Release Blitz/Reviews: Loch: Harper Bentley

Loch (The Powers That Be #3)
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Loch Powers was the hottest guy I’d ever seen in my entire life.

And I hated him with every fiber of my being.

I'd practically known him since birth. Heck, we’d literally shared a crib as babies at his mom’s daycare.

Then I’d crushed on him hard when we hit middle school but he wouldn’t give geeky, glasses-wearing me the time of day. When his mom made him take me to the sixth grade dance, he’d humiliated me and I vowed to never talk to him again. 

The next year when my family moved away, I told myself that if I never saw him again it’d be too soon.

Now I’m back and attending the same college, but I’m no longer the skinny, ugly girl who was so infatuated with him. And I’m so over him it’s not even funny. 

But now that I’m no longer the ugly duckling, he’s set his sights on me, and I’m just not sure what to do with that.

Simone St. John has returned to her hometown of Seattle...the scene of intense mortification in sixth grade by her teen crush Lochlan Powers. He used to be her childhood friend, but for years she has hated what he did to her and in turn hated even the idea of him.

And as they now both attend Hallervan College, she finds that the cocky jerk from middle school is now a way-too-hot, charismatic, flirty man.

Loch seems sweet, attentive, fun, and is completely desirable and flirtacious. But she finds it hard to forget the mean boy he used to be and to believe in his sincerity. She is still a bit of a geek under her new glamour, but is also still insecure and carries the scars of feeling unwanted and made fun of. Together they have a spark and sexual tension. And he seems intent on pursuing the woman she has become. Her best friend Marcy convinces her that a  little payback can't hurt.

Soon Simone finds herself in a mess of her own making and unsure about what to do about it. The right words aren't spoken and sometimes the wrong ones are. It is hard to tell what to believe and to handle her new found guilt. As the lies come out, the situation just continues to unravel further. These are two people that are volatile together. They fight, make quick judgments, retreat, and start the process over again. They make each other suffer for their mistakes at times. If they have a chance at all they will have to learn forgiveness and trust. 

This was a quick, light, fun read. I would have liked a bit more depth and exploration into some parts. The pacing was pretty fast and some of the resolutions happened quickly. I liked the characters especially Loch. He is another hot, bossy, snarky, magnetic and sometimes infuriating Powers brother who knows what he wants when he sees it. But there were some things about him that showed his inner heart and regrets. 

It was told in Simone's point of view (except the epilogue) and she could get on my nerves at times. I found myself wanting to tell her not to be a chicken and open her mouth to communicate, and then alternately would be wanting to chill her out when she was overreacting and yelling at him. Sometimes they acted immature and had poor communication.  There were a few plot things that left me wondering or frustrated me, but overall it was a cute, sweet, and easy read with enough back and forth to be a tennis game.

Eventually they will have to learn if what they are fighting about or what they should be fighting for is more important. And see what is left after the dust settles. This can be read as a stand alone. The other brothers from previous books are mentioned, but there is nothing that requires you to read their stories first. But after this one, I definitely want to see more with Ryker Powers...the intense, sometimes grouchy and sometimes sweet wrestler who already seems to have his hands full. Ryker will be the fourth book in the series.  

ARC provided by author and tour host.

Simone and Loch grew up together, even sharing a crib as infants, but some careless, hurtful words in middle school ruined their friendship, and an out of state move negates any possibility of forgiveness. Transferring to the college Simone knows Loch attends, she knows she can’t avoid him forever. She just hopes she won’t be embarrassed again for his amusement.

Loch is the youngest of the Powers brothers. Though he carries himself as confident and smooth as is expected of the Powers men, he knows he wasn’t always as careful with his words and actions as he should have been. He lives with his regrets, intending to remember his mistakes and learn from them.

Simone’s plan of revenge seemed like a good idea at the time, until she discovers that Loch at 21 is not the same as the boy he was at 12. She realizes that she can’t go through with her plan, and he is going to hate her when he discovers what she’s done.

While I may not have agreed with the plan cooked up with her roommate, I loved Simone’s character. A smart, nerdy, computer engineering major, she was an academic force to be reckoned with.

For as much of a jerk as middle school Loch was to Simone and others, the man is a sweetheart. Caring, respectful, and instantly smitten with the girl who bumped into him in class, he was nothing like his bad boy persona brothers Gable or Zeke.

I would have loved to have a little bit of the story told from Loch’s point of view. I felt like his voice was missing in several key places and would have loved to see what was going on in his head.

There was less interaction from the Powers family as a whole, but Ryker appears just enough that his scenes could include teasers about his future. I love their mother. Wrangling four strong willed boys into men can’t be easy, and even though her boys are men, she still commands respect and attention.

This was a nice easy read. I think I’ve been in the mood for this type of book lately because even though it was a shorter book and had less drama or tension, I was entertained and didn’t want to put it down from start to finish (another plus on the short side!). I love a good second chance romance, and this had just the twist to make it even more entertaining.

Ryker is the only unattached brother at the end of Loch, but the writing is on the wall for him. From the bits of his character that bleed through here, he is going to end his single-guy status kicking and screaming. And I can’t wait.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Gable Powers had all the makings of everything my father had ever warned me about: a reputation that was anything but stellar, a dirty mouth that had me shivering at the things he uttered in my ear, and a body (oh, God, that body) that was covered in tattoos, all of which added up to a solid ten-point-oh on the bad-boy scale. 

The first time I met him, I instantly loathed him.

The second time was even worse.

He was a jerk. He was an ass. 

He had secrets.

He was nothing I thought I ever wanted. 

So why couldn’t I resist him?

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Zeke Powers should’ve come with a warning label. 

He was hot. 

He was sexy. 

And he was a bad boy through and through.

The things he said to me had me blushing and my toes curling.

But he was someone I totally didn’t need walking into my life, screwing up the plans I’d made and turning my world upside down.

Although I’d been living a no-frills, no-fun existence, I felt it was necessary to get where I was going. Keep your eye on the prize and all that.

But Zeke was determined to prove to me that what I desired most (him) was just what I needed.

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Expected December 2015

Ryker Powers was the biggest prick I’d ever met.

He was also my biggest mistake.

He’d taken what he wanted then left, and I detested him for it. Not that the jerk had cared to stick around long enough to know how I felt.

Everyone thought he was a perfect gentleman with all his quiet intensity but I knew better.

I knew he had a filthy mouth. That he liked things dirty.

He may have had people fooled into thinking he was a nice guy but I knew exactly who he was.

He was a bad boy who’d ask for a light from the devil himself.

And I wanted to see him burn.

Until I realized (to my utter horror) that what I really wanted was him.

Who was going to get burned now?

Harper Bentley Website/Facebook/Twitter

Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 22 years. Although she's managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought. 

After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.


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