REVIEW: All I Want Is You

The First Installment of the Forever and Ever Series. Cayson is in love with Skye Preston, his best friend for over twenty years. They grew up together, bathed together, and spent every holiday together. Hoarding the secret hasn’t been easy. Every time Cayson sees her with a boyfriend, he wants to smash his fist into a wall. But he could never tell her the truth. The close friendship they have is too good to be ruined. If he confessed his deepest feelings, how would it change what they have? Would he lose her altogether? But everything changes when Cayson finds Skye at a party, drunk and incoherent. Unable to stand on her own two feet with breath reeking of alcohol, she’s easy prey to the men staring at her noticeable chest. Cayson immediately scoops her into his arms and takes her home. But when they arrive at the house, Skye doesn’t want to sleep. Instead, she wants Cayson in a way she’s never had before. What will this mean for their relationship? Is it the start of something Cayson has always dreamed of? Or will it be the end?

Author: E.L. Todd

Series: Forever and Ever #1

Published: November 8, 2014 by Fallen Publishing

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  What this book doesn’t tell you is, that it is highly beneficial to read the 20 book series Forever and Always before this. Why? Because the MC’s of this is book are the MC’s offspring of that entire series, so all the vague references not to mention keeping mental track of who’s related to who and which pair belongs to what parent is very confusing without the back story the previous book provides. Also, the actions/ protectiveness of the fathers would make better sense if we knew what happened to their wives before marrying the, otherwise their irrational behavior seems creepy and above and beyond protective father duty. There are only so many times someone multiple people can tell you that “A” is in love with you. If you’re boyfriend, a completely unrelated party tells you this is so and you still answer with denial, something is very wrong with you. For someone you claim to “know” you really don’t know them all that well. This is made worse by the fact that aren’t even trying to hide their feelings, you’re just obtuse and oh what I wouldn’t give to smack you upside the head. Then when she finally comes to realize her feelings for him she won’t listen to what everyone is telling her, again! Trinity growled. “I’m about to smack some sense into your thick skull, Skye. This is stupid. He loves you and you love him. There’s absolutely no reason for you two not to be together.” dumb dragon. This book was frustrating and not in a good way. There’s only so much of the same thing you can read page after page chapter after chapter. The heart to hearts between the MC and their parent’s felt forced and formal and that’s saying something considering how tight-knit their family is supposed to be. This is the end of the road for me, I’m not interested in going through this again with Slade and Trinity, nor do I want to re-read the same story but this time starting from the beginning with Skye and Roland’s parents in the first Forever and Always series.

2 STARS

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REVIEW: All or Nothing

You’ve met Ben Shaw. Now meet Braydon Kincaid, the devil-may-care male model who nearly stole the show in Working It by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

As one of the world’s most sought-after male models, Braydon is no stranger to the finer pleasures in life. The last thing he wants to do is limit himself, especially when it comes to women. His best friend, Ben, might’ve settled down, but Braydon doesn’t want to waste his youth on the messy complications of commitment. He wants fun. He wants easy.

Ellie isn’t looking for a casual relationship, but her tough and sassy personality instantly attracts Braydon, who proposes a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Unable to resist the powerful pull of the charming bad boy, Ellie eventually relents, though she longs for all-consuming love.

As the two spend more time together, Ellie soon realizes that Braydon’s posing skills extend off the runway. His carefully crafted façade masks a secret hurt that he’s reluctant to share with Ellie, even as they embark on a passionate affair that sends them hurtling toward a fate neither expected. Can Ellie risk her heart while she waits for Braydon to let her in, or will she be forced to demand all or nothing?

Author: Kendall Ryan 

Series: Love by Design #3

Published: September 9th 2014 by Atria Books

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  

I was looking forward to this book so much so that when it finally came out I was beyond excited, which now that I think about it was really weird since the last book wasn’t nearly as good as the first and while the first was not necessarily good but interesting the follow-up was disheartening to say the least.

