Category: All Time Favorites

Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Posted July 22, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

So I am reluctant to put this into the whole motorcycle club theme, mainly because it lacks the violence/darkness of the heavy MC books. Yes, a significant amount of people in the book are in a MC, but most of the book revolved around family drama and working in a completely legit trade, so don’t come to this book if you are looking for hardcore MC stories, this is much more tame than that, the whole MC aspect is more of a backdrop not a driving story point. That being said, it was still totally awesome! Iris is broke, like no money in her bank, so when her half-brother offers to put her up in his place AND get her a job, she drives cross country and takes him up on the offer. I loved the relationship between Iris and her brother, it’s clear he really loves her, and that she really loves him. They may not have grown up together, but they have a crap dad in common and they both realize how important it is to keep the good family that they have around. I honestly think these two would do anything for each other. So when Iris starts working at the tattoo parlor, and meets her boss, Dex, well lets just say he leaves something to be desired, he’s a grade-A jerk. Iris is ready to quit. But she needs the cash, and she feel obligated to give it a shot because her brother got her the […]

Say the Word by Julie Johnson

Posted July 17, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Say the Word by Julie Johnson

I adored this book, like seriously adored it. Really didn’t want it to end. Was seriously bummed when it did. I loved Lux and Bash, they were great. I liked the thriller/mystery plot going on, I liked Lux’s friends, and I completely adored Lux’s brother. Normally I am not a fan of flashbacks, especially when they happen a lot in order to tell the story, so I was a little worried when I saw that a lot of the chapters were marked “then”, but it turns out I actually liked the way that the past was kind of unfolded to me slowly. So from the very beginning, you know that Lux and Bash were high school sweethearts, and for whatever reason Lux is forced to break up with Bash in a manner that has Bash both hating her and believing that their whole relationship was just some kind of sick joke she played on him. Once she ended things she packed up her entire life and moved, never to come back to their hometown. And so is the end of Bash and Lux… until like seven years later Lux works at a magazine (thing Cosmo) and it turns out Bash is the photographer for their huge 100 year anniversary issues. Yeah… things get messy. I totally loved Lux, and since the story is told in her POV you get to know her really well. She is really a very caring person, she was willing to do anything for her brother […]

Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde

Posted July 12, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde

I adored this book, like seriously from beginning to end. There were so many “oh my god” moments and just such great pacing and characters that I not only couldn’t put it down but was seriously bummed out when the book ended. I have to admit I am fairly new to the whole motorcycle club thing, but after reading this book, it sealed my new found love for the whole theme. So when the book starts Sophie is in a tough spot. She had a baby with, well lets face it, the worlds biggest loser/jerk. I mean seriously she goes into labor at a party he dragged her two and is literally too drunk to drive her to the hospital. What kind of guy does that? That being said her time with Zach (the baby daddy) is over before the book really has a chance to get going. So now she’s a single mom trying to make ends meet, no child support, no help with childcare, and living off a waitress salary. After a seriously scary incident with her son, her whole life turns upside down when she has to accept help from Ruger (Zach’s step-brother and the only constant male figure in her son Noah’s life). I think what I liked most about Sophie is that she knows she has to do whatever it takes for her to provide a good life to her son, and in my opinion she’s a good mother. But what I liked more than […]

Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan

So I picked up this book after reading another motorcycle club book and decided I wanted to read another with the same theme. Someone recommended this series, and this synopsis just kind of spoke to me, there just seemed to be a lot going on even with the synopsis that I just had to know how it turned out in the book. I have to say this is completely not at all what I was expected, it was way more, and I loved it. So from the synopsis I kind of got that there would be some time passages within the book, but I was expecting the book to be told from a young girls perspective, but the story is actually told from basically everyones perspective after the fact. So Dorothy was married young and was having an affair with married man (with kids) Jase and then she starts sleeping with Hawk behind his back. This situation is obviously more complicated then that, but when the book starts it after every relationship has imploded, years in the future. I was really worried about how that would play out, I mean I wanted to be in on the action! I wanted to experience the whole love triangle thing. But it totally worked for this book, and in my opinion it actually came off more authentic. I mean everyone has relationships when they are young that kind of form who you are as a person, and it’s not really until you are older […]

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

There are very few authors that I know are going to be on my list of favorites after reading just one book, K.A. Tucker is one of those people who managed to do that. Half way through reading my first book of hers I knew hands down, without a doubt, that her writing put her at the top of my favorites list. Her latest release, Five Ways to Fall, is no exception to this rule (although I am completely reading this series ridiculously out of order). So here’s why K.A. Tucker is one of my favorites, and it sounds so simple, but I’m sure its actually quite difficult to master: she writes in such a way that it just feels effortless, like you are sitting down and having a long conversation with a close friend when you read one of her book. Her books make me laugh out loud, butterflies swarm in my stomach, gasp at sad parts, and all in all just become immersed in the book (P.S. thanks again for another sleepless night, I should know better than to start a book at midnight, it’s now 5 a.m. and I’m writing this review, ain’t no rest for the wicked though). Five Ways to Fall had me going through all the same emotions with completely different characters, who I fell in love with just as much as the characters from the last book. So I love Reese. In some ways she kind of reminds me of myself, and in other ways she […]

Ruined by Tracy Wolff

Posted June 6, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Ruined by Tracy Wolff

