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.




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