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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Book Review: Repented by Sophie Monroe

Repented
(Battlescars - Book #4)
by Sphie Monroe
Kindle Edition, 371 Pages
ASIN; B00V9JEEYE
Source: Ebook - Own

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Repented is the fourth book in the bestselling Battlescars series. Repented picks up where Conflicted ended, and will lead into Cracked: A Guilty Tendencies Novel, but is NOT a cliffhanger!

When everything in your life becomes Conflicted, and you're left with more than your fair share of Battlescars, you may become Afflicted. But, in order to rise above the chaos, it's best to be Repented.

Kevin, the lead guitarist of Battlescars, hasn't always been the good guy people perceive him as.

When secrets from his past come out of the shadows and haunt him, his world comes crashing down. Can he be repented, or will his old ways scratch the surfaces and ruin everything?

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This is Kevin’s story in book 3 Kevin’s wedding never happened and Bryn walked away. That was actually a really good thing for Kevin. Bryn was not meant to be with Kevin. Kevin slips a little with the sobriety but manages to pull himself up before he is in to deep.

Kevin picks up the tour bus for Jake and side swipes a girl named Bri. This author has a major issue with B names…. Brett, Bri, Bryn, Britt… to many for me to keep straight. Anyway Bri moves to Smithville in with her cousin Madison.

Kevin has a chance meeting with Madison and thinks he will never see the beauty again but he does and he thinks maybe this is fate.

My thoughts: 1st - Kevin cannot do (a little) cocaine and not have to go back to rehab. That sounds wrong to me. 2nd - Kevin’s parents are described as HIPPIES that are Free Spirited but they own a huge house and there is a Lambo in the driveway. NO… Hippies do not own huge houses or Lambo’s. I agree it makes sense that they own holistic and more NATURAL spas but I would never say they are hippies. I know hippies they are more, give all the money away to charity and I can live as a minimalist. I feel most of this is to unrealistic for me to really be in the moment with this story. Which is disappointing because I loved the others.

I also wish there was more background on Bri since some of the story was about Austin and Bri’s relationship. I wanted more on that story.

And what the heck happened to poor sweet Brittney. She was in book 3 got a job with the band as marketing and was never heard from again. Then we have the 3rd romance in the book with Peyton & Zach. All we see of Peyton is she is whinny and annoying and Zach is a horn dog who wants the rock star lifestyle with a chick waiting at home for him.

Rating: 2 Stars

I am hoping if there is a book 5 in the series that it will be a little better for me. This is a good series and don’t get me wrong most of the books are good.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Book Review: Conflicted by Sophie Monroe

Conflicted
Battlescars - Book #3
by Sophie Monroe
Kindle Edition, 224 Pages
ASIN: B00F7KLNFO
Source: Ebook - Own

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When you think about your life are there things you would reverse?
Derek Scott is the twenty-six year old drummer of Battlescars. With a past marred by tragedy, he has a hard time letting people in. He's also made his share of mistakes. Now, he's trying to come to terms with the choices he has made recently and what they mean for him.

When someone from his past comes back into his life, Derek thinks maybe he can get back on track. However, things unravel, leaving him more unclear than ever. When long kept secrets find him and force him to decide what really matters in his life, will he be able to choose a path - or will he always be conflicted?
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Derek and Joss were a match made in HELL. They knew this but tried to keep it on the Lighter side. Three problems with that; First is Derek and Joss have a real connection that goes way back; Second is Joss is Blake's little sister; Third is they are a lot alike and that spells disaster.

Derek and Joss take the plunge and try to keep the feelings out of it but that does not happen. They try to move on from each other and it proves to be very difficult. Derek has a lot of secrets and a lot of them come out in this story. You see way Derek is so shut off and guarded and way he does not do relationships.

Story was good. Joss is refreshing with her honesty. Brittney you feel bad for and hope her character gets a better ending down the road.  Derek is just a sad character and even though this story gives him a happier ending I still feel sad for the character. There is a little cliffhanger but nothing to bad at the end of this one.

Rating: 3 Stars





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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review: Afflicted by Sophie Monroe

Afflicted
Battlescars - Book #2
by Sophie Monroe
Kindle Edition, 287 Pages
ASIN: B00CVBB7QW
Source: Ebook - Own

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Fresh off tour Blake Potter, the sexy bassist for Battlescars, is in Smithville, Ohio to work on their next album ‘Coming Clean’. Still pining after Aubrey’s best friend, Piper, it’s going to be harder than he expected to see her back with her long-­‐ term boyfriend, Cole. He’s trying his hardest to forget her, but not matter how hard he tries to stay away circumstances keep bringing them together. Being burned before, he refuses to let it happen again. He’s still struggling to let go of Rowan, the girl that made him the way he is.

