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3.5 to 4 stars.
There is something so alluring about forbidden love stories; I am compelled to read them even if sometimes the theme is just wrong on so many levels…. But when it comes to romance and love, everything is valid.. after all “All’s fair in love and war”.
Student/teacher stories are hard for me to read and ultimately understand.. I teach high school kids so it just rubs me the wrong way. Even seniors before my eyes are still immature, young children who need lots of guidance and have no idea about their place in the world, much less what they want out of life.
Having said that, after reading this book and experiencing a story about an 18 year-old damaged girl and her 32 year-old world history teacher, I definitely had to mentally prepare myself in order to read this for what it is: Fiction, romance and finally, a story were love conquers all.
Addison (Addy) is a sad girl; she has severe OCD issues with time (tick tick tock) and counting due to a traumatic incident involving her younger brother. She has made it her goal to seem perfect, to be perfect for her parents (who are not very good to her), school and everyone else around her. She is dating the school popular jock; she is the star of the track team; she has good grades, etc. Perfect. But inside she is a broken mess and the only positive thing in her life is her Doctor (Doc). Her senior year begins and she meets Mr. McKendrik… time stops (literally) and she is determined to have him, even if it means going to the point of becoming a bold, cunning, and über stalker.
McKendrik, is just a 32 year-old man, who ends up teaching in that particular school in Denver because his father is sick and dying. He is there to be with him until the end. When he meet Addy, he was attracted to her, obviously she is pretty and alluring but he dismisses the attraction immediately. He never stands a chance against her bold advances… he ends up giving in.
Now to the book itself: the writing was great!! I loved how the book jumped from present to past. Reading about present events was the only thing that helped me warm up to Addy a little bit. I was not a big fan of her, not really. Despite her issues and needs and the way she felt with McKendrik, I couldn’t seem to shake the fact about the way she came on to him, I mean yes teenagers and 18 year-olds are sometimes sexually active, more than we care to admit obviously, but, just thinking about a daughter of mine behaving that way… NO NO NO. Even if she is “legally” an adult (which I believe is an understatement, because at 18… nope, they still do very very stupid things, very un-adulty-ish). Therefore, I had a hard time warming up to her character, I found her slutty, instead of forthcoming or just sure of herself. She made it her goal to seduce and lure the guy…
Him, on the other hand, tries to stop her. He never reports her though… why? Well because he actually threw ethics off the window and gave in to temptation. Enough said.
Did I like the book? Yes and sort of. I can give a solid 4 stars for the writing and execution, but the 3.5 is for depth. I still would have liked interactions with them before the sexy times, to actually start off with some sort of friendship. For him to make an effort in order for her to open up and stop being so bold and throwing herself at him. For them to form a connection/love/understanding/feelings before sex… the way it is written is just lust and then.. poof! Magically after a few weeks they love each other…. This may work with other books, with other couples, but here, given the situation and the forbidden part of it, and the risk of jail time.. it didn’t work for me.
Also, the epilogue was… not an epilogue. I definitely needed more resolution. The ending left me wanting more of them, together, to see them interact without the baggage but, we didn’t get it and that irked me.. badly.
All in all, I recommend the story if you are into these kind of books. It is good, sexy and easy to read; Ella Frank doesn’t disappoint, maybe you will find my peeves to be your delight!!!!
What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners. Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you’re in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.
Book received from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.
This was a surprise. I wasn’t sure if I was going to love or hate it. In the end, I truly liked it. I won’t say I loved it due to minor issues… But those are solely mine.
Rosalie, a sweet 18 year old girl, running away from her life; she wants to start new, be someone new. She has no idea how. Call it fate, divine intervention, chance, but nature calls and suddenly she´s being chased by a bear in the middle of the woods, the middle of nowhere. Literally Nowhere, Colorado. She’s rescued by a somewhat scary biker dude and the story begins… Paranormal twists, fate, dreams, greed, everything start to rise.
