I am known under my “Pen-Name” Jeri Talia Ryan. I am a 44 year old recovering Reading addict (#kidding – usually when you see me I always carry a book with me). I read english and german books, yet I prefer english and you better not ask why because that explanation might take “a moment”
Some years ago I started reviewing because I found myself depending on other persons reviews more and more before choosing to buy a book. So I thought I might help others too and here I am 6 years later and after reviewing “solo” and for other Blogs I finally found a home in my own Blog.
Anyway if you are interested in my thoughts about the books I read I would like to invite you to follow this link
I’m a Hampshire specifically Southampton lass. Anything that sounds good. Erotica, romance, crime, mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal romance as well as M/M.
Sci-fi romance genre is my pick me up and get me out of my book funk.
But I can be quite picky when it comes to books. I don’t like the whole jump on the bandwagon thing. It needs to be original.
When it comes to reviews it is always mood dependent. Whatever the review is positive or negative I will always state that it is my personal opinion.
I also don’t to start a new series unless I have finished a series that I’m still on. Otherwise I have too many balls up in the air.
What I overall don’t like is:
Book snobs, don’t get me wrong I like reading classics but not solely.
Authors acting unprofessional and their fan girls stalking honest reviews.
Pet Peeves in books:
Love triangles and squares, oh please, I get antsy enough.
I find it extremely hard to stomach trilogies as they annoy me and I loose interest pretty quickly.
Cheating in books is a big fat HELL NO. Although I have been known to make exceptions.
Women with low self esteem seeing themselves as sluts it just doesn’t seem right.
Millionaires throwing around their money. Give me a blue collar any day.
I rarely read a book twice unless it is off the charts good. I am a major series / genre hopper and sometimes I even forget about a series that I might have started and really liked.
I’m not a fan of serials. Again there are some exceptions.
Same old, same old blurbs.
After reading the first book of the Twilight saga around 2006, it just happened..
“And so Lauren fell in love with books…”
For me, the Twilight saga was the key to the world of reading. After this, there was no way back.
When I was a child myself, I already liked reading, especially books about horses.
Now that I have overcome this “hurdle” of finding the key, reading is something I can’t live without.
At first it was “just reading”…
Now it has become “something” more. It’s no longer just “reading”. I love to chat with other readers, talk (if possible with authors) and most important: write reviews that I finally can share on a blog I host together with my other half.
Reading is living. My air which helps me to get through my day (and even more often nights). Books and even all these people you meet because they love the same thing you love!
In the end we’re all just dreamers in an endless universe.
Exposure (Love Story #8) by Tracy Ewens
September 29, 2017
Love Story #8
March 28th 2017
If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera. After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster or a full-sized tube of toothpaste. But creating her new “ normal” is not without its obstacles. Meg is confident and successful behind a camera. A little extra publicity can’t change that… until it does. Westin Drake is famous for fast cars and box office sales. Yet he’s a terrible driver and secretly hopes his fifteen minutes is almost up. West moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, looking for some substance and time near his family. But now that the buzz of his next film, Full Throttle – Floor It, is hitting maximum fervor, West keeps everyone at arm’s length so he can protect the people he loves… until he can’t. When the public mistakes a simple kiss on the cheek for a budding romance, Meg and West are caught in a media frenzy. Somewhere amid the backseat getaways and plastered smiles, Meg discovers the man behind the glossy photographs, and West wonders how he’ll ever let her go once the cameras stop rolling. Love is never simple, especially when the world’s watching. How much are two people willing to expose for a chance at a true happily ever after?
Gosh I feel not only like the odd one out here but also like a killjoy – so after reading the book and having read several of the other reviews I am not sure what went wrong with me and my thoughts on “Exposure” Tracy Ewens.
I really liked the plot when I read the blurb but when it came to reading the book I somehow got lost in the way the author brought the plot to “paper” and I never found my way back. I could not connect to the characters, which is super important to me and was only able to follow the story like an outsider.
If I knew why I would tell you but I don’t – so unfortunately I can only say that this book was – despite all the beautiful reviews it received so far – not for me. I totally take this one as a “it’s me not you” thing and I hope many others will enjoy the story.
My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.
Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.
Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.
I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.
And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.