Piper is fighting an uphill battle of her own. She’s working her ass off trying to make a name for herself as a tattoo artist. Her long-­‐term boyfriend, Cole, was recently discharged from the Marines turning her world in a way that she never expected. When he begins leaving for days at a time Piper starts struggling to help him pick up the pieces. She calls the one person that might be able to help, Blake. He becomes the friend that she needs no matter how much it’s killing him.

What will happen when one phone call changes everything for both of them leading them in a path that neither anticipated? Pasts will come out of the shadows and threaten to ruin everything.
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Piper and Blake

Piper and Blake had a friends and it became a fling. Piper being on again off again with her high school boyfriend Cole called it what it was, a FLING.  

Cole joined the Marines and was discharged not to long ago. Suffering from PTSD and self medicating things get bad for the couple.

As Piper struggles with her feelings for Blake she tries to stay focused on Cole and her relationship. Doing her best to make it work. Piper knows it's not Coles fault that he changed.  Things with Cole change after a major slap in the face for him and Piper has to serious choice to make. One that will be life changing. 

Blake wants Piper happy even if it is with Cole. That would devastate him but as long as she is happy it will not matter.

So Piper is stupid for staying with Cole and putting up with his attitude. He is a bomb really to detonate. Blake is patient and sweet and you of course want him to win the girl. You understand Piper's reluctance to throw away a 8 year relationship but see Cole treats her like crap. We don't get any flashbacks of what Cole was like before the Marines so to be honest we don't really know if he was always an ass. Blake's past is right there for us to see and you can see the character change for the better and try to be a better person to be who Piper needs.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars




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Book Review: Battledcars by Sophie Monroe

Battlescars
Battlescars - Book #1
by Sophie Monroe
Kindle Edition, 344 Pages
ASIN: B00BTH2U1U
Source: Ebook - Own

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Aubrey Thompson is a twenty-three year old flight attendant for her dad’s small commercial fleet. She’s a sarcastic smartass that has no problem telling you where to go. She also despises rock stars…but that’s all part of the story. Her Granny Jean is spy and will have you laughing out loud.

In comes Jake Parker, the twenty-five year old lead singer of Battlescars. His reputation is the untamable bad-boy. He’s completely “balls to the wall” in everything that he does. Two days after returning home from a month long tour across Europe he gets a visit from Bruce, an executive from the record label. He informs Jake that Battlescars is going back on tour for three months. What everyone doesn’t know is that Jake is worn down and sick of the same old shit.

His record label hires Aubrey’s dads company to fly him around for the last minute tour. In order to keep her dad's company afloat they will have to learn to play nice. When Jake first meets Aubrey she refuses to even acknowledge his existence. He sees her as refreshing and a challenge.

Both of them have some pretty heavy scars from their pasts holding them back. Can Jake get Aubrey to let him in? Or will she shoot him down based on his outlandish reputation? Will her fear of getting hurt again keep him out for good?

Are the two of them a match in heaven or hell?

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Jake and Aubrey

Aubrey is a feisty stewardess working for her dad's private company, from Ohio originally. She is dedicated, loyal and does not take crap.

Jake is the lead singer for Battlescars. He was a pary boy with a string of one night stands, drinking and partying all hours of the night. But he decided 1 year ago to give all that up to be a better person. He wanted more out of life than a party.

Aubrey's dad needs her to fly around with Jake and his bodyguard Brett for a 3 month stint. She is not happy. Aubrey has been working non stop and just want to be home in her own bed to rest. Aubrey knows she has to do this to help the company stay afloat. They need some new clients, an entire band would be great income.

She puts Jake in his place day one and Jake is immediately smitten. Jake has his work cut out for him to win Aubrey's trust and heart. Aubrey has been hurt in her one and only relationship and trusts no one. She cannot be touched without flinching and freaking out, she does not date and never plans too.

Jake expresses his feeling sof LIKE to Aubrey and how he wants to be friends. Aubrey is skeptical. Jake says he is not what they portray him to be in the press and he changed the path he was on. Jake wants Aubrey to give friendship a chance. Aubrey decides a friendship would be good since they will be stuck together for at least 3 months.

Aubrey is confused when Jake touches her to catch her when she almost falls and her reaction is not to pull away. This is new territory for Aubrey and she decides to push her boundaries to see the extent of this new crazy friendship. Jake tells Aubrey they are friends for now but he wants her to be his girlfriend and he is willing to wait as long as it takes for her to trust him and make that happen.

Some grammatical errors but not too bad. The characters are fun. Jake is sweet. caring, loving and model hot. Aubrey is feisty, quick witted, stubborn, loyal, guarded and sweet.

Together the couple are opposites that fit perfectly together. Good story line that I'm sure you have seen a million times before nothing new with that. 

Rating: 2 1/2 STARS




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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review: Treacherous by Chloe Walsh

Treacherous
(Carter Kids/Twisted Youth - Book #1)
by Chloe Walsh
Kindle Edition: 319 Pages
  • ASIN: B00UCKHCTA
  • Source: Ebook - Own

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Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00UCKHCTA.

Teagan

"I wanted to go home."

"Moving to America wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the family next door. Because of my so-called guardian – and I used that term lightly – we were the latest family to take up residency in Thirteenth Street, and I was the sole target of the bitch over the fence."

"But, for me, life was about to get a lot worse."

"Noah Messina, Ellie's step-brother, had decided to join her torment-the-new-girl-until-she-cracks mission."

"There had been a fight in their driveway last weekend – between Noah and some other tattooed douchebag – that had progressed into our yard, resulting in the windshield of my car being smashed when Noah pummeled his opponent through it. 

Thinking back now I had to admit that I sort of overreacted when I stalked outside in nothing but a Coldplay t-shirt and a black thong and tossed an entire can of white gloss paint over the hood of Noah's black Lexus in retaliation. I guess it had felt damn good to fight back instead of letting them walk all over me…"

"Destroying Noah's car with paint was like waving a red rag in front of a bull. 

He lost it.
Right there in my driveway, with his t-shirt ripped from his body and blood dripping from his eyebrow, Noah Messina had thrown the biggest man-tantrum I'd ever seen before declaring war on me..."

Noah
"I was going to lose my shit over the girl-next-door."

"God, three months of having her live next door to me and I still felt like slamming my head into the garden wall – now worse than ever since she had challenged me."

"The defiance in her eyes as she stared at me down before bending over the hood of my baby and emptying the can of paint was something that struck a chord inside of me. I'd never been so angry or turned on in my life."

"Pure rage had flooded my veins, driven on even further when Teagan taunted me with her potty mouth and yeah, I'd kind of lost it with her. Problem was I had an even uglier temper, and Friday night Teagan Connolly ignited it like no one had before.
When she slapped me and pressed her tight little body against mine, taunting me with that sharp tongue of hers, I'd never been so close to putting my hands on a woman in my life.
Except instead of hurting her, I wanted to toss her sexy little ass on the hood of my car and take her right there, not caring who saw us. The urge to be inside her was like nothing I'd ever felt in my life..."

Warning: Due to its explicit content Treacherous is recommended for readers of eighteen years or above."
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Teagan Connoly has moved to America with her uncle Max after the death of her mother.  Originally from Ireland Teagan has a lot to learn about the treacherous world around her and the boy next door (Noah).

Noah Messina is a survivor and a fighter. He is all kinds of bad boy but not by choice. Noah was dealt a bad hand with a schizophrenic, drug addicted mother (Kelsie). His father has been murdered and now he is stuck with the Dennis family. George Dennis married his mother and is straight from HELL with his daughter Ellie close on his heels. George has Noah by the balls (sort of speak) HE OWNS HIM. Noah is in a NO WAY out situation and must literally fight to survive and fight to protect the people he loves.

Teagan moves in next door to the Dennis family and Ellie hates her immediately since Teagan has caught Noah’s attention. Ellie makes Teagan’s life hell and Noah and Teagan fight constantly. I’m not even sure why Teagan is always fighting with Noah. Teagan takes Ellie’s actions of abuse out on Noah. Noah just tries to deal as best he can. He has more crap to worry about than the girl next door.

The Carter family lives across the street. Kyle and Lee and their kids Hope (Teagan’s bff), Logan (Low),  Cameron, and Colton. The Carter family is very nice to both Teagan and Noah. Logan and Hope are a big piece of the book but the others not so much.

