The Diary of Bink Cummings: Vol 2 (MC Chronicles #2) by Bink Cummings

diary of BC 2Blurb: When changing life’s course, you never consider what twisted curve-ball fate might dump in your lap. Growing up in the MC, then gaining my own personal Independence was not only a curse, it was a blessing. So when I decided to say fu*k my past and embraced my future, away from the only place I called home, I tried to re-invent myself, by becoming the woman I am today.
Until, one day, fate reared its ugly head, forcing me to return to the place I ran from. The place where I had no choice but to face HIM. And hide the biggest secret of my life, as I wallowed in silent fear, of the insurmountable repercussions it would evoke when anyone found out the truth.

 

 

 

 

Favorite Quote:

“I want you on the back of my bike, livin’ in my house, havin’ my daughter. I wanna own all your smiles and only see you cry when you’re happy. I wanna die in your arms because it’s the only fuckin’ place I’ve ever truly lived,” he says decisively, as if he doesn’t even have to think about it.

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4 stars

*Original review*

Holy crap on a cracker, I thought it couldn’t get better. I was wrong.

Bink realizes that Big is too possesive and refuses to cave to his domineering nature. Good for her! She steals away into the night and makes it to Chicago, about three hours away. I can’t even sum up this story anymore and frankly I don’t want to. Read the damn book!

It’s so worth it. Second book blows the first one out of the water. Really.

*re-read*

Wow, I have become more wordy as I get older. Also, I’ve noticed that I don’t like Big as much as I used to.  Maybe I’ve become enlightened, whatever the reason, he’s a pretty big douche-nozzle.  Unfortunately, I still find him attractive in a ‘I’d rip his balls off if a man ever did to me what he did to her’ type of way.  So yeah, still working on those issues. 😉

The weird attraction they have to each other is impossible to not love though.  Their chemistry is the main basis for their relationship.  The sex thing got a little old but is a big part of their characters as bikers.  At first I didn’t see the big picture.  They were just people who like to have sex, anywhere they could.  But as I started to read the third one, I realized this is an intregal part of their characters.  They are very sexual beings.  Or maybe I just became numb to it.  ::shrugs::

Don’t get me wrong, they have tender moments, quite a few actually.  Which just help provide the depth a reader needs to not chalk this up to some shallow story.  No, this book is pretty well rounded, except in sex and violence.  But hey, its a MC book, you gitta expect that.

I quite like it.  Another score for an MC book.  Maybe I’m just a more than normal picky reader when it comes to this genre.

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Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect #2) by Mary Frame

imperfectly criminalBlurb: Freya Morgan thought it was a great idea to hire the bad boy on campus to beat up her douchebag ex-boyfriend after he cheated and treated her like crap. Fast forward a few months, and nothing she’s done has helped her get over the scars left behind by her ex. Not the paid beating, not the string of sucky dates, nothing.
Dean Collins is in trouble, and it’s all Freya’s fault. After all, she started the trend of all the ladies on campus paying him to do their dirty work. But now, two of the boys he was hired to beat up are dead, and he’s the only connection.

When Freya agrees to help him find the real killer, she discovers that this bad boy isn’t so bad, after all. And getting involved with him means more than finding a killer, it means potentially losing her life…and her heart.

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Favorite Quotes: 

“Don’t you know how these things work? When there’s a mystery to be solved, it’s always the person you least suspect, not the person you hope it is.” He laughs. “This isn’t an Agatha Christie novel.” “You’re right,” I sigh and sit down on the swing next to him. “If this was an Agatha Christie novel, the writing would be way better.”

“There are plenty of reasons to go around,” I answer. “Considering his status as the Duke of Douche.” I know you shouldn’t speak ill of the dead and all that, but I’ve never understood that philosophy. An asshole who dies is still a dead asshole.

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4 stars

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Falling From Grace (Grace #1) by S.L. Naeole

FAlling from graceBlurb: When you wake up in the morning and your eyes take in the first hints of light that shine through your window, the dust motes catching and reflecting the sun’s rays like little diamonds, the shimmering hues of yellow and orangey gold breaking through into your room, the first thing you think about usually isn’t how you’re going to make it through the worst day of your life.

