Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Under Different Stars (Kricket, #1) by Amy A. Bartol

Under Different Stars (Kricket, #1)Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Kickin’ Kricket Stars

It’s been awhile since I’ve read an Amy Bartol book. I wanted something light, a little romantic and plenty of action. I believe I got that with Under Different Stars.

This is a young adult read and the thing I love about young adult reads is the world I’m taken to. I love learning new languages, cultures and I know it’s going to be at least a three book saga. BUT that’s just me.

So Kricket currently lives on earth. She’s human or so she thinks. She knows she is a little different. When she cuts her hair, it automatically grows back. She rides the subway one day and runs into Trey. Trey is hired to bring Kricket back to home and home is not on earth.

A good portion of the book is Kricket traveling back home. It’s a big slow at some parts, but you get immerse into the other world fairly quickly. Also, there’s a lot to learn. I felt like I needed a cheat sheet. I didn’t understand why they couldn’t just pounds and hours, but other words. I know I said I like learning new languages, but there was a lot!

So Trey and his buddies are traveling with Kricket and she is feisty. She’s the type of Heroine I like to read in these sci-fi books, very strong and opinionated, but not annoying. Once they reach home, the pace quickens a bit and oh my goodness, the sexual tension between Kricket and Try is nice. Get your mind out of the gutter, it’s a YA, so there’s only so much sexual tension, but I did blush at some of the scenes.

It was really cute.

I kind of wanted Trey and Kricket’s relationship to be dragged out a bit, I know I said the book was a bit slow. I just can’t make up my mind.

Overall, If you want something a little new, a little different and you haven’t read a Bartol novel, start with this one.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

All I Want (Alabama Summer, #2) by J. Daniels

Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.

I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out.

He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth.

I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance.

Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did.

I try to hate him. I try to forget him.

But it’s not that easy.

Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.

Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.

When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul.

What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want.

But she destroyed it.

She destroyed us.

I try to hate her. I try to forget her.

But it’s not that easy.

Love is for people who have hope, and I have none

4 Luke and Tessa Stars

I love Jessica Daniel’s reads, they are fun, light and very romantic. I’m also starting to love the Alabama series.

We got a tiny glimpse of Luke and Tessa’s story from the previous book, but you do not need to read the first book to understand this one.  We know Luke and Tessa dated briefly.  Tessa got a pregnancy scare and instead of confronting Luke about it, she simply asked him what he thought about having a baby. Luke said he wasn’t ready for a baby. This prompted Tessa to leave Luke, thinking he would never have a family with Tessa.  It’s a silly break-up, but it’s the start of the book.

I like the banter between Luke and Tessa. I’m a big fan of when the hero and heroine fight with each other. It adds so much tension and cuteness.  Luke and Tessa have been separated for a year but with Mia’s pregnancy and Mia’s baby coming, Luke and Tessa are interacting more.

Tessa doesn’t want to be single and she’s ready for a serious relationship. She goes on-line and tries to find someone. Luke isn’t happy with that idea Tessa meeting strangers from on-line. This creates a lot of friction and juicy scenes.

A good part of the issues between Luke and Tessa is because of the pregnancy scare, but it’s not a focal point. Luke is very guarded and it makes it difficult for Tessa to take him seriously.

The flow of All I Want is great and it’s an easy read. I like how Tessa tries really hard to move past Luke by dating other people and I like how jealous Luke gets. Of course we still get a little bit of Ben, Mia and Reed. Oh let me say, I can’t wait for Reed’s story, which is next.

Overall, if you are a fan of the series and loved Mia and Ben’s story, then you will not be disappointed with Luke and Tessa.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Trapped by Beverley Kendall

Trapped (Trapped, #1)Trapped by Beverley Kendall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Redeeming Stars


Okay, I guess I have to write a tiny disclaimer, I just had a baby, so I’m in baby land and books that have babies and single moms do it for me. This is my first book by Beverley Kendall and I’m a complete FAN!


At 18 Paige becomes pregnant. Mitch questions if the child is his and leaves Paige. I know and before you click to the next review, just wait. I promise you, it’s a good read. When Bree, their daughter, is 7 months Mitch has a change of heart and is ready to be a dad.


The best thing about Trapped is the dynamics between Paige and Mitch. I love first loves. I love that Paige and Mitch were once lovers and Bree was the cause of their break-up. I love that Mitch needed to redeem himself. It’s tough to love a Hero who abandons their child. Believe me, I had to go deep within to see the better side of him. I think that’s what worked so well for me, by just reading Mitch’s inner struggles and guilt.

