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Forever Black by Sandi Lynn

Forever Black by Sandi Lynn

 

June 23, 2014

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Jeri

 

 

Title : Forever Black

Author : Sandi Lynn

Series : Forever, #1

Rating : 2 Stars

 

Blurb : When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.” With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, made a vow to never love or fall in love with a woman, until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident. After she opens up and shows him her world, Connor starts to feel emotions and feelings he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black and his use and misuse of women, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world.

Ellery knows they can never be together because she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy Connor emotionally forever.
Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

 

Review : I really – really wanted to like this book. You can check my normal ratings and will see that I am a generous Person with my stars.
But with this book I am having serious issues…
why?
when sitting in a train at a full speed and looking outside – what do you see ? – a blurr – everything is moving so fast you can not get a hold of anything – nothing is clear…
And this book made me feel like trying to read a story that hat the speed of an high speeding train… or maybe even a racecar …
The storyline was good – don’t misunderstand me – but the characters keept moving so fast that there was absolutly no time to give them deepth …. they were shallow…
I had the constant feeling like beeing pushed through the book – the story jumped – yes – JUMPED forward … like watching a film on fast forward …
which is a very unpleasend feeling when you started a book with the real feeling you would like it because of the storyline.
Normally i do not judge to harsh – as I know how hard it is to blow life into a creation like this story – and I don’t stick to judging typing mistakes or anything – as english is not my native – i would never dare to critizice gramma.
But the speed in this story – togehter with the jumping – is a real dealbreaker that even the good storyline couldn’t catch for me
Sorry – I really wanted to like it             

 

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Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

ATTIC REVIEW : Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

 

August 14, 2017

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 Mack Daddy

Penelope Ward

 

  

February 13th 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single Dad. Second Chances. Meet Mack in the newest STANDALONE novel from New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward. They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right? So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.Everyone wanted a piece of the hot, single father of the sweet little boy. I became a woman I didn’t recognize, someone riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more. They didn’t know about our past. He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business. As my friend, Lorelai, so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with someone else just to protect my heart. Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.And soon I might be breaking all the rules.Author’s note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

 

 

 

 

 

I love Penelope Wards writing and that is no secret – so her having a new release is me surely reading it. And again “Mack Daddy” was a solid read but I have to admit that the spark was missing in it for me.

 

I am used to a certain little something in her books and that little thing was not there. Maybe I am spoiled by her writing together with Vi Keeland because in those books the sparks just fly all over the place at any given time but I am pretty sure that she also has that fire when writing alone, because “Stepbrother Dearest” is still by far the best Stepbrother Romance I have read until now.

 

I guess the missing spark is all on me because my expectations when I hear her name are not high – oh no – they are skyscraping – yeah you get it. Its like … bad mood – grab a “Ward-Book” … like she has the cure to anything…hahaha…

 

Anyway while it will not be my favorite book by this author it is a solid an enjoyable read that is easy to recommend

 

 

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Nowhere Girl by Fiona Keane

 
 
Title: Nowhere Girl
Series: Foundlings #1
Author: Fiona Keane
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sophia…

 

They thought sending me to this supposed tropical paradise would keep me safe. But there’s no place safe for me now. Not when the memories won’t leave me alone.

 I didn’t know what the universe had in store for me, but I definitely didn’t expect Jameson Burke. People think he has more secrets than I do, but he showed me his true self – his smile, his thoughtfulness, his love.

I can’t afford to fall so far, so deep. Not after what happened. I should run, but somehow my heart keeps coming back to him…

  

Jameson…

  

I had my own reasons to run. Little did I know the most important piece of my story started and ended with the quiet girl sitting next to me in seventh period.

 Sophia Reid’s shy smile brought my soul out of hiding. Through her, I learned what starting over really means.

 But if I give in to this love, I’ll put us both in danger.

 For a short time, I was whole again, but what they say is right. The old me is dead, and the new one will never know love again.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fueled by coffee and rainy days, shelves of books consuming her home in the Pacific Northwest, and a vivid imagination, Fiona writes about love because she believes the world needs more of it. She could spend eternity lost in a story, taken into someone’s thoughts while she is left lingering there long after the pages have turned. Fiona works to meld themes in the current world and spin them into stories of longing, determination, and hope. Her characters are relatable and relevant, as they battle their own fictional version of existence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I guess when I look at the calendar it is safe to say that I fixed my “2017-YA-Debut-Author”

It is such an amazing feeling to discover a new author you like and it is even more amazing if you recognize it’s a debut for the author too.

