The definition of prostitution is the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.
And no matter how many times Mia...moreThe definition of prostitution is the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.
And no matter how many times Mia attempts to justify her deal with Adam, it is exactly that. Selling your body, or parts of your body, for money.
This was a weird fucking book. Like an interesting weird. I’ve NEVER read anything remotely close to it. That's for damn sure.
I originally chose to read it because of the gaming aspect. I love that Mia is an online gamer (although I’m accustomed to more of a console type gaming) and she is working towards being a doctor. Her life is normal and great and I wasn’t prepared for what would happen. (Yeah, I read the synopsis but I didn’t realize it would be done so bluntly).
So many books that I’ve been reading lately have a heroine with a terrible sexual assault history that ruins their chances with future men. I saw it coming in this one and didn’t know how it would affect her relationship with Adam. (Not that much, actually. She’s had years to recover and apparently talking about it to a shrink solves all problems. Kinda pissed me off).
Mia was actually a very strong character. She’s had a rough hand of life dealt to her and she keeps on going. (I, on the other hand, go into an emotional loss every time I watch an episode of Supernatural). She perseveres and looks forward to her future. As much as it saddened me to read what had happened to her, I saw that her future was much brighter and I felt better about finishing this book.
And then Adam shows up, winning bidder of her strange ass auction, and her whole life erupts into something more.
Better? Maybe. Confusing? Totally. Sexy? Oh, yes, Mr. Drake. So much of that.
Adam Drake is an interesting character. The gaming nerd of our dreams all grown up. Suit and tie wearing business tycoon. Adam is sweet and I loved getting to know his family! That may have been my favorite part of this entire book. He grows throughout the book and becomes better for it.
At Any Price is written very well and the author handled the situation as best as she could, considering the circumstances. I don’t know how she thought this up, but Lifetime needs to put this in pre-production immediately.
Because as strange and awkward as this book is, it’s an enjoyable read. I loved all of the characters. There was humor where need be. My eyes got all teary a time or two. It was just a cute, weird, sexy book.
I’m rambling, I know. It’s cold and I’m waiting for the Doctor Who special to start and my feelings for this book are strong. (less)
It seems that there are two types of romance-y books.
The first type is the kind where romance is front and center, and overthrows every other element...moreIt seems that there are two types of romance-y books.
The first type is the kind where romance is front and center, and overthrows every other element of the book. The kind where random sex happens at the absolute wrong moments and puts whatever important thing just happened in the dust.
The second is where the romance aspect slowly builds around the main point of the plot. Amongst the action and thrills, there is this gentle romantic tension that makes you giggle and grin. An equal blend of action or fantasy and romance.
I can happily say that this book (this entire series actually) falls into my favorite of the two: neither. It is a beautiful compilation of the two, but mostly a remix of the second type. The romance is there, but it is not all the plot revolves around. There are no unnecessary love scenes that would add nothing to the story. Everything happens for a perfect reason, and that is my favorite type of romance.
Becoming may just be my favorite in the Project Five Fifteen series. (I think I’ve said that for the other two books, but they just kept getting better).
The ending of As You Were left me shaking. (The betrayal!)! I was desperate for a next book, even though I knew this one would be the end.
There has never been a single moment in this series that I’ve been able to predict what would happen. That right there started my love for Project Five Fifteen. The awesome, kickass characters sealed the deal.
Ronnie is by far one of the strongest female characters that have ever been put to pen and paper. She loves Kalen with a fever, but Kalen loves her just as much. And they use that to their advantage. They use it to protect one another. To save one another.
And although Kalen is absolutely perfect, Ace takes the cake for me.
He is adorable. Sweet and genuine. He loves Ronnie just as much as Kalen does, but he protects her as if they are family.
And maybe that is what makes this series the best.
The strong connection of these boys. The will they have to survive. The lengths they will go to have each other’s back. The bond between Ronnie and her sister, Rachel. The loss of their father. Getting past their anger towards one another and becoming a unit again.
And blended delicately with all this romance and bonding are fight scenes that rival the latest Thor movie. Intense and extremely real! Edge of your seat action.
Oh, my god. I loved getting inside the guys heads and seeing what they feel. A play by play of every situation. That was a delightful surprise.
I’ve been with this series from the beginning and I’m so grateful that I got to experience all three books. Although the journey has ended, and I hate to see it go, the peace for the boys at the end of the book was totally worth it.
I want to thank Ms. Samantha Summers for the opportunity to be with the boys from the beginning. I just wanna pour some vodka out for the ones we lost along the way! (less)
Reason 1: It was free on Netgalley and I figured why the hell not.
Reason 2: The synopsis is something that I had...moreI picked this book out for 2 reasons.
Reason 1: It was free on Netgalley and I figured why the hell not.
