30 August 2014

Stacking The Shelves #1

I haven't been buying books lately, because I'm currently broke and living off a monthly allowance, so it's time for me to learn to budget my current cash. And as much as I disliked reading e-books before, I actually realized the convenience and the money you can actually save in buying e-books. Well, there's also the library but I prefer to have my own copy of the book (physical or virtual) because that way, I don't need to follow a deadline. (I've suffered way too much cash penalties back in college when I forget to return a book on its due date.)

BOOK REVIEW: The Geek Billionaire Makeover by Theresa Meyers

Title: The Geek Billionaire Makeover
Author: Theresa Meyers
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Indulgence Imprint)
Date Published: August 18, 2014
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Caroline Parker is being blackmailed. Get into Josh Martin's company as an image consultant and take all his works or else her brother goes to jail. It's the perfect payback for Josh giving her a crappy teenage life. Josh Martin is in need of an image consultant and Caroline is the perfect candidate. He's wanted her forever, and now he knows he's going to have her. But he's got no idea she's out to play him.

The Geek Billionaire Makeover was just a confusing book. Everything was just jumbled up and all I could react was: "WAT?" YES. A 'Wat' without the 'h'. And the reason why I had given it three stars instead of a two because I kind of giggled at some parts especially the Star Wars references. But don't get me wrong, I'm not a Star Wars fan.

A geek billionaire hires his childhood best friend's older sister as his image consultant, and things go haywire after that because she's up for revenge. Revenge is such a strong word. I'd have preferred the term payback. 

Josh Martin is in need of an image consultant if he wants his new project industry, Aeon Industries, to be launched successfully. He requires a total makeover, physically and socially, and Caroline Parker is the perfect candidate for the job. He's always wanted her ever since she turned him down way back in high school, and now was the perfect chance to get her closer.

Caroline Parker hates Josh Martin with all her heart. He's the reason why her high school days had been terribly miserable and why her brother isn't the billionaire he deserved to be... or so she thinks. And now, someone's blackmailing her into getting close to Josh for confidential files, or else, her brother would be framed for murder. 

Everything just confused me about this book, especially from the beginning. The progression was just jumbled up and so scattered, I had no clue what the main point was anymore. Although the makeover part was actually kind of cute to begin with.

Caroline was just the easiest person ever. Even if she should have been a professional as an image consultant. Accepting the blackmail at the very beginning was just so low, and in fact, it wasn't even necessary because it didn't do crap for the story and just made it seem so far fetched.

And let's not forget that she wants 'revenge', with her reasons being immature as hell: Not getting to attend her Junior Prom just because she was whisked away to boarding school by her Colonel father. (Okay, so she didn't exactly say that, but her reasons where more into the likes of "taken away from her life and being held in a prison cell like boarding school", which was kinda close, right?)

And Josh, he's just the most love struck character ever. Who in the hell proposes after one night of sleeping together? (Not unless it was just so darn good, then hell, I so would gladly suggest marriage. LOL) But seriously. Who does that?

And let me not forget the part where she finally confesses to him that this was all due to blackmail, because she just said it with total ease, I didn't even feel any aches, except for my head. 

I'm even surprised I got to reach the end of this book. This was just not my cuppa except for the Star Wars references. 

28 August 2014

TBR Thursday! #1

It's Thursday and I decided to do a top 5 TBR for the month of September. I've got almost 600 books on my TBR shelf on Goodreads, and I sometimes don't even know which one to start with. But discipline, discipline.I'm hoping to read these books by the next month. 

27 August 2014

BOOK REVIEWS: Triple Brazen Threat (Dirty Deal, Stealing His Heart & Taming His Tutor)

I've always been in love with Brazen Imprints from Entangled ever since I've laid my hands-- or my eyes, rather, on one. And I just know, Brazens never disappoint. So here's a triple threat of hot Brazen goodness for y'all.


