Book Review: SMUT by Karina Halle

Genre: NA, Romance

Pages: 315

Released on: May 16th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

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Book Review: MR. WRONG by Jana Aston

Genre: Romance, NA

Pages: 206

Released on: October 7th, 2015

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I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.

Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.

But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?

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CHARGED by Jay Crownover Review + Excerpt Tour **Giveaway**

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won’t know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid’s story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.

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BLOG TOUR: Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander – REVIEW + Giveaway!

Hello, lovelies!

First and foremost I have to apologize to you and all those involved with the RELUCTANT PRINCE Blog Tour, and especially Dani-Lyn. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to post my review post for Reluctant Prince on the day I was scheduled. Family emergencies are no joke, and literally blind-sided my entire family. Regardless, I have a duty to post what I signed on for. Hopefully you all can understand.

All that aside, I am very honored to be discussing Dani-Lyn’s RELUCTANT PRINCE today!

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review! *

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 252

Released on: November 3rd, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince

“A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!”

~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

My Review: 

The plot of this book was very intriguing from the description and, honestly, it had been a while since I picked up a book where the main character is acting as the “chosen one” and it all falls to this one ordinary girl. We all know that trope right? Of course. But I had a hard time really connecting with this book. And I feel it has a lot to do with the fact that this is the first book in a series. First books tend to set everything up, help build the stakes, and then book two is where the real conflict and character development starts to take shape.

However.

I’ve read first series books where the author can do just that in book one, not only book two. That’s not the case here though.

For that reason I had a hard time connecting to the characters because they felt one dimensional. The “romance” between our two mains is sweet and I can definitely see it growing beautifully in book two. But as far as book one goes, it’s a good starting point. I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t push the two together. Instead she pointed them toward each other and let the characters do the rest. That was nice.

I would have liked to see more from Ryleigh as far as main protagonists go. I felt like I only saw one side of her and half the time she was just soaking in all the information like a sponge but never really acting on it. I did, however, appreciate that she always clung onto the duty of big sister. That was kind of like her fall back when everything got weird, or confusing, or just plain scary. That says a lot about her character. However, that’s all we saw in book one. I would have liked to have seen more or at least hint to other aspects of her character. Her sister, Mia, was a confusing one. She’s fourteen but doesn’t act fourteen? Sometimes she acts younger (like she’s eight or nine) but then she turns around and says something really profound and mature (like she’s 30 or something). So that threw me off. I think the story would have benefited more if Mia were younger. Whenever she has those younger moments, she’s actually more tolerable for me. The young, innocent, kind of confused about what’s happening act is a good one for her.

Jackson was probably the one character I appreciated the most in the story. He’s got his mission but also his doubts that make him question what’s really true and what traditions need changing. Right there is already more character development than I’ve seen from any of the other characters in this book.

That also being said, I wish there were more side characters! Especially for first books like this, the side characters can help so so much with shinning some light on your main character’s personality. Who they make quick friends with, who they dislike, who they seem drawn to, where they get their information, even the best friends – they all bring out a different side to main characters.

In this book though, Ryleigh doesn’t have anyone. It’s just her, Mia, and Jackson. That’s it. I was disappointed by that.

The actual plot itself though has a lot of potential that I can see taking more shape in book two. We barely scratch the surface of the plot and conflict in book one so it’s hard to really say I disliked or liked it. I can just say that “I want to know more!”

I will, however, say that it was incredibly predictable. Of course the one guy trying to get the prince killed for treason is the one we should be looking at. I knew from the first encounter with this character that he was the bad guy. My only other question then becomes, who is he working with? So, that’ll be something that gets answered in book two (hopefully). There’s also a part of me that hopes the author is just being sneaky. Like, “yes, obviously it’s this guy… but he’s not the real mastermind behind all this… muahahaha!”

I hope that’s Dani-Lyn behind her laptop screen.

Other than that, i found the book to be a fast read. I just wish there was more of pretty much everything. More character traits, more character development, more story line, more world building, more description on fight sequences – just more, please.

MY RATING: 3/5

Dani Lyn Alexander Bio:

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Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Book Review: EASY by Tammara Webber

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary

Released on: November 6th, 2012

Pages: 321

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Goodreads Summary: 

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

My Review:

This book was a bit of a surprise to read. The first time I heard about this book was when my friend dragged me along to the book signing where I awkwardly fumbled to the author that I had never read her books but wanted her to sign my copy? Yup. That’s how it went down. Yet I promised her that I would read it soon and let her know what I thought. 

Well, Tammara, here it is. 

I enjoyed it, immensely. When I say it was a surprise, I really mean that I didn’t expect this book to tackle on the type of issues that it did. I’ve read books that deal with the rape issue and societies views toward it, but never has a book punched those stereotypes in the face quite the way this book does. And I love it for that!

The greatest aspect to any story are the characters. The main character, Jacqueline, starts off as I would imagine most rape victims do, feeling weak & vulnerable, and quiet about the whole ordeal. But her journey throughout the story, one of finding her own strength and fighting back, realizing she is not to blame, and then confronting her demons, both emotional and physical, was a tear-jerking journey to follow. In the end I was so proud of her, just as our other main character, Lucas, was. 

On the subject of Lucas, I just want to say that I’m so happy he’s not the typical blond hair and blue eyed fellow that falls for our main character. I thank Tammara from the bottom of my heart for giving us a “bad boy” with rough edges, ink on his body, and (holy crap) a lip ring. THANK YOU. Lip rings just do things to me, oi. But seriously, Lucas is not a typical bad boy. In fact, he’s not even really a bad boy?? Yup. He’s not. Lucas has his own set of demons and struggles that seriously had me in tears, literally sobbing. I wanted to hug him so hard and just run my fingers through his hair and then tug on his lip ring to make him smile. Heh. 

The one problem I had with the story was the way in which Jacqueline finds out Lucas’s secret. i’ll try not to spoil anything for you, but just know that she doesn’t find out from him. So, that bothered me a lot more than I thought it would. She even mentions it in the book that she would have preferred to hear it from him because that meant he was letting her in. Finding out the way she did, took away some of the meaning behind their relationship, if that makes sense. So then when he finally tells her personal things about his past, it feels like he’s forced to say them now that she knows, instead of her waiting for Lucas to finally open up and let her in. 

Besides that, I enjoyed this book and all the fight it has in it. Loved the characters, pacing was great – I literally had a hard time putting the book down long enough to take a shower! – and the ending had me bursting from my skin. So adorable. 

MY RATING: 4.5/5

P.S. I am so ready to read BREAKABLE which I hear is supposed to be this story but from Lucas’s POV? Either way, I need it.

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