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Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.
Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…
In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
Before We Fall
by Courtney Cole
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Are you feeling warm yet?”
I watch his lips as he speaks
the words, husky and low. His lips are
full, yet manly and suddenly I ache to lean over and press mine to his, to
touch them in any way that I can.
But I don’t.
Because I’m not a girl who gets
used. Not anymore.
“No, not at all.”
But Dominic takes that as a
challenge. He’s not used to hearing the
word no and he’s not about to start now.
I see that in his dark eyes a scant moment before he dips his head and
consumes my mouth.
I say consume, instead of kiss,
because that’s what he does.
He consumes me.
His lips are fiery and hot and
he kisses me with a fierceness that touches a secret part of me; moist, hot,
firm, sexy. I want to inhale him, to
suck him down. I vaguely feel his hands
on my back, his warmth emanating through my clothes, his hardness pushing into
I’m breathless when he pulls
“What about now?”
For the life of me, I’m afraid
to answer that. Instead, I pull away,
just a bit, just enough that there is some space between us, but I can still
absorb his warmth. As my teeth chatter,
both from the cold and from the suddden absence of his lips, I answer.
He laughs, a husky, low, naughty sound.
“Oh, I’m sure of that.”
And just like that, I’m drawn
back in… in toward his sexy smile, his arrogant gaze and his knowing
smirk. He’s bad for me. Very bad for me. I’ve got to remember that.
will decimate you,
I tell myself.
But my problem is, every
time I look into his dark eyes and see the mysterious things that lurk there, I
forget that. I forget everything that
is supposed to matter.
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Okay… that title I made for the post is pretty wonky, right? I was trying to be clever and may have failed a wee bit on that one. *Sigh* Oh, well. But, let’s put that aside, shall we, and discuss If You Leave.
Alright… so I have to admit, the first book was OK. Only OK. It was ‘fun enough’ and a nice read and all that, but I wasn’t bowled over, in fangirl status, or even overly anxious to recommend it to anyone. But one of our fellow Divas, Diva Jennifer, IS a pretty firm fangirl on Courtney Cole, and I was auto-approved for the Grand Central Publishing (Forever) titles… so I figured, “Why not?” I at least liked and enjoyed reading If You Stay… so requested the second book.
Well, who’s eating their words now? That’d be me, the new Courtney Cole fangirl. Sheeeiit, if she didn’t slap my ass and call me Sally for judging her by only her first book. Bad Diva Alana! OK. No more on the fence, not-so-impressed, reluctant-to-recommend… OH NO. All done with that nonsense. Over the weekend I read If You Leave, and the yet-unreleased Book #3 in the Beautifully Broken series, Before We Fall… I felt like I was in the deli during the shooting of When Harry Met Sally joining Meg Ryan on her fake, public orgasm. “Yes, yes, YES!” Post traumatic stress disorder had NEVER been so damn hot before. I’m not usually into the ‘soldier’ thing, but dddaaaaammmmnnn. Gabriel is SO broken and SO hot… and *commences uncontrollable drooling*.
And Madison “Maddy”… I’ll be honest- I was worried. Since I hadn’t been head over heels in book #1, and I was especially NOT jazzed about Madison- I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her, or this book. Yet again, my pre-conceived notions were kicked around a bit and totally tossed aside. I wasn’t totally agreeing (I still don’t think that the right word here… but, it’s all I can come up with)… it just seemed Madison was excessively ‘broken’ in her own way in relation to her person demons. But by the end of the book… I bought it. Not everyone will handle the downs of life the same way, and one person’s demons are another person’s reason for redemption. I am SO much more comfortable with Maddy, although I think Gabe had alot to do with that. He WAS broken, like no one, anywhere, could hear his story and NOT know he was broken. *Sigh* If I wasn’t already married, I might have reconsidered my notions of soldiers, seriously.
Basically, better than Book #1. Hands down, so much better, SO much recommended, SO much a fangirl now. Seriously. And I can’t give away too much- but I can tell you now, Book #3, Before We Fall, is even BETTER! So run out and grab this series while you can! If you are a fan of new adult romances with broken characters- you HAVE to pick these up. Have to, no choice in the matter, or you’re missing out! I would ‘officially’ prefer to rate this as 4½♥’s, but have NO problem rounding up.
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