Thursday, November 28, 2013

ARC Review: Full Throttle (Fast Track #7) by Erin McCarthy

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Berkeley
304 Pages

Easing into the turns…

As one of only two girls on the tween racing circuit, Shawn Hamby has always run with a fast crowd. But now at thirty-two, she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. And she definitely doesn’t need a man bossing her around off of the track…

Putting the pedal to the metal…

But after a silly girls’ night at a fetish club, Shawn can’t get Rhett Ford out of her mind. He’s younger than her, and he’s her best friend’s brother-in-law, which should be red flags. Rhett is looking for someone to lead in bed, but he can’t imagine that Shawn would ever submit to him. Boldly surrendering is more her style. And with Rhett behind the wheel, it’s going to be one wild ride…

Shawn Hambry grew up on the race track. When her grandfather dies and leaves the track to her, she finally has everything she wants – there’s just one stipulation: in order to inherit the race track, she has to be married. Enter Rhett Ford, Shawn’s best friends’ brother-in-law. He may be younger than her, but from the moment they met there’s no denying their chemistry. Drunk and upset, Shawn asks Rhett to marry her and she’ll give him a hundred grand. Because Rhett see’s something in Shawn that he wants to explore, he says yes. 

I’ve got to say, going into this book I didn’t expect the marriage. It was a nice little addition to the book and it threw our two MC’s together in a funny way. Shawn was always in control of her life. She was the girl in the man’s world. When she invites Rhett in, she not only starts to lose control, but starts to realize that she likes it. Rhett, on the other hand, was looking for someone to control in the bedroom and believes that he found that in Shawn.

I’ve read Erin McCarthy’s work before, but in the New Adult genre. This was my first adult novel from her and I really enjoyed it. The situations these two found themselves in were hilarious and filled with witty conversations. Shawn challenged Rhett, talked back to him, yet filled his desires in the bedroom. While Rhett was someone who understood Shawn’s career and drive, he was someone who supported her and encouraged her. Despite their many differences, they managed to fit.

But since this is a romance novel, there had to be drama. Enter Shawn’s self-doubt. In succumbing to Rhett’s dominance, she ended up feeling like she was losing herself. And here is where she started to annoy me. Instead of talking to him, she froze up. She pushed his buttons, gave into his dominance and then freaked. She never took the time to think about why she enjoyed herself and about why Rhett was perfect for her. On the other hand, I enjoyed Rhett. From the beginning he was nothing but honest about what he wanted and who he was. Yet at every turn he was questioned by Shawn. His patience with her was endless and he was the younger one!

Overall, this was a good story. It was funny, endearing, and had very hot sex scenes (very hot).

I received an copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ARC Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
346 Pages

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Dead at seventeen. It would be a relief.

Kitty Doe lives in a world where at seventeen your life is decided for you by one test. This test ranks people and sets their place in society. Kitty was ranked a III – not a horrible option, but definitely less than what she wanted. Feeling like she’s doomed to a life of sanitation and being forced to leave the only home she’s known, Kitty is out of options. When a chance comes along to change her III to a VII (the highest ranking given), she jumps at the chance. She’s stripped of everything that makes her her and given someone else’s life and face. Not knowing that this puts her directly in the middle of a war where Kitty is just a pawn.

Dystopian books are popping up everywhere now. And not going to lie, I am enjoying them. Pawn was no different. While the initial set up wasn’t that different from others before it – segregation of class based on certain attributes – the execution and delivery was a tad refreshing. Instead of us just accepting the world at face value, Carter weaves a tale of political corruption and how far people go for power. I would have liked to have known a little more about how the test came into existence and also exactly what the test is, but the backstory given is so rich in other details that I can accept this.

Kitty was an interesting main character. I didn’t necessarily find her extremely strong, but I also didn’t find her weak. For me, she fell in between the two. She was human and she made mistakes and for the most part, she went with what people told her to do. She was confused and thrust into a position of power she never expected to have, but also having to understand that the power wasn’t hers but the people controlling her. 

While there were two main male characters, the author stayed away from the typical love triangle. Even though I must admit that the love story didn’t go the way I wanted it to, at least it wasn’t the cliché. And it introduced a character that I came to love: Knox. Knox is the fiancé of the person Kitty is pretending to be, but he’s not without secrets himself. When he’s first introduced I was extremely wary of him. Dark, brooding, rich, and powerful – he had all the makings of a bad boy. But as the story progressed, I believe that Knox came to be Kitty’s best ally.

