Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Favorite Lines:

“Because your human joy fascinates me—the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is…entrancing.”

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

My Opinion:

This is certainly not my first time reading this book but it is my first time writing a review for it, so here goes nothing. The whole A Court of Thorns and Roses series is arguably my favorite series that I have ever read; and that’s saying something because I read A LOT. The series contains my favorite book in the whole world, A Court of Wind and Fury, the second book in this series. But we are here to talk about the first book which introduces us to a world that is utterly unique to Maas’s imagination.

A Court of Thorns and Roses or ACOTAR to shorten it up, follows a girl named Feyre as she is whisked away from a life of struggle and despair to one of comfort and beauty; except for the little fact that she could be murdered in an instant by the new people (or creatures) in her life.

What I love so much about this book, and Maas’s writing in general, is that she doesn’t short you on the details. Maas describes everything so beautifully and paints such a detailed story of what is happening that you will feel like you are living alongside the characters.

I have reread this book several times and I definitely suggest you do as well once you have read the rest of the series because there is a lot that is mentioned throughout the books that gets referenced to later. I find myself finding something new every time that will be mentioned in a later book and it honestly leaves me in a bit of awe that Maas was able to tie even little details together throughout the series.

I don’t think that there is anything in this book that I don’t like. It’s extremely well written, has an excellent story line and amazing character development. I related on a deep level with Feyre throughout her journey and even though I have already read this series multiple times, I can’t wait to read the next book to continue this adventure with her.

Summary:

Overall, I might come off as bias because this is most likely my favorite book series, but it is a must read for anyone who likes adventure, romance, character development, and fantasy. Maas is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors and I’m always impressed at her story telling abilities and how she manages to weave even the most intricate of details. Until next time, happy reading!

A Court of Thorns and Roses


Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there,despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Favorite Lines:

“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”

“That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down”

“Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.”

My Opinion:

I had seen this book around a few times on both social media and in the online store when I’m looking for other books. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have never really read any of Black’s books before, I think I tried to read her The Spiderwick Chronicles once when I was younger but clearly it left a lasting impression if I don’t remember it much. When I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to read it. I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but the cover art was so simple but intriguing that it really sealed the deal.

The story follows Jude, a human girl in an immortal world.Her parents were murdered when she was young and she has to survive in a home with their murderer. She faces constant discrimination due to the fact that she is human and we experience the problems she must face and overcome along the way.

I almost finished this book in one night but stopped myself with 100 pages left because it was 4 am and I had class the next day. But I quickly finished it the next night. It had a story that flowed very well, I haven’t quite figured out the dynamic of some of the characters but there is another book coming out next year that I hope will give more insight into the world that Black has created.

I was pleasantly surprised about the plot twist that was put in towards the end of the story. Black had semi-hinted at what was going to happen and I had thought that perhaps it would but then she throws you for a loop and sends you in a different direction for how the story is going to end.By the time we got to the end, I didn’t see it coming (I guess that is what makes it a plot twist, right?).

I will say that I do wish there was more romance. The synopsis made it seem like something was going to happen with Jude and Caden,and I suppose it does, but not as much as I would have liked. I am crossing my fingers that Black pulls a Maas move in her series A Court of Thorns and Roses (if you know what I am talking about you know) and in the book that comes out next year for this series, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

Summary:

Overall, this was an interesting book. I think there is a lot of potential for the series and I am excited to see where it goes. I am still crossing my fingers for there to be more of my ship and for romance to play a bigger part in the next book because I’m a total sucker.  Happy reading, everyone!

The Cruel Prince


Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

Queen or traitor? Only she can decide.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Lost and broken, Celaena’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend. But she must instead travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat—and his own deadliest enemy.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Favorite Lines:

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

“You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed. And I know this because I’ve been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You’re hoping for hell–because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer,to be damned for eternity and–”

“…her dearest friends are characters in books.”

My Opinion:

Heir of Fire is probably my favorite book in this series, depending on how the last book is.That’s a pretty big statement for a book lover to say. But I think it also speaks volumes for how good of a book this is.

Heir of Fire follows Celaena as she travels across an ocean to a world where magic still exists to uncover secrets that could help her save the world from a horrible fate. This book introduces us to a lot of new characters and different story lines across the world. They all are kept pretty separate for now, but Maas is a master at weaving everything together so hopefully by the end everything comes together in a way that won’t break out hearts.

