BROUGHT TO YOU BY MY BRAIN

Reader of the HEA since forever. My favorite genres include (but not limited to) Historical, contemporary, new adult, young adult, paranormal, and science fiction.

you don't have to say you love me

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sarra Manning

from the brief synopsis i read i was expecting a light, witty, makeover book. While it was witty (in it's own dry British way) it was actually quite stressful and heavy reading.

The main character Neve, is set on losing weight in order to become worthy of her long time crush William. He's coming back from the States and now is the perfect time for Neve to go through a metamorphosis. Neve's problem is not only does she have to make over her body (she was clinically obese), she has to have some experience with men. In comes Max, a playboy heart breaker who Neve convinces to show her the ropes of how to have a relationship.
I've read many books where the shy-naive-virgin girl asks the 'rake' to give lessons. It's a trope i love and adore. This is that trope and more. Max is dreamy, charming and blah blah blah and the mean sister in law is evil, bitchy, and we all hate her but the real shining story is Neve and her body.
We really delve into Neve and her body issues, self esteem, and how her weight has effected her life. Manning didn't take the easy route and had all of Neve's problems solved with magical love (or magical sex) from a hot guy. Instead she tackles it slowly and realistically.
I look forward to more of Mannings books.

Waiting On You - Very "Kristan Higgins-ish"

Waiting On You - Kristan Higgins

i have a love/hate relationship with Kristan Higgins' books. I know that i'm going to get a great book but I also know my bloodlust for "look at me now!" will not be satisfied. 

Her writing is always engaging and characters are always real. i feel like i'm reading about people i know and can picture the places in this fictional town. my problem (and it is MY Problem) is that i like the characters so much that i end up wishing that they'd get better endings. I wanted there to be more groveling, more grand gestures and more romance. But this is why Kristan Higgins is the author and not i. She doesn't waste words or have unnecessary content. Everything that is laid out happens the way it should and i don't regret being a voyeur in Blue Heron again.

Last Hit

Last Hit - Jessica Clare,Jen Frederick

 

If you've seen Eastern Promises starring Viggo Mortenson it's hard not to compare Nik and Viggo. The cover even looks a bit like him too, right? 

 

Daisy is a very very sheltered girl who escapes the tight control of her shut in father. She's as Pollyanna as can be. No friends, no jobs, no family (except her crazy dad) and no experience. I would say that she is a shell of a character but her lack of experience and her naivety is actually what her personality is defined by. Her reactions to Nik and his 'job' are fresh and unique. 

How a normal girl would react to Nik would be a different story. if Daisy was any other girl the story would quickly end with her being dead or Nik in jail. 

 

Nik's character was more expected. He's a Hitman with a disturbing past and is working hard to make himself worthy of his new obsession, Daisy. On one of his 'jobs' he spies Daisy in the apartment next door and he's immediately intrigued. Through a series of manipulated events he gets integrate himself into her life. This, I thought, was the most interesting part of the story. Both of them had never dated and their fumbling around each other were amusing and heartbreaking at the same time. 

 

I really enjoyed this character driven story but have to admit that I got slightly bored with the mafia parts. It was my own fault, I saw it coming, but was still skimming through the politics and action. I also wasn't crazy about the direction of the story once Daisy meets Nik's "family". I can't spoil it but let's just say Daisy got a raw deal. 

 

 

Freebie Fridays!

The Bargain - Stephanie Reed The Courage to Love  - Samantha Kane Cade (The MacKenzie Brothers #6) - Liliana Hart The Druid Series, Volumes 1-3: Reapers, Bled and Harvest - Marata Eros Cinderella Wore Combat Boots (1 Night Stand Series) - D.L. Jackson

continued. . . . 

Freebie Fridays!

