Wallbanger (Cocktail #1)

Wallbanger

Author: Alice Clayton
Published: November 27, 2012
Pages: 384

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

Review:

Oh sweet Jesus, this book had me cracking up! I absolutely love Caroline’s character.
Although at times she can be beyond dramatic, I did enjoy this series. I thought the book got a little slow near the end, after Caroline and Simon got together. But that didn’t last long. This book is full of witty banter, sexual tension, and awkward encounters. But if you are looking for a great laugh, this is the book for you!

I know this review isn’t the best but I couldn’t put the book down in order to take notes. This is a great read and I recommend to everyone!

Entice (The Affair #1)

Entice

Author: Stacey Lynn                                                                                                    Published: April 14, 2015                                                                                                    Pages: 248

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

When the most difficult decision of Laurie Baker’s life needed to be made, she took off for a weekend alone to weigh her pros and cons and consider all her options. What she didn’t expect was to run face first into one more complication her life didn’t need. Distracting, sexy, and British, Liam Parker offered Laurie exactly what she needed when she was desperate for attention.

One night of pleasure.

She wanted it.
She craved it.
She took it.

And when the sunlight dawned and the lusty haze of one night of passion disappeared and reality revealed itself… Laurie returned home knowing that everything she had once believed, everything she had once loved and desired, was about to be tossed upside down and shaken in a way she could never imagine.

Review:

The book opens with headache and betrayal. The main character Laurie is needing space from the guy she has loved since she was 14- James. Even after the affair came to light, James still works closely and employs his secretary, Lauries best friend or used to be. Ouch! Laurie struggles with the hurt of James betrayal and the love she still feels for him. All the while Laurie is trying to leave so she can figure out what to do, James is begging her to come back to him. Reading this leaves my stomach in knots, it’s so heartbreaking.

After heading off to a conference in Chicago, Laurie runs into the handsome Liam. Although Laurie is forthcoming about being married, neither one of them seems able to restrain their attraction to each other. As the love affair develops, it’s easy to get lost in the lust filled pages, forgetting and only thinking about Laurie and Liam. But then the author brings reality back with a text message from James. And the reader is left feeling guilty wishing the story was about finding love and not one about betrayal and dishonesty. Laurie’s world is thrown into more chaos when she finds out Liam is also her new boss.

The entire book is full of sadness, chaos, and betrayal. The saying two wrongs don’t make a right should be applied to this book. By the end of the book, I am left with conflicting emotions. I feel bad for James, but he did cheat on Laurie. And then there is Liam who is full of secrets and can be the coldest person. Th wending was great and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series.

 

Into the Darkness

Into the Darkness

Author: A.M. Rycroft                                                                                                   Published: January 1, 2015                                                                                                 Pages: 480

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Aeryn must decide decide whether to turn her back on her world or become the hero she never asked to be. When her father died unexpectedly, sell-sword Aeryn Ravane found herself reeling from the loss and lacking purpose in her life. It was then that she decided to honor his memory by completing a quest he talked of often: breaking the centuries-old curse on the Black Caverns of Cathell, sealed by the once-famous adventurer Tynan Selvantyr to guard the secrets hidden there.

A year later, she enters the Black Caverns, confident that she succeeded in fulfilling her father’s wishes. Soon though, her life becomes more complicated than she ever imagined possible. A young thief named Theo has followed the sell-sword to the Black Caverns on the orders of another. She needs an object hidden within the caverns in order to buy her brother’s freedom from the head of the thieves’ guild. Once Theo is discovered, however, she spins a web of lies to avoid the sell-sword’s interference in her plan.

As Aeryn and Theo go deeper into the Black Caverns, their journey turns stranger and stranger. Faced with unspeakable horrors in the Harbinger’s wake, Aeryn and Theo race to find a way to destroy the creature they unknowingly released. More secrets and lies pave their way, but they press on through the darkness and the mire of their own pasts, intent on keeping the Harbinger’s evil from swallowing all of Cathell.

Review:

The author does a fantastic job creating a world full of fantasy and adventure. The characters created in this story are refreshingly rich with relatable characteristics. You can’t help but hang onto every word written, turning each page with eager anticipation, selfishly wanting more. It has been a while since I have encountered a book that has me on the edge of my seat, dying to know what will happen next. The way each scene is described with just the right amount of details, makes it easy to picture a world full of magik, barbaric sword fighting, hidden treasure, and above all else a great story.

What was once known as Night Vally and is now coined the Vally of Death because of the massacre that took place. This is where Aeryn finds herself on the beginning of a quest that will forever change her life. A quest done in the name of her father and there respect for the brave adventurer Tynan. Like many before her, Aeryn has come to the Black Caverns seeking what lies within. But she doesn’t only seek the treasure hidden inside, but the need to connect to the man behind the stories. While in the cavern, she encounters the ghost of Tynan and a young thief named Theo. Unbeknownst to Aeryn, she also frees an ancient evil God named Harbinger who creates havoc wherever he goes. Thus starting a great adventure that will lead to destruction, death, acceptance, trust, and much much more.

For the first time I truly feel inadequate trying to describe how amazing this book is! Like I mentioned earlier, the characters have so much depth. I absolutely loved this book! I found myself so caught up in the story that I began mimicking what the characters were doing- staying quiet, noting moving. I’m sure that sounds silly but it proves the authors ability to entrap the reader with the use of his words.

I loved Aeryn’s character. She evolves so much throughout the book. She is strong but stoic. After she meets Tynan, you see how she goes from the little girl who idealizes her hero, to realizing heroes aren’t perfect, to seeing him as a man and accepting his accomplishments as well as his failures.

Theo’s character is complex and my opinion of her changed throughout the book. At first I thought she was somewhat of a brat and complained way to often. But as the story develops, you are able to see beyond the mask she wears. And you realize she is a younger version of Aeryn with more defiance and anger.

There are so many great characters in this book. The ending of the book left me thinking (Hoping!!) there will be a sequel. This book is not a fast read in the sense you can’t skip over minor details and still get the big picture. Every word written in this book has a purpose. This book is full of heartache, adventure, freedom, and redemption. I was surprised that by the end of the book I found myself already attached to the characters. Usually for this to happen, it takes reading a couple of books into the series. I actually frowned when the book was over, wishing there was more.

Overall, a fantastic book. This book is the type of book that stays with you, lingering in your thoughts weeks after you finished reading.

Breach (Breach #1)

Breach

Author: K.I. Lynn
Published: December 31, 2013
Pages: 270

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Delilah Palmer has always maintained control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth that’s just below the surface. Using a façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood, she’s made a good life for herself. Becoming a successful lawyer, she is finally free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.

Nathan Thorne has a haunted past of his own. On the surface, he is personable, extroverted, and loved by everyone; everything Delilah isn’t. However, hidden beneath his charming smile is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has the power to unveil.

Forced into a small office together, they begin to see through each other’s masks, and the magnetic attraction ignites an explosive relationship. Their firm, Holloway and Holloway Law, has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. But despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan begins to teeter on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.

What dark secrets does Nathan harbor that stop him from giving in, and what is it that keeps him from healing and moving forward? And more importantly, where does Delilah fit into his turmoil? Will they be able to accept love and deal with all the trials that develop as their secrets are exposed, or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?

Review:

Delilah is a workaholic at a law firm. After her last partner, she thought no one could be worse. But once she meets Nathan, she discovers how painfully wrong she is. Even with the firms non-fraternization policy, women in the office are throwing themselves at Nathan. Delilah doesn’t think things could get worse, but what kind of book would this be if they didn’t? Delilah soon discovers Nathan lives in the same condo complex as she does and goes to the same dive bar. This all sounds like a fantastic read but what the writing style is lacking is ‘show don’t tell’ me everything. The author tells the reader of Delilah’s discontent with Nathan but doesn’t really show it through examples of witty banter, disagreements, or really any concrete evidence. By the second half of the book, the writing gets more descriptive and the author ‘shows’ the reader instead of staring.

The entire time you are reading this book, you feel like you are on train that’s about ready to crash any minute. The chaos and disfunction in this book is at times intense, overwhelming, sad, and an overall of feeling WTF!! The bedroom talk in this book can be steamy at times but mostly this kind of dirty talk/forplay isn’t my thing. What really drew me into the book was the emotion and again chaos. It was so intense, I didn’t want to put the book down.

Delilah’s character is full of self loathing. To say she has low self esteem is an understatement. She is also an odd, depressing person. Instead of going out with her friend, she turns her down so she can go to a bar, drink by herself, get completely wasted, and stumble home into bed. She does this enough that she has become one of the regulars at the bar, the bar tender knows her by name, and knows her drink. Delilah has hidden demons and is a weak sad character that isn’t very much fun to read about. But sometimes those characters end up being the best and there story needing to be told.

Nathan looks like a typical attractive guy. It’s almost comical if not an over the top way to describe how attractive Nathan is when his ‘boob squad’ fan club was introduced in the book. But Nathan is a very aggressive guy- physically. His mood swings are disarming, if not down right scary. And his way of dealing with anger is to start punching walls and braking things. Like Delilah, he to is broken and stuck in a world full of demons.

Overall, the book didn’t start out the greatest but made up for it by the end.

Unfinished Business (Angela Panther #1)

Unfinished Business

Author: Carolyn Aspenson                                                                                          Published: March 25, 2014                                                                                                 Pages: 266

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home—crazy or not—Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence. It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

Review:

The phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’ has never been more true. The main character, Angela, wasn’t ready for her mom to die, but then who is. But when she wakes up to her mothers ghost, she thinks she has gone crazy. But by coming back to be with her family, Angela’s mother has opened a portal and now there are ghosts popping up everywhere.

The beginning of this book really dragged. Yeah it’s cool that the main character, Angela, can see her moms ghost but nothing really happened. For the first handful of chapters, the book discussed preparing for the funeral and how the daughter was adapting, aka being snarky and lashing out- of course all in the name of her mother dying. I really didn’t like the way Angela treated or acted towards her children. For some reason some of her comments rubbed me wrong.

As the story continues, you discover that Angela was born with the ability to “see” ghosts but somewhat grew out of it/repressed it. This ability awakens again because of her mothers death. And now she finds herself seeing, talking, and realizing she can help other ghosts. Her son can also see and communicate with ghosts.

Angela’s sense of humor was hard for me to relate to and wasn’t really for me. This book puts a spin to the paranormal- bring to light the sad difficult issues with a twist of humor. It was a refreshing new approach that. Even though there were some interesting characters, the book moved slower than I would have liked.

Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy #1)

Forged in Fire

Author: Juliette Cross                                                                                                  Published: January 27, 2015                                                                                               Pages: 318

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash. The hunky rescuer? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, now her guardian, whether she likes it or not. But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

Her would-be murderer turns out to be only the first of many minions of the demon prince, Danté, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans. Which means when the formidably beautiful Jude offers his protection, Genevieve has no problem accepting it.

For Jude and his fellow demon hunters tell her she is a Vessel, one who is born to serve the Light, but can be corrupted into a weapon of darkness. And to survive, she must trust a man whose unearthly eyes promise heaven…but whose powers unleash hell.

Review:

This book was interesting. I’m not really big into angel and demon books. Although this book was borderline extreme in some of the idealism behind Christianity- the plot was entertaining but often frustrating. Like most angel/demon books, this plot was about good versus evil and the ultimate war. And the one person who could save everything is the angelic virgin. Even though the plot was typical, the author was still able to mix things up enough to create surprising events.

There were a couple things that irritated me about this book- all revolving around the main character Genevieve. Genevieve is this extremely good looking, kick ass, strong character. She has had no problem with abstaining from sex until she meets Jude. Granted, he is described as extremely sexy, strong, and all around alpha type. But come on! After 20 years of not even the smallest temptation, she now struggled keeping things in her pants. Sure, ok…

The other thing that irritated me is how Genevieve is supposedly a black belt but is unable to take care of herself. It doesn’t matter if she faces supernatural demons or regular humans, she is constantly needing the help of Jude and others. The scene that really irritated me was when she was fighting off Nathaniel from his sexual advances. For some unknown reason she was unable to do this without killing him. One would think someone who was a black belt would be able to cause some serious damage- at least be able to fend off an attacker.

The book was fun but I struggled getting past a lot of the strong Christian ideals. There was just to many things that didn’t make sense or I felt were contradictions. Overall, an ok book.

Miss Match (Miss Match #1)

Miss Match

Author: Laurelin McGee                                                                                              Published: June 30, 2015                                                                                                    Pages: 336

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard…

He’s The Perfect Catch.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

Is She His Perfect Match?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

Review:

I found myself laughing throughout the entire book. Well done McGee, well done! The book was funny and exciting. The writing style was easy to fall into. The only thing I found difficult was the author switched POV in the middle of the chapter without warning. You’ll be reading Andrea’s POV and then all of a sudden you are in Blake’s mind. Somewhat confusing but still somehow easy to follow once you figured out the pattern.

Blake has such a detached approach to finding a girlfriend/wife. It’s almost like he is dealing with a job and not human beings. It’s almost comical if not completely sad how he goes about this. Andrea is down on her luck. Living with her sister for the past nine months, she has been unable to find a job. Now that her sisters hours were cut, she is forced to get any job she can. The thing is, she in unemployable because of the last position she was in. Therefor she is forced to accept the job as Blake’s match maker.

Blake’s character comes across as arrogant, pig headed, and demanding. But really he struggles with expressing himself, especially when it comes to emotions, and he is afraid to open himself up. Andrea is confident in her ability to read people but when it comes to her job skills or future, she is timid and skittish.

I loved the way Andrea puts Blake in his place. Although at times plot became somewhat childish and completely fictional, it was still a fun read. One I would recommend if you are looking for a good laugh, smile, or relaxed romance.