Monday, 19 June 2017

Review ~ Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman

Talk British to MeeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 19th 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Description:
As the Dating Guy on L.A.‘s top morning show, I give the single guy’s perspective on dating, love, and sex—and I give great advice. Everyone’s hooking up…well, except for me. Sure, I can get any woman I want, but I’ve got a “no relationship” clause in my contract and the only woman I want has “relationship” written all over her. Probably stamped on her ass, too. And wouldn’t I like to confirm that.

Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with me. At all. Something about the next Ice Age might have even come up in her rebuttal. Adorable. Because she’s determined to ignore what one simple kiss proved: she wants me as badly as I want her.

Everything in me is screaming to go after her, but I’ve got a secret that I’m fairly certain will end up with her roasting my nuts over an open fire. So, job on the line? Check. Nuts on the line? Check. Can’t get her out of my head? Nail…meet coffin. But what a way to go…

My Opinion

I had to have this book as soon as I saw it. First of all, being British I was curious to see how that element turned out. Second, the cover. And third, I liked the idea of The Dating Man on the radio station.

It's safe to say Talk British to Me didn't disappoint. I loved every second I was immersed in the world this author has created here. It held my attention so well that I got through it too quickly. I didn't want it to end.

This book was lighthearted and easy to get through. It's not the first book I've read by this author so I kind of knew what to expect, but I fell completely in love Mateo. I can't think of any other word to describe him other than charming. Even though he dated a lot of girls, I believed in his friendship with Teagan and thought the way his emotions developed were good. He was a likeable guy who seemed genuinely sweet.

As for Teagan, I liked how her feelings developed. She also became stronger throughout the book. In essence, they worked well together. Mateo was a bit more carefree and laid back which helped Teagan find her confidence. There was definitely chemistry between them.


Overall this was just a really well-crafted romance. I could have easily read another book on this couple I was enjoying it that much. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a lighter read. It was perfect to enjoy as part of a lazy day in the sun.

5

Saturday, 17 June 2017

If I Break #2 & #3 by Portia Moore

Books purchased by myself.

I decided to write a couple of mini reviews. These aren't full because I read them back-to-back so the stories kind of blurred together and I didn't want to give anything away. I was also tired and a bit disappointed with the series so didn't feel like reviewing them in full.


Almost Broken (If I Break, #2)Almost Broken by Portia Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think my gut feeling is right on this series. I was unsure whether to continue to read these books after the end of Book 1 because whilst I enjoyed it, I didn't think there were four books worth of story to be told. This book rehashed a lot of details and scenes. It felt like padding to me and I just want to read the resolution.

I have continued to book 3, but what I said in my review is holding true right now and the more I read the more I skim.



Beautifully Broken (If I Break, #3)Beautifully Broken by Portia Moore
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was right. I lost interest in this series with this book because nothing happened. Once again events were repeated from the previous books but in different a POV, and nothing happened until the last few chapters. It felt like this book was one long filler, which is a shame because the idea behind the series is good and not something I have seen before. Unlike when I said I wasn't sure I would continue the series in my review of book 1, this time I mean it. I doubt I will read the last book, I just can't invest any more time in these characters when things take too long to get moving. I've decided to invent my own end in my mind instead and move on.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review ~ If I Break (If I Break, #1) by Portia Moore

If I Break (If I Break, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: June 6th 2014

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
When I met Cal Scott, I knew he’d be a distraction.

At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, deep gray eyes, and a smile that
could only hide an agenda, I knew he was trouble. And for the first
time in my life, a little trouble was just what I needed.

No. What I wanted.

It wasn’t like I’d ever marry the guy.
Until I did.

What I thought would be my happily ever after, was only the beginning.
Cal has a secret. One that makes loving him come with a price, and
being his wife cost more than I bargained for.

My Opinion

I'm so torn about this book now I've reach the end. On one hand I enjoyed it. I thought it was well written, carefully crafted, and kept me intrigued. However, on the other, I can't decide whether I want to continue the series.

I'm not going to say too much about the plot as I don't want to ruin things. This is a book you need to experience and go in blind because the suspense and the secrets the author bestowed upon Cal are what kept me reading until the end. The book started off slow and I did consider giving up, but I wanted to know what secret Cal was keeping too much, and the further I got into the book the harder I found it to put down.

