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Review ~ The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson

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Title: The Mason List

Author: S.D. Hendrickson

 

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An epic love. An epic hate. An epic story that would last a lifetime.

Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness. . .

When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.

Then one night, everything changed forever. A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.

Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.

Jess was my everything as a kid until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love. . . I destroyed it.
Alex Tanner

Author Note: The Mason List is a coming-of-age story that follows the life of Alex Tanner from the age of six to twenty-six. The novel crosses the genres of Young Adult and New Adult. The Mason List is a standalone, 118,940 word, full-length novel.

Review

This book was all over the place so many bloggers I follow were talking about it and how amazing it was. I knew I just had to start it in the hopes that I would feel the same way.

Though I hate to say that I didn’t fall in absolute love with it the way others did. It was a good book, it was a sweet story, I did enjoy it overall. I just didn’t feel as pulled into it as I wished I would have been. It took me around four days to read it because I just kept losing interest and would stop reading. It was a lot of back and forth and back and forth which overall is not an issue but I just wanted to know what was going on in the now (today) in the book when we get so little of it.

I know that many loved this book and I LOVE when I find a book that so many adore, yet something in it fell flat for me. It just reminds me how different we all are and how what one person loves another may not.

For me I didn’t connect, although I felt for Alex, I just didn’t understand some things and was waiting for more of an explanation and didn’t get it (or maybe it was one of the times I read but just didn’t pay much attention to what I was reading). I understand the need for back-story but at the same time I felt like that is 90% of this book. I understood why Alex disliked the Mason’s but at the same time I felt like she was very ungrateful, considering what her life could have been.

Now the main reason I was not a big fan of this story would be the ending. I read this book with as I said about 90% of it being the back-story 36/54 chapters are her past (from her being the age of 6 to the age of 26 and not consecutively so one chapter will be when she was 6 the next when she was 8 then you will have around 5 chapters all when she was 16 years old and so on.) That didn’t bother me though, what killed me is we went from so much of their past to a little of the present then it jumps SO far into the future. I COMPLETELY understand that it was a long story as it was (which is not bad) but I felt like maybe she could have made it a duo that way she could have gotten more of the present in there that so many of us were actually looking forward to. (I won’t say exactly what because that would give spoilers)

I just felt like there was such a build up and then bam it was over and we got nothing much in between if that makes sense (for those who have read you will understand maybe).

It makes me happy to find out this is the authors first book and so many have read and loved it. I don’t question if she will only get better!!

 


Review ~ Together in Cyn by Jennifer Kacey

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Title: Together in Cyn

Author: Jennifer Kacey

Series: Members Only #1

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She knows it’s wrong. Cyn shouldn’t have feelings for fraternal twins Jared and Chris, her best friends. She shouldn’t want them to tie her up or strap her down, to take her one at a time—or together. The only way to control her taboo desires is to write them down and lock them away in her diary. Guys like Jared and Chris could never be interested in someone like her, or in the kind of sex she craves.

But Jared and Chris have read her diary, and sweet little Cyn is in for the shock of her life. The brothers not only own a members-only BDSM club, they want her. Need her. And now, with their unlimited funds and an entire establishment devoted to fulfilling her darkest pleasures, they’re going to claim Cyn for their own.

Inside Scoop: If you have a kink, this book probably has it too. If you like your ménage romances extra hot with a side of male-male romance, spanking, voyeurism and girl-on-girl action, come and get it.

 

Review

 

I am never disappointed when reading a book that is put out by Ellora’s Cave! And when I find a Taboo one I am always quick to jump on it! 😉 I have to say that it was pretty damn hot! I enjoyed it very much! Okay so this book is the first in the series and I plan on reading them all! I do like a book that gets right into it. It doesn’t take much time for you to get started on the steamy-ness. I was sold the instant we get the image of the guys in leathers! I couldn’t put it down I needed to know more I had to have more of them. One of the things that I do love about this one is it isn’t too long either so you get to get your fill and it doesn’t take days to get through. Although there is nothing wrong with having a long story full of steamy-ness like this!