 

You like a well written YA romance ? One that is not cliché from top to bottom ? One were you turn the pages and you have no idea until the very end what exactly is going to happen?

Well you might consider giving “Nowhere Girl” from Fiona Keane a try.

 

One warning though – it is a series of 3 books but the author promised me that the books are all completed and going through editing. The release of the complete series should be finished until end of Feb. 2018. You wonder why I mention this ? Well if you follow my reviews you know that I have an issue with series especially those that have a huge time gap between their releases. My problem is that I dislike losing the connection to the characters ones I have one. And the more time in-between the books the more I loose my feelings for the story. So me trusting the author on this one really means something believe me.

 

So I wonder if I have to mention that this book ends on a note that one might consider a cliffhanger or not ? but well yeah … nope – not going there (ha I bet you thought I would tell more right?)

 

Ok so about the writing – well I really love this authors writing – her characters are deep and fully developed with enough background to connect to them. And little enough is known about them to keep the mystery intact this book so desperately needs. Which in itself is an enigma as it should not work – but somehow it does. I am not going to repeat the blurb here but I can tell you what you read there is exactly what you get.

 

And it is the mystery that pulls the reader through the pages … turning reading turning reading until you suddenly realize that … nope – again not going there….

 

The characters are great. The secondary ones are just present enough to interfere where they are supposed to and the reader wonders what there deeper purpose is because some of them definitely have an agenda – or not?

 

I love our male lead so Ms Keane did good  – and wow surprise surprise I even like the female lead. Their struggles are real and I often found myself agreeing to their thoughts which made it a great read for that rainy Sunday we had.

I did not want to put it down and actually managed to finish it in two sessions – now two days later I am still thinking about some of the things I read and I am trying to figure things out.

So all of this is prove enough for me that this book is good.

 

Just now I am rating this book as a single book as I can not judge what the future will bring with the other two books to complete the story but I have high hopes that the story will continue as promised – so there is hope that I will not have to reconsider my rating here.

 

So for now my rating is 5 stars and I honestly love the fact that I am the first here to place my review because there are no spoilers here and if you want to know anything about the story you will have to read it.  And I dare you to… you will not regret it if you love YA romances.

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SAVAGE by L.A. Fiore

There actually was a tingling in my fingers when I saw that I had Savage by LA Fiore on my kindle. I was itching to get home and to have time to start devouring it.

 

Some authors just do that to you …Sure there might be plots of them that I do not like and will not read even if they write them. But IF I like the plot then I can be pretty sure that the book will be everything I imagine and sometimes even more.

 

I might make a top 10 list of books I loved within a year but I will never make a Top10 list of authors … I can’t and I won’t but IF I did I am pretty PRETTY sure this author would be on it.

 

Sometimes I think I need to carry a recording device with me at all times when I read because I usually have the most vivid thoughts for my reviews the moments I read the book. In case of this book I had several approaches ready and later when I sat down to write they have all disappeared usually leaving me (in cases of a great book like this) with a bad case of book hangover and no idea what kind of book to read after a journey like this.

 

The most intense feeling I am left with is that not everything in life is black and white. There really is a lot of grey and not all is wrong or right. Sometimes there is a something in-between. I was surprised about the way those darker areas wove their way through the story. Maybe it was because of the deep introduction I got to the characters but those dark areas sort of felt like not dark at all.

 

There were moments when I understood the thoughts of the female lead all too well . Even I as a reader should SO NOT be OK what was going on. I mean there were people (NO spoilers from me – sorry) but I was just feeling kind of “That is the way it is and we will go from here”. Should I be worried about my line of thinking?

 

Usually I would be worried but I know in this specific case it’s the Fiore Magic hidden in the wafts of mist behind some Kilts in the Highlands. I know many people have tried their Hand in Versions of Beauty and the Beast. Some are good and some failed. And honestly I am not even sure if it was the authors intention to go in that direction but still I am pretty sure that lovers of that specific tale will love this book.

 

The characters often talk about a very different fairytale (and it fits the story while they do it) but to use that tale here as a comparison would not work as nobody would get the deeper meanings behind it without knowing the details.

