Friday, July 20, 2012

REVIEW: At Last (Lucky Harbor #5) by Jill Shalvis


At Last (Lucky Harbor #5) by Jill Shalvis
4 Floozies




I really liked this book! At Last had the right mix of angst, love, and perseverance!

Oh, Matt Bowers, why are you so delicious? He's sweet, strong, and sexy, meeting the criteria of a delectable hero. He moved from Chicago where his career as a SWAT officer took a turn for the worst after he turned in his partner for being on the take. His dumb ex-wife did not like his job, especially after being stalked by a perp that Matt arrested. What a wuss! So, he hooked up with his old military buddy, Ty, and moved to Lucky Harbor to be the Forrest Ranger. You remember Ty, right? The hunky hero from Lucky in Love.

Matt is going about his never-need-love-again routine when Amy Michaels dons the pink EAT ME apron and starts serving him truck loads of Dr. Pepper (I hope Dublin Dr. Pepper, but probably not).  Matt does not want a relationship, he just wants some Amy nookie. So when he get's the "just sex" go ahead he pounces, and it's worth reading for sure!

Amy Michaels comes to Lucky Harbor through some heartbreaking life experiences. The product of teenage bumpin' and grindin', she lived with her grandmother until she died when Amy was 12. Her mother was remarried to a wealth board member so Amy went to live with them. Typical teenage rebellion and calls for attention garnered Amy no true friends and no real goals in life. By the time she was 16 she was, however, grabbing the attention of the boys at her school and her step-father, who tried to act on his feelings. She tells her mom but, as stupid as women can be about their partners, her mom does not believe her. Understandably, Amy runs away and makes her way of things for about 10 years. Finally she ends up in Lucky Harbor to retrace her grandma's life-fulfilling journey through the Pacific Northwest.

She likes Matt, a lot, but is reluctant to act on her feelings because of the way she used to engage with men in her past. She used sex as a tool and, as a self-prescrbed moratorium, she has not had relations in a very long time to cure her of that destructive behavior. But she can not resist Ranger Hot Buns! The "just sex" arrangement commences and my romance-educated brain realizes the beginning of the end for both of them.

There is hardly any mention of the original sisters, which was a little disheartening. Sawyer makes a respectable appearance helping Matt with sheriff/ranger things. Lucille is front and center with her blue-haried Facebook shenanigans. Riley, a new comer to Lucky Harbor, is introduced and makes a heartfelt impression on Amy as a troubled teenage homeless runaway. The chocoholics make my day. Mallory's good girl lessons crack me up and of course lesson #1 is never tease about chocolate! Hang tight Grace, your life's purpose and HEA are right around the corner. Did some one call for a doctor?

At Last could have been a 5 Floozies show stopper if not for all the Hh indecision. "He's gonna hate me if he knows, so I won't tell him." "She will never truly love me if she knows what I really did." Self-doubt is an integral part of tortured soul romance but too much is just annoying. Thankfully Ms. Shalvis kept the hemming and hawing to a minimum and saved any more Floozies from running away.

At Last is a must read and the Lucky Harbor series continues to keep me entertained and wanting more. On to Forever and a Day!! I can't wait to read about Dr. Josh and Grace. There was just enough teasing in At Last to make me giddy with anticipation!

Thank you NetGalley.com for providing me with this ebook!



Friday, July 6, 2012

My Freebie Challenge List



#FreebieChallenge & #FreebieRead List: As of 7/6/2012

Started 6/29  |  Finished 7/1  4 FLOOZIES

WOW, this is what the hype is all about!  First and foremost Fifty Shades of Grey was not the most erotic nor well written book I've read.  At the end all I could think is "This is what gets suburban wives all hot and bothered?  Boy, do I have library worth of books for you to drool over!"  But it was a lot of fun!  A different spin on an overdone story. Check out my full review here.


6 - Chasing Rainbows by Victoria Lynne
Started 6/19  |  Finished 6/21  5 FLOOZIES

What a wonderful surprise!  I loved every minute of it!  Synopsis to come.



Started 6/17  |  Finished 6/18   4 FLOOZIES

Notes:  Oh, boy!  This is going to be a hot one.  Already a few pages in and we've already gotten a boob and a handsome cowboy!  Synopsis to come




Started 6/13  |  Finished 6/16   3 FLOOZIES

I was slightly disappointed with this book.  Tallie was a crazy "oh, no you can't eat my leftovers" kinda swinging single.  Felicia was afraid if anyone found out she was secretly domestic they'd laugh her out of Park Ave. and Jane was . . . I don't know but most parts with Jane could have been cut and the story would have continued just fine.   The Sounthern Roads series was much better, maybe I was expecting a fun chick-lit like that.  Whole Lotta Trouble was fun and a great plot idea, some parts and people were lacking in flow and structure.   Regardless, it was a fun read, which is why I am giving it 3 Floozies.



