21 July 2016

Book Review: Frozen by L.A. Casey

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Montlake Romance
Published: 19th April 2016
Pages: 274
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Neala, Darcy
Date Read: 26th June - 30th June 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:
There’s one must-have toy this Christmas, and Neala Clarke has told her niece Charli she’ll get it for her. Never mind that she’s got less than a week and it looks like everywhere is sold out. She’s promised Charli a Fire Princess doll—and Neala is a woman of her word.
Darcy Hart is a people-pleaser. So when his adorable six-year-old nephew, Dustin, asks for a particular doll at the last minute, he says yes. Luckily for Darcy, there’s one left in stock at the local toy store. Unluckily for Darcy, he’s not the only person who wants it—and his rival is the one woman who’s immune to his charms.
Neala and Darcy have loved to hate each other since they were kids, and they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to get that doll. This can’t possibly end well for both of them…can it?

I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I kind of like this cover as the body language could be from the story. Even though I like the colours used I would have preferred it if the girl was wearing a blue dress as Neala doesn't wear a red dress so then it would have felt even more in keeping with the actual story.

I was drawn to this book because of that blurb it sounded like something new and different to what I've read before so I was very excited about reading it and for parts of the book I really enjoyed it the rest not so much. The beginning was so funny and had me laughing out loud I just couldn't believe some of the things that those pair got up to. Once I got about halfway through I felt like it started to go down and I got bored at times plus I think they went a bit too far in some of the things they got up to before they where snowed in. They hated each other for most of the book and even though you could tell they both had hidden feelings for one another I felt everything changed for too quickly and was unrealistic. Neala and Darcy where never really together so I never really felt any kind of connection between the pair. The ending was cute but I felt as though there was no real ending as for me I wanted more from that ending.

I wasn't a huge fan of any of the characters as they all had there moments when I just wanted to slap them. For the most part I liked Neala as she was very funny and not just the things she said but also the things she did. There was one thing that she did that really annoyed me but by the end I felt so sorry for her. Where the things Neala did I found funny but with Darcy he annoyed me with the things that he did especially with how all the hate began with in the first place was just awful and she had every right to be angry with him. Both Neala and Darcy's family where funny at times but in the end they where very pushy and took things too far. The only characters that I liked throughout was Charli and Dustin they where so cute.

Overall, it was a funny book at times but then the other times it just annoyed me but it was an okay first book that I have read from L.A. Casey and I will most likely try more of her books.

17 July 2016

Book Review: Sunset in Central Park (From Manhattan with Love, #2) by Sarah Morgan

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: HQN Books
Published: 30th August 2016
Pages: 384
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Frankie, Matt
Date Read: 20th June - 26th June 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:
In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it's been right under your nose all along… 
Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents' divorce, she's seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt—but that's strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race… 
Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he's known forever and doesn't want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I like this cover more than I did the first cover in this series as I love the same colour in different shades. I do wish there was more to it as for me it's a bit too simple but it is different which is a plus.

I was a bit dubious about reading Frankie and Matt's book as I didn't really warm to Frankie but I did end up liking it just not as much as the first book. It did take a long while to actually get going so for the beginning I didn't think that I was going to enjoy it. It was the middle part of the book that I really enjoyed to the point where I could have easily given it the full 4 stars. The chemistry between Frankie and Matt was there throughout it was just because of all of Frankie's issues that made me feel as though I didn't even want them together. I liked the garden/flowers used in the story which is surprising as I hate anything to do with the garden but the way it was interweaved with story was great. With most of the book being drawn out you would think that the end would also be drawn out but no it felt a little bit too rushed for my liking.

I kind of liked all of the characters but some of them also annoyed me at times. Frankie was the one character that for the most part I just didn't get yes her parents had a bad break-up but I still don't get why she didn't want any relationship because of them as she was also surrounded by her friends family. I loved Matt even more in this book than the first one as he was just so sweet and would do anything for anyone. It was also nice to see more from Paige and Jake but I was surprised that they weren't in it even more since they are best friends and family with the couple. I am really looking forward to Eva's book as she seems like such a sweet girl who just wants to be in love.

Overall, it was a good book I just wished it was a great book.

14 July 2016

Book Review: Pucked (Pucked, #1) by Helena Hunting

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 3rd May 2015
Pages: 380
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport Romance
Main Characters: Violet, Alex
Date Read: 15th June - 19th June 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.
Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.
In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.
The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

I had to read this one as I heard some good things about this book which I kind of agree with it's just not as good as what I thought it would have been...

This is a smoking hot cover that body looks like it could be Alex. I love the use of colours but maybe too dark for this book as there isn't anything dark about this book it's more of a light relief book.

When I first started reading this I was finding myself agreeing with all the positive reviews as I was really enjoying it, however the further I went into the book the more I got fed up with things being said as well as what people where doing. It was a really funny book that had me laughing out loud nearly all the way through although somethings that was meant to be funny had me rolling my eyes. I kind of liked the romance between Alex and Violet as they could had smoking hot chemistry but there was times when I couldn't see them lasting. I felt there was a bit too much sex involved in the story which sometimes had me cringing. The ending was okay everything was cleared up but I did felt it was a little bit rushed.

