Monday, December 28, 2015

Review for Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemmon - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers—and they became his family. They’re the reason Dev’s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people.

Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.

Dev reawakens something primal within her—a need to go wild. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.

MY REVIEW -

I ended up really enjoying this! I thought I'd give it a 4 rating for most of the book, but I really enjoyed the last part of the book. I was leaning towards a 4 rating in the beginning because Rena was a bit too needy for my liking and Devlin a bit too douchey, and I don't really like the whole illegal gambling world; it has always been distasteful to me, with the whole beating people up to get the money you are owed thing, but I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Devlin and Rena a lot, so I sort of pushed those thoughts aside, and went with the 5 rating.

Luckily, both Devlin and Rena; mostly Devlin, grow as the story progresses, and I loved their chemistry. Rena works at Devlin's restaurant as a waitress, and of course Rena has a huge crush on him, and of course Devlin is a huge flirt and charmer, but doesn't want to get involved with anyone in his employ. Devlin also uses his restaurant to collect or give money to the people who bet with a bookie that Devlin's father owed money too when he died, and who Devlin is trying to pay back by allowing his restaurant being a sort of front for the illegal gambling, but Devlin doesn't really seem to mind doing this. Dev gets beat up when he tries to collect from a gambler, and get tossed out into the cold, but luckily he is near Rena's place.

After that Rena and Dev begin to grow together, and although Dev doesn't exactly treat Rena with care in the beginning, he begins to realize that he hasn't truly been honest with himself about how he feels about how he is living his life and what he wants with Rena. Rena not sure if she can trust Devlin, and she also is in battle with how she thinks she should be, and who she actually is inside. The sex scenes between Dev and Rena were well written, and I liked that they weren't too long, and they had just the right amount of spice and kink. Dev and Rena also have some really sweet moments, and are adorable together.

I'm thinking the next book in the series is going to be Tasha (Rena's friend) and Cade's (someone in Dev's life) story, and I am really interested in hearing about what is going to happen with Cade, but I wasn't totally n like with Tasha in this book; she stays with jerk off boyfriends when she should really have some self respect, and get the hell out the toxic relationship, but even with not totally being on board with Tasha, I am still looking forward to reading the next book in the series because I did enjoy the writing. So in the end, I did love this book, and I look forward to more from Jessica Lemmon!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Review for Atone by Beth Yarnall - 3 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Beau: Six years. That’s how long I spent behind bars for a crime I didn’t commit—the murder of the woman I loved. Now I’m free, but life on the outside is a different kind of prison. I don’t know who I am or who I want to be. At least I have my sister, Cora. She never stopped believing in me. She even got me a job at the private investigation agency that cleared my name. And then Vera Swain walks into Nash Security and Investigations and kicks my world on its ass.

Vera: There’s only one thing that would make me come out of hiding after two years on the run: finding my sister. I made the mistake of telling a monster about her, the same monster who beat me and broke me. Now I’m forced to confide in Beau Hollis of Nash Security and Investigations. He looks at me like he knows me—the real me. He sees too much, makes me feel too much. The pleasure he offers is exciting and addictive. But I can’t fall for him . . . because my love could get us both killed.

