Beat (The Beat and the Pulse #1) – Amity Cross

Synopsis  

Renee “Ren” Miller was five when her Dad left to go to the shops and never came back.

Left to grow up with a cancer-riddled mother, things have never been easy for a teenager who had to be wise beyond her years. Then one day they lose the battle and she’s all alone.

Now twenty-two, Ren reluctantly goes to find her estranged father. He owns the down and out boxing studio, Beat, and Ren finds herself drawn to the ring. She thrives on learning a new way of fighting a life that kept kicking her down…instead of struggling against the current, she kicks it right between the legs.

Then one day, Ash Fuller, her Dad’s star fighter comes back to town. Mysterious, handsome… Dangerous… Everything Ren doesn’t need.

But he’s got other ideas…

…and so does she.


 More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance/MMA
Page Length: 293
Characters: Ren and Ash
Publication Date: 6th October 2014
Format: eBook


Review

I’ve found in general that MMA books are a bit hit more miss, and this book was a miss.  I think I hated everything about this book. I didn’t click with Ren or Ash. The story was boring, Ren was boring, Ash was boring. I think you get my drift.

I think the only reason I didn’t DNF this book was because I was hoping at some point it would get better, but it didn’t, if anything it got worse. Both characters are pretty screwed up in different ways. They both exhibited really unhealthy behaviors towards one another and could probably do with some intense therapy to deal with their anger issues because using a fighting to release clearly isn’t working for them!

All in there is so much hate and violence in this book that I’m not sure how it is even considered a romance book.

I don’t really have much more to say the whole book left a bad taste in my mouth.

 The Bottom Line:

I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s definitely a no from me.

 My Rating:  1/5  🌟

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Mini Reviews: Torn & Checkmate: This is War

Torn (Divided #1) A.M. Wallace

Synopsis  

23588988Marcus has his life pretty much figured out at twenty five years old. He’s got his career on track, a nice house just outside of the city, and his lifelong best friend, Hannah, by his side at every turn. The only problem is that he has been fighting with himself to tell Hannah how he really feels. How she’s all he’s been able to think about since he was old enough to have those feelings. What he doesn’t know is that Hannah is facing the same inner battle with herself about him. She fantasizes about a life with Marcus.

Will Marcus or Hannah be able to tell each other how they feel about one another? Will they be able to make a life together or does fate have other plans?


More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 265
Characters: Marcus, Hannah
Publication Date: 18th February 2015
Format: eBook


Review

I really don’t know where to begin, well actually I do, this book was just a complete waste of time. In general for a love triangle type story to capture my attention the storyline has to be good and the characters likable, this book failed on both accounts.

Hannah was so childish! I felt no connection with her, Marcus was ok but I really just did not enjoy the story. The lack of communication between the new main characters was just so frustrating!

The Bottom Line:

I don’t recommend this book and that’s all there is. It does have lots of good ratings on GoodReads so perhaps it’s just me? I probably will try another book by this author.

 My Rating:  2/5 🌟 🌟




Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola) – Kennedy Fox

 Synopsis  

BOOK-1-EBOOKTravis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.


More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 414
Characters: Viola, Travis
Publication Date: 3rd October 2016
Format: eBook


Review

I liked the hate/love theme of this book and I enjoyed the story. However, I did have some issues with the characters. Mainly Travis because he skipped back and forth between being a nice guy to being a complete asshole so often I felt like I had whiplash! I get that this is a probably a defense mechanism from his shitty upbringing but it did make it extremely hard to like him.

I did, however, feel a little sorry for Viola, she is totally in love Travis and loving him is not easy even from afar because he is such a dick at times. The smut in this book is pretty good though.

The Bottom Line

I did enjoy this book, the cliffhanger at the end was a bit annoying, I’m not sure if I’m going to read the next one yet. I would recommend this book if you enjoy hate/love romances with lots of sex.

 My Rating:  3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟

Sweet Summer Love – Sierra Hill

Blurb

Logan

Everyone’s had a summer crush. One that’s etched into your memories so hard that it leaves an indelible mark, like a scar on your heart. For me, that crush is my first love, Carver Edwards. I met him at fifteen at summer camp, and for three perfect summers, he was mine. Until the blazing heat of the summer sun faded and reality crashed in. Carver went off to college, leaving me trapped in my small farming town, with no way of reaching him and a problem I needed solving.

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As the senior captain of my college basketball team, all I’ve been focused on the past four years has been playing, school, getting drafted in the NBA, and steering clear of relationships. I didn’t want them. I had nothing to give another girl. I’d given it already. So, I built my rep as a player, and honed my natural ability to charm the pants off girls. It’s what I did. Who I was. Who I am. Until March, when a lay-up during a tournament landed me in an emergency room, under the care of Logan Shaw – my first love. Of all the people I could run into, why did it have to be her? Not only did my face get split wide open, but so did the locks that held the pain I’d attempted to bury for so many years. Now that she’s back in my life, we must face the truth and the consequences of our actions – even if it could destroy us. We must uncover the truths that have kept us shackled from moving forward. That could possibly set us free.


Stats

Page Length: 380
Publication Year:
2017
Genre: 
New Adult
Characters:  Logan, Carver


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Story

This book is written in the first person from both Logan’s and Carver’s perspectives. I  thought the writing was good. The actual story itself was a bit of a let-down, it tells the story of Logan and Carver’s relationship. They first met at summer camp when they were around 15, due to Logan being from the poor side of town and because lives a few hours away from Carver, she decides to only see him during the summer so it doesn’t interrupt them being at school.

After sleeping with Carver for the first time Logan gets pregnant and gives the baby up for adoption. She tries to tell Carver but instead her messages to him get intercepted by his dad and he ends up paying her off, leaving her with the impression that Carver doesn’t want anything to with her.

5 years later they are reunited when Logan happens to be at a basketball game that Carver is playing in.

At times if felt like the author didn’t really know her own characters backgrounds. I was very confused about Logan’s upbringing because, to begin with it seems like she had it bad because her brothers were awful to her and father wasn’t around much but when he was he was good to her and looked after her, however when she came home pregnant at 17 he just threw her out! I just didn’t get it.

Also, the whole rich dad paying off the poor girl to keep her away from his son is a bit of a cliché.

I thought the pace that they started boning one another after reuniting to be a bit unrealistic. I thought Logan forgave Carver way to quick. Which for put a bit of a damper on the romance side of this story because I just didn’t find it believable.

Characters

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t connect with either of the main characters. Sure that were some personality traits that Logan had that I thought were ok, but mainly I think that she should have been treated better and could have done better than Carver. On the subject of Carver, his character left a real bad taste in my mouth. He is your typical player, before getting back with Logan he just bangs lots “Hoop Bunnies” as he has affectionately nicknamed them. This, however, is not what put me off him, I think it was the second time he was being intimate with Logan that this line appeared:

“My hands grip her hips hard and I smile perversely knowing that she’ll have dark bruises there when I’m done with her”

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I’m sorry, what? How is this ok? after that I lost all interest in him. It might just be me but I think its fucked up that he would want to bruise her, more so because he actually describes his smile as perverse so he knows that it’s unacceptable and it still turns him on.

Conclusion:

The best way to summarize without being too harsh.. I didn’t like this book and I definitely wouldn’t recommend.

My Rating:  1/5 🌟

#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS

The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.

She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”


This is the first nonfiction book I’ve read this year and the first that I have reviewed. So I’m going to keep it simple and just tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like and then do a summary at the end.

I decided to read this because I binge watched all of GirlBoss on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to see if the book was anything like it.


Review

The good:

  • I liked Sophia’s insight to what it takes to run a business.
  • The “Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS segments that were scattered at the end of some to the chapters.
  • Sophia’s attitude to being a #GirlBoss
  • There’s a chapter that looks at introverts that I thought was fascinating

The bad:

  • Her attitude to feminism was a little strange
  • Some of her choices have been pretty poor
  • I don’t feel that if really offered that much advice about starting a company, it was more about what to do once you have one.

To summarize; this was an ok read it was entertaining enough and I did enjoy most of it.

My rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

 

Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

Blurb

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

 In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool:

 Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel.

Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours


Stats

Page Length: 391
Publication Year:
2016
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Libby, Jack


Thoughts

I purchased this book on a whim one morning on the way to work, so I had no preconceived notions about it. It’s a little different to what I normally read in terms of the theming but I enjoyed it never the less.

Story

This story is told from both Libby and Jack’s perspectives in the first person. Most of the chapters in this book are quite short which I liked it gave it a nice flow and it was easy to follow as each character’s voice was very different.

I thought how Jack’s part of the story was very cleverly written, because of his condition his descriptions of other people were different to what you would normally see.

Characters

I really liked Libby’s confidence and thirst for life especially considering everything she has been through. I like that she wasn’t afraid to stand up for self and she took shit from no one. It was excellent to see that even though she is a bigger girl, for the most part she didn’t care what people thought of her.

“This is what I know about loss:

– It doesn’t get better. You just (somewhat) get used to it.
– You never stop missing the people who go away.
– For something that isn’t there anymore, it weighs a ton.”

Jack suffers from a brain disorder called Prosopagnosia which is also called face blindness. This means he is unable to recognize people’s faces. So instead he has to identify people by their markers for example how the walk, hair color, and body shape. To make this even more difficult no one knows about his condition except Libby.

“I’ve had to work really fucking hard to learn everyone, and even if skin color and hair color help me find people, that’s not who they are to me. It’s not about that. It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking toward you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.” 

I thought Libby’s connection to Jack to was just really lovely. They in which they just got each other was great, they found understanding in each other that they didn’t get from anyone else. Which I think for Jack in particular probably saved him.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

To conclude, this was a pretty great book and ultimately very uplifting I thought that Jennifer Niven really hammered home the point that no matter who you are, you are wanted.

If you enjoyed Everything Everything (by Nicola Yoon) then you will like this story.

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Lux Series (Books 1-3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Last week I started my re-read of the Lux Series. This time around I decided to read the version from Daemon’s POV: Oblivion. If like me you are a huge Daemon Black fan then this book is a must read!

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I have the Kindle version which includes Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal. So I’ve only re-read the first 3 books so far, and to make things easier I’ve done mini reviews for each.


Book 1: Oblivion (LUX #1.5)

Blurb

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

I really enjoyed reading this story from Daemons perspective. You really get a greater understanding of why he behaves as he does when he first meets Katy. The banter between the two of them is pretty epic. I also liked all the bonus scenes in this book and the insight to what was happening to Daemon when Katy wasn’t around.

I thought the pace in which the relationship between him and Katy was really nice, it was just long enough that it kept me hooked. I also really enjoyed all the action in this story. Overall it was a really excellent read.

If you haven’t read Obsidian which is the original story told from Katy’s perspective then you should probably read that first.

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Book 2: Onyx (Lux #2)

Blurb

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

The second book in the series focuses on the repercussions that Katy and Daemon must face now that she is mutated.

Things I liked were, Katy independence! She is determined to learn to defend herself so that she doesn’t have to rely on Daemon to protect her. Daemons determination to win Katy over and prove that his feelings for her are genuine and not just because they have a weird alien connection now. Also anytime they gave into their feelings and just had a full on make out sessions!

What I didn’t like, Blake!! God, he’s such an annoying slime ball of a character. Every scene he’s in makes my skin crawl! I admit Kat did frustrate me a bit in this book with her lack of trust in Daemon but with how he treated her in the first book I can see her point.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was an excellent follow on from the first book

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Continue reading “The Lux Series (Books 1-3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout”

Mini Book Reviews

This week I’ve been on a quest to find a nice light romantic read, and because I’ve read two books in quick succession I thought I’d do mini reviews:

Book 1: Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick

Blurb

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But 17612258when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

I really wanted to love this book, I thought the synopsis had a lot of promise but ultimately, I was left disappointed. My main problems were that I didn’t like Noah, his possessiveness rang a few alarm bells and it just didn’t sit right with me. I also thought some his behaviors towards Grace at times was pretty shitty and the fact that she didn’t stand up and demand that he treated her better was astounding.

Grace annoyed the hell out of me as well. I felt no connected to her and her self-pity and lack of confidence in herself were a total turn off.

I also felt the story writing to be a little stuffy, and not really to my taste.

My Rating:  2/5 🌟 🌟


Book 2: The Boy Next Door (Off-Limits Romance #2) by Ella James

Blurb

The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.35104252
No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.

Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.

He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.

I’m guarding my heart this time.

But Dash has secrets that could break us both.

This book surprised me, it turned out to be a lot heavier than I was expecting. The start of the book took you back to when Amelia first met Dash so it was nice to get that back story, from then on it was dual perspective.

I liked both the main characters. I picked up almost straight away that there was something amiss about the way Dash was behaving. I enjoyed the chemistry between him and Amelia. I think that fact that I didn’t guess what drove Dash away from Amelia was what kept me hooked until the last page.

Overall I can’t say that I loved this story but it was a fairly good read.

My Rating: 3/5  🌟 🌟 🌟


So as far as my quest goes neither of these books have matched what I’m looking for. I’m a 3rd of the way through The Allure of Julian Lefray (by R.S Grey) and so far this is holding a lot more promise. Review will probably arrive tomorrow!

Stay Tuned!

 

Holiday in the Hamptons – Sarah Morgan

Blurb: 

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…


STATS

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Characters: Fliss, Harriet, and Seth


I received an advance copy of this through NetGallley in exchange for my review.

Professional Reader

Story

I felt this story was very well written, however it was a bit slow going in the beginning. I really liked the storyline, it’s definitely a bit different to what I’ve read recently. I thought the attention to detail was really excellent, the descriptions of the beach and surroundings were really good. I had no trouble in picturing what I was reading.

I felt that Sarah Morgan really nailed what it was like to grow up in an emotionally abusive home. The damage this did to Fliss was very accurately portrayed, I think any adult who witnessed this and experienced this as a child (myself included) will relate to some if not all of what Fliss felt.

Characters 

Fliss is such a complex character, in the beginning, I did get a little frustrated with her, her opinion of herself but as I learned more about her upbringing how her father treated her it all came together and made sense.

Seth is your typical good guy who made mistakes in his past and is now working towards fixing them. I liked how patient and understanding he was about how Fliss was feeling for the most part.

Harriet, who is Fliss’s identical twin. To begin with its plays out as if she is the complete opposite of Fliss, and this is somewhat true but here is a passage towards the end where you see she has the same feisty and protective streak that Fliss, she just hides it well.

Conclusion

To conclude I did enjoy this book. I felt it was a little drawn out with in the beginning but overall it was a good read. My Rating 3/5.


This book is due for release on 15th June 2017, Pre-order here.