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DNF Series Review: Fifth Avenue by Yates & Crews & Hewitt

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 Avenge Me (from Goodreads):
Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York’s elite would never believe it – especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father – risking his family name and those he loves – without any proof?
Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen’s reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?

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Series: Fifth Avenue Trilogy
Author: Maisey Yates (Take Me & Avenge Me); Caitlin Crew (Scandalize Me) & Katie Hewitt (Expose Me)
# of Books: 3 (Avenge Me, Scandalize Me, Expose Me)

There is a FREE prequel novella, Take Me–see notes below

Book Order: Connected but Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: Hot, BDSM: mild
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: May – July 2014
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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NOTE: I did not read Scandalize Me or Expose Me. Find out why below..

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I saw Take Me as a freebie for Kindle so I decided to  download it: who am I to refuse a guy in a suit? But what actually sold me on reading this series is the little blurb for the series on Goodreads:

Ten years ago one devastating night changed everything for Austin, Hunter and Alex. Now they must each play their part in the revenge against the one man who ruined it all.

I LOVE revenge stories. I love all the secrecy, forbidden feelings and drama. They make for fun reads and this on in particular looked like it would live up to those expectations.

Plus, my library had the book set so why not?

The Plot:

Sigh… Avenge Me was a huge disappointment. Never did I think I would be upset that a book had too much romance BUT I underestimated a Harlequin Romance.

It’s unfortunate that the focus was on Austin and Katy’s relationship and not on the task at hand: bringing down Austin’s dad. Sure, that plotline was there but it was buried under numerous mild BDSM sex scenes. I was hoping for a book more along the lines of Heated by J. Kenner, which balanced the sexy times with the mystery of the plot, but Avenge Me definitely wasn’t in that league. I guess I should have known when the publisher is “Harlequin” but it’s been so long since I’ve read one that I guess I forgot.

The Characters:

Katy and Austin were nothing new to me. I also didn’t really like them separately or together. Austin was too controlling and Katy–who showed independence and drive at the start–gave in wayyyy to easily. Sure, I can cut Katy some slack considering she has had to raise herself and her younger brother from a young age so the appeal that someone else would “take care of her” makes sense for her character. I just didn’t like how fast everything happens.

The Romance:

I can get over the fact that Katy gives up her virginity to a guy she’s talked to for 5 minutes. While I don’t really respect that, I understand that, hey, the “romance” has to start somewhere (it’s fiction). What I didn’t understand was how she knew she liked to be “dominated” in the bedroom when her previous sexual encounters were pretty much zilch. I dunno, maybe I’m just used to the skeptical heroine being introduced to the BDSM world by an experienced older male and liking it after she’s experienced it.

It was just a little too insta-connection for me with the two of them. I also got real tired of the sex scenes real quick.

Notes on the novella:

Because I had the boxset and Take Me was listed first, that’s what I read first. I would read it first because it shows you the event that inspires the “revenge” in the actual novels. It’s a shame it isn’t a full novel because I really love the story of these two leads but for a novella, I thought it was well done.

My Rating: 2/5

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I expected too much from what are essentially extended novellas. I love the premise but hate the execution. If you love lots of sexy times and little plot, this is a great series for you!

Read if You Like: harlequin romances, lots of sexy times
Avoid if You: don’t like insta-connections, want more plot

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  • Heated by J. Kenner (Most Wanted Trilogy #1)

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Single Sundays: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for Forget You (from Goodreads):
Why can’t you choose what you forget … and what you remember?

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon. But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all–the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug–of all people– suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life–a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

Review:

I’ve been drawn to amnesia based stories since I read Rosebush by Michele Jaffe years ago. So when I first came across this book I was excited by the premise and quickly put it on my to-read list.

Have you ever read a book’s synopsis, then the book and felt a little mislead? I did a little with this book. To be honest, I kind of expected the story to start right as Zoey wakes up from the hospital but I did appreciate the first few chapters of background that we get. Forget You throws you right into the mess that is Zoey’s life: which is not the nicest place to be as the proverbial shit is starting to hit the fan. The chapters give you the little insights into Zoey’s life and introduces all the relevant characters.

