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Book Rant

Hey there everybody! I am going to go on a bit of a rant today. Why is it so hard to find a good book these days? With so many options out there you would think finding a good author or even just a good read would be easy to come by but it isn’t. In the last few weeks I found a really good author and I’m reading through her books but not binge reading for the simple fact I don’t want to finish all her books just yet. But trying to find something in between is getting so hard. It seems so many authors have jumped on the same band wagon and it’s hard to find something to read. When I first started reading romance I found so many great authors and great reads with only a few eye roll inducing reads in between and now it feels like I find only a few great reads in between bleh books. What’s happening? Is it me changing my views, have I read everything good out there, am I not looking in the right places? I just don’t know any more. I have this huge craving to just read but I can’t seem to find read after read that I love. Just a few books here and there for me aren’t enough. I want to finish a book I love and pick up another that is just as good if not better. I want the book hangovers and the stories in my head all the time. The yell it from the roof tops how awesome a book is. The can’t put this book down feeling. The eye rolls from my boyfriend being like these aren’t real people Stacey give it up but still listening to me tell him the story cause it’s so fricking interesting. What happened to these books where have they gone? Or the hilariously written books that I HAVE to read out loud to him so he gets the jokes too, I haven’t had one of those in so long! Maybe this is just me bitching and have found a low spot in books I feel like reading, maybe I’m being too picky, maybe I have too high of expectations for other reads after reading something really good. Whatever the problem is I’d like a solution cause I don’t want to become bored while reading, it’s what I love and my form of entertainment. I just need to get back on track with fantastic reads. I’m sure everyone goes through times like these and this is just a real big one for me haha. Maybe my standards are too high after so many years but I didn’t set those standards its just whatever I like or the way I feel while reading so that may be impossible. Maybe with this post I should ask for any reads from others that got them out of their book slumps or books/authors that are absolute must read?

Are you in the same situation or have you ever been? What book got you out of your slump? Let me know and maybe we could do a ‘get out of a book slump’ post! 

Happy Reading!

 

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Book Review: Going Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde

 Holy what a most fantastic book! I absolutely loved this book, it was just everything! The emotion is unreal how well it is written. I can’t remember the last time I felt a book so hard I was full on crying and this book did that to me. I laughed, cried, teared up a few times, swooned and had that dip in my belly so many times. I have never read anything from this author before and I am so glad I chose to because she can write like you wouldn’t believe. She puts you right into the story and you just FEEL everything that is happening. Honestly I want to go back and re-read it now just thinking about it!

“Okay. And we’re going to call a truce, all right? As much of a truce as we can. Because I don’t want to spend this entire trip fighting. Even though you’re a self-righteous dick.”

Aspen would describe Bram as a rich, arrogant, asshole but we later find out he really isn’t and he has a bunch of issues that make him lash out more than he should. But what Aspen doesn’t know about her self is that she has stuff she should work on too. That stuff doesn’t really get address to the fullest by the end because maybe some don’t find it an issue but it kinda was. She was easy to judge Bram about his money and how he saw others as beneath him, but he never said that as much as she read that in his words, this is where some tension between them comes in and it added so much to the story. I usually dislike this kinda thing however this author made it work so fricking well.

He probably deserves another plaque. On this sidewalk, Bramwell Gage deigned to suffer a peasant’s touch upon his arm—but only through his sleeve, mind you.

Lot’s of the stuff she was judgy on was made into funny little things so it made it lighter to read. I actually loved Bram you could actually tell he was in love with her for so long and trying to hold himself back. He was everything you look for in that alpha type character, except when he was being a dick but by the end you realize what his deal was and he wasn’t actually being a dick. He also was a fricking fantastic dirty talker and that just makes him even more lovable!

He pulls into our site and kills the engine. “Get into the tent,” he says, and his voice is a low growl. “I don’t care which one. You have until I get the site locked down for the night. Then I’m coming after you. And we’ll see who owns who.”

I enjoyed all the little things Bram did for Aspen to try to help her out like the swimming lesson he was giving her, not only was it sweet of him to try to teach her but so fricking hot. This is where their relationship starts to turn into something else entirely and boy are we in for a fun and crazy ride.This book really did have everything even the laugh out loud moments, the feels are unreal and everything in between is just so good, no real filler in this book everything added to the story. The ending could have been a bit ‘more’ in my opinion especially the epilogue but that could have been more me not wanting the story to be over.

