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review 2014-09-19 20:24
REVIEW: "Broken" by Lauren Layne
Broken - Lauren Layne

I read and LOVED Isnt't She Lovely, the prequel, so I had to request Broken when I saw it on Netgalley. This book focuses on the character of Olivia Middleton (the ex-girlfriend of Ethan, the hero in Isn't She Lovely) and her attempt to decrease her guilt over their break-up. I will admit that, while I was excited to read this, I was a little hesitant due to the way that Olivia was portrayed in the previous book, but, thankfully, she is redeemed and I really liked her by the end. While you definitely could read this as a stand-alone, I think it works better as a sequel so you can truly appreciate the growth of Olivia as a character.

The basic plot is that New York socialite Olivia drops out of college in order to act as a caretaker for a war veteran as a self-imposed penance for cheating on her ex-boyfriend. Things get complicated when she meets Paul Langdon and realizes that he is not the frail old man she was expecting. Then these two spend a significant amount of time arguing and circling around each other while they deal with their growing feelings. While the romance is a major aspect of the plot, I appreciated the fact that Paul and Olivia's development was even more important.

Olivia is trying to escape her past while Paul just wants to be left alone. Interestingly, they come from similar backgrounds, but took very different paths after high school. Their close proximity first causes some friction due to the fact that Paul does not want a caretaker and Olivia is determined to prove herself as capable and trustworthy. But, they do start to talk and become closer. There are the normal conflicts like when Paul ventures out of the house for the first time in forever and then when someone from Olivia's past pops in unexpectedly. I did appreciate the slow burn of the love story and how well Lauren Layne made me aware of how good these two were together.

Broken is part of a recent string of NA stories that have caused me quite a bit of surprise this year. While I have always enjoyed a few here and there, I have found myself lucky in this genre lately and I believe I can officially say that I am a fan of New Adult romances. There are definitely some plot points I still won't touch and I will definitely continue to research any books that I'm interested in like always, but I'm happy to be getting more into this genre that is just growing in popularity. If you are a fan of NA, I highly recommend both Broken and its prequel, Isn't She Lovely, for the wonderful writing style and lack of drama for drama's sake.


I received a free copy of this book from Flirt via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-broken-by-lauren-layne.html
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review 2014-09-08 15:53
REVIEW: "Origin in Death" by JD Robb
Origin in Death - J.D. Robb

This book is one of the few so far in this series that has really given me the shivers.  I do like crime procedural TV shows so it takes something to creep me out like Origin in Death did.  Things start off normal with Eve interviewing a starlet who was beaten by her lover right before she killed him with a knife, but then the story is thrown for a loop when a doctor is killed in his office at the very hospital Eve is visiting.  This begins a complex and eventually shiver-inducing mystery into the reason behind the good doctor's death.


Eve really has to dig into the deeper realms of human motivation and how far someone will go to reach their ultimate goals.  I was impressed with her careful handling of the sensitive situation especially when her own past trauma kept rearing its head.  I also liked the fact that she was determined to do right by the people who had been hurt (physically and emotionally) by the Doctors Icove.  The In Death series takes place in 2059, but it doesn't always give me a sci-fi feel despite the advanced technology and off-planet discussions.  Origin in Death is definitely one that emphasizes the futuristic setting with the advances of medical technology as well as the ethics behind such knowledge.


While Eve is handling this complicated case, she is also dealing with the fact that Thanksgiving is approaching and many of Roarke's newly discovered family members are coming over from Ireland.  It is rare to see the suave Roarke in a state of discomfort and I liked getting to see more proof that he is actually human.  There are also, of course, plenty of interesting interactions with side characters.   I especially enjoyed seeing Eve and Dr. Mira have an argument regarding medical ethics and the Doctors Icove's real motives.  And I have to mention the hilarious scene where Eve, Peabody, Mavis, Nadine, and Louise all have a spa treatment day with terrifying Trina, one of the few people Eve is genuinely afraid of.


All in all, another successful (if a bit freaky) installment in the series.  Susan Ericksen brings her impeccable narration to the table for a story that grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go until the last page.

Source: feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/audiobook-review-origin-in-death-by-jd.html
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review 2014-09-05 16:32
REVIEW: "Rock Addiction" by Nalini Singh
Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss) (Volume 1) - Nalini Singh

Rock star romances definitely aren't my cup of tea, but I love Nalini Singh's paranormal romances so I had to give this one a chance.  Ms. Singh has never let me down with her Psy-Changeling books and I'm happy to say that this first book in the Rock Kiss series was much better than I expected.


Molly Webster is the daughter of a disgraced (and deceased) politician who is determined to avoid scandal at all costs.  She has developed a comfortable life as a librarian and is willing to continue with that lifestyle.  But, things begin to change when she meets rock star Zachary Fox (known as Fox) at a party and the chemistry between them erupts without warning.  Fox, for his part, is attracted to Molly from the moment he saw her and is willing to do anything to keep her in his life.  Readers are then sent on a fast-paced ride through the fragile beginnings of their relationship to their adjustments to living as a couple in the spotlight.


