Morsels [18]: The Protector and Trust

27860802 The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Forever | September 6th, 2016
Paperback, 384 pp.
Source: Bought
Adult Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


This is one of those many occasions when I let the cover duped me into thinking I’m in for a great read. Bodyguard romances come once in a blue moon that when I see one, I’m instantly chomping at he bits to read it.

Unfortunately, The Protector was a disappointing read. The plot was a slog and the romance was lacklustre. Aside from the attractiveness of the two characters, there wasn’t much there – no chemistry to speak of or any personality developments to make it worth my while. The writing was passable, if a little plebian. It tried so hard to create a sexual tension but I saw through the frail attempt.

When you’re able to judge a book midway through and know that there’s nothing else it could offer, you know the pretty cover led you astray again. Don’t get me wrong, I finished it cover to cover and gave it fair chance but when you can’t even pretend to care about the characters in the slightest bit, you know you’re beating a dead horse.

Don’t expect too much.

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Goodreads Summary
Trust by Jana Aston
Series: Wrong, #3 | Kindle Edition
Self Published | November 8th, 3016
Source: Bought
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating 4 out of 5 Stars


I have read the first two books from this series and skipped the litte novella in between. I will probably read that at some point, but I found this book while browsing through Amazon a couple of days ago and couldn’t resist. Wrong series is a lot of fun. It’s a funny, no-holds barred sexy read. I was looking forward to reading Chloe’s story because she’s one of those awkward women I love reading about. The idea that we might kindred spirits occur to me in more ways than one.

Anyway, this is her story and how she kept finding herself in awkward, humorous situations in the most unintentional way. She’s ridiculous sometimes which makes her all the more adorable! She has a thing for federal agents in suits. Enter Boyd Gallagher, Sophie’s half brother. In as much as the book above left me feeling cold, Trust by Jana Aston left me hot and bothered. Chloe and Boyd has a natural chemistry that’s very convincing.

My only complaint is that for a full lenght novel, this sure feels very short. Regardless, this was a solid romance meant to whisk you away from the miseries of your day.

 

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Morsels [#16]: Laurel Heights by Kate Perry

15993039-1 GOODREADS SUMMARY
Laurel Heights, #2
Phoenix Publication
Published: February 22nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


This book was every bit as sweet as it was sad. It’s the story of a girl who can’t do anything right in her father’s eyes. But as most fathers out there, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for his daughter. It’s tough love, but it’s love, nonetheless.

It’s also a story about a woman who couldn’t quite figure out what to do with her life. It’s been years since her husband passed, but she can’t seem to figure out how to live. It’s incredibly sad to see the lengths that she would go to preserve a business she no longer care for, just because that’s all she ever knew. Even to the point of losing her chance at love, and her son, who devoted his life caring for her.

I really enjoyed this one. It had just enough angst to balance out the sweet. It was funny and incredibly sad sometimes, but for me it was nearly perfect.  Eve and Treat is quite the couple.

SIDESTORY:  The villain gets her own romance, too. 


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Laurel Heights, #1
Phoenix Publication
Published: January 2nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Freya Godwin is a marketing wiz who has lost inspiration. Greg is a divorce lawyer who’s been hung up on his downstairs neighbour. Before Freya found out Greg’s line of work, she thought they could’ve been so good together. That’s basically the meat and potatoes of the story. Freya has a problem with Greg being a lawyer, and Greg simply wouldn’t quit.

In an attempt to entice her inner muse to come out, Freya decided she needs to get laid. So she puts out an ad. I’m not doing a very good job at summarizing this book, but take my word for it, this was fun. The conflict was a little thin, but that’s what makes romance novels frustratingly fun to read. Everyone makes a big deal out of something when it can all be solved over a little romp in the sheets.

Kidding.

SIDESTORY: Freya’s sister, Anna and the chef who lives in the downstairs apartment. 


 

 

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Morsels [13]: Selling Scarlet and The Diary of Brad de Luca

Selling Scarlett [Love Inc., #1] by Ella James
Goodreads Summary
Barkley’s Books | E-ARC via Netgalley
Publication Date: April 13th, 2013
Adult Fiction, Erotica
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Ridiculous plot line or not, I went into this book with the idea that it’s going to be like a Pretty Woman type of story. While the selling of Scarlett part happened for about two seconds in the book, the better part of the story was really focused on Hunter.

