Monday, November 17

Love Irresistibly by Julie James


A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.


A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love...

This is another irresistibly good read from JJ. I mean, is there any other kind that she writes? Because I really enjoyed this book from start to finish, just like her usual.

I did this book for a challenge on reading something funny. Although this may not be LOL fare, it did put several smiles on my face (and some giggles here and there) with the witty dialogue and some very well written characters. It was actually very nice to revisit with the characters from the previous books in the series but at the same time, I really enjoyed the subplots here. I didn't expect it because I really thought that I had an idea who Cade was in the previous book.

And I really thought that Cade and Brooke were two of the sexiest characters I've read in a while. A former jock who became a hotshot lawyer is sexy, sexy, sexy! (Just in case you needed some convincing.) And who better to be the perfect woman for him than someone who was also amazeballs at her job. Not only that, she had enough confidence to know what she could continue to be brilliant at her job despite having to delegate so that she could actually enjoy the life that she had made for herself.

And did I mention that Cade had a sexy teenager half-brother, too? I would really, really like to know what his story would be like down the roade. You would, too, when you get to finish this book.

Final verdict: 9/10. Great read,

FBI/US Attorney series reviews:
Something About You
A Lot Like Love
About That Night

Monday, November 10

Bait by M Mabie

He was trouble from the start, but I couldn't resist. 
[She was the best kind of trouble. The kind that was so wrong, it felt right.] 

I’ve tried and failed to stay away from him. 
[I’ve done everything in my power to make her mine and keep her.] 

He’s almost impossible to say no to. 
[She never tells me yes.] 

We’re always fighting. 
[When we’re not fighting, we’re… well… making up.] 

He makes me laugh so hard. 
[I miss her laugh the most.] 

I'm a liar. 
[She knows the truth, but won’t admit it.] 

Sometimes, I wish I'd never met him. 
[I wish we could meet all over again. I'd do better.] 

His girlfriend knows. 
[The guy she’s with is a fool.] 

I’ll never love anyone like I love him. 
[She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.] 

It was the wrong place. 
[It was the wrong time.] 

It should have been him. 
[It will always be her.]

Ohh, what can I say about this book? If you have read any of my previous reviews, you would know where I stand on the issue of infidelity and how I have faithfulness very high on my relationship must-haves. But seriously though, I seem to gravitate to this plot lately. This is honestly unintentional. I think it's the Fates.

So how to describe this book, really? I had a hard time coming up with a final opinion because I was too torn about how I felt while reading it. Because I was expecting a different turn in the events as I went through the pages that I just couldn't stop, like the Energizer Bunny. I just kept going and going and the next thing I know, I was hooked.

MM did a great jon in putting this story together. I would've quit earlier on in the book but I just couldn't not know what happened to their story. Casey and Blake's love story was complex and complicated. I wouldn't be me if I didn't say they could've uncomplicated things and just had a clean break. God knows they had plenty of opportunities to do that. But then again, I also got the point of the whole story.

So that's why I'm giving more props to MM for keeping the story together even if it had, or despite its, difficult twist. Frankly, this book wasn't a fast favourite for me but if it taught me one thing, it was to never take any love story for granted and expect it to be wrapped up in a happy ever after with a pretty bow all the time. In a nutshell, this was a read full of a rollercoaster of emotions. It was crazy and sad and was actually more human than most stories out there.

I cannot wait to read the next book. Eeeeeep!

Final verdict: 8/10. Great read.

Thursday, November 6

For The Love Of A Lush by Selena Laurence

Six months ago, Walsh Clark was the drummer of America’s hottest rock sensation, Lush. Now he’s living at the Double A Ranch in north Texas, home to cows, cowboys, and lushes—like him. He’s survived alcoholism, rehab, and the breakup of his band. But the one thing Walsh might not survive is the return of his ex fiancĂ©e Tammy DiLorenzo. 

Tammy and Walsh met at fourteen, and she was with him on every step to fame and fortune—until one fateful night when she betrayed him. Now she’s back, begging for forgiveness and ready to fight for her man. But some betrayals are too painful to forget, some mistakes can’t be repaired, and Walsh is certain that he and Tammy can’t ever be together again. 

But DiLorenzo women don’t back down, and Tammy always gets what she wants. In the wake of the lies and losses, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for a second chance. She’ll give it all—for the love of a lush.

When I fell in love with this series, I knew it included getting down with the dirtier side of all that was shiny and pretty in this series. When I finished reading the first book, I did not expect how I would react to this second one because my shallow self had started to form my own biases.

I am thankful though for the dual POV because I thought it was more than important that we know the two sides of this story equally. Tammy and her conscious decision to do what she did to betray her fiance; Walsh and his coming to terms with the bigger picture, of his indirect role in Tammy's betrayal.  But most importantly, how does one take responsibility of her actions? Or better himself after years and years of self-destruction?

Infidelity isn't my favourite book conflict but sadly, that was what got thrown into the mix in this series. More like its pivotal moment, really. For me, it will be very hard to fix a relationship after it happens, if at all. And yet somehow, it became slightly easier to read as I realized how Tammy dealt with it--the initial guilt and then eventually owning up to the deed and being responsible for her actions. She had to give her all to show how much her actions in the past had changed her, how much she wanted to keep Walsh in her life. This was a painful but necessary part to the story.

And there was Walsh, the wronged party. Who wouldn't understand his pain? But after all the fingers had been pointed to two other people, it was still easy to arrive at the conclusion that yes, he did a play a part in the turn of events, no matter how indirectly. And he was the bigger man for not just wanting to fix the immediate concern but by trying to heal himself to the core from an addiction that was his downfall. It was a lengthy, painful process but the end result? It was well worth the effort.

If infidelity leaves a bad taste on your mouth, period, then this isn't the book for you. But if people trying to better themselves after the lowest of lows and to triumph over a painful past, if forgiveness of one's self, and deciding that keeping the people you love is more important than keeping the hurt they have caused you, This. Is. Your. Book. Trust me.

Get this, read this. You will not regret it. Also, the next book is just around the corner. Ohhh, be still my heart.

Final verdict: 12/10. Great, what-are-you-still-doing-reading-this-review, must-read.

Lush series reviews:
A Lush Betrayal

Tuesday, November 4

The Prince by Kiera Cass

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...

So I finally succumbed to my curiosity about The Selection series and have decided to start with this novella. This read was, in fact, a response to a challenge about debut novels or authors I have not read yet..

And I have decided that this was not only a good pick for the challenge but also a good start to the series, in getting to have a short experience about this dystopian world. Sort of like dipping your toes to test the waters. (Especially as I'm not a big fan of dystopian settings.)

I guess it did its job well--it has made me want to go through the rest of the series in a snap...although I have resisted so far. Ugh, the things we have to do when we start a series that isn't done yet. The rest of the available reads are ready on standby though so I'll slowly go through them while waiting for the latest installment to become available.

Nevertheless, this was a great way of starting to get to know Maxon and America. It was great to read about how they already managed to make a connection without consciously knowing about it. And to read all about this other girl in Maxon's past. Hmm, interesting.

KC's writing was surprisingly engaging. I didn't expect that because I already had a bias about how a dystopian read would go about. It felt good to be proven wrong especially in this instance.

Final verdict: 8/10. Great read.

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