Friday, May 29, 2015

Review- Two of Hearts by Christina Lee

Summary-

Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.

Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.

Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.

Review-

I have not read any book by Christina Lee yet but I had read several really good reviews of her other new adult series. I wanted to read Two of Hearts after reading the blurb of it. I always seem to enjoy a well done second chance romance and that is exactly what Two of Hearts gave me. This was a good read.

Dakota is our heroine. She was always been strong and stubborn, standing for what she believes in in her Native American community. The one person she has never been able to get over is Shane and after the unexpected death of her father Dakota is not feeling so strong. I really liked Dakota. She was a strong woman who had a lot of responsibilty on her shoulders. She wanted to rely on Shane but her insecurities got in the way.

Shane is a U.S. Marshal. Shane has trained hard to get where he's at now but the only thing he regrets is walking away from Dakota. He wishes she would have fought for him but now he's back in town and he can't help but feel possessive over Dakota. I really liked Shane. He was completely in love with Dakota and willing to fight for her. I loved how determined he was and how he always stood by Dakota.

There was no doubting the connection Dakota and Shane shared. The tension in the room went up as soon as the two of them were in the same room with each other. I loved Shane's protectiveness. Dakota tried hard to keep her feelings at bay but she couldn't help but rely on Shane's strength. Shane and Dakota were also really hot together. 

Both Shane and Dakota had growing up to do and that is why this made such a good second chance romance. I also loved getting to know more about the Native American culture. There were also a bunch of secondary characters which added to the story. With a good romance and suspense plot Two of Hearts was a good read.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review- Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

Summary-

She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn′t about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible...but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

Jack Delvin′s determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London′s most notorious businessman, refused to live by society′s rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected...but both soon craved.

Review-

I am not a big historical romance reader. I have read a few series but its hardly a genre I read regularly. What I am though, is a Lisa Kleypas reader. She writes beautiful, intimate romance with heroes which thoroughly make you swoon. Suddenly You was just as fabulous of a book. It is a stand alone.

Novelist Amanda Briars has her 30th birthday approaching. She doesn't want to remain a virgin so she decides to gift herself a man as there is no chance of her getting married now that she is a spinster. And so she decides to hire a prostitute. What she gets though, is handsome, irresistible Jack Devlin. I really liked Amanda. She was a very practical person who just wanted to experience all things in life.


Jack Devlin in enchanted by Amanda since the moment he lays eyes on her. He knows Amanda is too good for him. He is a cast-off son of a nobleman with a jaded view on life. He is a notorious businessman who wants to hire Amanda to write for his publication house. But when he meets Amanda he is thoroughly smitten.


Amanda and Jack decide to have an affair. Jack wants to get Amanda out of his system and Amanda just wants to enjoy the time, little as that may be with Jack. Like all of Lisa Kleypas' romances this one was just as beautiful. The intimate scenes between Jack and Amanda were flawless. Their romance burns and they have great chemistry. Their banter, their talks, everything binds them tighter. Seeing an older woman younger man romance in historical was another pleasant surprise.


Jack has no intentions of marrying or having children ever but when circumstances force Amanda and Jack together he finds unexpected fulfillment and satisfaction in their married life. I loved seeing Jack and Amanda fall head over heels in love for each other. The genre hardly matters. A true love story is a true love story and romance is romance. You have not experienced true romance till you've read a Lisa Kleypas one.




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #125

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
Publication Date- September 1st 2015


Goodreads Summary:

Will Caynes never has been good with girls. At seventeen, he’s still waiting for his first kiss. He’s certainly not expecting it to happen in a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus. But it does and now Will’s conflicted—he knows he likes girls, but he didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy.

Then Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too—which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly?

Will knows he can’t keep seeing both of them, but besides his new job in a diner, being with Brandy and Angus are the best parts of his whole messed-up life. His divorced parents just complicate everything. His father, after many half-baked business ventures and endless house renovations, has started drinking again. And his mom is no help—unless loading him up with a bunch of stuff he doesn’t need plus sticking him with his twin half-sisters counts as parenting. He’s been bouncing between both of them for years, and neither one feels like home.

Deciding who to love, who to choose, where to live. Whichever way Will goes, someone will get hurt. Himself, probably the most.
 

Glass, over at Ja Citam, a ti?, told me this book left her speechless. Plus, it's LGBT. I don't see any reason why I shouldn't read it. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #54

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is: 

Top Ten Books that I Plan to Have in my Beach Bags this Summer 

I plan to have these books on my kindle. Here is my list in no particular order-

  

  

  

  

  

What are your picks? :)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review- Bad For You by Abbi Glines

Goodreads Summary:

Innocence was never meant for the addictive… 

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.


REVIEW:

I had decided some time ago that I wouldn't begin my reviews with the following three words, but let me just break my own rules and go ahead and say it- oh my God! What a book! I absolutely adore Abbi Glines' Sea Breeze series. It's one of the few New Adult Contemporary series that I actually follow and look forward to. Although the previous book was a major disappointment, I loved Bad For You so much. The story of Blythe and Krit, Bad For You is an adorable and lovely twist to and take on the regular bad boy meets good girl romance. 

The nicest aspect of Bad For You was that the romance didn't begin till some 50%. Till that point, the protagonists were just friends and even though they were attracted to one another, they knew their boundaries and limits. It's not everyday that we meet New Adult main characters who don't kiss each other and get under the sheets as soon as they meet or within a few days of when they meet. It's also not everyday that these same characters actually indulge in some meaningful conversation and try to genuinely get to know each other. Oh, and another one, it's also not everyday that these characters give each other and their potential relationship all the time that it takes to make it work. 

Krit. Krit, Krit, Krit. I don't know how she does it every time, but Abbi Glines has made me fall in love with yet another one of her bad boys. I hate how these boys have sex with many girls and throw them away left, right and centre but when their girl even as much as talks to another guy, all hell breaks loose. It annoys me to no end and yet, I can't really help but admire how the guy changes from this bad ass dude to a caring and sensible man. I had nothing but pure disgust towards Krit in the previous books of the series, but after giving him a chance and getting to know him in Bad For You, I have to admit that I adore him. He was adorable in his psychotic ways. He was a great friend with an addictive and sparkling personality. And if that isn't enough, to top it all of, the dude's a singer. 

Blythe was perfect for Krit. She was the exact opposite of him. He craves attention. She tries to blend in. He practically knows the whole town. She barely talks to people. He's experienced. Everything is new for her. Sometimes, I thought that for a girl who loves to read and write, Blythe was way too innocent but then again, her side of the story strongly proves the whys of it. I would have ideally liked to know more about her past, but she herself is willing to let it all go and start afresh. She was a really nice person who needed Krit to show her just how nice she was. 

My most favourite books in the Sea Breeze series have been While It Lasts and Sometimes It Lasts and I am loyal to our male protagonist in these stories, Cage York. But Bad For You has been such an unexpectedly and exceptionally well done story that I can easily say that it's my new favourite. I am very stingy with my ratings these days and it's only because of that that I'm giving this book four very bright, shiny, sparkly and glittery stars. I haven't stopped smiling since I put the book down. 


RATING:



Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday #60


Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Today's question is: 

How do you write your reviews?

I procrastinate. But when I actually do get to writing my reviews I have most, if not all my thoughts gathered and then I just try to summarize everything I liked and disliked.

  

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review- Black Rainbow by J.J.McAvoy

Summary-

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts. 

With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus. 

But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black. 

But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?

Review-

Black Rainbow was such a random read I stumbled across while surfing goodreads. I liked the way the summary sounded and was curious to see how the story would go. I am SO glad I read Black Rainbow because I ended up loving it. I loved Thea and Levi and the romance was super satisying!

Let's start with Thea. Thea has a one week fling with Levi and after that she discovers that he is her professor. Things are so very complicated between them but that is the gist of it. I really liked Thea as a heroine. She was strong and capable and hard working. She wanted to get through law school so she could get out her wrongly imprisoned father.

Then we have Levi. Levi was possibly the most perfect man I have ever read about. He was a hard ass teacher and a lawyer with an untarnished reputation. Levi was definitely attracted to Thea but it was amazing how he got under her skin and discovered all her secrets. Levi was very swoon worthy and god, the man made me melt.

Levi and Thea shared amazing chemistry. I loved the witty banter between them. It was sexy yet sweet and the fourteen year old age difference between them disappeared into thin air. They were so in sync with each other. J.J.McAvoy definitely knows how to write steamy scenes. Levi and Thea were combustible together.

I also loved all the law related stuff and the cases which happened in the book. I cannot vouch for how authentic it was but I enjoyed the part of the plot none the less. I can't believe I haven't read many inter racial romances yet but Black Rainbow has definitely changed my mind about it. If you are looking for a great romance pick this one up!