Wednesday, September 30, 2015

And They Called Her Spider (Galvanic Century #1) by Michael Coorlim

And They Called Her Spider

Synopsis:

Galvanic Century is set in an alternate steampunk world where the reign of Queen Victoria has extended well into the early 20th century. As the world edges inexorably towards a World War that few can even begin to anticipate, brave men and women must contend with airship pirates, clockwork assassins, galvanic monsters, and anarchist madmen.

In their debut adventure, London is in the grip of an unstoppable assassin known only as the Spider, and consulting detectives James Wainwright and Alton Bartleby have been commissioned to catch her. 

Can the surly inventor and savvy gentleman track her down and stop her string of murders, or will Queen Victoria be her next victim?

Review:

And They Called Her Spider was such a fun read. I wasn't expecting much since it is a novella and they are not always that good, but I just loved this one. This is the story of Barnaby and Wainwright trying to find the secret assassin Spider before it is too late. Spider has been taking out influential people and no one seems to know anything about her. They must find her before the big celebration, before she can kill Queen Victoria. 

Barnaby and Wainwright were such a fun team to read. One is this grumpy genius inventor who keeps to himself and is not good with people, the other a real people person who can seemingly get anything he wants. The two of them..oh I did enjoy it. I loved who Spider was and what was actually going on. I loved reading the crazy inventions Wainwright came up with, loved reading how Barnaby just takes it all it, just really enjoyed this read. They seem to just bumble along, but it was fun. 

This is a steampunk book and unlike some I have read there is not just gears and goggles all over the place. Everything makes sense, everything is only mentioned if needed, and it was just a great read. The only problem was I didn't want it to end! I will have to go find some more Barnaby and Wainwright mysteries to read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beast Part 4 by Ella James - 1 star review

Beast Part 4
Beast Part 4: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

If you read Beast part three, and you should have, since these are serials, I don't think I need to entice you to one-click this novella. Beast and Annabelle are f*cked - and you know they're f*ckING, too. Grab your guns and a few extra pairs of panties! We're on the lam, and it's sexier than ever.

Review:

Alright, Beast part 4. What to say about this last part of the story? Well it was kind of a mess for me. The first part I didn't like that much because the end was like he raped her which is not cool, not like he was dominating and she was into it. It got better with parts two and three and I was excited to see how they would get out of the mess they are in. Beast had been locked up in solitary and stuffed full of drugs to keep him crazy, and Annabelle was there to warn him that someone was going to try to kill him that day. Only the DA comes in to do just that and things take a bad turn with Annabelle shooting and killing the DA. So they are now on the run. How will they make it out alive? How will they survive? 

**Note some spoilers ahead**

I think my biggest issue with this part was that a lot of it just did not make sense. I can suspend disbelief to a certain degree, but the whole running and hiding and not being found? It did not work AT ALL. The way it was written was just like wait are you serious? You are really trying to tell me this is what happens? It was too much. 

So what happened? How did they do it? Okay so first of all Beast is working for the feds, only now they have no use for him and they are trying to kill him. So they get a car at the prison and speed off. Only there are cops on the way, spike strips in the road, etc. So they get around some of that, but with cops behind them and in front of them they don't have many options. Beast swerves into the woods and drives a little ways (yes, there is somehow a path wide enough for his car to drive through the woods) and he knows there is a lake ahead and he just crashes into that. They manage to get out and pull themselves to shore and there is a grove of trees that they hide out it. And NO ONE finds them. That is where it got to be too much. There are all those cops who were on the road that saw them go into the woods and they did not try and follow? They did not search for them on foot? They just gave up and went home? I mean their grove of trees was by the road so they could look out and see if anyone was coming and there was no one there by the time they got there. Sure. That makes sense. They are hiding by the road where the cops saw them go and no one looks for them. They get helicopters to circle the area instead. It just...they would have been found in two seconds! It made no sense!!

Then what do you do when you are hurt, bleeding, and running for your life? Have lots of sexy time. I know this is a dark, erotic fairy tale, but come on. You need to put the sexy time in where it works, not just have the characters have sex every two seconds because yeah. Not good to read. So disappointing. 

The final disappointment was the end. Instead of them figuring out a way to get out of everything Beast gets stabbed 13 times (!!!) goes into a coma and when he wakes up - surprise! Everything is fine. The story of what happened got out and peeps on Twitter were like dude! Let this guy live happily ever after!! So they said oh, okay. If Twitter peeps say it, we will do it. Super lame!! So disappointing. I read Hansel and loved it, but Beast, at least the first and last parts, was just not that good. So if you have read this and didn't enjoy it give Hansel a try. It is so much better. 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Beast Part 3 by Ella James - 4 star review

Beast Part 3
Beast Part 3: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

Return to La Rosa Prison as Annabelle tries to save Beast from his grizzly fate. Her tongue and hands are doing most of the saving. 
Okay, not really. 
There's suspense and a healthy dose of smut, too. You know that's how you like it... 

In all seriousness, this is an adult book that deals with a variety of intense and mature topics. It's also a novella. If you dislike reading stories in installments, or are a prude, a whiner, or other unsavory sort of character, this may not be a good read for you. 

