Afterlife (Afterlife Saga #1)

Afterlife

Author: Stephanie Hudson                                                                                          Published: June 26, 2012                                                                                                    Pages: 436

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Afterlife… just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or Afterlife…the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous Gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her. All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide…should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Review:

This book is ridiculously slow!! The author constantly refers to the book Jane Eyre. I don’t know about you but I did not care for that book and found Mr. Rochester’s character in the book repulsive. So the fact that the author continually brings this book up and tries to create ties between Jane Eyre and the one being written, is making it difficult to read the book.

But if you push through, the book does begin to get interesting. That is until the main character gets stuck in her thoughts and pulls the reader away from what is happening. I don’t care for Keira’s character. She is extremely weak, almost fragile. I found myself getting frustrating with her and how she reacted to others, doubts herself, and is constantly biting her lip. Not to mention how she is constantly stuck in her head.

Overall, I’m not even sure what propelled me to finish the book. The book wasn’t great, I’m not even sure I would call it good.

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Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1)

Playing for keeps

Author: R.L. Mathewson                                                                                             Published: April 29, 2011                                                                                                    Pages: 220

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Done with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

Review: 

This book was entertaining, at times funny, but nothing spectacular. I felt like the author was trying too hard when it came to multiple scenes. Instead of making a realistic picture, the author went over the top and described something so far fetched that the reader stops and thinks: no way is someone actually like that or no way would someone do/say something like that. The last 20% of the book was the worst. The author changed Haley’s character from sweet, independent, strong to needy, desperate, and weak. But I should say that I did enjoy reading the book. Overall, it was a fun and easy read. Things in the book just didn’t add up and the overall plot was over the top.

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1)

Mystery

Author: Kristen Ashley                                                                                                Published: December 11, 2012                                                                                            Pages: 512

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore….

Review:

First off let me say Gwen is annoying! She sounds more like a dumb reckless teenager than a grown adult. For example, she is more worried about looking pretty and that a guy thinks she is cute than the kind of situation she is getting herself in or that her life is in danger. Yet three attractive guys want her. Second, Hawks character is unattractive. When someone says no or says things are over, it does not mean they are playing hard to get. His actions are more stalkerish than romantic alpha male. The plot of this book is ridiculous! Once Gwen finally gets her head out of her ass and decides to be done with Hawk, all the other characters in the book regardless if they were/are anti-hawk tell her she is making a mistake and should take him back. I couldn’t finish the book. I’m sorry, this book is simply not for me!