That excitement quickly faded when I started reading. In the first two books Ellie came off as strong, fierce and independent. That however, was not the Ellie I encountered in her own story. She was spineless and emotional and quite frankly pathetic. Her relationship with Braydon started out purely physical which I didn’t understand since she knew that wasn’t going to be enough but I get that we sometimes take what we can get. When she realized she wanted more she asked for it (that’s about the only upside). After she was turned down she cried (okay), licked her wounds but then –and here’s the frustrating part– went straight back at the first text asking to “hang out=sex” where was the advice you gave to Emmy about distance and giving him time to miss you? I didn’t understand how she could be so weak in that moment, yes you’re falling for him and his body is Gods gift to women but have some pride!

Other than Braydon’s unwillingness to commit there really wasn’t much of a plot.  It took me so long to finish because I couldn’t stomach the inanities of the story line, who on earth would in their right mind go to someone’s — who they’re only sleeping with, don’t know what the relationship status is– ex-girlfriend to get information about why he has a hard time committing? How does that make sense as a person and a writer? After asking around the responses I’ve gotten, “I’d get together with my ex’s ex to bash him but not to dig for information if I want to be the important woman in his life.”

It was slow and pointless and not worth writing –in my opinion, I could have done without Ellie’s story. Actually her story should have happened behind the scenes of Emmy and Ben’s second story. It would have been less annoying that way.  I started it so I had to finish it and I’m glad it’s done with.

I’ve noticed that Kendall Ryan’s books have always been hit or miss with me. They are either good or really terrible, consistency is not key.

 

 2 STARS

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REVIEW: Lick

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Kylie Scott

Series: Stage Dive #1

Published: July  1st 2013 by Momentum

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: 

What am I missing? Everyone seemed to love this book but for me it was highly improbable. For some reason the new craze in the NA genre is Vegas themed and along that theme line, there is a girl who gets drunk and a man who isn’t nearly as drunk and somehow the two get married and somehow they stay married throughout the “getting to know you stage” and then into the “happily ever after stage” WTF? Besides this Vegas wedding that Evelyn doesn’t seem to remember I felt like I was reading this book through a weed filled haze. I didn’t know what was going, when anything was happening and where all the drama came from.

The biggest downside to this book for me was my inability to connect to the characters. I know where Evelyn was coming from in terms of her feelings and her “plan” and her only had sex once but didn’t like it and it hurt and I don’t want to do it again to I’m a nympho but only when David’s around.
I had no idea where David’s mind was at but for a 28-year-old rock star he sure was sensitive…
Now, them together, I don’t understand. I don’t know what, other than a drunken marriage in Vegas and less than 6 days in Monterey alone, most of which consisted of beating up men and rough sex constitutes as “I’m in love with this person.” Their connection just wasn’t there for me, I didn’t feel the “love” and I felt like reading/finishing this book was more a chore than a pleasure, which is never fun.

First and probably –but not discounting the possibility– last book of Kylie Scott’s that I will read.

 

 

 2+ STARS

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WWW Wednesday #23

WWW WednesdayHey guys! Look what I found! A weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words blog here on WordPress.

Lots of new author reads in the past few weeks and I’m sure there are more to come.

 

 


• What are you currently reading?

After Boomerang hit I was excited to get my hands on Rebound. Although Alison wasn’t painted in the best of lights I’m interested to see her POV on everything that went wrong with Ethan. Not to mention getting some insight into the enigmatic Adam Blackwood.

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading? 

Eh, not the best rock star book I’ve read. Look out for the review coming this Thursday.

 

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Absolutely terrible cover, but Cayson and Skye have known each other since they were kids and whoa, he likes her but she thinks of him as best friend/brother, TWIST

Happy Reading!

 Share your WWW below, I’ve been in a reading rut so it’ll be great to see what you’ve been reading!

 

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WWW Wednesday #22

WWW WednesdayHey guys! Look what I found! A weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading blog here on WordPress.

Lots of new author reads in the past few weeks and I’m sure there are more to come.

 

 


• What are you currently reading?

It’s my first time reading a book by Denise Grover Shank and I must say its nice, well written and interesting enough for me to want to read the next book in the Off the Subject series.

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading? 

J.D Robb has done it again, I swear I say this every time but honestly it needs to be said time and time again. I don’t think this woman knows how to produce anything but captivating, well-written novels.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Waking up in Vegas married to a rock star god? Sounds like every other book I’ve read and one I recently finished but it checks off a March Challenge criteria and I haven’t read anything by this author before, so, why not?

 

Happy Reading!

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