Skye Warren-Two for the Show

Skye has given us the second book in Eva and Finn’s series with Two for the Show. This is part of the larger Morelli/Constantine series. There is also a connection to the book I reviewed last week by Skye and Amelia Wilde because Carter, the MMC in that book, is Eva’s brother. It’s a small world in this universe.

As a quick refresher, Eva is a Morelli, and she keeps her family running well. Her mother wants to worry her off, Eva doesn’t want it. Finn comes to a party where Eva is and is being badgered by her mom. Finn talks Eva into running away with him. Eventually, they end up faking an engagement to get people off her back. Finn isn’t worried because he’s never getting married due to the family curse.

OK, from here is stuff about this one. There will probably be some spoilers, but as usual, I will try to keep the spoilers down. I make no guarantees though, so if you are interested in this but you haven’t read the first one yet, then be careful. You have been warned.

So, Finn has just basically eviscerated Eva, and she feels like her heart has been ripped out of her chest. She’s holding it together, but not well. Plus, she found out some really interesting news right after Finn told her to sling her hooks. There’s just so much going on, and she isn’t sure how to deal with it, so she’s focusing on her sister’s wedding, which of course, Eva planned. It’s going well when all of a sudden, Finn walks in, and the world basically crashes down.

Finn is dealing with his own reactions to his actions. He keeps trying to tell himself that he did the right thing, and every time he sees his dad, he’s just more and more convinced that he did the right thing. No matter how horrible he feels about it. Then he walks into a wedding reception and everything changes.

I feel like Eva has so much on her shoulders. She takes on so much, and she really does hold all the Morelli offspring together, I think. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but other people in her family should step up too. Although Leo is always there for her, threatening to kill any men who upset her. I like that she really isn’t a damsel in distress. While having Finn rush in to rescue her from her mother isn’t a bad thing, it isn’t a necessary thing. She really can hold her own. At least in public, most of the time. I also like that she calls Finn on his bullshit. Which is good, because he needs someone to do that.

I mostly like Finn. I think that he is a good man. He really does have the weight of the world on his shoulders, and while his little brother does try to help, Finn is hiding the secret so hard that it is just impossible to do much else. I do feel sorry for him that he has to deal with this so much. I am angry at him about some things though. I think he’s just so fatalistic about what is coming that he sees it as a foregone conclusion and isn’t willing to fight it for himself. I think that he should get all the testing, evaluations, imaging, whatever he can have done. He’s superrich, and he can afford to have it all done.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Amelia Wilde & Skye Warren-Force of Nature

So, Force of Nature is the next part of the series after The Crash, which is a prequel novella. If you haven’t read The Crash, don’t worry, it’s included in this. And I have one very important thing to say about this book and that is that I hope that Skye and Amelia are working really hard on the next book and that it will be out soon, because damn.

So, Carter and June have crashed on the deserted island, and there is someone after them. Carter pulls June into the jungle before the bad guys come, because they are coming. But when he runs out to get supplies from the crashed plane, someone shows up, and Carter ends up doing what he does best.

Carter is developing feelings for June, even though he knows that he shouldn’t. She’s too sweet, innocent, and naive to be part of his world, and she’s not in the mission parameters, but there’s still something about her.

What Carter doesn’t tell June immediately is that they aren’t the only people on the island. They’ve been following trails, manmade trails. Carter doesn’t know what to think about that.

Theo’s mom left the world many years ago and brought her son to this deserted island so that he wasn’t ruined by the outside world. He’s supposed to wait for the cities of men to burn and then help repopulate the world with pure people.

Carter is interesting. I think that he thinks that he is more evil than he really is. I mean, he’s a Morelli, so there is some evilness there, but I think that he has a worse view of himself than is really there. He is very determined and a little obsessive, I think. And able to lie to himself convincingly.

I like June. For all that she looks all sweet and innocent, she really isn’t. She has a lot of guts and determination. She isn’t going to let Carter down, and she isn’t going to complain, even when her feet are cut open and bleeding. I have some mad respect for her.

I don’t have much of an opinion on Theo yet. I mean, yeah, we get to see him interact with Carter and June, but I feel like he’s still a bit of a blank slate.

