Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Slow Seduction by Cecilia Tan

Slow Satisfaction (Struck by Lightning, #3)Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Trade Paperback {p.297}
Genre: Erotica
Series: Struck by Lightning #3
Source: Publisher
Karen Casper, James
James has finally pushed Karina beyond her limit--not her limit for kinky sex play, but for his extreme secrecy. She has had enough and breaks things off. But James won't give up on Karina and will do whatever it takes to get her back. He's ready to share his deepest, darkest secrets, but is Karina ready to hear them?

James offers Karina not only the truth but a place at his side... onstage. He wants Karina to star in his final musical production and enter his life and his world fully and completely. As the two work together, they rekindle the trust and love they'd lost. But James's world is full of deceit. When he is blackmailed by an unscrupulous music industry executive, James must give in to unreasonable demands or risk exposure of his and Karina's secret sex life.

Will Karina and James's love be strong enough to withstand the many obstacles being thrown their way?
This story was just too far-fetched for me to get behind. I never bought their relationship from day one because of how Karina went along with the commands of a complete stranger no questions asked. From that point on it was downhill for me. with that being said I just skimmed the remainder of the book one and completely skipped book two altogether.

The book seemed as though it was going to be a good read, but Karina's complete lack of self preservation turned me off from the beginning. It never seemed to come back from that for me. Book three was a complete did-not-finish for me.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Breathe by Kristen Ashley ~ Launch Day Blitz & Review

Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4)Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Mass Market Paperback {p.610}
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Mountain #4
Source: Publisher
Faye Goodknight, Chace Keaton
There's nothing like the first time...

In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods...

Chace doesn't think he's the good guy everyone believes him to be. He's made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he's come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace's dark past...

I was a bit unsure if I was going to like Chace because of the way he was behaving toward Faye in the first couple of chapters. I wasn't sure how they were going to make it as a couple with him referring to her by calling her "fat ass" in not in the Kim K kind of way. Chace couldn't possible do worse than that to her, right? Wrong. She truly stuck it out for him, because it steadily got worse before it got better.

I never really developed a true connection with either of Faye or Chace. Plus, there didn't really seem to be a connection between them either. Their story just seemed to drag on entirely too long, with nothing truly happening. I did like Faye's family; they were a delightful treat.

Yet again I found myself re-reading sentences in an effort to make heads or tails of them. I just don't understand why it seems so difficult to structure a sentence. I just gave up on the last third of the book or so. It was just too long-winded with very little plot.
About the author:
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bet (The Bet, #1)
Publish Date: April 19, 2014
Trade Paperback {p.255}
Genre: New Adult
Series: The Bet #1
Source: Public Library
Kacey, Travis Titus
"I have a proposition for you." Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. It's been years since Kacey's seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they're engaged for her sake-so be it.

But Kacey wasn't counting on Jake's older brother Travis still being there. She calls him "Satan" for a reason: she's never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis's gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey's more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake's deal...
This was an entertaining read for me. I started laughing from page one and never stopped.

I truly enjoyed both Travis and Kacey. I loved how they interacted with each other. Their chemistry was amazing. I just ate up all their scenes together. Not only did I love these two, but Travis and Jake's grandmother. What a hoot. She sure kept everyone on their toes.

As far as characters I did not like, that would go to Jake, the other Titus brother. Which is disappointing because his book is next in the series, but I have no desire whatsoever to read more of him. He was a complete a**hole throughout the book and come to find out he was one as a child as well. I personally don't feel that there are any redeeming qualities for Jake.

Overall I loved this book, minus Jake. I want to keep going with the series because I loved Kacey, Travis and Grandma Nadine. If they don't have to be read in order to grasp the story, I may just skip to book three in the series.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In My Mailbox {174}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Books-a-Million
Haven of ObediencePleasure's EdgeThe Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #1)
Haven of Obedience by Marina Anderson
Pleasure's Edge by Eden Bradley
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Books via Library
Saga, Volume 1
Sage by Brian K. Vaughan

Books via Paperback Swap
Dash of Peril (Love Undercover, #4)Love and LeftoversFifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Too Hot to Handle (Jackson, #2)
Dash of Peril by Lori Foster
Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl

Books via Publisher
Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1)The Last Breath
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

Books via Reader Service
The Best Kind of Trouble (The Hurley Boys, #1)Falling for Max (Kowalski Family, #9)The Homecoming (Thunder Point, #6)Wedding Belles
Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey
The Homecoming by Robyn Carr
Wedding Belles by Beth Albright
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