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Single Sundays: Rocked by Him by Lucy Lambert

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
It’s a time of firsts for Jennifer Snow. Her first time living in New York. Her first real job after college. Her first bad breakup.

At least there’s the hot guy she meets in the elevator. He’s exactly the type she normally never goes for. Drake Tyler spends his nights rocking with his band and generally being a bad boy.

But he’s intrigued by the straight-laced Jennifer, who shows a bit of a rebellious streak of her own when she helps Drake out of a tight spot with the cops.

They’re supposed to be wrong for each other, but neither of them cares when the sparks start to fly and the rock really starts to roll.

Review:

I’ll start by saying that I got this book for free one day on Amazon–and I’m glad that I did get it for free because if I had paid money for it I would have been very disappointed.

There were a few errors along the way (grammatically) but I’ve come to expect that from freebie reads because most of the time they lack an editor. The errors weren’t enough to cause me to stop reading but they were very noticeable.

This story was cute, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nothing new that I haven’t read before. I didn’t find anything too exciting though the cop bit was a something that I haven’t come across yet. But overall, nothing was very thrilling about this book.

Jennifer was NOT the brightest crayon in the box (and to be fair I don’t think Drake was either) so I found things were senselessly overdramatic when they didn’t need to be. I also thought the romance happened way to quickly for me and that turned me off of this book as well.

Conclusion:

The book is very short so I didn’t feel like I wasted a huge amount of time reading this book. I definitely wouldn’t pay to read it so if you are looking for a cute read (and don’t mind some errors and overdramatics) grab it next time it is free on Amazon. Otherwise, avoid!

Rating: 2/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Recommended for: 18+
Point of View: First Person
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #2 Worst Reads of 2013
Similar Reads: Nothing immediately comes to mind at the moment

Series Review: First Things by Rucy Ban

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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Series: First Things
Author: Rucy Ban
# of Books: 3 (All my Life, Wear You Down)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Unsure, Someone Out There has not been published
Genre: Young/New Adult, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts on All My Life:

The only reason I picked up this book was because it was free on Amazon and Kobo. I wasn’t too interested in it, but I hoped that the synopsis was trying to be ironically funny and not a sign of the book’s immaturity.

Overall, I thought the books was cute. Kari was a tad annoying–so in the end, the synopsis pointed to its immaturity rather than ironic humour–and rather naïve. Of course based on those two facts, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is a love at first sight story–ugh. While I liked Neil and Kari together, I didn’t like the age difference between them. Perhaps if Kari was a tad more mature at her age, then I would be ok with it but the fact of the matter is that she isn’t so it came across as icky to me whenever they mentioned his age.

I know that Kari has a big secret and I honestly couldn’t tell you what it is or if I liked it until I reskimmed the novel to write this review. Which I think indicates that this book wasn’t very memorable to me. However, going back to the secret: I give Ms. Ban props for writing about it. I’m positive that it occurs much more often than we are aware of and I like that she brought the topic to light. It was a nice change from the abusive pasts we normally see in the New Adult genre.

I also found this book was more dramatic than I thought it was going to be and I’m not sure how I feel about it now that I am finished. I’m not sure if the events near the end were completely necessary or not.

I probably won’t ever read Wear You Down. There are more interesting books out there that I want to read but if it pops up for free, I’ll probably grab it.

Conclusion:

There is are a lot better “New Adult” reads out there–free or not. Lots of reviews on Goodreads compare it to the Too Far Series and other popular New Adult reads and I have to disagree when they say this book can proudly stand next to them. The Too Far Series just has that little bit of polish to it that an editor can provide and that is what this book is severely lacking. Overall, for a free book it entertained me for the few hours it took to read it but I don’t remember that much about it after that.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Wanted by Kelly Elliot (Wanted Trilogy#1)

Synopsis for All My Life (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. That would mean telling him everything. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Even at the cost of losing him.

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Series Review: G.A.P. by Ingrid Seymour

Series: The G.A.P. Series
Author: Ingrid Seymour
# of Books: 2 (The Guys are Props Club, Girls are Players)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: really warm

Thoughts:

I picked up The Guys are Props Club for free on Amazon recently. It sounded like a cute and lighthearted read which was exactly what I needed after reading a particularly dark dystopian romance story.

