It’s now commonly known as “Hump Day”, however, I prefer “Wank Wednesday”, especially when you’ve just read an ARC of Womanizer, god damn CALLAN CARMICHAEL is as hot as the cigarettes he smokes, virtual high-5 Katy for having smoking characters, it seems to be more taboo than having an affair.
The thing I adore about the whole Manwhore series is the interlinking characters, from the headstrong alphas of Malcolm ‘le sigh’ Saint, Tahoe ‘uber hot’ Roth, and Callan ‘hot smoking guy’ Carmichael, to the equally feisty females, Rachel, Gina, Wynn and joining them Livvy, Katy Evans your are the Unicorn Queen
I listened to this on audio, and it’s a story that as a mother of a 12 year old girl, I probably shouldn’t have been able to see through the ugly to the wonderful, but it was such a cleverly crafted book. Bryn really tackled the whole boundary of what is love vs pedophilia, drug abuse, child neglect, family strains, death, it’s not for the fainthearted, as it deals with some very difficult and complex circumstances, however, it was a very compelling story.
It’s set in one of the most romantic countries in the world, it features every girls fairytale fantasy a Prince (Zeno the man-whore) and soon to be Princess (Caresa the Duchessa), and who doesn’t love forbidden love story where you can route for the underdog (Achilles, he was pretty hot!), ME I guess. One of my favourites books this year was A Thousand Boy Kisses, one of my favourite MC series is the Hades Hangmen, so I know Tillie can write with different caps on. I’m still a major fangirl, Tillie’s a great writer, but AVOV unfortunately just didn’t do it for me (you can’t please everyone). I found some of the chapters too descriptive in places and that lost me, I liked the idea of the story, but unfortunately I found it flat, there was nothing to grip on to and hold me, 2.5 stars for AVOV.
Oh wow, how I love Carter, he is my new favourite Vi/Penelope alpha. I listened to Playboy Pilot on Audible, and the story sucked me in. I loved everything about it, I wanted to slap sun screen on, pop on my Ray-Bans, a floaty sundress and hit the unbeaten paths of Rio and Dubai. Great book, especially loved the concept of Carter and Silver Shores, which reminded me of Cocoon, one of my favourite movies. Well done ladies!!!!
Blake and Mackenzie, Mackenzie and Blake, LOVED these two, they’re not in your face bam insta love crazy naive girl city meets even crazier domineering cowboy alpha, it’s a little bumpy ride that had me a) Googling retreats for my next girls weekend away, I need a ranch, a sharman, a big roaring fire and dudes, a family of at least 3 hot brothers (a caravan in the New Forest is not my preferred choice thank you Google) b) wanting a pair of cowboy boots and 2 step my way to Oklahoma, shoot some pool, neck some whiskey (I settled for a day on the sofa watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and drinking Amaretto in my coffee, but its kinda the same thing’ish)
This book is a little different from Louise’s others, yes Blake is hot! and the sex is as expected from a Louise Bay book smoking! but Blake and Mackenzie are more subtle characters, not commanding a presence type. I personally think where the book is based and context has a lot to do with it, it’s not in a major city, there’s no high heels or briefcases, it’s chilled, laid back, but it still packs a punch just like all Louise’s others.
I had an opportunity to chat with Louise about her research in Love Rehab, and her points of reference, it was an amazing insight where authors draw ideas from and the research that goes into a book to be as factual possible, but equally some of the stories were hilarious… you can learn a lot watching the Real Housewives!
This book is fab, it deserves every star, and I need more!
I’m still riding a high after finishing this book nearly a week ago, Misha and Ryen are in my veins. I have to question my own dubious intentions when I read Pen’s words, I just fall totally in lust with her boys, Jared, Jax, Michael and now Misha, I may have *coughs* almost 20 years on them but I can’t help turning into goo as they come to life on the page!
Misha’s character was on point, not only was he tortured, brooding and alpha, he was from THUNDER FUCKING BAY!!! and Ryen, she kicks arse! she doesn’t take shit from anyone, she dishes it, and whilst at the start you might feel slighting mehhhhh towards her, she certainly grows on you chapter after chapter.
My heart nearly jumped out of my chest a few times throughout the book, Penelope Douglas is the queen of angst, and much like Corrupt it’s full of tension and drama between the 2 mains, it’s not a cat and mouse romance, it’s a real push and pull tag of war, and the supporting characters are just as solid as the main, loved Ten! but one particular scene stands out for me, and when you read it I’m sure you’ll feel the same, Mischa at the police station, my blood started pumping south, and my heart was busting out of my chest with a familiar appearance… that’s all I’m saying, bravo Pen, another great read, and one that’s made Punk 57 one of my top 5 2016 reads