Those Nights in Montreal (Language of Love, #1.5) - Beverley Kendall Bayou Noël (Bayou Heat, #8.5) - Alexandra Ivy,Laura Wright King, King, Goose? - Mandy M. Roth Jennifer's Garden - Dianne Venetta Say When (Something More #1) - Tara West Big Girls Do It Boxed Set (Big Girls Do, #1-4) - Jasinda Wilder Dream of You  - Kate Perry The Color of Heaven - Julianne MacLean,E.V. Mitchell A Touch of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #0.5) - Lara Adrian Smolder  - Gina  Watson

 

i've been slacking on my Freebie Fridays so here's a slew of them. 

HEA for Evan Arden . . . well, his version anyway

Otherwise Unharmed (Evan Arden) - Shay Savage

The last installment of the Evan Arden trilogy is easily my favorite. It starts immediately after Otherwise Occupied so there's no long boring jail scene. Lia is back and despite Evan's conscience and fears he knows that he's not letting her go. This last story is Evan's struggles on how to move on from his hitman life and to have his HEA with Lia. 

 

This book has some very very steamy sex! Coming from a male POV there were insights that's were purely unique and erotic. Even though this series started with insta-lust it was pulled off believably and followed through without hitting cliches. Evan is not romantic in the traditional sense but obsession surrounding Lia made me green with envy. Lia is like air and water to him and I don't see how he's survived so long without her in his life. 

 

There's a lot of action and subplots involving the mafia, FBI, and Evan's marine background that wasn't quite as interesting to me. It read much like a James Bond-ish movie and not generally something I would gravitate towards. 

 

The author did a good job with the ending. Evan's life isn't perfect now but it certainly much happier with Lia. 

 

a copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Evan Arden's ugly past rears it's ugly head

Otherwise Occupied - Shay Savage

I didn't like this as much as Otherwise Alone but that's because i'm essentially a romance reader and there's no real relationship building or interaction in this installment. This book focuses on Arden's past and how he's become the man that he is. It also introduces another lead female character so I was confused as to where the author was going with his story. It's cleared up in the end who Arden is going to end up with but I was disappointed to see Bridget in so much of the book.  It ends in a cliffhanger but I was not surprised and was in fact, expecting it. If your going to do a cliffhanger this is the only acceptable way, with clarity for the readers so they can make the decision to wait or binge. I'm looking forward to the last in the trilogy. 

insert random cliffhanger . . . . . here

Second to No One - Natalie Palmer

I read Natalie Palmer's first book Second Kiss and thought it was a cute if somewhat twee romance. Gemma and Jess act entirely too young for their age but I still thoroughly enjoyed the saccharine the two were spewing. 

When I found out there was a sequel to the book I thought "yea!" but also, um. . why? The first book seemed to end neatly and I was enjoying their HEA in Romancelandia.

 

The kindle price was a shocking $8.99 but after reading the sample chapter I knew I was hooked. 

I'll admit, Palmer's writing is candy. It's sweet and bad for you in large doses but makes you happy momentarily. They act like typical teenagers with nothing cartoonish or crazy. Gemma (thou a bit Mary Sue) reacts to a lot of situations in ways i think i would have as a teenager, making her relatable and likeable,  I was ready to finish the book with a smirky smile only to fall upon the last chapter.

 

A Fucking Cliffhanger. A cliffhanger that Does Not Belong In This Book. I swear that the author didn't even write the last chapter. I was nonplussed about the weird abrupt ending. This seemingly sweet little YA all the sudden turned into this weird thriller/mystery in the last chapter. I kept frantically tapping at the end of my kindle thinking, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING, but it was! It abruptly ends leaving all the characters in limbo. It was such a clear and Desperate attempt to strong arm the reader into reading the next book. I've already paid for more than the cost of a mmpb but now you're going to not finish the story!!! 

 

if you have the patience of a saint, then go ahead, read this book. if you hate manipulative attempts to make readers buy follow up books don't bother with this read, it'll make you angry. 

 

steamy cabin sex as told by Evan Arden

Otherwise Alone - Shay Savage

Otherwise Alone was an interesting read from my usual path of romance. The entire book was written 1st person from the Male POV. I normally shy away from 1st person but told from the male POV put a nice little spin to the story. A lot of people might be put off by the language that Evan uses in his thoughts (and out loud) but coming from the mind of a hitman i'm not exactly expecting purple prose. The sex was extra steamy and was a nice little teaser into the 'Otherwise' series. 

Reading progress update: I've read 9.

The Importance of Being Wicked - Miranda Neville

Everyone in this book is calling the Duke of Castleton, Duke. Like that's his name! I'm no stickler for historical facts but you don't call a Duke, Duke. You refer to him as Your Grace, or his name (if he allows it). 

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Freebie Fridays!

Gnome on the Range - Jennifer Zane Tragic  - J.A. Huss Gotcha! (Love Spell) - Christie Craig The Proposal - Lily Zante Perfect - Autumn Jordon

 

Gnome On The Range by Jennifer Zane 

Winner of RomCon's Readers' Crown Award for Best Contemporary Romance and Best First Book! 
Once you get the zing you can't go back.
Jane West has everything a woman could want. A job in a small Montana town's only adult store, two busy young boys and one dead husband. Everything except a little excitement--a little zing. But that changes one summer morning at a garage sale when her kids buy some garden gnomes.
Now someone wants those gnomes and will let nothing get in their way. Including Jane. This new excitement for Jane spells trouble for a relationship with new neighbor--and hot fireman--Ty Strickland. Can Jane and Ty handle a relationship meddling mother-in-law, crazy kids, and stay alive while trying to solve the mystery of the garden gnomes?

 

TRAGIC: Rook and Ronin, #1 by J. A. Huss 

Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far - just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky...

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone - you grab it with both hands and run.
Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she's got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.
Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he's everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn't. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine's camera.
Rook's luck changes in an instant and suddenly she's the darling of the modeling world. It's a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there's always a price to pay - and Rook is about to get the bill.
New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage.

 

Gotcha! (Tall, Hot & Texan) by Christie Craig 

Macy Tucker was five years old when her beloved grandfather dropped dead in his spaghetti. At twelve, her father left his family in the dust. At twenty-five, her husband gave his secretary a pre-Christmas bonus in bed, and Macy gave him the boot. To put things lightly, men have been undependable. 
That's why dating's off the menu. Macy is focused on putting herself through law school—which means being the delivery girl for Papa's Pizza. But cheesier than her job is her pie-eyed brother, who just recently escaped from prison to protect his new girlfriend. And hotter than Texas toast is the investigating detective. Proud, sexy...inflexible, he's a man who would kiss her just to shut her up. But Jake Baldwin's a protector as much as a dish. And when he gets his man—or his woman—Macy knows it's for life. 

The Proposal (A Perfect Match Series) by Lily Zante 

Nadine Stefano is a high flying career woman. She has no time for relationships and having been recently promoted at work, she wants to make a good impression with her boss. At her sister's bachelorette party Nadine meets Ethan who is one of the performers. She finds herself strangely drawn to him, despite her initial reservations.
A few weeks later, the company Nadine works for are holding their annual convention at a luxury hotel away from home. Not having a date to take with her, and wanting to present the image of a settled and happy woman in a relationship, Nadine resorts to calling Ethan at the escort agency and asking him along.  Theirs is a strong attraction, although there are various company politics and characters that stand in their way.
Will their meeting lead to love, despite seemingly different career choices, or will Nadine dump Ethan in order to pursue her career goals?