And that is exactly what I got. I easily read it in 3 hours one morning. The story is predictable but that was ok with me. I hypothesized the reason Maddie was so scorned early on and I was pretty sure I was right by midway through before the “big reveal”. But the story was sweet and I needed something like that between my more action packed reads.

I liked watching Sebastian and Maddie fall in love even though I felt it was a little fast. Sebastian was charming and sweet and I can understand why she fell for him nearly right away, I just didn’t feel like it was her character to be ready to take that next leap with him so soon–especially based on her past.

I wish a little bit that this book had both Sebastian and Maddie’s point of views instead of just Maddie’s. I would like to know more about Sebastian and why he liked Maddie so much right away. I think it just would have added that little bit of depth to the book. Overall though, I really enjoyed it. It moved pretty quickly despite not having too much else to the plot and I smiled throughout reading it.

I picked up Girls are Players because it was only $1 from Amazon and I was really curious to see what would happen next with Jessica. While she was a character that was easy to dislike (she reminded me a lot of Darcy from Something Borrowed actually; though I blame that connection on writing my review for that series right when I was read The Guys are Props Club :P) I really felt like she did have a heart underneath her “bitchy” persona and just couldn’t deal with the loss of her first love.

I was super excited to learn why Taylor and Jessica had broken up and I was a little disappointed that the reason wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it was going to be. That was ok in the end because the book had a few dramatic twists that I didn’t see coming near the end that kept it interesting. I was nice to see Jessica grow up and I think her thoughts and feelings are very realistic. While she isn’t my favourite character ever, I did like her a little bit more by the end of the book. Also, a special shout out to Ms. Seymour for adding the allusion to the classic Great Expectations–those who had read the Dicken’s novel will totally understand and appreciate that addition!

Conclusion:

Both books focus on girls finding themselves after particularly bad breakups and learning to love and trust others again. While nothing overly dramatic, both are a nice break from the tragedy filled New Adult reads that dominate this genre.

Rating: 4/5 Similar Reads: The Love Game by Emma Hart (The Game #1) and After Math by Denise Grover Swank (Off the Subject #1)

Synopsis for The Guys are Props Club (from Goodreads): During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check. The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken. What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.

Serial Review: Twisted by Mora Early

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Twisted Arrangement (from Goodreads):
All Emma wanted to do was retrieve her family’s heirloom watch. The watch that her ne’er-do-well younger brother lost in a poker game to dashing Hollywood producer and renowned ladies man Joshua Owens.

The only problem is, in order to do so, she has to sneak into a masquerade ball at Joshua’s mansion… a ball she she helped plan in the course of her job as a party promoter – a job she could lose if they ever found out what she was up to. But her job will be the least of her worries when an encounter with Joshua threatens to turn her entire life upside down.

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Series: Twisted
Author: Mora Early
# of Books/Parts: 4
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories, Serialized
Heat Rating: warm then hot in book 2-3
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating
Publication Date: June – October 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up:

This book was for free on Amazon a little while back and that’s where I grabbed my copy. At first I didn’t want to read this book because I figured the “twisted arrangement” had something do to with BDSM–I mean it just screams (no pun intended) that genre when you look at all the facts. Rich playboy. CHECK. Naïve nice girl, CHECK. An arrangement made to protect her family, CHECK. It basically has all the makings of a serial erotica novel BUT that isn’t what we get.

The Plot:

This book (and the rest of the series) is truthfully nothing but vanilla romance which I was extremely thankful for because I really enjoyed these books quite a lot. Actually, it reminds me of a modernized Regency novel where the hero and heroine find themselves in a similar situation and have to find a way to satisfy both parties involved.

The storyline borders on unrealistic but I can attune that to it being fiction. I think it’s cute in its approach and not overly farfetched so that makes it enjoyable.

The Characters:

First, I liked the characters. While they did play into some stereotypes, I really liked Josh and Emma. They both have great hearts and I like the attraction that is between them. It isn’t just a lust thing as they do make a connection between their personalities and it’s easy to see them together. Emma wasn’t annoying to me (I could maybe see how she would get on the nerves of some people but I think I am similar to her in a lot of ways so she doesn’t irritate me) which is also a big bonus.

