28 June 2013

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Coming-of-age
Publication: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin.

Rose Zarelli 2.0 here—2.0, as in, innovative…superior…improved.

Improved how? Glad you asked. This year, I will not:

1. Do things just because other people want me to.

2. Randomly shoot off my mouth.

3. Worry about whether I'm someone's girlfriend—or not.

So, what will I do this year?

1. Find my thing and be who I want to be.

2. Learn when to speak up—and when to shut up.

3. Tell off Jamie Forta and move on.

I'm older and smarter now—I can totally pull this off. How hard can it be?

I love girly highschool/coming-of-age-ish YA series. Princess Diaries, Georgia Nicholson and Jessica Darling are some of my favorite series and Louise Rozett's Confessions of an Angry Girl made that list last year. Since then, I've been dying for the next book and Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend definitely did not disappoint.

The book picks up with Rose at a party, trying to distract herself after spending the entire summer waiting for Forta to call. Rozett tackles so many things in this book - boys, bullying, homosexuality, drugs, abuse, college and well, everything. Rose is growing up, trying to figure out who she is and there are new characters introduced in the book who contribute to that. Also, have I mentioned that Jamie Forta is HOT?
I couldn't get enough of Jamie and Rose and that's partly the reason why I'm absolutely dying to get my hands on the next book! I can't wait to see how things finally fall into place!

I loved Rose's voice, even though she's flawed and at times frustrating. If you like humor, love, friendship, family with high school mixed in, this book series is for you!

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Runes (Runes #1) By Ednah Walters

Runes by Ednah Walters.
Audience/Genre:YA ,Fantasy, Mythology and Paranormal Romance.
Publication:Published May 20th 2013 by Firetrail Publishing.
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I loved this book and can’t wait for August to come to read Immortals (Book #2) in the series because she freaking left me on a sort of cliffhanger dragging my emotions over the ending of this book!

We find out a lot about Norse mythology. I love the Fates in this book too. You see Runes everywhere by the end of the book.

Raine is a girl just going along minding her own business in the world trying to play it safe. Her father went missing after a plane crash in Hawaii not too long prior to the start of the book. Her mom and she are saddened; her mom doesn’t give up hope though. Raine has a boyfriend, sort of, that has been her best friend forever. There really aren’t sparks flying there, but Raine thinks there is until Torin comes along and gets under her skin. Raine learns that magic is real and she isn’t sure she wants anything to do with it. But when it comes to her friend’s safety, she will fight for them, magic or not!

Eirik is a safe guy. He is Raines’s supposed boyfriend. He spends a lot of time over the years at Raine’s house. There is no real love with his adoptive parents. He is sweet and kind and a hero. I want him to be happier.

Cora is Raine’s best friend and sidekick. She is funny and outspoken.

Torin is an enigma that you can’t seem to figure out and so badly want to. He is definitely swoon worthy! He doesn’t have time for love, but sometimes, your heart doesn’t care what you do or don’t have time for. I love that about Torin, he struggles within himself and you get to see that about him. Your heart bleeds for Torin.

The three of them are on a swim team and seem to run into death a lot. I don’t want to say too much, because the trying to figure out what is going on is half of the fun of the book. There are many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. In fact, some of it was the opposite of what I thought was going to happen. Loved that!!

I know I am being vague. But if you like mythology or are a fan of The Mortal Instruments you will enjoy this book. Let me just tell you that once you get a few chapters into the book you will be hooked and by the end you will be saying “What just happened?” and will be sad until the next book comes out in August.I did think at first it was too much like the Mortal Instruments, but it’s not so keep reading it!

And I voted for Torin on the YA Crush Tournament before I read the book, because I had that much faith that he is the one who should win!

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26 June 2013

How do you decide what to read next?

I have a question?

When your tbr list gets too big and you want to read every book you see, what do you do? How do you choose what books have to sit on the back burner for a while? I have so many books that I need to read right now and I am gonna go crazy!

I have like 50 books at home awaiting me to read them. I want to read them all, I really do. But, I have to be honest, I don't have all day to read. I have a job, kids, a husband (who would read one of my books just to get into a conversation with me) and a house to clean and other things to do and friends as well.

So tell me; how do you arrange your reading besides your favorite authors or series first. I need help!


25 June 2013

Barbie Girl (Baby Doll #1)

Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta.
Audience/Genre: YA Contemporary.
Publication: Published (first published November 1st 2012).
The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I was gifted this book some time ago and I am just getting around to reading it. I didn’t realize the second book was out. Although,I can't find it anywhere. I won the prize pack. It had gummy bears in it and it got ripped into as soon as it came out of the package. My daughter did it, I swear! The gummy bears are part of the story. My daughter has the polish on and it is so cute. It definitely belongs to Barbie! Below is the pic. I know, I am photography challenged.

