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“Unconscious Hearts (Hearts of Vegas Book 1)” by: Harper Sloan

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Hi Everyone! I have been it such a reading rut. I finally found a book that held my attention. This is my first book by this author, but won’t be my last. Let’s get this party started!

Blurb:

Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.

A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind. She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself. This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons.

What happens when two broken souls come together, finally allowing themselves to believe in the beauty of love … only to have to fight harder than ever to keep it?

 

Okay! So I feel like I should first tell you that this is a series, however each book is another set of characters story. NO CLIFFHANGER HERE! Thank you Harper! If you don’t know Harper Sloan, you need to look her up, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and snap chat. She is hilarious and amazing. She also has an amazing cat Kevin, who has his own instagram page, and is an outlet for her humor. I have followed her for a while before I actually bought a book. I don’t know why it took me so long, but I was having such a hard time finding a book that called to me, but I read this in one day.

This may sound surprising to any of you how read my reviews all the time, I like Ari, the main girl character! I know what is the world coming to! So, Ari is a girl with a devastating past and is content to be alone for the rest of her life. She owns a high end thrift shop, and works with her best friend Piper (who I also love). Ari, who’s real name is Paris, is estranged from her sister London, and her sister likes to call Ari and make her life a little harder.

Just when Ari has come to terms with being alone with only Piper and her business in her life, in walks Thorn. Thorn is a huge, tattooed, hot bad boy that needs to get rid of some high end items left to him in a will. He invites Ari to the house he was left and all the hundreds of items he wants to sell really fast. Only, Thorn sees Ari and has to have her, so he makes a deal. She will beg him within 30 seconds to take her, or she can take all the items for free. Let me just say, This is a Hugh bet, like a $4 million dollar bet. To say he is cocky is an understatement. And it just gets better from there.

They are both trying to stay away from attachments, and relationships, but both feel something immediately. They are drawn to each other, but the big question is whether or not they can convince themselves and each other to take the chance. Will it work when they want to run, or because of their past, will they fall back into old habits. Will they listen when someone tells them they deserve happiness, or believe that they still don’t because of their past? You know I am not going to tell you, you will have to read it to find out if they make it.

Finally, just when I thought this was just a love story, she throws in some serious action and a total “WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?” moment that you don’t see coming.

Ahhhhh yes! My favorite part, it is written in both Ari, Thorn, and a mystery persons point of view. I love multiple point of views. Everyone says its because I am nosey by nature.

If you are modest and don’t like vulgar language, find another book. This is an erotic romance, and trust me it delivers. This is a steamy book, and is very descriptive. I don’t feel like it was done in a distasteful way, or took away from the story. Sometimes I feel like it is forced in some stories, however I didn’t feel that way at all in this book.

I have to say a congratulations to this author, she has officially written a story where I didn’t absolutely hate the lead girl, or the important characters. I can’t remember a book, since my last Darynda Jones book, or Jeanine Frost books, that this has happened. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised since Harper is a great girl herself.

I would read this book again, I have since bought another of Harper Sloan’s book. I am sure it won’t be my last. I can’t wait.

You should definitely give this a chance, and read it. I can’t see how you would be disappointed!

 

Peace,

Les

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“Shelby” by: Katie Murphy

35438429Hey Everyone! I have to say first,  this is a  book that I have waited for since the first little snippet I got to read a year or so ago.  I was intrigued, and wanted more. I got it and it is great! So here we go!! I am excited, aren’t you? Well you should be! Ha!

Enter Shelby, the Secretary of State’s daughter. She is the complete socialite. She has an assistant, stylist, maids, money, and is one of the most unlikable characters I have ever met. Her father calls in a favor with a friend to be her bodyguard. He is Jesse, and he is likable, down to earth and hot! Shelby treats him poorly and tries to play games with him, but then again she plays games with everyone, including her douch-tacular fiancée Jack. She thinks it’s so funny when Jack treats Jesse like the mere paid staff, so like crap.  Okay, so its obvious I do not like a few characters in this story.

