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

Description:
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.

4

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

Description:
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.

5

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

Description:
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.

4

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.

3


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Review ~ Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry

Nineteen Letters
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 29th 2017

Publisher: Hachette

Description:
Braxton

Nineteen. There’s something about that number; it not only brought us together, bonding us forever, it also played a hand in tearing us apart.

The nineteenth of January 1996. I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Exactly nineteen years later, all my dreams came true when she became my wife. She was the love of my life. My soul mate. My everything. The reason I looked forward to waking up every morning.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after we married, she was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

I was crushed. She was my air, and without her I couldn’t breathe.

The sparkle that once glistened her eyes when she looked at me was gone. To her, now, I was a stranger. I had not only lost my wife, I had lost my best friend.

But I refused to let this tragedy be the end of us. That’s when I started to write her letters, stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we had experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

My Opinion

If I'm completely honest, I wouldn't have looked twice at this book had I come across it and not read this author before. The cover doesn't appeal to me, and it doesn't look like a romance I'd normally read. I know that's bad to judge a book by its cover, but it happens. Either way, I have read this author before so I looked at the blurb and I wanted to read it immediately.

I'm glad I had read this author before so I looked twice. This was a beautiful story and one that kept me hooked from start to finish. It took me on an emotional journey, and I was surprised by how much more contemporary romance than women's fiction it felt, which was good for me.

I thought the characters were created brilliantly and the author dealt with the trauma and sensitive subjects well. She created a book about two characters who go through a lot and have to rediscover themselves, but they don't give up. I got to watch them fall for each other twice and the bond between them was easily felt.

I also felt for Braxton. I felt his pain and uncertainty. His emotions were believable but I loved his fight. He refused to give up. He loved Jemma and that's all there was too it. Everything about his emotions were raw and well developed.

My only small issue was the ending. While Jemma and Braxton got the ending I wanted, I felt the book had been leading up to a spin off with Lucas. I wanted it to happen, but I was just thrown into the epilogue instead. That element of the book felt a bit rushed and I wanted another book.


Overall, this was a beautifully written book. I'm glad I'd heard of this author and read her previous work so I could take a chance on this. It kept me engaged and I fell in love with the characters.

4.5

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review ~ Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Fraternize (Players Game, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 12th 2017

Publisher: Skyscape

Description:
Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

My Opinion

It's always a good day when I get to start a Rachel Van Dyken book. Seriously, I don't need to read the blurbs anymore; I love her writing and she never fails to make me smile with her guys. Saying that, I did read the blurb for Fraternize and I was a little nervous about whether the love triangle would work for me or whether it would be cliched.

I really shouldn't have worried. I should know this author better by now, since she has yet to disappoint me.

Anyway, Fraternize was a comical read I sped through. It reminded me a bit of her book The Consequences of Loving Colton with more humour and great relationships between a cast of characters. I loved Grant--totally team Grant by the way. He made me chuckle from the first time I met him. He reminded me of an excitable puppy you just want to befriend. And the more I read about him the more I liked him.

I won't ruin the plot by delving into the relationship and what happens. You guys deserve to experience Em's relationships and the paths she takes with the guys on your own so you can make your own mind up about which team you're on. What I will say is the dynamic between the three kept me hooked. Rachel did a good job of avoiding too many cliches and creating relationships that I genuinely believed in and engaged me. I liked all of the characters and can't wait for more.


Overall, I loved this book.  Reading it in the sun was the perfect way to end the day. I also hope there's going to be another because I need that guy's story as soon as possible!

5

Friday, 1 September 2017

Review ~ Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness, #1) by Tracy Wolff

Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 19th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

Description:
He’s a womanizer. He’s cocky. He’s not exactly a prince. Only he technically is. Meet your new royal obsession in this addictive novel from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff.

Being rich opens a lot of doors. When you’re rich and royal, those doors lead to a new bedroom every night. I should know. The tabloids call me His Royal Hotness, Prince Kian of Wildemar. Women across the world see me as a naughty fairy tale, an image I’m happy to indulge. As the spare to the heir, I’m the prince with none of the power . . . and all of the perks.

Then my twin brother is kidnapped, and suddenly I’m the one who could be king. The crown chasers start circling—and yet it’s a luscious waitress who catches my eye. With a smart mouth and the curves to back it up, Savannah Breslin is as brazen as I’d expect an American commoner to be.

But Savvy’s not interested in playing Cinderella. As sexy as she is, she’s no stranger to heartbreak. Besides, a nice guy wouldn’t drag her into all the drama that comes along with royalty. Lucky I’m not a nice guy. And, as it turns out, I might not even be her first prince. . . .

