Book review: Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: January 17, 2019
Source: I can’t believe I paid $5 for this

How to protect your heart:
Let your bodyguard have it.

Jane Cobalt is an American princess. The loyal and painfully curious twenty-three-year-old has inherited immense pressure to preserve the Cobalt legacy. But for Jane — sex, love, and life have been a series of royal failures.

After a friends-with-benefits ended in disaster, she’s sworn to a “no sex” hiatus for, well, eternity — and she has no intention of letting anyone in her bed and definitely not her heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thatcher Moretti is painfully professional. As the stern 24/7 bodyguard to Jane, thinking about unbridled sex with his sweet client is a sin. One that he keeps committing.

But the real act is a hard line he’d never cross.

When a family member betrays Jane’s trust, the media becomes obsessed with matchmaking the perpetually “single” Jane Cobalt and unwanted attention suddenly compromises her safety.

Thatcher would do anything to protect her, and one solution may level the threats:

Become the fake boyfriend to an American princess.

Entwined together with boiling chemistry, new “professional” parameters, and an oath, unsaid feelings threaten to rise and change everything.

​​The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them.

There are some minor spoilers in this review.

Tangled Like Us was easily one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I love Krista & Becca Ritchie. I’ve read everything they’ve ever written. Normally I can devour one of their books in a day or two, even if it’s almost 500 pages. I’m not sure if my reading tastes have changed or if something was very, very different about this book, but I did not like it. I did not like it at all.

First things first, I cringed. I don’t think I’ve ever cringed while reading something that these two have written, but I was cringing so hard here. I mean, some of the things these characters say and think!

  • “I’m a valuable asset in our mission to have intercourse.”
  • “I think my heart just came, if hearts could cum.”
  • “I just can’t really tell the good sex from the bad ones.”

I’ve never noticed this kind of writing in Krista & Becca’s books before, and I’m wondering if they’re just too focused on their traditionally published YA novels to really dedicate the time to writing a good romance novel.

And now the language. I’m not really what you’d call a sensitive reader. Krista & Becca have written characters before that love to use profanity, and I was fine with it. Ryke Meadows, a main character in the Calloway Sisters series and a side character in the Addicted series, constantly drops f-bombs. It’s his thing and it made sense for his character and they weren’t weirdly out of place or anything. Thatcher constantly swears, and it’s weird. Like… “I stare straight ahead and breathe hot breath out of my fucking nose.” Let’s set aside the whole “breathing breath” thing (I’m rolling my eyes) and focus on the “my fucking nose” part. Who thinks like that? He just felt like a knockoff Ryke, almost like the authors couldn’t think of a new personality characteristic and just (poorly) recycled an old one. And, honestly, aside from being very strong and very attractive and swearing a lot, Thatcher doesn’t have much of a personality. He really fell flat for me.

The next thing I want to bring up is the suspension of disbelief required to enjoy this book. First of all, you have to set aside the whole idea that TWO PEOPLE who live in the SAME HOUSE have both decided to hook up with their bodyguards when it is expressly forbidden. Second of all, am I really to believe that Thatcher, who is Jane’s bodyguard and therefore likely in close proximity with her for the majority of his day, is so taken by the scent of her perfume wafting in his direction that he gets an instant erection that “strains painfully against [his] slacks?” I mean… come on.

Also, is there anything to their relationship other than physical attraction? Jane is constantly commenting on how sexy Thatcher is, and that’s fine and I’m happy that she thinks the guy she’s hooking up with is sexy, but does she see literally anything else in him? Is she attracted to his intelligence or his humor or his kindness or anything other than his rippling muscles? And Thatcher is really taken with Jane’s scent, as I mentioned above, but the same goes for him. Aside from the physical, is there anything he actually likes about her? Physical attraction is great, but there needs to be something more for a lasting relationship, and I’m just not buying it here.

