30 October 2014

BOOK TOUR [Excerpt + Giveaway]: Her Perfect Game by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Perfect Game (Hot And Nerdy #2)
by Shannyn Schroeder

Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Kensington Books (eKensington)
Date Published: October 27, 2014
Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back. 

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?

25 October 2014

SOUNDTRACK SATURDAY: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

So this is like a really cool meme created by my dear blogger friend, Erin, from The Hardcover Lover, called Soundtrack Saturday! It's a very challenging meme where you create a whole soundtrack or to make it less difficult, a mini-playlist instead, for a book (any of your choice!). All you have to do is choose songs that would fit perfectly well with the beginning of the book, the characters, the plot and the ending!

It's pretty tricky, trying to choose the right songs that would go perfectly well with the book you've read, but it's actually fun, especially to all those music lovers out there! Yep, you can be a quiet as a mouse bookworm, and also listen to lots of music. As for me, my music taste is pretty diverse; I don't have a particular favorite genre because I tend to listen to all of them, and when I like it, I just do. 

So, to kick off my first Soundtrack Saturday meme, I'm going to do a list for one of my favorite books, Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. And yes, I apologize for the dramatic book choice, but it was the first soundtrack list I was able to complete. 

Sooooo, here goes:

24 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Flaw by Ryan Ringbloom

Flaw (Flaw #1)
by Ryan Ringbloom
Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Date Published: January 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition from Book Enthusiast Promotions
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My Rating:

What can be said about Josh Brewster? Nothing good, that's for sure. Just ask anyone. They'll be quick to tell you. Josh is a selfish, sweet-talking manipulator who will charm you in a minute, all the while planning his next move. He uses. He leaves. All Josh desires is things that come easy. Why actually work hard for something when you don't have to? 

When Josh comes to face to face with a girl who’s doesn’t make anything easy, Josh begins questioning the game he's played so long. He’s suddenly eager to learn how to work for something he never imagined wanting. Can a player really change his ways? Better yet, will his past forgive?

Aidan Turner has had a rough life, a life that has only become harsher as he's gotten older. The scars across his face serve as a constant reminder of the haunting nightmares from his past life. Seeing himself as nothing but a monster, Aidan believes no one will ever be able to look past his flaws.

His reasoning is about to change when his very own beauty comes barreling in, sparking emotions he'd thought he'd never feel. Love sizzles between them, but his friendship with another girl complicates everything, especially after the nature of their friendship becomes confused. Will friendship overshadow his true feelings and ruin both couples’ chances at happiness? 

I don't even know where to begin of how I enjoyed this book so much. Flaw is the type of read that makes you feel all uneasy and uncomfortable at the beginning, and then when you reach the middle, you suddenly feel so bad about yourself for thinking horrible about this book; because that's what I did and felt the whole time. I've now learned not to judge a book so soon. Yup.

Ryan Ringbloom does a wonderful job in portraying four characters, all broken and flawed in their own way in this beautiful mess of a book. A spoiled rich boy, a heartbroken possessive girl, a scarred and alone tattoo artist and a little miss perfect princess. The book is divided into two sections, Part I and Part II, whereas, the first is all about the POVs of the boys, Josh and Aidan and the latter for the girls, Becca and Jordyn

The story kicks off with Josh Brewster finally deciding to move out of his parents' abode, just for the sole reason that he can't take girls home for hook ups. He comes off as a spoiled kid and a total mama's boy. As an only child, everything he's ever wanted and needed is provided immediately. He's never had to work for anything, so the moment he decides to move out appears as a startling proposition to his parents. It's a "big move" for him, at twenty one and finally opting to leave the nest. And not only is he a pampered brat, who makes his mom not only do his laundry but also leaves her to carry it in the house from his car trunk, but he's also an jerk towards the opposite sex. Ride 'em and leave 'em, that's the rule

Josh moves in an apartment, with the original sole dweller, Aidan Turner, a total hunk with a nasty scar on his eye which he often hides by wearing sunglasses. To match his facial flaw, Aidan's got an aloof personality and is often repressed and protective, a complete polar opposite to Josh's boisterous and ungentlemanly attitude. He's been through a tough past, and the only friend he's ever made who never rejected him despite his appearance was Becca, his next door neighbor, who always hangs out at his space. With Josh in the picture, and Becca's sudden attraction to the new roommate, Aidan is definitely not enjoying the view. 

Now here is where the complications start. 

