Book Review: Beauty and the Bookworm by Nick Pageant

bookOk, so I’m going to keep using the World Cup as an excuse and you all are going to just have to deal with it. I wasn’t a huge soccer fan before this, but there’s something about being in Brazil while it’s going on that changes a person. Anyways, I needed a nice short read that I could finish between matches; and I obviously found one or you wouldn’t be reading this review about it.

Mason Leery is a cardigan-loving, geeky librarian who lives his life through his m/m romance novels. I will admit it was really hard to relate to a bookworm, wink*. The polar opposite of Mason, Shane Beaumont, is a physical trainer and masseuse. Shane is also beautiful, hint the title. Our two MC’s meet one fateful day at the park where Mason is reading and Shane is jogging. Shane trips over Mason’s feet and ends up getting his shorts caught in a tree, exposing his green jock strap. When Shane bends over to pull up his shorts, Mason gets flashed, and it’s love at first sight, wink*.

Thus begins the wonderful romance/relationship of our two MC’s and you immediately fall in love with them. I especially liked Shane’s attempts to impress Mason and fulfill his sexual fantasies. I mean, he has to compete with a ton of romance novels. Don’t worry though, there is conflict involved, this story isn’t completely unbelievably happy. I won’t give it away which secondary character is responsible for it though!

Your list of suspects who could possibly jeopardize our happy couple are:

1)      Mason’s crazy lesbian, biker grandma that he lives with. She’s definitely over-the-top! And let’s be honest, if your granny’s in a biker gang, there’s bound to be trouble.

2)      Shane’s twin brother Shawn. Who’s the good twin and who’s the evil twin? Bum bum bummmm.

3)      Mason’s BFF Twyla. She’s sassy and clingy and oh-so pregnant. Yay hormones!

4)      Mona Lisa. Not the painting, but an eco-crazy lady!

All in all, it’s a fun quick read. It’s full of laughs and super fun characters, although Twyla does get super annoying. You will totally fall in love with Mason and Shane. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get myself mentally prepared for the knock-out rounds that start this weekend!

This story has dicks, lots and lots of dicks. Oh, so now you’re interested? I should have put dick in the first line.

5/5 stars

~Eddie

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

16117368 Synopsis: In the beginning, there was him.

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

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Tiffany Reisz lives with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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My Review:

This prequel begins in the present day and tells the story of how Nora and Soren originally met through extended flashbacks throughout the book. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a young Nora or from a younger Soren and was even more worried that my beloved Kingsley would be nowhere to be found. But my fears were thankfully unfounded! Young Nora may have even more sass than the older Nora that readers have known and loved. Soren is still twisted, but just in a different way – which I have to say I was also happy to see. And yes there may even be an appearance or two by Kingsley.

I really enjoyed this book, I was happy to get the present day information alongside the past as well. I wasn’t super happy with some of the present day information we got but that’s a spoiler soo I won’t get into that. What I was worried about with this book was that we had some of the information already from The Original Sinners books and I’m not a fan of books that give us information we already have. But I definitely didn’t feel like this was just reiterating content, there was plenty of new stuff to consume.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

4 Stars

~ Melinda

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Book Review: Third Degree by Julie Cross

18590125 This was a very different take on the New Adult genre and it was a great change from the typical books I’ve read in this genre. I love being taken by surprise when I pick up a book and this one did in a few ways.

Isabel Jenkins, “child prodigy”, has always known what she wants to do with her life. It’s pretty obvious since she has been on the same path since was twelve. When that path falls apart right when it should all be coming together and she should be starting her medical residency program, Isabel falls apart even more than she was before. Ironic since that path falling apart involved her failing her emotional readiness test – showing that she is not ready to deal with patients on her own.

Isabel chooses to re-enroll as a college Freshman to see if she can re-learn how to be a teenager and an average person with feelings she considers normal. Her RA, Marshall is on the scene to help her out with all the things she doesn’t understand.

What I was expecting when I started this book was somewhat more of a typical New Adult book, with a dewy eyed girl having an emotional or tragic past, needing a heroic and mysterious guy to fix all of her problems. However, what I got was a quirky and lovable heroine in Isabel. She is anything but weak, and while she is working on her emotional issues those are needing to find her emotions and that leads to some really funny moments and surprisingly touching ones as well.

