What to do With a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Book Summary
Published by - SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Publish Date - 4th November 2014
Pages - 374
My Rating - 5 Stars

Review
God I love this series. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read Ruining Mr. Perfect (The McCauley Brothers #3) yet as it isn’t released until October, but oh my God, how I love Marie Harte’s writing style and stories. Just this afternoon I’d commented to one of my friends about how much I adore her shifter males and that no one can write an alpha like Marie, and here we are with her contemporary series and she’s written not just a male that I’ve fallen irrevocably in love with, but a female as well!!!
Del is Kick Ass with a captial K. I loved her rough edges, her tatted and pierced appearance, I love that she didn’t take shit from anyone, yet she still had a soft and caring side that she showed to those she loved.
This entire book was just perfect. There was the right mix of drama, angst and romance but what made it all the better was the comedy aspects. The interactions between Mike and his brothers and little Colin and pretty much everyone else, were at times priceless. The only thing I was sad about was that I didn’t understand the code name for Colin and his Uncle’s plan, but I have a feeling that it would probably be explained in book three. I honestly don’t know if this is the last we’ll see of the McCauley’s but I really hope that it isn’t, cause not only am I a huge fan of Marie Harte’s Cougar Fall’s series, but I’m also a huge fan of the McCauley’s.
In the mean time, I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Ruining Mr. Perfect on the 7th October 2014. I know though that this will be a series that I will come back to time and time again when I’m wanting a red-hot but awesome read!!!

Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

Book Summary
Published by - Loveswept a Random House Imprint
Publish Date - 7th October 2014
My Rating - DNF at 43% 1 Star

Review
To begin with I was right into this book. There was action, there was a little bit of drama and there was a little bit of chemistry between Mateo and Evelyn. But when I say there was a little bit, that was literally it. She was really hot for him and then…she turned colder than the bottom of an iceberg in the antarctic. 
From the 43% I’ve read I can gather that she had something other than her father killing himself happen to her, and I’m guessing it has to do with her ex, Donovan, but by this far into the book and with her playing hot and cold with Mateo I was over not knowing what. What ever it was that had her giving Mateo constant blue balls, she needed to get over it. 
The other thing that annoyed the crap out of me was the way she was constantly freaking out whenever someone got hurt. Sure, she’s training to be a nurse, but the way it was written was like every other character was too much of a dumbass to be able to perform even basic first aid, and Ev not wanting to watch Mateo fight anymore cause he got hurt…I’m sorry, but that was an issue for me too since it’s such a huge part of his life. And yet another reason I was reluctant to read on, cause if he ended up stepping out of the ring for her, I’m pretty sure that I’d scream. 
When it came time for Ev to finally give up a little to Mateo and release the pressure building in his balls a little, how’s she do it? She sucks him off with a condom. I’m sorry, what? If she doesn’t trust that the guy doesn’t have something she can catch, then hunny needs to move on. It was not hot, it was actually a serious turn off to read. I’m all for practicing safe sex in real life, but THIS IS FICTION. Make it hot, make it sexy and most of all make it freaking explosive, not something that’s brushed over and has him coming a paragraph later. It was at this point that everything just annoyed me. We were nearly half-way through the story and so far there really wasnt’ any story. The secondary characters were more interesting that Evelyn and the entire story was from HER perspective, how does that even happen??? I honestly have to say that I feel sorry for Mateo. I mean, I get the heart wants what the heart wants, but I CANNOT for the life of me see his attraction to her. At some stage down the road I might come back and attempt to read the rest of the book, but for the moment…it’s just not going to happen.

