I know I must be probably living under a rock but Foreplay is actually the first book I ever read by acclaimed author Sop...moreReview published at Ex Libris
I know I must be probably living under a rock but Foreplay is actually the first book I ever read by acclaimed author Sophie Jordan. One might think that with so many YA or HR titles I read I was bound to have read even one of her books but nope, Foreplay is my first ever book by this author and let me tell you it's not gonna be the last! Oh yeah, it was that good of a book!
Upon reading the summary of Foreplay my initial thought was that this would be one of the many New Adult titles that are being published lately. Good and sweet girl meets bad boy while she's in college, she uses him in hope of learning the art of seduction and from there everything changes. Honestly, I've read quite a few NA, YA or adult contemporary titles with the same pretty much concept and even more similar summaries of books I never got around reading. Even so, Foreplay just intrigued me. And I'm so glad that I didn't stay on the well-worn concept of the story and gave this book a chance! Because even if the story is something told like a million times before, Foreplay still manages to add something new and stand out among all the other similar stories. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book!
And what's not to love in it? The well written and very real characters? The scorching hot and at the same time sweet romance? Or the evenly paced narration? From the first until the last page, Foreplay managed to grab my interest and there wasn't a single moment when I felt bored while reading it. Quite the opposite. I literally devoured it in a matter of hours! Foreplay was exactly the kind of book I needed to make me remember why I love YA and NA. Because lately, all the NA adult titles I was picking couldn't really catch my interest and I just thought that this genre isn't really for me. Scorching hot sex scenes and tortured heroes alone can't make me love a book. But Foreplay has that something extra I search in a story that transforms it from good or typical to worth remembering.
I won't say anything about the plot. It's quite standard and pretty much what you read in the blurb. But the execution and Sophie Jordan's writing style make up for any lack of originality in the whole story. You still get the tortured heroes thing. I tend to believe that this is a necessity in NA pretty much like the love triangle is in YA :P But the dysfunctional past of both heroes isn't the main focus of the story, something that I found rather refreshing. It's just how life is for both Pepper and Reece. You don't get any sappy moments (well, at least not very sappy) which was another refreshing fact about Foreplay. Like I said, there may not be any big surprises in the plot of the book and you can easily guess where the story is heading but still, the execution and the writing style is simply amazing!
Plus, Foreplay has another huge advantage: Reece. Yeah, I'm on of those girls who always try to find their next big fictional male crush and Reece is totally swooning material! Tortured, gorgeous, and sexy as hell. He knows exactly how to make a girl lose her mind! I actually wonder how Pepper could ever resist him for that long a time...! And speaking of Pepper, she was a good character too. Not as great as Reece was though. The way she was so hang up on her envisioned future was a little bit of a turn off but at least she had some good reasons, so I was able to forgive her that little slip :P
Verdict: Don't be fooled by the less than original blurb of Foreplay. This book is full of surprises and one of the best NA books I have ever read. Sophie Jordan delivers a story full of emotion that manages to stay with you long after you have reached the last page of the book. If you're searching for a sweet and sexy at the same time romance that you'll finish in no time, then Foreplay is just the book for you!(less)
Sins of a Wicked Princess is the third and last book in the Sinners Trio series by Anna Randol which follows the adventur...moreReview published at Ex Libris
Sins of a Wicked Princess is the third and last book in the Sinners Trio series by Anna Randol which follows the adventures of three spies while they try to find their Happily Ever After. Considering how much I loved the second book in the series, Sins of a Ruthless Rogue, I had pretty high expectations from this book. And I'm happy to say that Anna Randol managed to deliver once more a story full of adventure, heartfelt emotion, and great characters that I couldn't possibly put down.
Before anything else, I have to note that the ARC I received for review was full of typos and mistakes something I seriously hope that will be fixed in the final copy. As a result the story wasn't smoothly flowing but that is something easily fixed. That being said, Sins of a Wicked Princess was an incredible book! I loved everything about it and mostly the leading couple. Both Ian and Juliana are characters that manage to stay with you long after you've finished reading their story, they are characters you can easily relate to and care for, thus making their story all the more a joy to read. Juliana is exactly the kind of heroine I like in my books. Not to mention that she's a princess! Yeah, I have a thing for princesses :P And Juliana is one of those princesses who care first of all for her people and then for themselves. She's ready to sacrifice herself or her personal happiness in order to secure a better future for her people. How many of our current political leaders can claim that? But the fact that she's responsible for a country doesn't stop her from being a very real woman with needs and insecurities and a wicked sense of humour!
Ian on the other hand is simply delicious. I don't have a thing for princesses alone. I have also a thing for spies and tortured heroes as well. And Ian is the perfect combination of genius, arrogance and sexiness. Honestly, I don't think Juliana could have a better man by her side, even if she tried :P Together they make the perfect couple. Their chemistry is really good and the reader cares for them and wants them to find their HEA.
