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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies (You, #2) by Caroline Kepnes
on 23 February 2016
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adult, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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four-stars
Also by this author: You

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Little Compton, Rhode Island // Los Angeles, California // Malibu, California // Palm Springs, California // Cabo San Lucas, Mexico // Las Vegas, Nevada // Reno, Nevada

First Line(s): I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong.

Joe is back!

And he’s just as crazy as ever. HIDDEN BODIES is the sequel to Caroline Kepnes’s YOU (my review) which introduces us to Joe, a total sociopath that you just can’t help but love. As a reader, you know that Joe is crazy-pants and that what he is doing is wrong and yet it all seems so logical when you read his thoughts on why he does the things that he does. In HIDDEN BODIES, Joe has moved on to a new relationship “choosing better” as he says with a girl named Amy. As with the previous women that have come into Joe’s orbit Amy is a flawed character and that seems to be what draws Joe to them. Its as if the inevitable betrayal is what drives Joe to choose these women because deep down he really wants to give into his baser instincts of murder.

In HIDDEN BODIES, Amy does a thing that as a reader just makes you gasp as we know what Joe is capable of when he is betrayed. Amy does not. Which makes you feel for Amy but yet at the same time you are also angry at her for not living up to Joe’s expectations. Its really amazing just how much Kepnes’s writing puts the reader on Joe’s side as he’s usually the character we want the hero or heroine of the story to capture and put behind bars. But with YOU and HIDDEN BODIES all you want is for Joe to find peace and happiness. Its a strange feeling to be cheering for the bad guy and yet, how can you not?

HIDDEN BODIES is a fast paced thriller that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Santino Fontana returns to narrate the story and he just becomes Joe. Fontana’s is a voice that is going to be hard for me to separate from this character as it just fits Joe so perfectly. Fontana’s narration style just sets the perfect mood for HIDDEN BODIES and makes it so easy to fall for Joe and to want him to come out on top. To find his place in the world and to be happy. Happiness isn’t easy for our Joe, he’s had a hard life, but by the end of HIDDEN BODIES you think that maybe things will turn out ok for him.

HIDDEN BODIES takes the reader to new places and we meet new characters. Some of whom are even worse than Joe. There are lots of ups and downs and twists and turns and where you end up is no where near where you thought you would. I fell for this story and just loved everything about it. I’m in awe of everything that Kepnes managed to do and know that I am going to want to rush out to grab her next book in hopes that its even half as good as this duology. Kepnes is a master of suspense and in defying expectations and this series is one that you must check out if you love a good mystery.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: Short Stay by Heidi Cullinan

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Blog Tour, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Short Stay by Heidi CullinanShort Stay by Heidi Cullinan
Series: Love Lessons,
Also in this series: Love Lessons, Fever Pitch, Lonely Hearts
Published by Self-Published on 24 May 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, GLBT, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, New Adult, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Love Lessons, Fever Pitch, Lonely Hearts, Dance with Me, Enjoy the Dance

Place(s) Traveled To: Chicago, Illinois // Las Vegas, Nevada

First Line(s): Elijah Prince would rather go to a sing-along showing of Frozen dressed as Elsa with a thousand whining children than go to the Acker Annual New Year’s Eve Party.

SHORT STAY is a novella by Heidi Cullinan that is a crossover between her Love Lessons and Special Delivery series. SHORT STAY is told from the POVs of Elijah and Baz from LONELY HEARTS (my review) and picks up not long after that book ends so you’ll definitely want to read that book before seeing where these two end up. SHORT STAY also includes lots of cameo interactions from Cullinan’s Special Delivery series which I had not read prior to reading this novella. So there were times when I was a little lost about which character was with who but overall I was able to make it through more easily than if I’d read the Speical Delivery series and not the Love Lessons.

I enjoyed reading SHORT STAY as I really missed Baz and Elijah but felt that there was a little more telling in this book than showing. The story felt a little more surfacy but it was a worthwhile story to read if you are a fan of these two characters. Even though only a few months have passed since LONELY HEARTS ends and SHORT STAY begins it was nice to see where these two were. I liked seeing how they still struggled a bit settling into their happily ever after but without adding in any unnecessary drama or pointless breakups. Elijah and Baz as still broken but they are much more healed than they were in LONELY HEARTS and by the end of SHORT STAY the reader knows that they are going to mend all their broken bits.

