Friday, 15 December 2017

Review ~ It Must've Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover

It Must've Been the Mistletoe
eARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: December 15th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Finding your soul mate is a dream Adeline Hamilton thought was just that … a dream. After several failed relationships, she realizes she’s not capable of falling in love. The only passion she’s ever had is teaching U.S. History at the local high school. 

A week before Christmas, Adeline is all set for her best friend’s wedding, even though she dreads having to go to it alone. But when she’s given a Christmas wish that could change her future forever, she’s whisked away to the past, to a completely different place and time. It’s also when she meets him, William Blair, the man who steals her heart. 

As their relationship grows, Adeline realizes that true love does exist. What she doesn’t know is that her wish can’t last forever, that soon she’ll have to leave the past behind. Will Adeline and William find their way back to each other? Or will their love have to stay where it all began . . . in 1865? With mistletoe and Christmas magic, anything’s possible.

My Opinion

If you've followed my blog for any length of time you'll know how much I love L.P. Dover and her books. It's always a struggle to wait between her releases, and therefore I was excited to get ahold of this Christmas romance.

However, I will be honest and say this isn't one of LP's books that hooked me immediately--it's probably the first actually. I don't know why, but I just felt something was missing with this read that's present in all of her other books. Maybe because the topic and characters are a little different from her normal? I don't know, but I think I just love her previous series so much that she's set the bar so high.

Regardless, that doesn't mean to say I didn't enjoy this book. It took a while, but it grew on me and by the end I felt festive and it made me smile. I grew to like Adeline and Will's story. It was slightly different to my usual reads, and although I'm not one for books involving historical settings, I think I actually preferred the 1800 parts of this book. It felt more festive and Christmassy. I also liked how the author merged the two worlds.

Overall, although I still love other books by this author more, this read grew on me and I ended up enjoying it. I can't really complain, I got a festive read from one of my favourite authors when I thought I'd have to wait longer for her next release.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Review ~ The Way Back to Us (Love Unplugged, #3) by Jamie Howard

The Way Back to Us (Love Unplugged, #3)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: December 12th 2017

Publisher: St Martin's Swerve

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he's had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules—always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.

My Opinion

This is the first book I've read by this author. I didn't really know what to expect, but the blurb sounded interesting and I love second chance glances so I couldn't resist requesting it. What I got was a pleasant surprise.

I will admit when I started this book I was kind of in a funk. Nothing was holding my attention and I wasn't getting anything done during the day. Therefore, when I started this book and it also didn't make me feel better I put it to one side. And I'm so glad I did because when I returned to it I could appreciate it fully. My mood had completely overshadowed this story and once I got into it a second time I couldn't put it down

Gavin and Dani's story was interesting. I liked the mystery and I believed in the emotions between them. I felt their angst and they love. While I would have liked to witness a few of their past moments, their story held my attention well and I rooted for them. I liked Gavin's tight-knit group of friends as well and thought it created an intriguing and comical addition to the story. 

The only criticisms I have are: one,the cover doesn't fit the story for me. It misled my expectations a bit. Second, I would have liked a bit more finality about the ending. It gave satisfaction in terms of the relationship, however, other strands were left open and I felt they should have been tied up. Unless there's going to be another book on Gavin and Dani, I had one too many questions left. 

Nevertheless, overall, I enjoyed this book and I'm I intrigued to back read about other characters. 


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Review ~ Every Moment With You by J.E. Parker

Title: Every Moment With You
Series: Redeeming Love
Author: J.E. Parker
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2017

Two broken hearts. One second chance. Maddie
I've loved Hendrix Cole ever since I was a little girl.
From the moment I first saw him, I knew that one day, he'd be mine.
And he was. At least... until he threw it all away.
I gave Hendrix my heart and he shattered it into a million pieces.
I begged him not to leave. Still, he walked away.

