Category: Just Okay

The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

Posted March 28, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

So clearly this book is a retelling of a fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, it’s also very timely given the movie just came out, but nevertheless I was looking forward to reading this book because I love modern retellings of fairytales. Obviously in the fairytale the Beast is actually, you know a beast, whereas Nero in this book is just a man, but a man who has some serious baggage that seems to have resulted in some pretty serious agoraphobia. But he does have a similar temperament I would say. So the book starts with Phoebe going to Nero as a job applicant, he has a lot of money, and is super difficult to work for and can’t keep an assistant, so he’s offering a ton of money, and Phoebe needs the cash. First off I noticed the mind games that Nero seems to like to play on anyone who comes into his domain. I wonder almost if he plays the games because it’s really the only contact he has with people, and he doesn’t seem to be very good with people. I didn’t really like how kind of stalkery he is, I mean he watches everyone all the time, from this like secret control room, where of course it turns out the whole house is outfitted with camera, it’s a little creepy. Also for me, Nero was hard to like. I mean I liked Beast in the fairytale, he had moments of being sweet or kind, his shell was […]

Delicious Satisfaction by Sabrina Sol

Posted March 7, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Delicious Satisfaction by Sabrina Sol

So this is not my first book in the series that I have read, and I really liked Delicious Complication, which is the book before. I liked Brandon a lot, and his whole fake relationship storyline, and there was also a fair amount of suspense in the plot, so I was looking forward to this book and hoping for a little bit of the same kind of tone from the one I had read previously. And there was some of the same kind of themes in this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I did the previous book. So we’d already met Alexa and Dante (she’s Brandon’s sister and he’s his old best buddy and lawyer), so if you already read the other book you kind of already have a feel for them going in, but if not that’s cool too. I really liked how the book started off, Alexa goes to a restaurant to meet her friends, and of course it is the restaurant owned by her ex. Only when she walks in and realizes that he completely ripped off all her ideas and recipes, she’s irate. Obviously. Needless to say the whole thing end up with her in jail, and who comes to bail her out, you guess it, Dante, the lawyer. Alexa in the beginning was easy to like. She came off as really true to herself in terms of her style and her personality, but as the book goes on she ends up […]

Only for You by Naima Simone

Posted December 15, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Only for You by Naima Simone

I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this book, I liked the blurb, the idea behind two people running into each other after a long time apart, separated by more then just time, but also by betrayal. Just works for me. What can I say I am a sucker for the drama, I like when two people have a lot of pain and suffering to work through. Honestly, the reason why this book gets three stars for me is because it’s almost exclusively physical. Yes there are some emotional moments, but most of the emotional turmoil is internal and all happens while naked and heating up the pages. Don’t get me wrong I like some hotness in my books, but I also like there to me more than just physical. Our leading man is Killian (seriously love this name lately) and he’s definitely carrying some serious baggage. He was sent to jail for two years, after the woman he loved basically turned him in and he never heard from her again. He has some serious PTSD like symptoms when it comes to dealing with his experiences in jail, mostly in confined spaces. He’s definitely more guarded, and opposed to letting people in. So when Gabby shows up in his nightclub, its not at all something he was prepared for. I totally understood why he was apprehensive about seeing her, being with her, loving her, etc. It makes total sense. But there is still a lot of heat going on […]

Encore by Tara Kelly

Posted December 7, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Encore by Tara Kelly

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. From the blurb it had all of the elements I was looking for in a book, it just didn’t come together for me. I love books in the music scene, and I was excited about the going on tour aspect on the book, I also liked how the blurb alluded to the girl having a thing for one of her bandmates. Ultimately, I wasn’t in love with any of the characters in the book. First of all the main character, our heroine, Jasmine, is young, I think for the entirety of the book she is 17, and honestly it really comes off that way. I have a hard time really getting into characters who are that young, and that was a big problem for me. I didn’t find Jasmine to be super likable, it wasn’t that she wasn’t likable, it was more that she was so in her own head that I just didn’t enjoy her all that much. And the other characters in the book didn’t stand out to me either as being really likable either. It’s hard for me to like a book when I don’t love at least one of the characters in a book. Also I really felt like the author was trying to make a lot of points with this book, I mean she touched on a lot of different issues in one book. While I really like when an author brings issues […]

The Detective by Vanessa Waltz

Posted November 27, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Kindle Unlimited, Review / 0 Comments
The Detective by Vanessa Waltz

I’ve been really into cop books lately, like super into them. I don’t know something about a guy in uniform has seriously been working for me. So obviously with a title like, The Detective, I of course was going to pick up a copy of this book. So when the book starts off you are thrown right in the middle of everything, you’ve got cop Heath tangled up in the sheets with his mark, Jasmine, or is her name Jade. As it turns out Heath is assigned to find Jade and bring her back home, because wouldn’t you know, she’s a missing person. He wants to know why she left home and she isn’t talking, but he’s beyond determined to get to the bottom of it. Jasmine and Heath have this kind of push and pull relationship. Sometimes it worked for me and sometimes it didn’t. Jasmine has her secrets and I get that, and honestly I’m more on her side during this. But for Heath man oh man can this guy be pushy. I get that he has a job to do, but he is doing this job to get back and the guy Jasmine left behind. He’s so pushy to the point that I almost don’t like him. I mean he shows up everywhere. Joins the committees that she is on, eats where she works, etc. And then just when I think I’ve had enough the ex rolls into town and my opinion of Heath gets way better. […]

