Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

Undeniable: Deuce West and Eva Fox

(Undeniable #1)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Warning: This is not a "typical love story". This is an all-consuming, soul-crushing, tear-your-heart-into-pieces story. It’s intense, gritty and raw, dark and disturbing, and it doesn’t happen overnight. This is an epic love story that knows no boundaries and has no time limits. It grows and develops—with hurt, sacrifice, and heartache—over the span of a lifetime.

Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with bikers in the club lifestyle is all that she knows. When she’s a young girl, Eva meets the reason for her existence. Deuce West is the sexy, biker bad-ass of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club—but that’s where the similarities end. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart. Eva sees in Deuce what he cannot see in himself—a man worthy of love—and Eva spends her lifetime proving to him that her undeniable love is the one thing he can’t live without.

This is Eva and Deuce’s story.

It wasn’t easy.
Nothing worth doing ever is.
And love is worth everything.

Review:

That was one crazy a$$ ride! WOW! There was so much wrong with it but I couldn't stop reading. It touched my two usual two DNF triggers (Cheating and unprotected sex) yet in this one while disturbing I still couldn't stop reading. As the book tells you in the beginning this is NOT a typical romance and it is a F'ed up ride but I wouldn't take back reading it. If you're gonna read this one you have to throw all of your "romance novel" ideals out the window. This is a WTF, did that really just happen, oh yes it just did, sorta book. It has plenty of shock appeal and it is ugly in places but still I read on waiting to see what would happen next. Just when you think happy will happen, its yanked out from underneath you. Eventually we get there but a lot of bad happens before we do.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Early Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Wild Embrace: An Anothology

(Psy-Changeling #15.5)


Expected publication: August 23rd 2016

Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries…


Review:
I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh and in particular her paranormal series. We are already 15 full length novels deep into the Psy-Changling world and numerous novellas plus all the snippets. So if you have been reading this series you are probably deeply invested in the characters. I know I am.  I am super stoked we got another anthology with 4 brand new novellas. . Whoot whoot. I can’t get enough! As a whole this is a fantastic addition to the this series and I loved every minute I spent reading this. The only issue I have with this is the very first novella… Echo of Silence.. I just wish it has been released BEFORE Vasic’s book. There are a few references to Stefan in previous books and I was wondering who in the heck he was. I even went and looked to see if I had missed a novella, and alas, I hadn’t. So when his name kept popping up, especially in Allegiance I was confused. Having this novella before that would have helped a ton in that area. So really its not an issue with the story itself but the timing in which it had been released.

Dorian’s story spans over most of his lifetime and I’m so glad we got to read it. To see how he struggled and how he got to be the man he is today.  Dezi and Felix, This is the first changeling couple where the female is so very much more dominate than the male. Yes technically Indigo is more dominate than Drew but the difference is negligible.  With this couple think more like Grace and Cooper only in reverse. It was really good to see how this one worked. I loved when Felix backed up Dezi and had no problems letting her lead in certain areas. FINALLY we get Gem and Kenji!, for YEARS they have been flirting and giving us little glimpses and now they have a novella! They circle each other, Kenji broke Gems heart but Kenji had the misguided belief that it was for her own good. Gem decides something deeper is going on and is determined to discover it. LOVE it!

I am super happy with this book and devoured it as soon as I got it. If you’re a fan of the series I am confident you will as well. If you are new to the series, well technically these are all standalones but I wouldn't read them without having read at least some of the series. Timeline wise I think all of these take place in the second half of the series. So like book 8ish and beyond.


*This book was provided thru NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova: Nova Reed and Quinton Carter

(Nova #1)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

Review:
Jessica Sorensen has quickly climbed the list to one of my favorite authors. She creates such in depth emotional characters. From the very prolog we are taken on one of the most emotional books I have read in awhile. I swear I was almost crying from the prolog, I mean seriously who gets emotionally attached to the characters from a prolog, but it is IMPACTFUL!

Both Nova and Quinton about break my heart, the sadness and loss they both carry around just tears at your heart. Nova and Quinton are both characters that will pull at your heart strings and you’ll remember long after you’ve finished the book. In fact I’ve been thinking about these two since I finished the book about a week ago. While I was reading the book I didn’t want it to end, I saw the ending approaching and I was dreading it.

