Review: Cold As Ice by Charlene Groome

Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Genre: Contemporary - Sports - Romance

Series: The Warriors (Book 2)

Kindle: Yes
ePub: Yes
Print: Yes
Audio: No

Synopsis:

The Warriors take to the ice again in Charlene Groome’s sensational series about hockey players and the women who love them. But the team’s new addition may have to work for a warm welcome…

Defenseman Devin Miller has bounced from team to team and city to city, but he’s finally ready to settle down—professionally and personally. The Warriors seems like the perfect fit. Now all he needs is the right woman to start a family with—and he’s willing to put in the practice to find her. 

Sports anchor Carla Sinclair already doesn’t like Vancouver’s hot new acquisition. So when she’s persuaded to interview him, she’s not prepared for the chemistry between them. But though Devin seems eager to show Carla his moves—on and off the ice—he keeps his personal life off-limits. Frustrated by him in more ways than one, Carla decides to track down Devin’s secrets on her own—and soon must decide if their attraction is worth the hit to her fragile heart…


My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

**Contains Spoilers**

My Thoughts:

I love a good sports romance. I have had a particular thing for Ice-Hockey romance for a long time so I was really quite excited to read this and I couldn't have been more disappointed.

I'm not adverse to saying what I don't like about a book because there is usually something good to say along side it. But honestly? I'm struggling to think of anything.

The writing was awful. Rambling disjointed narrative. Jumping POV (usually fine but not well done here). Incomplete threads... Argh! Was it even edited?!

Clara is without a doubt one of the most annoying characters I have encountered. She is cold, overly career driven, obsessive and bat-shit freaking crazy about babies. In fact, a good 25% of the book - minimum - is her rambling about babies in one way or another.

Her chemistry with Devin was non-existent. The romance between the pair was pretty much non-existent. Two-thirds into the book before they go on a bloody date!
Sorry, I like a little romance in my romance!
If I wanted a story about the boring ass minutiae of someone's life I'd watch soaps... Actually I'm insulting soaps. They tend to be marginally entertaining, this was not.

The relationship between Devin and Clara went something like this: acquaintances, to dancing around the possibility of each other, denying the possibility of each other,  loving each other after one mediocre date and passionless screw, to an over-blown misunderstanding, which of course was made better rather quickly and simply. The epilogue gives you marriage, babies and happy ever after (in about 2 pages).
Throw in Devin forgiving his dad and forgetting 24 years of resentment in under 60 seconds and you kind of have to ask yourself what was the point?

Reading this is 5hrs of my life I will never get back. I was tempted more than once to put it aside and not finish but I kept reading hoping that it would get better, that the reason her ex-husband wanted to give the cat away would be revealed (cause it cant be just because his new girlfriend has cats / his ex-wife bought the cat surely?!) But alas...

Oh! And the ending? Did she lose her job or not?

Seriously, WTF? How is this book 2 in a series? How can this possibly have been picked up by a publishing house?

No. Just No.

I can't recommend. I'm sorry I just can't.

If you want a good hockey romance try Deirdre Martin's New York Blades series (the early books especially) or Rachel Gibson's Chinooks.

(Review copy via Netgalley)

Books I DNF this year...

Friday, 21 November 2014

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As per my previous post, I have changed my mind on the "DNF" situation when it comes to reading / reviewing books. 


As a result, here is a list of books I did not finish this year as well as my thoughts on them.
As I stated in my change of policy post, I have not rated these books because I DNF.

Carnival by K.B. Nelson


The thing that immediately drew me to this book was the cover. I think it's gorgeous.
I thought that the writing was pretty good as was the editing but I didn't like the authors way of wording things... Or perhaps it was Charlie - the narrators - "voice" I didn't like. 
The simple fact is that I could not connect with Charlie AT ALL and I felt no pull towards Blue.
I didn't feel any connection between them, I didn't like them and I couldn't give a monkey's about what becomes of them. I put the book aside and picked it up again a bit later to see if it was just the mind-frame I was in  at the initial time of reading but, nope! The story just doesn't click with me so I'm done.
DNF point: 32%



