Author: Layla Hagen
Synopsis: *A new sizzling romance from a USA TODAY BESTSELLING Author* *This book is a standalone. Each book in The Bennett Family series will follow a
different couple.* Eric Callahan is a powerful man, and his sharp business sense has earned him the nickname ‘the shark.’ Yet under the strict façade is a man who loves his daughter and would do anything for her. When he and his daughter move to San Francisco for three months, he has one thing in mind: expanding his business on the West Coast. As a widower, Eric is not looking for love. He focuses on his company, and his daughter. Until he meets Pippa Bennett. She captivates him from the moment he sets eyes on her, and what starts as unintentional flirting soon spirals into something neither of them can control. Pippa Bennett knows she should stay away from Eric Callahan. After going through a rough divorce, she doesn’t trust men anymore. But something about Eric just draws her in. He has a body made for sin and a sense of humor that matches hers. Not to mention that seeing how adorable he is with his daughter melts Pippa’s walls one by one. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but the connection that grows deeper every day that has both of them wondering if love might be within their reach. When it’s time for Eric and his daughter to head back home, will he give up on the woman who has captured his heart, or will he do everything in his power to remain by her side? *This read is recommended for ages 18+ due to mature content.
Pippa and Eric are just amazing. I love the Bennett family. They are all amazing and each new book in the series just reminds me how much they are really something. Hagen's characters have real depth. Eric is a lone parent and a successful business man. Pippa is a shareholder and designer for her family's business. Hagen has a knack for sexual tension. There's no rush for her to get to the juicy bits but she makes that work by building it up and up until the perfect moment. This whole series really is a must read.
Synopsis: From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Deborah Bladon. Obsessed - Part One Independent jewelry designer, Ivy Marlow, had it all - the man, the security and the ring. Now, all she has to her name are a broken engagement, the crushing worry of a flailing business and the haunting feeling of complete betrayal. The last thing Ivy expected to find attending a posh New York art show, was him. Jax Walker is everything she doesn't need but can't resist. He's gorgeous, brazen, unapologetic and powerful. He becomes the escape Ivy has been craving and longing for. He knows what she needs, anticipates her desires and offers it all to her, but at what price? What once seemed to be a chance encounter designed by fate becomes more enigmatic than the man himself. Jax is full of secrets and Ivy is about to learn that his obsession for her runs deeper and darker than she ever imagined.
Obsessed - Part Two When Ivy first met Jax, she knew he was everything she wanted, but she didn't need. She couldn't have been more right. She thought she was done with the lies, the secrets and the betrayals, but her past is inescapable, no matter how hard she tries. That pain that she once thought was buried forever is slowly starting to resurface and it may just be too much for her already fragile heart to take. If there's one thing that Ivy loves most about Jax, it's his relentless need for control. He does everything he can to win her back and to prove that there's more to him than his past demons. He swears he's a changed man, but can a man like Jax ever really change? As Ivy begins to believe in Jax again, an unexpected secret tears her world apart. Past lovers return, schemes are exposed and Ivy is left standing in the center of it all.
Obsessed - Part Three Ivy wanted Jax to be the man of her dreams. After all the lies, the mysteries and the manipulations she was ready to start on the path towards a new beginning. That all came to a crashing halt that blindsided them both. The images that flashed across his computer screen are burned forever in her memory. They're inescapable and the only way out of the darkness leads straight back to him. She knows what she saw. He knows what he believes. Will his unending drive to possess her push her away forever? As Ivy puts the pieces of her shattered life back together, she's confronted with a reality she never saw coming. Is she strong enough to find her way to the truth? And who will be waiting for her when she gets there?
Still Obsessed - Part Four The end is here... Life couldn't have been more idealistic for Ivy Marlow. She owned the business of her dreams, worked alongside the man she loved, and her future was bright and filled with unending promise. Looks can be deceiving though and as much as she loved her life, she knew that she and Jax Walker were destined for a collision course if something didn't change. Destiny stepped in and one fateful night on a dark street, everyone's life transformed in a profound way. Ivy is tossed back into the past she thought was behind her and Jax is determined to reclaim what was rightfully his. What neither of them could have predicted is that life doesn't let you plan your own course. Sometimes you have to let fate take you by the hand so you can find your true destiny. Is Ivy's future with Jax or will the ghosts of her past destroy them forever?
This was the very first book I read by Deborah Bladon and it was the book that led to me reading every book she’s ever written. Obsessed was absolutely brilliant. Ivy Marlow is young and independent. She’s a jewellery designer and she’s engaged to the supposed love of her life. But it all falls through when the engagement is broken off. She’s devastated by his betrayal but then she meets Jax Walker and her world is literally turned upside down. She can’t resist him; literally. He’s hot – like sooo hot. He’s powerful and relentless.
But Jax is also keeping secrets, secrets that threaten to destroy them. Problem is it’s not just Jax that’s got secrets. There are secrets in Ivy’s past that even she doesn’t know about. Jax is ridiculously intense and hot. I mean he actually says “your pleasure was all mine,” and I was sat there wishing he was saying it to me instead of Ivy. Soz Ivy... As much as I like you, I’d fight you for Jax any day. Bladon might actually be the queen of the cliff hanger, so be prepared for heart break at some point but I promise she always pulls the happy ending out of her hat in the end.
