Two very simple words, very beautiful and powerful ones as well. Words Lane Parker could never repeat after the ability to keep them was taken from him.
This book will throw Nolan Ryan type curve balls at you with its unexpected twists. It's also touching, sweet, sexy and that will pull at your heart strings and leave you completely content and satisfied after you’re finished reading.
I was hesitant to open this book even though I knew the story would have a happy ending. The blurb doesn’t provide much information and it gave me the impression it would be too angsty, too heart-breaking and sad.
“This is how life worked out for us. It sucked really bad for awhile. It was awful… But now… now it’s incredible.”
Don’t be afraid to pick it up. It’s as beautiful and powerful as the two little words I open my review with. And of course, after reading it I totally get why the author and reviewers won’t give more specifics. It would have totally ruined my reading experience if I had known about those twisting curve balls. All you really need to know is that the plot is about an incredibly handsome, virile, loyal, loving, protective man who has tirelessly been looking for his girl.
“I will find you and I will make sure that you know you’re my everything.”
Every sweet tender moment made me smile, every touching, heartbreaking, bittersweet one made my chest feel tight or plain out made me cry, every sexy interaction made me blush. In general every bit of this book had my complete attention.
I’m so glad Kimberly hadn’t revealed more about him in the previous books. I really enjoyed putting together the pieces that reveal the Lane enigma. When before he was “just” an incredibly great friend and protective brother type now he’s one of my most swoon worthy book boyfriends.
“Every day I wish I had found you sooner so I could love you longer.”
Something I that will make or break a story for me is the heroine. I feel that a good relationship should be well balanced and Kimberly has not only given us an intriguing plotline but also an admirable female lead who was perfect for Lane.
I also enjoyed having the rest of the gang. Even though this book can be read as a standalone and you wouldn’t miss a beat. Since I’ve read the previous books it was great having more of them in this one.
“This group was a lot of fun… the dynamic between them was awesome.”
I promise I loved it and I’m sure you will too.
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This book gave me a ride on the let’s get in touch with all your emotions rollercoaster. It shocked me on more than one occasion, it made me laugh and smile, cry and fall in love. It’s a remarkably sweet debut novel from author J. Nathan that will grip you from its tragic start and keep you engaged with its fun and sexy banter, and heart rendering moments ‘til the very end. And one thing’s for sure, it will “seep right down to your bones.”
I’ve considered really hard about what to put in my review regarding the book’s plot because even though you can piece together some things, it still stunned me more than once and I would really hate to give anything away. I also think the blurb does a very good job at telling us what we need so I’ll include that and then tell you my personal thoughts about it.
On the outside, Hayden is every girl's living breathing fantasy, brooding and devastatingly gorgeous. He spends his nights losing himself in alcohol and faceless girls, but it's all just a facade. An elaborate cover for the emotionless shell of a man he is. One who harbors too many secrets and destroys lives the way his was destroyed. It’s the reason he avoids relationships and keeps everyone at arm's length…
Alex’s life just shattered into a million pieces, leaving her with more grief than she knows what to do with and guilt so deep it’s destroyed the carefree girl she once was. Now she’s hundreds of miles from home, living with an aunt she doesn't know, finishing senior year at a college she’s never been to, and trying desperately to get through a single day without breaking down. She's never felt more alone in her life...
The trouble with Hayden is who he wants to be and who he is are in constant flux. And though he’d die before letting Alex learn the truth about him, he can’t be sure he's strong enough to let her in…or push her away. She’s the one person who just might see the real him.
The book grabbed my attention and heart right from the beginning. I was barely 2% in when I was in shock and hurting for Hayden and then smiling because of the smart mouthed girl that had just met the broody “hottie” with dimples. It’s incredible writing when you are so devoted to a couple of characters you barely know.
These two incredibly sad souls told their story from alternating points of view. And even though I think Hayden’s perspective went to the corny side at the end, I really enjoyed being in their heads.
Even though Hayden was broken and angry at the world, he was also sexy, and his pain didn’t blind him to what Alex had to offer, showing his flip side, which was sweet, loving and made me swoon and “I smiled a big stupid grin” repeatedly.
Alex’s patience and understanding with Hayden’s hot and cold attitude never frustrated me and I really admired her strength of character. She was a very grounded and real person.
The story unfolded at a perfect pace, letting us know what we, and the characters, needed for their connection to build and grow. Their sizzling chemistry was off the charts.
“I'd have to touch you.”
He nodded… “I hope so.”
“You might have to kiss me goodnight.”
His eye focused on my lips. “Oh, sweetheart, you can count on that.”
I loved and was equally frustrated watching them get to know each other.
“I don't know what this is. This thing between us... But I really need it.” ~Hayden
As the book got closer to the ending, “my heart ricocheted off the wall of my chest.” It got so intense I couldn’t get to the happy fast enough. I felt like I hit the jackpot with this book and I’ll be looking forward to J’s next book.
* I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *
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A very grabbing prologue
“I want to make you mine.”
with a story that fell short. This first instalment of The Love Trials serial simply wasn’t to my taste and I even found it a bit disturbing.
I wanted something short to read. This was on a friend’s TBR and blurb seemed interesting so I gave it a go. What the blurb failed to mention is that this is about a clueless, barely legal, fresh out of high school, virgin who “falls in love” with Hunter, one of her teachers, and blindly follows him to his second job. Which is as a sex teacher in the very philanthropic Lovers’ Academy. Yes, the owner is very concerned helping young women with their future.
“Why are you bringing girls here for free to teach them to seduce men? What do you get from it?”
“The pleasure of knowing that I made a difference.”
If I had the money I think I would make a difference in a sports or musical program. But that’s just me.
Before Nancy arrives to her weekend training at the academy, which I might add she sneaks off to without telling her parents or friends, she meets Amber and Shannon, who will be her new “classmates.” I wonder what the women that fought for equality and women’s liberation would think about Amber’s aspirations?
“I came because I want hot sex to get me a powerful man on Wall Street. I want to live in a penthouse on Fifth Avenue and I want a summer home in the Hamptons... And sex will get me that.”
Nancy also meets and is attracted Jaxon. Prince uncharming and the academy’s owner. Once at her destination she finds out her “love and soul mate” will be another girl’s sex tutor, that he doesn’t recognize her, and that Jaxon has never taught but has decided to be Nancy’s teacher.
I think maybe the plot wouldn’t have rubbed me the wrong way so much if Nancy was an older woman simply looking to satisfy her curiosity, instead of an incredibly naïve and “silly little girl”who is way in over her head.
Because the writing is good and the plot is intriguing. It being a serial ended in a cliffhanger that left me perversely curious when Nancy accidentally overhears Jaxon conspiring with his father against her.
Truthfully I hope I can find a review with spoilers for the next installments or locate some good reviews where my issues are addressed so I can decide whether or not to continue reading this serial. I do have several of J.S. Cooper’s books on my TBR which will now look at more carefully and bump at least one to the top of my list to get a better feel for her writing.