Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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 […]

Close to Home by Lily Everett

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Close to Home by Lily Everett

I don’t know about you guys but I love books about a guy in uniform, and I was really drawn to the blurb on this book. I liked that this guy was coming off of a long term undercover assignment only to find out that his wife had left him while he was gone. Yes it sucks, but I liked that the whole book was going to be about him trying to fix his marriage, what can I say, I like people who work for it. So when the book starts I was pretty for a chapter or two. I liked Johnny, or rather I kind of liked where his story started. His assignment has just ended, it seems like it went really well and he’s getting all these accolades at his job for doing a great job on this long term undercover work. It’s clear he wants to get home to see his wife, and then of course the shoe drops. She left him a dear John letter, with divorce papers. I don’t know about you guys, but to me it made me kind of hate her right off the bat. I mean I’m sure it’s hard to live away from your husband for such a long time, I’m an army wife so I’ve been there, but to just leave him, move out your home, not leave a forwarding address, and basically just take off seems all kind of messed up. Of course Johnny goes to track her down […]

One More Taste by Melissa Cutler

Posted October 16, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
One More Taste by Melissa Cutler

This book appealed to me because lately I have been missing home (Texas) and the heroine in the story is a chef, and lately I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen trying to learn new things about cooking. I didn’t realize it until I was a few chapters in, but the setting and some of the characters really seemed somewhat familiar to me, and that’s when it hit me. I read the novella for this series a while back, I think sometime last year. Once I figured that out, I was actually pretty excited to see how things were going to turn out. So Knox is basically coming back to his family’s home, but not the family home where he grew up. His father was basically pushed out of the family and all the family money that went along with that, and ended up a bitter man. After his death Know swore to himself that he would make things right. Now a very successful businessman, he is set on getting back what his father lost, which means taking over the Briscoe Ranch Resort. I have to admit I could understand where Knox was coming from. Granted he didn’t have all the facts, he didn’t know why his dad was pushed out and no one would talk about it. His Uncle Ty, for the most part was pretty welcoming, but he was kind of a jerk, he doesn’t think very much of a his daughter, and honestly […]

Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis

Posted April 6, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis

So this book appealed to me because it just sounded like a set up for two people to be antagonist to each other. I mean you have Delaney being assigned to cut the budget of the pediatric department, and you have Joshua being the head of the pediatric department. Plus you know it sounded like Joshua is one of those guys who devoted his life to kids, and to me that’s kind of hot in a guy. So the first thing I noticed about the book was that the characters were pretty well developed, and they were both really easy to like and pull for. I liked how quickly I took to the characters, and I liked how the situation pulled both of them together. Delaney I liked a lot because she was really interesting, I mean she ended up basically doing the accounting for the hospital because even though she has a medical background with her dad and hospital in general, she found that it was a career for her. And Joshua, well he was just so easy to like. I mean this guy spends his life taking care of sick kids, and even when he isn’t suppose to be at work, he spends his time doing the nicest things for his patients, like sitting up with them and rocking them all night long. Joshua is just a really nice, good guy, and he wants what is best for his patients. While I liked both of these characters individually, they […]

Burning for You by Michele Dunaway

Posted September 5, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Burning for You by Michele Dunaway

This is another one of those books that has spent entirely too much time on my kindle not being read, but thankfully I found it and I really liked it. First of all, I have read this author before, I picked up the first book in this series because it had to do with Christmas, and I love all things Christmas related, and since I loved the first book in the series I was pretty sure I was going to like this book too. So I think what actually appealed to me about this book is that there isn’t a whole lot of outside drama going on, its all so character centric, I mean the one instance of an outside force impacting the relationship is really more of a misunderstanding/catalyst for something else. I enjoyed that it was so character driven because while the book was on the shorter side, it didn’t feel that way, it was so focused on the characters that I really felt like I had the time I needed to know them and be invested in them and their outcomes. So Joe comes off pretty cocky right off the bat, but then again they do pretty much start at a photoshop where it’s basically the hot guys of St. Louis, so it makes sense. I liked that while Joe has that kind of attitude it’s never oppressive, I never felt like he was pushy or rude, it was more amusing and sometimes even endearing. I love […]