However, now I've reached the end I can't figure out what I want to do next. Well, I can. I want to know what happens and if Cal and Lauren get their HEA. However, I've seen on Amazon that this is a four book series and this is where my problem comes from. Before anyone says anything, this isn't a matter of price and paying for the books. My issue is that If I Break seemed to drag at times already. There was a lot of story, but I don't know if I can read four books. Had there been 2 or 3 I would definitely continue the series. Yet, with that fourth book, I just don't think I want to read so much to get a resolution. I'm ready for it now and I can't see how the author can create 4 books that are going to hold my attention. I can see myself getting bored around book 3 and knowing I'm not going to be satisfied with the ending so will have to read another book for that will ruin my experience.

I don't want to tarnish my thoughts on this book because I really did enjoy it. I thought the emotions created were powerful and the author has clearly gone to great lengths to research her facts. However, can I read 3 more books? I just don't know. There doesn't feel like there is four books worth of story. I may be wrong, and judging this author from past experience unfairly, but my gut feeling is usually right in these situations when I feel there will be more padding than story.


Overall, this is a great read but it leaves on a cliffhanger. It's full of emotions and held my attention well, but I don't know if I'll read more. Maybe I'll give book 2 a go and see how I feel after that.

4

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Review ~ My Kinda Night (Summer Sisters, Book 2) by Lacey Black

Today we have the release day blitz for My Kinda Night by Lacey Black! Grab your copy today!

Title: My Kinda Night (Summer Sisters, Book 2)Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer & Cover Design: Sara Eirew
About My Kinda Night:

Payton Summer doesn’t have time for love. Between running her own business in her hometown of Jupiter Bay and her monthly night out with her sisters, Payton has no room for men, dating, or the drama that it entails. Her life is fine just the way it is. Yet, her attraction to the one man she shouldn’t want can’t be ignored.   Dean McIntire has one rule: don’t date clients. It’s a lesson he learned the hard way, and sees the consequence every day when he looks at his five-year-old daughter. It’s not a rule he’d break again. Until he meets the gorgeous Payton Summer, and suddenly, Dean finds himself ready to throw the rule book right out the window.   What happens when the sparks of lust can’t be denied? One night turns in to two, and two turns in to more. Payton and Dean find themselves unable to stay away, but can they survive when their secrets are exposed?   *Though part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone. It is intended for those 18 and over due to graphic language, descriptive sex, and the world’s most inappropriate grandparents.

My Opinion

I saw this cover kicking around Facebook a few days before I received the tour sign up invite. It intrigued me back then with the design so I was interested to check it out. Even though I haven't read book 1 in this series, My Kinda Night did work as a standalone and I was pleasantly surprised.

My Kinda Night was an easy read to get lost in. I liked the single dad element--it was what drew me to request it. I thought Dean was a sweet and caring guy. His love for his daughter was touching, and it made him all the more likeable. As for Payton, she was a bit standoffish and I didn't always understand her no dating rule, but I enjoyed watching Dean break down he walls. There was definitely chemistry between them and their romance was sweet and hot.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I will probably go back an read the first books, as well as look forward to more in the series.

4

 
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Review ~ Hard Stick (Breakaway, #1) by L.P. Dover

Hard Stick by L.P. Dover
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 13th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

Description:
He carries a big stick. And he’s not afraid to use it.
On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe some not-so-clean fun too. That’s the kind of girl I’d never let go.

When Kristen Robinson, the gorgeous, down-to-earth bartender I’ve been crushing on, agrees to let me take her out, I’m thrilled. We have an amazing night together, culminating in the most electrifying kiss of my life—and that’s it. Kristen tells me we can’t see each other again, but I know that kiss meant as much to her as it did to me. What I don’t know is that Kristen has a dangerous secret. . . .

I’ve proved to Kristen that she can trust me with her body and her heart. But when her past comes back to haunt her, I need to prove that she can trust me with her life. And I might have to get my hands dirty after all.

My Opinion

Another great read by this author. 

LP Dover is another author I'm running out of words for in reviews. Her work never fails to keep me hooked, and I always end up finishing her books too quickly. Hard Stick was no exception. 

Kellen and Kristen were a good couple. Kristen had a hard time with her past, but she opened up to Kellen and I liked the connection between them. The fact there wasn't much of a chase in the relationship and the characters had time to grow together made it all the more enjoyable. I liked that Kristen was strong even after what she'd been through. She didn't let it break her and she wasn't afraid to put the hockey guys in their place. 

As for the story, it was another good suspense. I loved that so many characters from her other books came into this story and I couldn't put it down. 


Overall another brilliant read. I hope Dallas gets a book at some point and I can't wait for LP's next release no matter what it is. 


5

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