Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Lauren Blakely
Published: May 2, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone…
Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power.
Making a woman feel ‘oh-god-that’s-good’ is the name of the game, and if a man can’t get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I’m talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time.
I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.
But then I’m thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She’s my best friend’s sister, but she’s far too tempting to resist–especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper, has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I’ve secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?
No one will know, even if we send a few dirty sexts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those f*&k-me-eyes on the train in front of her whole family.
The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I’m not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure –I’m thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.
Looks like the real Adventures of Mister Orgasm have only just begun….
**MISTER O is a standalone romantic comedy and it follows supporting characters first introduced in BIG ROCK**
This was supposed to be the book that would get me out of my reading slump. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one. Too much sexual frustrations and innuendos, not enough romantic development.
I was so excited to find out that Nick Hammer is the leading man here. He was introduced in Big Rock which was my first Lauren Blakely read and which was also the book that I liked. I thought Nick was such an interesting guy. He’s basically sex on legs. He’s a cartoonist who’s well-known for his sexy comic The Adventures of Mister Orgasm. I loved that this book was told in his POV because his thoughts are entertaining and… dirty. Who can say no?
“I suppose that makes me the Magellan of the female orgasm. A true explorer venturing forth, fearless and ready at any moment to map the terrain of her pleasure until she cries out in rapture.”
What I didn’t love was the exaggeration of the smut. Not to mention the lack of plotline. At first, it was fun and entertaining but later on I found myself getting bored because of the repetitive flirtations that seemed to lead both the characters to nowhere. There was a potential conflict, of course. Knowing that Nick was secretly lusting over his best friend’s sister seemed to really create a good clash but then it was resolved easily so…
There was a little bit of chemistry between Harper and Nick but it wasn’t that powerful to make me swoon. Perhaps there just wasn’t anything new here. Sure there were steamy scenes and some romantic development in the near-end but the overdone sexual frustration took most of the time before they figured out that they’re actually in love with each other and they’re not just horny. Meh.
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The Bridesmaid and The Bachelor
(Calypso Falls #0.5)
Author: Kris Fletcher
Published: November 25, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
In this all-new contemporary romance series, the five Elias sisters of Calypso Falls, New York, discover that love sometimes arrives in surprising ways…
The bride may be the one to wear a veil, but this time it’s the bridesmaid who has something to hide. Kyrie Elias has agreed to pretend to be her twin sister in a friend’s big fat Vegas wedding. Pulling off this deception could mean a chance at love for her sister and the forgiving of a loan Kyrie needs to save her struggling coffee shop back in Calypso Falls. But she didn’t count on the wedding party including gorgeous groomsman Ben Sitka, the sexy scientist who came close to stealing her heart two years ago.
Ben would know Kyrie anywhere. The electric connection between them is something she can’t disguise, and something he’s never forgotten—not since she ran out on him after a week of bliss. Now he vows to give this bridesmaid a reason to blush. He’s willing to keep the secret of her true identity, but he’s also determined to expose her true feelings for him, hoping that Kyrie will come to see that the person she’s most deceiving is herself.
Includes an exclusive preview of the debut novel in the Calypso Falls series, Life of the Party.
The Bridesmaid And The Bachelor has a lot of potentials. The writing was good, however, it wasn’t good enough to be engaging. Most of the scenes were dull and boring which failed to hold my attention all throughout the book.
I loved that the book has a second chance romance trope but I found the characters, the plot, and the whole story rather difficult to connect with. The only thing I’m happy about was its length which was short. I would have struggled to finish it if it weren’t for its fast pacing.
(An ARC was provided by InterMix and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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A Place in the Sun
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: October 24, 2016
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.
Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.
After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.
But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.
After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.
I’m afraid I’ll be steering myself away from R.S. Grey books for a while. It just doesn’t work for now. I think With This Heart will always remain my favorite book written by her. It was so much better. *sigh
A Place in the Sun opens when Georgie Archibald abruptly packed her things up for a trip to Vernazza, Italy due to her mom’s incessant lecture on how she should take time for a relationship. In Vernazza she met two Italian cousins namely Massimo and the hot incarnate Gianluca/”Luca”. Georgie instantly got intrigued and became attracted to Luca but the Italian man wasn’t that into her because up to that moment, he still hasn’t moved on from the death of his late wife.
The setting was so enchanting and the way the tourist spots were described was well-detailed and I think that’s the only thing I found fascinating here. I didn’t particularly connect with the characters and their story. The fact that Georgie was obsessing over Luca for almost every part of the book also didn’t help. It really frustrates me when heroines force themselves to guys who don’t even consider throwing the attention back.
