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Review – Mr Good Enough – Jamie Farrell

JamieFarrell_MrGoodEnough_800x1200Mr Good Enough
Author: Jamie Farrell

Review Copy Provided by the Author

Description:
Maddie Mason isn’t desperate. She’s simply tired of waiting for the universe to deliver her Mr. Perfect. So she’s turning to the dating website she created, MisterGoodEnough.com, to finally find her future.

Online matchmaking is perfect for Maddie, because:
a) History has proven she’s a poor judge of decent husband material.
b) The dating pool in her crumbling little hometown is all but dried up.
c) She wants babies.

Trent Sawyer is not Mr. Good Enough material, because:
a) Twelve years ago, he stomped the stuffing out of Maddie’s naïve little teenage heart.
b) The man might look good in a tool belt, but she’s sure he’s up to something nefarious.
c) He doesn’t want kids. Ever.

But if Maddie were to fall for a guy like Trent, it would only be because:
a) When he apologizes, he apologizes big.
b) He’s fixing their little farm town, one dilapidated home at a time.
c) Her world is a brighter place with him in it.

So should Maddie:
a) Go for Mr. Second Best and the family she’s always wanted?
b) Take her Mr. Almost Perfect without the babies she craves?

Either way, there’s nothing simple about settling for Mr. Good Enough

Review:
Oh where to start…lol! I am going to preface this review with saying that Jamie and I are virtual friends on facebook, through another friend, so I am potentially a tad biased ;) A couple of weeks ago, Jamie (the author) asked me if I would be interested in reading her “super seekrit” project (her words not mine) – and of course, being the sucker for good books/writing, I said yes. It wasn’t long before Mr Good Enough arrived in my email and I eagerly sent it to my kindle. Then I realized I needed to savor it, because who knows when her next book is going to be released and she does enjoy torturing us fans…and I will admit that it wasn’t easy. I was trying to ration myself to only 10% or so a night, to make it last…but that totally didn’t happen…

Mr Good Enough reminds me so much of me at times – while I am still happily single – some days I wonder if I will ever find Mr Perfect/Almost Perfect, or will I end up settling for Mr Good Enough. I really liked the whole online dating scenarios in the book – considering the amount of these that are around nowadays (and some stats say that 1 in 5 relationships start online), it surprises me that there are more aren’t using an online dating trope.

But it wasn’t just the whole storyline that I enjoyed – it was how the characters seemed so real – from Maddie with her paint quirky-ness…(and really, purple icing on a cake…reminds me of a mutual friend that Jamie and I share)…and as for Trent – i’m always a sucker for the bad boy turned good – who struggles with his past, even if its many years later. there is just something that makes you want to reach into the pages of the book and give him a big hug (or take other liberties).

Overall, I gave Mr Good Enough 4 stars for a quirky contemporary read.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up – February

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I had every intention of really digging in in February, that whole hit the ground running type routine…but like always, that totally didn’t happen. Its not that I didn’t want to read any of the books in the series that I had picked, but that I was trying to finish up another challenge and none of my series books seemed to fit into it. But that being said, I’m managed to slot in multiple books into my new challenge that starts today (March 1). But back to a review of the books I did read.

wild thingsWild Things – Chloe Neill
This is the 9th book in Ms Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series – I really enjoyed the series when it started, but the last few books have been very so-so, but they weren’t quite to the stage where I would consider giving it up. Anyways, I was kind of wavering on the to-buy, not to buy when I noticed that my library had it ordered, so I reserved it before there was even a copy in stock, so I literally got it fresh off the press (have I mentioned how much I love my library recently). For me, Wild Things was much more in line with the earlier books in the series. It was more focused on the mystery/suspense, than the romance between Merit/Ethan (or Methan in fandom) – and was definately less angst filled than the last few. After reading Wild Things, I hope Ms Neill stays on the track she is on with the storyline, because it is highly intriguing.

seduction of elliot mcbrideThe Seduction of Elliot McBride – Jennifer Ashley
This is another series that has been very hit and miss for me – I really liked the 3rd and 4th books, the earlier ones were ok (although a lot of people raved about the first one – I will say that I enjoyed it more in audiobook than print). This was really only tangentially connected to the original characters – the main male – Elliot – is the brother of one of the wives of one of the original pairings…so a bit convoluted. While I like the unrequited love theme, this just felt too empty to me – it was too quick and I never got a good vibe on their relationship. I did enjoy the mystery aspect, but the romance was only so-so and since it was a romance novel, I wish it had played a more significant role. Hopefully, the next book will be more in line with the more enjoyable books in the series.

