Review: Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'd like to preface this review with a very important note:

I do not like books with pregnant heroines. Its just a personal preference. I've never been able to get into the story, connect or relate with the characters in a book with a pregnant heroine. In addition, our pregnant single mother in this story has 4 other young children - which puts me even further out of the story. How do you manage to have a meaningful relationship with a brand new person in your life with your attention and energies being pulled in so many directions - AND have the progression of that relationship be believable??? I've NO idea, but apparently Claudia Connor does, and quite, quite well at that!


Matt and Abby meet on a beach while both are on vacation and Matt is immediately and irresistibly drawn to not only Abby, but her children as well. What seems to be a fleeting connection that will quickly be let go, easily moves into something more long-term and deep.

I found this book to be a really really great read. I was shocked to find myself deeply involved and eager to return to their story time and time again. I loved all of the characters, the talent that Ms. Connor displayed with each character was amazing and draws you deeply into the lives of her characters. The love story is superb, steamy, realistic and romantic. No one is perfect in this story and conflicts that happen are not glossed over, but faced in a realistic manner that adds to the richness of the story and writing.

Give this one a chance as I believe, like me, you will find it time well spent as well as a very well written, tender and steamy romance. I'm so glad that I did and I will be checking into this author's future work.

**I was kindly gifted this book by the author for an honest review.

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This will be a short review because there are literally thousands of in depth reviews out there for this book, and I just didn't love it enough to put that kind of energy into a review of that magnitude. I do feel that this book has sort of become required reading for romance lovers everywhere. You can't go anywhere without hearing about Claire and Jamie, their love story and the epic that is Outlander. So off I finally went to tackle this notorious book...besides the series is out now and I love that a romance novel was taken to such heights.

In short...

1. I loved Jamie Fraser...I mean..what a man with the largest and most amazing capacity to love.

2. Claire was amazing as well. I listened to this book and it was my first audiobook which may have led me to miss some things, but I did find her ability to adjust to her circumstances of time travel just a little too smooth. I expected a little bit of freaking out.

3. This book was waaaaaaaaay too long. I really feel like we could have had the same sort of grand love story with at minimum 200 pages shaved off. I really just wanted so many things to move along and quickly.

4. I loved the ending, it was so so romantic, and loving and just sigh worthy and it made me feel that the whole thing was worth it.

5. This book is sufficiently hot.

Ultimately, I felt Outlander was a good book, but not amazingly great in my opinion. I suspect some of my feelings towards it may be because I listened to it. At times I did go back and read parts over, and stop listening in order to just read faster at exciting parts. I also suspect I'll enjoy the series more and that will possibly cause me to appreciate the book more. I have no plans to continue the series at this point, but am not opposed to checking out other titles by the author.


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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked Gone Girl. I loved that I flew through the book and was constantly looking forward to returning to the book. I love books like that. I love that Gillian Flynn is from KCMO, is an amazing writer, and is writing books set in the Midwest. I will read more by her.

For Gone Girl, though I was able to predict much of what happened, it still was a very entertaining read and quite funny. I feel this book was an extremely exaggerated, but honest and realistic look at how most marriages are. I think Nick and Amy's relationship contained most everything that every married couple feels at some point in time in varying degrees. I found the book hilarious and scary at the same time. Hilarious because -- well it just was funny and scary because I related with Amy on so many levels. Diabolical is a apt description of the book. In terms of the ending...I was ok with the ending ultimately. It was a good ending even if I didn't really want it to end the way it did, it was realistic. And as insane as it may be, I want to know more about these characters lives and futures...if there is one...

Check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Review: Raw by Belle Aurora

Raw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where to begin with this book?!?!

Likes:

In the beginning of this book, I found the premise intriguing, disturbing, exciting and outrageous - all rolled into one. It was something you just couldn't put down. The writing is done well and draws you nicely into the story of these two people and their lives. I was able to easily fly through the book and found myself wanting to return again and again to find out what would happen - though not always happy with what I found.

Dislikes:

I really really really disliked much of what the author did with the hero; his profession, his erratic behavior, his CONSTANTLY HOODED eyes(I mean come on - all the time?!) and ultimately the freaking ending. It was done too fast, too outrageously and felt unnatural with the flow of the rest of the book. Ultimately, it just didn't feel well executed or planned out in its entirety as if perhaps when she got stuck, she just picked a certain idea and made it work.

All in all though, like another review said: it's not a literary masterpiece, but its not horrible either. It was intriguing, it was hot, and it was done well enough that I will look into other titles by this author and keep her on my radar. With more experience, I imagine she will produce great things!


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Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

The Hook Up (Game On, #1)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, as I could not relate in any way whatsoever with the characters or their lives, this was just not my cup of tea. It was not a book I could get swept away in, fall in love with the hero or fantasize myself as the heroine. Its about young, young 20 somethings in college. And it's a loooooong book about young, young 20 somethings in college. There is nothing wrong with the writing, however, the subject is just of no interest to me and the plot itself was a little bit predictable. On the bright side it was sufficiently steamy! So enjoy that! Needless to say I will not be picking up the next book in the series, however, should this author write something more relate-able to me, I will definitely be open to checking it out.

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Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fifth book in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series brings us the story of Godric St. John and his wife of 2 years Lady Margaret Reading. Megs found herself single and with child recovering through the death of her lover at the hands of the Ghost of St. Giles. With the help of her brother Griffin Reading, Megs marries Godric St. John in a numbing fog and retreats to his country estate. The marriage though not entirely wanted by Godric works for the pair as Godric is a widow still mourning the loss of his wife Clara. That is until Megs descends upon Godric's London home and upsets his lonely existence and his activities as the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles, whom she's also vowed to kill to avenge her lover. Megs also intends to seduce her supposed elderly husband to give her a child to love. However, everything comes to a halt once Megs discovers her husband is the very man she's vowed to kill, he's not so elderly and there is a definite spark sizzling between them...

I really enjoyed this book despite the fact that I am very tired of the Ghost of St. Giles plot device. We're five books into this series that I actually love, with characters that are as wonderful as we all have come to expect from Ms. Hoyt, but the regurgitation of the Ghost of St. Giles has worn on me drastically.

That being said, I loved Godric and Meg's relationship and the progression of love and passion. Theirs was an intense and intensely passionate love. With a man like Godric who had the huge capacity to love and Megs to be the light in his life, the romance was heartbreaking and the steam out of this world hot. I loved them as a couple, I loved their love and I'm so happy I picked up this series again just for the simple fact that I got to take part in their love story.

I have high hopes for Duke of Midnight, despite the fact that it's still about the blasted Ghost of St. Giles, because who doesn't love a duke and Maximus seems like a man who needs some major ruffling and Artemis is just the woman to do it.

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Review: Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Home for the Holidays (Night Huntress #6.5)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Its been awhile since I read a Cat and Bones book, and this one was a nice reintroduction to the Night Huntress world. In this book we find out that Bones has a long lost brother and a bit more about his family lineage. The usual exciting and interesting plot exists with plenty of action and a nice bit of steam. I read it in a day and am eagerly, as well as dreadfully, awaiting the last book in the series. I'm hoping that its an amazing end to an amazing series and that I'll find just as much joy out of the next series Jeaniene Frost puts out.

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