Loved the overall idea of the book, the beginning was great and full of potential. However, towards the end the story felt flat for me. The charactersLoved the overall idea of the book, the beginning was great and full of potential. However, towards the end the story felt flat for me. The characters were great, I just wish the author could have executed the story a bit differently. I still liked the end, will definitely be on the look out for the rest of the rest of the series!😀...more
From Geek to Greek Billionaire is a story about second chances at life and love. Although the***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
From Geek to Greek Billionaire is a story about second chances at life and love. Although the story deals with sensitive topics, it still manages to capture a truly heartwarming love story.
At the beginning we get to meet Olivia, an interior designer who gets a great opportunity to get her name out there by decorating the beach house of one of her friends. That was her only task, but after stumbling upon Alexander, an old flame who she had met nine years ago, Olivia doesn’t know what to do. She has always loved Alexander, but after he ends up living her to go back to Greece, she doesn’t hear from him again. As time went by so did the obstacles that she had to go through, those made Olivia stronger and now that she is working again she wants to be able to do her best. Meeting Alexander at the beach brought back memories of their time together, but when she mades her a proposition one that she can’t seem to refuse it’ll be up to her whether or not to give their relationship a second chance or not.
Alexander never expected to see Olivia again, but when he crosses paths with her on his morning run at the beach he knows that he has to act fast before it’s too late. He has always loved Olivia, but a misunderstanding made him leave everything behind and that’s how he found his way back to Greece. After working hard, Alexander became a successful billionaire and he is now ready to settle down. But not just with anyone, he wants Olivia his first love to be the one, and he is not going to stop until he gets her to agree to give their relationship another chance. It’s after they start to spend time together that secrets get exposed, ones that could potentially hurt what they’ve built together. Now it’ll be up to them to let go of the past in order to start fresh again.
I really lived the overall idea of the story, not so much the execution of it. What I liked about the story was how the author introduces the characters’ back stories and the ending was very sweet. I do wish we could have gotten more from the characters, it all seemed a bit rushed to me. Although I couldn’t connect with the characters at times, we do get a happy and satisfying ending. I would still recommend it to those that are looking for a quick read. :D
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Not having read other books by the author before, I was really intrigued by the synopsis and***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Not having read other books by the author before, I was really intrigued by the synopsis and the cover! Right away we get to meet Lexi Stuart, after multiple fail attempts at finding love, she is quickly losing hope of ever finding Mr. Right. All of those that have shown interest in her are after her money and she is tired of being used. So when it comes time for her to meet the rest of her family at a retreat in Lake Tahoe, Lexi is ready to relax and have a good Christmas. What she wasn’t expecting to bump into was yet another gorgeous guy just in time for Christmas. Meeting Adam was never in her plans, but after spending time together the two seemed to get along really well and that all turns into so much more rather quickly. But soon Lexi starts to question what they have and it’s her insecurities that ultimately get in the way. Now it’ll be up to her to decide if giving their relationship a try is worth it or not.
Adam Hunt never expected to meet Lexi Stuart, but after spending time with her he knows that she is it for him, now he just have to convince her to give in to a relationship with him before it’s too late. I liked the overall idea of the story, what I wasn’t so sure about was the characters themselves. I couldn’t connect with Lexi, her insecurities overshadowed everything else about her and made it hard to understand her decisions in the book. Adam was great, her was understanding and caring. The fact that he wanted to be with Lexi no matter was really sweet. We do get some steamy scenes in the story, but that was it. There was very little excitement, but it wasn’t that bad at all. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a quick holiday read. :)
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Not having read other books by the author before, I didn’t know to expect before reading Prince***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***
Not having read other books by the author before, I didn’t know to expect before reading Prince Roman. The synopsis and the cover completely drew me in, but after reading the book it felt unfinished for me. I couldn’t connect with the characters and the length of the story was probably the reason why. Without spoiling the story too much, we get to meet Roman Bianchi, a top notch lawyer who has been assigned to work with Raven Crosby. She is a strong and independent woman who has boundaries at her workplace and doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure. She values her career too much to have relationship in her workplace. Yet, when the two meet there is spark in them that they can’t deny and that is how they end in an “forbidden office affair.” When the two start to realize just how much they want to be with each other, they’ll have to decide if giving up their jobs is worth it or not.
