Book Review: With This Man ( This Man #4) – Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times Bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse “The Lord” Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

My Thoughts

Jesse Ward. The Lord of the Manor. The passionate nutcase of all romantic nutcases. My man. The only crazed book boyfriend I will ever accept.

He´s back and he´s on a damn mission. To help his Ava remember…..

I´m a huge `This Man´ fan. I don´t have the Hoodie ( or the oversized sleep shirt. I´m tempted, though ) but I still consider myself a huge fan. Huge. Really.

Anyway…

You can imagine how I reacted when I found out about a book #4, `With This Man`? With this manGood golly! I was doing my infamous book rain dance around the house. I even pre-ordered the book on Amazon ( something I never do ).

It came. I read. I…..

Let´s put it this way: You should be a fan to appreciate `With This Man` by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I can´t see any other way accepting this read would work.

The books in the `This Man`trilogy tell a pretty over fluffed, intense, totally far-fetched story about a guy who´s overly obsessed with a woman but in a questionable way.

A natural-born, modern Neanderthal.

It´s been a long while since I last held the This Man trilogy in my hands. I remember thinking of ways I would have put him down ( the good old Frying Pan – Over – The – Head method is still my absolute favorite ). That´s how absurd the male protagonist was…is.

Still. Despite not actually liking caveman behaviorism in romances I did love Jesse Ward. I loved his love story. I can´t explain why.

Reading `With This Man` pulled me back to my private Jesse cloud. But was I as mesmerized as I was years ago?

Yes and no.
Let´s break this down.

Yes, I loved revisiting old characters. I loved seeing where their story continued. Jesse Ward is hard to ignore or forget. I loved how passionate he was. I loved how he treated life ( his life being his children and wife ). I enjoyed his POV. Because the story was mainly told from his perspective. The wonderful walk down memory lane was great. With great patience Jesse fought to help Ava remember everything. The pain of losing memories and still making new ones – Not a shabby idea.

With all the love I felt for this book, there can´t possibly be anything negative, right?

Weeeeell * sigh *, there were 2 things that bugged me. Two tiny details I didn´t care for much.

  1. Jesse has gone a tad soft. I get it. A person changes with age. I guess it´s only natural for fictional characters to go through the same change as us mortal folk do. The intensity wasn´t as strong, though.

The threat of the story. It would have been completely enough for the Heroine to get her memory back. That, alone, is something to celebrate huge. But to recycle characters is not on my “Holy f*****g cow! You got me there!” list.

I´m a “Threat dealt with? Let´s move on. New threat? Wonderful.” type of person. I would have prefered to have seen a new threat instead of something I´ve seen before.

With that being said –  I still enjoyed `With This Man`. It´s not as over – the – moon spectacular but still okay. The writing was, as always, a pleasure. The dialogue was great. I´m still a fan of Jodi Ellen Malpas.

That´s why I´m going to go ahead and rate this with 4 out of 5 stars.

Without my Jesse love I´d flat out rate this with 3 stars because… well, the recycling wasn´t a great move.

 

Would I re-read this book? Probably. If I´m in the mood. Certainly bits and pieces. A chapter here. A chapter there. I may skip the ending.  I´d rather read the first 3 books, though.

Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. For any Jodi Ellen Malpas fan, I´d say YES! It´s a must have. But if you´re not into overbearing, possessive, obsessive Heroes then I´d say this isn´t the book for you.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( I like the white. I like the rings and the flower. Very simple, easy on the eyes and still eye-catchy )

The Story – 3-4 stars ( The idea of Ava losing her memory was great. But to add the threat from the other 3 books? I think I´ll pass.)

The Characters 4-5 stars ( It´s been great having the Manor gang back and seeing how Jesse and Ava had progressed but Jesse… My man, what happened? )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy. Not overly satisfied but still happy.

4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase Links  This Man ( #1 ) , Beneath This Man ( #2 )This Man Confessed ( #3 )

With This Man ( #4 )  With this man

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Book Review: Say You´ll Stay – Corinne Michaels

Synopsis

One word. 
Stay. 

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him. 

That was seventeen years ago. 

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again. 

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

 

My Thoughts

`Say You´ll Stay` ( Return To Me #1 ) by Corinne Michaels… A second chance romance that didn´t quite knock me completely out of my socks.

While talking to a blogger friend the other week I was, once again, aware that I was missing out on all the goody authors. We started recommending authors to each other. That´s where Corinne Michaels name fell.

I had no clue who Corinne Michaels was so I fired up Goodreads and checked out some of her books.

I decided to give her Return To Me series a try. Say you´ll stay

`Say You´ll Stay` was a cute read. Cute and sweet and for a romance… light. Did it blow my mind? Well, not in the way I hoped it would.  Nothing moved me. Not even the event that forced the Heroine to return to her hometown… the one place she avoided at all costs.

