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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregorHis Roommate's Pleasure by Lana McGregor
Published by Carina Press on 01 Jul 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 84
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
three-stars

Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed, USA

First Line(s): “Damn.” Adam glared at his battered, mostly broken laptop.

The publishing of novellas seems to be a growing trend these days and is almost as popular as the wave of new adult books coming out. His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor can fill both of these categories. This little novella can also be described as BDSM-light as the two main characters each begin to experiment with kink. It all starts with a plausible scene where Adam is having issues with his computer and so borrows his roommate’s. Then through magic, as that’s the only explanation I can come up with, a folder on Josh’s computer accidentally opens and Adam learns a secret of his jock roommate. He likes gay porn.

Not just that but pictures and such involving bondage and submission. Adam is caught by his roommate and together they admit things that not many people know to each other. Adam is openly gay but Josh is not. So they start a secret relationship that is plausible and the pace of the books progresses at a steady pace. Where this one falters is towards the end when confessions are made and events just seem rushed. I think that His Roommate’s Pleasure could have been fleshed out a bit more with just a few more pages to make the ending a little more realistic.

This story also felt a bit vague to me as there was no mention of where it took place. Just a random college campus somewhere in the US. And the lack of secondary characters didn’t help this vagueness either. Yes, you see a few mentions of Adam’s friends but they never felt real. Just as it was hard to pin point Josh as this story was told entirely from Adam’s POV. Its not a bad story and definitely one that I think will be enjoyed by those who might want to dip their toes into BDSM stories. For me though this one was just so-so and while I might check out McGregor’s next story I am not going to rush out for it.

three-stars
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

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Title: Nantucket Blue (Goodreads)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Source: Publisher
Publication Date:07 May 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1423160517
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 304

The authors on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Providence, Rhode Island // Nantucket, Massachusetts

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: Even without Holly Howard and Dori Archer, who’d been suspended for drinking on campus, we were supposed to win that game.

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland had the potential to be a great summer read but in the end it was just a meh book for me. While there are things I liked there were lots that just annoyed me (some more than they should have.) First off, lets talk setting. Nantucket Blue starts in Providence, Rhode Island which thrilled and struck fear into my heart. You see, I am a Rhode Islander born and bread. I know Providence well and its outskirts better. Especially one area of the book that was mentioned, Bristol, which is where I went to high school. 

So that brings me to nitpick number 1. Rhode Islanders tend to be distance phobic. We don’t just hop of a bike and ride 15+ miles (1.5-2hrs) from Providence to Bristol to grab coffee and check out antiques. Especially if you are a teenager. Oh I liked antique stores when I was a teen but I’d go to the ones in my town when I happened to be near them I would travel 15 miles for one. Not that I’ve never made that trip. I have, but it took planning and it was never determined on a whim. So that part of the novel, while such a minor thing to most readers, just made my eye twitch. Though I did love the reference to Del’s Lemonade. Del’s is an institution in Rhode Island and its just wasn’t summer until you heard the first Del’s Lemonade truck roll through your neighborhood. 
There were also times when it felt like a character was cut out and then merged with another, the one who became Zach. Zach was supposed to be around 15/16 years old but he never felt that young he always seemed so much older like he was in college. And Cricket, well there were times when she definitely acted like she was a young teen and not a high school senior. But she always felt complete and real. While Zach seemed to have a split personality. This made it hard to connect with him for much of the book. Though when I could I found his character to be sweet and I really pulled for him and Cricket. 
I really disliked Cricket’s so-called best friend, Jules, wow what a b#$*!! She so mean to Cricket throughout much of this book and yet Cricket still wanted to follow her around like a puppy. Often, creepily so. Cricket was a borderline stalker and I wonder if maybe she started to hang out with Zach because he was Jule’s brother and as such was a connection to her. Nantucket Blue is supposed to be about this great friendship between Cricket and Jules but I’d never want a friend like Jules and neither should Cricket. Jules is not a good person and I know she’s dealing with some issues but that doesn’t excuse her behavior. I also had some issues with Cricket’s parents. But I won’t get into that here as I don’t want to spend this whole review on what I didn’t like.
Now, it might seem like I hated this book but I didn’t. I didn’t love it but it was a really quick read and its a good beach read. Its a book that doesn’t require much thought and you can just spend a couple of hours lost on an island paradise. This story made me want to hop of a ferry and head off to Nantucket to explore that island. Growing up we went to Martha’s Vineyard or Block Island so I’ve never been there but now I want to go. Maybe I’ll be able to find some time this summer to do so. This book isn’t anything super special. Its not one that I want to re-read over and over but I don’t feel as though I wasted my time on it. Its flawed but I felt that the writing held promise and I look forward to Howland’s next book.


