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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 4h ago

*I received a free copy of Mrs. Everything from Atria Books via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Published by Atria Books on 11 June 2019
Genres: Adult, Women's Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes, comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

Mrs. Everything spans over several decades, following Bethie and Jo, two sisters born after the 2nd world war, living their childhood in Detroit.

Story:

With Mrs. Everything – Weiner managed to weave a story in which two sisters growing up in the fifties have to deal with a lot of different things… being Jewish in a place where they don’t always feel like they belong is one of them. Jo also had to deal with knowing she liked girls – and that that was ‘unnatural’. Bettie only wanted to stay beautiful and thin when she was a teen, because she wanted to be a star.

Of course, their dreams didn’t come true. As in real life – life happened, and their father died when they were still quite young. Little by, little, life shaped them into something neither of them would have ever imagined.

I really enjoyed following the two sisters through the trials and tribulations. Mrs. Everything grabbed me from the beginning, making me enjoy Jo and Bethie, even when I didn’t particularly like them. And I felt like their fights are so similar to many other women’s fights – both in the past, and today.

I think every woman (and many men!) I know would enjoy Mrs. Everything, because the struggles Jo and Bethie had to go through felt familiar, even if I haven’t necessarily had the same kinds in my own life. Fighting for what is right, even if it might benefit other people than myself is something that is important to me. And so, both Jo and Bethie made me cheer for them, fighting for the rights of people who were different from them.

If you’re looking for women’s fiction / family drama, you should definitely pick up Mrs. Everything – and please let me know what you think of it once you do!

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 18h ago

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share my new books, as well as what happened here at (un)Conventional Bookworms and elsewhere in the blogoshpere. I’m linking up with the usual suspects, AKA Team Tynga’s Reviews and Caffeinated Reviewer.

STS #281

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality is all about the latest additions to my library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  I will (probably) be reading soon. Without further ado, here’s what I added to my bloated shelves this past week:

The Sunday Post #221 – Weekend Wrap-up

Kim @ The Caffeinated Reviewer, is our hostess with the mostest for the weekly Sunday Post where I’m wrapping things up. It is the perfect opportunity to share what happened here on my own blog, as well as some of the happenings elsewhere in the Blogosphere.

This week has been short, but still kind of hectic. With three days of my students’ oral exams, and on Thursday, my mom arrived from Norway.

On Friday, my mom, the girls, and I participated in a women’s walk in Geneva, because Switzerland is not among the best places in the world to be a woman, and we still need to fight for equality. It was really nice, and one of the marches with the most participants!

On Saturday, late afternoon, we got a horrible thunderstorm! It rained so much the sewer drains became fountains, and many parts of the city were inundated. Thankfully, our house was not inundated, but it looked really bad down town and in other parts of Geneva.

This Week’s Puppies in Action: Freddy and Hercules are a little perplexed


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The lovely bloggers over at Red Hatter Bookblog have been harassed by an author, and explain how This Has To Stop!

Did you get some good books last week? What have you been up to this past week? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and that next week will be filled with awesome!

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 4d ago

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted here at (un)Conventional Bookworms. So many of the books we read have food or drinks in them, some we’d love to try, and others we’d never ever want to taste… and we thought it could be interesting and fun to share some food and / or drink quotes…  If you want to participate, you can grab our logo if you’d like, or you can make your own, but please link back to us in your own post.

The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Please link up beneath, and visit other bloggers who are participating in Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts as well.

My quote this week is once again from Skin by BB Easton. This one is a food quote and it conveys the personalities of and the dynamics between BB & Knight. Enjoy!

Knight had surprised me for Valentine’s Day by taking me to my favorite restaurant in Little Five Points, The Yacht Club. It was a shitty dive bar with a fancy name – the place my mom and I used to go where hey let people carve stuff into the tables. I had already found three BBs since we’d been there.

“I got you something too,” I said. Reaching into my cavernous purse, I pulled out a Pier 1 gift-wrapped special.

Knight eyed me suspiciously, but took the gift. While he was busy tearing through all fifteen curly ribbons I’d tied around it, I quickly slid most of my chicken fingers and fries into the napkin on my lap. Knight wasn’t above force feeding me, so I’d learned to be more covert.

