BOOK REVIEW: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There
by Heather Demetrios (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on February 3rd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (397 pages)
Source: Purchased
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If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.


Some books are subtly stated as tear jerkers, like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Then, there are also books that hit you right in the gut, unexpectedly, and next thing you know, you're teary eyed and sniffling, as if having chopped a whole bucket of onions... and Heather Demetrios is the source of that bucket of onions which you've stupidly decided to put your hands on.

I'll Meet You There isn't an original read if it fell in the sub-genre of Adult romance; there are a lot of romances that have featured ex-military men. However, this is a first for me to have read a Young Adult featuring a romance between aspiring artist and an ex-marine -- which makes the story much more delicate and heart wrenching.

This book may appear really boring at first, but trust me; I'll Meet You There is so much more than what it seems to be. Heather Demetrios stole the show with this book. It may sound like any cliche YA novel, but despite how cliche it may appear, [Demetrios] created characters with immense depth that makes them appear so real and absolutely relatable, especially that the book is also written in first person, with interchanging POVs between the main characters, Skylar and Josh.

Just like most contemporary YA heroines, Skylar seems like just another underdog. She is one of the most incredibly realistic characters whom I have ever come across; young, wide eyed and fragile. I can say that [Skylar's] personality and mine are quite similar. We both share the same passion for art, and we're both introverted. Well, kind of. But don't let those characteristics fool you -- She may be quiet, shy, and reserved, but this young lady dreams big, like most youngsters who aim for better lives.

Another thing I love about Skylar's character is her patience and determination. I adored the way she stood up for herself and for her mother, during times of need. There were times I was so infuriated by her mother, because of her selfishness, but I admire Skylar for being the rock of the family. Although, there were moments where she could not stand the stress anymore and ended up breaking down, which was a perfect take by Demetrios because it goes to show how our realistic our heroine is, despite being a character in a fiction novel.

On the other hand, Josh was close to being considered as one of the cliche brooding YA heroes, matched with a broken past, and would often act like a jerk just for show, but he stood out among the bunch. [Josh], at the young age of nineteen, had experienced way more than a regular teenager would. Not to compare his character to abused kids and teenagers because that's pretty much a whole different level, but I believe [Josh] was too young to have undergone so much trauma, despite the fact that nineteen is already considered an adult in legal matters.

I loved Demetrios' take on Josh's POV, and how everything appears to be so natural and free flowing, similar to a raging mind. Reading about him was just so depressing and painful, especially during the times where he would experience panic attacks due to his PTSD.

In all honesty, I never expected this book to make me experience so much emotion, regarding how simple this novel may seem. However, this book was like a trigger novel for me and got me shedding a lot of tears -- that can obviously fill buckets -- both for Skylar and Josh. There were a lot of parts that broke my heart and I considered very relatable. I highly doubt that readers will be able to take this book lightly once they begin reading.

I'll Meet You There is a new addition to my favorites and is definitely a highly recommended read. Absolutely well written and beautiful, despite how simple the whole plot appears to be. Pick this up, and you'll never regret it!

BOOK REVIEW: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1)
by Colleen Hoover (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Atria Books on March 18th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (385 pages)
Source: Purchased
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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.


Colleen Hoover is, once again, successful in making me want to jump off a building because everything hurts my heart shatter to pieces. There are a lot of heart shattering moments in this read. Maybe it should have been titled Shatter instead of Maybe Someday... but then again, there's a reason why this book is titled that way.

This isn't your typical "boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love" love story. No, it doesn't exactly sport scenarios of tragedy as opposed to Ugly Love but there's a subtle hint of equivalence in both stories. Maybe Someday is a passionate, compelling romance that will leave you emotionally drained in the end.

Sydney is forced to move out after she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her roommate/best friend, and ends up lounging next door with a boy she barely even knows. All she knows about him is his name, and that he's an absolutely talented guitarist. Her amazing knack for writing lyrics becomes the key to Ridge's mental block, as he's been trying to write originals on paper. Hence, the duo, together, begin to spend their time making beautiful music.

"Truths are written, never said... Lines are drawn, but then they fade."

Prior to their first up close and personal meeting, Sydney and Ridge have formed an innocent attraction for one another from afar. No doubt about that. But when their friendship combined with the undeniable chemistry develops into something more, they get thrust in a confusing yet tempting game neither shouldn't even dare to play.

"Our souls aren't just compatible -- they're perfectly attuned."

To quote Tika of Fangirl Confessions, "Colleen Hoover just gets relationships. [She] gets people", is basically an accurate description of how incredible I believe this author is, despite only having read one book of hers besides this one. The first person narrative style of Maybe Someday with inter-changing point of views between Sydney and Ridge were in perfect sync; [Colleen Hoover] captures raw emotions through her characters that are just so realistic with such depth that will leave you with feelings of heartache and regret. If Ugly Love left you feeling broken and scarred, this would pretty much do the same thing.

COLOR ME SURPRISED


Love triangles are often a deal breaker for me, but despite how this book features one, I loved it. It was nothing close to the cliche "I don't know who to choose" dilemma and was definitely a whole different level. I didn't feel the annoyance that usually took over me whenever I read such stories but, by god, this book had my feelings all over the place. I loved the intensity between the characters, the painful confusion that slowly ruins all them one by one. I know this sounds like a very dramatic read... because it is, although there are moments of fun and amusing moments during the friendships formed between the characters.

Another thing that hooked me was the music; the songs and the lyrics. Throughout the book, Sydney and Ridge spend their time composing songs, hence, lyrics are written. What surprised me about this book was that Colleen Hoover actually collaborated with a real musician -- Griffin Peterson, to be exact -- to bring all these beautiful songs to life! The soundtrack can be heard on her website at the bonus features section.

What somehow bothered me was the fact that this book didn't have an epilogue, thus I thought it lacked closure on my behalf. However, I did find out that Colleen Hoover had a few tricks up her sleeve. If you check out her website, she included a short epilogue -- also as part of the bonus features -- which was pretty much a breath of fresh air from all the drama.

Maybe Someday is a book that will definitely play with your emotions. It's fast paced and a slow burn at the same time with a fantastic plot twist that appears early on in the story. There is no doubt that you will fall in love with at least every single one of the characters, especially Sydney and Ridge... I know I did. Pick this book up and let Colleen Hoover work her magic on you.

Entice by Veronica Larsen [Waiting On Wednesday #1]


*Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine in which we share our most highly anticipated upcoming reads (that we pretty much need to get our hands on, like drugs)

Entice (Hearts of Stone #2)
by Veronica Larsen
Release Date: June 2015
Genre(s): Adult Contemporary Romance
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Let’s start this off with a bang, shall we?
My job. My apartment. The pretty life I’ve built for myself.
Poof, all gone.
This must be the day everyone realizes I’m faking the whole ‘being an adult’ thing.
I’m back in the town I left behind and, of course, inescapably drawn to someone from my past.
He was the boy I never noticed. And now? He’s the man every part of me burns for.
This thing between us doesn’t stand a chance until I pull my life back on track.
But even when the loose ends start to tighten, the whole of it threatens to unravel like someone's tugging at the threads.
What if there's no such thing as a mistake?
What if it’s all just sabotage?

Entice can be read as a standalone, but it contains major spoilers to Entangle.


Loving Books Are RED [Stacking The Shelves #5]


*Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga's Reviews, where you share books you've recently added to your TBR (physical or digital)

Hey there, Mischievous Readers! So a weeks days ago I went to a book sale near my former college, and I thought I was gonna get a couple of great books from there. But sucks for me, because last day sales usually don't have great books anymore... otherwise, you're real lucky to come across popular titles or books that you actually want to purchase and read. 

But of course, that still didn't stop me from buying books. Although, the book prices were not discounted.... You guys, I can hear my wallet crying now. 

BOOK REVIEW: One Real Man by Coleen Kwan

One Real Man (Real Men #3)
by Coleen Kwan (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Entangled: Bliss on February 9th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC (257 Pages)
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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Amidst an ugly divorce and an even uglier scandal, Paige Kerrigan has returned to her parents' estate to hide out until things blow over. While she's enjoying a late-night naked swim, however, she's shocked to find Owen Bellamy— her family's former cute pool boy—standing poolside. Now he's all hot, grown up, and renting the Kerrigan property…and he's definitely not forgiven Paige for how she used to treat him.

Once, the beautiful but spoiled Paige Kerrigan was everything Owen wanted. Now she's broke and Owen finally has his revenge...by offering her a place to stay as his housekeeper. Yet Paige isn't the person he remembers. Instead, she's far more than he imagined, and far more irresistible than is safe. But the last thing Owen can afford is to give his heart to the same woman who once broke it.


