KB Review: Confessions: Robbie


Author: Ella Frank

Series: Confessions # 1

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 314

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

SIDEBAR: You don’t need to read the Temptation series however highly suggest it. For Logan and Tate’s story needs to be read because I love them. Plus we meet the characters from this story, and their beginning.

I forgot to gush about this book but just for everyone to know i 100% loved this book. To see more Robbie and fall more in love with his stubborn and sassy behavior. He knows who he is and isn’t gong to hide or stop being himself which I love most about him. Plus he’s loyal and so family based that I see why Priest and Julien want him.

PRIEST & ROBBIE CONTINUED:

Now since Priest and Robbie meet they’ve been on each others bad side, so I knew/ hopped that they would get together. But the ending of True came a surprise that 1st Priest is married and 2nd that him and his husband want to bring Robbie into a three way relationship. Color me shock but totally ready for it.

THE NEW/OLD GUY:
Julien we don’t meet until True when he meets Robbie at the Pop Cherry and they hit off but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. However we get more of him in this book and i simply love him. I already loved Priest because he’s one of those silent but don’t take crap and always tell you the truth. I love how that honest comes out of him and Robbie ask questions and tries to make sense of why Priest and Julien want to bring him in their marriage.

THE STORY:
This book has lots of funny moment but also serious ones because Priest and Julien have lots of baggage and in this first book only touch a bit of what those men has been through. Plus I have to say the touching moments between all three of them made me make awe noises in public and get weird looks. Plus the sexy parts are so hot that being at work and reading got me questioned a lot.
But I wouldn’t change a thing and I can’t wait until Julien’s story comes out later this year. Hopefully all three would be released this year because I am addicted to it.

I will be rereading the temptation series before I review them. Not because I don’t remember the stories, but because I just want the memories fresh when I review.

Also has anyone read the temptation series or this first book in this trilogy. If so please let me know because am obsessed with everything that goes on in these books. Also the second book comes out next month and so excited.

BR: The Hating Game


author: Sally Thorne

narrator: Katie Schorr

format: audible

length: 11hrs/29mins

publisher: willow morrow

rating: 4/5

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.  

MY THOUGHTS:

This has been so hyped and it totally deserve it. For her first book Sally Thorne did a great job in bringing a hate to love relationship with lots of humor. Which makes this the prefect book for me. I loved how Lucy’s and Josh’s relationship was trying to up one each other and that Josh seemed to read minds. They bring out each others bad sides and I couldn’t stop laughing at their antics.

Which I should bring up this book is funny so you may not want to read in public. I mean you can if you don’t mind people looking at you weird for laughing out of nowhere. The narrator does such a good job of showing the many emotions that come with Lucy’s and Josh’s dislike for each other and all the others later on.

Also this was about trying to bring to rival companies together once and for all. Which brings Lucy and Josh to work together and plan a bounding course. Which was fun to see both sides come together and pelt each other with paint balls. Also Josh and Lucy had there own things that they had to work on and each helped the other out.

I will say though Lucy got on my nerves some. She seemed to like Josh one minute then say something that will make them stop talking. Not that Josh wasn’t also a pain with his silent and not just telling her stuff. Which lead to total bs moments, however it didn’t take away from my total enjoyment of the book itself.

All in all I really loved this book and for a debut novel I can’t wait to see what Sally Thorne comes out with next. So glad I gave this contemporary a chance and I really want to buy the physical book.

 

Book Review: Illuminae


Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series: the Illuminae Files_01

Genre: Science Fiction w/ mult. media

Format: Hardback/audible

Page Count: 599/ 11hrs & 41mins

Rating: 5/5

Summary: First off we start on the planet Kerenza where the people there gets attacked randomly. Destroying the planet but not ever one including ex’s Kady and Erza. However they get separated and one goes on the Alexandra and the other on Hypatia both heading toward the Heimdall while running from the people who were trying to destroy Kerenza. However it’s not a smooth trip and soon things start to get hushed up so it seems that Kady is the only one who wants to find answers.

