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Sometimes we’re all looking for a book similar to another one we’ve loved, and although all these stories are inherently different from one another, they all have aspects that are the same… whether they capture the same feeling, or draw out similar emotions, or feature characters in similar situations. Check out this list and I hope you find some new books to try… I’ll keep adding to it over time. Make sure to visit my full list of recommendations by category as well!

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Epic. Epic. Epic. These two books are EPIC. Epic adventure. Epic heartache. Epic love. Many have read Outlander, but to me, there’s nothing quite as beautiful as The Bronze Horseman trilogy. It’s my absolute favorite series… a beautiful timeless story of a love that fought hard to conquer so much. Not just problems of the heart, but hunger, war, separation. These books are historical romance novels that take place during WWII, starting in Leningrad. The writing is stunning, lyrical and the story is entirely unforgettable.

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Both of these books have a celebrity element, with our protagonists being movie stars who fall in love unexpectedly. Both are wonderfully romantic, well written and completely entrancing.

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If you’re looking for a laughs, love and angst, both these novels fit the bill. Once again, our male protagonist boasts stardom in these books. While the stories vary, they both manage to balance humor, emotion and romance in a way that makes these so enjoyable to read.

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Passion. Intensity. Seductiveness. If you’re looking for sexy alphas with a past rife with secrets and turmoil, and a love story that burns up the pages, these are wonderful books to devour, along with the one, which of course set the pace… Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Romance, romance, romance. There’s something incredibly satisfying about reading a book where it’s simply a beautiful love story. I absolutely loved these two books, which focused on the characters and how they fell in love. Nowhere But Here is a standalone, and I Only Have Eyes For You is part of the Sullivan series, but can be read as a standalone book. Click here for series reading order.

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Talk about favorites. These two books consumed me. Owned me. Destroyed me. They made me cry and they slowly rebuilt me to a place that I never wanted the books to finish. These are epic love stories… emotional powerhouses… unforgettable. Both are second chance romances that center around a couple that go through soooo much before they get to their happily ever after. Don’t Let Go is a standalone book, while Take this Regret is the first full length novel of the Regret series.

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In what may be my favorite genre of all, YA paranormal, these two series are both ones that completely had me obsessed. Certainly if you’ve read the Fallen series, you will have likely also read the Hush, Hush series, but the Embrace series (or Violet Eden Chronicles) is a new set of books I recently gushed over. Both have to do with a girl discovering her own power and navigating the already difficult teenage years with incredible responsibility and pressure.

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Action. Adventure. Love. These dystopian books keep you on the edge of your seats! They both impart a story full of twists and turns, ups and downs, sadness and happiness. Branded, like Divergent, immerses us in a post apocalyptic world full of strict rules everyone must adhere to. Branded, however, features a romance that is so forbidden, that the flourishing of love between our two characters had me biting my nails nervously. There is so much action, so many ups and downs, that my pulse raced and heart pounded fiercely from the first page to the last.

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Both of these books are in a class by themselves. Both redefine the dystopian genre most creatively.  The Shatter Me series is incredibly well written in a style singular to author Tahereh Mafi. And the Arcana Chronicles are totally unique, centering around the Tarot deck. Kresley Cole’s writing is completely solid, fluid and exciting with characters that are anything but typical. The Arcana Chronicles are one of my favorite finds this year, and the next book is one of my most anticipated books. Both series feature a love triangle that had me flipping sides from one page to the next with suspense, romance, hardships and the supernatural coming into play as a riveting adventure ensues.

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These two series center around anti-heroes… men who straddle the line between good and bad, and most of the time, are more bad than good, but they are men who love deeply and remain loyal and steadfast. Sexy, suspenseful and entirely addictive, I love these two series so much. Each of the books in either series can be read as standalones.

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Another duo that top my list of favorites. I love everything by Colleen Hoover. I love everything by Amy Harmon. Both of these books draw emotion from the reader expertly, in their own unique way. Both of them have male protagonists that are teachers. Both are beautiful and unforgettable. A Different Blue is a standalone, while Slammed is the first book in the self-titled series.

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If you’re looking for love while on an epic, life-changing adventure, these two books deliver… big time! I love both these stories dearly. They pack all the feels while telling a story filled with pain, hurt and loss. It’s about finding love on the run, while on a journey of self-discovery.

