Thursday, 15 September 2016

Review ~ Autumn Allure by Allie Boniface

Autumn Allure
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 15th 2016

Publisher: DFM Publishing

Description:
Time for this playboy to face the music. He just never dreamed it would be a lullaby…

Nate Hunter went to college for a business degree, but he prefers working as a bartender and enjoying his small-town, single life. Then a dying ex-girlfriend tracks him down to tell him he has a daughter he never knew existed.

Nate doesn’t know the first thing about being a father, but one look at Autumn and he’s a goner, so he agrees to take care of her until her aunt returns at Christmas.

When he asks no-nonsense librarian Maxine Abbott to move in with him and help take care of his daughter, she agrees – but only if he’ll pretend to be her boyfriend and get her mother off her back.

Their relationship of convenience works perfectly at first, until real feelings begin to chip away at their fake romance. Then Autumn’s aunt shows up early, and everything changes. Will Nate and Maxine’s budding love end in heartbreak before the last leaves fall?

My Opinion

Autumn's Allure is a cute, small-town romance. It's a sweet read that, for the most part, is a happy read as Nate navigates becoming a father to four-year-old Autumn for the first time.

As a short easy read, this kept me entertained. It flowed well and was just one of those books that made me feel good. It doesn't dig too deep, it just pulls you along with small town charm and an endearing cast of characters.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. If you want a sweet romance you might want to take a look at this.

4

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Review ~ Beneath the Surface by Melynda Price

Beneath the Surface
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 13th 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Description:
He was the last man she wanted to turn to for help. But when freelance journalist Quinn Summers uncovers a shocking secret with the potential to rock Washington, DC, she reluctantly finds herself on his doorstep. Someone intends to silence her forever, and Asher Tate may be all that’s standing between her and a vicious killer.

Overbearing, arrogant, and insanely hot, the ex-marine Special Forces officer turned mercenary for hire is no bodyguard—especially when it comes to the stubborn woman who sets his blood on fire as quickly as his temper. Quinn Summers is a powder keg of trouble just waiting for a match, and he isn’t surprised that the feisty beauty has made some dangerous enemies.

To survive, she’s going to have to play by his rules—and that means stepping into Asher’s world, where he controls the playing field. But in his fight to save Quinn’s life, he just might end up losing his heart.…

My Opinion

Having enjoyed a few books by this author within the last year, I was eager to get my hands on Beneath the Surface. The fact Asher is an ex-marine only made me more eager to read it since I'm enjoying that trope right now.

Just like her other books, Beneath the Surface captured my interest and held my attention the entire way through. The romance is mixed well with the suspense and mystery, and overall I enjoyed the plot.

I'm not going to say too much on the story as I don't want to ruin the twists that evolve as you get further into the book. However, it was a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat read. The characters go from hating each other to love and although there may have not been as much chemistry as in previous books, I liked the tension between Asher and Quinn.

The only reason I didn't rate this a five is because of the stupid mistakes some of the guys made. As trained professional, they did some things that I questioned whether or not were believable. Also, I wasn't always sure the killer was as smart as he was made out to be. He also made some mistakes I questioned and things were left up to chance a bit too much.


Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be reading more and hope Jaxson is going to get a book soon.

4

Friday, 9 September 2016

Review ~ Wildfire Hurricane (Ryder Boys #1) by Amelia James

Wildfire Hurricane (Ryder Boys #1)
ebook downloaded via Amazon for free.

Release Date: July 5th 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Description:
When Simone Leveque met Dash Ryder in seventh grade, she immediately fell for him—head over heels down the stairs…

Despite her less than graceful introduction, Simone jumped right up and yelled, “Ta-da,” drawing the attention and admiration of everyone, including Dash. The two quickly became bickering best friends, fighting about anything and everything until Dash finally kissed her, cementing their young love for a lifetime.

They fought hard and made up harder, but some things are unforgivable…

Simone knows Malcolm lied to Dash. Plain and simple. She would have never cheated on him, especially with his own brother. Dash wouldn’t believe her back then, and thirteen years later when their careers bring them back together, he still won’t. 

Dash can’t believe the woman who sent his heart to an early grave is now his new boss… 

Time doesn’t heal pain. Dash still can’t forgive Simone for betraying his trust all those years ago, and when old tensions combine with an undeniable attraction, a new flame takes hold—literally. 