Why I say I felt mislead is because of her relationship with Brandon–the synopsis gave me the impression that they had been dating for years and that they were the stereotypical perfect high school couple when that isn’t the case…at all. They have actually only been “dating” (and that is a very loose term for their relationship) for a week by the time the accident rolls around. So it isn’t some profound relationship like I expected it to be; which is honestly fine and I actually prefer that their relationship is like that to a certain extent (I don’t like typical story-lines after all). but it threw me off for a bit because I was expecting the generic perfect boyfriend/girlfriend couple and I was looking forward to the juicy gossip about why she was suddenly hanging around bad boy Doug that accompanied that.

I also had a hard time with the flow of the book. It seemed choppy to me. I think it had to do with Zoey’s statement of facts. Perhaps the tense she uses contributed. It just seemed very curt. Not how a seventeen year old would talk. Kinda like this paragraph. It wasn’t like it was horribly written but it took me a while to get used to the way the book was flowing. I often had to reread paragraphs to make sure I was fully understanding what was happening.

And that perpetual state of confusion followed me throughout the book because I could not get a handle on Zoey. She seemed so scattered in her thoughts and convictions. And to an extent I let that slide in Young Adult books, especially where the main character has been dealt a heavy hand–I mean part of the charm of YA is watching the characters grow from their experiences after all. However, Zoey just seemed odd to me and at first I thought maybe that was because of a psychological issue given the situation with her mom and I was kind of excited if that was going to be the big twist I had been expecting. But it wasn’t. Sometimes she came across as intelligent, other times she was just plain stupid and as a reader it was frustrating because she is the only narrator you get.

I think the worst part of this book for me–being the logical person that I am–was that the entire situation could have been explained if Zoey just owned up to the fact that she didn’t remember the night of the accident. No one would think any less of you if just admitted that after a major accident you didn’t remember what happened the few hours before. It’s called a symptom of a major concussion and it is expected to happen; it’s normal and given that that is what Zoey has been striving for the entire novel you think she would appreciate it. Instead she decides to play coy and the entire premise of the novel is based on the assumption that this character knows, etc. Why make an even bigger mess of your life by ignoring the larger issue? It sure has hell didn’t work for your parents so why did you think it would work for you?

Man oh man…why can’t people just say what they honestly mean?

So I’ll just say that I didn’t get this book at all…and I will promptly forget about it.

Conclusion:

Perhaps there was this greater message that all these 5-star reviews on Goodreads received when reading this book; but I sure as shit did not get it. Frankly, I’ve read much better and this book did absolutely nothing for me.

Rating: 2/5
Would I Recommend this Book to a Friend: Nope.

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Young Adult, Amnesia, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Recommended for: 16+
Heat Rating: warm (sex is mentioned a lot though)
Point of View: First Person, Single

Similar Reads: Rosebush by Michele Jaffe; We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Series Review: A Billionaire Love Story by Lucy Lambert

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

Series: A Billionaire Love Story
Author: Lucy Lambert
# of Books: 2 (The Pretend Girlfriend, The Pretend Fiance)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: Third Person, Single

Thoughts:

PLEASE NOTE: That I did not finish book 2 in the series: The Pretend Fiance. I was 40% through the book when I DNF’d it.

This is the second (and third) book that I have read by Lucy Lambert. Her Rocked by Him story I read last year and subsequently ranked as the 2nd worst book I read in 2013. However, never knock the power of Amazon freebies because when The Pretend Girlfriend popped up as Free on Amazon, I was willing to give it a shot.

The book summary for The Pretend Girlfriend is very misleading. For one thing, the book is told from a third person POV, not a first person like used in the summary–though this isn’t the first time that has happened with a book. I have mixed feelings about it being third person: I prefer first person but I have a feeling if we got to read every thought that went through Gwen’s head we might get easily annoyed with her. So perhaps it was for the best. Right from the first line of the synopsis, it steers us in the direction that this is some dark, BDSM-driven billionaire erotic romance. You know, the type where an unbelievable attractive billionaire falls for the common girl and changes his ways when he falls in love with her; that same old song and dance. But, this isn’t the same old song and dance; which I found very refreshing but not what one expects after reading the synopsis.

First, let me say that this book is not erotica in the slightest. There isn’t a sex scene until the 60% completed mark and it isn’t anything particularly steamy. There is also no BDSM–which is awesome because I really hate that and I hate that all rich guys in novels have that as their kink. So I really wouldn’t say that Gwen is his “property” just that he expects her to be available when he calls her (she is his pretend girlfriend for appearances and that requires public outings!). I also hate that the synopsis says that she owes “money to the wrong people”. It makes her sound like she is in some criminal ring when she really just needs to pay her rent to her landlord: hardly the “wrong people” if you ask me.

But I will end my rant there. I just wanted to point out that the plot synopsis makes this book sound like something it is not and if I went in with those expectations I would have been severely disappointed. Because we don’t get all that dark, edgy romance. Instead, we get a nice guy hero who is as vanilla as they come and a heroine who falls for him a little to fast (in my opinion).

Regardless, I actually did enjoy The Pretend Girlfriend. Maybe I just needed a lighter read and this met that need. But I found the book refreshing in a way. As I said before, BDSM really doesn’t do much for me (though I enjoy the higher-stakes drama that usually accompanies it) so I liked reading about a genuinely nice billionaire who didn’t want to own the object of his attraction. I do wish that his character was more developed though. He just seemed like he was missing pieces of his past to explain why he was the way he was. Gwen was the same though she was a little more developed in a way but I think that was because we followed her throughout the novel.

Despite that though, I really liked them together as a couple. I think they balanced each other out well and seemed to genuinely have common interests besides physical attraction. I just wished that things didn’t happen within a two week span or else I would have enjoyed it more. Not the best “pretend girlfriend” novel I have read but it was a nice light read and seeing as I got the sequel as a freebie, I decided to read it.

The Pretend Fiance was a little too over the top for me. And by a little: I mean it was extremely over the plot. Again, the synopsis is misleading. Who I expected to be the main “antagonist” for Gwen was not who I would have ever pictured in a million years and I think it suffered from that. There is no other way to describe the plot as other than stupid. It was so ridiculous that it hurt my brain trying to read it. While the first book isn’t overly realistic it did have that touch of realism to it in a fictional sense whereas this one did not. I couldn’t bring myself to finish it because both Gwen and Aiden were acting as idiots. I wish I just left these characters at the end of The Pretend Girlfriend because this sequel was completely unnecessary.

Conclusion:

While The Pretend Girlfriend is a nice, light freebie read its sequel really drops the ball off the face of this earth. This series was a flop. There are way better “pretend-billionaire’s-girlfriend” novels out there. And I think it is safe to say I won’t be reading more of Lucy Lambert’s work in the future, even freebies.

Rating: 2/5
Would I Recommend this Series to a Friend: NO

Similar Reads: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige (Fixed Trilogy #1) and Break by Vanessa Waltz

Synopsis for The Pretend Girlfriend (from Goodreads):
If you’d have told me a week ago that I’d be a billionaire’s property…

Confident. Brilliant. Rich. Devastatingly handsome. Aiden Manning seemed to have it all. As naïve as I was, when he seemed interested in me, I fell head over heels immediately.

But Aiden Manning’s life held a dark side, one that he needed to hide at any cost. That’s where I would come in. My trusting nature had caused me to owe money to the wrong people, and Aiden was right there and ready to help, if only I’d help him out as well. Just one signature on a piece of paper, and suddenly I was bound to him. The ground rules I had laid out at the beginning quickly melted away, and I found myself being drawn deeper and deeper into Aiden’s life.

However, someone couldn’t handle that. An even more powerful figure in Aiden’s life would stop at nothing to break the two of us apart. It soon became clear that I might have to sacrifice everything I had to keep the two of us together.

The real question was: How long could I pretend?

Single Sundays: Crossing Stars by Nicole Williams

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for Crossing Stars (from Goodreads):

While the city of Chicago sleeps, a war wages in the streets between two powerful families. While the public assumes organized crime is nothing more than a chapter torn out of America’s history, the Costa and Moran families battle for territory and domination.

Caught up in the middle of this sinister world is Josette, the only child of Salvatore Costa, the ringleader and notorious godfather of Chicago’s Italian mafia. After the Irish Morans attempted to assassinate her when she was a child, Josette’s parents hid her behind the walls of their sprawling estate and kept her contact with outsiders to a minimum. But now Josette’s eighteen, and she’s questioning if a long life behind walls is worth trading for a potentially short one filled with excitement and adventure and all the things she’s only lived in her dreams.

On the night she decides to risk becoming just an anonymous face in the crowd, Josette realizes that death isn’t only a possibility—it’s a certainty. Yet when a young man comes to her rescue, the turbulent waters between life and death are further muddied.