This book is full of character development, especially for Celaena. I won’t spoil anything but the obstacles she overcomes and the emotions she goes through really spoke to me. This book is full of action,romance, and plot twists…and ROWAN!

For those of you who don’t know who Rowan is…I’m sorry. For those of you who do… you understand. No spoilers, but please just trust me, one of the best book ships of all times is headed your way (the other one also from a Maas story, so no real competition).

Summary:

Overall, there isn’t much I can say about this book to convince anyone to read it without going full fan-girl and blabbing all the spoilers and secrets to the world. It’s tied for my favorite book and is the real turning point for this series. The first two books (while they are amazing) are child’s play compared to this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Heir of Fire


Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

crown of midnight by sarah j. maasSynopsis:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Bold, daring, and lethal, assassin Celaena Sardothien won the brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.

Favorite Lines:

“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”

“It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.”

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

My Opinion:

As I had mentioned in my Throne of Glass review, this is a reread for me but my first time writing a review for the series.

Let me just start by saying… this book will break your heart. No spoilers (obviously) but be prepared to have your heart torn out and shredded up right in front of you. Crown of Midnight follows Celaena as she navigates court after winning the competition to become the king’s champion. Not only is she doing the king’s dirty work but also trying to figure out a much bigger mystery that could potentially destroy the continent and maybe even the world if it isn’t solved.

Maas does an amazing job at expanding the world she has created in this series. It always leaves me in awe how elaborate her writing can be. She spends time on little details that paint the scenes vividly in your mind while you read the story. You will feel like you are right there next to your favorite characters watching the story play out. She also excels at weaving in small details throughout the series that seem insignificant in the moment but might be tied in later and have a huge impact on the story line, so pay attention! The character development is impressive, as always, and I am excited for where the characters are going to go in the rest of the series; specifically the next book. Remember, I have read this series, so I know what is coming. I won’t spoil it for you but the next book, Heir of Fire, might be my favorite book in this series.

There isn’t anything I don’t like about this book. Maas does a fantastic job in creating this world and making her characters so relatable and lovable. Even the not-so-nice one’s have some quality that is relatable. She makes them so, very human; despite who they are or where they have been.

Summary:

Overall, I love this whole series so I am sure I am 100% bias, but I hope you will consider reading this book and the rest of the series so that you can fall in love with it as much as I did. Happy reading!

 

Crown of Midnight


Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasSynopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Favorite Lines:

“…a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

My Opinion:

Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series of all times, which is saying something with the amount of books that I’ve read. I have read this book (and overall series) many times but had not wrote a review about it…until now.

Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, the infamous assassin of Adarlan. She lived a year in the salt mines of Endovier, a place where most don’t last more than a few months, and is given an offer by the Crown Prince to compete to become the King’s champion and to win her freedom.

Maas does an excellent job at creating a whole new world for readers to experience. The worlds she creates within her stories are unlike any other, I think this is a really big reason I enjoy her books so immensely; Throne of Glass is no exception.

What I really love about this series, and about Maas’ writing as a whole, is that there is no damsel in distress. She writes about strong, female characters who don’t need no man. At the same time, she is very realistic about their vulnerabilities. It’s always nice to see not every character is perfect and even the strongest of ladies has their weaknesses.  Celaena is a notorious assassin who survived what is basically a death sentence in a salt mine. Does that mean she can’t have a weakness for a guy (or two) and some chocolate cake? No.

This book introduces us to a wide range of characters that we will see develop throughout the rest of the series (small spoiler, sorry). I usually try and keep future books out of the reviews to avoid spoilers but there is something I would like to mention. Maas is very good at mentioning little details in the series that would go unnoticed the first time around. Every time I reread this series, I notice something I didn’t before that hints at something that goes on later in the series. It is always satisfying to spot these little details that are almost like Easter eggs throughout the series. If you have already read the series, I strongly encourage you to reread it many times and see if you can spot things you might have missed in the past.

Summary:

Overall, as I said, this is one of my favorite series. I tried really hard not to fangirl this up like the rest of the ToG fandom (yes there is a huge fandom for this series). This book (and series) has it all, action, adventure, romance, mystery, and plot twists. It is one of the first series, if not the first, that I recommend to anyone looking for a series to start. I hope you all get a chance to read it and experience the world that is Throne of Glass. Happy reading everyone!

 

Throne of Glass


Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm by Victoria AveyardSynopsis:

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive

Favorite Lines:

“Love can be exploited, I guess, used to manipulate. It’s leverage. But I would never call loving someone else a weakness. I think living without love at all, any kind of love, is weakness. And the worst kind of darkness.”