I loved how Rosalie was strong; sometimes she did make bad decisions, but I kind of forgave her because she was a little naive and, also young and she couldn’t trust anyone fully. Steele.. Messes up several times but came unscathed in the end, so I gave him my approval!
What were the issues? My eternal complaint with the too-much-too-soon, insta-love thingy. I get it in PNR but sometimes we can have things develop more naturally and let some time pass in order to fully develop characters and, to fully justify and develop love so deep… I understand the whole concept of fate, divine, etc. Yadda, yadda, but in the end they fell for each other on their own, way TOO fast. I needed more development, I needed to know more, I needed to see more of Steele’s good side, the caring side, the lovable side and also the badass side.
The writing was excellent, I couldn’t find a flaw! The story was original, the way things were handled and how everything was explained also very good. I thought the biker theme and the paranormal were so cool…. But, I am intrigued as hell to know what’s coming next… Everything is supposed to be fixed right?????
I recommend this book if you are a fan of the paranormal genre… YA since the book is fairly PG-13-ish 🙂
Kristen Ashley writes sexy.
Kristen Ashley writes cute and tender.
Kristen Ashley writes sweet.
Kristen Ashley writes heartfelt.
Kristen Ashley writes deep.
And when you open a Kristen Ashley book, you don’t just experience it through reading, you feel it completely. Deep, heartfelt, sweet, cute and tender, sexy.
Every time I pick up a new Kristen Ashley book I can’t imagine it getting better, but The Will proved me wrong.
There are many things I like about this book, which are also a KA staple. The family ties and dynamics which are endearing and beautiful. The existing and blooming new friendships that are not only comic relief but also play key parts in the plot development. The alpha males. Yes, it’s plural. There’s not only Jake Spear alpha male with a demanding presence. There’s also man-boy alpha son Conner Spear and miniMe alpha male Ethan who is more cute and adorable than alpha, but he is also a Spear and a Kristen character, so I’m sure he’ll grow into a swooning alpha.
There are many other things I liked, but what I enjoyed the most is the profound, inexorable, unstoppable build of the protagonists’ relationship. Like liquid rock beneath the earth, changing their hearts and lives forever once it solidified.
In short, that is how you feel throughout the entire book, huge, unfathomable sweet, sexy, mega grin and sometimes tearful beauty.
I know so far this says very little about the storyline, but also speaks volumes. For those of you who’ve read her books, you know what I mean. For anyone who’s never read a book from this author, this would be a great introduction. It’s the first in a series, which can be considered as a standalone.
I was hooked right from the start when the main characters, Josephine Malone and James Spear, look sun glass to sun glass and you feel their instant connection.
When Josie travels to Magdalene to go to her beloved grandmother’s funeral, she temporarily leaves behind her famous photographer boss and globetrotting life and is thrust into an unusual and peculiar relationship with Jake. Because when we initially meet a judgmental, stick up her ass, but refined and sophisticated Josephine, paired with no-nonsense, overbearing, commanding, boxing gym and strip club owner Jake, it’s a shock that these two opposites were put together by the machinations of Lydia Spear.
“Are you detaining me because you want me to address you by your Christian name?”
His extraordinary, intriguing and striking eyes focused on mine. “Do you talk like that all the time?”
It turns out though, Josie wears that as a disguise, and underneath she is smart, tender, loving, and cute in a very peculiar way. She is straight forward and handled everything well and with finesse. And it was her day to day vocabulary that made her so funny and endearing. He used words such as: bequeath, largesse, alas, pugilist, prevaricate. Even her thoughts used terms like copulation.
Jake, with all his faults and previous bad decisions, is magnificent, amazing and loving man that put the happiness and protection of his loved ones first and foremost, which included Josie.
I loved that these two are forty something, who have lived, made mistakes and learned. They knew what they wanted and could appreciate what they found in each other. So in getting to know them Kristen Ashley style, we see how they fit together perfectly and fall in love in an incredibly pleasurable way.
