Hooked: Books 1-3
Chance didn’t expect to start his day in the back of a police cruiser. Lucky for him, the man behind the wheel is Chance’s best friend and onetime lover, Jaxon.
Jaxon wants Chance. He has since the first moment he set eyes on the sexy librarian. Unfortunately, Chance always has bullshit going on, standing in their way. Most men would consider Chance more trouble than he’s worth. Not Jaxon. He can’t get enough of Chance’s constant drama. When Chance’s life spirals out of control—the way Chance’s life always seems to do—Jaxon rushes to the rescue, only to end up screwing things up… again.
Holden wants stability. Sam wants the world. They both crave each other.
Since the day Holden walked into the gym where Sam works, Sam has been infatuated. For some reason he can’t explain, when Holden’s around, Sam can’t stop talking. No one else in the world knows as much about him. The only thing he’s kept to himself is his hunger for Holden’s attention. That is, until the day Sam catches Holden watching him with the same longing.
Malik loves hating Logan… or hates loving Logan. Hell, even he doesn’t know.
Three years ago, Malik met the man of his dreams. Everything stopped for him, so his world could revolve around Logan. Eight months ago, Logan walked away, leaving Malik with one burning question—why? When Malik finally learns the truth, he’ll stop at nothing to win back the man he’s barely surviving without. But even Malik doesn’t know if there are enough words of love to overcome the hatred he’s spewed these past months. When his friend, Ryan, steps in, determined to help, Malik reluctantly accepts. But will Ryan become the glue holding them together, or will he tear them apart?
MY REVIEW: I like when I can bundle a series, even if it’s only partially. As long as I don’t miss any little short stories in between the main ones.
These were enjoyable stories. The first two were rather short, but “unknown” was longer, which I prefer. “Uneven” seemed like it was pretty much at the right length, though “undone” seemed a bit short. However, it didn’t really detract too much from the overall effect of the series meshing together. Except where the first couple becomes rather incidental and forgettable. They were hot while you were reading about them, but afterwards they were easily lost.
Unstable (Hooked #4)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: “A bottle of liquor a day keeps the demons at bay.”
After a childhood so horrific a book was published about it, Jimmy understandably didn’t become the most well-adjusted adult. He’s made it his business to blend into the background while drinking himself into an early grave. That is, until he pulls a homeless teen from the dumpster.
Living on the streets hasn’t been easy for Eli. Anything is better than the life he left behind. Strangers haven’t always had the best of intentions when they claim they want to help. Jimmy is different. That doesn’t mean Eli won’t rob him blind and disappear into the night.
When Eli returns, older and prepared to repay his debt, he never expects to give up more than his savings to the sexy bar owner. Sometimes, it takes two people who’ve seen hell to create heaven. Unfortunately, they’ll have to face their demons if they hope to make it work between them.
MY REVIEW: This had very realistic portrayals of people who’d experienced abuse in their childhood. I have read many a book where the characters haven’t reacted in a way that I recognize, and I am intimately familiar with the subject and how it affects a person. Their reactions to “crazy” truly are different than other people’s. Yes, they can spiral. But they can also hold it together and function like everyone else while seeming more detached from people and life than the rest of the humans. Until you get to know them, and then you see how they really feel.
I appreciated the warning provided before I started reading. I’ve been triggered by that lack before.
This author handled the story well, and the writing was as good as I have learned to expect from her.
While I don’t generally compare the book I’m reviewing to other books, I will say that I believe this was better than the rest in the series and better than any in the hard hit series, though I enjoyed all of those books as well.
Unarm (Hooked #5)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: All it took was one night with Jace, and Tyler was hooked. Too bad it took less than one night for him to ruin any chance of being with Jace.
Twenty years of working with endangered and exploited children has left Tyler tired and jaded. Even though he’s solved hundreds of cases, saving children all over the country, the countless he couldn’t save haunt his dreams. He’s yet to meet a man who can tolerate his dark moods for long. That is, until he meets Jace.
Jace has spent his life used and mistreated by men. Even though he keeps up a strong face, he’s exhausted and his self-esteem is non-existent. Something about Tyler is different from the rest. For Jace, Tyler checks every box. However, the instant he gives Tyler a chance, the man crushes him, proving he’s exactly like every other man Jace has ever met.
Tyler hates he hurt Jace. Although he immediately regrets his actions, he also doesn’t know how to build a real relationship when he doesn’t think he has anything to offer. How can two men who’ve never known love recognize it, even when it’s staring them in the face? They’d better figure things out quick, because their relationship is heating up fast. Neither man wants to get burned, and there’s already one person who can’t wait to destroy what they have.
Unmask (Hooked #6)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: Adam wasn’t looking for love when it fell in his lap. He doesn’t want it.
When Adam landed an internship with the makeup artist for the stars, he thought he was on the verge of having all his dreams come true. There was no way he could foresee the nightmare the position would become. By one month in, he wonders if he hasn’t made the biggest mistake of his life. That is, until he meets Kano Aramante, the founder of the largest fashion magazine in the world.
Kano doesn’t let people in. He learned long ago his position invites users and ladder climbers into his life. Not to mention, Today’s Beauty is his whole world. He doesn’t have time for lovers or friends. Meeting Adam reminds him what it’s like to have passion and drive for something just out of reach. He sees so much of himself in Adam, but giving Adam the opportunity of a lifetime turns out to be Kano’s biggest mistake.
Adam doesn’t mean to fall in love with Kano. The man is too much to resist. His giving nature and powerful presence draw Adam in against his better judgment. They click. But Adam doesn’t want to be seen as the man who slept his way to the top. He’s worked too hard to have his dreams belittled. It seems no matter how hard they fight to be closer, the gap between Kano and Adam widens. Sometimes, there is no middle ground, and love isn’t always enough to conquer all.