Monday, December 28, 2015

Searing Ecstasy: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I've been waiting for this book from about the second book. Drake was this all powerful guy that's cranky and a bit of an asshole. So watching him fall so hard was awesome.

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I actually really liked this one. It felt like the series was getting back on track, there was so much plot development, and it is so compelling now. I just want the rest of the books so I can finally get some freaking answers. I was a little wary of the fact that they woke up another god, but it turned out well...and I hope the next book is about him. Hello cliffhanger ending!

One thing I didn't like was that everyone was so hard to keep track of. It was one of the few things I didn't like about this one. I was also a bit disappointed about the lack of some detail. In the other book, it seemed like there was more about the mating ceremony and everything that follows, it felt missing for some couples in this book. I enjoyed almost all of the book, and I'm glad that everything worked out.

Overall it was a good book, can't wait to read the next one!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Untamed: S.C. Stephens

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

So after reading the rest of this series, I never thought that I could like Griffin. I mean, I didn't hate him in the other books, but he was crass and annoying. Yet in this book, I was actually rooting for him by the end.

Granted, most of the book, Griffin drove me nuts. He was still an arrogant dickhead 99% of the time. I really didn't like this book as much as the ones before it, and in order to read and understand this book, you definitely have to read the first three.

At least for me, a lot of this book was just painful to read. It felt awkward and I was embarrassed for Griffin and it made me cringe. I mean, just he just did so much stupid shit and the way he acted was pathetic.

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Overall, it was a decent book, and a good addition to the series. I liked that we get to continue to see Kellan and Kiera's relationship, along with Anna. This one had a much different vibe to it than Kellan and Kiera's books. Which was nice, there wasn't so much angst and stupid drama. There was actual problems that a couple had a tough time overcoming.

I'm also ridiculously happy that this ended on a happy note, it was pretty cute. It's worth the read if you already like the series, but if you aren't super invested, don't bother.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ugly: Margaret McHeyzer

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Soooo.....I am one of the few who not only disliked this book, but practically hated it.

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I felt awful for hating this book, but I just couldn't connect with Lily at all. I found the pace of the book slow, then alternately jumpy and confusing to follow.

I think that the author did a great job with this book, the characters were well written, and, in my opinion, fairly accurate as to how a victim of domestic violence would act. I liked that Lily finally took a stand and learned how to be strong, how to depend on herself, and how to overcome everything she had been through.

But, even though the book ended on a happy note, it wasn't enough to make it worth the read.

Sorry, just wasn't for me.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Unforgettable (Always #2): Cherie M Hudson

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book almost broke me. You will feel all of the feels (yes ALL of them)...

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I think that for most of the book I was on Brendon's side. All the lies that were told to him and all the accusations just ripped out my heart. I felt so bad for Brendon, even in the first book. The Biceps just drew me in with the way he cared for Maci, helped her out, he was just such a good guy. 

But then he goes back to Amanda and just Gah!....it was just heartwrenching. This couple goes through something so terrible and it hurt them, but ultimately made them stronger.

I didn't really like Amanda at first, but she grew on me a bit. I did admire the fact that she did anything she could for her son. She was determined, and while she still loved The Biceps, she didn't need him (well, until she did). 

I liked that everything progressed at a reasonable rate. I also liked the fact that so much of their back story was provided. I loved getting to know what they were like and what exactly went down the last time they were together. 

We still get to see the other characters in this book as well. I'm excited for the next book, I can't wait!

I would give this book a five, but I just couldn't forgive Amanda the way Brendon did. So a very high four, and well worth the read!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

When We Fall: Marquita Valentine

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I do have to say, this one was much better than the first one. I loved Piper, probably because she overcame so much and became independent.

Jase was amazing, maybe a bit too sappy, but overall...

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Piper has been my favorite character in the series so far, and the way that she and Jace overcame their differences was amazing, it wasn't easy for them, but yay! they did it. I think that Piper has also been the most relatable character so far. The author did a great job writing her character. Piper's parents were assholes, as was pretty much everyone else from that part of her life.

Jase did a great job taking care of Piper, learning what he could about her so she could live better, yeah, he was an idiot and an ass at first, but (and this is one of those cases that I actually like dual POV) reading what he thought about what he was doing, and how much he was hurting himself, I didn't think so lowly of him. I mean come on, he did save Piper, without going overboard because he cared enough not to go pack to prison.

I think a great part of this book was that both Jase and Piper learned how to love themselves. They both hurt themselves so much, and its obvious, but they healed each other along with themselves.

This book was a fairly quick read. Plus, we do get to see Rowan's continued relationship. A good book, cute, predictable, but adorable.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Snapped Series: Ketley Allison

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

THIS FREAKING SERIES!

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I had my suspicions about who actually snapped, but my first few guesses were waaay off the mark. As the last book started to come to a close, I finally figured it out.

Although these books started off pretty slow, and admittedly, boring, they quickly pick up speed and once that happens, I promise you won't bee able to put it down.

I liked most of the characters, I also liked how well-written the characters were. I hated a lot of the drama that was in this book, but it helped set a really good background. 

They were all pretty quick reads. If you like murder mystery with a bit of hot steamy sex, read these! Definitely a five star series.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Breaking a Legend: Sarah Robinson

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

After all the hype this one got I just kinda felt 

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I don't know why, but this one just didn't do it for me. I love the premise, hot fighter guy falls in love with girl who has a shady past. Girl wants to learn to fight, guy eventually teaches her, and she helps heal him from old wounds. I usually love this type of story, but I found myself bored more often than not during this one.

I loved the dual point-of-view and each of the characters were pretty great, including the side characters. I loved that Clare developed such a good bond with Casey and even Rory's dad and brothers. This book was pretty family centered, which was nice.

In fact, some of the brothers sound like they might have more interesting stories coming up. I might try the next one, depending on who she writes about.

Although the relationship was nice, it did move pretty fast and I felt like the author could have slowed it down and had a better book. Overall it was decent, but just not for me. Other people seem to like it, so if you enjoy sports romance then go for it, it might be different for you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wrong Number, Right Guy: Elle Casey

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Elle Casey is officially one of my favorite authors. I've read two other books of hers and this one was just as good. With a strong and fierce heroine, a badass hero, and plenty of witty comebacks, this one ranks five stars in my book.

May Wexler (our heroic female lead) is tiny, but takes no shit. She was a bucket of fun. I loved that even though she accidentally got into something way over her head, she faced it head-on. She retained her independence even though an over-protective guy basically put her on house arrest (in his house) and didn't let her do anything. 

After she joins Ozzie's private security firm, it was nothing but laughs. Her job includes sneak attacks, tasering (yes you read that right)

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and beating someone with a single stick. And these situations were all hilarious. I was almost crying from laughing so hard after the taser incident.

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And then there is Ozzie (our dashing male lead) who was adorable. He was this giant guy who had incredible muscle definition, based on the descriptions, and who wasn't afraid to throw a few punches. Yet underneath he was a giant teddy bear. 

Although there were some aspects about this book that were pretty unbelievable, it was just a fun read. And as long as you don't take it too seriously, I can almost guarantee you will enjoy it. It was a medium length read, so it might take you more than one sitting. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Binding Ecstasy: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

At this point, I'm solidly entrenched in the story line. This book was good, but not as good as the previous ones.

The people are getting harder and harder to keep track of, and the author keeps introducing new ones. That being said, this book was pretty enjoyable, and I enjoyed the new twist with Apollo.

Plenty of hot sex, but with enough back plot and other story lines to keep me interested. In fact, I skipped some of the sex scenes in this one because I wanted more on the whole Apollo plot. However, there was mostly just sex.

The new twin sisters are awesome, and pretty badass. I loved their powers and how they used them. Bastian and Tasha were a great match and I loved their chemistry. I also loved how brave Natasha was. She was not afraid to fight or kill in battle, and she became stronger after a pretty crappy start in life.

Overall a great read, but I think I need a break before the next one...I'm starting to get bored with all the sex. (SHOCKING, I know)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Piercing Ecstasy: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

YAASSS! 

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This one was just as good as the last. There is finally some action (the non-sexual kind) some action (the really sexual kind) and the plot is great. 

Ileana was interesting, and it was something other than a girl who needed saving. She kicked ass and was not afraid to get down and dirty. She had no problems taking on Jax, and was definitely strong enough to be his mate. I mean, she was all around awesome.

Jax was a typical alpha-male guardian, but was a bit more dominant than some. I enjoyed how confused he was about having found a mate. It was adorable, and sexy. Their whole banter/foreplay had me laughing half the time. They were such a spirited couple that I couldn't help but like them.

This book had some sad emotions in it as well. Mia was still in love with Jax, and watching her try to get over him was hard, and then Ileana's nightmares. I felt so bad for the childhood she had, everything she went through was heartbreaking, yet she was so strong.

And...we finally have a resolution for Vane and Brianna! And it was a happy one!!

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The couples are getting harder to keep track of, simply because there are so many people now. I keep getting the ones from the first few books confused, but it is still good. Although the sex was hot (as usual) the plot with Elizabeth was more interesting than constant orgasms. And a minor side note...while I enjoy abs on a cover of a book, I don't really care for asses. But I really like where this series is going!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tempting Ecstasy: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Let me start off by saying. I'm pretty sure the author is just standing around somewhere snapping her fingers to make this happen.

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This book did come with a warning that it is for adults only, and yes, you should listen. This series has tons of sex, this one is no exception. It starts off pretty much right from the start. 

I really liked this one. Probably more than the others. Conn has always intrigued me, and I loved his story. Dacia was awesome. She was super protective of her sisters, and the rest of her family was intense. I loved her brothers, even though they were way over-protective. Conn took her sisters in and protected them as well, and with all the other alpha male stuff, it did get a bit annoying.

The "pack" thing that the wolves do is kinda cool. I thought it was hilarious to try and watch Conn manage what was basically his own pack.

The other stories going on in this one were just as good (including Jax and Mia). I was happy with the development of Vane and Brianna...even though there still wasn't a resolution. The whole thing going on with Elizabeth was a bit hard to keep track of, simply because this group has changed leaders so many times.

This was a great addition to the series, I hope the rest are this good!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Denying Ecstasy: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**


I wasn't sure it was possible for the author to make these books any hotter...but wow it totally did.

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I loved Rain, she was strong and really stuck to her decision about not being used by Dorian. Well, at least for a little while. Dorian went through some tough shit early on in his life, but come on, he had centuries to get over it, there was no reason for him to be such an ass. Denying Ecstasy was a perfect title for this one because it kept happening over and over and over. One thing I didn't like was that I wish we could have been in Rain's mind while she was seeing Dorian's memories, but oh well.

I also really liked the new plot between Vane and Brianna. They would make such a cute couple! The ending for this book has to do with them, and I wanted their story to be finished so that I know how it turns out, but I'm sure there will be plenty of it in the next one.

The ending for this one was a little bit of a cliffhanger. Just enough to keep me interested, and the over-arcing plot has really kept me interested (except for in this one, it was slightly confusing, the characters keep changing too quickly to keep track of). Can't wait for the next one!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ecstasy Claimed: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

So....more smut. A whole bunch of it. Do I care? NO.

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But this one was better than the last one to me. I loved that once Alyssa found out what was going on she just did whatever the hell she wanted. The whole going off to the pleasure islands was almost comical, except it was hot. Like, scorching hot, make sure you have ice on hand. 

