I am SO glad this is a duet. This story could not have been wrapped up properly within one book. I was glued to my Kindle, racing through the pages to find out what was going to happen. I can barely make myself write this review before leaping headfirst into the second book. Reeve. Oh my, Reeve. So in control. So seemingly apathetic. He really makes her work for it. And I LOVE it. I like the backstories. Even that is very involved, and really sets up who these characters are, and how they came to be the people they are today. The sources of their respective damage. I enjoy the secondary characters as well, like Joe and Chris. Reeve does NOT approve of Emily spending time with Chris, mainly because he knows Chris wants to get her into bed. He gets possessive. And jealous. And why is that so hot in a book when it is so terrifying in real life? Anyway, excellent book. My first from this author, but certainly won’t be the last. I seem to have found a new author to fangirl over- yay! Recommended!
I admit that the whole dom/sub thing isn’t my jam. I am not opposed to some swats on the behind here and there, but that’s the extent of my comfort zone. As such, this exceeded my comfort zone. That said, I chose to read it even after the first book had the same element, so I knew what I was getting myself into. I enjoyed this book outside of the punishment elements. I can handle a book where the main male character starts out as a real jerk as long as he redeems himself, and is sorry, by the end. Luckily Jane Henry gave us that with this book, and it was delicious. I liked the suspense of what would happen to the other characters, when (or if) he would find out about her, and how he would react. Would the politician get his hands on her? Would her friend try to save her? There was a lot to keep me interested! I do still wonder what went through one character’s head toward the end when he sold out one character for another. I won’t name names or get any more specific to avoid potential spoilers, but… I would be very interested in what he was thinking. Overall, an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book, and its predecessor, to those who enjoy captive/kidnapping/mafia. And I do. I really, really do.
Trigger warning: this contains elements of dubious consent at the beginning, and what I would argue is physical abuse although the book refers to it as “spanking”- caning, strapping, multiple instances of whipping with a belt.
I can’t explain why I am so fond of Jane Henry’s books considering that I don’t like the whole dom/sub thing, but I sure keep reading ’em. And liking ’em. This is my third read from this author, and my favorite. There was suspense, and while there was some dom/sub stuff it didn’t go very far. Often such books include the male character hurting the female character, often repeatedly and sometimes severely. I am not into that at all. Bruising, screaming, crying… no thank you. But this didn’t have that. Thank goodness. I really like Jane Henry’s stories, and had to try to overlook those components in the other two books of hers that I’ve read. The whole “I’ll break her, I’ll beat her into submission” thing isn’t for me. I really liked this book. I will probably read more by Jane Henry, but will try to stay away from anything with the word “dom” in the title. Recommended for an enjoyable, breezy read.
I wouldn’t say this is one I’d read again and again, but I enjoyed this book. It kept my interest, and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down. This was an easy read with a good jerk-turned-decent guy. I like it when the jerk turns decent. I do NOT like it when the jerk stays a jerk, and we are expected to be cool with it. So thank you for not doing me like that, Jane Henry. Overall I recommend this book for a breezy read if you’re a fan of kidnapping and/or mafia like I am. I even got two more books to add to my TBR out of the excerpts at the end. Off I go to read them!
Sigh. I was loving it. I was. Then when I looked down, thinking I was probably 70% in, I saw that I was 94% in. And my heart sunk. There was too much remaining to resolve. There weren’t enough pages left to do it justice. I think this book needed to be longer. The feelings between Melissa and Hawk developed too quickly for me. Insta-love doesn’t feel genuine. It leaves me empty. Like a rice cake. I was also disappointed in the resolution at the end. It felt like everything got wrapped up and glossed over within the space of a few pages. I wanted more. What happened to the villain? Or the man from the party? It is alluded to, but that’s about it. So much time was spent painting the villain as this boogeyman, and then the air is let out of the sails at the end with a vague and hurried mention. How about Liza? What happened to her? Do Hawk and Melissa eventually have children? I would have loved for this book to be considerably longer. It would have given the love time to develop. It would have left room to wrap up what felt (to me) rushed. It would have been much more satisfying. It was so close to the end, with so much unresolved, that I honestly wondered if I had accidentally started an incomplete duet/trilogy. I do like this author. This was a four-star for me all the way up until the end, but that ending felt so cut off that I had to give it three stars. Recommended, but be forewarned of insta-love.
Trigger warning: the hero whips the heroine, arguably brutally, with a belt. This is a big turn-off for me, personally. Physical violence to the point of dark bruises, crying, screaming, etc. is a hard limit.
Could not put it down! And Kiro’s innate animal-like feelings of possession over Ann? Flamethrower hot. Someone call the fire department. This was hands-down my favorite read of this series. I struggled a bit with lags in the second book, but none here! This one kept me up, flipping pages in a frenzy to find out what was going to happen. How the characters would react when faced with one another. Also, Kiro. ❤ Kiro was my favorite hero of this series. He is so strong and independent. So capable and fierce. And yet, he is so starved for affection and love that I couldn’t help but feel sad for him. I wanted him to find that so badly. I liked the romantic buildup in this book- I thought the pace was appropriate. I loved that we got a peek inside several different characters via their POV’s. I loved the suspense created, and the details about the journey that takes place. To me, this was definitely the best book from this series. I do not recommend reading it as a standalone because you would miss too much background on the characters and story line. Recommended!
