A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}

A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}

A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}Title: A Little Too Hot
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #3
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse on January 21st 2014
Format: eARC, 284 pages
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
5 Stars
The sum up

Steamy, sexy and romantic, this novel has everything I’m looking for in a New Adult romance.

Summary

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

My thoughts

Sam is having a shitty month. She got kicked out of school for skipping classes, her mother kicked her out of the house and she’s no longer welcome at the friend’s house she was staying at. She turns to ex-lover and close friend Jonathan, who lets her crash on his couch and gets her a job as an exotic dancer at a club.

I can’t say a lot about this book without revealing any spoilers, so this will probably be a short review, but I’ll try to hit the highlights.

I loved this book even more than the first one in the series (which I absolutely adored). The characters were wonderful and full of quirks and subtle little personality traits that made them feel real. Sam was bull-headed but also a little broken. She felt like she had almost nobody left she could trust, but she was grateful for Jonathan. She wasn’t crazy about becoming a dancer, but she knew she needed a job to get off of his couch.

I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know what their next step would be, how they would face the consequences of their actions, how they would handle each setback.

Speaking of Jonathan, I loved him to pieces. He was a total horndog, making out with everyone he could, while trying to stay faithful to his girlfriend. He was honest and sweet and you could tell he really cared about the people in his life. Harrison was definitely hiding a lot from Sam, but he was a decent guy who cared. He made mistakes, but he owned them.

The plot was predictable; I knew everything that was coming and wasn’t surprised once. But, the characters and the writing more than made up for that. I read this in one day, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know what their next step would be, how they would face the consequences of their actions, how they would handle each setback. And for the love of pete, I needed to keep reading so I would know when they finally did the deed! It took FOREVER. Talk about sexual tension. This book was full of it.

The sexy times were graphic, but not nearly as explicit as other books I’ve read recently. It was actually kind of a nice relief. There’s only so many times I can read different words for genitalia without rolling my eyes.

This book is part of a series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone. The characters from the previous books made an appearance, and we learned how they’re doing. It was nice to get a little update from the previous couples. Of the three books in this series, this one is my favorite, and I highly recommend it. I hope Lisa Desrochers comes out with more New Adult books soon, because she’s been added to my auto-buy author list.

About the author


Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

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On Dublin Street by Samantha Young {Review}

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young {Review}Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Publisher: Penguin Audio on January 24, 2013
Format: Audiobook, 10 hrs and 48 mins
Source: Purchased
3 Stars

Summary

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

My thoughts

Joss (as she prefers to be called) never faced the devastating events of her childhood, and has lived with a wall around her heart ever since. When she moves in with Ellie, that wall begins to crumble. When she meets Ellie’s hot brother Braden, the walls are shattered.

Poor Joss really has had it rough. She lost her entire family in one fell swoop, then not much later lost her best friend. Deciding it was better to not feel anything than to get hurt again, she hadn’t let anyone close in a long time. She had friends, but nobody she would call family. It was not hard to understand why she’d done that, I can’t imagine the pain she must have felt. On the other hand, I recognized that it wasn’t healthy and she needed help. Braden was also damaged, but not nearly as much as Joss. He’d had his heart broken by his ex, and had been content to play the ladies man ever since.

I loved Ellie, she was sweet, but kind of dense when it came to men. She was clearly in love with someone who was clearly in love with her (I’m not spoiling anything, it’s obvious as soon as you meet them), but they were both too stupid to do anything about it. She was an awesome friend to Joss, and really was the first step in getting Joss back to normal. Her subplot, however, was predictable and convenient.

He was what some might call an alpha male, but I would just call a dick.
The sexy scenes were extremely sexy. Lots and lots of hotness. They were very graphic, so if that’s not your thing, this is not your book. While I thought it was sexy, I can’t say it was romantic, but only because of how I felt about Braden. He was what some might call an alpha male, but I would just call a dick. He was cocky, arrogant, possessive and demanding. Luckily, Joss thought those were  endearing qualities and called him “caveman.”  And really, more than once I half expected him to knock her down and drag her around by her hair or lift his leg and pee all on her to mark his territory. That kind of male attitude just doesn’t do it for me. More than once, my jaw dropped and I waited for Joss to tell him where he could stick it. But no, it just turned her on and they had sex again.