Title: Taming His Tutor
Author: Natalie Anderson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date Published: August 25, 2014
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My Rating:

This is the first Natalie Anderson book I've read, and I just have to say that there were instances I could not relate to her writing style, but Taming His Tutor has it's fun, flirty and sexy side.

Taming His Tutor features Abbi Hayes and Joe Fuller, who used to be acquaintances back in high school, and they get reunited after ten years from being tutor mates to *wiggle wiggle* mates. (LOLZ)

Abbi Hayes, a little nerdy on the side, is learning to get out of her shell and trying to give her self confidence a boost. Not only had she been a shy wallflower back in high school, she'd been accused by her ex-lovers of being terrible in bed. She needs all the help she can get, from her awesome, overly confident friend and a self help audio book... about letting out the inner vixen and learning to pleasure a man's body.

"The ‘Vixen’ is irresistible to men, full of allure, culture, mystery, she’s utterly magnetic. With some practice you can be –"

Joe Fuller, he'd been a jock tutored by Abbi back in high school, and following a successful basketball career, an accident happened pulling him out of the basketball zone, and instead, he's got himself a business that he enjoys. Imagine his surprise when he manages to save doe eyed Abbi from getting run down in the middle of the street, just because she had been distracted listening to a self help sex audio book. 

Things get hot and heavy when Joe offers to "tutor" Abbi in releasing her inner vixen because self help books just won't do. Demonstration is better than simple information. In exchange for the six lessons she'd given him back in high school, he offers her six lessons in attracting men and making them stay.

Abbi and Joe were just adorable, there was lots of chemistry and everything was just sizzling hot between them. I love it. From the characters to the story plot, although the only thing that didn't get me was Ms. Anderson's writing style. There were instances where I'd read a couple of sentences in the steamy parts that just didn't do it well for me, which is why I couldn't give it a four. 

Title: Dirty Deal (Perfectly Matched #2)
Author: Christine Bell
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date Published: August 25, 2014
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My Rating:

Dirty Deal is the second installment of the Perfectly Matched series and also the first book I've read of Christine Bell. Although I've had her on my TBR list for quite some time, I received this as an ARC so I decided to start with this. 

And I definitely was not disappointed at all. If you're looking for a quick fun, flirty and sexy read, Dirty Deal is the perfect book for you.

Serena Elliot co-owns Love Will Find a Way, a matchmaking business with Grace (From Dirty Trick) and they've got their eyes set on Military Doctor Bryan Metcalf to be the face of their rising company. He's ignored them ever since he returned from the tour and bidding on him at a charity auction was the perfect chance to get him as their endorser. 

Bryan Metcalf is simply done with insane, won't-take-a-hint women, especially from his exes. No more relationships, Nada. He's done with being threatened to have his car run off a cliff or being stalked twenty four-seven. But his sister thinks he needs to settle down. Yes, she just doesn't understand the terror of being clung on to. So when he witnesses a bidding battle between a feisty blonde and his insane ex-girlfriend, he's terrified.

A business proposition and hot encounters occur, and now Bryan can't get enough of Serena. Serena gets Bryan as the face of the company, and Bryan gets a fake girlfriend, just to get all his exes to back off, especially Piper the stalker. 

Serena is just the most cutest, hilarious character ever. She's funny and incredibly witty and most of all, is not interested in a relationship. Just the perfect woman for Bryan. He's leaving in two weeks anyway, so I suppose a little fling won't hurt. NOT. But Serena's trying to fight the feelings, telling herself that sleeping with him should be the last thing she should do. 

"You're telling me that you don't think you want to sleep with me again. That doesn't mean we're not going to. It just means that you're fooling yourself." 

The reason why I couldn't give this book a full five stars was because of Bryan. Why? He may be hot and sexy and can definitely make you smile, but when women start getting clingy and being all serious? He's ready to bolt. What the hell man?

But other than that, this book was just plainly awesome. Can't wait to read more of Christine Bell's.

