Friday, 13 April 2018

Review ~ Harper and the One-Night Stand by R. Linda

Title: Harper and the One-Night Stand
Author: R. Linda
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: April 10, 2018



A few too many cocktails in paradise, and I woke up in someone else’s bed. My ex-boyfriend’s cousin’s bed, to be exact. 
Huge mistake. 
Nate and I agreed it wouldn’t happen again. We didn’t want to hurt Brody. Only it did happen, repeatedly, until I finally found the courage to walk away. 
But I couldn’t ignore the temptation, and I soon found myself back in his bed—or on his floor—stealing secret kisses and forbidden touches, sneaking around behind everyone’s backs.
I tried so hard to resist Nate’s charms, but my resolve crumbled. How could I not be swept off my feet by water towers in the rain and deep confessions on the beach? 
The last thing we want is to hurt anyone, but it is out of our control. And there isn’t a thing I can do except give him my heart and hope he keeps it safe…regardless of the consequences.

My Opinion

I found these books and this author through a Kindle Unlimited free trial last month. Having enjoyed the first two, I was excited to request and get a hold of Harper's story.

For the most part, this book had everything I expected from the first two. The tight-knit group of characters felt as strong as ever and there were laughs and heartbreak along the way.

Harper and Nate were a cute couple. Their story did hold my attention and it was a sweet romance. However, I did feel it took too long for everything to happen. The sneaking around is fine to a point, but it hindered the chemistry once things got past 50% and the characters were still doing the same things. Something bad is inevitable at that point and I questioned the characters' intelligence.

Moreover, it meant too much happened in the end and too fast. Like I said, for the most part I enjoyed this book, but then it ended all of a sudden and let me down. I don't think the ending gave enough satisfaction and resolution. I felt there were a lot of scenes missed out I would have liked to see before the epilogue. For example seeing Audrey, more with Brody, stuff like that. In places this book didn't feel fully fleshed out and it left a lot of lose ends that were only given a couple of sentences to sum them up, which isn't satisfying.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but the ending ruined it for me. It's still a good series, but I think the other two books were better.

3.5

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Review ~ Jacob's Ladder: Eli (Jacob's Ladder, #2) by Katie Ashley

Jacob's Ladder: Eli (Jacob's Ladder, #2)
eARC received via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 1st 2018


Publisher: Self-published


Description:

One wouldn’t expect a sexy-as-sin rocker like Eli Renard to spend time with a woman just as a friend, but that’s exactly what Emersyn Wallace is to him. Just a friend. Even though she’s matured into a beauty, Eli still doesn’t remotely see his childhood pal as a sex-object. When tragedy brings her back into his world, Eli moves mountains to help Emersyn get back onto her feet by finding her a job as a backup singer for Jacob’s Ladder. At first, Eli is thrilled that Emerysn is along on tour, and he sets out to do his best to help her forget her sorrow through a range of crazy friend dates. But after spending so much time with her in such close quarters, Eli finds his feelings beginning to shift. He no longer sees Emersyn as the once awkward young girl he played some of his first songs with. Soon it’s not only his body that reacts to her, but it’s also his heart. He’s about to learn what a dangerous game it is to dry a widow’s tears.

After losing her husband and singing partner in a tragic accident, Emersyn Wallace spent the last eight months drowning in a sea of grief. With the bills piling up and her family and friends concerned about her emotional welfare, she reluctantly agrees to join the Jacob’s Ladder’s tour. While recapturing her lost love of singing and performing, she finds both comfort and healing in Eli’s gregarious personality and outrageous sense of humor. But as the anniversary of her husband’s death approaches, she finds herself in turmoil over her new amorous feelings for Eli.

Can Eli and Emersyn find the perfect melody to transition from friends to lovers, or will their relationship end out of tune?


My Opinion

I adore best friend to lovers books so this book caught my eye immediately. It took me a while to get around to reading it, since I had so many other books on my tbr pile, but finally I managed it.

Jacob's Ladder was a sweet read. I liked that the author didn't go down the traditional bad-boy musician route. Instead, Eli was a genuinely good guy and an even better friend. He was there for Emersyn through everything and I liked him. Together they made a sweet couple. I will admit that I didn't completely connect with them or their story. It was a nice read, but I felt distanced from it like there was that something extra too pull me in missing.

Overall though it was a pleasant read. For the most part, it was an easy and sweet romance.
3.5

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Monday, 26 March 2018

Review ~ The Consequence of Rejection by Rachel Van Dyken




Title: The Consequence of Rejection
A Standalone Consequence Novel
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 26, 2018



Blurb

You know the universe is trying to tell you something when you get struck by lightning, but only after getting hit on by the elderly, almost getting run over by a semi, and running into the one who got away.
Why do they say it like that anyway?
Like I accidentally lost her when she was the one that got in the car with my best friend and left me.
The day after I proposed.
We were eighteen.
I wanted forever.
She didn't.
It's been ten years.
I tried to move on, tried to get married, had that same wedding crashed by my now best friend who says the only way for me to stop pissing off the universe, is to gain closure with the one woman I can't forget.
So I do it.
I embark on a journey down memory lane that not only lands me in prison but on the receiving end of a fist fight in front of the entire town, this naturally happens after drunken pool sex, climbing the same girl's window, and getting threatened at gunpoint by her father.
To say the universe is trying to tell me something anything, is a giant understatement.
I just hope I survive the message.
And then, I hope I survive her—again.



