Rapid Reviews #2: My Soul to Keep, Misconduct, Dirty Rowdy Thing & Crash into You

Rapid Reviews

Ali’s quickie reviews of books read this past couple of months!

(Sorry I didn’t do full reviews – Fallout 4 has ruined my life.)

my soul to keepIt seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…

KAI

I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.

RHYSON

I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.

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My Soul to Keep was my first venture into a Kennedy Ryan book, but I’ll definitely be digging into her other titles.  Shit, if all her guys are even remotely like Rhyson…she’ll become a favorite for sure.  He’s not without flaws. BIG flaws.  But his adorable quirkiness made me put up with his flaws. Well, mostly.  Anyway, Ryan wrote characters I could care about and a story I could become invested in and wrapped it all up with some great lines. Like these:

“I’m afraid if I have him completely, he’ll take all of me”

“Watching you guys trying to be friends is like watching porn with no penetration. Really hot, but no climax.”

“I want to make her laugh my ring tone.”

“The man I didn’t want to need feels like the breath in my lungs.”

I mean, come on.  Great lines! If you’re a fan of the friends to lovers thing and you don’t mind a bit of a cliffhanger, check this book out. Strong 4 Stars

 

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Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

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The teacher will see you now, and if you’re her smoking hot student’s father…you may just get a little desk nookie.  Douglas does sexy really, really well.  Regardless of the genre, her stories suck you in and get you all hot and bothered.  I loved Misconduct, it’s one of my favorites of the year and will be a high contender for future re-reads.

It’s a bit fun, a bit light-hearted, a bit sad, and steamy as fuck.  I think it’s a given that if you have liked her previous titles, you will like this one.  It’s nothing like the Bully series, there’s no spoonful of angst fed with every chapter, but it’s got all the other aspects of Douglas‘ writing. (Find out a little more about the characters in our Dream Cast) 5 stars

 

DRT

From the New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy – a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other… which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman – or just what he needs.

 

 

 

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I’ve seen several reviews of Dirty Rowdy Thing with comments about not liking this series as much as the first series or how Finn wasn’t a favorite. I say, don’t listen to that noise. I FLOVED Harlow and Finn.  It’s maybe my favorite Christina Lauren title yet and I think it’s due to how real these two characters were for me.

Harlow is very straight forward, such a breath of fresh air when the romance world is littered with heroine’s who play games.  Finn does play games, but only the kinky bedroom ones. (wink, wink) Yet, even with his bedroom antics, he’s still so damn caring.  Dirty Rowdy Thing still has that signature Christina Lauren humor but it just felt like a much more down to earth story.  That’s my opinion anyway and I’m sticking to it! 4.5 Stars

 

crash

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

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I’ve been working through this series slowly but surely and I’ve got to say, this was my favorite yet.  I adore Noah and Echo, but Rachel stole my heart.  Her vulnerability, her selflessness and everything she endures for her family – all of it just touched me.  Both as a mother and a daughter.  It completely resonated with me and cemented McGarry in the category of favorite authors for me.

I loved the story as a whole, but the Young family dynamics really stole it for me and I am eager to read more about them.  4 Stars

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