 

There is a lot of magic in that story without even a touch of paranormal. I actually saw myself there with the leads in that beautiful setting. My mind conjured a complete movie style setting and it might be because of the place but somehow even Sean Connery got a role in my play.

 

Random thoughts :

 

While I do not agree with how a certain situation was handled because it did not fit my view of the female lead I got why it was done because the characters explained themselves well.

 

Someone said this is a Dark Romance … it might be compared to other books of this author but I personally think a Dark Romance in this kind of genre is something like Sick Fux by Tillie Cole – this book here is more a grey romance with damaged leads that are good in their core.

 

Let’s get rid of the ugly  – people … it’s Christmas …(soon-ish)

 

Merken

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Review – Barreled Over (Trinity Distillery #1) by Jenna Sutton

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(Trinity Distillery #1)
Jenna Sutton
Contemporary Romance
26th December 2017
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Ava Grace Landy’s music career is humming along until a shakeup at her label jeopardizes her recording contract and curses her with the world’s worst boss. Determined to satisfy him, she partners with Trinity Distillery to access a larger male audience. To her surprise, she’s the one who’s satisfied—by none other than Jonah Beck, the gorgeous, yet gruff man behind the bourbon.

No doubt about it, bourbon runs in Beck’s blood. But it’s audacious Ava Grace who makes it run hot. When she signs on as the spokesperson for his craft distillery, he doesn’t plan on hoisting her onto an oak barrel and rocking the rickhouse. Though he’s convinced their lives don’t mix—like a terrible cocktail—he can’t keep his hands off the alluring country star.

Ava Grace and Beck try to keep their intoxicating relationship private, but the glare of her fame is too bright, revealing secrets they both want to remain hidden. With a spotlight shining on his tumultuous past, their future is at risk. Now they must decide if being together is worth sacrificing the career she loves and the company he’s poured his heart and soul into.

3.5 Bourbon Sauce & Bread Pudding Stars.

As a new to me author I hadn’t read anything by Ms. Sutton and believe me I did some snooping after I received the ARC and was somewhat disappointed but just because there were some unfavourable reviews based on her other series I decided to bite the bullet. What is the worst that could have happened? I wouldn’t have liked it at worst I would have DNF it.

Or in this case….

It is a winner I really enjoyed Beck & Ava Grace’s story. I am pleasantly surprised. It is sweet, refreshing with a touch of angst there are some things though that I wasn’t entirely thrilled about. But I’ll get to that later.

Ava Grace has music in her blood but a management change is putting her in a position where she needs to garner more male fans. Her bestie’s husband has an idea be the spokesperson for Trinity.
Jonah Beck like his father and grandfather has bourbon in his blood. But a painful past moved him from Kentucky to San Francisco to open his distillery but he doesn’t want to be in the limelight so he manages to bag Ava Grace as his spokesperson and so an undeniable attraction develops.

The book started off really strong and it continued all the way throughout. The MC chemistry is off the charts and the author does a really good job but sometimes I felt that there is a lack of depth that the characters could have and should have when they have the connection that these two have. There is easy banter and a relationship that they truly have to work at.

The one thing that really stuck out and Ms. Sutton I am extremely happy about this. The HERO is NOT a MANHO. I repeat he is NOT a MANHO. So refreshing. Our heroine does a lot of the chasing at the beginning also very refreshing yet she doesn’t come on to strong. The balance is just right.

Now although the Hero isn’t a manho. He behaves like an arse on numerous times throughout the book, the heroine actually takes a stand and he has to work for it although she gave in to quickly at the end IMO but then again I can also hold a mean grudge. Beck’s insecurities get in the way. Yes the bloke is the one with the insecurities and not the heroine. Once again different. He finally gives in to his feelings and it seems such a hardship. So there is a push/pull.

Now this really did my nut in constantly Ava Grace this and Ava Grace I’m begging you Ms. Sutton just get her friends to call her Ava, I shortened it to Ava cause otherwise I would have thrown my kindle against the wall. What you do to save your kindle, lol.

Overall a solid book with a great characters and an adorable story that could have had a bit more depth and not so rushed at the end. It has everything I want in a romance. There is also no o/w-o/m drama.

Once again I’ve written too much and I really recommend this book.

