Review: Annihilate Me Volume 1 by Christina Ross

Reviewed by Elise

This one popped up on my Facebook advertisements of all places. It was advertised as being made into a major motion picture. The book freak in me wanted to read the book first.

I’m not sure where to start with my review. All I could think was ‘well that escalated quickly’. Jennifer Kent moved to New York after graduating college. She moved to escape an abusive father and is not looking for love. She is, however, looking for a job. Jennifer attends a terrible job interview and in the elevator bemoans her current state of affairs to an attractive stranger.

Once home, she receives a phone call from the interview she just attended, apologizing for how it was conducted and is asked in for another interview. She eventually agrees to return for another interview with the CEO himself. [Read more…]

Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Debz

You will not believe how excited I was for this book to be made a movie. I had just finished reading the trilogy when it was announced that the first book would be made into a movie. I was ecstatic. I googled everyone announced to be in the movie and singlehandedly watched the trailer more than 50 times. I made sure I was free on the day it came out and pestered my local cinema for a week to make sure it was coming out on the day they said it was coming out. I watched it twice, consecutively and loved every minute of it.

After my haze of obsession has worn off, I have come to the conclusion (and this is the right conclusion guys, don’t argue) ……Nick Young is a wuss. The first time I read this, I swooned over Nick. Gorgeous, rich yet humble, good friend, good son, yet good boyfriend. The list goes on and on, but after 2 viewings and 1 extra reading, his shortcomings just shine through, and all I could do was scoff and roll my eyes. How does he not prepare Rachel for any part of his life in Singapore? How is he okay with throwing her to the sharks and just hoping she survives? He literally tells her how about how hard something is going to be one scene before it actually happens and expects her to just ride with it. Dick move Nick, dick move. [Read more…]

Review: The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

Reviewed by Debz

So I saw pictures from Princess Eugene’s wedding and she looked absolutely stunning. Her dress was, dare I say, the best royal bridal gown this year and it took a lot of confidence for her to break with royal tradition and show her scars for the world to see. She rocked it!!!

It was also serendipitous that at the same time the wedding was going on, I was reading about another bad ass princess (albeit fictional) and her journey to happy ever after. This one was a rocky journey, though; boy were there twists and turns.

Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria is second in line to the throne of Drieden and is supposed to marry dashing Scottish Duke, Christian Fraser-Campbell in the wedding of the decade….except he doesn’t show up for the wedding. That must have been super devastating and embarrassing. It is a bother to say the least, to be stood up at the altar, but to do that at a Royal wedding!!! With all the preparation and money and time that had been put into it!!!!! A disaster of epic proportions. [Read more…]

Review: Sin and Ink by Naima Simone

Reviewed by Sara

Sin and Ink is a Contemporary Romance that follows the story of Knox, a former MMA fighter and now proprietor of Chicago tattoo shop, and Eden, Knox’s office manager and his late brother Connor’s widow. Eden’s was widowed two years before the book begins when her husband, also an MMA fighter, was knocked out and a previously undetected aneurysm bursts. She’s just now starting to crawl out from under her crushing grief and gain her independence. She is also in love with Knox.

Luckily for Eden, Knox has been secretly in love with her since the first time he saw her, before her marriage to his brother. He never would have said anything or done anything, but his mother saw and when Connor died, Knox’s mother confronted him in a state of hysteria accusing him of Connor’s death and making him promise never to touch Eden. Knox tries to bury his feelings in meaningless sex and by treating Eden as if she were a sister. One chance encounter ruins all Knox’s best laid plans and the two discover their feelings for each other and give in to the chemistry they create. The question is, will it last? Can Eden become independent and begin her life again, this time with Knox by her side and will Knox allow the secrets of his past and the accusations of his mother destroy his chance at love? [Read more…]

Review: Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Reviewed by Sara

There are plenty of books about nannies. Usually they’re women seduced by the attractive billionaire, mysterious Greek tycoon or the rakish duke.

*yawn*  So, when I saw author Rebekah Weatherspoon tweet about a ginger, bearded and tattooed, motorcycle riding nanny helping a successful and smart single-mom, I was in.

