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Review – Rescuing an Angel – Ann Jacobs

25570582Rescuing an Angel
Author: Ann Jacobs
Series: #4 in Oil Barons series
Rating: ☆ ½

Review copy provided via Publisher

Description:
One fateful misstep for Gayla Levine was all it took for her once-adoring fiancé to walk away and her demanding father to disown her. Determined to finally turn her life around and embrace her newfound independence, she wants nothing to do with men or relationships—until she meets Dan Newman, a sexy surgeon who sends a shock of electricity through her every time they touch.

Dan Newman has spent his life struggling to overcome his own crippling past by devoting himself to healing others who have suffered. Now a world-class surgeon, he’s confident in his ability to face anything life throws at him—until he meets a headstrong Texas beauty who has his pulse racing and fills his dreams with impossibly sensual visions.

As they fall into a passionate romance that takes them both to the burning edges of pleasure, these two damaged souls must both confront their darkest demons. Because Gayla is haunted by the echoes of being called a failure and torn by the fear that she’ll be rejected once again, and Dan, who has proved his worth to so many others, now must convince himself and Gayla that they deserve the powerful love they’ve found.

Review:
This is a hard review to write, because I’ve read and enjoyed the author in the past and this book didn’t even come close to what I expect of her. However, I did finish it – although there was some heavy griping during that time…however, before I was even done, I knew I needed to do some research into the history of the book, because the netgalley description mentioned that it was a previously published book (Dallas Heat).

From the get-go, I had issues with how the cover portrayed (or didn’t portray the story) and actually the same could be said for the series title. The cover of the book (guy in a cowboy hat) with a horse and oil rigs in the background meant that I expected those things to make a significant appearance in the book – so I was disappointed to find out, that there was only one brief mention of the main characters going horseback riding and only one very minor secondary character alluded to as being involved in oil. However, when I went and looked at the previous editions, there was only one of the four (that I saw) that actually looked like it was related to the book.

Aside from that, the writing just felt really chunky and didn’t flow well. I don’t know if it was because it had been revised several times, but something just didn’t click for me. Although I have to wonder how much my opinion of the book was based on my expectation of what I was going to get, compared to what I actually did. I did think the story itself had potential and I liked Gayla/Dan – but I just couldn’t get past my perception. That being said, I have enjoyed the author in the past and will try some of her more recent stuff to see if that is maybe where my disconnect with the author’s writing was. Unfortunately, I could only give Rescuing an Angel only 1.5 stars.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Book Review

 

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Bout of Books 14 – Day 4 Update

Bout of Books

Well, I can safely say, that day 4 wasn’t much more productive than day 3 for me…lol! Although I did realize that one of the books I was struggling with, I just couldn’t stick with and decided to mark it as DNF. Based on the description, I should have liked it, because I’m a fan of GLBT fiction and short stories, but unfortunately for me, these stories were more like vingettes and scenes, and not really stories. In fact, many of the stories, weren’t even 3 screen changes on my kindle (so maybe 300-400 words). I’m also sore and grumpy from my Physical Therapy appointment which for me made it hard to sit down and concentrate to read. Only a couple more days of Bout of Books left for this round – hopefully, I’ll actually manage to get a couple more books finished (I am closing it on the finish line for a couple of them).

Books Finished:
None

Books Marked as DNF
Best Bi Short Stories – Sheela Lambert (editor)

Books In Progress
Inn at Last Chance – Hope Ramsey
Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire – Molly Harper (audiobook)
Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg
Conning for Keeps – Seleste deLaney
The Viking’s Captive Princess – Michelle Styles
The Rancher and the Rock Star – Lizbeth Selvig
When Books Went to War – Molly Guptill Manning

That was my Day 4, how was yours?

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Bout of Books

 

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Review – The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

16068341The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Description:
Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Review:
So I actually read this book earlier this year and marked it off as being reviewed, when apparently I only actually imagined doing that…lol! So some of my thoughts on this may be a bit patchy but there are also parts that really stick out (even 6 months or so later). I’ll be the first to admit that one of my guilty pleasures are lifetime movies (you know the ones, my daughter ran away and became addicted to drugs; my daughter got pregnant as a teen; my son is going to be a teen father and adopt the child type movies). They are like cotton candy for me, I get emotionally invested in them, and by the end of the movie, I’m happy that my life isn’t screwed up like that and I just move on to other things. The Truth About Alice kind of reminded me of one of those movies (and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

The book itself is told in an alternating POV from 4 different students at the high school where the title character was also a student. I found it intriguing how the author didn’t actually include Alice as a POV – maybe to keep up the idea of the perceived “truth” about her, rather than the actual truth…It was also interesting seeing how the characters devolved into the gossips and then evolved into more responsible young adults as the book progressed – although it was the person that I kind of least expected to stand up to the gossip that did.

My biggest complaint, I think, was the everything tied up too quickly – it was like alice is a slut, she did xyz and then all of the sudden, everything seemed back to normal…maybe that was how it was supposed to be – indicative of how gossip is hot one day and then not the next…but it left me feeling kind of empty in the long run. I wanted a bit more closure at the end…Overall, I gave the Truth about Alice 3.5 stars because it was something different (or at least that I’ve read) in the YA writing world.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Book Review

 

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Bout of Books 14 – Day 3 Update

Bout of Books

Yesterday (wednesday) was a work at home day for me, which unfortunately meant, I didn’t get a lot of reading time (its weird how you come to appreciate travel time to work in the morning, if nothing else because you can read without feeling guilty)…but after an ass kicking swim work out in the evening (I’m also training for a 5k open water swim), I found that I couldn’t sleep (ugh insomnia) – so I was able to dig in and finish another book, as well as play a few games of Crazy Kitchen (although I’m stuck on level 120 right now!). While driving to and from the pool (as well as getting stuck in road work), I managed to eek in another 1.5hrs of my current audiobook as well – if all goes well, I should have it done over the weekend.

