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review 2015-12-08 20:23
REVIEW: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
Corrupt - Penelope Douglas



♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥




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“Three years ago, curious little Erika Fane wanted to play with the boys, so we indulged her, and she betrayed us. There was no way we'd forget.

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What. A. Book!! How do I even review a book like this one? Like seriously! This book was crazy good. I would say it was more of a thriller with an intense and twisted story line than actually dark, though. I started off reading this book not knowing what to expect and I think this the perfect way to get into this one. You should definitely just dive into this book without reading any reviews because I think you will get a better experience from it.

Rika Fane is tired of feeling trapped and controlled. She wants to get the reins back of her life, so she has decided to go away to college and live on her own. She just needs to breathe and be herself, something she has done since that one night years ago with Michael.




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"Such a good girl...
Say it, Rika."
"I'm a good girl," she panted, her voice shaky.
"And I'm going to fuck you up."

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Rika has known Michael Crist and his family her whole life. Michael has always been scary yet intriguing to her. She is drawn to him even though she knows she should stay away. Still, she falls for him despite him always overlooking and pushing her away. Rika saw something in him, something mysterious that she wanted to uncover. But, that was in the past. After what happened, she wants nothing to do with Michael and his friends, Kai, Will, and Damon. She just wants to be left alone. However, unbeknownst to her, Michael has her exactly where he wants her, in his building. He will get his revenge for what she did to his friends that night. No one gets away with betraying them. They will ruin her.

My feelings were pretty much all over the place with this book. There were some parts that were a bit hard to read through. Some things made me mad, others scared the ever-loving crap out of me. It was fast paced, and the things that happened. No matter what, though, I couldn't seem to put this book down. And when I did, it was all I could think about. I enjoyed the originality of the story. I liked seeing the characters grow. Especially Rika, because when she was younger, she kind of annoyed me a bit. But as she grew, she became stronger. Although, I really wanted her the make them work for her forgiveness. It kind of happened a little too fast for me. Then there was this one scene that I was totally not expecting but really liked. It was hot and sexy, and seemed to come out of no where, but again, I'm not complaining. All it left me with is a deep craving for Kai's book. I freaking hope he gets one and soon. The last part of this book was really good and it had me on the edge of my seat. The ending was good too, and it fit the tone of the story very well.




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'He was everything.
My entire life, I only felt completely alive when he was close, and while I knew nothing would ever be easy with him, I also knew nothing would ever be good without him, either.'

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Overall, this was a book that you will love and hate. Just how I loved and hated Michael at the same time. The events in this book are twisted, kinky, and just plainly effed up which is why it definitely won't be for everyone. Still, I was unable to put it down, I was that engrossed in it. This may be different from anything that Penelope Douglas has ever written, but I think she did a great job with it. If dark and twisted romances are your thing, then I definitely recommend you give this one a read.





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review 2015-12-08 20:00
REVIEW: Taking It Off by Claire Kent
Taking It Off - Claire Kent



♥ ♥ ♥ 3.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥







I'm not going to lie, that cover and that blurb totally got me that I just had to read this one. While in the end I did like the book, I unfortunately did not love it as I had hoped that I would.

Elizabeth is a preschool teacher that comes from a wealthy family. She is quite the introvert and uptight. She dreams of finding the man of her dreams and settling down to start a family. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened for her yet. In the beginning of the book, she goes to a strip club where her friend is having her bachelorette party. Right of the back she lets you know how much she hates being there. She doesn't find anything remotely sexy about scantily clad men grinding around and on women. She can not wait to get out of there. And that right there, was what put me off of Elizabeth. I thought she was too prudish for my taste which is why I just couldn't connect with her.





Then she sees Matt across the room, and she is instantly consumed by lust for him. There is something different and mysterious about him that lures her in. She resists, however, and tries to ignore what she feels. Matt notices her as well, and ends up challenging her to give the club a second try. She is to come to his club Bare Assets twice a week for a whole month so she can watch all the shows from start to finish. Elizabeth doesn't like backing down from a challenge so she agrees. Each moment she is in his club, the attraction between them seems to grow in intensity until they can't hold back. Matt isn't her dream man, but she will allow herself to loosen up a bit and enjoy him. Meanwhile, Matt knows he will never be good enough for someone like Elizabeth, but he too will let himself have her, even if their time is limited.





