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August 29, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

Playing for KeepsDone with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

My Review:

Playing for Keeps started out super cute. I was a big fan of the whole “I hate my neighbor, but he’s super hot” vibe that the book had going on. I also really loved the banter and pranks between the two main characters. On the flip side, I do wish that their had maybe been a little more steam and sexiness between the two of them. I will say that both of their characters rotated between acting a little too juvenile and a little too grandma and grandpaish.

What really confused me about Playing for Keeps is that the two main characters were a couple by like 25% of the book. I’m not talking the type of couple who is dating and still getting to know each other. No, I’m talking about the sort of couple who sleeps together every night and knows each others tells. It was around this point that I started getting a little confused since 25% of the book was still left. Unfortunately, I had some valid concerns about this. The rest of the book was really just random filler space and made it realllllllllly long. I would have liked to see more of a buildup for the MC’s relationship and more sexiness between them.

One of my biggest complaints about this book was Jason’s character. He came across as very juvenile and immature. Sure, he was funny. I also really liked some of those funny moments that he demonstrated. That being said, he was just a little too juvenile and immature for my taste. He laughed at everything, he was over the top dramatic, and he just wasn’t somebody that I could ever see myself dating. I really wanted him to have some hardcore sexy moments and that just never happened.

Since I mentioned my dislike for Jason’s character, I guess I do have to mention by dislike for Haley’s character. While I didn’t dislike Haley as much as I did Jason, I found her very grandma like. It was difficult to warm up to the 29 year-old virgin who acted like she was 65. She had no backbone, she whined a lot, and she sometimes had the maturity of a 10-year-old girl in the pit of a Justin Beiber concert. Her qualities made her perfect for Jason’s character, but I couldn’t stand them as a couple.

I’m really sad that I ended up disliking this book, because I was a big fan of the first 15-18% of the book or so. Then, it reached a point where all I wanted to do was skim the book. In fact, I couldn’t even make it to the end of the book. It was just that bad. I don’t see myself really continuing with this author. At least it was free….

Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆

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August 22, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three #1) by Kristen Ashley

until the sunLeah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.

Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.

So he’s taking it back.

And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.

Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.

What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.

My Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I really didn’t like at all but had to finish because I was grossly fascinated. I guess saying “read the book” it a vast overstatement, because I skimmed this book from almost start to finish. There was absolutely no way that I was suffering through all of those pages, but I really did have to know what happened.

This book is so miscategorized on Goodreads. It has it listed as a vampire paranormal/fantasy. Let me be clear: This is a vampire paranormal, sure, but it also features a HUGE BDSM theme. It’s basically like the author created an erotica BDSM and wanted it to fall under almost an urban paranormal aspect to gain more readers. Not that I’m against the genre that she chose to go with, but it’s definitely not the type of book that I was looking to read, nor was I expecting this specific theme based off of the synopsis or the Goodreads genre listing.

I’ll be honest, I actually did like the first one or two chapters quite a bit. They were very interesting. And then something reallllllllllllly awkward happened. It came out that the main character was 40 years old. Before you get offended, let me tell you that, based off the characters personality, I thought she was around 18-20 years old. And THEN, when her true age did get revealed, it made her seem like a 60-year-old grandma. I’m not kidding, Lucien put SO MUCH emphasis into her age throughout the WHOLE book, that I was super weirded out the whole time. Realistically, I know that 40 is not old. But I had two things going on. 1) I’m only 26. I’ve never read a book with a 40 year old MC, so it was a little weird for me. 2) I was really fucking weirded out that so much emphasis was placed on her age. Seriously, by the way the author made it sound based off the descriptions, it was like she was 60 years old with wrinkles all over her body with a mentality of a 15 year old. It was like the whole book had some weird daddy/daughter issues going on with an age-play undertone that really freaked me out.

