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Brain candy fluff for clearing my head. Easy to read. Not a lot of commitment required. ( )
  lesmel | Sep 10, 2014 |
Bought from Amazon
*adult only title*

How was the Sexy: The heat between Jake and Ellie was smoldering yet tender and sweet. Due to the nature of the backstory the "bedroom" scenes were almost like a discovery time for Ellie and Maya did an excellent job of making them hot/steamy/exciting.

How was the Story: The story was excellent though a little heartbreaking. The blend of the hotness and the story was done in a really good way that you got the right amount of both.

Complaints: There was a section that had to do with the ex that wasn't very believable to me: The Apology. I don't think it distracted from the Jake/Ellie story very much though.

Why I Gave it a 3.5: This was a really steamy quick read with a good story to boot!

Who would I recommend it too: Erotic Romance Readers

Author Website: http://www.mayabanks.com/

Other books in this series:
Understood
Overheard
Undenied
  thehistorychic | Apr 3, 2013 |
Flimsy plot and scant characterization left me uninterested in the characters. Consequently, the sex scenes left me cold, as out-of-context porn scenes might.

The domestic abuse issue was treated fancifully, which bothered me. If you're going to bring that bugaboo up, at least do it right. Don't put it in there as a cheap and easy vehicle for angst. ( )
  Ridley_ | Apr 1, 2013 |
Bought from Amazon
*adult only title*

How was the Sexy: The heat between Jake and Ellie was smoldering yet tender and sweet. Due to the nature of the backstory the "bedroom" scenes were almost like a discovery time for Ellie and Maya did an excellent job of making them hot/steamy/exciting.

How was the Story: The story was excellent though a little heartbreaking. The blend of the hotness and the story was done in a really good way that you got the right amount of both.

Complaints: There was a section that had to do with the ex that wasn't very believable to me: The Apology. I don't think it distracted from the Jake/Ellie story very much though.

Why I Gave it a 3.5: This was a really steamy quick read with a good story to boot!

Who would I recommend it too: Erotic Romance Readers

Author Website: http://www.mayabanks.com/

Other books in this series:
Understood
Overheard
Undenied ( )
  thehistorychic | Jan 15, 2011 |
**Courtesy of CK2S Kwips & Kritiques**

Jake always loved Ellie Matthews, even though she was married to his ‘best friend’. He never stopped beating himself up for not seeing what that friend did to Ellie until the night she showed up on his doorstep frightened and bloodied. Now she is divorced, and he has bided his time, building her trust and waiting until she is ready to love again.

Ellie is still scared, but she knows she loves Jake, and she is ready to show him. After everything this man has done for her, how could she not love him? But the past is not as far behind her as she thinks, and when her ex-husband shows up in her life again, he threatens everything…

Every book I read by Maya Banks seems somehow better than the last! I’m not sure if it is actually the writing, or if it is simply a case of the one in my hands now being the best one ever… I have to say, I read Understood right after reading a book by a different author that was not so good, and reading Understood made it all better – kind of like getting a lollipop at the end of the visit to the doctor. Well, Understood would definitely qualify as a figurative lollipop – a cherry flavored one, at that. Heck, make it a cherry flavored Tootsie Roll Pop!

Jake Turner is absolutely perfect. As soon as I finished the book, I messaged the author to find out if by any remote chance she might have modeled him on a real life man who happened to live in Nashville and was perhaps still single and ready to meet me. Sadly, that was not the case, but Jake is definitely the kind of hero every woman wants in her life. He has all of the good guy nobleness, without being too vanilla. Nope, ‘vanilla’ could never describe the handsome Jake. Sensitive, strong, caring, and passionate, yes, but never ‘vanilla’. He has all of the bad boy heat without any of the negative traits.

Ellie is tragic and beautiful, as many heroines are wont to be. If the story of her life does not break your heart, then her romance with Jake will surely bring you to tears – good tears, though! Watching her growth as she leans on Jake for strength, and then learns to find herself again so she can come to him as a complete woman with no doubts as to what she wants is absolutely heartwarming.

While Understood is connected to Banks’ upcoming release, Overheard, neither story is dependent on the other, even though they share several characters. Of course, after reading one, you will immediately want to read the other! They do not need to be read in a certain order – I actually read Overheard prior to reading Understood, and had no issues following the story.

Coming to the end of any of Maya Banks books brings to mind one question each time: I wonder just how fast she can write… I can’t wait for the next one!

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  nashjar | Feb 16, 2008 |
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When she breaks free from the bondage of her past, he-ll be waiting.

Jake Turner committed the ultimate mistake of falling in love with his best friend-s wife. The distance he puts between them costs both him and Ellie Matthews dearly. Jake will never forgive himself for not seeing what a bastard his friend was. Now that Ellie is free from her nightmare, Jake waits, needing and wanting. He-ll be there when Ellie is ready to spread her wings.
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Jake Turner committed the ultimate mistake of falling in love with his best friend's wife. The distance he puts between them costs both him and Ellie Matthews dearly. Jake will never forgive himself for not seeing what a bastard his friend was. Now that Ellie is free from her nightmare, Jake waits, needing and wanting. He'll be there when Ellie is ready to spread her wings.… (more)

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