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Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Summer of Sloane by Erin L. SchneiderSummer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 03 May 2016
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Pages: 291
Format: ARC
Source: Book Expo (BEA-ALA-et al)
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle Washington // Honolulu, Hawaii

First Line(s): The condom must’ve broke. Her words, not mine.

SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider was one of those books I was really looking forward too because I knew several people who had read it and loved it. This wasn’t an over-hyped book and the synopsis made it seem like it was such a me book that I was eager to give it ago. The start of SUMMER OF SLOANE was fabulous and everything I was hoping that it would be and more. That is until around the 75% mark where this book made a complete 180 and left me wondering WTF I just read. There was so much potential for SUMMER OF SLOANE and there was already a lot of drama in the book without the story going where it went. Those last final bits just pushed it too far over the edge into the ridiculous and had me wanting to toss the book across the room.

Sloane is a likeable enough character who is dealing with a lot. Like seriously, her best friend and boyfriend not only hook up behind her back but they also end up pregnant. Sloane does what any self respecting girl does, she yells at her friend and punches her boyfriend in the nose. Sadly she doesn’t know how to through a punch and ends up breaking her hand in the process. She then plans to spend the summer with her mother and twin brother in Hawaii trying to get over the past and figure out who she is without the two people who meant the most of her. Two people who refuse to give her the space she asks for and who badger her constantly to forgive them and take them back because losing her friendship is too much for them to bear. That’s right folks, the faux-BFF and Ex-boyfriend never really apologize or take responsibility for the shitty things that they do and only care about how Sloane’s ignoring them makes them feel. Oh how I wanted to slap them both a hundred times over!!!

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But Sloane is doing ok without them. She has her brother, she has her summer friends in Hawaii and she also meets Finn who may just help her forget her terrible ex. These are the parts of SUMMER OF SLOANE that I loved and connected with. They are the parts that had me rapidly turning the pages as Sloane discovered who she was without being part of the trio that she was back in Seattle. Finn was a great character and I loved how he and Sloane where together. Then SUMMER OF SLOANE took a dive off the crazy train and went from being a great book to me wondering what the heck I just read. There are misunderstandings which happen often enough in books but its how these characters react to them that had me reeling. Rather than talking they make these grand assumptions and then think that cheating is the answer. Because it worked so well when it happened between Sloane’s ex and her faux-bff. *insert eye rolling here*

I get that these characters are teenagers and maybe their actions make sense to that demographic but its not something I was able to get behind. Mainly because I’ve been cheated on in the past and its not something that can ever accept as being a way to solve a problem. SUMMER OF SLOANE is a book that I wish I could stop at a certain point. That part where I was still emotionally invested and loving every word. The ending of SUMMER OF SLOANE was just a mess that almost ruined the entire book for me. I became annoyed at all the characters and the payoff just wasn’t worth much of what came before. I did think that SUMMER OF SLOANE was well written I just wish it hadn’t introduced all that WTF-ery into the story. While SUMMER OF SLOANE isn’t a book that works for me on every level I do see the appeal of it and know of many a person that I can recommend it to as I know they’ll enjoy it more than me.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Beta Test by Annabeth Alberts

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

Review: Beta Test by Annabeth AlbertsBeta Test by Annabeth Albert
Series: Gaymers, Book 2
Also in this series: Status Update
Published by Carina Press on 30 May 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, New Adult, People of Color, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 178
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Also by this author: Treble Maker, Status Update, Love Me Tenor, Off Base (Out of Uniform, #1)

Place(s) Traveled To: Santa Monica, California // Los Angeles, California // Seattle, Washington // Weed, California // Eugene, Oregon // Glendale, California // Pasadena, California // Unknown, New Jersey

First Line(s): Tristan read the manual.

In BETA TEST, the newest book in Annabeth Alberts Gaymers series, Ravi and Tristan are co-workers and the total opposite of the other. Where Ravi is bold and fearless surrounded by chaos and people Tristan is muted and more focus on his lists and spreadsheets than the world around him. But despite how different they are Ravi and Tristan are drawn to each other time and time again. While there are times that their differences cause conflict, especially as they wage an inner war trying to deny the attraction, they compliment each other. They just need to find some common ground and stop letting their differences get in the way of all that makes these two perfect for each other.

The conflict between Ravi and Tristan in BETA TEST is such an epic journey (both literal and internal) that its sure to delight many a reader. For BETA TEST includes one of my favorite tropes….a road trip. Oh how real people become when they find themselves trapped in such close quarters for days on end. You can’t hid and you can’t just walk away (at least not easily) and at the end you’ll either be really close to the person in the car with you or never want to speak to them again. Luckily for us, Tristan and Ravi, find their way to each other. They learn to admire the difference they see in the other, to compliment it, and are just so tender with each other at times they just make your heart melt.

