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Friday, May 31, 2019

REVIEWED: The Heir from Nowhere


Rating: 3


Title: The Heir From Nowhere
Author: Trish Morey






I cried... I empathized. I was baffled by one thing though. Wasn't she still Mrs. Cameron???

The book confused me but it was well written enough for me to be able to get the feels. The story starts with the main male character finding out that he impregnated a woman somewhere. No. That's not right. A woman is pregnant because she was given the wrong fertilized embryo by a clinic. She refused to abort the baby and so she hopes that the biological parents would now take it.

The was a glitched in that. She was penniless while the father was wealthy and he was a widow. In the end she moves in with him and tries her best to be nothing more than an surrogate for his unborn child. They build a connection however and ends up falling in love with each other.

Positives: Enjoyable, well-written
Negatives: Chaotic, unreasonable

I know this is Harlequin and there are times where they do it just because they can. There was a lot of questionable things. It was a story that was being told but nothing was unfolded. I did not invest. I did not want to reread the book. I was left confused. When did she get divorced? Did I miss that part? Why did he fall for her? Was it only because she was convenient? Did they really resolve anything? Questions... so many questions. I just hoped there was more to them than the situation. Who are they? What was their drive? What is the reason behind the action? I like to get a sense at least of who the characters are so I can get invested. I always hope that the book I'm reading gets me invested.

How about you? Have you read this book? Plans to pick-it up? Reactions if you've read it?

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

REVIEWED: Confessions of a Bad Bridesmaid by Jennifer Rae


Rating: 4


Title: Confessions of a Bad Bridesmaid
Author: Jennifer Rae







Shout out to all the bridesmaids out there! Come on we deserve a pat on the back... right?

It took me a while to get through the book. I originally gave up but damn didn't I enjoy the book in the end.

Attending a glamorous society wedding for her best friend is Olivia Matthews. The entire thing was out of her league... or so she says. The consolation price is the gorgeous and kissable Edward Winchester, best man, and brother of the groom. What can you do when cupid hits you?

The book was chaotic in the beginning. None of the characters was endearing. I felt as though they weren't worth investing time in but I was persistent. I wanted to know the ending of the story so I did power through but around the halfway mark I was no longer powering through but enjoying the book. I can understand why the characters was the way they were. I understand the insecurity of feeling left out, unworthy, incapable, the idea that I would live up to anything. The fear that I failed. The fear becoming a chain the binds me and everything that I do.


Monday, May 27, 2019

REVIEWED: Rules of Passion by Sara Bennett


Rating: 3


Title: Rules of Passion
Author: Sara Bennett
Series: Greentree Sisters
Issue: 2








There were too many parts moving in the story.

After ruining her reputation by naively following a prince that turned into a frog  Marietta is sure she wants to follow after her biological mother Madam Aphrodite. Max Valland, the disgraced Lord Roseby believes that his life is over after being disinherited by his father. The two met and find solace in each other's arms.

As I said before, too many moving parts! I'm sure that the book would have been enjoyable if my attention wasn't split in too many things inside the book. I wondered about Marietta's background, the truth about Max's paternity, training to be a courtesan, life threats, the sizzling attraction between them. It was just too much. It proves the point that too much isn't always too good. I was fine with the first book with the second book it soured me enough to say that I might not read any Sara Bennett books in the near future.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

CHALLENGE: 2019 Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge, Are You Joining?



I was going through my twitter (that's @jeshaisbookworm by the way) when I saw someone posted about joining the Summer Reading Challenge this year. I'm new to the reading community and I was curious this. There are only a handful of reading challenges I wanted to join and know about and this was one of them. I was attracted the the idea of a reading list to guide me. I have a lot of books and I need the urge and help in choosing the books I read.

There are two categories Beginner and Expert. I'm going with the beginner since I am on.


For Beginners

Saturday, May 25, 2019

AEW Female Empowerment


Image credit: ALL ELITE WRESTLING

I despise the use of women in propaganda. In recent years wrestling production market themselves as female empowering by putting focus on their women. Still as a woman I wonder is that the reason or is it a hidden agenda on their part?

