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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) [Vishous & Jane] by J.R. Ward

This is the 5th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood telling us the story of Vishous. V was never one of my favorites. The is something slightly annoying in fact that he is better than all the other brothers. It makes him feel "too ..", too what I don't really know, but somehow when it's him it's too dark, too sorrowful, too powerful, too naughty, too smart etc. There are SO many things V is in charge of it seems if he was king, we probably wouldn't need the series with all the brothers, he would just do everything.. I think I read somewhere that he is Ward's favorite character. Well, it shows.. and having a favorite son is an OK concept if it's kept somewhat secret ;) like Tyrion being Martin's favorite (in A Song of Ice and Fire). 

That being said I did love the book. This one feels a bit longer than the previous ones and we had in my eyes a more substantial part with other POVs though luckily we didn't have any lesser POVs. Actually as I've said before I don't "get" the Lessening Society part in the series. There is nothing to them and when something DOES happen it's so, well, annoying. So I was REALLY happy that there were no lessers around in this book though I thought that one of the probably 2 encounters with the lessers was a little TOO predictable. I thought it would have been better if it was played in a different way. 

Headstrong by Meg Maguire

I loved this one! Took me a while to read it mostly because I didn't have time to read not that I didn't want to! 

I think I loved it so much because I could really relate to Libby. Though our life is different in SO many ways, some things I totally get, especially what happened with our boys which in my eyes were both extremely hot and yummy! Not only because they are beautifully sculpted also because of who they are. They are so different and yet I could find myself attracted to both of them. 

We have "care-free" Libby, going off to New Zealand to do a research in biochemistry. Since her father considers her to be a menace he hires Reece to follow her, take pictures of her and basically see that she "behaves". Reece isn't a spy.. far from it, but he needs the money to save his family's bar. Libby totally sees through him and catches him in no-time but instead of ruining Reece's job she decides to try and make him a double spy for extra benefit.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) [Butch & Marissa] by J.R. Ward

I enjoyed re-listening to this one, even though as I've wrote ןn the previous reviews I'm noא into the audio version. I think the narrator is doing a very poor job. You can't distinguish any character from one another (maybe except for Fritz..) but the book is GOOD and so worth reading!

I'll start by saying that guys like Butch and gals like Marissa "aren't my type". He was never one of my favorites. He is too "rough around the edges" in a way I don't find appealing. He had a tough life, his family practically hating him and blaming him for his sister's murder even though he was just a kid and there is no logic in blaming him at all. His father beat him up, his other siblings forgetting him once he was gone. He was a cop and they all call him that but I wonder why he even was into that considering his substance abuse.. But as the main hero in this book I really loved him and learned to appreciate him as a male of worth which he is.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Yours to Keep by Serena Bell

I don't know what took me so long to review this one since it was SUCH a joy to read. The previous book by Serena was a bit of a miss for me but this one made me remember how much I enjoyed everything else I've read by her and of course I'll read anything else she puts out (already marked to read her next one "Hold on Tight") 

Ana is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She arrived at the US with her family when she was a small child with a legitimate visa but unfortunately as her mother got sick and died she failed to file the papers to renew their visa so Ana and her two older siblings became illegitimate. Since Ana was pretty small when she arrived at the US she always saw herself as an American and she wasn't about to jeopardize being deported back so she and her family did what they could to survive. Ana tutors Spanish in School and also have classes for English as a second language.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) [Zsadist & Bella] by J.R. Ward

Awwww Reading this one is always a joy, though it is sorrow as well, depends on which chapter you're on.. I've read and re-read this book so many times! or at least certain scenes that leave me just breathless. I love Zsadist, I love Bella and their relationship though it took it quite a long time to build is absolutely beautiful.
This book is the amazing love story between Bella and Zsadist. On the first book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Z is mainly considered to be soulless bastard, on the second book we have a little more glimpses into who he is and we understand that he is mostly a broken guy who went through hell and back and didn't really return. Even though the surrounding aren't of hell he took hell into him and he lived this way for many years. Phury sums it up nicely when he tells Bella on the previous book -

"   My twin's not broken. He's ruined. Do you understand the difference? With broken, maybe you can fix things. Ruined? All you can do is wait to bury him   "

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

This was a nice enough story. I don't think it was very special and I guess both the main characters could have been more developed. But all in all it was a nice a bit sad story about Travis, a 19 year old who returns home from Afghanistan after losing his best friend, fighting demons (mostly his ghost best friend), nightmares and his family - the father he always disappointed, the brother who takes everything from him and his mother he never really got or knew.