Started 6/12  |  Finished 6/13  4 FLOOZIES

I loved this short, sexy read.   The idea of Noah "helping" Jenna overcome her recent sexual assault was a new twist.  I'm sure that premise has been penned before, Copping Attitude made it seem natural.  The only complaint was it was not long enough and a few areas seemed rushed.  I await for the day that Ava Meyers will right a full length novel and as naughty as the Red-Hot Series!



Started 6/11  |  Finished 6/12  3.5 FLOOZIES

Notes:
My first thought from the cover is this is going to be some unrealistic chick-lit bore.  I mean who would divorce a rack like that?  Heroine's going to be a whack job, watch!  A few of my Goodreads.com friends give this book 4+ stars so we shall see if my taste follow theirs once again.  A little skeptic to start though.

Edited 6/17
Way better than expected.  The plot was cheeky and "chit-lit"y but fun and engaging.  It reminded me of a play I was in in high school, Rumors.  Chaotic and fast paced but justice was served and HEA's doled out.  Good light read for the beach.



1 - Love Me by Bella Andre
Started 6/9  |  Finished 6/10   4 FLOOZIES

Notes:
I've read MANY books by this author and I expect this to be another great amongst many!   I am actually HAPPY to find a FREE one by Bella.  This is the perfect book to start my daunting task because I know this author, I've read her before, and I've loved everything.  There is another author on my list that I have read before but I am leaving her for my finale *wink*.  Can't wait to start!!

Edited 6/9
Bella Andre retweeted my challenge update!  I know authors are regular people but where someone might get girlie over sports figures, authors direct contact gets me so excited!!

Edited 6/11
Final Thoughts: Up, downs, good and not so good, I really enjoyed Love Me. I remember wanting to read this book at the end of Take Me because I wanted to see how Janica and Luke's HEA would transpire. Although, the journey was not exactly what I like/expected, I still enjoyed the ride and continue to enjoy Bella Andre's characters and their development.  Check out my full review here.




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Up Next:
8 - She's Gotta Be Mine by Jasmine Haynes & Jennifer Skully
9 - Irresisible Forces by Brenda Jackson
10 - Return to You by Kate Perry
11 - Taken by Selena Kitt
12 - Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mysteries #1) by Denise Grover Swank
13 - A Little Bit of Deja Vu by Laurie Kellogg
14 - What WIld Moonlight by Victoria Lynne
15 - Bridesmaid Lotto by Rachel Astor
16 - The Grandmaster's Legacy Box Set by Taylor Lee
- Struck by Thunder
- Race for Redemption
- The Frenchman's Woman
- The Frenchman's Revenge
17 - Yearning: A Paranormal Box Set (compilation)
- Fierce Dawn by Amber Scott
- Heartsblood by Carolyn McCray
- Soul Search bu Amber Scott
- Fated by Carolyn McCray
18 - Under the Covers by Rita Herron
19 - The Winds of Heavens (Sons of Rhodri #3) by Anna Markland
20 - Warrior's Bride (The Stone of Destiny #2) by Gerri Russell
21 - Wanted-Dead or Alive by Amber Scott
22 - He's Her (Vicarage Bench #2)
23- The Huntress by Dorothy McFalls
24 - Smooth Irish (Weldon #2) by Jennifer Saints
25 - Oceans Between Us by Helen Scott Taylor
26 - Too Close for Comfort by Eve Gaddy
27 - Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen
28 - In the Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind











REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James


Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
4 Floozies




WOW, this is what the hype is all about!  First and foremost Fifty Shades of Grey was not the most erotic, nor well written, book I've read.  At the end all I could think is "This is what gets suburban wives all hot and bothered?  Boy, do I have library worth of books for you to drool over!"  But it was a lot of fun!  A different spin on an overdone story.

I continuously got a Pretty Woman vibe . . . high rise rendezvous, waking up to a mouth watering man who deals with mergers and acquisitions while you pick and chose from a conference table full of delicacies.  Granted, Ana is not a prostitute and Grey is the one with red hair, I could not help but see some parallels.  It worked for me since that is one of my most favorite movies.

Ok, the book was really good but spectacular if your focus is Christian Gray!  He was so dark and stormy, like a ogre/onion, layer after layer after layer!  I spent the entire book wanting to know why he was the way he was and I never really found out the whole story.  It was like half a pie . . . half a pie is better than no pie but a whole pie is beyond words.  And he was so alpha but with such an complicated soul.  Oh, I could eat him up with a spoon.  I was right on board with Ana wanting to figure him out!

Ana bugged me a little.  I get that she was naive/green/wet behind the ears but she seemed a little too unsure.  I felt like she kept waiting for someone else to make her mind up for her.  Having finished the book I see how her pussyfooting helped her "snare" the hottest thing since a toaster, but it still irked a little.

Then we're left with this cliffhanger and I could curse EL James a blue streak for leaving it at a sobbing immature girl.  Ugh, guess I have to wait until my library hold comes through for Darker!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a deep, complicated romance.  Someone who does not mind waiting for the HEA and is unsure if they will enjoy BDSM.




