Hung by Simone Sowood


Hung by Simone Sowood

Is a man worth losing everything I’ve ever worked for?

Lawson Heywood is a cocky, dirty-talking prick with enough money to buy a small country. And a man who’s used to getting any woman he wants.

I drew him a picture.

He was so impressed, he cornered me and kissed me. My first real kiss.

With his tattoos, broad shoulders and panty-dropping brown eyes, I thought I’d melt into his arms forever.

Except I can’t get involved with him. It would make me a sell out and ruin my art career once and for all.

Lawson keeps threatening to make me his, but that’s never going to happen. No matter how much my body craves him.

*** A steamy STANDALONE contemporary romance with a hot, dominant alpha. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.***

This book is definitely an insta-love story, just to be up front. I know some readers don’t enjoy that, but for myself, I enjoy a good, fast love story. And Skye and Lawson definitely move quickly!

This story was really sweet, in all honesty. Yes, the sex was off the charts hot, but when we see Lawson really step up to the plate for Skye, that is where the story really shines. Our characters meet for the first time when Skye is Lawson’s waitress and somewhat rescues him from a date with a gold digger. They immediately have chemistry, but not just physically. When Skye assists Lawson with moving his date along, he sees her personality, and that Skye is funny and intelligent.

Then he comes back to see her again. But this time, he kisses her and causes Skye some trouble at work. In more way than one.

As much as I liked this story, there were a couple things that didn’t necessarily jive with me. I wouldn’t say I disliked them, but they did sort of make me scratch my head. The first being how quickly Skye and Lawson have sex (if you’ve read the book, you’ll understand what I mean). The reason I say this is tied into the second thing that didn’t sit right with me: Skye has this intense hatred of wealthy people. Lawson opens up to her about his past but we never find out what her issue is with wealthier people. We know Skye has had a falling out with her parents, but it wasn’t enough (in my opinion) to warrant such a strong hatred for the wealthy.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The pace moved quickly, and I found myself reading this fairly quickly. Not because I was rushing through but because it just flowed really well. It was easy to want to spend more time with Skye and Lawson. This author is new to me, but I really enjoyed her work and would be more than willing to read more books from her.


Protection Crisis by Rochelle Paige

Shirtless man in blue jeans holding leather jacket.

A shy movie star…

Chloe Porter wasn’t prepared for her meteoric rise to fame. Raised by her grandmother after her parents died, her sheltered upbringing is a far cry from the celebrity lifestyle she’s expected to live when she wins an Oscar for her first movie role.

A former Navy SEAL…

The ink on Kael Stewart’s Navy separation papers is barely dry. The last thing he wants to take on is a babysitting job, but he can’t say no when his grandfather asks him for a favor.

And a crazed stalker…

Kael has to find Chloe before he can protect her. Scared for her life, she’s dropped out of sight in the hope that her obsessed fan will lose interest. Sparks fly when he hunts Chloe down, and Kael quickly discovers he has something in common with her stalker—an obsession with the beautiful actress. 

Lead to a love worth protecting.

This story is part of the Special Forces Kindle World and there are a variety of authors that have a story that intertwine some of their own characters into Susan Stoker’s Special Forces book characters. So starting off, I like this type of thing. I have no idea why, but I just adore getting so many books in one group, I guess you could call in, and they all release at the same time. So when you love it, you can totally gorge yourself on these alpha men and the women they love. I would say it’s the equivalent of Netflix adding a new season of your favorite show, and knowing you can just settle yourself right in.

In the story from Rochelle Paige, we meet actress Chloe Porter and former Navy SEAL, Kael Stewart. Chloe is on the run because she has a stalker. But no one is really taking her seriously. The police are, but their hands are tied on how much they can actually do to help Chloe. Thus, Kael is enlisted by his grandfather, who is friendly with Chloe’s grandma.

This book does have aspects of instalove, and I do not mind instalove, as long as it makes sense. I, myself, have a hard time buying into instalove when it’s really young characters who really haven’t done anything in life. But when the characters are a few years older, or have had life traumas and events happen, it’s easier for you to understand how someone could look at someone with different eyes and fall in love a bit more quickly. So, for me, Kael and Chloe make sense.

Before Kael even starts his mission to find Chloe for her grandma, we find out that Kael saw Chloe on a magazine cover when he was overseas, and she because his…inspiration, for a lack of better words.

When he finally finds Chloe, they do have instant attraction. The sex, once they do get there, is incredibly hot and steamy. I mean, the part of the country I live is under a heat warning, but I am still confident that this book is the reason all the doors and windows are covered in steam right now.

I really loved both Kael and Chloe in this story. I really enjoyed how Rochelle wrote both characters. It wasn’t cliché, where Choe just runs and then Kael magically finds her and then he is her savior. Chloe is smart. It actually takes Kael some effort to find her and then he teaches her how to protect herself. At the climax of the story, Kael is there to help Chloe, but Chloe is smart and that intelligence is what saves her from being killed by her stalker.

Another piece of this story that just made me love this story more is there is a point where Chloe gets to fangirl for a moment because she meets one of her favorite authors. It’s funny to think of how much we all read but rarely do the characters in the books do a lot of reading themselves (which I get why since if you wanted to read a book about someone reading, you’d just write a story about yourself). So getting to see Chloe have a fangirl moment was super fun and I was beaming when I read that part.

I really enjoyed this story and I already have snagged a few of the others in this special series. I would definitely recommend this book, and the entire series. The reads move fairly quickly, the love is hot and steamy, and the stories just bring pure joy.

Buy Link: Protection Crisis by Rochelle Paige

Protection Crisis is part of the launch of the Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World