“To me, Gianluca is the sun.”
Both characters lacked chemistry and spark and at times I felt the romance was forced. I wasn’t also convinced when it comes to the ending. And that certain thing that happened to Georgie which changed everything in the end… it was unnecessary. A Place in the Sun, as whole, was difficult for me to like. If you love romance books that are set in beautiful places like Italy though, I think you still have to try this book. 🙂
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Getting Lucky Number Seven
(Taking Shots #1)
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: April 28, 2015
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
What’s your lucky number?
Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…
But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.
Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…
I am not against books with cliché themes and storylines as long as they’re well-delivered and written in an alluring way, but this book just didn’t do it. The best friends turned lovers and friends with benefits tropes weren’t done in a way that made me swoon or fall in love with the characters.
Getting Lucky Number Seven follows the characters Lyla Wilder and Beck Davemport, both chemistry students of the same university and class. Their friendship started when they became lab partners. Even if they’re completely different when it comes to their school statuses (Beck being a popular ice hockey star and Lyla as a weird and geeky student), their friendship clicked. But when Lyla realized one day that she needs to change herself completely and transform into a typical party college girl, she asked Beck to help her. She wrote a “College Bucket List” and one of them is to get laid which is the #7 on the list. Their friendship soon turned into something else when Beck suggested that he will be the one to fulfill the #7.
I have to say that I was particularly less of a fan of Lyla. I thought she was trying real hard to fit in a group and was overdoing things. Even if she’s doing it to improve herself, I hate to say that it just ruins her academics. And oh my, don’t even get me started on the way she constantly bites her lips (like she’s doing it all the time!) which kind of annoys me.
However, I liked Beck. I connected with his character. He’s an amazing and sweet person. Not to mention that he cares deeply about her little sister.
As much as I loved the writing which was really good, the absence of chemistry and the forced connection between the characters ruined its promising appeal to me. I’ll still read the sequel of this book because I found Whitney’s love story interesting. 🙂
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Five Ways to Fall
(Ten Tiny Breaths #4)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 24, 2013=4
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
Well this is sad. I enjoyed the previous books of this series especially Ten Tiny Breaths and Four Seconds to Lose but this book just wasn’t in the cards. I wish I’d love this book but I honestly couldn’t get into it.
Five Ways to Fall is the fourth book of Ten Tiny Breaths series. It centers around Ben Morris— the hot bouncer slash law student that we’ve met in the previous books, and Reese McKay— a troubled purple haired girl who experienced such heartache when her husband cheated on her. The two of them met at Cancun when Reese celebrated her 21st birthday. They kind of flirted there but after a drunken night Reese disappeared and left him. It was after two months when they unexpectedly met again.
The problem I had with this book was the plot itself. It was bland. Maybe because Four Seconds to Lose left me with an adrenaline rush that made this book kind of dull for me. Five Ways to Fall lacked an interesting flow of the story. I have no problem with the writing style because K.A. Tucker does it great but the way the story was delivered was kind of meh.
I also didn’t feel especially connected to the characters. I loved Ben in the previous books but I don’t know why he lacked some appeal here. And Reese– she’s not a bad character at all but there was also something about her that’s missing and I guess it’s the depth that I’m always looking for.
The romance was also a problem here. The characters kind of lacked chemistry and I felt the romance was forced. And there was no twist and climax (which were present in Ten Tiny Breaths and Four Seconds to Lose).
Much as I tried, I just couldn’t like this book. I struggled finishing it and at least half a dozen times I was ready to put this book down for good, but I still did finish it. It unfortunately just came too short and I felt bad about it.
One of the reasons why I rated it 2 stars instead of 1 star is because of the author’s writing style which is as always, easy and comfortable to read. I also felt the characters’ development in the book. I am glad that Ben finally reached his dreams and Reese was able to move on from her failed marriage. All in all, this book was underwhelming but I still recommend the series to all romance lovers because the previous books are surely a win.
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Author: Paige Walker
Publisher: College Boy Publishing, LLC
Published: December 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Nichole Roberts is a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her. It is her eighteenth birthday, and she cannot wait to celebrate it at what will soon to be known as the party of the year. With her family and best friend by her side, everything seems perfect, that is, until that night. A romantic evening with her handsome and mysterious boyfriend turns tragic, and Nichole’s life takes a turn for the worse. Confused about what has happened to her, Nichole wakes up to find everything that she holds dear has been taken from her in a way she never knew existed. Will she ever come to terms with what she has become? Or, will she seek revenge against the one person that has wronged her.
