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The Barrington Billionaire World Book 3 by Ruth Cardello, Danielle Stewart and Jeannette Winters Reviewed

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The Barrington Billionaire World Book 3 by Ruth Cardello, Danielle Stewart and Jeannette Winters Reviewed

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Trade It All by Ruth Cardello

Lance Barrington’s priority is business, not pleasure. Only one woman has ever been able to turn him inside out: Willa Chambers, his sister’s best friend. Forbidden. Scandalous. Unforgettable.

They’ve spent the last ten years trying to forget one night.

When Willa and Lance are thrown together again, things heat up fast. Loving him almost destroyed her the first time.

This time, will it heal her?

MY THOUGHTS

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this story because it’s not one of those fast developing romance. In fact, this one has history.  A past that was hunting both the characters. I like how the characters develop throughout the story and how they faced the hurdle between them. I also like how Willa’s friends stood up for her even without her spilling everything.

I also like how the characters get to know not only each other but only their own self throughout the process. I’m just a little hung and wanting to unravel the mystery around the family. Hopefully the next books will give justice to all of that mystery. I’m looking forward to the next one.

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Crazy Nights by Danielle Stewart

Emmitt Kalling isn’t satisfied unless he’s smashing something. It can be a punching bag at the gym or some jerk’s face at the bar. He’s not picky. Since arriving home from his last deployment, he’s itching for some action. But he only finds the same problems he faced before he enlisted.

Evie Pike has been exiled from her budding acting career with few future prospects. On a journey to find her purpose, she discovers her path is only paved with disappointment and the coffee she keeps spilling on her bosses. Feeling painfully unqualified for almost everything, she realizes a chance to hop a plane with Emmitt is like a ripcord on a parachute; she’d better pull it before it’s too late.

She’s desperate to connect. He’s a master at no strings attached. Their attraction is magnetic, but their opinions are polarizing. Will their sizzling chemistry be enough?

MY THOUGHTS

Crazy Nights (The Barrington Billionaires Book 3)Crazy Nights by Danielle Stewart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had me in a roller coaster of emotion. I was thrilled, I was confused, I feel sorry and annoyed at the characters too, but most of all I learned a lot from both Emmitt and Evie.

Just like most of Danielle’s books, this story deals a lot about family and their issues. I get where Emmitt was coming from but I also understand how Evie felt the way she did. At some point in the story, I felt like Evie should just give up her ideals and go on with Emmitt’s plan because it sounds better for everybody. But in the end, I was happy she stood up for what she believe in.

I was holding my breath when the news about Emmitt came out. How Danielle weaved and spun the story was so good that even though you may have an idea what might coming next you still find yourself surprised when it finally came.

I love the story of hope, trust, and faith that this story delivers. This for me is the best one from all of Danielle’s contribution to the series. Of course, I’m still looking forward to the next one. Because with Danielle Stewart, every story just gets better and better.

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You and Me Make Three

Shaun Henderson learned young that the best defense is to strike first. It’s perfect in business but not in matters of the heart.

Morgan Pereira had walked away from a high profile position to protect her son. Years later she is given another opportunity to climb the corporate ladder.

Taking the job opens wounds Morgan thought had healed.

If Shaun really does want her, he’ll have to learn that some things can’t be forced. Love plays by its own rules.

MY THOUGHTS

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story started a bit slow for me. At first, I wasn’t really into it but every turn of a page takes me deeper into the story until I find that I can’t put the book down until I get to the end.

I like the added diversity of the story. It gives more feelings and emotions into it. In fact I feel like there should be a book two fo this book three. Because I want to know what happened after they became three. How did Tyler feel about that? How did Shaun develop their relationship? I would like to see how that one build up. Because much as I like the diversity, I feel like it wasn’t really explored. Like Tyler was just there to add as a conflict to the budding romance between Shaun and Morgan. So yeah, another story or maybe a novella starring them would be something that I’ll love to see.

Storywise, it was really good. The first part as I said was a bit slow for me maybe because of the lack of dialogue and too much self-thought. Although I like knowing how characters really think I also like being shown these things through scenes that involved dialogue and interactions. It gets better throughout the story as the characters show you a part of themselves and when you really get into the heart of it, I guess it doesn’t really matter how it started.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this story and I can’t wait to find more of what happened to the other Henderson siblings.

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The Army of Winter Court by Ali Winters

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Blurb:

The Army of Winter Court by Ali Winters

Skeleton Key Book Series

One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

https://skeletonkeybookseries.com

 

The heart and blood of life will give rise to the final army

Evvie Hewett is human. Or at least she thought she was. An encounter with a handsome stranger turns her world upside down in an impossible way and everything she thought she knew about herself has changed. Her history holds the key, not only to her future, but to the future of the darkest kingdom in existence.