My favorite aspect of this book is how Marshall and Isabel’s relationship evolved. It was completely unexpected to me and it really worked well within the plot and characters. I loved how it was a slow evolution but when it happened it was still not something I saw coming.

This isn’t a book I’ve heard a lot about but I think it should be. I would say it’s up there with other great New Adult books and I would definitely recommend if you like this category but haven’t read anything refreshing in a while!

4 Stars

~Melinda

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Book Giveaway: Go With Me by Elyssa Patrick

Melinda & I are Twitter friendly with the author. We were lucky enough to receive an ARC of this.

Blurb

I, Daphne Fox, have a few things to confess:

1. I hate Nick Brady. Loathe. Abhor. Can’t stand him 95% of the time.

2. That other 5%? I’m not talking about that at all.

3. People think I’m lucky for surviving the car crash. I disagree.

4. Nick is the only guy who makes my nightmares go away.

5. I won’t love him, though. Love is not worth the pain.

I, Nick Brady, have a few confessions of my own:

1. I don’t hate Daphne Fox. At all.

2. I find her scar sexy. Just like the rest of her.

3. I may be her older brother’s best friend, but that’s not going to stop me.

4. I love her.

5. And I’m going to do everything I can to have her.

Here are our thoughts on the book:
Melinda-
This was a great follow up to Stay With Mrand one I’d been waiting for excitedly. Falling for the siblings friend is a romance trope I love and Patrick maneuvers it deftly here. Daphne managed to be both extremely strong willed and tender at the sand time. Strong willed enough that I think many will consider her a love her or hate her type heroine but I tend to love the bull headed a la Scarlett O’Hara type.

And oh Nick nick nick. What a hero. He has a bit of a bad boy past that comes through but just barely. Nick manages to be the best romance hero I love – the kind that makes almost no mistake. Don’t get me wrong, you need to read this book there is much, much more between the pages than I’m even coming close to mentioning but overall Nick f-ing Brady is juuust about perfect.

Vi- If you like the friends to lovers trope, if you like the sister falling in love with the best friend of her brother trope, then you will like this book.

Some of our favorite quotes :
Melinda-
“It’ll never work,” I say.
“It will,” Nick says. “Because, daphne,I’ve denied what I’ve wanted for a long time. I’ve waited – somewhat patiently and I’m done. I want you, and I’m not holding back anymore. Whatever it takes, I’m going to have you. ”

Vi-
“I’m still me. A little dented, but me. And I’m not ever going to let anyone know what I keep inside.”

“Try not to Taylor Swift yourself and write angry songs about me. I know it will be hard.”

You do not have to read the first book, Stay With Me to understand this book.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Cross & Crown (Sidewinder Book 2) by Abigail Roux

Blurb:
When Nick O’Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.

Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.

Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.

Cut Scene from Cross & Crown:
Nick was silent as he looked out on the moonlit fields. They were peaceful now, but it seemed there were echoes of gunfire and cannon blasting, bayonets clashing, men and horses screaming in fear and pain.
“It doesn’t really matter why, or how history writes it down,” Nick said. “The only thing that matters is that every man out there believed in what he was doing. He was standing on this ground, willing to take a bullet fired by his brother, to protect something he thought was worth dying for. That country. That king. That ideal. That land back home. That flag. That man leading him. That man standing beside him.” Nick’s voice filled with emotion and he lowered his head. “The burden of death and bravery in places like this is heavy. I’ve always been able to feel it. Someone should feel it.”
Even if Kelly hadn’t already felt the power of this place, it came through clearly in Nick’s voice. It was holy ground, in its own way, bearing the gravity of the past up in what were now wild green pastures dotted with stone and tourists. The agony of it. The struggle. And Nick believed the same as those men, felt it down to his bones. Call it patriotism. Heroism. Integrity. Honor. That indefinable something that had driven so many men to die for something they felt more important than life also lived inside Nick. It had lived inside their team. And if what he believed in was threatened, he’d do the same as they had done; die defending it.
Kelly’s chest constricted as he looked at Nick’s profile in the moonlight. He had never believed that men like this still existed, not until he’d met Sidewinder.
Nick’s breath billowed in front of him in the cold. His eyes were taking in the battlefield, seeing things Kelly couldn’t see, remembering things Kelly had lived with him. Kelly swallowed hard and set one hand lightly on Nick’s shoulder. He couldn’t think of anything to say, so he didn’t speak at all.