This is my first Coleen Kwan novel, and despite reading the third book from the series without having read the previous ones, this didn't confuse me at all. There was enough back story included in this book that it can be read as standalone. 

The concept to this book was just so different from what I've always read. It's usually, rich guy meets poor sweet girl, and she turns into a Cinderella -- from rags to riches. How about a turn around? When Cinderella was the favorite daughter before her father remarried? Stuck up, spoiled princess turned broken maid. 

Owen Bellamy, former pool boy of the Kerrigan household, has never let go of the angst and hatred for the Kerrigans and their fellow fancy elite "friends". And now, after all those years, he's become the temporary owner of the said mansion and the pool he used to clean. Everything seemed fine and dandy, until his childhood dilemma appeared right when he least expected it. 

Paige Kerrigan returns home after being broken by a nasty scandal that ruined her marriage, her career and almost everything in her life. But the downside is, it's not her home anymore, and the pool boy her family and friends had somewhat "mistreated" during her childhood days, is now the owner of her house. To make things worse in her case, Owen offers her a housekeeping job and a residence at the employee's quarters at the back of the mansion. Let's just say the cottage isn't mean for a classy girl like Paige. 

Owen wants to get back at Paige for all the things she and her family had done when he was young, and now, he's got her wrapped around his finger. My, how the tables have turned. 

Everything about this book was just complicated and angsty. My feelings for this book were just all over the place. One minute I love it, the next I'm frustrated. Kwan creates characters that are absolutely realistic and very delicate. None of their actions ever felt forced; the drama perfect and heart clenching. But amidst all the drama, a sweet romance between two enemies turned lovers bloomed althroughout the book. 

One Real Man is a book that will make you want to clutch your heart, and feel loved at the same time. If you're looking for a sweet romance read, with a little mix of "I can't be with you, because we're both so different" drama, then this is definitely right up your alley.

Meme Shmemes [Feature & Follow Friday #3]


*Feature And Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to discover blogs, gain readers and followers and make new friends!

Hey Mischievous Readers!

Happy Friday the 13th! Any of you here are big believers of superstitions and freak out whenever this time of the year pops up? I'm not though, but my mom is... kinda. Well, she had terrible experiences way back in the 80s when she was still in college, so when my brother and I were younger, she wouldn't let us stay out late with friends after school and prefer we stay home instead, which sucks, because Friday hang outs with friends are always the best time of the week. I'm not sure if she still does that to my brother, since he's still in school and lives with my folks while I'm already away. Heh.


BOOK REVIEW: Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton

Quarterback Draw (Play by Play #9)
by Jaci Burton (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Berkley on February 5th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Format: eBook (336 pages)
Source: Purchased
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Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.

Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.

Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance.


I've been so in love with Jaci Burton's Play by Play series -- with all her smokin' hot eye candy covers and almost too literal 'Greek gods of sports' -- I've now dubbed her as "Queen of Sports Contemporary Romances". I binge read the whole series from book one to book eight and honestly fell in love with every single one of these jaw dropping sport gods and their respective love affairs, and with Quarterback Draw, this book just made me fall in love with it more. 

Although this book isn't as smoking hot as the cover implies, Quartback Draw made me SWOON. The romance wasn't chart topping hot, but it was giggly sweet and I instantly fell in love with the characters just like how I did in the previous books. Quite similar to the first book -- The Perfect Play which features single mom Tara Lincoln and Quarterback Mick Riley -- Quarterback Draw features single mom Katrina Kolsova and Quarterback Grant Cassidy. 

During a promotional photoshoot, Grant is paired with supermodel Katrina. He's dated his fair share of models, but Katrina doesn't seem to be anything like them, especially after she'd rejected his dinner invite. She wasn't being flirty either, but he's sure of the undeniable chemistry going on between them. 

Katrina isn't your typical arm candy supermodel no matter how glamorous her life may seem and she isn't one to be caught up in celebrity drama when she's already got her hands full of her own life drama. As the legal guardian to her younger siblings ever since she was eighteen years old, they must come first, before her. She's excellent at her job, all for the sake of giving her siblings the good life they deserve. She's an outstanding heroine, and absolutely contradicts the stereotypical image of a model. Instead, she's strong, down to earth, fiesty, smart and one heck of a bookworm. 