Thrust into the middle of a rivalry between two brothers for the Unseelie throne, she must decide who to trust, and who not to. However, knowing who to trust has never been more difficult when one brother wants her heart, the other, her blood.

She holds the key to the creation of the ultimate army. Threatened at every turn, she must find the truth before she loses her heart, and her life. Can she see past the lies and deception to stay alive, or will she fall victim to an ancient feud?

 

MY THOUGHTS

Ali Winters did it once again. She’s officially one of my favorite fantasy writers now. Army of the Winter Court was very vivid and I felt like being transported to a different world once again.

I enjoyed how the scene transpired and flowed. I like the characters too. I wished it could be a full length novel because I think that would help explore the Seelie and Unseelie Faes’very realm. The ending was not quite what I expected which was a good surprise for me.

I have enjoyed reading about this novel and I wish there could be more books about this world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ali Winters

Ali grew up in the Pacific North West. She attended Oregon State University for photography. After many adventures she moved to Colorado and earning second degree, she found, met, and married her husband.
Ali currently lives in windy Wyoming with her husband and two dogs, Nika and Tedward. When not writing Ali is either photographing, knitting, reading, dancing or staying inside where it’s warm with a hot cup of coffee. She also  dreams of traveling the world someday soon.

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Wild Eyes (The Barrington Billionaires Book 2)

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Series: Barrington World
Author: Danielle Stewart
Publication: May 3, 2016

my thoughts

Mathew Kalling knows better than to get involved with a party girl. You can’t be charged with running an oil empire and still think a wild woman is a safe bet. But once he’s had a taste, he just can’t seem to stay away.

Try to sweep Jessica Thorne off her feet and she’ll head for the hills. Nothing sends her running faster than grand gestures and fairy-tale promises. But when her back is against the wall will she finally take the risk and let love whisk her away?

my thoughts

The series just keep getting better and better for me. I enjoyed reading about Jessica and Matt. I thought I kind of have an idea about what sort of characters they are based on book one but I was proven wrong. Matt and Jessica were even more than what I perceived them to be in the previous book.

Like always, I like how Danielle develop the romance between her characters. Also, I love seeing each character grow from when you first read about them until you came to the end. Jessica and Matt’s story tells not just a love story but also of dealing with the past, opening your eyes and your heart for a new door, learning to listen, hearing what is not being said and understanding not only yourself but most importantly the people you care about.

I like how Matthew went out of his way from doing what he knows (his way) to doing what would make Jessica happy even if it’s not the way he usually does things.

I really enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to reading book 3.

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The Handoff (The Big Play #3) by Jordan Ford

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It’s nearly spring break. Mack is leaving for New Zealand to win back his girl and he asks Finn to do him a favor—keep an eye on his little sister, Layla. Finn has his reservations about the party girl, but he isn’t about to let one of his best friends down, so he agrees. Unfortunately for him, he has no idea what he’s getting into…or the effect this dynamic beauty will have on him.

Layla Mahoney likes to party. It’s the only sure-fire medicine for helping her forget the fact that her father’s dead and a new guy has taken his place. But when she’s drunk, Layla has a big mouth…and the wrong friends. Unable to remember what she’s been up to at her various parties, Layla falls into a nasty trap. Thanks to some compromising photographs, Layla is now under the thumb of the person she hates most in this world—her stepbrother, Derek. With Mack gone, she’s forced to turn to someone who’s always kept his distance, a good guy who has never had time for her partying ways. Letting Finn in on her dark and dirty secrets is something she never planned to do, but his tender strength and quiet protection draws it out of her, creating a bond between them that neither saw coming…and a whirlwind of problems that they’ll only survive if they stick together.

my thoughts

There are two things I absolutely love about Jordan’s novels. One, the diversity of the characters which she does so naturally and the way the characters developed with each book.

Layla’s story is just heartbreaking but it was also beautiful. I like how she grew up from what she was before to how she is now. I liked how Finn helped her to become better. And though Layla’s attitude bothered me a tad in the previous books, reading about her story felt like getting to know her more. Actually, not just her but the other characters as well.

I like how the love between her and Finn slowly developed. And I think that they are really suited for each other.

I like getting to know a bit more about the other characters too. Like Roxanne and Tyler. I saw a different side of them in this book and it really makes me look forward to reading their story.

Once again, Jordan Ford did an awesome job. (And the cover artist did an awesome job too!)