I’m not going to say a whole lot happens in this book, because not a ton does. This story is about the characters and their emotional journeys. Nova lost her dad at a young age, she was there when his heart gave out, that stayed with her. When she met Landon her new neighbor, he quickly became her best friend and then later her boyfriend. When he left her too, what was left of her heart was shattered and man can you feel it. Her pain is palpable, when she gets to college, things get a little better but come crashing around her when she goes home for the summer. At home, everything is too raw and fresh and she starts on a downward spiral.

Quinton, his pain if possible is worse than Nova’s. A year ago, he was a good guy with ambition and a drive to do well, he wanted to be an artist and to marry his girlfriend Lexi. **spoiler** Then an accident happened that killed Lexi, his cousin and…him… only Quinton was able to be revived. **end spoiler** Since that fateful night, Quinton has been doing his best to forget life and to slowly drown himself in alcohol and weed. The angst, oh the angst.. so good is this angst…

I’m not usually all about the angst, but with this book it was so very good. Nova and Quinton find in each other kindred spirits. Both are carrying around so much loss and heartbreak, as each spirals further out of control in each other they find some peace, but the guilt they carry around may destroy them both. Through the entire book you want these two to find the peace they both so desperately need. Nova and Quinton take you on this emotional rollercoaster that will have you in tears or close to it. There are certain aspects of this book that I really identified with. **spoiler** having lost three friends from suicide I could really identify with the thoughts that swirled around in Nova’s head when it came to Landon. The thoughts of were there signs? Was there something you could have done to save them? Why didn’t they love everyone enough to stay? **end spoiler**

The only thing I didn’t adore was the constant references to smoking, it gets to the point, where you are like ok, I get it, they are all pot heads. LOL! At times it was over emphasized but the rest is so good, I could live with it. When you pick up this book and you definitely should, make sure you have your Kleenex handy!

*Review copy provided for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

**Also reviewed for Lets Get Romantical

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: Feel the Rush by Kelsie Leverich

Feel the Rush: Reed Porter and Meagan Mitchell

(Hard Feelings #2)


Summery:
From Goodread.com
Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads, it’s time to find Mr. Safe…

Army Captain, Reed Porter, lives for the thrill—he’s an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not in his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

Review:
What a great story! I read the first book in the series and really liked it, but I got to say this one was better! I had loved Ronnie’s hard ass attitude but adored Meagan soft heart. We met Meagan in the Valentines Arrangement, she was Kale’s friends with benie’s before he found Ronnie. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her coming into this book, but I found she was a pleasant surprise. She has a great sense of humor, she’s that kind of quiet one that out of nowhere cracks a smart ass comment and has everyone laughing. That’s almost my favorite kind of humor because you never quite see it coming. Romantically, her dating life has been a disaster. She is coming up on the big 3-0 and always thought she would be married with kids by the time she was 30. To escape a bad dating pattern she picks up and moves when her best friend Eva (who I also loved btw) came up on orders. Only, she falls right into the arms of her very first one night stand, Reed Porter, only its 8 years later and he doesn’t recognize her. This time Meagan is determined to break the pattern and to not sleep with the irresistible Reed. But Reed has other plans for her.

Reed is our adrenaline junky! Meagan nicknamed him Mr. Thrill and it fits. He will do anything for a rush, and right now chasing Meagan is giving him a rush of a lifetime, but he’s not a forever type of guy. Meagan has made it clear what she is looking for, but Reed wants to give it a go anyway. Although Reed comes off as a fun loving guy, he has demons of his own. There is a reason he doesn’t form many lasting attachments. When you lose the other part of your soul it leaves a pretty lasting impact. Reed leads on a fun pursuit of Meagan and it is definitely fun to read, the push and pull between these two strong willed characters is entertaining. I didn’t want to put the book down and when I did I couldn’t wait to pick it back up to see what these two get themselves into next. Ultimately I saw the general outcome coming, yet not. Kelsie Leverich definitely threw a wrench in what I thought was going to happen. I have to admit it brought a tear to my eye and I’m sure it will bring others to a full out ugly cry. But this made me love Meagan and Reed all that much more. Ultimately Reed has to decide if his adrenaline filled lifestyle is worth his happiness whether he thinks he deserves it or not.