Title: Stealing His Heart (Shillings Agency #2)
Author: Diane Alberts/ Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date Published: August 25, 2014
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My Rating:

I've been waiting for this sequel after I've read the first installment of the Shillings Agency series. And I have to say, I definitely was NOT disappointed at all. Because this book is HOT HOT. (Damn right, double hot. BAM!) 

Jake Forsythe is a Shillings employee, working as private security, and is forced to lure in a thief who was able to infiltrate a safe of one of the company's clients. But the thing is, this thief is in the glorious form of Tara Harris a.k.a childhood friend. a.k.a. ex-partner in crime. and a.k.a. ex-almost lover. All he needs from her is the fix to the code she'd been able to crack when opening the safe and that's that.

"Get the code. Get rid of the girl. Simple"

But Tara Harris, she knows she's no thief. Like a modern day Robin Hood, she steals from the rich and corrupt and returns them to their rightful owners... she'd prefer the term, 'Recovery Specialist'. After being lured in by Jake pretending to be an American CEO in need of a precious painting that had been stolen from him, she needs to tell him the fix to the code or else, she'll be thrown in jail. 

"I don't have a choice, unlike you. You will do exactly what I tell you to do, or go to jail for your crimes. Your choice."

I'm not gonna lie, Jake is absolutely one of the sexiest characters I've ever read, and hot damn, praise to the author for creating such a sexy, dirty mouthed, dominating male character ever. He's just every woman's guilty pleasure. But goddamn, do I want to hate him on the very first half of the book for being such an ass to Tara. Not to mention, he's terribly broody and is all Mr. You-Deserve-Better in almost every part when he starts to open up. 

Tara is just definitely adorable and badass at the same time, giving Jake a hard time in forcing her to share the fix to the code. She's heartbroken for what he'd done before, leaving after he almost took her virginity and ignoring her for the past eight years, but she's determined to get the old Jake back even when he seems to have changed after his stay in the military. 

These two, they just make everything so hot especially with Jake's mini-BDSM fetish, or should I say, controlling issues. He's both dominant in and out of bed, always requiring obedience and "saying please".
This book is just pure sexiness from beginning to end, and not to mention, there's another sexy character coming up: Gordon. I'm excited for his book, yup. 

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USA TODAY bestseller Natalie Anderson writes fun, frisky, feels-good contemporary romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing and independently. With over thirty books published, she's also been a Romantic Times Award nominee & a finalist for the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year). She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband, four children and what feels like a million ducks.

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Christine Bell is a romance author and also writes erotic romance as Chloe Cole. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys. 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 steamy romance stories, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with a rusty spoon. 

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Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat.Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

26 August 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Hey Lovelies! I've gone through a couple of blogs and I kind of thought, why not try out weekly memes. And it's Tuesday too, so the perfect meme would be "Top 10 Tuesday", which is originally hosted by Broke and Bookish weekly because they love lists so much. 

So today's list would be "Top 10 Books I Really Want To Read but Don't Own Yet". Whew, that's a handful. If this would have been a video blog instead, I might have stuttered. (JKLOLZ)

BOOK REVIEW: Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske

Title: Frisky Business
Author: Tawna Fenske
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, Humor
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date Published: May 6, 2014
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My Rating:

WARNING: Reading this book while sipping tea/hot chocolate or anything liquid anywhere is unadvised. 

This book almost made me spit out my hot chocolate while in bed but it surely helped in burning my tongue because this book is funny as hell. And for that, I give Ms. Fenske FOUR AND A HALF STARS for burning my tongue, Yup. 

In this beautiful piece of hilariousness, we meet Marley Cartman, ready to move on from her previous relationship by getting away to Bend to work as a Development Director a wildlife sanctuary. Day one, she ends up adopting a dog and meeting hottie "Just Will" at the center and things get quite heated up. Oh, and she's decided to date blue collar job guys instead because they're less jackasses than the filthy rich ones. And Will definitely fits her checklist: Animal Shelter Volunteer. Check. Torn faded jeans. Check. Duct tape slippers. Check. Definitely the perfect guy. Imagine her shock and disappointment when she finds out he's actually not "Just Will" but the "William Barclay the Fifth" as in the board chairman of her new company. He wants her, but she's sworn of wealthy men and is absolutely determined to find a guy with a modest paycheck. 

