Monday, August 18, 2014

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly LoveUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Flyin’ High Stars

First off let me say this…



YEP! I JUST.DO.NOT.GET.IT

I can tell you that you will either LOVE this story or be like me and be left a little puzzled and wondering what the book was REALLY about.

Disclaimer - >

I love CoHo books, but I’ve been disappointed with the last few. Do I have high expectations? Maybe. There are a few things I do not like to read in a book, these things are:

1 Love Triangles

2 Flashbacks

3 Stories that jump from past to present THROUGH OUT the entire book

And …. Ugly Love had this… okay maybe number 1 is debatable, but I will explain what I mean.
What worked for me

I love CoHo’s writing style. It’s engaging, it’s polished, it’s just top notch in my opinion. No matter what she writes, I’m always intrigued and engrossed. Her books are the type of books I can read in one sitting.

What didn’t work for me

THE SEX I know, you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking, what are you talking about? Well my friends, I like a steamy read, but when I pick up a CoHo book I don’t think of them as “steamy”, yes she writes nice steamy scenes, but they are all necessary and there is a point.

Ugly Love had too much sex for my taste. I just couldn’t get past the random sex scenes and some have mention how “steamy” some are, but I didn’t find anything that interesting.

The LOVE TRIANGLE… SORT OF

The story is written in two POV’s. Tate is written in present form and Mile’s is written in past form. Mile’s is hung up on his ex, Rachel. (this is no spoiler, you will find this out within the first chapter). Can you imagine reading a book where half of it is about the Hero hung up on his ex? I consider this a love triangle and I had NO INTEREST in it.

Which leads me to the next issue…

There is no chemistry between Tate and Miles

Because half of the book is about Miles hung up on Rachel, I couldn’t feel a connection with Miles and Tate. I felt like Tate was just a lap puppy. She was willing to take anything Miles threw at her and I’m thinking to myself, what girl would put up with that? Yes, us as the reader know what’s up with Miles, but Tate doesn’t know that and I felt like she gave too much slack.

Too Heavy

I’m over how “heavy” CoHo books are. Yes, she writes some dramatic reads, that make you want to “cry”, but when I know that coming into a book, it’s like… oh okay, what’s gonna happen? I kind of figured it out before it happened and yes it kind of messed with my reading experience.

Overall

I didn’t dislike Ugly Love, despite my rant, but I didn’t fall in love with it like everyone else. I didn’t like the story line and I couldn’t get sucked in with the characters. I had too many issues with so many things and this was simply NOT FOR ME.

Ugly Love by Colleen HooverAMAZON

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Blast - Let Love Live by Melissa Collins


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Synopsis: Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a STANDALONE. Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered? For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago. Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona - tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough - a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin. Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan's long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

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Book Blast - Lost Desires by Rachael Orman





After ten years of marriage, Ian and Brittany are in a rut. Their life together has become routine, no longer filed with fun and spontaneity. And their love life? Non-existent. 


Longing to break the dull, repeating pattern that is her life, Brittany looks to a friend for some advice on how to put some spice back into her marriage. 


Her friend’s advice? A hands on, in home sex therapist.


Brittany brushes her off at first, but after another night of unexciting sex, she’ll try anything…ANYTHING to save her love life, even if it is an unconventional route. Journey through the ups and downs of love, life, and lust with Brittany, Ian, and their sex therapist.




I wasn’t the twiggy little thing that most men found attractive, but I was doing this for my relationship with my husband. I wanted our marriage to be the one everyone envied. We had everything but a hot sex life, and if this was what would take to get there, I’d do it.





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Rachael is a stay at home mom with 2 young daughters and a husband that keep her constantly on her toes. She lives in the extremely hot state of Arizona, where she reads and writes away the blistering heat outside. She is a cancer survivor with a quirky personality. She’s been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and been writing since she was in high school. Her hopes of being a writer were crushed when she was young but one day she decided she was going to do what makes her happy and that was to write.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Until Lilly (Until, #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Lilly (Until, #3)Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Sweet Cash Stars

The Until series is a very sweet, long and adorable read. I really liked Cash and Lilly’s story, but then again, I always have a sweet spot for books with kids.

