Sunday, August 17

Wingman [Woman] by Bella Jewel

All men have a wingman - it's the bro code.

I'd like to say I fit into that code - only I am missing a certain long, hard member that automatically allows me entrance.

That doesn't matter - because for him I'm the ultimate.

His wingman. 

Well, in the grand scheme of things - his wing-woman.

Reign Braxton. Womaniser. Asshole. Douche of the century. Sexy as sin but as rule would have it - all sexy men have a problem.

Reign is still lusting after the one that got away. 

Enter me. Wing woman of the century, make-ex-jealous extraordinaire.

It's my job. 

Why do I do it, you ask? Simple - money. 

Reign's obsession gives me a good lifestyle.

I am anything he wants me to be, all for a price of course.

But I go and do something incredibly stupid - I fall in love with my boss. My boss who is in love with his ex. 

There are no prizes for second best.

I chose to get this book because the blurb really got me hooked.

Unfortunately, my expectations weren't quite exactly met. If at all. I had some pretty high ones. Reign was really kind of douchy. Although I wondered why I was still surprised when it was all in the blurb, right? But you know how we always hope to have our heroes to be otherwise. False. And then there's Tia. She really started out to be a great character but I hated how she let Reign treat her the way he did. C'mon now, girl. 

I. Don't. Get. It. So there's chemistry and attraction between the two of them but just a big no on how their so-called romantic relationship started, when they started to take their association to the next level. But despite Reign's douchiness, they still managed to have a HEA. Yey. I think they're just right for each other then. Ugh.

Final verdict: 4/10. Meh.

Wednesday, August 6

Love Of A Rockstar by Nicole Simone

Marlene Parker thought she met her soul mate at eighteen but when he left her pregnant and alone to pursue a life of rock n roll, she vowed to never love again. Now four years later, she is being offered the dream of a lifetime. Moving to France with her daughter to start anew. There is only one problem. Marlene’s formative ex is back in town, and his pull is strong as ever.

Luke Anderson has everything a man could want. Fame, fortune and enough beautiful women to last him a lifetime. That is until a young runaway shows him what is truly important. Family. A word in which plagues Luke with regret. As a scared twenty two year old he ran away from the love of his life and their unborn child. Now ready to reverse his biggest regret with only three days to do it, Luke’s fate hangs in the balance. The question is, will he be able to convince Marlene their love story deserves a second chance?

This was another one of those "let me give this author I haven't read yet a try" and then surprise myself with some good reading. Needless to say, this is my first Nicole Simone book and I thought it was a really good one.

Also, this was another of those second-chance books with a rockstar for our main man. Sure win? Well, I had to read it to really appreciate this book since I had no expectations when I started reading it. But I found the characters were well-written and the dynamics of two characters that have really grown over the years. But despite the changed persons that they had become and having to have led seemingly different lives, they still managed to find each other again. 

And the actual twists and surprises! OMG, the tears. Hahaha! Let's not go there. I don't want to give any spoilers though so if you're in the lookout for a good standalone, this is your read.

Final verdict: 8/10. Great read.

Cherry Girl by Raine Miller

A Blackstone Affair novel. Spin-off, yet can be read standalone. Book 1.

Elaina Morrison has loved Neil McManus her whole life. She doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t love him. Through heartbreaking tragedy and years of separation, her love holds true…until life stomps all over her heart, shattering her perfect dream, teaching her how hard it is to let go.

Real life doesn’t have anything on romantic dreams though, as these two have learned repeatedly. It sucks big time, leaving painful scars in its wake. 

But Neil isn’t giving up. He’s endured years of longing and sacrifice to wait for her. Always a soldier, he knows his way around a battlefield, and winning Elaina is no different. So that’s precisely what Neil is going to do. He'll go in fighting, and make Elaina see what he already knows.

That she will forever be his Cherry Girl...

***Disclaimer: This book is best read between books 3 and 4 of The Blackstone Affair. Personally though, I read this after I read all four books of TBA because I had feeling I wouldn't get over Neil and Elena so easily. And I was right.

So Neil and Elena's book was really something I was looking forward to reading because both of them were all over TBA. I couldn't help but think that theirs was an epic love story. Is it wrong of me to actually like this book more than TBA? I guess not...because I'm pretty sure more readers feel the say.

There are two story premises that I love the most--the friends-turned-into-lovers premise and the second-chance premise. Guess which one is this book? Both! And my heart kind of gave out with all the emotions I was feeling while I was going through the pages. I was actually expecting this read to be a bit darker but it turned out to be a really great feel-good one--the kind that wrings you out with feelings and had the best of endings that you just know your characters totally belong together.

Two things I am taking away from this book--forgiveness and having the can-do spirit for the things that you want. Forgiveness is necessary to be with the people you love and to be yourself. And to never stop pursue a goal because it is the best thing for you--and reading about Neil having a second chance with Elena and never giving up on her this time around was a total joy.

Final verdict: 10/10! Seriously, this is a must-get, must-read book.

Wednesday, July 30

Taint by SL Jennings

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things:
Who am I?
And, what the hell are you doing here? 

Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we? 

You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.

Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls.
You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot. 
Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. 
F*ck. F***ck.

Ok, good. Now where were we?

If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle.

For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.

And who am I?

Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.

I am Justice Drake. 
And I turn housewives into whores. 

Now…who’s first?

First off, let me just gush about that cover. I mean, sweet baby Jesus! Just look at that. *stares for a few more seconds*


Okay, secondly, what's not to like about this book? I think that would be that Ally was married when her relationship with Justice started. No matter how unhappy that marriage was. But since the plot of the story required for that to actually be the case, I have no other choice but to let it be. (Like I can do anything about it. Hahaha!)

Let's not make this lengthy because what I just want for you to know is that I looooooooove this book. It was awesome how this is in Justice's POV because the monologues in his head is just cray. OMG! He just cracked me up and when the writing is that good, you can't help but fall in love with the book. And there are times when you can really feel just how human and fallible he could get despite his efforts to the contrary. Ahh, more love.

I have always complained when sometimes I feel cheated when the ending of a book seems too abrupt or when there was no epilogue. But this book's demi-cliffhanger of an ending just hit the right spot. Yes. And there's an epilogue, too. *evil laugh...and then off to find my lobster*

Final verdict: 9/10. Great, enjoyable read.

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