Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hold Me (Fool's Gold #16) by Susan Mallery


Hold Me (Fool's Gold series)

Synopsis:

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

Review:

Hold Me was a frustrating read. While I understood where Destiny was coming from and why she might be the way she is, I couldn't understand some of her thinking and she just annoyed me.

Destiny grew up as the daughter of two country music legends. They married young, had her young, and divorces just as young. They didn't give Destiny a stable environment at all. They were always causing drama and falling in and out of love with people so they didn't set a very good example for her. Since there was always so much drama and her life was put in upheaval all the time she now wants a simple, safe, calm life. She wants a guy who will be a safe bet. She has seen how her parents and others act on tour and wants nothing to do with that. To her sex is the route of all evil. She will just stay away from that and be safe. Of course she will get married and then have sex for the purpose of procreating, but she sees no reason for doing it any other time. She also doesn't understand why anyone else would ever want to have sex either. That was the most frustrating part - she wanted everyone else to think the same way she did. She wanted everyone else to act as she does, to think as she does, to be like she is. It drove me crazy. I get why she was that way, but to not be able to understand that other people might want different opinions drove me crazy. It came up a lot and she just annoyed me.

"'But for every person who acts out, there are thousands who manage to have a sexual life and act responsibly. It's like saying you've seen one kid have a tantrum in the grocery store and you didn't like it so you're not going to have children.'...

'I stilltink sex is the root of all evil.'

'You know it's not,' he said gently. 'People act badly. Sex is just the delivery system.'"

She also doesn't really know how to connect with people. She has that not understanding normal social situations, but I found reading her thoughts frustrating. Felicia is similar in that way, but the way Felicia thinks and speaks I love so much. Felicia is charming in her awkwardness where as Destiny...not so much. I think it is that I didn't actually feel like Destiny was really that way. They way she was didn't ring true for me so it just annoyed me instead. 

"You [Destiny] don't care about anything, ever. You're like a robot. You never get mad, you never get happy. You're the same all the time. Regular people don't act like that."

Kipling used to be a famous skier, but has had to retire since an accident. He moved to Fool's Gold and is starting up the local search and rescue. Destiny is in town to facilitate a new computer program to help find missing people faster. She is only supposed to be in town until the end of the summer so that is perfect for Kipling. Sure he wants something more than a temporary relationship with someone, but he can never quite figure out this love thing. Destiny intrigues him so he starts to pursue her. She doesn't make it easy on him, but he is not easily scared away. He really likes her and want to be there for her as long as she is in town. 

Destiny also is responsible for her half sister she never met before. She had nowhere else to go so Destiny took her in. Can I just say I hope we get a story about Starr? Maybe starting in high school until she grows up? I would love to read that. Anyways Destiny has a hard time connecting with Starr and she again tries to push her thoughts, opinions and actions onto her. Destiny doesn't want anything to do with music so Starr shouldn't either. Argh she annoyed me. Her lack of being able to see why others might want something different from their lives frustrated me to no end. This does end up with a happily ever after for everyone, but getting there was a bit much for me. Definitely not my favorite in the series, though I will look forward to the next story. 

Rating: ★ ★

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Release Day: About Last Night by Belle Aurora - Review & Giveaway



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Synopsis:

***A MALE ESCORT/BROTHERS BEST FRIEND ROMANCE***

Matt Quinn has been an escort for most of his adult life. He's so good at his job that he's booked months in advance.

An enquiring email from a potential client finds him intrigued about the shy, awkward woman. A back and forth is started and before Quinn knows it, a friendship is formed.

Time passes and Quinn is smitten.

There's only one problem...

The client is his best friends little sister.

She's off limits.

He knows better.

Staying away from one another is easier said than done.


Review:

About Last Night was a fun read. Mia and Quinn were so cute together and I really enjoyed their story.

Quinn is an escort. He has been doing this job forever and he enjoys it. I don't know that I have read a book before with a male escort, but it is the kind of thing I would just be eh about. However since this was Belle Aurora I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad I did. Quinn is just a good person. I was surprised by how much I liked him. I was expecting him to be more cocky or something, more like I am all that, but he really wasn't. He just seemed like a normal guy who happens to have sex for money. He seemed like someone I would be friends with which was great. Man some of these scenes where you get to see him at work....They were so hot! I see why he is popular.

Mia is an awkward, shy twenty six year old with not much experience in bed. She plans to remedy this by hiring Quinn, her brothers best friend. She was so much fun. I loved how awkward she could be, how shy, but how outgoing and funny at the same time. Some of the things she comes up with and says were just so great. Once she opens up and gets comfortable she is amazing. I loved the back and forth between her and Quinn. I loved how they got to know each other and became friends. It was just really sweet and fun at the same time.

Of course there are going to be some issues since Quinn is Mia's brothers best friend. I loved watching it all unfold and play itself out. Quinn and Mia are just so great together. They both are supportive of the other no mater what they do. Mia never judges Quinn for being an escort. She knows what she is getting herself into and it is what it is. I loved her so much. And Quinn? He is just as great. You can tell he really cares for her. They were great together.

Even though I did love this story, there were a few minor things I found that I didn't like as much. One was some of the small moments when something would happen didn't feel real. Like in the beginning I didn't get why Quinn was instantly drawn to Mia. It was just a moment, just a few sentences, but it didn't make sense. Or when one of them realized they loved the other. The exact moment it happened didn't feel real to me, but if I just went with it right afterwards everything was good. I am not sure what exactly it was that was off for me, but it just needed tweaking slightly and it would have been like oh sure, of course they love the other or whatever. As I said they were just a few moments, a few sentences that just felt off, but then went right back to amazing. Right after the moment passed it was fun and great again.