MY REVIEW -

So, I didn't like this one quite as much as I did the first book in this series, Vindicate, but I still liked it. This one is much darker than the first one; it deals a lot more with rape and murder, and this isn't really the type of story I'm interested in reading, and the characters; especially Vera, have gone through really horrific things. Beau was in prison for 6 years even though he was innocent, he has just been released after his sister, Cora, helped clear his name; that's book one, this book picks up with his life a couple months after his release, and Beau is still adjusting to his new life, and dealing with the grief from the death of his girlfriend. Beau is living with his sister, and is offered an opportunity to work at the law office to help with the investigations. Vera needs help finding her sister because Vera hasn't heard from her in awhile, and she believes she is in danger. Beau and Vera have an instant connection, and Beau offers to help Vera even though Vera has a lot of secrets. As I said earlier this book is really dark, and that includes the romance; it isn't your lovey dovey romance, these 2 people have dealt with a lot of crap, and need to learn to trust and rely on each other. Vera doesn't want to start anything with Beau because she just wants to find her sister, and due to other things going on doesn't feel like she is good enough to be loved, and Beau is still dealing with his feelings about the death of his girlfriend, and he doesn't think he has the right to move on. The story is a sad one, and there are a lot of taboo subjects in this books, so if you have any sensitivities, this one probably isn't for you. There are some sweet moments with Vera and Beau, but I found it difficult to enjoy a lot of their relationship because all that was happening in this book was quite overwhelming, and sort of put a shadow over any of the happier moments. Also, this is sort of off topic, but what in the heck was that scene when Vera meets Leo! What the heck was Leo doing? I felt he was being disrespectful to Cora by his actions with Vera; maybe I misinterpreted the scene. I also felt like Cora and Leo's relationship felt different then it should have after reading the first book, but that's not really important for this book, so I'll let it go. I did love that Cora was a voice of reason when Beau wouldn't really think things through. I don't like that Beau didn't want to know more about Vera because he didn't want to upset them being together; I don't think it's a good idea to turn a blind eye because of the fear that you won't like something. Vera was a bit to brash for my liking also, but I understand why she's the way she is. The ending was okay, but I felt it was slightly forced. This is a gut wrenching story, and it is a difficult read, so don't go into this story expecting a breezy read and a perfect romance. I do like Beth Yarnall's writing style, and I will continue to check out more books by her.

Review for Vindicate by Beth Yarnall - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Cora. . . . I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll accept this year.

Leo. . . . I’m this close to finishing law school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.


MY REVIEW -

What drew me into wanting to read this story was the whole premise of Cora trying to help her brother get out of prison for a crime she believes he didn't commit; his girlfriend was raped and murdered, and I found the investigation Cora begins interesting, and it made for a good mystery to be solved. Cora's whole life is on hold because she builds her life around trying to free her brother, so she's built up walls around herself because she can't move on till she's helped her brother. Cora is on her own because of her obsession to help her brother, and her parents have basically fallen apart and are of now support to her, so she is all on her own, and her brother is resigned that there is nothing to do, and he is stuck in prison. Cora will not give up, so she finds a lawyer that takes her brother's case pro bono, so hopefully her brother can be exonerated. There Cora meets Leo; the son of the owner of the law office, and they have an instant connection, but Cora is weary because Leo is a bit of a manwhore and is immature. I liked Cora's tenacity and her honesty; she's tough, but also a bit fragile because she's had to go through a lot. While Cora and Leo investigate her brother's case they begin to grow closer, and begin to connect on a romantic level, but of course there are problems because Cora has walls and doesn't trust Leo's intentions. Leo and Cora do have chemistry, and there are some cute moments between them, but Leo attitude change was sort of abrupt, but I suppose it happens when you meet someone worth fighting for. I liked that Leo isn't one of those tortured romance heroes; which are good too, but it's nice to have someone that is present in the world and has a sense of humor. I loved the banter between Cora and Leo. The sex scenes were good, and there wasn't too much, this book has a lot of other stuff going on, so it was a good mix of romance and mystery. I wanted a lot more in the ending, so I'm hoping there will be more in the next book. I like the dual perspectives in this book, and this book ends complete; there isn't a cliffhanger, so that's always good! I'm actually going to start the next book right now, so hopefully I enjoy that one as much or more than I do this one.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review for Calling Me: The Complete Series by Louise Bay - 4 bees knees


SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Is it possible for a guy to turn on a switch and realize he’s been in love with a girl that’s been under his nose for over a decade?

Ashleigh Franklin can’t decide.

Ashleigh wants the fairy tale. Ever since she was a kid, her best friend’s brother, Luke, has been her fantasy Prince Charming. Now he’s trying to convince her that she’s the one he’s wanted all these years. There’s no way it’s that easy to escape the friend zone.

Single after years living with a girlfriend, Luke has finally woken up. What he’s been waiting for has been right under his nose for almost his entire life. Can he persuade her that he’s serious and won’t break her heart?

A Wonder Woman costume, a bottle of tequila and a game of truth or dare between two close friends changes everything.