I absolutely loved Molly's character.  She is very hesitant with hooking up with Fox because of her bad experience with the tabloids after her father's scandal.  But, she quickly shows that she is a strong-willed woman who is intrigued by Fox and wants to see how things go.  Fox is an amazing hero.  I am always excited to read a romance where the hero falls first and is actively pursuing the more reluctant heroine.  The rock star element really worked for him though I'm not sure if I would classify him as a bad boy.  He's too much of a gentleman for that.


The first half of Rock Addiction deals with Molly and Fox's early days as a couple while the latter half deals with the drama associated with being in the media while falling in love.  The second part was easily my favorite because it showed that there is always more to the story after the cliched HEA.   I also liked the development of the rest of the band members and their relationship with each other.  They are obviously going to be the backbone of this series and I look forward to learning more about them in the future installments.


Though I was hesitant about this book at first, I'm glad I gave it a chance.  Nalini Singh showed me that she can do more than just impeccable paranormal romance.  The characters are well-written and the romance was super steamy.  I can't wait to read more of this series!


I received a free copy of this book from TKA Distribution via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-rock-addiction-by-nalini-singh.html
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review 2014-04-08 05:00
REVIEW: "Love Hacked" by Penny Reid
Love Hacked - Penny Reid

Love Hacked is Penny Reid's third installment in her hilarious and refreshingly original Knitting in the City series. Fans have already seen two of the Knitting Club members (quirky Jane and sarcastic Elizabeth) get their HEA so now it is time to focus on one of my favorites, Sandra the child psychiatrist. I am impressed with how much Ms. Reid has grown as an author through this series since this is definitely my favorite so far.

As I mentioned above, Sandra is a psychiatrist who is on a mission to find someone to settle down with. Unfortunately, she has a tendency to be attract nice guys who bring out her "helpful" side and she ends up becoming their therapist, and later platonic female friend, rather than their lover. Her luck seems to change though when Alex the Waiter (who has been waiting on Sandra and her dates for two years) decides to throw his hat into the fray. But, Alex is much more than a simple restaurant worker and he wants something much more than a therapy session or a one-night stand.

I adored both of these characters. Sandra made me giggle so many times with her witty remarks and pop culture obsession. The way she used her quirky t-shirt collection to emphasize both her mood and the situation she was in was very creative on Ms. Reid's part. I am also obligated to love any heroine who is obsessed with the Star Wars franchise. And Alex is another sexy Reid hero though he is as different from Quinn (Neanderthal Seeks Human) and Nico (Friends Without Benefits) as he can be. I loved the mystery around him and found him to a great match for outgoing Sandra.

The plot of Love Hacked basically centers around the development of Sandra and Alex's relationship through their awkward (but hot) first meetings to their fun dates to their more serious conversations. Like the rest of the Knitting in the City series, there is plenty of humor to keep readers laughing late into the night. There is also a dash of suspense related to Alex and a Big Secret he is carrying around with him.

Besides Sandra and Alex's unique dates, some of my favorite scenes were the ones with the Knitting Club. This series is now three books old so fans are getting to know all the members really well. I love the friendship that these women (and single man) have with each other and how devoted they are. I believe that book-obsessed Ashley is next to take center stage and I can't wait to see how Ms. Reid matches with her.

Overall, I found Love Hacked to be an enjoyable and easy to read contemporary romance that really stands out in the genre. Ms. Reid is not afraid to push the envelope with her characters and I definitely applaud her for featuring a couple where the woman is a older than the man. I highly recommend this for readers who are looking for a funny, but thought-provoking romance. And it can definitely be read as a stand-alone though it is fun to see how the Knitting Club changes from book to book.

Source: feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-love-hacked-by-penny-reid.html
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text 2014-04-01 05:30
A&O Fanfic? Y/N?
A Rake's Progress: (alpha and omega series) - A.N. Leclerc

If there's one thing that XMFC fanfic has taught me, besides that any droplet of a snippet of a story can create 80k epics, is that I now have the experience of reading regency alpha/omega mpreg fiction.

And so! This new book sounded very...influenced...to me. What do you think? Is this born from the general A/O paranormals or is there a Teen Wolf/J2/Stargate: Atlantis A/O regency epic that I should be on the look-out for? Or should I just go into this picturing Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy....just because!


The Blurb:


Jamie Thornton is a young omega who has never left Derbyshire county, and never known a life outside of his family's small farming homestead. He's content to live his whole life on the farm, except that when he was very young, his parents contracted to marry him off to the eldest son of a noble family. This marriage would would set him up for life, to be the pampered omega of a rich, aristocratic alpha.

Only Lord Marcus Hawkins is the worst kind of alpha — wild, notorious for his debauchery and reliance on drink, to the despair of his family. He is living life careless of the consequences. When his father demands that he marry Jamie according to long-standing agreement, Marcus is defiant that not even mating an omega will change his behavior.

Jamie never signed up for this, to be mated to an alpha so openly disinterested in him, as he figures it. Marcus, however, is intrigued upon meeting Jamie, never anticipating his reaction on meeting the young, beautiful omega who is destined to be his mate.

Just because!

Michael Fassbender


Yeah, we're looking up too...


James McAvoy

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