Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Review Tour: A Love So Dangerous by Lili Valente

A Love So Dangerous
by Lili Valente
Series: To the Bone Series #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My review:

This was such an amazing and emotionally brutal book and it took me absolutely by surprise.

I was such a mess after finishing this book and I’m still now. I did not expect such a storyline and outcome. Not at all. I am flabbergasted.

The blurb just doesn't do the book justice, though it's hard to explain this book without giving too much away but the blurb made me question if I would like this book because I thought it would be similar to so many others. It made me believe that this would be just another bad boy romance where the good girl falls in love with the bad guy. I assumed that this guy would be part of the mafia or some criminal gang and she would be head over heels for his good looks and that there would be of course a lot of trouble with a lot of dirty sex and talks. But as it turned out, I was as wrong as one can be.

The Story:
Caitlin doesn’t have an easy life. She started taking care of her family when she was still a kid. Her mother left her kids behind with a drunken father which can't keep a job for longer than a few months. When Caitlin's older sister also left, she abandoned not just her sister and younger brothers but also her own baby. Caitlin dropped out of school and is now working low paid jobs to pay the bills that keep getting higher and higher.
Her father isn't much around since he found himself a new girlfriend. Caitlin is everything that holds this family together. Without her, all of the kids would be taken into social service and sent to separate foster homes. Caitlin spent a few months in a foster home when she was younger and she had such a horrible experience that she wants to spare her brothers and niece this awful life.
When Caitlin meets Gabe, she knows he means trouble. Especially for her since she can't have a distraction in her life such as him. He is bad for her and her family.

Gabe is just looking for girls to keep his mind off of stuff for an hour or two. When he sees Caitlin he feels drawn to her and he soon notices that she is more than he ever wanted in a girl.

“Not many things hold my interest for more than a few hours at a time these days, but Caitlin Cooney, with her wild streak running through her pathetically responsible, dreary life like caramel swirl through ice cream just... does it for me.”
He knows that he is bad for Caitlin though he can't stop himself from getting her to help him being bad. Although who says it's bad to bring justice to really bad people that were lucky to slip through the system we call law.

“Evil people have too much protection under the law. It's the innocent who suffer while they try to prove they've been victimized. If you play by the rules, you get screwed. Every time.”
Gabe is bad for Caitlin in so many ways though it would make her life easier when she’s helping Gabe with his plan, even though it’s dangerous. Gabe is dangerous and their plan is dangerous. What if something goes wrong? What if one of them or both get caught? What if emotions are getting in the way? Although Caitlin was always the responsible so far she now feels free and reckless for the first time in her life thanks to Gabe.
They agree to follow through with his plan for this summer. Three months. What can possibly go wrong in those three months? A lot as it seems. And the aftermath is devastating.

At first I liked and enjoyed the story a lot but some decisions of Caitlin made me question her character. We get to know her as a girl that put all of her own needs aside to take care of her family. But soon after she takes part in something dangerous without giving it much thought of what the consequences might be for her family and the life she works so hard for. I can imagine that being always the responsible one can be tiring. Now she has a part in her life where she feels free and daring. That's thrilling for her and new. It's exciting and that's why she couldn't stop herself from helping Gabe with his plan.
She didn't have an easy life so far and she didn't live for herself but just for her family. She does everything for them and even though I understand her thrill about finally feeling alive and free because of Gabe and his thrilling missions but it could cost her everything she worked so hard for.

Gabe didn't seem as bad as he was described but he doesn't tell us a lot of himself and he's always really mysterious and spoke in riddles or at least he was a mystery to me. He was my favorite character and it always felt as if there was some more to him that we didn’t get to know yet - I am so heartbroken after such tiny glimpses into his secret. I really need the next book! Although I'm really nervous of what I'm about to find out then.

In the end I understood everything a little bit clearer and after I finished reading I went back and read through the paragraphs that I marked. Now I have to say that I loved this book so much!! I can't get rid of my book hangover. I'm still a mess after this book.
The writing was capturing and the story suspenseful and gut-wrenching in so many ways and the characters turned out to be so much more than in the beginning.

This book was so not what I was expecting. It was sooooo much better. A different story than I thought it would be.
Besides all the bad that happened to Caitlin there is so much loving and caring involved in this book but also heartbreak, a lot of suspense and some sadness but still hope for the good in the bad times.

Oh god. I still can’t believe what a gut-wrenching story this was. The ending is killing me and not just because of the major cliffhanger. Oh god! I need the next book! Now! Give it to me! I need more and I need a HEA. Please! For the love of books I need it!

