Breaking The Wrong

Breaking The Wrong
By Calia Read
★★★★☆

 

“Everyone has a weakness. You just have to look.”

The second book in the Sloan Brother’s Series by Calia Read is finally out. If you read book 1 Every Which Way you remember meeting Emilia. You also probably remember that feeling that she was not what she seemed, she was up to something, just not certain exactly what that was. I know I  was terrified of how that would affect Severine and Thayer so it was hard for me to imagine myself liking her. Of course that is what a good author is great at; completely changing your perspective when it comes to the stories they create based on the specific circumstances and events they allow you to see.

The Blurb:  
Emilia Wentworth would do anything for her sister.

For three years, Emilia has lived in the past, feeling her sister’s pain and hating those who are to blame, including one of the Sloan brothers.

Finally, she has had enough. The only way to be free is to create a Burn List with all the people who have ever hurt her sister.

As she crosses each name off, she gets closer and closer to her final target. But, things aren’t always as they seem.

Loyalties are tested.

Boundaries are crossed.

And the truth is revealed

Emilia is a complicated character, although the story is told from her POV (alternated with Macsen) I had a hard time really liking her at first.  I wasn’t quite sure why, maybe because I wasn’t completely sure what her plans for Macsen actually were.  The author hints at what was done to her sister but really keeps you in the dark for most of the book (there are a few surprises and twists closer to the end) which makes me unable to fully connect with Emilia’s anger and need for revenge.  Somewhere along the way and again I am not sure where, I finally felt the connection to Emilia and realized I liked her after all.

Tosha heaves a sigh and pats me on my knee. “Whatever you’re after … just take it, Emilia.” She walks over to my desk and unzips my makeup bag. “You can be fierce when you want to be.”

“You think so?”

Cocking her hip to the side, she points my lip liner at me. “I know so. You’re like broken glass.”  

“Broken glass?” I give her a strange look.  

“You’re intense. It’s unexpected and makes everyone jump.”  

“I hope I cut a few people,” I reply dryly.  

Pulling out my compact she looks at her face and nods at her reflection. “You will.”

Macsen Sloan who we met in the first book was a character I already liked but I have to say I really fell in love with him in the story.  We get to see a much deeper side to him.  We begin to understand that even after all of the mistakes he has made he is still deep down a good person.  He has many layers that most aren’t able to see, yet he and Emilia are so similar that they really fit together.

It’s the quiet people you need to watch out for. And that’s one of reasons why I’m sitting here, asking for advice. Macsen is quiet. Just like me. His mind is running at top speed. I can barely focus around him.

There are a lot of secrets in this book and although you may think you have them figured out the author has come out with a way to surprise you.  It’s not as simple or cut and dry as it may seem and that is what I really loved about it.  I would have loved to get more of Severine and Thayer though.  There just wasn’t enough interaction with them as I would have liked but this wasn’t their story so I guess it makes sense.

I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.  I am really anxious to find out more about the remaining Sloan brother and I hope we get to see more of a family dynamic as well.  I also am happy to see that Calia Read has listed a book about Thayer and Macsen’s friend Chris is in the works.

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you loved the first book!

Woo Hoo It’s Here! Walking Disaster

Walking Disaster

Walking Disaster
By Jamie McGuire
★★★★★

“Our story might have been typical: Bad boy falls for good girl, but Abby was no princess. She was hiding something.”

If you have read Beautiful Disaster (If not I highly recommend it to get the full understanding of the story) then you know how they met, how they became friends and how they fell in love.  Abby told us all but now it’s time for Travis to tell us.  It’s his story now…

Travis Maddox is not only the quintessential Bad boy, he’s practically a legend. He’s slept with half of the female population at Eastern.  He rides a Harley and fights in underground arenas for money.  Everything about him screams heartbreak.

Abby Abernathy is all Good girl on the outside, fresh out of Kansas.  But Travis can tell from the minute he sees her in her cardigan and pearls that this girl is a lot more underneath it all.  She has an attitude and she’s a lot tougher than most would think.

Unlike most girls that meet Travis she has absolutely no desire to sleep with him.  What first is seen as a challenge by Travis quickly becomes a lot more.  Travis needs Abby to stick around, he’s never wanted to be friends with a girl before but with Abby he finally sees how important it is for her to be in his life. The more time he spends with her the more he falls for her.

“I decided a long time ago I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along.  A pigeon.  The kind of soul that didn’t impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about it’s own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down with its own needs and selfish habits.  Brave.  A communicator.  Intelligent.  Beautiful.  Soft-spoken.  A creature that mates for life.  Unattainable until she has reason to trust you.” – Travis

Abby however can’t let herself think of Travis as more than a friend.  She has come to Eastern to get away from her old life.  She wants nothing to do with the one guy that reminds her too much of her past.  But no matter how hard Abby tries to keep things in the “just friends” category between her and Travis she can’t deny the pull she feels towards him.  