Scarlett or Elizabeth is a twenty-something virgin who is looking to make some quick money in order to help out a friend. Commendable reason, yes. But there’s something utterly preposterous about someone selling their virginity – a concept, that while I know may be happening behind closed doors – is just utterly unrealistic to me. 

I really have no idea why they packaged this novel like the entire plot revolves around Scarlett. It’s really more about Hunter, who got tangled with the law for the disappearance of a prostitute.  
The air of mystery surrounding the book was nicely done but the romance was a little hot and cold for me.
As for pacing, there were instances when readers would get lost; the author didn’t really have any smooth transitions of events. It lent for a frustrating, choppy read.
This is my second Ella James book; and though I didn’t really enjoy reading this one, I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. 
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The Diary of Brad de Luca [Innocence, #1.5] by Alessandra Torre
Goodreads Summary
Indie | E-copy via Netgalley
Publication Date: September 30th, 2013
Adult Fiction, Erotica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This is sort of a prequel to the series, Blindfolded Innocence. I know nothing, much less heard about it before. It’s the beginning of Brad de Luca’s obsession with Julia Campbell. 
This little novella was a scorcher and it was fun to see the unraveling of one playboy extraordinaire. The man did not lack for confidence and charisma or women, for that matter. Julia, on the other hand, was a feisty, independent woman who can play the game Brad is playing.
Perfect introduction to a sizzling series, if you ask me. I’m definitely considering reading the rest of the books. 


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Finding Cinderella [Hopeless, 2.5] by Colleen Hoover
Goodreads Summary
Atria Books | e-Book
Publication Date: October 14th, 2013
Young Adult, Romance
Rating 5 out of 5 Stars

Ridiculously good. I’ve never read Hoover’s Hopeless series so this is my introduction and quite a memorable one at that! Gawd. I wish this was a full-lenght novel. I have read it back to back since I downloaded it. It is that good!

Hoover combined humour and heartbreak and hopeful beginnings in the story of a boy and a girl who had a connection at a time when they both knew a relationship is impossible. Oh and it was so so good and funny and heartbreaking and I just want to – gah! Yeah. That’s as eloquent as I’m going to get.

I did end up at my bookstore yesterday to pick up Hopeless and Losing Hope. What can I say? I’m an easy sell. 😉

Speechless. Move over, Will. You’ve been replaced by Daniel. Sorry. 

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Morsels [12]: My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger & Nothing But Blue

Heart-warming characters and an unconventional story telling left this reader smiling from beginning to end. 
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My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Dial | Hardcover, 403 pages
Published in 2008, My Most Excellent Year sat on my shelves unread for the last two years. I won this book when I first started blogging (Mel’s Just One Opinion) and I haven’t been able to pick it up until recently. I was in need of a light read that could help me bounce back from the heaviness of Forbidden and The Fault in Our Stars. Boy, did I get more than what I’ve bargained for!

Told in a series of emails, alternating point of views (via journal entries), and letters, My Most Excellent Year is a story of a boy who believed in dreams and helped others to make theirs a reality. This book is full of happy; I smiled so much, I’d developed a cramp in my cheeks. The author’s knowledge in all things Red Sox and musicals, combined with feel good stories are sure to melt the hearts of even the most discerning realist readers. It has a trail blazing, trend setting boy who adopted a gay Chinese boy for a brother; a gay Chinese boy who adopted a lonely boy who’d lost his mother; the cutest orphan next to Annie, a daughter of a former Mexican diplomat who only wanted to sing and dance, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, and romances that’s sure to put a goofy smile on your face. There was no drama, no clique mentality of any kind and no teenage angst. It was innocent and somewhat snarky; quirky and just…a book that you will hug when you’re done. If the books you have in your pile is not working out so good for you then I suggest you read this. It’s not a laugh-out-loud funny book but it’s funny enough to glue a smile on your face from page one to the last.

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

You won’t find the lost girl in this plot. 
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Nothing But Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | ARC paperback, 213 pages
Blue woke up without a single memory of how she got there. No name, no identity. Little burst of vague memories fades in and out of her mind but the one constant reminder was the chant that was going on her head: 
All dead. 
No one survived. 
All dead. 

