The way they broke up was really messed up. I get it, but her being hung up on him while he shows up to a place he kind of knows she's gonna be with aThe way they broke up was really messed up. I get it, but her being hung up on him while he shows up to a place he kind of knows she's gonna be with a girlfriend kind of threw me and I didn't like him as much as I would have liked. ...more
I'm torn. This book has many of the things I hate about NA. But, you know what? The author has the characters come out and admit the shit about4 stars
I'm torn. This book has many of the things I hate about NA. But, you know what? The author has the characters come out and admit the shit about themselves that I didn't like and then they fucking evolved.
I grudgingly liked this one. The first half is filled with cliches and Rowan is such a girl hater. But the last 100 pages where so much fun I forgaveI grudgingly liked this one. The first half is filled with cliches and Rowan is such a girl hater. But the last 100 pages where so much fun I forgave them for the first 100 or so....more
Loudly, before a single note about the book, the synopsis for The Bourbon Kings says “from the author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series” and I get it. BDB is a popular series of 13 published books, a spin-off on the way and a rabid fandom that included myself. But, the truth of the matter is that fans of BDB this book was not written for us.
The Bourbon Kings reminds me of that TV show from the 80s that my grandmother and mom used to watch about a rich and powerful oil family from Texas. Basically, it’s a soup opera. With over the top situations and twists seen from up the block, around the corner and through the bend. This book is convoluted, melodramatic, and at parts, offensive.
Lane made a mistake, he married the wrong woman. It takes him a few years, an accident of his beloved black servant and a couple glasses of bourbon for him to finally get off his ass and do something about it. He returns home to see his beloved Miss Aurora and to finally set things right. It’s been many years since he’s touched foot on his family estate, the entirety of his marriage really and he’s unsurprised to find nothing changed. His mother is still reclusive, his father is still a douche, his sister a caricature and his wife a bitch. His Gardner, and spurned lover Lizzie is still working for his family despite the fact that he told her he loved her the day before his wedding was announced in the papers.
I found myself doing the unthinkable and skimming through this book. I just wanted to see if all my predictions came true in the end. It did. There is not an original thought or storyline in this book. Like most books by this author The Bourbon Kings is long. Too long. Why was it so long?
This book lacks some important aspects that Ward is famous for. 1. Sexy men who you want to take care of but hide behind when danger comes cuz they are bad as fuck. 2. Strong female characters who are comfortable in their sexuality but not over the top and manage to be feminine even as they are tough. 3. A complex story with twists and turns where you understand both characters even as they miscommunicate.
The only thing I will say that TBK has over Ward’s popular vampire series is that the characters speak like adult males and not pubescent teenage boys that don’t understand that hip hop isn’t just a way of dress.
I did not like the characters. I didn’t like Lane for being a douche and taking too long to fix his issues. I didn’t like Lizzie, because she was dumb enough to still love him after he stomped all over her heart. I didn’t like Gin because she used her body to manipulate people. I didn’t like Samuel T because he used his body to manipulate people.
These two also have the sickest ever relationship where they one-up each other in an attempt to hurt the other. If Samuel has sex with Gin’a friend, Gin will have sex with Samuel’s brother and make sure that Samuel sees. They will seduce innocent bystanders in the game between them and then they hurt each other just for the pure pleasure of having the last laugh…But, they’re like in love and are meant for each other………
And of course then there is Miss Aurora the only character of color in this book who spends her days cooking for this white family and her nights praying for this white family with no sign of having a life or family of her own. It wasn’t enough for JR Ward to appropriate black culture with her hip hop loving, slang speaking brothers in the BDB series, now she has written a veritable Aunt Jemima whose entire life is lived for and in service to her white masters.
Why are white authors still writing characters like this? Is this how you view us? Are we just here to serve, protect and love you?
This book is so bad it ruined The Black Dagger Brotherhood series for me. I’ve been struggling through the series for the last few years as it got long winded. But, after reading this book I’ve decided not not waste my time on her books anymore. I’m just not impressed by her writing, by how predictable her stories are, how she appropriates black culture, and how she keeps going and going just because she can. ...more
There are two different types of comedy. There’s the type where situations are presented to us in a humorous light and we all laugh together in amusement. Then there’s the type where people and lifestyles are put on display and we laugh at the display, not with it, not together, but at it. THE VIRGIN ROMANCE NOVELIST is the latter. The author puts everyone from virgins and fans of historical romance to cat lovers on display and makes them something we laugh at. If I am being honest, this is one of the most condescending books I have ever read.
