Saturday, May 31, 2014

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel

Synopsis:

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.


In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares, and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

Review:

Odd Thomas was an odd read for me. I didn't hate it, but most of the book was kind of boring, but not in a horrible way. It was interesting but odd. It just felt like I was reading about a not super eventful day in a fry cooks life. Things happened, but they never really grabbed me or made me feel like they were intense. Until the show down. And man the ending...after finishing the book I noticed the movie was on Netflix and it is listed under comedy. I was just like what? How in the world is this a comedy? I did not read it that way at all. It made me think of About A Boy. I thought that book was really sad, but the movie was humorous (which I didn't think would be possible). It is odd how you can read a book in a totally different way than what other people do with the same material.

So Odd Thomas sees ghosts. They don't talk, but he helps them move on if he can. Finds what they need to let go. He has a bff and girlfriend Stormy and is pretty happy in his life. He is a fry cook, and there was a humorous part when someone asked him if that was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He said no, maybe he would go into tires and work at the tire store. Oh it was pretty funny. Overall though he is happy with what he has.

He also sees these dark spirits. They made me think of the dementors from Harry Potter. They signify something bad is going to happen, and on this day he starts seeing a ton of them around the creepy new guy. So Odd spends the day investigating this new guy and finds something bad is going to happen at some point the next day. It really seemed more realistic than most investigating books as it took time for him to figure things out and get places. It was good, but kind of bland for me at the same time.

Then the day of the big event was more eventful. You see more of Odd's past. The end was just kind of heartbreaking. Odd is happy with his lot in life, has never left his small town, but he still tries his hardest to stop others from being hurt/killed. He was just a nice guy. I would be curious to read the next book.

Rating: 3.5/5


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Friday, May 30, 2014

Entice by Rachel Van Dyken


Entice (Eagle Elite)

Synopsis:

Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandonato family. Now that he's been given a second chance to right a wrong, he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He's not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange — the girl who's innocence he stole and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US — asks him for a favor… he says yes, not realizing that one yes has the power to destroy them all. 

Mil's been in love with Chase Winter as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, love turned into hate, and now that he's agreed to help her, she's wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn't a teenager anymore. He's a hot-blooded male, bent on owning every part of her, body and soul, and he's willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way. 
Secrets will finally be revealed... but make no mistake, it's going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered. 

You've never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before. Loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated. 


Welcome to the Family. Blood in — No out.

Review:

I enjoyed Entice more than I thought I would. After the last book in this series I wasn't even sure I wanted to read Entice. I didn't like Chase in the last book and I only read it just to see what would happen. I had to just not think too hard about the storyline and the timeline of events and stuff to be okay with everything. Especially if you have read the first two books. I understand making it so that Chase was not really in love with Trace and moving on to someone else, but to do that this quickly was a little...I just had to not think about it and then I enjoyed it. Then it was fine.

Where the last book left off was with Trace and Nix reconciled and Chase super depressed because he loves Trace. Mil needs his help, needs him to marry her for protection. So this book starts off with them getting married. Chase is still in love with Trace, it hasn't been very long since he 'lost' her, but he is stepping up to help Mil because he is a good guy. Mil is also the girl he lost his virginity to, and she to him, so there is history between them. Mil is always angry with Chase, always being prickly with Chase and Chase loves it. They both find the other attractive and from the moment they are married Chase is just like all caveman Mil is mine!! From the moment he first kisses her again out of annoyance he is just like mine!! All mine!! She is mine!! It was a bit not realistic, but if you just go with it then fine. Of course there is some mob drama and their honeymoon to Vegas gets sidetracked by death and destructions, but pretty quick they both realize they love each other. They can't live without each other. Again way too quick, Chase moved on way too quickly from Trace, but if you just didn't think about t too much it was fun.

The mob drama was also resolved way too easily but eh. It was just a fun book. The one thing I didn't like though, and I think it was supposed to be humorous but I really didn't like it, was how often/how easily everyone draws their gun on everyone else. Trace points her gun at Nix all the time if he says something that she doesn't like even a smidgen. Everyone instantly points their gun at everyone else if they do something small that they don't like. It was....I know they are good with guns and all but what if something happens? An accident? You would really be able to live with yourself if you shot and killed the love of your life because you had a gun pointed at them because of something stupid? I also felt like there was way too much Nix and Trace in this book. Like half of the chapters were Nix chapters and I just found them both to be annoying in this book. Trace is just obsessed with being married asap and Nix was just...I just didn't like them much. It made me think did I even like them? Did I really like them in the first book? Because how they were in this one was not good. It was like everyone flipped for me. I didn't like Chase in the last book, but I liked him in this one. I liked Trace but didn't like her now. Odd. Still a fun read, maybe my favorite Rachel Van Dyken books.

Rating: 4/5

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery


Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold)

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes readers back to Fool's Gold, where a one-time fling could become the real thing...

Felicia Swift never dreamed she'd hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool's Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away...on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool's Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that. 

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm's length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men...and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her. 

As these two misfits discover that passion isn't the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.

Review:

I was really excited to read Two of a Kind. Felicia reminded me somewhat of Janie from Penny Reid's books Neanderthal Seeks Human and the soon to be released Neanderthal Marries Human. I love Janie. She spouts off random facts all the time and I just love her. Felicia has that awkwardness about her, the knowledge of so much stuff that she does the same thing. I really enjoyed reading Felicia's story, just as I loved Janie's (even though they are two different types of romances).