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 5d ago

Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble

Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely!

In the last few years I’ve been noticing a distinction in the romance world. I think I get what the classification is supposed to be accomplishing but it’s having a negative effect on me. So I thought I’d get y’all’s take on it.

I’m talking about the distinction or labeling of books as “clean” romance. When it comes to romance, I don’t steer away from anything. While I do like a story with the steam, I don’t shy away from any steam level. That means I’m happy with everything from simple sexual tension to graphic depictions of sex. However, seeing a novel distinguished as “clean”…well, it makes me feel dirty. It makes me feel as though there’s something wrong with me not having an issue with any degree of steam level. And I’m therefore much less likely to purchase something labeled as “clean” because I feel as though I’m being shamed.

I think a friendlier way to market romances to those readers who prefer no steam or just a little steam without offending other readers would be to label novels by their steam level. But maybe it’s just me? How do y’all feel about this labeling? Does it bother you? Does it affect your desire to purchase a book? I’m really very curious.

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 1w ago
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Series: Consortium Rebellion #1
Published by Harper Voyager on February 5, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 448
Format: Hardback
Source: Library

A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

Polaris Rising is an incredibly impressive debut. Space opera isn’t a genre I read much of but this book was un-put-downable! The world building was excellent, the character development was awesome, the plot, sub-plots, and what I assume will be the over-arching story plot created such an entertaining read. I liked it all!

Highlights:
  • Characters
    Ada was just the kind of kickass heroine I adore. She gave up a life of luxury – she’s a daughter of one of the ruling Houses in the ‘verse – on principle. See, Ada didn’t agree with being sold into marriage. She’s held a variety of jobs since leaving home and she’s currently a mercenary. It’s just that she’s a mercenary who’s been captured due to the bounty on her head. Marcus Loch, who Ada is sharing a cell with, is also being held due to the bounty on him. Of course, Ada’s wanted alive…Marcus will likely be put to death. These two form an unlikely alliance in order to escape. And it only gets better from there!
  • Character Development/Growth
    Both Ada and Marcus learn trust and loyalty where it applies to intimate relationships. They learn to look beyond more present concerns and they learn life might be more satisfying when shared with someone you love.
  • Secondary Cast
    Mihalik developed an entertaining supporting cast. The secondary characters helped add tension and suspense as well as comic relief to the story. They also added to the depth of the story overall as they solidified the description of the type of people Ada and Loch were.
  • Plot
    The plot was tight. It conveyed not only the type of world these characters currently inhabit but also what the ruling Houses had been up to in the recent past. Combined that made for an engaging and riveting story but also aided in the world building.
  • World Building
    Mihalik did well in creating a ‘verse of indistinct size with space travel that feels fresh even if it’s reminiscent of Star Wars and Star Trek.
  • Romance
    Of course, there’s romance! The way it develops felt genuine and I enjoyed watching Ada and Loch fall.

Polaris Rising was so good! Again, I don’t read space opera often so I’m not a connoisseur but the story was… well, go read it and let me know what you think!

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 1w ago

Deserted Island Read-a-Thon

Deserted Island Read-a-thon, this Read-a-thon will run Sunday, June 9 – Saturday, June 22.

Your treasure hunt has landed you on a deserted island… what books do you want with you? For this read-a-thon you’re making a list of the books you’d want with you. The twist is, you have to read them all in the given time, so make your list wisely. You must have at least one book (no less than 125 pages) on your list and all books fall under Summer COYER rules, so they can be any price and obtained from any legal location in any format. Completing this Read-a-thon successfully will earn you 5 points on the treasure hunt.

For the first time ever, I’m going to participate in a Read-a-thon… I’ve never done this before, since more often than not, I just don’t want to read books once I put them on a list But I think I’ll be able to make it this time.

Desert Island Read-a-thon books:

That’s it for me. I hope I’ll enjoy these books – I know I’m really enjoying COYER so far, and hopefully, Desert Island Read-a-thon won’t be my first and last try.

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 1w ago

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted here at (un)Conventional Bookworms. So many of the books we read have food or drinks in them, some we’d love to try, and others we’d never ever want to taste… and we thought it could be interesting and fun to share some food and / or drink quotes…  If you want to participate, you can grab our logo if you’d like, or you can make your own, but please link back to us in your own post.

