House of Guardians by Beatrice Sand
Published: Genre: Fantasy
E-book, 420 pages
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I was pretty caught up with this series, I did see a similarity to Twilight with the main characters age and some of the similar circumstances. But overall for me the relationship between Sam and Laurel was one that any high schooler would want minus the life-threatening actions of a demigod, and mixed signals of their relationship. I did enjoy the history that Sand provided, I also liked that some of the ancient Greek dialect was written into to the story line. The writing style is truly what kept me going throughout the book, and I did like the story line. While reading this I recalled just how much I love Greek Mythology, and it influenced my recent purchase of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, and Norse Mythology by Jake Jackson.
I would have loved to see Laurel make some of her own intelligent decisions. Sometimes you do need to be rescued I get that, but every single time? Also, there were moments when you could tell Laurel was going to do something completely foolish but hey that’s why Sam is his savior.
I would like to find out what happens between the two of them, I’ve seen the covers of the next two books, so I can kind of tell but I’m not to sure I am ready to sit down and read them right now.
Addicted by S. Nelson
Published: May 9, 2015, Genre: Contemporary Romance
E-book, 246 pages
Rating 3.5 out of 5
What can I say about Sara and Alek?
Sara is a down to earth woman who is getting ready to start a new chapter in her life after living in Seattle for a year. She is roommates with her best friend Alexa, and has made a new friend at her current job, a young man by the name of Matt who seems to be outrageously attractive but sadly for our sake, he’s gay.
Sara works at a cute little flower shop, this is where she runs into the gorgeous Alek. Almost immediately, the attraction between the two is too much to bare. Alek is painted as a very mysterious guy, but a pure gentleman. While the author takes her time building the relationship between the two of them, she continuously brings up the fact that Alek isn’t all he’s cut out to be, there is something very strange going on behind his eyes, and in his mind. When the two finally come together and allow the built-up tension to come to a head the passion is so real, that moment is worth the wait. I do love that the author writes in both Alek and Sara’s point of view, it helps us see both sides of the story. I would’ve have liked to find out at least one of their secrets during this first book though, now I am kind of forced to read the next one to see what these secrets of theirs are. S. Nelson does show us a glimpse of Sara’s’ pass she has had a very painful experience but what that experience is we have yet to find out.
I am hoping that the second book shines some light on a lot of the foreshadowing that we’ve had so far, I want to know what Sara ran from, what Alek is hiding, and where these two will end up.
The Red Wife (The Without Rules Series: Book Two) by Tyffani Clark Kemp
Published: February 7, 2014, Genre: Adult Erotica
E-book, 279 pages
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Misspelled words, misused vocabulary and incorrect punctuation litter the book.
Mariss Red, and Sebastian Boa that is really what the second book is about. The author changes the entire spectrum of the story, instead of there being a feud between the husband and their threesome partner the author decides to kill off the husband so that Mariss and Sebastian could be together. I really was not happy with the way this portion of the story turns out. I will admit that I did kind of see this happening, maybe not the attack on Holden but I knew some way he was going to be written out of the picture. Poor Mariss, she was put through so much in this book the loss of her husband and the nervous break downs, yes plural, and the surprise pregnancy and loss of Holden and Mariss’s child. I think the author was going for a lot of dramatic twists and turns but I just felt as if the world was ganging up on poor Mrs. Red.
Throughout this book Mariss shows off a lot of her acquired skills from her pass time, I can understand the reaction she was feeling with the world pinned against her and the Sebastian Boa never backing down. I felt a lack of depth with the characters, everyone appears to be very one sided I know there will be growth or an attempt of it in the next book, but I would have loved to read more about Sebastian and his promiscuous ways, maybe learn why he wants to sleep with anything that bats their eyelashes. Speaking of Sebastian, I could not stand the fact that he was sleeping with Brenda, she was so exasperating. Brenda was supposed to be older than Sebastian’s mother, and yet she acted as if she were a child. For Brenda to know and understand how Sebastian lives his life with multiple women around she should really have stepped off her high horse with her nagging, and pure jealousy.
Overall the story needed a little more work, I would have liked to see more interactions between Holden and Sebastian maybe a little more tug of war instead of offing Holden as soon as she got the chance. There were a lot of chapters that seemed to repeat, Mariss says no, Sebastian pushes, they end up fooling around, on and on. Let’s face it, we all knew Mariss and Sebastian were going to end up together, I just wish we could see some time in between her grieving and hooking up with Sebastian. He still could’ve come in and saved the day but from afar.
