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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Get your tissues: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making FacesMaking Faces by Amy Harmon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books I avoided. Why?
Because I have a policy when it comes to books, and really, life in general. No 'bandwagon' for me. I avoid it like the plague. So, when I see many people on FB gushing over the same book, "OMFG, it's amazing!!" "it was the best book ever !!!!!" **notice the multiple exclamation points** alarm bells go off. That's my cue to avoid said book like the plague.
This was the case with Making Faces by Amy Harmon.
So, I bid my time. Waited for it to go on sale, and it sat on my TBR list for a while. So this week I finally picked it up 'figuratively speaking'. And, wow, was I missing out!
The reviews were right. This book is beautifully written, has a very important lesson that everyone should learn; heck, I'd go as far as saying they should have students in schools read this book. Young people would greatly benefit from the lesson this book imparts IMO.

Yes, there's kissing, but be warned: There's no SEX in this book; not really.
Romance? LOVE? YES! very much so. Especially love.
Real love. True love.
And that, to me, is worth more than Lust, steaminess, or anything else out there.
I won't give anything away. Just to say this book is about True love, real beauty, loyalty, and Faith.
The characters; Ambrose, Fern, and Bailey were so real, honest, and genuine. As I'm skeptical about "tearjerkers" via emotional blackmail(*insert certain popular book here*), Making Faces is not; it's real, true, and yes, heartbreaking.
There are no GIFs to describe. Really. Just..

Thanks Amy Harmon, for living up to the 'hype'. Amazing Book.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Search is over: Seth Marc= hottest MMA fighter, ever.

Too Consumed (Consumed, #2)Too Consumed by Skyla Madi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy Hell. Seth Marc. I think I HEART you.

Ow yeah...
This is book two of Olivia's and Seth's story. Book one took us through the beginning of their relationship, and how Seth and Olivia dealt with their personal demons and tragedies while being there for each other, enduring it all. Luckily, us fans couldn't get enough of Seth (and Olivia-ahem), so Skyla Madi being the awesome writer that she is, gave us more.

Book two takes us through Olivia and Seth as a couple, dealing with Seth's career while juggling their relationship. This book gives us Seth's POV
Sweet baby Jesus...

ahem! But I digress... and Olivia's as well. Seth is now fully committed to Olivia, and still crazy about her; he's still dealing with his parental issues, as well as the annoying sleazeball of a rival, Don. Olivia is there for Seth, while providing moral support for her mother. She's still as spunky, likeable and crazy about Seth as she was in Book one. *then again ladies, who isn't crazy about Seth???

The book culminates in some pretty significant lows and highs, making it an awesome companion to Consumed and another awesome read by Skyla Madi.

I can't wait to delve into Book three- Forever Consumed - out now, culminating the story of Seth and Olivia's HEA.
Skyla Madi, you had me at Seth Marc!

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ARC Review: Fake It by Jennifer Chance -- Release date: JULY 1, 2014

Fake It (Rule Breakers #2)Fake It by Jennifer Chance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book I've read from Jennifer Chance, and it did not disappoint.
I read Rock it, and loved how fun, easy and carefree the story read. The story and writing reminded me of one of my fave authors today, Laura Kaye.
This book picks up where Rock it left off, this time is the story of Anna, another housemate of the girl from book one. This time the hero is Jake, their neighbor.

Anna feels pressured by her friends to have a romantic life, so, in order to get them off her back and keep her ex at bay, she makes up a fictitious boyfriend. But, when it's time to produce said boyfriend during a weekend wedding, Anna is going to have to find someone to pose as her imaginary boyfriend or fess up.

Enter, Jake...

Did I mention the guy is smoking hot, and a biker?


Anywho, Anna is uptight, workaholic, and after running into Jake at a bar, Jake is relentless, pretty much offering to pose as her fake boyfriend. From there, things take off, sparks fly (among other things), and the uncertainty of where their 'fake' weekend as a couple is going to end up once the weekend is over, gnaws at them both. Needless to say they hit it off and have an awesome time.
I'll leave it there, because I don't want to give away spoilers.
All I can say is Anna needed to lighten up. I found her character kind of dry and insecure. Not to mention my pet peeve about her description. Curvy. She's curvy. And he likes her curves.
Me: that's great!

Curvy. And her boobs. He loves her boobs. He touches them, fondles them, stares at them bounce, touches them again.

Jake: I love her curves. Her curvy frame. And her plump breasts...
"Anna's tantalizing curves..."
"She had poured her curves into a slinky pink dress..."
"her lush curves drawing his eye..."

Me: I know, you've told me repeatedly.

"had a few too many curves to fit into any current style of clothing in stores."
"...body with all of its curves..."

Me: For the love of everything sacred! I get it. She's curvy.

As the reader, for me to notice the use of the word so much made me wonder: Is that a way of telling us she's a plus size? If she is, fine. Hell, more power to her. But when told to us -- repeatedly -- it felt like overkill.  She's curvy, and that's fine; to me, her weight shouldn't be an issue. I wouldn't expect to read a book where the heroine is described as skinny or thin over and over again. How he loves her flat chest, her skinny square frame, her size zero body. If it did, I'd be writing the same thing on said review. Well, you get my drift.

Other than that, the book is fun, quick, easy read like the first one, and I can't wait to read the next installment in the series of Rule Breakers. Jennifer Chance is quickly becoming one of my fave authors - the kind I'll one-click just because it's her book :)

This book can be read as a standalone, and there's no need to read the first one -- although, you should read Rock It, for the sole reason that it's awesome and you'll be missing out. Can't wait for the next book! :)

**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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