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Monday, October 28, 2013

Review and Giveaway: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

A Risk Worth TakingPublisher: Accendo Press
Genre: New Adult
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary:

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.
Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk. 

My Review:

Beginning Babble: I have just gotten into New Adult and I'm really loving each and every book I've picked up so far. It's just like with Steampunk. I am so far behind everyone and I am left to figure out what I have been missing. And apparently, I have been missing a lot.

Characters:

Heroine: Summer-At first, she struck me as a bit immature. Not exactly in a bad way but I had some moments where I considered disliking her. But I quickly got over that. I grew to really love her. It was so easy to make a connection to her and her journey was really interesting.

Hero: Ford-I don't say this often but he was so dreamy. If there is a big giant reason to pick up this book, Ford is like two or three of them. He's such a go with the flow type of guy. Not normally my type of hero but I loved him.

Chemistry-The conflict between Ford's easy peasy personality and Summer's tentative/terrified approach to love was one of the greatest parts of this book. Summer approached a relationship with Ford like you would approach a landmine. I could see why. She was more type-A and very cautious about relationships because of her parents and Ford was just willing to go where the wind took him. It was quite interesting to watch them try to acclimate to each other.
Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: This one started out a bit slow. It took me a while to get into it and make a connection to the characters but once I did I couldn't put the book down. This was also coincidentally, the first book I read on my Kobo Aura (that review will be posted this week as well). The writing was excellent, the storytelling was excellent and I loved both Summer and Ford. I loved this book. There is nothing else to say.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille

Against the Ropes (Against the Ropes, #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402284853
Pages: 351 pages
Genre: Romance/Erotica/BDSM
Series:  Against the Ropes
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, Sports Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's

Summary:

He scared me. He thrilled me.
And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more... 



Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he's about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined..

My Review:

Beginning Babble: I am a big fan of sports romance. How can I not be? I am one of those crazy sports fans. I was really looking forward to the underground fighting and all the macho males that come along with it. But, I found that this one fell quite a bit short for me.

Characters:

Heroine: Makayla-Oh boy did I not like her. Mostly because she flummoxed me. She is an EMT but she has a fear of blood. Does that make any sense? No. As an EMT, there is a fair bet that blood will be a daily part of your life. How will she be able to treat people if she is sitting in a corner with her head between her legs? I would have bought the fear of blood if she had been an accountant or a lawyer but someone in the medical profession, no. And then there is that bit with the loan collector. No loan collector treates people like that. It wasn't like she owed, perhaps, the mob money. It was a regular college loan. They can't threaten or harrass you even if you fall behind. And what made it worse is Mac just took it. She told jokes to the guy. She didn't say...call his superiors or report him to the cops...she told him jokes. Brilliant.

Hero: Max- I liked him marginally better than I liked Mac. Only marginally. He was still problematic. His concept of BDSM was very Edward Cullen. “You shall know what I am thinking because I am thinking it and I know so you should know too.” He just expected her to figure things out...it actually kind of sounded like he was figuring things out as he was going along. I also would have prefered it if he was just a normal guy who happened to fight underground in his free time. The addition of the billionaire plotline made him seem too Christian Grey for my liking.

Chemistry: I didn't have as much trouble with Max and Makayla together as I did with them individually but still they fell short for me. The portrayal of a BDSM relationship was so iffy and it was so one sided. Makayla let Max just lead her around and she very rarely questioned anything. Their dynamic just didn't work for me.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I walked into this book thinking that I was absolutely going to love it and I did breeze through it but so much of the book went awry for me. I think there is a good book in here. I enjoyed some parts. The secondary characters were great, the writing was well-done, and the MMA fighting aspect was interesting. But at times, it just seemed like mishmash of many of the plot points in other similar BDSM erotica books. I just wish it had been a bit simpler. If Max was just a normal dude who happened to fight underground in his spare time and if Makayla hadn't had the drama with the over-aggressive school loan collector and been an EMT with a healthy fear of blood, I think it would have worked much better for me. 

I do think that while Against the Ropes fell a bit short for me, I will stick around for the next book, In Your Corner, because Jake and Amanda's story sounds so good.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Bad Nights by Rebecca York

Bad Nights (Rockfort Security, #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402280009
Pages: 331 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Suspense
Series: Rockfort Security
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 20132013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's

Summary:

You Only Get a Second Chance...

Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he's ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he'll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both...

If You Stay Alive...

Since her husband's death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn't think anything could shock her—until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He's mysterious, intimidating—and undeniably compelling.
Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live—if they can survive.

 

My Review:

Beginning Babble-This one started out so well for me and I am not exactly sure where it went wrong. Towards the middle of the book, I just found myself drifting off into a sea of uninterested. I did try to get back into it but I think it's just not my cuppa.

Characters:

Heroine: Morgan-I liked her. She was strong and brave. She never really had a moment of being overwhelmed even though she kind of deserved to feel overwhelmed. She was strong and capable and one of the bright spots in the book. She's a heroine in the emphatically not Mary Sue kind of way.

Hero: Jack: I liked him too. He was just as well-drawn as Morgan. He was brave and strong but he also had a gentleness that I really liked. I did have a bit of the same disconnect that I had with Morgan about halfway through the book. He rebounded towards the end but it was a bit too late.