As far as the plot is concerned, there's enough mystery to keep you turning the pages and betrayals to spice things up a bit. The writing style is really good and in overall, there wasn't a single moment where I felt bored or tired while reading Sins of a Wicked Princess. On the contrary. I stayed up late at night just to read a few more chapters :)
Verdict: Sins of a Wicked Princess is one of those books I really enjoyed reading. It combines mystery, intrigue and a good dose of romance and humour that I always appreciate in a book. And here I just have to note that this story manages to be sexy even if the sex scenes are limited. And that is another area where Anna Randol won me over. It's not the quantity of sex scenes that make a story sexy but the quality. A must read! (less)
Before picking up Sweet Enemy I had read all the glowing reviews for this book and since I was in desperate need of something really good to read I de...moreBefore picking up Sweet Enemy I had read all the glowing reviews for this book and since I was in desperate need of something really good to read I decided to give this book a try. And I'm so glad I did! Sweet Enemy is plainly an incredible story!Great and well developed characters, a truly engaging plot and a romance that can satisfy even the most demanding reader. Oh, it's been quite some time since I read something so wonderful! This book is definitely one of my favorites this year.(less)
The Burning Sky is an absolutely stunning YA debut for the acclaimed Historical Romance author Sherry Thomas. No...more4.5 stars Review published at Ex Libris
The Burning Sky is an absolutely stunning YA debut for the acclaimed Historical Romance author Sherry Thomas. Not that I expected anything less from Thomas, but Burning Sky surpassed even my wildest imaginations. Yeah, it was that good!
The Burning Sky was like reading Harry Potter, in a Victorian England setting and with high fantasy elements thrown in the mix just to spice things up a bit. The result is a mesmerizing book, told in a way only Thomas can, that fans of Fantasy will just sink their teeth into! This book has everything I search for in a good story: strong and easy to relate to characters, a toe curling romance and a fast paced plot full of mystery and twists. And the setting? The way Thomas merges reality with fiction, the way she blends together a very real London with a wonderful fantastical world was just perfect, for lack of a better description. There wasn't a single thing I didn't like in this book let me tell you. It was just amazing!
It's no news to me that Thomas can deliver heart warming romance. It's not just the way she is able to transform a couple's spark into words, it's also the way she portrays her characters that makes any romantic relationship between them believable. I could not care less about the characters (which I did!) but I would still love their romance and feel the spark between them. That's how great an author Thomas is! The world Thomas created is full of magic (with wands and all! I don't believe how much I missed the use of wands!) mystery, intrigue, betrayal, self sacrifice and love, love between lovers, between mother and child between friends. The kind of love that warms a person's heart and inspires him to work miracles. That's the kind of world I love and Thomas managed to give her readers the best of it.
The characters are great, both main and secondary ones and memorable. Iolanthe was amazing, the kind of heroine I love in my books. Strong, determined and courageous. Her reactions are believable, not like many heroines out there that are asked to die for a greater cause and agree to do it without a second thought. What sane person does that? She struggles with what she has to do but chooses to do it nonetheless.And that is why she's so great a character. As great character is also Titus. Clever and strong and ruthless. He's ready to do whatever he has to for what he believes right. Together as a couple, Iolanthe and Titus are just perfect!
I won't say anything about the plot, I don't want to spoil it for you. All I'm going to say is that you won't be able to put this book down for no reason. And if not for the quick way everything wrapped up in the end, this would be a more than 5 star rating if possible. But the ending kind of messed things up a bit. Not that it lessened my appreciation of the book, I just felt that it was little compared to how incredibly amazing the rest of it was.
Verdict: The Burning Sky is a story you don't want to miss for many reasons! Sherry Thomas proves that she can write a great story whether it is adult or YA, whether it is HR or High Fantasy. She's a great author who knows how to deliver a good story no matter what. I can't wait for the sequel!
Seducing the Secret Heiress is the second book by Jennifer St. George, the first one being The Convenient Bride, which I absolutely loved, so...more4.5 stars
Seducing the Secret Heiress is the second book by Jennifer St. George, the first one being The Convenient Bride, which I absolutely loved, so, I started this second book of hers having somewhat high expectations to be honest. And I'm so glad to say that St. George has lived up to them! Her books are incredibly cute and sweet and romantic, with enough dose of sexiness in there to keep you turning the pages.
The story of Seducing the Secret Heiress follows more or less all the cliches of romantic stories but still, Jennifer St. George's writing style and her descriptions and settings are some of the things that make her stories stand out among the rest.
This story follows Charlotte Wentworth, a diamond heiress from Australia who ventures to Europe in escape of her family and cheating fiance and somewhere in Italy she meets Gabe, a reality producer who has trust issues of himself. The plot here doesn't have any surprises. Couple meets, falls in love, resists their feelings for various reasons, misunderstandings happen and all that leads us to the end. But the fact that the plot isn't hiding any surprises doesn't make this story any less pleasant or cute.
I absolutely loved both Charlotte and Gabe and thought their characters were well developed for a rather short story. I found a little hard to believe the way both Charlotte chose to stay in the same house with a complete stranger as well as the easy way with which Gabe trusted Charlotte, especially since he faced some trust issues, but still, Jennifer St. George's writing style managed to take me away and travel me once more! Her descriptions of places and cities are plainly powerful and as a writer she has the ability to make her readers travel. With both her stories, you don't just read to meet a new couple but a few places along the way.
On the other hand, what made Seducing the Secret Heiress so interesting to me was the fact that it was focused on a cooking reality and it was topped with a couple of amazing recipes. Well, not the actual recipes, but lately I find myself enjoying romances that evolve around food. And no, I'm not on a diet (yet)!
All in all, Jennifer St. George delivers yet another enjoyable story and she is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors for many reasons. I'm just eager to see what she has in store for later!(less)
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was an amazing read! I loved it so much that I couldn't possibly put it down as soon as I started reading it. Anna Randol delivered with her story exactly what the summary promised the reader and then some more. I just fell in love with it and now I'm dying to get my hands on the first book of this series.
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue is book 2 in the Sinners Trio series and I have to admit that I was a bit afraid in the beginning that I would have some problems with the story since I haven't read book one. But, Anna Randol did an amazing job introducing her world and characters to her readers so there wasn't a single moment that I felt lost anywhere in the story.
