REVIEW: Uncomplicated Choices by Cara Dee [Camissa Cove #5]

Uncomplicated Choices (Camassia Cove, #5)This was very good. I really enjoyed it.

It was low on the angst and high on the heart. Casey also made me laugh which I always appreciate.

The writing was cool, though the bit with the ex-wife could’ve been left out. I don’t really think it was necessary for any reason than to just make the story longer. Aside that,everything else about the book was good

I read books 1&2 of the series, wasn’t interested in the next 2 books so I skipped them, only to jump to this. If the next book is about Madigan? I’ll definitely be picking it up. Otherwise I might just skip those as well.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Sightlines by Santino Hassell [The Community #3]

Sightlines (The Community, #3)To say I was excited for this book would’ve been an understatement. I had wanted to get into Chase’s head since the very first book of this series.

While I enjoyed being there, I feel like there was something missing. Not only in his case, but with the book in general.

There was none of the gripping suspense and anticipation in this book when compared to the others. Things just went on too smoothly as they were, with a token argument here and there but not anything we weren’t already used to.

That is, we already knew Chase and Elijah traded barbs and insults all over the place, and knew he was jealous about Holden. We knew they had feelings for each other and we knew he had a shitty attitude but…couldn’t there have been more when it came to them?

With the story also, I felt let down if i’m to be perfectly honest. Things were concluded too tidily and without any buildup or suspenseful finesse.

I mean, after loathing and fearing Jasper in equal measure throughout this series,THAT’S how he went away? COME ON! It was the same with Richard Payne’s situation . I expected Mr. Hassell to throw in a twist, a hidden power, a long lost something or the other but not what happened! The whole situation at the Farm and CW made me go “That’s it?”.

I’m not saying the story didn’t have it’s good moments but on the whole, I was just expecting more suspense, more action, more intrigue, more SOMETHING. Just…just…more. Sigh.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Facing West by Lucy Lennox [Forever Wilde #1]

Facing West (Forever Wilde, #1)This was good.

I didn’t particularly hate anything about it though Nico’s selfishness put me off sometimes.

Also, I think the characters should’ve been fleshed out more and the secondary characters also made a bit more engaging since this is book 1 of a new series.

Everything else I enjoyed: the Wilde’s unbelievable craziness, the sexy times , and the great writing style.

I’ll definitely pick up the next book in this series.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: The Bridge of Silver Wings by John Wiltshire [More Heat Than the Sun #3]

The Bridge of Silver Wings (More Heat Than the Sun #3)I truly believe this series should be renamed “The Crazy mis-adventures of Nik and Ben!!!”. Yes, with the exclamation marks. Lol!

I loved this! I believe these two could decide to take a walk outside and the craziness would find them.

The Siberia arc of the story was superb. I absolutely gobbled it right up. Yes, things were tidied up to quickly to be believable but I thought our survivors deserved it after the hell they went through. I also got to see that yes indeed Nikolas Mikelssen was a badass mfer. Sheesh!

The family arc was also good. It was a bit predictable for me but enjoyable to read.

As I have already maintained, the relationship between these two is as intense as its unconventional. But someway somehow they suit each other perfectly. And its because of this perfection that I would continue to read this series till the very end!!

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Conscious Decisions of the Heart by John Wiltshire [More Heat Than the Sun #2]

Conscious Decisions of the Heart (More Heat Than the Sun, #2)This was JUST as great as Book 1 albeit with slightly less action/fight scenes. It had more to do with the growth of both Nik & Ben and their relationship.

Now the relationship between these two was far from perfect and sometimes difficult to wrap my head around. One thing I did know is that they truly loved each other . Sometimes it was to an obsessive-like intensity in my opinion but it worked for them so I can’t really complain too much.

One thing I loved here was that we finally got inside Nik’s head! It was so good to finally try and understand his thought processes. That man has truly lived a horror-filled life and I’m sure there’s more to be revealed later in the series.

I think it’s worthwhile to note that there was a bit more smexy times here than in the first book but it honestly doesn’t really detract from the story. (view spoiler)

I also thought that both men refusing to admit that they weren’t heterosexual anymore was interesting . I know the subsequent books are going to deal with that and all the emotions that will come with the acceptance/lack thereof.

Also, I would want to know how these two deal with a real fight between them without Ben always being the peace maker. I know Nik is fragile but I’d like to see him beg/grovel for once. I know it works for them but it’d be interesting to see how that would work you know?

If the first two books are an indication of how the rest of the series would go, then needless to say I’m definitely going to go on till the very last book.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Love is a Stranger by John Wiltshire [More Heat Than the Sun #1]

Love is a Stranger (More Heat Than the Sun, #1)My first John Wiltshire…and …it was just… Pardon me whilst I attempt to recover from being blown away. This book was fantastic.