Reason 2: The synopsis is something that I had actually never read about before. Probably, and I realized this around about chapter 2, because it is an absolutely terrible thing to do to a friend. Real friends do not act like that. If they pine after their best friend’s boyfriend, they do not act on it. They do not try to get said boyfriend alone and trick him into loving you instead. Real friends are happy for their best friend’s relationships. I don’t care who saw who first, you cut that shit out.
And I was prepared to hate it just because of the friendship between Kayla and Raegan and the constant swooning over Talon. BUT I related way too much to Kayla that I couldn’t find it in my heart to hate her even a little bit. I wanted her to see her ways and get better and just kiss Wesley already because I knew that’s who she wanted anyways.
The plan Kayla and Wesley hatch is ridiculous. It’s not something people actually do, and that’s why I wanted to read it. It pissed me off much of the time. They were both selfish. Plain and simple. However, a few times throughout this book, they do realize how shitty they are being. Does that stop them though? Nope. They plan through until they indeed do break up their best friends relationships.
This book is prime example that there is no such thing as “just friends” between men and women. There are always feelings somewhere beneath the surface. They may never come up for air, but they are definitely alive.
Kayla’s obsession with Talon borderlines insanity. Swear to god, every two paragraphs she was talking about how sexy Talon was in his football jersey. How hot Talon was with his black hair. How good he looked while making out with his girlfriend. And the way he was described, I just didn’t see it. He was kind of boring actually and I preferred, of course, funny musician Wesley.
Wesley was hilarious! I have NEVER literally laughed out loud while reading, and then think about it at a later time and smile like a weirdo. He was sweet and says the sexiest, cutest things! What more could a girl ask for?
The banter between Kayla and Wesley was the best damn thing about Switched. They were absolutely adorable and it’s the kind of relationship every girl wants. You will just have to read this book to see all the clever things they come up with. It’s highly entertaining.
The ending was perfect. I love how it wrapped up. I loved the surprise from Reagan and Talon. I. Loved. It. All.
If you’re looking for something light and fresh to get lost in on a rainy weekend, Switched is where it’s at.(less)
You know when you catch a new TV show you haven’t ever seen? The kind when you just so happen to stop on a channel and it is intriguing and you like t...moreYou know when you catch a new TV show you haven’t ever seen? The kind when you just so happen to stop on a channel and it is intriguing and you like the hero’s face and funny one-liners so you google it and google turns into Netflix and Netflix turns into buying everything on Amazon?
Then, you have 8 seasons to catch up on (Supernatural) or your friend only bought the first season and you have to watch the new ones on ABC (Once Upon A Time) or you watch both seasons on Netflix and have to wait two whole damn years for the next season (Sherlock). But you can’t watch it every second of every day like you wanted to because you have to work or see Catching Fire or attend family Thanksgiving‘s.
And my personal battle—the Netflix plan being DVD only. Cause I live out where wifi is almost nonexistent. (Seriously, think The Last House on the Left without a sexy, uh I mean creepy, Aaron Paul and no lake. Just fields and forests and a Verizon mifi Jetpack that sometimes works because this is apparently a dominant AT&T zone).
THAT is what reading this book was like. I wanted to devout my life to it. But, with an 8 hour work day and the fact that I must have 8 hours of sleep or else I will be a raging bitch in heels, I was cut down to a half hour of reading or less in the 4 days I read the The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.
It is absolutely strange and beautiful. Don’t take the title for granted.
We meet the title character, Ava, in the first paragraph, but it isn’t her story until about 50% into this book. I mean, in a way, it is her story. It’s an unusual buildup to her current life. She is narrating it, but it is truly a tale of atypical generations.
It is probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I, however; loved it. It was this perfectly strange mix of beautiful, lyrical prose and peculiar, original characters. Combining those two and you obviously have an interesting book. No doubt, I was hooked from the minute a baby was born with wings.
More than anything, this is a story about family. A beautifully woven, heartbreaking tale centered on a family who, in their own way, will always be the strongest love they find.
There isn’t a single thing in this book that was unnecessary. No character went unnoticed or underappreciated. Every little detail fell in sync with the ultimate ending.
And I absolutely loved it. Every single thing. I loved when it made it me giggle or smile at something clever. I loved when it made me cry. And believe me, I cried. Every tiny, perfect sentence that I soaked in and held until I was sure I would never forget it.
And that’s the best thing about The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. You will never forget it.
I’ve thrown the world “perfect” around a couple of times. I guess that’s it. Perfect. This book is perfect.(less)
Maybe I should have read the other 2 before I read this one. I felt like I was missing some of the background with Sasha and Jax, and I was out of the...moreMaybe I should have read the other 2 before I read this one. I felt like I was missing some of the background with Sasha and Jax, and I was out of the circle. I was told it is not necessary to read them in order, but I feel like I am breaking a rule!
But reading them in order probably wouldn’t have changed the way I feel about The Mephisto Mark.
About half way through this, I say half way but it was probably only 10% because it took me forever to get through this book, the name and the cover was changed. Personally, I like the original better on both counts. It was changed from The Mephisto Mark to Only You and I don’t like that very much.
