Determinism – LK Collins
“I promised myself not to get involved with someone like him. Call me a bitch, or whatever you want, but I’ve had my heart smashed way too many times by guys just like this.”
First off, I have to give a HUGE apology to LK Collins for totally dropping the ball on the blog tour. There are no excuses, but… I’m going to give you one anyway. Lately, I’ve been in a really bad place – That I will explain in another post un-related to this phenomenal book.
When I first started reading Determinism I didn’t know if I could fall in love, after my explicit love tryst with Vincent. I still claim that he’s mine and all, don’t you worry. However… I do believe that Abel is for sure my new beau. Come on now, Firefighter with tattoos. Who can resist that!? Anyways – I thought I was obsessed with LK Collins before… but LORD! Watch out woman! I just want to come give you a bear hug and a kiss on the cheek for being so amazingly talented with words and working your thoughts into the panties of everyone who reads your novels!
Determinism was unbelievably irresistible, sexy, fun, easily relatable, and draws on your heart strings. There is no doubt in my mind that you will DEVOUR this book in its entirety in one sitting. I mean I seriously can’t give enough adjectives to describe the deliciousness of LK Collins words of art! Anyone who didn’t read Fatalism, That’s your first mistake right there! READ IT! Not because you have to read it to enjoy this novel, because you don’t. Each book in this series CAN be read as a standalone. I recommend reading Fatalism first, but again – you don’t have to. For those who read Fatalism and loved it (because why wouldn’t you!?) Abel and Cara’s story will draw you in and never let you go. And if you remember… there is a fine line between love and hate.
“I couldn’t imagine not being with you – we have both come so far from the inividuals that we used to be, to now being an impressible twosome. I feel so lucky that we are on this journey together.”
I almost want to say that I loved these characters even more than I loved Vincent and Alexa. Maybe because Cara is more my type of person with her bitch attitude and her snarky sarcastic personality… which just MAYBE reminds me a little of myself. Cara’s inner battle with herself to not keep going down the same path that always hurts her in the long run, is one tough war between heart and mind. I totally understand where she is coming from though, cause seriously… who doesn’t love themselves a bad ass mofo? Don’t even bother lying to yourself! It’s just that asshole aftermath that we all hate. Finding a bad ass who isn’t a complete douchecanoe? Eeeeek. The one thing I didn’t like about her was her snap judgment. Although I would be a liar - if I said that I haven’t said something in my head, before I’ve actually had the chance to get to know someone.
“I want to prove how much you mean to me and show you that I’m never going to hurt you. I’m not going anywhere, so you better get used to things like this.”
Speaking of the sinful bastard himself… I’ll let you in on my feelings towards Abel. Two words. “Crooked Grin”… Are you with me on this? I Want. NEED. Desire. The perfection of his tattooed firefighter panty dropper smile, bad ass yet tender ways, did I mention tattoos? Or the sexiness of a man in a uniform? Or maybe… yeah I can’t even concentrate since I’m too busy swooning over a fictional character. (Per usual) As far as we know, Abel is a “reformed” bad boy and is on a straight path from his less than desirable past of women and bad reputation. I love the dedication that he shows towards every aspect of his life, and the determination he has to get what wants.
Who doesn’t love the whole fighting attraction love story!? I’m SUCH a sucker for it. Deny it all you want, but guess what… this is most definitely happening. MWUAHAHA! Determinism has everything you need. Sexual tension, angst, lust, raw and shocking moments, just the right amount of kink, moments of aggravation, and who doesn’t want to be called kitten with by a sex god who has a sideways smirk? I know I’d wait in line for that. I honestly can’t say enough good words about this story or its author. I can’t wait to see more of Cara and Abel in Essentialism, Book 3 in the series, which just happens to be about Bridgette (Alexa’s sister) and Troy (Abel’s friend). Do I need to mention that Troy is also a firefighter…? I didn’t think so either!
I won’t hesitate to buy anything new from LK Collins, without reading a synopsis or even seeing the cover. I don’t need to, and I’m a big fan of covers. Yea yea, don’t judge a book by it’s cover… I do! But I’m telling you, LK could write in crayon on a paper bag and hand it to me and I wouldn’t care as long as I can read the words of art put on paper by this incredible author! You will love LK Collins, “ONE CLICK” this author! Absolutely worth the every second of your precious reading time!
“There’s not a day that goes by where you don’t inspire me. You’ve made me this way, you make me want to be a better person.”
“I can’t remember who I was before I met you and quite frankly, I don’t want to.”
LK – these two quotes are perfect. Your way with words inspires readers everywhere, and there is no denying that you’ll be a NY Times BEST selling Author in no time. I know I haven’t been around much lately, but every time I get a chance to tell someone about your work, I don’t hesitate. I have nothing but the highest praise and utmost respect for you. I honestly hope that people everywhere get to read your novels and you become a new household name. You deserve it!
- Apologies for going completely fan girl. *Flails*
My phone vibrates in my clutch and I pull it out. Abel leans over to look at the screen. It’s a text
from my sister. He grabs my phone out of my hand, and starts to program his phone number in it.
I stare at him and he looks at me with one eyebrow cocked.
“I know you’re going to need that eventually. I want you have it now, so you can get a
hold of me if you need anything, okay?”
I nod my head and look at the screen; he programmed his number into my phone as Chief
Abel. I laugh at him, “Are you serious?”
“What? I am a fire chief and my first name is Abel.”
I shake my head unable to respond. “Don’t shake your head at me,” he says as he drags
me to the bar. “Can we get two shots of Patrón please?” I look at him and shake my head again.
“I told you not to shake your head at me.”
“I don’t like shots.”
“Well, tonight you do.”
The bartender slides two full shot glasses of clear poison over to us and two lime wedges
on a napkin. My mouth drips looking at the limes. Yum, I love them. I go to grab a lime and eat
it, but Abel grabs my wrist. “Not yet, haven’t you ever taken a shot of tequila before?”
“Not in years and when I did I never used limes. I’m more of a Jager girl.”
“I’m gonna have to show you how to do this then.”
I tilt my head to the side as he slides the shot glass towards me. “Patrón is one of my
favorite tequilas. You probably like Jager because it’s smooth. Tequila can be that way as well --
if you drink the right ones. First, you have to get yourself in the right mental state to enjoy it. As
you take the shot, let it roll down your throat. Imagine it as a delicacy that you are savoring. Are
I nod my head and lift the glass to my lips. I tip it back and let it roll down my throat just
like he said. I realize my eyes are closed and my lips are parted. I feel the cool, smooth texture of
a lime being placed into my mouth and I look at him.
“Bite down and suck on it,” he whispers, leaning into my neck.
I do as he asks and he takes his free arm pulling me against him. Immediately I feel his
erection straining against his pants. Everything within me ignites; I enjoy every sensation hitting
me at once, and then he pulls my lime away. I look at him pissed; damn it, I want more. He
smirks at me and knocks his shot back. Grabbing the lime he takes a quick bite and sets it in the
“Come on, before you unman me watching you eat a lime. Just so you know, we’re not
taking shots again.”
“What? I thought I did good,” I protest.
“Oh, kitten, you did better than good. That’s why we won’t be doing it again.”