Thursday, May 30, 2013
Never heard of Jame Canosa but boy am I glad I took a chance on this novel!!
I loved everything from the story line, the pacing, and the characters. You couldn't help but fall in love with Emerson "Em" and Jay and not feel for them. They're backgrounds and stories are so heartbreaking and their love story is so beautiful and pure.
My only complaint is the ending. It was so rushed and illogical/unrealistic but at least our heroines got their happy ending.
I was hoping that maybe with the good reviews and all that "Saving Dallas" could perhaps meet up to the hype of motorcycle gang books like Kristen Ashley's 'Own the Wind' or 'Fire Inside" but this doesn't even come close!
The plot was boring, the pacing was slow, there were a few typos in the text, and the characters were so annoying!! Especially Dallas!! So whiny and immature. And Luke, well, I didn't see the hype about him really. Nothing extraordinary about him.
These characters just did not mesh for me. I could not see how Luke and Dallas work as a couple. There's no chemistry at all.
And the sex scenes! They were LAME.
Sorry guys, "Saving Dallas" wasn't able to even save itself from the likes of me. Bleh.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The first book Charade was okay, but Facade was better. I love this book and the new cover. It is the perfect New Adult book. Readers who enjoyed Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire will be a fan of this book. Adrian is the definition of tortured soul, and so is Delaney. They both have been hiding behind a facade because of secrets and tragedy. Only they can heal by finding solace in each other. Their story will break your heart. Facade is such an emotional read.
Monday, May 27, 2013
What a huge disappointment!! Here I was excited to read a rock star romance (since I LOVE those!)with good reviews BUT then when I actually pick up the book to read I'm extremely bored to death!! What gives?!
The story is easy to read, the characters are okay, but the pacing is way too slow for me. Plus too, they don't even have sex till like the end of the book. Total smexiness let down.
"Heartstrings" just did not pull on my heart strings. Sorry.
"It's Always Darkest Before Dawn."
Charlie Williams is a talented art student with a troubled past and home life. Five years ago, a tragic accident claimed the life of her best friend and the love of her surrogate "family" [her bestie's family].
With a nonexistent father and a neglectful and negligent mother who is at present dying from cancer, Charlie is now in extreme debt and uses sex as a general coping device to her demons at bay.
"Sex held me at night, stopped my mind from dwelling, remembering, regretting. It was the only time I didn't feel alone."
Charlie is later recruited by "The Mansion" where she can reenact her sexual fantasies and seek financial and emotional release.
"While they pumped, thrust after aching thrust, I conspired my new direction. I reveled in the growing financial freedom, feeling a slight release after each credit card payment I made. The sex was my release as well a release from being stuck in my past."
Along the way, Charlie's artwork begins to gain public recognition and she meets mysterious art student Cameron. Sparks fly between the two and Charlie ends up learning that Cameron too, shares a gritty past like her. As they grow closer, Charlie begins to realize that for once in her life, she may actually want a real relationship a guy and not just a sexual one.
But how can she begin a relationship when he does not know about her secret life at The Mansion? Will he accept it and her?
"But I wanted something more with Cameron. He made me better. He made me want better. He made me want…only him. We had only kissed, but I knew he could give me enough where I wouldn’t crave something from another man. And I knew this because it wasn’t just his body that I desired. I wanted his words, his thoughts, and his tears. I hungered for his imagination. I wanted him to nuzzle my cheek the way he rubbed the paintbrush against his. I wanted his darkness and the scars that covered him. I wanted his secrets, even the ones that were too painful to share. After all, I didn’t believe any of his secrets could ever touch the ones I feared to divulge."
And what will happen when life at the mansion, her art career taking off, and new love all start to collide? Especially when dark secrets surrounding the mansion and Charlie's birth arise with deadly consequences that now threaten her life? Come find out July 17th!
First and foremost, I would like to extend a big thank you to the publisher of "Seductive Shadows" for extending to me an invitation to review their title. It was greatly appreciated.
"Seductive Shadows" was a much darker tale than I had anticipated. The first part of the story I kept thinking to myself, "Is this story going to pick up?" or "what is the deal with Charlie?" since the pacing in the beginning was a little slow and for a while I kept trying to figure out Charlie. She's pretty emotionally closed off due to her upbringing and the trauma she's faced so for a while I kept wanting to know things like what made her tic and what not. She was pretty composed that's why majority of the time.
I also at one point questioned her sexual orientation at one point! lol.
Plot wise, the story of Charlie was a little cliche as I've read many tales where the main character is involved in a life altering accident that affects her to the core and her everyday life from there on after. What sets this novel apart from others was the approach from which the character takes which is immersing herself in her passion for art and an escape in sex. It's the first for me.
As for the characters, I also really liked the characterization of Charlie. It was very consistent and her feelings and actions made sense to me. I loved her artwork and how it signified cataclysmic events of her life. Very nice.
