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Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: Fighting Love by Abby Niles

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Fighting Love by Abby NilesFighting Love by Abby Niles
Series: Love to the Extreme, Book 2
Published by Entangled Publishing on 31 December 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Atlanta, Georgia

First Line(s): What the hell did he give a woman for Valentine’s Day when he no longer had connections?

Fighting Love by Abby Niles is the second book in her Love to the Extreme series of which I haven’t read the first book yet. Normally I don’t like to read series books out of order, even when the series are more like companion novels and not direct sequels, but in this case I made an exception. There was just something about the write up about Fighting Love that intrigued me. However, when I first started to read it I wasn’t sold. I can’t tell you how many times I read the opening paragraphs before putting the book aside. That is until this past Friday evening when my apartment complex lost power.

With no tv to distract me, I grabbed my kindle paperwhite and snuggled up under the covers and didn’t stop reading until around 1 am when the power came back on. I then turned off the lights which I though I had turned off and thought for 1/2 a second about going to sleep before grabbing my kindle again and continuing my read of Fighting Love until I hit the end of the book. So for me, Fight Love was a book that I just had to give myself time to read without distractions.

I enjoyed the two main characters, Julie Rogers and Tommy Sparks, and the classic friends to lover story that was Fighting Love. Julie and Tommy have known each other for years and while Julie has always had a thing for Tommy he, in typical romance story fashion, had no clue. But things start to change when Tommy has to live with Julie after his house burns down. Its the living in close quarters and seeing her date someone that he can’t intimidate that he begins to realize that he has feelings for her too. For, Tommy is an MMA fighter and all the story book cliches that go along with that.

If I’m honest, I am a bit over MMA fighters and Tattoo artists and that cliched bad boy that seems to be a constant in contemporary romances these days. Only Tommy wasn’t your typical bad boy. Yes he dated around a lot but he wasn’t necessarily a bad guy even if he did let a bit of fame go to his head. In the end though it wasn’t Tommy’s career that bugged me but how he kept running so hot and cold on Julie. It was confusing and a bit mean and as with so many other books all could have been avoided if he and Julie just sat down and had an honest conversation.

Tommy wasn’t alone in this, Julie really needed to speak up more and be more honest as well. But even with her silence and misunderstandings she wasn’t a passive heroine. She was strong and feisty and I did like how she tried to move on and didn’t just pine away for something she didn’t think she could have. I liked how she and Tommy interacted and I also really liked the secondary characters of Brody and Mac. I wish they’d been in the books more and I hope that we get to see more of them in the future.

Fighting Love isn’t a perfect story and it does suffer from some very stereotypical things but it was a quick read as well as an entertaining one. It made me laugh and it also gave me those heart achy moments that I adore. The speech at the end while it did make me roll my eyes a bit was also sweet and the moment when I really fell for Tommy. This is also the time when it was very late and long past my bedtime but I could have easily stayed up longer if there had been more pages to read.

Fighting Love was my first Abby Niles book but I am definitely going to be looking for her other books and I may already have Extreme Love, the first book in this series on my ereader as I type this up. If you are looking for a fun contemporary romance then I would recommend giving this one a try.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Review + Contest: Chaos by Christine O’Neil

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review + Contest: Chaos by Christine O’NeilChaos by Christine O'Neil
Series: Kardia Chronicles,
Published by Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen Ember on 26 August 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: Rock Star Book Tours
Goodreads
three-stars

 

Place(s) Traveled to: Crestwood, New Hampshire

First Line: Dear She: My boyfriend is obsessed with video games.

Kardia Series Order
Book 1 – Chaos
Book 2 – Control (01 December 2013)
Book 3 – Clarity (2014)

I am always attracted to a book when the plot involves some sort of retelling of the Greek Myths and Chaos by Christine O’Neil is no exception. When I read the synopsis I jumped at the chance to sign up for the tour as it sounded like something fresh and different. And while the premise of Chaos is unique the delivery just wasn’t my cup of tea, at least not entirely. This may be due in part, to the fact that I read this book at the height of my brain’s clamoring for contemporary reads and Chaos definitely does not fit into this category. But this book was also filled with many of the young adult cliches and so that took away from the uniqueness of the plot. Although, at least there wasn’t a love triangle, at least not yet.

Take Maggie, she’s the ordinary girl who flies under the radar when BAM! one day she wakes up and she’s not so ordinary anymore. She’s also harboring a couple of secrets, one about her lineage and another about what happened the night her boyfriend ended up in a coma. Then there is Mac. The bad boy. The hot guy. The one who can have any girl he chooses and for whatever reason he is focused on Maggie and he seems to delight in making her life a little bit more hellish than the average high school experience. He’s a bit of a bully and yet even why he’s being mean to her Maggie always stops to wax poetic on just how hot he is. *le sigh* And don’t even get me started on Maggie’s mother. Boy did that woman make my head hurt. A lot.