This was a fun entertaining ride which was enhanced by the side characters. I loved each and every one of them! And I am looking forward to each and every one of their books! So yeah, Kelsie Leverich, Im going to need you to get on these books ASAP!

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

**And on a side note, I met the lovely Kelsie Leverich at the Naughty Mafia Las Vegas signing and she is a super sweetheart!

***This title is also reviewed on Lets Get Romantical

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Run to You by Rachel Gibson

Run to You: Beau Junger and Stella Leon


(Military Men #2)




Summary:
From Goodreads.com
There's nothing like fleeing Miami to ruin a girl's day. Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected boss, spirited her out of the city, and claimed that Stella's half-sister--the one with the perfect life--sent him. Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride... and seduce Beau's military-issue socks off...


The Marine Corps was Beau's escape from his old man's legacy of naval heroism and serial philandering, but no amount of training could prepare him for the day he looked in the mirror and saw his father staring back. The answer: swear off meaningless sex. Oh, and find a way to make Stella Leon quit being so damn hot…


Review:
So I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. I’ve probably read 2 books in like two weeks, this being one of them. Even in my reading slump I enjoyed this book. Per the typical Rachel Gibson it made me chuckle and it was light fun read. Stella, is a bit of a late bloomer, she hasn’t found her niche yet as far as work goes and has never felt like she could live up to her sisters accomplishments. So when her biological father kicks it and some GI Joe of a man comes looking for her with a message from her long lost sister she is not having it. As with most of Gibsons female leads Stella is strong and she is sassy. She might not view herself as a strong female but she is a survivor who stands up in the face of danger and even to the hard assed Beau. I quite enjoyed Stella and her attitude, she doesn’t let much really get her down and she bounces back pretty quick even with the mob chasing her. I like the way she handles uptight Beau and gets him to relax a little. Beau seriously has a bit of a pole up his ass in the beginning. He is very rigid and well military. Little by little he starts to relax a little, but is still a bit uptight, but I’m sure eventually she’ll wear him down. Beau is not my favorite of Rachel Gibson men but I still liked him as a character. Stella, I enjoyed more she was funny and kept on trucking even when she’s lost pretty much everything.


In Run to You by Rachel Gibson you can pretty much look forward to some good laughs, likeable characters and a fun story. This was a quick read that I couldn’t put down, even though it’s not my favorite Gibson novel.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson

Nothing But Trouble: Mark Bressler and Chelsea Ross


(Chinooks Hockey Team #5)





Summary:

Mark Bressler should have died that night of the car accident, some days he wishes he had. As the former Captain of the Chinooks hockey team, he feels seriously cheated as his team wins the Stanley Cup without him. It was his one dream in life and in one minute during an icy night that was all taken from him. Chelsea, is an out of work actress that decides to take a break from the LA scene and goes to Seattle to stay with her twin sister Bo who works for the Chinooks Hockey team. Almost immediately Chelsea finds herself working for Chinooks as Mark Bressler’s glorified babysitter. He has been such a pain in the a$$ that they cannot find any other nurses willing to go to his home and they even through a $10,000.00 bonus if she can make it 3 months with the man. Chelsea is used to being a PA for C list actors, is there anything worse than that? The answer is yes, and it comes in the form of Mark Bressler! At first the two can’t stand each other, but Chelsea needs that $10,000 so she puts up with Marks rude, crude ways. For Mark, Chelsea is an annoying pest he doesn’t want around but little by little she starts getting under his skin. Suddenly Mark isn’t as big as a douche as Chelsea thought he was and an attraction starts forming between these two. I mean how long can Chelsea really resist those rock hard abs?! Chelsea refuses to be one of “those” assistants that get involved with their boss. What a cliché but how long can she resist, Marks not so charming, charms…



Review:

I love love love this book! I think it may even be my favorite of the Chinook Series, but it has some fierce competition from “See Jane Score” and the “Trouble with Valentine’s Day”. I cannot pinpoint exactly what makes me love this book so much. Maybe it’s the dynamic between Mark and Chelsea, the instant annoyance which gradually gives away to more. Or how Mark is in such a dark place in his life, but Chelsea with her bright clothes and pit bull personality manage to bring him out of his deep depression. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose the only dream you ever had because of a freak accident. I love how R. Gibson seemlessly manages to insert today's pop culture into each of her novels. I have to say I read this book twice within the first 24 hours. I read it as soon as it came out and within 24 hours I had read it again, I loved it that much! I don’t think I had ever done that before or since!


My only piece of criticism is I am not sure I like the direction of R. Gibson's new cover art. I think I like the old school cover art a little better, but I'm still on the fence.


*Also reviewed on Lets Get Romantical

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Rhythm and Bluegrass: Bonnie Turkle and Will McBride

(Bluegrass #2)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.

Review:
I adore Molly Harper she writes such fun characters. Bonnie is a wide eyed, optimistic the glass is always full sort of girl. She is cheerful and always thinks that a situation can be fixed. When she arrived in Mud Creek she didn’t expect to find a dying town and an irresistible new mayor with a real problem on how to save his town and a real grudge against the music hall. For Bonnie this town is one disaster after another but for some reason the town, the music hall and especially the mayor start to get under her skin. Will is the new town mayor, he’s lived his whole life in this city and if he doesn’t do something and fast there might not be much left of his town. To Will the music hall represents an absentee father and a money pit. He has no issues if the music hall was to disappear.

This is a funny, quirky story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Bonnie and Will had a sizzling chemistry but differing outlooks on the town. Bonnie wants to save the music hall and Will doesn’t. The antics that ensue are highly entertaining as Will and Bonnie circle each other. They each take stabs at each other as they try to save the town. The people of the town are also quite entertaining and add to the overall story. I love when the author creates quirky towns and towns member it breathes life into the story and adds a rich backdrop for the main characters to play in. In true Molly Harper fashion we are left with a fun story that is sure to have you laugh. I know I was not disappointed and look forward to the next story she has to tell.

*This book was provided to me through Edelweiss for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti

Sweet Revenge: Matt Dean and Laney Jacobs

(Sin Brothers #2)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com

The One Man She Can't Have

Matt Dean was born to fight…and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he's gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho…and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.

The One Woman He Can't Resist

Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She's spent years running from her own past—the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt's strong arms offer her protection, and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she's ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt's past and putting everything—and everyone—he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?

Review:
Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti is the second in the Sins Brothers series. This is a series about four brothers who were created in a lab by the military to be the perfect soliders. It’s kind of like the old TV show Dark Angel but not quite that extreme with the enhancements. The only problem with the Comanders plan for the Gray Brothers is that they loved each other way more then they loved the brutal training the commander put them through. The three remaining brothers ave six weeks to live before they are literally blown from the inside out. There were explosives inserted right next to their spines to ensure their cooperation. Matt is on a mission to find one of the Dr.’s that could have performed the surgery in attempt to live past the six weeks they have left. A postcard sent to one of the Dr.’s leads him to Charmed, Idaho. He is bleeding from a knife wound when he meets Laney in the alley outside her bar, in a moment of stupid compassion she takes him and then everything goes to hell and back.

From beginning to end we are taken on a passionate and dangerous journey. From the moment these two meet the sparks fly, I LOVED the chemistry between these two from the get go. The chemistry while quick and powerful it could have easily felt forced or as the dreaded Insta-Love however, this attraction and subsequent love was effortless and meant. I adored Laney she has a dark past of her own but is also smart and knows when to step up and back down she is quick witted and sassy she is able to stand up to the force that is Matt. Matt is surprised that he can’t cow tow this petite bar owner, usually he doesn’t have any problems dominating anyone but his bartender gives as good as she gets. These two don’t even have time to settle into their mutual attraction when the bodies start to fall. It quickly comes to light that a deranged serial killer is after Laney and they she has a few secrets of her own. Matt almost loses sight of the mission because of the temptation in the form of a green eyed brunette and the trouble that she brings, but if he accomplishes nothing else in what time he has left he vows that he will see his Laney safe even if he has to hunt down a killer.

