A mash up between the Wild West and King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot? Sign me up! I was eager to pick this one up and enjoy something creative and fun as it crosses gritty western with familiar and loved classic tale characters. But sadly, I wasn’t able to finish.
I read through six chapters and the whole time I spent detached from the story or confused. If I were to guess as to what was putting me off it was an issue of too much going on and going in different directions, but also the writing style. Now, it’s possible that later all plot paths will come together and make sense and I have been known to get accustomed to a style after a period of time. However, between the two issues and a few other things, I kept setting the book down and not feeling the urge to pick it up.
I won’t discourage others from satisfying their curiosity about the mash-up because tastes are different and this might be right up your alley.
My thanks to Pioneer Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.The Gun RunnerGenres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Carina Press on August 8, 2016
I picked up this book because I love mafia romances and was interested in trying a new to me author. The blurb hooked me in with both a hero and heroine coming from shady backgrounds and keeping secrets set against the criminal world.
I started reading and got to chapter four, which is really not that far in, but it was enough for me to work out that I just wasn’t into this story. I sat there trying to figure out what was causing the disconnect since not much had really happened yet beyond the intro to the characters and their situations. Nothing rubbed me wrong or really annoyed me, but yet I was just not interested. A mafia princess and a gunrunner should have pulled me right in.
A few things flagged like their instalust particularly hers and the fact that they didn’t feel edgy enough for their backgrounds, but again, that wasn’t really the problem. I’ve decided that it is just my mood and to leave it at that.
After peaking at a few portions later in the book, I’m content with my decision to set it aside. The heroine gets up on her high horse, going all princess-y, that he lies to her (um, she lied on important stuff to him, too) and well, cliffhanger. Not that the cliffhanger was a deal breaker since the blurb warns folks going in that the story for this pair continues into another book. Thing is, I’m pretty sure the warning wasn’t there when I originally requested the book. But regardless, I’m not feeling it.
So… my decision is to leave it at a maybe later.
I didn’t get far enough in to make a recommendation or not so I guess I’ll leave it at read the blurb and other full reviews to come up with your own decision if it’s a possibility for you.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.First Taste: Devon StoneGenres: Contemporary Romance
on November 18, 2014
I got this one as part of the Red Hot Lovers Boxed set that I’ve been reading through book by book. I have to admit upfront that I was only mildly intrigued by the blurb, but thought I’d give it a try since books have surprised me before and hooked me in.
Sadly, this was not one of them.
I DNF’d at chapter 8 when I just could not drum up any interest for the characters or the story line. I feel a little guilty because the heroine is struggling with mental health issues in which she is fixated on scheduling and being on time because she was late to pick up her brother at school and he died during that time so she blames herself. But her insta-drool and supremely awkward fixation moments over a guy who barely noticed her were just painful. And I honestly wasn’t interested once things started getting laid out for this story- characters, plot, monologue and dialogues.
The story opens with Olivia getting ready for a job interview in full freak out mode needing her roommate to help her dress. She can’t string two words together or focus her mind. She is a nervous wreck, but that wasn’t so bad until the scene changes and she’s ends up at a Hollywood mansion for her interview and this totally freaks her out- forget the fact that if she gets her job she’ll be seeing a lot of this sort of thing. Olivia’s never worked more than a backyard grad party as an intern who picked up the trash and rolled plastic ware and yet she tries to bluff with the event planner that’s she’s an old pro and sadly he sees right through her lies and is abrupt with her. She can’t figure out why she didn’t get immediately hired as a premiere Hollywood event planner’s assistant to work ‘A’ List parties for the elite. Then, Devon, the hero and son of the man hosting the party with the planning company she is interviewing for comes along to see her crying after she was rejected. He insists the guy in charge hire her or he’ll lose his own job as some sort of ‘in your face’ to his dad and makes a pass at her before telling her he only used her to make his dad mad because he’s pretty sure she’ll fail and mess up his dad’s party. He’s hot so naturally this rude brush off makes her all fluttery and she can’t get him out of her thoughts like he’s some knight in shining armor.
After reading her inner monologue and lusting over a rude guy she briefly met for several chapters, I just couldn’t. Not for me. Maybe it settles in later, but I’m going to let this one go and move on.
For those interested, I believe it’s part of a three-part serial so the story doesn’t resolve until the last book.
I received this book from the authors of The Red Hot Lovers Boxed Set in exchange for an honest review.Condemned Series: Books 1-4 by Gemma James
I was hooked by the a fifteen year old girl sending the boy, well, he’s technically a man, to jail on the accusation of rape. He didn’t do it. Now he is out and he wants revenge. He kidnaps her and to exact his revenge. So I should have known this was going to go all kinds of sideways. When it starts with the heroine’s stepbrother practically raping her and learning this is what she has put up with since she was 13 and now 23, I almost puked.
I held on hoping the hero would save her. You know the whole “you sent me to jail but I love you too much,” kind of troupe. Nope! The hero really is deviant and while I wouldn’t totally classify this one as rape, it is a dark look at getting revenge. I mean dark with breath play, whipping, spanking, forced blow jobs and so much more.
So I read on hoping this will get better, that things would turn around only to have the stepbrother kidnap her again. Then it becomes a rape fest that really had me stop. There was no hope this was going to turn around into something good. Yes it is dark, but this went beyond anything I want to read.