Things that worked for me

- Single Mom

- Lost love

- Redeeming Hero

- Cute baby!

Paige is an adorable single mom. She works at a dead end job and gave up college to raise Bree. She is trying to get over Mitch and move forward with her life. Mitch is a big mess. He never really handled the separation and partied and drank in college. Now, several months later, he’s trying to make amends and of course Paige isn’t making it easy on him.

When Paige first sees Mitch for the first time since the break-up, my heart was on edge! Oh the tension, the good drama, and the issues they need to overcome. Not only did I like reading about Paige and Mitch’s relationship, I also liked the side characters or what I like to call their support system. I liked reading the parts on how Paige’s best friends felt and Mitch’s family reactions.

I didn’t have any expectations on this novel so I’m completely blown away on how much I enjoyed reading it. If you are like me and love reading about single moms and heroes needing to redeem themselves, then this one is for you.

Trapped (Trapped, #1) by Beverley KendallAMAZON

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Deacon (Unfinished Hero, #4) by Kristen Ashley

Deacon (Unfinished Hero, #4)Deacon by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 YAY, it’s the Unfinished Hero series!!! Stars

Doesn’t it feel like FOREVER since the last unfinished Hero book? I’ve been DYING for this one.

Deacon wasn’t as gritty as what I am use to with this series. Deacon was kind of light hearted, but it definitely has the alpha Kristen Ashley hero we crave and LOVE


Cassidy throws her life savings and purchases cabins to rent out. The cabins need a lot of TLC and over the course of years, she fixes the place. Over the course of years, a mysterious man comes very randomly to rent out the same cabin. Cassidy doesn’t interact with him that much except that she provides the keys and takes his money, but that’s about it.


I love the plot. I think the idea of Cassidy owning cabins and fixing them up is really cute. Even though the beginning is a bit slow, I love the slow build up between Cassidy and Deacon. I like how there is no insta-love or insta-lust. I like how Deacon is a big mystery and he shows up randomly.

Of course eventually there is interaction and you know how Kristen Ashley writes her Heroes. They never speak in full sentences, are always in charge, mysterious and very alpha. Like I say, I love it. Deacon is attracted to Cassidy but doesn’t have much to offer her.

He doesn’t even tell her his last name, that’s how much he can offer her.

But Cassidy doesn’t think with her brain, she’s using her heart and her heart tells her that Deacon makes her feel good and so far it’s enough.

The second half of the book, things shift and it’s steamier and there is a little more meat in the relationship. We start to question who Deacon is, where he comes from and why is he the way he is. I did feel like getting to the shift, it dragged a bit, but once you get to it, it picks up.

Overall, I enjoyed Deacon very much. It wasn’t my favorite, I love Knight, but very enjoyable regardless.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Filthy Beautiful Lust (Filthy Beautiful Lies, #3) by Kendall Ryan

Filthy Beautiful Lust (Filthy Beautiful Lies, #3)Filthy Beautiful Lust by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Sexy Pace Drake Stars

I love this series so much. I think the only thing I could wish for was that I wished it was longer! But that’s the thing with Kendall Ryan reads, they are short, sweet and SUPER STEAMY.

It’s Pace and Kylie’s story and let me do a little dance, because I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again.


You throw in a cute adorable baby and I’m melting. I just had a baby so I’m a tad biased.

Pace is a play boy. He loves women and doesn’t see himself settling down. Kylie is a single mom with a baby boy. She’s been burned before and has no intentions of getting hurt again. Her priority is her son and what’s best for the both of them.


Totally love Kylie. She’s super mom and I want to be her. She even signs to her kid! I need to do that. I get Kylie completely. She’s guarded and kind of disheveled. She spends her days in yoga pants and hardly has time to shower. So true and it makes her more endearing.


Pace is the perfect guy for Kylie. Yeah, he’s a player and he’s never dated a woman with a child, but that’s what makes him so appealing. Gah, he’s so sexy. I love how persistent he is towards Kylie and yes I love his reactions towards Kylie’s son. Who doesn’t like a Hero that plays with babies?!


I love Kendall Ryan and I love this series. Filthy Beautiful Lust just worked for me. It was cute, sassy and made me smile.

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