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. 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!