#1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List? The only way this could have happened is if loads of readers have bought the book but haven't gotten around to rea#1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List? The only way this could have happened is if loads of readers have bought the book but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Don't be misguided into buying this book based on it's Amazon ranking... it's not a bestseller read at all. Not even close.
I'll admit there's enough going on in this read to keep you mildly interested, but there's nothing special, unique or earth-shattering going on. I just about skipped over most of the sex scenes - because that's pretty much all that's really taking place in this book - so it didn't take me long to finish this book with the little that happens in-between.
The explicit language in this books skims the edge of vulgar. And that's saying something since I can't remember if I've ever really mentioned issues with the excessive use of profanity. It takes a whole lot for me to feel that way.
The bottom line here is that you only need to read the title of this book to get the just of the plot. Not only that, it happens so early on in the book - the rest is just words to get to the finish line. The turning point (if it could even be considered that) is minimal. There's no shock, gasp or OMG moments in this read. I really disliked the way in which the chapters and point of views switched. I can't even remember the names of the characters (and I'm not even bothered to check)... that's how one dimensional this story was. I feel absolutely no connection to either of the two and I couldn't have cared less if they were killed off in the end. This entire book flowed as if it was written like a summary of sorts. As if points were used to put it together. There's very little (if any) depth at all. Not even the last chapter was worth much to walk away with.
This book feels as if it were written by more than one person and these people didn't bother to communicate with one-another at all. It felt copied and pasted, choppy and forced. I probably wouldn't feel this strongly about this book if it weren't for the fact that it's the #1 Best Seller in Romance right now. It makes me wonder what the world is coming to when this book can even placed in the same light as other hugely popular reads. I don't want it to seem like I'm against the author, because I'm totally not. In fact the only redeeming quality in this book is, that except that it feels hollow, it's still well edited and the writing is smooth. The problem here is that all that good writing put together didn't blend all to well. I'm glad it's a standalone. It could never have been more than that since already within this one read there wasn't a whole lot. I thought it would be a good read since the combination of characters seemed interesting. But there was no world created for this fiction. For us who don't know about MC's and Mafia, this book didn't give us any insight at all. I didn't know they were based in Montreal until way deep into the book. I feel as if I need to be the defender of common sense here and point out that this is not the best we can get. This is not a top read. With the increasing number of failed Amazon bestsellers on my kindle, I'm wondering if it's Amazon that's selling us short?...more
I intended to read this series some time ago, but just never got to it. Now that I've started with book #1, Loving Cara, I'm determined to continue t
I intended to read this series some time ago, but just never got to it. Now that I've started with book #1, Loving Cara, I'm determined to continue this series in the hopes that my current thoughts are proved wrong.
Kristen Proby is one of those authors I'll always follow. I've followed her With Me In Seattle Series (Book #1 in this series is currently free on Amazon) right from the start and I'm not about to give up any time soon... but that doesn't mean that I'm not concerned. And it's honestly my concern that's made me become dedicated into looking into the matter a little more thoroughly by reading this entire series.
I noticed a while back that KP books are lacking a bit. The With Me In Seattle Series started out amazingly, then kept steady with the next couple of followups.... but eventually hit a dip and then I got really concerned. I found the 8 books in that series rather inconsistent and I started noticing that with the release of the 5th installment - Safe With Me. Then Tied With Me blew me away again... but it was short lived because book #7 was again a let down only to then slightly improve with the release of the 8th and final book in the With Me In Seattle Series, Forever With Me. But hey... 6 / 8 ain't bad at all. I get it's hard to please everyone. Not all readers will love each character. And when you have an 8 book series that each consist of new characters, a new plot - it get's harder and harder. But what I can't get out of my head (and I've tried) is that when the slump books came - I couldn't help but wonder if there just wasn't as much love and dedication put into them as the rest. Now that I've read Loving Cara... I'm thinking along that train of thought more than ever.
Until 50% through this book I couldn't recall the names of the two main characters. Both Josh and Cara made such a bland impression of me that until I realized it, I would't have been able to give you their names.... and Cara's name is in the title!
I also think I only got half of this book. I can't mention anything unique regarding both Cara and Josh other than the fact that Cara had curly blond hair when she was younger, now it's straight. She was fat, although Josh didn't think she was and get's upset when she even mentions her weight. Josh has muscles. They are and were achieved because he works on his farm. He wears Levi's. Cara is a lightweight drinker and her best friends name is Jill. And Cara'a a teacher. Other than that, I have nothing notable to include to their character development. They were faceless and one dimensional to me.
Although they have known each other for many, many years and randomly see each other around town... we don't know if they were previously attracted to one another. Cara arrives at Josh's farm to tutor his nephew and suddenly they long for each other. Somewhere along the line they went from "hey Cara" / "hey Josh" to "in a relationship" and desperately needing one another so, so quickly I couldn't follow. I struggle to understand this. I get instant attraction and insta-love, but this was neither. This book is just the surface. There's clearly more to be told, but we aren't privy to it. They knew each other, they've seen each other often enough in the past, but suddenly all it took was for Cara to be assigned to tutor Josh's nephew and BOOM! They are desperate for one another. The progression simply didn't exist. Neither of the two resist, not once. A week later (I think but there's no way of telling for sure) with no evidence or details of interaction, something happens to Cara and she's crying for Josh. Needing him and his arms around her. Josh hears somethings happened to Cara and he's all macho man running around fearing that he's lost her right when he just found her... but I'm not sure when he 'found' her. It's so incredibly strange. I'm unsure of the timeframe within this period of time because it doesn't really get mentioned, so it could be a week or it could be a month (which would make more sense of course) - but I have no idea. There is so little interaction between the characters before the initial hookup that from there on out I was withdrawn from them both.