Though I founded hard to connect with the characters, I did liked the overall concept of the story. The author touches on very important topics in the story, like equal pay in the workforce. Females do get treated and paid differently from male workers and the story did a good job touching on that particular subject. Now the story was well written and thought out, but had the author extended the story, it would have been great to see fully developed characters and it would have made the story so much better to read. All in all, if you like quick romance stories I would still suggest picking this one up. :)
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Sir: The Awakeningis the continuation to the first book Sir (Book 1) of The Awakening Series,***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Sir: The Awakeningis the continuation to the first book Sir (Book 1) of The Awakening Series, now I was one those people that thought this was the first book for some reason, the synopsis looked fairly similar to me so I ended up reading this book without reading the first and I didn’t miss much. The author gives a good amount of information to catch us up to what is happening at the beginning of the book. We are introduced to Nate Stone, a Hollywood actor whose success has made him famous and wealthy. He has conquered the film in front of the camera, and now he wants to make his debut as a director by filming a movie in his childhood hometown of Louisiana. It was all supposed to be business for him, but little did he know that Tori Wilson, a local waitress was about to change his life forever. Tori knows that he can only offer her a short affair, but the more time they spend together the more they start to fall of one another. It’ll be up them to decide if moving on to the next level is worth it or not.
While I liked the overall concept of the story, there wasn’t a lot of action in the book to keep me invested in the characters. Tori doubts herself a lot, but when she gives Nate a chance he doesn’t do much to show that he cares to have anything with her other than the physical aspect of their relationship. The story could have been so much better had it been one whole book instead of separating it in pieces. Overall, if you like this types of stories than it’s worth checking it out. ;)
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Not having read any other books by the author before, I was really intrigued with***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.:)***
Not having read any other books by the author before, I was really intrigued with the synopsis of this book and of the swoon worthy cover! At the beginning of the book we get to meet Roman, a very successful attorney and a stripper. Though he has the job that he loves, it's his ruthless nature and sexual appetite that often gets him in trouble with the women that he meets. But it is his rule of no messing around with any of his friend's friends that has him on edge, especially when he meets Addison. Their chemistry from the start is one that they can't ignore, they know what their friends are going to think, but working together has them around each other constantly which doesn't help at all. No matter how hard Roman tries to put Addison on his off-limits list, she challenges him like no one has before and that he sets to make her his no matter what.
For Addison being confident is one of her strengths, as a junior attorney for a major law firm she has been used to deal people challenging her all the time. Yet Roman is a different type of challenge that she can't pass, and soon she finds herself flirting with the guy that turns out to be her new boss. Needless to say the more time they send with each other, the more she begins to develop feelings for him that may or may not end up hurting her in the end.
I very much enjoyed just how much chemistry the characters have. They are different yet the same in terms of wanting to challenge one another to get what they want. Although the story had strong moments, I was on the fence with Roman's character in pats of the story. The story as a whole is good, but it didn't wow me as I would have liked. All in all, Ruthless was okay for me, the ending was good and I do think people would really like it. I would still recommend it and I will most definitely be checking out more of the author's works in the future. ;)
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Rock Hard Mountain Man is Hart's debut novel, although it had it's ups and downs***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***
Rock Hard Mountain Man is Hart's debut novel, although it had it's ups and downs, the story was still very much enjoyable to read. At the beginning of the story we get to meet Maggie, after losing her mother to cancer, she has been become the sole taker of her two teenage brothers. Her dream of becoming a chef were also cut short including her dream of having her own restaurant one day. Now she works for a local restaurant in town, but money has become tight and she doesn't know what else to do to provide for her brothers. It is as soon as her cousin tells her that she had gotten her an interview as a personal chef to a wealthy man that Maggie couldn't believe of the opportunity presented to her. Soon she is off to the interview, but the minute she sees Tyler everything begins to change, and the more time they spend with each other the more she started to fall in love with him.
Tyler may be a billionaire, and although it has it's perks, things are different when he meet Maggie. She is kind, brave, and he can't get enough of her. She is all he thinks about and he will do anything to keep her by his side. But soon their lives change when they discover hidden secrets that could end up keeping them apart. Now it'll be up to them to decide if they can move forward with their relationship or walk their separate ways.