Saturday, June 23, 2012

Holy Shnikies!

Fifty Shades is now a part of my #freebiechallenge. The notoriety of this book seems to put it LEVELS beyond what I have been reading for the last few years.  So, you better bring it Christian Gray or Floozy will take you down!!  CAN'T WAIT!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

REVIEW: Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountains #2) by Kristen Ashley


Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountains #2) by Kristen Ashley
2 Floozies



Ok, so this book sucked big time! There were only a few saving graces, but over all it was a horrible mess of clichés, misogyny, and atrocious editing. The editing did not bother me as much as the other things but it did make this book even harder to like.

Lets start with Lauren . . . ah, such high hopes for the starting-over divorcée. There is one line in the beginning that touched at a spot in my heart:
"But I kind of liked cleaning. It was one thing I could do where I could see the results and I used to put on music and not even think about what I was doing, just fade into the music and move around my house and clean."
Amen, sister! She cruises around the west coast looking for a place to get herself back, and she likes Carnal, CO.

Lauren starts to evolve from a Stepford wife to sharped tonged biker babe. Good for her! If it were not for the overabundant biker clichés she might have pulled it off. Super tight Harley shirts, jean skirts, and loads of jewelry . . . come on! That IS the stereotypical "biker babe" but why not accomplish her transformation without being so cookie cutter. And the same goes for the "i don't take any crap from any one except my 'old man', who can degrade me and throw me around" nonsense.  My skin still crawls at the FAKE selfsufficient woman that was portrayed.

I loved the first few supporting characters so much. Krystal and Bubba's subplot was one of the things that kept me reading. And who would not love Jim Billy! The family atmosphere at Bubba's made me wanna go bar hopping to find a similar one in my home town! And the serial killer was the glue that held this bomb together.

Then Tate Jackson was introduced to the story and my hopes crumbled. Ok, so I will give him a few things: he's hot, he's dedicated to his work and his son, and he . . . ya, that's about it. I have never wanted to jump into a book and beat the shit out of anyone more than I did Tate. His behavior is the epitome of abusive. Double standards, brain washing, degrading, and the list continues. And Lauren (or should I say Ace since Tate deemed that her nickname even though she repeatedly told him not to) allows this behavior. I think she does this because she feels honored to have the affection of the hot biker focused on her. Um . . . isn't that another form of abusive manipulation?

What floored me more was the "that's how I am and you will have to deal with it." I hate that argument. So because you are rude and obnoxious all the people in your sphere need to bend over and take it because that's just who you are? I should add narcissistic to the list of wrong things about Tate Jackson. Gag me with a spoon. Here is just ONE passage that makes me want to hurl:
"'Yeah, you can ask that and I'll promise to do what I can do. But, Ace, since I was a kid, I had a temper. Tellin' you that don't mean I can't compromise just means I am who I am, I know who I am and you gotta take me as I am and learn to get over it."
*shaking my head in total astonishment* "I am who I am, I know who I am and you gotta take me as I am and learn to get over it" . . . ass sphincter says 'WHAT'? How about you act like a real man and learn to adapt to your surroundings? All this "who fucking cares what you think attitude" does not prove you the more evolved species, it makes you look like a douche! If I sensed just a smidgen of growth I would not despise Tate so much, but I did not see anything but the 'my way or the highway' bullshit.

But then Lauren does not help his misogynistic attitude by going along with his behavior:
"And he loved me and wanted me to move in with him, he heard I was looking at apartments and, like usual, when it all came at him at once, he got angry. I'd have to see what I could do to shield him from that."
Really? Really? All I have to say about this delusional gibberish is Tate Jackson is a baby, plain and simple.

All that along with:
- The lack of pronouns
- The overuse of "old lady"
- The fact that this caveman is raising a child to be as barbaric as himself
- All the tank tops and hooker clothes

I have no desire to read anything from Kristen Ashley and her fantasy depiction of a man. That is not a man. And before anyone burns down my house with hate comments, I love a strong, take charge hero. I've read plenty of books that portray the hero as hard core and ruthless but understanding and gentle with the heroine, that's the kind of hero that steals my heart. Tate Jackson repeatedly questioned Lauren and always talked down to her. With all I've read I suggest Tate take multiple and extensive anger management classes and Lauren delve into counseling for co-dependence.

*stepping off my soapbox now*


Wednesday, June 13, 2012



Eck!!  Just had a twitter convo with Ms. DePaul.
*clapping hands like a toddler*
 I know, I know . . . authors are just people.  IDC, I still get girlie :D


PICK THIS UP NOW!!  Copping To It was so sinful, my floozies were running wild!!  I KNOW this book will not disappoint.  Copping Attitude is next up on my Freebie Challenge and I CAN'T WAIT!!!