More to come in the series and I can’t wait
Tipsy-Turvy (Trinity Distillery #1.5) Kyle & Mercy – Spring 2018
Bottled Up (Trinity Distillery #2) Ren’s Story (hopefully with Sasha) – Summer 2018
Chased Down (Trinity Distillery #3) Gabe’s Story – Fall 2018

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Acting on Impulse (Silverweed Falls #2) by Thea Dawson

Unexpected ….
If I had to use one word to describe my thoughts on Acting on Impulse by Thea Dawson that would be it.

I hope its OK if I am totally honest … ? Well I would be anyway #hahaha… I really liked this book. It was the first by this author that I read and her writing style is engaging. (I know you are sensing the BUT – and here it is…) BUT I almost did not read any further than the Opening chapter…

I never thought that I would ever say this but ME yes ME the hater of NOW and THEN chapter changings thinks in this very specific case it might have been better to not open the book with this chapter. Usually I hate it when during reading you get switched between past and present. I always call it the “Titanic” effect … because we know where the past ends up as it is our present now…
I usually always opt for telling a short” what happened in the Past” story before getting into the present…
But here – well – here it made Chris (the male lead) look bad and I mean not a little bit stupid or so but REALLY bad … like an egoistical jerk – yeah … so thank god for my 3 chapter / 10 % rule or I might not have read further …

As soon as the “present” story starts it feels like a 180 when it comes to Chris and that almost gave me a whiplash thinking there had to be more to his behavior … but what that is – you will only find out by reading the story and not from me (remember I am the women that tries to give as little as possible spoilers)

What I admired was that this story felt real. I mean if you take a look at the people you for example shared school classes with. I was shocked to find out that my first school kiss belongs to a guy that is now a catholic priest (and yeah I heard all the jokes about it) and another one of my school friends is a well known heart surgeon … So why shouldn’t you find one amongst your friends that became a famous actor ?

There was no glamour in that story – not that sounds wrong – . What I mean is that it was not sparkly shiny Hollywood fake. It was heartwarming and real. From their friendships, developing feelings, their insecurities to the inevitable loss.

I noticed that it seems to be the second book in the Silverweed Falls series. You will not notice this as it is perfectly readable as a standalone. Acting on Impulse introduces us to a bunch of interesting secondary characters so I would not be surprised to see them return in future books.

Strangely one of the secondary characters already has his story told in the first book (from what I read in the blurb). Yet in the second book I got the impression that the story of the first book did not yet happen or was just on the way of happening I am not 100% sure with the time line there but for reading the second book alone that does not matter. I guess only if you already read the first one it might feel strange.

Why not 5 stars ? well I felt with the characters but they did not go all the way in making my laugh or cry which is the top criteria for that star

Anyway – I am pretty sure I will pick up another book from this author if the blurb “speaks” to me so I feel good when I suggest this book to everybody who thinks the blurb might appeal to him and who likes a good Hollywood story with a bunch of REAL in it

P.S. to the Author … why am I smiling now when I look at the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy ?

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The British Knight by Louise Bay

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The British Knight, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Louise Bay is available NOW!!!

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The British Knight by Louise Bay
Release Date: December 5th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.

As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs.

But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.

When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up.

On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.

Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.

As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.

I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

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My workout this morning had been punishing. The harder I worked, the harder I worked out. I was a big believer in that if I wasn’t physically fit, I couldn’t perform as well in my job. And I was willing to do whatever I had to do to be the best barrister I could be. As a result, I’d been up since five, worked out until six thirty, and then had a conference call with Dubai at seven. I hated days when I was late into the office, but this morning couldn’t be helped. My commute had been . . . unusual. The woman I’d knocked into while getting off the tube had been beautiful, and I couldn’t keep the image of her gazing up at me in the middle of Lincoln’s Inn Fields out of my brain. I needed to focus. And perhaps get laid when I got the time. But it wouldn’t be tonight. I’d be working. I had hundreds of witness statements to go through and my opening statement to draft.

In three days, I’d be in court, and that was my sole focus. There was no time to be wasted on fantasizing about women.

As I trawled through my emails, trying to pick out the important ones from the hundreds littering my inbox, someone knocked at my door. I resisted the temptation to growl. I hated being interrupted—I needed a sign for the door.

“Come in,” I barked.

The door swung open, and I could tell by the footsteps that the head clerk had swooped in. “Mr. Knightley.”