From the book:
The sun descends and the moon rises, giving the only light that illuminates the darkness. Wind blows silently as if it is trying to tell me a secret. Our steps are quiet, we move like the wind walking along the forest floor, as we make our way to the hole I crawled out of just a few months ago.
We whip past the trees, rocks, and grass like we are floating in the air. The animals in the forest are neither seen nor heard. They are hiding, but I know they are out there. I can hear the steady pace of their hearts and the blood flowing in their veins.
We make it to our destination. No words spoken, no sentiments given. There is just quiet contemplation and preparation churning in our minds. I look at Jade and she nods. She quickly turns and climbs the tall tree, near me, looking like a spider silently climbing up a wall.
I turn my attention away from Jade. She is now invisible to me. I will neither give away nor tell her whereabouts. She is a secret, one that I will pretend not to know.
I look around through the darkness of night, taking my place, waiting for this game to begin. My stance is confident. My mind is calm. I survey my surroundings, like a predator who feels threatened, bracing for an attack. My eyes land on remnants of the trash bag that once held me inside. I laugh, Nate will have to do better this time if he wants to get rid of me.
Nate is going to come into the forest confident and cocky. He doesn’t realize that the girl he is coming to kill isn’t the same one he had attempted to kill before.
A Young Adult vampire book, Transition opens up when Nichole Roberts celebrated her eighteenth birthday and was turned into a vampire when her boyfriend Nate Blackwood transitioned her. All throughout her relationship with Nate, she didn’t know that he was a vampire. Not until his bad side suddenly showed up and she realized that he’s not at all the perfect boyfriend that she thought he was. It was too late when she decided to end their relationship though, because she already became a creature of the night.
I really tried to like this book but I felt underwhelmed in most parts. The plot was a little bit cliché to me. I’ve read this kind of vampire story before so maybe that’s the reason why it felt unoriginal to me.
I believe this book will not be so bad at all if it also wasn’t because of the female lead. Nichole kind of ruined it. I was fairly unimpressed with her bratty attitude. She was unnerving, whiny, and difficult to like. The moment she said these things, I knew she and I wouldn’t get along…
“Casey and I aren’t the most popular girls in school but we are likeable and easy to get along with so that gives us a substantial amount of popularity.”
Another problem that I encountered was Nichole’s over-the-top and perfect character. Literally perfect. She grew up in a rich and loving family, has a tall frame and beautiful face, has a boyfriend who’s also tall, good-looking, and wealthy (he even gave her a jewelry with real diamonds in them on her birthday), and even her boyfriend’s friends are perfect. She has many admirers and everybody in school loves her. In short, everything was unrealistic.
I also had an issue when it comes to the characters’ dialogues which sounded awkward. At times it even appeared repetitive. The world-building and the descriptions of actions were also vague and it was difficult for me to imagine what I was reading.
I give this book 2 stars though because of the interesting things that started to appear in the final chapters. The ending, which was a cliffhanger, was also strongly delivered. It gave the readers a glimpse of the exciting things that will happen in the next book.
(Thank you to the author Paige Walker for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: R.S. Grey
Published: June 15, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.
With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.
• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.
Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.
Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”
A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)
After reading R.S. Grey’s With This Heart last year, I looked forward to reading her other works because I simply loved her writing style and her swoon-worthy characters. Scoring Wilder is my second R.S. Grey read. Sad to say, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Reasons why I didn’t like this book:
> The heroine.
Okaaay this is getting so old and you guys are probably sick of hearing me say this, but I really hate annoying characters! Kinsley Bryant is one of those. At first, I didn’t mind her dry humor and slut-shaming attitude but the more I read, the more she gets on my nerves. Here’s a thing about Kinsley Bryant, soccer superstar and voted the #1 sexiest soccer player in the world. She’s too perfect to be true. She actually has it all. Beauty, fame, good family background. But her attitude really sucks. I hate her opinion towards other people. Also, I can’t believe she’s a soccer superstar with the kind of attitude she has while she’s on the field doing her daily drills. I don’t know but I expect A-list athletes like her to be somewhat dedicated to their goals and ambition to succeed, but I see none of those. Instead, she’s mostly distracted. Almost all her attention was focused on Liam Wilder, her sex-on-legs, hot-as-fuck coach. And oh, don’t even get me started on how she always thinks about sex even when she’s in the middle of a practice. Ugh.
> Unbelievable side characters
I really find Kinsley’s team mates annoying. Seriously, if you guys are a team, why would you waste so much time hating each other just because you’re competing for a guy’s attention instead of focusing on your game. That is just so dumb.
