Jude and Haven share a secret. One he willingly hides and she tries to forget, but it regardless, it has tied them together.
It's not until their relationship is discovered that Haven has a choice to make. She can pine for the man who walked away or choose a new path.
But secrets have a way of showing themselves, making it difficult for Haven to let go...
And when she does, can Jude live with the consequences?
I love Lola Stark and even more I loved this series!! Conflicted Love was one of my favorites for 2014
So I was super excited when I saw Haven and Jude’s story was finally here..
Forbidden Love starts off exactly where Conflicted Love ended! But that's where it ALL ends!!!
I just couldn't grasp those first few chapters and was totally disappointed with Jude, he just came across as such a coward.. This was supposed to be about Haven and Jude but it wasn't, they weren't “TOGETHER” . We did get some past history on them both and the chemistry they HAD shared but that's the problem.. HAD!!!.
About 70% of the book was about Haven moving on and healing with glimpses of Jude in the far, far background regretting a lot.
Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the writing and this story definitely did a number on me..
I couldn't stop the water works!!
(unfortunately I can't say why without ruining the actual story-line)..
But I felt as if I was reading about a different couple I kept wanting a miracle a HEA for someone else!
Although this story was about forbidden love & second chances I just couldn't forgive and get over the fact that Jude didn't fight for her when he should have even though he was there when it most counted I guess..
The story ended up being about Haven not Jude and Haven which was my issue throughout!!
I would have loved a longer epilogue where we got to see Jude grovel more or prove he deserved Haven and that HEA!!
On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.
From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.
And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.
So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.
Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.
I lost some serious sleep cause I couldn't put this book down!!!
What a fantastic read I Love it when I pick up a book and from the first page I'm hooked.. This one did that to me!!!
I was able to picture all the places she named since I live in Ft Lauderdale.. And I always hear about how this road lead there before it was developed and this road ended here so it was definitely a plus for me.. It was a dark emotional read that definitely can trip tons of triggers..Especially for this Floridian knowing about our high kidnapping statistics in these parts.. SO it is definitely not for everyone..
In my opinion from the way this story described what the 15 year old captive went through (not in a creepy descriptive way mind you all those scenes basically faded out) I was able to get a very clear picture on how Stolkholm syndrome develops and takes deep roots.
And the ending was just jaw dropping there were SOOO many pieces to different puzzles and so many secrets that we KNEW were there but would never have imagined ran so DEEP!!
I for one may be sick cause I actually felt a bit sorry for Grizz towards the end.. Because his Obsession wasn't intentionally to hurt her but to LOVE her and in return be LOVED! In his twisted demoralized head.
I cannot wait for the next story.. This one did not end on a cliffy but I KNOW the next can answer so much more!!
This is another one of those reads I'll be yapping about for a while
Someone hadn't scarred my face.
I hadn’t followed my dreams to LA.
That tweaker hadn't attacked that homeless guy.
I hadn't invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving.
I hadn’t fallen in love.
If I hadn’t lost him.
I hadn’t gone for that drive.
I saw the world like everyone else.
My “genius” wasn’t slowly destroying me.
I had just walked away before I could ever know her.
She hadn’t ignited the spark.
If the spark didn’t ignite the madness.
Nina Jones has Blown me away again with this one!!
Bird in part due to her physical flaw is determined to make it in LA's Prestigious Dance world and left home to make it on her own and prove to her parents as well as everyone who has ever doubted her, SHE has what it takes facial disfigurement and all! Bird was so strong and I was drawn to her character from the beginning. She just kept amazing me over and over with her heart of gold, strength and her beauty in and out!
Ash was just so broken and carried so much regret and guilt he let his inner Demons over power him at every turn. He took on so much blame and eventually it turned into his camouflage, impenetrable wall!! He wouldn't let anyone help him see the reality of the situations for what they were and in part that was due to his illness. He was just so talented but he only saw his skills as the enemy and dangerous to all those around him.. He's just resolved himself to Give Up!!
I do believe these two were soul mates in every sense and did deserve to be together. With all the heartache and loss around them they somehow managed to gain strength from it, be there for each other and grow closer together!!
This was such a beautiful story about friendship, trust, second chances & above all unconditional LOVE.....