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If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, transformation and hope, these two books will own you as you devour these emotional stories that show how love can sometimes be the most powerful thing when it comes to healing and moving beyond a tumultuous past. Both are standalone books.

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These stories set the pages ablaze, captivating us with both a consuming story and an irresistible sexiness. I love that both series grip you emotionally, with strong character development and engaging pacing. I love them. Every book in the series is fabulous and both series are absolute must reads.

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These two books are different in many ways, but they both center around greek mythology. I adore both and they’ve been able to achieve an enticing balance of action, emotion, romance and adventure. The Deep End of the Sea is a standalone book, while Half-Blood is the first full-length novel of the Covenant series.

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Okay, I know you are thinking… well, duh!!! But with as many people as have loved Falling Into You, there are still so many out there that have yet to fall in love with this follow-up novel. It has all the gut-wrenching emotional gravity… the epic romance… the unforgettable music that gives these books an extra something special.

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Get reading to start guessing. These thrillers keep you in a state of constant suspense as you try to decipher what happens in the story. Clues are all around you, yet, you can’t quite figure out the secrets, the connections. These are great reads for when you’re looking to be completely entranced by a mystery.

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These two novels are not only favorites, but they are books with a message that lingers long beyond the flip of the last page. They are romances, but they are much more than that too. They are stories of transformation and growth, love and healing… and they are beautiful pieces of work.

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If you’re looking for a story with equal parts suspense and sexiness, these are the books to pick up. I don’t know whether I was drawn more to the story, the seductiveness or the suspense. Secrets swirl as you fall in love with the enigmatic characters and you won’t be able to put these down for one hot second. Black Lies is a standalone, while The Wild Side is the first installment in a serial.

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These two are both fantasy/YA novels. Expect to embark on an epic adventure where danger lurks around every corner, death is constantly nearing and a girl must shoulder unbearable responsibilities. She must discover who she really is, summon her inner strengths and be an unlikely ruler. In both series, our heroine isn’t typical. She’s not heralded for her beauty. She’s not naturally brave. She’s not even well respected. But with blood, sweat and tears, they rise to the challenge fantastically. Gripping, consuming and addictive. These are wonderful books!

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Review: What If by Rebecca Donovan

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An intricately woven story about love and loss, friendships and heartache.

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Synopsis

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Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn’t Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal’s shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she’s hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

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“What if I had done it differently? Who would I be? What would my life be like? What if…?”

From the author of the emotionally consuming Breathing series, comes a story that’s honest, vulnerable and almost intimate. A story that centers around the concept of ‘what if’What if a moment… a decision… a person… an action, could change the trajectory of your life? And what if fate gave you a second chance to recover someone you’ve lost and longed for?

This story follows the delicate fibers woven together between friends, as some come apart, while others entwine closer together over time. Love and loss, truths and untruths, fate’s fragility comes into focus as Cal Logan’s past and present collide, and he must finally face one night’s events years ago to decipher the mystery of a girl.

“Within the recesses of a faded memory, I can hear Nicole screaming. It was the last thing I heard before no one saw her again.”

Cal, Richelle, Rae and Nicole were the best of friends as children, growing up in the same neighborhood and sharing laughs during these early formative years. But even then, they could tell Nicole was different. She grew up under her father’s thumb, under the expectation of utter perfection.  Her real personality hid beneath the veneer of a scared little girl afraid to disappoint, except in those brief moments of freedom with her friends, particularly with Richelle. But when Richelle moved away years later, everything changed and the inseparable foursome drifted apart. Rae and Cal remained close and for Nicole, they ceased to exist as she joined the popular crowd and seemingly never looked back. After graduating, however, no one had seen or heard from her. She had vanished.

“I swear I’m staring at the face of Nicole Bentley, the girl I spent way too many hours of my life thinking about. But she’s looking at me like she has no idea who I am.”

During Cal’s sophomore year in college, he runs across a girl whose eyes are identical to Nicole’s. In fact, she looks exactly the same, while also entirely different. Whereas Nicole was shy, reserved, perfection… Nyelle was vibrant, intense, free-spirited. She was chaotic beauty with clothes that didn’t fit well and hair that was a mess and ideas that seemed carelessly crazy. And Nyelle didn’t know Cal. It couldn’t be Nicole… could it?