MY REVIEW-

I really loved this, but I went down a rating because the whole 2nd book was so annoying! Luckily these books are fairly short because I was getting tired of the events in the 2nd book. I just found Ashleigh's choices to be ridiculous, and because of her choices I felt things went too far off the path of Ashleigh and Luke connecting. So I was just frustrated with her, and also with a choice she made towards the end of the third book. I loved the chemistry between Ash and Luke; there are some really sweet scenes with them, and their sex scenes were definitely spicy and well-written. Luke was adorable, and I loved how he seemed like an actual guy; he seemed real. I definitely suggest buying all the books because you'll want to finish the story, and this series is really more like 1 book. I don't totally love the ending because I don't enjoy when things end with a certain thing, but I didn't lower my rating because it happens in tons of books, so I've just decided to put up with it. There is sweet romance and I the story was heart-warming. I haven't read any other books by Louise Bay, but some characters from this book seem to have had a story of their own before, and I really liked those characters, so I'll have to check it out. Although I did find Haven and Jake's questions in the beginning of the 3rd book of this series odd because it felt very insensitive of them to ask about Fiona and Richard at the Sunday dinner; Haven and Jake seemed more sensitive in the other books, but I still liked both of them. Overall, I was loved the connection between Ash and Luke, and that's what made this book for me!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review for Resolution by J.S. Cooper - 4 bees knees




SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

When Bianca and Jakob first awoke on a sandy shore in the middle of nowhere, their thoughts were only concerned with survival. But as they explored their surroundings and tried to find out who left them stranded on the island, electricity surged between them. Soon after, Bianca uncovered clues to her abduction, but was left with even more unanswered questions, especially about Jakob’s true motives…

Now, Bianca just wants the truth. Nothing was as it seemed, especially with Jakob. As she discovers cross upon double cross, all she can trust is her instinct, her connection with him. So they decide to return to the island in hopes of finally learning the truth. Bianca and Jakob have been thrown together and torn apart by their secrets—but can she trust him enough to rescue her at last?


MY REVIEW -

This story is like a big soap opera! There's a whole bunch of shady things going on. This is the finale of the Swept Away series, so everything comes to a conclusion in this book. I've only read the 1.5 & 2.5 novellas before reading this book, and reading those made me want to read the whole series, and I got this book first, so I went ahead and read this first. I do recommend starting from the very beginning because the books are all connected. Bianca and Jakob met because they were kidnapped and stranded on an island, and they made a connection while trying to save themselves, but some hard truths were revealed, so trust is difficult. In this book, Bianca and Jakob are trying to unravel the mystery of what happened between each of their parents, and who is to blame for the threats and possible murders of Bianca's parents. I like the mystery of this series; there were some good twists, some I knew and some I didn't, so the revelation of everything was interesting, and I found how the story ending entertaining. I liked how the author did flashbacks to the parents at younger ages; even though I didn't really like any of them, I think learning more about them added a nice element to the story. I do like Bianca and Jakob together; they have some cute moments, but I didn't really like the sex scenes because they talk too much during, so they aren't very romantic, but I love how caring Jakob is with Bianca, and how they pretty much are completely honest with each other. This book had intrigue, lots of lies, kinky sweet romance, murder, and some really despicable characters, so that makes for a great, interesting read! It's a fun series! Fun in the sense of the craziness going!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review for Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.

MY REVIEW -

I ended up loving this! When I first started it, I was having a problem with how neurotic Corin was, but as the book went on, and more of Corin's story was told, I began to understand her more. Corin is unique, quirky, and she's also dealing with a lot. Corin parents died when she was a teenager; she's 25 now, first her mom, and then shortly after her dad; both from illnesses, and Corin is having a really hard time dealing with the grief. Corin is a hypochondriac, and even though the doctors she goes to keep telling her that she is perfectly healthy, she doesn't believe them, and she won't listen when they tell her she should get some grief counseling; that it's all in her head. Corin has major panic/anxiety attacks because she thinks she is dying, and it's affecting her life. Corin goes to support groups for people who have had near death experiences, and when she goes to a group for heart disease survivors she meets Beckett. Beckett is in his late 20's, and he's just had a heart attack because he has some problems with his heart, so Beckett is dealing with having to limit himself, so his heart doesn't stop working. Beck was really athletic, and he didn't necessarily look beyond the surface of people before he started having problems with his heart, and after his heart attack he begins to see life in a new way. Corin and Beck have an instant connection, but Corin is a bit standoffish at first because she believes she is ill, and also that Beck could possibly die from his heart condition. Beckett helps Corin begin to deal with her grief, and together they begin to grow as individuals. Beck is a sweetheart, and I love the way Beck and Corin connect, and their banter together is fun. This story is truly heartbreaking, but also truly heartfelt; it is very emotional. I do wish the ending had more to it because I wanted to know more. I enjoyed that this book was in dual point of views; it really helps make the story more complete. This book was great, and I will definitely look for more books by A. Meredith Walters!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Review for The Christmas Secret by Jeannie Watt - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Trapped in a cabin in a raging blizzard with the one man on earth who could turn her world upside down…this Christmas holiday was not playing out at all the way Lil Reynolds had planned. Not even close.