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Favourite Authors, Worst Standalone Reads 2014
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Retelling
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: May 7, 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I love Nicole Williams other works so when I read that her next standalone novel was going to be a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, I was excited and immediately put it at the top of my to-buy list. I loved the Romeo + Juliet movie with Leonardo DiCaprio all those years ago and Crossing Stars seemed like it was going to have that same edge to it with the two rival mafia families.

The Concept:

And for the most part it did have that interesting modern edge. The rivalry between the two families was well done and kept my attention. I also liked that this book wasn’t just a modern, word-for-word retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It did have its own plot events that weren’t necessarily parallel or occurred in Romeo and Juliet.

The Plot:

But that modern edge wasn’t enough to save this book. It really dragged in parts for me (the last two chapters were really fast-paced). Part of the problem was Josette. She was a dull heroine who couldn’t manage to capture my attention throughout the novel. Rylan was a bit more exciting to me but I think it was because he was more of a mystery to me because his POV is not given. I understand why it wasn’t but I wish it was because I think it would have made things more interesting.

The Romance:

I know Romeo and Juliet is the classic example of a love-at-first-sight story but I just had a hard time grasping it in this one. I think it was because Josette had just finished reading it and seemed to know that everything about it was crazy with her and Rylan but still did it anyway. It might have also helped to have Rylan featured more because he was missing for a good majority of the book. Perhaps that is the whole “romantic” part of the story but it’s not my cup of tea (even though I love Romeo and Juliet as a play).

My Rating: 2/5

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This story just didn’t do it for me. I’ve read better Romeo and Juliet stories. It had a few interesting twists but nothing outstanding. If you read anything and everything about Romeo and Juliet OR insta-love stories, then you will probably want to read this. Otherwise, watch the 1996 movie instead.

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  • Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman (Son of the Mob Series #1)

 

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Series Review: Nick by Annie Jacoby

Series: Nick
Author: Annie Jacoby
# of Books: 3 (Broken, Saving Scotty, Ever After)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating

Thoughts:

PLEASE NOTE: I have NOT read, Saving Scotty,  or Ever After prior to this review. Find out why below…

I got Broken for free from Amazon one day and decide to read it right away because the book synopsis seemed like it combined a lot of elements that I like in a New Adult read.

Unfortunately, this book just didn’t do it for me. One of the main reasons was the writing. The book used a lot of slang which I wouldn’t mind if I had ever heard the terms before. I laughed because I actually had to look stuff up on Urban Dictionary and it was mentioned in the synopsis. I also found that the story didn’t have a good flow to it and the paragraphs felt choppy to me at times.

The plot itself wasn’t as exciting as I thought it was going to be. Part of the reason was the characters (they were annoying) and the other part was that nothing of noteworthiness actually happened. The book was actually quite dull until the last chapter when everything seemed to rush together and then end on a nasty cliff-hanger. Which is unfortunate because a lot could have happened to make the book a bit more thrilling.

Nick and Scotty didn’t really do much for me either. As for Nick, I didn’t like his personality and attitude. I think part of the problem was the writing because things about his past were randomly inserted in as the story progressed and I just couldn’t keep up or process it well. It kind-of shocked me that Nick was bisexual because I wasn’t expecting it–it isn’t very common in contemporary New Adult reads. So just be aware that when it says he is huge player, he really has no problem with sex or who he does it with. Which doesn’t bother me in the least (to each their own) but it just seemed like it came out of nowhere! Scotty didn’t do much for me either and she seemed a little dim-witted to me at times.

As for the romance–it was really rushed. I didn’t see their connection or why they liked each other beyond the physical. They just seemed like an odd pairing to me.

Despite Broken ending on a huge cliff-hanger, I won’t be picking up Saving Scotty or Ever After. I just didn’t connect to the characters and I doesn’t bother me not to know what is going to happen to them next.

Conclusion:

If I had actually bought this book, I would have been upset. The book just needed a good polishing by an editor to fix all the little gaps because it did have potential. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it but if Saving Scotty becomes free I might pick it up to see if it is more exciting. But I wouldn’t rush out to buy this series at all.

Rating: 2/5

Similar Reads: Damaged by H.M. Ward (Damaged #1; Part of the Ferro Family)

Synopsis for Broken (from Goodreads):
Nick O’Hara is, for lack of a better word, a man-wh***. Look in the Urban Dictionary under that word, and his name will no doubt be mentioned. The only qualifications that he looks for in a bed-mate is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that’s the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that’s enough for him.

