Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman

Bossman
Author: Vi Keeland
Publisher: Vi Keeland
Published: July 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4 stars

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From New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy newstandalone novel.

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

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“I couldn’t remember ever wanting another man as badly as I wanted Chase. For a while, I’d thought it was because he was my boss– that exciting feeling of being tempted by the forbidden. But I knew it was more than that. So much more, it scared the hell out of me. “

Chase Parker is so delicious. I mean, Bossman. The story. :p

It’s my second time to read a Vi Keeland book and I must say this was better than the first book I’ve read which was The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel. I needed a fun, flirty, and light NA read and reading some glowing 5-star reviews from my friends, I was totally sold and I considered it as an immediate read. It didn’t fail. The book was what I was really looking for.

Bossman started off when Reese Annesley had an encounter with Chase Parker at a restaurant where she’s meeting her date, Martin. Chase overheard her sending a voicemail to her friend, complaining about her boring date. A few minutes later, she was shocked when Chase joined her table and basically crashed her date by making up stories about their “childhood”. Lol. Now few weeks later, they met again and she eventually learned that Chase is in fact, an owner of a wax company where’s she’s about to start her new work.

What made me love this book? It was for the sole reason that I enjoyed everything that happened here. Chase was so adorable and sexy and his made-up stories just cracked me up. Reese, on the other hand, was a likeable heroine. Despite her issues about her past, she didn’t have annoying dramas which made it easy for me to like her. I loved that the majority of this book focused more on the flirty side rather than the emotional one. I’ve been reading sad books lately and I can’t take another heartbreak for now. So this was indeed a book where you can expect yourself to be laughing out loud because of the humor and the sexy interactions shared by the characters.

There was of course, a huge thing that happened in the later part of this book. Some sort of twist that kind of deviated the story into a heart-breaking one. But it was a good thing since it gave the story a depth and it made me appreciate the characters more because of how they handled the situation and managed to overcome it. I was also able to see the broken, different side of Chase, although it shattered my heart into pieces.

The best part of the book was the ending. I loved it! It left a smile on my face and it simply made me happy. As a whole, this book was fun and enjoyable, with oozing sexiness all over the place. Chase is such a perfect Bossman! I highly recommend this book if you love smexy office romance and friends-to-lovers tropes with a tiny bit of drama.

“You’re fired,” he groaned as he buried his face in my hair. “So fucking fired.”

(I’ve read this book for the #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong)

Rating:

4 stars

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Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

One Day Soon (One Day Soon, #1)

One Day Soon
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Publisher: A. Meredith Walters
Published: February 18, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

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“We loved each other. And in the ugly world we inhabited, it was a light we had clung to.”

(I’ve read this book for the #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong)

I’ve been devouring romance books with heavy contents and depressing themes lately and it kind of affects my personal thoughts and emotions– to the point where I find myself gross-sobbing alone. Lol. Anyways, I think these books are real gems despite the pain that they cause in our hearts because they simply make us FEEL. Reflect. And learn a lot of lessons.

One Day Soon opened up my box of emotions and stole it all. A story that centers around two characters Imogen “Imi” Conner and Yossarian “Yoss” Frazier, it tackles sensitive issues about homelessness, sexuality, child abuse, and more.

I couldn’t say reading this book was a pleasant experience because almost everything that happened here was sad. Yoss and Imi’s childhood experiences were too horrible to imagine. But I am so glad that these characters found their way to healing when they met 15 years later after the most terrible situation hit them.

Don’t want to spoil you by giving away too much about the story, but this book, as a whole, was a cry-worthy book, heavy with the angst, and beautifully written. This was my first A. Meredith Walters read and I could say that she’s brilliant in this genre. I find her poetic writing comforting and more than soothing to the soul.

I have a slight issue though. The ending was a bit blurry and I don’t know what really happened or how the book really concluded. Was it a sad or a happy ending? I guess the author just wants the reader to really dig deeper and think about it countless times. Either way, I’m sticking to a happy ending. That’s how I want all the stories to end, anyways. 🙂

“Because one day soon, I promise you that all this ugly will become something beautiful.”