According to the twitter convo between me and *clears throat* Virna DePaul herself, these books do not need to be read in order.   My OCD is rearing it's ugly head but I will trust the pro!  DWLD it and check back for my review if you are still sketchy.

File this under "Can't wait till my Freebie Challenge is over"

What romance blogger blogs about another romance blog?
(got that?)


*thumbs pointed at chest*
THIS ONE!


Holy Acronym, Batman!  I will NEVER look at a cowboy the same way.  If this blog was giving away kindle copies of Kissin' Tell you would not see it here on FTF.
Bloozies gotsta stay floozy, na mean!
Since author signed books are not my thing, esp older releases, have at #Loreleitte's!


UTC has it on lock down!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Freebie Alert!




Too bad I have already read this because it would be added to my Freebie Challenge List immediately!  Hurry and grab your copy of Maid for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island #1) by Marie Force.  It is a fun read and a great start to a wonderful series!  Here is a link to Amazon and some great reviews on Goodreads.

Monday, June 11, 2012

REVIEW: Love Me (Take Me #2) by Bella Andre


Love Me (Take Me #2) by Bella Andra
4 Floozies




Love Me is the sequel of Take Me. After reading Love Me I find it is not necessary to read Take Me first but if you have then you will have a slightly better understanding of the main characters history. I did read Take Me but did not realize until Janica started talking about the Italian wedding festival, then I had one of those lesser "Ah, ha" moments.

Janica Ellis is the younger sister of the heroine in Take Me. She is a clothing designer and is unjustly foisted the role of careless baby sibling. Boys and girls, this is why it is important to write a thorough review, because if I remember correctly I did not care too much for Janica in the prequel. However, she proves me and the other nay-sayers wrong by showing a great deal of maturity and personal growth. Her business is thriving and she is trying everything in her power to keep her feelings for Luke at bay. Our first interaction with her is the start of possible threesome with two randoms she picked up at a bar. Ok, well, that does not show the most maturity but it does tell me that she is at least taking her life, and her pleasure, by the balls. Then Luke shows up and crashes the party.

Luke Carson, surgeon, twin brother to hero in Take Me, and all around dumbass. Just kidding about that last one. He did have a bit of "stupid boy syndrome," but obviously got smart eventually. He is forced to leave the hospital because of fatigue and decides to release some tension with his sister-in-law. Well, there were quiet a few releases and bonds that were forged. He is then forced to take an extended vacation and finds himself with said sister-in-law, Janica, in Big Sur. Luke is the typical romance novel hero. Never going to fall in love, never going to commit to one person, runs away from said love and spends a majority of the book squandering precious time with the person, all so in the last 5 or so pages he finally grows a pair and declares his never-dying, all-comsuming love and adoration. Did I get all the character points? He's taken aback by his burgeoning feelings for Janica and it takes him awhile to finally realize that he is a romance novel hero and there is no escaping fates (or Bella Andre's) decree. 

This was a very sweet book. Don't get me wrong, it had that heat and passion that almost every Bella Andre book has but this had just the right amount of sweetness. Love Me has one of the most enchanting passages about love and making love I've read in a long time:
"'I'm so damn lucky you're here.' His statement was out there before he could think better of saying it. She blinked up at him, her big brown eyes warm with arousal-and love. 'You are?' Her response took him by surprise, the fact that she didn't know it already. And it made him want her even more. It made him want to show her how lucky he was, rather than just tell her with words. The surf crashed around them as her slowly stripped off her clothes. The moon shined down over them as he ran kisses over her skin. The fire flickered as she cried out with pleasure in his arms. As he made love to Janica Ellis, the warning bells and lights clanged and chimmed and shined as loudly as they could, trying to remind him that the higher the heights, the bigger the fall. But with Janica moving beneath him and the stars up above in a cloudless sky, he couldn't stop himself from feeling greater pleasure-and deeper peace-than he ever had before."
Sweet, right? I was Janica's champion throughout the book. I was rooting her on, cringing every so often at her if-only-I-can-make-him-love-me-a-little shtick, but, nevertheless, hoping she got her HEA. Her humor and her sticktoitiveness were great. Then she got her guy and she was still holding out. Wait, what? Luke announces to all and sundry that he loves her and she refuses to ride off into the sunset. Janica lost a little of my support at that point. Then she got whiny about how if only he wanted to love her "not just someone who can't help himself."

My disappointment did not last long, the books climax came along and had me enthralled again. Up, downs, good and not so good, I really enjoyed Love Me. I remember wanting to read this book at the end of Take Me because I wanted to see how Janica and Luke's HEA would transpire. Although, the journey was not exactly what I like/expected, I still enjoyed the ride and continue to enjoy Bella Andre's characters and their development.

Love Me was a wonderful way to kick off my Freebie Challenge!



Saturday, June 9, 2012

FREEBIE CHALLENGE!

