Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shelter Me (Second Chance Ranch, #1) by Catherine Mann

Shelter Me (Second Chance Ranch, #1)Shelter Me by Catherine Mann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Animal and Army Loving Stars

This is a story about second chances and loving your family throughout the tough times.

I was drawn to this book because of the cover, it’s very adorable and it’s pet themed, so I knew it would be a light-hearted read.

Summary

Sierra is a great daughter. She puts her life on hold to stay with her mom, brother and grandfather during the time where she loses her father. Sierra’s mother owns a second chance pet place, where they take in pets that might be killed. Sierra has a tough life and with a rude little brother and aging grandfather, Sierra has her fill of things she needs to take care of.

Sergeant Mike is off from a tour in Iraq. His mission is to deliver the dog that Sierra’s father made friends with. Mike use to date Sierra and it didn’t work out because Mike felt like he wasn’t good enough for her, but with the father not around, it’s hard for Mike to not lend a helping hand with the family.

Review

I like light hearted books, but I feel like this book was more chick-lit oriented around the family more than a romance. I liked how Sierra and Mike had a history, so there wasn’t like a crazy insta-lust or anything. It was just pent-up frustration from the time they were together.

It did take be a bit to get into the story. I think it was around the 25% mark where things picked up and I got more of the Sierra and Mike relationship. There’s a lot of back story with the mom, brother and grandfather.

I was interested in the mother’s story because she’s drinking and she misses her husband. There are fellas in town that are attracted her and I wanted the mom to find someone to love. The brother was kind of annoying, but added some needed tension. The grandfather is starting to lose his mind and it really broke your heart, but again it added a little something to the story.

On top of those issues, someone is sabotaging the pet farm and it adds a little more stress to the whole group.

Mike is a great guy, he has his past issues with his childhood, but he really cares for Sierra and is crazy attracted to her. Sierra doesn’t want to be hurt again and she also has to deal with family drama. There’s tension and it’s very yummy to read.

Overall, Shelter Me is a cute read, it’s not very intense, but it will leave you with warm fuzzy feelings.

An Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Nero (Made Men, #1) by Sarah Brianne

Nero (Made Men, #1)Nero by Sarah Brianne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Nero Alpha Stars

I will admit I was intrigued with Nero because of the storyline. I love a mob boss kind of theme read and you throw in an alpha Hero, I’m all over that. There were a lot of high notes with Nero and despite the length (it was a tad bit too long for my taste), it was overall a pleasurable read.

Summary

Elle is a loser and only has one best friend, Chloe. Elle would do anything to protect Chloe, even if that means Elle gets beat up and teased instead of Chloe.

Nero is the alpha on campus. He’s rich, good looking and rules the school. He only cares about two things, his “family” and enjoying women.

One night Elle witnesses a murder and it’s Nero’s job to find out how much Elle knows and if she will tell anyone.

Elle

I liked Elle. She’s the damsel in distress Heroine I love to read, but I found it very hard to believe Elle would do almost anything for her best friend Chloe. It’s almost as if Chloe should have been a little sister. Chloe is so scared in life she walks behind Elle, yeah it’s hard to believe, but I went with it.

Nero

I’m mixed with Nero. Yes, he’s alpha, yes he’s this big tough guy and he isn’t scared of anything, but somehow it was hard for me to imagine him as someone would be part of a mob. Maybe because of his age or maybe here wasn’t much interaction with the “family” and Nero. I’m not sure. I would say, the last half of the read, Nero really picks it up a notch and I started to really like him.

Overall

The first few chapters will really capture you. The beginning kind of sets up the characters and you can see over time how they development into different people. Elle is this scared little girl who doesn’t want to die because she witnesses a murder, but she also is trying to survive high school, but it’s hard when she’s always bullied and teased.

The first half the book is very young adult, there’s mild flirtation between Nero and Elle and I really like the banter. Of course I wasn’t a fan of Nero at first because he has witnessed Elle being teased for over three years and never really did anything about that (yeah kind of stinks), but like I say, I like the banter and Elle doesn’t just drop everything to get with Nero.

The second half really picks up and I like the direction it goes, it’s more New Adult. Yes, the middle was a tad bit long and descriptive and I did take a break from reading, but the ending really rounded out the story.

If you are on the fence with this one, I suggest it’s a nice read.

Nero (Made Men, #1) by Sarah BrianneAMAZON

Friday, July 18, 2014

His Unlikely Lover (Unwanted, #3) by Natasha Anders

His Unlikely Lover (Unwanted, #3)His Unlikely Lover by Natasha Anders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cuteness Stars

I really like the Unwanted series and I was surprised on how cute His Unlikely Lover was. Usually Anders writes a lot of angst and it’s really emotional, but His Unlikely Lover was very adorable, sweet and very tame. I have to say, I was a major fan.

