Review: Templand by Jill Elaine Hughes

Title: Templand (TEMPLAND Series)
Author: Jill Elaine Hughes
Published: December 24, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:

The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie’s journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on “just a summer job” to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather. 

In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job—which she finally gets, along with her man. TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and mystery novel all rolled into one.

Review:

Melanie is witty and honest. I really liked this story and the main character. She was honest about how she got there and what she did. And it was not one of those stories that glorifies the American dream. Yes, I know, the successtories are out there, but it was refreshing to read about someone who struggles and who did not get where she was by stupid choices. By all means Melanie was a hard working, highly educated person. She was someone who adhered to the notion that to get a good job you need to study and work hard, not give up and be true to your morals and beliefs.
Her story also tells about how someone can give up those morals and beliefs, just because everything keeps dragging you down. I am glad Melanie didn’t, but it was more thanks to her beau. Nice story. Even though it was about the bad and the ugly, it is not depressing.

Rating:
3 star

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Review: Beautiful Broken Rules (Broken #1) by Kimberly Lauren

Title: Beautiful Broken Rules
Author: Kimberly Lauren
Published: May 14, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

What happens when you create rules to keep others out?

One thing Emerson Moore has come to terms with is that she is the school slut. She knows her way around a frat house and how to get what she wants. She doesn’t make any excuses for her actions and she doesn’t pretend to be anything different. She is who she is and with that she knows how to have a good time. She’s made rules to keep relationships at bay and avoid the demons of her past.

When her best friend, Cole has his two friends from back home move in with him she begins to think she has met her match with Jaxon Riley. Jax is the perfect mixture of tattooed muscle and a sweet-talking mouth. With “hand” written notes, a voice that exudes sex and knowing just how to get under her skin, Jaxon learns how to break all the rules. But will he just end up breaking her heart anyway?

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 18 and up.

Review:

Wow. That’s all I can say. I don’t really care for stories about sluts, but somehow Emerson got to me. So I can totally get how she got under Jaxon’s skin. Emerson had a hard life and she made hard decisions. I think it was partly because nobody forced her to talk about it. And then she acted like everything was fine. And of course you would not know that a little girl will decide later on in life to be slutty, so yeah, you think you are giving her space but you are just giving it time to fester and get ugly. And ugly it got. Jaxon was a wonderful guy and I am glad that he was the one who got her to open up. But damn. My heart nearly broke and I cried a few hot tears when she got all … let’s not give away any spoilers. But the story is awesome and I wish there were more men out there who took care of their women.
Now there is another book out there and it’s about Jaxon’s equally hot stuff brother Jace, but I read the blurb (Damn you Goodreads!) and I am not so sure if I will like it, because ugh, Audrey. But if the author can write it just like this one, it will be equally awesome! So I can’t wait for it to publish. Hurry up author! Thanks

Rating:
4 star

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Review: Divine Temptation by Nicki Elson

Title: Divine Temptation
Author: Nicki Elson
Published: March 26, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

Maggie Brock has everything under control. Even her divorce, though painful at the time, registers only as a minor blip in her carefully constructed universe. Her life in Prairie Oaks has once again returned to a smooth, predictable pace…until an angel shows up in her bedroom.

The angel is just as bewildered as Maggie about why he’s been sent to her, but their unsuccessful efforts to gain understanding of the mystery fade to the background as their relationship grows. Soon, Maggie’s biggest problem becomes the angel himself, as her feelings for him develop into something less than saintly.

While Maggie struggles to keep her desires pure, a nefarious being lurks in the shadows of Prairie Oaks, watching and waiting for the opportunity to fulfill his ambiguous purpose. Preying on her conflicted emotions, the demon manipulates her at every opportunity, but the one to deliver Maggie directly into his hands is the last person she’d expect.

Review:

All I can say is wow! What a great book. I loved the way it was about religion without being preachy and even had a little sex thrown in, which was kinky but still classy. What? People who go to church do have sex you know. The stork retired a loooong time ago 😉
Any way, that was the first thing I liked about it. But secondly, it’s also about relationships and marriage and even a little kids 101. All without being preachy. It was nice to have a normal woman (and thank God she was of normal age, did I tell you that? No teen superheroes here!) who had to deal with normal temptations. The story read very well to. Remember how the theme music from Jaws goes? Just a little stalkerish and then feeding frenzy!!! Well this was kind of how this story went. It was good from beginning to end. She was stalked and although you think you know who the good and bad guy is, you will still be surprised. I would totally recommend this read.

Rating:
4 star

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Review: Betrayals of Spring (Forever Fae #2) by L.P. Dover

Title: Betrayals of Spring (Forever Fae Series, Book #2)
Author: L.P. Dover
Published: February 13, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

The smell of rain vastly approaches as we are lying on the ground in a sea of flowers. They surround our bodies while the fresh Spring wind caresses our skin with its soft, gentle touch. Combined as one, we stare into each other’s eyes as we bask in the pleasure of our love and OUR land.

