Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Preppy Part Three by T.M. Frazier

Title: Preppy Part Three (The life and death of Samuel Clearwater) (King series book 7)
Author: T.M. Frazier (AKA The Queen)
Rating: 5...million Stars
Synopsis: Before you touch the beautiful fucking cover of this amazing piece of fucking art you better go back and do your due fucking diligence. This is may be the 3rd novel in the saga of Preppy and Dre and their gorgeously heartbreaking fucking love story but that's only half of what this fucking book is. Because what you are about to read is the 7th and final epic piece to the incredibly fucking fun, dick achingly heartfelt, and down right fucking dirty saga that is T.M. Frazier's King series.
Notice my over use of the word Fuck in this synopsis. Good. If it makes you uncomfortable then this book is not for you. If your cool with it then I urge you, whoever you are to take the God damn time to read these fucking books.
If you, like me, have done your homework and read/re-read every piece of T.M. Frazier material available to this point in anticipation of the mother fucking event that is this book. Then I don't really need to tell you anything about what your about to get because you already know.
You already know that this is the story of Preppy and Dre and their family.
This a story about love conquering all. Even death.
This is the final bow tie till I die, ride or die event with motherfucking PREPPY!
Review: I mean what more can I really say that I didn't already say above? What can I say that I haven't said about T.M. Frazier and this series before?
I can say that she did it again. She totally did. All the expected feelings and emotions, all the expected humor and amazing wit that is Preppy. All the glimpses of our other favorites from the series. She did all of that and more with Preppy 3.
Because this is the last book in the King series and it held that tone of finality throughout the entire book. As much as the swift pace and just utter dirty fun made me fly through page after page, the whole time I was cautioning myself against it. Trying to slow myself down and savor this story like the last of Mirna's chocolate chip cookies.
It's the end of an era. And if you haven't read these books from start to finish you'll have no clue what I'm talking about. But it really truly was. At the risk of spoilers...this is your only warning, it was an era of King, Prep, and Bear against the world. They've all been to hell and back none more so than Preppy, but they all came out the other side stronger and with their women and one another still by their side. Their little family has grown but it's still 100% intact. It's fucking beautiful and heart wrenching and yet because it's T.M. it's also funny and sexy and filled with intrigue and suspense.
It was near fucking perfect if you ask me.
That's all I got. I don't think I can say more without just gushing over ever spoilery detail and you guys know I hate to do that. Simple to the point I loved this fucking book. I loved this fucking series and these fucking characters and I think T.M. Frazier is fucking amazing.

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Preppy Part Three by T.M. Frazier

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole

Title: Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5)
Author: Tillie Cole
Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: The Hangmen are back and there are more evil fucks out there for them to take on. The nasty pedophile cult fuckers seem to have been silenced for good but they managed to empower some even crazier white trash skinheads on their way out. For AK and the rest of the psycho trio the thought of what that Nazi poser Meister is doing to the remaining cult bitches in his backwards ass brothel town are bad enough without even adding in the knowledge that they have Phebe, the club VP Ky's wife Lilaha's sister. AK can't stop thinking about the red headed cult slut and he knows he can't just leave her to such a fucked up fate. After everything he's seen in his life, first as a soldier in the US Marine Corps then as SGT at Arms for the Hangmen, after everything heartache he's caused in his miserable life. He thinks saving this one bitch might be his only redemption.
Meanwhile Phebe's pretty much given up any hope of ever getting out of Meister's grasp. The pain she has endured has crushed her spirits. She no longer believes there is any good to be had from this world when all she has ever known is it's evil. She lives with many regrets but one more than all others, one that haunts her dreams and leaves her begging for the potion. The potion Meister injects in her veins that makes everything feel better. Sometimes through her haze she see's a pair of kind brown eyes. They belong to a devil's man. A devil's man with angel eyes that showed her kindness and mercy when she believed none existed. All Phebe wants to do is sink into the haze with the vision of those eyes.
Review: Tillie Cole has done it again. Her Hangmen series never seems to disappoint when it comes to the promise of hard hitting action, emotional trauma and gut wrenching heartache, all laced with an undercurrent of true love conquering all. Each novel in this series has been well crafted to this formula but I don't believe any more so than Damnable Grace.
AK and Phebe's story is one of the most tragic and gut wrenching of any so far. Yet it's also somehow one of the ones with the most hope.
From the very beginning you can see that this will be a darkest before dawn story. One that will lead you in to past and present trauma with a promise of bright sunshine to come.
Being the 5th book in the series has given Ms. Cole plenty of time to set up backstory and context for these characters, and I applaud her for the way she dove into those stories so fully and wholeheartedly in this book. Finally revealing in full context who these people where and what made them tick while simultaneously weaving in the other novels both past and future.
This story gave me all the feels. I had so many emotions from start to finish. There was suspense, horror, disgust, sadness, warmth, lust, happiness, more sadness, more horror and disgust, some more sadness, and then some more warmth, lust and happiness. It was a an entire gambit of feelings and they ran together seamlessly. Once again I was blown away by an addition to what is probably my all time favorite MC Romance series ever.
I can't say enough about this book without getting into spoiler territory so I won't even try. I'm just going to end this by saying thank you Tillie Cole. Thank you for creating this world and pumping out book after book of enjoyable content within it. I truly can not wait to dive into the I Do Babe novella and I anxiously await book 6.

