Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

What it’s about:

15990969Kacey Cleary is a damaged girl, the deaths of parents, boyfriend, and best friend have left her broken and empty. Her only purpose now is to make sure her sister Livvie has the life she wanted, but when Uncle Ray climbs in bed with Livvie, Kacey decides to leave with her and make it on their own. Kacey finds herself in a dingy apartment, with a neighbour she can’t help but like, and a boy she can’t keep her eyes off of. The problem is, Trent might be hiding more secrets than she is, and when the dam breaks, Kacey might not be able to handle what she’s left with.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“No human can bury their past indefinitely. It’s only a matter of time before you crack.”

This book has been on my to read list forever and when I searched my kindle for something to read it jumped out at me. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. Despite this book being a tad predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I immediately fell in love with Trent, even though I figured out the truth about him pretty early on in the book, I still found that I couldn’t help falling for him as the book progressed. He’s a strong and funny character. I loved that he went out of his way to make Kacey smile and the way he interacted with the kids in the book. Kacey was an interesting character for me. I liked that all she wanted to do was save her sister and give her a future. I also loved that she wouldn’t strip or do anything illegal.

I fell in love with all the characters in this book and I found that even the creepy landlord grew on me as the story progressed. This book also puts you through an array of emotions and keeps you wanting more. I really enjoyed the story and could hardly put the book down. I devoured it over 2 days and found I was quite disappointed that it ended.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for an emotional love story, some laughs and a fun group of characters. I’m interested to see what the rest of the books in the series are like.

Insurgent Movie Review

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The latest installment in the movie series adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent novels was released this past week. Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off with Tris, Tobias, Caleb and Peter hiding from the Erudite and Dauntless members who want them dead. Tris and Tobias want to find the rest of Dauntless, those who are not loyal to Jeanine, and put an end to the devastation created by Jeanine’s attack on Abnegation. While Tris fights to hide her inner demons, they are sucked into a war and uncover secrets that could change their world forever.

Having read this book I knew what was coming and the big secrets that get revealed. I also knew from the trailer, that the movie wasn’t going to follow the book as closely as we would have expected, and I was right. The movie changed a lot of elements that were in the book and left out a fair few parts that I’m sure will be missed by those who read the books. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

blog_movie_image3This franchise was so well casted. There’s nothing worse than waiting for your favourite book to come to life and the cast just doesn’t do it justice, but with a rising all-star cast, all my favourite (and hated) characters were well portrayed. Shailene Woodley and Theo James bring this story to life in such a phenomenal way. Sporting an awesome new haircut, Woodley takes on the role of Tris with gusto and brought to life the kick-ass chick from the books (though she can cry real ugly), while James is able to be both kind, hard, fearless, and loving, everything Four/Tobias is in the book. Not surprising, Miles Teller is also an excellent choice for the role of Peter and Ansel Elgort puts on a great performance as Caleb. Kate Winslet reprises her role as Jeanine and is still as evil as ever. Each played their roles to a T, and even though the events were changed, the final outcome of the story and character development came through in the end. 

blog_movie_image4I loved how action packed this movie was, from the first scene you were immersed in the world of Tris and you couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next. Looking at this movie from the perspective of someone who didn’t read the books it was fun and entertaining. This is one of the first book adaptations where those who haven’t read the book don’t feel like they are missing anything. From the perspective of the die-hard book lovers, there are a few disappointments in the movie. They do leave out some key elements and characters like Johanna, Marcus, Uriah, Marlene and Tori don’t feature as prominently as in the books, while Edward is excluded altogether (not surprisingly as he barely featured in the first movie).

At the end of the day, I think this movie was fantastic. Even though there were changes from the book I still enjoyed the story. The basis of what was in the books came out in the movie and the characters were so well played I enjoyed watching them. My only issue was that this movie really didn’t need to be in 3D, and I recommend you don’t watch it in 3D as some images are so dark you can barely see what’s happening. I’m incredibly excited to see what they do with the last book and I’m praying they don’t jump on the YA money making sham and split it into 2 movies.

Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

17948485What it’s about:

Nikolai Leokov owns the hip club The White Rabbit and Valentina Tomic owns the clothing store Safira. They have worked across the road from each other for years but never met. When Tina decides to send Nik a gift she never thought it would bring her to his offer. When Nik decides to see who sent him some candy and a note, he never thought he would end up being friend-zoned by a spunky tiny woman.

Once Tina and Nik become friends their lives clash, and what starts out as friendship blooms into something more. But both Tina and Nik have secrets… ones that shape their decisions and change their lives.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“So we can be friends, right?”
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I..? Did I just get Friend-zoned?”

It’s official… Bella Aurora rocks! Seriously, I’m loving this chicks writing. This book was just perfect, I felt every emotion, laughing one minute and having my heart broken the next. It was awesome from page one and I found myself desperate to read every character’s story.

Tina is the shit, I loved being in her head and hearing her weird thoughts and crazy catch phrases. She’s strong and funny, yet still vulnerable. I loved her view on life, family and friends, and most of all I loved how she friend-zoned the most awesome group of guys. Nik is such an amazing character, I found myself swooning a lot through this book. You don’t expect Nik to be a romantic but he surprises you.

The side characters made this book even more entertaining. I love the relationship between Ghost and Nat, their book is going to be so interesting. Aurora does a great job of building the suspense of the next books by introducing these characters and alluding to their secrets. She also manages to bring in some excitement to the story and keep you on edge through the story.

Overall this book was fun, sexy and exciting. The characters are great, the story is captivating and you find yourself wanting to be one of the group. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get more of these incredible characters.

Hero by Samantha Young

23355069What it’s about:

Alexa Holland was living a life she loved until her father revealed a secret from his past, a secret that destroyed the life of Caine Carraway. But Caine didn’t let his ruined childhood stop him from becoming a billionaire. Now Caine and Alexa’s paths cross and there’s a connection they can’t deny, even as Caine insists on pushing Alexa away. After a rocky start and some time they’ll meet in the middle, but can Caine be the hero Alexa is looking for?

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Ungentlemanliness?” he teased. “I dare you to say that five times fast.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Samantha Young has created another great story with more great characters. Caine is a tough, arrogant businessman and Alexa is a girl with goals, and their lives intersect in the most terrible way. I loved the way Young built the characters stories and how she gave us little pieces throughout the book. She even managed to sneak in a “wow” moment towards the end, then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from Young.

At the beginning I found Lexi and Caine’s relationship felt a little like…dare I say it… Fifty Shades (with great writing, non-annoying characters and a male lead that’s not a psychopath). But as the story progresses, Lexi and Caine’s relationship becomes something beautiful and you can’t help but love them together. I could have killed Lexi for wanting to keep things on the DL, but I get why she needed that. Caine is just amazing. I loved that he was a completely flawed character and that he embarrassed the arrogance. Lexi made me laugh, really there were parts where I would chuckle and shake my head at her silliness.

I love a book that can make me feel so intensely. There were parts where I laughed out loud and other parts where I felt like my heart would shatter at any moment. I really felt for Lexi, I could actually feel her loanlyness coming off the page and at times it really took me to my knees. But as always, this was just such a great read. I couldn’t put it down and Young made me fall in love with all the characters, including the awesome side characters. I really hope she turns this into a series.

Bold: Cover Reveal – It’s so pretty!!

Take a look at the amazing cover for the 4th book in Nicola Marsh’s Bombshell series. BOLD will be released on the 31st of March, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read this one. Marsh has revealed that it’s going to be Zane and Chantal’s story. Get yours now, the first pre-order link on Amazon is live! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TRRQZ2Y

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Here’s what it’s about:

Chantal Kramer is a confident, successful businesswoman and running Burlesque Bombshells, the premier dance revue venue in Vegas, is her life. Until sexy Aussie footballer Zane Harrison arrives in town and turns it upside down.
She doesn’t have time for cocky jocks but as she sees Zane connect with the family he’s never met, she discovers he’s more than just a pretty face.

