Wednesday, December 28, 2016

{Book Review} Rock the City by Gia Riley



Rock the City by Gia Riley
Published: June 23rd, 2016
Series: Midnight Fate #2
Source: Won from Author’s Facebook
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
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Ten years ago, Lane Lewis said goodbye to the only home he’s ever known.

Now that Midnight Fate’s tour has ended, he’s more determined than ever to find a balance between music and life. But sometimes reality’s a joke, fate’s a lie, and history’s meant to repeat itself.

Ten years ago he shed the pain, but now it’s seeking revenge.

Noelle Nash is a hopeless romantic with a dirty mouth. After almost giving up on love, she’s been lured away from her safety net to try one more time with Lane.

She’s willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto the man she loves, but her fierce protectiveness even takes her by surprise.

Can she learn to accept the truth? Or will she let her fears consume her, leaving her with no choice but to walk away?

Six months ago their future began. Today, it’s about to get rocked.

{Review}
This book was very different from what I was expecting.  I started this book thinking that it was going to be a fun, rock star romance, but was pleasantly surprised when it was a lot grittier, darker and emotionally draining than I originally thought.  The character development and romance in this book is what really stood out to me and made it unique from other contemporary romance reads.

Riley’s writing was beautiful and captivating.  I found myself highlighting many passages and even strongly connecting with some of the quotes.  This book did begin a little bit rocky for me until about 70 pages in, but then it became absolutely captivating.  The biggest, and really the only problem I had with this book was that the beginning was confusing.  It jumps right into the middle of the relationship between Lane and Noelle without really setting it up first.  It does start with a short passage about how they met, but then it dives right in.  I even had to go back and make sure that this book could be read as a standalone because it felt like I had missed an entire book before reading this.  However, after I got deeper within the story, I began really enjoying myself.

I thought the pacing was perfect!  It was fast paced and had a lot of action in it which kept me at the edge seat and reading late into the night.  There was never a moment were I found the plot dull or boring.  I really would not classify this book as a rock star romance since it is only a very small portion of the book.  It is more of an emotional contemporary romance that explores forgiveness, self-worth and not allowing our pasts determine our futures.  It was an emotionally deep story that made me both happy and sad. 

The character development in the book was absolutely fantastic!  I cannot rave enough about how well-rounded these characters were, even the secondary characters.  Lane was the perfect mix of being protective and caring.  I liked that he was not the usual snarky bad boy, but he also was not perfect.  His character felt as if he was a real person.  Noelle was great as well.  I was slightly worried that this book would only focus on Lane’s personal demons, but I am glad that Noelle’s character was fully developed with her own problems she had to overcome.  I don’t want to go too in-depth with other characters because I would consider it spoilers, but just know that all these characters were amazing.

The romance in this book was also something I very much enjoyed.  The connection between Lane and Noelle was very apparent.  When the story starts, their relationship is already very serious.  Although there were flash backs of their early relationship, I really wish that I could have read that story too.  This would have been an amazing duology!

Overall, I did really like this book.  The story started off rocky, but I am glad that I kept reading because I quickly fell in love with these characters.  Although I am pretty sure this book is very different from the first book in the Midnight Fate series, I am still very interested in reading the story between Easton and Lark.  I will be picking up more of Gia Riley’s books in the future and can’t wait to see where the rest of this series takes readers.

{Rating}


Easton claps my shoulder and smiles.  “She’ll be fine, man.  Let her spread her wings a little.
“It’s not her wings I’m worried about,” I tell him.   “It’s her heart.”

Also check out some of Gia Riley’s other books below.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

{Book Review} Pretty Lost Dolls by Ker Dukey & K Webster



Pretty Lost Dolls by Ker Dukey & K Webster
Published: November 28th, 2016
Series: Pretty Stolen Dolls
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller
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Benny had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
Just like him, his dolly needed darkness as a fix, fix, fix.
So they tormented and hunted and played tricks, tricks, tricks.
Together their sins a lethal mix, mix, mix.