The title Obsessed is so promising and this book doesn’t fail to deliver. This is the book that opens up a whole world of characters that Bladon has created for your enjoyment. Jax’s obsessions collided with one another in this awesome saga of love, betrayal and perhaps most importantly obsession.
This book deserves five out of five stars.
Synopsis: Part One Harvard student, Sadie Lockwood, was given a second chance and she's determined to make it count. She planned her life out with precision and she refuses to be deterred from her course. She knows what she wants and that is to honor the person who lost their life to save hers. When Hunter Reynolds steps into Sadie's world, she is knocked off of her axis. He's bold, charismatic and intense. She's committed to not let him lead her off her prearranged path but he's persuasive and a little fun never hurt anyone, right? As Sadie sets out on a journey to pull back the layers of Hunter's emotional façade, she begins to question the very heart that beats within her. Will shedding her own inhibitions help Sadie to accept the man she craves or will everything change once all is exposed?
Part Two Hunter was everything Sadie always wanted. He was powerful, dominant, gorgeous and, most of all, he wanted her exactly as she was. When she threw caution to the wind and jumped into his bed, she believed that her life was finally beginning. She was ready to start living and he was the one person she knew she could trust with her heart. That was until she found out that Hunter had owned her heart all along. When his past comes back to overturn Sadie's present in a way she never could have predicted, what will be left of the two of them? As Sadie struggles with embracing the truth, she's struck with a reality that makes her breathless. First loves, new loves and an unthinkable future leave Sadie reeling. Is her heart strong enough to accept the unavoidable truth?
Part Three Hunter changed Sadie's entire life. After discovering his connection to her past, she was ready to let go and embrace her new life. That one fateful night in Manhattan changed it all. After seeing Hunter for who he really is, Sadie must face painful truths about his past and their present. Her heart is pushing her in one direction. Her mind is pulling her towards a different path. Will Hunter's eventual confession change everything? As Sadie tries to accept who Hunter really is, she's forced to confront realities she never knew existed. She believes she's ready for it all, but is her heart strong enough?
More Exposed - Part Four Sadie Lockwood thought she had the perfect life. She loved Hunter Reynolds, she was studying to be a doctor, and her entire future was planned out. Everything was going her way. It all shattered when Hunter's past collided with their future. The one secret he kept from her barreled back into their lives, crushing everything in its path. It shattered all they held dear and it threatened them both in ways they never imagined it would. Hunter was everything she ever wanted. He told her he couldn't breathe without her. What happens when her very breath is stolen because of that love?
Sadie Lockwood owes her life to someone she’s never met and has decided to make it count. Everything is planned out. She’s studying medicine at Harvard and she refuses to let anything to deter her course. This is another one of those alpha male stories; he’s dominant, powerful, HOT, controlling... but as always the characters’ pasts collide in the most unbelievable way; what were the chances? Can you call it fate? I totally would.
This book literally broke me. Every time a little bit of the truth came out and Sadie was that little bit more exposed and Hunter turned out to be lying that little bit more my heart broke and broke and broke again. The plot is so completely different to anything I’d read before.
I felt cut in two; one side I loved Hunter and on the other I just couldn’t completely trust him. It’s easy reading at its best. It’s another serial so be ready for cliff hangers galore but it’s well worth reading; these two characters have stayed with me for years now and I still think back to them often now that Bladon’s world of characters has grown so much.
Synopsis: Restaurateur and bartender Blaine Davis has avoided contact with the father he's hated since childhood. When a bombshell brunette shows up, clearly a fish out of water in his sleepy little town, Blaine is suspicious. But he finds it impossible to stay away from the most intriguing woman he's ever met. Beautiful socialite Catherine Fairchild has been given a mission: help a powerful billionaire reconcile with his son. In exchange, he's going to make all her money problems go away. But Catherine starts to feel too much for the one man who sees beyond her pretty face to trick him into joining the shallow, selfish world that ruined her. Will the lies and secrets that brought them together end up tearing them apart?
Another very different book from a very different series. Catherine Fairchild has lost everything. Her life has fallen to pieces and the people around her think she's to blame. So when an old family friend asks for a favour she jumps at the chance to escape her ex-husband's family. I found this book very interesting because it relates to a series that I'd read previously; The Pryce Family series. This book seems to fit somewhere towards the beginning of that series although I'm not exactly sure when.
This was a fantastic book with a really great plot line plus a really hot male lead. I love the interwoven plot lines and all the family secrets that are coming out. Nadia Lee never lets us down.
Synopsis: A Hot New Sexy Contemporary Romance Novella from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Nadia Lee! A Seduced by the Billionaire Novella Her best friend's brother never looked so hot... Brooke de Lorenzo knows Pete Monroe is off-limits. They crossed that line once, in a make-out session that rocked her world, but anything more would be complicated. Messy. Unbelievably hot. And deep down, she's afraid the younger man might just break her heart. Pete's worked years to make sure he will be worthy of Brooke, and he's not going to wait any longer. He's going to show her what they have is very real, and that forbidden fruit is the sweetest and most satisfying.
I don't actually know what to say about this book. It really lacked suspense or conflict or intrigue, basically all those things that make the best books but I enjoyed it all the same. It was short - something that was reflected in the price, and very sweet. The characters were adorable. Pete was very cute. Pete and Brooke's relationship was something they'd put off for years - eight to be exact for reasons that weren't actually valid at all it turns out. It was nice to see their dreams come true.
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