Review: Truth by Aleatha Romig

16070018“When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love.”

The Good: Again such strong writing! By the time I was done with Consequences (Book 1) I had really high expectations for the sequel. However, I tend to not set the bar too high for the “middle” book in trilogies. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the author did not disappoint. This novel was full of twists, revelations and a good dose of new-found confidence and strong character development. The main character has learned the consequences of the events we witnessed in book one and no longer a victim, she finds herself reversing the roles and taking charge of her own game pieces.

The Bad: Sadly as some mysteries started to be revealed, a secondary plot started to overpower the main story line. While it was interesting, every time it came up, it seemed a bit repetitive and I was a little bored with the frequency that it appeared. It is obvious, that all the new information in the subplot was given with a purpose but  I was distracted by it and I could have done with half of the scenes, which could have been sacrificed for the sake of the flow of the main story line.

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The Ugly: The big cliffhanger!  The ending was crafted to perfection but it leaves the reader hanging for an uncertain amount of time. While the final installment doesn’t have an official release date, rumor has it that it won’t come out until the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. This is such a long wait for readers like me. Since I finished this book I have been psychoanalyzing every single character and the wait is going to be painful.

I highly recommend this amazing series to new adult readers and contemporary fiction readers. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Review: Consequences by Aleatha Romig

12368985“Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting.”

The Good: The amazing writing style, the plot, the character development, the flow, the pace of the story. I mean, everything! Wow this book is one of those that come once in a blue moon. I am usually scared of highly recommending a book to my friends because I hate to build up their expectations but I have no doubt that whatever I say about this book, it will still exceed your expectations. The author is a brilliant story-teller and I was really impressed with her ability to keep the reader interested and in suspense. This book has a good mix of drama, romance, mystery and angst.

The Bad: While the story was flawless the ending was no strong enough for a stand alone. The book is not intended to be a stand alone, and I had the sequel waiting for me, but I always feel that every book out there should be able to stand out as an individual piece of art. It pains me to say that about this book because I loved the story so much. It is such a great story but if I didn’t have the sequel ready to go, I would have been very upset. The ending leaves too many questions unanswered.

The Ugly: Be ready for some twisted scenes, from domestic violence, to rape and mental abuse. I have to say that all was tastefully done but you will still be feeling a wide range of emotions from what the main character has to endure. Remember that the ugly in my reviews is always subjective, and while it was a little grotesque to read certain scenes, they were necessary for the story to remain truthful. Overall, just a warning for the faint-of-heart!

Do yourself a favor and get your own copy now! Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Review : There Is No Light In Darkness by Claire Contreras

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“After the mysterious and violent death of her parents, Blake Brennan finds comfort with an unconventional family. As the dramatic loss of her parents continues to haunt her—and hinders her from reciprocating love that others give freely—Blake embarks on a harrowing journey in search for the truth.”

The Good: I loved the mystery and the romance in this book! Both were equally balanced and the character development didn’t disappoint. I quickly felt connected to the main characters and I was totally engrossed on their lives and even their careers! Overall it was a fun read and I loved the cover.

The Bad: It pains me to have this critical eye sometimes but it also helps me do what I love to do best. I was given this ARC for a honest review and at about the halfway mark the writing style changed. At first it didn’t bother me because I figured it would pick up again but that was not the case. The scenes were not rushed but they didn’t have the same flow that the first few chapters had. It was distracting and I was sad about that.

The Ugly: As some of my readers know, I don’t ever read synopses. Synopses steal from me as a reader the ability to discover a new journey. I don’t like to have any expectations or preconceived ideas before I read a book but in this case I wish I knew this book is a PART 1. Nowhere in the cover does it show that this book is part of a series and I have to warn you that this is just half of a story. Towards the end there is a series of  revelations that only lead to more mysteries and the book ends on a big cliffhanger. I wouldn’t have had any problem with it if I had known in advance, but the abrupt ending was a bit disappointing.

Regardless, I will be looking forward to its sequel. This book will release on January 11th through Amazon

Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

15858248 “In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.”

