A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

80% of this story took place inside the main characters’ heads. And they’re not interesting enough to pull this off.

I’ve not read Persuasion (but it’s in the imminent TBR). I understand that this is a retelling of it. Elliott and Wade dated for 2 years…as teenagers – 7 years later they’re still psychotically hung-up on one another. So much so that they struggle to breathe in each other’s presence.

I’m all for romance – but these two were pathetic. And Elliott has all the fire of a tepid bathtub. Aside from gasping from air in Wade’s presence and allowing her family to march all over her there was nothing to her.

I understand that the author was going for softness. Passion. Intense longing. I can even understand how some readers could enjoy this book. If being drug through the emotional wringer is your gig you should give this thing a try. But by 40% into this book I was hoping Elliott and Wade didn’t get back together. No way two people that miserable on their own should inflect their self-doubt, anger and self-loathing on a life partner. You gotta love yourself before someone else can love you, man.

Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan

Intense. Gritty. Painful. A little heart-breaking.

Madeline Sheehan’s books speak to me. Without going too far she manages to bring me to the absolute edge of what I can stand as a reader. Her characters aren’t nice, and shitty things happen to them. Her books give my soul road rash.

Hawk and Dorothy have a long history. They’ve been on our radar for a few books now. This isn’t the Sheehan book to get you started – seriously it will make no sense. Undeniable – the first book in this series – is GLORIOUS. I hope you’ve read it by now.

I was disappointed by an aspect of this book. I’d waited a while to read it – and I wanted a little more from it. Not going to give it away bc I don’t want to ruin anything. I was instantly pulled in, spent much of the book on the edge of my seat, cried, and then felt a little let down by how things were resolved. Still, Sheehan at so-so is better than many authors at their best. I look forward to the next book in this series.

Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby

This was the creepiest romance book I’ve read in recent memory. **Shudder**

Natalie goes to take photos one morning on the beach, and some dude tries to snatch her camera bc she thinks he’s photographing him. Natalie proceeds to go out with him when he “bumps into” her later that day. Bc he’s handsome – and we all know that serial killers can never be attractive or charming. He tells her she’s beautiful at least 5 times during their first meeting, won’t tell her what he does for a living, gets randomly angry/jealous and So of course they make a date for the next day. And then it’s LOVE.

Everything about this book made me gag and shudder. Insta-love at it’s worst. I was incredibly disappointed when the Hero didn’t tie the heroine up and slash her to death bc that’s where I thought this book was going.

Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley

I’m addicted to the chase, and post-chase my attention span shrivels. Thus, this wasn’t the book for me. I’m not going to spoil this for you, but I will say that this wasn’t the book for me.

I liked Ally. I liked Ren. But there was only so much AllyandRen that I could read. There is a heavy focus on The Rock Chicks – their dynamic, their issues and their problems with one another. I didn’t love their treatment of Ally – I understood it, but it made me resentful.

This is a necessary read for a KA-afficianado. But it’s not her strongest work if you want a good old fashioned hot pursuit.

Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley

“Will the real Slim Sadie please stand up?” I know. I know. Ridiculous.

Sadie, as the daughter of a drug king pin, has put on a front for so long that she’s not sure who she is. Hector is the DEA agent who brought her dad down. It’s a roller-coaster ride of revolving Sadies as she figures out if she’s strong, mean, sad, icy, unhappy or a coward. Hector is a constant warm comfort on Sadie’s cold and lonely road.

This was a rollicking good time in true KA fashion. The entire Rock Chick/Hot Bunch crew, hijinks, explosions, and alpha-man-drama. Such a fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Her books are really hit or miss for me – more hits than misses. But when I hate them I hate them. I tip-toed cautiously into this and was thrilled to have such a wonderful time!

I’m actually gonna go right into the next book bc I’m on a KA high. Rock

Sated by Rebekah Weatherspoon

I really enjoyed aspects of this book – the down to earth writing, the low drama, the characters who were quirky and developed.

However, I don’t know much about BDSM which created a lot of questions. Also, the book was short – it could have gone into some more detail.

Keira fangirls a dorky tv show. Daniel is a friend of a friend who goes with her to a Con. They click. However, Daniel is intensely into a BDSM community. Essentially this is the story of Keira and Daniel achieving some balance.

The BDSM stuff is light, but, for me, a bit awkward. And because I don’t know much about it I really couldn’t get a clear picture of what their respective roles meant to the two of them. The ending seemed a little neat – like things wrapped up in a way that involved Keira making decisions that she might not really have made.

Still, I liked the straight-forward writing. I loved the low drama. This was a totally different read for me – probably more interesting than enjoyable. But not a bad experience.

Curious by RG Alexander

Goodness, I’ve bounced from one end of the M/M spectrum to the other this week! This is a friends-to-lovers story that’s heavy on the steam. Both characters, Owen and Jeremy, are relatable. Owen is sort of clueless and Jeremy has some insecurities. But their relationship has a real feel.

The book is sex-heavy. And that got a little old at the end. But overall it was an enjoyable and easy read.