Becca is the pure embodiment of self insecurities. She's heart broken from an ex-boyfriend, and believes that she and Aidan are meant to be, because of their broken statures; that they're meant to protect each other. Ever so often, she comes off with a carefree and saucy attitude, which she's been showing Josh to imply how she sincerely dislikes his treatment towards girls, but it all comes down to her attraction towards him, which she feels is absolutely wrong. 

"It was the persuasive sweet talk and actions Josh took to reel a girl in that threw me off. The way he could lead a girl to believe his feelings were genuine, building them up only to crush and humiliate them in the end."

With the progression of the story, it starts to appear as a love triangle between Josh, Aidan and Becca; Josh being attracted to Becca and vice versa, despite how she has implied her distaste towards his playboy persona. She becomes indenial and tries to prove she has feelings for Aidan instead. See how jumbled up these things are getting just because of Becca's indecisiveness? (Maybe we should change her name to Bella instead. Hah!) But wait, there's more.

Adrian reluctantly returns the supposed "mutual" feeling to Becca, despite his sudden attraction to Josh's boss, the little miss perfect Jordyn, who he first laid eyes on at the tattoo parlor when she wanted him to do her tattoo. And next thing he knows, he's dressing up as a prince to help her with charity work. 

Quite a parallel to Josh's rich stature is Jordyn. She's rich, but she's a hardworking individual, which is why she's labelled as Miss Perfect. The girl who can do no wrong, and everyone counts on her. And meeting Aidan was a total twist to her perfect life. Someone so physically and emotionally flawed, contradictory to her perfection. She wants a taste of that, even if just a little bit. 

"I met someone and lately I find myself wanting a flaw in my life. I find myself craving a flaw, drawn to a flaw. I want that flaw."

Perhaps we should replace the word 'flaw' with 'Cheetos'. Yep, that would sound better. 

It gets really confusing, even I'm starting to get confused as I'm writing this review. So to keep track, the whole situation is this: Josh likes Becca; Becca likes Josh, but is indenial so she hops to Aidan who she knows she should be with; but Aidan is attracted to Jordyn. It doesn't exactly appear as a love square because the relationship between Josh and Jordyn is purely platonic. The whole love affair is quite linear, to be exact.

As much as I should hate Josh for his personality, he just seems like any other guy, so I seem to have been desensitized by his nature. But as the story progresses, I believe he is the one with the most character development among the quad. Suffice to say, he deserves a slow clap in the end. 

"The asshole lifestyle I lived -- I'm paying the price. The wedding, this thing with Becca... it's all karma."

I totally wanted to give Josh and the author a major hug for that line. 

But Aidan was my most rooted character from the very beginning. I honestly felt for him. He was a character I adored, and also because I have a bias for emotionally broken heroes. He was just basically boyfriend material. No, wait. Scratch that. Husband material. Yup. 

"I've been through a lot, Jordyn, so when you tell me you like me and ak me if I like you back, I need to you know what you're getting yourself into."

In regard to the girls, I didn't like Becca's character because of her indecisiveness towards Josh and Aidan, and her jealousy and angst towards Jordyn, despite their supposed 'friendship'. She was fun to begin with, reminded me so much of myself, until she starts displaying the need for attention from the two boys. It was exhausting to read about her instant possessiveness and at the same time, she starts going all judgmental about Josh's personality. Just, no. 

On the other hand, Jordyn is love at first sight. I mean, who wouldn't fall in love with her character? She's close to perfect. Until she starts to realize the ugly truth: No one falls for personality first. But she did just that, with Aidan. And like any other love story, somebody messes up in the end.

I started to like the Josh and Becca pairing in the second half, when their chemistry started to build up from the annoying push and pull between them. Meanwhile, in regards to the the Aidan and Jordyn pairing, it was the lust between them that had me rooting for them at the beginning, because they instantly were like a Beauty and the Beast couple in real life. Although, I felt like I was deprived from the progress on their part before the blurt of "I love you's". Everything happened so fast, it was as if I missed a whole chunk of their pre-relationship. Also, with what I have learned about Aidan, he is supposed to be a tough nut to crack and not the type to just expose his feelings and his past in just a snap. That part kind of threw me off.  

But regardless the commentaries I've made above, I somehow felt a sense of closure because of the fact that all these characters found a way to love or change their flaw and develop it into something beautiful. Tons of lessons here, but mainly; flaws are what make you beautiful and perfect. I would like to give my kudos to the author for a truly realistic protrayal of these flawlessly flawed personas. Cheers!

And for those who've read about Tessa and Tucker in Wait, the second book of this author's Fast series, there's a little surprise to come in the end of this book. I chose not to read that extra treat in the end about these two because I haven't read their official story yet. 

22 October 2014

COVER REVEAL: Icy Pretty Love by L.A. Rose

I am beyond excited to share with you all the cover of one of my favorite authors' new book, Icy Pretty Love!

It's a new breath to L.A. Rose's usual sexy covers, because this absolutely depicts dark and dramatic. 

Icy Pretty Love
by L.A. Rose

Release Date: November 15, 2014

Glass-doll beauty. A shy, proper smile. Georgette Montgomery is the perfect billionaire’s fiancĂ©.

Or she would be, if she existed.

A dark past. A smile that hides everything. At nineteen, Rae Grove escapes her disaster life by pretending to be other people—specifically, whoever the man paying her that night wants her to be.

Until she’s offered enough money for a one-way ticket to a better life. All she has to do is fly to Paris and pretend to be the fiancĂ© of young business tycoon Cohen Ashworth for one month. Within an hour of meeting Cohen, Rae knows three things about him:

1. He hates everyone and everything.

2. He has abundant wit and a knife-sharp tongue.

3. He uses 2 to make everyone aware of 1.

Before long, Rae’s determined to crack open his unbreakable shell. Cohen’s determined to stay unbroken. 

But no one escapes unscathed when two opposite worlds collide.

BOOK REVIEW: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

by Jennifer Blackwood
Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Embrace Imprint)
Date Published: October 20, 2014
Format Acquired: ARC from Publisher (eBook)
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My Rating:

Love burns hotter the second time around… 

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels's family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother's death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn't forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is. 

As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.

Payton Daniels has a secret; her mom's dead and her dad's in jail for violating the Medical Code of Ethics for commiting assisted suicide. Unable to handle the whole controversy, she runs away, leaving everything behind. Now a pre-med college student living in anonymity, everything comes  flashing back to her, especially with her dad being the center of lecture debates, and her ex-boyfriend and high school sweetheart, Blake Hiller turns out to be in the same ethics class. Now if she wants to get into medical school, she can't risk Blake spilling her real identity to everyone, but Blake's not over her and never was. What's a girl got to do?

Unethical features a second chance love story between two college students, one with a terrible past experience, and the other willing to make amends for past mistakes. Now, this is one of the few second chance romance reads I've ever come across and I'm starting to take a fancy to the theme. 

Payton Daniels is trying to live a new life, and is prepping herself for medical school, and everything seems to be starting out alright, now that she's left everything behind. Her father is the center of a medical controversy for commiting assisted suicide on his wife, Payton's mother, and she's tried to hide in anonimity. But she can't seem to shake off the fact that despite him being in jail, his name always seems to pop out everywhere, on television, the papers and even the scapegoat of lecture debates in ethics class.

Blake Hiller is not over Payton for leaving him. He's not forgiven her for leaving without a single word, and he's pissed at himself for not being there when she needed him the most. Now that they've crossed paths once more, Blake is convinced he needs to have her back because she's the only girl he's ever loved. 

I feel like this book took too much of my time, because I had high hopes and thought of the plot as promising with family choices and career dreams being in line. I enjoyed the beginning, with the concept of personal and family angst but despite all that, Payton is trying to strive to get into medical school. But as it turned out, the whole plot of Payton's father being in jail for a medical controversy, alongside with the trial and the internship only turned out to be a huge backdrop for the annoying push and pull between these two. One minute they're fighting over the past and her father's issue and next thing you know, they can't get enough of each other. 

I seriously believe this story needs a big touch up, because I really liked the plot line, but I just did not like the way it was written. Now, I've always enjoyed books written in different POVs because of the play on both of the main characters' thoughts, but instead there were a lot of monologues that were unecessary and didn't even go well with the plot. 

Another thing I've also noticed is matters tend to escalate a lot quicker than normal in situations in this story, especially with Payton's roommate/best friend, Jules, and Blake's frat brother, Andrew. Perhaps the only character I actually enjoyed was Jules but that favoritism hit the curb in the near end. 

This book was okay, but not something I'd even want to go back to. But I do believe in second chances, so if this book were to be re-written, I'd definitely give it a shot and read it again. 

