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?!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!