Pushing the age aside, I HATED Lucien. He was domineering, rude, took advantage of Leah constantly, and abusive. There were several scenes in this book that could have been interpreted as rape, which was not okay at all. Several trigger scenes were in this book that readers probably won’t anticipate based off of the genre listing and/or the synopsis. I was not a fan of their relationship at all. I HATED Lucien’s so called “punishments.” Let me be frank here, I’m all for the steamy romance. I don’t mind reading about dominant men or these kinds of relationships. However, this whole relationship between Leah and Lucien took me totally off guard. I wasn’t a fan.

If you think I hated Lucien, I DESPISED Leah. She would constantly talk about how she hated Lucien and the things he was doing to her. The moment he touched her, though, she turned into goo and did whatever he wanted. Seriously, there were so many scenes were she was like “I hate you. I’ll never forgive you. I don’t want anything to do with you. You’re such a horrible person.” And then two seconds later she’s basically having sex with him. For real? Really? GAG.

Another thing that was super weird was that there was this huge plot throughout the whole booI k that basically never came to anything at the end. It just sort of disappeared and nothing major happened at all. Huge let down. Like….come on.

I really struggled with how to rate this book, because I was so grossly fascinated by it. At first, I was going to give it 1 star, but then I felt really weird giving it just a 1 star because I did make it to the end. Then, I just wasn’t going to rate it and just leave my review with no rating. Since, I really did despise this book, though, I’m giving it a 2. This book just wasn’t good. There were several spots that were not edited well, the characters sucked, the genre was miscategorized and included several triggers that could be very harmful to certain readers, and the plot just kind of faded out at the end. I was super disappointed. I did not like this book. There is no way that I’m ever going to finish this series. I’m done.

Rating: : ★★☆☆☆

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August 11, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter

darkest secretIn this sexy new installment of Showalter’s bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, the haunted Amun meets a woman who tempts him like no other…

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty.

Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

My Review:

Ok, what? Amun and Haidee? What about Amun and Kaia? What about Strider and Haidee? WHAT IS GOING ON?! It’s not okay to practically throw it in our laps that that will be the line up and then CHANGE IT! Super confused! That’s what we thought the ENTIRE last book AND we thought Amun and Kaia since Aeron’s book! WHAT IS HAPPENING!? I’m so confused right now.

I hate to say it, but I didn’t like this book at all. Maybe it was because we barely got any face time with Amun throughout the series. It definitely was because I couldn’t STAND Haidee. And it’s possibly that I was just really ticked off about Amun and Haidee being a thing. It didn’t work. I didn’t like it.

Amun and Haidee were the most nauseating couple to read about. OMG. If I had to hear them cooing, whining, or going on and on and ON about how they couldn’t have sex ONE MORE TIME, I was going to rip through those pages and STRANGLE THEM! There is only SO MUCH of that nonsense that I can take. AND I REACHED MY LIMIT! For realz, yo. I skimmed SO MUCH throughout this book. It was NOT my cup of tea!

The only positive sides of this book were the scenes with Liam, Gilly, Strider, and Paris. I love THEIR scenes. Everything else sucked butt. PASS.

Bring on Strider’s book!

Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆

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August 8, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Angel (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter

Darkest AngelThe Darkest Angel, which is a Lords of the Underworld tale, is Gena’s story in this (Heart of Darkness) anthology.

An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….

My Review:

I’ve been so curious about Lysander for quite awhile now. Lysander just kind of pops up in the books. Unless you look it up (or read this review,) it’s not really explained that Lysander actually has his own novella. So, it might be a little confusing to readers to just have him kind of pop out of nowhere. Lysander’s story is right before Aeron’s story, and it’s really short. It’s about his greatest temptation, Bianka, and their relationship together.

If you remember from Sabin’s book, Bianka is Gwen’s older sister and a Harpy. Bianka is fierce, badass, in your face, and totally aggressive. She also wears her heart on her sleeve, which she probably would never admit out loud. Paired with Lysander, who is completely opposite from Bianka and sheds light everywhere, they make a fierce power couple! I definitely shipped this couple. They were smoking hot and had so much chemistry!

