Review (Emotional Rant) ~ Outlander

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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My 4.5 Star Review

Just. WOW. I don’t even know where to start with this review…So many thoughts. So many feelings. Emotional overload…

I am really late starting this series, but the fact that this series has lasted this long and has so many fans, speaks for itself. Where do I fall among these fans. Hmm. I’m still not sure. I just honestly don’t know how I feel about this book. It’s horribly amazing really.

I’m going to do things backwards here and start with the negatives. First, I didn’t think the writing was wonderful – grammatically speaking. Two, sometimes I got confused. But, she means for you to be confused and slowly reveals the answers. This just tends to drive me crazy while I’m confused. Third, Claire got on my nerves so bad at times that I wanted to reach in and slap her. Seriously. She drove me crazy! Fourth, I think the horrible scenes outshine the good ones. Now I don’t mean horribly written. I’m talking ***SPOILERISH*** grit, gore, evil, unspeakable horrible vivid rape and murder. Stuff so horrible I wanted to vomit. I still feel sick.

That leads me to what is good, though. Diana is one heck of a storyteller. I just don’t even have words for how amazing. I was bored the first couple of chapters, but then I found myself so engulfed in this story that God help the man that tried to pry my kindle out of my hands. The scenes were so very gripping and dramatic. My pulse was constantly racing, heart constantly pounding. I wonder how many calories I burned off just reading this book. Jamie completely stole my heart. Diana made me fall for him so completely that I am hating her for what she put him through. It’s fear, and hope, and outrage, and hope, and hate and anger and hatred, and then a little more hope. I’m just still drowning in it all. I honestly can’t say that I’ll pick up the next book. I don’t know if I can handle it. Just. UGH!!!!

The good just wasn’t enough to make me forget. To help me cope.

Warnings: If anything disturbs you, I’ll go ahead and say don’t read this book because it’s probably in here.

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S0, for those of you Outlander lovers out there. I’d love to hear your thoughts here. I feel like I’m drowning in it. I feel like I need to pick up a fluffy and shallow romance, and I usually don’t go for those kind of books.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Creed by Kristen Ashley

Creed

Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

Published: September 14, 2012

My ****4.5 Star**** Review

HOT. STEAMY. and totally KICK BUTT. Sylvie is tough – literally and figuratively. She can take down men with a speed that leaves her bulky male cohorts in awe. She’s had to become tough, though. It was that or die. She had to endure a horrific 6 years, and to make matters worse, her own father was responsible for it. Beyond that she had to go 16 years wondering why the only person she ever loved betrayed her.

Creed had to endure his own torture, though. Now that he’s found Sylvie, there’s no way he’s letting her go. He’s willing to make it all about the sex (which is SMOKIN’), but only for a little while. He’s determined to crack Sylvie’s hard exterior. Creed will do absolutely anything for Sylvie, and that’ll leave you melting. He’s all hard, tough guy, calls the shots himself, too. While he’ll do anything for Sylvie, he’s still totally alpha. There’s no whiny little boys here!

I totally recommend this to ladies looking for a very steamy alpha boyfriend that’ll do anything for his women. I also recommend this to all the ladies looking for a tough inspiring heroin that doesn’t let anything beat her down! While this book takes place after Knight the first book in the Unfinished Heroes series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I won my copy of the book, and was not asked to review. I just wanted to share!

About the Author ~ Kristen Ashley

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Heat of Passion (Out of Uniform #2)

Heat of Passion (Out of Uniform, #2)Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heat of Passion is a short, steamy novella. It’s the second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Navy SEAL Carson Scott is attending a bachelor/bachelorette party for Garrett and Shelby (from the 1st book). Carson is standing around talking with his SEAL buddies when “Jessica” a petite brunette walks up looking for a dancing partner. It’s not long before Carson find himself in a supply closet with her having the best sex of his life. She disappears, though, as soon as the deed is done. This leaves Carson contemplating his lifestyle and brings him to the decision that it’s time to grow up. No more one-night stands and wild flings for him.

One month later he’s on the beach as Garrett’s best man. He glances over where the reception is being set up to find none other than “Jessica”, who turns out to really be Holly. They talk after the wedding, both admitting that the night at the club had left a strong impression on them. Carson wants a relationship,though, and Holly just wants a fling. Holly is tired of being the good girl she’s always been. Can Carson help her embrace this bad girl side while being committed to a relationship with him?

My Thoughts:
I really would have loved to read this as a full-length novel. I enjoyed the characters and the plot as they were- I just wanted more details. There’s a lot of sex in the book, but not the kind of thing you’d find in say a 50 Shades book. I would have liked to see stronger characters and a stronger plot to balance it. I’m looking forward to what Elle comes up with next.

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About this author

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Happy Reading,
Alison

Want some more of Ruined’s Angel???

Guess what I just read on Shelly Pratt’s FB page…

“Angel is demanding I give more of him to you …”

Yep! In the comments she says she’s working on a novella for him or that she might have enough for a full-length novel. We shall see! I knew I had to share this news. My review on Ruined has brought more people to my blog than any other post thus far – by more than double over any other post. I’d say that you are LOVIN’ Ruined!!

