Review: Eyes Turned Skyward, by Rebecca Yarros

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Part of a series? Yes, but each book is a standalone with very different storylines.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: New Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled.

Pages: 342

Blurb:

Since her sister’s death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country’s toughest flight school. He’s wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general’s daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger’s biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They’re flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn…

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This book is the second novel written by Rebecca Yarros and the second one I’ve read. Her first one was a huge hit for me, moving me beyond words and she did it again with this one.

If there’s one thing I should warn you about it’s how in love I am with this book and these characters. Rebeca Yarros is now, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. She’s able to write a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel with emotions pouring out of each and every words, with flawed characters overcoming tough times with class and a maturity that can only be praised and the love story is just wonderful and heartfelt.

I had a feeling I’d enjoy this story, but I wasn’t expecting loving it so much. For a start, the main characters, Paisley and Jagger are amazing. They are strong and yet have weaknesses that make them very much human. They have flaws and make bad decisions, but that only adds to them, to their characterization and make me love them even more, care for them even more. While reading, I was so caught in the story that I let myself be overpowered by my emotions, because there are a few scenes that are very powerful. Brace yourself if you’re going to read it! 😉

The romance itself is just perfect. You have a sweetness that’s going to make you sigh contentedly, heat that’s going to have you fanning yourself, fun that’s going to bring a smile to your face and anguish, just enough to make you fear for Paisley and Jagger while you’re going to glue yourself to your book/ebook.

There’s basically no filler scenes because each and every scenes have a purpose, in my opinion. Sometimes they help the characterization, sometimes they show more of the secondary characters to better create the characters’ life and the settings of the story. Most often than not it makes the plot move along in a smart way. I was never bored while reading this book, only thrilled to see more of Paisley and Jagger.

The writing of this author is perfect, at least, it is the perfect match for my taste. I love the inner thoughts of the characters because I could actually see the difference in their voice. I also love how lively, dynamic the two POVs are. The dialogues ring true and aren’t forced and they even out the descriptive parts and the inner thoughts of the main characters. It’s smartly written and the emotions are wonderfully conveyed, so much so that I thought I’d spill a tear or two a few times.

The army atmosphere is perfectly shown. I don’t know much about it, but it feels true. The author manages to bring the army life into perspective without it impacting the rhythm of the story. It just adds a new layer, a new interest. I honestly can’t wait for the next book and I’ll make sure to read it asap.

So, I loved this book—probably one of my favorites this year—and I can only stress that you must read this one if you like this type of story. This author is one to follow because her stories aren’t just well-written with attractive male leads, they’re emotional and ring true in the feelings they convey.

And if you’re looking for a new character to make you swoon with his lines, you can’t miss out on Jagger. I’m still melting!

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Review: Play Me: Right, #5, by Tracy Wolff

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Part of a serial? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No, but considering this is a spinoff of another series, some sub-plots don’t end here.

Category: Adult, Erotica

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: LoveSwept.

Pages: 42

Blurb:

Good things never have to end. Tracy Wolff, the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, brings her eBook original serial to an unforgettable climax in Play Me’s sensational finale . . . for now.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . but my future belongs to Sebastian Caine.

Technically, Aria may still be in one piece, but she’s feeling pretty damn close to broken. While she knows Sebastian would die before hurting her, their intense, steamy encounters have opened up old wounds in them both. Now Aria is considering the unthinkable: walking away again—this time to save Sebastian from the pain she knows her past will cause him. But Sebastian’s the one who set her free in the first place—how can she not show him the same care and compassion? Because, in the end, being together forever is the only thing that feels right.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences.

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the last book in the Play Me serial. I’m not as thrilled with this last part as I am with the rest of the serial.

If you’re wondering if I enjoyed reading this fifth part, the answer is yes. I really enjoyed it, but it’s a little of a let down regarding a few things.

Even though it’s a great conclusion to the story considering the characters’ story arc, but the thing is, the ending of a few plot things isn’t fully reached. I’m slow so I didn’t realize that this serial is actually a spin off story of the Ethan Frost series—I have the first book, but I still have to read it. What does that mean? It means that a certain plot I was very much looking forward to isn’t going to an end in this serial. For me, it’s a let down even though I’m sure fan of this author and the Ethan Frost series must be delighted.
Is it frustrating from my standpoint? Yes, but it doesn’t ruin the reading experience or the enjoyment of this serial, so don’t worry.

