Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Until Jax by Aurora Rose ReynoldsUntil Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Series: Until Him #1
Published by Self Published on September 29, 2015
Pages: 218 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

Ellie Anthony isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for a man, but when Jax Mayson insists on keeping her and her daughter safe, she’s left with no choice but to trust him. Now she just hopes she doesn’t get hurt when she falls hard for a guy who’s known for breaking hearts.
Jax Mayson knows that Ellie is his BOOM the moment he sees her. When he finds out she has a daughter, he realizes he wants a family, and he will do whatever is necessary to keep both of his girls safe, even if that means facing the demons from his past.

Time for some honesty…

Since I didn’t love Until July, I didn’t have high expectations for Until Jax.

For some reason I expected Ellie to be flaky, and so sucked up in the victim mentality that I would hate reading about her character. I also expected for Jax and Ellie to play the cat and mouse game until all avenues were exhausted so the last resort would be for them to finally get together.

What really happened…

I loved Until Jax from beginning to end! Ellie was perfect, Jax was alpha perfection, and little Hope was too precious for words. Despite my reservation (mentioned previously) I was curious as to how the story was going to progress after July and Ellie were rescued. I was curious as to how the villains were going to be unmasked and what extra dangers Ellie would face. Except for the ending (I’ll talk about that later), Until Jax did not disappoint.

I loved Ellie’s independent streak and her willingness to be open to changes. What endeared me even more to her character was that despite the past heartaches and disappointments, she wasn’t hard-hearted about the good that could come into her life. Just as Lilly would sometimes point out or hint at, Ellie really reminded me of Lilly when her and Cash were first starting out. If it wasn’t for the wisdom and example that Cash imparted to Jax and the little boss-like attitude and qualities he got from Nico, I don’t think that their love story would have been as successful and explosive as it was. What I meant by explosive was that their interactions did a dang good job of scorching the pages and my eyebrows! Jax and Ellie were so freaking steamy together.

The scenes that effortlessly touched my heart were the ones that were between Hope and Jax; Hop, Jax, and Ellie; Hope, Lilly, and Cash. They were all so freaking melt-your-heart precious. Even with Lilly and Cash being a dominating presence in this book, Hope really became the glue that held all the characters, new and old, together.

The only smear on this book’s perfect record was the ending.

After everything was resolved in Jax and Ellie’s, which happened fairly close to the end, I was left wondering how the other conflict was going to be resolved. With the amount of book left I knew two things might end up happening:

  1. There would be a cliffhanger, or
  2. The remaining conflict was going to be rushed, and not given the proper amount of page space to resolve it in a believable type of way.

Option 2 it was.

I really, really, did’t like the ending (which ended up costing this book a star in it’s rating). I hate rushed endings, I would rather have a cliffhanger.

Despite this major blemish, this book was amazing.

About Aurora Rose Reynolds

WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Best selling author Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat whose husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in Tennessee with her Husband. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her book’s love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. Aurora was also featured in an online interview with the Cosmopolitan magazine. Aurora’s best selling novels are also featured in UK Glamour magazine. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

Where Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel

Where Darkness Lies by Bella JewelWhere Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel
Series: Criminals of the Ocean #1
Published by Montlake Romance on December 16, 2014
Pages: 256 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.
Dimitri wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.
Jess is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no one before.

With little to cling to besides their haunting pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.

Why the heck did I wait so long to finish Where Darkness Lies?! Reading and loving this story has made me feel safe to read anything and everything that Bella Jewel writes. I loved Where Darkness Lies! Bella Jewel’s Criminals of the Ocean series came at the perfect time for me, I had been wanting to read a good pirate story, whether it was historical or modern day I wanted to read it.

When I began reading I dragged my feet because I didn’t want to go from reading about Hendrick’s dominant/jerk character type to Dimitri’s (what I perceived) whinny/’I need revenge’ character type. Luckily when I got over that perception I decided that I would just read and take him as he came. I then consumed this book.

Jess/Blair was an amazing female character. I loved everything about her. She was amazingly written and relatable. The way she was around Dimitri was sometimes tongue in cheek funny and at other times so heart heartbreakingly transparent that my heart absolutely melted.

