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Vegas Love (Love # 1)

By Jillian Dodd

Synopsis

Hollywood actress, Ashlyn Roberts, just had the worst week of her life. Her ex released a sex tape of them and just when she was convinced her current boyfriend was a keeper for standing by her side, he breaks up with her at a friend’s wedding. She’s planning to drown her sorrows in booze when she meets a sexy stranger as she’s leaving the wedding and they end up in Vegas, married.

Cash Crawford is offered a dream job working with his brother as a junior talent agent. He’ll put his shiny new law degree to good use and make a bunch of money in the process. His first task is simple: Keep Ashlyn Roberts out of trouble and don’t sleep with her.
Which might be kind of tough, since they definitely consummated their Vegas wedding.

Will this one night stand end in the quickie divorce they promised each other? Or will they realize they got lucky in love?

Review

VEGAS LOVE is a book I’d seen around Amazon for a while now, and when I saw it was available through Kindle Unlimited, I downloaded it right away.  I wanted something light and fun, and I thought this would fit the bill.

Unfortunately, the writing had me thinking about giving up several times by the 30% mark.  The story moved at an incredibly fast pace.  I’m talking warp speed.  It moved so fast that I didn’t have time to get emotionally invested in the story or it’s characters.  Most chapters were broken down into several smaller scenes, which I found not only odd and annoying, but also added to that rushed feeling.  There were so many repetitive and abrupt changes in thoughts and topics that I thought I’d end up with whiplash trying to keep up with it all.  Finally, if you’re after some sexy reading, you won’t find it here because all the sex either happened behind closed doors or was over with in less than a page.

VEGAS LOVE is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Cash and Ashlyn.  While I considered not finishing this story, I kept giving it a chance and made it to the end.  But sadly, even the sweet ending wasn’t enough to save this book from a 1❤️ rating.

Vegas Love (Love # 1)

My Rating:  

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Love Series

Between Clouds and Stars

By Sharlyn G. Branson

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Synopsis

My life is perfect. I have money, power, good looks and countless women ready to do anything to get their hands on me, and my rather large package. My business brings in billions every year and my airline has the fastest airplanes in the world. In short, I have everything a man can dream of. Or so I thought until I met Estelle Klide. 

The second I saw her, I decided to make her mine. 

Her body was sinfully sexy. She had amazing, mesmerizing indigo eyes. Her sweet scent was the epitome of temptation and evoked images of wild, animalistic sex in my mind. 

I couldn’t help but fall for her – hard. Letting her slip through my fingers was not an option. 
In involving myself with her, I entered waters I’d never thought I’d have to swim in. I set off on a journey filled with mystery, fear and a lot of love. 

The only thing that threatened to ruin this paradise and destroy everything, was her ex-husband, who turned out to be a real monster. 

* BETWEEN CLOUDS AND STARS is a standalone romance novel, which takes place in the fantastical world of the future. 

Review

When I started reading BETWEEN CLOUDS AND STARS, I wasn’t aware that it was set in the future, so that was a bit of a shock.  But that’s ok, it wasn’t a problem for me and so I kept reading.

So why the low rating?  The story moves extremely fast and has way too much happening for a novella.  Within the first few pages I thought that if I were to blink while reading, I might miss something important.  Because of how fast it moves, you cannot connect with the characters or what’s going on because there simply wasn’t enough time to do so.  Even the characters themselves don’t have time to react or be emotional before they’re moved on to the next part of the story.  I get that this is set in the future and that it’s fiction, but I still expect a book to be somewhat realistic.  Spoilers ahead.  How did Estelle’s ex-husband escape from jail?  Why was she not notified by the police that he had escaped, given that he tried to kill her?  How did he tamper with Nick’s plane?  Why wasn’t the crash of Nick’s plane investigated?  Why would a couple lie about Estelle dying as a child so they could adopt her, only to treat her like crap her entire life?  How could they just adopt some random child without proof of birth?  Why would her family believe a doctor saying she had died and not speak to the police?  All these questions tell me that the story was full of holes and loose ends.

While writing this review, I tried really hard to think of anything I liked about it.  Sadly, the only part I liked was the HEA ending.  BETWEEN CLOUDS AND STARS is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone.

Between Clouds and Stars

My Rating:  1 Heart

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The Sun And The Moon (Giving You… # 1)

By Leslie McAdam

BR The Sun And The Moon

Synopsis

She follows all the rules. 

He’s going to teach her how to break them. 

After a heartbreaking tragedy, successful attorney Amelia Crowley has numbed herself to the pleasures of life, clinging to a specific set of rules, finding strength in order and organization. When she meets easy going surfer Ryan Fielding, that organized life is turned upside down by a sea of washboard abs and sun-kissed hair. 

Sexy and charismatic, Ryan looks for pleasure however he can find it in an effort to silence his own inner demons. Until Amelia crashed into his life the only thing he chased was the next wave. Refusing to break their connection and determined to break through her carefully crafted walls, Ryan sets out to throw out every rule in her book and show Amelia that pleasure can’t be planned. 

Can Amelia let Ryan take the lead or will she cling to her rules and wipe out their chance at love?

Review

I hate saying this, especially when it’s an author’s debut novel, but I just wasn’t feeling this book.  I don’t know if the problem was with me, or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood, so I put it down to come back to it later.  But after doing that a few times and still not connecting with the story or its characters by the 44% mark, I decided it was time for me to move on.  Most of the story up to that point was Amelia’s inner monologue narrating to the reader, and when Amelia and Ryan do talk, it sounded too clinical, too formal, and not natural at all.  Maybe the story would have gotten better-it has great ratings on Amazon and Goodreads-but I just don’t have it in me to try and find out.

The Sun And The Moon (Giving You… # 1)

My Rating:  1 Heart

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Giving You… Series

Nowhere To Hide (Delos # 1)

By Lindsay McKenna

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Synopsis

Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers.  She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that aids abused women and children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her. 

Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.

Review

Sadly, NOWHERE TO HIDE was a DNF for me.  I stopped at the 43% mark when my guess from the start of the story about certain characters was confirmed, it was that obvious.  Overall I had trouble getting into the story and the writing style was a little difficult for me to adjust to.  You definitely need to read the prequel novella, LAST CHANCE, before reading NOWHERE TO HIDE as the attack on the school is not really explained in this book, it’s more of a before-and-after type explanation.  If I hadn’t read the prequel novella, I think the story would have lost me from the beginning.

Nowhere To Hide (Delos # 1)

My Rating:  1 Heart

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Blindsided (By His Game # 1)

By Emma Hart

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Leah Veronica is the daughter of Hollywood’s sweetheart, Grace Veronica.  Leah’s dream is to become a famous fashion designer on her own merit, without riding on her mother’s coattails.  Her designer name is Lea V. and is the world’s most obvious secret.

Corey Jackson is the LA Vipers star quarterback and son of a quarterback legend.  His two greatest loves are the game and women, and he loves the fact that woman flock to him because of his name, his job or his money.

I was looking forward to reading this book, but in the end I felt really let down by it.  I guess you could say I was Blindsided by how bad the book really was.  Their relationship starts out as one big game, seeing which one can outplay the other.  When the relationship starts to get serious, Leah is just waiting for the relationship to end, which is not a healthy way to be thinking.  Their interactions and conversations were boring and failed to hold my attention.  Leah is 22 and Corey is 24, but they seemed so much younger than that.  Honestly, they sounded like they were in high school.

It’s rare that I don’t like the main characters, but in this case both characters annoyed the hell out of me.  Leah shuns fame and the Hollywood lifestyle, yet she lives at home with her mother and lives quite lavishly for someone who doesn’t have a job.  It’s not actually mentioned if she gets an income from her designs so I’m assuming she lives off her mother’s wealth, which is ironic given that her mother’s wealth is made from the lifestyle she shuns so publicly.

Corey initially looks at Leah as nothing more than a conquest, simply because she said “no” to him.  All he wants is to just get her out of his system.  He hassles her relentless and even tells her that all he wants is to fuck her.  She comes to the conclusion that if she just gives in to him, if she gives him what he wants, he’ll then leave her alone.  Um, rape-y much???  His inner monologue says stuff like “Her body belongs to me until I decide otherwise.” and “Leah Veronica belongs to me.  And she will until I tell her that she doesn’t.”.  I think the author was trying to make him sound like a dominant, an alpha, but instead he comes off as sounding like an absolute pig.  And then while he’s trying to snag her, he complains that he’s fed up with the back-and-forth.  Then leave her the fuck alone!!!

Both are extremely arrogant.  Corey, because he’s the son of a quarterback legend, is a star quarterback himself, is rich and attractive.  Leah because she says she doesn’t want to date him because what if he discovers that she’s the new chick in the fashion world with the most anticipated new line at New York Fashion Week?  This pair are a perfect match for each other with their games and their arrogance.