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

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Title: Blood Bound (Goodreads)
Publisher: Ace

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2007
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0441014739
Format: ebook
Pages: 292

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Tri-Cities, Washington

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: Like most people who own their own businesses, I work long hours that start early in the morning. So when someone calls me in the middle of the night, they’d better be dying.

Mercedes ‘Mercy’  Thompson Series Order
Prequel – Homecoming

Book 1 – Moon Called
Book 1.5 – Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (short story)
Book 2 – Blood Bound
Book 3 – Iron Kissed
Book 4 – Bone Crossed
Book 5 – Silver Borne
Book 6 – River Marked
Book 7 – Frost Burned 
Book 8 – Night Broken (~2014) 

As with most books that I start on audio I debated on if I wanted to continue the series that way or move to print. Since I was out of audible credits and I had a gift card this time around I opted to read the ebook of Blood Bound. Sometimes this transition is easier than others and this time around the ebook was a bit harder to get into after the audio. Part of me wished that I’d waiting to get the audio and the other was happy to just read at my own pace.  

Blood Bound pics up not long after the events of Moon Called end and this time Mercy’s vampire friend Stefan needs some help. Mercy and her friends are quickly sucked into a dangerous mystery with the vampire clans and its a heart racing ride until the end of the story. Patricia Briggs really knows how to spin a tale and I love the mythology and world that she has created. As this series primarily involves werewolves one would think that I would hate it but Briggs has such a way with telling a story that I find in this case that I like them. 

I don’t like the love triangle and every time the two Alphas, Samuel and Adam, are exerting dominance trying to get Mercy to choose I just roll my eyes and sigh. I may be willing accept werewolves as a plot point but I don’t think that I will ever be ok with a love triangle. Although Patricia Briggs does present a more realistic triangle than most authors. In her story its not a choice between the ultimate bad boy and the good boy next store. Where the heroine is inevitably drawn to the bad boy as she knows that he will be healed by the gift of her love. *gag me* In Patricia Brigg’s world both Adam and Samuel are a flawed characters but they mean well and they care for Mercy. They are mostly good but they are will to do what it takes to protect those they love. 

They mystery that is at the foundation of Blood Bound is interesting and it holds a reader’s attention. Its not impossible to figure out but its fun to see the various clues that Briggs lays out for the reader to find. I also liked learning more about the vampires and Stefen and he’s grown to be a favorite character. As has Zee and some of the other members of the wolf pack. With a series its always fun to see how characters grow and change over the course of the books. And while in book 2 we are still just getting to know them the reader gets that feeling of visiting with old friends while reading the story. 

As with Moon Called, I enjoyed Blood Bound more than I expected. I was immersed in the world as I read it and I felt a little lost when I left. This is a series that I will definitely be exploring more although I might switch back to audio as I do enjoy the narrator, Lorelei King. 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross

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Title: Inhale, Exhale (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 04 May 13
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: B00CNIMOG0
Format: Ebook 
Pages: 241

The author on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Brunswick, Georgia

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: 

Related Post: Sarah M Ross talks about the setting for Inhale, Exhale

Lately I’ve been all about this “new adult” category that’s constantly increasing in popularity. I like the possibility of it and so have been jumping up to try out new titles that fit this in between time of not quite young adult and not quite adult but can sometimes fit in one bucket or both. Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross takes place the summer after Jillian gets out of high school. She’d planned on parties and beaches and instead finds herself working in cubicle city as her mom insists that she work. 

I found Jillian to be a bit of a cliched character, her klutziness and constant blushing. Her inability to see how pretty she is despite how people tell her all the time. And how she’s supposed to be really smart and yet as much as we’re told this we don’t really see it in action. Fortunately she’s not a TSTL sort of character as I’d probably never be able to finish the book but there are times when her smarts are questionable. I was also not a big fan of some of her life choices. She has a long time boyfriend but then constantly thinks about the hot guy at work, Grant. The one that everyone in the office wants (old and young) and who has no interest in anyone until he meets Jillian. Grant is a bit of a cliche as well. If you want YA/Romance tropes then this book has them!

