Reawakened (Reawakened #1)

Reawakened

Author: Colleen Houck                                                                                                Published: August 11, 2015                                                                                                 Pages: 400

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

Review:

This book was annoying at times but also fascinating. It’s hard to explain and to be honest, I still haven’t fully formed an opinion about the book.

The overall book was very similar to the Tigers Saga in regard to the lead female character, Lily, and the romance between her and Amon. Even the potential for a love triangle between them and his brother Anubis.

Lily’s character was also frustrating because she was first described as a strong, determined, and extremely bright person. But most of the book she was overly emotional, let her emotions drive her actions, and was beyond dense. So dense she couldn’t understand that Amon was taking her ‘life force’ from her so he could survive. Then there’s the issue that Amon and his brothers are trying to save the world from a horrible evil but all she cares about is why Amon doesn’t like her or kiss her. It made me roll my eyes at how stupid her character was acting.

But what fascinated me was the mythological aspect of the book and the Egyptian history.

Overall, the book was interesting. If you enjoyed reading the Tiger Saga, I am sure this book is perfect for you. I’ll probably give the second book in the series a chance but I’m not sure I’ll stick with the series.

Into the Fire (The Texan Quartet #4)

Into the Fire

Author: Claire Boston                                                                                                  Published: February 11, 2016                                                                                              Pages: 258

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Piper wants to be the kind of journalist who makes people sit up and take notice of the issues, and in Houston, Texas, there are plenty to go around. In the city’s high-end restaurant world, reclusive Native American chef Taima Woods is discussed in reverential whispers, so when the opportunity to interview him arrives, Piper jumps at it.

But getting to Tai is tougher than she expected. He has a deep mistrust of reporters, and a private life he’d prefer to keep hidden. There are two passions in Tai’s life—his cooking and his tribe—and he means to keep it that way. But the closer Tai gets to Piper, the closer he comes to conceding a third.

Through Tai, Piper discovers a world she knew nothing about—a damaged and ostracized community in need of a voice. But the more Piper wants to help them, the more Tai understands that to love Piper is to turn his back on his people.

Will Tai reject the one woman who’s ever understood him? Or can Piper show him that hardening his heart helps no one?

Review:

This book was nothing like I expected and I am delighted I had the opportunity to review it. Before I started the book, I thought it was a romance story about a journalist and a chef. In reality, that was the undertone of the story. What the story really focused on was the racism and misconceptions of tribal members. I understand this book is a work of fiction. But I couldn’t help but wonder if what the author wrote was true. This story is powerful in its ability open up a different culture and look beyond the stereotypes. This book also makes you look at yourself and reassess the choices you’ve made. I honestly can say it has been an extremely long time since a book has touched me on this level.

With that said, the reason I gave the book four instead of five stars was based on the brake up and reconnecting of Piper and Tai relationship. I thought it was ironic that Tai was upset about others judging him and his people based on their race (racism) and injustice/negativity but he ended up doing the same with Piper. He broke up with her because she was white. Yes, it was also because if they had kids, his children wouldn’t be considered part of the tribe. But really, it was the color of her skin and the fact that she wasn’t part of his tribe. I was extremely upset at the way he treated her when throughout the entire book he complained about others doing similar things to him and his people. And to make matters worse, she easily accepted him back with a simple apology.

Overall I loved the book and was fascinated by the tribal community described within. This was the first book I read in this series and I didn’t feel like I missed anything. I don’t think you need to read books 1-3 in order to grasp this book.

Free Pass

Free

Author: Allie Kincheloe                                                                                               Published: June 15, 2015                                                                                                     Pages: 284

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

My world flipped upside down with a single text—photographic proof my boyfriend cheated. In a last ditch effort to save our so-called relationship, Austin blurts out the most ridiculous idea—even the score with any guy I choose?
Austin’s plan is hardly an option … until I stumble into Jake’s path. Now the only possibility I can bring myself to consider is the one man I am forbidden to choose.

One chance…

Laney is everything I want. Lips that beg to be kissed every time she speaks. Eyes that look straight into my soul. And that ass…
Going after my brother’s girl? Some lines aren’t meant to be crossed—until those lines blur and I get my chance.

Review:

I have never hated a character so fast and so much as I did Austin! Within a couple pages, I was outraged for Laney and I had yet to discover the plot. The author did a fantastic job grabbing the readers attention with the introduction of Austin. Although the book was an easy and fast read, the complexity of the plot was interesting, if not surprising. To say a double standard existed was a huge understatement. After only a couple chapters in the book, I didn’t know who I hated more- Austin, his parents, or Laney’s parents.

