Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Signet
Released on May 3, 2016
I received this one unsolicited for review and though I had struggles with the first book in the series and was only moderately into book two, I thought I’d give it a chance. I got through the prologue and the first chapter and realized that no, this one was not going to work for me. I’m not a good match for this trilogy, it is apparent.
I thought because I did alright with book two with a few reservations that I’d give Last Mile a try. I had my suspicions this might be a short run for me because I had already encountered the hero in the previous books about his older brothers and thought he was a Class A jerk, but I’ve had authors change my mind about characters before. That said, I admit that this book was on a short leash because of how I felt about the first hero’s story and about this particular hero.
I wasn’t a few pages into the first chapter and was appalled by his attitude toward women. I get it- this is a biker romance so the misogynistic attitude should be expected and I did, but… he was being this way with his brother’s wife who was pulled away from her date at a nice restaurant and was stitching his busted up face at the time. First he sees her as sub-par intelligent and then he’s barely respecting her as little better than a club whore when she’s his brother’s wife and a member of his family. That attitude isn’t about biker clubs being all about the boys which I can tolerate when reading a book with an MC Club setting, but it was the derisive attitude in general that’s him and not about being in a club that dealt the death blow on this book for me. I’m old enough that this twenty-five year old jerk full of cocky arrogance seemed like a brat child for his disrespect toward his brother’s wife so no I’m done with his story. Oh, strike that about my age, I would have been disgusted by him when I was eighteen let alone now.
Maybe he gets a real comeuppance and goes through tons of growth to be a worthy man and maybe the heroine really takes it to him for his attitudes on women- and she might since she’s a big-time agent undercover, but I’m not sticking around to find out.
Published by Berkley
Released on September 4, 2012
I’ve moderately enjoyed the books from The Florentine series and knew they are a loosely-tied spin-off of the Gabriel’s Inferno series. Then I received an unsolicited review ARC for the final book in the Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy. I figured that was a broad hint to get busy on this series.
I was looking forward to the fact that both Gabriel and Julia were teacher and student studying Dante’s works and there were ties to Italian art and literature. I was tantalized by the idea of a slightly taboo teacher/student romance and that Gabriel is a dark, tortured type.
However, about a hundred pages in, I just was not feeling this one. Gabriel was definitely torchy, but he was also not winning points with me (being caught up in some sort of mysterious guilt trip and hung up on things with your family is no excuse to be a rude, snobby jerk). Julia has her own torchy broody going on with her ‘he who must not be named ex’ and the weird stalkery infatuation she had for Gabriel even before she was his student (he’s her best friend’s older adopted brother and he doesn’t seem to remember that they had some sort of epic encounter that she remembers clearly). She wasn’t the classic stalker, but she was definitely hung up on him in a focused unhealthy way considering the way the encounter in the past was not followed up on.
Plus, the pair of them just kept circling around these ‘secrets’ they were carrying. I wasn’t intrigued by the idea that there might be a few reveals, I was eye-rollingly irritated.
So, when I felt myself feeling that way about it… not good for me or the book.
I like the author’s writing to a point. I did feel that the book took the long way to things and the plot was expanded as each new character was introduced so that there is so much swirling around the pair. The pace also bogged down with recurring inner monologued themes. But the connection to Dante was definitely a strength as was the complexity of Gabriel’s character. So, I’m going to go with the idea that the book/series will be great for some if not most, but it was not a good fit with me.
And yeah, I’m going to skip on the book three that came unsolicited for review since it’s part three of Gabriel and Julia’s ongoing story.
Genres: BDSM Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 6, 2016
You guys are going to bean me over the head since these are generally enjoyed books/series, but I read four or five chapters and just couldn’t keep going or get into this one. I love romantic suspense and a well-written erotic scene can make me squirm in a good way. This writer has been good for both on occasions with me. I’ve read a handful of her Wicked Lovers series and enjoyed a few of them.
But, this go around, I kept getting hung up on the overall romance. They were only together a short time and the romance was deep- and they were in a dire circumstance and there were secrets and yet, here we had a deep romance going on. Even though I liked individual scenes and liked the hero a lot, but that over all romance development was a niggling thing for me. So, I’m putting it aside for now. or maybe longer if ever. We’ll see.