Sinners Trio is a series about three crown spies and their respective love interests and if you know me, then you know how much I love agents or spies. The whole story of this book is reason enough for me to want to read it. Add to that an incredible and unusual setting, well developed characters and an even paced plot and you understand why I loved it!
The things I loved the most about Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was the fact that it was mostly set in Russia and the chemistry between Olivia and Clayton. I really enjoyed how Randol took her story outside of the confines of the English society and transferred it to an ice covered Russia. The descriptions were vivid and detailed and the whole point of view unbelievably fresh.
On the other hand, the chemistry between the main couple was scorching hot! There weren't many sex scenes in there but still this book was both sexy and sensual. Even if Randol hadn't written even one sex scene, her story would still be incredibly sexy. And here is the difference between an author who can stir emotions to her readers through her intricate writing and her focus on her characters' sentiments and an author who just tries to coax them out by blatant descriptions or by writing unnecessary sex scenes. It's the quality that matters and not the quantity and Randol seems to understand that perfectly.
Apart from that, the story is action packed, with just the right pace between the action and romantic scenes and just the right dose of everything. The character development is good and we get to know not only the main but the secondary characters as well. Maybe the fact that there are recurring characters between the books in this series helps Randol, but still, her work in the character department is really good. There's background not only for her main but her secondary characters as well, and everyone has a place in this story, and isn't just standing there ready to be used whenever the story demands it.
All in all, Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was a really pleasant surprise for me, a book I literally devoured and I just want more from this author. Totally recommend it.(less)
It's no secret that Claire Ashgrove's Curse of the Templars is among my favorite paranormal romance series currently. From the first book, Immortal Ho...moreIt's no secret that Claire Ashgrove's Curse of the Templars is among my favorite paranormal romance series currently. From the first book, Immortal Hope, I was fortunate enough to review until now, this series is just getting better book by book as well as more addictive :) Maybe because those books are about Templar Knights, whose myth I find very hard to resist, maybe because the writing style is simply amazing, but the bottom line is, that Claire Ashgrove has created a world that I just love to read about. Simple as that.
I mean, I really liked the first book. The second one was just as great but Immortal Trust was so good that I devoured it. And not only that but I didn't want it to end. I loved so much Chloe and Lucan's story that I didn't want for this book to reach its last page. Because who knows when the next book will be published? And Azazel is gaining more power book by book and I really need to see some of my favorite Knights find their Seraph and their salvation. See? Waiting for the next book to get published is plain torture!
Immortal Trust follows more or less the exact same pattern as the previous two books in the series but in this one I really loved both Chloe and Lucan as characters, more than I did the previous two couples. I really enjoyed how their romance developed and how believable Chloe was as a heroine, a quality that I found lacking a little bit both in Anne and definitely in Noelle. Chloe was as sceptical as any sane person would be when presented with the unbelievable without Noelle's stubbornness that made everything so difficult in the previous book. The only stubborn character in this book was Lucan, but still he was adorable.
One other reason I enjoyed so much Immortal Trust is Ashgrove's ability to describe beautiful places and artifacts in detail but in a way that she isn't tiring the reader. I had some problems with a few books recently, that delved into so much detail spoiling the whole narration. But Ashgrove's writing style is perfectly balanced, giving the reader the amount of detail and descriptions that are needed to imagine things and not lose your interest. And that is a balance not all authors can achieve so I really appreciate it when I find it.
All in all, The Curse of the Templars is among my favorite series at the moment and for a very good reason. The writing style is amazing, the world building unique and fresh and each story in this universe is just better than the previous was. And that says much when you're talking for a very good series of books to begin with. I just really hope that Immortal Trust won't be the last book published in this universe. There are so many things still left to be said!(less)
After seeing the cover and reading the premise of The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, I just knew that I had to read this book as soon as possible. I mean it sounds like exactly the kind of story I usually enjoy reading and you know what? The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden really is, the kind of story I love reading!
This story has everything I look for in a book. A great set of leading characters, well developed secondary characters, a great and touching story and a romantic plot that is not only sweet and touching but also has an even pace. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden has a toe curling romance and since that was the story’s primary focus, I can only say that Jessica Sorensen delivered exactly what the premise of this book was promising its readers. There’s no insta-love, there’s only a romance that blooms between two very tortured young people. And here I have to say that Sorensen handled with great sensitivity both the matter of raping and that of domestic violence. Both Callie and Kayden behaved and reacted in certain situations in a way that is consistent with victims of such violence. The author didn’t try to sugarcoat things, or sweeten up the ugly reality, she just wrote about two survivors who manage to overcome their demons and find their happily ever after. Or do they? The cliffhangerish ending leaves many things open. Although I’m pretty certain about how thing will turn out in the second book, one can only be so certain.
Like I said, Jessica Sorensen did a great job with how she wrote both her main characters, as well as the secondary ones. But here I have to note a couple of things. First, I would have loved to see a little bit more on Kayden’s dad, seeing how a major part he played in this story along with a couple more of the secondary characters. Seth, Callie’s best friend as well as Luke, Kayden’s best friend, are the only of the secondary characters who get their fair share of character development, but still, there are many things about them still to be said and explored, especially, since they both, seem to have their own traumatic past. And here comes my second note. I thought that it was a little bit too much, that so many characters in this story have such problematic pasts. Surely, life isn’t all sweet and easy, but still, we have 4 characters that occupy the better part of the book that have lived through hell. Not that this can’t happen, but still, I thought it was a little bit too much. Not that this fact bothered me or made me enjoy this story less, but I couldn’t help but noticing it.
