Publisher: Bantam

Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner

Posted October 1, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner

So we are back with the final installment from Jane and Dallas. Things have really changed with these two since the first two books, and if you are thinking you can walk into this book without reading the other two first, you are sadly mistaken. You do get some more fun cameos from other characters from J. Kenner’s books, so be on the lookout for that. Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the second book yet, spoilers from that book are in this review. So once we pick up in this book Jane has gone missing and to say Dallas is going out of his mind with worry would be an understatement. Dallas and Jane are finally out in the open, their parents have cut them off financially, and the media is all over their story, but these two don’t find happiness right away. Thankfully Jane doesn’t stay missing for very long, but it puts all the more pressure on Dallas and Jane to figure out who was behind all these events in the first place. There are some heartbreaking scenes with these two as the book continues. Certain people become implicated in the plot, people that both Dallas and Jane are close to, and seeing how they react to those things, how they handle it is sometimes very sad to read. Also the strained relationship between Jane and Dallas and their parents is also hard to read, especially with their dad. I mean I wish he would […]

Hottest Mess by J. Kenner

Posted July 17, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review, Teaser / 0 Comments
Hottest Mess by J. Kenner

And I’m back for book two. I really do like J. Kenner, and I actually like a well written stepbrother romance, and this book has a mystery element going on, so while all the stars seemingly are aligned, I somehow can’t get into this series the way I really want to. So we pick back up in this book pretty much where we left off. Jane and Dallas are involved with each other, but still in secret, because these two aren’t just stepbrother and sister, no there parents adopted them, so by law they are as related to each other as if they shared DNA. In that regard I actually felt pretty bad for them, I mean loving someone that you know you could get into serious trouble just for being together, the whole thing kind of sucks. Oh and did I mention Dallas is still keeping up his whole I’m a ladies man thing, yeah, that was no exactly easy for Jane to deal with, but I understood the reasoning behind it all. The plot of who kidnapped Jane and Dallas when they were younger definitely starts making some strides in this book, and I have to admit this was the element in the book that kept me interested. I love a good mystery. Also I felt like most of the character growth with these two was about moving on from what happened to them and finding closure as well as finding the people responsible. So really this plot […]

Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner

Posted April 16, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner

I like J. Kenner, and I really enjoyed the Stark series and Kenner’s style of writing, so I figured this book would be the right kind of book for me. While I did enjoy a lot of the elements in this book, there were a couple of things in the book that kept me from really loving it the way I wanted to, or rather the way I loved the Stark books. So I was kind surprised this ended up being a stepbrother romance, which like a lot of things can go either way for me, sometimes I think it works great, and sometimes I just don’t care for it. In this particular case it honestly didn’t bug me one way or the other, I mean it does play a role in the plot line and its definitely part of the reason why they put off having any kind of involvement with each other romantically, but there was so much more going on in this book that I genuinely don’t have much of an opinion about that aspect of the book. I’m one of those readers who has to love the characters in a book for me to enjoy the story line, and honestly I don’t think I loved them, and it wasn’t that I didn’t like them, but rather that I didn’t really get them. Dallas and Jane are both seriously damaged people, they are both living the lives they are in the present wholly because of a very […]

Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

Posted December 28, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

I really had high hopes for this book, I really wanted to like it, it’s not that I didn’t end up liking it, I just didn’t love it either, I could take it or leave it. I liked the idea of the heroine, Violet, having survived an ordeal and still making a life for herself. And I think the idea of Ryder kind of appealed to me as well, in the synopsis he sounds like a sexy, self-assured guy who kind of helps Violet find her own confidence. Violet had potential to be a character I really liked, but she was just so wishy-washy about everything. I mean one second she seemed able to put her foot down and assert herself, and then next minute she was basically being walked all over. I hated at the beginning of the book she was so okay with being with a man (Zach) who was constantly cheating on her, and yet still wanted to get married to him. It was perplexing. Ryder, was well, a jerk. There is really no way around it. I have a hard time even calling him the hero in this story, because I didn’t really like him at all. He has horrible motives about thing, and he gets other people involved in these insane hurtful plans, including plans that are set out to hurt Violet. I know in the book he kind of has moments where he seems to be changing his ways or becoming a better person […]

The Chase by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

Posted November 24, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Chase by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

I have to admit I wasn’t super excited about this book, and it’s not because the synopsis didn’t draw me in (because it did), but rather because I am so hit or miss with Janet Evanovich, but maybe the addition of Lee Goldberg is what made this book a solid like for me. One of the things I always enjoy about Janet’s books are the sense of humor in them. I definitely enjoyed the humor in this book, it wasn’t necessarily fall on the floor laughing kind of humor but rather a steady stream of comedy in the book, between the dialogue, the situations, the descriptions, the comedy was ever present within the book. I think the humor is part of the reason why the book feels fast paced, it really helps keep you engaged. So even though I think the humor definitely plays a role in the pacing in the book, the events in the book really do happen pretty quickly, it’s really a one thing right after the other. You won’t find the characters in this book siting around moping or chilling in the front of the television. There is always something going on, but at the same time it feels organic and not rushed. Speaking of the characters, because I didn’t read the first book in the series (though I wish I did), I didn’t get to have as much background as people who have read the prior book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing […]