Sunlit Surrender by Jess Dee

Blurb:
35209988Bianca Rogers is ready to forget her worries for a while and celebrate her brother’s wedding at the exotic Bandicoot Cove resort. The last thing she expects is to be knocked off her feet—literally—by Brody Evans.

The chemistry between Brody and Bianca is undeniable. She’s everything he wants in a woman. She’s sexy, warm, friendly…delicious, and overwhelming attraction quickly grows to full-blown lust.

But they’ve come to the island with baggage that can’t be ignored forever, and their previous mistakes and the circumstances that have led them to the island soon demand attention. As desire transforms into love, it’s time to see if the past is going to get in the way of any happy-ever-after there could be in their future.

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My Review:
DNF — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

OK, technically I did get to the end of this book.  But at 34% I started skipping to get to a point, and after that I skimmed to the end.  This book’s “hook” did NOT work for me.  Not only did it not work for me, it actually made me irrationally angry.  I’m not even kidding.  I started reading, got to the point where our heroine and hero meet, started getting REALLY confused, had a theory, then read something that nullified that theory, then got more confused, then wondered if my theory was correct despite inner musings that made it truly unbelievable, and finally couldn’t take it anymore and started skipping until I could confirm my theory.  Then I got really really mad because the way the heroine’s inner thoughts were written, it did NOT make sense.  So not only did I not like this hook (my theory) in general, but I felt like it was not done well.

The stupid thing is, I’ve read a few books by this author before, though granted they were a few years ago, so I’d been anticipating an enjoyable read.  But despite all the anger from above, I was actually pretty bored.  Bored with the characters, even bored with the sex!  And being bored with the sex is not a good sign for an erotica type book.  Maybe I was bored because I didn’t like the characters, or because I was already so irrationally angry; it’s a distinct possibility.

And after my theory was confirmed, I started skimming to see where this all was going to go, and got mad at the miscommunications that were continually perpetuated for no reason I could understand.  And I just didn’t care about their problems.

Take all this with a grain of salt.  I can’t divulge the hook, b/c that would be spoilery to the extreme, but not everyone will have a problem with it.  And since I think that affected my enjoyment of every aspect, it kind of makes the rest of my opinions null and void outside of that.  Sometimes I just get heated, you know?  And yesterday was definitely a day for that.  Since I did skim to the end, if I rated it it would probably be a 1 star for me.  But since I didn’t honestly read the whole thing, I usually don’t give a rating.  I can’t decide if the skimming was enough to validate my opinion.  I almost think it was.  *shrugs*

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Sight Unseen (The Limitless Series, Book 1) by Barbara Cutrera

sight-unseenBlurb: Marketing consultant Beth Panera thrills at the prospect of working with computer engineer Logan Kirkland to make his new business, Sight Unseen, a success in Sarasota, Florida. When they meet face-to-face and Beth discovers that Logan is blind, she welcomes the opportunity to learn how someone who is visually impaired can live independently and run his own business. Despite her hesitation when it comes to trusting men, she and the sexy, charismatic Logan become fast friends, comfortable with each other and their unique talents and quirks.
Once the Sight Unseen store opens and their business association ends, they decide to explore their relationship on a much deeper level. Logan’s blindness and society’s preconceived notions about it are only two of many difficulties that they face as a couple.
Beth comes to think of Logan as her “blind warrior,” a strong, handsome, honorable man she loves in spite of her fear of betrayal. However, it becomes clear that Beth is not the only one in their relationship who has trust issues to resolve. Logan’s greatest challenge lies ahead, and Beth’s blind warrior must fight the greatest battle of his life if he wants to win her heart forever.

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1 star

I am so glad I am done with this book. It was…. you guys, I don’t want to be mean but this book was terrible. Just awful. There was no real storyline to it. Just a series of events that happened in succession to these characters. There was no real plot, they met, fell in love and life happened. I found it to be melodramatic. It was also insta-love on top of that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a good insta-love as long as its written in such a way to make me believe it. I just could not suspend my belief for this one.

The main thing that bothered me about this book was the way the author described BDSM. It was so far from what I know of it, it was just ridiculous. I get it. Its not everyone’s cup of tea. But she wrote a couple characters who practiced that lifestyle as delinquents and violent. Just so incorrect on so many levels.

And the way the male MC acted at the end was so out of character for him. I started to not only roll my eyes but I found my whole head was moving at some points. I think at some point the book was non-redeemable for me. Sometimes a book can change your mind as you read, but it just kept getting so off the wall that I didn’t even try once I got two thirds in.

I bet you are asking why I finished it instead of DNF’ing it right? Well, that’s an excellent question. When I started to read this book I was in a slump, so I put it aside because I didn’t want my own funkiness to interfere with my enjoyment of it. Took me about 3 weeks till it passed and I was very excited to start this one up again because I thought the beginning was pretty good. It just went downhill for me. I persevered because I didn’t want to start the new year off with a DNF, but alas, can’t please everyone.

Sorry guys.

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Aurora Sky (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #1) by Nikki Jefford

aurora-skyBlurb: If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

 

 

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1 Star

This book sucked.  I’m sorry, its mean but I can’t think of any other way to say it. The romance was written terribly and was so choppy I could barely keep up with it. She liked so many people you couldn’t tell who she truly cared about or who she was using.  It had sooooo much more telling than showing.  It was told as matter of fact as possible and it came off as boring to me. The story line moved too fast to absorb.  It felt like lazy writing to me cause the author didn’t really get emotional with her MC so I couldn’t really tell how she felt.  It felt robotic to me.

I found Aurora quite weak and she seemed to put too much value on what others thought of her.  The story jumped from friendship to friendship so fast with no real transitions. She let her best friend slip through her fingers with no attempt to salvage it.  She came off as too whiny.  I felt that her emotions didn’t match her actions.  And the supporting characters had no depth.  It was all very inconsistent and as such, unbelievable throughout.

The parents seemed thrown in as an afterthought, not adding much to the story line except in the beginning.  I would have thought they would  have tried harder to be a part of her life since she almost lost it.  The dad leaving was just thrown in for shock value.

I just…really didn’t like this book and I won’t be reading any more in this series.  I’d love to give the author another shot in a different series I think, just to see if it was the story or the writing that killed it for me.

This book is free but I received it from Netgalley for an honest review.

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