Felicia was raised on a university campus. Her parents abandoned her there when she was 4 because they didn't know what to do with her. She was too smart. She has always been a lot smarter book wise than everyone else. She joined the military at a young age which is how she met the bodyguard guys, and Gideon. She lost her virginity to Gideon 4 years ago and hasn't seen him since. Now she wants to try and be 'normal.' She wants to be like everyone else. She wants to be able to fit in socially. She feels awkward around large groups of people and she thinks there is something wrong with her, something that she needs to work on so she can get married and have a family.

Gideon has not had the best life. He was in the military special ops and was captured and tortured for 2 years. He watched the three other guys with him eventually die while in captivity. They all had wives and children and he thought that that love for them made them weak. He thought he survived because he had no one to care about, no one to make him weak. When he was rescued it took a long time to get back to normal-ish. He still has nightmares and thinks he can't have love and a family. He is not good for someone else and just wants to be alone.

When Felicia and Gideon meet up again there is definitely an attraction, but Gideon doesn't want to hurt Felicia. She is too good for him and he tries to do what he thinks is right. Felicia is so fun and different and amazing and they decide that she will practice dating with him so she can then go find someone to settle down with. If she practices with Gideon she will know what she is doing then. Of course things are not that simple, and when Gideon's son he never knew about shows up he doesn't handle things very well. Felicia on the other hand is a natural with the kid. She worries so much that she is going to mess it up and she is just so sweet. I really love her and all of her weirdness. She really didn't need to change no matter how much she thinks she does. People love her as she is.

Of course there is something that happens to cause drama at the end, then they have a happily ever after. It wasn't too bad, it made sense with the story. I was so happy for both of them. Felicia is amazing, and Gideon you just want to scoop up and hug and make everything better. I loved them. Definitely one of my favorite couples in this series.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery


Three Little Words (Fool's Gold)

Synopsis:

Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another...man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again.... 

Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can't take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool's Gold forever—if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same....

Review:

Three Little Words is part of Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. I have really enjoyed reading these books overall, and this one was no exception. I didn't like it as much as the Stryker brothers ones, but I just love Rafe and Shane! This book has two love stories in it - Isabel and Ford is the main story and a secondary story of Consuelo and Kent. Both of them were sweet and I enjoyed reading them.

Ford has recently moved back to Fool's Gold after serving overseas for a number of years. He used to date Isabel's sister, but left a few days before their wedding when she found out she was sleeping with his best friend. Isabel has always had a crush on him and begged him not to go. She started writing him letter while he was in the military, but he never once wrote back. It became kind of a journal for her, and the letters meant the world to him unbeknownst to her. Now that he is back they have been avoiding each other until the start of this book when Isabel decides she needs to say hi to him, especially since he is living in the room above the garage.

The one thing I didn't like about this story was Denise Hendricks. I really didn't like her in this book. She was way too pushy and overbearing. Ford's sisters were as well (Ford is a Hendricks). I got that they wanted to have Ford stick around as they missed him, but I couldn't understand how being so overbearing would do that. It seemed like he would get really uncomfortable and that would make him leave more than just being there for him and treating him like anyone else. The mom had set up a booth to try and find Ford a wife, even though he doesn't want one. He doesn't think he can love anyone so he will never get married.

When the mom gets to be too much Ford approached Isabel and gets her to agree to be his pretend girlfriend to get his mom off his back. She thinks she is over him, but of course she is not. Things progress and there is drama at the end like always. The  other thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. It was way too easy and way too fast. It was like Ford had issues, then nope, not anymore everything is fine the end. It just needed a little more to make it more believable. Also there was a line from Isabel's brother in law about how loving someone as a partner is the same as loving someone that is your family, like your mom or your sister. I don't really think that is true. I love my husband in a different way than my family, and it is not just the physical attraction and stuff. It is different for me, but if that is what worked then I guess it is fine.

So the secondary story, Kent and Consuelo, I kind of wish there had been more storyline with them. Kent is a math teacher and he thinks Consuelo is way out of his league. She is gorgeous and could have anyone, so why would she want to be with someone like him? On the flip side Consuelo thinks Kent is out of her league as he is smart and 'normal.' She grew up on the streets and just got her GED. She also hasn't had a boyfriend in forever and she keeps freaking out. Luckily Kent is so sweet with her that he gets her to be more comfortable with him and things work out nicely.

Overall I did enjoy this book, I liked both of the couples and it was a nice cute story.

Rating: 4/5

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris


Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Synopsis:

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime -- until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects -- or potential victims.

Review:

Real Murders was a really boring read. I kept putting it down, reading something else, then trying to finish it again. All of the characters were so one dimensional and just....there was something off about Aurora but I can't figure out what exactly it was. She was so strange, but I don't know why. There was no reason for her to be so odd, and I just couldn't figure her out. I didn't care about her at all. I got to the point where I was just like I wish someone would kill her or do something so that maybe something exciting would happen. Yes, there are many murders in the book but it was just not good.

Aurora is in the real murders club. People start being murdered like old murders so she tries to figure out who it might be. But not really. She kind of plays with the idea, but doesn't really accomplish much. She is also dating Robin, the strange author who just moved to town, and Arthur, the cop who is also in the real murders club. Those parts were strange as well as it never even seemed like Aurora liked them or they her. It was just like well there is no one else so...I couldn't figure out Robin either. He was so strange in a way that didn't make sense to me. I didn't get him. I wish the characters would have been flushed out more so the way they acted would have made sense.