Second chance romances are my thing. My specialty, if you will. I live for the awkward encounters between had – been couples and I crave the familiar intimacy characters go through until love smacks them hard again. There´s a whole lot of angst and excitement in second chance romances.

Sadly enough, I didn´t feel any angsty moments, nor did I feel the need to get my pompoms out and root for the characters. And if I may say so… The characters didn´t do anything for me.

Life gave the Heroine hell and sent her back to her family´s farm that´s located smack in the middle of nowhere. There, she´s confronted with her past while dealing with 2 children and….

This is where I´m going to stop giving my own view of the story because there are a few things that raised some worthy questions.

The Heroine had two children. Once she went back to her family´s ranch a reader hardly sees those kids. And when they did pop up then only when they were with someone besides their mother. I want a 24 hour babysitter, too.

Then there was the thing with her ´past´. I didn´t buy it. I didn´t understand it ( I did but I didn´t think the reasons for the breakup were real reasons ).

No sparks. No flames. No fireworks ( for me).

`Say You´ll Stay` belongs to a series but can be read as a standalone.

Would I recommend this book? That depends. If you´re looking for a heavily loaded second chance romance with all the gut wrenching feels and pain and ugly cries… then, perhaps this book isn´t for you. If you´re looking for a quick light read for in between then this is a great choice.

Would I re-read this book? No. I wouldn´t. I also don´t think I´ll be giving the rest of the books in the Return To Me series a go.

 

The Cover – 3 stars ( Not my cup of tea.)

The Story – 2 – 3 stars ( Not bad but not powerful enough for me. I need more when reading second chance romances.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( The Heroine was okay. The Hero? He needed more depth. The Hero´s brother? Now, that guy has a bright future!)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

3 stars

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Say you´ll stay

Book Review: The Silver Cage – Anonymous

Very Opinionated Review Without Major Spoilers

( This is not a warning. This is a matter of fact. )

 

Synopsis

A bitter, mysterious author. A young and naive journalist. A tragic past, a dark secret, and an unforgettable tale of passion and love. 

WARNING: The Silver Cage is intended for mature readers; it contains graphic sensuality and strong themes including suicide, sexual identity, and self-harm. 

— 
Anonymous is a pseudonymous international bestseller. The Silver Cord, a companion novel to The Silver Cage, will be released in the first half of 2018. – Taken from Goodreads

My Thoughts

How do I write this review without offending people?

I have 2 choices. Either not write a review at all or just go for it and accept whatever shitstorm will come my way. Just bear in mind that I am not religious, by any means, ( like- at all) but I´m relatively tolerant about religion ( until religion becomes a problem). I accept the beliefs of others ( unless they try to sell me their beliefs). But I will become an unpleasant companion when I hear / read about discrimination towards love.

I want to start off by saying that I find the warning in the synopsis completely unnecessary. There are topics in this book that don´t need warnings.  They need a spotlight brighter than any stadium light can provide.

The topics tackled in this read are painful, yes. Yet, none of those deserve to be warned about. They´ve been kept in the dark long enough. Those topics deserve to be talked about. The thing about warnings are: They give people a heads up before they read something uncomfortable. If suicide, sexual identity and self harm are topics that need a warning label then I´m slowly losing faith in humanity. Those words need just as much spotlight as the words happiness, joy and fulfillment already have.

This really aggravates me to no end because there is nothing I dislike more than people shying away from the topics mentioned above or not liking to be confronted with sexual identity. It´s sad enough people struggle with the idiocy and hypocrisy from many people.

With that being said….

`The Silver Cage`by Annonymous – A dark M/M romance that was more tragic than romantic. A tragedy that didn´t quite tug the right heart-strings. I thought I would get to read a deep emotional, ugly cry story. What I got was, indeed, emotional… I just became utterly pissed instead of sad. the silver cage

Pissed about the fact that somewhere, someone is truly suffering like these characters were.

Pissed about what religion / faith can do to people ( Because if God is picky about who he/she/it loves then he/she/it is no better than a mother picking a favorite child. I bet alot would call child service on a mother quicker than blaming God for not being the embodiment of perfection ).

Pissed that there isn´t enough tolerance in our day of age. We live in 2018. Give me a damn break.

I´m more emotionally charged that being an emotional mess.

`The Silver Cage` is not just a simple fairy-tale. It´s a punch – in –  your –  gut story that´s more real than not.

I applaud the author for the clever pen name. I applaud the author for being brave when they shouldn´t have to be. I bow before anyone who writes a story that´s about 2 men struggling to live their lives.

