Friday, January 30

Autumn In London by Louise Bay

Anna Kirby went to New York to escape heartbreak and have some fun. She wasn't meant to meet someone...someone like Ethan. Now, back in London, she's having to get over a man who's three thousand miles away...

Ethan Scott broke every one of his rules during his week with Anna and now he can't seem to go back to life before her. A business trip to London gives him the opportunity to change his rules for good. Will he take it?

Aha, so we have come to Ethan and Anna's second novella. I don't have expectations except that I will have an effin' blast reading this because I just found out from reading the first part of this series that LB is an awesome writer. Yessum!

This novella picked up several weeks after the end of the previous one. Anna was trying to get her life back to normal after, not only her cheating ex, but also from her no-strings weekend with Ethan in New York. She was getting a semblance of normalcy only to find out that Ethan was in London--handling the takeover of his firm...of her own firm.

Let's just say I went all gooey and mushy inside because the chemistry between these two was just crazy sweet to read about. As expected, there was minimal drama except that they were technically two continents apart. I'm not talking about Europe and Asia; I'm talking about how there's the Atlantic Ocean between the two of them and their lives!

But still, they had three months to spend together and find out that they were not just having a fling anymore and the arrangement that they had was far from no-strings. There might not be huge drama in the story but shiznit, we get another airport goodbye at the end of this book. As if I don't hate goodbyes enough as it is but the airport ones are just hard to take.

It's a good thing I have the third book already. Otherwise, I would be a big mess than necessary if I had to wait for a few more weeks for it to come out. Bring it!

Final read: 9/10. Great read.

The Empire State series reviews:
A Week In New York

Thursday, January 29

Cat Haus (The Complete Story) by Cat Johnson (writing as Carrie Lane)

Working in a cathouse always was interesting, but especially after he walked through the door. Then, everything changed...

I'm Cate. Two years ago I was an English major at UNLV. Today, I'm a legal prostitute in Nevada and I was happy with that, and then John arrived. He's a billionaire. I'm a hooker. Now, things are far from simple and I'm wrestling with how to mix business with pleasure. How is that going to work? You can read that for yourself. Cat Haus is our story.

Sometimes there are moments when I pick up a book that isn't my usual cup of tea just because...there was something intriguing to the blurb, maybe I have read a particular review that perked my interest, or (yes, oh, shallow me) I just have to read it because the cover is awesome! In this book's case, it was all three!

(And I was glad to have come across this book when it was all in one complete edition because I don't how I would have survived waiting for the next parts in the story since this was initially published in three separate parts.)

When I said that this wasn't my cup of tea, it's because I am not a huge fan of when the main character is a, uh, well, a lady of the night or, say, a male escort. I may sound judge-y but it's just that I couldn't take reading about the main characters doing the horizontal chacha with someone else other than the one. But when I decided to dive into this book, I braced myself for all of that.

***SPOILER*** And I'm glad that I did because there were lots of that in this read. More surprising than the fact that I didn't stop reading right then and there, was the fact that there was no sob story behind why Cate was doing what she did--because she wanted to do it. But there was something about her that sometimes made me forget that she gets paid to do sex--her character was more humanized and in-your-face realistic. I loved that she didn't moon about for a guy that she truly didn't know except for the few days they spend together every month. I liked how she was accepting that what she did for a living might affect the people that she cared about even if some of them were her clients.

This love story was different from what I am used to reading. John and Cate were well written characters that I'm glad to have come across. They tried to take the best out of their situations that would've been impossible for ordinary people to overcome. It was what they were given and they had to deal with it. The rest of the world could say all they want as long as they remain a team, then all was good. The only thing I didn't really like was...well, it ended too soon for me. An extended epilogue wouldn't have hurt.

Final verdict: 8/10. Good read.

Wednesday, January 28

Series Recommendation #16: Record by KA Linde

I cannot believe I haven't featured this trilogy yet in my series recommendation blog special. Because seriously I only have nothing but pure love, love, love for these books, its characters, and its author (of course!).

I came across the first book purely by chance and it was probably the best stumble-by-chance book I found last year. Well, there is no probably to that statement...because it really was. The wait for the next two books was excruciating. It was times like those when I really try to swear off recently started books that aren't standalones but I'm not a very patient person. But all the wait was worth it.

I fell in love with Brady and Liz in the first book and was hooked by the time I read the second book, I was pretty resigned to the fact that I will have a hard time letting go of these characters. Suffice it to say that I delayed reading the third book because I was becoming a mess at the thought of the trilogy ending.

Let me just say that this was a beautifully crafted story that was generously spread for a period of two years. That's a luxury that we don't get to have these days wherein stories almost always have hurried timelines. I really felt that I was able to see the characters grow over time and took that as a privilege.

So I guess I should stop now. I apologize but I get all fangirl-ly when talking about these books. It couldn't be helped!

(Click on the title links for my reviews.)

Sunday, January 25

Mr Beautiful by RK Lilley

I’ve been remade four times in my life. 

It is a distinct feeling. Impossible to mistake. The very marked sensation of being unraveled and reknit into a new thing, a new person. It can be good or bad, helpful or harmful, but above all, it is unstoppable. 

I was remade when my parents died, went from a happy childhood, into navigating a very dark world, with endless responsibilities, surrounded by enemies, and despairingly alone. 

It happened again at the hands of a cowardly predator. I’d become angrier with that one, more cynical, and it undoubtedly turned me into the kinky f**k I was today. 

The third happened swiftly. One day I looked up into a pair of pale blue eyes and saw the other half of my soul. Checkmate. I went from a completely controlled existence, a life where I made every decision with cold calculation, to a man overcome with feelings and emotions that were foreign but somehow wonderful. 

And all too soon after that cataclysmic change was this fourth one, this one where I begged a God I’d never entertained to spare the life of a woman that I could not live without. 

I went on a high upon learning that this book was coming out because hello? Who doesn't want to read more of Mr James Cavendish? But then after all the dust have settled, I realized that the first three books in the series were really put together so well and I hated the possibility that the story was going to be stretched too much because a fourth book was coming out. 

After many weeks of delaying, I finally decided to have a go at this book...because I felt that Mr Cavendish wasn't very happy about being looked over everytime I pick something else to read from my TBR pile. And man oh man, I have never been so happy to be proven wrong about my thoughts about a book!

There were just so many things I loved about this book. I got into James' head--whether it was in the past when he first met Bianca or later on in their relationship when he almost lost her after an attack. My god, the tears! I was practically crying in most parts of this book. And there were also more of Stephan and his relationship with Javier. Their story was just beautiful to read. Yes, you guessed it right--there were more tears.

Another thing I loved about this book was that it covered several years into the lives of James, Bianca, and their many friends. So this not only served as an extended epilogue for the Up In The Air series but of the stories of other well-loved characters that RKL have penned. What can I say except there were so much to love. 

Final verdict: 10/10. Great, must-read...especially for those who have already read the Up In The Air series already.

Up In The Air series reviews:
In Flight
Mile High

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