This book had mystery, corruption, greed. It had moments that made me hate what humanity had become. And it had twists that surprised the hell out of me because I didn’t see most of them coming. The ending sets up the next book which I will be anxiously awaiting it’s release.  
I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review via Netgalley.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ARC Review: Blue Lines (Assassins #4) by Toni Aleo

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
384 Pages

Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lie behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

This book went through four stages:
1) Erik is a manwhore, and rags on Piper for ruining his life by getting pregnant.
2) Erik wants to keep sleeping with every woman he can, but is like, "Piper, let's get married for a few months and then get divorced after the baby is born so it at least looks like I tried."
3) Erik thinks he loves Piper, but he isn't sure because he still wants to sleep with other women.
4) Erik is completely in love with Piper and is so sure of himself and blah blah blah.

This book was repetitive, ridiculous, typical and utterly infuriating. I had high hopes for this series, because hockey players are crazy sexy and I wanted to read a series that displayed that. Blue Lines was a horrible way to begin. This book did nothing but frustrate me to the point of tears. I'm actually quite appalled by some of the content of this novel. I have so many gripes about Blue Lines. I spent almost thirty minutes on the phone with my best friend complaining about the lack of class this novel has.

Piper had a fling with über playboy, Erik Titov, six months ago and is now extremely pregnant. After the fallout where he broke her heart, she's kept her pregnancy hidden, for the most part, from friends and family. Erik Titov is a ladies man. He sleeps with anyone he wants, and isn't ashamed of it, but his manager is tired of him and has decided to put him on probation until he can get his act together. When Piper comes to him with the news of their future child, he decides to use that to trick the world into thinking he's changed so he can be back on top. A few months of married life, and he'll be back where he wanted to be in the rink and with the ladies. Too bad life has a way of mucking up your plans...

I'm not used to hating the male love interest in a story, but I really, really hate Erik. He's a sexist (he thinks, and I quote, "He had banged plenty of females…" e-ARC 65%, Location 3336--he says females in a derogatory manner and he says it very often). He's cruel to Piper in ways that would have me filing divorce papers, and asking for full custody. He repeatedly questions the paternity of their child, and then tells Piper that she ruined his life because he couldn't wrap it up. The entire book is him going back and forth on whether he wants to be with Piper, whether he should be with Piper. He doesn't listen to her opinions ever. He bosses her around constantly. What's worse though is that SHE LETS HIM. He also thinks about having sex with other women all the time. In fact, when coming up with the details for their marriage, he even asks himself if he can go for several months without sex. REALLY? I usually like "alpha males," but Erik went above and beyond in a way that I could not get on board with. I'm still really, really angry about the whole thing. He and Piper deserve each other. She has absolutely no backbone. She lets him walk all over her, until she finds out he loves her and then opens her arms and lets him in again. The only minor characters that I liked were Reese, Piper's twin, and Erik's parents. I could bother myself to care about anyone else; I was too busy trying to hold back the steam from making its way out of my ear due to the idiocy of the main characters.

The plot was the same issues repeated over and over again. Erik: Should I stay, or should I leave her? Piper: Stay! Erik: But I'm going to hurt you because of my past. And I want to sleep with all the vaginas. Piper: Stay! I love you. Erik: (insert something insulting and degrading towards Piper). Rinse and repeat. It got old very quickly. Erik never seemed to grow up, and by the end, he hadn't redeemed himself in my eyes. His "change" occurred almost over night and was too good to be true. The pacing is the only thing this story had going for it. I liked the length, and the way the author paced the story. Also--I think pregnancy is great, but EVERYONE in this book is pregnant. EVERYONE. It annoyed me to no end. It didn't feel realistic in the least.

Here's the other thing: I don't like to read sex scenes unless it's the couple in which I am reading about. I understand that it's common for people to have sex with other partners before finding the one they want to be with, but I don't like to read about it. So that scene lost some points from me as well.

Will I continue this series? No. I don't like the way this author writes her male love interests. I get that this is fiction, but Erik's behavior made me sick to my stomach. There is a difference between a wounded puppy, and someone that treats you like absolute crap and never really proves that he changed. I also can't, in good faith, recommend this book. I wish I had loved this, as I usually am a fan of romances that involve pregnancy, but this just rubbed me the wrong way.
I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review via Netgalley.

Monday, November 25, 2013

ARC Review: Searching for Someday (Searching For #1) by Jennifer Probst

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
384 Pages

Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love...only to find herself falling for him along the way.

A divorce lawyer and the owner of a dating service. Obviously this is a perfect match. But maybe someone should have told Slade and Kate. Through in a little spark magic and you have Searching for Someday.