The only thing he isn't struggling with, the only thing that works for him is Harper. After their first (and only) kiss in the 8th grade, her reputation became one of a slut (I kinda think it's because of Paige, Travis's ex) and he never actually looked back or thought about it. Then when he keeps stumbling into her when he returns from the army he realizes he wants her, and not like he wanted his ex - just for the sex. He wants more, even if he's really messed up. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) [Rhage & Mary ] by J.R. Ward

Oh my, oh my, I forgot how much I loved this one! I forgot how amazing Rhage is! 
I don't know why Mary is one of the least appreciated females of the bunch, I really loved her, who she is, what she's been through and also her struggle with herself at surrendering to loving Rhage with all that he is.

This book tells the story of Rhage also known as Hollywood for his over-the-top good looks and "obsession" with having as many women as he can - and he can! Even the brothers don't see past the act. Yes, he has as many women as he can but they serve only the purpose of giving release to his inner monster. and when I say monster I mean a literal monster living inside of him, sharing one body suit. Rhage needs either sexual release or hard core fighting to "feed" the beast, enough that he wouldn't lose control. Because when he does, all hell breaks loose and the casualties are shredded to little pieces.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Still So Hot! by Serena Bell

As I've already written on my March Goals - "Strangers on a Train" made quite an impression on me and ever since then I've been trying to read everything by these 5 authors naturally including Serena. 

I really wanted to love this one as I've loved the three novellas I've already read by her (Ticket Home / Strangers on a train ; Rescue Me / Free valentine's novella ;After Midnight / Heating up the Holidays bundle) but sadly this one didn't deliver. I'd say it's a nice enough story but I wasn't invested enough in the plot.

Elisa is match making coach, to bust her reputation she decides to take on a celebrity client and teach her the secrets to finding herself a match in dreamy resort. Too bad her client is totally hopeless when it comes to falling for the wrong guys and she outdone herself by arriving with the worst guy for more than a night - Brett - who is also Elisa's former best friend and her crush for years. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 2014 Goals

Last month I was upset to find out you can only add 10 books up top here and since I'm reading more then that I won't be able to add all of them. So at least as the month goes along you'll get a link to each individual post whenever I finish a book and put on the review.  

Still So Hot! ★★★½

Yours to Keep ★★★★★ 
by Serena Bell
I haven't read a lot by Serena Bell, but I do think I read everything she released so it was quite obvious to me to read these two. Writing this lines, I actually already read the first one. review will be coming soon. 

The Sea of Tranquility ★★★★★ 
by Katja Millay
Got a great recommendation for this one from my friend Jamie.

Covet ★★★★★ 
by Tracey Garvis-Graves
I already read "On the Island" by Tracey as well and the short novella after it. Since I LOVED it had to read this one as well, though I'm feeling a little worried about the subject. 

Six Degrees of Lust (By Degrees #1)
60 Percent Proof (By Degrees #1.5)
Six Degrees of Separation (By Degrees #2)
by Taylor V. Donovan
I already read last month the first novella in the series. For me it wasn't "enough" as a novella but I blame it on the fact that it was too short. I'm not sure when it was released probably wasn't the first published but a glimpse to what brought this couple together. Hope the next ones won't disappoint. 

Something Like Normal ★★★½
by Trish Doller
This one I found on my friend's feed. I think 90% of what I read is recommended by her or like this one - I find on her feed. She's the one who made me realize how much I needed a kindle! I probably owe her my sanity, though I don't think she'll buy it, probably say there's not way I'm sane ;) So thanks Eleanor!

