Shade’s Fall by Jamie Begley

Shade’s Fall by Jamie BegleyShade's Fall by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #4
Published by Young Ink Press on March 19, 2014
Pages: 415 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Shade is everything Lily doesn't want in a man. He's rude, obnoxious and he's definitely not a cowboy. The tattooed enforcer for The Last Riders is a mystery Lily doesn't want to solve. He's too much for her to handle, especially with the nightmares from her past constantly threatening her sanity.

Lily is everything Shade wants in a woman. She's sweet, kind and submissive. When she discovers the truth about The Last Riders, it threatens to tear apart every relationship within the club. Her rebellion causes the predatory instincts to rise in the ex Navy SEAL sniper.

When The Last Riders are threatened by another motorcycle club just as determined to claim Lily, Shade is her only hope of surviving the approaching confrontation. Could their passion be Shade's downfall?

There are a few books that I can 100% claim changed my life, and Shade’s Fall by Jamie Begley has definitely done that. When I was first going through Begley’s Last Rider’s series I knew that Shade’s Fall was going to be special but I didn’t expect to find pieces of myself within the story.

The flow of Shade’s Fall and the depth of the characters Shade and Lily, made it so easy for me to fall into the rabbit hole that was their romance and life. The way Begley penned Shade’s Fall was so intrusive to these two characters that I felt that she was delving into my life as well, so there were a lot of self reflective moments as I was reading, for the first, second, and this third time. Also, while the first three stories in this series gave hints that this series is and will continue to set itself apart from other MC romance stories, Shade’s Fall really manufactured the stamp that sets this series apart from every other.

From Razer’s Ride to Knox’s Stand we were given glimpses of Shade’s obsession with Lily, as well as Lily’s fragility but determination to be able to stand on her own two feet. With these few glimpses the intensity to have their story and to yet give them time to work out every single kink that they may encounter while getting to their happy ever after was ramped up. Begley provided this need in Shade’s Fall and then some.

Shade is a very hard man to love, know, and tolerate but with his being embodying what it means to be a Dominant you can’t help but to take him as he is and to either love him or hate him. For me it was extremely easy to love him, flaws and all, because of the lengths he went to on behalf of his brothers in The Last Riders, his sister, and Lily. By employing the tactics that makes him a necessary tool for the US government Shade starts to wear Lily down but even with all his research and experience he wasn’t prepared for what her background would uncover, nor the trouble that followed her from her past.

Lily is a mystery wrapped in a barbed wired fenced in mystery. Even with 3 books proceeding Shade’s Fall, and a good portion of her background told in Razer’s Ride, none of that will prepare you for the hell she endured before she was dropped off in Treepoint, Kentucky as a child. You almost don’t want to like her character though, because her naivete is sort of off putting until you reach that point of realizing that she’s a walking, talking bleeding heart and her monstrous past made her that way.

Since Shade’s Fall is the fourth story in Begley’s Last Rider’s series, and it also acts as the climax, I feel that by going into any more detail will give something away. I advise that if this story seems interesting to you to dive into it from the very beginning but to also go in with an open mind because this series is wholly unique to the rest of the MC romance genre that has become popular and sort of repetitive.

About Jamie Begley

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68 @ForeverRomance

Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68 @ForeverRomanceSweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #2
Published by Forever on December 11, 2012
Pages: 562 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubbas. Its a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesnt want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren hes also the bars part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she wont fit in at Bubbas. Yet theres more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

I love the simple fact that I can jump into any Kristen Ashley story both knowing that I’ll get to experience it’s story with new eyes and that I’ll get to fall in love with a favorite read all over again.

Sweet Dreams is unlike any contemporary romance, or romantic suspense story I’ve ever had the privilege to read and then re-read. In all the books I have read, I’ve never come across characters that Ashley thinks up and then places them within stories that transport you into another place, situation, and life. That’s why I’m glad that I’m not a writer because I know that I don’t have it in me to weave the type of stories that you can’t do anything but sit back and try not to get lost in everything that’s going on.

