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REVIEW : Breaking Giants by L. M. Halloran

 

 

Breaking Giants

  

Breaking Giants
  L. M. Halloran
November 1st 2017

 

The greatest love songs break your heart.

When I meet Julian Ashburn, the reclusive frontman of indie-rock legends Breaking Giants, I do what any sane woman would do. Embarrass myself, then insult him. Because you only live once, right?

Besides, keeping my distance from the enigmatic, songwriting genius is an act of self-preservation. Julian is dangerous–a pool of kerosine to my pyromaniac. I have a weakness for broken men.

But sometimes the stories we tell and the songs we sing–about family, love, and ourselves–have to be rewritten in order for us to grow. Call it fate, or stars aligning, or cosmic accident, but I’m about to find out that of the two of us, Julian isn’t the broken one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : After the Hurt by Shana Gray

Title :

After the Hurt

Author :

Shana Gray

Series :

N/A

Release date : Mar 29, 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Pepper Chapman refuses to throw in the towel. Six months ago, she made the biggest mistake of her life. Blinded by grief after her mom’s death, Pepper abandoned the man she loves. Now she wants a second chance at everything she gave up: strong hands driving her to ecstasy . . . a deep voice whispering naughty promises in her ear . . . the future they’d planned since they were teenagers. So Pepper comes home looking for forgiveness, ready for a new beginning—if he’s willing to give her a shot. Retired MMA star Tank Sherman may be used to low blows, but Pepper’s emotional sucker punch left him reeling. Trying to ignore the pain and forget the pleasure of her body beneath his, Tank is prepared to ring the final bell on their relationship. Then Pepper shows up out of the blue, radiating pure sex. But Tank won’t let himself get hurt again, and that means resisting the heat that still burns between them. Because if he takes Pepper back, he knows he’ll never be able to let her go again.

Review :

A book I really was looking forward to read, but in the end didn´t convinced me as much as I was hoping for.

The blurb made clear that this is going to be second chance romance story, just with the difference that it really seemed to be a more spicy.
All in all, it was a not too bad read. The story-line was good, buch was lacking at some points which actually made me wait for the final “boom” which I couldn´t really find. I think especially the characters are pretty interesting, even though they sadly were not able to develop their full potential.
With a bit more deepness and a deeper story-line, this definetly could have been a better read.
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REVIEW : We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels

 

 

We Own Tonight

  

We Own Tonight
 Corinne Michaels
September 7th 2017

 

From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel.

I’m not a one-night stand kind of woman. I’m especially not the woman who has a few drinks at a concert and ends up in bed with my childhood celebrity crush, Eli Walsh.

However, that’s exactly where I find myself.

What’s a girl to do after a drunken mistake? Run. I grab my clothes and get away from the powerful, irresistible, and best-sex-of-my-life superstar as fast as I can. His gorgeous green eyes, rock-hard body, and cocky smile have no place in my world. My life is complicated enough.

Someone forgot to tell him that.

Eli is relentless. Pushing his way into my heart, wearing me down, proving he’s nothing like I assumed, and everything I need. But when my world shatters to pieces, he holds the broken bits together. Unwillingly, I fall desperately in love with him.

He made me think we’d have forever . . . I should’ve listened when he said we could only own tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Claimed by Her Web Master (Web Master #3) by Normandie Alleman

Title:Claimed by Her Web Master
Author : Normandie Alleman
Series:Web Master #3
Release date:19 May 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

She’s my addiction, my love–my life.

She’s changed me, and I never want to go back.
I tried to protect her.
Hell, I tried to protect myself, but I fucked it all up.
I may be a sick bastard, but I would lay down my life for her. And I’ll do whatever it takes to make every inch of her mine again. I always tell her for every ounce of pleasure a price must be paid. She’s already paid more than she ever owed.
Now it’s my turn to pay.
Claimed by Her Web Master is the final book in the Web Master Trilogy and should be read following Her Web Master and Tested by Her Web Master.
Review :

I just read Claimed by Her Web Master (Web Master #3) by Normandie Alleman. It is the last part in a trilogy and I enjoyed the first two books, which you can notice by my 5 star rating. Unfortunately the last part of this series will not be quite so high in my rating.

It seems to be a common problem lately that the last parts in a series can not keep up with the grown anticipation that the readers experience while waiting for them. I admit I had high hopes in the last book because given the track record of the first two parts I expected something totally freshly unique.
Actually basically Ms. Alleman delivered something unexpected but suddenly my mysterious Dom that I came to like went from mysterious and dominant to desperate and creepy. I can live with the desperate part it is believable as it fits to the situation but the creepy part is well … creepy?
And a little unexpected – so yes – I got what I wanted which confirms to me again “be careful what you wish for” Again you find yourselves unapologetically thrown into the story right where we left it in part two – but our DOM feels strangely different.
He had developed from a distant stranger to someone more approachable in the second book. Now it felt like we were back to square one only with the knowledge of second base. With Sophie was similar – the feelings she were supposed to be having did not transfer from book 2 to 3.
I as a reader have always felt relatable to her so far but suddenly she felt like a stranger.
Quite a big chunk of the book is only from his Point in the beginning and his thoughts show the Dom we know but the measures he takes to get to his goal are questionable and I can not relate to Sophie that she is really going with it.
She feels so withdrawn and emotionless and this has nothing to do with her being submissive.
I am really sitting here wondering what happened to both of them. The direction the second half of the book became predictable which would not have been bad if I could have felt what was going on. But I just read the words without feeling them.
Every time when I thought “NOW” its happening – in the next few pages something came up that destroyed it again. The final nail to the coffin came almost in the end when all the loose endings should come together to a final showdown. The point when emotions should be out in the open (good or bad) – Again our Dom did something that basically distanced him from Sophie – something I would have expected of him in book 1 but not after book 2.
So now I am left wondering how to rate this book.
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REVIEW : Muse (Manhattan #3) by Katy Evans

 

 

Muse (Manhattan, #3)

  

Muse
 Manhattan #3
 Katy Evans
September 14th 2018

 

It was supposed to just be a quick trip to Manhattan.
My best friend was heartbroken. She needed support, and I needed inspiration.
I hoped to love the city. Bustling. Crazy. Inspiring New York.
But I ended up at the airport, heading home in the same condition that I arrived.
In a rut.
Add to all that, missing my flight and losing my laptop—the laptop, where the Best Love Story Ever sat on my hard drive.
Enter Noah Steele. Eerily familiar. Movie star. Heartthrob. Sultry romeo with bedroom eyes.
(But we’re not going there.)
He missed his flight too.
Noah is so smoldering, lip-bitingly hot, he’s not taken seriously as an actor, and is struggling to launch his career in New York.
He’s only ever had superficial girlfriends, so he’s having trouble showing true passion in his acting—the same challenge I’m having with this book.
When we met, we didn’t know that our connection would bring us the change we’d been craving.
That we’d be the very thing the other needed and didn’t know.
Each other’s muse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins

Title:Kisses On A Paper Airplane
Author :Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Series:N/A
Release date:14th May 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing anyone at all.

When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’
Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.
Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?
Review :

The Story of “Kisses on a Paper Airplane” by Sarah Vance-Tompkins is a sweet one. The romantic kind of story that every teenager … nope let’s be honest – that every girl AND woman dreams of.

We do not really get to know Theo that well even if the story is told from both sides the reader has to work with the public view of him that Hannah is conveying to the reader.
Hannah on the other hand is in her own mind a lot and thinking quite loud.
There are some interesting dialogues between them and having been a fan of a British actor for some years now I (and I guess many fans too) can totally relate to some stuff that is said and recited in the book.
Usually I would say the story unfortunately suffers from the short story-disease. Having trouble finding the right balance of background and depth. But something in the transient setting of the airports helps to fill that gap.
A reader will not expect anything permanent in a setting like an airport so even any conversation with depth will already exceed those expectations – great move actually to place it like this.
I would have introduced the story with a different Blurb, meaning from a different angle but that is my personal taste.
This story could be an easy earned 4 star read (again for the 5th star you need to trigger specific reactions from me that I did not have and cannot control – like crying or laughing fits)
But the writing style of the author is not a developed or not as fitting to the story as I would have liked as a reader so its more like a 3.5 stars – but as Goodreads and other rating systems will not allow that – I will leave it with the 4 stars.
Please enjoy this as a light summer read
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REVIEW : Love Online by Penelope Ward

 

 

Love Online

  

Love Online
 Penelope Ward
August 27th 2018

 

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

We met in the least likely of places. It started out innocently enough. I was “ScreenGod” and she was “Montana,” but of course, those weren’t our actual names, just the virtual cloaks we hid behind.

Logging in at night and talking to her was my escape—my sanctuary.

Her real name was Eden, I’d soon come to find out.

From the first time we connected online, I found myself transfixed.

She was an addiction.

At first, we knew nothing about each other’s real identities…and she was adamant that we keep things that way. Anonymity had no effect on our unstoppable chemistry, though. If anything, it allowed us to open up even more in ways we may not have otherwise.

Eden was funny, intelligent, gorgeous—everything I’d ever wanted in a woman.

But I couldn’t really have her.

I had accepted things would have to stay the way they were—until the day I found a clue that led me straight to her.

So I took a chance.

And that was when our love story really began.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Untamed (Heath & Violet) by Callie Harper

Title:Untamed (Heath & Violet)
Author :Callie Harper
Series:N/A
Release date:23rd May 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

There’s a massive, ripped mountain man named Heathcliff. He’s brooding, bearded, and sexy as hell. Then there’s city girl Violet, a TV producer hungry for a hit show. You’d best not get in the way of her Louboutin heels or make her chip her nails. They both have secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re having even more trouble keeping their hands off of each other. When Violet’s reality show “Hot Off the Grid” starts filming in Heath’s tiny Vermont town, what could possibly go wrong?

