THE TEAM

 

The Team

JERI

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

KATE

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.


LAUREN

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!

LAURA

JULIA

In the end we’re all just dreamers in an endless universe.

Ms. X

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Going In Deep by Carly Phillips

BLOG REVIEW : Going In Deep by Carly Phillips

 

October 22, 2017

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Going In Deep

Carly Phillips

 

 

 May 9th 2017

 

 

 

 He isn’t Mr. Nice Guy… Julian Dane thought he’d hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn’t that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way. Kendall Parker’s unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her. Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall’s heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks. Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and Sexy as hell. All Billionaire Bad Boys Novels stand alone!

 Going In Deep by Carly Phillips can be read as a standalone. But as it was the first book for me in that series and from this author I have to say that I felt missed out on the intensitiy of their previous relationship.

I suppose that the previous books mentioned the details of whatever happened between Julian and Kendall, even if they were only secondary characters there. I think to feel stronger about the characters I should have read those (if they contained details) because from the beginning on I could feel Julians remorse but I could not feel the hurt or the reasons for resentment I probably should have felt.

So basically Julian came to me as a nice guy feeling bad for no reason at all. And the same goes for Kendall. She was “fresh to me” and I could not feel or see any “leftovers” of her issues. Other then her thinking or talking about it there were no traces of them.

Also I could not feel her personal struggle to start a relationship with Julian. The only obvious and understandable thing was her reason to not disturb her relationship with her sister.

So in general I would not recommend to read the book as a standalone. (Still I am not sure if one of the previous books contained more details, I am just assuming this because of the general writing style of the author).

The story itself might work as a standalone but to feel more connected I as a reader needed a little more, because the story requested a lot of relating to the past of the characters.

But do not worry this ranting of mine is only the reason why this book did not get 5 stars… simply because my feelings were not on course.

As for the rest…this book is a great read, well written with wonderful characters that I can really recommend.

Julian’s remorse was heartfelt even if I could not fully comprehend his reasons (see above explanation). I really liked the development of their relationship and the storyline was beautiful developed and just flowing at the right pace.

Enjoy

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I’m Not in the Band by Amber Garza

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October 22, 2017

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I’m Not in the Band

Amber Garza

 

  

June 12th 2017

 

I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one. But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Fraud by J.L. Berg

BLOG REVIEW : Fraud by J.L. Berg

 

October 21, 2017

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Fraud

J.L. Berg

 

 

 May 1st 2017

 

 

 

  From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a sexy standalone about love, lies and every dirty little thing in between.It wasn’t just a job.It was my way back to the top.After losing my position as a journalist for one of the biggest news publications in the world, I knew I’d do anything to get it back.Even if it meant breaking a few hearts to get there. She was the hottest author in the country. Known only by a pen name, there wasn’t a person alive who wasn’t dying to discover her true identity.And I’d figured it out.Her real name was Kate O’Malley and not only did I plan on finding her, but I fully intended on learning every dirty secret she had and exploiting it for my own gain.But I underestimated my prey. I didn’t anticipate how her words would intoxicate me, or how the curves of her body would consume me.I never meant to fall in love. And now I had a choice to make. Do I give up everything for the woman I set out to destroy, or walk away, making me the biggest fraud of all?

  Actually I am not sure why, but the dynamics of Fraud by J.L. Berg were different from the usual romance novel. It might be because the author spend a lot of the time in the head of the “villain” and his activities were not a secret to the reader. It was only a question WHEN not IF the victim would find out about the fraud.

I could totally relate to the female lead and her position and I really liked the way the character was developed.But even though the author spend this huge time with the “villain” I somehow could not feel anything for him.

He was a blank for me I could not even be angry with him and I guess the reason for that was that the reader knew from the very beginning everything that was going on.

It was like the whole plot was already laid bare from the beginning somehow, which was not bad and well told but it left no room for developments, which I felt was a shame as the story was really good.

I don’t know enough about the world of journalism to judge if what he did made any sense just that it reminded me really more of a stalker than a journalist. Not sure if I felt comfortable with that approach, I guess if I as the reader would not have gotten that look inside his head he would have given me shivers just seeing him creeping his way near to her.

And I am truly not sure how or when he fell for her and that is actually my biggest issue here. But well I have a certain feeling that this is only ME being the odd one out there and that most other readers will enjoy this plot as it is – so just ignore me will you #laughing

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Hunger by Jacquelyn Frank

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October 21, 2017

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Hunger

Jacquelyn Frank

 

The Energy Vampires #2

 

July 11th 2017

 

Two strangers—one warm and human, the other deadly and craving—become pawns in an all-out vampire war as this series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga heats up. As an energy vampire, Halo enjoys the chase for human blood—if it’s pure and consensual.

