Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Book Review: AXEL by Harper Sloan

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 8, 2013


Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch. Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved. 

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband. 

When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door. 

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated. 

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?



Wow, who knew a badass man could be so lovable?! *sigh* Axel is a second chance romance about true love fighting the worst obstacles but always seeking the ultimate happiness at the end of the tunnel. The plot was the perfect combination of fierce strength and sweet tenderness. Loved it!♥

Isabelle aka Izzy was separated from the love of her life over ten years ago. He was gone, never came back, and she was left heartbroken. Not long after that other events also come crashing into her life that devastate her even more. Later and somehow resigned with her past misfortunes, she tries to rebuild her life by getting married but unfortunately that marriage also turns bad. So when she's in desperate need of protection the unthinkable happens and she gets reunited with her past. A past she never thought she will ever see again.

This book made me swoon a lot since the beginning but the major swooning started when Axel Reid made his appearance. *sigh* This man is a hunk of a man and he exhibits pure strength, dominance, and a don't-mess-with-me attitude. He's a total Alpha-drop-your-panties-Male and yet he has the biggest heart there is... Axel knew true love once and since then he's been longing for it. With no answers to why that love went away, he was left with a lot of resentment in his heart. So when he's called to come and protect a woman in need and she ends up being his lost love his world comes crashing down big time.

After the shock both Izzy and Axel struggle to make sense of what happened to them many years ago and what would happen to them now. But their resentment gets in the way first together with Izzy's dangerous ex-husband so nothing gets resolved fast or easily. But it wasn't hard to see and feel that their connection was still there and shining. Above everything they just longed for each other so much which creates then the yummy anticipation for the ultimate reconciliation. And when it finally happens I saw fireworks! It was explosive, exciting, intense, passionate, heart-melting, and all around beautiful.♥

But as I said before this is a love story that overcomes great obstacles so even when all the misunderstandings are cleared out there's still the pain. I shed ugly tears for this story because some moments were so damn heartbreaking. I could feel Axel and Izzy's anguish in my heart and it was so sad. I desperately wanted for them to finally be happy. Thankfully, Harper Sloan turns some things around in the story and creates a perfect, I mean THE PERFECT ending for this amazing and well deserved couple. So of course, I was more than crazy happy myself at the end! :D

I loved this story; it made me HOT, laugh, cry, and crave more!! This book also introduced me to all the amazing hunks in this series and I can't wait to know each of their stories. Yes, I'm officially a Corps Security series fan now and I can't wait to devour Cage which by the way completely stole my heart in this book too! ;)

Favorite Quotes:

"She was mine. She is mine. She will always fucking be mine."

"Missed you... so fucking much, Princess."

"Do you feel it? Every single thing we ever felt for each other, it is still there Izzy and I won't let you push me away."

"This connection, this love that is between us has never died."

"Not one day went by Izzy that my hart didn't belong to you."

"Amor Vincit Omnia... Love Conquers all."



About the Author:
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

Find Harper Sloan on:

#1 - Axel: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#2 - Cage: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#3 - Beck: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#3.5 - Uncaged: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#4 - Cooper: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#5 - Locke: Goodreads

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