3 STARS

3 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Exposure (Love Story #8) by Tracy Ewens

Exposure (Love Story #8) by Tracy Ewens

 

September 29, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Exposure

 

 Tracy Ewens

 

Love Story #8

 

 March 28th 2017

 

 

 

 

 

If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera. After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster or a full-sized tube of toothpaste. But creating her new “ normal” is not without its obstacles. Meg is confident and successful behind a camera. A little extra publicity can’t change that… until it does. Westin Drake is famous for fast cars and box office sales. Yet he’s a terrible driver and secretly hopes his fifteen minutes is almost up. West moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, looking for some substance and time near his family. But now that the buzz of his next film, Full Throttle – Floor It, is hitting maximum fervor, West keeps everyone at arm’s length so he can protect the people he loves… until he can’t. When the public mistakes a simple kiss on the cheek for a budding romance, Meg and West are caught in a media frenzy. Somewhere amid the backseat getaways and plastered smiles, Meg discovers the man behind the glossy photographs, and West wonders how he’ll ever let her go once the cameras stop rolling. Love is never simple, especially when the world’s watching. How much are two people willing to expose for a chance at a true happily ever after?

 

 

 

 

 

Gosh I feel not only like the odd one out here but also like a killjoy – so after reading the book and having read several of the other reviews I am not sure what went wrong with me and my thoughts on “Exposure” Tracy Ewens.

 

I really liked the plot when I read the blurb but when it came to reading the book I somehow got lost in the way the author brought the plot to “paper” and I never found my way back. I could not connect to the characters, which is super important to me and was only able to follow the story like an outsider.

 

If I knew why I would tell you but I don’t – so unfortunately I can only say that this book was – despite all the beautiful reviews it received so far – not for me. I totally take this one as a “it’s me not you” thing and I hope many others will enjoy the story.

 

 

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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Curvy by Alexa Riley

Goodreads Review

The first time Flynn Long sees her, she’s lying on a bed in lingerie. The picture is soft, just like her curves, and instantly he’s obsessed.

Cali Carr is at the end of her full-figure modeling career when she’s hired for a new campaign. But when the owner of the company steps out of the shadows and starts calling the shots, a job is the last thing it feels like.

Love at first sight isn’t supposed to be real. One touch isn’t supposed to ignite so much. A single Picture isn’t supposed to drive a man insane. But luckily for us it’s happening in Curvy!

Warning: Over the top isn’t strong enough for what this short story is. It’s velvety sweetness coated in insta-love cheese, and it’s waiting for you to take a bite.

 

 

4 Cali & Flynn Stars

Listen up peeps and let me be honest. Curvy is completely OVER. THE. TOP. But I don’t frigging care. I think that this is the dog’s bollocks.

Curvy is a sweet, hot and steamy read. There is insta love & insta lust. So if you don’t like it then don’t read it. Git it?

I think we all want a Flynn Long in our lives. He is intense so maybe just every now and again.

Flynn Long is a workaholic and is looking for plus size models for his campaign. He sees a picture of Cali and bam t is instantly smitten with her and goes to all lengths to get her to LA and to keep her in LA.

Cali Carr has been booked for a job that is until she runs into Flynn Long. She is inexperienced and hasn’t felt anything nearly as explosive as she has with Flynn the past hour of the photoshoot.

 

 

3 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Every Night (Brush of love #1) by Lexy Timms

 

 

Every Night

  

 Every Night
 Brush of love #1
 Lexy Timms
November 23rd 2017

 

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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – The Crow Box (The Shadow & Ink Series Book 1) by Nikki Rae

Goodreads review

 

The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.

Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn’t sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.

Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?

 

This is an interesting read but I also have to say that I’m confused and not entirely sure how to rate the book. 

I’m afraid that I’m the odd one out here and that I couldn’t connect with Corbin who is the heroine of the book. 

She leads an odd and interesting life. She is dedicated to her art and her mum is a hoarder and has some mental problems. Strange things happen to Corbin once she receives a wooden giftbox from her mother. But even before that she started to hear a voice that voice starts talking to her more and more that she signs herself into a clinic to improve her health. 

The ending left me with more questions then answers and to be honest I think this is a promising series and I’m the odd one out here and really isn’t for me. Therefore I won’t continue with this book and when I look at all the 4 & 5 star reviews I wonder why I don’t like it. Please note that this is my personal opinion and is to be taken at face value as there are so many good and amazing reviews out there. 

 

 

 

3 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Driving Home for Christmas (Billionaire Holiday #1) by Lexy Timms

 

 

Driving Home for Christmas (Billionaire Holiday #1)

  

 Driving Home for Christmas
Billionaire Holiday #1
Lexy Timms
December 17th 2017

 

USA Today Bestselling Author, Lexy Timms, shares a holiday romance that’ll warm the heart and having you wishing on love—or beating it with a stick!

