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text 2017-05-30 20:50
Kindle Freebie alert!
Spotless - Camilla Monk,Amy McFadden
Beating Ruby (Spotless Series Book 2) - Camilla Monk
Crystal Whisperer (Spotless Series Book 3) - Camilla Monk

Freebie Alert!

 

Amazing deal on Amazon right now (as of 5/30/17) books 1-3 FREE!
I have read the first and second, super fun series.
Download these, y'all!

 


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review 2017-01-13 21:36
Amazing beginning to a new series
Spotless - Camilla Monk

This book blew me out of the water! There are so many things I can say about it but I don’t even know where to begin. I downloaded it on a whim and ended up staying up the entire night because I couldn't put it down. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is the movie Red with Bruce Willis. Monk is very gifted writer who puts her own spin on a hitman romance.

 

First, I must say that I absolutely love every character in this book no matter how big or small. Island, the lead female protagonist, is hilarious but also realistic! I found myself relating to her on multiple occasions. March, the male lead opposite of her, was enigmatic with just the right amount of charm. I felt like each character was well developed regardless of their role. I became so invested in the story, I think I actually cried at one point. While the overall plot wasn't so complicated that I was blindsided, it was satisfying to watch everything fall into place.


The only real issue I had with the novel was that sometimes the author would be describing something and I had no idea to what she was referring to. I would have to return to a couple paragraphs previous to understand what I was supposed to be currently reading.

 

Spoiler though, the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. I am so angry that this book isn't even out yet because I can’t wait for book two. Spotless is one of the novels that digs itself inside you and makes you want so much more. I feel that right now, no book can possibly compare and I will be stuck in reading limbo until a book half as worthy catches my eye.

Source: rainythursdays.com/2015/04/28/review-spotless-by-camilla-monk
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review 2016-04-07 00:00
Spotless
Spotless - Camilla Monk This was such a fun and fast-paced read.

I've been reading horor/mystery/gory stuff lately and I needed a small break from that (putting those books on hold), so of course I ended up looking for chick-lit recs.

I'm not going to say this book had super original plot and characters but I do believe that the author managed to make them stand out amongst the cookie-cutter characters generally seen in chick-lit without trying too hard.

Island was so cute. She's funny without being an idiot (HEY, CHICK-LIT AUTHORS, YOU CAN MAKE A FEMALE CHARACTER FUNNY WITHOUT LOWERING HER IQ, JUSSAYIN' IN CAPS) and relatable without being boring.

March was... something else. I felt bad for enjoying his OCD so much at first and then realizing how much it really affected him. Kudos to the author for not making his problem out to be just a funny quirk. I loved how he changed his name to the months of the year, I kept wondering when he'd get to use the month of my birthday; it was so silly.

The supporting characters were amazing. They were definitely more fleshed out than your average secondary characters in chick-lit books. Thumbs up.

Another thing that I REALLY LOVED about this book was that... wait is this a spoiler?? ....oh well... just to be sure THERE WAS NO SEX. DAS RIGHT. THANK YOU. I enjoyed the teasing but I was glad it didn't go anywhere. Sex scenes just make me so damn uncomfortable in general and it's a nice change to read a Chick-lit, romance book without having to deal with that. I don't know why most authors in this genre feel there can't be romance in a book without going there. I've gotten so used to them though that I reflexiely skip those parts, and was pleasantly surprised when I didn't have to do that at all in this book.

I think that the only thing that bothered me a little while I was reading was that I found it a little bit strange that Island got so quickly attached to her biological father. I mean... she had JUST met him and not five minutes after she was already thinking of him as "father" and hoping March wouldn't hurt him. It was just ... weird. I kept telling her to calm the hell down with the father thing because she literally did not know him at all, and then the last scene??? That was so massively awkward.

Oh well, I suppose it's a rather unique reaction considering their situation but still...

Anyway, I am definitely going to read the second book of this series!
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review 2016-02-07 18:21
Spotless
Spotless - Camilla Monk,Amy McFadden

 


Read by Amy McFadden 10:51:56

Description: Island Chaptal—nerdy IT engineer by day, romance novel junkie by night—just walked into her messy New York apartment to find Mr. Right waiting for her. No, wait…Mr. Clean.

A gentleman professional killer with a bad case of OCD and zero tolerance for unsorted laundry, March isn’t there to kill her…yet. He wants the diamond her late mother stole for a sinister criminal organization. Island agrees to help him find it, facing the kind of adversaries who dismember first and ask questions later. Good thing she’s got March to show her the ropes. And the guns. And the knives.

The buttoned-up Island is soon having a blast racing from Paris to Tokyo following the clues in her mother’s will, and for the first time, she’s ready to get close to someone. But falling for a hit man may be the very definition of loving dangerously. Spotless marks the beginning of Island and March’s ongoing adventures


Time for some fluff. All the chapter front quotes are fictional except Chapter 31: "Render unto Caesar.."

