Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Game Plan (Neighbor from Hell #5) - R.L. Mathewson

The Game Plan (Neighbor from Hell, #5)

Spend the next 40 years in prison or break her lease early? 
Normally she’d be able to say that this one was a no-brainer, but things have definitely changed since she was forced to move in across the hall from Danny Bradford. 
A lot of things…… 
She wanted to get through one day, just ONE day without Danny Bradford doing something to test the limits to her control, but with that damn smile of his and his habit of leaving her contemplating manslaughter, she didn’t see that happening anytime soon. 
He loved his family, but some days……. 
It was too much, but that was okay, because his small neighbor living across the hallway provided him with endless hours of entertainment. Not on purpose of course, but did it really matter as long she made him smile?

As some of you may know, I am a huge R.L. Mathewson fan. I couldn't wait for this book.

The book follows Jodi (Tinkerbelle), a cute, short, blonde librarian with an aversion to antihistamines and Danny, a Bradford and ex-Marine with a strong inclination to tease his neighbour.

Tinkerbelle, I would have to say, had me laughing the most. It is usually the male characters, but this book was different. I felt like there was a lot more going on in this book compared to the others. The relationship between Danny and his father had a key role in this book.

I am running out of adjectives to describe these books.

I would love to know what happens in these restaurants, we got a little insight, now I need more. I also want a whole book based on Trevor and Zoe's' kids. their scenes are awesome. The only bad things I have to say about this book, is that I want a little more Jason and I have to wait a while or the next book.

Overall, a funny, heartwarming and all-round amazing read. A definite recommendation.

5/5 stars.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Bad Romeo - Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time. 

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks 

I was expecting very good things from this book. It had amazing advanced reviews and there was a big hype over the release. I was seriously disappointed. 

The writing was very good. I really did enjoy the style in which it was written, and for the first quarter of the book, I enjoyed the plot and the story. Then it all went downhill. The main characters were so aggravating. You just wanted to shake them. They really needed to get their act together. 

I like many others, enjoy a story where there is a dysfunctional male protagonist. It makes us girls rally happy when they sort their ish out.  Ethan, however, didn't have an excuse to act the way he did and Cassie just took it. No self respecting woman would. He was like a doormat to his dirty foot. 

Cassie has to be one of the most annoying female protagonists I have ever read. The premise for her character wasn't bad, but the execution was. She just turned out to be a horny virgin with a penchant for letting Ethan walk all over her. You don't even get the reason for their first break-up, and the ending was an abrupt cliffhanger. ANNOYING. I guess that will get some readers excited for the next book, but to me it was a giant tease. 

Overall, I love the cover and the writing, but the execution (the chapters were choppy and did not flow) and the protagonists let the book down. 

ARC provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Eyes Turned Skyward - Rebecca Yarros

Eyes Turned Skyward

Since her sister's death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.
Jagger is enrolled in the country's toughest flight school. He's wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general's daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger's biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.
They're flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn...

This book was incredible. I was hooked from the very start. Paisley is very sweet, yet strong. Stronger than she, and most of those around her believe. Jagger is so cute, hot, but still very cute and swoon-worthy.

There are a couple of moments in the book where you do get annoyed at the characters for not getting their ish sorted out, but I feel like that when I read a lot of New Adult books. This book has the very cliched story line that we all love. Boy has broken family or past, girl needs saving in some form.

Although it is very cliche, it totally works. It is very well written and the story does keep you want to carry on reading.

I don't want to give too much away since this book hasn't come out yet, but, I feel like I need to warn you. There is a very annoying, yet totally compelling, triangle. If any of you watch The Vampire Diaries, it is like the Stephen, Elena and Damon triangle. She is with one but belongs with the other. It makes for a very good will they, won't they, kind of twist.

It is a HEA (Happily Ever After), so don't fret.

4.5/5 stars and a definite recommendation.