Other than that, the pace of the story is great, at least one that I enjoyed, and I loved seeing both Callie and Kayden overcome their personal fears and fall in love. Of course I would have preferred for the story to not end in that way, but hey, who knows what Jessica Sorensen has in store for book two?
All in all, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is a story I couldn’t put down no matter what and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait too long for book two to be released!(less)
Love in the Afternoon was a most pleasant surprise of a story! It was incredibly cute and sweet and sexy enough to keep me glued to my e-reader. I mean what's not there to love in this story? Good and easy to relate to characters - check. Toe-curling romance - check. Interesting plot - check. Love in the Afternoon has all that I'm searching for in a contemporary romance.
You know me, I'm a sucker for celebrity stories, whether it's about actors or singers, and this one is among the best of that kind I read in a long time... Alison Packard did an amazing job in writing a story, that although it follows most of the cliches in contemporary romance, manages to stand out with a sweet story and a sizzling hot couple. I fell in love with Kayla and Sean and their story! I loved how they didn't express their undying love from the first chapters but I had the chance to see their romance bloom. I loved how Packard made them become friends at first and then something more. That way I could get to know them better, warm to them and care for their happily ever after and not just focus on the sexiness level of their relationship. Don't get me wrong, I'm all in for the sexy parts, just not when they are the sole focus of a story. Something that fortunately, wasn't the case in Love in the Afternoon.
This is the story of Kayla and Sean, both soap opera actors who meet on set and their on screen chemistry follows them outside of the set as well. But there's also something sinister lurking in the corners of this story, or rather someone who wants to hurt Kayla. So you see, Love in the Afternoon hasn't only a romantic plot to keep you glued to the pages but there's also a hint of a mystery,some suspense. Granted, I had guessed the identity of the stalker waaay to soon, but still, it was a fun book to read. And as you guessed, I didn't really need the mystery part of this story to keep me turning the pages :)
Kayla is sweet and I liked how she grew to be independent by the end of the book. She was strong and didn't put up with Sean when he was acting like a lunatic towards the end of the story. Unlike many other heroines who forgive everything easily, she put up a fight. I liked that about her. Sean on the other hand was caring and an alpha, hot male, like every self respecting hero should be ; ) I liked him even in his bad times and what I remember most of him is how protective he was of Kayla.
Another favorite part of the story were the filming parts. I don't really know how it really is on a set, so I really enjoyed the descriptions of their on set relationship in contrast to that of their real life.
All in all, Love in the Afternoon is a sweet contemporary romance title I literally devoured! It had everything I'm looking for in a romantic title and in the exact right amount. Totally recommend it!(less)
What can I possibly say about Dare you To that could do this book justice? I mean honestly, once more, Katie McGarry delivers a heart wrenching story,...moreWhat can I possibly say about Dare you To that could do this book justice? I mean honestly, once more, Katie McGarry delivers a heart wrenching story, a story so full of meaning and deep, that words can't possibly describe it. You just have to read this book to fully understand what I'm saying.
Dare you To is one of those books that will just stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Much like with Pushing the Limits, the first book in this series, the second story is not just a romantic YA story between two deeply troubled teens. Oh no, it's so much more... One might think that with how popular the New Adult genre has become lately and how most of the books in that genre feature a deeply troubled hero and/or heroine, that Dare you To would almost feel like a repetition. One couldn't be more wrong about it. On the contrary, Dare you To, is a shining example of how one should write about troubled and emotionally scarred characters without becoming repetitive and shallow while handling such delicate issues. Katie McGarry is just the kind of author one should study in order to understand how to talk about difficult things not simply because that is the trend but because they actually have something important to say with their story. She's the author whose stories reminded me why I like so much to read about far from perfect heroes. I have to admit that lately, because more and more stories feature heroes with a troubled background but too shallowly portrayed, I had forgotten why I did. I'm glad that there are still authors out there that can remind me of how much can a complex character add to a story. A complex character that has a background that is.
Anyway, I don't know what more can I say to describe what a brilliant author Katie McGarry is. You simply have to read her books and you'll understand what I mean. I won't even say anything about the plot. I think it's better for Ryan and Beth to tell you their story for themselves. I will only say that Dare you To is a great story, an incredibly well written one, with characters that are flawed but real, like every real person is. Both main and secondary characters have a voice of their own and a place in the story. All characters have a great and solid background. In the end of day, Dare you To is just the kind of story that will speak directly to your heart. I almost cried for Beth, I cried at how she had to change herself in order to survive and how in the end all that she actually needed was for someone to care about her.
All in all, Dare you To is a story that no one should miss the opportunity reading. It's the best YA book that I read in quite sometime. Surely I loved other books too, but Katie McGarry managed once more with her story to remind me what it feels to read something that goes way further than just enjoying myself with a book. Dare you To is the kind of book that will make you cry, think and love. One of the best books of 2013!(less)
If you read my review of the first book in Jax Garren's incredible Tales of the Underlight series, then you know that I fell in love with it! So, to s...moreIf you read my review of the first book in Jax Garren's incredible Tales of the Underlight series, then you know that I fell in love with it! So, to say that I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book, would be an understatement. And even though it took me a while to finally read it *hangs head in shame* I can't even begin to describe how much I loved How Beauty Saved the Beast! Jax Garren is an author you need to watch out for. She's incredibly talented!
