Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Review ~ Flirting with Love (Lovelly, #2) by Clara Stone

Flirting with Love (Lovelly, #2)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: March 6th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet--pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more. 

Give more. 

Without regrets.

*This book is a standalone within a series

My Opinion

I'm really struggling over what to make of this book. On one hand it held my attention, and on the other I feel like something was missing. I can't make my mind up about whether it was an okay read or a good one.

Set in two time periods, Flirting With Love flips between the past and present. The present chapters follow Blake having a baby, while the past detail her and Hudson's relationship beginning.

To be completely honest, I'm not sure what the point of mixing the chapters up was. I think this is my biggest cause of indecision with this book. I kept waiting for something to happen in the present and it never really did. To me it seemed like all the present chapters could have been joined together into one epilogue.

As for the past, it was okay, but I felt like it needed more. The backstories weren't strong enough for my tastes. They needed a little more description to fully flesh them out. I don't know ... I liked the relationship, I just wanted a little more.

Overall, I have no idea what to make of this book. It's definitely not a bad read though so if the blurb interests you consider giving it a go.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review ~ Unsuitable by Samantha Towle

ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: October 1st 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Daisy Smith has spent eighteen months of her life paying for a crime she didn’t commit. Now out of prison, she has only one focus—to get back custody of her younger brother, Jesse, who is deep in the foster care system. Desperate to rebuild her life and show the system that she is responsible enough to care for Jesse, she takes on the only job available to her—working as a maid at the Matis Estate.

On day one of her new job, Daisy meets Kastor Matis, the only son of the owners and her new boss. An enigmatic, handsome Greek god of a man, Kas is closed off, cold, and…well, kind of a bastard.

The more time Daisy spends around Kas, she starts to see there might be more to him than just his cold, bastard ways. He may actually have a heart beating in that frozen chest of his.

But Kas has secrets, too. Secrets that he’s determined to keep.

Secrets make Daisy curious.

And you know what curiosity can do…

My Opinion

This book is a little different from everything I've read by this author before. I've been a big fan of her work since I read Troubled a few years ago. However, I found Unsuitable to be slightly darker a
and grittier with the characters, and I thought the author pulled off the change in writing well.

Just like always, this Samantha Towle book had me hooked and I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know Kas' secret, and I wanted him to prove me wrong and turn out to be the guy Daisy deserved. While I tried to distance myself from him--because I knew he was hiding something dark--he managed to work his way past my defences with his sweet, almost vulnerable attitude towards Daisy. He came across like an ass in the beginning, yet he had these tender moments and he wasn't the typical man-whore a lot of books have nowadays. It was a refreshing change.

Similarly, in regards to Daisy, I sympathised with her for what she'd gone through. It was unfair and heartbreaking. However, I admired the way she didn't dwell on the events once she was out. She was solely focused on getting Jesse back and I believed in her emotions.

Overall, this was a book that kept me reading and I couldn't put down. It's a bit different from what I'm used to with this author, but she does the genre justice and created a great read.


Monday, 24 October 2016

Review ~ Scarred by You by Laura Carter

Scarred by You
eARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 24th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Their past will become their future. Their scars will be reopened.

Clark Layton has the world at his feet. He is the CEO of one of the largest oil companies in the world and he has a fiancée most men would kill for. Then why, the night before his wedding, is he still thinking about everything he lost when he walked out on Dayna Cross?

Dayna didn’t intend to take the helm of Subsea Petroleum. But events beyond her control left her no choice. And she can handle it, mostly. She can juggle the long hours, the chauvinistic men, and a broken heart. What she can’t deal with is Clark Layton swanning back into her life and threatening to break down her walls.

They are rival CEOs and they are in a dogfight for a lucrative new pipeline. But as truths of their past begin to surface, business won’t be the biggest battle they enter into.

My Opinion

This is the first book I've read by Laura Carter. Having met her at a signing earlier this year she's been on my tbr pile for awhile so when I saw Scarred By You I was intrigued and had to read it. Considering it's a standalone it seemed like the perfect place to start.

