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Series Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #1
Series: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
# of Books: 6 (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice)

There is a spin-off series, called Bloodlines.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Vampire, Romance
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the movie here!


As you can see, this is one of my favourite book series that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It has everything I look for in a book, strong female lead; romance; action; superb plots with twists and great secondary characters. I devoured the first four books over my March Break and then counted the days until the next one came out.

I recommended this series to my roommate and after reading Vampire Academy (Book 1) she wasn’t sure what the big deal was. I thought it was great when I read it (and then reread it…twice) and I couldn’t understand why she felt like that. But then I thought about it and came to this conclusion: the first book was great but comparing it to the rest of the series, it doesn’t have that much action, romance or anything that makes the series as awesome as it is. But you get a taste of the characters and the world Mead creates (which is unlike any other vampire book out there so don’t discount it because of your Twilight thoughts/experiences!) and you want to see where it goes.

I am happy to say, that after the 2nd book (Frostbite) my roommate got it and was hooked into the series. Frostbite is actually my favourite book of the series. I’m not too sure why, but I think it is because it’s the point where the series begins it overarching plot that continues over the rest of the series. It also introduces Adrian who is one of my favourite characters.

Rose is such a strong character and so is Lissa. I actually thought Lissa was the main character after I read the plot summary but I am glad Rose is the POV because she is such a fascinating character. Lissa is still a vital character in the series and we do get to see her develop throughout the books.

I also love the other characters in the series which makes the spin-off series (Bloodlines) even better because Richelle Mead takes fan-favourite characters and gives them their own stories in this new series. The Bloodlines plot is completely separate from this series so don’t feel like the Vampire Academy Series doesn’t get concluded–because it does and does so in a great and satisfying way!


Vampire Academy was the first book series that I can remember crying, laughing and shrieking in delight about. It is refreshing in a world of vampire series, beautifully written and has characters that you can’t get enough of. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys action and romance series. (I also recommend that you get you hands on as many of these books as possible when you read because you will want them right away!)

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant Series) and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines Series, a spin-off of Vampire Academy).

Synopsis for Vampire Academy (from Goodreads):
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Series Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:


Synopsis for A Beautiful Dark (from Goodreads):

On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites–like fire and ice–Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move–only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine


Series: A Beautiful Dark
Author: Jocelyn Davies
# of Books: 3 (A Beautiful Dark, A Fractured Light, A Radiant Sky)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Angels, Romance
Heat Rating: cold
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: September 2011 – 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook


My Expectations / Why I Picked It Up:

I bought A Beautiful Dark when Kobo had it on sale one weekend. The plot sounded interesting to me and in general, I seem to enjoy angel-focused young adult reads so I decided to give it a shot.

My Thoughts on the Series:

I enjoyed the first book enough. I liked how Davies presented the angel clans being rivals in their magical powers and why they have the powers that they do in what is an otherwise obvious division between angels (ie. those in heaven vs those who have fallen).

What I didn’t enjoy was Skye or the love triangle.

Skye is annoying—-plain and simple. She was alright in the first book—I mean she has gone through a lot so I let her have a little angst but it becomes unbearable in the second book, A Fractured Light. I swear that sometimes the elevator doesn’t reach the top floor for her. She becomes whinny when she gets grounded (because she disappears for long periods of time without letting her aunt know) and can’t understand why she can’t leave the house. Well, that’s what being grounded means!

The other thing that irks me about this book is the love triangle. I don’t like love triangles but like any good reader, I push forward and pick what team I am going to be on. I think the problem here is that I don’t care for any of her love interests (and there are a few because she is one of those girls guys gravitate to all at once) and I don’t like how she gets angry at them for moving on when she has clearly made her choice.

The storyline is a little too predictable for me in both books. I could see most things coming and nothing really surprised me.


–July 12, 2014– Book #3: A Radiant Sky

I picked this book up and then promptly DNF’d it at the 28% mark. I wasn’t feeling it and even knowing that the conclusion was near wasn’t enough for me.

Series Rating: DNF

A Beautiful Dark 3/5 | A Fractured Light 3/5 | A Radiant Sky DNF


If you can tolerate angst-y, spoiled heroines who can’t make up their mind and like angel stories, check it out. Otherwise I would pass.