My Thoughts:

So much happens and that ending had me preordering the next book which is only two days away. Everyone has pretty much heard/read this book before me since it is a 2015 release and am late as always. But here is my very thoughts though a bit randomly about this book that I don’t read the genre but kind a want to read more.
I didn’t get lost and was happily surprised about where the story took you. That mostly have to do with Kady Grant. She is such a strong character who had a lot and I mean a LOT of things thrown at her yet she took it all with steel. Even if she didn’t really feel it. Her hacking skills and drive to find answers are great traits for a character to have. And Ezra may not be the smartest guy in the world I still loved him and humor. He’s a goof ball that I just wanted to hug and cheer for when he got a achievement.
But they are not the only two weren’t the only reason..

1. there was also the war in the space and how these ships where trying to get to the Heimdall to safety.

2. The whole government are keeping secrets so Kady has to use her hacking skills to find the answers.

3. Long distance relationship taken to another level since its in space and on two different ships.

4. The mystery virus that has to be contained in locked place.

5. And of course when a computer becomes to smart for the peoples own good.

I enjoyed all these points because in my head it can all happen which is scary and a page tuner at the same time. Kaufman and Kristoff didn’t pull any punches and pulled at your heart because you fall in love with all the characters. Well the ones at least that become friends with the two main characters and can make me smile. I love my side characters and these book hurt my heart a lot for what they did.
Plus the audio is really interesting for its done by different voices and just made the storyline run smoothly without me getting confused. Its 11 hrs and 41 mins however since its a mult-media book it was page or two chapters.
the writing is interesting because there is a lot of media’s in the book. Including IM’s, emails, voicemails, drawings, and other things I don’t know the names of. But it was really cool to look at while listening. Also the descriptions especially with AIDAN the way everything was describe I POV made it seem like he was a real person instead of a machine.

this book was beautiful done and so glad I don’t have to wait a whole year before the next book comes out.

So there are the thoughts of one bookworm let me know yours in the comments below. Also if anyone has some good science fiction books that is good for a beginner please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and hope to come back soon. 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: Big Rock


Author: Lauren Blakley

Format: kindle

Page Count: 235

Rating: 5/5

Its officially I really liked this author and will be collecting her books slowly but surly. Onto this first book….
SUMMARY:

Spenser Holiday is the main speaker. Spenser is a ladies man but also a gentlemen who loves his family. Loves them so much in fact that he opened his big mouth and tells a lie that he is engaged to his best friend/ business partner Charlotte. Just so that his dad has the chance at a  business deal to sale his business and retire. It was only supposed to be a week long fake engagement that soon became more.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book as a whole I liked very much and for many reasons. One being Spenser himself. He may have been a ladies man and opened his mouth to lots of lying to his family. However I can’t fault him for doing it. His heart was in the right place and wasn’t just a selfish act for his benefit.
Then we have Charlotte the best friend/business partner who sucks at keeping secrets yet she agrees. Also Charlotte has a problem of her own dealing with a ex boyfriend who is pretty much stalking her. So agreeing to this fake engagement has some benefits other then the sexual ones.
and of boy is there sexy times. It doesn’t come off right away because Spenser doesn’t want to go there however as things heat up they both take what the other can give. Plus being best friends since college has helped make the relationship seem more real. They have great humor along with great chemistry which brings a great read.
Plus the side characters including siblings, best friends, and family members make me smile so much. Another plus being that the end conflict was minor to how some blowouts happen. I was happy that it didn’t follow the usual format that made me love this book more. Last plus there is two more books out on some of the side characters which am more than happy to spend my money on and read them as soon as possible.

Okay done rambling for now other than to say please read and let me know what you think.

