Sunday, July 27, 2014

Married to a Rogue by Donna Lea Simpson

Could not get behind this romance 

Baxter claims to love his wife Emily yet he sends her away 
Then he takes on a slew of mistresses until settling with Belle for a while 

He stops having a relationship with Belle because he develops paternal feeling toward her, like eww 

Then he "realizes" he really loves Emily, whom he hasn’t seen in 5 years and he only comes to this realization after he sees how she is getting attention from another man 

Granted this story is staged in a time when this was the norm, married rich guys from London's upper echelon take on lovers while being married, but this story is just so bad 

Emily is so nice and you just feel so bad for her, because she actually loves her husband 

Etienne is introduced as a romantic interest for Emily, except in the end he just disappears and then dies 

Too many characters are introduced and they really don’t do anything for the story 

Baxter doesn't apologize to Emily until the very end and it really doesn't seem like they  have a real resolution of their problems, the end is just too rushed 

Belle was an insufferable and grotesque character in my opinion, the author tries to redeem her at the end but it didn't seem good 

Another thing that I absolutely hated was that there was so much mention of Emily's weight, which based on the description, she wasn't fat, she just had the body of a woman in her 30's not the teenage physique of Belle who was supposedly 18 or 19 in the book (so again eww because Baxter is 42 and he started his relationship with her when she was like 16)

Of all the characters introduced the only two I actually found enjoyable were Less, the theater owner and fried of Baxter and Emily; and Dodo, the elderly aunt of Baxter and friend of Emily's 

I know in all these stories, the guys are always jerks who redeem themselves but this one just wasn't good

Rating 2 out of 5
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The Naughty Nine by Various

This is collection of 9 stories that combine a bit of danger with a lot of attraction. 

The collection includes: 
  • Stop in the Name of Love by Nina Bruhns 
  • Deathblow by Dana Marton 
  • A Girl, A Guy And A Ghost by Patricia Mason  
  • Everything He Never Wanted by Mary Leo 
  • Red Rock Rises by Taylor Lee  
  • Dirty Little Secrets by Julie Leto 
  • One Night To Kill by Rita Heron  
  • Saved by Lorhainne Eckhart  
  • Snowbound by Karen Fenech 
  • Secret Identity by Jill Sanders 

Some of these stories are more enjoyable than the others, depending on your taste, but over all this collection was fun and entertaining. You get a little bit of everything and a whole lot of romance. Plus everyone knows a story with danger leads to some fun romantic encounters.

Rating 4 out of 5
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Alive at 5 by Linda Bond

Zack is a former ranger, investigating his rich uncle's death. He is in no way looking for romance and he sure as hell doesn't want some reporter tagging along messing up his investigation. 

Samantha (Sam) is a reporter in need of a big scoop. When her friend and mentor dies in a mysterious "accident", her reporter instincts tell her there is something more going on and she is going to find out. Dragging her camera man George along, she decides to twist Zack's arm into letting them follow him on his "adventure". 

Sparks fly left and right with Sam and Zack and so do a few very near death encounters. 

The story is fun and engaging, the suspense will keep you flipping the pages, just to get to the big revelation. Because, come on it’s a mystery, there is always a big revelation. The ending is the only thing I would have changed a bit, perhaps add an epilogue where Sam and Zack go off into a non-death laced vacation; maybe have them sitting on the beach of Cabo sipping margaritas. 

Rating 3.5 out of 5
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Up To Me by Christi Barth

Ella Mayhew is the young owner of Mayhew Manor, a hotel that looks like a castle. Ella's been locked up in herself since her parents tragic death three years ago. When she spots a good looking stranger running across the grounds of the hotel, her hormones kick in. 

Graydon "Gray" Locke is a corporate hitman; his routine, go undercover and assess the business, recommend it for closure and vamoose. When Gray spots Ella, he is captivated. Well that captivation is trouble with a capital T for Gray who is supposed to be assessing the business, not the attractive owner. 

Gray's been lying to Ella since the beginning and falling in love. Ella will do anything to save her family legacy, Mayhew Manor, but does that include turning her back on true love. 

The story was sweet, Gray and Ella are rocking the love at first sight romance. Ella and Gray are very sweet, Gray fully won me over when he admits his favorite Disney movie was "The Little Mermaid"  and that he used to dress up as Prince Eric when he was a kid. That right there won me over. In the story we meet Ella's friends who soon become friends with Gray; and these people are a real riot. The way they act is very realistic, made me think of my friends and how "shut up" never works. This is book 1 in a new series and if this book is anything to go by, the series looks promising. I am hoping the next book in the series will follow Ella's friends Piper and Ward, there were some real fireworks going on there.

Rating 4 out of 5
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Liquid City, Vol. 3 (Liquid City #3) by Various

Liquid City is a collection of short tales that each usually has some small lesson or token for contemplation. Some stories and illustrations were better than others and that ultimately affected my opinion of the book. Many of these short tales have a rooting in the author's culture. Ultimately I'd still buy this book, so I say read.

Rating 3 out of 5
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Naja (Naja #1-5) by Jean-David Morvan, Bengal (Illustrations)

The concept is unique, the illustrations are good and damn if Naja [the main character] not kick some serious ass. 

The story follows Naja a professional assassin, she is ranked number 3 for the organization she works for. When Naja gets attacked and told that the number 1 assassin wants to kill her because he thinks she wants to kill him. That sets in motion the story and the action just keeps coming. 

The story is very up and down and the twist is like whoa. This book may not be everyone's cup of tea or poison, if we want to keep with the assassin theme. 

The drawing style is very Japanese manga and the storyline is dark and gruesome, but it worked; so enjoy.

Rating 4 out of 5
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi

Often a little hard to follow if you're just reading it, I felt that this book should spoken out loud when reading. The rhythm flowed naturally and in a lyrical sort of way. 

I enjoyed the book and if you're a fan of musical poetry, you will enjoy this book. 

Rating 3.5 out of 5
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