I do wish that there were more Walter and Kelly moments since they traveled to Las Vegas with Baz and Elijah as they almost seemed forgotten about once there in favor of all the Special Delivery characters. A cast that I may have been more excited to see if I knew more about them. Though I do plan on picking up those books as soon as I can just to see where all those characters originated from. Overall though, I did enjoy this story and would recommend it to fans of the series. There are some good heart achy moments and the story flows in a natural and organic way. It was fun revisiting old friends again along with meeting some new people. SHORT STAY is a book that will leave you smiling by the end and those are always the best sort of reads.

 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: In Real Life by Jessica LoveIn Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 01 March 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, People & Places, People of Color, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To:  Unknown, California // Las Vegas, Nevada // Henderson, Nevada // Fontana, California // Primm Nevada

First Line(s): My best friend and I have never met.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love other than it sounded like a really cute story. After reading the first chapter I was hooked and didn’t want to put this book down. I loved Hannah’s voice and I loved her relationship with her sister Grace and her BFF Lo. Together they were fun and adorable and I wanted to be in the car with them as they road tripped it to Las Vegas. Their relationship isn’t perfect and there where times I wanted to shake Lo and Grace for their behavior, especially towards Hannah, but overall I loved their dynamic because it was real. Friends and siblings aren’t always going to get along and there are times when you are shitty to each other but that the love that binds them isn’t there. Love does a great job highlighting all these various shades of the friend and sibling relationship.

Love also does an amazing job with Hannah. As I said above, I loved her voice. She’s smart and pretty and awkward and all the things that so many people will be able to relate to. She makes a crazy decision to finally meet her BFF Nick, who she might also love, and jumps in whole heartedly even though she isn’t entirely sure what she’ll find at the end. I loved how Grace and Lo supported and encouraged her in this as Hannah was a little too straight-edged at times but that is in part because of her upbringing as a Korean-American and in part because her sister and Lo do enough crazy and they need Hannah to help ground them.

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IN REAL LIFE is a quick read and one that made my heart ache. Oh how I hated some of the things that happened because I wanted Nick and Hannah to meet and admit that they’d fallen madly in love. But then, if that was the story then it’d be pretty boring and I’d have very differently feelings. Instead, IN REAL LIFE has some secrets and twists and turns and heart ache as these characters all do and say things that makes you want to shake them. As a reader, I became totally invested in this story and felt so many feels. And even though there were times I wanted to shake Nick or Hannah or Lo or Grace I also adored all of these characters. I wanted everyone to find their Happily Ever Afters and I hated for IN REAL LIFE to end. Seriously, I need more words!!

For me, IN REAL LIFE is very much like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS only instead of a boarding school in France there is a road trip and Las Vegas….though each book has the Eiffel Tower so see, the same! lol Hannah and Nick face many of the same obstacles as Anna and Etienne. Hannah and Anna are both girls out of their element and so a little shy and don’t want to take risks for fear of change. But they are both brave and while it takes time they each make a leap in order to take charge of their happiness. I think that Anna and Hannah would be good friends.

I picked up IN REAL LIFE expecting a cute story and I got that and so much more. I loved this book and I know that its one that I am going to be re-reading. Its a wonderful story and if you trust me at all then you are going to want to have a copy of it on your shelf.

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IR - In Real Life

Click here to add Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Call on Me by Roni Loren

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Call on Me by Roni LorenCall on Me by Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge,
Also in this series: Yours All Along
Published by Berkley Books on 07 July 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
Also by this author: Yours All Along

Place(s) Traveled To: Dallas, Texas // Las Vegas, Nevada

First Line(s): “Are you touching yourself?”

I decided to pick up Call on Me by Roni Loren after reading a novella of hers, Yours All Along (Goodreads), and I picked it up mostly to see if the characters from the novella made an appearance. While the characters from the novella do appear it definitely wasn’t as much as I would have liked but because of them I discovered a book that I liked even better. Call on Me is filled with so many of the tropes that I love in a romance and Loren weaves them together nicely. Pike was the tattooed, bad boy, musician who falls for single-mom Oakley and is determined to win her and learn all of her secrets. One of which being that she’s the voice on the other end of a sex chat hotline which is a job she hates but helps her to support her daughter. And bonus…the child in this story wasn’t super annoying!! Its so hard to write a convincing, non-annoying child in a book. Part of what makes children so lovable and cute is their spontaneity their whimsy and that is often hard to capture in the written word.

