Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I was totally psyched to read this since the guy was a fighter (which I normally love!) but it fell short for me. I felt like there was a whole bunch of drama over nothing. I get that the guy has his past demons which make him feel troubled and inadequate but he needs to get over that because life goes on.
As for the girl, well, she had like no personality and no backbone. She's just there really and has no mind of her own. I wanted to strangle her and tell her she's 21 so she should live her own life and make her own choices. Tell all those other people who want to interfere the back off and move out of your parents' house so they can't control you anymore.
Ugh, this story so annoyed me. I get that this is part of the synopsis but in the end it was just painful and frustrating. Gah, these people need to take control of their own lives and stop living in the past and not the rules of others!
Not worth the three bucks guys. Sorry.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
I think I like this cover more than the original! ;)
"Lick" is now by far one of my FAVORITE rock star romances EVER!! It was even better than Olivia Cunning's "Sinner's On Tour" and "One Night With Sole Regret" series and that's saying something!!
I was already a fan of Kylie Scott's from her "Flesh" series but this one has to be the cherry on top out of all of her books.
As a self-proclaimed rockstar romance junkie, I liked the "freshness" this plot and characters brought to this genre. I mean, what book starts off with the girl waking up from a hangover, married to a rock god that she doesn't even remember, and her puking all over him?! Hahaha. Priceless.
"Lick" was like a breath of fresh air as the story line was more "mature" and practical than most rock star romances you come across.
Evelyn, was such a delight to read as she was completely likeable and reasonable. She didn't annoy me like most female protagonists who like to b*tch and whine and was totally easy to relate with. If I were her, I, too, would also contemplate taking a chance on a relationship with a famous rock star. After all, it's not like it's going to be a convenient relationship with him being gone majority of the time and the groupies throwing themselves at him. Evelyn was so well put together and I'm glad she decided to stick it out with David. This proved that not only was she brave but she was willing to take risks which is something heroines in stories don't tend to take until the end of the story or when forced to.
David was also a wonderful character that completely won me over. It's so rare to come across a rock star theme read that has the rock star completely head over heels and committed to making a relationship with a girl after meeting and marrying her in Vegas one night. While he could have his pick of girls, he's courting his "wife" into falling in love with him all over again. How romantic is that?
I also liked how *SPOILER* the author doesn't have Evelyn regain her memory but rather lets her and David have a fresh, SOBER, restart in their relationship and lets them fall in love with each other all over again. It makes the plot more special and meaningful since even though we learn bits and pieces on what happened that fateful Vegas night, we can also build our own memories with these characters as well as we follow them on their journey of love.
So my verdict:
Over all, a delightful read where I appreciated EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. Well, actually I take that back. I didn't like David's ex and that bikini top groupie girl at all and wasn't a big fan of his brother at first.
On the bright side, Mal, David's group member, was hilarious. He was like a breath of fresh air and always kept everything light and fun. I kept cracking up when he would refer to Evelyn as "child bride"!! Buahahahaa. How endearing?! I hope the next book is on him!!
Seriously, pick up this book!! It's worth the $4!! Not kidding!
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 9
-Cover : 9
Where to get your copy!:
Barnes and Noble
"Fire On Ice" was just an okay read. Nothing really that special. It was like many of the typical sports romances that I've come across where the guy is a man whore jock with a crappy upbringing and the girl is an innocent soul with a tortured past. Sounds cliche eh?
I don't mean to imply that this was a horrible read because it wasn't at all. I just had a hard time with recurring themes I come across in these stories.
I also had a hard time digesting the sappiness that Kian and Taylor displayed for each other. I mean, no matter what, I don't exactly care for stories where it's practically love at first sight and the guy changes his ways right away for the girl despite his reasoning. It's just not practical and is quite annoying. I want consistency. Like in "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire. The guy was a play boy fighter who fell in love with the ultimate good girl. He develops an automatic attraction for her but he doesn't change his ways right away. He makes mistakes but develops a strong friendship with the girl first before they go out and fall madly in love.
