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PIERCED by Sydney Landon
Copyright: July 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: Lucian & Lia, Book 1
Source: Amazon Freebie

My name is Lucian Quinn and I own one of the most successful software companies in the world. I’m twenty-nine, rich and single. Impressive right? I’m also a favorite target for every hungry socialite looking to land the uncatchable catch. Maybe it sounds vain, but the fact that I’m a God between the sheets doesn’t hurt my stock any. What these women don’t know though is that I’m completely screwed up and damaged beyond repair by my past. The only part of me I’ll ever willingly give them is the hour it takes to make them scream…several times.

Then I saw her…

I’m Lia Adams and I’m in my last year at St. Claire’s University in North Carolina. I grew up with an abusive mother, and a twisted stepfather who was worse…so much worse. I’m so close to escaping from my past and making my dreams come true. I’ll do anything necessary to survive, even work as an escort to help pay for my college expenses. The men that I accompany to various events as an escort for Date Night are mostly harmless and just want an attractive woman on their arm for an evening. It has never gone further than that…until him…

“I want you to call into work tomorrow and quit your job. I don’t think you need to bother with notice; it’s not likely you will ever use them for a future job reference.”
I nod my head in agreement, fighting the sleep threatening to claim me when his words finally hit me. What the h***? “Wh—What did you say?” Had I imagined the whole thing?
Without looking at me, he repeats his demand. I shake my head, completely confused. “What are you talking about? Why would I quit my job? Oh, no,” I gasp in horror, “are you trying to get me fired because of tonight? It was just cold medicine!”
His eyes are glittering in the darkness. “Baby, if I wanted to have you fired, I would. I want to f*** you, but not when you’re being paid to be my date.”

Circumstances bring two people that should have never crossed paths together and in the days and weeks ahead, they grow close quickly, each seeing a kindred soul in the other. As ghosts from their past rise to haunt them, they cling to each other as their lives start to spiral out of control. Soon, they realize that they’re both damaged possibly beyond repair. Will their love be what saves or destroys them?

A couple things to say about this one:

TSTL heroine. Unprotected sex with hero after only knowing him a couple days? Knowing he’s a man who “has had many women” No THANK YOU.

Even though I’ve never read Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, I’ve read plenty of reviews and seen many comments/discussions about it to know Day’s Gideon is a tortured soul who has lots of nightmares about his past. As does this hero. The first time they were in bed together and he was whimpering in his sleep, Gideon was my first thought. Did the author mean for that to happen? Not sure but…..I can’t help where my mind went when I read that scene.

Hero who has a cocaine habit but can function and make great business decisions while high? I don’t think so. We’re really expected to believe that only he, his supplier, his driver (who put him in touch with the supplier) and his friend are the only ones to know about his habit? That he can go through his day acting just fine while high as a kite? Really??

Huge DNF. Thank God this was a freebie at Amazon.






He Is Not What She Had In Mind.

Jude Bertrand is not an excellent dancer. Nor does he wear the most fashionable coats. But when Marissa York’s brother approaches him, desperate to preserve Marissa’s tenuous reputation, Jude does prove heroic enough to offer to marry the girl. In fact, the union should more than make up for his lack of social graces—and his own scandalous past…

But Minds Change…

Marissa knows that betrothal to the son of a duke—even one as raw and masculine as Jude—will save her from ruin, but that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it. Soon, though, she finds that Jude has a surprisingly gentle touch—and plans to use it to persuade Marissa that their wedding day cannot come soon enough…

This past month I’ve been in a historical mood. My first love genre that I’ve noticed, in the past year, I haven’t been reading a lot of. I decided it was time to fix that and picked up A LITTLE BIT WILD out of the TBR that is slowly taking over my house. I settled myself down to enjoy it and within a few pages knew it wasn’t for me.

It starts off with a bang. From the first scene, we know the heroine is sleeping with a random person. Random as in he’s not the hero. He (Random Guy) thinks they’ll be getting married now that they did the deed but the heroine is quick to correct that misconception. She proceeds to tell him that she although she had sex with him, she has no plans to marry him.

A few pages later, her family is informed about what happened and again she says no to marrying the guy. (At one point, I found myself closing the book to look at the spine again, to double-check that it truly was a historical that I was reading. It didn’t seem like it, to be honest.) The hero, who is a friend of one of her brothers, steps in later and says he’ll marry her. The reaction from the heroine completely turned me off ever wanting to know if she ever had her HEA or not. Within a few pages and with just a few words said, she just ceased to matter to me, even though the hero seemed interesting to me. Though, not so interesting that I would have read all the way through the heroine’s spoiled and immature attitude. She gave off the “How dare you actually think you’re as good as I am and expect me to actually marry you?” vibe.

I probably could have given it more time to see if it got better but her attitude just grated on my nerves and for that, I added this book to my DNF list.

This was actually my first Dahl read. I did want to like the book. I hate that I didn’t as I have several other books by Dahl in the TBR that I added after I found her on Twitter and started following her. She’s extremely funny and I wanted to give her a try.



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