I love how spontaneous this book is, and the wittiness and hilarity of the story plot. There's not just hilarious comebacks and jokes to ease the awkward tension, but also mentions about phallic rock statues and lots of stuff about sex. 

But despite the hilarity of the book and as much as I love it, I just couldn't quite give it a complete five stars. Why? One word, Marley.

Marley's desperation to find the right guy in the wrong areas was just frustrating, like girl, he's right in front of you. But no, she's determined to find Mr. Perfect Blue Collar. But you still gotta love her for her funny wit. 

Now, Will, the oh so sweet, adorable, cute "Just Will". He's everything you'd want. Modest, down to earth and hilarious despite being an eccentric billionaire. Heck, he wears faded torn jeans to a company event and wears worn out flip flops. But like any other almost perfect human, he's got issues, especially when it comes to women. Imagine the thought of having your ex-wife go lesbian for your own sister. Yup. She'd decided she liked playing "palm the softballs" instead.

There also tons of hilarious characters in this book, especially the awesome Aunt Nancy. She's the reason why I almost choked on my hot chocolate. I'd rather not spoil who she is and what she does, but she's decided she wants to name her organization the "Nancy Ursula Thomas-Smith Arts Center" aka NUT SAC. Aunt Nancy will definitely make your day once you come across her in this book. 

I'm definitely going to read this book again some time. Highly recommended! A good laugh before bed time will definitely result to smiling in your sleep. (Creepy much lolz)

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Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her gentleman friend in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck. She’s published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves and Believe it or Not, as well as the interactive fiction caper, Getting Dumped, with Coliloquy and the novella Eat, Play, Lust, with Entangled Publishing. Her quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from RT Book Reviews, which nominated Making Waves for Contemporary Romance of the Year, and from the Chicago Tribune, which noted, "Fenske's wildly inventive plot & wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader's summer reading doldrums."
25 August 2014

The Liebster Award!

I've just been blogging for half a month now and I just found out about this thing, but I didn't realize anyone would bother nominating me, but thanks to Clara (Bookworm Clara), I'm flattered. I also just got nominated by Martika (fANGIRL confessions) and Talina (Sassy & Dangerous), so I'll be answering three sets of questions.

24 August 2014

DOUBLE BILLIONAIRE BOOK REVIEW - Meeting His Match by Katee Robert & Played by the Billionaire by Alexia Adams

Happy Sunday Lovelies! Or Saturday, wherever you are in the world. I've been out a couple of days so I haven't updated much, I apologize.

Out of curiosity, I tried checking out romance books about filthy rich leading men, basically "billionaires" falling in love with common girls, or less richer ones (like us.) Just kidding~

Anyhoo, my "To Read" list has gotten longer, with all these author's I'm discovering, new and old. So I've decided to do a double review! Tadaaaaa! These aren't ARC, although Meeting His Match was just released a month ago (You can purchase it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, I'll be sure to put a link below). Meanwhile, Played by The Billionaire has been out for a couple of months already but you can still purchase it online. 

Don't you just love billionaire boys, their playboy stances or their ability to get you anything and anywhere with their unlimited cash or their oh so hot yet heartbreaking trust issues? Ohyes. 

18 August 2014

BOOK REVIEW - Racing the Hunter's Moon (Under The Hood #3) by Sally Clements

Author: Sally Clements
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: August 18, 2014

My Rating:

11 August 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke

Sleeping With The Boss (Anderson Brothers #1)
by Marissa Clarke
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on August 11th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Seducing the enemy has never been so tempting…

For the last five years, bookish Claire Williams has been living for the dying. Now that her stint as caretaker is over, she’s off to see the world. She needs quick cash first, so a temp job at Anderson Auctions seems perfect, especially with the unexpected benefits, including the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes—or hands—on.

