Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour REVIEW | "One More Chance" by Abbi Glines

One More Chance by Abbi Glines
Adult Romance published September 2, 2014
Atria Books
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker and someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow's half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling hard and fast for the guy who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love...

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now Grant and Harlow must decide if they have enough fight to make it work - or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.
My Thoughts...
If you read my blog regularly then you know that I have become a little disenchanted with the Rosemary Beach series, but I love Grant so I needed to read this part of the series for sure.  For me this book was another 3.5 star book. I almost gave it 3 because it was so predictable, but I gave it the extra .5 for the introduction of Major and he's not even in the book much!

So this book starts out after Harlow has left Grant.  Grant is pretty much devastated, calling her every single night and leaving messages about how much he loves her and can't live without her.  He isn't the same Grant we all know and love.  This Grant is a broken shell of the man he used to be.  He goes to work in the morning, comes home and leaves messages for Harlow...over and over and over again.  He's pretty much neglecting everyone and everything else.  Harlow is in Texas living with Mase in a tiny little house on the back of his parent's property.  His main concern is protecting his little sister who is hurting just as badly as Grant is, bu she's not giving in and she's not listening to the messages that he leaves every night.  She wants to talk to him so badly, but she knows the minute she hears his voice she will cave.  She's protecting herself and the only was she knows how to do this is to keep her distance from the man she loves more than anything.

It's literally impossible to talk about the plot any further without posting spoilers.  I will just let you know some of the things that I did and didn't like.  I loved Mase and Major and I know we haven't seen the last of them.  I loved that there was NO Nan drama in this book.  "What?" you ask, "no Nan drama?  None at all?"  YES!!  It was amazing.  She only made a few quick appearances and amazingly enough she was a decent human being.  I know that I said that I didn't think she was redeemable, but in this book she proved me wrong, just a little.  And we did get into her head for just a moment and it was sad more than anything so all hope for Nan may not be lost quite yet.  We also met Grant's dad in this book and I have to say that I am not impressed with him at all.

I did think that this story was pretty predictable, but it didn't make me not like it.  This was pretty well on par with the rest of the series really.  They are quick reads that don't require any deep thinking.  They are sexy and sometimes emotional. You will love some characters and hate others, but you will keep reading them because they are fun.  They are new adult so there are plenty of steamy love scenes so if you don't care for those you will want to steer clear of this series.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quick Update

I thought I would pop on here and do a quick update for you.  For those of you who may not know, I am back in College.  I have decided to finally finish my degree at long last!  I have about 2 years left maybe a little longer.  I am an Education Major, I am thinking that I will end up teaching Communication Arts (English) in Middle or High School even though I enrolled as an elementary ed major.

What this means is that I won't be posting here regularly, although honestly, I haven't been doing that for a couple months anyway.  I have a handful of review books that I will be posting reviews and blog tours for, but other than that I won't be around much this semester.  I am taking a Children's Lit class that is Writing Intensive and has a LONG list of required reading so I won't have much time for extra reading.

I will be posting at least one review a week at least for the next couple weeks and I will try to do that anyway even if it's a review on one of the books I have read for class.  I just read Wonder and it was fantastic so I plan to do a review on that one for sure.

I hope that you are all doing well!!

XOXO, Shelly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review | "Father of Fear" by Ethan Cross

Father of Fear by Ethan Cross
Mystery/Thriller published August 19, 2014
The Story Plant
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A father returns home to find that his family has been kidnapped and the only way to save their lives is for him to kill another innocent person…

So begins a journey that will force Special Agent Marcus Williams of the Shepherd Organization to question all that he believes, unearth his family's dark legacy, and sacrifice everything to save those he loves. In order to stop the serial murderer whom the media has dubbed the Coercion Killer, Williams must enlist the help of one of the world's most infamous and wanted men...the serial killer Francis Ackerman Jr.

Rippling with intensity, charged with tension, and brimming with a relentless spirit of humanity, FATHER OF FEAR is the latest evidence that Ethan Cross is one of the finest suspense novelists on the planet.
My Thoughts...
I said it in my review of the last book in this series and I will say it again....these really should be made into movies, they would be excellent!  This book was more of a psychological thriller than the last one, at least in my opinion.  Ethan Cross can definitely write crazy and it's so, so good.

