Saturday, February 9, 2019

Book Review: Enzo - K Webster


Title: Enzo
Author: K Webster
Genre: Taboo Romance
Series: Taboo Treats
Release Date: January 28, 2019


Jenna’s grown up in the system.
Forced to be tough, wary, and hard.

She’s only been able to count on herself.
Until Enzo.

He’s much older and responsible for looking after her.
What should be a job to him, evolves into much more.

Late night phone calls.
Lingering touches.
A forbidden fire that burns brighter each day.

Everything about him exudes strength.
His will to protect her is more than she could ever ask for.
Sadly, though, even heroes have their limitations.

But she doesn’t need a hero.
She just needs him.



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 I recently stopped signing up for Dark and Taboo reads. But for some reason, I found a Enzo on my Kindle app waiting for me. I may have signed up during my sleep? Good thing I did.

I'm not sure if this one is just a quick read or if I just had a lot of time in my hands back when I read it. I read and gobbled everything up in less than 4 hours. I can't remember the last time I read that quick. The plot and storyline was quick and on point. It piqued my interest and didn't have a huge lull that would prompt me to put it down. The twist wasn't really something I expected on the get go, but appreciated nonetheless. Although, It did lack a little "taboo" in there. I think it was something that could easily be fixed and negotiated seeing as what their set up was. But I could be wrong, since it's not really a part of the culture where I came from.

I like how fierce Jenna is when it comes to what she wants and the people she loved. Having to go thru all those hardship would really toughen her, but soften her heart as well. Enzo on the other hand is just as perfect with all those empathy and understanding. It's really nice to find nice guys in romance novels. As good as a broken alpha male is, it's still refreshing to see that there are still good men out there that isn't trying to hide in to something they're not.

Overall, I'll give this a 3.5 star. Entertaining but lacks a little twist to make it more interesting.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Release Book Blitz: Forgiving Keven - Siobhan Davis



Title: Forgiving Keven
Author : Siobhan Davis
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Series: The Kennedy Boys #7
Release Date: January 7, 2019



Cheryl


They say you never forget your first love, but I’m determined to prove Keven Kennedy is just a random boy from my past.

It’s not like I still think about him after all this time. Or daydream about how hot his kisses were and what it felt like to have his hands on my skin.

Nope, that’s not me. I’m in a happy place in my life. Engaged to a great man and finishing the last year of my photography degree.

Yet, since I returned to Massachusetts, everything reminds me of the boy who ripped my heart to shreds. Especially when my fiancé’s constant business trips, and dwindling attention, raises old fears to the surface.

And then the unthinkable happens—Keven saunters back into my life, turning it upside down once more.

It’s ironic he thinks he’s protecting me when the only one I need protecting from is him.

Keven


They say you never forget your first love. In my case, it’s true. Most everyone in high school thought Cheryl and I were a match made in heaven and that nothing could tear us apart. Until I messed up spectacularly and lost the best thing to ever happen to me.

Years have passed, girls have come and gone, but no one has laid claim to my heart in the way Cheryl did.

I thought she was lost to me forever, when an unexpected encounter with an uptight FBI agent, and an intriguing proposition, brings the beautiful blonde back into my life.

I didn’t hesitate to sign on the dotted line.

I let Cheryl down once before. I’m not going to fail her this time.

Forgiving Keven is a STANDALONE title in the Kennedy Boys world. No cliff-hanger and a guaranteed HEA.



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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Book Review: Heath - K Webster and Nikki Ash



Title: Heath
Author: K Webster and Nikki Ash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 04, 2018



A modern telling of a classic tale...

This isn’t a typical love story. This is a story of what happens when love is so powerful and all-consuming that it has the ability to destroy everyone involved. It’s definitely not pretty and it’s certainly not a fairytale, but it’s their story and it couldn’t be told any other way.



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K Webster has always had a way with words that calls to you even when you don't want to. I've never been a fan of classics and never read Wuthering Heights, but with the way this is written, it made me want to read the original.

There may be some characters that seems to trigger me and characters I have detested. But it has to be written this way and as the synopsis says, it can't be told any other way.

I'd still give this a 3 out of five star just because it triggered something in me.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Book review: Last Straw - Ed Duncan



Title: Last Straw
Author: Ed Duncan
Genre: Thriller / Crime
Release date: November 25, 2017



It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking.  An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead.

A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and now a target has been placed on her back. The carjacker’s father, a notorious crime boss, is willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying, even if that means hiring a hitman to kill her.

Richard “Rico” Sanders, the best in the business, was his first choice for the job.  But there was a problem.  He was a “killer with a conscience” and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers.  The crime boss reluctantly turns to someone who has no such qualms, John D’Angelo.  There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it.

Rico and the girls lawyer, Paul Elliott, form an uneasy alliance to try and protect her from the hitman. As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.



