Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: A Brit on the Side By Brenda St. John Brown

A Brit on the Side
By: Brenda St. John Brown
Release Date: August 15, 2016
Series: Calder Castle #1

Bea’s English escape plan: 
• Work in a real British castle
• Quality time with bestie
• Figure out what spotted dick really is
• Fall for bestie’s older brother. Hard. 

Bea Gillespie would rather do anything than teach summer school math two classrooms down from her ex-fiancé. So when her best friend, Scarlett, invites her to England for the summer to work in her family’s castle-turned-hotel, she jumps at the chance.

Now Bea’s an ocean away from her problems at home, but she’s got a bigger one. A British one. Scarlett’s older brother, Jasper, is at Castle Calder for the summer, too. And he’s as sexy and smart as Bea remembers. Two years ago Jasper came stateside, and he and Bea shared a hot weekend. But that’s all it was — a weekend. One she purposely didn’t tell Scarlett about.

It didn't feel like much of a secret until now. As Bea falls for Jasper, what started off as a fling begins feeling more and more like the kind of thing you’d gush about to your best friend. If you hadn’t been lying to her all along.

This book makes me want to go to a castle and explore all over England, just because.  It was so very sweet and endearing and really if you think hard about it, totally realistic.  This could happen, maybe not to me but it can definitely happen.  Brenda St. John Brown really did a great job bringing all these characters to life in a beautiful setting that is fairy tale like, but realistic.  I adored this book and everything about it.

We meet Scarlett and Bea as they are off to spend the summer in England working in Scarlett’s family’s castle hotel.  Sounds adventurous from the very beginning but throw in the unexpectedness of Scarlett’s brother also being there (after a quick tryst in Atlanta with Bea unbeknownst to Scarlett), it’s just a plan for something amazing to happen, good or bad.  It’s always hard when you have to keep secrets from your best friend, but it’s even harder when it involves their family members and your heart.  When Bea and Jasper first reunite it’s a little off to say the least.

There is an absolutely large amount of tension between the two of them.  But it’s that tension and intensity that make these two quite interesting and addicting.  Their interactions range from sweet, frustrating, terrifying and downright sexy as hell.  The intensity that Jasper has is intoxicating, both to myself and Bea, they have some chemistry going on.  When they are on good terms Jasper really pulls out all the stops, it’s the sweetest thing ever. 

Without giving any more of the plot away this was a very well written book that made you root for the two of them to finally come to their senses and make things happen.  I understand the trouble with it being your best friend’s brother but that doesn’t mean you have to choose one over the other.  The relationship in this book was intense intriguing and just downright hot at times, again major chemistry.  I loved this book and it’s a great start to a potentially great series.  I hope the next book is about the sister, Scarlett.  Very much a need to read.  It was quick and fun.  And hey you can do the whole thing with a British accent to make it that more interesting hehe.


I received this book from Goodreads and Brenda St. John Brown, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

The Bad Boy Bargain
By: Kendra C. Highley
Release Date: November 14, 2016

Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.
Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.

This was definitely an interesting concept of denial and secrets when trying to be someone you are not, but isn’t that what high school is all about sometimes?  Pretending to be something that you are not.  It’s tough, and anyone who has been through high school knows just how hard it can be for some people and Kyle is no exception.  Kendra C. Highley did a good job showing how difficult times were for Kyle but also how sweet he can be when he finally let’s himself trust again. 

We meet Faith who is in a relationship that is going nowhere and fast, but one thing leads to another and they break up which now leads her to seeking out Kyle for a little revenge plot.  You know things like this never end well, or things get caught up and things tend to happen that are unexpected.  This is definitely the case with both Faith and Kyle, two people who from the outside are completely opposite of one another but deep down they both have great character.  It was interesting watching their interactions back and forth and loved the added spunk of Faith’s best friend Vivian.  Let’s not knock down Cade either even if he wasn’t in the book for very much he did spout some great wisdom to our friend Kyle.

Only thing was I didn’t really connect with the characters too much, I don’t know why but I didn’t really feel for them as much as I wanted to.  Yes the story was great, yes the characters definitely had their own way of being and they were interesting but I just couldn’t really connect with them.  There was something holding me back and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Overall I liked the book, I liked the concept of the book but thought it could have been developed a little more.  Love the cover, but I really don’t picture Faith and Kyle on that cover.  Still super cute and was a great quick and easy fun read.  Although they did touch on bullying a little bit, there wasn’t much elaboration on it and in this day in age I think it always needs to be addressed more heavily they kind of waved it off, maybe that was my disconnect.  But regardless, you should check the book out because it was a cute quick read that just gets your mind out of reality for a bit.

