It's a nice Cinderella story, I love the ending. The characters? Well, Jax is too good to be true. He can't be real. I admire Sadie, she's very strongIt's a nice Cinderella story, I love the ending. The characters? Well, Jax is too good to be true. He can't be real. I admire Sadie, she's very strong and responsible, unlike any other teen-age girls. I like her friendship with Marcus and I wish I could have the same friend as well.
Love, indeed, clouds your rational thoughts, gives you heartaches you can never imagine, but when it finally gives you a happy ending - it is all worth it :) ...more
The story seemed to drag on and on - forever. I wished it would end soon.
Taryn knew what she would be in when she started dating Ryan, she took the pThe story seemed to drag on and on - forever. I wished it would end soon.
Taryn knew what she would be in when she started dating Ryan, she took the plunge still and found her self drowning. I like Ryan, he seemed to be really nice. He's very down to earth and placed importance on family. He's also a one-woman-man --- can you believe it? Hollywood?! Surrounded with the most beautiful girls in the world and he remains faithful to Taryn...
I love Taryn's friends. How they support the relationship and tries to help the both of them to make things work, those people are hard to come by.
I won't be reading any star-related book for a while after I have read this one. ...more
After a lot of first- person, I'm reading a third-person novel and it took me a chapter or two to get used to it.
Three love stories in one book...TheAfter a lot of first- person, I'm reading a third-person novel and it took me a chapter or two to get used to it.
Three love stories in one book...The plot is nice, there are a lot of sexy scenes ranging from mild to porn-like. I can't make up my mind about the characters, each of them are different in their own way and have their issues to deal with.
1. Jane - the drama queen, sweet, conceited 2. Elizabeth - the artist, pragmatic, witty 3. Charlotte - tough on the outside and soft on the inside
4. Charlie - he falls in love fast. source of all those cheesy lines, he and Jane is the almost-perfect love story 5. Darcy- Mr. control-freak, he's handsome, he's hot, he's your dream guy. He fell in love with Elizabeth, theirs is the most complex story their is. 6. Richard - male whore. he has this flavors every bus stop during the tour but ended head over hills in love with Charlotte, they're sex life is the steamiest.
I guess the story was okay. But heck, what are the odds that two bands pair off with each other? ...more
Rock and a Hard Place is a wonderful short read. What surprises me about this novel is that it has the depth and essence of a longer story in a shortRock and a Hard Place is a wonderful short read. What surprises me about this novel is that it has the depth and essence of a longer story in a shorter version. Nevertheless, the ending was just right and was not hurried to a close. Angie Stanton made sure her readers were not left wanting for more (except perhaps a story on Adam and Garrett – I’d love to read those).
One of the things I love about this book is the main characters Libby and Peter. They almost have nothing in common and a complete opposite of the other. But one day, in a beautiful natural spot, they met and it started a tale of young love.
Libby, is an amazing character – she’s beautiful, intelligent, brave and determined. Her life was a constant struggle, with her mom and younger sister dying and her father leaving her into the care of a neglectful aunt. At first, you will not help but sympathize with her, but soon, you will readily admire her because of the choices she made with her life and the fact the she had overcome the bad things in her life and remain the same person as she was.
If Libby was a silent and a nobody, Peter on the other hand, is a rock god. He’s a very talented musician who’s in a band with his brothers and currently on tour when he bumped into Libby. He’s a very kind, sensible and lovable character. He complements Libby. While Libby needs someone to tell her how beautiful and special she is, he needs someone who can keep him sane in between his booming career. I love the way he loved her, he may be a hero-type kind of character, and his family thought that what he had with Libby was a passing fancy, but he proved them wrong. He was willing to do anything for her.
There are many different characters in the book, that makes Rock and a Hard Place an interesting read. The help that our heroine was given throughout the story was just a proof that even though the world is swarming with evil people, there are still some good ones out there ready to help us in times of needs.
Now, it is not just the characters that took my attention, the whole plot was fascinating as well. She delved into the importance of the unwavering love and support of the family, of being a part of one. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a home. It also valued school, teachers and friends that help provide moral support and help nurture someone to be a better person in the future.
Wrapping up, I enjoyed Rock and a Hard Place. Finished it in under four hours, the development of the plot and the surprising twists and turns will take you into an emotional ride of your life, create tension and seize you in suspense asking yourself how the story will end for both characters. ...more
A rock star who plays guitar like a god is a chick in the relationship - pretty weird.