I guess what I'm also getting to is how I'm sick of stories skipping the friendship/getting to know you stage before the characters begin to fall all over each other and act like sappy puppies.
When the characters fall in love so fast with one another in the beginning it really bugs me and is unrealistic in my eyes.
So my verdict:
OVER ALL, just an alright read. I'm a bit disgruntled by the ending since it was completely rushed and Blake is still an issue to be addressed so I'm kind of hoping the book, "The Playmaker", is still on Kian and Taylor and not anyone else. Who knows though. The author only provided the cover of the next book and no book blurb so who and what it's going to be about is up in the air at this point.
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Friday, July 26, 2013
"The Pearl Trilogy" gives women in their forties (as well as any group age) who've lost all hope in finding love some light. It doesn't matter what age you are, you can still attain a great catch like sexy French business mogul, Alexandre Chevalier.
I loved the dynamics between Pearl and Alexandre since they are so different as night and day. Pearl is so posh and reserved whereas Alexandre is mature for his age but is also very dominant and alpha male when it comes to Pearl.
Reading this, I thought the big nemesis was this one person but in the end it was another. I figured with Pearl's presence in Alexandre's life that there would cause tensions and jealousies but by book three I never figured that Alexandre's past love could be so complicated. I literally wanted to slap Laura (who is she? well, you have to read to find out!).
As for the plot and it's pacing: everything well flowed and was great.
My main complaint was how the situation with the antagonist was solved. I mean, be reasonable. I can't see that happening just so that our heroine's can have their happily ever after. To me, that was a bit unethical and sloppy.
BUT, other than that no further complaints!!
Gah, I want to read "Pearl, Alexandre's Story" so bad now!! I love him!! He's one of my book boyfriends. Hehe. <3
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 8.5
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8
Where to get your copy!
Barnes & Noble
I have now included venues from where you may buy the ebooks that I review. I neglected to include that in the past and am now currently including that aspect in my posts. Now I need to backtrack and update all of my past posts!! LoL.
"Sizzle" was an okay yet enjoyable read where I devoured it in one sitting. I really liked how evenly paced it was and how easy it was to digest.
The main thing, if anything, that bothered me was the characters. Gah!! If there's two things I often hate reading in books it's when there's characters like these:
1) Meddlesome parents who force their own agenda on their children.
2) A love at first sight connection (since it's so cliche!) between the main guy and girl.
And when the characters finally get together they act like love sick puppies! How nauseating!
As for the plot and the story line well....it's pretty simple and self-explanatory if you've read the synopsis. There isn't much to really expand from there.
Over all, a delicious read but don't expect too much from it. And is it kind of bad when you feel as if the hottest smutt scene didn't even involve the main characters? I'm talking about in the beginning when Jack/Phoenix's friend are doing a threesome with a girl in the beginning and she ends up spreading this strawberry flavoring on her down there area and Jack's friend ends up *treating* her with his mouth. How hot!!
I know I sound wrong for making that comment and that it makes me a pervert but I can't help myself!! It just caught my attention and stayed there! Lol.
Anyways guys, I'm sure most of you will love "Sizzle" so go ahead and read it. I can't wait for "Spice" now but too bad it doesn't come out till January 2014! :(
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
So before I start, I would like to share some random thoughts that came to mind while reading "Spiral":
While I did like "Spiral," I do have to admit that while reading it I kept thinking "this only happens in books or tv shows." I mean seriously, where is it possible for you to go and see a bunch of young, good-looking interns in the same department and with a play boy doctor to boot?! That is unheard of! I only see stuff like this on Grey's Anatomy or in stories like this. ;)
Brief Thoughts on the Plot:
Definitely an addicting read!! I really liked the plot and the pacing of it. Nessa's conflict with her inner demons and how she brings it into play with her day to day life and her new found relationship with Aron was most intriguing. I was always on edge and felt almost like a mother hen for her since I was always worried about her.
I also enjoyed seeing her work environment as I could actually see situations like that really arising and feeling those thoughts and emotions when dealing with patients and their families.
