Practice Makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect


Author
: Julie James
Published: March 3, 2009
Pages: 291

Stars: 1 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Behind closed doors, they’re laying down the law.

When it comes to the laws of attraction…

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

…There are no rules.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…

Review:
Payton has a secret crush on her co-worker. The same co-worker who is also fighting for the same partnership she is. J.D is attractive but he’s sexist. His ideas on feminism and equality are far from reality. This characteristic makes his character highly unattractive. To add to this, J.D relationship with his Dad is a constant struggle. 

The writing style seemed choppy and I struggled to really get into the book. I found myself skimming a lot of what was written, wondering when I would get to the interesting part. I think the thing that bugged me about this book was the direction the plot took and the exaggerated characteristics of Payton and J.D. 

This book wasn’t for me. 

Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, #2)

Sugar Rush
Author
: Sawyer Bennett
Published: August 16, 2016
Pages: 216

Stars: 1 out of 5

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Synopsis:
After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?

Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.

Review:
This book picks up right where Sugar Daddy left off. And I’m a bit surprised how quickly Beck puts everything together with Sela’s rape. I’m also surprised with how quickly Sela and Beck resolve everything from the last book. The further I dive into this book, the more disappointed I became. This book wasn’t as captivating as the first book. Although the plot was interesting, it wasn’t as exciting or suspenseful. And honestly, I wasn’t really into this book. It wasn’t long before I started skimming chapters and skipping over sections of the book. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t really hold my attention.

Beck turns from the controlled, dominating man we were first introduced to, to an impulsive and somewhat consumed man. I understand him wanting to help Sela, but the lengths he goes to in this book scream impractical. Let’s be honest, Beck really hasn’t know Sela for long. And beyond sex, they don’t know much about each other. Yet, he drops everything for her. He becomes just as consumed with getting revenge from TJ as Sela was in the first book.

Sela is more controlled and relaxed in this book. Although she has come to the understanding that murdering TJ would be unwise, she is confident in Becks dedication to let him take the lead on getting revenge. And the plan Beck comes up with is costly and not a guarantee.

As the book continues, I found myself becoming more detached and uninterested. I think the thing that really killed the book for me was how unrealistic everything was. I don’t know, maybe if I read this book at a different time then I would have enjoyed it more. But right now I think I need to put the book down and walk away. Maybe I’ll come back to it, maybe I won’t…

My review is not the norm for this book. When considering this book, please look at other reviews. Most people enjoyed the book. I guess I just couldn’t get into it.

 

 

Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)

once-broken-faithAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Published: September 6, 2016
Pages: 420

Stars: 1 out of 5

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Synopsis:
Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches. Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.

Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe. As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.

Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.

Review:
Disappointed is the first thing that comes to mind. I really enjoyed this series but I think this book will be the one that stops me from reading more. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the characters or the world Seanan created. Her creativity truly shines and what she describes/creates is usually consistent and detailed. But this book just fell short in a lot of areas.

The plot was captivating but it wasn’t new. Like the previous books in this series, the plot followed the same predictable sequence. Although it was an interesting plot, it wasn’t anything to get excited about. From what I read, there was no character development, no progress in the overall “problem” in this series, and nothing really gained. I’ll be honest, I ended up putting the book down before I finished it.

The repetition in this book drove me absolutely crazy!! After reading the same thing over and over, I felt like the author was adding filler nonsense. One character would be introduced with a paragraph or two of information. Then a chapter or two later, I would be reading that same information again. This happened so often that It became difficult to focus on the plot.

This book is the first time I noticed the inconsistencies in Toby’s character. Her inner monologue would say one thing but her behavior or words would say something else. This book was just a huge disappointment.

Dirty (Dive Bar, #1)

Dirty

Author: Kyle Scott
Published: April 19, 2016
Pages: 288

Stars: 1 out of 5

 

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Synopsis:
The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

Review:

Lydia has really low self esteem and comments on her weight far too much. Within the first chapter, the author makes fun of Lydia’s plus size weight close to three times. This really bugged me because I don’t find it humorous or even entertaining. I wouldn’t classify Lydia as the most stable of characters but her weaknesses overshadow her other qualities. She is a bit all over the place and her low self esteem drags everything down. I think I would have liked this book better if Lydia’s character was stronger. Lydia mentally rambles far too much, especially when she should be focused on other things like being kissed.