Unfortunately for Grace Shelley, that’s exactly what she’s facing as she ponders what to do now that she’s going to be starting out her last year in high school without her best friend. She’s not exactly the most popular girl in school – well, not the most popular girl in school to like, anyway – and everything seems to be hinting at another status quo year for her until she bumps into a stranger who leaves her stumbling for words and chasing after her heart.
The new guy in school is different. Robert doesn’t care about the rumors he’s heard about her or that no one else seems to see her the same way that he does; he only wants to be her friend. That’s when things get complicated. When Grace learns that he’s not your typical high school boy and that he’s actually a wingless angel who’s looking for someone to trust, she’s thrust into his world where not all angels are meant to protect human beings, and where the changes she brings into his life changes everything in hers.

 

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2 stars

Okay this is one of those books that are super confusing but you can’t stop reading it.  I don’t know why I keep falling in to these writing traps.  So this story line was ALL over the place.  Not much was resolved by the end, in fact there was so much info dumping that I couldn’t tell you what the story was really about.  It was a giant cargo plane stuffed with fireworks that crashed into an oil tanker. You can imagine right?  And I just couldn’t look away.

Strike one: info dumping.  I mean, it was in almost every chapter!  And it wasn’t even relevant!  This book needs a developmental editor stat!

Strike two: insta-love!  Like three days in.  ::Cue the petty eye roll::

Strike Three: No real plot.  Boy meets girl, boy likes girl. Girl has massive self confidence issues and keeps him at arm’s length. Boy takes offense and misunderstands ALL THE TIME. Then they make up, wash, rinse, repeat.   :shakes head:  Oops, sorry, did I spoil it for you?

Strike Four: The climax!  What the eff! It was confusing and again, didn’t make sense with the rest of the storyline. It all seemed a bit thrown together with no real direction, no focus. This story could have been fantastic if an experienced editor was employed to take out the massive fluff in this book.

Definitely not reading anymore in this series. Truth be told I should have DNF’d it but I kept holding out hope it would redeem itself.  And in some places it felt like it was going in that direction.  But then some random piece of info would get thrown in, complete with a long drawn out explanation, and by the time I realized there was no resolution I was done with the book.  I felt like I was Jedi mind tricked!

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Poppy (A Force of Nature Fairytale #1) by M.A. Horst

poppyBlurb: Storm, the eldest son of a heartless businessman, is forced to choose a bride. His father wants grandchildren to secure the future of Royal Industries, and he wants them now.

Forced to choose from a specific list of women that’s been promised to the Royal family, Storm holds a masquerade ball and invites the six women.

Poppy has lived a sheltered life. She has been homeschooled by her overprotective mother. Attending the masquerade ball is an exciting experience for her until she lands in the arms of Storm Royal. Electricity crackles around them.
Poppy’s delicate new love is shattered when she finds out why Storm really wants to marry her. She’s only a means to an end, another piece of property.

Can Storm win Poppy’s trust while trying to keep his fiery desire for her under control?

This is one force of nature Poppy didn’t see coming.

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3 stars

There is a warning on this book that is it insta-love but I didn’t see it cause I generally don’t read the blurb and just go off of recommendations.  I probably wouldn’t have read it if I had seen it.  I’m not a fan of insta-love, so it makes sense that I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I should, but that’s a personal preference.

This story is pretty straightforward as far as re-tellings go.  It doesn’t really deviate from the original. The sex scenes were hawt! Very delicious writing in that aspect.  I enjoyed when Poppy lost her timidity and stood up for herself. The story itself seemed a bit fast paced IMO. Now this is a novella so some is to be expected, however, I still felt it could have transitioned in a different way to help with the pacing.

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Home by Melissa Pearl

Blurb:
26026392Rachel Myers never meant to stay in the small town of Payton. Her eyes are set on bigger things than waitressing at Clark’s Bar. She wants to perform on a stage of her own with bright lights, fame, and fortune. But her dreams seem too far out of reach and so she stays put, content with the love of her boyfriend, Joshua Clark. He’s a good man, a solid rock she can depend on. She wants that to be enough, but it hasn’t quelled her yearning for the big city.

