Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review for Sweet Haven by Shirlee McCoy - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's irresistible handmade chocolates are a cherished tradition--and always a reason to celebrate. And now they're giving the three Lamont sisters, one by one, delicious chances to start again, make a change, and have their sweetest dreams come true...

Neighbors who care, a peaceful routine--accountant Adeline Lamont is glad some things about her beloved hometown never change. But when her grandfather is injured, she has to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and make its legendary fudge. Trouble is, she can't get the recipe right to save her life--or Chocolate Haven. And she doesn't need her ornery new tenant, Sinclair Jefferson, stirring up the pot with his help--and daring Addie to taste her wild side…

Once Sinclair gets his hapless brother back on track, he's leaving Benevolence for good this time. He's made his life far away from his irresponsible family and their scandals. Trouble is, he can't quite stay away from Addie's optimism, enticing plus-size curves, and kindness to those who need it most. But they don't seem to have a thing in common--except that Addie's passion for chocolate, and for Benevolence, is just as contagious as Sinclair's passion for her. Maybe small-town life has its charms after all…


MY REVIEW -

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was sweet and there are some cute moments, and I enjoyed the small town characters. I did hope there would be more development between the main characters, Adeline and Sinclair, in the romance department because I felt it was sort of glossed over, and I wasn't satisfied with the ending; I felt I needed more of a conclusion about their relationship.

Adeline is a do-gooder, even at the expense of herself and her own comfort. She is happy with living in the small town of Benevolence, and even though her mother may think otherwise, she is happy with how her life is. Adeline had some heartbreak in her life, so she is weary of entering into a new relationship, and is content to be on her own. Adeline is filling in for her grandfather at his chocolate shop because he is in the hospital after having a bad fall. She is starting to feel overwhelmed by all the orders she needs to bake for the shop, and is having trouble perfecting the shop's famous fudge recipe, and she has a problem with asking for help, so her life is in a bit of a crazy spot. Adeline has to run the shop, take care of her really rambunctious puppy, be part of a wedding where she has to wear an ugly dress, deal with some mysterious circumstances, deal with her mom's expectations, and her growing attraction to Sinclair. I liked that Adeline is content with her life, and I like that she is a sweetheart.

Sinclair is in his hometown of Benevolence to help his brother fix up his childhood home for his brother's pregnant wife. Sinclair dislikes being in Benevolence because he thinks everyone thinks of his family as a charity case, so he wants to get out of there as soon as possible, so he doesn't have to deal with the preconceived notions he thinks the town people are thinking. Sinclair moves into Adeline's grandfather's apartment above the chocolate shop while he is in town, and when he meets Adeline he feels an attraction towards her, and wants to get to know her better, but with everything going on in her life, it is difficult. I loved that Sinclair is a nice guy, who doesn't play games, and knows what he wants and goes for it.

Adeline is attracted to Sinclair, but she doesn't want to start anything with him since he is leaving town soon, and she doesn't want to get hurt, so she pushes him away often. Sinclair's feelings are growing for Adeline, but he doesn't know if he should continue to pursue her when she keeps being standoffish with him. I did enjoy the scenes between Adeline and Sinclair, but I wanted more. There were too many other things going on in the story, and I feel Adeline and Sinclair's relationship wasn't fully fleshed out. The romance is pretty tame; there isn't any sex scenes, which I didn't mind so much, but I wanted more scenes with just Adeline and Sinclair. I wanted to see them connecting on a larger level. I did like them together, and I thought Sinclair was really sweet with Adeline.

Even though I felt there was bit too much emphasis on the side characters, I did like them all, and I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. It looks like they are going to be about Adeline's sisters, so that will be fun to read. This book is wholesome, at times funny, and also was heartfelt. I enjoyed Sweet Haven, and I'm glad I read it!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review for Naked by Gina Gordon - 3 out of 5



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she’s expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she’s been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that’s both thrilling and terrifying.

Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life—until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she’s holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.

MY REVIEW -

I really liked the premise of this book, but I just didn't connect with the characters; mainly the female lead, Violet. I still enjoyed the book, and it looks like this is going to be a series, so I think I'll check out the next books in the series because I did like the writing.