Chemistry-I am a bit flummoxed as to why I had a bit of a disconnect with both Morgan and Jack. The closest I can come to a reason is that I liked them both as individuals but together I just didn't buy it. It was insta-love and unless one or both of them happen to be a paranormal creature, it very rarely works for me. I had moments of really liking them together but for the most part, it was a bit flat.

Chemistry Rating-

Ending Babble-This book presents the odd prospect of a romance storyline that did not work for me at all and a mystery and suspense plot that kept me in it. That happens rarely. I don't know if this one would have been a DNF without the suspense plot but I think it would have been a close call.

I do have to say though that while this did not work well for me, my Momma, who is a big reader of romantic suspense, absolutely loved it. And she looked at me like I was crazy when I said it was okay.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

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I should probably just say that I have a very vague idea about what I am going to read. Very vague. These are the definite reads:




Hours Read:Just Started
Pages Read:15
Books Read:None Yet
Currently Reading:Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton
Up Next:A Season Beyond a Kiss by Kathleen Woodiwiss

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Staten Island, NY
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The new Elizabeth Hoyt
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Tea!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a compulsive cleaner with hoarding tendencies.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Trimming my TBR.

Hours Read:5 hours
Pages Read: 384
Books Read:Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton
Currently Reading:A Season Beyond a Kiss by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Up Next:Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt

Update #3

Sorry I haven't been updating. I have had one of those amazing reading experiences where I just got sucked into book after book and couldn't move long enough to put it down. I have finished 3 more books and I am working on a fourth.


Hours Read:15 hours
Pages Read: 1712
Books Read:Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton, Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt, A Season Beyond a Kiss by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Once a Rake by Eileen Dreyer
Currently Reading:The Elusive Flame by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Up Next:Come Love a Stranger by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wonderfully Wicked Readathon: Starting Line and Updates

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I decided to join in at the very last minute. I haven't done a readathon in a very long time so I figured--why the hell not? I am pretty much going to wing it with the books but I do know that I am going to read:



I know...boring but I am going to alternate with review books. Please follow all of my updates on

Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: True Spies by Shana Galen

True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402276028
Pages: 346 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series: Lord and Lady Spy-1,1.5 
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's

Summary:

He's Getting Tired of Deception...

Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him and his wife has given up on him...

She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue...

Lady Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive—quite the jealous type—and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew...

 

My Review:

Beginning Babble: Spies are not normally my thing. I've never even seen a James Bond movie. But Shana Galen is one of my favorite authors so, I guess, spies it is. I really enjoyed Lord &Lady Spy so I was very excited to pick this one up and I think I love this one a bit more.

Characters: 
 
Heroine: Elinor-I love how strong she was. She didn't just fall all over herself when her estranged husband decided to spend time with her. She was not a pushover. She saw she was being treated badly and acted. It's difficult not to respect that.

Hero: Winslow-I spent the majority of the book hating on him a little. He was a putz. Who doesn't realize that it's not a good idea to leave a wife, for the most part, alone for the better part of their marriage without any love, affection, or attention?Apparently, Winn thought the idea was brilliant. It wasn't malicious and he had reasons but it's still not a nice way to get a husband into a wife's esteem. He was misguided and clueless but not a bad guy.

Chemistry: This one was quite interesting. They were married before and had a child. Their marriage was a fairly loveless one with Winn spending a good deal of time away. This was one of the most angsty and heartwrenching couples I have come across recently. Their journey towards a reunion was quite remarkable. It wasn't easy but getting there was quite interesting.

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Ending Babble: I really liked this one. I enjoyed the angst. I always do. But I find that a good angsty romance is better when the hero and heroine have an intense connection and Elinor and Winn did. I also enjoyed the mystery and spy plots. They kept me interested and were very well done. I don't know if this one is going on my favorites list but it was definitely a great read and I am looking forward to the next one in the series. 
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: Facade by Nyrae Dawn

FacadePublisher: Forever
ISBN: 145557631X
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Series:  The Games Series-1
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, The 2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's

Summary:

 Can love save them?

After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she's never been--and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.

To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his fa├žade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.

Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate, carefree love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together, or tear them apart forever?


My Review:

I am sorry this is so late. My computer was in a state of “don't turn on.”

Beginning Babble: I have to admit to a weakness to New Adult books. Quite different from my normal historical romance schtick but they are full of the angst I love. I didn't realize this at first when I picked up my first New Adult but I get it now. In a big way.


Characters:


Heroine: Delaney-I really liked her. At first, I didn't because I thought she was being deceptive to Adrian—and I was very protective of Adrian. I love that she had as many layers as Adrian. She's complex and it took me a while to figure her out. She also had very few moments of too stupid to live which was refreshing in a big way.


Hero: Adrian-As much as I loved Delaney, I LOVED Adrian. He seems very basic on first glance. A party boy with no depth. But it was a smokescreen. He has great depth to his character and I really just wanted good things to happen to him. He was just so heartbreakingly perfect—I may have to admit to a book hero crush.


Chemistry-They were perfect. In a completely rip your heart out way. They ripped my heart out, stomped on it and fed it to a hungry kitten. But I was completely okay with that as long as they ended up together. It was a big, huge, make me want to weep for a week-type of book.


Chemistry Rating-


Ending Babble: This book single-handedly made me fall in love with the New Adult genre. It killed me in the best way possible. I loved these characters and I wanted nice things to happen to them because they so desperately needed it. I also adore Nyrae Dawn's writing style. I have to read the first book in this series in a bad way. I can't wait for the next one.





 

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