First off, I seriously dislike the marketing of the book, it lumps it in with Fifty Shades of Gray, which is unbelievably misleading. I almost didn’t read the book because I’m not really a fan on BDSM/dominance writing (I find its often written poorly). BUT I gave the book a chance because I have faith in Tracy Wolff, something about her writing just is perfect to me. So I decided to give it a chance, fingers crossed that she could write the whole dominance thing well. Turns out the book has absolutely nothing to do with that whole thing, so if you are looking for a book with that theme, this is so not the book you are looking for. But if you want an awesome romance book then this is your book. So I admit, I fan girl over Tracy Wolff’s writing (seriously my husband gets tired of listening to me talk about her book, he now rolls his eyes whenever say the name Tracy cause he knows what is coming). So I will try to objective in this review and not be all full of cotton candy sweetness. So Chloe is a girl with some demons in her past. Some serious ones, and it has really closed her off from relationships with both new people and her own family. There is kind of a mystery to what happened to her, and Tracy gives you bits and pieces as the story goes on, which definitely heightens the interest leading up […]

Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace

Posted May 19, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace

First of, I will admit I tend to gravitate to romances where people are in their 20s-30s, closer to my age group I suppose, so I’m not sure why this book stood out to me, but it did and I had to give it a read, and I am so glad that I did. Sharla Lovelace has a great writing style that had me just falling into her book, she had such a great tone that reading the book felt more like a conversation with the characters then reading words off a page. So Jules lives in small town Texas, she’s divorced, is a single mom of a somewhat rebellious teenager, and she has a secret from her teenage years, a child she gave up for adoption when she was just 17. Adoption is one of those topics that’s hits home with me because I myself am adopted, and I have to first and foremost say that I felt the topic was handled really well. So Jules is pretty much blindsided when her first love shows up after 20+ years, and suddenly she has to deal with that reality. And of course he seems to be everywhere she goes. Oh and not to mention he has a pregnant fiancé with him. Jules has a great personality, sure she’s still be stifled by her dead mother, but she’s just such a likable character. She wants to do what is best for everyone, and she has such a good heart. I found myself […]

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Posted May 13, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Okay first initial thoughts after reading this book… why haven’t a read more of this author! Seriously though, I loved this book. Like really loved it. Here are the two main reasons why 1) I laughed so much during this book, that my Boxer who normally sleeps in my lap while I read got so annoyed that she left and 2) The narrative itself felt like one long conversation with an old friend. I felt like I could have been Livie, or that Livie could have been my best friend. I mean really, it was like I knew this girl. If all of Tucker’s books have this same tone then I want to read every last one of them, like seriously, reader for life here. So now for the specifics of the book. Livie is amazingly sheltered, well sheltered is the wrong word, because she has certainly see her fair share of things, but just because she was exposed to thing doesn’t mean she actually did them herself. Her sister (and therapist) manages to get Livie to start coming out of her shell the summer before she gets to college, and then on her first week at Princeton, her sister takes her to a toga party, she gets smashed, ends up with a tattoo, and a becomes forever intertwined with a guy who called her Irish. I loved Livie, yes she was experiencing a lot of things for the first time in the book, but she never came off as […]

Whisper to Me by Christina Lee

Posted May 4, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 1 Comment
Whisper to Me by Christina Lee

This is book three in Lee’s Between Breaths series, and I remember reading book 1 and I remember liking Lee’s writing style and the story overall, so when the chance to read this book came up, I jumped at it, and I am so glad I did. For me, I felt Whisper to Me blew All of You out of the water, okay that may be an overstatement, but I absolutely loved this book and if Lee keeps writing like this then she has a fan for life. Lee’s first book, All of You, was a really good debut novel in my opinion, and I love reading authors as they evolve, the writing almost always gets better, and Lee proved that to be true with Whisper to Me. I feel in love with this book, hook, line, and sinker. I loved the characters, I loved the baggage that they carried, I loved her descriptions, I loved the setting, I loved the family dynamics that Lee set up, the whole thing just worked for me. So character wise I loved Kai in this book, I can’t really put a finger on why I liked him so much in the book. I liked his personality so much, he was there for Rachel when no one else really understood her or pitied her, he just accepted her. He also has that kind of cool, loner guy vibe, which I’ve always been a fan of. I normally don’t find any description of a guy wearing skinny jeans as attractive, […]

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 19, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

I am such a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite characters in the urban fantasy world. There is just something about the character that completely works for me, she’s both strong and kicks ass while at the same time being a kind and gentle person to the people she cares about. I was pretty excited about this book, and I totally wish Briggs would write these books faster (although focusing on quality versus quantity is A-ok with me too). In this book we finally get to meet Christy, the ex from Adam’s past, at this point we have heard a lot about her, but without ever being able to paint much of a picture of her. Christy pulls out all the stops to get in between Mercy and Adam, and well really to manipulate everyone around her into feeling sorry for her and giving her everything she could possibly want. I wasn’t sure exactly how Mercy would handle the situation, but I should have had more faith because she handles it in typical Mercy fashion, firm when she needs to be but kind whenever possible. The big bad in this book was also a really interesting choice. As the series continues, Briggs really starts to expand on Mercy’s background and the Native American mythology that comes along with it. So for me it was really interesting that Briggs is started to delve into more and more mythology, and even better, mythology that not a […]