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.)


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


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


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

Some things can’t be…


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.

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.


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


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
My Rating:


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.


“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!


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:


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.


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.”


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.
    (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! 🙂


    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! 🙂



REVIEW: Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

Almost Heaven (Sequels, #3)



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.


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.


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?


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…


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


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?”