Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 3) by Carly Phillips
Date of Publication: February 21, 2017
A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he's never been good enough for.
She's desperate to save her family company and there's only one man who can help. But Derek isn't interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he's never been able to forget.
His plan? To screw her out of his head. Except once he's had a taste of Cassie, he doesn't want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won't allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who's going down hard.
"Flow is the intro to an epic love song. It's that first beat that has you stopping in your tacks and turning up the volume. The perfect cadence to a must-read prelude. 5 on top of the world stars!" -Mandi Beck, Bestselling Author of the Caged Love series and Stoned.
Book Title: Prison of Statues (Book 1 of The Statues Trilogy)
Genre(s): YA Paranormal Romance
Everything appears colorless in Iris’ world...until she falls asleep and the nightmares begin. Iris’ plan to stay in her small town of Gradywoods just long enough to bury her father shatters when she finds a letter he wrote to her only two days before his death. On the evening of his funeral, her nightmare bursts with colors. Being colorblind since birth, Iris feels both amazed and apprehensive, but when she wakes in the morning, her world turns gray once again. The day after her father's funeral, Iris finds refuge from her pain at Yves Antique Pages, the small bookshop owned by Mr. Yves, her adopted grandfather. She soon encounters three mysterious strangers who are inexplicably drawn to her. Through secrets and deceit, she fears they are all here for one reason…her. Night after night, the nightmares continue into a series of disturbing events where Iris finds herself caught in a vibrant collision of past and present. In them, she witnesses another’s loss, torture, and broken love. As each episode escalates, she’s brought closer to a place where death may be a more satisfying end. As Iris’ world reaches fragile limits, she must find a way out of an uncompromising fight for her life and for a love she may once have had.
When I first started this story I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. When I read the synopsis of what the story was going to be about I had a certain idea in my mind and I felt like the first part of the book was in opposition to what I thought would happen. It's not so much that I felt I was going in with specific expectations, but more that what the status of all of the characters relationship was as lined out in the synopsis, I didn't feel I was getting when the story started. I don't want to give too much away, and I certainly hope that anyone reading this review reads not only the entire review, but also the book the review is about. Because had I stopped with my first impression, or had I only allowed myself to read so far and then not continued because the story was not evolving the way that I thought that it would, I would have missed out on a fantastic read.
In this book you have Mike, the drummer for a band that has rapidly grown in popularity. In high school he was in love with Danica, and then they grew up and she broke his heart. Fast forward a few years, and she's standing outside his tour bus with her cousin Hailey saying she wants another chance. Hailey however has been dragged along by her cousin to see Mike as Danica has suddenly decided she wants him back. Hailey would rather be doing anything else then standing outside of his tour bus but she lives with Danica, and her uncle, Danica's father, pays Hailey's school tuition and all of her expenses. So she feels that she has to keep Danica happy or she will not be able to finish school and achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian. But that meeting with Mike changes everything. Soon they are playing video games together late at night and talking while getting to know each other. Before she knows it, Hailey is fighting feelings for Mike and losing. But Hailey knows that Danica wants Mike, and not only does she think she doesn't stand a chance against Danica's beauty and Mike's rock star life, but she also knows that even if Mike wants her too, she may have to give up her dreams and her future to keep him.
So, some things I loved about this story. Hailey's love and dedication to animals and her dreams. Her great relationship with her little brother. The secondary characters from the previous books (which I would like to read after having read this but didn't feel I had to in order to enjoy this one). And the way Hailey finally stood up for herself and what she wanted.
Now some not so loved parts. Danica. If you read this story, and maybe even if she was in the previous stories and you read those, you'll know she's awful. She has no redeeming qualities. It wasn't a problem for me, cause I don't mind having a very clear villian in a story, and she is it. I also found myself wishing this story had been told from dual pov. Unfortunately the direction in the beginning had me seriously questioning if I could possibly like Mike and what the hell he was thinking. Had I gotten some insight into his mind in those earlier chapters, I think I would have connected with him sooner. However once I did get the revelation behind his actions, I understood and I loved him going forward. The beginning also had me a bit hesitant about Hailey but not as much Mike because I saw inside her mind. I saw her struggle and her attempts to fight what she felt and I commended her for it.
This was a story that I ended up really enjoying and it reminded me why I prefer to always reserve final judgments on a book until the end. The build up was good and especially after what I deem the turning point for me, things just kept getting better. I would certainly recommend this story and look forward to checking out more by this author in future.
Hmmmm....that is kind of the feeling that I was left with. I kind of thought I knew where this was going and then we get to the end and I quickly realized that there is definitely going to be something different about this series.
We have one girl; broke, down on her luck, and about to hit rock bottom. Then a curious invitation comes in the mail and everything in her life is about to change. It all begins with the contract and meeting two wealthy men. These two men are quite different; Tobias is the air sucking, poised and polished CEO and Preston seems more rough around the edges, rugged and perhaps a bit more fun. But both seem like they have a certain tastes that Ella is going to fulfill for them, but for only a week, with no questions and complete submission to their every whim.
This was an intro into what I hope is a serial that will keep me guessing and panting all at the same time. I did wish I had something more from our men but it seems like their tale needs to be kept quite for this game the three of them are playing. I am absolutely looking forward to more because my curiosity is piqued and I want to know what secrets and challenges are coming.