Read if You Like: angels, love triangles, angsty teens
Avoid if You: dislike YA paranormal


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Series Review: The Game by Emma Hart

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for The Love Game (from Goodreads):

His challenge? Make her fall in love with him.
Her challenge? Play the player.
Until life changes the rules of the game.

Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he’s everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn’t she say no? She doesn’t know either.

Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her – and he’d do anything to have her, hence why he’s agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it’s the only way he’ll get what he wants. Sex.

But, as Braden discovers, there’s more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined – and he can’t help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes.

Maddie finds Braden isn’t just a walking erection – he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don’t exactly hurt. That means trouble – but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren’t so alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they’re exactly what each other needs.


Series: The Game
Author: Emma Hart
# of Books: 4 (The Love Game, Playing for Keeps, The Right Moves, Worth the Risk)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: March 2013 – May 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook


**This post was originally posted as a Toonie Tuesday review of the first book (The Love Game) of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

Review of The Love Game:

Given the facts that it is a romance novel and the main protagonists are trying to get the other to fall in love with them, you pretty much know how it is going to go–they are going to fall in love with each other for real. But that shouldn’t stop you from reading this book because there is more to it.

I found this novel very refreshing. Despite the fact that it has characteristics of New Adult novels (ex. at least one protagonist has a tragic past which results in their inability to trust and love others) it also puts its own spin on the genre. The whole premise of the game was very Shakespearian (in theory) which I love; especially when you add in the supporting characters.

I also love the fact that Maddie and Braden don’t have an “insta-love” connection (a major turn-off for my reading) and I appreciate that this is talked about in the book as well. It made it very realistic and believable. Another plus is that you actually watch them fall in love with each other and you can see why they do. I find that some novels fail to provide the backbone to a relationship and just focus on the “physical connection” between two characters.

Maddie is great at telling Braden to calm the “caveman” act down. I think a lot of New Adult novels promote the idea that a man who claims you as “his” at every turn is sexy when it is not always the case (this isn’t to say that they present an abusive relationship in anyway–because they don’t–I just think it can border on an unhealthy relationship in the real world and I fear it will give girls the wrong impression). And this isn’t to say that Braden is always caveman like that, he does have really cute moments throughout and is genuinely a nice guy.

My only negatives about are more pet-peeves of mine. Sometimes when Maddie talked it was a little too metaphor-y for me. Given the fact that she is 18 it just was a little “too deep” for me at times (especially the whole comparison to various board games at one point in the last few chapters) but I guess I see how she might be a little wiser beyond her years considering her backstory. Still, she’s only 18!

But to end on a bright note: the story of Maddie and Braden concludes within this book. So yay for not dragging on a story! From what I can see the second book is about two different characters we meet in this book and there are enough hints throughout that I am excited to see what happens next!

>>Bonus: Here is the epilogue for The Love Game (WARNING: It contains spoilers!)


–January 15, 2014– Book #2: Playing for Keeps

I just finished Playing for Keeps after having it sit on my Kobo for months and I have to say another great book in the series! While I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Love Game, it definitely had its enjoyable moments throughout. I’m happy with the way the story went though at times I felt like it was a little over the top considering everyone’s ages. I think if the characters were, say 4-5 years older, I would have an easier time believing their maturity and some of the things they say. I’m not saying you can’t be mature at that age, it just seemed a little odd to me when I was reading.

One thing I didn’t like about this book was that it just jumped into things without much background. Considering Meagan is a secondary character in the previous book, we don’t know a whole lot about her and while I knew there was tension between her and Aston, I just wished it was elaborated more at the start of this book. It’s been a long time since I read The Love Game so I forgot about their interaction in that book–I guess I just wanted to see more of why they liked each other in the first place. But to be fair, the rest of the book is about them finding love in each other so it does make up for it in a way.

These books aren’t like typical New Adult reads. The hot romance really takes a back seat to the building up of a relationship and love and using love to heal broken pasts. So if you are looking for a crazy steamy read, these aren’t the books for you!

I’m interested to see where the next book, The Right Moves, goes from here. From what I have read of the synopsis it has nothing to do with the cast of characters we met in the last two books which I think is a good thing because I don’t know if I could handle another story about this group (I just think all their stories have been exhausted and I wouldn’t want everything to be dragged out). I guess we will see what happens.

Series Rating: 4/5

The Love Game 4/5| Playing for Keeps 3.5/5 | The Right Moves TBA | Worth the Risk TBA


I really enjoyed reading this book. It had me turning pages and was such an easy read (writing-wise). If you enjoy books about love healing tormented past and changing playboy ways, pick this series up!

Read if You Like: NA romances, love heals stories
Avoid if You: like when characters act more their age


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Series Review: Marriage to a Billionaire Series by Jennifer Probst


Series: Marriage to a Billionaire
Author: Jennifer Probst
# of Books: 4 (The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Trap, The Marriage Mistake, The Marriage Merger)

You can also read the “spellbook” featured in the series: The Book of Spells

Complete?: No, The Marriage Merger will be released July 30, 2013 Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Heat Rating: Hot


I had high anticipation for these books. I finally gave in and bought them for myself for Christmas and I am glad I did!

The first book, The Marriage Bargain is a great opening for a series. It has everything you want in a contemporary romance: heat, great characters, drama and love. I loved Alexa and Nicholas and their story. It was realistic, humorous and cute. I think the problem was that it was so great, it set my hopes up too high for the next two.

Maggie, Michael, Carina and Max are all characters that are flawed in some way and I think it makes them hard to like at times. They are all stubborn and not as easy-going and likeable as Alexa and Nicholas. This isn’t to say that the other two books are bad–they aren’t!–it’s just that I wasn’t as into them as the first one. I still devoured them in a day though.

The Marriage Trap was great despite the stubborn characters. It had a lot of drama which made it a page turner.

The Marriage Mistake is probably my least favourite, which is upsetting because I was really looking forward to it. It was a little too far fetched for me which irked me but I think readers of the series will enjoy it regardless.

The series was originally planned to be three books from what I can see, but I’m glad there will be a 4th one because the characters set to star in it have grabbed my attention.

UPDATED (Jan 29/14): I FINALLY got to read the Marriage Merger and I am very happy with how everything wrapped up! The book was entertaining, slightly more realistic than The Marriage Mistake and it was great to see all of the previous characters again. Solid end to a solid series.


These are great contemporary reads. My only issue is that they are too short! UPDATED: Jennifer Probst has easily become one of my must read authors.

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: The Look of Love by Bella Andre (The Sullivans #1) and The Arrangement by H.M. Ward (The Ferro Family #1)

Synopsis for The Marriage Bargain (from Goodreads):
A marriage in name only…

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans…

Series Review: Worth It by Karen Erickson

Series Review: Worth It by Karen Erickson

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:



Synopsis for Worth the Scandal (from Goodreads):

Alexander Worth, President and CEO of Worth Luxury Goods, is a man never to be crossed. His unwavering sense of responsibility to the family business requires him to always be in complete and utter control. Until it comes to Tessa Crawford.

She’s quietly professional, shy, voluptuous…and she works for him. Which means she is the one woman he must never touch, no matter how hard his gut twists with need for her.

After rising above her disadvantaged childhood, Tessa knows the last thing she should do is risk throwing it all away by falling into bed with her sexy boss. But on an extended European business trip, all self-imposed barriers burn away in the heat of their sizzling chemistry.

Once back home, though, whispers of corporate espionage turn into full-blown scandal-and Tessa finds out the hard way where Alex’s loyalties lie. Determined to soldier on, she picks herself up and carries on with a secret, yet welcomed burden. Never guessing that Alex will make a reappearance in her life, ready to show her once and for all that family does, indeed, come first.

Warning: Contains a sweet-yet-strong woman, and a bossy alpha male brought to his knees by the woman he desperately loves. Involves enough begging and groveling that the reader may be tempted to “accidentally” leave it for her significant other to “find.” For instructional purposes only, of course.


