Daughters of the Bride
Susan Mallery has done it once again! She has beautifully created another novel that is heart-melting, exciting and unforgettable. The characters instantly stand out to readers. The way Mallery has developed her characters is astonishing. They feel so real and they appear more three-dimensional, rather than just words on a page. Readers will feel their hearts pounding loudly as they race to read this new title. Daughters of the Bride by Mallery has it all: Secrets, suspense, and hot romance.
Mallery’s novels are a must-read. Three young women have lives of their own and when it comes to their mother’s wedding, it all starts to unravel. A misfit, a free spirit and a cynic make for an interesting group of sisters that will entice readers on every page. Uncertainty, surprises, and forgiveness are woven into this intriguing story. From an affair to a surprise engagement to second chances, Mallery has covered it all. The daughters of the bride will have a lot to juggle by the time their mother marries. Will they find their happy endings, or will they find themselves feeling miserable forever? I am a huge of Mallery’s novels, but this one tops them all. I loved reading this cast of characters and following them on their journeys. Readers won’t be able to stop reading this book. Overall, I highly recommend Daughters of the Bride to all readers.
July 12th 2016
After surviving a horrible childhood full of abuse and neglect, Archer Noble, is an openly gay man who freely speaks his mind with a career as a blogger and author whose star is on the rise. However, upon learning of his sister’s death in an accident he returns home to care for her two young children. With no idea how nor desire to become a parent Archer is looking for any way out. As luck would have it Ryan Eriksson, Margie’s friend and a teacher at the children’s school, appears to be his free ticket out. Although willing, Ryan convinces Archer to stay and at least try until September for the sake of his niece and nephew to which Archer agrees. Ryan, who is also gay, has a completely different set of morals than Archer causing them to struggle as they figure out what will be best for the children. As September draws closer and seasons change will enough time have passed to change other things as well?
Until September by Chris Scully, tells a moving story about family life and dynamics through the LGBT setting. Though not for everyone, Scully’s story does a fine job showing readers that families come in all kinds.
Give Me Your Answer True
Daisy Bianco is an aspiring ballet dancer who has it all: a loving boyfriend (Erik), an amazing group of friends (Will and Lucky), and a career in dancing. But when a single incident almost costs them their lives, Daisy has a hard time coping with the loss of her peers and teachers. One mistake costs her the love of her life, and she resorts to hurting herself as a means of punishment for what shes done. When she cant take it anymore, she seeks help from Rita, her fifth therapist in two months. Give Me Your Answer True is a sequel to The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur and tells Daisys side of the story.
The novel opens with Daisy at her first session with Rita, who coaxes her into telling why she resorted to cutting herself. Daisy then starts from the beginning, her initial difficult months in Lancaster, encountering professional jealousy, the context of her meeting with Erik, her amazing partnership with Will and how Lucky came to be her best friend. Daisy would occasionally hole up and refuse to speak, but, with Ritas support, she relives the Lancaster shooting and its consequences. Then onwards is her downhill spiral, morally and professionally. With Erik refusing to speak to her and her attempts to revive her career in New York City, she keeps herself busy so as not to think about what she lost. And going back to one thought: Will she ever love again?
Give Me Your Answer True has been penned brilliantly, and the flashbacks to Daisys college life, rather than her narrating in third person, prove the skill of the author. Ms. Laqueur skillfully dissects the personalities of each character, and expresses the impact of vulnerability, personal trauma, courage and loyalty at a young age. Readers who have read The Man I Love will rejoice over their favorite characters being back, while this novel is highly recommended for readers of the Romance genre.
What Remains follows Rupert – a man who never considered himself gay since he never experienced a relationship with a man – despite being attracted to males. That all changed the night he met Jodi outside of the bar he works at. Jodi opens up a world of love for Rupert, one he never knew existed; however, one accident threatens it all. As Jodi fights to recover from being hit by a car, Rupert fights to keep Jodi in his life – to help Jodi remember what they once shared. Unwavering devotion and hazy memories hold this couple’s future in the balance. Love is what they had, but what remains is unclear.
What Remains by Garrett Leigh, tells a moving love story in the LGBT genre that is growing in popularity. Labels aside, Leigh tells a touching story of finding love, losing love, and discovering the strength to fight for a love that may be lost forever. In this way, Leigh has created something everyone can appreciate and relate to. While this novel may not appeal to some, romantics at heart will love the power and message of this story.
Under The Surface
Under The Surface by Anne Calhoun is the first book that I have read from this author and it surely won’t be my last. If you are a fan of romantic suspense which is one of my favorite trope, then this book is right up your alley. I loved that Ms. Calhoun was able to weave steam, banter, sexual tension, romance and of course some grit into this sexy romantic suspense.
As a pastor’s daughter, Eve Webber decided to venture on a career that is far from what is expected of her. As a bar owner, Eve has a lot on her plate making sure her bar, Eye Candy is successful. As a savvy business woman, Eve runs a tight ship when it comes to her business and so when she hires a new bartender, Eve finds herself enthralled with the newest eye candy,Chad Henderson.
When Eve hires Chad, they hit it off and instantly readers could feel the sexual chemistry brewing between these two. But what Eve doesn’t know is that Chad is an alias and he really is Detective Matt Dorchester. Matt goes undercover to make sure Eve Webber is protected and that she stays true to being an informant for a case that he and his task force are putting on. Eve is unaware of who really Chad is but the chemistry between these two is palpable from the start. What happens when Eve learns of Matt’s true identity? Will she be able to trust him when her safety and life is on the line?
Under The Surface was a fast paced romantic suspense that will keep readers entertained. I instantly fell in love with Eve’s personality and charm so I knew she and Matt would hit it off because she brings out the playful and fun side in Matt. This book definitely made me want to check out more works from Anne Calhoun. The writing was fresh, sexy and had that suspense aspect to keep me engaged with the story line. So if you are looking for a great summer read, I would suggest you give this book a try.
Chaos Bound: Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club
If there is ever an MC book that deserves a book hug, CHAOS BOUND by Sarah Castille would be it. I LOVE this fourth installment to the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Series, which happens to be my favorite. As a big fan of the series, I love that Ms. Castille continues to give her readers the rough, sexy, dangerous and intense MC romance novels.
“She felt right beside him. Perfect. Broken. Just like him.”
In this dark and dangerous world of bikers, Sarah Castille not only takes her readers down a vivid and raw journey of the MC clubs and the fierce ladies, who are willing to go beyond the means to protect and stand by their men but she also allows her readers to FEEL the vulnerability, anger, revenge, hope and passion. And trust me when I say that Chaos Bound is bound with so much raw emotions and intensity.
“I got a lot of anger in me,” he said softly. “Always have, although nothing like I got now. Sometimes I’m afraid it will consume me. But when I’m with you, it … just … fades. I’ll never hurt you. Never push you farther than you want to go. You’re safe with me. You got my word on that.”
In this fourth installment, Sarah Castille perfectly weaves a raw, gritty and intense perspective of revenge and the code of brotherhood that these bikers live and die for. Unlike the previous books in this series, Sarah Castille stripped her characters to the very core allowing readers to FEEL every emotions. And I mean everything from hate, sadness, loss, hopelessness, emptiness, anger, revenge, forgiveness, and love. With a wide array of emotions thrown at the readers, Ms. Castille allowed readers to feel for her hero and heroine.
“I need you,” he said. “You’re mine, and I’m not going to let you go. Whatever I have to do, whatever it takes, however long … If you can’t live the biker life after I’m done with Viper, then I won’t live it. But you can’t leave me. I am nothing, Naiya, if I don’t have you.”
REVENGE is the only thing that consumes and keeps Holt “T-Rex” Savage alive. As a member of the Sinner’s Tribe MC, Holt has been held captive by their rival MC, the Black Jacks for three months where he has endured every torture. Scarred and left broken, Holt is filled with hate and anger that his MC left him to die. As darkness clouds Holt’s heart and mind, he never thought that there would be any chance of light and freedom that is until Naiya Kelly stumbled into his life and saved him.