How Beauty Saved the Beast starts exactly where the first book ended and Jolie finds herself torn between her feelings for Hauk and her mission with the Underlight. The tension between them is simply delicious. They can't live without the other but still try to fight their feelings. They kiss and then they drive each other apart, all because they are afraid of what their feelings can cause. Not to the mission, but because of what those feelings mean for them. The way Jolie is jealous of Hauk is plainly adorable.
Apart from that, the second instalment, has everything that made me love so much the first book and then some. You still get the same beautifully written, character driven story but enhanced with some delicious sexual tension. How Beauty Saved the Beast may not be a very long story, but still, Jax Garren manages to explore every main and secondary character to his/her full potential. And that is what I love most about this series and this author. How all her characters have their own place in the story and evolve.
I won't say anything about the story itself, I hate spoilers, so the only thing I will say it is that it's fast paced and action packed. Jolie isn't just a pretty face. She can seriously kick some ass! And Hauk..., well, like I said, I have to love and care some much about a male character since Terrible from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series. Maybe because they are both deeply scarred heroes, both physically and emotionally. I don't know. What I know is, that both of them are among my favorite ever fictional characters!
All in all, Jax Garren doesn't disappoint with her second book and all I can say is that I can't possibly wait for the last book in the series!(less)
The Boss's Fake Fiancee is soooo much better than the first book in this series Rules of Negotiation. So much better that you can't even imagine it! It sucked me from the first page and until the very last one I just couldn't put it down. It's cute and sexy and fun and a romance title that I absolutely loved.
If you read my review of Rules of Negotiation, you know that I had some problems with the characters, but the writing style was so good that I managed to like it despite the fact that I couldn't connect with the characters. Well, in The Boss's Fake Fiancee, imagine the same exceptional writing style, but with characters I couldn't help but fall in love with. Both Melissa and Garth are characters I loved reading about, that I could connect with and care for them, something that I couldn't feel with Brit and Tori. And now that I think about it, Brit, my main problem in the first book, remains a character that I can't really like. I mean, as Melissa's older brother he was a secondary character in this one, and everytime he made his appearance I kind of remembered why I couldn't like him before.
Anyway, The Boss's Fake Fiancee is the story of Melissa, Brit's little sister and Garth a super smart billionaire and her boss, who are trapped in a fake marriage scenario that sooner rather than later becomes true. Well, I'm a sucker for the forced marriage of fake marriage trope and no matter how many stories like that I read, if they are well written, I can't resist but fall in love with them. And this one, is an exceptionally written one. It's not a long story but the character development is amazing, and even if the plot follows all the cliches of such stories, it still manages to stand out and be memorable. Mainly, because of the main couple. Melissa is the kind of female heroine I like reading about, caring and compassionate and I loved seeing her taking her life into her hands and putting both her mother and Brit in their place and demanding that they both stop judging her and her decisions. The scene with the wedding gowns was just precious!
Brit on the other hand was the challenge in this novel. Writing his character was the most difficult part of this novel in my opinion and the part where I appreciated Inara Scott all the most. The way she handled him and presented him was just perfect. Granted, I understood really soon what was the deal with him, but even so, his character was well researched and believable. I won't say anything more, I hate spoilers, but thumbs up to the author for writing him. He was my favorite part of the story.
All in all, The Boss's Fake Fiancee is a rather typical romantic story, that manages to stand out due to its characters and the author's incredible writing style. There's not a single moment you'll feel bored while reading it and I can't help but recommend it to all fans of romance. It's quick and cute and sexy. What are you waiting for? (less)
When I picked up How Beauty Met the Beast, to be completely honest I didn't really know what to expect from it. The blurb was intriguing enough but I kind of have a bad history with retellings or stories based on fairy tales, so although I loved the blurb I was a bit sceptical towards it. And I'm glad to say that any doubt I might have that this book wasn't the right for me, vanished pretty fast, as soon as I started reading Jax Garren's story. Because let me tell you, it's one unbelievably amazing and great one!
From the very first chapters of How Beauty Met the Beast I just fell in love with everything about it. The characters, the writing style, the story, the setting, everything! It was simply fascinating! I didn't even mind that one seriously sexy scene came way too early in the story (in the second or third chapter if I remember correctly). And if you follow my reviews, you know that I usually have a problem with those awfully early sexy scenes, when I don't even have time to get to know the characters of a book and start caring for them. But nooooo, Jax Garren pulled of that scene despite the fact that we knew next to nothing about Jolie and Hauk. And for me to connect with a set of characters so soon in the narration is a rare occurrence...
The best part about How Beauty Met the Beast in my opinion are the characters and their development. It's a rather small story, not too long, but Garren has written a character oriented story, one that speaks through its characters and their actions rather than anything else. And for a book of such length that was an impressive achievement. Believe me when I say it, because I have read books twice the size of this one where the characters couldn't be more flat...
I really liked Jolie and the way she was portrayed, her reactions to situations couldn't be more believable and the kindness of her heart was just heart-warming. Hauk on the other side is simply incredible. He may be so scarred that his mere sight scares people but he's so smart and compassionate and sexy that in my mind he's the most beautiful person in the world. So, like I said, the characters in this title are its main advantage!
The story is fast paced, making it hard to put my ereader down but at the same time I was so enjoying myself while reading it, that I wished that it would take me longer to finish it. And I haven't felt that way for a book for a really long time now.
Surely, there are many things that are left unanswered by the end of the book and it's not completely clear how the world Jax Garren created really works but I guess that I'll get my answers in the next book which can't be released soon enough!
All in all, How Beauty Met the Beast is one spectacular debut novel I absolutely loved and can't wait to get its sequel on my hands. A must read!