But what really sold Call on Me for me was Pike the male lead. Oh Pike how he will make every reader swoon. He’s the bad boy with a heart of gold. His story will make your heart ache and when combined with Oakley’s? Well, you get something that’s a little magical. I raced through this book and found it so hard to put it down once I started it. I loved the chemistry between Pike and Oakley and I just loved how together they became something a little more. Though that’s not to say that these two didn’t frustrate me at times because they did. It wouldn’t be a romance story if there wasn’t some sort of angst and break up and other events that make me want to just reach inside the pages and shake some sense in the characters.

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Call on Me is a well paced story that hits all the right notes but its not for the faint of heart. This is a romance story but its also erotica and as such the sex scenes can get a little racy at times. Though it may be considered tame by regular readers of erotica. But you can be sure that there are several hot and steamy moments to help push this story along. I don’t read a lot of erotica but after reading this one I am curious to read some of the other books in this series as I liked all of the secondary characters that we meet in this book. While not a perfect book there is much to love in Call on Me and its guaranteed to give you some heart-achy feels.

At its core though Call on Me is a good story. Its about the connection between two people who are little bit lost and broken and how they help heal each other. Its one that I know that I will find time to re-read because I did so enjoy the journey. And Pike…I really can’t tell you just how much I loved Pike. He is seriously one of my favorite book boyfriends and comes close to another favorite of mine Jimmy and if you know anything about my love for Jimmy though you know that a comparison to him is high praise indeed. #swoon

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Add Lead by Kylie Scott to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.) – For heroes that will totally make you swoon from all the feels! Plus how can you resist the bad boy, tattooed, musician with a heart of….well…something.

Add Rule by Jay Crownover to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.) – Rule is much like Pike in the feels he’ll make you feel. He’s a bad boy man whore who just needs that special someone to make him think about reforming his bad boy ways.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Focus on Me by Megan EricksonFocus On Me by Megan Erickson
Series: In Focus, Book 2
Also in this series: Trust the Focus, Out of Frame
Published by Intermix on 21 July 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, New Adult, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 222
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
Also by this author: Trust the Focus, Make it Count, Changing His Game, Playing for Her Heart, Tied to Trouble, Out of Frame, Strong Signal, Fast Connection, Leveling the Field

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Grand Canyon, Arizona // Unknown, Louisiana // Unknown, New Mexico // Unknown, North Carolina

First Line(s): Riley Sorenson, Is that your real name?

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson is the second book in her In Focus series and like with most contemporary romances this is more of a companion book than a direct sequel. The first book, Trust the Focus (my review), tells the story of Landry who had invented a boyfriend and the picture he used for that subterfudge was Riley who is one of the main characters in this book. Like Trust the FocusFocus on Me is a road trip book but unlike the first one Colin and Riley are just meeting at the start of the trip. There is something about Riley that Colin is drawn to and so he offers him a ride when he sees that he’s in need. Along the way they form a bond and overall this was a very raw and powerful story.

Focus on Me was a book that I didn’t mean to start when I did. I was just going to check out the opener and then before I knew it I was turning the final page and it was way past my bedtime. The loss of sleep was worth it though because this was such a wonderful heartachy story and I just could not put it down. Focus on Me is a different book than Trust the Focus, its more serious and raw but I think that those elements only add to the story. I was totally invested in Colin and Riley and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all end. Erickson takes the reader on an emotional journey through many ups and downs but its so worth the ride.

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Focus on Me is told primarily through Colin’s eyes but there are these short glimpses via emails into Riley’s brain and I just loved how Megan Erickson told this story. Though I would have loved to see more from Riley’s POV I did like what we got and thought that it only added to the tensions of the story. Focus on Me is a quick and powerful read and I am so glad that I read it. Even if it left me sitting a pile of my own tears and emotions. My heart, oh how this book hurt my heart!!