But Halo goes from hunter to hunted when he is knocked unconscious and taken hostage by vicious sycophants. As he comes to, he realizes that he’s naked, starving, and trapped in a sealed room. With him is a deliciously human female, tempting him to feed—except her blood is heady with the scent of poisonous drugs. Never has nourishment been so near, yet so far . . . and it’s all part of the sycophants’ sick game.

The last thing Felice Mendoza remembers is everything going black. She awakens stripped, drugged, exposed, and alone—with a vampire. Halo is at once savage and tender, terrifying and alluring. Felice senses that her only chance to escape depends upon his survival. Given the choice between Halo and his enemies, Felice surrenders to his ravenous hunger. It’s a calculated risk—and a delirious pleasure. As Felice is ushered into a world as dangerous as it is desirable, their fight for deliverance is only the beginning.

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Snare (Recoil Rock #3) by K.E. Osborn

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October 20, 2017

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Snare

K.E. Osborn

  

Recoil Rock #3

  

 May 11th 2017

 

 

 

 

 Fear—it’s swallowing me whole. The worry is always there of people finding out my secret. But she knew. The second we were alone…. she figured me out. My life has been one catastrophe after another, people judging without knowing me. I’m rude, obnoxious, stubborn, but that’s all to hide the pain of my demons.The pain of my childhood. No one knows why I’m the way I am. Except for my twin, but even he doesn’t know the extent of my despair. No one knew until Zaria Shafir came into our lives. Oscar-winning A-lister and actress extraordinaire.She saw right through me—through the bravado, through the act—she saw me.The thing is… she’s just as good at acting as I am. The diva attitude she throws around demanding everything like she owns the world. I see through her, too.We both have demons in our past.Will they keep us from having a future?

 Snare (Recoil Rock #3) by K.E. Osborn is the third book in this series that I read and while I still like the writing style of this author in general I have to say that the plotline of the particular book felt different to me than the others.

I enjoyed the book and storyline in general especially also because I already know about the history and dynamics having read the previous books. I know you sense the BUT coming and here it is.

Sorry to say so BUT there was something off in the relationship dynamic between the leading characters. It felt like both of them were missing their backbone. The forward and backward without any real reason gave me a whiplash of the worst kind.

Especially when it came to the female lead. Not going to spoiler on the actual story, but when I am pissed at someone for saying or doing something that is not simply disappearing within 2 minutes.

And more often than not in this storyline I found dialogues where there was an argument – and the relationship was stopped from developing or was dissolved – only to be reset by simply one of the involved parties changing their mind.

“I think we should not be together” – “OK”

“I think we should be together” – OK”

Yeah I know there was more to it and this is exaggerated but when I was nearing the end this is really the way I felt they were reacting whenever a disagreement turned up.

And that bugged me because they were interesting characters in an interesting setting. So yeah I am giving 3.5 Stars (counted as 4) because they were interesting but still to be honest their relationship development got on my nerves and I can not say I liked it very much because I need my characters to have more backbone.

I can work with them being wrong and changing their mind but the question is how that is transferred to the reader. Still I look forward to the next book because not every book can be loved the same as the previous.

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Nanny Wanted (A Bad Boy Romance) by Mia Carson

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October 20, 2017

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Nanny Wanted

Mia Carson

  

A Bad Boy Romance

 

May 15th 2017

 

I need nanny…I mean, a nanny for my new son.

Stanford: I just found out I have a son. Just like that. I’m not in a good place right now to do the dad thing – physically, mentally, or emotionally. Don’t think I’ll ever be. That’s where she come in. My new nanny…I mean, a nanny for my new son. Remy – sexy and tempting. She’s not your typical nanny. Not the type I had growing up. Try as much as I can, her stubborn ass attitude turns me on. Right now, all I want is someone to take care of my child, and perhaps a warm body in bed occasionally, but nothing more. I’m not cut out to be a family man. The last time I loved, I fathered a child.

