Nose in a Book Reviews: Believe by Erin McCarthy

Believe (True Believers, #3)Believe by Erin McCarthy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre: New Adult Romance

Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Similar to True, the writing was quite good, but the cliched plot devices got in the way for me.

The story brings back the familiar characters from True. While I didn’t read the second in this series, I still remembered Rory and Tyler and it was nice to revisit them in this one. This one was about Phoenix, one of Tyler’s cousins. He was recently released from jail and looking for a fresh start, if only people would overlook his tattoos and the all around bad guy persona. He met Robin when he accidentally overheard a conversation he probably shouldn’t have.

Robin was your typical college party girl, drunk every weekend and random hookups with guys. At least until she blacked out one night and hooked up with the wrong guy — one of her friend’s boyfriends. She was devastated to realize her mistake, and pulls back from her friends and decides to be clean and sober. Her friends keep trying to find out what has brought on her sudden change. She meets Tyler’s cousin, Phoenix and they (of course) have an instant connection.

The story progresses quickly from there, but I will say a few things really bugged me. One major pet peeve of mine is when the main characters fall immediately in love. This one even goes a step further when Phoenix (view spoiler) then does something I think is bat shit crazy. Not only that but he lets his anger get the best of him and it would have put him back into jail quicker than lightning. (view spoiler)

Phoenix also turns into a big ol’ creeper. One that would have put Edward Cullen to shame. Yet Robin never seems to notice things missing from her room.

The end felt a bit rushed compared to the rest of the story and the minor subplot felt a little unnecessary.

Anyhow, like I said, the writing is strong, McCarthy creates interesting characters, and the story does pull you in, even if it’s more like a trainwreck than anything else. I will probably read the next one in this series, hoping for a more original plot device and to see what happens to this rag, tag group.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry

Plain JaynePlain Jayne by Laura Drewry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Romance

Thanks to NetGalley & Loveswept for an ARC copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story. Once I picked it up, I didn’t really want to put it down. It was one of the better ‘friends to lovers’ kind of story I’ve read. Perhaps because I had a best guy friend growing up and all my boyfriends never understood or accepted it. I really connected with that part of the story.

Plain Jayne is about lifelong friends, NIck & Jayne. Nick is a successful contractor in a small Northwestern town. The same town Jayne fled once she graduated from high school. The last time Jayne was in town was to support Nick when his wife died. Only Will kicked her out of the funeral when his Mother-in-Law became inconsolable at the picture of Nick and Jayne in a misconstrued consoling embrace. Jayne isn’t really sure where she now stands, but the moment Nick sees her, it’s like their 6 year absence never happened.

Jayne is back in town to take over the Bookstore her estranged grandmother left for her. She finds the store and the apartment above in deplorable condition, a sure candidate for the Hoarders television show.

The story revolves around Jayne and Nick’s ultimate realization that they really should be more than friends even though they keep denying it to everyone who asks them. I love the real portrayal of an opposite sex best friendship. I had one and the story really felt honest in the way you need to handle people’s constant questioning of your motives.

I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it for those of you looking for a fluffy, sweet friend to lover kind of story.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Marked

Marked (Beyond, #3.5; Thompson & Sons, #1)Marked by Lauren Dane

My rating: 4 1/2 of 5 stars

4-and-one-half-star-rating

Genre: LGBT/Menage/Poly Erotica

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of Marked.

First let me say that I wanted this arc based solely on Beyond Temptation being in this anthology. I have really loved reading Kit Rocha’s Beyond series and this one did not disappoint. I was honestly happily surprised by finding a hidden treasure in Rocky Ride.

Beyond Temptation 5 stars
This is the story about Noah and Emma. We’ve met Noah previously in the series. He was best friends with Emma’s brother before his tragic death. Noah blames himself and spent a fortune to ensure Emma was safely tucked away from the horrible and dangerous world in the sectors. Except, she wasn’t. All that money didn’t help Emma escape, instead she found her way into the O’Kane gang. She serves as a bartender and Ace’s tattoo apprentice. When Noah finds out Emma’s been right under his nose in Sector 4 this whole time, he’s enraged.

Emma is equally upset, not understanding why Noah dropped out of her life when she needed him most. When they finally get together, to talk and *cough* have extremely smutty and hot-as-hell sex.

SUPER HOT & extremely well written novella. This story alone is worth the price of this anthology.

Rocky Ride 4.5 stars
This is the first story in Vivian Arend’s new Thompson & Sons series. I’ve never read Arend’s work before and I have to say I was extremely impressed with her writing.