Until Scotty James.

Scotty is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. She’s broken from traumatic experiences from her years in foster care and homelessness. She has a vulnerability that is intoxicating to Nick, because, deep down, he knows that he is as broken as she.

When Nick pursues Scotty, it seems that she is the only woman who doesn’t want to be with him. At first she’s a challenge, but Nick soon finds himself falling in love for the first time in his life. With a woman who wants nothing to do with him.

Can Scotty overcome her trust issues and fear to let Nick in? Or will she prove to be too broken to trust?

Series Review: Infinity by Layne Harper

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

Infinity Series

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Most Annoying Couple 2014, Least Favourite Read (Falling into Infinity) 2014
Series: Infinity Series
Author: Layne Harper
# of Books: 4 (Falling into Infinity, From Now Until Infinity, Finding Infinity, Infinity.)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Sports, Romance, Drama, Contemporary
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person

Thoughts on Falling Into Infinity:

PLEASE NOTE: That I did not finish the 2nd book in the series, From Now Until Infinity. Read why below…

I was SUPER excited to see this book on Amazon for free one day. It had been on my to-buy list for a very long time and it wasn’t available on Kobo so that made my day when I saw it on the Top 100 Free Reads.

Having just finished the Crash Trilogy, I was looking for something to fill the hole in my New Adult loving heart. To me, the Crash Series is the standard I compare all other New Adult books that have a sports theme to because it was the first one I read and it is one of the best that I have read. So this series seemed to fit the bill perfectly–and even better was the fact that it started right when they were in college!

I thought this book would start from the beginning of their relationship. I thought I would get to see them fall in love and the first book would end the typical way these books do: with a cliff-hanger and them at an impasse in their relationship. But that is NOT what I got at all. What we actually get is alternating flashback chapters about how the two met and got to the current point in their relationship. It was an interesting way to do it and it made me want to keep reading the book to see what happens next; but, I would have liked to have read the book all in order of the sequence of events because I think it would have let me fall in love with the characters.

Charlie was not what I expected either. I thought I would like her; that she would be a strong lead but she was a hard person to like at times (i.e. practically always). She was annoying, selfish and very immature. I didn’t get her thought process and I had a hard time respecting some of her decisions and actions. She just didn’t do it for me and because the story is told from her POV it was hard to read at times; especially when I was rolling my eyes at her.

Colin…sigh…he was a disappointment too. He started so charming and likeable. I felt so sorry for him that he was stuck with a girl like Charlie and I was confused about what he saw in her. But eventually I came to dislike him too. He also turned a little too alpha-male–which turned me off. I actually felt a little disturbed reading this story at times because their relationship was very unhealthy to me. About halfway through I thought we were going to get a relationship-gone-bad type of story because it got a little intense and not in a good, romantic, happy fun-times type of way.

I actually managed to finish Falling Into Infinity despite wanting to give up on it a few times. And at the time I was glad because it seemed like the story was going to get a lot more interesting based on the way it ended. Believe it or not, I was a little excited to see where From Now Until Infinity was going to take us. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stomach Charlie and Colin for more than a few chapters. It was boring, I still didn’t like the characters and I had other books I wanted to read so I put it and the rest of the books at the bottom of my to-read list.

Conclusion:

Knowing that there is a FOURTH book in this series made me glad I stopped reading because I wouldn’t want to feel obligated to read a series I have no interest in but feel the need to finish. This series just didn’t do it for me and it’s a shame because it had all the great makings. But alas, the plot was under utilized making the book slow, the characters came across as self-centred teenagers and everything is slightly overdramatic. Some people might enjoy the slower overdramatic plot but others will not.

Rating: 2/5

Similar Reads: Crash by Nicole Williams (Crash Trilogy #1)

Synopsis for Falling Into Infinity (from Goodreads):
Pre-med student Caroline “Charlie” Collins, a sophomore at Texas A&M, knows exactly what she wants in life and the order that it will happen: finish college, complete medical school, and then fall in love. A chance meeting with A&M’s star quarterback Colin McKinney changes everything. A friendship between the two grows over time and blossoms into a powerful love affair. Charlie and Colin must learn to cope with his transition to playing professional football, the crushing attention of the media, and constant demands of his fans. At the same time, she’s struggling with how her dream of attending medical school will fit into their already stressed relationship and Colin’s new life. Falling Into Infinity asks the question is just loving someone enough to make a relationship work?

