Not often do I come across a book that I would give 5 stars too. Especially one in the New Adult Genre. Most of the books that I have found in this geNot often do I come across a book that I would give 5 stars too. Especially one in the New Adult Genre. Most of the books that I have found in this genre have only been about sex between the main characters and it seems their entire relationship is built on that.Don't get me wrong, this book has quite a bit of sex involved in it, but the characters have a rea connection and a real love story that ties together nicely.
Cillian is a hot irish rock star who plays the field with nearly every single lady who crosses his path. Including Maeve, who is also in the band with him. He isn't the type to settle down at all. Enter Renner.
Ren is your typical good girl with a life plan who wants the house with the white picket fence and a golden retriever type life. The last thing she expects is to want anything with a rock star who is the complete opposite of responsible. She has an encounter with Cillian and he kisses her, only to move on to the next girl when she wont sleep with him.
Fast forward - They meet again, and the attraction is still there. Cillian tells her he is going to wear her down, and she wants nothing to do with him. Their back and forth is so believable and their relationship heats up. Just as things seem to be progressing, his jealous ex Maeve threatens to ruin what could be and leaves Cillian trying to choose between saving Maeve's life or being the girl he loves.
What I loved : Even though the characters have their flaws, and Cillian isn't the perfect man (he's wounded from his childhood) he doesn't abuse the female lead by any means. Ren is a strong female and she sticks up for herself and doesn't just give in to every single thing Cillian wants. She was a great female lead in that sense and very likeable.
What I didn't like - I didn't like that it ended. I actually really liked this book and although it was predictable, I enjoyed reading it very much. I cant wait to read the next book in the series about her brother Flynn. I am hooked! Thank you Sawyer Bennet for writing a wonderful book I ca finally give 5 stars too!! ...more
I have to say that the title alone on this book is hilarious, especially when it really does mean what you think it does.
Simon or “WallbaOh Simon....
I have to say that the title alone on this book is hilarious, especially when it really does mean what you think it does.
Simon or “Wallbanger” as Caroline Reynolds calls him, is named appropriately. He is that noisy neighbor. You know the one that is having more fun than you are in the bedroom? Oh yeah, him. And did I mention that he is hot? Caroline quickly learns that moving into a new apartment and getting some much needed rest isn’t going to happen with him living next door. Out of frustration and anger she decides to confront him (scantily clad) and their love hate relationship is born.
What I loved – I loved the love hate relationship and banter between these two. Their sexual tension was evident early on and I felt that their relationship, for the most part, was very real. The writing style was very different, and to the point. Sometimes it was a little choppy, or felt like she was writing the way she would normally speak. I loved the overall love story and blunt humor associated with the book.
What I hated- the cat. I’m sorry, but Clive the cat was not very realistic to me. Sure, some of it was funny but it was way over dramatic and a little out there in certain scenes. I have had cats, some normal, and some (most) of them insane. My cats never acted like this. Sure, it’s fiction and the author can make her cat do whatever she wants, but still. I also didnt care for how much she talked about her O. That was annoying after the first chapter. Nearly as annoying as Anastasia’s “oh my’s” in 50 shades…oh yes, it was that annoying. I also didnt care for the entire chapters in text and back and forth between the two, then three, then four characters…huh? You lost me there a little… The sexual tension drug on awhile and really the book was great until about half way through…the last half is what dropped my rating to only three stars. The love story was great, but it could have been so much better!! I had such high hooes for this book and wished the love hate relationship would have continued farther. A little more push and pull. I also didnt really need the last chapter in the perspective of the cat.
Overall, great, fun, read…not for everyone, that’s for sure, but I enjoyed it…for the most part....more
I was given this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this influence my review.
Turmoil plagues the city of Mirian. The WatcI was given this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this influence my review.
Turmoil plagues the city of Mirian. The Watchman, or local police try to keep the city under control. They are working closely with the Talons, who are brutal hired hands working for the Count, the city's politician. There is internal conflict between these two groups, and even larger conflicts facing Mirian. Mirian is easy to get caught up in right from the start. The story line is full of intrigue and the relationships between the characters, and overall character develop is excellent. One of the characters, a wayward son of one of the watchman, adds even more twists to the plot. The back story on the characters was delivered through even the most action packed of scenes.
This genre isn't typically something I read, but I didn't find myself enjoying this book. The cover of the book is excellent, and really beautiful. The overall storyline, and development of the characters was also great.
