ARC Review: Unlocking Her Boss’s Heart by Christy McKellen

Unlocking Her Boss's Heart

Unlocking Her Boss’s Heart
Author: Christy McKellen
Publisher: Harlequin
Expected Publication: January 1, 2016
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

4 stars new

Synopsis new

More than just a job!

Cara Winstone is determined to bounce back from her last—disastrous—PA job, and working for Max Firebrace is exactly how she’s going to do it. Little does Cara know that walking into her brooding boss’s luxurious London town house also has her walking into his past…

Since losing his wife, Max doesn’t think he has any love left to give. But something in the warmth of Cara’s smile jump-starts Max’s heart again, making him wonder if he’s ready for a new happy-ever-after…with Cara by his side.

my thoughts new

Unlocking Her Boss's Heart by Christy McKellen

I’ve always been a fan of Harlequin books ever since I was in High School. Well, this book made me feel as if I went back to the days when pocketbooks used to be my comfort when boredom strikes. Unlocking Her Boss’s Heart is your typical Adult romance book where an ordinary employee falls in love with her gorgeous, brooding boss. Sounds a little bit cliché but actually, I love clichés when a story is delivered nicely and this book, fortunately, turned out to be a well-written one.

I love the author’s easy and simplistic writing style and how she managed to pull me into the story. The characters are also great. Max initially didn’t come out as a pleasant character but as I went through the story, his character became interesting and I even felt bad for what happened to his ex wife. Cara was also a nice character. She’s likable and I loved the way she handled Max’s temper throughout the book. It wasn’t that easy to deal with his attitude.

This book is a short and quick read. I love how it definitely made me feel the sweet romance between the characters. And oh, this book also ended perfectly. Who wouldn’t love happy endings, anyway? :))

If you want to read good and light romance book, this will be a perfect choice. 🙂

(ARC was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

Rating:

4 stars new

 

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Review: The Look of Love by Bella Andre

The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1)

The Look of Love
(The Sullivans #1)
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher: Bella Andre
Publication: June 1, 2011
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
My Rating:

two stars

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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).

my thoughts

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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REVIEW: Rushed by Gina Robinson

Rushed (Rushed, #1)

Rushed
(Rushed #1)
Author: Gina Robinson
Publisher: Gina Robinson
Published: July 3, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance,
My Rating:

threestars

A girl who has everything. A guy who has everything to lose.

Some things can’t be…

RUSHED

Alexis
Like there has ever been any doubt which sorority my family expects me to pledge. I’m a third-generation legacy. On the first day of rush, I realize I’m in trouble. I’m not like the other girls in the house. But as long as my parents control my college funds, resisting is futile. Until Zach, the live-in houseboy, who’s quite possibly the hottest guy I will ever meet, serves me a cupcake and flashes me a sympathetic look. With one enigmatic smile, he flips my heart and my world upside down. My parents will cut me off if they even suspect I’m interested in a house guy. But I can’t stay away from him. And so I pledge the house for all the wrong reasons.

Zach
Living in a sorority? I get flipped a load of crap about being a live-in servant, the help. Easy access to the hottest girls on campus? Not with the unbreakable rule—get caught with one of the girls and you’re fired. Immediately. Lose this job and I can’t afford college. I sure as hell can’t ask my parents for help. They wish I’d never been born. Considering what I did, I don’t blame them. I’ve learned to think of the girls like sisters. Until Alexis pledges the house. Now sister is the last thing on my mind.

*** Standalone novel. No cliffhanger. ***

This is a contemporary romance with mature themes, language, and situations. Readers should be over 17!

If you enjoyed Gina Robinson’s Reckless Series, you’ll love Rushed. Rushed takes place at the same university during the same academic year. Just on the other side of campus, the Greek side. You’ll recognize some of the campus events and a favorite Reckless character makes a cameo appearance.

MY THOUGHTS…

I received a digital copy of this book free from the author and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to actually finish this book. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Maybe this book doesn’t appeal much to me. The writing style of the author is hands on superb, but maybe it’s the plotline that didn’t entirely convince me to rate it higher.

