Tag: 2/5 gavels

Jan 12
{Mini Review+Excerpt} TOO TEMPTING by Bethany Lopez

{Mini Review+Excerpt} TOO TEMPTING by Bethany Lopez

Too Tempting is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, called the Lewis Cousin’s series, by Bethany Lopez. I liked this book, but it didn’t rock my world or anything crazy like that. It was a quick contemporary romance read. To be honest the plot of this one just didn’t click for me, and ultimately that was why I couldn’t enjoy this story more. I would be interested to see Gabe’s cousin’s story, but the premise of Gabe’s story didn’t really grab me. Overall, it was a decent read, but I didn’t love it. Too Tempting follows Gabe and Zoey, who meet at a summer camp and start a relationship. But almost immediately a big secret from Zoey’s sister’s past links all of them together in a way that I just wasn’t digging. From that point on, my opinion was a little tainted. It just seemed too far fetched, and the story moved a little too quickly for me to completely fall in love. But I did… Read more »

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Jul 29
{Review} Hot on His Heels by Margo Bond Collins

{Review} Hot on His Heels by Margo Bond Collins

Hot on His Heels is the 16th book in the What Happens in Vegas series by Margo Bond Collins. Hot on His Heels is an adult contemporary romance from the entangled Lovestruck line. And I have to say, the two main characters Sadie and Jake, did seem very lovestruck throughout the story. But unfortunately, I also have to say that I didn’t love Hot on His Heels as much as I wanted to. It is a quick read, and I can see a lot of people really enjoying the spicy-sweetness of the story but it didn’t mesh with me and my personality. Hot on His Heels is an interesting concept. Jake is a very famous romance editor, but because his brother is an ultra conservative politician and doesn’t want to smear his public image Jake has decided to hide behind a female persona. Sadie is a literature professor that is beautiful but has no idea and who is working on an academic piece that she thinks is bound to get… Read more »

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Sep 03
{Review} Secrets Don’t Keep by Elora Nicole Ramirez

{Review} Secrets Don’t Keep by Elora Nicole Ramirez

Oh how I wanted to love Secrets Don’t Keep. It has all the makings of a book that I would love! A scavenger hunt style quest to join a super secret boarding school society, and did a mention a secret society? Not to mention the boarding school society of the super rich reminded me of Gossip Girl. The characters definitely had the entitled bratty thing down pat. I know you can sense a but coming. I wanted to love Secrets Don’t Keep, but I just didn’t. This book fell apart for me pretty quickly and I was really bummed about it. I kept reading because I genuinely love stories surrounding secrets and secret societies. I want to get to that OMG moment. And that aspect of the book was ok. There were lots of twists and turns and the author had unpredictability down pat. It was all the other stuff, the character stuff, that had me grinding my jaw. Kera and Dex just didn’t do anything for me. They had… Read more »

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Aug 06
{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Awake by Natasha Preston

{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Awake by Natasha Preston

Once everything was ready it was time to get dressed for the ceremony. I was taken back to the house, and I was instructed to have a bath and get ready in the dress set out on my bed. I did as I was told because there was little else I could do right now. After soaking in a bubble bath, using most of it up as my own little screw you, I got out, dried and went back to my room. Unsurprisingly the dress I was to wear was full-length and white. It was pretty and thankfully not a slim fit so I would be able to run properly in it. I held it up—this is what I’m supposed to die in. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be. I instantly hated it. I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I pulled it and was satisfied when… Read more »

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May 13
{Review} Imperfections by Shaniel Watson

{Review} Imperfections by Shaniel Watson

I knew when got this book for review that there would be some drama because one sister has been in love with a guy her whole life and when she comes home she finds out he is with her sister. But that is ok because I can stand for some tasteful fell in love with the wrong guy romance. But the summary didn’t even begin to describe the level of messed up stuff this book gets into. Holy cow, Imperfections is so drama filled. And this is coming from me- a self professed Reality TV show junkie. I love me some drama. And I was really liking Imperfections, but the further I read, the more messed up it got and then I started to not feel ok with what the characters were doing. But I still really liked Cat and Nick and I really liked them together, so I tried to put them in their own little romance bubble and ignore all the crazy stuff going on with the family… Read more »

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Apr 30
{ARC Review}  The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

{ARC Review} The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is a young adult contemporary romance about a seaside town on the jersey shore. I really liked that the story takes place after the vicious hurricane Sandy because I thought it added a lot of depth to the story. There were some parts of The Summer After You and Me that I really liked, but overall this book was not a hit for me. And those of you that are familiar with my reading preferences will know what a bummer that was for me because I love contemporary romances so much. First, I am going to talk about the things that I did like about The Summer After You and Me and then I will talk about what didn’t work for me. I loved that Lucy wants to be a marine biologist and how much time she spends studying and helping the marine life at her beaches. I thought that aspect of the book was beautifully done. And I love… Read more »

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Feb 12
{Review} Burdened by Peiri Ann

{Review} Burdened by Peiri Ann

Burdened is the first book in the New Adult series of the same name. I had such high hopes for Burdened. I thought the cover was pretty and creepy at the same time- perfect for the paranormal element of the story, and I thought the summary had lots of potential to unique and very interesting. I love stories involving being mated to someone. I thought this would be right up my alley, but I think by this point you are starting to see that a big BUT is coming. And here it is…But Burdened just didn’t work for me. I thought the story was ok, but the book on a whole was just a lot more cringe-worthy than it was enjoyable. I put this book down about 10 times, sometimes with the intention of not picking it up again, and sometimes because I just needed a break from it. But each time I convinced myself to go back because I wanted to see how the story would turn out. The… Read more »

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Sep 10
{Review} Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

{Review} Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold is a young adult myth/legend and paranormal anthology. It is a collection of 6 short stories. On its’ face it looks like it would be right up my alley. I mean, I love myths and mythology! That is so my thing. And if I had picked up this book before I started blogging, I probably would have enjoyed it more. Because before I started blogging, I didn’t have very high expectations of short stories. I didn’t think you could pack enough detail into the story to make it interesting and to give me a chance to connect with the characters in so few pages. And that was the majority of my problems with Lore. BUT since I have been blogging, I have found some truly awesome and amazing anthologies. Anthologies where I am in awe, and asking how on earth did the author do that in 70-100 pages?? or even less. And because I have now seen the anthology light, I was disappointed in… Read more »

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Jun 10
{Review} Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

{Review} Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter seemed like it was a unique take on a vampire story. Aurora Sky is a senior at a high school in Alaska, and she can’t wait to get out of town. But before any of that can happen she is swept away by some government agents. Apparently, her blood is toxic to vampires. The premise had so much promise and I can see a lot of people easily enjoying this series. It is a classic young adult paranormal vampire tale. Sadly, the story didn’t capture my attention and the characters fell a bit flat for me. Initially, I really felt for Aurora. My heart really went out to her. She had a hard shake of it at the beginning, but then the more and more she started opening her mouth , the more she started to annoy me. I liked her sense of humor. She was funny, but she was also petulant and immature. I just couldn’t connect with her. But at least I liked her… Read more »

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Mar 30
{Review} Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin

{Review} Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin

Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin Published March 14th 2013 Age Group: Young Adult Contemporary Romance Series: Drenaline Surf #1 Source: ecopy from Author Summary: After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she’s more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he’s been dead for years. Knowing he’s very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he’s Colby Taylor, the west coast’s biggest professional surfer. If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she’ll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the… Read more »

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