We journey into the past through alternating past/present narratives to get to know the dynamic between the friends and understand Cal’s true feelings for Nicole as we inch closer to a night that seemed to hold the key to understanding it all. One thing is for certain, however, the more time Cal spends with Nyelle, the more he begins to fall for her. Whoever she is… or isn’t.

“I can’t ignore the truth forever. I open my mouth to ask all the questions I still don’t have the answers to… But I can’t. She’s so happy. And I don’t want to be the one to extinguish that glint in her eye.”

So many secrets swirl around Nyelle, and Cal is torn between letting go of the past and living in the moment. Could he love a girl he doesn’t truly know? Would pressing for answers drive her away? Or would Nyelle finally let him in?

The story unfolds slowly, quietly, as the characters struggle with their own questions and doubts. There’s this raw, wonderful vulnerability that is entirely intriguing and introspective, particularly coming from a primarily male point-of-view. I felt the turmoil within Cal, the trepidation of ruining a good thing despite the incessant need to know the truth.

Rebecca Donovan does an amazing job of weaving a multifaceted and emotional story. It’s about living the life you choose for yourself, abandoning all pretense. It’s about choices and figuring out that sometimes we ought to fight for those we care about despite not always understanding what’s happening. It’s about friendships and love, and all the messy stuff in between. It’s about grabbing the what if moments in life and turning them into seize now moments. The messages are poignant, and the words strung together, deliberate. Readers should expect something vastly different from the Breathing series, but will enjoy the quiet, yet powerful reflection evoked by this novel.

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About Rebecca

rebecca donovanOptimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what’s supposed to happen… will! In that regard, I don’t know how to give up; it’s not part of my biological make up.

I’m a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I’d like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed.

I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it.

The path I’m on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way…

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“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

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“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

I turn in my chair and give Vera a curious look. Yet another English saying that I don’t know. “I’m afraid I don’t understand.”

She gives me a soft but tired smile and sits down on the arm rest. I immediately wrap my arm around her waist and pull her down into my lap, where she comes to a rest with a giggle, her hair obscuring the impish smile on her face. No matter where she is, I can never stop touching her and now more than ever I need her to relax, to feel safe, to know I’m going to get us out of this.

“Explain,” I demand. “Or I will punish you with kisses.”

She raises her brow. “Followed by punishment by penis?”

I shrug. “That can be arranged. Now, tell me my Estrella.”

She sighs and buries her lips into my neck. I can’t help the small moan that escapes from me, nor my hardness building beneath her plump, round ass. I close my eyes and fight the urge to pick her up and take her to the bedroom, the only other way I know how to make her feel safe and sated, the only way I know how to escape.

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” she says against my throat, “is a saying. I don’t know where it’s from but it means, well, nothing is scarier than a pissed off bitch.” She pauses, sucking in her breath and I know she fears she’s said the wrong thing. “Sorry,” she quickly adds and I feel her body tense up beneath my fingers. “I didn’t mean that Isabel is a bitch.”

She is still so skittish over her words, the way she blurts things out, but it’s one of the reasons why I love her. I cup the back of her head with my hand and let the softness of her hair sink over me. “I know you didn’t,” I assure her. “And, well, she is being a bitch.”

“Can you blame her though?” she asks, her voice rising a pitch and when she pulls away from me, her eyes are wet. It breaks my heart. I’m getting tired of my heart breaking and I know that this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Every day there is another weight on us, another crack appears.

“No,” I tell her honestly. “I cannot blame her.”

A silence lapses over us, heavy like a wool cloak. It does this sometimes. What we’ve done, it coats us.

Finally she clears her throat. “She’s going to hurt for a long time,” she says. “She’s going to be angry. This isn’t going away. I thought everything was behind us now, that she’d move on. You’ve been divorced for a year, if she’s still this mad a year out…”

“She is mad because I am going back to Atletico,” I tell her. “She is mad because of the paparazzi, the way they are hounding us again. She is mad because she feels she is being made to look like a fool. If I had just stayed with my head down, she wouldn’t be doing this.”

“But you can’t live your life in fear, Mateo,” she tells me.

I smile at her and brush her sunset hair from her face. “And neither can you.”