Audible Review: Apprentice in Death 


Author: J.D.Robb

Narrator: Susan Ericksen

Series: in death-43

Rating: 5/5

Format: audible 13h 6m

Summary:

Nature versus nurture…

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

MY FANGIRL THOUUGHTS:

This book was like Innocent in Death for it being a minor. Differences it was a father/daughter team and sniper people who did them wrong. Though we find out who they are pretty quickly the hunt was fun. Behind the duo killings have been twisted so that Will could kill as she wants. You would think after over 40 books in these series that it would get boring but it’s not. I love how J.D Robb comes up with the plot, the police work behind it, and the relationships. I love all the characters that Eve has made along the way and how they pretty much became family. There is also so life changing things happening where Eve’s accepting change.

Also I love how in the end it went from all about death to life and happiness. Quick note about the audible it was done by the same lady whose done the rest of the series. Which I loved. A thing I didn’t like about the audible is the fact that I didn’t get the book until three hours after it released. Waiting to listen to this book was annoying.

I still love these books and since I finished this in one day. Now have to wait until 2017 for the next book.

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception 


By: Mary E. Pearson

Series: the remnant chronicles #1

Page Count: 486

Format: hardback/audible 

Publisher: Henry Holt

Summary: “Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.” Is a good summary for the book. 

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love. 

5/5 

(Spoiler Free)

Thoughts:

 I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how strong Lia was leaving, breaking tradition. Even if it had a prince and assassin chasing after her without her knowledge. The whole trying to figure out who’s who drove me crazy. Trying to tell by the what they said or how they acted didn’t tell me anything. Which I give Pearson mad props for and think she did it beautiful. 

Arabella or Lia herself is strong character. Who knows what she wants and doesn’t care if it goes with tradition. She doesn’t take things laying down which is super cool. I think it helps that she has older brothers. Lia goes on a unexpected journey that made her see things and learn more about herself. 

The friendships in these book is also done very well. How loyal Paulina is to Lia because she didn’t have to come along however chose to stick with Lia. Then we have Berdi and Gwyneth that soon formed a sisterhood of sorts between the women. They weren’t some weaklings either they were all strong in there own right. 

Then we have the boys Kaden and Rafe which in the beginning didn’t have a rival really. I call it healthy male competition. They both was ready to hate Lia and stay that way. However she charmed them to think differently of her.

Then we have the romance which was really nice actual. For it was a love triangle however it wasn’t. Lia figured who she wanted pretty quickly and even though some things did happen with the other one she kept to her original. My fear is though it will change in the second book because it’s happened before and it’ll probably bum me out. 

The different places like Terravan the sleepy fishing town that is Paulina’s hometown, and a safe haven for the girls. To the Vagabound who are gypsies who travel and help those who need it. Then at the end we get to see Kaden’s hometown of Venda which is also has Komizar which is one bad S.O.B. 

Some things did bug me in this book like when she finds out who Kaden is she blows up on him. However when Rafe comes out in the end she didn’t seem to react. Pretty much just glad that he came for her. The whole gift thing bugged me as well. Why can’t she just be a regular girl who can do amazing things. But know we have the whole mother helped her repress it, and a prophecy about her as well. Also I don’t like the fact that Lia lied to Paulina I understand but I don’t like it. Because it will come back and bite her in the butt i just can feel it. Lastly I don’t like the customs that are placed on girls in royal families. That’s why I love she rebellious nature.

The pacing was in the middle of being to slow or quick especially in the beginning. Now am really excited to see what happens in the second book. I’ve heard it’s even better than this first book which I’ll just have to wait and see. 

Have anyone else read this if so let me know what you thought in the comments. 

Audible Mini Reviews on Helena Hunting Books


I went on a bit of a marathon of Helena Hunting books. It’s in the order that they were read and have a short summary and what I thought. All these where audible listens and all pretty quick story wise.

1.PUCKED (Nathan Everett & Muffy Newton) 10hrs. and 48 mins

Alex and Violet had an attraction since they first laid eyes on each other at one of his hockey games and it’s been intense ever since. I love Violet and her no filter personality that you don’t know what’s about to come out of her mouth. Then there’s Alex who’s a hockey player with a cute accident. The humor and drama made me continue on the series for I really enjoyed all the characters.

