Review of “Savin Me” by Alannah Lynne

Thank you to netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I’m going to start with what I liked about this book because it’s going to take me a while to explain what I did not like. 

 

What was good

 

The overall story line conveyed immediate interest for me and I liked the characters from the start.  They were nicely described and had enough personality to get me to want good things to happen for them.  And that is about it for what I liked

 

Now for what was not so good

 

The story DRAGGED on and on and nothing really happened with it.  There were so many nuggets in this book that could have really gone somewhere if only the author would have elaborated more and developed that story a bit more.  For example, there was this cat fight that was developing between Kat and Elise for nearly the entire book and there was this implication that there would be this major drama and blowout that occurred at some point but when it all boiled down to it, it just peaked and fizzled with absolutely NO drama, payback or comeuppance what so ever.  It was stated that Elise was “dealt with” but wow what a great story this would have been had the author added that in the book. 

Also, Erik had some major jealousy issues with Kevin Mazze, which also just fizzled into nothing.  It appeared in the book at first that Erik was violently jealous but there was nothing in the book that collaborated that claim.  He and Kevin were actually good friends and Kevin didn’t even really yank Erik’s chain at all with regard to Kat… at least not enough to warrant such a jealously on Erik’s part.

 

The history between the two main characters, Erik and Kat was briefly described here and there and the reader was “told” that there was off the chart chemistry with these two when they got together thirteen months earlier but I didn’t really feel it.  To me, I didn’t think they had much chemistry at all or there would have been far more than one sex scene in the entire book.  Why not have a prologue at the beginning of the book that was dated thirteen months ago and really steam it up with these two.  THAT would get the reader dying for these two to hook up again. 

 

Lastly Kat (I’ll stop ranting after this) – she was too soft and nonconfrontational.  To me, I felt like she would accept whatever was handed to her and say thank you with a smile.  She withstood nasty parents, Erik leaving without explanation, and Elise stealing from her and instead of standing up for herself, she goes for a run. 

 Overall, I had to force myself to finish this book and I’m not sure why I did.  I reluctantly gi it one star, I really can’t give it more.

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Review of “REAL” by Katy Evans

OH. MY. GOD!!!!!

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This book had me entranced just by looking at word one and still hasn’t loosened its hold on me after reading it…twice!  I was so enthralled by this book that I read it in a day and turned right back to page one and read it again!
TI thought the characters were phenomenal.  You have Remy – an absolute sex God that will be in my dreams for a long time coming.  He’s hot, an MMA fighter and the complexity in him has you dying to figure out everything about him.  What is there NOT to love, I ask you.

Then you have Brooke who is just so darn adorable that you can’t help but feel the intensity of Remy’s reaction to her at first sight.  She is beautiful, strong, and has a fighter’s spirit, just like Remy.  I questioned her intelligence when she thought that Remy wouldn’t find out what she did but we all do stupid stuff when we’re in love so I overlooked it.  She has endured a lot in her life that makes her able to take whatever Remy dishes out and be his REAL.

The intensity between Brooke and Remy is off the chart, making each page a so hot that you don’t want to burn your fingers.  The love scenes were off the chart hot, sizzling, blistering, boiling, burning!
This was a true love story that I could read again and again.  There were points in the book that I thought were a bit too unrealistic but it’s a romance and to me, the book lived up to it.  

I would give this a super hot 5 stars.  Can’t wait to read more about Remy and Brooke in the next book.  When is it coming out again?

 

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Review of “Extreme Love” by Abby Niles

I am going to try and overcome my propensity to compare books with other books of this kind in my review and only judge this book while not comparing it to others with an MMA fighter in it.

What I can say without a doubt is that I really liked the characters in this book. 

Caitlyn – you could feel her struggles and humiliation as her story unfolded.  Many people in the world have a daily struggle with their weight and how cruel other people who never had this issue can be.  In her writing, the author brings to light the misperceptions of others and struggles that overweight people endure every day through Caitlyn’s story which I can certainly appreciate.  Cait is insecure and unsure of Dante’s intentions because she has never believed in herself or that she is deserving of such affection and attention. 

Dante – Tall…smooth muscular chest…gorgeous blue eyes…brown beautiful-finger-diggin- hair…can anyone say YUM!  He is the polar opposite of Caitlyn.  He is confident of himself when he meets her but he has lacks the cockiness of someone who knows he’s beautiful.  He comes off as kind and down to earth and falls quickly for Caitlyn and pursues her relentlessly. 

Paul – Without a doubt, my favorite character in this book.  He is Caitlyn’s gay friend that she tries to tell Dante is her boyfriend.  That lasted all of four whole pages I think.  What I like most about Paul is the introduction of humor in the story.  He is constantly referring to the beefiness of Dante with analogies like “He-man”, “Neanderthal”, “Brawny Man”, “Mr. Ripples” and the like.  Some of the best lines in the book were delivered by Paul.  My favorite by far…“So tell me, is G.I. Joe’s thingy a teeny-weeny or a thicky-wicky?”  Hilarious

Sentori – A villain in the truest sense.  He feeds on other people’s misery and leaves common decency at the door.  No topic is off limits to him regardless of who gets hurt in the process.  I loved that he was so vicious because he made me dislike him instantly and root for the “good guy” from the git-go.

With that said, there were points in the book that I thought could have had some more angst or intensity thrown into them in order to live up to the title of “Extreme”.  The chase was just a bit boring at times and I thought it could have used more intensity.  I thought that during the fight some taunts and digs from Sentori could have added to the build up of the ending.  

I certainly felt the emotion of the characters, the desire, love, hatred and insecurities.  I found that I laughed, cried and found myself rooting for this couple very early in the story.

I did like the book and thought it was definitely worth the read.  I give it a good 3 stars out of five.  I will also say that I will definitely try another book by this author

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Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

Review of “Beyond Eden” by Kele Moon

Ok first of all I have absolutely found a fabulous author! Kele’s style of writing makes it easy to turn page after page and get lost in the story. She’s really good at making sure that she covers all of her details that were described in the very beginning of the book so that they don’t conflict at the end of the book. Her characters have the magnetism that draws you deeper into the story and has you enthralled with what is happening. The only thing and it is minor…I usually only like a little bit of kink and perhaps a bit of bdsm so there were moments that I cringed a bit too much during parts of the book because it was a lot more than “a little kink”. With that said though, I could not put this book down and, to be honest, this book might have just changed my mind a bit. I was dying to know how the story ended and if these characters would come to terms with their issues so that they could be together.

As I’ve seen in other books of hers, Kele is very good at building beautiful characters. Between Paul Guy, Danny Boy and Evie Girl, she built three beautiful people that fell in love with each other. They’ve been friends forever and have loved each other for what seems like longer. Both Paul and Danny are these gorgeous men that are needy in their own ways. Then there is Evie that for all intents and purposes, she is the other 1/3 to their 2/3’s. None of the three are completely whole without the other two.  While Danny and Paul were surviving for the long years that Evie was in New York pursuing her artistic dreams and having relationship issues herself, these men fell into a pattern that was somewhat void without her.  When she returns home, sparks ignite and its obvious that she is the only one that completes both of these men and makes them whole.

This book is not your conventional m/f love story. However if you are open minded enough and can appreciate pretty darn good writing, I think you’d like this book. Like I said not a book I would typically seek out to read but I’m really glad I had an open mind and read this book because I enjoyed it.

Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review!

Keep’em coming Kele, I’ll read whatever you got!!

 

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Review of “TRUE” by Erin McCarthy

This was a great book by a fantastic author.  I usually love Erin McCarthy’s books and “True” is no different.  

The book is about Rory, an introvert nerd by nature and circumstance, that is trying to come out of her shell and enter the land of the sexually experienced.  She wants to do “it” for the right reasons and with the right person but she is of the belief that no one wants her or would want to have sex with her.  When she is put into a very precarious situation that quickly gets out of hand and enters extremely dangerous, she is in need of rescue.  Queue in Tyler Mann.  Tyler, who hooks up with Rory’s college roommate, Jessica, from time to time to scratch an itch, is from the lower class trying to save his brothers for a life of poverty and a drug addict mother.  He is tattooed, tough and rugged, gorgeous and muscular with a secret interest in one Rory Macintosh.  When Tyler sees the situation, he comes in to rescue Rory and save the day.  And so it begins.

They begin to see each other but Rory questions Tyler’s motives because clearly there is no logical reason for the gorgeous Tyler to want to be with a homely girl like Rory.  When Rory discovers that her dorm roommates Jessica and Riley offered Tyler money to take Rory’s virginity, she is crushed and feels even more dejected.

After briefly avoiding Tyler and Tyler never giving up, they date more seriously and quickly fall in love.  Trouble still finds this couple though by way of Rory’s father and the cops that I was sure would end them forever.  But love always finds a way.  

This was an easy read.  It had me turning page after page just to know what came next.  I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end and was quite disappointed when it was over.  The love story was truly romantic and had you pulling for this couple from the very beginning.  Erin made the characters come alive on the pages so much so that I was able to picture what they looked like and how they felt.  I admit to crying several times while reading the book and although it wasn’t the ugly cry, it was still emotional.  

Definitely 5 stars!

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

 

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Review of “Claim Me” by J. Kenner

When I first read “Release Me”, I thought it was just going to be reading a FSOG wanna be.  Boy oh BOY was I wrong.  There is nothing ‘wanna be” be about this series.  The first book was so fabulous, I began to stalk the author page, Amazon, Netgalley and any other site I could find to get the next book “Claim Me”.  Fortunately, Netgalley offered up this book for an honest review and I was fortunate enough to be rewarded with that honor.

 

“Claim Me” starts off where the first book ended.  The painting finishes as does the so called agreement between Nikki and Damien.  However, neither Nikki nor Damien wants their relationship to end.  It begins to develop into something more like love and affection rather than ownership and sex and each becomes addicted to the other emotionally and physically.  There are some bumpy spots along the way, which I will not spoil by reveling here for those of you that haven’t read it yet but I will tell you, you’ll love all the events and “issues” in the book.

 

This book was a complete addiction for me.  I could not put it down without a lot of irritation and frustration aimed at the interruption taking me away from my reading.  I loved all the angst and drama in the book.  I saw the back-story for Damien beginning to take shape as the book progressed and I was just as eager as Nikki to learn what his secrets were.  I was not disappointed and there definitely was an element of surprise as to how his history played out.  After learning about this, you get a better sense of why Damien has to be in control and have so much power.  That control and power makes him über sexy and believe it or not extremely easy to fall in love with.

Nikki is innocent yet broken but you begin to see her strengthen in the book and it’s attributed to the safety and security she feels with Damien and his confidence in her.  What I love most about this couple (and this book) is how they believe in the deep down good of each other and that events or histories do not define who they are deep down inside.  Through this book, the author conveys that everyone deserves love and adoration regardless of their histories, past mistakes and bad decisions.

 

From book one all the way to the end of book two and I suspect book three and beyond (hopefully), you are rooting for this couple to make it.  I had an intense sense of them belonging together and the author conveys that very well from page one of book one where she begins to build such great characters.

 

The book was well written and flowed very nicely.  There was never a moment where I was not wishing I could read faster so that I could get to the next thing.  But then when I got to the end, I was sad because now I’m done and have to way for book three.  Which, of course I will be stalking all the sites again for a hope to get lucky enough to get this opportunity again.

 

Thank you to the Netgalley crew! I really enjoy the opportunities you’ve afford me such as this one!

 

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Review of “RUSH” by Maya Banks

I finished this book last week and have contemplated my thoughts about it since I finished it.  I usually fall head-over-heels in love with any book that Maya Banks has written.  I have the utmost respect for her and her writing skills, which is probably why I’ve taken a week to ponder this book and try to articulate how I felt about it. 

 

The book is about Gabe, a very wealth and strong businessman in business with his two best friends Jace and Ash.  Jace has a much younger sister Mia who happens to capture and hold the eye of Gabe for many years.  Gabe however has been burned before and is reluctant to enter into a “relationship” that would include emotions and it wouldn’t be a Maya Banks books if there wasn’t some hard core tendencies that Gabe has.  Gabe decides to bite the bullet and enter into a “contract” with Mia.  Gabe and Mia are together in secret and I’m sure you can imagine Jace discovers their relationship in a very enlightening way that I’m not sure any sibling’s retinas could take without permanent damage.

 

The book had great characters that you could fall in love with.  The story was a great story and true to the Maya Banks style…Strong, gorgeous men and needy yet independent women.  What I discovered in the books that I am certain was not in other books of hers that I have read, and yes, I’ve read just about ALL of them, there was too much belaboring the situation.  I could have sworn that for three pages straight the only purpose of those three pages was that Gabe was convinced that what had occurred was his fault.  There were other situations that were similar in the book so much so that I thought I probably could have skipped over 2 or 3 pages at a time and lost none of the detail.   Coupled with that was the fact that there were points within the story – Charles – that Maya could have really taken off with that story line and she didn’t.  As a reader, I thought that story would have been more angsty and intense.

 

Her sex scenes were hot as usual and abundant; maybe too many at times but because they were HOT, I was ok with that.

 

I am in such pain to say 2&3/4 stars for this book because I adore Maya but I have to say, I didn’t think this was her best work….not by a very long shot.

 

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