I struggled to get through the first 60% of this book. I honestly struggled. If it weren't for the fact that this was a Kristen Proby book and I was dead-set on getting through this series, I'd have given up way before 50%. But I'd committed myself to this and so forced myself to make it to the end... but the reality is that the only reason I continued to read Loving Cara was because it is a Kristen Proby novel.
From 65% onwards it did get better, but not because suddenly all the issues I previously had were resolved. I guess this was just the point were I sort of became familiar enough to share emotions with the characters and their relationship had reached a point were I liked and maybe could start believing.
This isn't an angsty, gut-wrenching read. It was fairly predictable, with issues and moments that aren't anything new to those of us who read loads of romance books. I often found myself wondering about the dialogue. Why certain things were said because they seemed out of place or not really consistent with the character's behavior. Loving Cara felt just another romance novel with the typical cheesy cover. Don't expect wow, an awesome plot or characters that will stay with you for a while.
I wasn't a fan, nor was I impressed in any way - but to be able to just read a book without using any energy or get worked over... I guess is relaxing from time to time.
On occasion I like to take books that are doing very well with regards to sales and ratings, push back everything else I need to be reading, slot thesOn occasion I like to take books that are doing very well with regards to sales and ratings, push back everything else I need to be reading, slot these in and see what all the fuss is about.
For Jake Undone - it was just such an occasion.
So Now… I'm trying to figure out the logistics of Jake Undone and it's Amazon ranking. It's currently sitting at No. 2 on the top romance sellers and how it got there… I just don't know. I kind of dislike these kind of situations, because I'm basically going against the stream, kicking up a storm and having someone (or more) out there who will be really pissed at me… - But I'm calling fowl here ladies… I know a lot of readers out there shouting praises for Jake Undone… but…me? …I just don't get it.
Let me explain to you how come I say this.
First of all (and I actually mentioned this earlier to someone) that while I read this book, I used my kindle's highlight feature so often, that it was beginning to look as if I was reading a coloring-in book. There were a number of 'things' that I either didn't get, didn't like or frowned at.
First off, I can't really say I felt any connection to Nina while I read. In fact there was a point in the book that I honestly thought she was a crazy girl. Like a psycho chick. For real. It was the oddest character personality I've read in a long time. I didn't dislike her - that's not the case here… I honestly just didn't feel as if I understand her very well at all. She was kind of… strange. Not to mention that often in the dialogue or her inner thoughts I ended up being surprised as to what she was thinking, saying or doing.
Once Nina meets Jake they kind of hit it off instantly. She thinks he's cute and what-not… she finds herself attracted to him. But I remember reading about her extreme attraction at one point and wondering 'where the hell did that come from?' It was sudden. Unforeseen actually. One moment she was simply attracted to him. Enjoyed his company and the next she was telling us that she was so into him it was driving her mad. It just felt as if it came out of nowhere. The buildup was a fail - I think. There was no starting point that lead up to the eventuality of the matter. It was just suddenly there and it was on the forefront of her mind. The same goes with when she eventually she's saying (inside her head) that she loves him. That too came like tada… and I actually jerked my head back and stared at the screen wondering if I missed something. Again, so sudden and just out of nowhere.
Another issue I faced was that they seem to have a casual relationship. It was friendly and I guess comfortable to be together. But again… suddenly Nina was going over issues about what Jake was keeping from her. Now we know from the blurb he has a secret. So we expected that. But what caught me off-guard was the fact that there was no prior curiosity or hint that Nina was concerned about Jakes past or history. The first time we even know she wondering is when she says…
"Despite whatever was stopping him from taking the next step with me, nothing had been able to prevent me from needing him, not even knowing that he was hiding something from me."
That was the first time I even realized that Nina was concerned about it. I certainly didn't get any indication while reading that he was hiding something. Yes I gathered he had a secret… it's right there in the blurb… and I get he was quiet, but not overly quiet and definitely not enough for me to go…'mmm what you hiding Jake?'
There were also a few strange parts for me. I can't say I hated them because that's to strong a word, but they were just kind of odd…
"Reality Show Scene Three, enter stage left: hot womanizing roommate." "Reality Show Scene Four, enter stage right: instant best friend."
I'm kind of not sure what happened to one and two… but these lines just seemed so out of place and irrelevant, I again wondered if I'd missed something vital.
"Oh yeah, I was in deep doo doo…in more ways than one."
Umm… not sexy at all. It was so strange to read the words doo doo - I laughed. And not the good kind.
"He was so focused and was one of the smartest people I had ever met. His intelligence made him even sexier in my mind and made me feel even more inadequate. He was a badass."
Again this sentence holds little baring for me. Cause you see… I didn't pick up on Jakes 'smartness' at all. He wasn't dumb but again, if it didn't state so in the blurb I wouldn't have even considered him being like an Einstein. He just didn't come across as if Smart was one of his traits. In fact, we were told he was smart. But other that being able to do Math and of course being an engineer… I didn't really see that. And it's not only said once. It's said a couple of times so it kind of stood out for me and I again… thought I'd missed something.