She settles back against my body, sinks, conforms, melds. She is second skin. She is a part of myself I can’t bear to separate from. I pray I never have to. I pray we can survive whatever is coming our way.

And I can feel it coming, that tension, that storm rolling in the weeks and days.

I pick her up in my arms and for all her pillowy curves, she weighs nothing more than a feather. I take her down the hall to the bedroom, throw her on the bed.  She glows in the afternoon sun that streams in through our window and it isn’t long before we are both naked and I am climbing over her, pinning her arms above her head and drinking in her body like the most beautiful, decadent wine.

I will devour her until all of this is gone.

I will consume her until we are all that’s left.

I push inside her and let my hunger take over.

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Love, in Spanish is the companion novella to Love, In English told from Mateo Casalles’ POV. The book touches on events from Love, In English, while expanding on Vera and Mateo’s happily ever after. This novella should be read after Love, In English.

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  • Group Read of Priceless – As part of the VBB Vixens reading group, we’ll be chatting with Raine Miller this coming Friday, Sep 19th! We’ll be discussing Priceless with her as well as talking about anything that may pop up!  Join the Vixens group here if you’d like to participate!
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Colton Donavan lived life in the fast lane, but it took Rylee Thomas to teach him what racing was all about. 

Arrogant. Rogue. Broken. Conceited. Dirty-Talking. Rebel. Egomaniacal. Voodooed. Bent. Reckless.

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Raced is not a complete re-write of the Driven Trilogy. This companion explores pivotal scenes as well as some new ones written in Colton Donavan’s point of view that were not previously published in Driven, Fueled, and Crashed. Hear his thoughts, experience his inner-turmoil, and laugh with him on his journey as he overcomes his demons and accepts what it means to love.

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Girl of Vengeance by Charles Sheehan Miles (Sep 15)

In the third and final book of the Rachel’s Peril trilogy, prepare to have everything you thought you knew turned upside down. In the first seven days of this trilogy, everything changed. Now Andrea and Dylan are on the run and the Thompson Sisters are fighting to survive.

This series should be read in order.

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Thrilling contemporary romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this southern Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation.

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A Vault of Sins (#2, Chaos Theory) by Sarah Harlan (Sep 16)

In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning…

Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever…

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.

The person who owns her heart…

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What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn’t Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal’s shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she’s hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

This is a standalone novel.

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Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before.

And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.

This is a standalone novel.

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The Certainty of Violet and Luke (#5, The Coincidence) by Jessica Sorensen (Sep 16)

Violet Hayes’s life is a mess. Between her stalker, Preston, refusing to leave her alone, her parents’ case still being unsolved, and falling behind in school, she always feels on the verge of losing it. When some unexpected news comes her way, it’s the final straw and she ends up doing something that almost costs her life. Thankfully, she survives and makes a promise to herself to put her life back together and to try and figure out exactly how she feels about Luke Price, the one person that’s always there for her.

But as a recovering alcoholic and gambler, Luke has his own struggles to overcome. He’s also fallen in love with Violet, but fears telling her the truth, that it will scare her away or worse, she won’t reciprocate the feeling. Plus, there never seems to be a right time to say it, either the case, Preston, or life getting in the way.

Can the two of them ever get enough peace in their lives to conquer their fears and finally tell each other the truth about how they feel?

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I can’t recommend this YA paranormal series enough. It’s a series that gets stronger and more addictive with each installment. It’s an adventure. An epic romance. A gut-wrenching journey of self discovery. It made me swoon, grin, tear up… it made my heart pound, my pulse race and I couldn’t get enough. Read my spoiler-free review for an introduction to this amazing series by Jessica Shirvington.

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Review: Priceless (#1, Rothvale Legacy) by Raine Miller

My Thoughts

A seductive and enigmatic prelude to an utterly captivating love story.

4halfstars

Synopsis

priceless coverIvan Everley, 13th Baron Rothvale, will tell you himself he’s the LAST person on earth who should have custody over a priceless collection of art, but since when does the irony of life ever fall in line with what somebody wants? Ivan might be a Lord according to British law, but he’s just a regular guy with an appetite for speed…and women…and some dominating kink in the bedroom. Yeah, just a regular guy who happens have Olympic gold medals stashed away in his house. Riiiight. His public profile is merely a sham–his private life a carefully guarded secret borne out of the pain of betrayal. Even his famous cousin, Ethan Blackstone, doesn’t know the whole story about the man he considers a brother.

