Nose in a Book Reviews: Extreme Love by Abby Niles

Extreme Love (Love to the Extreme, #1)Extreme Love by Abby Niles

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

Genre: Romance/Erotica

This book had a lot of potential – Hot MMA Fighter falls for an imperfect heroine. Unfortunately what could have been a great book, just fell a little bit short for me.

Caitlyn has recently lost eighty pounds and while her friends keep telling her she looks fantastic, her self confidence still hasn’t caught up with her new look. Dante is the MMA fighter with the heart of gold type of character. He’s a bit gun shy after having been hurt by an old love. I really wanted to like this pairing, but there was a LOT of scheming that mucked up much of the plot for me and I just didn’t believe someone would want to be with a person who was so into mind games.

Caitlyn can’t believe someone like Dante would want to be with an overweight girl like her and Dante can’t figure out what her problem is. He doesn’t understand her intense self esteem issues, not only made up in her mind, but perpetuated by verbal barbs thrown by Dante’s old flame and a competitor intent on bringing Dante down inside the octagon or out of it.

All in all, a decent read, but really could have been tightened up and been a better read.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian

The Seven Stages War left the earth in complete ruins. What’s left of the United States are carved out communities each with a specific purpose to try to restore it to the way it once was. The leaders of the nation are those that are accepted into the last remaining university. Unfortunately, no one really knows what goes on during the testing phase to get into this university. If you’re lucky enough to be chosen to be tested, your memory is erased so you can’t divulge what goes on.

Cia Vale has been dreaming of attending the university and getting out of her community of Five Lakes. Her father was a graduate and as much as she likes working side by side with her father, she has no desire to stay here. She’s been wishing for her chance at the testing, but when graduation comes and goes with no one from the City, her heart drops. When five people are asked to come to the town square, everyone is shocked that for the first time in years, someone, let alone five candidates have been chosen to be a part of the Testing.

With one last piece of advice before she boards the ship that will take her away forever, her father tells her not to trust anyone. Cia doesn’t really understand why, but takes heed and doesn’t really trust anyone but a fellow Five Lakes attendee, Thomas.

Cia was completely kickass. I liked her character and how smart, sassy and vulnerable, yet strong she was. I’m not entirely sure if I loved Thomas, but I do like how they worked together through the entire story. And then when the time comes where she has to decide who to trust, I love how the author slowly revealed snippets of the truth.

A really well written and interesting take on Y/A Dystopian society. I’ve read others liken the book to The Hunger Games and Divergent, but really aside from it being about youth in a society where they have to do violent things in order to survive, is about as close as I can get to similarities.

Really enjoyed it, even if some of the imagery was dark and disturbing. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next for Cia and the others.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. While I was sad it ended without the full resolution to the story, it did end at an appropriate place without making you want to pitch your e-reader out the window.

Can’t wait to see what else Charbonneau comes up with. Well done.

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Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

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This week our topic of discussion is:

Top Ten Books at the top of my Summer to-be-read list

Some of these books were released in the spring, but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet, so you’ll forgive me if these don’t meet with your ‘summer release’ standards.  I still want to read them while I’m on vacation next month, so I’m counting them on this list.

If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)I have yet to read If I Should Die.  I CAN’T wait to read this. It is next on my list.

Thank You for Riding (Strangers on a Train)The Strangers on a Train Series

I’ve already read Ruthie Knox’s Big Boy, but I have yet to read the other four stories linked to this series.  Really looking forward to it.

Making It Last - A Novella (Camelot, #4)

ANOTHER RUTHIE KNOX BOOK?

Don’t mind if I do!

Making it Last is a short novella & supposedly the last in her Camelot Series. I’m so sad this series is ending.

The Boyfriend AppI’ve heard so many lovely things about  The Boyfriend App & I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on a copy.

Uncharted: An "On the Island" NovellaI really enjoyed On the Island and am anxiously waiting for the release of the companion novella, Uncharted.

Frigid

I missed my shot at getting the ARC of this one, so I have to wait until the end of July to get my paws on this one.  Can’t wait for Frigid!

12th of Never (Women's Murder Club, #12)

I have been reading these Women’s Mystery Club books for years.  While the quality or writing has diminished over the years I still have to read them when they come out.  Curious to see what the 12th of Never has in store for these ladies.

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)I’ve had this book on my nightstand for a month & still haven’t gotten past the first couple chapters.  Just have had other books to read first.  Pivot Point is third in line right now.

AddictedAddicted by Charlotte Stein – YES! I know it came out earlier this year, but I haven’t read it yet.  Looks like I have another beach read to add to my list for July’s vacation.

The Story Guy (Novella)The Story Guy – one of my GR friends rec’d this to me and I can’t wait to read this novella.

So those are my 10 – what are yours?

Let me know, I always love hearing from my readers.

Until next time,

Michela

Nose in a Book Reviews: Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino

Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia #1)Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: M/M erotic romance

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Too Stupid to Live was a hot, cute and fluffy M/M read. The premise is about what happens when geeky, gawky and obviously gay Sam meets the man of his romance novel dreams. In his dreams, Ian is the manly highlander who has come to plunder his fantasy kingdom. Sam’s character is so fleshed out and I loved how he was portrayed. He knew who he was and wasn’t afraid to be exactly that.

Then there’s Ian. He’s left his family and firefighting past behind in hopes of allowing himself to be out and happy, something he was unable to be around his homophobic father. But he’s a player and isn’t attracted to men like Sam, except he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the scrawny man.

The pair seem to be influx for the majority of the book. Sam can’t figure out what Ian is doing with him, and Ian can’t seem to resolve his conflicting feelings for Sam and instead seems to always be running away from him.

I really enjoyed the evolution of Ian in this book. How his change was progressive and slowly revealed. It was really well done and I commend Anne Tenino for her exceptional writing. All of the characters were well rounded and thought out. I especially enjoyed the playful banter between not only Sam and Ian, but their best friends Nik and Jurgen. I haven’t mentioned the HOT smexy times, but there is PLENTY of it and whooeee, it is scorching.

I do have to say, the climax of the book seemed a bit out of place. It revolves around a minor character I don’t even remember much about.

All in all, a cute, fluffy and smuttastic M/M read. Check it out!

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Sexcapades by Christine d’Abo

SexcapadesSexcapades by Christine d’Abo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre: Erotic Romance

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Sexcapades was the fourth Christine d’Abo book I’ve read and I really wanted to like it more than I did. I loved her Long Shots series, but this one just didn’t live up to my expectations. The premise was cute and had a lot of potential. Two rival, anonymous sex advice bloggers meeting up at a web awards ceremony. They, of course, end up having a one night stand only to realize that they slept with their arch nemesis. Hijinx ensue, including threats towards Petra, a cheating scandal and the flirty back and forth banter between Darcy and Petra.

Unfortunately, while the story was a cute and quick read, it left me wanting a bit more. Both Darcy and Petra felt underdeveloped as main characters and while the sex was smouldering, it didn’t make up for the plot holes I found myself nitpicking about.

All in all, a fun, easy read if you’re looking for some fluff and smut.

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Top Ten Tuesdays – Beach Reads

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To me, a beach read is one of those books that’s fluffy and fun.  When I’m at the beach, especially now that I’m a mom, means I am easily distracted.  So I need a book that captures my attention, and yet isn’t so complicated that I need to reread the same chapter over and over again because I got interrupted.

So here are my top ten beach reads.

Romance

Anyone who reads my blog or follows me along on Goodreads know of my deep affection for Ruthie Knox’s books.  I will hopefully get around to posting a full spotlight event around her and her books, but until then…

Her Camelot Series

How to Misbehave (Camelot, #1)Along Came Trouble (Camelot, #2)Flirting with Disaster (Camelot, #3)

AND I also Loved these two stand alones by her:

Big BoyAbout Last Night

I adored this book by Sophie Kinsella.  I never really got into her Shopaholic series, but for some reason, Can You Keep a Secret makes me smile every time I read it.

Can You Keep a Secret?

Young Adult

I really enjoyed this book by Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the Boy Next Door was sweet and I loved it so much.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)I also liked Anna and the French Kiss, but I connected with Lola a bit more.

My Life Next Door is one of those books that was a really quick & sweet read.  It also takes place over the summer, which made me appreciate it even more as a beach read.

My Life Next Door

Erotica

For my last two picks, I really enjoyed Kele Moon’s Battered Hearts series.  Not sure what it is about MMA fighters, but she hooked me into her world of the men who fight as a way of life and the ladies who love them.

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts, #1)

Star-Crossed (Battered Hearts, #2)

So those are my pics for my favorite Beach Reads.

Did I leave some out that you think I should have added?

Leave me a comment, I always love hearing your thoughts.

Until next time,

Michela

Top Ten Tuesdays – Books Featuring Travel

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This week’s topic is top ten books about some kind of travel.

Here are my picks for the week.

#1 – Fault of Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

This book gave me ALL the feels.  Hazel’s desire to meet the author of her favorite book, leads her and Augustus on a trip to Amsterdam and a less than satisfying meet and greet with the reclusive author.

#2 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Another tear-jerker, I know.  But while this book ‘technically’ isn’t about travel, it is about Lou’s desire to get out of her tiny town.  It is also about Will’s final gift to Lou that will ultimately enable her to do so.

#3 Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

This book was a fantastic read.  When it was rec’d to me, I really had no idea how much I would enjoy this Young Adult Fantasy novel.  Finnikin is charged with trying round up what is left of his people’s warriors to try and save their Kingdom from the curse that had been brought down upon it years earlier.

#4 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Such a fantastic book.  Highly recommend this oldy, but a goodie.

Here are a few Dystopian stories that all dealt with travel and people trying to save their towns, countries, etc. 

Unwind (Unwind, #1) The Testing Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

 

Here are another group of fantastic reads that have travel as a key component into the story.

If You Find Me  On the IslandBeing Henry David

 

With this particular post, I would gladly recommend any of the above titles.  They are all listed in the recommended shelves on GoodReads.

Enjoy & see you soon.

Michela