The Guilded Chain (Surrender #3) by Lauren Smith


You are cordially invited to the engagement party of Hayden Thorne and Fenn Lockwood—” With a pained gasp, Callie Taylor ripped the expensive cream card and blinked hard against the thick tears that started to drip down her cheeks. Fenn, the man she’d loved her entire life, was getting married to her friend Hayden. It was too much to process over the sudden and shattering pain inside her chest.

After her crush of multiple years suddenly finds the woman of his dreams, Callie is left with her heart in pieces.

There was a wildness to her anguish that was breathtakingly gorgeous and something in him had rumbled, like a deep quake beneath the earth. Her pain had unsettled him, and few things ever unsettled him. So he’d decided to stay a few days to make sure she was going to be all right. Of course, if anyone asked, he was only staying to check on the cabins. That was his story and he was sticking to it.

But when Wes Thorne sets his sights on poor, innocent, heart-broken Callie; things start to change quickly… for both of them.

I give this book a 2.7 out of 5 stars. I have to say that after reading the last two books in this series I was a bit disappointed with this addition. I didn’t feel as connected to these characters and I felt that they lacked the depth of their predecessors. Another thing that I was saddened by was the fact that the story for Wes and Callie didn’t run as smoothly and was a bit predictable. On the other hand Smith still has a way of describing things with just enough detail that you can have a clear picture of scenes and events in your head with out overwhelming you with extra tidbit (which is a big plus!). My favorite character in this book would probably be Wes, because he knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to fight for it. While I did like Callie, I felt that she was a bit too cliche. She was super innocent (and naive) and she never really stood her ground when she and Wes had differing opinions. While I did have some trouble with this book particularly some events that happened in the end (can’t tell you because… spoilers) overall I was able to finish the book and was even surprised at one point. This is the third book in a series but it can be read as a standalone (though there are references to the other books).

Check out my reviews on the first two books in the series!

The Gilded Cuff

The Gilded Cage

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Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

AVAILABLE 2/2/2016!!!

I told April not to make a big deal out of my homecoming, but I can see the decorations as soon as Jenny opens the door. Pink fucking balloons, like my prison release is a baby shower. I gave birth to a violent criminal record. Congrats!

Eric just got paroled and is trying to stay on the straight and narrow.

“You should apply to an art school,” I say. “Get financial aid.” “Felons can’t get financial aid.” “Oh.” “I’d have to save up my money.” “Are you going to?” “I’m thinking about it.” He seems sincere, and I’m struck by a strange feeling. It goes deeper than sexual chemistry and wiggles underneath my resentment toward him. I admire the way he’s overcome so many obstacles. He had a tough childhood, joined a gang and went to prison, but he was never a bad person. He deserves a fresh start. He’s ten times the man Chip is, with a fraction of the opportunities.

Megan sees in Eric what he can’t see himself and encourages him to reach his potential. But Eric’s past is determined to drag him back to a life of crime.

I give this book 2.8 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I really hope that this is a continuing series, because I was left wanting. While I did have some closure there are definitely some very important questions that need to be answered. My favorite character in this book would have to be Eric. I loved how he was always trying to be better and protect those he loved. I don’t always agree with the ways he chose to protect them though, especially when he hurt them in the process.  While I found Megan to be interesting I wasn’t in love with her. I felt that she didn’t do enough, she was always complaining in my opinion (I would have liked her more if she did more to fix her problems). On the other hand her best friend was really fun and kept me laughing, I really hope she gets her own book. Anyway I did like this book, but there are too many questions left for me to really call it a standalone. The relationship is given closure but some of the problems brought about are left without conclusion.