There was one other thing that was odd to me. You get a chapter later in the book from someone else's point of view (I don't want to spoil anything, but not the last one -that one made sense and worked) and it just...I am not sure why it was included. The author seemed to want to put in another story, but for me up until that point it was just in the background and I didn't really care that much about those characters. I think it would have been better to just have the narrator to just tell Mia the next day what happened or something like that instead of having a chapter from their point of view. It was just confusing to me why it was included since I wasn't that invested in that storyline (I didn't realize I should be as it was just in the background).

So those were my two minor issues, but please don't think you shouldn't read this book. You should, you really should. It was amazing. I didn't think I would love the escort aspect, but it was written perfectly. Mia and Quinn were great together and I did really enjoy reading this. So definitely check it out especially if you are a fan of this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


About the Author:

Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under. 

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown's Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance. 

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 

Humorous romance novels. 

Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles. 

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love. 

With words. 

With writing. 

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored. 

Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Passion and Ponies (Chocohlics #2) by Tara Sivec


Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics #2)

Synopsis:

Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods. 

Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem - the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction. 

While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places – Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed and her heart and he refuses to leave. Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and for the first time ever, Ava finds herself feeling bad for the annoying, immature guy and chanting “Friendship is magic!” during the sex she’d swore to stop having with him. 

Ava needs to get her life in order once and for all before she finds herself doing something she never wanted to do – fall in love with a Brony.

Review:

Let me start off by saying that Passion and Ponies is not my type of humor. I am not the best person to review this book since it is just not what I like. So I did not enjoy this story, I did not find it really humorous, but if you like this type of thing you might enjoy it. This might get ranty so don't read further if you enjoyed this story.

So what is the humor in this book? What is the story about? Well it is all about sex or sexual innuendos. Seriously the entire story is sexual innuendoes, people talking about sex, or people having sex. Every single conversations has sex inserted into it somehow. The one character is going to propose and a giant fisting sex toy is a huge part of the brainstorming how to scene. It was ridiculous, but not in a way I like. It is over the top and it is just not what I find funny.

"'A sex toy mill. It's like a puppy mill but worse. All of these sex toys crammed into boxes with no light or air, just waiting to die. It was so hard to just save one when there were so many who could use out help, but we saw Duke and we knew he had to come home with us,' Drew explained, hugging Duke a little tighter to himself."

If you find that hilarious then you might enjoy this book. Or jokes about dolphin rape survivor groups (I almost stopped reading at that point. In hindsight I probably should have). Or characters who can only talk about sex. Every single one. Or people who complain about the one character being immature when every single character in the book is. Or lots of sexist jokes about how guys can't talk about emotions and stuff.

"'Can we stop pretending like we have vaginas? I don't want to talk about my feelings, Dr. Phil.'"

or

"He's got blonde, surfer-boy hair that is long enough for me to grab onto, but not so long that he needs to put it in a ponytail. That's a deal breaker for me. If you need to borrow one of my ponytail holders, you need to pack up your vagina and leave."

Oh how hilarious...seriously if you find this stuff funny than this is the book for you. If not then stay away. I don't know how I made it the whole way through actually. I picked the book up for the MLP Brony aspect, but that was ridiculous to me. It seemed more like the guy was into horses, not necessarily My Little Pony. They are kind of different, but maybe that is what someone with a MLP fetish would be like...I did try to look it up but didn't see anything with whinnying or prancing or acting like actual horses, but I didn't look that hard so I could have missed it. I love MLP and didn't really want to watch it as porn. So it was a bit of a let down.

I also didn't like how all the girls are sluts and bitches and hookers and such. Every person talked about women in this way. The ladies called themselves this, the guys called them this, everyone. Hilarious...Ugh this book made me angry. I know most of these things are supposed to be jokes throughout the book, but they were not funny to me. They just annoyed me.

So yeah, I am definitely not the person to review this book since most people seem to not have an issue with the things I do. So if you are thinking of reading this book my advise? Download the sample. If you find it funny and want to read that same thing through to the end of the book then read on. If you don't then just give up. It doesn't change and get better. So it is up to what you find funny. For me this is not it, but apparently a lot of people love it so....I know my sense of humor is not the same as most.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Visions in White (Bride Quartet #1) by Nora Roberts


Vision In White: Book One in the Bride Quartet

Synopsis:

Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.


A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

Review:

Visions in White was my first Nora Roberts book, and honestly it might be my last. If this is what her writing is like then it is just not for me. I found this story kind of boring to read. I didn't really feel the relationships between anyone or even the romance aspects. It was just not the best.

Mac is a wedding photographer. She and her three bff's live on this large estate and they are each responsible for a different aspect of their wedding planning business. For the most part I didn't really see the connections between any of them. You could have told me they all hated each other but were cordial for business purposes and I would have said sure, sounds good. It just wasn't very developed or shown how they really are great friends. Every now and again you would get a little speech to Mac about something, or them worrying that something will make Mac grumpy, but it didn't really feel like they actually cared that much.

Mac for the most part is a strong person. She is happy with her photography and friends. The only issue? She turns into a complete doormat when her mother is around. Her mother is a nightmare and Mac just enables her bad behavior. I know she loves her mom, but come on. At some point she has to put her foot down and act like an adult. Her friends all tell her this, but she just can't seem to stand up to her mom. It was quite frustrating as I didn't completely understand why she was such a doormat with her. Why did she just do whatever her mom wanted and let her mom talk to her the way she did. I didn't understand why she put up with it.

Carter is almost the opposite of Mac in a lot of ways. He is sooo insecure and doesn't seem to have much self confidence. He had a crush on Mac in high school and when he runs into her again that all comes back. Only this time they talk some and he invites her for coffee. He has a best friend who was kind of annoying in a know it all kind of way. He kept making lists of things for Carter to do to go on a date, to win Mac over, etc. He was so insecure he was always thinking how she might not want to go out again or talk to him again and stuff. He was surprised whenever she said she would go to dinner with him or something.

Mac doesn't really want anything serious. In fact she is afraid to get serious with Carter. She is afraid of her feelings for him and she always seem to be running. That would all be well and good, but I didn't really believe it. A lot of this book felt like it was told instead of shown. I didn't really see the romance between Mac and Carter. Whenever Mac would talk about him it was just strange. The way she said things, how she liked him, was attracted to him, etc. was just odd to me. I kept trying to figure out what was wrong with it and why it was so weird. It just didn't feel real. I didn't see the connection. Normally in books where I don't actually believe the couple is in love I usually still see the physical connection between them. This book didn't even have that for me. I didn't believe they were really attracted to each other and the sex scenes were just not good. It was still strange to read and I kept thinking is this supposed to be sexy? That is what is happening right? It was just not for me.

So the whole story was just kind of boring to read. Since I didn't see the connections between people or understand why they did things it just made it eh. I didn't see the romance or even physical attraction between the main characters. Overall not for me.

Rating: ★ ★

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cedar Creek #3) by Violet Duke


Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek Book 3)

Synopsis:

He’s a better fighter...but she has all the weapons. 

After his combat injuries retire him from the military career he wasn't ready to give up, battle-scarred Hudson Reyes now spends his new life as a movie industry fight scene and weapons specialist simply doing what he knows best: surviving. Until he meets her. The one woman who makes him want to live again.

Sweet, angel-faced Liana Lin is a scrappy little thing--an antique arms authenticator trained in martial arts who's made a living turning the unthinkable demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life.

He can't get her out of his head.

Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, Hudson can't help but want her. She's a fiery, unpredictable paradox with hidden wounds as deep as his own, and a wicked roundhouse kick he's gotten mighty acquainted with. If one woman could sneak past the barbed wires he's wrapped around his heart, it'd be Lia.


Now if only they could stop sparring long enough to find out...

Review:

I loved Love, Tussles, and Takedowns. Hudson and Lia are amazing together. Where they both end up by the end of the book is just perfect. Such a great read.

Lia is this strong, tough, girl. She is the bouncer for the local bar, she is an antique arms authenticator, she does kickboxing and martial arts, she is just amazing. She is small, but man you do not want to mess with her. Loved her.

Hudson is trying to figure out his new life outside the military. He was forced to retire when he was injured before he was ready. Now he is working on films helping with the fight scenes and weapons expert. He has a bit of PTSD and just not really dealing with what happened to him well. He is just kind of existing until he sees Lia at a friends wedding. When he runs into her again at an antique arms convention he is intrigued.

One of my favorite things about this book is how much Hudson loves Lia for her strength. How he admired her for her skills and knowledge of things. How he is just in awe of her as a person. He spars with her, they fight, and he doesn't always win. He loves that and I love that about him. I love how he can appreciate someone who is so strong and able. She has some issues to deal with herself, but he is so sweet with her. He helps her work through some things that she didn't even know she wanted or needed. He helps clear some things up for her and he is just amazing with her.

Hudson has some injuries that made it so he could no longer be in the military. He has some things to deal with regarding that last mission that injured him. He carries a lot around with him and Lia is the perfect person to share some of that weight. She helps him in more ways than he could have imagined. They didn't think there could ever be anything long term between them since he works on movie sets and is stationed all over all the time, but man I am so glad they figure it all out in the end.

"Hudson, anything with you and the word 'home' in it sounds better than perfect to me."

And it makes me wonder if what Lia and her brother came up with to help Hudson and people like him - do these places actually exist? Is what she did something returning soldiers have access to? This book made me want to look into more what resources there are for injured returning soldiers. Really amazing.

Oh there is one other thing. I have absolutely no idea how Lia puts up with her brothers. There is protective, there is over protective, then there are her brothers. She wears a watch that signals them of her mood every second of the day with alarms if she seems upset. Really? Why would you ever wear that? I would not have been able to handle that. That is way too overprotective for me. And too invasive. I can see with her past she might have had some issues, but man. That was a bit much, but she doesn't seem to think so. And Hudson deals with it too. It was just like woah, I would not be able to handle that. I would be getting them to back off. I know they do it because they care, but it was way over the top for me. But if they don't mind then I guess I shouldn't either.

Overall another great read. I love how the author writes and handles every situation. I love the characters and the town and I just am always left wanting more. Amazing.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Love, Diamonds, and Spades (Cactus Creek #2) by Violet Duke


Love, Diamonds, and Spades (Cactus Creek Book 2)

Synopsis:

A standalone companion novel to Love, Chocolate, and Beer: Rylan & Quinn’s story* 

Surprise! The flood of fan mail worked, you guys! LOL. I love that you all fell so hard for Rylan & Quinn in Love, Chocolate, and Beer (I did too). *grin* I hope you enjoy their by-rabid-request parallel story that I just adored writing for you all. Happy reading! 

She’s the Self-Proclaimed Wicked ‘Witch’ of the West 

Fiercely independent single mom Quinn Christiansen is used to flying solo. She’s been raising her young son and figuring out how to pay his pediatric hospital bills on her own for years now. And truth is, Quinn loves the notorious reputation she’s already gained in town of having a heart too hard for any man to break. Because it is. Two carats too hard, to be exact. Courtesy of the two-carat heirloom she’d had to barter to cover her ex’s debts when he took off after she got pregnant. The day she’d promised herself never again. 

So color her pissed when the universe goes and decides to make the one man in Cactus Creek not afraid of her natural ball-busting charm another gambling musician. A ridiculously handsome, wickedly gruff and gritty, pushy one at that. 