Actually, it wasn't just the island part...the whole book is really hot. This author is great at dirty talk and sex.

I did understand her hurt though...from her perspective Gregoire was a total ass. But hey, typical male and all that. I'm just glad it all got worked out.

The background plot (the non romance part that is) is getting more interesting. The villains in this series are fairly well written (they are pure evil) but some of the logic in this is hard to follow. 

I'm enjoying how the author is working in this different world and all the rules that the different races have to adhere to, but sometimes it gets confusing for me.

Overall it was decent and a really really quick read. It only took me a few hours, perfect for a quick break or great to relax and read on the beach or plane.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ecstasy Unbound: Setta Jay

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**


If you don't like smut...just skip this book and review now. The whole book was pretty much sex.

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This was my first para-romance book...and it was interesting. Some aspects of the plot are cool (and there was a surprising amount of intricacy with the whole mating ceremony and details leading up to it), and some are confusing and filled with holes. But it is a smut book....I didn't really expect anything else.

Alex was awesome. She had a kick ass attitude and was able to deal with Urian and his alpha-male craziness, along with being able to beat up the bad guys.

Good and pretty quick read, with lots of sex.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

How to Catch a (Rock) Star: Gabrielle Aquilina

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Although this was a well done book, there wasn't anything that was super original about it. It was sweet and cute with the right amount of drama for a rock star romance book. But overall...

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Just meh.

I liked that Lillie worked so hard to overcome her stage fright...it was cool to watch. I definitely liked Lillie better than Jed as well. She was stronger, even with the stage fright, and finally decided to go get what she wanted.

It was a solid three stars, and I'm hoping that maybe another book with some more HEA's for the rest of the band will happen.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

You Are Mine: Jackie Ashenden

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I was so excited for Zac and Eva's story. And it fell flat. I enjoyed it well enough until Zac decided he was going to take charge. I know he was all "I will never hurt you or push you too far and you are safe with me" but I did not like the way he played with Eva. Most of those scenes had me cringing and shaking my head.

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It didn't feel safe, and it most certainly didn't seem like he cared about Eva. Eva went through some pretty traumatic shit and I though Zac pushed her way too much.

I did enjoy getting Eva's background (even though it was heart wrenching). I liked getting to see another side of Zac, his protective side. I liked that Eva wasn't afraid to stand up to him, that she felt safe enough with him to be herself. 

The ending of the book shocked me a bit. Be warned, it is a sudden and explosive, with some repercussions that have lasting effects on all the characters, including a side character! 

Overall, the book was okay, it finished off the over-arcing plot that had me so hooked. But again, like the rest of the series, there was nothing that sucked me in so much that I couldn't put the book down. I think there is another book in the series coming out but I'm quitting now.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Infinite: Erica Crouch

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Erica Crouch has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Through the development of this series, she has made me laugh, and most recently, cry. This last book will make you cry. If you think I am wrong I dare you to keep a straight face.

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The last installment in this series was pretty action packed. It was done in alternating viewpoints (Lilith, Az, and Pen) and I'm not sure whose was more intriguing. I mean, most of Lilith's was brutal, but some of the quotes took my breath away.

     "One way or another, all will kneel before me. I want to hear their kneecaps break as they fall at my feet in genuflection..."

I mean holy shit Lilith. Lilith was harsh, breaking the world apart so it could be hers, and hers alone. I liked the whole strong female who don't need no man vibe she gave off, but she was also insane. Like, batshit crazy. She had no fear, and nothing to lose. She was ruthless, and if you didn't do what she wanted you to...you were dead.

And then there was Az.

     "Hell is here, and we leave no survivors."

I loved his development in this book. He was hard to like, but hard to dislike. (Without giving away any spoilers) Az's ending was hard for me to accept. I wanted a happily ever after. But I guess I'll have to settle for the happy. I liked Az'z perspective quite a bit. The author did a great job of having him slowly going insane, and we were able to watch it from several perspectives. He was up and down and just generally insane.

And we can't forget Pen! She and Michael were as great as ever, but in this book they were so much stronger. Pen stepped up and took control of New Genesis and herself. She didn't rely on everyone else to help her make decisions. She owned up to what she did, and did what she had to do. Some of it was brutal.

Her poetry was crazy amazing.

     "You contain galaxies on your shoulders
          In freckles and stars"

Pen was much more mature in this one. She grew more and more stable, more and more sure of herself as the book went on. I was in awe that she made it through some of the things she was forced to do. I wasn't happy with her and Michael's ending either. It may have been happy, and what the characters wanted but I thought they deserved better and I wanted more!

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I love this series so much. I'm so excited to follow this author and read whatever else she writes. She has become such an amazing writer, even just after a few book. I know she will only get better! These are by far the best angel book I've ever read. If you haven't started this series yet...do it now! Now that I don't have any more of this series to look forward to I just don't know what to do.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Maid for the Rock Star: Demelza Carlton

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

While I did enjoy this book, it was a pretty run-of-the-mill rock star romance. That is...poor girl who thinks she has no shot meets famous and tortured rock star. They hate each other for a while and bicker with some severe underlying sexual tension. They finally hook up, rocker freaks out, then eventually realizes that he loves poor girl. Rocker and girl live happily ever after.

So, even though it was cute and enjoyable, it was meh. There weren't very many interesting twists brought in, nothing that made it stand out from all the others.

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Basically.

Even though the plot was simple, it was still decent. I loved the fact that the resort library had a section on romance, specifically, rock star romance. I loved the irony of Jax reading how to be a rock star romancing a girl. There was also some beautiful comedic interaction between Audra and Jax. They may have hated each other, but Audra was pretty nice to Jax when he was being an ass.

