Wow, what a ride! This story had suspense, mystery, personal growth, and heartbreaking moments. Alexei and Talia are both broken people who have been mistreated by their families, and betrayed by nearly everyone who ever got close to them. It makes for an interesting dynamic. Alexei brings Talia into his home under the belief that he will not/cannot ever love her, a belief which he shares with Talia, much to her dismay. I really liked the backstories of why the characters are they way that they are. They are sad, no doubt, but they felt thought out. I loved the character of Magda. She gave Talia an anchor, a safe place when things between her and Alexei weren’t going very well. She was the mother figure Talia never had. And she was the same for Alexei. Franco was an excellent character as well. He was one of the only people that Alexei trusted, and he looked out for Alexei time and again. I also enjoyed the overlap with the previous books both in stories as well as characters. I am really loving this series, and am so glad to have discovered it! Can’t wait for the next one!
Thank god this is a series of six books because I sure can’t get enough of these sexy, swaggerific Irish men. This book had not only suspense and maddening misunderstandings (❤), but even made me laugh out loud until my eyes watered. I don’t believe that has happened to me before with a romance novel. It’s the scene where they need tape. That’s all you’re getting out of me- you’ll have to read it yourself. Loved Ronan and Sasha together. Both are so damaged in their own ways that it just… kind of works, somehow. They understand each other (eventually). Their own damage probably works in their relationship’s favor in that capacity. It gave the story some tug-at-your-heart moments that I don’t recall experiencing in the first book. And I like that when the books in a series are quite different. Overall another great read from this author, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series. Recommended!
Started a bit slow, but then… wow!h I struggled to get through the prologue and first couple of chapters (inner dialogue: keep going- the reviews are good!) and MAN, am I glad I did. Once this book got going it rode along on greased rails- couldn’t put it down! Suspense, mystery, super hot sexy times, a take-no-prisoners heroine, a hot hero that had me picturing Colin Farrell circa 2003 (as in his S.W.A.T. days). ALL the… cold showers. All in all, although skeptical about it in the very beginning, by the end I was obsessed with this story and these characters. Five enthusiastic stars- can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Recommended!
Holy wow- I did NOT see that twist coming. And let me tell you- I ALWAYS see them coming. So bravo, Lisa Suzanne- you got me! This was my first read from this author, but I definitely see myself reading the other books from these characters. I’m glad I went into this book blind so there would be no chance of guessing the twist. I still can’t get it over it- very rarely do I not see a twist coming a mile away. It was heartbreaking to read about the feelings Brody and Zoey were experiencing while they were apart. I definitely wanted to shake them both. “You both care about each other, fools! Fix your lives!” But I digress… I really liked not only the main characters, but the supporting characters as well. On second thought, maybe not Jessa. She isn’t particularly likable. But, that was the point of her character. She wasn’t meant to be likable. So again, bravo! There were a couple of spots I thought lagged a little, but overall the book kept the story moving, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. Mid-book I honestly wasn’t sure who Zoey would end up with at the end- it could have gone in a number of directions from there. I am happy about the way it all shook out, and so thankful that I won this ARC and found this author!
I love this series, but this book seemed- watered down. The story dragged in places, and I agree that switching between 1st person and 3rd person, combined with the grammatical errors, was distracting. It took me out of the story. I think this could’ve been much better with some editing, maybe another element of conflict. Perhaps a discovery that the whole betrayal had been orchestrated by Anastasia in order to steal Cosimo due to some deep jealousy/feeling of rivalry? Or maybe Growl hadn’t known who his father was until it was revealed toward the middle or the end of the story? There were some tethers of additional layers, but I felt like they could have been explored a little further. Still love the series, and still going to read the final book along with the spinoff series.
This book does a great job of building frustration- at Dean, at Rosie’s parents, at Rosie herself, at Dean’s parents… if I were a person who yelled at books, I would have been yelling at this book. Additionally, there is a part in the book that is… let’s call it a misunderstanding. And it had me ON FIRE until it got resolved. On FIRE, I say. But, everything in the book got resolved by the end. Thank goodness. Overall, a really good read. Not my favorite book from L.J. Shen, but honestly ALL of her books that I’ve read thus far have been good. Recommended, as always!
I had this book on my reading to-do list for a while, but I just got to it this week. And boy, am I glad I did. I loved this story. Celian is so deliciously jerky, and my heart just eats it right up. L.J. Shen really feeds that part of our hearts that always thinks (hopes?) that we can turn the “bad” guy into a good guy. While it doesn’t happen in real life it makes for a helluva satisfying romance read. Celian spends this story taking one step forward with Judith, and then five steps back. And I love it. Every word of it. It was an easy, can’t-put-it-down read, and just makes me hungry for more L.J. Shen. With each book I read from her I become a bigger fan. Recommended!
This was my first Tijan read, and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the family aspect with the multiple siblings, especially since several were brothers. A handful of hot mafia brothers? Nothing wrong with that! I loved the suspenseful component, and loved that she was kidnapped. Oh dear me, but I enjoy a good kidnapping in my romance books. Must be wired up wrong. In any case, I really enjoyed this read.
I am loving this series! It is my third from this author, and most definitely my favorite. I like Peter MUCH more than Julian, and find he and Sara’s story more exciting than Yulia and Lucas’s story (although theirs was really good as well). It has so much more than a regular, boring romance- suspense, action, obsession, angst for days. LOVE it! I love the cameos of characters from the previous series. I love the confusion Sara feels; how she questions her own feelings and, truthfully, seems to question her own sanity. And that cliffhanger?! I was wondering how that unfinished story component would get resolved. Evidently in the fourth book. Off I go to read the next one!
So good. Love the suspense. Love the angsty push/pull of Sara struggling with her conflicting feelings about Peter. Does she care about him? SHOULD she? If she does, does it make her a bad person? Would it betray her husband’s memory? I loved the cameos of characters from her other series as well. It’s fun to catch up with them after the fact and see how they’re doing. Anyway, these books are going down easy like wine coolers at a high school party. Off I go to read the next one!