Rushed is a typical contemporary book that mainly centers on two college characters living in a sorority house. I have nothing against sorority boys that work to serve the sorority house, but Zach isn’t a boy character that make me swoon. Alright, he’s incredibly hot and all but his character lacks something that I can’t figure out.

Alexis, on the other hand, is an okay character. But sometimes she’s too pushy and a little bit of flirt that she basically doesn’t care about anything other than to be with Zach all the time.

I think the setting and the way the sorority life was emphasized here is also not realistic. I mean, I haven’t been in a sorority but the rules and their way of doing things inside the sorority house seems a bit exaggerated.

The romance is good but I don’t think it really made me swoon. It didn’t pull out any emotion in me all throughout. The only thing that makes me like this book is the writing style of the author which is no doubt really good.

My Rating for this Book: 3 Stars

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REVIEW: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

Fallen Too Far
(Rosemary Beach #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Abbi Glines
Published: December 14, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

MY THOUGHTS…

“I had fallen too far. I was in love with Rush Finlay.”

Now I can see why this book is everyone’s favorite. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines is something a romance reader could not easily put down. And I’ve just proved it. Boy, this book instantly hooked me right from the start– to the point where I’ve actually asked myself why I didn’t read it earlier.

What made it utterly great is that it’s simply an example of perfection in a contemporary romance book. The characters are simply likeable and adorable. I like everything between Blaire and Rush. They’re not perfect characters, they have flaws and everything but they totally get me. The good thing about these two characters is that they didn’t piss me off and make my eyes roll. And of course, they have a perfect, well-blended chemistry you can’t help but root for them together.

I also love the concept of this book. Although it’s most entirely about romance, it also tells about family conflicts and tear-jerking drama that by the way, sent me into such an emotional mess. Damn, this book literally made me cry.

And the ending– well, the ending is promising. The author really knows how to convince her readers to read the next book without exaggerating the ending. It worked, really. It worked. Because right now all I want to do is to read the next book!

My Rating for this Book: 5 Falling Stars!

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Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Beautiful Disaster
(Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Jamie McGuire
Published: May 26, 2011
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

threestars

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

MY THOUGHTS…

He was afraid of nothing. Until he’d met me.

I have been meaning to read this book because its synopsis had me really smitten. Not to mention that it’s also one with a beautiful cover.

I love the story but I guess it’s not enough to convince and satisfy me. During the first chapters, I found myself really enjoying Abby and Travis’ push and pull relationship. I was expecting the plot to get even more interesting in the middle and up to the last parts, but sad to say, it didn’t. 😦

The characters were also annoying. Abby, I guess, is not a likeable character. I guess her reservations is too much that it irritates me. Travis, on the other hand, is also annoying. I love how sincere he is when it comes to his feelings with Abby, but gosh, the way he becomes more and more possessive and jealous– it’s NOT at all HEALTHY. I also can’t stand the way he acts so cruel with his school mates and the fact that no one can stop or defy him– not even the university professors or Dean or something? No disciplinary actions whatsoever?

This book is realistic, however, most parts are unbelievable. I can’t also believe how Travis quickly assumed that Abby is really the girl that he is waiting for right when he first set his eyes on her. Why? And how did he know right away?

The co-dependency part. It’s quite abnormal. How Travis becomes too attached to Abby and how he becomes insanely dependent with her presence, as if he can’t breathe without her. Oh my, it’s too excessive a girl could not take it.

“It’s dangerous to need someone that much. You’re trying to save him and he’s hoping you can. You two are a disaster.”

I smiled at the ceiling. “It doesn’t matter what or why it is. When it’s good, Kara… it’s beautiful.”

Some things that also make me wince are the violent parts of the book. The fighting and physical aggressions of the characters, especially Travis, are kind of unsettling. And every time Travis freaks out whenever Abby’s out of his sight– the way he destroys his furniture in his apartment– I guess it’s too much to handle.