I recommend this one for those of you who are looking for a nice break after a pretty serious book, or if you are just sick of doing school work. It was a pretty short read and was really well-written. There was still some pretty serious scenes, but overall it was lighthearted and a fun read.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mackenzie Fire: Elle Casey

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Somehow, this one was even better than the first book. Candice cracked me up with her ways of wisdom that so well matched Ian. This book is much like the first, except Candice is even more of a city girl. Watching her romp around in the fields and trying to navigate the icy streets of a country town had me in laughing fits throughout the whole book.

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I loved that Candice took so well to the country lifestyle. I mean come on she decided to raise a cow, and actually followed through. So cute. She saved Ian from a killer cat. She even bought a gun. And then there was the fun loving side of her, going to parties with Ian, playing tag with a naked Ian (yes, you heard me, there is a hot and sexy cowboy playing naked tag!), getting in snowball fights. 

This book was both more lighthearted and more serious than the last one. Ian had a lot more emotional baggage to shift through, but Candice was such a wild and crazy spirit that helped him.

I recommend this to those of you who like any rom-com movies. It was easy to visualize  every crazy thing that was going on. I thought this one was comparable to Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, it had the same laugh out loud humor with all the feels as well (yes, all of them). This author is becoming a quick favorite of mine. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Shine Not Burn: Elle Casey

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This author was able to combine a lovable character with quick wit, humor, and tons of romance. The introduction of both characters was perfect. Andie and Mack are instantly attracted to each other (although that could have been due in part to the vast amounts of alcohol they both had) and decide that they want to have some fun.

And then we see Andie two years later, settled into life, settled so far into her life plan that she is about to achieve the "married" step. But oh my does "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" come back to bite her in the ass. 

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BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN VEGAS

But that doesn't mean something good can't come of it.

When Andie finds out that she is already married (due wholly to vast amounts of alcohol) she ships out to Oregon to get a divorce, but instead gets the surprise of her life.

Mack and Andie were perfect for each other. And I was so glad when they finally started clicking. They were adorable together, also really, really hot.

As Andie learns to become a country girl and what it takes to make it as Mack's wife, the two fall deeper in love, sharing some pretty hilarious moments. My favorite being Andie learning to ride a horse. I laughed out loud at work it was so great.

I recommend you all read this one, for the humor and the romance. Plus a bonus: sexy cowboys!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

What Janie Wants: Rhenna Morgan

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved this book. It was a pretty predictable romance plot, super cute, but the meaning behind this book. Holy shit. It was phenomenal. It was about loving yourself, and accepting yourself, your body, just the way it is. Which is beautiful. I just wanted to sing and dance with how well the author got this point across.

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The book starts off with a woman who is going through a sort-of coming-of-age part in her life. Janie's ass of a husband divorces her, so she takes off on her sister's advice to a resort where you can walk around nude all you want. Enter the handsome devil that is Zade. A boudoir photographer who just wants to show women that no matter what they look like, they are beautiful.

He and Janie form a relationship, and there are plenty of tender moments to go along with the steamy sex that the two have, and it is well balanced. 

Both of the characters are well-written, and I liked that Janie's kids were so supportive of their mother. I also liked that Zade was not dissuaded by anything that Janie was so scared about. He was such a good guy, and Janie deserves him.

I think that this is a book that all women (who are okay with quite a but of sex scenes) should read. It was pretty heartwarming to read this type of story, I don't see them that often. Especially ones that are this well done. I hope the rest of you like it as much as I did.

**I do want to note that there is an age difference between Janie and Zade. Some people have called this a "cougar book", however, I didn't get that feeling. Janie didn't prey on him, nor does Zade only like older women. THEY JUST FELL IN LOVE PEOPLE!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Insider (Exodus End #1): Olivia Cunning

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I'm just going to be completely honest. This book was complete smut, and as far as smut goes...it was decent. But as far as everything else (the characters and the way they acted, any semblance of a plot other than sex, and getting to know the band) it was not good. Not really a plot, just the usual virgin girl meeting a rock star who immediately jumps into bed with said rock star. Repeatedly.

Gah. Come on woman!

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It was a twisted and odd romance series, that in my opinion was not as good as this author's Sinners on Tour series. 

I liked both Logan and Toni individually, but combined they were explosive and a bit disastrous. I liked that Toni was so strong for her family, especially her sister. Her mom was not a character that I liked or could sympathize with, and I absolutely hated her coworker. I might try the next one in the series...hopefully it is better than this one.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wicked Fall: Sawyer Bennett

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was pretty meh for me. As much as I wanted to like it, I just couldn't.

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I thought that our male lead was just annoying with his "I'm too dirty for her...I'm going to corrupt her" bullshit. Come on, you are both adults, which means YOU CAN EACH MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES! But you know, if you like torturing yourself and causing heartache for absolutely no reason, then that's cool.

Some of the scenes in here were beyond hot. Almost too much for me at parts...just because it wasn't my kink. I've read Sawyer Bennett's novels before (one of the reasons I decided to give this one a shot is because I liked the other ones) and this is not one of her best. I love her Cold Fury series, which tones down the sex a lot compared to these books and focuses more on emotional attachment. Not just sex like this book. 

I liked that Callie decided she wanted to do what she wanted, and everyone else be damned. She was pretty great at handling everyone in the book (including her ass of an ex).

I think that I would much rather get a book from the perspective of Bridger (Woolf's friend). He seemed like a fun time. However, the excerpt at the end had me really excited for the next book...guess you'll just have to read it to find out.

I recommend this one for those of you who really enjoy a bad boy tortured by his conscience. If not, you should stay away. Also, those of you without an open mind to others' kinks stay away...you definitely won't enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As White as Snow: Salla Simukka

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

DNF @20%. I couldn't do it. I tried multiple times to finish it, but it was just as bad as the first one. The main character was too boring to be able to follow. I mean, come on. After what happened in the first two chapters? That is the way you decide to react?!

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I wouldn't have requested this one had I read the first one before...but no I requested them at the same time. Good luck to those of you who want to read it...this one just wasn't for me.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Operation One Night Stand: Christine Hughes

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was great! Caroline was amazing (after she got out of self-pity mode) and one hell of a go-getter. When she first walks to the bartender (Brian) and starts the witty drink orders...I cracked up. Seriously. The pair of them were enough to give me side aches.

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This book reminded me of a rom-com movie...at least that was the way it played out in my head. Caroling at her spinning class the day after spending the night with Ryan (Brian's roommate and friend) had me laughing out loud at work.

The interactions between Brian and Caroline were my favorite (of course, they are the cutest couple) but Caroline and her friends were also amusing. Her girlfriends are the best ones a girl could ask for. They intervened when she was sitting on a couch eating an ice cream flavor named after her. They pushed her to get back out into the "one night stand" game. They supported her with whatever she was going through. Amazing best friends.

Brian was cute. He respected the lines that Caroline drew, and her relationship with Ryan. I liked the way his sister was introduced into the story, and brought Brian and Caroline closer together. The ending of this one wasn't exactly an HEA. So be warned.

This wan't too long of a book, but it was a nice break from pure smut books with no plot. This one had a plot that was a typical romance book, but it was still so sweet! The only thing I didn't like about this book is that I felt that the intern was slut-shamed too much. As far as I could tell, she was a bit of a homewrecker, but this was the first time she had done it. Oh well, at least Caroline finally moved on from the whole ordeal.

I hope that this author goes on with some of the characters. I will be keeping an eye on this author for new books!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fire and Ice: A. M. Hartnett

**ARC copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Having recently read Cross My Heart by the same author, I do think that this book was much, much better. Mick was adorable. He was a big, tough, Russian hockey player. Who had absolutely no idea what was going on half the time. 

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Julia was a bit too innocent for my taste, especially after she finally caves to Mick. She had hot sweaty sex and still acted the confused virgin. But she knew what she wanted, and finally grew enough balls to go and get it.

I liked the fact that this book had a timeline, and the characters grew to knew each other (although pretty quickly). The timeline also made sense, and didn't seem disjointed. They were a pretty cute couple, and had amazing chemistry.

This was a pretty short read, packed with sex. For those of you looking for a break from what you're currently reading, this one would be perfect.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cross My Heart: A. M. Hartnett

**ARC Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

At first this book grabbed my attention. I was excited for something new, a lot smutty.

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But as it went on, I just really lost interest. It was hard to get through, after about the first ten percent. There was drama and awkward encounters that just did nothing for me. Basically, it got weird and the characters got annoying. A bad combination.

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The way the book ended wasn't the way I wanted it to. For those of you who enjoy all smut, with little to no plot, this one is for you!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Calling: Louise White

**Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**

I liked this book more and more as it went on. Admittedly, it started out pretty slow, and a lot confusing. But as the book went on, the author explained what was going on, what went on, and then it all finally made sense.

Carolyn was an interesting character. However I prefer Note. Note was quite hilarious when being introduced to the human world. But after that he was just adorable. He looked after Carolyn, he protected her, and he loved her.

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I'm still kinda confused about Ethan and the Protectorate... Their role was a bit murky. As was the introduction of the soul surfer. I hope that is explained a bit more in the second book.

I really liked the world that the author has created. I felt like this was a breath of fresh air plot-wise. Each of the realms that Carolyn and her companions explored was different, with different demons, and different landscapes and cultures. The underlying complexity in the novel was brilliant. The protectorate was trying to get Carolyn, Carolyn was trying to enter gateways and take out demons while watching out for Note. Note claimed Carolyn while training so that he would be able to travel with her.

Which is confusing.

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Overall, the book was pretty well written. I loved the characters, even though there were a lot of them to follow. The ending of this book was a big cliffhanger. Be warned. But now I can't wait to read the next one!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Engage: Erica Crouch

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

So I have had this book in my to-read section for a couple of months and just recently finished it. And if I'm being honest, I've been putting it off because I just really don't want this series to end; that is how good these books are. I am in love with all of the characters, and their backgrounds, and pretty much everything they do.

In this novella, we get Kala and Ana's backstory. Kala and Ana were introduced during the second book; but now that I know more about them, they are the cutest couple ever. 

No really, they are. The way that they protect each other. Kala quite literally when they are trying to escape heaven. They meet each other every night to talk and kiss and cuddle. I just...

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I love them. 

And I know that this was a novella, but it was too short. Everything that happened felt so rushed. Like it happened one day after the other, no getting to know you period at all. I would like to have seen a bit more planning for what Kala and Ana were going to do. I also would like to have seen a bit more on what happened after they fell. The creation of  New Genesis. What the demon that "Mulan" talked to ended up doing.

Overall, it was a well-written and welcome addition to the story. This isn't a necessary read to understand the books, but I recommend it.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Take the Fall: Marquita Valentine

**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

As a fan of Abbi Glines, I was excited, because this was supposed to be similar to her writing style...I think I saw it maybe twice but other than that it was kind of a nope for me. Both Seth and Rowan have had time to move on, grow up, and get over everything that happened so long ago. And yet they hardly ever talk about it.

In fact, they don't communicate with each other at all, about anything. Or maybe that was just the way it seems. But if that was their idea of working things out, then someone needs to shout as loud as possible at them

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It got me so frustrated that it was hard to read.