The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Please link up beneath, and visit other bloggers who are participating in Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts as well.

My quote this week is from BB Easton’s Skin. I’d be more of a rum and coke gal that bourbon and coke, but I liked the thoughtfulness and ingenuity behind Knight making BB’s drink.

When we got to Colton’s house Knight grabbed a Coke out of Peg’s fridge, poured a little bit into the sink, then flicked his fingers at me, gesturing for the flask that I didn’t even realize I had carried inside. I handed it to him, and he filled the can the rest of the way up with bourbon. Knight kept the flask, but handed the can to me.

Thanks for stopping by today, I look forward to reading your Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts quote. Have a terrific Thursday and don’t forget to link up.

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*I received a free copy of Booty Hunter from Science Future Press via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Booty Hunter by J. A. Huss, KC Cross
Series: Harem Station #1
Published by Science Future Press on May 27, 2019
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Erotica, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Author

Bounty hunter, Serpint, has just returned to Harem Station with a prize addition to his brother’s elite collection of Cygnian princesses. But Serpint sacrificed a lot to bring this little gift home and now all he wants is some no-strings sex with a simple, obedient girl and a bottle of whiskey.
Enter Princess Lyra. She’s any filthy-minded rebel’s one-night-stand erotic dream. If you don’t mind her bad attitude and lack of… Luster
Not quite the obedient girl Serpint was craving. But Cygnian princesses are hard to pass up. Even one with dark secrets. Because they have a very special, very specific, sexual talent... They glow when they climax.
Lyra thinks she’s one of the strong ones. If anyone can resist an overzealous alpha like Serpint, it’s her. But his touch makes her light up like the sun. And she has never been with an AKEELIAN before—they have two—yes two—super LONG, super thick, super BIG... c**ks!
How long can she resist that?
Booty Hunter is the first book in Harem Station standalone series bursting with outlaw alpha aliens with extra appendages, runaway princesses with erotic surprises, and a whole new world of secrets, mystery, and sex. Each book is about 80,000 words and *comes* with a glowing HEA. KC Cross is the brand new sci-fi romance pen name of New York Times Bestselling author, JA Huss.

I have to admit, wifey, I had a great time with Booty Hunter. The characters were awesome, it was funny, it was suspenseful, and it was HOT! Good times all around.

I agree, wifey! The humor actually had me laughing out loud more than once! I loved Harem Station, because what a novel place to include in a story, right? Especially as the story unfolded and things weren’t exactly as they seemed.

In the beginning, I was trying too hard to compare this to Huss’ Junco series. I hate that I do that – compare – but I couldn’t seem to help it. Anyway, once I stopped comparing and let Booty Hunter be its own thing, I really got into the story. Did you have a hard time getting into it or were you sucked in straightaway?

I did some comparing myself, in the beginning, but I really enjoyed the whole universe Huss created with Booty Hunter. Her characters were well done, too, and so I was sucked in quickly.

I liked Serpint from the start. It was heartwarming that we got to see the soft side of him, his grief and vulnerabilities. And I’m eager to know more about his and his brothers’ background. Lyra, I adored! She was feisty, mouthy, and perfect for Serpint. ha! What did you think of them upon first meeting them?

I loved Serpint, too. Even in the very beginning when I didn’t understand much about him, it was refreshing to be put into his life where Booty Hunter started. There was some vulnerability to him, and while he also was a complete badass, I loved that about him. Lyra was my kind of female character! I loved that she didn’t let anyone tell her what to do – even when she found herself in an impossible predicament.

Speaking of Serpint and his brothers, I found the dynamics between them and the roles they played intriguing. They each had their “job” and seemingly accepted their responsibility without question. I know we’ll get to know them all better but what was your initial feelings about them?

Yeah, the way they accepted their responsibility without question was both good and a little strange. Of course, I’ve read more books in the series now – so I totally get it. I enjoyed all of the Harem brothers very much. Because they had started as outcasts, and now, they were power players in the universe. And they could be ruthless, even if they also had a good moral code.

