What I've Been Reading
Title: Dirty Talk
Author: Lauren Landish
Description: He makes dirty sound so good. So right.
The moment I heard his velvety voice growl that I’m his ‘Kitty
Kat’, I knew I was in trouble.
Derrick ‘The Love Whisperer’ King gives out relationship and
sex advice on the radio to everyone, but he’s giving me
something a bit more personal. Nobody’s ever talked to me the
way he does. Daring, Demanding, Sexy… and oh, so Dirty.
Maybe we started this whole thing a little backward, sex first
and getting to know each other after. But I'm starting to let my
guard down, my untrusting heart beginning to think that maybe fairy tales do come true. Even for me.
I feel beautiful and hopeful when he worships my body. I feel dirty and naughty when he whispers filthy things in my ear.
But is it real? Can something so naughty really be good for me?
And more importantly, against all odds, can it last… forever?
Dirty Talk was a perfectly good romance, there was just no wow factor for me. It's one I enjoyed reading but have no desire to continue with the series. The book was an easily forgettable read. The ending really was the most lackluster part for me, though saying that it wasn't necessarily bad just not impactful.
Title: No Tomorrow
Author: Carian Cole
Description: The people we love are thieves. They steal our hearts. They steal our breath. They steal our sanity. And we let them. Over and over and over again.
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They say you never forget your first love.
Mine was a homeless musician who wandered straight into my soul.
He was my first everything. And fourteen years later, I still can't get him out of my head.
He broke all my rules. He also broke my heart.
I watched him climb to stardom, cheering him on from afar. But I was never a fan; just a girl in love.
Like a tornado, he spiraled, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.
But love conquers all, right? It has to. Because here I stand, ravaged and ruined, needing it to be true.
You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart.
I thought I knew everything about him. But I could not have been more wrong.
He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting. And hoping. Again.
Actual Story: ★★★★★(5/5)
I struggled with how to rate No Tomorrow for a while. The story itself was one of the best angsty romances I have ever read. It was heartbreaking and beautiful, I laughed and I cried and everything in between.
The problem arose though around how the author dealt with a minor side character's sexuality to the point of it being homophobic/biphobic. This character was a man who was bisexual and it was constantly discredited as he "had to choose" or when he would be with a woman he was "apparently straight again". Keeping in mind that this rhetoric was by no means a main point of the plot, it was still such a huge turnoff for me as a bi person.
The story was downright biphobic in the instances where this character appeared. Bi people should not be discredited because of our sexuality and we don't have to choose a gender to be valid in the eyes of others. Anyone with a basic understanding of sexuality should know this. But saying all that, the biphobia maybe makes up 1.5% of the entire story so do with that what you will.
Title: Let You Go
Author: Jaxson Kidman
Description: After our first kiss, he moved away.
After our first time together, he confessed it wasn't his first time.
After buying me my first drink, he said he was with someone else... but still loved me.
Now I'm staring at two pink lines on a pregnancy test... and the number he gave me to call?
It's been disconnected. Great.
Anyone who follows my blog or social media knows I loved 5 Years Later by Jaxson Kidman. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. However the next book I picked up in the standalone series was just not as good. It felt like a repetition of the same story but without all the best elements. I ended up DNFing it because of this.
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