Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: The Billionaire's Deal: The Complete Story: An Alpha Billionaire Romance

The Billionaire's Deal: The Complete Story: An Alpha Billionaire Romance The Billionaire's Deal: The Complete Story: An Alpha Billionaire Romance by Crystal Kaswell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Ever since Kat's parents died in a car accident, Kat has not had a break in life. She has had to take care of her younger sister, Lizzy, and find a way to support both of themselves. Kat wasn't able to go to college or enjoy the last few days in high school, but instead has been struggling to find a good job to help pay the bills and the house mortage. Basically, at 18, she had to grow up really quickly and really wants a chance to get caught up in life.

When she bumps into Blake outside of a terrible job interview, Kat doesn't know what she is in for. Because Blake is a billionaire who has a proposition for her: he wants her to be his fake girlfriend. His mom is dying, and he wants her to think that Blake is happy in love before she dies. Blake is willing to pay a lot of money for this fake relationship, and sadly Kat is in a position where she is willing to lie to strangers to get that money to help pay for Lizzy's college tuition and other important things.

So Kat gets all primped and primed for her new life at a girlfriend of a billionaire, but things go differently than she expected. For example, her job decides to fire her because of all of the attention she is getting and now people are just hounding her workplace waiting to talk to her.

Things are going pretty well for Kat, plus the sex with Blake is fantastic. But soon Kat realizes she wants more for her future, and being in a fake relationship is starting to take a toll on her. She is going to have to make some tough decisions soon about what she wants in life.

This book was okay for me. I definitely love New Adult and erotica, and this book definitely had both, but it was a little disconnected for me to really enjoy. I don't know, the characters were a little stiff for me, plus we all know that Blake won't fall in love, so he was very distant and so serious all of the time.

I did feel for Kat that she had to go through all of that heartbreak at such a young age and figure out how to be an adult when she should have had years of fun and being young still. And to have to be the legal guardian of her younger sister so they wouldn't get separated would be so gut wrenching to go from a big sister to a parent figure.

So I was very happy that she was the lucky girl who Blake decided to go with this ruse, but she is not made for the life of the rich and famous and disconnected. And she went from working two jobs to being on call for social events and gatherings. That is a lot to take in because she was always running around, and now she is bored out of her mind.

This book was just okay. I've read better books of the same story, so it was a refresher of the New Adult genre. I am glad that I got the complete story rather than parts of it, and I'm very glad that I got this an an eARC to experience the story.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Lucky Number Eleven

Lucky Number Eleven Lucky Number Eleven by Adriana Locke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing and the author in exchange for my honest review.

Branch was enjoying a nice vacation at his teammates cabin in IL, when he got blindsided by Finn's sister Layla James, who was taking a vacation as well and came to the same cabin. From the moment he saw her, Branch knew he had to have her. And the more he got to know her, the more he decided she's a girl he can't wait to claim for himself.

Of course, there are a few reasons why this would be a bad thing. One, Finn is going to kick his ass if Branch touches one little hair on his baby sister. And two, Branch is a professional football player, where getting attached to a girl is not really a thing, to be honest. The lifestyle is all about partying and girls and playing ball, and hoping that they don't get killed by the other team on the field.

But Branch is more than happy to have a good fling during their weekend of relaxation and fun.

When Layla saw Branch, she knew she was in trouble. After getting out, yet again, another relationship with a different football player, she is coming to realize that maybe she should stay clear of football players for the rest of her life. But when she sees Branch, Layla knows that her new resolution is flying out of the back window.

Branch oozes sexiness and sins that Layla is all too happy to commit, and she's going to do it with a smile on her face.

But the weekend of fun and sexy times sadly comes to an end and both Branch and Layla have a lot of bigger fish to fry when it comes down to the two of them. Because something unexpected happened, and now they both have to come to terms with where they want to lives to go. And they need to decide pretty soon.

I very much enjoyed this book. Honestly, the bantering between Branch and Layla was just outstanding. I was always waiting for the next amazing thing to be said between the two of them, and I was always granted my wish when it happened :)

Those two were just sizzling the first time that Layla saw Branch through the windshield of the car at the cabin. Plus, having them start their thing at a cabin in the woods by a lake is just so romantic and set such a great mood and scene for those two. If they had met at a raving party in Chicago? It might not have had the same effect on me, I think.

