Thursday, October 30, 2014

What a Bride Wants (The Great Wedding Giveaway #1) by Kelly Hunter

21525582This is a funny, lightweight read; the story is only 84 pages of a love at first meddling father.

It's bad when parents decide to play matchmakers, it's bad when they try to point out potential "candidates", but it is horrifying, beyond traumatizing when your father goes out and puts a full color personal ad in the paper trying to find you a domesticated husband.

When, Ella Grace Emerson's father does just that, after contemplating patricide she decides to put up her own ad at the saloon. Her ad, seeks a lover not a husband and preferably one that can annoy her father. Which can you blame her? If I were her, patricide would be very appealing, that is of course if I didn't drop of mortification the moment I learned of the ad.

Enter Cam Sawyer, good looking new bartender in town who decides to answer Ella's second ad. Cam doesn't want any forever, he is constantly on the run from his crazy brother; but for Ella he is willing to reconsider his way of life and make Marietta home. 

The story is sweet, I love that for Ella there has to be a spark, she doesn't want rich, she doesn't want luxury, all she wants is SPARK! Cam is a good and funny character and Ella's father is also very endearing, as long as he is not putting any ad's out.

Rating 4 out of 5

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shattered (Extreme Risk, #2) by Tracy Wolff

18465707Ash Lewis is dealing with a lot; this book picks up almost a year after the tragic ending of the previous book. The last we saw, the crew was getting ready to compete, when Ash receives a call telling him his parents died in a car crash and his little brother, Logan is hanging on for dear life.

Now Ash has quit snowboarding and is doing his damnedest to take care of a now paralyzed Logan, unfortunately his overprotective ways are really putting a strain on his relationship with his brother.

Tansy Hampton is living life like there is no tomorrow; she has spent the last decade waiting for the cancer to finally do her in, but against all odds, she has survived. Now working for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, she wants to make Timmy's wish come true; that wish, seeing his hero Ash Lewis snowboard again.

With a little doing from Ash's friend Z and the others, the whole gang is off to the mountains of Chile to make a dying boy's wish come true. Along the way Ash will have to deal with his relationship with his brother as well as the love he's developing for Tansy.

It was nice read, very emotional though because the characters find it difficult to deal with the tragedies in their lives. Logan was by far my favorite character in this book, despite his tragedies, he still tries to see the better in things. I hope Ms. Wolff will give us a third novel that focuses on Luc and Cam, we've been teased with their relationship since book one, we deserve a book.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

Shredded (Extreme Risk, #1) by Tracy Wolff

18283137Z Michaels is the best snowboarder on the mountain, too bad he's more interested in punishing himself for the tragedies of his past.

Ophelia left lovely New Orleans to recover following a tragic accident that left her with more than just physical scars.

When Z and Ophelia meet there is an instant attraction, too bad Z is a total douche and Ophelia has no problem cooling him down with a nice, ice cold coffee down his pants. Z's friends, Ash, Cam and Luc, are always there to help him out, which is really great because after you find out the trauma that is leading him down the self-destructive path, you are glad he has someone to turn to.

These two eventually learn to trust each other and deal with all the horrors of their dealing with. What I did not like was that after we learn the great tragedy, which is like 70% into the book, and Z eventually starts dealing with things, there is never a confrontation between him and his dad. That confrontation between Z and his father was really needed so that the book would have been all neatly tied up.

Rating 4 out of 5

Monday, October 27, 2014

Close To Her Heart by C.J. Carmichael

22398800I love Ms. Carmichael's books, they are always so emotional and the characters are so realistic. The issues in her books are always real issues that people often face in their lives.

This book takes place during the same events as Good Together, another of Ms. Carmichael's books, except this book follows Dani Carrigan and her journey through a damaged relationship, finding herself alone and pregnant, and finally finding a man who loves her and is willing to be her friend and lover.

Dani Carrigan has been secretly dating Adrian Carlson, head of the department at the university they both work at; a widowed single father, who treats her more like a mistress than a girlfriend. When Dani tells him she is pregnant he is upset and from that point on Dani begins to see, rather slowly, what a horrible guy he really is. Add that the baby might have defects and Dani feels ill prepared for all of this.

Eliot Gilmore is Dani's neighbor and friend, he is there for her through thick and thin, and he secretly harbors feelings for Dani. Eliot helps Dani through her pregnancy and eventually their friendship turns romantic.

What I hated was that Dani took forever to see what a jerk Adrian was and how good Eliot was. That is why I gave it a 4, but other than that the story was great.

Rating 4 out of 5

Android Angels by Kosuke Kabaya

18854858A collection of short stories that follow the emotional attachment humans form with their androids and makes you questions the damage these bonds can for, on the human psyche when the lease of an android ends in four years.

The book was good because it makes you ponder how much more emotionally dependent on technology we would be in the future. Even now we are incredibly depended on technology, most people cant go five minutes without checking their smartphone.

The art is manga style, the stories are short and follow different characters and their interactions with their android. The concept is engaging for those that like to think of the future and the day they will have a robot.

Rating 4 out of 5

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meka by Jean-David Morvan, Bengal

The story follows a Lieutenant and a Corporal who pilot a giant robot called a Meka. They are fighting in a war and after their Meka is damaged in battle they must travel through the remains of their most recent battle ground to survive.

The story really didn't have any direction, but what really saved the book for me was the art. The graphics were incredible.

Rating 3 out of 5

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 2 by Comptiq

A collection of art covers and a short comic, the book was all right, entertaining. The art is your typical manga, girls in colorful outfits, with lots of frills.

I would have liked if the comic would have been longer, the comic was only like 10 percent of the book and the rest was just covers. The very colorful, internet like style of the graphics made me think of Dance, Dance Revolution, so it made me laugh.

Rating 3 out of 5