RECOMMENDING BOOK’s

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

REVIEW : DIRTY HEADLINES by L.J. Shen

 

 

Dirty Headlines

  

DIRTY HEADLINES
L.J. Shen
September 7th 2018

 

Célian Laurent.
Manhattan royalty.
Notorious playboy.
Heir to a media empire.
…And my new boss.
I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.
Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Brooklyn girl.
Infamously quirky.
Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it.
So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle.
Every night in his bed, war.
But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.

 

 

I know I am repeating myself but still – here is my list of significant signs for a good book (not necessarily complete)

 

  • Not wanting to put the book down – which includes sneaking into toilets during parties to read a few pages ( #MeLaughing Penelope Ward totally “borrowed” that from me for her book – I AM JOKING- Kind of … sort of … well not sure who did it first )
  • Talking with your book – which includes being in open spaces with other people wondering what that weird women is doing
  • Crying and/or Laughing during reading – which includes (see above mentioned)
  • FINALLY … the intense feeling of wanting to punch or hug virtual characters in real life … either because you want to make them see what is right in front of them, comfort them or (and well there is no nice way to say it) because they are assholes.

 

Having that in Mind – let’s check “DIRTY HEADLINES” by L.J. Shen…

  • Not wanting to put the book down was a given – I mean it was an L.J. Shen book – you read one of hers ? you pretty much should know what I mean. Slowly she sneaked in and found her way into my all time favorite author list. And she def. keeps a “One –click –to – buy – without – checking – before” position in there too. I just checked and noticed that leaving a few anthology stories aside I read everything she ever released so far and only two books where on a 4 star – all the rest were 5stars. That is saying something. There is hardly any other author having such a clean high rating … trust me it is an honest rating too – no extra points because I got a book for free or anything.
  • Yes I found myself talking with the book – in this case especially repeating the hilarious conversations between the leads of this book. Ms. Shen I really wonder where you get your ideas for these dialogues from – they were just …(without words) and those “Jesus” thoughts …. Yeah these bring me to the next point
  • Which is the laughing/Crying part …. These “Jesus” thoughts – had me laughing so hard sometimes that there were even tears involved. Which completes this point because for me there was no actual ugly crying involved in this book.
  • When it comes to the intense feelings – well it evolved some pretty intense feelings but non of the plot needed ugly crying to be good in my opinion. Interesting enough where usually the plots of this author are more intense and maybe even a little darker? This one was lighter and caused by laughing – and I mean laughing because of the characters dialogues and not even so much about the plot. It is simply a masterpiece of great and tremendously well developed writing

 

My Essence ?

Pure and simple a great book with hilarious characters. In real life you probably would stay a mile away from a male lead like that but having insight into his mind like you have in this book makes it easy to like him. Dear Author if you keep up writing like that you will have an eternal fan here….

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

 
 

November 8, 2014

 

reviewed for

 

Jeri

 
 

 

Title : Maybe Someday

Author : Colleen Hoover

Series : Maybe #1

Rating : 5 Stars

 

Blurb : At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

 

Review : Still wiping away the tears ….
#wonderfull            

 

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND

REVIEW : The Good Samaritan by R.C. Boldt

 

 

The Good Samaritan

  

The Good Samaritan
R.C. Boldt
 September 18th 2018

 

The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.

I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity. Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.

 

 

 

 

✔✖ My Review Check List ✖✔

AKA significant signs for a good book

Here ? The Good Samaritan by R.C. Boldt

  • (NOT WANTING TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN – WHICH INCLUDES CARRYING AN E-BOOK READER LITERALLY EVERYWHERE I GO, ALLNIGHT READING SESSIONS AND SNEAKING OUT OR IN PLACES INCLUDING TOILETS TO READ A FEW PAGES)

 

✔I might not have pulled an all-nighter with this one but still I had problems in putting it down – I wanted to get to the bottom of things. There was suspense that was pulling me back time and time again into the story

 

  • (TALKING WITH YOUR BOOK – NOMATTER WHERE YOU ARE AND WHO IS WATCHING YOU)

 

✔There wasn’t much reason to talk with this book it was more a loud thinking on the plot – the characters were more silent then others I read lately. But somehow that was the strength of this book.

 

  • (CRYING AND/OR LAUGHING – -OUT LOUD- NOMATTER WHERE YOU ARE)

 

✔Not much reason to laugh here if I am being honest. It is more on the thoughtful side of things but in this special case that really made no difference in the complete impression that book left with me

 

  • (THE INTENSE FEELING OF WANTING TO PUNCH OR HUG A VIRTUAL CHARACTER IN REAL LIFE)

 

✔There is a def. YES on the hugging part in this book. And there were lots of characters here that deserved one. And at least one I would have loved to punch – and not in the “punch some sense” way.

 

  • (REMEMBERING THE PLOT/ THE AUTHOR / THINGS AND/OR CONVERTING CONTENT TO YOUR REAL LIFE)

 

✔There is far too much “REAL” about this book to not remember it. It was my first book by this author and I directly checked on her older books. While most of them do not spark anything with me plot wise – there is one that I placed on my list and that is “Out of the Ashes (Out of #2)” – I will be reading that in near future and I will be sure to keep an eye on the next releases.

My Essence ?

This book holds a mirror to our faces – at least it did to me. In the way I look at people or even think about them. It is not easy to digest if you read it with that mirror in front of you but it’s a story that deserves to be told. The author wrapped it in a packing with suspense and well developed characters that simple make this book a great read.