All in all, I didn’t enjoy this book. There were sweet moments, of course, but that’s it. I still want to read more books from R.S. Grey, though. I heard Chasing Spring and The Allure of Julian Lefray are good! 🙂
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Author: Samantha Towle
Publisher: Samantha Towle
Published: November 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Dark
Mia Monroe is running. Running from a person she doesn’t ever want to find her. Running from a past she doesn’t ever want anyone to know. Desperate to find a future, that yesterday, she could only dream of having.
Jordan Matthews likes easy. Easy women. Easy life.
Then he meets Mia.
She’s damaged, troubled and has more baggage than any person can carry. But the more Jordan gets to know Mia-for the first time in his life-he finds himself wanting to try hard for something … for someone … for her.
And then life isn’t so easy anymore.
Jordan is everything Mia shouldn’t want. A whole bunch of dirty hotness, tattooed, cocky bad boy, who made his money at poker tables and picked his women up in bars. Yet, Mia finds herself falling for him. Then the past Mia was running from, quickly starts to catch up with her. Because that’s the problem with running … you have to stop sometime.
And when you stop, you get caught.
Full length New Adult Contemporary Romance.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
This book was indeed trouble.
The book introduces us to the heroine Mia Monroe, a victim of physical abuse from her dead father and her boyfriend. When she decided to finally fight back and leave her boyfriend and the abusive relationship, she went into a secluded hotel where she met the son of the owner, the playboy tattooed guy Jordan Matthews.
At first I really thought I will like it. The introduction seemed intriguing since it depicted a dark, twisted drama about abuse. In the first few chapters, I found myself thoroughly engaged because of author’s writing. But when I reached the male’s POV, I became very frustrated.
Jordan Matthews is an a-hole. I had a problem with his attitude and the way he regards women like they’re a piece of trash. I get that the author is trying to give us a clichéd manwhore hero who breaks hearts and vaginas, but this guy got into my nerves! He was so full of himself and just totally a jerk.
So he redeemed himself in the later parts of the book because he fell in love with Mia and he wanted to comfort her and be the man who is right for her. But it’s too unbelievable.
You see, I can’t find myself swooning over a guy who managed to give a bad impression to me. Another thing that bothered me was how the story went slowly spiraling downhill after Chapter 3. Mia and Jordan’s interactions were lame. I no longer care about them from there, to be honest.
I think the only positive thing that I found here was the character development of Mia in the end where she embraced the possibilities of her new life and became a tough and wiser woman.
“Sometimes that’s all it takes. Just one person to turn everything on its head. Remind you of the person you were.”
As a whole, I didn’t enjoy this book. At first it was promising but it just didn’t work out for me in the end. 😦
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The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: July 2, 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult Adult, Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
“Feelings can be the most costly thing in the universe.”
The cover and the premise of this book somewhat deceived me. Ha! Yes, it was cute and adorable. Funny, even. But that’s not just about it. My expectations were different.
Caymen Meyers is a teenage girl who works for her mom’s doll store. One day a rich and cute guy named Xander Spence comes over to their store to buy a doll for her grandma. Because he obviously has the air of wealth, Caymen sees him as just another one of those spoiled, rich kids who treat poor people differently. Which turns out wrong. As they begin to form friendship, Caymen slowly warms up to him and realizes that he’s completely different from what she expected to be like.
What I loved about this book was the humor. Nothing else. The rest was a let-down. First, I really thought Caymen was a likeable character but she’s not. She’s hilarious but her sarcasm and dry humor are a total turn-off. Aside from that, I was also a bit bothered by the way she perceives her family’s social and financial status. She keeps pointing out that they are poor but if we take a closer look, they’re actually average because they can pay the bills, they can eat three (or more times) a day, AND they even have a business for chrissake! In a way, it was so lame and pathetic to make it a big deal and to even view the rich people as haughty and superior.
My huge problem in this book was also the romantic aspect. I couldn’t find myself swooning over the characters. Their interactions seem pointless and insignificant. Also, while I loved Xander’s character, I find him unbeliveable. Seriously, he’s too rich to be true! And whoa, a guy who owns hundreds of hotels and who is often featured in gossip magazines would be interested with a plain girl? Isn’t it too cliche and Cinderella-ish? In my opinion.
So, yes. It didn’t work out for me. Maybe if I read this book years ago when I was still in my teenage years, I would’ve appreciated it, because why not? It’s cuteness overload! But then stories like these rarely amaze me these days, so yeah.
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Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publisher: Tarryn Fisher
Published: December 31, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Helena Conway has fallen in love.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.
“The best kind of love is the love that isn’t supposed to happen.”