It was just the right combination of action, angst, sexiness and a whole load of intrigue.

I loved both of our MCs and can’t wait to dive into book 2!

Oh and it ends on a cliff hanger so make sure you have book 2 on hand before finishing this!

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 (A Matter of Time #1-2)I’m giving this a 2.5/5 Star rating because many many things just confused & irritated hell out of me. Many other things just made me pain mad.

If I start on every one of them,I probably wouldn’t finish with my rant but I’ll give you two names: Jory and Sam Kage.

Out of these two ridiculous people, I can’t even decide who irritated me more. This is because at every point in the book I was annoyed at something or the other concerning these two men: Be it Jory’s surprising lack of basic common sense / sense of self preservation and Sam Kage’s sense of entitlement.

Getting to the end of the book however, I had somewhat warmed to Jory(though he still lacked the common sense and was still making stupid decisions) . As for Sam Kage, the least said, the better. He was such a douche canoe.

Aside from the characterization, another issue I had was with the writing. The story was all over the place and at times was downright disjointed. You couldn’t explain character behavior especially when they’d been told something that should’ve led them to behave differently than they end up doing.

It was also super repetitive in some aspects like how EVERYDAMNBODY who met Jory said he was the “most beautiful” person they’d ever met blah blah blah or how Dane Harcourt was also the perfect guy (though to me he had zero personality). And oh oh oh OH wasn’t Sam Kage just intensely smoldering with his intense intensity? I went off a bit there but you catch my drift don’t you? Gah!!

At a point, I just wanted to give up but I REALLY don’t like DNFing books so I stuck with it.

Honestly, I believe this must have been a different era for Mary Calmes because I’m used to a more stellar performance from her.

Soooo Will I read the next volume? Probably . I know it’s a shocker but let me explain.

Here’s the thing: even though I KNOW Jory wouldn’t gain any more sense of self preservation/make any good sensible decisions and I KNOW (view spoiler), I’m curious as hell about what makes these characters act the way they do.

Such things might niggle at the back of my mind if I don’t at least try to sate my curiosity.

People, I think I might be a closet masochist.

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: In the Shadows [Metahuman Files #3]

In the Shadows (Metahuman Files, #3)I just love this series!

I daresay this is now my favourite of the lot!

This is simply because the emotional connection between Alexei and Sean felt much more real than that between Kyle and Jamie’s in the first 2 books, though those were hot as hell regardless. ;).

That, coupled with the action-packed, exciting & gripping nature of the book from beginning to end, I couldn’t put this down once I began. The writing, pacing & characterization was also awesome as usual.Needless to say, I had no issues with anything in the this. Wait Wait! My ONLY issue was that it didn’t go on for longer than it did! 😦

I really do hope that we get another book from this couple since this ended in a HFN. I could literally read a 100 books on this couple and not get tired. That’s how much I loved them!

Alexei and Sean!! How am I JUST finding out this?! *runs to Amazon*

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee

Living Out LoudI’ve come to realize that with this author-pairing, the books they produce are either hits or misses with me. This was a miss.

This book/story had the potential to be so much more but didn’t live up to even a quarter of that.

There was something definitely OFF about the writing. It felt disjointed. The story didn’t flow well at all and by the time I got to the 60% mark, I needed it to be over. I liked Ben quite okay. Xavier was one dimensional and a bit self centered.

Another big issue I had with the writing was it’s repetitive nature . I swear these two repeated the same things over and over and over and over throughout.

Also, at its core, this was supposed to be a book about self re-discovery & the sexual awakening of a character so I at LEAST expected the smexy times to salvage the story abit but I was thwarted on that side as well. The sex was bland. I mean, there were your usual “dirty words” thrown in whenever the two MCs hooked up but instead of being exciting, I just wanted to bang my Kindle against my forehead repeatedly. It felt so forced and If I NEVER see the word “play” again, I’d die a happy person! Gah!

It was exhausting to read overall.I think I deserve a tall glass of iced water after this.

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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REVIEW: Paint the Stars by Christina Lee [Free Fall #3]

Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3)I’m glad I didn’t give up on this series. This book was MUCH better than its predecessor ( a snoozefest for me).

The thing I liked most about this book was the authentic progression of the relationship between Dae and Ezra. Their emotional connection felt authentic and I rooted for them till they finally got their HEA. Dae was funny, exciting and generally had a good heart. He helped bring grumpy, standoffish and closed off Ezra out of his shell.

Out of the two,I allied most with Ezra because we kind of have the same principles when it comes to intimacy so reading about such a character was frankly refreshing for me.

One thing that almost messed it up was the little bit of drama with the ex. I felt that wasn’t really necessary and the book could’ve done without it.*shrugs*

Aside that however, I really enjoyed this book.

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

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