Book review: Axel by Harper Sloan

25168121.jpgAxel by Harper Sloan

Series: Corps Security (#1)

Published: 7th July 2013

Publisher: Self-Published (?)

Goodreads: “Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.
Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

Note from the author–This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn’t suitable for younger readers.”

Review:

My first book by Harper Sloan, I am was not disappointed!

Axel tells the story of Izzy and Axel/Reid, they used to be lovers when they were teenagers, only to separate when Axel joins the Marines and Isabelle’s life takes a total turn.
Some years pass, and Isabelle is married to Brandon, she’s basically chained up to a marriage filled with fear and violence, she becomes broken and completely loses herself. Until one day, she meets up with her long-time friend Dee in secret, only to get beaten to a pulp when she gets back home.

This book brought me to tears, made me laugh my ass off and made me tear up some more. It is just so emotionally charged!

Also, I loved the characters, especially Dee, Sway, Greg and Maddox. Sway is the bomb though, he’s so hilarious, the way the author described him made me feel as if he was standing right before my eyes – I wish my hairdresser was Sway, I would not leave the salon just so I could catch up with the gossip.

“Oh my honey Jesus. You did NOT tell Sway that you knew this fine mountain of a man, no you did NOT. Holy goodness Lord above, I need a cold shower after that, girlfriend. You get your pretty little self into my chair and you tell Sway all about it. Every single delectable thing about it, if you know what I mean. Sweet heavens, I need a drink.” – Like I said, Sway is the bomb.

But then, there’s also Dee, Dee is a fucking badass.

“We watch for a few more seconds. To my fascination, Dee throws all her strength into a move that would make any badass proud. She pulls her hand out farther and literally throws this woman across the room. I think everyone at the table is shocked (…)”

What I couldn’t get into so much, was the romance between Axel and Izzy, I thought I would get the real FEELS when they would finally reunite, but ehhh, not really. I can’t really explain why, I just felt like the two characters didn’t fit each other so well? – I wish I knew what was my problem with romance.

I kinda wanted to avoid talking about this cover, but look at it!!! Ughhh, I can’t even, it’s so wrong in so many levels!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book!

3.75 Chibis

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Book Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

 

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Series: Immortals After Dark (#2)

Published: 28th March 2006

Publisher: Pocket Star

Goodreads: “Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?”

Review:

Was I ready for A Hunger Like No Other? Not really! I hadn’t read something so sexually charged for a while.

Lachlain MacRieve is an ancient Lykaen warrior, the king of his clan, who had been locked up and tortured with fire for 150 years, and the only thing keeping him sane is his hate for the vampire king. Until one day he scents the perfume surrounding his mate, Emmaline Troy.

Emmaline is a 70-something-year-old half-vampire, half-valkyrie, who’s in Paris looking for her father, an unknown vampire.

When Lachlain feels the scent of his on true mate he is able to free himself of his prison, but once he finds out Emmaline is a vampire he’s not very pleased with the prospect of presenting a vampire queen to his people.

I feel like I could’ve liked this book way better if Emmaline wasn’t such a spoiled little bitch. I liked her in the beginning, she seemed like a nice young gal. But she is so selfish, she only thinks about herself… and to be honest, I couldn’t really feel her “love” for Lachlain.

The world-building on this book is solid, but the way the book wrapped up was not entirely pleasing. It felt fake the way Emmaline finally professed her love for Lachlain.
Oh poor Lachlain, he deserved someone way better than Emmaline. *strangles Emmaline’s little neck*

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3 Chibis

Book review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

84136.jpgFantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: The Entire Dark-Hunterverse (#1)

Published: 18th February 2012

Publisher: St.Martin’s Press

Goodreads:Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon ”

Review:

Julian of Macedon, the man who made me fall in love with the Dark-Hunter series. (I fell for him as well, obviously).

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Grace Alexander a sex therapist has a non-existing romantic life, until her hilarious best friend Selena makes her summon a love-slave named Julian of Macedon.

“Oh take me, great gorgeous love-slave and have your wicked way with me. I command you to rise”

“Come and ease my aching loins, O great Julian of Macedon, Julian of Macedon, Julian of Macedon.”

Julian has been trapped in a book for a very long time, he used to be a fearless general of an ancient army, until the day he was betrayed by his brothers, Eros /aka Cupid and Priapus.