I also thought Abby and Travis’ public display of affection is tiring. It’s also a thing that a reader will eventually get used to, that’s why I found myself bored at the last parts, to be honest.

But, anyway, the story is overall enticing. There’s passion and there are lots of dialogues worth highlighting. I think Travis’ devotion to Abby is too perfect and yeah, it’s rare to have such guys like him in real life. Talking about fiction. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 3 Stars (It was still a great read, somehow.)

Favorite Lines from this Book

“I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you… but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands… all I need is you. You’re all I think about. You’re all I dream about. You’re all I want.”

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Teaser Tuesday (#3): July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays (TT) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Randomly open a page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
    (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
    • Share a link to your own Teaser Tuesday in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out! 🙂

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    My teaser for this week: 🙂

    Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire, #1)

    “And then he does the most dangerous, reckless thing he could have ever done. He kisses me.”

    Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

     

    What are you currently reading? Join the fun and share your book’s interesting teasers below! 🙂

    xo,

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REVIEW: Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

Almost Heaven (Sequels, #3)

almost

five-stars

In this classic novel of two willful lovers caught in a breathless adventure of deception and betrayal, #1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught has created a powerful and unforgettable masterpiece.

ELIZABETH CAMERON

The Countess of Havenhurst possessed a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation is shattered when she is discovered in the arms of Ian Thornton, a notorious gambler and social outcast.

IAN THORNTON

A dangerously handsome man of secret wealth and mysterious lineage, his voyage to Elizabeth’s heart is fraught with intrigue, scandal, and a venomous revenge.

Destined for each other, yet wary of each other’s motives, Elizabeth and Ian engage in a dance of suspicion and passion that tests the very soul of their star-crossed love. As a twisting path of secrets takes them from London’s drawing rooms to the mysterious Scottish Highlands, Elizabeth must learn the truth: is Ian merely a ruthless fortune hunter at heart?

MY THOUGHTS…

Okay, I know it’s a bit late to write a review for this book, but since this is one of my favorite books up to date, I thought I’d share how I felt about this wonderful tale and how it made me think about a perfect, true love.

For me, this book is McNaught’s ultimate masterpiece next to Whitney, My Love. I’m glad it’s the first historical romance book that I’ve read since I found it really unforgettable. This book has everything. It has an A-factor storyline. It’s classy. It’s bewitching and truly a book that historical romance lovers can’t dare to put down.

“Look, Elizabeth, isn’t he divine in a sort of mysterious, wicked way?”

The characters here are remarkable. Ian Thornton, the unacknowledged son of a Duke, met Lady Elizabeth Cameron few years ago at a London ball. Their first meeting was a whirlwind romance. Unfortunately, it didn’t end well but instead, their ‘affair’ turned into a memory both of them didn’t want to remember at all. After few years, fate led them back together but this time, Elizabeth needed him for marriage. And so their romantic past was eventually rekindled in some sort of wicked way.

I know it’s a typical romance plot, but how can I ever explain how wonderful their dialogues were? The witty banter, the undeniable chemistry both characters exude, and the romantic twist Judith is famous for. And of course, the way McNaught makes you feel as though she’s taking you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. All of these are what everyone will expect from this book.

The Book Is…

Pros

Extremely romantic. A fascinating and compelling read, with beautiful settings that are well-defined.

Con

It has events that will make you feel anxious and heart-broken at the same time.

What I Think about the Characters

Elizabeth Cameron

I love this character. She possesses a rare gentleness which Ian fell in love with. I also love how McNaught defined her physical features. I can imagine that she’s really beautiful inside and out.

Ian Thornton

He appears to be a dangerously handsome man. I also admire how he became wealthy not because he is the son of a Duke but because he attained it on his own. He’s also a guy every woman dreams of.

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars (It’s worth re-reading!)

Favorite Quote from this Book

“Why did happy memories fade and blur until one could scarcely recall them at all, while horrible memories seemed to retain their blinding clarity and painful sharpness?”

