Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Take Me Harder: Jackie Ashenden




As much as I wanted to like this one I just couldn't. The dialog was hard to get past. It was just so....cheesy. I get that Rush is supposed to be a cocky know-it-all who doesn't give a shit and likes to show off and be obnoxious on purpose, but it was just too much for me most of the time (so I guess in a way, that character is incredibly well-written).

Rush was annoying, and most of the time he spoke, I was rolling my eyes or skimming over what he said. Even the dirty talk guys, even then.

Ava was great, I loved her attitude. She knew what she wanted, wasn't afraid to take charge, speak her mind, or throw an asshole in handcuffs if necessary (which honestly might have been my favorite part of the book).

The plot was pretty basic. Predictable ending. It was your average romance book with sex. I know this one was the third in a series, but you don't really need the first two in order to understand this one. I thought it was perfectly fine as a standalone, although some of the characters had me interested in their books.

I read this one twice just to make sure I had the right feelings toward this book. Each time it only took me a day to read, and my opinion on it has not changed. It's still only 2 stars from me.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cheater: Rachel Van Dyken




So I liked this one, the witty banter, the enemies to lovers plot. It was all pretty well done. I was laughing most of the time during this book. The two characters were likeable, it was easy to root for them.

Lucas Thorn was a guy who made a mistake, given, it was a pretty big one, and was aiming for redemption. He was really sweet (except for the whole different woman every day thing), he was basically every woman's dream bad boy that they could reform to make him fall in love with them. Which, is exactly the plot of this book.

Avery Black was a girl who was a spitfire. She was a bit too much at times, but overall funny to read about, and really someone that deserved to get everything she wanted. Her sisters treated her terribly, I mean, seriously awful. They hurt her over and over again on purpose, trying to undermine her, trying to tear her down, and it was heartbreaking. I really wanted Lucas to join in and beat the crap out of them at the engagement party. But, one of them eventually helps out her love life and saves the day.

The plot was well done. It was a quick read that was well written, sweet and light-hearted with a happy ending. Perfect for a break from reality and heavy books.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Empire: Lili St. Germain



Ok but seriously, if I never have to read another one of these books it will be too soon. I ended up skimming so much of this book and not missing much. It just got ridiculous. Just really not for me.

The characters didn't get any better, most of them were just worse. I know this was supposed to be a dark and twisted romance, but it wasn't that well done. It just seemed disturbing and leaves me a bit concerned about the information presented.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Kingpin: Lili St. Germain



The first 80% of this book was just as bad as the first one. Then, for some reason, the last 20% was slightly better. I honestly still haven't figured out why though. Probably because Dornan finally shows that he truly is a piece of shit.

The characters are still fucked up and really just bad people, but now the story is...interesting? I guess?

Dornan has gone downhill mentally in this one. He gets crazier and more dangerous throughout the book, and it seems like he just snaps at the end. Mariana has finally grown some balls, and she has almost nothing left to lose. In this installment, she is sneaky, stealthy, and very dangerous. John is the only character that I have come to enjoy reading about. He may not be a good person, but in these books he's practically a saint.

These books are considered "dark romance" but these are darker than dark. I mean, seriously. If you don't like dub-con, slavery, and some really fucked up shit, I would stay away from these books. Far, far away.

The books are written well, just not a plot that I enjoy.

I really hope the next one is somewhat interesting. I came close to quitting this one a few times. And still might in the next book.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Edge of Everything: Jeff Giles


This book is...interesting...I guess?

I'm still pretty on the fence about this one. It was some weird combination of a bunch of sci-fi-fantasy-romance books.

X is a bounty hunter for hell? I think? Zoe was human. Star crossed lovers and all that. A bunch of plot-twists and action and confusion ensues. The end. Basically.

Except, it ends on a cliffhanger, so I'm assuming at some point there will be a second one. I don't think I'll be waiting around for it.

Overall, it was pretty well written, with characters I enjoyed getting to know. X was pretty funny, and really just wanted to be normal, which was adorable. Zoe was a bit over dramatic, and a bit whiny honestly, but given that she's a teenage girl, I let it pass.

Even the side characters were good. Zoe's little brother pretty much made the book. I loved him. Ripper and Banger were off-beat characters, but written so that the reader can laugh and enjoy them.

 But the plot...the plot seemed to jump all over the place. This book was written from dual perspectives, but was frustrating in that the two perspectives took quite a while to actually contribute to one another (other than in the romantic sense). But bonus points! This took place in my home state, so that was cool.

It seemed choppy, and hard to follow, I felt as though I was missing important back information, but there was none, you just jump in and attempt to figure out what is going on.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cartel: Lili St Germain



This trilogy caught my eye when I was scrolling through netgalley. I have previously read a few similar books (captive that gets a weird version of Stockholm syndrome, ends up falling in love with her captor who just happens to be one of the good guys deep down), and really enjoyed them. 

But this one. This one was not good. I found myself completely disconnected from the characters, not enjoying any of them. The plot was a bit jumpy, sporadic, and really didn't have much of a point. I thought this was difficult to get through and even more difficult to enjoy.

While this wasn't for me, I hope some of you out there enjoy it!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Seduction: Calista Fox


Here's another one that I read so long ago and had to re-read a few times. I felt the same after every time I finished it.

Well....it was....interesting. Ususally I'm all for this plot, but man was this one difficult to get through.
The whole time I just felt like...



Lily was ok, as were Lex and Jax. But the whole thing felt rushed and not planned out. It was a really quick read and I was able to skim most of it without feeling like I was missing much. I just felt like this one was kind of a dud.

Don't worry, it was still all hot and steamy with plenty of sex between the characters, but it wasn't up to par for me. Hope everybody else enjoys it!