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Series Review: Reflect Me by K.B. Webb

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: Reflect Me
Author: K.B. Webb
# of Books: 3 (Reflect Me, Follow You Down, Heartbreak Warfare)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: Warm
Point of View: First Person, alternating

Thoughts:

Disclaimer: I stopped reading this series after Reflect Me. Find out why below…

After reading this book, I’ve come to a conclusion: I can’t read books that are set in the south. I’m not sure what it is exactly but there is just something about the characters and the stories in the south that aren’t my cup of tea. But, I will take a few stab at it: I think it’s the over dramatics. Maybe these books are trying to be the next Dallas soap-opera but even that show isn’t as senselessly dramatic as these books. And senseless drama just isn’t my thing. It frustrates me and annoys me and the last thing I want to do when I’m relieving some stress is get stressed out from reading about these silly characters’ lives.

Molly was just so wishy-washy in her convictions. She would be so independent in some situations and then not in others. Her whole reasoning for being with Brian was irritating and not completely logical. I’m going to give a little bit of a spoiler (though it really isn’t because we learn about it within the first few chapters), to read it highlight over this text–I can understand why she wanted to raise her daughter in the same house as the father because she believes it will be a more stable homelife for her daughter; BUT willingly putting yourself into an abusive situation that you KNOW is abusive and fully knowing that the father of your child doesn’t give a shit about the child is just awful and completely stupid.It defeats the entire purpose of staying with the jackass in the first place! –I get that Molly has some emotional issues based on her past, but she seemed to fully recognize the situation for what it truly is yet makes the wrong decision. I just felt like all the characters in the book were all on the same path but would just skip the last step and overshoot the conclusion.

As for Logan: he was just alright. I don’t enjoy love at first sight stories and this is the case here. I can appreciate what their relationship does for each of them, I just wish it wasn’t such an insta-connection at the start. Though to be fair, they do get to know each other so the love at first sight bit doesn’t bother me as much as other books that have it. My last comment on Logan is that I couldn’t keep a straight face when he would call Molly “Cookie” — gag 😛 I can appreciate the sentiment, it was just a tad overdone at times.

It didn’t help that when I started the book I thought it was going in a different direction (curse you vague book synopsises!) so I really didn’t know what to expect. The synopsis is true: it isn’t a story about a naïve virgin; but it started in a place that even I wasn’t expecting. Regardless, the book felt slow despite the dramatics and I just kept waiting for something to happen. I was going to enact the 50 Page Rule where if I wasn’t interested in the book after 50 pages, I was going to drop it. Unfortunately, I really wanted to learn the “big bad secret” just to see if it was something petty or something serious and interesting. So I begrudgingly kept reading. I’m not overly upset that I did (it was an interesting secret) but I’ve read better.

Conclusion:

I won’t be reading the next book in the series unless the synopsis promises to be an interesting and captivating read (which based on this book seems unlikely). I got this book for free on Amazon so it wasn’t a huge waste of money or time. I’ve read better that were free but I’ve read worse. If you like overdramatic books with nauseatingly sick love stories, you will like this one!

Rating: 2/5

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Synopsis for Reflect Me (from Goodreads):
If you’re looking for a story about a sweet, innocent virgin who rides off into the sunset with a reformed bad boy, then you’re looking in the wrong place.

Some people don’t get a happily ever after. Molly Scott is one of those people, and she knows it. With the kind of past that she has, and the secrets that she holds, she knows that even if she found Prince Charming, he wouldn’t want her. She refuses to dwell on her less than ideal situation though. This is her life, no point in complaining.

Logan Wade had his life planned out, until all his dreams came crashing down around him. Now, he’s come back to the town he swore he would never see again to start fresh. He has no plans to ever settle down again, that’s how he ended up back here in the first place.

When Molly and Logan meet, they are forced to rethink the lives they thought they knew and the futures they were so sure they wanted. Suddenly, Molly wonders if there is a better life outside of the hell she has built for herself, and Logan begins to rethink his resistance towards settling down again.

They say love conquers all, but Molly and Logan are about to find out that sometimes love just isn’t enough

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Series Review: Billionaire by Vanessa Waltz

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Synopsis for Break (from Goodreads):

What if a handsome billionaire offered you thousands to pretend to be his girlfriend? And what if you started to believe the lie?