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I used to just accept book review offers without really considering the author. But I've been limiting book reviews lately to just those authors who I've already read and liked. But after reading the blurb from Ed Duncan's Last Straw, I reconsidered. So obviously, this is a first from him.

The story is promising if I actually understand what the author is getting into. In all honesty, the book was written somewhere between targeting kids with the way the story was narrated and intelligent people with the use of fancy words. I like the fact that it was written in the third person. Although I also enjoy reading single and dual POVs, third person narration has a special part in my book loving heart. But I find it challenging in the first few chapters to keep up with what scene there already is. The thriller/suspense part are good too. It makes me anxious with what will happen next. Although there are some predictable scenes/outcomes, I'm still intrigued on how it will all play out. Even if the story or the writing was not able to hold my interest for me to finish it in one sitting, it was still intriguing enough for me to actually finish it.

There were a number of major characters which is a little new to me since most novel nowadays only focuses on about 2 or 3 main characters and the rest would just be popping out here and there. Initially I found it hard to keep up with who was the characters and what scene was actually playing with the third person narration. The transition between one scene to another is not as seamless as it should be that I have to read back a few lines only to realize that they were already narrating a different scene. But given the plot line and the scenario they are in, the characters are pretty much relatable.

Overall, I'd give this a 3 out of 5 stars mainly because, despite all setbacks, it still piqued my interest enough for me to read it all thru out.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Review: When Forever Changes - Siobhan Davis



Title: When Forever Changes
Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2018




When Forever Changes, an all-new emotional, angsty, new adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available NOW!

Gabby

Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them.

From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy. Back then, I couldn’t put words to what I was feeling, but, as the years progressed, I came to recognize it for what it was—soul-deep love. The kind only very few people ever get to experience. Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover.

He was my soulmate.

We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.

Until he changed.

And I believed I was no longer good enough.

Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist.

And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.

Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.

But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.

I look to the sky, pleading with the stars, begging someone to tell me what I should do because I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t know how to cope when my forever has changed, and I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?


Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?



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I've seen Siobhan Davis books promoted here and there and I've seen good feedbacks. So when I saw an opportunity to review one of her upcoming release, I did not hesitate. When Forever Changes popped my Siobhan Davis cherry and I couldn't be more delighted.

I don't know how to describe the story plot. It's kind of cliche but then it's not. I had a hard time debating what I should feel. The way it's written gives me the feels of actually being there. Like I'm feeling the person's internal struggle. The story flow may be a little on the predictable side but it didn't make reading any less painful. I literally have to stop and sob. I can't remember when was the last time I actually felt this connected with a story. I also liked that the author seems to hate sexists. It's pretty evident on the lines and conversation her characters portray. It also opens a different possibility in love. And in a way,I did believe her. It feels good having to read a heart-wrenching story again.

Her characters are not any less effective. It's not usual for me to like a heroine specially with the circumstances they're in and I even shocked myself for actually liking Gabby. At an extent, I understood her decisions and actions. I liked how fearless she is in getting out of her comfort zone because it is already hurting her and destroying who she really is, regardless that she is clueless on what she needs to do. Slater on the other hand is another book boyfriend added on my never ending list. He's compassionate, sweet and dedicated. He's also as true as a man can be. Someone with a little self preservation and knows when to back down if needed. Then there's Dylan too. You just want to hate him but you can't. He's a douche, I'll give you that. And his attitude is inexcusable. But something in him, makes me want to believe him and give him chance to redeem himself. The family ties is one more reason to love in this story.

Overall, I'd give this 5 out of 5 stars. Haven't had this much angst in a while.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Blitz: After the End - Natasha Preston




Title: AFTER THE END
Author: Natasha Preston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 25, 2018



One fatal mistake changes Tilly and Linc’s lives forever. 

After the tragedy, Linc and his family fled a town they were no longer welcome in. 

Still grieving the death of her brother, Tilly’s world is rocked again when, three years later, Lincoln Reid has to come home. 

Linc tries to stay away from Tilly, but once he sees her fighting feelings for him, he can’t stay in the shadows. 



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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since.

She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.

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This isn’t my first Natasha Preston book and I like most, if not all, of her writings.

This book has so much potential on it, breaking and ripping my heart out at just 15% in of the book. I was very much interested and can’t wait to see how the story unfolds and what the twists and turn will be. And knowing Natasha’s writing, I hoped that she would be able to maintain the height of my anticipation. Unfortunately, though, the story is as good as it gets. I don’t know if it was just me but the story seemed to be lacking depth. I was hoping for more twist and conflict. Maybe I was never in that kind of position, or maybe I haven’t really connected with the characters as it is, so I wasn’t able to actually feel or understand what really happened there.