In this installment we find Marcus and his crew in Kansas City trying to catch the Coercion Killer.  He is someone who kidnaps every family member but one and forces the remaining member of the family to kill someone he has chosen.  If they refuse he kills a member of the family until they complete the task, if they follow his orders he releases the family unharmed and virtually unaware of the situation.  Marcus enlists the help of his brother, who happens to be a wanted serial killer.  He's also the perfect person to help because of the way his mind works. Both Marcus and Francis are quite brilliant and they work well to kind of balance each other out.  Marcus the light half to Francis' dark.

Marcus is having his own problems, trouble sleeping, headaches, etc... He's kind of a loose cannon on the job, but Maggie helps keep him in check.  Despite his qualms he's also bonding with Francis as they work together.  Things go from bad to worse and Maggie is forced to work along side Francis, whom she despises.  It's a race to the finish to save someone they care about as well as the lives of countless others and they have to learn to trust people they wouldn't ordinarily trust in order to see it through.

This book is written in third person through the eyes of many different characters depending on what's happening at the current time.  It's fast paced and most of the chapters are short and succinct.  That combined with the quick pace makes for a very quick read if you have the time to sit for a couple hours.

This is a very dark read filled with lots of action, but a fair amount of gory imagery as well.  Not only from the serial killers view, but from Francis as well.  I have to admit that I loved Francis' character in this book.  He is clearly still a very unstable person, very prone to violent outbursts, still a killer no doubt about it, but he's changing.  He's a smart guy who knows that someone made him this way, and it's not necessarily who he wants to be anymore so he's trying very hard to change.  He reminds me of Dexter just a little bit.  He knows that what he is is wrong, but it's not entirely his fault that he's like this.

If you like a good thriller then I highly recommend this series.  You will be on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review & Giveaway | "Taking It All" by Maya Banks

Taking It All by Maya banks
Adult Romance published August 5, 2014
Berkeley Trade
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.
My Thoughts...
This was most definitely not my favorite book of this series.  In fact, it was my least favorite.  I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, but I would say probably 3.5 and at least 1 full star was given because of how much I loved Jensen in this book.  He and Kylie play a significant part and that made me love the 2 of them even more.

I was a little hesitant about this book because I was worried how she would work it all out since Tate and Chessy have been married for 5 years.  I do think she set it up nicely in the first 2 books, but I do also think the set up was maybe a little misleading.  I was expecting the problems between them to be much bigger than what they really were.  Basically their only issue, at first, is neglect which because of her childhood, Chessy is use to.  He is spending all his time focusing on his business and not on her.  His intentions are truly good and in his defense, he doesn't really realize that it's gotten so bad.  They have their little blow up and then things are really going well when something happens that is just so bad that she is finally broken.  ** I will typically not post spoilers, but I think it's only fair to warn you that this "event" is quite graphic and I think that this book should come with some sort of disclaimer that warns readers that there is a violent BDSM scene that isn't exactly typical of even this genre. **

I will be the first to admit that this whole dominant/submissive thing is a mystery to me.  I don't understand it and honestly I don't care to.  It's not something I would ever be "in" to and because of that I don't particularly care to read much about it.  This book went way more into that world that I really cared to venture and when it all plays out it's clear why I don't care for it.  When it's all said and done I was a little disappointed that Chessy was still into it.  I realize that it's probably not something you get over, but sometimes you need to see when something isn't healthy for you and be done with it.

I did like how the book ended in most regards and especially liked the epilogue where we see how everyone is doing in the end.  I do think that Tate is a good man, he just needed to get his priorities straight.  I always liked Chessy and I love the relationship that she has with her friends.  Everyone should have people in their lives that they can depend on like that.  What I didn't like was the role that The House played in this book, I guess it's just not my thing!  There were a lot of sappy lines and I hated that he called her "my girl", there were times that an endearment like that fit, but most of the times it just sounded like he was talking to a child and it was annoying.  There was also a line in the book about him being a very private person and that just doesn't jive with someone who does what he does at "The House".

Overall, I enjoyed the series.  There were things I would change about it, but I did like the characters.  Keep reding for your chance to win your very own print copies of this entire series courtesy of the publisher!!
XOXO, Shelly

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