After watching AEW's double or nothing I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride. No advertising their female referees to market themselves as a FEMALE EMPOWERING company. Seemingly no agenda. This is what I want to see. It feels like equality. No using the notion of Female Empowerment to gain views. It reminds me of last year, at the ALL IN pay-per-view when Jordynne Grace a female independent wrestler currently signed with Impact Wrestling joined the Over the Budget Battle Royal with no one batting an eyelash. It was just this way. It wasn't used to show that 'hey, look at us we are pushing for female empowerment so come watch us' which is really just an illusion if you are using it for your company. You want to make it the norm for females to be out there? Then just give equal opportunity without hidden agendas.

You don't need to publicly claim anything. Just allow the women the same opportunity as the males. Allow us show you what we can do.

I wanted to write this because I am a fan of wrestling. I know this is a book blog but this is a blog about my interest. I want to put my thoughts out there so I am. Sorry if the contents are rushed.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

REVIEWED: The Prince's Chambermaid by Sharon Kendrick


Rating: 2


Title: The Prince's Chambermaid
Author: Sharon Kendrick






Oh Cathy... WHY?
Princely or sissy?

Cathy is a chambermaid. She has always felt unlovable and mundane. Prince Xaviero is an entitled prince looking to buy a place. They meet and timid Cathy is attracted by the brooding bad boy not knowing at first that he is the prince. Innocent about the birds and the bees she becomes the prince's mistress and a whole story happens.

I finished this book. I did it so I could see if the story would be able to redeem itself. I was unable receive that satisfaction.

Monday, May 20, 2019

REVIEWED: Bidding on Her Boss by Rachel Bailey


Rating: 4


Title: Bidding on Her Boss
Author: Rachel Bailey
Series: The Hawke Brothers
Issue: 2








I enjoyed the story. It wasn't complicated. The plot drive was believable and the connection between them was apparent from the start. The book was well written. I also liked that there was no betrayal forced by an outsider.

Florist Faith Crawford loves flowers. And she loves being a florist for the Hawke's. Still she can't land her flower arrangements in the company catalog through her store manager so she wins a date from her boss in a charity auction.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

REVIEWED: ARC: Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls

Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beauty in the Broken
In this day and age how do we define broken? Is it the inability to process thing, lack of certain attributes, experiences? Or is it the way that we handle heartaches. The way we strive to get back after failure. They way we face life after a bad hand is dealt are way. Is it the way we act in front of cruelty. What does it mean to see beauty in the broken?

Six years in prison and Damian is ready to take his revenge first to the man who sent him to prison and his daughter who he has lusted after for years. He would do anything including force her into marriage and force himself on her.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

REVIEWED: Taken by the Sheikh by Penny Jordan


Rating: 2


Title: Taken by the Sheikh
Author: Penny Jordan
Series: Sheikh's Arabian Night
Issue: 5








Seriously??? Hot but sorry not....

The idea of a man falling in love but duty forcible stops him from going all in sounded nice but this story was far from nice. They were chaotic and individually messed up together it's purely psychotic. I'm not going to give specifics because that is for you to venture into if you ever so happy to read the book.

Monday, May 13, 2019

REVIEWED: Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer


Rating: 4


Title: Dukes to the Left of Me, Princess to the Right
Author: Kieran Kramer
Series: The Impossible Bachelors
Issue: 2







This is the second book of the Impossible Bachelors series by Kieran Kramer.

I have said before that I love Kieran Kramer. She is a marvelous writer. The phasing of her writing if more than fine it's spectacular and even if I loved When Harry Met Molly more, that's the first book of the series by the way, you can find that here.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

REVIEWED: Taming an Impossible Rogue


Rating: 3


Title: Taming an Impossible Rogue
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Series: The Scandalous Brides
Issue: 2







Lady Camille Pryce is no longer the sheltered society lady. She was a worker at The Tantalus Club a gentleman's club after fleeing the church on her wedding day. She lives a life away from everything she knew but lives a respectable life no matter what society thinks. Keating Blackwood is reeling from past since he is more than happy to live in the obscurity of his country home. The two find themselves gaining a connection after Keating was tasked to return Lady Camille to her fiance who happens to be his cousin.