"well, even if I was his type, which I’m not,"
This phrase again, doesn't really make sense to me. Of course I understand the context, but Nina had never ever seen Jake's 'type' so there would be absolutely no way in hell she could say the above. Unless she's clairvoyant… it's just not possible for her to know this. It was never discussed, never pointed out… she just says it and the reason I noticed this line was because it was so random and again… was I missing something?
I turned to the guy next to me. “What is this song called?” “It’s Fat Bottomed Girls, by Queen.”
Now, this isn't really a problem with the book. It's more a problem with me. I was shocked she didn't know this lol. It's one of my favorite songs and when she didn't know this I knew that Nina and I could never be friends :)
"He had managed to render me completely speechless, and I couldn’t tell if my panties were just wet or whether I peed slightly."
That ones just wrong. I didn't want to be reading about lust and desire and then have the mental image placed into my head that she possibly peed her panty wet. Come on! That's just gross.
"I loved him. I had planned to pour my soul out to him tonight and almost told him how I felt moments ago in that hallway."
You do? I didn't know this. I was in your head and I didn't have the slightest clue you were planning anything. Nor did I know your true feelings for Jake.
Argh… it was frustrating to get bombshells dropped on you out of nowhere.
And of course… what romance novel is complete with these famous words…
"Jake was a drug, and I was a junkie looking for my next high before I even came down from the last."
“Lift one of your breasts to your mouth and lick it. Pretend I’m doing it to you.”
Umm… I found this one a little ummm impossible. I tried it and it didn't work for me. I don't even want to know how long her boobs are if she can get this right. I've never ever, ever read about this kind of thing before. I didn't know it was possible. It's certainly not something I can do. But bravo to you if you can :)
Overall I found Nina a rather unlikable character. I found her unrealistic and annoying at times. But I didn't hate her enough to have her character killed off or anything. I think that maybe the idea of her was just better formed inside the authors head than it was written in the book.
Now Jake… Jake isn't half bad. In fact there were times when I enjoyed his character. Mostly when he wasn't delivering cheesy lines. But as a whole I liked him. His character was better developed than Nina's was. But that's likely due to the fact that we got to know Jake through Nina's eyes before we switched over to him. But I'll say that even when we did go to Jakes POV - I preferred it. In fact, I could have lived with the book being written entirely in Jakes POV if it was done that way.
I did have some concerns about the choices he had to make. Not enough to mark this book down. In fact, I'm open to anything goes in fiction ( Except maybe not knowing if you are wet from desire or if you peed yourself… and maybe licking your own boobs…) I can handle it all I guess. But I can say that in this book there is an issue that mildly put me off. I won't go into it to much since it's actually a major factor in the plot… but all I'll say is that I know it was necessary for the shocker… but I felt that it wasn't concluded at the end of the book. We should have had closure on the subject. It's ridiculous to expect Nina to just accept Jakes guilt for what he needs to do when she's told him that she doesn't like it.
There was a stage in this book where I was heading towards giving it a 2 / 5. When we switched over to Jake's POV… that was the redeeming point for Jake Undone. I found Nina's entire POV a little dull, effing confusing, annoying and at times I was just plain lost as to where we were heading. However, even though Jakes POV was far, far better than Nina's, Jake Undone didn't scream 5 or even 4 stars. It was simply just an ordinary book with snippets here and there that were kind of cute or likable. The rest has either been said, done or stood out as weird.
The epilogue was like a whole new book if you ask me. It's a year later… and so much has happened and I'm reading it and thinking… but what about this and that and where are we now? Certain circumstances just shouldn't have been mentioned if we weren't going to get proper insight into it. It just made me wonder. And I don't like to sit and wonder long after the book is done. This tells me that this book wasn't complete and didn't come full circle.
Oh well… the bottom line is that I didn't love Jake Undone. I smiled at times but they were rare. My finger is numb from highlighting areas of concern and as a whole it was a tiring read. I had to think way to much. I had to reread sentences every so often. There are certain times when the sentence structures didn't make sense to me. Not very often, but I did go 'huh?' more than 5 times during the book…
The just of my thoughts on Jake Undone is that I can't say that it really deserves to be in the Amazon list ranking that it's currently standing at :( ...more
To Tame His Mate is one of those books I'm torn about. I'm not torn between whether is was any good or not... I'm torn about whether this book was a rTo Tame His Mate is one of those books I'm torn about. I'm not torn between whether is was any good or not... I'm torn about whether this book was a really lame attempt to a paranormal romance or if it was just a lame attempt. The reason for this is because there is nothing special that takes place in this book. Or at the very least, let me say that there is no central point within this book that made me take notice. Not. At. All. Not even for a moment.
It has a promising beginning, a boring middle and concludes with a rather dull ending. No shock, gasp or awe at all. In fact, this book appears to be rather one dimensional.
Of course if you are a paranormal romance lover, you'll probably somewhat enjoy it... But... (and God knows I love these kinds of books and in particular wolf shifter / Alpha wolves)... I found To Tame His Mate just not good enough to be considered against other books in this genre. The supposed alpha wolf, Erik... is no Alpha (not of any kind), he holds none of the fiercely possessive traits we come to expect and love the most from these type of romance novels. His boring, way to compliant and quite honestly - he lacks any kind of backbone at all.
I found Sarah the worst though. She was so irritating. OMF!