If you haven’t read about this taboo love yet, check it out here:
http://www.amazon.com/Ruined-ebook/dp/B00BSY22JY/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1365453204&sr=8-1&keywords=Ruined

Happy Reading,
Alison

Review of Brewer’s Playing at Forever

Since I had just finished reading Punished, I was looking for a new book to start on my kindle last night. I read the first chapters of several books and a few more chapters in a couple books, but nothing was really grabbing me. I wanted to just find a book to get lost in for the night. Then, I started Playing at Forever, and I just couldn’t put it down. My husband so kindly asked if I knew what time it was at 3 this morning.
Penelope “Penny” Lang has just been dumped by her husband Kevin, for Gina. Gina is the woman that Penny had hired to help run her restaurant so that she would actually have more time to spend with her husband. Now Penny is stuck trying to run the restaurant of her dreams, The Seaside, with her soon to be ex-husband and the woman he cheated on her with. Penny is upset, but really she’s more concerned about the restaurant.
Penny had been staying with her best friend Amy ever since she had discovered Kevin & Gina in the parking lot of her restaurant one night. Penny was struggling, but making it. Amy decides to walk with her to work one morning, and they stop when they see the cover of a magazine. It’s Tommy. Tommy – Mr. Tall, Dark & Handsome. Tommy Davidson, or Thomson Davis as he was now known, had moved out to L.A. to be an actor, and he had made it. But, before that, he had been Penny’s very best friend in the world. Penny looked at the cover of the tabloid and remembered their last night together. She had finally kissed him. It was just a brief kiss, but one she had never forgotten.
Apparently it was one he hadn’t forgotten either, because he showed up one night while she leaving the restaurant. She didn’t want to let him back in after he’d disappeared these last ten years, but she just couldn’t help it. Kevin takes witness to this, and Gina takes witness to his jealousy. She now wants Penny to buy Kevin out or sell, but Penny is not in the position to do either.
Graham, Tommy’s manager, has a plan, though. Wholesome Penny needs to act like she’s Tommy’s new love interest to help clear up his image and fix his career, and she’ll be compensated enough to buy out her restaurant. This is where the fun all starts. I’m gonna hold out on the ending. I don’t want to completely give it away. I’ll say that there are some fun surprises along the way and plenty of times that you’ll want to pull your hair out!!
Happy Reading,
Alison

Ruined by S. Pratt


*MATURE CONTENT*
Let me start by saying that this will contain spoilers. I also want to take a second to thank The Little Black Book Blog & Shelly Pratt for the copy of the book I won.

“We all have secrets. Some are just buried deeper than others. But they’re there – hidden deep within. Mine I bury in that little red box people call a heart. Sometimes I wonder if I have a heart at all, for if I did I surely wouldn’t do the things I’ve done.”

I really thought the preface was well written. I was immediately sucked in. I didn’t feel so great about things for long, though. Bailey Michaels seems to have everything going for her. She has a great job in the fashion industry, owns her dream home, and is engaged to a doctor. But, despite all this, she’s very unhappy.

“He is the one person who I will ruin everything else good in my life for, despite how bad he thinks our relationship is.”

The problem is…Bailey is having an affair. She’s in love with someone else she isn’t supposed to be with. Bailey would give up her whole life if only her “Angel” would give in, but he struggles more with the morality of their relationship. So, who is this “Angel”? We don’t know yet. This affair started when Bailey was only 15, after an attack on her one day at school. It is strongly hinted at that this mysterious “Angel” may be the high school Coach. Yet, there’s a much more subtle hinting that this person may be her brother, who was taken into her home for fostering when Bailey was very young.
A picture is painted of her first sexual experience the day of her attack. She is badly battered, and at this point I’m seriously hoping it is her brother, which is sad itself. This idea sat better with me, though, than to think a grown man would have taken advantage of her in this predicament. Nonetheless, the relationship carries on, but only in short weekend visits here and there, while Bailey carries on with her life at home as if nothing is wrong. After a Christmas weekend spent in her hometown, this “Angel” decides he cannot live with her having a relationship with another man any longer, and he’s now willing to have a full-time, although still secretive, relationship. Bailey doesn’t hesitate. She starts making all these arrangements to move her life to Angel’s home & doesn’t even have the decency to yet inform her fiance, and even goes so far as to continue sleeping with him to avoid any discussions of what is really going on.
The day comes that Bailey is leaving. She leaves a note for her fiance (VERY tacky), and she’s packed and ready to go – awaiting Angel to pick up her belongings. He’s late, though. She turns on the TV as a distraction & sees that there’s been an accident and then her phone rings. It’s her fiance. She needs to come to the hospital immediately – her brother, Emmett, was just in an accident, and they don’t know if he’ll make it. Yep! Angel’s her brother! So, I’m not going to say whether he survives or not – I want to give you something to wonder about – if you’re intrigued.
My thoughts – I wanted there to be some sort of redeeming quality to Bailey, but it never comes. She is just an awful person to everyone around. She couldn’t be more selfish. I really don’t even get the whole “love” thing, either. Out of every single encounter between her and her brother, you only get a picture of lust. It’s almost as if they are both just attracted to the forbidden. Some of the reviews I read stated that people were surprised at the ending, but I wasn’t. I’ve read enough, that I can usually pick up on those subtle hints, though. I wasn’t sure, however. I knew it was a toss up of the brother or the coach. I don’t regret reading this. It gives insight into the way some people think, and reason with themselves. Pratt did a decent job at creating characters that had me wanting to knock some sense into them. Bailey was in fact – RUINED!!