Violet was in a car accident that left her with some bad scars on her neck and across her chest, and because of it she wears scarfs and clothes that cover up her scarred area, and she has very low self-esteem because she thinks she is hideous. Violet is use to everyone thinking she is so gorgeous, so she is afraid to show anyone her scars because she fears how people will think of her. Violet is sort of in hiding, and is sneaking peeks at her hot neighbor fixing up a house across from her house. Noah is the hot neighbor, and he knows Violet is watching him, so he does something to make her show herself, and of course there is an instant connection. Noah likes Violet, and Violet likes Noah, but Violet has issues and Noah has had a previous heartbreak, so they are both weary, but the decide to have no strings sex for the month that Violet is going to be in town before she heads back to the city for her job. Violet wants to keep any personal stuff out of the "relationship" because she is rich, and since she isn't ready to show anyone her scars, she doesn't want Noah to know her last name, so he can't look her up and know about her money and the accident.

So, the problem I had with Violet is I felt she is too focused on looks, and I don't mean just hers, but some of the thoughts she had about Noah's sister, Charlotte, were very superficial. Just because someone doesn't dress sexy doesn't mean they are invisible and forgettable, and Violet was so use to everyone thinking she is so beautiful, she doesn't know who she is without her beauty, so her thought process was getting on my nerves. I loved that Violet is a great business woman, and I do like that she goes after what she wants, and I liked her family dynamic with her parents. Noah was a good guy, and I liked his family and friends. Violet and Noah definitely steam up the sheets, or I suppose the streets, since Violet has a thing about public sex. Violet and Noah do have some sweet moments, and I did like them together. I liked their banter with each other. I did enjoy reading Violet's journey of growth.

I think this will be a good series, and I'm interested in Charlotte's story, and Harper and Luke's story.

Another thing that bothered me.....SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why in the heck didn't Violet tell Noah that she had no intention of buying the house for her company!? If she would have said she wasn't going to do anything to the house, and she was going to find some way for all of them to be happy, I'm sure Noah wouldn't have had such a problem with it. Violet just didn't think things through enough.

Friday, February 19, 2016

COVER REVEAL FOR SIOBHAN DAVIS' NEW BOOK SAVEN: DISCLOSURE!!!!!!

Today is the cover reveal for Saven: Disclosure by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.



Saven DisclosureSaven: Disclosure (Saven #2)

By Siobhan Davis

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: April 21, 2016



Blurb:

THE TRUTH WON'T STAY HIDDEN FOREVER



To protect Logan, I've no choice but to betray his trust.

The stakes are high, and there are no guarantees.

But I'm not the only one hiding the truth.

Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?




Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.



Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.



Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas--hell-bent on using her for their own aim--Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It's impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.



When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she's waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.



But no one thought to save her from herself.




You can find Saven Disclosure on Goodreads



You can pre-order Saven Disclosure here:

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Excerpt from Saven Disclosure:

I pad into the kitchen and hoist myself up onto a stool at the counter. Haydn slides two muffins and a home-made smoothie across to me. “You trying to fatten me up?” I inquire

“You need to eat more when you’re training.”

“I’m sure I read somewhere that you should eat more protein when in training. I doubt you’re supposed to be indulging in calorie-laden treats.”

“Watch your mouth!” Haydn swats me with a dish towel. “Those muffins are made with bran, yoghurt, honey, and fruit. All natural. And totally healthy. Now shut up and eat.”

“Ooh, get you! All right!” I hold my hands up in defeat. “But I doubt I’ll manage two.”

“You can give one to Jarod in work,” he suggests.

I snort. “As if he’d eat anything you prepared! I’d have to lie and tell him I baked it myself.”

Jarod isn’t over his aversion to aliens. And that’s putting it mildly. He absolutely refuses to go anywhere with me outside of work if any of my Saven friends is involved, and he hasn’t ever stepped foot in this apartment. It’s a constant source of tension between us; the cause of more than a few arguments. I understand he’s pissed over the whole memory-erase situation, and the fact that enemy alien ships still hover in our skies doesn’t do much to ease any human’s apprehension, but I’ve tried explaining, time and time again, that we have nothing to fear from Logan and Co., but he won’t hear a word of it.

While I’m grateful that Jarod managed to make it out of Thalassic City safely, and I’m thrilled to be working in the same building as him, sometimes I could happily bash his head against the wall.



Note from the author: This is from the unedited draft and the final version is subject to change.