And the name of their club!? BRILLIANT!!

I have become a pretty big fan of menage. So this was a good one! BUT it was a little strange with brothers, I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to like it but I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t weird at all. For those who may not know there is a HUGE difference between M/F/M and M/M/F and this is the first!  I did get sucked into the hot sex, I mean who wouldn’t? It was hot! But with that there was something that had me at a loss. I was so surprised and just didn’t know what to think. I usually can figure out or at least have an idea of how some stuff will work out but when there are some twist and turns that are put in I do have to say that I enjoy them. I loved that there was a deeper story. Something that was just so sad, heart wrenching and something that in the end can pull people closer or push them apart.  I am looking forward to reading all in this series!

 

~ favorites~

* “Naughty girls who don’t follow directions deal with the consequences. Naughty girls have to clean up the mess they make.”

* “Submission is a beautiful thing. Giving yourself so freely to someone else. Trusting them. Believing in them. It takes a strong woman to be able to do that.”

 

Brandy

 


Review ~ Guarding Hope by Ann Mayburn

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Title: Guarding Hope

Author: Ann Mayburn

Series: Contego Agency #1

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War hero Daniel Escobar has left behind his career as a Marine and now works for the Contego Agency, Detroit’s premier personal protection firm. Unfortunately his heroic actions on the battlefield cost him not only part of his sight, but also his peace of mind. Haunted by regrets of the past, Daniel finds a new purpose in life when he is given the job of protecting Hope, the only woman he’s ever truly loved, from the mob.

Hope Walker can’t believe it when she finds Daniel, her first love, working at the Contego Agency. She’s searched for him for years, wanting to know why he left her after that terrible night their senior year in high school when a fight with his mother’s drug dealer boyfriend left Hope in the hospital and Daniel shipped off to parts unknown by Child Protective Services. For both Daniel and Hope the old memories and emotions come rushing back, and together they will have to fight to stay alive long enough to give their love a second chance.

Review

So I have come to the understanding that books by Ann will more than likely be some of the best ones! I enjoyed this one for so many reasons! BUT let me start by saying jarheads have a special place in my heart and I have to say that she does such an awesome job portraying their wit, and just smack talking! Having been married to a Marine I know first hand how they can be when they are together! I can honestly say that this was another good one! Don’t get me wrong she has done a great job of adding in some good steam but at the same time that isn’t what this book is all about. There is a good mix of suspense as well as heartache.

I love that you are able to get a connection to almost everyone instantly! Before we get to even meet Hope I already loved all the guys Daniel was with at the bar at the beginning. I found myself reading and not wanting to put it down. I just wanted more, and for me that means something because I have read other books that have to do with Marines and it turns me off because I don’t feel like they are portrayed in the way I know them to be. It is honestly hard for me to love a book that doesn’t do them justice. Yes they are awesome guys who defend our country and work their asses off, their families sit at home worry and pray that they are safe any time they are away. So I know all that and how it works BUT what people have a hard time getting across…That would be the camaraderie, how they are when they are all together!

As I read I had many different emotions. I laughed more times than not when the guys were together. I hurt and even teared up at a few points. But for me I think what I enjoyed was the suspense of the storyline. I couldn’t imagine having to be living in fear that something horrible would or could happen because of trying to do something good for another person.

There is so much to love about this book.  The only thing that I wish we got more of was the issue as to why they had their “falling out”. It is brought up and we get the gist of it all but I kind of wish we would have gotten more of Hope’s dad. Him and Daniel having a face to face moment maybe. To be honest I had thought that some of the reason that her dad didn’t like him was because he wasn’t African-American. But that wasn’t it at all.

