Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Havoc by Jamie Shaw


Havoc

Author: Jamie Shaw
Publisher:Avon Impulse
Series: Mayhem #4
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: March 21st 2017



Summary:

When Hailey Harper left her family farm to enroll in veterinary school, she had a plan: keep her head down, ace her classes, and most importantly... don’t upset the uncle paying her tuition. Translation? Don’t piss off his dramatic, self-absorbed daughter, Danica, even if she’s a nightmare to live with.

Falling in love with her cousin’s rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not part of the plan.

As the drummer of a now-famous rock band, Mike Madden could have any girl he wants. He’s sweet, funny, romantic, talented—and the only guy that’s ever made Hailey’s heart do cartwheels in her chest. The more she gets to know him, the harder she falls, but Hailey knows they can never be more than friends… because Danica wants him back, and she’ll fight dirty to win.

Mike is falling for Hailey too, but Danica’s threats and his rock star life—music video shoots, international tours, obsessed fans—could tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Hailey isn’t sure she’s the one for him, but Mike’s waited years for a girl like her… and he’ll do anything to prove it.




Review:

Havoc might be my favorite book in the series... maybe.
Actually, I am not sure. I love all of them!
But I DO know for sure Mike is my favorite band member. I loved him right from the beginning and this cemented it. He is swoony awesome hotness.

Mayhem thrives on character building. All the books in the series are mostly character driven. Shaw is brilliant at building interesting unique characters. Havoc being no exception. Though saying that, I can't really get over Danica. She is the WORST. And not only because she is really spoilt and all that. But because Shaw might have overdone her a tad. Add to that Hailey and her dilemma and I found myself annoyed at best. Their tension, while in the beginning kinda interesting and all became too over the top at the end for my taste. And that is the only reason this isn't 5 Stars.
Because the rest? Bloody AWESOME!
I felt like I knew Mike fairly well, I mean he featured in the three previous books. But as I read I kept discovering more about him. Shaw did a brilliant job at creating complex characters that feel real. Same with Hailey- she is actually so different from myself that I found it hard to understand why she would behave in certain ways. But I did get her. Even if I personally would never have reacted that way, she felt authentic and real, which made her actions realistic.

I totally adore the romance, the cute moments, the problems, the atmosphere, the entire support cast (except Danica) and MIKE. The plot is entertaining. Plenty of ups and downs- and even if I think Shaw took Hailey's dilemma a bit far. I enjoyed every moment of it.

There are some beautiful description in this book. The pond scene - I felt like I was there and in the rain scene I practically could smell and feel the rain. So so beautiful. Shaw's prose is amazing!


A beautiful romance, hot rockstars, fabulous interesting females and lots of swoony moments makes this not only a must read book but an absolutely must read series.
And frankly I am so sad it is over, I am actually planning on re-reading the first 3 books... just to get my swoony rockstar fix
I can't wait to see what Shaw is writing next!


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ARC was provided by Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


Monday, February 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle



Any Boy But You


Author: Julie Hammerle
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Series: North Pole, Minnesota #1
Pages: Paperback, 240 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 13th 2017



Summary:
Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.





About the Author:

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.




Review:

SWOON!
A winter romance with a super cute heartthrob and a game that rivals pokemon. So what's not to love?

The character building is done well for the MCs. For the support cast it's not bad but they feel a bit cliche and flat in compare to the MCs. Not to say that I didn't like North Pole or it's inhabitants. The support cast, though cliche is quite alright, just in compare to the brilliantly written MCs, they feel a bit flat retrospectively.
I totally adore Elena and Oliver. I could related to both of them. Enjoyed both POV and more than that their chemistry felt real. Their bickering and banter was really entertaining, I totally swooned for them!
Elena and Oliver are so different, they both deal with life differently. It's interesting to see how they each see the same situation.

The story line is the classic rom-com/hallmark kind. And while some of it is a tad, well cliche. I couldn't care less. Because this has all the swoon and cuteness a girl could ask for.
There were quite a lot of dramas thrown in and a bit of mystery, which I actually quite enjoyed.
The only reservation was the end for me. It's too hallmark for my taste. There was this huge build up... and then boom. All is solved. HEA. The end.

This is the first book of Hammerle I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. While I have a bit of an issue with the way the end went, I felt all the anticipation, heartache, giddiness and happiness she put into this book. I think she excelled at putting me into the MCs frame of mind.
I can't wait to read more of her works

I read this in one sitting, it was captivating and entertaining.- it's a great cute&fluffy! All the swoon, all the cuteness and definitely a must read.
When is the next book coming out?

Oh and who wishes they had access to the game as well?


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz


There's Something About Nik


Author: Sara Hantz
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Genre: YA
Publishing Date: February 13th 2017



Summary:

Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson.

He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy.

He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up.

Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight.

It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year.

But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her.

Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hot boy who's the strong and silent type, a studious girl who refuses to believe in fairy-tale romance, and one epic secret that could be disastrous if it comes to light.




Review:
Cute!
The good oldy undercover royalty love story.
And that's where my main problem lies actually. While I do love it. I felt there wasn't much else to it. I mean, I love the character building. It's well done. Both MC's have insecurities due to their background that were conveyed wonderfully. The romance has some nice swoony moments.
But this doesn't stay from the secret royalty thread- at all. And the end felt kinda rushed and a bit overly easy solved.
While there were really cute moments, I felt some of the eluded connection wasn't there for me.
Well written, cute story but I wanted somehow more depth.
As a photographer I really enjoyed Amber's photography session. I could totally relate. Which is a testament to Hantz wonderful writing style!

Enjoyable, sweet and interesting characters make this a nice cute & fluffy.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: Take Me Back by Meghan March


Today we are excited to share the cover for a brand new novel TAKE ME BACK a brand new standalone from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March that brings the heat and is packed with emotion and action. Get ready for a wild ride on MARCH 20!





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We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after.

Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built.

It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work.

I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything.

Two damaged people.

Countless secrets.

The fight of our lives.

We might be broken, but we’re not done.

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About Meghan March: 


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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. 
She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.


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