“…The fighting, the gambling, the drinking…it’s what I left behind.  When I’m around you it’s all right there for me in an irresistible, tattooed package.  I didn’t move hundreds of miles away to live it all over again.” -Abby

Travis can’t stop trying to get closer to Abby even if he knows she’s too good for  him.  No matter how hard he tries he can’t live without her, she makes him a better person.  No one can understand it but everyone can see the changes since Abby has come into Travis’s life.  If only Travis could prove to Abby that they belong together.

First they will have to get past his reputation and then they will have to face Abby’s past.

“When we first met, something inside both of us had changed, and whatever that was, it made us need each other.  For reasons unknown to me, I was his exception, and as much as i had tried to fight my feelings, he was mine.” -Abby (From Beautiful Disaster)


I am going to be honest, I thinks I did a 5 minute happy dance when I received a copy of this book.

I haven’t been this anxious to read a book in I have no idea how long so it completely made my day.  As a huge fan of the first one I was almost desperate to get my hands on this one and I was not at all disappointed.

Getting inside the mind of Travis Maddox was a great way to really get an understanding for the story.  There have been a lot of people out there that have questioned whether or not this book was an example of glorifying a destructive relationship. Although I never looked at it that way I have to admit that I could see why certain people may have thought that way.  This story is not all hearts and roses, the characters are not without faults and their relationship had been volatile and tumultuous from the get go.  However with this look into Travis a lot more of the reasons for his behavior are explained and we are able to see that he is slowly yet steadily changing, maturing and learning as they go along.

This book is a great followup to Beautiful Disaster.  Each book essentially tells us the same story however in each unique voice we get something new and exciting.  I am a huge fan of Jamie McGuire and Beautiful Disaster has been one of my favorite books, now Walking Disaster has been placed on that list as well.

Jamie McGuire is an excellent author with a great voice. This is the type of book you can read over and over and never grow tired of. I’ve read beautiful Disaster at least a dozen times and am always able to get something different out of it and I am confident that it will be the same with Walking Disaster.

*This ARC was provided by NetGalley for an honest review

Walking Disaster

Purchase Book Here

Atria Books

448 pages

ISBN 9781476712987

 April 2013

To find out more about this author visit her website: www.jamiemcguire.com

Kristen Ashley’s Latest Hit!

Raid (Unfinished Hero Book 3)
By Kristen Ashley
★★★★1/2


As a huge Kristen Ashley fan I was extremely excited at the release of her latest book Raid in her Unfinished Heroes series.  The funny thing is that I have not actually read the first two books Knight and Creed though they have been on my Kindle for quite a while and I keep trying to get to them.  I figured I would sit down this week and go ahead and read them and then I would be able to get to Raid which sounded great.  I happened to request it on Lendle thinking it would be a while until I got it but to my surprise I received it right away, so I said to heck with it and just went ahead and read it.  Now I can not wait to go back to the first two books and start reading.

Raid was a wonderful combination of the classic KA sexy Alpha male, a sassy yet sweet heroine, romance, sex, humor and of course issues and struggles in which the main characters find themselves dealing with. The Mc’s Hanna and Raid were extremely loveable and I found myself smiling throughout most of the book.  Of course it was also a plus that there were such funny and charming side characters as well, from the 98 year old great-grandmother to the spunky younger sister all the characters were fun.

I absolutely love Hanna and honestly found myself being able to relate to her more than any of the other heroines in Ms. Ashley’s previous books.  She was sweet, down to earth, strong yet still vulnerable and frankly just a goof.  Hanna pretty much charmed me from the very first page.

As for Raiden Ulysses Miller well it is always great to get a taste of these strong larger than life men who put both the “A” in alpha and the “Sex” in sexy.  I definitely wish I were Hanna and could wake up to him every morning.  Raiden may actually go on or near the top of the list of my favorite Kristen Ashley men.  He’s up there with Hank Nightingale from the Rock Chick series, Joe Callahan from the ‘Burg series, Tatum Jackson of Colorado Mountain series and Brock Lucas from Dream Man series (not that I don’t love almost all of the men from Kristen Ashley’s world).

I’m not sure if it is truly necessary to read Knight and Creed first before delving into to Raid although I will admit it would probably be a good idea to do so but if not it will in no way detract from the story.  Like most of these books throughout the different series by Ms. Ashley you get a glimpse of characters from previous books even if they are from a completely different series which is always a treat.  All of these worlds seem to cross over or intermingle with each other at some point in time, so even when you’ve moved from one series to the next you are always kept somewhat in all of their worlds.


When I see Hanna, I see:

Pink Schwinnpoloroid

When I See Raid, I see:

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Too Stupid To Live

Too Stupid to Live
By Anne Tenino
★★★★☆

It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?

Wow.  Okay so if you are looking for angst this is the book for you.  Don’t get me wrong though, the story has a lot of humor, Sam’s inner dialogue is quite clever and witty.  However between Sam’s insecurities and Ian’s inability to be honest with himself with what he wants and needs the first half of this story has enough angst for 4 novels (good thing I love angst).