“Love brings up emotions that run the gamut from agony to ecstasy. Love can inspire us to accomplish some of the craziest and most amazing feats.”

Colin Murphy Is the CEO of Murphy Inc and is a workaholic. Christmas, or any holiday in face, doesn’t mean much to him. When his business trip travel plans get interrupted by a freak snowstorm, he’s forced to find a way home by other means.

Abigail Thompson can’t wait for this year to be over. After losing her job, her boyfriend and apartment, she’s ready to go home for a much-needed break and to regroup. But when her plane is grounded because of a snow storm, she has to find another way. She makes her way to the car rentals only to find the last car has just been given to a tall dark sexy man. Definitely not Santa, his name is Colin Murphy. When Colin finds out they’re head in the same direction, he offers her a lift. It’s nearly Christmas afterall.

What should be an easy 8-hour drive turns into 2 days of mishaps and mayhem.

She knows every Christmas song off by heart, even though she can’t carry a turn. She’s happy, he’s a real Christmas Grinch. Will this unplanned fiasco be the start of something magical?

Billionaire Holiday Romance Series
Driving Home for Christmas
The Valentine Getaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Hunter Forsaken (Wild Hunt #2) by Nancy Corrigan

 

Review on Goodreads

“A vow to the dead…the mark of the Hunt…a love with one chance to survive.”

“Wild Hunt,” Book 2

In the slice of a moment, Ian Callahan lost everything he cared about-a deed done by his own hand. He awakens on the edge of sanity, chained in his own personal hell. He is to be the newest rider in the Wild Hunt, if he can learn to control the rage and guilt that consume him.

Then…a whiff of vanilla. The face of a lover he’s seen only in his dreams. He doesn’t know her name, only that she stirs the hungry beast within him.

For a millennium, Tegan and her sibling riders of the Wild Hunt were imprisoned, suffering under a curse meant for the Unseelie Court. Though her body is free, she carries the curse with her-and the additional burden of finally knowing the name of her destined mate. A human named Ian Callahan.

He’s her Trojan horse, the only one who can heal her heart. Just one last challenge stands in the way of claiming each other, once and for all. Failure means facing eternity the incomplete halves of a whole.

“Warning: Contains a hero who’s more than just the total…package. And a daughter of the Underworld who thought she knew what Hell was…until she fell in love. Boundaries of monogamy pushed, pulled, stretched-but never broken.”

Ms. Corrigan is a talented writer who has the strong ability to build a world full of paranormal mystery. I just unfortunately can’t get along with her writing style which means that this is most certainly me and not the book.

We meet Ian in book 1 he is Harley’s brother, to avenge his former fiancée he joins the Wild Hunt. But he experiences the rage and needs to be locked up until he can be calmed down. For the past 3 years though he has been dreaming about a blonde woman who haunts him.

Tegan has escaped hell, thanks to Harley and Calen in book 1. She is tasked with helping Ian, Ian has been her saving grace for the past three years.  They have their struggles but they get through them together and there are always tough choices and sacrifices that must be made.

This is a reoccurring theme in Ms. Corrigan’s books but there is just too much sex that takes away once again from the overall plot.

For some reason I can’t get above the 3 star mark. This is also the point where I say that I am grateful for receiving the books but I won’t continue. Please note that this is my personal opinion and that it doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things.

3 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Hard Drive (Hard Drive 0.5) by Tricia Andersen

 

 

Hard Drive (Hard Drive Series Book 0)

  

Hard Drive
Hard Drive 0.5
Tricia Andersen
 January 18th 2015

 

Fast rising MMA superstar Max Thomas seems to have it all for a college student – the beautiful girlfriend, the loyal best friend, the supportive parents and every agent in the area pounding down his door.

But looks can be deceiving. Tori, his girlfriend, is more concerned about his career in MMA than about him. Quinn, his best friend, is jealous of Max’s every move. And is a life in mixed martial arts what he really wants?

When Max suffers a devastating injury in the octagon, will his life and those in it stay by his side as he recovers? Or how fast will his perfect world unravel?

 

 

 

I should not have picked up this prequel. I know myself better than that – But I thought I needed to read this before starting the series. Now I am not even sure I will read the series. Do not misunderstand there is nothing wrong with this book its just that prequel’s are like watching the movie “Titanic” you know what is going to happen many out there love that kind of story – Me? not so much

 

 

 

 

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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Doing It Over (Most Likely To #1) by Catherine Bybee

Goodreads review

 

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life. 

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

 

Every time I read to review, or get an ARC I always wonder about my rating. Am I give it X amount of stars because it was given to me? Am I being more generous? What will happen if I give less than 3 stars? To answer the questions, no I think I am a fair reviewer, I use images to portrait how I feel, sometimes I think I’m being too generous but I also feel as if I’m being honest. I do post books with less than 3 stars and so far, knock on wood, no one has complained. Yet. I’ve probably jinxed it now.


