Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: The Opposite of Wild (Clover Park #1) by Kylie Gilmore

Image & description from

Ex-cop Ryan O'Hare takes one look at buttoned-up control freak Liz Garner and just itches to loosen the woman up. Not that he’s into her. Because a woman like that comes with way too many expectations. Not to mention, she practically works for him, and he didn’t hire Liz to watch after his beloved Harley-stealing Gran so he could turn Liz loose in his bed. Still, there’s something about her, a hidden wild side, that makes him wonder what it would take. 

Liz must be crazy to work for the insensitive, arrogant, horribly…hot man she's avoided for years. Unfortunately, she needs the money and Ryan's grandmother needs a keeper. (Midnight tango lessons and ziplines with Gran, anyone?) Ryan's rare smile and swaggering confidence have Liz torn between throwing her favorite pinot grigio at his head or throwing herself at him. Can this control freak find a way to let loose with the tough, no-strings guy who once broke her heart?

My Thoughts:
There were some great "LOL" moments in this book!  Maggie a.k.a. Gran was hilarious.  She was just what uptight Liz needed to get out of her comfort zone.  Gran's new adventurous outlook on life has her grandsons all in a tizzy, especially Ryan.  He hires Liz to watch out for Gran and to talk her out of her crazy shenanigans.  Ryan & Liz are thrown into chaos when an unexpected visit from Liz's sister effects both their families.  Both Liz & Ryan have let things from their past mold them as adults.   They help each other deal with those issues all the while trying to keep up with Gran.  This was a great start to a series I know I'm going to really enjoy.  The characters are funny & endearing.  

Recommended for 17 & up.  Mild language & moderate sexual content.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end. 

But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing...but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills. 

They’d never work for real...

My Thoughts:
I live near Austin so I LOVED that this book was based there.  Mariely was an amazing character.  I would have loved to see her sense of style on the cover.  I liked how determined she was not to let her circumstances hold her back.  Mariely & Cabot both do an excellent job of calling each other out when it comes to dealing with their personal issues.  While their past relationships seemed to hold them back, their "fauxmance" pushes them out of their comfort zones and into something much better than they ever imagined.  In the end, things fall into place and the scene is set for other characters to take center stage.  That last sentence is really clever after you've read the book.  I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the Creative HeArts series.  
Recommended for 15 & up.  Mild language & sexual content.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram

  if we were a movie 
If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram (Power of the Matchmaker #3) Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella. NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get. Enter his new roommate Jordan--a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book just like I love EVERY, sappy, happy ever after, Hallmark movie.  That's right!  I am one of those women who will watch every single Hallmark movie at Christmas, Valentine's & basically anytime I can get a 2 hour window without my husband & kids.  I record them until my DVR is almost out of space.  I don't care if the plot is basically the same, or that the endings are "cliche'".  I. Love. Them.  This book was all the things I love about those movies.  
The movie, music & pop-culture references were the sprinkles on the sundae.  There's a great ice cream theme happening in this book too so that previous sentence is pretty perfect, if I do say so myself.
Nate & Jordon are fantastic!  Their quirky way of finding a movie or song to describe the awkward situations they find themselves in is comical.  Then there's Nate's brothers, Chris & Tyler, who make Nate's problems 10 times worse in the most hilarious ways.  Throw in a conniving, psychotic girlfriend, a very outspoken gay friend & you have the perfect rom-com in the making.  The pace of the story is just right.  The characters and setting are extremely well written.  I will be looking to read more of Kelly Oram's books if they're all as good as this one. 

amazonbarnes and noble
What readers just like you are saying about If We Were a Movie:
"WOW! This book is great! The concept is so inventive, and the writing is brilliant."
"I thought Cinder & Ella jerked with my emotions too much but this one might have it beat."
"I finished reading If We Were a Movie yesterday. I loved it! I fell hard for Nate. Jordan was amazing! And Pearl's timing was perfect! "
"Amazing concept with movies as chapters, and fantastic storyline." "I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be." "If We Were a Movie made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists and re-read it all at once."
add to goodreads

TEASER: “So this is what a Pearl-approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”
I was a little taken aback by the compliment, if that’s even what it was. She may have just been stating what she considered to be fact. She laughed at my surprise and held out her hand to me. “Nice to meet you. I’m Jordan Kramer.”
I’d been afraid of that. “You’re a girl.”
Jordan laughed. “That’s what it says on my birth certificate, but I’m really glad you were able to figure it out without needing to read it.”
Nope. I definitely didn’t need that.