19 October 2014

Blogger's Note: Change in Review Rating System

Hello lovelies! 

So, I did a few changes on my Rating System, and I've decided to not include the One Star rating and rather, use it for my DNF reviews on Goodreads. And since writing a review for DNF books is overly complicated, I will not be writing any DNF reviews, but instead, will have the book included in a DNF Showcase post that I may choose to post every week or every month.

If you'd like to see the changes (which is just basically the removal of the one star rating), click on the Rating System link on my blog's menu bar, UP THERE. 

Have a great Sunday!

17 October 2014

TRIPLE BOOK TOUR: Bar V5 Dude Ranch Series by Melissa McClone

Three couples. Three stories, where you can follow one pair from meeting to wedding day!

Mistletoe Magic
by Melissa McClone

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Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin's heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won't be spending this Christmas... alone.

Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn't a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic's waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn't belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he's not careful, he'll wind up on Santa's naughty list.

Kiss Me, Cowboy

by Melissa McClone

She didn’t mean to kiss him… 

When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he's still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart...but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado. 

He didn’t mean to kiss her back… 

Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he's back in the States and doesn't want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he's attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she's looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he's not. 

A kiss is just a kiss…or is it? 

When Zack learns Charlie's thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?

Mistletoe Wedding
by Melissa McClone

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Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever. 

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights. 

After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty's Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.


A few minutes later, Charlie stepped out of the barn. Two copper braids hung down from her hat. The only time he'd seen her wear make-up had been at Nate and Rachel's wedding. Charlie had worn a dress showing off long, toned legs no one expected, east of all him. He'd had to keep his distance that night and keep the other wranglers away from her, too.

She might act like a cowboy, rough and tumble, ready to jump into a fight if called upon, but she was girl-next-door pretty, with blue eyes that sparkled and a generous mouth that
readily curved into a smile. He didn't let himself think of her as a woman often. Treating her like a guy kept him from focusing on her soft lips, sweet scent, and sexy curves.

She rubbed the back of her neck. "Thought you'd be at the bunkhouse by now."

He shrugged. "Was waiting for you."

She inhaled sharply.

Ty was right about them not getting along. She seemed more pissed off today. He jumped off the fence and closed the distance between them. "Got a few minutes?"


The blues of her eyes reminded him of two tempting, deep pools of water. Perfect to jump into when he was hot and sweating. Truth was, drowning in her didn't sound like a bad way to go. The reason that would be a mistake poked at him like hungry mosquitos.

"I want to talk," he said.



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With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!
15 October 2014

BOOK TOUR [Excerpt + Review + Giveaway]: James Games by L.A. Rose

James Games
by L.A. Rose

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Humor
Date Published: September 30, 2014

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Every year, the girls of Phi Delta Chi, Fiona Arlett’s dream sorority, hold a competition.

The prize?

James Reid, king size bar of eye candy and famous actor turned haughty undergrad.

The rules?

No girl but the winner can touch him.

The problem?

Fiona miiight have unknowingly banged his brains out last week.

Losing the competition may mean wearing a chicken suit to the sexiest Halloween costume contest, but she’d rather have feathers up her butt than let the truth out.

Unfortunately, she and James have lots in common and more chemistry than the science wing. Soon they’re sneaking around behind the backs of UCSD’s hottest and most vengeful girls.

If they find out?

Fiona’s screwed.

“Leave,” James repeats. The word sweeps over the boys surrounding me like an icy cold breeze from the asscrack of Antarctica. He’s really got the serial killer vibe going on. Even I have to resist the urge to jump up and run for the hills. I don’t blame my harem for scattering, leaving me sitting exposed and undefended on the counter, at the mercy of James Reid.

I point at him. “You scared away my harem.”

“Those guys were looking at you like you’re a piece of meat.” His tone is thick with disgust.

“Technically I am a piece of meat. Plus bones and stuff. Also, don’t you think that’s a bit hypocritical?”

I expect him to scoff at this, to shrug it off or deny it. Instead he cuts his eyes away from me. “I’m sorry,” he says finally. “I shouldn’t have jump—”

“Jump-started my car for me,” I interrupted loudly, fully aware that Sigrid is straining to listen in on our conversation, even if she is across the room. “You’re right. You should have just let me take it to the shop. Some things should be done by professionals.”

