Okay, I have read ALL of Kaylee Ryan's books. So Obviously I really like her writing and story-lines. One thing I liked about this book was Kacen wasn't a player or bad boy. To many time she has her books that are about bad-boys turned good because they find their women. This one was totally not that, the guy was actually a really good guy. He had just a hard looking exterior because he didn't want people to use him for his fame and wealth. I think we can all appreciate that. This one has bumped up to my number 2 slot of favorite by Kaylee Ryan. Anywhere with You.
Order of Favorite Kaylee Ryan Books
What were my favorite things about this book compared to some of the other ones...
1) Kacen and Logan were not all about having sex. They allowed each other to grow emotionally once they realized that they had to work with one another. I think it was endearing that they really tried to be professional for as long as they possible could.
3) Rock band. I think it is fun to read about the life of a rock star. I want to know how Kacen didn't get noticed while in Hawaii. I mean that would have blown his cover.
4. Stacy, Gavin, Cole and Tristan! Best Friends Ever!
5. The wooing... Heart, and Flowers and Holding Hands! I love all that!
I really liked Logan’s drama with her screwed up ex-boyfriend of 3 years. Let me just tell you, the guy Daniel was a moron. What girl wouldn't figure out what he was doing? Seriously? He was a douche! I am SO glad Kaylee Ryan had a chapter regarding the two of them at the end. Closure is always needed and I HATE IT when author's write a standalone and leave out an important part like that. I seriously was so happy that Daniel and Logan met-up and had a dialogue about their past. Closure was needed. So THANK YOU KAYLEE for doing what I plead with other authors to do. It makes us, as readers, feel like we had all our questions answered.
Now, my only biff is: another death? Really? I understand that death brings people together to moron the loss and shows who your friends and love ones really are, but common-on. I wasn't ready for a death and funeral. I understand why we needed it in the story line, but does not mean I have to like it.
So here are my questions Kaylee Ryan: Are you going to have a book about Cole and Stacy? Gavin and Cassidy? What about hot brother Jace? You left it open-ended so you can write about them, but at the same time not HAVE TOO. You cleaver lady you... :)
I get it, but let us hear about at least one of the other guys love lives. It could be fun…
So here it is, Yes you should read this book. I will ALWAYS tell you to read a Kaylee Ryan novel, but there are ones that I will strongly encourage and others that are so so. This is worth the read.
Personal Thoughts and Spoilers
I received an ARC for an Honest Review.
If you like dark romances where the characters that have many struggles; this is your kind of book. I am used to characters that come with a truck-load of baggage, but there was just a little too much for me. There is: death, drugs, alcohol, rape, lies, mobsters, murder, and sex. I give the book an overall rating of 3 stars. The characters were well developed.
One night out and everything changes. Penelope meets Jay Ryder. Hot, beautiful, strong, intense, and striking Jay is the leader singer in the American band "The Cray." Jay is known for living the rocker life. Never seen with the same women twice, he goes day-by-day going through the motions. While on tour, in Sydney, he sees Penelope. In an instant he is drawn to her and has the strongest desire to protect her. After that it is all about trying to obtain her and keep her.
While Penelope is in for a world-wind rocker life, she can't help but compare her feelings between Jay and Evan. Who can she trust with her heart? Who will be her rock that she can rely on to be always be truthful with her?
I have read a few books that take place in Australia and all of them were decent. I have grown to understand some of the lingo and jargon that the author's use. So if you are from the states and are looking for a true Aussie dialogue such as: 'kerb' instead of 'curb' and 'arse' instead of 'ass' - this is your book.
The writing wasn't bad at all. It was pretty polished, with few over all errors. The word choice was clean. My only negative was the constant elaboration with detail. I like using my imagination for somethings - i.e.: the way a room may look; what type of blonde or brown colored hair they may have; the play-by-play of a morning routine. Some of these things are not in need of extreme detail. I believe readers enjoy thinking what they may about certain places or situations.
If E.L James gave too much detail regarding Christian Grey’s looks (beside his deep grey eyes, firm mouth, dark hair, and built physique) we all may have only thought of one person instead of interpreting our personal Mr. Grey. When I thought of Christian Grey I had someone like Channing Tatum or Charlie Hunnam. Now I think of Jamie Dorman cause of the movie. It is just the way it is. Speaking of FSOG, there were some similarities in the dialogue between Penny and Jay. He says to her a few times, “I am no good, you should stay away from me.” Okay WHO SAYS THAT! Christian and Edward! Agggg Men get a clue, most women like bad boys who push us away. We are glutton-for-punishment.
I do want to clarify that some people enjoy an extensive amount of detail. I am more a dialogue person. That is what you get when you read a ton of plays when you were younger. Side note; one of my all-time favorite plays “A Doll’s House” and favorite play write Tennessee Williams. Come on… “STELLLLLLAAAAA!”
Traci's Top NA Reads
1. Anywhere with You
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