And speaking of their “relationship,” which is really just them hooking up a lot… it happened too quickly. Given Thatcher’s outrage at Moffy and Farrow hooking up, you might think that he’d at least TRY not to jump into his client’s pants. But no, she’s like, “hmm, let’s have sex,” and he’s basically whipping his pants off as he screams, “YES, OKAY, LET’S DO THAT.” Where is the slow burn? Where are the conflicted emotions? Where is anything other than two horny people having sex?

The more I think about it, the more problems I have with this book — another one being that Krista & Becca seem to have completely forgotten the personalities of the characters from their previous books. I was looking forward to a glimpse of Connor and Rose, my favorite couple from the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series, and just… who were they? That was not Rose. There was so little of Connor that I can’t really comment on whether he was in character. Moffy and Farrow even seemed a little off with their usual banter falling flat.

This book was also at least twice as long as it needed to be. It’s a contemporary new adult romance and it’s almost 500 pages. 500 pages in which very little happens. Let’s be honest. There’s not a lot of plot here. There’s a lot of internal monologues and a lot of descriptions and not a lot else. This would have been better at maybe 250 pages. I know this is self-published, but it needed a ruthless editor to cut out a lot of the unnecessary information.

Finally, some more things that these characters actually say or think:

  • “I can control myself and my nine-inch cock.” (heavy sigh)
  • “His unwavering gaze stays fixed on me, and I watch him take a strong swig of water.” (Wow, he’s so manly that he’s even strong when he drinks water!)
  • “Oh my God. I’m on six months without sex, and I wonder if this is a symptom of dick starvation. It better not be because I’ve sworn to never let a man inside of me. Never again. Not after the last time.” (DICK STARVATION?!)

I’m not even sure if I want to continue with this series now. I mean, if I’m honest, I’ll probably read anything these authors publish. But I’m just so, so disappointed right now.

PreviouslyAddicted To You • Ricochet • Addicted For Now • Thrive • Addicted After All • Kiss the Sky • Hothouse Flower • Fuel the Fire • Long Way Down • Some Kind of Perfect • Damaged Like Us • Lovers Like Us • Alphas Like Us • Amour Amour • InfiniThe Raging Ones

#ps19: a book by two female authors


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ARC review: The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: The Raging Ones #1
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Source: ARC from publisher (via Netgalley)

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

Back in the day, I used to read a ton of YA sci-fi and fantasy. I think I kind of burned myself out on it because, recently, I really haven’t had much of a desire to read most books that fall into that category. But it’s no secret that Krista & Becca Ritchie are two of my favorite authors of all time, so The Raging Ones ended up at the top of 2018’s most anticipated list. I honestly wasn’t expecting to be approved for an ARC of this book, but it happened and I can’t thank St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley enough for the opportunity. I also went ahead and preordered it anyway because this is a book that I need to have on my physical bookshelf.

To start off, let me just say that I love the aesthetic of this world. It’s freezing cold, it has a lilac sky, and everybody knows exactly when they’ll die. Half of the world lives in opulence while the other half is fated to live fast and die young, all of this decided by their predetermined deathdays. This is such a concept and not one that I’ve really seen before. Leave it to these authors, I swear to god. Everything they write is gold.

One thing that I really dislike in a sci-fi/fantasy book is a lot of infodumping. It’s overwhelming, it takes me out of the story, and it’s often just unnecessary. I much prefer to be immersed in the new world and left to figure it out for myself. That said, I might’ve preferred a bit more information here because even after finishing the book, I’m unclear on how exactly a lot of things work. I mean, no spoilers, but I’m not sure that I 100% understand why the Saga 5 thing had to be a competition, how the emotional and physical link between our three main characters works, and how the whole deathday thing came about. Really, though, that’s a pretty minor criticism when you consider how much I truly enjoyed this book.