Digital books are getting so expensive, it is so unfathomable to me.   Most authors write digitally, ergo pdfs, ergo easily converted .pub files.  I despise author/publishers who charge $14+ for digital books.  Sometimes the digital copy is MORE than the print.  Really?  Emailing a file is more than printing the book and buying shelving space?  If the author/publisher is pissed because their print sales are down, charge more for PRINT!  Sorry Chronicle, Times, Dispatch . . . figure it out, shits going digital!

Those author/publishers who overcharge, can suck big balls!  I call them the 1%ers of the romance novel industry.  I have a special Goodreads.com shelf for those authors, it's called the "to-read-if-I-won-the-lottery" shelf.  When one of my favorites defects to the 1%, I am so disappointed.  I read on average 1 book every other day, so if all of my favs defect I'm broke with Amazon purchases.  According to the 1%ers price, that is $7.50 per day!  Really?!?  And I know it's because of demand.  I watched the 50Shades series go from $5+ to $10+ just because of GMA and other national programs.

The Buggles should not have stopped their video/radio rant, digital IS going to kill the print star.  Sorry, but that's how the ball rolls.  I really hope my kids text books are digital when the get to HS!  I'll have all the accounts and devices for them stockpiled over the years.

I really want to ring the publisher's necks, but can't :(  Instead I am committing to a month-long boycott!

That means I will only read:

- "Purchased" $0.00 books from Amazon (at the time of purchase)
-  Library requests
-  Netgalley.com requests

I will also utilize the services of the following sites (new sources might be added throughout the month) to search for free books:

- Bookbub.com
- Jungle-Search.com


Please check out my #FreebieChallange/# FreebieRead progress here!

Please feel free to recommend FREE books.  If you are an author that would like to be included in my month-long challenge, please submit your .pdf to britainyblog@gmail.com.  I will provide a honesty review which will be posted here and on Goodreads.com.

Edited 7/9/2012:

I just wanted to clarify, while I get super irked at overpriced books I will still read them.  It is a drug and I must get my fix.  I don't like it, things would be easier if it were different, but I am a fan for a reason.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

REVIEW: Temptation & Twilight (The Brethren Guardians #3) by Charlotte Featherstone


Temptation & Twilight (The Brethren Guardians #3)
by Charlotte Featherstone
4 Floozies





Here it is! The answer to so many of my questions. Iain/Alynwick/Sinclair and Elizabeth York . . . check! Orpheus reviled . . . check! Emotional and heartwarming relationship . . . check! Suspenseful and engaging plot . . . not so much.

Ok, so what do we call him? Iain? or Alynwick? or Sinclair? Either and all would suffice but for the purpose of this review I will refer to the mouthwateringly "hump-able" hero as Iain, it has the least letters ok! Iain and Lizzy finally came together and explored the passion that has been smoldering for the entire serious, and THANK YOU JESUS for that. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this final book for so long and for so many reasons.

Lizzy is probably one of the funnest heroines I've read in a long time. She's sharp, witty, massively intelligent, and sweet to her core. I can picture her when I think of "salt of the earth" women. AND SHE CAN'T EVEN SEE!! Iain did her wrong, way wrong, cause he was a stupid boy! Curse you stupid boys!  

Iain (aka stupid boy) is, in the words of Willy, scrumdillyuptious! He's strong, secretive, ruthless, and a big ol' softie when it comes to his Beth. He was stupid long ago but, no spoilers, things work out as you can imagine.

However, the journey I went on to get there was tedious. The revelation of evil in carnet, Orpheus, was a big let down. I was hoping for fireworks when all I got was a sparkler. Are sparklers fun? Of course! They do the job and the kids love them. Are fireworks better? Hell ya! It seemed like it took forever to get to the point. I keep thinking to myself, "let's just do it already!". And the same thought went through my head when Liz kept pussyfooting around about humpin' Iain. Girl, get that shit already, ok?

All in all, it was a wonderful romantic read. The passion and hunger I seek was there. I was a little disappointed about the journey, but I still love sparklers, regardless. Charlotte Featherstone is a go-to author. You will always get fierce relationships and intriguing stories from her. I really hope Sheldon gets a book, he was a great addition to the cast. And Jack, too! 

Thank you NetGalley.com for providing me with this ebook!



REVIEW: Big Sky Mountain(Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #2) by Linda Lael Miller


Big Sky Mountain (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #2) by Linda Lael Miller
4 Floozies




YES!! Here is the Linda I remember, welcome back! I am really surprised by the rating of this book. I thought it was great! I've read better but judging from the first installment, Big Sky Country, I thought it was wonderful!

Hutch is not "swoon-worthy" as the series title would have you believe. He's cute, he's funny, he's capable where it counts *wink*, but my mouth did not water. However, smokin' hot man types are not indicative to a fun read. The beginning was brilliant. I loved the jilting because, if there is one thing we can expect with romance, the hero will always find the heroine. And the heroine will make him beg! 