Anyway, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Amelia Wilde & Skye Warren-The Crash

Amelia and Skye are bringing us back into the Morelli world. The Crash is about Professor Carter Morelli and photographer June Porter, who have to deal with a plane crash on a small deserted island. This is a really quick read because it is just the prologue to the rest of the story, which will be out in a couple of months ago. So, just be aware that it is short when you start reading it.

Carter works for Oxford, and he’s getting ready to fly his very own plane to an outpost out in Mauritania. He’s just waiting for a passenger, a photographer named June. He has an idea of what she is going to look like, but when June walks in, he is surprised. She isn’t anything that he expected. And, oh, she’s afraid of flying.

Like I said, this is a really short story, just enough to whet our appetite, so to speak. We get to learn a bit about our main characters, June and Carter. I really can’t wait to see more of them and to get more of this story, because I am quite interested in what is going to happen.

So, yeah, this is a short blog post, but it’s a short story. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Skye Warren-One for the Money

Skye is dipping back into the Morelli/Constantine world with One for the Money. The main characters in this one are Finn Hughes and Eva Morelli. It’s at least a duet, so be aware of that when you go in. Hopefully Two of the Show will be out soon enough, because I am just dying to find out what is going to happen with Finn and Eva.

So, Eva Morelli is the one that keeps her family on track. She takes care of all her siblings, helps them navigate all the bumps and cracks that come with being part of the Morelli family. She manages her parents, and keeps everything going. In other words, her entire family depends on her, and if she collapses, the family will collapse. Which is entirely unfair to Eva. She is 33 and doesn’t really have a life, other than taking care of her family. At a gala for orchids that she organized, Eva’s mother tries to introduce her to an older gentleman who is looking for a new wife. Eva is very much not interested. But, for Eva’s mother, the best thing that a woman can do is to be married because it will give her safety and stability, and at their level of wealth, marriages are more like a contract and less like a love thing. This older guy would be perfect. All Eva would have to do is pop out a couple of kids, look pretty on his arm, and be the perfect society wife. That is very much not what Eva wants.

In walks Finn Hughes. The Morellis and the Hughes all know each other and they all are at that rarified level of society that being richer than sin leaves you at. He hears Eva’s mom, and comes to rescue Eva, saying that they had plans. Then he bet Eva 25ยข that he could show her a good time and they could have fun. Which they did, by going to an illegal poker game. Eventually, Finn suggests that he and Eva fake date, which would keep her mom off her back for a little while.

Finn is ridiculously charming, and a lot of fun to be around. He acts like a party boy who has no worries, but that’s all a very charming facade. He’s actually dealing with a family curse, so he’s taking care of his father, running the family company behind the scenes, and hoping that his younger brother doesn’t get kicked out of school again. And he’s doing all this not planning on ever having a family or children or falling in love, even though he has Eva on the brain.

I am really not all that charmed by Eva’s parents. They have done a real job on her. She really is made to be responsible for everyone and has to manage all those personalities and take care of everyone, but no one really takes care of her. In fact, I don’t necessarily care about most of her family. I know I’ve read them in other books and liked them fine then, but not so much here. I think that Eva is both really strong and really fragile, if that makes sense. She’s really strong because she’s had to be, and she has built a scaffolding around herself that will hold her up, but at the core, she hurts a lot and it is easy to hurt her. She can and will hide it though, and keep that whole perfect society woman mask on her face. Eva has a really loving heart though, and she just wants to love and be loved.

Finn. Now there’s a whole other thing with him. He is burning all the candles at both ends and the middle. He’s determined to grab onto life as much as possible and to wring all the fun out of it. I can understand why, since he is counting down the days until the curse hits him. But, I also think that he is being kind of prematurely fatalistic. I’m thinking that there may be something to do. I wonder how much research anyone has done into anything, because I feel like nothing has really happened there. I guess I will have to wait. I do like him though. He really just wants to have a normalish life.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Best Kept Secret

This is the last book in the Rochester Trilogy. The release date for Best Kept Secret jumped around, and at one point it was supposed to come out in January, but Skye worked through what was going on in her life, and managed to release it today. I’m grateful that she managed to do that, because I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one to come out. I mean, I was counting down the days from the second I finished reading the second one. So, let’s get to this one.

