Thursday, July 24
Shawn Griffin and Rachel Cooper have been best friends practically since birth, thanks to their families' close relationship. But for the past few years, Shawn has been fantasizing about getting his best pal in his bed. When she announces she's taking a trip to reconnect with an old lover, Shawn knows the time has come to put up or shut up. If she wants to go to New York City, fine. But he's coming with her.
Rachel doesn't know what to think of Shawn's sudden interest. Determined to live life on her own terms, she refuses to fall right in line with her wealthy family's wish that they get married and have perfect little babies. She just didn't count on how determined her seemingly laid back - and extremely sexy - best friend would become after setting his sights on what he wants. Her, over and over again.
But when tragedy strikes, Rachel begins to wonder if she'll lose not only her lover but her best friend too.
This is my first Cari Quinn book and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not to mention that this was another bestfriends-turned-into-lovers book was an add.
Because their families had been the closest of friends, Shawn and Rachel had been thrown together and virtually grew up together. Becoming bestfriends was inevitable. This book started when Shawn decided to finally be with Rachel. He had been waiting for her but when she decided to "recconnect" with her first love and fly across the country to New York, Shawn decided he had had enough.
This book was a bag of mixed emotions. I laughed my way through it, cried in some scenes, and fell in love in others. And there's steamy sex, too. Yep! I am just amazed how two people who live closely together all their lives could've waited that long to be not together knowing how they felt for each other. But I understand, especially Rachel's apprehensions, how the pressure from both their families could strain that kind of relationship. And I guess, had they not waited, that pressure and the expectations from their families (their entire town!) would've eventually break them apart.
The twist at the end was a bit extreme though. Something lighter could've been better (I love HEAs too much). And it certainly wouldn't have hurt if there was an epilogue (I love those, too). Nevertheless, this won't be my last CQ book.
Final verdict: 7/10. Good read.
Monday, July 21
Eversince FSOG became an international hit, an influx of Grey-esque romances flooded a lot of readers' TBR piles. I may have read one or two or three...and thought that I might have already had enough. Therefore the decision to delay reading this series. As it turned out, I was an idiot for waiting.
After reading all four books in this series, I have concluded to never underestimate a Raine Miller book ever again. Reading this series was an intense and heartfelt journey because it really had heart. The characters were well-written and who doesn't fall in love with Ethan and his love story with Brynne?
This series is another win. I suggest when you decide to start with the first book, have the other three books on the ready because you'll be going through each in a snap.
Saturday, July 19
Sooo...first, let me apologize for this long overdue and definitely last-minute blog post for the Sex Me Up Readathon happening next week. Yep! It's going to be running on July 21 to 25. That will be Monday until Friday NEXT freakin' WEEK!!! And this post was supposed to be up by last weekend at the latest. Ha, I even tweeted about it. Fail. Typical.
Anyway, what is Sex Me Up Readathon and why join it? Now, I would like to thank the ladies over at the Gosling Girls Book Tour and The Hot Bed for coming up with this readathon. See, I love romance novels and the sexier, the better. (And when I say sexy, I don't always mean a book that is all sex.) But whenever the subject of reading comes up with people that don't really know me well, I tend to shy off from discussing the books I read. This came about when someone made a passing comment that I should do more "intelligent" reading. I might have felt insecure at that time and that was probably why I started this blog because I needed a place where I can talk about books. But I have eventually come to the realization that no one tells me what to read. Screw people who judge what other people do!
This is actually going to be my first readathon (imagine that!) because I have always loved to read at my pace. But then again, we are talking about sexy books here so who am I to let this pass? I read them more than half the time anyway so this should be a piece of cake. (LOL! Let's see how I will fare by the end of next week.) I have never had a hard time talking about sex with friends but somehow there is still that apprehension talking abour sex in books. I admit that there are still times that I don't admit to having have read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love Christian Grey, okay? Sue me. But next week's readathon should be the perfect time to talk about sex and sexy people in sexy stories in steamy, sexy books. I'll be the first one to admit that my TBR pile is probably 80% dirty. Aint't changing that so suck it up. Pun intended.
This might be a bit late to give recommendations but what the heck, these recos are for everyone who are not done doing their Sex Me Up TBR list yet. I'm so glad that I see a lot of people choosing Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard series for the readathon. Hell, yeah! I finished this series earlier this year and it was soooooo good and definitely a great choice. Another reco would have to be Jodi Ellen Malpas' This Man trilogy. This may have a few shades of Fifty in it but it was still a beautiful read--you'll never look at peanut butter the same way again! For our rockstar-loving readers, you can't go wrong if you pick up Olivia Cunning's Sinners On Tour series. Holy guacamole! I'm not done with this series yet but I love, love, love each of the books I've already finished--talk about steamy sex and some very lovely and well-written characters. Everything goes in this series that even yours truly had some wtf moments. And lastly, for those who haven't tried M/M romance, you might give Ella Frank's Try, well, a try. This was only my third M/M read and first intentional one (the other two being parts of series and I didn't see coming). I have yet to read the second book but I think I'll love it regardless.
As to my own TBR for the readathon, I have chosen to go with standalones only. I am currently into several series already so I'll take this opportunity to have a break from them. These things are hard to find though as every book out there seem to be parts of series. Phew! So here are what I will be reading next week:
It should be awesome.
And then what's a lovely reading time without music? If there's anything I love as much as I do books, it will have to be music. So I came up with this playlist of, ahem, what I think are sexy songs just to set the mood for next week. Everyone may not agree with my choices but here is my smutify playlist anyway.
Thursday, July 17
He's Playing Games
Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she's stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she's still wildly attracted to him.
But She's Making The Rules
Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn't thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can't say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn't mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won't give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he's never forgotten.
If I ask you to show me a bad JJ book, you will fail, fail, fail. I have yet to be disappointed by her books and I don't see that ever happening. Each book I read just keeps getting better and better and better...
I kind of fell deeply in like with Kyle Rhodes in the previous book of this series. I'm one of his high-fivers, I guess. JJ always comes up with these awesome characters so I'm not that at all surprised that Kyle became this awesome person despite my biases when someone is tagged as an ex-con. But then as Rylann said, he did not murder anyone. It was just Twitter. Which made Kyle even more interesting. (And adorable! Sue me.) By the end of this book, I was in love.
This was just the right kind of book to pick me up from an almost-two week reading slump. This was in-your-face romance at its best. No misunderstandings between two people who like and love each other. Just them coming to terms with their past and present; and then for them to move on from there. I may have mentioned this before but I just want to repeat it: Second chance romances are a-okay in my book, okay? Love them.
In short, this is the kind of book that, had I not been aware that it was part of a series, would make go scrambling for the rest of the books from the entire series...and for any more JJ reads I can find. It's that kind of feel-good, mushy awesome.
Final verdict: 10/10. Great, must-read. GET IT!!!
FBI/US Attorney series reviews:
Something About You
A Lot Like Love