Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles

Hey Everyone!

From Goodreads:

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

My Thoughts:

First off, let me just say I am a HUGE Simone Elkeles fan! She is in my top five favorites list, and back in 2010 I even wrote her a letter and she wrote me back! Simone is awesome! She is great with her fans, always interacting with them online and answering questions! It's great, and quite frankly the perfect example of how an author should interact with their fans!

It seems like a long time since I read my last Elkeles book! In reality it's only been a little over two years but they are just such great reads! That being said I have a small confession, that I will admit is killing me to admit this right now...I was slightly disappointed by Simone's latest read Wild Cards.  
There was just something about it that through me off. The characters were great, the story had a great premise...that being said I will say I found myself cringing quite a few times when it came to there being overly cheesy scenes.
While I do think Ashytn and Derek had great chemistry (which is a given when it comes to one of Simone Elkeles's books), there were moments in their relationship I felt were very overdone and quite honestly if they were to happen to me in real life I'd be worried someone was Punking me.

That being said, like I said, other than those overly cheesy moments which were very few, this is still a great read! It's not my favorite when it comes to Simone's books, but it is still cute and worth mentioning.

Overall rating:

In one sense I would recommend this to the younger teenage readers because I think they might appreciate those smultzy scenes a bit more, but at the same time I can't really do that because there is quite a bit of language and sexual content in this one, so I will warn you!!! But I do think the age group for this one would be 15-17.

So that's it from me once again! I'll write again soon!! :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

IMM #25/Stacking the Shelves #5

Hey Everyone!!

It's time for my new IMM and Stacking the Shelves!!

I finally had time to make a video, which I haven't done in a few months!

From Publisher:



New Releases from this past month!! Reading Wild Cards right now!! OMG Simone it's been way too long!!  And I am SO excited to read Just One Year, the much anticipated sequel to Just One Day!!!

So that's that I got in books this month! What did you get?

Recap in Review from this past month:

(WARNING: The list looks really pathetic...)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack (ARC) (Blog Tour)

I am so excited to be asked to be a part of the blog tour of Cora Carmack's new book Finding It, the third book in Cora's Losing It series!

I am a huge fan of Cora's first three books (that's including Keeping Her, the novella she wrote for the series too!)  in the series, and was definitely excited to read this new one!

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this one, I will admit it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for...

From Goodreads:

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

My Thoughts:

Alright, so while this definitely had some of Cora's signature humor in it, it had some major flaws in the characters that I didn't really like.  I will admit, for instance, I was not a huge fan Kelsey.  I thought she was a cliche rich girl, who spent her daddy's money to get back at him.  Honestly, I've always found those people so unbelievably annoying, probably because I work three jobs and extremely hard for my money.  While I understood completely Kelsey's heartache about her past, and how she tried to erase that pain by turning to a bottle and partying, I still found myself not being able to relate to this character at all.
I did like how she realized by the end of the novel that while she always believed herself to be a strong-willed person, that in reality she was weak...and that I thought was the turning point in Kelsey's life; the time she realized that she needed to change her ways.

One other thing that sort of bothered me was how soon I pegged the twist in the story!  I literally called what was going to happen by the second time she saw Jackson! (Seriously people, has no one seen Chasing Liberty with Mandy Moore??)  I read on some people's reviews that they were so shocked by that turn in events.

However, needless to say this book still contained Cora's fabulous writing.  It had some great adventures.  I loved the details that surfaced as Jackson and Kelsey were traveling through Europe.  And I especially liked the ending.

All in all my rating is:

While, this isn't my favorite Cora Carmack book, I am still very much looking forward to future reads by Cora!  She is definitely an author to look out for, if you're a contemporary new adult romance fan!  She has a great writing style, usually some great characters, and always adventures in romance throughout...that one you can definitely guarantee on!  However, I will warn you, these book are considered New Adult, therefore contain some mature adult content, involving sex and language...so if you don't like those things in your reading...then I probably wouldn't recommend reading them!

Here are the links to all of Cora's books:

Losing It (book #1 in the series) (which is currently only $1.99!!): Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Keeping Her (Book #1.5 in the series) (Only 99 cents!, it's a Novella!): Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Faking It (Book #2 in series) ($3.99): Amazon and Barnes and Noble
AND Finding It (Book #3 available on Tuesday October 15th!): Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Thanks everyone! I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Unidentified Redhead (#1 in Redhead Series) by Alice Clayton (ARC Review)


Hey Everyone!! :)

I've finished another book!! I was sent an Advanced Copy of Alice Clayton's new novel The Unidentified Redhead a few months ago.  Technically this is a re-release, because Clayton had this book previously self-published.

From Goodreads:

The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

My Thoughts:

Alice Clayton has done it again!  I read her novel Wallbanger back in March, and absolutely laughed my a** off! There was such great humor in it!

The Unidentified Redhead was another good one from Clayton!  Grace is such a sarcastic humor filled character, that made this book what it is!  Jack is such a sexy British man!!  OMG, is it weird that I imagined Robert Pattinson in the role?? Even though Rob doesn't have blonde curly hair (which is what Jack has, btw that is even more HOT!!!), I still couldn't help it :).

Anyway, my one complaint I have is the sort of unrealistic pace Jack and Gracie's relationship moved along.  It was fast! Yet at the same time, not...I don't know how to explain it without giving away too much!

Overall rating:

I definitely recommend this one!  It's a great adult chick lit read!  I will warn you it contains quite a bit of mature adult content, including language and sexuality.  It's got some great humor, including the nicknames Jack and Gracie call each other (Sweet Nuts, Crazy Top).

It was released yesterday so it's now available! And you can get your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!!

The Romance Bookie :)