Praise for Saven Deception (Saven #1):

"The heir to the Lux series." Natasha Anne. Dreamland Teenage Fantasy.



"The worldbuilding and characters leap off the page and come alive with flawless writing and a plot that had me engrossed and on the edge of my seat." Dali. TJ Loves to Read.



"Gripping Read. From the start I was drawn into the world and felt like I was experiencing everything right next to Sadie." Patricia Hamill. Author-Blogger Pure Textuality.



"This book had me hooked from the first chapter. An exhilarating ride with many twists and turns. Awesome." Karla. Goodreads Reviewer.



"Siobhan Davis has created yet another world of characters I became very invested in. The premise is an intriguing one ... and it's different enough to stand out from other YA books." Deirdre. Goodreads Reviewer.



"I am beyond excited for this series. Saven Deception was AMAZING and I couldn't put it down. Ms. Davis created an incredible world and I cannot wait to read the next installment." Michelle. Adventure in Bookland.



"Saven Deception was a freaking awesome read! The worldbuilding was fantastic and the romance between Logan and Sadie felt amazingly perfect to me." Poulami, Daydreaming Books.



"Another hidden gem from the treasure trove in Siobhan Davis' mind." Dianne. Tome Tender.



"If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout's books then you'll love Saven Deception." Amazon UK Reviewer.



SiobhanAbout the Author:

Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.



A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).



Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.





You can find and contact Siobhan here:

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review for Now and Then by Mira Lyn Kelly - 5 out of 5!




SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Brynn Ahearn is gorgeous, fun, and not just a sports nut but an NBA camera woman whose work takes her all over the country. In other words, she’s a walking male fantasy—or at least, she would be if she weren’t so busy keeping the guys at bay. The fact is, with Brynn’s con-man father fresh out of jail and back in her life, dating is just too risky. Haunted by memories of her past, she couldn’t ask any man to gamble with his life for love—even one as addictive as Ford Meyers.

Ford can’t believe his luck when he walks into a bar in Chicago’s Wicker Park and gets an eyeful of Brynn, the one that got away. After the gorgeous redhead blew him off in college, Ford got on with his life and made his fortune as a bestselling game designer, but he’s never found a woman who compared to Brynn. No stranger to success, Ford is used to getting what he wants—and after a scorching stolen kiss, what he wants is a second shot with his first love. To get it, he just has to convince her that he’s man enough to take on the past she can’t leave behind.


MY REVIEW -

Really sweet, cute romance! I love second chance at romance stories, so I loved that aspect, and I liked the way it was done in this book, and I enjoyed Mira Lyn Kelly's writing. Ford is awesome! I love that he is a game designer and that he is a bit geeky, so cute! And I love how open Ford is with his emotions. I'm glad there is dual POV's in this book because I enjoy reading from the guy's perspective, and it really gave more depth to this story, and the little flashbacks were nice.

Ford and Brynn had a romance in college, but Brynn broke up with Ford because her dad is involved with some bad, dangerous people, and she didn't want Ford to be caught up in the bad stuff, so Brynn makes the decision to not tell Ford anything, and leave him for his own good. I don't really like when people try to do what they think is best without telling the other party anything, so I was a bit weary of Brynn, and found some of her actions lame. So, this book is 10 years later (if I remember correctly), and Ford and Brynn run into each other in a bar, and both Ford and Brynn haven't forgotten about each other, and their deep feelings for each other, and their strong connection is apparent when they meet again. Ford knows Brynn is the one for him, so he is going to do what he needs to do to break down Brynn's walls and make her realize what they have is worth fighting for.

I liked that this book is a complete story; no cliffhangers! I really enjoyed the characters, and I loved how Ford and Brynn's relationship evolved. I haven't read the other books in the series, and although there were some of the characters from the previous books in this book, I don't feel like I needed to read the other books to enjoy this book; there are some spoilers for the previous books thought, but I don't feel like it is too big of a deal. After reading this book I definitely want to read the previous books, and other books by Mira Lyn Kelly!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Review for Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.

A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.

As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.