He’s Everything She’s Sure She Can’t Possibly Want 

Rylan Grey isn’t used to getting a woman so worked up…well, not in a bad way, at least. But somehow, his mere existence seems to annoy the guarded and gorgeous Quinn to no end. Surprising, really. A dirt-and-jeans landscaper by day with a regular gig to perform for a packed house by night, Rylan considers himself a decent guy. Sure, he’s made some gambles to get to where he’s at, but they were all of the life variety, with risks as important as the rewards, fate betting as the house, and not a single dollar in play. 

While Rylan never wagers anything he’s not willing to lose—namely his heart—he’s more than ready to ante up once he sees past Quinn’s icy defenses. Quick as a firecracker, loyal to a fault, and sweet when no one’s looking, she could be his riskiest gamble yet. 

*This standalone companion novel can be read before or after Love, Chocolate, and Beer, but, it is recommended that it be read after. Happy reading! 

Review:

Love, Diamonds, and Spades was another cute read from Violet Duke. We got to see parts of Rylan and Quinn's relationship in the first book, but this is more of the story.

Rylan is in the local band and when he first sees Quinn he knows she is something special. He is not some big rock star. His band doesn't tour, they are not players, some are married, etc. He is just a good guy who likes to play music. He gets together with his friends and plays poker occasionally, he plays in his band, he is good friends with Dani, he is just a normal guy. When he first meets Quinn's son he doesn't even bat an eye. He is so great with her kid, so amazing with both of them,just really a great guy.

Quinn is used to projecting a stay away vibe. Ever since her musician, gambling ex left her pregnant with debts to get out of she has told herself never again. Never again will she be with a musician, with a gambler. She caught her ex cheating on her after all. He couldn't stay away from the groupies and that lifestyle. She has enough problems to deal with without adding that headache to the mix. Only Rylan seems different. He seems like a good guy. Can she trust him?

This story was cute and sweet. Rylan is very patient with Quinn and he is there for her and her son. While I did enjoy the story I felt like it was still only bits and pieces instead of a complete package. I know you always only get parts of the story, but this one felt like there were pieces missing. I don't quite know why, and it was a good read, it just wasn't as amazing as the other books I have read. I still enjoyed it and it was fun. Now on to Lia and Hudson's story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Solar by Ian McEwan


Solar

Synopsis:

The literary event of the season: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. 

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. 

When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? 

A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers.

Review:

Solar was one of my book club reads for this month. I was pretty excited to start reading since I just read and loved Atonement, but unfortunately this book just was not as good. I had an incredibly hard time keeping my attention on the story. I found myself reading pages while my mind wandered and thought about other things. Then I would realize I just tuned out even though I had read the pages and would have to go back and re-read. This happened a lot, especially in the second part, so it took me a long time to finish this book. It was a rough one to get through and if not for book club I probably would have stopped and moved on to something else without finishing it.

Beard won a Nobel prize when he was young and hasn't really done much since then. He hasn't even kept up on what is new in the world of physics. He has married and divorced a number of times, he has lent his name to different entities, and he just seems like he doesn't want to do anything but he wants to be paid. He is not a very likable person.

The story opens when Beard's current wife is having an affair since finding out Beard has had a lot and he does not like this at all. It is fine for him to cheat on her, but for her to cheat on him? No good. He suddenly realizes he wants to be with her and stay married, but he cannot seem to make it work. He really is just kind of a mess. He starts working for the foundation to try and find a solution for climate change and he doesn't seem to care. Really in the first part of the book he doesn't even really believe in climate change. He goes off to this odd climate meeting in the arctic and it is a mess. Nothing really gets done, there are only artists there besides himself, it is so ridiculous. I can see where a lot of the things were reflective of how we treat this huge issue, but it is just not written in a way that entertained me or kept my focus. I get that we need to be serious about climate change, that we need people to be active in trying to find solutions and whatnot, but this story? This story was just kind of boring to me.

**Some spoilers ahead**
When Beard comes back from his trip to the arctic he has an opportunity, quite suddenly, to set his wife's lover up for murder, to steal someones physics work and make money off their ideas, and potentially help save the world with those ideas he stole. This opens up the question of should Beard, or someone, be allowed to continue with this work that he stole to benefit humanity? Yes he is a terrible person. Yes he stole the ideas, but if it saves the earth shouldn't we continue to try them out? Shouldn't we as a people want this to continue being developed and tested so we can survive? That is the main thought I had about this story. What should we do if this were true? Continue with the stollen research or put a halt to all of it for who knows how long because it was stollen. The whole ending of the book was ridiculous and it is like really everything would just come together suddenly in such a perfect way? Everyone would track him down in the same day? There is no security at the project site? Really? A bit unbelievable, and really by that time I didn't really care what happened. Unfortunate as I feel like if it had been written in a more engaging way this could have been a great book to start a climate change and what are we doing about it discussion. We did have a long discussion in my book club about it, not really related to the book, but just because it was a high level topic in the story.  I don't know. I just found it hard to actually read the story and focus on it. Not my favorite read.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Redemption (Alexa Montgomery #4) by H.D. Gordon


Redemption (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 4)

Synopsis:

The final test is here. The war is no longer a worry of tomorrow, but a reality of today. Turning back is no longer an option. Maybe it never was. It is time for Alexa Montgomery to look fate in the eyes. Death waits there for certain. The only question is... for who?

Review:

Redemption is the final chapter in the Alexa Montgomery series and I must say it was a bit of a let down for me. I don't understand why some things didn't happen while others did. It really made no sense to me at times, and the ending just annoyed me. Some spoilers ahead so if you don't want to know how this all goes down in the end don't continue reading!!