Summary:
Of the 29 books I have planned, I have finished 2, so 27 remain – now on to March – check back April 5th for my next update. And make sure to swing by Cassi’s blog, to check her update.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Audiobook Review – Here There Be Dragons – James A Owens

here there be dragonsHere There Be Dragons
Author: James A Owens
Series: #1 in the The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series

Narrator: James Langton
Run Time: 8hrs and 27 minutes

Description:
The Imaginarium Geographica

“What is it?” John asked.
The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
“It is the world, my boy,” he said. “All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose.”

An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica — an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.

Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds.

Review:
So my initial thought after finishing this was how the heck have I not read/listened to this author before. I initially bought it back in February of 2011 and then never listened to it, but I needed a book that had been shelved as fantasy and sci-fi for a challenge, as well as trying to knock off some of my purchased and not listened books off the pile. I was immediately sucked into the story. Its actually pretty easy to describe – take any fantasy book that you have probably heard of in the past, and then mash all of the various worlds together into a series of islands and a governing council and you’ll have the basis of the story.

It begins in 1920(ish) England, so there was immediately a historical feel to the story, along with the impact of the war, which is felt by several of the main characters. We are introduced to Jack, John and Charles who are the protagonists of the story (and there is a pretty cool twist at the end over who the main characters really are). A murder of a mentor and the mission to protect the Imaginarium Geographica, or the atlas of all the imaginary worlds that we believe exist.

The entire story was like a roller coaster of adventure – it was literally on the go from the get-go – I think the whole book took place only over about a 4 day period (or so it seemed, maybe it took a bit longer). And while it was a longer book, it didn’t feel like it was long – I was sucked in (and for the first time in a long-time I found myself sitting in the car listening to just a couple more minutes…). This is the kind of book that would appeal to not only adults but children, while the main characters were older (in their early 20′s), it was written in a way to appeal to a younger audience with the adventures.

It was my first time listening to a book narrated by James Langton. I do think that his strengths were in the male voices which were the predominate part of the book. While his female voices weren’t bad, they were definately weaker than the male ones. I will say, however, that I plan to see what else he has narrated in the future. I’ve already added the second book in the series to my audible wishlist for a future credit.

Overall, I gave Here, There Be Dragons 4 stars and a high recommendation to other people who enjoy fantasy with touches of realism.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Audiobook Review

 

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Review – Asking for Trouble – Rosalind James

asking for troubleAsking for Trouble
Author: Rosalind James
Series: #3 in the Kincaids series

Review Copy Provided by Author

Description:
Sometimes you go looking for trouble. And sometimes, trouble finds you.

Alyssa Kincaid knows she needs to make some big changes. A move to San Francisco is the first step, and now it’s time to get serious, and to get the rest of her life on track. If only her messy life would cooperate. And if only it had Joe Hartman in it.

Joe knows one thing for sure: Making a move on his best friend’s little sister, the beloved youngest sibling in the closest thing to a family he’s got, would just be asking for trouble. Unfortunately, Alyssa always does seem to be asking for trouble. And it’s getting harder and harder for Joe to resist answering.

Review:
Ok, i’ll admit to being a huge Rosalind James fan – I stalk her on Twitter to find out what new stuff she has coming out, so when I saw Asking for Trouble mentioned, I jumped on it and asked her oh so nicely, if she would let me review a copy. Thankfully, she agreed (although, I would have bought it if she had said no). But as things go, sooo many books, too little time – so it started at me from my kindle for a good couple of weeks before I managed to get to it (but if you ask me, I was saving it for when I needed a pick me up!)

Anyways, back to the book – this was Alyssa and Joe’s story. Alyssa is the youngest sister of Gabe and Alec who feature in the first two books in the series and Joe is Alec’s best friend and business partner who we met in the second book – although, there is some history to the pairing. I will admit that the brothers best friend/little sister story line often gives me some squick moments because it always seems like there are huge age differences between the two, but thankfully, there is only 4 years between Joe and Alyssa – that made it seem much more believable/workable to me.

I loved Joe – there is something about the tough guy that I love, especially a tough guy with a shaved head – its totally sexy. I will admit that there were a few times that Alyssa drove me a bit nuts, but it was kind of nice seeing her come into her own – especially seeing her tell her brother off – that whole scene made me laugh out loud – i’m sure the people at the bus stop were looking at me like I was nuts. But don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t your mom’s sweet romance – it was hot and sexy and there were a couple of scenes with some lite bondage (since I know not everyone is a fan of that, so this is a warning).

At the end of the book, I that feeling feeling of book depression – you know, when you finish a good book and not sure what you are going to read next. Of course, as soon as I was done, I was bugging the author on what she was going to be releasing next – what can I say…lol! Overall, I gave Asking for Trouble 4 stars and it is probably one of my favorite books by her so far.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Review – Margot – Jillian Cantor

margotMargot
Author: Jillian Cantor

Review Copy Provided by Author via Sisterhood of the Traveling Book

Description:
In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind.

Margie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie’s carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained her during the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history.

Review:
If anyone were to ask one what period of history I find the most interesting, I would probably say the Holocaust. In fact, if I ever decided to pursue graduate education in History, it likely would have been in that time period (somehow). So when Margot was offered up as a review book on STB and my friend Naomi gave it 5 stars (which is really rare for her) I was intrigued. Like she said, and I agree, I often find alternate or revisionist history hard to stomach, because most of the time, it seems to be sooo outlandish that it isn’t believable. But even though I KNEW that Margot had died in Bergen-Belsen just prior to liberation, it seemed plausible that if she were to escape and make a new life this is how it could have happened.

I will admit, even if the story was plausible, that I went into the read being completely skeptical…in fact, I think I had the book sitting on my bedside table for a good week before I picked it up…but I needed something to read this weekend and I figured what the heck. I was sucked in. It wasn’t a taxing read by any means and written in a very flowing style of writing. I kept thinking, just one more chapter…and did that several times…until I was more than halfway through…lol.

I guess for me, the biggest/most impactful part of the story, was the idea of people who hide in plain sight. The idea of people just trying to blend in like Margot, because she knew that if anyone knew who she really was, it would change everything. But at the same time, seeing Margot start to heal (if that is the correct word), to move on and come into her own rather than being in the “shadow of her sister”.

Overall, I gave Margot 4 stars and look forward to reading more books by the author in the future. Although, I am now curious about re-reading The Diary of Anne Frank, as well as Annexed – which is the Diary told from Peter’s POV.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Review – Nicholas – Emma Lang

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Author: Emma Lang
Series: #5 in the Circle Eight Series

Review Copy Provided by Author

Description:
Nicholas Graham is caught in the middle: of his family, of his desires, of his own unhappiness. After he meets Winnie Watson, his self-imposed curmudgeonly existence pales in comparison to spending time with her. He wants to be with her, to get to know her. She is a beacon to all the secret cravings he has controlled. Until now.

Winnie Watson endured, and survived, a horrendous childhood that would give others nightmares. She started over, a new name, a new goal in life. Then she met the Grahams and everything went sideways. She’s done the unthinkable and struggles to accept it. She wants to forget it all again, but the specter of Nicholas Graham, physical and in her dreams, won’t let her move on.

Caught between their needs, their wants, and what the world will allow them, Nick and Winnie are doomed from the moment they met. However, love will teach them that even the biggest obstacles can be overcome if you believe.