So Aurora and Robin end up discovering a lot of the bodies/evidence. They always seem to be on the scene, and it seems like Robin is just hanging around Aurora for someone to talk to about what is happening. The ending, who did it, was just confusing. Really Aurora was incredibly stupid and I just thought I don't really care what happens to her, or anyone. You don't really find out why the killer killed everyone or anything. It is just a quick hey here is the killer! The end. It was just not good. After reading the authors Lily Bard series and really enjoying it I was quite disappointed. I feel like this was like a rough draft for that series. It had a similar feel, but nowhere near as good. This book couldn't hold my attention and I won't be reading any more of the series.

Rating: 1/5

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Freefall by Tess Oliver


Freefall: Custom Culture #1

Synopsis:

After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander “Nix” Pierce has left his wild, out of control years mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he’s never met, Nix’s life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his obsession, walks into his shop. 

Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn’t spoken one word. Up until now she didn’t care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn’t hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her.

Review:

So I downloaded Freefall not really expecting much from it. The synopsis had a few things that intrigued me, but together I was kind of eh on it. I like tattooed boys, the idea of the girl not talking is great, but the rest of it just was....it just didn't seem like it would be amazing. Unfortunately I was right and it wasn't.

Freefall wasn't the worst book I have ever read or anything, but it wasn't good. The main issue? The characters. So Scotlyn hasn't spoken since the accident that took her entire family from her. She was raised by her aunt who was super religious and not very nice, then lived on the streets and Lincoln saved her. So now she is stuck with Lincoln, doing whatever he says. I don't really know why she stays though. She knows she is not happy and that she does not love him, so why does she stay? I think you are supposed to feel like she doesn't have any other options, that her hard life has made her weak or something, but I didn't get that. I don't really know why she hasn't tried to learn sign language or do anything for herself. It didn't make sense. It is not like she couldn't, or didn't believe that she could. I think you are supposed to think that, but the way the character was written I was just like what is your issue? You hate this and want to get out, so why are you not trying to get out? You seem fine, you seem like you could if you wanted to do something besides think about how much you dislike Lincoln. I mean what do you normally do all day? What have you been doing all day? Sitting around doing nothing? It didn't make sense to me. I didn't get her character. So she cannot talk, she should still be able to do things. I have read plenty of other books, good books, where the main character doesn't talk. They are not just reliant on someone else to do everything for them. They manage to have a life themselves. I just didn't get her.

Then Nix. He has had a rough past, but he saw a flier of a pinup girl once and has kept the picture with him ever since. When Scotlyn walks into his tattoo shop he is instantly in love with her because she is the girl from the photo! They start having a relationship kind of even though she is seeing/supposed to marry Lincoln! Of course Nix wants to remove her from the situation she is in and have her stay with him until she can figure things out. It was just...the characters weren't believable.

So of course everything blows up at the end and the way it is all resolved was really lame. Like really? It is that easy? Okay. I just...it was just a not very good story. If Scotlyn would have been weak, more vulnerable and unable to do things for herself, it would have been better. Still not great, but at least I would have understood her more. The writing was just not the best. I went and looked and apparently I have read quite a few books by this author and all of them were just eh for me. I need to remember this for the future.

Rating: 2/5

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Chance by Robyn Carr


The Chance: Book 4 of Thunder Point series

Synopsis:

With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge. 


Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

Review:

The Chance was a really sweet, nice love story. It was just really...I can't figure out what I want to say. I just felt really good at the end. It was so nice and easy and not a lot of drama and just a really great read. A really clean romance which was nice. It seems like most books you have lots of drama at the end, but this really didn't. Yes there were some issues that had to be worked through, but it was just a nice read. It made me smile.

Laine and Eric are both new to town. Eric grew up in Thunder Point, but he left his then pregnant girlfriend and got into some trouble with the law. He didn't know he had a daughter, and in the last book when he did find out he did start to have a relationship with her. He moved back to town at the end of the last book to be closer to his daughter.

Lanie is an FBI agent who was also in the last book briefly. She was in the compound where Devon had been living undercover. She was trying to help the women and children escape. Since the shoot out at the end of the last book she has been having some issues sleeping and moving on. She takes a leave of absence and settles in Thunder Point for a year of relaxation. She needs to figure out if she wants to continue working for the FBI or what she wants to do now.

When Lanie and Eric meet they are both interested in each other. Eric doesn't really think he is good enough for her so he is kind of shy about it. Lanie finally takes charge and they start dating. They do have some ups and downs, but they are so sweet together. It is obvious that they both care about the other and they are both great people. Yes, Eric has a dark past, but he has learned from it and is a better person because of it. They help each other grow and become better people.

Lanie does have some family issues that need her attention later in the book. Since her family lives on the other side of the country this causes strain on her and Eric's relationship. Not drama, just makes them miss the other person. Eric is so supportive and knows that this is what Lanie needs to do. They both just try and figure out a way to make their situation work and it was great to read. I loved how supportive Eric always was and how he understood and didn't get all crazy about what happened.

There is also a second story in this book, the story of Ray Anne and Al. Ray Anne has been in all of the other books I believe, but she was never a main character. She seems like a bit of a flirt and I always pictured her as wearing clothing that is too young for her. I never really cared much for her, but she was a good secondary storyline in this book. Al has just rolled into town and is helping Eric at his shop. They are both attracted to each other and they start dating. Ray Anne is not known to be lucky in love. She has been married numerous times before, but with Al it is different. Al, on the other hand, doesn't stay in one place for long. He goes wherever he wants when things start getting to be too much. He has a great storyline with Justin and his brothers and it is just really sweet. Al doesn't think he can help the boys, but he does in his own way. Yes, Al messes up towards the end, but he ends up making everything right. Really a great secondary plot line.

