Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis

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Come Undone is a different twist on a rock story. I did enjoy the intimate look at a rock star who doesn’t crave the limelight. What I didn’t like was that Xane and the sex seemed over the top.  I felt that that was most of the story…with a little bit of dialogue thrown in.

Xane is the lead singer of Black Halo a world famous Goth-metal band. After a concert Xane leaves the band because of his relationship with one of the members goes sour. He runs into Dani in the hallway and convinces her to take him away. Xane finds himself really into Dani and gets her to jet of to Monaco City to hide out from all the publicity. There Xane and Dani start to explore each other and their relationship more.

Xane is…I don’t really know. I want to like him, I really do. But I don’t feel that I can. His band mate and girlfriend just broke up with him because she married another band mate…and wait they were in a threesome…so he finds the first girl and falls in love with her. But he is also bi-sexual and I think feels worse about losing Steve than Elspeth. It just doesn’t work for me.

Dani was an interesting choice for Xane and I wasn’t too sure of her at first. She has some serious issues that she tries to work through. She comes from a woman’s religious commune (who beat her) and she falls for a sex addicted rock star? By the end of the book I felt that she blossomed into her own character and was a passable fit for him.

There is quite a lot of drama in Come Undone. While Xane and Dani leave the rock world for a while the drama seems to follow them. Xane and Dani seem to create their own drama as well. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.  so with that said…I really didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. The story is set with a cliffhanger that left me questioning the need for it. The book is quite long so I didn’t understand why Xane and Dani’s story couldn’t be wrapped up in this book.

 

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From the Author:

 

On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world. When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend. There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone?

Maverick by Anna Cruise

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Kellen Handler is a superstar surfer. All he cares about is surfing…nothing else matters anymore. After a tragic accident Kellen can’t seem to care for much except surfing and he has become a public relations nightmare. His manager steps in and gets him…under duress…to agree to work with a public relations firm. Kellen is not interested in cleaning up his image…but once he meets Gina…Gina Bellori works for the public relations company hired to clean up Kellen’s image. Gina does not want to be around the surfing world. She left that part of her life behind years ago.

Wow…talk about two wounded souls. Gina…god I really feel for her. What happened with her family and her boyfriend is just tragic. I can totally understand her reasoning for not wanting to be around the beach and all the memories that it brings. Gina is a great character because she moves past her fears and reservations to work with Kellen. She is a strong woman that and takes none of Kellen’s bullshit. I loved that she could stand up to him. Kellen…is such a mess. I really feel bad for him…sort of. He choose to be a jerk. He needs Gina to kick his ass and get out of the funk he is in. Together Kellen and Gina are really HOT! They both move past their grief and learn to live again.

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From the Author:

Kellen Handler is in deep. Ever since he can remember, he’s wanted to be a professional surfer. And he made it, rising to the top of the ranks, traveling the world and riding every break he’s ever dreamed of. His good looks and reputation for living on the edge—both in and out of the water—have made him an international superstar. But when his best friend dies in a tragic accident, Kellen wipes out big time, spiraling so badly that everything he’s worked for starts to disintegrate.

Tour officials scramble to do damage control and demand he work with a public relations company to clean up his bad boy image. It doesn’t help that the person assigned to him, Gina Bellori, has her own demons associated with the surfing world. Against her better judgement Gina accepts the job and concentrates on repairing Kellen’s tattered reputation, despite his protests and despite the pain it causes her. With her past colliding with her present—and Kellen in the thick of it—she begins to realize that some secrets can’t stay hidden. And suddenly, Kellen Handler is no longer worried about losing his career. He’s more worried about losing his heart.

Real by Katy Evans

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I wanted to read Real because of the cover. It is just that hot. Once I started reading Real I couldn’t put it down. I found myself sucked into Remington’s story. Real is the story of Remington and Brooke; two people that meet under unique circumstances and forge an unlikely relationship…but can it last.