Overall, the story was enjoyable to read, the characters and the setting helped the book as a whole. Now one of the things that I didn't like so much at the beginning was Tyler's personality, he is a jerk towards Maggie but he changed throughout the story. Maggie is a hardworking person and really sweet. She has taken a lot for herself, and that alone made her relatable to read. Though the story short and sweet, the ending (resolution) just happened way to fast for me. One minute a character would be confronting the other, and the next everything seems to be find and the end. It all happened to way to quickly in my opinion that I couldn't enjoy the ending at all, especially the epilogue. The story does have potential and it has its steamy/romantic moments that will certainly leave you wanting for more. Needless to say, it's a good story and I will most likely read more from the author in the future. :)
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Rescued is about second chances at love and new beginnings...
From the very beginning I was intrigued by the synopsis and the cover just completely pulled me in. Though the plot sounds familiar, there were a couple things that were different and that somehow kept me reading until the very end. At the start of the book we get to meet Tessa Cantalupe, a college student whose “boyfriend,” tells her he has met someone else and wants to end their “friends with benefits,” deal that they have going on. What ends up surprising Tessa was that she really thought he was her actual boyfriend and not a friend with benefits. After their so-called “break-up,” she finds herself grieving and doesn't feel like doing anything. Yet she receives a called from an animal shelter that she volunteers at and they want her to rescue a couple of kittens that have entered a home. She accepts and goes off to the home only to meet a handsome stranger, Thomas York, in the process and the two basically try to capture the kittens. Things then move fast and the two of them end up getting to know each other that night. Needless to say their first encounter was cute and funny, but what I didn't like was how quickly things transpired after that. As they got to know each other, Tessa realizes that she has a lot to grow, yet Thomas makes her feel different and she is failing in love with him.
With that said, Thomas York, is the complete opposite of Tessa. He is a very successful entrepreneur who already passed the college stage, and he has the money to do whatever he wants. But when he is with Tessa, he feels the need to protect her and take care of her. Which ends up backfiring back at him when Tessa tells him to stop making her feel like a kid. Aside from how the met and their romantic encounters, there are a couple differences that they need to sort out, especially when he starts to fall in love with her.
Like I mentioned before, the book has it's ups and downs, but the characters come whole circle at the end. Needless to say, as I was reading the book I became less and less interested in the characters and their story. The events that happen after they meet happened to fast for me to become invested in their own personal stories. Their is not a lot of character development that could have helped the story. We do, however, get a duel point-of-view between the main characters, which it did helped understand the reasoning behind their decisions. But the story felt flat towards the end, the only interesting character that I found intriguing was Tessa's roommate, who we are getting a story of later on from the author. I will definitely be reading the book, though this book was okay for me, I still recommend it if you're looking for a fast romantic read. ( :
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Millionaire Daddy Project, Roxanne Snopek did a good job crea***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*** :)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Millionaire Daddy Project, Roxanne Snopek did a good job creating a story about love and second chances.
Pamela Atwater has always enjoyed working for Dane Bergman, she knows what she has to do to protect him and his company, and that exactly what she is good at. The perk of working as Dane's assistant is that she gets to spend all her time with him, it doesn't even hurt that he is handsome and a millionaire playboy. But that soon changes when a social worker comes to see Dane demanding that he takes care of the little girl he left behind. A shocked and speechless Pamela doesn't know how act, but she is determine to fix and take control over the situation. What she doesn't realized is that the walls that she has put around her are about to be destroyed the minute she gives up all control.
For millionaire playboy, Dane Bergman success comes easily him. He has all that he wants, a successful empire and loyal people working by his side. Yet the news of his old lover come to him when he least expects them and he soon finds himself learning how to become a father to his four-year-old girl. Her mother passed away, and now it's his duty to protect what is his, but no one told him how hard fatherhood was going to be. Now he has to rely on his loyal assistant, Pamela, to teach him how to be the perfect father. But the minute she suggests him to take a month off his schedule to spend time with his daughter, all hell breaks lose and he soon finds himself attracted to the very same person that has always been with him, and he wonders if he can stop being a playboy to become a devoted father and perhaps start a relationship with Pamela in the end.
