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review 2013-10-23 19:38
Review: Hell's Knights by Bella Jewel
Hell's Knights - Bella Jewel

2.5 Meh stars

One day, a man is going to come along and sweep you away. He’s going to give you that feeling you can’t go back on, that feeling that will change your world.


Damn my clicker finger. She sees the words MC and a markdown to $.99 and she just HAS to one click. The compulsive bitch! Last time I allow her to make a decision for me.

I believe that the author had all the right ingredients for a fantastic book. But unfortunately I don't think she mixed them right, and the end result was a bit...well...meh. At least it was for me. The book didn't work for me for a number of reason. What are the reasons you ask? Well I'll tell you.

100
The amount of times that Cade called Addison "sugar". Yes I fucking counted. It drove me out of my ever loving mind. I was willing to overlook the "babe" and the overused "yeah" ending sentences, yeah? But the sugar thing. Gah! It was every other sentence. C'mon. Switch it up a bit here, Cade. There's honey, baby, sweetheart, twat. Freaking anything but sugar!! I'm pretty sure I got to a point where every time I read "sugar" I just wanted to

20
Number of eye rolls I had over the at times juvenile dialogue. Addison was only 21 years old, so I can excuse some instances. But her behavior really didn't endear me to her. She's been through hell, and I wanted to feel for her. I truly did. But she just drove me crazy at times with her childish tantrums and behavior.

3
Number of times I almost DNF'd this book. As much as I wanted to like this book, the negatives definitely outweighed the positives for me. The story flow seemed choppy at times. The jumping between Past and Present would have worked if it was just with Addison. But when it had the same thing of an event from Cade's past, it didn't really work. The progression of the relationships between Cade and Addison, and Addison and Jackson weren't believable. At least not in the time frames it happened in.

1
A character that I truly wish was killed off.

The ending with Britney being responsible for revealing Addison's location which lead to her kidnapping and brutal torture did not make sense to me at all. I find it hard to believe that a MC would allow her to just get out of town. The excuse of not hurting women did not do it for me. It's a Motorcycle Club that isn't exactly known for their legal and moral activities. And this is where they draw the line? Really? Or maybe it was just my own wishful thinking that she be killed off? Punished? Something! Anything! But just telling her to leave town and not come back was letting her off so easy for what she did. I don't even know. I freaking hated her.

(spoiler show)



What worked for me

Cade. Well aside from the "sugar" business, he was sexy as hell. I seem to have a soft spot for the dirty talkers, and he really delivered on that end.

 

Sugar, if I wanted my dick wet, I could get it wet anywhere, with anyone. I don’t want my dick wet. I want it fuckin’ drenched, drippin’ and surrounded in you."



Spike
I love me an asshole. The only thing better than an asshole, is a tatted and pierced asshole. And Spike is rumored to have some interesting "spikes" in some VERY interesting areas.

The sex
It was hot. At least I think it was. Maybe? I got so frustrated with so many parts of this book that I skimmed through a lot of it. Sex included.


While the book didn't quite work for me, I will gladly pick up Bella Jewel's next book because I think this may have been the case of a debut novel and working out the "new book" kinks.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get intimately acquainted with Spike's spikes. Well, maybe not intimately intimately. But I have a VERY good imagination. I'll make do. And I thank you






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review 2013-10-19 18:12
Review: Running from Forever by Ashley Wilcox
Running from Forever - Ashley Wilcox


I'm just not a fairytale ending kind of girl...


Well damn damn damn and double damn. I think books need to come with a warning for people like me. Warning: This book has insta-love. Before I go into more detail, let me preface by saying that my 3 star rating here is not a bad thing. This was neither a hit or a miss for me, it fell into that weird limbo of an "OK" read. I feel like these are the type of reviews that are the hardest for me to write since I didn't feel strongly about a book one way or another, neither loved nor hated it.


What worked for me
The writing. I truly enjoyed the author's "voice" and writing style. This was my first book by Ashley Wilcox, and I will gladly read her future ones.

Merrick Tattooed bartender that happens to be a dirt bike racer? Hell to the yes, sign me up for that. I'm really looking forward to his book.

The twist in the middle of the book
Holy drama batman! I did NOT see that coming.

What didn't work for me

Kayla.
It started off so good. When Kayla admits to a history of being a slut and a party girl, I thought, "FINALLY! A book that doesn't have an almost 30yr old virgin. Thank you Jebus!" But then...she took a turn for the worse. Kayla moves to NY and leaves behind her boyfriend of 3.5 years to pursue a career and in search of something more for her life. She starts a new job...but then turns into a blushing slobbering fool over a man she JUST met in an elevator. All of a sudden, her new-found independence and job come second. And she becomes all about the sexy and mysterious Miles, who she pretty much knows barely anything about.



The insta-love
Let me summarize this.
Day 1: She meets Miles in an elevator. Looks and breathy hello's are exchanged. Lust is in the air...
Day 2: Some more conversation and drinks at a bar. Miles pretty much puts her on the spot in front of her boss to let her know that they're dating. Ummm...
Day 3: A date? I think it was a date?
Day 4: Sexy times ensue after their gala date
Day 5: Love is in the air


The multiple POVs
The book had 3 POVs, Kayla, Merrick, and Miles. Typically, this would really work for me. Unfortunately, in this case, I developed more of a liking for Merrick. For me, this was because we get zero background on Miles until the very end. At least, I think that was why.

Kayla and Miles
I never really felt a connection with them. For me, this was probably the speed at which everything happened. I found the relationship development really lacking. This is the biggest reason I struggle with insta-love in books.
I felt more of a connection between Merrick and Kayla.
This book was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. I read it in one sitting. While it was not a 5 star book for me, that's not really a reflection of the writing. It truly had potential. But unfortunately, I always struggle with insta-love and it barely turns out to be a good experience for me. I think many would still enjoy this book, so don't let my personal bias turn you off from reading it.

I am really looking forward to Merrick's book next. The sneak peek we get of his story at the end of this one definitely has be intrigued.

**ARC was received in exchange for an honest review**



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