Cameron was also a total plus as well. I kept finding myself always intrigued with him wanting him to make more appearances in the book! I guess you could say that I had a semi secret crush on him! lol ;)
And "The Doctor," well he just totally threw me through a loop. I wasn't expecting him to lay those bombshells on Charlie about who he truly was as well as the truth behind the Mansion's operations. That was totally unexpected.
I'm hoping that their will be a second installment in the series. The ending of "Seductive Shadows" the future of Charlie very questionable since it relatively is an open ending. There's still a lot to be wondered and a lot on the line to still be worked out.
My one tic if anything regarding the story was the minor involvement of a psychic. I didn't like that and found it unnecessary.
Other than that, PLEASE INSTALL A SEQUEL!! I'm curious to see how everything pans out now that "The Mansion" is on the hunt for Charlie!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I'm curious as how the next installment involving Lacey and Jody's BFF's and how that will turn out given that it is off limits for department workers to fraternize or get involved with their players and all though.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Sara seeks help in Rebecca's journals where she learns a lot of revelations which makes her question a lot about herself and if this is what she wants in life. I was a bit sad when I learned what happened to Rebecca though. *tear tear*
Anyways, "Being Me" really made me question the future between Chris and Sara and their compatibility. Even though we all know that Sara is irrevocably in love with Chris, she goes from being "I love him" to "things just wouldn't work between us." Very hot and cold. Eh, make up your mind woman!
As for Chris, he was well, Chris. What can I say? *wink wink* He's still smexy as ever and is hot as hell in when it came to the sex scenes. Loved those!!
Marc also becomes more present in this story but I still don't really think his character is necessary. Don't ask since I don't know why. I mean I liked him but at times found him a little unnecessary in the story.
"Being Me" has a nice twinge of mystery, suspense, love, and smexiness. It is a must read! I can't wait for the next installment!!
Received this ARC via publisher for an honest review.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I've been a big fan of JM Darhower since "Sempre," my all time favorite read, and was waiting and waiting for another book to read from her. Now "Extinguish" is here! *squee!*
Now ends fangirling and on to the review... ;)
Is it so wrong to love? Well, in Serah's case it is.
The precipice of "Extinguish" was a bit cliche: two star crossed individuals representing the epitome good and evil fall in love in a forbidden romance.
Nonetheless, I still frickin' loved this book!!
From the beginning, JM Darhower automatically draws readers in. I swear, the prologue had me thinking "OMG! what's going on? what's going to happen?!" due to it starting at the climax of the story.
There's a war brewing between Heaven and Hell and Serah and Luce find themselves in the center of it. Serah is a Power, one of Heaven's warrior angels, who defend the innocent and fight against evil. Lucifer "Luce," is well the Devil himself, so need I say more?
The characters of Serah and Luce in a way reminded me of Carmine and Haven from"Sempre" in some forms. I mean, they're also polar opposites in character as Serah is innocent and forthright where Luce is troublesome, manipulative, charming, and cunning.
I was really drawn to both Serah and Luce's plight as they both fell in love with the wrong person on the wrong side of the spectrum. I felt so bad at times for Serah since she was torn between love, duty, and doing what's right. She was literally ousted as a traitor by her own 'family' and that broke my heart.
Luce, on the other hand, love was the last thing on his agenda. Pre-meeting Serah, he had no hope for mortals and was annihilating the world while also declaring a war against those who caste him outside of Heaven. Then he meets Serah and falls in love with her and is like, "what do I do now?"
Trust me guys. The tension is so thick in this book it kept me on my toes!! Everything from the plot, the pacing, and the characters are brilliant.
The ending is so sad and left me unsatisfied and wanting for more. Please tell me there's going to be a sequel?!
"It's not black and white. If it were, I wouldn't be here right now, and neither would you. We're the gray area, angel. We're the pieces of the puzzle they don't know what to do with, the pieces that don't quite fit into their perfect little picture."
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I was really gripped from Moon's different approach in executing Megan and Jason's rekindled love story. I may have read many synopsis' that resemble this novel but the difference between them and "The Temporary Wife" is that there is actual heart in this. I could actually feel the characters' emotions and chemistry come out through the pages and went through many laughs and tears that bested a tribute of the power of love.
Definitely a cute read!
I normally don't like vampire reads since I automatically think of "Twilight" and compare it to that but "Don't Bite the Bridesmaid" was a super cute and original read. I read it within one sitting since it was a different take on vampires and had a combination of intrigue, fun, and humor.
I think readers who want a contemporary take on "vampiric romance" will appreciate the bubbling chemistry between Noah and Alice and will be like me not wanting it to end.
Thanks Tiffany Allee for a refreshing read!! I was kicking around looking for a book that could keep my attention and "Don't Bite the Bridesmaid" did it for me. Such a breathe of fresh air I must say!