When Lil’s former fiancé chose to marry on Christmas Eve—the day he and Lil had planned to marry one year ago—she knew she had to get out of town for the holidays. Heading to the isolated family cabin seemed like the perfect solution, until the blizzard came…and a man showed up at her door in the heart of the storm. Casey Lanigan. Her ex-fiancé’s brother. A man with whom she shared a secret summer romance many years ago. A man who’d betrayed her trust. A man who, despite everything, still made her heart beat a little harder…

So much for a Lanigan-free holiday.

MY REVIEW -

Snowed in during Christmas in a cozy little cabin with a love for the past; Awesome! Lil wants some alone time because her ex is getting married, and the whole town is looking at her with sad looks; even though Lil was the one who broke it off with him. Casey goes up to his family's cabin to retrieve his stuff because he is leaving town because his dad is a jerk, and Casey is tired of it; he is also the brother of Lil's ex, and on his way back into town he gets caught in a storm, but as luck would have it, he is near Lil's cabin, so he takes refuge there. Lil and Casey had a relationship when they were younger, but Casey did some things that negatively affected Lil and his relationship, so there is some awkward tension between them at first, and some hurt feelings. I really enjoyed this! This is a short story, and I think it had good pacing, but I do think it took a bit too long before Lil and Casey began to get over some of their issues; Lil was a bit too bitter for my liking, and I also think the addition of the wedding scenes could have been omitted, but I pretty much loved all the aspects of this story. I love second chance romance during Christmas stories, and add in the stranded in a cabin, and I love it even more! I liked the backstory for Lil and Casey, and I think they were really cute together, and Casey is adorable. A short, sweet romance!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review for Last Chance Christmas by Joanne Rock - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

Fashion buyer Shea Walker had a fast track lifestyle until a car accident sidelines her to a painful recovery. Seeking quiet for the holidays, Shea returns to the snowy mountains where she grew up to make peace with her past and spend time with her estranged family. She never expected J.C. Royce–now a hockey star–would return to their hometown, too. Determined to avoid that particular sexy mistake, she’s caught off guard when her first night in town brings them face to face.

Seeing Shea practically fall at his feet is gratifying, until J.C. realizes his proud former friend, who he once thought would become a whole lot more, is truly hurt–and in more ways than she lets on. Lucky for Shea, he’s got a big house just sitting empty and a tree ready to decorate, as she is in no shape to stay by herself. With his bad boy arrogance down to an art form after eight years in the NHL, J.C. is more than a match for feisty Shea. Especially when it comes to her outrageous claim that there was never any chemistry between them…

But when it comes to convincing her to stick around town until the New Year, he just might need a Christmas miracle.

MY REVIEW -

This book is about a second chance at love during Christmas time for 2 people who had a teenage romance, but ultimately ended up going their different ways. I happen to love Christmas romances, and second chance at love stories; in fact I just finished a book very similar to this one, I could read tons of these books and not be tired of this scenario, so I really enjoyed this book. Shea is returning to her hometown to hopefully rebuild her relationship with her parents; her dad wasn't happy with her career choice, and J.C. is back in town because he is on leave from his job as a pro hockey player due to a concussion. Shea and J.C. have never really forgotten about each other, but there are some hurt feelings between the two, so reconnecting is a bit difficult. Shea and J.C. have some really cute moments together, and they do have some sexy time, but I liked that they do other things too, and I enjoyed their chemistry with each other. I liked that J.C. really put himself out there for Shea, and how he helped Shea out with her injuries. The sauna and spa scenes were spicy, and I liked the banter between J.C. and Shea. I liked how the ending worked out, but I would have liked an epilogue. I liked the writing in this book, so I'll definitely check out more from Joanne Rock.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review for Off Limits by Kelly Jamieson - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.

Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win.

MY REVIEW -

This was great! First off, it takes place during Christmas, which I totally love stories during the holidays, and I also love second chance romances, so this was a terrific read for me. Jenna and Andrew were adorable together, and I appreciated that Jenna wasn't throwing herself at Andrew like he was god; she was her own person. I like that they've known each other for a long time, and since they had excellent chemistry, their love scenes were steamy, and I liked the scenes in the book; like the ice skating, and I liked that hockey was involved with this book. This was a short book, and since I loved it. I would have liked more in the ending, but this story did feel complete to me. This was the first book I read in the series, and I don't feel like I couldn't enjoy this story without having read the first book, but there were characters from the first book in this one, so you may want to check out the first book; I know I will be, and I also look forward to more books in this series. I really enjoyed the writing and the way the story progressed. This was a sweet, cute, and fun romance, and I loved it!

Review for Should've Said No by Tracy March - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

A year after being laid off from the Smithsonian, Lindsey Simms says yes to a job offer as curator of a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado (population 1,519). It could be worse—and it is. Because the new museum has escalated a dispute between the Karlssons, Lindsey’s relatives, and the Crenshaws, a blood feud which goes way back to a land deal that changed the fortunes of both families. Trying to stay objective, Lindsey can’t tell anyone about her conflict of interest—especially not the ruggedly handsome handyman fixing up her cabin, who seems to be keeping secrets of his own.

Although he’s the executive director of the family trust and one of Colorado’s most eligible bachelors, Carden Crenshaw prefers getting his hands dirty in town and on his sprawling ranch. Staying busy has given him an excuse not to risk heartbreak, but getting to know the beautiful “museum lady” makes him reconsider. Little does he know, the heat between them will only add fuel to the fire—unless this unlikely couple can prove they’re lovers, not fighters.

MY REVIEW -

This was a cute romance, and I loved the small town aspect, and the addition of the mystery of the feud between 2 prominent families was interesting. The interaction between Lindsay and Carden was fun and sweet, and they had some good romance scenes; just enough spice for this type of story. Lindsay moves to Thistle Bend for a job opportunity after a heartbreak and the loss of her job, so she's a bit down on the idea of men, but Carden; who also has had a bit of heartbreak in his life, is making it hard for her to resist getting involved. Both aren't completely honest with each other, so therein lies the problem of this story. Lindsay and Carden have an instant connection, and the growth of their relationship was a joy to read; they were adorable together, and I liked that their relationship was more than just sex; they did other activities, they had fun outside of the bedroom. I enjoyed the side characters; one of the things I love about small town books is that there are usually some interesting towns folk, and this book had some good side characters. The ending was a bit weird, and I would have liked a bit more out it, but I still really enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading more books set in Thistle Bend.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review for Heartblaze:Secret Soul by Shay Roberts - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

In your past life you were a legendary figure in a passionate relationship with a vampire. Now your enemies from that past have found you, determined to make you pay a terrible price for a life you lived more than 200 years ago!

Emma Rue is an eager college freshman. For reasons she cannot understand, she attacks her professor in front of her stunned classmates. Desperate for answers, Emma goes to a psychiatrist who uses hypnotic regression to explore her troubled childhood. But when the regression goes too far, back into her past life, a remarkable revelation emerges that shatters Emma’s world. Suddenly on the run from powerful forces, Emma seeks out a shadowy figure from her past life…

Julian St. Fleur, the 18th-century vampire who transformed Emma’s soul. The beautiful and enigmatic Julian holds the key to Emma’s past, but will he help her? Two hundred years of loneliness have twisted him into a wicked creature and his reunion with Emma is unlike anything she had ever imagined. As Julian draws Emma into his heinous world, her only salvation may be…

Stefan Hildebrand, a werewolf with legendary combat skills who is posing as a fellow student. Stefan’s feelings for Emma are real, but his powerful masters have ordered him to kill her! As the mystery of Emma’s past unravels, Stefan must make a choice, sacrifice Emma or listen to his heart.