Lyra seemed to have a close relationship with her sister. After revealing more about herself and Nyleena, I was really curious about the Cygnian society. Again, I think we’ll learn more about her and her culture just as we will about the Akeelians but what did you think about their societal dynamics?

It’s a bit freaky, to be honest, how the Cygnian and Akeelians societies work. Booty Hunter was definitely more than a quick romp in space thanks to that – not that I’m really surprised. Huss always manages to have several layers to her stories and her characters, after all. Lyra was great, and I found that the secrets she kept, and how she even managed to hide some of her talents was very smart.

I liked how Huss dangled little bits of information for us – gave us a few puzzle pieces – where the Akeelians and Cygnians are concerned. I’m keen to learn more about their shared histories and how they ended up where they are currently – at odds. How about you?

Yeah, well, I’ve read the next two books now, so I guess I know more than you And I’m still curious, and I still want to know more. But some of the Akeelian and Cygnian mysteries are shared – at least a little bit – in Star Crossed and Big Dicker.

And then there’s ALCOR. He’s quite the AI, isn’t he? He’s funny, yet compassionate and also disciplined when necessary. He’s all-knowing and runs Harem Station smoothly. What do you think about him? And his role with Serpint and his brothers as well as the populace of Harem Station? It’s intriguing to think that an AI (and bots too, I suppose) could run a society like Harem Station – a place where the mix of beings is so diverse – so well. You know? Makes you think…

ALCOR is a bit scary! Yeah, he’s funny and compassionate, but he’s SO old! And if you think about what happened to Harem station before the brothers showed up, he is also ruthless, yeah? And it definitely makes you think. If we ever made actual sentient robots, there might be something like a revolution at one point. I think Harem Station was needed both for the humanoids and for the bots.

Huss really brought Harem Station to life, in my opinion. I loved the description of how it looked and how it was run. I liked that Harem Station brought together so many “outlaws” and they were able to coexist with, seemingly, little friction. Okay, okay, so there was a harem. A harem made up of kidnapped princesses… It couldn’t be perfect! What did you think of Harem Station?

I totally felt like I could find my way around Harem Station if I ever ended up there Where to go, how to get a lift, and how careful I would have to be. You know, those kidnapped princesses didn’t seem to mind too much – apart from Lyra, that is. So yeah, there was a harem. But they could stop working there after five hundred spins (however much time that is.) I found the outlaw aspect to be so interesting – because they weren’t totally outside of the law. Since Harem Station worked, and there were definitely rules there, I guess those who felt outside of society in other places just felt like they belonged there.

Back to the slow dissemination of information and the suspense it created. What did you think of the culmination of events? Did you see that coming? I knew something was happening but I’m not sure I thought that. I’m interested to see where Huss takes that part of the story. You?

Oh my goodness! No, I did not see that coming. And I think that there are already many different way in which she can continue the series. Because she opened up several possible story lines with that ending.

Alright, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the HOT parts, right? I don’t read much space opera so I don’t have much comparison but I liked how Huss made these beings, um…unique. And I thought her sex scenes were pretty smexy. I also liked how that “myth” was incorporated, especially as it ended up being a piece of the puzzle. How did you feel about how Serpint and Lyra came together? (ha! See what I did there? )

Yum! Of course I loved the hot parts. Not sure if I could make it with an Alekeelian male, but it sure was fun to read about. You’re so clever – Serpint and Lyra made sense in a way, I guess. And at the same time, that builds on other kinds of lore, so that made something feel a little bit familiar in a way.

One last thing – I like the pun-ny titles for the series. And I like the new direction Huss is going with these stories. They’re “light” with some darkness rather than the other way around. It’ll be interesting to see if things stay that way.

I totally agree! The titles are awesome – and when we get the information about why those are the titles, it’s even funnier (or should that be punnier?). I love the fact that there’s a lot of humor, even if there is also darkness. Especially because there are some characters who are up for the challenge of making the dark more light.

  

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 1w ago

*I received a free copy of Cross Me from via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Cross Me by Geneva Lee
Series: Royal World #1
on 5 June 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Author

We met. We kissed. We fought for our happily ever after, but true love stories never end...