This was a long book for me. It finally picked up somewhere around 40%, but I still felt like it never ended. The story is tedious, but the characters are worth sticking around for.
The mythology in this book is very confusing and very abundant. There are about a dozen things I had to mentally track just to not get left behind. (I have a note on my Kindle that just says “who the hell” and I don’t even know what the fuck I was relating too). So, let me get the following straight:
The only way an Anabo can become a Mephisto is to have sex with one of the brothers (and then something about “Lumina”). How convenient for 6 sexy brothers, eh? And it really is just a selfish act for them. Sex with an Anabo means eternity in Heaven (or something). Because the brothers are the Sexy Sons of Hell, and they don’t necessarily wanna be Hell’s bitches.
It was interesting, once I sort of understood most everything.
There were many times when I found myself smiling at something someone said. They are all very clever and witty. I loved the banter between the brothers. I loved Sasha. I loved Zee most of all! (When he watched UP with Mariah, I was totally swooning).
It’s not the characters that I dislike, I guess it is just the story that drug on and tested my patience.
Mariah’s story broke my heart. The poor girl has been through so much, and all she does it give to others. She is a sweet soul and I just wanted her to be at peace and happy.
In the beginning, Mariah was a strong willed girl who stood up for herself. In the end, she was becoming dependent on Phoenix and would get pissed off and break entire rooms when he “forgot she existed”. Good Lord, honey. Get a grip. I know you’ve been through some shit, but please.
I was about done with Phoneix when he mentioned Jane for the 100th fucking time in the first couple of chapters (Kindle note is just me “Jane omg”). But then his story was explained and I felt bad for the guy. But, that doesn’t get around the fact that he is still ultimately selfish. He is adorable, sexy, and sweet, but selfish. “Selfish always, except when it was convenient not to be.”
I liked the brother’s father, M. He was an interesting character. As was Lucifer. And Lucifer told it like it was. I respect that shit.
Eryx was a creep, but a damn good villain. I wouldn’t mind reading the previous books just to see what other shenanigans he has put the boys through.
The story had just enough action to keep me on my toes. One scene reminded me of playing Black Ops. The romance is sweet and slow, but the tension is immense.
It seems like Zee’s story is next and I completely fell for him. I will definitely have to pick that one up. Just wished I would have liked this one a bit more.(less)
I guess I can’t say that I hated this book. If it were a Lifetime movie (and it definitely has the premise for one), I’d be all over it. Girl with a m...moreI guess I can’t say that I hated this book. If it were a Lifetime movie (and it definitely has the premise for one), I’d be all over it. Girl with a messed up past saved by the sexy undercover cop next door? Does Mrs. McAdams write for Lifetime? The woman should.
So, if you’re looking for a weekend read that includes a somewhat strong heroine, a disturbing rape scene brought to you by the creepy ass Blake, a man named Kash who lets his feelings get the best of him, and a bitch best friend, you’ve made it. Welcome to Forgiving Lies.
Forgiving Lies is easy to get lost in, but has a very heavy tone. And once I got around page 61, I soon realized I had gotten more than I bargained for.
Rachel is a nice girl with a pretty good life. However, she lets everyone else lead it for her.
She followed her best friend Candice to college in Austin, even though it is not where she wanted to be. Rachel lets Candice push her to going on a date with her cousin Blake. She forced her into his arms, and refused to believe Rachel when she said he was a fucking creep. This was the first time I made a note of Candice being a terrible friend. Actual friends believe you when you say you were just assaulted. Candice got pissed off at her for even having the audacity to accuse her cousin. Bitch. Absolute bitch.
So after that whole situation, I was wary to read on. If that’s how the first few chapters were, I was positive that Candice’s attitude and Rachel’s passive nature would bug me.
Enter Kash, undercover cop. Tattooed “bad boy”. Emotional not so man of steel. He takes to Rachel instantly and gives Candice to his friend, Mason.
Mason is the only character in this book with any kind of common sense. I swear to God, he is the only voice of reason here.
But anyways, Kash doesn’t tell Rachel about his undercover life and Rachel will soon get pissed at this as if she doesn’t consider that he is just trying to protect her and himself!
At one point, he is trying to coax Rachel into talking about the night she was assaulted and he gets it all wrong. Honey, forcing it from her is almost as bad as the rape. This is only one of the times he lets his emotions take the wheel. (See? Total Lifetime movie right here).
Now, let’s talk about being “skanked out”. What the actual fuck is it? Is it what Candice is 100% of the time? Cause that would include sleeping with every guy you meet, locking your best friend out of your house to do so and not giving two shits?
Or is it Me about 50% of the time? Driving to the supermarket in sweats, with my hair tied up and no makeup on, not giving a fuck who I see? I believe it is this one and every time it was mentioned, it threw me. I couldn’t get around this phrase.
And despite all of that, I am almost positive that I will read the next one. Why? Because it has the goddamned ending from hell and I must know what happens.(less)