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text 2017-08-19 16:33
Yes, yes and so much yes.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

I'll write a real review for this soon, but since I just finished it this morning I'll have to do a little more pondering before I write. Otherwise it'll just be an entire review filled with something along the lines of...

 

OMG PERCY AND MONTY ARE SO CUTE AND FELICITY IS A BADASS AND PIRATES GUYS! PIRATES. BUT ALSO ROMANCE AND AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

 

So, yeah. I'll sit for a bit and figure out what I want to write. I LOVED this book though. It was so brilliantly written, overall. The plot was great, the characters were stellar, the attention to detail in the settings was amazing. Ugh. I love Mackenzie Lee. I do. I don't care who knows it.

 

I need much more Monty and Percy very very soon.

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review 2017-08-19 16:21
New Adult angst
After I Fall - Jessica Scott

Parker has had it with following her father and fiancé's orders, she wants to break free. When the offer of an internship leads her to the hot new bar The Pint, it's the owner who may be the chance of a lifetime.
Eli is out of the Army but you can't take the Army out of the man. His bar has become a haven for vets and as their pseudo commander, he watches over them all. When a high society miss, who he turned down the night before, comes in wanting the internship, he knows his world is about to be shaken up.

After I Fall, is the third installment of the Falling series. I haven't read the previous books and never felt lost, there are obvious previous characters and I think our hero and heroine are in the others but their romance starts here. Even though Parker and Eli are in their mid-twenties and thirties, this had a very New Adult feel to it. Each chapter is a pov change between the two, which is not a personal favorite of mine. The author did the changes fairly frequently, even in the middle of scenes, which had a tendency to break the scene for me and give a stop and go feel, keeping me out of the flow. 

Parker was our poor little rich girl and Eli our bad boy soldier. This story was very trope heavy but every once in a while, there was a hint of nuances with the two that made them stand out a little bit. Parker has an abusive boyfriend and a rich daddy who doesn't pay attention to her but her business knowledge, she's trying to get into Grad school for her MBA, pops up to blow Eli out of the water with how he should market his business. Eli seems very still waters run deep but I didn't feel like we ever really got to dive into him. His big secret isn't revealed until around the 80% mark and while it was laid out, we never got the time to emotionally invest in it. However, the issues with how alienated soldiers feel when they return to civilian life and the complexity of how to manage and live with their emotions from living through war were dropped in here and there. The nuances are there but they weren't delved into or weaved in enough to become felt. 

I couldn't help but feel slightly annoyed with Parker, her issue is written in a way that the heart of it seems to be that she simply won't go against her father's directives because then she'd have to pay rent for her own apartment; the father and fiancé villain characters were very underdeveloped. It's brought up that she tried to rebel once with a friend but once again, it's dropped in but never flushed out so we're left not really thinking much of it or getting an emotional impact from it. I had a hard time believing in Eli and Parker's relationship, the focuses is pretty much on them being angst-y sexually attracted to each other with Parker thinking the whole time she'll have to marry her fiancé and Eli thinking he could never be good enough for her. 

The author has created a series with a handful of characters with deep troubled issues but the lack of depth and emotionally weaving them into the story hurt this installment. I believe Parker and Eli were sexually attracted to each other but not sure I buy into their long-term relationship.

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review 2017-08-19 15:08
While not quite as good as Boomerang, Bounce is still pretty sweet...
Bounce: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

Book Title:  Bounce

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Conner Kelly-Eiding & Adam Conner

Series:  Boomerang #3

Genre:  New Adult

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  2/5 It's just not right.

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  4.2/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

I really liked Gray and Skylar, loved that they had a age difference with the girl older than the guy.  After all, this is something I can get behind, since I'm six years older than my husband.  I will recommend this series as a whole, just on quick wit alone, that is Noelle August, aka writing team Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger.  They have a writing style that is fresh and engaging.  That's not bogged down with an over abundance of overly descriptive sex scenes.  I just wish they had more for me to read.

 

Will I read more from this AuthorYes, I would.  I'm wondering if I would like Veronica Rossi's YA stuff now???

 

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review 2017-08-19 00:33
Spicey
Big Bad Boss (Marriage of Convenience Ro... Big Bad Boss (Marriage of Convenience Romance) - Amy Faye

Big Bad Boss by is my first book by Amy Faye.  Ms Faye has given us a well-written book.  The characters grow on you through the story.  This is an alternating pov book, not my favorite, I'm a 3rd person fan.  Ms Faye has provided plenty of drama, humor and sizzle.  Forget the sizzle...it's really flames.  Cait and Jasper's story is entertaining.  I enjoyed Big Bad Boss and would happily read more from Ms Faye in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from InstaFreebie.

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review 2017-08-18 22:56
Fantastic!!
The Wicked Billionaire: A Billionaire SE... The Wicked Billionaire: A Billionaire SEAL Romance (The Tate Brothers) - Jackie Ashenden

Every time I think, no more billionaire stories, along comes one that is so well done I have to eat my words.  The Wicked Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden is one of those eat your words books.  Ms Ashenden has given us a book that is well-written.  The characters in this book are absolutely phenomenal.  A perfect fit for this book.  Lucas and Grace's story is loaded with suspense, humor, drama and smokin' hot sexy bits.  This book hooked me at page one and kept me wrapped up in it till the last page.  I loved The Wicked Billionaire and look forward to reading more from Jackie Ashenden in the future.  The Wicked Billionaire is book 2 of the Tate Brothers Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.  

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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