I liked Luke from Callie and Kayden's books and that is what made me pick up this one but in the end I have given up trying to read Jessica Sorensen books. 
This author writes incredibly complex characters, they are damaged and the books are typically about healing. She IS a wonderfully talented writer, but the work is just not for me.
There just too much pain and misery and her characters are just too damaged to make for an enjoyable read.
In this book, the connection in this book between Violet and Luke was intense and it was almost enough to keep me reading but I have never finished a book from this author and felt happy about it.
I always read her books in small doses, as it's the only way I can get through them, but in the end I have decided for my sanity's sake to stop.
DNF point: 28%


I have read one other book by Theresa Weir and I didn't like it. However, I read the synopsis for this and thought it sounded entertaining and everyone deserves a second chance, right?
Nope. This book was every bit as bad as the first one. The characters were ridiculous, the writing was random and just... Off. 
On the plus side, I laughed a lot. Just not for the right reasons and when it comes to laugh like a loon or start crying from the horror it's time to put the book down.
DNF Point: 40%


The synopsis of this book was awesome. I love the cover. It has good reviews. I figured I'd almost be guaranteed an awesome read!
But it wasn't. It started off... Interesting. But that's all the good I can say.
The more I read the less I liked it. 
 The characters were immature and lacked any depth of emotion.
I lost count of the number of times I read the word beautiful.
The plot was rambling... 
No decent romance. 
I gave up in the end.
DNF Point: 53%

Review: Meant For Me by L.P. Dover

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Genre: Romantic suspense - Erotic

Series: Second Chances (book 3)

Kindle: Yes
ePub: Yes
Print: Yes
Audio: Yes

Synopsis:

After a night of raw passion with the man Claire O’Briene had been secretly admiring for years, she thought their time together had come once and for all. Fate had finally brought them back to each other, but unfortunately nothing had changed. He was still the same man who ran away from relationships. Against his better judgment, Mason Bradley gave in to the temptation and allowed himself one night with the one woman he’d been too afraid to want … too afraid to need. 

Six months after leaving Claire and regretting every minute of it, Mason gets called in for an undercover mission that’s not only dangerous, but brings back a past he spent years trying to forget. A past of fighting … of getting in the ring and using his fists to get what he wanted: money, women, and drugs. Now there are fighters turning up dead, and it’s Mason’s job to find out the truth. 

Knowing he might not come out of the mission alive, Mason seeks out Claire to tell her how he truly feels, only to find another man competing for her love as well. Fighting is what he’s good at, and for once he will be fighting not only for justice … but for love.


My Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I liked this book but I didn't love it and it's not a book that I'm likely to re-read at any point.

It took me a little longer than I liked to get into the story, and I kept putting it down and going back to it before hammering through and finishing.

This was probably because I had a major emotional disconnect from the characters.
I don't know if the disconnect was because I hadn't read the previous books in the series (it shouldn't be as this book can be read as a standalone), or if it was because I really didn't like Claire all that much but I just found it really had to give a crap throughout the majority of the story.

I had a problem with how Claire treated Mason in the beginning combined with the fact she was stringing along another guy! Then I found it really icky when she literally went from one man's bed to another within the space of 24hrs... Then there was the fact the emotion between the pair was so over-the-top I nearly gave myself eye-strain from all the eye-rolling. On the plus side, the sex in the book was smokin' hot and plentiful!

The mystery/suspense element of the book was well done and the book in general was well written and well edited.

If someone particularly likes Romantic Suspense and has a thing for MMA fighters then they'll probably really enjoy it but I'm unlikely to seek out any more in this series.

I've given it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars, despite it not being my cup of tea, because I can see that it will appeal to others and it was well written... Just not my thing in the end.

(Review copy granted via netgalley)


Cover Reveal - Snowy Days, Steamy Nights! - Winter Anthology - Various Authors

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SNOWY DAYS, STEAMY NIGHTS
Cover reveal!


Available 2nd January 15



Steam up your snowy nights with this new anthology of six deliciously sexy romances by the following bestselling and award-winning romance authors:

FROSTED, by Katy Regnery
GROUNDED, by Kate Forest
MELTED, by Jennie Marts
REKINDLED, by Susan Scott Shelley
SMITTENED, by Jamie Farrell
SNOWED, by Veronica Forand

FROSTED (Katy Regnery) – When Grace Luff's children send her to a Silver Wings weekend at a luxury resort, they are hoping that the 56-years-young widow will meet a man to lift the loneliness she's endured since the passing of her husband over three years before. Grace, who barely remembers how to date, doesn't expect to meet anyone special, so she’s surprised that the owner of a local ski rental shop, Tray Bradshaw, makes her heart leap with interest and attraction. When a rogue snowstorm traps the pair in an abandoned cabin, they'll get to know each other, and discover that it's never too late to change...or fall in love.