A ghost of a smile traces its way upward from the corners of his lips. It’s the first time I’ve seen him smile, and damn, is it dangerous. I swallow and look away. “Although—even though I know that I shouldn’t have let you near my car, and you’re definitely not coming near it again, you don’t need to apologize. At the time, I really wanted you to jump-start my car.”

My phone buzzes. I glance down. A text from Iris. Think of a better euphemism. You’re not being subtle.

“Did you just say I’m not a professional?” he asks, leaning one-handed on the counter so that his thumb is bare inches away from my thigh. He’s close enough to count the goose pimples that appear on my skin.

“Definitely an amateur,” I smirk.

His hand inches closer. “Why don’t you call me next time your car needs some work done and I’ll show you more of what I’m capable of.”

My Rating:

*ARC courtesy of author in exchange for honest review

Fiona Arlett is a wild animal out of her cage. Concerts, Sorority parties and boys... lots and lots of boys, that's what her college is going to be all about, and she's there, ticking off sexcapades from her list. But when her sorority holds a competition involving James Reid and the rules are to steer clear from him until the end, she's about to be doomed because guess what? She already banged him.

L.A. ROSE HAS DONE IT AGAIN! Another hilarious new adult romance by this awesome writer! I've never been so excited for this novel ever since I read the excerpt of it on Adrian Lessons, and let me tell you, I was pumped to read this because I knew this was going to be a really great read, and guess what? I was right!

If Mean Girls and Wild Child were mashed together to be a romance comedy, with lots of college parties and getting drunk and having sex, yep, I think this book would definitely be it. (And I love those two movies so much, which is why I enjoyed this book a whole lot!)

In this amazing piece of hilariousness, we meet Fiona Arlett, our crazed-in-the-head heroine. The moment she stepped foot into college, she's turned wild and crazy in a single snap. Having been Amish during her whole childhood, college is finally the time she can unwind and be a regular teenager with a cool social life. Yep, all she wanted was to be part of the cool kids. Her childhood is basically an Echosmith song: "I wish that I could be like the cool kids..." Hah! And what could be more cooler than being a member of the most popular sorority in campus, the Phi Delta Chi? That's the dream, alright. 

The Phi Delta Chi holds an annual competition and guess who the prize is? JAMES REID. Imagine her surprise when she realizes he's the guy she banged about a week ago (ABOUT A WEEK AGO, WEEK AGO! #SorryNotSorryToThoseWhoGetTheReference). Trouble is, the rules are no one gets to touch James until he chooses the winner at the very end of the competition. Add in Sigrid, an obsessed mean girl who would make it a life goal to make Fiona's life a living hell if she ever finds out about Fiona and James. 

Life is all about making choices. 

At this particular moment, my choice is between A: jumping naked into a bush from a second-story window and B: getting torn to shreds by a gorgeous girl in prada.

The devil does really wear it.

And why she's even naked and about to get torn to shreds by the devil in prada, well, y'all are going to have to read. 

"Are you down there, Fiona? Everyone's waiting for you."

I stab my thumb upwards. "Do you hear that? That is the sound of my death. If she finds out I slept with you, I'm fucked. And not the good kind."

At this particular moment, my choice is between A: getting hazed to death, and B: getting it on with James Reid, again. 

Then again, sometimes your body makes choices for you.

James Reid is a celebrity. He's an ex-child actor but still lives life under the limelight even on campus, and is the dream boyfriend of every girl (and gay boy) on campus. A victim of a past mistake, he tries to correct his errors by owing Brooklyn, which resulted to the James Games, where all the girls of Phi Delta Chi pine for a single date with him. But when he meets Fiona, he can't get enough of her ever since that wild concert night, even to the point of faking a fire alarm just to get her alone. *wiggle wiggle*

Fiona's determined not to win this competition by going against the rules in order to prove that she doesn't care about James. But when the person you try to avoid so much is always there to your rescue, and keeps on getting in your pants, well, all hell's about to break loose. 

"How's your arm and head?" he asks me. 

"Horny. I mean, hurting. Hurting! Not that much, though. Just a little."

Yep, sure you are, Fiona. Sure you are. 

Now if you've read the first book L.A. Rose has ever released, Adrian Lessons, you'd most likely compare AL's Cleo to JG's Fiona. Well, they're both crazy, with a mouth and brain that's got no filter at all and they're equally funny as hell. She's wild, insane and doesn't back down from a challenge, hence, Sigrid's constant hazing. But she's the kind of character I definitely would want to be friends with because she sure knows how to have a good time. Heck, Fiona is my girl, her and I are just like two peas in a pod. Except for the parties. And the drunken nights. And the hot sex. Yep.

