Rock Bottom by Cate Masters

rock bottomBlurb: Can success trap you at Rock Bottom?

For rocker Jet Trently, success means playing the same platinum-selling hits ad nauseum. Philly rock journalist Billie Prescott thrives on covering the latest music releases. When her editor sends her to Malibu to cover Jet’s reality dating show, Rock Bottom, her blog’s success keeps her trapped there. Her life’s at Rock Bottom too, until she hears Jet’s new songs. They touch her heart as his music did when she was fifteen. When Jet touches her heart as well, will the reality show ruin the real thing?

WARNING: No graphic love scenes, some adult language.

 

 

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3 stars

Okay, the title and cover are a bit cliche but the writing was sound.  The story was engrossing for the first third of it but then something happened, or rather something didn’t happen.  Billy’s character stop evolving and her constant internal debate and misunderstanding started to get boring.  The repetition led me to start the process of not-picking.  

Once I lost interest in her character other things started popping up. Billie was too pushy for me. And I found Jet to be arrogant and condescending.  Also, I wasn’t feeling the chemistry.  It didn’t make my toes curl, but rather, made me scratch my head in confusion.  I didn’t see how Jet would have kept trying to be with her when she was so cold to him.  I feel like I didn’t get enough backstory for either character to really care about them. So I wasn’t really invested in them.  

Then without spoiling it, the ending.  ::rolls eyes:: I only finished it because I had invested my time and with 30 pages left I felt I needed too.   So solid 4 star in the beginning ending was a 2 star leaving my review at an overall 3 star.  Too bad, I probably won’t be reading any more from this author.  

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Rumpel’s Prize (Kingdom #8) by Marie Hall

Rumples prizeBlurb:  Imp, deceiver, villainous mastermind… Rumpelstiltskin’s been called all these names and more, and for the most part, they’re entirely true. But there is more to the brooding, blond haired Adonis than brokering deals for the devil. He’s hiding a terrible, hideous secret. One that threatens to fray the already delicate strands of his sanity and reason. A secret that he’s desperate to make right, to see whole again, and there is no one and nothing that will stand in his way of getting what he wants—no one except a slip of woman with hair like fire and skin like finest porcelain. Something about Shayera Caron calls to the beast inside him and makes him question his motives for the first time in his life.

Shayera Caron is the daughter of the infamous Gerard Caron, former lothario of Kingdom but now a reformed rake and settled husband and father. She can go nowhere in her tiny hamlet without seeing the sneers of women and hearing the murmurings of their disdain for the blood that runs through her veins. Shayera is desperate to get away from the gossiping hens, so when Rumpelstiltskin rides into town, she doesn’t think twice before going wherever he leads. Only thing is Shayera is not as innocent as she might seem, for she hides a secret too. One that will bring the most feared man in all of Kingdom to his knees…

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4 stars

I like this one way more than the others.  It might be because the Gerald is one of my favorite bad guys in this series so since his daughter is in it I paid extra close attention to it.  And she had her own demons to deal with, so to speak.  She was a bit of a firecracker and I really loved her protectiveness of her family.  

Also I’m also a huge fan of Rumpelstiltskin.  I absolutely loved his backstory, it gave a lot of insight into his present character and made me love him even more. He is one sexy demon.  

This love story was more drawn out than the others as well so I got a bit of simmer before the boil if that makes sense.  And the plot twist at the end was unexpected.  I was pretty shocked at the things Rumple was willing to sacrifice to get what he thought he wanted. 

I enjoyed this one and since I had previously read the next one I’m very excited to finish this series.  

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Huntsman’s Prey (Kingdom #7) by Marie Hall

Huntsmans preyBlurb: Rumors abound in Wonderland, of a dark princess named Chrysalis who bears the Moon’s curse. Her beauty is beyond compare, and her madness… even greater than her father’s, The Hatter. Death follows wherever she roams, and Danika—fairy godmother of all villains—knows this task is too great for her to handle on her own. She has no choice but to seek out the one they call Huntsman, his mission is simple: Find the creature, and destroy it.