But other aspects of the book were great. Seth was a likable character. He was trying to makeup for the time he lost with Rowan and the time he spent being such an ass to her. I liked that he tried, but he kept saying how he wanted to try earlier, but things never worked out with the timing. I call bullshit. He could have written her a freaking letter. Or, oh, I don't know, maybe actually READ ONE OF HER LETTERS!! But he figures his shit out by the end and it works out.

Rowan tried to act maturely, but men suck and made her go all crazy (I think, it was either that or she got fed up with his bullshit). I liked that Rowan finally tried to move on with her life and make a good career and start up her own company to help others. She cracked me up with all the guys in the shop. She ran a pretty strict place, and no one messed with her, because they respected her.

Her role in this book was slightly non-traditional, working on cars and running the shop. But it worked well for her and I enjoyed having a heroine who knew what she wanted.

The writing was pretty well done, but this was just another romance set in a modern world. The characters had lots of great story and depth, but I thought it was telling that I was more interested in two specific side characters more than Seth and Rowan. Great book, perfect for a short beach read or when you have a couple hours to spare and need some chick lit. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Obsession: Cassie Ryan

**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

As much as the lover-turned-stalker/homicidal maniac has been played, this one was pretty cool.

Brent was adorable, and sexy at the same time. I just loved him.

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I mean come on, he has had a crush on Sandra from high school. And now she's back because her abusive piece of shit ex boyfriend was going to kill her. So Brent just takes her in and protects her, helps her find a job, helps her get some self defense classes. He was a perfect book boyfriend.

However, Brent wouldn't even tell her about him being in high school with her, much less about having a crush on her. Total dick move man. I did like this as an interesting twist in the story though. It was new to me.

I also liked getting a bit of Sandra's background. The couple jumped in together pretty fast, even though Sandra was pretty hesitant. I thought that their relationship developed well enough, if not pretty much purely sex at first.

I liked the writing style of this author, and the way the characters acted. I wish that Sandra would have spoken up sooner about her ex, but at least it ended with an HEA! I really enjoyed the book, and will check out this author's other works.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Just a Little Kiss: Renita Pizzitola

**ARC Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

WE FINALLY GET MASON'S STORY!!! AAAHHH!!

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And it was as amazing as I hoped it would be.

Felicity was a welcome addition to the series. She was pretty relatable. She was someone about the same age as me, who had no idea what to do with her life (as I think everyone this age feels). She just wanted to be happy and have fun. But was stuck in a small town, not really knowing how to get out.

And then in swoops Mason. A fun "summer boy" to spend some time with. Possibly a ticket out of town. Mason was a sweetheart, doing his best to get over his crush on his best friend, trying his hardest to finally move on. I liked that Mason was pretty honest with Felicity about everything.

I loved the slow development of their relationship. Even though Felicity was kind of annoying at times, she was just so stubborn about doing everything all on her own. I think that all of the problems that they faced were pretty realistic, no crazy exes, no murder plots or schemes. And even though I was annoyed with Felicity being so stubborn, it was hard not to be proud of her because she did learn to make it on her own.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I have been waiting for Mason's story from the start, and it was brilliant. Mason really did a good job with his "grand gesture moment" to make up for the shit that he pulled. I think Mason was an ass with just a few mistakes, but at the same time, he just had such a history of being a sweet guy that I couldn't get as mad at him as Felicity was.

I always like a good, slightly cliche book with a HEA, but the author made this one feel like a new perspective somehow. I think that if you do read this book, make sure you read the others in the series first, it just makes more sense, there would have been a bunch of missed details had I not read the previous ones. I don't know if there will be any more additions to this series, but I will be more than willing to read them if it happens!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Pitch: Belinda Williams

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was both romantic and cute while being serious. 

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I seriously was impressed with this author's writing  style and her ability to keep me interested. Although the book got boring around the middle and at the very end, I really enjoyed reading this one.

Paul was a great counterpart to Maddy. They balanced each other well, but were both equals in the book. I liked that Paul respected Maddy's love and passion for her business. The book also focused on the business much more than I expected, which was exciting actually. I loved getting to know a new side of a business (even if it wasn't true...I felt like I was learning something).

The way that they treated each other was a bit more mature than some of the other books I've been reading recently. I think that Paul over reacted in some parts of the book, as did Maddy. But eventually all was well, a nice little HEA to tie everything together.

Some of the plot seemed out of place for how the characters acted (namely the vacations) even though they were kicking back and relaxing. Some of it was just ridiculous. I did like the frienship between Maddy and her girlfriends. Paul had one similar relationship with a friend, but Maddy's interactions were much more humorous.

Overall it was an fun and quick read, but I didn't even realize that it was the second in a series. I did not read the first one, and this one still made sense, so it can be read as a standalone. However, I am excited for surferboy's story!

Monday, June 1, 2015

World After: Susan Ee

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I have to say that I am so disappointed in the turn this series took. The first one started off exciting, and seemed like a new and fresh and original idea and the longer the series goes on I just picture this happening to the story

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I love the idea of this book, but this one was just boring. Pen was frustrating, and I felt like she was just blundering along in this one. Raffe was my favorite character by far, but he was hardly even in this book. So, if the rest of you are looking for more of the budding romance, or even just the camaraderie that Pen and Raffe share, look elsewhere, you will not find it here.

Pen's sister was super creepy, and is now apparently a cannibal-frankenstein-demon-thing. Which is cool. I wish that some of the questions I had about that whole debacle would have been answered sooner. Most of the plot just drug on. But it was really interesting watching the angel's internal fighting escalate and develop.

Uriel and Beliel make me want an epic fight to happen. And I thought it was totally going to happen. But it didn't. Maybe in the next one? I'm hoping...but probably not. I want Raffe to finally get his wings back. He has gone through so much and I want him to just win everything. He was amazing in this one as well. He saved Pen and fought for her.