GROUNDED (Kate Forest) – Biologist Julia won’t tolerate another frigid Chicago winter studying the frozen Great Lakes. But with every hour of her flight delay, her chance on a research voyage in Florida slips further away. Jeremy must get to Florida to sever the noose-like obligations of his family's boating business so he can become curator of a Chicago museum. Stuck in an airport, waiting out the snowstorm of the century, can two travelers headed for opposite paths find love while trapped in Concourse B?

MELTED (Jennie Marts) – Painful memories from long ago resurface when Emily Wells travels to Colorado to clean out her family’s vacation cabin for its new owner. Strongest among them? Her recollections of Logan Chase, Emily’s first love, to whom she gave her heart one magical summer, only to have it broken when she never heard from him again. Logan had  never forgotten that summer romance and can’t believe it when he finds Emily packing up the little cabin that he has recently purchased for renovation. Despite the passage of years and their stormy history, Emily and Logan can’t deny the fierce attraction that still sizzles between them…Will one snowy night together be enough to melt her frozen heart and give them both a second chance at love?

REKINDLED (Susan Scott Shelley) – Actress Gemma Norwood and carpenter Adam Hudson are thrown together four years after a gut-wrenching break-up. Both are looking to make major changes in their lives, but after one kiss, rekindling their relationship is all that matters. When family obligations and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities threaten to tear them apart again, the warm glow of a happily-ever-after seems as impossible as starting a fire in a snowstorm.

SMITTENED (Jamie Farrell) – Dahlia Mallard is determined save her ice cream shop by getting country music superstar Billy Brenton to attend her risqué flavor-tasting event. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond. The more she gets to know Mikey, the more she wants to save him from his bad boy ways. When he discovers she’s using him to get to Billy, will she still be able to have her ice cream and eat it too?

SNOWED (Veronica Forand) – Lorena Rubio’s life is turned upside down when she’s kidnapped by Andrés “Con” Conesa, right hand man for the drug lord who murdered her sister. Con, who is deep undercover for the FBI, must keep her at a cabin in the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains until the rumor that she’s provided specifics about his drug cartel to the police is confirmed or denied. Their attraction ignites in the middle of this frozen hideaway, but Lorena is unwilling to offer her heart to a criminal. When the cartel boss arrives and wants Lorena put on ice for snitching, Con must decide whether or not to blow his cover for the woman he craves beyond reason.

*All stories included in Snowy Days, Steamy Nights are either short-story or novella length, giving readers the perfect opportunity to “meet” a new author or enjoy a sweet treat from a present favorite.*

Pre-order your copy of Snowy Days, Steamy Nights!!

DNF Book Thoughts / Change of Policy

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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I used to have a rule. 
That rule was that no matter how much I wasn't enjoying a book I'd read it to the end anyway. 
A real "I've started so I WILL finish mentality."

Then I realised I had a pile of unfinished books sitting on my kindle that were causing me real anxiety because I needed to get them finished but I had no desire to open them and go there again...

So I've decided to de-stress my life by just saying no.

If I'm reading something and I think I'll like it but I'm just not in a place for it right now, I'll put it aside and go back to it later. 

If I'm reading something and I think, this is just NOT for me, then I'm just going to say nope, delete and go about my life.

I will post my thoughts on the books I do not finish here on the blog and on goodreads as normal. 
However, I wont give them a rating. It wouldn't be right to rate them when I didn't finish them.

That is why I won't post a review on amazon etc if I don't finish the book. (Amazon won't let you review without rating).

I hope you all understand.

Thank you.






Blog Tour - Conquer by S.J. McGran! (Excerpt & Giveaway)

Monday, 17 November 2014

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Hi everyone! 

Thank you for checking our this stop on the blog tour for Conquer by S.J. McGran.

Conquer is book 2 in the Triumph Series but an be read as a standalone.