What I didn't like : perhaps its because I don't read a lot of fantasy genre books, but I noticed quite a few areas where the story sort of fell apart in terms of realism. I am curious as to whether I just didn't catch these parts because I was distracted by the language, and other things going on in the book or if it was genuinely left out, to be addressed in part two. (Will there be a part 2?) if there isn't going to be a book two, it will leave so many unanswered questions, and frustration for the readers. Some of the grammar needed work, but then again, this is a self published book. I am also a self published author, and the hardest thing to work on is grammar and passive voice. On my debut novel, I got dinged for it all the time. I fell like in this instance, the writing is good, but could be so much better if the author sent this out to Beta readers before publishing. In my experience, the beta readers tore my story apart, for the better.
Overall, I would give this 3.5 stars. It was a great read, even though it was a little distracting with the grammar and plot issues. I would highly recommend the author work on these small things and republish. I think that this book could easily be 4-5 stars after the changes are made.
Great debut novel from this author. I look forward to reading more of his work!!
**I received a copy of this book as an ARC, and am giving my honest opinion of the book. In no way did this influence my review whatsoever. **
"Mercena**I received a copy of this book as an ARC, and am giving my honest opinion of the book. In no way did this influence my review whatsoever. **
"Mercenary Measures" is not my typical genre when it comes to fiction. However, with that being said, I enjoyed it very much. It was action packed, and the characters and locations described beautifully. I almost felt more like I was watching a movie than reading a book.
Malestar, is a terrorist who has terrorized the city of Salvador, Brazil. The mayor has hired a group of mercenaries to go after him. Collier created a character in Malestar who was sinister, evil and made me despise him through my kindle. One of the mercenaries is Mauricio, who along with his girlfriend, Claudia postpones their future plans to go after him. They join with another group and decide to work together. Malestar's backstory is revealed and proves that he really believes he is in the right when he reigns terror, and due to some of his backstory, Collier made him very real.
I struggled between 3 and four stars with this book. Mainly because it isn't a genre I normally read, but also because the book did have some minor issues. Perhaps for others, these things wouldn't be deemed "issues", but to me, they were. The length of the book was close to 600 pages. It was slightly too long. The story was great, so this wasn't an issue in that way, but it would have been great to see the author break this up into two books. Perhaps even a series, because there is obviously another one coming after this ending. This way, it would have kept my interest peaked the entire time. I agree with a few of the other reviews, there was a lot of telling instead of showing. A a fellow author, I know it's very hard to see that in your own work. I feel like less telling would have made the book easier to wrap up and shorten.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and went with four stars because this author really showed a lot of greatness in this novel. It's a bit graphic and hardcore, but overall very well done. And the cover is fantastic!!
I decided to read Frigid mainly because Kindle had suggested it to me, and then I looked at the reviews. I wasn't too familiar with the author, but itI decided to read Frigid mainly because Kindle had suggested it to me, and then I looked at the reviews. I wasn't too familiar with the author, but it seemed very promising. Kyler and Sydney (Syd) have been best friends since they were little, and this is your typical best friend story of the two falling in love and ending up together scenario. The only difference is the way that it happens is from the, getting stranded in a cabin during a huge snowstorm and no one can get through to them. They make the most of the trip, even getting harassed by someone shooting at them, and trying to run them get with a snowmobile. It was fairly obvious who the bad guy was from the start, and very obvious these two would end up together. What I liked were the characters and A lot of the dialogue they used. The sappy sweetness of the entire story I loved. What I didn't like we're the intimate scenes. Especially their first one. I didn't buy it at all, and it was amazing how even Skyler said she deserved more but then proceeded to cheapen it with his comments about educating her. Syd seemed to also cry a lot and get on my nerves. Maybe that's just me but I found myself skipping a lot. To the point where I was just glad I was done reading. Period. Overall, it was good, but not great. The whole thing left me feeling a little frigid toward this book. ...more
I may change my review and update it later, but for right now this is where it stands.
I just can't get into this book. I really wanted to love it, orI may change my review and update it later, but for right now this is where it stands.
I just can't get into this book. I really wanted to love it, or even really like it. My problem is that the whole thing feels a little forced. The writing is wonderful, the characters themselves are great, but the whole relationship with Blythe and Chris and how they are all in this together just seems a little too much. I keep thinking of the three musketeers chant in my head "all for one, and one for all".
I need to just walk away. Far. Far. Away. And maybe pick the book back up again later and see if I feel differently.