Rosie Bloom (of course her name is Rose Bloom, because Rose needs to be deflowered and of course she’s a late bloomer, how clever) is dissatisfied with her job. Rosie wears glasses. Rosie is uncomfortable in her own skin. Rosie is completely ignorant of male anatomy. Rosie is so prudish she cannot say the word vagina. Rosie doesn’t try new things. And Rosie is a virgin.
Obviously, because to be over the age of 21 and a virgin, you have to be an uncomfortable, ignorant and prudish failure.
Rosie is the kind of female character that has ruined the once great movie rom-com. You know, the girl who walks around all day with tissue at the bottom of her shoe or splits her pants at the slightest bit of activity. She’s the kind of girl who can’t play sports, who kicks guys in the crotch when she dances and puts soooo much baby powder on her vagina she causes powder storms when she walks. The kind of girl where all the embarrassing things from our nightmares happens to her in a 48 hour period. In short, this is the kind of book where a woman literally has to completely demean herself to be funny.
Rosie is one of the most annoying characters I have ever read, because she is willfully ignorant. I don’t care that she’s a virgin or if she has self-esteem issues or if she’s been secretly in love with one man for so long, she hasn’t put herself out there.
I care that in the first few chapters Rosie got a vibrator stuck in her vagina. I don’t know the vibrator accident rate or how often women get sex toys stuck inside their bodies. No, I care that Rosie got hers stuck, because she’s an idiot. She finds a bullet vibrator, a gift from her straight male roommate (because that’s not weird at all). He unpackaged it and left it without instructions. She has no idea what kind of sex toy it is. She doesn’t know if it’s for insertion or for stimulus, but she uses it. She has never seen porn or explored her body in anyway, but for some reason she doesn’t think hmm let me google this. Nope. Rosie inserts a bullet in her vagina. She thinks, “oh this should be bigger!” And then continues to push it inside and then is SHOCKED when it gets stuck!
I guess that’s funny to some people. Like, yes of course a virgin would get a vibrator stuck haha. So, what if she is a college graduate and living on her own and paying her own way, virgins are so silly, they don’t know not to stick something up your vag that doesn’t have a way of getting out. She wears tampons and it doesn’t even occur to her that tampons have strings for a reason!!!!!
Some shining examples of Rosie’s intellect:
When given instruction on blow jobs with the help of a banana: "Dear God, where do you guys stuff them?" "We just tape them down to our legs." "Seriously?" I asked, as my gaze swung up to his. No you imbecile!!! Not seriously. She’s 23, how does she not know about erections!!!!???
On sticking pencils up someone’s ass. "I don’t know," I shrugged and laughed. "I just learned how to suck a dick on a banana the other day. How am I supposed to know that people aren’t supposed to stick things in buttholes?" Really?! I wish she would dig a sharpened number 2 pencil up her butthole.
Also, ladies, when you decide that you are ready to lose your virginity men will fall from the sky. That’s right. You will run into men at work. Yup, you’ve worked there for years and haven’t noticed a single man anywhere, but once you decide to lose your virginity they’ll be all over the place. You will literally be climbing over the opposite sex on your way to lunch, because suddenly you are a magnet for penis. And, if you are dumb as nails? Doesn’t matter, because just deciding to lose your virginity makes you an instant knock out. And, the men may be different, but they’ll talk and flirt exactly the same so the minute you figure out how to flirt with one, you’ll be great, because every guy on the planet flirts exactly the same with the same level of intelligence and intensity.
Yes. This book is so stupid. You know how some books have so much sadness it in it, it becomes melodrama? That’s THE VIRGIN ROMANCE NOVELIST. It has soo much ridiculous in it, I can’t even call it a comedy. It’s like the melodrama of comedy.
Then to top it off, the main love interest is her male roommate and best friend, Henry. Henry is a cliche. A man whore, who gets all the girls. Usually, the guy doesn’t recognize that he wants his bff until she has a makeover. No makeover needed. He learns she’s a virgin and BAM he wants her. The book charmingly dubs him a “cherry chaser.”
He begins training her in the art of lovemaking, hands off of course and then loses his mind when he finds out that she has dates and may use her new “knowledge” on other guys. He turns into a total stalker, showing up at her dates, etc.
He’s also an asshole.