The story begins as she travelled toward somewhere but she didn’t know where until that certain need to get to the ocean. In her journey, she finds a dog who seem to be more sentient than any other. The reader will be duped to believing that there’s something fantastical about the plot. But there isn’t. The dog was just more attuned to her for inexplicable reasons. I found no sense of direction where the story was going. It was just about a girl who couldn’t remember who she was. The incident that brought on her amnesia wasn’t really explained well. And without giving too much away, it certainly made me believe that Blue has something to do with the accident. She was guilt-ridden, but her only sin was that she wasn’t in the house when it happened. She meets this vagabond, nomad, hippie group of people whom she saved from rail bulls. I really didn’t find any of the other characters in this book to have any bearing to Blue’s story. It was pretty pointless. Even the quasi-romance-friendship with Snake was tepid. It ended before it began. I would wish that the book was longer but why prolong the agony?
Less than compelling read with a plot that really had no direction to speak of. 
My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
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Morsels [10]: Book Nos. 5 and 6 of the Bragg Saga by Brenda Joyce

Publication Date: April 1st, 1992
Avon Books
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 stars
SUMMARY
The Scorching Saga of the Braggs Continues . . .

Heiress to the magnificent Bragg empire, lovely, headstrong socialite Lucy Bragg lives a life that flies in the face of convention. Dark and rugged half-breed Shozkay Savage lives an outlaw’s life on the edge. These two people inhabit different worlds–hers, opulent and privileged; his, dangerous and wild. But on the vast and sweeping plains of Texas, their worlds collide . . .

Abducted and held for ransom, Lucy despises Shoz for his arrogance . . . yet is drawn to the strapping fugitive by a bold, unquenchable desire. Sworn to escape him but betrayed by her own reckless passion, she will follow Shoz from the unforgiving wastland of Death Valley to the tropical heat of revolution-swept Cuba–braving scandal and heartbreak, risking life itself for an untamed and blistering love as perilous as it is forbidden.

This story has all the makings of a frustrating romance. Lucy Bragg was a character that one can be considered as progressive thinker. She didn’t have any qualms being involved with a half-breed outside of the marital bed. She was strong but not as opinionated as her activist mother, Grace Bragg but she’s no wilting violet either.

Shozkay Cooper is considered as a half-breed (like most of the men in this series) who found himself in lust enamoured with the socialite. Their lives couldn’t be any more different: he, a gun runner for the revolution in Cuba, and she, contented to live the life her upbringing afforded. She’s engaged to be married to the son of a Senator – a perfect candidate to extend the Bragg’s clout in the society.

Their relationship was, yet again, exhausting to read. I think I’ve reached my limit of bickering, snapping couples.

What I love about this book is the social and political relevance of Cuba’s revolution and how it directly impacted the country’s relationship with the US. Although this novel is predominantly romance, I think Joyce did an amazing job writing a book with historical importance.

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Publication date: November 1st, 1992
Avon Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Amazon


SUMMARY

Rebelliously independent Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton refuses to be constrained by the stifling rules of Victorian England. And now desire has impelled the beautiful heiress toward a shocking liason with Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, Duke of Clayborough.


Bound by the dictates of honor and duty to another woman, Hadrian is hocked by Nicole’s daring conduct, yet entranced by her fiery free spirit and breathtaking sensuality. Though resolved to making the raven-haired beauty his mistress, he will never agree to wed her. But Nicole is no man’s plaything. And she is prepared to risk heartache in order to satisfy her wild, uncompromising passion . . . and win the dashing Duke’s unwavering loyalty and undying love.

Oh dear. Book number six of this series was an explosive, tiresome bundle of fireworks. These two butted heads like a couple of rams in the wilderness. At one point, I came to the conclusion that being apart would’ve been the best for everyone’s sake.
Nobody likes two strong opposing characters finding kindred love with one another more than I but it was not the case with these characters. Frankly, their constant bickering annoyed me endlessly. The relentless push and pull of their attraction tired me out. This seems to be the general theme with the relationships in this series. 
Lady Nichol Bragg Shelton was supposed to be a head-strong, well educated, well opinionated woman of the time and yet, I couldn’t, for the life of me understand some of her spontaneous, impulsive decisions. She kept in pursuit of a man who had no intention of being caught at first. It got to a point where I was truly embarrassed on her behalf. She had no scruples at all. Her much too forward thinking was far from admirable, to be honest. It was too bad, because I was looking forward to reading about Nicole. I thought she was an independent woman who would pare down a man down to his size but because she gave too much chase, I didn’t like her at all.
The thing is I wouldn’t mind a woman chasing after a man if the man is worth the effort. But Hadrian is definitely not worth that. He’s conceited, boorish and chauvinistic, who sees himself as the master of all he surveys. And while I sometimes like that in a character, this man didn’t have a speck of any redeeming qualities in him. I didn’t get her fascination and ardor for chasing him.
Since I’ve been reading these books in the last few days, I’m just noticing the changes in the first characters from the previous books: their parents – which are the characters from the initial books – seemed to have changed for the worst. While most of them opposed to forced marriages, this time, they’re actually forcing their kids because they know what’s best for them. Give me a break. I don’t know about you, but I found them hypocritical.
Overall, this book ranks probably dead last in this series. It was not an enjoyable read and the characters were far from likable. 