This final chapter starts out with Nelly and Alexa both in the safe haven for anyone who doesn't want to do harm to others. Only the people there find out what Nelly really is and so then they don't trust her anymore. It almost caused a riot, which would have destroyed the protection on the town. I get the mistrust at first, and understand things are a little tense for Alexa since not everyone is happy with her sister. However Nelly can take care of herself. Alexa still sees her as the weak little sister she has to look after when really she can hold her own. I don't know why Nelly never speaks up and lets Alexa know just how powerful she is. Alexa is making plans to kill the king, but she doesn't want Nelly to be anywhere near there. She wouldn't be able handle it is Nelly died. Okay, fine, but why does she have to be in the middle of the fighting? Her mind control thing works at a distance so why can she not just come along and hide outside, but still help out? Apparently no one thinks about this so...Nelly gets sent into hiding. Alexa tricks her into thinking she will come back before she goes to kill the king, and it just didn't make total sense to me. Alexa started acting really not like herself in this book. I know she has been conditioned to always keep Nelly safe, but can't she see she could be useful? Think of all the people she could save in the battle. Argh it didn't make any sense to me some of the irrational things Alexa did and how everyone else who knew just went along with them.

There is also this sorceress who comes to try and kill Nelly and Alexa for killing her brother. Only they didn't, the kind did. I am not sure why she was added to the story. She didn't really do anything, she wasn't an ally. She just came, realized her mistake, said she would kill the king, then nothing happened with her after that. Such a let down. I'm not really sure why her storyline was added since it didn't really add anything to the story.

So with Nelly hidden away safe and sound Alexa and everyone else who wants to help go to kill the king. Nelly wants to get out and help with the battle, but she is stuck where she is. She is finally shown what would happen if both she and Alexa were to live so you get the entire battle scenes, everything that happens with both sisters, then jolted back to oh that was just a vision. So then you get to see it all again. Slightly different, but not enough to warrant reading it twice in a row. I didn't quite understand why it was written that way. I would have much preferred to only read the battle once unless it was completely different the second time around.

So again I don't know why Nelly wasn't included in the plans to begin with. She shows up and just controls everyone to stop fighting. She could have saved so many people if she were there. Yes, Alexa is worried about her because of the prophecy, but she doesn't have to be right in the thick of it. There was no reason for Alexa and Kayden to die. They didn't need to in this situation. I don't mind so much that they did, but how it all went down. If they needed to die fine, have them die, but do it in a way that there was no other option. Do it in a way that makes sense. In a way that shows it was inevitable. As it was I just didn't understand why Nelly wasn't there. She was so strong and powerful in the last book and I loved that. It was just wasted in this one. All of those people didn't have to die. I guess the whole thing, how Alexa made her decisions and everything, just didn't feel true to character for her so I didn't like it. I know she would try to keep Nelly safe, but as it was written I didn't feel she was acting like she actually would have. Or the other characters would have tried to make her see more clearly or something. Maybe I am just disappointed in Nelly since I loved her in the last book. Maybe some slight changes would have made it better, but still have the same outcome. I don't know. I might be the only one who feels this way though as a lot of people seemed to love this last book.

Rating: ★★

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Rise (Alexa Montgomery #3) by H.D. Gordon


The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 3)

Synopsis:

The supernatural world in which Alexa Montgomery has found herself is on the brink of war. She is charged with the task of raising an army, defeating an evil dictator, and struggling to contain the bloodthirsty monster that lives within her.

These are things Alexa can handle, but when the person she loves most in the world takes a turn for the worst, Alexa's loyalty and determination will be tested in the most horrifying of ways. Will she be able to rise to the challenge, or will her love for her sister kill her once and for all?

Review:

The Rise is the third book in the Alexa Montgomery series. So far there have been some ups and downs for me, but overall I am enjoying it. This continues right where the second one left off and woah no one should mess with Alexa or her sister!

Really this book is more about the sister and her dark side than Alexa. Alexa saved her mom at the end of the last book only to have her become very angry that they left Nelly alone! Alexa's only job is to look after her sister! And on and on the mom went. Man I did not like her. So they have to rush back to Two Rivers and hope they are not too late.

Nelly was taken to see the King at the end of the last book and man was she amazing in the beginning of this one. I loved that she has the dark side as well and watching her go a little crazy and seeing just what she is capable of. I loved her even if she is not completely good at the moment. I loved that she is so strong and powerful. Her mind control abilities are awesome! She just gets angry and man when she gets angry it is not good. Really I think she is more of a threat than Alexa is as she would be able to do more damage to more people more quickly. I wouldn't want to mess with Nelly.

Throughout this book Alexa fights to try and save her sister from herself, but she doesn't know what to do. They go to another safe haven, some place that is full of lots of mythical creatures not just vampires and werewolves. It was fun and they have a chance to try and figure out a plan to save Nelly. I liked getting a glimpse into rest of this world where there are other mythical creatures. They just stay out of the werewolf/vampire politics which is why we haven't seen them before now. Very interesting.

Everything leads up to the big ending. Will Alexa be able to save her sister, or will she have to figure out how to go on without her help? It was a pretty great read. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Half Black Soul (Alexa Montgomery #2) by H.D. Gordon


Half Black Soul (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 2)

Synopsis:

In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She's gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator. 

Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she's left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa's other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?

Review:

Half Black Soul seemed like a completely different book from the first one. Alexa is completely different in this one, in a good way. She is not as annoying, stronger, more grown up, but it doesn't make sense since there is not a time gap between book one and two. Still because it was such a change for the better I didn't mind. 

Alexa in Half Black Soul was not as annoying as she was in the first one. It is like she was more grown up, more accepting of her responsibilities, but yet still vulnerable and still thinking she is a monster. She talks more with her monster self, she hates when she lets it out and bad things happen. She killed a guy who wasn't a good person, but that still hurts her. She feels terrible about the things she does when she lets the monster take charge. Good thing for Kayden who helps ground her. He can take some of her pain and suffering and help her feel better. He can also tame her monster side.

