Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3)

Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3)

Rating : 4.5 stars
Read: August 2014
Format Read : Paperback (copy kindly given via Harlequin in exchange of an honest review. Thank You)

"What seems clear,"he murmured , stepping a little closer so that they were almost touching ,"is that this is going to happen. You and me. It's just a question of when." 


Colleen O'Rourke was always the popular girl without being mean, the girl everyone loves. She is beautiful, witty, independent, owns a bar with her twin brother Connor and she is proud to be a matchmaker queen, since she has brought together over the years many couples. Oh yes, there is even lot's of babies/toddlers named after her.
Colleen is the "Emma" of Manningsport, giving romantic advice and yet, she remains single.
Well, the thing is she had found true love, her first and only love to be precise, Lucas, the pirate that with one glance stole her heart and that latter on broke it to pieces.
That doesn't mean she doesn't have fun and that she doesn't flirt like a pro but still, she haven't found anyone that made her feel like Lucas did.

It's been 10 years since Lucas broke Colleen's heart and he is now back in town, is uncle is dying and he is there to support and try to help him and his cousin Bryce.
But when he sees her, his Mia, everything comes rushing back and they have unfinished business to settle down.

Can Colleen risk her heart again? And can Lucas open up to the best thing that ever happened to him?


Yep, that pretty much sums it all up! I freaking LOVED this book, and practically read it in one setting.
I love reading romances, it's true, and second chance romances are among my favorite kind (I still blame Persuasion for that *Oh my precious book*)...it's the kind that pull all my heartstrings, the angst, the knowing that their meant for each other but something always gets in the way, to just read the love blossoming again.

Colleen had a pull on him. That same sense he had when he first laid eyes on her in that classroom so long ago, that locked-in feeling, as if he'd waited all his life to see her...
that still pulsed between them. 
Now the novel isn't entirely about them, there are many relevant side characters that in a way paved the outcome of their story.I know that many people didn't enjoyed that much because of that but to be honest, for me was one of the aspects that made me love it even more. It explained quite a lot their behaviors, and most of all, their fears.
In the book we get a dual POV and many of them are actually of the Past, showing how their met, their relationship and what drove them apart. Was I frustrated with what make them broke up? Hell yeah, but I've seen it many times in real life similar situations, and when pride gets in the way, it's even harder to overcome that.
Still, through the whole book I liked immediately Lucas and Colleen, and many of their scenes just broke my heart and made me tear up (the story of his dad particularly).

I enjoyed a lot the whole Paulie/Bryce story line, even more when in the end she didn't had to change who she was, how she looked like to get the man of her dreams. You go girl! (Although at the beginning I didn't liked Bryce very much, he did finally started to grow up).

So if you love a blend between funny and emotional, and a romance that get's a second chance, this one is for you!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5)

The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)

Rating : 5 stars
Read: August 2014
Format Read : Paperback

“The past is gone-the future is not come.
And we are here together, you and I.” 


And once again the amazing journey of Jamie and Claire, and of Roger and Brianna's continue in another amazing (and massive) book.
Jamie knows why Brianna went through the stones, to warn him and Claire of a fire that will destroy their lives. But Jamie recons that the past can't not be changed since he tried it before, and tragedy still stroke all over Scotland.
But still even knowing that, and that the war is coming, he must perform his duty, to his tenants at Fraser's Ridge. When it came the time to organize a militia, he couldn't ignore it, since in a whim all his lands could be taken in away from them.
Roger is right there by his side, another one that risked it all to go through the stones and that knows to well the perilously time that is to come.
So between battles and cries of revolt, weddings, old stories that come haunting them back, life and death situations and the chase of the revenge...they have to live in quite a dangerous time with a sense of doom above them.

And hey, Jamie and Claire are not the only magnets for trouble around there...

Jamie and Claire 

What to say of my beloved couple?
I do think I'm repeating myself over and over, but I can't write the review without focusing on them...they're EPIC.
One of the "oh so many things" I'm completely in love with this series, is that we are with them while they are growing older. Their story started when they were in their 20's and now their entering their 50's...and it's quite beautiful to see how they are still the same in so many ways and in other quite wiser. One thing does not change at all,their love and utterly devotion to each other.

“You are beautiful,” he whispered to me.
 “If you say so.”
“Do ye not believe me? Have I ever lied to you?”
“That’s not what I mean. I mean—if you say it, then it’s true. You make it true.”

