Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Review: Selling Seduction

Selling Seduction Selling Seduction by Allyson Lindt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Pre-Ordered from Amazon

Five minutes ago, I finished reading Allyson Lindt's newest title Selling Seduction (Your Ad Here Book #1).

I pre-ordered the title last night when I remembered it was dropping today, since it's my day off and I wanted to enjoy a fun romance.

(Full disclosure: Allyson & I have been friends for a number of years, but my review is totally separate from personal regards)

I'm still grinning over this book. Admittedly, one of my biggest weaknesses in the romance genre is the Best Friend's Big Brother Trope. It doesn't always work well, but Allyson pulled this off beautifully. Right off the bat, you know what's going on, who all the players are, and what kind of issues Mercy and Ian are facing.

There are a few little twists and turns plot-wise that were so perfectly done that I had to stop and gape at my computer screen. I'm at a coffee shop, so I couldn't scream at the computer the loud "WHAT" that I wanted to, but I did immediately send a tweet to Allyson, shouting because I had not expected the plot twist that happened.

The emotions in this book were so vivid and realistic, the obstacles that the heroes were up against felt just as valid as if they were real people. I felt like the dialogue was on point--and I particularly liked the way that Mercy would call Ian out when he would shove his foot down his throat.

Something I realized about halfway through the book was that Mercy is an amazing example of how to do female characters correctly. She's not perfect. She has insecurities, a past that still affects her to this day, she's faking it til she makes it, and she's not any extreme of one thing or another. She capable of being the strong businesswoman without sacrificing who she is for it. She sticks to her guns, even if it hurts.

She's complex and real and I love her.

I am so looking forward to reading the next book, featuring Liz Thompson (Ian's little sister and Mercy's best friend). LEASING LOVE is supposed to be out later this year, and as soon as it's up on Amazon, I will be pre-ordering it.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Book Review: Ancient Magic

Ancient Magic Ancient Magic by Linsey Hall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received Book from Netgalley

I was initially drawn to this title because of the cover, and I found the summary to be intriguing -- someone with a dragon's soul? That sounds cool.

The story starts off ten years ago, when three young women wake up without their memories. They know only that they are hunted because of what they are. FireSouls are considered dangerous in this world, hunted and despised for their ability (and proclivity) for stealing the magic from other people after killing them.

Reading this book, I did find that there was a level of awkwardness in how the author distributed information. It often felt like an info dump, rather than a natural exchange of information. I did enjoy the camaraderie of the little family the three young women had built, but I don't think the depth of their feelings for each other quite came across as much as the author was trying for. It may be because we don't see the ten years they've spent together, but I still felt as though the bond was sort of contrived?

I did enjoy the story as the book progressed -- and I'm curious to know exactly who is hunting the FireSouls and who Cass & her friends are -- but I felt like the first half of the book was missing something.

I loved the concept of the Origin, a title granted to the one Shifter who can become any creatures (real or mythical) and I found Aidan to be equal parts annoying and endearing. I think the main reason I found him to be annoying is because he so easily falls into the "rich Alpha male with a difficult childhood" trope and I was hoping that he wasn't going to.

Overall, I enjoyed the read, but I do hope that the writing gets tighter and the characters' bonds become more evident in future books.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

The Whining Of A Big Baby

To be honest, March was not a great month for me, productivity wise. Over the course of the month, I managed to write 1k and walk 4 miles.

Very impressive, right?
yes this was me all month

Then to top it all off, I got sick this past weekend and spent 3 days drowning in mucus and gatorade, desperately popping allergy pills in an effort to breathe while I slept. I'm still stuffy and poppin' allergy meds.

i am a big baby when i'm sick
But on the bright side of things, I've been reading a lot more this past month. I sat down and read A Court Of Thorns & Roses and fell in love with SJ Maas' writing all over again. Then I read A Court Of Fives, which, unfortunately, I didn't love as much as I had hoped I would. As a palate cleanser, I picked up Tawna Fenske's Frisky Business, which did not disappoint (as if she ever could) and followed that up with Victoria Dahl's Talk Me Down which was delightful. (I always accidentally read Dahl's books out of order and I'm pleased to report that the reading experience does not suffer for it)

I may go ahead and write up a few reviews for a few of them, just for shits and giggles.

In the meantime, I have a sex scene I'm inserting into the middle of my WiP (oh the jokes i could make...) and I have a few other things to take care of.

Til next time, folks! Hopefully my next update will have better news!