But even with the tropes it wasn’t a bad story. Once I was able to get into it that is. The first chapter was a bit rough and filled with lots of foreshadowing. But then there was an even flow to it and even though there were times that Jillian made me all eye-twitchy the parts told from Grants POV helped me move past that. I really liked Grant, in all his vanillaness, and if it wasn’t for his telling parts of the book this one may have been a DNF for me. Especially when Jillian and Grant get together and Jillian is still quite firmly attached to her boyfriend. Cheating is not something that I like. Ever. Even in fiction. 

Jillian also has a tendency to overreact at the strangest of moments and yet be so blind in others. Then there’s this whole WTF-ery crazy scene at the end that makes the reader blink and wonder what just happened. I wasn’t expecting that bit of drama and while I normally love things like that there should be some better integration into the story so that its just not suddenly there. 

Inhale, Exhale has its flaws but I did finish it quickly and for the most part it held my attention. Its not a book that I’d rush to recommend but I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading it either. I think that there is a big audience out there for people whole like their heroines a little klutzy and in need of saving. I prefer my heroines to be a bit more feisty  and who can walk more than 3 steps without tripping or blushing. Overall, not a bad read and I’ll probably check out more from Ross at some point but I won’t be rushing to devour her backlist just yet.


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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Second Impact by David and Perri Klass

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Title: Second Impact (Goodreads)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 06 Aug 13
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0374379963
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 288

The authors on the web:
David Klass – Blog
David Klass – Twitter

Perri Klass – Official Site

Perri Klass – Blog

Perri Klass – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Kendall, New Jersey

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First Line: On game day, I usually wake up early and lie in bed thinking things over.

A few years ago I fell in love with a TV show called Friday Night Lights which on the surface is a total not me kind of show. FNL, as its often refered as, was a show that revolved around the coach of a Texas football team and various players. If you know me then you know I’m not a huge sports fanatic. I like all the New England sports teams I should and I like to go to live games but I’m not one to just sit on my couch and watch a game. I tend to call myself a social fan in that I’m more into a game when in a social setting among friends. So the fact that I watch and liked this football-centric show was an abnormality. 

But love it I did and when I read the description for Second Impact by David and Perri Klass I was hoping for a book that would recapture some of that same magic that I found in FNL. What I wasn’t expecting was for this entire book to be told in a dual POV using blog posts and emails to tell the story. As you know I love multiple POV stories and I am even a champion of stories told in non-traditional ways. So I settled in and expected to love this book it had all the right qualities to be a huge success with me.  

Second Impact never quite lived up to its promise though. It lacked the heart and emotion that exuded every episode of FNL. The blog format is normally something that I love but in this case it just added a crazy amount of distance between the reader and the characters. I never connected with them. There was just a wall between the story being told and what I read. And while this story didn’t take long to read I never cared about anything that was going on. 

There was also supposed to be this big crazy background story involving Jerry and while we get it told to us in bits and pieces you realize that he never faced any severe consequences for what he did. This story feeds into the philosophy that start sports players can pretty much get away with anything and still come out smelling like roses and I didn’t like that message. Kendall was also this whiny girl who meant well and she faced more consequences when trying to highlight a serious issue in her school than Jerry did and what he did was far worse. And while I know things like this happen in American high schools every day it doesn’t make it any more right. 

Second Impact was a book with a message and its one that the authors used Kendall to preach about and try to brow beat into the reader. I don’t mind message books but this one was a bit over the top and seemed to follow a personal agenda and not highlight any big world issues. I wasn’t thrilled with this book but I did read it until the end. I kept hoping that there would be some bigger message or that the story would miraculously turn good. But that never happened. If you want a great football story then watch Friday Night Lights as this is not a book that I can recommend.

People who liked this book better than I did

Books in the Moonlight – “I thoroughly enjoyed Second Impact. I enjoyed it for the story and for the characters. You don’t need to be a football fan to appreciate this book. It’s definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read this year.”

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Attachments (Goodreads)
Publisher: Dutton

Source: Library
Publication Date: 14 April 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0525951989
Format: Ebook
Pages: 323

The author on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Omaha, Nebraska


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: Would if kill you to get here before noon?