Towards the end, I was skipping paragraphs just so I could finish.  Pages and pages were spent with Leah’s inner monologue talking about love and how bad and wonderful it is.  I don’t mind swearing, but I found it a bit much in this book, and often used at inappropriate times and in unrealistic ways.  There’s also quite a bit of sentence duplication.  I pre-ordered my copy so I’m hoping that issue has since been resolved.  Sadly, this book was so bad I will not even consider trying the other books from this series.

Blindsided (By His Game # 1)

My Rating:  1 Heart

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On The Dotted Line

By Kim Carmichael

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On The Dotted Line is your classic tale of a mega-rich guy (Randolph), who must meet some familial demand to marry by a certain age, who meets a poor girl (Willow) who’s in desperate need of cash in a hurry.  Randolph makes a proposal he knows Willow can’t refuse, followed by the very quick race down the aisle in order to meet the deadline.  And yes, they make it just in time.

Despite the hot sex, drama and confusion take place on almost every page.  Randolph likes Willow, but won’t tell her because he thinks she only married him for money.  She did.  Willow likes Randolph, but won’t tell him because she thinks he only married her for money.  He did.  This scenario sets the scene for almost the entire book.  When they get close to admitting their feelings for each other, something inevitably interrupts them (mostly their own thoughts) and the moment is lost.

They finally share their feelings for one another and things run smoothly for a little while.  But the story wouldn’t be complete without one final act that tears them apart.  Most of the characters have secrets and lies that you just know will unravel at the most inopportune time.  Randolph thinks it’s best to let Willow go, and Willow leaves as it’s what Randolph wants.  This leaves both of them to wonder why the other one didn’t fight for them.  Both come to their senses seemingly at the same time and POW!!! … you end up with your HEA.

Sadly, I don’t know why I bought this book.  It’s a theme I’ve read a few times before and to be honest, these stories never change or come up with new twists.    Maybe that’s why I really struggled to finish this book: it just didn’t engage me.  It didn’t keep my up all night.  It didn’t scream out to me to pick it back up when I put it down.  I slogged through it just so I could finish it to move on to my next book.

I also had trouble following the conversations throughout this book.  I can’t really explain it other than when reading conversations between characters, I always felt like I had missed something.  The conversations were stilted and disjointed and I was left wondering how the characters got from Point A to Point B while they were talking.

On The Dotted Line

My Rating:  1 Heart

 

Chasing Midnight

By Shyloh and Alex Morgan

BR Chasing Midnight

Sadly the time has come for me to do something I really don’t like having to do: Give a 1 heart review.

Chasing Midnight sounded very promising, but unfortunately I had to give up the chase just before the 50% mark.  I have read over 500 books these past few years and I can honestly say I can count on one hand the number of books I haven’t been able to finish.  I won’t say I hated it, but it did frustrate me to the point that I simply could not go on.

I didn’t want to be too critical, but here are the 5 main reasons I couldn’t finish it.

1     Too many characters (some I felt were unnecessary) are introduced at the beginning of the book and I was left struggling to remember who was who and who belonged to what family.  Misery has at least three siblings (that I can remember) and for each sibling she uses their real name and their nickname, sometimes in the same sentence.  I just couldn’t keep up.

2     POV changes constantly and without any notice.  Because of the POV changes, there’s quite a bit of scene repetition and backtracking in time as you read about what was going through each of the character’s heads.

3     This book also includes secondary stories about Quinn’s brother Chance and sister Syra, and their love lives.  This had me thinking I was going to read three stories in one and really drags out the book.

4      The repetitiveness of the characters dramas are too much.  Mhisery’s father is a drunk and an embarrassment.  Quinn raised his younger siblings after his parents died.  Chance is worried about Alyssa’s reputation after being seen in public with him.  We got it the first time.  There’s no need to keep bringing it up.

5     The descriptive words that popped up only during the sex scenes left me discombobulated.  Nothing fizzles out a fire quicker than having to look up the definition of a word: Mhisery educed Quinn’s shirt; and She wanted to feel his erection against her integument.  One word was so weird I still have not been able to find a definition for it on the internet: Her hand apperceived his sizable erection.  And I’m not sure why the authors had a problem with just using regular words: his teeth grazing against her derma (skin/flesh); She explored his portal (mouth) completely; Her hand smoothed over the surface of her smooth, ink-covered epidermis (skin/flesh); and He nipped her epithelium (skin/flesh).

Now while this book was not for me, you might enjoy it.  On Amazon and Goodreads it does have at least a “4.6 out of 5” rating, so obviously most people are loving it.

I apologise to Shyloh and Alex if my review offends or upsets them, but I swore I was always going to be honest in my reviews.

Chasing Midnight

My rating:  1 Heart