I really like the writing in the book, and the characters. Pamela is a hard working assistant who hides her attraction for her boss very well. She spend all the time with him, and really has learned to understand him. When they find out that Dane has a daughter, she immediately steps up and takes care of Dani. On the other hand, Dane is your typical millionaire playboy who has everything he desires, but is also afraid of becoming a father. When they go off to one of his islands for a month, things start to change and that's when the story really starts to change for the characters. They have instant chemistry that works well throughout the story, and in the end everything is just sweet and romantic. I especially liked the epilogue. Overall, if your looking for the perfect romance story I highly recommend giving this story a try. It is fulled with cute moments and steamy scenes as well. :)
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Push is a book full of twists and turns so prepare yourself for the roller coaster ride...
When I first read the synopsis of the book, I was intrigued to find out more about Emma's past, and how David was going to play a role in her life. Not having read any books by Claire Wallis before, I didn't know what to expect of Push at all, needless to say, I was surprised at how everything unfolded in the book.
The story starts off with a very interesting, and intriguing prologue. I was hooked from the very beginning, and so I kept reading on, and that's when things really started to get scary to say the least. Emma Searfoss has spent the majority of her life running away from an abusive father, and her two older brothers. Ever since her mother died she had to practically take care of herself, and freedom didn't do so well for her. She rebelled, and with an outspoken personality she got in trouble a lot. Now after completing a college degree, and getting a new job she is ready to finally settle down. But when her neighbor knocks on her door to fix her kitchen, things immediately start to change for her yet again. After suffering from a terrible past, David has finally been able to move away from his old life, and into a new one by working as a maintenance man in his building. When he sees his new neighbor moving in just below his apartment, he decides to go introduce himself to her, and fix her kitchen. He knows that he should stay away from her, but he can't deny the attraction that he has for her, and the more they are together, the harder it is for him to stop thinking about her. Everyone has a past, and his is about to come hunt him down.
First, I have to give it to the author that I've never read anything remotely close to Push before. The plot line was original as it takes the reader from present to past back-to-back, there were also extra chapters that really helped understand David that it was nice to read the story in different point-of-views. I got to understand both David and Emma's pasts, yet aside from all of that, I did not quite understand the decisions that they made throughout the book. Their personalities were the same, yet different at the same time. Emma does have a bit of a rage problem, after all, her mother pretty much left her alone without anyone to take properly care of her. Her older brothers turned their backs on her by picking their stepfather over her. On the other hand, David is a mess, I don't even know how to begin to describe him. He is a very complex character that reminded me of the quote, “Don't judge a book by its cover.” From the outside he is caring, and nice to Emma, but underneath all of that is a very messed up guy that scared me in some of the chapters. His previous six girlfriends have all gone missing without a trace, and although they all seemed to have reasons for their disappearance, David has been with all of them before they disappeared. When he moves away to a new town, he can't help to feel the pull that he has towards Emma. She understands his pain, and the need to want to start over. That's probably way she feels the same pull towards him as well. They may fit well with each other, but what David does for Emma might end up hurting their relationship in the end.
Now what I didn't really liked about the book was how the romance was handled, I felt that it was overshadowed by the mystery, and it sort of became a “psychological thriller” rather than your typical new adult romance novel. Although I liked the overall concept of the story, it could have been executed a little bit better. The ending though, that completely shocked me! It left me speechless... :O Overall, the story can be a bit of a hit or miss for some, I personally will not be reading the second book, but you might like it so I would just give it a try. :)
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I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.
Only for Him is the first novella in the Only Series by Christin Harber. For being only a short novella, the story is captivating from the very start. I found myself liking the complexity of the main characters as they were finding their way through all sorts of obstacles.
Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey have been friends since they were kids, they both grew up among each other, and yet Grayson's life at home is very different than the one Emma has. Outside everyone knows Grayson as the popular guy, and Emma's brother is his best friend. Whereas Emma is artsy, and also aware of the fact that although she wants to desperately to tell Grayson how she feels, she is afraid that he may not feel the same way. After all, he is her brother's best friend, and that could ruin their relationship if her brother finds out. But the more they are around each other, the bigger the attraction gets between the two of them, and soon they start to develop feelings that they no longer can deny. Soon secrets get revealed, and Emma has to choose if fighting for Grayson is worth in the end.