So why am I giving `The Silver Cage` 3 out of 5 stars? It´s not because of the story itself. I liked the story alot and think there aren´t enough stories like this one available, especially for a younger audience.

I wasn´t particularly a fan of the writing style and I felt the characters weren´t as committed as they were set out to be. I might be completely alone with my opinion * shoulder shrug * . I just think that when you struggle with something then there should be more of an inner conflict going on.

Still- I enjoyed this book and would advise anyone to read it.

`The Silver Cage` by Anonymous is an eye – opener and it sends out a deep and meaningful message. Something I completely welcome in books.

Would I recommend this book? Without a doubt, yes.

Would I reread this book? I can´t say. I probably would. It´s deep. I´d have to be in the mood for deep.

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s simple. It´s one of those covers that stop you for a second look)

The Story – 3 stars ( While I believe it´s a good story about topics that need attention, the writing wasn´t my cup of tea.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( My heart goes out to these poor souls but… the connection between them was a bit flat for me)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Aggravated. Satisfied. I want to drown myself in wine at the thought that there are still people who aren´t accepting.

3 stars

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Book Review: The One – John Marrs

Synopsis

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

My Thoughts

I repeat- I do NOT like thrillers…. that much. But after reading the synopsis for `The One` from author John Marrs, I just couldn´t pass this read.

When book bloggers refer to a book having the „whole package“ then we´re not only referring to what´s inside a book… Having the whole package also means that the cover image, the title and the tagline fit with the story.The One

If I had to use one word to describe this book I´d say: Awesome!

What an idea! What a story! Does any author care about my heart rate?

`The One` belongs to those books that make you think hard. The famous „What if…“ question pops up alot during this read and funnily enough, that question sticks with a reader long after the book´s been finished. Then you get stuck with asking yourself “Would I..?” which is angonizing for MY brain.  If that doesn´t say how good this book it then I don´t know what does.

Interesting. Entertaining. Gripping. Thrilling. Intense. Unpredictable.

I cannot remember the last time I was so invested in a story.

And I certainly cannot remember the last time I drove by my best friends house and shoved a book under her nose and begged her to read it. Turned out, she was just as flashed and impressed by the idea and even bought her own copy of `The One`.

There isn´t much I can say about this story because enough is already in the synopsis so I´ll stick to the love gushing…

I´ve read quite a few thrillers before and none have had such an impact on me like `The One` had because the story, in general, feels like it´s not too far-fetched. And that´s also another aspect that plays with a reader´s mind.

Would I recommend this book? Most definitely.

Would I re-read this book? Absolutely! Once I´ve recovered.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Perfect cover for a perfect thrilling story.)

The Characters 5 stars ( Interesting individuals dealing with interesting consequences = Even more interesting characters)

My emotional state after finishing this read – I still haven´t fully recovered.

5 stars

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Book Review: A Crack In Everything – L. H. Cosway

Synopsis

Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

My Thoughts

I had a chat the other night with an author about what´s new in the book world.

From the looks of it, I had been missing out, big time.

„You´ve never read a book from L. H. Cosway?!“ She asked.

I didn´t want to admit that I had no clue who L. H. Cosway was nor have I ever heard of her books before. And that´s a shame, really because now I can beat myself up for not finding out much sooner about this fantastic author!

I used my spying time to do some massive research. That´s when I spotted this beauty.

A Crack In Everything

`A Crack In Everything“ by author L. H. Cosway. Honestly- the cover is something beautiful and the title…. There was never a title that had ever described my life as well as this one had.

A Crack In Everything- That pretty much sums up the story of my life. Four simple words.

I had to have this book! Like- yesterday!

I started. I finished. I came to one conclusion….

This is what I would definitely call a picture perfect, dreamy romance.

Not in a cheesy way, mind you. This is a romance packed with hardships and love. With set-backs and growth. But above all- with love.

As us bloggers like to say – This book has the whole package.

There are the emotional ups and downs, the nail-biting guarantee, the swooning, the angst that romances MUST have….Great storytelling and easy reading. I really have nothing to complain about.

`A Crack In Everything` is an interesting, a heart – string – tugging, a breathtaking romance no one should miss out on!

I´m definitely buying the second installment, `How The Light Gets In` ( Cracks Duet #2).

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Yes yes yes yes, YES!

Would I re-read this book? I most certainly would!

The Cover – 5 stars ( I love the colors. Love the art work. And I just fancy the title so much I might even get that printed on a poster.)

The Story – 5 stars ( It´s a great change of wallpaper for me. Not my typical romance and I couldn´t be more happy about that fact. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Omg. Dylan and Evelyn… What a perfect match! Great figures. Great chemistry.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – So hyped! I have a new favorite author!

5 stars

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