28 May 2018

Ruin by Samantha Towle #BookReview

Ruin (Gods, #1)Ruin by Samantha Towle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


And the new heavyweight champion of the world is...
Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.
Cameron Reed was in her second year at Julliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.
Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.
After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…

My Review:

I enjoyed the Ruin and it certainly kept me interested. It moves at a fast pace which helps to make it an easy read and contains likeable characters.
Even though this is a second chance romance and you should feel a connection between the characters from the get go it just didn't feel it between Zeus and Cam. However I did feel the emotion towards Gigi from Cam, Zeus and Elle.
Cam constantly warring with her emotions over Zeus was a bit of overkill and didn't need the constant repetition to get her point across. It is especially annoying when there seemed to be a quick turnaround of emotions towards Zeus even though she was adamant that she wasn't let him back in his life.
As for the sex side of this story, I felt there was too much in it, less is more they say. Cam also finds so much of what Zeus says to make her horny was a little ridiculous for me as I didn't find it particularly appealing and bordering on corny. I preferred the interaction between Cam and Zeus out of the bedroom.
When it comes to the drama the concocted media story about Cam didn't pack the punch it seemed to intend especially with to Cam's over reaction to it.
The writing was good most of the time, however I did find parts where the grammar could have been improved as the meaning of some sentences was not clear.
The authors information on boxing seemed well researched and I felt like she knew what she was talking about as I'm not familiar with the boxing scene.
I liked the nice happy ending and the story wraps up and feels finished.
Overall though, even though some of my points don't seem that way, I did like this book. However, due to the dislikes I probably wont' read any further books in this series.
*copy of book obtained from Netgalley*

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23 May 2018

Arrogant Bastard by Zara Cox #bookreview

Arrogant Bastard (Dark Desires, #3)Arrogant Bastard by Zara Cox
Series: Dark Desires #3
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:
I'm known as the Black Widow because the desires I hide inside are pure poison. I was a different person once. Faith, a young wife, hoping to become a mother. My life was pleasant. Stable. It was hell. Until Killian Knight opened my eyes to a world of espionage and intrigue. He saw something in me, something I was too afraid to acknowledge. I didn't want to be excited by the danger. Didn't want to crave the wicked passion only he could provide. But I did want, so now I run. And I pay. I never meant to corrupt her, but I'm not sorry.After all, I'm already damned. After four years of searching and longing, I've finally found her. Faith, the one person in the world I breathe for. She lives beneath my skin as surely as I wear proof of our transgressions inked on my body. And like the forbidden fruit that doomed us from the beginning, our end is inevitable. We lived with no regret. We loved without inhibition. We betrayed those closest to us. We killed for that love. Now...we will burn in hell together.

My Review:
I quite enjoyed this story and found the characters and writing style likeable.
I found myself wanting to keep reading, wanting to see what happens next, even though it was a little predictable.
Both main characters, Faith and Killian are strong individuals but together they make a formidable pair. Their relationship is a complicated one with secrets on both sides. They are very sexually active and I found that this was almost too much as it took focus off the main story-line, and the dirty talk a little cringe worthy at times. To me I could tell that Killian was written by a woman and he had a little too much likeness to Christian Grey at times, especially with his possessiveness.
The action sequences in this story was what had the most appeal to me and I found them well written and exciting.
The story telling was good and the hook was certainly there to want to keep reading even though the characters were a little over the top at times.
Overall a decent read and if you like possessive billionaires then you may enjoy this more than I did.
*Obtained copy of book from Netgalley*

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16 February 2018

Soldier by Julie Kagawa #bookreview

Title: Soldier
Series: Talon #3
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 380
Published: April 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From the back of the book:

The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

My Review:

This is my favourite book in the series so far. 

With lots of action to keep you on the edge of your seat, burning questions answered and a little bit of justice served makes this a fantastic read.

The love triangle dragged on a little but we finally have some answers to that. 

The pace of this story was better and not so many lulls.

I did find it a tad predictable but only on one issue. 

It has a dramatic ending that raises more questions to hopefully be addressed in the next book. 

Can't wait to read the next one! 

I recommend you give this series a try. 

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I'm Back!

It's been way too long since I've posted about any of the fantastic books that I've been reading while away from my blog. So now I finally have a little time to share a review or two with you.

Sharon :-)

16 October 2017

Hello, I'm still here!

You may have noticed that my posting has been pretty much non-existent over the past few months as my life away from the blog has become super busy. However, I am still reading and review and hope to be able to post those reviews very soon. Finding five minutes to scratch myself some days is even hard. LOL

Be back soon!

Shaz 😁

19 July 2017

Just One Reason by Kirsten DeMuzio #bookreview

Title: Just One Reason
Series: First and Last #2
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult
Published: July 2013
Source: Purchased

As teenagers, Lindsay and Grady found a love together that few people are lucky enough to ever experience. When Lindsay Ross decided to visit her aunt for the summer in a small lake town in New York, she didn’t expect anything other than an escape from her demanding parents. She certainly didn’t expect Grady Hawke. At the end of the summer, Lindsay and Grady made plans for their future and vowed to be together forever. Back in New York City, events beyond her control forced Lindsay to turn her back on Grady and their love. Grady has spent the last five years trying to forget the one girl who broke his heart. But when Lindsay arrives back in town unannounced, will Grady get to know the woman she has become and find out the real reason she left him all those years ago? Or will he push her away for good? **This book is recommended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content. 

A pretty good read.
It's fast paced, has likeable characters. A little predictable but in a good way because you do wish for a happy ending for these characters. The writing was good, easy to understand, keeping you interested throughout. 
3.5 stars

6 June 2017

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland #bookreview

Title: Egomaniac
Series: Standalone
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 2017
Source: Purchased

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing. 

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all. 

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand. 

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do. 

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. 

And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

A fun fast read. Great banter between the main characters and natural dialogue that gives a realistic feel to the story. Nice writing that's easy to follow and keeps the emotions at the surface. Likeable main characters whom you want to get the happy ending they deserve.