Who do you trust, Julian or Stefan? Or do you go your own way?

MY REVIEW -

I'm a bit surprised that I actually liked this, but I suppose I liked it because it was rather odd, and I happen to like odd. This isn't some heartfelt story, so don't expect your heart strings to be tugged. There is romance; sort of, but it all felt surface, and not really a deep romance. It's all really kooky. There are also 3 perspectives; if I am remembering correctly, and there are also flashbacks; out of order flashbacks, but I still enjoyed them. Emma is I believe 19 years old, and she is an orphan, so she's a bit of a loner, and she ends up in a situation that results in her having dreams of her past life as a vampire, and a love beyond all loves; which I didn't really get, but maybe in the next book I'll feel it more, and throughout this whole flashback situation Emma is being hunted, and really she's a bit oblivious to it. The main character was flawed and weird, and I find her a bit lacking in the thinking things through department, but she is interesting and fun to read about, so I liked her. I liked Stefan; sort of a love interest for the female lead, he is also sort of odd and also makes questionable choices, but fun to read none the less. I liked that the way the story was written was unique, and although I'd like more soul in the story, I still enjoyed it. This isn't a "soul" book; it's more comical I think. It's a quick, interesting read, and I do want to find out what is going to happen, so I will read the next book in the series, and sometimes it's good to read something that you don't feel so involved with; you know something easy breezy.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review for Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets. Massive ones that threaten the very essence of humanity. How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

MY REVIEW -


Loved it!!! Another amazing book by Siobhan Davis!! This book is set in a dystopian world with class systems, and the main character, Sadie, is in the lowest class system. She is mistreated and unappreciated by her family, so she's a bit of a loner and unsure of herself. When she is chosen to go to the underwater city, Thalassic City, she is ecstatic to have a chance to start a new life. On her own, Sadie begins to become more independent and open up to those around her. I like that Sadie speaks her mind; she has moxie, and she's a tough chick with brains; although she does act before thinking sometimes. Sadie suspects that there is something odd going on in Thalassic City, and that the government may be involved. Sadie notices some of her new friends have unique behaviors, and that they aren't being entirely truthful with her. Among her new friends is the highly crush-worthy, Logan, and Sadie is really swooning over him, and Logan seems to really like Sadie, but then some of the things Logan does, makes Sadie unsure if Logan can be trusted. Since it already says in the synopsis this isn't a spoiler, so as it turns out, there are aliens among the humans in Thalassic City, and some of the aliens aren't exactly friendly. Sadie begins to worry about her friend, Jenna, when she starts acting out of character and her health begins to deteriorate. What happens to Jenna in this story is truly vile, and I did feel that the characters actions and emotions involved with what happened to Jenna were very much lacking. Sadie gets involved in some dangerous things, and she's on a quest to find out who to trust, and how she can help her friends, the humans, and herself. Siobhan Davis creates a really interesting world, and I loved how the story developed. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll be a bit vague, but I have a feeling about Sadie, and I am hoping it's true because I think that would add a really unique element to this story. This book kept me interested till the very end, and I can't wait till the next book! Love, Love, Love it! Ooh and I suppose this is a bit of a spoiler, not too much, but I wanted to give a warning anyway, Okay here is comes.......There's no love triangle! I love that! I hope that continues to be the case for the rest of the series! Please!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review for Midnight Wrangler by Cat Johnson - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

One Lonely Widower…

Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.

One Woman with a Secret…

Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.

One Night That Changes Everything…

MY REVIEW -

This was a reconnection love story, and I happen to love those type of stories, so I did enjoy that aspect in this book. I didn't really care for the reason they left each other to begin with because it was a typical reason, and I've read it a lot, but I still really enjoyed this book, and I liked the characters. Rohn was charming and really sweet. I liked Bonnie, but I wish she had a bit more spunk, but I think Rohn and her were really adorable together, and had great chemistry. I liked the dual perspectives, and I enjoyed reading the flashbacks to when Rohn and Bonnie first connected. I like the setting of a small town and good-looking ranch hands are a good addition; can't go wrong with a some hot, manly southern men. There definitely was some spice with some love scenes, and once they reconnected, I love how Rohn was with Bonnie. I would read more from Cat Johnson, and look forward to more in this series!

