Monday, 25 May 2020

Review: Grip (Grip #2) by Kennedy Ryan

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*** You MUST read FLOW, before starting GRIP. **
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I know.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.


MY REVIEW

Grip is an interracial romance between Marlon (Grip), and African-American man, and Bristol, a Caucasian woman. Eight years ago, during spring break, they met and spent a week together falling in love. However, a couple of rude awakenings led Bristol to swear off Grip. Skip to eight years later. Grip is a big star and Bristol is his manager. They are friends. He still wants more, and she's unwilling to give him a second chance.

While her reasons for resisting Grip are understandable, I didn’t agree with the lengths to which she went in her attempt to keep him out of her heart, while keeping him in her life. She also did something that was supposed to prove just how much she loved Grip, which I felt showed weakness rather than strength.  

Grip's cockiness is offset by his unwavering desire for Bristol. Despite spending years being rejected by her, there’s never a doubt that she’s his first choice, if she’d have him. I always like that about a romance hero. That said, he had his issues - the kind that make you think 'ugh, he's such a guy.' 

The chemistry between the two leaps off the page. When they finally get together, they have to face a lot of challenges from family, friends and the public. There's more than enough racially motivated drama for those who enjoy that angle. 

Although there’s both a prequel (which I’ve read) and a sequel (which I haven’t yet read), I feel this story can be read as a standalone. The beginning picks up pretty much from where the prequel ends, but there’s enough backstory to cover the essential parts of what happened during their first meeting. The book also ends in a satisfactory HEA.


Friday, 15 May 2020

#BookReview: The Alpha Bid by Ty Young | #DistinguishedGentlemenSeries

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Jacob St. Williams, aka Coby, aka The Alpha, is the president of an urban television network called the Urban Choice Channel. He grew up down the street from Mama Peaches! He reluctantly signs up to be a part of the Southlake Park Bachelors Auction.

His lovely bidder, Ms. Ryse Taylor, not only finds herself in a small bidding war but a fight for the top spot as Alpha!

Two alphas going head-to-head. Who will submit?

MY REVIEW
I liked the premise of this story. One one hand, there was Coby, a man who likes to be in control, likes to 'take care' of his woman. On the other hand, stood Ryse, a woman who took pride in being able to do things for herself. 

With two headstrong characters, I expected sparks and explosions and hot passion - and mutual submission. Their attraction to each other was instant, and they did butt heads quite a bit. Unfortunately, that seemed to be all they did when they were together. Even their reconciliation was more of an external force that made each one decide to give it a try. I would have liked to see more falling in love on the page, and them working out their issues together as a team.







Thursday, 14 May 2020

Prologue Reveal: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

QUEEN MOVE BY KENNEDY RYAN

 

“Combining sweet nostalgia with the important issues Kennedy never shies away from, Queen Move is nothing less than wonderful. I couldn’t put it down and never wanted it to end!” 

-- Alexa Martin, Author of Intercepted

 

Queen Move, an all-new powerful second chance standalone from Wall Street Journal bestselling and RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is coming May 26th and we have your FIRST LOOK!  

 

Make sure to enter on Kennedy’s site to win a QUEEN BOX, stuffed with a signed paperback and all the things you’ll need to treat yourself like a queen!

 

Prologue

Kimba

Two Years Before Present

 Is there anything sadder than a daddy’s girl at her father’s funeral?

My mother’s quiet sniffs a few seats down give me the answer.

A grieving widow.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Review: Flow by Kennedy Ryan

Flow (Grip, #0.5)Blurb
*FLOW must be read before GRIP*

In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,
and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.
From completely different worlds,
all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.


My Review

You know when you read a book about two characters who have history, but you know you're getting only glimpses of the past and sometimes you wish you knew more about what went down? Well, Flow is that book. A prequel to Grip, this book outlines the first meeting between Marlon James (Grip) and Bristol Gray.

Grip is cock, but manages to be intense and sweet. Bristol is a bleeding heart but she's also a bit of a bitch. The people she loves, she loves too much; the people she doesn't, she's too critical of. I didn't hate her, but I didn't particularly like her. I 'read' this in audiobook. It didn't help that the female narrator had a voice I didn't care for.

The story is very well-written as to be expected from Kennedy Ryan. However, as mentioned in the blurb, this is a prequel. If you don't intend reading Grip, then reading this won't help.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

My Review
I'm not particularly into sci-fi romance, although I'm always intrigued by the idea of robots being so advanced that they blur the lines between machine and human. I liked the idea of seeing this in a purely romance sense. The relationship between Trinity and Li Wei starts in an interesting manner. It doesn't hurt that he's shirtless, which seems to scramble Trinity's brain. Though she finds him odd, his behaviour is explained away in a way she finds acceptable. I kept wondering when/how she'd find out he was an A.I. The scene where she does find out doesn't disappoint.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Review: Accidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske

 
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Wanted: Fake Girlfriend
Madison needs a job. Jared needs a fake girlfriend. Too bad she hates him. And he’s super hot, which makes it even worse.

A simple lie turns into a big mess when family gets involved and a fake engagement turns into a fake wedding. Madison didn’t mean to start all this trouble.

And she didn’t mean to fall in love with the stuffy Jared Jameson.

Love hurts, when his kisses are only fake.

My Review
Based on a tip from her roommate, Madison walks into Jameson Technologies looking for a job as an administrative assistant. She has no experience, but how hard could it be, right? She's an actress, after all. Meanwhile Jared, the CEO, is expecting his fake date for a family dinner. A case of mistaken identity and the heroine's need for a job forces them into a business arrangement. It was supposed to be a one-day deal, but things didn't work out as planned.