After blitzing through Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (my review) and Fangirl I knew that I had to get my hands on her debut novel, Attachments. Luckily for me my library had an ebook of it available for immediate download so I was able to dive right in. Attachments differs from her other books as its told in two different formats. There is Lincoln’s POV which is more like your standard narrative and then you learn about Beth via emails that she writes to a friend and co-worker. We get to see these emails as its part of Lincoln’s job to monitor the email of the newspaper where they all work.

I enjoyed Attachments but I didn’t like it as much as I did Rowell’s other books. I enjoyed watching Lincoln fall for a girl he had never met via her email though at the same time it was a little creepy. I also felt that we never really got to know Beth as we only saw a small part of her via her correspondence. When the paths of the two characters finally cross their romance just sort of happens and its too quick. It never felt real and then the book was done. We never get to see them as a couple or even get any real scenes of them getting together.

The whole story was this big buildup to Lincoln and Beth meeting….as a reader you are cheering for them wanting them to get together. So when it happens and its rushed, well, I was disappointed. I remember closing the book and asking myself, that’s it? And it was and I was just sat there and went huh…I wanted more.

Maybe if I’d read Attachments before Rowell’s other books I might have been happier with how events played out. But as it was I know the sort of deep and meaningful connections that she can write and I just wanted to experience more of that here. Maybe if Beth’s POV wasn’t entirely in emails I might have been able to connect with her character more as I did with Lincoln. There always seemed to be a disconnect with her and as a result she was a very surfacy character.

I did enjoy Attachments my heart ached at times for Lincoln and my wanting him to find a true connection with Beth. As with Rowell’s other books I read this one in a single sitting and the time just flew by. Unlike her other books I may not re-read this one but I am glad to have read it. If you are a fan of Rowell then you should look into picking this one up if you haven’t done so already. Then be sure to move on to Eleanor & Park and then pre-order Fangirl. Rainbow Rowell is on my autobuy, autoread, auto-recommend list and she should be on yours as well. You won’t regret it reading any of these stories.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

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Title: Hysteria (Goodreads)
Publisher: Walker Books

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 05 February 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0802723101
Format: ebook
Pages: 336

The Author on the Web:

Megan Miranda – Twitter


Place(s) Traveled to: New Jersey // New Hampshire

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: My mother hid the knife block. In hindsight, that was the first sign.

Ever have one of those books that you just don’t know how to review? Ones that you’ve read a while back and keep meaning to write something about but keep putting it off because there was nothing super memorable about the story? Well, that’s how Hysteria by Megan Miranda was for me. This was a book that first attracted me to it by its cover and creepy sounding premise. I liked the idea Mallory might be an unreliable narrator and the idea that she might be a serial killer in the making.

I expected Hysteria to be a creepy story but for me it was anything but. And for someone that scares easily that is saying a lot. The main plot line hinted at in this story never materialized until near the end of the book. Then events were just rushed through and resolved before I could even say WTF. Not that this was a WTF story but it just all happened so fast and then blink it was over. Which was a bit of a let down since the set up was so very long in the making. 

As a character Mallory was a bit blah and whiny and I really wasn’t all that impressed with her. Nor did I really care for any of the characters. As I mentioned about the plot was drawn out and rushed at the same time and I’m not sure how I managed to finish this one. I guess I just kept expecting something amazing to happen based on the description and how excited people were for this story. 

Hysteria was a meh read for me that in the end wasn’t very memorable. I had to skim through the book in order to remember basic events in the book. Normally I have a really good memory when it comes to stories so the fact that this one is vague means that its not one that I can recommend. As for reading other books by Megan Miranda I am on the fence. This one left me a bit underwhelmed and so I’m in no hurry to check out her other works.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 1 by Andy Diggle & Brandon Seifert

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Title: The Hypothetical Gentleman (Goodreads)
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Source: Publisher / Netgalley
Publication Date: 19 March 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1613775792
Format: ebook 
Pages:104

The Author on the Web:
Andy Diggle
Brandon Seifert

The Illustrators on the Web
Mark Buckingham
Philip Bond

Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1814 & 1851)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: NA
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m crazy addicted to Doctor Who and have been since I was a child. I watch the show every week and when its on hiatus I will watch old episodes on Netflix. But despite my deep love of the show I’ve never branched into any of the books or comics that exist in the world about it. That is until recently when this one appeared on Netgalley. I was really curious about it and so decided to request it. This was a quick read, as you can imagine since it is a graphic novel/comic.