Since this is a trilogy, there are going to be spoilers in this, especially since this book picks up from right where the last one left off. If you haven’t read the other books and you are interested in them, you might want to put down my review and read the books and then come back. If you get spoiled after this point, you only have yourself to blame, because you have been warned.

So, Beau has sent Jane back to Houston. He did it so that he can keep her safe, but no one is happy about it. When Jane gets home, she finds out that Emily, Paige’s dead mom, is sitting in her bedroom, waiting to talk to her. Emily says that she had to fake her death, because someone was on the boat with her and her husband. That someone shot her husband, and if she hadn’t screamed, the murderer would never have known she was there. Emily wants to get away from the murderer, so she jumps into the ocean, and hopes that she can swim to shore. Luckily, she makes it, but Emily also realizes that she has to stay hidden for her safety and Paige’s safety. As a mother, everything she does is to protect Paige.

Emily convinces Jane to go back to Maine. Emily tells her the sad story behind her death, and then asks Jane to help her convince Beau to help her. Emily isn’t sure that Beau will believe her. Poor Emily has spent so many years in a terrible relationship, so I don’t blame her for not thinking that anyone will believe her, especially Beau. After all, she tried to get Beau to help her before, and he didn’t.

When Jane gets to Beau and Paige, she is so happy and so are they. When Paige goes to bed, Jane tells Beau the whole story, and lets him make the next move.

I really like Beau and Jane together. I think that they are quite a team. They are good on their own, but when you put them together, I think that there is very little that they can’t do. I mean, they figure things out and how to make things work, and Jane is stubborn and smart, and she knows what she wants. Beau is smart and he’s willing to give Jane anything that she wants.

I was prepared to really hate Emily at the end of the last book, but we got to know her so much more in this one, and I don’t dislike her at all. I do feel sorry for her, because she is so damaged by her past. It’s really hard to get past all that damage when you are still living in it, and have no doubts about it, she is still very much living in it because even though Rhys is dead, she hasn’t been in a place, emotionally or physically, to try and heal from all her trauma. We get a couple of chapters from her POV, which is nice. It also looks like we are going to get a book for her sometime soon, so yay!

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics. I’ve always liked the character of Jane. I think that she is really strong and independent and she’s a survivor, all things that I like very much. I really liked Skye’s reworking of it and how she fleshed out the story without drifting too far from the core story.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Strict Confidence

Strict Confidence is the 2nd book in Skye’s Rochester trilogy. This is a modern day retelling of Jane Eyre, with suspense, twists, and a whole lot more sex. Plus a cute Kitten. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic novels, so I was really excited to get into this series. And at the end of book two, I’m still really excited.

Warning, there will likely be spoilers from the first book in this review. The first book was a cliffhanger, so we’re picking up right where we were left. If you haven’t read the first one, and you want to avoid spoilers, this is the time to jump.

So, the house has burned down, Jane and Paige is in the hospital, and Beau is grumpy. Well, grumpier. He’s upset about the fire. He’s upset that Jane was hurt. He’s upset that Paige is hurt. Basically he’s just upset. It doesn’t help that the cop in charge of investigating the fire was a bully to Beau when he was a kid. And, oh, he’s also Paige’s uncle, and he fought Beau for custody of Paige. I mean, obviously he lost, but Joe isn’t a nice guy.

Joe sneaks in and tries to interview Jane, and he says some horrible things. He only stops when Beau walks in and chases him out. Turns out that he had tried to sneak in to question Paige too, but Beau’s friend Mateo was there protecting her. Beau decides that they are all leaving the hospital and takes them to the inn that he has rented. Beau is going to do everything he can to keep them safe.

I think that Beau is really hurting. I mean, he’s been hurt by pretty much everyone close to him in his whole life. His brother bullied him and competed with him, and even stole the woman he was in love with. The woman that Beau loved left him without saying anything. Now, he’s hurting, he’s positive that he’s poison, and he does what he can to protect himself by being this gruff, grumpy asshole. He tells Jane that his love is dangerous, and I can see where he thinks that’s true. I don’t necessarily think that, but I can understand why he does.

I think that Jane is really smart, incredibly compassionate, and very wise. She’s done wonders with Paige, who really needs someone who can take care of her and help her break through her trauma. I think that Jane can do that because of her experiences and just from her innate compassion. I really like Jane. I do wish that she protected her heart a little more, but I think part of that is just because she’s young.