Apparently, I am one of the minority here who didn’t exactly warm up to the story and I feel like the odd ball for not loving it like the rest of the readers. This book was actually written well. Tarryn Fisher has a way with words that offer a real pleasure to the readers and one thing that particularly made me feel interested to go on and finish what I’ve started was the humor. It was extremely hilarious! It’s just that, I didn’t find myself really invested in the book.
F*ck Love begins when one day, Helena dreamed about Kit. In her dream, they were together and were happily residing in Washington together with their baby named Brandi. When she woke up, she eventually started to create a fantasy that somehow, perhaps she and Kit will be together and will be in love for real. Slowly she developed feelings for him, which she didn’t expect at all knowing that Kit was already taken and worse, in a relationship with her best friend Della. Helena, on the other hand, was also in a relationship with Neil, so that makes everything complicated.
I really find the book promising. It’s my first time to read a book written by Tarryn Fisher (I don’t know if Never Never counts, but yeah) However, no matter how entertaining the book appeared to be, it fell short to me because of the somewhat unbelievable characterization and weak plot. Helena, for me, fell a little over the top. I have nothing against her bubbly personality. She was funny at times and I find her fangirling over Harry Potter so amusing, but then I couldn’t connect to her. At times I find her unbelievable and a bit immature, too. The author, in my opinion, basically failed to make Helena appear “unique” and “refreshing” to the audience.
Kit, on the other hand, didn’t strike me as an interesting character. Normally I always end up swooning over beautiful, hot male leads but with Kit, nah. Aside from the fact that his character seemed lacking when it comes to descriptions, he was a bit coward and weak to me. Not to mention boring. All throughout the book, I wanted to see some development in his character. Some surprise. But I got nothing from him, and that alone didn’t make him stand out.
The plot was also unsatisfying and it didn’t feel as clean to me. Most of the scenes also failed to hold my attention.. which was so sad. I admit a had high expectations for this book, especially because I’ve heard so many great things about the author and her previous works, but I think I had set my bar too high and now I end up feeling disappointed. 😦 Nevertheless, it was the humor that made the book charming to me. But emotionally wise, it didn’t captivate me.
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Something in the Air
Author: Marie Landry
Publisher: Marie Landry
Publication: November 10, 2015
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Her life hasn’t gone as planned, but she’s about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way…
When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.
Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.
Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time–time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
I’m sorry but this wasn’t a winner for me. This book has a lot of potentials when it comes to premise. However, I’m quite sad that it didn’t meet my expectations. The writing style of the author is beautiful and very easy to read and I have no problem with that, but then, I don’t know why I find it hard to connect with the characters, especially Rose Morgan.
The story was interesting in the beginning but as it progressed, it didn’t appeal to me anymore. The plot progression was a bit slow and I got really impatient for the thrill to finally come. The romance was also not so fascinating and sad to say, I didn’t find myself swooning over them.
It was supposed to make me feel affected because of the family drama and well, because there’s also a hot Irish man in the person of Declan Connelly, but I wasn’t. It has a nice and sweet ending though. 🙂
(I was provided a copy of this book by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
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(Twist Me #1)
Author: Anna Zaires
Publisher: Mozaika Publications
Publication: January 29, 2014
Genre: Dark, New Adult, Adult, Erotica, Romance, BDSM, Contemporary
***New Adult Dark Erotic Novel***
Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.
I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.
Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.
My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.
My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.
WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.
I see a great potential in this book, but it fell completely flat to me. I think I could have liked it if I haven’t read Captive in the Dark. I couldn’t blame myself though, because this book was too tame and a bit boring as well. The characters were also dull. I had trouble connecting to either Nora and Julian.
Nora’s character isn’t interesting. She’s too plain and she constantly whines about her situation but in the end, she submits to Julian easily. I was also bothered about the fact that she was more concerned about her college crush Jake than her family members who are crazy worried about her disappearance.
Julian is also not an interesting character. Although he was described as someone that exudes perfection (rich, handsome, masculine, very powerful), I wasn’t drawn into him and I didn’t swoon at all. He’s also too gentle with Nora and I think I don’t like it because, aren’t captors supposed to be a bit brutal and sadistic? In this book, the captor treats her captive like a princess. He dresses her well, makes sure she eats good foods, etc. Where’s the thrill in that? The romantic and the sex scenes were also not that engaging. It sounded too cheesy which ultimately became a meh.
Sad to say, I wasn’t able to feel the captivity theme of the book. There was no thrill and I didn’t feel the goosebumps I’m supposed to feel. It was too soft for a dark themed book.
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The Look of Love
(The Sullivans #1)
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher: Bella Andre
Publication: June 1, 2011
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
Fall in love with the Sullivans in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance series! Over a million books sold so far!