I recommend this story like crazy it was just so good! I am off to look up more from this author and start reading everything I can of hers! I’m going to leave you with a little tease of my favorite scene.

I reach the side of the pool and cling to the edge, but it’s too high to pull myself out. Using the concrete lip of the pool to walk hand over hand, I start toward the deep end, heading for the nearest ladder. Long arms cage me from behind. “The lesson’s not done.” But I am. Throat aching, I shake my head. My voice is a harsh rasp as I say, “Can we just begin Truce Number Three now? Please?” He’s silent behind me for an endless moment. Then his biceps bunch as he pulls himself closer, not touching me but surrounding me, his fingers taut beside mine on the pool’s edge. Gruffly he says, “Why do we need another truce? What happened to Number Two?” “I don’t know. You tell me. You’re the one who’s mad at me.” “I’m not mad at you.” My arms are shaking from the strain of hanging from the lip of the pool. “So you’re just being a surly asshole for no reason. Great.” His sigh is heavy. “I’m not pissed at you,” he says again. “Could have fooled me.” “I’m angry at myself.” I glance back but can’t see anything except his wide shoulders looming behind me, his arms still caging me in. “For what? Because you couldn’t teach me how to float right away?” “No. Because—just turn around.” Not going to happen. Not while I’m hanging here. “I can’t touch bottom.” “I can. Just hold on to me instead.” Bram doesn’t give me any time to think about that. His forearm dropping like an iron bar across my stomach, he drags me back against him and I automatically turn, my hands searching out the strength of his shoulders and clinging. Then my breath stops when his hand against my back urges me closer, my small breasts flattening against the hardness of his chest. My belly presses against something harder. My gaze flies up. He’s looking down at me, his dark eyes burning with intensity. Rigid with uncertainty, I shake against him. “Bram?” “This is why,” he says roughly. “Because every damn time you touch me, all I can think about doing is—” Kissing me. That must be what he was thinking of, because that’s what he’s doing, his mouth crashing down on mine. And for an instant I can’t think at all, except to realize—Bram’s not a robot. He’s a volcano. Hot and explosive. And he’s kissing me. Oh god. And he’s really good at it.

I hope so many people read this book it was just so fricking good, not many books make me full on cry and this book did! Loved it! Happy Reading!

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all you lovely people out there! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend and have been able to pick up a good book. I decided to post a few of my all time favorites for those of you that are looking for a really good, put a smile on your face read. I have a few reviews coming up that hopefully I can post tomorrow after the hectic day of cooking, drinking and family today haha. So here are some of my favorites, if I have the time today I may just sit down to start a reread of one of these goodies! Enjoy your day everyone! Take care!

 I think this may be my all time favorite Kristen Ashley

 And because I can never choose I also really love this one!

    Great series and the first one looks like it’s free right now!

 An oldie but so so good!

 Really anything from Mariana Zapata such a great author!

 I read this a long time ago but remember it being decent. A little more on the erotic side but with a good story line.

Clearly these aren’t all my favorites but just a little something if you’re looking for a known good book! Happy Easter all and Happy reading!

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Book Review: The Aftermath by R.J Prescott

 Well can R.J Prescott write or what! She did such a great job of this book also. This story is told all from O’Connell’s point of view and if I loved him in The Hurricane then this book solidified how much I really do love him! He is not only a fighter in the ring but in life also and he deserved the ending he and Emily finally got.

In the corner, past all the kids knocking about on bags and doing their circuits, sat the old, weathered boxing ring in all her majesty. Before this thing was over, she would bring me to my knees and remind me that, no matter how much I thought I knew about fighting, she would always show me I had more to learn.

Their trials and tribulations in this book were so much more than the first and the author makes you FEEL like it’s you who just can’t see the end and to almost feel defeated but these characters don’t know the word defeat and they keep fighting. It was so amazing to read such solid strong characters. They all were behind O’Connell to fight his greatest fight even though there was so much going on around them. You felt the family in them and the added push to better themselves. It was just such a great read.

I might have been Irish but I was local and doing something to better myself, and that made me their hero. Those kids worked me harder than Danny ever did. Eventually he gave up giving me orders and let the kids do it. They’d shout at me to go faster for just one more lap. Afterward I ran back to the gym through Canning Town Recreation Ground, and they almost always followed me.