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The Fever By Meg Abbott

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The story is about a small, unmemorable town, somewhere USA in which three girls come down with a “mysterious and contagious” illness. The blurb makes it sound like a really interesting read, but no.

What it says it is and what it’s really about are two different things altogether. One girl has a seizure and the whole school goes insane! Girls are freaking out and all of her friends want to leave school because of the trauma of it all. Kids are wandering in and out of school so easily making me wonder if the writer ever went to high school. One teacher is just about brainwashing these girls that sex is bad…. Very bad and just think of all of the diseases you can get (shock, horror!). When one girl wants to see her friend in hospital and finds it so easy to get in and out even when there is a media circus outside and the wards are just about locked down. After the 3rd girl gets admitted with a seizure the hospital is treating it as a CDC hazard sight! Hush, hush conspiracies abound and no info is coming out about the girls and to be honest it’s so tedious that I didn’t care if they lived or died. Kids and parents alike are going insane, unknown “authority” figures are just wandering around questioning girls behind their parents back. The whole thing is pretty much mass hysteria on an insane scale over three….. yes just three girls in one school, one who is in a coma and the other with unexplained hysterical conditions.

The characters are cardboard cutouts of each other, well the girls are anyways and the adults aren’t any better. None are interesting enough to care about and they are so whiny and self absorbed about themselves and the very naughty business of sex that it all drives you a bit bonkers.

Useless misdirection of ludicrous theories about what is happening to these girls and the points of views are all over the place. I skimmed about 3/4 of the book just to find out what was causing this “mysterious” illness and I was disappointed to say the least. If it wasn’t on my Kindle I would have thrown it across the room in sheer anger.

ARC provided by Netgalley.

1/5 stars

Crash

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Book Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

18144115 Allison Weiss has the life she always wanted – the husband, daughter and all around good life. She gets to work from home, writing for a blog that has taken off and is getting busier and busier although her husband’s work life is adding stress to their home life. Okay and her semi perfect life at home isn’t so perfect because her daughter is kind of difficult to deal with, being very sensitive to everyday things. Allison is dealing with her father’s Alzheimer’s while her mother is pretty much not dealing with it at all. So her life is kind of falling apart around her and she finds that the Percocet she was prescribed once helps her deal with her daughter, Eloise’s, high pitched screams. The painkillers take the edge off her every day life and Allison finds herself popping them more and more and then figuring out how exactly to get more.

There were parts of the book that stuck out to me as painfully realistic. The descriptions of Allison’s battles with her daughter struck me as something I’ve definitely heard other women discuss before but is not seen openly portrayed. Eloise is sensitive to day to day life – noises and colors and just life in general. Children like that must be hard to deal with on the parents but the author did a great job of showing but the struggles and the joy of being a parent.

However the relationships between Alison and her own parents were not as realistic to me. These were portrayed both through flashbacks and in present day and I just couldn’t get a good handle on her relationship with them. The Alzheimer’s presented another stress for Allison in present day to overcome but the relationship didn’t seem to be fully developed to me.

The later part in the book deals with Allison’s painkiller abuse and I didn’t feel that was nearly as strong as the first part of the book. It seemed very rushed to me and not nearly as flushed out. We get an outcome to everything but it seemed to me that a lot was glossed over. I would have preferred to get more details in this part as well.

I’m a big fan of Weiner’s earlier work. Good In Bed is a fantastic book and one of my favorites. I didn’t think this was nearly as strong as that was but the first half was interesting and funny. If that would have continued throughout I would have given the whole book 4 stars but the last part pulled it down a bit for me.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgally in return for an honest review.

3 Stars

~Melinda

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