Friday, December 16, 2016

Burn Down the Night: M O'Keefe

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Alright, so after realizing that this was the third in the series, I quickly went back and read the first two (I couldn't just start in the middle of it). The first two were pretty good. I liked the drama (it was like reading a soap opera script), the characters, and all the crazy intrigue.

This book was pretty much the same, but with a new perspective. 

In the third installment, we get the perspective of Max (the badass biker brother who really has a heart of gold) and Olivia (the crazy stripper, not-DEA agent, former cult member chick).

I never really pictured these two getting together, just too much personality to be able to fit into one room. But, as always happens with a romance novel, they got together anyway, shit blew up in their faces, and they had crazy hot sex, and kinda live happily ever after.....I mean, what else would they do?

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Although it was a little unbelievable (that ending..come on) with all the family love going on..it was still enjoyable. It didn't take me very long to read, but I really did end up liking this author.

I wish I could give this more that three stars (lets make it 3.5), but it just was a touch too crazy for me.

I think it is safe to say that the next book will be great as well. I'm excited to see the couple for the next book and how they end up getting together.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

My Song for You: Stina Lindenblatt

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Yet another book this year that felt like an emotional punch to the gut.

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So, other than almost crying when reading every other page....it was great.

It was emotional, loving and cute. (Predictable, and over the top-yes-but still cute.) My favorite problem that tears couples apart (ugh....not) came for another visit! MISCOMMUNICATION takes the cake again this year everyone.

It was the only thing about this book that bothered me.

I really liked the new characters. I liked this one better than the first book (that seems to be a theme for this year as well), and I cant wait for the next one to come out. I'm excited to see which band member is going to fall next.

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How to Catch a (Falling) Star: Gabrielle Aquilina

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First, can I just say that this one was like, 20 times better than the first one. I'm not sure what it was, but I loved Johnny and Darcy so much more. Honestly, I barely remember the people in the last book. I do like that we see the continued relationship in this one though, it seemed more natural.

Darcy undergoes a relatively traumatic experience, and thankfully, Johnny is there to help her out. Johnny steps in to help Darcy, going so far as to keep her secret, which is what sets this whole book in motion. It all revolves around this one secret, that no one is willing to speak up about.

Which, of course, leads to absolute chaos. Don't worry, eventually, it all leads to a happy resolution.

Darcy speaks up for women everywhere, Johnny becomes a hero, they live happily ever after.

Yeah, this book may be a little predictable, a little cheesy, but totally worth it. Don't worry, just like the last one, there is plenty of steamy bedroom romance for everyone.

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A super short read, great for whenever you have the time.

Now I just have to wait for the next one.

Undeniable: Cherie M. Hudson

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Ahhhhhh, this series makes my heart so happy.

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I mean, come on. All of these books have been amazing, and cute, and so sweet I can feel myself getting cavities. This author has a way of making her characters come to life, of making me wish for a happy ending for all of them.

Now, this series has always packed an emotional punch, but this one was like a kick in the ribs. It was a roller coaster from beginning to end. This story featured a female lead that was deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other. Chase was an amazing character. I fell in love with her during the last book. She is fierce, and loving, and so loyal.

Caden is much the same, as much as I didn't want this book to be his, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Caden was so caring, and so willing to do whatever was necessary for Chase.

This book hit me on a more personal one. I have a very good friend that is deaf, and Caden learning sign so that he can communicate more easily with Chase....it just made my heart melt. Sign language isn't the easiest to learn, but it just proves how much Caden loves Chase. Not to mention, he's been travelling halfway across the world just to visit her.

This whole series is great. I do recommend reading the previous book, so that you can understand the background for this installment.

I think that may have been one of my favorite parts. These two characters have known each other for a while now, it took time between them to get together. Chase had to get over a bad relationship, and Caden patiently waited for her. This wasn't some crazy meeting that ends up with the couple getting married one week later after having nonstop sex. It was an invested relationship (even if they didn't like each other at first).

As far as romance goes, it was good, there were some pretty good steamy scenes in here as well (full of emotion and love instead of just a whole bunch of crazy sex between two people who hardly know each other). I highly recommend this one as a perfect read for an in between book slump.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meat: Opal Carew

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Alright, so I have to say that the last Opal Carew book I read...was a flop to me(I think I still have nightmares). This one was much better. Now, it was still a little crazy  (I mean come on, having all this sex, with no condom, and after like a week, a proposal? Seriously!?).

That's just.....ugh. Ok, moving on.

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Well, I did like the characters in this book. Rex was a likeable character, all tall and sexy and tatted up. What's not to like (so...I suppose there is one thing, but I'm not going to spoil anything if you haven't read it yet).

Rebecca was also pretty likeable. She was a take charge kind of girl, and she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. I really liked that. She was a businesswoman, and a good one, at that. Rebecca definitely wasn't afraid of getting what she wanted in life, by being assertive. And man, that is so refreshing for a book like this. It's too often that these books are all about a woman falling for a guy, and then lose themselves, relying on their man for everything.

Not Rebecca. Although I'm not a huge fan of her health choices, she was a perfect fit for someone like Rex.

Overall, this book was pretty good (especially compared to the last one I read by this author). It was a really quick read, with a pretty predictable plotline. The book is resolved, I didn't leave with any unanswered questions, but I felt like it was left a little too open. There is an opening for a second book.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Wrong Place, Right Time: Elle Casey

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Oh man, I absolutely love this author. And so of course, I loved this book.
I swear, every book she puts out has made me cry from laughing so hard. Between Jenny's sass and constant "Mother of the Year Award" mentions, there was a lot of humor. Elle Casey has a way of making her characters come to life, of making them feel like long-time friends by the time you finish the book.

This one was no different. First we have Dev. He is basically a giant (bald) gorilla man, that really might just be a big teddy bear. He won me over in the first book, after getting tased, and taken down in his surprise attacks. But in this book, he gained so much more depth; a single dad taking care of his disabled son, amazing. He is honestly the perfect book boyfriend.

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Beautiful.

And our lead lady, Jenny. Jenny may not have been as gung-ho for the Bourbon Street Boys job as her sister was, but she felt more real to me. A single mom struggling to take care of her kids because the father is terrible at it. But even in the book, it was obvious how much she loved her kids. She came across as a great mom, but it wasn't anything over-the-top crazy.

Again, one thing that bothered me was that they fell in love so fast. Granted, it wasn't all done in one week, and they each had their reservations. But this one didn't end in a marriage after hardly getting to know each other. They each put their kids first, which definitely gave them each points in my book.

Overall this book was great. It was a quick and easy read, fun, flirty, with just the right amount of smut to keep me happy and ready for the next book.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saving a Legend: Sarah Robinson

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Well, I do have to admit that this one was much better than the first one. I loved the continued family dynamics in this one. And am so glad that the family has been reunited.

I thought this one was much better than the previous one for some reason. I liked that the story as a whole was more believable (apart from the whole, you know, "murdering someone" part), with our heroine having a relatively normal backstory, same with our male lead.

Granted, the whole falling in love at first sight, super short romance turning into a perfect fairy tale love...is still a bit old.

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This is one of the few things that I have to complain about for this book though. Aside from that, the only thing I didn't like was all the drama, the angst. That whole bit is annoying and old.

But I can't begin to explain how much I love Kieran. And Fiona. And them together. And honestly just the whole Kavanagh crew, they crack me up every time more than one of them is in a room together. This really was a good book. They made such a cute couple that it was easy to read, easy to like, and really just made me want to continue this series.