I'm gonna focus on a few books that I've read recently and that I've absolutely adored. Now, at the bottom of this page is my goodreads challenge widget with all the books I've read. So far, to date, it's 143. This to me seems absurd, but I've managed it and I'm actually quite proud. Also, I really want to thank everyone who has come on and supported me during my giveaways. I will have a really special giveaway soon, just waiting on the author to get back to me. (I already have one of the two books!) I'm such a tease!
Okay, So in no particular order!
This book is a continuation of the fabulous Moreno Brothers stories. However, it focuses on Vincent Moreno, a tough talking kid who grew up outside of the fabulous San Diego Moreno's. He's been in trouble more times than not. But everything changes when he meets Rose, his cousin's sister-in-law. Vince falls hard for Rose and they're relationship is beautiful and terrible at the same time. Because they live so far apart and come from different backgrounds now, everyone looks at Vince as a thug. Rose sees the softness and the romantic in him. Things go to shit when he caught with drugs and accused of soliciting a 16 year old for sex. (He's not.) He is forced to enlist in the army and keep up the lie to Rose. Wanting to protect his younger brother, Vince learns a hard life lesson in Iraq and realizes that he wants Rose and will do anything he can to get her back. I honestly wasn't sure how I'd feel about a spin-off, but Elizabeth Reyes can do no wrong in my eyes. This lady can write the phone books and I'll read it. Please check out the Moreno Brothers' series and then this one. Trust me on this.
This is a really dark, dark book. The themes in this book are heartbreaking. Olivia is a high school student who loathes her mother and just wants to finish school and start life anew. However, Caleb has other ideas for Olivia. Sinister at best, he watches Olivia as she waits for her bus. Day in and day out he waits. Until one day, she is accosted and he comes by to save the day. Of course, now this gorgeous guy is on her mind and she's intrigued. That is until she is kidnapped, blindfolded and beaten. See Olivia has been targeted for sexual slavedom. And Caleb is the one who will break her will to get her to that point of sexual submission. That is if Olivia doesn't break Caleb first. A difficult storyline, but so wonderfully addictive. You want to hate Caleb, but you can't. He sees Olivia and she seeks out his compassion and perhaps his love. As things change, Caleb's feelings for Olivia grow as does hers. But of course, most would cry Stockholm Syndrome, but there's something a bit deeper. CJ Roberts has written a fantastic immoral story that will stay with you for a very long time.
Holy sex on a stick, this book is hot. Olivia lives with her snooty cousin who has everything while she has nothing. At a bachelorette party, Olivia mistakens the club's owner as the entertainment and literally starts stripping him. It's not until the real stripper shows up that she's humiliated. But her humiliation is compounded when she awakens the next morning to find him sitting at her kitchen table drinking coffee. Except, the person she met the night before was Cash and sitting at her table is Nash, his identical twin brother. Nash is successful, gorgeous and Marissa's boyfriend. Cash is the club owner, a bit rough around the edges and screams sex. Olivia finds herself drawn to both brothers, but they both have a secret, a deadly secret that if found out could ruin everything. What a fantastic hot story. You want to love Cash and Nash, but you just know that one of them isn't who they say they are. My first M. Leighton book and I look forward to many more. This book is more mature, but for the older college age kid, perfectly acceptable.
I definitely have more books to recommend, but this is it for now. The ratings are mine and I was not influenced in any way by author or publisher.