REVIEW: All or Nothing

You’ve met Ben Shaw. Now meet Braydon Kincaid, the devil-may-care male model who nearly stole the show in Working It by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

As one of the world’s most sought-after male models, Braydon is no stranger to the finer pleasures in life. The last thing he wants to do is limit himself, especially when it comes to women. His best friend, Ben, might’ve settled down, but Braydon doesn’t want to waste his youth on the messy complications of commitment. He wants fun. He wants easy.

Ellie isn’t looking for a casual relationship, but her tough and sassy personality instantly attracts Braydon, who proposes a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Unable to resist the powerful pull of the charming bad boy, Ellie eventually relents, though she longs for all-consuming love.

As the two spend more time together, Ellie soon realizes that Braydon’s posing skills extend off the runway. His carefully crafted façade masks a secret hurt that he’s reluctant to share with Ellie, even as they embark on a passionate affair that sends them hurtling toward a fate neither expected. Can Ellie risk her heart while she waits for Braydon to let her in, or will she be forced to demand all or nothing?

Author: Kendall Ryan 

Series: Love by Design #3

Published: September 9th 2014 by Atria Books

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  

I was looking forward to this book so much so that when it finally came out I was beyond excited, which now that I think about it was really weird since the last book wasn’t nearly as good as the first and while the first was not necessarily good but interesting the follow-up was disheartening to say the least.

That excitement quickly faded when I started reading. In the first two books Ellie came off as strong, fierce and independent. That however, was not the Ellie I encountered in her own story. She was spineless and emotional and quite frankly pathetic. Her relationship with Braydon started out purely physical which I didn’t understand since she knew that wasn’t going to be enough but I get that we sometimes take what we can get. When she realized she wanted more she asked for it (that’s about the only upside). After she was turned down she cried (okay), licked her wounds but then –and here’s the frustrating part– went straight back at the first text asking to “hang out=sex” where was the advice you gave to Emmy about distance and giving him time to miss you? I didn’t understand how she could be so weak in that moment, yes you’re falling for him and his body is Gods gift to women but have some pride!

Other than Braydon’s unwillingness to commit there really wasn’t much of a plot.  It took me so long to finish because I couldn’t stomach the inanities of the story line, who on earth would in their right mind go to someone’s — who they’re only sleeping with, don’t know what the relationship status is– ex-girlfriend to get information about why he has a hard time committing? How does that make sense as a person and a writer? After asking around the responses I’ve gotten, “I’d get together with my ex’s ex to bash him but not to dig for information if I want to be the important woman in his life.”

It was slow and pointless and not worth writing –in my opinion, I could have done without Ellie’s story. Actually her story should have happened behind the scenes of Emmy and Ben’s second story. It would have been less annoying that way.  I started it so I had to finish it and I’m glad it’s done with.

I’ve noticed that Kendall Ryan’s books have always been hit or miss with me. They are either good or really terrible, consistency is not key.

 

 2 STARS

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REVIEW: Lick

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Kylie Scott

Series: Stage Dive #1

Published: July  1st 2013 by Momentum

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: 

What am I missing? Everyone seemed to love this book but for me it was highly improbable. For some reason the new craze in the NA genre is Vegas themed and along that theme line, there is a girl who gets drunk and a man who isn’t nearly as drunk and somehow the two get married and somehow they stay married throughout the “getting to know you stage” and then into the “happily ever after stage” WTF? Besides this Vegas wedding that Evelyn doesn’t seem to remember I felt like I was reading this book through a weed filled haze. I didn’t know what was going, when anything was happening and where all the drama came from.

The biggest downside to this book for me was my inability to connect to the characters. I know where Evelyn was coming from in terms of her feelings and her “plan” and her only had sex once but didn’t like it and it hurt and I don’t want to do it again to I’m a nympho but only when David’s around.
I had no idea where David’s mind was at but for a 28-year-old rock star he sure was sensitive…
Now, them together, I don’t understand. I don’t know what, other than a drunken marriage in Vegas and less than 6 days in Monterey alone, most of which consisted of beating up men and rough sex constitutes as “I’m in love with this person.” Their connection just wasn’t there for me, I didn’t feel the “love” and I felt like reading/finishing this book was more a chore than a pleasure, which is never fun.

First and probably –but not discounting the possibility– last book of Kylie Scott’s that I will read.

 

 

 2+ STARS