PUCKED UP (Joe Arden) 11hrs and 18mins

Miller (Buck) and Sunshine (Sunny). Buck has been known to sleep around however that changed when he meets his team mates little sister Sunny. Then Buck had a whole new relationship to try on. Sunny has to learn if she can trust Buck and not the pictures she sees on the internet about him.This one was weird because it was never put in Sunny’s POV. The rest of the series is in duel POV and yet this one was left out. I enjoyed Sunny for she’s a total a hippy who says things that would make people uncomfortable. Then there is Buck who is trying to change for Sunny but that isn’t always that easy. It was plenty of ups and downs in their relationships with totally unnecessary drama and making up. It was one roller-coaster that I probably shouldn’t have enjoyed but did.

PUCKED OVER (Rose Dioro & Jacob Morgan) 10hrs 37mins

Randy and Lily. They ended with a misunderstanding that had them stop talking. Until they meet back up at one of his games and decided to go the sex with no strings attached. Living in two countries and trying to make time to hook up. Makes the no string harder than they both thought. I love Randy he is such a big kid that makes me just want to cuddle him. While Lily is someone that just been in a long relationship that she knew wasn’t going anywhere. When they came together Randy became horny dog while being protective over Lily. It was a pain while also really sweet.

FOREVER PUCKED (Emily C. Michaels & Jeremy York) 10hrs and 10mins

Alex and Violet have been engaged for a while and though Violet wants to marry Alex with both their mother planning their big day gives her hives. Violet has been keep putting everything off until an accident with Alex makes Violet rethink putting it off.

(I liked how Helena had written about my favorite sport Hockey, had some really interesting characters. Plus, she played off some other words then pucked. Now all I need is a Lance and Tasha because even though Lance is noticed as a player he’s loyal and needs Tasha in his life. That’s all I ask.)

THE LIBRARIAN PRINCIPLE (Maxine Mitchell) 10hrs and 52 mins

I have a very meh view on this book. The characters where okay but I didn’t really get behind nor really cared. I was pretty much seeing if anything would happen if they were found out. However, nothing really happened. Not if you count the stalker which didn’t go anywhere. Some humor but wasn’t enough and though I finished it it was my least favorite out of this marathon.

CLIPPED WINGS (Elizabeth Louise & Jason Carpenter) 12hrs and 29mins INKED ARMOR 11hrs and 10 mins

Hayden and Tenley both broken people who are trying to find peace with the stuff they’ve been through. This duology was interesting in the friendship between the main and secondary characters. This wasn’t just about the romance it was more about closer, finding peace, and have good friends that are supportive. This duology was a good wrap up to Helena Hunting marathon I had while I was road tripping.

So the only book I didn’t like is THE LIBRARIAN PRINCIPLE which out of seven books isn’t bad at all. If you want to try her books out start with either Pucked or Clipped Wings both where really good and I recommend them.

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness 


Series: Chaos Walking-2

Page Count: 519

Summary:  We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode
In summary this is what the book did to me 

clappinggiff.gifThis keeps going from where the Knife of Never Letting Go. And just so you know there is kind of spoilers since this is the second book. 

Things to Know: 
1: this book has plenty of death. Patrick Ness totally upped his death list. Which totally work since this is war and there will be death. Some where more harder than others and that last one hurt more than I thought it would. 

2: The fighting is between Major Prentiss and the Ask which is a group that regrouped when the Major took over. However the ending had a nice twist that brings a different element to the war that isn’t good. 

3: Major Prentiss is simply losing it. I swear that he’s on a crazy fave. Just the way he talked and acted made you think that he wasn’t 100% alright in the head. He also has some issues with women. He pretty much treat them like cattle and gosh I wanted to hurt him. However the women show him how strong they can be. Go Haven Rebels. 

4: This book is a 500 page book however the past is quick. Plus it had a so much happening in the war effects on both side that just made me want to keep reading. 

5: If you love Todd and Viola moments there is very few in this book. They get separated in the very first page and only see each other three times after. However as you reading each other POV they where always thinking about the other. They didn’t overly care about the war effects only of how they’ll survive it together. 