Kate Seymour is a successful woman. She owns her own business with her two best friends, she has her own house, and she has a dog. What more does she need? In her mind, nothing. Love just isn’t in the cards for her. She gets joy out of watching the success of her matches – people brought together by her spark. Wait…spark? Yes, this is a Jennifer Probst book, so of course there must be something hinting at the paranormal. If you read her Marriage to a Billionaire series, you know it was about a book containing a spell. In her current series, it’s about a touch – an actual electric spark that Kate feels when she touches soulmates. Unfortunately, she’s never felt it for herself. That is until Slade Montgomery enters her life.

Slade Montgomery is a divorce lawyer who believes love is something Disney made up. When his younger sister signs up for a dating service, he instantly believes that she is being conned. To prove that love is false, he signs up for the service as well. His challenge: make him fall in love or he proves them false.

I honestly really enjoyed these two characters. I love how strong and independent Kate is. She stands up to Slade, doesn’t let him tear her down or shake her defenses. Sure, he gets under her skin, but she handles him. And Slade, he is definitely dedicated to not falling in love. So much, that the positions he gets himself into crack me up. Probst is at her best here, in my opinion. The witty repertoire between the two and their stubbornness to give up their ways makes for an entertaining journey. Throw in crazy friends and this book will surely satisfy for anyone looking for a quick, light hearted romantic comedy kind of book.

That all being said, the character who stole the book for me was Rob- the rescued pit bull belonging to Kate. At the end of the book Probst mentions that the story of Rob is actually based on a real dog who went through similar hardships. This was a dog who was thrown from a car, hit by another car and left to die. He was found and taken to the vet. The vet’s advice was to put the dog down as the damage to the back legs was unfixable. Instead, the dog was taken in and given love and thrives. I couldn’t help but smile every time Rob appeared and I love that the author added so much of him in the story.

This is a series I will be continuing.

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ARC Review: Roman Holiday 3: Blindsided by Ruthie Knox

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 25, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
50 Pages

In Episode 3 of Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday, Ashley has led Roman across state lines in an attempt to save her home. And he’s about to learn just how wily this wild child can be.

Here's what I don't like about serializations. Imagine this scenario:

Oh, I'm just here reading and loving this super awesome book. It's so good. I never want to stop reading it because that's how good it is. I can't wait for the UST to end, and for these two characters to crack and finally DO IT. That's what I'm living my life for right now. Just waiting for these characters to have crazy monkey sex.


And that's the point I'm at, folks. Don't get me wrong, I think this is going wonderfully so far and I'm enjoying it immensely. But I have an addiction to Ruthie's master storytelling and so I never want to finish. The fact that these end is a really problem.

In all seriousness, though, the adventure that Knox has sent us on still does nothing but entertain. I am really loving the originality of this story, and its characters. Of all of the romances I've read, I've never seen any plots as original as this author's. Where she gets her ideas, I'll never know, but she has great ones that she writes extremely well. Never have I had so much fun reading a contemporary romance as when I'm reading Ruthie Knox's work. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Roman Holiday: Blindsided is a great installment in what has been a great novel thus far. The plot moves at a great pace that won't bore or confuse its readers, and has some characters that you can't help but love!

Roman and Ashley continue to make me laugh, and frustrate me in this episode. I am so ready for Roman to just crack. There is so much sexual tension building between the two that when it explodes, the outcome will be one of the storybooks. (I'm fanning myself now just thinking about it.) Ashley continues to persevere though Roman refuses to give in and leave her beloved Sunnyvale alone. As we learn more about these two, I fall deeper in love. They are flawed, and have traumatizing pasts that they can't seem to leave there. There histories are so interesting, and I've become completely enamored. The minor characters in Roman Holiday: Blindsided were fantastic additions. Mitzi's schemes had me in fits. She's my kind of woman. She and Ashley make for a real piece of work, and I'm personally glad that I'm not the one at the receiving end. (Poor Roman.)

I'm sure it comes as no surprise when I say that I can't wait for the next installment. These "episodes" have been a blast so far, and I can't wait to see where Knox leads Roman and Ashley. Roman Holiday really is the adventure of a lifetime that I think everyone should read!
I received an e-copy of this novel for my honest opinion and review from the publisher via Netgalley.

Blog Tour: Giveaway, Interview & Review: All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love #1) by Ava March

Today, we are happy to host Ava March for an interview and review her latest historical M/M romance novel as part of the All In with the Duke Blog Tour! You can find the other stops on the tour listed here!

All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love #1)
by Ava March
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
210 Pages

London, 1822

Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.

Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted. Yet Tristan knows he'll never have the choice to leave the brothel and submit only to Max.

