Sadly, my first book of 2017 is a DNF (did not finish) book. Perhaps it's a mood thing, or maybe I just couldn't get into this book. Disclaimer - I haSadly, my first book of 2017 is a DNF (did not finish) book. Perhaps it's a mood thing, or maybe I just couldn't get into this book. Disclaimer - I have read earlier books in this series and I was a big fan of the characters. Unfortunately, the book skips around a lot and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. I also felt that a bit of the dialogue (especially with The Master, a mysterious Al Queda operative) felt a bit contrived. No one speaks like that.
Anyhow, I may go back to this one later on in the year but right now I need something different to read.
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Hmmm....I really wish GR had 1/2 stars. This one is definitely a 3.5 star book. The writing is good and Tucker has to be the nicest guy ever. Full revHmmm....I really wish GR had 1/2 stars. This one is definitely a 3.5 star book. The writing is good and Tucker has to be the nicest guy ever. Full review to come....
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I wish I could go Roman Crazy on a Roman holiday. I want a Marcello of my own!
Roman Crazy was a perfect escape from real life, a wonderful way to relax for a few hours. Right from the first paragraph, I was in stitches laughing and you will be too.
Roman Crazy is the story of two former lovers who meet up and get a second chance at love. There’s Avery, the socialite from a wealthy family who finds her husband in a compromising position. And then there’s Marcello, the one that could have been THE ONE, if only…
Through a chance meeting, the two reconnect and the chemistry between the two is incredible.
And whoa, what a romance! How could you even ask for more? Rome is a perfect backdrop for this couple. So romantic! There’s a deliciously slow buildup as Avery and Marcello get to know each other. So sexy! You feel as if you were in Rome, enjoying all it has to offer.
Avery is a strong and compassionate character. Avery takes advantage of her situation and while she is grieving a broken marriage, she manages to reinvent herself, taking on art restoration projects. She also takes full advantage of Rome and starts to paint again. She also learns to stand up for herself and to put herself first.
And Marcello, what can I say about Marcello? So handsome, so sexy, and perfect for Avery.
Roman Crazy is a wonderful escape from the drudgery of real life. It’s hot and steamy, sexy, and laugh out loud funny. A perfect vacation read. Highly recommended.
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Initial Thoughts: Perfect summer read. Light and fluffy. Heavy on the rich teenage angst. Reminded me a little of some fan fiction that I've read befoInitial Thoughts: Perfect summer read. Light and fluffy. Heavy on the rich teenage angst. Reminded me a little of some fan fiction that I've read before.
The Review: First of all, I must admit that this series is my Guilty Pleasures read. It’s a rags to riches story with a bit of teenage angst. (So if angst is not your thing, you were warned). It’s not perfect, but it is a light read well suited for a beach vacation or just reading on your balcony or back deck. Erin Watt is no other than the writing team of Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, so expect something fun to read. Also remember to suspend belief because some of the things that go on in these books are a little unrealistic. Personally, I liked Paper Princess more than Broken Prince. Once I got over the initial “I just need to suspend belief and read” moment because seriously, taking or kidnapping a teen that is to be your ward from a strip club was a little unbelievable, I did enjoy the book. I liked Ella’s character and how strong she was. I found Broken Prince a little slower, perhaps because I was missing Ella.
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This was my first foray into the Kate Burkholder world and I am sure that I will find the time to go back and read the previous books. I have never reThis was my first foray into the Kate Burkholder world and I am sure that I will find the time to go back and read the previous books. I have never really read any kind of books about the Amish, so that aspect really intrigued me and kept my interest. I also loved that the book took place not far from where I live in areas that I may visit, which adds a touch of realism to a book of fiction.
First off, don’t let the fact that this is book 8 in a series put you off – especially you OCD types out there who absolutely must read books in order. Among the Wicked can be easily read as a standalone book without any loss of critical information. Actually, the fact that it was part of a series made me happy that I now have something to get back to at a later date.
