Author: Casee

Review: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Posted February 13, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Long Shot by Kennedy RyanReviewer: Casee
Long Shot (Hoops, #1) by Kennedy Ryan
Series: Hoops #1
Also in this series: Hoops Holiday
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 22, 2018
Format: eBook
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 451
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

A Standalone FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA...

Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl?You don't.My fairy tale is upside down.A happily never after.I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold.

Now there's a new player in the game, August West. One of the NBA's brightest stars.Fine. Forbidden. He wants me. I want him.But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.

Wowza. This book. It has all the feels. It gave me all the feels. I wanted to sit down and read it from cover-to-cover, but it was such an emotional read that I had to take breaks. One of my favorite things about this book was that it spanned over years. As did Iris and August’ relationship. This book was real because there was no easy fix to the situation they were both in.

When Iris and August first met, August was the shining star of college basketball. They connected that night in a way that most people don’t. They share their dreams with each other, their fears, and their hopes. It was likely the fact that they thought they would never see each other again. When they go to part ways, August decides he can’t just let her go. That’s when Iris tells him she has a boyfriend. He soon finds out that it’s not just any man she’s with, but his biggest enemy on and off the court.

The next few years pass. August is building up his NBA career as is Iris’ boyfriend, Caleb. What he doesn’t know is the sheer hell that Iris is living in. After meeting August, Iris realizes that she doesn’t want the future that Caleb wants and she intends to break up with him. Then she finds out she’s pregnant. While it’s certainly not in her plans, she’s not going to let it deter her from being independent. That all changes when she is put on bedrest and becomes completely dependent on Caleb.

It’s after their daughter is born that she learns of the monster that lives behind the boy-next-door persona that Caleb presents to the world. Holy hell, the parts of the book where Caleb abuses Iris is fucking hard to read. Kennedy Ryan doesn’t sugar coat Iris’ abuse nor does she shy away from the affect that it has on a woman. I really applaud her for putting this out there is such a spectacular fashion. She also touched on an important issue in professional sports: domestic abuse and the protection of athletes. It’s inexcusable whether it is a male of female dishing out the abuse.

Moving on…it takes years, but August and Iris eventually find their way back to each other. Their love is one that doesn’t disappear. It was just a matter of the right time and the right place. They question that remains is if Iris can find it in herself to trust again. Does she realize the epic love she has with August West or is she going to let Caleb ruin the life she could have with the man she loves but may never trust?

Wowza.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Hoops

four-half-stars


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Monthly Reads: January 2019

Posted February 5, 2019 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 10 Comments

Casee: I started off the year strong, reading/listening to 11 books. That is so much better than a year ago when I only read two books.

Here are the books that I read in January:

Evidence of Desire by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills (audiobook) | 3 out of 5
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan | 4.5 out of 5
Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills (audiobook) | 2 out of 5
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Toxic Game by Christine Feehan | 3.75 out of 5
Mastered by Maya Banks | 3.75 out of 5
Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Dominated by Maya Banks | 3.5 out of 5
Fireworks by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5
Kept by Maya Banks | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite books of this month were Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (a new-to-me author) and Fireworks by Sarina Bowen. I love listening to Sarina Bowen’s books on audio. The narrators are always stellar. I also listened to two Lauren Blakely books on audio, which are on the top of my list. My least favorite of the month was Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills (another new-to-me author). I’m not sure if I’ll read anything by her again. She’s not for me.

Holly: I read/listened to 20 books in January. I feel like I’m reading a lot less than I am. Part of it is that I have very little reading time right now, so I’m reading books in stops and starts, instead of all in one sitting like I normally do. Let’s hope things are better in February.

Charming by Dannika Dark (audio) | 3.25 out of 5
Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday | 3.5 out of 5
Never Deal with Dragons (audio) | 3.0 out of 5
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Rock Chick Reawakening (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Jace by Kenzie Cox (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Aiden by Kenzie Cox (audio) | 3.25 out of 5
Luc by Kenzie Cox (audio) | 3 out of 5
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
The Wedding by Julie Garwood (reread) (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Drawn Together by Lauren Dane (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner (audio) | 2.75 out of 5
The Good Ones by Jenn McFinlay | 3.5 out of 5
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
From Scotland with Love by Kelli Ireland (audio) | DNF
Highland Guard by Hannah Howell (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder | 3.5 out of 5
Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper | 4 out of 5
Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright | 3 out of 5
Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman (audio) | DNF

My favorite read of the month was How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper, with an honorable mention to Tikka Chance on Me. My least favorites were Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman and From Scotland with Love by Kelli Ireland. Both were over-the-top full of camp, and I had to DNF them.

