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review 2016-07-03 12:55
Ruined by Rumour by Alyssa Everett
Ruined by Rumor - Alyssa Everett

Buddy read with the Unapologetic Romance Readers group.

1/7 - For most of the book I wanted to do serious violence to both of the main characters - shake her and slap him, or maybe it was the other way around, either way I was perpetually in a state of wanting to scream at them talk to each other. I was eventually proven correct (as I'm sure a lot of readers were) when they finally managed a conversation where they each managed to have their say without being interrupted and eveything was magically sorted out because they had talked to each other and it all took about five minutes of speaking (imagine that, they could have saved themselves all that embarrassment if they'd talked to each other three months earlier). During some scenes where one or the other was being particularly reticent or letting the other talk over them I got very close to jumping in and telling the talker to shut up and the silent one to spit it out (except, of course, this is all fiction and those conversations were all in my head).

About 3/4 of the way in I started to warm to Roxana, but then George reappeared and she started to behave like an idiot again. I never found Alex (or his chosen topic of conversation) dull, just apparently completely lacking in a sense of humor. Living with someone like Alex, who can never just have a laugh with you would be very difficult - no teasing or joking, no playing with the kids, everything you say/hear has to be taken with the utmost seriousness. What a joyless life. No wonder Roxana was terrified about the idea of marrying him.

Don't read this book if you're looking for sexual tension, there is none. There's just a sweet, bumbling guy who's so afraid of looking like a fool that he ends up looking for a crashing bore who looks down his nose at anyone with the temerity to have fun in his presence and he's stuck with aTon socialite wannabe who's actually a country bumpkin but doesn't know it. Their personalities clash, but not in the hot 'slam me against the wall and kiss me passionately' way because he always turns away to avoid looking like a fool, leaving her standing there thinking he finds her distasteful.

I woukd consider reading more from Everett, as long as he's not a bumbling fool and she's not a gossip queen.

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review 2016-07-03 12:48
Out on Good Behaviour (Radleigh University, #3) by Dahlia Adler
Out on Good Behavior (Radleigh University Book 3) - Dahlia Adler

28/6 - This was my first f/f book, so I have no idea how it compares to other f/f books out there, but I thought this was pretty great. I felt the same reading this romance as I have with most previous romances - warm and squishy when love is finally admitted, frustrated when problems could be cleared up with a simple conversation and in need of a fan during the sex scenes. For my heart and brain it doesn't matter what bits go where or what shape those bits come in, if there's love it's all the same to me. I really loved Frankie and Samara, although I would have enjoyed this more if some of the chapters had been told from Samara's PoV because I don't feel like I got to know her very well, certainly not as well as I did Frankie. I wanted to know more about Samara's home life and I wish the epilogue had been longer, to show more of what happened once she and Frankie made it to her parent's place. I wanted there to be a HEA for Samara and her parents. Dahlia Adler is definitely an author I'll be looking out for in the future (both her f/f and f/m books)!

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review 2016-06-20 05:35
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Kulti - Mariana Zapata

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6/6 - The first 50% of this was a real struggle, there was just too much soccer (for those of you yelling "It's football!" at your screens, it's soccer in Australia, football is Aussie Rules/AFL and sometimes even rugby) and too much of Rey being an asshole. It's like he's never heard the expression 'first impressions count'. If I'd been in Sal's place our relationship wouldn't have gone past his insulting of my father and when she kept forgiving him for each subsequent incident I just wanted to shake some sense into her and slap some manners into him. I very nearly gave up, but I kept going because I DNFed our previous buddy read, The Royal We, and I didn't want to become 'the quitter' of the group (even if I was right in the middle of a very tense horror book that needs to go back to the library on the 8th). In the end I'm really glad I stuck with this one, the second half of the book made up for the tediousness of the first half. Unfortunately it couldn't make up for the editing mistakes I picked up throughout the story, which is why this isn't getting five stars from me. I found examples of everything from use of the wrong word, incorrect spelling, and bad grammar to the near indefensible (and completely illogical) use of the phrase 'I could have cared less' (on numerous occasions for all). On the up side the punctuation seemed to be pretty spot on.

 

If I'd known going in that this was going to be like 200 pages of the hero and heroine hating each other (or at least seeming to, from Sal's point of view) I don't think I would have joined the buddy read. That's just too much 'slow burn' for me, especially as it wasn't so much a case of 'slow burn' as it was a case of fiery dislike and insults. I really couldn't see how their opinions of each other were going to do such a radical 180, from distrust, disrespect, disgust and a whole lot of other dis- emotions to anything like love. I think I finally really started to enjoy the story when Rey went home with Sal to her parents' house and we got to see him out of his 'coach' persona. To be continued in the morning when I will go through some of the editing mistakes I caught...

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review 2016-05-01 13:19
Officer Off Limits (Line of Duty, #3) by Tessa Bailey
Officer off Limits - Tessa Bailey

1/5 - I finished this nearly a month ago, but just never got around to reviewing it.

This is my favourite of the Line of Duty series, so far. Daniel is the best dirty talker of the bunch and he and Story (can't stand the name, people shouldn't be named after things in my opinion - Stef, Sue, Sophie :) good, Story, Coaster, Apple :( bad) have the best sexy banter, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to laugh or fan myself. This was pretty predictable, even the big reveal that

her father was manoeuvring them together in the background through reverse psychologyher

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father was manoeuvring them together in the background through reverse psychology (hide spoiler)] was pretty obvious, but I didn't care. I loved pretty much the whole book anyway. Even the 'put the heroine in danger so that she and the hero can realise how much they mean to each other' scene at the end wasn't cheesy enough to spoil the rest of this for me. I hope the next two books aren't a step back for me.

 

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review 2016-05-01 09:30
His Risk to Take (Line of Duty, #2) by Tessa Bailey
His Risk to Take - Tessa Bailey

1/5 - I read this almost a month ago, but never got around to reviewing it.

3.5 stars. I liked Troy and I liked Ruby, to start with. At the end I felt like she was a bit of a stubborn idiot who refused to acknowledge the danger she was putting herself in when she insisted on 'helping' Troy out on his case. I also felt like the declaration "But Prince Charming disappeared as soon as they made it to the bedroom." made Troy's bedroom behaviour a bigger deal than it actually turned out to be (he didn't seem to be that demanding to me *shrug*). The final scene was the best part of the whole book, I loved the way Ruby screamed down the phone at Troy because she thought he wasn't coming the day when she finally realised what he meant to her. This is a novella, so of course my main complaint with it was that it's too short (although I guess that's actually a compliment because it means I wanted more from the characters, more from the story). I'm glad I've got all the books in the series ready whenever I want to read them because I have to admit they are a bit addictive.

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