Monday, July 30, 2012

Colleen Hoover (author of Slammed & Point of Retreat)

If you haven't seen it already, you must find your way to Colleen Hoover's blog & read her new excerpt from Will's point of view.  You won't be sorry.  Who doesn't love Will & Layken!

Review - Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde

So now that I’ve finished Avoiding Responsibility, I need to think about this for a while. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the 1st book, Avoiding Commitment. It evoked so many different emotions. I anticipated the same with this book, but it didn’t have me as much on edge as did the prior book. I kept waiting but I was almost halfway through reading before the fist-clenching angst set in and it only lasted a little while. It didn’t come about again until about 85% finished, and once more for only a brief amount of time. This book focused on Lexi’s growth & the kind of person she would ultimately become. While it was an interesting & worthwhile journey, I just felt like something was missing, or perhaps it was just all too much. It's a bit hard for me to explain. A bit of mystery was included in the back-story, which contributed greatly because it made me want to keep reading. The alternating past & present chapters (as also seen in Avoiding Commitment) were a brilliant manner in which to reveal the back-story. The last chapter was a bit far-fetched for me. Not wanting to give too much away, I am very pleased there was what appeared to be a HEA ending. I don’t think I could have survived a cliffhanger or worse yet, a heart wrenching end to this story. However, the drama that unfolds during the last chapter was a bit too soap opera-like for me. But then it did have me laughing at how ridiculous it all was, which was a nice change of pace from the emotional wreck I was previously (mostly during the first book). I must say that I am more than relieved to finally be finished reading this 2-book series because I found it impossible to put down & have been avoiding all of my responsibilities while being so emotionally involved. My guess is that my family is just as relieved as well. Now it’s time for me to read something light & funny. I think I owe it to myself!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review - Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde

I “butterflying” HATE Jack. I HATE what he keeps doing to Lexi. I HATE that Lexi keeps falling for his S*#T! I want to smack her over the head & CASTRATE him! This book had me so tied up in knots that I just wanted to scream at the top of my lungs & smash my Kindle against the nearest wall. I had to keep texting the friend who recommended it just to vent. But wait, they’re fictional characters, for Pete’s sake! When an author can invoke these kinds of emotions, she has got to be good! And K.A. Linde is just that good, hence, the 5-star rating. This book was one long super-angsty roller coaster ride full of fluctuating emotions. Just when you think you’ve made it to the top & can enjoy the view, you come barreling down so rapidly & with such great speed that your stomach is in your mouth & tears fill your eyes! I could barely breathe while reading this book, every muscle in my body was in a constant state of fisted tension. But I had to keep on reading until my eyes literally fell shut, because I’m crazy & obsessive like that. Jack is such a damn pathological liar! What he did to Lexi at his birthday party was downright MEAN. And I just don’t understand why she keeps going back for more. Okay, maybe I actually do understand. But still! I certainly hope that the author didn’t write this story based on personal experiences because no one deserves to be treated that way. I’ve been told that I’m not going to believe the crap Jack pulls in book 2. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle it. I’m going to need a big glass of wine, no, make that the whole bottle by the time I’m done with this series. And rumor has it there’s going to be a third. Will I survive? Possibly not, but I will keep reading because like I said, I’m crazy & obsessive like that! Warning: Trust issues & insecurities occur by leaps & bounds in this book. You will be angry, upset, emotional, & tense from the 1st page to the last. Prepare yourself by reading something light before diving into this series. You won’t regret it!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review - Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover

I dove into this book thinking I wouldn't like it & would stop reading if it became too scary. I'll admit it, I'm a big baby. I don't like scary stories (or scary movies) & if it included ghosts, then, wouldn’t it be scary? But a few people on FB assured me it really wasn't scary & was an incredible read. So I read, & I wasn’t disappointed (or scared). This book consumed me for days with its hauntingly exquisite tale. It contained just the right amount of angst, mystery & suspense to keep me on edge, but not so much that I wanted to jump off the cliff but rather keep climbing & delve deeper. Grave Refrain is a beautifully written love story between a hot, brooding, up & coming rock star (is there any other kind?) & his muse for whom he’s been searching just about his entire young life. Enter Nick & Nora, a ghostly couple in need of help to find their way, as well as Dwayne & the stoners (good name for a rock band?) and you encounter comic relief with perfect timing. Glover is a gifted & talented author whose writing style is eerily similar to another favorite author of mine, which makes me love her that much more. She has the ability to invoke an array of emotions in the reader as inspired by her characters. I’m thrilled that I didn’t pass on reading this amazing tale.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review - The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

I LOVE Gracie! For me, she is the epitome of the perfect female! Intelligent, confident, sexy, funny (along with the ability to laugh at herself), sometimes just a bit insecure, great sense of humor, a loyal friend, not afraid to take chances, the list goes on and on. Best of all, she's in her 30's & not some young, just out of college spring chicken! She's been through some hard times & still perseveres! If I could be any female character from a book, Gracie would be the one! (And I swear, it has nothing to do with me also being a redhead! Okay, maybe just a little.) Anyway, on with the review...this book was laugh out loud hilarious, HOT, steamy, sexy, fun & of course, every woman's fantasy. Who wouldn't love having a hot, young, sexy, romantic, (not to mention British) up & coming movie star fall in love with you, the older woman?! Alice Clayton is a genius. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Every woman needs a Jack Hamilton in her life!

Review - The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton

If I were an author & was to write a novel, this is the one I would write. Hands down, Jack & Gracie are my new favorite couple (& not just because Jack reminds me figure it out)! The hilarity continues in this sequel to The Unidentified Redhead, along with more hot steamy goodness, quirky fun, & some slightly (only slightly) angsty times. Grace is now in NY living out her dream while her hot, young movie star boyfriend is getting ready for his big premiere in LA. What ensues is lots of Crazy mixed with Sweet Nuts fun on both coasts. This book has left me wanting more...more Jack, more Gracie, just more, more, more! I love you, Alice Clayton, you are my idol!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review - Gabriels' Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

How can I even begin to write a review for this book other than to say that Sylvain Reynard has done it again! In my review of Gabriel's Inferno I wrote, "Oh gods of all romance genre books, please let there be another one like this out there somewhere" and lo and behold, it has appeared in the form of Gabriel's Rapture. It has been weeks since I finished this book yet I am only just now writing this review because I felt I could not do it enough justice. The words wax poetic, the story is magnificent, and the characters are full of depth. I am in awe of Sylvain Reynard's eloquent writing style and look forward to reading more from him in the future. This book and the characters will remain with me for many years to come.