"Charlene? No, she’s just fuckable. No substance to her." My God!!!!! How can you dig someone who talks about other human beings that way? Oh and let’s not forget his insistence on calling a character named Alejandro “taco man.”
I kept pushing myself and pushing myself, because early reviews of this book are sooo good. But, this is just not for me. What a ridiculous waste of e-ink.
I like flawed heroines. You will almost never read me calling a heroine whiney, because I like heroines with obsessions. I like when they obsess over the death of a loved one or when they don’t easily fall in to the arms of the hero. That being said, I hated Shannon. Despised her on almost every page of the book and it made the story difficult for me.
Shannon has some traumatic things in her past that does garner sympathy, but it’s not enough to like her. The problem is that Shannon lives on a soap box. She is judgy mcjudge judge. She takes one look at Cole and decides he’s a bad boy. Why is he a bad boy? Because he works in a tattoo shop, is goodlooking and has tattoos. That’s it.
Perhaps if he was any other character, it would have been easier to deal with, but this was Cole Walker. We know his back story. We know about his sister Jo and the alcoholic mother and the deadbeat dad. He’s older and hotter, but we know Cole. So having this girl come out of nowhere and talk down to him and think negatively of him for absolutely no reason was difficult to swallow. And, Shannon doesn’t get better. Even after she discovered the fault in her thinking, I still couldn’t stand her. I am sorry that she was Cole’s heroine.
I cannot stress how much I disliked this character. It’s just one of those things…I mean how dare she misjudge Cole Walker?!!!! And, how dare he fall for someone who treats him like crap.
I am sincerely tired of books and movies misinterpreting bitches as independent women. Being mean to someone for no reason doesn’t make you brave. Being stubborn doesn’t make you strong. Judging others doesn’t make you wise. It makes you a nasty know it all.
Also, can I just remark on the ridiculous nature of romance. There is a scene where Shannon meets everyone from earlier books. That’s right, Joss and Braden are there, Olivia and Nate are there and Ellie and Adam and from couple to couple Shannon thinks how good-looking, how attractive, how beautiful, how stunning etc. Now think about the last party you went to…how many ridiculously attractive people were there?’
Yea, exactly. I would sincerely like to read more books with people who are not all gorgeous and people who fall in love because they are just amazing people.
Recommended for fans of Samantha Young, come on guys it’s Cole’s book. You’re going to read it no matter what I say.
*ARC Provided by PENGUIN GROUP Berkley Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014...more
I really enjoyed this, but Grayson is such a bad guy. It's difficult to deal with. Remy was a bad boy. Grayson is just a bad person and a murderer. NoI really enjoyed this, but Grayson is such a bad guy. It's difficult to deal with. Remy was a bad boy. Grayson is just a bad person and a murderer. Not sure why there's a romance novel about him. ...more
This book is like that plastic wrapped pastry from the local corner store: disgusting, not at all healthy, but oh so good. This book is the perfect example of a guilty pleasure. Because, I enjoyed it even though I knew that it was bad for me. It’s morally bankrupt, it’s spoiled and selfish and it is decadent. The story and the characters are something you know you shouldn’t like and yet you cannot look away from it. In fact, I enjoyed every moment.
STAR-CROSSED is filled with drama, scandal and weirdly enough, a love story. It’s daring and completely made me question myself and made me sympathize with characters that in real life I would have crucified.
Very much like Romeo & Juliet, the play in which the main characters are performing as their school project, the story begins at a masquerade ball. Kaitlyn has been dragged out of the house by her stepbrother Marius, but she is not happy about it. She keeps to the shadows, avoiding everyone and hating every moment. And then she meets him. The gorgeous guy with the british accent who seems to want to get away from the party as much as she does. Problem? He’s going to be her English teacher in the coming school year.
And so it begins. An unforgivable challenge is put forward and accepted in the form of a bet, a teenage girl throws herself at a teacher and the teacher catches her. It’s all very taboo over the top and dramatic, but fun. It’s like shows like “Gossip Girl, ” ”Pretty Little Liars,” and “The Vampire Diaries.” It’s stupid and fluffy and yet so entertaining.
I have to be honest, I was intrigued by the synopsis, but was mostly skeptical. I read another taboo story about a student/teacher affair about a year ago and I hated it. It’s very difficult for me to accept the idea of an adult falling in love with a child. It’s actually a very scary idea and I have no respect for it. Somehow, I believed in William Tennant. I didn’t hate him, didn’t think he was a pedophile and believed that he tried to stay away. Then again, Kaitlyn is 18.
