Straight from the Heart by Sam Burns Review (contains spoilers)
Book 1 of the Wilde Love Seroes.
Very excited for this series. I have high hopes. Please don’t disappoint, book. 3rd book has an asexual character in it AND AND it’s a rocker romance! LOVE.
Oh! Book 1 the mc is in a band. So the whole series focuses on band members!!! (i’m seething with excitement. This is what i wanted weeks ago.) Should have guessed that from the guitar on the cover. (Update: Correction. only book 1 and 3 focus on band members.) My excitement and thoughts are moving faster than I can type. My typing is in no way expressing the amount of excitement i’m in. i love this so far. Also really happy that he got kicked out for quitting law school not for his sexuality which is what i thought based on the summary.
I love drunk Alex.“This is so weird. I swear, I didn’t even know I was gay.” i love him even more.
This flirting scene is SO FUCKING CUTE.
I am LOVING this book.
“The first thing she had done was ask about Jake’s family. She had looked increasingly perturbed at the answers, and asked him if he knew that there was a page on Wikipedia detailing every member of Alex’s family for the last hundred years.
The next day, Jake had suggested that Alexander Jonas Austin IV should find himself a stage name, because his real one sounded ridiculous. That was how Alex Sage had been born” keeping this quote for future reference of what his real name is.
Okay. so Liam’s a marine undercover working as the Chicago mafia and his current mafia assignment is to watch over Alex. That's complicated. If he was just in the mafia, that would have been fine but it gets complicated with this extra layer of he’s not actually working for the mafia, he’s undercover working for the (ew) government as an (gag) cop. The fact he’s sympathetic to mickey and the Quinn family plus the next books focus on Quinn’s sons gives me hope he doesn’t get on their bad side by the end.
“I meant to say that from an outside standpoint, like a random straight dude on the street, he’d say that Jenna’s hot?”
Jake considered that for a moment, then nodded in agreement. “Yeah. He’d say that, I’d threaten to hit him, Jenna would get pissy with me, Els would laugh her ass off, and you’d drag us all away so there was no fighting.” i like their dynamic. They are such good friends. I loved Jake and Alex’s honest heart to heart, discussing the complications of coming out.
“There were two whole layers of lies between them and any kind of healthy relationship. And that wasn’t even counting what, if anything, Alex was holding back. Liam thought it was either amazing or devastating, but he didn’t believe Alex was holding anything back.” Yeah that’s an issue.
He goes by Alex Sage but Alex Austin is a catchy name, too. Yeah, his full name is pretentious but only his mom calls him that.
Wait. Jake was worried about losing opportunities if the band had an openly gay guitarist but he named the band Freddy mercury is not dead. You can’t name a band after Freddy mercury then expect people to think you’re straight.
So he might get on the bad side of the mafia after all. The Quinn sons don’t like the family business and encourage Liam to quit the mafia.
I love Jake. i think he ends up with an ace too. Cute.
Trying to do math. Alex is 23. If he went to college at 18, got a 4 year philosophy degree, then he would have only been in law school for a year before dropping out.
Book funny and cute.
Oh no. plot is happening. Elsi’s mom, Mrs.Speilman mentioned that Alex’s dad knew the Quinns. Like already knew his family had to be involved in shady stuff with all this talk about legacy and the easy deduction that his mom hired the Quinns to watch over him but this confirmation sits bad in my tummy.
“waste time and money on a debt that doesn’t exist anymore” More clues from Liam’s pov. Hopefully he notices and thinks about this line. Probably not gonna remember bc the shoot out is going to sit more important in his mind.
Alex is smart and i’m happy the book allows him to stay smart throughout. He figures some stuff out on his own. He figures out his dad was a mob lawyer on his own. Oh wow! He figured out more than I thought! He knows Liam works for the mob! COOL. I LOVE how smart he is! Usually books will pick and choose when a character is smart and when a character is dumb for convenience.
“A job? Please tell me you’re not teaching philosophy.” AHAHAHAHAHA OMYGOD
Hmm. so his dad defended one of Quinn’s sons. That’s all. Quinn felt like he owed a debt to him so that’s why he’s watching over Alex. I’m glad his mom’s giving in.
Glad Alex already figured half of Liam’s situation out before he saw him bleeding.
“This, Liam?” she asked, looking stunned. “This is the easy part?”
Oh this heart to heart between Keagan and Alex is so good.
