how insecure he was and so afraid to be alone!
The fight with Denny, ok… I almost got through it without even knowing it! And many times I felt unattached to Kiera. Like the scene in the rain so much powerful in Thoughtless, here I was struggling for the connection.
I don’t know … maybe I was asking too much.
Still is one of my favorite stories, it will stay with me forever. But Thoughtless wins!
I thought it was going to be funnier, at least. I thought I would continue to appreciate the path in growth Griffin was supposed to live by now. I was sorry to understand in the first few chapters that it wasn’t to be happening any time soon.
Where was the Griffin I knew? And where were the other I loved? I did like the titles of the chapters it made me remember the previous Griffin that I once laugh at.
Griffin was tired of being in the background. Who wouldn’t? Yeah we knew about that, the way he acted, reacted. But the way he was portrayed in this book, well it was hard for me to believe it was the same guy.
And then he was humiliated, degraded, they even made him grovel… We live in a world full of assholes and horrible people who don’t even come close to what Griffin is or was. Griffin had a weird behavior, sometimes childish, sometimes selfish, sometimes drunk and funny, but not a serial killer right? He was like some of us, right? And what the hell was going with D-Bags?
The band members treated him like sh*t, if he was less than a person.
I hated the way Matt treated him. Kellan, well the Kellan I knew wouldn’t let most of the things happen, but they did take place. What the hell KK?
Most of the characters didn’t seemed the same from the other books that I really liked and loved… Couldn’t related with Kiera or Danny. They were so distant. That was the hard part of the book. The characters seemed so different.
If I read this book first, I wouldn’t be interested in reading the next.
What I really liked was the marriage relationship him and Anna had. It was nice to see the team effort and the hard work to keep it. That’s why I can’t understand this Griffin marked attitude and everyone’s behavior towards him, he was a person, he was kind, he was nice even, clever, good with children… never a bad person.
I don’t know.
Don’t let this review make you stop reading from this author. I really like her. Didn’t liked this particular book and story. It is as if I didn’t need to know about this one. Could go on without it.
Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA Today International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestsellers, best BDSM series voted by the SmutClub, and recently signed a two book deal with Grand Central. Her books are currently being translated into numerous languages and will be in bookstores in the near future.
Her Dark Romance books include:
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)
Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3)
Debt Inheritance (Indebted #1)
Her Grey Romance books include:
New releases are:
Pure Corruption MC Duet
Je Suis a Toi (Monsters in the Dark Novella)
Forbidden Flaws (Standalone Erotic Romance)
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Review at the end… it ends so abruptly… I need to recover knowing I won’t have the next book in the series ready! Ahhh! It’s going to be hard to begin this review, I’ve been savoring it for days…don’t know how to start! Ok! Let’s see the thoughts I can gather…
Ruin & Rule was for me, a very anticipated book, even though I didn’t knew much about it, it didn’t give anything away in the preview. I heard something here and there. Motorbikes and bikers are things I like, read and enjoy so I’ve jumped right into it.
First, I liked the way the author starts this captivating story.
Captive is a word with a lot of meaning and intention and doesn’t even describes the importance around the whole picture. I say picture because pictures remind us of this and that, we record smells, we keep sounds, words spoken, our own fragmented memories… We depend on it.
I’m glad I have many…
Love the way the author turns the ugly in to a dark poetic world of words, it will test your limits, if you are prepared or not, sometimes predictable if you have the same way of thinking, sometimes it will drag you past your comfort zone. You’ll be thrown over the edge, your emotions will spawn in every direction.
Like the hardest mind game, only one thing kept me asking why…Why someone who has been through so much would hold back knowing who captured her? After all she’s been through… Lighter boy/man … burn …baby… burn…
Give this series a chance even if you don’t like this kind of dark. couldn’t put it down and it’s my first from Pepper’s.
Some parts might be hard to read… maybe because we know it can be that real.
It’s not a standalone so be prepared and wait with me till January 2016 Ahhhhhh!
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