Lord Ivan has a plethora of problems piled up to his aristocratic eyeballs–that only get more complicated when a beautiful art conservationist shows up to appraise his inherited collection of paintings–but that doesn’t stop him from digging himself in deeper. Nope, not a bit. Once Ivan gets a taste of Gabrielle Hargreave, mistaken identity or not, he can’t think of anything else but how perfect she felt in his arms the night he first laid his eyes on her.

He wants her, and what Ivan wants, Ivan gets. He is Lord Ivan after all. Gabrielle soon discovers that the Dom in him isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. But, yet, Gabrielle Hargreave might just teach our discontent lord a thing or two about life, and about himself, and help them both discover the undeniable truth in what it means to find something genuinely…priceless.

My Review

There’s always something special in a Raine Miller book. There’s a singular elegance and seductiveness that simply dazzles me from the start. Priceless is no different. I was already intrigued with Ivan, Ethan’s cousin,  and loved Brynne’s friend, Gaby, and this story just beguiled me all the more. It felt like a beginning brimming with possibility. It was the provocative prelude to what will assuredly be one ravishing ride. Their romance is rife with a duel of conflicting feelings: antagonism and need, hate and passion, submission and possession.

The last thing Lord Ivan needs is more drama. His life is a mystery, and one that so many have been intent on exploiting. So when he orders an escort for the annual Mallerton Society event, it’s a woman in an emerald green dress he seeks as his companion for the evening. And when he finds her, he is struck by her beauty. Enticed to take her right then and there. She’s just as affected by him too. Caught up in an instant whirlwind of desire, two strangers get to know each other intimately in the shroud of darkness. The problem is, that woman wasn’t his escort.

“When I want something, I won’t stop until I’ve conquered the challenge. Right now my challenge was a green-eyed beauty that had, for whatever reason, bewitched me this evening.”

Gabrielle had been taken by a gorgeous man. Long dark hair, piercing eyes, confident, seductive personality… she had been driven to do something she didn’t normally do. As an art conservationist, she relished in her work, loved the thrill of finding a priceless work of art. Her life unfortunately, was a bit more of a mess. She’d lost her mother, disliked her stepfather, missed her siblings and despite having friends like Ben and Brynne, felt rather lonely and adrift. So when she met this unsettling man at the Mallerton Society event, she had been utterly entranced by everything about him. She never expected to see him again, much less in a professional capacity.

“I was in very deep trouble with this man. And he knew it as well as I did.”

Gabrielle and Ivan meet under unlikely circumstances and when they meet again, they are caught up in a fury of heightened emotions… surprise, anger and misunderstandings. To say it does not go well is an understatement. But Ivan was already bewitched by her and he was intent to have her. After all, he always got what he wanted.

“Gabrielle Hargreave pushed all of my buttons and in just the right way. I was pretty sure I pushed hers as well, even if she wasn’t ready to admit it just yet.”

What ensues is a passionate push and pull as Ivan pursues Gabrielle. Both of them have been going through life a bit lonely and lost, and it seemed as if something inside them sparked to life the moment they met. Ivan, ever-possessive, in the bedroom and out, was ready to make her his in every way that counted, because already, he was in deep.

“It was too late for me already. She’d already unknowingly begun the change. Whether she wanted it or not, I was already hers.”

There are secrets that remain uncovered. Lord Ivan has been betrayed, but the mystery remains as to the how and why and who of it. As I mentioned above, this book to me was a delicious, sexy prelude to what’s to come. I expect we’ll touch on the world of BDSM, discover the truths behind Ivan’s past and see how it all plays out. I loved Ivan’s eccentric and enigmatic personality and loved seeing him together with Gaby. I loved seeing more of Ethan and Brynne and seeing them all interact. I can’t wait to devour more of this story and see what will happen next.

“She was my win. My gold medal. Winning Gabrielle would be my toughest competition yet.”

addseriestogoodreadsNote – For fans of the Blackstone affair books, the story begins in that Mallerton event we read about where there’s a bomb threat, and continues through Ethan and Brynne’s wedding.

Reading Order and Links

The Rothvale Legacy books can be read separately from the Blackstone Affair books.
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