With THE LOOK OF LOVE, Bella Andre introduces you to the emotional, sexy and fun contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls…he falls hard. And it’s forever.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is–until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love–and protect–her, but will she let him?
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her–and every sinfully sweet caress–as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha males, heroes, sexy romance, bad boys, falling in love).
I did not expect much from this book because of mixed reviews. So basically, what I got was what I expected.
This book could have been better but there was too much cheeziness going on. I love cheezy and romantic books, but this was overdone. Another issue I have with this book was theinsta love. It’s too unbelievable.
It all started when Chloe, who ran away from her ex-husband, accidentally bumped into the hot and enigmatic Chase Sullivanwhen her car skidded off the road and Chase saw her and instantly helped her. He brought her to his home and gave her comfort, basically persuaded her to stay for the night while she’s figuring out what to do with her car. With Chase’s help her car was taken care of but she needed to stay a bit longer because Chase wanted her around. She discovered lots of things while staying at the beautiful mansion of Chase and learned more about him, including his passion and work as a photographer. Then they developed sexual tension and fell in love.
There was just a plain and simple plot in this book. Nothing was really special. And even when I was just starting this book, the insta-love / love-at-first sight thingy was already palpable it became a cliché.
It took seconds for Chase to decide that he’s attracted to her. And it took hours for him to realize that he’s in love with her. It also took 48 hours for them to have sex. And they were still getting to know each other at that. Insta-love, everyone!
Nevertheless, I love the author’s way of writing. I love how she described the setting. It was beautiful and peaceful and relaxing and I want to live there. I just wish the storyline was good.
Rating: 2 Stars
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First Comes Love
(First Comes Love #1)
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication: May 7, 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, New Adult
“The perfect love story to kick-start your summer reading.”–Seventeen.com
Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl who is seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving, and besides, opposites attract. What starts as friendship turns into admiration, respect, and caring, until finally these two lone souls find that they are truly in love with each other. But staying in love is never as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it . . .
“When your world’s become one person, how do you prepare to let her go? How do you get over someone you know you’ll never forget?”
Before I started this book, I was really excited because everyone seems to like it, most especially my friends on Goodreads. Seeing the synopsis and the sweet reviews, I told myself that this book must be really good because it definitely sounds right up my alley. Unfortunately after reading it, I realized that it’s completely different than what I was expecting, and sad to say… the book was not for me.
I love the fact that the author was able to come up with such a sweet and innocent romantic concept in this book. Katie Kacvinsky was able to hit such notes that entail an emotionally-driven love story. The concept was fairly well done and the writing style was also beautiful.
I think my main problem with the book was the characters. I was having a hard time liking them. Gray was a grumpy and a bit of a snobby guy at first– which did not make a great impression. For me, first impressions last and well, it definitely applied to me when his character was introduced. Dylan, on the other hand, fell a little over-the-top. I can’t seem to find her interesting at all despite the descriptions the author put into her. She was high-spirited, animated, and bubbly but for some reasons, I could not genuinely like her and get invested with her. I also think she was weird in a worrying way. Who in their actual mind will give names to everything? Like her car, plants, and even her freckles?
She tells me she names everything. Even her freckles. She turns her arm over and introduces me to two freckles close to each other on her forearm, Blake and Stacey. She claims they got in a fight with a third freckle, Meredith, farther up her arm near her elbow. I don’t encourage the conversation any further.
Well, I also won’t encourage myself to entertain these thoughts any further as well. Lol.
I also think the book was too descriptive. It lacked some movement. Also, there were some parts that are quiteunrealistic, like how they started going out together even if they’ve just met like, few hours ago? And also how their conversation went deep in an emotional level after few minutes of talking during their first date.
Anyway, this book really has lots of potentials to make me feel drawn. I like the ending. I think it was sweet. But like I said, it was just not for me. As thoughtful as the story appeared to be, it just didn’t get me.
Raing: 2 Stars
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Nowhere But Here
(Thunder Road #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Publication: June 4, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.
Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
“Isn’t it always the things that you can’t see that hurt you?”
It took me two weeks to finish this book. It was a struggle. This book offered a lot of potentials but unfortunately it lacked on so many levels.
The plot was too weak and the pacing was too slow. I had very high expectations for this book because I enjoyed Pushing the Limits a lot that I was really certain I will enjoy this, too.
Nowhere But Here begins when Emily went to Snowflake and discovered that there are secrets that were being kept by her biological father Eli who is a member of a motorcycle club called Reign of Terror. While in Snowflake, her whole life shifted when she met her relatives and the people inside the Reign of Terror, including the brooding biker Oz who became her instant bodyguard. She became aware of how different her life has been while growing up with her mom and her step-dad in Florida compared to the way things were at Snowflake.