The characters are okay. I suppose that's how someone would react or behave given the situation they are in. But in general, I liked that they somehow give a little consideration about family values and not just disregarding them altogether which seems to be where other Natasha book inclines. Linc was a typical book boyfriend. I couldn't say he made it on my list, but he's sweet and adorable enough to still be labeled as book boyfriend, just not mine. Tilly, on the other hand, have a a very loyal love for her brother and family and I really admired her for that. I think I would have done the same thing she did given the circumstances she was in.

Overall, I'd still give this a passing 3 out of 5 stars. I think this is the lowest I've rated Natasha. The story itself didn't really level my expectations, but it is good enough to finish.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Book Blitz: Dirty Headlines - LJ Shen



Title Dirty Headlines
Author LJ Shen
Genre Contemporary Romance
Publish date September 07, 2018



Célian Laurent.
Manhattan royalty.
Notorious playboy.
Heir to a media empire.
…And my new boss.

I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.
Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Brooklyn girl.
Infamously quirky.
Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it.
So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle.
Every night in his bed, war.
But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.




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LJ Shen did it again. Smooth and discreet. You wouldn't know what hits you until you're there crumbling.

Although it may be a typical Alpha male story, its twists and flow of events makes it unique in its own way. The twist may not be so shocking, but a still a twist that you wouldn't expect. I liked how things are not really touch and go. It has its ups and downs and shows that not everything are resolved with just flowers and chocolates overnight. It grips to my heart and tugs my tear ducts. I also loved that it something didn't I expected didn't really happen. It would've gutted me more. (I'm referring to Rob but would not want to spoil anything)

Jude (or JoJo) and her Chucks has a way in making you fall in love with her. She has a big fight in her. And despite her situation she didn't become bitter the way other would've been. I like her positive disposition and the way she takes all that life throws at her. It's also a plus point that she loves her Dad so dearly. Célian on the other hand, sets the bar so high. He's ambitious and driven. When he focuses on what he wants, he goes and gets it. I love how he cherishes her sister and the people who treated him as family. Although he may be perceived as a heartless douche, his passion and compassion for people who have been there for him is evident. He also knows how to take care of his people and despite the hard demeanor and bossiness, his staff still loves him.

I'd give this a five out of five stars because it touched my heart the way I wanted to feel.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Book Blitz: Tattered - Melody Ann





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Title: Tattered
Series: Torn #2
Author: Melody Anne
Genre: Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2018
 

BLURB



I’m not a perfect man. Who of us can claim that? But for those of you who might think I’m a cheater, a liar, an abuser, you don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s more to my story than you realize. 
You’ve heard Miranda’s story. Now it’s time you heard mine. 
—Mason 

Because of the decisions I’ve made, lives have been forever changed. I didn’t step into those choices lightly. But I feel free now. I don’t know what’s going to happen on the next step of my journey, but I know I’ve risen out of the ashes and I’m ready to face the world. I hope you’ll share the journey with me. I hope you’ll understand . . . 
—Miranda 

I might seem cold and unfeeling, but you have no idea what my story is. Maybe it’s time you find out. . . 
— Kaden 
 
 
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Melody Anne is a NYT best selling author of the popular series: Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, Baby for the Billionaire, Unexpected Hero's, Billionaire Aviators, Becoming Elena and some solo titles. She also has a Young Adult Series and is currently working on her first Thriller title to be released in 2017.

As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then officially published in 2011, finding her true calling, and a love of writing. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in business, she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen and the corporate world.

When not writing, she spends time with family, friends, and her many pets. A country girl at heart, she loves the small town and strong community she lives in and is involved in many community projects.

To date, she has over 7 million book sales and has earned multiple placement on varying best seller lists, including NYT's, USA Today, and WSJ, being an amazon top 100 bestselling author for 3 years in a row, as well as a Kobo and iBooks best-seller. But beyond that, she just loves getting to do what makes her happy - living in a fantasy world 95% of the time.
 
 
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Friday, August 3, 2018

Book Blitz: Emilia Part 2 - Lisa Cardiff

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Title: Emilia: Part 2




Series: Trassato Crime Family #4




Author: Lisa Cardiff




Genre: Romantic Suspense




Release Date: July 24, 2018


















I’m the head of the Masciantonio family. I’m a dangerous, ruthless, unforgiving man, and I know how to fight dirty. 








Fate put Emilia Trassato in my path. I saw a future with her—I saw hope. But she didn’t agree, and I let her walk away. 








Now she’s back, but I’m no longer free to claim her. Yet, the minute our eyes meet I know there’s nothing in this entire goddamn world strong enough to keep me from her. 








She’s the only woman I’ve ever wanted, and I don’t care how many promises I have to break, or how many lives I have to destroy…I’m not letting her go. Not again. 








Because this time…she’s mine.



















































































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After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver.











































































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