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Ghost in His Eyes by Carrie Aarons

Ghost in His Eyes by Carrie Aarons

 

October 17, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Ghost in His Eyes

 

 Carrie Aarons

 

 

 

 

  April 23rd 2017  

 

 

 

 

 

He was as magnetic as a deadly hurricane to the shore.Carson Cole was my first love. The boy I’d shared my whole self with.He was the man who’d taken the other part of my soul and drowned it in the sea we’d grown up in.And now he’s back. Ten years later, and the demons of our past are still haunting every breath trapped between us.She was as wild as the horses who owned the beach highways we drove down.Blake Sayer was the beautiful daredevil who had me wrapped around her finger from the time we were seven.Until a horrible accident stole every piece of joy from her life.Ten years later, she’s a shell of the girl she once was, and it’s all my fault. The whispers of our history shackle her to the island I left behind.Just like lost years and unspoken words, love had slipped from our fingers like grains of sand. We’d barely made it out alive last time, was it even possible to reconstruct the shattered pieces of us?

 

 

 

 

 

While the plotline of Ghost in His Eyesby Carrie Aarons was enjoyable I still have to admit that I could not get into the story the way I wished I would have.

 

It took me a while to realize that it was the writing style that somehow disconnected me from the characters. And I really need to feel close to the characters to be able to give a good rating to the book.

 

Strangely there was so much emotion WRITTEN in the book but I could not feel it while reading.

 

Not long ago I read a book with a very similar plot and I could not help but compare the story as it progressed and here I felt it was very slow – to slow in fact.

 

The characters – especially the female lead seemed to wallow in their despair without any chance of moving forward. Also I felt it was suddenly a too fast (or too easy?) when it came to their HEA, with all the despair I would have expected more drama towards their goal.

 

So overall I have to admit that while I like a good second chance novel – this version will not be one of my favorites. But judging from the raving ratings I see I think the author does not need to worry about the reviews and I am just the odd one out here. So don’t mind me and enjoy this read.  

 

 

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Dane by Leddy Harper

Dane by Leddy Harper

 

October 15, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Dane

 

 Leddy Harper

 

  

 

 May 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dane Kauffman:

 

Rich, smart, handsome, and selfless. He’s content with the direction of his life, until the moment he stares into her green eyes.

 

Eden Clare:

 

Determined, headstrong, and independent. Searching for a job, answers, and a purpose, she has no room for anything else. Until she glances in his direction. Crossing paths, tempting fate—Dane must make the ultimate decision. Sacrifice everything to get what he wants, or to continue to be benevolent.

 

 

 

 

 

There are moments when being a blogger that is supposed to be reviewing a book is a really hard thing. When you check my reviews for Leddy Harper you will know that I really love her writing and all of the books I read so far received good reviews.

 

SO…

 

Being honest here is a really tough thing for me but I can not help myself and with a small tear in my eye I must give this book a review of only 2 stars. It is not her writing style or the development of the story – all of that was terrific as usual. And it hurts to admit that…

 

As I usually avoid spoilers I also will not make an exception here as it is a main issue in the plot BUT my problem is : A main issue of the story is not mentioned in the blurb. And this issue would have been a reason for me NOT to choose this book for reading.

 

BUT as it is now – I read it and I am between a rock and a hard place… as I can not undo that fact. Every reader has a certain thing he loves, needs or refuses to read in a book.

 

Like needing a HEA , loving it when the leading character is an alpha male or refusing to read about BDSM. And I am pretty sure my issue will also be an issue for other readers and it should somehow be mentioned in the Blurb to avoid people like me choosing this book.

 

Gosh – dear author I really love your books and I hope you forgive me for this… But when a book has a disclaimer that it contains explicit sex I as a reader can not complain about to much sex – its my problem if I choose it.

 

But in this case – given the Blurb I read – I would have never expected this issue to arise so please forgive me for not liking the direction of this story

 

 

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Review – Sledgehammer (Hard to Love #2) by P. Dangelico

Sledgehammer Book Cover Sledgehammer
(Hard to Love #2)
P. Dangelico
Sports Romance
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11th September 2017
ebook
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Amber Jones is in a pickle. And when I say pickle, I mean deep do-do. She knew she shouldn’t have gone to her ex’s New Year’s Eve party. And she reeeaally didn’t mean to almost burn down his house. It was the chafing dish’s fault, dang it! Now she needs a good lawyer, stat. But where to find one?

All work and no play make Ethan Vaughn a very sad and lonely lawyer. Not to mention horny. He really shouldn’t have agreed to help his best friend’s wife’s bestie with her imbroglio. Now she’s remanded on bail––and living in his house. The woman is a walking, talking category five hurricane. And considering his track record with women, he needs to stay as far away from this one as possible. Problem is, he just can't seem to make himself.