Josh has never loved anyone the way he loves Rachel and he dreads the day she might leave him. He’s happy in his small town home. Running the bar that has been in his family for two generations is a dream come true. He couldn’t be happier with his life… until one night, a city boy from Hollywood promises Rachel a record deal and destroys everything.

Jumping at a chance she never thought she’d have, Rachel leaves Payton. And Josh. But the sparkle of Los Angeles is not all it’s cracked up to be, and Rachel quickly figures out that some sacrifices are not worth the risk. Is she too late? Will Josh forgive her, or has her desire for fame ruined the best thing she’s ever had?

Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say forever.

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My Review:
3.75 stars — While these books are all standalone, you do get something a bit extra when you read them all.  And I actually skipped over 2-4 the first time around, so after reading True Love and Rather Be, I was hella interested in finally reading Josh and Rachel’s story.  And it’s funny, b/c while I’m a romantic at heart, this wasn’t a typical love story for me.  Which is not a bad thing, it’s more that there were many other aspects that drew me into this story, and for once the romance wasn’t the biggest part.

Both of our characters are hecka flawed, with a lot of growing to do, and in this story we see them as an established couple at the beginning, and then they end up on separate paths to do their own growing before finding their way back to each other.  The problem with this is that I didn’t necessarily feel *quite* the same investment in them as a couple as I normally do in my romance novels.  It wasn’t that they weren’t super cute together, or they didn’t make me smile…or that I wasn’t rooting for them.  But it just felt a bit different than my normal romances.  I was rooting for them not because I knew much about what they were like together, but because I believed them when they told me that the other was their “person” and that they were their true love, and so I wanted them both to find their happiness.  Does that make sense?  Probably not.

As with most of the Songbird novels, I felt a smidgeon more for Rachel’s story than for Josh’s.  It wasn’t that Josh didn’t have his own path to go on, but I just felt more invested in Rachel’s path.  Maybe it’s because Josh was so bad with open emotions, I always felt like I wanted just a bit more from him.  BUT he really was the perfect big intimidating man with a marshmallow center.  I loved that he was so quiet and reserved, but would not take crap from anyone.  I loved the way he was protective of Rachel.  So many of his reactions felt just very young.  He was an interesting dichotomy in that sense, in that he had all this responsibility with the bar, but I felt like he still had a lot of growing to do with relationships.  Not that I could blame him with the heartaches he experienced in his past.  I really did understand why he was so quick to jump to conclusions, and why he turtled to protect himself.  And while I wouldn’t have minded a bit more groveling on his part for the mean words he said to Rachel, as a man of few words I understand that was probably more than could be asked for.

Rachel also suffered from being young and naive.  It was PAINFUL to see her get taken for a ride…it’s so hard being a reader and seeing all the pitfalls, and wanting to yell at your character “OPEN YOUR EYES!!  DON’T SIGN THAT!!!  WHAT ARE YOU DOING???”  But I could totally see how this probably happens every day to young girls with more dreams than common sense…  But it hurt to read.  And while it sucked to see her believing the threats, they felt real to me, and I could see how she would assume she didn’t have another out.  I felt like the time it took her to figure things out was realistic too, even if it sucked.  I was happy with the turns that story took, and it was actually really gratifying to see her figuring herself out, what she was capable of, and what she wanted from life.

And I think that’s where this story wins.  It’s a love story where the couple really *needed* to separate and learn to stand on their own, so they could really understand what they needed from each other.  And it made that moment where she sings, and then the whole phone call part just so gratifying, I wanted to whoop out loud!!  I love when a climax is that satisfying.

I also ADORED the cameos from Jody, Leo and Angel.  That was so satisfying.  I’m sure it would be interesting even if you’d never read Everything, but it was like awesomesauce after reading it.  AND!  I loved seeing more of what happened between Nessa and Josh!!  That always felt a little bit unfulfilling in True Love, so while these are all truly standalones, you really do get more out of the experience if you read them all (and in order).  Now I’m going to reread til the end of the series!!  It’s so fun seeing the little glimpses of where characters weave in and out of each book, connecting them all in some way.

