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Monday, June 30, 2014

Dirty Deeds (Dirty Deed #1) by SE Jakes

Well, hello there! :) I was gone for a long while now, mostly because I haven't been reading of late.. I've been tired, my eyes were tired, dunno, the hot weather doesn't agree with me as it seems.. Hope to be back to myself because these past few months have been too much out of my comfort and relaxed zone. I miss me, ya know?

So let's do this review, shall we?

This is the spin off to "Hell or High Water" telling us of Cillian and Mal and how they "got together" so to speak. It's been a while since I read the previous book by SE Jakes and I gotta say I don't really remember what was the issue with John (the one who betrayed Prophet) it was too bad that there wasn't a good reminder to that or something to connect people who either haven't read the previous books or doesn't remember (enough). 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Rain (Anthology) by Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Leefe, Cecilia Tan, Charlotte Stein, Mary Ann Rivers, Amy Jo Cousins, Shari Slade, Audra North, Alexandra Haughton

This anthology contains 9 short stories, each has something to do with "rain" and together support in its profits RAINN organization (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

I was hyped about this one when I first saw it on Ruthie's website. It's no wonder, I'm hyped about anything she writes :) then I saw that Charlotte has a novella in it as well and I was really interested in reading it as well. I read two amazing short stories by her (Curve Ball and Run to You) but then I tried reading another and it was a miss. I want to check more by her so this was a great opportunity. The other authors I didn't know but ever since "Strangers on a Train" I feel like these anthologies are a great way of getting to know more authors with no "real commitment".

Sadly, this one was kind of a miss for me.. I'd buy it again even if I'd known I wouldn't like half of them because there is no way I was going to miss both Ruthie and Charlotte's novella and well, this is a donation to something important. Yet, most of the other stories weren't that good. You'll see from the individual review.

Monday, June 9, 2014

If I Were You (Inside Out #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Sadly, this one is a DNF at 38% (Chapter 12)
I kept reading another chapter and another chapter hoping it will get better, hoping I'll get why there are so many raving reviews to this series. 

Maybe it's better, you know? If I'm only a drop in a sea then it just means I have a different taste, I rather be that than another crushing review over a not appreciated novel. I get that every writer does his or her best when releasing a novel, I also realize they put an enormous amount of time, sweat, tears and blood into their work and so I hate writing a bad review. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) [Wrath & Beth revisited] by J.R. Ward

Honestly, I don't feel like writing this review. First because I was disappointed.. and second because I have some things I want to refer to that would be a spoiler.. so we'll see how it goes..

While the other books in the series, each portrait a specific couple, this one is a bit different. First because Beth and Wrath aren't a new couple and aren't new to us and second because they don't feel like the main heroes which was FINE BY ME. I don't like both of them. Haven't been their fan from the first book in the series = their book. Wrath is too alpha male for me and Beth, in my eyes, isn't special, there isn't anything attractive in her character and I don't "get" why so many characters in the series consider her a really good friend because while reading it, you read *of* the relationship you don't read it first hand.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Goals 2014

By J. R. Ward
After more than two months of preparing I'm FINALLY ready for this one! 

Originally I planned on reading this month Dexter's books. There are mixed reviews of them but since the brilliant (!) TV show is over I thought I'd delve into the printed word and see for myself from what this TV show was built. Yet with May being over and half of what I planned not being read I decided to postpone the series to "who knows" :D and adding instead what I didn't manage to read last month - the "Inside Out" series by Lisa Renee Jones. 

Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 1: The Seduction (Inside Out, #1.1)
Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 2: The Contract (Inside Out, #1.2)
Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 3: His Submissive (Inside Out, #1.3)
Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 4: My Master (Inside Out, #1.4)
Being Me (Inside Out, #2)
The Master Undone (Inside Out, #2.5)
Revealing Us (Inside Out, #3)
His Secrets (Inside Out, #3.1)
By Lisa Renee Jones
As a few other writers I'm loving lately, I found Lisa through a bundle for the holiday, what was it? "Heating up the Holidays" and then I read another novella by her called "Unwrapping Holly" so now I'm trying this series which I've a read has a lot of followers.

Maybe Someday
By Colleen Hoover
I had my issues with the first series by Colleen. Everybody loved "Slammed" so much! and I wasn't impressed AT ALL, then I decided not to keep on "judging" and read her second series "Losing Hope" and I was really impressed! by the books but also by the change and difference between the two series. I've heard this one is also really good. 

