Showing posts with label new releases. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new releases. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Alyssa Rose Ivy - The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Alyssa Rose Ivy, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary, new adult romance
Length: 204 pages.

Book five in the Hazards Series.
Kyle and Jade work together at the college radio station. They've been friends for a while, both secretly wishing for more.
Things start to heat up when Kyle offers his services if Jade ever feels like a roll in the sheets. Opportunity arises to follow through on that offer when Kyle needs Jade to be his pretend girlfriend on a week away with his family.

Things are playful and fun, but Jade is reluctant to have a relationship. She has had a nasty experience in the past.

Contention among Kyle’s family hints at a deeper level in the storyline. When tragedy strikes, things change dramatically and Kyle and Jade's relationship is tested.

I thought I was in for a fun, frivolous read to begin with. Nothing wrong with that at all. It's a light-hearted, entertaining escape from life. I think fun reads are as important as the emotionally wrenching ones. This book provided both.

The author throws in a couple of shocks to keep the reader on their toes. The challenges faced by the characters are depicted with insightful perception.

I really enjoyed this story.

4 flares.

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Book Review - Mia Storm - Getting Dirty (ARC)

Publisher: Mia Storm, 2015
Genre: New adult, contemporary romance
Length: 268 pages

This gritty, controversial read from Mia Storm will get your tongues wagging and challenge your moral boundaries. This book evoked so many emotions in me, some of them conflicting.

Caiden Brenner is a graduate assistant at Sierra State University. He meets Blaire Leon when she comes to him needing help to find Don Juan by Byron. Caiden thinks Blaire is a college senior. She’s not. She’s a high school senior taking a college class to improve her chances at entry to Berkley after graduation.

When Blaire sees Caiden, he immediately sets her panties on fire and her heart a flutter. She soon slips into the role of seductress, unable to see why she can't have him if they’re discreet.

Blaire is a walking brain. She will graduate as valedictorian, a year younger than her peers. Her family all share a superior intellect. Her parents are career minded and have largely, left the children to raise themselves. She’s definitely mature for her age, but she’s also a social misfit because of the age and intelligence gap. The way she pursues Caiden is probably the clearest indicator of her age.

Caiden has so much to lose. He’s on staff, the conflict of interest is obvious. Betrayed and shunned by his family, Caiden craves love and Blaire gives it so deeply and freely. She blindsides him. By the time he finds out she’s only just turning seventeen, they’re infatuated. The risk is even greater. He could go to jail. Throughout the story, parallels are drawn with Lord Byron's version of Don Juan, and his weakness against feminine wiles. Does Caiden have the willpower that Don Juan lacked?

Blaire is a free spirit who doesn't necessarily subscribe to the generalized beliefs in society. If she thinks something is ridiculous she'll shout it loud at a poetry slam. She's headstrong and self-possessed enough to understand what she wants even if she has no first-hand knowledge of it.

I was dubious towards her views on sex considering her lacklustre, limited experience with it. The lack of attention and guidance from her parents is probably a large contributor towards the choices she makes in relationships. Being the social misfit, she’s new to exploring the effect she has on the male of the species. While these factors might explain her actions, I still felt conflicted about her decisions.

I understand what the author is putting out there. I knew what they were doing was against the law and I still wanted them to be together. I wanted them to stand up and tell society to back the hell off.

I think it’s important to understand the inner workings of the characters for this to work. The author has done a great job in getting me to sympathize with both Blaire and Caiden. The writing is raw and real. No flowery descriptions here.

This would make a fantastic book club discussion. So many themes intertwine through the plot. I don’t want to give anything away, but I could launch into a debate about so many things. I adore a book that pushes boundaries and makes me think.

Well done Mia Storm, I commend your bravery. Thrilling read. 
4.5 flares.

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*


Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Review - Jessica Sorensen - Untamed (ARC)

Publisher: Jessica Sorensen, 2015
Genre: Romantic suspense/ thriller
Length: 192 pages

As I write this, I have just finished Untamed, Book two of the Unbeautiful Series.

I am gobsmacked.

Emery and Ryler are neighbours and friends, but they are not really who they seem.

I am keeping my mouth shut about this story. If you have read Unbeautiful, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get to this next instalment.

This book is evocative and gripping. Throughout the entire book, I felt like I was suspended waiting to drop into the unknown. This series is a must read.

I’ve been a fan of Jessica Sorensen’s for a couple of years. Her writing is emotive, fluid and simply beautiful. She just gets better and better.

What an imagination. I'll be thinking about this book long after I have finished.
5.5 flares.

*ARC provided for free in exchange for an honest review*


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