I really can’t wait to see what happens next, because the end of this one? Oh yeah.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Private Property

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic books, so when I heard that Skye had series that was going to retell the story with her spin on it, I was all like sign me right the fuck up, please and thank you. And so, I got Private Property. And I was happy. Right until I hit the fucking end, and Skye was mean to me. I did, and this is the honest truth, curse her when I was done reading, because I don’t know how I’m going to last until book 2 comes out in a couple of months.

We have Jane, who has just flown from Texas to Maine so she can be the nanny to a young girl named Paige. Paige’s parents have just died, and she’s now living with her uncle Beau. She needs a nanny, and Jane needs a job. She’s just out of the foster system and she wants to go to college. The only way she can do that is to earn the money, so the nanny job it is. She signed a year long contract, and she won’t get the majority of her money until her contract is over.

She arrives in the middle of a huge storm and her employer is out in the storm because he rescued a kitten. He shoves the kitten into her hands and tells her to keep it alive and to consider it her job interview. It’s the next morning when she meets her young charge, and it’s not all that great. Paige and Beau butt heads like mad, and Paige is still hurting like hell. But Jane has some tricks that she can use to make a connection to Paige.

I really like Jane. She’s determined AF. She knows what the odds are against her as a former foster child and she’s going to do everything that she can to beat those odds. That means that she HAS to go to college. She HAS to have that degree so that she can get a good job. She worked really hard in high school to get good grades so that she could be accepted to college, so now all she has to do is to get the money. Jane is also really caring. You can see that with how good she is with Paige. It’s obvious that Paige is more than just a job to Jane, she’s someone really important. I like that Jane isn’t afraid to stand up to Beau, which I think that Beau needs more of.

Beau has secrets. Lots and lots and lots of secrets, and I can’t wait to find out more about all of them. We do get to see in his head some, but he’s fairly shut off, even in his own head, which is both interesting and compelling. It makes me really want to find out everything about him.

This isn’t an exact word for word retelling of Jane Eyre, but it does follow the story well enough for anyone who is familiar with it to see it. Skye has put in enough changes in it, other than modernising it, that you don’t know precisely what is going to happen, if that makes any sense. It does to me, anyway.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out. It’s too long from now.

Skye Warren-Mating Theory

Mating Theory is part of Skye’s Trust Fund books, which are part of the larger Tanglewood set of books. I don’t know that I would necessarily call the Tanglewood books a series so much. I just think of them as a world, I guess. Whatever, however. It works for Skye and it works for me, so it’s all good.

So, this is Sutton’s book. We first met him in Survival of the Richest, with Christopher and Harper. He was in love with both of them, and when they found their own love and chose each other, it broke him, and the friendship he had with Christopher. And yet, when Christopher asked him to be his best man at the wedding, Sutton said yes. Then he proceeded to get seriously drunk for a long time. In the days before the wedding, Hugo comes to drag Sutton out of his alcoholic miasma and reminds him that the wedding is coming, and that the bachelor party is coming.

At the bachelor party, Sutton is there talking to Christopher, and when the wedding is brought up, Sutton tells everyone that he has been seeing someone, only he really hasn’t. There is one person that he has on his mind, that he met weeks ago. Her name was Ashleigh, but he really doesn’t know where to find her because their first meeting took place under less than optimal circumstances.

Ashleigh, unknown to Sutton, happens to be standing outside the Den, where the party is happening. She’s trying to get a customer so that she can get some money. She turns one guy down, but then Sutton’s there, and there is much less turning down going on.

I really like Sutton. He is a good man. He might not think that he is, but he has such a good heart. He’s willing to let people basically slice him apart all the time, just so that they will be happy. Then he meets Ashleigh, and he feels bad about things about her too, even if he really shouldn’t. At least, in general. I think that Sutton generally just wants her to be happy, even if he isn’t.

Ashleigh also has a huge heart. She might protect it a little better than Sutton does, but I make no guarantees on that one, because she has her protective lines too. I don’t think that she sacrifices herself as much as Sutton does, but there is some there.

I’m really hoping we get Ky and Mr. Monopoly’s story.

