Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Owning Violet by Monica Murphy - Review

Owning Violet: A Novel (The Fowler Sisters) by Monica Murphy is the first book in the Fowler Sister Series and the first book I have read by this author.  I loved her writing and felt it was similar to the works of Sylvia Day and Maya Banks. (Two authors that I absolutely adore).  From the first few pages I knew I was hooked and that this book was going to “own” me!

Violet Fowler is an innocent, does the right thing, and maybe a little boring, business professional.    She is focused on her career, her relationship and having the perfect life.  Too bad her boyfriend Zachary Lawrence is not as perfect as he looks on paper.  She knows he’s not faithful or puts her on the top of his priorities, but she feels they make sense.  She feels things will get better once they settle down and get married.  Well that’s the plan at least.  That is until Ryder Mckay makes his move.

You know Ryder is trouble from the first moment he appears in the story.  Coming from a life on the streets, this bad boy will do anything to get what he wants.  He happens to want what Zachary has, the promotion at the cosmetics company, Fleur, where they all work, and Violet’s family owns.  He also wants Violet. He sees her as a challenge and because he despises Zachary, taking Violet away would be an added bonus.

Pilar Vasquez is Ryder’s former boss and on and off again lover.  She helped Ryder get off the streets his get his start at Fleur.  She may seem like a saint but behind the good looks, her evil shines through.   Pilar is more than happy to help Ryder in is quest for Violet, starting with her seduction of Zachary.  After she is done with him she moves on to bigger conquests...

At first I wasn’t sure of some of the characters.  I wasn’t sure which male lead I was supposed to fall for because they were both a**holes!  I knew Pilar was a villain but I didn’t expect to see Ryder as one as well.  It took most of the book for me to fully trust and accept him.  I think Violet gave in before me!  He seemed to screw up a lot and make stupid mistakes and then instantly regret them.  If it wasn't for the alternating point of view between Violet and Ryder, I may not have realized the struggle he had between getting what he wants and doing the right thing.

Even though it took awhile for me to fall for Ryder, I was hooked and enjoyed the story the entire time.  I was wondering if it was possible for me not to fall for the male lead and still love the story!  Well, I guess I won’t know since Ryder did end up capturing my heart.

I shouldn’t even give Zachary a mention in this review because he was such a prick.  But I guess I have to since he is a part of the story, just not my favorite part.  He is totally selfish and doesn’t deserve the success he gets from sucking up to Violet’s father.  And it doesn’t take much for him to show is sleezy side and fall for Pilar’s advances.  Good thing it doesn’t take long for Violet to come to her senses.  I guess a hot Alpha Male that rocks your world makes you see the light!  Once she gets a taste of Ryder there is no turning back.  And the chemistry between the two is like WOW! 

Oh, I guess I haven’t really mentioned the steam and sexy factor of this book.  It’s off the charts!  You may need a cold shower when you’re done! ;) I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!

My Rating:
4 Book Boyfriends


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Of The Week

This week's book of the week is one that I am currently reading.  I started Gravity: A Novel by L.D. Cedergreen late last night without knowing anything about it except that it has made readers cry and has a major twist.  I have no idea if it has a HEA or not and that makes me really nervous. I will not read a book if I know it won't end well.  In my opinion the ending will make or break a book. So far I am only a few pages in and it has my full attention but that could go south once this twist reveals itself.  Stay tuned.....

Book Description from Amazon:

After years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child, Gemma Walsh finds her husband in bed with another woman. Unable to face his betrayal, she retreats to Priest Lake where her family owns a small cabin. But Gemma finds that she is not the only one hiding away at the lake to avoid an ugly truth.

Andrew Monroe was once an essential part of Gemma’s life but tragedy and misunderstanding shattered their bond, separating them. Now twenty years later, Gemma questions the coincidence of their newly intersected paths as she struggles to resist the sparks that ignite between them.

Just when Gemma feels that she has found her second chance at happiness, she is faced with a shocking truth as her reality spirals out of control. She can’t deny the powerful force that brought Andrew back into her life anymore than she can defy the same force that now threatens to pull them apart.

An emotionally-charged, heart-rending story that will leave you to question the freedom in truth and the existence of fate in its deepest sense.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

KEEP ME SAFE by Maya Banks - Review

HOLY $#!*, OMG and WTF???  That about sums up my thoughts on Maya Banks’ new novel, Keep Me Safe: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) that was released today.  I love all of her books but this one blew me away!  It was like none other I have ever read.  I’m kind of a creature of habit, always wanting the same thing.  The same romance story that I can predict, (which I still enjoy), the same type of plot and conflict and finally a similar expected resolution.  I am comfortable with those stories and I rarely read anything out of my preferred genre.  However, I’m thankful I took a chance on this and stepped outside my romantic, “Happily Ever After” comfort zone.  But don’t worry, this is a still a contemporary romance novel, it just has a whole lot more. There’s mystery, suspense, and action all wrapped up a perfect alpha male love story!

Synopsis: (This is will be brief so I don’t give anything away)

Ramie St. Claire is a young woman with psychic abilities.  She uses her “gift “ to help find victims of horrific crimes.  Caleb Devereaux’s sister has been abducted and he believes only Ramie can help.  Once, Caleb finds her and forces her to help him, he feels he's indebted to her, especially after what he witnessed.  Once Ramie has a connection to the victim, she then experiences the same torture and pain the victim endures. 

A year later Ramie continues to suffer and is stalked and tormented by a serial killer who was responsible for many of the crimes where she helped located the victims.  He has one goal, to capture Ramie and torture her until she begs for death.  Desperate, she turns to Caleb for help. 

The problem I had with this story is that I couldn’t read it fast enough.  I caught myself more than once reading too quickly and skimming the pages to find out what was happening.  I had to force myself and go back and re-read.  I’m glad I did, because I almost missed some really important details!!!

In true Maya Banks writing form, she leaves me wondering how the story can possibly wrap up when there is only a few pages left,  but she does it again and I finished with a sigh and a satisfied grin. :)

Oh and I forgot to mention, this is still the steamy story that we all come to expect form Maya Banks. ;) And this book one of a series! YAY!  I can't wait for In His Keeping: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) which comes out in January!!

My Rating:
4.5 Book Boyfriends


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Of The Week

My Husband and I had a very rare date night last week and he chose the movie,  If I Stay.   Yep, he chose a chick flick! (he usually does ;) )  After it ended, the entire theater full of teenage girls and my husband gasped at the abrupt and unfinished ending.  He looked at me confused, so I had to tell him it was an adaptation of a book that also has a sequel.  Which I had planned on reading both before we even thought about seeing the movie, but he couldn't wait and we had to see the day it was released.

So the second part of our date was.....the book store!  :x We scoured the teen romance section until we found the collection,  If I Stay and Where She Went (If I Stay Book 2) by Gayle Forman.  I suggested getting the two books together since I was interested in reading both.  He just wanted to know what happens so he dove right into the second book.

I am about half way through If I Stay, and I'm glad I saw the movie first.   You know, the book is always better than the movie!   It's just not possible to put all the detail from the book into a 2 hour movie.  However, there are parts of the movie that are better on screen than in the book.  Since the story is about musicians, the music played in the movie is a nice bonus that you can't get on paper.

Overall, the movie and book compliment each other very well.  Yes, there are some changes and differences.  The movie really focuses on the relationship between Mia and Adam, where the book focuses on Mia and her family more.  I realize, since I haven't finished yet that may change.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book of the Week

I know this was my book of the week a few weeks ago, but since I finished it and there was a WTF??? at the end, I had go back and re-read, so it only makes sense to do a book of the week redo too.

The reason I am reading it again is because I need to see if there were clues that would have prepared me for the last sentence of the story!  I wonder if I payed closer attention, would I have seen it coming?   It's kind of a game changer!  It makes me see some characters in a different light. (aka TJ)  However, I still LOVE Trent and that hasn't changed.  I even like him better than the original Maddox brother, Travis.  Sorry Travis!!

I also think I need to go back and re-read Beautiful Disaster: A NovelWalking Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful Disaster Book 2), and A Beautiful Wedding: A Novella (Beautiful Disaster), since they all  intertwine with Beautiful Oblivion.    Maybe I should just dedicate a weekend to the Maddox brothers and read them one after another!!!  Sounds like a perfect weekend to me! :x

So, if you haven't read Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Series), please refrain from skipping and reading the back page.  It will ruin the shock at the end.  Just go back and re-read and look for the clues! ;)

I also suggest you read entire Beautiful Disaster series before diving into Trent and Cami's world in Beautiful Oblivion.  Things will make more sense, especially at the end.

So that's all I'm going to say about the story.  I know I'm being really cryptic, but I don't want to spoil anything, plus I really want to go back to and finish reading... again!  :)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book of the Week.

I decided to dedicate this week's BOTW to my all time favorite book boyfriend, Kellan Kyle.  And there is not just one book, but three and one on the way!!  Due February 2015!  ;)

Since I read Thoughtless and Effortless (Thoughtless Book 2) before I started my blog, I never wrote a review for these two books.  Honestly, I don't know how to without telling you everything about this amazing series and spoiling it.  However, I did write a spoiler free review for Reckless (Thoughtless Book 3) which can be found by clicking on the S.C. Stephens label at the end of this post.  

I have read A LOT of romance book and to this day, Kellan still remains my number one.  It seems that most romance book bloggers have their favorite book boyfriend and even though they may not all be Kellan, I love the passion that they have for their favorite and it makes me feel a little less silly for swooning over a fictional character! 

Now let's talk about Thoughtful, the next book in the series that releases in February. (sorry, no link yet ;( ) It is the story of Thoughtless told in Kellan's point of view.  There is always a chance that these - same story, different point of view books can be repetitive and sometimes boring.  But from what the author has said you will learn so much about his past and watch as he falls in love with Kiera. sigh.... Heck, the story could be about Kellan knitting a blanket and I would still read it!  :)

I can't get too excited because I still have six months before I get my hands on Thoughtful.  I guess I can always re-read the trilogy about a thousand more times while I wait!