Another thing weird is his talent. Writing songs while --- Oh mA rock star who plays guitar like a god is a chick in the relationship - pretty weird.
Another thing weird is his talent. Writing songs while --- Oh my gahd! how can you ever thing of anything else while you're doing the best shag of your life?!
This novel is steaming, hot and crazy. I like the band members - they all have different personalities but have one common denominator, not that I would tell anyway. Myrna is cool for an older woman, she's like a mother hen to the boys but they love her. Her fear of marriage is understandable, after what she has been through she'll be an idiot to go into another relationship without thinking first. Master Sinclair on the other hand was described as a romantic man. He falls for the wrong girls and gets his heart broken - well until he met Myrna.
One scene I love most in this book is the one with Master Sinclair and his father on stage. It was a real epic. I could feel the crowd cheering and Brian's overwhelming emotions.
I like this book better than the first one. If Brian was pretty romantic, wait till you meet Sedric. YoFour Orgasmic Stars. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
I like this book better than the first one. If Brian was pretty romantic, wait till you meet Sedric. You will fall for him more, I'm so in love with his dimples.He's very talented both on stage and in bed. He can even play the violin!
And Jessica! Finally - after two long years, she realized what she wanted with her life. The group was still fun, I like their concert scenes because of the 'on-stage' talks and other scenes that involves all of them - they are so much fun with their usual banters.
Most of all, I like this book because it touched a lot of realities in a perfectly plotted way that it fitted well with the romance and sex.
Two of my favorite places: Eiffel tower and the San Francisco Bridge.!...more
What happens when you decide to employ a former nemesis? Sparks! Definitely for the two characters: Pepper and Ironman. I love them both. The banter kWhat happens when you decide to employ a former nemesis? Sparks! Definitely for the two characters: Pepper and Ironman. I love them both. The banter keeps the story alive - both their mothers are just adorable, insightful, and definitely naughty!
Shrinking Violet had me just looking at the book cover – as the old adage goes: do not judge the book by its cover. But trust me, the story is just asShrinking Violet had me just looking at the book cover – as the old adage goes: do not judge the book by its cover. But trust me, the story is just as good as its façade.
There are the characters. Teresa Adams or Tere is painfully shy. Of course, we have encountered such people in high school (or even in the universities). Her shyness is almost weird and people in her class or in school would just assume that either she’s mute or won’t speak at all. The only time she’s practicing her speech skills is inside the comforts of her room – alone, playing-DJ to the music in her Ipod playlist. She has the knack and passion for music. She’s one of those characters who deserved a happy ending.
Her mother – is really overbearing. I really hated her in the beginning because: aren’t moms supposed to love their child despite of anything? I wanted her to support whatever Tere wanted, but she doesn’t seem to believe in Tere’s capability. However, in the end, she redeemed herself (although people really can’t change 180 in a blink of an eye) – which makes her mom seems to be more real.
Her stepdad, whom I adore. Although I really didn’t appreciate the entire PDA in the midst of children (anyone below 18). Nevertheless, he believed in Tere compared to her mom and gave her the opportunity to finally make her dreams come true. He owns the radio station where he let Tere worked as a DJ.
There’s Gavin who’s also an interesting character with his Goth look and penchant for music.
The Plot. I love how the characters developed, especially Tere. How her character actually bloomed and changed all throughout the book. Her change didn’t happen in a day, which I really appreciated. It was a step-by-step process which finally culminated on prom night. Although the plot was predictable (which is why I have given it a 4 instead of 5), still it the story was still pretty amazing. Tere and Gavin’s relationship was nicely written – it ended as what I have expected but it didn’t really matter because their story was not rushed, and gradually fell in to place.
For a first novel, Danielle Joseph made an amazing sweet and short read. Shrinking Violet may have a predictable plot – but the words, the scenes, the characters will keep you on the hook. The author makes sure that everything is flawlessly real and the readers can very much relate to. The gradual transformation of Tere from someone who’s really shy to a lady with confidence is really heartwarming. ...more
If you have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy prior to reading Saving You, Saving Me - you are in for a BIG HUGE (or whatever superlative you can attach to this) disappointment.
This is my first Kailin Gow novel and it is sad that I didn't like it. I love the Fifty Shades Trilogy - and this book was a poor imitation of it. I don't need to hide the spoilers for those who have read EL Jame's novel. But for those who don't okay I will...
Anna & Christian = Fifty Shades Trilogy Sam & Collin = Saving You, Saving Me
Here are some of the similarities you can find in both books: 1. Collin is much older than Sam - not really cradle snatching. Sam is 18, Collin is 24. Just like Christian and Anna! 2. Collin is VERY rich at a very young age. He owns his own record company. Christian was filthy rich too, right? Well, he owns a lot of company and not just one. 3. THE CONTRACT Okay, their contract was a lot shorter than that of the Fifty Shades, and of course there was some weird clause in the SYSM (Saving You, Saving Me) contract but it won't surpass what EL James wrote for Fifty Shades Trilogy (FST). 4. I hated Anna because she annoys me, but I hated Sam more because she was overly dramatic. Really, how many times would you waste your tears for something petty? argh! 5. Collin is troubled - didn't have a very nice childhood not to mention he has problems with his mother. Sounds very familiar, right? Didn't Christian had a not-so-nice childhood as well? This has caused his unusual sexual preferences. 6. Sam's licking her lips which affected Collin a lot 7. Sam described Collin as multi-layered!
Differences 1. Anna's family were very supportive of her, Sam's wasn't. She has troubles with her family as well. Her mom was an alcoholic and her dad was a pastor. So, connect the dots! 2. It was Collin who broke up with Sam. Anna was the one who broke up with Christian on the end of the first book.
The same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard PlacThe same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard Place, you’ll know what I mean. The whole plot is familiar but was given a different setting and set of characters: Teen-age Rock demigod meets a damsel in distress.
and the credit rolls …
The Damsel in Distress: Marti I love her name – it’s pretty unique and ear-catching. She’s ALSO abused – neglected by both her parents who were busy doing their own thing rather than taking care of their daughter.
How can she be that unlucky?
Her father was a great rock & roll legend of all time and I don’t know why I picture Steven Tyler every time I read Steven Hunter’s name . Anyway, when he wasn’t on booze or drugs – her was a great dad. But when he’s under the influence: he’s totally another person. For instance, Marti drove a car when she was 10 while her father was inebriated on the passenger seat – does social services not exist during these times in American history? On the other hand, I like her father’s lucid moments. I can feel that he also care for his daughter but he’s not a perfect dad & Adam’s mother was right when she said that he can’t manage to be a caregiver. He can give her all the material necessities but not the nurturing that a teen-ager needs.
Her mom was always high on drugs and very unstable. She would go in & out of rehab – that’s why Marti was given to her dad.
Her grandmother who took her from her father when she felt that there was a need to do so. I adore her so much and I think that she’s the best thing that ever happened to Marti – besides Adam. She provided all the love that Marti craved for growing up – Love that her parents were supposed to give her.
Her Hang-up Since she came from a very dysfunctional family and was traumatized with her dad: she doesn’t like rock stars. After living with her father and experiencing all the crazy stuffs that comes with all the glitz and glamour – she decided not to fall in love with one OR go back to her father – anything actually for her not to experience her past again.
The big BUT She met Adam – she was mad that he lied about his identity. She hated him for being a rock star but Adam showed that some rock stars – no matter how widely famous they are – can be different.
The Teen-Age Rock Demigod: Adam Jamieson
this band so reminds me of the Jamieson brothers
Here’s one question that has been bugging my mind: Does the Jamieson troupe have a white-knight complex? As you can remember Peter was adamant in saving Liberty from her addicted aunt and now – Adam wants to save Marti.
Anyway, Adam wanted freedom from stardom. Just like Peter whom we’ve met from Rock & a Hard Place he isn’t your typical teen-age rock star with loose chains who alternate girls, booze and drugs. All three of them were still under their parent’s care and still their normal selves after the final curtain drops on stage.
He wanted to experience normalcy for a few weeks that’s why he cut his hair and enrolled himself at a photography camp under a pseudoname.
I love his conviction to standby Marti and he pulled off a one big gesture just to see her – despite to their prior commitment in one important show. I have one problem with him though – like any other NORMAL teenage boy in the brink of puberty – he allows his balls to prevail more than his brain.
Their Camp Friends : breathers I love their friends at camp – they were fun and fiercely loyal. They got star struck when the truth went out but what normal person wouldn’t be? Nevertheless, they kept their promise and never revealed Adam’s existence to anyone outside their group.
The Issues: A lot! Angie Stanton once again touched the issue on abuse, this time, neglect. Adding some common teen-age issues that I’m sure a lot of her young adult readers can relate such as teen-age pregnancy, drugs, booze & rock and roll.