Review:

Gah Beast Part 3...I don't know how they are going to get out of this in the last part. At the end of Part 2 we have Beast being drug off into solitary by the crazy DA who has a grudge against him. Uma, the model druggie from the first part that was killed in the car accident, was the DA's granddaughter. Man things don't look good for Beast and Annabelle doesn't really have a way to reach him. Her step dad is no longer employed at the jail, she can't just get in to see him like she used to, her mom is really dying now, it is a lot to handle. 

There wasn't a lot of sexy time in this chapter since the two were separated and most of it is from Annabelle's point of view. Most of this part is Annabelle trying to deal with everything. Trying to figure out what to do. She does get some help, but things are not good when it ends. Beast is in a bad place and Annabelle...she is not much better. 

Man those last few chapters, those last pages, you learn a lot and gah! We shall see what happens next! I hope they can figure everything out because I like them together, but it is not looking good. I just can't see how they can get out of the mess they are in to live happily ever after. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beast Part 2 by Ella James - 4 star review

Beast Part 2
Beast Part 2: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

Continue the dark, erotic journey of Annabelle, the warden's daughter, and the man she's pined for since her girlhood. No longer Cal Hammond, actor, Beast is a brutal man who runs the prison's gangs from behind a shroud of secrecy and lies. Can Annabelle's love save him from his tainted past, or will his deceit ruin both of them? 

*Beast 2 is a serial novella. If you don't like novellas, or reading stories in installments, this probably isn't for you. It deals with intense subjects and features absolutely panty-melting sex. If you're on a bus, in the subway, in your office, or babysitting innocent children, I'd advise you to read this story later. If you just can't wait, be warned. Beast will make you wet. 

Review:

Phew. Beast Part 2 is so much more intense than the first part. I think I just didn't care for the set up and the sexy time at the end of the first part. Felt too much like it was forced and not like she was okay with it for me. But Part 2? Now we are talking. 

At the end of the first part Annabelle has to decide to come see Beast every day or he will kill her step dad. She is still hung up on him from all those years ago when they shared a bit of an evening together and she just cannot help herself. She does get the choice of coming or not, her step dad won't die if she doesn't, but of course she does. She has been obsessed with Cal/Ricardo/Beast forever and whatever he is like now is not going to change that. 

I loved seeing Beast be more gentle with Annabelle. Yes he is this tough guy, you wouldn't want to mess with him in the jail, but with her he is almost sweet. He has issues, issues that make him not want to admit that he remembers her from that night, but he can't help himself when it comes to her. He needs her and as long as she keeps coming to see him he will keep her safe. 

The end? Woah man. I do like that you get some of the prison stuff that is going on in this story. You get to see what Beast does on the inside, how he survives, but man. I need to go read the next part now because I need to see what happens!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beast Part 1 by Ella James - 3 star review

Beast Part 1
Beast Part 1: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

FROM HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY
At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.

TO A BRUTAL BEAST
Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as BEAST. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.

NOW ONLY SHE CAN SAVE HIM

Annabelle Mitchell’s father is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to her father’s work, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When she catches Beast’s eye, he releases the warden and grabs the daughter. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.

Review:

Beast Part 1 is the first part of this twisted Beauty & the Beast erotic fairy tale. I must say after reading Hansel and loving it I had high expectations for this book. I love love love Beauty & the Beast so I was looking for an amazing story. This was good, but not as good as the first part of Hansel

Annabelle is obsessed with Cal Hammond, movie star extraordinaire. She is a virgin, the only one of her friends to still be one, and when they get on the guest list of a celebrity party they decide that she will sleep with Cal that night. If he will have her. For her part, for as much as she is obsessed with him, she doesn't want to have sex. She doesn't even like people touching her, probably not even Cal. 

Cal is kind of floating through life. He has a fake girlfriend he has to pose for photos with, a few good friends, and a father that is a drug addict. He makes some bad choices the night he meets Annabelle and ends up in jail. The jail where her step-dad works. Something happened that night that turned him into this cold, ruthless person. When her step-dad ends up on the wrong side of Cal (now knows as Beast) Annabelle arrives just in time to stop him from being murdered. The only problem? She would have to give herself to Beast to save her dad. Can she do it? We shall find out. This was an alright read, some scenes from the end were not so good, but hopefully it will just get better from here.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Release Day: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry



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Synopsis:

I was warned about Tristan Cole.

“Stay away from him,” people said.
“He’s cruel.”
“He’s cold.”
“He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.

But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.

Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

Review:

Wow The Air He Breathes was just an incredible read. It is one of those books that just broke me down, but then put me back together in a much better way. One of those books where I care so much for the characters that I feel everything. It has been a long time since I have had a book affect me as much as this one and it was amazing.

Elizabeth and Tristan have both suffered loses that neither has really dealt with yet. They are both so broken it is heartbreaking. While Tristan has been pushing everyone away, acting like a super jerk to keep people from getting close, Elizabeth just doesn't have that option. She has her daughter Emma to worry about. She doesn't want to become her mother and force Emma to take care of her. She has to keep it together, at least somewhat, so she will be there for her daughter.

Tristan is the town jerk. Everyone thinks he is this horrible human being, maybe on the run from the law or something, and you should watch out. He will get you. Only he really isn't. Elizabeth can see him. She can see that he is hurting just as much as she is. She can see that he is really a kind person behind that gruff facade. She can see what he is hiding because she is doing the same. Ah these two just killed me!

