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text 2016-05-27 08:45
Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway! Hand Over Fist (Out of Hand #1) Michael Ross


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review 2015-04-30 13:58
No. Just No.
Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one - Erin Nicholas

This book has TONS of glowing reviews on Goodreads, and was recommended by readers of smartbitchestrashybooks.com, but wow, I just don't get it. I struggled to finish.


The first thing that irked me was the weird, casual sexism in almost every layer of the story. In the very first chapter, we learn that the hero, Mason, has been invited back to his home town -- along with 4 other men -- as a potential investor in a shopping plaza the mayor hopes to build. And, we soon learn, these five men have yet more in common: in addition to being successful and rich, they've all dated the mayor (or, in Mason's case, had a well-known crush on her in high school). Yes, the mayor is a woman, but she's the worst stereotype of a flaky, dizzy, shallow ex-cheerleader who does none of the actual work associated with leading the town. (The actual work falls to the heroine of the story, Adrianne, a nice girl who prefers to stay out of the limelight.)


Then, when Mason gets back to town and walks into the bar (the only place to get a meal after 8 pm), he finds an auction in progress, in which the men bid on dances with women (the money is supposed to go to raise money for this shopping plaza). Then the next night, Mason gets invited to a poker game with the guys, at which the women have cooked, cleaned, organized, and actually serve drinks and snacks at the game, but are not welcome to play.


And throughout the entire book, there are several examples where male friends and associates of Adrianne's (other than Mason, who as her lover might have some excuse) make casual comments about her physical assets, her breasts and legs and curves, and the narrative gives no suggestion that this is unusual or inappropriate or squicky, which IMO, it totally was.


Uh, no.


The second thing that bothered me is that the reader is constantly told that Mason is a genius who doesn't fit in with normal people and has always been a geek. In one of the early chapters, we're told that his IQ is 135. Um, what? I don't put a whole lot of stock in IQ anyway, but I happen to know my own IQ is slightly higher than 135, and I'd like to think I'm a fairly smart cookie, but I'm no genius. A quick internet search tells me that 140 is considered "high" IQ and 160 is "genius." Yes, I know this is a minor plot point, but it bugged me.


My third complaint is insta-love. Within forty-eight hours of knowing each other, after I think only three brief meetings, Adrianne and Mason were ready to declare their undying devotion to one another. Now, I'm enough of a romantic to accept the possibility of love at first sight, but if you're going to write a story about that, you have to make me believe it. The connection has to be intense, and based upon something more than physical attraction. It's not enough just to have the characters say that it's intense and goes beyond the physical. Also, and this is key, that rare and incredible bond has to be strong enough to resist the first conflict that comes up in the relationship.


Which brings me to my final complaint: the conflict in this story was manufactured, melodramatic, and could have easily been resolved through adult conversation. Here, when Mason's business partner shows up and tells Adrianne that his relationship with her is standing in the way of his big, important work saving Haiti, instead of saying, "Huh, let's talk to Mason about the problem and see what he wants to do about it, since he's a grown up and wicked smart and capable of making his own choices," Adrianne says, "Oh, okay. I'll break up with him in a humiliating public scene so that he'll be so upset he'll leave town and never talk to me again, and it'll hurt, 'cuz he's my One True Love, but it's what's best for Haiti, sooo...."


No. No no no no no. Just No.

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review 2015-04-10 05:30
Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas
Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one - Erin Nicholas

Getting Out of Hand begins when Mason's best friend forces him to go back to his home town. The town that once shunned him, and was cruel to him for being different, a geek. He didn't want to go, but he realizes that this is his chance to show them how far he made it in life. But he never expected to meet Adrianne. She's new to town, and she's experienced some of Mason's life style before as well. But these two have an instant attract to each other almost instantly. They can't seem to stay away even though neither one really understands it. But they know it can not last. Mason must leave, and Adrianne has a few issues to deal with as well. However, love makes people do stupid things, and these two may just take the cake. 


I picked this book for my "Pick it For Me Challenge," and I really did like it. I got a little annoyed with some of the drama, because it seemed a little bit childish. But I did really like both the hero and heroine, and I loved the plot line. 

The relationship between the hero and heroine was awesome as well. I loved how the heroine was willing to do almost anything for the hero, and she kept trying to save him and protect him. I really enjoyed that. And the plus side, it had a whole lot of steamy parts as well. I also look forward to reading others in this series now. 

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review 2015-01-27 15:32
Review: Getting Out of Hand
Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one - Erin Nicholas

Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas is a very cute small town romance about a former geek, (who loves working with dirt and farming) who comes back to the town who never really understood him and meets the woman of his dreams. Fans of contemporary romance will get a kick out of this one, although after 3 days, the hero and heroine are already saying “I love you” to one another, which is not realistic at all. But I shrugged it off because the couple had great chemistry together and their “love” was believable to me.

Mason has a killer IQ, looks and is a pretty confident guy, even though when he was a teen, he was somewhat awkward. He was two years ahead of everyone in school and didn’t really interact well with his peers. He had a crush on Hailey, the most popular girl in school who ends up embarrassing him in public because he thought after they kissed, she would want to date him. Years later, Mason is asked to come back to the town to help it out. The land he owns is part of the town’s plan to build extra business, and bring in more revenue. Mason has to agree, but Hailey is the mayor, the girl who made him look like a fool.


Adrianne is Hailey’s assistant, who left Chicago for the small town life after she had a minor heart attack. She dreams of opening a candy store, which would be on Mason’s land. She arrived in Sapphire Falls long after Mason left. When he returns one night, he visits the bar where she, and some other women are being auctioned off for dances for charity. Mason pays a hefty amount to dance with Adrianne. That’s when the sparks between both begins. Hailey seems interested in Mason, and not just because she wants his land. Mason wants Adrianne because after a day or so, she understands his motivations and who he is. They bond, kiss, make out, and in 3 days are in love. But Mason might end up on the other side of the world for a special job that may last over 6 months. He wants Adrianne to come with him, but she loves her life in Sapphire Falls. Will these two make it work or just go along with a few day fling (even though they’re head over heels in love with one another?) and then say bye-bye?


Getting out of Hand is really cute. Mason is a combination of sexy and sweet, plus more on the beta hero side. Adrianne is perfect for him. Their chemistry is excellent and they connect on a great level. If you can get passed the insta-love trope here, you’ll enjoy Getting out of Hand. Overall a solid romance.

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review 2015-01-18 00:00
Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one
Getting Out of Hand: Sapphire Falls book one - Erin Nicholas This book was a pleasant surprise! It reminded me of my husband quite a bit, and I enjoyed seeing how Mason reacted in returning to his old hometown. Adrianne was the perfect counterpoint to Mason, and they wound up needing each other quite a bit. The story was very believable and entertaining, though a heart attack at 27 was a bit of a stretch for me until my husband explained it. The supporting characters were also interesting and primed for their own stories in the series. I picked this up fairly cheaply, but I'm definitely interested in continuing the series!
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