Overall the book was a really nice read. You don't see too much of the other characters from prior books in this one. They are there, but there is not as much story with them in it as prior books have had. It was a really great read and I am excited for the next book.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James


It Happened One Wedding

Synopsis:

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

Review:

It Happened One Wedding was a good read, and I don't know why but the whole brothers falling for sisters things just really....I don't like it. Vaughn's brother is marrying Sidney's sister and then once they meet and are hanging out planning the wedding and everything they fall for each other. I know there is nothing wrong with that, but it is odd at times. Like Sidney keeps thinking how Vaughn is soon to be her sisters brother -in-law. Yes, and your brother-in-law as well! It was just odd that they kept putting in terms like well they are soon to be my siblings sibling-in-law instead of just they are soon to be my sibling-in-law. I know that probably makes it less weird for them, but still makes it weird for me. I don't know why I have such an eew response to that. I mean they aren't really doing anything wrong it is just...I don't like it. Why couldn't Sidney just be the best friend? Or Vaughn? So there is my issue with the book, which I pretty much kept telling myself Sidney was just the best friend, not the sister and dealt with it that way. I honestly don't know why it bugs me so much, and for most people it is probably not an issue.

Vaughn and Sidney meet once before they actually officially meet. They are both in a coffee shop waiting for dinner with their siblings, but Sidney is there to meet a guy for a first date. It does not go well, and Vaughn, being the FBI guy that he is, watches in amusement. After the guy leaves Vaughn goes over to try and pick up Sidney. She shuts him down and calls him out on who exactly he is and what exactly he is doing. Of course Vaughn doesn't like this, especially since this is the first time a lady has said no thanks to him. He doesn't really know what to do about that.

Sidney had recently been engaged and two weeks before the wedding found out her fiance was cheating on her. She is not determined to not fall for his type again, the player like Vaughn. She has her list of 34 criteria a guy has to meet to get to the second date. It is a bit ridiculous, but she is just trying to make sure she never gets hurt again (which obviously doesn't work).

Vaughn just likes his life the way it is. He likes meeting women and playing the field. Sidney calls him on this the first time the met, and while it annoys him that she can do that he also doesn't really see anything wrong with it. As Sidney and Vaughn keep getting stuck with each other they have a harder time fighting their attraction. It was fun watching them grow to like each other. A good read overall but not my favorite Julie James book.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Friday, May 23, 2014

A Lot Like Love by Julie James


A Lot Like Love (FBI/U.S. Attorney)

Synopsis:

The FBI wants her cooperation. 

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fund-raiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau. 

Agent McCall just wants her. 

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more…

Review:

Even though A Lot Like Love is the second book in Julie James' FBI/U.S. Attorney series it is the fourth one I have read.  I did enjoy it, but by halfway through I was just like okay I have read this story three times already, The male and female leads in all of her books are very similar. The book always starts off with them hating each other, but then they get together. The guys are tough no nonsense kind of guys who like the ladies and aren't really looking to settle down. Well all but Jack from the first book. The girls are strong females who have good jobs and don't want the player. I had to put this book aside and sleep on it before reading the second half. With that break it made it more enjoyable, but I probably should have read something else between books. I know that doesn't sound good, but I did enjoy all of them, it is just they are so similar in a lot of ways that I should have broken them up more if that makes sense

In this story we have Nick and Jordan. Jordan is from a rich family and the sister of Kyle (from About That Night which is a later book, but I read it before this one).  Kyle is still in jail when this story begins, and Nick offers her the chance to get Kyle out of jail early if she helps them with an undercover operation. It is only supposed to last one night, and she is supposed to be going to a party with Nick's partner as her date. Of course it doesn't work out that way she has to go with Nick. They didn't like each other at first sight and didn't really get along very well. Of course something happens and they have to keep up the charade that they are dating for longer than expected.

Jordan doesn't like the pretend dating thing. She doesn't like lying to her friends, but Nick is good. He doesn't really tell lies, but he doesn't tell the truth in a way that would make it seem like they weren't really together. Of course all of this pretend dating and they start actually liking each other. They go away for the weekend and it is really nice. Of course you have some issues at the end where things start going wrong, but then everything gets fixed and happily ever after. A good read, but not my favorite Julie James book.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Love Irresistibly by Julie James


Love Irresistibly (FBI/U.S. Attorney)

Synopsis:

HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS… 

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that. 

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love. . .  

Review:

I think Love Irresistibly might be my favorite Julie James book so far. Brooke and Cade are so perfect for each other and compliment each other so perfectly. They help each other grow and be better people. I really loved them together.

Cade is the tough guy who doesn't open up to anyone. When he was young his father wasn't around, and when he did show up the one time he never came back. Because he had been so hopeful that he would have a dad once he showed up and so disappointed when he never came back he has shut himself off from getting that attached to anyone again. He really is just trying to safeguard himself against getting hurt. Of course then his relationships don't last and the girls always tell him it is because he is emotionally unavailable.

Brooke hasn't had much luck in the love department either. She put everything she has into her work. She has always had to work hard for what she has. She grew up in a richer part of town, but her family was not rich. She had to work hard at school to get scholarships to college and do well for herself. Because of that she pushes herself really hard to succeed and won't give up her long hours. She doesn't complain if guys don't take her out a lot because they are busy with work. She understand the demands of a busy job. At first this works well for her, but then the guys get tired of never being able to see her and they end it. So, not wanting to go through that again she is kind of giving up on dating.