To be honest the story was not edited well. There were a ton of grammatical errors and when the heading was the charter speaking sometimes those were not correct. Some of the characters were incorrect when mentioned in the body of the story and it was a little hard to follow because of these errors. Also a lot of character names were changed or nicknamed such as Logan is Low but was hard to follow since both names were used throughout the story. There was a scene at the ring of fire where a character was mentioned for the 1st time we have no idea who he is but that is the only time he is mentioned I actually think it was supposed to be Logan but they changed the name and missed some of them. I am hoping that the rest of the series is a bit better with the editing. I snagged Book #1 and #2 as freebies so nothing really lost. I did like the story but I feel more editing is really needed and a little more backstory to understand how all the characters are related or their relationship more defined. 

The main story between Noah and Teagan was better once they stopped fighting with each other. Noah's character needed to be honest with Teagan and Teagan needed to stop being so bitchy and crazy. I would like to know more about Jordan and Hope's relationship and book #1.5 Always is supposed to tell us more. And I feel there is something weird with Jordan's dad or Uncle I can't even remember who he is to be honest but there is something strange there.

Rating: 1 ½ stars because of too many errors


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Review: Talon by Carian Cole

Talon
(Ashes & Ember) Book #4
by Carian Cole
Kindle Edition 442 Pages
ASIN: B018EWIDIQ
Source: Ebook - Own

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DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL PARTNER:
Caring. Hard-working. A devoted family man, loves kids.
Clean cut, funny, smart, quiet, but a good communicator.

~ Asia Jenson

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL PARTNER:
Independent. Tall, blonde, sexy. Outgoing. Intelligent, neat. Unslutty. Confident. Loves to travel. Committed.
~ Talon Valentine

A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT.
The concept was scary but exciting...
Marry a total stranger.
Live together for six months.
Journal everything. (Feelings. Fights. All of it.)


After six months, we each get $50K in trade for our journals, whether we stay married or not. But the goal is to commit to the experience and see if the relationship experts could put together the perfect matches.


I have never been lucky in love. This was my chance to find my soulmate.


I couldn’t wait to meet the man the experts felt was perfect for me.
My hopes were immediately dashed when I saw him at the altar.
Shit. I married my worst nightmare.
Right?!

~ This story is not a reality show. It's a serious social experiment run by a psychologist and it's all discrete. The characters are not on TV or followed around with cameras. They are alone ~


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Talon is tall, long hair, tattoos, rock star, likes to drink, likes to party, a bit of a manwhore. 

Asia is sweet, caring, loving, shy, untrusting, pet lover, vegetarian, short, dark hair, artsy, nonslutty.

They both enter A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT. This is where you list what you want in a partner and get paired up by experts to hopefully find your soul mate. You have to marry a perfect stranger that you don't meet or ever talk to until the wedding day. You live together for 6 months, journal everything and you get $50,000.

What they want in a partner:
--Asia Jenson wants a caring, hard-working, devoted family man, someone you loves kids. He needs to be clean cut, funny, smart, quiet, but a good communicator. What she gets is a man with long hair, tattoos with the profession of rock star. He is caring, hard-working, funny and smart.

--Talon Valentine wants an independent, tall, blonde, sexy. outgoing, intelligent, neat, unslutty, confident woman. Someone who loves to travel and is committed. What he gets is a shy, untrusting, short, brunette who is cute and always doubting herself. She hates to travel and does not eat meat. She is unslutty, neat, and intelligent.

They feel like they got screwed. This will never work. They both decide to give it a chance and try to see why they were picked for each other. 

They become friends and start having a good relationship. Asia made it clear that she needs to have real feelings for Talon before she will have sex with him. Talon understand and tries to stick it out and gain her trust. As they progress some things start to knock them down but for the most part they handle everything pretty well.

I feel madly in love with Asia. She is super cute and creative with soap making, clothing making, and jewelry making. (I myself make my own lotions, bath salts, body washes and jewelry. I have not gotten into sewing yet but I am trying to get into that next.) She was given a crappy family and had to make the most of it at 17. She does what she has to in order to pay her rent and get by in her crappy one bedroom apartment with her cute little cat name Princess Pixie. 

I like when Talon goes to Asia's place he already cares enough to want to give her more even if they don't stay together after the experiment is over. I love how he freaks out about PIXIE and was saying I did not sign up for a cat. And later on loves little Pixie and needs her to sleep next to him in order for him to sleep better. That tugged on my heart.

