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Review | Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster

Author: Jamie McGuire

Publish Date: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Website: http://www.jamiemcguire.com/

Imprint: Atria

My Source: NetGalley

My rating: 3.5 Stars

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. (Official Summary)

My Review:

This is another coming of age book where the two main characters are in college. Abby is trying to start a new, different life than what she grew up with, Travis is everything she is trying to get away from. The chemistry is undeniable between the two of them and even though Abby says she only wants to be friends, you know this is bound to turn into something more. The bet is fun – not believable at one point but still fun. Hey it’s fiction, you can’t expect everything to totally be believable all the time right? Travis has some control issues, if he were a real life character, I’d be worried about how jealous and angry he gets when Abby dates someone else. Again, I know this is fiction but what worries me is that the audience is clearly young women and I worry that they may think that this type of behavior is acceptable in a boyfriend/lover. I enjoyed reading Abby’s character – she was very relatable, not indecisive to the point you want to shake her or so insecure you just want to slap her. She knows who she is and what she wants. I like when young women are portrayed this way. Travis, he is a bit much with the control/jealousy but he is likeable. Maybe that isn’t a good thing if you want young readers to not confuse ficion with reality. Overall though, I couldn’t put this down. It is a fun, light summer read.

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Review | Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz

Title: Seven Day Loan

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publish Date: July 01, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin UK

Website: http://tiffanyreisz.com/

Imprint: Mills and Boon Spice

My Source: NetGalley

My rating: 3.5 Stars

A trained submissive, Eleanor will do whatever her master commands…even spend a week with a stranger. Daniel has been a recluse since his wife’s death, and Eleanor’s lover thinks spending time with her will be therapeutic—especially since Daniel is also a Dom. Despite her defiant streak, Eleanor can’t resist giving in to Daniel’s erotic demands. But while she’ll let him have her body, she’s determined to keep a guard around her heart. Even if Daniel wants to make Eleanor his permanently…. (Official Summary)

My Review

This story takes place 10 years prior to The Siren and I liked that Eleanor is just as sarcastic, funny and jaded as the older Nora is in The Siren. Eleanor is told she is spending the week with a friend of her master/lover even though she doesn’t want to. She does have hot encounters with Daniel and begins to develop real feelings for him. (He also falls for her) She really liked the emotion/attention she got from Daniel, something that she doesn’t get from her Dom, Soren. The emotional connection between the two main characters is what I liked the most. The only downside is that the book was way too short. The author suggests that you read The Siren prior to reading Seven Day Loan and I do have to agree with her. Things would make better sense if you do – Seven Day Loan is just too short to understand what drives Eleanor. If you get the chance, head over to the author’s site. She has 8 prequels to The Siren and 2 sequels to Seven Day Loan that are also very good.

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Review | Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

Title: Gabriel’s Rapture

Author: Sylvain Reynard

Publish Date: May 22nd 2012

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Website: N/A

Imprint: N/A

My Source: Borrowed from a friend

My rating: 3.5 Stars

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell.

Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the rapture of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover.

When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he be forced to share Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? (Goodreads Summary)

My Review:

I can honestly say, this continuation of Gabriel and Julia’s story was just as sensual and seductive as the first. It was just as – if not a little more romantic BUT it was frustrating more moments than I wanted. (Pun fully intended!) The author’s style and language is very romantic and made for a very pleasurable reading experience. My only complaint, one of the things I really enjoyed in the first book was Gabriel’s personality. When he was being a jerk I found him irresistible, intriguing but in the second book he seemed to be too much of a gentlemen. (I’m trying to not give too much away) I wished the author described some of Gabriel’s sexual frustration more – it would have made him more relatble

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Review | Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Title: Gabriel’s Inferno

Author: Sylvain Reynard

Publish Date: April 18, 2011

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Website: N/A

Imprint: N/A

My Source: Borrowed from a friend

My rating: 3.5 Stars

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.

NB: This book was a semi-finalist for Best Romance in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards. (Goodreads Summary)

My Review:

This book definitely had the cookie cutter romance elements: rich, brooding/broken guy, young, virginal 20-something girl, a steamy connection between the two, drama and tension etc. But… the writing was something quite different. The author did an amazing job telling this story and transporting the reader – I WANTED to be wherever Gabriel and Julia were. I WANTED to be Julia. This story was not erotic with the “in your face” sex, it was romantic and sensual – it left something to the imagination and I couldn’t put it down.

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