Saturday, January 31, 2015

Untamed (Untamed #1) by Victoria Green & Jinsey Reese


Untamed (Untamed #1)

Synopsis:

Rich, beautiful, and wild, Reagan McKinley has everything she needs...but nothing that she wants. That is, until she spends one hot night in the arms of sexy, unbridled Dare Wilde.

She's a girl trapped in a rigid world she desperately wants to escape, and he's an untamed artist with an attitude, hell-bent on freeing her—body, mind, and soul. But Reagan's life is not her own, and Dare is not welcome in it. She can't include him in her carefully-controlled, extremely public lifestyle...and yet she cannot give him up.

Will a shared passion for art—and, increasingly, each other—be enough to keep them together? Or will it be the thing that ultimately tears them apart?

Review:

Untamed was an annoying story for me. It was a poor little rich girl story. I guess I am supposed to feel bad for Reagan and all, but I didn't really understand why she just didn't leave her family. She was old enough to get out on her own so...why does she put up with it all if she hates it so much? It just doesn't make any sense.

So Reagan is this super unhappy rich girl who has to pretend to be perfect for her family. So when she is not with them she uses lots of drugs and pills and faceless boys to try and fill the void. She want to take art classes and do stuff with that, but she has to take what her family wants. I know she has something bad that happened in the past (*spoiler even though I don't know if it is true* I think it is that she was raped as that is just what I assumed from the first time she hints at it) and her family swept it under the rug and acts like nothing happened. Sure that can mess you up, but the way it was written just made me not really sympathetic towards her.

Then of course she meets Dare and he is just exactly what she needs to feel safe and happy. Dare tries to push her away, but she won't budge. So then they sleep together and then quickly are pretty much living together. He is just this perfect bandaid for her life and it just didn't work for me. It wasn't written so it was believable. Reagan has a part time job and so I don't know why she couldn't figure out a way to get away from her family and live her life like she wants to. She was too old to be so...If she would have been younger, in her teens, I would have understood more why she stayed. And the ending? It was just like really Reagan? Really? It was just some useless drama and then she is upset when she can't make things better like they used to be. It does end in a bit of a cliffhanger, but I don't really care enough to read another book.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Winning Appeal (Lawyers in Love #4) by N.M. Silber


Winning Appeal: A Lawyers in Love Novella

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, a good girl who wanted to be naughty, met a naughty boy who wanted to be good...

Beth Pierce, is the Director of Fundraising for her older brother's new legal non-profit. She spends her weekends fighting off lecherous men at charity galas and her weekdays trying to hide her attraction for a certain sexy young attorney in her office.

Mark Patterson, is the object of Beth's desire. He spends his weekends having casual encounters with women and his weekdays trying not to think about how gorgeous, smart, and sexy Beth is. Because not only is Beth his colleague, she's the younger sister of one of his closest friends.

When Mark is assigned to escort Beth to those weekend galas, they both quickly realize that things could get very interesting. Will Beth be as naughty as she would like to be? Can Mark be as good as he wants to be? Even if they give in to their desire for each other, how can they risk romance when so much is at stake? 

Review:

I was really looking forward to reading Winning Appeal. From the teasers and snippets I read before it came out it sounded like it would be so much fun! Beth and Mark just seemed like they would be great and it would be fun watching them get together.

Well I started this and unfortunately was a bit disappointed. It didn't really feel like there was much to the story. The cute getting together was really short, then they were together and had a super short zany adventure the end. It just...there just wasn't much to the story. I knew it was a shorter read, but that should be fine. It...I just wanted more of Beth and Mark and their kind of awkward situations. I wanted more for the story instead of two seconds of them not together, two seconds of them getting together, then two seconds of fun before the end. I was just a bit disappointed in it.

The other thing I didn't like was that it was written like it already happened. It was just like Beth and Mark telling the story of how they got together. This made for some oddness for me, especially with the sexy times. It just didn't work for me. Oh well, maybe I will enjoy the next one more. 

Rating: ★ ★

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kyland (A Sign of Love) by Mia Sheridan


Kyland

Synopsis:

Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. 

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They're both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind? 

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Review:

Kyland is one of those books that makes me wish I were a better writer. It makes me wish I had the words to describe how beautiful this story it. It makes me wish I had the words in me to accurately get across what I am feeling. This is one of those times when I will just have to try my best, but it won't be worthy of this story. You should just go read it now cause it is amazing. Mia Sheridan will break your heart into a million pieces, rip that broken heart right out of your chest, just tears you apart, but also lift you up and put everything back together again in a way that is so magnificent you just want more. Every moment of this story is just heartbreaking but beautiful. It really was a beautiful kind of torture reading this. It made me feel all the feels. And I read at least the last half of the book with tears in my eyes. At least. And I am not a cryer, but this book just got to me, still gets to me. I love how Mia Sheridan writes these stories about people who are not your normal, average, everyday people. They are people who just break you and then build you back up. They are simply amazing.

Tenleigh is a seventeen year old girl living with her mom and sister in a small town in Kentucky in extreme poverty. I knew at least Kyland was poor, but I hadn't read the synopsis before starting the book so I was thinking wrong side of the tracks poor, not this. She is working so hard to try and get this scholarship at school so she can get out all the while taking care of her mom (who has mental illness issues) and working to help pay for food and her moms meds and just trying to keep everything together and just survive.

"And I had to wonder, should a seventeen-year-old girl be so tired? Just tired down to my bones...weary to my very soul?"

Tenleigh's has seen how men can ruin your life, ruined her mom, so she wants nothing to do with them. She is just never going to fall in love. Besides she has enough to try and deal with without adding them to the mix. 

Kyland is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He is so kind and caring and selfless it is just incredible. He lives up in the hills near Tenleigh and he doesn't have it easy either. He comments on how the last week of the month is the hardest as that is when he doesn't have any food, and even still he thinks of other before himself. One of the early scenes you see him take some food and instead of eating it himself, even though he is starving, he gives it to someone who is starving all the time not just at the end of the month. 

"I, at the very least, was only hungry the last week of every month when the money ran out. Something inside me had needed to let her know I saw her, as much for her as for myself. And so I'd swiped the sandwich."

