Friday, 20 October 2017

Review ~ Blocked (Breakaway, #2) by L.P. Dover

Blocked (Breakaway, #2)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 31st 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

He’s got every reason to be cocky . . . until a female cuts him down to size.

I’m Dallas Easton, the best goaltender in the league. I make a damn good living playing hockey, and with women falling at my feet wherever I go, why not enjoy it? I get whatever I want, whenever I want—that is, until I come across the one player who gets the best of me on the ice.

When I try to pummel the dude, all hell breaks loose. Imagine my surprise when the helmet comes off to reveal a woman underneath. And not just any woman, but the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen. Callie Davis is the complete opposite of the puck bunnies I usually go for, a good girl with sick moves and a selfless streak a mile wide. I need to make amends, but she dodges me at every turn. It doesn’t help that Callie’s brother hates my guts, or that my agent thinks she’s bad for my career.

But I could care less what they think. I can’t let our little run-in on the ice be the end of our story. Because when I set my sights on something, I won’t rest until I score.

My Opinion

Once again, I sped through this L.P. Dover book and couldn't put it down. This is a recurring theme with LP's work, and the reason I now delay reading ARCs by her until closer to release day. I enjoy every second I'm immersed in her worlds and am always left wanting more.

Blocked was no exception. I think I preferred this book to book 1 in the series. I liked the easiness of the read. The drama was kept to a minimum and it was just about Dallas and Callie finding their way to each other. It was a sweet read and had a few moments that made me smile.

Overall, I enjoyed Blocked. It was an ideal read for a lazy Sunday for a few hours.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review ~ Burn for You (Slow Burn #1) by J.T. Geissinger

Burn for You (Slow Burn #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 17th 2017

Publisher: Montlake Romance

The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…
Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.

The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.

As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancĂ© the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?

My Opinion

I'm really growing to love this author's work more and more with every release. I only discovered her earlier this year, but I've quickly become a fan who gets excited when I see a new book coming out.

Burn For You held my attention from start to finish. In fact, I wish it hadn't have ended because I still want to be lost in the world the author has created here. I honestly can't express how much I enjoyed this. The characters were brilliant, the chemistry was scorching, and the romance was one I rooted for. I loved the constant bickering or quick witted remarks. The characters bounced of each other with their hate, but it was clear to everyone but them that Jackson and Bianca were perfect for each other. Bianca wasn't afraid to stand up and say what she thought to Jackson despite his anger, and I loved her for it. The dynamic between the two of them just worked.

As for the story, I liked the difference in the fake fiance trope. There was a lot going on in this book and I think it all came together to create a great read. I still would have liked more though because I'm greedy like that.

Overall, this was a highly enjoyable read that held my attention from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down and would definitely recommend it.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Review ~ Breaking Hollywood by Samantha Towle

Breaking HollywoodeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 3rd 2017

Publisher: Headline Eternal

It wasn't supposed to be like this...
I wasn't supposed to be boyfriendless, homeless and jobless at twenty-eight. And I most definitely wasn't supposed to hit Hollywood's resident bad boy Gabriel Evans with my car and break his foot.

Now I'm stuck in his apartment, taking care of him while he's incapacitated. Living with the hottest guy in Hollywood, who I've had a crush on forever, doesn't sound like a chore, right? Wrong.

Gabriel Evans is rude, crude, drinks way too much and, as soon as his foot is healed, I'm out of here.

So, why do I keep forgetting to check the classifieds? And keep getting flustered when I see him shirtless? Breaking Hollywood wasn't part of the plan. But neither was falling in love with him.

My Opinion

Let me start by saying Samantha Towle is one of my favourite authors around right now. I love her books, and after laughing out loud to Wardrobe Malfunction earlier this year, I was dying to get my hands on a copy of Breaking Hollywood.

Just like Wardrobe Malfunction, this book had me giggling as I read it from the start. I love the almost slapstick element these books start off with, as in the male leads getting injured by the female lead. In this case, Gabe Evans is broken by Ava and her tiny car and from there a relationship grows.

I have to admit, I loved the banter and quick-witted remarks between these characters. Their conversations--that borderlines on insults most of the time--was paced well, flowed well, and kept me hooked. Books with plenty of speech are my favourite kind, and these two had great personalities that shone through in it.

As for the plot, it was a little predictable, but the characters kept me engaged. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow--and of course the comedic elements with Gucci. Gucci definitely stole the show at some points and I know want a goat.

Overall, another great read from this author. It made me laugh, kept me hooked, and I lost sleep just to finish it. I couldn't have asked for more.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Review ~ The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #3) by Sara Ney

He’s not a douchebag;
but that doesn’t stop his friends from
turning him into one.
MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID. So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters: Are you the lucky lady who’s going to break our roommate’s cherry? Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have pulse. Text him at: 555-254-5551 The morons can’t even spell. And the texts I’ve been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I’m not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one. THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT. One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can’t bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.   However, after seeing her in person, I know she’s not the girl for me. But my friends won’t let up—they just don't get it. Douchebags or not, there's one thing they'll never understand: GIRLS DON’T WANT ME. Especially her.

My Opinion

I don't get it. 

Seriously, I've reached the end of this book and I really ... don't ... get it. 