For once I’m not going to be my funny self (I think I’m funny, even if you don’t) with this review. From the beginning to the end I was captivated with the story of Becks & Rhys.
Becks has always had a heart problem but it came to the point where her heart was failing and she needed a new heart. The day that happens….
“There’s a heart?” I ask, dumbfounded. “For me?” Dr. Patel nods. “If you choose to accept it, of course. And if all goes well, it should be here within an hour.” “Oh my God,” escapes from my lips. A heart for me.
Becks has such a positive outlook on life and is a fighter and a survivor. She is strong, sassy and I really liked her. She is a painter and a talented one at that.
Rhys has moved from Boston to Birmingham to look after his half sister Charlotte. She has a non verbal form of autism. He has scars on the inside. I’m very impressed with Rhys. He was great when he was trying to do the right thing for him after his childhood and his Ma’s ‘friends’
He is becoming the man he wants to be even before he met Becks. He is a mechanic where he works for his Gramps and he ‘tinkers’ whereas he is a sculptor more than a tinker. An open secret is that his Gramps and Larry aren’t purely in a business-orientated relationship. They’re from a different time though, so they’d never admit to it, even now. I loved how Rhys gave him love advice at the end. Even he deserves a happily ever after.
Rhys doesn’t particularly like it in Birmingham that is until he meets Becks at a petrol station. Rhys has had it tough and he is angry but he has it under control. Becks tells him her secret and opens heart to him although he saw the scar before her admission.
I was surprised how well Becks was dealing with everything until she had a rejection episode that is some scary shite. She forgot to take her meds. But there was also a strong part of survivors guilt and realising that in order for you to live someone died. That you should live any that as if it is your last.
“Every heartbeat is borrowed time.”
After the rejection episode she tries to push Rhys away.
“I’m literally dying as we speak! Whatever it’s tomorrow, three months from now, or a year, at some point, my body is going to reject my heart. Because that’s what my body does! And then I’m fucked. I-“
“Don’t you think that,” I tell her, my breath ragged. I cup her face in my hands. “Don’t you ever Think that Becks. Because you have my heart. And I won’t allow you to reject it.”
“You deserve to have a normal life, Rhys,” she whispers.
“This is normal,” I tell her. “This is what being human is about. We lead our lives. We choose to be happy. We get sick. We have those who love us and help us get through everything.”
BEST. BOOK. BOYFRIEND! He tinkers her the best thing ever.
Becks receives a letter from the donor’s family.
I want you to know how much Montana means to me and how I am comforted that she ensured a better quality of life for someone else. She was a cheerleader, a straight A student and bought a car from her after school job. It doesn’t matter if it was a car crash or something else.
But Montana was always a ray of sunshine wherever she went, so I imagine she’s burning bright within you. Full of life. Full of love. Take care of my Baby girl’s heart for me. I know she’s looking after both of us.
You have something that is vital but doesn’t really belong to you. It is gift but can also be a burden.
I loved the epilogue.
Three years later, three years strong, three years of leading a miracle.
Where Becks and Rhys meet the donor family on Thanksgiving.
She’s listening to her daughters heart. My heart. “I can….” Her voice trails off through her tears. “I can hear Montana in there.” And it’s because of Montana, died 16 that I am alive, it’s not perfect but it is my happily ever after.
I can hardly imagine how hard it was to write this book, Ms. Hayes you have my greatest respect. As the reader you think of mortality and how much we take for granted. I know that I was probably imagining it but I felt as if my heart hurt and how lucky I am.
My War was over and I had lost. My captor reminded me I was nothing more than his pawn.
His strategy never changed…it was always me.
But what he didn’t know was that LOVE always wins.
In my War, I’d found not only peace
but LOVE as well.
I’d been through a battlefield with my War and LOVE was what brought us to the other side.
Our LOVE was beautiful and pure. Undying.
My captor thinks he has won this war. That I will LOVE him.
What he doesn’t know is this time, I’m the one with a strategy. I’m always thinking several moves ahead of him, my War taught me that.
I will outsmart him and find peace again.
This is a war I will win.
My LOVE will conquer all.
There are probably, well actually most likely going to be spoilers. So read no further and this can’t be read as a standalone. Skedaddle and read the book one.
