Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: Losing Control by Jen Frederick

Hi all!

Something for the start of the weekend!




Author: Jen Frederick
Title: Losing Control
Release date: 16th of June 2014
Series: Kerr Chronicles #1
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Pear Tree LLC
Pages: 243 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.

Review:

Well, it was better than I expected. After deciding to try steering clear of such erotically heavy and rich billionaire/poor little lamb romances, simply due to the reason that they have become dull, highly unoriginal with almost the exact plots and devices (at least the books I’ve come across) and they don’t intrigue me at all anymore, this book for some reason caught my eye and I was forced to go back on my intention. And while I’m happy I decided to give it a go, it didn’t change my mind on why I wanted to give up the genre for a long while to catch a break in the first place.

This book had everything that makes this billionaire lover trope so popular with its own upgrades:

A force-of-nature-like hero who’s ravishing, rich, ripped and, surprise, has a tortured past, BUT, this again probably being a trilogy, I liked that his issues were actually introduced and there wasn’t too much mystery surrounding them, no excessive stalling to keep the excitement up, which usually to me becomes frustration if left hanging for too long. Con – he’s basically a clone of any other such hero, maybe he could have had an interesting hobby (eg. collecting stamps…) to set him apart from the batch?

I was positively surprised by the ending as well, there was still some whining and emotional confusion, but then BAM, everything was so clear and the characters were clear and at ease with their decisions and wants, and it was just beautiful. No overstretched push-and-pull, will-they-won’t-they kind of annoying behaviors or situations.

What sets this book apart from so many others is in my opinion the heroine. Yes, she’s poor and in a pinch and as ordinary as you can be with dyslexia and a sick mother to support with seriously lacking funds. She’s also a babe, of course, and catches the eye of our hero from the first glance – insta love (shudders, blehh). BUT, she’s kind of a cool girl, opinionated, hardworking, tough, able, determined, she’s no delicate little mouse for the hero to mold, command and take care of. Of course, he does all that being the rich and domineering piece of hot man that he is, but she is still her own person and I didn’t feel that he was setting the tone and leading the relationship – Tiny had just as much say and leverage as he. 

Then again this had almost everything that forced me to become bored with the trope as well: 

It follows the basic storyline of poor girl and rich guy meeting and glorious insta love happening, plus explosive sexual tension and lust. Girl needs money due to private reasons and guy is willing to give himself and anything else the girl wants. The guy successfully weasels himself into her life and takes over. Girl lets, and fantastic sex happens… for about a hundred times after every few pages. The guys dark past rears its head and some angst and conflicts happen and then, well, happy end… or is it?

Also, why does the sex always have to be so, for lack of a better word, impersonal… or is it just me? It’s just simple primitive sex I read, I don’t get emotions or actual care and tenderness with any of those scenes. It’s clinical and too perfect each time.

Characters:

At the moment, I see room for improvement, but the material is quite promising.

Overall:

It’s a decent addition to the genre, but doesn’t surprise with anything overly original. Then again it’s nicely written and manages not to be annoying, so I’ll definitely be reading the next books despite my obviously failing ban of reading such books.

3 stars!

LIIS

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Release Day Spotlight - Lost In Starlight by Sherry Soule! #StarlightSaga Giveaway!

RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT - #StarlightSaga


LOST IN STARLIGHT
Sherry Soule
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us!
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new upper YA series: the “Starlight Saga” (paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept) with scorching-hot character chemistry and exciting suspense has been published today, June 26, 2014!!!
To help promote this interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this fun virtual release party and $20 Amazon gift card giveaway all day to share the book love.
ENTER TODAY ONLY!

Please buy your copy of LOST IN STARLIGHT on June 26th 2014!



VOLUME ONE: Starlight Saga
High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....
Excerpt:
I’m suddenly aware that Hayden Lancaster’s blatantly staring at me. Hard to miss. His messenger bag is in one hand, and drumsticks stick out of his back pocket. I lift my hand in a hesitant little wave. He doesn’t return my gesture, just continues gazing at me through those thick lashes that frame his unique eyes. My head goes all woozy. Even my limbs feel jittery. Frustration and confusion are warring inside me for having any feelings for someone like him.
And what’s with the stare?
A wave of nervousness hits hard.
Is there toilet paper hanging out of my jeans? Food stuck in my teeth? Or have Frankenstein bolts suddenly sprouted from my neck?
Being on Hayden’s radar is a little unsettling. I admit there’s something about Mr. Puppy Hero’s rare smiles, lopsided with an edge, that draw girls to him like insects buzzing a bug zapper. For better or worse, no one can resist Hayden Lancaster. Not even me…

Random winner will be picked on June 27th 2014 and contacted by email. All prizes will be electronically delivered. Please review all terms & conditions before entering.  

Mandatory giveaway details:






Places you can find Sherry Soule:
Twitter @SherrySoule: http://twitter.com/SherrySoule
Please add LOST IN STARLIGHT to your TBR on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707942-lost-to-starlight

Read the first five chapters for free on wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/14214838-lost-in-starlight-syfy-romance


Happy reading!


Super Sekrit Hottie Event! Shhh...

Happy Wednesday!

I wanted to share an event with you!



Super Sekrit Hottie Event is for everyone who loves to read good and hot romances. I can't tell you more, because, as the event name says,it's a secret. I will be participating, and honestly, I can't wait!

I would like to invite you to join me there!
It takes place on Facebook!

Wednesday, June 25
at 9:00pm - 11:00pm in EDT

Click on the link below the picture and it will take you there!

Be there!



Review: Perfectly Messy by Lizzy Charles

Hi all!

A sequel book I wasn't expecting to find.




Author: Lizzy Charles
Title: Perfectly Messy
Release date: 27th of May 2014
Series: Effortless With You #2
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Swoon Romance
Pages: 225 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary:

Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren't enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin's dad's gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

Review:

The first book of the series was one of those special books last year that was subtle, sweet, emotional and made an impact on me, even though, I would have never expected it to and am quite confused even now as to why it touched me to that degree. At first glance, it’s was a simple and even somewhat of a typical book in the genre, but I thought it was a beyond lovely and as soon as I accidentally saw that it had a sequel, I was already digging in.

I was anticipating to see Lucy and Justin finally together in a relationship, but I didn’t predict their time to be so incredibly full of obstacles and issues. It was crazy for Justin, he was being pulled in every imaginable direction and the poor guy was wearing thin and no one really seemed to realize it. While I adored Lucy for being understanding and patient, I don’t think she grasped what he was really forced to endure. Not saying that she didn’t have a hard time as well. Also, I didn’t like that some problems were quite unreasonable and straight out cliché dumb. Please, let’s stop with the Photoshop and compromising photo hassle, I’ve encounter this in more books than I’d like to and it’s getting somewhat repetitive, but mostly, I think it’s a nasty plot device. Overall, I really liked to see how they juggled each other, friends, hobbies, studies, family, especially since all the issues were portrayed quite realistically and I’m glad not everything worked out, because it’s not always meant to in actual life. It was interesting to observe how the problems affected and made the couple act. I loved that it wasn’t smooth sailing for them and there was more than enough to overcome till the light was visible at the end of the tunnel.

What I didn’t like was the last major conflict between Justin and Lucy, which was simply ridiculous compared to what they had already been able to tolerate to that point. I didn’t like it at all, it was a stupid decision and while I vaguely saw the benefits I wasn’t fond of such stalling before the end. It was really out of place and didn’t go with the characters I had come to know till that point.

While the first book focused heavily on Lucy and her family issues and the romance was on the sidelines. I liked that this book was more about the relationship of her and Justin, but most of all, I appreciated how it now dealt with the problems of both of them, which they had to face separately or together. The viewpoint being switched from him to her was also helpful in seeing both sides of the story.

Characters:

Lucy – I really liked her, she was a down-to-earth and sensible girl, who tried to be reasonable and nice, and mostly succeeded. Her reaction and attitude in the final conflict, however, lost several points in me liking her and I don’t think it was her fault, so I’m still fond of her and find her a cool girl.

Justin – Poor guy, he was a mess in this compared to the calm and collected we got to know in the first book. But this just proves to never judge a book by its cover, you never know what’s actually going on inside.

Overall:

A sweet follow-up to a very sweet first book. I liked how the characters and the story itself had developed and this really felt like a sequel and not the same book with some alterations (am I the only one who feels like many New Adult series are like that after the first book?). So again, I recommend this and the first book strongly and confidently. Also, will there be a book number 3? I don’t know, but I do know that I will definitely pick it up if it comes my way.

4 stars!

LIIS

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#NACrushTourney Advocate for Tristan from Promise by Kristie Cook needs YOUR help! #KnightRiders

Happy Monday!

I am so incredibly excited to tell you, that I am participating at NA Crush Tourney 2014 as an advocate to Tristan Knight from Promise, a book written by Kristie Cook!

Image borrowed from NA Alley

NA Crush Tourney is organized by NA Alley and it's an annual event where the leading male characters from New Adult books are competing against each other to become the ultimate New Adult Crush of the year!