Former Marine William Anderson has been burned one time too many. His military training makes him the perfect man to flush out the spy undercutting his family business, but no amount of training can prepare him for the kind of undercover work he’ll have to do when the sexy new temp is implicated. Desire lands them in bed…but duty may cost him his heart. 

***ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for honest review

This is a first time for me to read a book from the Entangled Lovestruck line, and I have to say... Sleeping with the Boss is a total fun read. It's cute, flirty and at the same time, oozing with sexiness and a little bit of suspense. Basically just makes me want to dance around to Taylor Swift (No, seriously. I really do!)

Now what would you do if you experience a couple of mishaps in front of your "boss" and it's not even eight yet? Claire Maddox is the perfect example. She's a sweetheart, adorable but awkward at first meetings because of her "Claire-isms", a term her best friend labelled for her epic awkward situations - like tearing up her skirt in front of her boss while reaching down to collect her scattered stuff in an elevator. I would seriously not even want to live anymore after a stunt like that. 

Now, Will Anderson, he's back to fix the company's security after being called in by the older brother about a spy in the office. And all evidence points to Claire. And as much as he wants Claire, he needs to find out if she's the spy or not. 

These two characters are just so adorable, I can't help but squeal. Claire is basically every girl in history: awkward and shy and somehow a lucky one to be noticed by the oh so sexy Will Anderson. On the other hand, Will is every girl's dream. The total package: looks, fortune and an absolute sweetheart. I'd totally kill to be taken to dinner on a cruise ship and a few days out on the Bahamas. Also, his conviction that Claire is not the spy, despite what his brothers tell him is astounding. 

But despite how cute this story is, I really do think everything was just so fast paced. The "falling in love" happened a little too quickly, especially from Claire. But then again, who wouldn't fall in love with this hunk after being brought to a private beach in the Bahamas for 24/7 sex? 

Also, I'd definitely would have been able to play a shot game every time Will said "I hadn't noticed". I would have gotten drunk. 

If you're looking for some giggles mixed with sexy times and the right amount of suspense, this contemporary romance novel is for you. And the fact that it's a first of a series too. I'm excited for the other Anderson Brothers. 

BOOK REVIEW: No Rules by Starr Ambrose

No Rules (The Omega Group #1)
by Starr Ambrose
Published by Entangled: Edge on August 4th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Jess Maulier's estranged father was more than the quiet professor of linguistics he appeared to be – she is shocked to discover he was also an operative for a covert group that rescues hostages. Before he died he left Jess a vital clue to a rescue. Unfortunately, it's in the form of a children's story, and she has no idea what it means. Though she resents the close professional and personal relationship the handsome and dangerous Tyler Donovan had with her absentee father, she turns to him for help.

But Tyler doesn't know how to interpret the story, either. An attempt to decipher it takes them to Egypt, where danger ignites sparks between them. Tyler can't get involved, though—Professor Shikovski advised him never to risk emotional attachments—and Jess tempts him more than could ever be safe. No matter how enticing she is, he has to maintain his distance to preserve his focus. But only mutual trust can save them from encroaching danger.

***ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for honest review

No Rules is an action packed romance novel that got me thrilled to the bone. 

It centers on Jess Maulier, the daughter of a recently murdered professor - or so she thinks he is. Her father is actually the founder of Omega group that rescues hostages. She's suddenly pulled into his world of action by Tyler Donovan, a member of the Omega Group along with the rest of the team members who strongly believe she has the clues to a current rescue mission and also to keep her safe. 

Jess is the type of girl that's a real sweetheart. In fact, she's an award winning author of children's books. But like every person, she's also a damaged individual. She's a paranoid freak, terrified, and had been depressed about her father's betrayal to the her when she was a young teen. Thus, her anger towards her father was something she carried even up to the day he was buried. But when her life was suddenly threatened, it was up to Tyler Donovan to step up and keep her safe. 

