REVIEW: Fight with Me by Kristen Proby

Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2)My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Much much better than the first book of this series.
You can see the evolution of the author from the first book to this one and, although it’s still missing some depth and some building into the characters’ personas, it was easier to engage with this story.

First of all, Jules it’s a great female character: strong, independent and sure of herself. She’s not second guessing everything like Natalie was in the first book. And what I love the most about her is that she was a grown up, responsible for her actions and their consequences.

Nate was a little bit more flat. He was intense some times, cold other times and I had difficulties trying to follow his mood swings. He seemed tortured at the beginning of the book, then easy going at some other points. It was better than Luke but still not quite yet there.

But books like this one are the reason I like to enjoy a full series before ditching an author. Because you get to see the evolution and how a couple of months and some bad reviews made that author grow.

I’ll keep digging into the Come With Me series and report back! hahah
See you between the pages.

Trish 😉

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Commander in Chief by Katy Evans

Commander in Chief (White House, #2)My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It’s an entertaining book and if you read the first one, you’d want to know what happened to the new president and to Charlotte.
But I had the same issue with this book as with the Manwhore sequel. It got repetitive… I got bored around 20% on… I was super frustrated by the exaggerated amount of praise towards Matt.
Come on, even if he’s extremely hot and he’s the president of the United States, he’s still a human being with flaws so I was lost in Charlotte’s starry-eye girl routine about him.
Also, the whole first lady in act thing was kind of unbelievable, seeing how in the US every little stupid thing the president does, even if it’s a stupid comment, can become an scandal. So the fact that he had his mistress living in the white house and acting as the first lady and everybody being happy about that was kind of a stretch.

For what is worth, I appreciated that Katy made the story somewhat uncomplicated… no other women or murder attempt or anything like that.

Thanks for reading and see you between the pages.

Trish

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Showmance by L.H. Cosway

Showmance (Showmance, #1)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romantic, intense and sweet

This is my first book of L.H. Cosway by herself (I’ve read the Rugby Series, but that she wrote with Penny Reid) and I have to say that I loved it!

The way the author manages to bring romance and beauty, with some steamy lines along the way, simply got me hook since chapter one. I’m a romantic at heart and I still want to believe there are some Damon’s in the world. Shy, intense, determine, loyal and hot (I know, it sounds like a dream, but hey, it’s my dream!). Damon and Rose’s story is great and I loved the fact that they didn’t rush into things; they got to know each other and be sure of themselves before get into… all.

Cosway delivered a lot of the passion and emotion that theatrical people show – there’s an intensity and sensitive side to artists (in this case, actors and dancers) that we can see clearly in her characters.
The way Damon uses his talent to scape from his own self, how Alicia seems shallow but then you never know if she is acting or not, how Rose feels his passion toward dancing.

The only character that seemed out of place for me was Blake, his motives were always unclear and unnecessary from my point of view and I get it was the way to create more tension in the story but for me it was a little stretched.

Anyway, great romantic story!
Now let’s wait to read Julian’s story!

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For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles, #2)My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, the Belles are wonderful!
They make me want to get marry all over again to have them by my side on the preparations.
But more than their planning skills, I love their stories.

This specific one referring to two scared people afraid to get burn in the process of love.
I loved Heather! Her attitude and her determination to achieve not only her goals but to catch the love of Josh.
I liked Josh, but I though her was a little bit obtuse about hiding his past illness, although is completely acceptable regarding his condition.

Another high score for Lauren!
Can’t wait to read Alexis and Logan’s story!

Trish!

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Delivery Girl: A contemporary sports romantic comedy by Lily Kate

Delivery Girl: A contemporary sports romantic comedy (Minnesota Ice Book 1)My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It started really funny and light but it became a common place really quickly.

At the beginning I was afraid it was going to go right around the porn alley, with the “pizza delivery thing” and all that and, even when it never happened, every time they mentioned the delivery girl or the pizza girl, I cringe. It was completely unnecessary most of the times.

I kept waiting for Andi to show some of that sass and fun a comic should have but it never happen.
Also, for a Hockey player, Ryan never ever touched a pug or a stick… just saying.
A lot of repetition, a flat plot and a villain who actually didn’t have any reason to be bad at all.

It didn’t really impressed me that much, but it’s the first work of this author so I’ll give her my vote of confidence in next books.

See you between the pages,
Trish

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Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It really was difficult to finish this book and that’s sad because I really like the spin off series Boudreaux.
I’m sure it’s because this was one of the author’s first books, because I read a couple more book written by her and I like them so I’ll assume it was because of that.

To summarize why I didn’t like it, I felt the story wasn’t very connected – there wasn’t any issues other than Luke being an actor, Nat taking pic of single man (really? it was kind of archaic) and Luke’s sister, Sam, hating Nat for no reason. In the middle of all those suppose issues throw a rape, the whole “parents’ dead” situation, the I’m-super-rich-but-I-don’t-want-to-look-like-a-gold-digger attitude and the typical poor rich girl that everyone loves vibe. So, nothing was actually connected and I felt it was a lot of cliches combined into one book.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m really hopping it gets better in the next book of the series.
Guess I’ll let you know.

See you between the pages.

Trish

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REVIEW: Aligned: Volume 4 by Ella Miles

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PLOT:

I know who tried to kill me.

The same man that raped me is the same man that tried to kill me. Twice. I have some evidence, but not enough. I want revenge, but every step I take towards getting that revenge I feel myself drifting further from Landon.

I’m going to lose him.