4.5 Sicktastic Stars.
This book was over far too quickly. I was so tempted to reading the end although I’d just began reading and I never do that as the suspense was killing me.
I was nervous when it came to reading the second part of this series. There were questions that I had. What if I don’t like it? What If the ending isn’t what I want? Well I did like it but the ending? Well I’ll get to that later.
I’m going to keep it vague & fingers crossed relatively short.
Baylee has been taken back. The devil slayed my heart when he killed my War. And now I’m back. With him. The monster who haunts my nightmares. And everything she experience is a nightmare.
I didn’t see coming was how unhinged Brandon was. Who is Brandon you ask? Yes I had that issue, he was Baylee’s boyfriend in book one, in either the first chapter or the prologue. He never gave up on her but out of the boy, a dragon is born. Where there isn’t just one monster but two.
The black knight and the black rook taking out all the pieces in my world, including their attempt at taking my king.
The hurt, the pain, the betrayal, the loss of it all was too much. But through the hurt, the pain, the betrayal they gained in the end something beautiful.
The black king and the white queen are the only ones left on the board that’s no longer devoid of color. It drips with the crimson blood of the defeated and we stand in victory. Together.
A plot with twists and turns that are unexpected to say the least. The plot brought out so many emotions in me. Not impressed Ms. Webster what kind of ending is that? Now, why would you do that? No seriously why?
I’m off to read something happy now. Or at least happier than this mind fuckery.
|Brush of love #2|
|November 25th 2017|
|USA Today Bestselling Author, Lexy Timms, continues her tale about a young man dealing with the consequences of heart-wrenching betrayal by the woman he loves.
Bryan McBride is lost in darkness.
He can’t believe his girlfriend Hailey lied and manipulated him. His family is barely together, the death of his brother nearly destroying them. What hurts, Hailey knew about John and never told him. Now trying to find solace in the bottle, Bryan questions everything he ever felt for the woman.
The world doesn’t stop for the pain of one man. He still has a business to run, and his business partner is interested in changing careers. He still has to deal with his parents, who refuse to acknowledge how his brother died.
Bryan wants to forget about Hailey but every time he thinks about her, his heart and his body cry out for her touch. She has awakened a passion he thought was dead.
As he struggles to move on, the past threatens to swallow them both. Bryan and Hailey will have to battle against the raging anger threatening to destroy them.
Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love this sweet-with-heat love story EVERY TIME.
In the first novel in the new Kingman Brothers series from Nina Crespo a disgruntled assistant is wrangled into staying on to help her boss when he suffers from amnesia after a plane crash…Playing this out with him was so wrong, but she didn’t want to stop.
About FORGET YOU
Sophie Jordan dreams about hooking up with Nicolas “King” Kingman—the gorgeous CEO of her company—but as her boss, he’ll always remain out of reach. King knows he isn’t built for happily-ever-afters and only indulges in brief romantic encounters. But when Sophie agrees to fill in as his last-minute date to a charity gala, an unexpected discovery quickly escalates their platonic relationship to one of passion.
King is determined to ignore their attraction and, feeling betrayed, Sophie severs ties with him and the company. Everything changes, however, when he’s injured in an accident, and Sophie agrees to help until he closes a major deal. Unfortunately, he’s developed amnesia, and although he doesn’t remember their night together, desire binds them in ways they can’t resist.
Time is running out on closing the deal, as well as Sophie moving on to her new career. Will King deny love in favor of winning and lose Sophie forever?
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What he was about to do seemed crazy. He just needed to hear Sophie say nothing sexual had ever happened between them. Then he could chalk up those images as pure fantasy.
He pulled into a space, threw the gear in park, and got out. Sophie’s shocked expression alone would whip him down to size. Guilt over dreaming of her naked would replace his attraction to her. That’s exactly what he needed. A heaping pile of remorse.
Signs with numbers and arrows led him through the maze of duplexes in the courtyard. In the past, he’d followed her from work after a long night to make sure she’d made it safely home, but he’d never actually gone to her apartment before. King located the right door and rapped on it. Not that he had a good reason now.
A porch light flickered on above him. He heard movement inside. What if Sophie’s roommate answered? He’d forgotten about her. Shit. What was his excuse? A lost phone number. Problems accessing the presentation from his computer.
Sophie opened the door. Devoid of makeup, hair swept back into a ponytail, and dressed in a faded green tee and jean shorts, she radiated uncomplicated beauty. “King? What are you doing here?”
He barely squashed the need to take her in his arms and went inside. “We have to talk. Is your roommate here?”
“No. Robin’s at work.” She closed the door. “Why? What’s going on?”
“When were we together?”
“Yesterday. Don’t you remember?” The genuine concern in her expression made him feel like a cross between a jerk for thinking of her sexually and a man struggling to prove his sanity.
“No. I mean yes.” He raked his hair and pulled so hard his scalp stung. “When did we sleep together?” Shock. Laughter. An emphatic denial. He braced for them.
Sophie paled. She shrugged and brushed her bangs from her forehead. Her tell. She planned to deny what happened.
No way in hell was she getting away with that. “How long ago was it? Weeks? Days? Why didn’t you tell me?”
What’s next for Sophie and King? Pick up your copy of FORGET YOU, The Kingman Brothers and find out. Available April 16, 2018
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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.
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Forget You (The Kingman Brothers #1) is not the first book I read from Nina Crespo – so far my ratings for her have been 3-4 stars because while I liked her writing there was always something in the plot that did not totally work out for me.
Third time is a charm it says and it seems to be right this time – finally I came across a plot that truly worked for me.
Sophie and King have great dynamics and you hate and like them in all the right moments and places. They are well and deeply developed as characters and I could perfectly connect my “Reader Self” to them. The plot is well written and flows at a good pace.
I am really looking forward to the next book in that series.
A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin
September 30, 2017
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
March 1st 2017
Bethany Michaels leads a fairly isolated existence, but she longs to be an outgoing and sexually confident woman. When her celebrity crush comes to town, and literally falls at her feet, her prayers seem to be answered. But can she protect her heart while still experiencing true passion?Hollywood celebrity Aidan Shannon, drunk and lost in small-town Virginia, finds himself in the home of a beautiful woman, and he finds her more than just a little alluring. Bethany is voluptuous and nurturing, fragile, yet steely. And that is a problem for a man who never wants to be tied to another woman again. Living in the now is good enough for Aidan and Bethany for the short term. When the universe steps in and shows them what’s important, will Aidan take a chance on love a second time around when his girl needs him?
A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin is that kind of book that you will want to read when you have been dreaming since forever to have a few minutes alone with your favorite star.
You should not expect it to be totally realistic because that would raise questions at certain points of the story and this would be harming the feelings this book can evoke within you if you let it.
So please give the story some leeway – I had problems with that at the beginning too but after a while, when I let go of my stoic need for it to be realistic, I got into it and then it this plot worked for me.
The plot is well developed, the writing is good and with the exception of the few times where I felt it could be more realistic it was a really good story. Even a little different from other stories that cater to the “hunger” of the same audience.
Aiden felt like a nice enough guy most the times so it was easy to connect with him, with the exception of his strange behavior when it came to relationships.
But Bethany seemed a rather strange person and felt detached from everything. And because of this appearance it was a little difficult to connect and with her.
In total it was an good read and I would certainly pick up another book of this author if the blurb sounds good to me.
The first time Flynn Long sees her, she’s lying on a bed in lingerie. The picture is soft, just like her curves, and instantly he’s obsessed.
Cali Carr is at the end of her full-figure modeling career when she’s hired for a new campaign. But when the owner of the company steps out of the shadows and starts calling the shots, a job is the last thing it feels like.
Love at first sight isn’t supposed to be real. One touch isn’t supposed to ignite so much. A single Picture isn’t supposed to drive a man insane. But luckily for us it’s happening in Curvy!
Warning: Over the top isn’t strong enough for what this short story is. It’s velvety sweetness coated in insta-love cheese, and it’s waiting for you to take a bite.
4 Cali & Flynn Stars
Listen up peeps and let me be honest. Curvy is completely OVER. THE. TOP. But I don’t frigging care. I think that this is the dog’s bollocks.
Curvy is a sweet, hot and steamy read. There is insta love & insta lust. So if you don’t like it then don’t read it. Git it?
I think we all want a Flynn Long in our lives. He is intense so maybe just every now and again.