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REVIEW: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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five-stars

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

MY THOUGHTS…

“Well then, it’s time to introduce the world to a little bit of extraterrestrial awesomeness.” – Luc

First, let me extend my big congratulations to Jennifer L. Armentrout for being able to bring out a series that has a constant, amazing delivery. This book is the latest installment of Lux Series. When I completed this yesterday, I have to admit that I got real crazy. I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! Like, RIGHT NOW!

This book is not making things easy for me. In Opal, I thought I was reading the best action scenes in this series, but I was wrong because in Origin, the action scenes were much even scarier, more electrifying, and absolutely breathtaking! It’s like watching a movie, only the difference is you’re doing it in your imagination. And only Jennifer Armentrout can do that effortlessly.

And let me warn you guys to prepare yourself for some difficult situations here in this book. There are a lot of unexpected things to happen, especially deaths of some characters that will shock the nuts out of you. There are also some scenes that are insanely cruel and gruesome but beautifully crafted. Amazing, Jennifer, amazing!

Now let’s get to my favorite parts of this book. I love everything here, especially when it comes to the newly introduced character like Archer. Heck, you guys shouldn’t miss this incredibly defined man. I think this character stood out the best here, next to Luc who also made an impression during the exhilarating, action-packed scenes. I didn’t expect that there are characters here that are equally as impressive as Daemon. I just love the character-building in this book. Each of them were introduced in a thoroughly spectacular way.

I also love how Daemon and Katy’s relationship grew more and more intense here. Daemon is willing to risk his life and his kind just to save her. And yes, he’s not even kidding.

“There’s only one thing I want.”
“And that is?”
“I want to see Kat.”
Nancy’s smile didn’t fade. “And what are you willing to do to accomplish that?”
“Anything,” I said without hesitation, and I meant it. “I will do anything, but I want to see Kat first and I want to see her now.”

This book also has many surprising twists. And Matthew– oh my God, I didn’t see that coming! I couldn’t even believe that my suspicion about Bethany is indeed true. I’ve guessed it right, I’ve guessed it right!

The plot is too good it will absolutely have you sitting on your heels at the same time drawing a deep, anxious breath in full anticipation on what’s to come next. It’s a grab-you-quick and hold-you-fast book with numerous climaxes. No dull moments in this book. Positive. It’s the book that I can’t really get enough. I. JUST. CAN’T.

And the ending… Yes, expect a cliffhanger ending from Ms. Jennifer. That’s her trademark. But I love her for that. 🙂 Now, I can’t wait to grab the next book called Opposition which will be released next month. It will surely be worth the wait!

The Book Is…

Pros

An excellent blending of action, fantasy, and romance. The desire to find out what happens next keeps you turning pages.

Con

None, I’m very sure of it.

What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

Katy here in this book has greatly improved. We know that she’s brave in previous books, but in Origin, she’s incredibly daring and fearless. I admire her for always asserting her need to fight and be of use and not depending on Daemon at all times.

Daemon Black

I love Daemon’s determination to get Katy back. But there are times that he annoys me, especially when he makes stupid decisions. But, it doesn’t make me like him less.

Archer

Alright, I have to include Archer here since I therefore conclude that he’s already one of my favorite characters. From the moment he was first introduced in this book, I knew exactly that he has a great part here. And I was right. I love his cool, fully-composed attitude. And yes, he’s stronger that expected and can really equal any character’s strength here.

Luc

I also have to include him because I just simply love him. Yes, he’s a clever guy. I love how strong, cool, and wise he is. He’s one of the characters that will simply enthrall you.

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (If I could give 6 stars, I will.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

“We all do crazy things to protect the ones we love.”

“I don’t expect a normal life, Daemon. I just expect a life with you.”

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REVIEW: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3) ok

five-stars

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

MY THOUGHTS…

(There’s a bit of spoiler in this review so please be warned.)