Layla is a great character. I am amazed that she can make a living writing blog posts online and now I want to figure out how she does that so I can quit my job and get paid to read and post reviews! Ha, no seriously I know people do that, but I think reading and blogging would become to hard for me if I did that. I'll just stick to blogging my thoughts for myself and any surprised person who stumbles to my blog on accident :)

Branch is such a southern boy. He pretends to be a big player, but he gave himself away when he was talking about his grandmother and he is just a little sweetheart on the inside. He just needed Layla around to bring it out full force and bring his true colors out.

I'm so glad I got to read this! I'm probably not going to read any of the other books in the series, but I am glad that this is the one out of the bunch that I got because it was a very good book and I loved both of the characters. While they heed and hawed their way through the issues, it made it more realistic and the ending was just what was needed :)

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: The First Time She Drowned

The First Time She Drowned The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cassie is anxiously waiting for her 18th birthday, because her life can start over again. After being committed into the psych ward by her mother, even though she's not crazy, Cassie gets to release herself from the crazy place when she legally becomes an adult, no matter what anyone says.

And her mother even got her into college, so she will start classes and start fresh.

Except Cassie is having a hard time figuring out who she is. She's been having a lot of flashbacks about her past, her growing up and her family life. Cassie doesn't have the best relationship with her parents or her older brother. In fact, those three are the ones who tied her up with rope and delivered her to the psych ward.

But Cassie wants to be loved, and who's supposed to love her more than her family, right?

The more memories Cassie had, though, the more she has to figure out how to love again. Because with a new boy at school who is showing her attention and a new friend she is now rooming with, Cassie is realizing that she may be damaged beyond repair to have a new life.

There is only so much one person can go through before completely losing everything they love the most.

This book. This is an intense book. So much more intense than I could even imagine based on the title, cover and description. If it wasn't for my bookclub, I'm not sure if I would have finished it because there were a lot of things in this book that causes triggers, and one was very close to my "not reading" rule.

I feel so much for Cassie. She has a crappy life growing up as a child. Everyone was ignoring her, treating her like she did everything wrong, and they were so man to her. And all Cassie wanted was love. For a little girl to grow up without love is just heartbreaking and so sad. That is all little kids want, and for Cassie to see everyone loving everyone else except her is just terrible.

And then for her family, the people she is supposed to trust the most in her life, to tie her up and drag her to the psych ward like she is nothing but a crazy person? Just terrible.

I loved seeing Cassie in college living her life, but it wasn't really Cassie. She was only doing certain things because the people around her expected her to do it, or they really wanted her to do something and Cassie just gave in. She wasn't living life for herself, but for the people around her.

I love Liz, though. She is so compassionate and caring and Cassie had no idea what to do around her. She was so shocked by everything Liz said and did and I don't blame Cassie for her hesitation after seeing how everyone else in her life has treated her.

The ending had so many good feels and so many possibilities that could happen, so I am glad that I finished the book. But it will probably never be a book that I re-read because it is just too depressing for 75% of the book.

I'll be interested to see what the rest of my bookclub group thinks about this book!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Until It Fades

Until It Fades Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Catherine has had a very rough life so far - and she's only 24! After having an affair with her art teacher when she was 17 and being forced to report it to the police after her mother found out, she has been an outcast and has been treated really terribly by her small little town. It doesn't help that the teacher was loved by all and his entire family owns basically the entire town or is in charge of something very important.

So Cath is furious with her mother for making her report it, and decides to move out when she is 18 to take care of herself and to never have to listen to her mother again.

The only bad part is that she needed a job, but no one would hire her. When she was at an interview at a small diner, Cath got sick and found out that she was pregnant. Not the best interview.

But 6 years later, Cath is now taking care of herself, her little girl Brenna, is living in a little house on her own, and she is kind of getting along with her parents. For the most part. And while Cath isn't living the rich life, she is managing to make enough money to live a happy-ish life.

When she is leaving a terrible blind date, Cath comes across a sports car that got into a terrible accident. She gets out of the car to check on the passengers. The driver didn't make it, but the guy in the passenger seat is still alive. Cath is able to get him out, though how no one knows because he is unconscious, over 6 feet tall (to her 5' 4"), and his foot is stuck in the crushed car.

What Cath didn't realize when saving this man is that she saved a very famous, well loved hockey player named Brett. And since Cath has a very sketchy past that she wishes everyone will forget, being in the spotlight as Brett's hero is going to be nothing but trouble. Especially since she doesn't want her 5 year old girl to know about her bad teenage years.