Heads up folks, this little heroine has a propensity for prolific profanity. Our girl's got a potty mouth and strong opinions. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you. If you have delicate nerves, this book is not for you. If you are under 18, this book is definitely not for you. Consider yourself warned.

Only 2.5 Stars. What can I say? This ain’t for me. Shocker. But I’m being benevolent and rounding it up.

Every epic love story starts with a grand gesture.

This is an okay read for me. Nothing to write home about if I’m being honest. It is funny, heartfelt in places and well written. I was at least tickled pink that it is well written but I have to say this is no Wrecking Ball. I know I’m in the minority here.

The author informs us in the blurb of the following:

This little heroine has a propensity for prolific profanity. Our girl’s got a potty mouth and strong opinions. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you. If you have delicate nerves, this book is not for you.

And whereas I like all of the above in a heroine it took me the whole book to figure out what Amber Jones is.

She is self-absorbed. There I said it and I am not ashamed by it.  

It is all about her and the apparent or not so apparent choices/mistakes she has made in life. She is selfish and only looking out for herself. She has a half-sister? Yeah she isn’t really interested. She doesn’t want to be like her mother? Well sweetheart you are on your best way of going there. I didn’t get her issues. I didn’t see her problems. I felt some sympathy for her but the shite she just spewed? Yeah oblivious to me. IMO I would have left her sorry arse to rot in jail.

Everybody is probably screaming at me that is her coping mechanism that may be but at the age of twenty something she should have realised that kind of shite hasn’t gotten her very far in life. Now she is being charged for arson and living in the house of the guy who bailed her out.  

My advice to Ethan Vaughn will go unheard because dude you should run the fuck away. But no it is too late for that. He is everything a book boyfriend is meant to be and he saved the book pretty much for me. Oh, Cam and Cal helped as well.

But getting back to Ethan, E my man why? I’m pleading with you here man. She. Isn’t. Worth. It.

The funny moments and banter when she wasn’t being selfish kept me going admittedly I did skim in places. I enjoy slow burn but to date I have only found one author who can pull it off. I started it and hit the 8% and decided it wasn’t a book wasn’t in the mood for. So I stopped but I was in a strange mood and had no idea what to read so in the end I went back to reading it. My interested waned throughout the book.

It got to the point that I started watching Ninja Warrior and I rarely watch TV so you can see where I’m coming from here. I was fascinated by their muscles, holy smokes I was drooling.

To each their own. Please read it cause you know my opinion is to be taken with a pinch of salt.

2 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Hooked on a Witch by Zoe Forward

Hooked on a Witch Book Cover Hooked on a Witch
Keepers of the Veil #4
Zoe Forward
Paranormal
ebook
230

Pleiades witch Shannon Randolph has been framed for a theft she didn't do. She has one week to return a stolen relic to the god it belongs or she'll be executed. What's worse? Evil magic-wielding wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her to get it. But the biggest danger is Merck. This sexy, dangerous witch-hunter who understands all forms of magic might be her only hope. Enlisting his help may require she be a very naughty witch.

The moment Shannon strolls back into Jason Merck's life he's in trouble. There's something about the witch he can't resist, but he must. The witch hunter can't fall for the witch.

Well this went downhill half way through the book for me.
I loved the beginning and thought this is going to be good exactly what I need and compared to the first book it looks good. But half way through the book I just wasn’t feeling it.
I liked the main characters and the world building is always solid with the author but at some point it just kept on dragging on to the point that I felt annoyed by everything.
This is just my personal opinion

2 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – One Night (Lighter Ones) by Aleatha Romig

One Night Book Cover One Night
Lighter Ones
Aleatha Romig
Romantic Comedy
Romig Works LLC
5th September
ebook
208

A sweet, fun, and sexy stand-alone romance from New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.
One night to remember.

Is that too much to desire?

One night for fun, passion, and a chance to remember what it’s like to be woman.
I’m not looking for love.
There’s a man in my life who loves me with all his heart. He has beautiful blue eyes, is three foot tall, and calls me mommy.
He’s my whole world and I’m his. Fate took away his daddy.
What would happen if I allowed fate another chance, one night?

One night to help a friend.

Why did I agree to this?
Blind dates are disasters. If I weren't helping the friend of a friend, I wouldn't go.
I’m not looking for romance, love or even a one night stand.
After all, the man my friend knew is gone. I’m no longer the hockey star known for his "pep" on the ice and in the sack. I have a new life, and a new career—a new passion. I’m not looking for more.
When the blind date is a bust, could fate change everything?

A night doesn't end with a kiss. It begins with one.