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara Eglington

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

By: Tara Eglington
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Series: Aurora Skye #1

Executor of the Find a Prince Program™ and future author, sixteen-year-old Aurora Skye is dedicated to helping others navigate the minefield that is teenage dating. Counsellor-in-residence at home, where her post-divorce ad-agency father has transformed into a NAD (New Age Dad) intent on stripping his life bare of ‘the illusionary’ (i.e. the removal of home furnishings to the point where all after-hours work must be done in lotus position on a hemp cushion) Aurora literally lives and breathes Self-Help.

When the beginning of the school year heralds the arrival of two Potential Princes™ who seem perfect for her best friends Cassie (lighthouse beacon for emotionally fragile boys suffering from traumatic breakups) and Jelena (eye-catching, elegant and intent on implementing systems of serfdom at their school) it seems as if Aurora’s fast on her way to becoming the next Dr Phil.

As Aurora discovers, however, Self-Help is far from simple. Aurora’s mother arrives home from her extended ‘holiday’ (four years solo in Spain following the infamous ‘Answering Machine Incident’) throwing the NAD into further existential crisis. With Valentine’s Day drawing closer and the new Potential Princes not stepping up to the mark, Aurora is literally forced to take to the stage to throw two couples together. However, being cast opposite Hayden Paris (boy next door and bane-of-Aurora’s life) in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing brings challenges of its own. Not only does Hayden doubt that Cupid is understaffed and thus in dire need of Aurora’s help, but playing Beatrice to his Benedict throws her carefully preserved first kiss for a Prince into jeopardy. As Aurora races to save love’s first kiss and put a stop to the NAD’s increasingly intimate relationship with her Interpretive dance teacher (guilty of putting Aurora on detention for a ‘black aura’) she is left wondering who can a self help guru turn to for help? Can she practice what she preaches? And can long-assumed frogs become Potential Princes?

I have always thoroughly enjoyed Shakespeare inspired movies and books and this book was right along the same path, with the main theme focused on Much Ado About Nothing, which is a great story.  I think it’s all the constant arguing with one another, it’s the utmost best form of passion between two people because they so obviously feel so strongly about everything.  It was cute and I am really interested in seeing how this series continues.

We meet Aurora and her neighbor who is the bane of her existence, the chemistry between the two of them is so obvious from the very start, well except to Aurora herself.  The antics they go through, the arguments they have and the way they are always thrown together just adds to the fire and it’s igniting.  All their friends are always involved in everything too, there is definitely some I didn’t like but there is always someone you just don’t like and they are there to serve a purpose really. 

Aurora and Hayden have been chosen to play Beatrice and Benedick in the play Much Ado About Nothing, which is perfect because they didn’t even really audition this was them naturally.  They fit in so perfectly with the play and even their outside lives was a great representation of the play.  There was a lot of drama between Aurora, her friends and all the guys in the book and it was fun to read, very childish of them but isn’t that what high school is all about, being that childish person who maybe you are a little self-centered but really aren’t we all at times. 

Overall this was a really cute book and I’m intrigued to see what happens next with this group of friends.  And of course with Hayden and Aurora because you can just see how much he really appreciates her and liked being with her.  I didn’t care for Jelena though she was just that friend who was always jealous when something good happened to someone else and she didn’t get anything out of it, I know you all know the type of person I’m talking about.  The type that believes they are the prettiest and the world revolves around them.  But other than her and her brief significant other the other characters were all very enjoyable.

The cover is interesting, I don’t know why but it makes me feel like it’s sort of a foreign type of book but still catchy cover that would make me look twice at it.  Can’t wait to see what happens next.  Oh also that poem about Aurora that her “secret admirer” wrote, swoon-worthy. If you love Shakespeare and all adaptations then this is definitely a book to read!

I received this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Kiss Cam
By: Kiara London
Release Date: October 18, 2016

In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what's a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?

I have to say I’m slightly obsessed with Jasiper, they were absolutely adorable in every way.  Kiara London did a wonderful job introducing us to in my opinion some of the most addicting loveable characters I’ve read in a while.  There was unrequited love, requited love, confusion, teenage angst, best friends, rebounds, love of family and friends, just an all-around great book with so much going for it.  I almost stopped to see if the vlog existed that’s how much I wanted to see them live.