While I had my problems with Braden, he did have a few likable qualities. He was quite sweet when he wanted to be, and he was protective of, and very generous with, his sister Ellie. While he was aggressive about it, he also managed to get through to Joss, help her see the way she was living wasn’t healthy for her. He had good intentions, at least.

I was not a fan of the audio version of the book. I liked Paula Costello’s voice, and she did a pretty good job with the accents, but she kept chuckling at inappropriate times. She would kind of say a sentence with laughter in her voice, like she thought Joss would say it. But I didn’t think Joss would laugh in a lot of those instances. It just came across as kind of awkward. Also, I had a hard time telling when Joss was thinking something to herself and when she was speaking out loud. The narrator could have done a better job of delineating which was which.

The sum up

Sexy with a side of sweet, this is perfect if you like your men large and in charge.

About the author

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.

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A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers {Review + Giveaway}


 
Title: A Little Too Much
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #2
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse on November 12, 2013
Format: eBook, 416 pages
Source: Mundie Moms Blog Tours
4 Stars

Summary

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

My thoughts

Alessandro is the character I fell in love with in A Little Too Far. I was not happy that Lexie chose her stepbrother over the obvious awesomeness that was Alessandro. Big mistake, Lexie. However, thanks to her stupidity, Hilary gets a chance with the one who got away. Hilary and Alessandro (and his brother Lorenzo) spent time together at a group home many years ago. They connected, but circumstances tore them apart and they lost touch. Now that Alessandro realizes entering the priesthood isn’t the way to atone for his past, he goes to New York to find Hilary and make things right. But she’s not the same girl she was when he last saw her. She’s got big dreams and an even bigger wall around her heart.

As you may have guessed from the above summary, I loved Alessandro. He was pretty much perfect in every way, and I was glad to get a chance to read more about him. He had his troubled past, which only served to make him sexily tortured, and he was kind and gentle and so sweet. He had a great sense of humor and was always willing to try something new or go outside his comfort zone for someone else. And, as an added bonus, he looked amazing. Hilary was an arm girl (as am I) and she admired and described his sexy cut arms many times, which was quite nice.

He was able to look past Hilary’s flaws and appreciate her for who she was. And he never sugar coated that he had been in love with someone else recently (the stupid Lexie). I thought that was nice, how he didn’t try to shy away from the facts. He always told the truth, but in a nice way.

On the other hand, I didn’t like Hilary as a character as much as I did Lexie from A Little Too Far. There was no logical reason, I just didn’t click with her. She was nice enough with her friends, but not overly friendly with others. She was in a relationship of convenience, without emotional attachment, and while I think that works fine for some people, that’s just not my thing.

One thing I had to wonder about was why Hilary refused to see how perfect for her Alessandro was. We find out later why (more on that in a minute), but still, she resisted much longer than I would expect anyone to. It was kind of frustrating, I kept thinking “Just kiss him, already!” and “Why are you still denying how great he is?” I didn’t understand the reluctance.

Hilary’s bestie, Jess, was super cute. She was also an actress and we didn’t spend a lot of time with her, but she was genuinely nice, which I always like to see. The boyfriend was fairly likable, considering he was only with Hilary for the sex. They lived together, though, and he was faithful to her, plus he did what he could to help her career. Of course, he turned out not to be quite so charming in the end.

Hilary had a dirty mouth and the f-word was slung around a lot. And there was a fair amount of graphic sex. The build up before the big moment with Hilary and Alessandro was nice; lots of heavy breathing and lip biting. But it still wasn’t as romantically sexy as it was for Alessandro and Lexie. Maybe I’m always going to compare those two couples…

One of the themes in the book was discovering the New York that nobody else knew about and that was fun. We learned a bit about different New York “attractions” that are under-appreciated by the everyday people who live there. In fact, one or two of them sound interesting enough that I might check them out if I ever go back to the city.