The Format:

I really wish this was one full book. I’m happy that I discovered this series after all four parts were published because if I had to wait for each part, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Serialized eBooks are not my favourite trend for this reason (among a few others) so I recommend grabbing them all (or be prepared to get all 4) within the same time span. I will say that I appreciate the length of each book as they average almost 100 pages per part so I never felt overly giped that I was paying more than it was worth.

Originally the series was supposed to only be 3 parts but Ms Early extended it to the 4th which I think was a good idea (though I haven’t read part 4 yet!). I would have been very disappointed in Part 3 if that was the ending!

Series Rating: 4/5

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A fun and cute series that has likeable characters. The only downside is that it is a serialized series but when you have all the parts on hand it’s like reading one longer novel. Those who like contemporary romances with a bit of a spin will enjoy this series.

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The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst (Marriage to a Billionaire Series #1)

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Series Review: Love Inc by Ella James

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Synopsis for Selling Scarlett (from Goodreads):
Elizabeth DeVille doesn’t belong at a party like this – one where the gowns cost more than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out of seclusion by her best friend Suri, Elizabeth is merely playing dress-up, rubbing elbows with a crowd that banished her troubled family years ago.

Hunter West is tired. Tired of parties, tired of pretending, and tired of trying to right a wrong that haunts him every day. Bourbon heir and professional poker player by day, by night Hunter is gambling with his life in a high-stakes game of crime and blackmail.

When Elizabeth stumbles into Hunter’s den of vices, she’s a light in the darkness, a flame in the void. And, just like everything he touches, Hunter mars her in a record time. To rectify the damage done, Elizabeth needs money she doesn’t have, and she’s come up with a foolproof way to get it.

Follow Elizabeth – code-named Scarlett – to the lush Nevada brothel where she’ll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that’s not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil’s mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost her life

Series: Love Inc.
Author: Ella James
# of Books: 3 (Selling Scarlett, Taming Cross, Unmaking Marchant)

The story in Unmaking Marchant finishes in the series finale novella, Something Blue.

Book Order: Connected but Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Suspense, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: hot (Selling Scarlett, Unmaking Marchant); warm (Taming Cross, Something Blue)
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: April 2013 – February 2014
Source & Format: Kindle & Kindle Unlimited–eBook

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

Selling Scarlett was a freebie that I found on Amazon and immediately had to read. The synopsis just sounded so interesting that I put it on my next read list.

I ended up reading it very quickly. There was a lot of suspense to the novel and it really drove the multiple plot lines forward. That was one thing I really liked about this book was that there was a lot going on. It wasn’t overwhelming but it made sure there was never a dull moment and it made reading this book a breeze. The book does share both Scarlett and Hunter’s POV and I think that really added to the plot progression as well.

Another thing I liked about this book was it had a grittier feel to it. I haven’t read a lot of books that focus on prostitution and brothels in the New Adult genre so that was refreshing for me. It added that extra layer of intrigue as I was reading so I really appreciated that.

The book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be but when I finished I didn’t mind that much. I had hoped for more of a romance story with a minor subplot going on in the background when I read the synopsis. I love stories about reformed bad boys meeting the right girl and fixing their ways but that wasn’t the focus of this book. The book (at least to me) dealt more with the “secret” that could cost Scarlett her life than their romance. Which turned out to be fine in the end because I liked where the plot went, but just don’t go into this book thinking it is purely a romance novel. Hunter and Scarlett didn’t build up that great of an emotional romantic connection for me but they do share some steamy moments and that satisfied the romantic in me for the most part.

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–September 3, 2016– Book #2: Taming Cross

When I started Taming Cross, it had nearly been 3 years since I read Selling Scarlett. Luckily, I had the key plot points written down so I had a vague idea of what was happening–though it took me a while to orient myself.

The vibe in this story is very different from its predecessor. This definitely was more of an action-suspense novel that didn’t hold back on the physical fights and violence. So I found that the story moved fast because the characters themselves were moving fast.

I wish the romance was elaborated on more; especially given the circumstances. It made the ending a little rushed I felt.

As for the writing itself, I found it to be a little choppy at times. It made it hard to follow the sequence of events during the action scenes, and I would reread paragraphs to make sure I was reading everything correctly. But when I returned to those paragraphs, I discovered that it wasn’t as clear as it should be or was missing that one key line. There are some scenes that remain a bit of a mystery to me but I didn’t let that dampen my experience too much.