This concludes my interest in this series. Really, I should’ve stopped at book #5 as book #7 is sitting in queue in le Kindle. Oh well. 

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Morsels {8}: The Summer I Learned to Fly and A Love By Any Measure

Publication Date: July 12th, 2011
Wendy Lamb Books
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
Drew’s a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad’s Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom’s cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It’s the summer before eighth grade and Drew’s days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he’s there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.

Birdie has her summer perfectly planned out:

Work at mom’s cheese shop. Check.

Continue to ogle and sigh over Nick. Check.

Everything was at it was supposed to be…until Emmett Crane came into her life.

I’m not a big MG reader; I always think that I won’t be able to relate with the characters because I’m old enough to be their mother. This book took me by surprise. It was refreshing to read something that did not involve much of the teenage angst that I’ve been reading lately. Trust me, this book still made me choke up but I think it had something to do with Emmett’s belief of a myth which would provide his family the miracle that they needed.

This story was endearing, sad and hopeful. It dealt with a teenage girl’s way of learning about a father who was gone too soon and a teenage boy’s quest to help a sick younger brother.

Diana Reinhardt wrote some incredibly real characters with genuine voices. However, I found Emmett’s quest to be unrealistic and in the end, anti-climactic.  Perhaps Ms. Reinhardt captured the innocence of youth too well; to have heard of the myth so many times that he actually believed it.

This book has that unresolved ending which bugs me. As a reader, I find that vagueness does not really equate to good storytelling. I still enjoyed this book, however.
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Publication Date: November 8th, 2011
Tulipe Noir Press
Format: Paperback, 344 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
An Irish lass. An English lord.
A love that overcomes all boundaries, but at what cost?
Lord August Grayson, English landlord, has secretly, and much to the dismay of his father, held in reverence the object of his first fancy: poor Irish tenant Maeve O’Connor. Returning to the Ireland for the first time since his youth, August discovers that Maeve has grown into a woman of beauty and tenacity. August understands, however, that he could offer Maeve nothing but shame if her pursued her. But when circumstances allow him an opportunity to indulge his fancy, even if only in a limited scope, August finds himself unable to resist the temptation.
Maeve,for her part, knows the danger falling for August holds, but finds her heart and her good senses becoming confused the longer she spends in his company. As two hearts become hopelessly entangled, both Maeve and August are forced to question the costs of their love. As consequences of their romance manifest, both struggle with the pain and difficulties their love causes, both for them and for their loved ones.
I read this book practically in one sitting. I never thought I’d enjoy a historical romance but this just hit the spot…and boy was this book steamy! The tension between the characters at the beginning was possibly hotter than the actual ‘deed’ itself. I’m not really a big fan of – you know, “adult themes” but I have no qualms admitting that this one was – wowza!

The author did a wonderful job with the dialogues and setting of this novel. But I have to admit that I had problems with the time jumping. It confused me at times but it wasn’t a big deal once I got the hang of it. I was looking for that seamless transition but it wasn’t that difficult to follow.

While I may not be an expert in the love and hate relationship between the English and Irish, I thought that Killian did an awesome job of making the history credible anyway.  The language as well, rang of authenticity.

All in all, this book was a surprising fantastic read!

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Morsels {7}: Shadows, Trickster’s Girl Brief Reviews.

Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Entangled Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.
Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.
Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

I simply couldn’t resist reading this. I spent the entire morning NOT working. I’m bad, I know! But..but…it’s Dawson and Daemon…and gah!

This gives us a background story as to what happened to Dawson and Bethany. We all know that they disappered without a trace prior to Obsidian, so no suprise as to the eventual ending of Shadows. I kind of half dreaded/anticipated reading this just for the very reason. I dreaded knowing Dawson’s demise. At the same time, I think it was pretty cool to see what turned Daemon into the socially-inept, personality deficient that we’ve known of him now. He just went into an overdrive after his brother’s “death”. I am convinced that Dawson and Bethany didn’t die. Unless I see their bodies, so to speak, I am keeping my hopes alive that they’ll show up eventually.