Dirty Game by Violet Page

Posted November 15, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Kindle Unlimited, Review / 0 Comments
Dirty Game by Violet Page

I had high hopes for this book, it seemed to have all the elements in it that I would normally love: hot athlete, coming home after a long time away, rekindled romances, and even a secret baby. However, I didn’t fall in love with it. I thought that the beginning of the book was pretty good, but as it continued on I started to get less and less invested. In the beginning you see Sierra coming back to her hometown that she left so suddenly years ago. A lot of things haunt her from how she left, but a family member passed away and she had to go back home to settle everything with the estate and everything. It was nice watching her come back home and see everyone she had left behind. Of course she very quickly runs into the guy who played a big part in her running away, Blake. In the beginning I liked Blake. I thought they had some strained interactions, mostly because you could tell that they still had old feelings just hovering at the surface. And then things took a turn for me. Sierra and Blake start rekindling things, and it’s nice, I liked it, however, Blake killed it for me. As soon as things start to get going again, he basically kind of demands that Sierra leave her whole life behind and move to be with him so they can be together. Which I guess kind of is romantic, but the way he […]

Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

I think I’ve made it unbelievably clear in years past how much I love Christmas, I mean Christmas is my jam, if it could happen year round I would be in heaven. So needless to say I love when Christmas books start making their rounds, yes please! So this book is cute I guess is the best way that I would describe it. It is clearly a feel good book, definitely a steady dose of candy and sweetness. So Allison is our heroine, and she is dreading the family events for Christmas. That’s not to say she is dreading Christmas itself, she loves this time of year, but her mom points out her man issues at every turn. I get why she wants to avoid that. So she solves the problem with a fake relationship with a military cop that she “purchases” at a charity auction. Allison is likable for the most part. She’s clearly a good person, she works with vets, volunteers with orphans, goes above and beyond to help people, there is even an instance when she gives away her lunch when she’s hungry. But I didn’t love her. For someone who is so dedicated to helping people get back on their own feet, she is sorely lacking conviction and confidence in her own life, and she lets other people in her head so much that I just couldn’t love her. Troy I liked more. He’s the cop that Allison bought at auction. Now he’s not such a […]

A Fool for You by Katee Robert

Posted September 30, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
A Fool for You by Katee Robert

I read The Marriage Contract not that long ago, and I really did love it, it was a pretty awesome book, so when this book came my way I was excited to read it. This book has second chances and a baby in the mix, which always makes for some seriously heightened emotions. This is book three in the series, but it is without a doubt a stand alone, although I think you get to see characters from the other books in this one, so that might be a plus for people who followed the series. So when the book starts we meet our heroine, Hope, who is on her way back to her home town, the first time in over a decade, going to set up a scholarship to honor her brother. There is a lot of baggage for Hope when it comes to going back home, the place where her brother died, the same accident that killed her brother also took away her ability to run and be and athlete, and left her dealing with some level of pain for the rest of her life and some serious scarring (both emotionally and physically). I liked Hope a lot, she’s made a life for herself that she could be proud of and hasn’t let the tragedy in her life stop her. I liked that she is a strong independent woman, I also liked that she didn’t try and keep the news of the baby from Danny, I mean she […]

Just One Week by Alice Gaines

Posted September 11, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Just One Week by Alice Gaines

A second chance love story, yes please. I love when characters who go back home after a long time away and have to make peace with the things they left behind, and this was definitely one of those books. So we have Michelle coming back home after a really long absence, like 8 years away, and she knew going in that it was going to bring up some painful things from her past. As it turns out she was in love with her brothers best friend when she was young, and when she told him how she felt, well let’s just say that it was ugly. So like days after everything happened, she left and never looked back. The thing about Michelle is that she had this kind of perfect plan set up in her head to be able to avoid the situation, and the man at the center of it, while still being there for the anniversary party that brought her back home. I liked how decisive she was, she wasn’t a character who was wishy washy, once she made up her mind about a plan of action she went for it. I liked that she acknowledge the pain that had from the past, but how she didn’t let it hold her back, she had a plan and she was going to go for it. Alex is the guy in question, and honestly I have mixed feelings about him. I understand what happened in the past, and honestly I […]

Lucky Star by Rebecca Caudill

Posted August 19, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review, Teaser / 0 Comments
Lucky Star by Rebecca Caudill

I love movie star romances, I don’t know why but I really do just love them. I liked the concept behind this one, mostly because the movie that our hero is cast in that throws him into the limelight is one of those huge book series’ that is turned into a movie franchise that basically causes everyone to lose their ever lovin’ minds. There is something about the way the media deals with celebrity that is somewhat fascinating to me, so this was a kind of cool exploration of that. So our heroine is Sarah, who I liked a lot actually. She is a super hard worker, she really wants to do the best she can for her job and move ahead, and she’s really smart. She’s just one of those girls who is easy to relate to. There were some aspects to her that I didn’t love, but I think it was situational then a character flaw. When things start getting weird with her and her boyfriend I didn’t feel like she fought for the relationship or really for herself. There were also a couple of moments where people said some things about her that truly did break my heart for her. She is easily the character I enjoyed most in this book. As for our hero, Cameron, well, I didn’t love him. Like at all. Uh, in the beginning I liked the friendship dynamic I suppose, but after Sarah and him hooked up he had the worst reaction […]