He is such an incredible person and he tries his hardest to not hurt anyone, including himself. He is determined to get out and explore the world. He is working just as hard as Tenleigh to get that scholarship, but even if he doesn't get it he is leaving and not looking back. He has always been intrigued by Tenleigh, watching her when no one is looking, but he does not want anything to remind him of home, not even her. 

Watching Tenleigh and Kyland fall in love with this backdrop of their extreme poverty was incredibly heartbreaking. They both want to get out, but realistically they both can't. Even if Kyland decided they wanted to make it work and wanted to go with Tenleigh (he is very upfront about how he is leaving everything behind when he leaves), or have her come with him, it is just not practical. When you have nothing how do you get out of that situation? When you are struggling just to survive how do you get more? It is just...the whole time you are reading it is so beautiful how they are falling for each other, but every moment is devastating as well as you can't help but think how can this end well? How can they get their happily ever after? It is just heartbreaking to read, but at the same time I couldn't put it down. The tears just wouldn't leave my eyes for these two incredible people who deserve everything they ever wanted. They are so sweet and innocent and here is where I really have to commend the author. She makes these teenagers actually feel like teenagers which doesn't happen often for me. I really felt like they were kids trying to deal with everything life has thrown at them and figure out how to survive. 

"Sometimes my life felt so small. And I had to wonder why those of us who were given small lives still had to feel pain so big. It hardly seemed fair."

Watching these two fall in love was heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time. The backdrop to the story was equally so. The extreme poverty these kids live in is just crushing. I know there are people who live like this right now. People who don't get enough to eat, don't have good clothes to wear, don't have enough heat in the winter, etc. Through all these situations that were incredibly hard to read, but very realistic, you get to see the backbones of the community. You get to see how resilient the people are. You get to see the community who works together to help out there own. You see the people who give even when they don't have much for themselves. You see the kindness in others that is just unbelievable. It makes my heart so full. It makes me want to be a better person, a more selfless person, and try to help others more. I know I lead a privileged life and reading stories like this really humble me making me want to help those less fortunate than me. 

Kyland is just such an amazing person. He is so incredibly selfless it is breathtaking. To be loved by someone like he loves Tenleigh...I don't know what I would do with that kind of love. It is so beautiful and when you get to the end, when you see how absolutely incredibly this guy is, it just fills your heart so full. As I said above he is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He is just...the things he does for those around him without even thinking twice about it are really admirable. How he loves Tenleigh is just how love should be. Words really don't do this story, or Kyland, justice. Just thinking about everything that happened in this story, every scene, every heartache, every hopeful moment, everything just makes me tear up a bit even now. Tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears of heartache, tears of hope, just tears that sooth my soul. This really was just an incredible story. Humbling and heart wrenching and hopeful and simply amazing.

"We had everything we needed. None of it was big. Most of it was simple. But what I knew in that moment was that the size of your home, your car, your wallet, doesn't have one single thing to do with the size of your life." 

I could't have said it any better. So thank you Mia for writing this incredible book. These characters have stuck with me and will be with me for a long time. Thank you for reminding us of the beauty and goodness in the simple things. Thank you for ripping my heart apart, but then putting the pieces back together in a way that makes it fuller and my life more wonderful from having read this story. Just thank you for this amazingly beautiful read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sweet Victory (Hope Falls #3) by Melanie Shawn


Sweet Victory (A Hope Falls Novel Book 3)

Synopsis:

Samantha Holt has spent her entire life focused on her career as an Olympic snowboarder - to the point that she's never even had a boyfriend. Now the auburn-haired beauty has taken an early retirement to focus on her personal life, which is about to get a lot more interesting when a sexy man from her past comes to town. Can she trust him enough to be her first?

Luke Reynolds has moved back to the Sierra Nevadas to be closer to his family. A big bonus is the chance to finally be close to Samantha Holt, the girl he's been interested in for the entire ten years he's known her. Their snowboarding careers have put them in close proximity before, but Sam seems to have walls up when it comes to him. The bright blue eyes and sexy scruffiness that melt other womens' hearts seem to have no effect on her. Will Luke be able to show her that it's safe to let her guard down?

Review:

I was really excited to start reading Sweet Victory. Sam was so cute in the other stories I read so I was looking forward to getting to know her better. Really I thought I would like her like I liked Amy. Sam was fun, but I didn't enjoy the story as much as the 'Snow' stories (the last 4 in the series). Not sure why but these first four while good were not as good as the last ones.

Sam has always been focussed on her snowboarding. She has not had much time for an actual life since her training takes up so much time. She is on the top, but recently she has been feeling like it is too much. She has never even really had a boyfriend or anything and she thinks it is time to change that. She decides to take a year off and spend some time with her friends in Hope Falls.

Luke has always had a crush on Sam. Whenever he sees her it makes him happy. The problem? He apparently did something to make her hate him as whenever he is in the same room with her she immediately finds a reason to leave. When he learns that Sam is going to be staying in Hope Falls he moves back to the area as well. When they both end up working together at Amanda's outdoor adventure company things are looking up for him. He is determined to figure out what he did to make Sam hate him, apologize for it and get her to like him. It was sweet.

So this story was good, fun to read and all that, but I have been going through all of these Hope Falls books pretty quickly. They are starting to get a bit...I don't know if it is just that I have read them all back to back basically so they are starting to blend together, or if these first four books in the series I just don't enjoy as much as the last four. If that is the case I read them out of order. These first ones just seem like the same basic story again and again. They work together, fall in love, yey! Like this one they are both top athletes on the snow and now work together on the slopes so it was...I kind of wish it wasn't just both people are the same (both realtors, both top athletes, etc). Like I wish Sam would have found some nice boy who doesn't even know how to ski or something. It just...I don't know. It was a good story, I did enjoy it, I just am starting to get a bit tired of the same basic storyline. Oh well.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Better When He's Bold (Welcome to the Point #2) by Jay Crownover - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway




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Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover, comes the second book in a combustible new series, Welcome to the Point, that is sexier, darker, and better than ever.

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who is bad. . . . Welcome to the Point.

In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them. Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like The Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?

Brysen Carter has always seen the real Race—a guy too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous. Basking in his golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she’ll eventually get burned. She has enough problems without the risky danger and mayhem that comes with a guy like Race. Too bad Brysen faces a threat close to home that might be more dangerous than anything The Point has ever produced.. And the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can’t allow herself to have.

Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

Review:

Better When He's Bold is another great read from Jay Crownover. It is amazing how she can make these characters that you shouldn't like, characters that are not really completely good people, but make them people that I can't help but want to get to know. These Welcome to the Point books take you into a world that I have never been in, places that I wouldn't go, and shows the good in the people who make the tough decisions that are not always great or legal.

Race is a pretty guy. He looks like he doesn't belong in the Point. He didn't grow up there, he grew up on the Hill, but ever since he found out just how horrible of a person his dad is and made some friends there he has called the Point home. Since the guy in charge was taken care of in the last book we see Race stepping in, partnering with another guy to run the Point. He likes that he looks like a rich kid. He likes that people underestimate him as he uses that to his advantage. He likes being in charge because he has a plan. He want to help the Point be a slightly better place to be. He wants to help keep everyone safe, especially Bax and Dovie, his best friend and half sister from the first book in the series. He is king of the Point and he wants to try and make minimize how bad everything is there. He also wants Brysen to rule by his side.

Brysen is Dovie's friend and while she lives on the border she never really was involved with what goes on in the Point. She is kind of afraid of Dovie's boyfriend Bax and is just not really in that dark underworld. Dovie knows what's up and is not afraid to be there, but Brysen is more innocent. She has been attracted to Race since she met him, but she tries to stay away. After all he is part of the scary world that she is not and she doesn't know that she can handle that. She tries to be mean and keep him away and it was fun to watch.

When Brysen starts having some troubling things happening and needs some help she gets thrown together with Race and things get hot! I really enjoyed reading this story. I liked watching Race try to figure out how to rule the Point while still being a good guy. He really doesn't like to hurt people or do things like that, but sometime he just has to. I also loved watching Brysen get introduced to this world and have her figure out if she can really be a part of it. I loved watching her become tougher, become more secure, and really grow. At first I didn't really understand why she gave up her life and came back, but as the story went along I just enjoyed reading her so much I was just glad she did. Does she care about Race enough to be his queen?

The Point is really not a world I have ever been in, but I do so enjoy the stories Jay writes about it. I love the good that you see of the people who, if you didn't know them, you would probably think are just bad seeds. I love that they don't change and give up their ways. They are the way they are. They might tone it down a bit, be a bit more careful in their ways, but they still are who they are. Bax still helps Race and has his chop shop and garage, but they work things in a safer way. I just like that they don't really change, the girls don't make them different people. I like that they still do the illegal things. I like that I get a glimpse into a different world. Really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Excerpt:

The front door of the restaurant opened and Brysen’s superblond hair glinted off the glass doors. She had on a tight T-shirt and a short skirt, and obviously hadn’t bothered to change after her shift. A tall Latin guy was walking next to her. She was laughing at something he said and tossed her head back. She really was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. There was just something so easy about her, so effortless, that it made my heart thud heavy in my ears. She put her hand on her escort’s arm and pointed to where the Mustang was sitting. The guy nodded at her, bent down to kiss her on the cheek, and turned around to walk back inside.

Brysen started walking toward me, so I kicked open the car door and rose to my feet. I don’t know where the headlights came from, don’t know how I missed another car idling in the parking lot, but the next thing I knew, there was a squeal of tires, the smell of rubber burning, and a sedan barreling right at her. I saw her still as I broke into a run. There was too much space between where she was and where I was and the car was headed right toward her. I saw her throw her hands up as the engine revved up even higher. She didn’t scream, didn’t make any kind of noise, so I called her name. Her head snapped around to look at me and I hollered, “Move!” at the top of my lungs.

Right before the impact, right before I had to watch her end up splattered all over the windshield, the guy who had walked her out suddenly hit her from the side in a flying tackle that had both of them careening hard to the asphalt. I heard her shriek when she hit and turned to try and grab the license plate off of the fleeing sedan. I frowned as I reached the huddled pair on the ground because the plates on the car were missing, making this feel very deliberate and not like an accident at all. I nudged the Spanish guy on the shoulder and he looked up at me.

“Move.”

He huffed at me and rolled off of Brysen. She peeked up at me from between the fingers she had clamped over her eyes like that was somehow going to prevent her from getting run over by a speeding car. I reached down to pull her to her feet and felt my back teeth click together when I saw the bloody mess her arm and legs were from where she had hit the ground.

About the Author:
Jay CrownoverJay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2) by Margaret Atwood


The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2)

Synopsis:

The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. "The Year of the Flood" is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners--a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life--has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.

Have others survived? Ren's bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .

Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo'hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can't stay locked away . . . 


By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, "The Year of the Flood" is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.

Review:

The Year of the Flood was my book club read for this month and I was quite excited to start it. I haven't read any Margaret Atwood before, but The Handmaid's Tale has been on my to read list forever so I was curious to see what her books were like. Well I started this book and just kept thinking why am I reading this? Where is this going? Is there a point? It just seemed to go on and on and not really cover much of anything. Then I got to the end and thought oh, okay, this was a waste of my time. Some spoilers ahead even though not much seems to happen in the book.

So I started reading The Year of the Flood and at first I was really enjoying it. I like the idea of combining religion and science more. The problem was that then nothing really came of the interesting things I liked in the first part. There were lines I highlighted, things that I thought oh that is interesting, but then it didn't really go anywhere. Like one line here and there of something interesting peppered into the story. I was hoping there would have been more about the religion, or more of the peoples thoughts about it and stuff. Like Toby wasn't sure she really believed, but her thoughts never really seemed to be realistic for someone questioning the faith. It was just oh I don't believe, but no why or really thought about it more than oh, no. I just wanted more. I wanted some discussion on these ideas that were brought up instead of this simplistic not realistic to me story.

So most of the story is flashbacks of what happened before and just after the waterless flood. Interspersed were present day and Toby and Ren by themselves. The before parts as I said were interesting at first, but quickly became tedious. I just couldn't see where it was going, what the end story would be. What am I leading up to here with this story? Someone in book club said this was just about these non special people who don't really do much extraordinary and just kind of exist and that is why they liked it. Well me? That is not really a story I want to read. Or it would have to be written in a different way for me to really enjoy it. Like I wouldn't want to read a story of my life. It would be boring. And that is what this story was for me.