As usual, Ms. Armentrout gave me more than what I’ve expected. This little bitty is action-packed and brimming with funny and witty banters. Not gonna lie, I teared up on some occasions.

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2011
Houghton Miffin Harcourt
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
RATING: 1 ouf of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
In the year 2098 America isn’t so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, “secured” doesn’t just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.
The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.
Kelsa has the powers to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.

This book was hard to get into. I’ve attempted to read this a while back and stalled. I decided to give it another go because I got an ARC of the second book.

The combination of excessive narrative did me in. I was interested in the concept – environmental crisis told through a story of magic in a futuristic setting but I am more convinced that it’s the primary problem of this novel. It seem like it couldn’t make up its mind. It just didn’t work. The legends, magic, mixed in with PIDs and compods just felt like the plot line was suffering from an identity crisis. There was a lack of cohesiveness and harmony between the two components of the story.

Like I said, it was interesting enough. I liked the concept of a dying world, being killed slowly by a combination of magic and some sort of bacteria and what was involved to cure it. But ultimately, the characters’ inability to appear…um interesting and animated killed it for me.

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Morsels {6}: His Kiss, Her Best Friend’s Brother, Whispers in the Woods

His Kiss (High School Craving) by Melanie Marks
| Goodreads
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2011
ThunderStruck Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
If you’ve ever felt the compulsion to stalk a boy you’re seriously crushing on and think that it’s wrong. DON’T.
If you’ve ever kissed your boyfriend and compared it to the kiss of that same boy you were crushing on. DON’T FEEL BAD.
If you’ve ever secretly left little gifts and baffling little love poems in his locker thinking that he’ll never know…THINK AGAIN.
This short novella will take you back to those days when you want to pull your hair out of frustration. When you already have everything safe and good in your life but kept yearning for that walk on the dark side.  The author did a remarkable job in keeping Ally’s voice real; so much so that I often found myself slightly annoyed. She’s indecisive, confused, and often times, erratic. In short she’s a…well, a teenager. We’ve all been there. I have a daughter on the cusp of this age and let me tell you, things are not looking up for me. Sometimes, it’s hard to resist the urge to strangle her…but I love her to bits and I can’t live without her. My annoyances with Ally bordered on amusement, where I waffled between squeezing the life out of her affectionately or inflicting her with bodily harm. In the end, I think I was overcome with the cuteness of this story. I wish it wasn’t a novella, though. In the meantime, I’ve downloaded Melissa Sparks’ High School Cravings Series. It’s definitely worth checking out!

Her Best Friend’s Brother by T.J. Dell  Goodreads

Publication Date: September 22nd, 2011
Self-Published
Format:  Kindle Edition
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
This is a story of continuous missed opportunities. And although it got frustrating at times, the author did a fantastic job about being cohesive and logical about their misses. It’s about being in love for what it seems like forever to that person who’s infinitely close to you but seemingly so far out of reach. It’s about that constant self-doubting that causes a person’s unhappiness. Sometimes, you just have to say, damn the consequences and go for broke. I love the chemistry between the characters and their selflessness. They’re both willing to let go if only they’ll both be happy – together, alone or with somebody else.  I was a little disappointed, however, that there wasn’t much stories of Tony’s other relationships. It was mostly about Libby’s, which of course all turned out to be non-consequential and futile. It was almost as if these two were conveniently waiting for each other. I don’t think they even tried to make anything work with anybody else. Regardless, I still think this was a fantastic read. For those who have been deceived by what you think was an unreciprocated love or longing, I think this book is one worth your time.

Whispers in the Woods Vol. I by TJ Dell

Publication Date: December 8th, 2011
Self-Published
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
I’d like to start off by saying that I’ve enjoyed this book for the most part. But I was put off by the dialogues and general personalities of the main characters. Evie didn’t seem to have any character at all other than the fact that she likes to be alone and that she couldn’t care less if her grandmother dislikes her very existence. Speaking of her grandmother…what grandmother? I keep thinking that she was nothing but a figment of Evie’s imagination. She often talked of her but she didn’t seem to be around. Lucas, the love interest, gets marks off for declaring he loves her in a span of a week or two, give or take.  This book is short but there’s a sequel and where the author ended this…uhm…why?  If you’ve never liked co-dependent relationships in a book, then STAY AWAY. They literally get the worst case of the stomach flu when they’re apart – well, mostly on Evie’s part. Over all, this is another cookie cutter YA paranormal romance, I’m still undecided on whether or not I’m willing to spend the money on the next “volume”.
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Morsels {4} Retro Review of Chicago Stars Series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

It’s a little-known fact that my passion for books compete with my passion for the NFL. If an author managed to combine these two obsessions together in a well-executed manner, then you pretty much own me until I find another to obsessed about. Well, this past week, my fixation reached a new high…or low, depending on how you look at it. I slept very little, did zero work and pretty much subjected my entire family to take-outs and had forced them to live in a pig-sty. All because I couldn’t detached myself off the Kindle. This series completely owned me. 