In this book, we see how they are really settling in Fraser's Ridge, Jamie in all his "laird" glory and Claire, the healer, the wise one that it's constantly experimenting and trying to improve all of their lives.
And it's just AWESOME when Claire explains something to Jamie, like about genetics, germs, and he is trying to absorbed it all. In another way, Jamie tells her about the ways of his world. 

I just love this 2 to pieces!
And I just need to add that "FINALLY" Jamie looks at Roger like a son...It sure did took you a while lad!

Roger and Brianna 

*sigh* Rog Mac and Bree, you're not still in the same level as Claire and Jamie in my heart (and I know that it seems awfully unfair), but in each book I'm loving you both more. I admit,especially Roger.

And well, it is Roger that is the protagonist of one of the scenes that made me afraid of keep reading it...I couldn't believe something like that was happening to him, I was stuck between shock and tears.
Thankfully it didn't had the worst outcome but still, he was left scarred, in the inside and outside, and it was quite painful to read. 
If someone is strong, this 2 are, so I was sure that together they would heal together and be happy with their beautiful boy Jemmy. (He is so adorableeeeeee you guys!).

Like Jamie and Claire, I just wish for these 2 to be incandescently happy!

"No matter what,"he whispered ,"no matter where.
No matter whether you're there to hear or not - I'll always sing for you.



This book was another amazing installment of this series although so far, Voyager is indeed my top favorite.
At the beginning of the book I was surprised that a fairly amount of it, was just in a time frame of a single day...and still it wasn't boring at all, we got several POV's and it was quite an important day, since much happened that would be explained later one.
I enjoyed that much of the story was them settled on Fraser's Ridge, showing the logistics, the plans and how they must constantly be in the look out. And like always, the book is full of turns and twists that you would never guessed it, full of danger, perils, passion and devotion....all perfectly mixed.
Oh and also, you will learn a lot(I love how in many aspects Diana give us so many historical details) and also laugh...there is this particular scene about sperm that made me laugh so hard. See, you can also learn about science!
Still, I got to admit that I missed Lord John (I love Youuu) and I was quite happy with a twist in the ending and the reappearance of a beloved character.

Now Book 6, here I come...


I ♥ books #45


Yep, pretty much like that...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Prelude (A Musical Interlude #1)

The Prelude (A Musical Interlude, #1)

Rating : 1 star
Read: July 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition 

After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.

Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He’s successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms…or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless. 

Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world


**DNF at 51%**
When I first read the blurp and saw the cover, I was immediately interested in reading it but sadly the story didn't have any hold on me.

What was the problem?
Well, several actually...I didn't felt connected with any of the characters, to the point that many times they would just annoy me; they didn't felt real and although I admit they have sort of a good chemistry going on,it wasn't enough to hook me in the story.
And above else, I just felt everything was over the top...and yes,I read many over the top stories but I enjoyed and had fun with those, not so much in this one.

This book have a dual POV,something I usually LOVE, so I couldn't believe how much a turn off Alek POV was, and I can't exactly pinpoint exactly why.

I did gave this book a 2nd try, many times I may be not in the mood for a story like this and later on, love it. But it just didn't happened in this case.
It wasn't just the book for me.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners #2)

Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners, #2)

Rating : 5 stars
Read: June 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition 

** 5 "Lisa Kleypas is the best" kind of stars **

This book was just Kleypas style FANTASTIC.

Now let's crack the review, shall I?
We were first introduced to Sir Ross, in the previous book Someone to Watch Over Me and for that moment on, I was truly intrigued by him and couldn't wait to know more. And oh boy, was it worthy!

Sir Ross is the boss of the Bow Street Runners,a notorious workaholic, a completely self-possessed man, with an enormous sense of justice. He rules fairly but with an iron fist, he is set to change how investigations are run in London, he want to put order in chaos.
And after his wife death he become even more closed off, thinking he could never be so vulnerable to a woman again.

Here enters Lady Sophia, that have one goal, she wants revenge for her brother's death, she is set to ruin Sir Ross. To achieve that she applies to be a governess at his home and therefore gain his trust and seduce him.
And well, from the start you'll go "Tsk tsk Sophia, you know you won't go though it. You will see the dreammy Ross and forget your vendetta".

But well, nothing could prepare her for a hero like Ross...and how wrong could she be about him and his character?
Can something that started as a plot come to mean a whole lot more?

This book! It's no wonder I'm such a fan of Lisa's books, she writes the best heroes! 