If you’ve read anything else by the Ritchie sisters, you’ll know how talented they are at writing three-dimensional characters. They could make me care about anybody, and that’s really saying something. I loved Court (I got a bit of a hybrid Moffy/Farrow vibe from him) and Franny, but Mykal was my favorite. I always root for an underdog, and I just wanted to protect this big, burly kid from all of the pain and suffering in the world. I love that this book focuses on a friend group of two males and one female and there’s no love triangle whatsoever. THANK YOU.

It’s so weird to me that this is considered Krista & Becca Ritchie’s debut novel when I’ve previously read fifteen of their books, but I guess that’s how it goes since this is their first traditionally published novel. For me, this really showed in the editing. It’s not that Krista & Becca’s books are usually poorly written or anything (they’re really not!) but everything in this book felt so much more polished. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s traditionally published and has therefore probably gone through a lot more rounds of edits or if it’s just because I’m used to reading a totally different style of book from them.

My mind is blown by that ending and I don’t know if I can reasonably be expected to wait until next year for the sequel. This book completely reignited my spark for fantasy and I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

Previously: Addicted To You • RicochetAddicted For Now • ThriveAddicted After All • Kiss the Sky • Hothouse Flower • Fuel the Fire • Long Way Down • Some Kind of Perfect • Damaged Like Us • Lovers Like Us • Alphas Like Us • Amour Amour • Infini


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Book review: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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When we last saw Maximoff Hale, he was reeling from an untrue rumor that just wouldn’t die.  Surprisingly, Moffy’s entire extended family believed the rumor, which led to the revelation that Moffy was in a committed relationship with Farrow, his new bodyguard.

Now, as Lovers Like Us begins, the Hale family is scrambling to rebuild their public image.  No amount of denial has killed the salacious rumors, so Moffy and his cousins come up with a foolproof plan: an extended fan tour filled with meet and greets, photo ops, and Q&A sessions.

As Moffy embarks on the tour with Jane, Charlie, Beckett, and Sulli, Farrow is alerted to the presence of an unknown stalker who seems to want Moffy dead.  Can Farrow put his feelings for Moffy aside to keep him safe?

It’s no secret that I love Krista & Becca Ritchie.  Not only are they talented authors, but they’re so down-to-earth and nice.  I always love reading their books and LLU was no exception.  The anticipation for these books almost kills me – I preorder as soon as the link is available and then read as fast as I can.  Of course, then I’m kicking myself because I’ll have to wait months and months for the next Ritchie book, but I digress.

Anyway, I really enjoyed LLU.  I’m going to try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, so I apologize in advance that I’m not really able to discuss this in as much detail as I’d like.  I just think that it’s better for you to experience this book without knowing what to expect.

Things I liked:

  • Seeing Moffy and Farrow come to grips with the new reality of their relationship and learn to trust each other more and more.
  • My precious, pure, foul-mouthed Sulli. 💕
  • The love and acceptance and trust among the cousins.  I have at least thirty cousins, but I’ve never had this kind of relationship with any of them.  This book made me want to move closer to home.
  • Seeing the aspects of fame that I’d never really thought about, like fans dumping their whole life story and all of their problems on a celebrity at a meet and greet. I’m sure it happens in real life and how would you even deal with that?

Things I didn’t love:

  • We’re not supposed to like Dr. Keene, but his whole subplot actually made me very mad.  I thought he was terribly unprofessional and he unnecessarily endangered the health of his patient for petty reasons.

What I’m hoping for in Alphas Like Us:

  • I hope that Charlie finds himself and finds a way to be happy.  My heart just breaks for him.
  • Jane and Thatcher.  Honestly, I didn’t see the appeal in Damaged Like Us.  Now I need more THANE asap, please.  That conversation.  RIP me.
  • A speedy release? I’m not sure if I can wait months and months for the next installment!

Krista & Becca Ritchie can do no wrong in my eyes.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I will read (and most likely love) anything that they write.

Final rating: ★★★★★

Book blitz: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Lovers Like Us (Like Us #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon | iBooks

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public.

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.