Cleo’s a Pararescueman for the U.S. Air Force. When a PJ is called, it’s because everyone else has said no. It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the entire military, but also one of the most rewarding. It’s the reason he doesn't form relationships. He’s seen his teammates divorce one by one, and he doesn't want to do that to a woman. Especially one that he’s supposed to love. However, nowhere in his grand scheme did he plan for the force that was Rue.
Rue’s life has been rough. What she needs is a break. One that’ll distract her from the fact that she’s drowning in responsibility. It comes in the form of a dark and dangerous biker who has a habit of putting his life on the line. He gives her the world, and she holds on with both hands, knowing that he only wants to be friends. Or does he?
Thinking she knows what’s best, she pushes him too far, causing his control to take flight, and Cleo to disappear before the dust settles. One night of passion turns into a year of heartbreak as Rue tries to find the ability to move on from Cleo. He was pretty clear with his wishes, and they didn't include her.
Cleo’s not through with Rue, though. Not even a little bit. She’ll be his. All it’ll take is a little bit of…persuasion.
I am totally addicted to this series!!!
Each story is so different but still all nicely packaged with a theme I LOVE..
Man wants woman, man protects women while being a stubborn, overbearing ass, man gets woman, Hot Smex scenes a twist in there somewhere with a bit of humor and I'm satisfied..
With Ms. Vale's books' you get that and MORE!!!
I got my fix for now, but soon enough I'll be fiending for the next!!
With Cleo and Rue's story we get friends to lovers, we get angst, we get an Alpha Male
at his finest, we get laughs, we shed tears, we get mystery and we get second chances!!
I also Love how we still get to see what all the other characters are up too, including
those from The Freebird's series and how they all stick together..
Cleo had his issues with commitment due to his line of work as a Para-rescue Jumper amongst other things. But certain events lead him to realize he couldn't keep using those things as an excuse to finally go after what he wanted. Rue on the other hand got burned... her decision to be honest about her feelings backfired. After finally somewhat convincing herself she was over the heartache.. Her future comes flying in and won't take no for an answer!!
These stories aren't just about your usual MC's, these are also SEXY men in uniforms all
with a specialized skill and all with a military background.
The characters banters are hilarious at times and seem real, all the stories focus
on family & friends and
I have been able to relate to a conversation, concern or situation more than once..
Lani Lynn Vale is on my favorite authors list for sure!!
The next can't come soon enough...
*From International Bestselling authors Callie Hart and Lili St. Germain comes a tale of two families co-existing in a melting pot of violence, murder and drugs in the seedy underbelly of New York City*
Theo and Sal Barbieri are brothers, tasked by their Mafioso father Roberto with a very clear purpose: kidnap Kaitlin McLaughlin. The beautiful daughter of Roberto’s Irish enemy. It’s high time Kaitlin was punished for her father’s sins—not to mention, her own.
And Operation: Kidnap Kaitlin is a roaring success… until it isn’t. When Kaitlin escapes into the busy streets of New York City, it’s a race against the clock to find her before Sal and Theo become the hunted.
Zeth Mayfair has traded his life as a hitman for a quieter existence, but it isn’t long before the past catches up with him in the form of Roberto Barbieri. Will he succumb to the lure of power that Roberto is offering? Or will he retaliate by killing every last Barbieri in New York to get them off his back?
Jason Ross is running. Woken in the night by a tip that the Gypsy Brothers are coming for him, he packs a bag and gets his girlfriend the hell out of dodge. Arriving in New York City in the midst of a heatwave is one thing, but being tailed by an entire drug cartel is another.
Worlds collide in Hell’s Kitchen as secrets come to light and sins are punished. Because we might be different in the light of day, but in the darkness, we’re all connected somehow.
Holy shish kabob on a stick w/ the doughy goodness on the tip and a cold Yoohoo...
not done yet lets also get a Sabrett Frankfurter w/ all the fixings Yea and EXTRA red onions,
O can't forget the Hawaiian Punch..
Hell Naw.. Can't forget that salty Pretzel smothered in yellow mustard and we need to
flag down Mr. Softie for a cold dessert...
You just can't think of NY and NOT think of all of the above!! Well GUESS WHAT???
You get it ALL when you read Hell's Kitchen...
The Vibe, The Talk, The Attitude, The Action, The Violence, The Sex, Hell we even get humor too..
YES! We. GET. IT. ALL. People...
Old friends, New Enemies maybe even some Fr-enemies???
A high speed chase and even a Smokin' Hot Spanking!!
So hale that cab, buckle up and get ready for a ride you wont forget......