I felt as if this book was originally planned out with the intention of being a great read, but every aspect of this book was written as fast as it could be done which only resulted in offering us a bland and rather annoying read. A lot takes place here... but it all just occurs as if by mentioning that something happened, the author thought we could use our imaginations to fill the blanks... which (correct me if I'm wrong here) is not the way it should be. We should be getting the colorful, vivid images from the fictional world the author creates and with that we allow our imagination to run amok. I tried to picture way to many scenarios while I read this and that was just wrong. It's not my job as the reader to make up the images, fill in the blanks or create a world for my mind to live in while I'm reading. It's the job of the author to provide us with these and we as readers can take if from there and just experience the wonder of reading.
I know it's not nice to read a bad review and believe me I'd much rather be writing a praising review instead, but really now... here we have a book about a hot... no, scratch that... it's actually two hot alpha males which are wolf shifters and then an alpha female wolf shifter and a human girl... but it's like a black and white movie... Something is just not right over here. This (should have been) is the perfect recipe for hot, steamy, adventurous and emotional... Am I right?
Another aspect about this book that I just couldn't get is that it is in fact two books in one. We start off with one couple and their meet... then hello another hot alpha appears and moments later a human girl and suddenly we have one romance occurring and every other page another one is blooming, POV are switching, scenes are jumping... I found this totally off-putting. I mean, why do we have to read about two sets of couples when this book is suppose to be about the one and the next book is apparently about the other two and their tale. I think the author either got bored with the story, then maybe the other two characters interested her more, so she went that route... or maybe she didn't plot out this book at all. She just went with it and yes, sometimes just putting pen to paper turns out to be awesome-ness... but other times it makes your story feel patched together. Which is the case here. This book was written to fill up pages and not to relay a fictional romance. This book ended on page 20. I would have called it a at that point. That was the last time I felt any interest at all in reading To Tame His Mate.
It's important for an author to remember that even if the book makes sense in your head... It doesn't necessarily mean that we as reader are gonna get it. Because... hell... I've read hundreds of books and I'm a pretty smart apple but even me... a graphic designer who creates interesting images from scratch on a daily basis, couldn't pull together images to try and brighten my reading experience. I believe that's the main problem here... the lack of imagination this book offers us. It's a good plot but it's one dimensional. The characters felt like paperdolls and try as I might, I just couldn't conjure them up in my mind at all.
The only image I did get was when Abraham arrived at the fair in his biker clothes... Now don't get excited... because even wearing the whole get-up... the image I got during that experience has really not done any good to my biker boy daydreams. I was just wrong.
I guess you can say I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I have loads more I can go into but I think I've already crushed someone a little to much for one night - I should stop. And I will.
The bottom line is that I think with a little more nurture, time, attention, better plotting - essentially going back to the drawing board - this book could become an epic read. It holds the promise of more, but unfortunately fails to deliver. There are much better paranormal romances currently available and it's sad that I have to say that but it's unfortunately the God's honest truth.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review
I don't really know where to go with this review... Gone with the Wolf started off really gr
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review
I don't really know where to go with this review... Gone with the Wolf started off really great, I was having a good time and then it just suddenly fell flat...
If you had asked me how I felt about this book when I had only read half of it, I would have told you it was fun, sexy and I was really loving it. But now that I've completed the book I can't really say that much for the second half. I also don't know if the same characters continue into the next part of this series because there is no indication as to what's actually happening in the second part of this series. Will it be new characters? Will we continue with Drake & Emilia's story? I really can't tell you because I have absolutely no idea. But what I can tell you is that if this story continues with a second book, it might actually make me feel better about this book in the end... but only a fraction better.
Here are my issues:
• Like I said, all went well during the first half of the book. From half-way onwards... it was just boring and I had to force myself through the rest of it.
• Emilia started to annoy me at one point. Don't get me wrong, I really liked her in the beginning, but I felt as if she just didn't grow much during the book... even though she finds out something that's majorly life altering... she didn't change at all. She remained as stubborn as she was from the start and I can't put my finger on it... she just turned out to be really bland.
• Drake was ok. Not a top Alpha male or Alpha wolf rather. He ended up just really being part of the furniture and not a prominent part in Gone with the Wolf.
• The break in the plot was strange. Not at all what I expected and definitely not descriptive enough. This plot ended up being another case of where the author knew what was happening while she wrote the book, but she doesn't convey it across well. I still don't know what really happens with Drakes wealth since it should go to his brother, but then his brother is evil and... surly that should make for a change? I just don't know. But I guess it's not that important since it's really not of much importance. It's just that everything felt as if it began but just didn't develop into anything interesting and there are many missing final outcomes in Gone with the Wolf.
--> So whats Gone with the Wolf all about? Well... first off it's written in 3rd person... a writing style I really don't like... I can't seem to connect well with characters when I'm not inside their heads... so already, that was a negative for me.
The book takes off from this part in the summary: "Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers."
If you didn't read the summary, you'd be lost as to what's actually happening in the beginning and as to why she's doing what's she's doing. You do get a recap later on but like I said, if you don't remember the summary before you start the book, you'd be lost. I actually had to come back and re-read it just to see why it was I wanted to read this in the first place. So yip... another negative for me.
Another aspect I didn't get was that according to Drake, Emilia was his soul-mate. But then why deny it for so long? I love insta-love books but I don't like insta-love denial at all - because then it's not true insta-love. Also, Emilia didn't really get the connection at first. She didn't know what it meant of course... but she also didn't pick up on this supposed bond they should have been sharing... it was again... strange and didn't work well for me.
I also didn't find Drake very passionate towards Emilia. It wasn't a real Alpha Wolf type reaction.
Other than that, I really do hope that this tale continues into the next part of the series. It didn't end particularly well. I didn't feel content when I finished it. I honestly really just felt lost and a little surprised that after the effort that was spent into putting together the plot, it just ended with a wham bam and... the end.
I really wanted this book to be a wow, but it just wasn't and that's disappointing.
This book I happen to come across and as sad as this is… the reason I actually read it was because of the maRead More Reviews On My Blog CBL Reviews
This book I happen to come across and as sad as this is… the reason I actually read it was because of the male goodness on the cover :D (That right there, is reason enough for me lol)
So… I liked the book. It's about a 3 hour read if you are pretty fast. Maybe 4-ish hours if you are an average speed reader, so it's not massively long… so… considering the plot, the actual tale and the few issues I have with this book, it's not a waste of serious time. It's still a good book but it's not an amazing book. - I think what I'm trying to say is that if you have 3 - 4 hours spare… go for it. But expect mildly OK.
What I didn't like: The plot for one. This was yet another case of a big deal made out of something I didn't really find such a big deal. Furthermore the 'big deal' didn't really scare Sydney away nor did it make much of any change in their relationship… so I found her reaction & my reaction - down There… But the drama surrounding the 'big deal' - Up There… (if that makes sense.)
In short, Sydney and I had similar reactions of… Oh okay… but Jack made it seem as if it's the end of everything and I was honestly expecting more of a knock to the system. #Fail
Again I want to stress that it's not a bad book. It's really fun and kept me entertained.
Sydney meets Jack while she's on her 'honeymoon'… basically it's not all that it seems when I say that, but I'm not going to spoil it. Just know, she's not cheating or anything lol.
Once they meet, they have insta-attraction. You know… the electric jolt when they touch - Yes, that actually makes it appearance in this book.
I would have loved more drama or more hesitance between the two. They easily moved into a relationship of sorts. She was easy, he was always wanting her… you get what I'm saying. There was no tug-of-war - it simply just flowed into a relationship.
Anyway, I did enjoy the book because it was an easy read. It was soft on my emotions and sometimes that's good since I was certain that the books I'd been reading prior to this one where causing me to develop an ulcer… haha.
What I didn't like? Was the way it ended. The reason for this is because this book was pretty much fluff reading and then it just ends. Oh Yes there's going to be another book but… I don't really know why. I felt as if this story could have just concluded with Belong To You. There is no need in my mind for another one. Why you ask? Because - if there wasn't much to tell in the first place, why the hell would there be anything to tell in a sequel? I didn't love the character chemistry. They didn't bind together for all eternity in my mind. When I think of Jack and Syd, I don't really see them working out in the end and honestly I couldn't care less if they didn't.
I also couldn't help but reflect back to Twilight and Bared to You. There were parts in this book that made those thoughts pop up in my head. I wasn't so much as that they were similar. It was just phrases, words and mannerisms that really made me think of Bella & Edward and then Ava & Gideon. Now I can't say that those books were the inspiration for Belong To You, (because I honestly don't know) but I'm betting the author has read them and probably didn't even realize that she was capturing those characters and aspects of those books in this one.
It felt almost Fan-Fic - if you can get what I'm saying.
Sydney is a singer… and I already figured that from the second page that she's good at singing and she loves to sing… But just in case I forgot… I was reminded a handful of times during the book. I also got that she was inexperienced from the first chapter. But again, yip… I was reminded again and again, just in case it slipped my mind. And yes, I got that Jack was a typical bossy alpha male… I didn't need constant reminder in every chapter…. Argh!
Those are just some things that freaked me a little while I read Belong To You. But… if you are under the weather, lying in bed with nothing else but time on your hands… then I'd recommend Belong To You. It will keep you busy, but it won't raise your temperature so you can be rest assured that your already weak body won't be working itself up while you read this… (unless you get annoyed easy that is) ...more
What did I think about Bad Rep? Umm... not a whole lot really. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to get the just of this book.
Now I wasn't a huge fan ofWhat did I think about Bad Rep? Umm... not a whole lot really. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to get the just of this book.
Now I wasn't a huge fan of the dynamics that made up this book. But I did enjoy the style in which it was written. It was breezy and simply written. When reading a book - there is nothing worse than having to spend double the amount of time on it, because you end up having to 'look-up' half the words in front of you :) - Bad Rep was easy to follow and I appreciate that in a book.
Anyhoo... This book is ALL about Maysie and how SHE feels and what's going on in HER life. She's pretty much just made up of a whole lot of "ME, ME, ME", and that get's a little annoying. Yes she feels guilt and yes she feels bad when she says or does something nasty... but in the end it's because SHE doesn't want other people to not like her and SHE doesn't want to be called names, even though she doesn't do a thing to stop it - It's just easier to sit in your dark bedroom and pity yourself.
Look... I know what you are probably thinking... we all go through some form of depression when our lives take a turn for the worse... but honestly now... Almost every chapter consisted of Maysie wallowing in misery - stuffing junk down her throat and not showering for days...
It does get a little much at some point and that was a huge deciding factor for me when I decided how to rate this book.
Now it's not all dark and dreary. There are some good bits in this book... like 'the part behind the shed at the bands party' OMFG! That was super hot and I'm taking that into huge consideration here too, because it seriously made me situp from the slouch I was slowing moving into, because the book had hit a slump which lasted for some time...but just as that little piece of heaven hit, I started to pay attention, shot straight up and grinned :)
I can't really say that much else changed after that... at least no much to write home about, but I did like seeing the jealous part of Jordan rear its little head. It was as if finally something real was happening and I do love protectively jealous boys :)
So anyway... on to the actual yes or no part of my review for Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters:
Yes, I believe everyone should read it at some point. We all have those days when a little cheesy, self-absorbed, read-about-someone-who's-life-is-apparently-in-shambles, is like a therapy session. Makes you so glad you are not that 'plastic' - Because dear Lord, Maysie is practically barbie herself. There is not a single quality about her that I can say I liked. Maybe her taste for shoes... but other than that... nada! She spends more than she can afford, she's a total wimp, She's so insecure it makes you grind your teeth - but hey... like I said, it's a total veg out book. No thinking involved at all.
Why you shouldn't read this book? All of the above! lol
No seriously... it's not all bad. I did like Jordan to an extent. But He didn't really fit together well. By this I mean that he's suppose to be a bad boy with tats and piercing's but he's actually a cheat and a total wannabe rockstar, who's apparently so romantic every guy in the world should just take a seat and learn from him.
If I have to read about how a voice is the nectar of the gods or how song melted panties one more time - I'm going to burst a vain! Never-mind that old overly repeated saying of "Our bodies just fit together perfectly, like we were made for each other"... come on!
Overall it's not half bad, but it's not an award winner either. Like I said... it's probably a good book to read while you have a head cold and don't need to be using much of your brain. Maysie is that simple of a character to understand :)
With Rock Chick #1, I was happy that I was able to get my usual KA dose, even from a series I was hesitant to read at first. I was pretty satisfied wiWith Rock Chick #1, I was happy that I was able to get my usual KA dose, even from a series I was hesitant to read at first. I was pretty satisfied with the outcome and thus had no problems to pick up the next book in this series.
With that said… it's evident that during this series, I'm going to be having a heck of a lot of ups and downs. The first book was good, the second… not so much.
I don't know if it's just me, but I've noticed it for some time now, but never really thought to mention it. During this book, it become one of the nagging issues I just couldn't get around to understanding. This would be that none of the characters bath before they get into bed. They spend the entire day running around from what time of the morning and when it's time for bed, they just change into pj's and sleep. It's a little gross. Maybe it's just the way some people are… I'm not like that at all and it's really something that irks me. Think about it… if you are clean when you get into bed… your bed stays clean for longer. If you are dirty, then every night you roll around in all the sweat and dirt from the previous day and the day before that… no… it's gross.
Also… I felt disconnected from the characters. The only character I did particularly like was Eddie and of course the returns from the previous book such as Lee and Indy. But Jet… wasn't my type of character.
Jet was annoying as all hell. She whined constantly and the fact that she couldn't just stay on course with her decisions, drove me banana's. She was back and forth all the time. She was stubborn and definitely blind. It drove me insane… in fact I had to force my way through this book.
… I skimmed a lot.
Overall the book wasn't horrible, but it was frustrating. Again majority of the book was spent chasing criminals and the rock chick girls running haywire. The fact that Jet and Eddie didn't actually fall in love in this book was a complete shocker for me. I mean I know it was said… but it was only one-sided and THAT got to me too. That's unusual for KA books.
At this point I'm doing a double-take on my decision to pick up the next book in this serious. It's become obvious that it's more of a crime fighting tale with only a little bit of romance pushed into it. But I have seen that my other blogger friends enjoyed the next book (Book #3) far more than this one (Book #2), so I'm going to give it a go anyway. If the next book doesn't make me shiver in my boots, I'm giving up on this series.
There is very little I want to say about Broken Dove. The only thing I really need to be saying here is that I'm so disappointed at the end product. FThere is very little I want to say about Broken Dove. The only thing I really need to be saying here is that I'm so disappointed at the end product. Fantasyland was one of the few series of books I've adored and read over and over (and over), so you can imagine my pain when I discovered that the fourth book Broken Dove is nothing (absolutely nothing) like the first three.
It's very very vey long. And that in itself is saying something. If you had asked me last month if I thought a KA book could ever be long enough I'd laugh in your face. There's just no way. Each time I finish one of her books I ache for more.
So for me to tell you that Broken Dove was a freaking long book is as much a surprise to you as it is to me. But it's the truth. I have never wanted a book to come to a conclusion sooner than I wanted Broken Dove to get there.
The problem with this book is the fact that there is not just one story going on here. There are many all happening at once. It jumps a little to much and it honestly felt as if Apollo and Ilsa weren't the main characters here. Their story took a back-seat far to often and the progression we expect from KA is extremely decelerated. Only near the very end does anything exciting happen. The rest is what I'd consider average day-to-day occurrences.
I did however, enjoy the fact that the characters from the previous books make an appearance. I loved that since I loved them. But I'm not a fan of Apollo and Ilsa very much.
Apollo was not at all like any KA hero. He was no-where near at hot-headed or alpha like KA usually creates her males. Apollo was placid and... I'm going with sad... I'm not sure, he didn't work well for me. Ilsa... wasn't the usual KA leading lady, but still kind of at times. She wasn't consistent at all which I found rather off-putting.
