Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dropout By Jamie Schlosser

Title: Dropout (The Good Guys Book 3) 

Author: Jamie Schlosser

Rating: 5 Stars

Author's Blurb: 
Over the past year, I’ve been called a lot of things. Slacker. Troublemaker. Party animal.
I thought I was on top of the world. Turns out, I was pretty close to rock bottom.
Now I have a new title: college dropout.
Talk about a reality check.
But I’ve got a chance to redeem myself. One summer to turn things around. Two months to prove I’m not a complete f*ck-up.
It’s time to change.
I want to get back to being one of the good guys.
I have everything I need to live out my dream of being a reclusive songwriter—my guitar, my notebook, and blissful silence.
At least, I did until Jimmy moved in next door.
With tattoos, piercings, and mischievous green eyes, he’s got bad news written all over him. And last time I got with a bad boy, it ended horribly.
Jimmy makes me feel things I shouldn’t feel. Want things I shouldn’t want. He’s a hazard to my carefully laid plans.
But he’s only here for two months.
I can resist him...right?

Review: I love this series so freaking much! From the very first novel I feel in love with Jamie Schlosser's writing style and her oh so sexy, not afraid to be goofy, studly, alpha, or vulnerable "good guys." I thought I loved Travis and Colton from her first two books. I devoured their stories and rooted for them the whole way, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me... then I met Jimmy. 
I more than loved this character. He was, sexy, funny, kind, and more than a little bad ass for a "good guy" he has the coolest grandmother in the history of grandmothers. Seriously I thought I would be turned off by the idea of a kid (he's only 19) with flower tattoos and nipple piercings...HELL TO THE FREAKING NO. Call me a cradle robber all you want that fictional man is all freaking man and all freaking MINE! James Peabody Johnson is my new favorite book boyfriend and I plan to tell the internet all the freak about it. 
But all the swoons and thigh clenches aside this was another really solid story to fit with the trend of solid stories from Ms. Schlosser. I don't think there is anything that could have made me enjoy it any more than I did. I have really come to expect a fun, romantic, heartfelt ride from these books and so far I have yet to be disappointed. 
I love how the pool of interesting characters and possible plots just keeps growing with each of these novels. I love the way we are introduced to and then get to keep up with these awesome characters and their world through the small town setting of Tolson. I'm really excited for the next addition to this series. 
I can't wait to recommend this book to everyone!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

More than Money by Allison Michaels

Title: More than Money (Found in Chicago #1)

Author: Allison Michaels

Rating: 5 Stars

Author's Blurb: Ryan McMillan believes hard work and perseverance are the keys to success, not games of chance. When he receives an instant lottery ticket, he never expects to win a dime, much less walk away with the grand prize.
Collette Russo is no stranger to hardship. Loss has taught her valuable lessons in grace and modesty, traits Ryan can’t help but notice on the winner’s cruise. Collette is the only other passenger not obsessed with material things and their mutual humility sparks an attraction neither of them anticipates.
As good fortune continues to favor Ryan, his relationship with Collette turns into a romance filled with affection and laughter, and his career begins to take off. Yet when his loyalty is tested, an old friendship turns sour.
Ryan chalks it up to greed and arrogance, and finds comfort in Collette’s experience with both. But an unthinkable event reveals that nothing is as simple as it seems. Envy and greed threaten to ruin everything.
Has Ryan’s luck finally run out? Can he take back control? Will Collette stand by him in the aftermath?
Only time will tell if love is worth more than money.
* Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is intended for readers 18 and over.

Review: This book isn't my typical type of read, but I am so glad that I decided to give it a chance. This is a fun contemporary romance set around wonderfully developed characters that made for a story full of heart and emotion with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way. 
From the very beginning I fell in love with Ryan's voice. He was funny, down to earth, relate able and frankly all of this together made him down right swoon worthy in a way that I would not have expected had someone described him to me beforehand. 
It took me a slightly longer moment to warm up to Collette and get a feel for her character but inevitably I found myself rooting for her and her relationship with Ryan pretty much the whole way through this book. I also really loved the characters of her brothers Les and Neil and I really hope that as this is the first in a series we will end up seeing more from those two in the future. 
Overall the characters where the heart and backbone of this story. The plot revolved around your emotional attachment to them and the workings of their lives. The pace never falls flat because the author chooses all the right moments to reveal each piece of the emotional puzzle that is this novel. The flashbacks and clues to bigger plot threads all blend together perfectly and made it easy for this somewhat tame story to keep me interested from the beginning all the way through to the last page. 
I look forward to reading more from this author and hopefully more from these characters in the near future. 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Elegant Retribution by Tee Smith

Title: Elegant Retribution (Elegant series book 1)
Author: Tee Smith
Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: Lilijana Bartholomew is in a bad spot. Pregnant, beaten, alone, everyone she ever believed cared for has turned their backs. She doesn't know what she do but she knows she can't stay in her small hometown any longer. The business card in her hand could be her savior, but it will also open a whole new door of unknowns. 
Denim Gargliano is a powerful and respected man. His family's business dealing may not be all 100% legitimate but he is known to be fair and compassionate to the plight of those who surround him. When Lilijana bursts into his life she takes up quick residence in his heart as well. But Denim knows that he has to be careful, he can't allow her to get too close, he can't allow the dangers of his lifestyle to impact her in such a delicate time. But Denim's no push over, and he won't hesitate to protect those he cares for. 
Review: I want to avoid spoilers here so I will try not to say too much. I really loved this story. I've come to expect a great plot surrounding wonderful characters whenever I pick up a Tee Smith book and the first book in the Elegant series was no exception.
Denim and Lili were great characters. Denim was strong and compassionate, he was sexy and also a bit hard headed. I wanted to shake him just about as much as I wanted to kiss him and I loved it. I love a male character with flaws especially when those flaws are all driven by his compassion and just a bit of naivety in ways of the heart. 
Lili was that perfect combination of strength and delicateness that it so rare to find in a female lead. She was young and naive but she had also seen a lot of pain and heartache in her short life. Her response to her tough upbringing was beautiful. In some way she was hardened to it, she had a tough outer shell and a defiant sense of self. Lili didn't bend easily to the whims of others. In some ways this was to her detriment. Thus the naivety, Lili was stubborn and sometimes childlike in her refusal to accept assistance. But she was brave, and eventually willing to look past her past and open her heart to promises of the future.
Of course as wonderful as the emotional base for these characters was, it wasn't nearly the whole story. From the opening pages the plot moved along swiftly. I won't talk specifics on this because I think the events of this story are best read organically the way the author intends. 
Ultimately this was a good read. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to others. I look forward to more from this author and from this series. 

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Elegant Retribution by Tee Smith