Review: Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison


Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

1 Star

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

YIKES! I truly wanted to love this book. I think the cover is amazing, the synopsis sounded great, etc. I was really excited to read this one but it just did not work for me. The synopsis had me thinking the book would go this way but it ended up going another, if that makes any sense. I also struggled with the amount of people in this book. I literally could not keep up with who was who, who was with who, etc. I eventually stopped trying. Also the drama was a bit too much. It seemed like there was ALWAYS something going on. It was just too much for me. I did struggle with connecting with the main characters. I just didn’t care one way or the other about them. I never felt invested in their lives. I will say, I enjoyed the friendship between Phoebe, Frankie and Negin (I hope that’s the three who had the epic friendship anyway). I loved how they were always there for each other, even through some very embarrassing times. If you’ve read the book, you know which scene I’m referring to. That’s true friendship right there.

I think the biggest issue was Phoebe being in love with Luke. The same guy she went to school with but only spoke to him 5 times in 7 years. She was very much in love/obsessed with him. Turns out it was just the idea of Luke that she was in love with. I mean, how else could you love someone you don’t know and have barely spoken to? Luke Taylor wasn’t someone I wanted Phoebe with anyway. He was this self centered, constantly wavering jerk. He didn’t know what he wanted but wanted to keep everyone on standby just in case he decided to lean towards them for THAT day. I’m not sure if we were supposed to root for Phoebe and Luke but I definitely didn’t.

There was one thing that I really enjoyed in this book. Abbey and Luke trading random greeting cards with each other on special occasions was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely something I want to start doing haha.

Overall, I truly wanted to love and enjoy this book. I tried my hardest to look at the positive side of things but it just didn’t work out.

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Review: The Chief by Monica McCarty

The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)

The Chief by Monica McCarty

5 Stars

The Chief such a fast paced thrilling ride!!! There was so much action!! It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. My jaw dropped on more than one occasion while reading this. It had so many scenes where I couldn’t turn the page fast enough!! It also slowed down when it needed to for those feels to set in, which I appreciated. I’m so glad I found this author and this series by chance. I love me some historical romance but hardly ever pick them up for some reason. This book changed all that because this series currently has 12 books in it!!! I love longer series because it allows me to stay in that world with those characters for a longer period of time. I cannot wait to read the rest in this series and hope they are just as great as this one was.

I learned fairly quickly that this was a book that I needed to jot things down for. I get overwhelmed quite easily when there are several characters in a book. I like to write down characters and other interesting facts as I’m reading just in case I need to go back over it later on. This is by no means necessary to understand the book, it’s just something that I like to do personally. When starting a new series, especially a longer one, the tend to give you a ton of information in book one. I don’t want to miss out on or forget things as I progress in the series so notes are my way of keeping track and organizing everything.

Tormad MacLeod was your typical alpha male. Stubborn to the bone but willing to do anything for his clan and his wife. I loved the protectiveness of Tor. He was this beacon of strength for everyone around him. I also liked how there was more to him than meets the eye but I’ll leave that for you to discover.

Christina Fraser was all very protective of those she cared about. She didn’t have the easiest life but she has this fierceness about her that no one could break. I really enjoyed her character and how she loved with everything she had. We really saw her grow into this amazing woman who anyone would be proud to know and have at their side.

Overall this book had everything you could want in a story. We had a romance but we also had plenty of action scenes to keep us on our toes. I don’t want to go too deep into the story because I want you to experience everything for yourself. I’m more than happy that I discovered not just an amazing historical romance series but also an amazing writer. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

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Review: Blood Match by K.A. Linde

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

Blood Match by K.A. Linde

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

WOW!!!!!! That ending BLEW me away!!! I don’t have words….I wish the entire book was on the level the ending was on. I’m going to start this review with the things I didn’t like about this book and then work my way up to the things I enjoyed. Just to end it on a positive note.

The thing I didn’t care for the most in this story was it started to have this BDSM feel to it. Beckham became this domineering/dominate guy and Reyna was the submissive partner. It was really strange and not something that I enjoy reading in my romances. Beckham would make commands and Reyna would snap to it without much thought. Reyna would end up with bruises and feeling pain but thought it was okay/worth it. I just didn’t like that aspect at all. Reyna also had blinders on when it came to Beckham. No matter what he did now or previously was going to change her mind about him. Reyna had this image of who she thoughts Beckham was, her Becks, and nothing was going to sway her from that.

Also, there was a lot of science talk in this one. We had so much going on and trying to understand blood matches and blood types that it just became way too much. I also wasn’t a fan of Beckham in this sequel. He became a totally different guy from the one we met in the first book. It’s like we mainly saw Beckham….but not so much Becks anymore. The side he usually let come out around Rayna. The more human side if you will.

On the more positive side of things, I loved this story at its core. My jaw fell to the floor several times throughout this book. I loved the twists and turns. I was constantly on the edge of my seat when the story was upfront wondering where things would go. I think this story has so much potential but sadly veered off course too far for me to enjoy it. I did love the first book so very much and look forward to reading more from this author. Sadly, this just didn’t work for me.

