Review: Legally Mine by Nicole French

Legally Yours (Spitfire, #1) My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was extremely surprised with this book.
Reading a lot of romance novels a year, it’s inevitable to compare authors and get a preference on story plot.

In my case, I’m allergic to bullshit – weak plots where unrealistic characters achieve unrealistic things; dumb situations where it happens exactly what’s impossible in real life and of course, cookie-cut happy endings where every problem dissolves magically at the end.
Legally Yours by Nicole French is basically the opposite of that.
The author managed to give the book a unique voice, different from what’s already out there, with a few simple features:

  • The main female character, Skylar. She’s a girl with a mind of her own. We constantly see how in romance novels we are opting for taking away women’s control of their own life to sustain the idea that the hero is “taking care of her”. In Skylar’s case, she fights to keep that control for herself, even if that implies some difficult conversation with the man she loves. I applaud that.
  • Brandon Sterling itself. The billionaire that falls in love – I loved so many things about him. I loved that he wasn’t as sure of himself as he appeared to be at the beginning of the book. I loved that he was honest about where he came from (well, for the most part). I loved that he was 37 years old because, for Christ sake, aside from Silicon Valley, there aren’t any 27-year-old ruling the world. He’s age gave him a maturity that we lack in so many other heroes.
  • The author’s style. In general, Nicole French kept me reading this novel because of the easy wit she gave to her characters’ voices. Not only Skylar and Brandon are part of this; you get to see the author’s personally through Jane, Eric, Bubbe, Danny and many others in this book.

SPOILER ALERT: The only reason my rating is missing a star it’s because of the sequence of the plot. And don’t get me wrong, I pretty much liked the story but getting close to the end of the book a got kind of confuse on the relationship between Brandon Sterling and Victor Messina, why was Brandon giving him money and why Skylar didn’t confront him about it. She kept saying that she didn’t want him to know she knew but to me it wasn’t clear what was it that she knew. (hide spoiler)]

Aside from that, I can only say BRAVO to Nicole! Congratulations for your first very successful book!
I can’t wait to read the sequel.

See you between the pages,
Trish

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REVIEW: Rock with Me by Kristen Proby

Rock with Me (With Me in Seattle, #4)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another “With Me in Seattle” novel that I enjoyed
And why? Because Sam is another strong and empowered woman. Probably too much. But I like leading ladies to be in the stubborn side so much better.

Samantha Williams, Luke’s sister, was painted as a bitch since the first novel. She was the only character of that book that didn’t think Nat walks on water. Which is why I liked her since the beginning – she had strong ideas and opinions and it was a breath of fresh air in the first novel of this series.
In “Rock with me” we get to know why she behaves the way she does. She shows her strong side away, but also her soft side in a very Sam way.

Leo was a good character too. And even if I’m not usually into piercings and tattoos, the author managed to make me engaged in his sex appeal. Obviously, he’s a rock star and that makes everything even more excited hahaha.

Something that still bugs me about this series it’s that even when these characters keep telling themselves they should stay away from each other because they have issues or because they don’t want to hurt one another, they never actually make it. And I know it’s romantic and emotional because they can help themselves, but at the same time it’s not very logical for what they keep talking about along these books.

I’m moving to Caleb and Bryn story now.
See you between the pages,

Trish

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REVIEW: Play with Me by Kristen Proby

Play with Me (With Me in Seattle, #3)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m giving this book 3.75 stars.
So much improvement from the first and the second of the series.

Better built characters, justified actions and the exact amount of drama to make the story interesting.
Another good point was the inclusion of the leading male character POV in the narration. It was small but it complemented the story and it gave us readers a door to the character’s mind.

It was super nice to see the big quarterback fall in love with a regular girl and, even if I’ve read this plot in thousands of different books, it never gets old.
Again, another strong and independent leading lady on this book (those are my favorite); Meg falls in love with Will but also fights him to keep her independence. Will is also a strong guy, used to have his ways and to everyone falling at his feet but has to learn how to respect the woman he chose to be with.

I’m still missing a little bit more of real actions between the main character and her guy. It seems to dreamy that she falls for a super star and, aside from one drunk flirt one night, nothing else happen with Will’s famous status. Also, he seems stop being a super star from second date on and I feel it could take people a little bit more than that to get over themselves.

Also, the whole Leo is back and we love him again was a little weak. They spent 3 years without talking to each other and then, all of a sudden, they are treating each other like brother and sister again.

But, at the end, I truly enjoyed this book. So I’ll keep moving forward with the Seattle stories!
Plus, I’m really digging the whole ‘everyone is tatted or pierced’ thing!

See you between the pages,
Trish

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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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