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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1) [Aidan & Lily] by Jill Shalvis

I did expect quite a lot from this author though I haven't read her before. She has A LOT of raving review, some from my friends so I was getting ready to fall madly in love. "Spoiler Alert" - I didn't. This book was a total and absolute cliche. I think I got to about 60-70% when I started skimming. Not sure why, I could have DNFed it and I would have been fine with it (rule of thumb, if you don't like a book half way in, it's not going to change enough to change your opinion of it). But I DID finish it and though it ended nicely, I had SO many issues with this one along the way I wasn't satisfied with it.

I really feel bad about writing this review.. I mean it's all PERSONAL opinion after all.. It's MY personal take of this story. You might LOVE it. So take everything I'm writing with a grain of salt.

This is a beginning to a series, the story of 3 out of 5 Kincaid siblings. This one features Aidan Kincaid. He's gorgeous, he has a very loving family (though it could be said they are all somehow dysfunctional..), he is a life-saver, working both as a fire-fighter as well as on a  Search&Rescue team in the mountains he loves so much and where his family own a resort. He might not have a girl, but he is satisfied in life and frankly doesn't have any time for one.. Well, except for Lily Danville - the one who got away..

Friday, July 13, 2018

Center of Gravity (Compromised, #1) [Lymond & Daniel] by Charlie Cochet

This short novella was simply AWESOME. I enjoyed it SO MUCH. It started a bit awkward and I wasn't sure about it, then it turned HILARIOUS (when the dogs get into the picture) and I was just hooked.. Charlie - MORE. SOON. PLEASE!

So this is those sweet Valentine novellas but it's so NOT what you'd expect. See, the two MCs are professionals.. One - Lymond - a professional assassin and the other - Daniel - a professional dog walker.. For both the blind date is someone else's doing and yet the app used to match them, or their loved ones, knew exactly what they were doing fixing these two together.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Head Over Heels by Serena Bell

~sigh~ I'm upset. I REALLY wanted to love this one but for some reason I just couldn't connect to either character. I loved so many of Serena's books so I really don't know what to say.. How did this happen?

Chase Crayton and Olivia "Liv" Stratten are best friends. They have been for the past 3 years ever since they went on their first date and realized they couldn't BE more different and unmatched. Yet friendship works for them perfectly well! Honestly I don't know why the things either of them listed on that date matters. If there's attraction and they can enjoy spending time together, why does it matter that they so many things that are NOT in common? I think it just means that they would have their own "things" to do while not together. I see it as HEALTHY. Never mind..

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

His Hearth (Warders #1) [Julian & Ryan] by Mary Calmes

This one was VERY disappointing. I don't think I have very good things to say about it but frankly. Yet. it's MY personal preference and it has nothing to do with the quality of the book. The things that made me put this one aside might be the exact ones to make you appreciate it, so as usual read with caution ;)

This novella is a part of a Urban Fantasy series, each book is actually novella length. As this is Mary and I've loved so many of her books in the past (I've read MOST of them) I bought the  compilation of the first three installments in the series. It starts as a regular Contemporary Romance novel and as it seems the Paranormal side of things starts very close to the end (which I haven't gotten to since I DNFed it at 33%).

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Sarina is a MUST read for me, and there's a good reason for that. When I heard she is releasing a Young Adult novel I was intrigued and maybe a tiny bit worried. Worried is a strong word. Let's just stay with intrigued :) Generally speaking I don't like and therefor don't read YA but with Sarina I knew the only real option is READ IT and of course I wasn't disappointed. I was FLOORED! I started this book nearing midnight, thinking I"ll just read a bit before I fall to sleep and found myself reading until the birds started chirping outside and light streamed through the window into my room. yeah, I had one of THOSE days today where I could barely hold myself upright but it was SO worth it.

The Accidentals isn't truly a love story though there IS a bit of romance mixed in it. A very sweet and tender one. This book is YA and intended for young readers in that there is few little sexual content. I actually really liked it and how sexuality was discussed in the book. It felt very genuine and heart felt. I think any young reader can and will enjoy this one, even if at times it deals with difficult situations. I know I'm going to cherish this one for a long time.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 2018 Reading List

While the schedule was - June hysterically busy -> July everything calms down - In reality I had a fairly "regular" pressure month on June - which explain how I got to read ALL the books on my reading list! (THAT doesn't happen often...), but now most of July will pack more stuff in it..  I'm actually debating doing one of my assignments on one of the books I have on my list this month.. not sure it will work but it will be REALLY cool if it does workout! (*Truthfully, I'm TERRIFIED of the exam I have on the 25th but I'll just have to do my most and hope for the best. I'll be over the moon once it's behind me! 

I DO have something else to look forward to this month. I REALLY want to get a new tattoo (actually twins :)), it's been rolling around in my head for a LONG time now, so it's finally time to make it happen! I have two more I'm still somewhat debating. One is actually pretty clear in my head (just waiting for the right timing), and the other is still just a concept/idea which means it will take a few years till I actually get it tattooed. I rarely "go back" on an idea, so I'm pretty sure it WILL happen, but there is much to think about still.. 

I'll be keeping it simple this month reading-wise, a bit like I did in June. I have 4 new release, a YA by Sarina (haven't read one of THOSE in a while) and two more Contemporary Romance novels by Amy and Serena and a new Romantic Suspense By Charlie. Besides that I'll be continuing with two of my "projects" for this year - Mary and Suki and also a new to me series and author - Jill Shalvis. 

(*) It DIDN'T work out in the end like I thought it would but lucky enough the beautiful Covet by Tracey Gravis-Graves popped into my mind and so I got it on Audiobook. It was as emotional and heart breaking as I remembered but also heart felt and so very human. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 

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    Saturday, June 30, 2018

    Believe (Skins #3) [Rhys & Jevon] by Garrett Leigh

    ~sigh~ I'm SO disappointed. This was nothing like I expected. Naturally, ANY of Garrett's books are a must read, and though I expect a heart breaking story, I want to feel the promise of a HEA laced in between but here I was just depressed the whole while I was reading it. The alternating POVs helped, but still, Rhys was too "broken" and Jevon was doing his best, but he wasn't so sure himself if this thing between them is even possible.

    Rhys Foster used to spend his days in an anonymous sex club, it used to be his THING. Sex, generally, was his thing but he is sick of it. Going to a pub to drink his sorrows he meets Jevon Campbell and somehow finds himself inviting him over to his apartment. Jevon is nothing like Rhys expected, while he is gay, it's somehow new to him. He has dated and slept with women, realized he isn't really into them but wasn't brave enough to take the leap into dating men and here comes Rhys, openly bisexual and VERY into exploring anything and everything related to sex. Put the two of them together, and Jevon is finally able to experience what he was missing, and Rhys sleeps for the first time with a guy who can actually mean something to him.

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Love Me Louder by Christina Lee

    It's not like I had any doubt I'm going to LOVE this one. My only problem was, lack of time prevented me from reading the whole thing in one day. This story broke my heart and pieced it up together. Will and Noah were MADE for each other. What they saw in one another is exactly what love stories is made of and made for. The story is told from both Noah and Will which I really enjoyed. They both had their issues and so seeing it from each ones perspective gave this book a really beautifully sensitive feel.