Some quotes I have to share that I loved a lot and won’t give too much away:

“I kiss her with all my hunger for more of her, kiss her with a thoroughness that promises this is a beginning, not an end. I kiss her with the truth of how much I want her, how much she fascinates me, at the front of my mind, hoping that truth will be enough to make up for the lies I've told.
The lies I'll continue to tell, until the day I tell her goodbye.”

“I've never been good at doing what I should. I don't resist Temptation, I throw him a big, loud party and invite Trouble do D.J.”

“I fall asleep barely noticing the dull ache at the base of my skull.
The ache that warns that there is no pleasure without pain, no love without hate, and no happiness without sacrifice.”

“I need little more time. No, I need a lot more time. I need a lifetime. I need a future to promise her, but what you need, and what you get, are rarely the same thing.”

“There will be no backing down, no bargaining, no buying time. This is the end. The train stops here and everyone but me is getting off before it jumps the tracks.”

“It seems she finally took my advice, just in time for me to prove she should never have listened to a bastard like me.”

“I hate surprises,” Ray says in a soft voice. “That's why I like books. Even if things are bad for a long time, the good guys always win in the end.”
“Not in all books,” I say. “Literary fiction usually ends pretty badly.”
Ray shrugs. “That's why I'm not going to read those. I like books I can trust.”
I smile. “I like those, too.”
-- This ARC was kindly provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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Warning: This is one dark, dangerous, dirty-talking, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. Are you ready?

I’ve got a big c*ck, a bigger bank account, and zero interest in Happily Ever After. I just want to feel alive, to look into a woman’s eyes and see something that’s going to keep my mind off all the shit I refuse to think about for an hour or two.

And then I meet her, a good girl with a body made for sin and ugly problems only a bad man can fix.

A bad man like me…

Gabe Alexander is the devil. Or an angel.
He’s a criminal hiding behind a millionaire dollar pedigree, but he also saved my life and my family. He’s the worst kind of bad news, but every time he touches me, and whispers filthy, beautiful things in my ear, all I want is more.

More of his kiss, his touch, and the dangerous, seductive things he makes me feel.

I don’t want to go bad, but the man makes it feel so damned good…

Warning Part the Second: A Love So Dangerous is the first in a three part series. It is a full-length novel that ends in a cliffhanger. It was formerly published as One Wild Night and This Wicked Rush by Jessie Evans.


“What is tonight about?” I ask, a shockwave of desire rocketing through me at the thought of Gabe and I naked together, though I know I’m not ready, not really, no matter what the lustful voices in my head are trying to tell me.
“It’s about convincing you I’m the best way to spend your summer.” His palms mold to my ribs as he kisses down my neck to the hollow of my throat, soft, hot kisses that make me gasp for breath and my nipples pucker in the cool, conditioned air.
He keeps trailing kisses down the center of my chest while his hands come to cup my breasts, holding one gently in each hand, carefully avoiding the places where I’m dying for him to kiss me, touch me. He continues to kiss me everywhere but there, his soft lips feathering back and forth across my ribs until my nipples are pulled so tight the sensation is almost painful.
Only then—when I’m squirming and moaning and there can be no doubt in his mind how much I crave his attention—does he take me in his mouth.
I cry out, driving my fingers into his hair and fisting tight, urging him closer as he licks and sucks and bites. Bites.
But even the biting is perfect, a flash of pain that adds to my pleasure until my breath comes fast and the world goes soft and red at the edges and there is nothing but his mouth and his tongue and the way I ache for him, burn for him, need him to spread me wide and do whatever he wants to do to me as long as he takes the ache away.
“Please, Gabe,” I breathe, clawing at his shoulders. “Please.”
“Please what?” he says, flicking his tongue across my nipple, making me flinch and cry out again. “You know what I like, Caitlin. You know I like you to beg for it.”
“Please fuck me with your mouth,” I say, the words spilling out without hesitation or anger. I’m too far gone to care what he wants me to do, so long as he gives me what I need. “Please make me come, Gabe, please. Please!”
“Lift your hips,” he says, his voice tight as his fingers fist in the sides of my panties.
I obey and Gabe makes my underwear vanish and then he is between my legs, spreading my thighs with his warm hands, mumbling something I can’t make out, but that sounds pained and reverent and sweet all at the same time.
As sweet as the first kiss he places to the center of me, one sweet, warm, tender kiss that threatens to unravel me completely.
And then the kiss becomes a swirl of his tongue and sparks shoot from my core, sizzling across my skin, and my head feels like it’s going to float right off my body and there is no more “me” to unravel, only a quivering mass of heat and need that arches closer to Gabe’s mouth, shamelessly begging for what I crave.
I bite my lip and squeeze my eyes shut, not knowing what to do with all the things he’s making me feel, all the sensation and emotion and the fear that I’m spiraling so far out of control I may never be the same again.

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About the author:

Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn't be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich's red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.
 These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts. 
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