The one thing that I would have changed about this novella is that I would have made it a full length book. Having it be so short hindered it in some places and made it feel a little squeezed together and rushed. I would have preferred to see more of a progression of Lysander and Bianka’s relationship rather than watching them fight it out at the very beginning and then rushing into love. I understand that’s how it had to be as a novella, but preferences!

We haven’t really had a ton of face time with Gwen’s sisters. So, I’m really excited to see them making appearances and creating relationships of their own. I didn’t realize how funny they were! While I’m writing this, I’m currently on Kaia’s book, and OMG! The theatrics, hysterics, and laugh out loud moments! I could read about these Harpies all day long.

One quick thing: It was a little weird to have Lysander be such a jackwad. You would think that the angels would be super nice and friendly. Maybe it makes sense because Bianka is technically a demon (and so are the Lords of the Underworlds,) but it was sometimes really awkward and weird to witness him be so cold and stern. Another thing that was kind of weird was to have him be a virgin. Come on. Nobody wants to read about the male virgin!

Overall, I thought this was a cute novella. I am glad that I read it. However, I would have preferred that it was a full length novel so that we could see some more character development from the main characters and their romantic relationship. That being said, I definitely think it’s important to read this novella if you’re a loyal fan of this series!

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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August 7, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter

darkest lieForced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie – until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding – or bedding – her.

My Review

The Darkest Lie focuses on Gideon, demon of wrath, an Scarlet, demon of nightmares. We met Scarlet in the previous book in the series. If you’ve followed this series (which you should be reading them in order,) then you know that Scarlet dropped the bomb on Gideon that they were married. I don’t know about you, but that one took me for a bit of a loop. I was definitely caught off guard. It did the trick, though, because I definitely wanted to know more about their story!

I’ve been dreading Gideon’s story since the very first book in this series, because I had a very bad feeling that I was going to hate decoding every word he said. While I did really enjoy this series, I was correct in that assumption. This book gave me such a headache. Since Gideon is possessed by the demon of Wrath, he can’t speak any truths. Honestly, I think the author took that concept way too far. Gideon can’t even say someone’s real name since his demon considers that a truth and would have to call Scarlet demon instead of angel. That didn’t make any sense to me. A like is saying that you want broccoli when you really don’t. A lie isn’t calling someone by their name or calling someone demon instead of angel, especially when they’re not even an angel. I guess that would have made sense if it would have been Gwen, since she really is an Angel. I don’t know. I just thought that the author took that whole lying concept a step too far.

There were several places in this book that I just wanted to give up and skip to the next book in the series. That’s really difficult with this series, though, because there’s a constant storyline that continues throughout each book in the series. If you skip one book, you’re going to miss a lot. It was really difficult for me, though, because I was constantly having to translate what Gideon was saying. Sometimes, I couldn’t figure out what he was saying, and then that author would dedicate a whole paragraph to translate what he said in the true form. I felt like that was a huge waste of space and time. It was just…..ugh. I definitely will never be reading Gideon’s book again.

On a more positive note, I LOVED how much stuff happened in this book. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns. I was mind blown. I also loved that I would think one thing, and the something else entirely would happen. I’m normally very good about predicting twists and turns, so I was pleasantly surprised!

And can I just say Gilliam?! WOAH, BABY! I need more of these two STAT! They better not get one scene per book. I need more of them ASAP!

I am getting a bit annoyed that the past couples in this series don’t get any face time since their own individual stories. Anya wasn’t in this book AT ALL, which was super annoying, and I don’t think that Maddox and Ashlyn have had a scene of just the two of them since book 1. Come ON! Seriously? We fall in love with the couples in their own book, and then we still want to see some scenes of them in the future books.