“Craig.” I didn’t take my focus off my laptop screen. Craig was an avuncular and charming man in his mid-fifties. He’d been in the business since he was fifteen and had clerked my father. If anyone could interrupt me, he could. And he knew it. Over the years, I’d tried to get him to call me Alex, but he insisted all the clerks and admin staff call the barristers by their surnames. The bar could be a very old-fashioned place.

“I want to introduce you to your new assistant, Violet King.”

I paused, my fingers hovering over my keyboard. I knew nothing of this and would never have agreed to it—I worked alone. Slowly, I turned to find Craig in front of my desk, his eyebrows raised in expectation.

“My what?” I asked. A figure moved in beside him and I slid my gaze to the right. I found myself staring straight at the beautiful woman who’d invaded my thoughts since I’d arrived in chambers. What was going on? I looked away from her, sure that Craig would see my attraction to her if my eyes lingered over her for more than a split second.
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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Duke of Manhattan, Hollywood Scandal, Park Avenue Prince, King of Wall Street, The Empire State Series, Indigo Nights and Hopeful.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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My thoughts on the British Knight by Louise Bay are kind of divided. And to be super honest I am not sure how much of my thoughts an can share without giving spoilers. But I assume to explain myself a few hints are necessary so watch out.

 

First of all I loved the general writing style of the author. It was the first book I read from her and she really managed to paint a vivid picture of the London I saw with my own eyes.

 

Now my thoughts on the leads. Our male lead has a ton of flaws or no let me rephrase that what looks like a ton of flaws actually is only one but a massive one. Otherwise he is pretty much perfect. What I loved most about him was how he was always able to correctly evaluate flaws and mistakes and he never attempted to cover them up. Only one thing sneaked up on him where he had another person jump in and give him hints.

I loved how he was able to reevaluate his life and make changes where necessary. And the author implemented those in a believable way for the character she created.

 

Then there is our female lead. What I loved most about her was at the same time the one thing I hated about her. She was so super cool with everything that it drove me nuts. While it was great that she was able to take what she wanted without regretting. It felt unbelievable that she was fine with everything. Never expected anything. Really there was no balance at all between her needs, her wants and her actions. Which in the end brought up one of the most childish reactions (she admitted herself) to ONE mistake. I could have worked with that but what really made me roll my eyes was that she accused the male lead of all the things he made clear in the beginning and she always said she was ok with.

And honestly I hate it when women say one thing and mean another on this really large scale – especially when they are presented as this kind of in depended women like her. .

 

Actually I shed a small tear for the male lead for trying so hard and then being punished for ONE mistake (and not even a huge life altering mistake) – given his circumstances it was a mistake yes and I would have been hurt in her place yes but she really exaggerated her reaction.

 

The plot itself was good and solid. The character development was great especially with the male lead ( the female too but I just did not like her that much). The story flow was steady and I could not find any flaws in the concept. If I would remarks something then it would be, that it might have been a nice touch if Alex had used some of his skills to find some justice for violet concerning her past. I loved the outcome of the story that proves that solutions do not always come in the most obvious ways.

 

The tear I shed should have been the 5th star but given the fact that I had a mayor problem with the female lead the book only received 4 stars.

 

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Start Over: A Novel (Start Again Series #2) by J. Saman

 

Start Over (Start Again Series Book 2)

  

Start Over: A Novel
Start Again Series #2
J. Saman
June 05th 2017

 

The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.

Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.

Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most… each other.

 

 

 

There was a lot that surprised me about this book and one thing I could not get over. Let’s start with the obvious thing that is no secret from the blurb. Its the one thing I could not get over – that was the instant attraction that sparked between the leads.

It bugged me – the author placed so much feelings into this novel that this instant attraction did not fit into the plot somehow. It might have if it had been introduced differently but the way it was done did not work that well with me, which is why it ended at 4 stars in my rating .

After I was struggeling with this instant elements I was surprised by the depth of development that followed. There were a ton of struggles for the leads in general. And the baggage Luke carries is not easy to swallow that is for sure.

Yet both characters get a second chance and they will make use of that chance, it will not be without hurt and they will need to work their way to a mess of their own creation as well as a mess that is out of their hands.

Some revelations will shock you – well at least they shocked me – others are to be expected when you follow the plot.

There were moments when I wished for a little more background on what was happening and why but for the most part the story is well developed and written.

