Heather Pierce has dealt with a lot of crap from men in the past, so when she sees an opportunity where she can call the shots and things will happen...moreHeather Pierce has dealt with a lot of crap from men in the past, so when she sees an opportunity where she can call the shots and things will happen on her terms she jumps at it, even if she’s not one hundred percent sure it’ll work. After all, she’s never really let herself have that take charge personality in any aspect of her life. Tony Carmine is the opposite. He’s a right hand man to one of the most powerful businessmen in the city. He’s well known, both in boardrooms and for being a bit of a playboy, so when Heather Pierce leaves him spinning he’s pretty sure there’s something between them to investigate. However, will she hate him once she really figures out who he is?
I picked this book up for two reasons, the title made me giggle and it was published by Entangled Publishing whose books I simply can’t get enough of.
I kind of loved this story, plain and simple. The characters had strengths and faults and both came into their own in some way or another during the book. So yes, while it is an erotic romance, it still had this awesome character development throughout. It’s also got one of my current favorite tropes which is the powerful businessman. That didn’t hurt one bit.
The story was in some ways kind of predictable which did take a little of the excitement from me, but nonetheless I still absolutely enjoyed immersing myself into the tale of Heather and Tony’s budding relationship. There were the ups and downs of course, and the work life drama that played into how both of them approached their out of office hours, but it was still awesome to see Heather start wielding this power and fighting for her independence so to speak in a largely stuffy corporate world, but more importantly in her personal life.
All in all, Vanilla on Top was a quick enjoyable read. Fun, a bit spicy, and a bit thrilling – I’d say give it a shot if erotic romance works for you. 4/5 stars.(less)
Fern Taylor is plain in every sense of the word. She’s from a small town and lives a fairly simple life. The most exciting thing about her is the roma...moreFern Taylor is plain in every sense of the word. She’s from a small town and lives a fairly simple life. The most exciting thing about her is the romance novels she loves to read and her crush on the best looking guy in town. Ambrose Young, is the towns wrestling star and has what everyone believes to be a great future ahead for him. But there’s a problem, he wants more… he wants to do more. Ambrose and his four best friends join the service together, but after a tragic accident he’s the only one to come home.
I don’t even know where to begin with this story. This book just hits all the strings for me. It is sad and funny and tragic and optimistic all at the same time. It is simply amazeballs.
The Characters. Fern, while seemingly the plain girl next door is actually a huge force in this book. A lot of the choices she makes and the way she looks at life are why so many things happen, especially after Ambrose’s return. Bailey, I just can’t even. No matter what he faces in life he’s the one who’s always got a smile on his face and every time I think about this character I tear up a little. Rita’s character is another who teaches us a whole lot of lessons, much different than the other characters, but no less important. Her trials were no joke. Lastly there is Ambrose, the war hero who learns to cope with some major guilt, who learns what it is to no longer be the most beautiful looking guy in town, who has to truly learn about inner beauty, for himself. All of these characters are just so well written and developed and they each play a very important part in this book. I can’t say enough how awesome they are.
The story itself, as I mentioned earlier, is just everything a great book needs. It’s well written and there’s so many things happening but they all tie in together. And the feels. The feels. This book just absolutely flies because the story sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a story, but it’s a story with messages behind it. It’s realistic, not always in a pretty way, but then life isn’t always either. I’ll say it again, it’s an amazing book.
I had no clue what to expect when I picked up Amy Harmon’s Making Faces, particularly because New Adult isn’t quite my genre of choice, but I got so much more than I could have imagined. Bottom line, this is a book that is worth a shot. Pick it up, but tissues and comfort food will likely be required. 5/5 stars.(less)
Jamie Marten is a modern day woman trying to make ends meet. She hails from a world where electricity and indoor plumbing are things commonly taken fo...moreJamie Marten is a modern day woman trying to make ends meet. She hails from a world where electricity and indoor plumbing are things commonly taken for granted, so when she ends up not at her home but in Micah Axelby’s bedroom... in the year 1816... she's certainly not happy. The sentiment is shared by Micah who wants to know why exactly there's a stranger who's scandalously dressed in his bedroom. Trying to get on with his life, the last thing the Earl of Dunnington needs is a woman from the future messing with his head, or so he believes. The two main characters definitely held up most of the show and for good reason. Jamie Marten is a modern woman in so many ways. I love that she was a strong female with strong ideals, but she still had her faults... she was human. Yin to Jamie’s yang is Micah Axelby, he’s a powerful, titled male with all the answers and responsibilities that never end. He takes control of everything around him simply because that’s who he is. If I’m honest, I loved the dynamic of Jamie and Micah’s relationship, they both challenged each other, they both made mistakes, and despite the drastic differences they do end up making it work. That being said, the secondary characters in this book were well developed and well written. They certainly added a bit of pop to this story and it was awesome to follow their stories a little bit as well. While I did enjoy this book, there were still a couple of things that bothered me about the story. As I was reading, I almost felt like Jamie adjusted too quickly to living in the year 1816. There is a HUGE difference between now and then and it really was kind of shocking how fast she picked up on things and got over the lack of a shower or toilets. Just sayin’. In addition, and this might be a bit spoilerish, I waited and waited for Micah to get his butt to present day, I hoped so hard that we would see a bit of his adjustment to life in 2012, but we get none of that. It’s like his adjusting to 2012 from 1816 was a non-topic which really disappointed me. Other than that though, I really did enjoy the book. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl was a quick fun read that was overall quite good. As with most books it had its ups and downs but nothing that took away too majorly. I went into this expecting a quirky and quick read and that's what I got.(less)