This book also starts the multiple point of views. In the first book we just got Alexa's viewpoint, but this one we have some chapters from her and some from Nelly. Really you needed it since Alexa left Nelly in Two Rivers to go try and save their mom. Without Nelly's point of view you would miss out on a lot of the story. And there are some twists in this one, some things I was not expecting! Can't wait to read more and see what happens!

Alexa and Kayden grow closer in this chapter of the story. They both set out to try and save Alexa's mother and they can't help but be drawn to each other. They are perfect together, they help each other so much and would do anything for each other. I will say Alexa being all I love Kayden then remembering that she has a boyfriend back in town was a bit...I wish she would have been like I need to break up with Jacks when I get back as obviously I should be with Kayden, but she wasn't. Because really you know that nothing will work with Jacks. Besides the fact that you obviously love Kayden romantically, you need him. That would never work with Jacks as your boyfriend. Just cut him loose already! Hopefully that happens soon after she returns in the next book.

While Alexa and Kayden are out trying to save her mom, Nelly is still in Two Rivers. She is starting to figure out that things aren't what they seem. She is starting to realize that maybe she should practice her skills and try to be better with the whole mind control/reading people's mind thing. She starts to see what Alexa saw in the first book and realize that she should have listened to her all along. It ends in a bit of a cliffhanger so I can't wait to see what happens next.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Blood Warrior (Alexa Montgomery #1) by H.D. Gordon


Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 1)

Synopsis:

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.


The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

Review:

Oh Blood Warrior. I have had the Alexa Montgomery series on my Kindle for awhile waiting to read, but I held off. Why? Well I am just not much for paranormal romances usually. Sometimes they are great, but usually I just find the story to be eh. Blood Warrior was better than most, but wasn't my favorite read ever. It still made me want to read the next book though to see what happens so that is good.

This story was not what I expected. Alexa has grown up kind of normal. She runs to and from school everyday with her sister, no matter how far they live from school, trains in the evenings with her mom, and doesn't really fit in with other people. Other than that she has a normal-ish life. Until everything changes and she is forced to leave her home, keep her sister Nelly safe and find answers to all the questions she now has. She is thrown into this world she really knows nothing about. She has this fire within her that if she is not careful will take over and make her do things she doesn't really want to do. Between battling that, keeping Nelly safe, and trying to figure out what is going on in this new world and how she can help she has a lot on her mind.

When Alexa and her family are attacked one night by vampires she runs away with her sister Nelly and her best friend Jacks. Suddenly she finds out she is a warrior, her sister part vampire, her best friend a werewolf, and they are on the run. They find what looks like a safe haven in Two Rivers, but things don't appear to be what they seem. As Alexa tries to figure everything out she also gets closer to Kayden, a vampire guard in the town they are staying in.

For the most part I enjoyed this story. I loved the world that was created. The different types of vampires and beings were pretty interesting. I can't want to read more about it and how everything works. My one issue? The boys. Jacks obviously likes Alexa as more than a friend, as well as like every other guy who talks to her, but she and Kayden have a connection. They both obviously like each other as more than friends, but Alexa is so stupid about the whole thing. She is afraid of their connection so she doesn't make the smartest decisions. **spoiler alert** She chooses to be Jacks girlfriend when he asks just because she does love him. Only she keeps thinking about Kayden. Yeah. I hate that. She is so stupid about the whole Kayden situation! Argh it annoyed me. Really the problem is I didn't believe that she likes Jacks like that at all. I only saw that they were friends, but she liked Kayden as more. She is just like well I like Kayden, but he obviously doesn't like me like that so I guess I will be with Jacks because he does. So when she is with Jacks it just feels like she is stringing him along when she knows she doesn't like him like that which is a really terrible thing to do, especially to a friend. She loves Jacks, but it is obvious it is as a friend and nothing more. That and she doesn't completely trust Jacks so...I understand wanting to be strong and independent and not wanting to need Kayden, but whenever something with him would come up it is like she turned into a two year old. We shall see what happens with that. Off to read the next book!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 1/2

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Perfect Kiss (Hope Falls #9) by Melanie Shawn


Perfect Kiss (Hope Falls Book 9)

Synopsis:

For him, everything had fallen into place... 

Levi Dorsey didn't want much and never complained. The private, sexy bar owner was content in his life and excited to move forward with his new business project. There was just one problem--he'd never been able to forget about that kiss...or about her. 

For her, everything had fallen apart... 

Shelby Kellan was once confident in knowing who she was and what she wanted. But recent events caused the gorgeous, blue-eyed beauty to barely recognize the woman she saw when she looked in the mirror. She knew she needed a fresh start. Could she do it with his kiss still lingering on her lips? 

Eighteen months ago, Levi and Shelby shared the perfect kiss. Now, he wanted more, but would she be able to give that to him after already losing so much? 

**Author's Note: Each Hope Falls full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone**

Review:

Perfect Kiss was a nice read. Levi is so sweet and just perfect for Shelby. Another great read by Melanie Shawn.

Levi first met Shelby at a friends wedding over a year ago. They danced the night away and shared one amazing kiss, but then she ran and he has not seen or heard from her since. He hasn't been able to stop thinking about her though. He knows that is a little crazy since it was just one kiss, but it was the perfect kiss.

Shelby got scared when she shared the perfect kiss with Levi and ran away from what they had. She has now just gotten out of an abusive relationship and is pretty broken. She doesn't even recognize herself anymore and is angry with herself for staying with her ex for so long. She comes to Hope Falls to help her sister take care of her new babies, and to try and find herself again.

When Shelby ends up working with Levi at his bar there is obviously still something there. She is still afraid of the connection, and Levi knows there is something that has changed about Shelby in these past months since he saw her. She is not her carefree, fun self anymore. No matter how much he wants to be with her, no matter how hard it is to not try to start something between them again, Levi is determined to giver her time and space to heal. He knows she is not ready for a relationship and he was such a sweetheart! I loved him so much. Shelby thinks at times that she might just want to hook up with him, but he doesn't let her do something she would later regret. He wants more than a one night stand. He was amazing and only looking out for her wellbeing. He was a great friend to Shelby and was just there for her so she can find herself again.