Another thing that I was a little disappointed in, and have continued to be in this series, were the sexy scenes. Not all men are the same. They each have their own likes and dislikes, perks and quirks, things that make them unique or nerdy. While we did get to see a little bit about Gideon’s differences and preferences in this book, I feel like the sexy scenes are all just kind of blending together. Just doing the deed is not very sexy. Where is the spontaneity or the out of the blue, sexy scene. Or just the cuteness that couples can have every now and then? The author is continuously making these scenes almost exactly the same in every single book. It’s quite annoying.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. Mostly, though, that was because of the huge story plot and not because of Gideon and Scarlet. I probably would have enjoyed them as a couple more if I wasn’t having to decode every single thing that came out of Gideon’s mouth. It was very time tasking! So, I definitely would recommend this book only because it’s essential to continue out this amazing paranormal romance series. Be prepared, though, to be very annoyed with every word that comes out of Gid’s mouth.

 

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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August 4, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter

darkest whisperNew York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series…

He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

My Review:

For those of you who have been nervous to read Sabin’s story, because he hasn’t received all that much face time in the series, FEAR NOT! Sabin’s story is definitely one of the best in this series, so far, and exceeds so many of the standards and expectations previously laid out in the prior books. Sabin and Gwen melted my heart, mushed it into goo, and then rebuilt all over again. The Darkest Whisper is, by far, one of my favorite books of 2016. I just could not have asked for very much more.

The Darkest Whisper focuses on Sabin, the demon of Doubt, and Gwendolyn the Timid a.k.a scary ass Harpy. This is the second book in this series that has focused on a female lead character who is an immortal. Let me tell you, it WORKED! Books 1 and 3 had human female lead characters. While that was awesome, there was something just a little too weak about them. The Immortal females (Anya and Gwen) are super badass and can take care of themselves in an instant. For those of you who are on the fence about Gwen being called Gwendolyn the Timid, let me be the first to tell you that there is not much Timid about her. She is definitely badass and in your face. Gwen had so much spunk, passion, and determination. I would say that her timid moments were really more passionate moments between her and Sabin.

Speaking of Sabin, HOLY HOTNESS. Oh. My. Lord (I guess that phrase is actually pretty accurate!) I absolutely adored Sabin. He was tough, fierce, loyal, sexy, romantic, and a little bit of an arrogant asshole. I loved watching Gwen bring him to his knees and for Sabin to realize that he wasn’t God’s gift to humanity. I loved watching him realize that a female could slither into his heart and that he wasn’t as cruel and uncaring as he might have once thought he was. Gwen was just what Sabin needed in his life. And as a couple? SWOOOOOOOOOOON! Now I have to decide who I love more: Lucien and Anya or Sabin and Gwen. It might just be a toss up.

Honestly, I was a little nervous going into The Darkest Whisper for two reasons: 1) Even though Sabin is introduced in book 1, we don’t really get that many moments with him. So, I originally had thought that his book was creeping up a little too soon. And, 2) I was a little nervous about him demon, Doubt. I wasn’t sure how Sabin could be paired with another female without his demon doing irreparably damage. I really shouldn’t have worried about either of those concerns. Everything in this book was handled just perfectly! Amazing!

On a slightly negative sight, I did have a few complaints. 1) I wish there would have been some more sexy or romantic/sweet moments between Sabin and Gwen. That’s one thing that I really think that the author needs to work on, especially since each book focuses on different characters. I especially would have enjoyed to see something that made Sabin stand out from the rest of the Lords. That could have been a quirk, a nervous habit, a pet name for Gwen, something that he liked in bed, etc. I don’t care what it would have been. In all of the books, though, all of the Lords are kind of blending together because they aren’t exhibiting anything unique that separates them from the rest. Yes, they are Lords. However, they are also men. Not all men are the same. 2) I was really confused why the Hunter guy who hates Sabin wasn’t showcased more in Sabin’s book. I think it was book 3 that made such a huge deal about him hating Sabin and why exactly he hated him. I think he made like one tiny appearance in this whole book. Since it was specified that the Hunter hated Sabin the most, I had expected to see a big showdown between the two of them. 3) Finally, I had a slight complaint about the big action scene. I’m actually going to talk about this in the next paragraph, because I actually have some good things to say about that scene as well.