When Cade and Brooke meet it was pretty hilarious. Cade is used to getting his way and used to people just doing what he says. Brooke is not one of those people. She does what she wants and she riles up Cade quite a bit. Really they get each other riled up and it is fun. Cade needs Brooke's help on a case and she does eventually help him. Then he owes her, and when they meet to go over that they actually have a nice time and things start to progress from there. Not wanting to get hurt again Brooke looks up rules for casual dating which was awesome. Cade treats here like one of the many which she totally calls him out on. It was great. I loved seeing them together.

Cade tries to keep himself detached, but of course that doesn't work forever. They both help the other with their issues and make them better people. They don't communicate the best by the end, so of course there are some issues that then get resolved. They were just so sweet together and I loved them. My favorite Julie James couple so far.

Rating: 4/5

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

About That Night by Julie James


About That Night (FBI/U.S. Attorney)

Synopsis: 

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up, she never expected to see him again. Nine years later, the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney finds herself face to face with Kyle in a courtroom-and still wildly attracted to him. Just released from prison, Kyle isn't thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case. But he may find gorgeous Rylann Pierce is the one lawyer he can't refuse.

Review:

About That Night was another great read from Julie James. I know I am not reading these books in order, but oh well. This one is all about Kyle and Rylann and man was it good. 

Kyle and Rylann had met nine years ago at a bar. Nothing really happens, but they are  both drawn to each other. He ends up walking her home and is supposed to come back and go on a real date....only he never shows. He has good reason to, but I am not sure why he never came back after that. Anyways now Kyle has been to jail after doing something incredibly stupid while drunk and hurting from a public break up. He knew right away that he messed up and gave himself up as soon as he heard about the problem. He is almost done with his home arrest, and in his last hearing, when the judge can let him go free, who walks in as the opposing attorney? Of course it is Rylann. She gets stuck on the case since the lead got called away for something else. 

Rylann has only recently returned to Chicago after working in San Francisco for a number of years. She had a serious boyfriend, but things ended and she had to get out of town. Rylann is so organized and compartmentalized. She has a six month get over Jon plan and everything. She is very strict in her life and doesn't really do wild and fun. She has always had her life planned out years in advance which was fun to read. You knew Kyle was going to mess with her well thought out plans. 

Of course the two get thrown together after Kyle is a free man. Rylann needs his help with a case, and for her he is willing for work with the U.S. Attorney's office. The last guy in charge was a real jerk and gave Kyle the maximum, so he would have good reason to not cooperate. Since Kyle has not really stopped thinking about Rylann all these years, and it is obvious there is still something there between them, working together gets tricky. Rylann is so strict in her rules though she will not let anything happen while he is still her witness. 

Once he is no longer her witness though things get hot and fun. Since he is an ex-con and she works for the U.S. Attorney she doesn't want anyone to know about her wild and fun nights with him. They agree that they will be together only in her place, outside of that they are not a couple. Well of course that only works for so long before Kyle wants more. When he comes back one morning because he forgot his watch and sees Rylann with her ex, Jon, he has that perfect controlled but angry reaction. Often times in books I find the guy will be this tough guy and would have gone and beat Jon up (or tried to anyways), but Kyle, while angry, still tries to be calm and collected. I just thought finally! This is the way you should react to a situation like this. I don't often like the trend of the male being super violent and that somehow is dreamy. I like the angry, but he is able to control it and resolve the situation without anyone getting hurt. So bravo Julie James. Thanks for writing a tough guy lead who does not have anger issues. 

The end was so sweet and great, Rylann is all worried about telling people, worried about what everyone will say, which is why she didn't want to tell them in the first place. Really everyone in these stories seem like they are great. They all are just really nice, caring people. It just makes me want to read more to find out all of their stories. 

Rating: 4/5

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Something About You by Julie James


Something About You (FBI/U.S. Attorney)

Synopsis:


Fate has thrown two sworn enemies...

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other's arms...

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it's no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

Review:

I kept hearing about Julie James, but the whole FBI/U.S. Attorney thing was just eh to me. I don't know why but it didn't draw me in. Well one of my fellow book club members recommended her newest book so I thought I would give her a try. I am so glad I did as I really enjoyed Something About You.

Cameron and Jack have a bit of a rocky past. Jack thinks Cameron had him reassigned to Nebraska after he had said some things he instantly regretted to a reporter. Prior to that it seemed like they were getting along pretty well, but since Jack thinks Cameron is the cause of all his problem he doesn't like her very much. She doesn't like him much either since he made a fool of her on national tv.

Now three years later Jack is back and Cameron accidentally gets involved in his investigation. Someone was murdered in the hotel room next to hers and she is the only witness to the killer (who is trying to set up a politician as the murderer). Jack can be intimidation and kind of rough around the edges. He is a sweetheart though when he needs to be. He really watches out for those he cares about and he is just a really great guy. He is the big, tough FBI guy who you don't really want to mess with, but will die trying to protect you.

Cameron is a tough Assistant U.S. Attorney. She really tries to fight hard to put the bad guys away. She was never okay with not prosecuting the case that upset Jack. She never wanted to let that one go. She is great and really tries to be just a good person.

It was really cute seeing the two of them together. It is obvious they both like each other, but because of the past they are both kind of gruff with each other. Everyone else can see that they like each other and give them a hard time about it. Cameron is under protective custody and man...Cameron and Jack are really hot together. It was fun watching them try to fight their attraction because they are supposed to hate each other. It was great watching them come together even before the whole past issues were resolved. It was just a good read. I liked both of the characters and you just are waiting for them to finally realize that they would be perfect for each other. I loved them. I am so glad I gave Julie James a try. Now off to read the rest of her books!