”I never wanted anything but you, Jake… and I wanted you before I even knew you. Someone handsome and strong and protective and fierce. You’re everything I ever wanted, darling.”
I highlighted a lot while reading this book. And that’s saying something because this a is long, not shortened down book, and I LOVED every single word of it.
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My rating is a 4 out of 5 stars.
I actually liked this book a lot. It’s book #1 of Law of the Lycans trilogy by Nick Charles. You can get the entire series (including the prequel and book 2.5) free on amazon right now.
It’s paranormal romance, which I thought would be a just quick read, but it pleasantly surprised me.
The female lead, Eloise suddenly finds herself thrown in a marriage of convenience, since she is the daughter of an Alpha, and has to marry the Alpha of another pack forming an alliance. She accepts her fate with her head held high, but it’s very different from the future she envisioned for herself.
She finds herself married to a man she doesn’t know (instead of the man she thinks she loves), living in a house that isn’t hers with three other people and in a land she’s new to and that has its own set of problems, that keeps her new husband away.
The intrigue of what is happening in the land got me hooked. And of course there is always the big bad wolf, in this case its literally, the “other” woman interested in being the alpha’s wife, and the big company planing to buy land, are some of the thing Eloise has to deal with with.
It’s a story of intrigue and romance, but what I enjoyed the most is that the main characters did not fall in love instantly (which is something that usually happen) but they had to find some common ground, and they had to work a little to get to form a relationship besides a sexual one.
It’s endearing, sometimes a little bit exasperating because you know something bad is going to happen and it is slow to come, but in the end I was very happy with the way it all resolved itself.
How do you
start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?
Althea refuses to allow herself to love again.
convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his
memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the
remaining pieces linking them together.
Griffen’s been running from his past.
through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and
meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns
home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent
years trying to escape.
bond they discover between them – shocks them both.
charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with
him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time
is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow
never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea
throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.
perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them.
together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?
Review by TJlovestoread
Five Solid Stars!!!
I am so glad I read this book. This was provided by a blogger for a review tour and I don’t regret it one bit, even if I am doing this at an insane hour!!! I devoured this book in one day!! It’s that good.
Althea (Tea), a thirty-year-old widow and mother of a five-year-old child, still grieving her husband after almost 6 years; she lives with constant guilt and regrets, unable to move on with her life. She has lovable and pushy friends who finally convince her to go out and “misbehave” at least for one night.
Griffen (funny name by the way) a thirty-one-year-old bestselling author living the big life in New York, who ran away from his hometown to forget his past. Now, he is back for two weeks and he is in for the ride (literally and figuratively) of a lifetime! Out on the town, having a drink sulking at the bar until he eavesdrops a “charming” conversation between three women…
I usually try not to give away plot during my reviews, because I don’t like reading reviews that spoil the whole story, even if it’s “spoiler free” sometimes they just say too much and the I just don’t read the book. Having said that, I can assure this review will provide praise or critique about the book, the writing, characters and plot….. *grins like and idiot* who am I kidding, I can only say I LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD!!! Yeah! That is constructive…
Truth be told I started reading the book completely blind. I didn’t even read the blurb and thank God I did, because everything was mystery, everything was just new and I loved unwrapping the present word by word. The story was highly predictable… at 20% I knew the ending and… everything else but, that didn’t bother me one bit, it actually made me get into it more and more to prove my theories…
The writing is superb! Amazing prose, just the way a book like this one should be written. I tend to dislike romance books written in third person (hope this is the correct term) going back and forth with characters POV’s (like the omnipresent narrator) due to the fact authors usually have the tendency to drag thoughts about a particular things for pages, and pages. And then, you actually have to read the same thing all over again from both characters and it becomes insanely annoying (hope I am actually explaining myself). With this book, I was never annoyed, didn’t get tired because I couldn’t find any flaws. Characters thoughts were not “overthought” .