Barbie is a pretty girl who has dyed hair and crazy clothes. She has no father, an autistic younger brother (whom she would die for) and an absent alcoholic mother. Her mother has a boss/boyfriend who hits on Barbie and has a hold on her mother. Barbie does whatever she can to protect her brother so that when she turns 18, she can take him and run away. She has it all planned out. She “numbs” her pain by making out with boys. She gets a reputation by the way she looks and acts. Yet if you looked hard enough, you would know that she doesn’t drink, because of her mom, and is still a virgin. But people like to judge you and that is what this book is all about.

Dylan is a straight laced geek who takes on tutoring Barbie so she can pass math and pass high school. (Oh and by the way, Dylan is another book boyfriend. He is sweet and dreamy but can also be a stupid guy) In exchange, because she can’t pay him for it, she agrees to help him get the girl of his dreams, Katie. Katie is supposed to be the perfect girl. But is she really or is it what Dylan sees. Just another judgment. Barbie pulls all the moves making Katie believe he is Mr. Hot Stuff and suddenly Katie has an interest in him. But as time goes on, Dylan doesn’t really want Katie anymore. He starts to see Barbie for who she really is. But Barbie doesn’t let him see all of her, i.e. her crappy home life or let him know that part about her. She is embarrassed. She just sees that Dylan has the perfect family and life.

Dylan’s best friend, Third, is the one Barbie confides in because she sees Third at his lowest one night and figures she can share her low with him. That puts some trouble in paradise later on. Third is the side kick who is hilarious. Then Barbie meets a goth girl and they become friends.

Life becomes terrible and things go bad for Dylan, Barbie and Third. Third is not a love interest at all. Dylan and Third lose their best friend status. Dylan does a lot of judging before he finds out the facts, making Dylan no better than everyone else. Everything becomes a mess and the ending is sort of a cliff hanger. I really need to find out what happens next because my heart does go out to Barbie.

I really enjoyed the story line and felt sorrow at Barbie’s life. I loved most of it. But, if I am to be honest, I got downright angry with the grammar and time lines and spelling! Things would be out of order and sometimes when I was really into the story I would have to pull out of it to reread and figure out what I just read. I am not a writer but I like what I read to flow. Also, I didn’t get why Dylan still had his arm around Katie if all he thought about was Barbie. He didn’t seem like he cared at all. I took off 1/2 star for all that. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars.

He kisses me but not letting it become the hungry kisses we once shared. No, these are carefully planned out. He is slowly killing me, slowly memorizing me with each kiss. Each kiss unties a carefully placed knot I tied myself, knots that hold me in place so tightly. He is single-handedly untying each and every one.

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23 June 2013

Centaur Rivalry (Touched #3) By Nancy Straight

Centaur Rivalry by Nancy Straight.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology, Young Adult, New Adult.
Publication: Published May 15th 2013 by Nancy Straight CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector. A death order against Camille's father and family sends all into hiding.

Camille and Drake leave the country pursued by the Lost Herd as well as by Centaur Council enforcers. Camille's twin brother Cameron is manipulated by the Council Head and is quickly becoming her newest enemy.

Amid unexpected new protectors, enemies, and romances, Camille and Drake make their plans to travel to Africa to confront the Centaur Council. They hope acceptance of Camille as Chiron's heir, yet knowing that her link to the Lost Herd could require them to kill or to be killed.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is the third book in the series. If you haven't read them, pick them up. It is a fresh take on mythology. This book has more adult elements in it than the first two if you were looking at content for age appropriateness.

GGGAAHHH!!! I just screamed because I was really into it and it ended on a really powerful note. Now, I have to wait till November to see what happens next. I don't do well waiting!

Anyway, This series just keeps getting better and better. I love how the relationships grow and how families grow too. I love watching Cami and Drake grow. I love his Centaur Warrior! I feel sad for Daniel and want to know what is really going on with Cami's closest companions. What is happening with Brent? Who will he choose? What is happening with Jessica and what choices will she make? Who will make sacrifices? You don't get all these answers in this book. We will just have to wait for the next chapter. Grr..

There is pretty much nonstop action. At every turn, there is something new to learn about the centaurs and Cami is the one learning. I would be frustrated, but she is a trooper and just keeps on going with the flow. Her enemies are getting closer but Cami has a new weapon in a friend. And of course, don't forget what Drake can do to take care of her!

I love how you get different POV's. Like, even from the enemy. It gives you a little more insight and one step ahead of Cami at times. That is when I want to scream at Cami to watch out, but of course, I can't. I just sit there helplessly as it unfolds.

I love the description of scenes. I would love to be on the Caymans with her! You feel like you are there too!

