Monthly Archives: May 2012

Review | Slave to Love by Nikita Black

Title: Slave to Love

Author: Nikita Black

Publish Date: February 14, 2007

Publisher: Cajun Hot Press

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My Source: Amazon

My rating: 4 Stars

Vice Sergeant Caroline Palmer is not into whips and chains… That is, not until Homicide detective Lieutenant Michael ‘Mick’ McGraw–better known as The Iceman–leads her undercover into a secret world she never dreamed existed. He says they are tracking a sexual predator, a sadistic killer who preys on adventurous suburban couples. But Caroline knows Mick is looking for something else. Something much more dangerous. This erotic thriller will leave you breathless in more ways than one. (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

Whoa! That was a murder-mystery plus some major doses of steam! I was really excited to get into this story since I am a huge murder mystery fan. I was not dissappointed! The plot kept me riveted and even though a lot of reviewers said they didn’t like the ending, I did like it. It made me think about the book even after finishing it, I really wanted to go back and re-read it to see if there was anything I missed. Just what a good mystery should be. The sex was graphic in its description and there was a lot throughout the book. That really wasn’t what kept me glued to the story, it was really a good plot. In fact, I feel that this story would have held up with quite a bit less of the graphic stuff. The only thing that you might say is a negative was the main character, Mick. He was your typical leading man – hot, mysterious, broken and a little bit creepy with his Dominance stuff. But, it really fell into place with the plot and Mick couldn’t be anything but the above.

In the afterword, the author felt compelled to interpret her ending – which I did not agree with. I so did not read what she intended, I read the exact opposite. I read what everyone, I feel, was complaining about. The ending is a little left to the imagination, I’ll stick with what I originally thought about who did what.

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Review | Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Title: Bared to You

Author: Sylvia Day

Publish Date: May 24, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Website: Official Site Here

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My Source: Barnes and Noble

My rating: 3 Stars

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart… (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

I was looking for something similar to Fifty Shades of Grey and the reviews for this one sounded good. It is similar to FSoG in that you have a broken, hot, rich guy going for a young beautiful woman. She, however is broken and not as innocent as Ana in FSoG. I liked that, made their intimacy/interactions more believable. I liked this, the story was good.

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Review | Kill Me Again by Leslie Rule

Title: Kill Me Again

Author: Leslie Rule

Publish Date: April 03, 2012

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

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My Source: Netgalley

My rating: 3 Stars

In her dreams, her life was not her own. Awake, the threat of danger was real. Everyone said that she was crazy. But when Alexis dreamed of dying, she knew she had been killed before. And if it had happened once, it could happen again. (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

When I first started to really enjoy reading books as a young adult, Mary Higgins Clark was my all time favorite author. As I got older, my tastes changed but I still hold a special place for her style of mystery writing. This book brought me back to that time. This is a mystery. There is a strong heroine. The plot is a bit predictable but there’s a really good story that keeps you wanting to finish. All the things that made me fall in love with Clark’s style of writing I found in this book. The author, Leslie Rule does a good job. Her writing was clever, and while I did figure out who “did it” early on, her storytelling made me want to continue to the end to read how it all played out.

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Review | Elza’s Kitchen by Marc Fitten

Title: Elza’s Kitchen

Author: Marc Fitten

Publish Date: July 03, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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My Source: Netgalley

My rating: 2 Stars

From the author of Valeria’s Last Stand, a charming fable of mid-life, of passion and purpose lost and found in a restaurant kitchen.

For years, Elza has gotten by. A divorcee out of culinary school, she started her own little restaurant in the mid-size Hungarian city of Delibab, and she’s grown a decent business, cooking quality versions of Hungarian classics and serving them with a smile. But lately her smile has gotten tired. Her loveless affair with her sous-chef has become an irritation. She’s getting sick of the same old dishes and the same old customers. And in these nascent years of capitalism, it will take some competition-both personal and professional-to make her see that her restaurant, and her happiness, are worth fighting for.

Marc Fitten fell in love with Hungary after years spent living there, and his second novel is a celebration of its culture and cuisine, as well as a portrait of a woman and her country in transition.

Marc Fitten was born in Brooklyn and lived in Hungary from 1993-1998. He is the former editor of the Chattahoochee Review and of the Red Hen Press Literary Translation series. Marc Fitten’s first novel, Valeria’s Last Stand, was published in six countries. He lives in Atlanta. (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

This story was just OK. It really had promise to be a better than OK story but ultimately it just fell short. For me, it just stemmed from the fact that I didn’t care about Elza, the main character. I found her uninspired and just plain boring. The story starts off with Elza lamenting over the fact that she doesn’t love her boyfriend, she just wants a warm body next to her. Sees that her ex-husband, whom she left because he wanted to start a family, has moved on. He got remarried and started a family. Elza again starts lamenting about how she has nothing to show for her life. Nevermind the fact that she has a successful restaurant, a beautiful apartment, male customers who adore her, and a boyfriend who has asked her to marry him too many times. I can’t stand people like this! She has so much yet, she can’t be happy for what she has. This is why I just couldn’t get into her or the story.

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Review | One Moment by Kristina McBride

Title: One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

Publish Date: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Egmont USA

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My Source: Netgalley

My rating: 3 Stars

Memorial Day weekend was supposed to be perfect for Maggie Reynolds – Dutton’s blow-out party, cliff-diving with her life-long friends – a prelude to the carefree days of summer before the group would take over as seniors. But then something went terribly wrong. Maggie remembers standing on the cliff, hand-in-hand with her perfect boyfriend Joey, ready to jump into the water below. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. But why can’t she remember what happened in that last moment, so she still stood on the cliff, and Joey ended up dead? As memories start returning in brief snatches, they just lead to more questions: Why were Joey and his best friend, Adam, fighting at the party? Where did Joey go after dropping her off? And what other secrets was he keeping from her? With everyone pressuring her to share what happened, her friendships on the verge of collapse, and Adam (who seems to know much more than he’s willing to tell) drifting away from the group, Maggie has never felt so alone.

McBride’s sophomore novel is a searing look at how one moment can alter someone’s entire world. (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

I liked this story, it moved me. I could relate to the main character, Maggie: the feelings she had with first love, peer pressure, just being young and dumb brought me back to the summer before my own senior year in high school. I remember all of the above feelings from when I was her age and the author did a great job at making this story relatable to readers of all ages. In the story, Maggie experiences a loss that is truly unfortunate and she has to deal with remembering what happened. How traumatic it must be to not have any memory of the last moments you spend with the person you love – even more traumatic when the pieces slowly coming back to you don’t fit in with the idealized views you had. The author did a good job describing how Maggie felt. At times, I felt it was a bit much but when looking back on the plot and the age of the characters, the detailed descriptions fit. It’s how teenagers feel, how things just don’t make sense and as an adult sometimes we forget we used to feel the same way about life/friends/family/love at that age.

One of my favorite quotes from the book, “I wished with everything in me that I could slide full speed down the neck of the J I’d drawn in the bottom corner of the page, fling myself off the hooked end, and flip into another existence.”

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Just getting started!

So, I decided to start my own book review blog.  I’ve been a member of Goodreads for 3 years now and decided it was time (with the help of a friend) to start writing my own blog of reviews.  Before I get started though, I found this fun app (partnered with Staples) to find out how fast you read.  It was fun and quite interesting to see how I stacked up against the national average. 

 My results stated: 

How fast

Not bad!  How do you stack up?  Here is the app below for you to try out yourself.

 ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

All fun aside, please bear with me as I am just getting started.  I will have my first reviews up shortly.  ~Nancy

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