The Land of the Fae has flourished bringing a new beginning and a new court, the Fall Court. Five years have passed since then along with the dreaded day that Meliantha, Summer Court Princess and one of the powerful Four, was betrayed and broken-hearted by the sexy and alluring Winter Prince, Kalen. Spurned by the man she loves, Meliantha has turned and fallen into the arms of the fierce and handsome warrior, Finn, who understands she can never love him, but wants more than anything to mend her broken heart.
The Winter Solstice Ball is approaching, meaning Meliantha will have to face the Winter Prince and make it out of there with her heart intact. But what does she do when Prince Kalen acts as if nothing ever happened and seems more in love with her than ever before?

The dark sorcerer has planned his twisted game of lies and deceit well, and has enjoyed making himself a player without anyone’s knowledge. The game is almost over and the players are exactly where they are needed to be. Will Meliantha figure out his twisted game and save all the players? Or will the dark sorcerer once again obtain the power of the Four and take everything away from her…..even her one true love?

Review:

After reading Forever Fae, I could not wait to start this book. Luckily for me I had a lot of books to read, so I had 3 books of this series saved up to read back to back. I enjoyed Forever Fae so much, I just had had had to start Betrayals of Spring. Do you have that too?
Betrayals of Spring starts almost immediately after we leave the happy couple of the Fall Court behind, married and well. In this book we got to know the sister and brother of the respective queen and king of the Fall Court. Melianthe is of the Summer Court and Kalen is of the Winter. They almost immediatly hit it off and you would think it would be easy on this couple, because they know what they can expect right? Well that slimy *beep* has a few aces up his sleeve and he almost immediatly tears this young couple apart, to make it easier on himself. They have their own troubles to go through, because the old scorserer learned a few tricks, he would not be surprised by the fae’s anymore. In this book the woman is the ultimate hero here. But again, it’s the female/male ying yang thing going on that has the most power here. I liked the different path this book took in making the princess save the prince!

Rating:
3 star

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Review: The Spring and Autumn Murders by Laura Seeber

Title:The Spring and Autumn Murders
Author: Laura Seeber
Published: December 7, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:

Set in a time of uneasy peace and opportunistic alliances in ancient China, The Spring and Autumn Murders tell the story of three friends, Hai, Lei and Zian. With a friendship forged in military training and battle, they are sent from their home kingdom of Zhou to a village in the northern area of Jin to help patrol the border against barbarians from the surrounding mountains under the direction of Lord Nianzu, the local magistrate. It appears to be a normal assignment, but the three friends soon discover that nothing about this new detail is routine.

While Hai and Lei make their first nightly patrols in the area, Zian is surprised in camp by a panic stricken, bloody Hua, fiancé of their employer’s son. Zian sets out to find his comrades, and returns with them, only to find Hua missing, and mercenary soldiers riding into their camp intent on finding the murders who have terrorized the village below, killing to only son of Lord Nianzu.

Now it’s a race to find Hua and the truth between the three friends, the military that is chasing them, the grief stricken Lord Nianzu, and the real killer, who each have their own motives for finding the girl. The trails lead each group through quite a number of surprises, uneasy alliances, the ever present spirit world, and more bloodshed to find the truth that sometimes even the most quiet of villages hide the darkest secret imaginable.

Review:

I like reading books about other cultures, especially in times gone by. The author did a very good job of portraying how life was in those times. I liked certain aspects of the books, like the friendship, trust and staying true to your friends, no matter what. I also liked the way that they portrayed how superstitious people were of little things.
What I did not like was the “cheap” way they made a case against Zian. Yes, I understand things were against him, I totally get that. But just when things were all worked out they find a body and what do they do? STILL claim it’s him. And then suddenly there is believe in him again? I don’t get that. If there was put just a little more thought in the accusation or the things leading up to it, I would’ve enjoyed this book so much more. The real culprit was a suprise though. This tells me that the author is more than able to think this true. I wonder why her beta readers and editor did not see this.

Rating:
2 star

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Review: Forever Fae (Forever Fae #1) by L.P. Dover

Titel: Forever Fae (Forever Fae Series)
Author: L.P. Dover
Published: December 7, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:

He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect… We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.

According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.

No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.

Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Review:

This was a very fun and light read. I loved the Fae court. Having read a lot of books about fae and faeries, I felt like this was kind of like a history into fae, or something like that. I kind of get the feeling that you get to know why the Fae court got to be in different seasons. But other than that, it was the basic good guy, bad guy story.
What I liked about the story was the notion that man and womon get to be equals and more than that, it’s through the union of eachother, through complementing male and female, that the true power of could be released to defeat the dark that is threatening to overcome the land. I could not wait to start the next book in this series!

Rating:
3 star

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Review: Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker

Title: Rewrite Redemption
Author: J.H. Walker
Published: January 25, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.

She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her. 

She wants answers.