There are two stories contained in this comic and both of them felt flat to me. The stories were just so-so and never once could I imagine The Doctor, Amy, or Rory saying any of the lines that they said. The whole thing felt so still and flat. And yes I know its a comic so its all drawings but I’ve read comics in which you get a sense of suspense and movement and that never happened here. The drawings were just blah and most felt like they were a bit unfinished. 
Overall, this one just wasn’t for me and I don’t think I’ll be checking out other Doctor Who comics in the future. I may check out some of the books that are out there but I am doubtful if they’ll live up to the show. For me, I think that Doctor Who will always be something that needs to be visual and if a comic can’t bring me that same magic that I love about the show then I’m not sure anything will. 

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Play with Me by Kristen Proby

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Title: Play with Me (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 2940016319506
Format: ebook 
Pages: 298

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Seattle, Washington // Miami, Florida

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: Ms McBride, Thank you for your inquiry regarding Will Montgomery and the rest of the team appearing at your hospital.

With Me in Seattle Series Order

Book 3 – Play With Me
Book 4 – Rock With Me
Book 5 – Safe With Me (2013/2014)
Book 6 – Tied With Me (2013/2014)
Book 7 – Breathe With Me (2013/2014)

After finishing Fight with Me I had high hopes for Play with Me which is Will Montgomery’s story. Will is the brother of Jules (he’s also in the NFL) and his love interest is an old college friend of Jules as well (she’s a nurse and former rocker). We first see a glimpse of Meg in Fight with Me and she comes across as a bit bitchy there. Though we soon learn that there is a reason for that at the start of this story and it is a good reason even if Will is unaware of it at the time. This misunderstand leads to some early sparks to their relationship and adds some fun tension to the story. 
Though this chip on Meg’s shoulder does get old after awhile. She didn’t have the best life growing up but she holds onto things super tightly and seems to relish holding up this shield around her even if it means pushing away those that are closest to her. She wants to be loved but at the same time is afraid to trust and that is a very difficult set of circumstances to overcome. In all honesty, there were times while reading this story that I was amazed that Will stuck with her for as long as he did. Then there were other times when he annoyed me a bit with his overbearing ways.
Initially, Play with Me started out in the same formula as the previous books in the series but what set it apart from the others is that it was told from both Will and Meg’s POV. And as you know, dear reader, I do love a good multiple POV story. Especially since if I was just in Meg’s head for the whole book I might have been driven a bit mad listening her go over the same thoughts over and over. She does like to dwell. 
Despite the things that bothered me with this story it did manage to give me that heart achy feeling that I like towards the end. I did like the story even if I didn’t fall head over heels in love with the two main characters. As with the previous books I did like seeing the various family members move in and out of this story and the humor that they bring to most scenes. Play with Me is another fast paced read from Proby and a good installment in the series. Its not my favorite but its not the worst one in the bunch either and one that I do recommend. 

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Under the Mistletoe with Me by Kristen Proby

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Title: Under the Mistletoe with Me (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 12 Dec 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B00ANZ1SFI
Format: ebook 
Pages: 82

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Seattle, Washington 

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First Line:”I’m just glad you didn’t have a game today and can actually enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with us.” My mother-in-law, Gail, smiles over at her son, Will who is currently stuffing his full of mashed potatoes.

With Me in Seattle Series Order

Book 1 – Come Away With Me
Book 1.5 – Under the Mistletoe with Me
Book 2 – Fight With Me

Book 3 – Play With Me
Book 4 – Rock With Me
Book 5 – Safe With Me (2013/2014)
Book 6 – Tied With Me (2013/2014)
Book 7 – Breathe With Me (2013/2014)

Under the Mistletoe with Me is a novella by Kristen Proby that involves Issac Montgomery and his wife, Stacy. This is different from your typical boy meets girl story in that the two main characters have been married for years. And if the synopsis is to be believed these two are having some troubles. As a novella, its a short story and the synopsis has a lot of detail that a full length novel would have trouble to fully contain. 

As this isn’t a full length novel, there is a lot that is rushed and as such the book lacks a sense of completeness. I also think that they synopsis was a bit misleading with what actually happens in this story. Its a quick read but throughout all of it I kept asking myself what the point of it was. Other than introducing a new character who will starts to become more of a focus in other books and who will eventually get her own story in Safe with Me

For me, Under the Mistletoe with Me, was a bit of a pointless read. Its time that I wish I could get back because I don’t think that it adds anything to the series at large. If you are thinking about reading this series then I say skip this one and focus on the full length novels.


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