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There is definite conflict between the two men and as with 99.9% of romances, Ravi and Tristan go through a separation as real world difficulties throw some stumbling blocks on the path to their happily ever after. But all the pain of that is worth it for that super delightful ending. And, as a reader, you just know that Ravi and Tristan come out stronger for those road bumps which help build the foundation of their forever love. BETA TEST is a slow build romance and I just loved reading how these two came together. I do love a slow build as those sort of romances seem to burn brighter by the time the last page is turned.

BETA TEST is a quick read and its so easy to get lost within its pages. Its not perfect, the ending seemed a little rushed and I would have liked a few more pages to really round things out a bit. But overall, BETA TEST hit all the right notes for me. It made my heart ache and made me sigh with happiness as Ravi and Tristan worked through all their issues in order to find love and happiness in each other. Its a sweet romance and I think that if your reading tastes in any way align with mine that I think you’ll like this one.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert

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

Review: Love Me Tenor by Annabeth AlbertLove Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert
Series: Perfect Harmony, Book 2
Also in this series: Treble Maker
Published by Kensington on 16 February 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Diseases, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, GLBT, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult, People of Color, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 266
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
Also by this author: Treble Maker, Status Update, Beta Test, Off Base (Out of Uniform, #1)

Place(s) Traveled To: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada // Kitsilano, British Columbia, Canada // Granville Island, British Columbia, Canada // Seattle, Washington // Tacoma, Washington // Olympia, Washington // Washington DC

First Line(s): The heater was broken again.

LOVE ME TENOR is the second book in Annabeth Albert’s Perfect Harmony series which began with TREBLE MAKER (my review.) LOVE ME TENOR follows Trevor who we first meet in TREBLE MAKER and who I didn’t get the swoony boy feels from in that book. But oh how Trevor gave all the swoons when it came to his own story! Like Lucas, Trevor was raised in a very conservative household but unlike Lucas Trevor’s family wasn’t nearly as accepting leaving Trevor homeless and penniless. So getting a call to be on a second reality show that includes room and board was like a sign from the heavens. The catch? He has to pretend to be a couple with Jalen a broody worldy jock-like guy.

Trevor and Jalen aren’t quite oil and water but they don’t get off on the best foot as each makes assumptions on the other. However, as they get to know each other better and as they deal with the over the top antics of the other two guys in their group. LOVE ME TENOR is a book that gave me all of the feels. I fell hard for Trevor and Jalen and their story just made my heart ache. Which, as many of you know, is something I just love in a story.

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LOVE ME TENOR is highly readable and I found it really hard to put down. If I’m honest (and you know I always am) I’ll confess that I read this one in a day and I hated for it to end. With LOVE ME TENOR I think its safe to say that I am a total fangirl of Annabeth Albert and I want more books from her. You can be sure I’ll be checking out her backlist titles in the future but I definately want more books in the Perfect Harmony and Gaymers series because…THE FEELS!!!

One thing that I liked about LOVE ME TENOR was how that it was more than just a romance. Yes, there was the reality show aspect of it but there was also the deeper story lines involving Trevor and Jalen’s backstories. LOVE ME TENOR is a book that has depth as well as heart and its one that I can’t recommend enough. While I would have liked to have some cameos from Lucas and Cody I was pretty happy with how things played out. And I know that LOVE ME TENOR is a book that I will re-read a time or two or three in the future. So do yourself a favor and pick this one up today!

 

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Special thanks to Annabeth Albert for her read-a-like recommendations!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Review: Opening Up by Lauren Dane

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Opening Up by Lauren DaneOpening Up by Lauren Dane
Series: Ink & Chrome,
Published by Forever on 16 June 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Erotica, Family, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 313
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Bellevue, Washington // Edmonds, Washington // Seattle, Washington

First Line(s): “I don’t even know who that is, but I’d like to take several large bites.”

Opening Up is the start of a new series by Lauren Dane and focuses on PJ Colman and Asa Barrons. PJ is a bit of a black sheep in her family as she’d much rather paint custom designs on cars than walk the corporate path but she puts her time in the office in the hopes of her family listening to her business ideas. However, as the youngest and most wild of the clan she’s often overlooked and put down by her family. Eventually things come to a head and she quits to form her own business. Business that brings her into Asa’s path as he owns a custom garage and hires her to do paintwork on his jobs.

