Tag Archive: ARC Review


 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When it comes to contemporary romance novels, I have to say that Tessa Bailey’s name is among the top of my list. Whether it’s a BDSM-themed book, a sexy action romance, or heroes who love to talk dirty, she always entertains me with her stories. Crashed Out is no different. I am not really a fan of older woman/younger man stories, but I make an exception for amazing writers like Ms. Bailey. As it turns out, I am not wrong in this.

Crashed Out is sweet, sexy, and even funny at times. The heroine is older than the hero, but any reader wouldn’t even get to focus on that fact. What you would gravitate to as a reader was the obvious chemistry between the main characters, the smooth character development that happens throughout the book, and the swoonworthy things that the hero does to win the girl.

I am also not a fan of rockstar heroes, but this hero is different from any rockstar you meet in fiction. He’s a good guy whos fame didn’t blow his ego too much. I think Crashed Out is a good way to start the series. It gets you hooked into the story and makes you look forward to more stories at the same time. I will really be on the lookout for more books from this series and from Ms. Bailey herself.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Crashed Out

Book 1.5 – Rough Rhythm

Book 2 – Thrown Down

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that I really love NetGalley. It has given me lots of opportunities to find authors that I’ve never read before and meet my new favorite authors. Paige Tyler is one of those authors that I was able to read because of a NetGalley ARC. When I saw that the SWAT series had the third book up for review opportunities, I jumped at the chance right away.

Unfortunately, I was not able to read the first book in the series. I only read the second book and this one. However, because I’ve truly enjoyed the two books that I read, I resolve to go back, get the first book, and read it. This series has the perfect mix of paranormal romance and suspense all together. With this book, it’s not really a suspense per se. It’s more of a thrilling ride because you don’t really know what happens next, but you want to stay on and read page after page until you get to the very end.

In The Company Of Wolves introduces a new brand of shifters, and they are causing big time trouble. We don’t just get to see the usual alpha SWAT males here. We also meet the darker side of shifter life. The main characters had very good chemistry, and it was obvious from their very first scene in the book. I don’t know how many more books will be released in this series. What I do know is that I will be waiting with utmost excitement for more books and more characters to get to know.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Hungry Like The Wolf

Book 2 – Wolf Trouble

Book 3 – In The Company Of Wolves

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

I believe I’ve read every single book in this series. This series was my first book from Samantha Chase, and it made me a huge fan. I love contemporary romance novels, and her brand of romance is something that works so well with me. Her heroes and heroines aren’t dark characters, but they are complicated enough to make the books intresting. I liked William Montgomery and his knack for matchmaking, which all ended up successfully.

When Zach’s character was introduced and his love story with Gabriela was teased in the previous book, I didn’t become a fan of him. I found him too uptight and controlling. Even his sister found him uptight and controlling. That’s the same Zach we see in this book. He was an ass for the most part of the book. He may have won the girl in the end, but I felt like the heroine was the one who always gave in and understood him.

I liked Gabriela, but I also couldn’t find anything about her that stood out. I didn’t really understand her conflict with her family. Were they the ones at fault? Or was she the one who was always putting a wall between them? And that brother-in-law aspect, I wish he couldn’t have had a more tragic ending. I mean, that man was just bad news. All in all, I truly enjoyed this book. It just wasn’t my favorite in the series. If you’ve read the previous books, you wouldn’t want to miss Zach’s story. Personally, I still love William’s brood better than his brother’s.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Wait For Me

Book 2 – Trust In Me

Book 3 – Stay With Me

Book 3.5 – More Of Me

Book 4 – Return To You

Book 5 – Meant For You

Book 6 – I’ll Be There

 

 

 

 

cooltext1927520651

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

Second chance romance. Now here’s another trope that I absolutely love, aside from the friends-to-lovers theme. We are now in the fourth book of the Wild Boys After Dark series. I must say that I was initially intrigued by this series because this is probably the first racier books from Melissa Foster. Knowing her, I knew that the series would be a hit, and that I’d at least like them. I didn’t think I’d love all four books, which is, of course, a great thing because it solidified the author’s brand. I mean, she’s not just here for your sweet, new adult contemporary romance. She can write the steamier stuff too.

Cooper’s book was, for me, the most emotional. Maybe it’s personal because I always get emotionally involved when there is a child involved in the love story. I loved Logan and his alpha-ness. I adored Heath and his sexy intelligence. I enjoyed Jackson and his nonchalance. Now, with Cooper, I have to say that he’s also a great hero too. And of course, I always have a thing for the artistic souls.

This is the best way to end the series. I mean, no offense to the other three brothers, but I really believe that from the first book up to now, Ms. Foster has escalated the emotional attachment that readers get with her characters. When Logan had his book, we were ll still getting to know them. He was a perfect first book because he was too male and too alpha to grab any readers attention and make them want to continue with the series. Heath and Jackson’s book were meant to significantly tighten the pull that the series has to the readers. Until finally, with this book, it is an explosion of everything that was good about this series. Once again, Ms. Foster delivers, and I’m so glad I got to read this entire series.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Logan

Book 2 – Heath

Book 3 – Jackson

Book 4 – Cooper

cooltext1927520651

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve always liked Megan Hart’s books. They are in the romance category, but I always feel like the romance aspect takes a back seat to the psychological part of the story. Her characters are always complex. Her endings are always unpredictable. The way she plays out a plot is truly engaging. I think my favorite of hers will always be Dirty. But there are so many other books that she wrote that I also immensely enjoyed.

Having said all that, I will say that while I enjoyed Hold Me Close, it wasn’t going to be one of my favorite Megan Hart books. Here’s the thing: I didn’t like the heroine. I know that it’s a shallow reason, but I always thought that the heroine had things easy. People wanted to please her. People wanted to shelter her after what happened to her and the hero. And all those years afterwards, she took it all for granted. She let herself be broken and unfixable. She liked stringing the hero along. I mean, the hero went through an ordeal too. They were together for pete’s sake. But he kind of grew up and didn’t spiral into a path of self destruction. I wanted the ending to be different. I wanted the hero to really end up with someone else because more than anyone, he needs healing too. I wanted to heroine to find herself and her strength on her own, so she would learn never to push away people who loved you again.

Alas, I think the thing I took away from this book was that both main characters were actually broken beyond repair. One just seemed to be healthier than the other. But they were both actually impossible to fix. The hero would always be comfortable being strung along. He would never thrive in a relationship where he wasn’t the giver. The heroine will alway take what she can, and I don’t see an HEA for them. However, that’s kind of the reality for other people. That’s the dynamic of their relationship. And Megan Hart has never written stories with fairy tale, one-for-the-movies kind of endings. As always, she ends this book with a puzzle, something that readers won’t soon forget.