But nothing is ever so simple in Kingdom. The moment the hunter Aeric steps foot in the mad, twisted realm he’s enveloped in a reality that is neither wholly true nor fantasy. The key, the Cheshire explains, to ending the madness is for one to become mad themselves. The Huntsman has one chance to figure out the riddle before the beauty destroys them all…

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3 stars

This one was okay.  I enjoyed the romance part but the madness was a bit hard to follow and I was turned off by the multiple personalities. I had a hard time thinking he could keep them separate in his head. TBH, I always had a hard time following the stories in Wonderland due to the madness there.  It seems like the journey just goes in circles and nothing really gets accomplished.  Which is exactly how I felt about this one.  

Danica’s story concludes in this one, which was a pleasant surprise for me because I wanted that in the last book.  Some of the things I didn’t like in the last book are addressed here.  

The plot was straightforward, tidy and tied up all loose ends.I’m digging the extended fairy tail series. These are the second generation of fairy tales, the bad guys children.  It’s pretty cool.  I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings.  I’d definitely recommend for 18 and up as there is some graphic sex scenes here.

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Moon’s Flower (Kingdom #6) by Marie Hall

moons flowerBlurb: Once upon a time, long, long ago a flower fairy looked up to the sky and dared to fall in love with the Man in the Moon…

Or so goes the tale that Danika weaves for the gathered fae children. Tonight is the night to learn a hidden tale of Kingdom. A story long forgotten, remembered by few. A tale of treachery, of love, betrayal and woe… but there’s more to the story than meets the eye. This isn’t just a tale of Jericho and Calanthe and their doomed Shakespearean romance, for tonight the truth of one beloved Kingdom character will be revealed.

 

 

 

 

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2.5 stars

I was unimpressed with this story. I mean, it was nice that Danika kinda sorta got her happy ending but I guess I wanted more for her.  Danika is an awesome character and it sucks that she didn’t get what she give others.  I wish we could have known more about the suns past.  Was she cursed? Does she have a true love also? And we didn’t get a lot of background on the man in the moon’s powers either.  It focused more on Danika which may be why I didn’t really feel a connection to him.  

This story was more physical than mental, they didn’t really get to know each other.  It was mostly chemistry, which I dig, don’t get me wrong but when I’m in the sixth book in the series I am invested in the characters and to not have that extra background was a let down.  I’m going to let it go because I love the series though.  

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Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness #4) by P.T. Michelle

DesireBlurb:  Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them.

But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home.

Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within.

While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, they also uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit.

When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever.

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5 stars

Holy crap you guys this book went way left of what I was expecting! I pride myself on being able to predict a story but this one really took me for a ride. First I want to address the physicality in this book. I mean holy crap we see a different side to their relationship and I think it was needed because up till now their relationship hasn’t really been one.Ethan’s attracted to her light and they have a paranormal connection but their physical attraction was only addressed on the surface in the previous books.  

And again another underlying aspect becomes our main focus in this book.  The plot thickens! Ethan’s corvus decides to come out and play in this book He’s a bit of an ass but I’m glad we finally get to see some progression in that part of the story.Seriously these characters have some deep dimension. The plot has gotten pretty complex, I can follow it but I know that there are some little things that will come up later that I may not remember.  Surprisingly, I’m okay with that.  

It really became about them in this book.  It was so hot.   She can write sensuality like no other.  It was just so wonderful and deep I could feel them growing as a couple, setting boundaries, dealing with trust issues and just taking time to be together and not worry about the small stuff. It was such a great glimpse into their chemistry of which they had bucketfuls. Great big 50 gallon bucketfuls! ::Fans self:: I need a drink now.

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Destiny (Brightest Kind of Darkness #3) by P.T. Michelle

DestinyBlurb: In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head. Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together. As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Stars

I like this cover better so I used it instead of the one on Amazon.