There is all the requisite tension between the two which is only highlighted by the fact that Asa thinks he’s too old for PJ.  Asa is no match for PJ though. She’s smart and sassy and she knows what she wants and its everything that Alpha male Asa is able to give her. I loved Asa and PJ together and thought that they had real chemistry. There may have been an age gap but these two are pretty evenly suited to each other. PJ is the yin to Asa’s yang and even though there is much awkward and cheesy dialogue I just loved how these two fit with each other.

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What I didn’t love was PJ’s family. They were all sorts of vile and manipulative. PJs sister and one of her brothers weren’t all bad but when her family was bashing and belittling her they didn’t stand up for her either. Telling PJ after the fact how wrong they were means little when you don’t do it in the moment when you had the opportunity to do so. I’m not sure how PJ put up with most of the Colman clan when she was doing so much better on her own than when she worked for the company. But then family is a fickle thing and its always hard to let go of blood.

OPENING UP was a quick read and I enjoyed it in the moment. I liked how there was no pointless breakup but as with most romances these days the ending felt rushed and while OPENING UP includes an epilogue it really didn’t do much to close out the story. I’m also not a fan of epilogues in general and I always tell myself that I won’t read them when I encounter them but then I do and I am always disappointed. Epilogue aside I’m glad that I read OPENING UP and I am looking forward to seeing how this series progresses with the next book FALLING UNDER (goodreads) which will be Duke’s story.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review: Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

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

Review: Trust the Focus by Megan EricksonTrust the Focus by Megan Erickson
Series: In Focus,
Also in this series: Focus On Me, Out of Frame
Published by Intermix on 17 March 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, New Adult, People & Places, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 219
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars
Also by this author: Focus On Me, 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: Redding, California // Pike’s Peak, Colorado // Unnamed, Idaho // Chicago, Illinois // Nashville, Indiana // Lewis, Kansas // Cape Elizabeth, Maine // Jefferson City, Missouri // Unnamed, New Hampshire // Unnamed, Oregon // Unnamed, Pennsylvania // Toutle, Washington // Buffalo County, Wisconsin // Moorcroft, Wyoming

First Line(s): More than a thousand graduation caps flew into the air behind me, but I was already walking down the aisle between the concrete bleachers.

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Megan Erikson’s Trust the Focus when I requested the title for review but I did know that it included two of my favorite book tropes: the road trip and a friends to lovers romance. Trust the Focus starts off with Justin and Landon graduating college and embarking on a cross country road trip taken in memory of Justin’s dad who had passed away. They plan to visit some of the places that Justin’s dad photographed and re-rake the pictures with the his ashes in them. Along the way Justin has decided to confront the feelings that he’s always had for his best friend, the openly gay Landry.

There are many ups and downs throughout this story and it made my heart ache on numerous occasions. There were also times when I wanted to reach into the pages and shake these characters as they weren’t doing the things that I wanted them to do when I wanted. In other words, I was invested in this story from the start all the way until the end. I cared what happened to Justin and Landry and really wanted them to find their happily ever after. Where this book would lose me was when it got a bit preachy with other characters coming onto the page seemingly just to validate Justin and Landry as a couple. It was almost always the same phrasing and just made me sigh a bit as it just seemed a bit much.

 

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Trust the Focus isn’t a deep story but it was a fun, quick read and just what I needed at the time. Its a book that would make a great pallet cleanser between heavy reads as you just just lose yourself in the story without having to think too much. Landry and Justin are realistic characters and readers will cheer for them to find their happily ever after. Best of all there is no pointless breakup. Yes there is conflict and tension because no romance is without that but its all realistic in its execution and it will make your heart ache.

While there were parts of Trust the Focus that frustrated me I did enjoy it and I couldn’t stop reading when I started. In fact, this was a book that I didn’t mean to read at all. I’d accidentally deleted my current read off my kindle and then accidentally opened this one when I was trying to move another book into a folder. Then before I fully realized what was happening I was staying up way past my bed time hurriedly flipping through the pages as I raced to the end of the story. Thrust the Focus was my first book by Megan Erikson but it won’t be my last as I enjoyed her writing and the characters that she created.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Covering Kendall by Julie BrannaghCovering Kendall by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football,
Also in this series: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Catching Cameron
Published by Avon on 21 October 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars
Also by this author: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Catching Cameron

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Bellevue, Washington // Santa Clara, California

First Line(s): Drew McCoy dodged pouring rain as he darted through a puddle-infested parking lot and into the entrance of the biggest bookstore in Bellevue.

Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh is the fourth book in her Love & Football series and while it does involve the Seattle Sharks football team can almost be read as an independent story as there is almost no mention/interaction of the previous characters. In this story Drew McCoy of the Sharks meets up with Kendall Tracy who is the GM of a rival team, which is something that they don’t know at first. There are sparks and I think that its going to be a really juicy story but somewhere along the way it just sort of fizzles out.

I liked Drew and Kendall and I liked their story and I am every so glad that there wasn’t a random subplot where everyone focused on the heroine’s uterus or her weight as with the previous installments. It was a quick read that I essentially read in less than a day so I was involved with the plot but there was just something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on. There were also some random inconsistancies that just took me out of the plot. Like how the Sharks played Dallas back to back (at home and then away) and even this non-football watcher knows that is a no-go. Although I did read an ARC so its possible that all these little inconsistencies that bothered me were corrected in the final version. Many times I’ll grab a copy of that final book to check but I just don’t care enough about this story to do so.

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As I said above, I read this quickly and I liked the forbidden love aspect of the story but it just seemed like the two main characters put way more stress upon themselves than needed. Then, of course, there was the pointless breakup leading to angst and moping before they get back together for their HEA. And boy what an eye-rolling HEA did they have. It was just so cliched and forced and a little too perfect to feel real. I get that with a romance there is some suspension of belief, there is that wish fulfillment that every reader wants in that perfect ending. But you can have a good satisfying ending without getting overly cheesy at the same time.

For me, I think that my love affair with the Love and Football series might be waning. Each book just gets to be a little less enjoyable for me and so I am unsure if this is a series that I will continue with or not. Though I will keep my eye out for other stories by Julie Brannagh as I did really enjoy the first book in this series.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Review: Catching Cameron by Julie Brannagh

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Catching Cameron by Julie BrannaghCatching Cameron by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football,
Also in this series: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Covering Kendall
Published by Avon on 06 May 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars
Also by this author: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Covering Kendall

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Seattle, Washington // Whidbey Island, Washington

First Line: Zach Anderson was in New York City again, and he wasn’t happy about it.

Catching Cameron is the third book in Julie Brannagh’s Love and Romance series but its only loosely connected to the first two books in the series. There is barely a mention or interaction with the previous characters and the only thing that really connects them is the setting and the fictional football team that Zach plays on. Therefore, this book can almost be looked at as a standalone novel but despite this I really liked how Catching Cameron began. It was just as the story progressed that I got more and more annoyed with the story and the characters. First there was the very annoying assistant that Cameron had and whose attentions could be seen from a mile away and yet at the big reveal everyone was just shocked. This just came across as unrealistic as the assistant was such a complete and total cliche. I really could have done without this character in the book. I did like Zach and Cameron and their second chance at romance and thought that this book could have stood with just that drama alone.

But the thing that bugged me the most with Catching Cameron was how everyone kept harping on Cameron’s weight. She was described as a thin, fit, and an excising loving person yet it seemed as though everyone around her kept telling her she was fat and needed to lose weight. Including a very rude waitress who changed her order from a hamburger to a salad. If I had been reading a print version of this book I totally would have tossed it across the room during this scene. I thought that the vagina obsession in Rushing Amy was bad but this was stomach turning. And it wasn’t just the waitress that harped on her weight but also her boss, her assistant, Zach, and even at times Cameron herself.

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Then there was the double standards about how Cameron could never move her very popular, high ratings show, to film in Seattle as the main office of the studio was in New York. And yet, didn’t the male lead of Rushing Amy work for that same studio and live in Seattle? So there were many eye rolls at this because how does it work for one but not another. I also hated how Cameron’s boss treated her as if she was just a pretty brainless girl and not he smart hard working, ratings earning person that she was. He belittled her at every turn and dismissed all of her ideas as childish. I don’t know what Cameron put up with it as long as she did as her show stood on its one and she had proven herself time and again just how knowledgeable and smart she was in her field. It really really irked me how she was treated. Though, I did like the realism of it because Cameron is a woman and as much as it galls me women deal with this sort of misogyny every day. Especially in such a male dominated world of sports broadcasting.

Now it might seem as though I didn’t like this book much since I have only focused on the negative and I didn’t mean to start of that way but these are glaring things that really took away from my enjoyment of the story. Overall, I really did like the chemistry between Zach and Cameron and enjoyed reading their story. And if the plot didn’t focus on Cameron’s weight as much as it did I may have rated this one a bit higher. I also felt that so much time was spent on the build up that the ending felt a bit rushed and as a result fell into the trap of telling and not showing. But even with that I still read this one pretty quickly I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, Blitzing Emily, which was filled with this fresh quirkiness that seemed to be missing here.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Rushing Amy by Julie Brannagh

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Rushing Amy by Julie BrannaghRushing Amy by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football, Book 2
Also in this series: Blitzing Emily, Catching Cameron, Covering Kendall
Published by Avon on 11 February 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars
Also by this author: Blitzing Emily, Catching Cameron, Covering Kendall

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Cannon Beach, Oregon

First Line(s): The wedding was over, and Amy Hamilton stood amongst the wreckage.