If you have to ask me what the major plot is about... I wouldn't really know what to say. There is just so much that takes place in this book and really, none of it is very intriguing. I think the most exciting thing for me was when Lahn (from The Golden Dynasty - book #2) was holding his kid. Now that was sexy and I could very well have read an entire book about him carrying his off-spring.
Oh well, it's a first that I'm going to say that a KA novel just bored me to tears. The only reason I didn't stop reading was because of Lahn (of course) but also because it's KA... I have faith that the book was bound to be redeemed in the end.
I think that had the booked focused on the actual story then it would have been 100% better. But instead we were following many, many other characters who I really couldn't care about and didn't need details from since they held little that could contribute successfully to the main plot of the book.
This is a first time for me that I didn't love or at least somewhat like a KA book. It's a sad day for me :(
I was really looking forward to reading this novel. I can't even explain the excitement that took over my body as I sat down and started reading, exhaI was really looking forward to reading this novel. I can't even explain the excitement that took over my body as I sat down and started reading, exhaling because it had been a long wait for a new Alice Clayton book.
I'm a massive fan of her Redhead Series (The Unidentified Redhead & The Redhead Revealed) so I was super strung up to get my hands on Wallbanger. I mean come on... even the blurp is totally great. It made me smile that all-knowing smile that meant... Yip... Alice, you're going to hook me up again with a new favorite.
Anyway so I'm reading the book and just getting into the first chapter and there are some very funny moments. Clive (the cat) is just to cute.. So I'm making my way through the first chapter (BTW that was on the 27th of November)... and then I pulled away from my kindle and thought... somethings wrong. I'm not feeling it... Somethings missing and I couldn't put my finger on it.
So I read a little more... put it down, picked it up again much later and read a little further... needless-to-say it took me a whole week to finish this book.
Why? You might ask...
Argh... okay this is the truth and all of the truth about way I took 5 days to work through this book.
• I can't even remember how many moments in this book were predictable. Not the 'I know that's how it's going to turn out in the end' predictable... no... the kind where you go 'argh I knew she was going to say that' or 'I knew where this was leading' and let me tell you, I really didn't want that for this book.
• What are the chances of 3 best girlfriends and 3 best guyfriends... meeting up and sure as bop end up all falling in love with one or another? It's too... I can't even describe it. Not only do the friends all fall in love, they are apparently each perfectly suited for the other and blah blah... it's cheesy... that's what it is.
• The book drags on and on and on before anything really started to develop between Caroline and Simon. It drove me nuts! It felt as if I was reading the longest book ever written. It went on forever! I kept checking to see how far I was and I actually couldn't wait to finish it.
• There are so many cliches in this book, it's not even funny. I couldn't stand Caroline... I didn't like her character. I felt as if she was self-absorb and the two of us just didn't click well I guess.
• I did like Simon... but again... because the book dragged on for so long before anything really happened... I lost interest in him and I couldn't have cared less.
• The 'O' talk was driving me bonkers. It got a little to much attention in the book and at the most random points... it threw me off a little. And then suddenly it was no longer just 'O'... no... brain, spine, heart and nerves all got their own share of the spotlight and I didn't get it... I mean who actually thinks like that??? Caroline has more issues than just her missing 'O' and the Wallbanging.
Now I admit the overall story was great, the funny parts were really funny and the steaminess of the down and dirty... very hot. I really don't want to not like this book because in essence I am a huge Alice Clayton fan and I only want whats best for her books. But I can't deny my frustration with this book... I'm sorry.
I couldn't relate to any of the characters... not even the quirky side-kick friends...the boss... nobody. It was like an absolute straight to DVD film for me and I'm honestly so sad that it is... but that's the truth and the whole truth about how I felt while it took me 5 days to actually read Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.
Apparently it's a fan-fiction of Twilight, but I never picked up that up from the book at all.
So I've been fully engrossed in my Kristen Ashely omnibus for some time now and before now, if you had asked me when I was going to move onto somethinSo I've been fully engrossed in my Kristen Ashely omnibus for some time now and before now, if you had asked me when I was going to move onto something different, I would have told you not any time soon. But... now that I've finished with Games of the Heart I do believe it's time I give 'ol Ashely a break for a while. Not because I've gotten over her, but simply because I've bumped my head with Games of the Heart and I'm nursing my wounds.
Games of the Heart just didn't capture me and unlike her other book's, I skimmed my way through half of it. When I reached 46% of the book I was already sighing because it felt soooo long. I'm not sure if the story was just long winded or if the actual plot didn't work for me, but either way I got totally bored and frustrated half way through. The only reason I actually finished the book was because I'd have wasted my time if I didn't see it through to the end.
I liked the characters, I liked the setting, I just really couldn't grasp on to the plot and supporting characters. It was so exhausting. There were about 5 different storylines, genres and plots all running in unison and the only one I cared for was the romance bit between Layne and Rocky.
With that I should mention that even that seems to play over and over again like a gramophone. Every scene involving them all similar. They do not move forward until the very end of the book where everything collapses and you go 'ah ok' because before that you don't know what's going on.
I also wonder if it's not because the entire book is written in Layne's perspective and he's not a very imaginative or dramatic guy so it's very bland.
“Until you two came along, she was the best thing that happened to me in my whole goddamned life.”
Games of the Heart takes us on a journey of suspense, drama, romance, lies and deceit and to be fair it's a great combo, but unfortunately, not all slap bang together, in your face all at the same time.