Meanwhile, Grant was another addition to the Play by Play perfect men. He didn't appear to be notorious or egoistical, nor was he standoffish or aloof. A gentleman, a total sweetheart and didn't at all come off as a dominating alpha male. He was the good boy who played sports that you could take home to meet the parents... and they'd surely love him. Not only that, he's also a family man and a natural with kids. Now, where do I sign up for my own Grant Cassidy? Hah!

What I love about the Play by Play series is how the stories don't just revolve around the main characters and their total attraction for each other, but rather, the books feature the essence of family, and not only have I been smitten by the main characters, but also the rest of the family members as well. They were a refreshing addition to the story, especially Katrina's younger siblings, Leo and Anya, and Grant's siblings who played sports as well (and it seems they're off to have their own book as well, with Tucker to be featured in the next book, All Wound Up).

This isn't my favorite of the series, but I can't deny that I enjoyed this read very much. I've read a lot of reviews of this book that implied that it was a boring read, but I beg to differ. Quartback Draw is a sexy read that will surely make you swoon, so if you're looking for such reads, this one is definitely right up your alley. 

BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh + Excerpt & Giveaway!


Happy Release Day to ROCK HARD, the second book of Nalini Singh's sexy contemporary romance series, Rock Kiss!


In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.


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MY REVIEW


Rock Hard is, by far, my favorite of the Rock Kiss series, and ever since reading Rock Addiction which included brief cues to Charlie and Gabriel's potential love affair, I've been so excited to read their story. 

Nalini Singh had a better take on Rock Hard, in comparison to how average I considered Rock Addiction to be for a series starter, but this book [Rock Hard] took it to the next level. Rock Hard is everything I look for in a romance; beautifully sweet and sexy, perfectly balanced with the right amount of tension and drama.

Charlotte "Charlie" Braid's new boss is the terror... or so everyone thinks. Labelled as the "T-Rex" or the "Beast" in their workspace, Charlie can't help but feel terrified by Gabriel Bishop's intimidating stature and the fact that he'd fired a whole lot of incompetent staff in his first two weeks in position, but when Charlie gets promoted to PA to the terror boss, it turns out she's the only one who can handle the T-Rex in and out of work.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Bishop isn't one to complain, especially when the woman who had intrigued him ever since he'd stepped up as CEO is now his PA who's beginning to learn how to snap back at him whenever he gets too demanding, despite her shyness and constant jumpiness during their first few meetings. He's determined to get brand her his, whatever it takes.

In comparison to the typical boss-employee cliche romances, this book did not feature the idea of a scandalous relationship, although, it was something I had been expecting, but good on Nalini Singh for providing a different twist in Charlie and Gabriel's relationship.

This book made me feel a lot of emotions, especially when reading about Charlie. Despite how she is introduced as a skittish and jumpy character with a terrible past, she's actually a fiesty one and very much strong willed. Reading about her was overwhelming, especially after finding out about her past. She's also a very relatable character; sweet, empathic, despite how broken she is.

Gabriel, on the other hand, is the perfect Nalini Singh hero I have ever come across. Although he does appear to be quite demanding and very possessive, he is the perfect alpha male; over-protective, a family man, with a perfect sense of humor. Not only that, he is also very patient with Charlie and her fears, as he constantly tries to walk on eggshells when around her.

Everything about this book is just perfect and I can't deny how much I adore this book, which has now earned a spot on my favorites shelf. It's all sorts of sweet and beautiful, and also fun to read, especially with the banter between Charlie and Gabriel. A simple praise for this book would be an understatement because this book was absolutely all types of amazing. And don't you worry, because this book can also be read as a standalone.

If you're looking for a contemporary read that will knock you off your feet and make you swoon and fall in love, this fantastic novel is what you should pick up and never miss out on.


***ARC courtesy of author via TRSOR Promotions in exchange for honest review. Thank you. 

EXCERPT


Charlotte arrived at work at seven thirty the next morning to find Gabriel Bishop’s office door open, but no carnivorous predator inside. A fresh suit was hanging on the back of his door, however, which meant he’d been in already.

Deciding to catch up on e-mails that had come in overnight from international suppliers as well as stores involved in a stock take, she was typing a reply when a sweaty Gabriel arrived fifteen minutes later. He was dressed in black running shorts and a faded University of Auckland T-shirt that was currently sticking to his body.

She’d known he was in shape, but now she realized none of it was an illusion created by his well-cut suits. Okay, she’d already known that, but seeing his muscled body in the flesh was a whole different ball game. He was built like a tank, hard and powerful.