Review for Nirvana by J.R. Stewart - After rewrite - 5 bees knees! Before rewrite - 3 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon. In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized - even visits with Andrew.

Although Kenders knows that this version of Andrew is virtual, when he asks for her assistance revealing Hexagon’s dark secret, she cannot help but comply. Soon after, Kenders and her closest allies find themselves in a battle with Hexagon, the very institution they have been taught to trust. After uncovering much more than she expected, Kenders’ biggest challenge is determining what is real – and what is virtual.

Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.

I have my original review before the reworking of the book right after my new review of the book after the reworking.

I've read the new draft of this book, and it definitely improved the character development that was lacking in the previous version of the book. I thought it was very good to flesh out the characters a lot more. There were some changes that definitely turned this more into a YA type story, and I'm not necessarily in love with that because there is more of a love triangle thing going on in this version, but I think it was handled nicely in the end; so far anyway. One thing that I don't like that changed was the difference in the age of the main character; especially since there was a big difference in age between Andrew and her now, I don't get how they were at University together with such a big age difference. Kenders mentions she was 17 and Andrew was 25, and they've known each other for 3 years, so she was around 14 or 15, and he was 22ish when they met; I don't know that's just weird to me, and with the age difference it made the relationship not fit with Kenders age. I also liked that in the other version of this book that Andrew and Kenders had a more solid relationship, COMING UP IS A SPOILER FOR THE OLD VERSION OF THE BOOK!!! I liked that they were married, and I also liked that she seemed more distraught about trying to find out what happened with Andrew, and I felt they had a deeper connection in the previous version. I did think this book was had a more complete story than the other version, so I bumped up my rating to a 5, and since I really liked the premise from the previous version, all that was needed with this one was character development, and this new version did a good job of showcasing that, and I'm glad a lot of the tech talk was omitted from this version. I liked that Kenders is tough, and that she uses logical thought processes to figure stuff out, instead of going off willy nilly without a clue. I love the idea of a virtual world type thing, and I love dystopian stories, so everything involved with that was very interesting to me, and kept me reading. So, I would definitely recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading more of the series in the future.

MY REVIEW for the first draft I read- Originally I gave it a 3 rating -

I loved the premise for this book, but it fell a bit flat for me. It felt sort of cold to me. The scenes in the book felt disjointed, and they didn't feel complete. I also wanted more character development, the main character didn't feel whole. I don't have an impression of her. Also, I felt there was too much technical talk, and I actually like some tech talk, but it took away from the story for me. With all that said, I still liked the underlining story, and it kept me reading, and I do want to know what happens in the next books. I'm not quite biting my nails in anticipation, but I am interested, so I'll keep a look out for the next book. I did in an odd way like Kenders; the female lead; even with the lack of knowing much about her character, and I wanted good things for her, and I'm interested in the mystery of what is going on with Andrew, so yeah I'll check out the next one.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review for Fighting Dirty by Sidney Halston - 5 bees knees!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he’s not . . . and everything he craves.

Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works hard to pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that. Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat, and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.

MY REVIEW -

I love this series! I've given a 5 rating to all the books in this series, but 1, and that book still got a 4 rating. Enzo and JL are adorable! I loved JL! She's a tough cookie! She did get a bit whiny at times, and I don't know why she took so long in the end to figure out her stuff, but I still loved her. I liked her strength with a pinch of vulnerability. The chemistry between JL and Enzo was fabulous, I loved their banter with each other. I enjoyed reading about their never ending date, and the growth of their relationship. This book is all about their relationship growing, so there's not much else going on, but I happen to love romance, so I am all down for that. There were a couple scenes with MMA fighting, and I like MMA books, so I enjoyed that aspect. There is something in this book that I actually really dislike; I don't want to say because it's a spoiler, but I loved the rest of the book so much, I went with the 5 rating anyway. I don't know if I want to read the next book, I'm thinking it's about JL's brother, Travis, and the story already has 2 strikes against it; Travis is a man slut, and I'm assuming his love interest will be Penny, and Penny's storyline already has the thing I didn't like about this book, so I am going to have to really think about it because I think I won't really enjoy it, and the only reason I am considering reading it, is because I love this series. We'll see!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Review for The Truth About Him by Molly O'Keefe - 4 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

We played our roles, told each other lies.