It a well written book. It's just that the phasing didn't work for me. There was too much unnecessary events in my opinion that could have made room for something better in the book. The progress of Keating is believable for me. A lot can happen in the years since he made his mistake but Camille's however came so sudden.

I don't want to put spoilers in this review so I'm not going to dwell much on that but say that if there was a true villain in this story it was Lady Camille's parents and I would have liked more exposure from them through out the book. They were intolerable and I was furious with them even if they didn't have many exposure.

I liked the concept of the story but the phasing of the story progression and lack of actually happenings in the book dulled me. I need more action. Need more connection with the characters for me to love and empathize with them. I lacked the connection with the book that I had a difficult time finishing it no matter how good the writing was.










Monday, May 6, 2019

REVIEWED: Bella and the Beast by Olivia Drake


Rating: 3


Title: Bella and the Beast
Author: Olivia Drake
Series: A Cinderella Sisterhood
Issue: 4








It was good but it wasn't great. I don't know if it's because I wasn't reading it in order or simply something missing. It was good writing but I felt like there was something lacking in terms of the main characters interaction. I would have liked it better had they took time to hash the former association of the two. It was a good point to connect them beyond attraction that could have been nothing more than lust.

This is the 4th book of the Cinderella Sistehood series by Olivia Drake and it is a regency retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

REVIEWED: The Sheikh's Unwilling Wife by Sharon Kendrick


Rating: 2


Title: The Sheikh's Unwilling Wife
Author: Sharon Kendrick
Series: The Desert Princes
Issue: 2







Talk about a toxic relationship. I felt like they were no real resolution between the two main characters.

They married years before and she walked out of that relationship. She had plenty of reasons to walk away from a dysfunctional relationship. Even through out the second wind of their relationship it's still a dysfunctional one. They clearly have a lot of issues. They need to settle them before making a commitment. I'm one for a redemption arc but I didn't feel the male main character redeemed himself at the end of the story. The female lead wasn't helping herself. She succumbs to passion easily. I would have wanted her to think rationally for a minute.

Anyway Giovanni and Alexa ends up together but their relationship has surely a lot of bumps to work on. If this was a real story I recommend a healthy dose of self-counseling and couple's counseling. They should work on their issues together and personally. Either way the story was too dysfunctional for me to enjoy.








Friday, May 3, 2019

REVIEWED: The Earl is Mine by Kieran Kramer


Rating: 4


Title: The Earl is Mine
Author: Kieran Kramer
Series: House of Brady
Issue: 2








I love Kieran Kramer so bad. I started reading this book knowing it would be a quick read since it was usually that way with the author. This book isn't my favorite of hers but I enjoyed it. I could see how her writing has developed. Pippa and Gregory weren't annoying. They were flawed. Human. It was good to see such characters.

I say how her writing has developed since the first book of hers that I read was Cloudy with a Chance of Love and the book has show progress in her writing style from this book. (This was published first) This is the second book of the House of Brady series and features Gregory Sherwood, Lord Westdale and Lady Pippa Harrington. Old friends strained from Pippa's hand in his heartbreak years ago.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

REVIEWED: Meet Me at Midnight by Suzanne Enoch


Rating: 3


Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Series: With this Ring
Issue: 2





It was a marvelous story. I was hooked. I wanted to know about the murderer. I was thrown off a few times because the author drops hints about the killer only to snip it. It made me think that she herself had no idea who the killer would end up to be until the very end. It wasn't a mystery so I should give kudos to her. I enjoyed Vixen's banter with her husband.

The story should be simple. It really is. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl are attracted. They are found together in a compromising position. They are forced to marry for the girls reputation. Only this is not a simple story.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

REVIEWED: When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer


Rating: 4


Title: When Harry Met Molly
Author: Kieran Kramer
Series: Impossible Bachelors
Issue: 1









What can I say? I love Kieran Kramer. She is an amazing author. All the books I've read from her so far is well written. I enjoyed Molly and Harry's banter. They clearly need each other. I would have wanted to read more about their backgrounds. It would have a greater impact to dive into the pass. Still, it was well written.

REVIEWED: ARC: Ashes of Revival

Rating: 3.5 Title: Ashes of Revival Author: Alex Shobe Series: The Abdicate Series Issue: 1 I've seen people ratin...