I'm seriously disappointed in this book and I'm taking my bow with a frown on my face and moving away from Kristen Ashely for a while.
This book is an undecided hit or miss for me. I couldn't help but notice similarities to Beautiful Disaster, but in a totally not as good way though.
I liked the love, romance ect. But I couldn't help but feel as if it… I don't know… was kind of fake and forced. It felt as if the character's didn't fit the dialogue.
Again the plot felt as if it should have been more shocking but I predicted it long before it went into play. Another miss for me was the ending. It was brief and cut short.
My favorite Mistake follows the life of Taylor who has a dark secret from her past that she has learnt to keep at a simmer inside her for years, just waiting to boil over. She meets Hunter, who no doubt at first is the wrong type of guy for her to get hooked on.
As the story progresses, she accepts that he's in her life and it's his mission to stay there. I wasn't sold on the fast pace it took to actually get there, since the first half of the book is all about Taylor holding back and then suddenly bam… she's in deep where she didn't want to be in the first place. I could have done with more details and buildup and it seemed to be over in a blink of an eye.
At times the main characters didn't come across as real, but simply version's from an ideal life. It set me back a few notches because of that… I'm not going to lie.
I like the plot and the actual theory of where the story was heading but it totally lacked substance in-between for me. The romance was an absolute miss for me since it didn't allow me to relate to it at all. Also many subject's that came up in the book, didn't play out to it's full potential and some not even at all and that bugged me out since I liked most of them but was left wondering where it went from there.
All-round a good book with amazing potential but definitely a filler read rather than a must read.
I've thought about this review for a while... about what I could say about Forget You. How I would put into words how I felt... without coming acrossI've thought about this review for a while... about what I could say about Forget You. How I would put into words how I felt... without coming across to harsh because I don't really want to bad talk it at all.
I'm torn between saying it was a bad read and giving it 2 stars or saying it was a good read and giving it 3 stars.
This book is extremely graphic in sexual nature. I'm can't believe I'm actually going to say it but kind of too much. From page 2 till the end it's alThis book is extremely graphic in sexual nature. I'm can't believe I'm actually going to say it but kind of too much. From page 2 till the end it's all about sex any how Vic and Niall are having sex.
It's a case of guy sees woman - guy offers woman a drink in his apartment - guy has sex with woman (on repeat) and then guy says I love you at the end.
I've been wanting to read this book for some time now and a friend of mine actually passed itRead more reviews on my blog Coffee, Books & Lipgloss
I've been wanting to read this book for some time now and a friend of mine actually passed it on to me insisting that I should read it. Thus resulting in me reading it a lot sooner than I previously thought I actually would.
My Opinion on Catching Jordan? mmmmm... I honestly wasn't wowed at all. It could be because I'm not a sports fan or it could be because I don't like boyish girl characters or it could be because it totally confused me at how blasé Jordan reacts to Ty once they start dating. I don't know... but I didn't like her attitude at all.
When Jordan first sees Ty - She's so infatuated with him and for the first part of the book it's all about how Jordan can't stop thinking about him and how he consumes her every second of the day and then... suddenly when they get together (which is a cute scene)... it's like the next moment she forgets about him and he's no longer all-that for her. I didn't like how easily she ended up sleeping with him and I really didn't like how simple it was for him to get her to do it. I didn't like how afterwards, their entire relationship took the backseat in the book as if the author forgot they were suppose to be in a relationship. It was weird... I can't explain it but it was not a hot nor even cute romance between Ty and Jordan... according to the book (considering how little they are mentioned together) it seemed as if they just faded away from the storyline.
Jordan sleeps with Ty and like the very next day she finds out her best friend Henry is in-love with her and (what I couldn't stand) she acted like a typical guy and completely forgot about Ty and her relationship. Maybe I missed the point but she totally lost points with me in that respect.
Other than that I did like the actual moral of the story about how even if you don't get exactly what you want - sometimes life hands you something you didn't even realize you wanted and ended up being so much better for you. - At least that's what I picked up from the book (I may be completely wrong... who knows)
So in essence I liked the storyline, hated Jordan and her butchy attitude, didn't like Jordan's approach to her relationship with Ty, I liked Ty but I liked Henry the most. I really felt sorry for poor Ty at some point because I believe him and I were in the same boat with regards to not having a clue about Jordan and what she wants. He really tried hard and it was very sad that she never really appreciated it. Bitch :)
Anyway... a good book, strange writing style (but not bad)... It's a 3.5 star for me but I'm going to round it off to a 4!
mmmm... this good was ok... but not captivating in any way. I found the story predictable and the characters spineless. Irelyn is annoying and I don'tmmmm... this good was ok... but not captivating in any way. I found the story predictable and the characters spineless. Irelyn is annoying and I don't really get attached to her nor do I end up liking her very much.
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I honestly don't know how anyone could give this book 5 stars and I was surprised to see so many awarded and surprised by all the praising on the GoodI honestly don't know how anyone could give this book 5 stars and I was surprised to see so many awarded and surprised by all the praising on the Goodreads website.
Here's the only way I can do a review on this book:
Piff... I was very disappointed in this book. I don't even know what to say. I've come to love and adore Kristen Ashley books and this one (Breathe) wPiff... I was very disappointed in this book. I don't even know what to say. I've come to love and adore Kristen Ashley books and this one (Breathe) was the first one I've read that I didn't like and didn't feel deserved 5 stars.
Let me break down the reason's it didn't gel well for me.