"He was hard to look at, because he was so broken, but every scarred part of his existence seemed to draw me in."

Elizabeth is such a kind and caring soul. She is having a hard time, but somehow things aren't quite so bad with Tristan around. Even though he doesn't want to be her friend, she knows they need each other. They can help each other try and remember their loses. This book....seriously it made me feel all the feels. There were many times I teared up for these characters. There were times when I was so devastated as I just couldn't see how this wouldn't end in heartbreak for the both of them, they are both just so broken, but it was so beautiful at the same time. Tristan's chapters were particularly hard to read, but particularly beautiful. There was just so much pain in there, but it was beautiful.

Elizabeth and Tristan slowly start to become friends and open up to each other. They are heartbreaking to watch, but so wonderful together. And Tristan with Emma? Oh, my heart almost couldn't take how incredibly sweet he is. I am not really a kid person, but Tick and Tock? Oh, my heart was so full watching them together. Tristan really has this incredibly big heart. Once he lets Elizabeth in he is just the sweetest. His kindness to others, people others don't even notice, is incredible. He is a truly a remarkable person touched by lose. I cannot get over how much I loved these characters.

Through the book everyone kept warning Elizabeth about Tristan. How she should stay away, how he is bad new, etc. Oh, these townspeople made me angry. I cared so much for these characters that whenever someone would say something bad about one of them I would just get angry. I was very defensive and had to put the book aside a few times and just get my angry rant out so I could go on. It was all very realistic in how the close-minded small town people were. I couldn't live there that is for sure. And the worst offender for me? Faye, Elizabeth's bff. She does provide some comic relief, but I couldn't forgive her for not standing by her friend. For not trusting that her friend knows what she is doing. For not trying to see past the awful rumors that have no basis in fact.

This book was just an incredible read. There were times when things were revealed, or something would happen, that would just rip my heart out. There were times when I was just so full of love I was overwhelmed. Times when I was completely devastated, and times that were so hopeful and happy. This book about losing and learning to love again, about the painful process of moving on and letting love in, was simply beautiful. Tristan was so wonderful, such a great person, and even when he ran, when he tried to push Elizabeth away, he never really got far. It was hard at times to see how these two broken people would ever be whole again, but gah! I really loved this story. It made me feel all the feels. I finished reading and just couldn't get the story out of my head. Even now, a few days after finishing, I am still wrapped up in it. Amazing. Beautiful. Just such an incredible story. Definitely give this book a read.

"As my eyes faded and her hands lay against my check, I knew life was never truly broken; it was simply bruised some days, and bruises healed with time."

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★




About the Author:

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing--poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Lady Awakened (Blackshear Family #1) by Cecilia Grant

A Lady Awakened
A Lady Awakened

Synopsis:

In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened.

Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?

Review:

I really disliked A Lady Awakened. I hated Martha. I could not stand her and since this is a book about her it did not work out well for me. Oh she was annoying.

Martha is recently widowed, but if she does not produce an heir from that marriage she will lose everything to her husbands brother. She would have to go live with her brother and give up on all of her plans for a school for the girls and everything she is working for. Add to that that she finds out the brother in law is not a good person, that he took advantage of the servant girls when he lived there before, and she is determined to find a way to stay. She just needs someone to impregnate her and that will be that. This all sounds fine when I think about it, but the way she is written negated any good feelings I might have had towards her for trying to help others.

Martha is not a fan of sex. Her husband always just did it and didn't care if she was into it or not. She does not have fond feelings towards it. She pretty much thinks it is for procreation and nothing more. When she finds out Theo has moved in recently and he seems to like the ladies a lot (if the rumors are true) she goes to him with a proposition. Sleep with her every day for a month and hope she gets pregnant. She will pay him of course and then hopefully she can pass off the baby as her late husbands. Man I don't know why Theo came back after that first time. I don't think I have ever read such an awkward, painful sexy time scene. It was really realistic and I was just cringing the whole time. Martha doesn't want any foreplay, she doesn't care if she is ready for him or not, she just wants him to put his seed in her as quickly as possible. *Shudders* It was bad. And she treats Theo like garbage. I hated her.

Martha treats everyone like they are idiots who don't know what is best for them. She knows everything, she knows what is right, and if you don't agree with her well you are just wrong. She was so snotty to everyone. No wonder she doesn't have any friends. She was horrible. Always trying to tell people what to do and thinking herself better than everyone. I understand that she did not grow up with any affection, but the way she is did not make me give her a break because of that. It really made me think "well f you you arrogant judgemental know it all!" Even when I agreed with what she thought was good, what she was trying to do, the way she was written and the way she went about things made me want to rally against her. It made me want her to fail even though it would be good for others. It just made me angry and like who are you to tell these people what to do? Who are you to think so poorly of them if they don't comply with your wishes? You don't know them or their lives so you really have no room to judge them. They might be doing the best they can and even if that is not what you want that is what they can do. Screw you Martha! Can you tell she made me angry?

