I See You by Molly McAdams

I See You by Molly McAdamsSource: LibraryThing
three-stars
I See You Book Cover I See You
Molly McAdams
William Morrow Paperbacks
November 1st, 2016
paperback
352
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Futures are uncertain, unpredictable—like ink spilled across the purest surface. Nearly imperceptible ripples move and flow until a unique stain is formed. The ink is permanently embedded in the surface…

During one wild night in college, Jentry Michaels is a tidal wave of ink that brands Aurora Wilde’s soul. An unparalleled stain she can’t forget despite the many months that have passed—and despite the distraction she’d hoped she would find in her new relationship with Declan, the charmer who captured her heart soon after. Jentry has irrevocably touched her soul, and he is intertwined in her present and future in ways she never fathomed. Now Aurora is faced with keeping that night hidden though it feels as if the ink has indelibly etched their story across her skin.

When Declan is confronted with his own personal demons, Aurora must decide if she will continue to hold tight to their relationship and a safe, reliable future with him, or if she will turn to Jentry—the guy she can’t forget no matter how hard she tries.…

The blurb and cover alluded to a more intriguing love Triangle than the actual story ended up delivering. It was okay but I have read a very similar new adult plot so I knew the ending at the very beginning.

It started off with a wild night between two strangers and then had them officially meet after a year. Unfortunately, Aurora “Rorie” Wilde was living with Declan, the brother of her one night stand, Jentry Michaels. Except Rorie had already met Jentry, but they had been Aurora and Jay that scandalous night over a year ago.

I feel like the author had already positioned and continually maneuvered the reader towards the brother Aurora ended up with. First of all, it’s hard to root for a man who lets his mother treat his girlfriend the way Declan’s mom treated Aurora. The fact that the whole family, father and sisters, stood quietly by observing such vile behavior already poisoned them in my mind. It was telling that Jentry was the one who addressed the elephant in the room.

Also, there wasn’t enough interaction between Aurora and with Declan to really show the chemistry and intensity to rival the passion she shared with Jentry. I am convinced that Declan knew from that first day he introduced Aurora to Jentry that there was something going on. It just became a matter of time and what would be the casualties when Jentry and Aurora claimed each other.

This story would be stronger if the author developed the characters much more. The The writing was okay but I didn’t like the time jump, 13 months ago, present time, That night, 2 months ago etc. The flow of the story felt disrupted with the back and forth with the characters. I was expecting more of a love triangle than it ended up being.

The last scene with Declan’s mother and Aurora was such BS. No way would that be sufficient. I don’t see why Aurora never stood up for herself then or at the end. I would have respected Aurora if she told her to get out.

Overall, this book was underwhelming. The characters and overall story was too undercooked to truly move me.

*Special Thanks to LibraryThing for the book given in exchange for a review.

Ezi

Pain Slut (The Subs Club #2), by J.A. Rock

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

painslutPain Slut by J.A. Rock  Series: The Subs Club 
Release Date:  January 30, 2016
Pages: 320 • Published by: Riptide Publishing  • Format: eARC
Purchase Links:  Riptide • Amazon

Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.

But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

—Miles

four-half-stars

Mind Blown!!! Where do I start? How about I freaking love this. Miles and Drix are adorable. Everything about this is completely out of my comfort zone and realm. That didn’t turn me off from the relationship between Miles and Drix. Sadomasochism and Vampyres with a Y is not in my realm, but I Love these two.

Miles from book one The Subs Club was uptight and a know it all. He’s not really that different, but we get an understanding of why he is the way he is. That opening scene left me cringing. Yikes, my lady parts were trying to go back into my body. LOL, the introduction between Miles and Drix were hilarious. I liked Drix’s energy the entire book. I mean, if he would have told me what he told Miles I would have skipped away from him. He was so calm, peaceful, and serene. I just think he is a stand up guy. He is definitely needed for Miles character. I think they counterbalanced each other out so well.

Miles is super complex to me. I can picture him in my mind, and I just want to hug him. He dealt with a ton of personal issues, and the whole adopting a kid pulled at my heartstrings. You have to be a confident person to adopt a baby by yourself, that’s how I see it. I applaud him for not waiting on society’s norm on what a family should be. I think J.A. did a phenomenal job at the writing. I thought him being in panic mode was hilarious, but realistic as well. I really wanted a Zach chapter, I kinda was rooting for him since he was mentioned. I need an update pronto on that end.

I ended up googling so many things in this story. That Iron Maiden sound so scary, but then they had this bridle contraption that had me cringing. That entire scene was hard for me to get through, but Miles acceptance at the end of it was worth it. Got side tracked by a pig hole video. **Shudders** That’s not for me, YouTube Bowser’s laugh and it creeped me out. Eww that laugh was scary, I don’t know how Miles was able to keep it up. Literally. Bowser was a sweet guy. I think my stomach was in knots every time they played with the pain aspect. I didn’t expect it to be this severe, but it was authentic. Loved seeing the The Sub Club again. Poor sweet stupid Kamen! He had a really funny scene with Ryan. I died. It was hilarious, plus the guys reactions. Dave is still funny. I can’t with him, and I love that Dave wanted to stick up for everyone. I can’t wait for the next installment. This was such a good story. This series rocks so far.

About J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.