Then, you realize Shelby has no real friends, her fiancée is cheating, and when a tragic accident happens she loses everything, except Jesse’s vow to protect her. He continues to do so, and she eventually has an epiphany. She realizes how meaningless her life was. Now there are people trying to kill her and she sees that she needs to actually live life, and do something meaningful. She had to go into hiding and Jesse’s reputation was ruined, because people assumed he was to blame for her being missing. You would think after she changed her behavior and mind I would start to like her. NOPE! NOT AT ALL!

I’ll tell you why I still don’t like her. She is better, but she is still kind of dumb and blind. How can she just dismiss Jesse, or just pull unassuming people into her crazy paparazzi and dangerous world without warning, just because she likes them. To me she is still selfish. She can’t just be herself, like that isn’t good enough.

Okay, we know I won’t give away any spoilers, but I will say that I really did enjoy this book. Anyone who knows me, knows I usually hate the girls, unless they are awesome. This book is written in different point of views, and has a cliffhanger!

WHY KATIE?!?!?! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH JESSE!!

Seriously, I may be a little delirious, but go read it! Let me know what you think.

Peace,

Les

 

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The Chosen by J.R. Ward

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Hey everybody,

This is my review of The Chosen by J.R. Ward.  Three disclaimers first:

  1. I have been a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood for many years, and
  2. I have always been a fan of Layla and Xcor (the main characters this book focuses on, and
  3. I will try to stay organized and not ramble. No promises, though.  LOL

Blurb:  Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. 
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death. 
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to give a less than stellar review.

NOTE:  Some spoilers ahead.  I hate giving spoilers but it became necessary for my review.

I have always liked the characters of Xcor and Layla.  Many over the years have taken a dislike to Layla for several reasons.  However, I felt she found her voice in this book. I felt she was always a product of her upbringing and station in life (being the servant of the Brotherhood and its Diety).

I have liked Xcor since he and his Band of Bas**rds (BOB) came on the scene.  I liked the havoc that their characters brought to the world.  I have always been concerned that the author would redeem Xcor too early and it was evident from when he came in that he and Layla would be together.  I didn’t want Xcor redeemed yet.  Having him redeemed lessens the angst in the story, which is one thing that keeps a story going.

One of the reasons people hate Xcor is that he made an attempt on Wrath’s life (the king of the vampires).  I understand this.  Wrath is a beloved character.  Did the author redeem Xcor.  Absolutely – by telling his back story.  His life is a tragic story of being unloved, unwanted and uncared for since the moment he was born because of a deformity.  He was cast out and given into the care of a nursemaid who never showed him any affection and left him as a small child.  He was left to fend on his own and then found by the Bloodletter (an evil dude) and put into his war camp where he was treated even worse.

Move ahead to present day.  Xcor and Layla love each other.  It was obvious from their first meeting that these two would be put together and I really like that pairing. Their story has been told with small scenes during the past several books. But there is a big problem—the BOB is hated by the Brotherhood.  Layla must keep her relationship with Xcor secret and Xcor tries to protect Layla by sending her away.

As the story begins, Xcor has been found by the Brotherhood, is critically injured, being held by the Brotherhood in the inner sanctuary and Layla finds this out. The King has issued the degree giving one of the Brothers the right to kill Xcor.

Now, let’s move to my problems.

Qhuinn—Qhuinn is a member of the Brotherhood and a great character who has had problems in the past but had straightened things out and is now with the love of his life, Blaylock.  However, before they were together and before Layla and Xcor met, Qhuinn had an alliance with Layla in order to have a child.  They had twins.  Qhuinn, Layla and Blay are going to co-parent the twins.   In the beginning of The Chosen, Qhuinn found out about Layla and Xcor and was incensed.  He had every right to be upset—what he didn’t have the right to do was become so enraged that the held a gun to Layla threatening death in the nursery where the twins were.  The gun went off with shots into the ceiling!  In the nursery! The author spent the story arc of the book  involving Qhuinn by decimating the character—even Blay left him.  Then, at the last few pages, he does a complete 180 and everything is fine and hunky-dory!!  WHAT!?  Even he and Xcor end up buddies and deciding that the baby girl will never date!  WHAT!?  The ending was way too rushed and Qhuinn did not grovel nearly enough for my liking.