Summary

Bobbi is a tom-boy. She doesn’t wears bras and is a mechanic. Her best friend is Gabe, who is sophisticated, rich and very classy. Somehow they make it work as best friends. Bobbi has been in love with Gabe for years, but she knows she isn’t good enough for him. One drunken night, Bobbi gets the courage to make a move on Gabe. Gabe never really notices Bobbi, until the night she came on to him.

Review

You have to understand with Anders books, the Hero is usually very unlikeable and has crazy flaws. Was I a major fan of Gabe? No, but I still liked him. Gabe is all class and he only dates blonds with class. He likes to have things in order and he doesn’t like messy affairs. However, his best friend Bobbi is all about living in the moment and being free.

Bobbi loves her childhood friend. She understands that what she has with him is all she gets. If Gabe wants to pursue a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with Bobbi then, she’s okay with it, because it’s better than nothing.

Some may not like the Heroine because she goes along with whatever Gabe wants, but I get her. It’s hard to be in love with someone and not have those feelings return. She’s willing to scrap off the crumbs and be content with that.

The conflict is about two different people having attraction towards each other and not knowing how to make it work out.

The read was really light and flowed easily for me. I was happy with the turn of cuteness of events and it was a book for me.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

No Attachments (Woodfall Girls, #1) by Tiffany King

No Attachments (Woodfalls Girls, #1)No Attachments by Tiffany King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 No Attachment Stars

Ashton has a bucket list and on her bucket list is to stay in a small town, kind of like Gilmore Girls. She works at a local store and just wants to live her life free.

Nathan is a private investigator and his assignment is to find Ashton. When he does, he realizes, he wants more time with her and instead of telling his client Ashton is found, Nathan decides to start a no attachment relationship with Ashton.

Ashton agrees to this no attachment relationship.

I liked the plot of No Attachments. I usually don’t like a plot around a “secret” that is, Nathan is a PI, hired to find Ashton, but I felt like that added a little something to the story. I thought the chemistry between Nathan and Ashton was pretty good and the insta-lust is pretty fast and quick.

Ashton is a carefree kind of Heroine and she makes it very apparent that Nathan can’t fall in love with her since she plans to move away in a few months. Nathan wants to get Ashton out of his system and then he can tell his client and move away.

I liked how there’s plenty of dialogue between Ashton and Nathan and the side characters, Ashton’s friends were pretty cute. The atmosphere of a small town is very adorable and it makes me want to live there. It’s a quick and fast pace read, so watch out because anything can happen.

Towards the second half of the book, the story shifts to something cute and light to a little more dramatic and it adds more spice to the story. I wished this part could have been played up a bit more and I got a little more meat. I felt like it was a bit rushed and it was hard to imagine the time frame, but I did like how the direction went.

Overall, No Attachments is a cute story about living life to the fullest and opening your heart to something more.

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Gemini (Gdmini, #1) by Penelope Ward

Gemini (Gemini, #1)Gemini by Penelope Ward
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Finding Love Stars

I wavered between 3 and 4 stars and I decided the middle ground was best. Gemini could have been easily 4 or even 4.5 star for me if it wasn’t for the pace. If you cut Gemini down by 30%, it would have been a fantastic read. I’m not a fan of Penelope Ward’s style of writing. I find it very drawn out and dragging. The story line and plot was excellent, but it took forever to get to any points.

Summary

Allison is a waitress and one day, a sexy suit wearing man shows up at her diner. Cedric has been looking for Allison for some time now and he’s just taken by her. He wants to get to know her before he tells her the truth. He’s not sure if the relationship can last after the truth is revealed, but he can’t hold back any longer.

Review

I have a pet peeve and it’s that I do not like “secrets”. I do not like a plot being formed around a secret. What I find even worst is that we, the reader, do not know what it is until the climatic ending.

I liked Cedric and then I don’t like Cedric. He has a girlfriend and kind of purses Allison. Already I don’t know why the Hero just doesn’t break up with his girlfriend if he clearly doesn’t love the girl. He’s very hot and cold with Allison throughout the book because of his secret. Do I find it annoying that the secret is referenced SEVERAL times throughout the book? YES, I started to skim his internal dialogue and struggles because to me, I didn’t care because I didn’t know what the heck he was talking about.

I liked Allison in the sense, she’s strong and kind. She kind of just reacts towards Cedric throughout the book. Sometimes Allison is the damsel in distress that I love to read about, but mostly she just struggles to figure out what Cedric wants.

What I found very difficult is reading between scene changes. Sometimes weeks would go by and I was very happy with that, but sometimes, I felt like I was reading every aspect of the day, like from morning to night. I was very tired of this descriptive writing and yes I skimmed.

I started to skim towards the last 20% because I think I was just getting frustrated with the pace. I reached the climatic ending and I knew it was winding down a bit, but oh boy it took a while to wind down. Again, the plot and story line was great, but the pace and the secret kind of made me mad.

It just wasn’t 100% for me.

Gemini (Gemini, #1) by Penelope WardAMAZON