This book was packed with action, mystery and romance. I love the angst portrayed from both sides. This is fast becoming my second favorite series in this genre. The memory loss gave the story some great dimension. I love to that it gave us time to really come to terms with their new aspects of their relationship. We have so many new players that at first I thought were temporary. But it turns out they were intrical to the story.  

I feel that Nara is the stronger person in this relationship. Doing lots of research on Ethan’s behalf which I feel is kind of odd because he tells her to stop but she doesn’t which in turn causes more strife within their relationship.  

Ethan holds too much close to his chest and has some serious trust issues. Totally consistent with his character but it would be nice to see a little more growth in that area. His attachment to Nara comes off borderline obsessive.  Again,consistent with his character but the intensity of it got a little repetitive to read.

I love how her family is becoming more and more of a main focus. There’s just so much that happens in this book I can’t address at all! Drystan is a wonderful character in my opinion giving Ethan that push he needs to open up more to Nara. Danielle was a snatch! Wonderful quasi bad guy, she was manipulative, aggressive, self-assured and provided lots of conflict for Nara.  The ending was just superb and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

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Within This Frame by Lindy Zart


27232486Blurb:
 It comes in the mail—a beautiful invitation that promises humiliation and horror. Unless Maggie Smiley, former child celebrity and now overweight recluse, gets her courage and motivation in check, along with her health.

The phone call offering fitness expert Lance Denton a chance to work with Maggie Smiley promises retribution. He messed up a lot as a punk kid on the too-fast road to stardom, and how he treated his co-star never left him. It is that—and a long list of secrets she doesn’t need to know—that has him show up at Maggie’s doorstep.

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He’d felt compelled, spellbound, as if kissing her was the only thing he knew how to do, and not doing so would be detrimental.

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3 stars

First off, this book was very confusing.  They both had psychological issues but instead of getting help from a professional, they both decided to cope with them in a physical way. That totally through me for a loop.  Like how can you deal with an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder by getting a personal trainer?  I was pretty flabbergasted when I read that.

And I didn’t understand why she needed a live-in personal trainer to lose a few pounds.  It just seemed a bit over the top and honestly like a weak reason to get them in each others lives again.

I did enjoy the switch between past and present perspectives and the added POV of Lance from the past was a nice touch.  Although the present chemistry was harder to see and follow because I never really knew how he felt.  His actions didn’t jive with what was implied.  I was confused whenever they had any ‘moments’.  I never truly felt the chemistry between them as adults.  It felt very mental and my mind kept getting pulled out of the story because I kept wondering why they were so focused on their physical appearences.

And I couldn’t relate to the female lead.  She seemed very self-absorbed and emotionally immature.  Everything seemed to be ‘poor me, what am I gonna do’ And she was so stubborn she didn’t even want to take the help that was offered even thought she asked for it in the first place! It just got…tiring to keep reading about.  By the time her character evolved it was too late for me.

I would have loved to have read only about their past.  That would have been a great book. The present just focused on too many little things.

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Taboo For You (Friends to Lovers #1) by Anyta Sunday


34195165Blurb: 
Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . .

Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years. Who also happens to be his best friend. Who Luke needs to tell the truth, but he just . . . can’t . . . seem to . . .

Jeremy’s freaking over-the-moon. It’s the countdown to his 15th birthday, and his goal is simple. No matter what, he’s going to spend heaps of time with saucy Suzy. But first he needs to get his over-protective, no-girlfriend-’cause-you’ll-get-her-pregnant parents off his back. And what better way than pretending he’s gay?

Sam, Luke, and Jeremy. Three guys who have a lot of history together, and a lot of future too—

—well, if they can sort out their issues, that is.

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3 stars

So it turns out I do NOT like GFY  books.  Who knew? ::shrugs:: This premise was originally intriguing to me but after reading it I found myself not liking it.  Which is a shame because I have loved all her other books.