I am not really sure why Theo would fall for her or keep coming back. She thinks so poorly of him. Even once she starts to soften towards him she still thinks he is incapable of doing something good without her telling him to do it. She thinks so highly of herself and so lowly of others it was terrible. Especially Theo. Theo who is nothing but nice and kind and amazing. I loved him. Yes, at the beginning he didn't really know what he wanted to do with his life, but he wasn't a bad person. Through the book he didn't really change he just found something that he enjoys. He started off learning land management for his farm and everything which really bored him (and that didn't make Martha think to kindly of him - he should want to know this stuff! He should enjoy it! A real man, a good man would....ugh). He was just such a good person and he once he found out something was not so good he immediately tried to fix it. Like his tenants - once he found out how they were living, the state of their houses and such, he wanted to help them. To have such a good person end up with such a arrogant know it all...yes, by the end Martha was better, but I still didn't care for her. Oh Theo was so sweet. Oh and the end was a bit rushed. It was kind of confusing what was happening, what was going on, but at least Theo ended up happy. At least someone did.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Year in Manhattan (Empire State #3) by Louise Bay

New Year in Manhattan
New Year in Manhattan (The Empire State Series Book 3)

Synopsis:

Anna and Ethan are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Their previous rules no longer apply. 

In order to make things work, Anna needs to let go of her past and take a risk with Ethan. Ethan needs to learn how to deal with the ambiguity of a relationship. 

Long-distance relationships are never easy and their situation is fragile. For how long can it survive under the pressure of separation? Are either of them prepared to give up what they have for the other? 


But distance isn’t the only obstacle Anna and Ethan face. Ultimately they have to decide whether they want to share a future together.

Review:

New Year in Manhattan is the last book in this novella series. While I did enjoy reading them all Anna is annoying. If she could just talk to Ethan like a normal person most of their problems would be resolved. 

At the end of the last book Ethan went back to New York, Anna stayed in London, but they agreed to do a long distance thing. It is hard and pretty quickly Ethan realizes it just will not work for him. Either Anna will move to New York if she wants, but if she can't than he will figure out a way to move to London. He knows it will be hard to start over again in a new city, but he wants to be with Anna. 

Only Anna always acts like it is not really a big deal to her. She hurts Ethan without even knowing it with her blase attitude, then gets upset instead of talking to Ethan and fixing things. I just wanted to yell at her at times. Like just talk to him!! Of course he is not going to do it now, you said x and now he thinks you wouldn't want what he was going to do. Why would he suddenly decide that you didn't mean what you said? He is not a mind reader! Goodness woman figure your stuff out and just talk to your guy. He is great, he loves you, he will do anything for you. He is willing to move to London to be with you just give him a break. It does all work out in the end, but Anna doesn't always make it easy. Still I enjoyed the story even if it was frustrating at times. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Autumn in London (Empire State #2) by Louise Bay

Autumn in London
Autumn in London (The Empire State Series Book 2)

Synopsis:

Autumn in London is the second part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas. The series starts in A Week in New York and concludes in New Year in Manhattan. 

Anna Kirby went to New York to escape heartbreak and have some fun. She wasn't meant to meet someone . . . someone like Ethan. Now, back in London, she's having to get over a man who's three thousand miles away.... 

Ethan Scott broke every one of his rules during his week with Anna and now he can't seem to go back to life before her. A business trip to London gives him the opportunity to change his rules for good. Will he take it? 


The Series concludes in New Year in Manhattan 

Review:

Autumn in London is a continuation of Anna and Ethan's story. The first book left off with Anna heading back to London after erasing her number from Ethan's phone (and his from hers). She didn't want anything more than that one week even though she was falling for him. She didn't think he wanted more, and since she kept saying she didn't he didn't press her on it. He just wanted her to be happy. 

They have both been missing each other for these past few months. When Ethan goes to London to oversee a merge with a firm there he is not expecting to find Anna working there. They are so great together, though Anna is annoying at times in this one. As Ethan says he is always no bullshit, but she just gets so worked up about nothing! Like she thinks he knew who she was all along and it was just business for him, he was trying to get intel and stuff, which makes no sense! Did you talk about work at all while you were in New York? No? Then why would he have done this if it was just to get intel? He would be the worst at that since you didn't even tell him you were a lawyer! Geez! She just freaks out all the time. 

Even after they both tell the other they love them she won't talk about what will happen when Ethan has to go back to New York. He is ready for this, finally has someone he wants to spend time with, be with, and she is just acting like she might not want the same. Argh it was frustrating at times. Whenever he would try to talk to her she would put him off. Not now, let's wait until the last minute when you are leaving in a few hours. Yeah, that is a great idea. She is so worried that he might not want to continue their relationship which is bull. Why would he still be there and tell her he loves her if he didn't want her? He doesn't do bullshit. He says what he thinks so she needs to get over her insecurities. I hope she is not so bad in the last part of their story. Ethan loves her, she loves him, he is determined to make it work either with her moving to New York or him to London so chill. It will be fine. You will get your happily ever after if you can just calm down and talk to the man. He just wants you to be happy even if that means you leave him and breaking his own heart. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Monday, September 21, 2015

A Week in New York (Empire State #1) by Louise Bay

A Week in New York
A Week in New York (The Empire State Series Book 1)

Synopsis:

Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She's tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she's a magnet for men who don't deserve her.

A week's vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.

Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn't date, he doesn't stay the night, and he doesn't make any promises.

It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.

A Week in New York is the first in a series of three novellas.