Kendra is remarkable, and her little spit-fire of a girl is precious! Hutch has no chance against that one/two punch. Kendra has to come to terms with allowing Hutch back into her life after their past and him being a stupid boy. There is way more under the surface than even I expected leaving me with a huge LIKE for this one.

Bring on some more BIG Sky book Ms. Miller and make them fun and engaging just like Big Sky Mountain. 

Thank you NetGalley.com for providing me with this ebook!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

REVIEW: Georgia On My Mind by Marie Force



Georgia On My Mind by Marie Force
4 Floozies



I really like this book!  It came equipped with funny, witty dialogue, three scrumptious brothers, three HEA's and emotion that made me cry.

Georgie/Nathan - Nathan was great!  Sweet and sensitive but hard core loyal and dedicated.  Georgie bugged me at the start, but she won me over with her loyalty to her new friends and the kooky seniors she grew to love.

Tess/Ben - I love 'love at first sight' HEAs.  Ben, an injured war vet, has a grumpy attitude until he meets his perfect match in Nurse Tess.  She is hiding from a secret life that traumatized her, but she finds the love and acceptance she needs in Ben.  They made me "Awe . . " quiet often.

Cat/Ian - Cat pissed me off.  Her tough, take-no-shit attitude put me off from start to almost finish.  Just at the very end did she win points but not many.  Ian is a rockstar, literally and figuratively!  He is a single dad to probably on of the sharpest 4 year olds I've ever read in a book.  Ian & Rosie stole the show in this relationship and because Cat FINALLY realized she was the lucky one did I fall in love with them all!

Great fun read with laughs and tears!  Georgia On My Mind is another home run for Marie Force!




REVIEW: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross


Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
4 Floozies




Oh boy, was this a hot one! Juliana Ross get the fire started quickly in this debut novella.

Hannah, having been stuck unnoticed in the library while her late husbands cousin dallies the maid, realizes quickly that she is very much uneducated in the art of sex and pleasure. Leo, knowing Hannah was there all along, proposes an arrangement of lesson, for Hannah benefit. Of course she says yes! Who wouldn't? Leo is perfectly rakish and misunderstood all in one handsome package

The sex scenes are the prominent feature and the budding relationship that is formed out of this unorthodox arrangement had me wanting more, and more, and more! It ended too quickly as any piece (full length or novella) of wonderful writing is ought to do, but I'm not mad. I am so happy I found a new author!

I will definitely be seeking Ms. Ross out again, I just can't wait for more or her books! 

Thank you NetGalley.com for providing me with this ebook!




REVIEW: Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #3) by Larissa Ione


Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #3) by Larissa Ione
4 Floozies


Ione is AWESOME, always! Not may favorite and I know it could have been better but I'll read this any day, every day that ends in "y" really! 

 I am not usually one to impose my beliefs and morals on anyone but especially not in books. It's fiction, it's not real, so real world standards and societal influence have no bearing on the written, in my opinion. I was not mad a Regan nor did I think she was a sexual monster. In real life I'd have thrown the book at her but just as there are no Aegis, Vampires, Horseman, etc. (that we know of) there is no room for me being a moral compass. She did was she felt she had to do to save the world. *shrug* At least Than's hot!! ;P 

That being said, I felt the relationship between Than and Regan fell short for me. The anger was there too long. I wanted Than to realize sooner what a gift he was given. That was the only thing I did not love about this book. Considering I'm usually on board with everything Larissa Ione foists upon us, one out dozens of Floozies is not that bad.

Love the blood and gore. Loved the steamy, hot, horseman bonking! Loved the ending! It was all FAB-u-lous! I really can not wait for Resph's book and the minuscule teaser at the end of Lethal was just wrong, but in an oh-so-right way! Larissa Ione never fails to hook me and keep me coming back for more, she's like my drug dealer for perfect paranormal romance! 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

REVIEW: I Only Have Eyes For You (The Sullivans #4) by Bella Andre


I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre
4 Floozies



This was fantabulous!!  I love this series and this book did not fail my expectations.

Nice girl and the bad boy, who could ask for a better pairing.  Jake was yummy and hard core and sensitive and . . . yummy!  And Sophie was sweet and caring and adventurous and daring!

Sophie went after what she wanted and got it, big time.  Let's add determined to that list above.  Even when she gets way more than she bargained for she does not step down and cower in the corner.  She preservers and pushes past all of life's obstacles ultimately getting the guy she has always loved.

Jake is caught off balance by  Sophie's determination but ends up enjoying his one night with his heart's desire.  One night is all he allowed himself and he made sure he and Sophie never crossed paths.  Well, sometime life puts obstacles in your way and you have change course.  He does not feel worthy of Sophie but tries to show her he can be the man she needs.  His secret eventually comes to light but Sophie is a better woman than anyone every gave her credit for!

Those Sullivan's have my heart, I just love them all.  I'm thinking either Zack or Lori is next and I CAN'T WAIT!!  Way to go Bella Andre!  Your books rock and your characters have substance and flaws and love and heart!  And adding the fact these books are based in my old stomping grounds (San Fran and Napa) I am a fan for life!!