After reading the Onyx, I immediately grabbed this. It’s because I was so excited about Dawson’s reappearance and I became curious as of how the Blacks are going to deal with some changes now that their brother is back. I was really happy about their reunion, but at the same time I felt awed when Dawson was no longer the guy he used to be. He was longing for Bethany to be freed from Daedalus knowing that she’s still alive.

In this book, I found a great deal of action. The choice between trusting Blake for the second time after betraying Katy in Onyx and pushing the idea of giving their trust aside is very crucial. I became really anxious the moment Blake returned. It’s like they were visited again by some sort of nightmare.

This book, without a doubt, is different from the previous Lux books. It had my full attention from start to finish. There were a lot of nerve-wreaking scenes and even intriguing parts that will make everything unsettling. In my part, I became really, really anxious the moment the Luxen gang, Katy, and Blake attacked Mount Weather to rescue Bethany and Chris. Seriously, and I’m not even kidding, my heartbeat ran so fast with those scenes. Oh, Jennifer– this author really has the power to bring out this kind of emotion to her readers. I love her for that!

And Daemon and Katy? Well, their chemistry continues to grow in this installment. It even in fact, deepens. I love how protective Daemon is to Katy, especially whenever Blake is around. He’s just too good to be true!

Here’s one of the funniest scenes I couldn’t forget:

Dawson shifted, dropping his head into his hand. “Do you ever stop talking?”

“When I’m sleeping,” Blake replied.

“And when you’re dead,” Daemon threw back. “You’ll stop talking when you’re dead.”

Lol. As usual, the humor Jennifer Armetrout brings in the story is always present. Another thing that also made this book interesting is the appearance of Luc. Oh. My. God. This kid is really something. He’s intriguing and I can sense that he’s a lot more powerful. I knew then that I need to keep track of him and read the next book, hoping that Luc will be highlighted more.

This book is such a roller coaster ride for me. I just love the the twist it brings. There’s so much build up to what you hope the events will be. And the ending? Oh my… I found myself hanging on a cliff. You know what I mean. But all in all, the story was excellent. It really got better and better.

The Book Is…

Pros

Undeniably a page-turner. It’s one with a compelling plot. It has witty characters and clever turn of events. You will find yourself fully entertained up to the very end.

Con

None.

My Rating for this book: 5 Freakin’ Stars! (There’s so much to expect in this book, and you will never be disappointed.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“He was such an asshole, and I loved him.”

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”

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REVIEW: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)ok

five-stars

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

MY THOUGHTS…

It’s official! I’m now a 100% certified fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I’m so proud to say it. This author never fails to give me goosebumps, and this book– well, it had my mind seriously blown up! If you have read Obsidian, reading this book will even get you more thrilled you can’t just resist it and stop craving for more.

This book introduces more about Daemon and the Luxens — and the hybrid. It also introduces the new character named Blake– a hottie who became Katy’s new friend and well, Daemon’s rival? The earlier chapters of this book is lighter, so you can’t expect something thrilling to happen. But I tell you, as the story progresses, it becomes more and more interesting.

There are flirtations (as usual) between Daemon and Katy that will make you smile all the way.

“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.

Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”

His lips tipped up on one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”

Come and get…? Daemon placed half of the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.

Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…

I know. I just love this scene. Lol. (I hope it’s not spoilery, though). But c’mon, these two undeniably have a thing or two for each other. You can feel it!

Honesty, this book didn’t bore me. In fact, it just kept my adrenaline going. It promises a lot of things. There are also parts that will make you feel antsy, especially every time the DOD enters the scene. You can also expect to experience strange twist of events that will absolutely make your spine tingle. As a whole, I found this book really fascinating I ended up craving for moooore!

The book Is…

Pros

Clean and well-written. It has engaging storyline and it’s an adrenaline-boosting book with plenty of humor that will make the reading experience very entertaining.

Con

None.

What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

In this book, I was surprised to find out that she’s tough. I didn’t expect it. She easily adapted to her newly discovered “self” and she didn’t even whine about it. The only thing I hate about her is the bad decisions she has made in this book.