One thing the author does really well is give humanity to characters that are despicable. There is an obvious connection to the film “Cruel Intentions” which was a modern day retelling of the classic french novel DANGEROUS LIAISONS. Unlike, Sarah Michelle Gellars’ Katherine and Ryan Phillippe’s Sebastian, Marius and Kaitlyn have heart. It’s really easy to see how unhappy they are, how connected they are and how the bet while horrible is laced with emotions that both characters have a difficult time deciphering or accepting.
I really believed these characters, for the most part, but there is one thing I couldn’t stand…Kaitlyn’s unhappiness. It’s very difficult for me to have “poor little rich girl” sympathies. While, I do think that rich kids have problems just like poor kids, I do think money makes things better. Rich kids use universal problems to act up. Rich kids in these books have absent parents and have been abandoned due to the business drive or selfishness of the adults in their lives. It makes no sense to me that rich kids get a pass to act badly, because of this when poor kids have been abandoned as well.
Beyond that, Kaitlyn’s unhappiness with the future her father has planned is hallow for me. Yes, I understand that we all want to have a say in our futures. But, Kaitlyn has no plans. She has no dreams. She does not secretly want to paint or dance or be a teacher. So her disinterest in going to Yale, one of the best schools in the country, seemed very spoiled. Her willingness to throw all that away was unrealistic to me and seemed a ploy to make her more likable. As if the author was screaming “see, she’s independent like her!”
I want to make something clear about life. I went to NYU. A school filled with the comfortable, the rich and the filthy rich. I am from the Bronx, meaning lower middle class on the borderline of poverty. And sure it came up and I knew that my friends and classmates were either oblivious or embarrassed by our differences. Still, it wasn’t a problem. I wasn’t ostracized. I didn’t ask my classmates questions like “what’s it like to be rich?” I have no idea where authors get their ideas about interactions between the poor and rich. Sure, maybe I didn’t go out to tea with all of them, but we were always friendly and polite. We didn’t not shame each other or harp on social economic status.
Also, as much as I liked the character Tyler, he was so obviously based on Dan from “Gossip Girl” it was laughable. Just like Marius was Chuck. Still, I enjoyed this book, because it’s fun. So much fun. And honestly, it got me. At the final scene I have to admit that I was emotional.
One last thing! Even though it takes place in High School, I would not at all call this a YA novel. It is racy, has dirty language and lots of situations that I wouldn’t recommend for 14 year olds.
Recommended for fans of books like “Easy” and “Slammed.” Also for fans of things like “Gossip Girl,” “Cruel Intentions” and “Pretty Little Liars.”
*ARC Provided by Luna Lacour Release Date: March. 28,2014...more
Here’s the thing about FINDING IT, it’s funny, entertaining and in moments honest. I really enjoyed Kelsey. I thought she was fun and free. I liked that she was a young woman who liked sex and liked to have a good time. I even liked her interaction with Hunt. I thought they were a fun couple and enjoyed their adventures.
Here’s the other thing about FINDING IT, been there done that. Literally, I don’t want to spoil it for fans of the series, but it’s been done before. Kelsey meets Hunt and sparks fly. I have to admit that their first meeting is hilarious and Hunt is filled with mystery and chemistry. The two characters have chance meetings, longing glances and chemistry. The kind of chemistry that bounces off the walls.
That’s why I gave this book three stars. I loved the opening. Meeting Kelsey and Hunt in Europe and being a fly on the wall as they experience history, architecture and nature, was absolutely stunning.
But there’s a twist, the truth…who exactly is Hunt? The answer is so obvious I wanted slap Kelsey and yell figure it out. I mean, I guess what are the chances, but as an avid reader the chances were high and the twist obvious.
I have not read LOSING IT, but it’s a very popular book and so I expected good things. I expected the author of such a popular book to write unique characters in unique situations…I have to be honest, as much as I liked Kelsey there are aspects of her that weren’t unique. But, the real problem is that Hunt is one of the most formulaic characters of all time… It’s really becoming ridiculous how authors think that all they have to do is tell us that a character was at war. As if every soldier has the same experience and reacts the same way to trauma, warfare, etc.
I wish authors had more respect for our men and women in the armed forces. I really do, because it’s not one size fits all. Everyone isn’t the same. Every experience isn’t the same and “war” cannot be the only answer to why characters have dark pasts.
This book is fun. I recommend it for a lazy weekend....more