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Thursday, February 9, 2012

REVIEW: Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins




Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
4 Floozies


Parker Welles is a mom, author, and daughter.   On the outside she is a snobby rich girl author, living high on the hog in a mansion while Daddy Dearest keeps her happy.  The true Parker is anything but that.  I feel, deep down she is just trying to reclaim the love and happiness of her childhood.  She has zero romantic interest due mainly because of her emotional commitment to her son, Nicky.  Her father is emotionally and, often times, physically absent.  And her bread and butter children's series has reached it's end, so she is left without focus and motivation.  Unfortunately, Daddy Dearest doesn't help matters by illegally investing Parker and Nicky's trust fund in a ponzi/hedge fund scheme that ultimately lands him in jail.   She has one last nest egg, an ocean front house on the coast of Maine that Parker's maternal aunt left her years ago.  She journeys onward to do a quick flip and move back to Rhode Island.  Elbow meet grease, the inheritance is anything but what she expected. Thank the heavens for Thing One.

James Cahill is like an ogre.  Or is it an onion?  Oh, yes an onion, with layers.  He has been suffering guilt from a childhood tragedy.  Constantly trying to prove his worth, he meets Harry Welles, Parker's dad, on a return flight from a job interview.  Spends his last $100 to impress the multi-millionaire and, by the end of the flight, finds himself the personal attorney of one of the most revered men on Wall Street.  He has also loved Parker from a far ever since their first interaction hours after Nicky was born.  Parker has never been his fan, being as he is her father's lawyer (a.k.a. minion).  After Daddy Dearest goes of to the big house, James drives up to force his help on Parker and does she need it!  Throughout the course of the renovation James falls harder for Parker and Parker learns that he is not her fathers "Yes!" man, but a strong emotional, and supportive man also in a rut as to what to do next.  They form a friendship and eventually, rekindle a romance that has an end date.  When Nicky comes to visit, all bets are off, back to being friends.  Well, we know how that ends up.  I believe the bonding between James and Nicky is even more important than Parker, new ground for both guys.  And it works out in the end.

This is the first book I've read by Kristan Higgins and what a great introduction it was.  Fun, fresh, emotional . . . a perfect relaxing Sunday read.  I really enjoyed the bonding Parker and James develop throughout this book.  And the great cast of supporting characters.  Who wouldn't  want Lavinia for an aunt?  The pace was wonderful and, all though the ending was not wrapped up as nicely as some other contemporary novels I've read, I got the sense of true emotion and response.  I felt that Somebody to Love played out pretty close to real life and that is a great thing.  The sexual elements were very PC, no in-depth detail, perfect for someone not comfortable with the more provocative romance novels.  However, the romance and emotion was still on point.  A few things were a little unbelievable.  For example:  Parkers inheritance just happens to be in the same small town where James summered as kid?  Also, Ethan (Nicky's dad) and Parker are truly friends and Lucy (Ethan's wife and Parkers friend) has zero problem with it?  I guess if those are the only faults, it's not so bad just a little convenient.





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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

REVIEW: One More Summer by Liz Flaherty


One More Summer by Liz Flaherty
3 Floozies




Normally,  I like to rate & review the technical and emotional aspects of a book as one because 99.9% of the time they are inseparable. One More Summer is the .1% hold out. I was so emotionally devastated and technically irritated it would be impossible for me to combine them.



Technically: The author left me confused many times throughout this book. Scene changes with no lead in, pivotal information that is just assumed and never explained or introduced. And wholly guacamole, how many different sub-plots can one book have. It seemed I was continuously rereading to make sure I got the characters, scene, plot, etc. correct.


Technical Score: 2/5 floozies


Emotionally: I hate this book! Not really, I was just too upset and sad the whole way through. I read as a form of escapism not so I can be reminded of just how crappy life can be for some people. Ms. Flaherty must have missed the class about happy endings. All joking aside, I am more than aware of the injustices inflicted on good people. Most books take those injustices and wrap them up in a pretty bows. Things hardly ever work out the way they do in romance novels and to 'dock' this book because it did not come with a happy ending would be an injustice in and of itself. Still doesn't mean I'm happy about it. There is a line Dillion spoke that sums up this book perfectly:

"This isn't a book you get out of the library and read on Saturday night, Gracie. In those books, the endings are happy, all the strings neatly tied, and the hero and heroine's story is the one that counts. If we're the lead characters in this story, we're not doing a very good job of it because right now we're not the ones who matter most."
Yup, pretty much.



And talk about water works, oh boy! After this book and the last one I read (Sunrise Point) I need to restock my tissue. I have never experienced half of the horrible things Grace had to endure, but I have suffered the loss of a best friend. Shoot, I'm crying as I write this :( "Better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all," right? The bond that Grace and Promise have goes beyond sisters, kindred spirits is exactly what it is. Grace's hound-dog, self sacrifice, second fiddle attitude bugged me. I get the why, but it will always be something I have a hard time truly understand. Dillion was depressing too. Grace shares and he won't, way to go husband. Then again, the book and marriage was not truly about them.