You will be quickly absorbed into the story as takes off at a sprint from the beginning and never lets up. If there is not some sort of action taking place the passion between Matt and Laney is imploding off of the pages. Neither can afford the distraction their attraction is bringing and even though they agree its temporary from the beginning neither can seem to let the other go. Both Matt and Laney have some serious baggage and trust issues and that’s not even taking into account that if Matt doesn’t find the surgeon and answers, he’ll be dead in six weeks. Not a lot of time to save his own life and that of his brothers especially when he has an elite military unit after him and a serial killer to deal with. A tall order of events even for Matt. Matt is a protector by nature and he wants to make sure all of his loved ones are taken care of; it’s because of his protector nature that he feels like such a failure when it comes to his lost brother Jory. He made a promise to his brothers and he wasn’t able to keep it with Jory. It about breaks your heart whenever he thinks of his fallen brother. The loyalty and love Matt feels for his brothers is inspiring and emotion packed. With this book are getting it all, loveable characters, action, passion, romance and an emotional ride. I loved this ride from beginning to end and can’t wait for the next book. Tomorrow would not be soon enough for Nate’s book, too bad we have to wait until May for the next installment. Patience is a virtue, one I don’t have!

*This book was provided thru NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Review: Rome by Jay Crownover

Rome: Rome Archer and Cora Lewis

(Marked Men #3)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

Review:
Rome by Jay Crownover is the third book in the Marked Men series. Rome is the eldest Archer brother who has been in the Army for pretty much his entire adult life, he’s now out of the Army and having troubles adjusting to civilian life. He’s moody, angry and flies off the handle at anyone in his path and Cora is sick of it and is not afraid to let him know. Rome as a character actually grows a lot through the book, another Vet kind of takes him under his wing and helps to set him straight. Rome has his moments where he lapses but through the book he goes from angry on the brink of a drinking problem to fairly adjusted. I did like Rome as a character, he would be pretty tough to dislike, he’s the protective older brother who has always done right by everyone else but has fallen on hard times. He’s flawed just enough to keep him human and likeable. Cora, while I also liked her, she doesn’t really grow all that much as a character she is pretty much the same through the whole book, which isn’t bad as she is a likeable, sassy character. She’s a bit of a firecracker, she is also fiercely protective of her loved ones much like Rome. She had a super bad break up years ago and since then she has been uber protective of her heart, which causes some strife between her and Rome. She demands that he let her in, but she isn’t as willing to reciprocate but Rome is pretty patient with her in this regard. The story is also fairly entertaining, it kept moving along but it follows the same formula as the first two books in the series. The story is different but the theme remains the same which if Crownover isn’t careful with this it may become too repetitive in any future books.

I didn’t really have that big of an issue with the characters or really the story itself all that much but where I did have issues is with the details in this book and for me the details may make or break a book. I had a field day with my Goodreads status updates as I moved through this book, the details just got so bad or outrageous in parts on top of that the editing like with Rule, was just bad. Now to be fair this was an ARC copy so I hope some of the editing issues got taken care of, but usually an ARC while has some issues it tends to be pretty close to the finished product. I swear Crownover is queen of the run on sentence and awkward sentence structure. I think there was even a random colon in the middle of a sentence for no reason at all. She’s a fairly good storyteller but as a writer it definitely wouldn’t hurt to tighten up and clean up her actual writing. Now on to some of the ridiculous: So in the beginning of the book Cora is talking about how she is excellent in business and that she is a few credits short of her MBA but in the next few sentences she goes on to tell how after her break up her senior year she fell off the school wagon and barely graduated. How is barely graduating undergrad, a few credits short of an MBA? Does Crownover realize that they are separate programs? Then there were the constant references to Rome’s size and how hot he is, I think if I was to do a search for hot and big in this book, it may take an hour for my Kindle just to gather all of the references. LOL. One of my biggest contemporary pet peeves is front and center in this book, unprotected sex. Cora and Rome have sex twice unprotected before they even talk about possible pregnancy and disease is never mentioned. I just find it irresponsible; the convo should have at least been after the first oops. If you want to get a character preggers on purpose make the condom break at least then there is an attempt at being responsible. This always just skeeves me out a little, at least Rome and Cora know each other, kind of, so it’s not quite as bad. I think one of my favorite ridiculousness’s in the book was when Rome’s eyes got described as he was about to climax. He has blue eyes but when he climaxes silver streaks through his eyes. Am I reading a paranormal romance? There is not a single other reference to Rome having silver in his eyes, but somehow when he’s about to come silver comes out of nowhere and streaks through his eyes. Come on, this happens a lot in paranormal where a characters eyes will change color with strong emotion but contemporary, please, it’s not happening. There were so many moments in this book where I was groaning or laughing from the incorrect information or the just plain outrageous. I think this is part of what kept me reading, just to see what would go wrong next, because I almost did DNF it a couple of times. Even though there were so many issues, I have to admit even with everything that went wrong with this book and even knowing that the next book will probably be just as bad I am still going to read Nash. I must be a masochist but damn it, Nash is kind of my favorite of all the “bad boys”.