So when Max invites him to be his guest at his country estate, Tristan eagerly agrees to his terms—days to do as he pleases while Max tends to the dukedom, and nights spent together in wicked play. But when the "business arrangement" begins to deepen into something more, Tristan must face the fact that he has no true place in Max's life—or in Max's guarded heart…

Tristan pulled his gaze from Max, to the shelves upon shelves lining the walls. “You certainly have a lot of books. Have you read many of them?”
With a light clink of crystal against silver, the maid set a tray with the brandy on the side table. A short curtsy, and she left the room. 
“Yes, years ago. My tutor used the library as a source for teaching materials.” He used to dread when the man would walk into the schoolroom, arms full of new finds from this room’s shelves. Max reached for the decanter, poured two glasses of brandy. 
Tristan took the proffered glass with a murmured, “Thanks.” The candlelight picked up the pale blond strands in his ginger hair. Max flexed his free hand, the memory of those silken strands still fresh on his skin. 
“But not recently?” Tristan asked.
“Too busy in your study?”
Max tipped his head and took a long swallow of brandy. 
“Do you spend every day behind your desk?”
“With the exception of this afternoon, yes. Unless I’m in London to attend Parliament or to deal with business matters there.”
“Don’t you enjoy hunting or shooting or some other pastime? You have a stable full of prime horseflesh. Do you ever take one out just to go for a ride, enjoy a sunny summer’s day?”
“A dukedom does not manage itself,” Max said, repeating the phrase he’d heard too many times to count. 
What would his father think if he knew Max had turned his back on the dukedom in favor of an early afternoon orgasm?
His choice of a bed partner would most assuredly raise an eyebrow. Though his father wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest to learn Max had neglected his responsibilities. Was continuing to neglect them at that very moment. 
Yet tonight… Tonight he wasn’t of a mind to dwell on it or let guilt weigh him down. The way Tristan had dropped so eagerly to his knees in that narrow, dark corridor had turned his attention to the locked trunk beside his writing desk. The one he had yet to open since arriving at Arrington Park. 
He took another long swallow of brandy. “Shortly before we left London, and after I’d played footman for you, I stopped at a shop off Bond Street.”
“What sort of shop?”
“One for discriminating gentlemen.” 
Tristan’s brow furrowed. He wasn’t familiar with that particular shop, hadn’t a clue as to the variety of merchandise sold there. Yet the way Tristan held his gaze indicated he suspected there was a meaning to Max’s words that he didn’t quite catch. 
He’d become familiar with a few of the shop’s goods soon enough. 
Max set his glass on the side table and stood. “I believe I shall retire a bit early tonight.”

Excerpt from ALL IN WITH THE DUKE ©2013 by Ava March. All rights reserved.

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I want to start by thanking Emily and Jenn for having me today. It’s great to be at Book Jems.  
  • What drew you to write M/M fiction?
I’ve always preferred reading and writing from the hero’s point of view, and in a M/M romance, there are two heroes. Plus, in a Regency M/M romance, I have more freedom, in a way. I don’t have to worry about the social constraints placed on females. I can have my heroes go wherever they want, hang out together, spend the night at each other’s houses, travel together, etc. As long as they appear as friends to Society, all is well. And that’s the big constraint I place myself under with a M/M Regency—such relationships were illegal. But if a relationship could thrive in the Regency, then it was a love meant to last. And that really appeals to my romantic heart. 
  • What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is the initial idea stage. When the story is shiny-new and I’m figuring out for the first time how the characters will go about getting to their happily-ever-after. I love mulling over ideas, trying out plot points, and fitting all the puzzle pieces together. 
  • What do you want readers to be left feeling after they finish one of your novels?
My goal is for readers to be left happy and satisfied and secure in the couple’s future, and if I can wring a *happy sigh* out of them when they reach the end, then that’s the ultimate. 
  • Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration everywhere. I love exploring the dynamics of relationships and what it takes to get a couple to their happily-ever-after. Sometimes it’s a song or a movie scene that gets the muse spinning on a new character. Sometimes inspiration seems to come from nowhere—the start of the story will just pop into my head. 
  • What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on Sharp Love, the second book in the Gambling on Love series. It features Jack Morgan (Max, from All In with the Duke’s ever-useful carriage driver) and his old childhood friend, William Drake, who happens to be a card sharp. Jack is principled kind of guy who takes his job very seriously, and Will…let’s just say he’s not so principled. Their book has been quite fun to write.

So this was my first M/M read and I feel like it was a good one to start off with. Not to mention very steamy. All In with the Duke is the story of Max Arrington, the Duke of Pellham, who, having been burned in the past by someone he loved, believes that love isn’t for him. On top of this, his preference in sexual partners is something that he needs to hide considering his Dukedom. 

