I read Relentless Liberation over a day and found it really hard to put down. It is the first book I had read by L.J. Fine and was pleasantly surprise...moreI read Relentless Liberation over a day and found it really hard to put down. It is the first book I had read by L.J. Fine and was pleasantly surprised that the writing style immediately appealed to me.
This book is labeled as an Adult/Romance although I do feel those who like the New Adult genre will probably enjoy it too as it felt to me like it sat in that category. Also, although the sex scenes are hot I didn't really find them 'adult' as some books I've read, so thought I'd mention that before the get go.
The story follows Mina a represent girl with a past. We don't really know a huge amount about her past till half way through the book but everything is answered then and you will get full closure at the end too. I liked Mina, her uncertainties and how she appeared like many of us girls not perfect like our female heroines often do in these book. At times I did want to slap her a little as it was so obvious that Tyler was interested, but am glad she grew as a character throughout the story.
Tyler is our hot bad boy. He's a fighter, he has tats and as cliche as that is becoming with many of these books, this story still felt kinda new. I will say though this book does have the recipe of many New Adult books which is why I felt it fitted into that category.
Relentless Liberation does have a nice build up, although I do feel the climax scene at the end was a little rushed and I'd have liked it spread out a little bit more. Still this did not spoil my enjoyment of the story.
I gave Relentless Liberation 4 stars and would definitely look to further releases by L.J. Fine.
Upside Down is the type of book that comes around occasionally. It literally blew me away and I would like to start by saying Lia Riley has an amazing...moreUpside Down is the type of book that comes around occasionally. It literally blew me away and I would like to start by saying Lia Riley has an amazing talent for writing and explain why I loved this book.
I'm about to get personal regarding myself here a little and this is why I connected so well with Upside Down. If you suffer with anxiety, depression, OCD and phobias, chances are you will really 'get' this book. I understood from the get go about Talia's issues. I've got them myself and not many writers can capture the sheer panic and crazy (And let me say at times you know deep down they are crazy, but still you feel the utmost panic over these feelings) of how it feels living with these conditions. That is why I connected so well. From the WebMD, to the counting, panic, anxiety, going outside... I understood it all. I also loved how Lia wrote about these conditions, I do not know if this is something she has experienced herself but would like to congratulate her on writing it so well - you really understood how it feels and for that I am truly thankful and in love with this book.
Talia is a complex character. Her conditions aside she has gone through a heart wrenching ordeal and as the book progresses you really do see just how bad it has been for her. Going to Australia to escape and find herself to a degree may seem far fetched, yet I truly understood why she did it and if I had the courage to do something similar when I was younger I think I would have done the same.
I liked Bran. Liked how he had his own problems and how he wasn't straight laced. He came across as a bad boy, indifferent at times, yet I still found myself warming to him.
This isn't a straight romance, nor is it a straight adventure. You will read about some beautiful places and scenes which I loved the attention to detail too. But this book does focus a lot on Talia and her conditions, so if you don't like a book that really does delve into mental health I would say to avoid. I loved this book purely because I could relate.
I loved the ending of Upside Down and will continue to read the Off the Map series just to see who the character grow. I gave this book 4.5 stars, not quite 5 and think its a shame Goodreads doesn't let you give half star ratings as 4 doesn't sound enough.
I feel I want to start this review saying I don't really like short stories. However, Lover Unknown by Ellie Kincade is probably the first one I have...moreI feel I want to start this review saying I don't really like short stories. However, Lover Unknown by Ellie Kincade is probably the first one I have read that I loved, then Goodreads Stalked to find when book 2 was coming. This rarely happens with books for me, even rarer with a Adult/Erotica book but can I just say... WOW.
What did it for me with Lover Unknown was the final chapter, not from Hadley's point of view, but a guy. This was totally unexpected and as much as I loved Hadley I literally was like, "Ok, this book is so much more than hot sex". At present writing this review I cannot see anything on a book 2, although this is labeled as a series so I am hoping it will be soon.
Hadley gets an invitation to the elusive Club Q. A club so exclusive only rumours of what happen there are what you know about the club. Its a private club and like Vegas, what happens there, stays there. Club Q had me intrigued and I admit when I started reading about Hadley's visit initially I was thinking I could tell what was going to happen. Admittedly I wasn't completely right or wrong. Being a short story you can read this fairly quickly.
I liked Hadley as a character, felt the sex scene was hot but not smutty (Like porn I mean) and felt a kinship to Hadley (Although could never see me pushing that kind of boundary - but I hope you understand what I mean). I was surprised by Ellie Kincade's writing style. This felt more like a super hot women's fiction short story, yet when the sex happened - Boy did it happen.
I definitely will read more of these books, I just wish there was more information on the series, so please if you do know of when the other books are coming out, drop me a comment as I'd love to know!
The only reason I did not give Lover Unknown (A clever concept I would love to add) 5 stars was that it was a short story and I personally prefer a novel. However, if these books are released closely together and make up a novel, then I could see this being an amazing series. I thoroughly recommend it!
