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REVIEW : Undone, Volume 1 by Callie Harper

Title:Undone
Author :Callie Harper
Series:Volume 1
Release date:March 14th 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Take one bad boy rock god. Mix slowly with one wholesome librarian. Add a dash of paparazzi, a twist of scandal, and you won’t believe how good this dish tastes.

Ash
It’s pretty easy being a rock god. Party. Perform. P*ssy. Repeat. I’m 26 and it’s worked for me for years. Until I was caught ripping out the heart of America’s Sweetheart in a video gone viral. Now #HatePlayerAsh is trending on Twitter, she’s writing a song about how much I suck and I’m in desperate need image rehab, fast. Good thing paparazzi chased me into that library. Had I not ducked under that desk I never would have found myself next to the long, sexy legs and disapproving gaze of Anika Ivanov. In my world of use and get used, she’s a unicorn. A kind, 24-year-old, hard-working, family-oriented children’s librarian. My agent agrees, she’s the one to set everything right. All she needs to do is fake a month-long public romance, let the world see me fall hard for her, then dump me in a brutal, public display. It’s genius. Now I just have to convince her to agree. And convince myself that the only reason I want to spend the month with her is to improve my image. It’s not her full, luscious lips or her soft, seductive laugh or those fantasies I keep having of tying her down to my bed as I make her quiver and pant and call out my name.
Ana
Ash Black. In my library. Under my desk. It’s hard to believe it happened. I’ve listened to his voice so many times, my favorite soundtrack as I walk the streets of New York. My secret bad boy crush, the smoldering, shirtless star of the tabloids, all muscles and tattoos. Then one day he shows up and kisses me in my break room. What’s even crazier is how he wants me to spend the next month. At his shows in L.A., San Francisco and Vegas, candlelight dinners in New York and Paris. He wants the world to believe he’s fallen in love. With me. I’ve got to say no. He’s a walking disaster with a dirty mouth and wicked hands that melt my panties right off of me. This month would take everything in my well-ordered, neat little life and shake it up like a snowglobe. Then why am I so tempted to say yes?
Review :

Let me once again state clearly that I am not a fan of books that are cut in pieces – a series with cliffhangers is bad enough but cutting a good book into novellas is not the way to go for me – having said my piece about that let me get to my thoughts about the story so far

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Opening an encyclopedia and check under “smug” you should probably find a picture of “Ash” … the newest leading character in Callie Harper’s book “Undone”.
He is so cocky it borders on annoying – but only borders… as he is also kind of endearing so far once you manage to ignore his attitude
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Lets wait how he develops later in the next part.
## It’s pretty easy being a rock god. Party. Perform. P*ssy. Repeat.##
Ana – well she is a Liberian in so many ways, that you actually believe her part – but – then on the other hand she is totally not the “geek” or “nerd” or whatever you would have expected her to be… yes I guess
##Unicorn## is a good word for her.
The plot itself is not unique but the characters make reading it very enjoyable. The writing is good and so far the characters are likable. Lets wait on the next part to see how the story develops.
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REVIEW : Chance of a Lifetime (Anderson Brothers #3) by Marissa Clarke

 

 

Chance of a Lifetime (Anderson Brothers, #3)

  

Chance of a Lifetime
Anderson Brothers #3
Marissa Clarke
November 16th 2015

 

Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe…

Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend.

Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.

Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing Spin the Bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : All of It by Kim Holden

Title:All of It
Author : Kim Holden
Series:N/A
Release date:December 4th 2013
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation. On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN–a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there’s something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there’s more to him than meets the eye. Before long, she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true–until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything. It’s not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

Review :

Re-Reading time ….

Not sure when I read the book the first time but it felt good to come back to it. When you need the feeling that “Everything will be OK in the End” than this is one of the “Go to” books.
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REVIEW : Bound (Forbidden #1) by Melody Anne

 

 

Bound (Forbidden, #1)

  

 Bound
 Forbidden #1
Melody Anne
July 2nd 2014

 

Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation. Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age fourteen. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home. When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in. Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a facade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him. When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman. Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Slave to the Rhythmby Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title :

Slave to the Rhythm

Author :

Jane Harvey-Berrick

Series :

N/A

Release date : March 8th 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb :
DANCE. Guns.
MUSIC. Bullets.
RHYTHM. Pain.
Music in my head, dance in my body, the rhythm of my heart. How far can you fall in just one month?
How quickly can the human spirit be broken?
Where does evil hide in plain sight?
Ash wants to dance. Needs it. To leave behind a life of expectation and duty, to set his soul free. But life is never that simple. Every step is a journey on a new road.For every action, there is a reaction.
Every choice has a consequence.
And when you meet the wrong person, all bets are off.
Laney tolerates her limitations, pushing quietly at boundaries. But when Ash crashes into her world through rage and violence, it sets off a chain reaction that neither of them expected.
♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪♫♪
Review :

A long time ago I made myself a promise not to say that I am a fan of an actor as long as that particular actor was only on my “good side” and I loved all of his roles.