Series: Worth It

There is also a spin-off series: The Renaldis

Author: Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy)
# of Books: 4 (Full Reading Order Here)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: Toasty
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: March 2012 – February 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook


Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I learned about this series when I discovered that Worth the Scandal was a free eBook on Amazon. Although Alex and Tess weren’t my favourite characters to read about, I was hooked into the series.

The Concept / The World:

The series follows the three Worth brothers who run a fashion empire. Each is unique in their own way and this is reflected into their stories. There are a ton of little twists along the way in each of the books that make you turn the pages.

The Plot:

These books read a little like soap operas. You’ve got all the family drama of the Newmans (The Young and the Restless) or Dynasty when it comes to running a family business mixed in with passionate love affairs. With the exception of the last book, Worth Everything, I found each book had an overall dramatic plot that kept me hooked and contributed to the overall romance. And I also found that while the drama was wrapped up sufficiently within each book, there is enough lingering to make me want to pick up the next book.

The Characters:

I didn’t really like Tessa and Alexander from Worth the Scandal (#1) — but rarely do I enjoy the first set of leads in a romance series that focuses on family (see The Sullivans or The Wright Brother) so I take that with a grain of salt. I find that the little inklings we get of everyone in the first book intrigue me to pick up the rest of the series and that’s what happens here.

The Romance:

All these romances happen rather quickly thanks to lusty passions but I found by the end of the book, I knew why the attraction was there and could see why these couples would work long term.

My Expectations for the Spin-off — The Renaldis:

I’m very excited for this spin-off! I can’t wait to get to know more about this family!

Check out my review here!

Series Rating: 4/5

Worth the Scandal 3.5/5 | Worth the Risk 4/5 | Worth the Challenge 4.5/5 | Worth Everything 3.5/5


If you like contemporary romances with millionaire businessmen, business-savvy women and lots of heat, then you will love this series.

Read if You Like: quick contemporary romance reads, family drama / soap operas
Avoid if You: want a darker romance

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Series Review: Torn Series by K.A. Robinson


Series: Torn
Author: K.A. Robinson
# of Books: 2 (Torn, Twisted)
Complete?: Yes (though there might be a spin-off series if what I read is correct)
Genre: New Adult, Rockstar, Romance
Heat Rating: Hot


Ever missed that one key line of a plot summary that would probably be the deciding factor on whether or not you read the book? Well, that’s what I did here. It was just that last line that probably would have made the bells go ringing in my head and clue in to what this series is about: a love triangle (hence, the title “Torn”).

Love triangles are not my thing. They drive me up the wall and become major turn-offs for me when I read a book. I’m all for a little tension with a possible interested party, but when a girl can’t make up her mind about two guys she “loves”, that’s when I lose interest. If I had known that the first book, Torn, was essentially a story about a girl leading two guys on because she can’t choose, I would have passed right away and never picked up the book. I guess the high level ratings on Goodreads convinced me otherwise (I seriously don’t know how this book has such a high rating on Goodreads).

If I take away the love triangle, I still don’t see the love for this book. I didn’t particularly enjoy the characters (they just seemed like stereotypes to me played at the highest level). There are a few hot scenes but that doesn’t make a book. There is a bit of suspense and obvious drama but nothing I haven’t really read before.

Torn sees the conclusion of the love triangle while the second book, Twisted sees how the decision played out. I’m not really sure why Twisted was needed other than the fact that Torn ends really abruptly. Seeing that particular plot conclude is probably why I continued reading the sequel. I would have been satisfied if Torn was another 50 pages and had an epilogue with how the series concluded–but I guess for all those people who loved it, the sequel is “great”.


If you like love triangles involving hot, tattooed & pierced rockers you will love this book. If you can’t stand love triangles AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

Rating: 2/5

Similar Reads: Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines (Too Far Series)

Synopsis for Torn (from Goodreads):
Chloe hasn’t had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

Series Review: Douglas Kincaid by Deborah Smith


Series: Douglas Kincaid
Author: Deborah Smith
# of Books: 3 (Legends, The Silver Fox and the Red Hot Dove, Heart of the Dragon)

These books are loosely linked together–meaning they are not direct sequels of each other and focus on different characters.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Highlands
Heat Rating: lukewarm


I love contemporary romance novels and even more so, I love highlander novels so this book seemed like a dream come true but it soon became a nightmare.