Contradictory to Jess's good girl personality, Tyler's dangerous, hard-edged and has a very domineering aura. He's the type of guy every girls mom asks their daughters to stay away from. Add up the fact that he's a field agent and definitely lives a life filled with violence and adrenaline. 

The plot is highly entertaining and very thrilling. Not only is it action packed, but it also oozes with mysteries. It's also highlighted the culture in Egypt, and being in a religiously Islamic country. Since I've never been to the country, I was intrigued by the way the country was defined, there were parts where I was in awe, and there were also parts when I felt a slight sense of terror, especially at the mention of tombs and pyramids. This book is just a big mystery waiting to be solved. But I was fascinated by how much research the author has made in order to make a story that has its right amount of history, culture and romance. It's like a very intense Scooby Doo episode! (God, I loved that show)

Although the book may seem quite discriminating, especially in highlighting the violence and terrorism happening in Middle Eastern countries, it is justified as the story progresses. 

Another thing to like about this story is the progression in the characters most especially Jess. 

At the beginning, Jess was a paranoid freak, terrified of trying new things and didn't trust easily. But she definitely has a thing for bad boys. Teehee. As the story progresses, she becomes very open to things, even at times her fear overrules, but she tries to overcome things for the sake of the safety of the hostages. And not only that, she had actually been a history freak in the first place, which had only been repressed because of her mother's doing. For me, Jess's character is definitely a female hero. She may not be physically able, unlike the badass female heroes that can do a triple somersault and fire a gun on bullseye without looking, but she was able to progress mentally and emotionally and that, for me, is very important. 

Now, here comes the bad news. I may have almost jumped out of my seat when reading this book, but when I got to the ending, I was slightly disappointed. What happened after all the action? I had so many questions that weren't even answered at the end of the book. Why was her father killed? What was the exact motive behind her father's death and the kidnapping? Why did the kidnapper do it? 

I can't explain the disappointment I felt when I read through the ending. Sure, they did get together in the end, but I wanted to know more about the action that occurred. 

I can't wait to read the next book to the Omega Group series, I'm crossing my fingers for Avery's book. 

09 August 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Permanent Ink by Laura Simcox

Permanent Ink (Something to Celebrate #2)
by Laura Simcox
Published by Entangled: Edge on August 4th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Blair Whitaker has one goal: get the hell out of Celebration, NY. Her ticket out is helping the town take the grand prize in a parade contest, which will ensure she lands her dream job. It's a win-win.

Standing in the way is Ben Lambert, a sexy, local tattoo artist whose smile makes her weak. To win the contest, she'll have to sideline his plans for the tattoo festival the town council allowed on the same weekend. But trying to thwart Ben is more than she bargained for, and before she knows it, she's starting to see Celebration–and Ben–as something more than a temporary distraction.

But Blair's in too deep to change directions now. Celebration is behind the parade contest, the mayor revokes the tattoo festival permit, and Blair is on the cusp of getting everything she'd planned. But coming clean will turn Ben against her for good, and going forward means losing what she really wants and hurting the town she's grown to love.

***ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for honest review

I thought that this was going to be one of those stories with violence and dark secrets and whatnot, but instead we got a sweet love story between a tattooed guy and a slightly obsessive compulsive girl. This book is definitely one of those that made me scream in anguish when I finished because this was just so cute and so awesome that I didn't want it to be over. I love everything about this book. 

This is the second installment to the "Something to Celebrate" series (I haven't read the first book yet, but I'm excited to) and it features Blair Whitaker, who travels to Celebration, a small town in New York to live with her aunt and cousin. Terribly, she's in need of a job, and she manages to land the event planner job at the town council. She joins the town in a parade contest with a prize of fifty grand and an internship for the event planner at one of the biggest event planning agencies in New York - her key to success. But she's to work side by side with Ben Lambert, a tattoo artist and he's also preparing to host his big tattoo festival, InkFest, which would interfere with Blair's plans to getting that prize internship. 