The story is about bad boy biker and mechanic, Mitch Thompson and his frequent booty call, the upstanding, officer Anna. The pair have been having a secret love affair. One night, Mitch asks Anna for more. He wasn’t more out of their relationship than just sex. She reluctantly accepts his offer and for a while it works. They’re both happy and in love, until Mitch changes his mind and breaks it off suddenly. Of course Anna’s brothers aren’t too happy with him and being the resident bad guy he takes the bad rap gracefully.

I really enjoyed this story and man, oh man was it HOT! I can’t wait to read the rest of Arend’s work.

All that Remains – 3.5 stars

This last story in the anthology, was pretty hot, but after a while got kind of repetitive and a little too sunshine and roses by the end.

The story is set in a dystopian future where much of the population was wiped out by a disease and very few females remain. The solution to this lopsided problem is threesomes, of course.

Summer’s been living in a community for a while now and has been comfortably living among the group and dating when she felt like it. Then in come the seasonal workers and she runs in to a handsome and charming man, Charlie. The connection is instantaneous, but Charlie is already in a committed relationship with another man. He invites Summer to have dinner with him and his partner to see if they might be able to all get along together. When Summer’s long lost first love, Hatch walks in. Summer can’t believe it and at first the reunion is a happy one, but eventually she remembers Hatch’s betrayal when he left her years ago.

The trio eventually gets through their differences and there is some very hot & sexy times ahead. My problem is that it felt a little bit forced & repetitive at times and at the very end, the sunshine and roses was just a bit too much for me.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Shredded by Tracy Wolff

Shredded (Extreme Risk, #1)Shredded by Tracy Wolff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre: Romance

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing wasn’t bad, and while I can’t say I really felt an instant connection to Z or Ophelia, I did warm up to the pair after a while.

The story revolves around a reckless phenom Snowboarder, Z and Ophelia, a girl running from her own reckless past. Z has a difficult past he’s been hiding from beneath daredevil tricks, booze and lots of women. He meets Ophelia and decides he needs to have her.

Ophelia has moved to Park City from New Orleans to escape the death of her boyfriend. She doesn’t like the cold and isn’t really cut out for the hospitality jobs her aunt and uncle keep trying to put her in. She’s working at the lodge’s coffee bar when cocky and insanely good looking Z walks in and tries to ask her out. Well, let’s say Ophelia isn’t having any of it, and dumps an entire iced coffee down the front of him, trying to let him know she’s heard the rumors of his player ways.

The ice cold coffee bath does nothing but to persuade Z to try even harder to win her over.

The back and forth banter between Z and Ophelia is fun and when they finally get together it is pretty hot. They have to get through their pasts, which gets a little frustrating and Ophelia flees a couple of times, which also gets old. I enjoyed the last quarter of the book, especially the last chapter. It was the epilogue that dropped the ball on this one. I won’t go into it for spoiler reasons, but let’s say the ending was really contrived with the purpose of giving some kind of drama/conflict for the next book in this series. I don’t think Wolff really needed this to be able to make a worthwhile series and it disappointed me that she felt the need to take this route.

All in all a quick, easy read and if you’re looking for a hot snowboarder story to fill the gap now that the snowboarder events are over in the Olympics, pick this up.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Swoony Books

Stack of books

It’s been a while, but after reading this week’s topic, I had to post my favorite books that will make you swoon.

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

 

Over the Edge

Over the Edge by Suzanne Carroll

I loved this book.  Angus & Zoe have a lot of chemistry and are totally swoon-worthy!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I adored Cricket and his love for Lola made this story an absolute swoony love story!

The Story Guy

The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

I completely connected with this story and Carrie & Brian’s story. Lovely Prose and hot, steamy and swoony love story!

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Ah, Noah & Echo.  This story about two broken souls is just lovely. Highly Swoony.

Easy

Easy by Tammara Webber

Another heartbreakingly swoony story.  Jacqueline and Lucas’ story is lovely.  Highly recommend!

Deeper (Caroline & West, #1)

Deeper by Robin York

Ah… West and Caroline.  This story is amazing and one of the best and swooniest New Adult books I’ve read.

After Hours

After Hours by Cara McKenna

Oy vey… this book is as steamy as it is swoony.  Erin and Kelly are smoking, and if you like the bad boy, tough guy orderly type.  Kelly will sweep you off your feet!

How to Misbehave (Camelot, #1)

How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

This is the first in Ruthie’s Camelot series and the beginnings of Tony and Amber are pure swoon!

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This books is really lovely.  Aside from how messed up Samantha’s family is, Jase and the rest of the Garrett’s are so swoony.

Can You Keep a Secret?

Can you Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella

I know this one is old, but it makes me smile every time I read it. Emma & Jack’s interactions are just amazing. I read this book whenever I need a little smile & a pick me up.  It’s the only Sophie Kinsella book I actually liked.

 

Until next time,

Michela