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review 2016-12-31 22:31
Tied to His Betrayal: A Dirty Little Secrets Novel - Stacey Kennedy
Nadine's 4 star rating

 

WOW! This book took me on one heck of a ride, there were ups and downs, twists and turns, I never knew what was going to happen next.

This story picks up right where Bound Beneath His Pain left off, with Taylor standing at her best friend Allie's door, what she didn't expect is for Darius to be over visiting his sister, she is standing there soaking wet and bruised from a beating that her ex-boyfriend gave her looking right into the eyes of the man she had always wanted and had until he let her go.

 

Tied to His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets, #2) by Stacey Kennedy
 
 

I have to say that Darius was a bit hung up on their 10 year age difference for a while back when they were together years earlier, but he has finally seen the light and knew that she was always the one that got away. But the question is will he do what he needs to for her to be his again?

 

Tied to His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets, #2) by Stacey Kennedy
 
There is no denying the chemistry between Taylor and Darius, you could feel it through the pages. I loved the way he was protective of her and he did so many wonderful things for her that she never knew. Behind the tough exterior lays a teddy bear.
 
Tied to His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets, #2) by Stacey Kennedy
 

There is a lot going on in this story between Darius and Taylor but there is also some issues from his childhood that are brought to the forefront and we learn just what happened between his parents and how he wound up with custody of his little sister Allie. I loved getting to know their background a bit more, it definitely shed light on the man that Darius has become.

I am looking forward to the rest of the series I can't wait to learn more about the other members of the DC.

***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I requested from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through Netgalley***
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review 2016-10-23 13:58
Game On by Sheryl Nantus
Game On (Entwined Hearts)Game On by Sheryl Nantus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Angela finds out that her finance has been stepping out on her in the most devastating way so she decides to take some time for herself and goes to her hometown, Glen Barrow, to visit with her mother. What Angie didn't expect to find when she got there was that her high school ex and college ex were both living in the small town.

Hunter was her high school sweetheart who is now the basketball coach at the local college. Angie and Hunter were in love but she wanted to go to Penn State to follow her dreams of becoming a lawyer and Hunter let her go, but will he let her go again or will he fight for her?

Jake and Angie fell in love at Penn State but after graduation they split on good terms, Jake was off to join the FBI and Angie was about to start her next chapter on becoming the lawyer she always dreamed of being. Although they ended their relationship on good terms they did not stay in touch, so when Angie sees that Jake is the police chief in her small town she is thrown for a loop.

Angie still has feelings for both men and they each still have feelings for her, so what is a girl to do? Choose the cop or the coach? Or maybe, just maybe they can make it work for all three of them to be in a relationship?

The chemistry was great between all parties involved but if you are looking for some MMF you will be disappointed because while each of the men will admit that the other is good looking that is as far as it goes with them. Angie is the only focus of Hunter and Jake's attention. This was a good menage story and it is the first book I have read by Sheryl Nantus but it wont be the last because I already have Betting on Both downloaded and ready to go.

Game On by Sheryl Nantus

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review 2016-08-08 00:31
Middle of the Road
Falling for Matt: A Second Chance at Love - James Lee Hard

I can't believe how much these people whined & referred to one of the main characters, Robert, being almost 40 years old. It got really catty after a while and I was getting turned off by the halfway point. Matt was sweet and I wanted to climb into his mind way more.  Harry was the perfect Melvyn Douglas-like best friend (yup, I'm nodding to my favorite black & white movie Mr. Blandings Builds a Dreamhouse.)  Brian was a good friend also. The bad guys were very campy. 

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text 2016-04-17 01:58
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Falling for Matt: A Second Chance at Love - James Lee Hard
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review 2016-02-18 06:14
Making Amends
Deserving of His Diamonds? - Melanie Milburne

Wow! I loved this book. Yates has always been a writer that struck me as having a lot of promise. I feel she nailed it far and away with this book. She has a written a romance between a Very Bad Man and a Hero Who Isn't a Good Girl. Oh she's a virgin, but that doesn't make her a good girl. I like that she flipped that around where virginity doesn't equate with innocence. I love when the heroine is a virgin, but I don't think that having a V card makes a woman more worthy. So yay to Ms. Yates for how she wrote this book with Charity showing some traits that make her less likely to qualify as a Disney Princess. Having said that, she's perfectly sympathetic. Her father was a con artist who raised her with his morals, which are very gray. She always knew deep down that something wasn't right about that life. But she didn't have access to another way of life to establish an alternate or better since of right and wrong so she could reject her father when he comes back and gets her help in pulling a con on Amari. When he runs off, he leaves her holding the bag and dealing with a coldly vengeful Amari who doesn't take kindly to anyone stealing what belongs to him. I loved how Yates sensitively depicts Charity's character evolution and identity crisis. It was excellent writing.

Oh my goodness! I loved that it's pretty obvious that Charity is biracial, if not racially mixed. Kudos again. It's nice to see brown skin as an object of beauty in a mainstream romance that isn't slated just for a multicultural audience.

Rocco Amari is a Class A villainous hero. In his own way, his morals are as flawed as Charity. His treatment of her is on par with an Anne Stuart hero. He is fearlessly cutthroat with Charity, but in a way that shows he's not as cold and lacking in feelings towards her as he would like. From the beginning, something about her gets beneath his armor and he can't dismiss her or deal with her in the way he would typically deal with his enemies. The reader gets a bird's eye view of this hero falling like a ton of bricks for his heroine, even though he can't allow himself to accept it. Amari also goes to an evolution. He realizes that Charity is not a possession, but a flesh and blood woman who he has to love in a deeper, selfless way and not like an expensive acquisition. Oh my goodness, some of his dialogue is priceless. Yates shows that she is a modern writer in how these characters express themselves. I've never heard a hero use some of the terms that Rocco does in this line before.

I could probably go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I won't. I like how Yates plays around with tried and true motifs in this line and breathes new life in them. I normally don't like the mistress storyline at all. The relationship between Amari and Charity doesn't feel like a rich man-mistress scenario, and while Amari seems to hold all the power, it's clear that he's equally vulnerable to Charity. I appreciate that very much. I definitely recommend this book to readers who either are Harlequin Presents fans or modern romance fans who like the billionaire hero or even Anne Stuart villain heroes motif.

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