Review: More Than This by Shannyn Schroeder

16137297 “Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures.”

The Good: I think the cover and the little bit I quoted from the blurb sounded promising, so I will say that the marketing for this book worked for me.  The writing is easy to read but for some reason this book took me a while to finish. I was interested in the main characters enough to keep me reading. My favorite part was the portrayal of one of the main character’s family. I just wished it was more fulfilling.

The Bad: I liked so many aspects of this book but the story fell flat on character development and plot. The book had great potential, in fact the author left a few loose ends with so many characters and story lines. At the end all these secondary characters and plot lines felt like fillers. Very disappointing.

The Ugly: The change of point of view in between the characters it was not very well defined. I kept finding myself going back to re-read line after line every time the pov changed. The narration in first person felt a bit void and this made the characters feel at best, two-dimensional.

Thank you Netgalley for this advance reader copy. This title will be available on January 3rd 2013. Check Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Review: The Stranger (Just One Night part 1) by Kyra Davis

16058281“Kasie knows who she’s supposed to be. But one passionate night with a mysterious stranger will teach her who she wants to be.”

The Good: The writing is really good, I read this book in one sitting and I really liked the plot. I thought the characters were likable and believable. I liked the chemistry in between the two main characters and I felt like the plot was developed at a good pace and even though this is  part one in a trilogy , this book managed to have a good ending despite the cliffhanger.

The Bad: I hate to judge books by their cover but sometimes you can’t help yourself. I almost didn’t read this book because the cover reminds me of the 50 shades of grey books. I figured this book was yet again another one of “those” books trying to make money off the same story line… Well, I’m glad I was able to go past my prejudice and read this story. The author is great writer that kept my attention the whole time.

The Ugly: People that are looking to read books similar to 50 shades of grey will not like this book. While the book has some steamy parts and I personally enjoyed the not-so-graphic love scenes, I don’t think this book can be labeled as erotica. The promise of this book cover will disappoint those readers. I was reading some other reviews and I was very surprised by some low ratings, but it all comes to the expectations of the reader. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the subsequent titles.

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC. This book will be available on January 21 2013 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Review: In Flight by R. K. Lilley

16134782“Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.”

The Good: The love interest is hot and I really like the setting of the book. I don’t think I’ve read anything involving flight attendants and first class travelers before, so I decided to give this book a chance to show me a fast pace romance could happen. I was also very curious about the different settings that would be portrayed in the book. I thought the narration was consistent and I don’t recall seeing any grammatical errors.

The Bad: The character development was very poor. The plot had potential but the writer didn’t even try. The description of their love scenes were complicated and hard to picture. The relationship between the main characters was forced and unnatural. Even if the relationship made sense in the author’s head, the description in the book was vague and I was not able to connect with the characters actions and motives.

The Ugly: That ending was horrible. I don’t have a problem with cliffhanger endings that will be resolved in a sequel but there is an art to writing, and part of that is to write a book that can be a stand-alone. I know it says book one on the cover and that’s enough for the reader to know that the story will continue, but this book ends at the climax of the story.

Review: Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde

13560262 Lexi is done with the men in her past and she’s just about to graduate from law school. While the future is still in the air, she continues to try to move on with her life in the big city. Just when a new man has appear in her path, she gets pulled once again by one of the man that she’s been trying to avoid.
Another favor, a chance for closure. Lexi takes the opportunity to own her actions and take responsibility, hence the title.
In this story we get to see what has transpired during the last year since the end of book 1. Lexi becomes more secure and learns to confront all her fears and doubts.

The Good: The character development continues to be the author’s strongest suit. The writing is pretty good but it got a bit repetitive and wordy in some parts. I found myself skimming a bit but not a lot, I just needed to know what was going to happen. The characters kept me on edge until the end. I love when books do that.
The Bad: I found a few plot inconsistencies and timeline errors. I don’t think it’s a deal breaker but it was distracting for me. I notified the author so I am confident the few things that were overlooked will be resolved with the next update.

The Ugly: Great sequel, it was a nice read considering that it is the middle book in a trilogy. I find the second books in trilogies to be mediocre most of the time but this one didn’t disappoint. The only bad thing about this story is that it’s going to leave you wanting more!

This book was just released the first week of December and you can find it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Review: Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde

13345975 When Lexi meets Jack in college, they quickly hit it off and before they know it they are into each other deeper than expected. Jack has been holding his cards and when Lexi finds out she tries to move on with her life.
The book starts 6 years after they first met. After all that time they have been able to keep a friendly relationship and when Jack asks Lexi to do one last thing for him, Lexi can’t resist the pull he’s always had in her life.

The Good: I love emotional roller coasters and this book did not disappoint. I also enjoy the alternation in between present and past scenes. This doesn’t always work for every story and the writer has to be really crafty to be able to pull it off. Needless to say, it was really well done, along with the character development, I was sucked in and I had no idea how would the characters react to the very unexpected situations that were presented.

The Bad: I’m not going to lie. I tried to start this book when it first came out and it must have been a bad time because I couldn’t make it past the first chapter. I knew I wanted to give it a second chance and I’m really glad I did! I just didn’t like Lexi in the first scene. It is tragically set from the beginning and you have to be willing to be open minded to continue. Knowing in advance what I knew about the beginning of the book, I was able to just let the story be told and it was great. The miracle of second chances!

The Ugly: Pet peeve of mine. I’ve seen the couple in the cover in other books. This annoys me so much. I know that it wasn’t intentional and the author probably hates it as well but I have to mention it. A book to me is a the whole package and the cover while it doesn’t add to the story (which was great, by the way) it is important for the book to sell. So there’s that.

If you are like me and you enjoy characters that make want to break something, then this book is for you! Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Review: Back to You by Priscilla Glenn

backtoyou Lauren is a young professional who has just switched jobs to accommodate going back to grad school. In her new job as a Pre-K teacher, she encounters someone she thought she would never see again. Being in a new city and a different environment, takes them both by surprise and as they try the common pleasantries, fate pushes them closer than they are comfortable with.
The narration of this story is quite flawless, the author gives the reader a little bit of the past when is needed without losing track of the present story flow. I found myself unable to put this book down and as a psychology major I really enjoyed the factual statements in this novel.

The Good: Character development! I loved every single character in this book. These characters are believable and they are flawed as any other human being. I loved seeing the past scenes as they give the reader a basis for the character’s motivations and actions. These characters were so real to me, they were logical and consistent. Wonderful writing.
The Bad: I did find a few editing errors, but is hard to find a book that doesn’t have them. I am marking down this book as one of my favorite stories and can’t say anything bad about it, really.

The Ugly: One character that I loved got neglected. I know why, and it was necessary for the main plot for this character to just go, but I can’t stop thinking about this character so the ugly thing about this story is that I want more but this is a stand alone.

I highly recommend this to contemporary romance readers looking for a good, sweet love story. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble