Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

UnfixableUnfixable by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.25 (Pour me another pint) stars

Unfixable was an adorable read with an Irish theme. I smiled and from start to finish.

Willa is unfixable. She’s had a rough childhood, with a drugged up mom and a non-existent father. Willa has been in a “sweet” relationship for over two years. Finally, she realizes she can’t change for the better so she breaks up with her ex and wins a trip to Dublin. Willa gets to stay in Ireland as a photographer for one month.

Shane is the owner of the Inn/Pub Willa is staying at. He doesn’t want anything to do with the “tough” American girl, but he’s fixated by her.

Review

First off, I love the storyline. I like anything that is set in a different country. I am always leery of the accents and slang when I read, I’m not expert, but none of it annoyed me. It felt real. When Willa first meets Shane, there’s obvious tension. Shane is rude, stressed and pissed off. Willa has a chip on her shoulder and doesn’t take crap from anyone.

At times I did not like Willa’s “tough” girl attitude. I’m never fond of leading ladies being a you- know-what because of past issues. However, she never did anything overly mean that made me hate her and afterwards, you see some improvements.

Willa is there to take pictures, but everyday there’s an interaction with her and Shane’s family. Shane’s family owns the pub, which includes his cute little teenage sister and scatter brain mom. Willa doesn’t have many people in her life, except for her sister, so when Shane’s family kind of involves themselves in Willa’s lives, it’s fun to read.

Of course there are issues. Shane has daddy issues and although daddy issues aren’t original, again, I wasn’t annoyed with the storyline. It wasn’t the main focus of the read, but it was there. What I really enjoyed was the Shane and Willa dynamics.
There’s plenty sexual tension and you will be rooting for them to get together. There’s character development and I guess you can say both Shane and Willa kind of slowly peel their layers. It’s a really sweet and adorable relationship.

What can I say? Tessa Bailey is a new author for me and I’m happy I picked up Unfixable. It was a delight from start to finish and exactly what I wanted.

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Lick (Stage Dive, #1) by Kylie Scott

Lick (Stage Dive, #1)Lick by Kylie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Lickable Stars

Lick was the type of book where I slap myself for not reading it sooner! A lot of people recommended Lick to me, but I just never took the bite. I hate to say it, but it was because of the old cover. The Hero just looked greasy and I couldn’t get past it, BUT I like the new cover, so I took the plunge. (I know, I’m horrible, but I’m honest!)

LICK HAD the best First Chapter! If you could read an excerpt, do it, because you will be hooked from chapter 1!

Evelyn wakes up in Las Vegas with a ring on her left hand and doesn’t know how it got there. David is the sexy tattoo man in her hotel room.

Okay, so how awesome of an intro is that?! I nearly fell off my seat laughing because it was just too funny. Evelyn obviously got way too drunk and married some random dude. She doesn’t know anything about David, but she thinks it’s best to get divorced and never mention her night with anyone. David is a little upset because he remembers, but he doesn’t want to be with someone who doesn’t want to with him and agrees to the divorce.

Oh if only divorce is so simple, maybe it would be if she was married to a normal person. Evelyn and David work on getting the divorce, but as they try to split up, they spend more time together and Evelyn is starting to see why she could marry someone like David, but will David get over the fact she doesn’t remember anything from their first night?

I love Scott’s writing flow. There were no overly dramatic parts or annoying scenes. I also liked the side characters, Scott introduces us the other band members and you get a glimpse of future books. My heart goes out to drummer Mal, who is so funny. The steamy scenes were great too and there was enough sprinkled in for me. The climatic ending was typical, but I enjoyed it and added some nice tension.

Overall, I was completely surprised on my reaction to this book, it just goes to show, authors should really update dated covers.

Lick (Stage Dive, #1)AMAZON

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dangerously Bound (Dangerous, #1) by Eden Bradley

Dangerously Bound (Dangerous, #1)Dangerously Bound by Eden Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 (Bite Me, Whip Me, Play with Me) Stars

Dangerously Bound is about going after your childhood crush, not matter the consequences.

Summary

Allie has had a crush on Mick since high school. Finally in college, she has sex with him and it’s everything she thought it would be and so much more. Mick doesn’t do commitment. He cares for Allie since they are friends, but after their one night together, things change. Allie moves away and pursues her career in baking.

Years later, Allie is back and she knows Mick is into the BDSM world and is Dominate. Allie wants to be his submissive, at least in a scene. She convinces Mick to play with her.

Review

Dangerously Bound started out great. I’m all about childhood crushes and getting second chances. Mick doesn’t think he’s good enough for Allie. She’s sweet and pure. Allie has spent years getting to know the BDSM scene and likes it. She is a trained submissive and wants Mick. Mick is reluctant to play with Allie because of past feelings, but it’s hard for him to say no.

I liked how hard Allie pursued Mick. She had that one great night in college and she’s determined to have it again. I also like how she is a trained submissive. I’ve read a lot of books where the Heroine is a na├»ve girl and it gets kind of old. The few scenes they do in the sex club were great, it was kinky and what I was looking for.

