Review of “Wicked Beat” by Olivia Cunning

This was the book I had been waiting for in this series and I am soooooo happy to say I was NOT disappointed.  First of all a HUMUNGOUS thank you to Netgalley for affording me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

This is the love story of Eric Sticks – the Drummer of Sinners – The hottest band ever with hottest guys ever!  And Eric just happens to be my favorite.

Eric is the watcher up to this point.  He has watched Trey, Jace, Brian and Sed for months.  In their sexual escapade and falling in love.  He is Shy and adorable, fun loving and a goof ball.  AND – Sexy as hell. 

When Rebekah takes over on sound for Dave her older brother as he recovers from the bus accident, she is hell bent to get close to Trey because her huge crush won’t let her see anyone else.  However, the moment that Eric sees her, he is lovestruck and will do anything, including playing second fiddle to Trey to get a piece of Rebekah.  But that doesn’t last forever and he is bound to make Rebekah his and only his.  Eric overcomes his shy shell and takes the woman he wants and loves.

I loved this book and have to say next to Brian and Myrna, Eric and Rebekah is my next favorite romance.  I loved how the author played off of Eric’s shyness and inability to “seal the deal’ to build the strength in the relationship between these two adorable characters.  The voyeurism that Eric needed was perfectly fulfilled by Rebekah and I LOVED the Bunk scene and how it played out. 

I’m giving this a super fantastic 5 stars and highly recommend this book and series to anyone that loves Rock bands and the intense love stories that are conveyed by this wonderful author.  I challenge anyone to not fall in love with Eric Sticks!  Go ahead…I dare you!

 

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Review of “Full Exposure” By Tracy Wolff

This is a story about a woman coming to terms with her tragic past and facing her demons.  She does this by moving forward with her life while still being dragged back into her past involuntarily.  Serena is a survivor.  She is strong to a fault and tries to ensure that she only needs to block out her emotions and fears and not let anyone close enough to break through the shield that she has built around her heart and secure inner sanctum.  That inner sanctum is about to come tumbling around her as her next assignment is supper Hot sculptor Keven Riley.

Kevin is a bit of a recluse himself preferring solitude and peace to people.  He lives in a swamp where he builds these beautiful sculptures from nothing.  They are so profound and meaningful that he is the hottest thing since sliced bread and everyone wants a piece of Kevin.  He’s a brooder and a loaner that just wants to be left alone.  Until Serena is assigned to work with him to create a book about Kevin Riley and who he is through his art.  She is a photographer that takes beautiful pictures of Kevin as he sculpts his next project.

Unfortunately for both of them, they seem too preoccupied with each other.  Kevin sculpts but he can’t seem to get his mind off of Serena.  And Serena, she is taking pictures of Kevin but the pictures she is capturing – his ass – aren’t really the book worthy kind she needs.  The romance blossoms from there but can Serena let her walls down enough to let Kevin in.  Can Kevin penetrate the facade that Serena has built to protect her and save her from herself and her other demons that continue to lurk from her past?

I really liked this book.  It was a great start to an intense love story.  Both characters were beautifully defined and strongly conveyed.  The author did a great job in providing enough back story to get the reader invested enough to keep reading.  The storyline kept me turning page after intense page  to find out how it all played out.  I was in the dark about who exactly was Serena’s ‘demon’ until it was revealed and that scene was intense enough to make me jump at every noise in my house for the next several pages as it unfolded.  I would give this book a solid 4 stars and would recommend to any of you reading this….please put it on your ‘to read’ list.  It’s worth the time to read it and try out this author if you haven’t before.  I definitely will be looking up her other books and giving her another try.

 

 

Tracy Wolff – GREAT JOB on the story and LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover!!!

Review of “Exotica” by Eden Bradley

First let me mention…I love love love Eden Bradley books!!!

This is really a couple of stories in one book with a common theme of the Exotica resort.  It begins when two college girlfriends reconnect after one of them goes through a divorce.  Lilli has been recently divorced and her friend invites her to come to a resort that she manages saying it is the perfect ticket to get her back in the game.  Lilli’s companion for the week long stay is hot and hunky Rajan who happens to be very knowledgeable about Kama Sutra – Lucky Lilli.  Lilli tries for the whole week to convince herself that this is just sex and fun; that there is nothing meaningful going on between her and Rajan.  She believes that the only reason that Rajan is saying the things he says to her is because of his job when in fact Rajan is falling just as hard for Lilli.  And so the wonderful story begins.

Lilli’s college friend Caroline manages the Exotica resort including the hiring of new “companions”.  Caroline is feeling down and out lately and Lilli convinces her that taking advantage of her new themed suite – Arabian Nights – and the new companion hired for that theme is just the thing that Caroline needs.  Caroline is apprehensive about this but takes a leap of faith and decides to heed her friends advice.  Kian is the new companion about to rock Caroline’s world but he has some secrets of his own which may threaten to tear these two apart before they even get started.

I loved this book.  Absolutely fascinating storyline and concept.  I love how Eden creates broken women characters who are really strong underneath and they just need a little encouragement from the right man to bring it out.  Personally, I liked Lilli’s story the best but both were superbly written.  The emotions were heartfelt, the sex scenes were hotter than all get out and the male characters were exotic and hunky.

Definitely worth the read!  4 super steamy stars!

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Review of “This Girl” by Colleen Hoover

In this last bookImage of the series,  we are on Will and Lake’s honeymoon.  During the honeymoon, they talk about their relationship and what has happened to them to get them where they are.  We are retold a lot of the story given to us in books 1 and 2 but with additional insight from Will as the story is told from his perspective.  We learn a lot of the whys that we were left questioning in the first two books.  Between the flashbacks, we read about how Will and Lake are enjoying their honeymoon and how much they love each other.  

Since this is the end of the series I have to say that I am extremely happy and sad after reading this book.  This is a book couple that I will remember for quite some time.  In addition to the amazing couple that Colleen has created in this series, she also created some really great key phrases and take aways.  I love the theory of discussing the “sweets” and “sucks” of the day with your family and think a lot of families could benefit from this.  And who could not love her use of the word “butterfly,” how creative and absolutely fantastic.

Colleen Hoover, I will forever be a fan of your work and will gladly read and shout about how amazing your writing is.  Thank you for giving the world Will and Lake Cooper!

 

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Review of “Selling Out” by Amber Lin

First I will start off by saying that I loved this storyline.  Yes, it was a story about prostitution and that has been done time and again but this author took this book down a somewhat different path. I found myself wanting to continue even though there were many times while reading that I was scratching my head trying to make sense of the sentence/paragraph I just read.

I will also say that I did not read the book that preceded this one so I may have been missing some of the story line because of that.  Although, I don’t think that had anything to do with the sentences that just seemed to be out of left field.

I really liked the two main characters Shelly, a high priced prostitute trying to get out of the business and Luke a cop with some very interesting and troubling secrets that make him the perfect match for Shelly.

I also liked “Ella” who is tough and you could literally see the chip on her shoulder while reading about her.  I also liked her reaction to Phillip and can see book three in this series.

The book has Henri, the villain.  He is nasty and mean and just plain ruthless.  There are other villains in the book but no spoilers from me.   

The confusing parts.

The title – not sure I get the selling out part of the story. I don’t think I would have named this book that.  And the picture on the cover does not in anyway describe the book.

And as I stated before, there were some points in the book that I was left wondering what I missed or where that came from because it made no sense whatsoever to the sentence before it.  

This books was like your typical love/hate thing for me.  It really is a great story and had great characters that you wanted to read about and find out what happened.  But it took me A LOT longer to read this book because of the frustration of trying to make sense of the sentence or paragraph that I just read.

 

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Review of “Nothing but Trouble” by Trish Jensen

This is a refreshing story about a bar owner, Laura who comes from a simple yet poor life in North Carolina where she was raised by a father who wasn’t very good at showing the love.  Laura is tough, pig-headed and has a shield around her that seems three miles thick.  Laura has some pretty cool friends too.  
Ali – who reads juice pulp so that she can tell you your future love interest.  Ali is quirky and light and just plain adorable.  
Hannah – she is everything I want to be.  She’s tough as nails but deep down she just wants to be loved.  She’s protective of those she loves and is the type of friend that will hand a man his man-parts on a plate if he hurts her friend.
Laura is controlling the rif-raf in her bar when Brandon enters the picture. Brandon is just plain yummy.  Funny, tenacious and inventive.  He instantly falls for Laura and doesn’t give up until she goes out with him. And the rest…you have to read the book for.

I read this book in about 3 hours.  It was a fast read and one that was worth the time.  It was fun and light, funny and sad (once), and just plain refreshing.  It’s a great story about falling in love and overcoming the obstacles that one’s family can set in your path when the presume things about the person you fall in love with. I loved the “getting to know each other” parts of the book and the family dinner had me in stitches.  

I would say though that this book would have been a 5 star for me if a little bit more time was spent on the love scenes.  Rather than skipping over them, the author could have added a bit of heat without getting graphic if that is what she was after.  I was disappointed a bit in this respect.

I give it a solid 4 stars.  I really liked the book and would read another book by this author.

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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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