Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top, #3)

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Author: Kelly Siskind
Published: January 10, 2017
Pages: 340

Stars: 4 out of 5

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Synopsis:
The last time Raven did “real” was sixteen months ago, when she spent one unforgettable night with the tattooed, impossibly sexy Nico, and then he disappeared the next day. Since then, she’s kept her guard up and her feelings to herself. She doesn’t have time for relationship drama when she’s busy searching for her long lost sister.

Nico hasn’t stopped thinking about Raven—her sultry curves, inked skin, and the fact that he ditched her after their night together. Now that they’re living in the same city, he knows this is his chance to make things right. What better way to prove to Raven he’s for real than helping her find her sister? But when the lines between right and wrong start to blur, putting his job on the line, Nico has to decide if the risk is worth the ultimate reward.

Review:
I will be honest, I have been waiting for Raven and Nico’s story ever since I finished the first book. I absolutely love this author and have really enjoyed this series. The author does a fantastic job creating a unique story plot and characters with each book in this series. Although all three characters – Shay, Lilly, Raven – are best friends, they follow their own journey.

As we know from the previous first two books, Nico is a force. Not only is he strong, but he is a hidden softy. His loyalty and kindness are at odds with his looks and tough demeanor. His tattoos and gruff personally only adds to his cop persona. Nico’s past and family are full of heartache, disappointment, and shame. But if Nico is anything, it’s a hero with high expectations. He gives everything to his family in hopes of a better life. But always playing the hero comes at a cost. And no matter how much he gives, he never thinks it’s enough.

Raven is on the hunt for a new life and a sister she hasn’t seen in many years. Formerly a teacher, she now lives in Vancouver with her two best friends. Interested in starting an event business with her friends, she finds a job where she can use her photography skills. Raven is not a perfect character. Along the way, she makes many mistakes. But her heart is in the right place. The more time Raven spends with Nico, the harder he is to resist. But Raven’s past is colored in darkness and her sister is stirring up trouble.

This series is such a fun read, as was this book. Unfortunately Nico didn’t really do it for me. I was hoping for a little more sassiness or banter between the characters. The plot had some nice twists and I really like how the entire series comes full circle with ending the book with a trip to Aspen.

Overall, great story. I think the first book in this series is my favorite. If you haven’t read it yet, you must give it a try. This series is perfect for someone who is looking for a light and fun read with romance sprinkled throughout.

 

Tuesday Talk- Gifts

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I still can’t believe it is already December. And with December, at least for me, comes miles of snow and blistering cold weather. At least it’s supposed to. Looking out my window, I still see great grass and the temperature flexing between mid 30’s to low 50’s. But Mother Nature is planning on taking care of that. This week is FREEZING!!

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As we get further into December, it is impossible not to be surrounded by holiday decorations and upcoming gifts.

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Which brings me to my question

Assuming you participate in the holiday of Christmas, what gift do you want most this year?

I am always asked what I want for Christmas and I always have the hardest time coming up with an idea. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I want. But I always seem to forget what they are around holidays and birthdays.

So tell me, what do you want this year?

Outtakes From The Grave (Night Huntress, 7.5)

outtakes-from-the-graveAuthor: Jeaniene Frost
Published: December 22, 2015
Pages: 427

Stars: 4

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Synopsis:
Indulge your love of paranormal super couple Cat and Bones with this ultimate “director’s cut” collection of deleted scenes and alternate versions from the first four novels in the Night Huntress series, complete with author commentary on each selection. Includes: the original beginnings of Halfway to the GraveOne Foot in the GraveAt Grave’s End, and Destined for an Early Grave: a chapter written in Bones’s point of view; alternate versions of sections of Halfway to the GraveOne Foot in the Grave, and Destined for an Early Grave; the “white wedding” scene between Cat and Bones that never made it into the final books…and much more!

Review:
Like all of Jeaniene Frost’s books, the writing is spectacular. And of course, who hasn’t fallen in love with Bones and Cat. Reading part of their story  in this book made me want to re-read the Night Huntress Series. By the end of this book, the temptation to re-read the series was almost too much.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I found rating/reviewing this book to be terribly difficult.  This book has been on my to-read list for a while and when I finally had the opportunity to read it, I was excited. Yet sometimes I found myself in disagreement with what was written. With some of the chapters, I couldn’t just enjoy them. I kept thinking, “No, this isn’t how it’s supposed to go.” At times I was even thankful what Frost wrote was cut from the books. Especially the first chapter, I didn’t like who Cat was intended to originally be.

In many ways, it was kind of weird reading the chapters that were cut. On one hand, it was really fascinating to see where Frost was originally headed. And some of the chapters were amazing. Oh gosh, they were sensual, juicy, and some of them I just LOVED! I really miss the flirtatious banter in this series. But on the other hand, it was just odd because what was written didn’t always match who Bones and Cat became. Don’t get me wrong, again there were some really good scenes that were fun to read. I guess the easiest way to say it, each chapter was either hit or miss with me. I loved it or I didn’t.