By the time you get to the happily ever after it was just perfect. I loved Levi and his patience paid off. Shelby was able to grow and change and find just what she was looking for. A great read. A sweet read. I also loved how the abusive ex situation was handled. Not what I was expecting which was nice. Overall just a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blog Tour: The Accidental Assassin (Assassins #1) by Nichole Chase - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway




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Synopsis:

Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list. 

As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

Review:

Do you enjoy lighthearted spy thriller with a bit of romance? Do you enjoy books that are just plan fun? Yes? Then this book is for you. No? Well you should still give this book a try. It might change your mind. The Accidental Assassin was so much fun to read! Even now writing up this review I just have a huge smile on my face because it was just a great, fun, entertaining story!

When Ava's bff gets married and needs someone to house sit for her in London Ava decides to break out of her habits and go do something new. She has been wanting to try new things, not be set in her ways like she has been, so she heads to London ready to mix things up. Boy does she gets more adventure than she asked for!

Owen is an assassin. He has a code though - he will only kill people who deserve it. People who sell women and such like that. Bad guys. He is sent to London to kill a guy, but he likes to do a little recon first. Especially since something seems fishy about this job. He first sees Ava in a coffee shop and there is a moment between them, but that is all it can be he figures.

When Ava accidentally hits and kills Owen's mark in the parking garage of the building she is staying in, her life is in danger. They must figure out who is after Ava and why while trying not to be killed themselves. Oh it was so much fun. Owen and Ava are both drawn to each other, but Owen doesn't think he deserves to be with someone, especially someone like her.

"'You shouldn't want me. I'm not -'
'Don't you dare say you aren't good enough for me. I get to make that decision." I tilted my head and whispered, 'And I decide that I want you.'"

Ava is so sweet, but tough and just perfect for Owen. She helps him in ways he didn't know he needed help. When they get into sticky situations Ava is right there wanting to help in any way she can. Sure she is not a trained killer, but she is open to learning what she can so she can be useful. I loved how she never backed down, she was just so strong. Well for the most part. Like most people she does have a few moments of letting everything wash over her, a few moments of weakness before she was ready to go again and do whatever needed done which to me just made her human and stronger. And in those moments of weakness Owen was there and was just so sweet. Owen's friend, or closest things he has to them, shows up to help and it was just great. Lots of action, lots of romance, lots of fun! You definitely should read this book. It was amazing and I hope we get more adventures soon!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


Excerpt:

The bathroom door cracked open and I realized I had been staring off into space. Ava leaned against the doorframe in nothing but the oversized shirt and I felt the blood drain from my head and head south. I hadn’t thought to buy her shorts or sleeping pants and I’d never been so glad I had overlooked something. Her long legs went on forever and the image of them being wrapped around me burst into my brain. 

“Who gets the bed?” She brushed her wet hair over her shoulder and I had to force myself to ignore the way the damp material clung to her breasts.

“There’s enough space for two.” I smiled at her dubious expression. “I’ll behave if you do.”

“Shouldn’t someone stand guard?” Her eyes darted to the door and I realized she was genuinely nervous about being caught while sleeping. I moved to the door and slid the old dresser across the floor. I looked back at her to see if that helped but she had moved across the room. I watched as she picked up one of the chairs and carried it across the room. The t-shirt slid up a little higher as she made her way to me and I had to remind myself that she was vulnerable right now. I moved so she could place the chair where she wanted. 

Knowing that someone might bust in on you while you were sleeping was part of the job. After a while you learn how to accept it. You take precautions, like picking a secure location, keeping your gun close, and learning to sleep lightly. Ava wasn’t used to that and she’d been put through the ringer in the last few days. So, instead of mocking her, or explaining that I’d chosen this inn because of where it was located and how we’d be able to defend ourselves, I moved the other chair to the growing pile of furniture. I unplugged the tele and set it atop the bureau. 

Ava grabbed one of the lamps we were using and placed it so it was leaning against the door. The dingy crystals swayed for a moment and I realized she was using it as an alarm. Not a bad idea. The jingle would serve as an early detection sound if someone was messing with the door. 

“You think I’m silly.” Her mouth pulled to the side and she looked at me with large eyes. “But I know that if someone really wants in, this isn’t going to stop them.”

“It will slow them down.” I pulled my shirt off and made my way to the bed. I sat down on the edge of the bed closest to the door and undid the clasp on my watch. 

Ava hadn’t come to the bed. She was standing next to the leaning tower of furniture and watching me. Her cheek ticked nervously and I fought my smile. That’s right. I wasn’t the only one feeling the sexual tension. I swung my legs onto the bed and tucked my hands behind my head. 

“Scared you won’t be able to control yourself?” I patted the other side of the bed. A blush crawled out of the neck line of her shirt and up to her cheeks. She sputtered and her back stiffened, which is exactly what I had been going for. 

“Listen here, buddy. You’re no Brad Pitt.” Stomping across the room, she ripped the blanket back from the bed and crawled into her spot. “Don’t try anything funny.”

“I’ll try to contain my baser urges.” I hit the switch for the light and settled down into my pillow. 

Ava fought with her pillow until she had molded it into a shape that suited her. She was on her side facing me. I could just make out her features in the dark and smell the shampoo she had used in the shower. It had been years since I had slept in the same bed as someone else, but with Ava I didn’t worry she would get up and kill me in my sleep. 

It was a nice feeling. 

“Owen?” Her whisper drew me out of my thoughts.

“Yeah?”

“Thank you for not leaving me.” I could barely make out her words as weariness claimed her. 