Laney is a girl we all know- pretty, loyal, all to trusting, and hands her heart over to the wrong guy. In this case that’s Austin, the cheating boyfriend of three years. But the thing that irritated me about Laney is her inability to stand up for what she wants. Her character isn’t very strong but more of a submissive, walk all over me kind. I really didn’t care for Laney’s character and all the drama she created.

Jake, Austin’s brother and her two week free pass, is confident but sometimes has the cheesiest lines. Throughout the book, I find myself laughing at how ridiculous the lines are. As the book progresses, it’s easy to see Jake has a temper with a dominant personality.

The book was a little hard to follow in the sense you didn’t know how old the characters were or what they did right away. In fact, it took till chapter 9 to find out Laney was in college and Jake was possible in advertising?? No wait, the next chapter states he’s a graphic designer. See, hard to follow.

Overall, the book wasn’t for me. The sex scenes were steamy and fun to read. But Laney’s character really bugged me and there was far too much unnecessary drama for my taste.

Hard to Forget (Alpha’s Heart #3)

Hard

Author: Bella Jewel                                                                                                      Published: December 15, 2015                                                                                            Pages: 200

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Delaney, a professional bodyguard, has spent years trying to prove herself in a male dominated industry. Now she’s facing her greatest challenge yet.
Bad boy billionaire Jax Shields has made plenty of enemies on his climb to the top, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time has put his life at risk. Now he’s putting his life in the hands of Delaney and her team. He demands the best in everything, and he doesn’t think she has what it takes to protect him. He’s also made it clear he’d rather have her on her back then covering his. Will Delaney be able to prove herself to the most arrogant—and devastatingly handsome—man she’s ever met?

Review:

The first thing that caught my attention in this book was how I loved the confidence of our heroine, Delaney. She is full of sass and couldn’t help smile as I read this book. For the most part. I absolutely loved this book!! Being a strong female, I could relate to the struggles of working in a male dominated career. Although, a couple scenes bothered me because I didn’t feel the author stayed true to Delaney’s character. I think she was trying to show that Delaney wasn’t flawless but for me it made her character look uncharacteristically weak.

This book is a fun read. One full of steamy romance, stolen kisses, hot sex with a strong alpha male, and fun sassy banter. As the sexual tension builds quickly between between Delaney and Jax, so does the threat on their life and relationship. I read this book in one day, I really enjoyed it!

This series does not need to be read in order.

Black Rainbow

Black

Author: J.J. McAvoy                                                                                                     Published: May 15, 2015                                                                                                     Pages: 288

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.

With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.

But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.

Review:

The most frustrating thing about this book was the editing or lack of. Words were misused, sentences didn’t make sense, and thoughts became unclear.

The book was sectioned into three parts. The first part switched back and forth between the present and the past. Usually I don’t mind when a book does this but for some reason doing this didn’t work well with this book. I think the book would have been stronger if it was told in a chronological order. The way it was written really took me out of the moment and took away from the romance the two main characters were building. The second part of the book was just told in the present and the third part was the future.

Overall, the plot was good and the characters were interesting. Neither was perfect and both were relatable. The book was an easy read and fun for those looking for a steamy romance, strong feisty female lead with a broken last, and a happy ending.

Forgotten Promises

Forgotten Promises

Author: Jessica Lemmon                                                                                             Published: January 19, 2016                                                                                               Pages: 200

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.

It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.

He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.

Review:

The story jumps feet first with a panicked Tucker. The author creates a nice balance between sympathy and disgust. Thus creating a wonderful page turner that slowly draws you into the story. But the plot changes quickly and before long, this story isn’t anything like I thought it would be. It’s both a positive and a negative that the author provides an inside look into Tucker’s thoughts. The positive being the reader gets to see the complexity of the character and the negative being it takes away from the potential of the book. I think without knowing what went through Tucker’s mind, this book would be more intense, an undeniable page turner, and scary.

As the story continues, Stockholm syndrome comes to mind. As dose spoiled brat. The heroine of the story, Morgan, is over dramatic and doesn’t have any common sense. While she is kidnapped, the thing that pushes her over the edge is her vegetarian virtues. Also, her chipped nails and dirty hair. And although Tucker gives her a peanut butter sandwich, she becomes hysterical that she will starve to death. And the thing she wants most that will keep her from starving to death is a salad. Yes, my friends, a freaking salad! Although her character is sympathetic to Tucker’s situation, I really didn’t like her character. At times I felt like Morgan was playing a game, taking a break from her difficult privileged life, to have some fun with the town bad boy.

Contrary to Morgan’s character, Tucker’s character stands out the most in this story. His pain is heart-rending and the story of his childhood is horrible. I am at a loss for words on horrible his childhood was and the father who caused all this pain. This book is dark and highly emotional. The plot centers around rape and cruelty, with the hope of a happy ending.