I did really enjoy reading the scenes with "Pooky Bear" teaching Pen about how to use her and Raffe's history. I hope we get more of that in the next one as well. A little side note, Raffe's reaction to hearing the name "Pooky Bear"...priceless.

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Overall, a great read, but I am discouraged by most of what went down in this one. Long live Pooky Bear!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mastered 2: Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender

**Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Some authors had much better books in this collection than others.

The ones I most highly noted were:
     
Cynthia Sax
     The book included in this collection was fantastic. It was a forbidden romance that still had enough of a new twist to be interesting. I loved the way that Logan Ross (our male lead) handled everything with Ari's family. I will have to check out some more of her books.

Karen French
     Her book was heart-wrenching. A woman in an abusive relationship escapes and runs to her husband's best friend. He takes matters into his own hands and takes care of Corinne. I loved the fact that Nate was so patient with her and did everything in his power to make her whole again. This book was the first in a series, and with the amount that I loved it, I will be continuing it when I have time.

Some others were alright, but most I just couldn't get into.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Crave (Undone #1): Jennifer Dawson

**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

When I first checked out this book, I was a bit dubious. But it was so much better than I anticipated. 

I mean...really, really good. The entire thing took me by surprise.

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Layla was a phenomenal character. I loved that she had flaws, but didn't apologize for them. She was afraid of many things, including going after what she really wanted. And then Michael came in. Michael was possessive, controlling, and perfect for Layla. He helped her get through everything, and brought her back to life.

I was so glad that Michael never let her run. I saw something bad coming, but I really didn't think Michael would end up the way he did.

The plot of this book wasn't some cheesy BDSM thing. Don't get me wrong, I love them too, but this book was more. It was about healing, and finding strength in yourself, and getting over a horrible, horrible trauma. Layla astounded me with her ability to persevere. She may have been stuck in her grief, but I thought she was doing really well.

Overall this was a great read. The story didn't jump all over the place, backstory was introduced at the proper place. And the characters complimented each other extremely well. I especially liked the deeper substance of this book, while still catering to those of us who love smut. I hope everyone else enjoys this as much as I did.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fake Boobs: Ryan Ringbloom

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved the whole idea of this book. I loved the idea behind this book. I loved the characters in this book. I just plain loved this book!

Tori was a character that was written in such a realistic way that it was hard not to empathize with her. The constant self-loathing and hate was a bit much a times. I know that she finally grew up and got everything sorted out, but I felt like this was Tori basically for the entire book.

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Which was annoying. But everyone around her treated her like shit, so I don't exactly blame her.

Grant was...interesting. He frustrated me more than Tori because WOW! own up to what you feel. This ENTIRE situation could have had a much better, much easier, much quicker outcome if someone had some balls. But no. 

As much as that part of the book angered me, I am glad that the author did it. It really put things in perspective and set up everything that Tori goes through after that perfectly. I liked that Tori learned about self-confidence, even if it was the hard way. She realized that she could be her own hero, and she finally started standing up for what she wanted.

I liked that she kept some of her assets, just because they made her feel better about herself. Some people might be against that, but she stayed within reason I think.

I liked the themes that this book brought up about girls and self-confidence, and what people are willing to go through to validate themselves. I loved that the author wasn't afraid to crash through that subject wall with a sledgehammer, but still be able to walk calmly through that wall after. 

I'm going to have to check out some other works by this author, I was very impressed with this first look!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Exposure: Annie Jocoby

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I really don't even know what I just read. The blurb for this one sounded good, but the book was just...not.

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All the weird twists, with Sophie in the background, and Asher being way too secret but then paying for everything for CJ. It was too unbelievable. Asher offered her everything she could ever want on a silver platter and was still a dick about it. CJ was a bit snobbish, when she had no right to be. And then she took advantage of what Asher gave her and was still snobby about it.

I'm glad CJ finally got the help she needed, and that she was able to share her story about her little brother...but the book seemed to turn into a self-help book at that point.

Learning about Asher's past just had me shaking my head. I mean REALLY?! Did we need to take it that far?

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No. Nope. No.

CJ's roommate was a much more interesting character. She continually forgave CJ and was always there to help her with whatever she needed with her agoraphobia and even help getting a job. If I were her, I wouldn't have been able to forgive CJ quite so easily for everything she put her through.

The cliffhanger was a killer, but still not enough to make me want to read the next one.

I liked the original plot, but the book just kept getting more and more unreal and ridiculous as it progressed.

I hope the rest of you like it more than I did. Good luck and happy reading!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rock & Release: Riley Edgewood

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

All these books with main characters who are idiots are staring to get to me. I feel like I need to go through another discussion about lifestyle choices and how not to be a complete moron while getting the guy. But I won't. Instead, I'll just say this.

Ahem.

Dear Cassidy,
You do not deserve Gage. I will be taking him from you until can truly appreciate him. Which will most likely be never. You suck.

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This entire book frustrated me because Cassidy couldn't get her shit together for more than five minutes. She took everything in her life for granted, including her friends, Gage, and to some extent her parents. She starts off the summer learning to stand on her own two feet, with no help from her parents, which I thought was great. But just because you are an adult now doesn't mean you don't have responsibilities.

I understand that Cassidy was dealing with a very real, very tragic loss in the book. But instead of going crazy to escape what happened, she needed to be able to talk to someone. Her parents were dealing with their grief in their own way, and she took way too long to recognize it.

Gage was an amazing person. He repeatedly forgave Cassidy for all the stunts she pulled, he never pushed her to open up emotionally, or physically, and took care of his family. Perfect book boyfriend. I vote we rewrite the book, make it from Gage's perspective, and hook him up with Cassidy's ex-roommate. 

After Cassidy ran off with Luca a was done with the book. It went downhill from there and didn't make much sense.

