Friday, April 15

Review: HardBall

HardBall HardBall by C.D. Reiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The new baseball season has just started and what better way to celebrate this time in the sporting calendar than to read a baseball romance, right? I've been meaning to read CDR before but this was hard to let pass.

For the second consecutive book, I am given a very well-read athlete hero. That translates to me being a goo on the floor for the post of this week while reading these books. I almost couldn't handle all the hotness. (That's discounting the scorching summer we're having.)

Unfortunately, I wasn't sold 100% to this story. I really tried to be all over it. I really did. It's a sports romance, isn't it? I guess the twist and the complexities just didn't work for me. I still liked it but the love for this book wasn't overflowing enough to satisfy even me. But hey, I still look forward to reading more CDR!

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Review: Pucked

Pucked Pucked by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I have been waiting for quite some time to start reading this series. As much as I patiently can, I usually wait for a series to be complete before I start it. I hate having to wait for the later books. Massive understatement y'all!

This book just proved how worthy it is to wait! Just purely an awesome read to jumpstart a series. The writing was very easy to read and very comfortable to get lost in. And the characters were just crazily lovable!

I mean, who would not fall in love with Alex Waters? I'm always a bit partial to athletes but Alex gained more points in the likability meter as an English Literature major in college. The man knew his classics and his POV has four-syllable words! Falling in love with him was pretty much a guarantee. So I really couldn't blame Violet! Now Violet was adorable. Her family was adorable, too. Her mom! OMG! ROFL! Her stepsibling relationship with Buck was a breath of fresh air from all these taboo stepsibling romances. Although, it was situations like this that sometimes make me thankful for not having a brother.

Ahh, long review short--this was a fantastic must-read! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I can pretty much say my weekend is pucked!

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Thursday, October 1

Priest by Sierra Simone

There are many rules a priest can't break. 
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I've always been good at following rules. 
Until she came. 
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again. 
I am a priest and this is my confession.

I haven't reviewed books in MONTHS! I got so busy with work and I had to do a quite complicated project at work and it just about took all of my time--ohmygod, my overtime was doing overtime of their own. Thankfully, I still found time to read. It's just the reviewing and the blogging part that I found difficult to find time to do. But I was still reading and keeping up to date with the newly released stuff. Otherwise, I would've gone insane-o.

Soooooo...what better way to start the 're-birth' of Bookabulary than to review Priest? Consider this re-birth baptized! I've actually had this book for quite sometime. But being the Catholic that I am, despite not being devout, I couldn't bring myself to even start reading this. It was just sitting in my TBR pile, looking neglected but pretty (c'mon, that cover?!).

But now I'm extra glad that I finally gave in because no matter how many times I had to put it down and take a deep breath before going on reading it, it was really a good read. Aside from the fact that I always cringe everytime I remember how many times they did it at the altar (holy guacamole, of all places!) or any religious place, it cannot be denied that the chemistry between Poppy and Tyler was off the roof.

It was a romance that I usually don't come across very often because there's really very few options on how to resolve the big issue in the room. It was as simple as black and white. But I was really surprised at how the story ended. In the interest of not giving away anything to those who haven't read it, let me just say that whatever second thoughts you'd have at the beginning at the thought of reading something like this will be worth the all the time overcoming them. Stop the overthinking and the overanalyzing...and just enjoy this good book. It was human and grounded and proof that you can serve your God in more ways than one. This was definitely a good choice for a standalone.

Final verdict: 8/10. Good read.

Thursday, March 26

New Year In Manhattan by Louise Bay

Anna and Ethan are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Their previous rules no longer apply.

In order to make things work, Anna needs to let go of her past and take a risk with Ethan. Ethan needs to learn how to deal with the ambiguity of a relationship.

Long-distance relationships are never easy and their situation is fragile. For how long can it survive under the pressure of separation? Are either of them prepared to give up what they have for the other?

But distance isn’t the only obstacle Anna and Ethan face. Ultimately they have to decide whether they want to share a future together.

This last book in this series just proved just how much I have fallen in love with LB's writing. I had sexy to funny to romantic to quirky to heartbreaking in a snap. This review may have been long time coming but I had the best time reading this series. 

Ethan and Anna always had the most amazing chemistry to read. That was never more so than in this book. If I had never said in my reviews for the other parts of this series how real this story was, then let me say it now. A love story doesn't have to have all the extreme scenarios and plots and conflicts for it to be memorable. Sometimes it's the little things that matter. And that was how LB made this series extra special--she wove simpler situations together into this series and came up with a story that anyone can easily relate to.

I may be biased because Anna was a girl that was after my heart--I myself don't want to get married, in general. But I know that in the back of my mind, when the right one comes along and makes me want to overcome the apprehensions I have regarding the institution, I will undoubtedly say yes.

And what can I say about Ethan? Seriously, I love this guy. Even when his heart was breaking, he put on a brave front and still tried his very best to make Anna happy. Do guys like him even exist in real life anymore? I hope so. I really hope so.

Final verdict: 10/10. Great unforgettable read.

Empire State Trilogy series reviews:
A Week In New York
Autumn In London

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