Zane is in Vegas to meet his father and half-brothers, a part of his family he never knew existed. He’s determined to forget the sins of his past and forge a new future. With Chantal by his side. But Chantal knows for Zane to embrace his family the way he deserves, she has to set him free. As business wars with pleasure, the golden couple discover that love may just conquer all.

Wanton Heat by Nicola Mars


20695946What it’s about:

With her job and her self-respect on the line, advertising executive and reformed bad-girl Zoe Keaton heads to Italy to score a vital business deal. Unfortunately, the guy she needs to convince is the wickedly hot—and totally closed-off—Prince Dominic Ricci, who has no intention of listening to her pitch. So with the queen’s help, Zoe does the only thing that will get the job done. She kidnaps him.

But the joke’s on her when the queen’s matchmaking strands Zoe and the prince on the royal family’s secluded island. Zoe vows not to mix business with pleasure—and prove that she’s more than a spoiled rich girl who bought her way to success—but when the prince turns up the heat, the chemistry between them ignites. Is it just sizzling sex, or could an Italian prince with a tragic past fall for a take-no-prisoners American? (via Goodreads)

What I thought:

My rating: 4 Stars

Once again Nicola Marsh has created a fun, sexy story that you just can’t put down. I loved getting to know Zoe in this book, in the previous book we get little snippets of who she is, but I really enjoyed getting more insight into her character. I also loved the plot to this story, kidnapping a prince and getting stranded on a deserted island for a couple of days… come on, that’s just the perfect kind of fun read.

I loved reading this, it was light and fun, with some steaminess thrown in. Marsh makes it easy to fall in love with her characters and I love that she’s able to tell a full, well-built story in a short read. Sometimes you just want something quick and fun to read and Nicola Marsh is the perfect author for that.

Raw by Belle Aurora

20421367What it’s about:

Alexa Ballentine has had a hard life but she’s made the most of it, once homeless in the US, Lexi is now a great social worker in Australia with incredible friends… and a stalker that is always watching her. But when Lexi is attacked, her stalker comes to the rescue and Lexi’s life is changed forever.

She should have run, should have been scared, should have asked Twitch to leave and never come back… but she didn’t. She let him in, and falls in love with her stalker.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

5 dark, dirty, raw, emotional stars!!

This book was everything 50 Shades should have been. Had this book been the one to take the place of 50 Shades the world would not only know about raw, dirty sex, they would also know about exceptional writing and real storytelling… wait a minute, 50 Shade taught the world nothing about raw, dirty sex. My bad. But seriously, this was an extraordinary read, something so captivating that my world has changed just because I know this book exists.

Aurora picked the perfect title for this book, it can really be described in one word RAW. I knew this was not going to be a happy story when I read the synopsis, any avid reader knows that a story about a woman falling in love with her stalker cannot end well, but what amazed me about this book was the funny. Really, there were parts where I honestly laughed out loud. How Aurora managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, my emotions in knots and a smile on my face I’ll never know, but I take my hat off to her. What’s more, I couldn’t believe that I was enjoying the love story. The truth is that it’s a dark tale and we can all read this and say “I’d never do that” but secretly we love the dirty side of this book.

I can’t say I fell in love with Twitch the way I would normally love the male character in other books but I kinda liked him. *Blush. He’s so broken and I’m not one of those girls that likes to fix a guy, but there was just something about him that drew me to him. I wanted to be a part of his world, darkness and all. I wanted Lexi to love him and even when I knew she needed to leave, when his secrets came out and you see the full extent of his dark side, I didn’t want her to leave him. I loved Lexi! What a great character, she’s crazy and compassionate, tough but fragile. Aurora really wrote a well thought out character and I just loved being in her head, reading the silly things she thought and the pain she felt.

And the sex… what can I say, this book made me kinda like the idea of hard, dirty, f*&ked-up sex. Don’t judge me! It plays out all those dark, blush-worthy fantasies people have and because we read it from the POV of the submissive AND the Dom (no offense on the labeling Twitch) every part of the sex is a turn on. This is the kind of BDSM story that those sad, sex deprived women who loved 50 Shades need to read… or maybe not, this might just give their prude asses a heart-attack. And that’s the bottom line. This book is something powerful, something exceptional, something great, but it’s also something dark and disturbing. So the warning is, don’t read if you can’t handle the depraved.

