Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review | MANWHORE by Katy Evans

Manwhore by Katy Evans
Adult Romance published March 24, 2015
Gallery Books
Author's website  |  Goodreads  |  Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?
My Thoughts...
I am going to keep this review short because I am having computer issues today and I want to get this up before I lose it.  First I want to say that I loved this book!  I have read a handful of Katy Evans books and I really enjoyed a couple of the Remington Tate books, but I think this one was my favorite of all her books.  And if you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know how Gideon (Cross) is one of my favorite male leads, but I have to say that after reading this I have a new Gideon....Malcolm Saint is my new favorite book boyfriend!  My only complaint about this book is the title.  I just don't like it and it's not a book I would carry around with me, this is definitely a Kindle read for me.  Personally, I would have titled this book Sinner and the 2nd one Saint, but that's just me!

I am not going to talk about the plot too much, but I do want to talk about the characters.  Rachel is a strong female character.  She's a journalist who's determined to make something of herself working at a smallish magazine in Chicago.  She's just been given the story that could make her career and a name for the magazine if she can pull it off.  Rachel is given the assignment simply because she is single and that's what it's going to take to get close enough to Chicago's hottest bachelor to write the ultimate expose.  Malcolm Saint is the elusive bachelor she's assigned to.  HOT is the only way to describe him.  He's rich, successful, and hot as hell.  He's never with a woman more than a night or two and no one really knows anything about his personal life other than that he's a rich playboy.  He's never been known to have a relationship but when he meets Rachel this is exactly what's on his mind, but she's all about her story....for awhile.

I loved the character development in this book, I felt like I was just carried along with the story and I couldn't put it down.  I read it in just a couple of hours.  I warn you though, this is the first of a series so it's a cliffhanger ending.  Thankfully, we only have to wait until June for the next book.  I think this is going to be a really good series as long as she can keep it going at the level this first book is.  This is all told from Rachel's POV and while I would have liked a back and forth, I don't think this series needs to turn into one of those where we need his POV in another whole book, like with Remy.  I think when you start a book you need to determine who is going to tell the story and just stick with it throughout the series.  I think if she does this it will be fine!

If you like the Crossfire series then you will love this one.  If you are getting less enamored with the Crossfire series because of how long it's dragging out, then you will love this one!  If you like hot rich men then pick this book up, you won't be disappointed.  

XOXO, Shelly

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blog Tour | CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover
New Adult Romance published March 10, 2015
Author's website  |  Goodreads  |  Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
My Thoughts...
I have to start out this review by saying that I love Colleen Hoover's writing and so far I have loved all her books immensely.  I was so excited to get the ARC of this book (even though it wasn't a print copy), the cover is beautiful and fitting, but I do feel like the blurb is a little misleading.  More specifically, the last line of the blurb is misleading, but I will get into that with my review.  I ended up giving this book a 3.5 star rating, which I always round up on Goodreads, but I think it's important to point out that it's not a full 4 star rating.  I didn't, however, feel the need to give it the lower rating of 3 stars.

There is always something unique about each of Colleen's books and this one is no exception.  In fact, I think that with the addition of the artwork she's stepped up her game.  However, my ARC version for kindle didn't include the artwork so it's hard for me to say with certainty.  I am a little annoyed that all of the early ebook reviewers got shortchanged when the artwork does seem to be a good part of the story.  Such is the reality when reviewing from an ARC copy I guess.  

There isn't much I can say about the plot of the story with out spoiling it so I'm not going to go into any great detail there.  The whole beginning of the novel is really vague as well.  We know that Auburn has just recently moved to Texas, but we don't know why.  She needs more money than she is currently making at her job as a hairdresser, but we don't know why.  We do know that she doesn't particularly care for her job though, which is odd because she's so young she would have just recently graduated from beauty school.  Another vague part of the beginning.  She's walking home, thinking about how she needs a 2nd job when she sees a Help Wanted sign in the window of a building she walks by every day.  This happens to be an Art Studio owned by the other main character Owen.  Owen is an artist who paints anonymous confessions and he makes a very good living doing so.  He only needs her to work a couple hours one night a month and he pays really well, so Auburn can't pass that up.

There is a bit of unbelievable "love at first sight" here, but at the same time they are both a little hesitant.  They both have a lot of secrets holding them back.  Here is where I had problems with this story.... Auburn was super hard for me to connect with because she doesn't stand up for herself.  She thinks that she has to bend to what other people want or she won't get the one thing she wants most.  She's doing everything to please others, when what she really needs to do is take control over her own life.  I did like Owen, I just felt like his character could have been developed a little better.  With regards to that last line of the blurb, it's almost like that was written before the book was written and then she forgot to make sure it was true to the actual plot.  It sounds amazing on paper, but in reality it's a let down when you find out what his "secrets" really are.