Blair Whitaker is  the typical working girl who dreams of success. She's an obsessive compulsive, very organized and actually follows a "to-do" list. She's not exactly a striking lead character, but her quirks and antics are funny and a perfect contradiction to Ben's "bad boy" image. And to top that, she's a redhead. (I just love redheads so much) 

But Ben is not exactly a bad boy. He may be covered in tattoos but he's no delinquent. His passion towards the art of tattoo inking is very overwhelming. And not only is he a dedicated artist, he's also a sweet lover. He's definitely one of those guys who are always misjudged and misunderstood despite their big fat heart. I'd love a guy like Ben someday. (Hell, I'd love almost all the lead guys in every romance book I've read. Hah!)

What I like about this story that it's not just centered on Blair and Ben's love affair, but there are also other characters provided in the story that are unique and fun in their own way. Especially the hilarious love triangle between the senior citizens Lola Whitaker, Colleen Callahan and Bill Benson. There is interaction among almost all the minor characters and they do serve a purpose, unlike some novels where almost all the characters get so jumbled up, they end up being unnecessary additions to the plot. 

But other than the story being quite fast paced and a really quick happy ever after, I don't have any other complaints. 

Don't miss the first "Something to Celebrate" novel:

Ivy Entwined
(Something to Celebrate #1)
07 August 2014

ARC BOOK REVIEW - Her Special Forces by Sophia Roslyn

Her Special Forces
by Sophia Roslyn
Published by Entangled: Ignite on August 4th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Retired Marine Viper helo pilot and ground cover expert, Kacey O’Donnell is called out of retirement for a special assignment: to assist in extracting the kidnapped daughter of a U.S. Senator, after an FBI team is betrayed and taken out.

Former SEAL hero Nathan Weatherly looks forward to his new job as Deputy Sheriff in the small, quiet Normal Rockwell town where Kacey grew up. The former lovers have a history she has no desire to revisit, and a dark secret she refuses to share.

With a young girl’s life at stake, Kacey helps pull Nathan’s team together for one last assignment. But, she finds it next to impossible to work with Nathan again—especially when she knows he wants so much more, and she has so much to hide.

***ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for honest review

This is the first Sophia Roslyn book I've read, also the first Ignite book I've come across from Entangled. I'm not much of a fan of military romance, but I'm a big fan of badass couples, so the synopsis intrigued me a little bit, since the characters are a marine and a seal.

But then, upon reading the first few pages, I just thought-- Man, this book is dragging. It was just blah. Kacey O'Donnell, a 'retired' Marine Viper helo pilot finds herself face to face with her former lover, Nathan Weatherly who is a former SEAL - He's in her town as the new deputy sheriff and he's determined to get her back. But she won't let him, or so she says...

As I had expected badass couples, I did not enjoy the characters much. Kacey, no matter how badass she is and as much as I love redheads, she isn't exactly a lovable character. She's hardheaded, stubborn and a total pain in the ass. Her character gets somewhat annoying within the push and pull game she plays with Nathan. She hates him, she hates him not. Make up your mind girl? 

Meanwhile, Nathan Weatherly...He's every girl's dream, the guy who will take care of you, watch over you and fend for you. He knows he's ready for a life with Kacey and he's ready to help her no matter what, despite his former lifestyle, being all hard edged and protective. His conviction that Kacey really is the love of his life is definitely what made me like him.

But Kacey's an independent bitch, despite her personal problems including her PTSD, and she thinks she doesn't need a sweetheart like Nathan in her life. 

But the whole plot, it seemed that everything just revolved around them. A senator's eleven year old daughter was kidnapped, a ten million dollar ransom, an FBI team wiped out and now it's up to Kacey, Nathan and his former troops to rescue her. It's action packed and quite thrilling, but everything still revolved around Kacey and Nathan's relationship angst. 

What bothered me was the child, Gemma. She's eleven, or rather "turning twelve". And she can drive because she's "too tall for her age". In fact, her character is nothing close to realistic. I don't have against kids who can drive, but the fact that she did not feel any terror or fright upon being kidnapped was not normal at all. Sure, she hates her dad, and as if she doesn't give a care about the slightest mention of her dad, but a normal kid would definitely look for and need home. 