Never would I have seen this story taking the dips and curves that it did. Unpredictability is the key and Bella Jewel accomplished it and more. The journey of Dimitri and Jess was so real and detailed that I felt like I lived in every scene with them, as if I was a fly on the wall, having the ability to do that is an amazing gift.

While I love Hendrix and Indi, and will always love them as characters, Dimitri and Jessie have cemented a place in my heart because their struggle was real and they beat the odds stacked sky high against them.

I have my fingers crossed that there will be a book 3, but truthfully I don’t know who the story would be about, but I trust in Bella Jewel’s imagination.

About Bella Jewel

Bella is a fun loving australian and a multiple USA Today bestseller. She spends her days in sunny north QLD with her husband and two adorable daughters. She’s been writing since she was fifteen, and after her success with her debut novel, Hell’s Knights, she has been head down, bum up creating new stories. She is the author of the MC Sinners series, Number Thirteen, Enslaved by the Ocean, Where Darkness Lies, Life After Taylah, Angel’s in Leather, The Jokers’ Wrath series and ‘Til Death.

When I Fall by J. Daniels

When I Fall by J. DanielsWhen I Fall by J. Daniels
Series: Alabama Summers #3
Published by Self Published on March 17, 2015
Pages: 321 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
five-stars

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible. Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt. Not my dick. My dick is good. The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming. My heart is about to get fucked. My dick can sit this one out.

What I might say next could be considered blasphemous to all the Alabama Summer fans out there, but When I Fall is the first book out of this series that I have read.

Let the outrage begin…

Believe me I know the injustice I’ve done to myself.

When I Fall was amazing from beginning to end. Before I even opened its pages I was giddy to read it, and I was not disappointed.

One thing that shocked me was how Reed’s attitude towards relationships didn’t irritate me as much as it would if he were a female. I can’t explain why some things irritate me and others don’t.

Beth’s character was so refreshing, she gave without expecting anything in return, and only hoped for love. She had such a heart-breaking journey to get to the place she’s in once she hits Alabama, that I was rooting for her all through the book. I’m going to boldly say that she just might be my favorite heroine of this year. She was so pure in her actions, there’s nothing I would change about her.

Reed and Beth have to be my most favorite couple. Their interactions and attraction was so flawless that it drove it further home that they were meant for each other. They complete each other, she wasn’t what he was expecting or looking for, and he was everything she was hoping for despite what she’s been told in the past.

I’ve already purchased All I Want (yes, I am doing this backwards) so I will be reading more about this tight knit group of alpha males and their women who love them unconditionally.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of Tillie Cole and J. Daniels’ Sweet Addiction series, and of course those who have read the previous books in the Alabama Summers’ series. I could not put this book down.

About J. Daniels

J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the upcoming Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.

J loves to read anything she can get her hands on, but her favorite stories involve alphas with a sweet side.

Liability by C.A. Rose

Liability by C.A. RoseLiability by C.A. Rose
Series: Alfha Law Firm #2
Published by Self Published on September 24, 2015
Pages: 69 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

He wants her.
He craves her.
He needs her.
Maybe it’s the schoolgirl uniform. Maybe it’s the glasses, lip biting and innocent looks. All Carter knows is he is infatuated with Fern.
His obsession with her is driving him crazy.
He knows she's off limits, but all Carter wants is sweet, innocent Fern all to himself.
She may be too young, but nothing will keep him from having her.

I have to admit there was a lot of confusion surrounding Liability‘s release. For one, I was under the impression that the Alfha Law Firm series was written and published under Aurora Rose Reynolds. Secondly, I didn’t know if Liability was a teaser into the full book or not. Lo and behold Aurora Rose Reynolds pulled a fast one on us all, she’s writing under a new pen name, C.A. Rose!

Thought: I wonder if she’ll place Justified under this pen name?

Based off the synopsis we got of the book, I truly didn’t know what to expect. I knew, of course, there would be alpha males, but what I didn’t know was how this book would continue the Alfha Law Firm series. Once I finished I realized that the books in this series would be loosely connected since they work at the same firm, and be under the same theme, alpha males claiming their women.