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Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Precious Ruby by C. Renee

Title: The Precious Ruby
Author: C. Renee
Rating: 3 Stars
Synopsis: Louise never imagined her life could become such a mess so quickly. One fated night a sexy dangerous man with a motorcycle stepped into her world and changed everything forever. For a long time things with Matt were really good. He may have been the president of a shady motorcycle club and owner of sex club that she was banned from ever entering but he seemed to really care for her. It wasn't long before she realized how wrong she was. Matt didn't care about her, not the way he claimed. She was nothing more than a possession to him, a rag doll to take out his anger on. So Lou decides she's had enough. She runs away, barely escaping with her life. With the help of an old friend she tries to get herself back on track and moving forward. She meets a new guy, he may be a arrogant billionaire playboy but he seems to have a good heart. Of course things can't stay good for long, before she knows it one knock on the door changes Louise's fate once again and this time it might be for good.
Review: So basically my synopsis above encompasses everything that was good about this novel. That it is to say that the idea of this story is the best part about it. The plot and story line are really interesting and the pace moves along swiftly. The problem I found with this book was in the writing. I'm not trying to bash the author as I know this is a debut novel and I can really see the threads of good storytelling throughout so I think that shows a lot of promise. But as far as this one goes it just wasn't all there for me.
So many times some of the wording made me cringe, there was so much repetition and so much flipping from past to present with no warning except for a sudden change in font. Some sentences were written in both past and present tense within the same line and there were a few noticeable typos throughout that signified to me a need for some better proofreading. The kindle edition of this book that I read felt a lot more like an advanced copy or an non-finalized draft than a book that is ready for mass publication.
I really hope that doesn't sound too harsh because I mean it in the best possible way. I'm trying to say that this story has good bones. A really great plot and some interesting characters that I totally could have followed if the writing style was just a bit more clear from start to finish. I did not hate this book by any means and I really hope the author continues to write and publish her work as I can see some true promise in the way of what's to come for her in the future. As for the Precious Ruby, maybe I'm just too judgmental, maybe the good bones and plot are enough to make this story really enjoyable for someone else but for me it was just kind lackluster. I didn't hate it but I also didn't love it. Do with that what you will.

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The Precious Ruby by C. Renee