By the second half of the book the angst is mostly forgotten (or at least not so prevalent) and the story smoothly transitions into a sweet and funny romance.  Sam is a character that draws you to him right away and makes you want to be his friend.  Ian is a little bit more complex.  While he has that way of making you want to snarl at him you still can’t help but feel for him.  It’s apparent from the beginning that these two are perfect for each other, each offering the other something that they are otherwise lacking.  Yet they have a lot of issues to work through and not all of it is easy.

This book is really about self-image, on both sides, Sam has to come to terms with how he sees himself.  He believes he is not someone that Ian the “living, breathing (panting) romance novel cover” could possibly be attracted to.  He definitely would never  be someone who would want to live happily ever after with him.  Ian has to get past his hesitancy of really coming out and being able to connect with someone on an emotional level.  Sam isn’t the type he generally is attracted to but there is something about him and that scares Ian.

All in all I really liked it, especially the interactions between Sam and Nik from Whitetail Rock and the Fix.  I actually think I liked Nik more in this book than I did in his books.  His snarky, sarcastic and cantankerous repartee led to some of the funniest moment in the book.

This is a definite must read!

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I Love This Book!

A lot of people are comparing Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster to Fifty Shades of Grey, the New Adult version. If that is what you are looking for I have to warn you the only things this book has in common with Fifty Shades is the unobtainable “Bad Boy” who falls hard for the “Good Girl”. Now this is not a new story, Good Girl/Bad Boy fall in love but it is a great story.

Abby Abernathy just wants a different life now that she’s not in Kansas anymore. In college she can start over without anyone knowing about her past, her father and Vegas. She’s a good girl and she wants a good guy.

Then Abby tags along with her best friend America and America’s boyfriend Shepley to an underground fight and comes face to face with the campus bad boy, Travis Maddox. He is everything she plans to avoid. He’s cocky, dangerous and a womanizer. The last thing she’s going to do is sleep with him.

Travis Maddox has never had a problem getting women, they throw themselves at him. When he meets Abby she turns his world upside down. For the first time in his life a woman doesn’t want anything to do with him and he can’t seem to stay away from her. Travis is determined to be friends with Abby, he has to be near her. Quickly the two form a friendship that has everyone talking.

When a bet between Abby and Travis leads Abby to living with Travis and his cousin Shepley they become even closer. Abby realizes there is a whole different side to Travis Maddox and Travis realizes Abby is the most important thing in his life. Too bad Abby only wants to be friends.


Original Comments on Goodreads 12/21/2011
Jaymie’s review Read Dec 21, 11 · edit
5 of 5 stars
bookshelves: ya, steamy-romance, love-bad-bad-boys, all-genre-favs
I own a copy, read count: 3

I know that this book should make me mad because Abby and Travis’ relationship is as the character Kara states a “disaster”. It’s really not all that healthy, the back and forth, the aggression etc… but the truth is I loved this book. I have read it a couple of times and it is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine.

Sex? ✓ Alcohol? ✓ Fighting? ✓ Gambling? ✓ A Smokin Hot Bad Boy? ✓✓✓
It’s College!

I am a fan of Jamie McGuire books!

 

 

Lush (Delicious #3)

As always Lauren Dane has made me wish it was possible to jump into the pages of her books and live in the world of her characters.  As soon as I saw Lush I knew I had to have it.  The opportunity to catch a glimpse of those wonderful and sexy Browns and their friends is something I just can not pass up.  Of course Lush is not actually part of the Brown Siblings series but a part of the spin-off series Delicious but it still shares the irresistible galaxy.  We have a great set of characters that we were introduced to in Never Enough (Brown Siblings #4) as well as our wonderful core characters from The Brown Siblings books.


Lush (Delicious #3)
By Lauren Dane
★★★★☆

Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…


 

Lush is the perfect blend of Hot and Sweet!  It started off as the typical sexy story the author is so great at creating and then blended smoothly into a sweet romance.  Of course what is not to love about a “Bad Boy Rocker” who meets his match in a  independent woman who not only knows who to make him hot in the bedroom but also in the kitchen?  What’s the old saying, “The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”?   

I loved Mary but I have to admit it was Damien that I could not get enough of.   I actually found myself a little jealous of Mary, of course I’m jealous of most of the women in these stories.

All in all the combination of food and music, a sexy drummer and a sweet caterer is a definite winner in my opinion.

*ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review

The Brown Siblings

The Search For The Perfect Book!

I find myself sitting here floating from book to book in desperate search for that one great book of 2013 that completely get’s to me.  A story that I can’t stop thinking about long after I am done with it and even begun another.  I know that they year has just started but I am finding that I am becoming restless while I search.

2012 brought so many books it took quite an effort to narrow down my top 10 list.  So far 2013 is lacking and I am not sure if it is the actual selection or if it is me.  Now don’t get me wrong, there have been some fantastic books out there.  Books I have given 4 stars to without a second thought.  I have a few that I can definitely say I loved, it’s just I want one that makes me truly feel it.