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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 […]

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 1 Comment
Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

So on paper this book has all the things I would normally really like in a book, hot sports guys, a fake relationship, some meddling secondary characters, an ex who meddles, it should work. But it didn’t. Not for me at least. Maybe for other people, but it just didn’t work for me. So our heroine is Marabelle, nice southern name, with a uppity, socialite, controlling mother to go along with it. I have to say though I had a lot of issues with Marabelle, but the thing I liked the most about her was how much she rebelled against her mother in her own way. She is wearing these super frumpy clothes, she does her own thing, teaching at an elementary school making not a lot of money, worked hard for a house she loves, she makes her own way. What’s not to love about that. My issues with Marabelle is she is so in her head that is just so frustrating. But she is almost so much of a contradiction sometimes that I didn’t find her all that believable. She has some serious self-esteem issues (and could seriously benefit from a counselor), she really does not see herself as a person who would ever appeal to anyone, so when she gets super hostile at other women for coming near her fake fiance, it just feel weird, like out of place. Now for our lovely Nick. I wanted to like him. He’s a coach of a football team, 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 […]

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Posted October 2, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

I started reviewing books of the urban fantasy persuasion, before I fell over heads with romance. But every once in a while I like to dive back into urban fantasy and the paranormal, especially if a synopsis really intrigues me. I have to admit that when I read the blurb for this book I was beyond intrigued. I loved the cover art, I loved the whole Vikings and Valkyries theme, and I love when these themes are set in modern day. This book is book two in the series, but honestly I think it can be read as a standalone, you’ll see the couple from the first book in this one, but the author does a great job of world-building within this book, so you can without a doubt read it on its own. So I really do kind of love Astrid. Astrid is a warrior in every sense of the word, and when the book starts she is sent on a mission to go pick someone up. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal, so she’s sent by herself. It’s clear from the beginning that Astrid doesn’t think all that highly of herself. She wants to prove to everyone that she is worthy, but no one doubts her like she doubts herself. I will admit she occasionally makes some decisions that she really shouldn’t have because she doesn’t want to be seen as weak or like she can’t do the job own her own. But regardless of her […]

Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

Posted July 21, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

I read the novella for this series a while back and I remember enjoying it, so it was an easy choice for me to pick up this book as well. I don’t know why but the idea behind the whole rescue diver thing is just super cool for me, and even better is this is cold water stuff. I don’t know about you guys but I in no way ever want to have anything to do with being under water when the water is that freezing, so already these characters are a bunch of superheroes to me. So the cool thing about this book is that it really is kind of a murder mystery with a suspenseful someone’s out to get me plot. I liked the investigative elements in this book a lot, and I liked being on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. So our heroine is Lou, and she is pretty awesome. She’s complex, she left her life behind in Connecticut to strike out on her own and really find herself and stop being under the thumb of her family. At first I though she was awesome and cool, a little messy, but funny, and super dedicated to the dive team. Plus it’s not like being on the dive team is a full time job so she’s also a barista in town. But later on in the book you find out how educated she is and the life she could […]

Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya

Posted June 7, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya

So the whole idea behind missed connections is really interesting, I’ve seen that section on Craigslist before and the idea for it it just kind of bizarre, but yet interesting. I always wondered if people actually read these things and actually connect with people. So the fact that this book has a lot to do with missed connections made it appeal to me. So when the book starts we meet our lovely heroine, Sarah. She is down on her luck, she’s lost her job and apartment, she’s boyfriendless, and she is crashing on her best friends couch while she tries to get a job pretty much anywhere on the planet. I totally understood how she felt about the whole picking herself up after following down, and oh my gosh the interview with the crazy hippies at the beginning, that was absolutely hilarious. So Sarah gets this job that finally gets her life going on the right track, but honestly its the job from hell, I mean she works for a bunch of new age hippies, but they are some of the most judgmental new age people I have ever seen (or read). So there were actually a lot of things I liked about Sarah, how she pushes forward to make a life for herself and doesn’t stop, I like how she handles herself in a horrible working environment, but there were also some things I didn’t love about her. I felt like through a lot of the book she was […]

You and Only You by Sharon Sala

Posted February 19, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
You and Only You by Sharon Sala

I read the book blurb and a lot about it appealed to me. I love books where people who are friends end up together, and I also really like books where the main characters have to start over. And while our main character, LilyAnn hasn’t really ever left her hometown, but she is recovering from the loss of her fiancee was killed a few years prior to the book, and in a lot of ways her life has just kind of stopped. I went into this book really hoping I would enjoy it. I normally like the small town elements in a small town romance, but in this book is was so over the top that I just did not enjoy it. I’m not sure if that was because of the small town itself or if it is because of the writing style. Ultimately this book was a big flop for me because the writing style was just so hard for me to get into. I felt like the book was writing really simplistically, I thought that there wasn’t enough depth in the characters. Another major problem for me was that the author suffered big time from not showing and instead telling. I felt like I was being talked at or told the story instead of feeling like I was living it with the characters. I know this book might appeal to some reader but for me, I just couldn’t get into the story or the characters.

By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

I am a big fan of military romances, especially when it well written. I spent a lot of time being a military wife, and I’ve heard the lingo and the stories enough to know when things just don’t sound right in a book (nothing drives me more nutty then when an author gets ranks wrong when its so easy to use google). I have to say I really thought the military aspects of this book were done so well. I know very little about how different hardware works, and even less about helicopters, but the author was able to explain things in a way that wasn’t so over technical that I was confused, but informative enough to where I understood; and better than that though all of the detail served the plot, it wasn’t just showing off details just for the sake of doing it. So all of that really made me happy. The thing that stuck out the most to me about this book was Kara. Our heroine is new to the unit, which is a very specialized unit that walks among the elite ranks. She is new, but very capable. She’s also after some time been put into a leadership role, so she’s calling some of the shots during missions, which can be a highly stressful and hard thing to do. I think it says a lot about her in how the people in the unit react to her, they all trust in her and believe that she’s doing […]

How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Posted January 29, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Ah cowboys, in the words of the Dixie Chicks, cowboy take me away. I love cowboys, maybe it is because I grew up in Texas and I met my husband on a farm with cows and horses, who knows, but I love em. So when this book popped up, I was ready to go. Unfortunately for me, this book just did not work for me at all. So the number one reason why this book didn’t work for me was basically the writing style. The author often used twenty words when five would have sufficed, there was more than one point in the book where I would skip five or ten pages and still know exactly what was going on, it was like it took forever for the book to progress, making the pacing feel sometimes painfully slow. Another big problem for me was that the two main characters, Lindsey and Shane both have a thought process that reminds me a lot of a ping pong ball. I mean the jump from idea to idea in there head, in one paragraph they think one thing, and in the next they have concocted some kind of conspiracy and they think something completely irrational, then of course followed by thinking something different yet again. Look I love getting an idea in a characters thought process, but honestly the way that the author writes the POVs of the characters just makes things so disjointed that it really threw me off. So as for […]

In The Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

Posted January 27, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
In The Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

Werewolf cops, it should be the recipe for some awesomeness. This book is a stand alone in a book series about SWAT cops who just happen to be all made up of werewolves. I went into this book expecting a lot of action, and probably some sort of suspenseful plot that was going to keep me guessing. There was definitely a lot of action in this book, and some of it I enjoyed, and there was a pretty major mob plot, which definitely made things interesting, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. So when the book starts we kind of are slammed into this intense raid by our SWAT wolves, one in particular, Eric, and who should he find on this outing, why Jayna, our heroine. Jayna is on the wrong side of the law, but something about her keeps Eric from taking her in, so instead he hides her. Jayna clearly captivates him so he tracks her down to try and figure out what kind of situation she is mixed up in. Eric made this book for me, I liked him the most in this book. He’s a stand up guy, and kind of a baby wolf too. I was really surprised how little these werewolves know about being werewolves. I mean it’s not just one or two of them that don’t have all the information, it’s pretty much all of the wolves who are missing out on all the intricacies on what being a wolf […]