Now, let me talk about the atmosphere of this last part…

It’s a little bit more mushy, fluffy than I hoped it would be. It’s kind of a different atmosphere and somehow I had a harder time buying it. Though, the characters are still as amazing as usual, the writing is great and everything is flowing wonderfully. I think I wasn’t expecting it to be so “easy“ for Sebastian and Aria. Call me twisted. 😉

As usual in this serial, it’s a fast paced installment, with good writing and a character evolution undeniable. Even though I don’t like this last installment as much as the rest of the serial, I still recommend this serial for erotica readers. I do think it’s one you shouldn’t avoid.

What I would have loved to see more in this installment or in the serial? More of Sebastian’s and Aria’s family. We’re told a lot of things, but we don’t see much. But it’s a serial and the format being this short implies that some things aren’t going to be shown.

 

RATING:

3 to 3.5

Review: Play Me: Real #4, by Tracy Wolff

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Part of a serial? Yes.

Cliffhanger? Yes.

Category: Adult, Erotica.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: LoveSwept

Pages: 72

Blurb:

How do you know when something’s real? In the steamy fourth installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a devastating betrayal unravels a fierce yet tender connection.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Aria has learned to play Sebastian’s game. She’s given him control, taken it back, and let him push her farther than she ever imagined she could go. But when Sebastian’s past comes to light, Aria receives a glimpse behind the facade—a revelation that disturbs her even as it makes her feel closer to this simmering, complicated man. Finally she comes to understand the real reason why Sebastian feels the need to dominate everything in his path. But Aria has a tortured history, too. And together they’re a dangerous combination. Now she’s the one pushing Sebastian to the breaking point . . . and if one of them burns up, they’ll both go down together.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story concludes in Play Me: Right.

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the fourth installment in the Play Me serial. What an intense part! Wow!

I was expecting the turmoil through which both characters would go through, but I didn’t think I’d be so into it that I’d have my heartbeat going through the roof, my chest constricting and my emotions following the characters’ feelings. I completely let myself be swept in. That’s pretty amazing when it happens.

If there’s one thing I can say is that it’s an erotica serial that both uses sex scenes to further the characterization and the plot, but it’s also getting quite emotional. To be honest, right about now I don’t even know what to criticize other than saying that I think we’re spending way more time on Sebastian’s issues than on Aria’s and I would have preferred if things would have been more balanced, but in the end it’s pretty obvious that they’re both going through something similar emotion wise.

Now the author uncovered most, if not all, the mysteries and I like the way she did it. That scene where Sebastian is opening up to Aria is beyond what I was waiting for and I couldn’t stop reading even if I wanted to. That’s how far gone I was. 🙂

This author’s writing is perfect for this story, conveying emotions effortlessly while still respecting the characters’ hangups. The more I’m reading, the more I think I’m falling for these characters.

I think it’s best if I stop this gushing fest. Just one last thing: read this serial!

I can’t wait to read the last part and I really hope it’s as good as the build up.

RATING:

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Review, Play Me: Hard #3, by Tracy Wolff

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Part of a serial? Yes.

Cliffhanger? Yes.

Category: Adult, Erotica.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: LoveSwept

Pages: 78

Blurb:

No one ever said love is easy. In the third installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian discover that building trust might be harder than they ever imagined.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Ever since taking Aria under his wing and into his seductive domain, Sebastian hasn’t been able to think straight. Their chemistry is intoxicating. Their power exchange is exhilarating. And the sex leaves them both absolutely exhausted. But if there’s one thing Sebastian does know, it’s that he needs to protect this strong yet vulnerable woman. Because she has depths that are unknown—even to her. Aria has worked hard to establish herself as anything but submissive. That isn’t who she is, or who she wants to be. So why does it feel so sweet to give up control . . . and so intense when Sebastian takes care of needs she doesn’t even realize she has? But he has needs of his own—and secrets that run just as dark and deep as Aria’s.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Real.

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the third part of this erotica serial. Not only the heat is undeniable, but the plot is getting thicker, more thrilling and definitely more intriguing.

While we’re only three days in since both main characters met, their “relationship“ is fast developing and what I enjoy in this is that the author shows us that Sebastian and Aria are afraid to see themselves getting so invested in each other so quickly. It makes it easier to buy it and all the while it makes their encounters all the more scorching. (I think scorching is a word I’m going to keep as a description for this serial).

What I enjoyed a lot in this third part is that there’s not just the sex scenes, something I was a little let down about in the second installment. Here, yes there is a very hot, very well-written sex scene, but it’s not taking over the characterization and the plot. On the contrary.

The plot is starting to unfold more precisely and yet still keeping us slightly in the dark and I end up with even more questions, which is exactly what I like the most while reading. 🙂

The inners thoughts of both main characters are compelling and I find it very easy to like them both. They show strength, fierceness, vulnerability and a caring side that can’t let me cold. I can honestly say that I have a little crush on Sebastian now.

The rhythm of the story, the pace of the narration and the way the author is unfolding her story is, for me, close to perfection. This serial is the distraction I wanted it to be while being a sexy read without being “too much“. Right now, I can’t ask for much more other than the next installment.

Now, my hopes for the next two installments are very high so I have to keep my fingers crossed and hope for no disappointment.

I hope to see more of Aria’s family because here I’m a little frustrated with how we’re still kept in the dark.

What do you think of Sebastian?

 

RATING:

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Review: Play Me: Hot, part 2, by Tracy Wolff

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Part of a serial? Yes.

Cliffhanger? Sort of.

Category: Adult, Erotica.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Publisher: LoveSwept

Pages: 55

Blurb:

Return to a world of secrets and desires. In the sultry second installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian turn up the heat. But will they get burned?

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

If getting tangled up with her new boss is wrong, Aria doesn’t want to be right. Powerful men usually have a way of thinking they can take whatever they want while giving nothing back, but Sebastian is different. He’s gentle with her body. Rough in all the right places. And hot enough to make Aria break every last rule she’s set for herself. But with her history, it’ll take more than mind-blowing sex to heal the pain deep inside . . . no matter how good Sebastian’s intentions are. She’s spent her entire life fighting for control of her own life, and no one’s going to take that from her. But the more time she spends in Sebastian’s world, the deeper she’s drawn into his sensual games.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Hard.

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the second installment in the Play Me serial. While the first one was intense and yet tame, this one went straight to a scorching heat level.

As I predicted, Aria and Sebastian are very intense and beyond hot together. It’s entertaining to read, made me blush a couple of times, but the thing is… This second installment is mainly about the sex. Yes, the characterization is taken a little further, the connection between the characters is more important, but the main part of this installment is the sex.

It’s an erotica serial so it’s no surprise that the sex is taking an important part of the story, but I was expecting something more than just that even though it’s very well written, brings another layer to the characters and easily hooked me for the next installments.

I hope the rest of this serial is more than just a succession of sex scenes because even though the author is doing a fabulous job with this, I like my reading experience to be more than just that.

The writing is flawless and showcases an amazing intensity between Sebastian and Aria. I’m very curious to see more, to know more about these characters because they both have a lot to disclose.

It’s a very short installment and since the main thing is the sex scene—one of the hottest I’ve read this year—I don’t have much else to say. Now I’m going to start reading the next part.

 

RATING:

4

Review: Play Me: Wild, part 1, by Tracy Wolff

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Part of a series? Yes, it’s a serial.

Cliffhanger? Sort of.

Category: Adult. Erotica.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Loveswept.

Pages: 61

Blurb:

In the seductive first installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a woman running from her past has finally found a bit of control . . . until her powerful new boss makes her go wild.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria, who needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian steps in. The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy, and kinder than any rich man should be. And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t the only thing Aria wants.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Hot.

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the first part of the serial Play Me. I don’t always enjoy the first part when I’m starting a new serial, maybe because I need something “strong“ to actually make me want to read the next installments and I’m not fond of short installments only used to set things, introduce characters and here the author didn’t just introduce her characters and the plot, she actually brings things in motion.

This first part is really the launch of this serial. You have mysteries regarding the characters’ past that I’m quite eager to uncover, you have an attraction you can’t overlook and yet nothing is rushed. Things are building up and so far it’s right up my alley. 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this part because I was sucked into it right away. The voice is classic for the genre but it isn’t forced and it truly fits both main characters perfectly. I find it believable, intriguing at times, thrilling more often than not and in the end I didn’t see the time flying.

Let’s go back to the main characters…

You have Aria, a young woman working as a cocktail waitress in a casino in Las Vegas. She’s very much into self-control, hiding who she is and working her ass off to win the money she needs to pay her bills. She’s strong, she’s fierce and she’s quite blunt when talking to the male interest which is quite entertaining. Also, the author conveys perfectly this character’s emotions and feelings. I’m glad that the author gave us just tiny clues regarding her past, enough to make me want more. I have a few theories and I’m looking forward to knowing if I’m right or wrong.

Then you have Sebastian, the son of the casino owner who’s back to take over his father’s place. It’s without saying that this character is gorgeous and very intense. It was thrilling to read his thoughts once he’s meeting Aria. I think his POV adds that little heat, thrill and ups the intensity of the first installment. I’m also intrigued when it comes to him because we know even less who he is other than who his father is and where he used to work before coming back to Las Vegas.

The plot itself seems pretty common so far, but I do think that there should be more to it later on and that the couple in this serial is going to be scorching. If you’re in the mood for this, I think you should try this first installment. It was a nice surprise because I wasn’t expecting enjoying it that way.

 

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