It's not what I thought I was getting and I'm really confused at how it was sold to me in the blurb. I was even asked not to give spoilers about certain details and reveal who the characters are, and of course that is fair enough. However, I really have no idea what the big secret was and why it couldn't be mentioned here. 

I just don't get it. 

As you can probably tell, I'm confused by this book. I thought I was getting a book about a douchebag that was going to be intense and gripping. What I got was the complete opposite and if I'm truly honest the relationships began to bore me the more this book went on. 

It started of strong and I liked the premise. For about the first 25% I was hooked. Then I wanted more. I kept waiting for something to happen but it just never arrived. In my opinion the book flat-lined and had no drama or plot twists to keep me hooked. It all felt very tame and just ... boring. The characters lost me and I feel the author diverted from original premise too much. It was as if the characters lost all their personality the more the book went on. And no matter how much I wanted to like both of the leads (I would normally give more details but I'll respect the author's wishes not to name them), I found myself disconnected. They felt two dimensional and I really don't understand what the secrecy is about. Everything was spelled out in the book and obvious from the offset!! 

Saying that, I did force myself to finish the last 20%. I kept hoping for some twist that would pull it back or a climax, but sadly it didn't happen. Hence the confusion. 

Overall, I still don't understand this book. Personally, I believe the blurb doesn't line up with what I read--it felt like a completely different book. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I was expecting so I think that's what had caused most disappointment for me. If you want a sweet romance it might be for you, but if you prefer more drama and spice it might not be. 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Review ~ Mad Love (Guns & Ink Series #1) by Shana Vanterpool

Title: Mad Love
Series: Guns & Ink Series #1
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: NA Romance/Contemporary
Release Date: September 25, 2017 Publisher: Swoon Romance

She was a disruption he never wanted.
He was everything she distrusted.
Klayton Caldwell owns a tattoo shop in Denver, Colorado, and has seen just about everything and met just about every kind of person. And they all have one thing in common. Ink. 
He isn’t complicated. What you see is what you get. Sex? Always. Relationships? Never. Pleasantries? He doesn’t do that either. Those who can’t handle his mouth get inked elsewhere. Klayton holds everyone at a distance, even his friends. He doesn’t do “close.”
Until Madison ends up in his tattoo parlor, broken, afraid and alone. There’s something about her, and almost immediately, Klayton’s guard drops. Now, everything he knows about himself changes as his life begins to unravel.
Twenty-year-old Madison Hart’s future was taken from her the moment she was abducted from her college campus and held captive by a sicko. After escaping, she flees, running into a stranger. A stranger who shares a similar past. Someone who might be able to help her heal. If she’ll let him. 
Madi comes into Klayton’s life like a storm. She’s beautiful. Pitiful. Dangerous. Her pain runs deep enough that she may never be able to talk about what she’s experienced. Her refusal to talk takes a level of patience Klayton’s not sure he has. 
He must navigate her broken pieces by changing everything he is. Who he’s been all these years won’t work anymore. But Madi fights him, she fights herself. She fights the madness.
She refuses to talk. He can’t control his mouth. She doesn’t want to be touched. He can’t help himself. They don’t want love. Inside this storm, is a love so mad it might destroy them both.
MAD LOVE is book 1 in the Guns & Ink series from Shana Vanterpool. Look for the rest of the Guns & Ink series coming soon from Swoon Romance. 
Book #2 Hard Love - Cat and Brando 
Book #3 Bad Love - Isaiah & Bell

My Opinion

I'm struggling to describe what I feel about this book. On one hand I enjoyed it, but on the other I feel let down.

This is the first book I've read by this author, and I took a chance on it based on the blurb, since the cover hadn't been revealed when I requested an ARC. In part, I'm glad I never saw the cover as there is a very MC vibe about it. Considering I rarely read that trope, I probably wouldn't have glance at the blurb had I seen it, and in fact, I had a hard time remembering the blurb when I saw this cover on my Kindle, cauaing me to wonder what I had signed up for.

Anyway, I found the original email with the blurb, refreshed my memory, and was eager to dive straight in. From the first page this book hooked me. It was intense and it remained that way the entire way through. I felt for both characters. They were broken, flawed, and suffering with their pasts. The author did a good job of breaking Maddison and showing her trauma without giving graphic details of what she went through. Similarly, Klayton was a dark and angry character. Although I didn't understand his backstory that made him like that completely, it made for an interesting combination of emotions.

As the plot progressed, though, I found my attention slipping. And this is why I'm having a hard time deciding what I felt about this book. The book kept me engaged for around 55% but then I kind of became bored of the same emotions and drama happening. I understand that Madi wasn't going to heal overnight, but it began to feel repetitive and lost me a bit.

However, I did think around 80% it was going to win me back. Things started to pick up and I became invested in Madi's story again. Regardless, the events I expected to materialise never did, and in the end, I found myself dissatisfied. I didn't feel the ending matched the level of quality the book started off with. It felt as if the author was rushing to tie up all the loose ends she'd created and it gave a whistle-stop overview of a conclusion rather than something I thought did the book justice. It left the book on a downer.

Overall, I still don't know where my feelings lie about this book. 50% of it is great, the other 50% not so much. I wished it had retained my interest throughout, but most of all I wish the ending had been satisfying so that the book finished on a good note. I guess, overall, it's not a bad read. It isn't an easy one, but the characters are interesting people. I'd say it's worth giving a go if it sounds intriguing to you from the blurb.


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