Crank by Adriana Locke

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Crank by Adriana Locke

This is one mistake Sienna Landry can’t buy her way out of.

As Walker Gibson looks at her, then at the damage to his precious truck (that she may or may not have accidentally inflicted), she knows she’s in trouble. It’s not the busted headlight and dented grill that’s sunk her though. It’s the downright sinful man in front of her that’s the problem.

The small town mechanic is broody. Rough. Smells like engine grease and gasoline and Sienna isn’t sure why that’s so sexy, but it is. It so is. She’s ready to peel off her panties at the drop of his wrench.

He wants her too. She can feel it when he brushes against her. Experience it as he presses her against the wall of the shop. It’s thinly veiled in his deep, brown eyes when he looks at her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted. So why won’t he give in?

The damage to Walker’s truck is the first of many mistakes between the two of them, ending with truths that rock Sienna’s world. Nothing can fix her broken heart except the love of a man that won’t, maybe even can’t, love her back.

Crank is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

Okay, I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you I loved this book. If you just want to know if I loved it or not, know I loved it and thought this is one of best pieces of work from Adriana Locke.

Now let’s talk about the why. One of the biggest reasons that this book, and specifically Sienna Landry, spoke to me was the depth of her character. If you’ve read the Landry series, one thing you remember is that Sienna has wanted independence from her family for awhile. She doesn’t want to be estranged or anything drastic, but Sienna wants to live her life, and be her own person. She doesn’t want to be in the shadow of her last name. This aspect comes through so strongly in scenes where she specifically says this, but her behavior throughout the book echos her character’s actual desires. The Sienna Landry that we see in the Landry series is the same Sienna Landry we get here.

When Walker and Sienna first meet, Sienna gets herself into a mess after swinging a bat into Walker’s truck. At one point, Sienna tells Walker that she is a woman of her word, and she truly is. You can rely on Sienna Landry.

Walker Gibson has issues. Some small, some big. The author presents Walker in a unique way and I appreciate that. We see some flashes of his past and you start to understand why he’s so skittish. Again, I enjoy that these characters and their individual stories have a lot of depth and it’s clear that the author let everyone develop fully.

This story is the start of the Gibson Brothers Series and I loved the slivers of the other brothers that we get to see. It’s enough to definitely make me want the other stories and get a small inkling of what might be coming. I liked this as a reader but I also thought it was a smart move on the author’s part too. This series is set in a small town in Illinois and the author nailed it. The way the small town is portrayed, the seasons, the pop vs soda issue (it’s always pop, obviously). The detail that the author chose to pay attention to and incorporate is priceless.

If you’ve never read this author before, then you can read this book and know you are getting an amazing piece of her work. If you’re already a fan of Adriana Locke, I can confidently say you will love this story. The depth, the story itself, the details; all are fantastic and make this story a must-read for me.

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Road to Ruin by Callie Hart & Jonny James

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Road to Ruin by Callie Hart and Jonny James

 

Description

Malicious Destruction of Property.
Two counts of breaking and entering.
Two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Four counts of assault.
Three counts of illegal gambling.
Three years served in Orleans Parish Prison.

Tommy ‘Havoc’ Kendrick’s rap sheet reads like a recipe for disaster: one part mayhem to three parts chaos. There’s no arguing the matter; he’s a bad guy, or at least he used to be. For the past five years, Tommy’s been on the straight and narrow, keeping his head down and staying out of trouble. He left the French Quarter behind, along with the New Orleans crime syndicates and underground fights that used to pay his bills. Trading in the high-octane thrill of earning money with his fists to work in an auto mechanic’s was hard, and yet somehow, despite everything, he’s made it work.

Until now.

Tommy hadn’t planned on seeing his brother again. When David Kendrick turns up on his doorstep with a bag full of money and four broken ribs, Tommy finds himself heading back to the place he swore he’d never return. Back to the fights. Back to the drinking, the drugs, and the women.

Back to a life he thought he’d left behind for good.

Nikita Moreau has lived in New Orleans all her life. She learned to drive there, lost her virginity there, bought her first house there, and she’s damned if she isn’t going to die there, too. As a prison psychologist at one of the country’s most dangerous facilities, she runs the risk of dying in the state of Louisiana on a daily basis, and yet she wouldn’t give it up for the world. There’s nothing more satisfying than helping those everyone else has given up on. Nothing more rewarding than fixing something everyone said was broken.

The day she meets Tommy Kendrick, however, she learns a painful lesson: sometimes a person is too broken to be fixed. Sometimes a person is beyond reach and cannot be saved. The tall, dark and handsome, tattoo-covered devil is danger personified. She knows this. She knows he’s bad news. So then why can’t she stop thinking about him? Why can’t she stay away from him?

And, most importantly, why won’t she save herself?”