We meet Lenny, Jasper and Juniper who are constantly vlogging everything they do.  They are quirky and interesting and not your normal typical cookie cutter teenagers.  But their issues are real, and love is tough no matter which way you take it.  The three have a very strong connection to one another and have been the best of friends for the longest time.  The vlogging community has been trying to ship two of them together for the longest time.  In comes the infamous KissCam which ships together Jasper and Juniper. 

Their relationship has always been strong together but with this brings new complications and you get hints here and there that maybe one person likes the other more than the other or vice versa.  It was intense and the anticipation was explosive.  I felt every bit of tension between them throughout the whole book and it was addicting, I didn’t want to put it down but knew I had to get up early in the morning.  The tension, oh the tension so fascinating! But there was a lot of confusion between the two of them and it just caused more drama then necessary.  Sometimes fear really does win over and it’s sad because really you just have to let yourself go and be free.

There were a lot of really great moments throughout the book and there was a lot of time when these kids are left alone, but are they kids as it seemed they were seniors in high school and things could have been much worse.  They were very innocent but sweet and still it was just a pleasure to read the experiences these friends had with one another going through the motions of growing up and realizing what you have, and what you don’t have.  I loved the relationship between Juniper and her parents, it was sweet and her father was just too good to be true, very caring and understanding.  Definitely father of the year right there, and funny to boot. 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book from the beginning to the very end, so much so that I didn’t even want it to end.  Maybe it’s the little reality shows that I like to watch but this was the best book because all I could do is picture it in real life, it’s realistic, sweet, addicting and I am totally team Jasiper! Definitely need some more and I will definitely have to read more from this author.  Too good!

The cover is very cute and eye catching too, you just don’t know what you are going to get with a cover like that but it was just the perfect read for me right now. 


I received this book from NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

The Lovely Reckless
By: Kami Garcia
Release Date: October 4, 2016

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

Now I have never been shy about expressing how much I love reading stories with multicultural backgrounds, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  This is definitely one of those books that explore being from the right and wrong side of the tracks, but really no matter where you are from it’s up to you how you will turn out.  I loved it from beginning to end!

We meet Frankie who is trying to remember and get over her boyfriend’s murder, which is a tough situation to be in and she is definitely in the whole avoiding phase of everything.  She moves in with her father and this is where she finally starts to find herself again, even with some old friends around she makes new friends and starts living her life even if it is recklessly at first.  These new people in her life give her meaning again, something she lost when she lost Noah. 

Marco is a great character someone who is doing the wrong things but for all the right reasons, sometimes that’s okay and sometimes it’s not and it takes meeting Frankie to realize what are the right things he should be doing again.  His reaction to her is very intense and even though there was a slight insta-love atmosphere about their relationship it didn’t bother me so much, because once you stopped thinking about it you could see how good they were for one another.  They bought out the best in each other, they really were like opposites attracting in a way.

Overall I really enjoyed the story because it had action, teen angst, real life addictions, the good and the bad all rolled up into a great story that kept me interested throughout the whole book.  This is definitely the type of book I enjoy reading.  Adding the Spanish aspect of everything just made me love it even more, we really do need more Spanish characters in young adult/new adult books.  Well really probably in all books in general.  This was a great story, the setting was interesting, the difference in the good side and the bad side of town was also intriguing.  This is a great book to sit down and read and enjoy.  I know I couldn’t put it down because I had to know who was going to do what and if they were going to do the logical right thing. 

I really liked all the characters too, some of them showed real dimensions and even though I wouldn’t have minded finding out more about the secondary characters I got just enough of a look into their lives that I really felt for them and their situations.  Great story.

I received this book from NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Imprint, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Advance Praise
“Sexy, fast-paced, and action-packed—this is Kami Garcia like you’ve never seen her before.” —Tahereh Mafi, New York Times–bestselling author of Shatter Me
“The Lovely Reckless has everything I hope for in a book. Packed with the perfect blend of suspense, drama, romance, and heart, Kami Garcia has truly topped herself.” —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Hopeless

“With a feisty heroine, an irresistible bad boy, and an attraction so sizzling the words practically burn up the page, The Lovely Reckless is an insanely addictive, sexy, rush of a read you’ll return to again and again!” —Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Immortals series

“A perfect blend of electrifying romance, pulse-pounding street racing, and page-turning suspense.” —Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Problem With Forever

“Rip-roaring and hyper-real, Kami outdoes herself.” —Holly Black, New York Times–bestselling author of The Darkest Part of the Forest

“Kami Garcia turns up the heat with The Lovely Reckless! The Fast and the Furious meets Romeo and Juliet, with a romance guaranteed to get your pulse racing.”—Carrie Ryan, New York Times–bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

“The Lovely Reckless is a thrilling ride full of twists and turns and a love story that will melt your heart!” —Katie McGarry, award-winning author of Nowhere but Here

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase

My Wild Irish Dragon
By: Ashlyn Chase
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Series: Boston Dragons #2

Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man-harder if she wants their respect.

Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fiero can't possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He'd never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who's determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out-until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive...

Boston Dragons Series:
I Dream of Dragons
My Wild Irish Dragon
Praise for Ashlyn Chase's Flirting with Fangs series:
"Merges the paranormal and real world seamlessly... Truly entertaining."-Long and Short Reviews
"Hot sex scenes and a breezy tone with a nice, happily-ever-after."-Booklist

I haven’t read anything paranormal in quite some time but I figure seeing as Halloween is coming up let me give it a go.  Ashlyn Chace did a really great job with this paranormal romance.  It was very much the great genre I remembered.  Although I don’t believe I’ve ever read much about dragons in the past, but shifters absolutely and there were a number of shifters in this book.

We meet Chloe who is a dragon from Ireland, and I love all the Irish accents throughout the book, I can picture them all talking in my mind and loved every second it.  Something about accents so intriguing.  Even though I’m sure to foreigners we have an accent as well.  Any who so she is very keen on becoming a firefighter and showing what she has to offer, this is where she meets Ryan.  He’s tough and ready to prove himself as well especially coming from a very large family of firefighters he has a lot more to lose.

The chemistry they have in the beginning and towards the middle of the book is so palpable and energy filled between the two of them, you can just feel it when you are in a room with them.  It’s intoxicating.  When they finally did explode together you couldn’t help but cheer for them, of course they have a few obstacles in their way but the way they overcome it with compromise is quite impressive.  These two definitely have ever lasting type of chemistry.

Overall I thought the book was great. The story was interested, the language barrier made you laugh from time to time, who knew American sayings were so confusing at times and easy to mess up.  The drama between the two main characters and all the other characters in the rest of the book weren’t too major but it was all resolved very nicely and amicably.  I like it when everyone somehow in some way gets what they want.

Love the cover, exactly what I pictured Ryan to look like, and super yum.  Quick read, great paranormal romance. 

I received this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Play By Piper Lawson

By: Piper Lawson
Release Date: September 14, 2016

PLAY is a quirky 70k word standalone about life, love, and the pursuit of orgasms. 
I mean, video games.

IT'S (A)LIVE!!! 
I'm Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream. 

OK. So it's a big-ass lie. 

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn't mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn't hurt if I'd had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn't count.) 

But when you know where you're headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I'd call. 

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing's sexy, in an 'are-you-in-a-band?' way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he's arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. 

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day. 

I should ignore him. But I can't, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he'll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.

I don’t usually say this but this book was fire! It was so hot and addicting I almost contemplated calling out of work just so I could finish reading it. Piper really did an amazing job on the writing of this book, it was captivating, thrilling, and oh so sweet. 

We meet Payton who is working her way up in the financial world trying to be as successful as she can be when she lands a meeting that my just make her year.  That is until she meets who it is and then the fireworks begin, constant bickering back and forth between her and Mr. Max Donovan.  He’s the head of a gaming company and oh so sexy with his eyebrow piercing.  But they are both very strong personalities and the tension between the two of them is too hot.  There were some scenes in this book that even made me blush. 

The two of them are working together to make Max’s new endeavor more successful than his last, but Max of course wants to do it his way and his way only.  It’s hard when you lose all trust in people, letting anyone in even a little bit can be a difficult thing.  You feel like you can’t give them not even a small part of you but Payton knows just how to crack into his shell. 

The story line between the two of them was great because they aren’t the same person, they are grown adults and even though it may have been a little instant connection they showed that it was instant lustful connection and throughout time they fell for one another.  This is real life and it could really happen exactly the way the book described it because I’m sure it happens every day.  So the realistic aspects of the book, the interesting gaming jargon and the bonus of throwing in an event like comic con, which I aspire to go to one day was just overwhelmingly fabulous in the book.  It bought everything together and just that much more enticing. 

This was a quick read because you didn’t want to put it down, the interaction between all the characters were addicting.  The cover is very sexy, although I will say it’s missing the eyebrow piercing because that just adds to the sexiness as it’s mentioned so much in the book, and the perfect mouth.  Fantastically spicy read that I would recommend to everyone asap!  It comes out today so make sure you pick it up and I promise you will not regret it!

I received this book from NetGalley and Victory Editing, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!