This book offered something different. While it deals with CEOs, both Clark and Dayna are in the oil industry. I've not seen this before and I thought it gave the book a uniqueness and interesting angle. The plot surrounding the oil companies was interesting and kept me intrigued as it's corrupt and dirty. 

As for the relationship, I did think there was chemistry. The characters are put through their paces in this book and I enjoyed watching their journey play out. I believed in Clark's emotions, but I was glad Dayna didn't let him walk all over her.

I did wish there was a slight nod to the other characters at the end just to wrap things up a little more. Dayna's revenge fizzled out a little and I didn't understand why. However that's only minor--literally wanted a sentence here or there.

Overall this was a book that was different to what I've read before. It was well written and I thought it a great introduction to this author.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Review ~ Prick Tease (Tangled Desires, #1) by Misti Murphy

Prick Tease (Tangled Desires, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: October 21st 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Claire Hadley shouldn’t even be on my radar.
There are a million damn reasons why I shouldn’t touch her. 

Her brothers are my best friends. We grew up together, under the same roof.

I’m supposed to think of her like a little sister.

I won’t break my loyalty for a f*ck. 

Razer Bennington forgot me when he joined the marines. 
One kiss. Seven years. I can’t get the taste of him out of my mouth. 

I’m meant to be the good girl. A virgin. A role model. 

I’m supposed to live up to their expectations.

Screw that… 

I’m going to get what I want. 

I should be careful what I wish for. 

Claire Hadley was about to check the perfect fiancĂ© off her checklist. 
Until she found him underneath a hooker. 
Running home to her brother, she doesn’t expect to be rescued by Razer Bennington. 
Seven years ago he left her behind. 
But she hasn’t forgotten their last night together. Or the kiss they shared. 
Tired of living up to the expectations of others, she throws caution to the wind. 
This time she’ll get what she wants. 
Even if getting what she wants could destroy him.

My Opinion

For a freebie this was okay. I thought it would be right up my street what with a former marine and brother's best friend as the main themes. I was excited to start it as soon as it appeared on my Kindle.

While this was an easy read, I did expect it to be hotter. Personally, I didn't think there was a spark between Razer and Claire. They were okay as a couple, but they lacked chemistry. Maybe I went in expecting too much, I don't know, but that's what let this book down for me. I also don't think the marine side of things wasn't used to its full potential. It was very much just mentioned and left at that.

Overall, it was an okay read to pass the time.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Review ~ Professed by Nicola Rendell

ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: August 1st 2016

Publisher: Self-published

At a secret masked ball at Yale, Naomi Costa is literally swept off her stiletto-blistered feet by a man with a killer jawline, a perfect body, and an even-better kiss. They bust out of an emergency exit and have axis-shaking sex. He pours whiskey in her belly button and after they run out of condoms, they have to get creative. That kind of sex.

The next day, she learns that he is none other than Dr. Benjamin Beck, a brand new member of the Yale faculty and the hottest thing to happen to academia since… well, ever. She has to take his damned junior seminar to graduate, but it gets worse. He’s also her College Master: her boss, her advisor, her everything. And he’s just moved in, right downstairs.

They can’t stay away from each other. They're either fusion or fission or both. They’re making out in libraries, hiding notes between stones, and sneaking off to nautically themed AirBnbs. Hear that sound? It’s the academic code of ethics going up in flames.

If they're found out, he’ll lose his job and his reputation. She'll lose her scholarship and be forced to return to the life of lobster fishing that she thought she’d escaped.

And they will be found out, yes they will.

So what the hell are they going to do?

My Opinion

Professed isn't my usual read, but it was free and sounded hot from the teasers I'd seen on Facebook so I decided to give it a chance.

While there were parts that weren't for me, and I'm still not totally convinced by this trope, something about this book kept me reading. When Naomi and Ben were together there was definite chemistry and it was a hot read.

Overall, a good read. I'm not going to say too much as I don't read much of this trope, but I'm glad I took a chance on it.


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