MY REVIEW -

This book surprised me! In a totally good way! It was much more than I was expecting! Leaving Yesterday has so much heart and I loved all the family dynamics. Leaving Yesterday has the romance, which was really sweet and fabulous, and had some really great heat and chemistry, but it also has really great characters and I liked how all the characters played off each other, and I loved Trace and his family. There is a few POV's in this book, but the 2 main characters do have the bulk of the POV, so they didn't bother me, and I get the feeling that this book was sort of a set-up for a lot of the other books that going to be in this series, and normally I don't love that type of thing, but Zoe Dawson did a really great job of letting the main characters shine, while also letting some other characters have a moment, and I am definitely ready for the next books! So many storylines I can't wait to see how they develop!

This book starts off with Rafferty's car breaking down in a small, run-down town, so she calls Black's auto mechanic to pick up and fix her car. Trace Black comes to give Rafferty a tow and fix her car, and Rafferty and Trace have an instant connection, but struggle against their preconceived notions of each other, and that Rafferty is only going to be in town a short while. Both begin to realize there is more to the other than they originally thought, and they are finding it difficult to stay away from each other, so they start growing closer, but they are still putting up walls because they each have had some hardships in each of their lives. Rafferty has just gotten divorced after finding out her husband has been cheating on her, so she is still weary of starting any new relationships, and Rafferty also works for her father, and she is starting to struggle with the choices she has made in her life. Trace has a lot on his shoulders to deal with: his dad died, so he has taking on the roll of running Black's and also the roll of head of household with his 2 other brother; one of which is dealing with an extreme case of PTSD, and his 1 sister, who is only 18 and is just coming into her own. Rafferty is a strong, intelligent, and generous woman, and I loved how she radiates kindness to everyone; she adds something special to everyone's lives, and I think Trace and her are a good match, and I enjoyed reading about their happy times and how they deal with their struggles. I was rooting for them to pull through. A great read.

I want the next book now! Great characters! Lots of love and heart!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review for Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clementine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed this, it was really cute! I love the introduction the 2 characters had, and I liked their connection. Clementine and Justin accidently switch phones at the airport, but luckily both live in Chicago and both of them are due back to Chicago in a week, so they make plans to meet up to switch the phones. They begin to build a relationship through some phone calls and texts before they meet up, and they both feel drawn to the other, but Clementine is from a very rich family and she's had some problems in the past of people taking advantage of her because of her family, so she gives Justin a fake last name. I was actually hoping the whole phone switch would of gone on a little longer than it did, but when they do meet, I really loved those scenes. Clementine is worried how Justin will reaction when he finds out that she lied about her last name, and she also does a couple other things that could cause some problems, and she has trust issues, so she is having a really hard time coming clean, so of course it is causing problems. Clementine and Justin's relationship was so sweet, and Justin is absolutely wonderful. There are some sexy times, but the author doesn't go into detail; the scenes are mainly heavy make-out sessions before it is implied they have sex, and I really liked them! It's nice to read a romance that doesn't go into tons of detail about the sex; the make-out sessions were just the right amount of spice for this book. I absolutely loved that Clementine is in love with books! That was a great detail, and made it virtually impossible for me not to love her! I did want more ending though; don't get me wrong the end was great, but I wanted to read more to see how these characters turn out; an epilogue would have been wonderful. A lot of the books I've been reading lately are in multiple POV's, so I found it refreshing for this book to only be in Clementine's POV. This book was a sweet romance, and had some cute and fun scenes, and I definitely look forward to reading more from Ellie Cahill!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review for I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne - 4 out of 5



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.


MY REVIEW -

I really enjoyed this book, and I almost loved it, but there were a couple things that I didn't quite like, which I'll get to in a little bit; they are sort of spoilery so I'll give warning when I do.

Jackson was living his dream as a quarterback for a pro-football team in Texas, but then he is in a car accident, which causes injuries to his shoulder and hip, so he can no longer play football, and to top it off, Jackson's wife, Madison, also divorces him shortly after the accident. Jackson is now working at Oxford magazine in New York, which is a great opportunity, but he is in a pretty down place, and is having a hard time adjusting to his new life.

Mollie is Jackson's ex-wife's sister, who lives in New York and Jackson has always felt a connection with Mollie; Mollie is someone he could always talk to, and for him it wasn't necessarily a romantic connection, more of a friendship connection, but for Mollie, she feels more for Jackson than just friendship, and when Jackson and Mollie meet up for dinner, Jackson realizes that he may feel more for Mollie than just friendship, but both are trying to brush off their feelings because Jackson was Mollie's sister's husband.

