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Review: Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Posted October 28, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara HantzReviewer: Rowena
Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Publication Date: October 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together...but love just might find a way.

Rowena’s review of Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz.

One of my favorite tropes is the falling in love with your older brother’s best friend one. This is one of those stories so I was hyped up to get this book read. I also enjoyed the last Entangled: Crush book that I read (I loved it a lot) so I was expecting a lot of the same kind of thing from that book.

Hmm, this book was a completely different reading experience for me.

So Mia (Umm, who the heck is Ruby? The main character in my eARC is Mia, not Ruby) has a huge crush on her brother’s ex-bestfriend, Drew. Drew is the enemy because when Blake (Mia’s brother) found out his girlfriend died, he found out that she was with Drew before she died. Reese (the girlfriend) died in a house fire and Drew, who survived the fire is left with third degree burns on his body.

The book starts and it’s about a year after the fire and Drew is back at school. He missed almost all of school last year so he has to repeat his junior year, which puts him in the same grade as Mia (sorry but she’s Mia to me, not Ruby). The whispers and the stares follow Drew around when he first gets back at school and Mia wants to help him feel welcome because the crush she had on him for all those years hasn’t gone away and though she feels bad about betraying her brother, her heart wants Drew and when they get close after being put together in a group project, Mia has to decide if she wants to continue being Drew’s secret.

Drew refuses to hurt Blake again. The thing with Reese wasn’t planned but Drew carries around a lot of guilt and while he misses his best friend Blake, he understands why Blake hates him so much. So when him and Mia become more than friends, Drew is torn because he wants to be with Mia but he also understands why Blake wouldn’t want him with her. So he makes bonehead mistakes and in his effort to save Blake from being hurt, he hurts Mia and a whole lot of dumbass-ness happens.

Through a lot of the book, I’m annoyed with a different person. First it was Blake and his anger that was directed at all of the wrong things and people. Then it was Mia and then it was Drew and then it was Mia and Blake’s father and then it was back to Mia and then back to Drew. I didn’t understand a lot of what drove the characters to make such dumbass choices and to think the way that they did. I couldn’t connect with anyone except the one person that we didn’t get nearly enough page time with and that was Tiffany, Mia’s best friend. I thought she had a good head on her shoulders and showed a lot of patience and support to Mia. She was a good friend to Mia. She was there when Mia needed her and counseled Mia when she needed to be counseled.

The romance between Drew and Mia had potential to be good, but they got on my nerves throughout a whole lot of the book and by the end, I was just happy to finally be done with them. They drove me crazy. I didn’t understand them, I didn’t sympathize with them and that’s saying something because Drew has third degree burns but the way that he pulled away from everyone and was hot and cold with Mia’s feelings made him a less desirable love interest for me. Mia wasn’t any better. She drove me mad with everything and don’t even get me started on Blake. I didn’t understand his animosity over …everything. He made me mad and then after all was said and done, the resolution to everything came about so freaking fast. Too fast. Too easy.

So while I really liked Tiffany, everything else left a lot to be desired.


Guest Review: Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender

Posted October 28, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Second Chance Heart by Marie LavenderReviewer: Tracy
Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: October 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…

The last thing she expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for another.

She can’t be more wrong…

The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal?

On the way home from a business trip Dana has to pull into an inn because of a storm. Not only is she upset about the delay but she then sees her ex in the lobby which makes her even more upset. This was the man who broke her heart by cheating on her. She doesn’t even bother engaging in conversation and heads to her room.   Ready for bed she hears a knock on the door. It’s her ex, Vince, and he’s there to apologize…12 years after the fact. He says he was scared that they were getting too close and cheated purposely. He pushes into her room and tries to get her to accept his apology. When they part Dana thinks it’s over even though Vince asked her to think about getting back together with him. He then breaks in to her room to “watch over her” while she’s sleeping. Creepy. When they run into each other at a wedding soon after Dana realizes that her love for Vince never died.

This was a pretty short story so it didn’t have a lot of depth to it. Dana and Vince run into each other, they have a couple of meetings, some flashbacks to when they met when they were kids and then reconciliation. It’s not that it wasn’t a good story, I just found the interactions to be lacking a certain amount of emotion.

I guess it all came down to the disbelief in my mind that after so long Dana would open her heart to Vince once again. In the end I think the story needed to be longer in order to make a truly believable reunion story.

Rating: 2 out of 5


Guest Review: Sweet as Sin by J.T. Geissinger

Posted July 23, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Sweet as Sin by J.T. GeissingerReviewer: Tracy
Sweet As Sin by J. T. Geissinger
Published by Amazon Publishing
Publication Date: July 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Twenty-something Kat Reid is loving life as an in-demand Hollywood makeup artist. She has absolutely no interest in rock 'n' roll, but in order to pay the mortgage, she agrees to work on the set of a rock video for the world-famous rockers known as Bad Habit...which brings her face-to-face with Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit and Adonis in the flesh.
However, the fiercely independent Kat isn't impressed by the hard-living, womanizing rock star. But when Nico's model girlfriend shows up to the set drunk and Kat is tapped to replace her as the video's sexy bride, her combustible chemistry with Nico suddenly threatens to consume the set. Nico feels it, too--and becomes determined to win Kat over, body and soul. Yet behind his rock god swagger, Nico hides a dark secret. Can he rock Kat's world forever, or will he just break her heart?

Tracy’s review of Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit #1) by J.T. Geissinger

Kat is earning a living by doing makeup when she meets rock star Nico. He is immediately smitten with her and starts contacting her via text and cell phone and practically stalking her. Kat isn’t impressed with the man who she thinks is hitting on her while the woman she believes is his girlfriend is in rehab. Nico assures Kat that Avery Kane isn’t his girlfriend and continues his pursuit of Kat.

Kat eventually gives in and it seems that almost immediately she falls in love with Nico. There are many secrets in Nico’s life, however and Kat’s not sure she can handle being left in the dark. She also has a serious problem with Nico’s brother, Michael, who is a pretty scary guy. Can their love survive all the drama in their lives?

This book was filled with angst and drama and when I thought it would finally die down I got more angst and drama. My God it was nonstop and a bit frustrating.

Kat wasn’t a bad character but she gave in to Nico so freaking easily and I thought she lost more than a small part of herself by doing so. She had a good life and he came in and blew it all to hell.

Nico’s issues were monumental. That man was so screwed up I honestly couldn’t believe that the author had such a hero in her story. He was possessive and not in a good comforting, protective way but in an asshole I-want-to-know-what-you’re-doing-at-all-times way. Creepy.

This book got 1 extra star because despite my issues with the book the author did get me to read the whole thing.

Rating: 2 out of 5

This title is available from Montlake Romance. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Posted July 9, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

last years mistake
Rowena’s review of Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca.

Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decided to move away, she couldn’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn’t ready to let her go…

Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.

Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.

Kelsey and David are best friends and maybe things could have been more if Kelsey wasn’t moving away, leaving David behind. Whatever they could have been went up in dust when Kelsey left and didn’t keep in touch with David. Now, it’s a year later and David has moved to the same city as Kelsey and they’re going to school together…again. There are lingering resentments on both sides and over the course of the book, their story slowly unravels, so slowly that you want to punch them both in the face. Maybe do some hair pulling too.

Three different times, I wanted to put this book down for good. But I wanted to find out if things would turn around between Kelsey and David so I kept reading. The longer I read, the more pissed off I got. Kelsey was such a hard person to like. She assumed, she knew everything so you couldn’t tell her anything and she cared far too much about what other people said and thought. The entire time that I was reading her story, I kept waiting to start liking her but that never happened. Even when the whole story comes out and I understood where she was coming from, it still wasn’t enough for me to get over that hump to actually liking her.

David was a good kid but he wasn’t without his own faults. He was a teenage boy who did stupid teenage boy things and he was completely clueless about a lot of things but I felt that these two stubborn idiots wasted so much freaking time over such petty things. I only disliked David a little less because he tried a few times to stop wasting time and he was upfront about what he wanted from Kelsey, how he felt about Kelsey but Kelsey? Ugh, she made me so mad with all the waffling she did. You don’t stay with one boy because you don’t want to hurt him when you’re thinking about another boy ALL THE TIME. Ugh.

Isabel. Violet. Ryan. Ugh, those characters weren’t much better either. The only decent friend Kelsey had was Candy and I thought she was robbed of page time. We didn’t get nearly as much of her as we did the other assholes in Kelsey’s life (both past and present).

The whole book read as a teenage angst fest and while that’s not always a bad thing, these characters didn’t do anything to make me like them in the end and I doubt that I will ever read this one again. So while I didn’t absolutely hate the book, I didn’t necessarily like it either.

Grade: 2 out of 5

This book is available from Simon Pulse. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Guest Review: There’s Something About Werewolves by Thalia Eames

Posted June 25, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: There’s Something About Werewolves by Thalia EamesReviewer: Tracy
There's Something About Werewolves by Thalia James
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Shifters #1
Published by Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
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Their second chance ignites with a bite.

Lennox Averdeen’s top three worst fears:

1. Anything remotely canine.

2. Finding out she has a secret baby.

3. Running into Garrett Anderson. Former best friend. Heartbreaker.

She pulls a trifecta when she realizes the stray canine and the tween kid hanging around her house are not only one and the same, he’s Garrett’s wolf shifter son.

When Garrett tracks down his runaway son and sees Lennox again, the widowed father’s heart begins to struggle against his self-imposed chains. Plus, just coming into town pits him against the local Alpha, and everything he hates about pack life. The death, the heartache.

Despite her fears, Lennox becomes the boy’s mother in all but DNA. But Garrett? He can hula-hoop with the nine rings of hell. Except the heat of attraction has never died, and there’s only one way to slake their sexual thirst. Make a smoking-hot deal, agree to part as friends…and try to ignore the sound of Fate howling with laughter.

Tracy’s review of There’s Something About Werewolves by Thalia Eames

When Lennox was in college she was completely in love with her best friend, Garrett. She thought he returned her feelings until he met Tina and then eloped with her. Lennox had to leave school because of her father’s illness and she did so without saying goodbye to Garrett and has had no contact with him since then. Now Garrett’s 12 year old son, Nox (named after Lennox) has shown up in town and wants to be near his godmother, Lennox. Unbeknownst to Leni, Nox is a werewolf and tells the alpha in town, Ian, that he wants to be part of his pack but only because he wants to be near Leni. Nox is young so he doesn’t realize the conflict he’s created between Ian and his father.

Ian realizes that Nox’s education when it comes to being a werewolf is sadly lacking. Garrett agrees to stay in town so that Nox can attend the local camp (which is for werewolves). While this is happening Leni is having a hard time keeping her hands off of Garrett. She’s sad that Garrett’s wife died, but she wants to be around Nox as much as she can and of course loves having Garrett around. She conflicted about her feelings for Garret and vacillates back and forth about them constantly. She lusts after him but he’s of the mind, born once, die once, marry once, love once. That doesn’t stop him from lusting after Lennox as well. He constantly tells her that they can’t be more than friends but the more time he spends with her the more he gets attached. When Nox is in trouble Lennox protects him the only way she knows how but Garrett decides that living with guilt and being around Lennox is too much and heads out of town.

When I first started reading this book I wasn’t sure I would continue. The writing style started out to be a bit unbalanced and it was hard to figure out where the author was going with the story. It soon smoothed out some so I kept on reading.

There was a lot going on in this book. There’s Nox and his desire to be near Leni; Nox’s desire to learn more about being a werewolf and learn control; Leni’s relationship with Garrett and her relationship with Ian; Leni’s complete and utter fear of dogs; the secrets that Garrett and the rest of the town were keeping from Leni; the blackmail attempt from an outside source…and there were a few more things thrown in there as well. I felt at times that it suffered from overkill.

I did love the parts with Nox and the other secondary characters – Cash, Gran, Paolo, Jules & Dillon. Those parts were wonderful and pretty darned heart-warming, yet sad at times. Their parts really saved the story for me in a way as it took us away from the constant back and forth between Garrett & Leni.

Some of my least favorite parts of the book, unfortunately, were the ones having to do with Garrett and Leni and their relationship. Garrett was determined to keep Leni at arms length and he was actually pretty verbally cruel there at times. That didn’t stop him from taking her to bed with him. The epilogue was supposed to clear everything up when they got their HEA and Garrett stated his true feelings for Leni, but that just served to annoy and frustrate me even more. I can’t tell you as it would be a humungous spoiler but suffice it to say it negated almost everything that Garrett has said about his feeling throughout the entire book! It was just too little too late for my liking. I also didn’t care for Leni’s treatment of Ian in the end and that was a big black mark on her in my book.

Overall the book had more good parts to it than bad but the bad overshadowed the good just a bit too much and made this just an ok read for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

This title is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.