It's been six years since I've seen him.
But now a cruel twist of fate just brought us face-to-face.
He swears he never meant to hurt me.
He begs me for another chance.
I still love him. Always have. Always will.
But can I trust him?
Losing him once almost killed me.
I won't survive if it happens again.
I've loved Maddie Davis ever since I was a kid.
From the moment I first saw her, I knew that one day, she'd be mine.
I was right.
Maddie gave me her heart and I gave her my ring.
But like the screw-up my father says I am, I blew it.
Before I could explain, she vanished.
Our love? Gone in the blink of an eye.
I know I hurt her and I hate myself for it.
Now she's back.
This is my chance.
I won't let her walk away.
Not again.
Maddie is mine.

My Opinion

Let me start this review by saying I love second chance romances. The drama, the pain, the angst, and of course the make-up and forgiveness. I love watching two people reconnect so I couldn't resist requesting Every Moment With You when I saw it.

Now, I haven't heard of this author until I saw the email with this title. Therefore, I didn't know what to expect in regards to style or writing. What I ended up getting was a book that kept me hooked from start to finish. I struggled to put it down even though I was staying up well into the morning.

Every Moment With You was a captivating read. I liked the emotional intensity between Hendrix and Maddie. I felt the connection between them and thought they worked well together. Their bond was strong and believable. I felt for them both.

As for the plot, the majority of it was good. It kept me hooked and I found it an enjoyable read. In general I thought it was paced well too. My only reason for not rating it a 5 is that I felt the author skipped over some significant scenes by fast forwarding 6 years too soon. There was one vital scene that was the basis for the entire need for a second chance romance missed out and I would have liked to see that conversation/fight play out. It would have added a lot more emotion for me. 

Nevertheless, overall, I did enjoy this book. I'd definitely recommend it.

J.E. Parker is an American romance author who was born and raised in the great state of North Carolina. A southern belle at heart, she’s addicted to sweet tea, Cheerwine, and peach cobbler. Not only is J.E. married to the man of her dreams (albeit a total pain in the rear), she’s also the mother of a herd of sweet (sometimes), and angelic (only when they’re sleeping) children. Despite their occasional demonic behavior and bottomless stomachs, J.E. loves her little tribe more than words could ever express. On the weekends, you can find her sitting on the couch, cheering on (or cursing) her favorite football team, stuffing her face with junk food, and guzzling a bottle of cheap red wine. When she’s not busy making sure her husband doesn’t burn the house down or acting as a referee for her fighting children, J.E. enjoys reading, writing (obviously), and listening to a wide variety of music.


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Review ~ Imperfect by Willow Winters

Imperfect (Sins and Secrets Duet, #1)Imperfect by Willow Winters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was okay. It started off strong but it had me skimming the more it went on. I knew there would be a cliff hanger and I'm torn about whether or not to continue. There's a part of me that wants to finish Mason and Julia's story, but there's also a part of me that doesn't want to read another book about them. I don't know why, but I struggled to connect with them. I wish it had been kept as one book-because it could have been--rather than split. I'm not sure how much longer my attention will last and I don't want to pay for a book I'm not sure will give me the satisfaction and resolve I want based on how quickly the end comes about in this one.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Review ~ Finding Lyla by Cate Beauman

Finding Lyla (The Bodyguards of L.A. County, #10)Finding Lyla by Cate Beauman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For the most part I liked this book. The story and relationship interested me, but I think it could have been cut down a bit. I felt at times pacing was the issue. I knew what was going to happen and I just wanted it all to kick off. Personally, I thought it took too long to get to the action.

Nevertheless, it did hold my attention until the end. I might have skimmed more during the last 40%, but I did enjoy the story.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd

Vegas Love (Love Series,  #1)Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vegas Love was a cute and lighthearted read. It was fun book about a Vegas wedding that held my interest more than I expected it to.

I checked out the reviews before downloading this book even though it was free. I was slightly torn about whether I'd like it since some of the more negative reviews flagged some things not a fan of. However, I decided to give it a go and I'm pleased I did because I didn't agree with the 1 and 2 stars I read. I ended up really enjoying this and it was a perfect read to relax with.