–September 4, 2016– Book #3: Unmaking Marchant

I thought this story was super sweet in an unexpected way. I really grew to like these two together and enjoy their relationship. It’s definitely the most romance focused novel in the series.

There isn’t too much to the plot but it does have its suspenseful moments–both physically as well as in the secrets these characters are keeping.

And everything was great until it ended abruptly and I found out that the novella, Something Blue finishes not only Marchant’s story but Cross and Lizzy’s as well.

–September 4, 2016– Book #3.5: Something Blue

Despite the fact that I found this unnecessary (really, these 30 pages could have been added to Unmaking Marchant), I did like the closure it provided for these characters. More so in Taming Cross and Unmaking Marchant, I felt like things were left hanging–major plot points that needed that little bit of work to say “finished”–but I get that here. You definitely need to read this book if you read the series all the way through!

Series Rating: 3.5/5

Selling Scarlet 4/5 | Taming Cross 3/5 | Unmaking Marchant 3.5/5  |  [Something Blue 3/5]

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I was really entertained by this series. It sucked me in and it was a pleasant surprise for me. While I was a little disappointed in the “lack” of romance, the plot is something I rarely encounter in my reads so but be satisfied with the story overall (if that makes sense).

Read if You Like: suspense, stories about the crime and/or brothels
Avoid if You: want erotica, want a romance focused story

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Single Sundays: Touch of Eden by Jessie M.

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
I’m Joshua… 25 years old and full of myself.
I hang out with my like minded pals, obsessed with sex and hooking as many girls as I can…

Until one day, one fateful day, I go too far and commit a dreadful sin.
My whole life collapses around me. I don’t want to be me anymore.
I start to change and the next thing I know my whole world stops spinning when I fall in love.

But she says she doesn’t want me. Because of who and what I am and my track record…
You see she knows me. She knows me better than anyone else because she just so happens to be my best friend… This is my story. Our story.

Review:

I actually got this book from Kindle for free near the end of August. The cover and plot premise intrigued me enough to pick it up despite it only being 130 pages long. The page number is an important thing to note because I tend to avoid novellas whenever possible (unless they are a part of a series as a side-story/bridging story) because I find I don’t like how quickly the plot progresses and I find I just end up unsatisfied.

After reading this book, I am a bit unsatisfied. I felt like it had started a little too slowly and then it ended rather suddenly (read: no epilogue). I just couldn’t get into this book and when I finally did, it ended.

Josh was a hard character to like. At first, I thought he was a complete moron when it came to the English language; and then I realized that this book was set in the UK and not the United States like I assumed. Once I sorted that out it went a lot better. But Josh’s character itself was hard to get a firm grasp on. The book is only told from his POV and as a girl, I find it hard to connect with a guy’s mind at times. I’m all for the reformed playboy characters (they are my guilty pleasure) but I didn’t find anything redeemable about him (though he got a bit better near the end).

Overall, I felt like the plot was missing a few dots in the flow. You can really divide the plot into two sets: the romance and Josh’s everyday life. The romance happens quickly and rather unexpectedly. It was literally a BAM moment and he knew he was always in love with Eden. I really didn’t get it so that threw me for a bit. Though I really did like the two of them together and I wish we got to see more of that in the book. The rest of the plot again just felt like it was lacking something. I think part of the problem was everything just starts and ends so quickly that there is a lot that doesn’t reach its full potential. I also kept expecting some twists and turns but they never came so that left me disappointed.

Conclusion:

As a free book, this was a good book. Nothing overly fantastic but I enjoyed reading it. I just wish it was a bit longer and had a more developed plot because all the dots were there, they just needed to be strung together. Would I pay the $3 on Amazon that it is listed at now? Probably not but I wouldn’t discount books from this author in the future if they were the right price.

Rating: 2.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Recommended for: 18+
Similar Reads: Frigid by J. Lynn

Book Review: Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin

While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel!

Author: Terri Brisbin
Genre: Romance, Historical, Highlanders
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts on Kidnapping the Laird:

I actually got this book for free from Kobo and I am glad that I did.