While all of the books in this series, so far, have showcased more than just the main character (branching out to short scenes of the other Lords,) this specific book has wayyyyyy more of those scenes. There’s actually this huge action scene toward the end of the book that is not focused on Sabin and Gwen. I absolutely LOVED that this book focused more on those scenes. However, I would have liked to see more detail in the action scene itself. It sort of felt a little bit rushed. I needed a little more suspense.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I loved Sabin and Gwen so much. I really hope that we get some more sneak peeks at them in the following book! GO READ THIS SERIES!

Rating: : ★★★★☆

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August 2, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) by Gena Showalter

the darkest pleasureReyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her–even defy the gods. Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear….

My Review:

The Darkest Pleasure is the third book in the Lords of the Underworld series and focuses on Reyes and Danika as the main “couple” of the story. Danika was introduced to us in the very first book and also made appearances in the second book, as well. Please note that it is very important to read this series in order. They can’t really be read as standalone romances because there is just so much going on plot wise.

I have to be honest, I was a bit shocked that Reyes and Danika’s book was the third book. I kind of anticipated their book being later on so that we could see more of the struggle behind their relationship and more stolen moments between them. I suppose it does make sense that their book had to be so soon, mostly because of Aaeron (spelling?) but it just seemed to really just creep up out of nowhere. Despite the fact that I thought their book occurred a little too soon in the series, it was definitely action packed, romance filled, and heart pounding!

For those of you who might be a little bit on the fence about reading this book, because you might think that it might be a little too gory for your personal taste, have no fear. That was my biggest worry about this book. Reyes is possessed by the demon of Pain and finds pleasure in inflicting as much pain on himself as possible. Meaning, lots of cutting himself, breaking bones, etc. I’m not much into gore with either books or movies, so I was a littttttle bit concerned about going into this book. Kudos to the author for highlighting his demon without making it offensive. Pain is definitely mentioned and there are some scenes that showcase that pain. However, there were no scenes that made me have to skim or flip the pages. There were no gross sex scenes or weird creepy moments between Reyes and Danika. So, rest assured, this book is safe to read!

My biggest concern with this book, and I didn’t think that it would happen, was that I found it a little bit…..cheesy. While there were definitely some shocking scenes that I didn’t see coming, I kind of felt that it just went over the top of ridiculous. I did enjoy the fact that we got to learn more about the Gods, artifacts, and more about why Danika’s family is so important. However, it was just a little too bizarre even for a paranormal book. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed the story. It just wasn’t my favorite in the series.

Another thing that I had a slight issue with was Danika’s character. Let me first tell you that I still hadn’t warmed up to her after meeting her in the first two books. I definitely wish that I would have had more time getting to know her throughout the series and maybe some more personal scenes between her and Reyes. Since I didn’t have that time to get to know her or witness those essential moments between her and Reyes, I started out this book already not loving her all that much. Danika had too much of an “in your face” personality for my taste. I did enjoy that she always stood up for herself and that she had a fierce, independent, loyal façade about her. On the flip side, I would have enjoyed a bit more of a submissive personality from her. At least during certain moments of the book. While I love strong female leads, I am also someone who really digs a slight submissive quality to my female characters. It’s just a personal thing.

Even though I had my complaints about this book, I LOVED that this storyline dived more into some of the other characters, as well as more interactions with the Gods and the Hunters. One thing that I really love about this series is that, even though each book focuses on a main couple, there is a strong plotline that continues with each book.

Overall, this book wasn’t my favorite in the series. However, that’s going to happen with each series that focuses on different characters. Reyes and Danika didn’t happen to be my favorite couple in this series and because of that it wasn’t my favorite book. However, I still really enjoyed this book, and I love the series, and I would totally recommend it to paranormal lovers!

Rating: : ★★★☆☆