Each of his thighs was thicker than both of hers put together, his biceps toned, his shoulders appearing even wider than usual. Everything about him was big. Civilized clothing didn’t make him look better, she realized—it toned down his intense masculinity. Out of his suits, with the ink on the upper part of his left arm exposed, as well as that on his opposing thigh and…

Her skin hot and lower body clenching, she just nodded in response to his “Good morning.”

Disappearing into his office, he returned with his suit pants and a fresh shirt slung over his arm, along with a sports bag. “Push the meeting with Sales to nine, will you, Ms. Baird? I need to talk to HR about something before then.”

“Yes, sir,” Charlotte said almost soundlessly, but he was already gone, heading toward the employee shower one floor down.

The thigh tattoo went all the way around, the design intricate.

Heart rate a rapid stutter, Charlotte got up after he disappeared and decided to go grab him a coffee. He’d bought her one yesterday after all. She was just being nice. “Oh, shut up, Charlotte,” she muttered once she was in the elevator, and slumped her face into an upraised hand.
The truth was she was running away. Only for a few minutes, but that’s what this was: strategic retreat. Gabriel Bishop was overwhelming. Once, before she’d ever met him and under the influence of cocktails, she’d told Molly she wanted to rip off his shirt and sink her teeth into his pecs.

That desire hadn’t waned even now that she knew he was a T-Rex. Of course, the desire was all strictly in her imagination. The idea of actually handling him in real life? So impossible as to be laughable. Charlie-mouse was not about to play with a predator who could eat her alive and not even notice the bones. The good news was that she could admire him in relative safety—there was no chance in hell he’d ever notice her as a woman.

Getting the coffee from a nearby cafĂ©, she took it back upstairs. He was in his office when she entered, the striped dark gray of his tie hanging around his neck and his damp hair roughly combed. The scent of clean, fresh soap over warm skin permeated the office. Shooting her a smile that turned him from gorgeous to flat-out devastating, he flipped up the collar of his white shirt to get the tie in place. “Thank you, Ms. Baird.”

Nodding, Charlotte escaped, though she really wanted to stay. She’d never realized how erotic it was to watch a man dress until this precise moment. And she shouldn’t be having these thoughts about her boss—especially since she couldn’t keep from quivering like a rabbit in his presence. Sometimes she just annoyed herself.

“Get to work,” she muttered and knuckled down.

Gabriel was fine for the first hour, but then he began barking orders even a six-armed woman with a split personality would have had trouble handling.

Finally, pushed to the edge, Charlotte snapped. “I’m going as fast as I can!” she yelled when he asked her for something a minute after he’d asked her to complete another task.

He scowled and held out a file. “This is a priority.”

Grabbing it from his hand, she said, “Fine,” and slapped it down on her desk.

It was over an hour later that he disappeared for ten minutes. When he returned, it was to put a small bakery box on her desk. “I think you need something to sweeten your mood today, Ms. Baird.”

What she needed was for the T-Rex who was her boss to stop snarling and growling, she thought as he returned to his office. Not opening the box until her curiosity had almost killed her, she found it held a slice of decadent chocolate cake with a white-chocolate ganache topped with curls of both white and milk chocolate. “I cannot be bribed with cake,” she muttered, eating a bite nonetheless.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



NALINI SINGH

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars (and one gorgeous ex-rugby player). If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.


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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life As A White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1)
by Diana Rowland (Goodreads, Twitter); Narrated by Allison McLemore (Goodreads)
Presented by Audible Studios on July 3rd, 2012
Genre(s): New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook (8hrs 44mins)
Source: Purchased

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Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!

Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.

Literally.


Audiobooks aren't really a thing for me, especially with my short attention span that matches that of a 5 year old. Heck, if I can't listen well in during a school lecture, how in the world am I supposed to listen to an 8 hour novel narration? I don't exactly remember the first [audiobook] I've listened to but I sure couldn't concentrate for a whole 15 minutes, and that wasn't even halfway a single chapter. Obviously, my first take didn't go well. However, after listening to an excerpt of My Life As A White Trash Zombie, I became so intrigued. I knew I had to continue listening, which lead me into getting an Audible subscription (thank goodness for the 30 day free trial, in case I decide to change my mind about audiobooks).

This isn't your regular zombie story. It's not about an apocalypse or some sort of virus outrage, and definitely nothing like Dawn of The Dead, or The Walking Dead. Nope. My Life As A White Trash Zombie is a witty and funny novel of, well, Angel Crawford's life as a zombie. Pretty much contemporary and the only fantasy thing about it is the idea of brain eating monsters.