Rowena: I’m shooting for 150 books read this year and in order to reach that lofty goal, I have to average about 13 books per month. In January, I read 14 books so…yeah, I’m off to a good start.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Holiday Hoops (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner (eBook) | 2.5 out of 5
Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward (eBook) | 4 out of 5
One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #3) by Jenny Holiday (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. (Audiobook) | 3.5 out of 5
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Season #3) by Lorraine Heath (eARC) | 5 out of 5

My favorite book of the month goes to The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Season #3) by Lorraine Heath. Man, Lorraine Heath is really bringing her A-game with this series. Each book has been heartbreaking and beautiful and Finn’s book was no different. I absolutely adored it and cannot wait for Aiden’s book..and Beast and Fancy’s. I love how each book revolves around a main theme but are uniquely different. I just…gah. I loved it.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner. It wasn’t the read I was hoping it to be and though I’m not going to give up on the author, this book was a bit of a disappointment to me.

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Monthly Reads: January 2019

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Review: Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan

Posted February 4, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Vengeance Road by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink #2) by Christine Feehan
Series: Torpedo Ink #2
Also in this series: Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1), Judgment Road
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 448
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Go zero to sixty in this dangerously sexy novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club—and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone.

As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash.

Now, Steele won’t let her walk away twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again—especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined…

This is the second book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series. This is a spin-off of her Sisters of the Heart series. In Bound Together (the fifth and final book), Viktor Prakenskii brings his motorcycle club to Caspar, which neighbors Sea Haven. All Viktor (Czar) and his club want is to make a home. A home that Czar has been promising them since they were children in Russian forced into “schools” that almost destroyed them.

Steele is the Vice President of Torpedo Ink. Steele doesn’t regret much in his life. There isn’t time for regret. There is one person he will never forget: Breezy Simmons. While undercover at the most dangerous motorcycle club in the country, Steele met the only woman that would ever be meant for him. It seriously fucked with his head when he found out that she was only 17. When it was time to bring down the club, Steele didn’t want her caught in the crossfire so he did the only thing he could. He chased her away with words he would never be able to take back.

Now Breezy is back and she has a message for Steele. Walking into Torpedo Ink is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, but she has no other choice. Her own father and brother has abducted her son. Steele’s son. Their son. She will do anything to get Zane back, even walk back into the life she has left and never wants to be a part of again. However, she doesn’t count on Steele’s feelings for her. Or that he would even have any feelings for her after the things he said to her when he dumped her.

Now that Breezy is back, Steele will never let her go again. He’s angry that she didn’t find him when she was pregnant, but he forgives her. He forgives her for a lot of things. WTAF? He’s the one that left her. He’s the one that ran her off. Sure, he gave her money, but still. WTAF. Steele drove me batshit at first. Literally I wanted to strangle him. When they were going to meet someone at the beginning of the book to get some information on Zane, Breezy walked out and saw everyone on their motorcycles. She never wanted to get on a motorcycle again so she just sort of froze. This was Steele’s reaction.

“What’s the hold up? Get a move on, woman. We’re going to be late.”

He got better toward the end of the book. It soon became apparent that Steele has severe PTSD stemming from his time in Russia. It was heartbreaking to read. Simply heartbreaking. Breezy (I really disliked this name. A lot), was always there for Steele. She simply let him be. She never asked more than he could give. She was just a calming presence in his life.

I really did end up enjoying this book when I started to understand Steele. Breezy had her own past to deal with and Steele was with her through every moment. These two needed each other. They just had to find a way that was right for both of them. In the end, it’s really about compromise and knowing that relationships are perfect. It’s life.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Torpedo Ink

four-stars


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