I really did love this book, it made me happy and sad, excited and disturbed, it haunted my dreams and weaseled it’s way into my soul. Every page was worth reading and I’m so excited to read more about the RAW family – darkness and all.

World Apart Series by Nicola Marsh

Book 2: Towing the Line

22369563What it’s about:

Dani has made one mistake too many in LA and attending an Australian college for a few semesters is the perfect solution. Her plan is to turn over a new leaf – no drinking, no partying and definitely no boys. But when Dani meets sexy Aussie artist Ashton, he plans go out the window. But can Dani be the girl a guy like Ash deserves?

What I thought:

My rating: 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series but I did mention that I wasn’t too fond of Dani as a character. I was hoping that reading her book would enamor her to me. I’m not saying I didn’t like her, I just couldn’t connect with her character. Having said that Marsh is a great storyteller and I enjoyed reading another book by her. Ash was a well written character and you couldn’t help but fall a little in love with him.

Overall this was a fun read with well built characters (despite my disconnect with Dani). I think Marsh is a phenomenal writer and I’m excited to start the next on.

Book 3: Blurring the Line

23119751What it’s about:

Annabelle has ventured out of her tiny town to study and once she has completed her degree at a college in Denver she’s planning on going home to her small town. But when she discovers her new mentor is Joel Goodes, the guy who once rocked her world, Annabelle realises that going home isn’t the only thing she wants.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story. I’ve said it before and I’ll say in again, Nicola Marsh is a fantastic storyteller. I love they way she’s able to tell you a captivating story from beginning to end, with developed characters and a story worth reading – all in a short novella. To me that’s a true test of a great writer.

I immediately fell in love with these characters. Annabelle is a quirky, fun character to read about. I loved that she was bold with Joel and went for what she wanted. I also couldn’t believe how much I felt for her. Every time Joel breaks her heart I felt it deep in my stomach. Joel was sexy and amazing and just a little difficult to read about sometimes. His insistence on pushing people away was a little frustrating and I have to admit that I didn’t buy his reasoning for it. But still I enjoyed the way the story played out.

All in all, this was a fun, emotional, sexy read and I really loved every page. I devoured it in one day and I wish Marsh would write more in this series.

Not Broken by Dana Marie Bell

True Destiny #5

23876060What it’s about:

Slade Saeter endured centuries of torture, longing for the day he could claim Magnus Tate and Sylvia Grimm as mates. Now that he’s free he’s ready to begin the life he never thought he would have, and with Magnus securely snuggled at his side, he just needs to get Sylvia on board. The problem is that while Sylvia has long since healed from her ex-husband’s betrayals, accepting her own stepson as a bonded mate is something she’s having trouble with. What they need is time, but with danger banging on their condo, time might just be the one thing they don’t have.

What I thought:

My Rating: 3.5 stars

I love Dana Marie Bell, the woman has a twisted mind that keeps me in a constant state of “cold shower” and “laugh till you cry”. Every book she writes is worth reading and I really do love that she can create such diverse and different worlds, full of amazing characters and fun stories… but this series has just gotten a bit too complicated for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this story, the characters were awesome and I liked the mystery of it all, the problem is that all the Nors God backstory and names have become so complicated that it’s difficult to follow this series. Having said that I really enjoyed meeting the characters in this book. Slade, Magnus and Sylvia are awesome and I really liked their love story. Though for me Sydney stole the show. I can’t wait to read her book, she reminds me of characters from Shelly Laurenston‘s Pride series.

I’ll definitely end up reading the rest of the books in this series but I’m hoping DMB finds a way to clarify the stories because it’s all just one confused mess right now. Though I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to the incestuous element of the series 😛

The Bombshells Series by Nicola Marsh

It’s official… I’m addicted to Nicola Marsh’s writing!

