Top Reads 2012 – Erotica

Here are a few of my favorites in the erotica genre.

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#1. About Last NightAbout Last Night by Ruthie Knox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#2. Willing VictimWilling Victim by Cara McKenna

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#3. ShelteredSheltered by Charlotte Stein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#4. Breath on EmbersBreath on Embers by Anne Calhoun

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#5. Long Shots: Books 1-3Long Shots: Books 1-3 by Christine d’Abo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Click on the name of the books to be linked to my review on GoodReads.

 

Until next time,
Michela

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Top Reads of 2012 – Romance

I didn’t read a ton of romance books this year, but here is my top 5 of 2012

Girl-Reading romance

#1. Lessons LearnedLessons Learned by Sydney Logan

My rating: 4 1/2 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Tied with #1 (This is a novella, so I’m slipping it in here) Mistletoe Magic - A Short StoryMistletoe Magic – A Short Story by Sydney Logan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

#2. Wraith Redeemed (Wraith, #1)Wraith Redeemed by Melissa Fox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#3. A Thin, Dark LineA Thin, Dark Line by Emma Elliot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

#4. Legacy of a DreamerLegacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

#5. HeartsightHeartsight by Kay Springsteen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

To read the complete review of each book, click on the link in the book’s name and it will take you to my Goodreads post.

Tomorrow will round out my review of 2012 with the Erotica genre.

Until next time,

Michela

Top Reads of 2012 – Young Adult / New Adult

With the end of the year, comes a lot of reflection.

I decided to give a round up of the favorite books I read this year.

These will be broken down by genre.

Today will be my top Young Adult / New Adult reads.

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#1 The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

#2 A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

#3 Finnikin of the RockFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

#4 EasyEasy by Tammara Webber

My rating: 4 1/2 of 5 stars

 

 

#5 Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

My rating: 4 1/2 of 5 stars

 

 

#6  Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#7 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#8 Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#9 Hate ListHate List by Jennifer Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

#10 Until I Die (Revenants, #2)Until I Die by Amy Plum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

If you click on the name of the book, it will take you to my goodreads review.  I didn’t start posting my reviews on here until the middle of the year, and some of these I read earlier on.   Thanks for following along, and tomorrow will be my favorite in the romance genre.

Until next time,

Michela

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to send a quick Merry Christmas to all my lovelies that follow my blog.  Thank you for hanging in there with me, even when I’m a procrastinating fuzzball.

I wish you and your families the warmest of holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2013.

Much love,

Michela

Nose in a Book Reviews: Red Hot Holiday

Red Hot HolidayRed Hot Holiday by Anne Calhoun

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

Genre: Holiday Erotica

3 ½ stars for the whole book, although mostly based on Breath on Embers, which I loved. Individual story ratings below.

Wish List
Three-star-rating

This is the story about Jonah and Evan. Jonah accidentally finds a pair of ring boxes and thinks that Evan is about to propose to him. While they’ve been together for a long time, Jonah is suddenly thinking about all the kinky things he would miss out on trying if he married Evan. The pair travel down to Evan’s large family for the holidays, where all sorts of miscommunication and hijinks ensue.

The story dragged on a bit longer than need be, but it was a hot little M/M with D/S undertones.

I Need You For Christmas
2-out-of-5-stars

This story revolves around Ryan and Meg. Ryan is a sculptor whose star is just starting to rise in the art world. Meg is in the Canadian Mounted Police and has just decided to give up her post as a Mountie to be able to spend more time with Ryan. They’ve been separated by hundreds of miles and the long distance thing is beginning to wear on them.

For some reason, I just really couldn’t get into this story. It was a weak attempt at a Gift of the Magi type of story and it just fell flat for me.

Breath on Embers
4star
This story I loved. It’s about a New York firefighter, Ronan and commitment-phobe, Thea. The pair hook up one Saint Patrick’s Day and their love lives are steamy and hot. But while Ronan is falling more and more in love with Thea, she wants to keep him at arms distance. She lost the love of her life in an auto accident two years ago, and is still unable to believe she could find that kind of love again. Ronan works hard to try and get Thea to open up and trust him. Not believing that their sexual connection is unique, she asks Ronan to set up a ménage with one of his firefighter buddies. It is only after having her sight and touch cut off during the experience does she finally realize what’s right in front of her.

A really well written and sexy read. Highly recommend this one.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Naughty & Nice

Naughty and Nice: Three Holiday TreatsNaughty and Nice: Three Holiday Treats by Ruthie Knox

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

Genre: Romance/Holiday

3 1/2 stars for the entire book. Individual ratings below.

I picked up this Arc primarily for the Ruthie Knox story that was included.

Room at the Inn
4 stars

4star

In true Ruthie Knox form, I was not disappointed by this short novella.
The story revolves around old flames, Carson Vance, the guy who just couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls and if he does visit, it’s never for long. Then there’s Julie Long, Carson’s old college flame who he brought back home with him one year and she ends up never leaving. She falls in love with the small tight-knit community and after realizing Carson will never stay, they break up. Eventually she opens up B&B in the small town and joins just about every committee and town organization there is to join, making her one of the town’s favorite residents.

Carson has to come back to tend to his ailing father, who has turned his old childhood home into an episode of Hoarders. Unable to sleep on the couch any longer, Carson is forced to seek a bed at the one place he never thought he’d stay, Julie’s inn. Reluctantly Julie allows him to stay, and he helps her fix up the necessary repairs prior to the Christmas tourist rush. In the process, the pair begins to work through their past issues with a little help from some family and friends.

The story brought tears to my eyes. It is about what happens when all the dreams you thought you had end up not being what you really want at all. Sometimes it is the small accomplishments that are more fulfilling than the grandiose ones. And every now and then, you really can come home.

All I Want For Christmas Is You
2 ½ stars

2 and a half stars
This one was a tale about teenage love. How family will be there in the end, and that sometimes love does conquer all. The story was really quite short and felt incomplete in the end.

One Perfect Christmas
3 stars

Three-star-rating
This was a historical romance about Jane, a woman who needs to become betrothed in order to save her family. Lucas, the handsome boy next door has loved Jane for a long time, but doesn’t think he is a worthy candidate for her husband. When Jane’s seemingly perfect match comes a courting, Lucas believes all is lost. Sometimes it takes a little jealousy to ignite the flames of love.

A cute, quick read.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult

Three-star-rating

I was so excited to receive an ARC of The Goddess Inheritance, only to feel a bit let down by the end of it all.

I really, really wanted to love this book, but by the end I grew to pretty much dislike Kate by the end. What I originally loved about The Goddess Test was how strong, intelligent and compassionate Kate was in that book. In this one, it’s like her character did a complete 180, turning into a blubbering wishy-washy character who stopped listening to those around her, instead choosing to be the martyr and generally screwing up what plans Walter and the others in the council had planned for Cronus.

Though Henry was in this book more than the last, there was very little interaction between the two for much of the book. While Henry did grow as a character through each of the books, Kate seemed to regress to the whiny teenager instead of the goddess she now was.

I did like how Kate finally pulled up her bootstraps and used her brain to figure out how to help everyone in the end, but by then I was already annoyed and had pretty much completely written off her character.

I wish I liked it more than I did, because I seriously loved The Goddess Test. The ending was a bit cliché and rushed, leaving me feeling like I needed one more chapter to really complete the trilogy. From the way the book ended, I have a feeling if Aimee Carter wanted to continue the series, there was an opening for her to do just that. I only pray that if there is another one, Kate comes back as the fierce, tough girl I grew to love at the beginning of the series.

A must read for those anxious about the cliffhanger from the last book, but keep your expectations at a reasonable level.

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