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Book Summary
Published by - Harlequin
Publish Date - 26th August 2014
Pages - 352
My Rating - 3 Stars

Review
I’m in two minds over this book. On the one hand it was a sweet and fun read, on the other, there was an awful lot of filler and in my opinion some important things were brushed over. I love Ann Aguirre’s writing style, her characters are original and refreshing, easy to read and easy to fall in love with, but bits of this book I wish had’ve been from Ty’s perspective as well. There were moments that I wanted to know what he was thinking rather than the 20 things that were running through Nadia’s head. The book was also very repetitive, it was the same mantra and dramas over and over. It was overly predictible. But all in all it wasn’t too bad, hence the three star rating.
I have to say, I’m not used to Ann Aguirre writing contemporary romance, or new adult for that matter, since I had previously started reading Enclave, but as my first crack at something not completely out there by her I have to say she gave it a solid go and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

Book Summary
Published by - Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date - 5th August 2014
Pages - 384
My Rating - 5 Stars

Gods (or should I say Gold?) I love this series!!! With every book it gets better and better. I mean, of course I have my favorites from earlier on in the series, but the closer we get the the Ascension going down…DUDE!!! For fans of the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series, they will not be disappointed. I was soooooo excited when I found out we were finally going to get Thronos and Lanthe’s story. I mean I had to wait three books to finally get it, but oh what a wait it’s been. Sure I liked Lothaire, Shadow’s Claim and MacRieve were okay, but ever since the moment on Immortal Island that we knew Thronos had Lanthe in his sights, I wanted their story ASAP!!!
Kresely Cole is an amazing story teller, and unlike so many authors who write a large series like this, she doesn’t get lost in branches off the original story arc, everything she’s written (including The Dacian’s) has been leading up to what is going to be one hell of a battle when the Ascenion takes place, and of course, my most beloved Valkyrie is going to be leading them all…Team Nix all the way!!!
Dark Skye is heart breaking, exciting, beautiful and down right sexy, if you weren’t already eager for Thronos and Lanthe’s story, then you will be as Kresley Cole works her literary mojo on you and keeps you gripped to the very end…where of course you’re crying out for the next book. So bring it on!!!

Shipwrecked with the Billionaire Rock Star by Victoria Wessex

Book Summary
Published by - Fido Publishing
Publish Date - 17th July 2014
Pages - 137
My Rating - 2 Stars

Review
Okay, just a warning, this could turn into a bit of a rant and I’m not going to apologize for it. Nuh-huh not one little bit.
You see, one of my pet peeves is about females that are supposedly plus sized in a book, but then the chick on the cover is a tiny little thing hanging off the back of a ripped god. Now I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover AND that a author doesn’t usually get a say in what a cover looks like, but when the female character in the book has some serious hang ups about her curves, then seriously? Yeah, work that shit out.
Now, I’m a plus sized woman. I have curves (some pretty damn big ones) but I embrace them. I own them. They’re what God gave me and let’s be honest, men like them. So just for once I would like to have a woman with curves in a book that doesn’t bemoan her body, but rocks it like a vixen. I have body image issues as much as the next woman, but come on, this book is fiction…as in NOT real, so would it be too much to ask that we have someone that wants to knock a bloke’s socks off with her killer rack decked out in nothing but satin and lace? Embrace the curves ladies, otherwise what hope is there for all the little girls out there?!
Sooooo, on to the book itself. Well, Adam is English. That’s fine, I’m half English too, so no that’s not my issue. My issue was writing him as a Cockney. Yes cockney may as well be a different language, but as a reader it’s bloody hard to read and imagine Adam as being anything sexy. I imagine that the author was kind of going for a Brad Pitt in Snatch type of vibe with him. It’s one thing to watch a hot man on a screen talk that way, or heck even having a conversation with someone in person, but reading a guy in a book and trying to take the book seriously…yeah, that didn’t happen. The first time that he opened his mouth with a ‘innit, I wanted to snap my iPad in half. THAT. IS. NOT. SEXY!!! I literally had to force myself to keep reading and give this book a chance all because of that damn accent and the way that it was written!!!
The overall story wasn’t bad. A bit cliche in places and overly predictible all the way through, but the accent and body issue images aside it wasn’t too bad. I mean, it wasn’t great, but hey with sheer force of will I got through it. I haven’t read anything else by Victoria Wessex, but I’m game to give something else by her a try.

Cracks in the Armor by Helena Hunting

Book Summary
Published by - Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date - 23rd June 2014
My Rating - 3.5/4 Stars

Review
I haven’t read anything by Helena Hunting before, so that being said, I didn’t realize that this book was a part of a series. Not that it was a problem for me, oh no, I seem to have found the knack for finding books that are second or third in a series and really enjoying them. So I really liked this little snippet, and of course now I want to read the preceding books. Though short, we were given an insight into the characters lives before their story, which can I just say, I cannot wait for!!! Though this novella is probably more for fans of the series, someone like me can pick it up and find themself intrigued into what came before and after this part of the story.