Sam references the fact that he is not turned on by men. So it’s hard for me (No pun intended) with regards to the believability of the story when it is clear he is hetero.

Also, Luke lied.  Granted it was a lie by omission but that’s a huge deal breaker for me and since I already had one foot out the door so to speak, that was the straw that broke the camels back.  Is that clear as mud for you? LOL

Jeremy’s antics were super funny and very elaborate redeeming the story for the most part in the end.  I also enjoyed how they co-parented him and had open communication.  Even if that part was unbelievable. As a child of divorce and knowing many children of divorce, we all know open communication is like trying to find the Great White Buffalo.

In the end I enjoyed Jeremy’s story and the sex scenes more than Sam and Luke’s love story.  I love me a good sex scene.  Chances are I will continue to read Miss Sundays work because one bad apple doesn’t spoil the bunch IMO.

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Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness #2) by P.T. Michelle


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 Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.

During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.

While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t.

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5 stars

This one is my favorite book in the series so far in my re-read.  I didn’t realize I’d forgotten so much.  The cover has been changed which is a shame because I really liked the original one better.

This is a great follow-up to the first one and not at all where you would expect the story to go.  I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve followed this series for so long.  I really liked how her powers evolve. In fact, her whole character evolves.  One of the things that stuck out for me in this YA is the fact the fact that her life didn’t become so entwined with the romance she had with Ethan to the exclusion of most else.  It was nice to see her deal with everything without him in the picture for most of the story.

Don’t get me wrong, he may be gone, but he certainly isn’t forgotten.  It was just nice to see it really focus on the main plot with very little romance.  Most paranormal’s that I read have a very strong romance sub-plot.  In exchange of that, we see the MC evolve and get a better sense of depth.  This story is very intense so it was easier to follow without the added romance and the added drama that it brings.

And her family is not one-dimensional in this.  Again, in the YA’s that I read, parents have very little presence in the story but in this one her bond with her family is strong and consistent throughout.  Not just her parents but her aunts too,  it brings another layer to her and the story.  I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

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Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

33401722Blurb: Kennedy Walters has had a tough year. Now she’s come to the lakeside town of Lyra Valley to finally say goodbye to the memory of her first love. But while she’s staying at his sister’s B&B, Kennedy is shocked to find herself undeniably drawn to a handsome local heartthrob—especially since she isn’t  sure if she’s ready to move on.

Aaron Sheppard returned to Lyra Valley because he was fed up with the big city and everything it didn’t have to offer—like the beautiful, down-to-earth girl staying at the B&B. Aaron’s enjoying a little flirtation until he realizes that she’s Kennedy Walters, the girl who was dating his best friend. But after a power outage strands them together, Aaron and Kennedy wind up sharing some intimate conversation. And over the course of a night that neither will ever forget, they learn just how compatible they could be—if only they knew how to let go and fall into each other’s arms.

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5 stars

I’m running out of ways to say I love CM’s writing! It just doesn’t get old for me. Her stories have such originality and this one was no different. And the cover is lovely too.

She nailed both characters feelings of guilt and attraction.  The warring emotions took me on a roller coaster ride that I’m still feeling the high from. I loved how Kennedy stepped outside her comfort zone with Aaron. Especially when they didn’t have the answers to why they were feeling this way.  They accepted the not knowing and just went with it. They both had some defining moments that I can’t share because of spoilers but suffice it to say, it was beautiful.  Aaron seemed to really struggle with his worthiness of receiving love and happiness.  I identified with that so hard!  (Really who doesn’t at some point in their lives) But I kinda wanted to strangle him when he tried to ignore or suppress his feelings.

The whole story had an undercurrent of meant to be or an outside force in play.  And while I struggle with believing those kinds of situations happen, it was cute none the less. I loved how she ended the story.  The sex scenes were very juicy and I’d love to see more of that from CM. I think she could do well in this genre.

I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest/unbiased opinion.

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