So then we finally get going with the present storyline and people meeting up again and it just fell apart even more for me. So this waterless flood killed most people, except anyone Toby knew. Somehow the only people to survive were the people in the religious group, and all of them survived. It was just odd that no one else in the area did, but everyone in their group did.

Then there was Blanco and the strange caricature of a bad guy he was. He didn't feel real as a bad guy, and the whole ending with him and Toby was just strange. It didn't make sense Toby's reactions to it. Ugh. I guess one of the big problems with the book was that I didn't really care about any of the characters or connected with them. I just kept reading thinking okay...it was just not that good. I didn't realize it was written so recently either. Someone brought it up in book club and I was shocked. Really if you would have asked me I would have said it was written in the early 80's. The technology doesn't even seem to be up to date with when it was written. Really all the technology aspects just seemed so dated and not really good enough. I mean I am not really the best with computers and stuff and even I thought really? At some of it. Like how they had their secret network set up...it was strange.

So overall not the book for me. Kind of boring, no connection with the characters and it just doesn't really seem to go anywhere. Unfortunately the first book in the series is on the Rory Gilmore Challenge list so I will be reading that shortly. Who knows, maybe I will enjoy that one more (or maybe this one would have been better had I read the first one first). Hopefully it is better than this one was.

Rating: ★ ★

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Home Sweet Home (Hope Falls #4) by Melanie Shawn


Home Sweet Home (A Hope Falls Novel Book 4)

Synopsis:

Lauren Harrison didn’t have time for games. Everything in its place. Everything in its order. Everything in its time. But the gorgeous, high-powered real estate agent was about to find out that when it comes to love, there were some things she couldn’t control. 

Nothing in life comes easy. Ben Stevens knew this to be true from an early age. The handsome host of a successful real estate reality show knew all too well that he had what he had because he worked hard for it. His charming demeanor radiated from the screen, but behind the camera, he kept his real life out of the spotlight. 

After becoming co-hosts for a new real estate reality show, Lauren and Ben will both find out that sometimes there is more to someone than meets eye. Will Lauren be able to see the side of Ben that lives behind the camera? Will Ben get to see what’s underneath Lauren’s polished shell? Only time will tell if they can both find a home of their own within each other’s hearts.

Review:

Home Sweet Home is the last of the Fabulous Four books, but the second one I have read. I wasn't really looking forward to this one that much as I am not really a fan of famous people in books, but it was better than I expected.

Lauren is this super organized control freak lady. She likes everything to go smoothly and have everything in its place and then everything is fine. She is a real estate agent and is all about being a professional. When Ben is super late to the filming of his show, the filming where Lauren has been to go over the details of the home with him, well that was not the best start for the two of them. Since he obviously doesn't care about anyone else or their time and whatnot he is some stuck up selfish star. She gets so easily frustrated by everything Ben does it is kind of hilarious.

Ben isn't really all that bad. He is not the person Lauren thinks he is. He has not just been handed everything in life, he has worked hard to get to where he is. He is usually great at winning people over, but when Lauren is around his brain just doesn't work as well as it should. He comes across as kind of an idiot. He really likes Lauren, but he can't seem to get his act together around her.

When Ben and Lauren get paired up to cohost a new show, he is so sweet and kind to her. Ben tries to help Lauren figure everything out, helps her to relax and create a great show. They have to travel all over for work and it was really sweet watching the two of them grow closer. It was not easy, but in the end it all works out. A great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Engaging the Boss (Heirs of Damon #3) by Noelle Adams


Engaging the Boss (Heirs of Damon Book 3)

Synopsis:

For years, Jonathan Damon has buried himself in his scientific research, but now his uncle threatens to pull the funding for his lab unless Jonathan makes strides toward marriage and family. So he decides to bring a fake fiancee to his cousin's wedding to mollify his uncle. And the only convenient candidate for this particular experiment is Sarah. 

Sarah has been Jonathan's assistant for years, and she knows he's never thought of her in any other way. She's happy to play the part of his fiancee, but being thrown into unusual intimacy with her brilliant, sexy boss stirs up feelings she has never been able to admit before. 


If only those feelings could be returned...

Review:

When I first started reading Engaging the Boss I thought it was just okay. Just a cheesy romance that would just be meh. The more I read, the farther I got in the book, the more I started to get into it the more I enjoyed it.

Jonathan and Sarah have been working together for years. Sarah is Jonathan's assistant and she has always had a crush on him. And Jonathan? Well he is so into his work he never really pays attention to other things. Sure he knows he gets along well with Sarah and he is always doing small things for her that are so sweet, but he never really stops to think about her in a way other than she is his assistant. He is just so focused on his work he doesn't really think about a lot of other things.

When Jonathan needs someone to be his fiance to keep his financing for his research Sarah offers to stand in and help him out. Jonathan quickly starts to notice Sarah as more than his assistant, quickly starts to see that there might be something there, but he tries not to act on it since she does work for him and she obviously doesn't like him like that. Oh it was fun. The more I got to know him the more I liked Jonathan. He is kind of awkward, he doesn't really use his words a lot, but he is still so sweet. He is more of a show than tell kind of person which doesn't always work out for him, but he was so cute trying to figure everything out. It was fun watching him start to come out of his shell, start to notice other people and have some fun outside of work. I really enjoyed getting to know him.

Sarah is also such a sweet girl. She is so kind and warm to everyone. I mean how could you not love her? She gets along great with everyone in Jonathan's family and would just fit right in. She tries to help Jonathan build better relationships and be a better person. Really the two of them were so cute together!

So even though it started off kind of cheesy it quickly turned into this great read that was just so sweet and fun and I loved it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Snow Days (Hope Falls #6) by Melanie Shawn


Snow Days (A Hope Falls Novel Book 6)

Synopsis:

She wanted to feel pleasure…
After twenty-nine years, high school English teacher Amy Maguire realizes something is missing in her life…passion. Always one to tackle a problem head on, Amy makes a plan to remedy her situation. Phase One: find a suitable candidate. Phase Two: experience passion. Simple. Right? Except after countless dates she hasn’t once felt that spark, that chemistry. That is until the sexy new History teacher walks into her classroom…

He wanted to forget pain…
Matt Kellan knows he’ll never love again. After tragically losing his wife five years ago, Matt has been in a holding pattern. Every woman he meets wants to fill a void that he knows will never be filled. Until he meets Amy. Her quest to find fulfillment has nothing to do with letting her into his heart…just his bed.

