Tag: second chance romance

BLOG TOUR: Sexy as Sin by Julie Kriss

Book: Sexy as Sin

Series: Filthy Rich #2

Author: Julie Kriss

Release date: 3 December 2019

Main characters: Ava Winters, fashion stylist and Aidan Winter’s sister; Dane Scotland, Aidan’s best friend and co-founder of Tower VC group.

Blurb:

The assignment should be a fashion stylist’s dream. Dane Scotland—brilliant programmer, millionaire, partner in my brother’s company—is going to a big-money meeting, and he needs to look the part.

The problem? Dane doesn’t want a makeover. He’s grumpy and reclusive, and his wardrobe consists of two pairs of old jeans. He doesn’t want me anywhere near him.

Did I mention that he’s my brother’s best friend? And that no one knows exactly what Dane and I got up to ten years ago?

The nerd I knew is gone—Dane ditched his glasses and bulked up. Now he’s six-foot-plus of hot genius, but I can be professional. I can definitely keep my hands off him. Again.

But when he looks at me like he used to, like no one else ever has, the only thing I want is to lose control.

Dane and I gave each other our first taste of heartbreak. Are we destined for another round?

Why you should read it: my, my, my! This series keeps getting better and better, hotter and hotter! I loved Filthy Rich for its dialogue and characters with depth and Sexy as Sin is no different. Dane and Ava have history – and this makes their story so intriguing and hot. There’s pathos, there’s pain and there’s yearning. I loved this story and I devoured it in hours. Ava is damaged but not broken. She’s determined to sort out her life before pursuing anything with Dane. Dane is a pretty straightforward character. He hides his vulnerability under his surly exterior, but he feels plenty. What can I say? I didn’t want the book to end!

Dane’s arm came around my waist and a growl came from his throat. He’d never made that sound before—possessive, primal, male. I shivered at the sound of it. But his free hand came down over mine, stopping its progress. “You know what I want,” he said roughly, his voice low. “You, in a bed. All mine. No one around and no time limits. So I can do anything to you I want, for as long as I want.” He let go of me, slid back, his heat leaving me. “Nothing else will ever fucking do.” And with that, Dane stood and silently left the room.

What you may not like: It was over too quickly! Nah, it was just right. I don’t have a single negative thing to say about this story. Just bring on more of this stellar series!

Rating: 5/5 for a truly enjoyable read. Next up is Samantha’s sister Emma and bad boy Noah’s story in Dirty Talk

Fractured Love by Ella James

Book: Fractured Love

Author: Ella James

Series: standalone

Release date: 19 July 2017

Main characters: Evie Rutherford and Landon Jones, star crossed lovers who could never quite let the other go.

Blurb:

I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and grey eyes – light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.
Now I’m twenty-seven, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him – Dr. Jones.

Why you should read it: Holy moley – want a story with angst, heartbreak, yet stoic optimism? This one could be it! The story of Evie and Landon (or should I say ballad) is a 10-year memoir of lost opportunities and external factors keeping them apart. Their connection was palpable and it jumps out at you from the page. Both Evie and Landon are well-drawn, soulful characters and I loved them both. The physical side of things actually took a backseat to the story – their love for each other was the story’s focus.

What you may not like: The ‘obstacle’ that stood in the way of Evie and Landon being together seemed a bit trivial in the grand scheme of things. Evie just wasn’t brave enough to tell the truth and it seemed a bit daft to be honest. However, this was one element in a very engaging and compelling story that kept me reading. I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was invested in knowing the outcome.

Rating: 4/5 for a heart wrenching, rollercoaster of a story that will make you gasp, make you swoon and sigh.

The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

the trouble with loveBook: The Trouble With Love

Series: Sex, Love and Stiletto #4

Author: Lauren Layne

Format: Netgalley ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Emma Sinclair has adjusted to life in the Big Apple. She’s barely recognisable as the North Carolina southern belle she used to be. Determined to shed her former life, she now has the unfortunate reputation for being…well, a little ‘cold’. A mystery even to her closest friends, Emma’s past is something she’s not comfortable discussing, however, when Alex Cassidy steps in as interim editor-in-chief of Stiletto magazine, any hope of avoidance proves futile. Alex isn’t just her boss – he’s her ex-fiancé, and he’s determined to get some answers.

Alex Cassidy is convinced he’s over Emma Sinclair. It’s been seven years since she threw her engagement ring at him and told him she never wanted to see him again. So how is it that she has a slightly different version of events? Alex wants answers, so when he assigns Emma an article about all of her exes, he isn’t quite prepared for the emotional fallout. Will these two ever find the closure they’re looking for, or will they just make the same mistakes again?

Why you should read this: If you’ve followed my reviews of the other three books in the series – you’ll love this one! In my humble opinion, this is perhaps the best one in the series. The sheer build-up and emotional angst, balances so well with the humour and the inclusion of some well-loved secondary characters. I adore this series for the friendships, the positive female characterisations and the smokin’ hot heroes. This book is no exception.

What you might hate: I don’t know how you feel about second-chance romances? Usually they irritate the hell out of me, but this one was spot on. We have a feisty heroine, who you’ll either love and empathise with or hate for being distant. I totally got Emma, so I love her, but depending on where you stand on this will probably affect your enjoyment of the story.

Rating: 4/5 – made me smile, laugh and feel good inside. Lots of great dialogue and banter. A great read.

The Trouble With Love is out on March 3rd.