Just the Sexiest Man Alive

Sexiest Man

Author: Julie James                                                                                                      Published: October 7, 2008                                                                                                Pages: 296

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match.

Review: 

Taylor Donovan is a litigation associate to a big law firm in Chicago but is on a harassment case in California. During her time there. She gets roped into allowing Jason Andrews, a top recognized actor, to follow her around in order to learn how to play a realistic lawyer in an upcoming movie. Jason isn’t only recognized for his acting skills but also his ability to pick up women. This skill in particular reminds her all to well of her ex fiancé Daniel. Taylor is an interesting character. She is a hard working feminist who only lets the people around her see the no nonsense, strong, independent side. Although she tries to hide her softer sides, somehow Jason is able to penetrate her defenses.

Jason’s character was arrogant and self involved. He seemed to always be fishing for compliments and was an ass throughout the book. Although he did have his charming side, I’m not always sure it was enough.

This book didn’t follow the normal script most authors use when writing a romance novel. Most authors throw in a scene where one characters makes the other jealous by pretending to be into someone else and even going so as to lie to them. This author did something similar but with a refreshing twist.  Jason isn’t getting anywhere fast with Taylor (or at least not as fast as Jason would like), so to move things along he not only lies but is deceptive in order to make Taylor jealous to see her reaction. It luckily didn’t work on Taylor.I hate when authors do this and then the female lead character admits her mistakes and runs into her soon to be lovers arms. Such crap because it makes perfect sense to fall for a guy and trust him after he pulls a stunt like that.

Diving into the book, the chapters flew by. The sarcastic banter between Taylor and Jason was fantastic! The entire book was not only entertaining but fun to read. The end of the book was a bit mushy and happily ever after. But it was hard not to smile. Hands down, this was a terrific book!!

The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1)

The Wicked we have done

Author: Sarah Harian
Published: March 18, 2014
Pages: 272

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice. If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends. She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Review:

The concept of the plot was intriguing and because of this, the author was able to capture the readers attention from the very beginning. Unfortunately the writing style, or more so the grammatical errors took away from the book and it made it difficult for the reader to get lost in the world being created. If you are able to look past some of the odd sayings, grammatical errors, and the constant switch from past to present tense, then you find yourself reading a book that is full of physiological games and somewhat freaky scenes.

This book is about a girl named Evalyn who supposedly was one of eight, who killed 56 people during a college faculty banquet. Because of this, she was sentenced to one month In the compass room. Here she will be subject to different simulations and her reactions will be recorded and judged. If her reactions, either hormonal or emotional, are imbalanced and her “moral compass” is deemed evil, then she will be executed.

Once the inmates wake up in the Compass room, this is when the games begin. Evalyn is the first one to experience this when she “sees” her baby brother running out of her room asking her to chase him. The author did an alright job creating a creepy vibe, especially when it became difficult to tell what is real and what isn’t. Although there were many scenes in the book that were somewhat creepy, they lacked enough detail to truly create a disturbing image.

The story doesn’t really change much with all the characters in the book “seeing” people from there past crimes. This reminds me a lot of the hunger games series in how 12 inmates are in an arena that is manipulated by a creator. Some of the inmates try to kill each other, most try to run a way from there past. But they are all led or guided on a certain path, forced to travel where the creators want them. In one scene, the creator decides to flood them out. This scene in particular reminded me of Catching fire where part of the arena if flooded.

I felt like the book was frustrating in how the chapters jump from the present to the past to further in the past. I found myself wanting to yell, ‘just get on with it’. The book somewhat dragged, as though the author was trying to make a bigger deal or make Evalyn’s story more complicated than it actually is.

I didn’t like Evalyn’s character. She let everyone walk over her and she went along with the idea that she was guilty. Her reasoning behind choosing the campus room was because she wasn’t sure if she was innocent or guilty. Seriously! Did you plan and kill people, no? Then she isn’t guilty of the crime they accused her of. Another thing that irritated me about her character was how immature she is. She is in her 20’s but treats her mom horrible because she doesn’t approve of her major.

Overall I found myself bored with the book. I just couldn’t finish it which is to bad because the book had a lot of promise. I read 3/4th of the book… That was more than enough.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1)

The Deal

Author: Elle Kennedy                                                                                                  Published: February 24, 2015                                                                                            Pages: 358

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book! The characters were amazing, the plot was entertaining, and I found myself not wanting to put down the book. I am so glad I bought this book.

The book revolves around two characters, Hanna and Garette. Garette is the captain of the hockey team and needs to find a tutor to help keep from failing one of his classes. This is where Hanna comes into the picture. She is a lovable, artsy musician who happens to be one of the few people who passed the midterm in the class she shares with Garette. Garette does everything he can in order to convince Hanna to help him pass the class. He finally convinced Hanna to help by proposing they go on a fake date in order to attract the attention of the person she likes. As I’m sure you can guess, the outcome of this entire situation is not what Hanna had in mind.

