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Review of Star Crossed (Battered Hearts #2) By Kele Moon

Star Crossed

4 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Adult Fiction, Erotica

Published: July 2012

Length: 295 Pages

Well written story.  I love sport stories, but my favorite are with cage fighting.  I loved Romeo and I loved Jules and I loved them together.  This romance was a breath of fresh air since they fought the obstacles in their relationship together.

The chemistry is from page one.  You feel it and want it.  My favorite scenes are when they are apart and do what they do to stay “connected.”  *wink*

Yes there is a lot of steamy sex.  However, there is also a story/plot, therefore making it an interesting read.

Romeo Wellings is a Heavyweight MMA fighter that grew up in the streets of New York where he has ties to the mafia.  He wants to cut those ties, but that is easier said than done.

Romeo meets Jules Connor and has one night with her in Vegas only to discover that there are strong, mutual feelings. Jules is a law abiding citizen that practices law and is also a volunteer deputy sheriff.  Being involved with a man who has a record and has ties in the mafia is not what she hoped. Plus, Jules’ twin brother, Wyatt, has always thought Romeo was more trouble than good. Jules loves her brother, but loves Romeo too.

The story does not only focus on Romeo and Julia, but also Romeo’s half-brothers, Valentino “Tino” and Casanoa “Nova”.  Tino and Nova’s father is a mobster.  Romeo wants his brothers to walk away from the mob, but it is harder said than done.   One brother wanting to do right thing, but feeling “stuck” in that world; while the other feels there is no other option but to stay committed.

Did I skim? No.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes.

Do I recommend? Yes.

Did I think about the book after I was done? Yes.

Ending/Cliffhanger? It was sweet.  Wasn’t a favorite, but it was nice.

Sequels: Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1) Published: December 2011

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What was your favorite book as a Teen?

Lost Summer   SweetValleyGIrlTalk

I was thinking about what were some of my favorite books as a teen and wanted to hear from you.  Mine were the Sweet Valley High series.  The minute a new one came out, I would beg my parents to drive me to the book store.

I would love to hear from you. Leave your favorite teen and a story (if you have one) in COMMENTS.

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Uncategorized, YA

 

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Review of The Gamble By Kristen Ashley

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble

4 out of 5 Stars

Published:  April 2011

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Erotica

Length: 555 pages

Nina Sheridan’s takes a timeout from her clueless, cold fiancé and heads to Gnaw Bone, Colorado.  When she arrives to the A-Frame that she rents for 2 weeks, she meets Max, the owner. Max tells her there was a mistake and kicks her out of the house.  With nowhere to go, she goes back out in the snowstorm, gets stuck in the ditch only to  wake up in the morning in Max’s bed sick with the flu.  Max ends up taking care of Nina something her “safe, but uncaring fiancé would never do.  Nina ends up staying in Max’s house and meeting all the interesting people of Gnaw Bone. The first week, Nina is in Gnaw Bone, a murder occurs to the most hated man in town.

I have to say, Kristen Ashley is one of my top 5 favorite authors. I really liked this book and recommend it.  Whenever I read a few bland books, I know I can pick up a Kristen Ashley book and enjoy a good read.  The Gamble was a GREAT read!

I do like a little drama when it is in an erotica romance and this drama was just enough for me. It had me in tears and I loved it.  I love when there is enough angst to cause my heart to ache a little.

The Gamble was steamy and sexy.  Also, I liked that the sex did not happen on day #1.  Sometimes, the anticipation is worth it.  It makes it hotter.

Did I skim?  No.  After I finished the book, I went back and reread my favorite parts.

Did I feel connected to the characters? YES.

Will I reread? Yes

Did I think about the book after I was finished? Yes

Do I recommend? YES

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Sequels: Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) Published: April 2011

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) Published: October 2011

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) Published: July 2012

Colorado Mountain (Colorado Mountain #5) Expected Publication: 2013

 

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Review of Stand-In Star By Rachael Johns

Title: Stand-In Star

Author: Rachael Johns

Stand-in Star

2 out of 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Chick-Lit

Published: January 2013

Length: 250 pages

I don’t like writing negative reviews, but I want to be honest.  We are all different readers.  One reader will love a story while another reader will not.

Holly McCartney flies to Hollywood to accept an acting award for her deceased sister.  Her sister’s old friend, the handsome Nate Devlin, rescues her from the paparazzi and drives her back to his home. Nate has some assumptions about Holly since her deceased sister and she did not talk for 3 years.  Nate thinks that Holly only came to accept the award to experience the Hollywood glamour.  While, Holly does not know why Nate is helping her, yet giving her the cold shoulder.

Let me start by saying this was a very nice and sweet story.  My problem, I don’t like when the misunderstanding in the story drags to almost majority of the book. Especially in books that involve characters not in high school or college.  I expect that in a Young Adult books, not in 18+ Adult Contemporary Romance novels. Nate was friends with Holly’s sister and the misunderstanding that occur as to why the sisters did not talk for 3 years, got on my nerves and ruined the story for me.  Additionally, I felt some scenes were not executed properly.

By the time anything happened, I lost interest.  I liked Holly and I liked Nate.  I just would have liked the story to move along.    Additionally, there was just a little too much inner dialogue.

–          Did I skim? Yes.  I skimmed some of the inner dialogue which I found a little mundane at times.

–          Did I feel connected to the characters? No.

–          Do I recommend? I hate to say it, but I would not recommend this one. I love a cat and mouse drama in a novel, but this one took too long.  I need more than one story line to get me through a 250 page book.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Contemporary Romance

 

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Crush (Crush #1) By Lacey Weatherford

Crush

5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, New Adult

I loved this book and was not disappointed. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

First of all the cover’s post-it note had me laughing. “Do you like me? Check one.” The story behind the post-it note is in the book. Love it!

