I should just start leaving 5-star reviews for Sam Mariano books before I even read them… they have all been amazing, and After You was no different. I experienced a range of emotions reading Nicole and Derek’s story. I was frustrated, sad, mad, happy… repeat. The fears Nicole had, and why she had them, felt genuine. They were logical given the experiences she had. It made the story believable, and thus enjoyable. The portraits painted of their personalities and backgrounds were in line with their reactions. The relationship took a VERY broken, rocky path, but they both cared. They both wanted it. Against all odds. I loved the fight they both had, even if they didn’t have it at the same time. Recommended, as always!
She did it. She did it again. I don’t even LIKE menage stories, but I read this because… because Sam Mariano wrote it. And you know what? It’s EXCELLENT. In my head I still don’t understand the menage scenario, but this? It works! I believed in these characters. I believed in their story. I believed in their feelings, and the realistic, messy dynamic between them. This author took something I don’t understand, and don’t find appealing, and made it hot. Believable. Sweet. Appealing. Man, she is good.
I really like the stories in this series, and the author does a great job keeping the intrigue level high. That said, I felt like the bulk of the suspense was concentrated at the beginning and the end. I felt a bit of a lull in the middle of this one. Still, there was no chance I wouldn’t read it. I needed to know what happened with Isabelle and Isaac! And I loved the bumpy road that got them there. As with the previous books in this series this one would have benefited from some editing work. Overall, a recommended read. 🙂
Thank goodness this series is already out up to book #9 because I would be all flavors of mad right now if I had to wait any period of time to find out what happens next! I thoroughly enjoy the friendship between Isabelle and Hugo, and the way he reacts to her emotions. I love how he is the guardian angel of their relationship, standing vigil when either one of them needs a nudge in the right direction. Earlier in the series Isaac needed the nudge. In this book it is Isabelle who needs the nudge. I like the dual POV because it gave insight into the intentions a character had when they did something otherwise cringe-worthy. Isaac’s behavior when Isabelle went to the club was… less than impressive. But, when told from his POV it was less maddening. Overall, I really like this series thus far. Can’t wait to dig into the next book!
I love this series so far! Again in this book I found the grammatical errors distracting, but the story is still good. This one ends on another curse-inducing cliffhanger, but it’s ok- Kindle Unlimited and a fully-released series got me feeling all relaxed. The minute I post my review I’m on to the next one. 🙂 The suspense of how/when Isaac would realize that Isabelle was not lying to him (not about divulging on him, anyway), and would believe she was trying to defend him, kept me flipping pages like a fiend. Recommended!
This is my second book by this author. I really enjoy her stories and her characters, but I admit there are a noticeable number of grammatical errors that are a bit distracting. I will still be reading the whole series, but I wish the errors hadn’t made it to the final copy. Sigh. The suspense of Isaac and Isabelle’s relationship is smoking hot, and I really felt for her with his hot and cold attitude toward her. I would have moved and changed my number for sure… #bye. Isabella sticks it out and finally gets a rare glimpse at the real Isaac. Cliffhanger warning! And with that- off I go to read the next one! 🙂
I loved the concept of this book, but honestly thought the very beginning was a little… off. Maybe too instalove? That said, it got so much better. I loved the twists. Loved the emotion and drama surrounding the building of Rico and Blaire’s relationship. There was a particular part in the book that actually made me cry. This is only the second book (out of over 150 at the of writing this review) of this genre to make me cry. So that says something. Although this is said to be OK to read as a standalone it mentions things that didn’t happen in this book, mentions characters out of the blue like the reader knows who they are and what their story is. I found that distracting. This was my first book by this author so obviously I haven’t read the other books in the series yet, and I wish I would have. I highly recommend this book, but I would read the rest of the preceding books in the series first.
This is my third book read by this author, and each has been better than the last! She did an excellent job of making me dislike Troy in the beginning of the story. I REALLY disliked him. I felt terrible for Sparrow/Red for the circumstances that befell her. I mourned WITH her that she wouldn’t get the chance to fall in love due to being thrown into an arranged marriage with someone so cold. The suspense component of what happened to her mom, why Troy had to marry her, and who really masterminded Troy’s father’s death kept me reading like a fiend. I had to know! What are the answers? Does Troy come around? Does she end up with Brock, the handsome man from the restaurant who calls her sweetheart? I couldn’t put it down. I liked it even better than Vicious and The Kiss Thief. Highly recommended!
Wow- throughout this book I kept changing my mind about how I wanted it to end… who I wanted to win Francesca’s heart. Because, let’s be real- Wolfe didn’t exactly put his best foot forward. While there is a particularly brutal scene, there are plenty of steamy scenes (and some tender ones) as well. Overall, the characters in this story had some hurdles to overcome. A journey to take. Some growth to experience. This was my second book by this author, and I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than the first. I will be reading more LJ Shen books. And I recommend that YOU read THIS one.
I love this author, her writing, and I loved Natalie, but I had a hard time finding anything redeemable about Dexter. I still loved the book, but I wish it had been longer to give us more time to come around. Show some more redemption! If we could come around to liking Tony surely we could come around for Dexter. Maybe. I still loved the book, but I wish there was a second one! I really want Tony to take his revenge and/or confront Dexter. I want Dexter to have the opportunity to redeem himself with both Natalie’s family and we humble readers who haven’t quite forgiven him yet. Because, quite frankly, right now I just want Natalie to earn his trust enough to have an opportunity to escape, and hope that her leaving guts him to the point that he never recovers. But I digress… I say it again- still loved the book. Still love this author. I’ll read anything she writes. If she writes a blurb for the back of a cereal box I want to have it. On release day. Read it now! And then write a review where you plead for more of Dexter (screw you though, Dexter) and Natalie’s story because she DID say at the end to let her know if we readers want more of them.