I am liking this series thus far, and can’t wait to read about Kiro, but this book lagged a bit for me. I didn’t feel that urgent NEED to keep getting back to it. I enjoyed the suspense of waiting for Tanechka to remember her life before the convent. To see if she would escape. What would happen to her? What would happen to the other women from the brothel? I thought that suspense was built up well. I didn’t quite feel as much heat between Viktor and Tanechka as I had expected given their personalities. I guess I was hoping for more fire. Overall I liked this book. I like this series. I’m curious about Kiro, and even Lazarus. I’m really looking forward to the third book! Recommended!
I’m a fan. Kidnapping, mafia, old family secrets, action sequences, betrayal, suspense. Yes, please! This is my first read by this author. I enjoyed it, and will be continuing the series. I wouldn’t say it is in my top ten, but I would recommend it for an easy mafia kidnapping read with suspense and plenty of sexy book boyfriend potential. I like Mira’s strength and ingenuity. I enjoy the stark brutality of Aleksio’s brother Viktor even more than I enjoy Aleksio. There are parts in the book that I won’t go into detail about, but that made him seem a bit weak to me. He started out so strong and scary at the beginning, but I lost my lady boner toward the end there. Now Viktor’s crazy arse, on the other hand… break me off a piece of that. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in this series. Recommended!
I didn’t care for this book. I wouldn’t have read one this short to begin with, but it was included in the anthology I’m currently reading. To be fair I don’t generally like books that are under 175-ish pages. It doesn’t leave enough room to develop the characters/storyline. And 70 pages is WAY too short.
Here are some of the issues I had aside from lack of development of the characters/story:
Two words: nether lips (cringe)
Daddy passage 1: “You know what happens when you’re naughty, baby?” I wiggle my fingers inside her but I can’t quite reach her G-spot. “What?” she breathes. “You take your daddy’s big cock. Are you ready for it?” “Yes.” She rocks over my fingers. “Yes, Daddy,” I correct her. I don’t know why I’m getting into being her daddy so much, but I am. “Yes, Daddy.”
Daddy passage 2: I ease forward. “Be a good girl and take every inch of Daddy’s cock. Tell me you want it.”
Daddy passage 3: “You like being filled by Daddy’s big cock?” “Yes, Daddy!” she cries.
It was an awful lot of Daddy talk for such a short book.
The resolution to the story was completely at odds with romance novel mafia rules as we know them. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll know what I mean if you read it. It was just too easy. If nothing else the author missed an opportunity for conflict.
I feel bad when I leave a negative review. It is not my intention to bash this book or its author. Based on previous reviews there are other readers who really enjoyed this book, so perhaps you will, too. Personally, it was not for me.
I hate to give a low rating to an author I’ve otherwise liked, but I cannot rate Carter Reed higher than two stars. It most definitely didn’t do it for me. There were considerable technical issues with this book, to include a serious lack of development of the relationship between Carter and Emma, inconsistencies in the story (for example, he “tests” her when they reunite to make sure it is really her, and then shortly thereafter admits he has been watching her for years and thus would have known it was her). There was a memorable scene where the same character (Ben) had the same surprised reaction, over and over, to one decision Emma had made. I am referring to the scene where Emma tells them that she has to go away for a little while, if you’re curious. There were multiple instances where a character told the reader (or another character) how they felt, but that feeling or reaction was so out of left field and without context that I was left scratching my head as to how they would have reacted that way. Another scene that threw me off was when Emma is in Theresa’s apartment for the first time, and Noah shows up. When Theresa runs to the ladies room Noah asks Emma if she is trying to get in with Theresa for her money. Even though he knows she is set up all pretty in a fancy apartment with designer clothes and a driver courtesy of HIS friend. He laughs at himself that he forgot about her “connections,” and then muses that maybe Theresa is after Emma for HER money. Even though he had confirmed moments before that Theresa is not aware of her connection to Carter, and thus is not viewed as a person with money. The whole exchange was nonsensical, and made Noah come across as pretty dumb.
Emma is in first-person POV, Carter is in third-person. Whether or not it was intentional I can’t say, but I don’t care for it. It distracted me.
In another scene Emma is taken back to Carter’s apartment following a gunfight, “swaying” in her weakened state, and is guided to a stool. Carter tells her to go take a shower, to which she replies “I can’t walk.” So… somewhat recently she sees her roommate being actively raped, shoots the guy, and manages to keep going pretty well. At a younger age she witnessed her brother get beaten to death with a bat. She crawled out of her hiding spot on her own. But now, seeing a gunfight in which she did not participate and during which no one she knew was injured, she goes into shock and can’t walk or hold herself up.
At 42% I determined that, for the first time, I had encountered a heroine that triggered my TSTL alarm.
I hope this review does not come across as nitpicky- that is not my intention. I consider it even more important to be specific with a negative review than a positive one. I made some notes while reading this book, and then waited a day to rate it so I had time to think about it further. Regrettably, I do not personally recommend this book.