But Brett is now always around. At first, Cath thought it was because he wanted to help her like she helped him, but she soon finds out that they may have a connection between the two of them. She certainly feels something for him, but it's too much of a fairy tale story to be true.

Liking and being with Brett has consequences, though, because he such a popular, famous person, who also has a movie star mother. Cath is going to have to make a decision soon if she wants to be with him, and how many of her deep, dark secrets are going to be released into the media.

I love K.A. Tucker, so when I saw this book on the shelf at the library, I knew I had to check it out and read it! And I'm glad I did, because I really liked it! It was a slow going story, but with enough suspense to keep me engaged in the story to find out all of the little secrets that are revealed throughout the novel.

Cath is a stubborn girl who definitely sticks with what she believes in no matter what anyone else says. She can handle the criticism and she has an extremely tough outer shell to ward off all of the evil things the people in her town say about her.

And she has made such a good life for her. It may not have been what she wanted overall, but she has the complete love and adoration of her little girl, and she has even made enough amends with her mother to involve the rest of her family in her life.

She is also so selfless saving Brett out of that car, especially when the fire started. I don't think I would have been brave enough to get close enough to find out of anyone was alive in there. And to have it destroy her car - that is just devastating.

The relationship between Brett and Cath was adorable. You could tell that Brett was so into her, and Cath was oblivious to everything around her. She thought it was gratitude that she saved her life, but she was the only one who thought that. Everyone else knew what was happening right in front of their eyes.

I hate that the town shunned Cath when she was a teenager. Yes, she had a crush on her teacher and yes, they had an affair. But the person who should have been punished and shunned was the teacher, since he was the adult and knew not to get involved with a student. To blame the student, to blame Cath, was just a terrible thing to do and that whole town should be ashamed of themselves. And to find out that the teacher has perhaps done it again and again? Just awful.

Brett is an amazing guy who has some inner demons and some tough choices to make about his career and life. But I did love the way he gave Cath time to figure out what she wanted, rather than forcing her to make a decision or taking away her choices. He was so gentle with her in that regard. Also, seeing him with Brenna was just too adorable. He's a natural :)

I really enjoyed this book and am so glad that I found it and read it! K.A. Tucker is great and she wrote an amazing story full of second chances and a new beginning :)

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Blocked

Blocked Blocked by L.P. Dover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from the author and Red Coat PR in exchange for my honest review.

Dallas is a hot shot goalie for the hottest hockey team in the U.S. In fact, they are well on their way to getting the Stanley Cup because their team is just that good. And Dallas knows it, which is why he is a cocky son of a gun. And to top it off, he just got signed on for a reality TV show - basically a bachelor show where he is going to be with 10 women and end up with one in the end. This is going to be the starting point of his acting career for when he is done with hockey.

So things are going pretty good for Dallas. Though when he gets in a fight and has to practice more, he is playing unfairly against his teammate Justin and his brothers. When one particular guy keeps getting the puck past him into the net - and not in the clean playing kind of way - Dallas gets fed up and is about to beat him up.

But then Dallas realizes it isn't Justin's brother he's about to beat up - it's his sister Callie. And Callie is ridiculously gorgeous.

Now Dallas is determined to apologize and get on the good side of not only Callie but also her family, because Callie may be different than all of the other girl's he's been with.

Callie knows Dallas's type and she's not impressed with him. But because he's willing to do whatever it takes to prove that he should be with her, Callie tests him with ridiculous things, sure that he will back out because of embarrassment. Instead, Callie sees a whole new person when he accomplishes her takes with flying colors.

Now Callie needs to decide if it is worth being with Dallas and the side effects she is going to face being with a playboy like Dallas.

This was a great novel!

I really enjoyed the whole story and the sport aspect, the nursing aspect, and the playboy falling for the teammate's sister aspect. Everything rolled around nicely together and it made for a great novel that I devoured in less than a day :)

Callie is one tough cookie and definitely knows how to take care of herself, even though she has brothers who want to beat people up for her. But she usually knows how to defuse the situation so no one goes to jail!

Dallas is such a playboy at first, but the second he sees Callie, he's done for. He doesn't even look twice at another woman because he is so focused on getting Callie as his and he has to work for it. He works really hard to get one shot with Callie.

I loved that there were multiple scenes of hockey, since that is one of the main focuses of this novel. Sometimes when the characters are sports players, the author tends to forget to include that into the novel and it's a bit fake. But L. P. Dover didn't forget that and made it a big part of this novel, which I loved so much.

I may go back and read the first book in the series, but I do know that I want to read the next book because OMG that is going to be a great story!!