The Characters- Nessa and Aron:
I liked the characterizations of Nessa and Aron. Nessa, to me, was very easy to sympathize with and understand. Since this story is told from her point of view, I could feel and understand all of her feelings and emotions and would have reacted a lot like how she does.
As for Aron, Aron seemed to good to be true. While I do believe that a lot of doctor's are wh*res and like to sleep around when they are not on the job, his personality was almost fairy tale like. I mean, he is so sweet and perfect to Nessa. I don't neglect to disclose that he does have his flaws (*SPOILER* like a mental disorder!) BUT STILL. He was practically Prince Charming!! LOL.
My problem with "Spiral":
My biggest issue with this book was how the setting and the characters intermix. I had a hard time believing that an entire panel of good looking medical personnel could exist under one facility. If only, if only. Then I could stalk off a hospital and try to win me a hunky doctor/intern! *wink wink*
Another thing, "Spiral" made me contemplate was hospital policy between co-workers fraternizing. I know that there are married couples and boyfriends and girlfriends who work together in the hospital but I really wonder what their opinion is on co-workers messing around with each other and what not. Is it a "don't ask and don't tell policy"? I know that this is totally irrelevant in the big scheme of things but I couldn't help but wonder now. I guess you could say that "Spiral" really made me think outside the box for once! Hehe.
Anyways, I'll end my rants and ravings now as I'm sure you're starting to think 'this girl is seriously off her keister'. ;) Go ahead and read "Spiral" if you're interested. It was a lovely read altogether even with my reservations that I mentioned above and I'm sure the rest of you readers will love it!! Happy reading!!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
"Watson. Elizabeth Watson. Just like your queen." ...
My brief thoughts:
SO....Good girl has a weakness for bad boys...meets HER OWN bad boy...bad boy pursues her relentlessly and is mighty sexy while doing it...the two fall in love but trouble arises.... *Gah I want that!! Just not the trouble part!*
A VERY nice book debut from Magda Alexander!! A friend of mine had added this book to her TBR shelf on goodreads and I knew that the moment I saw it I had to have it!! ;)
Gabriel Storm definitely met my addiction for alpha possessive males. He's rich, powerful, and smart. Not to mention he's quite the charmer and is ultra dominant and a total bad a*s. Especially in the bedroom!! Hehe.
Elizabeth, on the other hand is just your everyday ordinary girl trying to make something of herself. She works at a law firm in hopes of one day acquiring a more steady and higher income position and meets Gabriel there.
Sparks fly between the two and they taken on a tumultuous affair. Only, when clashing between their pasts, social status', rising corporate tensions, and outside forces come into play how will it all unfold?
While I will admit that the saying "opposites attract" comes into view here, I think my only complaint about the story is the ROMANCE element between Gabriel and Elizabeth. While I did find Gabriel's persistence to pursue Elizabeth swoon worthy (*since she was very hesitant and reluctant to embark into a relationship with him in the beginning) , sometimes it seemed more like LUST over love.
I would like to see more of an actual 'relationship' between the two in the next installment and without giving anything away it should be possible since it's basically back to square one for Gabriel and Elizabeth.
With that said, over all "Storm Damages" was a great read. Quite the page turner! It kept me very engaged and enraptured for 2 hours. I'm not saying this to please or placate the author since I had actually requested a review copy for my blog but I GENUINELY liked it. The ending was a definite shocker and made me sad for Elizabeth as it is quite a cliffhanger (at least in my eyes it is). Ms. Alexander does do us readers the courtesy however of giving us a sneak peak of the next book in the series, "Storm Damages 2," and fuels my curiosity even more as to how Gabriel and Elizabeth's sizzling romance will turn out. Will the two work out or are things just not meant to be? I can't wait to find out!!
Gosh, I want the next book to come out already!
"You taste like peaches. Wonder what the rest of you tastes like?"
“Look at me.” He orders.
Slowly, my gaze engages his.