“You’re welcome.”


About the author:




Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.      

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber


Breakable (Contours of the Heart Book 2)

Synopsis:

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…


As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

Review:

I remember really enjoying Easy, though it has been a while since I read it. When I saw Sweet was coming out I found that I missed Breakable somehow so I decided to check it out first.  Well I was a bit disappointed in it honestly. This is the same story as Easy, only from Lucas' point of view.

When Lucas first sees Jacqueline he is drawn to her. It is in the class that he is the tutor for, but which he sits through so he can go over what has been covered with those students needing help. He can't help but watch her during class even though she has a boyfriend. Plus nothing can come of it since he is the tutor for the class.

When Jacqueline's boyfriend breaks up with her she almost tanks her grades. To make it up she has to do an extra assignment with the help of the class tutor, Landon. As she starts to get closer to Lucas she doesn't realize that she also writes to him as Landon the tutor. It was kind of creepy in a way. I remember liking him in Easy, but with his telling of the story? Not so much. He definitely should have told her sooner who he was.

That and what happened in the past? What he blames himself for? It is one of those obviously he is not responsible but he is determined to blame himself situations. I had forgotten what happened to him, so when I got the entire story I was just like oh, okay. One of these situations. I don't know what it was exactly, but I just didn't really connect with Lucas. Oh well, it just wasn't my favorite read.

Rating: ★ ★

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave


Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel

Synopsis:

There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.


Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancĂ© is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

Review:

Eight Hundred Grapes was a frustrating read for me. The main character, Georgia, acts like a petulant child even though she is thirty years old. Oh she annoyed me. She thought she knew what was best for everyone even when they told her that what she wanted for them is not what they wanted.

Georgia returns home about a week before she is supposed to be married there. She found out something about her fiance which sent her running. Now she needs to figure out what she is going to do - get married still or move on. Though really she puts off thinking or even talking about this to mess in everyone else's affairs. Why deal with her problems when she can butt into other peoples?Once she gets home to her families vineyard things aren't as stress free as she thought they would be. Her parents have secrets, her brothers have secrets, really pretty much everyone is doing something Georgia doesn't agree with. She is determined to make everyone do what she wants, regardless of what they say they want. I mean she knows what is best for everyone obviously!

"You're just acting like you know the right think for everyone when you don't even know the right thing for yourself."

The biggest issue Georgia finds when she comes home? Her dad is selling the vineyard to their hated competitors. She is not at all happy about that as her dad obviously really doesn't want to do this. No matter how many times he tells her this is what he wants she doesn't believe it. She tries her hardest to get her dad out of the sale. The company buying it must have tricked him or something. She should have been consulted before the sale, even though she made her life far away and wanted nothing to do with the vineyard in years. She was so frustrating! Constantly trying to tell people what they should want/do and not listening to anyone! Then yelling at them/throwing temper tantrums when they don't listen to her. Argh!

"Have you ever considered that your desire for us to keep the vineyard has less to do with us and more to do with you?"

Her spoiled little brat attitude I couldn't deal with. Her she knows what is best for everyone when she can't even figure out what she wants to do for herself was annoying. I really couldn't stand her. Since she was the main character, the story is told through her, it made the book very frustrating to read. I was reading it and part of the story is will she still get married? I found I really didn't care either way. Get married or don't, but just stop acting like you are two. The end, how everything works out, that was just not very good. Well it was a good thing for most of the characters, but Georgia? It was hard not to roll my eyes. I had thought that the author might be going the way it did, but then I thought no. That can't be right. There is not really any set up for that so it wouldn't make sense to have it end that way, only it does. So it wasn't believable. All this whining temper tantrums leads to a let down of an ending. Not a book for me.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James


Suddenly One Summer

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding comes a novel about a man and a woman whose summer is about to get very, very steamy…

Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn't mean she's opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister's case, she's as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford…

Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and dry. He's willing to partner with Victoria, despite the fact that the beautiful brunette gets under his skin like no other woman. He might not be looking to settle down, but there's no denying the scorching attraction between them. Still, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he realizes that the one woman as skeptical about love as he is might be the only woman he could really fall for…

Review:

Suddenly One Summer was a fun read. Ford and Victoria were so great together! I love their banter, I love the hate turned to grudging like turned to love story.

The story opens with Victoria's house being broken into which sends her into a panic attack and awakens memories she has tried not to think about. Since she no longer feels safe at her place she buys a new one. Only it won't be available until the end of the summer. So she leases a place, coincidentally next to Ford, for the summer.

Ford is such a sweet guy. He is fiercely protective of those he cares for and would do anything for them. He brings a girl home the first night that Victoria is staying in her leased place, and when Victoria sees him with some other girl the next day out on the balcony she is sure he is a player (even though he definitely is not). She is positive he not someone she wants anything to do with, so when they meet she is not very nice to him. That starts the amazing banter between them. Victoria thinks he is a jerk, he thinks she rude, it was so much fun.

Ford's sister, Nicole, has a child but doesn't know who the father is, but needs to find him to try and get some support. When Victoria, who is a divorce lawyer and used to dealing with custody cases, volunteers her services free of charge things really get good. Ford and Victoria have to work together to try and track down the baby's dad. Their surveillance work was just so much fun! Of course their hate for each other turns into grudging respect which turns into a sex only relationship.

Neither Victoria nor Ford want anything serious. Victoria has some panic issues which make her unable to take the subway or be calm in enclosed spaces. She doesn't want anyone to know, she doesn't want to be out of control ever, so she tries to hide it. She really needs to always project this strong, together, tough woman. Ford has his own issues to deal with, but they are perfect for each other. Ford really is the sweetest guy. All the little things show how much he cares. It was a little rough getting to the happy ending since they both have things to work through, but together they can work through it. A great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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