Showing posts from October, 2012

Sunday Morning

Well, hello there, my readers. 
If you were wondering, yes, I am still alive and kicking. Just haven't been around the blog (or reading, for that matter, which is a real shame) due to my last year of college starting. You know, I had to get in touch again with a lot of people I haven't seen in three months. Oh well. Everything is forgiven, right, right?
I promise to be more consistent and organized in reading and reviewing now. Not so many reviews in a week, because I have to be industrious for my college classes, but I will be writing. I will not forget to devour more and more great books. :D
Now, it is Sunday in Croatia as I write, 9:20-something a.m., daylight saving time, or summer time, if you will, has changed last night, so I blame the clock for making me feel like something the cat dragged in. Which is quite funny because I should have gotten an hour more of sleep but apparently, that is not so with me. Hopefully this hot chocolate I am drinking this morning will make me …

Book Review: Laid Open by Lauren Dane

Book Description (from Goodreads):
All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.

And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.

They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.

My Thoughts:
One final look at Ben, Todd and Erin from Laid Bare. An absolute must read. Just to mention that Brown Siblings is one of my favourite series, so that only means that I am completely biased and could not wait to read some mor…

Early Review: His Larkville Cinderella by Melissa McClone

Ebook provided by NetGalley
Expected publication: October 30th 2012 by Harlequin 

Book Description (from Goodreads): 
The small-town girl with big dreams has finally reached Hollywood! For years, costume designer Megan Calhoun has longed to be seen for who she is, not who she isn't. But under the gaze of A-list heartthrob Adam Noble, this Cinderella begins to step out of the shadows….Adam hides from his painful past behind every role he plays. But something in Megan is threatening to smash apart this carefully constructed facade. Will he finally take his biggest risk…throw away the script and open his heart?

My Thoughts:
This is a classic, but enjoyable love story of a small town girl and a popular movie star. Another Cinderella story? Maybe, but with a modern twist. This a story of growing up, emotionally and (almost) literally. I am at a loss for words to describe this novel. Even though I am kind of disappointed with the book, I have still loved it. M…

Early Review: Lean on Me by HelenKay Dimon

Ebook provided by NetGalley Publication: October 22nd 2012 by Carnia Press
Book Description (from Goodreads):
Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.

Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.

Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different…

Book Review: The Lady Who Broke the Rules by Marguerite Kaye

Ebook provided by NetGalley Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin Historical 

Book Description (from Goodreads):
'Your rebellion has not gone unnoticed...'

Anticipating her wedding vows and then breaking off the engagement has left Kate Montague's social status in tatters. She hides her hurt at her family's disapproval behind a resolutely optimistic fa├žade, but one thing really grates... For a fallen woman, she knows shockingly little about passion!

Could Virgil Jackson be the man to teach her? A freed slave turned successful businessman, his striking good looks and lethally restrained power throw normally composed Kate into a tailspin! She's already scandalised society, but succumbing to her craving for Virgil would be the most outrageous thing Kate's done by far...

My Thoughts:
Have you ever wondered what it would have been to live and love at a certain point in human history.  Well, if you did, I would recommend this book. It was…

Book Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Ebook provided by Netgalley Published October 11th 2011 by Ember (first published October 26th 2010) 
Book Description (from Goodreads):“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a …

Book Review: Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Ebook provided by Netgalley Published September 16th 2012 by Moira Rogers 
Book Description (from Goodreads):
All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to ope…

Book Review: Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine

Ebook provided by NetGalley Published October 5th 2012 by Mira (first published August 1st 2005)

Book Description (from Goodreads):
Jasmine "Jazz" Callender is on the downhill slide to ruin. Once a decorated homicide detective, she's lost it all: her former partner's been convicted of murder, she's been cashiered out, and she's drinking away what little self-respect she's got left.

But Jazz has a talent for trouble, and somebody knows it. When a mysterious, sexy stranger comes looking for her with a fateful red envelope in his hand, she's about to make the deal of her life...for good or bad.

The deal requires her to enter into a partnership with a stranger and investigate cases that arrive in special red envelopes...which is odd enough, but gets weirder as she and her new partner Lucia realize that they may be working for someone with supernatural abilities.

And maybe they're not on the side of the angels anymore.
My Thoughts:
I have heard such…

Book Review: Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James

Book Description (from Goodreads):
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book …