However, despite her character's unrealistic manner, she sure intrigued me, and I'm hoping to read an upcoming series about her all grown up.

Another thing that bothered me about the book was the language used to write it. At one point, I thought I was reading a medieval/historic romance novel. Then there's the mention of WiFi and TV cable, then I suddenly remember that I'm supposed to be reading a book set on the 21st century. 
This book was just not my cup of tea. 

03 August 2014

BOOK REVIEW - The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1) by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1)
by Jaci Burton
Published by Penguin Berkley Heat on February 1st, 2011
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Sports
Format: eBook

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

I came across the Play by Play series on the recommendation list Goodreads provided for me, after reading a couple of contemporary romance novels. The Perfect Play is not the first sports romance novel I’ve read, although it is the first Jaci Burton novel I’ve read, and I’ve got to say… WOW. Jaci sure knows how to catch a reader’s eye through her covers. I mean, would you look at that beautiful piece – all toned and rock hard. Kudos to the author and the publisher for a cover that gives tons of panty dropping promises. (My mouth's so dry just by looking at this.)

The Perfect Play is the beginning of the Riley family era, starring Mick Riley, an absolute hottie of pure deliciousness. He’s notorious – a total superstar – and he’s known to be the kind of guy that shows up in front of the cameras with different babes each time. But upon getting it on with Tara Lincoln, an event organizer and a single mother, he wants more than just a one night stand… but she’s not up for it, or so her mind thinks.

Mick Riley plays for the San Francisco Sabers and he’s a superstar. He’s got everything – the looks, the fame, the fortune… the women. The media thinks he’s one of the most notorious superstars out there – a total player – but that’s all due to the wondrous works of his sports agent, Liz. It’s her job to get him in the spotlight and have all these sponsors lining up to get his face on an endorsement or a giant billboard. But contrary to the media belief, Mick is not who the people thinks he is.

Tara Lincoln is an event organizer, and a mother to a teenage son due to a youthful mistake. But Nathan was never regarded as a mistake. She’s a simple sweetheart who loves her son to the core, even though he’s now turning into a hard headed angst-y teenager. With tons of events lining up, and with Nathan not even wanting to spend family time, she’s a wreck. But when she meets Mick at a sports event she had organized, she ends up spending a night of overflowing erotic sex with the superstar. To her, one night was all she needed after a long dry spell. But Mick can’t get enough of her, and he’s willing to see more of her, and get to know her family.

What I love about The Perfect Play is the extreme sexual tension oozing from the pages of this novel. You can actually feel fireworks shooting out from every page. Hah! But Burton’s not exactly a dirty talker, unlike Tessa Bailey (Shameless plug: She writes hot romance novels with tons of dirty talk that will make you squirm). Burton’s more of a romantic, smooth talker with the right amount of sexy lines to match. The sex scenes are to die for. They’re detailed and elaborate; Burton definitely does not leave anything behind.

Unlike most romance novels that only work because of the whole erotica package, Burton makes sure that there’s the right amount of emotion to captivate the readers. It’s great that the story does not wholly revolved around just Mick and Tara, and their sex life, but also with the involvement of other characters as well, from Tara’s son, Nathan, to Mick’s mother, Kathleen. Tara’s relationship with her son was a realistic touch to how most single mothers are with their kids. Her insecurities on how she juggles a job and a 14 year old kid, while she decides to have some HOT FUN with a celebrity quarterback. But like any other mother, she would surely put her child first.

The only complaint I have would be the way it ended. Sure, it wasn’t a cliffhanger, but the ending happened a little too fast, with the mention of marriage and starting a family together. As if Mick was really obligated to marry the hell out of Tara after a publicity stunt that Liz pulled that almost ruined Mick and Tara’s relationship. I felt like it was too soon, a wee bit shallow closure if you ask me. But regardless, I love The Perfect Play, from the cover to the story line, to the characters and to the sexy times.