Rating: 4/5

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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Long Way Home by Tara Brown


The Long Way Home

Synopsis:

How lucky can one girl get? 
Just ask Jacqueline Croix. 
She has it all. The right fiancĂ©, money, looks, and connections. 
But everything comes at a cost. 
Sometimes that cost is looking the other way when the imperfections of your world start to show themselves. 
When something happens that she just can't look away from, she ends up drunk in a Chanel dress at a pity party on the beach in SC. There on the beach, she finally sees the cost of having everything is too high. 
Luckily, Jacqueline has one thing most girls like her do not, somewhere to run when she leaves it all behind. 
That somewhere happens to be to the open arms of the New York Rangers' right wing, Mike France. 
He has always been there through thick and thin, waiting for his chance to make her his. 
But how do you go from being best friends to lovers, when you know all the dirty details?

Review:

*Note I really did not like this book and this might rant a bit with some spoilers. *

For at least half of this book I just thought am I supposed to like any of the characters? If so I have no idea why....they are all pretty terrible. I hated J.D. Hated her with a passion. The last half she was better, but the first part I just wish she would go back to Phil and live her stupid shallow life. She is such a spoiled little princess and I couldn't stand her. She is so materialistic and is way too attached to all of her possessions. I really have no idea why France would still like her. Maybe she was better when she was younger, but now she is just this horrible little princess who doesn't like her life but also doesn't want to do anything to change it either. I mean she comes from a rich family and her dad is marrying her off to Phil, and she is just going along with it. She could have stopped it from happening, could have said no when her dad accepted Phil's proposal and ran off with France, but instead she just goes along with everything. It is not like France is some poor old joe schmo who has nothing and it would have been hard to go off with him. No, France is rich. Richer than Phil. They could have run away together, been together, and she could still have her stupid material possessions that mean so much to her. She could have been just as shallow as she is now, but with the guy she supposedly loves. But no, she does nothing. Really I just thought you deserve Phil. Why not. Your best friends you don't trust, and you know this is just the way it is. Everyone cheats and you just accept it. I mean I felt so bad for her. Poor little rich girl with a rich bff who is in love with her and who can take her away from all of this horribleness that she supposedly hates. Poor her. She has options besides give up everything and work and try to support herself by herself. Poor poor her. Ugh. I hated her.

Really I hated her right from the start of the book. It opens and she sees Phil, her fiance, going off with a girl. She sees them standing too close and being too intimate for just friends. She knows he is cheating on her, but yet she stays and doesn't really do anything. She is still going to marry him. So I mean she must not care that much that he is cheating right? Well then she comes home early one day to find him sleeping with their 19 year old neighbor wearing her shoes! Well that is too much. The girl is wearing her shoes!! How dare she! And she is 19!! Her fiance is a pedophile! Well no honey he is not. Yes he is 30 and 19 does seem a little young, but not like he is a pedophile young. Plus it is much better than like 50 with a 19 year old. It just is a huge overreaction on J.D.'s part I think. It is like she doesn't care about cheating, but she cares if the girl is young and that the girl was wearing her shoes! If the girl would have been her age then I guess she would have just stayed and married Phil. It was just so odd...like her age, her legal age, would be the thing that is like nope I will not stand for that! Not the you are sleeping with someone else in our bed. He can sleep with anyone as long as they are not too young! Great. I love that....really how much she harped on this girls age I thought what would have been acceptable? What age is too young? Well when she meets another guy and she kind of likes him but then she finds out he is 4 years younger than her and that is a huge issue. So 4 years is still too much of an age gap which is a bit ridiculous. I guess 2 years is okay since Phil is 2 years older than her, but maybe that is just because he is the guy and it is okay if the guy is 2 years older. If she met a guy 2 years younger than her would that been too much? She was ridiculous when it came to ages. It didn't make sense.

So she finds Phil with this young girl and runs away to France because well that is what she does. Then she is pretty terrible spoiled little brat with him. He tries to help her and she goes crazy. He sends her clothes to get cleaned at the hotel they are staying at and she flips out. Like seriously flips out on him. How dare he! There is only one girl that will not completely destroy her oh so precious clothing. Really with the age thing then the way too attached to clothing thing she drove me crazy. She just complained poor her, poor little rich girl all the time and I just wanted to yell at her to shut up and do something to fix it! Just stop complaining!

Well then she finally does and then when things don't go exactly as she planned she just goes along with marrying Phil. Great, I am loving this....only the wedding gets interrupted and so Phil backs off and says it's cool we don't need to get married. Yey. France and J.D. still don't get together right away and when she does find France again to explain everything he is engaged. It is great. I loved this story. Ugh. Well they decide to not be together right now as J.D. wants to travel around Europe and find herself...and France, well he can't be faithful to her for even a few months! They are not supposed to be with anyone else, but France still sleeps with other girls a few times. He feels oh so bad about it though so....yeah he is a real winner as well. They both were. I actually liked Luce. I think this would have been a better story if J.D. ended up with him. I liked that way more than she ends up with France. Yes, at the very end France changes and is better and more worthy of her and all that nonsense. It was just...I just didn't really like either of them, though by the end I liked J.D. more than I did. I didn't love her, but I didn't absolutely hate her either.