Remington Tate is a popular fighter in the underground fighting circuit. He is quite the character. Remington is arrogant, sexy and just plain yummy. Once he starts fighting…he is off the charts hot. In addition to this Remington has some really dark demons. He can be moody, quiet and a little sweet.

Brooke Dumas is a sports therapist and receives an exclusive contract to work for Remington. She falls into lust with him pretty quickly. Brooke…I could take her or leave her. She was just an OK character. She had a few flaws that really bothered me. The biggest was when she left him in the hospital. Just didn’t make sense to me.

As a couple they generate some pretty good chemistry. Once Brooke and Remington finally (FINALLY) got together it was pretty awesome. Remington was really sweet at times and would play her song after song so she would understand him more. I thought it was a really unique thing.

Real has one of crazy cliffhanger. I wish I knew this going into the book because I am not a fan of them. I really have no idea which way the author will take the story.  I will definitely read the next one because I want to see how Brooke and Remington’s relationship will turn out.

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From the Author:

HOT. SEXY. POWERFUL. PAINFUL. REAL. The scorching international bestseller that strips away everything you’ve ever believed about passion . . . . Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL. Hired to keep his perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more. But their white-hot lust has a dark side—and when Remy’s deepest secret comes to light and Brooke’s familial duties demand action, will the pair be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real suddenly fade away like an illusion?

 

Elite (The Eagle Elite Series) by Rachel Van Dyke

Tracey Rooks grew up on her grandparent’s farm in Wyoming. When it’s time for college she applies and won a lottery for a coveted spot at Eagle Elite University. Eagle is a very prestigious university in Chicago. Her world is soon turned upside down when she meets Nikon. Even when he is being a jerk, she is drawn to him. Tracey soon finds out that everything she knew about her life is wrong and her future will be nothing like she thought.  Nikon is seen as a wealthy college student. He runs Eagle Elite and everyone knows it. Nikon does his best to stay away from Tracey. But like every good plan he finds his life meshed with hers.  As Tracey’s history is revealed so are Nixon’s secrets. Can Tracey and Nixon have their happily ever after?

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So….I really am on the fence with this Elite. I am literally straddling the line between like and dislike. Which means that I think it was eh. Nothing to horrible but nothing that was really great either.  I believe that the story has a lot of potential but it just didn’t play out very well. I think that the book should either have been a Young Adult Novel or a Regular Adult Novel. I think by choosing “New Adult”, it felt like the author couldn’t decide which way to go with it.  The mob angle was a different story line and I actually like that because it’s not something that is written about often.

Nixon is quite the jerk in the beginning, ok a HOT jerk, but still a jerk.  It took me a little while before I actually liked him. When he wasn’t being a jerk he was actually a nice guy (as nice as you can for the mob). You could tell that he struggled with his feelings for Tracey and always wanted what was best for her.  I just could not see him as the “head” of his family.  (Now in my opinion, if he was the son of the boss and in college while figuring out if he wanted to stay in the family that would have been more believable.)

Tracey Rooks is an interesting mix.  I found her at times to be quite brave (especially with all the bullying) and at other times completely naïve. I did like her with Nixon as I can see why she would be attracted to him. Must admit, I liked Chase! I was really rooting for him. The additions of Nixon’s friends make for well-rounded cast of characters. I hope that future books will feature more of them.

 With all this being said, I will still pick up the next book because I want to see how things play out as I think the story has a lot of potential.  The book reminds me of a daytime soap that sucks you in and you have to keep watching because you need to know what’ happens.

I do feel that if this book interests you, you should read it. As you might have a totally different opinion then I do. And I would love to hear about it!

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DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy (from Netgalley) of Elite in exchange for my honest review.

  Author Site – www.RachelVanDyken.com

From The Publisher:

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There’s Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn’t long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn’t realize she was the enemy — until it was too late.

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484125460

Publisher: Forever (July 9, 2013)

Sold by: Hachette Book Group