I think it has something to do with when it was originally published, 1990. I’ve read a few romance novels from before I was born because they came from romance authors that the world seems to adore and one thing I have found is that they are cheesy and everything you expect from a “romance novel”. I think it is fair to say that more recent contemporary romances have stepped away from the cheese and make their stories more realistic and “dirtier” (not just sex wise but tragedies, plot twists, etc.).

I guess when I read the synopsis I thought it would be a bit more exciting plot wise–with some twists and turns and witty negotiating. It had a few interesting tidbits but I often felt like it was trying too hard. It was very cheesy in parts and a generic romance overall with the typical characters. It was a lot shorter than I thought (eBook wise) but I don’t think I would have wanted it to be any longer.

Because I didn’t enjoy the first book, I did not read the rest of the series. But based on the synopsises of the other two, I have a feeling they follow a similar formula.


I’ve read better and worse, but I wouldn’t recommend this to someone unless they wanted a quick read to pass the time.

Rating: 2/5

Similar Reads:

Synopsis of Legends(from Goodreads.com):
Elgiva MacRoth descends from a long line of bold Scots willing to fight for their heritage. When her picturesque town comes under siege by a corporate raider, she devises a daring plan to stop billionaire Douglas Kincaid. But kidnapping a man off the rooftop of his penthouse and holding him hostage proves far less complicated than saving herself from his intoxicating sensual assault.

The stunning beauty with her golden eyes and fighting spirit make captivity feel like a fantasy. The desire heating up is enough to make them both forget the battle, and surrender to something far more pleasurable. But Douglas has his own dreams for this lovely spot of Scottish land. And he has a proposal that he hopes will convince Elgiva to give up her hard line and give in to him in every way that matters. With a warrior’s will, he’s fighting for his legacy, his heart, and the woman of his dreams.

Series Review: Too Far by Abbi Glines (Rosemary Beach #1,#2,#4)

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Note: This is just a review of the first 3 novels of the Rosemary Beach Series. For later novels, see the review here.


Series: Too Far, Rosemary Beach
Author: Abbi Glines
# of Books: 4 (Fallen too far, Never too Far, Forever too Far) + Rush too Far

This series has two spin-off series: 1) Perfection 2) Chances. Collectively they make up the Rosemary Beach Series. (Reading Order found here)

Rush too Far is a retelling of Fallen too Far from Rush’s perspective but read it AFTER you finish the first 3 books!

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Heat Rating: Hot


PLEASE NOTE: Although the Too Far series is a part of a larger series called Rosemary Beach I have decided to review each series separately (find them all here). However, books 9+ will be reviewed on the Rosemary Beach central blog post here. Regardless, I highly recommend reading the series in the order posted on Abbi Glines’ blog due to overlapping plotlines and events. Though I recommend that you read Rush too Far after you read the 3 books in the Too Far series.

I pretty much devoured these books, they were fantastic! I love new adult reads and this is an example of New Adult at it’s finest. Abbi Glines has quickly become one of my must-read authors (and my recent Kobo purchases can attest to this).

The first book, Fallen too Far, was great. Blaire is a complex character that slowly gets revealed to us and is strong and respectable. The book description makes her sound like an air-head but she isn’t really–she’s just jaded and has been isolated from the world due to circumstance. Rush is the perfect mysterious bad boy that makes readers swoon and it’s obvious he adores Blaire. Their attraction is more of an appearance thing at first, but they begin to respect and love each other as the book progresses. There are major plot twists that caused me to bug my eyes out and gasp in shock and I am so ever thankful that the second book had been released when I read the first one.

The second book, Never too Far, picks up right where the last one left off (and thank goodness for that!). Rush gets a little too needy for my tastes in this one but I can let that slide all things considered. It is a great read and I think I would have been happy to see the series end there but I am glad there is a third one because I feel like there are some things that could be further resolved.

There are a few love triangles in here that turned me off a bit (I can’t stand love triangles) but they aren’t very extreme–more like Blaire is a girl that every guy falls for but she doesn’t fall for every guy. There are a lot of well developed characters which makes the anticipation for the spin-off series unbearable at times as I can’t wait to see where this series goes.