I was quite fascinated with the Amish side of things. I’ve always wondered about their community and while this book does not purport to be a guide to the Amish, it did describe their simple way of life quite effectively. I loved the fact that Kate was raised Amish herself, but that she chose to life away from their community. I enjoyed how Kate was able to insert herself into the community and how she gained the trust of the women around her.
This book kept me glued to my seat. I think I devoured it over the course of 2 days. And what an unexpected twist – I never saw that coming.
My only criticism is that Kate spent a lot of time out in the cold walking, riding a scooter, and sometimes even without the requisite amount of warm clothing and foot covering. Winters can be bitterly cold and it amazed me that she never suffered from frostbite.
Initial Thoughts: Interesting premise. Young girl gets plucked from exotic dancer job and told that she will now be the ward of Callum Royal, the fathInitial Thoughts: Interesting premise. Young girl gets plucked from exotic dancer job and told that she will now be the ward of Callum Royal, the father of 5 teenage boys. Had some issues with how Callum convinced Ella to move in, but after suspending belief, I was able to enjoy this book.
The Review: First of all, I must admit that this series is my Guilty Pleasures read. It’s a rags to riches story with a bit of teenage angst. (So if angst is not your thing, you were warned). It’s not perfect, but it is a light read well suited for a beach vacation or just reading on your balcony or back deck. Erin Watt is no other than the writing team of Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, so expect something fun to read. Also remember to suspend belief because some of the things that go on in these books are a little unrealistic. Once I got over the initial “I just need to suspend belief and read” moment because seriously, taking or kidnapping a teen that is to be your ward from a strip club was a little unbelievable, I did enjoy the book. I liked Ella’s character and how strong she was.
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The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz is a very short book comprised of two confession sessions with Father Stuart Ballard and Soren and Eleanor. The restThe Confessions by Tiffany Reisz is a very short book comprised of two confession sessions with Father Stuart Ballard and Soren and Eleanor. The rest of the book is an informative Q & A with the author. This book is geared towards fans of the Original Sinners series and contains a few spoilers, so if you have not yet read the books, you should read them in order.
Part 1 is a confession session with Father Stuart Ballard and Soren (Marcus). Soren is 29 and is describing his attraction to Eleanor to Father Stuart. They discuss the implications of a relationship with Eleanor who at the time was only 16. What I enjoyed about this was the fact that Father Stuart was so understanding and open, even when Soren describes how outrageous Eleanor could be. I enjoyed the banter between the two men.
Part 2 takes place about 20 or so years later. Father Stuart, now 81 years old, is listening to Eleanor's confession, which is quite entertaining if not a little shocking. I was struck by the amount of time Eleanor spoke about Grace. I know that a lot of people dislike Grace immensely, however I am one of her fans and I enjoyed this part. Eleanor has a few regrets and it's nice to get that perspective on her life.
Part 3 is a an informative Q & A about the series. It helps fill in some information about the characters.
Thank you to the author for a review copy of this book.
Update 12/27/15 - The Game Plan was one of my Top 10 Picks of 2015. See what other books made my list on Badass Book Reviews
Loved, loved, loved TheUpdate 12/27/15 - The Game Plan was one of my Top 10 Picks of 2015. See what other books made my list on Badass Book Reviews
Loved, loved, loved The Game Plan!
There's so much to love about this book. The hero Dex is an NFL football player - he's big, muscled, tattooed, and quite the imposing figure. He's compared to Jason Momoa's Khal Drago, only blond. Dex is a down to earth kind of guy, preferring to hang out with his friends over the sports groupies that throw themselves at the players. And, believe it or not, he's a virgin. How many times have you seen that in a romance book? I can only think of Outlander. Oh, and he's great with colicky babies, too. Swoon.....
Fiona or Fi is a force to be reckoned with. Fi is tiny and looks like Tinker Bell, but she is tough. Fi has never really had a long term relationship. Fi is career driven, a designer with eyes on advancing in her company. Fi is on vacation, visiting her sister in San Francisco when Dex arrives to visit his pal, Gray.
The romance is a slow burn. While Dex has been attracted to Fi since he first saw her a few years earlier, Fi never knew that he liked her. I loved the build up, the sexual tension was well done. I also liked how the two worked together to find a way to be together as they both lived in different cities.