 TEASER: I handed Jordan the electric guitar that I’ve had since I was twelve, and laughed when her eyes got really big. “You play the electric guitar, too?” “Music major,” I teased, picking up my keyboard. “I play this, too. A little. And the bass guitar.” “Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe. “Why do you seem so surprised?” She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”
Kelly Oram
Author Kelly Oram
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.
Social Media WebsiteSocial Media TwitterSocial Media Facebook
Don't miss the latest news from Kelly Oram! Sign up for her newsletter to receive e-mail notifications for all of her new releases, events, sales, & giveaways. This is a monthly newsletter often with exclusive giveaways and freebies from some of her favorite authors.

V & A
Signed copies of V is for Virgin & A is for Abstinence (1 winner, 2 books)
Open Internationally
Ends 3/18/16

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review: Heroes (Eirik #2) by Ednah Walters

Eirik wants nothing more than to show Celestia—the Witch who pulled him out of the darkness—that his feelings for her are real, but his parents expect him to avenge a wrong done to his family. To make matters worse, Celestia is moving on and is already dating another guy. Then Eirik discovers she is the key to accomplishing his goals. Caught between love and duty, Eirik will do whatever it takes, including getting up close and personal with Celestia, to get his way.

Celestia is convinced she is drawn to Eirik because of the bond created by the dragon's kiss, so she pushes him away. But when he comes to her for help, she is once again thrust into his world, where things are never what they seem.

From Earth to the realms of the gods, betrayal follows them and help comes from unexpected sources. But when the time comes for Eirik to choose, will he fulfill his duty or follow his heart? Everything rests on his shoulders as the wrong choice may lead to Celestia's worst fear—the rise of the Harbinger of Death.

My Thoughts:
Let's face it.  I'm never going to adequately express the awesomeness of this author & series.  Awesomeness isn't even close to describe the gift Ednah Walters has when it comes to weaving the intricate tapestry of these books.  Not only did she take 3 books, in 3 different POVs, with essentially the same story and make each one unique; she had twists & surprises that kept each book interesting. The 3 books I'm referring to are Souls (Runes #5), Witches (Runes #6) & Heroes (Eirik #2).  
Heroes is from Eirik & Celestia's POVs.  If you're familiar with this series, Eirik is Raine's bestfriend/brother from another mother.  From the time they were small children Raine & Eirik had each other's backs.  And while they've both started forging their own paths they're still there for each other when the need arises. 
Eirik has literally been to Hel & back.  Now that he's come to terms with who he is and his linage he's ready for some revenge.  The only thing distracting him is Celestia.  She's determined to keep her distance knowing that Eirik has duties to fulfill.  She doesn't realize it's not the dragon's kiss that pulls them together but a bond stronger than any magic could conceive.  
Having read the other two books, Eirik & Celestia's POVs were a fresh look at things that were happening only in the back ground of the other books.  It's like seeing the story in 3D and all the behind the scenes stuff too.  I got so many answers to questions I didn't even know I had!  There is a slight cliff hanger at the end to set us up for the next epic installment.  You can't read this as a stand alone.  But why would you want to?  Start this series and join the adventure!
Recommended for 14 & up.  Mild to moderate language & sexual content.
I received this ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Ednah Walters’ Website:
Follow Ednah Walters in Facebook
Follow Ednah Walters on Twitter
Follow Ednah Walters on GoodReads

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Image & Description from

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

My Thoughts:
"Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808) 

That pretty much sums up Taylor's predicament.  She's put her trust in the wrong person & now all her hard work will seem wasted.  I think Taylor showed some great maturity in most of her decisions.  The pressure she put on herself added with that of her family's demands caused her to make a bad choice.  Taylor does a good job of taking responsibility for her actions and accepting the consequences.  When most kids in her position would have felt entitled, Taylor changes her whole life and adjusts really well.  I loved Ezra.  I liked how he & Taylor supported & encouraged each other.  Both come from families that have high expectations.  That's not necessarily a bad thing but sometimes those expectations can be so high they inhibit instead of help.  
This is a fantastic story about learning from your mistakes and growing from them.  The writing is as awesome as Jesse's Girl, also by Miranda Kenneally.  I love all her books!
Recommended for 15 & up.
Moderate sexual content & adult situations.     

I received this book from the publisher through NegGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Blog Design by Imagination Designs all images from the Magic Medley and Very Own World kits by Irene Alexeeva