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Review: No One But You by Alexandra Silva

No One But You

No One But You by Alexandra Silva

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Trigger warning: this book deals with delicate subjects. For example: still birth, difficult pregnancies, and affairs both emotionally and physically.

The synopsis for this book really drew me in. I felt it would be this epic love story about finding lost love and getting second chances. Sadly, this just wasn’t the book for me. I had difficulties reading this story. Some how it just didn’t flow very well. It took me longer than usual to read just one single page. I also had issues with everything being too tight knit. We have two couples that basically swapped partners. Adding in the fact that 3 of those 4 all work in the same place. Then we have their siblings dating as well. It was just too close for me. It felt like some type of massively blended family with tons of issues.

I couldn’t connect with the characters in this one either. I felt most of them were childish, insecure, and selfish. I really just wanted them to branch out of their little circle and find different significant others. I liked the idea of finding your soulmate at such a young age and eventually making the full circle back to them as an adult but for some reason, I just didn’t root for them.

I didn’t like how one character was portrayed as the flake/ice queen either. This woman has been through such traumatic ordeals in her life but still holds it together. I don’t think we get to judge her for how she holds her life together after all she’s been through. I think everyone could’ve been more sympathetic to her. Overall, this just wasn’t a hit for me but it seems I’m in the minority on it. Pick it up and see what you think, we all enjoy different reads so you never know.

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Review: Maybe Someone Like You by Stacy Wise

Maybe Someone Like You

Maybe Someone Like You by Stacy Wise

4 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

First off, I loved Katie so much!! She was the cutest, most relate-able characters that I’ve read in a long time. I love that she would blush bright red whenever she was embarrassed because that’s exactly what I do. Trying to talk to a cute guy? Not gonna happen! Her and I were also similar in the fact that we are people pleasers. We want everyone around us to be happy and would do anything to make that happen for them. Sometimes in doing that, we forget ourselves. We forget that we are important too and that we need to put ourselves first once in awhile. Basically Katie and I were two peas in a pod. Seeing her grow into herself and figuring out who she wanted to be made for a truly touching story.

Let’s talk about Ryan…..could I swoon any harder for this guy?? Whew! He definitely made it onto my book boyfriend list. I loved how supportive and encouraging Ryan was. Plus the way he had a passion for helping others….gah, It was awesome to see.

I also loved the little details to this story. The relationship Katie had with her father and gran, plus the relationship Ryan had with his niece and family members, were just so beautiful to read. I’m glad this book had a nice family aspect to it in some parts.

Overall, you should pick this up. It’s a story of encouragement and coming into your own. It shows you that there’s a time for everything. People progress at different stages and that’s okay. We all have a story to tell and a path that leads us.

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Review: Wait With Me by Amy Daws

Wait With Me

Wait With Me by Amy Daws

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

I want to start off by saying I truly wanted to love this book. The back story was just amazing and funny that I just knew this was the book for me. Sadly, it wasn’t. I didn’t care for many of the characters but especially Miles. I’m all for an alpha male but not in the way that he was. Miles was more controlling than protective. For example, Kate had on a dress and did a twirl for Miles. Miles told her he hopes she never wears that dress again because he could see her butt/panties underneath. Okay, maybe say “when you twirl around you can see a little too much so be careful??” Then he said that she could wear the dress if she didn’t twirl or wore something underneath it. Don’t try to tell someone what they can and can’t wear. I just couldn’t with him.

As far as Kate goes…..she and I had some issues as well. This girl lied about EVERYTHING. I felt like she lied about the simplest of things just so her life would be easier for that exact moment. Can you not see that telling such huge lies and constantly lying that it will eventually come to light and explode in your face? I just didn’t get it.

The major thing this book had going for it was humor. This book was funny. I laughed out loud more than once while reading it. It also had some quirky, funny moments that only a reader could appreciate. I loved that Kate was an author and we got to see ALL the bookish things. It did get a little too much in terms of kink in my opinion. Some things had me CRINGING and I read new adult/adult romances all the time. Things were just too much at times or taken too far for my comfort.

Overall, I loved the humor. It made this book more enjoyable. I truly wish I enjoyed the entire book but it just didn’t work for me.

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Review: Blood Type by K.A. Linde

Blood Type (Blood Type, #1)

Blood Type by K.A. Linde

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

WOW!!!! I could not put this book down!!!! I think I read 68% in the first sitting. I took very few breaks to rest my eyes. I ended up putting the book down around 11 or 12 at night. My eyes betrayed me and wouldn’t let me finish the book….traitors. The next morning, I woke up bright and early…..keep in mind that I am NOT a morning person…..and finished reading. Gah…it was so good!!! I really enjoyed diving back into the paranormal romance world. It’s been so long since I’ve read one. I adore this genre and hoping it makes a come back like everyone is predicting.

It’s really hard to express my feelings on this one without giving anything away. I really enjoyed Beckham’s character. I could just see all the reasons for him going back and forth with his feelings. There was just something about Reyna that he couldn’t resist.