Cash and Lilly had a cute and short romance, which comes to a halt when Cash realizes he knocks up his ex. Cash doesn’t want to be with his baby mama, but he’s too scared she might abort the baby, Cash decides to marry his baby mama and leave Lilly.

Oh but that doesn’t stop the story. When we find out what happens to Lilly while Cash is married and it’s really good.

The first 30% of the book is really good. We find out what happens to Cash and his baby mama and of course sweet Lilly. You will feel for Lilly. She puts up with a lot of stuff and your heart will break. But Cash will own up to his demons and tries his best to do the right thing.

The thing that I like about these series is that the angst level is very low. Cash is no longer with his baby mama and has full custody of his child. He meets up with Lilly years later and realizes he needs to be with her.

No matter what the cost.

The alpha male in Cash is no comparison. He’s all male and very apparent in his goals. He wants Lilly and he will do anything to get her back.

Lilly has spent years with just surviving and moving forward. Of course she loved Cash, but can she really forgive him? As Cash pushes himself into Lilly’s life, Lilly has no choice but to follow along and try to protect her heart.

Between the 30 – 60% of the mark is cute. We read about Lilly and Cash’s relationship and there’s mild tension. Of course the brothers are still there and you get slightly glimpses on what they have been up to.

Towards the end of the book, there’s some drama with the baby mama and it picks up again. Overall, the read is really sweet, a bit slow and a bit descriptive at time, but the plot was really good. I will finish out the series.

Until November (Until, #1) by Aurora Rose ReynoldsREVIEW | AMAZON
Until Trevor (Until, #2) by Aurora Rose ReynoldsREVIEW | AMAZON
Until Lilly (Until, #3) by Aurora Rose ReynoldsAMAZON

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lead (Stage Dive, #3) by Kylie Scott

Lead (Stage Dive, #3)Lead by Kylie Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.25 Jimmy Lovin’ Stars

YAY it’s Jimmy story!!! Who doesn’t like a jerk?! I do!

So we know Jimmy isn’t a nice guy. I will admit, he’s not my favourite rock star due to the previous stories, HOWEVER, you will change your mind after reading Lead.

Jimmy is on edge. He wants to stay clean and he will do anything to do it. Lena is out of a job and because of her sassy personality, the band wants her to be Jimmy’s live-in sponsor.

IS’NT the STORYLINE CUTE???!!!

The thing I love so much about Kylie Scott’s books are how cute her storylines are. I feel like with each book I read, there’s always going to be a unique plot. I love the idea of Lena living with Jimmy and keeping him on track.

Let me tell you this, I’m not a fan of drug addicts or addicts in general. It’s a vice I usually don’t enjoy reading in books, BUT that’s not the main story.

GREAT RIGHT?

Lead is so light and there so much WITTY and CUTE banter, you will be glued to the pages. I love Jimmy and Lena’s relationship.

Well, I just LOVE Lena. Lena is really strong and sassy, but she’s not in your face or annoying. She kind of just goes with the flow and does what makes her happy. She’s not too emotional and completely rational. I love reading her internal dialogue (which is something I usually don’t like to do). I love her inner struggles with fighting her feelings against Jimmy.

Jimmy is a jerk you learn to love. He’s so messed up and on edge, you just want him to let Lena fix him. He also has moments where he’s really adorable and you just want to hug and kiss him.

I really enjoyed Lead and if you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed with this one.

Series Order
Lick (Stage Dive, #1) by Kylie ScottREVIEW | AMAZON
Play (Stage Dive, #2) by Kylie ScottREVIEW | AMAZON
Lead (Stage Dive, #3) by Kylie ScottAMAZON