Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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Series: Like Us Book#1
Format: ebook
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, M/M
Publisher: Self-Published
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff's sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

Review

I've been excited for this book since it was announced. And I read it in a day and enjoyed myself. I want to make that clear, because this review may come across a little negative. I stand by the 4-Star rating but wanted to talk more about my "issues".

It's nice to spend time with all the Hales, Meadows, and Cobalts. But I thought this would have mroe of Jane and Sulli. Don't get me wrong, I love Moffy, but I wanted all three of them. I really like his relationship with Jane. Maybe they'll get POVs in future books. And I really like the bodyguards. They're a good addition to this ragtag family/group.

The romance was steamy. I do like Farrow and Moffy together. The Ritchies handled it well but I always feel a little iffy about romances with potential power issues this one.

And I absolutely love how normalized sexuality and LGBTQ lifestyles were. There are still some messed up people in the world, but there's much more acceptance. Hopefully, that's really what our world looks like in the future.

I thought I had more to say, but now I can't remember what those things were. I am excited for the next book to come out though.

Thanks for reading!
Holly

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

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Series: The Others Book #3
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Roc

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
 
The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…


Review
 
I liked this, but I didn't love it the way I did the previous two books. I still love the characters and world. And there were certainly some emotional moments in this one. And those things have raised the stakes.
 
But most of the book felt like a set up for future things. Laying groundwork for a series is important, but the individual book should also have it's own story. It was just a little lacking in this one.
 
 Thanks for reading!
Holly 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

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Series: The Malediction Trilogy Book #1
Format: ebook
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library (Overdrive)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...

Review

I first heard about this from Bekah Awesome Book Nut. She loved it so I wanted to read it. But I was cautious so I wanted to get it from the library.

So, I did enjoy the story and characters. I’m a little confused about the world, but understood the troll politics at least. Cecile was an engaging character. I liked Tristin too, but his POV chapters were few and far between. The romance was a bit rushed. I just don’t think the “L” word needs to be dropped so fast.

I don’t have much to say obviously, but I have one potential spoiler.

So, Tristin makes a comment about how the Trolls aren’t from earth and that’s not what they are called. So, they’re fairies. I don’t know this for sure but the hints were heavy-handed. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I kind of wanted them to be real trolls, because I’ve never read a story about them before.

Thanks for reading!
Holly

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Love the One You're With by Lauren Layne

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Series: Sex, Love, & Stilettos Book #2
Format: Ebook
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library (Overdrive)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher:Loveswept

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.
 
Review

I’m really boxing this series and Lauren Layne’s writing. This reminds me of a romantic comedy. It has those awkward and unrealistic situations, but you still love it. And the characters are cute with great chemistry. Plus, there’s the quirky female friendships.

There isn’t a lot to say about this one. It’s a great romance with likeable characters. I did like it a little bit more than the first book in the series. I’m very eager to read the next one.

Thanks for reading!
Holly