Only when I could honestly say that I dislike – better yet – straight on HATED him in at least one role in the middle of several that I loved I would consider myself a fan. (that part is important for me – there must be roles before AND after I liked)
When I started reviewing for Blogs I noticed that there were so many authors out there writing great books. But how many books do you need to read from an author to consider yourself a fan – I wondered …
Soon it became obvious – basically the same rule applies like in the actors case. You need minimum 3 books and the second one in that calculation has to be one you do not like (in most cases because of the ending).
I read “Dangerous to Know & Love” and I loved Daniel with all of my heart. Then I read “Lifers” and I liked Jordan but it took until “Playing in the Rain” to find my LOVE-HATE book when it comes the author Jane Harvey-Berrick.
Now all I had to do was wait … Than I read the Blurb for her new book “Slave to the Rhythm” and I had this feeling that this will be IT – the book to officially make me a fan of Jane Harvey-Berrick.
When I read the first chapters … I was devastated – I thought I made a mistake – because those “wrong people” mentioned in the Blurb – they are the kind of people where I usually call my co-blogger Lauren in to review the book as they are not my favorite reading subject AT ALL.
Could I really be that wrong I thought ? I could not believe it – so I broke my 3 chapter rule (the rule that says – if a book does not catch me within the first three chapters – I should stop)
Don’t get me wrong – the book was great at that moment – just not for me because of the “occupation” of those “wrong people” (it is really hard to review without spoilers sometimes) … but I am so glad that I read on.
Because it was only short afterwards that I was drawn in irrevocably into that story and even though it strangely never made me cry or laughed – this book is still one of the most emotional ones I read so far this year.
The relationship between Ash and Laney has such a strong dynamic.
Ms. Harvey-Berrick managed to transfer all those emotions into the surrounding story I am not sure how she did it but in some ways the story goes backwards while moving forward.
Ash and Laney do not even realize how their relationship is developing – They consider themselves several things – some of them not good or even legal – never noticing what the reader already sees as obvious.
It takes outsiders to hold up a mirror in their face for them to realize. Interesting enough I can not even say that I fell in love with the characters – strangely I fell for the storytelling. The way the author told the reader how the relationship progressed.
At some points I wanted to poke Ash or Laney to point out the obvious.
This book has a strong story to tell to its readers and dating the 29th Feb 2016 I am officially a FAN of Jane Harvey-Berrick
Note to the author : you are still not forgiven for “Cody” #Playing in the Rain though … I always understood the reasons but I can not forget the “how”
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REVIEW : On The House (Caldwell Brothers Book 7) by Colleen Charles

 

 

On The House (Caldwell Brothers Book 7)

  

On The House
Caldwell Brothers Book 7
Colleen Charles
August 16th 2018

 

People underestimate me because of my disability.
They misjudge her too. She’s become my partner in crime when all I’ve ever wanted is simply a partner. One who loves me for who I am, not my outward appearance.
My exquisite Chloe understands my pain. The heartbreaking agony every time someone looks right through you because you’re not perfect in their eyes.
Constantly belittled…bullied…shamed.
Underestimated.
Especially by him.
He’s tormented my family for years. Now, his time’s up. I’ve got his number.
Dante sees me as worthless. Weak.
Less than.
Well…he can damn well think again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : One Day Soon (One Day Soon #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Title:One Day Soon
Author :

A. Meredith Walters

Series:One Day Soon #1
Release date:February 18th 2016
Rating : 5 Stars

Blurb :

He found me in blood and tears. I stayed with him through darkness and fire. We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth. We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew. We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t. He ran away. I tried to move on. Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot. Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever. And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been. Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted. And who we are can be ruined by who we once were. For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

Review :

I admit – I read the name A. Meredith Walters on a Book cover and it is only for the sake of appearance that I have to check on the blurb. So far I have not seen a blurb that did NOT speak to me.