I also want to praise the rich vocabulary; Thank you Chloe I highlighted several words for my English repertoire. Metaphors and analogies were abundant but never used excessively and they were beautiful, they just enhanced the reading experience.
Next: THE STORY IS HOT!!! Oh yeah! The sexy-smexy times between Griffen and Tea were smoldering! They had this unbelievable chemistry and although hot they were also endearing, sweet and totally adorable. Their banter, jokes and use of their nicknames was the highlight of the book. I loved Griffen’s sense of humor and the way Tea blossomed to a self-assured sexual being!
Jenna and Aubrey were the best friends ever! Supportive, loyal and completely meddlesome. In the right effin way! I loved both of them and I am so glad to hear they will get their own stories (which I obviously will read).
The suspense part was well delivered, although like I said predictable, but it enhances the book and it plays a very important role as to the way things end up between Tea and Griff. I also need to say that I have a personal scuffle (or pet peeve) with insta-love books, were characters fall in love in a matter of days/week, but here, there was two week window and due to circumstances, well… I bought it… when the author knows how to sell a story, you can’t miss it.
I strongly recommend this book!!!
PS: I would love a novella about Jack and Tea back in college…. Aubrey with Trey… yes please the tattooed, pierced, computer nerd! For her!! And I am awaiting Jenna’s book… that teaser was oooohhhh so interesting
at him shyly and she could see him swallow in response.
trained on her hazel ones, and she actually shivered. He just stood there in
front of her and she could barely breathe. Underneath all his playfulness there
was the hint of someone intense and only barely contained, and the combination
was driving her deliciously crazy.
shoulders and she released a little gasp. He gently slid them down the bare
skin of her arms and she leaned her head back revealing her neck more fully to
him as her hair fell away from her. Griffen nuzzled his face in her neck so
that his masculine scent surrounded her, while his strong, warm hands rubbed
purposely up and down her arms causing her insides to ignite like a wildfire.
He gently kissed her neck, then teasingly bit her shoulder, and it was as
though an electric shock shot straight to her core and she could feel herself
becoming wet already.
know that?” he asked as he moved his hands to her waist and pushed more
fully against her, until his legs were snugly between her thighs and the cheeks
of her ass were pressed against the cold glass. It was a stark contrast to the
heat of his body and the intense warmth and wetness in her center. She imagined
that if she pulled away there would be a steamy imprint of her back and ass
against the glass and it made her feel beyond sexy.
when he whispered, “Looking at you against this glass, the city behind you
— now that is one helluva view,” he groaned against her ear, licking and
nibbling her earlobe until she had to lean her dizzy head back against the cool
glass for some relief.
living in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and their sweet puppy. She is a
native Washingtonian that graduated Duke University with a degree in English
and Chinese language. She met her husband at Duke and he brought her to
Pittsburgh over a decade ago, which she has loved ever since and made her
adopted hometown. She also attended University of Pittsburgh Law School where
she continued to be a book-loving nerd.
writing and although she does do it professionally as a lawyer, she cherishes
the opportunity to craft her contemporary romances and share them with the
fan and wrote her debut novel Three Rivers in her spare time. She continues her
tireless legal style of research in her fiction work as well. For example, in
an effort to bring authenticity to Three River’s treatment of grief and loss,
she consulted with a psychologist and grief counselor during its preparation.
use-a-quart-of-conditioner-without-blinking amount of hair). It really only
works as a super short or really long. In high school I chopped it off in this
cute edgy pixie I loved! Then I spent a semester of my senior year in high
school in China and couldn’t get it cut right. It grew out like some sort of
bizarre mullet version of the three stooges hair. I have pretty exclusively
just done long hair ever since.
all the way
could speak more than just the basics I know.
love Clue! I so want to do a grown up Clue dinner party where people have to
dress up like the characters. I want to dress up as Miss Scarlet. She has the
best outfit and what woman doesn’t want to be a femme fatale for a night?