If you have not yet had a chance to read a Kristen Callihan book, she has two series - Game On a contemporary sports romance and Darkest London a paranormal romance.
Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of this book.
The Mistake was a fun, light, fluffy, sexy read. I've been told that the first book in the series The Deal is much better, but I still enjoyed being iThe Mistake was a fun, light, fluffy, sexy read. I've been told that the first book in the series The Deal is much better, but I still enjoyed being inside Logan's head as he wooed the love of his life, Grace.
A few things bothered me about the story - it's been a while since I've been in college and I really don't remember that much debauchery - lucky, I guess? Or I'm just feeling nostalgic for those days of freedom.
Anyway, I loved Grace, especially when she played hard to get. I loved her creativity with her 6 tasks for Logan. I had to chuckle through the bad poetry. It was nice to see Grace through Logan's eyes and how she was the one for him, right from the moment they met.
As I was reading How We Fall, I was surprised that I was enjoying the book so much. After all, How We Fall is a book that deals with "kissing cousins.As I was reading How We Fall, I was surprised that I was enjoying the book so much. After all, How We Fall is a book that deals with "kissing cousins." My curiosity got me Googling - and guess what? In Canada, it is legal to marry your cousin. The US however, is a different story. Our story takes place in small town Wisconsin, so these guys would be a no-no. They want to go to college in California - where cousins CAN get married. Anyhow, back to the book.
How We Fall is written from the point of view of Jackie, our 17 year old narrator. I loved her voice and how she described her family. Jackie's family moved from California and is now living a granola style life with her aunt and uncle and their six children. Jackie is not a teenager with a crush - she is very much in love with her 17 year old cousin Marcus. As the older children in the combined family, Jackie and Marcus have a lot of chores and they get to spend a lot of time together. They are best friends and they fall in love. They know that their attraction is not conventional and they know that it would cause a lot of turmoil in the family, but they continue, sneaking off for time alone. Jackie sets some rules about the relationship and Marcus agrees.
It's a busy household and the parents (all 4 of them) seem to be very busy with their jobs, the farm, and the like to notice what is going on. (Enter Young Adult absent parent trope). Jackie and Marcus are caring for the young ones quite often. Jackie escapes to her old movies, the ones that the kids would never want to watch.
Realizing that they could never have a public relationship, Jackie and Marcus break it off. Marcus starts dating Sylvia, a new girl in town. Jackie meets Will through Marcus' younger brother Chris. Will is awesome and fun and wonderful and every girl needs a Will in their life.
In the meantime, all is not perfect in this small farming town. Jackie's friend Ellie is missing and presumed dead. Someone runs Marcus and Jackie off the road. A stalker has been leaving things for Sylvia. Marcus' truck gets vandalized.
With regards to the stalker, it wasn't hard to figure out - I hate when that happens. Also Jackie does a TSTL (too stupid to live) moment that had me wanting to throw the book across the room.
Overall, How We Fall was an enjoyable read with a very sweet couple.
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While the story is something new in the paranormal romance world, something about the story just didn't click for meAbout a 3 -3.5 star read for me.
While the story is something new in the paranormal romance world, something about the story just didn't click for me right away. We have Eric the brooding hero, contending with a horrible family curse which turns him into an ice man and makes him want to hunt down and attack a woman on every winter solstice. Our heroine Olivia is tasked with bringing some documents for Eric to sign. Little does she know that Eric's father had ulterior motives. Then there's the wolves who hold a grudge against his family. They want to kill Eric and will stop at nothing. The story takes place in an isolated mansion surrounded by snow.
I liked that the story was loosely based upon Nordic mythology of Loki, Fenrir, and Odin. This is a mythology that I am not familiar with and it added an interesting perspective to the story. With regards to the romance - it was a very slow buildup, most of which was Eric getting all angsty that he should not be anywhere near Olivia. Olivia had way too much confidence in their love - not really worrying that she would be hurt.
Paranormal romance fans should enjoy this book.
Thank you to the author for a review copy of this book.