*ARC provided through Edelweiss for an honest review no other compensation was provided.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Review: Drawn Together by Lauren Dane

Drawn Together: Raven Smith and Jonah Warner

(Brown Family #5)


Summary:
From Goodreads.com

Beauty is more than skin-deep…

Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.

With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.

Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.

But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…

Review:

Ok, it is official I am DNFing this book. Not so much because it is bad, but because I just dont care. I could not bring myself to care about either Jonah or Raven as a couple or as individuals. I got to about 70% of the way through the book and my little Kindle timer told me I still had over an hour and a half of reading time left and I just could not bring myself to spend over another hour reading about two characters I just didn't care about. Maybe I could have gotten over the lack of connection with the characters if there was a good plot, but really there wasn't much of one. There is a lot of blah blah blah talking, mostly about Ravens hard knock childhood and how Jonah needed to help her break out of it. There is a lot of talk about kids and probably the most significant relationship in this book is between Raven and a toddler her best friends kid. There was a lot of blah blah blah talk about how much she loved that kid and how she is such a great "auntie", not my favorite subject in my erotica. There is also a lot Raven's friends telling her about there is just so much more about her then a cold hearted bitch and she is such a wonderful person, blah blah blah. Usually Im a sucker for a emotionally scared character but there was nothing about Raven that could not bring me in to care. Even when she revealed a doozy of a hard knock that would usually have my heart breaking, nothing... Jonah is ok I guess, nothing special. He spends a lot of time thinking about Ravens bad childhood and how she is such a strong woman and how he wants to help, but we don't really get a good look into what makes him tick. In theory he should be a stand out character but he doesn't really stand out or shine.

Since this is erotica I suppose I should talk about the steam factor in this book. Again, lack luster for me. It starts out promising but quickly tapers off to guess what?! A lot of talking about doing and not as much actual doing. So as it turns out Jonah is a Dom and somehow brings out Raven's until now non-existent sub qualities. Out of the bedroom Raven does not have a single sub trait she does not have a hard time making eye contact for any period of time, no eagerness to please, absolutely nothing that would signify a sub. I guess she is supposed to be like Nora from the Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz but she just does not have Nora's confidence, or swagger to pull it off. She is supposed to be bi and promiscuous and her bestie is married to men; however, when he thinks about her newly found sub tendencies she thinks of herself as a freak? Really because being Bi is so much less freaky?? Jonah is like a half assed Dom, I didn't buy it for a second. I just couldn't take him seriously as a Dom. I've read my share of BDSM and usually a Dom has a certain quality of them, a commanding presence that Jonah just did not have. The D/s portion of this book just read as an afterthought to me. Like the author randomly thought, oh this is erotica I better throw some sort of kink in there, let's just go with the old staple D/s.. easy peasy.. and the effect was EH..

Im sure lots of people will end up loving this book especially fans of this series, but for me it was just a boring miss...

*This book was provided thru NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.