The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

Posted July 12, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

I have such a hard time with novellas, and I wish I didn’t. I don’t know why but I would rather sit and read a slow paced super long novel then a really good novella, I mean there is only so much character development you can do in such a short amount of time (the exception to this of course is novellas that go along with a series). But since I really love Mandy Baxter (aka Amanda Bonilla) I went ahead and gave this one a shot, plus I love a good cowboy. So right of the bat I will tell you what I didn’t like and why I gave this a three star. It literally all comes down to length. I mean the story is so fast paced that certain things come off as unrealistic. And example of this being that it only takes less then a day for these two to open up to each other about things in their past they don’t normally talk about with anyone. It’s just hard for me to believe two people can fall into such a relationship place in like a day, fall into bed together, sure, absolutely, but relationship, not so much. Also I like a bit more angst in a book, but that’s a personal preference. Now for what I did like. The writing style as always was awesome, the whole novella is well written, and it’s why I love her as a writer (I will admit there is a […]

The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Posted December 8, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Christmas in my home state, Texas, woo hoo. I grew up my whole life hearing the phrase “hill country” and I could easily see there being a resort in the hill country similar to the one in this book. For me it gave the whole setting a realistic feel for me, and made me feel like I was back at home. There are a lot of books that take place at Christmas, but really the story could have taken place during any time of the year, this is one of the books that I think wouldn’t work in any other time other than Christmas time. So catalyst for this whole book is that our heroine, Carina, is the part of the family that owns the Texas Hill Country Resort, which is known for having divorce free weddings during the first twenty-five days in December. It’s a huge draw for the hotel, So when Carina’s sister is suppose to be getting married during the whole promotional time, and then runs out on the ceremony, Carina does the only thing she can in order to keep PR up, she enters into a sham marriage with the hottest cowboy who works on the ranch, James. I’m not sure how I felt about the whole sham marriage thing, because I couldn’t believe how ready and willing Carina’s family was to go along with the whole thing, but once I understood more of the characters motives, it worked out for me. I really liked Carina, […]

Blame It on the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels

Posted December 4, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Blame It on the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels

December brings for more Christmas books, so everybody get ready! So first book up this month is Blame it on the Mistletoe, and I have to say I picked this book because I am seriously in love with the cover. It just screams Christmas and it’s also just so cute and adorable, I couldn’t help but want to read it. So while this is definitely a Christmas read (being that it takes place during the season and there are some definite Christmas themes throughout the book), I honestly think this book would work at any time of the year. So as it turns out Brooke and Alex know each other from a long time ago, as it turns out is that Alex used to be friends with Brooke’s brother. But a long time has passed, and Alex doesn’t live in town anymore, and Brooke definitely has a past of her own. Brooke owns this crafty little shop in her small town, and I quite frankly love it. It seems like a shop I would like to visit. I love that she is so crafty (if there was more time in the day I would be as crafty as Brooke is). So one night, she ends up mistaking Alex as an intruder in her store, and the two of them end up talking and remembering each other. I’m not sure what exactly sticks out to me about why I like this book so much, but I think when it comes down […]

Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison

Posted July 6, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison

I have really mixed feelings about this book. There were parts that I really liked and then there were parts that I just thought were okay-ish. I didn’t completely fall head over heads in love with the book, but it was still an enjoyable read, and truth be told it was not exactly what I was expecting. So at the beginning I was a little annoyed, I know that Cherri is a big girl, she’s super tall and not pencil sized, which made me happy (I don’t know about you but I like my romance characters to be realistic, I want to think of them as people I could run into at the grocery store, not the unobtainable supermodel on the magazine covers). But for me, it felt overly talked about in the beginning. It seems like two pages couldn’t go by where there was reference to Cherri’s size, and there is just so much more to her character than her size that I felt like it did  a disservice to her. Yes, I know that she’s insecure, understandable, most girls are about one thing or another, but it just felt like too much of the storyline in the beginning was about her size. That being said, Cherri is a tough girl, and I liked her at moments and wanted to shake her at others. She’s devoted to her grandmother, taking care of her as she’s getting dementia and at times becoming combative with her. Even though it’s hard on […]