Angel Crawford's life wasn't exactly on the right track. At 21, she's a druggie who can't keep a single job, even as basic as working in a convenience store. However, her whole life changes the moment she wakes up in a hospital after an apparent overdose, which she "miraculously survived" despite not having remembered a single thing from the previous night. Now, Angel's a zombie, although she was oblivious to the fact at first, but the mystery behind her change seems unknown.

"Death hit nice people, and nasty people. It didn't give a shit."

Rowland's take on Angel's character wasn't something I expected. What I expected was a messed up druggie who doesn't see to reason; feisty with a bad attitude. Well, that's pretty much what the cover suggested. To my surprise, Angel is quite the opposite. She's a feisty character, sure enough, but she's a total sweetheart; absolutely caring and actually very witty for someone who hailed from a terrible background.

One of the things that surely drove me to continue listening was the narrator, Alisson McLemore. I was absolutely fascinated by her Southern accent, which was spot on for Angel, who's also Southern. McLemore did a great justice in narrating the whole story from Angel's point of view. It was as if I was really listening to Angel tell her own life story. Not only that, she's pretty cool with trying out different accents, both male and female characters all throughout the book. 

To say that My Life As A White Trash Zombie was good would be an understatement. No, this book was awesome! I was hooked on everything, from the characters, the witty and hilarious dialogues and scenarios, and most especially the mystery, which pretty much spiced up the whole thing. This book just grabbed me that I managed to listen to a whole 8 hours of it in a single day with only brief pauses! Definitely a great start to my audiobook listening attempts, and absolutely worth it that I don't even want to read the next book anymore. Nope. I want to LISTEN to it and hear more of McLemore's voice!

It's funny how I never thought that reading about zombies could be this fun. Definitely an addition to my favorites and highly recommended shelves! Read it, or listen to it, you won't ever regret it!

Furry Besties! [Feature & Follow Friday #2]


*Feature And Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to discover blogs, gain readers and followers and make new friends!

HEY, MISCHIEVOUS READERS!

GUESS WHAT?

ARE YOU GUYS GUESSING?

OKAY.

HERE GOES. 


TADAAAAAAA!!!

I'm one of the featured bloggers of the Feature & Follow Friday meme by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read!

BOOK REVIEW: What Lies Between by Charlena Miller

What Lies Between
by Charlena Miller
Published by Red Bicycle Press on February 28th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC (370 pages)
Source: Author
Amazon



Set in modern-day Scotland and laced with adventure, romance, and hope, What Lies Between reminds us that love and belonging are often discovered in the most unexpected places. 

Trust has never come easily to Ellie Jameson. A broken past taught her that self-reliance is the only option—no one sticks around for the long haul. When a fateful letter arrives with news of an unexpected inheritance, she sees a silver lining in the tragedy that seems to follow her. Anxious to leave American city life for the rugged Scottish Highlands, she sets off to claim her fate in a whirlwind of determination. Captivated by the land of stunning lochs, fiery whisky, and a particularly charming Highland local, it seems things may finally be turning around . . .

But nothing could have prepared Ellie for what awaits at the Glenbroch estate, where she soon discovers very little is as it seems. The rugged, romantic Highlands harbor old secrets and vengeful enemies, entangling her in a web of lies and betrayal. As the line between ally and enemy blurs, Ellie is in danger of forfeiting her inheritance—as well as her heart.


It's not everyday that I come across a debut novel that I have taken a liking to, most especially if it's an author request, but I have been really glad to be given the opportunity to read What Lies Between. I didn't expect much from this book, but I was taken aback with how great this book actually appeared to be. Also, look at that gorgeous cover! 

After receiving a letter stating that her biological father -- who never acknowledged her as his daughter -- had passed away and had left her as inheritor of Scottish land, Ellie Jameson decides to leave her American life to move to the land of brave, in hopes of finally finding "home". However, her arrival to the manor isn't exactly completely pleasant. Although she has made friends with most of the people, there are some who don't appreciate the idea of an American woman running the estate, thus her ownership becomes threatened, and it's up to her to save it and keep it under the family name where it rightfully belongs. 