I will agree with other reviews and say it didn't exactly delve too deeply into the character, either their backstory or their personality. However, I didn't care. I wanted a chilled read I didn't h e to think about and that's what I got. Cash and Ashlynn were a cute couple and I did think there was chemistry between them.

Overall, this book surprised me in a good way. It was exactly what I needed.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Review ~ Game On by Katie McCoy

Game On (Players, #1)Game On by Katie McCoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Game On was a cute read. I found it via BookBub, but had never heard of the author before. The cover initially pulled me in and the blurb sounded interesting. Therefore, considering it was free I couldn't really resist downloading it.

Not knowing what to expect from this author, I found myself pleasantly surprised. McCoy's writing flowed well and I quickly became lost in her story. It was a sweet romance and things developed at a good pace. The events kept me interested and intrigued, but they weren't too drama-filled. It was a perfect book to relax with. It was something easy that could put a smile on my face.

As for the characters, I enjoyed watching Nathan and Sophie grow together. I definitely believed in the spark between them and thought they bounced off each other well. I especially liked the arcade section.

Overall, this was a pleasant read to relax with. It was an easy story that didn't require much thought from me, which was what I needed, but it was paced well and held my attention. I loved the sport element and would definitely recommend it.

*Ebooks downloaded via Amazon for free.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Review ~ Fame And Obsession by Cora Kenborn

Fame And Obsession (Lords of Lyre, book 1)Fame And Obsession by Cora Kenborn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actual rating 3.5

This is another new author to me. I've had Fame & Obsession on my kindle a while, since I downloaded it when it was free on Amazon, but never had a chance to read it even though it's a book I've wanted for a few months.

Now I've read it I'm torn. In general, my feelings can be summed up with: liked the plot but it could have been executed better.

I'll start with the story. I enjoyed the plot and the idea behind this book. I also enjoyed the romance. I connected with Julian and Phoebe, and I wanted them to work things out. I also thought the suspense element was well developed--even though I knew who was behind everything. It kept me engaged and was interesting.

However, where I felt this book was let down is in the length. It took too long for things to get started, and personally, there were sections that dragged. I think it could have been paced better and another content edit would weed out the slower, unnecessary sections that stalled the events. I also think this would have allowed for less of a cliff hanger ending. I assumed this was a standalone and one plot thread wasn't going to be tied up, but it turns out that plot thread will be the basis for book 2. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, I'm not sure a second book would have been needed with better editing. I'm not sure I want to start the drama all over again once the characters reach a happy place.

Overall, I enjoyed the plot but think it could have been cut down to improve the pacing. The characters were well-rounded and I enjoyed the romance. I might read book 2, but I'm not quite sure yet.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Monday, 27 November 2017

Review ~ Harley (West Coast Rock Star, #1) by Michelle Jo Quinn

Harley (West Coast Rock Star, #1)Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actual rating 3.5

I've been dying to read this since I saw the cover when it was released. However, with my out of control tbr pile I could never find the time to buy it since it would have sat on my kindle unread. However, I happened to come across it on a free day on Amazon and couldn't resist downloading it. It renewed my interest in the book and I had to make time for it.

Harley is a mixed bag of emotions for me. On one had I enjoyed it. For the most part it was a sweet read with a little romance thrown in. It did hold my interest, but on the other hand I wanted to like it more than I did after waiting so long to read it. That's not to say I didn't like and enjoy it, it just didn't live up to my hope.

The main reason for this is that it felt underdeveloped. There are a lot of plot strands in this book, yet they never seemed to flow and merge. They also didn't seem fully fleshed out. For example there's Cade and Jax's relationship, the situation with Fiona, the issues Cade has with her job and more. Individually they all had the potential to be intriguing plot threads. However, it felt like altogether they were never really expanded upon or brought into the same book. It felt a bit disjointed whereby the book skipped from one idea to another randomly.

The other reason was things fizzled out in the end. This book started strong but because of the issue above it fell apart at the end.