The relationship between Emily and O’Connell was still solid and so great to read. Emily wasn’t written quite as well in my opinion but she was also going through way more emotionally in this book so that could have been why or because she was written from his point of view, maybe, but it didn’t ruin the story or anything like that just a little note of my opinion. This was definitely a happily ever after and everything was worked out in their favor. I wanted to shout out when the one thing happened to her step father so good to see a monster like him get what he deserved. This was another really great read and I think this author is now on my read everything she writes list because she can tell a story and draw you in and make you feel like your part of the story. I loved it and recommend everyone to enjoy her fantastic writing. I’ll definitely be picking up Kieran’s story The Storm. I’m probably going to read a few other books first just because this chick can write and I may need a really good read again and I know I will get that with her books. Pick this author up people!

Life isn’t about settling for what you have and making the best of it. It’s about getting back up when everyone else around you is counting you out, and fighting for what you want. 

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Hurricane by R. J Prescott

 Fantastic book! I can not believe that this was R.J Prescott’s debut novel. The writing was just awesome. She drew you into the characters and kept you there. I haven’t read another book since this and the second novel  The Aftermath (The Hurricane), only because I couldn’t find anything with the same feeling. Emily and O’Connell are just so good together and they needed one another more than most people need their soul mate. Poor Emily sure had a terrible upbringing after her dad died and you could feel her fear through the writing. I felt for this girl like she was real, sitting across from me, telling me her story. Throughout the whole story I just kept thinking how hard does one girl have to fight, how many times can she get knocked down, can’t she just have her happily ever after all ready, why does life have to be so damn HARD. I loved her character even though she was so scared, running from her step father, and almost meek, she started coming out of her shell and really showed what a true fighter she was. She was an extremely strong heroine and almost one of the best I’ve ever read. Also extremely smart, not just book smart, but smart enough to realize she needed to fight her own mind of the need to run and just stay with her new family, that she had made, and fight. She did try to fight her attraction to O’Connell at first and that got a little annoying but only because I would have been all over him being my man right from the beginning haha. Now O’Connell what a fantastic hero he fought for her right from the get go, even when she was still saying “we are just friends” he was planning their forever.

“I’m gonna give you the fuckin world, baby,” he whispered against my lips.

First who doesn’t love a good Irish man accent and all! This man was just everything for Em that she needed. It has been a long time since I have read a fighter book and after reading this one I have no idea why I haven’t read more or even why it took me so long to pick this book up it. These male characters are just so hard-core, strong, well-developed, alphas, it was hard to put the book down. The men at Danny’s gym made themselves a family and invited Em into it and made it seem like she was always a part of it. Danny himself was a great addition to the gang. A lot like the father that both Emily and O’Connell needed and never really had. That family was always there for each other and always willing to help the others out. Such a great dynamic and I think it brought the story together even better, it made you want to be a part of them as well.

“We’re family now, Em. I’m yours and you’re mine and no one can take that away from us unless we let them.” 

Their little family meant more to them then anything else, they always had their backs.

“We have the rest of our lives to get to know each other, the good and the shite. As for the fuckers who want to try to keep us apart, let them try. They don’t call me the Hurricane for nothing.”

There were ups and downs and trials and tribulations that all characters have to deal with but the amount that was communicated between all the characters made you know that instead of unnecessary drama it was like how actual friends and family would deal with situations and I think I enjoyed that most of all. The story line was solid and really well pulled off. But the actual relationship between these two characters was so solidly written I just couldn’t get enough of them. Of course there is some action, suspense and a little drama but it was all so good, if I gave out stars it would be more than 5 for sure such a great read. Now when I got to the end I thought wow R.J can really write but there are a few things that should have been cleared up, well little did I know there is a fricking sequel! Yay me! This wasn’t a cliffhanger ending but just left with somewhere for the next book to go. I loved this book I would recommend it to everyone! Fantastic writing, R.J Prescott is brilliant!

I couldn’t believe he didn’t think he deserved me, but then maybe the key to success in any relationship was to always be with someone you thought was better than you deserved.

Definitely read this! Happy Reading!

