Wednesday, September 23, 2015

review || LOOSE ENDS box set { blog tour } by Kaia Bennett

Loose Ends 3D Boxset

Kaia Bennett | September 8, 2015 | Contemporary Romance

All three books in the bestselling Loose Ends series are now available in one neat package! Follow Gabriel Roberts and Nicole Langley as they tie up the loose ends of their lust-to-love story in this sizzling erotic romance.
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{ about kaia bennett } .

Kaia Bennett is a native of New Jersey, a college graduate and U.S. Army veteran who loves music, movies, astrology, tattoos, martial arts, animals and, of course, the written word. She heard the siren call of the writer as a teenage girl, but took her sweet time answering it until she had lived and loved enough to share her work with the masses. She is an erotic author who loves to write stories with diversity, depth, realism and viscerally hot encounters that flirt shamelessly with the taboo. A lover of all genres and a voracious reader, she aims to write stories that are transformative for her characters and readers alike.
#1 CRUSH (Loose Ends, #1)
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Nicole Langley’s #1 Crush has always been Gabriel Roberts, but settling for being a friendly acquaintance has had to be enough. Gabriel has always seen Nicole as his good friend’s very pretty, but extremely off limits baby sister. Then a hot summer day and an even hotter discovery pushes them over the lines of friendship, over the lines of unrequited desire, and into each other's arms. Will they indulge and move on? Or will this crush turn into something more, something deeper? Something that leaves loose ends begging to be tied…

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CLOSER (Loose Ends, #2)
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After a whirlwind week of hot sex and growing affection, Nicole and Gabriel were forced to part ways and to return to real life. For a while they danced around each other, meeting up when they could, the distance between them rivaled only by their desire to be together again. Now these lovers are no longer star-crossed. They’re in the same city at the same time and can finally indulge their insatiable passion. At least until Gabriel’s increasingly popular band goes on tour. But the ticking clock of his budding music career isn’t the only obstacle to contend with. A blast from Gabriel’s wild past, a guy that kept Nicole warm in Gabriel’s absence, and fear of what the future holds all converge just as they’ve begun to realize this might be love… 

Author's Note: This book contains strong language and sexual content with dark elements, some of which readers may find uncomfortable.

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MIND OVER MATTER (Loose Ends, #3)
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They said they would try. They said they would give their love a chance. But when the mistakes of Gabriel's past clashed with Nicole's hopes for the future, they realized love wasn't enough. They tied up the loose ends of their broken hearts and walked away. Now, Gabriel's career is on a meteoric rise and he is back to his bachelor ways. He told Nicole he couldn't promise forever and did his best to let her go, but these days he wonders if he spoke too soon. Nicole has a new life, a new man, and she refuses to look back. To everyone around her though, not looking back looks an awful lot like running scared from the past. With Jackie and Ian's wedding approaching, a reunion between the best man and the maid of honor is to be expected. What they don't expect is for the olive branch of friendship to catch fire with a love and need that is stronger than even their best intentions. They called it quits. But is it really over? They still love each other. But does that even matter when they've made up their minds that there's no going back?
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{ series review } .

Often when I have the entire series at my disposal, I have a difficult time writing individual reviews for each title -- simply because I read the entire series in one chunk. So after hemming and hawing on how I'd write these reviews, I ended up deciding to go for the whole series, as the trilogy follows just Gabriel and Nicole, not three different couples. Kaia Bennett wrote the angst and emotion extremely well with these two; I felt their characters were well thought out and relatable.

Initially, I have to say, I wasn't necessarily a fan of the writing style. It was too wordy for me, too many descriptions. I like my dialogue and while I like well written internal dialogue, the first couple of paragraphs in this one didn't do it for me. Then there was the creep factor of ending up in her sister/her boyfriend's roommate's room, touching his stuff, smelling his cologne, and then ending up on his bed... Yeah... I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to get past that.

However -- that was pretty much the end of my squinty-eye moments. From that point forward, I enjoyed the ups and downs that encompassed Nic and Gabe's relationship. I continuously wanted more for them -- I wanted the mistakes to be fixed, I wanted the sadness to go away... I wanted those 'loose ends' to be tied. I didn't want to like "the other person"; I wanted Nic and Gabe, darn it..! Gabriel broke my heart more often than not -- I don't know why, but a brokenhearted man just does it for me.

The sex scenes are done well -- from their initial encounter (not including Nicole in Gabe's room, which, I will confess, I did have a LMFAO moment with) to the last one we witness. We watch them learn one another, fall into one another, and grow accustomed to one another -- but never do the scenes get old, nor do their feelings.

...& the epilogue reader in me really loved this one. It tied up everything so well and made my heart happy.

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