Therefore I can definitely recommend this book for lovers of second chances that do not hesitate to stick to their leads even if the road gets rough

 

 

 

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4 STAR ARC BOOKPROMO RELEASE REVIEW

The British Knight by Louise Bay

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The British Knight, an all-new contemporary romance by Louise Bay is LIVE!!!

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The British Knight by Louise Bay
Release Date: December 5th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.

As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs.

But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.

When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up.

On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.

Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.

As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.

I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.

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USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Duke of Manhattan, Hollywood Scandal, Park Avenue Prince, King of Wall Street, The Empire State Series, Indigo Nights and Hopeful.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

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My thoughts on the British Knight by Louise Bay are kind of divided. And to be super honest I am not sure how much of my thoughts an can share without giving spoilers. But I assume to explain myself a few hints are necessary so watch out.

 

First of all I loved the general writing style of the author. It was the first book I read from her and she really managed to paint a vivid picture of the London I saw with my own eyes.

 

Now my thoughts on the leads. Our male lead has a ton of flaws or no let me rephrase that what looks like a ton of flaws actually is only one but a massive one. Otherwise he is pretty much perfect. What I loved most about him was how he was always able to correctly evaluate flaws and mistakes and he never attempted to cover them up. Only one thing sneaked up on him where he had another person jump in and give him hints.

I loved how he was able to reevaluate his life and make changes where necessary. And the author implemented those in a believable way for the character she created.

 

Then there is our female lead. What I loved most about her was at the same time the one thing I hated about her. She was so super cool with everything that it drove me nuts. While it was great that she was able to take what she wanted without regretting. It felt unbelievable that she was fine with everything. Never expected anything. Really there was no balance at all between her needs, her wants and her actions. Which in the end brought up one of the most childish reactions (she admitted herself) to ONE mistake. I could have worked with that but what really made me roll my eyes was that she accused the male lead of all the things he made clear in the beginning and she always said she was ok with.

And honestly I hate it when women say one thing and mean another on this really large scale – especially when they are presented as this kind of in depended women like her. .

 

Actually I shed a small tear for the male lead for trying so hard and then being punished for ONE mistake (and not even a huge life altering mistake) – given his circumstances it was a mistake yes and I would have been hurt in her place yes but she really exaggerated her reaction.

 

The plot itself was good and solid. The character development was great especially with the male lead ( the female too but I just did not like her that much). The story flow was steady and I could not find any flaws in the concept. If I would remarks something then it would be, that it might have been a nice touch if Alex had used some of his skills to find some justice for violet concerning her past. I loved the outcome of the story that proves that solutions do not always come in the most obvious ways.

 

The tear I shed should have been the 5th star but given the fact that I had a mayor problem with the female lead the book only received 4 stars.

 

1 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Tailspin by Jaimie Roberts

 

 

Tailspin

  

 Tailspin
Jaimie Roberts
June 05th 2017

 

Devon Jackson is a smug, arrogant prick. He’s also CEO at Worldwide Airways, and I’m the lucky one who lands a job as his PA—a job I soon learn to regret taking.

I do absolutely everything for him, from organising his appointments to picking up condoms for him every Friday afternoon.

Why do I put up with it?

Because, despite it all, I am obsessed with him and have been since I was fifteen. He treats me like dirt, yet I still come back for more.

To him, I’m untouchable. And not only to him, but every other man on the planet. The fact he’s my brother’s best friend has seen to that. They’re both possessive jerks.

And I put up with it…for a while.

Once I put my foot down, the dynamic changes. And it is at that moment I find out how he really feels.

In fact, I find out so much more than I bargain for. Not only is Devon host to some serious demons, but he also holds a very big, dark secret. A secret that could destroy our relationship before it gets a chance to begin.

 

 

 

Not so much a review – more an explanation of why I did not like this book.

There is nothing wrong with the writingstyle of this author, infact it is pretty good.  If I would say something negative concerning that it would only be that I did not know that this is a DARK romance going into this book.

And that is actually the reason that I can not give a good review. Because if I had known this fact I probably would not have chosen to read this book. But what’s done is done and can not be undone.

Therefore this book really pushed some serious hardlimits with me of which I do not have many

I can not name them because then you would know to much about the story. Just believe me this is not for lovers of fluffy romances but I assume lovers of dark romances will like this book

 

 

 

 

 

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