Wednesday, August 9, 2017

REVIEW: Savaged Vows by Jennifer Lyon

Summary:

How much will she risk for love?

Despite her dark past with a rock icon, Liza Glasner can’t walk away from the man she loves with a fiery passion—sexy rock star Justice Cade. A surprise pregnancy and marriage give Liza the family she’s craved since she was fourteen. But her love is tested when Liza’s worst nightmare—Gene Hayes—bursts onto the scene, spreading lies and smears to tear her and Justice apart. Can Liza trust Justice to choose her over fame?

How far will he go for fame?

Justice fiercely loves his beautiful and resilient wife Liza, and he’s determined to protect her from Gene Hayes. At the same time, he’s loyal to his band. The four other men in Savaged Illusions are his brothers, and together, they are battling hard to come back from a humiliating defeat. But just as the pinnacle of success is within their reach, Justice discovers a truth that will either decimate his band or destroy his wife.

Can their love survive?

Secrets and betrayals explode in a heartbreaking twist that threatens to rip Justice and Liza apart forever.

Title:  Savaged Vows
Series:  Savaged Illusions Trilogy
Book #: 2
Author:  Jennifer Lyon
Approximate Book Length:  276 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

While my overall feelings about this book are positive, there are a few mixed feelings. Time moved very quickly, though it's pretty easy to follow. It's just a little strange to jump several weeks at a time so often. Perhaps my biggest complaint is that the writing is on the wall regarding two very important things. I can't really divulge which things without giving away spoilers, but that was a little disappointing when Liza nor Justice seemed to have a clue.

That being said, while Liza and Justice's connection wasn't quite as palpable, it still shone through their struggles even over the long distance. I didn't always love Justice's behavior, but I felt so bad for them both throughout the book. They're often just pieces on a chess board constantly being manipulated for others' fame based agendas. The last few chapters were particularly brutal and I absolutely bawled.

On a side note, I appreciate how Jennifer Lyon demonstrates that rape is more about power than actual sex. Gene Hayes exercises his power in a multitude of ways and Liza is made a victim all over again without him ever touching her. This also shines light on how rape culture tends to blame the victim.

Bottom Line:

Savaged Vows left off at an utterly heartbreaking time. I don't just crave the next book, I NEED it. After everything, I need the resolution to these characters' journey: the band, Justice and Liza, and most especially I have to know that Gene Hayes gets what he deserves in one way or another.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

REVIEW: Lover Reborn by JR Ward

Summary:

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Title:  Lover Reborn
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 10
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  590 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book is really hard to read. I'm happy that Tohr and No'One are each able to have a second chance and all, but they each have SO much to overcome. I also have trouble seeing them together. That's not so much because of who they are as people as it is because of everything Tohrment had and lost. I'm so happy for his moving on and all, it's just something I'm not capable of relating to so I just can't fully comprehend the ocmplexity of his position and their relationship.

There's a lot of other storyline in this book that I can talk about! The Wrath stuff (don't want to give away any spoilers) had me on edge and freaking out. John and Xhex made me sad for a while. Quinn's story is building hardcore, especially where Layla is concerned. Those two make me happy in a kind of strange way. You'll have to read to understand that I guess. This book left me anxious for the next one!

Bottom Line:

Lover Reborn had a lot going on, some of which is exciting and some of which is rather sad. For me, this was another installment that was all about the overall series story arc than the individual romance.

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