But for now, I feel likei am underwater drowning myself, and need to come up for ir so I can breathe. ...more
Normally when I buy a book on kindle, I'm a little worried if I haven't read anything from the author before. In the case of this book, I was really hNormally when I buy a book on kindle, I'm a little worried if I haven't read anything from the author before. In the case of this book, I was really hoping it would do exactly what the title says versus the opposite. I was pleasantly surprised when the book did just that.
Andie is your typical control freak, who because of past issues in her life now struggles with succeeding. She has a life plan that she thinks she needs to follow or her life will spiral into chaos. She is right on schedule with this plan until she reluctantly attends a bachelorette party for her good friend in Vegas. Enter Mack, the tall, handsome cowboy who is almost good to be true. He didn't want to go to Vegas either, but had to for his brothers bachelor party. Instantly, the attraction is there and the pair ends up drunk, sleeping together and running off to the nearest chapel. The only problem is, Andie is engaged to someone else (who isn't perfect for her) and doesn't remember in the morning what she did the night before. Two years pass by and her wedding can't go forward until she tracks down Mack and severs their marriage. The only problem is that once she gets there, she realizes this might be exactly where she fits, even though its not in her plan. Shine not burn was a sexy, sweet love story that was an enjoyable read. It wasn't perfect, and I wish we knew more back story on Mack and Andie, but overall a good read! ...more
Every once in awhile a book comes along that you just don't want to put down until you are finished. Even though you wish the story kept going. That'sEvery once in awhile a book comes along that you just don't want to put down until you are finished. Even though you wish the story kept going. That's how I felt with EASY. Jacqueline and Landon's relationship was heart felt, and touching. FINALLY, a book where there's a guy who has issues from his past but DOESNT treat his women like crap (sorry Fifty shades...)And finally, a woman who isn't attracted to that. Jacqueline is vulnerable, but becomes a strong female lead, who stands up for herself and nearly experiences something that would change her life and outlook forever on men. Landon experienced the same thing, although you don't find that out until later. Weaved together, they are both able to heal each other - and that's what makes this story so realistic. A social issue is touched on and handled beautifully. I would definitely read this one again....more
This is another one of those, I don't know what to think type of books. I dont see how Abby's past was as dark as the cover made it seem. So her dad wThis is another one of those, I don't know what to think type of books. I dont see how Abby's past was as dark as the cover made it seem. So her dad was a gambler, and she learned how to hustle at a young age in Vegas. That's just bad luck. Hence the nickname lucky 13.
I don't know why so many of the popular books now have a male character who is so messed up and why the women in the book seem to stick around no matter what. I'm sorry, but if I was seeing someone or had feelings for someone and they came home drunk with two women in tow, and proceeded to have sex with them right outside the door of where I was sleeping, I would be OUT.
I felt like this book was really long. It seemed like there were at least five different stories that were inside this book. Just when I felt like the book was coming to an end, here they went to Vegas. Then, things went back to normal and here comes a fire.
The positives about the book are that, like it or not, the tormented souls in this book felt like real characters. At 19 you make mistakes, and those are usually falling for the wrong type of guy, or one that you think you can fix. I found it hard to belive how Travis really seemed like the "perfect" guy in everything he said yet was such a douchebag, controlling, violent, etc in other parts. Although, I myself, have experienced relationships that were dysfunctional in the same ways. Although it wasnt an "ideal relationship" or romance book, it definitely was a realistic and modern day relationship that was showcased here. ...more
An amazing childrens book! I enjoyed this book so much, and am thrilled it is going to be a series. The reason I love this book so much is that it's bAn amazing childrens book! I enjoyed this book so much, and am thrilled it is going to be a series. The reason I love this book so much is that it's based on a true story and sets out to help other children who are affected by an illness. This book specifically deals with cancer, but in a way that is imaginative, fun and not scary at all.
Alex is a young boy who finds himself with an illness. He is scared and all of the new experiences he is forced to endure often make him sick. The title of the book reflects what Alex wants to be when he grows up - a firefighter, an astronaut and a ninja. The doctor uses this in her descripton of his treatments and medicine and says that his fans will help to defeat the bad things in his body. After a few weeks, Alex is healed and able to leave the hospital, and continues to improve from there.