There was a big twist about 2/3 of the way through the book, however, I knew it was coming. I’m not sure if it was a lucky guess, but after reading the preview bit at the end of A Little Too Far, I immediately knew what the big event was going to be, and I was right. It’s a big one, but it’s not easy to figure it out as you read. I’m not sure if I would have felt any differently about the story if I hadn’t known what was going on. I think it would have been a big surprise, and I might have been less frustrated with Hilary’s actions.

At any rate, I enjoyed the book and will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

The sum up

Steamy and dramatic with lots of angst, this is an older “new adult” book perfect for romance and drama fans.

About the author

Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

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A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers {Review + iPad Giveaway}

A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers {Review + iPad Giveaway}Title: A Little Too Far
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #1
Publisher: HarperCollins on September 17th 2013
Format: eARC, 371 pages
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
5 Stars
Summary

Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years… and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

My thoughts

Lexi’s broken up with her cheating boyfriend for good. She thinks she’s over him until he tries to get back together with her, and she ends up crying in her bedroom. Comfort from her stepbrother Trent turns into great sex. The two are saved having to figure out what it means when Lexie travels to Rome for a semester abroad. Once there, she ends up working with priest-to-be Alessandro. What starts as a platonic working relationship turns into something more. Now Lexie’s torn between Trent back home and Alessandro in Rome.

I admit, I went into this thinking it was going to be only OK, or I was going to dislike it. Not sure why I felt that way, maybe I was just in one of those moods? Also, the bit from the blurb:

She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation.

 
That bugged me, because what else is a stepbrother if not someone your parent marries who has a son? At any rate, I distinctly remember being about a quarter of the way through and thinking “Wow, I’m really loving this book.”

Lexi was a fairly likable character. She was devastated over her breakup, but was starting to pull through with the help of her friends. She had a bit of strength to her, though she sometimes seemed to forget it. I think she was pretty brave for going all the way to Rome all by herself.

We didn’t spend a lot of time with Trent before Lexi went to Rome, but he seemed like a pretty decent guy. And also, he was pretty good in bed. On the other hand, we got to know Alessandro quite well, and I was totally crushing on him. He had confidence in Lexi even when she didn’t, and he knew when to push her out of her comfort zone. He was sweet, kind, patient, and totally sexy. You can count me on Team Alessandro.

Lexi was sarcastic, which I loved. I especially liked when her sarcasm met with Alessandro’s calm seriousness. It made for some funny moments. There was a bit of bad language (Lexi has quite the potty mouth), but there was also some sexy times. And they were very sexy. But it wasn’t just raunchy for the sake of being raunchy, it was romantic and dare I say, swoon-worthy. I don’t like to throw that term around willy-nilly, but this one deserved it.

I’ve never been particularly attracted to Rome (I’m more of a Greek Islands kind of gal), but Lisa Desrochers managed to make me want to see it. She described everything in such amazing detail, I could picture Lexi walking down a cobblestone path or Alessandro leading her up a flight of steps in an old church. Really, just fantastic descriptions. I could almost see Rome as another character in the story.

There was a bit of religion, but it wasn’t in your face. There was plenty of art and a little history, too. Even a touch of architecture.

This book didn’t end how I thought it would, but that’s okay. There’s no cliffhanger, the story was wrapped up nice and neat, which I appreciated. I was disappointed with the ending, just because it didn’t end how I wanted it to. But that didn’t diminish my overall love of the story.

The sum up

A sexy and sweet story perfect for art lovers, Rome lovers, fans of romance and New Adult.

About the author


Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you’d told her five years ago she’d write a book, she’d have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she’d owe you an apology. Writing has become an addiction for Lisa and A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, is her first novel for adults. She is also the author of the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan.

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Addicted to You by Colina Brennan {Review + Giveaway}

Title: Addicted To You
Author: Colina Brennan
Publisher: Colina Brennan Books on June 25th 2013
Format: eARC, 183 pages
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
3 Stars
Summary

When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter’s latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn’t a sex addict; she just doesn’t do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can’t kick.

My thoughts

Leah’s been disappointed by her parents too many times, so she’s walled off her heart. She still likes a good time, though, which leads to her many one-night stands. The latest one steals everything from their apartment, and Leah’s roommate says she’ll only forgive her if she attends Sex Addicts Anonymous. After biding her time for weeks, Leah’s at therapy for the last time when a hottie walks in. Maybe the group was worth it after all?

The characters weren’t overly likable – Leah was a bit of a hard ass. She didn’t trust anyone except her roomie and her brother, and was mean to everyone else. In fact, I really had to wonder what Will’s interest in her was. Aside from her good looks, there wasn’t a lot there, in my opinion. Will, on the other hand, was a doll baby! He was patient and kind and so lovable, and probably a lot better than Leah deserved. But I digress.

I can understand Helena’s anger at having their apartment robbed, but punishing Leah by having her seek treatment for a serious disorder that I don’t think she had, seemed to cheapen the whole idea of addiction. She liked sex and she had quite a bit of it. But does that an addict make? I don’t think so. In fact, I think there was maybe 1 person in the therapy group who actually was addicted to sex. The others were lonely, horny or perverts.

The dialogue was funny and spicy – lots of humor, sarcasm, sexy talk and grown up words. Speaking of spicy, the sex scenes, believe it or not, weren’t that plentiful. But what was there was delicious. There was insta-love, sure, but the characters tried hard to make it more than that, so I guess that’s something.

There were a few issues I had with the book. Besides a typo here and there and an inconsistency or two, there was one other thing that really bothered me. Near the beginning (this is on page 22, so I don’t really consider it a spoiler), we learned that the only reason Leah had a brother was because she asked for one. When she was 12, her mother found herself unexpectedly pregnant. Leah begged her parents to let her keep it instead of adopting it out. And they did. That’s right, even though most people know a 12-year old can’t reliably take care of a puppy, they let her have their baby.

All that nitpicking aside, I did enjoy the book. It was fun to read and I liked the sexy bits.

The sum up

An entertaining and quick read. Fine for an afternoon at the beach.

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Colina Brennan is a new adult writer with a love for the fantastical and the romantic.

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Left Drowning by Jessica Park {Review}

Title: Left Drowning
Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape on July 16th 2013
Format: eARC, 399 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
Summary

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+.

My thoughts

I have to admit, I was scared to read this one. As you may recall, Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park is my favorite book. Nothing can come close to giving me the feels that book did. What if I read this one and it sucked? How would I review it? How could I ever face Jessica again? Well, I needn’t have worried. While very different from FOL, Left Drowning is a work of art.

Blythe is still reeling from the fire that left her parents dead. She and her brother aren’t really getting along, so she feels very alone in the world. She only wants to finish college so she can move away and start over someplace new. Then the Shepherds basically ingratiate themselves in her life and she finds herself drawn to the oldest brother, Chris. Of course, the Shepherds may not be the perfect family they seem to be; they have secrets of their own.

The characters… oh the characters. If there was ever a group of people more flawed than this one, I’ve yet to see it.

Blythe carried immense guilt for her parents’ death, and the injuries her brother still suffered from. She was afraid to let anyone near her and was just fine spending all of her non-class time holed up in her dorm room. She was the definition of antisocial.

The Shepherds all suffered from their own demons, though we didn’t find out the (awful) details until later. Chris, the level-headed older brother, was the one who finally got through Blythe’s tough exterior and helped her on the road to healing. Once she was on her way, she was able to see the Shepherd family for what they really were – broken. Sabin (who stole every scene he was in), Estelle and Eric all dealt with their issues in various (unhealthy) ways.

Okay, now I need to talk about the sex. I’m all for sexy times in a story. I love the build-up, especially the slow burn kind (and this was all about the slow burn. The scene in the hallway gave me tingles, because I knew what was about to happen), I love the teasing and tension and the seduction. But there is such a thing as too much. Once Blythe and Chris finally did the deed, they did it a lot. And we read all about it. They went at it in several different places and positions, and we got the naughty details of every single bit of it.