Having read previous series by Priscilla West (Wrecked and Surrender), I just knew I would love Reckless. Her writing style is bold, to the point and...moreHaving read previous series by Priscilla West (Wrecked and Surrender), I just knew I would love Reckless. Her writing style is bold, to the point and no messing, she makes her characters come alive and the boys in these stories are always HOT HOT (And did I say) HOT!
I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry of Jax and Riley in Reckless. Sometimes it can take you a little time to warm up to how characters enact, yet these 2 just seemed to have that instant 'buzz' which made me want to read more and more about them.
Riley is a really great character. At first you get the impression she's a care free, do first think later kind a girl. Especially from the start of the book when you find her in a dive bar surrounded by people who aren't like her and attracted to the guy on stage. Her actions came across as hasty and out of control. But as you read the book you come to learn about Riley, about how things aren't always as they seem and how she may appear as carefree and straight talking but in reality like many of us, some of this is a front.
Now Jax is another story entirely. He was so hot/cold at times you were left as confused as poor Riley. I think the back/forthness of this book may be a little much for some and say please persevere as the book is really worth it.
In fact the reason I didn't give this 5 stars and it got 4 was because of the ending. I felt the whole climax at the end was a little too much, a little too orchestrated and extremely unrealistic. However, it would not stop me saying to those reading this review to read this book, its a great book and I am waiting patiently for book 2 to release so I can read more.
This is a summer read, there is more to this book than a straight New Adult romance, there is abuse and drama. So, if you are looking for light with rainbows and unicorns, the look away. However, if you are looking for a story with depth, that will play on your heart strings and make you want to help that bad boy, then this is for you! 4 well deserved stars!
The Summer of Jake was a really quick read for me. Its not often you have a book thats such a delight to read that you don't simply want to put it dow...moreThe Summer of Jake was a really quick read for me. Its not often you have a book thats such a delight to read that you don't simply want to put it down, but literally want to consume it. The only problem with books like this, they do end and then you are left thinking, 'What happens next?'
What I loved about this book was the characters. Rachel Bailey really painted a pretty picture of them. I wanted to be friends with Annalise, she is very likeable and even her as a younger teen (The book does switch back and forth so you have some history) made me chuckle yet warm to her more. Its not often I read a book and love both of the leads, but with The Summer of Jake I found just that. Jake is a slightly more complex character I felt, we have a little history behind the way he is, but we also get answers to everything we need to know throughout the book and aren't left wondering where a certain tangent was supposed to lead.
The story has a great pace, I love the back and forth banter, the inner feelings of both Jake and Annalise and how the story panned out in the end. Even though I felt it was slightly unrealistic at the end, sometimes we all want that fantasy and its not to read about it right?
The Summer of Jake is a perfect (Excuse the pun) Summer read! Its not heavy, not filled with sadness, depression and huge amounts of drama like some New Adult books and the romance cocktail between Jake and Annalise is just perfect. I thoroughly recommend this book, it made me laugh, it popped a lump in my throat and made me pleased to read the ending too. I think the only reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 as I would have liked a book 2 to see what happens after the end.
Crazy About the Baumgartners by Selena Kitt is an adult/erotica novel. Don't pick this book if you are wanting a naughty romance as it won't deliver,...moreCrazy About the Baumgartners by Selena Kitt is an adult/erotica novel. Don't pick this book if you are wanting a naughty romance as it won't deliver, however if you want to read about some VERY hot erotic situations then this book could be for you.
This book read to me almost in snippets of short erotic adventures, Gretchen is a (I don't like using labels) Bi active girl who has a healthy appetite for sex. I would also like to add she is an au pair (Sounds a bit cliche) and works for Doc and Mrs B (I'm going to keep it as Mrs B as writing Mrs Baumgartner each time is a bit long winded, that and I have an eye infection and can barely see so will probably end up making typos - sorry!). Doc and Mrs B enjoy 3 ways and having extra females in their sex life but also are extremely committed to each other. We follow the story from Gretchen's point of view from working for the Baumgartners, watching them in their sexual escapades and also follow their general lives too (Although this is a minor part of the book I feel and adds to the sexual tension and build ups to the situations).
I feel with most erotica and adult books you really can't read them too seriously, I wouldn't expect to see (Too frequently) the goings on of what happened in this book, it is fantasy but it is also EXTREMELY HOT fantasy. It was a pleasure to read a book that wasn't all men men men and involved women too, in that respect it will appeal to all sexual orientations I feel.
Although the scenes are hot, I felt they were written extremely well by Selena and didn't come across in my opinion as cheap or like watching porn. They were hot, but they were also well described - good on the visual side of things.
I did enjoy Crazy About the Baumgartners by Selena Kitt but I think I either wanted more of a story line and less sex or more sex and less story line - if that makes sense. This book didn't give me enough to love it. If you do like adult erotica, I would definitely recommend it though and say one thing you can be guaranteed of, this book contains so seriously hot action and both men and women will enjoy it I'm sure!