–June 28, 2013– Book #3: Forever Too Far

I just finished Forever too Far and I have to say, this book felt like an extended epilogue of sorts. I also feel that this book serves as the central hub for all the spin-off stories in the works because a majority of the book was showing how Rush and Blaire fit into and deal with the drama around them.

It was nice to see some closure with Rush and learn more about his character. Again, as in Never too Far, he was a little too possessive and whinny for my personal tastes (and I think Blaire was just as bad).

I thought this books ended a little abruptly (I went to hit the next page on my Kobo and was startled to see the Acknowledgement page) but I know that we will get to see more of everyone in the spin-offs.

–June 1, 2014– Book #4: Rush Too Far

I finally managed to get the time to read Rush too Far and in all honesty I’m not sure how I feel about it. While I liked reading from Rush’s perspective I also found that it irritated me. The possessiveness he shows in the later books is out in full force in this book and that annoyed me a bit because I didn’t feel like it was warranted (honestly, he said like two words to her and was like “she’s MINE”). Unlike when I read Fallen too Far, I really didn’t see the connection between Rush and Blaire other than the physical attraction in Rush too Far. Plus I was tired of Rush going on and on about how gorgeous and innocent Blaire was–I got it the first time thanks, no need to repeat it a bazillion times.

If Goodreads let me do half stars, I would have given the book a 3.5/5 instead I gave it a 4 just for the sake that I did like seeing how things unfolded from Rush’s side of things. Definitely read it after you read the other 3 books in the series though–and don’t read it while reading Fallen too Far because it has major spoilers!

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Fallen Too Far 4/5 | Never Too Far 4/5 | Forever Too Far 4/5 | Rush Too Far 4/5


If you want a quick, new adult read filled with lots of love, twists and drama, this is a series I highly recommend.



Synopsis of Fallen too Far (from Goodreads.com):

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.


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Series Review: Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:


Synopsis for Release Me (from Goodreads):
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.


Series: Stark Trilogy, Stark
Author: J. Kenner
# of Books: 4 (Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me, Anchor Me)

There are also novellas that takes place after the final book. Full list here.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Heat Rating: Steamy (BDSM: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: January 2013 – April 2017
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook


Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I will admit I enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey–not for the kinky sex but for the plot. Yes, there was a plot to the series but that is beside the point. So I can say I was excited to read this series because it is recommended for fans of Fifty Shades and it promised to have more of a plot.

The Plot:

I really liked this series (at this point I had only read the first two books). If you compare Fifty Shades of Grey and the first book, Release Me, they both have similar plot progression and delivery; however there are some differences that make this series its own.

Where this differs really differs from Fifty Shades is in book 2, Claim Me. There are major plot developments that separate this book completely from Fifty Shades and does so in a way that has me counting down the days to the final book.

The Characters:

For one the characters are their own. Nikki is a more driven and academically intelligent than Anastasia. Nikki also has her own issues to work out emotionally and mentally. She is a very heavy character but is very likable at the same time. Damien is also complex emotionally and mentally, much like Christian, but not so BSDM driven (though he does have control issues and likes his toys & ties and this becomes stronger as the books progress). While he is always sexually charged, you can see that he does care for Nikki–whereas it wasn’t always obvious with Christian.

The Romance:

These two are cute together and it was obvious to me why they would fall for each other. They do become a little too consumed with each other but that is also the nature of what people expect in this Erotica genre.


–January 21, 2014– Book #3: Complete Me

I FINALLY got around to reading the final book, Complete Me, and I have to say that it was a major disappointment 🙁

I think my main problem is that it is has been so long since I read Claim Me and I let myself build up this last book, Complete Me, so much. But I also feel let down by the characters. Damien seemed much more into BDSM that I previously remembered and Nikki (who used to be one of my favourite heroines in contemporary romance) really got on my nerves in this book. I was also expecting one aspect of the plot to be longer but it wasn’t. BUT I did like where the rest of the book went and I am happy with the way things ended (though I am glad there is a follow-up novella)!