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I really don’t like Christopher or Harper in this one. They don’t really come off well.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Sonata

Sonata is the 3rd book in Skye’s North Security series. It’s also the conclusion of Samantha and Liam’s story. I’ve been looking forward to this book, because I’ve been wanting to know what happened with Samantha and Liam.

Before I get started, I’m going to warn you that there will be spoilers for Overture and Concerto. Sorry. But the way that the books are written, there’s no other way to do it. So, make sure that you are aware of that, and you know that I will try very hard to keep everything as vague as possible.

After the events of the last book, Samantha and Liam are in hiding in the south of France. That sounds like it could be so much fun, but it really isn’t. They are basically at each other’s throat. Liam is still healing from his wound, and because he’s an asshole sometimes, he isn’t taking as much care of himself as he should be. Samantha has locked up her beloved Strad so that she doesn’t give them away with her skill, and hasn’t picked up any kind of instrument, let alone a violin, in months. And they are no closer to figuring out everything that’s going on. So, that leaves Liam with making a choice he doesn’t really want to make. He is going to have to start the tour back up in Paris, and put Samantha on the stage as bait.

I’ve liked watching Samantha grow up and change during the entire series. She has had her eyes opened quite a bit during this. But, I think she’s also retained a part of her that sees life as magical and special, I mean, not that she’s had a whole lot of that in her life, but there’s just some part of her that sees life that way, at least a little bit. She’s also learned her strength, which isn’t anything that she knew from the start of the series. There is one scene in the book where I think she just comes across as an absolute goddess who knows her strength and is so regal, and then a few pages later, she knows her power in a different way.

Liam, I think, gets in his head a lot. He’s letting things that happened decades ago hold him frozen in place. Each time he tries to break free from those things, he lets them get back into his head and hold him back. It’s not fair to himself and it’s definitely not fair to Samantha. OTOH, he always wants to make sure that she’s protected and safe, even when he’s being an asshat. That part is never going to change.

I really want to get a story on Frans and Isa, because I’m pretty sure that it will be something fascinating.

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All the mom stuff was truly unexpected.

OK, that’s all I have to stay today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Concerto

Concerto is the second book in Liam and Samantha’s story. I don’t think that I would call this is a cliffhanger, but it isn’t really an HEA either. Maybe a cliffhanger-lite HFN. Either way, I think that the story of the book is brought to a finish, but not the overall story that is Liam and Samantha.

So, we’re in Tanglewood, because of course we are, can’t be a Skye Warren book otherwise, getting ready for Samantha’s big tour. Liam has ordered his brother to go with her for security, while he tracks down who is behind a threat to Samantha. He’s also beating the shit out of himself because he has a major guilt complex for so many, many reasons. But, this time, it’s because he and Samantha have had sex and he loves her and has loved her for forever. Since he’s found out that the threat is in the same town as her, he has to be there.

Samantha is trying to get into the swing of things being out and mostly on her own-ish for the first time ever. She’s really still that same little girl as she’s always been when she starts out. Right now, the thing that she’s most excited about is that she gets to perform in the Grande, owned by Candy and Ivan, and she gets to see her best friend, Beatrix and Hugo, and their precious little girl. Samantha is getting to know more people, like Harry March, who is the big name singer on the tour, as well as all her other tourmates. I like Harry March, but not all the time. Samantha is torn over Liam, since she’s loved him since she was 12, and after she turned 18, it changed into something so much more powerful. It’s ripping her apart trying to figure out what she wants and what he wants.

I loved the push and pull between Liam and Samantha. There is so much tension and passion there. It’s so strong and so compelling. I honestly didn’t know who to cheer for or what outcome I wanted to have happen. It’s a really Skye Warren kind of thing, if you ask me. It’s a lot of fun to read, in my opinion. I like being kept a little off balance like that. I also like the visceral feelings that the books evoke in me. That tension and tug-of-war really pulled at me and made me even more invested in Samantha and Liam and their story.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of the story. Hopefully Skye won’t leave us hanging for too long.

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My heart jumped into my throat when Harry missed. And I got so mad at the exec taking it out on Samantha, since it was totally not her fault at all.

OK, that’s all on this one. Go check it out. Happy reading!

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