Lastly I’d love to hear Garret’s story, and I hope fervently that Angie Stanton will set out a different formula this time.
Everyone deserves their happy ending, although I never really like Garret and all his controlling tendencies, I hope he will have his very own HEA.
This is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret iThis is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret in a way that every member has also have different personality. I adore Gabe - he's a band geek and just like Mel, I love guys with brains.
While Melanie - here's the thing - she allowed her friend to be dependent on her. The guilt-trip that Nikki does as well as the emotional blackmails and those puppy dog eyes ate her until she couldn't say no to anything. Nevertheless, Nikki's going-gaga attitude over the Sole Regret allowed Mel and Gabe to meet. Her character is unconventional - I'm glad she's not a groupie type. She could be nice, as well as naughty which caught Gabe's interest.
I like how the story unfolds - and the ending. I think it was perfect, it made the whole thing not-so-whirlwind and almost real.
Looking forward for the next one (Sinners or Sole Regret). Cheers to you, Ms. Olivia!
I think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher witI think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher with an masters in Art.
BDSM-themed book has been the hype in the literary world when the Fifty Shades Trilogy made it to the top of the best seller's list. Even in countries like in the Philippines in which Sex is still considered a taboo, it became the most sought-after book (whether it's an ebook or the tangible one). Now, the main point is that: should I expect another to-die for Christian Grey in this novel? Or an annoying Anna Steele?
Well - yes. There's a rich as Croesus artist Chris who wanted a simple, art-major, school teacher Sara. It's a classic FSoG-like character. BUT what I love about this novel is that the mystery does not only surround the characters, most especially Chris. There's Rebecca and her journal - where is she and what happened to her? The male characters who are also a wonder to most readers, the gallery owner, Mark and the artist Ricardo. Who are they? What are their connections to Rebecca? Some things to look forward besides the steamy scenes.
I am left with a major cliffhanger in the end that left me breathless (and not really panting for more). I'm looking forward for the next book and hopeful that the suspense conclusion is worth the wait :)...more
I would have given it a 4 if it was longer and I was satisfied with the ending. Nevertheless, Olivia Cunning made me crave for a promise at the end ofI would have given it a 4 if it was longer and I was satisfied with the ending. Nevertheless, Olivia Cunning made me crave for a promise at the end of the book: another novella for this two love birds and gabe's as well. I guess I have to wait and continue to long for those two...
"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear that their friends-to-lovers story was too good to be anything but fiction."
One of the hardest bridge to cross is the one that connects love and friendship. Finally! I get to read Ryan's story - and I was glad it was worth all those book that I skipped to read this one. As expected, it was hot on the edges as two friends try to deny what they feel for each other. The tension, the sexual chemistry and the inner conflict of crossing boundaries had me hooked and excited that I have finished this book in a day!
Ryan, truly a swoon-worthy knight-in-shining-armor is a guy any girl would want to have as her best friend. He's kind, generous, thoughtful, and always there when you need him. As a teenager with raging hormones, he tried to control every urges he has in respect to Vicki and their friendship. But as a grown man, (at last) he found some courage to finally pursue what he wanted for a long time: his best friend
Vicki worked hard to gain recognition in the art world, to prove to everyone that she can be famous because of what she can do and not who she knows. I admire her dedication to her craft and her struggle to do what she really loves. There were several problems she encountered along the way, and one of these problem is the reason why she called Ryan. Pretending to be his girlfriend is not that hard when it was almost close to reality. But doubts and fear of losing her best friend gave her some pause and a lot of thinking.
Their friendship had been through rough times, especially when they separated and Vicki wanted to pursue art for college. Even when she got married - their communication stayed and their friendship stayed alive.
Bella Andre makes a perfect love story for an ordinary plot of two best friends falling in love with each other. ...more
I don't know why the first chapters of the book reminds me so much of:
I still like Ryan and hate Taryn, I did hope that it was Ryan's turn to narrate,I don't know why the first chapters of the book reminds me so much of:
I still like Ryan and hate Taryn, I did hope that it was Ryan's turn to narrate, but I'm still stuck with her, and I can't wait to get out of her thoughts. I think she knew what to expect when she got engage to a big Hollywood star, but still ends up being disturbed about the lack of privacy and chasing paparazzi.
What I like about this novel is its twists, I like how Tina Reber can still caught me off guard. Although I'm endlessly annoyed with Taryn, Reber made quite a novel on how love can surpass anything, that despite all the shenanigans that stardom throws, it still exists.