Month: March 2015

Fisher’s Light

Fisher's Light

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4 Stars

This is not my first Tara Sivec book but it’s the first one I found so emotional and raw. Romance books are a dime a dozen. It’s the ones that move you and really stand out that are rare. Even more rare are books involving a couple already married. Books so often give readers an emotional ride to their HEA and then the story ends and we are left to believe that life was filled with flowers and rainbows. Which we all know that even when you marry the right person, possibly even your sole mate that life has it’s ups and downs, so reading Fisher and Lucy’s story was a refreshing change.

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Fisher meets Lucy just hours after signing his life over to the Marines but that doesn’t stop him from going for the only girl that’s ever made him want more. As the years go bye, Fisher and Lucy fall even more in love and they get married. During their time together, Fisher leaves on five tours over seas. Every time he returns home, he’s lost a piece of himself. Fisher being the strong alpha male that he is believes asking for help with his mental health is a sign of weakness.

When Fisher returns home for his fifth and final time, his mental state is so far gone that he wreaks his marriage. He single handily destroyed the only thing that truly mattered to him, but once he hits the lowest of low he gets the help he so desperately needs. Fisher still loves Lucy. Fisher knows in his heart he will never love another woman the way he loves Lucy so he sets out to make up for all the wrongs he caused.

I want this woman more than any drug or bottle of booze, and being without her is almost killing me.

Fisher’s Light is told in a dual POV alternating from three different times during their lives. Over the last few years of reading I’ve come to the conclusion that my brain doesn’t process alternating timelines well, because it’s something I don’t prefer, even when it works well with the story. With Fisher’s Light I was okay with the alternating timelines until the third timeline (when they first met in high school) was added. With that being said, I still fell in love with these two and I enjoyed reading a story that shows readers that life doesn’t end when you meet your sole mate, it’s truly just the beginning.

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Hard by Cheryl McIntyre

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3.5 Stars

Hard is definitely different from anything else I’ve read by Cheryl McIntyre. The hero is obsessed with capturing beauty, usually erotic images on film. For many years he worked as a photographer until recently. He hasn’t picked up his camera for some time until he sees her.

The prologue gives readers the horrible insight to Holland Howard’s past, and exactly why she’s so completely broken. The author gives a warning to the possible emotional trigger (view spoiler) which didn’t bother me only because I have no personal experience with this.

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Holland left her old life behind and is working in a pub thousands of miles from home. She’s physically going through the emotions of life, but she’s so completely broken on the inside and doesn’t really care what happens to her, which is why she agrees to leave with a customer not knowing him in anyway or where he plans to take her.

Jensen Payne has been watching this beautiful broken woman for ninety-two days. He loves easy, willing and submissive woman, but it’s something more with Holland. She’s a challenge, an enigma and his obsessive desire to photography her, to explore her body, and possibly figure out what’s caused her pain is to strong to ignore.

Most people throw away broken objects, discarding them like trash. As if they are somehow less important, less perfect, less beautiful. I frame them. Stare at them for hours. Enjoy their striking flawlessness.

The two start a very erotic relationship. They spend a lot of time exploring their basis physical needs with each other without crossing into the past. We know why Holland is broken and it’s clear that Jensen has things he doesn’t want to talk about, but they both hold on to their secrets like life vests.

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Due to Holland past and the secret Jensen is keeping neither of them want to take their relationship any further than it already is, but something inside both of them has changed and letting go doesn’t seem as easy as it did in the beginning.

Hard is fast paste story. The emotional side of the story is truly heartbreaking however the erotic side of the story over powers the emotional aspect. That could be good or bad depending on what you’re looking for in a book. Personally, if Hard had a little bit longer so we didn’t lose any of the steamy parts and had more depth in the real problems these two have to face I think this book could have been a five star read for me because I enjoyed it, but in the end I just wanted a little more closure.

An advance reading copy of Hard by Cheryl McIntyre was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Declan + Coraline

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I enjoyed Declan and Coraline in Ruthless People so I was excited to read their story of how they met and fell in love.

From the moment Declan first sets his eyes on Coraline he knew she was different from any other woman he’s ever met. She makes him feel things he’s never felt before, she makes him feel like he’s just a guy falling for a girl, but Declan isn’t just a guy, he’s a Callahan and once Coraline understands what it means to be a Callahan, he’s afraid any relationship they have will be over.

”She takes away the nightmares. And for the first time in eighteen years I can dream again. She makes me smile a thousand times a day and laugh ten times as much.”

If you’ve read the Ruthless People series, then you already know that Declan and Coraline get married and what I love so much about their marriage is how it wasn’t perfect. Their love for each is almost perfect but they live life everyday just like everyone else fighting to keep their love alive.

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