Sunday 11 December 2016

Review ~ Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins

Book Description:

No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.

I don't. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.

I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars

“I’ve eaten her dirty secrets like candy, and now she’s the hungry one.”

Finn stole my heart in Slip of the Tongue, while he didn’t win that time I always knew that his time would come and he would get the girl who truly deserved him. Finn had a heart the size of Texas and it would take some woman to be deserving of it…was Halston that woman?

“Finn was meant to find that journal. To find me. To be a salve for, and perhaps even heal, a heart I’d worried was destined to ache forever.”

Halston was a troubled woman, she had her issues and though her fathers and her boyfriend’s methods were medicating, Halston knew that the only way to get herself back was to wean off the meds and take the bull by the horns. Halston really grew as a woman throughout this book and it is this that really cements her as a “normal” person and made her that much more relatable. Halston grows throughout this book and has to take steps back before she can move forward, but it is her drive and determination to be a better person that made me take her into my heart. I was willing her along, yes, she makes mistakes, as does anyone, but they were mistakes that needed to be made. Halston’s emotional outlet was her journal, where every dark and sexual thought went in the form of poetry, it was her means of venting and it worked, until one day she left her journal in a coffee shop.

“I love you, Finn. I love you enough to clean up my own mess.”

Finn was a photographer, a hopeless romantic, a divorcee and had a darling daughter. He dreams of being happy, doing a job he loves and with a woman he loves more. He has never been into casual dalliances, he needs an emotional connection, he needs to feel the woman he is with. When Finn finds a journal, at first, he wants to find its owner, until he opens it for clues and finds himself totally captivated and mesmerised by the words that he is reading.

“I’m a better man when I’m not trying to be someone other than myself.”

Finn wants to meet this woman, he knows her innermost thoughts and feelings and he hasn’t gone running, entranced by the poetry on the page will the woman behind them be just as alluring? Finn feels a connection to this woman, through words alone, she sings to him, they are similarly broken, the both want what they feel they can’t have, can these two be the ones that finally complete one and other?

“I can’t let myself believe you’re mine if you’re not. I’m the one who’ll get hurt.”

Jessica Hawkins delivers one smoking hot book in the form of Finn and Halston’s story. Erotic, provocative and wanton are the words that liberally glue this love story together. Passionate, arousing, salacious, this book will leave you gasping as well as hopelessly invested as these two discover their normal together. The chemistry was electric, the passion palpable as these two go on a voyage of discovering not only themselves but each other. I was totally captivated from first to last page and didn’t want their story to end. Jessica Hawkins certainly knows how to deliver her erotica with passion and an emotional punch, totally loved it.

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