6: this book is also pretty dark in areas. Like the things that Todd does can be disturbing. Todd and Viola grow up so much with all the crap they see. Todd though I was most afraid of. He was going dark and it hurt from how he was in the first book. 

7: one thing I didn’t like was that there was a chance at a love triangle which I wasn’t ready for it wanted to happen. I liked the other guy, but not for a love interest. Please no. 

With this series I have to take a bit of a break between them because they hurt my heart. So am hoping to get to the last book Monster of Men and am not ready for it. That ending killed me on so many reason and I had the break to wrap my head around it. Highly recommend for those who haven’t read this series. It’s so good.

Audible Review: Harry Potter 1&2


I have a different relationship with Harry Potter then some people. When the movies came out my mom, brother (who read the books as they came out), and I would go see them. I’ve only read the third book and after seeing part 1 of the last movie read the whole book. That’s it. I grew up on the movies ignoring the books. Don’t ask why because I really don’t know but now I really wish I read them before.
The reason being although I know the storyline from watching the Harry Potter movies I forgot how much more you get by reading the books. And I learned that lesson by listening to the first two Sorcerers Stone and Chambers of Secrets.

Like how character dialogues go with the movies however told by someone different. Or events happen but not with the same cast of characters. It confused the heck out of me where I thought I was remembering wrong. Apparently though it was just changed from the book. I still loved the book as a whole because it gives me background and more information that I missed the first time around. And I serious bummed about it. I love how Neville is more in certain events then I first thought. Or how everyone really become friends. It’s very interesting to go back and see it this way the way J.K. Rowling meant for it.

The audible itself was enjoyable except so ways the author said things like Harry when a character is exaggerating got overused in my opinion. Or how they made Hermione sound whiny. I don’t know if I would have gotten the same vibe if I read it, but I just didn’t like it. Also every time Snape talked I would miss Alan Rickman because to me he was the prefect Snape.

All in all I want to keep listening to the rest of Harry Potter because I get through them quickly and though I don’t like everything that narrator does I enjoy him as a whole. Now I can’t watch a movie before watching the movie because I just can’t. However watching the adaptation I look out for what was changed and I talk about it. I really wish I could back and read it with when my mom and brother read it. However I still love the movies and the memories with them. So I guess I’ll just make new ones.

AUDIO REVIEW: The BFG by Roald Dahl


 

While reading the BFG I had to keep reminding myself that this is a children’s book. Also I keep thinking how they will make this book into a movie. It should be interesting to see events of the book come out in movie format.
Anyway parts that I liked:
-I enjoyed the BFG I listened to this book and for some reason to me the BFG sounded like Hagrid from Harry Potter. Though the BFG and Hagrid are different in so many ways. Also he couldn’t speak like Sophie could because he taught himself. So he has some words that he made up that are sometimes hard to know. However he is also the runt of the other giants and a dream collector. So instead of eating the children he gives them good dreams.
-I also loved the relationship between Sophie and the BFG. They are both pretty much loners one being an outcast among his peers and Sophie being an orphan. They both hate what the other giants are doing and so make plans on stopping them once and all.
Things  I didn’t like:
-Because I listened to this by audible not only did I have the narrator but also sound effects. Some where fine however some I was just went yuck.
-Also I had a problem with the end like I said I had to remind myself this is a children’s book but come on. I liked Sophie’s plan of having the BFG make a nightmare of what the other giants did at night. However how calm the queen and the servant and such bugged me. Instead they make a giant size things so that he can eat breakfast with the queen. If giants where real that is not how a person would act friendly or not.

-Now on to the other giants which are described as ugly so if I see the movie not looking forward to that. There are nine of them and they each have weird names like Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, or Bloodbottler. They are all great bullies who pick on the BFG relentlessly however when the chance comes up BFG get them back.

 

I enjoyed this book and want to more from Roald Dalf other than this book and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like Matilda, and The Witches which both have movies out that I’ve seen but never read. If you want to jump back into your inner child then try this book out. Then if you enjoy it you can see it on the screen.