Monday, May 20, 2013
BOOK SERIES REVIEW...Marriage to a Billionaire Books 1-3 by Jennifer Probst && Preview of Book 4, The Marriage Merger
Quick shout out: I FREAKING LOVE THIS SERIES!! The first installment, The Marriage Bargain, is still my all time favorite while the second, The Marriage Trap, reigns in as my least favorite due to too much drama. I hate over dramatic books. ;)
The Marriage Bargain was a lovely introduction into this series. Nicholas and Alexa are a match made in Heaven and I loved every minute of it!
The second and third books I'll admit their synopses are a but cliche but nonetheless they still packed sensuality, heat, and drama that will hold your attention.
The Marriage Trap, like I said before, was a bit overwhelming and overflowing with drama but in a way it helped fuel my desire to keep turning the pages to find out the end of it. And The Marriage Mistake was just what every girl hopes to get in a way: the man of your dreams who didn't really see you before but sees you now kind of a thing.
What I look forward to: The Marriage Merger (Marriage to A Billionaire, Book 4)
"Come Alive" is a bit darker than the first with no side character stories. Liv and David's relationship goes through many push and shoves but as usual, their chemistry is scorching!! You can't help not pay attention whenever they're in the same scene interacting with one another anticipating what will happen next.
I am definitely team Liv and David and am curious if Ms. Hawkins plans to make a book three due to the abrupt and incomplete ending?? Well, I hope so!! Please do!!
The story was not concrete and nor was the characters and also the pacing was lagging.
What a waste of time!!
Saylor, what a cool name btw, basically hurts herself to gain attention. How messed up is that?
She has no support system or foundation so she goes through extremes to try to receive love and care since deep down she's lonely and uncared for. I could really feel myself reeling for Saylor and her deep detachment from the one person who is supposed to love and care for her the most.
When she is mistaken to be a member of a local support group for terminal diseases, Saylor feels as if her existence finally makes sense or matters to people for once in her life and also experiences feelings of first love with the leader of the group, Drew.
But what will happen when Saylor's secrets and lies are revealed? How will the ones she's grown such a heavy bond with react to her? What will happen with her budding relationship with Drew? And most of all, what will become of Saylor?
"Secret For A Song" is a brilliant and emotional read with lovely themes of love, dreams, and hope, as well as claiming/making something of yourself on your own.
A definite must read!!
I was really pissed at how both Aggie's father and hubby were two power hungry pricks who gave her no choices of her own. Basically, it was their way or no way. Selfish bastards. Sorry for the language but it's true.
Aggie spends a lot of the book trying to establish contacts and connections to meet a powerful alpha that can annul her marriage and set her free. She's a determined little thing, which I admire, and in the end I love the part where she confronts her dad and hubby [well, on the phone for hubby] basically telling them that she is her own person and won't take their sh*& no more.
A very good prequel novella that sizzles!!
"The Elusive Bride" was a nice read. I loved Lady Olivia but I also felt bad for her as well since she gets trampled all over by everyone, especially Jason, while keeping up a charade during the course of the book. I don't know if I could put up with stuff like that and would have cracked.
As for Jason Cavendish, I hated him throughout most of the book but he did win my heart in the end. I got why he didn't want to get married but there is right way to handle it and the way he dealt with it was prick.
Furthermore, how bad is it when your own BFF is calling you out on your stupid behavior? Jason was such a douche bag who in my eyes didn't deserve Olivia!! He's lucky that she even put up with him since he didn't even remember what she looked like since he was too drunk at the wedding!! OMG.
I do, however, like the fact that throughout the course of the book, Jason falls in love with Olivia without even realizing it. Olivia is already intrigued and has a special part of Jason in her own heart. But, I like that Jason falls in love with her gradually instead of it being forced so that everything that happened between them would be 'raw' and 'real'.
Anyways, I highly suggest "The Elusive Bride" even for you non-historical romance people. Once again, I'll reinforce that I don't normally like this book genre but "The Elusive Bride" won me over. The plot, characters, and pacing were all nicely done. Very enjoyable read. Well, when Jason wasn't behaving the scum of the earth that is.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Lanie and Hop are only suppose to have one night together but Hop decides he's never had a lady and the beauty that is Lanie, and he's not letting go.
I didn't know what to expect with Hop,he didn't leave me with the best 1st impression when I met him in Motorcycle Man. Boy, Hop redeems himself in a BIG way.
Lanie has major problems that stem from a dysfunctional family and having witnessed her fiance Elliott shot and killed eight years earlier when he got involved with the mob.
This book is a emotional roller coaster of a ride as Hop try's to slay the monster the Lanie carries inside herself and she has quite a few. Lanie is scared to give love,she had a fiance that was taken away from her in a horrific way and a father that was never committed to her family growing up.
Hop goes the distance with Lanie and the end result is KA signature epilogue.
I received this ARC in exchange from publisher for an honest review.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Talk about B.O.R.I.N.G!!! Aside from the boring plot, pacing, the unrealistic characters and dialogue, I don't know what was worse.
This was literally my face during all but one scene in the book....
Then, when the love scene happened....
And I was like "Oooh la la!!" So smexy.