This is a great YA book.  I loved the mystery, the twist and the chemistry between Cami and Hunter.

Some of you will figure out the twist half-way through the book and that is fine.  I did too.  However, it did not turn me off from reading the story.  Actually, it made me want to read it without stopping since I had to know how it was all going to “go down.”

Plot: Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at a distance, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

–         Did I skim? No.

–         Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

–         Did I want to go back to reading when I had to stop? Yes, I did not get anything done that day. This is one book I did not want to stop reading.

–         Do I recommend?  YES! I loved this book!

–         Am I looking forward to the sequel? YES!!

–         Ending/Cliffhanger: Great ending.  I am BIG on endings and cliffhangers and this one was not a disappointment.  It is the last chapter that can make or break a book.

Crush (Crush #1)

Author: Lacey Weatherford

Published: October 2012

Length: 332 Pages

Sequels: Smitten (Crush #2) – Expected Publication: 2013

 
 

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Review of Devoured (Devoured #1) By Emily Snow

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A solid 4 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Rock Star, Music, Fiction

So where do I begin with this review???

When I originally read ‘Devoured’ in October, I gave the book 3 stars. I did not feel connect to the characters.  The relationship between Lucas and Sienna felt forced.

Then over the holidays, I read ‘All Over You’, which I loved. I mean I asked my husband and kids 🙂 to kindly not interrupt me so I could finish the book in one sitting.   I devoured ‘All Over You’ and did not want it to end.  I loved Lucas’ and Sienna’s POVs.  ‘All Over You’ just a short 46 pages connected me to the characters.

So I went back and reread ‘Devoured’, I was devoured this time. I understood the anger in the courthouse when Sienna first sees Lucas after he asked her to leave his bedroom 2 years before.  I understood Sienna’s frustration with Lucas in the fondue restaurant when she felt set up by him and his offer to return the deed to her grandmother’s foreclosed home.  AND then that piano scene when they were making music.  *sigh* Yeah, I sighed!!  😉 Also, here is the link to Emily Snow’s website.  She has included Lucas’s POV of my favorite piano scene.

So I recommend this book, but read ‘All Over You’ first.

And Emily Snow, you have a new fan here.  I cannot wait for Consumed.

Plot: Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can’t get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

 Did I skim? No

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

Do I look forward to the sequel? Yes

Do I recommend? Yes

Ending/Cliffhanger: The cliffhanger makes me want the sequel right now.

Title: ‘Devoured’ by Emily Snow

Published: October 2012

Length: 202 pages

Sequels:

‘All Over You’ (Devoured 0.5) – January 2013

‘Consumed’ (Devoured #2) – Expected Publication: 2013

‘Savor You’ (Devoured #3) – Expected Publication: Unknown

 

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Review of Beneath This Man (This Man #1) By: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Beneath this man

3 out 5 Stars (4 Stars for first ¾ and 2 Stars for the last ½)

‘ Beneath This Man’

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Published: January 2013

Genre: Erotica, BDSM, Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Length: 524 pages

Three…Two…One…Zero…

Did I hear retribution sex???

Let me first say, it is worth the read.

I am giving the first ¾ of this book 4 stars since I thought that the story was well written and interesting.  Then somewhere at 72%, I was like “what?”  No!!! My opinion changed simply since what happens, I did not see or feel the sex was hot anymore.

Jesse is so beautiful.  Yeah, I get it, he is hot.  Yeah, he is a rich, controlling, alpha male.  I know. While Jesse reminds us of all the type of controlling sex he is going to “give” Ava; Ava reminds us that he is a god and all she thinks about is sex when Jesse is near. But can the woman just step back, for one minute, and think about how dysfunctional this relationship is getting??? The pill, the BDSM club, the man making you say ‘yes’ to things that you do not want to agree to…you need to seek help!  At some point, it is not hot and sexy anymore.

Plot: Ava O’Shea knew she was heading towards disaster. Every instinct told her to run, but Jesse Ward was a hard man to escape.

It has been five days’ since Ava left Jesse drunk and raging at Lusso – left behind a man who drowned her in his intensity and blindsided her with his touch. Getting over this man was never going to be easy and now he’s back in her life.

She has questions she needs answering, but her determination to get these answers will give the pleasure-seeking playboy the power to destroy her again. She needs to keep her eyes wide open and caution at the forefront of her mind, an ambitious intention when Jesse Ward is within touching distance. And he plans to be.

He’s dark, he’s broken – Ava knows this, but the only way to find out how dark and how broken is to get beneath the steely exterior of this man.

I love a hot, wealthy, alpha, controlling male.  If you would look at my Kindle library, I think ½ of my books are stories about rich, controlling, alpha males.  I love them.

However, someone needs to talk to Ava.  There is a point when you are in a relationship and you think “yeah, that is not healthy” and you leave no matter how hot and crazy good the sex is.  When there is a lack of mutual respect in a relationship, it’s over. There was one scene with Jesse where he crossed the line that I know I would not be able to forgive no matter what.

In the end, no real answers, just more questions that I want answered.  And it was not hot and sexy for me.

 -Did I skim? No.  The writing is very good

-Do I recommend?  Yes.  I think that the author does a create job creating a story about a dysfunctional relationship.  However, at this point the relationship is making me sad.

-Did I think about the book after I was done?  Yes, thinking and praying “I hope my daughter never gets into a relationship with a man like Jesse.”

-Do I look forward to the sequel? Yes, I will read the sequel.  I have to know how it all ends. Plus, I want some answers!! I just don’t think the sex is hot anymore. 

Other Books: ‘This Man’ (This Man #1) – Published: October 2012

‘This Man Confessed’ (This Man #3) – Expected Publication: Spring 2013

 
 

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