Overall though, I did enjoy this book. I think it has more potential and could be a great read but as it stands now it's only a good read.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Review ~ Sweet Dreams (Sugar Rush, #1) by Nina Lane

Sweet Dreams (Sugar Rush, #1)Sweet Dreams by Nina Lane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5

Sweet Dreams was an easy read that I enjoyed. Its title sums it up well: it was a sweet book.

Overall, this book held my interest. It was cute and I love baking so that aspect sold me on reading this. I will be honest and say I did skim text that wasn't speech from 60% onward, and felt things could have been cut down to help the pacing. I also didn't feel the sparks continue after the initial meet.

However, saying it was still a sweet read that allowed me to escape the drizzly weather for a bit.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Review ~ The Bachelor Contract (The Bachelors of Arizona, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Contract (The Bachelors of Arizona, #3)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 28th 2017

Publisher: Forever

She's everywhere.


Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things: 

Alcohol wasn't going to solve this. 

He really was losing his F-ing mind. 

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

My Opinion

It's getting harder and harder to review a Rachel Van Dyken book. Not to sound repetitive, but I simply adore her work and this read was no exception.

As part of The Bachelors of Arizona series, this book is one of my favourites. It kept me engaged from start to finish and I felt for the characters. I especially liked the fact Rachel made Nikki legally blind.  It made me feel for her even more and gave this book a little uniqueness.

With regards to the plot, it was a sweet second chance read. Like I said, I kept me engaged like every other book I've read by this author. Seriously I can't get enough.

Overall, another great read. I would definitely recommend this series, or any other book by Rachel if I'm honest.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Review ~ Heir Untamed (Latvala Royals, #1) by Danielle Bourdon

Heir Untamed (Latvala Royals, #1)Heir Untamed by Danielle Bourdon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To be honest it was the cover that caught my attention with this book. It came through on my BookBub email and after reading the blurb I had to check it out.

Heir Untamed held my interest. I liked the overall idea behind the book and there was one twist I didn't see coming. However, for me , the chemistry wasn't quite there and the plot lacked in execution. While it intrigued me, I didn't feel it came to fruition in a satisfying way. The suspense element was resolved too quickly and kind of fizzled out. From then on I was just reading to the end. Personally, I would have liked more information, more build up of motives, and more involvement. The little hints didn't seem to reflect the culprit.

Saying that, I still liked the idea behind the book and I'm intrigued to see if the two leading characters can sustain a relationship with all of the pressures so might read book 2.

Moreover, despite this book being part of a 7 book series, it doesn't leave on a major cliff hanger, which I'm glad about. There was a small amount of resolve that ties this section of the characters' stories up so that book 2 can be the story of a new phase in their relationship--or so in assuming.

Overall, this held my attention and I'm curious to see where the author takes it.

*Ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review ~ Black Roses (The Mitchell Sisters, #3) by Samantha Christy

Black Roses (The Mitchell Sisters, #3)Black Roses by Samantha Christy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a touching and moving read. I have never heard of this author before so I didn't know what to expect, but I saw this book on my BookBub email and its blurb caught my eye.

Black Roses was, like I said, a touching read about Piper trying to heal herself after everything she's been through. I thought the author created a well-developed and well-structured story that held my attention from the first page to the last. Piper's journey is a moving one as she breaks in front of the reader's eyes. Her story is tough, but I think the author dealt with the issues well.

As for the romance, I liked the characters. I thought Mason and Piper worked well together and I especially loved the fiery meeting. The relationship was well paced and I felt it evolved naturally. I wouldn't say there were sparks because of the nature of Piper's past. However, there was a connection between them of love and tenderness. I felt their emotions for each other and thought they were two well-rounded characters.

Overall I thought this was a great read. I'd definitely recommend it and will more than likely read the previous books in the series to find out about the other Mitchell sisters.


*Copy downloaded via Amazon for free.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A Note About Reviews

Hi everyone!

I'm sorry I've been so bad at posting reviews lately. Things have been crazy in my life and new changes meant I haven't been able to get to my laptop as often.

Anyway, I'm finally getting back on track and have a ton of reviews sitting in my inbox for books I've been reading, which need to be scheduled.

