From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.
No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.
Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…(
I LOVED this book. To be honest, when I first picked it up and started reading, I was nervous it would be another book with sex on every other page. It had a lot of it but somehow, Sylvia Day has me more connected with the characters. I felt more in depth with them and able to read it and feel for them.
The ending felt a bit rushed to me. Like, the author wanted to throw that last part in for the heck of it. BUT the drama that came out in the end had my flying through the last few pages. I needed to know what happened and of course, Sylvia is going to make us wait for book #4 :) Which is fine, makes FINALLY reading it worth it!
I highly recommend this series. I didn’t like Fifty Shades of Grey for many reasons and this is a wonderful substitute. More realistic.
Give it a shot.
ABOUT: Julia Lang expected a nice night away from the office–free of thoughts about the case, her failed engagement, her past. But she should have known better. Her past haunted her every chance it got these days, and tonight it came in the form of lyrics she never expected to hear again–not after a decade, not in the arms of another man and definitely not in the form of a confession. Now, Julia must discover for herself if the song–and more importantly, the man behind it–is enough to leave her new life for her small-town, Missouri roots and a second chance at love.
ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: Wow, this book was amazing. It was, honestly, hard to get into. I wanted to skip away from the re-story telling of the past and get to the present. As a writer, I understand why it is important to tell the backstory. However, it did go on quite awhile.
Other than that, this love story hurt so bad but I loved it. I loved the tie in with the title and something that meant the world to the couple. It is beautiful and just when you are triumphant with the characters, the epilogue tears your heart out. Which, is good, because it is believable and you are connected to these characters on an emotional level. Well done.
VERDICT: Keep reading : ) It’s beautiful.
ABOUT: Delilah Palmer has always maintained control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth that’s just below the surface. Using a façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood, she’s made a good life for herself. Becoming a successful lawyer, she is finally free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.
Nathan Thorne has a haunted past of his own. On the surface, he is personable, extroverted, and loved by everyone; everything Delilah isn’t. However, hidden beneath his charming smile is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has the power to unveil.
Forced into a small office together, they begin to see through each other’s masks, and the magnetic attraction ignites an explosive relationship. Their firm, Holloway and Holloway Law, has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. But despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan begins to teeter on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.
What dark secrets does Nathan harbor that stop him from giving in, and what is it that keeps him from healing and moving forward? And more importantly, where does Delilah fit into his turmoil? Will they be able to accept love and deal with all the trials that develop as their secrets are exposed, or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?
ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: The sex scenes were all over the place. I needed more story between them. Some things were unrealistic. The one that sticks out the most was when Caroline found the stuff online and all he has to say was to not repeat it? If that big of a deal, wouldn’t he gave flipped out a little more? It explained to Caroline at least more about keeping quiet? The book seemed so dark and I never understood all of the negativity Lila had with herself. I know she had a troubled past but she had had a serious relationship before and now Nathan. Obviously there’s not THAT much off with her…I don’t know. It was good but needed more realism.
VERDICT: I think a lot of people will enjoy this book. It’s steamy and very, very intense. They are both broken and I kind of enjoyed a story where you need the characters to fix one another. Check it out!
ABOUT: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.
Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: I kept reading about this book and it was actually the first download on my Kindle. The cover (with me being an author, it’s things like the cover sells for me–I know the importance of it) was beautiful and so intriguing. Okay, back to the book. It was a little slow in the beginning but I was so enthralled with the description that I had to keep going. These characters together are perfection. They are witty, funny and you can tell that they are two halves to a whole. I could see everything in my head as I was reading and to me that is beautiful writing.
The end ripped my heart out and I think I held my breath until I read the epilogue. It’s an end you don’t see coming! At times, I felt as though the back and forth was not needed but it added to it and I enjoyed getting inside Andrew’s head. I’ll be recommending this to everyone who asks and I just found that there is a sequel coming out (YAY) and cannot wait to see where it picks up!
VERDICT: READ THIS BOOK! : )