I just want to see a happily ever after. Nancy puts so much into the story, that I hang on trying to figure everything out like Cami does and I don't know how it will end. I just know that the real fight hasn't even begun!.

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21 June 2013

Blog Tour: Suddenly Beautiful by Boone Brux (Review + Giveaway)

Suddenly Beautiful by Boone Brux.
Audience/Genre: Adult/Paranormal Romance.
Publication: June 10th, 2013 by Covet (Entangled Publishing).
Being the son of Aphrodite isn’t a walk in the clouds. Rebelling against his demi-god status, billionaire make-up mogul Toraos Stephanos fights to separate his personal life and the immortal world by swearing off demi-god girlfriends forever. Too bad his newest employee can't take the hint.

Though Nikki secretly pines for her smoking hot boss, no way will she jeopardize her job and independence professing her love to a guy so clearly out of her league. Too bad that leaves her with only imagining him naked and thinking evil thoughts about the new girl.

After a single bottle of Ambrosia and one night of passion... Nikki finally thinks she has a chance with the man of her dreams. But the next morning, Tor pretends like nothing happened, leaving Nikki with an emerging drive for combat—after all, turns out she is the daughter of Ares and she's about to make her mama proud.
All is fair in love and war... and Nikki's not about to let anyone forget it.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This story is just so danged cute! I found myself giggling on the first page. Nikki is a demigoddess. The thing is – she doesn’t know it yet. She is the daughter of Ares, the god of war and Azzura, a famous model for the competition. Nikki was only raised by her mother who wasn’t really there for Nikki. Azzura was more into herself. Nikki’s father was totally absent. Nikki is adorable and funny. She has worked as the assistant to Tor, the very desirable big man of Kythera Cosmetics, for 6 years. She has loved him from afar for the whole time. She knows his every move and actions to avoid women’s attempts to get him under their grasp. She is a sweet and caring person and has been an excellent assistant.

Tor is the son of Aphrodite. His mother was around his whole life and could be a little meddling in her son’s affairs. He is the desire of every woman that lays eyes on him. He is totally swoon worthy and has sworn of dating demigoddesses with their drama. He knows Nikki is a demigoddess and is aware she doesn’t know it. He runs the company. The company has many demigoddesses working there. It is forbidden to tell Nikki who she is.

This brings me to Demi. She is the attorney in the legal department and out for Tor. She wants him bad and will do anything to get him and make sure Nikki doesn’t. She really is a witch with a capital B! Darn, I almost posted a spoiler. There is a dinner with drinks that Demi only allows Tor to drink.

That’s when things get busy with Tor and Nikki; in the elevator and in his penthouse! Nikki can’t believe this is happening to her. She wakes up early and goes home before he wakes up. She arrives at work only to discover that he doesn’t remember anything. WHAT? After a night like that?? Nikki is heartbroken and confused. She is also starting to be able to hear thoughts of others in her head and causing some of her mean thoughts about Demi to come to pass.

Then there are so many different things happening to keep Tor and Nikki apart. So many misunderstandings and lots of Demi getting her two cents in. Nikki learns who she is from Tor and Nikki decides to fight for what she wants. You can’t help but laugh. I love what she does with her newfound powers. And when she does meet her father; well she’s definitely her father’s daughter!!

This book flows so easily and you fall in love with Tor, Nikki and everyone else. Well, Not with Demi. I can definitely see me reading this book again. Tor is definitely a book boyfriend. It was predictable at times but the writing more than makes up for it. I am not really into mythology but Tor made me interested!

Let me share some of it with you; this is the beginning

Holy Mary, mother of God, the man was half-naked.

Flawless, tan skin stretched across a perfect muscular back. Her boss, Tor, oozed more sex appeal than any man had the right to possess- especially around her. After six years of working at Kythera Cosmetics, she still lusted for him as much as she had the day she started. Were her thighs actually sweating?

Nikki snapped her gaping mouth closed and squeezed her lids shut. The dirty little desires she normally kept tucked away tumbled throughout her mind. Once again, she screwed her contrived disinterest in place and opened her eyes.

“Wednesday is great.” Tor turned and flashed his impressive eight pack as he waved her inside with the shirt he held in his hand. “I can’t foresee any problems.”

For the love of God, man, cover up.

And later:

In reality, she wasn't sure why she struggled so hard to hide her interest. The man never thought about anything other than work. She could probably dry hump his leg and he'd tell her to file something while she was down there.

Just wait and see what she does to Demi!

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As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone's writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it's not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and everything is fodder for one of Boone's novels.

