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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #7

This week, I stacked the shelves by:


Purchased (mostly with gift cards won in previous post):


Received for review:


Won:


$10 ITunes GC from Jennifer Lane!!!
Kindle version of Between a Rock and A Hard Place (Paranormal Protection Agency #2) by Mina Carter from Mina Carter
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Kindle version of Kiss Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #2) by Jillian Dodd from Adrianne at The Book Mark Blog!!

Kindle version of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green from Judith and Ellen at I Love YA Fiction!!

Kindle version of Loving Summer (Loving Summer #1) by Kailin Gow from A Dash of YA!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2) by Tarryn Fisher


Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2) by Tarryn Fisher

Blurb from Goodreads:
Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he's mine I'll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn't ever think about you anymore. I won't let him go....ever.
Dirty Red

My Review:

Holy $&;*!!!!!!!!!! What else can I say? I think my heart stopped beating several times while reading this book. Anyone that reads my blog knows that The Opportunist was my favorite adult book of last year and Dirty Red may be even better! I don't know how Tarryn Fisher is able to write from a character's POV who you really, really, really don't want to like and still make you feel bad for her but she did it again (she is a goddess!) Now, don't get me wrong, I am Team Caleb/Olivia 110% but poor Leah!

This book was told from Leah's POV and if you think Olivia is a mastermind, wait until you get into Leah's head. While reading the book, there were times that I seriously thought, how on earth could someone do that? But, of course, Tarryn was able to seamlessly weave Leah's cruel, cruel past into the present to provide vital insight into Leah's actions. The ending seriously gave me a heart attack -- I was delighted, stupefied and heartbroken all at once!

I can't believe I am going to have to wait to so long for book #3 from Caleb's POV -- seriously, how will I wait? Tarryn, thank you for giving us another absolutely amazing, heartbreaking, soul shaking book!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: Vanilla on Top (Walk on the Wild Side #1) by C.J. Ellisson


Vanilla on Top (Walk on the Wild Side #1) by C.J. Ellisson
Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event…and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered—until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.


My Review:


I enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read with seriously steamy sex scenes. I thought the sex scenes, although there were a few too many, were seriously HOT!

I also really liked Tony and Heather together -- it was a unique relationship and there were so many sparks!



What I didn't like: Heather's constant acting, insecurity and dishonesty. Call me crazy but when she talks about acting classes coming in handy for a date and she runs through lines in anticipation of a date, something is wrong. I know Heather was having trouble discovering her true self but it just felt bad for her to be acting when she was with Tony.



Carla! What a horrible friend -- I'm not sure why she behaved like she did and her lame excuses toward the end seemed shallow, at best.



The ending, however, was fantastic! So unique for a "romance." There was no declaration of love, no proposal --- just a realistic hope to try and work on their relationship. It was probably the most honest moment of the book.



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: The Stranger (Just One Night, Part 1) by Kyra Davis


The Stranger (Just One Night #1) by Kyra Davis
Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

You should sleep with a stranger, her best friend whispers in her ear as they take to Vegas for one last pre-wedding fling. Despite her best intentions, when Kasie Fitzgerald enters the casino and sees him, a man whose tailored clothes belied a powerful, even dangerous, presence, she loses herself to the moment. Maybe it’s the dress, much shorter than she’d ever normally wear, or the Scotch, but something makes her give herself over to him more completely than she's ever done with a man before.

It was supposed to be just one night. But right as she’s thinking she wants more, he shows up in her office with an agenda. As the billionaire CEO of a company that’s engaged her PR firm, his demands just became her reality...and he desires so much more than just some attention in the boardroom.


My Review:


I think this book started interesting but got a bit trite quickly. There is absolutely no passion, reason, or logic for Kasie to stay with her boyfriend let alone to eventually agree to marry him. It seemed like she was so phony and so unhappy... However, regardless of her terrible relationship, there is absolutely no way she should have continued it once she had clearly started seeing Robert Dade, and falling for him. It was hard to understand her attraction (besides physical) to Robert Dade because it was not well written or thought out in the book. I just didn't understand her motivation in not breaking up with her boyfriend sooner

All that being said, however, I will read the next book.



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Friday, January 11, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #6

This week, I stacked the shelves by:


Purchased (mostly with gift cards won below):



Received for review:




Won:


Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs from Tera Lynn Childs!

$10 Amazon GC from Tracy Brogan from Marina Adair's blog!!

$10 Amazon GC from Karla Darcy!!

$25 Amazon GC from Terri at My Book Boyfriend!!

$5 Amazon GC from Danita Minnis!!

$5 Starbucks GC, book thong and swag from Lia Davis!!

Kindle version of Something Witchy by A.J. Myers from Julie's Book Review!!

Review: Shadow Woman by Linda Howard


Shadow Woman by Linda Howard

Obtained for Review via NetGalley

Blurb from Goodreads:

Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

Strange memories soon begin to surface and, along with them, some unusual skills and talents that Lizette hasn’t a clue about acquiring. Sensing that she’s being monitored, Lizette suddenly knows how to search for bugs in her house and tracking devices in her car. What’s more, she can elude surveillance—like a trained agent.

Enter a mysterious and seductive stranger named Xavier, who claims he wants to help—but who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator. With memories returning, she suddenly becomes a target of anonymous assassins. On the run with nowhere to hide, Lizette has no choice but to rely on Xavier, a strong and magnetic man she doesn’t trust, with a powerful attraction she cannot resist. As murky waters become clear, Lizette confronts a conspiracy that is treacherous and far-reaching and a truth that, once revealed, may silence her and Xavier once and for all.


My Review:


I've read every Linda Howard book every written and hers are the books I most anticipate coming out every year. Linda's book Dying to Please is what got me back into reading in the first place! Accordingly, I was very excited for Shadow Woman and it did not disappoint!

The thriller and mystery aspect of the book were impeccable -- as good as Linda has ever written! There was a slow build, unanticipated twists and a great conclusion. However, the romance left a bit to be desired. Since most of the book was spent with Lizette and Xavier apart, this makes sense for the plot of the book and the character development. However, I really found myself wanting more romance and more interaction between them.

Overall, this was a thrilling read that was hard to put down but I hope we get some more classic Linda in the next book that combines the right amount of thriller and romance! That is what I love about her books and I look forward to her next book!



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