Friday, 3 July 2015

Review ~ Random Acts of Crazy (Random #1) by Julia Kent

Random Acts of Crazy (Random, #1)ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Release Date: March 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don't collect guys like that (don't ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop – you stop.

And I definitely never thought I'd be staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star I followed like the slobbering fileshare fangirl I am. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how we fell in love is even more unreal.

Because someone like Trevor Connor, headed to Harvard Law next year, isn't supposed to want someone like me, a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed.

But he did.

When his best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drove eleven hours through the night to rescue him, though, it got real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn.

What do you do, though, when maybe – just maybe – you don't have to choose?

As my Aunt Josie says sometimes, "It's always complicated."

My Opinion

Yeah ... I don't know what I just read ... 

This book started off well--cute, naked hitch hiker needing a ride. It looked like it was going to be a comical, sweet read. However, all of that was ruined from the moment Darla took Trevor home, and then it just got worse and worse.

I'm not going to go into too much detail, but there is no story to this book. It's all about sex. There are no feelings, no romance, and I didn't find it funny. I really have no idea why I kept reading. I guess I hoped that the meaning behind the book would become clear. However, it never really did. By the time I realised that, I'd spent so long with it I decided to read to the end and boy I wish I hadn't.

Seriously?! A threesome? Where the hell did that come from? There was little to no chemistry between the characters and it really missed the mark for me.


Overall this is one I should have DNF. It got worse as it went on and I wish the author had added in more detail what 'mature content' means in regards to the last 20% of this book. I'm no prude, but I like to be warned about certain sexual scenes that vary from the norm because had I known it would end this way I probably would have avoided it. 


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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Review ~ 3:AM Kisses (3:AM Kisses, #1) by Addison Moore

3:AM Kisses (3:AM Kisses, #1)ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Release Date: September 13th 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush. 

Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well. 

Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.

My Opinion

This was a sweet read with a few darker twists at the end. Despite its faults something about it kept me intrigued and reading on. It also may have persuaded me to buy the next one.

This is your typical girl-falls-for-her-brother's-friend romance. It was enjoyable and the plot kept me hooked. I found it to be paced well and there were some 'aww' moments as well as others that made me smile. For the most part it was a cute read. There were some secrets, but they're not really a major part until the end. Things didn't go too deep making this an easy read.

The only major thing that stopped me rating this book higher was Baya's narrations and inner thoughts. At times she felt so immature. I know she's inexperienced and a virgin, but seriously? Some of the stuff she came out with was strange. I also didn't fall in love with her sense of humour. It may work for others, but it felt childish to me.

Other than that, I did the chemistry to be ruined by some of the description during intimate moments. Once again Baya's thoughts would interrupt things, or the way the author would describe things would make me cringe and ruin the moment.


Overall though it was an easy read with a few twists. I'm hoping Cole's book is next and if it is I may be persuaded to buy it.


3.5

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mini Review ~ My Fake Fiancé by Helen Cooper

My Fake Fiancé




ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: June 6th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Description: 

Free prequel to Four Week Fiancé.






My Opinion

I saw Four Week Fiancé a few days ago and added it to my tbr pile so I thought I'd try out the prequel novella. It sets up some interesting ideas that are more than likely going to develop in the novel. I like the idea, but I wasn't so keen on the jumpy timeline. Things go backwards and forth a lot and it wasn't always easy to follow. Saying that I'll more than likely read the book.

3.5

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Review ~ Protector for Hire (Front and Center #4) by Tawna Fenske

Protector for Hire (Front and Center, #4)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 30th 2015

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Description:
Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible. 
Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he’d lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.

My Opinion

I've really enjoyed this series, but I think this one was my favourite for no other reason than it put a smile on my face numerous times. I couldn't remember who every was (except Mac), but it didn't matter. I fell in love with the story and the author's world once more. I've also realised I missed book 3 somewhere along the way!!

It was the characters that made this book for me. Schwartz had cut himself off from everyone he loved as a punishment. Living in the woods alone he didn't have the best social skills, but he had a big heart. Although he came across as closed off at times, he really was sweet deep down and the balance was good. It me made fall in love with him too as he revealed more about himself.

Similarly, Janelle's personality brought him from his shell. She was bubbly and excitable, contrasting with Schwartz well. I liked her flirty side and how she teased him until he couldn't take it any longer. She also genuinely cared.

As for the story, the plot was simple and predictable, but it was an enjoyable easy read. There are a lot of innuendos--a lot of them cheesy--but they made me smile and kept me entertained as the characters flirted. It gave a nice light-heartlessness to the book so it wasn't all doom and gloom.


Overall, this was a great read. The characters connected with me well, had great personalities, and grew together. I liked the story and can't wait to read more by this author.

4.5

Monday, 29 June 2015

Mini Review ~ Tough Love (Stripped, #0.5) by Skye Warren

Tough Love (Stripped, #0.5)ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
I sneak out of my room every night. My father's guards don't see me.

No one sees me, except him.

He's the son of a foot soldier. My father is his boss. The boss. I shouldn't even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn't kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won't stop me from being with him.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.


My Opinion:
An interesting prequel. I like books involving the mafia, which was why I downloaded it. I'm not sure where the story will go from here and I'm still on the fence about whether I'll by the next one, but it was quick and intriguing.

3

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