Headstrong ★★★★½
by Meg Maguire
It all started with "Strangers on a Train" where I've read 5 different stories by 5 different authors I utterly fell inlove with and even since then I try reading everything by them. Together with Meg we have - Ruthie Knox which you already know I absolutely love, Serena Bell (mentioned above), Donna Cummings with her brilliant novel "I Do.. or Die" (which I really need to re-read and write a proper review!), Samantha Hunter who have SO many books I'm finding it hard to choose from. "Bending over Backwards" was amazing! and I have a short novella by her for this month as well. and oh! Meg has another pen name - Cara McKenna I'll get down to reading her when I finish this one and two others I've left by the pen name Meg.

Ball & Chain (Cut & Run #8) ★★★
by Abigail Roux
Can you smell the salty smell of tears? This is the last book in the Cut & Run series. I'm crushed by this fact, I am. I know, I know, we'll have sidewinder series but hey, it's not the same, what I have with Ty and Zane can't be replaced! This is a brilliant series. I really hope the last book will give me a beautiful closure and won't wreck me from the inside like with the Night Huntress series did.

If You Stay (Beautifully Broken #1)
by Courtney Cole
Another recommendation by Eleanor. Haven't a clue about this one.

Find You in the Dark (Find You in the Dark #1)
by  A. Meredith Walters
A recommendation from Jamie as well. 

One Hot Night
by Samantha Hunter
This is just a short novella that will turn into a series I think, not sure. As I've wrote above under Headstrong, Samantha is one of the 5 authors of "strangers on a train" and for that I'm looking into her books. This one is quite new. I have another new one scheduled for next month. I'm not sure how to pick through her endless list of books so if you have recommendation about specific books you liked by her I'll be glad to hear :)

Well, that's what is planned for March. I was suppose to be Immortals After Dark month but after the disappointment from last month I figured I'll leave and and continue with book I actually WANT to read. 

Happy Reading! 

February 2014 Recap

Both January and February have been a surprise to me on the amount of books I read. On both months I actually read more than I thought I would so instead of the 140 books I planned to read on 2014, I updated my yearly goal to 200. 

I started re-listening to the Black Dagger Brotherhood this month to prepare myself to the 12th book in the series which will be out on about a month. I didn't realize it's going to be a problem but as it seems I can't really monitor re-reads in a good way here. On GoodReads I just added a different addition (I read the ebook, not I'm listening to the audio book version) so it's like separate books. But here if I mark a read book as to read when I finish it I"m left with the exact same number of books read as before.. I can't wait for BL to change the book database. No matter how much I LOVE BL platform I always look for review and series on GR making it impossible to leave GR and just be here which I hope I will be able to.. right now, I'm dealing with the mess of updating everything both here and there.

February 2014 Goals

Though I had 14 books (some of them short novellas) to read on February Goals I ended up reading 5 more! (see what I mean about raising the bar to 200 books a year?):
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) - J.R. Ward (Audio Book)
Southern Winterland (By Degrees #0.5) - Taylor V. Donovan
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles, #1) - River Jaymes
Rescue Me - Serena Bell (a free novella for valentine's day)

I thought it would be nice. like last month, doing a recap of the highlights of the previous month:

Author of the month: (Deeper) Robin York (Ruthie Knox):
I'll start by saying Ruthie is probably my favorite author so it was no surprise I loved her also by the pen name Robin York (for New Adult books). I have my issues with Young Adult books as you may already know, so I'm glad that the "New Adult" section was sort of re-invented. I guess it was always there, just not with this label. I'm loving this genre! and since we are talking about Robin in particular - I loved this book and the issue it addressed - revenge porn. This topic has a lot of heads lately and I didn't hear of any book relating to this subject. As I wrote in the review, I loved how real it felt, how the characters felt genuine. It's not a surprise, that's the magic work of Robin being able to write characters you feel you might stumble across in real life. They are never perfect, they are just so true. and that's exactly how both Caroline and West felt like. I HIGHLY recommend this book - and you should keep in mind that the second (and last) book in the series - Harder - will be out on 1st July. I also recommend everything by Ruthie Knox. Right now "About Last Night" is 0.99 $ on Amazon which is one of my absolute favorites books!  