Review:
When I finished the previous book in the series (Vaughn), I had a feeling that Nicholas was going to be my favorite pairing in the series. In fact, I remember tweeting the author, wanting to know when Nicholas was going to be released – so I excited when I got the email from her assistant about having review copies available and totally jumped on it. And I’m so glad I did.

Nicholas picked up a couple of months after Vaughn ends, with the wedding of Vaughn and Elizabeth. I will admit that normally, I’m not a huge fan of weddings about the non-featured couples in the book, but for some reason this worked for me. I think because Vaughn and Elizabeth were so instrumental in the meeting of Nicholas and Winnie in the previous book – it just seemed right.

It was good to see Nicholas find his place in the world. From all the previous books, it seemed like he was kind of the fish out of water – he didn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of the family. I also liked the Winnie wasn’t the traditional heroine – she seemed to be a bit stronger-willed, not the sweet innocent heroine that seems to be the main stay in many historical romances. She definately wasn’t a doormat, that was for sure.

The romance between Nick and Winnie was sweet and yet hot at the same time. I can’t wait to see where the author goes next with the series – I think maybe the next sister in the family but I’m not sure…Overall, I gave Nicholas 4 stars and it is my favorite in the series so far.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Happy 3rd Birthday Entangled Publishing!

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my romance novels and over the last few years I have been pleasantly surprised with the books that I have read by Entangled Publishing. They always seem to be fresh and entertaining compared to many books that are currently being released. So I’m happy to see them turn 3 this month.

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From the Entangled Team:
Two years ago this February, Entangled launched our first category
imprint with Indulgence. The Marriage Bargain, one of our first releases in Indulgence, went on to be one of the top selling books of 2012 and catapulted Jennifer Probst to the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists. Since then, we’ve grown to have six category romance imprints, as well as single title books for teens and adults in our Select, Edge, and Teen imprints, and have had multiple USA Today and NY Times bestsellers. It’s been a wild three years!

We’re celebrating! All month long, our February new releases, as well as select titles on our Steals and Deals page, are just 99 cents!

Yes, you read that right. Every new release will be offered at an introductory price of just 99 cents!

Be sure to join our big Facebook celebration from February 24th scavenger hunts, authors, games, gossip, and lots of fun!

Explore our new website and prepare to find romance, because we have something for everyone and join our “Steals and Deals” newsletter.

We’re kicking off the month-long celebration with three new Brazens, each with a smoking hot military man front and center and each for just 99 cents!

MFH_500Marine for Hire
Tawna Fenske

She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…

Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal.
When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk… right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has
sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever.

Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied Marine even harder. And Sam wants her bad.

Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses…and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/Mp9NNa
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SHC_500Staking His Claim
Tessa Bailey

He wants her. All of her.
NYPD sniper Matt Donovan is in Hell. Instead of driving his best friend’s little sister home from college, he’s stuck with her roommate—a fresh-faced ray-of-sunshine with a body that makes grown men weep. There’s no way he’ll allow himself to taint the little vixen, no matter how hard she tries to tempt him, so he resigns himself to the longest—and hardest—drive of his life.

Matt’s obvious attraction suits grad student Lucy Mason just fine. She had no idea her brother’s best friend was so deliciously hot. Knowing he’d never have his wicked way with his buddy’s sister, she lies about her identity and seduces him. But Matt’s no fumbling college boy.

His desires run deep—and dark—and he wants to teach Lucy what wicked really means. Matt’s demanding appetites only make Lucy want more. But when her cover’s blown, he’s furious—even as his hunger for her becomes insatiable. Matt can’t trust anyone, least of all himself. And he knows all too well that darkness always destroys the light…

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ilfF5o
B&N: http://bit.ly/1fmHl7a

TY_500Temporarily Yours
Jen McLaughlin, writing as Diane Alberts

This soldier’s the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first. Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock…

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend.

After all, he’s heading overseas soon…and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?

It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process…

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1bkIFsg
B&N: http://bit.ly/1fBOmCV

We appreciate you and want readers to be able to fill up their eReaders all month long with great books at introductory prices. Thank you for an amazing first three years. This is just the beginning.

~The Entangled ‘Love’ Team

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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