Update 12/25/14The Hook Up was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite Young Adult/New Adult Romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
InitUpdate 12/25/14The Hook Up was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite Young Adult/New Adult Romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.
Initial Thoughts: About a 3.5 to 4.0 stars for me and another decent New Adult read. This was a quick read for me and I enjoyed the main characters Anna and Drew. The two have a definite chemistry together even though Anna is hesitant to start a relationship with a football star. I liked watching these two work out their feelings for each other. Lots of sexy times too.
The Review:The Hook Up is a nicely done New Adult romance. The story is told in alternating points of view of the main characters, Anna Jones and her love interest Drew Baylor. Anna does not want a relationship but when she meets Drew, the two have an instant attraction. Yah, I hear you, there are those of you out there that do not like insta-love, but it works in this book.
There's some great chemistry between Anna and Drew and there's a lot of hot and steamy sexy times for the two of them. While the plot felt a little predictable, The Hook Up is a perfect read for when you want a nice, light romance. There's a lovely little HEA (happily ever after) at the end and I did enjoy the second half of the book more than the first half.
There are three books planned for the series so far and I can't wait to read them all.
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Initial Thoughts: Wow. Once again I am awed by the awesomeness of this series. If you have not yet had a chance to start the Kate Daniels series, whatInitial Thoughts: Wow. Once again I am awed by the awesomeness of this series. If you have not yet had a chance to start the Kate Daniels series, what are you waiting for? Amazing battles with supernatural creatures, cool magic, intricately detailed world, fantastic dialogue, sexy lead couple - and a fantastic story. Full review to come...
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Initial Thoughts: Book 3 of the Associates series was a thrill ride! Take one strong and damaged operative on an undercover operation in the gangs andInitial Thoughts: Book 3 of the Associates series was a thrill ride! Take one strong and damaged operative on an undercover operation in the gangs and add one daughter of a mob boss on a mission of her own and you get sizzling sexual tension.
The Review Wow. This was a thrill ride. If you have not yet started Ms. Crane’s The Associates series, you don’t know what you are missing. This is the third book in that series, however you can read each book as a standalone without really missing any important details.
In this installment, Thorne has infiltrated the Hangman gang and is presently number 2 in control. His deep cover is jeopardized by a series of thefts at some of the gang’s warehouses. Thorne needs to find Victor Volkov’s CD detailing all of his gang businesses. Problem is, Victor’s daughter Nadia found the CD and is using it to find her mother, who is being held in a gang run sweat shop.
Thorne works alone which is probably an asset in his world. He idolizes Bruce Lee and uses many of his idol’s moves in order to prepare and accomplish his dealings. I liked those Bruce Lee moments – they were very Zen-like. Thorne has a damaged past – he watched his sister die and then was left to die in the desert, surrounded by scorpions.
Nadia Volkov aka The Party Princess has her own agenda. She has assembled a team and they are raiding sweat shops and freeing the women. Each raid puts Nadia closer to finding her mother, yet they also put her in increased danger. Nadia’s raids also put Thorne in danger as he is the prime suspect for the raids.
Thorne and Nadia have a torrid past and when they meet again, their attraction is still there. The sexual tension sizzles as the two of them try to deny their feelings. Plus there’s secrets!
This was a smoking hot read. Thorne is clearly in love with Nadia, but he is unable to express that love. He calls his feelings for Nadia “lovehate” and he plays all sorts of games where he calls himself a loser. In the past, Nadia played along, but she’s looking for more.
If you enjoy romantic suspense novels and have not yet started this series, what are you waiting for?
A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Initial Thoughts: About a 3 - 3.5 star read for me. This really is a weird one for me to review - part of me disliked the book, the other part of me lInitial Thoughts: About a 3 - 3.5 star read for me. This really is a weird one for me to review - part of me disliked the book, the other part of me loved 1 character. Here goes: Monroe's father collects Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia for his restaurant. When Monroe nicks her finger on a bloodstained bullet, something strange happens. She hears Bonnie's voice inside her head and Bonnie wants to stick around. Later that evening Monroe attends a party and he experiences something similar, only this time it's Clyde's spirit. Both spirits want to stick around and live. Monroe must do all she can to get rid of the spirits. The story is told from alternating points of view - that of Monroe and of Clyde. I loved the parts that were in Clyde's voice. His reaction to our technology was quite amusing. The book had a lot of interesting facts about Bonnie and Clyde.