I think that the whole story was too rushed and when the climax/resolution happens it's just kind of hurried and done behind the scenes.  Suddenly, she finds her backbone, but we never see that happen, it just happens and then the book is over.  There are all these loose ends that just disappear and suddenly it's all resolved.  There are people in the story who need to have consequences for the actions they take, but instead it's all just dismissed and I don't think this bodes well for the overall feel of the story.  It left me with an uneasy feeling in the end.  

This is a New Adult novel so there are some love scenes, although they are as heavily descriptive as the ones in her last novel Ugly Love.  There is also some profanity, but not really more than a couple of words.  If you are a fan of this genre then I would say that this is probably a book you will want to read, especially if you are a fan of Colleen's.

XOXO, Shelly

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review | IN HIS KEEPING by Maya BanksReview

In His Keeping by Maya Banks
Adult Romance published January 27, 2015
William Morrow Paperbacks
Author's website  |  Goodreads  |  Buy the Book on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

#1 bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and steamy Slow Burn trilogy with this second book-a twisting tale featuring a strong yet vulnerable heroine in danger and the sexy alpha hero who must save her.

Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life.

Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than familiar with the realities of physic powers. So when a family friend approaches him about protecting his daughter, he’s more than ready to jump on board. What Beau isn’t prepared for is the extent of his attraction to his beautiful and powerful client. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. Even if it costs him his life
. .
My Thoughts...
This is the second book in the Slow Burn series and I absolutely loved the first book, but I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as Keep Me Safe.  I did give this one a 3 star rating on Goodreads, but I would probably even go as low as 2.5 stars if I'm completely honest.  These books are great, quick reads though, and if you are looking for something sexy that you can read in a fairly short amount of time then this is a good series to try.  

This installment starts with a kind of prologue that begins Ari's story when she is a baby.  The main part of the story starts a few chapters in.  Arial has been sheltered her whole life because of her abilities, but when she is threatened by a couple of the boys she teaches she is suddenly exposed and her life is put in jeopardy.  This causes her to seek out the protection of the Deveraux Security Firm where she meets Beau.  Beau is the brother who seems to be the most guarded and at times standoffish.  At first his main priority is to protect her while keeping her at arms length, but this doesn't last too long.  

This is one of those insta-love scenarios really, which is kind of ironic considering the title of the series.  In fact, this entire book takes place over a relatively short amount of time and literally within days they are both "all in", even though her life is in immense danger.  I should also mention that she is quite young and having been so sheltered her whole life has never had any sort of relationship before.  This is where I have the most problem with the book.  I feel like in the first book there was more build up to their relationship and they both seem so much more mature.  Beau is definitely mature, but he almost appears to take advantage of her when she's weak and I feel like he should know better.  

I feel like I have been saying this a lot with the books that I've been reviewing, but I have to say it here again.  I think the ending was too rushed with this book.  There is so much happening and it's all a little, maybe, too fantastic and over the top with the whole supernatural element.  Then it's just over and it's all wrapped up and they are in love and living happily ever after.....until the next book comes out and the Deveraux Security Firm is back on the case.  I do want to see how the series ends, but I will continue to read these books.  I have high hopes for Tori's book, so we shall see!

Again, this is an adult romance so expect the steamy love scenes that Maya usually writes as well as some profanity.  If you enjoy Maya's work then you will want to pick this one up, no doubt.

XOXO, Shelly

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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Another update...Truth time!

Ok, it's hitting me now that this school thing is just way more than I expected!  I am loving it, but what it means is that my personal reading time has taken a HUGE hit.  It's been several weeks since I have had time to finish a review book.  So....for now I am will be slowly working through the stack of review books that I have and I have one tour for Colleen Hoover's Confess coming sometime in March that I will be posting.  Beyond that I will only be accepting a very limited number of books for review.  This will mostly be reserved for series that I have been reviewing and for authors that I always work with.  I hate that I don't have more time, but it's just the way things work out sometimes.

So, I have about 10 books to review and those will be short, but thorough reviews.  I am not going to commit to a certain number per week, month, etc... since time isn't permitting me to read as quickly as I'd like.  After that I will just have to see how it goes and hopefully I will have more time in the summer, but next school semester is shaping up to be harder than the current one so it looks like this is going to be how things go at least for the next year.

Actually, what I'd really like to do is be a guest blogger on another book blog since I don't really have enough content to keep this one going....  That's something I need to look into when I have an chance.  If any of you have any suggestions on that front leave me a comment!

Thanks for listening and I hope you all understand.