I loved the chemistry between Mollie and Jackson, and I liked both of them as characters. Mollie is feisty, smart, and I like her confidence. I like how she brings out the best in Jackson, and doesn't let him wallow around. They are definitely adorable together, and they have some great spicy scenes. The author did a great job of balancing story and romance. Despite the sort of taboo aspect of their relationship, I really wanted them to work out.

There are characters from previous books, so you may want to read those first, but I don't think it is absolutely necessary, but there are some spoilers for the past books in this book, so you may want to take that into account. I love the scenes with the other guys and Penelope at the Oxford office. Those scenes were so fun, and all the characters are great!

I'm really enjoying this series, and I look forward to more!

Okay Spoiler Time!!! SPOILERS!

I get that Mollie's sister, Madison, is sort of vile; she cheats often on Jackson and lies to the tabloids, and she only cares about herself, but I still wasn't in love with Mollie getting with her sister's ex-husband. Jackson really loved Madison; he says so in the book, and they were married for years; it wasn't just a flash in the pan type of thing, and even though Jackson wasn't happy in the marriage since almost the beginning; he still stayed married to Madison, and Madison was eventually the one who got the divorce. I think I would have liked for Jackson to not put up with that crap, and left at the first signs of how devious Madison is. It would have been better if Madison and Jackson's marriage was a fluke, or something.

I also wish that Jackson had felt more for Mollie in the past. It seemed to me like he was only starting to notice her because she got a makeover. I know they always had a connection, but he never really noticed Mollie, so it made feel like Mollie got a bit of a raw deal.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Review for Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian - 5 out of 5!!


SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way--no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.

Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He's made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him...until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys's trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.

MY REVIEW -

I absolutely love this series! I have read all the main books in this series, and I love the world Lara Adrian has built! I love that this series connects all the characters from each of the books, and it is so interesting that the books span such a long time. In these later books in the series; this one being the 13th book in the series, it is so cool to read stories about the children of the past characters from previous books that I have loved to read about. Each book is about a different couple with their own unique storyline, but there is also a back storyline that runs through multiple books, and I love that the books encompass so many different aspects of the characters. You may be a little confused if you haven't read previous books in this series because there are a lot of previous characters from the other books, but the main characters of this book have their own struggles and relationship building to do, so I think a reader can appreciate this book on its own too.

This book is about Carys and Rune. Carys is a rare female Breed; a Breed is like a vampire, and Carys is in a relationship of sorts with Rune; if I remember correctly, their relationship started in the previous book. Rune is also a Breed, and he is also a cage fighter at a club that I find to be pretty seedy; there's the illegal cage fighting and there's also some type of prostitution thing going on, which I was glad wasn't really delved into. I happen to love cage fighting books, so I loved that aspect. Carys and Rune have a deep connection, but Rune is holding back because he has a secret he doesn't want to tell Carys because he thinks she will be put in danger if she knows. Carys knows she loves Rune, and she is ready to take the relationship to the next level, but with Rune putting up walls between them, she is having a hard time, and Carys is also getting pressure from her family; mainly her father and brother, to not be with Rune because they don't think Rune is good enough for her, and they think he is shady.

Also in this book, there is another storyline dealing with the Order; the Order is sort of like a military unit of Breeds, there are many Breeds involved in the Order; a lot of the characters from the previous books are Order members including Carys father Chase Sterling, so the Order is on the hunt for some bad guys, and Carys and Rune are also involved in some way; I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll remain intentionally vague about it, but the both storylines tie into each other.

I loved the chemistry between Carys and Rune, and I loved the deep level on which they connect. The intimate scenes were great and I love how much of a team Carys and Rune are. Carys was awesome! She is a badass! She is the strong type of female who can save herself if need be, but she doesn't make stupid decisions to show her independence; she uses her intellect to make decisions, and she really shows that she is confident in who she is. I love the action in this book, and I couldn't put it down until I completely finished the story!

I will definitely read any/every book in this series, and any/every book by Lara Adrian because I truly enjoy her writing. This is an amazing series!!!

Review for Betting the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.

Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.

Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?