They are given an awkward situation and try to stay positive and don't want to give up on the chance they might really work out.

Raitng: 4 STARS




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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: Lukas by Carian Cole

Lukas
(Ashes & Embers) Book #3
by Carian Cole
Kindle Edition, 315 Pages
ISBN13: 2940152296891
Source: Ebook - Own

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Storm’s younger cousin.
Vandal’s little brother.
You’ve met him in the background.
The sweet one. 
The nice one. 
The one they can all rely on.
The good one.
He’s a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin.
He’s got a body built for sin.
He’s 24.
In comes Ivy. She’s a 36 year old single mom who hasn’t dated in 18 years. 
All she wanted was a tattoo.
She got a helluva lot more :) 
Being good has never been so bad.


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Ivy is 37 HR Manager with 2 kids (Macy 18 and Tommy 7) she has been married for 18 years. 

Lukas is a 24 years old tattoo artist with a heart of gold. He can play the violin beautifully and likes antiques. He has abandonment issues and his past is not super pretty.

Ivy decides its time to do things that she always wanted to do but her cheating husband would not let her. She goes and gets a tattoo. Meeting Lukas changed her and everyone's life. He is a beautiful force. He is loyal, loving, brilliant, talented and treats her like a princess. 

Lukas & Ivy upon meeting were instantly attracted to one another. Ivy has a huge problem with the age factor. But after spending some time with Lukas, she understands that he is not your average 24 year old he is a man and has been very responsible and reliable most of his life.

Ivy's EX-husband is not happy that she has gotten the attention of a younger man and sets out to destroy the couple. I mean why is she allowed to be happy without him, right (such an ass). 

After some convincing on Lukas part to give him a chance to prove himself the couple faces a huge obstacle. With some time to think over the incident they figure out how to move forward. Lukas has a huge favor to ask of Ivy and it will mean their future will happen together or they will have to part ways.

I like the partnership of Ivy and Lukas and thought they fit well together. There age was not a factor for me in this story. They were a great couple and made since. Macy is a little brat but you still like her in the end.

Rating: 4 STARS 





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Vandal by Carian Cole

Vandal
Ashes and Embers - Book #2
by Carian Cole
Kindle Edition, 313 Pages
ASIN:: B00TZ8A0O4
Source: Ebook - Own

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** Please note - this book was re-edited in March of 2016 and the ending was given more depth and clarification. Thank you!

She takes my breath away; she is so beautifully damaged.  
Yes I had broken her, ravished her life, destroyed her happiness. I brought her to ultimate despair. I was responsible for all the pain and suffering that now brought her to her knees in front of me. 

Broken. 
Hopeless. 
Reckless in her agony. 

She is a mirror of my own tortured soul.

But what I took away I can give back.
In ways she cannot even begin to imagine.
 
She is everything right in all my wrongs.

She loves me. She needs me.

She has no idea I’m the one who wrecked her life.

** Vandal is a dark romance with light BDSM. He is emotionally damaged and manipulative, but still wants love. This book deals with death, grief, deception, substance abuse, depression, and graphic sex. If this is not your thing, you can skip this book and move onto the next in the series and you will not be lost. Vandal is not the sweetheart that the other guys in Ashes & Embers are - but even the dark and damaged deserve to be loved, right? **


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Vandal & Tabitha

Tabitha’s husband was killed in a horrible car accident. Vandal lost his friend and child in the same accident. An accident that he caused by falling asleep.

Now Vandal sees Tabitha as sad and wants to help her find the happiness he sees she had before the accident happened. Vandal asks Tabi to go with him a perfect stranger to a random house. She has nothing to lose so she goes. A bit on the suicidal side she figures he might kill her and leave her body somewhere. She does not care at this point, there is no reason to live without her husband.

Vandal knows who Tabi is but does not reveal who he is. The secret is kept while they basically fall for each other.

Tabi has a secret that is revealed at the end of the book and I won’t SPOIL it but I did not like that Tabi’s secret was never revealed.

I found the relationship very one sided. I feel that Vandal’s character needs Tabi a lot more than Tabi needs Vandal. The little bit of Dom/Sub was touched on but not really explored. Vandal needs control and Tabi wants to let go and not worry about anything. This relationship works because of that.

When Vandal’s identity is revealed to Tabi she has to find the strength to figure out how important Vandal is to her. Tabi needs to see her husband’s death as sad as it was as a new beginning for her life. A life with Vandal.


Rating: 2 STARS


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