Sunday, March 15, 2015

Step-Lover by Bella Jewel Review Tour

I met him before I knew.

I loved him before I knew.

I didn’t know he was my stepbrother when I fell for Bladen. I fell for a mystery guy who I spent a long, amazing weekend with. Then he got up and left me, without even a goodbye. I was nothing more than a bit of fun.

He broke my heart.

I didn’t see him again.

Until my mom and her new husband, Jack, decide to take us all on a family vacation to the lake so I can meet my new stepbrothers for the first time.

I don’t see it coming.

When he gets out of that car, my world stops. My passionate lover is…my stepbrother.

He isn’t the same man. He’s a prick and he makes sure I know it.

I’m not the same woman. I’m in love with him and I very much plan to make sure he knows it.

He won’t make my life easy. I won’t give up.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This much awaited latest offering from Ms. Jewel, has her once again dealing with a difficult issue. I liked the set up and the execution, reading it cover to cover in one sitting. It has effectively brought up every emotion – I've had tears in my eyes, snort laughed (luckily on my own), cringed, smiled, and wanted to hit the male lead.

I refuse to give away anything about the story, other than I enjoyed it a lot. It is written in a very direct style that soon makes the characters seem familiar and as if you are living alongside them. It is seemingly predictable, but a good few twists are delivered to throw one off the path. Good reading – and ... a promise of another book in the series.

Apparently I have read Fallen Crest High by Tijan too many times because the whole idea of a stepsibling romance isn’t all that shocking to me. I just don’t consider it a taboo subject. And I say this to explain why I’m only giving Step-Lover 3 stars because while the book is well-written, Aria’s constant worry about what other people would think and say got old. The only time her harping on the subject made any sense to me was when she was talking to Ripley and expressed her concern about causing a rift between the families if she and Blade didn’t work out. That was a reasonable concern, but worrying about what nameless and faceless people outside of the family thought, I just didn’t get it.

All that said, Step-Lover was an afternoon well spent. I enjoyed the byplay between Aria and the Hutchens men – Jack included – and how each came to hold a special place in her heart. Personally I found the forming of those relationships and the bonds she built with Jack, Brody and Ripley far more interesting than the back and forth between her and Blade, most likely because Blade acted like a total @ss when they first meet as stepsiblings. When Blade and Aria weren’t fighting the draw between them, they were great together and the sex was seriously hot. But Blade’s need to run and/or lash out once passions cooled got old. Needless to say, when he got over fighting his attraction to Aria I was probably screaming “Hallelujah!” louder than she was because I felt like we could finally get on with the romance.

Suffice it to say, when the romance really begins to blossom I was glued to my Kindle. Naturally Ms. Jewel still does not make it easy for Blade and Aria, but I for one was THRILLED to see Aria jump in to defend Riley. The situation was awful but it paved the way for some major secret revealing that helped unite the family even more. And I had to agree with Blade, Aria’s mom was cool – I just hate that Aria couldn’t seem to remember that because it would have made her life a heck of a lot easier. So aside from feeling like Aria’s concern about what others would say was akin to beating a dead horse, I enjoyed reading Step-Lover and cannot wait to read the next book in the series as I came to adore Aria’s stepbrothers as much as she did, so I’m really looking forward to Brody’s story.

What do you do when you meet a hot guy and spend the weekend with him and then he disappears and you don't even know his name? Aria has had a rough start at life. She lost her father and sister in a car accident and life has been hard on her and her mother. Until her mom meets Jack, he makes her happy which in turn makes Aria happy. Jack has three sons that Aria and her mom have never met. When they all go the lake house for a week in the summer, Aria can't believe her eyes. One of Jake's sons is mister hot weekend, what will she do? When Blade sees Aria he is dumb struck and gets angry. Not sure why he is angry, neither of them gave their real names. While they try to stay away from each other, it seems that life has other plans for them. What will happen when the rest of the family finds out about them? What makes Brody so moody? And what is Ridley's secret? It will take Aria to help the brothers learn to trust someone and tell her their stories. This was a great story and I can't wait for Brody and Melanie's story. I love Bella Jewel's writing style and can't wait to read more from her.

Bella Jewel is a self-published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights, which topped the charts upon release. Since that time she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying, editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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