At some point, I thought that maybe the author felt she needed to decimate Qhuinn in order to help redeem Xcor.  Xcor didn’t need help being redeemed.  He is redeemed by learning his backstory and watching how he loves Layla, and speaks so beautifully to her and trying to protect her.

Vishous and Jane—really, they have to go through more trouble?  I love this couple—many  people do not like Jane, but I really do.  If V heads down the road she left his character at the end of this book, she will be breaking one of the rules of her own world building.  Granted, the story is hers and we are along for the ride, but really—she will start breaking her own rules?

Let’s talk about what she is doing with Trez for a moment.  The author posted on her Facebook page a while back if we believed in re-incarnation because Trez will.  Really?  She has already done the reincarnation storyline before.  We need another one?  Now, I felt Trez was cheated with his happily ever after in his book, The Shadows.  I felt so bad for his character.  The storyline has move just a few months since the end of The Shadows and already reincarnation is happening.  My personal opinion is that the author had so disappointed people that she  felt she had to give Selena back to Trez.  Just my humble opinion.

I hate that I was so disappointed at this book, but it is what it is.  I wanted to love it but I just couldn’t.

Happy Reading,

Debra

 

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Who is going to see 50 Shades darker?

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So who is going to see the movie 50 Shades Darker? I am just wondering. I am going to see it.

I was rereading the book “Grey”yesterday and I was thinking about doing a piece on all the books and the movies so far.

I am just going to say this, I am not recapping the books in the piece, people know what happened.

I actually like the 50 shades of Grey books. Funny thing is that I like them, but I absolutely dislike Anastasia. Which is terrible since she is the main character and it is written from her perspective. She annoys me to no end. She is whinny, and tries to stand her ground at the wrong times, and because of it shit happens and she wonders why he is angry.

I think Christian is messed up too, however I think he is more of an adult than Ana. I also just like him more. He does need to let go, but damn he is trying to have a dominate/submissive relationship here. Bad idea on his part to ask Ana the cry baby to do that.

The movie: The movie was bad! I was so disappointed. The soundtrack was really good. They cut too much and Christian looked like nothing more than a rich stalker/abusive control freak. The Actors are all wrong for this movie. Jamie Dornan may be hot, but he looks like he is struggling to play his role. He looks like he is in pain most of the time or like he is going to throw up. Dakota Johnson is even worse. Am I the only one who was trying to figure out why she was moaning all the time in the sex scenes before he ever really touches her? It was so annoying and they made her seem stronger than she was in the book, but also made her seem less smart. These people look nothing like the book describes them at all. They butchered this book and I think that is why E.L. James has taken over for the second and third movies. Hopefully these will be better!

I know what your thinking. If I disliked the movie and the main character so much, why am I going to see the second movie? Well, I am seeing it to give them a second chance, and because I freaking love Christian Grey and I am hoping they will do a better job of portraying him this time.

 

I love the book “Grey” from Christian’s perspective. It was a breath of fresh air to get out of Ana’s inner monologue. His thoughts are crazy sometimes, but others make me laugh. Like when he is like “I still want this, why I don’t know. She is so difficult.” I was like I keep asking myself the same thing, Christian.

Before anyone comments, It is so poorly written, I don’t know how anyone could read it. Well, I have read way worse, and I have read way better. I tend to like the story line and whether or not I can let myself run away with it. If I can picture the characters, or relate to them and see them as possibly being real, then I will read it anyway. I am faithful to one author, whose books always have errors. I love her stories and she is great at telling them.

So I think this turned into a rant! Oh well!

Peace,

Les