Until Benny missed his dolly who was lost, lost, lost.
He needed to find her and love her at any cost, cost, cost.
Not wanting him and his dolly to be alone, lone, lone.
He made plans to bring his dirty dolly, home, home, home.

Have you ever touched another’s soul with the essence of your own, breathed them in so they become apart of you?
I have.
Finally starting to live, feel and fall in love, amongst all the chaos surrounding me.
Dropping my guard and letting another into my heart.
I left my soul open.
I left my heart open.
I left the door open.
And he stole me.
Dillon…I’m sorry.

{Review}
I ABSOLUTELY could not wait to get my hands on this book!  I think that Pretty Stolen Dolls had one of the biggest cliff hangers of all time!  I really didn’t think that this book could not be any darker or disturbing than the first, but I stand corrected.  There were numerous times that I gasped, sat horrified or had to take a break from reading this book.  This is DARK…the darkest I have ever read and probably the darkest that I will EVER read!  This series is not one for the faint of heart, but it was also strangely addicting and I could not put it down.

The writing in this book was just as fantastic as it was in book one.  The biggest difference from book one was that this was written in dual POV’s.  Readers now get to not only see inside the mind of Jade, but now Dillon and Benny’s as well.  It was absolutely brilliant being able to see Benny’s inner dialogue and discovering how his past shaped his psychotic behavior.  This aspect was very important for me because I hate books/movies where there is a serial killer, but there is no explanations given about their actions.  This aspect made the plot feel even more dynamic and well-rounded.

I really loved the evolution of these characters from book one.  In Pretty Lost Dolls, Jade was just a child held hostage at the whims of a psychotic killer, but now as an adult with police training, it was interesting to see how Jade used it to her advantage.  I loved that her decisions were very smart and calculated.  She was able to use the thought of Dillon’s love to help her withstand the torture and abuse she had to withstand.  I also really enjoyed seeing the softer, sweeter side of Dillon.  His parts were essential for readers to know what was happening on the outside while Jade was in captivity, but other than that, I did not really think his POV was that necessary. 

Benny!  Defiantly one of those characters you love to hate.  I almost felt sorry for him…almost.  His gentler side was shown in book two, but for every moment of softness came a moment of hurt.  And with a surprising turn of events, Macy, Jade’s sister, was even more psychotic than her captor.  Her behavior was more cringe inducing than Benny’s, which is really saying something.  Her character was the one that I felt sympathy for because her traumatic childhood turned her into a monster.  She completely lacked the concept of right and wrong, and although her actions were horrendous, I felt like all she wanted was love from Benny.

Although the romance is great, it really took a back seat to the character development and plot.  It still was strong and I am very happy it was integrated within the story, but there are SO many strong points, it almost felt like one of the weaker parts.  I really loved the connection between Jade and Dillon.  I loved how protective Dillon was and the fact that he would move Earth itself if he could to find Jade when she was taken.

I loved the ending of this book.  It almost felt like some of my favorite 90’s horror films.  However, I cannot express enough that this is for MATURE readers in every way.  It is also has numerous triggers, such as rape, kidnapping, death, torture and many types of abuse (mental, physical & sexual).

I really enjoyed this duet, which I find strange because usually I do not enjoy romance books that involve such extreme violence.  I think that the plot is so captivating and the character development was so amazing, it helped out shine any other problems that I might have found with it.  I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good thriller book with a touch of romance, but are not easily offended.  

{Rating}

“If you were a tear in the ocean, I’d still find you baby.  Because you’re mine and I’m yours.”
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

{Cover Reveal} Body of Crime by R. Scarlett


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Title: Body Of The Crime (Blackest Gold, #2)
Author: R. Scarlett
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 30 , 2017
Cover Design: Mae I Design
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Synopsis
Never trust a demon.
Never trust your heart.
And never trust the woman who holds it.
In Body of the Crime, a beast craved a beauty and oh, how she ravaged him.


More in the series!
Vein Of Love
About The Author
R. Scarlett


R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance. 


From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. When she's not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

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