Vaughan, my first impression was he’s a tad crude and a bit vulgar. One of the things he does early on that seems a bit undesirable is how he openly ogles Lydia’s breasts. It’s not so much that he does it but more the way he does it. It’s not done in a flattering, sexy way. It leaves the reader with this cheap feeling. That paired with Lydia’s unbelievably low self esteem and the whole scene just doesn’t sit well with me. But he offered his friendship to Lydia, so I really tried to like him…But I just couldn’t like him. His tough guy mentality wasn’t doing it for me. And it drove me crazy when he would grunt instead of giving a response.

I didn’t like the authors writings style. It was choppy and didn’t flow well. The way she wrote, it was closer to stating facts than showing the reader each characters personality or what emotions they were going through.

And honestly, I know this is a small thing but it really drove me crazy. The cover doesn’t match the description of Vaughan. Supposedly he has reddish blond hair with blue eyes, which I have never seen before but whatever. So not only was it difficult to picture what he looked like, I honestly couldn’t imagine blue eyes going with light hair. Dark, yes. Which brings me to the cover. The guy on the over has very dark facial hair, not the red/blond the book described. Did I miss something here?

This book is a contemporary romance with humor mixed throughout and one of those love at first sight books. Or in the authors terms, crazy at first sight. Which I would have to agree with the crazy part. According to Goodreads, my review is not the norm. Most people in fact loved the book.

Overall, I felt the plot was too fluffy and shallow. I guess what everyone else considered humorous and enduring/cute, was too awkward for me and I just didn’t understand the humor. The book wasn’t able to engage my heart or mind and I found myself skimming the book. But I think if you have read books from this author in the past, then you will really like this book.

Hardass (Bad Bitch, #2)

Hardass

Author: Christina Saunders
Published: July 5, 2016
Pages: 219

Stars: 1 out of 5

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Synopsis:

I cave in to no one. My hardass exterior is what makes me one of the hottest defense lawyers around. It’s why I’m the perfect guy to defend the notorious Bayou Butcher serial killer – and why I’ll come out on top.

Except this new associate I’ve hired is unnaturally skilled at putting chinks in my well-constructed armor. Her brazen talk and fiery attitude make me want to take control of her and silence her – in ways that will keep both of us busy till dawn. She drives me absolutely 100% crazy, but I need her for this case. I need her in my bed. I need her to let loose the man within me who fights with rage and loves with scorching desire…

Review:

I was asked to review this series but started with the second book because the reviews seemed to favor this one over the first book. This book/series was not for me. I had a hard time stomaching the characters and I don’t think I was the right audience for this book.

Caroline is a bit lose with her tongue, especially for being a lawyer. The opening scene has her arguing with her coworkers and not only does it scream unprofessional, she would be fired on the spot if this was real. Plus give a huge sexual harassment lawsuit while getting the door slammed on her way out.

I had a difficult time relating to Caroline’s character. Her mannerisms were extremely immature and like I mentioned, completely inappropriate. I felt like her character lacked a lot of class when it comes to being as educated as a lawyer is.

For example she says, “Yvonne giggled. I wanted to cunt-punt her.”

Wash is a strong alpha who has an immediate connection with Caroline. Despite workplace fraternizations, they have frequent sex. Wash’s character doesn’t have much of a strong personality and overall the emotional connection throughout the entire book was missing. Everything felt artificial.

The sex was hot, demanding and fun. But this plot has been done many times in the past and the book just didn’t stand up to expectations. I felt like character depth was missing as well as the plot being thought out. From the other reviews I have read, you either love this book or you hate it.

Draw (Gentry Boys, #1)

Draw

Author: Cora Brent
Published: July 29, 2014
Pages: 384

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Saylor…
I don’t even know if love is real. After running from the bastard who brutalized me, I limped back to Arizona, choosing a vibrant college town in the hopes of starting over. I never expected to find him there.
Cord Gentry.
He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money.
Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted.
And I want him so much I can’t think.