Monday, April 3, 2017

Obscured Love by Delilah Mohan

Title: Obscured Love
Author: Delilah Mohan
Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: Lotus Bishop has sworn off dating the same kind of guy. After seemingly endless run ins with heartbreak and unsatisfactory relationships she knows that "her type" is totally the wrong type. So her and her best friend decide to make a list. One that will highlight all the unsavory things she typically goes for, like cockiness and arrogance.
Beckett Fucking Cole is totally the wrong type of guy for Lotus. Not to mention he's her older brothers best friend and has been treating her like a kid sister her entire life. Lotus knows that getting involved with Beckett is the worst decision she could make, still she can't seem to stay away.
Review: I want to keep this one short and sweet kids. I loved this book! I read this puppy in three days and I can not even remember the last time I was so hooked I stayed up until 2AM to finish something, but alas my beauty sleep was most defiantly cut short by Beckett Fucking Cole. (I'm pretty sure that might actually be his middle name.)
From the moment this fictional man walked into my life and a drunk Lotus' apartment I was hooked. Then I found out he had a motorcycle, tattoos and a tragic past...can someone bring me new panties?
Seriously though this was a really awesome love story, filled with heart, humor and a few touching teary eyed moments, all laced with a good amount of passion and sex.
I feel like as a reader I don't ask for much, just the simple things like well developed characters, a plot line that never falls flat, and a few moments that make me want to swoon. Obscured Love delivered on all of that and more. It is really hard to believe that this is the author's first novel! I am very excited to read more from her and hopeful we can maybe revisit some of these characters again.
Like Bentley and Myra (was there a thing going on there I feel like there might have been?) and Auggie/Gus I really need to know what happened to him and why did Lotus call him a God damn hero? I want more from this world. I wanted more from this book, I was sad to see it end and yet glad for the lovely way it finishes. 
That's really all I have to say about this one. There aren't any points that I want to pick apart, no bad stuff that stuck out and nagged at me throughout the plot. I just really enjoyed this book and I really hope that there is more from this author in the form of a series going forward.

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Obscured Love by Delilah Mohan

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Updrift by Errin Stevens

Title: Updrift (The Mer Chronicles book 1)
Author: Errin Stevens
Rating: 4 Stars
Authors Blurb: For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.
Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

So, this book starts slow... Like ridiculously slow. Like so much so that I kind of stopped reading it in favor of other books like 3 times during the first 10 chapters. Now that sounds harsh but see here is the thing, somewhere around the end of part 1 beginning of part 2 that slow tone completely changes and this turns into a really exciting and interesting read.
I won't lie to you, I wanted to like this book from the beginning. I am one of those little girls that never recovered from her first viewing of Disney's The Little Mermaid. I have pretty much been obsessed with the idea of beautiful colorful Mer-people swimming around in the ocean somewhere for as long as I can remember. Admittedly this probably gave me pretty high expectations going in. Knowing this I tried really hard to give Updrift the benefit of the doubt all through part one. All through the seemingly endless backstory of Kate Sweetings life with her mother Cara. The tireless ways that she filled her time, first as a child with a sad mom and a couple of nice best friends and then as a teenager forced to spend way too much time on school and work and none on social interactions in a weird push from her parental figures that Kate never questioned even when she expressed mild distain for it. The author took the idea of telling one story to set up another a little too far if you ask me. I honestly think I could have had the entire part one of this book summed up in 2-3 chapters and been totally happy and invested enough in the characters to add context to the next parts of the story. Also I probably could have done without anything Will and Dana related, not that they were terrible uninteresting characters just that they seemed kind of pointless... like filler in a book that needed absolutely no help with additional content.
HOWEVER. I really need to emphasis this, by the time part one ended and part two began I was hooked by this book.
I mean really I can kind of pinpoint the moment that turned it around for me. It was when Gabe pulls Kate into the water and begins the swim to Shaddox. From that first instant, when she screams his name out at the sea without even knowing why, I knew I couldn't turn away from this book.
I loved every single fantastical element of this book. I loved the way the author played with Mermaid/Siren lore and myth. I loved the colorful description and the way the reader was truly drawn into the experiences of swimming with these creatures and seeing them in their natural habitat. I LOVED the villain of this story. I loved the way he was introduced (which admittedly was in that slow part one of the story that I talked of and I thought pretty much nothing of it at the time) I loved his backstory and the overall themes of the importance of family that permeates this entire story.
Really it's kind of surreal how much I loved the last two parts of this book in comparison to my feelings over the beginning. What makes it even weirder for me is that I totally see what the author was trying to do by giving us so many details up front (many of which come back up in one way or another later on). I can see that she wanted you to know and care about these people before things started moving fast and getting intense. I respect the storytelling abilities of the author, this is easily one of the most well developed books I have read in a really long time.
I think in the end I have to say that I enjoyed this book because anything else would be untrue. I may have been a bit less than enthused in the beginning but really the moment that switch flipped I was definitely 100% in and by the last page I was totally experiencing all the feels this wild ride of a story wanted to make me feel.
In fact I have already began trying to find other people to read this one because I feel like I need someone to talk about it with...if that doesn't mean it was a good book I don't know what does.

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Updrift by Errin Stevens