He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.

Then he moves to her town.

Review:

This was a very well written book. I also would like to add: clean. I really like to find books where not everything is about sex. Not that I mind the sex, but sometimes it’s nice to have a breather from all that.  Just saying, now back to the book.
It’s really hard when you’re in puberty, everything is awkward, everything is changing almost daily. Now add in a dash of crazy and a heaping of supernatural and what you would have is a crawl-under-the-covers-and-never-ever-come-out kind of life. Well that’s what I would do. Or turn supervillian. But A.J. handles this with grace far beyond her years. She manages to have a somewhat normal life, but because she tries so hard not to stick out, she kind of gets the short end of the straw with her peers. Luckily she has 2 good friends who stay with her, because well let’s face it, they have shitty parents. Her mom died and her father is a little nutty, but he’s a better dad than her friends have parents.
And then she meets the boy. He knows about her, because he is like her. But he is “registered” and she is “rogue” or a shadow, as they call people who are not registered. First he just wants her to fix what he can’t fix anymore, but he gets to know her. She, being the social recluse she has banished herself to be, just to be safe, does not know what to do with him or her budding feelings. She’s not even sure what she’s feeling.
To keep a long story short (I’m getting away from myself here) this is a very well written book. I liked all of the characters and there were no plotholes, unless I missed one or two. But all in all, it kept me entertained and on the edge of my chair the whole time. You notice that the author and the editor took care of what was written. Awesome book, read and recommend!

Rating:
4 star

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Review: In Too Deep by Brandy L. Rivers

17825874Title: In Too Deep (Others of Edenton)
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Published: April 15, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

18+ Adult Content

Brody is a talented motorcycle mechanic and werewolf stuck in his painful past. On yet another depressing night, he is viciously attacked by vampires.

Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind.

Running for his life, Brody crashes into Fallon and sparks fly. She ends up stranded in the Northwest with her ride out of commission.

Stranded with no ride and nowhere to go, Fallon allows her best friend to convince her to stay in Brody’s apartment. He’s determined to claim her heart and keep her safe from the shadows in her past. Fallon prides herself on her independence and would rather keep him safe, even from herself.

With the impending danger from the group of vampires and dark mages, they will have to work together. The closer they get, the harder it is for her to fight her attraction.

Be prepared for monsters, magic and lots of ink.

Review:

If you like werewolves, magic, stubborn kick-ass heroines and vampires, you can stop right here and get this book. I really liked reading this book. It was fun and action packed and sexy. Fallon is kind of a mystery. The blurb says inherent magic, but I think there might be more to her than just being a druid as she claims. Because she can out-do anyone and that’s not just druid-y right? So that’s one of the first things I would like to know more about. And although the sex scenes were hot, maybe a little less of those and some more details. But that is my only hangup with this book. It was well written and very entertaining. Also: more ink maybe?

Rating:
3 star

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Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

17255435Title: A Shade Of Vampire 
Author: Bella Forrest
Published: December 14, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Review:
All in all not a bad story. I never read a story before about vampires and witches working together. I liked that. I also liked that it was a vamp that tried to control himself. What I liked a little less is that a teenager has so much composure and poise and a 400 year old vamp, born in different times has somewhat the same … how shall I call it? Ideologies? Mannerisms? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but somewhat like present day man.
But not that it did not manage to make me curious about the next book. What curse or prophesy? There is something. But I think some decision needs to be made. Either make Sofie uber sensible or make her a teenager. It kind of bothers me when she goes all teenagery on me after a long stretch of sensibility.

Rating:
3 star

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Review: Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles

17411115Title: Saving Saffron Sweeting 
Author: Pauline Wiles
Published: April 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

~~ Quarter finalist, 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award ~~

Grace Palmer’s British friends all think she’s living the American Dream. But her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.

The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good place for Grace to lick her wounds, but the community is battling its own changes. Reluctantly, Grace finds herself helping her new neighbours as they struggle to adjust and save their businesses. However, not everyone has the same opinion on what’s good for the village. The charismatic new man in her life may have one speculative eye on Grace, but the other is firmly on profit. How will she navigate the tricky path between her home and her happiness?

With gentle humour and generous helpings of British tea and cake, Saving Saffron Sweeting explores one woman’s need to define herself through her career and community, before she can figure out who should be by her side.

Review:
I really liked this story. Of course life isn’t that easy, but it would be nice if it could be right? I liked the way it was kind of realistic (even though she had a job and house way too easy – was that a spoiler? Sorry!), but it also brought out some of the good and nice in people. it wasn’t about some young chick but about a “seasoned” woman who had to make some hard decisions. Making some bad ones along the way. And also, love conquering and all that jazz. But not just in a jiffy, working hard for it. I like the message that it conveys. Nowadays we jump into someone else’s arms way too fast. And even though she made the wrong decision, it was never because she did not think it over. Good read and great description of England! I also liked the cover. Very festive 🙂

Rating:
3 star

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