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

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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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 🗯