So why not pick it on up and give it a go…come on, you know you want to!!!

Very Wicked Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Book Summary
Published by - Bolero Books, LLC
Publish Date - 24th June 2014
Pages - 289
My Rating - 5 Stars

Review
Holy crap, consider my mind blown…not just blown but emoitionally eviscerated, electroshocked and liquified and then put back together…BOOM!!!
It wasn’t until I just logged onto Goodreads to review this book that I was even aware that it was second in a series, and of course now I know I’m going to be jumping on the first book faster than a frog eating a mosquito, cause this book was just…amazing.
Cuba and Dovey were so earnest and real, despite their worlds and circumstances being something I could not picture in my reality at all. The way the story is written is so beautifully sincere it’s captivating. I loved the harder edges that were in this story, it wasn’t all fluffed up and fairy-flossed, it was gritty and raw and took me on a tumultuous journey. I’m certain that I’ve bitten off every single one of my nails this afternoon as I read this book. So thanks Ilsa Madden-Mills, you’ve totally ruined my manicure ;)
The highs were high, the lows were low, it was angsty drama at it’s best and whoooweee I wish the ride hadn’t stopped, it was just so damned good I could’ve kept reading for ages. And now that I know it’s a series, in a sense I can, but I have a feeling that Cuba and Dovey are always and forever going to be my favourites and hold a special place in my heart.
I loved that Dovey didn’t have a roll over and cower attitude, her inner-strength, despite her self-doubt, blew me away and Cuba…he was the perfect tortured soul coming back to life. The both of them together were mesmerizing and chaotic and enchanting. I swear that I’m going to have THE worst book hangover ever tomorrow, guess it’s yet another thing that I can thank Ilsa for.

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Feeding a poddy (orphaned) lamb in our back yard. I was three, I think, and it was spring but there was still a bit of a frost on the ground and I wasn’t wearing shoes. I remember that the lamb was drinking so vigorously that it pulled the bottle from my hands and I started to scream for Mum cause I didn’t think I’d get the bottle back from it. *sighs* good times lol

Sweet Girl by Cristin Harber

Book Summary
Published by - Mill Creek Press
Publish Date - July 7th 2014
Pages - 200
My Rating - 5 Stars

Review
If this book is a prequel then I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!!! I swooned, I laughed, my heart raced and I even got a little sniffly in places. It’s well written, easy to read and the characters and story draw you in from the first chapter.
This story is right up my alley too. I love stories about friends that become more and the way that Cristin Harber wrote this book made you believe that there was always that spark of attraction between the pair of them, but the realities of family and obligation and bro-code stood in their way.
It was a super short read too! It only took me about two and a half hours to hammer through this one and at the end I wanted more. No, I needed more which is why I already have Winter’s Heat on my kindle ready to read when I get a chance. I have HUGE expectations for this series, I only hope that Cristin can pull it off, but after reading this book, I have faith that she will do the characters the justice they deserve.

Beyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley

Book Summary
Published by - Harlequin
Publish Date - 24th June 2014
Pages - 544
My Rating - 3 Stars

Review
I am having a hard time writing a review for this book. While the writing was good, the story didn’t flow as well as it could have, at times fixating on one thing rather than letting the story flow on naturally. The not quite happily ever after ending annoyed me as well…I mean it was a happily for right at this moment kind of thing and after reading 544 pages I needed this to be wrapped up in a nice red bow with everyone getting their HEA.
Elliot…I couldn’t stand him. Those of you who read my reviews know I’m all over an alpha/dominant male, but there is a massive line between a dominant male and a complete and utter douchebag who has no thoughts whatsoever about the boundaries and lines he’s crossing. I don’t know, he might have been more likeable or even enjoyable to read if he had been written differently.
All in all, I’m giving this book three stars because as I said the writing was good. But that’s pretty much all it’s getting the three stars for.