Category: Liked It

Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

Posted May 22, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

I have been dying to get back to urban fantasy for a while now, it’s what got me back into reading after college, so it has a big piece of my heart. I wanted a book that had to do with witches, because I don’t have enough books with witches in them. I picked up this book thinking it was the first book in the series (its not) and when I realized it wasn’t I was slightly worried I would feel like I missed out, but the author did a great job of recapping in a way that wasn’t overwhelming and I never felt like I was lost of confused, so if you happen upon this book without reading the first you will still be good to go. Okay first off, I liked this book, I feel like over the past couple of years Urban Fantasy is kind of dying out, or being seriously reduced, so I was so happy to find a book recently released that was of pretty good quality. I liked the law enforcement angle, especially since in this world the supernatural races seem to really kind of stick to their own, this way Donata has a reason to interact with all kinds and it much more fun story. Donata by herself though is pretty interesting, she is kind of low-key, especially compared to the people in her family. She may come from well of snobby people, but she is totally cool drinking a dive bar, living […]

Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Posted May 14, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Beautiful by Christina Lauren

This was one of those books that I stalked on social media always counting down the days until it came out, I rarely order a book on pre-order, but this one I did. It was the blurb, it got me, the idea of meeting someone on a plane, having a weird encounter and then suddenly being on a road trip with them, yeah that just screams fun times. I was not wrong, it was such a fun read for me. Pippa was just so fantastically almost lost in a way, trying to figure out where to go from here, but also kind of amazingly self-assured. She had this great kind of quirkiness about her, she’s incredibly kind and generous, she has good family background story that just makes her more interesting, and then of course there is her dating life. She gets home one day from work to find her live-in boyfriend cheating on her, so her solution to just get the heck out of dodge. I have to say the opening of this book totally proved to me that I did the right thing with my pre-order, the scene with her on the fight to Boston is just amazing, it’s awkward and funny and uncomfortable in spots, it just perfect, everything I wanted. Jensen is almost inherently less likable than Pippa, because while Pippa is so open he is so closed off. I mean you have some scenes with him when he is in his home, and he might […]

Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg

Posted May 13, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg

I was already a pretty big fan of K. Bromberg when I got my hands on this book, and I will admit I held on to it for a while after I bought it because I was in the middle of a bunch of series, but when I finished catching up this was the perfect stand along palate cleaner. It left me feeling all nice and refreshed, and there is something great about a standalone when you have been stuck in a sea of series for a while. Plus this book had a lot of the elements that I like in a book, and second chance ex, a not so great ex, funny moments, long histories, an independent and easy to like heroine, the whole thing was just my jam. Saylor was so easy for me to like, she’s funny and the perfect amount of snarky, she’s a business owner who is really driven, and the kicker for me right off the bat, was that she knew when something was wrong in life and did what was best for her. Prior to the book starting she was engaged, and it just didn’t feel right, so she walked away (woot go her), of course this leads up to the catalyst of this book, her wedding invitation showing up (with only the brides name changed) and then the RSVP being sent back accidentally. Hayes is easy to like to, I don’t know if I loved him as much as I loved Saylor, […]

Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted May 8, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Okay biggest downside to duets, waiting for the second one to come out. I picked up this book with every intention not to read it until the second book came out (I am seriously not a person with any kind of patience), but the cover was so pretty and it kept staring at me from my kindle, so I broke and I read it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read it, but I’m so bummed I have to wait to find out what happens next. I want to say I have read a book by Lisa Renee Jones in the past, but it’s been a long time, but remember enjoying the book I read by her in the past, and since this is a duet, I figured this would be a good place to jump in and try out her writing again. I think if you are unfamiliar with her, this would be a good choice to jump in a try out her writing. There are a lot of things about this book I liked, some of them are small and nuanced, others are big themes, but needless to say there are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. So honestly, when you first meet Nick (a.k.a. Tiger) he’s at a function at Faith’s family winery. I honestly didn’t pick up on the fact that Nick knew who Faith was until after their first meeting, so either it was good writing or Nick is just that […]

Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

I don’t know what I was fully expecting out of this book, but honestly whatever I was expecting, the book was way better. I think I went into this thinking it was going to be more romantic comedy then anything else, mostly because that’s kind of how much online dating books tend to go, a lot of weird first dates, finally finding the right guy (although almost always not through the website) and some laughs and a HEA as the cherry on top. This book totally had some funny moments, don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t call the book a romantic comedy. I loved how the book started off, frankly Silver at a party throwing drinks at people is good way to both get a good laugh, and get good sense of her personality. Silver is sassy, sometimes combative, has a lot of guts, has great inner monologue, and she is just honestly fun to read and easy to like. As for the whole vampire element to this book, I have to say I like how it was handled. Vamps are out in the open, but it’s almost like nonchalant like, sure there are vampires out in the world, but they don’t require blood, and no one really fears them. That actually kind of worked for me, mostly because the vampires were more like people, they had the same traits they had when they were human, they just were stronger, maybe had an ability or two, and lived forever […]