My Opinion

Oh I've missed Max's special brand of crazy. If you've read any of the other books in this series you'll know who and what I'm talking about.

I've been waiting for Jason's story for what seems like forever. These books are some of the funniest I've read, and I just love the chaos in them. The Consequences of Rejection was no different. I sat reading with a stupid grin on my face and I couldn't put it down.

Seriously, what more could you want from a book?

This story brightened up a cold snowy day. It's hard to explain this series, but if you like slapstick comedy, quirky characters, and romance then you'll probably enjoy them. If you've read the others you'll know what to expect and this book just continues the crazy. I loved every second and will miss Max.

Overall, Jason and Maddy's story rounded off the series nicely. I would definitely recommend the series.

5





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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Review ~ Hit Girl by Tia Louise

Title: Hit Girl
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Thriller
Release Date: March 19, 2018


From USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise comes a thrilling tale of revenge.
My finest trick? 
Convincing you I’ve forgotten...
Names on a list.
Faces in a crowd.
One little girl.
They told me to get over it. 
I can't do that. 
I want them to pay.
Every. 
Last. 
One.






My Opinion

My opinion is split on this book. On one hand I really wanted to like it. It did hold my attention, and it was something a little different. However, on the other, I can't help but feel a little disappointed.

To start with the good, it was the idea of a hit girl which caught my attention. Having read Tia's work before, I was intrigued to see what she did with the story. In general, this book did keep me intrigued. I liked the relationship between Molly and Joshua, and I did feel a connection between them. Hit Girl started off strongly like I expected, and that's where my problem comes in.

For me, this book wasn't what I was expecting. It started off like I thought it would, but then the plot drifted from that almost completely. It wasn't as dark as I thought it would be, and it also seemed the plot and characters weakened as the book went on. Molly especially. I felt her character was a little inconsistent.

As for the ending, it all felt a little too easy and there wasn't enough detail to back up the easiness of everything. It felt like that author barely skimmed the surface. It all happened a little too quickly for my liking too.


Overall, this isn't my favourite read by this author. I still think her Prince and the Player series is by far a lot better. However, Hit Girl may be worth a go if the blurb interests you.

3





"A flawless work of art that speaks to every part of the human psyche." -Amber, Goodreads
"Great writing. A great plot. Intriguing and well-developed characters. It was the whole package." -Between the Bookends
"If you're a lover of an awesome, suspenseful romance novel, HIT GIRL is absolutely for you!" -Becca's reviews
"An action-packed, sexually fueled story of revenge, love and redemption." -Beyond the Covers Blog
Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “Bright Lights,” “One to Hold,” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.
After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped. 
A lover of the beach, sexy romance, dark chocolate, and sparkling wine, Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat. 
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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Review ~ Breakaway: A Rule Book Novel by A.M. Johnson

Title: Breakaway: A Rule Book Novel
Author: A.M. Johnson
Genre: Sports Romance (Stand alone)
Release Date: March 15, 2018




As Tampa Bay's star center, Mark Carmelo's life was hockey, and after a bitter and public break up, all he wanted to do was focus on the game. 
Until he saw her.
The one that got away.
The one he thought he'd never see again.
For thirteen years, Stevie West drowned in her lackluster life. Recently divorced from her “roommate” with passionless benefits, she was ready to start over. On her own.
Until she ran into him. 
The same man she'd met one year ago.
The temptation that had finally given her the courage to find herself again. 
When lightning strikes twice, there’s no way to deny the chemistry it creates.
But with both of them still nursing old wounds, Mark and Stevie will have to find a way around the other's defenses, a way to breakaway and score the one thing they never expected… love.


My Opinion

I was drawn to this book because of the sports element. While ice hockey isn't a big thing in the UK and I have no idea what the rules are except for get the puck in the goal, I love sports romances. And from the blurb, this sounded like one I'd enjoy and overall I did.

Breakaway kept me hooked and engaged. It started off strong and I felt for Stevie and Mark. I liked Stevie's integrity at the beginning and the fact the author didnt turn her into a cheat. However, I did feel the connection between the two of them and I wanted them to get together.

However, while I enjoyed it, there were two things that bugged me. First was it just didn't seem to go anywhere. The story was nice and a sweet romance, but it didn't feel like it had much depth. Second, the end kind of fizzled out. I did find myself skimming a bit more as the last few chapters progressed since the resolve came too easily.

These weren't major issues. Like I said, it made Breakaway more of a sweet read. But I do think the start was better than the end.


Overall, it was an enjoyable read. For the most part it held my interest and I enjoyed the sports element.

3.5



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