Monday, 28 July 2014

ARC Review ~ The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

The Summer of JakeeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 4th 2014

Publisher: Entangled Embrace

Description:
A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint… Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan…

Life is just dandy for aspiring fashion designer Annalise Farley. She has a great job (or she will once her designs are discovered), parents who only slightly disapprove, a cat that thinks she’s a dog, and a best friend…even if she hasn’t seen her in a while. But then Jake Maxwell saunters back into her life. Jake, the love god. Jake, her best friend’s older brother. Jake, who broke her heart at sixteen without realizing it, then left to become a pro surfer. Now he’s back, having taken the surfing and business worlds by storm, and he’s ready for a new challenge—catching the eye of another girl. And he wants Annalise’s help. Helping Jake land his next girlfriend is too fraught with emotional danger for her liking, but then Jake offers to put her designs in his shops. Is that the sound of her life cracking at the seams? It’s hard to tell with Jake smiling at her like she’s the only thing that makes him happy…

My Opinion


I will admit, when I first read the title for this book it didn't really capture my attention. However, I'm quickly growing to love books by this publisher so I decided to give it a go as combined with the cover it looked like a feel-good read.

This was a great summer read that was perfect for lounging around with. It was quick and easy but it also had a lot of depth to it. I was surprised by the story as I was expecting a summer romance but I got a lot more. The characters ha a lot of dimensions to them and plenty to keep the story interesting. The book was mainly a romance that wasn't reciprocated, but the small things from their past and present that challenged them have the story more depth.

As well as this I liked the build up in the relationship and how they went backwards and forth. There were times when I was screaming "just kiss her already" or "get together" but that was because I wanted to see the romance as I loved when the characters were together. The author dragged it out cleverly and kept me reading as I wanted to see their HEA. The characters' progression was believable and their emotions were relatable and easy to engage with as they grew.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that's perfect for a summer's day. It keeps you routing for the characters and isn't without the moments that tug on your heartstrings. I would definitely recommend.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Review ~ Into the Shadows (The Associates #3) by Carolyn Crane

Into the Shadows (The Associates, #3)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 16th 2014

Description:
He’s working undercover for the good guys. That doesn’t mean he’s one of them. 

HE’S A KILLER.
Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag Nadia down with him.

SHE CAN’T RISK HER HEART.
Maybe it was foolish to fall in love with her late father’s deadliest henchman, but Nadia Volkov’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. There’s nothing she won’t do to protect Benny, which means she must hide his identity—especially from his father.

Now Thorne has burst back into her home, searching for clues to a gangland mystery…and stirring a hunger Nadia hasn’t felt in two years. But Benny’s identity isn’t the only secret she’s keeping, and things are turning deadly. Can Thorne and Nadia trust each other long enough to stay alive and have a chance at happiness?

My Opinion

I really thought I would like this book. It held the prospects of everything I love in the blurb but unfortunately it isn't holding my interest--and I hate to say that. I'm not sure why, but the story isn't making me want to continue and for the last 10% I have been trying my hardest not to skim. The start caught my attention and I thought this would be a gritty, dangerous, action-packed romance but the romance is taking too long to develop and it's not as dangerous as I would have liked. 


I'm not sure if this is because it's the third book in the series (even if it stated it could be read as a standalone) but something just isn't connecting so I'm going to stop at 47%. I may come back to it one day ... 


DNF

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review ~ Her Best Shot (Hot & Nerdy #1) by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Best Shot (Hot & Nerdy, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 29th 2014

Publisher: eKennsington

Description:
With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat… 

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves… 

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?

My Opinion

This was an enjoyable, quick read that put a smile on my face. Being a novella things did move at a fast-pace and although I felt the insta-love was a a bit too much too quickly, I still found myself caring and feeling for the characters. I would have liked more of a slow build than just jumping straight into sex but having written novellas myself I understand the restrictions and it didn't make it any less enjoyable as the scenes were hot.