I stumbled onto this series in my search for more books by Nicola Marsh, I started from the prequel book and read my way through the series in 3 days. So I thought it would be great to review all three books in one post.

Before (Bombshells #0.5)

18686338What it’s about: 

Jess Haper is a good girl, always doing the right thing and never stepping out of her shell. But an incident at a college party makes her want to get away from her good life and her crazy mom, so when her brother asks her to join him on a month long trip to Australia, she’s happy to have something to do during spring break. But Jess meets hot Aussie cook Jack and suddenly she wants to be bad. The problem is, Jack has finally decided to be good and sleeping with his new friend’s little sister is a very bad idea.

 

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

Before is the prequel to Brash , the first book in the Bombshells series and it tells the story of how Jess and Jack meet. I always like reading prequels first if I have the chance, so it was great that I found this book first. I devoured it in a couple of hours and then rushed to buy Brash , despite my dwindling bank account.

I love books that grab a hold of my emotions and take them on a rollercoaster ride. This book had me desperate to see what would happen next. The sexual tension was unbearable and the emotional games played had my heart pounding and my body vibrating. Marsh really articulates the chemistry between Jess and Jack, it’s so tangible I wasn’t sure where their emotions began and mine ended. She takes you into the outback and makes you love these two characters, I wanted them to let go and be together so badly.

I’m so happy that I read this one first because I got to experience the journey of their relationship from the start. And once it all ended I just hand to have the conclusion to their love story… hence my hasty depletion of my bank account. I started Brash almost immediately after finishing this book, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Brash (Bombshells #1)

17368933What it’s about: 

10 years after her trip to Australia, Jess Harper is finally going to live the life she wants… and that life is the one of a bad girl. So when hot Aussie chef Jack McVeigh comes waltzing back into her life, she knows that he’s the perfect person to get adventurous with. The only problem is that he’s not willing to turn his BFF’s sister into a one night stand. But when they are whisked away to a remote Island to plan the wedding of the century, old feeling re-emerge and a man can only resist a Bombshell for so long.

What I thought:

My rating: 5 Stars

After ploughing through Before I hastily bought this book in sheer desperation to read the end of Jess and Jack’s story. Marsh completely sucked me into the lives of these two characters and I needed to know that they were going to end up together.
I just loved how this book started. Jess has finally decided to be a bad girl for once and who better to do it with then hot Aussie Jack? Every emotion that Jess felt was imprinted on my soul and I wanted to strangle Jack for being such a moron and pushing her away.

I take my hat off to Marsh for being such a masterful storyteller, these books are short but they don’t feel that way and you really do go through the whole spectrum of emotions while reading. There’s plenty of hot steamy scenes, funny banter and just the right amount of frustration. I’m loving this series!

Blush (Bombshells #2)

18362671What it’s about: 

Adele Radcliff has worked hard to erase the sins of her past. But when she ends up on the beach alone with her friend’s brother everything changes . Reid Harper’s job consumes him and it’s all he knows, until he meets Adele and he suddenly wants more… he wants a relationship, the problem is Adele doesn’t. She’s not letting anyone know her secrets especially Reid, who’s career will end because of them. But Reid’s not letting go without a fight and he’s going to prove to Adele that being with her is worth losing everything.

What I thought:

My rating: 4 Stars

4 steamy, love fuelled, emotional stars
After reading the first two books in this series I wasn’t too sure I liked Reid, I mean I liked him as Jess’s big brother but I wasn’t too sure his story would be as amazing as the first one. I’m so very happy I was wrong. This book made me fall head over heels for Reid.

I loved this story, Adele is an awesome character. I liked that she had a a past and wasn’t perfect. I also liked that the roles were kind of reversed in this book, Adele was the one pushing Reid away, “for his own good”. I’m so happy that Adele was a real woman, someone who didn’t jump at the prospect of being with Reid especially as a secret. I’m tired of those pathetic, love-sick Ana Steele characters and I found Adele so refreshing and strong.

This story sucked me in from the moment Reid and Adele took a walk on the beach. I enjoyed taking the journey with these two characters and being there to see them come together. Once again Marsh has created a story worth reading and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.