“I’m going to fuck you like you’ve never been fucked before.”
I don’t doubt him for a second.
“I can smell how much you want me. It makes me want to rip off your clothes, fuck you right here, right now....I’m going to fuck you until you don’t know whether it’s day or night.”
|Isn't he dreamy?...|
"STORM DAMAGES" now available at Amazon http://amzn.com/B00DV7LVP2
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Sunday, July 21, 2013
"The Winning Season" was just like it's title. It completely won me over. I read it in one sitting and I rarely do that.
The characters of Matt and Kelly are merely two words: stubborn and fickle. I loved their crazy banter as I could actually picture it in real life between two people trying to fight off their obvious attraction for the other.
As for the plot, the plot had a lot to do with sports, love, loss, and chasing your dreams.
I felt for both characters as both characters' careers are on the line and are battling their own personal demons. Matt's one was heartbreaking whereas Kelly's one is a self-conscious one. Both are serious issues that are not to be taken lightly.
Over all, GREAT book. I'm hoping Ms. Packard writes another book on Angie and J.T. I mean, SERIOUSLY! What the heck is going on between the two of them! It's obvious they're into one another!! Why is Angie and him playing it off so strongly?!
Carina Press (Publisher's Site)
Friday, July 19, 2013
"Undertow" picks up where "Dragonfly" leaves off and there's no unnecessary recaps. The story starts head on and man is it a rush!!
While the pacing was slow, I felt like I was tossed and turned as there was a lot going on in the plot and the characters. "Undertow" is more of an emotional read and will take you on a roller coaster by the intensity of it all.
You learn a lot of secrets (e.g. the truth behind Jack and Julian's births, etc.) and back stories behind the different characters' reasons and motives for what they did/do. It felt like more of a predecessor of the series where the story unveils how the past actions transgressed into the present.
As a precaution though, there was a little sex in the book and majority of the story is enveloped in journal entries. There isn't much interaction between Anna and Jack/Julian for those of you who are more so interested in the love aspect of the story.
Over all, VERY interesting read filled with twists and turns. Now I wantwantwant "Watercolor"!!! Can't wait till September! lol ;)
*Review copy provided by the author for an honest review.*
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Undertow, the shocking sequel to Dragonfly, is OUT NOW!
Early Readers are saying...
"An incredibly powerful sequel to Dragonfly. I found myself riveted to the last page by the depth of feeling, loss, tragedy, and love in this gorgeously woven story. A definite must-read." --Jolene Perry, author of Out of Play "As far as a second book for a series goes, Undertow knocked it out of the park." --Jessica, Bend in the Binding reviews
"My God I am so emotional! I have to give a huge KUDOS to Leigh because she knows how to write a story like no one's business!" --Tee, Diary of a Book Addict reviews
"Undertow pulled me under and left me gasping for air and wanting so much more. I couldn’t stop thinking about these characters, and now I’ll never be able to get a shirtless Bill Kyser out of my head." --Magan Vernon, bestselling author of The Only Exception
"Amazing! The characters are lovely, but they're also flawed--that sort of 'realness' and honesty breathes life into them and is truly refreshing to come across as a reader. A fantastic story with a unique execution." --Kristin, Goodreads reviewer
Book 2 in the Dragonfly series
by Leigh Talbert Moore
Falling in love will pull you under...
-Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination--and become a billionaire in the process.
-Alexandra "Lexy" LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist.
-Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.
Three friends, three dreams.
One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.
In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer's seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.
Anna hopes to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.
Now she's in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she's starting to love. Get Undertow TODAY!
"The characters were intriguing, the mystery and story were interesting, and definitely have ME WANTING MORE!!!!!!!" --Mandy, The Romance Bookie
"Great book to dive into poolside, but I will warn you may get so swept up in it you may end up with some sun burn so I STRONGLY suggest you invest in some sunscreen as well as a copy of Dragonfly." --Nichole, Book Addicts Not So Anonymous “Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.” –Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception
by Leigh Talbert Moore
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.
Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.
Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
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