Genre: Love to Hate

SIN by Emma Hart

Posted July 19, 2017 by Kate in Blog Tour, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
SIN by Emma Hart

First off, I kind of new this book was going to be awesome, because from just the blurb you knew you had too characters at odds with each other, it’s set in Vegas (land of fun times), and honestly, it’s Emma Hart, so you can’t go wrong. I have to say right up front that the banter between our main characters just made the book so fantastic, it made for a great, fun read. The banter reminded me a lot of the banter you saw in Holly Woods Files, it was sometimes funny, always amusing, charged with sexual tension, occasionally heartwarming, basically my cup of tea. Dahlia is our oh so lovely heroine, and when we meet her she is just back Vegas after losing her father. It’s time for her to go back to running the family business, a bar in Las Vegas that is book themed. Can we just stop right there are make unbelievably clear that if this bar existed near me I would be there all the time. I have to say that Emma did a great job with painting a picture of what the bar looks like, I mean I felt like I could picture the bar in my head, and it is just such a cool idea. I liked Dahlia a lot, she’s smart, well educated, clearly a good boss, seems like she was a good daughter, and she’s got the perfect amount of sassy and sarcasm, I liked how she held her own. […]

The Boy Next Door by Ella James

Posted June 2, 2017 by Kate in Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Boy Next Door by Ella James

I’m starting to feel like I have a really big obsession with best friends sibling books, I mean seriously, I feel like I have gone out of my way to collect as many of them as I can. That being said, this book doesn’t necessarily read like that. Amelia and Dash meet when they were kids, Amelia was younger and she became fast friends with Dash’s sister, best friends actually. In high school the friendship started to grow apart, and they eventually went their own ways, so when the book starts, it doesn’t really have that best friends sibling vibe, because the best friends are best friends anymore. That being said, this book was totally without a doubt enjoyable for me, I like the emotional heartstrings that thing book pulled. Like I said, the future has arrived, and Dash and Amelia have a complicated past, Amelia was like super duper insane in love with Dash, but she was younger and so Dash didn’t really entertain her crush until after he went away to college. And then of course once the two of them come together and disaster strikes, Dash takes off and never looks back. So of course when Amelia finds out she is going to be interning under him at her dream animation job, well to say it’s tension filled would be an understatement. I like how unsure the two of them are about how to handle the situation. Yes it has been years since they have seen or […]

Mixed Up by Emma Hart

Posted May 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Mixed Up by Emma Hart

I love all things Emma Hart, and this book is really just a totally fun and enjoyable journey. I felt like this book is really just all about a good time. Normally when I read a book where it involves the best friends little sister it always seems to have more than a little bit of angst or at the very least a couple of tears to be shed, but this book is way more about the laughs and some serious tension. Raven and Parker have basically grown up together and for whatever reason have just never gotten along. There’s not traumatic event in their past that made them hate each other, they just never really meshed. And apparently it has resulted in years and years of snarky comments and constantly being separated by their families. Of course when the book starts these two haven’t seen each other in years, and Raven is in a tough spot with her bar, she wants a chef so her bar isn’t just about drinks but she can’t seem to find anyone qualified enough to make her plan work. Her basic nightmare scenario of having to get the world renowned chef slash personal nemesis Parker to step in and help her out is quickly becoming her reality. These two are super fun to read. They are both really sarcastic and love to push each other’s buttons, and while it starts out as kind of a openly hostile dynamic, the sexual tension starts to amp […]

Catching Carly by Emma Hart

Posted March 8, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Catching Carly by Emma Hart

As always, Emma Hart makes me laugh out loud, and sometimes inappropriately. I really liked Brooke’s book, mostly because I love the whole friends to lovers thing, but also because Brooke and Carly have an awesome dynamic and quirky yet perfect senses of humor. So it was easy to really want to get to know Carly on a more personal level. Carly and Zeke are both introduced in Brooke’s book, and they both are awesome characters in that book because they have a great kind of antagonistic yet laced with tons of chemistry dynamic. The great part about this book is that they already had a drunken hook up, so by the time we meet up with Carly and Zeke again they already know they can set the sheets on fire, so the angst in this book is big time. Carly is super funny, she has that great sense of humor. But honestly, what I loved about Carly (and Emma for including this), is that she is a little left out. Her two best friends have gotten together, and like most people in the beginnings of a new relationship, they neglect their other relationships, and Carly is really feeling that right now. I felt for her, and it made it super relatable too, I mean who hasn’t had a friend disappear down the rabbit hole of a new relationship. She’s also really looking for a connection, and her online dating is hilarious (I mean seriously I’ve never been more happy […]