To be more precise – I am still looking for a book by her that I do NOT like – because then finally I am on my way to give her the title “Favorite Author” …(yeah strange me I know)
I am wondering how I can describe my feelings about “One Day Soon” without giving away spoilers. There is not even another author or book I could compare it too.
It is so unique in it’s plot. But I should not have been surprised by that, as the author always pays so much attention to the details including the naming of the leading characters. Everything is unique even the end.
It kept me hoping and praying … and I am honest – I did not fully get the last pages when I read them the first time – I had to re-read to be sure. – but the end is all that counts.
Still I wonder … as this is apparently planned as a series … and there is a slight mention of “another story” – was that only in reference to the stories that were told during this book … or actually a reference to the next book.
Please enjoy those unique characters as much as I did
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REVIEW : What Alex Wants He Gets (What Alex Wants #1) by E.M. Gayle

 

 

What Alex Wants He Gets

  

What Alex Wants He Gets
 What Alex Wants #1
 E.M. Gayle
 June 27th 2018

 

Part 1 of the What Alex Wants Duet

I thought one night would be enough, but I was wrong.

Harper
An anonymous invitation, sex with strangers… What was I thinking?

Hell yeah. I need to get a life. That’s what I was thinking.

But I didn’t plan on getting addicted.

Alex
I knew she wouldn’t say no. No one ever does.

I have more in my life than any one man should. Money that can literally buy anything I want, enough power to control a city of millions, and a long line of willing women to fulfill every twisted deviant desire I can dream up.

My life is exactly how I want it.
Until she stumbles into my perfect world.
An innocent that I have no business corrupting. Except that’s all I want. And what I want, I always get.
I just have to figure out what her heart’s desire is and turn it into something she can’t resist.

I want, no NEED, to own her—body and soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Jacked Up (Bowen Boys Book 4) by Elle Aycart

Title:Jacked Up
Author :Elle Aycart
Series:Bowen Boys Book 4
Release date:March 8th 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb :

Since James Bowen married Elle Cooper’s sister, tall dark and handsome Jack Copeland has become a permanent fixture in Elle’s life. A silent, rather annoying fixture, with his arrogant aloofness and my-way-or-the-highway attitude rubbing her the wrong way. So she does what any self-respecting woman would: aggravate the wits out of him.

Party girl Elle Cooper is everything covert operative Jack Copeland doesn’t want in a woman. Outspoken, sassy. A smartass. Too bad when he closes his eyes, all his mind conjures up is her. To everyone else, he comes off as intimidating and unapproachable. Everyone except Elle. So he does what any self-respecting man would: stay the hell away from her. But when Elle gets herself in deep trouble, all of Jack’s protective instincts kick in, and keeping his distance is no longer an option.
Elle’s already complicated life takes a downturn, and she’s given two choices: go to jail or stick with Jack.
With Jack and Elle in such close proximity, sparks are flying all over the damn place and it’s only a matter of time before they ignite. The only question is, who will kill Elle first? The vicious drug cartel hunting her or Jack?
Review :

“Jacked Up by Elle Aycart is the 4th book in the “Bowen Boys” series – but it was my first by this author. It is easy readable as a standalone novel even if there are references to the other books.

The characters are developed just perfectly for each other. We have the secretive dark and interesting Jack – that seems far too serious for just the slightest bit of fun – Hence Elle’s “Endearment” for him when she calls him “Borg”.
And we have Elle – the woman that is more butterfly and party girl than anything else and naturally she cannot be taken seriously – can she ?
And yet there is something about her that will not leave Jack alone and in his darkest hours, where he should be focused on his job it is Elle that brings light …
She is never giving up on making him feel .. showing him the sparks of life he seems to be missing.
Their witty banter carries the story. He never acknowledges what it really means to him that she is never giving up – but when push comes shove he is there for her.
Still the final questions are not only if the sparks flying between those two great characters are enough to create a fire. But also if they will survive the trouble that is following them…
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REVIEW : What Alex Wants He Takes (What Alex Wants #2) by E.M. Gayle

 

 

What Alex Wants He Takes

  

What Alex Wants He Takes
 What Alex Wants #2
 E.M. Gayle
  July 30th 2018

 

The exciting conclusion to the What Alex Wants Duet…
Lies. Betrayal. Danger.
LOVE is definitely a risk.

HARPER
For one bright, shining moment I believed in love, but fate has once again decimated everything I thought I knew. Now I’ve been thrust into the middle of a game I can’t break free from.

To survive I will have to fight, but when it comes to love, I’d rather walk away than be humiliated again.

ALEX
I am determined to get what I want at any price. If I have to take it I will—even if that leads me to a thing or two that are definitely illegal in the state of New York. Not having Harper in my life is simply no longer an option. For her I will crush anyone who gets in my way.

She is worth the risk…

Note: This book should be read after What Alex Wants He Gets (available now)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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