 

PERFECT ( A Christmas Romance) by Autumn Jordon

Dylan Kincaid totally screwed up Thanksgiving and now he's faced with Christmas. Thrown into the frightening role of both mother and father while his brother and sister-in-law are off serving their country, all Dylan wants is to make Christmas perfect for his two nieces. But time is running out.
Down on her luck Charleston, S.C. restaurateur, Darcy Witherspoon is licking a wounded ego when she arrives in Black Moose, VT and meets the handsome Maple tree farmer. Wanting a happy holiday herself, she teams up with Dylan to make a perfect Christmas.
Neither is interested in a holiday affair, but the magic of Christmas has something more everlasting in store for the couple. An absolutely perfect love!

 

 

 

 

 

Officially on Hiatus

Dead of Eve (Trilogy of Eve) - Pam Godwin

29%

this book is dangerously skating the edge of some crazy racism. Evie runs into 3 Native Americans who are surviving in the forests and act as some sort of spiritual guides. I hate the forced 'mysticism' that Goodwin is implying that they have. They are somehow the first people that she's run into that are not freaking out about the end of the world like all the other dumb white people. They teach her how to hunt for food, make clothes, provide shelter, and want nothing in exchange. They even give her a nickname Spotted Wings so she can be in their club.  She refers to them as "the Lokata" all the time. What if I went around saying that I waved good bye to the Whites at the airport, or I work with the Jews on Tuesday, sounds derogatory right?  Ugh!

So the biological bomb that wipes out most of humanity is created and released by Muslim terrorists. Evie has visions of the future of one of the main Muslim guys who is ranting about Allah and how she's going to be his queen.

(show spoiler)

 Ummmmmmm, not cool Godwin, not cool.  

37%


Evie has met an Irish Priest who is uber hot and talks like he's in a Lucky Charms commercial. I'm not Irish but i'm annoyed on their behalf. Despite the underlying racism the book so far has been riveting. 

 

45%

Evie seems to be a bit of a nympho. I don't know if it's from the adrenaline of escaping lots of mishaps or if she's just constantly craving sex. It's been alluded to (by herself) that she has a high sex drive but to be craving sex while running from bug/zombies. . . . whaaaaat am I reading?

 

this book is officially on Hiatus. It's part of a trilogy so maybe i'll wait for all 3. In it's favor, I will say that it's action packed and never dull. I just wasn't crazy about a lot of stuff that was going on. 

 

 

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Dead of Eve (Trilogy of Eve) - Pam Godwin

29%

this book is dangerously skating the edge of some crazy racism. Evie runs into 3 Native Americans who are surviving in the forests and act as some sort of spiritual guides. I hate the forced 'mysticism' that Goodwin is implying that they have. They are somehow the first people that she's run into that are not freaking out about the end of the world like all the other dumb white people. They teach her how to hunt for food, make clothes, provide shelter, and want nothing in exchange. They even give her a nickname Spotted Wings so she can be in their club.  She refers to them as "the Lokata" all the time. What if I went around saying that I waved good bye to the Whites at the airport, or I work with the Jews on Tuesday, sounds derogatory right?  Ugh!

So the biological bomb that wipes out most of humanity is created and released by Muslim terrorists. Evie has visions of the future of one of the main Muslim guys who is ranting about Allah and how she's going to be his queen.

(show spoiler)

 Ummmmmmm, not cool Godwin, not cool.  

37%


Evie has met an Irish Priest who is uber hot and talks like he's in a Lucky Charms commercial. I'm not Irish but i'm annoyed on their behalf. Despite the underlying racism the book so far has been riveting. 

 

"An environment stripped of women, much like prison, would be tainted with dominants and their bitches"
Dead of Eve (Volume 1) - Pam Godwin

I'm 22% into the book and the the men left on the planet have become raping jerks. I get that this is post apocalypse but it's only been a few months since the 'disease'.  They are being chased and hunted by crazy bug people and they are worried about sex!!! WHAT?

condolences

Dead of Eve (Volume 1) - Pam Godwin

is it a mistake to read Dead of Eve so soon after The Last Hour of Gann? probably. I'll apologize ahead of time to Ms. Goodwin. 

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The Importance of Being Wicked
Miranda Neville
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