Not only was this a great book, but 50% of ALL of the profits go to charity for kids. You cant beat that. ...more
I really liked this book. This is sort of more along the lines of what I had hoped for when I read fifty shades of grey but instead - this book was acI really liked this book. This is sort of more along the lines of what I had hoped for when I read fifty shades of grey but instead - this book was actually GOOD. Sorry to all you "fifty" fans out there - but the mere fact that book was twilight fan fiction and is the SAME story as Master of the Universe with Edward and Bella...thats the only reason it being so popular. This book on the other hand was awesome. I read it today. I couldnt put it down. And even though it was predictable and you knew the characters were going to end up together, it didnt matter because you wanted them too!!...more
I literally finished this in a day. What an amazing book. It kept my interest the entire time and truly was an amazing love story. Now THIS is a greatI literally finished this in a day. What an amazing book. It kept my interest the entire time and truly was an amazing love story. Now THIS is a great book to be on the best sellers list. ...more
Wow what an amazing story of survival, strength and inspiration. This book was given to me by an amazing women who has met with the author several timWow what an amazing story of survival, strength and inspiration. This book was given to me by an amazing women who has met with the author several times at his restaurant in Morro Bay. It moved me to tears and not a lot of books do that. To go through what this boy went through and be able to achieve your dreams is truly an inspiration....more
Katniss Everdeen is back with a whole new situation in this book. The Hunger Games are over, but so is life as she knows it in her district and otherKatniss Everdeen is back with a whole new situation in this book. The Hunger Games are over, but so is life as she knows it in her district and other districts as the rebellion rises and she is labeled the leader of the movement, or the mockingjay. Elements of suspision, deceit, lies and betrayal run rampant throughout the book as does love, loss and friendship. I wasnt as impressed with this book as I was the others. The ending kind of sucked for me. I think it couldve been a bit more elaborate. With such a buildup to everything happening, I felt as if the ending just lacked what I was hoping for. Yes, it was a happy ending for Katniss but so much of this book was written around the relationship (or lack of) with her and Peeta that it couldve really been shown more when things changed again between them. And Gale just left and went elsewhere? Her mom stayed in another district? The loss of her sister was horrible and I felt there was just more that couldve been said to really put an amazing ending to these three awesome books. Overall, awesome trilogy. ...more
Without going into to the same synopsis of the book that everyone else does - I'll just leave my review.
I got turned on to the books by watching the fWithout going into to the same synopsis of the book that everyone else does - I'll just leave my review.
I got turned on to the books by watching the first movie. Similar to how I started reading Harry Potter. The book was well written and entertaining the whole way through. The way that Katniss went back and forth between Gale and Peeta was very believable and I loved her new intensity she brought in this book. The new characters and revisit to the Hunger Games Arena was also exciting.
I didnt like the ending, only because it made certain that I had to buy the final book to make sure I got closure....more
I honestly don't know what to think about this book. I am amazed at how much hype is surrounding this book right now and the fact that millions of dolI honestly don't know what to think about this book. I am amazed at how much hype is surrounding this book right now and the fact that millions of dollars were paid to create a movie of the trilogy.
Anastasia Steele is a young and naive girl who comes across as having self esteem issues which is why she falls for the first man to really show any interest in her, Christian Grey. Grey has some serious issues with intimacy and his childhood (which you never find out about in this book)and as a result he enjoys inflicting pain on women through sex. Since when did abusing women become sexy? Since when did a girl falling for a guy who has these issues become a strong female character? I don't know. So many things about this book was just wrong and I found myself in a love hate relationship with it. So many times I wanted to just ask for a refund on the book and quit it, but for some reason I had to finish it out. It was extremely repetitive and I got SO tired of Anastasia rolling her eyes and him threating to spank her, of her biting her lip and him telling her to stop it. Midway through I wanted to scream at her myself - just stop biting your effing lip already I cant stand to read the same thing over and over! And the "oh my" and "oh *uck" drove me crazy. Seriously, it's bad enough the author wrote that so many times, but didnt the editors think it was annoying? And why was Ana supposed to not be crying and be strong all the time, but yet anytime Christian upset her she was crying.
Basically the book went like this:
Ana fell on the floor and stumbled. She was nervous. Grey picked up on her nervousness and decided to try to pursue her. He shows up at her work. Long story short - they have sex. She's a virgin. He tells her he has a contract (which is ridiculous) - he starts getting possessive. She says oh my nearly every other page - when they have sex she says both oh my and oh fuck.
Dialog is something like this:
Ana -Christian I dont think I can see you anymore.
Christian - Why
Ana - Because you scare me and I want more.
Christian - I only punich and spank you as much as you can handle.
Ana - (thinking - Oh my, he is so hot and look how his pants hang off his body.)
Christian - Ana Im going to *uck you now but dont touch me
Ana - oh my (again)
They *uck, then they rest, then they *uck again, then suddenly everything is okay and she stays. Really?
I'm amazed the author got as much money as she did and is making a movie...makes me feel like I have hope for my book to be a movie yet!!