Reading The Marriage Mistake was so much more fun than reading the previous title in this series! It was so much fun that I just couldn't put...more4.5 stars
Reading The Marriage Mistake was so much more fun than reading the previous title in this series! It was so much fun that I just couldn't put this book down. I just loved it! It was fun and cute and super sexy and in overall a contemporary romance title written exactly in the way I like.
The third instalment is Jennifer Probst's Marriage to a Billionaire follows the exact same pattern the previous books do, but in this case, I really loved both Carina and Max, much more than I did Michael and Maggie of the previous title. Especially Carina is so much more fun to read than Maggie was and I didn't have any problems with her, like I had with Maggie. Minor problems, I know, but they had managed to spoil some of the fun of the book, whereas here, I'm perfectly content with both my main characters.
I just knew that this story would work better for me, even while reading The Marriage Trap. You see we got to know a bit about Carina from that book, so, I knew that she would be a heroine right up my alley. And in Marriage Mistake, she proves just that. And at this point, I should add that the woman Carina grew up to be was even better than what I expected. I liked her confidence, especially after witnessing her self-esteem problems in the second book, and the way she knew exactly what she wanted from her sex partner, even if she was relatively inexperienced.
Max on the other hand, is as much an alpha male as one could hope for, without being a caveman occasionally like Michael did. He was drool worthy and sexy as hell, a hero I always appreciate reading about.
As for the secondary characters, all the protagonists of the previous books make their appearance as well as some of the rest of the recurring characters, and since this is the third book, the character development department is pretty good. We already know much about the secondary characters and we just see how their lives progress, while the development of the main ones is evident by the end of the story.
The story is typical for a chick lit title, even cheesy at times, but it's written in such a fun way that I couldn't care less. After all, the premise let's the reader know exactly what he/she should expect from this story, so if you don't like what the premise is about, then don't try this one. If like me, you search for a hot, cute and light read, then The Marriage Mistake is just the book for you.
One last thing I want to mention, is that the 50 Shades phenomenon, is evident in Probst's writing style as well. There are certain references to that book and Carina's submissive side will probably appeal to fans of the genre. Don't expect any heavy BDSM elements, but there are certain references and the subject is mentioned a few times.
All in all, The Marriage Mistake was exactly what I had hoped it to be and I had a really good time while reading it. So good a time that I can't wait for any future releases of this author :)(less)
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce is part of the very successful Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, written by Jillian Stone. And if you read...moreA Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce is part of the very successful Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, written by Jillian Stone. And if you read my reviews of the previous two books in this series, then you know that I'm in love with both Jillian Stone's writing style and her stories. So, it comes as no big surprise, that A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce, didn't fail to impress me!
I'm usually not a big fan of novellas, because in most cases, the story and the plot are pretty basic, and the character development is non existent. Not that I haven't been impressed or really liked novellas, but in most cases, they fail me. So, I'm more than happy to admit that even with a novella, Jillian Stone manages to retain the same quality in her writing, that makes her stories truly stand out!
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce may be smaller than her full novels, but it's just as good as the previous two books in the series!
This story is about Inspector Bruce and Fiona, who fall in love during some seriously hot chemistry lessons and amidst a very dangerous setting! What's there not to love!
Inspector Bruce is as hot and smart and courageous as the rest of the Scotland Yard gentlemen, while Fiona is as independent as the previous two ladies we got to know in the previous books. One might believe that meeting characters that share the same qualities in each book in this series might be a little bit boring, but let me warn you here, that even though all the characters share some qualities, they are not alike, not by a long shot. You have enough reason to remember each and everyone of them for very different reasons :)
The story is again action packed, even if the resolution comes quicker due to the length of the story and probably for that very same reason, it was way to easy for me to guess the traitor. But even so, A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce was a highly enjoyable read!
All in all, Jillian Stone manages to make me love her work more book by book! And with all those tempting glances at Agent Gunn, I just can't wait to read his story! (less)
Jennifer Estep just can't disappoint me! Midnight Frost was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be and then some! Oh wait, I think I have said th...moreJennifer Estep just can't disappoint me! Midnight Frost was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be and then some! Oh wait, I think I have said that before about a book in the series, but hey, I'm not to blame, Mythos Academy is simply among my favorite series at the moment!
I think I've said that before but I can't help but saying it one more time: Mythos Academy is maybe the only series that reminds me a bit of Harry Potter, aka my favorite series of all time! Not that the plot or story or characters are similar in any way but because both series share the same quality for me. Each time I get a book of Mythos Academy in my hands I just want to lay back and savor every minute of it. And that, strangely, has happened to me only once before. Anyway, the thing is that Jennifer Estep managed to create an iressistible world, a story that one can read again and again and never get bored with it! Yes, I'm a huge fan of this series and how could I do otherwise? Everytime Gwen meets with her evil "twin" is just a delight to read!
I won't say anything about what happens in Midnight Frost. I hate spoilers. Just know that no fan will be disappointed with it. The writing style is just as good as it was in the previous books, the action almost non stop and even if Midnight Frost is a little bit slower than the previous book in the series, yet, there isn't a single moment I felt bored while reading it.
And here I will just have to make one tiny complain that has nothing to do with the value of the book but here I go: I missed logan in Midnight Frost. Yeah, I know one can't judge a book in terms of missing a beloved character but I really missed him! So much that everytime I turned a page I would wish that he would finally make his appearance. At least when he did make his appearance he kind of made up for his absense. That scene in the cave was undeniable my favorite in this book. Not the most romantic, but definitely a favorite and for more than one reasons.