Lonely and wanting some comfort, Max takes the advice of a friend and finds himself in a brothel of sorts while visiting London. It is here Max meets Tristan, an employee of the brothel. And there’s just something about him that brings Max back the next day. 

I was a little nervous going into this, not going to lie. But March created such vivid characters that I my nerves were instantly forgotten and instead I was instantly submerged into their lives. Max is so broken, with his hurtful past and his public face, you want to help him pull through and see that it’s okay to open up again. But he’s so goddamn stubborn that any reasoning with him is immediately shut down. Then there’s Tristan, who despite his young age, is very wise and an old soul. He’s innocent but not naïve and wears his heart on his sleeve – even if Max is too blind to see it. I like that Tristan wanted to be his own man – not just a kept man. His struggle to find where he fits in and where he excels was a nice balance to Max’s plight. 

Set against historical London (my favorite place in the world), I literally felt like I was walking the streets or strolling through the gardens with these characters. Add the background in with the steamy love scenes and this book works its magic. And when I say steamy, I mean hot. London, sexy guys in waistcoats, and strong backstories – I will definitely be keeping my eye on this series.

Unlike my dear friend, Jenn, who states in her review of All In with the Duke that she had never read M/M romance before, I am an avid fan. During the last couple years, I have become surprisingly attached to the genre, and have found several authors who I know write great, believable romances. Ava March is one of them. Since I read her Brook Street series last year, I have put my faith (and money) in her storytelling ability. Not once have I been dissatisfied by March's work.

All In with the Duke is the story of Max and Tristan. Two men from very different backgrounds, living in nineteenth century England, who fall in love despite their circumstances. Max is the great Duke of Pelham, who runs himself ragged with the duties of his Dukedom and does not trust anyone since he was spurned by a past lover. Tristan works at a brothel, giving himself for the pleasure of men to cover a debt. What stems from a passionate night together leads them to a love that neither saw coming.

This story is not extremely long, and it reads very quickly, which I appreciated. It doesn't add unnecessary complexities to overtake the book. This is simply the story of two men who find love with one another and have to work to keep their relationship afloat. It's a sweet (albeit sometimes frustrating), very sexy read that really entertained me and left me with a smile on my face.

These characters are wonderful. Yes, both annoyed me at one point or another, but I think that's realistic. No person is perfect, and not everyone will agree with the decisions of others. Max and Tristan didn't go out of their way to be obnoxious, but their insecurities caused complications that made me want to shake them and tell them what the other was actually thinking so they could finally be happy. These two were a good fit for each other, and I'm very satisfied with the direction that March took with the story. It was nice to see two self-relent characters, who were able to find not only happiness with each other, but happiness with themselves. 

I am so excited for the next book in this series as Jack Morgan's character is so very intriguing. Though he didn't have the largest role in this story, what we did see of him truly piqued my curiosity. March is sure to provide her readers with another fantastic tale, much like she did here with All In with the Duke.

Here's my warning to you: Don't read this in public unless you have the best poker face in the world. I tried reading some of this while waiting for a book signing, and barely made it in before blushing, stuttering and quickly hiding my kindle from the public eye. Needless to say, the sex scenes are quite steamy and the book progresses quickly, and I'm awkward enough in person as it is.
We received e-copies of this novel from the publisher for our honest opinions and reviews via Netgalley.
Thank you to Ava for joining us today, and to Kati for asking us to participate in the tour!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

ARC Review: Roman Holiday 3: Blindsided by Ruthie Knox

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release date: November 25, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
50 Pages

In Episode 3 of Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday, Ashley has led Roman across state lines in an attempt to save her home. And he’s about to learn just how wily this wild child can be.

Our duo finally made it to Georgia. And poor Roman. I'm pretty sure when he offered to take Ashley to her friends, this wasn't what he expected. Now, he's stuck in hippie town staying on a swamp with people who keep alligators as pets. Then there's Ashley, who scheming ways have now expanded to include her grandmother's best friend. She's so hell bent on saving this property that she can't see anything else.

We also meet Carmen in this installment. While Roman is stuck in swampland, Carmen is down in Florida trying to figure out what the hold up is. She meets Noah, Roman's foreman. And not going to lie, I felt some sparks between the two of them. So I'm very interested in where the Roman/Carmen/Noah situation will end up.

My question is, am I the only one who is getting really annoyed with Ashely? I understand her intentions behind her actions, but she is really acting like a spoiled, petulant child. This was the first installment where I really just wanted Roman to ditch her ass in the swamp and go home.

Still, I really enjoy Knox's writing. It's fun and the serialized format works well for this story. I look forward to the next installment.

I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review via Netgalley.
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