I’m going to lose everything that I care about. All I can focus on is revenge. Maybe then I will be able to put the past behind me. Maybe then I can truly heal. I just hope I don’t lose him and myself in the process.
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She’s pregnant.

Caroline has always held my deepest darkest secrets, but now she thinks she has another one. One that could control me. I can’t be a father though.

I’m a monster.

The baby can’t be mine. If it is, I already know my future. I’ll lose the woman I love. The only woman I’ve ever wanted.”

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Amazing finale for this thriller that got me in knots the entire time. Even in the final chapters, I was still figuring out new things about the characters.

In this particular book I was more interested in Drew and Caroline than in Alexa and Landon. But I have to say, Alexa grew up so much from Aligned: Volume 1 to here. She became strong and independent. She learned how to solve her own issues and insecurities. And she started to heal from her physical and emotional wounds. You can almost forget she’s missing part of her leg reading her story and not because is not mentioned but because the character lives her life beyond that.

The final moments between Alexa and Ethan were absolutely terrifying. To think that someone is so twisted to continually rape and abuse his significant other and then marry her is disgusting, but sadly I’m sure there are people like that in the world. But I do have one question at this point: how the hell did a BABY survive Alexa’s beating? That was a little bit unreal for me.

On the other hand, Landon’s strength and bravery when he turned himself to the authorities for what he did to Caroline’s brother was a great point for the character. It created respect for him, no matter what he did.

Thanks Ella for introducing Drew and Caroline’s sideline thou. Without them, the book would have been too intense to take. Their story gave romance, love and hope to the pages and, at least in my case, gave me a break from the complete heartbreak I was experiencing with Alex life.

Also, big points for making the whole series interesting – It’s easy to get tired of so many books about the same characters but this was certainly not the case AT ALL!

Anyway, amazing series; intense and deep! So 5 enormous starts 😉

Happy reading,

Trish 🗯

REVIEW: Aligned: Volume 3 by Ella Miles

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PLOT:

He’s alive.
I don’t know how, but he’s standing here in the doorway. A torn piece of green silk sticking out of his pocket matching the fabric that I carry with me everywhere to remember him.
My heart has been torn in two.
I don’t know who I’m supposed to love. A man that has stolen my heart or my husband who I thought was dead.
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He’s fucking alive.
That can’t be possible. I found someone I could finally love. Someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.
But I can’t love Alex.
Not now. I have to let her go. It’s the only way I can save her. I just hope I’m strong enough to save myself.

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Since the beginning the book is as intriguing as the other two. I found myself wondering really hard what is Landon hiding? What did he do to Caroline? I’m afraid is going to be something along the lines of rape or abuse… Specially giving his tendencies towards BDMS and all that. I was hoping I could find out in this volume, but I guess I have to wait for the next.

And then there’s Ethan, which I can’t figure out between chapters. I didn’t know I like him or not and I had the impression Alexa was with him to find something out and to investigate him. But, as in the first two books, that impression could have changed so easily. What I do know from the start is that he and his mother somehow planned what happened to Alexa. So that puts Ethan in the “don’t like” lane even more strongly.

I was so happy when I found out Alexa rather to be call Alex in the past too. Like Landon calls her. These are the things that got me absolutely loving this book, that it keeps getting better and better.

Plus, now Caroline and Drew have a secret too – Wow, this mess keeps tangling more and more!

So I’m left with a lot of questions, AGAIN!
Who’s the killer?
Does Landon’s secret have anything to do with Alex?
Did they meet each other before?
Or is Ethan behind it all?
And, Caroline is pregnant!! Is it Landon’s or Drew’s? Because there is definitely something between Caroline and Drew!

I have that feeling where I really want to know what’s going on but I kind of don’t want the books to end either!
So, I’m jumping to the next… I’ll report the outcome soon!

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯

REVIEW: Aligned: Volume 2 by Ella Miles

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PLOT:
My mind is a mess.
I can’t live this way anymore. He thinks I’ve told him the worst, but I’ve barely told him anything at all.
I can’t love Landon.
He just brings more confusion. I need to leave. Then I can break through the chaos that haunts me.
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My mind has never been so clear.
I’m writing new songs faster than ever before. I’m falling for her, even as the secret that I’ve kept hidden for years threatens to reveal itself.
I can’t love Alex.
Everyone will know I’m a monster. I’ll stay away. It’s the only way.

SPOILERS ALERT!!

Wow, again this thriller left me with my mouth open! In the last book I really though Alexa was in love with Ethan and missing him after the accident but I never imagined she had lost her memories and she didn’t remember anything from her past life. But she keep surprising me and being a really brave character! I think going to NYC to find her own answers and face her demons is the best decision she ever made in this book.

I absolutely loved how Landon was incapable of staying away of Alex, no matter what. And we got to uncover another layer from his character: he was an alcoholic and like his dad, he lost control with the drinks, so he stopped. He also pushes Alex to live, to take risks because I cares about her (the best example is their scene in the cliff, awesome).

And what is it about Ethan? Was he a bully or an abuser? I’m so confused about him – sometimes he seemed nice through Alex’ perspective and other I wondered if he was mean to her. I guess I got the opportunity to find out in the next book, knowing he’s ALIVE and all! A really freaking turning point, if you ask me! Best way to end a book!ç

Maybe the only thing that seemed a little bit unrealistic to me was the fact that now Alex is a super woman and knows how to control her panic about her sex encounters. Now she seems to know what she needs when she needs it, no matter how rough or wild.

But other than that, I keep giving this thriller my 5 full stars!
Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Trish