I read the first five books of this series in five days. They were that addictive. Susan Elizabeth Phillips combined humour, love and football so fantastically well that I found it incredibly easy to ignore life for the entire week. This doesn’t put me in a good light, I know. But Ms. Phillips’ knack for creating some pretty  varied characters was highly addictive. Her stories were real, her characters, genuine. The combination of some chuckle-inducing dialogues from her cast left me in complete marvel. Her talent for giving each of her characters realistic, distinct voices amazed me. Each one has their own quirks and personalities that I didn’t feel like one was a mirror-image of another.

This series was the perfect escape from the doldrums of life and the pesky winter blahs.

RATING: All books received 4 out of 5 Stars.

GOODREADS SUMMARIES

It Had to be You 
Heaven, Texas
Nobody’s Baby But Mine
Dream a Little Dream

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Morsels {3}: A Rhonda Nelson Double Shot

Publication Date: October 28th, 2011
Self-Published
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
Runaway bride Louisa Honeycutt is looking for a quick escape when she passes the Double Dare, Inc sign and the slogan “Are you ready for the time of your life?” seems like divine intervention. Sheltered by her overbearing father, Louisa has years of catching up to do and can think of no better person than gorgeous Sam Rawlins to show her. Is she ready for the time of her life? Hell, yes.
Ordinarily unflappable adventure guide Sam Rawlins makes his living showing the wealthy how to have fun, but nothing in his experience could have prepared him for the “adventure” Louisa Honeycutt asks for. He might be showing Louisa the time of her life, but the quirky little snack-cake heiress is soon turning Sam’s own life upside down…and perversely, he likes the new vantage point.

What a perfect, sweet distraction this book was! I mean, sure you can probably group this book into the thousands of romance books we see at the grocery store but if you’re looking for a quick, fun read, then this book is just the ticket. The reviews on Goodreads weren’t all that favourable but I had to find out for myself. Most of them pointed out the editing errors but quite honestly, it was either the book did its job of distracting me that I completely missed them or I just wasn’t good at spotting those mistakes. This book is free on Amazon right now, so I’d take advantage if I were you.

I love the way the relationship developed between characters and though it only took a week for them to realize that their attraction could be love, I felt that the author justified their feelings well. I wish this book was longer. The ending seemed a bit hurried for my taste but one can argue that it’s due to the length of this book. Even so, I still think the author did a fantastic job of giving us an well-balanced story.
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Publication Date: October 28th, 2011
Self-Published
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
Young widow Bella Valentine isn’t looking for love in all the wrong places–she’s not looking for love at all. With a young son, an aging Victorian house in need of constant repair and a busy business keeping the women of Magnolia Grove, Mississippi groomed and in current fashion, she doesn’t have time for romance…until it literally arrives at her front door…in the form of Gray Cameron.
Bestselling mystery author Gray Cameron is in town researching his latest novel and needs a place to lay his head for a few months. Bella’s above-stairs apartment fits the bill excellently and the scenery–hers specifically–is nothing to sneeze at either. But when the sexy widow and her adorable son prove to be more interesting than his current novel, Gray knows he’s in trouble. And trouble has never felt so good…

This was another quick read but rest assured, it didn’t lack for some toe-curling romance. Perhaps because I kept an eye out for those this time around, but there were a lot of editing miscues here (mostly, missing letters and a couple of grammatical errors). It doesn’t matter though, I still loved this story. Rhonda Nelson can pull off novellas like it’s nobody’s business! I absolutely loved the chemistry she managed to concoct between her characters. Like Double Dare, you won’t have any problems with pacing in relationship development and the story as a whole. The secondary characters win big time in this book! Bella’s lovely, geriatric customers were a hoot and Ethan, her son is just adorable in every sense of the word.

Steamy romance, witty repertoires between characters, and humour coloured the pages of this book. Absolute fun read!

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