The overall plot, was good. As I said O’Neils take on incorporating the Greek Myths into present day is unique. I liked how the different offspring of the Gods and Goddesses changed and manifests itself in different ways with each generation. I like how there is a whole group out there and wish that more time could have been spent exploring the world of the semigods. Though, that would make things easier if Maggie knew what was happening to her. So instead she must fumble through which puts her onto the radar of the council. Of which, once we meet them, I have a decent idea of where future books are going to go.

For me, Chaos was hit and miss there were things that I really liked and others that I just didn’t care for. The dialogue was so-so and the characters would sometimes annoy me. I could have also done without the whole Dear Abby-esque column as well. As the start to a new series though this one holds promise. I can’t say that I will rush out to get the second book the moment its available but I will try to make time to read it. If you are a fan of the paranormal/fantasy genre or of greek mythology then you will probably like this one.

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About the Book:

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying—and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I’m about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this watchdog council of semis who keeps an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest of the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.

Buy the book:
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About Christine:

Christine O’Neil is one half of the happiest couple in the world. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys and their two dogs, Gimli and Pug. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing fun and adventure-filled romance stories, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons. Christine loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to get in touch with her via the Contact Page. Christine also writes adult romance under the name Christine Bell.

Website / Twitter / Goodreads / The Kardia Chronicles on Facebook

Check out the other stops on the tour

9/2/2013- Crossroad Reviews– Guest Post
9/3/2013- The Book Belles– Review
9/4/2013- Manga Maniac Cafe– Interview
9/5/2013- A Backwards Story– Guest Post
9/6/2013- Coffee, Books and Me– Interview
9/9/2013- Books Are Magic– Review
9/10/2013- K-Books– Guest Post
9/11/2013- Curling Up With A Good Book– Review
9/12/2013- Fantasy Book Addict– Interview
9/13/2013- Ticket to Anywhere – Review

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review2 Comments

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: Taste the Heat by Rachel HarrisTaste the Heat by Rachel Harris
Series: Love and Games,
Also in this series: Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose
Published by Entangled Publishing on 08 July 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 220
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose, The Fine Art of Pretending, You're Still the One, The Natural History of Us

Place(s) Traveled to: Magnolia Springs, Louisiana // New Orleans, Louisiana

First Line(s): When the bright red and white Taste the Heat banner fluttered in an abrupt and unseasonable gust of wind, then collapsed onto her head in an undignified heap, Colby Robicheaux figured it had to be an omen.

Just a few days ago I was saying how books with a widow/widower MC were a turn off for me so it might come as a surprise that shortly after that I found myself reading about one in Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris. Now, based on the synopsis its not entirely clear that the hero of this story is a widower but its not long before this is mentioned in the text of the book. You can be sure that there was an eye roll on my part and some serious consideration on putting this one aside. But I am trying to branch out more with my books so I decided to stay with it.

Overall, I enjoyed Taste the Heat and for the most part I liked the two main characters, Colby and Jason. Of the two though, Colby did annoy me the most. She was just a tad too stuck in the past sometimes and it affected her personality. She did start to get over some of her issues but it all just seemed to happen a bit too fast to be real. I know if a book that there isn’t a ton of time to accomplish things but it did feel a bit rushed. Her and Jason’s relationship also felt a bit rushed. Oh, it started off a good pace and then BAM! there was love and it almost gave me whiplash.

Taste the Heat also had a lot of secondary characters which can sometimes take away from the main story. Fortunately, in this book the secondary characters only add to the overall story. Jason’s daughter, Emma, was adorable and fun and Colby’s siblings also added some entertainment to the story. I’m also hopeful that the next two books in this series follow them.

Taste the Heat wasn’t a perfect story but it was a quick read and I read it in one sitting over a couple of hours. Its a fast paced contemporary that allows you to escape for a bit without requiring much thinking. Its a perfect brain candy/beach read when all you want to do is just hunker down with a book and forget the world around you. There is no super complex mystery or plot and while I often prefer more of a romantic suspense over a straight romance this one hit the spot right when I needed it. It was a nice distraction from everything going on in my life right now.

I enjoyed Rachel Harris’s writing and I do think that she’s an author to watch. I look forward to reading her two YA books and in seeing what she comes up with in the future for her more adult stories.

Love and Games Series Order
Book 1: Taste the Heat
Book 2: Her Fake Fiance (Oct 2013)

Book 3: Untitled (Early 2014)

Related Posts: Learn about the setting of Taste the Heat

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