Cord…
They called us ‘those white trash Gentry boys’ until we believed that’s what we were. Our people squatted at the edge of a hellhole prison town for generations. The childhood we endured was the stuff of nightmares. I’d learned early on that my brothers, Chase and Creed, were the only people on earth worth my time.
They all told us we were bad, that we’d always be bad.
The horrors of the past have scarred my soul.
But now I need to be better.
For her.

Warning: This book contains explicit language, sexual situations, and violence which may be upsetting to some. Draw is the first of theGentry Boys series, however this New Adult Romance novel can be read as a stand alone.

Review:

The opening scene in this book surrounds violence, domestic abuse, and the beginning of rape. This might be a trigger to some. Consider this before choosing to read the book.

Slaylor has really low self esteem. She put up with physical abuse from her boyfriend for a long time before she gets the courage to leave. Even though she leaves, which takes strength, she still beats herself up about how worthless she is.

Cord has had a rough upbringing. Abusive father, addict mother, and a family history of crime and trouble. He fights his past as much as his future. Him and his brothers earn a living through underground fighting. Cord has a really negative history with Saylor.

Let me just start by saying this book was not for me. The writing was bad and because of all the spelling/grammar errors, it was very difficult to read. The language chosen was often confusing and didn’t flow right. All of this added up as being difficult to fall into the story.

At first I didn’t mind the plot but then I just couldn’t help but roll my eyes. I don’t enjoy instant love books and that’s what this was. Without any reason, Saylor goes from absolutely hating Cord to being in love with him. Saylor and Cords relationship is unrealistic, forced, and overall none of what happens flows right. The entire plot is unrealistic with none of it making sense. The characters will say something but it doesn’t follow their actions or what is happening in the story. The characters inner monologue repeats the same issues, problems, possibilities, etc. over and over and over and over again.

Overall, in a way this book is about starting over and second chances. And I liked what the author did with Millie’s character. But the book got to the point that I skimmed most of it because I couldn’t stomach what was happening or I was bored. I’m not sure I could recommend this book to anyone.

Powerless (The Hero Agenda, #1)

Powerless

Author: Terra Childs
Published: June 2, 2015
Pages: 308

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:
Kenna is tired of being “normal”. The only thing special about her is that she isn’t special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.

She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.

Review:

Kenya is a bit jaded. She is surrounded by super heroes, her mom is one of the most famous ones, and her father was too before he was killed by villains. But Kenya is an ordinary, she has no powers and she is fed up with people- heroes- walking all over her.

Sounds like an interesting and strong heroine, right? That’s what I thought but quickly realized she irritated me more than anything. She makes rash decisions, stupid ones that by some luck don’t get her killed. I think the thing that really irritated me the most was her stupidity, her whinny behavior, and she couldn’t think for herself.

Now I promise not to give anything away- plot wise- but here is a great example: The book starts off with her lab gets broken into by the villains. The author makes it appear like she almost got kidnapped and tortured, but villains don’t actually harm her. One of them even helps her. But does this change her mind about villains always being bad..nope. She keeps to the same mindset that her society says (big brother anyone??) Villains are bad- no matter what- and Heroes are great! Don’t worry, it gets worse.. I am just going to save you, maybe myself, by not going into more of this example.

I would say the ideal age group for this book is young, young, young adult. Maybe 14? Various aspects of this book are completely ridiculous, the immaturity and whinny behavior is almost too much, and the lack of depth in the characters is frustrating. The plot was a bit chaotic but what did happen was easily predictable. The easiest way to explain the overall plot is by comparing the plot to Sky High, which it did resemble a lot! The book wasn’t a replica of Sky High but I do wonder if the author got her idea from the movie/show.

Yes there is a mysterious element that is kind of intriguing but honestly, I can’t stomach the lead character and I couldn’t finish the book. I have spent almost two weeks looking, yes looking at this book. Beyond the initial read, I have picked it up multiple times, became depressed and decided I would rather watch Tv instead of read. Yes, you read that correct. I watched Tv instead of reading. Which if you know me, I maybe watch a couple hours of Tv throughout the entire week. And that includes the news!

There comes a point where you just have to accept the book was not for you and move on. This book was it for me. I apologize if you loved this book. I am just happy to move on.