***Not suitable for younger readers due to sexual content and language.***

Review:

I enjoyed One Week in New York way more than I thought I would. Because it was the first of three novellas I knew it might not end with happily ever after yet, but I really wanted it to. It is odd since most of the story is sexy time, but I wanted these two to be together forever. So good job to the author for making me really care about the characters so much in such a short amount of time.

Ethan is a workaholic who doesn't want a relationship. He has never had a girlfriend and he wants nothing to do with one. He has rules like no sleeping over, no taking a girl back to his place, no exchanging phone numbers, etc. He has sex and that is it. No more. He is upfront about that with the women he sleeps with, but that doesn't always mean they don't want more.

Anna is in New York for a week with a friend after her last boyfriend disaster. She doesn't seem to pick good guy and she is tired of being disappointed. She has decided no more men, at least for now. She just cannot do it all again. Then she meet Ethan and she tells him this is only sex. No relationship, no feelings, no promises that get broken, nothing like that. It seems perfect for them.

Of course the one night no strings turns into one week no string attached. The more they spend time together the more they like the other person. Only problem is Anna lives in London, Ethan in New York. A relationship would never work between them. 

This was a fun read. Yes it is a lot of sexy time, but as I said before I really want these characters to be together forever. I want their happily ever after! The end of this part is a little open so I need to go read part two now to see what happens!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff

Wishful Thinking
Wishful Thinking

Synopsis:

Jennifer Sharpe is a divorced mother of two with a problem just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn t have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn t have a boss. But when, through a fateful coincidence, a brilliant physicist comes into possession of Jennifer's phone and decides to play fairy godmother, installing a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of what seems like the answer to the impossible dream of having it all: an app that lets her be in more than one place at the same time. With the app, Jennifer goes quickly from zero to hero in every part of her life: she is super-worker, the last to leave her office every night; she is super-mom, the first to arrive at pickup every afternoon; and she even becomes super-girlfriend, dating a musician who thinks she has unlimited childcare and a flexible job. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can't answer. Why does she feel busier and more harried than ever? Is she aging faster than everyone around her? How can she be a good worker, mother, and partner when she can't be honest with anybody in her life? And most important, when choosing to be with your children, at work, or with your partner doesn't involve sacrifice, do those choices lose their meaning? Wishful Thinking is a modern-day fairy tale in which one woman learns to overcome the challenges and appreciate the joys of living life in real time.

Review:

Whishful Thinking. This was an okay read. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. I didn't care for the main character which didn't help, but it was okay. 

Jennifer is divorced, taking care of her two kids and trying to work the long hours needed at her job. Her ex wasn't very reliable for a long time, but now he seems to want to be in their kids lives more. He wants to file for more custody, especially since they are home with a sitter most of the time. Her boss also expects her to put in long hours to try and get her dream plan to come to fruition a year earlier than planned. She has a lot to do and not enough time to do it. 

When she loses her phone one day she finds it again with a mysterious new app on it that claims to let her be in two places at once kind of. She was supposed to miss her sons guitar recital, but even though she doesn't believe this new app will really let her be in two places at the same time she gives it a try. When she sees that it actually works, that she could be at her sons recital, then get sent back in time to when she left to finish off her work day she thinks this is the perfect thing for her. With the help of her crazy physicist neighbour who made the app she can have everything. She is only supposed to use it a few times a week. After all it has not been testes significantly and they wouldn't want anything to happen to Jennifer. Her bff is also in the loop as she is a doctor and can keep an eye on her health.

Quickly Jennifer finds that only time jumping a twice a week is not enough. She can have it all, if only she re-lives the same times two or three times in a day. It sounds horrible really. She ends up doing way more, but never really enjoying it.

"It was not lost on Jennifer that, even with the app, she was still chasing the moment when she could finally be in the moment, and it was a moment that never seemed to arrive."

It is one of those be careful what you wish for type of situations. It looks like it would be great to have many more hours in a day, but it is not really. You still are chasing time and it is not something I would really want. Sure it would be nice at times to have more hours in the day, but there aren't so you make do with what you have.

So through it all I just found Jennifer a bit..she just gets a bit too crazy for me. I didn't really care for her and never felt for her and her situation. I really thought sure, let your ex have the kids a few days a week after school. You can work, he can see them, win win win. Only she won't let that happen. Maybe if we would have seen the ex and how bad he was before it would have been different, but as it is I just felt like that would have been a good solution to some of your problems. Yes you would miss time with your kids, but you already do. As the ex pointed out they are not even with her, so why not let them be with him? I didn't care for it. I know a lot of working parents would probably love an app like this to let them not miss anything with their kids, but the way she was written I just didn't care for Jennifer.

My one real issue with the book though is near the end. **spoiler alert** Jennifer finally realizes that she cannot keep time jumping forever, that she will age so much faster since she is living so many more hours that everyone else. She realizes she will end up missing more if she keeps up her addiction so she quits cold turkey. No more time jumps. Only they need to get some information that is locked up and they cannot get to it. It turns into this weird crime story, stop the bad guys in a humorous way kind of thing. It was odd as that storyline seemed to come out of nowhere. Sure I guess it is kind of set up with the boss, but it was just like alright zany fun take the bad guy down time. I didn't like it. Really I didn't like that they needed to get he documents to catch the bad guy, but couldn't figure out how to get them. So what do they do? Use the app once again to pop in and out of where they needed to be and yey problem solved. I really didn't like that. Instead of figuring out a way to get what they needed by themselves it is just like oh we will just time jump again. I know we just said no more, but just once more couldn't hurt right? Ugh. I can just see if they didn't destroy the app that she would just start using every once and a while, only when she really needed it mind you, and then we would be right back where we were in the middle of the book. It annoyed me.