There were a lot of things that I really liked about the book, one being the gorgeous cover. That's what attracted me to the book in first place, and the synopsis completely sealed the deal. Now while I was reading the novella, I found myself connecting with the characters, and their lives. I felt that Grayson represented a huge part of the book in the beginning as we see him struggle with his life at home. He somehow has gotten in his head that he is responsible for a lot of the things that his dad is going through, and that leaves him in a weak state of mind. The only person that saves him from all that is happening in his home is Emma, he thinks about her, and that somehow safes him. On the other hand, Emma is pretty much in love with Grayson, and she wants him to notice her.
While I liked the story very much, I had trouble with how short the novella was. I get that it's supposed to be short, but because the characters were so complex, the ending was too rushed. I felt that some of the events were happening too quickly, and the transition wasn't as smooth as it could have been. The last chapters felt a bit random to me, they didn't quite add up to the whole story, but needless to say, I still found them interesting. Now there is no surprise that there is in fact a cliffhanger at the end, and that ruined the story in my opinion. But the twist that the author leaves us with makes it that much more intriguing! I will most definitely read the next novella, I really want to know what happens next with Grayson, and Emma. Would I recommend this story? Sure, if you're looking for a short romantic story that definitely has potential to be a great series. :)
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Attorney Carolena Baretti has had a rough past, she has promised to herself that she will no***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*** :)
Attorney Carolena Baretti has had a rough past, she has promised to herself that she will no longer be responsible for anyone and by that she has decided to not marry. But soon her plans to stay single are thrown out the window that minute she meets Crown Prince Valentino while vacationing with her best-friend Abby and her husband Vincenzo. The attraction between the two begins right from the start, and as the two start to spend more time together, the more she realizes just how much she is attracted to Valentino. Crown Prince Valentino knows the he has a duty to the crown and his family. After been betrothed to marry a princess for a while, it's already set that his destiny is to become a king one day. But his long interest in volcanoes has made him think twice about becoming a king and giving up on his dream profession. His mother has made it clear to him that he is to marry soon, but after seeing Carolena for the first time, he must decide whether or not it's worth giving up the throne to marry the one he loves.
I really enjoyed reading Becoming the Prince's Wife, it was a sweet yet fast-paced romance story. The characters had their troubles and they had to learn to overcome their pasts in order to be able to move on. Carolena's character was a bit frustrating to read, it took her a while to finally accept her feelings for Valentino. Whereas Valentino's character is sweet and romantic, he is definitely a true prince that wants to please Carolena and give up everything for her. While both characters had their personalities, the writing style felt a bit too rushed, especially the ending. I'm still not sure if I liked the writing as much. But the overall was good and the ending was satisfying to read.
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Forever My Valentine is a sweet short romance story that would make a great read this Valen*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World Blog :)*
Forever My Valentine is a sweet short romance story that would make a great read this Valentine's Day. Although this is a short story, I found myself loving the characters and almost wished the story could have been longer. Raine English did a good job making this story hard to resist, the title was the first thing that drew me in and the synopsis did not disappoint at all.
Due to the shortness of the book, we are immediately taken to the conflict of the story. With a detail description is easy to immediately get the feel of the setting and how the characters ended up the way they are. From the very beginning we are introduced to Miranda Kane, and get the feel of how she is feeling about coming back home after not doing so well in her previous job. When she is given a music box from her mother, she wasn't expecting for it to guide her back to Ian Anders, the love she left behind. Now after being away from each other, she sees him again and sparks fly between them that is hard to resist. But seeing each other again brings old conflicts to be resolved and maybe a compromise to second chance at romance for them both.
Having read this book in one night, I have to say that I absolutely loved Ian's personality. He is charming, and the interaction between him and Miranda had me wanting for more. The writing flowed and it was well put together in the end, although I would have enjoyed it more had there been another chapter in the book to really seal the story. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to anyone that wants something sweet and short to read.
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