Friday, February 24, 2017

ARC Review: Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London

Sinful Scottish Laird

Author: Julia London
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: Highland Grooms #2
Pages: Hardcover, 384 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: February 28th 2017



Summary:

A young widow puts her sexy suitors to the test in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's scintillating return to the idyllic Scottish Highlands.

Widowed and forced to remarry in three years' time or forfeit her son's inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly and unwillingly bewitched.

Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy's brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.



Review:

Another sizzling book in the series...

I was completely take by Wicked Wild Scot. Ended up reading this back to back. Simply because I wanted- nay needed more. Retrospectively that might have been a disfavor. I think I had such high expectations, they were simply hard to meet.
So everything I read in Sinful Scottish Laird was compared to WWS.
While the first installment boasted a rather different storyline - Sinful Scottish Laird, no so much.
Don't get me wrong. It's interesting and compelling. But it was more cliche than the first book...
The character building is done excellently. The relationship between the characters is beyond interesting and I adore their subtle yet big changes.
The writing style is beautiful. There are wonderful descriptions of the Highlands, that made me want to go back for a visit.

A beautiful, enticing and sizzling novel definitely a must read for lovers of the genre


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Love Taker by Erin McCarthy



Love Taker

Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Loveswept
Series: Nashville Nights #3
Pages: Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 28th 2017



Summary:

The Nashville Nights series is burning up backstage in this sensual friends-to-lovers novel featuring a good-guy cop and a woman who’s been looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places.

Pretty-boy musicians are a fixture of the Nashville country scene—and Elle Hart, hairdresser to the stars, is beginning to think that they’re all total pricks. Elle’s dating choices have been a disaster, but at least she has Tucker. Though he’s easy on the eyes, no one would ever accuse Jason Michael Tucker of being a pretty boy. The humble and handsome sheriff's deputy from Elle’s hometown has always been there to comfort her—until the evening their friendship unexpectedly leads to the best sex Elle has ever had.

Tucker has been lusting after Elle since they were an item as teens, but he knows that their wild night of passion is a one-time thing. He’s an old friend, nothing more, and they’re too different to become a couple just because they’ve knocked boots. After all, she hates being back in their hometown, and he’s not so fond of the big city. But when Elle comes to Tucker with news that changes everything, he must help her come to grips with her traumatic past—or risk losing her forever.




Review:

I was looking forward to read the story of the last sibling in the Nashville Nights series. And I enjoyed this. It's well written- McCarthy after all. I like the setting- the series is good fun.
But. And yes there is always a but. It is probably my least favorite.
Before I elaborate on why. Let me just talk about the story line first.
It's a tad cliche but very entertaining. A lot of drama and smut. I think a bit too much smut for me actually.
The characters were well written. Did I like them? Mhhhh. Not really. And here lie my "issues" with the book
Well. I liked Jason aka Tucker. Elle, not so much.
I found her extremely immature. I mean she behaved like a teenager. I get commitment issues, believe me I do. But her behaviour through half of the book was just childish.
Tucker , though I liked him, really needed to "man-up". I mean for heavens sake! He let her walk all over him every bloody time. Every single time. I didn't like how he dealt with the 'other' women in his life. While I think his ex was a ... (insert nasty expletives), she also had it right. Being the nice guy all the time doesn't really work.
But I also have to say: I did swoon at the end, I was hoping they going to get their act together, I enjoyed the book. In fact I read it in one sitting.
Not my favorite but still a solid romance.




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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ARC Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller



Daughter of the Pirate King


Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Pages: Hardcover, First , 320 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: February 28th 2017



Summary:

A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.




Review:

After finishing I was baffled as to how to rate this.
It's the same old question though isn't it. Because rating is really completely subjective, though I do try and look at it objectively. In the end rating has a lot to do with how much one enjoys a book.
And here lies my dilemma. I like the idea of the book. I do. In theory this should totally be my favorite book EVER. I mean it's like Pipi Longstocking goes YA, with a splash of Pirates of the Caribbean and a good dose of Greek mythology.
Totally up my alley. Right?
Eh.
I actually struggled heavily reading the first half. In fact would this not have been an ARC I definitely would have DNFed at 25%. But as it was an ARC. I read on.
I am pleased I did, because somehow around 75% I found myself invested in the book and didn't even mind the writing style very much.

The writing style is the first hurdle for me here. I am not a fan. It's not my cup of tea. I found Alos not witty or boisterous. I just found her annoying for pretty much half the book. Then Levenseller changed the storytelling style a tad, less bragging more story telling and I grew to like her more.

The cast was very cliche. I mean VERY. It felt too much like any good old pirate flick I have seen, trust me I saw alot of them as a child. Pipi was my absolute hero for several years. But again, suddenly at the end, I realised though they all are extremely cliche, they did grow on me. Somehow Levenseller did add unique details to them and I found myself caring for them.

The plot is quite entertaining. Again very piratey and reminiscent of many pirate flicks I have seen.