As far as Reyna goes…..this girl attracted trouble like nobody’s business. I think Reyna made some really stupid choices and decisions. It’s like she didn’t think past the initial decision into what could go wrong. She just wanted to do whatever she wanted and throw caution to the wind. I found myself wanting to slap some sense into her several times.

I liked the world building in this story. It was fun to get back into a vampire world and learn about this breed of vampires. I will say I wished we got to know more about the powers this world of vampires had. Not much was said as far as their abilities and disadvantages. I also didn’t care for a certain scene involving the Vault. When you get there, you’ll understand. As far as my rating goes, I’m going with 4.5 rounding up to a 5. Just a few minor things that I wish were different. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue on with this series.

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Review: Dark Protector by Celia Aaron

Dark Protector

Dark Protector by Celia Aaron

2 Stars

It was definitely hard for me to decide on a rating. Usually it’s fairly easy for me to choose but not this time. I think the base for this story is what threw me off so much. We have Conrad who is a hired gun for this mafia. (This is also my first mafia romance by the way.) He is constantly having to take out people and it takes a bit of his soul/humanity every time he does it. Conrad stumbles upon Charlie at her flower shop. Conrad never goes inside because he doesn’t want to mix their worlds. He sees himself as nonredeemable and doesn’t want to ruin Charlie’s innocence. The problem is, Conrad falls in love with Charlie just by watching her from the windows of her shop…..*Crickets*. One day, trouble follows Conrad to his sitting place and Charlie gets thrown into his world. This story had some SERIOUS instalove going on. It’s like all common sense was thrown out the window. They kept mentioning “gut feelings and vibes” for knowing they were meant to be with the other. That she “just knew” she was safe with this man she just met who put her in insane amounts of danger…. I think if they had met before, it would’ve been easier to accept. Let’s say he goes into her shop and makes small talk from time to time. Let them actually meet face to face before just diving head first into all this that it would’ve been easier to accept.

With all that being said, this book was definitely action packed. It was never a dull moment and I could appreciate that. I loved the characters for the most part. I think Nate (the trusty sidekick) was my favorite. I loved the premise of the story but once again, struggled with the instalove.

The book was hard to put down so it did have that going for it. It was definitely entertaining as well. I just really wanted a different foundation to this story to have enjoyed it more. I just couldn’t get over them falling for each other so quickly and the 100% trust being there on day one….

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Review: King of Wall Street by Louise Bay

King of Wall Street

King of Wall Street by Louise Bay

4 Stars

Hot, Hot, Hot!!!! This was a very steamy read!!! I have yet to read this author before but I was definitely a fan of her work! I’m a sucker for office romances and alpha males so this was the perfect read for me!!

Max King was known as the King of Wall Street. He had this confidence about him that was beyond attractive. I will say it was quite strange how Max was the King of the office but was pretty much clueless when it came to women and dating. I think he spent so much of his young adult years working on his career, that he had no idea how to date or what women wanted. I don’t think Max even knew what he wanted to be honest. Sure he had the hookup thing down pat BUT getting to know someone and spending time with them was an entirely different ball game.

As far as Harper goes, I loved her name. It’s my favorite girl name at the moment. I loved how hard she worked. I loved how she didn’t let an absentee father stop her from achieving her dreams. BUT I had some issues with her relationship with her father. Throughout the entire book, we are told her father did not care for her and just threw money at the situation to avoid any personal contact or effort. Then closer to the end, the situation comes to a head and we have the solution tied into a neatly wrapped bow. It was too perfect for me and did not coincide with what we thought this entire time. It also seemed a bit to rushed to wrap up the story line.

Max and Harper’s whirlwind romance was so fun to watch. I loved the playful banter they had with each other and seeing their feelings for each other before they themselves realized them. Have I mentioned how steamy this book was?! lol!!!

The epilogue for this one blew me away. I loved reading it and seeing what was going on with our characters. Please let this crew be included in the other books for this series.

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Review: Office Mate by Katie Ashley

Office Mate

Office Mate by Katie Ashley

3 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This office romance featured a slow burn romance between Thorn and Isabel. Thorn was a retired Army veteran who unknowingly took Isabel’s position at his family’s investment banking corporation. This set off a major feud between Isabel and Thorn. Isabel was quite childish in how she handled the situation in my opinion. Granted she deserved the promotion and more than earned the position, however she had no control over Thorn getting the job over her. Her solution was to try and make him look bad. Isabel’s antics really gave me a bad impression of her that I never quite got over. She came across very immature which didn’t go with the hard working employee impression that we first saw.

Thorn was someone that I was really drawn to throughout the book. The fact that he was in the military and fought for his country gave him some major brownie points. He also didn’t let the status of his father’s employment go to his head. Thorn was this down to earth guy struggling to find his way outside the military. I loved how old fashioned he was when it came to dating. Thorn didn’t want to just hook up, he wanted the relationship too. I also loved his brother’s cameos. I really want to go back and read Barrett’s story in Running Mate.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of Isabel, I still enjoyed the story overall. I also adored all the side characters. I think Ty deserves his own happily ever after!! Hopefully he will get a book too *fingers crossed*. I’m excited to read more books from this author as I really enjoyed the writing in this one.

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