It is written in first person.
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text 2015-12-25 14:17
Best of 2015
Spotless - Camilla Monk,Amy McFadden
On the Edge of Love (Mama's Brood Book 1) - Shay Rucker
Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch
Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews
Entreat Me - Grace Draven
A Grave Matter - Anna Lee Huber

If I had to sum up how I came up with the list of favorite books I read this past year it would be: They made me feel good when I closed the last page.

 

And by good I don't mean super happy or that the book was funny, but that I felt like I just had a great reading experience.

 

So in no particular order:

 

The books that put a goofy smile on my face:

 

Spotless - Camilla Monk,Amy McFadden 

Spotless - Camilla Monk,Amy McFadden

"Have you read Accidentally Married to the Billionaire Sheikh?"

March cringed "No, I haven't read...that."

"You should. It's a compelling read and an insightful look into the dynamics of relationships that start with abduction and forced marriage." I narrowed my eyes at him hoping he would get the point "In the beginning, Swanella --"

"Wait, the heroine's name is Swanella?"

 

 

The Deal - Elle Kennedy 

The Deal - Elle Kennedy  

 

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “after you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

 

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.

 

“Do you high five yourself?”

 

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

 

 

The Parfit Knight - Stella Riley 

 

The Parfit Knight - Stella Riley 

“There was, in fact, one inmate of Oakleigh Manor who as not reconciled to his lordship’s presence. Contemptuous of mankind in general and outraged in particular by those members of who were rivals for his mistress’ attention, Broody sat on his perch and eyed the Marquis with growing malevolence”

 

 

Books that stuck with me long after I read them:

 

On the Edge of Love (Mama's Brood Book 1) - Shay Rucker 

 

On the Edge of Love (Mama's Brood Book 1) - Shay Rucker 

"Take away the crazy, three-quarters of the possessiveness, enhance his communication skills, and decrease his love for sticking people with sharp objects and she wouldn't hesitate to have sex with him. She was barely hesitating as it was."

 

 

Behind Blue Eyes: Hells Vipers, Book Two - Jordan Abbott 

Behind Blue Eyes: Hells Vipers, Book Two - Jordan Abbott 

 

“Pipe, don’t drink out of the carton!” She hated that her voice reflected the overwhelming insecurity she was feeling.

 

“Pipe, drink out of the glass, bro” Nuke said trying to defuse her foul mood.

 

“I hate it when Mom and Dad fight!” Pipe whined

 

“You’re upset because you were worried,” Nuke said, ignoring Pipe.

 

“Hell yes, I was worried!.”

 

He backed her into a wall, and they struggled again briefly before he pinned her hands above her heard with one hand. He gripped her face with his other hand and kissed her soundly on the mouth.

 

“This is hot! I hope they fuck. Where’s my phone?” Pipe started searching through the pickets on his cut and pants. “I got to record this! Wait you two, hold on a second.”

 

When he broke his kiss from her, Jasmine just stared at Nuke for a moment. “It might be foolish, but I do trust you. I fear the worst when I don’t hear from you.”

 

“I love you.” He whispered.

 

“I love you, too,” She said.

 

Entreat Me - Grace Draven 

Entreat Me - Grace Draven 

 

“I'm not laughing, and I'm not running. I wont lie either. You're a chilling sight to behold. I've had nightmares of monsters prettier than you." She stepped closer and raised her other hand to thread her fingers through his hair. This time he didn't flinch away. "But you're still you under all this flux nonsense. Only a fool of a woman would run from such an extraordinary man, and I am no fool, Ballard de Sauveterre.”

 

The Three-peaters:

Seriously, books from these series have made my best of list three years in a row....

 

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) - Ilona Andrews 

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) - Ilona Andrews  

“Give me some credit. Eduardo is one of our own. Finding him is all that matters. Besides, if I’d decided to pull Carver’s spine out of his body, I would’ve done it already.”

 

“Can you actually do that?”

 

Curran frowned. “I don’t know. I mean theoretically if you broke the spine above the pelvis, you could, but then there are ribs . . . I’ll have to try it sometime.”

 

Okay, then. That was not disturbing. Not at all.

 

“What do you suppose normal people talk about on their car rides?”

 

 

Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch 

Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch 

 

“The white boys knew they had my attention now, but hesitated -- that's the trouble with being a racist in the white heartlands, you don't get a lot of practical experience.”

 

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop 

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop 

 

 

“Meg Corbyn entered the bathroom in the Human Liaison’s Office and laid out the items she’d labeled tools of prophecy: antiseptic ointment, bandages, and the silver folding razor decorated with pretty leaves and flowers on one side of the handle. On the other side of the handle, engraved in plain lettering, was the designation cs759. For twenty-four years, that designation had been the closest thing she had to a name.”

 

Favorite audiobook/story discovery:

 

New to me author and series that I inhaled this year.  Decided to put this one in as a collective since I read all four books this year... or rather listened to all four. 

 

The Lady Darby Mystery series

 

The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber  Mortal Arts - Anna Lee Huber  A Grave Matter - Anna Lee Huber  A Study in Death - Anna Lee Huber  

 

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