Calamity Rayne Gets a Life by Lydia Michaels
Pages: 382 (Amazon Kindle)
Rating: 5 stars
Rayne Meyers (Calamity Rayne) is a thirty-year-old trying to get her life together, aren’t we all? I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the fact that Rayne looks at her life and all that she has done and realizes that she needs to change the career path that she is currently stuck in, is something a lot of people can easily relate to. Rayne then decides to take a chance and reach out for an interview with the well-known Davenport family as a personal assistant. Rayne, not being the best at making choices and sticking to them, or filtering what she says, as well as inexperience in the field she does her best to make a good impression on her new boss. The glorious wrench that is thrown into her plans goes by the name of Hale Davenport, yes, the son of her boss.
Hale Davenport is a charming, well educated, and wealthy thirty-year-old, who also just so happens to be the son of Raynes’ boss. Hales’ plans are offset by Calamity Rayne herself, the passion that sparks between the two of them comes on thick right off the bat, but you are given a chance to see what truly lies beneath the heat of their relationship. Hale and Rayne are certainly opposites, but don’t they say opposites attract?
I love the style of writing from Lydia Michaels, I enjoy how she plays on the everyone’s insecurities, but shows their strengths as well. Rayne always expressed situations she wasn’t comfortable with but always put forth the effort when needed. Rayne is someone we can relate to at any age, we all have moments where we don’t feel all to comfortable, Rayne shows just how normal it is. Hale turns out to be the perfect gentleman and while everyone has their own past and issues to work on, Hale takes care of his in an amazing way.
This was given to me as an arc read for an honest review.
I will be reading Calamity Rayne Back Again soon and will be posting a review as soon as I finish the book. I am excited to see what decisions Rayne makes and what path she is led down.
Good Morning TH*S readers!
As promised here is the first post of Read TH*S new Tuesday tradition.
The Man Without Rules, by Tyffani Clark Kemp,
this book is apart of my nook bookshelf. This steamy story is the beginning of a heart gripping romance that expands over two more books. Sebastian, Mariss, and Holden, the three true main characters will have you constantly questioning yourself as their stories begin to weave in and out around one anothers lives. This book is told from Sebasrians perspective, which gives us a little insight on his mindset and sexlife. Sebastian Boa is a model who gets whatever woman he wants, while Mariss Red is happily married to Holden Red and the proud owner of The Red Wife Club. Holden Red, is a professional basketball player who is constantly traveling for work. On one night their three lives clash in a hot ménage à trois that shows up in the beginning of the book, what happens afterwards is where the true story lies. This book has temptation, love, lust, romance, passion and much more. You will love and hate the main characters, but find that you want to figure out what else is going to happen.
The book has some mistakes, words that are misspelled and some punctuation problems. Although there are errors they do not completely ruin the book. Holden the husband is away a lot due to playing professional Basketball, I found some of those areas impossible to believe. Yes Basketball players do travel, but many times wives go to show support, Kemp never spoke of Mariss going to a game or even reflecting on games she maybe attended in the past. I understand that Kemp wanted to make a book that had the temptation seeping through, but some moments were a little predictive. I did continue and finish the series, if you want to find out what happens to Sebastian, Mariss, and Holden I don’t think it will be a complete waste of time.
Let me know what you guys think. Do you want spoilers, more information, would you like a summary type of review on the next two books? Will you pick up the book, or is this a pass? If you’ve read the book/series did you fall for Sebastian? Did you understand the struggle Mariss had? Would you knowingly cheat? Comment below.
It is the start of a new week, what book have you picked up for the week?
Good Morning TH*S readers. I would like to start a new tradition involving books of course. Every Tuesday, I will post book/books on my bookshelf either physical or electronic. I will include a short summary and what I loved/liked/disliked etc. Let me know if you would like for me to include extra information.
Have you guys ever been in a reading rut? I am a little late on my announcement but I was in the worst reading funk of the year. I, like so many other readers had so many books on my shelves as well as in my kindle app, barnes and noble app and my audibles app that I was so eager to read, and listen to. For about a month I could not read anything, every book I picked up I sat back down, every time I started an audio book I stopped it because I just couldn’t concentrate. I felt so lost for what seemed like forever, I didn’t know what to do in order to get out of the cycle. One day about 2 weeks ago I decided to go back and reread a book that I felt I’d fallen in love with years ago, this I believe was the best answer to ending my book drought. I am so happy to say that I am back and reading in full force!
P.S. I think I will do a little book review on the novel that got me out of my funk, it was a little steamy (I am not exaggerating on the small steam) number and I remembered a lot of the details but some parts still registered as new information. It was very interesting to go back and reread everything as if it were something new I found some parts that I still liked other portions I would’ve changed, but you guys will read about all of that later on.
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Until next time,
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