Rushing Amy is the follow up to Julie Brannagh’s Blitzing Emily and involves Emily’s younger sister, Amy. Amy runs a flowshop and its through her buisness that Emily meets her one true love Brandon. In Rushing Amy, Emily returns the favor (so to speak) by being the catalyst for Amy to meet her love interest, Matt. Matt is a former teammate and a friend of Brandon’s and he and Amy meet at the wedding of Emily and Brandon. Its a bit of a cliched meeting place but it works for this story. While the overall story of Rushing Amy was a cute, quick read there were things that bothered me with it.

My biggest issue was with how everyone seemed so overly concerened with Amy’s ovaries. A conversation about how old she was getting and how she needed to have babies soon or never seemed to pop up in almost every chapter. She would think it and others would comment on it and it just added this weird, creepy vibe to the whole story. One example of this is when Matt’s daughter tells Amy that she can’t break up with her dad because she wants siblings…um…seriously?? Ugh! This is 2014 not 1814 a woman’s main purpose in life and the source of all her happiness isn’t in having babies. I liked how Amy was focused on setting up her business and making it work but that strength of hers, her smarts and business sense was always overshadowed with talk of her baby making capabilites.

Matt also annoyed me a bit in how he wanted to take care of Amy buy tossing money at her and all of her problems. I get that he wanted to help but he never listened to what she wanted he just bulldozed in with what he wanted and her feelings be damned. Most of the time he was sweet and I liked that he was such a giving soul but listening is such an attactive skill and so few people seem to possess it. Amy and Matt could have avoided the whole pointless breakup if Matt just listened to her issues, provided advice when asked and then let her handle things how she wanted to handle them.

I enjoyed Rushing Amy but I didn’t think that it was as cute as Blitzing Emily. The issues mentioned above just took me out of the story and made me want to shake all the characters involved. I wanted them to find their HEA but at the same time they annoyed me enough that there were times when I didn’t care if they reached that point or not. There also wasn’t enough Brandon and Emily in this story and when they were there they didn’t seem like the same characters from the first book. I will continue to read this series but as of this posting I don’t think that Rushing Amy will be a book that I ever re-read.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Blitzing Emily by Julie BrannaghBlitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football,
Also in this series: Rushing Amy, Catching Cameron, Covering Kendall
Published by Avon on 07 January 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 496
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-stars
Also by this author: Rushing Amy, Catching Cameron, Covering Kendall

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Redmond, Washington // Kirkland, Washington // Leavenworth, Washington

First Line(s): Emily Hamilton planned to kill her sister. She just had to figure out where to hide the body.

Blitizing Emily by Julie Brannagh is the start of an adult contemporary romance series that involve a fictional football team based in Seattle, Washington. The first book centers around Emily, a rising star in the opera word and Brandon who is one of the star players on the Seattle Sharks. Their meet/cute is nothing short of adorable and its quickly followed by a hospital visit and a misunderstanding that leads to the media thinking that they are engaged. As Brandon is trying to change his image from playboy to serious he somehow manages to convince Emily to play along for a month.

What follows is a cute romance that I read in just a few hours enjoying most every minute of the ride. I liked the chemistry between Emily and Brandon and loved how Brannagh wrote their story. Well, other than the pointless breakup and the whole lack of communication that could have settled so many problems. I also got a bit frustrated with Emily’s sister Amy who couldn’t keep a secret if her life depended on it and just some other things that rubbed me the wrong way. There were moments in the story that made me sigh with frustration but then there were also those moments that make my heart ache and just give me all those wonderful happy/sad type feels.

Blitzing Emily isn’t a perfect book and there were some continuity errors and other issues that kept me from totally falling head over heels with it. But overall this was just the right book for me at the time I read it. It hit all those notes that I love in a book even while it contained some things I didn’t like. I liked how Brannagh managed to write a story with a football star and an opera diva, people from such opposite spectrums of fame, and make it work. I adored Brandon’s character and just loved all of his moments with Emily. Blitzing Emily was a fun, fast read and its one that I’d recommend to all who love a cute, sports themed romance and who are in need of a light and fluffy distraction. I enjoyed this one and will be looking out for Brannagh’s other titles too.

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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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