Anyway, Mythos Academy is one of the best YA series I have read in a really long time and I just can't wait to get the next (and final?) book in my hands!(less)
Oh well, there are absolutely no words to describe how brilliant an author Jennifer Armentrout really is! And I'm afraid, that no matter what I say or what words I'll use to do it won't do her justice. Yeah, you guessed right, I absolutely loved Tempting the Player! No big surprise here, right?
Jennifer Armentrout is one of those authors whose work hasn't failed me even once to this day. Either she writes YA or adult, her stories are incredible and manage to stir such emotions that has made this author one of my absolute favourites!
Tempting the Player is her second adult contemporary romance in her Gamble Brothers series and its the story of Chad Gable and Bridget and if I just loved the story of the first Gable brother, Chase, let me tell you that I loved this one even more because somehow, it's even better! I don't how that is even possible but it's true! Chad and Bridget's story just blew me away with its humor and sexual tension and with how deliciously hot those sex scenes were!
Honestly, if there's one thing that Jennifer Armentrout can do perfect (and there are many more believe me!) that is building a painfully delicious sexual tension between her main couples. In every single title I read by this author, that is one department she never fails to deliver. Never! And not only that, but it seems that book by book, she gets even better if that is possible. I mean how many levels of sexual tension are there to get better and better by each book?
So be warned, Chad and Bridget share some really HOT scenes in Tempting the Player!
The story of Tempting the Player is rather typical, not big surprises here, but the way Jennifer Armentrout delivers her stories is what makes them so unique. It's not the actual stories that are so great (which they are now that I'm thinking about it) but it's also the way she writes them. Her sense of humor is just priceless!
All in all, Tempting the Player was a pure delight to read, a story all fans of the genre and all fans of the author shouldn't miss. It's simply wickedly entertaining!(less)
I don't think that in my review of His Very Own Girl I'll say about Carrie Lofty something that I haven't already said. The woman is brilliant! Simple as that. It's not that her stories are always amazing (which they are) or perfect or I don't know, it's the fact that as an author, Carrie Lofty has that certain quality that defines her, that separates her and her writing style so that you could probably recognise her work, without knowing that it belongs to her.
His Very Own Girl is to this day, my favorite book by the author. As far as historical romances are concerned, this story is my first set in World War II and let me tell you it was incredible!
Personally speaking, World War II fascinates me and interests me like nothing else does. As a kid I would search and find anything that had to do with that period, from novels to documents but whatever I have read to this day is mostly from Greek history. I haven't read much about other countries along that time, and nothing about English history. So His Very Own Girl first and foremost satisfied my inner geek. It's so well researched and Lofty does a splendid job touching and communicating to her readers the feeling of that time that apart from enjoying myself with an excellent story I could actually learn a thing or two.
Carrie Lofty manages to capture the essence of that time period, the feelings, the way people lived, hoping for everything and nothing at the same time, enjoying what they could, while they could, including human relationships. Lofty managed to make her readers see and feel exactly how her heroes feel and what motivates their actions. It's not that this ability of hers as an author wasn't evident in her other stories, but in His Very Own Girl, I think she surpasses herself!
I won't tell much about the story. The premise is very informative and believe me, you don't need to know anything else to fall in love with this book. The amazing writing style, the character development and the setting will do the rest!
Lulu is one of my favorite characters, strong, independent the way Carrie Lofty always writes her heroines. She's not the damsel in distress waiting for her perfect hero to save the day. She's a woman of her own, ready to save the day and do whatever she can for what she believes just.
Joe on the other hand is the tortured hero you can't help but love and hope the best for him. Together they make an explosive couple the reader can identify with and care for.
The plot is evenly paced, full of action scenes and romantic ones along with some others that help you get the feeling of the time and compliment the whole story beyond imagination.
The secondary characters are well developed, as are the main ones, and in overall, there's nothing bad I could say about this book, even if I tried.
All in all, His Very Own Girl is a historical romance, no fan of the genre should miss and Carrie Lofty, one of the best authors you can find out there. She just has that remarkable ability that transforms normal stories to something extraordinary.(less)
4.5 stars Well, you know me, anything Jeaniene Frost writes is on my auto-buy and read list! Especially when we're talking about her Night Prince serie...more4.5 stars Well, you know me, anything Jeaniene Frost writes is on my auto-buy and read list! Especially when we're talking about her Night Prince series about Vlad, whose story I've been dying to read ever since he appeared on the Night Huntress series! And once more Frost delivers a wickedly amazing story that can't disappoint any of her fans!
To be honest, I really don't know what to say to describe one of Frost's books that hasn't already been said either from other reviewers or I haven't already said in my past reviews of her books. The woman is pure genius, the way she writes her characters and the way she knows exactly how to deliver incredibly sexy and hot romance without even trying so hard like other authors do. Everything in her stories come just naturally and never forced, whether we're talking about her characters emotions or how an action scene goes down.
That being said and even though I really liked Twice Tempted I also had a couple of problems with it. And here let me just clarify that I still loved pretty much everything about this book and I simply couldn't put it down but still, because we're talking about a Jeaniene Frost book and my expectations are always pretty high, I couldn't help but notice a couple of things. And the first one of those is the fact that this story seemed like something the author had already said in the past. It wasn't original. Here, I said it. While reading Twice Tempted I found myself feeling like the author was a bit tired while writing this story or simply didn't know how to make it move forward. And because of that the pace of the story was a bit uneven. There were parts were everything was going smoothly and other parts were the story dragged a bit. And during those parts is where I, for the first time while reading a book by this author, rolled my eyes a bit. I won't elaborate on what made me roll my eyes, I hate spoilers, but you'll know if you read this book.