 

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Declare (Declan Reede: The Untold Story) by Michelle Irwin Reviewed

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Title: Declare
Author: Michelle Irwin
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: April 9, 2016

my thoughts

Fly down the straight, fight for first, and keep the end in sight. In Declan Reede’s mind, the road ahead is free of doubt and indecision. He knows the path that he wants to travel, and that it can only be traversed with love at his side. He’s ready for it. Wants it. Only, as he races toward the finish line, old adversaries become new threats. Declan must overcome the past and face the challenges head on if he’s to claim the life he now believes he deserves. What will it take for him to declare his true desires? Will it be enough to claim the ultimate victory?

my thoughts

I felt like I went through the years with Alyssa and Declan as I read through this final book of their story. Although this one felt a bit slow paced compare to the other books but I guess it’s because their life in this book is much more stable than when they first started.

I love how the characters grew throughout the series. I love looking at Declan in this book and see how hs perspective differs from here and from then. The maturity and evolution each character came to was really inspiring and it felt amazing to be a part of their journey.

Though it’ probably highly irrelevant, being a fan of formula one, I had a new appreciation to the sport after reading Declan’s perspective as a racer and my respect for the pit crew grew up a notch.

Declan and Alyssa’s story will be among the books that I’ll probably read again once I find more time or just because. My gratitude and salute to the author for bringing to us such an amazing story and sharing with us the colorful life of Declan Reede.

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Practically Imperfect by Mary Frame Reviewed

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Author: Mary Frame
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: April 15, 2016

my thoughts

Gemma McDougall is certain about three things: One, she’s never going to lose her Latina ass. Two, her career is more important than the crappy (and nonexistent) relationships she’s had to endure her entire adult life. Three, she’s going to get the next promotion to detective if it kills her. But then her job literally almost kills her, and she’s forced into unwanted medical leave.

Sam London is certain about three things: One, he has no idea how to have a normal adult relationship and will likely die cold and alone, ravaged by wild dogs. Two, playing a game of Drinking Jenga, while fun, also leads to late nights sneaking into the neighbor’s yard and getting held at gunpoint by the neighbor’s daughter. Three, he has no idea what kind of trouble Gemma McDougall has gotten herself into, but he’s going to be a part of it, no matter what.

my thoughts

What I love most about this series is how the heroines are not very typical. Lucy, Freya, and now Gemma, all of them have exceeded my expectations on main female characters. They are such bad ***es in their own unique way and most definitely, they are no damsel in distress.

Gemma, was a very strong woman and I like how she stands for her principle and beliefs and does her job well. I like Sam for not stereotyping  when it comes to women like Gemma.And the way he cared for Gemma was absolutely a plus. The two of them together is so hilarious to watch I enjoyed every bit of their moment together.

And since this is sort of a romance-comedy-mystery/suspense novel, it also had me on edge when the suspense bit played into the picture. Add Lucy, Freya and their other friend whose name I can’t remember, I’m telling you, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down.

And Lucy ‘showing’ how much she loves her brother while in a wedding dress is definitely my favorite scene.

If you want a bit of suspense, laughter, drama and love, this one is highly recommended

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Audiobook Review

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Title: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

my thoughts

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

my thoughts

I’m torn. I ‘read’ audiobook version of this book and I enjoyed it. Not the book per se but the way the story was read by the reader. The book itself is not bad, but it’s not something very remarkable either. Although there were a few things that I liked about it.

One of them is how normal the kids in this book are. They were high schoolers and they strive to finish high school with as much normalcy they could muster. To the point of being shallow. Or at least, that’s how they’d probably appear to other people. Because, who would care about prom when something like death is happening around you? But then, I see this kids the way some of us are when we were their age. I don’t mean being obsess with prom when there are more important matters out their. I mean, the days when we felt as though we know a lot only to realize later on how naive we were back then. And I like that about this story. Because really, high school is the age where some of us thought that nothing was more important that being able to fit in, tell your feelings to the guy/gal you like and well, prom.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m listening to it and not really reading it, but I don’t fully understand what the ‘indie kids’ exactly were. And I didn’t follow their story either told in the beginning of each chapter. Before the next chapter was read, I already forgot what the introduction was in the previous chapter making it hard for me to make a connection.

And for something that is sort of paranormal in nature, this book is a little bland. I’m not sure I’d enjoyed it as much as I did if I read it instead of listening to it. But just like I said in the first parangraph, I enjoyed this book very much. For me, narrator was really good in giving life and feeling to the dialogues.

 

Audio Rating – four star

Story Rating – 3-stars-out-of-5

Over-all rating: 3.5-stars

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Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher Reviewed

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Author: Neeny Boucher
Publication Date: March 20, 2016

my thoughts

Dina Martin and Nicholas Riley are total opposites. She’s the good girl with the perfect grades and he’s the bad boy with a reputation. Growing up together with close family ties, they have been at war as long as they can remember. When the unthinkable happens, neither of them wants it. Set in a small town at the turn of the millennium, this story is about family and friendship, the love of music and how sometimes who you don’t want, is exactly who you need.