I’m of the opinion that once you’ve done one or two thorough sex scenes, it’s okay to say something like “We did it again, except this time…” Instead of describing the entire act over and over again. I didn’t dislike the amount or kind of sex the characters were having, but the amount I had to read about. Maybe if the scenes had been more spread out over a period of time, it wouldn’t have bothered me quite as much. By the way, the sex scenes were fantastic. Steamy, gritty and real.

I loved the relationship between Chris and Blythe, how there was no instalove. It was slow and steady and they really got to know each other and care for each other, it wasn’t just about the sex. I loved the closeness between the Shepherds; the way they looked out for and took care of each other was awesome. The interaction between the characters was really one of the best parts of the book for me. Sabin and Blythe, Blythe and Estelle, Eric and Zach, Sabin and Chris, Blythe and Zach; they all melded together to form a large family unit. Their dialogue and behaviors were honest, believable and at times heartbreaking. I cried more than once.

There were a lot of “issues” in the novel and it was not a light story in the least. It was sad and dark and not easy to read at times. There was talk of religion (or lack thereof), drug and alcohol abuse, physical abuse, lies, guilt, fault, family relationships, friendships, self-destruction and more. Believe me when I say this book was full of issues. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, there was also forgiveness, love and hope.

The sum up

Jessica Park creates real characters that you can relate to. They are flawed and wonderful and I want to hug them all. This book is deep, dark and amazing. Do yourself a favor and read it.

About the author


Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

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Review: True by Erin McCarthy

Title: True
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: May 7th 2013 by InterMix
Format: ebook, 238 pages
Source: NetGalley
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Summary

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

My thoughts

Rory’s nerdy and shy and not able to make friends easily. Luckily, she’s managed to bond with her 2 dorm mates, even though they’re very different. They help her get out of her shell a bit. When they find out she’s a (gasp!) virgin, they secretly pay Tyler, who happens to be a booty call for one of them, to deflower her. At first, Rory’s unsure why Tyler is suddenly paying so much attention to her, but she likes it.

Rory was a funny person, she had a great sense of humor, though she sometimes had a hard time letting her hair down. She lost her mother when she was young, and you could tell that played a part in her personality. She loved her father very much, but they weren’t a loving family. She was smart and confident in her abilities.

Tyler was your typical bad boy – tattooed, dangerous, ladies’ man with a secretive home life that made him want to protect himself from further hurt, but a real softy on the inside. He really did have a horrible home life, no father and a drug-addicted, abusive mother. Luckily, he had his older brother to help him out, and his younger brothers to keep him grounded. He made some stupid decisions throughout the story (not the least of which was accepting money to take a girl’s virginity), but you could tell that underneath he was a pretty decent guy.

Rory’s roommates were pretty nice, until you realized that they’d paid someone to sleep with her. Why they felt it was so necessary for Rory to have sex was unclear. I thought that was a pretty underhanded thing, and it colored my opinion of them for the rest of the book.

The plot is pretty repetitive these days: girl is almost raped, boy comes to her rescue, they fall in love. Don’t get me wrong, though, it was entertaining. It was a little disappointing, however, that the near-rape wasn’t dealt with. No police were called, no counseling was sought, nothing. It was spoken of a few times immediately after, then once or twice later, then nada. That was a missed opportunity, as far as I’m concerned.

The story moved along at a brisk pace, and that was nice. It made it easier to overlook the parts that bothered me, such as Rory’s inconsistent behaviors, her roommates’ attempt to prostitute her out and Tyler’s inability to simply talk about what was bothering him. The romance felt authentic, like 2 college kids getting to know each other and learning to trust one another. The ending was a bit rushed, it could have used more attention. Otherwise, it was a nice quick read.

The sum up

Predictable but entertaining.

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Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen on April 30, 2013
Format: eARC, 446 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
The sum up

I loved every minute of it and wait not so patiently for the next one.

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