Flynn Long is a workaholic and is looking for plus size models for his campaign. He sees a picture of Cali and bam t is instantly smitten with her and goes to all lengths to get her to LA and to keep her in LA.
Cali Carr has been booked for a job that is until she runs into Flynn Long. She is inexperienced and hasn’t felt anything nearly as explosive as she has with Flynn the past hour of the photoshoot.
My life had a plan. Until he invaded it and stole it all away. My captor took me and I became a pawn.
His strategy changed and he sent me away to WAR, because money is everything in this world.
In my WAR, though, I found peace.
I couldn’t help but find love where I least expected it, with a man who lived a battle every day of his life
…all inside his head.
But then my captor came back for me.
Yet, this time, battle lines had been drawn and I was protected.
So we thought.
Even though my WAR was raging,
my captor would fight to the death.
The good guys always win, right?
All’s fair in love and WAR, right?
Not this time.
This is War, Baby is a dark romance. A really dark one. So dark you’re going to wish you had a flashlight to see yourself to the end and someone to hold your hand. Human trafficking, dubious consent, and strong sexual themes that could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. This story is NOT for everyone.
I’m sorry but does it state somewhere that this is a two part series and I missed it? I am seriously peeved BUT in saying that this book was amazing.
Getting to my review now
They’re in love. Fuck the war.” –Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow.
This is told from three points of view. Gabe the sick fuck who kidnaps his best friend’s daughter to train her so that he can sell her at the White Collar Trade. He has an obsession with her that it is also a borderline delusion.
-The training will be brutal. For her. For me, it will be decadent perfection. I will own every inch of her inside and out. I’ll fuck her into oblivion. I will be the very thing she craves.-
-I will lose her for a bit but when it all settles, I’ll claim her again. She’ll belong to me and nobody will say a fucking word. Her father will thank me. Her mother will hug me. Her boyfriend will hate me. And she will love me.-
See what I mean? Sick fuck! But he promised Baylee that he would come back for her to keep her for himself.
Baylee’s point of view where we see her as your typical seventeen year old girl with a high school boyfriend and a sheltered life until she wakes up to find herself smothered in darkness.
-Spent unthinkable amounts of time fingering every crack and crevice in the darkness in an effort to find an escape route.-
Baylee doesn’t want to like what is being done to her. Her body says yes but her mind is screaming no. You could really pick up on Baylee’s feelings and how she was trying to deal with it the best that she can. Even where she lies and says that she loves Gabe.
After her training she is taken to be sold to the highest bidder. Baylee lands with the unexpected.
The third point of view is from Warren or War he bought Baylee for five million dollars. He is different she expected pain and humiliation but is treated with warmth and kindness. War suffers from PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and depression including some delusions. But you get why when you know what he experienced. But he is lonely and wants companionship and he sees that in Baylee. The dynamics they have are interesting and how they try to interact with one another with their experiences and demons.
They in the end fall in love
“I’m completely crushing over this flawed man. And I know that the feeling is mutual.”
“I promise. I’m still yours even when you don’t want me.” His face darkens. “You’re always mine and I’ll never stop wanting you.”
What I find hard to believe is that Baylee’s parents aren’t even looking for her.
Not what I expected and most certainly not as dark as I thought it would be BUT there were some tough moments. Especially at the beginning and when Gabe finds her at the end.
Luckily we only have to wait till the end of the month for book 2.
Side note there were some cases where I felt things that I shouldn’t have felt. Which is quite disturbing to be honest.
The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.
Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn’t sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.
Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?
This is an interesting read but I also have to say that I’m confused and not entirely sure how to rate the book.
I’m afraid that I’m the odd one out here and that I couldn’t connect with Corbin who is the heroine of the book.
She leads an odd and interesting life. She is dedicated to her art and her mum is a hoarder and has some mental problems. Strange things happen to Corbin once she receives a wooden giftbox from her mother. But even before that she started to hear a voice that voice starts talking to her more and more that she signs herself into a clinic to improve her health.
The ending left me with more questions then answers and to be honest I think this is a promising series and I’m the odd one out here and really isn’t for me. Therefore I won’t continue with this book and when I look at all the 4 & 5 star reviews I wonder why I don’t like it. Please note that this is my personal opinion and is to be taken at face value as there are so many good and amazing reviews out there.