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. 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!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Billionaire's Virgin: Jackie Ashenden

I've been so busy that it took me almost an entire year to review this book. I had to read it a couple times to refresh my memory, but still liked it every time I read it, which says something.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Yeah, there was smut, yeah, it was kinda ridiculous, but it wasn't something that I got bored reading.

Mia was someone who lost everything, and still bounced back. She didn't give up hope, and didn't really need a man to save her (I have complete confidence that she would have eventually saved herself), but learned how to be vulnerable and accept love.

Xavier seemed like a total tool (although he admits this frequently), and honestly, he never really changed to me. He tried and kinda succeeded, but really should put in some more effort in my opinion.

It was a quick book, the characters fall in love pretty quickly, it's a little over the top. But it was so cute that I was able to look past it. Both the characters and the plot were well written and likeable (after the reader gets to know that they really are good people deep down).

Friday, May 26, 2017

Giving It All: Christi Barth

So I may have missed the previous book in the series, which made things a little bit confusing. However, I was still able to understand what went on. But I would not recommend reading these as standalones.

Anyways...I really did like this book. I thought Logan was an amazing person. I liked the transformation he went through during this book. And of course it was mostly due to Brooke. Brooke was a character that had an amazing amount of strength and resilience.

I found that she was my favorite character in this series so far. I loved that she was so passionate about what she does, and that she saw through Logan and his issues. She cared enough to stick around and help him, and love him.

The two had such wonderful chemistry. Their banter was on point, and made better by the fact that they had so much history together. Overall, the book was really well done. It was funny, and somehow incredibly emotional for a romance novel. Don't worry, it still gets hot and steamy and mushy and everything else you would expect, but there really is some harsh reality in this one as well.

It was a quick read, and I would recommend that any of you on the fence should just read it.
Now....I get to go back and read the one I missed.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Royal Scandal: Marquita Valentine

Can I just say how much I love these awesome and quite ridiculous prince-in-hiding falling in love with a girl who doesn't know it but then gets to become a princess plots? Because I absolutely love them. Seriously. And now that I think about it, there are more than there probably should be. But oh well.

So when I saw this one pop up on my dash, I ran for it screaming with excitement.

And let me tell you. This book lived up to all my expectations. It was perfectly cheesy, cute, predictable, funny, dramatic and emotional, but well worth the read. It was an easy read, and I did it all in one sitting.

Colin was a great character. The traditional perfect prince. He is kind, protective, and loyal to those he loves. Della was wonderful. She was kind and loves and devotes herself to those she considers family. I loved the interaction between the two of them as well. Colin was so taken by her, and she was so sassy, so fun and livened up his life.

Of course, what would a book like this be without a slightly-crazy but still relevant fight between the lovely couple? Boring, really, really boring. And even though the conflict was meant to bring in some drama, some new element to the story, I just couldn't help but feel like this particular argument/drama bit has been done just a tad too much. It was still good, and as far as secret-prince with an unknowing girl go, there isn't a whole lot of other conflict that meshes well. I did enjoy the whole parents-were-crazy plot. That kept the book interesting for sure, it was something new that I hadn't really encountered before in a book like this.

Colin's family were great characters as well. In fact, most all the side characters were likable. 

Overall, I really did like the book. It was well-written and just a good read. Really guys, I guess...just read it.

And now I get to read the next one!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Deepest Blue: Kim Williams Justesen

Well guys, this one was just not my cup of tea. I couldn't get into the plot, couldn't really relate to the characters, didn't particularly enjoy some of the characters (let's be was one very specific female side character, you know who I mean). Not for me man...

This was a phenomenal plot, seriously. It was emotional, with complex characters, had a real life feel to it. Which is one of the only reasons I liked it. I could so easily see everything happening as I was reading it. And it was heartbreaking, but uplifting at the same time. That part of it, that was wonderful and amazing.

Overall, this one was just a dud for me. The book was well-written, well thought out, and easy to read, and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would enjoy it. I'm just not one of them.

I would recommend this for people who have some time to spare, enjoy a little bit of high-stakes drama, and those who enjoy emotional books. For the rest of you, you might still enjoy it.

Happy reading!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Becoming A Legend: Sarah Robinson

First, I have to say that I am so glad I stuck with this series. The first one was a bit iffy, the last one was pretty good, and this one is even better. Was it cheesy and predictable and maybe a little ridiculous?

Did I love it anyways?

I have no regrets.

Moving on, I loved Nora and Kane. They were perfect for each other. They both needed to relax and have some fun....and oh boy did they.

I have loved Nora from the moment she was introduced. I liked her backstory, it gave her character so much depth and strength. Nora was a character I could easily relate to (except for the whole crazy bookie thing). Of course, like all his brothers, Kane was a hero. He came in and swept her problems away, but still gave her independence.

I liked that the relationship had a bit more authenticity to it. It took place over the course of almost two months, instead of days. Kane has always intrigued me, and I'm glad he ended up with someone like Nora. 

I'm also super happy about the fact that we got to see the marriage of two other characters in this one. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Both of the characters were well written, and the book was an easy read. It was well written and easy to get hooked on. But now I'm excited to see whose story we get next!