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Dangerous to Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Dangerous to Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

 
 

November 20, 2014

 

reviewed for

 

Jeri

 
 

 

Title :  Dangerous to Know & Love

Author : Jane Harvey-Berrick

Series : N/A

Rating :  5 Stars

 

Blurb : Silence is only skin deep. Nineteen year old Daniel Colton is the guy all the girls want to date, and the man all the guys want to be. Moody, with an explosive temper, closed off and sullen, he’s also beautiful, tatted in delicious ways, with a pierced eyebrow and spiky black hair. It’s rumoured he has piercings in other places, too. Is he really mad, bad and dangerous to know? Daniel lives with his older brother, Zef, and their home is party central. You want drugs, a good time, liquor, no questions asked? Colton’s is the place to go. When Daniel and good girl Lisanne Maclaine have to work together on an assignment, Lisanne finds there’s a lot more to the college’s bad boy than his reputation. He’s intelligent and funny and good company. And then she discovers his secret, why he’s so closed off to everyone, and determined to keep people at arms’ length. But being his secret-keeper is harder than she ever dreamed.

Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes, some coarse language, drug references and drug use.

 

Review : Wonderful read !

Eventhough it is totally different in content – I was kind of remindet of Colleen Hoovers – Maybe Someday – And I do not only mean that in reference to Daniel.
I was captured by the writing style and it pulled me deeper and deeper into the story.

Also I wonder what it is about “these” storys – I don’t like to spoiler about the “thing” they have in common – but lets say I found them on the same “listopia-list” (which by the way is something far more people need to use and place books and vote on them – it is such a useful tool)
Anyway – as I said I found them all in the same place and I once commented before that

– I thought that “Archers Voice” by Mia Sheridan had the “best first Kiss” that I ever read about so far in a novel…

– That would be followed by my opinion with “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover – with the best “make out” ( I hope thats the right english expression 😀 ) – AND that wasn’t even supposed to BE a make out … (#gritting my teeth – its hard to explain without leaving spoilers

– Which brings me to a final the best “First SEX” described in a book so far for me and THIS I found here ….

The emotion of the moment was captured and brought to paper. I could feel my own heart beating during the reading of those moments and I belived what i read – and this is what it is all about ! isn’t it ?

I could say so much more but it all would give away to much of the story – I always find it soo hard to review books without telling to much.
A review sounds always so distant and without emotion if you do not spoiler :-(…

Anyway – every Person reading and liking one of the above three books I can only recommend to read the other two also – as each one of them has it’s own beauty.

And I just remembered I need to check if there are other books of that auther 😀
#ByeBye

 

 

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

 
 

November 24, 2014

 

reviewed for

 

Jeri

 
 

 

Title :  The Sea of Tranquility

Author : Katja Millay

Series : N/A

Rating :  5 Stars

 

Blurb : I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.  Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to. The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

 

Review :

I am still under the shock of reading the last line …
O M G….

This is one of the most intense books I have ever read
My feelings are all over the place…

The last time I felt even remotly similar – eventhough due to a totally different reason – was when I read “JoJo Moyes” – “Me before you”

And this last line – I wish I could say truthfully

“HA – I knew it” – and looking back I SHOULD have known it – but honestly …

with all that was going on – that one totally got lost on the way –

until the moment it came back … WITH ALL FORCE and a DIRECT HIT ….

Did I say

O M G??

 

 

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

 
 

March 19, 2014

 

reviewed for

 

Jeri

 
 

 

Title : Archer’s Voice

Author : Mia Sheridan

Series : N/A

Rating : 5 Stars

 

Blurb : A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling book. Archer’s Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.
Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.
THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

 

Review : Simply wonderful – No other words needed
            

 

 

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Crashed by K. Bromberg

Crashed by K. Bromberg

 
 

June 24, 2014

 

reviewed for

 

Jeri

 
 

 

Title :  Crashed

Author : K. Bromberg

Series : Driven, #3

Rating :  5 Stars

 

Blurb : When life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other? Life is full of moments. Big moments. Little moments. And none of them are inconsequential. Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs.
Heart stopping highs.
Soul shattering lows.
And none of them are insignificant.
Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay. But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

 

Review : I race this series

       

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Fueled by K. Bromberg

Fueled by K. Bromberg

 
 

June 24, 2014

 

reviewed for

 

Jeri

 
 

 

Title :  Fueled

Author : K. Bromberg

Series : Driven, #2

Rating :  5 Stars

 

Blurb : Book #2 of the Driven Trilogy What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep? Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist. Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner. How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep? He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won’t let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far. How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there’s someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I’d never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I’ll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can’t be what she needs, so why can’t I just let her go? We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?

 

Review : I can finally fully relate to the characters and I think I like the book a lot. Definitvly a promising author to read

 

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Tied (Devil’s Wolves #2) by Carian Cole

 

 

Tied (Devil's Wolves, #2)

  

Tied
Devil’s Wolves #2
Carian Cole
 June 24th 2017

 

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one who has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too.
Everything…

** Can be read stand-alone.

** This is a slow burn romance. It is not erotica, nor are there lots of sex scenes. This is about two lonely, damaged people learning to trust, love, and find happiness. Their story does not revolve around sex.

** There is no cheating in this book.

** While the heroine was kidnapped and abused mentally and physically as a child, I do not give any graphic details about what happened to her out of respect to survivors who may read this book. This book focuses on hope and moving forward and I felt there was no need to include graphic details to get the point across.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief #1) by Heidi Joy Tretheway

 

 

Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief, #1)

  

Tattoo Thief
Tattoo Thief, #1
Heidi Joy Tretheway
 October 8th 2013

 

22-year-old Beryl doesn’t know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief.

When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse?

New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.

Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.

 

 

 

My first book by this author was a quite remarkable one I have to say. Most of the story felt fresh and real to me – might be because I know some of the places (in oregon) and therfore I could picture things easily. I loved the characters and the plot and I can truely recommend this book. I will have an eye on this author.

 

 

 

 

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