At its core, Focus on Me, is a good romance and a good story of friendship. I liked how Erickson wove in the characters from Trust the Focus with just enough info that you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. I like how Focus on Me wasn’t all light-hearted and fluffy and that it had some serious undertones. I liked that the drama was real and not some manufactured angst because the characters refused to talk to each other and make assumptions about the other person. This story felt real and the so the feelings you feel as you read it are like you are the one living the story. I’m a big fan of this book and I recommend it to all.

 

 

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IR - Focus on Me

Add With This Heart by RS Grey to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

Add Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Deep by Kylie Scott

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Deep by Kylie ScottDeep by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive,
Also in this series: Lick, Play, Lead
on 31 March 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult, Road Trip, Social Issues
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars
Also by this author: Lick, Play, Lead, Dirty

Place(s) Traveled To: Albuquerque, New Mexico // Portland, Oregon // Saint Louis, Missouri // Las Vegas, Nevada // Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia // New York, New York

First Line(s): Positive. I reread the instructions, doing my best to flatten out the creases in the piece of paper one-handed.

Deep by Kylie Scott is the fourth and final book in her Stage Dive series which see the various members of the band of the same name fall head over heels in love. Walking into Deep I knew that it was a story that I was looking forward to but its also one that I dreaded a bit because Lead (my review) was going to be a really hard book to follow. Lead was my favorite of the series and a part of me just knew that Ben’s story wouldn’t be able to hold up to Jimmy’s. And I was right. Though that doesn’t mean I didn’t like Ben and Lizzy’s story I just didn’t love it.

I just felt that Ben was a total dick throughout much of the book and I just shook my head every time Lizzy forgave his brutish behavior with very little meaningful apology from him. Not that Ben couldn’t been sweet because he could and I did adore the text messages that the two exchanged but when push came to shove Ben just wasn’t there for Lizzy. It takes two to make a baby after all and both need to face the consequences of that one night stand. Either stand up or just walk away. The push and pull half measures were just frustrating and Lizzy deserved better. Though I did love the moment between Ben and Jimmy when Jimmy gave Ben a piece of his mind. That has got to be one of my favorite scenes in the entire book. But as you might guess I’m a bit biased by all things Jimmy.  I also wasn’t a fan of how Anne kept treating Lizzy as if she was a child. Lizzy was an adult and about to have a baby its time that Anne realizes that and starts treating her accordingly. Lizzy also needed a bit more of a backbone she was a bit too passive for my tastes throughout most of the story.

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I liked Deep and thought that it was a good ending to the series. I liked how all the guys found their girls and they all found a happily ever after. I could have done without the crazy baby name but they are celebrities and if the real world has taught me nothing its that celebrities do like their crazy unusual names. I also found Deep to be a quick read and I finished it in just over a day. I loved this world and these characters so even with my issues with Ben’s actions throughout the book I still couldn’t stop turning the pages. While the characters did sometimes frustrate me they also made my heart ache and at times I wanted to shake them both. But I was invested in their story and being invested is always a good thing.

The Stage Dive series was a really enjoyable one for me and I am going to miss this world now that its over. I know that I will be re-reading Jimmy’s story often and re-reading the others for all those glimpses of my favorite character. Seriously, if you trust my opinion at all then you need to meet Jimmy and with him his bandmates. These books are worth the read and I am really looking forward to seeing what Kylie Scott comes up with next.

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IR - Deep

Add Tyler & Stella by Heidi Joy Trethway to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

Add Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle MeadSpirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy,
Also in this series: , Last Sacrifice
Published by Razorbill on 18 May 2010
Genres: Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Politics & Intrigue, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: Last Sacrifice, Bloodlines

Place(s) Traveled To: Fairbanks, Alaska // Unnamed, Montana // Bethleham, Pennsylvania // Las Vegas, Nevada // Unnamed, Pennsylvania

First Line(s): There’s a big difference between death threats and love letters – even if the person writing the death threats still claims to actually love you.

I first discovered the Vampire Academy series in late 2009 and found myself quickly devouring all the books that were out. Then I had to wait for Spirit Bound and I was nervous and antsy and rushed out to my local Borders (RIP pretty book store) and snapped up a copy the day it was released. But then I realized there would be a wait until the last book would be released and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle it so I held off reading until I had a pretty copy of Last Sacrifice sitting on my bookshelf. AND that’s where my fear of endings started to take hold of me because once I read the last two books in this series then they would be over. That’s it. No more Rose. No more Lissa. No more Dimitri. And I. COULD. NOT. HANDLE. THAT. So I ignored the books and knew in my heart of hearts that all was well as this series wasn’t over just yet. At least, not for me.

