I love this author. I do. But I only liked this book. It was still a good book. It was still hot. It still had a delightfully possessive alpha who does bad things. BUT, somehow it didn’t quite do it for me. Like I said- I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. And I fully expected to love it based on the author. Somehow this book and series, while good, didn’t quite captivate me the same way the Consequences series and Infidelity series did. Something was off for me. And, again, I only say that because this author is so consistently amazing. If this is intended to be your first Aleatha Romig read I implore you to instead start with the Consequences series or the Infidelity series, both of which I loved beyond reason. If you’ve already read this author then you should read this book/series. Perhaps I’m just being overly critical of a high-achieving author. Recommended, but not my favorite from this author.
I love this author. I do. But I only liked this book. This is the first read from her that didn’t make me want to create a 6-star scale just for her to adequately capture her greatness. It was still a good book. It was still hot. It had (arguably) kidnapping… coercion, at least. And I do admit that kidnapping is one of my faves. Because evidently there is something wrong with me in the head. But, I digress… Like I said- I liked this book. But I didn’t love it. And I fully expected to love it based on the author. Somehow this book and series, while good, didn’t quite captivate me the same way the Consequences series and Infidelity series did. Something was off for me. And, again, I only say that because this author is so amazing, so consistently a mind-blowing five-star read, that I was a bit stunned by this book/series. With the other two series I’ve read from her I felt her writing was recognizably different from others in this genre- the characters so developed, the story line so involved and full, the suspense good enough to function as a regular suspense novel if the sex scenes were to be cut out. I didn’t feel that way with this one. If this is intended to be your first Aleatha Romig read I implore you to instead start with the Consequences series or the Infidelity series, both of which I loved so much I even gushed ad nauseum to my non-reader friends about them. Much to their delight. If you’ve already read this author then you should read this book/series. Maybe I’m being overly critical. Maybe I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. Who knows? Recommended, but not my favorite from this author.
Dang it. After loving the rest of the series I felt like this book just petered out. It seems like someone deflated my balloon. This book started out strong- it did. And it had two mysteries to solve. Unfortunately it solved each in the space of a few (literally a few) pages, and WELL before the end of the book. It felt like a drive-by. Blink, and you’ll miss it. I was left wondering if that was really it. I wanted more. I wanted to love this like I loved the other books in this series. Sigh. But it wasn’t meant to be. I actually started skimming toward the end. And I rarely skim. If you read and enjoyed the rest of the series I think you’ll still want to read this one for the backstory on Jett and London, but keep in mind that it runs concurrent to Owned. Still recommended for those who have read and loved the rest of the series.
I am just loving this series. So much more than I had anticipated. I love the characters. I love the suspense. I love the mystery in each book. I love how dark these stories go, how far they push the line. They take me out of my comfort zone. These characters truly go through horrific experiences, but then it makes them stronger on the other side. I loved this book the most thus far. I like the dynamic of CJ and Tara. They are more playful than Kayne and Ellie. They don’t have the darkness in their history that Kayne and Ellie have. They like to laugh and joke, and that is a refreshing change of pace. I also loved seeing Kayne and Jett come around in this book. I thoroughly enjoy series books where the same characters pop up in each story. All in all, if you can tolerate dark story lines I recommend this book and this series.
I don’t think this would fair well on it’s own, but as an addition to the series it is awesome! It scratches an itch that built through the first two books, and elaborates on the futures of the couples established in the first two books. It also nicely ties up a loose end/mystery. It just left me feeling happy and satisfied. Kayne would approve. Recommended!
What a whirlwind! I liked this book even better than the first book, although I thought the first one kept a better pace. This one seemed to lull a bit during the first half, but was off to the races after that. I liked the deeper dive into Kayne’s character, into his point of view. It gave the character more depth. I also enjoyed the conflicted feelings that Ellie was experiencing; the insecurity, the anger. They seemed to be logical reactions to the situation she had been placed in, and I appreciated that it wasn’t expected that she just “be fine” with everything right off the bat. I enjoyed seeing the supporting characters again, and I really like the friendship Ellie has with Jett- it’s special. He was there for her when she had no one, and it forged a strong bond. The steamy parts were a little more, um, colorful than my particular tastes run, but they were still steamy, no doubt. It wouldn’t be my cup of tea in real life, but makes for a good read. Overall, if you read and liked the first book then you should certainly do the same with this one. Recommended!
I am torn on this one. I can’t decide if I love it, or just like it. Or like it a lot. I am leaning toward loving it, but I can’t put my finger on why. The “twist” was alluded to throughout the story, so it wasn’t a particularly grand reveal. There wasn’t an exceptional amount of background on the characters to give them great depth. Perhaps I am leaning toward loving it because I really liked the supporting characters of Jett and Mark? Or because it is dual-POV, allowing readers to be in Kayne’s head so we don’t totally hate him and want to push him off of a cliff by the end of the book? Who knows. It is definitely dark in that this isn’t a traditional relationship, and it could even be argued it isn’t actually a relationship at all. Ellie gets kidnapped and held captive by Kayne, so there’s that. I am definitely planning on continuing with the series. If I find myself still thinking about this book tomorrow I might come bump this rating up. That does happen from time to time. Recommended as long as you are okay with a D/s dynamic involving only one particularly willing participant.
I did enjoy this read, and I’m impressed that it was the author’s first book. The writing was solid in terms of grammar, etc. That said, I found the story a bit predictable, and some of the names were a little… too novelty, maybe? It was hard to take a character seriously when his name is Horse. Or Bam Bam. Even if those are real biker names, and they might be, they were unusual enough to be a bit distracting. That said, I enjoyed the character of Horse outside of his name. The steamy scenes were hot. Really hot. But the story itself seemed a bit underdeveloped. I wish it was a little more fleshed out. More detail? More backstory? I just wanted a little something more. I still recommend it if MC books are your thing. They are actually not my jam, but the high ratings (and number of ratings) led me to read it anyway.
Okay, let’s start with a disclaimer here: this book, while great, is darker than dark. Trigger warning- physical abuse, slavery, non-consensual bondage/sadism, and non-consent (nothing “dubious” about it). Now that we have that out of the way, on to the review. This was my first read by this author, and while it was exceptionally dark I did think it was a great read. I couldn’t believe what Avery was putting Presleigh through. I couldn’t believe the horror of what their fathers did/do. This poor girl- if it weren’t for bad luck she’d have no luck at all. It takes a while for the story to reveal what happened between Avery and Presleigh 11 years ago- both what they each believed to have happened as well as what DID happen. Once that is revealed things start to make more sense. Still, we are getting surprises and twists through the entire book, even into the epilogue. Which I loved. There are still some unanswered questions, and some unfinished business, but I’m hoping that gets resolved with the spin-off book (evidently expected some time in 2019 per Goodreads). I will be reading more from this author, but I might need a light palate cleanser book between her stories. This was heavy. Excellent, but sweet Jesus it was dark. Recommended (as long as you are on board with darker reads)!
I read this as a standalone, and enjoyed it. It didn’t blow my socks off and make a five-star, but it was good. There was good heat where it was needed, some external tension, internal tension between the two main characters as well. The ever-delightful possessiveness that, for whatever reason, I absolutely can’t get enough of in my fiction (although in real life it is a giant red flag that he will probably murder you someday). Dominick is hot, and he sure is into Allie. It’s cute how he is so cold and intense with everything else, but behind closed doors can be tender with her. Swoon. A good, easy standalone read.