So what else is in this story? What other great plot points do we have? Well J.D.'s sister cheats on her husband and gets pregnant by one of France's teammates. They are in love, but will never be together since the sister loves her horrible lifestyle. She likes being in a marriage where they both cheat and her husband is horrible...until the husband finds out and leaves her and then yey! She can get with the teammate once the kid is born. So romantically I am only with you because my husband left me when he found out I slept with you. Great great story.  Oh and the mom, after her husband dies, and the other rich lady who gets out end up being lesbians together. Perfect! It was just like really? I am glad you made a way for everyone to have an instant happily ever after. It was just a bit much for me. It was so fake and no. I did not like it. They were pretty much all horrible people, but then magically everything became better and they could be happy. Well...okay one last thing I didn't like. France and J.D. decide to actually give it a go. Although apparently for a year J.D. doesn't really. She won't talk about marrying France or move forward with him or anything. She is so independent she pushes him away. I was just like really? In the past year she couldn't figure out how to let him in but still be herself? And her vineyard...when she finds out it was paid for by her inheritance she flips out again. I just want to shake her and be like what is your problem?!?! Even if this is your dad's money can't you somehow think he owed it to you after everything you went through because of him? I just didn't get her. Before the jump in time to a year later I was feeling okay about J.D. and France, but man that annoyed me. It was like okay so she really didn't change at all and she is the same complaining girl. I don't know. I really didn't like her again once I read the last chapter which is a shame. Overall I  did not like this book. It was not very good and everyone was pretty terrible, but not in an intriguing or good way. Just in a horrible why am I even reading this way. Yeah.

Rating: 1/5

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Sweet Valentine by Jill Sanders


My Sweet Valentine (Pride Series Romance Novels (Volume 7))

Synopsis:

Sara Lander was back in town. She had big plans for her inheritance along with her freshly printed business degree and years of experience in some of Seattle’s finest bakeries, she has a rich idea for Pride. Sara's Nook is going to be the next biggest thing to hit town. All she needs now is to steer clear of the hunky ex-Navy SEAL who is hell bent on taking all her focus away from starting her own business.

Allen Masters has been living in Pride for several years. Setting up a new branch of the Coastguard and training all the new recruits took years of skill and all his patience. But when he sees the black-haired beauty, who had come back into town, he realized she was the one he'd been searching for. Taking one taste of her sweets, he knew he'd be in for a sinful time, but losing his focus while flying into the eye of a storm was the last thing he could afford.

Review:

When I saw My Sweet Valentine was free on Amazon I snatched it up. I remember reading the first book in the Pride Series and really enjoying it. I hadn't gotten around to the other ones yet, but since they are about different couple I gave this story a go. It was...it was a really fast paced romance with a little bit of suspense. Like lightning fast romance. I wish it would have been slower paced and had more story development. There also seemed to be a lot of one line recaps of who people are and what they are up to now. If I had known then from other books I might not have minded so much, but as it was I didn't really care since I didn't know them.

Sara has just moved to Pride from Seattle where she has been stalked. She is opening up a bakery in town and meets Allen pretty quick. It is one of those instant connections and things rapidly progress. At first Sara doesn't want a relationship, but her issues are instantly solved when she talks to her mom for a minute. It was just like every issue that would come up was pretty instantly resolved. The twist ending was not that shocking, but at the same time I didn't really care that much either. It was odd. Who was stalking her and why was eh. Really the whole book was just almost good. I felt like if it would have taken more time and been developed more I would have really enjoyed it. Instead it felt like it was over before it started and was just an alright read.

Rating: 2/5

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Legal Briefs by NM Silber


Legal Briefs (Lawyers in Love)

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, childhood enemies grew up and fell in love ... 

Smart and sassy lawyer, Lily Adler, has been waging an epic battle with handsome and cocky Assistant District Attorney, Adam Roth since "the glitter incident" in preschool when they were four. Their friends' marriage, a mysterious neighbor, a federal trial, and some bossy big sisters guarantee they'll be spending plenty of time together. When they try to play nicely, will they discover that their reaction to each other is even more volatile? Can they manage to date without anyone sustaining injury? Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them without killing each other first? Find out in Legal Briefs.

Review:

After reading the second book in this series and being disappointed I didn't have high expectations for Legal Briefs. The only reason I went on to read it was because I remembered liking the first book so much, and I was hoping the second book was just not my thing and not indicative of what this book would be like. Thankfully this book was much better than the second one. It was not just sex.

Adam and Lily were really cute together. They have known each other forever, but have had a love/hate relationship. Now it is getting to be more love than hate, but Lily loves to bring up the horrible things Adam did to her when she was younger. It was fun and silly and just nice reading their story. It took a little bit, but once Adam knew he was ready to be a one woman man he asked Lily out on a real date. The dates were fun, no dinner and a movie here. I did enjoy it.

Of course there are some high jinks in there. Lily's weird new neighbor is at her book signing event and seems to die right in front of her. Before that though he tells her some things that might help in a case, so he inadvertently involves her in everything that is going on. Someone tries to get her, so she has to start working and living with Adam. Oh darn. It was like a Scooby Doo episode. It was a bit much at times that no one, especially Lily, could figure out the not cryptic things the dying guy told her. I was just like banging my head against the table like are you supposed to be incredibly stupid? I didn't like that, but everything else, all the crazy plans, I just went along with. The end, who was involved, is again ridiculous but it is supposed to be that way. I just wish Lily wouldn't have been so dense. What she thinks the things mean never occurred to me and when she said what she thought the guy meant I was just like what? Really? That is what you thought he was saying? Okay...Overall a good read though. I would give the next book a try when it comes out.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski


The Edge of Never

Synopsis:

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

Review:

The Edge of Never is a book I have had on my to read list for a while. I finally got around to it and...I don't really know why so many people loved this book. It wasn't really very good. I didn't absolutely hate it, but I didn't like it either. Really when I finished I didn't really feel much towards it. An odd one, but there are definitely a lot of things I didn't like.