“The new Holt was demanding and controlling. Impatient. Serious. So far removed from the self he knew, he would be lost without Naiya to anchor him to the ground. He needed her now. Needed to claim her, body and soul.”
For the past eight years, Naiya Kelly thought she escaped the Black Jacks but when she was taken by the club, she knew her chance of survival lies with Holt Savage. As prisoners of the Black Jacks, Naiya and Holt teamed up together in order to escape. Freedom was only temporary while on the run since the Black Jacks President, Viper wants Naiya at all cost.
As Naiya and Holt try to come up with a plan to survive, Holt has only one thing on his mind. REVENGE. Not only does Holt want to kill Viper and the Black Jacks but he also wants revenge on the Sinners. But as Naiya begins to get to know Holt, she sees that the three months being held hostage has hardened Holt and changed him. As Holt begins to let down his walls when he is with Naiya, he begins to open his heart to her. And for the first time in his life, Holt finally found someone to LOVE. But with danger looming, Holt may have to let go of his anger and ask for help from his best friend, Tank and the Sinners. Will Holt be able to fulfill his plot for revenge? And did the Sinner’s really betray Holt or was it all a misunderstanding? And as a changed man, will Holt be able to walk away from the biker life and follow a new path with Naiya?
The sexual chemistry and bond that exists between Holt and Naiya was sizzling and palpable from the start. Their connection was the cementing foundation of what it means to sacrifice, honor, respect, and fight for your love. Though their love may be complicated, I loved how Ms. Castille kept their romance heated with passion as danger and doubts begins to surface. I loved how the author kept this book an MC trope but incorporated the elements of love, family, brotherhood, second chances and friendship to be the forefront.
“I love that you’re mine , that you know the worst of me and still want my touch, that you know me as I am now, that I wake from my nightmares and find myself in your arms. I’m gonna make sure you’re safe and happy and able to live that normal life you dreamed about.”
Chaos Bound was such an intense, raw, brazen and gritty perspective of the world of bikers, brotherhood, revenge, and friendship. The writing and story line was so gripping and consuming that you can’t help but be immersed into the story of Holt and Naiya and what awaits for them. In most MC novels, the club would be the main focus but in this installment, Sarah Castille surprised me. She made this more than your typical MC biker book. She allowed readers to see beyond the revenge, anger, hurt, and brotherhood. She made you see friendship and the sacrifices we choose to make. She made you see LOVE. And most importantly she made you see Holt and Naiya. Not Holt, the biker but Holt Savage, the man who fell in love with a science nerd. A man who is willing to risk anything for the girl who saved him. And for Naiya Kelly, Holt Savage brought beauty, love, and passion that was missing in her life. He didn’t see a rape victim. He saw her. The real Naiya Kelly.
“She tried to commit him to memory, the warmth of his lips, the deep rumble when he looped an arm around her waist and pulled her against him. She wanted him. Needed him. She’d made it through hell, and he was her piece of heaven…She had never felt as complete as she did at this moment; never felt she really belonged until she’d stepped into the circle of his arms.”
Like I said before, this book was so much more. It is a story that reminds us all nothing is black and white. Dreams change. Life goes on. Love heals. And most importantly, each and everyone of us will make a choice. A choice that will lead us to happiness or of the unknown. And this choice that may be bound with chaos is a journey that Holt and Naiya are willing to navigate together. So if you are looking for a story that has grit, intensity, danger, passion and most importantly heart, then I urge you to read this book. Go fall in love with two damaged and broken characters who found comfort, solace, and truth together. Beyond the scars, heartaches, sadness, loss, and anger lies a story of what it means to truly protect the ones you love even if it means death and letting go. So if you are ready to ride through a chaotic, wild and fierce love, then all there is left to say HOLD ON TIGHT as Holt Savage will pull those heartstrings and show us all what it means to be truly wild and free.