As the two of them spend more time together, I found myself unable to stop smiling and laughing. The banter between Hanna and Garette is fantastic. The author did a great job using stereotypes to lead the reader into believing one thing and then finding out the entire situation/character is nothing you assumed. I love the depth the characters had. The ending is one you can only find in a make believe romance novel. Yet, the book overall wasn’t cheesy or over the top.

Overall, great read! I can’t wait for the second book to come out. This is a book you find yourself thinking back on and wanting to reread.

Down on London Road (On Dublin Street #2)

London

Author: Samantha Young                                                                                            Published: May 7, 2013                                                                                                       Pages: 373

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control… It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets… even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

Review:

I just couldn’t do this book. It wasn’t the writing so much but the main Character Jo. I don’t care how unfortunate Jo’s life is or how the author tries to twist her story, in the end she is still a gold digger. She still only dates rich men in hopes they will take care, a.k.a provide for, her and her brother. The changes who she is and does everything to please her boyfriend, even if that means losing herself. Her character just screams pathetic.

Jo has options she refuses to do- example getting a job with the help of her friends. She won’t allow them to help her but she will accept the help of her rich boyfriends who she hopes she can trick into marriage. No thanks!

The chemistry she had with Cameron had potential, if only I could get over her character. I found myself skipping paragraphs and skimming pages in order to get threw the book. But in the end, I couldn’t finish the book.

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)

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Author: Samantha Young                                                                                            Published: August 31, 2012                                                                                                 Pages: 372

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare… Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Review:

Wow, this book was amazing! This is the first book I have read by this author but I am impressed and excited to read more from her! This book revolves around a tragic accident. Usually I stay away from sad books but the passion between the characters and the strength made it impossible to put the book down.

Looking at the beginning of the book, I would never do anything with a guy like Braden. Well at least not the beginning Braden. At the beginning when he meets Joss in the cab, all I could think is he is a guy whose ego is bigger than his head and always looking for something better. I mean come on ladies! He had a girlfriend and he was openly ogling Joss like she was the next best thing. Ok, his self assurance was kind of hot. This is defiantly at cat and mouse kind of book, with lots of chasing in the fun and dominate kind of way. I loved how strong Joss was and the banter between her and Braden.

I loved this book!!

Be with Me (Wait for you #2)

be with me

Author: Jennifer Armentrout                                                                                      Published: February 4, 2014                                                                                              Pages: 365

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

Review:

This book discusses the reality and the aftermath of victims of domestic abuse. The author identifies the misconception of those victims being weak. The plot of this book also suggests the possibility that everything happens for a reason, although it may not seem like a positive thing at the time.

Teresa is a freshman at college only because she hurt her knee and is unable to dance. If it heals properly, after a semester she can leave and continue her career. From the first book in this series we know Teresa was once a victim of domestic violence. She isn’t a strong character in the sense of knowing her self worth, expecting/demanding more than what’s par, and not turning into a pile of mush when she is around a guy she likes. These characteristics frustrate me about her and have me rolling my eyes throughout the book. Although it’s sweet how naive she is, it’s also at times stomach rolling nauseous. How many times is she going to throw herself at Jase before it is just embarrassing.

Jase on the other hand is a cruel tease when it comes to Teresa- at least in the beginning. After making her feel like there kiss a year ago was a mistake, he comes over drunk at 1:30 am to apologize. Of course that’s not all that happens because what college guy goes over to a girls place at 1:30 in the morning to just talk and apologize. Although things stayed pg, he proclaimed they will be friends. With this said, he constantly finds ways to touch her, whisper to her when there’s no need, and pretty much send cross messages about there “friendship”. And then he does the cruelest thing yet- kiss/grope her and then start the entire proses over again with how it’s not her, it’s him, he regrets this, yada yada blah! Jase is to hung up in the past and not really that great of a catch if you ask me.

I couldn’t help but feel frustrated with this book. Both characters really irritated me. Teresa walks in on Jase with a girl who is half naked and what does she do, give him oral sex when he catches up with her on the road. The book was predictable and Teresa looked dumb with how slow it took her to figure things out. There was a lot of unnecessary drama in the book. I just really wasn’t a fan.

Wait for you (Wait for you #1)

Wait

Author: Jennifer Armentrout                                                                                      Published: February 26, 2013                                                                                             Pages: 332

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

Review:

Interesting book. Not what I was expecting. I would give this book a 3.5, but rounded up to a 4- why not. The book was entertaining, slow at times, nothing thrilling, but the banter between the two main characters was fun to read. The reason this book fell short of a 5 star rating was because of the practicality of the plot. I just couldn’t picture this actually happening. Cams character was difficult to believe- he went from getting sex non stop to nothing, being known as a player to being mr sensitive.

But if you find yourself caught up in the romantic world created in this book, then Cam and Avery’s story is gush worthy. While the sex is slow and intimate, there relationship is rocky and difficult. Overall, a fun read. But the last couple chapters I found myself wondering when this book would end.