Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Preppy T.M. Frazier

Title: Preppy The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater Part One 
Author: T.M. Frazier 
Rating: Every Possible Star!! 
Synopsis: He's back mother fuckers!! Samuel Clearwater, Preppy to his friends, is back from the dead and he is ready to give us part of his story we have never fucking heard. To really tell it though we have to go back, about three years back, to a time when King was locked up, Bear was on a long run for the Beach Bastards and Preppy was just trying to hold his little makeshift family together all on his own. Enter Andrea Capulet, Dre to her friends, a strung out junkie ready to rob her own grandma for her next fix...literally. However what Dre didn’t know and what she was about to find out was that granny had herself a white knight in the form of pure evil a bow tie and he wasn't about to take that shit sitting down...it might wrinkle his khakis. Imagine his surprise when he finds the object of his fury ready to fling herself off his favorite fucking water tower. Preppy may have saved Dre from ending it all that night but she has no clue what kind of mess she's just landed herself in at the mercy of this man who is as handsome and hilarious as he is truly terrifying. 
Review: I knew this book would be good, I thought it was even probable that it would be great.... I never imagined it would be hands down my favorite read of the year thus far!!  
As a fan of the series I knew going in that Preppy was hilarious, sexy and intense and the first part of his story did not hold back on any of those aspects. From the very beginning I was hooked by his crazy ass inner monologue and I could not put this book down.  
Dre was a wonderful counterpart  to Preppy's crazy hilarity. She was strong and vulnerable all at the same time, she was smart enough to keep up but na├»ve enough to buy in to what he was selling.  
Once again T.M proves that she can keep me on the edge of my seat with a plot while still making me fall more and more in love with her kooky cast of characters on every page. In some ways Preppy's story was the lightest and funniest of the King series and in some ways it was the most gritty and intense....kind of like Preppy himself actually.   
Sitting her now, I'm sure this book hangover will be one of the most intense of my life and I can’t even bring myself to be mad about it. I am so incredibly high from the emotional roller coaster of this book and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on Part two.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Juniper Smoke Sadia Ash

Title: Juniper Smoke 
Author: Sadia Ash 
Review: 4 Stars 
Synopsis: Juniper Mills is a 20 something curator for history museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When she meets Kyle Paxton the brilliant, gorgeous, self made millionaire and new museum board president, neither of them can deny the instant chemistry and sizzling attraction they feel toward one another.  If life were simple that would be the end of this story, they would have hooked up, fallen in love, lived happily ever after, but life and love are never simple and the relationship between Juniper and Kyle is no exception 
Juniper had a rough life growing up, her chronically depressed mother pretty much checked out on her and her special needs twin when they were little forcing Juniper to become the main caretaker of her immediate family from a very young age. In fact the only part of her upbringing she can truly credit dear old mom for is an intense hatred and distrust of men that steams directly from her mother's own experiences and hard taught lessons.  
Kyle may have been more privileged growing up but it didn't make life too much easier. Like Juniper his parents taught him from a young age that personal relationships were not a dependable thing, not so much by telling him so but by showing him. His parents divorced when he was young and pretty much abandoned him immediately. His only caretakers being  the staff they employed to keep him in line. When he got older and gained access to his hefty trust fund he immediately sank it all into his true passion, his tech business. The business boomed and so did Kyles once non existent social life. As he garnered more and more attention as a public figure he realized that he had need of feminine companionship if for nothing more than physical connection and public arm candy, so he developed a system for casual relationships, and it worked...until Juniper. 
Review: There were a lot of things I really liked about this book...and a few that I didn't.  
Let's start with the good. This book was surprisingly funny and easy to read. It was smart, thought provoking, and lighthearted all at the same time. I loved the little history tidbits and the witty intelligent dialogue. I loved the raw emotions and the realistically colorful view of the world. There was a wonderful and rare diversity in the characters. Both physically and mentally this book seemed to have well developed characters from every walk of life. I enjoyed the whirl wind romance moments and the high tension family drama. I was intrigued by everyone of the characters and I wanted nothing more than delve deeply into their stories and personal histories. 
That said it wasn't all roses and laughs for me in this book. There were plenty of times when I was frustrated with the story and the characters and a few moments where I was down right bored with the lack of substantial plot. Some of the dramatic moments made me cringe, some of the romantic moments made me gag. I didn't hate any of it but I didn't really love it all either. I found myself wishing that some of the plot points had come out sooner and that some had not dragged on for so long.  
I loved the writers style and the way she told the story, but I also felt there were things that could have been handled quite differently. At about 70% I found myself so bored that I had to force myself to keep reading, I thought for sure this thing should just wrap it up because we already know how it is going to end....I was wrong...by about 95% I realized something was about to happen and at 100% I could almost not believe the cliffhanger. That said I don't know how I feel about that particular cliffhanger, honestly  I kind of think Juniper ended up showing a much sillier, less intelligent version of herself in the end of the book, that I can only hope will be redeemed in the next installment.  
All in all this was an enjoyable read and I am intrigued enough to continue the series, but I can’t say I will be holding my breath in anticipation. 

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Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Undisputed A.S. Teague

Title: Undisputed 
Author: A.S. Teague 
Rating: 5 Stars 
Author's Blurb:  I live a life most could only dream of. Parties, women, fame—what more could I want? As the undisputed MMA light heavyweight champ, I’ve faced the world’s toughest men. But, with a single glance, I knew that the five-foot-five redhead with a smart mouth and innocent eyes would be my hardest opponent yet. Sidney O’Neil isn’t my type. While I spend my nights out drinking at the trendiest clubs in town, she spends hers taking care of her sick nephew. She is nothing I thought I wanted, yet she’s somehow become the one thing I need. But what happens when the world is tipped on end and I’m no longer who she needs? How do I convince her that we’re worth the fight when all she knows is defeat? I’ve never lost a match, and I refuse to start now. But, sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage. 
Review: I want to start by saying that I have never before read a fighter romance novel. Not because I was opposed to the idea, mostly just because I am usually way too deep in whatever Motorcycle Club or Vampire / Werewolf  Romance is at the top of my list to consider venturing out into a new genre of alpha male...but man am I glad to call Undisputed the first of many to come.  
I loved this book from the very beginning. It's hard to believe it was the author's debut novel. The pace was perfect always flowing from one scene to the next with very little drag or filler, and I loved the duel POV from Breccan and Sidney and the glimpses into their lives both before and after their first meeting.  
I knew going in that this would be a sweet love story, but I never expected it to give me all the feels that it did. This thing reached right in grabbed my heart and squeezed the crap out of it on pretty much every page, but I loved it. It was done so well, the mix of light humor with the heart wrenching and sometimes very harsh realities of love and loss and what it truly means to give your all to someone else.   Breccan's character arc was so fantastic I loved watching him transform from the rich playboy to the caring take charge boyfriend and I loved that he realized along the way that the transition was not going to be an easy one for someone like him but he never gave up on his feeling for Sidney. 
Sidney was a strong female character, both smart and witty, she had values and opinions and she never compromised them for anything less than the sake of her loved ones. She made good choices and very rarely made me cringe over her decision making which was super refreshing.  
I won't lie I shed quite a few tears for little Connor of the course of this book but he also made me laugh and smile nearly as often. 
Not to mention that when this book gets hot, it gets super steamy hot...I mean come one light heavyweight champion of the world people, I'd lick water droplets of his abs any day of the week!  
I'm so glad that this book made it to the top of my TBR list and I think it was the perfect piece to introduce me to the world of sometimes battered and bruised but always sexy cage fighting alpha males. I can't wait to dive in to more from this genre and definitely more from this author.
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