An out of control wildfire tests Dash’s firefighting crew, and an unprecedented hurricane threatens the city, forcing the volatile former couple to work together to survive while somehow keeping their hands off each other. But reckless passion isn’t enough to keep them together this time. Simone must fight to bring the truth to light if she wants her future with Dash to outlast this…

My Opinion

This wasn't what I expected. I will admit Wildfire Hurricane got added tom y TBR pile based on the cover. When I read it was about firemen I was sold. Unfortunately, it just didn't live up to my expectations and I found myself skimming the more I read.

The main issue I had with this book is it's set over less than a few days. That means there's a lot of emotions, disasters, obstacles, and danger thrown at the characters in mere hours. It created a very fast paced book, but for me it lacked a believable quality. I wanted to like it, but I just felt like everything was so over exaggerated. The only way I can describe it was it felt like I was being yelled at constantly in a B-list disaster movie. Too many things happened, too many emotions were involved, and it became overwhelming as there was no time to get my head around things.

As well as that, I didn't understand Dash and Simone's relationship at all. It gave me whiplash with all of the arguments and makeup sex. One minute they're shouting at each other, the next they're having sex--repeatedly. That's literally the gist of the book--argue, sex, argue, sex. It was juvenile and the characters didn't act their age.

In such a short period of time, I just didn't find it enjoyable to read. I like more depth and emotion and because of the time frame none of that could happen. The constant thoughts interrupting the speech became irritating too. They were too random and detracted from the plot a lot of the time. I just didn't like the style.


Overall this book didn't work for me. I loved the cover, but the story just did nothing for me, no matter how much I wanted to like it.

2

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Review ~ On Dry Land (Swimming Upstream, #3) by Rebecca Barber

On Dry Land
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: June 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Description:
Tyler Andrews, Olympic swimming superstar, has always gotten his way—until he falls in love.

Living in the spotlight was just part of Tyler’s life. Magazines, paparazzi, and being the topic of every sports radio show in Australia…it was either adjust or be driven insane. He’d gotten used to his fame. Hell, he even enjoyed it. But there is one thing he can’t get used to—his girlfriend, Ava Jacobs, hates being the center of the public’s attention.

Ava has lived her life in the shadows—and that’s exactly how she likes it.

But after fulfilling her lifelong dream to have her debut novel published, her world is turned on its head by Tyler’s fame. She writes novels for a reason—it’s a quiet, peaceful profession. The last thing she wants is to be thrown into the spotlight. 

Love and life don’t always fit as well as fame and fortune.

Frustrated by Ava’s continuous reluctance to publicly embrace their relationship, Tyler takes every opportunity to make his own declarations—social media posts, visiting her at work, and even crashing her first television promotional appearance, which she grudgingly accepted as part of her publishing deal.

So when something changes and Tyler abruptly pulls away, Ava knows something is terribly wrong.

With Olympic selection looming, Ava’s publisher eagerly awaiting a sequel to her hit novel, and day-to-day life taking a toll, Tyler starts to see that life is much easier in the pool than… 

On Dry Land.

My Opinion

Having read all three books now, I honestly don't understand the point of book one. For me, it's disappointing the series has been set up this way because James and Anna can never feature again, which means book one is still left with unresolved issues.

As for this book, I kind of felt it was just going through the motions. Personally, I liked James and Anna better and thought they had more chemistry than Tyler and Ava. I wish the author had stuck with their romance than invented two new characters. I found it hard to connect with Tyler and Ava. They just didn't hold t attention as well.

With regards to the plot, like I said, it was okay. However, it didn't feel like there was much to it. It was predictable and felt like the author just threw in every romance stereotype to create a book. From the constant break-ups to make-ups, to other issues I won't divulge so as not to ruin the plot, things didn't make sense to me. There were no explanations and Ava's constant instant forgiveness made her seem weak. I lost interest in her because she refused to stand up for herself. I also still have no idea where all of her issues come from.


Overall, for me this book was only okay. I felt it didn't really add much to the series and was filled with too many stereotypes without much originality. There were also way too many exclamation marks. Book 1 is still the best in my opinion, but I can't complain too much since I managed to catch all 3 books on free day sales.

2.5

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Review ~ Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls, #1) by Anne Jolin

Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls, #1)
ebook downloaded for free in a giveaway on instafreebie.

Release Date: October 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn't looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she's in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble.

Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had.

Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah. 

Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight. 

Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?


My Opinion

This was an okay read. It was short and too the point, but I did struggle to create an emotional connection with the characters and the story. For me, it moved too quickly and it was just sex scene after sex scene. I didn't buy into the relationship and Hannah forgave way too easily.

For a short read it was okay, but I'm not sure I'll read more in the series. There just wasn't enough depth for me personally.

3

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