If you were looking for an erotic read, this one is for you

However, towards the middle and end, I felt the storyline straining a bit. Since Allie likes Mick so much she kind of doesn’t act like a typical submissive and she talks back and it’s hard to follow orders, this I did not like. Mick has so many pent-up issues from his past that he pushes Allie away. It creates great tension, but after a while I was getting frustrated by him and wanted him to stop pushing Allie away. Also the club scenes end and there’s just standard bedroom sex. Again, I like my kink factor and some public sex would have been a nice touch.

There are plenty of sex scenes and some are kinky, but very mild. Sure there’s spanking, biting and some bondage, but I guess I was looking for something a little more. I’m a bit crazy when it comes to dark reads and I guess I wanted this to be a little rough and dark.

Overall, Dangerously Bound was an okay, BDSM read with some mild kink.

AN ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Dangerously Bound (Dangerous, #1)AMAZON

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Lot Like Love (FBI / US Attorney, #2) by Julie James

A Lot like Love (FBI / US Attorney, #2)A Lot like Love by Julie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 (A Lot Like Cuteness) Stars

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a chick-lit book. It reminds me the time when I started reading and it was the genre I started out with. Julie James’ books are very sweet, a no fuss, happy-go-lucky kind of read with a touch of mild suspense.

Summary

Jordan is the daughter of a rich billionaire. She’s independent and wants to make it on her own. She’s a wine enthusiast and has a wine shop. Nick McCall is an undercover agent. He’s a man’s man meaning he doesn’t care about fashion or what fancy wine taste like, all he cares about is getting his job done. Nick’s needs Jordan for his next assignment, but both are finding it difficult to draw between the lines of pretending for the operation and showing their true feelings.

Review

The beginning was a bit slow and there was a lot of story build-up. You basically get to know Jordan and Nick’s character. Jordan may be super rich, but that’s her dad’s money and she’s determined to be a well-rounded gal. I like her character, even though I’m not fond of rich gals, but she’s down to earth and was never annoying. Nick is from Brooklyn and comes from a big Italian family. He’s been working as an agent for over six years and hasn’t taken a vacation.

I enjoyed how different Jordan and Nick’s characters are. Jordan kind of teaches Nick about wine and Nick starts to reevaluate his first opinions of Jordan. The banter was very cute and I liked the dialogue and if you weren’t a wine fan prior to reading, you will want a drink when you are done.

There are a lot of wine references, so watch out.

Nick needs Jordan to get close to his target, the person he wants to take down, because of Jordan’s knowledge of wine. I love the whole fake-pretend-to-be-in-a-relationship storyline. It’s just makes for a great plot.

A lot like love didn’t have any angst or action, but a few suspenseful moments and a lot of cuteness.


Series Order
Something About You (FBI / US Attorney, #1)AMAZON
A Lot like Love (FBI / US Attorney, #2)AMAZON

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

Still Life with StringsStill Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.75 (Play Your Heart Out) Stars

Still Life with Strings will make you want to put on some classical music on and life your life happy.

Still Life with Strings (SLWS) was a very light, no angst, finding-love-through-past pains kind of read. I simply love these kinds of books. I love books where it’s only about the main characters and their internal struggles.

Summary

Jade doesn’t have the easiest life. She’s an orphan and has to take care of her younger teenage sister and brother. She works at a musical theater as her main source of income, but does a lot of side jobs, such as standing as a street performer.

Shane is the new violist at the musical theater Jade works at. He’s classically trained, rich and very refined. He’s overcoming some personal issues and is intrigue by Jade’s hardship life.

Overall Review

The summary is a bit misleading, but it’s not a bad thing. In the sense that yes Shane wants to live life, but the book isn’t really about him living life through Jade. I think SLWS is more about two people, two lonely people, coming together to overcome past struggles.

Jade

I love Jade. She’s a very strong Heroine and her attitude is never overly confident or overly annoying. She is a well-rounded character and you admire her daily struggles. I wouldn’t say she’s a damsel in distress kind of Heroine, yes she has a lot of hardships, but she kind of takes everything in stride and lives her life.

Jade’s siblings aren’t the perfect children. Her sister is a little boy crazy and her brother hangs out with the wrong crowd. On top of that, working at the theater doesn’t pay much, but she takes it one day at time.

Shane

Shane is a mystery. You wonder why he left his previous career to join the orchestra. When Shane and Jade meet, it’s insta-lust, but eventually, Jade wants only friendship. Her reasoning is that she’s a sober alcoholic and relationships push her to drink. Shane agrees to the friendship, but it’s hard for him to not cross the lines as he spends more time with Jade and Jade’s world.

Impressions

Since Jade was an alcoholic, I thought she would deal with substance abuse a lot in this book, but she doesn’t. STWS was more about staying sober and what made Jade to switch from being a drunk to a sober person.

I really like the banter and chemistry between Jade and Shane. It felt like an easy relationship with a lot of sexual tension. They truly were friends and liked each other.

I didn’t give SLWS a full five stars because towards the end there was some cheesy factors I wished weren’t written in and the climatic ending was very typical. I kind of wanted a little surprise. Overall though I really enjoyed the read and loved the classical musical theme. It was a little different, but very delightful to read.

Still Life with StringsAMAZON