I'd say this was a good easy read. There wasn't an over abundance of drama, but there were a few scenes. I never really got to connect to Elizabeth, but I was pretty happy with her growth, and how she began to accept herself as she was without always thinking what others would think. Matt I was able to connect more with through his POV. I felt bad for his upbringing and hated how he viewed himself. He was a pretty great guy and had done well for himself considering. He was also really freaking sexy, not point denying it. I had a bit of trouble feeling a real chemistry between these two that was beyond lust, though. When they got together, it was explosive. They were going at it like bunnies. There was just so much sex, and it was hot don't get me wrong, but I wanted more focus on their relationship. It almost seemed like every chapter had to have sex in it which I think is why it sometimes felt like the book was dragging on a bit. I didn't care for any of the secondary characters, well except for Robbie, he was awesome. I hated Elizabeth's friend Melissa the most and I felt like her story line was pretty unnecessary. The last part of the book was definitely a lot better for me. This is where I began to enjoy it. Overall, it was a good read and worth reading to meet Matt and Robbie. They were the best part of the book for me.





Thanks to Sultan for the wonderful Buddy Read.

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review 2015-12-08 19:53
REVIEW: Licked by Brooke Blaine
Licked (L.A. Liaisons Book 1) - Brooke Blaine



♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥




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“Really see you, the way you saw me. The way I hope you still do. Still will...I really think we've got something amazing. More than amazing...life-changing.”

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Ryleigh Phillips is at her high school reunion. A lot has changed since she was a teenager. Now, she is the owner of a funky ice cream shop that offers many treats with interesting names. Her business has been successful and is doing very well for self except when it comes to love. One thing that hasn't changed is her eclectic taste in decor and fashion. As well as her crush on Cameron Mathis, the ex-high school football star. When she literally bumps into him and cops a feel, she realizes he doesn't even mind. In fact, it seems now that Cameron is very interested in getting to know her. Her dreams are finally coming true, until Cameron's best friend Hunter Morgan comes into the picture.




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“And Ry?”
“Hmm?”
“I'm keeping you.”

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Ryleighs night with Cameron did not go exactly how she fantasized it would. She also never expected to feel a bit of an attraction towards his best friend Hunter. When the current contractor for her creamery ends up falling behind by a lot, Cameron suggests she hire Hunter. She agrees and it ends up being the best decision she ever made. When Cameron goes off to a work trip, Ryleigh concentrates her time with making sure her shop is finished on time. Hunter is making her dream ice cream shop a reality, and with each day they spend together. The closer they become. Now she has no idea what to do. They are both good men and sexy in their own way. How is she suppose to decide which man she wants? How is she suppose to do it without hurting their friendship and their hearts?

First off, I really liked Ryleigh. She was hilarious and lots of fun. I loved how independent she was and how she owned who she was without a care of what other people thought of her. I just loved her! Then there was Cameron who was such a great guy. He was funny, sexy and a gentleman. Hunter was also sexy, cocky and devilish. They were total opposites but the both made her melt. Before I continue on, this wasn't really a love triangle. It may seem that way, but it really wasn't. I really enjoyed the funny banter, and quirks in this book. Not to mention all those really great names for her sundaes, they were the best. I also really loved the sexual tension in it as well. Ryleigh's friends were a hoot, but I will admit they did sound a bit similar, so at times I didn't even know who was who. Still, they were great.




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“Because if there's anything you've taught me, it's that when you love someone, you love all parts of them, and not just the ones they want you to see.”

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I don't want to give the rest of the story away, because it's better to just read it yourself. This story was a sweet and fluffy read with lots of humour. It may have been a tad bit too cheesy at times, but hell if I cared. I still thoroughly enjoyed it. There was also a bit of angst and drama that kept things interesting, it was nothing too crazy so don't worry. This was my first book from Brooke Blaine and it definitely won't be my last. I look forward to reading more romantic comedies from her. I also really liked the writing, and the style it was done in is one I highly enjoyed. Overall, it was an awesome cute read. If you have not checked this author out yet, then you really should.