Rating:

4

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Rechellyn’s review

Kat’s review

Claire’s review

Bea’s review

Allie’s review

Jam’s review

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Review: Trouble by Samantha Towle

Trouble by Samantha Towle

Trouble
Author: Samantha Towle
Publisher: Samantha Towle
Published: November 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Dark
My Rating:

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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+

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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.

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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.

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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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REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

MY THOUGHTS…

Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

five-stars

Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

MY THOUGHTS…

When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.

I still could not move on right now. I was speechless and numb for quite a few minutes after reading this. Anyone of you who feels the same after reading a series-ender that is so epic and memorable you can hardly think straight? Ugh.

Clockwork Princess surprised me. And Cassandra Clare continues to surprise me to no end! I did not expect to love this series because honestly, Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince did not mean much to me at first because I found them quite dull but then— my feelings suddenly shifted after reading Clockwork Princess. I love it already! I love the whole series and the beautiful characters and the Shadowhunter world that it pains me to know that it already ended. 😦

And it’s so hard right now. Everything is heartbreakingly beautiful! I love how Cassie completed the series, no matter what happened in the end. Still. The Infernal Devices is so great!

Aarrgh! I know I’m not making any sense anymore, but I need a moment to recover from my book hangover. Like right now. :’-D

Ratings: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

MY THOUGHTS…

Josh is my escape. He’s my hiding place.

Beautiful, extraordinary, emotionally-driven, and just the right kind of book that can make you cry and laugh and swoon at the same time.

The Sea of Tranquility is perfectly well-written. I am so surprised to find out that it’s Katja Millay’s first and only book so far. Clearly, this book is not a work of a novice. It’s an amateur’s masterpiece. I am so hoping that this author will work for another novel again because I need more of her writing style!

This book took me by surprise because I did not expect it to be this good. The way she creates characters that are broken make me feel awed. More so when these characters eventually took a step towards healing and found their way to each other.

*Sigh*

This book. It’s going to be hard for me to forget this. Everything is just so remarkably beautiful! I enjoyed every page of it (which explains why it took me days to finish it). I love reading some of its beautiful lines over and over. Can’t help it. 😉

My Ratings for this Book: 5 Stars in a Sea of Tranquility!

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REVIEW: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)

Lovely Vicious
(Lovely Vicious #1)
Author: Sara Wolf
Published: November 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

1star

Fire meets ice. Love meets hate.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to the Buttcrack-of-Nowhere Ohio to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing – Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

**This book contains language, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

**This is the first book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.

 

MY THOUGHTS…

DNF at 46%.

I’m so sorry, guys. And I’m so sorry, AJ, my friend, who recommended this to me. :((

It’s just that… I really, really wanted to like this. But I just can’t. I mean, I’m not the type of reader who does this DNF-ing thing, but I was forced because I can’t tolerate the immaturity of this book. Yes, there was a ton of it and it was getting annoying every single second and it was already getting on my nerves to the point that I could no longer take it.

When I first met Isis at the beginning chapter, I thought she was cool, funny, and brave– a little sarcastic and snarky but tolerable, but as the story progressed, I realized she’s difficult to like and get along with. She was no longer making any sense and she kept on whining about how bad she looks and how fat she was and how shaken she was when she was ditched by her ex and how insecure she is every time she encounters her chic school mates. Ugh! Isis is one of those characters that really pull the bitch out of me and make me roll my eyes every time.

Jack, on the other hand, is– I dunno. He’s a likeable character but definitely not the one who could be labeled as a book boyfriend. He’s always too passive and I think his character development is so poor I could not really connect with him.

At some point I was trying to convince myself to continue it and read it up to the very final chapter to find out how it ends. I’ve read from reviews that it has a cliffhanger ending and I love cliffhangers because they’re challenging but I no longer have the interest to continue.

So yeah, this book unfortunately did not get me. Again, I’m sorry especially for the guys who loved this book. I really am. 😦

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