Friday, December 11, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - The Girl's Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) by Linda Kage and Silent Scars (Surviving #4) by Ada Frost

The Girl’s Got Secrets
Forbidden Men #7 by Linda Kage

Here’s the same old “girl posing as a boy” story but with a rock-n-roll twist.

Remy Curran dreams of one day being in a band, except the group she wants to join refuses to hire a girl drummer. So, she auditions as a guy...and makes the cut.

Becoming “Sticks,” a member of Non-Castrato, isn’t quite what she dreamed it would be, though. She spends most of her time keeping up the subterfuge and learning how to walk, talk, act, and drink like a man.

But what’s even harder to deal with is acting oblivious when the band’s heartthrob lead singer, Asher Hart, treats her like one of the guys and not a woman. She never imagined he’d be so much more than a pretty face with a nice voice. But he’s better than perfect. He’s perfect for her.

When love and lies combine, Remy must keep up the act or lose everything. But who knew lying to reach one dream could prevent you from attaining an even bigger dream?

I really enjoyed this story, but I fear I have done myself a disservice because I haven't read the previous 6 books in the series (my 1-click habit is just ridiculous now). The overall premise isn't new, but that doesn't take away from this story. I loved watching the friendship grow between Asher and Remy, although you know it's going down once the truth about "Sticks" is revealed. As these stories go, you know there's going to be drama, sometimes too much, other times not enough. The only thing I could have lived without in this story is the drama with Asher's dad. But that wasn't enough to keep me from liking this story and crossing my fingers my husband gets me an Amazon gift card for Christmas so I can get the previous books.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

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Silent Scars
Surviving #4 by Ada Frost

Her Man.

Their Hero.

His Pain.

What happens when you pray for death and you’re ignored?

You have to live.

You have to survive.

But what if the last thing you want is to take your next breath?

To the world, Ryan is a hero, an ex-marine, brother, son and protector. He has devoted his life to keeping others safe. He will do anything and everything to ensure his loved ones are protected, even if that means destroying his very own soul. After an explosion on the battlefield ends his career in the Marine’s, Ryan is sent home with an honorable discharge. But the war hasn’t ended for him.

He is home, he is free and he’s breathing, but he’s dead inside.

He wants nothing more than peace, but the nightmares in his mind will not grant him that. They taunt him, tease him and torture his waking moments. The darkness within him is slowly consuming him, blackness has seeped into his veins and is rotting his core. Ryan is a man on the edge of destruction. For once he is the one in need of saving. He needs a saviour.

He needs her.

Ryan is commissioned as a bodyguard to Aloura Cavendish. When he initially meets her, he believes her to be a spoiled rich brat, wasting his time. But the fire inside her astounds him. When he pushes, he never expects her to push back. When he runs, she chases. For the first time in his life, Ryan has a protector willing to fight his demons. The only problem – he is too afraid to release them.

So this is another book where I plunged head first into the middle of the series. I highly recommend reading the first three books, because you learn how everyone is connected and what happened during childhood that have left these men damaged.

This isn't a book to go into lightly; the prologue gives you just enough insight to figure out the hell that Ryan endured as a child. Actually, I think hell is still too nice of a word for what he lived with. Your heart can't help but break for everything that happened to him and just how much it is still affecting him. Not only are the pyschological scars still debilitating for him, he now has physical scars as a permanent reminder of his last deployment as a Marine.

As much as he doesn't want to, he can't help but be in equal parts confused by yet attracted to Aloura; Aloura is an interesting character, she recognizes what she sees as her shortcomings. She is so good both to and for Ryan. She lets him know multiple times that she will never pressure him to reveal anything if he doesn't want to, but that she will be there for him in the event that he does want to open up.

The surprising twist to the story was the identity of the stalker and the reason why they were stalking and terrorizing. I never would have seen that coming, so kudos to Ms. Frost for that plot twist.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

About Linda Kage

Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

About Ada Frost

Hi! What to say about myself...I don't really have anything interesting to offer other than I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any genre really, but it has to have a beautiful romance. I also demand a HEA, even if it takes two or three books to get there. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting SILENT SCARS and THE GIRLS GOT SECRETS!