Overall an alright read, but because I never liked the main character it didn't win me over. The end also annoyed me so not my favorite, but not the worst thing either.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hansel, Part 4 by Ella James

Hansel Part 4
Hansel Part 4: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

THE FINAL PART IN THE DARK EROTIC FAIRY TALE... 

Hansel. 
Gretel. 

They were captives who shared a wall, and cut a hole in it so they could hold each other's hands. Until he killed their captor, Mother. Then he disappeared, and as the world swooped in to save the Children locked away in Mother's house, the girl called Gretel became...lost. No breadcrumbs. 

Finding Hansel, years later, is the shock of Leah McKenzie's adult life. Finding out how far she'll go for him - that's no surprise. 

Leah's given Hansel - Lucas, he says it is - every piece of herself. And he's been both cruel and kind. 

What they share is dangerous. 
What they feel is dark. 
Their history is twisted. 
Their hearts already broken. 
And that's before the secrets are revealed. 

*Hansel Part 4 is the final installment in this erotic fairy tale. Full disclosure: it's a dark read. If you don't enjoy mind-bending stories with disturbing twists, this story may not be for you.

Review:

*Note: you should have read the first three parts before starting this one. This is a continuation of the same story*

Oh Hansel. My heart would just break for him. I loved him, felt bad for him, wanted nothing but the best for him. This last and final chapter of the story gives you the last pieces of the puzzle. What really happened. Oh, Luke. You are simply amazing. 

When this chapter starts we are back at Mother's house. Leah wanted to go back to try and put that chapter of her life behind her. She still wants Luke, but he kept trying to send her away. She is not sure what to do once he started acting nice towards her. The two of them...they were amazing together. Leah is so good for Luke. She believes in him, wants to care for him, just wants him to be okay. She was so sweet and kind. I loved her.

This last chapter was really kind of sweet. Luke is so fragile. He still has so much to deal with and has so many secrets. I just absolutely loved him. You just want him to figure things out and find a way to be with Leah. It was a little different from the other parts, but I didn't love it any less. Really as a whole this is an amazing read. I loved all four parts. Highly recommended if you like dark reads. I can't get over how good these were. Loved it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Hansel, Part 3 by Ella James

Hansel Part 3
Hansel Part 3: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

In part three of Hansel's story...Limits are pushed, walls come down, and secrets are revealed. Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember? 

*This is a dark, erotic romance, and is part three in a four-part serial series.

Review:

*Note: you should have read the first two parts before starting this one. This is a continuation of the same story*

Hansel, Part 3 is another great chapter to this amazing story. It is dark, it is hot, it is gritty, it is amazing. 

At the end of the last part Luke was trying to get Leah to go and leave him be. He has a hard time with his past and everything he did. He doesn't think Leah would want to be around him if she knew what he did. You don't know everything yet, but you get more glimpses in this one and woah. If what is implied is what happened that no wonder Luke is so messed up about it. He keeps trying to push Leah away, but she is so stubborn she won't go. She knows him. She knows he is not telling the truth. She knows he wants her, she just cannot figure out why he keeps trying to hurt her so she will go.

Leah is really strong even if she has a lot of insecure moments. Everything she has gone through and she is still here trying to help Luke and be there for him. When he pushes the most she just won't give in. I don't know what will happen next, but it is going to be emotional and intense. I am just loving this dark fairy tale. These two people have such a shared past that they really could use each other. They could help each other. But they need to know everything, which we will find out in the next chapter. Hopefully it is not too too bad. Cause I don't know how much more my heart can break for Luke. It is a hard read at times, but so so worth it. Amazing.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: Tomorrow's Lies by S.R. Grey - Excerpt & Giveaway



Releasing Oct/Nov 
Add it to your to-read list on Goodreads

Synopsis:

When today's promises become tomorrow's lies, how can you believe in anything . . . or anyone?

Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she’s given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.

Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie’s worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.

Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.

Flynn O'Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.

So what do you do when you’re trapped and there’s no way out?

What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?

What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today’s promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow’s lies?

Tomorrow’s Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It's about never giving up, even in the face of adversity.

Note: NO cliffhanger!

Excerpt: 

“Today’s promises are nothing but tomorrow’s lies. Isn’t that what you once told me?”

“I didn’t mean for it to ever apply to us, Jaynie,” Flynn says.

“But, it could. We can’t predict the future.”

“Stop it,” he pleads.

I back off, whisper a gentle, “You’ll find me, then?”

“Yes, of course.”

“Say it again.”

“Jaynie…”

Flynn scrubs his hands down his face, then tilts his head back to stare up at the starless night. His eyes are wet, glistening.

He is breaking right along with me.


About the Author:

S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author and a Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, the Laid Bare series of novellas, and Tomorrow’s Lies. Ms. Grey's novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories, including #1 on the Barnes & Noble Nook Bestsellers list last year.