MY REVIEW -

I'm really loving this series! I wasn't sure how I would feel about each book taking place during the same time, but I think Sugar did a good job of not being too repetitive. In the beginning of the book, I was thinking yeah, yeah sick aunt, let's move on, but luckily the beginning was the only part that was a bit too repetitive; I actually enjoyed getting a different perspective of some of the scenes from the first book.

Betting the Bad Boy is a second chance at love story, and I happen to love those type of stories, so I enjoyed reading about Duke and Grace reconnecting. Duke is back in the town he grew up because his aunt is in the hospital. Duke hates being back in the town of Destiny because his family was looked down upon, and Duke ended up going to prison for almost killing a guy, who had hit Grace. Grace is back in town because her mom died, and she asked Grace to look after Grace's father; Grace has some bad blood with her father because he tried to force Grace to have an abortion. Grace's kid is Duke's, and Duke had no idea that he had a kid. Grace and Duke still have lots of feelings for each other, but Duke is having a bit of a hard time because Grace didn't try hard enough to let him know about their kid, and Grace feels really bad about not making more of an effort to tell Duke; Grace is unsure how Duke feels about her, but she is scared that he hates/blamed her for his going to prison. So, Duke and Grace are trying to see if there is any hope of letting the past go and becoming a family. Duke will do whatever he needs to do to prove that he will be a great father because he has no intention of missing another day in his son's life.

I liked both Grace and Duke. Grace is a self sufficient, intelligent woman, and Duke is a tough guy with a hidden soft side. I loved the sweet moments in this book, and I enjoyed the progression of Grace and Duke's relationship. They have a really great connection, and as the reader, you can just tell how much they really do love each other. I like the dual POV's, and Sugar did a good job of balancing the story and the romance. I love all of the King brothers, and I am really looking forward to the next book with Levi King; it seems like a friends to lovers story, so I'm all down for that. I love Sugar's writing! I love the Perfect Fit series, and now I love the Destiny series!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review for Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti - 5 out of 5 rating!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

MY REVIEW -

Everything I've read by Rebecca Zanetti I have loved! And Mercury Striking was another great book! I read the short story, Scorpius Rising, in the book On the Hunt, and I really loved it, so I was excited to see the series continue in Mercury Rising, and after reading Mercury Rising, I am really looking for to the next book(s) in the series!

In Mercury Rising, there is a dangerous bacteria that has killed off most of humanity. Lynn is a scientist who worked with the bacteria, and she also became sick from the bacteria, but she survived because of an experimental element that happened to make her heart glow blue. Also, Lynn is blamed by a lot of people for the bacteria being released and killing most everybody. Lynn is on the search for a cure to the deadly bacteria, but with everybody after her, it is proving difficult, so she is in search of protection, and she believes Jax Mercury may be the man for the job. Jax Mercury is in charge of a compound of survivors in Los Angeles, and when he was younger he was part of a dangerous LA gang called Twenty, but Jax ended up joining the military to get away from the gang life. Jax wants to find a cure, so when Lynn finds him, he doesn't quite trust her, but is willing to take a risk and help Lynn look for a cure. Jax is a bad-ass, tough guy, who is some what closed off emotionally, and he puts his life on the line for the people in the compound. Lynn is strong and very smart, but she is also somewhat closed off because she has to deal with many people trying to kill her, and there are some people who are scared of her because there is a rumor that she is carrying a deadlier strain of the bacteria, so people don't want to be around her. Jax and Lynn don't necessarily get off to the best start, but as the story progresses they begin to grow closer.

There is a lot of action scenes in this book, and I happened to really enjoy the scenes; it was interesting to see how Lynn was going to survive with all the people out to get her. I thought all the action was exciting! I loved the sort of dystopian aspect; I thought it was cool they have scavenging missions, and I enjoyed the whole overall story of trying to cure the bacteria. The book doesn't end with all the answers, the bigger story of finding the cure for the deadly bacteria is going to be a continuing story in the next book.

Jax and Lynn together was really great, and I loved how their relationship evolved through out the book. They definitely have some kinky sex scenes, and I thought they were well written, and I was glad the book wasn't overflowing with sex scenes; there is a nice balance between the romance and the story in Mercury Striking. Jax and Lynn were adorable together, and have some really sweet moments.

I really loved the whole book! I'm hoping in the next book in the series, we get to see some of Nora and Deacan from the short story in the book, On the Hunt! They are mentioned briefly in this book, but I want more! I'm definitely excited for the next book with Vivienne and Raze; lots of mystery there! Another excellent book by Rebecca Zanetti!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review for Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson SPOILERS!!!! - 2 out of 5 rating



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.

Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.


MY REVIEW -

No, this wasn't for me. There is just too many things I disliked about this book, and since there were so many things I didn't like, I couldn't enjoy the 5 percent I did like. I'm not going to be able to do a review without spoilers, so here is your warning, and I'm feeling kind of harsh, so sorry for that. SPOILERS!!!!!


Meghan (main female character) is a college student, who had a brief relationship with Eric (the male lead) before he went to prison for being involved in a gang fight that lead to the other guy getting killed accidently by Eric, so Eric went to prison for 3 years for manslaughter, and of course, Eric pushed Meghan away for her own good. Now he is out of prison, and living with his dead brother's ex, who is now newly married to a cop, who happens to be Meghan's brother. Meghan still has feelings for Eric, and Eric still has feelings for Meghan, but he thinks he isn't good enough for her, so he pushes her away. Eric is trying to improve his life, but it is difficult when he runs into some people he knows from the gangs.

So, the first thing that bothers me is that the characters aren't together for a lot of the book. Of course they made eyes at each other and some heavy flirting, but I think they didn't really get with each other until over 60% into the book, and the relationship isn't developed enough for my liking.

Another thing I disliked was that every woman Eric sees he pretty much thinks is hot and he wants to have sex with her, and can't stop himself from thinking about the women's boobs, so right off the bat I'm not liking this guy. Then he goes to "apologize" to the girlfriend of the guy he killed, and ends up having sex with her, so there another thing I don't like about him and this book. I mean come on! Who has sex with the girlfriend of the guy you killed! While being in love (even if he is sort of in denial about it) with someone else; even if she has a boyfriend, tell her how you feel! Jeez. And he goes to have sex with her again, but since the girlfriend of the guy he killed lives in the rival gangs territory, he gets derailed, and decides that maybe sleeping with her isn't such a great idea. No Really! Ugh. And when this event occurs, Meghan doesn't have a boyfriend anymore, so instead of manning up and telling Meghan how he feels, he decides to go sleep with someone else. I just can't deal with these people. I hate when the characters have sex with other people in the book; it's one thing for there to be past hook-ups, but when it is actually while the main characters are in each other lives, I just hate it the whole thing, and it really sours the whole story for me.

I didn't really like Meghan either because she plays games and makes stupid decisions. She's always trying to entice Eric to want her even though she has a boyfriend. She does a 3 way raunchy(rubbing all up on each other) dance with Eric, and her best friend, Kelsea. Which is gross in it's own right, but she let's Eric kiss her during the dance, and since her boyfriend is in the same place they are dancing, he sees and get pissed, which causes more problems with Eric and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend is a douche, and she doesn't love him, but she doesn't want to take the time to actually leave the guy, so she stays with an abusive boyfriend; at first littler things like bruises on the arms, yelling, and disrespecting her (he basically forces her to give him blowjobs), and even though there are tons of signs that he is increasing his abusive ways, she is surprised when he hits her. Another thing she did is she tries to "help" Eric with his gang problem, but of course she gets taken by a gang member, and put right into the situation, which she is surprised by. What did she think was going to happen if she stuck her nose in gang stuff!? The gang people would just stop because she there to help. Ugh. She's always surprised when bad things happen, and there are very clear signs that these bad things are going to happen, so it makes me think she doesn't use her brain very much. She also seems very immature, but I'll give her a bit of pass since she is only 22. I'll give her kudos for finally leaving her boyfriend, even if it took him hitting her for her to finally leave.

Also, there's a whole slut walk thing that was just ridiculous. The girls do a walk through town to show that women should be allowed to wear what they want and do what or who they want without being labeled negatively, and they call the event the Slut Walk. They basically dress in skimpy clothing, and walk around town like a protest march type of thing, and of course problems arise from it. There are better ways to get respect.

I really tried to like this book, and look past some stuff, but I couldn't. There a couple sweet moments between Eric and Meghan, and they have some good sex scenes, but too little to late for me.

I haven't read any other books by Jill Sorenson, and I'm not sure I will read any other books by her. Kelsea and Tank's story might be interesting, but I'm unsure if I can get past how much this book didn't catch me.