Carter was the type of alpha male that I love to read about. He was dominant (not in the BDSM kind of way, but more of a ‘I want you so I’m going to have you whether you agree or not’ kind of way), overbearing, and sexy. While he was all these things I really expected his character to overshadow Fern’s, but surprisingly it didn’t. While the intensity of his character weighed heavily on his side of being the dominating character, Fern’s background and current situation brought balance.

While Fern was the unexperienced and non-dominant partner in this book and relationship it didn’t mean that she was naive and childish. I loved how when things started to happen for her and Carter (it might’ve happened quickly, but it was easy to see that the attraction was building on both ends, maybe at different levels and speeds, but building nonetheless) she didn’t flake and try to play a game with Carter like I’m sure the “friends” she hung out with would’ve done. You could tell those childish antics weren’t in her character makeup based off the things she has gone through and how cognizant she was of the personalities that surrounded her.

All the way through, this book grabbed me. It was steamy at the right times which I appreciated. Just because it was an insta-love story didn’t mean that things progressed at the speed of light, they didn’t even seal the deal until a lot of the plot was revealed. He, Carter, gave her a little taste on what to expect, he’s not a saint and she wasn’t complaining.

I also loved that while the storyline/timeline matched, somewhat, to that of Justified. It had its own unique style that made it hard, dang near impossible, for any comparison between these two stories.

Great quick read by an author who knows how to deliver a story no matter the length.

About C.A. Rose

WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Best selling author Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat whose husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in Tennessee with her Husband. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her book’s love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. Aurora was also featured in an online interview with the Cosmopolitan magazine. Aurora’s best selling novels are also featured in UK Glamour magazine. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

The Lies Between Us by M.N. Forgy

The Lies Between Us by M.N. ForgyThe Lies Between Us by M.N. Forgy
Series: Devil's Dust MC #4
on September 20, 2015
Pages: 219 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars

Cherry’s life growing up was nothing short of a nightmare. Having an abusive father forced her to fend for herself from an early age. Bruised and emotionally broken, she finally escaped, running straight into the comfort that Lip's arms brought. In the beginning, everything seemed to fall into place perfectly. He made her forget the messed-up ways of her life. But secrets can’t stay neglected. They have a habit of revealing themselves regardless of the consequences. Terrified, Cherry can’t speak a word or she’ll lose it all.
Lip is no stranger to the criminal life. Growing up among convicts, he wanted nothing more than to show his worth. He’ll do anything for the club without question, including serving six years in prison. But nobody could have predicted life’s plan. Rugged, tattooed, and wanting nothing more than to have Cherry, Lip is no longer the man whom Cherry remembers. After his release, he came out a beast with more secrets and lies than his cage could hold.
Secrets. Lies. Pain.
When a relationship is surrounded by mounting dark secrets, is it possible to survive and come out unscathed?

I hate that The Lies Between Us had to be my first 3 star review by this author because I’ve really been looking towards to reading it.

The first half of this book I was hooked. I was sucked into every obstacle and heartbreaking moment that Lindsay aka Cherry faced. When she then met Lip, I was all for them going forward in their relationship. They fit each other so perfectly.

Things started going downhill for me around the same time that things were going downhill for Cherry, which happened to be when Lip went to jail. I was very suspect, as was Cherry (I’m telling you, me and her character were on the same brainwave) about his behavior during her visits.

Once everything was revealed, Lip was out of jail, and Cherry was supremely invested in her new family with the Devil’s Dust MC, things started to become less believable. The lies that ended up coming between Lip and Cherry could’ve been avoided and/or dealt with in a better way, I felt. The only benefit I can see coming from all this was that Cherry and Lip finally stopped wearing their masks around each other, and showed how slightly unhinged (okay, completely unhinged) they really were.

The Lies Between Us was a great read for the first half, but became a likable read from then on.

About M.N. Forgy

M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She’s a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn’t live with the “what if” anymore and finally took a chance on her character’s story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.