In the end, One More Summer is a depressing, true-to-life account of how crappy life can be and how blessed we should all feel for the love and support from those who really matter in our lives. I kept reading waiting for things to turn around for Grace and they never did. Once again I realized, waiting gets you nowhere, getting up and doing something about it is the only way to live.

Emotionally: 4 Floozies




So, I guess 3/5 floozies would be the fairest rating. I'm not opposed to more Liz Flaherty books, but for the love of Pete, can you make them just a smidgen more happy?





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Sunday, February 5, 2012

REVIEW: Sunrise Point (Virgin River #19) by Robyn Carr


Sunrise Point (Virgin River #19) by Robyn Carr
5 Floozies


I do not think I have ever had a cry "ready" for an entire book before. Happy tears, sad tears, or proud tears, I was ready to show the ultimate emotion for this book every step of the way!! I was so inspired by Nora. Her dedication, and "sticktoitiveness" (as my father would call it) was so admirable! I have never been such a champion of a heroine ever.

Sunrise Point grabs your heart and never lets go. I was thrust into a world of poverty and perseverance, again . . . I grow up in similar conditions and, for various reason, my parental figure was not as driven. Now, as a devoted mother and a valued wife/partner I know how hard Nora struggled and I am so happy that Robyn Carr created the perfect character and story to show the resilience of a dedicated mother! I will do anything to see to my children's safety and welfare and I felt that from Nora and from her local support system. It truly takes a village and I love the Virgin River village :D

Maxie, owner/matriarch of Cavanaugh Apple Orchard persuades her grandson to give, single, destitute mother, Nora, a picking job. Thankful for her position at Cavanaugh Orchards, Nora does not disclose her on-the-job injuries for fear of termination. Tom Cavanaugh is not fooled by her stoic behavior . . . and so the love story begins.

Darla is a GREAT addition, makes me wonder how many dumb men are hoodwinked by conniving women? Juxtaposed to Nora and Maxie's plight with no-good men, blinded by the light, I guess . . . The adventure Nora embarks on is so fun to travel. She has been dealt a lot of shit in her life, about time something goes right!

Although the "regulars" (aside from Rev. Noah) do not interact with Nora & Tom, Jack, Mel, Preach, and Paige were not far away from Virgin River and the side story that is Hank Cooper (aka Coop). I can only imagine Hank Cooper's story is next. We all know the where but . . . Who? What? When?

My favorite Virgin River book so far! Give me more Robyn Carr :D



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Friday, January 27, 2012

REVIEW: Under Her Brass Corset by Brenda Williamson




Under Her Brass Corset by Brenda Williamson
5 Floozies




I am so in love with steampunk right now! 

This book was wonderful! Sweet, sexy, engaging, entertaining, terrifying, and heartwarming! I was whisked away to a world of immortality, flying boats, and a love story 20 years in the making. As I have expressed in previous reviews, I am forever in love with a book if I feel a part of the story, if the author can pull me into the world they are creating. Under Her Brass Corset and Brenda Williamson have done that, in spades! 

Abigail Thatch is a "familyless" woman who embarks on a journey with Jasper Blackthorn, a very handsome stranger with lots of secrets. Abigail needs to find her great grandfathers treasure so she can save her house from foreclosure. Jasper suggests they go together on his boat to find the treasure knowing all along the treasure is not what Abigail is expecting. The things they see and the feelings revealed will change them forever!

The heat between Abigail and Jasper is instant and the love scenes are passionate and provocative, a perfect mix! Oh, Jasper . . . *sigh* . . . he is so lust provoking and sweet and sexy. The immortal pirate with a heart and tears, I could just eat him up!! I enjoyed the feelings he expresses over his infatuation with Abigail and when they finally come together I was so happy for both of them. Jasper needed Abigail in his life as a lover and life mate. Abigail needed someone to love her and someone to give her all to! I was not happy with the trust issues she had but I can understand the refusal to believe in youth fountains and immortality. Ponce deLeon's quest was one of my favorites in school and Brenda Williamson did a terrific job spinning off of that. The benefits and positives to eternal life were so wonderfully expressed as well. Jasper's lost love is a perfect example and Abigail's feelings of giving her mother eternal life is even more on point. Adam is a wonderful supporting character. What a great friend and handsome, to boot! It would have been AMAZING if there was a menage with Jasper and Abigail, but then again, maybe not because then she'd have both, the bitch! j/k I really hope he gets a story! Merlin and Quito were fun character too.

Oh, TATTOOS!! Abigail is inked, how awesome and a historical novel first for me!!

Under Her Brass Corset is a must, must, MUST read for 2012 and Brenda Williamson is a must, must, MUST follow author!

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