Be ready to laugh, cry, and fall head over heels as you let Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha, take you away with this sweet, sexy, new, stand-alone romance, ONE NIGHT, the perfect reading to keep you warm…hot…steamy…on a cool night.

 

Warning. Mini rant and I am in the minority here.

Sweet, sexy, adorable and funny read that made me want to face palm on the desk because… I’m just like that.

No seriously I have no clue what is wrong with me. I should know better than this that fluffy, rom-coms aren’t for me. But you just too make sure I’ve made the same mistake for about the two hundredth time. I predict it will happen again. Cause I seem to be an idiot.

The blurb sounded promising.

Single Mum looking for love? Check.

Cute kid? Check.

Interesting Hero? Check.

And yet I am utterly disappointed. With the plot, the characters but I do like her writing style.

Malcolm the Hero is perfect. He did anything he possible could to get to know Amanda/Mandy.

Amanda who is looking for Mandy Wells. Pet peeve? I am not a fan of the name but then again I am not a fan of Mandy. I only accepted her hang ups so much afterwards it just became to tiring to keep up with everything that was going on. I skimmed a lot of the things that Mandy was going through.

Some things were just so obvious. That I had eye roll problems and saw the back of my brain on numerous accounts. But this is just me. So pinch of salt peeps, pinch of salt.

 

 

2 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Damage Control by Eva King

 

 

 

Damage Control

  

Damage Control
Eva King
May 2017

 

Recovering from a broken relationship, Emma Mitchell moves in with her best friend. Her life is quiet and uneventful, just how she likes it. Little does she know that the events of the following months will change her life forever. 
 
Famous Hollywood actor James McNair is a renowned womaniser with a penchant for partying and hitting the tabloids for all the wrong reasons. When a night of partying a little too hard means he finally has to take stock and reevaluate his lifestyle, a week away from the flashing lights of Hollywood is just what he needs. What better place to hide than in his childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland?
 
When the old friends are reunited, feelings resurface and sparks fly. But James must keep the pretence of his new persona until the premier of his biggest film in his career. He just has no idea if he’ll be able to keep his feelings for Emma under wraps until then.

Sometimes it takes more than damage control to find a happily ever after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 STAR ARC BOOKPROMO BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Wallflowers: Double Trouble (Wallflowers Series #2) by C.P. Smith

 

 

Book #2 in the Wallflower Series. Recommend you read Book #1 to follow story.

“ ’Tis better to never have loved and lost than to live with the regret of your stupidity.” ~ Sienna Miller, Wallflower

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case, Wallflowers to behave. Then again . . .

Sienna Miller spent her whole life being the odd woman out. Shunned and misunderstood by her family, she finally has a chance for a new start thanks to Calla and Poppy, her Wallflower sisters. Now all she needs is a Prince Charming.

Bo Strawn is a cop with a troubled past. He’s stubborn and set in his ways until a certain Wallflower shakes up his life for good. Bo’s finally got a shot at happily ever after. That is, he’s got a shot if he can solve a mystery surrounding the Wallflowers and keep his headstrong woman off the back of a horse.

Rated mature for language and sexual content.

 

 

Gonna keep it short and sweet. I love this author’s work. She writes alpha males and instalove like no other and I squeal with joy every single time. Alas this did not work for me. At all. I’ll tell you why.

The main characters aggravated me to no end. That it actually ruined the whole book for me. The heroine has no self-preservation. There is being stubborn and then there is being Sienna. The voice of reason once in a while? Cali from book one.

They went from one crazy situation to the next and didn’t learn from their actions.

As to the Hero of the book?

I wanted to love Bo but he just didn’t work for me and I wish he did. Not once did I feel as if he was in any way kind to Sienna. There were so many communication problems and before it could be discussed the both threw hissy fits. I was so annoyed.

The revelation at the ending was very surprising which will lead me to most likely read the third book I just hope that Poppy and Nate are a better match than the two in this book.

 

 

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Train Wreck by T. Gephart

 

 

 

 

“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”

Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.

Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.

She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.

Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.

It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.

 

 

In a field of white sheep once again I am the black one. Going to keep this short and sweet. I can see why everyone finds it appealing as I did enjoy the beginning and the end of the book. The middle? Meh not so much but I can truly say it is me and not the book.

I think I can’t deal with romantic comedy neither in books or films. The author has a unique writing style that is funny and keeps you smiling throughout the book. We also get the Hero’s POV which is seldom in books.

I didn’t like the heroine. I loved the Hero but somehow it still all felt somewhat flat to me. I’m tickled pink for all of you who liked it and this is solely my opinion on the book. One of many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour – Seven by K.D. Robichaux

Seth Owens, co-owner of Club Alias, has always taken full-advantage of the endless supply of willing submissives who frequent his high-end establishment. But he’s never trusted anyone enough to let them get to know the man beneath the leather mask.