3-3.5 Sir Knight Stars.

So what’s in your yearbook? What were/are you most likely to be/do?

I wanted to rule the world but like Brain I failed every. Single. Time. But I will succeed just need some pals to help.

The heroine in this book, Melanie is most likely to succeed, her other two best friends, JoAnne was most likely to go to prison and well Zoe was most likely never to leave River Bend. But Jo’s and Zoe’s stories shall be told another day or in this case in 2017. They made a promise that they would come back to their ten year reunion.

Ten years later.

Melanie Bartlett has a seven year old daughter, Hope & a car that died just before arriving in River Bend. She meets a stranger who wants to help her but thinks he is an escapee from Sing Sing or Jack the Ripper. Melanie has had it tough with what we read. She is strong, brave and made a stupid mistake when she was younger. She wants to change her life around.

Wyatt Gibson helps, sorry tries to help the damsels in distress but is having problems. Wyatt is the perfect book boyfriend out there.

What I liked about this book:

– I want to be Ms. Gina when I grow up!
– Hope the snarky and daughter older than she is for her years.
– The characters especially Wyatt & Luke.
– The plot with Nathan was good.

What I didn’t like

– One of the villains in the book having a certain preference, I personally think that was too much overkill. PM me if you want details.
– Zoe but I’m sure she’ll grow on me.
– I felt as if the plot with Nathan came out of nowhere but that could just be me.

I’ve read books by Ms. Bybee before and I loved the time travel series. I also read a contemporary romance but that was a bit meh, now Doing it Over seems to be romance with some suspense and I remember that in her other books there wasn’t so much angst as there was in this one.

I will read the next in the series as I think Ms. Bybee is very talented but I’ll stick to this series only.

3 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

The Secret: A billionaire romance (The Wild West Billionaire Book 2) by Harper Lauren

 

 

The Secret: A billionaire romance (The Wild West Billionaire Book 2)

  

The Secret: A billionaire romance 
The Wild West Billionaire Book 2
Harper Lauren
 February 5th 2018

 

Jordan seems to be the perfect guy every woman dreams of catching…at first
I thought I was going to die.
Then he came to my rescue.

Handsome, tattooed Trading Tycoon, Billionaire Bachelor
and knight in shining in armor to damsels in distress.
Not to mention he only has eyes for me.
A. Perfect. Prince Charming.

Yet, I could not shake off this feeling that behind Jordan West’s picture-perfect persona lies a terrible, unspeakable secret.

Something from his past is brewing in our future
and the truth may be more than I can handle.


***This is a steamy, full-length novel with a happily ever after. No cliffhangers. No cheating.***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Saving Sophie (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #7) by Cate Beauman

Goodreads review

Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.

Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else—until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.

Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all—or jeopardize both of their lives.

 

I always enjoy Ms. Beauman’s writing style. The story and characters in her book are well developed and a pleasure to read this book was no different but all in all I can still only give it 3 ‘Blondie and Mr. Dark, Buff & Broody’ Stars.

Sophie is on the run from her soon to be husband. He is after her trust fund, he is also abusive. She runs fast and she runs far. Well to Los Angeles to be exact where she gets a job at Cooke Security as a cleaner but she is actually a jewelry designer.

Stone doesn’t care for most people, well actually hardly anyone unless he is pestered by Abby to do something. In this case Abby pesters him into taking a closer look at Sophie.

“Do you know her name?” “Nope” He picked up his trowel, sliding more grout among the empty spaces where the new pedestal sink would eventually go. “Well, what do you know about her?” “Not much.” “Wow, two words. You actually said two words in a row. I think this might be a record” He grinned. “What do you want, Abby?” “Holy crap a whole question. I’m going to pass out.” “I’m hanging up.”

Stone caves and keeps an eye on Sophie. After Abby caught Sophie in the women’s shelter home, Sophie moved to a seedy part of a LA and to an even seedier motel. Stone tries to tell himself that he doesn’t care but in the meantime, Eric the abusive ex is planning revenge.

In the end Stone gets Sophie to move in with her. They start decorating the house together, they are basically in a relationship and they don’t know it there just isn’t any sex at the moment.

He brings her an abandon puppy home. So that she doesn’t leave. To top it off they get married so that Eric doesn’t get the trust money but Stone finds out on a business trip that Sophie lied but she actually didn’t know about the arrest warrant. That Stone didn’t believe her and that cut the most.

The ending did drag on a bit and I think that Sophie could have come to the realization sooner that a.) Stone wasn’t interested in Amber, b.) She needed to get her head out of her arse in regards to the ex and last but not least c.) that Stone frigging adored her.

What really got to me was the about of times ‘stupid, stupid Sophie’ were said. I also felt that Sophie wasn’t the same person at the end of the book and I really liked her at the beginning but alas at the end I wanted to slap her into next week or even year.

I enjoy this series and will continue with the rest of them to come.

 

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