I liked how the characters interacted and bonded. They had a playful, witty side which I love. I also liked the pool aspect. I didn't expect it to be continued throughout the book but I'm glad it was.

It's a shame the book ended so quickly. My iPod still showed I had 20% remaining but it was just an extract of the next book. I did feel it came to an end all of a sudden and would definitely like more of these characters as there was certain background information that wasn't fully developed and had only just been introduced.


Overall though, this was an enjoyable read that was perfect with the summer weather here in the UK. It made me smile and I liked the characters the whole way through.

3.5

Friday, 25 July 2014

Book Spotlight & Excerpt ~ The Forever Saga: Flash by Sean C. Sousa

Flash (The Forever Saga, #1)The Forever Saga: Flash

Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure

ASIN: B0099B2UBS
ISBN: 0615686230

Description:
Long ago, the first reign of Grigori Geist nearly destroyed the Earth. 

Returned from exile, Geist is secretly rebuilding his kingdom beneath Antarctica, and assembling his robotic Vaucan race to conquer mankind. Only one obstacle remains: the war hero Brian Renney. 

Yet Brian is now losing a battle against his fears. Scars of heart and mind linger in the Vietnam veteran and retired coach, fueling nightmares that leave him abrasive as a husband and father. His failures embitter his youngest son, Jason - a star athlete torn between pursuing the woman he loves, and meeting the demands of a father who is far from the storied Army captain he once was. 

And all the while, Geist is coming for them. 

Against an ancient tyrant and his servants, Brian and Jason must face a threat that plagues the world from deep shadows...and gain an ally who, once meant for evil, will forever be a force for good.

Buy: Amazon | Audible | iTunes | B&N


Excerpt

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review ~ A Fighter's Desire by L.P. Dover

A Fighter's Desire (Gloves Off, #1)Paperback purchased by myself

Release Date: July 28th 2014

Description:
Two is always better than one.

Knowing a fighter’s desires and needs are one thing, but actually experiencing them is another. A Fighter’s Desire gives you not one, but two stories full of hardcore passion, angst, and action that’ll leave you breathless and aching for more.

Part One: Ryley and Camden Jameson, well-known MMA fighters and identical twins, were just as aggressive and passionate in the bed as they were in the ring. They loved a good fight, and that’s exactly what they got when they met Ashleigh Warren. The brothers had a habit of sharing things—including women—and she happened to be the only one they truly craved. However, the problem was getting her to agree to their proposition. It was one she couldn’t refuse, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy to win. Nonetheless, she sure as hell was going to enjoy it.

Part Two: Fighting temptation isn’t easy when you’re constantly around the one person you’ve desired more than any other. Gabriella Reynolds was warned by her brother, MMA Heavyweight Champion Matt Reynolds, to stay away from his friends; they only wanted one thing, and in the end they’d break her heart. She heard it, but the desire to have the one man she couldn’t led her down the forbidden path to pursue him; he also happens to be one of her brother’s best friends. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, and he’s afraid she’ll want more than what he can give her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes. They have no choice but to keep their time a secret, and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.

My Opinion

I've have been waiting for this book since I saw the author announce it's release so when I saw it up on Amazon, I had to buy it instantly. I will also say that it messed up my plans by arriving early and forcing me to start it before getting any work done--not that I'm complaining.

L.P. Dover's Meant for Me was what introduced me to the world of MMA romances and she still remains my favourite author in the genre. I love her fighters and I can't wait to see where she takes this series. It had everything I've come to expect plus one more aspect.

One of the things I liked about this book was that they were a grittier version of the fighters' lifestyles. It was a realistic portrayal of their lives and gave an all access view of their true characters without the true love aspect. I will admit because this book is split into two parts, with two stories, the sections were shorter so I felt I was left hanging with each ending. However, I liked that the girls were continued throughout both books. Their relationship was believable and I liked their strong personalities. The endings also have me intrigued as to what is install for the guys next.


Overall, this is a hot book that shows the gritty, edgier side to the fighters'lifestyles. It was a gripping, page-turning read and it has just made me want the next book straight away!


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