Release Date: November 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance



Synopsis


My name is Angelica McCoy and I am a man-eater. I use men. I use them to make me feel worthy and beautiful, to help me get through the day. To help me forget.

That is until a certain man walked into my life and turned it upside down. He’s the only person that’s been able to see through the lies, the bullshit masks. He turns every wall I've carefully constructed around my broken heart to rubble.

Without questioning it, without asking for permission he takes my heart and makes it his.

The question is can I get over my own fears, the suffocating disbelief in happily ever after to give him what he needs? What he deserves?

Interested? Add to your Goodreads TBR

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Excerpt 

“Duchess.” My tone is bored, annoyed even. It’s a tone that has taken a lot of practice, and even more restraint where she’s concerned. She just looks at me rolls her eyes and focuses her attention back on the keg. Further irking me. Taking advantage of her distraction I let my gaze roam her body. 
Her jeans are so damn tight they look painted on. She’s wearing a low cut black top that highlights every one of her perfect assets. Her long blonde hair is falling over one shoulder, leaving one side of her neck bare and tempting. 
Her long legs take a step closer to me as someone shoves her from behind in their drunken haste to get to the free beer. My arms come out automatically to keep her from falling, effectively bringing her body flush with mine. The loud bass of the music filtering out of the open doors and windows fades as Angelica looks up at me from under her ridiculously long lashes. 
I may not like the girl, but damn it if she isn’t sexy.
My grip around her waist tightens, my hands clenching into fists to keep from doing something I’d regret in the morning.  The clumsy way I stumbled to the keg let me know I was starting to get drunk, but with her pressed this close to me, her sweet scent filtering through my senses I feel wasted. Out of control. “Ang…” The rest of my incoherent thought is cut off as she leans up on her tip-toes pressing her lips gently against mine.
“Kiss me, Ryan.” Fuck her voice is just as sexy as the rest of her. “God damn it, kiss me already.” Her green eyes blaze with desire and need, the emotions covering up a hint of vulnerability. The one thing I’ve never expected to see from her, the one thing I’ve been dying to see from her. 
She looks up at me like she needs my lips on hers. That’s the desire. But, the way she bites her bottom lip in a nervous gesture tells me she’d hate the rejection if I pushed her away now. That’s the vulnerability. Fuck, it’s so god damn sexy. My head falls forward another inch, our lips pressed against each other but they aren’t moving, we aren’t kissing. Our lips are simply resting together.

My name being shouted from across the lawn snaps me out of it. Shaking my head I clear the craving, the annoying, impossible craving I have for this girl. I look down at her seeing a girl that has no idea who she is or what she wants. She wants me… that much is obvious, but she only wants me for one night. I’m not the guy that can give her a mansion and millions of dollars at the bank. 
My irritation with her back in full force, I remove my lips from her placing them on her ear. “No.”
“No?” She pushes back from me looking like I slapped her across the face.
“What’s the matter, Duchess? No one’s ever told you no before?”
She smirks before pressing her chest against mine smugness overtaking the slight hurt at being rejected, “Not when they’re turned on.”
I growl before laughing in her face. “I don’t want you. I’ll never want you.”
With an unrivaled amount of confidence she runs her hand up my thigh, over the bulge in my pants. Her hand strokes me through my jeans a few times before whispering against my lips, “You should tell your body that.” With one final peck she turns and saunters away. 
Damn it.

Giveaway


About the Author



S.J. McGran is a new author with a penchant for writing, reading and reviewing romance novels.  She lives in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, cat, new puppy, and a very large family. She is a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, and has a love for ice cream and pizza. The Triumph Series is S.J's debut series. Book three in the series, Prevail, is due out early 2015.

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Cover Reveal - Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

Friday, 14 November 2014

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Check out this gorgeous cover for K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN! 

BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster

BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

Becoming Rain
 

US BUY LINKS:

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** Books-a-Million ** IndieBound ** Apple ** Blio ** Books-a-Million ** Google

UK BUY LINKS

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** Apple ** Google ** Waterstones ** Foyles

  About BECOMING RAIN: 


Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.


As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.

And don't miss the first book in the series BURYING WATER...

Burying Water

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** iBooks ** Kobo ** IndieBound

About BURYING WATER: 

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

About K.A. Tucker: 

 Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        

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