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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-22 20:35
The Unwritten Rule (Review)
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

(I would like to add that um, ANY book that has two people playing barefoot footsie on it repulses me immediately, and honestly, I couldn't expect anything more than two stars with that image in my head every time I picked it up.)

 

This is yet another book I read almost two years ago, and I don’t remember it incredibly well. However, I do remember that this was cliché and used a dreadful stream-of-consciousness style narration that made Sarah, the main character, seem immature and incompetent.  (Yet another reason I despise present tense writing.)

 

The vast majority of this book is actually painful. Sarah is obsessed with Ryan, and her inner mind theatre is just a compilation of everything she loves most about him. She’s constantly thinking about him, obsessing over him, and wondering what it would be like to be with him. She is absolutely convinced he feels the same way for her (and because it’s a good ole stereotypical YA novel, he does), but they tiptoe around for stupid reasons. Ryan is actually the one I dislike the most in all this because his confession to Sarah is that he’s always had feelings for her, but decided to date Brianna anyway. I absolutely don’t understand that logic, and I have no sympathy for his “dilemma.”

 

The above encompasses about 95% of the plot; however, I decided to give this a two-star rating because The Unwritten Rule focused quite a bit on the actual friendship between Brianna and Sarah, and how destructive it really was. I have been in hurtful friendships before, and while I never had friends quite as cruel as Brianna, I sympathized with Sarah’s situation (outside of her whole trying to steal Brianna’s boyfriend thing). At the end of the novel, I felt like the story’s ending, while happily-ever-after in that Sarah and Ryan end up together, still has the friendship at the forefront. Sarah gets Ryan, yes, but the bigger thing she gets is freedom from a toxic friendship, and the realization that just because you’ve been best friends with someone for a long time doesn’t mean you need to stay friends with them forever. This was a lesson I had to learn in high school, and I felt like Scott could have been really successful if this story was about Brianna and Sarah, with Ryan floating somewhere in the background.

 

Overall: This wasn’t really a good book, although it ended up with a pretty good lesson in the end. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it because Sarah’s narration will make you want to stab something, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I have all of Elizabeth Scott’s books on my to-read list, and this one doesn’t make me excited to get to another one anytime soon. However, I think there’s potential, and maybe I just need one with a less cliché plot in order for it to really click for me.

 

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review 2017-05-15 19:00
Review: "The Cattery" by K.A. Merikan
The Cattery - K.A. Merikan

"I'm gonna pet you so good on the inside."

 

Too tame for a kinky erotica and too shallow for a full-on romance (I never felt any true connection between Goran and Ollie outside of the bedroom).

 

Plus reading about grown men meowing during sex has not once felt NOT weird.

 

At least I can cross off "cat play orgy" from my "Things I want to read before I die" list, so there's that.

 

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review 2017-03-30 00:46
Stuck In a Love Triangle
Stuck in a Love Triangle - Jade Jones

Title: Stuck in a Love Triangle
Author: Jade Jones
Publisher: Jade Publications
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"Stuck in a Love Triangle" by Jade Jones

My Thoughts...

An interesting quick well written read that had quite a abrupt ending especially for Kelly, Jason and even Rome. With all the drama that is so present in this read I had hoped for something less than heartbreaking but oh well, all stories do not have HEA as it was in this love triangle.

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review 2016-12-04 14:28
Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire....nope make that S'mores :)
Dashing Through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale - M. Leighton

 

 

What I have come to expect from M. Leighton's books is not only a stellar story but also for it to pull at my emotions and this story was no different. We have two very different people come together to give us one very Merry Christmas that will even make Scrooge enjoy the holiday. I loved the chemistry between Dash and Dilyn but that wasn't all, as a matter of fact there wasn't one this about this story that I didn't like. This story will get you into the Christmas spirit, make you feel warm and fuzzy all over, and have you craving a deconstructed S'more ;)

 

Dashing through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale by M. Leighton
 
Dashing through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale by M. Leighton
 
Dashing through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale by M. Leighton
 
Dashing through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale by M. Leighton
 
Dashing through the Snow: A Sexy, Snowy Christmas Tale by M. Leighton
 
 
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I requested from M. Leigthon Books through netgalley*** https://www.netgalley.com
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review 2016-12-03 17:16
Great ending to the trilogy!
Dangerously Red - Kristin Miller
 
 
 
This has been a great trilogy but I must warn you to have all three parts ready to go before you start because you will get pulled in and need to know what happens next, especially with the cliffhangers of the two prior books Desiring Red and Dominating Red) in the trilogy.
 
Dangerously Red (A Dark and Dirty Tale) by Kristin Miller
 
How will Ivy choose between Reaper, and Lukas? But time has come and she must choose a mate. Will Lukas or Reaper come out to be the winner in this little game?
 
Kristin Miller was a new to me author when I read the first book, I happily say that I am now a fan and I look forward to more of her work.
 
Dangerously Red (A Dark and Dirty Tale) by Kristin Miller

 

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