Passion brought them together. Love may drive them apart.

Review:

Okay so I really didn't think I would love any of Melanie Shawn's couples more than Jake and Tessa but goodness gracious did I love Amy and Matt. They are just the best!! Definitely go on my list of top book couples. So sweet and cute and just loved them. Snow Days was just so so good. My favorite from this series for sure.

Amy is this super sweet, detail oriented, a bit socially awkward girl who is just amazing. She wants to find a satisfying sexual partner so she has done research, interviewing people, keeping detailed data in her notebooks on everything she finds out and her dates she goes on and it was just so cute! I loved her so much. She is just super nice, a bit odd as well, but everyone loves her. I mean how could you not? She is just adorable.

Matt is this super nice guy who lost his wife a few years ago. He doesn't think he will ever move on from her. I mean he will never love anyone as much as he loved his wife so why bother? That wouldn't really be fair to the other person either so he is fine being by himself forever. Until he meets Amy who really throws him for a loop. They become friends but both want more, but both hold back (especially Matt). Matt is just so perfect with Amy. He gets her. He is just perfect for her! Oh I loved watching the two of them figure this out and come together! It was so sweet and so cute and just perfect.

Now one note on this story - I am really glad that I read Nikki's (Amy's sisters') book before I read this one. I really did not like Nikki in this story. She was so selfish and horrible it would have made me enjoy her book less, or take longer for me to warm up to her. I just really thought she was terrible and felt bad for Amy having to deal with her all the time. 

Overall this was a great read. I loved Amy and Matt. Really I was sad when it ended as I just wanted to spend a little more time with these characters. I wasn't ready to say goodbye just yet. Really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

ARC review: Once Upon A Rose (La Vie en Roses #2) by Laura Florand


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Synopsis:

She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt out rock star Layla—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten heritage in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loudly. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

Review:

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Wow Laura Florand writes stories that are so amazing they make me want things I don't even really like. Her Amour et Chocolate series made me crave chocolates, and I am not a fan of them. I even thought while reading one "I wonder if Raymond (my husband) will bring me home some chocolates today..." The answer is no, no he will not since he knows they are not my thing. She makes everything so desirable that I just can't help but want to be wrapped up in the same world she creates. She always makes these magical stories that just make me so warm and fuzzy inside that I just melt. I love it. After reading one of her stories I am just so happy and full of love and wonder it is an amazing thing. This time she does it with roses in the south of France. Now roses are not my favorite flowers, they are alright, but Once Upon A Rose...well now I want to just lay on a bed of rose petals, have the scent of roses just wafting through the air, just immerse myself in them. I wish I had a way with words like she does. I wish I could craft something as beautiful as her stories. I will have to settle for just reading them, relishing them and their wonderfulness.

This is one of those books that I savored. This is one of the few times that I put the book aside multiple times not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I was enjoying it too much. I wanted it to last longer. I was sad as I turned the pages because every page I turned meant a page closer to the end. This is one of those books that I tried to read as slowly as possible as I just did not want to leave it. This is one of those books that I will read again and again as it is just too good not to.

So Once Upon A Rose.  Matt, oh Matt. You are so big and grumbly but have such a soft heart. You make me so warm and fuzzy inside. I love love loved Matt. He reminded me in a lot of ways of Dom from The Chocolate Touch who is one of my favorite book guys every. They are both these big, strong, tough guys who are also incredibly fragile. They both try to project this tough, nothing can hurt them kind of persona so people won't see any weakness, when really their hearts are so sweet and kind and just in danger of melting, of letting everyone see how fragile they are. I loved Matt just as I loved Dom. He is this big grumbly bear, but really is just a sweet old teddy bear that seems so cuddly! Just watching him always try to protect himself, always have his arms crossed to try and keep people from seeing his heart, keep people from getting in and hurting him, it was just...you just want to give him all the hugs and snuggle up with him and just be engulfed by him. I just loved him so much.

Layla I had a harder time connecting with. I liked her, but not as much as some of the other ladies in Florand's books. I didn't really connect with the famous musician aspect, but I did like a lot of things that came out of her being a musician. I loved how she talked about Matt and how his growly voice she just wants to capture and play. How he is an instrument that she needs to work with, to meld with, to bring to life. I did enjoy reading her, I just didn't always connect or understand her.

So this book starts off with Layla coming into Matt's home on his birthday and those opening scenes were just so strangely wonderful. The way Matt is with her instantly, how he is all stay back she is mine! oh it was adorable! I loved it! Only Layla is here to take some of his land. She was left a piece of land in his valley with his roses! So things start off kind of rocky between the two since Matt is taken aback that she is there to take part of what is his, and he doesn't always react the right way. Matt has this very stiff view of how things are, how he the valley is his and he can't leave it. Even still Layla is drawn to him, drawn to his growling, just drawn to most everything about him. It was so cute watching the two of them together. Matt has some issues in his past that are still haunting him, things that almost cause some problems, but they are so perfect together things never really get out of control crazy. It was really nice to see two people work things through without a ton of drama. It was nice seeing that things can just work out with help from both sides. Sometimes loving each other is enough and it will make everything possible. Such a great read!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★3/4

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sweet Reunion (Hope Falls #1) by Melanie Shawn


Sweet Reunion (A Hope Falls Novel Book 1)

Synopsis:

For Amanda Jacobs, dealing with the pain of losing her beloved Dad is the toughest thing she's ever gone through, and it comes with a lot of complications, as well - like taking over the family business, Mountain Ridge Outdoor Adventures. It makes her miss the simplicity of being a teenager, when she was surrounded by her amazing friends, The Fabulous Four, and she was madly in love with her Dad's right hand man, Justin Barnes. His sexy smiles and deep brown eyes had made her heart race in a way she's never felt before or since. When the Fabulous Four unexpectedly show up on her doorstep to support her through this complicated time, things seem to be looking up for Amanda. But that's not the only surprise visit in store for her...


Justin Barnes left Hope Falls ten years ago, in the dead of night, and didn't think he'd ever set foot there again. That was just fine with him, except for one little complication: Amanda Jacobs. He had fallen in love with her unruly blonde curls and sparkling sapphire eyes, but she had been a teenager then, five years younger than he - too young for him to act on his attraction. Still, he'd missed her every single day of those ten years. When Justin receives a phone call that his former mentor has passed away, he knows he has to return to Hope Falls. Justin just has one question - will the girl that once adored him have grown into a woman that can't stand him? Or will she still be the only thing in the world that feels like home?

Review:

I have been reading these Hope Falls books out of order. I downloaded a bunch of them and have just been reading them in whatever order I see them on my Kindle. When I started reading Sweet Reunion I quickly realized that it must be the first book. There is a lot of info on the layout of the town and who everyone is and things like that. I was glad that this stuff is not so prevalent in the other books in the series.

Amanda has just lost her father, her family, the only person she really has left. He died suddenly in an accident and she is trying to get everything in order and deal with it all. She is seeing a guy, but he is pretty terrible. He gets annoyed when she cries or has a hard time or anything like that. It was just like why is Amanda with this guy? Everyone can see he is terrible, but she has been with him for two years!

Justin hasn't been back to Hope Falls for ten years. Ten years ago Amanda, Amanda who he loved, threw herself at him. She loved him too, but she was too young. He is a few years older than her so he pushed her away, and by the next morning he was gone. He broke Amanda's heart, but when he shows up again there is still something there. He has never forgotten Amanda. He has thought of her every day since he left, and now that he is back, now that it seems like Amanda might still like him he is determined to try and win her over. He wants to finally be with her, to have the life he could have had if things had been different ten years ago.

Amanda still loves Justin, but she isn't sure she can trust him to stay. I mean he did leave in the middle of the night ten years ago. That broke her, that almost destroyed her, and she doesn't think she would be able to deal with him leaving again. That and she does have a boyfriend she keeps forgetting about. There is more of a story there with the boyfriend, a bit of intrigue, but it is really just the story of Amanda and Justin and the Fabulous Four reuniting. It definitely sets up the next few stories for the Fabulous Four to all find love. I am excited to read more!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

 


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Synopsis:

One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures.

Review:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the first book for my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge! It was such a great first read for this challenge! So fun and silly and just ridiculous in really amazing way. I loved it. I loved how the story just kind of goes round and round and gets off track every two seconds. You just keep meandering here and there and everywhere. I loved how it would go from one thing to another by use of the same sounding words, but different meanings in just ridiculous ways. Like when Alice was wet and needed to get dry the one character starts reciting the driest thing he knows which is just...oh I just loved it. I love word play things like that, especially when it is so whimsical. I just loved how silly everything was. I laughed a lot while reading this short story.

Now this is a quick read I didn't really analyze the story, thinking a lot about what was happening and what it all might mean or anything while I was reading. I really think that would ruined it. I mean you could discuss what everything represents and whatnot, but why bother? It seems like this is more just a humorous tale told from a child's point of view that is just so much fun. Overanalyzing it would just ruin that wonder and nonsensical world you get thrown into. Such fun times! I am glad this was on the list of books to read as I had never read it before. I hope the next book on the list is just as good as this one was.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge


"I live in two worlds, one is a world of books." -Rory Gilmore

I was super excited when Gilmore Girls was added to Netflix last year as I love love love that show. It is definitely one of my favorites. At the time I kept seeing references to the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Prior to this I hadn't heard of it, but someone compiled a list of all 339 book referenced in Gilmore Girls! Well I knew I needed to work my way through the list as I had not read very many of them so that is what I am going to do. The end of last year was a bit busy for me so it got pushed off until this month, but here we go! So I am just going to read through the list kind of in order. I have read a few of the books for book club so I might read some out of order for that, but otherwise just I will just read them as they are listed. If I have read the book before and remember reading it I might skip it for the time being and then come back and re-read the skipped ones at the end. I might also re-read them as I go if I enjoyed them or if I just feel like it. We shall see. I'm quite excited about this just because it gives me something fun to do and will get me to read a lot of books I otherwise wouldn't. It should be fun! So if you want to see my progress I have added a tab at the top with a list of all the books. I will update it with links to my review as I read them (or a quick note if I have read it before). I know it is going to take forever, but it will be fun times!

First up will be Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Look for my review tomorrow!

Snowed In (Hope Falls #7) by Melanie Shawn


Snowed In (A Hope Falls Novel Book 7)

Synopsis:

The Free-Spirit… 
Nikki Maguire does what she wants, says what she wants, and lives by her own set of rules. She is an intoxicating combination of beauty, sex-appeal and sharp wit that men find irresistible. Unfortunately for them, none have ever come close to holding Nikki’s attention, and settling down is not even on her radar. 

The Politician… 
Sexy Senator Michael Gowan lives under a microscope. As a man of power and influence, he always has to do and say the right thing. Every move he makes is heavily scrutinized. After being named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People and landing on countless Most Eligible Bachelor lists, the spotlight on his personal life has never been more intense. But Mike has no interest in love...he doesn’t even believe it exists. 

The Stormy Night… 
Grounded by a snowstorm, they share an anonymous night of passion and connection, both finding what their souls have been missing. But in the light of day, will the illicit high-stakes world of politics cause Nikki to deny her feelings or can Mike convince her that the only place she belongs is with him? 


When the world is against them, will their unlikely love endure?

Review:

When I first saw Snowed In I was not very excited to start reading it. I am not a big fan of rich or famous people in books and politician didn't seem much better. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.

Nikki is a flight attendant taking classes on the side to try and get her degree. She has never really been in love or had a relationship where she has really cared about the other person. It is easier to just have light relationships, to not really care too much. That is safer, she can't get hurt.

Mike is a politician. When he first sees Nikki in a hotel bar he is intrigued, but he doesn't want to bother her. He is not really the one night stand with random girls kind of person. When Nikki looks like she could use an assist getting rid of a guy who just won't take no for an answer, he steps in. What he didn't count on was feeling something more for Nikki. They stay up late talking and get closer than either of them ever expected.

Nikki kind of freaks out a bit at times in this book. She doesn't really know what to do with how much she is feeling for Mike, with how out of control it leaves her. There is definitely a connection there, and she does pursue it, but it was fun watching her try and figure it out. From the first Mike cannot stop thinking about Nikki either. He is just as smitten with her as she is with him.

There are some people who don't want the two of them together, but Nikki is a tough girl. She doesn't believe all the fake nonsense people try and feed her. That is why I didn't like the one time she does freak out and go a little crazy. It was like you are so strong and you said you were so confident in the relationship until something obviously not true comes along and you try and bail? It just didn't make that much sense. Luckily it wasn't that big of an issue, but still it didn't fit with the rest of the story and her character thus far.

Mike has a lot to deal with that comes out while he is dating Nikki. He has people he trusts that he finds out he can no longer. He has people who he needs to figure out how to deal with. His life is a bit more complicated than normal, but Nikki, Nikki is his priority. He was really great with her, really great trying to get everything in order while trying to have it not effect her. He was really great. I did really enjoy this story with the exception of the slight out of character response from Nikki that one time. Really a much better read than I thought it would be. Mike is not the stuffy rich guy that I don't like. He is just a normal guy who wants a normal life and is just really great. Another wonderful read by this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

My First - Jason & Katie (Crossroads #1) by Melanie Shawn


My First - Jason & Katie (Crossroads, Book 1)

Synopsis:

Jason Sloan is known as Harper’s Crossing’s resident Romeo, and he’s never had to work too hard to live up to that nickname. With his easygoing charm, whiskey-colored brown eyes, and sinfully sexy half smile, women just seem to fall all over themselves when he’s around.

Well...most women, anyway. Katie Lawson’s the one woman who isn't putty in his hands, and she's the only one he’s ever wanted in his arms.

Katie Lawson left Harper's Crossing in the middle of the night ten years ago, immediately after her high school boyfriend Nick's funeral. She left behind all memories of Nick, and she left behind her life-long best friend, Jason Sloan.

Now she's on the fast track to junior partner at one of San Francisco's top law firms. She's made a life for herself that's all about maintaining order and sticking to the rules. Rule #1 is keeping herself WAY too busy to think about all that she ran away from. If she can do that, after all, she can keep everything under control.

But that rule is about to be broken. She’s headed back home to be the maid of honor in Nick’s little sister’s wedding. It's time to face the truth she's been avoiding all these years, the same one that sent her running ten years ago - that maybe she didn't lose her first love the summer after high school. Maybe her first love has been waiting for her all this time, at home in Harper's Crossing.

Review:

I have been reading through Melanie Shawn's books recently and have been enjoying them. I decided to give My First a try and at first it was just okay. Really I did not find this story as good as her other books, as good as the Hope Falls books, but there were parts that I did like.

Katie hasn't been home for ten years. Ever since her high school boyfriend died she has been making a life for herself elsewhere. When she has to come back to her hometown for a friends wedding she is dreading seeing Jason. Jason her friend who she just left without saying goodbye to. Jason who was her ex's best friend as well. Jason who something happened the night she ran away that made her run.

Jason has always loved Katie. He might not have known it at first, but from the moment he lays eyes on her he is done. That is the part of the story I loved. It was so cute! He meets Katie his first day of kindergarten! Adorable. As the story goes along you get to see all the great things he does for Katie growing up that she didn't even realize.

Katie is irrationally angry with Jason for a lot of the book. She feels guilty for liking him, even though it has been ten years! Ten years since her ex died, ten years since she has seen him, ten years when everyone else has moved on but she has not yet. She still hasn't fully dealt with his death and everything that happened. She is a bit...I didn't really like her. I liked Jason a lot as he is such a great guy, but Katie was just...I don't know why Jason would stick around and try so hard to be with her. They do have this energy between them. They can't quite stay away, and Jason is so sweet. He tries to take it slow, to not push Katie as he doesn't want her to run again. It was an alright story with some really cute parts. The writing just wasn't as good as I was expecting for this author. Really if I hadn't read her other books I probably wouldn't search out more of her works based on this one.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Whatever It Takes by L. Maretta


Whatever It Takes

Synopsis:

Gavin Fitzgerald is the perfect husband. His wife, Emma, was always able to brag to her friends about how caring, loving, helpful, and successful he was. Having been married five years, they have just put the finishing touches on their dream home and are ready to start a family. Everything seems ideal until one day Gavin confesses to Emma that he was unfaithful, turning their entire relationship from perfect to a total disaster. 

Suddenly Emma's carefully controlled world is chaotic and her future uncertain as she struggles to determine if she is able to forgive Gavin or have the strength to move on.

Review:

I was looking forward to reading Whatever It Takes. It is not your normal romance since it starts off the day after Gavin admits he cheated on his wife Emma. I was curious to see if the author would be able to write it so that the couple would be able to work it out and get stronger or if this was the beginning of the end of the relationship.

Gavin cheated on his wife. It was just one night and it will never happen again according to him. He is happy in his marriage, he loves his wife, but it was just one mistake.

Emma was very happy with  her marriage. Everything was perfect. Gavin was the perfect guy, perfect marriage, perfect life. Until he cheated on her. She has panic attacks and anxiety disorders, and Gavin is the only one who can help her. He is the one who can calm her down. That whole part, where Emma needs Gavin to survive...they had a strange co-dependent relationship that did not seem good. I wish Emma would have learned through the book to be independent. I wish she could have been a little stronger and learned to deal with her anxiety by herself. I did like her chapters, her inner voice. It seemed realistic, I just wish she would have been a stronger person.

So the story is told from the present with some flashback chapters that I think are supposed to highlight how amazing Gavin and Emma's relationship is. How perfect Gavin is. Really those flashback chapters made me dislike Gavin more that I did initially. Also, it was like just a bunch of sexy time. It was not good. Like one of the early flashbacks Gavin is lame, then he is all sorry I love you, let's have sexy time. It was just...it did not make me see how wonderful he was. It did not make me see how great their relationship is and why Emma would fight to save it. It just didn't work and I didn't want to read all the sex when I didn't even like the characters.

So what about the present chapters? As I said above I like Emma's thoughts and feelings. They seemed real for her so they were good. Gavin's reason for cheating? Super lame! Really when he tells Emma what happened I thought really? Why would you want to stay with this guy? Then when he digs deeper to see why he did it the reason that was revealed was absolutely ridiculous. I was just like come on. It was just so not good. Really the whole ending, how easy it was to fix everything, how quick it wrapped up, what they decided to do right afterwards, all of it was just not good. Not believable. It was just....I did not like it. I really wanted it to end differently. It was was an alright read if you skip the flashback chapters, but the ending just ruined it for me. Too easy, too unbelievable.

Rating: ★ ★

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Honor Bound (The Protectors #2) by Samantha Chase & Noelle Adams


Honor Bound (The Protectors Book 2)

Synopsis:

My life was just like any other girl’s until the Maxwell corporate empire ruined my family and stole my future. I’d given up hoping to see justice done, but then the way to right this wrong was dropped in my lap. My job with an event planner can get me into the home of one of Maxwell’s business partners. I can find evidence of what they did to my father. I can make sure they pay.

I wasn’t expecting Sebastian.

Sebastian has been hired for security, but he is also the son of the man I despise. I should hate Sebastian purely on principle. I shouldn’t care that he’s sweet and funny and sexy as hell. He’ll always be a Maxwell, and that means he’s my enemy.

I can’t help but want him anyway.

He seems to want me too, but only for a good time. He’s the son of privilege, and he’ll never be serious about me. He’ll also never betray his family. If he finds out what I’m really doing here, he’ll turn on me in an instant. He’ll keep me from finding justice.


It’s just that I keep finding him instead.

Review:

Why did I read Honor Bound when I didn't like Duty Bound very much? Well I thought I would give these authors another chance. Maybe with different characters I would enjoy the story more. Luckily this worked out for me as I enjoyed this story much more than the first one.

Ali's life was ruined by the Maxwell's. She has had to give up her college dreams and everything really to take care of her family. She works a ton and just tries to get by. When she gets an opportunity to help plan a party at the home of someone who might have proof of what the Maxwell corporation did to her family, she jumps at the chance to try and write the wrong that was done to her family. She is a bit ridiculous in her snooping around the house, but she was cute. I mean really she is not very smart with the whole thing, but it was alright the way it was written.

Sebastian really does not like his family. His dad wants him to work for the family company, but he wants nothing to do with that. He wants to work with his security company he and his military friends just started, but his dad has other ideas. When Sebastian first sees Ali he is intrigued. He keeps finding her all over the house, places she shouldn't be, but he doesn't really see much harm in that. They get closer and Ali is drawn to Sebastian even if he is a Maxwell. He doesn't seem like his family and Ali just can't help herself.

There are some bumps in the road, some issues that need to be dealt with, some assumptions Ali needs to work out, but Sebastian and Ali are so cute together. Ali does go crazy a few times for no reason, but it all works out in the end. They really are great together and Sebastian is such a great guy. He is just a really good person and perfect for Ali. I really loved them. I am so glad this book was so much better than the first one. I really enjoyed it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Duty Bound (The Protectors #1) by Samantha Chase & Noelle Adams


Duty Bound (The Protectors Book 1)

Synopsis:

I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.

What I find is her.

She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to light. She’s always been a fighter, and she desperately wants the truth.

I desperately want her.

Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to do it anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own. So she becomes my purpose.

I’ll become a hero for her.

Review:

I was really excited to start Duty Bound. I recently discovered Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams and have enjoyed their works. I thought perfect! I like these two authors, I should enjoy their books they wrote together. Unfortunately that is not what happened. The writing was just not good. It was...it was just not written as well as other books I read by either of the authors. That and I couldn't stand Harper. That definitely didn't help.

Levi is back from the military. Back because of an accident that killed Harper's brother and his best friend, and injured him and his fellow soldier brothers. As soon as he sees Harper he is smitten. She is beautiful, but Gavin's sister. Gavin who they just buried. He needs to stay away because of that. I mean really the timing would be terrible.

Harper is convinced that there is something going on with the accident that killed her brother. Something she has not been told. She is a reporter and determined to get to the bottom of it. The only problem? Someone seems to be trying to kill her and she won't take that seriously. Levi does everything he can to help protect her, but that just makes her furious with him. She has a hissy fit every two seconds about how she is a big girl and can take care of herself, even though she acts like she is two. She frustrated me to no end. She was always saying how grown up she was, but she never acted like it. If Levi would suggest she do something, like go to the police, she would just instantly be all no way! Even if she was going to do that to begin with. Ugh it was annoying.

So Harper was annoying and acted like she was two, Levi was alright but a bit overprotective, and the entire way through book it was just like 'I hate him/her! But they are so hot....they are so annoying! But look how hot they are!' It was not good. It was just they had a physical attraction that they eventually acted on and somehow that was supposed to be love in the end. Really not a favorite of mine, but I might give the second book a chance just to see if with different characters that I didn't hate if the book would be better.

Rating: ★ ★

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cover Reveal: Obligation by Aurora Rose Reynolds


Obligation by Aurora Rose Reynolds, book 2 in the Underground Kings Series, is coming Feb 12th!! I am so excited for this one as it should be amazing! Check it out on Goodreads.

Synopsis:

[ob-li-gey-shuh n] An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral.

Myla was sent to a family her father and mother had chosen for her when they knew their time on earth was almost up. Kai has been watching Myla from afar since he took over the family business from his father and inherited the responsibility of keeping her safe. When word gets back to Kai that Myla is in danger he immediately jumps into action and does the only thing that can be done at the time by marrying her. To Kai, Myla is an unwanted obligation, something that has to be done in order to protect the family business. And to Myla, Kai is another man who she believes will let her down. Neither Myla nor Kai would have thought that something that started off as a farce would become the most important thing either of them could've ever done.


Book 1 in the Underground Kinds Series:

Also by this author: The Until Series (click the title for my reviews):
Until November (Until #1) available on AmazonAmazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads  
Until Trevor (Until #2) available on AmazonAmazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads  
Until Lilly (Until #3)  available on AmazonAmazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads  
Until Nico (Until #4) available on AmazonAmazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads  


About the Author:


Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.