Because there are so many, the format for reviews of books I've purchased myself is going to change for this one bulk of posts. I'm going to be using the Goodreads HTML so I can catch up, meaning not all books will have a blurb, but they will have an easy link to follow and find out more.

ARCs will still use my standrd format and provide all of the usual information.

Thanks for bearing with me. xx

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Review ~ Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

Bad PrincesseARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 27th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and thattwerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.

But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.

Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing—including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good—but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?

My Opinion

First, I want to say I was drawn to this book by the cover, and then when I read the blurb the idea intrigued me. I mean a bad princess sounds intriguing, right? The idea had a lot of potential, but having never read anything by this author before I wasn't sure what to expect. I also knew it was a novella going in, which will be important in a minute so bear that in mind.

In general I liked the concept. The idea behind the story remained intriguing and this story grew on me. I say that because the start didn't exactly hook me. In fact, I read 10% then picked up another ARC by my all time favourite author before deciding to go back to it. The big info dump at the start wasn't the most gripping scene, and there was a lot of telling rather than showing the characters' personalities. I wasn't sure I'd actually pick it back up, but I did and thankfully the more the book developed the better the writing got.

Looking back, I would say I enjoyed this read. However, I did feel it could be so much more. There was so much potential, but the novella length didn't do the idea justice. Remember I said it would be important? Well, I wanted more. Things happened at breakneck speed in this book and while I understand the motives behind the events, it didn't leave a lot of time to develop a relationship. I felt the sparks between the characters but I didn't believe in the love because it had no time to grow. It felt like lust and so the ending didn't align for me.

That's not to say it's a bad thing. I've read enough novellas to know how they're structured, but I grew to enjoy this more than I thought I would after the start and felt it could have been so much more. The concept was bigger and there were so many ideas and scenes that could have been developed rather than been provided in a whistle-stop-tour of Brinley and Fin's life. That's my main issue with this book. It felt like a taster or a prequel to something bigger and I want more. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure it was satisfying.

Overall, it's a short and to the point read. It grew on me more than I thought it would as the plot developed, and I'm glad I stuck with it. I wish it had been longer, but it's a good read to kill a couple of hours with.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Review ~ Lips Close to Mine (Wherever You Go, #2) by Robin Bielman

Lips Close to Mine (Wherever You Go, #2)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 20th 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC

I wasn’t supposed to see Levi Pierce ever again. A few months ago, he charmed the pants off me and we spent one incredible night together.

End of story.

Only it wasn’t. Pretty soon everywhere I turn, I see him. Our best friends are dating. My mother mistakenly—and happily—thinks he’s my plus-one to my cousin’s wedding. And he’s the guy I have to work with on the most important job opportunity of my life.

Here’s my problem: I like Levi. I like his killer smile and his dreamboat eyes and definitely the way he makes me feel in bed. But I’ve sworn off relationships. So when the sexual tension reaches epic proportions and we fall back into bed together, I tell myself it’s temporary. When I start to feel more, I tell myself it’s over. 

Only Levi isn’t a forget-it kind of guy. When his lips are close to mine and he swears he’s always wanted me, my defenses disappear. But some things in life just aren’t meant to be.

Or are they?

My Opinion

This is the third book I've read by this author now. I'll be honest and say the cover caught my eye first with Lips Close to Mine--because come on, he's hot. Anyway, Robin's name was the second element that pulled me in and made me want to read the blurb.

Having enjoyed this author's previous work, I was excited to jump in this read. However, while I enjoyed it, I don't think it's my favourite book by her so far.

In general, I liked the plot of Lips Close to Mine. I felt for Harley and rooted for her relationship with Levi. I thought they worked well together, and I did feel a bond between them.

However, saying that, I thought this book was paced a little slowly at times and it took a bit long to get to the relationship and drama. I'll be honest and say I enjoyed Teague and Mateo's story more. That's not to say I didn't like Lips Close to Mine, but there was just something missing that slowed everything down.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. It took me a bit longer to get through than normal, but for the most part it held my attention. If you haven't read anything by this author she is worth checking out.


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. 

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