Jessica has never had a boyfriend, and that’s just how she likes it. She’s still trying to rebuild herself from a sexually abusive past, and a guy – no matter how gorgeous – would only mess up the fragile balance of her life.

Almost-billionaire Luke Pardini is gorgeous, that’s for sure. He’s also desperate. His dying father thinks he’s too irresponsible to inherit the family estate, and Luke needs to convince his dad that he’s grown up and ready to settle down with a girl. Any girl.

With five billion dollars at stake, Luke can’t mess this up. But as he pretends to date Jessica, he finds himself drawn to her more than he’d like to admit. He has been hurt too many times to count, but Jessica is the one person who makes him feel safe. It could have been a Cinderella story, but both of them made a promise that their relationship was just for show, and neither of them is going to step over the line.

When Jessica’s secret past emerges on the front page of the tabloids, his dad threatens to disown him if he doesn’t sever ties with her. If their relationship was only a charade, the solution would be easy. But if it’s not…

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Series: Billionaire
Author: Vanessa Waltz
# of Books: 2 (Break, Crash)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: –
Publication Dates: February – April 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Standalone 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 / My Expectations:

For some reason, as soon as I picked up this book on Amazon for free one day, I just had to read it. I didn’t go in expecting a lot but I felt like there was a lot of promise and it was a free, quick read.

The Plot:

While the book was quick to read it greatly suffered from it.

The beginning, as I said, showed a lot of promise despite being extremely stereotypical of the New Adult Contemporary genre. I liked their initial connection and how they meet (it’s a good combo of the current books out there) but it just moves way too fast for me from there.

Throughout reading this novel, I just felt like pieces were missing from the plot. In one moment we were dealing with this plot issue and suddenly another issue is brought up and dealt with quickly. The dialogue was awkward and it was mostly dialogue which made reading the story equally awkward at times. The story overall could have used an editor to just build it up a bit more and make the story stand out on its own.

The Characters:

Now, the characters are another story. Jessica was just plain irritating. Honestly, grow a back bone because as a female myself, I was embarrassed by your lack of self-respect. There is a particular scene near the end that absolutely floored me because she didn’t think twice about her decision when she should have. But she truly has nothing on Luke who was a complete asshole throughout the novel. I admit, I have a huge soft spot for asshat-jerk leads but even I have a limit! He was just a complete tool and not in a loveable way. Frankly, he wasn’t worth the time Jessica spent on him but I guess they deserve each other based on their stupidity alone.

The only positive I felt from this book was their sexual tension. Before I realized what idiots they were, I enjoyed the sexual tension between them but it wasn’t enough to carry the book.

Rating: 2/5

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I’m glad I got this for free because I would have had to punch myself for spending good money on this. Pass!

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Series Review: Soul Mates 101 by Scarlet Wolfe

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A Week for Love to Bloom | Soul Mates 101 Series

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Series: Soul Mates 101
Author: Scarlet Wolfe
# of Books: 5 (See Goodreads for Reading Order)
Book Order: Connected but follow chronological events
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts on A Week for Love to Bloom:

I picked this book up for free one day from Kindle. I grabbed it mostly because of the cover, but the description had all the hints of a good New Adult read so I decided to grab it.

I didn’t like this book as much as I had hoped.

First, is the insta-love connection. If anything, this book wins the award for quickest love relationship because these characters literally look at each other for 2 minutes and know that they are each other’s soul mates. I’m not a fan of insta-love so that turned me off very quickly.

The dialogue was also very off-putting. It just didn’t sound like something people would actually say in real life. It was old fashioned in its approach and it just didn’t work for me. Another gripe I have with the writing is the lack of descriptions of the setting. I felt like I was just reading a play script of dialogue and I found it annoying to read.

The next book in the series deals with Brett who makes an appearance in A Week for Love to Bloom. At first I didn’t like Brett but I liked him a touch more by the end. However, not enough for me to immediately go out and pick up the next novel.

Conclusion:

The plot was very predictable and seemed to follow every stereotype of a new adult-contemporary novel so that was very disappointing. The book was short and considering I got it for free, it was an alright way to pass the time. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it. I’m not going to pick up the sequels anytime soon but if I can get them for the right price, I will read them.