Daemon Black

He’s flirty in Obsidian, and now he becomes even more. And as usual, he’s an alien hotness who’s brave and strong enough to protect Katy.

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars (If you loved Obsidian, you will love Onyx more!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Some things are best left…unknown, you know? People search for answers and they don’t always like what they get. Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.”

“Strange how something good can come from something horrible.”

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REVIEW: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Holy crap on a cracker! Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is freaking too amazing I can’t even think of the words to describe it in this review. Anyway, my mind is seriously blown. I didn’t expect myself to have such a joyous ride with this super alienated book that had me gasp for generous amount of air!

This book talks about seventeen year-old Katy Swartz who moved to a very discreet and rustic place in West Virginia with her mom. Being in that new place kind of sucked for Katy since she was used to the cheerful ambiance of her old home in Florida. But since she’s a book freak, she didn’t exactly care about adapting to the new place because she considered her books as her effective diversions. Now when she met her holy freakin’ hot neighbor Daemon Black, everything changed. Never had she met a guy who’s extremely blessed with ripped physique and undeniably gorgeous face. However, no matter how hot this neighbor was, she found him quite an ass. He always regarded her with pure disgust, to her astonishment. And as they developed an unexpected friendship, she eventually learned some peculiar things about him and his sister, Dee. In the long run, she learned that he was in fact, not a human. He’s an alien. A hot damn alien with insane supernatural powers.

I must say that this book is incredibly great! No words can ever describe how talented Jennifer Armentrout is. This book is clean, well-written, and with fascinating characters that are nicely drawn. I admire how the author gradually introduced her audience to the strange and amazing alien family of Daemon. Each character has exceptional personality that will quickly capture one’s interest.

I also love the romantic involvement of the story. As well as the witty humor that beats nearly every scene of other books I’ve read. Another thing is the exchange of banter between Katy and Daemon and their unawareness of the sexual tension that’s always there. Ah, they are so amusing I could literally smile and laugh. Usually I really feel sick about “I Hate You” schemes of a love story but this one? I don’t mind at all. I’m fully entertained by these two characters.

Let’s get to the action part. Whoa! What can I say? Bravo, Ms. Jennifer Armentrout! You had my heart beating fast with the way you describe the fighting scenes between the Luxen and the Arum! Superb! I guess this is just the perfect blend of action and romance in a science fiction book.

The Book Is…

Pros

Quick and entertaining, with reasonable plot and interesting world building.

Con

Nothing. At all.

What I Think about the Characters

Katy Swartz

She’s clever and smart. One thing I also admire about her is her love for books. And hey, she’s my ultimate inspiration with this blogging thing. She’s a book blogger– that’s how crazy she is about it and I can totally relate!

Daemon Black

Well, he’s too perfect to be true. Need I say more? And although he’s kind of brute here in this book, I didn’t find it hard to like him. What I also love about him is his protectiveness to his sister and his alien close friends. He’s just too swooning! Okay, I have to stop this. I’m fan-girling enough.

My Rating for this book: 5 Daemon Stars! (It’s a must-read, entertaining story. If you’re looking for a book that will knock your socks off, this one will never, ever fail you.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

“I hate you and your freaky alien powers.”

“I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.”

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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

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Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

MY THOUGHTS…

This book is indeed a lot darker than the first. No offense, but I have to say I’m a bit bored with this second installment of E.L. James. The storyline seems a bit slow-paced and there are also repetitive scenes that show dullness and monotony. The only interesting part of this book is Christian’s revelation as of why he became fifty shades of f*cked up. Other than that, the story was not thoroughly given with substances that will make you feel engrossed.

To better give you the entire scenario of the book, these scenes are what you will certainly encounter: They’ll make love today, they’ll have misunderstanding later, they’ll make love tomorrow, they’ll become okay the next day– and then repeat from the top. It’s like a bizarre routine and yes, it happens until the end of the book. I hate to admit it, but it has a lot of major cliches.

