Published by Independently Published by Author on January 22, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Kensey Lyons has never had ‘normal’. Instead, she has a mother who lives in her head, a stepfather who’s on death row, and the stigma that comes with being the child of an extramarital affair. Writing has always been her escape. Knowing the reception her books receive will be tainted by her personal life, Kensey secretly writes under a penname when she’s not working part-time at her godmother’s bar. Her world might not be exciting, but she likes it exactly as it is.
When she meets alarmingly compelling businessman Blake Mercier, the snap of attraction is instant. She doesn’t like it. Doesn’t want to be drawn to this man who is blatantly dangerous, carries dark secrets, and lives life by his own rules. Neither of them make a great first impression on the other, so she’s more than surprised when he begins to pursue her with a single-minded focus that is unsettling, thrilling, and infuriating. Her gut tells her to keep her distance, but Blake won’t let her run. Won’t give her space.
There’s another person who won’t give her space. Someone who has discovered the secret of her penname and who seems intent on taunting her. And as Kensey struggles to identify her persecutor, Blake is by her side, determined to keep her safe … because Blake Mercier always holds tight to what’s his. Always.
Shiver is a story where after reading “The Favor” that I just knew I had to grab up and I am so glad I did because it proved that “The Favor” was no fluke and that Suzanne Wright blossoms in this genre just as she has in the paranormal genre. And she really blends the characterization so flawlessly and you just want to cheer these two on as their journey begins and ends together. The heroine especially I was so drawn to, she has such inner strength and love how she keeps everything together so tightly. She has so much on her shoulders, but also lets herself lean on her new boyfriend she its needed. Even though she has some feminist vibes, she also respects and uplifts her man too and really found that empowering throughout the story here ,at least from my own personal perspective. Its so interesting to see the dynamic form of elements that come together in this one. Its not your typical contempoary romance, and it beholdens such inner values and strength that you can only admire the more you read.
The Favor by Suzanne Wright
Published by Independently Published by Author on October 13 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Vienna Stratton knew she only had herself to blame. You didn’t let yourself become indebted to a man like Dane Davenport, no matter how badly you needed his help. As his personal assistant, she was very aware that the globally successful CEO was ruthless and unforgiving.
Of course, if she’d known he’d request that she be his wife for twelve months, she’d have hesitated in accepting his help. Because what she’d learned from Dane was that the devil wasn’t ugly and terrorising. He was seductive and captivating. He hummed with whispers of temptation – the temptation to sin and surrender, to let him brand and possess you. He awakened every need and fantasy you had.
He could even make you love him
This is my first time reading Wright’s contemporary romance and I have to say I was so SHOCKED by how much I truly enjoyed this one here. I adored it in every way and man she does contemporary so WELL!! I liked it way more than even her paranormals. Now don’t get me wrong I adore her paranormal romance series so dearly, but there is something so gravitating about this one. If you love Kristen Ashley, Meghan March, or Katy Evans…this is definitely a book for you. And its part of the KU membership, so another plus there right? And it contains one of my all time favorite tropes (and trust me there are a ton of tropes that I love) but in this one here, we see a fake engagement with a marriage of convenience match up happen and these two are on fire together. There are plenty of secrets between them, but seeing them slowly build on their chemistry and fall in love along their journey was simply beautiful to see in each and every way. The characters are so captivating in their own personalities that are so engaging and you won’t be able to get enough. I was so entrenched because you feel “all the feels” and just want them to embrace what their relationship is building towards and such a rich filled romance to curl the toes.
Fair is the Rose by Meagan McKinney
Series: Van Alen Sisters #2
Published by Island Books on November 1, 1993
Genres: Historical Romance, American West
Source: Self Purchased
The beauty behind the black veil...
Christal Van Alen was wanted from Maine to Missouri. Swathed in widow's weeds, she was running to Wyoming Territory...when the outlaw, Macaulay Cain, captured their stagecoach, and the aristocratic New Yorker was prisoner again. She couldn't trust the infamous outlaw; she couldn't share her real name or her secret past. Yet he was her only hope against the dangerous gang of gunmen that held her. And even as she clung to him for protection, she fought against the passions that threatened to betray her—until one explosive night when all secrets must be revealed—and she was a fugitive again.
The cold-eyed outlaw would unveil her...
He was a man who could take—or leave—a woman at will. Then Macaulay Cain encountered the mysterious, ravishing "Widow Smith." Her honor, her shattered innocence, became his obsession. She was a woman whose secrets he vowed to unlock even as she fled his embrace. Why did she run? If it took him years, he would find her, possess her, unlock her darkest secrets—even if it cost him his life.
Fair Is The Rose is a story that is the second in the series and it continues the series —four years after “Lions and Lace” takes place. This is Christal’s book. In the first book we see where she escapes from the mental facility she was being held in and is now on the run from her uncle who seeks to kill her. But then she finds herself in a situation she never imagined….she is being kidnapped but her captor is none like any other man she has ever met. Despite the circumstances there is a deep connection between them. Christal see’s that there is much more to Cain than meets the eye. I will admit in reading this story that this is a very close tie to the first book, in fact I probably like it a bit more in some respects. I did like seeing that there isn’t a “whole book length” of angst between the two characters. There is a beautiful building of trust that has to happen between them. Christal is wary of trusting anyone but once she discovers who Cain truly is, she is even more distrustful of him and she doesn’t know where to turn. But Cain is a alpha masculine male who never gives up fighting for the woman he loves and boy I adored that. That even though he fears their connection and what it might mean for the future, he doesn’t hold back. And man this book was so addictive, it started out a bit slow but once it got going, I just couldn’t put it down and its been a while since a historical has held my attention so much.