Other than that, Vlad is delicious as always, Kira is as great a character as in the first book, the secondary characters are developed and have a voice of their own, to sum it up, other than what I said above we have a great book, written in a way only Frost can. On the bonus side, the action scenes were great something that I remember I had missed in the first book of the series.
All in all, Twice Tempted may be the first book by Jeaniene Frost I actually say something negative about in my review but still it's a great book. And that is why even though I had a couple of problems I still give it a 5 star rating. Well, I also have a soft spot for that author but I keep it a secret. No one knows about it :P(less)
Oh well, what can I say about Deity and Jennifer L. Armentrout herself that I haven't already said numerous times... To put it simply and efficiently, I absolutely LOVE this author. If I need to read something good, then all I have to do is pick one of her books and I'm absolutely certain that I will have an amazing time while reading it. Honestly, I just believe that there's no way this author will ever write a book that will disappoint me. Nope, no way!
Deity is phenomenal!!! I know that most people's favorite book is Pure, but somehow Pure didn't work for me the way Half-Blood and now Deity do. Not that Pure wasn't a good book, or I didn't like it, but Deity is so much better! The things that happen here, the romance, the action, everything is just perfect. I loved the way the plot progressed, the things that happened and even if I see the fans of a certain team being a bit disappointed by the turn of events, I personally thought that everything was just mind-blowingly good. Even the bad things.
Needless to say that I read Deity is a matter of hours... Well, I tend to do that with all of Armentrout's books :) As soon as I start reading one of her stories there's no way I'll be able to put them down unless I reach the end. And Deity has so many things going on that putting this book down is next to impossible :P I mean it's action packed, more than Pure was, it's heart-breaking and the romance just delicious! And the ending??? Why would you do that to us Jennifer? Why?
Alex is the same Alex we all love from the previous books, but in Deity I got to understand her motives and characters a little bit better. While her connection with Seth in Pure was presented as something she just couldn't resist, in Deity the reader gets to understand exactly how difficult is for Alex to choose on her own where Seth is concerned. Aiden is swoon worthy. Well, I guess you didn't expect anything less, right? You're absolutely right! Aiden is once more amazing and the romance between them, so sweet and so perfect! (If you're counting how many times I said the word perfect in this review, don't be surprised, I just have no other words to describe things :) )
Anyway, if you're a fan of The Covenant series, then you don't need me to urge you any further to pick this book up. If for some reason you haven't read this series yet, then you should. Believe me, you're in for a treat!(less)
Julie James is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and for a very good reason! Have you ever read one of her stories? If not, just do so i...moreJulie James is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and for a very good reason! Have you ever read one of her stories? If not, just do so immediatelly! You're in for a very big treat! So, it's only logical that Love Irresistibly was one of my most anticipated releases for this year and let me tell you, once more, Julie James managed to make me fall in love with yet another couple of hers!
I don't know what exactly it is that makes this author's stories stand apart any other similar romantic stories out there. Surely, they are exceptionally well written. And the characters are always well developed and with a solid background. So, those are two very good reasons for the FBI/US Attorney series to stand out. But in addition, Julie James gives to her stories an amazing humorous tone. Her secondary characters are always interesting and fascinating so much that I find myself wanting to read their story sometime. So, to put it simply, Julie James is one of the best romantic authors out there. And for many reasons.
Love Irresistibly is the story of Cade Morgan (we all know him from previous books!) and Brooke Parker a lawyer and general counsel of Sterling Restaurants. Both of them have issues of their own, issues that make them feel reluctant towards a real relationship despitet he sizzling hot chemistry between them. Cade has some issues with an absent father while Brooke is focused more than she should on her career. Despite all that, they start a casual fling and before they even realize it, things between them get complicated. Because both of them are afraid to go to the next step. Love Irresistibly is a little bit different than the previous books in the series, because in this novel, the action is minimum. Considering how the previous books had some action in them or some bad guy to catch, I was a little bit afraid that I might not like this one so much. I was so wrong and I couldn't be happy about it! Love Irresistibly is one of my favorite books in the series, because it made laugh, cry and made me fall in love with both Cade and Brooke.
Both main characters are incredibly well written and realistic. The reader can totally understand their actions and what motivates them, their feelings and their fears. They're not perfect, but they're real. For a change, in this novel we actually get to know a lot better the guy rather than the heroine and that's another one of my favorite parts of this novel. Not that Brooke isn't an interesting character or we don't get to know her, but Cade has the juiciest past. And I loved seeing him get over his fear of rejection and become a better man (not that he wasn't perfect as he was, but anyway, until the end of teh story he managed to become even more perfect!). Another favorite part of the book are the secondary characers and the dialogues. I mean I absolutely loved Ford (Brooke's best friend) and Zach (Cade's brother) and Ian (Brooke's boss). And Huxley and Vaughn (Cade's partners) and I don't know am I missing any of the important seconday characters here? You get the picture! Every single character of this book was just plainly amazing and some of the dialogues between Brooke and Ford or Cade and Zach were just precious and made me laugh my ass off! I even enjoyed those dialogues more than I actually enjoyed Cade and Brooke's sarcastic banter and we're talking about some great dialogues here too!
Anyway, Love Irresistibly is one of my favorite novels for this year and for many reasons. Written in a sweet and realistic way, with characters that are perfect in their own messed up way, Julie James delivers yet another successful novel in her FBI/US Attorney series. (less)