The Good: In good Alice Clayton fashion, the book is hilarious. Her writing style is well defined and if you have read from Mrs. Clayton before, you won’t be disappointed. Her new heroine, Caroline Reynolds is a confident young professional with an equally confident and gracious neighbor, Mr. Wallbanger aka Simon Parker. Light romantic comedy with lots of cat interaction. Highly recommended to all cat lovers.

The Bad: While there was a lot of flirting and teasing, the real romance didn’t come until the last few chapters in the book. I would have loved to see more of it earlier on. There was really not defined conflict on the plot, which was a little bit disappointing.

The Ugly: I know this was supposed to be funny but having a cat that (almost) talks was a little over the top. I have had cats before so I do know that cats are really smart and they do have their own personalities but I thought Clive (the cat) was a little over done. Not a deal breaker but just had to mention it because I did roll my eyes while I was reading it. I was also turned off by the reference of O (you will find out- don’t want to spoil it for you) it was border line immature yet amusing.

All in all, I recommend this book to all romantic comedy lovers. Get your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Review: If You Stay by Courtney Cole

17032328 Bad boy Pax Tate is not the kind of guy any good girl would be interested in, he knows this and that is fine with him. He already has everything he wants, even if that’s is not the same to what he needs. Life doesn’t have to be complicated, and it’s not when you are Pax Tate and you don’t give a damn about it.

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The Good: I love it when a book talks to me on the first three pages, with this book I didn’t even have to wait that long, I was hooked from the moment I read the first sentence. Like usual, the author immediately transported me to the story and the characters became real to me. I fell in love with a flawed character, and that is what differentiated this book from the rest for me.

The Bad:  When I finished reading I noticed that most of the book was written from Pax’s point of view.  And while I really liked getting into the guy’s head, I know there was some hesitancy from me because I thought it would be the usual romance tale from the heroine’s perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book immensely, but I know the reception of a story always comes from expectations, so get ready to get to know Mr. Bad boy in a really good way 🙂

The Ugly: Get ready for chapter two. It gets ugly, and when I say ugly, I mean disgusting ugly. It is funny now that I think of it in retrospective. So there you have my warning. This is a great story and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. Courtney Cole’s writing is always so refreshing to me. Always different yet always captivating.

This book will be released on February 12th 2013. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss it!

Review: Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

dirtyredThis is the book that I had been waiting for in 2012. After reading Tarryn Fisher’s debut novel The Opportunist in June I knew there was something special about her writing. At the time I didn’t know I had just read book one of a trilogy so I read the book again and went to find more from the author. To my surprise, I found out the author was working on book two and since then I have been obsessing over the release of this book.  This is my favorite series of contemporary romance, therefore this will be a very biased review.
Leah Smith is the leading lady of book two on this three dimensional tale. Leah doesn’t hold back, Leah plays dirty and will do anything to get what she wants. An interesting take on a romance novel, a chance to to see a different vantage point.

 
The Good: Exceptional writing. The author is a genius storyteller and her writing strategically reveals half truths and mysteries when the least expected. The story goes back and forth in between present time and past events that only the most observant readers are able to piece together in the right order. The main character is the villain and while the reader feel sympathy while reading her point of view, she doesn’t redeem at the end. Expect to hate this dirty red.
The Bad: Not enough Olivia! I warned you I was obsessed with the first book.! I loved Dirty Red for that extra vantage point, the book allowed me to see Olivia through something different than my rose-colored glasses, but it still didn’t have enough for me to not miss her. I loved being in her head in book one and when I finished the book I mourned knowing that I would never get to hear from her again.

The Ugly: This book brought a lot of hate to my heart. Even though the subject of postpartum depression was mentioned a lot throughout the book, I have zero tolerance for irresponsible women that chose to be mothers. I could not get over the fact that Leah could be so callous and negligent towards a little innocent being.

I highly recommend this series to New Adult and Contemporary fiction readers, get your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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

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.