Rating: 2/5

Similar Reads: Heartless by Catou Martine

Synopsis for A Week for Love to Bloom (from Goodreads):
Is it coincidence or fate that brings Justin Garrison and Lauren Evans together on the same dark, country road one May night?
Twenty-five year old Justin quit his job on an oilrig in California and traveled back to his hometown of Masonville, Tennessee. He intended for his vacation in Masonville to be a pit stop on his path to creating a future elsewhere, but an encounter with the beautiful and independent Lauren Evans turns Justin’s future plans upside down.
After a devastating betrayal by her father, twenty-one year old Lauren is left to manage her family’s garden and nursery business in Masonville. Although guarded from the betrayal, she still longs to find love. After a few chance encounters, Justin and Lauren are unable to resist each other.
The magnetic attraction between them opens their worlds to an enthralling period of lust and passion. Will the intensity be too much for them to trust, or will a secret Justin’s family holds about Lauren destroy their chance at a future together?

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Series Review: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

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Synopsis for Taking Chances (from Goodreads):
Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.

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Series: Taking Chances
Author: Molly McAdams
# of Books: 3 (Taking Chances, Stealing Harper, Trusting Liam)
Book Order: Connected

Stealing Harper is an alternate retelling of Taking Chances. Trusting Liam is a sequel to Taking Chances with a different set of leads.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Love Triangles
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: October 2012 – June 2015
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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PLEASE NOTE: That I have decided not to continue on with the series. Read my rant why below…

I won’t lie, I went into reading Taking Chances with low expectations. As you may or may not know from reading my other posts, I seriously dislike love triangles in novels and because the entire premise of this book is based on a love triangle, I didn’t expect much. The only reason I was even convinced to read this book was because of the high Goodreads rating and some reviews I found on the site.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book overall–I guess “meh” is probably the best word. Harper annoys the bejesus out of me–that much I know. I can get past the innocent military brat routine–that makes sense to me because of how her family life is described in the novel–but otherwise I just don’t get her.

What I don’t get is how or why all the sudden men are trying to get with her?!

It’s like one instance she is some normal girl and then BAM! Total boy magnet! She’s in college for one week and suddenly she has two alpha males banging down her door to get with her. She doesn’t even have to speak to the one and he is at her feet! I tell you, if my college experience was anything like that, I wouldn’t be blogging or spending so much time reading my novels and watching TV…by myself! I’m not sure why this bothered me so much as it is a common occurrence in New Adult reads; but I think it is mostly because I just don’t get Harper’s appeal to the opposite sex.

My biggest peeve is with Chase–he literally talks (“talks” is being generous, more like they take jabs at each other) to her for two minutes and he falls instantly in love with her. And not just, “I have to sleep with you” love, like soul mate-your-my-one-and-only love. I will say though that they do develop an actual relationship after a little while so that helps a bit but not by much.

But wait! Let’s not forget the token male BFF who has always loved her and desperately wants to be with her! Yup, that is right, it isn’t just a love triangle but a love square–UGH! Completely unnecessary and predictable.

I just don’t get love triangles and how Harper deals with Chase, despite her feelings and relationship with Brandon baffles me–it’s like the elevator doesn’t reach the top floor for her. I just didn’t see how the dots connected for her and how one minute she could be incredibly immature and then in the next be spewing mature lessons on life.

What isn’t predictable is the one plot twist we get about a halfway through the book. I was so shocked, I had to reread the last five pages to make sure I didn’t skip a chapter. I applaud McAdams for taking that turn, but what I didn’t like were all the actions that followed.

BUT, enough of my rant 😛 Overall, the book was slow and I think it could have lost about 50 pages and got the point across. There were a few grammatical errors (such as incorrect tenses) but nothing to rip your hair out over.

Stealing Harper is a retelling of Taking Chances, but told from Chase’s view. I will read it when my hold comes in from the library as I am curious and hoping for some more insight about what makes Harper this amazing girl, but I am not counting down the days until I get it.

I will update my review once I read it.  

Since posting this review, I have decided not to continue on with this series and will therefore not be reading the remaining novels in the series.

Series Rating: 2/5

Taking Chances 2/5 | [Stealing Harper] N/A | Trusting Liam N/A

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I wasn’t expecting to like this book, so I am not surprised that I didn’t. I can appreciate some of the twists McAdams throw out there, the book just didn’t do much for me. Avoid if you hate love triangles, but pick it up if you do!

Read if You Like: slower stories, world-building, alternate dimensions
Avoid if You: dislike slow stories, want more romance

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