The Review: I think that there’s always been some sort of morbid fascination for stories about Bonnie and Clyde. Wanted: Dead or in Love is a modern day take on their story.
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I loved the chapters that were told from Clyde’s point of view. Imagine waking up to a world 80 years after your death. Think about all of the technology that Clyde was not aware of. Then, think of his worldview. Clyde was a most entertaining character and perhaps more adaptable to the present than Bonnie. The funny thing was that he was completely ready to continue his crime spree even though with today’s technology he would probably be caught right away. It was kind of creepy how Clyde took a liking to Monroe right away and Bonnie’s ghost sensed it, too.
I also liked the idea of Monroe working at a Roaring Twenties dinner theatre. That was kind of cool as was the Half Dead tour of Chicago. The last third of the book was quite exciting as well.
I did have a few issues about this book. I would have liked to have had more background on Monroe’s situation and why she was in trouble.
Overall, an quick and enjoyable read.
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Initial Thoughts: While the premise of this book is intriguing - an all girls punk band in the 1980's - I had a lot of difficulty keeping focused whilInitial Thoughts: While the premise of this book is intriguing - an all girls punk band in the 1980's - I had a lot of difficulty keeping focused while reading this book. I liked the girls, with the exception of Trudy who was somewhat of a loose cannon. I also liked that each character suffered from some sort of issue: parental abandonment, disfigurement, sexual identity, and unreasonable parental expectations. I was rooting for Harumi throughout the book because she had the most potential of all the characters. Full review to come....more
Initial Thoughts: This was between 4 and 5 stars for me, still deciding. Fans of Easy will adore Breakable, which is told from Lucas' point of view. LInitial Thoughts: This was between 4 and 5 stars for me, still deciding. Fans of Easy will adore Breakable, which is told from Lucas' point of view. Lucas is a surprisingly complex character, having undergone a horribly traumatic experience at age 13 which resulted in the death of his mother. The story is told with flashbacks to Lucas' earlier life before college and the present where he is a teaching assistant in an economics class.
The Review: I’m kind of torn about this trend where an author writes one book entirely from one character’s point of view and a second book entirely from another character’s point of view. Sometimes it just feels like you are reading the exact same book. Not so with Breakable by Tammara Webber. Breakable reads like a new book and I felt that it worked very well.
Now, if you remember Easy, Lucas was this “knight in shining armor” character, who ran around from job to job, studied hard, and had some pretty strong beliefs on the treatment of women. This is the story of Lucas before all that. This is the story of Lucas when he was known by his other name Landon.
It was interesting learning more about Lucas, especially after only seeing him through Jacquelyn’s eyes in Easy. Lucas is a complex character shaped by a traumatic life-changing tragedy when he was thirteen. Not only was Lucas emotionally scarred, he also carries physical scarring to remind him of the day his mother died. That, combined with guilt, and a grief-stricken father, sets up some self-destructive behaviors.
Lucky for Lucas longtime family friend Charles Heller intervenes and offers Lucas a chance to attend college. Lucas jumps at the chance. The Hellers provide Lucas with a caring, loving surrogate family, complete with siblings.
I loved watching Lucas’ interest in Jacquelyn. He seems to be attracted to her from first sight when she watches her tap out music with her fingers during a lecture. His observations on her boyfriend Kennedy are dead on as well. Their relationship blossomed slowly. I loved his protective streak – he watched out for Jacquelyn – but it didn’t feel like the usual young adult/new adult stalker character.
I enjoyed how the author presented Lucas’ story. The story is told in first person point of view, with flashbacks to Lucas’ pre-college days when he was called Landon, his given name.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I’m a sucker for happy endings and I am so glad that Lucas and Jacquelyn have their very own happily ever after. I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
Thank you to Penguin Berkley for a review copy of this book.