Please note: this is what I would describe as realistic YA. There are some scenes and themes that may not be to everyone’s taste.

my thoughts

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read Lost in Flight already but I found that I enjoyed Back of Beyond much more than I did Lost in Flight. There’s a beauty in reading about Riley and Dina when they were way younger, seeing them grow and know their selves as well as the people around them.

I even appreciate Dina’s friends more after seeing what the three of them has gone through. Gabby is super adorable. She made me laugh out loud countless of times throughout the book. Her innocence and honesty are quite refreshing. And Riley, he’s a bit annoying at first but he kinds of grows on you along the way. Even Mason was funny.

Reading Back of Beyond was exhilarating and fun which I guess describe not only the experience of reading it but the book as well. It kind of made me look back to my high school years and think if I made bad decisions or was pressured by the same stuff. I really enjoyed reading this book. Neeny did an awesome job writing this one.

four star

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Dragon’s Heart by Michelle Rabe Reviewed

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9781523677207Title: Dragon’s Heart
Author: Michelle Rabe
Publication Date: March 22, 2016

 

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Serena Harlowe always knew her place.

A foundling placed with the tutor of Illedrian royalty, she grew to be a talented fighter. After rising to the rank of lieutenant in the royal army, she proves her worth and thwarts the attempted assassination of the man she loves.

The selfless act will change her life forever and start a chain of events that will unlock her hidden past.

 

my thoughts

Wow! This book really has dragons in it. And well I love dragons. And I like how they are portrayed in this book. Reading this book kind of reminded me of my favorite anime Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Tale of The Color Cloud Palace). They’re not the same story but the political structure and Serena being a woman reminded me of the female MC from that anime. The dragon and battle/aspect reminded me of BBC’s Merlin. Again they’re not the same but the show kind of gave me a visual representation of this book, which made reading it more fun.

I enjoyed reading about each character. They were well developed and complex. I like how they played into the story. Although this book left  a lot of questions and gave a few answers, I think it was a great introduction to the series. I had a hard time putting it down because I was so eager to find out more and learn more as to what really happened. I’m definitely reading the next one.

four star

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The Black Chronicle by Oldrich Stibor Reviewed

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Could you take the life of a stranger to save the life of someone you love?

When an enigmatic and infamous serial killer known simply as ‘Mister’, brings retired FBI specialist and forensic psychologist Dr. Jeremy Foster into his orchestra of terror that’s exactly what he must answer.

For three long, hellish years Mister has terrorized the state of California with his a string of gruesome murders and the FBI are not any closer to discovering his identity. To add insult to injury Mister frequently engages the public with videos of his killings, ridiculing the authorities for their inability to catch him and regaling them with haunting sermons on the nature of reality as he perceives it.

When Dr. Jeremy Foster inadvertently becomes enmeshed in the Mister case he sees an opportunity to help put the serial killer away once and for all, but to stop a monster he must first become one.

****Please read before download**** This story deals with extreme violence.
Please note, this is PART ONE of TWO.

my thoughts

For a crime thriller, I’d say this one was written effectively in terms of getting the creepy and gruesome vibe. The gruesome parts were really gruesome I can hardly eat my dinner after reading them. I guess I should say, if you’re planning to read this, you should need a strong stomach especially in the early parts of the book.

The way this books started was highly interesting and curious. I was so eager to dig into the book because I want to find out more and find the answers to the secrets and the questions. However, somewhere past the middle, I slowly lost interest. Not that the book was bad. There are several point of views that are shown in every few chapters. And the deeper I get into the book, the more questions I have (with no answers) and the more confuse I get.And by confuse I don’t mean confuse as to who this ‘ Mister’ guy really is but confuse as in, I don’t understand anymore where the story is going. I guess it was written that way so as not to make it too easy for the reader to figure things out. But the thing is, I want to know how these things are relevant to the story. I need answers or even a hint that there’ll be a good answer. And because I’m someone who’s really bad at remembering names, I think my brain has jumbled some of them. Adding to the confusion I am feeling.

The only part of the story that I can follow clearly is that of Mary and Doctor Jeremy. I feel like I’m reading two different stories (maybe even 3) every time a chapter turns to a different perspective.

It’s probably my fault because I don’t think I paid enough attention to learn that this is part one of two when the author requested for me to read it. I’m not sure if I want to read the next part even though I’m curious as to how Jeremy will handle the shit suddenly thrown at him.

2.5stars