Meanwhile, James, oh my beautiful James. He's the most misunderstood character ever. He's quite distant and aloof, obviously doesn't have many friends. Basically, he's a famous loner. This makes me just want to hug him, because despite his repressed personality, he's charming, protective and absolute sweetheart. He's the kind of character you'd instantly fall in love with, the perfect hero for a romance comedy like this.

I really enjoyed the relationship between James and Fiona, the instant tension that just flares up like things are about to get down... and dirty. And the idea of them fooling around behind everyone's backs is what makes it so good because of the intriguing curiosity of how they would be officially together in the very end. 

And what I'm so glad about this book is that despite having a lot of characters mentioned, they're unforgettable, because each and everyone of them has a particular personality that makes them stand out, even if they only appear once or twice. (Of course, I wouldn't doubt L.A. Rose's writing skills.) In comparison to Adrian Lessons, I'd say L.A. Rose did a better job with the secondary characters in this book. We have the Queen B, Brooklyn, literally the Queen Elizabeth of the sorority, and Sigrid, the redhead Regina George, and her minions, Amber and Ellie, and then Fiona's two best friends, Iris, the punk rock chick and Mags, the quite mouse. 

As much as I want to go into detail about how this book made me laugh and get all giggly and even a couple of parts made my jaw drop, like woah, I really don't want to spoil further. I'm really excited for you all to read this book, it's insanley sweet and explicably funny, which makes me so excited for another L.A. Rose creation. I can't wait!


L.A. Rose recently made it out of college alive and with an English degree. She's a habitual beach bum, a cuteness aficionado, and a not-quite-recovered romance addict. She's a big believer in laughter as medicine and steaminess as...more medicine. You can never have enough medicine. James Games is her second New Adult standalone, and her next release, Icy Pretty Love, will be out 11/15/2014.

08 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso

A Pretty Mess
by Carla Caruso
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Chic Lit
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Format Acquired: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
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My Rating:

Sometimes, to come clean, you've got to get your hands dirty ...

Celeste Pretty, a self-confessed neat freak, has found the job she was born to do: a professional organiser, de-cluttering people's homes and workplaces. Her new business gets off to a cracking start when she lands her first client, health and fitness guru Natalia Samphire, in the well-heeled suburb of Astonvale. But things get messy at Natalia's mansion when Celeste finds a blackmail note and other mysterious items. And then there's Lenny Muscat, the sexy builder renovating the place, whose constant presence is muddling Celeste's usually organised brain.

When things get decidedly suspicious at the mansion, she and Lenny have to team up to investigate. But will Celeste emerge with her heart and professional reputation unscathed?

Celeste Pretty just landed her first client as a professional organizer and it's none other than the oh so famous health and fitness guru, Natalia Sapphire who just moved to the high life suburbs of Astonvale. A lot of pressure though, especially when there's an Adonis builder by the name of Lenny Muscat, working in the same place, who constantly gets her all riled up. But when things start to get weird and out of place, with blackmail letters and mysterious items popping out of nowhere, Celeste teams up with Lenny to investigate, but spending more time with the gorgeous hunk means she's got to steer clear and guard her heart. 

This is the first book I've read of this author, and originally, I'd thought that Carla Caruso would have been English due to her interesting and sophisticated writing style. I assumed wrong, because she's actually from Australia! But nonetheless, that doesn't change my thoughts about the author, and I plan to read more of her works. If you're a fan of Sophie Kinsella's writing, you may find Carla Caruso's work to be quite similar, along with the language and the humor too. But I'd say there's also big differences between the styles of the two authors. 

In A Pretty Mess, we meet Celeste Pretty, a professional organizer -- basically her dream job, because she's a total neat freak -- and she just landed her first client, a big one in fact, in the name of Natalia Sapphire, a health and fitness guru, who just moved in the suburbs of Astonvale. When she starts working on Natalia's home, Celeste and her young preppy assistant, Flip, discovers various mysterious items in her home -- an anonymous blackmail letter, a gun and a drawer filled with lots and lots of sweets. Just who is the fitness guru really?

But of course, a chic lit is definitely not complete without the man candy: Lenny Muscat, builder. Owner of Muscat Building Group working on the renovations of Natalia's mansion. "An Adonis in a dirt-stained grey tee, cargo shorts and steel-capped boots" as described by the author. Total yum.

