I had the privilege of reviewing an ARC of All Over You by Ayden Morgen.
Ms. Morgen is an expert writer. Her characters are well-rounded and believable, and her love scenes hot and beautifully-written. I really felt like I was living in Ivy’s skin – and I liked the fact that she frustrated me by being so good, because that kept me reading. And Cam was sexy and dominant without being a jerk or creepy. He was also really smart and driven. I wanted him to take care of me, too 😀
The plot is exquisitely suspenseful, and never tiresome. She keeps the pace going, while still setting beautiful scenes.
My favorite part was the antagonist: the villain here was a nuanced character. I understood why they did what they did on a very human level, even though it was completely evil. This wasn’t a blindly, mindlessly horrible antagonist: it was a real person, who did some crazy and terrible things. I see so little of very human, realistic villains in books, and so it makes me giddy when I find one.
My only complaint with this book was that the San Francisco she described didn’t catch the vibe of the San Francisco I know. Also, some of the nuances and procedural issues with regard to the courts and jails were iffy (though these vary through jurisdictions) but I’m just being a nerd here—none of this will bother most anyone else, and didn’t truly affect my enjoyment of the story.
I highly recommend this one for those who love romantic suspense and good, hot love scenes.
her life was to teach, but then it all fell apart…
When Rory Clark disappears from UCLA after a lengthy online relationship with a
“catfish” pretending to be Ivy, the sassy former model turned
kindergarten teacher is forced to dive headfirst into the mystery in order to
clear her name. The catfishing phenomenon meets good, old-fashioned police work
when Cameron Lewis, a bossy San Francisco detective with a dominant streak,
offers to help her uncover the awful truth about her stolen identity and Rory’s
They’ve barely scratched the
surface when Ivy is charged with a murder she swears she didn’t commit.
As the evidence against her piles up and the intense attraction between her and
Cameron deepens, Ivy wants nothing more than to lean on the tattooed detective.
He’s already seen her at her worse. Now she has to find the courage to trust
him with her heart. But how can she when she’s terrified doing so will
ruin his career?
Her greatest fear becomes
reality when the ugly truth is revealed and their lives come tumbling down
Betrayed by the one person she never suspected, Ivy makes a reckless decision
that puts her in the sights of a murderer and jeopardizes Cameron’s career. He
will do whatever it takes to save the woman he loves…even if that means
becoming a killer himself.
Will he be
able to reach her before it’s too late, or will Rory’s catfish take more than
just one life?
All Over You is a
completely standalone sister novel to the All
Falls Down duo, intended for
readers aged 18 and over.
Detective Lewis says, leaning against the doorjamb with a cup of coffee in each
hand and a smirk on his face. He’s dressed casually today, in jeans and a dark
t-shirt. His tattoos once again peek from beneath his sleeves. He’s foregone
shaving. The scruff on his face makes him even hotter than usual. He’s all
rough and rugged, and what is he doing here?
are you doing here?”
his head back and laughs at me, the wicked sound making my belly flip.
can decide if I’m offended he’s laughing at me, confused that he’s here, or
happy to see him again, he straightens up and holds out a cup of coffee like a
sure how you take it,” he says, his hungry gaze running up and down my
body. Desire flares in his eyes as he takes in my tank top and tiny shorts,
turning them that same dark, stormy gray from yesterday. “But I’m thinking
you got about as much sleep as I did last night, so it’s strong.”
proffered coffee, gaping at him.
gonna invite me in?” He cocks a brow at me, smirking again.
think I needed to,” I grumble, lifting the cup to my nose and inhaling the
rich scent. “You didn’t wait around for an invite yesterday.”
his eyes on me, clearly not amused by the sarcastic edge to my comment, but I’m
not nearly awake enough to heed the warning inherent in that look.
Detective Lewis,” I enthuse loudly, holding the door open wide for him and
rolling my eyes. “Come on in.”
inside, crowding me even though there’s plenty of room for him to go around me.
My nipples immediately pucker as his scent wraps around me. God, why does he
have to smell so divine? I can’t deal with him smelling that good this early in
the morning, especially not with those tattoos on display.
closer, until he’s right up in my personal space, his breath washing across the
side of my neck. “Dreamed about that smart mouth all night,” he
mutters right beside my ear. “So don’t fuck with me if you don’t want me
giving you something to fill it with, kitten.”
rolls down my spine, and a little whimper escapes my lips.
if he’s satisfied by my reaction and steps away, giving me room to pull the
door closed. I take a moment to turn the deadbolt, trying to marshal my
thoughts before I face him again.
he so fascinated with my mouth and filling it?
in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of twelve years,
and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking,
reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden
graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in
Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete
her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in
the social services and CJ field.
Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fantasy under the penname A.K. Morgen.