Abbi Glines – Up in Flames

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Good book, but deviates greatly from the standard tone of the series.

I could have enjoyed the book more if this book was part of a spin-off series and not included in the original Rosemary Beach series.  Let me explain.  As stated in other posts, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Rosemary Beach series.  It’s fun and romantic.  But this book takes on a completely different feel.  There’s more suspense.  It’s equally as enjoyable, but in an intriguing way more than a carefree fun way.  Some of the other “mini-series” within the Rosemary Beach Series were given a distinguishing name.  That was fine and great because each mini-series concentrated on a couple of characters.  But in Up in Flames, while the book centers around the character Nan, who showed up in the entire series, the tone of the book was considerably different.

In general, I love to read series.  I get emotionally attached to the characters and feel of the author’s words.  When I open to page one of each individual book, I go in with a particular mindset and expectations.  When the book deviates or fails to meet those expectations, I’m left with a taste of dissatisfaction.  Unfortunately, that’s where I was left after reading Up in Flames.  However, if I had known prior to starting the book that it was going to go in a much darker direction, I would have felt differently.  In fact, I would most definitely have rated the book higher.

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Friday’s Five Star Finds

Five Star Books

Five Star Books that I’ve reviewed in the past week

(click on book to read the review)

July 22

Bet Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

July 15

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

June 24

Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey

June 17

Let the Waves Come In by J.L. Leslie

That Girl by Rachel Strong

June 10

Colleen Hoover – November 9

June 3

Take the Money and Run by Samantha A. Cole

Legend by Katy Evans

May 27 

Stripped and Bound by Rebecca Moon

Love in a Small Town by Zoe York

May 20

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Roomhate by Penelope Ward 

April 29

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

April 22

One With You by Sylvia Day

April 15

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

April 8

Bound to You by Skylar Nightingale

Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton

April 1

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

March 18

Debt by Rachel Dunning

March 4

Helena Hunting – Pucked

Dani René – Broken By Desire

February 26

The Master by Tara Sue Me

February 19

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

February 12

Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Wild Aces by Marni Mann

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

January 29

Brave Enough by M. Leighton

January 22

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Prince Hudson by Lily Cahill

January 1

Blood Kiss by JR Ward

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

What Five Star Books have you read lately?

The book that got me hooked on reading (again)

I remember being a pre-teen and loved reading.  John Irving was one of my favorite writers at the time.  Then, life got in the way and I couldn’t find the time to read things of my own choosing – you know the things that you want to read as opposed those that you are forced to read.  I absolutely loathed every book that I read for school during high school.  Then during undergrad and law school, my academic schedule precluded any time for enjoyable reading.  As soon as I had kids, my time was filled with lots of reading with them.  Of course the books progressed from baby books to things that interested them (not necessarily my tastes).

About 8 years ago, I finally picked up a book of my own choosing.  Everyone was talking about this Twilight movie.  So, I picked up a copy and read it.  I liked it and choose to read New Moon.  As soon as I got through that one, I literally raced to the book store to get Eclipse.  I was suddenly hooked.  Reading was a new found source of pleasure, release, and relaxation.

Perhaps, it is a bit embarrassing to admit that a young adult book and teen sensation was what got me hooked on reading.  But since, I’ve read over 600 books.  Most I’ve liked, some I’ve loved, and a few I really disliked.  I also, decided to start this blog to share my enthusiasm for books.

So, thank you to Stephenie Meyer for helping me find my new passion.

It doesn’t matter what type of books you like – JUST READ.

Book Genres

Do you have a book or author that got you hooked on reading?

Helena Hunting – Pucked Over

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REVIEW

This book is part sweet, part salty, and a whole lot sexy.

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It’s not always easy to keep a long distance relationship going.  Sometimes it makes it hotter.  Sometimes it adds strain.

I find it funny, how the author can describe three men with beards: Benji, his brother, and Randy, but make it abundantly clear how it only works on Randy.

On a very odd note: the mention of Canadian Ketchup Chips made me very curious.  I have to agree with the character, Randy, it sounds disgusting.  Just so you know, they are a real thing and can be purchased on Amazon.

BLURB

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong?

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

But casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to get pucked over.

See Related Posts:

Helena Hunting – Pucked

Helena Hunting – Pucked Up

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L.A. Witt – Hiatus

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REVIEW

Holy HOT sex scenes.  The scenes make this book worthy of reading multiple times.  (If you’re into things that come in multiples.)

On a secondary note, I truly liked how the book addressed the mental illness issues.  The way in which the illness affected the relationships seemed very realistic.

Each character was distinct and interesting.  Despite Nate being a rock star, he seemed to have a sincere level of love, respect, and chemistry with Cam and Theo that seemed deeper than typical artificial rock star heroes.  Theo seemed to be genuine in his feelings and the way he acted.  Cam was an curious contradiction.  His career seem very contrary to his uses.  I would never have expected a masseuse to be plagued with such issues.

While I felt like the middle was a bit slow, the resolution was very well done.

LOVE the EPILOGUE!

BLURB

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

PURCHASE LINK

https://www.amazon.com/Hiatus-L-Witt-ebook/dp/B01BH48BSK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468926072&sr=8-1&keywords=hiatus

GOODREADS

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29058996-hiatus?from_search=true

Thank You Arc to L.A. Witt!

 

Aubrey Bondurant – Bet Me Something

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REVIEW

Authors like Aubrey Bondurant are the reason I love reading books by indie authors.  This is the third book I’ve read by her and love her writing.  While I gave her first book 4 stars, she’s definitely improved upon her craft and this book is absolutely worthy of 5 STARS!

Bet Me Something was incredibly enjoyable and I breezed through it remarkably quickly.  I was a bit concerned that it was a bit longer than the typical romance book.  However, the story didn’t seem long winded or stretched unnecessarily.  I was entertained the entire time while reading it.

Kenzie is a bit different from the previous female leads in the series.  She’s young, only 22, and she acts her age.  She’s not sure what she wants to pursue in life, which isn’t uncommon for someone her age.  I liked how she grew as a character in the book.

Colby is the tamed bad boy.  He might not have tattoos, but has the sex filled background to earn him the title.  Despite his history, he is a great boyfriend.  Colby oozed sex appeal.

I loved how the characters in the previous books were incorporated into this one.

If you like a little dirty talk in your sex scenes, I highly recommend this book.

BLURB

Being able to stand on your own two feet, sometimes requires getting knocked off them completely… 

McKenzie “Kenzie” Lane is newly graduated from college and looking forward to a dream internship she has lined up for the summer in LA. Unfortunately, her controlling mother has other plans.

Colby Singer, with his hot-as-sin looks and wicked charm, is never without attention from the ladies. Despite suspecting how Kenzie feels about him, he’s always kept her comfortably off-limits since she’s the baby sister of one of his best friends. But when he’s determined to distract her temporarily from the stress of her mother’s ultimatum, deciding to show her some fun, he quickly finds that keeping her in the friend zone is not as easy as he’d hoped.

Once Kenzie realizes this may be her last opportunity to gauge her long-time crush’s true feelings, she puts it all out there in the form of a bet. It’s the perfect idea for her perfect man.

Until he isn’t.

Will a dose of reality lead to true love? Or will it crash and burn before it can even get started?

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Third book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

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Aubry Bondurant – Ask Me Something (The Something Series #2)

Aubrey Bondurant – Tell Me Something

Thank You Arc to Aubry Bondurant!