I promised her protection. I promised to keep her safe. I thought I could until an attack reminds me that our lives will never be simple. But while I try to shield her, Clara refuses to be intimidated by me or anyone else. She thinks hosting the Sovereign Games will bring us all together—as a nation and a family—but someone is working against us. Someone who wants to see my secrets exposed to the world—and to her.

Because the only thing my family has ever buried is its secrets and when she discovers the truth, I might lose everything.

Scandal, betrayal, romance—welcome to the Royal World.
Geneva Lee, the New York Times bestselling author of The Royals Saga returns with Cross Me a new tale of seduction, secrets, and the world’s most watched family.

Cross Me is a spin-off from another Geneva Lee series, and I might have enjoyed this even more if I already knew Alexander and Clara before I met them in this story.

A royal couple, with a lot of pressure from the outside world, their relationship is not an easy one. However, there is a lot of love between them – only not enough conversations and openness at time.

There is a lot of hotness here, and there is also intrigue, secrets, and a little darkness. The political intrigue caught my attention, and I can’t wait to see how Clara and Alexander deal with everything they’re up against.

*I received a free copy of Claim Me from via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Claim Me by Geneva Lee
Series: Royal World #2
on 5 June 2019

Our love has become poison and it's killing us slowly.

I hate how I can't control myself around him. I hate how I always forgive him. I hate that he consumes me. Because Alexander is in my blood. His heart beats in my chest.
He owns me.

But I can't see past his betrayal and his lies. Not this time. I don't know if our love can survive this, because I'm not the girl that fell in love with him anymore. I'm a queen and everyone, even him, will bow to me.

Every family has its secrets. The Royals more than most. The next seductive chapter in the Royal World is hotter, darker, and wilder than ever. You think you know this story? Think again.

A royal couple, with a lot of pressure from the outside world, their relationship is not an easy one. However, there is a lot of love between them – only not enough conversations and openness at time.

There is a lot of hotness here, and there is also intrigue, secrets, and a little darkness. The political intrigue caught my attention, and I can’t wait to see how Clara and Alexander deal with everything they’re up against.

Claim Me started right where Cross Me ended. And while Alexander and Clara did grow quite a bit in this installment, they also both kept things from each other. The suspense and political intrigue was more present – and more urgent in this story, too.

I loved how the relationship between Alexander and Clara evolved – they were able to see past themselves and really talk to each other – and that was much needed.

The cliffhanger has me panting, though. And I really, really need the next story right now!

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Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos #3
Published by Swerve on May 3, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 273
Format: eBook
Source: Gift

Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.

Wow! The Purest Hook kept me up past my bedtime – not necessarily a good thing since I was in Europe but I couldn’t put it down. I’d been excited to get Pixie and Dred’s story and SCole did NOT disappoint!

Pixie is this tiny waif of a girl – thus her nickname – who works at Second Circle Tattoos. Trent and Cujo literally found her on their doorstep and took her in. She’s become the little sister neither had and they’d do anything for her. Even warn away potential suitors. However, Pixie is stronger than she looks. She’s been through some tough stuff and came out of the other side. She’s not unscathed but she has pluck. And what’s not to like about a tiny, Broadway show-tune singing, party dress sewing young woman?

Dred’s been eyeing her for awhile and likes what he sees. As the lead singer of Preload, Trent and Cujo naturally assume he has dubious intentions towards Pixie. But there’s so much more to Dred than music and groupies. He’s loyal to the bone, compassionate, and takes care of his own. He’s out to win Pixie’s heart.

Both Pixie and Dred have secrets about their difficult childhoods. My heart broke for them both as I learned about all they’d experienced. They are understandably guarded but there seems to be a pull between them. SCole took on drug addition and unplanned pregnancy among a few other topics in Pixie and Dred’s story and did so with aplomb. The way she wove in these elements gave their story depth and complexity and a genuineness I appreciated. There was also a suspense element that I felt was well-done. I had kinda guessed what was going on but SCole threw in some twists that left me gasping.

When I finished The Purest Hook, I felt Pixie and Dred were my favorites in the series so far. And SCole left me eager to move on to the spin-off series involving Dred’s bandmates, whom I became acquainted with in this book. However, I must first read #4 in the series, so off I go!

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