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

Posted April 26, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

If there was ever an author that I would super fan girl in front of it would be Karina Halle. Seriously, her and Rachel Vincent made me love reading again, and I can literally remember the exact moment when I fell in love with romance books, I was sitting in the guest bedroom of my moms house reading Love, In English listening to Ed Sheeran and I knew then that I would always been a romance book lover, seriously every time I hear Ed Sheeran I think back to Karina Halle. I love her darker books, don’t get me wrong, but I was really looking forward to this book because it kind of reminded me a little bit of the book that held a huge space in my heart for so long. We have the older guy, a kid is involved, kind of a family who doesn’t really understand our heroine, and a hero and heroine who are suddenly spending a lot of time together. Jackie is a single mom, and she’s a really good mom. She’s also pretty young, 25 years old with a 7 year old. I think she has been defining herself so much as a mom she hasn’t really ever gone outside of that role in a long time. She works so hard to make sure her son can everything he needs, and doesn’t think twice about going without. She left a bad situation to move back home with her parents and is trying to give […]

Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

Once upon a time, I pretty much exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it was the genre that got me back into my love of reading. I still dabble from time to time, but mostly I read a lot of romance these days. But I have always had a soft spot in my heart but UF and PNR, especially when it comes to werewolves, or really any kind of shifter book. This book was an easy pick up for me, because not only was it a shifter book, but it was already really rooted in Norse mythology, which has recently become a bit of a fascination for me. Once of the things that tends to make UF and PNR not always work for me is world building. Let’s face it explaining the rules to how a society works and all the history that goes along with that can be confusing to a reader if not done well, or worse can come off as super boring. Heather didn’t hesitate to jump right in with this book, we have Sonya getting bitten within the first couple of pages of the book, and it was definitely not a good experience for her. I liked how we jump right in, and how we really got the opportunity to learn about the world at the same time as Sonya did, her questions were my questions, and just in general I felt like the world was explained really well. I will say that at the […]

The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde

Posted April 2, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde

I’m a big fan of K.A. Linde, I like her writing style, and the stories she tells, so this book was a forgone conclusion for me to buy. I was actually pretty excited about the whole dating a guy whose brother you already dated, I mean come on, we can all agree it’s like a recipe for disaster right? Sign me up, yes please. First and foremost can I just say I really liked Emery. I don’t know why exactly, I just know that from the moment the book started I liked her. I think it’s because she walked away from a life that wasn’t making her happy, and of course from a jerk boyfriend who was cheating on her. So Emery heads back home to figure out what is going to come next. I really liked her sister, who she moves in with and her best friend. So of course her best friend drags her to a wedding, a Wright wedding, and that’s where she meets Jensen. Oh Jensen. I can understand why Emery was apprehensive about going to the wedding and getting back involved with the Wright family, obviously one Wright in particular left some scars on her heart. Jensen was pretty likable, he’s a rich, hot, nice guy. What’s not to like? I liked that he is a really good older brother. I mean he looks out for them the best that he can. I liked how the family stuck together, they didn’t always agree with each […]

Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell

Posted March 31, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell

I love books with firemen, they are definitely one of my favorite men in uniform guys for sure. I also really like books where the two characters have a one night stand and then they show up in the future in each others lives, it always makes for some interesting situations. I like the chemistry that Olivia and Erik had right from the beginning, and I think part of why that chemistry worked is because they both seemed to be in the same place emotionally. Erik is going through something at work, he’s basically been taken off active duty until he gets some PTSD issues under control, so I think that is leaving him feeling pretty out of control and a little bit in denial as well. Olivia on the other hand is also living a little bit in denial, well maybe no denial, but she’s pretty much refusing to move forward in her personal life. It’s like she pushed the pause button after her last relationship ended, and when she finally decided to try moving forward she was quick to quit. So when these two meet at the liquor store after each ditching their respective plans for the night, they have a great dynamic, and are honestly just what the other person needs. Erik is likable for sure. I wasn’t expecting him to be prior service military, or for basically his entire team at the firehouse to be people who served in the army (some of them even served […]

Take Me Back by Meghan March

Posted March 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Take Me Back by Meghan March

I was super looking forward to this book, I love books where the main characters are already in a relationship, don’t get me wrong, I love a good meet cute as much as anyone, but when the relationship is already in place it has a tendency to be angsty and I love angst. This book is not at all short on the angst. So obviously the blurb sets it up with two people who have been married for two years and things aren’t going well, so they go on vacation to try and fix things in their marriage or to walk away. Normally it takes some time for me to feel an emotional connection with the characters in a book, I mean at least a fourth of the way through a book. But here, I felt something for Kat right away, she just seems so broken down, it was hard not to have your heart break a little bit reading about how desperate she was to get her husband back. It’s also really clear from the beginning that these two didn’t really do anything to each other, so there is no real bad guy here, more like life happened, and sometimes that means things get hard. It’s easy to relate to. Kat is not someone who deals with grief, and not long after her marriage starts grief struck, and she coped the only way she knew how to shut down and build walls. Her husband Dane, dealing with his own […]