Elizabeth didn't have the best start with us as the readers in book 1. She played the role of the antagonist a...moreOriginally posted at Secret HEA Society.
Elizabeth didn't have the best start with us as the readers in book 1. She played the role of the antagonist and I wasn't sure if I could warm up enough to her to really enjoy her book. But I did. Elizabeth is a complex character and there is so much hidden under her perfect and pretty shell. She isn't the shark and unfeeling agent we thought her to be. After the first few pages I already knew that I would like that woman. She is strong, won't back down and stands up for what's important to her. She is a fighter and never shrinks away from a challenge. I think she and sports are a fit made in heaven. She has the attitude and endurance to be successful in this branch. I loved to see how she ticks. She has so much heart and love inside her- she cares deeply for those she sees as her friends- it's just hard for her to show it.
Gavin is one hot alpha male.He knows what he wants, sometimes *winks*, and is as ambitious as Lizzie. He loves a good challenge and Elizabeth is his biggest yet. He loves her independence and her stubborness. He isn't one to back down either.
The predictment of their love wasn't pretty good from the start. The past makes it complicated for them to start fresh and without any burdens. The buildup was sexy as hell but also broke my heart one small step at a time. The emotional background in this book is always present but doesn't overshadow the actual story. Elizabeth's love for Gavin is always present but their "fling" gave the story a lightheartedness that just screamed fun. I really crossed all my fingers and toes for them- they really deserve a life together. They are so different but fit in a way that's just enviable. The way the love between these two developed was paced just right but still I wanted to scream and rant at them more than once
I have to say that Ms Burton really knows how to write her sex scenes. Wowza says is it all. She creates this great mix of emotions and erotic sensuality- my favorite kind. *wink* But I'll be honest, the dirty talk in Changing the Game wasn't exactly made for me. Dirty talk is always a hit or miss for me- sometimes I love it and other times it starts to annoy me at least a bit if it seems to be a too big contrast to the characters usual behavior. Another thing that irritated me was the baseball lingo but that could be because I have not the slightest idea how that play works besides that some guy hit that bat thingie against the ball and everyone starts to run around the field. I actually had to google words to see what it is. *hides in shame*
I can already feel that the next book will be awesome. We see some glimpses of Jenna and Ty- those two will burn the pages (and I actually know some things about hockey so I'm sure I will love the sports aspect in that one more).
Changing the Game is a great mix of everything I love in my romance novels. It is smoking hot and still made laugh and smile. When a book makes you love the bad girl it just has to be good. Never thought I would say that but Jaci Burton made me love stories about sports. Keep them coming, I'm already counting the days till Taking a Shot.(less)
I decided to give this one a chance thinking it would be funny contemporary romance à la Bridget Jones and...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I decided to give this one a chance thinking it would be funny contemporary romance à la Bridget Jones and I really needed something funny. And let me be honest I just adore the cover. It's pretty and I can be shallow that way. So perhaps I deserved that book because I was being shallow- that definitely hit a nerve with this story.
In Craving Perfect we meet Grace, an overweight single woman owning a café with her sister. She loves her sweets and just can't keep her hands of them. Still she isn't happy with herself. She slaves away in a gym nearly every day to lose another pound. She wants to look like the perfect girls she sees parading around the gym and she hopes that losing weight would finally make Max Kramer, her secret crush, notice her. She's obsessed with Max and finally gaining his attention even though he is what we can openly call the biggest jerk on the planet. He's shallow and only notices the perfect ones of us. He even thought bad of Grace and never made her feel like someone he would choose.
But well, we know how secret crushes can be. I can remember doing something like that at the tender age of 13 but now? Not so much. I really don't see how a grown woman can delude herself that much. And she really thinks she needs to lose weight or she will never get what she wants. I do understand where that came from in our present society but on the other hand she keeps on treating herself to a scone every time she sees Max. I have to say she really irritated me. Perhaps it's because I'm overweight too but never actually felt so strongly and contradicting about it, I know that I'm still worth something and attractive even though I don't fit the ideal of society.
On the other hand we have Carlos, a law student working part time as a janitor at the gym. He's a nice and caring guy but most people judge him wrong because of his appearance. He's latino and has tattoed forearms so mostly everyone things he's one of those troublemakers who aren't able to speak one word of fluent English. I really loved Carlos- he's what saved this book for me. Finally someone not so shallow even though he judges the pretty people pretty fast too (but I will ignore that for now). He likes Grace for what she is- the person behind all the doubts and low self esteem. He likes her for being funny and sweet.
I don't want to say much about the story- let's say it's not really a contemporary story. It has a certain, in loss for a better word, paranormal touch. Those give Grace the possibility to see her situation from a different angle and give her the possibility to realize that being perfect won't make your life perfect.
The love was more like a side story- sometimes it crept in the center though. I loved to see Carlos and Grace together. Their chemistry was hot and also adorably shy at times. The way they discovered each other made my heart melt. I would have loved to see more about that and less about Grace and her self esteem.
Craving Perfect was a fun read. It often made me think of Bridget Jones but on other times it was just too shallow for my taste. I really wanted to throw it against the wall when I saw slim equals perfect one more time. I usually like a not-so-perfect heroine but usually I do because they don't focus that much on becoming something they just aren't. Grace was too contradicting for me. There is nothing wrong with wanting to reach your goal but please stick to it then. With a bit less shallowness I would have liked this one way more. Still it was fun to read and the love story was cute. The love takes a backseat in this one though- appearance and Grace struggle with it are more the focus. If you like to read about this topic this book is something you should definitely check out.(less)
I couldn't wait to start this one when I received it after a rather long wait. I still remembered how much...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I couldn't wait to start this one when I received it after a rather long wait. I still remembered how much I liked Black Wings so I really looked forward to start it. The humor in Black Night is still wonderful but I missed some things that made me like the first installment so much.
I'm not sure if Maddie was already that immature in book 1. She's in her thirties but her actions sometimes felt more like those of a teenager. She is a strong woman but perhaps her background made me doubt her in this one. A few months went by since Black Wings and still nothing really happened between her and Gabriel. Her attraction always burned hot but in this book she also develops a certain attraction to other guys. I really didn't see that one coming. I usually like love triangles but I thought that the virginal Maddie would stick to Gabriel no matter their predicament.
I still loved her banters with Beezle and JB. There were more than one scene that made me snort and giggle. I also loved to see her interact with Nathaniel- their views on life collide so often an dit was intriguing to see them realize the others motivations and reasons. I have to say there were 2 scenes in this book that made me wonder. I don't like when authors use a certain plot devise to make our protagonist suffer and it nearly happens twice in Black Night. I didn't like how easy our heroine handles this- sadly a big turn off for me. On that note I wasn't happy that Maddie actually seemed to handle everything too easily. Why is it so easy for her to brush off all the very gruesome violence she sees and has to endure herself. I would have loved to see some actual attempt of coping or just trying to come to terms with all that.
The plot itself is again full of action, violence and intrigues. You won't get much time to take deep breaths- it's a fast crazy and sometimes bloody roller coaster ride. We also learn some more facts about Maddie's background and why certain family members act the way they do. It brings light to some questions but also brings up some new ones to keep your curiosity on high level.
Black Night will draw you deeper in the world around Maddie & Co. It's a fast paced addition to this urban fantasy series that will make you crave more. I had some nibbles with the plot but I still enjoyed this one very much. It has a great twist and kept me glued to the edge of my seat. Recommended urban fantasy series for all the wit and humor lovers out there. I already can't wait for the next addition in this series.