I'm not big on travel, but I've gone to a few foreign countries when I was younger, although, when given the chance, I would definitely grab a travel opportunity. Reading What Lies Between made me feel as if I was in Scotland. Miller really did her research on the land of the brave. I wouldn't say that everything was spot on, since I'm not exactly overly familiar to the location she used, but the novel was written well enough for me to seem as if I was also there, and that this book is written in first person, is also a major plus.

What Lies Between is a great book, although it appeared lengthy the first few chapters because of it's descriptive manner, the pace did pick up eventually. This book sucked me in and kept me very much intrigued. Miller's take on the characters were different and very realistic. Ellie was a great protagonist; strong willed and very much down to earth, and I enjoyed reading from her point of view. The rest of the characters were very well rounded into the story. In addition to that, Miller also had a couple of tricks up her sleeve. There were a couple of twists and turns that got me invested into the story and alert on every character.

This book is absolutely worth reading, and it'll keep you on your toes, every turn of a page.

BOOK REVIEW: Ask Me Nicely by Amy Andrews + Giveaway!

Ask Me Nicely 
by Amy Andrews (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Entangled: Brazen on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Format: eARC (263 pages)
Source: Publisher
Amazon | Barnes & Noble



She craves what only he can give her. But he's not giving in without a fight...

Veterinarian Sal Kennedy's lost her mojo and is desperate to get it back. In fact, as the anniversary of the tragedy that destroyed her life looms large, she'll do anything to erase the painful memories, including overdoing the tequila and making a pass at the most annoyingly inappropriate man on the planet. Fellow veterinarian Doyle Jackson is her flatmate and her employee and therefore strictly off-limits. Unfortunately, Doyle knows how to bring the goods and make her mojo sit up and beg. Doyle is only too happy to oblige Sal in her hour of need, but then she demands more, and she's perfectly happy playing dirty to get it. He wants more, too—more than just sex, that is, and it's something Sal's not willing to give. But Doyle is in this for the long haul now, and he's prepared to fight even dirtier to get what he wants. Even if that means they both keep losing all their clothes in the process…


With Sally having been introduced in the first book as the sassy, no shit taker veterinarian sister, I've already enjoyed her character then, thus I assumed I was going to enjoy her character more. I was right. She was fiestier, sassier and took no more shit from anyone. 

With Josie and Mack (The characters from the first book, No More Mr. Nice Guy, which I would definitely say was a smoking hot book) now living their couple life in London, Sally is left behind to man the veterinary clinic, along with a couple of employees, and the new temp vet, Doyle Jackson, who also turns out to be a total hottie with a magnificent set of muscles and washboard abs, and is currently lodging in Sal's apartment as part of his employee contract.

What I didn't expect when reading about Sal was her depressing past, which had led to her current broken self, and I also didn't expect her main reason for wanting to have sex with Doyle to be quite shallow -- not being able to reach an orgasm with her dates, but was successful with Doyle with a little humping action during her drunken state. But Doyle knows there's more to Sal than just her wanton self, and he wants more of her. However, Sal doesn't want more than being friends with benefits. 

No matter how I enjoyed Sal's sassiness and her wanton self, she came off as quite annoying for constantly pushing Doyle away due to her indenial towards their attraction for each other, although that was only at the beginning because when she finally saw the light, I gradually felt ease. But the character I enjoyed more was Doyle. He was the perfect hero; handsome, sexy, smart and loves animals. Who doesn't want a guy like that? Sign me up for a Doyle Jackson!

And let me not get started with all the sexy scenes going on with this book because every turn of a page is absolutely explosive and definitely one of the hottest Brazens I've ever read. Amy Andrews has caught my attention with the steamy sex in the first book, No More Mr. Nice Guy, but this book is definitely chart topping hot!

I'm hoping to read more of Amy Andrews' -- Gemma's book, perhaps, as she is one of my favorite side characters in this book -- and looking forward to another sexy novel by her. 

If you're a Brazen addict, you definitely shouldn't miss out on this one, because this is jaw dropping hot with the right amount of romantic drama. 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!


RELEASE DAY BLITZ: The 27 Club by Kim Karr


Happy Release Day to Kim Karr's Erotic Romance novel, The 27 Club! 


You don’t know when…
You don’t get to choose if…
When it’s time to join…you’ll know.
You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.
The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.
But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.
Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.
But I do. 
And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must. 



BOOK REVIEW: Bringing Home The Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Bringing Home The Bad Boy (Second Chance #1)
by Jessica Lemmon (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Forever on January 27th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC (388 pages)
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Amazon | Barnes & Noble



The Bad Boy Is Back

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts...