In a sleeper tour bus.

For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.

Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

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Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

About Krista & Becca Ritchie

 

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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Cover reveal: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I love Krista & Becca Ritchie.  I’m a little late on this, but yesterday they did a cover reveal for Lovers Like Us, the second book in their Like Us series, which follows the children of the main characters in their Addicted series.

I loved Damaged Like Us and I cannot wait for Halloween so that I can finally get my hands on this beautiful book. See the brand new blurb below:

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public.

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.

I’ll actually be on an airplane on October 31 and I’m trying to decide whether it would be a good idea to read this book in a small, enclosed space with a bunch of strangers.  Regardless, I’ve preordered it and I hope that you’ll consider doing the same ➜ http://amzn.to/2yfmbM3

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my fall TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten books on my fall TBR, and I could not be happier to write about this.  I’ve made some lofty goals for the rest of the year, but I’m hoping to sneak in the following ten books:

  1. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
  2. The Duet by R.S. Grey
  3. The Design by R.S. Grey
  4. Meternity by Meghann Foye (which I’ve had an ARC of for years)
  5. Infamous by Jenny Holiday
  6. Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  7. Paper Boats by Dee Lestari
  8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  9. Rock & Release by Riley Edgewood
  10. Man Candy by Melanie Harlow

What’s coming up on your fall TBR?  Do you have any goals, whether for specific titles or a certain number of books?

Book review: Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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I never thought to ask what a celebrity who could have anyone in the fucking world fantasizes about. And I wonder how long it’s been me.

Maximoff Hale, the eldest son of the infamous Lily and Loren Hale, heir to a billion-dollar empire, and head of his own philanthropic organization, has been followed by paparazzi since birth.  Everybody wants a piece of him, and he’s never known a life where he’s not flanked by bodyguards 24/7.

Moffy’s used to it.  He’s had the same bodyguard for years, and he barely even registers his presence. Only now, his bodyguard is retiring.  Moffy will be stuck with a new bodyguard.  Someone he’ll have to get used to. Someone who will follow him around, handing out non-disclosure agreements before hookups and making sure that nobody slips anything into his drinks. Moffy was prepared for just about anything.  He wasn’t prepared for Farrow Keene.

Farrow is a Yale graduate, MMA fighter, and until now, served as Lily Hale’s bodyguard.  As the son of the Hales’ concierge doctor, Farrow was around through most of Moffy’s childhood, and Moffy has harbored a huge, secret crush on Farrow since he was a teenager. Now, Moffy and Farrow will be together all day, every day. It’s only a matter of time before things heat up.

Be still, my heart.  Krista and Becca Ritchie have done it again.  I’m not sure how these women can possibly make me fall in love with every single one of their characters, but they do. Every time.  Moffy and Farrow are both bossy, stubborn alpha males who constantly clash and try to get the upper hand.  In the wrong hands, these characters might not work together.  But here, with these authors, it was perfect.

Also perfect were the side characters, both the other bodyguards and the other children from the Addicted series.  Moffy lives with his cousin and best friend Jane Cobalt, and can I just say that I hope Jane gets everything she wants in life and that nobody hurts her ever? The other Hale, Cobalt, and Meadows children all make cameos in this book, and I loved seeing them all grown up.

Damaged Like Us is a little different from what I usually read.  But I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there is nothing that these authors could write that I wouldn’t read.  There’s nothing that they could write that I won’t love. While I’ve certainly read some cute, fluffy YA with M/M pairings (Carry On, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda), this was my first explicit, adult M/M book.  Who better to introduce me to the genre than Krista and Becca?

I am in love with these characters and so excited that Krista and Becca have started a new series.  I’m not sure how I’ll possibly survive until Lovers Like Us comes out – October 2017 can’t get here fast enough.  This book is highly recommended for just about anybody, but particularly anybody who enjoyed the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series.

Final rating: ★★★★★

#mmdreading: a book in a genre you usually avoid