This book was really promising, but then, as I read more and more I became really exhausted with the way the author seemed to make everything lengthy. Too many secrets. Too little revelations in every chapter. I grew really impatient. Worse, I discovered that the major secret everyone was hiding from Emily just turned to be light. It didn’t even get any reaction from me.
When it came to the characters, I admit I didn’t like both MCs during the first parts of the book. Emily was a brat. She was also judgmental, whiny, and a bit sarcastic at times. And Oz– he had an attitude. He was a dick to Emily and he complained a lot. Glad their characters improved in the middle up to the last parts of the book.
All in all, this book was not a great experience for me. Although it has a melodramatic and meaningful ending, still, I decided it was a little too late for that.
Rating: 2 Stars
(Buddyreading with Jyl) 🙂
Author: S. Walden
Publisher: Penny Press
Published: March 14, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.
Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.
I enjoyed the first half of this book because everything seemed mysterious and dark— which definitely had me flipping pages. The concept was good. I admire how the author immersed the readers in heavy, fragile, and sensitive topics that involve suicide and rape. The writing style of the author also impressed me because the words were perfectly compelling that it automatically pulled me into the story.
However, I have some issues with this book. I found the plotline weak and totally messed-up. I was so invested with the story until I started reading the second half of the book. It disappointed me. Most parts were dragging and it was only when I reached 80% when things started to get interesting. But still, it fell short for me.
The main character Brooke also did not help lift the story up. I found her so immature and I did not like how she made such stupid and selfish decisions. Not to mention that she was very horny most of the time.
The romance was also a so-so. There were hot scenes, but it missed some romantic factors for me.
Also, the thing that bothered me the most was the setting. While this book was categorized in a NA genre, I was confused about why the author placed the story in a high-school setting. Yes, the characters were Seniors and already 18, but something was wrong here. I was not comfortable imagining the dark, explicit scenes happening in high-schoolers. In my opinion, the story should have been placed in a more mature setting.
There were also unrealistic scenes. Like how in the world the Fantasy Slut League existed for a very long time without being noticed by the police or law-makers? I mean, the swim team guys already made quite a number of victims in the school but how their acts weren’t caught was too impossible and unrealistic.
I was also looking for some twist at the near-end portion of the book but unfortunately, nothing remarkable happened. And when it comes to the ending, a huge part of it felt so cliche to me.
Even if this book did not completely enthrall me, I would still recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book with this kind of genre. Maybe it will work out for you. 🙂
Rating: 2 Stars
The Winner’s Curse
(The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutroski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Published: July 3, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopia, Historical Fiction
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.
Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
There are books that despite the high ratings and the enormous hype will never work out for you. This book is an example. I tried so hard to like it, but doing it only made me feel like I’m forcing myself in a relationship where I’m not happy and there’s no spark and magic (what an analogy *laughs).
I had a very hard time liking The Winner’s Curse. I found the world-building too tame, vague, and poorly executed. The characters are also underdeveloped. The whole book lacks magic. No questions about the author’s writing style. It was good, but it was not enough to make me spellbound.
The book was (I hate to say this) boring .
I also think that the slavery and forbidden love theme are not my liking. Sorry, I really tried but I guess there are other books that are much better for me. This one isn’t one of those. The cover and the overall physicality of this book are spectacular though. And that, I think, is the good side of it. But I don’t think I will read the next sequel. There are way too many books on my tbr list right now, so….
Rating: 2 Stars
(Marked Men #1)
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: Jay Crownover Books
Published: December 30, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters
Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.
To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.
But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.
I picked this book out of so many New Adult books in my tbr because it seems promising. And seriously, I love books that are with male protagonists with sexy, bad-boy image. Given the fact that this book also has high ratings, why not?
Rule is the first book of Marked Men series. We get to be introduced by the sexy, tattoo artist named Rule here– a guy who grew up with family issues because of the tragic history that happened to his twin brother Remy. Then there is this girl named Shaw, a medical college student who always had a thing for Rule since she was 14. The thing is, she was close to Remy and everyone in Rule’s family assumed that she and Remy were sort of an item– not knowing exactly that Shaw is secretly in love with Rule.
This book is potentially good, I guess… If only I have no issues.
But then, I simply could not totally like it. Why? It’s because of the characters.