Then earlier this year I was looking for a book and stumbled over Spirit Bound and it looked so sad sitting on the shelf unread and I thought that maybe now was the time to finish this series. Or at least, get one step closer to finishing. So I picked it up, dusted it off, and after five years of waiting I cracked open its pages and was sucked back into this world. Oh how I missed this world and these characters and just everything about it. I was mad at myself for waiting so long to read but I think that the wait made it all better and I savored the words more as a result. You might think that it would be hard to pick up a series after five years and I will admit there were a few things I didn’t remember. But Richelle Mead’s little reminders in the text on the backstory quickly cleared up any issues I had. For while I may be terrible with names and faces I have an excellent memory for things I’ve read.

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Spirit Bound was filled with action and feels and I found it hard to put down once I picked it up. This story finds Rose graduating from school and starting her adult Dhampir life. There are threats all around her and she’s reeling from a bad break up (to put it mildly) and trying to move on with someone new. And oh my stars was I not so happy about that at first but then I accepted and cheered and had my heart broke. Because evil authors are evil and Richelle Mead really knows how to write stories and characters that you get invested in. Though the worst part of this whole book was its ending. That was just so very evil!! Not Orphan Queen (my review) level of evil but bad enough to make me glad that I didn’t read this one right when it came out. I would have struggled with the wait to learn what happens in Last Sacrifice after that.

Let’s also just pause for a moment and think on the title, Last Sacrifice, I just…I just can’t. So it should come as no surprise that I haven’t picked that one up yet. But I want to because I need to know what happens to Rose next because seriously….that ending! Those final words!!! Killer!!! I’m still struggling with my endings phobia but I think that soon. Very soon. I’ll be able to give that one a go. After all I do have the Bloodlines series to keep me warm and living in the Vampire Academy world.

 

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IR - Spirit Academy

 

Add Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Breathe with Me by Kristen Proby

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Breathe with Me by Kristen ProbyBreathe with Me by Kristen Proby
Series: With Me in Seattle,
Also in this series: Rock with Me, Fight with Me, Tied with Me
Published by Self-Published on 23 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
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three-stars
Also by this author: Rock with Me, Fight with Me, Safe with Me, Tied with Me, Listen to Me

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Las Vegas, Nevada

First Line(s): Meet u at ur place in 30.

Breathe with Me is the seventh book in Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle series and features Mark Montgomery and his long lost lady love, Meredith. Years ago Mark and Meredith were M & M a power couple in their high school and things were looking like a forever kind of love. Until Meredith just disappeared and decided to dump Mark without an explanation leaving him heartbroken as she went on to follow her dream of dancing. Years later, she is back in town and there is still an attraction between them and they agree to start again.

As a couple, Mark and Meredith are pretty believable and cute and I do love a good second chance story. I also love Meredith’s best friend although didn’t like how all the Montgomery women just made the assumption that because he was gay he must be into things that are more girly. Yes he was a dancer but he was still a guy. I also felt that Mark and Meredith fell back into love too quickly and I would have thought that there would have been a bit more tension over the way things ended originally.

There was tension, and of course that pointless conflict that you all know I love, but it all came from Meredith. Meredith had some crazy trust issues that boarded on insane. Mark would have dinner with an old friend who was a very married woman and she’d jump all over him and accuse him of cheating, not loving her, and then storming away and breaking up. So many times her reactions were enough to give me whiplash and I don’t know why Mark put up with it. Especially when, in my opinion, Mark is the one who should have had all the crazy trust issues.

Overall, Breathe with Me is a quick read and I enjoyed seeing all the Montgomerys again. I am a bit sad that the next book will be the last book as I will miss this family. For me, the best part of this book was the secondary characters and Mark as Meredith did annoy me. Breathe with Me may not be a book I re-read over and over but it isn’t a bad way to spend an evening.