Gage gets all the stars for this book, Cassidy gets none.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hard Ride: Opal Carew

**ARC Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

SO......Let's have a little chat to start things off. I'd like to entitle it LIFESTYLE CHOICES. Because some of the choices made by Liv were extremely questionable (**spoiler alert** such as what I can only describe as a gang bang with all members of this biker gang who to my knowledge and double checking did not use condoms, not one of them...and after only knowing them for a very short while??!!).

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Ok, done with the rant. Good talk everyone.

Some parts of this book were really hot, some were just kinda....weird. Some parts were sweet and well written...some were not.

I get the whole sharing thing, but again, I really don't remember any of them EVER using condoms and there was quite a bit of sharing going on. This concerns me. But whatever...not my life.

I guess about all I liked about the book was the plot. I liked the whole making-a-deal thing. I liked that Liv really cared for her sister so much that she was willing to do anything to help her, consequences be damned. I liked that Shock was so willing to help an old friend at a moments notice, even though they had been out of contact for a few years. I liked that Shock went slow after finding out what happened to Liv and went at whatever pace she wanted to set.

Shock was an interesting character. I read this as a standalone, and it still made sense. I didn't really get the impression that I was missing key plot points about the gang. He might have had more back story in the previous books, but we only got a glimpse in this one.

I received this book in three parts, which I actually enjoyed, because each of the ending kept me in just enough suspense to keep me going on and read the next book. Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of the book, I feel that if I had received it as one whole book that I would have been bored. Usually I love the smutty, dirty books, but this one was just too over the top for me. Best of luck to the rest of you. 

I only recommend this one to those of you who absolutely love the really smutty books.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Since Drew: J. Nathan

**ARC Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

 I'm officially out of the book slump! WOOT!

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I really loved this book. I read one similar a while ago, but I don't remember the title. I will not forget this one so soon. Although it was a bit predictable (it was a bit obvious something fishy was going on with the whole Drew thing, I kept getting a Sixth Sense vibe from all of their encounters) I still was curious as to what exactly happened and why it happened.

Drew was such a sweetheart...not. Let's be honest in that he was a total dick there for a while. But he redeems himself after the appropriate amount of groveling.

Andi was tough. She was devastated after what happened, as anyone would be, but man she took it in stride and proved that she could take on anything that was thrown her way. I was impressed with everything that she dealt with, and all that she accomplished. I thought she was an amazing person for trying to help Drew through everything he was going through, knowing she was dealing with some heavy shit as well.

Drew really pissed me off with the way he treated Andi sometimes. I understand that he is a football god and whatnot, but it made it hard to cheer for a happy ending with them.

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The banter between Drew and Andi was perfect, it had me laughing and made me enjoy the book even more. Their relationship was so easy and fun and flirty, and Andi worked hard to get it back. I didn't expect such great things from this book, but it kept me interested the whole time, so much that I read it all in one sitting.

I loved this book as a romance, but as a suspense it wasn't that great. Plot twist wasn't so twisted that it made no sense, instead it made me curious how the characters were going to resolve it.  Loved the HEA, but I want to know what happens with both Andi and Drew's best friends.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Persuading Him: Michelle Dare

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

So I must be in a book slump lately, normally something like this would have me much more excited than I am. That being said, I did have a few problems with book in general.

One: It just seemed to drag on, no real hook so suck me in.

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It just went on and on until the very last page, where I was hooked. 

Two: Kasi. She was great, but she was a bit too stuck up for me. She didn't really act like she gave a shit about anyone else except for her. Not that I blame her. With the crazy paparazzi stalking her I am glad she was wary of trusting people.

There were several things I did like about the book though.

One: Radek. I really liked him, even though he has made some questionable decisions in his life.

Two: Kasi's father. He seemed like a good dad, or at least, he tried to raise Kasi right. He never judged Radek for what happened, and did whatever made him happy.

The writing was great, the author did a good job with the characters. Watching the relationship develop between Radek and Kasi. Radek was such a good guy, he kept trying to protect her from his past mistakes so that she wouldn't get a bad reputation. I enjoyed getting a background (even though it was small) from Radek, and I wish we could have gotten a better one for Kasi.

Hopefully we get more in the next one. Speaking of the next part in the series. That ending. It has me so curious as to what Radek's old flame wants!? I need to KNOW!

Again, I must be in a book slump because that is all I have to write for this one. I recommend it to people who love a good flirty, racy romance.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As Red as Blood: Salla Simukka

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

For a book that had a quote as awesome as this:

"Once upon a time, there was a girl who learned to fear.
Fairytales do not begin this way. Other, darker stories do."

I was expecting something much more exciting that a book that just left me like this...


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This book was a mix of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hangman's Daughter, and some weird version of a not as intelligent Sherlock Holmes. I think the main problem I had with the main character was that she was only in high school. Ugh, she showed it too much. She made some of the stupidest decisions ever. Not that I blame her, think back to yourselves at that age....yeah, not great to be sleuthing around with some pretty dangerous people right? Right.

Add to that the fact that we are supposed to cheer for a little rich girl as a side character and it was too much. The side characters were so flat they were basically stickers. Sorry, but it is true.

Now onto what I liked about the book, instead of just trashing it. I loved some of the things the author wrote, she did a phenomenal job of writing some pretty vivid and intense scenery. There were entire pages filled with amazing writing and quotes as stunning as the one above. I felt like I was really there with the characters. After about 50% through the book, it really picks up, and then I had a hard time putting it down, just because I was curious as to how it ended.

There were a few unanswered questions that I hope will be explained more thoroughly in the second book. Such as...Who is this mystery man that our female lead cannot get over? What will become of Polar Bear? And Elisa stays in contact, will she become a central character? Guess I'll find out.

Overall, the book was ok, but not something I would recommend unless you really liked The Hangman's Daughter and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.