“It is cruel to give hope where none should be.”

“Strange that she is both the anchor against the storm and the storm itself.”

“Ignorance is a burden I do not intend to carry.”

My Opinion:

I went to a bookstore (which I normally don’t do because I always want to buy more books than I can afford) and I saw this book on the shelf. I didn’t even know it was out yet (what a bad fan I am). So, I immediately picked it up and knew I had to buy it; even though It was hardcover and therefore more expensive.

This is the final installment in Aveyard’s Red Queen series. The story, as always, follows Mare Barrow as she is still fighting to bring equality to her people in the middle of a war. What I really liked about this book was that there are multiple point of views offered throughout the story. Each chapter switches character point of views. This gives readers not only a look at what is happening in different parts of the world but also insight to how other characters think and interact. I always love seeing into other characters minds and seeing who we, as readers, would consider the main character and how the other characters view that main character; in this case, Mare.

The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was the ending. I can’t spoil it for you all just know that I am a super romantic and, while the ending wasn’t bad, I sat there thinking “this is some load of crap.” I could rant about it for another 10 minutes but like I said no spoilers so you will just have to read it and decide for yourself.

Summary:

Overall, I really really did enjoy this book. I am thankful that Aveyard slowed the pace but managed to squeeze in so many details and tie off all loose ends. Sometimes last books in series seem like the author had too much content to squeeze into the book and, therefore, certain scenes feel rushed. At the start of this series, I thought Aveyard’s writing style was somewhat confusing but this final book proved to be the perfect ending for the series (except for the literal ending of the book, you’ll see). If you’ve read the rest of the Red Queen series, you have to read this book. If you haven’t read the series at all, you should get on it! Until next time, happy reading!

 

War Storm


Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Roar by Cora CarmackSynopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Favorite Lines:

“And hope broke more hearts than any man ever could.”

“I have lost count of the number of dead ends I’ve encountered in my long life. Each time, when I could see no future beyond a certain point, the future always came anyway.”

“What might seem a careless phrase for one can cut deep as a blade for another.”

My Opinion:

I think that I found out about this book from a sponsored post on Facebook when I was just mindlessly scrolling through and it sounded interesting, so I put it on my read list. When I visited the bookstore (someone really should have stopped me, I spent way too much money) I saw the book on the shelf and decided to buy it.

I wasn’t too sure about the book in the beginning because I have never read any of Carmack’s other work and the book is a less-known book. I was pleasantly surprised with the book. It was well written and had a really nice flow to it. It was also on a refreshing subject, if you took storm-chasers and put them in a magical world with kingdoms and romance, that would be what this book is.

The story follows Aurora Pavan as she has to flee her kingdom in order to find answers that might save it.  As the journey progresses, she learns that everything she thought she knew isn’t true and she must work to find a way to put new pieces together and solve the puzzle before the rising threat rips her kingdom from her. There is romance in here that is full of suspense and you’ll find yourself wanting more (I know I did).

I honestly don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about this book other than wanting my ship to get together. But that is just me being impatient (it better happen Carmack!).

Summary:

Overall, this book was much better than I had originally expected. I was disappointed to learn that the next book in the series, Rage, doesn’t come out until June 2019. That is almost a year away! Hopefully, I can distract myself with other books until its time for the next book to come out. Happy reading everyone!

 

Roar


Review: Your Alluring Love by Layla Hagen

Your Alluring Love by Layla HagenSynopsis:

Alice Bennett has been holding a torch for her older brother’s best friend, Nate, for more than a decade. He’s a hotshot TV producer who travels the world, never staying in San Francisco for too long. But now he’s in town and just as tempting as ever… with a bossy streak that makes her weak in the knees and a smile that melts her defenses.

As a successful restaurant owner, Alice is happy with her life. She loves her business and her family, yet after watching her siblings find their happy ever after, she can’t help feeling lonely sometimes—but that’s only for her to know.

Nate has always had a soft spot for Alice. Despite considering the Bennetts his family, he never could look at her as just his friend’s little sister. She’s a spitfire, and Nate just can’t stay away. He loves making her laugh… and blush.

Their attraction is irresistible, and between stolen kisses and wicked-hot nights, they form a deep bond that has them both yearning for more.

But when the chance of a lifetime comes knocking at his door, will Nate chase success even if it means losing Alice, or will he choose her?