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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hansel, Part 2 by Ella James

Hansel Part 2
Hansel Part 2: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:


PART TWO IN ELLA JAMES' BESTSELLING EROTIC FAIRY TALE... 

He was Hansel. 
She was Gretel. 
Once upon a time, they shared a prison wall inside a crazy woman's house.
When they meet again, he has a whip. She wears a mask. And fear runs high - for so many reasons. 
What will happen when the mask comes off, the walls come down? 

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember? 

*This story is very dark, with many mature themes. If you don't like dark stories, you may not enjoy it. 

Review:

*Note: you should have read the first part before starting this one. This is a continuation of the same story*

Wow this story just gets better and better! Hansel Part 1 leaves off when Hansel/Edgar/Luke kicks the girl he was testing for a sub out then finds out she was actually Leah. This part picks up a few days later and man. I am loving this story. I am so glad I gave it a try. The whole dark erotic fairy tale was kind of an eh idea for me, but man is this good. If you like dark, of you like hot, if you like characters that have issues but use those issue to make the sexy time super intense than this is the story for you.

In this chapter you get to see more of Luke's past pre-Hansel. This story is so intense my heart was just pounding from the moment I start reading until I get to the end. I just have to keep going and see what will happen. Luke has not had a good life. He has a pretty messed up childhood and man...no wonder he is the way he is now. He wants Leah, but doesn't think he can have her. He is a monster. She wouldn't want him if she knew everything he did. He can't really deal with his feelings for her. He tries to burry them with alcohol and such, but oh my heart just broke for him.

Leah is all set to go back home and try and forget Hansel/Luke, but she still has one more night in town. She goes out and happens to run into Hansel. Oh, Leah is so kind. She cares so much for him. She is wonderful even if he hurts her heart mistakenly at times. They both want the other, but can Luke deal with his past and let Leah take care of him? Can he put aside some of his demons so they can have a future together? Oh this story is amazing. I absolutely love it. Now on to part 3 to see what happens next!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hansel, Part 1 by Ella James

Hansel Part 1
Hansel Part 1: An Erotic Fairy Tale

Synopsis:

FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLA JAMES... 

One boy. Mother calls him Hansel. 
One girl. Mother named her Gretel. 
Locked in little rooms, in the mountainside mansion of a crazy woman. 
Until he saws a hole into the wall dividing them. 
Then at least, they have each other’s hands. 

It doesn’t end well at Mother’s house. 
Everything gets…broken. 

Ten years later, they meet again in an exclusive Vegas sex club. 
Whips. 
Chains. 
And most of all, a mask. 
What happens to love when it gets twisted? 

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?

Review:

Phew. Hansel was...part 1 is kind of amazing. I read the synopsis and thought dark erotic fairy tale? That could be good or it could be a disaster. I will either love it or I will hate it. I hadn't read anything by the author before so I just decided to give it a go. It is a quick read so if it was bad I wouldn't be wasting a lot of my time. Well this was far from bad. I loved this story, at least this first part. It is dark and gritty and everything I wanted. The story is so much better than I thought it would be. If you do not like dark than this is not the story for you. It is kind of an intense read. 

Hansel and Gretel(Leah) first meet after Leah is kidnapped by Mother Goose. She looks the part of Gretel and Mother has been needing that. She is locked up and her only source of companionship is Hansel on the other side of the wall. He makes a small hole in the wall so they can talk and hold hands. He tries to help Leah as much as he can, and she him. It sounds horrible and you get to see what it was like through some flashback. Man Mother is crazy. Obviously. She would have to be, but I loved how crazy she was. I loved that she was crazy with fairy tales. It was just a really interesting idea. Terrible for the kids, but she was a great villain. 

The story takes place years after Hansel and Leah escape Mother's house. Leah stumbles upon Hansel again only he is now a famous Dom. He has subs who he uses to try and be with Leah when he knows he can't. It was...oh. It was hot and intense and everything wrapped up in this dark fairy tale. Leah and Hansel obviously both wanted to be with the other, but not sure why they weren't after they got out. You don't get to see much of the in between time yet, but phew! I cannot wait to see what happens! Amazing read so far. Now on to part 2!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Blog Tour: The Counting Downers by A.J. Compton - Review & Giveaway



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Synopsis:

The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel by A.J. Compton 

Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers… 

Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him. 

No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive. 

As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created. 

But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.

The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment.

Review:

The Counting Downers was not a typical read for me. It is very flowery and romantic, very poignant and just not what I usually read. I did enjoy it over all, though at times it got to be a bit too much for me. I think most readers will really enjoy the story. It definitely tugs on the heartstrings and makes you really think about love and death, living, and losing those you care about.

I originally wanted to read this story because the idea behind it intrigued me. That you know how much time everyone around you has left to live, but you don't know how long you have. That you can't know or things will happen that are not the best. Really I thought of the movie Timer, which is completely different and fun, and thought this would be similar for some reason. I started reading and just thought okay, I should get the My Little Pony show read as I am going to need to be cheered up after this one. This is going to be a real downer, and it was, but also kind of hopeful at the same time. The story starts off with Matilda's dad dying. Her dad that she was super close to. Her dad that was everything to her, to her family. Her dad who she doesn't know what she will do without. She is destroyed even though she knew when he would die. The beginning, her trying to deal with his death, the funeral, all of that I was enjoying, but then it got to be a little long for me. I was just like got it, can we move on. My dad died when I was about Matilda's age. I was really close to him like she was with her dad. I know how hard it can be, but mine was taken suddenly. I didn't get those last days to really soak up as much time as I could with him and to keep reading about it was just a bit much for me. Sometimes I have a hard time with things like that. 