This book showed a lot of promise but because it was only a novella, it just didn’t have enough time to fully develop. If it was a full length novel, I would have really liked it.

It was a super cute read and story. Padruig and Cat were likeable and you wanted to cheer them on. I liked Cat’s plot to get Padruig back and thought it was a great plot line to follow. It was a refreshing highlander read which is why I wish it was longer and more developed.

There isn’t much more to say as it was only a few dozen pages long and I don’t want to give everything away.

Conclusion:

A cute, SUPER quick read that if you can get for free like I did, is worth the short amount of time it takes to read.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Taming the Highlander by Terri Brisbin (The MacLearies, #1)

Synopsis for Kidnapping the Laird (from Goodreads):
Catriona MacDonnell is a wife of convenience who discovers that she wants more from the handsome, sexy laird she had to marry.

Padruig Grant was not happy when his wife kicks him out of her bed, but his pride prevents him from returning to it. When Catriona takes matters…and her husband…into her own hands to claim the love they both deserve, should he resist her valiant efforts or should he surrender?

Series Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

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 Mila 2.0 (from Goodreads):

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

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Series: Mila 2.0 Trilogy
Author: Debra Driza
# of Books: 3 (Mila 2.0, Renegade, Redemption)

There is also a prequel eNovella, Origins: The Fire available for free on Kobo and Amazon/Kindle

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young adult, SciFi, Action, Suspense, Thriller
Heat Rating: cold
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: March 2013 – April 2016
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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**This post was originally published as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to reflect my conclusion to DNF this series. It will not be further updated.**

Why I Picked it Up:

I came across this series when I found the eBook prequel, Origins: Fire, for free on Kobo. The cover drew my attention so I decided to see what the series was about. The main summary for Mila 2.0, the first book of the series, didn’t immediately grab my attention. I feared it would be some attempt to find the meaning of life or life as a human and that just didn’t interest me too much. What ended up making my decision for me was the title dropping of the Borne Identity and I am Number Four, titles that I have enjoyed in the past for their blend of action and plot–so when a book is compared to these two titles, I can’t help but to check it out.

My Thoughts on the Prequel Novella:

I’ll start briefly with the prequel novella. You don’t need to read Origins: Fire before you start this book. It ends abruptly and it confused me a bit because of this abrupt ending but it does explain what happened and why Mila is where she is and why she feels as she does. If you have a Kobo or a Kindle, pick up the eBook for free. It also offers sample chapters of Mila 2.0 as well if you wanted to get a bit of a feel for the full-length book.

My Review of Mila 2.0:

Mila 2.0, the first full length novel of the series, started off really slow. It isn’t until Chapter 8 that Mila learns the truth about herself so for the first 8 chapters of the novel you read about her life as a high schooler and her friends. It is a little dull and I don’t care for her friends (they are everything I dislike about girls in high school) so that made it hard to get through. But once the discovery is made, it really picks up. This set up of an extraordinary protagonist living in a ordinary world reminded me a lot of I am Number Four because in that book, Four/John goes through a very similar situation and most of the action picks up after a few “everyday-life” chapters in that novel as well.

Once Mila learns the truth, the action begins. More about her features and abilities get revealed as she navigates her way through the situations she faces. How Mila thinks and processes is very much Borne Identity-esque so there are some great action sequences in the latter half of the book. The detail in these sequences is also amazing–I was easily able to picture and have the scene run through my head as I read it which always gives a book bonus points in my opinion.

The last 30 pages have a lot going on and I was devastated when my Kobo ran out of batteries in the middle of it 😛 The ending was a bit abrupt but I guess most cliff-hanger endings are 😉

Why I Won’t Be Continuing With the Series:

I’ve just been too far removed from it over the last few years.

Series Rating: DNF

Mila 2.0 3.5/5 | Renegade N/A | Redemption N/A

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Overall, it wasn’t as “what makes us human” as I initially feared though it does have that as a focus of the novel–my point is that it isn’t the ONLY thing that this novel focuses on. This was a very refreshing read in a genre that is usually filled with romance and high school drama. It was a nice change of pace to get a true action/suspense read that isn’t a paranormal SciFi read but a genuine SciFi read. For those who love SciFi and a novel that builds up the story as it goes, check this one out!

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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

Thoughts:

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.

Conclusion:

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?