Twyla Quill has always been the good girl, the responsible one, which has left her no time to indulge in the many pleasures of life—much less a relationship.

When Twyla finally convinces her sister to leave her abusive boyfriend, they have no choice but to move across the country and hide out, away from the monster determined to get her sister back. With their savings quickly running out, Twyla takes a position at the local sex shop—where she meets Seth, a man who is all too willing to show her what she’s been missing out on.

What happens when the witty Dom meets the sweet new girl in town? Sparks fly and a whirlwind romance neither ever saw coming begins. But will Seth be able to protect the woman he considers his?

Seven is a spinoff of The Confession Duet, but can be read as a stand alone.

What to say about this book?  

It wasn’t bad per se. It just isn’t for me. The first 40 % was fun, hilarious and I enjoyed every moment of. Then it seemed to go downhill from there. I have mixed emotions. I liked it and I didn’t. The writing style is simple but good and entertaining especially with all the pop culture references. One of my favorites was mentioned. Friends. And I learnt something I now know where that’s what she said comes from. Yeah. We don’t have The Office where I live.

 

Seth/Master Seven lives and breathes his BDSM club that is until he needs to make a run to Toys for Twats to stock up. Where he meets the new employee, and is smitten with her from the start.

 

Seth is too jovial. He is a happy go lucky kind of guy. A ray of sunshine and he annoyed with his sunny disposition. He is a kind and a good man but just too happy.

 

Twyla is a chemical engineer but now works selling sex toys. She has no experience with the toys and is yes you guessed it still a virgin at the age of 24. She left everything behind so that her sister could live her abusive relationship.

 

I’m quite ambivalent about her so I can’t really say anything about her. Nothing really stuck out.

There was good chemistry and build up until it all was rushed and the ILY dropped pretty quick from both of them. So, you could say that is instalove/lust.

 

A lot of things were glossed over IMO. The plot could have been more in depth and fleshed out. It’s like the author didn’t even scratch the surface. Another thing that bothered me were unnecessary time jumps. Either flesh it out more or don’t tell us how much time has passed. People will fixate on that time line.

 

This is where my believability muscle kind of clicked on or out cause they also run a security business as well. Does Seth ever sleep? Day job and night job? Even if he is a child prodigy.

 

This author isn’t for me but in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t mean squat.

 

 

 

 

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Review – Goaltending: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle Book 8) by Jami Davenport

Goodreads Review

WANTED: single dad needs nanny.
In more ways than one.

Martin “Brick” Bricker is living the good life. He’s playing the sport he loves, has all the women he can handle, and parties like a rock star. At twenty-six, he has no interest in slowing down or taking anything seriously —except hockey, of course.

Then a knock at his door changes everything. Suddenly he’s the single father to a five-year-old daughter he didn’t know he had, and he’s trading his playboy ways for barbies.

Amelia Stacey struggles to make ends meet and juggles her day-care job with a full load of college classes. When she’s offered a temporary, two-week nanny position making more money than she imagines, she jumps at the chance. Before she knows it, she’s in over her head, not just with her five-year-old charge but with the girl’s hot single father.

Brick always goes after what he wants, and he wants Amelia. Only responsible Amelia doesn’t want anything to do with the party boy. Struggling with fatherhood and his unexplainable attraction to his nanny, Brick has to figure out where his daughter and Amelia fit into his life. If they fit at all.

But one thing’s for sure: Brick can’t block this shot straight to his heart.

Going to keep this short.

I hated this book and those that know me I rarely react so negatively towards a book. But this book oh made me so mad! I’m always game for reading the nanny trope but this was truly awful.

I didn’t like the Hero in the book he is an imbecile, a muppet, a douchecanoe. He has no redeeming qualities and I would have punched him if I had been the heroine. Instead of getting to know his daughter he was trying to get into the nanny’s pants and ignored his daughter. He missed his playboy lifestyle and only at the very end did he see the light.

I went on about conquests he could have, ditched his daughter to go out drinking with his teammates just so that he could be cool. Had women hanging off of him although he was really interested in the heroine.

I didn’t get the heroine. She could have done so much better. It is tragic what happened to her but to put up with this shit. Nah wouldn’t have done it.  Macy is the real star of the book. She sure did brighten it up.

Ms. Davenport can write an engaging story but for me it was anything but that. I had constant moments were I rolled my eyes and where I thought that it wasn’t really original and that the book could have been more. This author and I aren’t well suited and it happens. Good luck to all of you that loved this book and the author. I’m just one of very few. Most likely anyway.