I had a love/hate relationship with most of the characters except for Alex. I liked Alex's character as he was different to the kind of guys I read in my books as he's a nice guy and not a player however most of the characters don't know about this so he does get called out a lot. Violet could be really funny but then there was times when she really annoyed me to the point when I thought she wasn't good enough for Alex.

Overall, it was a really funny book but it did grate on me at times. I'm not sure I will be able to continue on with this series as even though I didn't hate it I didn't like enough of the characters enough to want to read on.

13 July 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Honor (The Breaking Point, #1) by Jay Crownover


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

Here's this week's book that I can't wait for...

Honor (The Breaking Point, #1) by Jay Crownover
Expected Publication: 18th October 2016

Synopsis:Don't be fooled.
Don't make excuses for me.
I am not a good man.
I've seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I've fought and I've survived. I've had to.
The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.
I'm here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She's disappeared. But don't worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.
Like I said, don't be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I'm the one front and center.

Not sure it's my kind of book but as soon as I saw it was written by Jay Cownover I got very excited.



What are you waiting on?

12 July 2016

Book Review: Built (Saints of Denver, #1) by Jay Crownover

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Harper
Published: 5th January 2016
Pages: 352
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Sayer, Zeb
Date Read: 8th June - 15th June 2016

Rating Given:

Synopsis:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.
Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.
But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?

I've only read one book by Jay Crownover which I enjoyed so I had to read a new book from her and I wasn't disappointed.

I do like the cover especially the model used however I don't really see him as Zeb yes he has some similarities but for me he doesn't have the build or enough tattoo's to be my Zeb. I like the use of the pink as it makes the cover stand out even more for me.

I was a little worried about starting this one since it was a spin off series in which I've only read the first one so I thought that I might get lost and not understand what was going on, however, there was a little reminder of how Zeb and Sayer met before it got started which I was pleased about as I hadn't seen the moment that they met. After that little catch up it got straight into it and I was hooked. I loved the love story side to this book as I loved the way Sayer didn't just give in and it was a slow builder but when they where in the same room the sparks jumped out of the pages. What was different to what I've read before this book was also about different kinds of abuse whether it was mentally or physically they where both dealt with which I found was dealt with realistically and delicately. I loved the ending as it was cute and realistic and I hope we get to see them again in the future books in this series.

I loved all of the characters in this book even the secondary characters it was also nice to catch up of the Marked Men characters as even though I haven't got to know them in their own right it was still nice to know a part of their story. Zeb has to be one of my favourite ever male characters as even though his shell was hot he was just as hot on the inside, there was nothing that I didn't like about him. It was Sayer that stopped me from giving this book the full five stars that I wanted to as because of how she was treated in the past it made her a bit too stand offish and even though I understand why she was the way she was I still didn't like the way she treated Zeb. I loved what we saw of Quaid and I can't wait to read his story.

Overall, I loved this story and I am very excited about continuing on with this series and any other book Jay Crownover happens to write.

7 July 2016

Book Review: Edge of Glory (Friendship, Texas, #1) by Magan Vernon

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Victory Editing
Published: 12th July 2016
Pages: 225
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport Romance 
Main Characters: Lia, Jay
Date Read: 1st June - 7th June 2016

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:"Welcome to Conti's. I'm Lia and I'll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh". 
I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself. 
The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognised from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team... they didn't say anything, they didn't even blink. 
"Uh… I mean…" 
I couldn't even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes. 
What was I supposed to say? "Sorry I just made a weird noise, it's just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?"

 I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with this cover before I even read the synopsis as it just drew me in. I love the use of colours as the blues are in keeping with the swimming theme however, I feel as though it's a bit too dark as I didn't feel as though this was a dark story it was actually quite a light read.

It wasn't just the cover that made me need to read this as that synopsis made me want to read this book even more as I'm a huge fan of the Olympics and swimming. The beginning was okay as it was funny but I felt it didn't draw me in like I thought it would. The romance side of the story was cute for the first half of the book even if it happened far too quickly but then there was some moments in the last half that really annoyed me especially the things that Jay did. For me a lot of the book was a little too juvenile for my liking as I was expecting them to act more older than what they had done especially with this being a new adult book. The relationship between Lia's family and friends was a bit annoying as I feel as though this was what made the characters feel a lot younger than what they are supposed to be. I loved the very end of this book as I always prefer a book to end awhile in to the future so I can see how the characters are getting on.

All the characters was annoying at times especially the secondary characters whereas the two main characters had there moments where they annoyed me to no end. Lia was a bit of a pushover which annoyed me to no end at times as I just wanted her to stand up for herself. She did come across as a nice person though so I was kind of able to forgive her for the pushover moments. For the most part Jay was my favourite character as he was so sweet but then things went to pot when he took Lia away.

Overall, I was expecting a lot more from this book but in the end it wasn't too bad as it had it's moments when I was enjoying it.