But Grace didn’t actually expect Julian to come out of the book, so when he appears on her porch completely naked she doesn’t know wether to scream or swoon (probably both).

“Just where do you think you’re taking me?” (…) “I’m taking you to your bedroom where we can finish what we’ve started,” he said simply, as if he were discussing the weather.”

Despite Julian looking like a sex God, Grace can see the pain in his eyes, the ghosts of his past and the fear of returning to the book in one month. And the only way Julian’s curse can be broken is if he waits until the next full moon to have sex with a daughter of Alexander. However, as the days go by, it keeps getting harder and harder for him to resist his urges.

“You can’t fear dying when you have no reason to live.”

My two favorite scenes are without a doubt:

– when Grace tries to teach Julian how to drive. The man might be talented in a wide range of things, but definitely not driving…

“Well then, just imagine the stories you can tell your men when you get back to Macedonia about the great steel beats you drove… around a parking lot.”

…and “the sexy reading session”… I have to admit that before reading this book I have never though reading to someone could be this sexy.

“What is this? A strip reading session? I read a paragraph, you open a button?”

Overall this book is hilarious, romantic, amazing, and has everything I need in a great book, it was simply amazing to get back to the Dark-Hunterverse!!!

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4 Chibis

Book Review: College Bound by Lilia Ford

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College Bound by Lilia Ford

Published: 13th October 2014

Publisher:  Liliaford Romance LLC

Playlist: Crossfade – Cold; Cranberries – Zombie

Goodreads: ““I think you would be right for a position with quite specific requirements that would be hard to fill otherwise.”

After a vicious fight with her stepbrother and guardian, Natalie storms out of the family McMansion, never imagining that would be the last time she’d be allowed in the house. A string of truly rotten decisions follows, until she finds herself suspended from school, friendless, broke, and camping out at the convenience store where she works. Worst of all, her college applications are due!

Thanks to a helpful teacher and her own stupendous brilliance she manages to get into her top choice college. Unfortunately, dealing with the financial aid forms proves to be too much for her supersmarts and she is about to lose her spot because she cannot get the money together to pay the deposit.

Enter Gareth Boyd, an old family friend with an indecent proposal that will pay for everything—if she can meet his price.

Warning: This story features an eighteen-year-old heroine with a foul mouth and horrible judgment, a criminally unscrupulous man intent on taking advantage of her, and multiple scenes of bondage, spanking, ménage, and one potentially triggering scene of attempted rape. The novel is an erotic fantasy in which characters manipulate or disregard notions of proper consent in ways that would never be acceptable in real life. Adult Readers Only”

Review:

*I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley for an honest review.*

I was pretty uncertain about reading this book, but since Netgalley sent it to me (and I have to admit that I needed to read something spicy), I decided to give it a try.

Thank God I did it. I’m not a big fan of Erotica books, they are usually boring, tacky, silly and always about sex, sex, the romance is rushed and there’s never a real story behind it.

This book is my guilty pleasure, so what? Sue me. I loved this book and I won’t go back on my word.

At first I wasn’t very keen… the main character, Natalie is an idiotic, rude teenage girl, I didn’t like her. Even now I’m not sure I like… actually I hated all the characters on this book. But damn guys, this book is so utterly good, it pulls you in, compels you into reading it until the last damn page.

Natalie is an 18-year-old girl who get’s thrown out of her house by her bastard of a step-brother because someone published on the internet a video of her making out with two guys (this was the first thing I didn’t like about her.). It’s not that I don’t agree with women being with two guys, I mean, come on! These days guys have three-ways with two girls and no one bats an eye, so why can’t women do the same if they want to? The thing I didn’t agree with, was Natalie doing it in public. Even if she was with only a guy or girl I still think it’s gross to go at it in public, privacy is good, go for it, do it in private.

Anyway, after that, Natalie practically becomes homeless, until an a friend f hers, Gareth makes her a very “interesting” proposition. He wants her to become a love slave, not only to him, but also to Jamie, another really “interesting” dude, in exchange he will pay her college fees (Brown University).

The thing about this book is that all characters are fucked up in their own way. Even now I don’t know what is the thing about this book, only that I loved it and I want to forget it so I can read it again.