 

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Book Review: A Date With Fate by Tracy Ellen

 Ok so I read this book because someone stated that it was very much like Kristen Ashley and a good read for what read after something from her. Now I understand that everyone takes away different things from each book they read but this book was nothing like what I take away from a KA book at all. This heroine had a serious issue with control and figured that she needed to be in the know of EVERYTHING. Some things I could be on board with her needing to know but she took it all to a whole new level. She very quickly became annoying and hard to take. On top of this I think the author tried to make the girls seem funny and crazy and that too got annoying.

“Well, geez Anna, gossip from the bookstore men’s bathroom has his girth measuring in at…You freak, I promise I know nothing about Jim’s manroot size.” Now I was laughing. “I could guess, though, if it would make you happy. Hey, I know, we could start a Fantasy Package League like guys do with football.” After we ran with that idea, stopped wetting our pants, and had both settled back down Anna said, “Okay, I’ll assume no news is good news where Jim is concerned.”

Now that might sound somewhat funny reading just that by itself but every “funny” thing was followed by stopped wetting our pants, wiping the tears from our eyes or something of the sort to notify you that was supposed to be funny. If it’s funny we should just know to laugh not be told to. Everything was also extremely wordy and had a lot of words I’d never heard to explain stuff. Many I had to look up actually. It’s like she used a thesaurus and often. That doesn’t usually bother me but in this story it happened way too often.

I relish everything ultra-feminine. I’ve never worried if I am cool or a hipster, I could care less. I am what I am, a female that unashamedly, blissfully wallows in every frowned down-upon stereotype out there for being such a girly-girl in the new millennium. In my mind, there’s a balanced symmetry that’s very satisfying about loving everything pink while also running a business and digging guns, trucks, and power tools. I prefer sci-fi, zombie, and action movies over dramas and tear jerkers. I love wearing dresses and pretty undies more than jeans and T-shirts.

This is an example of just one overly wordy paragraph, again by itself it may not be bad but she didn’t need to use so many words to describe so little. But this paragraph also points out another of her annoying habits and that is always talking about being a business owner and she does it constantly almost as if nobody else owns businesses. I guess part of the reason I didn’t enjoy this book was because I didn’t like the heroine at all, she drove me crazy and this whole series is about her and her circle of friends. It got old in the first one I can’t imagine seven full novels. This review is a lot more harsh than I like to say but it just got on my nerves like nobodies business. Maybe I’m going through a dry patch on finding great books but seriously making a “strong heroine” who keeps this man she “adores” at arm’s length all to control every aspect surrounding her but then when he’s around goes all school girl squishy but demands silly stuff from him I just can’t get into. She kinda came across as a bitch. Some of the twist and turns were good but not enough to redeem the rest of my issues with it. I tried the sample for the second book but I see a pattern and I’m not reading seven books of it, it’s just not worth my time. Now to each their own and some may love this type of drama, so the first book is free so if you want to give it a try go for it but it’s just not my style. If I get to the point of not having anything else worth reading I may try again by for right now this was just not for me. Sorry for not having anything nice to say but it just didn’t work for me and as I said in my book rant a few posts ago I’m kinda tired of being frustrated with books like this. I’ll leave the series reading order below for anyone interested, who knows it could be just what you are looking for in a series!

A Date with Fate (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod, Book 1)

Courted by Karma: The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod (Volume 2)

In Love by Design: The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod (Volume 3)

Adieu to Destiny (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod Book 4)

Family & Fortune (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod Book 5)

Coupled with Chance (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod Book 6)

The Kiss of Kismet (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod Book 7)

Happy Reading!

 

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Book Overload

Ok so I have been reading the Detroit After Dark series by K.S Adkins and am enjoying it. It’s, well just really raw writing. I don’t think it’s a binge reading kinda series. The story line is continuing through all the books just with different lead characters and we are getting more understanding on what may be going on. I am liking it however after the first book the communication gets a bit lost and I’m having a harder time with it. I am on the fourth book now and it’s taking me a bit to get into it and this book was my most anticipated book of the four. So I actually think I am going to take a break and read another book just to kinda cleanse my palate so to speak. I was looking into something comedy or just an easy light read but the more I looked the less I was finding. But I got a recommendation for a similar Kristen Ashley feel series so I think I’m going to go with the first book. It is said to be funny, suspenseful, and sexy, so I am in! What book is it you ask A Date with Fate (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod, Book 1) by Tracy Ellen. So I am off to read that now and then I’ll go back to Detroit and see how Tony and Lina will make out!