...these just downloaded magically from library ebook waitlist.
Change of weekend reading plans!
This book starts off with a bang - literally - as Beach, irresponsible, immature, and full of IDGAF, meets a hot guy at a bar (where he's not really supposed to be, what with the ankle bracelet and alcohol monitor, courtesy of his dumbassery) and ends up pushed against the bathroom stall for a pounding.
I snickered a whole lot when hot guy turns out to be his probation officer. Oopsie.
Tai, a Dominant without a sub, dumps Beach off on his co-worker real fast, and tells the other man that there still can't be anything further happening between them, except Beach is used to getting his will, and Tai notices how Beach reacts to when he's given a direct command.
Isn't that interesting, Tai thinks to himself and continues to test that theory.
I didn't like Beach in Gavin's book, because he was a spoiled brat, but I sure as heck like David Beauchamp, once the author peels back the layers that poor boy has wrapped himself in and explores his full backstory. No wonder that man is so fucked up in the head.
The D/s aspects of their relationship completely made this novel for me. This wasn't playful kink like we saw in Bad Boyfriend, this was full-time DD/Ds, and I watched David grow into himself as he gives himself over to Tai's direction and discipline.
Until he fucks up, and badly, and it all comes to a crashing halt.
Because despite his growth, David still doesn't know his own worth, doesn't realize that he's worthy of being loved, doesn't understand that his fear of abandonment directs his steps until it's almost too late, because when he has to make a choice, he falters for a bit.
Tai too has to learn here - though not quite as much as David - and he too makes some serious missteps.
I loved what the author did with Beach's character. She not only gave him room to grow (up) but also let him find that inner strength that was there all along, hidden below the layers, hidden behind that mask, hidden so deeply that David almost didn't know it was there. But it is, and I think of all the characters in this series, David grows the most. This one ranks high as one of my two favorites in this series.
As for the supporting characters, Jamie was a massive prick in this book. While I could understand the animosity due to the history there, he didn't have to be such an asshole to David. I also thought that Gavin was portrayed here as a bit more shallow than he was in his own book - again, perhaps of the history there, and how Beach almost cost him Jamie. Eventually Gavin does see the light though, and I appreciated that.
I think this might be the end of this series, and I'm a little sad about that, but there's always the option to re-read them all.
As for this one - loved it.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
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Overall, a good read.
I liked the vague start. The reader has no idea what is going on and this really intrigued me.
This is a middle-grade book, so it is relatively simple. As an adult, I was able to figure out all of the twists fairly quickly, but I think the pacing was just right for young readers. The story drags a little bit in the middle, but it is still entertaining.
Great descriptions. I thought it was a very unique and creative story. I really liked the idea of the vines between people. Interesting book.
I read 13 books this month!
Lucifer, Book 2 by Mike Carey 5*
Broken on the Inside by Phil Sloman 4.5*
White Death by Christine Morgan, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*
The Shining, by Stephen King, narrated by Campbell Scott 5*
Hysteria by Stephanie M. Wytovich, narrated by Teagan Gardner (Poetry) 5*
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page 5*
ARCS/Reads for Review
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott 5*
Cold in July by Joe Lansdale 4.5*
The Moore House by Tony Tremblay 4*
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer 3.5*
Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn 5*
The Unredeemed by Luke Walker 3.5*
Rattus New Yorkus by Hunter Shea 5*
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
(I'm failing miserably)
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson
5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard
6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale
7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
Running Total: 98
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Sadie Higgins has a bad habit of bailing her brother out of trouble. But when he rustles a herd of cattle from the tough, honorable Kendrick brothers, it's Sadie who's in for it. Because the cowboy tracking them down is big, silent, and forbidding as hell.
Rory Kendrick is on the hunt to find out who's been stealing from him. When he stumbles upon Sadie in the woods, he barely recognizes the quiet, vulnerable beauty who has always taken his breath away. His mission shifts in an instant: He will do anything it takes to keep her safe . . . and make her his.
Sadie has always protected her family—no matter the price. But when Rory ropes her heart, she's forced to take a look at her life and make a dangerous choice—one that could cost, or gain, her everything.