Favorite book of the month: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2) by Christina Lee:
Where to begin... Here we have another author I'm in love with. After reading "All of You" I was hocked! I knew I'll reading anything by Christina. So when I heard 2 more coming in the series I was jumping up and down. Second one in the series is this one and the third one - Whisper to Me - will be out on the 20th of May. I loved both Ella and Quinn. Both of them went through their own personal hell and each coped differently. They both keep their sadness to themselves, both in a way put people in a length away because of what they have been through and it was utterly beautiful seeing them come together. Why do girls love to hear the guys broken and teary eyed? I really don't know. but Quinn being shattered speaking to Ella on the suicide hot line made him even more lovable for me. I'm not the sucker for the tough douche, I rather read of these types of guys, introverts who have a dark past. I feel as though Quinn was made especially for me.  READ IT! even if you haven't read "All of You", both of them can be read as a stand alone. 

Disappointment of the month: Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) - Jeaniene Frost:
You know what is really really sad? from the 19 books I read this month I actually have 3 books that felt like utter disappointment for me. and I really had a hard time choosing between them. I settled with this one since I loved this series so much, getting the last one to be so heart breaking (in it's disappointment not in the plot itself) made it THE disappointment of the month. Reading one book and being disappointed, yeah, that happens, but being utterly inlove with a series then having it crushed in front of your eyes is something different entirely. I don't want to write it all again, you can read it in my review. I just felt that the overly cheerful note this book got was exaggerated and felt wrong, not to mention I felt the book was predictable and well, unoriginal. This book won't discourage me from reading anything and everything by Jeanine since she is (also) one of my favorite authors. I can't wait for her new series and naturally can't wait for the next Night Huntress World book as well as the third and last in the Night Prince which is my absolute favorite series. 

Discovery of the month: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover:
If you've read my review of the Slammed series or if you just read my January Recap you know that after all the recommendations I got to Colleen Hoover's book I was SO disappointed with those books. The first I kinda liked but after that.. I was mainly pissed off. But for some reason I was determined to read this one - Hopeless - as well as the next ones in the series. and boy oh boy am I happy I did THAT. this book is simply a master piece. I feel bad writing how much I enjoyed it thinking of all the heart break that went for Sky throughout the book. I'll summarize it by saying it was heart breakingly beautiful. Again we are in the New Adult genre, probably on the lower age - about 17 - but all the characters felt so mature. I loved Holder, I don't think any woman in her right mind wouldn't. He is simply irresistible with how amazing he is. In a way I loved his book - Losing Her - even more. Yet again, Hopeless IS a master piece and Losing Her was mostly the cherry on top of the cream. Read it. It's really a must! But notice Slammed is totally different in right about everything from this one. I loved how Colleen changed from her first books to these ones. 

Fun Break of the month: The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles, #1) - River Jaymes
I almost feel like a cheat ;) I added this section only for this particular book :) I knew I HAVE TO mention this one and wasn't sure where exactly since I really wanted to give the podium for the others as well. But this one, well, it was just a book I added, and just decided to read it outside the schedule for no real reason, I just felt like reading MM after not reading the genre for a while. Well, I guess I read SE Jakes recently and actually I was sure I'm going to read 2 of her books but then I just decided on this one. So you get how random this one have been. and HO BOY what a joy this one have been! most of the book is just FUN. no real angst and no real heart shattering moments just two guys you utterly fall inlove with, together as a couple and alone as they are crush worthy men. The story was great, written in a smart and funny way. I loved that even the "bad guy" isn't a really bad guy, and that even the dark places the book went (and they were dark) just made you appreciate the fun parts even more. I loved the ending. I was overly content with the last chapter then there was the epilogue who gave people who are "mushier" that me what they wanted.  Alec is so sweet and Dylan is mouth watering and not just because he is sexy as hell but because for me he was an interesting person with a lot of hidden paths. HIGHLY recommended and i can't wait for the next in the series. I feel like crying I don't even know when it's going to happen. This author only released this title and another short novella. I feel like I "have no choice" but to delve in it as well until Taylor's book is out.  

Well, That's it for my February Recap. 
I feel like adding up more since I really had good books on my menu this month even though I had my disappointments. 
Hope you enjoyed! 
March Goals are in a bit! :)