I see that there is a spin-off series in the works with Jamie (Stark International Series) and the novella, Take Me, introduces us to Ms. Jenner’s next trilogy series, Most Wanted, with the first book called Wanted.

–January 20, 2014– Book #3.5: Take Me

The first few chapters of this novella are basically an extended sex epilogue of the trilogy but eventually we get a plot. While I enjoyed this extended epilogue and it made me excited to read the other series, I still feel like I’m lacking some closure with these two. Hopefully we see more of them in the spinoff series but I think fans will enjoy this novella. Also, don’t expect a huge introduction to Evan. He’s there for like two seconds and gone. If I didn’t know that the next series was a about him, I wouldn’t have given him a second thought.

–February 8, 2014– Book #3.6: Have Me

As with the previous novella, Have Me is just an excuse to read about Nikki and Damien have sex with each other. Plus, they are in that honeymoon phase where every line is about how much they love each other–which gets nauseating. I won’t lie, I really skimmed most of this novella because the first 50 pages are just smut and when the plot comes I just couldn’t bring myself to care. I won’t be picking up the 3rd novella anytime soon. I would have preferred a separate novel to combine all of this together instead of 3 separate novellas though I appreciate the fact that in theory these novellas provide the closure I was missing from the conclusion of the series.

Why I Won’t be Reading Anchor Me:

I’m kind of over these characters. I hate dragged out stories–they just seem like ploys for money and fanservice. I just don’t see the point of another full length novel.

Series Rating: 4/5


In the end, I did enjoy this series. It has a solid blend of sexy and plot that fans of E.L. James and Sylvia Day will gobble up right away. It’s not as BDSM focused as Fifty Shades but has characters and situations similar to Bared to You.

Read if You Like: Contemporary Erotica, flawed leads
Avoid if You: dislike erotica, dislike long series

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
Bared to You by Sylvia Day (Crossfire Series #1)


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Series Review: Take Me by Bella Andre


Series: Take Me
Author: Bella Andre
# of Books: 2
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: Hot


Bella Andre is an author that I find is very hit or miss with me. I nearly quit reading the Sullivan Series after the first one but sometimes her stories get on my annoyed side. I also find she rushes with plots that are introduced at the start and then conclude within the last 10 pages of the story; it’s like she focuses on getting as much sex in there as possible and then remembers the plot points.

Book 1, Take Me had all the makings of a great book, but it just fell apart. I liked the characters (until the end when Lily irked me to no end with an issue she had resolved and she kept droning on about it) and I liked the plot premise (but I felt like the “game of desire” was never acknowledged by Travis).

Book 2, Love Me was a freebie from Kobo. I felt like it was more of an extended epilogue of two characters from Take Me, as there was essentially no plot. I was happy to see it written, but it could have been a lot better.


The good side is, it’s a quick read and if you want a cute romantic story then you will enjoy it. At first the book reminded me a lot of a Meg Cabot novel with the way the plot was set up, just more erotica based than Meg Cabot’s novels. So if you are looking for a sexier read, this might be the one for you.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Size 12 is not Fat by Meg Cabot (Heather Well’s Mysteries #1) and Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble #1)

Synopsis of Take Me(from Goodreads.com):
An appetite for sensual pleasures must never be denied… Lily Ellis has curves — soft, beautiful curves. The kind of voluptuous body she fears Travis Carson, the man she’s always loved from afar, would never crave. But Lily is about to be proven wrong. Her adventure begins when the demure San Francisco interior decorator agrees to model a plus-size dress for her fashion designer sister. Watching this sensual beauty move down the runway, Travis can’t believe it’s the same Lily he’s always known — and always rejected. In a whirlwind of electric attraction, Lily is soon moaning Travis’s name in his bed, not just in her wild fantasies. But Lily is all too aware that she’s nothing like his past lovers.

Determined to beat Travis at his own game by guarding her true feelings, Lily partners with him on a business deal that takes them all the way to Italy. In the seductive warmth of the Tuscan sun, Lily plays a game of desire with the hot-blooded Travis. Will she be burned by an all-consuming ecstasy or will Travis open his heart to the sexy, exciting, and lasting love she has to offer?