Keegan didn’t look back at Alex, but he nodded again. “He believed it when my dad said I didn’t do it. So he defended me. Treated me like a person, too, even when the newspapers were calling me K*******r Quinn (this isn’t actually a bad word. I just censored it bc it makes me unhappy to see). They fucking made a cute little title for me. Used to talk about my life and my car and my clothes during the trial, like it was all just something to gossip about and not a goddamn tragedy.”
Alex noted that Keegan hadn’t said he was innocent. He also wasn’t acting like a guilty man so much as a man who felt guilty. He gave Keegan a half smile. “You didn’t kill him.”
Keegan’s eyes finally focused back on Alex, and he looked surprised. “That’s what he said. And with that same look on his face. Damn, you look just like him.”
Oops. Keagan spilled the beans.
“It’s not about you. It’s about my guilt complex. At least, that’s what my therapist says.” He rolled his eyes. “But she keeps saying I’m a good person, so what the hell does she know?” this should not be funny.
Alex is getting kidnapped. Where’s Liam? Did penny ask Liam to go to that meeting with him as a distraction so he wouldn’t be there to protect Alex?
Penny knows he’s talking to the cops but has it a bit backwards.
Oh. it’s even worse. He just didn’t want to seem like a stalker boyfriend so he skipped out on doing his undercover job for a bit. The one second you aren’t looking.
He told Keagan he was a cop. We’re in the big leagues now. Can’t believe we’re getting close to the climax where they take the bad guy down and Liam still doesn’t know Alex is secretly rich. The complications that were going to take place aren’t there bc the Quinns and the person Liam was after are a common enemy so they won’t mind as much that he’s a cop. And mickey might forgive him since he kidnapped his boyfriend therefore also needing to be forgiven. They might consider each other even.
“Fine then, be a wet blanket. He’s here with me. Would you like to say hello, Mr. Austin?” Liam was wondering who Mr. Austin was a second later, when the distinctive background static of a phone being switched to speaker sounded.” so this is how Liam learns his name.
Not at the climax yet? Maybe soon. Maybe Quinn will handle this himself. No, Alex handles it.
Aw man. Penny tells Liam some of the stuff about the history between their families.
I think mickey is also undercover. Either that or very loyal to Quinn. It’s the latter.
It all pulled together nice and easy in the end. Not as complicated as assumed.
Is Liam going to need a lawyer from Alex’s firm? He knows his dad’s a lawyer but does he know Alex was supposed to follow in his footsteps? Is Alex going to invite him to meet his mom? I just feel like all the focus is on Liam but Alex has (accidental) secrets too.
So he’s really not going to ask about the Mr. Austen thing? The book is over. :(((:((( it ended too soon. I wanted to see Liam’s reaction to Alex coming from old money :(((( There’s always 1 disappointment in the good books.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (by V.E.Schwab)
Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Well, sort of.
Okay, there are many many 5 star or less reviews that will explain you how wonderful this book is. I'm gonna do a bit of a shipper's rant.
I didn't expect to like Henry-the-mortal-love-interest, but I did! Maybe because he was more of a second protagonist (or third :P) than a mere "MC's boyfriend" or maybe just because he was created by Schwab...
Still, I'm here for Luc.
If someone told you there is no 'villain love interest' then they were wrong... or we have different definitions of love. Perhaps Luc's is (mostly) a selfish one, but damn! Don't we love (reading about) those! He made me think of Damon, Julian, Darkling, Kylo/Ben... All those pairings with enemies and lovers attitude, some that ended tragically (most of them, unfortunately) and others saved (by ghostwriter and a tv show, but still!). When it comes to Luc/Addie, well... We have a nice open ending.
There are two wolves inside you (like with The Forbidden Game).
One of them is a feminist, a deep suporter of strong female characters, that yells: "Go and get him, Addie! Show him you're not his equal, that you're better, that you can fight him and win. You can have anything you want if you try."
The other is a hopeless romantic, who sees a villain/(anti-)heroine ship and cries out: "Go and get him, Addie! You two are perfect for each other, you're equals and you're gonna be beautiful together. He can corrupt you (a bit), you can make him a better man (a bit)."
Both of those wolves can actually coexist, and patiently wait for the fanfiction about the two of them to grace the ao3.
(This book made me feel things, but it also made me think. Not just about ships.)
Also, a reylo read. I can see an AU, I can see it...
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