However, I still managed to get the gist of it and eventually reached the end of the book. Didn’t regret it, though. It was still a great book. Christian Grey continues to be domineering and romantic and generous to Ana, and Ana is– well, her character development improves here. *smirks. We can see her blossom into a beautiful, stunning woman. Not like the Ana we’ve met in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Book Is…

Pros

Just like the first installment, it has interesting parts. Also, you will discover a lot more about the characters especially Christian’s dark past.

Con

The scenes are quite repetitive.

What I Think About the Characters

Ana Steele

Well, as mentioned, Ana grew more stunning and classy here. She no longer borrows dress from Kate. Lol 😀 And the way she approaches situation is a lot more different compared to the first book. I think she really developed a lot here.

Christian Grey

I’m glad he finally opened up and revealed his fears and imperfect struggles to Ana. This made me understand him even better. I think it’s also a good start for both of them. And as usual, this man never fails to entice me. The way he communicates with Ana through text and email is kind of gasp-inducing. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 3 stars (It’s a great book, but not nearly as good as the first book.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“You’re the only person I’d fly three thousand miles to see.” – Christian Grey

“We have to learn to walk before we can run”

REVIEW: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

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An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart.

But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.

Dear John, the letter read… and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

MY THOUGHTS…

Well hello there, Nicholas Sparks! I can now finally make a review for your book after what, three? Four years? This is actually my first ever Nicholas Sparks read. I have grabbed and read this book in 2010 and I can still remember how it made me feel, and here I am, about to be reminded again of how my heart has been shattered four years ago and how I was such an emotional mess after finishing it.

Dear John is a story that talks about John Tyree, the guy who grew up in a single parent home in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was raised by his father who had a problem with his growth and development, and who was so fond of collecting coins. As he grew, John was not entirely enthusiastic with life. Knowing he could make a difference if he joins the US army, he applied for it and was able to successfully land a promising career in the military. But when he met the beautiful and vibrant Savannah Lynn Curtis, of course, his life changed and confusions about his career and love life quickly developed. While he chose his calling, he left Savannah behind though their relationship continued in a form of “love letters”. At first their communication was great. There was consistency and I really thought and hoped that their LDR thing will survive. Of course, it didn’t happen as (*Spoiler’s alert) Savannah fell in love with her friend, Tim. And there, the drama began… And so was my heart being broken.

This story is quite remarkable. The fact that it’s far more real made it become sensational. It’s reality-based. What happened in this book also happens in real life.

It’s just that… 😦 I knew everyone doesn’t always have a happy ending love story –but ugh, this one’s just too heart-shattering. It took me a while to compose myself after reading this.

But surprisingly, although Nicholas Sparks didn’t provide the happy ending the characters at least deserved, he totally earned my respect. He’s the kind of author who gives straight forward plot with a blend of Christian theme– very impressive. And hey, did I tell you that men’s POV is rather different and emotionally driven? This book proves it. Overall, the book is entirely great. It’s compelling, you will really find yourself fully engaged up to its very end.

The Book Is…

Pros

Realistic, emotional, captivating, and well-written. The characters are also remarkable and very well defined.

Con

The ending will really rip your heart apart. You might cry in spite of yourself.

What I think about the Characters

John Tyree

I love this character. He makes me admire the bravery and heroic acts of the military men — sacrificing emotions for the sake of their dedication for the country and fellow countrymen.

Savannah Lynn Curtis

I admire how Savannah held on to their relationship in spite of the distance and how she actually tried to make an effort to make their relationship work. But in the end, I wish she pushed more. I mean, I know it was difficult, but she could’ve extended more of her patience and waited for him– if she truly loved him. But well, who am I to judge? Lol.

My rating for this book: 5 well-deserved stars! 🙂

(I also watched its movie adaptation. But, of course! How could I miss Channing Tatum on big screen? That wouldn’t happen! *laughs. For me though, I prefer the book’s sequence and emotional approach rather than the film’s. 🙂

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”

“When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.”

“Our story has three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end. And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can’t believe that ours didn’t go on forever.”

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