Review of “Release Me” by J. Kenner

This book was GOOD! I know they hyped it up to be Fifty Shades-like and I have to say I think it is pretty darn close to being that good.  The book caught you from the start and had you eager to turn the next page.  I read this book in about 2 days.  At the end of the book, I actually made myself late for work so that I could finish the last couple of pages.  And I have to say…..SOOOO worth it. 

I loved Nikki and Damien and the mystery that surrounds Damien and his past.  What I loved most about these characters was that they were flawed and that made them more human to me.  Sometimes in these books, you read that they guy is perfect and the girl has a beautiful body and in this case, the both have ugliness in their lives and that makes them appear more realistic to me anyway. I think that’s why we can relate to Ethan from 50, Gideon from Bared to you and now Damien from Stark Trilogy.  I can’t wait for book two and said to see there it’s a trilogy and I only get two more books to read about these characters.

I would give this book a 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5. 

 

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Review of “Ink Exchange,” book 2 of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

There is just something about this series that keeps drawing me in to the next book and then I’m disappointed.  In book two, Leslie is the main character and while I understand this is a YA series, there is just so much confusion around who is interested in whom and who will fight over the girl and there is some level of expectation that you will be pleased with the end.  I was not and when I did finish the book, I found myself going…WTF, no happily ever whatever?  

I found Leslie to be a great character but there was no, humpf that got me into the book so much that I didn’t want to put it down.  It is a great plot but there are parts of the book and ultimately the series that so go bland and make you wonder…why am I reading this?  But then it picks up again and you grow to like the characters so you keep going in reading it. 

Ultimately, I’m glad I finished the book because otherwise I would have wondered what happened to Leslie and if she was ever saved but I’m not chomping at the bit to start book three especially after that ending.  I think I will go to something else next and MAYBE pick this back up when I am in a better frame of reference. However, I have this obsessive thing that once I start a series, I have to finish it, so you never know…

I say 2 and 3/4 stars out of 5.  But I give the cover a 5…gorgeous!

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Review of “Lush” by Lauren Dane

I was able get a copy of this off of netgalley and was glad I did.  I really liked the book and the characters were great.  You have the ever eloquent Mary and the true bad boy about to be good Damien.  Mary endears you to her from the start and she captures you.  Not sure I found the “discussion” between the moms believable but it was tasteful. 

I was at a disadvantage because I had not read the first two books in the series yet but you better believe I will go back and read them then probably read this one again.  It would probably make more sense especially learning about Jules and Daisy.

I did read all the Brown Sibling series and it was absolutely great to read more about Adrian Brown.  It was a great tie-in to Damien and how he penetrates the tight circle of Delicious.  The descriptions of Damien helped me paint a pretty yummy picture of him in my head and the scenes where he was playing the drums were that much more YUMMY because of the advanced details!

The book was a bit predictable in that you knew his past would come back to bite him but it was nicely done, very well written love scenes and in the end, I loved it.

I say 4&1/2 stars out of 5

 

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This Series ROCKS!! Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill

About a year ago, a friend sent me a book in the mail that she just read with a caption on a sticky saying…READ THIS!  It just so happen to be the first series by this author whom I had never heard of and so I put it aside for awhile saying, yeah yeah, I’ll get to it eventually.  After all, I was a little burnt out on the whole vampire scene with Twilight in full swing and all so I didn’t read it right away. 

My friend was RELENTLESS in her pursuit to get me to read this however so one Saturday morning last March before my kids got up, I started to read this book “Some Girls Bite.” It was so FAN-FRICKING-TASTIC that I didn’t put the book down until I finished it.  I’d say I loved it but I don’t really think that comes close to how much this book rocked!  The plot, characters, setting, writing…all ROCKED!

Of course, my friend had already sent me the second book “Friday Night Bites” after she read that entire book on the same Saturday that I read the first book.  I couldn’t wait to start it.  I read that one over the next weekend and cursed every event (school activities, chores, kids’ bath etc.) that would take me away from my reading.  I immediately went out and bought the remaining books in the series.  EVERY SINGLE book is FABULOUS.

I was fortunate enough last Fall to have gone to a book signing by this author in Racine, Wisconsin and she is humble, kind and very enthusiastic about her books.  She patiently signed every book in the series for me and waited while I purchased new books for my friend and she signed those as well.  All I can say is…This author ROCKS!!! Get the books, read them! ASAP!

7 out of 5 stars!

Her next book in the series is just weeks away and I am awaiting it with baited breath!  I’m dying to start this book.  “House Rules”.  Released on 05 FEB 2013!

Review of “DOUBLE TIME” BY OLIVIA CUNNING

So I really loved the first book, liked the second book a bunch but felt only a mild like for this book.  I still liked the characters a great deal, well for the most part.  Trey was adorable in the first two books and so you’ve just got to continue to love him however, I somehow felt like he wasn’t doing right by Reagan through the whole book.

The other thing that was a bit frustrating and quite confusing was that it appears that this book comes after the “Hot Ticket” book which has not yet released so there were established relationships in this book that you wouldn’t yet expect if you only ready books 1 and 2 in the series.  I felt like I missed quite a bit of the story because of this.

I’m still looking for that wow in a relationship that we saw with Brian in Myrna and haven’t seen it yet.

This one was very explicit and requires an open mind if you’re only up for conventional relationships.  But with Trey…we knew this was coming based on the glimpses of Trey in books 1 and 2.

3 out of 5 stars but only because I’ve come to love this band as if it were real.

Review of “ROCK HARD” by Olivia Cunning

I really liked this book. I had extremely high hopes because of “Backstage Pass” being so fantastic and have to say that I’m not disappointed in the story of Sed and Jessica. Evaluating the book independently it was a great book but then I have to compare it to Backstage Pass and it just wasn’t as good.

In “Backstage Pass,” I sort of built a real dislike for Sed.  He seemed like a jerk that mooched off of one of his best friends and really treated them like crap in the process. In “Rock Hard,” we learn why Sed is how he is and that some of his behavior is excused.  Still not sure I like him, or Jessica for that matter when you compare it to the “Sinclairs” but it was a really good story.

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Still explicit language in the book so…careful.

Review of “Backstage Pass” by Olivia Cunning

WOW.  This book was great.  It was racy but how could one not fall in love with Brian. He is just the whole package even before you add in what he does for a living…need I say more than ROCK STAR!!!  What woman wouldn’t want a rock star for lover.  And Myrna, what woman doesn’t want to emulate her.  She is calm, and becomes self-confident in her sexuality after refusing to let a jerk from her past ruin her for other men.  The love of a good man saves her eventually.

I loved how the story built and that you learned about each band member and grew to love each one which enticed you to pick up the next book in the series.  Which I did of course.

Readers beware, there are quite a few, explicit scenes in the book.

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars.