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Review: The Opposite of Right by Christi Barth

Posted December 30, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Opposite of Right by Christi BarthReviewer: Holly
The Opposite of Right by Christi Barth
Series: Bad Decisions #1
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: November 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Kylie Stafford has spent her whole life doing exactly what's expected. The right major, the right sorority, the right guys, just like her mother and her sister before her. But when everything falls apart for her, Kylie wonders if doing everything right has been utterly wrong. There's only one way to find out! She decides to try making all the wrong choices for three months. Hit on a tattoo-covered rock musician? Check. Go back to his dressing room for a hot hook-up against the wall? Gulp. Drop everything to be a roadie for him to binge on more of the best sex of her life? Maybe. Start falling for him despite her better judgment? Figure out why doing everything that seems wrong feels so darn right?

The premise of this book reminded me somewhat of Meeting Trouble by Emme Rollins, a novella I read last year because it was a free download. I’m happy to report this story worked much better for me.

Kylie is a good girl who has spent her life making decisions based on what others thought were best for her. Now she’s a college graduate with no prospects, since the coveted internship she thought she’d landed fell through. She attends a concert with her best friend and accidentally makes out with the lead singer of the band….then gets roped into being their goodie girl (the one who sells the band’s merchandise) for the evening. She does such a good job of it, they offer her the position until their regular girl recovers from emergency surgery. Good girl Kylie would have said no and gone back home to nurse her depression. But what has being a good girl ever gotten her? So she decides to embrace being a bad girl for awhile, and agrees.

Cam Watson is trying to get his band back on track after a pretty awful year. He made some questionable decisions (that involved a girl), which led to tension between the bandmates and disappointed fans. This tour is their chance to prove their serious about their music and to gain back the following they lost with their last flop. The last thing he needs is to jeopardize that with a girl, but he can’t stay away from Kylie. She’s smart, fun and understands music in a way few people do. But she’s already causing more trouble with his band and making it hard for him to concentrate. He wants her now…and maybe for always.

I thought Kylie would come across as whiny and immature, but I actually really enjoyed her. Instead of seeming careless or flighty, her decision to walk on the wild side showed an inner strength and really allowed her to find herself. She wasn’t reckless, but rather exploring her personal boundaries and deciding what ..and who.. she wanted in the future. I thought her career choice was really interesting and it played well with her position in the band.  I did become a bit frustrated by her refusal to commit to things with Cam, but considering her precarious position in her real life, I understood it.

Cam was a pretty stand-up guy. He made some mistakes that cost him the trust of his fellow bandmates, but he was the first to own up to his behavior. He was doing his best to get things back on track. I liked how committed he was to the band. His slow progression from wanting a quick tumble with Kylie to being all in was really sweet.

This is a novella, so the length worked against the story a bit. I would have liked more background information on all the band members, including the main characters. It ended abruptly. I would have liked to see more with them after their issues were resolved. I can only assume they’ll have a full length book at some point, or be featured as strong secondary characters in the later books.

Though this was short, I really enjoyed the story. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.

3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

What I Read Last Week

Posted May 27, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 2 Comments

Hey guys!  Hope you’re having a nice Monday.  For those of you in the US…Happy Memorial Day.

Nothing much has been happening around here lately so I guess I’ll just get down to what I read last week:

I started the week with The Witch of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney.  This story is about Mairi Sinclair who lives in Edinburgh and runs her deceased father’s printing press.  She is getting more involved in women’s rights and this ends up butting heads with the Provost of Edinburgh.  The pair squabble but they can’t deny their attraction to each other.  This was a really great story and I very much enjoyed both Mairi and Logan’s characters.  4 out of 5

Next was Don’t Blackmail the Vampire by Tiffany Allee.  Rachel is trying everything to get her sister away from her loser of a fiance and Charles is trying to figure out if the loser fiance, Brent, is making threatening phone calls to his sister-in-law.  Rachel finds out that Charles is a vampire and attempts to blackmail her into help her with her sister.  The story is cute and fun.  I’ll post a review later this week.  3.5 out of 5

The Reiver by Jackie Barbosa is a short story about a Laird who captures a reiver on his land and throws him in the dungeon.  Then he figures out he’s a she and ends up falling in love with her.  Too bad he doesn’t anything about her. It’s a pretty fast story as it’s so short but it was cute.  3 out of 5

Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti is Nate’s story in the Sin Brothers series.  He’s still looking for the codes to deactivate the kill switches and tries using his connection with his old love to get them.  He doesn’t realize that’s he’s never stopped loving her and that poses a problem when he’s trying to stay objective.  A good book – I’ll post my review later this week.  4 out of 5

There’s Wild, Then There’s You by M. Leighton is the story of Violet who meets Jet at a Sex addicts anonymous meeting and neither can get the other out of their minds.  The problem is that Violet stood up and said she was a SA but she’s not.  She hates deceiving him but she likes him so much and is afraid to lose him.  I’ll post my review of this one soon. 4 out of 5

Last for the week was Planning for Love by Christi Barth.  This is a cute story that involves wedding planner Ivy who ends up falling for Bennett.  Ivy is a head in the clouds, everything’s rainbows and butterflies type of girl and Bennett is an anti-romance, cynical, the glass is half empty kind of guy.  They make a strange pair but Ivy is determined to make Bennett fall in love with her.  It’s cute but a little slow in the middle.  It wrapped up with a nice bow at the end which was a little disconcerting as I just didn’t see Ben changing his mind about love.  shrugs 3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
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Lightning Review: A Fine Romance by Christi Barth

Posted January 14, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Lightning Review: A Fine Romance by Christi BarthReviewer: Holly
A Fine Romance by Christi Barth
Series: Aisle Bound Trilogy #2
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: March 11th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, General
Pages: 367
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three-half-stars

Book two of Aisle Bound

They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish's case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can't afford to let her down.

Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira—which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop—he can't resist antagonizing her. There's something about the sexy, straitlaced woman that drives him crazy. He can't get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.
Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there's going to be anything permanent between them, they'll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future…
99,000 words

 

I really enjoy books where the hero and heroine are enemies before they’re friends. That was the case here and it played out well. Mira’s bad opinion of Sam is formed before she even meets him, when he leaves her stranded at the airport her first day in town. From there they antagonize each other as often as possible. But there’s undeniable attraction between them. If only Sam was willing to put as much effort into a relationship with a woman who isn’t his mother…and if Mira would let that woman be her.

This is a sweet story. I thought both Sam and Mira held themselves back too much at times, but I can’t deny I enjoyed the getting-to-know you. What really made the story stand out was the cast of secondary characters. The residents of the small town, Sam’s mother, Mira’s best friend…it all came together to create an enjoyable atmosphere for love.

Overall I enjoyed the main characters as well as the secondary. The close-knit group really brought the story together.

3.5 out of 5

This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

three-half-stars

#DFRAT Review: Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

Posted July 9, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

lahtHolly‘s review of Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect’s timing stinks: Darcy’s career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up.

When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy’s arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week.

But with Darcy’s departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling might become the real thing?

This was a fun, zany romp. Darcy Trent and Cooper Hudson are both on vacation, trying to get away from having to make major life decisions; Whether or not Darcy should take a job in Africa to make her parents happy and what career Coop should consider now that his chances of becoming a secret service agent are over.

When Coop rescues Darcy from the ocean, it’s obvious they have chemistry. Since neither are in a place where they can start a relationship, they decide a summer fling while at the beach is the perfect thing. Enter Darcy’s somewhat flighty best friend, who decides she wants to become a P.I. She’s got Darcy trailing what she thinks is a pimp all over town, getting into all sorts of trouble. Good thing for them that Coop and his cousin are there, willing to help.

This puts Coop and Darcy in constant contact..which is just fine. Until the reality of Darcy’s possible move to Africa sets in and they both realize they want more. But can they have it?

This is a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s quite a bit of humor and a rather outlandish plot, but it really works. I was sucked in from page one. This is the perfect beach read – light, fun and just a little bit sweet.

4 out of 5

This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

#DFRAT Excerpt & Giveaway: Love at High Tide by Christi Barth.

Posted July 9, 2013 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

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Please join us in welcoming Christi Barth to Book Binge to help us celebrate DFRAT.  She’s sharing an excerpt from her book, Love at High Tide and she’s also giving away two copies.

WELCOME!

Blurb:

Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect’s timing stinks: Darcy’s career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up.

When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy’s arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week.

But with Darcy’s departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling might become the real thing?

Excerpt:

“Thanks for the rescue. If you hadn’t grabbed me, I’d still be doing somersaults underwater. In my book, that qualifies you for hero status.”
An unreadable emotion flickered across his eyes so fast she almost missed it. In a low mutter, he said, “Don’t call me a hero.” He hit the hard-packed sand at the edge of the water and stopped walking.

Modest, heroic and gorgeous. And it didn’t take even a fraction of her eight years of training in cultural anthropology to figure out he was attracted to her. They’d long since hit land, and yet he made no move to put her down. Not that she was complaining. She’d happily continue to sit cradled in his arms. It gave her an up-close view of his chiseled cheekbones, sharp enough to etch glass. Her fingers brushed through the salt-spiked tips of his blond hair. No doubt about it: she’d found the man candy Trina had promised. One bite of him would be as sinful and addictive as a chocolate honey truffle.

“Well, I can’t call you Mr. In-The-Right-Place-At-The-Right-Time.” When his lips curled up showing off his dimple, Darcy’s interest kicked up a notch.
“Good point. I’m Cooper Hudson. Coop, to my friends.”

“Darcy Trent.”

“It’s been a long time since I met an ocean virgin.”

“Oh, but only in the aquatic sense, I assure you.” What? Why wave her long-vanished virginity under his nose? Now he probably thought she had the morals of an alley cat. But hearing the hottest man she’d ever seen use the word virgin threw her for a loop. Not the standard nice-to-meet-you conversation, by a long shot.
He flashed an easy smile. “Don’t worry. I hadn’t planned on delivering you as a virgin sacrifice to appease the volcano gods over at the mini-golf course.”

Okay, now Darcy could add funny to the list of his overwhelming awesomeness. Maybe she really had blacked out and was hallucinating her ideal man while unconscious, underwater. What else could explain such perfection?

“Darcy, what happened?” Trina’s yell preceded her appearance in front of them. After a quick yank upward to her scrap of a top, she rested her hand on Darcy’s leg. “Why’s he carrying you? Did you get stung in the foot by a jellyfish? ’Cause if you did, I’ll pee on it. That’ll take the sting away.”

That certainly settled the whole am-I-hallucinating question. Never, ever would Darcy fantasize about her best friend peeing on her. The situation had to be real. And if Trina in all her adorable annoyingness was real, then her hot hero hunk had to be real, too.

To her dismay, Cooper lowered her to the ground.

“Your friend’s fine,” Cooper announced. “A wave almost rolled her, so she’s a little shaken up, but uninjured.”

“You keep your distance,” Darcy warned with a hand raised to keep Trina at arm’s length. “Don’t even think about peeing on me. Not even if I get attacked by an entire school of jellyfish.”

Trina wrinkled her nose. “Okay, but if the situation arises, just remember that I would be willing to make that sacrifice.”

“Friendship is a beautiful thing.” Cooper’s sardonic tone belied the sincerity of his expression.

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Bio: Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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