Favorite Lines:

“Dating is so exhausting. Going out with so many incompatible people while hoping to find the one is like a less violent version of The Hunger Games.”

“We’ve always had a push-and-pull dynamic, but this is something else entirely. And it feels dangerous. But then again, from carbs to sugar to Nate, I’ve always liked things that are bad for me.”

“I love you. For years, I wasn’t feeling at home anywhere. Now I feel at home whenever you’re with me. You’re my home, Alice.”

My Opinion:

As always Hagen delivered another book in The Bennet Family series that manages to be both sweet and seductive, with little hints of trouble; like always. This is book 6 in the series with there being a total of 9 books overall, 3 more to go!

This book follows Alice (Bennett) and Nate. Alice has had a crush on Nate since they were little and when he comes to town on business, its hard for her to stay away. Nate has the same problem and when he decides to pursue her, sparks fly. This is an NSFW like all the other books in this series and just like the other books, it’s a stereotypical romance novel. So, if you don’t like those then stay away! I personally enjoy reading books like this sometimes because they are so easy to get lost in the world of the characters.

I don’t think there is anything I didn’t like about this book. It met my expectations and considering it’s the 6th book in the series, I already knew what to expect and wasn’t disappointed.

Summary:

I am looking forward to the last 3 books in this series and am interested to see how Hagen continues to interweave the stories together and ties up the ending. Until next time, happy reading!

 

 

Your Alluring Love


Throne of Glass Final Book Coming Soon!

ToG final Book

“Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.”

Coming October 23, 2018

 

Kingdom of Ash


 

Review: Your Tempting Love by Layla Hagen

Your Tempting Love by Layla HagenSynopsis:

Christopher Bennett is a persuasive man. With his magnetic charm and undeniable wit, he plays a key role in the international success of his family’s company.

Christopher adores his family, even if they can be too meddling sometimes… like when attempt to set him up with Victoria, by recommending him to employ her decorating services. Christopher isn’t looking to settle down, but meeting Victoria turns his world upside down. Her laughter is contagious, and her beautiful lips and curves are too tempting.

Victoria Hensley is determined not to fall under Christopher’s spell, even though the man is hotter than sin, and his flirty banter makes her toes curl. But as her client, Christopher is off limits. After her parents’ death, Victoria is focusing on raising her much younger siblings, and she can’t afford any mistakes. . .

But Victoria and Christopher’s chemistry is not just the sparks-flying kind. . .It’s the downright explosive kind. Before she knows it, Christopher is training her brother Lucas for soccer tryouts and reading bedtime stories to her sister Chloe.

Victoria wants to resist him, but Christopher is determined, stubborn, and oh-so-persuasive.

When their attraction and connection both spiral out of control, will they be able to risk it all for a love that is far too tempting?

Favorite Lines:

“Buddy, having chocolate ready for every occasion is Survival 101. Trust me, I have three sisters.”

“Oh my. Be still my beating heart. I can handle fun and lust. But butterflies? They’re traitorous little beasts.”

“And it’s a good sign that you’re afraid. You know it’s real when it scares you.”

My Opinion:

I would like to start out by saying this is a NSFW. I will be completely honest, this book started out kinda slow for me. I didn’t find myself drawn in and waiting to see what happens to the characters like I have been in all the other books. If anything, it was a bit cliché. I know what you’re thinking; “This is a cliché romance novel. What did you expect?” That is very true but in the previous books in the series so far, each character was very different from the last and it was like reading a whole new book every time. This book just didn’t have that hook for me this time around.

That being said, by the end of the book, I was happy with the ending and am ready to move on to the next book in the series. The story follows Victoria and Christopher while they try to remain professional (and fail miserably). This isn’t the first book in the series that has children from one of the main characters that act as a potential obstacle for them to get together; Pippa and Eric also had a conflict of this sort. That being said, Hagen was able to introduce children in the story in a new way so that it wasn’t a repeat of a previous storyline. Making it new and fresh in that sense.

What I liked was while the beginning of the story started out slow, Hagen did introduce new content and concepts that she had not previously used in any of her other stories. It’s almost like she continues to take it one step further every book that she writes. It will be interesting to see how far she goes with the series.

Summary:

Overall, even though it started out slow and I wasn’t interested in the beginning, I did enjoy it by the end of the book. The ending was so happy and sweet that I couldn’t help but smile. So my advice is if you find yourself not hooked like me, give it some time to get into. Until next time, happy reading!

 

Your Tempting Love