First, let’s talk about Rule. This guy is sexy as hell. With all those tats and piercings– well, he’s a guy every girl in the corner wants to hook up with. At first, I really adored him. But when I’ve read more and more chapters, my adoration for him slowly died. He’s so not worth it! I don’t like the way he’s so full of himself, like“hey, I’m bad and sexy, girls. Want to f*ck with me? Come and get me” I have nothing against man-whore male leads but then this guy– he just ruined my good impression on him. He’s total jerk in a literal way. And so immature. All right, he has some issues I get it but to text his girlfriend “I kissed some chick last night”? WTF? If I were Shaw, I would not only destroy my phone after reading that text from him. I would freaking destroy his face!
And oh, I hate it when he always compare Shaw to his previous conquests. Like, how Shaw is much better in bed than his previous one-night-stand girls, and how she’s even sexier. Alright, Shaw is sexy and perfect and that should be it. Why bring up the EXes?
And now on to Shaw.
Shaw is what you can consider an ideal girl. Pretty, smart, rich, decent, and a medical student at that. Perfect. But then, she constantly disappoints me. All throughout the book I was groaning inwardly or rolling my eyes because she’s such a love sick woman who is willing to cross everything just to be with Rule and it’s just not right. She’s playing martyr which does not sit well on me because I think she’s too good for Rule. And when Rule openly admitted to cheating on her and she just instantly forgive him? WTH?
And here’s her line that made me raise some serious eyebrows:
“Even if I hadn’t been on the pill, having a moment of wild, uninhibited and totally unprotected sex with him was most definitely worth any of the risks that were involved with that.”
Holy sh*it! That guy has serious sexual histories with different girls– night after night– and you could say THAT? You mean, you’re ok getting STD because he’s worth it? Oh, no!
Because of that, the book did not gain thumbs up from me. I was mostly busy rolling my eyes at the immaturity of them. Maybe the next books of this series are better but I’m not so sure if I will pick them up soon. Maybe– maybe not.
I still give it 2 stars, however, because I enjoyed the first parts of it. 🙂
Rating: 2 Stars
(Continental Affair #1)
Author: Ella Dominguez
Publisher: Bondage Bunny Publishing
Published: July 1, 2014
Genre: Erotica, Romance, Contemporary
A 16K word erotic romance novella.
WARNING: Includes detailed sexual encounters, including oral and anal sex and an unconventional relationship. Not for closed-minded individuals or readers under the age of 18.
Bella Darcy is personal assistant, muse and plaything to wealthy businessman Mr. Pettifor. Their 9-5 relationship is unconventional, but mutually satisfying.
Mr. Pettifor is alpha male personified – demanding, stern, insatiable, emotionally closed-off and seemingly indifferent to anything that doesn’t involve six zeros behind it.
Bella had never wanted more until the day she heard passionate cries that didn’t belong to her, coming from his office. Deeply hurt and realizing that she cannot be with a man who can so blatantly be with another woman while she is mere feet away, Bella turns in her letter of resignation, throwing Mr. Pettifor into a tailspin. Everything he’s worked so hard for now seems insignificant and the woman whom he trained to be everything he wanted, has now decided to move on, leaving him reeling.
“Ms. Darcy, I’m ready for my continental breakfast.”
(This novella is erotic in genre. And as what its synopsis said, it contains detailed sexual and steamy encounters. Read at your own risk.) 😉
So here’s what I thought about Continental Breakfast. It’s pretty sexy and entertaining, and it kinda gave me a break from all the heavy reads I’ve indulged lately.
It’s a story about Bella Darcy, a beautiful and sexy assistant of a rich, billionaire CEO Mr. Xander Pettifor. Together they have a relationship– but this relationship is not a typical romantic one. It’s purely sexual. The BDSM type. No feelings involved except lust. All their sexual innuendos usually happen at the office, mostly in the mornings where the boss will call her around for a continental breakfast . (If you know what I mean);). Things suddenly changed when Bella thought she was falling in love with her boss. She even realized that she’s jealous when Mr. Pettifor’s ex came around. And there, the conflict began.
This novella is well-written and I can’t see any reason not to like the author’s writing style. But then, it fell short and I thought that a lot of qualities that should’ve made this book worthy for a 5 star-rating are amiss. The author was not able to accomplish a strong plot. The characters were also a bit shallow, especially Mr. Pettifor.
He was described as a good-looking man but all I could picture out was a man who’s not so attractive even though he’s a billionaire and with a brusque personality. I also can’t pull out any emotion from him. There was just… nothing! Nothing I could grasp. A POV of him would have helped but well…
I also can’t feel the love and romance between them. There were no feels. No feels at all. This novella would’ve been great if those qualities were incorporated here.
The author was good with words, though. And I’m sure she can do a lot better than this in the future. 🙂
Rating: 2 Stars