Review: Blown Away, by Brenda Rothert


Part of a series? No.

Category/Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Loveswept

Pages: 205


In an emotionally charged, wickedly hot novel of love and loss, a passionate affair gives two daring storm chasers the strength to overcome shattered dreams and the courage to build a future together.

One year after her fiancé died in a heartbreaking accident, Drew McGovern decides to honor his memory by joining his old storm-chasing buddies on their latest excursion. What she’s not so sure about, however, is whether she’s ready to move on. Drew wasn’t expecting to feel the powerful pull of desire toward Colby’s best friend. But there’s no denying the intensity of their connection . . . or the heat he inspires in the parts of her that are still very much alive.

Aiden O’Neal doesn’t trust himself around Drew. He’s wanted this girl for a long time—long enough to remember the stab of jealousy he felt the first time he saw her in Colby’s arms. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind starts blowing and the adrenaline starts pumping, Aiden can’t resist the urge to claim Drew as his own. Because when it comes to desire, he’s hoping to make lightning strike twice.

Advance praise for Blown Away
“After I devoured Blown Away in one sitting, Brenda Rothert is absolutely going on my auto-buy list. I don’t think I’ve ever read such brilliantly wound sexual tension, and there were times when I was straight-up jealous of the heroine because I wanted Aiden all to myself.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne



I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

Upon reading the blurb I was eager to read this novel. I mean, if it’s said to be emotionally charged and wickedly hot, it’s for me. That’s why I went in with high expectations.

While it’s a fast paced story and a really quick read, I can’t say I find it really hot or that emotional. It’s at odds with some things the characters are dealing with and I’m left hanging in a way.

You see, this novel opens with a very sad scene, something that should have immediately brought to life emotions and subsequently, I should have been all for Drew if not for Aiden. But the thing is, I think the emotions aren’t depicted that vividly to make me, as a reader, feel. I didn’t feel. I was merely a distant spectator and if I’m honest it went that way for most if not all the book.

I didn’t connect with Drew and Aiden even though they are likable characters and are somewhat enticing. I’m just afraid that the writing didn’t convey the kind of emotions I expected to feel like while reading a story built on something highly emotional.

Also, the hot factor of this book is completely lacking in my opinion. I’m not saying this with a comparison in mind with other books in the genre or in a more racy genre. No, I feel like the heat is lacking probably because I didn’t connect that much with Drew and Aiden, but also because the sex scenes seemed to be there only because it’s supposed to be there instead of showing us more of the connection between the characters. It’s an issue when it’s said in the blurb that there’s plenty of heat. I mean, even most of the sexual tension between the characters didn’t really work for me.

I’m sad to say all this because I truly love the plot and the story itself. It could be a huge, huge hit for me if only I clicked more with the characters and the writing. But don’t think it’s badly written, it’s just not the kind of writing I enjoy. It’s too flat for me and while some dialogues are really good, I’m afraid that the dialogue between Drew and Aiden isn’t exactly up to par with some other couples I’ve had the chance to read in books.

In the end, I believe it’s a good book for when you want to chill and if you’re in need of something quick, but it’s best not to expect an emotional slap going in.


2.5 to 3


Review: Tears of Tess, by Pepper Winters


Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category/Genre: Dark erotic romance.


Pages: 376


“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.



I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Monsters in the Dark series. I’ve had this book for a while now and I’ve been scared to read it. If you’re following this blog, you know that I enjoy stories with angst and sometimes twisted emotions, but dark romance is not a genre I have dabbled in a lot. I needed the right moment to read it and, that moment finally came.

Going in, I knew I would be twisted in different directions and that my emotions would be hard to follow, but I didn’t expect I’d feel a bit lost on top of everything else. It’s really strange actually. I finished ten minutes ago and it’s difficult to write this review.

You must be wondering if I enjoyed it or not so I’m not going to make you wait long. I enjoyed Tears of Tess a lot. Really, I had a hard time putting it down. It’s well-written, the characters are compelling in a twisted way, the plot is rather interesting and, dare I say, thrilling.

But at the same time, I believe that some things are repeated too many times. It bothered me a little while I was reading and it dragged things a bit, but upon reflection, the author couldn’t go another way if she wanted us to buy into the story, the characters and Tess’s changes. We had to go through this, see her struggling so much sometimes, and giving in at other times to revert back to the beginning. Such a story can’t be straight forward. It’s the principle of a dark romance such as this one. At least, that’s what I believe. It had to be twisted in every way possible.

Q, the male character, is a complete mystery most of the book, if not during almost 80% of the novel. I honestly couldn’t stomach him most of the time, but you know what? It’s seriously crazy but I was still compelled to read more, discover more and I tried so hard throughout the book to find something redeemable, a softer side to him. Honestly, I’m not even sure how I feel regarding him now. It’s so strange because I’m truly attached to him and Tess. Complete mind f***.

As a novel told exclusively from Tess’s POV (aside from the epilogue), the author does an outstanding job at keeping us interested, invested even. I can’t tell you how many time I was scared for Tess, how sometimes I was a bit weirded out too and at the same time understanding. Even if, like in any fiction, I had to suspend disbelief, I let myself be swept off.

The only thing that still bothers me is Suzette’s character. She’s a secondary character, quite interesting and useful, but her reasoning and sometimes her reactions have me still unsettled and I’m afraid I can’t fully understand her. Maybe she’ll surprise me in the next installments.

Anyway, while it’s obvious Tess and Q’s story isn’t over, we’re not left hanging and it’s a nice touch. After everything we’ve been through while reading this story, it’s good to take a little breath and get ready for the next book.

I knew I’d enjoy this novel, but I didn’t expect the very strange emotions rolling through me, even after finishing the first installment.


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