This is my third series from Anna Zaires, and based off of this first book I suspect it will be my favorite. Twist Me, while good, was a touch too dark for me. I never came around to liking Julian. But Peter Sokolov? Yes, please. Ok, he tortured her at the beginning. But, even then, he softened to her and stopped. When presented with the choice of forcing her versus waiting he decided to wait (are you taking notes, Julian?). He wants her. All of her- not just her body. And he is willing to be patient to get it. And so, a bright start to this series! Suspense, romance, angst, heat… all of my favorite elements. I love this author’s writing, and am so excited to have found a series with a hero that seems to be right at my comfort level as opposed to well past it. Can’t wait to read the next one!
It is hard for me to rate a novella. I enjoyed it for a novella, but I wish it had been longer. I would have liked to read this as a full-length novel. It felt so rushed, like they went from point A to point L in only 49 pages. Still, in trying to rate this as a novella- I liked it. I just didn’t have enough time to get attached to the characters. However, I’m really into the whole “initially reluctant” thing, so it scratches that itch. Overall, a good novella. But, if you are used to full novels you may find this frustrating.
Aaah. I’ve been reading non-stop dark/ suspense romance, and needed a fluffy palette cleanser. Bad. And Bossman came galloping in to save the day. 🙂 I loved the characters, loved the story, loved the back stories. I loved the quirk where Chase launches into elaborate made-up stories when the opportunity presents itself. It just made his character that much… more. I also loved that the female character was a professional in her own right… not a secretary. Not an Administrative Assistant. Her last job before working at Parker was as a Marketing Director. Yay! Strong, professional woman character! And she tells him off when he is being dumb. More than once. An excellent, breezy read! Recommended!
Wow- this was a hard one to finish. Part of the way through I was already composing my angry incredulous review in my head. I was tempted to quit, honestly. But I stuck it out until the end, and I’m glad I did. If for no other reason than to find out that not everything was as it seemed. I NEEDED to finish it because, quite frankly, this one was going to haunt me if there wasn’t some kind of redemption. I was so frustrated for Natasha, and how much she was being made to suffer. I was angry about the way her family treated her from the beginning. It seemed that she had never really known love, and through a cruel twist of fate she ended up with Matteo and would spend the rest of her life as a loveless slave. I was glad to see that didn’t happen. The mob lifestyle painted in this book is horrific, particularly for the women. To be fair, I’ve read some pretty horrific real-life stories about mob women, so it is probably not super far-fetched that wives are treated as described in the book. This was my first read by this author, and I will definitely be back for more! If you like a dark read along the lines of Aleatha Romig, Willow Winters, Sam Mariano, and Anna Zaires I suspect you would enjoy this book.
I was torn between four and five stars. While I thought this book was great, it was not quite as great as her book Merciless, one of my short list of five-star reads. I’m tough with my five-star reviews, but I imagine this would be a five-star read to many. There are few authors who can keep me flying through a book with no lulls, no boring sections, but Willow Winters sure is one of those authors. I have yet to find my mind wandering reading her books, never struggled to finish any of her stories. With every book I find myself ignoring my life/staying up all night/etc. to read just a LITTLE bit more. This book was no different. I loved the characters, especially Andrew. If a spinoff/sequel ever happens… please, let it be about him. The story of these two lovers isn’t pretty. It isn’t sweet. It wouldn’t be considered a traditional romance by any remote stretch of the imagination. It is dark. It is gritty. It is about a good man and a good woman who are both in a bad situation. Unfortunately that situation is considerably harder for her since she is in the dark about what is going on, but he tries to make it easier on her. He tells her what he can, and swears to protect her. And quite frankly, the alternative to being with him would have been FAR worse. So, yes… the naysayers will say “he is abusive to her!” To which I say, just keep reading. You’ve got to make it to the end to really pass judgement. Another excellent read from this author. As per the usual. Keep ’em coming, Willow Winters!
My initial review, before my Goodreads app closed, was longer than this re-write. Can’t win ’em all. I loved this whole series, and really loved this final book of this trilogy. I love that the author gave me plenty to be frustrated about, but then came back and satisfied all of my frustrations by the end, tying them up neatly in a clean finish. I also love that Julian and Nora didn’t magically decide to forgive Yulia and become besties. That would have felt disingenuous after the fury they both harbored stemming from the accident in the Twist Me trilogy. Well, and I guess it was covered in the beginning of this trilogy as well. Overall, another winning trilogy from this author. I’ll be back for Peter’s story!
I’m tearing through this series. I found this book to be less exciting than the first, but more steamy. I like the back and forth of Yulia and Lucas. The miscommunications and misunderstandings. They are both developing feelings, but deny it both to themselves as well as each other. It’s maddening in the best way. And when she tried to ask him for help, but he wouldn’t even let her speak, assuming he knew what she was going to say, I sighed in frustration. Recommended! As for me I am now running off to read the next book!
Boy, did I like this better than the Twist Me series books. Hooray for a hero that doesn’t rape his heroine! Kinda bums me out that the bar has been set that low, but it is what it is. This book had a lot going for it- suspense, hot sex. Pent-up frustration. It seemed a little short/rushed, like maybe a few extra pages here and there would have made the story… more full? Anyway, I liked this wayyy better than Twist Me, I like Lucas way more than Julian, and I recommend this book. Off I go to read the next one!
This was it. My final unread novel by Sam Mariano. And now a darkness has descended upon me. I have no more Sam Mariano books to look forward to until she releases a new one. I can scarcely find the will to live. Each new day is but a new drudgery. That said, I have never NOT loved a Mariano novel. This one was not my favorite of hers, and the third-person writing leads me to believe it might be an earlier work, but it is still heads and tails above a lot of what I read. This author is so very good at conveying emotion. At writing messed up, tangled webs that don’t resolve themselves into perfect little boxes tied with bows. But that is what makes her writing more real to me. Real life is messy. It’s not neat and perfect. I LOVE this author. LOVE. If she writes so much as a grocery list, I want to read it. I will forever read any damn thing she writes after the miracle that was the Morelli series (and the Vegas Morellis series). All hail Sam Mariano!
The final book in the Twist Me series. I liked this one more than the other two, but I was displeased by Julian’s reactions to Nora during the multiple instances where he assumes he knows her feelings without asking her. He assumes he knows why she is upset she is pregnant. He assumes he knows why she is upset toward the end of the book. In both cases the truth is kind of heartbreaking, but he assumes other reasons and punishes her accordingly rather than comforting her. Dammit, I don’t like Julian. He acts to protect her, but I never feel like he actually loves her. And I guess I need that for it to be an HEA for me. I finished the series. And it was a really, really good series. In a suspense-story kind of way. As far as romance I was disappointed that I never saw Julian redeem himself. I don’t care what he buys her. I don’t care if he takes her on a trip. Or takes care to give her alone time with her parents/friends. I DON’T CARE. I need him to love her. Not be so oblivious to her feelings that, when she asks to go to a park of his choosing, he sees no problem with taking her back to the park where he abducted her and put Jake in the hospital. Like she wouldn’t be traumatized by that. That isn’t love. That’s passive aggressive and threatening. Still, I digress. Good story, and I still recommend it. But I hope someday Julian pulls his head out of his ass.