Heath
All I want is life out of the spotlight. I’m up here in my cabin in the woods and I like it that way. No one knows who I am and no one cares.
Then she shows up, strutting along in heels with her long, sexy legs, tossing around her silky, golden hair and smelling like vanilla and honey. It should be easy to ignore her. She’s exactly the high-maintenance, gold-digging type I’ve steered clear of my whole life. The only problem is the blisteringly hot sex. Melt down the cabin, end winter and start spring sex. Other than that, I see no reason that my life is going to change at all.
Violet
Where even is Vermont? When I got the call to scout the location for our network’s next reality show, I seriously had to pull out Google Maps.
When I first got there, I was counting the hours until I convinced those country bumpkins to sign away all their privacy for the next six months. Funny thing about these rural places, though. They grow ’em big. Crazy big, if you know what I mean, ladies. There’s this guy. Just thinking about him, I’ve got to stop for a second and fan myself. I’d tell him to get lost only I can’t seem to form words around him other than “yes,” “‘more,” and “I’m going to…Oh!” It must be the orgasms melting my brain. He’s nothing like the type of guy I’m after, believe me, and once I’ve wrapped up this deal I’m never looking back. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. But each time he touches me I can’t remember my name, let alone my sales pitch. And I’m starting to realize that if I seal this deal and get my big win, we might both have a lot to lose.
Review :

Before I read Untamed (Heath & Violet) by Callie Harper I already read “Undone” by this author so I knew I would most probably like her writing style. And I was right on that account.

But in direct comparison to Undone I feel that Untamed was missing out in transmitting the feelings to the reader. In order to like a book I must be able to feel alongside with the leading characters and this is where I was facing problems with this book.
The story itself is solid and well written so there are no complains on that matter. The characters are interesting and well developed so this was also not the problem. Recognizing this I am left with my missing connection and no way to explain it.
Diving into the story I could already tell that the authors attempt to introduce Violet as “misplaced” Heath surrounding might lead to a problem with me, because I am kind of fast making up my mind (3 chapter rule is what I call it) and I do not like the type of woman she was introduced as.
When a book starts of with a character feeling off to me – it really needs hard work to get the story back on track for me.
Heath on the other hand was not really brooding or a mountain man in my eyes, he was by far to nice and open for that in the beginning … So I guess – looking back it was my first 3 chapter rule that mad up my mind about this book.
Actually the story gets more “real” as it continues and the reader can start getting a feel out of both of them – and from the middle to the end it becomes quite good. But for me and my very personal opinion the beginning is (together with the end) on of the most important points in a book and if that does not draw me in ….
As I liked the other books by this author I will naturally pick up her next again if the blurb appeals to me because not every book is for every reader even though he likes the author.
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REVIEW : Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

 

 

Sex, Not Love

  

Sex, Not Love
Vi Keeland
January 15th 2018

 

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Vi Keeland, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Glass Ceilings by A. M. Madden

Title:Glass Ceilings
Author :A. M. Madden
Series:A True Heroes Novel, #2
Release date:24 May 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

When a perfect new love is shattered, two hearts will do anything to pick up the pieces. In this sizzling novel from the author of Stone Walls, irresistible heat leads to sensual thrills—and a secret that changes everything. Two years ago, Nick Farley was undercover as a bartender in Chicago. The tough-as-steel FBI agent was working all the angles to build a case against a local crime syndicate, but even his intense focus was no match for the sight of Angela Cavallo’s plump pink lips pulling on her drink. All Nick got was one night—the longest, hottest, sweetest night of his life. It could have been the beginning of something real. Instead, she walked away—and Nick watched her go. Angela has made some mistakes in her life, but Nick was never one of them. Nor was the baby boy he doesn’t know about. But Angela has been running from a stalker for so long that she’s forgotten how to feel safe. So when Nick suddenly reappears in her life, Angela faces a moment of truth. She wants to trust him and reveal her secrets—her life and the life of their son may depend on it—but first she needs to know that Nick can handle her past, and promise the one thing she most craves: a future together.

Review :

Glass Ceilings (True Heroes #2) by A.M. Madden was a well written but confusing book to me. I had been interested to read something by this author for a longer time now – so I took the chance with this ARC even though I was not very sure about the plot.

I turns out that the writing is well developed and I am sure I will read another book by this author. In addition, my doubts about the plotline disappeared – there were just some things inside the plot that confused me. It may have been me overlooking something but …
I believe that each reviewer has his own specifications on what to look for in a book. Even if you never articulate them aloud if you pay close attention to yourself, you will find out soon that it is always the same pattern that you are following.
In my case it is not that I check on spelling or typing mistakes – they are not my cup of tea if they do not interfere with my reading: I am unintentionally checking up on logical stuff it seems. Like when a main character turns on the radio to listen to music on page 5 I notice it when on page 200 someone says that the same character does not like music at all.
So in case of this book there were some situations that went against my logic (again maybe it is just me overlooking something but it’s my honest feeling).
I cannot go into details as that is against my “no spoiler” rule. And maybe that is even better if I do not mention any details to not disturb the reading pleasure for others.
In total the story was well developed and the characters were well written. So I am looking forward to reading another book by this author to solidify my opinion that this is a really interesting author.
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