For the most part, I enjoyed the chapters. I am glad Jeaniene never didn’t write a book from Bones perspective. One of the reasons I love this book is the mystery behind Bone’s character. Some of the chapters I would have loved to have incorporated back into the series, but I also understand why they were cut. Before each chapter is started, the author writes a note the reader providing context and the reasoning behind the scene getting cut. Without this, I would have been completely lost. This really was an enjoyable, sometime giddy worthy, book.

Overall, I am glad I read the book. And I will have to make time to re-read the series because I now I am reminded how much I love and miss it. I think if you enjoyed the series, this book would be a fun, light, and fast read. I don’t think it is a necessary read and I would read the original books before reading this one. I’m doubtful I would buy this book because it’s not something I would want read again. But it was entertaining and a fun read.

Upcoming Releases December 2016

There are some interesting books coming out this month. Here are couple books on my radar and one that I have already reviewed. Let me know what you think or if there is anything coming out in December you’re excited about 🙂

 

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Published
: December 6, 2016
Pages: 176
Series: Lost Boys, #2
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You can find my review here- Shut up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys, #2)

Synopsis:
Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this… until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.

Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

 

 

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Published: December 21, 2016
Series: Born in Blood Mafia, #5
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Synopsis:
Growl
He’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.

Cara
She had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.
She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.
And now she was at his mercy.

 
someone-like-you
Published: December 6, 2016
Pages: 228
Series: Oxford, #3
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This is book Three in the Oxford Series. Below is the information and my review of the second book in this series:
I Wish you Were Mine (Oxford, #2)

Amazing series!!

Synopsis:
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

 

nico
Published: December 6, 2016
Pages: 336
Series: Ruin and Revenge, #1
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Synopsis:
Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

 

darkness
Published: December 27, 2016
Pages: 400
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Synopsis:
Ornithologist Dr. Gina Solomon, PhD, can’t believe her good fortune when she’s picked as one of a small group of Stanford University scientists lucky enough to be allowed to conduct research on Attu Island, Alaska. But a dream come true soon turns into a nightmare when she witnesses the horrifying break-up of a small plane. As the pieces rain down around her into the frigid waters of the Bering Sea, Gina heads toward the crash site looking for survivors and discovers James “Cal” Callahan. But when the two realize the plane crash wasn’t an accident—and that the individuals responsible are still on the island—will they escape before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever?

A friend, cup of coffee, and the inspiration I needed to start writing again.

 

I picked up my book today and I started writing.

Wow, I can’t believe I can say that. It has been a really long time since I have felt the itch, desire, or creativity to write. And all because a friend, a cup of coffee, and an inspiring Tuesday Talk. And what a mess I have made. I am hoping this will be for the best but time will tell.

I can’t remember exactly when I stopped writing but I do remember why. I was stuck in a chapter I couldn’t get to flow right and something was bugging me about the book. I decided to take a week off, to see if I could hash this out in my brain. Well, a week turned into a couple, which turned into a couple more, and before I knew it, I was on sabbatical.

 

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After months and out of nowhere, something clicked. I started thinking about the book again and how I needed to change this one idea. Not only would the book flow better, but the plot would make more sense. If only that one idea wasn’t such a big change.

Today I have worked through the first chapter, again, and made the changes to the character. I still need to get through the rest of the chapters I wrote but I don’t think I will need to change much.

All in all, it felt great to write. And I wonder if this book will ever make it past the editing, creating, and editing some more. Looks like time will tell 🙂

Shut up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys, #2)

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Author: Jessica Lemmon
Published: December 6, 2016
Pages: 176

Stars: 2 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this… until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.

Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.

Review:
Although this book was an easy read with a lighthearted plot, it wasn’t as I expected. In the past I have really enjoyed Jessica Lemmon’s work, but this book just fell short. The plot was told from duel perspective- Cade and Tasha- and I didn’t really hear a distinct voice between them. Instead, the characters sounded too similar and at times I forgot who was talking. As the story progressed, I’m not sure if I just got used to the similarities in the voices of the characters or if it actually got better.

Cade is cocky and gorgeous. He goes from having it all to not carrying about anything. After the accident, he lost everything including friends, his income, and the life he made while attending college. But underneath all of this, he is recovering from heartache and loss.

Tasha is the innocently cute girl next door type whose heart is full of kindness. But to say she has ‘Daddy’ issues is an understatement. And the way her father controls her doesn’t exactly add up with an independent, almost college graduate.

Cade and Tasha’s relationship isn’t realistic and everything seemed to perfect. By the end of the book everything was wrapped up into a nice little bow and the conflict in the book seemed anti climatic. I think the thing that really bugged me about this book was how much the author told the reader instead of showing. This caused the plot to lack depth and ultimately I couldn’t become invested in the characters or the plot.

Overall, this book wasn’t really for me. I was looking for something with a little more depth and a stronger plot. I think if you are looking for a quick light read, then give this book a chance. Otherwise, you might be disappointed if you are looking for something more.