Upon having found out about the mysterious items and suspicious acts by Natalia, Celeste and Lenny team up to investigate and find out what Natalia is hiding. 

"I run a business called POPink, Professional Organising on Pink."

"An organiser, huh? So when you tell someone you're rearranging your sock drawer, you really are." He squinted at the card again. "Although, shouldn't it be P-double-O-P, not POP? As in, Professional Organising on Pink?"

Now if I had been Celeste, I wouldn't even be pissed if I was told that because let's be real, I'd be drooling and totally mesmerized by this god standing before me. Celeste, to me, comes off as a stressful character, with her work and her father being a total hoarder, Flip, her slutty teenage assistant and Imogen, her ex-boss who's always there to ruin her. 

"The only Lenny I know sings and has the last name, Kravitz," Celeste murmured before she could stop herself.

"It's short for Leonardu, which is Maltese. Some say I'm as sweet and irresistible as a Malteser."

Now, if you're thinking that Lenny is one hot smartass, then I'm glad we're on the same page, because he is as sweet and irresistible as a Malteser. He's definitely one of my favorite male characters and the perfect hero. He's charming, funny and most of all, he's a man who handles his own bucks and business. Now that's the kind of guy us girls should all be looking for, aye? Downfall? He's not interested in a relationship, but we can change that, can't we? Celeste can, for darn sure.

These two are just so insanely cute together because of the constant bounce between their love-hate relationship. Celeste, the organized, prim and proper; Lenny, the spontaneous hottie who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty. Their relationship build up comes off as a slow burn, definitely not the lust at first sight -- well, maybe a just a little bit on the lust. 

I love how the story line isn't the typical cliche romance where the whole story revolves around the lead characters (though I wouldn't mind a story like that too), because this book got me reading continuously due to the thrill factor. This story may be quite short, but it's filled with tons of unexpected funny and kind of scandalous twists and turns. Big kudos to the author for that. Also not to mention the secondary characters, how they are given specific personalities that make things more interesting. A big downfall in a story is when other characters turn out to be too plain and are particularly just backdrops in the story, but in this book, Carla Caruso surely defined each and everyone with a particular personality. And since this seems to be  start of a series, I'm expecting a Betty-Lou (Celeste's best friend) story next.

This read was definitely a great one, no matter how short it was and can easily be read in one sitting. If you're looking for a short, exciting, romantic read, this book is surely for you. 

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Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, grew up amid a boisterous extended Italian family – yet somehow managed to become a bookworm...

Carla always wanted to be a novelist, annoying the kindergarten teachers by dictating long, detailed stories to them. It just took her a while to realise her childhood dream - journalism seemed a more practical course. Her media career has included stints as a newspaper and magazine journalist, government PR and fashion stylist. These days, she works as a freelance journalist and copywriter. She began seriously writing fiction three years ago when she went freelance full-time. 

The romance genre appeals as she is a sucker for rom-coms (especially if Channing Tatum is in the mix) and likes to think her Italian ancestry means she lives with passion. Hobbies include watching trashy TV shows, fashion (her mum named her after Carla Zampatti!), astrology and running.

BOOK BLITZ [Excerpt + Giveaway]: Summer Alone (Part One) by Amy Sparling

Summer Alone
by Amy Sparling

Date Published: October 1, 2014
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From the best selling author of Summer Unplugged, comes a new series set in the same world. Becca's senior year of high school is approaching and she's tired of being the dorky best friend. Determined to reinvent herself with help from Bayleigh, she plans to spend the summer breaking out of her shell. When Bayleigh gets grounded and sent away for three months, Becca's plans come crashing down before they've even started.

Now Becca is alone and can't even talk to Bayleigh on the phone. Not wanting to miss out on the summer before senior year, she takes a job at the local indoor BMX track. The job is fun, her boss is laid back, and the place is packed with hot guys. One of them just might have a crush on her. This may be a summer without her best friend, but it doesn't mean she'll have to spend the summer alone.

*Part One of a Four Part Novella Series

06 October 2014

SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Reap & Redeem by Lisa Medley

Reap & Redeem 
by Lisa Medley

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He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. 

All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

The author, Lisa Medley, would like to share some of her inspiration for this book, in which Paranormal lovers would be interested to read about. Cemeteries! An interesting source of idea but then again, the title does say "Reap" doesn't it?