This book talks a lot about death, about knowing how much time everyone has left. At first I thought I wonder if you just kind of get used to everyone having this box above their heads counting down their life. Do you even notice normally? Is it only when something comes up that makes you think that one day they will be gone that you look up? The idea is really interesting to me. Just thinking about what the world would be like, how I would be different if this were how it was, was very interesting. It's hard to imagine and I am not sure if I think it would be a good thing or not. I kind of like not knowing. 

Through the story Matilda and Tristan first become friends, then more than friends. They are obviously in love right from the start. They are perfect for each other. Matilda seems so carefree and fun which is what Tristan needs. Before her he was really on his own. It is sad how he was living before. Out in the middle of nowhere, no friends or family left, just him. Then Matilda swoops in and things are great for him. He knew when he first met her that it wasn't the right time for them. He only hoped that one day they would run into each other again and it would be the right time. He knew right away that she was someone for him and yet he waited. I loved it. 

"It always comes back to T.I.M.E."

For his part Tristan helps Matilda not hate time so much. She seems carefree, but really she is terrified of how much or how little time she and everyone she cares about has left. She is terrified of being left behind and leaving others. For a long time she kept herself removed from other people so she wouldn't get close to anyone. So she wouldn't have to loose them one day. Time is her least favorite four letter work, but Tristan works to try and change that. I really loved him. He is more like me I think. Everyone dies eventually and you cannot do anything about that so why worry about it? Matilda gets so caught up in her time that she doesn't always live. 

I was loving this story, but things fell apart a little bit at the end. It was still good, I still enjoyed it and overall really liked the story, but it just was a little off for me. Matilda all of a sudden gets really stupid and her conversation with her mom were too stilted. I like the ideas being shared, but it felt off from the way the rest of the story was written. It was only a few pages, so it didn't ruin anything, but there it is. Plus I really wanted to see a different epilogue. I read why the author didn't, and I get it, but that didn't stop me from wanting it.

Overall I think most people will really love this story. It just makes you think, makes you consider how much time you have left and what you are doing with it. It is a downer, but a hopeful downer. Really an interesting read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

About the Author:


A.J. Compton is a 23-year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full-time over-thinker. She is the author of The Counting-Downers and a dozen other unfinished manuscripts which will hopefully see the light of day soon.

A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing 
number of fictional book boyfriends.

Those two facts are not related. Honestly.

She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing.

She really hates writing about herself in the third person.


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

All Your Reasons (Crave #1) by Nina Levine


All Your Reasons: Crave Series

Synopsis:

When heartbreaker meets ball breaker, sparks will fly.

Rockstar, Jett Vaughn, isn’t against settling down, but no woman has ever held his attention long enough for a relationship to develop. That is until he meets Presley Hart. She’s confident, opinionated and headstrong. She drives him to the edge of crazy, but he can’t deny how she makes him feel.

He wants her heart, but she only wants his body. 

Presley’s not against giving her heart to a man, but she has too many reasons why he’s not the one to give it to. Jett isn’t a man who will take no for an answer though. He’s about to declare war on her reasons and take what he wants.

BOOK 1 IN THE NEW CRAVE SERIES

Review:

The best thing about All Your Reasons is that is was a really short, quick read. It doesn't really have much substance to it so it was just blah. 

Presley is this girl who apparently falls in love with everyone instantly and doesn't make the right choices with men. She is married to a rock star, but has been separated for six months. She just wanted him to put her first instead of his career, which he wouldn't do. Now he wants to come back, after his tour, and be husband and wife again. Apparently she had only known the guy for 4 weeks before they got married and none of her friends liked him even then. She also reveals at one point that she almost married a guy twenty years older than her when she was eighteen. So she seems to just jump right into things without thinking much. The problem with the story was even though I know all this about her I don't really feel like I know Presley. She meets and falls for Jett instantly, but I have no idea why. Because he is good looking? Maybe? I don't know. 

Jett sleeps with lots of women, but has never found one he would want to settle down with. Until he sees Presley at a club one night and just like that he knows she is different and he wants her. Again not sure why. He mentions at one point that he can talk to her unlike most women he meets. So I guess that is as good a reason to be instantly in love. 

Now everything in this story happens instantly. They meet and instantly both just want to get out of there and have sex. The sex scenes? Well they are basically just take your clothes off as fast as possible and get to it. Not a lot of working up to it or anything. It was just...it made even the sex scenes not that good as I just couldn't even connect with them being that attracted to each other. They were all over before they started. I didn't buy it so it didn't work. Instead of feeling like they just can't wait, they have to be together, it was awkward. It could have used a bit of development so you could actually get to know the characters some or at least let you feel the attraction between the two. It just wasn't there for me. There is some slight drama with Presley's husband, but not much. It was all just too quick. There is a second book with the rest of their story, but I don't think I will read it. I just found this one to be kind of dull so I don't need to read more. 

Rating: ★ ★

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