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Review | Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Title:  Point of Retreat

Author:  Colleen Hoover

Publish Date:  September 18, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Website: N/A

Imprint: Atria Books

My Source:  Purchased at BN

My rating:  3 Stars

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’  (Goodreads Summary)

My Review:

This is the second installment to Colleen Hoover’s book Slammed. I couldn’t wait to dive into it – I couldn’t get enough of Lake and Will and I wanted to read what was in store for them in this second book. I have to admit that while the story was still good and the message still the same, I didn’t like this part of the story as much as I liked Slammed. It felt too contrived at times and the drama (especially surrounding whenever Lake and Will would get together) got to be a bit much. I realize this is YA fiction and teenagers eat this up but I just don’t appreciate that kind of drama. That is where believability gets muddied for me.

The characters, Kiersten and Sherry, were quirky, outspoken and just that right amount of sarcastic that made them fun. I enjoyed being introduced to them and learning a little more about them. I especially liked Kiersten, as a 10 year old her maturity was surprising and nicely integrated into the story. It was that type of maturity that I liked in the first book. Kiersten and Sherry were honest and believable. I do wish there was more character development in the two brothers though. I would have loved to read more about what they were going thru and how their new situations were being handled on a more personal level. Overall, this was still a good read and I would definitely recommend it.

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Review | Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Title: Thoughtless

Author: S.C. Stephens

Publish Date: September 3rd, 2011

Publisher: S.C. Stephens, via Smashwords

Website: N/A

Imprint: N/A

My Source: Borrowed from a friend

My rating: 3 Stars

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source – a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same. (Goodreads Summary)

My Review:

Just finished Thoughtless and I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series but I am hoping it goes beyond what I just read. This is a classic love triangle story but the main character, Keira, got a little annoying. I understood that both guys were great/wonderful in their own way (one guy was safe while the other guy was exciting) and Keira had a tough time deciding between the two. But, some of her back and forth indecisiveness got very tiresome. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book/story just got a little tired of Keira.

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Review | The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Siren

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publish Date: July 24, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin

Website: http://tiffanyreisz.com/

Imprint: HarlequinMIRA

My Source: NetGalley

My rating: 3 Stars Overall

In the world of kink authors, she’s the top.

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple. (Official Summary)

My Review:

I really need to give this book two ratings. I do not generally like to read books that glorify infidelity, student/teacher relationships where the student is a minor or any relationships where one person is in a position of power and abuses that power to seduce a minor. I typically will put these types of books on the DNF shelf. However, I did finish this book even though some things came to light about 82% into the book. So, my first rating is strictly based on the storytelling. My second is based on certain content. My final rating is the average of the two.

My first rating is 4 stars.

Looking at this book’s story, and writing, I have to say I liked it. It was different than most romance novels I’ve read. The heroine, Nora isn’t your typical doe-eyed virgin who can’t make a decision if her life depended on it. Instead, Nora is strong, funny in a sarcastic way, and she is somewhat damaged. There is a reason she is the way she is and it is solely because of the one man she only truely ever loved. She has two other men in her life and they are the antithesis of what she is and knows. I think she really wanted to be “normal”, have “normal” love but didn’t quite know how to get to it so, she grasped onto the two men she thought she could have that with. Unfortunately, both those men were unattainable for various reasons. This story isn’t a romance, there is no happily ever after in the sense we are used to and this made the story very interesting for me. It is also an erotic/bdsm novel and I liked how it wasn’t in your face all the time. The premise of the story was that Nora wanted to write a breakthrough novel different from her mainstream erotic fiction and I really felt the author doing the same with her own writing. I appreciated that while some things were graphic, it wasn’t so graphic that I lost what the story was about. In fact, my favorite quote in the book was when Zach, Nora’s editor, would tell her “show, don’t tell” when he would read her manuscript. The author really made a conscious effort to practice what her fictitious editor was preaching.

My second rating is 2 stars.

About 80% in we learn the entire story between Nora and her one true love Soren – how they came to know each other. That is where the story didn’t work for me. Without giving anything away, I just felt things could have been different, it didn’t need to be the way it was.

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Review | The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos

Title: The Three-Day Affair

Author: Michael Kardos

Publish Date: September 04, 2012

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Website: Official Site Here

Imprint: The Mysterious Press

My Source: Netgalley

My rating: 3 Stars

The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press intro­duces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction. Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have been friends since college. Each has gone their own way while forging new lives. Will is a part-time drummer who spends his time in recording studios, Nolan is happily unmarried, while Jeffrey is wealthy and has a baby on the way. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything.

One night on a drive they stop at a convenience store for Jeffrey to pick up cigarettes. Within moments, Jeffrey comes out of the store dragging a young woman with him. He shoves her into Will’s car and shouts a single word: “Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys.

Suddenly three ordinary men find themselves completely out of their ele­ment, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out what else they’re capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate—between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death. The Three-Day Affair marks the emergence of a truly talented new crime writer. (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

Four friends plan to spend an entire weekend reminiscing about college, playing several games of golf, drinking, and playing poker. But, that so isn’t what happens – there’s a kidnapping and a robbery that ensues. I was hooked! You know, it’s the way you can’t help but look to see what has happened when you drive by a car accident. That’s how hooked I was. The suspense in this story, kept me riveted. The trainwreck that was their decision making kept me reading. Could it be that these bright men, who graduated from Princeton, were so book smart yet were so completely stupid in their common sense? I had to finish to see if that was the case. As I read the story, I kept telling myself that this had to be some silly prank but as I kept reading, it certainly was not. I did get a better understanding of the evolution of their friendship and why some of the choices they made came about. Which I liked. The ending wasn’t what I expected and that was good, it kept me thinking about the story even after I had finished.

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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

Imprint: N/A

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

Website: N/A

Imprint: N/A

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 | One Moment by Kristina McBride

Title: One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

Publish Date: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Egmont USA

Website: N/A

Imprint: N/A

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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