Monday, September 22

Reasonable Doubt Volume 3 by Whitney Gracia Williams

I hate him...

I hate that I fell in love with him, I hate that he didn’t love me back, and I hate the fact that I just made a life-altering decision just so I could get the hell away from him. 

He’d always said that he was unchangeable, heartless, and cold… 

I really should’ve believed him...

So we have come to the conclusion of this serial. I actually finished this a while back but I have been a lazybutt this month and only got to to posting this review.

This was one of those stories that just kept on surprising its readers. Well, I knew there were some things that were going to be really big secrets that were going to be revealed based on the teasers from the first two parts. But what the heck, I didn't expect THIS!

But I think my most favorite part was when Audrey really went for her dream of becoming a ballerina and, despite making that decision, she was still able to salvage her fledgling relationship with her parents. A heroine that eventually grows a spine always gets two thumbs up from me.

I couldn't actually believe when I learned that this is going to be the last installment in this series because hello! I need more Liam and Audrey. I want more of their happy ever after. Don't get me wrong, there's a proper conclusion to their story but I'm selfish like that when I bond with these characters.

Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.

Reasonable Doubt series reviews:
Volume 1
Volume 2

Interview With A Porn Star by Jason Luke

He is brash. He is irreverent. And he tells it like it is!

He is also articulate, witty, and charming. His name is Rick Cassidy--one of the world's most successful porn stars...And he has a story to tell.

Okay. What can I say except that I just couldn't bring myself to fall in love with this book. Don't get me wrong, as this is my second book by JL, the writing is still great. I don't have complaints there.

But I didn't feel the chemistry between the our two protagonists. Like, it felt like I was in a limbo going through the entire book. Do I not like it? Do I like it? Enough? But I seriously got confused because if the characters were written well enough, how can I not feel their connection?

Ugh, so ensues the frustration. I just finished the book because, well, I hardly ever DNF anything. Sigh.

Finale verdict: 4/10. Uhm, points for the cover though.

Friday, September 12

On The Record by KA Linde

For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger...

The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on...or to pick up right where you left off.

Saying it was close to agony waiting for this book to become available pretty much describes what the past months since I read the first book in this series late last year was like. KA Linde spoiled me with that first installment--it was too good for my miserable existence.

This was another fantastic read. It actually delivered more than I had expected for the second part of this series. I did not expect to read a Liz trying her very best to move on after leaving Brady Maxwell and their summer affair. I was happy for her and I was actually glad she had someone else. And then...boom!

As much as I was a fan of the Brady-and-Liz love story, this book actually gives the rare point of view when the lead characters in the story move on. And I had to go through all these pages wondering if Brady and Liz will ever get back together. But at the same time, I was extremely happy with how I got a peek at Liz being unselfish and growing up from when this story all started. And that goes the same with our Senator.

But love is a beautiful thing and it will find its way back to where it belongs no matter how you try to get rid of it or hide it away or forget about it. There might be just a few scenes here between Liz and Brady but those scenes pack a punch. Every time. And that ending? It's that throw-your-ebook-reader-in-frustration cliffhanger kind of thing. Wowzer.

This is one one of those books that set the bar higher for the rest. Another topnotch work from Ms Linde and dare I say, I am ready for book three. Bring it on por favor.

Final verdict: 9/10. Great must read.

Record series reviews:
Off The Record

Friday, September 5

Dair by RK Lilley

After yet another shocking discovery, followed by a disturbing letter, Dair is almost certain Iris has left his life for good. He tries his best to move on. 

Easier said than done, and when an unexpected and dangerous opportunity arises for him to find out what happened to her, he doesn’t hesitate to take it. 

As usual, with Iris, the answer leaves him more lost than the question. 

Every revelation is shrouded in mystery, and every disclosure leaves Dair more in the dark than ever. 

And when finally, the messy truth is revealed in its entirety, will he be ready for it?

Ahhh, what can I say except that this is an epic conclusion to this series? I mean, RK Lilley is one of my most favorite recent authors and when you read something like this, you would understand why.

It had been one of a rollercoaster ride ever since the start of this series. And when I say rollercoaster, I mean the extreme kind. My feelings have been stretch quite to the limits in the first two books and I was glad to find to find out that nothing had changed when I read this one.

It was a bit disappointing though that I actually got the first twist in the book right even before I read it. Well, I had my hunches when I finished the previous book but I had my sad face on when I found out I got it right because, you know, I still love for plots to surprise me and prove me wrong.

Nevertheless, the second twist was something I did not expect. There's a much, much better surprise for me, after all. RKL just kept the goods coming in this series that learning about a spinoff series from it had me frothing at the mouth. Don't tell anyone. 

Final verdict: 9/10. Great read. 

The Wild Side series:
The Wild Side

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