So you guys know by now that I don’t really do dark romance. Just isn’t my thing on my daily reading basis. That said, Callie Hart is my jam and she sucks me into books that I had no idea I could ever love. This one is no different.

I want to start off with something right now. The beginning of this book is intense times ten. In all honesty, I almost stopped reading because it just actually scared me. But the whole book, while it maintains darkness, isn’t like the first few pages (I wanted to point that out for those who love trying to sample of the book and then might be like, WOAH!).

Nikita’s character is just so…cool, for a lack of a better word. The thing I loved about her is that she is the epitome of peeling back the layers of the onion. Some of the stuff she did, I just never expected. And I loved it. You think you’re starting to get her character sorted out in your head and then she does something out of left field. It makes sense, but its just unexpected.

Tommy’s character is rough. But I loved how we see a kind side to him too. He can be brutal. Savagely brutal. But inside, there is a compassion there. One that comes out several times around, and for, Nikita. One thing I really enjoyed in this story was the actual contrast with his character. It almost felt Dr. Jekyll/Mr.Hyde to me. It was almost jarring but yet it endeared his character to me.

This book does end abruptly. I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger, because there is some finality to the scene, but this book is the first in a series. I’m really anxious to see the rest of this series. Callie Hart books always suck me in (I read her Blood and Roses series in an entire night). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves darker romance, or if you already love Callie Hart, then this mash up from her and Jonny James is one you don’t want to miss.

One More Kiss by Samantha Chase

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One More Kiss by Samantha Chase

MATT REED IS HIDING


...from his fans
...from his past
...from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL
...to her friends and family
...to her online food blog
...to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway...

Welcome to the new series from Samantha Chase! This series is called “Band On The Run” and in it, we meet more members of band, “Shaughnessy”. Readers of Samantha Chase are familiar with the Shaughnessy family and Riley’s band. However, if you were to new Samantha Chase, you would be able to read this book and understand everything that is going on.

I can honestly say this is probably my favorite book from Samantha Chase! I had trouble putting it down, and when I did have to go back and actually do “adult” stuff, I couldn’t stop thinking about Matt and Viv.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that while it’s a new series, and different direction for the author, she still maintained a lot of the qualities that make her one of my favorites. One example of this is that we see Matt talking to someone about how he’s feeling regarding the break from the band. Later, he opens up to Viv. Instead of making the characters rehash the same topic, this author simply conveys that Matt opened up to her. As a reader, we already know what is on his mind. I like this because it leaves more room for other parts of the story.

I really loved Viv’s character. I could see a lot of myself in her character and so I was able to align with her easily. Viv could be described as kind, caring, rigid, and maybe somewhat distant. She is focused on her career and is incredibly talented. The reason I list these things is because Matt brings her rest. Matt is the more spontaneous side of the relationship. He’s much more relaxed and I enjoyed seeing him bring that side out of Viv.

I think many times in books, we see characters that are really similar and we can understand why they get along. But in this book, the characters are similar but yet very different. I really enjoyed seeing the push and pull between Viv and Matt, and watching them bring out the best in each other.

I can’t recommend this book enough. I enjoyed it so much! It’s sweet, sexy, and one of the best love stories I think I have read.

Completely Yours by Erin Nicholas

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Completely Yours by Erin Nichols

Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that’s just how she likes it. She’s built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with her friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous, Kiera finds herself up close and way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero.

Zach Ashley doesn’t see himself as a hero. He’s just a regular guy who gets to help people every day as an EMT. But when he’s called to a scene and has to treat his most gorgeous patient ever, he finds himself mixing work with pleasure. He never hesitates to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?

This is my first book from Erin Nicholas and I am so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I feel like this sounds corny, but this book was so cool. I thought the author took the concept of the gamer/nerd trope and totally turned it upside down. As I read this book, many times I found myself admiring the author’s creativity. She took ideas that might be ones we’ve seen and completely flipped them around and then made them something totally new.

One really great example of this is Keira and her gaming. Also, Zach’s sister and her love of gaming. I feel like so many times the stereotype is that girls don’t play games or if they do, its in a hyper-sexed up aspect. This is not the case in this book. I also enjoyed seeing Zach not getting the concept of gaming and why it could be found fun.

With that said, we do see Zach and Keira evolve throughout the book. At some point, both of them, and even other supporting characters, learn some valuable life lessons. I appreciated this for both Zach and Keira but also for the supporting characters. However, it didn’t feel forced. It felt like based on the way the book was going, it made sense that our characters would need to either step up to the plate or be left behind.

I really found myself enjoying this story. When I first started it, I wasn’t totally sure I would like it. I know I said it before, but the way the author approached this book and was able to make common ideas into totally new ideas was really enjoyable to read. I will definitely be checking out more books from this author because I ended up enjoying this story so much.