My Opinion

After reading Down and Dirty a few months ago I was excited to get to this book and read more from this author. However, while I enjoyed Royal Pain I did have a few issues so it has split my opinion. 

To start with, Royal Pain seemed to have everything I love in a book and be setting up for an interesting read. It has 2 princes, a commoner, suspense, romance, and drama. As ideas, I liked these elements. I also liked Kian. He had a good balance if playboy prince, but also genuine love and concern for his brother. He seemed like a good guy and I liked him 

However, I'm not sure I bought into the whole romance. It started off interestingly enough, but it moved too quickly for my liking and I didn't feel the spark. I also skimmed some of the sex scenes as since I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters they didn't work for me and felt more like padding. 

Moreover, while I liked the idea of this books, I think it had the potential to be more. It felt undeveloped to me. A lot of situations happen behind the scenes or out of sight. It left a lot to be desired for and aided in the disconnect I felt. It's a shame because this could have been a great read and it had the potential. I just felt it lacked in execution. It also led to a swift resolve in the end. Things just happened too fast for me in this book--feelings, plot, ending. It was kind like a whistle stop tour of this world. 


Overall, this is a short easy read. Down and Dirty was a much better read by this author, but this one was okay.  I thought more could be made of it had it been developed more. 

3

Friday, 11 August 2017

Review ~ Aim (Circle of Justice #3) by L.P. Dover

Title: AIM
Series: A Circle of Justice Novel
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: August 7, 2017
*~* STANDALONE NOVEL *~*
When someone asks what I do for a living, I answer it plain and simple . . . I’m a hunter. I hunt the dregs of society and I’m very damn good at it.
I’m Ian Chandler, FBI agent and a member of the Circle of Justice, an organization of justice seeking vigilantes. My mission is to solve a string of ‘accidental’ hiking deaths occurring around my Wyoming town. When Grace Myers –a woman who’s been missing for days –shows up on my land, it turns out she’s the key to it all. Someone is hunting her, and I make it my duty to keep her safe.
However, the deeper I get into the case, the more dangerous it becomes; especially, now that I’ve fallen for the woman I have to protect. If hunting is the game, I won’t fail. I always hit my mark.

My Opinion

You should all know by now that I love an L.P. Dover book. As soon as I finish one I can't wait to get my hands on the next. Her fighters are still some of my all-time favourite characters, and I'm glad she's still linking her worlds across her books.

Aim held my interest and kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning. This series started off a bit rocky for me, but it has grown on me with every book I've read. The Chandler guys are definitely more interesting and I enjoyed Ian's story.

I would have like a bit more backstory with Ian and Grace's, but I enjoyed their relationship and the suspense element intertwined with it. The characters gelled well together with very little drama in their love life. It made the book an easy read.

Overall, I'm jumping into Blocked next, but I can't wait for Bryce's story. That one seems like it's going to be a good read.

4

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Review ~ Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8) by Rachel Van Dyken

Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8)
ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: July 31st 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.



My Opinion

I think this is the first book I've ever stayed up and bought at midnight. I knew it was a mistake doing that seeing as I would get no sleep, yet I needed it. I haven't been able to read another book for the entire week because I've been waiting for this. Nothing else could pull me away from my intrigue over this story.

Now that I've read it, I'm so glad it lived up to my expectations and the other books in this series. Not that I really had any doubts on that. Eagle Elite is my favourite mafia series and Rachel is one of my favourite authors.

Enrage was a dark, emotional journey. I'm so pleased all of the original character featured more prominently in this book and were continued to be developed. I also liked Dante and El. The tension in their relationship was palpable and I couldn't stop reading.

I won't give away any of the story. But, if you're a fan of Eagle Elite this won't let you down. It was a great addition to the series and filled with everything I've come to love and expect of the characters and world.


I need the next book now! I can't wait until next year.

5

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise #2) by Aly Martinez

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise, #2)
eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 27th 2017


Publisher: Self-published


Description:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Bullshit.

Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Lies.

Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

My Opinion

I couldn't wait to start this book. The second I finished the first one in the duet I needed this. Unfortunately the ARC wasn't quite ready so I had to wait, which basically meant checking my email every hour of the day to see if it had arrived. 

The Brightest Sunrise picks up where The Darkest Sunset left off. For that reason I'm not go into any details about the plot since this is the concluding book. 

While I didn't feel this book broke me as much as the first, it was definitely packed with emotion. It held my attention well and I couldn't put it down. I thought the story was intriguing and a roller coaster of drama. It had its dark and light moments and the author did a good job of balancing everything so that the book was well-rounded. 

The only thing I will say is I wasn't too keen on the end. Maybe it's just me, but it came too quick. 