Tramp! Second place is The Thin Man.
list. I think some guests wanted to rebel against my tyrannical refual to abide
by wedding music protocol, but, damn, those are awful!
like him. He tells me he doesn’t see it. Good thing, mine is the opinion that
matters on that issue.
am beyond uncoordinated. My friends, family and husband lovingly refer to me as
at Duke. We had “big beer night” on Thursdays. It was great for tips but
terrible for pick up lines. One guy said to me 4 times: “I’ll have a beer . . .
and your number.” He would have asked more times I think, but he couldn’t
handle any more big beers after that.
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How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?
Althea refuses to allow herself to love again. Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the remaining pieces linking them together.
Griffen’s been running from his past. Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent years trying to escape.
A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other – and the bond they discover between them – shocks them both. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.
Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them. Will they risk it all on the chance of something great together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?
Three Rivers SOUNDTRACK
v River — Joni Mitchell
v La Vie En Rose — Madeleine Peyroux
v All I Want — Kodaline
v Little Talks — Of Monsters and Men
v Ol’ Man River — Ray Charles
v Change The Sheets — Kathleen Edwards
v SexyBack — Justin Timberlake
v Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) — Katy Perry
v Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke
v Let Go — Frou Frou
v Sex On Fire — Kings Of Leon
v Fallen (Live) — Sarah McLachlan
v Sail Away — David Gray
v People Gonna Talk — James Hunter
v Love Is Blindness — Jack White
v Into Dust — Mazzy Star
v Live Like a Warrior — Matisyahu
v Over the Love — Florence + The Machine
v Things Will Change — Treetop Flyers
v Many Rivers to Cross — Jimmy Cliff
v Try — P!nk
v Agape — Bear’s Den
v Stronger — Kanye West
v Althea — Grateful Dead
v No One’s Gonna Love You — Band of Horses
v Safe and Sound — Capital Cities
v Reservoir — Hem
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Griffen stroked her cheek and Althea thought how truly sorry she was to have woken him, especially because what she didn’t tell him was that tonight it wasn’t her deceased husband Jack’s face in her nightmare that turned to dust and disappeared. It was Griffen’s.
“Althea…” Griffen whispered.
“Shh. No,” she said softly as she reached up and caressed his face gently in return. “Will you just…will you please make love to me, Griffen?”
But it won’t be anytime anymore, Althea thought. He will turn to dust and I will be all alone. Again.
And she knew it had to be that way, because this emptiness in her heart was the penance she would always have to pay for failing Jack.
Griffen led her to the bed and they made love. It was the most tender and gentle experience of their time together. Griffen touched her everywhere, stroked her hair, kissed her face and soothed away each tear. He ran his lips down her chest and she gasped as he sucked her nipple into his mouth reverently. He somehow managed to put on a condom despite touching every part of her constantly and slid gently inside of her. She was grateful because she didn’t want any lead-in this time. She just needed him inside her, while her hands were full of his hair and his warm, giving flesh. She moaned and lifted his head from her breast to look at him.
“Baby,” he said, kissing her eyelids and finally claiming her mouth. She wrapped her legs around his, even curling her feet around his calves, desperately trying to make every inch of her body touch his.
She was so preoccupied with how full and complete she felt that her climax surprised her. This had not been about an orgasm, it was about closeness and human contact. Running off the demons of loss and fear, if only for a moment.
But Griffen didn’t know how to leave her unsatisfied. He couldn’t touch her without making her body go off like a sparkler in the backyard on the fourth of July, and even now, with his gentle lovemaking, it was no different. He groaned in her ear and came right along with her, spurring more spasms and electric shocks through her body.
“Oh Griffen, yes, Griffen,” she responded.
He leaned up and looked into her eyes, brushing her hair back from her face. His face looked so tormented.
“Oh Althea,” he said sadly over and over again, almost like a prayer, until he rolled over and held her until she finally fell into a blessedly dreamless sleep.