At the end however, I found myself wondering where the story goes and I am planning to read the next installment.
That's why I ended up rounding 2.5 Stars up to 3.

To be honest I think I would have loved this a movie. I think someone should make a movie out of this! It reminds me of some childhood favorites and I think it would be simply a good pirate romp!

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ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Havoc by Jamie Shaw


Havoc

Author: Jamie Shaw
Publisher:Avon Impulse
Series: Mayhem #4
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: March 21st 2017



Summary:

When Hailey Harper left her family farm to enroll in veterinary school, she had a plan: keep her head down, ace her classes, and most importantly... don’t upset the uncle paying her tuition. Translation? Don’t piss off his dramatic, self-absorbed daughter, Danica, even if she’s a nightmare to live with.

Falling in love with her cousin’s rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not part of the plan.

As the drummer of a now-famous rock band, Mike Madden could have any girl he wants. He’s sweet, funny, romantic, talented—and the only guy that’s ever made Hailey’s heart do cartwheels in her chest. The more she gets to know him, the harder she falls, but Hailey knows they can never be more than friends… because Danica wants him back, and she’ll fight dirty to win.

Mike is falling for Hailey too, but Danica’s threats and his rock star life—music video shoots, international tours, obsessed fans—could tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Hailey isn’t sure she’s the one for him, but Mike’s waited years for a girl like her… and he’ll do anything to prove it.




Review:

Havoc might be my favorite book in the series... maybe.
Actually, I am not sure. I love all of them!
But I DO know for sure Mike is my favorite band member. I loved him right from the beginning and this cemented it. He is swoony awesome hotness.

Mayhem thrives on character building. All the books in the series are mostly character driven. Shaw is brilliant at building interesting unique characters. Havoc being no exception. Though saying that, I can't really get over Danica. She is the WORST. And not only because she is really spoilt and all that. But because Shaw might have overdone her a tad. Add to that Hailey and her dilemma and I found myself annoyed at best. Their tension, while in the beginning kinda interesting and all became too over the top at the end for my taste. And that is the only reason this isn't 5 Stars.
Because the rest? Bloody AWESOME!
I felt like I knew Mike fairly well, I mean he featured in the three previous books. But as I read I kept discovering more about him. Shaw did a brilliant job at creating complex characters that feel real. Same with Hailey- she is actually so different from myself that I found it hard to understand why she would behave in certain ways. But I did get her. Even if I personally would never have reacted that way, she felt authentic and real, which made her actions realistic.

I totally adore the romance, the cute moments, the problems, the atmosphere, the entire support cast (except Danica) and MIKE. The plot is entertaining. Plenty of ups and downs- and even if I think Shaw took Hailey's dilemma a bit far. I enjoyed every moment of it.

There are some beautiful description in this book. The pond scene - I felt like I was there and in the rain scene I practically could smell and feel the rain. So so beautiful. Shaw's prose is amazing!


A beautiful romance, hot rockstars, fabulous interesting females and lots of swoony moments makes this not only a must read book but an absolutely must read series.
And frankly I am so sad it is over, I am actually planning on re-reading the first 3 books... just to get my swoony rockstar fix
I can't wait to see what Shaw is writing next!


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ARC was provided by Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


Monday, February 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle



Any Boy But You


Author: Julie Hammerle
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Series: North Pole, Minnesota #1
Pages: Paperback, 240 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 13th 2017



Summary:
Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.





About the Author:

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.




Review:

SWOON!
A winter romance with a super cute heartthrob and a game that rivals pokemon. So what's not to love?

The character building is done well for the MCs. For the support cast it's not bad but they feel a bit cliche and flat in compare to the MCs. Not to say that I didn't like North Pole or it's inhabitants. The support cast, though cliche is quite alright, just in compare to the brilliantly written MCs, they feel a bit flat retrospectively.
I totally adore Elena and Oliver. I could related to both of them. Enjoyed both POV and more than that their chemistry felt real. Their bickering and banter was really entertaining, I totally swooned for them!
Elena and Oliver are so different, they both deal with life differently. It's interesting to see how they each see the same situation.

The story line is the classic rom-com/hallmark kind. And while some of it is a tad, well cliche. I couldn't care less. Because this has all the swoon and cuteness a girl could ask for.
There were quite a lot of dramas thrown in and a bit of mystery, which I actually quite enjoyed.
The only reservation was the end for me. It's too hallmark for my taste. There was this huge build up... and then boom. All is solved. HEA. The end.

This is the first book of Hammerle I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. While I have a bit of an issue with the way the end went, I felt all the anticipation, heartache, giddiness and happiness she put into this book. I think she excelled at putting me into the MCs frame of mind.
I can't wait to read more of her works

I read this in one sitting, it was captivating and entertaining.- it's a great cute&fluffy! All the swoon, all the cuteness and definitely a must read.
When is the next book coming out?

Oh and who wishes they had access to the game as well?


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