I must tell you that this book’s sex scenes are all disturbing if you’re used to reading stuff of love and flowers (me!!!), I’m used to more vanilla situations, where I can picture myself being the main character surrounded by love and sunshine. *hahaha-hardy-har-har*

Even if I couldn’t relate to Natalie or her situation, let’s called it situation cause it’s seems nicer, I was still able to read this book without wanting to shut down my computer and scream bloody murder.

 

Another thing I loved about College Bound was the writer. Lilia Ford writes wonderfully, not to mention that she is hilarious!!!

I couldn’t hold back my laughter in certain parts of the book, which scared my brother, because it’s almost 3 am and the house is super quiet. Have I mentioned that my laughter is kind of creepy? No? Okay, now you know it.

Guys, read this book if you’re into spicy romances. That’s all I can tell you.

4.99999 Chibis

Book Review: Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates

17156015Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates

Series: Beauty (1#)

Published: January 29th 2013

Publisher: Georgia Cates

Summary: “They agreed on three months…but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he’s ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.”

 

 

Review:

“What a wonderful tittle! Is it about BDSM?”

I asked myself once I set my eyes on this book for the first time. No guys, No BDSM, despite the very suggestive tittle. I guess in this particular case the author meant pain as in mental pain, not physical. I think I’m getting way too kinky, I seriously need to start reading less Erotica.

Anyway this book starts with a young woman flying to the land of the kangaroos, Australia. Her bff is also going with her. They both plan to stay at Ben’s house, her bff’s brother for 3 months.

Laurelyn ends up meeting the handsome Jack Henry, who has a very peculiar way of pursuing a woman *coff stalking coff* and an even better way of having a relationship.

After they both meet they agree on a relationship, a no strings attached relationship, 3 months,  no real names, no family or friends, or anything personal.
Obviously that didn’t go as expected and feelings get in the way.

I really don’t have not much to say about this book, I enjoyed reading it, but I’m not sure yet if I’m reading the second one or not. I didn’t like the way this one ended, the author could’ve stuck to one book, I would’ve been satisfied, but she decided to end it in a way that there would be a second book, and there is… and a third one.

Another thing I didn’t like was the fact that this book has two POV’s. I know lot’s of people like it, some people love it, yet I don’t. I like more than one POV very, very occasionally. This wasn’t one of those situations.

Despite not having liked the ending or the dual POV,I liked the plot and both main characters, they were both very entertaining and surprisingly, not annoying, something I keep finding in more and more books nowadays, annoying characters.

3.5 Chibis

Blog Tour Review: He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington + Giveaway


Title: HE BELONGS WITH ME

Author: Sarah Darlington
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
He Belongs With Me
Synopsis: 
Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather’s world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.

But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo… which girl will win his heart?

Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing’s for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. 


LINKS TO BUY: 
He Belongs with Me is one of those book that makes me want to scream from rage and hug the author at the same time. Yup, it’s a difficult book to review for me because there were parts when I wanted to sing from joy from how cute they were but then something would come up that would ruin my good mood. Argh! Now one thing that really made my mood sour is the cover. They could have come up with something better, it does the book no justice.
So, He Belongs with me is told in dual POV. That can be a little distracting for some people who prefer a single POV but let me tell you, it worked perfectly here. I loved the transitions from POV to POV and it gave something more to the book. However, I must admit, I liked Clara’s POV the most. Although I started by liking Maggie, the good sister, more, I grew attached to Clara and ended up, well not hating, but disliking Maggie a little. I might say actually that Maggie is the “bad” sister ahaha She has done a boobjob, she’s more of a flirt, all of that, while Clara is more true to herself, she doesn’t take shit from nobody and is actually a good person on the inside. They both are! They are both amazing characters and you either love them or hate them and that’s it.
This book had a simple premise and when you read the blurb you think “love triangle” but don’t go there, it’s not a love triangle. What you get are two love stories, one beautiful that makes you want to become one of the characters  and the other might be a little disappointing. I feel like Maggie’s story is less touching. Basically I wanted to read mostly Clara’s story, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to read a book only about Clara (sends subtly a message to Sarah Darlington *wink**wink*). This may be due to the fact that I want a Leo for me. Leo… Leo… Leo… I WANT ME SOME LEO! He is perfect, he is so adorable and gahhh
Now Dean… I imagine a hippy Dean, or maybe Kristin Baxter’s ex-boyfriend from Last Man Standing. He made me frustrated and I don’t even know why. Also, don’t put a child out of nowhere in a story. I don’t like children (yes I’m a monster) and I don’t want to read about them, sorry.
anyway, He Belongs With Me has an interesting story that starts to get addicting towards the end. I was always switching sides, not knowing which sister I should support. Unfortunately, some things they did were just sad and upsetting, they acted like 13 year olds… Clara is an emotional mess and Maggie tries too much to become, I don’t know, a southern belle (Hart of Dixie everyone). However, I couldn’t not get sucked up in their plots and mess, even though it was obviously how the book would end. It was easy to know how the story would end but it was a nice read either way, kind of perfect for this shitty days with shitty weather. He Belongs with Me is the book you want to read all snuggled up in the couch on a rainy day.