This book just took romance to the next level. A new addition to my favorites shelf, Bringing Home The Bad Boy is a beautiful romance, with lots of heartbreaking moments that will make you shed tears. I'm not going to deny that I expected this book to be a simple light hearted read, but this book appeared so much more than a love affair between a widower and his late wife's best friend.

Several years after the sudden death of his wife, Evan Downey decides to return to his childhood town, Evergreen Cove, where he had grown up as one of the town troublemakers. Now, with his seven year old son, Lyon, moving back might probably help get their lives back on track, hopefully, with the help of Charlie, his late wife's best friend.

Charlie Harris has always had a crush on Evan ever since they were teenagers, but unfortunately for her, he only had eyes for Rae, and she's happy for them, until it all came crashing down the day she finds out of Rae's passing. Ever since then, she's vowed to help the boys get back on track again, especially in helping Evan raise his adorable son.

Reading about Evan wasn't as depressing as I thought. He isn't exactly a bad boy, per se, other than the fact that he used to be one of the notorious teens in town, and a rebellious streak in him, but Evan's character wasn't what I expected. I had been expecting a depressed widower, probably with an addiction of some sorts while in mourning for Rae. However, what I got was introduced to, was a fantastic single father trying his best just for the sake of his son. He's sweet, an amazing father and on top of that, he's also a talented artist. What more can you ask for? However, he did have his depressing moments, especially the times when he would talk about Rae and how he had lost her too soon.

Meanwhile, Charlie was too fragile to begin with. Her character was what added to the heartbreaking factor of this book. I wouldn't say she was "broken" from a previous relationship, however, the result somewhat wired her in a wrong way, to the point that it made her seem such an insecure character. Reading about her budding relationship with Evan was beautiful, especially in the way Evan pursued her, but every single time, she feels guilty towards Rae.

Lemmon did a great job at creating such realistic and raw characters along with the matching outstanding plot. Another thing I loved about this book was Lyon's refreshing character. Although he wasn't an extremely bubbly child, he brought light and cheeriness into the book. I could just imagine a little boy with cute curls and amazing smile! Totally adorable.

Bringing Home The Bad Boy was a book I didn't expect to love. But hey, I'm a sucker for a good romance novel and this is it. If you're like me, and love book that "might" give you a good cry and make you swoon at the same time, you definitely need to pick this one up.

#InCaseYouMissedIt: Swoonuary February


Hey Mischievous Readers! Every end or beginning of a new month, I've decided to create a monthly wrap up post, which I've titled "#InCaseYouMissedIt". I've done one for January, and if you're ever interested in finding about the magical stuff I did for January, a click here is all you need! But now, it's time for my February wrap up... so, here we go!

SWOONUARY!


Soooo, the love month is now over... and I didn't really get much loving, but that's okay, lol. My girls from The Bookish Groupes (which is me and a couple of blogger bffs) had attempted a February reading challenge event, and it was definitely good for a first try! We were able to get quite a number of people to participate as well!

A massive thanks to the amazing people who participated and stayed in tune with us!

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A lot of people were able to complete their Swoonuary reading list... I didn't get to complete mine, as usual. I missed out on two or three books, I think, and read other books in place of them. I have now concluded that I cannot officially follow a TBR list because I get sidetracked easily, lol.

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The books I were able to read from my Swoonuary List were:
  • Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
  • The Accidental Assassin by Nichole Chase
  • What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson
  • Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Social Networks, Yay!


After having finally figured out how to work a Facebook page, Michievous Reads is now on live on FACEBOOK! If you guys do own a facebook account, I would gladly appreciate it if you could give my page a visit (A page like would be much much appreciated!)

And, not only is it live on Facebook; I've also got Mischievous Reads its very own INSTAGRAM! I've always been using my personal account to share updates on the blog, but for followers who might get sick and tired of seeing my face in selfies, I did you all a favor and made a separate account for blog updates and books stuff!

Reviews in the Past Month


Hope Flames (Hope #1) by Jaci Burton
Model Behavior by Tamara Morgan
The Accidental Assassin by Nicole Chase
Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss
Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven


Welp, February wasn't a very active month on reviews, but I did get a lot of reading done. Problem was, I was pretty much in a review slump to want to write a review on every single book I read. Though, some of them are in the works. He he. 

Looking forward to another month with you guys!

Love,