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Blogging Books w/Beth

This is my journey through a never-ending pile of TBR books.

Currently reading

Dead Witch Walking
Kim Harrison
Heart of Iron
Bec McMaster
Guilty Pleasures
Laurell K. Hamilton
The Eternity Cure
Julie Kagawa
Tempting Evil - Keri Arthur Holy crap.

Keri Arthur is awesome. I've never hated a villain more. And loved a heroine as much as Riley. Well maybe that's debateable.

Either way, this is an unforgettable series.
Full Moon Rising - Keri Arthur I loved this book

Why? Well I'm so glad you asked!

Riley is just pure awesome. She's part werewolf (meh) and part vampire (yay). I have never read a novel where that was a thing before. It made her pretty kick ass. And the best part: a lot of bad shit happened to her but she never stopped being awesome.



So, onto the story!

The aforementioned Riley is as I said - half vampire & half were. She has two 'boyfriends' and someone keeps trying to kill her. The world is set in which vampires and weres are out in the open - kind of regulated by humans. Riley is both drawn to howling at the moon and f$@%ing like bunnies - but she also can move very quickly. Which comes in handy when someone is trying to kill you. She also has a new love interest in Oliver - a man who showed up naked, covered in mud on her doorstep.



I won't give any more of the plot away, but it takes some twists. Some of which were predicted It was pretty obvious that Talon was trying to impregnate her before the big reveal and some of which I did not see coming . I really thought Oliver and her would get together.

I think the biggest surprise for me - it totally didn't bother me that she slept with several guys during the book.



So, in summary: If you're in need of a strong female urban fantasy story with a little bit of smut, you should read this series.
Night Walker - Lisa Kessler DNF at 50%. The story started out strongly, but then I just couldn't continue.
Perfection - R.L. Mathewson Another awesome book from R.L Mathewson!
Backstage Pass - Olivia Cunning 3.5 stars


Review later, if I remember :)
Love Unscripted - Tina Reber **3 Oh-the-mixed-feelings Stars!**

Our very long story begins in Rhode Island, with a girl named Taryn. She's just your humble bar owner/bartender. In this same town, a celebrity named Ryan is filming a new movie. And people just are freaking out about it. Our two main characters come into contact the first time, while Ryan is running away from rabid fangirls.


This is how I pictured the scene.


Anyways, Taryn doesn't give a crap that Ryan is a famous celebrity. She's never seen his movies and doesn't really understand why all these women are so psycho. So naturally the two are drawn together. This is a very very long story of their many trials and tribulations involved with a no name girl being involved with a super celebrity.

So besides the story being really long (I think I may have said that already), the characters went from being endearing to completely annoying. One moment I was really rooting for them, and then the next I wanted to throw the book in my garbage disposal.


Or throwing it out the window sounded like a good option sometimes.


Taryn starts out as a strong female character. She was witty, self-made, not star obsessed, and down to earth. As the story progressed, she becomes jealous, possessive, whiny, and judgmental. There are reasons for this, but still I only enjoyed her character in the first 50% of the book.

As for Ryan, he was kind of bland. Also way to possessive and paranoid. It did make me wonder if real celebrities develop complexes because they're too famous to go to the store to buy toothpaste. If anyone reading this review is famous, please share.

For the most part I enjoyed the story. The writing was a little simple, and I felt like things were repeated often, there were too many 'I love yous' and too much paranoia. The worst/best part of the novel for me was when Taryn lost her baby. That broke my heart, but it really made you feel more sympathy for both characters.

In summary, this is how I feel after finishing this story:

Shimmerlight (Once Upon a Time Travel, #2) - Jill Myles **3 Stars**

I enjoy this series and author, but this short story one was a little silly for me.

Chloe, a widower, starts working in a museum as a web designer. On her first night, she becomes enchanted by a statue of a Roman statue wearing nothing but a fig leaf.



So, she hits her head and finds herself being accosted by the statue, who's now come to life. But of course, she's totally cool with that. The statue man is actually a cursed Roman soldier. And is going up for auction. What is a girl to do?! She says to herself:



This story is short and funny. I love Jill Myles, but this wasn't my favorite story by her.

Reading The Dead (The Sarah Milton Chronicles, #1) - J.B. Cameron 4 Stars!

This book was kindly provided by the author for an honest review.

Sarah has always been a little different. When she was a child, other people were afraid of her, and considered her crazy because she talked to herself. But of course, Sarah is not crazy. She can just see ghosts - especially one ghost in particular, Anna. Many years later, Sarah is a detective, investigating terrible murders committed by a serial killer with no pattern.

This book was engaging and Sarah, while bookish - is never boring. If you like crime novels with strong female protagonists, you'll probably enjoy this series.
The Siren - Tiffany Reisz

I just don't think this genre is for me. Stopped at 50%, so I gave it a shot.

That being said, I loved Nora. I thought she was an excellent character - witty, sarcastic, and honest. Zach was bland and boring. I want to punch Soren in the nuts.


Yeah, like that.


The book just didn't keep my interest, so I'm moving on.


Unlawful Contact - Pamela Clare I'm addicted to this series.

Action, mystery, suspense, bad boys, and lots of sexy sex. Awesome.
Extreme Exposure - Pamela Clare 4 Erin Brockovich Stars

I loved this book, review to come.
Night Visions (Night Series) - Elena Gray A copy of this book was provided by the author/LOP Group for an honest review.

Sam hears voices and sees things - she thinks that she may be going a bit crazy. Until an old love, Ian, shows up at her home and whisks her away to help her brother. Ian has been gone a long time, and needs Sam's help.

Unfortunately, I did not connect with any of the characters. I had issues with Sam going off with Ian in the very beginning, with very little explanation why. The story started out so strongly, but when I couldn't understand her character's motivation, the rest of it didn't work for me. It was a good story in general, but not for me.
Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror) - Karina Halle That was awesome. Review later
Dark Passion (Dark Brother, #1) - Bec Botefuhr So, my review was deleted and I don't feel like writing it again.

My reaction to the book:


Willow:


Jagger:


The plot:



Nope, not for me.


Morgan - Lori Foster **2 Meh Stars**

I had high hopes for this book, because I really enjoyed Sawyer's story. I was disappointed and mostly because I couldn't get attached to any of the characters.

Misty is in trouble, she's pregnant and was just in arrested for stealing money. She decides to visit the Buckhorn brothers. Morgan, the sheriff in the family, is immediately a dick.

One of their very first interactions is to call her basically a whore. That doesn't fly with me. But when she finds out she's pregnant, he decides that he wants to take care of her. But ultimately I decided:



I'll be honest and say I skipped the middle of the book. The end did not surprise me. I'll try Gabe's story because he's so much more likeable than Morgan.

The Beauty Within - Marguerite Kaye
"You are so much more, so very much more than you think you are, Cressie."




I was blown away first by the cover of this book, and then the actual story. It has depth, passion, and intrigue. I couldn't give it a five, because towards the end, it dragged a bit. But what a sweet, and unique story! Apparently it's also part of series, which I had no idea about. But that didn't hinder my enjoyment.

The story takes place in England, 1828. Of course, during this time, women are expected to run a household, bear children and be ignorant of science, literature and art. Cressie is extremely intelligent, and supposedly very plain. She's been compared to her sisters her entire life, and has always been a disappointment to her father. Now, 8 years since she came out, her father insists that she help take care of her half-brothers who have driven away another governess. Tucked away in the country, pregnant yet again, is her stepmother.

And then one day, her father commissions a painting of his favorite children. Giovanni is a famous painter - one who is able to capture the beauty of every subject. He also is miserable, unable to find a subject who captivates him. And women throw themselves at his feet repeatedly. On this occassion, Giovanni is immediately taken by Cressie. Giovanni is beautiful, and Cressie thinks that she is not. Even though he's not commissioned by the father, he decides he wants to paint Cressie because he sees something in Cressie that the world does not.

"You think that no one sees you, and yet you want to be seen. You want people to know that there is more to you than mere bloodstock. I can help you, I can show that person,but only if you will let me see her."


And thus begins an attraction that neither can deny. They have to navigate the uncharted waters of social inequalities, meddling families, and sordid pasts. Cressie is an engaging and intelligent character. She constantly belittles her looks, which while annoying in the beginning, are there for a reason. Giovanni is intriguing and has real depth. However, in the scene where they discover a hidden room in the house, I was confused because it seemed awkward and out of place. It was out of character too. And, it really made me not like Giovanni. I mean, talk dirty to someone and then run away? That's a dick move.

The author does an excellent job on her side characters; dispelling the illusion of first impressions. Except for Cressie's father. I can't remember hating a character more. I mean seriously... knock up your wife, leave her in the country and then only visit once a year? And then, don't let her choose which doctor she wants...



Anyway, it really is a fabulous book. If you like historical romance, this is a great one to pick up.