 

 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi GaryGood Girls Don't Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary
Series: Rock Canyon, Book 2
Also in this series: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Published by Avon on 22 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, Social Issues
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Rock Canyon, Idaho // Winnemucca, Nevada

First Line(s): How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is the second book in Codi Gary’s Rock Canyon series though its a book that can well and truly stand on its own as there is little to no interaction with the characters from Things Good Girls Don’t DoGood Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is one of those books where the two main characters wake up married and then have to figure out where to go from there. This one though has the added twist of the two leads having a shared past and a shared child though Travis wasn’t told of this at the time. So this one has three popular romance tropes the quickie marriage, rock star and secret baby. Four if you count second chance at love as a trope….which is can very well be.

As with Things Good Girls Don’t Do, Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars there were things about the heroine, Gemma that annoyed me. She was very quick to judge and fly off the handle and was always pushing Travis away. Then of course there was that pointless conflict that nearly split the two apart…again. *le sigh* I may like the various tropes of a romance but sometimes the cliches of them really get on my nerves. I also felt that the title of this one was a bit misleading as Travis and Gemma don’t really date. They get married and make an attempt to make the marriage work even if one of them is always looking for a reason to bail. I think a better title for this one would have been Good Girls Don’t Marry Rock Stars. Though the Good of the title is also a bit misleading as Gemma kept a good many secrets and I for one am not a fan of a woman who doesn’t tell a guy that they share a child together.

Overall though I liked Gemma and Travis’s story. I thought that the two had some genuine chemistry together and I had when Gary used the pointless conflict cliche to add tension to the story. This story didn’t need that as there was already the feelings of betrayal from past misunderstandings and the secret baby. I also didn’t really mind the character of Charlie, Travis and Gemma’s 9 year old son as he did come across as a real kid. So often in an adult romance the children come across as wooden and 2-dimentional. They just seem so fake and forced like you’re supposed to just nod your head and go awe at everything they do.

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is definately a book that I would recommend to people. Its not perfect but it was a quick read, well written and kept me engaged from start to finish. Even with the pointless conflict my eye rolling and ebook notatation snark was minimal. It made my heart ache at times and that is a feeling that I love to have when reading a book. Even if I may want to shake a character a time or two for their actions….and Gemma wasn’t alone in this. I did like Travis but he did some boneheaded things too. So if you are looking for a fun new romance to try then this might be one to consider.

 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Lick by Kylie ScottLick by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive,
Also in this series: Play, Lead, Deep
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 06 May 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
Also by this author: Play, Lead, Deep, Dirty

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Los Angeles, California // Monterey, California // Portland, Oregon

First Line(s): I woke up on the bathroom floor. Everything hurt.

Lick by Kylie Scott is a new adult/adult read involving rock stars and the semi-innocent girly-girl, a cliched formula, but one that works for me. Lick starts in Las Vegas where Evelyn is celebrating her 21st birthday and wakes up the next morning on the bathroom floor. It was a wild night that she doesn’t remember and involved meeting and marrying David Ferris, famed drummer of the band Stage Dive. As a result of the black out, things get off to a rocky start between our duo and to be honest I thought that David acted like a bit of an ass about it. He defiantly fits into that brooding, broken, alpha male mold and Evelyn is the young innocent who saves him with her love.

Lick is a bit of cliche in every way, the couple comes together, breaks apart over a stupid misunderstanding, and repeats the cycle a couple of times until they get it right. I liked Evelyn for the most part but there were times when she was just a little too touchy and naive for my tastes. Just as David was a bit too much of an ass with his yelling and posturing. There were a few times when I wished that they two would just stay broken up because I couldn’t deal with their drama. But in the end the two characters both grew up a little and I was happy with the stories resolution.

I also liked the various secondary characters that popped in and out throughout the story and think that I’ll lick those stories better. I know that after finishing Lick that I was really looking forward to Mal’s story as he just seemed like such a fun and lovable character. Different from the usual jaded pop star/alpha male for while I do like my broken alphas it is always a refreshing change when you get a relatively normal person tossed into the mix.

For me, Lick was a like not a love but I think that the series holds promise and I look forward to seeing where it goes. I will most likely read them all as I do love these musician based stories. Not sure what the appeal is for me but I so heart them more than ones with the billionaire CEO. Maybe because in some ways its a bit more realistic to have a 20-something rockstar than a 20-something protege/savant business man. We all have our preferences and this one is mine. So if you know of any other rock star/musician stories then be sure to let me know!

irishdarkblue

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