Wednesday, July 13, 2016

3 stars-- Hottest Mess (S.I.N. #2) by J. Kenner

Wanna complicate your life?

Fall in love with your brother.

Yeah. That'll do it. lol

Such is the case with Dallas and Jane--who are siblings through adoption. They've had a thing for each other for years and are finally giving into temptation. To add fuel to the fire they're also dealing with the aftermath of being kidnapped as teenagers and the continued hunt for the people who set them up all those years ago. An emotional roller coaster like you wouldn't believe.

Alright, so, I think this is one series--or maybe author-- that I'm going to have a love-hate relationship with. Hottest Mess? It was a mix. I enjoyed parts and then others just irked me a bit.

So all the good bits.

I really like Jane and Dallas. Individually and as a couple, as unconventional as they are. And I liked seeing them deal with their issues. There are some incredibly touching scenes, some that hurt to read, some funny and sweet and some very very hot ones. They're a good mix of everything and I love that they really get each other.
He heard her the moment she stepped into the room, and he expected it when she came to him. When she put her arms around him and held him close, her face pressed against his back.

She said nothing, just held him, and it was her touch that gave him strength.
They've got some serious heat smoldering between them but it's not all perfect which was very interesting to see. He's actually got some issues keeping his manly bits at an, erm, full salute. You just don't see that too often in romances. It was a big thing them working through the emotional damage from the past that's causing it. The way they go about it? It may not work for some. Their past is fucked up and sometimes how they deal with it is rather fucked up too. But it's them.

The mystery is ongoing and to do with hunting their abductors and who was behind it all those years ago. It moved along a little but not too much. I like seeing them piece it together but do wish more was happening.

And some issues. 

The heroine slapping the hero...again. Really yall. This is just the stupidest damn thing to still be happening in romances. She was frustrated the first time and angry the second time and striking him was her choice. Enough!

There was also a cliffhanger ending. The first book had a semi-cliffy and it didn't bug me but this time it gave me a growl even though I was expecting it. I think had more actually happened in the book it wouldn't bug me as much.

And after reading this one honestly the books could have just been one book instead of three. There's not enough extra going on to justify three books I don't think. Especially at their cost. It kept me reading and I enjoyed it on the surface but there was so much stuff that was basically a rinse and repeat of book one. I don't think I'd recommend reading them right in a row. With a number of books between them I think it kept me enjoying it overall.

All in all, while I enjoyed Hottest Mess for what it was--an easy diversion--but it's not one that rocked my reader-world. I would have put this at a 3.5 but the second time the heroine slapped the hero with nothing being said just irked me. So, I enjoyed it but at the same time ended feeling less than totally satisfied with the reading experience.

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.

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