There was a time when I was not a fan of reading stories with heroines that were 10+ years older than me, but it’s just something about Ashley’s writing that makes you enjoy being a fly on the wall and to take in everything written and fall in love right along with the characters. I seriously went on the emotional rollercoaster that Lauren and Tate went through in trying to navigate the ups and downs they encountered throughout Sweet Dreams. When Lauren was peeved at Tate I was right there with her, and when Tate was being a freaking awesome father to his son I couldn’t help but get choked up.

During this re-read I had forgot the intricate details that had made Sweet Dreams such a favorite and it was because of this lapse in memory I was able to experience Sweet Dreams as if I was reading it for the first time. Any reader will attest to how rare something like this is. When I choose to re-read an Ashley story this is never my goal, but it always turns out to be the reality whenever I open one of her story’s pages – if you don’t believe me ask me how many times I’ve read and re-read Knight and if the experience has been the same every time.

Tatum Jackson and Lauren Grahame were so perfect for each other and not in the stereotypical way, but in a way that was 100% real and relatable. Even being 10+ years younger than both Tate and Lauren I was able to understand their motivations, goals, and aspirations – well I might not be the ideal younger reader because I’ve been told I have an old (seasoned) soul.

With this re-read under my belt I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series and experience those over again.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Where The Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire @TheBlueSaffire

Where The Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire @TheBlueSaffireWhere The Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire
Series: Lost Hearts #1
Published by Perceptive Ilusions Publishing Inc. on April 3, 2017
Pages: 436 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
five-stars

My world is falling apart. I don’t know how to stop my breath from leaving me. She’s my everything, my woman, my life, my love, my glue. She saw me, even as I tried to hide, but I wanted her to, because I wanted her. Now, I have to find my way back, my way back to my Nicole.
At six foot seven, there was no way for me to miss him. I love him with everything I am. That will never be the problem. I need Caleb to remember we are a team and then I need him to fight for that team, because this time, my love alone is not enough.

Where The Pieces Fall was such an amazing story, not just because of the diversity it brought to my reading life but the writing mechanics, flow, and character development was perfect across the board.

For me personally, outside of reading about adult characters who are battling depression or bipolar disorder I’ve never read a story where one of the main characters had autism. Caleb made my heart sing and the way he interacted with those around him was simply beautiful to me. Seeing his world through his eyes was an experience I will never forget and I sincerely hope I find more stories like Where The Pieces Fall.

Where The Pieces Fall was such a beautiful story, the love between Caleb and Nicole was so real and right that I absolutely have no complaints. She accepted him and took him as he came and because of that I would never find fault with that type of unconditional love. Furthermore, she treated him like the man he was and didn’t see him as different or less than, and as bad as I hate to say it I was waiting for the moment when that would happen.

It’s off the strength of Where the Pieces Fall that I know I have found me a new author that has no problem tackling interracial relationships and the social issues that are attached to their union. Blue Saffire did this story to perfection.

I find it really hard to go deeper with my thoughts of Where the Pieces Fall because it seriously has to be experienced and I know nothing I say with do its story justice.

Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomancePartners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #11.5
Published by Berkley on August 23, 2016
Pages: 400 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Oh I was not expecting the Psy-Changeling series to go in the direction it did with Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace)! Talk about a switch up in the modus operandi.

Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) is once again a testament to Nalini Singh’s determination to always think outside of the box. A submissive male wolf and a dominant female leopard, who would’ve thunk?! Heck, who would’ve thought that I would’ve loved their story so much?!

We were first introduced to Felix I think in Kiss of Snow, or maybe it was Tangle of Need. Anyway, Felix headed the replanting of the land where Sienna’s X-Fire did some serious damage. It was in his working on that section of Snow Dancer territory where he first met – although he was too shy to ever say anything – Dezi, the Dark River solider who was on rotation for perimeter watch.

It’s within this setting, where life is being reborn after tragedy has struck, that these two, both so well matched, come together in a way that just embodies the phrase ‘the calm after the storm.’

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.