Monday, February 29, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review--magnetic, erm, kitties?--Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

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I've been loving Jill Sorenson so was pretty excited about this one. Plus a little different for a hero seeing he's an ex-con and recently released. Oh and his brother in law is a cop he'll be living with and he's kinda got a thing for the cops sister. Oh yes.

I love when the heroine turns the tables a little....
Her eyes flash with hurt. "Don't."

"Don't what?"

"Act so hard."

I capture one of her hands and bring it to my fly. My flesh leaps at her touch, throbbing with heat and life. "I thought you liked me hard."

She doesn't pull away or gasp in outrage. She just nibbles on her lower lip and molds her fingers around me. "I like that. I won't pretend I don't." Her other hand flattens over my heart. "But this is what I love."

Damn her.

Now she's playing dirty.
Okay and this one. I don't know why but it just made me laugh. Damn those magnetic pussies.  
I pedal hard to the junkyard,as if the devil's on my tail. I need to figure out what to do with Meghan. This morning's argument didn't discourage her. Somehow I ended up with my face buried in her pussy again. That's no way to break up with a girl. 

Okay. Against the Wall Tidbits!

The quick of it is that Eric has been locked up for manslaughter but he's finally been released and is trying to start his life over. Trying to find work and staying with his sister-in-law, her new husband who is a cop and has a sister. A sister Eric had a thing with once upon a time and who is strictly off limits if he wants to stay with them. But the temptation. The temptation is fierce. 

So there was a LOT going on in this one. Some of it worked for me. Some of it...not so much. I kinda ended up middle ground on this one. Not bad but not my favoritest of her reads.
  • There's romance--and I do love those second chance, forbidden, have known each other forever type set ups.
  • There's some wicked heat--whew baby!
  • There's Eric dealing with his past life with a gang and trying to go straight---It was interesting seeing him deal with life on the outside after being locked up for a while. Finding work, not having options, or having too many options, run ins with his past, etc. I think Sorenson did a fantastic job getting that emotional struggle across. 
           It was harder than I thought, being free. It was overwhelming.
  • There's Meghan's struggles with a current boyfriend who is abusive
  • There's another sideline with her volunteer work at a women's center on her campus, a slut walk they get involved with an an anonymous threat--this was a lot of my meh
  • There's an element with Eric's work at a tattoo shop and working on his art--he paints/draws
There was just a ton going on and it sometimes made for a loose read if that makes sense? Like there were just a few too many elements going on and competing for attention?

I did like them together for the most part and that they had some history. There's a lot of emotional turmoil they both have to deal with and things get steamy once they finally get together (takes a while). I never felt totally committed to it though and I think that has to do with my last thing down below.

I didn't love the heroine and her storyline as a whole, though. The whole slut walk thing just kinda bugged me. I don't like the whole attitude concerning sex and that women should fuck around like crazy because men are. Or the whole lets dress up slutty and act that way and then get upset/surprised when it garners attention. Meh. I know it's meant as girl power but I just find it sad. So that took away a good bit of enjoyment for me on this one. It felt childish and immature how it played out.

What I liked about this one was the different feel. It's not glamorous or prettied up. It was less fantasy romance and more realistic look into a life and it's struggles. So it was different.

One thing I found out after reading was this is part of a series. I so wish I'd known that ahead of time. It's book two and I did feel like I was walking in mid-series (even went and checked a couple times) since it felt like there was a lot of stuff between them that happened prior to this book. This is the only book for this couple but they were secondary in the previous book. So. Keep that in mind. I only figured it out because of reading someone else's review and their mentioning it.

Overall, Interesting but didn't hit all my buttons quite right. 
Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.

Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.


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