This is the story of special snowflake Cam and Andrew. They both have issues, but they are both so much better than everyone else. Cam runs away one day after her bff's boyfriend assaulted her. When she told the bff what does bff do? Call her a slut and tell her she has always been jealous of the boyfriend. Yep, a great friend that one. But that is fine because on the bus she runs away on she meets Andrew. Perfect beautiful Andrew who takes her under his wing and teachers her how to be safe on her bus trip. Um okay...at times it read like a safety manual. Odd.

Anyways Cam is so much better than everyone else. She is depressed since her boyfriend died a year ago, but like real depressed. Not that fake depressed everyone else is. She knows what it is like and no one else really does. Neither of them want to go off to college like society wants. They want to just travel around and experience life. That is fine, I get it, but don't look down on people who have different desires than you. Some people want to go to college, even if it is what society dictates you do. That doesn't make it bad for them...Plus Cam is so deep. Instead of thinking about sex or something she thinks about the things that really matter. Like what the oce<
Andrew is...he has issues of course, but his biggest one which is never address is his crazy anger issues. I would be afraid that he would beat someone to death for looking at Cam the wrong way. You see this super macho aggression in a lot of books and usually I think am I supposed to find this hot? Am I supposed to like the fact that the guy will go overboard and fly off the handle like that? Sometimes the author writes it so I don't mind as much, but usually I just think too much. I don't want my guy beating someone else to death because they looked like they wanted me or something. I don't get it. It seems like an issue. Then if he has sex with Cam then he will own her. So they can't do that until he owns her...whatever that means. He got Cam to talk about how she wanted to try rougher sex and how he would own her and stuff, but then they didn't really do anything with that. From all the sex talk I was expecting more rough sex. But then I guess maybe Cam would be a slut. No wait, she is a special snowflake. If someone else wanted that they would be a slut, but since she is above everyone she is not. Can you tell I had a little bit of an issue with every girl being a slut? Yeah I will try and stop now. It has been a week since I read the book and it is still annoying me. Not very good.

The overall story was not that good. It seemed like not much happened, until the end when Cam finds out Andrews big secret. The end was lame lame lame lame lame. On their road trip Andrew magically cures Cam and Cam...well I didn't really care about either of them. I didn't really care what happened to either of them in the end. It was just lame. Not a very good read.

Rating: 2/5

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines


Forever Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series)

Synopsis:

When you find your reason for living, hold onto it. Never let it go. Even if it means burning other bridges along the way.

Things haven’t been easy for Blaire and Rush. The couple has been tested by the revelation of shocking family secrets and a surprising event that forced them to come to terms with their future. Yet there has never been any doubt: their love knows no limits, and they’ll do whatever it takes to stay together.

Now they’re ready to settle down in Rosemary Beach and build a family. For Blaire, it’s a fantasy come true. But while Rush has promised Blaire forever, his loyalty to his spoiled and manipulative sister, Nan, strains their would-be happiness. Rush is ready to be a family man, but which family will he ultimately choose?

Review:

Man I remembered not liking Forever Too Far as much as the other Rush/Blaire books, but I didn't remember disliking Rush at any point. I always really liked him because it was obvious how much he cares about Blaire. Yes he messes up, but he doesn't mean to. He reminds me a bit of an old boyfriend who had similar tendencies. It was all good cause I knew he cared about me, it was just not how he thought. This book though...I really didn't like Rush in the middle, but he did grudgingly end up winning me over again by the end.

You see a lot more of Nan in this book and man is she a nightmare manipulator. Rush rushes off, with Blaire's insistence, to LA to try to help get a handle on Nan. She showed up wanting her rock star dad to love her, but she is such a nightmare and he just does not care at all. Not a good combo and Nan just won't try to be nice or anything. I think she only knows toxic. So why did I end up disliking Rush? Well there is a family dinner he organized to try and help Nan and her dad get along. Rush leaves the room for a moment and Nan starts attacking Blaire, and Blaire is very nice but doesn't put up with it. She tries to show Nan she won't take that, but not in an evil way. Always classy that Blaire. Of course Nan runs off and Rush goes after her and Nan's is all Blaire said mean things to me! And Rush believes ever word she says. He believes that Blaire was horrible to Nan, not that Blaire was just reacting and defending herself to her. He actually believed that Blaire, sweet sweet Blaire, was horrible to Nan. I really wish Blaire would have called him out on that. He talked to Blaire the next day and before she could he was interrupted again, by Nan's shenanigans, and it is seemingly forgotten. I was so angry with Rush over this. I really I couldn't believe that he would ever believe that Blaire would be evil to Nan. Not once has Blaire ever tried to be anything but nice to Nan, or defending herself with her. It just made me angry and he had to work hard to win me back.

There is some Blaire/Rush drama in there then, caused by Rush choosing Nan over Blaire, but it is pretty instantly resolved. Finally Rush does do something about Nan, but man does he take his sweet time. He really needs to learn to actually follow through with his threats. He never does so why should anyone change their ways? So overall I didn't enjoy this story as much as the other books. Rush annoyed me at times, but it ended on a high for me.

Rating: 3/5

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