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Top Ten Best 2017 Releases I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!).”  And I’m going to narrow it down to 2017 releases only!!  In this case, the star rating will take you to my review.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

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  1. Make Lemonade (a Hope Falls Kindle Worlds novella) by Cassie Mae — 5 stars
  2. Sweet Tea and Summer Love by Regan Claire — 4.5 stars
  3. Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur — 4.5 stars
  4. A Boy like You (Like Us #1) and A Girl Like Me (Like Us #2) by Ginger Scott — 5 stars and 4.5 stars
  5. Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen — 4.5 stars
  6. The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract #1) by Rachel Higginson — 4.95 stars
  7. Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae — 4.5 stars
  8. The Bohemian and the Businessman (The Story Sisters #1) by Katy Regnery — 4.5 stars
  9. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park — 4.5 stars
  10. Paper Cranes (A Fairytale Twist Novel) by Jordan Ford — 4.5 stars

So what are the best 2017 releases you’ve read this year so far?  Or if you don’t read many new releases, what were the best books you’ve read this year so far?  Did you also fall in love with any of these babies?

Everything by Melissa Pearl

Blurb:
25384042Jody Pritchett had a dream…but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody’s a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn’t take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.

Leo Sinclair had his own dream…but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn’t think he’s a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again.
When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.

As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to…because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

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My Review:
4 stars — Ah, another sweet sweet love story!!  I loved how this one turned out, and the hea we got!!

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like Jody’s story, b/c Jody herself gave me some reservations, particularly in Bulletproof.  And while she was still a bit of a drama queen for me, we did get to see her grow up a bit over the course of the book.  I wouldn’t have minded a bit more growth with her, but I think she just might not be my favourite heroine, and that’s OK you know?  While it was hard to see her act so naively even at the beginning of the book, it really made her growth as a mother so much more impactful.  I found myself rooting for her and the strides she was making in her independence.  I think the nature of her personality will always have her feeling a bit young, but it worked for her, especially as a match to Leo.

Leo was extra adorable, he was so my kind of hero!  I loved how sweet and kind he was, and he really reminded me of my Dad.  We always used to joke that my Dad always had a song for everything, and he would break out into songs all the time…it was one of my favourite qualities about him, so of course I loved that aspect of Leo as well.  I will admit that I didn’t really feel like his background made much of an impact on who he was, and I kind of wanted some of that to come into play, or to learn more about it.  I feel like he had a really unique past in Australia, but it was kind of just glossed over, so I wondered what the point was.  Not that it was a big deal, but I guess I kept waiting for his parents to have an impact, or to just dive in a wee bit more to why he got married so young.

Leo and Jody brought out the best in each other.  I loved the way Leo brought the sunshine back to Jody…how they connected so perfectly over music.  They brought happy smiles to each other, and thus brought happy smiles to me.  There were so many cute scenes that I fell in love with, especially the Dance With Me Tonight scene.  That was just gold.  And I loved how he called her foxy pants!  I didn’t feel their sexual chemistry quite as much as say Morgan and Sean, or even Cole and Ella, but their romantic chemistry and friendship chemistry was fantastic.

And I ADORED the way Leo was with Angel.  While I’m not huge on kids, I really felt like Jody’s struggles raising Angel, and how that impacted her romantic relationships was well portrayed.  And you could really tell that Leo was falling in love with *both* his girls.

I will say, the highlight for me in this book was the musical.  I really loved that we got to learn what it was about, and see bits of the lyrics of some of the songs.  I kind of want to see this musical!!  Ms. Pearl needs to write it!  😛  You know, in her spare time.  *rolls eyes*

The climax and resolution of this book was spot on…I was crying and crying and then smiling so big!  And the epilogue was gold.  Time to continue my read-a-thon!!  I can’t wait to reread Rather Be now that I’ve truly met Leo and Angel!

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Bossypants by Tina Fey (Author/Narrator)

bossypantsBlurb: Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update”, before “Sarah Palin”, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon – from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

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3 stars

It was funny. I never noticed the hands on the cover were not hers, LOL.  I think I might like her less after reading this though.  It wasn’t bad, but I wrinkled my nose at some of her beliefs.  She made her views very clear in this book.  I did kinda see what she meant about the sexism in the workplace and adapting to it.  Her way of handling it seems way more diplomatic and subtle than what I’d like to think I would have done.

