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{Review} Pulse (Collide #2)

Pulse (Collide, #2)Pulse by Gail McHugh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gavin Blake is so mush better in this book compared to the first one in the series. Not that there is anything wrong with the first book. But man does he really step up the game.

With Emily finally choosing the man of her dreams and going after him when he gives up all hope of them ever been together life looks good for the newly formed couple. That is until the unimaginable thing happens (read the book to find out more about this). Once again the ex is involved in their lives and won’t give up without a fight.

Loved every minute of this journey. There is one scene that is totally heart-ripping towards the end. If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about. So did not see it coming.

Will be missing Gavin Blake, but he will be well remembered.

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{Review} Come Away With Me (With Me In Seattle #1)

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Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby
With Me In Seattle #1
Read April 2014
4 stars

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Synopsis

Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn’t part of Natalie Conner’s plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she’s taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he’s intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.

Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?

Series Reading Order
Standalone series with interconnecting characters

#1 Come Away With Me
#2 Fight With Me
#3 Play With Me
#4 Rock With Me
#5 Safe With Me
#6 Tied With Me
#7 Breathe With Me
#8 Forever With Me

Review

I finally managed to getting around to starting this series. I have seen it mentioned in many blogs and just thought ‘why not?’. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. The story line flows perfectly and the characters are lovable from the start to the end.

Now the only problem is I’ll have to read the rest of the books in the series.

{Review} This Man (This Man #1)

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This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
This Man #1
Read Feburary 2014
5 stars

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Synopsis

Welcome to the sensual world of This Man…

Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward – a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.

Ava doesn’t want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can’t control the overwhelming desire he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

Series Reading Order

#1 This Man
#1.5 Jesse’s POV – When Jesse Met Ava
#1.6 Jesse’s POV – When Jesse Cornered Ava
#1.7 Jesse’s POV – When Jesse Turned Up At Ava’s
#1.8 Kate & Sam – The First Encounter
#2 Beneath This Man
#2.1 Jesse’s POV – The Age Reveal
#3 This Man Confessed

Review

This Man is Jesse Ward and he is one smoking hot Lord of the Manor. He also needs the extension to the manor redecorated.

Enter Ava, a young interior designer who thinks that the manor is not really her thing and thinks it would be better for one of the more traditional designers from the company she works for. However she has been specially requested. Thinking she is off to meet some stuck-up old country gentlemen, she is surprised instead to find a handsome, no boundaries playboy running the ‘hotel’.
Their attraction is undeniable. But what starts as a bit of fun, so becomes something much more. Ava is way in over her hand, and must escape to save her mind and her heart. Yet this becomes harder and harder as Jesse is determined to have her and will stop at nothing to pose her.

Loved Ava so much, but loved Jesse even who. They just seems to click really well. The other characters in the book are a delight too.

Also liked reading the bonus scene from Jesse’s point of view. Very enlightening. Wasn’t sure if I would at first, but glad I did. I love reading into the mind of the leading men. It good to know what they are thinking for a change

{Review} A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far #1)

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A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
A Little Too Far #1
Read January 2014
4 stars

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Synopsis:

Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

Series Reading Order:
Standalone series with interconnecting characters

#1 A Little Too Far
#2 A Little Too Much
#3 A Little Too Hot

Review:

*Orders next book in the series straight away*

I was so not expecting the book to finish the way that it did and now I want more. I wanna know what happens.

Lexie Banks is on the rebound from her cheating boyfriend and has drunken sex with her step brother. The only way to escape what she has done, is to leave for Rome and continue studying abroad. However it’s not as easy as it sounds. She still thinks about him all the time. Enter Alessandro Moretti, a priest in training. The more time they spend together the closer they seem to get, despite Alessandro’s vow of celibacy. The journey along the way is filled with ups and downs as everyone realizes what and who they want.

I was unsure about reading this book after people were saying that it is just wrong to read about step brothers and step sisters having sex. That’s just all the more reason to read; not the sex part but because I’ve been told not to read it. I don’t know what they are complaining about really, it just added more drama to the whole story. The story line is gripping and the characters were a joy.

{Review} Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3)

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Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Bastard #3
Read December 2013
5 stars

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Synopsis:

A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.

Series Reading Order:
Standalone series with interconnecting characters

#1 Beautiful Bastard ~ my review
#1.5 Beautiful Bitch ~ my review
#2 Beautiful Stranger ~ my review
#2.5 Beautiful Bombshell ~ my review
#3 Beautiful Player

Review:

The last of our beautiful boys has finally found the girl of his dreams. Will Sumner has always been known as a bit of player and doesn’t believe that love really exists. That is until he is set a challenge by a long time friend, Jason, to turn his baby sister’s, Hanna (Ziggy) social life around. Will only agrees because he likes a challenge. But little does he know that is it will be him who has a life altering experience.

I loved ”Beautiful Player’ as much as first two books in the beautiful bastard series. I am sad to see it end, but happy that I got the chance to meet these beautiful characters and witness their struggles with love.

{Review} Real (Real #1)

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Real by Katy Evans
Real #1
Read November 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

HOT. SEXY. POWERFUL. PAINFUL. REAL. The scorching international bestseller that strips away everything you’ve ever believed about passion…

Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.

Hired to keep his perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more.

But their white-hot lust has a dark side and when Remy’s deepest secret comes to light and Brooke’s familial duties demand action, will the pair be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real suddenly fade away like an illusion?

Series Reading Order:

#1 Real
#2 Mine
#3 Remy

Review:

I had read a lot about this book and how good it was. So why shouldn’t I give it a go. Well I wasn’t disappointed. From the very start I loved everything about this book; the characters, the plot and the setting.

Real is the first book in the real series about Remington Tate (Remy, Riptide) and Brooke Dumas. Remy wants Brooke from the very first moment that he sees her in the crowd at one of his underground fights and he is always one to get what he wants. Instead Brooke thinks that he only wants to hook up and next thing she is working for him. That must suck so much. Yet slowly their relationship goes from being professional to something more personal.

However along the way Remy’s past slowly comes to light and why he behaviours the way he does is revealed in vivid colour.

Real is about what happens when you let go of everything and just follow your heart. I really liked this book and will be onto the next one soon enough

{Review} On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)

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On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
On Dublin Street #1
Read September 2013
5 stars

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Synopsis:

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare …

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well – until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her . . . down to the very soul.

Series Reading Order:

#1 On Dublin Street
#2 Down London Road

Review:

“They were boys, not men. And just so you know… they never got what you got last night from me. They never got it because they never gave me what you gave me. Not even close.” I brushed my lips across his, and glanced up to meet his eyes, smirking at him. “There. That’s a little more air you can blow into your ego.” My grip tightened around his neck. “But it is the truth.”

It’s been a while since I have found a book that I have seriously wanted to binge on, but with ‘On Dublin Street’ I just had to. I couldn’t put it down and when I had to, I was thinking about it and when I could start reading it again.

“Gentlemen are gentlemen in bed. They make sure you’re having a good time.”
“I’ll make sure you’re having a good time, and that you’re okay with everything we’re doing. I just won’t be well-mannered about it.”

I laughed, I cried and even had to fan myself with the book at one time it was that hot. Jocelyn and Bradens’ story was an instant page turner for me.

{Review} Reckless (Thoughtless #3)

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Reckless by S.C. Stephens
Thoughtless #3
Read September 2013
5 stars

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Synopsis:

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the bands exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Series Reading Order:

#1 Thoughtless ~ my review
#2 Effortless ~ my review
#3 Reckless

Review:

‘Can love survive when life gets reckless?’ Hell Yes

Where to begin? I loved this book so much and was sad to see another series end. I never wanted it to end. I loved all the characters so much and was living their lives through the story.
There was so much drama and life really it can ‘reckless’ for Kiera and Kellan. I felt every emotions along the way. I laughed, cried and even at to fan myself with book in some places. I just couldn’t get enough. So glad for the happy ending, even if it was a bumpy road.

{Review} City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #2
Read July 2013
4 Stars

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Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Series Reading Order:

#1 City of Bones ~ my review
#2 City of Ashes
#3 City of Glass

Review:

The mortal instruments is getting darker with every turn of the page; and with it drawing me in even more.
I can’t believe I let this sit on my bookshelf for so long. But then I have a lot of books in this situation. City of Ashes is everything that an urban fantasy novel should be. The characters are well bodied and each has their own personality, the plot has many twists and turns, and the environment is something truly for the imagination.

{Review} City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #1
Read July 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.

Series Reading Order:

#1 City of Bones
#2 City of Ashes
#3 City of Glass

Review:

I enjoyed this book more the second time around. I originally read it when it was first released and didn’t really fall that much in love with it. But I felt more of a connection the second time around.
The story is very dark, but not depressingly moody. All of the characters have a personality of their own, and I loved all of them. Well nearly all of them.
It was strange reading about the world as we know it, but different somehow. For those that love urban fantasy this is a must.