Monday, April 21, 2014

Calmly, Carefully, Completely (The Reed Brothers, #3) by Tammy Falkner

Calmly, Carefully, Completely (The Reed Brothers, #3)Calmly, Carefully, Completely by Tammy Falkner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 SUPER CUTE STARS

Calmly, Carefully, Completely was a SUPER CUTE read!

Its Pete story, so we know he’s coming out of jail and he has to go to camp for mis-guided youths in order to get his parole reduce a bit. Regan meet Pete 2.5 years ago at a party and helps her out. Ever since then, she’s had her dad help Pete get out of jail. She also helps her dad at the camp so she can thank Pete for helping her.

Review

I love the storyline. I will be honest and I wasn’t overly joyed for Pete’s story, the guy got locked up! I know he did it for the greater good for the family, but seriously?! Anyhow, I thought this one was going to be filled with angst and Pete brooding over his jail time and be bitter because his twin didn’t get caught, but oh no, it was nothing like that and it was just wonderful!

I LOVED Regan. She is strong, sweet, kind of skittish, but totally the damsel in distress I kind of love. You understand her emotions and you want Pete to be the one that fixes her. I also like how she can be strong and scared at the same time.

I’m all about the storyline, having the book set around a camp is totally cute and I loved reading about the main characters interacting with the other kids. It’s such a unique backdrop and I like how there aren’t any school or work obligations, the story was just focused only on Pete and Regan.

There is some tension with Regan’s over protective dad, but it adds a nice little obstacle. What I love most about Falkner’s reads is how she creates nice sexual tension. She teases you on the border, but to me, it’s just the right pace to drive you nuts and happy at the same time.

It’s a great series so far.

Series Order
Tall, Tatted and Tempting (The Reed Brothers, #1)REVIEW | AMAZON
Smart, Sexy and Secretive (The Reed Brothers, #2)REVIEW | AMAZON
Calmly, Carefully, Completely (The Reed Brothers, #3)AMAZON

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Take this Regret (Take this Regret, #1) by A.L. Jackson

Take This Regret (Take This Regret, #1)Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 No Regretful Stars

I read Take This Regret in one sitting. It had my heart in knots and I couldn’t put it down.

Elizabeth got pregnant in college with long-term boyfriend Christian. It’s Senior year and Christian can’t take care of a baby in law school, so he makes the ultimate choice. Elizabeth must pick between Christian or the baby. Elizabeth leaves Christian and starts a new life with her baby.

Five years later, Christian and Elizabeth’s lives collide again and Christian is still feeling the effects of his regretful choice.

Review

You probably think Christian is the lowest scum on earth, who does that right? Well, that’s what makes Take this Regret so GOOD! It’s not a happy book, but it’s not a hard book to read, it’s just all around a tad bit sad.

I love Elizabeth, she’s so strong and it takes a lot of courage to do what she did. She loved her baby so dearly and even though she loved Christian and they were going to build a life together, she just had to be selfless and pick her baby over her boyfriend. She is of course is a girl, so Elizabeth does cry a lot and is somewhat dramatic at some parts. A bit towards the end I wanted to slap her because she was being silly, but it wasn’t too frustrating.

Christian is a character and Jackson wrote a really damaged, tortured character. Many times you question why Christian didn’t try to contact them and you really feel his pain. He tries to make a mends and all he wants is to build a relationship with his child. As he gets to know he’s child he still harbour major feelings for Elizabeth and he knows he doesn’t deserve her, but he loves her so dearly.

As much as I wanted to hate Christian, I couldn’t but feel and sympathize for him

There is something about Jackson’s writing that makes it seem so effortless in reading. Everything flowed and I just didn’t want it to end. There were also NO FLASHBACKS! I love reading the bonding moments between Christian and the child, also I love the linger looks and yearning between Christian and Elizabeth. Talk about a great plot huh.

If you like me and you are in a mood for a dramatic read with a single mother (stuff I love), then Take the Regret is a perfect book.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Will (Magdalene, #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Will (Magdalene, #1)The Will by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 (It’s never too late) Stars

I will admit, I’m not a major Kristen Ashley (KA) fan. I like her books and I like her alpha males, but sometimes it’s a little too much angst for me, BUT (yes there is a HUGE BUT)… I absolutely LOVED LOVED The Will!!!!!