Casanova by Emma Hart

Posted January 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Casanova by Emma Hart

Without a doubt I adore Emma Hart, I don’t think that will ever change. She has a great writing style that is just so easy to fall into. I was looking forward to this book because I love books where the main characters are antagonistic towards each other. What can I say, I’m a girl who likes her books with a bit of drama. Plus Emma has such a great history of laugh out loud moments within her books. Going into the novel, I knew that Lani hated Brett. I knew there was some sort of history behind their relationship, that ended in her hating him, leaving home, and never looking back. I was really looking forward to finding out what the catalyst was for his extreme displeasure towards Brett. For me honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the reason. It’s been eight years, they were kids, she overheard something, and basically hit the ground running. I don’t think it was grounds to leave everything behind and never talk to him again. I don’t think it was grounds for her to act the way she does towards him when she finally sees him. That being said, I did like Lani, she seems like a pretty cool chick. She’s made a good career for herself, she’s a great writer, she has a lot of integrity as a person, so outside of the reasoning for her feelings for Brett I did actually really like her personality. I didn’t love Brett. Wait, no I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Safe From Harm by Kate SeRine

Posted October 5, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Safe From Harm by Kate SeRine

Who doesn’t love a man in uniform, I know I do. I picked up this book because frankly, I’ve been in the mood for a little law and order type suspense, who did and why, and will they be caught. The thing about this book is that you know who the bad guy is right from the beginning, the thing that keeps you guessing is trying to figure out how or who he is going to strike at next. So when the book starts we start in the past. Gabe and Elle are both eating at a local diner, Gabe with their mutual friend, Gabe runs out to his car for something, and while he is outside there are shots fired. His friend dies. It’s really quit horrible, and you can tell how much this man’s death affects Gabe. Even though Elle and Gabe have a strained relationship (she seems to seriously dislike him), they come together over their grief. Fast forward to present day and its been like a year, the trial of the man responsible is over. Everything should be great right? Wrong, now that the trial is over, the man responsible, well his family is after vengeance. The stakes are high in this book, and early on Gabe is shot, so during a lot of the book Gabe feels like he has been sidelined. You can tell he wants to be out there getting justice, when reality is he is stuck at home getting better. Gabe is […]

Wait by A.L. Jackson

Posted August 21, 2016 by Kate in Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Wait by A.L. Jackson

I have read a few books by A.L. Jackson, and I always have to prepare myself before I read them. She writes books that tend to have a lot of pain in them, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I like going along for the journey the characters make to get over the trials of their lives. So when I started this book, that is exactly what I was expecting, and I was not disappointed. So this book could be a called a second chance romance, because our main characters have more than a little bit of history together. Edie and Austin are both siblings of people in a rock band together. Which basically means when they were younger they were exposed to things they probably shouldn’t have been, for Austin that meant drugs and alcohol. And for Edie, well it meant being around people she should in no way have ever been around. Edie and Austin both carry some serious scars with them, Austin blames himself for the death of his brother, and Edie has to live with a traumatic experience that haunts her to this day. These two did not part ways on happy terms, Edie felt that Austin betrayed her trust in regards to her secrets. Both of them left there families behind (at different times) and tried to start over. Which brings up to present time. Edie is living a life in a seaside town and has a best […]

Rocking Kin by Terri Anne Browning

Posted August 15, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Rocking Kin by Terri Anne Browning

This is the third novella in the Lucy and Harris series, and I was actually pretty excited about this one. I really liked Kin from the first two novellas, she’s a great friend to Lucy and she clearly has some serious history with Jace that clearly needs to get resolved. I think I was expecting this book to start when the second left off, maybe get caught up with what happens between after Lucy leaves for school (especially since the novel starts with a bit of a time jump). But this book moves all the way back to the beginning, so be prepared to see some of the same scenes just from a different perspective. So I still really do like Kin after reading this book. That hasn’t changed at all. But honestly the book kind of read a bit choppy. In the first two novellas there is really like a consistent timeline and passage of time. But with Kin things kind of time jump more than I was expecting. And really most of Kin’s story is thing that Lucy’s stories mentioned or made reference to, just with a little bit more background. I guess what I mean by that is that there isn’t a lot of original scenes that are solely devoted to Kin without having already been talked about with Lucy. That kind of really bummed me out. One of the things that also bothered me about this book is the stepmonster. Kin’s step mother is horrible, and […]