Remy: I’ve always taken care of everyone but me, it’s just the way life’s been. Being a nanny for some rich guy is just another day in my life. Except this one wants nothing to do with his son, or me. Not that it’s my job to make things right. But I try. The harder I try though, the more he pushes everyone away. I’ve dealt with some broody men before, but Stanford tops my list. If only he didn’t kiss so good. If only he wasn’t so good in bed. NANNY WANTED is a standalone, happily ever after romance novel with loads of steam and no fluff! Contains another full-length hot romance story

4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

BLOG REVIEW : Last by J.L. Davis

 

October 19, 2017

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 Last

 J.L. Davis

  

 

   May 5th 2017

 

 

 

 

After losing her job, her bestie, and her boyfriend all at once, Jessa Phillips has no choice but to move back home and start over.

When she knocks on Alex Rogan’s door, she’s searching for employment but what she gets is so much more than a job. He’s tall, muscular, gorgeous…and very mysterious.

Jessa can’t shake the attraction and desperately wants more than he’s willing to provide. Can she get Alex to drop his guard in order to give them a real chance? To let her be his LAST?

 

Last by J.L. Davis was my First …

LOL – Pun intended

No seriously it was my first book by this author and somehow from what I found it might also be the debut novel of this author.

The author has an interesting and fresh writing style and the setting as well as the characters were well developed.

Additionally the setting of the storyline was different and a little unusual.

I am not sure how much to tell without spoilers but at first it sounded like there was an immense age difference between both leads which confused the setting a little. As I said “at first” but later it made the complete interaction between the characters more spunky I think. Especially when it came to Jesse’s new friend that actually got her the job with Alex.

Jesse and Alex were interesting yet totally opposite characters. While Jesse at first sight looked insecure she was the one getting Alex out of his funk. And on the other hand Alex who should be the more settled one is actually more insecure than Jesse.

Adding the circumstances, their environment and past – well lets say the reader is in for an interesting ride. But it will be one I am sure that the readers will enjoy – I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. It was a read that was a little fresher than the average sweet romance. If the author can keep up this kind of writing style the future will tell but for now I can say that I would pick up the next book by this author if the blurb appeals to me. 

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Last by J.L. Davis

Last by J.L. Davis

 

October 19, 2017

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  Last

 

  J.L. Davis

 

 

  

  May 5th 2017  

 

 

 

 

 

After losing her job, her bestie, and her boyfriend all at once, Jessa Phillips has no choice but to move back home and start over.

When she knocks on Alex Rogan’s door, she’s searching for employment but what she gets is so much more than a job. He’s tall, muscular, gorgeous…and very mysterious.

Jessa can’t shake the attraction and desperately wants more than he’s willing to provide. Can she get Alex to drop his guard in order to give them a real chance? To let her be his LAST?

 

 

 

 

 

Last by J.L. Davis was my First …

LOL – Pun intended

No seriously it was my first book by this author and somehow from what I found it might also be the debut novel of this author.

 

The author has an interesting and fresh writing style and the setting as well as the characters were well developed.

Additionally the setting of the storyline was different and a little unusual.

 

I am not sure how much to tell without spoilers but at first it sounded like there was an immense age difference between both leads which confused the setting a little. As I said “at first” but later it made the complete interaction between the characters more spunky I think. Especially when it came to Jesse’s new friend that actually got her the job with Alex.

 

Jesse and Alex were interesting yet totally opposite characters. While Jesse at first sight looked insecure she was the one getting Alex out of his funk. And on the other hand Alex who should be the more settled one is actually more insecure than Jesse.

 

Adding the circumstances, their environment and past – well lets say the reader is in for an interesting ride. But it will be one I am sure that the readers will enjoy – I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. It was a read that was a little fresher than the average sweet romance. If the author can keep up this kind of writing style the future will tell but for now I can say that I would pick up the next book by this author if the blurb appeals to me.

 

 

 

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A Girl Like Me (Like Us #2) by Ginger Scott

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October 19, 2017

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A Girl Like Me

Ginger Scott

  

Like Us #2

 

May 26th 2017

 

 I’m not supposed to be here.Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s stood between me and my final breath.I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as if I didn’t need any more saving.This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I shouldn’t.The world thinks he’s missing.His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.Only I know just how special he is.I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together, we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.

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Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) by L.J. Shen

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October 18, 2017

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Ruckus

L.J. Shen

  

Sinners of Saint #2

 

May 26th 2017

 

 

Rosie

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right. No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking. He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth. He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend. One thing you should know before you judge me; I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first. Eleven years later, he waltzes into my life, demanding a second chance. Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman.But my clock is ticking. See, I’m not like the rest. I have an illness.Sometimes I conquer it.Sometimes it conquers me. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.

 

Merken

Merken

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