3.5 Chibis

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Sarah Darlington lives in the DC metro area, is married to her high school sweetheart, and currently spends her time chasing around a very active toddler. As a former flight attendant, she misses the days of pantyhose, galley gossip with good friends, and traveling to new places. In the future she’d like to return to that career, but, just as flying gets into your bones, so does writing. Whenever she gets a free moment these days, she writes.
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Book Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista

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Savor by Kate Evangelista

Series: Vicious Feast (#1)

Published: December 1st 2013

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Summary:I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.
You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.
I should have known their handsome, yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spells trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.
Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.
Again, refer to the warning above.”

Review

I really like Kate Evangelista’s books. They are original, funny, and deeply entertaining. So how could this happen?? *cries* Savor is an unique book that will attend only to certain people. I’m not one of those people, unfortunately. I tried to like this book but failed, although there were times when I was enjoying reading it. All was going meh until the very end. That’s when things turned into “wtf is this?”.

Savor is about a girl, Dakota, who wears an eyepatch (someone say yarr-harr) because of something that happened to one of her eyes, and finds her escape in photography. One night she gets to meet the band of the moment, Vicious, and becomes their photographer for the tour. Until here, all fine. I liked Dakota and her don’t mess with me personality. She gave off the vibe of someone who is trying to be strong but is vulnerable on the inside and that only make me like her more. Also, she was funny and sassy as hell!

“I think I’d make the perfect Bond villain. I already had the eye patch. All I needed now was the perfect motivation to take over the world. And a white Persian cat.”

However, she grows weaker throughout the novel, getting insecure sometimes, which is completely normal and makes her more relatable, but it was frustrating when we wanted her to just say somethings out loud and she just kept quiet OR when she did some stupid stupid things. (There’s this scene where, in my opinion, she obviously rapes Luka in his sleep but whatever.)

I’m not really going to get into detail about the other characters because I didn’t feel anything towards them. I can only say that I liked Dray, the drummer. The band is a mysterious thing, you never know what’s happening and what the relation between them is. However, Luka is a SOB who kept me annoyed. I… I was so confused during the whole book. Does he want her only for sex or does he actually care?

We get all this amazing concert’s scenes, and I do wish I was there to see it. The photos’ descriptions are damn alluring and so beautiful written, I wanted to see them in real life. Those are the best parts of Savor, we become Dakota when she’s in her zone, whenever she’s focused we are right there with her. It’s a shame that didn’t happen all the time. We get a connection with the character for a moment and them boom, no more feelings towards it.

Savor, being a New Adult book had some graphic scenes and for someone who knows the genre that is okay. Nevertheless, near the end of the book, why would Dakota act a certain way (she jumps Luka’s bones in his sleep!)? Also, there’s this scene where Dakota photographs a sex scene between two band members… That left me a little uncomfortable.

Anyway, all blows up when Dakota’s background starts to be questioned and Kate Evangelista decides to give a paranormal twist to the story. I was completely thrown off by this turn of events. How did this happen actually? It just came out of nowhere. I didn’t like it and I’m sad to say I don’t think I am interested in the path the story is taking. Many characters were revealed to be not what I thought and my brain couldn’t really deal with it, it didn’t have the time because the book ended and we didn’t get any explanation just a big:

I believe that many people will like, even love, Savor. It was not for me but it might be a favourite to many. My advice is give it a chance and see for yourself.

2 Chibis