[Book Review] Heart of Steele by Alysha Huddleston

HoSTitle: Heart of Steele
By: Alysha Huddleston
Publication date: April 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Magnus Steele grew up on the outside looking in. Now wealthy and powerful, he never lets anyone get in his way, even if he has to use blackmail to stop them. When he becomes the target of an FBI probe, Magnus fights back in his usual way, setting off a chain of events that threatens his hold on everything he thought he needed and leaves him fighting for the one thing he thought he could never have.

Autumn grew up the youngest of a boisterous Italian-American family on a vineyard in Santa Barbara. She follows her brother, FBI agent Matt Moretti, to NYC to attend law school & gets thrust into the middle of an investigation of one of the city’s most notorious businessmen.

*For mature readers due to explicit language & sexual content.


The Review:

Okay, there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about this book. It was hot, and I mean hot.

The character Magnus Steele was probably rated among my top list of dreamy book boyfriends. Suave, coy, seductive, dangerous and surprisingly very gentle. His development in the book was beyond well done. It is rare that character shifts are written well in today’s society paranormal hot guys.

Autumn was his exact polar opposite. Innocent, shy, reserved, a real girl next door type. It was a fire meets ice situation and this author did deliver.

The story begins with Magnus being a real mob boss type who is out to protect his own backside against the law. When he met Autumn, he suddenly began to realize there was more than blackmail and manipulation in the world. I loved that about this book. As it progresses, the two share multiple intimate scenes which are beautifully written save for a few grammatical errors but believe me, that most likely won’t be a deterrent.

The above being said, there was an over abundance of run-on sentences. It was often hard for me to overlook simply because there were so many. Separating them into many smaller or compound sentences could have helped this issue.

I also had trouble because of the lack of conflict which was shoved towards the end of the book. The scene was well-done but it seemed very rushed and put in as an afterthought. I would have almost liked the conflictual tension mixed in with the sexual tension. I think it would have further aided in the development of the characters as well.

Strange as it seems, there was almost too much sex and the conflict suffered because of it. The opening scene provided the perfect venue and the fact that the character Murphy sided with Magnus’ rival could have really pulled some trouble for him.

However, I would recommend this to anyone who loves the bad boy, boss type meets innocent girl contemporary romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love a paperback copy if the author ever saw fit to create one. I will be returning for book two for sure.

 

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[Book Review] Making Bad Choices by Rita Sadling

Making Bad ChoicesMaking Bad Choices
by Rita Stradling
Genre: Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 10 January, 2017

Blurb:
[Recommended 16 + this is a mature YA or New Adult book]

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn’t bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad’s house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn’t just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.

 


My Review:

First off, very cute story. I am usually not one to like a good taboo love story but this one was very cute. I actually adored how possessive Culter was.

The book was decently written and read well. Good pacing and some really swoon worthy characters. I truly loved Tyler. He sounded hot. Culter was just…. swoon. I loved his name choice.

Unfortunately, it became a bit repetitive. Day to day school is a-ok for teenagers who are probably suffering from some senior-itis and just want to get the heck out of dodge. Totally get it and didn’t mind it. I just wanted a bit more tension.

There was sexual tension and slow burn like crazy and I loved it but there was very little external conflict. Aside from the alpha female who had a crush on the protagonist’s love interest and the loss of her mom, everyone automatically just accepted Cassie. Not to say that isn’t good but if that was going to be the case, add the tension somewhere else. Maybe a really strong rival actually willing to fight Culter over Cassie? I’m not sure. Just something to give that could really ignite the inciting incident.

For example, there was a moment where Cassie almost got into a car accident. That was the perfect Darkest Moment. It could have really been used to draw out the flaming passion in both characters. Cassie could have been hurt, Culter could have felt he almost lost her and gone to her bedside and been openly honest with her. It would have been amazing and really could have added some action.

Also, as a romance reader and author, I want some hot, passionate, burning love scenes. For a new adult, this really didn’t deliver. I feel it read more like a Young Adult novel. The author created some slow burn for sure. So many times I wanted the two to make love only to have it ripped away (I liked that). Then when they finally were able to, I was really wanting more. The feel of Culter’s body. Some heat between them. How Cassie felt, what she smelled. Just some details to set me ablaze.

So many things were there. Basic outlines which could have been used to really make this a hot, passionate conflict which just fell short. I would have actually liked less dialogue and more conflict.

If I were to rate this book. I would give it 3 stars because I really did like the storyline and saw the potential. Maybe for the next book, really dig into the details to make the story stronger.

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The Playlist for Making Bad Choices
This is the playlist for Making Bad Choices:
1) The Temptations – My Girl
2) The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
3) Bright Eyes – The First Day of My life
4) Modern English – I Melt with You
5) Elton John – Your Song
6) The Lumineers – Ho Hey
7) Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins
8) Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n’ Roses
9) Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
10) Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
11) BØRNS – Electric Love
12) Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
13) Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
14) Joshua Radin – I’d Rather Be with You
15) Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed

You can listen to the playlist on YouTube

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Rita StradlingAbout the Author:
Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

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