Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

Author: Lauren Layne                                                                                                  Published: August 25, 2015                                                                                                Pages: 221

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

Review:

Parker and Ben have been friends since freshman year of college. Fast forward six years and Ben has upgraded to best friend and roommate. Yet, Bens actions scream more than friends. And sometimes so does Parkers. Lucky for Ben… or is it Parker… soon he/she/they get a taste of what it’s like to be more than friends once Parkers long time boyfriend Lance break up with her. I know what you are thinking. I’ve seen this same scene play out a thousand times. And your kind of right but kind of wrong. True, this book does follow a somewhat predictable set of events. But the reactions from the main two characters are- again yes sometimes predictable- but done in a new, fun, and surprising way. I loved the “talk or mute” and how open the characters were.

Overall, the book was a quick and fun read. I loved the friendly bicker that took place and how both characters were down to earth. The chapters go back and forth between Ben and Parkers POV. The author struggled with creating a different voice between the two characters. There were times where I would forget who’s POV I was reading from because both characters sounded very similar. With that said, it’s still a good read if you are looking for a book you can read in a couple days and is entertaining.

Tangled (Tangled #1)

Tangled

Author: Emma Chase                                                                                                   Published: August 2, 2013                                                                                                  Pages: 254

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able to untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

 

Review:

The writing style in this book was difficult for me to get into. Instead of reading a story, it’s more like you are having a one sided conversation with the main character. Although interesting and not bad to read on occasion, I’m not sure it’s something I could read all the time. I just wasn’t able to get lost in the story because the main character was always pulling me out by asking questions or making connections to obscure concepts. Humorous but distracting.

Ok, my first impressions of Drew are douchebag, all male, confident, and dumb. But the more you read, you get a better understanding of what kind of person he is. This story revolves around Drew and Kate. This is definitely a love hate relationship with lots of fun banter! I enjoyed the book but the writing style prevented my from loving it.

Dark Surf

Dark Surf

Author: T.C. Zmak
Published: August 23, 2014
Pages: 422

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

SHARK! Few words have such heart-stopping power—particularly among surfers. When 23-year-old Jake Ryder sees his best friend, Cody, wash up on the beach after being viciously killed by a great white shark, he can’t let it go. Jake’s quest to find the last surfer to see Cody alive leads him to the Nomads, a shadowy tribe that prefers to hit the waves only after the sun sets.

Led by Tristan Pierce, the first of a new breed of vampires, the Nomads are at the center of a growing number of dead and missing surfers. Also on the bloody trail is Lani Marley, an undercover FBI agent who befriends Jake to infiltrate the Nomads but soon falls for Tristan…

Featuring one of the most imaginative twists in vampire mythology, DARK SURF is a gripping and unforgettable novel about friendship, betrayal, revenge, and the lethal power of love.

Review:

I have never been surfing but the way the author wrote the prolog, really draws the reader in with feelings of flying and being free. This story is an interesting twist on vampires, that being they are vampire sharks. Although the plot of the book is unique, it isn’t always very exciting. It seems like the book follows the predictable timeline most books follow: all the vampires are extremely attractive, they don’t mind hanging out with humans, vampire falls in love with human, vampire is rich, there is a group of good vampires who don’t hurt the innocent, this same group is trying to stop the bad vampires who hurt innocent people and kids, etc. etc. the only difference is this group of vampires can also turn into great white sharks and of course the ending… Oh the ending. In my mind, the ending saved the book! You are going to love the ending.

The author surprised me with the ending of this book. Most times they are to afraid to kill off there beloved characters. But that’s not the case with this book. I’m not going to give away the ending. But I am intrigued that the author left Tristan’s character unknown as well as hints about Cody… Very interesting….

Overall, it was an ok read. Not one of my favorites but I am left wondering what will happen next. So I will probably read the sequel.

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.