About the Book
Title: Twisted Fate
Series: Twisted, 1
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Being kidnapped by the Leader of the Fae really puts a dent in your senior year.
Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.
Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.
Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.
Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.
When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.
I remember reading this book way back in June of 2017 when I was a beta reader. Even further backs read the first chapter in December 2016, so I've been waiting for this book to come out for a long time so I could gush over how much I love this book. And the time has come for me to do that.
About the Book
Title: Torrid Little Affair
Series: Forbidden Desires, 3
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: Dec 11, 2017
The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. And I have the perfect candidate all picked out.
My new assistant is tempting beyond belief with her curvy body and take-no-shit attitude. All those luscious curves, and a juicy ass I’m already in love with. God, the things that I would do to that ass…
But it’s the haunted look in her eyes that speaks to me. Like she’s taken just as much shit in her past as I have—maybe more. We both deserve a little fun.
Love can’t fix everything. Mind-blowing sex and a few killer orgasms, on the other hand?
I have a feeling those might do the trick.
This is book three in the Forbidden Desires series, and while it can be read as a standalone, it’s recommended you start with Dirty Little Secret.
I know the book description says that one should go read the first book in the series before cracking this one (it "spoils" the end of Book 1 in the first chapter, but given they're all romances, it's not that big of a spoiler), but given I'm in the middle of studying for finals and writing my final papers, I unfortunately didn't have time to do that (although I intend to once I'm done with the semester). In the meantime, let's get into my review.
The novel takes place in Boston, so woo! Okay, seriously now, my review:
I'm going to start off and say that I really enjoyed this book. I was immediately pulled into the world and couldn't put it down once I started (I had to a few times because I was sneaking in reading it while I was at work, but I just couldn't wait until the end of the day to finish reading). I will admit, that despite loving the plot I did skim a bit in the woods over Sage's training.
I'm going to jump into the characters. All of whom were well written and compelling.
I liked this story, but it didn't particularly strike me like some of the other stories did. Bren and Mason were cool, and I liked him more than her. She was a little to prickly for me to ever really connect with her, but she was sassy so I liked her for that. The plot was entertaining, if somewhat predictable. On a side note, Trent, Mason's friend, was awesome. All in all, the story was enjoyable, but not my favorite of the series.
I enjoyed this book so much. It's been a while since I've read an adult paranormal romance, and this did not disappoint! The characters—all of them—were very well fleshed out, even ones without their own bodies—like the demon of Misery. Part of this is because even though I haven't read the first 12 books (though now I'm definitely going to—and the back of the book actually summarizes each of the previous books), I got a sense of the history and complexity of each character.
Most importantly, Cameo and Lazarus were both awesome on their own as well as a couple. She is a kickass fighter with a smart mouth and the heart-wrenching and isolating problem of dealing with the demon of Misery that pains almost everyone around her, except Lazarus and her friend Violet, who was also awesome. There comes a part in the second half of the novel when Cameo is so overcome by Misery's influence, and it really hit home with me, as someone who has struggled with depression. It made me connect with her and Lazarus more than ever, though by that point I was already very invested.
I really enjoyed this book. Not only was Cate and Ash's story awesome, but we got to see more of Jim and Noelle, and all the other couples from the past books, and readers finally get to see the conclusion of Sully and Liam's story (though I'm kind of disappointed they didn't get their own book like all the heterosexual couples did).
This book was really not my cup of tea. Although the action was okay and the whole Sully and Liam subplot was interesting (more so than D and Sofia's romance, in my opinion), I found my self skimming a lot.
I enjoyed this story so much. Max and Addison got along so well, and I love that it's their love for Dylan that helps bring them together. Their shared interest to each other is perfectly mirrored in each other's POV, as is their attempts to derail their attraction was super awesome to read.
I liked this story a lot. Bailey and Sean are very strong-headed and have a lot of chemistry together. Their interactions with each other, and the supposed love-triangle involving Sean's twin brother was super entertaining to read.
As you may recall, I did not really enjoy the first book in the For Her series, Everything For Her, because the stalker level was through the roof (it made Christian Grey's antics look tame). And the only reason I even pre-ordered His Alone was because of the very enticing preview at the end of book 1.
Thankfully, this story was much better. Although the obsessiveness and stalker behavior was still present, it was much less intrusive to the story. It was more in the background rather than the glaring driving force for everything. Paige even remarks on multiple accounts about how similar Ryan (nicknamed "Captain America" by Mallory in Everything For Her) is to her half-brother Miles ("Oz"):
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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