From Start to Finish The Will was PERFECTION

Here’s the brief summary…

Josephine’s beloved grandmother dies. Josephine goes back home to handle her grandmother’s funeral and be there for the reading of the Will. In the will Josephine realizes her grandmother made a friend, Jake. He’s Josephine’s age and has three kids. She also realizes her grandmother gave Josephine to Jake too.

The Review

Isn’t that the cutest summary EVER!!!! When I read that I was just dying. How cute is that?! Ah, I can’t get over how much I loved this read. It had so many elements I love in a read. EVERYONE knows I love the whole single mother/father dynamic.



Josephine



Jake

I adore Josephine. You feel her pain, she loves her grandmother so much and now Josephine is all alone. She’s forty-five, single and alone. Her closest friend is her boss, who she has a major crush on, but has never acted on it because she knows she would be rejected. She takes a mini-break from work to get closure and move on from her grandmother’s death.

However, Jake changes everything. Josephine is very close to her grandmother and she is just confused to why her grandmother has never mentioned Jake. Jake was very fond of Josephine’s grandmother and has heard a lot about Josephine, to the point where he wants to get to know her closely.

The relationship between Josephine and Jake is dynamic. It starts out slow, which I love because there’s so much character development. Both Josephine and Jake have issues. Josephine is lonely and Jake has been married several times. I love his kids. I just love kids in books in general. Kids add great tension and banter as well. You love them and hate them all the same.

There were no overly annoying parts, you were never frustrated, KA wrote a very well written read. It was just all around enjoyable.

I simply loved it.

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Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson

Crazy GoodCrazy Good by Rachel Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Roller Coaster Stars

I’m conflicted with Crazy Good. A good 75% of the read I really enjoyed, but there is a bit where I got really angry and frustrated. I am not sure if I ever recovered from that.

PET PEEVE

I HATE reading the ending in the beginning. You know what I am referencing. It’s that first chapter where you know the relationship goes to crap, and then after that it’s like, rewind 1.5 years and let’s get to the story!

Skip the first chapter if you don’t want to read the ending at the beginning. I wish I did.

Summary

Windsor just got out of a four year relationship with her ex. Her ex cheated on her and she’s trying to recover from that. Maverick is trouble. He’s tough, a player and a major alpha male. Maverick meets Windsor through mutual friends and wants to date Windsor. Windsor doesn’t want a bad boy, she doesn’t want to date anyone, but Maverick won’t accept no as an answer.

My review

The only logical way for me to review Crazy Good is by breaking it up because a lot happens.

The first bit, first 1% I am very angry, because I hate reading the ending, but I’m intrigue to what happened, so of course I continue.

For the first 30%, it’s about Maverick pursuing Windsor and I really enjoyed this part. Windsor is an accountant, (YAY! So am I) and she doesn’t do risky relationships. She’s hurt by her ex and she’s just living her life and trying to move forward. I like it when the leading lady is being pursued. Something about a sexy male pursing the gal gets me all excited.

Of course Maverick is a ladies’ man with tattoos and a bike. He even plays guitar, yeah kind of cheesy, but I kept on going. I really did like Maverick. He was the kind of male I love to read. He’s hot-headed and really interested in Windsor. I wanted him to jump over hoops to get her.

It gets a bit slow between the 31-75% mark. It’s basically about Windsor and Maverick hanging out. There is some nice sexual tension because the sex isn’t right away and I love tension!

At the 76% mark, things change This is when I kind of flip you know what. So we get to the climatic ending and I knew what was going to happen, but then I was kind of slapped in the face with another thing and I was like, WHAT?! WHY?! I kind of got over it, but then Maverick, so help me, became a complete JERK!

I hated the Hero

I know the Hero needed to push her away, but oh my goodness, seriously?! He was mean, the kind where it was unforgivable. I just didn’t understand it and his behavior was just bad.

I tried to get over it and I am not sure if Maverick fully redeems himself, but I did get some nice closure in the end.

As I said, I am conflicted by this read because for the most part, I did like it. I was just really upset with one part.

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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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