SERIES PLACEMENT: #1
AUTHOR: Joya Ryan
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2015
PUBLISHER: Bear & Gunner Pub.
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 228
COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
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RATING: 5 Stars
He will give her everything she's ever wanted...
Jack Powell's confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he'd rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She's a light in the darkness of his world - and she needs help, which he agrees to.
The only rule? He makes the rules.
Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack's past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she's worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She'll continue to reach for him - her only fear is if he'll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him...
REVIEWERS NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
5 Sexy, Brilliant Stars!
Total Escape! This Book Sucked Me In and Wouldn't Let Go!
I was asked to read this title for review by a friend and I readily agreed after reading the blurb. It sounded intriguing and definitely like something I’d like. I wasn’t wrong. I started this book and before I knew it, an entire afternoon had passed and I was hitting the last page, wanting, NEEDING and eagerly anticipating more. I loved the story line. I loved the characters. I loved the bits of mystery and suspense woven in and I adored the romance. And I absolutely LOVED the sexy!
Jack Powell approaches Lana Case one night at a bar after a fight breaks out and he gallantly rides in like a white knight to her rescue. And thought she’s painfully shy, she goes to the safety of his house while she waits for her friend to pick her up. There’s an instant attraction on both sides but Jack has a darkness inside him that keeps him contained and Lana is trying to break free from her timid shell which she’s been hiding in since childhood.
These characters are a mystery and I loved peeling back the layers but even as layers are being lifted, more layers are being laid. The author’s writing was captivating and she did a fabulous job mixing a beautiful, lusty romance with intrigue and questionable circumstances, allowing the reader to get lost inside the pages, consumed by the story and enthralled by the characters.
Lana is a bit in the naive side, greatly inexperienced in the ways of relationships and very unaware of her own sexuality. She’s hidden herself away from these experiences because of her past and watching her bloom and transform into a more assertive, stronger woman was breathtaking.
After getting off to a slow build, Lana and Jack were smokin’ hot together. Their resistance to become entangled only aided in my fascination of them as I watched their walls slowly crumble. They both have painful pasts they are trying to overcome and secrets they are hiding.
Jack brings out the best in Lana but Lana wants to be the same for him and in her attempt to get to know him, pushes and prods more than Jack is comfortable with . But I loved seeing him break little by little. He ‘s built this security wall around himself and his past that keeps his mind and heart protected. Lana slowly gets to the heart of Jack’s pain but then... well, you’ll just have to read to find out because this story didn’t end like you’d expect.
And then there’s Callum....
And I KNOW there’s more to the story of Jack and Cal and how Lana came to be in their sights.
And that ending?? Holy cow! Its going to KILL me to wait for the next book. This was my first book by this author but if her other books are anything like this one, I’m one-clicking them all! As for book two in this series, definitely count me in for release day because I’m so totally there!
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