But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.

We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:

The thrilling danger.

The raw, naked desire.

The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.

Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

MY REVIEW -

I rated the first book a 4 also, but I liked this a bit more than I did the first, so this one is a bit more like a 4.5 rating. This wasn't quite a 5 because I found the sex scenes a pinch lacking; I did like the bit of kink, but I didn't feel enough emotion in them, and I wasn't too into Annie; the main female lead, but I still really enjoyed the story. I did like Dylan, and I think Annie and him had excellent chemistry, and I liked the development of their love story. I think I liked this one better than the first because the first book had some scenes; mainly the strip club scene, that I didn't like. I don't really like the side characters, and I have a feeling that a Tiffany and Blake romance may be in one of the feature book in this series, and I don't have any interest in that, but I see the next book is Joan and Max, and I kind of want to read that, but I'm not into threesome storylines, and a scene in this book made me think that may be something going on in their book, so I'll have to see how I feel when the book is released. This book is mainly about Annie and Dylan dealing with the aftermath of some screwed up stuff and building their relationship, and I was interested till the end. Dylan and Annie had some really sweet moments, and I really liked them together.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review for Sinful by Jennifer Dawson - 3 bees knees



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM -

I’ve wanted my brother’s best friend, Leo Santoro, for too many years to count. No matter what I do, he won’t confront the attraction that burns between us. It’s time to put him behind me once and for all. I have no choice but to call his bluff. And then I will walk away.

The last woman I should want is my best friend’s baby sister, Jillian Banks. No matter what I do, she won’t ignore the attraction that burns between us. It’s time she learns the real me. The only promise I can make is that her fantasies are no match for reality. And then I’ll watch her walk away.

MY REVIEW -

I read the first book in this series, and I didn't think about that much while reading this book because I didn't really remember that I read it, and the fact that this book seems to take place before the events of the first book; it must have thrown me off, so as I was reading this book I was thinking of what I'd say in this review and what I'd rate it, and as I was rating this book I noticed I gave the first book a 3 rating as well, so I decided to re-read what I wrote about the first book, and I found that I was going to start this review in a very similar fashion! Something along the lines of this just wasn't really for me, and how I didn't really gel with the main female lead. I guess this series just isn't for me. I didn't really like Jillian, and as I read I like to root for and want to stand up for the main character, and I just couldn't with Jillian. She came off as somewhat bratty to me, and I felt like she needed to mature a lot. Within the first few pages I already didn't like much about her, the fact that her idea of looking her best is to look like a high priced escort, that she plays jealousy games, and that she wants one man, but is willing to sleep with some other random guy she meets just that night. I'm all for women being their women, but I don't like skeezy-ness, and I got that from Jillian. I did like her artistic nature, and I wish there was a bit more of that, so she could've seemed more personable. I guess I liked Leo okay, and I'm alright with some kink in sex, so that wasn't really too much of a problem. Most of the sex scenes were pretty good, and they were of a BDSM nature. I really didn't like the scene with Brandon, and I really think that dropped it down a rating for me. I liked the scenes with Leo and Jillian outside of the sexual relationship, and I really loved the ending. Leo and Jillian can be really sweet with each other, and Jillian was slightly growing on me. Leo having to deal with some emotional turmoil was well written. I also really liked that this book is in dual perspectives. I don't think I'll read the next book in the series because I just don't like the female leads, and there's usually some type of sexual scenes that I don't like, and that can ruin a whole book for me. Also, Brandon's story is probably either next, or soon enough, and I am really not liking books that have the characters involved in BDSM clubs, so there's another negative for me. I do love the covers of these books though! It's a good read, and like I said I really enjoyed the ending. I think a lot of readers could enjoy this, you just have to not mind the things I listed. Also, you can read this as a standalone, this is a complete story, and I love that.