Overall, I still prefer this author's Retrieval duet. However, this was equally emotional and two of the most heartbreaking ARCs I've had the pleasure of reading so far this year. 

4

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review ~ Exploited (Zero Day, #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Exploited (Zero Day, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 25th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept, Random House

Description:
At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

My Opinion

As soon as I saw the blurb for this book I needed to have it. I love hacker books, but I didn't know what I'd get, since I've never read anything by this author before. As soon as I picked it up to start reading, though, I knew I'd love it.

Exploited was an engaging read. From the first page to the last, it kept me hooked and I struggle to put it down. Walters balanced tech jargon and the hacker side of things well with normalcy to create a book that sounded believable but wasn't overly complex. It remained easy to follow and the characters' emotions shone over everything else to keep me interested. I commend her for creating an authentic book without compromising on the plot or pace.

I won't say to much about the characters as I don't want to give anything away. However, I loved Hannah and Mason. I thought they complimented each other well and the secrets they kept created a good amount of tension as I waited for everything to boil over. I enjoyed how their romance developed and I connected with both of them emotionally.

Now, I will warn you this book ends in a major cliffhanger. I knew this going in so it doesn't bother me--well not that much. I'm dying to read the concluding book Aftermath and I hope it's releasing in the fall like it states in the back of book rather than January 2018 like it say on Amazon. No doubt I will probably have to wait until January, but it's on my list of titles to look out for.


Overall, Exploited was an engaging, fast-paced, and exciting read. The romance is mixed perfectly with the tension and I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend!


5

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Review ~ The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise, #1)
eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 13th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

My Opinion

This author can be a bit hit or miss for me. I found her via a book signing and started with The Fall Up. If you saw my review for this book, I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. However, after seeing the buzz about her Retrieval duet, I gave her another chance, picked up those books, and absolutely loved them. For that reason, I decided to take a chance on this duet and I'm so glad I did.

I requested The Darkest Sunrise, but wasn't sure what I was getting into. What I got was an emotional read about two sets of people struggling to piece themselves back together after horrible events. Through their pain and darkness, they find each other and help each other through the tough time.

Martinez's writing in the book is beautiful. Everything flows, it kept me hooked, and I finished this book much too quickly. It reminded me of her Retrieval series in structure, so if you're a fan of that definitely check this out. It had the same tone and amount of emotion.

What I really loved though was the humour brought to this book. While it is a sad, intense, and emotional read, the author did a great job of injecting lighter scenes that balanced out the bad. It made the characters more likeable and developed the connection between them.

Overall, this is definitely one of the better books by this author. I would highly recommend it and I can't wait to conclude the duet in book 2.


4

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review ~ The Sinners Touch (A Manwhore Series Book 2) by Apryl Baker

The Sinners Touch (A Manwhore Series Book 2)
eARC received via Enticing Journey in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 25th 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Description:
~Kade 

I fucked up. 

She was the best and worst mistake I ever made. 

I took the coward’s way out and ran. 

Now I have a chance to make it right, but she's being stubborn. It used to be cute, but this time it can get her killed. 

Boston's latest serial killer has his sights set on the only woman I have ever truly loved, and I will keep her safe even if it pisses her off, even if she hates me for it. 

All bets are off this time. I want her. He wants her. Only one of us will win. 

And I never fucking lose. 

~ Angelique 

He left me broken, shattered. Pain unlike any I’ve ever felt filled me in the wake of his absence. 

Six years later, I thought I’d finally gotten over him and moved on. 

But Fate is a tricky bitch. She likes to torture us. 

She brought Kade back to me, but I won’t ever hurt like that again. 

I just have to stay out of his bed until this is over. 

Fate is a cruel, cruel bitch.

My Opinion

I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I've been eager to read it since I finished Touch Me Not when it was released so I vaguely knew what this author's writing would be like, yet I didn't know what the story would entail so I went into this blind.

The Sinner's Touch held my attention from start to finish. It was darker than what I remember the first book being, yet I couldn't put it down. I won't give too much away as suspense is a key factor in this book, but I didn't see some of the twists coming. The book kept me on my toes and wanting to find out more.

As for the characters, I thought in general they were well developed. I liked the history and the second chance element. However, I would have liked Kade to do more work--although I guess that's going to be the point of book 2.

My only minor issue was the writing did become a bit confusing at times because of the head hopping. Written in third person it was okay until characters' thoughts started to mix. I got used to the style the more I read, but at the start it was a little jarring. I think scene breaks could have helped the clarity.


Overall I enjoyed this read. It does get quite dark and graphic at times so it might not be for everyone, yet it held my attention well and I'm looking forward to reading more romances by this author.

4

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