Hold on Tight ★★★★★ 
By Serena Bell
This one is new by Serena (will be published on the 17th this month). I really enjoyed her last one - Yours to Keep - and generally loved everything I've read by her. 

Free Falling ★★★★★ 
Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3)
By S.E. Jakes
I'm checking out more by SE Jakes - two spin-off sorta books to the Hell or High Water series and also the third in the series.  

Summer Rain ★★★½
By Ruthie Knox and more.. 
This one is an anthology of 9 short stories written by 9 different authors. The proceeds from the book with be donated to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I'm addicted to Ruthie so it's no surprise I'm planning on reading this one as soon as it gets published (on the 9th this month) but it's also for a great cause! double bonus! :) 

Happy reading to all of us! :)

May 2014 Recap

May flown by yet I read a lot less than I expected (May 2014 Goals). I thought that since the end of March and the whole of April were really busy I'll drown myself in my reading in May. Yet May have been busy as well, and even though I had a (mini) vocation I haven't read there at all which means that a whole series I planned for May got postponed to June.. 

I finally finished the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward re-read or actually re-listen (meaning the first book in June is going to be "The King" BDB #12)
Author of the Month: (Whisper to Me) Christina Lee
I just finished writing my review of this book and after reading the previous two I'm just hooked to Christina. I'll read anything she'll publish. I love her characters, love the way she builds them, the story is very fluent and easy to read and the guys, oh my, she truly destroyed real men for all of us.. I rather have imaginary Bennett, Quinn and Kai (I'll settle for just Kai actually :P) than any mewww guy out there.  

Favorite Book of the Month: Burning Dawn (Angles of the Dark #3) By Gena Showalter
Last month I've read the previous two in the series and Gena was my favorite author for April. This book also didn't disappoint. I really love this series, loved that there is a different yet not totally separate world from Lords of the Underworld that brings a different vibe and feel. I also think that the women kick ass! They have more spirit than the women in LotU. Each one is somehow a fighter. Elin is no different! and Thane is so such an interesting character. Loved reading this love story and how it evolved. Can't wait for more books in the series! 

Disappointment of the Month: Debt of Bones (Sword of Truth #0.5) By Terry Goodkind (Audiobook)
Actually I don't even have a review of this one.. I might add one in the future just to be "organized". After finishing the audio books of the BDB I thought about finding another series to listen to and since I watched the TV series adaptation called "Legend of the Seeker" I thought the books might be cool. Imagine my disappointment finding out this one is a children's book.. The characters might be old in age but they are behaving like kids. I'm not talking about teenagers, no, I'm talking about honest to god children (about 10 years old or maybe less).  

Discovery of the Month: Beyond series by Kit Rocha
(See links to all books in May Goals)
Erotica isn't usually my style. Basically because I need a story, a plot, something beside the sex.. and Erotica books can sometimes forget about that and bring us a very long and detailed sex scene :P and yet Beyond is somehow different, special in the way the world is built and the way the sex isn't just there for the sex but it also explains the world in which the characters live (a bit complicated to understand, I know, you have to read it to understand). I really enjoyed the first one mostly for being so unique and I was actually prepared to hate it! I really dislike the second one, from there in my eyes the series got better. I'm not sure if the third "Beyond Pain" or the last novella "Beyond Solitude (#4.5) is my favorite. I loved the building of the characters in both of them which I think was VERY lacking in the first two. I will continue reading this series though I must say that reading these one after another was a little bit of an over load of shameless sex and alpha males.. :D

No "Fun Break of the Month" since all the books I've read this month are already listed in the above categories.. 

Well, that's it for now. I'll be adding June's Goals soon! 

Whisper to Me (Between Breaths #3) [Kai & Rachel] by Christina Lee


I don't even know where to begin and how! You know that sometimes you read a book, a good book, one you enjoy and yet it takes you a while? it's like you can't seen to focus enough or commit so you read it over a long period of time? well, Christina's books DO NOT have this flaw! they are so fluent, so easy to read and relate you encounter a different problem entirely - you finish them in one day and then what?? Lucky I have an endless list of books to read otherwise I would have mourn the absence of more books by her..