I'm so glad that I got this book! Thank you for the eARC!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: Jasper

Jasper Jasper by Amy Miles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from the author and Red Coat PR in exchange for my honest review.

Aspen is all alone in the world. She is an orphan - no siblings, and now no parents after sickness has taken them both away. Now she lives in London, working and living with her roommate, Callie - the only friend Aspen really has anymore. Actually, Callie is more like a sister now.

Aspen works as a service girl, but she is not the girl to take on dates and expect something extra by the end of the night. She goes out with her clients, and goes back to her apartment. It's a job and Aspen makes sure that everyone understands that.

When she goes on a date with J.T., Aspen doesn't realize what she is getting herself into. In fact, that night changes everything for her. Because J.T. is really Jasper, and Jasper is a ridiculously handsome guy who is the only one that Aspen has even thought about going home with.

And because of that, Aspen knows she needs to stay away from Jasper, because he is nothing but trouble. In fact, Jasper even says that he is not the one for her, and she has seen that he has very deep, dark secrets.

When girls go missing from Aspen's job, everyone is on high alert - even Jasper. He is insistent that she stop working ad to let him take care of her.

But Aspen doesn't understand everything that is going on. She is a snooper and is trying to figure out all of the missing pieces, but nothing in her wildest dreams would have prepared her for what is about to happen in her life.

This was an interesting book. A different book. Not what I was expecting and certain things happened that I didn't really like overall, sad to say. It's not your typical New Adult novel, which would be good or bad depending on what you are looking for.

I enjoyed this book in the beginning and was really liking the story, but toward the middle and end, there felt like there were huge gaps missing and I was getting lost in the shuffle with the missing information. I started feeling disconnected from the characters and it became more of a story being told to me rather than a story that I was a part of.

Aspen is a smart girl and she is her own self. She doesn't let anyone boss her around, and she is always wanting to find information for mysteries. She talked about Nancy Drew a lot, which always made me smile and Aspen wanted to be the London's version of Nancy Drew, haha.

We have a few chapters where it's Jasper's point of view, but none of them made too much sense overall. Now that I finished the book, I understand what was going on, but during those chapters you don't really get a good insight of Jasper, and that was what I was looking for.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Like I said, it was different. I despised one particular scene which kind of made this book a downhill spiral for me, but if I were to take that out of the equation, I would say it was a good book. I may or may not seek out the second book when it is published - just depends on how I feel about it when the time comes and if I want to see what happens with Jasper and Aspen.

I am very glad I got this as an eBook and I think New Adult/Adult genre fans will enjoy this new, dark, and mysterious novel!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: Othersphere

Othersphere Othersphere by Nina Berry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After a disastrous meeting with Ximon and one of their own died, while another student left, Dez is kind of a mess. She used to be the fearless leader who knew all of the answers, but now she is doubting even the littlest things.

When her birth parents keep crossing over to Earth by possessing humans around Dez, Dez realizes that she has to meet them and see who her birth parents really are. But she also needs to see her home, the place she was born, to finally realize what she wants in life.

But to do that is very dangerous, and she isn't going to be alone because her birth father kidnapped a student to lure Dez there. Now, Dez needs to get that leadership role back in place and make sure that she won't lose anyone else that she loves during this last and final battle of the otherworlds.

I admit, this series fell flat for me. I can't tell you why, but it just did. I think all of the characters got on my nerves a lot and they just didn't redeem themselves. I know they are teenagers and are prone to be bi-polar, but I despise people like that. That's probably why I didn't have too many friends in high school...

But not only did Dez and Caleb, who I had issues with in the second novel, do that, but also the side characters. They were so easy to blame everyone around them and they switched sides way too easily for me to be comfortable to call them friends. They are all just really flakey.

The thing with Dez and Lazar blew my mind at the very beginning. I didn't think Dez was that stupid, and honestly, how it ended with the love triangle? I wish that two of them ended up alone and miserable and the third one found a great person to be with and rubbed it in the other two's faces.

But that's just how I feel...

The story ended exactly I how knew it would and honestly, nothing really popped out as amazing during this book, which is such a shame. I was really hoping for a great story to keep with me.

That's what I get for getting swayed by the amazing covers of the beautiful red-head. But I will still keep judging books by their covers and I will have to feel this letdown of what could have been.

I am glad that I read them, but I'm very glad I didn't buy them. I think other readers will enjoy them more than I did, though, and will recommend them to any reader who likes supernatural and shifter books :)

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