Books Finished:
Flashes of Me – Cynthia Sax

Books In Progress
Best Bi Short Stories – Sheela Lambert (editor)
Inn at Last Chance – Hope Ramsey
Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire – Molly Harper (audiobook)
Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg
Conning for Keeps – Seleste deLaney
The Viking’s Captive Princess – Michelle Styles
The Rancher and the Rock Star – Lizbeth Selvig
When Books Went to War – Molly Guptill Manning

Hopefully my Day 4 of Bout of Books 14 will be more productive than my day 3 ;)

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Bout of Books

 

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Review – Recipe for Temptation – Gina Gordon

19005702Recipe for Temptation
Author: Gina Gordon
Series: #4 in the Madewood Brothers series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Description:
She’s the woman he loves to hate.

Penn Foster wants a lot of things. She wants a spot on the board of a charitable foundation. She wants to win the stupid, plastic family trophy. And more than anything, she wants her tall, hot, and brooding boss naked in her bed. Now, on a Hawaiian vacation with her family, she’s desperately trying not to think about how he’d sound whispering dirty things in her ear.

He’s the man she can’t have…or can she?

Cole Murphy keeps himself locked down, away from the press and out of the spotlight. Still haunted by a traumatic childhood, his ability to trust has been decimated. Penn, with her sexy body and confidence, is the only person able to drag him out of his shell. Which is why he crashes her vacation and accepts her proposition for no-strings sex. But is the inescapable heat building between them a delicious temptation, or will it end in total disaster?

Review:
I’m very much a mood reader when it comes to picking which books to read when (although I also do a lot of reading challenges, which make me get out of comfort zone). One of the reading challenge, I’m currently trying to finish up, required a book set in Hawaii and when I came across the description for Recipe for Temptation, I knew that I had to pick it up. And to say that I was quickly sucked in, would be an understatement…you know, how sometimes you pick a book up and it just doesn’t catch you immediately, so you put it down and start another one (or 5 or 6) and then there are other books, where you start reading and before you know, its 2am and you have to get up at 5am…yeah…Recipe for Temptation was definitely the latter of the two (although it wasn’t quite 2am, more like 12:30…haha!

I fell in love with Penn from almost the first minute I was introduced to her – I don’t know why, maybe because she was just so likable (and REAL) compared to her family who were…OMG, how to even describe them. It actually reminded me a lot of my extended family at times – how everyone seems to be perfect, except for me (although when all is said and done, I’m probably one of the more successful of my siblings/cousins – even if i’m not married/no kids). And as for Cole…any guy who is willing to drop what he is doing, to travel to another country (since the rest of the series is set in Canada) to help the woman he loves (even if he doesn’t want to admit it)…yeah, where can I line up to be issued one of them! haha!

I didn’t actually realize that this was #4 in a series, until after I started reading and was introduced to the Cole’s brothers, but that only made me want to read more (and in the week following me completing this, I read those other 3 books). Seeing Penn and Cole’s relationship develop through those books, only deepened how I felt about them in this one. I would recommend reading the previous 3 books in the series first, in nothing else to more understand Cole’s background and how important Penn really is to ALL of the brothers in the series (and bonus, all 4 books are hot and smexy!)

I know for sure that I will be checking out more books by Gina Gordon in the future – in fact, I could very easily see her being added to my auto-buy list, if the rest of her writing is as strong as the Madewood Brothers series. A solid 4 stars for Recipe for Temptation!

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Book Review

 

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Bout of Books 14 – Day 2 Update

Bout of Books

Hallelujah – I actually managed to finish a couple of books yesterday. I’m working from home part time and part time from the office, so yesterday was an office day – which means either an 45 min car ride (if there is no traffic) or an hour by the metro…I opted for the metro because it gives me dedicated reading time. I also managed to listen to another 2hrs-ish of my current audiobook (between driving to the metro and then home; as well as heading to the swimming pool for my workout in the afternoon).

Books Finished:
The Wallflower – Dana Marie Bell – 147pgs (PtP – purchased Jun 2009)
The Natty Professor – Tim Gunn – 108pgs (started at 60%) (ARC August)

Books In Progress
Best Bi Short Stories – Sheela Lambert (editor)
Inn at Last Chance – Hope Ramsey
Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire – Molly Harper (audiobook)
Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg
Conning for Keeps – Seleste deLaney
The Viking’s Captive Princess – Michelle Styles
Flashes of Me – Cynthia Sax

I’m slowing plugging away at my different goals. How about you guys?

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Bout of Books

 

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Bout of Books 14 – Day 1 Update

Bout of Books

So I’m actually sticking to my goal of reading (and trying to have fun) this week. My goal for this week is to a) finish up several of the MANY books I have in progress and to try and b) attempt to finish up the reading challenge that I do every quarter (I have about 10 books left to finish up and until the end of the month to complete it). As a bonus, several of the books that I am currently last night fulfilled my #ARCAugust reading goals as well as my Pillaging the Pile books (those books that have loitering on the TBR for several years)…

Books Finished:
None, but I read probably 200pgs of 4 different books on my TBR (as well as listening to 2hrs of my current in progress audio on the drive into work)

Books In Progress
The Wallflower – Dana Marie Bell
The Natty Professor – Tim Gunn
Best Bi Short Stories – Sheela Lambert (editor)
Inn at Last Chance – Hope Ramsey
Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire – Molly Harper (audiobook)
Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg
Conning for Keeps – Seleste deLaney
The Viking’s Captive Princess – Michelle Styles

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Bout of Books

 

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