She had lied to him, kept secrets from him, abused his trust.
 Yet he still wanted her. 
He would forgive her anything, even murder.
 He loved her more than honor, even more than his pride. 


Seriously one kick ass and swoon worthy hero!*sigh
I love how he was with her, seriously, I couldn't stop smiling. And really, how he didn't judge her, even when he discovered things of her past[like she was "ruined" by another man, not once he thought less of her...he just thought that she gave her heart to the wrong man ..the way he dotted on her *sigh again

And well this story have it all, great characters, insane chemistry and a delicious story.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rush (Breathless #1)

Rush (Breathless, #1)

Rating : 3 stars
Read: June 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition 

When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, 
he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. 
After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. 
Except she’s not so little anymore.
 And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.

Rush is Gabe's and Mia story...

Gabe is one of Mia's best friends and business partner. He is reserved, and powerful and have been for years now, Mia crush.
And well, she never thought that Gabe ever looked at her as anything else than a little sister. Oh boy was she wrong...

Gabe also being lusting after Mia for years, she have grown to a beautiful woman...but she is waiting for the right time to allure her to his world and to his bed.

Can such an intense and obsessive relationship lead to more or it's doomed to fail?


Ok, I read a fair amount of the story of the rich, dominant guy that presents the woman a contract...

"There's an entire paragraph devoted to the issue of my fidelity. 
However, there's nothing about you being faithful to me.
" Amusement glimmered in his eyes. "That's important to you."
"Hell yes," she said with more force than she intended. 
"If that contract says I'm yours, then by God it's going to say you belong to me." 

At least I thought Mia had a backbone and in such a twisted way, I got why the need of a contract, since his ex-wife accused him of abuse. It actually sound "reasonable" that he took precautions,lol.

Now, you may laugh but I thought the beginning a bit creepy, the way he said he waited years for her to grow up,lol. I kept picturing him with an "evil mustache" and rolling it when he was thinking that,ahaha.
Anyway, I still had fun reading it and let's face it, Maya Banks does know how to write some scorching hot scenes.

Oh and I loved it, after so much drama near the end (that whole Paris scene was so wrong, in so many levels), the heroine actually made him crawl. You go girl.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Staking the Shelves # 6

Stacking The Shelves was originally created by Tynga's reviews. The idea is for everyone to show the books they are adding to their shelves (physical copies or virtual).


Look at those beauties! 
And "A breath of snow and ashes" is so shiny!
I'm putting on my nightstand all of my paperbacks of the Outlander series and it's awesome to see them all together! *My precious*


We Were Liars
The Last Boyfriend (Forever Love, #1)
In Kelly's Corner (Fighting Connollys #1)
Larger Than Life

What's new in your shelve?

I ♥ books #42

Yep, many books should come with a warning...but I bet I would still read them anyway. :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Matched (Matched #1)

Matched (Matched, #1)

Rating : 4 stars
Read: June 2014
Format Read : Kindle Edition 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lighting they
Do not go gentle into that good night. 

Cassia lives in a world where the Society makes the choices for her, who to marry, what her job will be, what she eats, and even when she will die...

Cassia is having her Matching ceremony, where she will see the face of her perfect match. To her surprise is not someone from another city but her best friend Xander. In a way she is relieved, she knows him her whole life and she cares for him. But when she is seeing his match footage, for an instant she sees the face of someone else, someone she also knows, Ky.
Now the Society says it was a glitch, that Xander it's her match, that Ky wasn't even supposed to be in the draft. But Cassia can't stop thinking about him, and she slowly gets to know more about him. They connect trough words and slowly fall in love.
And with that comes the price for someone that dares to choose something for themselves against the system.

I love dystopian stories and well this one, was really good!

They created commissions to choose the hundred best of everything: Hundred Songs, Hundred Paintings, Hundred Stories, Hundred Poems. 
The rest were eliminated. Gone forever.
 For the best, the Society said, and everyone believed because it made sense. 
How can we appreciate anything fully when overwhelmed with too much? 

This gave me chills...thinking of how much was destroyed, erased forever. Even more disturbing how everything was programmed, the meals individualized and sent to each person (they could even alter their rations to punish someone), the job that you would do for the rest of her life,even the age where it was programmed for you to die. Bottom line, all the choices in our lives that we take from granted are done by a system...even if it was theoretical for a greater good.
So the world building of the story was amazing (and disturbing), great characters and I actually loved how slowly the story between Cassia and Ky developed. It was just beautiful.

A great start for a series, that's for sure!