Dr. Sloan Copeland is a young cardiac surgeon in L.A. with two adorable twin 6 year olds. A former child prodigy with an obnoxious ex-husband trying to win her back, she’s left in the lurch when her nanny up and leaves mid-shift. Luckily, she’s got good friends who recommend Rafe Whitcomb. Sloan’s immediately attracted to Rafe, but isn’t sure about how the hot, tattooed white guy will be with her girls. Thankfully Rafe quickly demonstrates a well of limitless compassion and excellent child-tending skills. These and Rafe’s excellent references help Sloan decide to bring Rafe into her family. [Read more…]

Review: Dad Bod: Hammered by Jasinda Wilder

Reviewed by Caitlin

Jasinda Wilder is a new-to-me author. I was intrigued by the blurb – older MC’s (40 and 44), a nurse living in a fixer-upper needs help from a handyman who fixes more than just her window – and because it was only 99 cents, I figured I would give it a shot. The last two books I tried were both DNFs, so I was hopeful this would turn that around.

It did. This book is a warm hug on an off day when you really, really need it. I fell in love with Jesse O’Neill and I was totally rooting for Imogen Irving to get her groove back. [Read more…]

Review: Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

Reviewed by Sara

In Runaway Girl, the follow-up to Tessa Bailey’s Getaway Girl, Naomi Clemons has an epiphany just before she’s about to walk down the aisle. She realizes she’s nothing more than a pretty face. She’s never done anything with her life, and if she goes through with her wedding she’ll be committing to a boring, passionless lifetime as a trophy wife and party hostess to a man who can’t even remember what she likes to drink. So, she hits the road, committed to living her life to the fullest only to discover that she lacks the skills to support herself on her adventure. It’s at a Florida truck stop, while a stranger helps her maneuver a bathroom stall in her wedding dress that she applies for the only job she has any training in, a pageant coach. Which is how she meets Jason Bristow. [Read more…]

Review: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Sara

Book 2 of Nalini Singh Hard Play series, Rebel Hard is a vibrant and lovely Contemporary Romance that follows the lives of Raj Sen and Nayna Sharma as they grow together in the midst of, or in spite of, cultural traditions and personal dreams.

Nayna Sharma, began the path to an arranged marriage as a way to heal the hurts in her family caused by her older sister’s less than traditional life choices, but while her motives are pure, she feels more and more like she’s caging herself and burying long held dreams. Raj, on the other hand, loves the steadfastness of Indian tradition and longs for the stability he believes it will bring to his life. After a disastrous first meeting, Nayna and and Raj attempt a more modern style of dating and find their hearts, and hormones, quickly involved. As the two face personal and familial trials, Nayna works to show Raj that she can be a safe place and strong tower for him to run to, and Raj, in turn, works to show Nayna that his embrace isn’t a cage meant to hem her in but a support for when times get tough. [Read more…]

Review: Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Reviewed by Caitlin

This is my first book by Charlotte Stein, and I’ve already read three novellas since reading this book. This was a genuine delight.

Letty Carmichael was bullied pretty badly in high school by three guys in particular. This bullying got so bad it culminated in them running her off a cliff. It took two years after high school for her to finally go to college because of the physical rehab required.

One of these tormentors (not the guy actually driving the truck that hit Letty, but perhaps the most aggressive of the bullies) is Tate Sullivan, who now goes to the same college Letty goes to. [Read more…]

Review: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark

Reviewed by Elise

My first thoughts when I picked up this book were about the title. To me, it sounded a little like, dare I say, porny? I thought it was a little predatory in nature until I started reading.

Olivia is a college student with a traumatic past. Her vague memories manifests themselves as nightmares and sleep running. Hence, Waking Olivia. Duh.

Olivia’s sleep running has led to some incidents at a previous school that led to the revoking of her scholarship. She is now at lesser ranked college with a new coach and new team. The whole concept of American colleges is mind boggling. I just can’t get my head around the obsession with college sport. It’s insane. Here in Australia, I would say sport is a national pastime and yet it doesn’t match how high school and college sport in a America is portrayed. Anyway, I’m off track. The romance in the story is that of a teacher (coach) and his student (runner). [Read more…]