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review 2015-10-30 01:06
Untamed by S.C. Stephens
Untamed - S.C. Stephens



 

 

 

 

♥ ♥ ♥ 3.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

 








Griffin's life has been pretty great since his band the D-bags have made it big. He has a lot of money, a big house, expensive cars, and his beautiful family. There can't be anything he could possibly want...wrong, he wants the spotlight. He is tired that everyone has had their moment to shine except for himself, and he can't take another rejection from his band members when he suggest something that might put him there. If his band won't help, than he will get it himself because he done waiting for his moment.






I have been looking forward to reading this book since I found out about its existence. Griffin definitely got my attention in Kellan and Keira's books by being his cocky and brash self. He was also quite funny because of it. In this book, it seems that no matter what Griffin comes up with to have a little spotlight in the band, Matt, Evan, and Kellan kind of give him the brush off. I was actually feeling quite bad for Griffin at one point because of the constant no's thrown his way. But as the book progressed, he just became such a complete douche that he frustrated me to no end. There was the constant lying to Anna, and the pushing of those that cared about him. Not to mention diving into things head first without talking to Anna or thinking about the risks or consequences. He was so arrogant that he thought there was no way his plan would fail. So, when his entire plan came crumbling down, he was left with nothing and alone.





I was so ready for his selfish ways to end, I was so happy when Griffin started to grow and learn from his mistakes. The second part of this book was so much better for me. The first part, was bit slow and kind of felt dragged on a tad bit. In the second part, I regained interest in what was happening. Seeing that change in Griffin and how far he would go for his family was touching. His redeeming quality was definitely his love for Anna and his baby girls. They made a great team in the end. It was a very long journey for Griffin, and definitely painful, but it was still a rather interesting one. I was very happy that I was able to like Griffin again by the end of this. Anna, was awesome. I seriously loved her for doing what she had to do for her girls. The steam was great, but sometimes it was a little too random. The romance between Griffin and Anna was definitely heart warming. Overall, I thought it was really great read.





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review 2015-10-30 00:33
Unlikely Love by Riann C. Miller
Unlikely Love - Riann C. Miller,Edee Fallon



♥ ♥ ♥ 3.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥




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'Kole was mine, she'd always been mine, and always would be, even if she didn't know it.'

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Nikole Castro hasn't had the greatest upbringing. She has had to depend on herself for most of her life. And when an even alters her life, she decided to make a new start in California. She does this when she is given a scholarship that will allow her to study without worrying about paying for it. She still needs to work, so she end up at a coffee shop. This is where she literally bumps into Adam Lane, the rich playboy that all women seem to fall for. Nikole is determined to not end up like her mother did, so she makes sure to make it clear to Adam that she isn't into flings.




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"You're it for me, so I hope you feel the same way, because I don't think you can get rid of me if you tried."

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There is something about Nikole that just draws Adam in. He doesn't usually do relationships, but Nikole makes him want one with her. Unfortunatley, Adam isn't in control of his life it seems. His father has his entire life mapped out until it's time for him to take over the family business. Adam is done letting his dad dictate his life. However, a misunderstanding leads Adam and Nikole to break up in a heartbreaking way. They both changed because of that day and they never thought that twelve years later life would bring them back together.

I quite enjoyed this one. I liked seeing how the relationship between Nikole and Adam developed when they were eighteen and twenty. However, it was also very frustrating because of how immature these characters were. I still very much liked them despite that. I think things between them happened a little too rapidly, because of that I had a bit of trouble connecting with them as a couple. I did like the sexual tension and the angst in this book, though. Again, they were immature and young, which is what led to their miscommunication. That part was painful and very frustrating but I was happy to see how twelve years would change them.




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'I'd do anything and everything to keep her because what we were sharing was something I hadn't felt since I lost her."

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In the second part of the book, Adam and Nikole are adults with their lives very put together. I liked seeing how mature these characters became. I liked them a whole lot better because of it. There was a bit of a twist in the second half that I kind of saw coming. In this part I was able to connect with them much better. I did want to see them fall in love with each other again in a bit of a slower pace, rather than just kind of continue where they left off. One thing I loved were the secondary characters, they were awesome. And I was very happy with the ending of this book. Especially the epilogue. I really enjoyed it. Overall, this was a great read.



~ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.~


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