I know some people enjoy reading books that have interracial couples, but for me this was like any other book as far as race goes. It wasn’t an issue, I forgot at times that she was African-American and he wasn’t, until there would be an explanation on how her body looked or whatnot. I kind of wish there was something a little more on that aspect. I know I love reading about a Latina heroine because of language used or mannerisms that just remind me of things I did growing up or things my mom did. So that would be the one and only thing that I can think of that I wish we would have gotten just a little piece of. I mean I would say I am well versed and can carry myself as a lady if need be but piss me off and you can watch the ghetto in me come out. 🙂 In this story there was a moment that I thought for sure she is going to lose it and let that inner “bitch” out. But she really didn’t. (not when I thought for sure she would) And it may be because she was raised better than that 😉 but I think we all have it in us.

Overall it was a great start to what I am sure will be a good series. I am looking forward to getting more of these guys!

Brandy


Review – Rock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine

Blurb:

For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he’s a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.

My Thoughts:

This is for all the Long-Dick Dongs out there…

Noel Falcon Sings with all his soul, Parties like a Rock Star, and Loves with everything in him…But can he truly be happy and have what/who he wants in the end?

I was looking forward to this one and it came out EARLY! I was so excited to see that it had gone live and couldn’t wait to get started on it. I bought it and started to read but of course life got in the way and so I had to put it off till after the kids were in bed but after that.. it was on like donkey-kong I read it all in less then 7 hours. So yes today I am a zombie I don’t usually stay up until 4am reading, but this one was worth it. I wasn’t expecting a real erotic type of book but it does have its moments. It isn’t too much but it is there! So I would say it is a VERY happy medium for those who want some steamy hotness but not full on (as some would say) “pornish” type of read. (although I do enjoy me some book porn too! I mean who doesn’t ;))

Right from the get go when Laine goes to talk with Noel about his charity (since she is in marketing) but he doesn’t know she is at the concert waiting to speak with him, he sees her and he makes a little dedication, I couldn’t stop cracking up, I knew right there that there was so much hurt that was going to have to be played out and ohhh how I love me some angst.

“This next song goes out to the girl who shredded my heart without hesitation back in high school. It’s called Ball Busting Bitch, and Lanie this one’s for you.”

I have been wanting a good rock star read and this filled that spot for me till I need another fix. I would have to say (and to be 100% honest) YES I loved this story for more reasons then it was a rock star book. I also have to say that there were moments that I had forgotten that Noel was a rock star, because she went more into the story of Noel and Lanie. Right when I start to feel like it is just a normal romance BAM I get reminded that nope this is special (to me rock star books are) and not just a normal read. I would have to say that the only thing that I wish we got more of would be the guys. I mean we know they are there but I kind of wanted a little more interaction with the twins and Riff. But with her writing… just when you feel like you miss them.. there they are. I was on edge for some of the book (which was why I couldn’t stop and just go to bed I had to keep going) I needed to know what the hell was going on because I knew something was going on just not sure what it was.

“A lot can happen in four years, Lanie”

Just when you feel like okay, I may not be finding out what is going on in this book this woman is going to make me wait for the next one isn’t she? …. all hell breaks loose! I cried, wanted to beat people, and wanted to just comfort some. I had so many different scenarios running through my head at one point that I had to stop and take a deep breath and tell myself to stop getting worked up and finish reading to find out what really happens and not try and guess what I think will happen.

One of the parts that really just got to me and I still keep thinking about and I honestly do not think I will ever forget this because it just was so touching and I am sure that so many out there have probably experienced or know exactly how this moment feels…

“I lean and press my lips to his and he shuts his eyes. He tenses and tentatively moves his lips with mine. A single tear rolls down his cheek. He feels it too.”

Well by 4am I was done and wide awake. I had so much going on inside my head after finishing the book I had to play a music video and laid in bed and just cried. I don’t know what it was that pulled me in so much, but I got sucked in.

All in all I did fall in love with Noel and Lane. I enjoyed the book and know it was a good one when I was giggling  crying, and getting pissed off then getting happy. If I can read a book and it evokes so many different emotions it is a keeper!!! Plus who wouldn’t love an author who uses the word GAGGLE!!!! 🙂

A very pivotal moment…

And well because Five Finger Death Punch was mentioned… and I love this song I just had to put it on here too…

To see the characters inspirations I have them —> HERE