It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy

It Aint Easy Being JazzyAuthor: Quanie Miller
Published: October 15, 2013
Pages: 280

Stars: 2 out of 5

Where to buy:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.

The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.

But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is; restaurant shootouts, a neurotic boss, a mother who spies on the neighbors, and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. Who has time to fall in love? So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

Review:

I’ll be honest, it was difficult to get into this book. The writing style wasn’t easy for me to fully enjoy. I felt like there was a lot of filler information that didn’t really add anything to the main plot. A lot of it I couldn’t relate to, some of it was funny, but overall this was the main reason I struggled getting into the book.

As you dig into the book, you realize the story is packed full of family dysfunction (who can’t relate to that) and a bit of good old fashion drama. There were times I honestly thought the characters were crazy and some of the situations are over the top.

Jazzy has some spunk to her personality and is a strong character. She knows what she wants and isn’t easily swayed. I think I would have loved this book if there wasn’t so much filler information.

Once Upon a One Night Stand (Lover, #1)

Once Upon

Author: D.N. Hola
Published: May 29, 2016
Pages: 204

Stars: 3 out of 5

Where to Buy:
$2.99 Kindle

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:
Five friends. Five stories.

Welcome to the LOVER show. Let’s begin with L:

Have you ever tried not liking a guy when your best friends decide you should like him? How about if that guy had the sexiest ass on the planet, and was your birthday-cake one-night-stand with icing on top?

London Reeves agrees that three years is a long time to live without sex, but one steamy hot night could never last longer than the morning after. Yet, her four lunatic best friends disagree on that last one. The voices in her head disagree, too, and even her mother seems to think she’s crazy. And sexyass will not take a goddamn no for an answer. Now what exactly is a girl to do against that?

Review:
London is a little odd. She visualizes voices in her head as replicas of herself that have one feeling. For example there is one for happy, angry.. You get the idea. But once you get used to this, there are times it is funny but mostly it easily fades into the background. Almost like it is the most normal thing in the world.. I know, strange right?

London, is on a dry spell and is stuck in the ‘friends’ zone with the guy she loves- Carter. So when she meets sexy Liam at a bar, she lets lose. And WHOA, what a one night stand!! This part of the book was sexy, fun and if I had to classify it as anything it would be entitled- Marathon Sex! But London is an emotional roller coaster and at times it was difficult to identify with her juvenile antics. To be honest, I did’t really like her character in the beginning. But surprisingly, she grew on me and near the second half of the book, I didn’t want to put it down.

Liam is hot. There is just no other words for it. He is sweat, flirtatious, and fun. But he has some major flaws that pushed me away from his character. Without giving away anything all I can say is I didn’t like how he was willing to jump to ‘the next best thing’ at the first sign of distress. But I liked how he stood up for himself when he discovered what was behind London’s antics and how she wasn’t all in.

I know that last paragraph is a little confusing but I can’t say more without giving away some of the plot twists. Overall, the book was a fun read. The characters grow on you and by the end of the book you don’t want to put it down.

Clean Break

Clean BreakAuthor: Abby Vegas
Published: May 16, 2016
Pages: 300

Stars: 5 out of 5

Where to Buy:
Barnes&Noble ($2.99)
Amazon ($2.99)

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.

Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.

Review:

Clean Break is a modern twist to ‘Beauty and the Beast’. If you only look at the book on its surface level, you miss the meaning and the point. Without giving away too much, this book plays on outside appearances, trust, and falling in love.

Lane is down on her luck with realistic qualities. Often she is a mess with suicidal tendencies. But I can’t help to love her character. There is something about her that pulls at my heart and I just want to help her. Although knowing her character and who she is, she more than likely wouldn’t take my help. Lane is unbelievably strong but makes young adolescent mistakes and is slightly paranoid. She is discovering who she is while trying to survive.
Viktor is slightly gush worthy. He isn’t over the top sexy and doesn’t talk much. But his confident yet shy personality is attractive in this book. He has a Russian accent and you can just hear his voice in your head as you are reading this book. But Viktor holds his cards close and doesn’t give much away.
Detective Jarrett is a very big and strong man. He’s a detective so a part of you wants to believe his intentions are good. But some of his actions trigger my paranoia and I can’t help but get this sinking feeling in my stomach.
The question raised, based off of Lane’s paranoia, is who is the good guy. Is Viktor a good guy who is just in a crummy situation? Is detective Jarrett a good guy who really wants to help Lane out… Well, if you are looking for the answer I’m not going to tell you. You need to read the book for yourself because honestly this book is amazing and addicting.
The author does a wonderful job capturing the readers attention. Throughout the entire book, the plot is developing at a steady pace. Although, I usually tend to read more paranormal books, I found myself in love with the plot, writing style, and characters. I didn’t find one aspect of this book boring and I didn’t want to stop reading. This is one of those books after you pick it up from putting it down, you wonder why you ever put it down. One of those books, especially near the end of the book, you get extremely annoyed and even upset when someone interrupts your reading. From the very beginning this book slowly builds and near the end of the book when it’s ready to cress, the plot is so intense, I couldn’t tern the pages fast enough.
This is an author to keep your eye on. In case you couldn’t figure it out, I absolutely loved this book. But the best part is on the authors website, she is giving away the first 10 chapters FOR  FREE!!! Yes, ten entire chapters! You have nothing to lose. If you think this book is the slightest bit interesting, go pick it up because I bet you will end up loving it just as much as I did!

Author Abby Vegas Discusses Fairy Tales in connection to her book- Clean Break

Hi everyone, I was fortunate enough to read Abby Vegas new novel- Clean Break. She is an amazing author and talented writer. My Review is coming tomorrow but here is an insight into the author and her book. Hope you enjoy!!


I Am NOT Too Old for Fairy Tales!

Confession time: I’m a grown-ass 43-year-old woman who loves fairy tales. I own copies of all the Disney classics. I can sing the entire soundtrack of The Little Mermaid – in character! – while driving carpool. I even wrote a novel that’s essentially a modern-day Beauty and the Beast with a little Bridget Jones thrown in.

And I’m not alone in my fairytale fascination. These stories are tremendously popular – from Disney’s epic movies and theme parks to Shrek to TV’s Once Upon a Time. A couple of years ago, I couldn’t go two hours without hearing a song from Frozen (usually from the back seat of my car, sung to the beat of my pounding headache.)

So why do these stories still resonate so strongly? For me, there are three main reasons.

  1. Clarity.Fairy tales are pretty straightforward about who the good guys and the bad guys are – something we don’t see very often nowadays in fiction or in real life. It’s kind of refreshing.

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  1. Justice.The villain in a fairy tale (almost) always gets what’s coming to them. It’s viscerally satisfying, okay?

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  1. A happy ending!It’s the ultimate wish fulfillment when the hero or heroine prevails against the odds and gets their happily-ever-after. Totally swoon-worthy, in my opinion, and I can always use a good swoon.

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So that’s my theory, as a strong, opinionated, (relatively) well-adjusted woman who refuses to act her age. (Anyone up for an Aladdin sing-along?)

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Abby Vegas is already excited about Disney’s 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast. Her new release, Clean Break, is a women’s fiction / romantic suspense novel with a feisty, flawed heroine, a hero worth fighting for, and a happily-ever-after ending that might even qualify as swoon-worthy. Buy it here or read the first ten chapters FREE on your Kindle or iPad here.

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