I will be presenting Tristan Knight from Promise by Kristie Cook! Tristan just won UtopYA 2014 Award for the Best Supernatural Hero! So you understand me being excited working with such a hero, right?!


The NA Crush Tourney 2014 is about to kick off and Tristan's first match is going to take place on the

8th of July
Voting starts 12:00AM EST and ends 11:59PM EST

I have already sent my advocate post, presenting Tristan to NA Crush Tourney 2014 organizers. 

With that said, I will need a lot of help with promoting Tristan Knight when the day(s) arrive(s). I will be providing all the Street Team with all necessary materials, be it blog posts for you to post, tweets, memes - whatever you need! 




Future #KnightRiders I urgently need you to fill in the form below! It's easy and quick to fill and I promise, I won't be spamming you. There will be few emails you will receive from me during the Tourney! 






I will need all help I can!

Important!!!

Links to know:

Facebook Links: Me and Reading; Tristan; Kristie Cook; Author Kristie CookNA Alley
Twitter Links: Me and Reading; Tristan; Kristie Cook


When you tweet, and I am sure that you will be doing lots of that, please remember to use following hashtags!

#NACrushTourney and #KnightRiders


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Now, last, but not least, the book, where Tristan Knight is from, Promise is free on all platforms!


Title: Promise (Soul Savers #1)
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, 369 Pages (August 11, 2011)
Add to: Goodreads
Order the FREE eBook Online here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords


Summary:

New Adult Paranormal Romance ** Mature Content ** Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language

First installment of award-winning author Kristie Cook's bestselling Soul Savers Series
Alexis Ames has a life full of promise...but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can't be real, she decides it's time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family's secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy...until she discovers he's not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family's secret society, the Angels' army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy - Satan's minions and Tristan's creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

1st Place - 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award - Fantasy (Published) by Florida Writers Association

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That's all today, but there will be more! Keep an eye on the posts here on the blog and on the blogs FB page and in Twitter!

Thanks!

Happy reading!


Monday, June 23, 2014

The Book Blogger Buzz Tour is coming here!


 



Happy Monday!

July is almost here, and I am very pleased to announce, that I will be participating in an awesome event - The Book Blogger Buzz Tour! It's organized by bloggers and it is to bloggers!  Of course, it's for everybody who's interested in what bloggers think and do, because the topics touched during this tour are very interesting for readers, authors and other bloggers.

A big thank you goes to Rachel from Parajunkee.com  who gathered all these great bloggers together. Thank you!



Book Blogger Buzz Tour, Win a Kindle Fire HD

The Book Blogger Buzz Tour is coming here!

Starting in July, a group of book bloggers are uniting together to talk books, blogging and everything in between. All sorts of book bloggers, all kinds of topics! We don't discriminate. And we want you to join the discussions! Follow the tour, join in on the conversation and maybe even win a Kindle Fire or equal Amazon GC or Paypal cash. Winners choice.

Anyway, today's post is informing you all about what to expect. It's a great opportunity to meet bloggers who are active "in the blogging business". Come and join us, read what we think about different topics and participate with commenting and also in the giveaway!

Me and Reading will be the first blog to host. I will be having Mama Kittys Reviews visiting me and on the second day of the tour, I will be visiting Contagious Reads.

Looking forward to that!!!

Book Bloggers promoting Book Bloggers!

It all beings July 1st!
I'm a particpating blogger!


Follow the Tour:

July Buzz Tour Schedule

Topic: Ten reasons you CAN'T read and you are dying on the inside.
Topic: Organization tips and tricks
Topic: Books you feel need more attention. A top ten list. Tell why you think they need to be read by everyone.
Topic: Rant: Things you wish others would stop "judging" other book bloggers on
Topic: You've been asked to write a short story starring a gnome character, what would the gnome be named and how would the story go?
Topic: What last books in a trilogy or series do you wish you had never read? Why?
Topic: Your Favorite Blogger Moment. Recount it.
Topic: What are those wonderful things you see in other blogger's reviews and think are wonderful? Or what do you like to see in other blogger's reviews?
Topic: Your Biggest Blogger Fail. Recount it.
Topic: Are you creative or just depressed? A mental survival guide for bloggers.
Topic: After Fifty Shades. What's the next big thing?
Topic: What trends do you hope are popular next in Romance/Erotica?
Topic: What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?
Topic: Audiobooks vs. ...regular books?
Topic: Hardcover vs. Paperback
Topic: Rant: Things you wish other book bloggers would stop doing
Topic: My favorite animals to read about in fiction - or my favorite paranormal shifter characters and why.
  • 07/31/14
    Harlequin Junkie appearing on Janelle Reads
    Topic: Dealing with your first negative review from an author you've enjoyed connecting with on social networks.

Happy reading!
I am looking very much forward to the event!




Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling

Hi all!

The last book to a good series!




Author: Joss Stirling
Title: Seeking Crystal
Release date: 4th of October 2012
Series: Benedicts #3
Published by: Oxford University Press
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 258 in paperback format
Source: Borrowed from a local library

Summary:

The hotly anticipated third book from Joss Stirling, featuring the characters from Finding Sky and Stealing Phoenix. Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren't her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of 'E' grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict! Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond's wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried . . .

Review:

I’ve read the first two books and liked them a lot, so of course I would take on the third one as well. And while I was good and it definitely followed the winning recipe of the first two, there was just something missing. Since I, however, can’t really pinpoint what this something was, then I still have to give it a four, because this installment further illustrates how incredibly cute, feel-good, pro tight-family-bonds and action-packed this series is.

The third book introduces us to Crystal, who considers herself the failure and completely useless member of her Savant family, with the pointless power of finding things lost (which sounds pretty fun to me, by the way), and Xav Benedict, the smart mouth and naughty one of the previously already introduced Benedict brothers. What’s different this time from the other two couples is that Crystal and Xav don’t know that they are each other’s soul mates and, thus, they don’t take their growing attraction seriously and simply enjoy annoying the other and flirting, lots of flirting disguised as dislike and mean sharp banter. Trouble, however, isn’t far off wherever the brothers are involved.

I really appreciated more deeper insight into the whole soul finder aspect of the story, since it is a major factor that till this book has kind of just excited without any details on how this affects couples, what happens if you don’t find your match, is being with someone else a waste of time, the possibility of giving up and being with someone else, how can you possibly find one specific person from the whole wide world, etc. While still not as fleshed out as I was hoping, I’m glad there was more info on this topic. 

Other good stuff: The whole family dynamics of the Benedict siblings was topnotch again as I expected and the story was so fast-paced that it felt incredibly short, which however, I’m not sure yet is a good or bad thing.

Lacking: I would have liked to see more time spent between Crystal and Xav before they discovered they were the Ones, because as the book went by so fast, any additional bonding scenes would have made the eventual relationship more authentic and special. Also, the setting being in Venice did nothing for me. I’ve been there and (don’t hate me) it was quite underwhelming … I’m still upset about that by the way.

Characters:

Crystal – I think I liked her because of traits others certainly will not apprechiate, she was moody, childish, disappointed in herself, annoyed with her family, somewhat of a pessimist and she didn’t pretend to not be all those things, I loved her for being herself and not showing a little miss sunshine façade when that was the farthest from her mind.

Xav – He was already quite prominent in the first two books with this funny-guy attitude and being the one who could never keep his mouth shut or keep himself from making stupid comments, so I knew I’d like him and I got just what I was expecting. They were a good fit with Crystal and I’ve always been prone to like these love/hate or banter-y couples, because they are simply loads more fun. So all is well! 

Overall:

Another great addition to a very likable series. I’m quite sad that this is the end now, but since this is a YA series and the brothers in the appropriate age group have now been paired off, then I guess there is no helping it. I will leave with very fond memories!

4 stars!

LIIS

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop! 2 winners and open internationally!

Happy Friday!

It's here! Welcome to my stop at the Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop! This hop is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader blog and there are more than 100 blogs participating, so you will have MANY chances to win!



Midsummer's Eve is my favorite summer holiday. Yes, in my country we get 2 days off, on 23rd and 24th of June to celebrate the Midsummer's Eve! This year, I am so lucky to get 4 days in a row, first weekend and then 2 holiday days.

The reason why I love Midsummer celebrations is, that no matter where you go that evening you will see the lights of many bonfires. You see bonfires on the beaches, in the gardens, in the parks (it's allowed for that evening!), in the forests. It is the lightest night here and adding the light from bonfires, it's beautiful! People usually spend this time with their families and friends, many people drive out from the cities to their summerhouses to celebrate it, barbecuing and having fun.


I will be spending the Midsummer Eve on the west coast, on the island of Saaremaa where my family is from. The above picture is done couple of years ago. It's taken around midnight and it's still light outside. :) 


And now to the giveaway.




Giveaway details:

You need to fill in the RC form below.
It's open internationally.
It runs from 21st to 30th of June

There will be 2 winners picked! One gets an e-book of his/her choice and one gets an amazon gift card.



Good luck and happy reading!





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