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

Behind the Scandal (Reluctance #2) by M.A. Stacie


‘Wow, we’re back to that, are we?’ ‘Back to what, Blue? You asked me a question. I asked you to repeat it.’ Her bottle-green eyes drifted over him, her gaze heating his skin. She licked her lips, her eyes fixed at his hips, and he remembered he was standing there wearing just a towel. ‘This Blue thing is getting old.’ ‘And so am I, standing here listening to you complain. Are you going to tell me what you want?’ ‘Not before you tell me what Blue even means.’ She looked him up and down again, taking her time around the area his towel covered. ‘Because it’s the opposite of your red hair.’

Taylor has messed up, big time. He got hooked on drugs and almost got himself killed. So his father gave him an ultimatum: go to his uncle’s ranch and get clean or get cut off (daddy’s rich).

Libby’s a single mother with secrets, she lives on the ranch and helps with its running.

When Libby and Taylor met… he’s an ass and she doesn’t take his shit. This could only go one of two ways, but getting past each others pasts could prove to be a bit difficult.

‘Here’s the thing. You’ve known about my flaws. You saw the consequences leaking from my nose as it bled. You’ve seen me sick with stomach cramps and raging with mood swings. You’ve experienced my downfall from the day you met me, and yet you? You’re a mystery.’ Libby opened her mouth, but Taylor went on. ‘I see how loving you are with your son. I see the affection you have for my uncle, and I feel the attraction you have for me, but there’s nothing else. I don’t know anything about you, because you refuse to allow it. Let me in. Let me know you.’

I give this book a 4.5 put of 5 stars. I liked this one a lot better than the first one in the series. I feel that Taylor and Libby were easier to understand than Kyran and Dale. Libby is a strong woman who has had her share of troubles and she is a survivor. Taylor is broken, he is cocky and arrogant, but only on the surface. (I was secretly rooting for Taylor the moment he started narrating in this book, he was just an ass in the first book now he’s a person… you know what I mean) They both grow immensely throughout the book and though some things are predictable it’s still enjoyable and interesting to get to where you know it’s going. This can be read as a standalone but I suggest you start with the first book in the series, Beneath the Surface.