And while I do enjoy hearing opposing views, I guess I just wasn’t feeling it as much as I wanted to. I learned a lot about her life growing up which was interesting. She seemed to have a similar childhood to mine, except of course, my parents weren’t republicans. 🙂 And she knows how to nail a punchline. This chic is hilarious!

This book was released in 2011 and while its not that far in the past I could still see how my views have changed and grown in that time. At any rate I’d read another books by her, if only to laugh at her jokes.

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Take It to the Grave Part 1 of 6: Take It to the Grave – Sarah’s Story\Take It to the Grave – Maisey’s Story (Take It to the Grave #1) by Zoë Carter

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It started with an anonymous note…

Sarah Taylor-Cox has the perfect life—a gorgeous husband, a picture—perfect house in the Hamptons and a beautiful baby, Elliot. Now, the invites are being sent out for Elliot’s christening, and the Taylor—Coxes are determined the party will be the event of the year.

There’s just one chink in Sarah’s carefully constructed calm demeanour—her sister, Maisey, will be coming. The sisters used to be close, but now their lives couldn’t be more different. Surely though, they will slip back into their old ways, and the party will go off without a hitch…

Then, Sarah’s difficult relationship with Maisey is pushed to the back of her mind when she receives a note, one which makes her whole body shake with dread: I know your secret. I’m going to tell.

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3 stars

It was very suspenseful, but I didn’t really get an idea of what the story was about. Just that there was something in their past that they didn’t want anyone to know. And they haven’t spoken in years. It was very “I know what you did last summer”

The dual POV was interesting because they are not alike and with Sarah’s lifestyle I was glad.  Her husband’s behavior was a lot to take and I don’t think I could have kept reading it if Maisey wasn’t in the story.

I kinda dug Maisey as a character and would have like to see more from her perspective but alas, it was not in the book. Other than that, Maisey seems to be a serial dater while Sarah is in a an abusive relationship but seems to like it.

I don’t think I’m gonna read the rest as I don’t have the patience to read five more parts to find out what it was they did. I just don’t care enough about the characters to put in the effort.

I received this book in exchange for an honest/unbiased review.

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The Diary of Bink Cummings: Vol 1 (MC Chronicles #1) by Bink Cummings

bink cummings 1Blurb: I’m a biker, and I’m a woman, who was raised by my biker family the Sacred Sinners.

Growing up an MC brat, I’ve known nothing but leather, booze, club whores, comradery, and bikes, my entire life.

My name is Eva “Bink” Cummings, and this is my story.

How at the ripe old age of thirty, with no husband, no kids, and being a part of a motorcycle club. Things aren’t always what they appear to be. I’ve found out the hard way, that your life, in an instant, can be flipped upside down. And the people you know and love aren’t always what they seem.

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4 stars

So I read this book a while back and never finished the series.  I really like this authors writing though and wanted to tackle a series to finish so I dug this one up and started to re-read it.  I have found that I still feel the same as I did when I first read it….

This book was so interesing! I loved how it was written in diary fashion. It was very straightforward and real. Lots of sex, drinking and fighting. Just so you know, definitely not for kids.

Bink is a badass biker chic! She was raised by her ‘family’ in the Motorcycle club and resided there for most of her life. This gives her special prviledges because women are never allowed to live in the clubhouse. Her daddy is the VP and the men all love her. She is a smartass of the highest caliber and can give as good as she gets. She can cook like no ones business and enjoys spending time with her ‘family’. Her mom is a snatch and left her to fend for herself when she was very young.

This is a love story, albeit a pretty twisted one. I normally don’t like these kinds of books because they are too unbelievable. *says the fan of sci-fi and fantasy adventure* But seriously, they are too vulgar and the characters are usually pretty shallow.

I like to be proven wrong. And I was with this book. The storyline had a good background and while it was quite sexual in nature it wasn’t overkill. At least not to me. Bink cusses and fights like a dude but can be very motherly to her family.

Big is the quintessential alpha male. Prez of the club, controlling to the point of irrationality. Too much at times. He was too demanding for me. But Bink puts him in his place and doesn’t cave to his demands. Which leads to all kinds of fighting, but its all foreplay right?

Can’t wait for the third one as I have already read the second one.

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