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review 2019-02-22 21:38
Review: "Shades" by Jaime Reese
Shades - Jaime Reese

It took me FOREVER to finish this book. With 344 pages, it was at least 150 pages too long. It was a struggle to finish.

 

The story was 30% plot and 70% internal monologues (pining ones in the first, schmaltzy love declarations ones in the second half).

 

 

This book also had some of the most far-fetched and ridiculous plot twists that I’ve read in a long time.

 

For example, that island? The hell? Am I supposed to take this seriously?

 

 

This was my first book by this author and even though I’m not totally put off by her storytelling, I probably won’t read another book from her in the foreseeable future.

 

I’m giving this book a really weak 3 stars-rating, because even though I wasn’t really enjoying it, the writing wasn’t that awful or offensive to justify a lower rating. But this author is in serious need to improve her storytelling.

 

 

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

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review 2019-02-12 19:43
Review: "Blaze" (Unbreakable Bonds, #5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Blaze - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

For the first time in this series I had some minor issues regarding the story.

 

For example, I HATE it when a character doesn’t want any children and explicitly says so, and yet his partner tries to convince him otherwise. Some people/couples just really, truly don’t want any children and like it that way, authors.

 

 

I also wasn’t very enthusiastic about that storyline with Lucas’ sister Nicole. I found his strong reaction towards her a little weird and also out of character. I didn’t get why he still held such a huge grudge against her after all these years for something she said to him when she was 14 (!) years old and basically still a child.

 

But this is just small stuff. Because when this series shines, it shines. And it never shines brighter than when (any) two characters have a heart to heart (Lucas and Snow!). Those are the moments that make this series.

 

Oh, and that wedding of course. That was everything one could wish for.

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2019-02-10 19:15
Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Ian" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Unbreakable Stories: Ian - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

Normally, reading several chapters about 8 guys who do nothing but simply fix up a house would bore me to death.

 

But leave it to this crazy cast of adorable weirdos that I had a blast from start to finish. They made me laugh and blush and giggle so hard; man, I love each and every single one of these characters.

 

The cherry on the cake were those little Valentine’s Day short stories at the end, which just put the biggest smile on my face.

 

 

Perfect!

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2019-02-08 20:02
Review: "Devour" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Devour - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

I’ve been looking forward to my sweet little Ian’s story ever since the first book in this series, "Shiver". And man, am I happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Not in the least.

 

 

I’m glad that there was no kind of relationship angst or any other self-doubts between Ian and Harris' attraction towards each other. They (FINALLY!) got together pretty early in the story, and let’s be real: anything else would have felt forced because these two have been pining for each other over the course of three books at this point.

 

So with Ian and Harris’ romance (again: FINALLY!!!) being dealt with from the get-go, the authors were able to focus on the overarching Jagger storyline and bring it to a closure. And they did a pretty good job IMO, with a great and suspenseful final showdown (I will forever remember and cherish this series for those HILARIOUS code names alone).

 

So yeah, what can I say?

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2019-02-05 20:01
Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Rowe" (Unbreakable Bonds, #3.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Unbreakable Stories: Rowe - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

SURPRISE! Guess what? I loved this compilation of short stories too, just like every other book from this series.

 

 

Other than that, I really don't know how to proper review this book, other than repeating myself that I absolutely LOVE those characters, I LOVE this universe, I LOVE the feelz between each couple, I LOVE the writing and I absolutely LOVE these shorts.

 

And the best part? My sweet little Ian's book is next!

 

 

I might need a chill pill for that.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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