Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review for Fire Heart by Pamela Taeuffer ( 2 out 5 must reads)

I hated the first book because I hated the characters, especially Nicky, but I had this book already so I went ahead and read it.  I still really dislike Nicky in this book; at least in the first book she wasn't a liar, but in this one she is, so she even worse than in the first book.  She still can't make up her mind and she's stringing 2 guys along, and she can't make a decision; whichever guy she's with is the guy she'll let kiss all over her; it's ridiculous. I can't stand her.  This book is pretty much the same as the first, but she has more time with Ryan.  There's a cliffhanger, so there's going to be another book; I don't know if I can handle another book with Nicky, but I hate not knowing what happens, so I'll probably just read some spoilers or something for the next book.  I do kind of want to know what happens, that why this book gets 2 stars instead of 1.

Review for Shadow Heart by Pamela Taeuffer ( 2 out of 5 must reads)

Oh man! I couldn't stand the main characters, especially Nicky, she was absolutely horrible! We are told she's smart, but she seems like an idiot to me, and she's so wishy washy; which ever guy she is with is the one she wants, she has no loyalty. Her character made this book so much worse, and Ryan is not much better than Nicky. I really don't have much more to say because I just can't deal with this book.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Review for Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean ( 5 out of 5 must reads)

This came very close to getting 1 star from me because of that ending! Let me tell you, it was a very close thing, but alas I chose to give it the rating I would have given it before the ending. I loved this book! This book is purely a love story. Not much else happens except for the development of love between two people.  I was not bothered by that at all; this book is all about emotion.  The way Maura speaks is excellent; she has an intelligence and confidence that was refreshing to read in a young female character.  I loved all the romance, and the deep connection between Maura and Brandon.  I think it's a must read for anyone who loves a soul deep love story.  I am super thrilled that there is going to be a second book because I need that ending to be rectified right away!  I do wish it was coming out way before a year, but I'll just have to suffer.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review for A Taste of Merlot by Heather Heyford ( 4 out 5 must reads)

I loved the jewelry designing aspect of this book, and although it wasn't a huge part of this book, I like stories with vineyards.  The wine names for the sisters are horrible though, every time I read one of their full names I cringed, but it seems the characters realize this, so I'm going to let it slide.  I liked Mari and Mark together, and they are really cute together, and compliment each other nicely.  I didn't like how self deprecating Mari was; she seemed to lack confidence.  I think this story was heart warming and it kept me interested till the end. It was a sweet romance.  I plan to read the first book in the series, and also the next book in the series.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review for All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant ( 4 out of 5 stars)

This was sweet and heart warming, and I liked both of the main characters.  It did tend to move slowly though, and it's very tame; which I didn't mind too much because it's nice to read a book every once in a while that is wholesome.  I enjoyed the whole baking aspect, and the chemistry between Kat and Lucas was cute, but I definitely agree with Kat that Lucas needed to man up; it was becoming a bit ridiculous that these 2 characters wouldn't just talk to each other.  I also wanted more from the ending; it was very abrupt, and didn't quite satisfy me.  I felt like it needed a lot more; I almost gave it a 3 stars because of this, but in the end I chose 4 stars because the book was a good read, and I enjoyed the characters.  All in All this was a quick read with characters who show good moral character.

Review for Hero by Samantha Young ( 4 out of 5 must reads)

This was really great! I thought the sexual tension was excellent, and the characters had strong chemistry.  I did think this book would be a bit more humorous, and there were parts of humor, but it was actually pretty serious; I still really liked it though.  I enjoyed the intensity of Caine, and Alexa's determination. Alexa knows what she wants and goes for it.  There were some surprises and this book kept me reading till the end in one sitting.  The evolution of Alexa and Caine's relationship was done nicely, and even times when Caine was being less than lovable; I was still rooting for them, and Caine was still endeared to me.  I decided not to do 5 stars because I wanted a bit more from the end; it felt a bit rushed to me.  This book was sweet, and at times heart wrenching; all in all it was excellent! I recommend it!

Review for Once Loved by Cecy Robson ( 4 out 5 must reads)

I almost gave this 5 stars, but I decided to go with 4 stars because something just held me back.  I really liked this book though, and I really like this series.  I suppose I held back from the 5 star because I couldn't stand that Lety and Mateo kept putting up with their parents; giving them money and although they said it was for their mother, the dad benefited also, and to me, there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough, and that time has to be before everything hits rock bottom; I get where they were coming from; wanting to help their mom, but they are the parents and Lety and Mateo shouldn't have to do that, and their mom is making her own decision.  I also gave the first book 4 stars, and I didn't mention this issue in my review for the first book, but I feel it may have swayed me to give the 4 stars then as well. Okay enough of that.  I loved Brody and Lety, and I think they are great together and have massive chemistry.  Lety was getting on my nerves a bit with her self deprecating, but I was still rooting for her.  Another plus of these books is the men, they are wonderful and sweet, and know how to appreciate a woman.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series; Sofia's story, and I like the glimpses of the other characters from the previous books.  These books keep me interested till the end, and I read them in one sitting, so I definitely recommend them!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Review for Darkness by Erin Eveland ( 3 out of 5 must reads)

I liked this book, but I went with 3 stars because I felt a disconnect with the characters.  I really enjoyed the interactive aspect; I used my Kindle, so all I had to do was click on the scanner and it would connect with my WIFI, and send me right to the page, so that part was easy; although some of the links didn't quite bring me right to the music, and I thought the music and art was interesting; for the most part, so having that feature was a plus.  I like the whole idea of the story; the idea of the Darkness; which to me is like some type of demon or phantom, and how there isn't just black or white, but shades of grey.  The writing is a bit macabre; which I tend to like, but even this writing was a bit over dramatic for me, and some of the word choices didn't work for me; I don't quite know how to describe it, but the words felt grimy to me, and since the world the book is set seems rather dilapidated; I suppose it fits, but I didn't quite enjoy it. The story did start slowly for me, and I found myself wanting to rush past parts, and the point of views were oddly written; to the point I didn't really know who's point of view I was reading from, and as I said the characters felt far away, and I didn't really care for any of them.  I don't like when characters allow themselves to become "victims" and this book had tons of those characters.  There really aren't any answers given in this book, so I expect there to be more given in the next book; which I will read because I hate not knowing how something ends!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Review for Dark Hope by Monica McGurk ( 3 out 5 must reads)

Ok, so I liked this and I want to read the next book in the series to find out what happens, but there was still things that I didn't really like; mainly with the main character Hope. Hope is just way too childish for my liking, and I do give Hope the benefit of the doubt in a lot of her actions because of the sheltered way she was brought up, but it became too much for me.  She super naïve, and she reminds me of a kicked puppy, and when she does choose to stand up for herself it's always for the wrong reason, or against the wrong person.  She is only 15, going on 16, but she is definitely on the younger side of that age.  I'm hoping Hope's personality in this book is just the author way to show Hope's growth throughout the series; now she's naïve and makes horrible decisions, but she will continue to grow into herself, and begin to understand herself better; that is what I envision for future books.  I do like the premise for this book, and that's what kept me entertained and reading, although I think the whole human trafficking scenario was unnecessary, and I really didn't enjoy it, but I liked the whole angel aspect, and there is still tons of mystery in the book that I am eager to find out about in the next books.  I felt there was very little romance in this book, and I think that was a good thing because of the immaturity of Hope.  There is romance, but it didn't feel important in the grand scheme of things, and felt like an afterthought to the author.  The mystery and the different settings added excitement to the story, and that's what will get me to read the next book in the series.  I will be looking for growth and answers in the next book!