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18 June 2013

First Frost (First Frost #1) by Liz DeJesus

First Frost (First Frost #1) by Liz DeJesus .
Audience/Genre: YA/Fantasy.
Publication: June 22nd 2012 by Musa Publishing.
Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Bianca Frost thought her life was just a little out of the ordinary. Her father disappeared ten years ago. Her mom and her work in a Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts that have to do mainly with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. She starts off one night with a broken vacuum cleaner and after everything is out of the ordinary!

She learns magic is real. Stories from the museum are real and these artifacts are in fact, real too. She learns she is a witch and a descendant of Snow White. She learns her father is, in fact, alive and is a bear. Then with really only one day of learning these truths and her mom teaching her some things, her mom is captured and is threatened by an evil witch. Bianca must find a spell book and bring it to her or her mother will die.

I don’t know about you but I would seriously be freaking out if I were Bianca! She tells her best friend Ming everything and Ming believes her and they go on an adventure with an arrogant and pampas prince and his more than capable assistant to find her mother. She finds her father, in bear form, and he joins them.

They have an amazing and terrifying adventure and quest to find Rose Frost. They meet the big bad wolf. Bianca has nightmares that are real. Bianca learns more about her magic and finds a little romance. Sounds cool to me.

The story was simple but mesmerizing. There are some lessons learned here like pride from being a part of a family and believing in yourself. That’s what I love about fairy tales- the moral of the story. I enjoyed it and look forward to their next adventure.

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12 June 2013

Fairyvision (Songs of Magic, #5) by J. L. Bryan

Fairyvision (Songs of Magic, #5) by J. L. Bryan.
Audience/Genre: Middle-grade/Fantasy.
Publication: February 15th 2013 by J.L. Bryan.
The fifth book in the Songs of Magic series!

Jason, Erin, and the other Zebras go on a world tour with their enchanted instruments, only to encounter the mysterious supernatural Folk of India and the Far East. While they tangle with their record company, Erin tries to avoid dealing with the secrets she's learned about herself, while Jason pieces together a mystery surrounding a very special golden guitar called Caliburn.

In Faerie, Aoide the Lutist and her troupe finally return home from their long adventure. They're struggling to get new gigs, but Aoide senses opportunity in the form of special new magic mirrors that can broadcast concerts, plays, and other entertainment all over Faerie...

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a really cute series. I could so see everything Mr. Bryan describes. It is enchanting and captivating. There is every type of creature you can imagine. The words used to describe days of the week are even enchanting... Moonday, Fryday, Someday, etc. I mean; how cute is that!!

Jason and Erin are a couple but are focused on doing what this contract of theirs tell them to do. Their band is pulled all over the world. You would think they would be happy about it. But it is not happy. They are worked hard and have no time to do anything fun at all. Erin is told to model and do commercials for these old parachutes that are made into pants that smell of old stuff no matter how much they are washed. Disgusting, I would have broken my contract right then. But Erin does what she is told. They are working so hard and don’t even know how much money they are making. Hmmm....

Meanwhile in the fairy world, Aoide and her band are struggling to find work. I love this world because everything is silly and cute and captivating. In Fairie, they are getting magic mirrors that broadcast shows and music. They are all silly versions of our soap operas and silly musical songs. I loved it! Suddenly, they have a contract to sing on these magical mirrors that show in every home with one. Their contracts may not be what they think. Hmmm...

Suddenly in both worlds everything goes amiss and sadness ensues. After all, they are still instruments that need to be returned and always good vs. evil to contend with. I don’t want to say much more because you really have to read it to experience this world of J. L. Bryan. You won’t regret it.

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Blog Tour: Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen (Giveaway + Review)

Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen.
Audience/Genre: Women/Contemporary Romance.
Publication: June 10th, 2013 by Bliss (Entangled Publishing).
All’s fair in acting and amore…

Brynn McAdams isn’t the awkward drama geek she was in high school—she’s grown up and confident, or at least she likes to think so. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be someone other than the girl he doesn’t even recognize. Good thing she’s an excellent actress.

After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the glamorous and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she’s off-limits. There’s just something about the woman that feels…familiar. Like home.

As Brynn’s lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I love it when there is a story in a story or in this case a play called “The Importance of Being Earnest”. To be honest, I haven’t seen it but I got enough from the book to know some of it. In it things are built upon some lies. But as in this story, lies always get out of control and it is hard to dig out of the hole that you put yourself in!

Brynn has crushed on Sawyer since high school. She was considered different then. She was in drama club. She dressed differently. She just didn’t quite fit in with the popular people. She tried to ask Sawyer to prom and was rejected. Then even worse, when she went on stage in high school, someone stepped on her skirt and everyone saw her in her underwear! (That happened to me once, except my chair flipped and I was wearing a dress and it flipped over my head! SO SO EMBARRASING) She was called McFlasher after that. She never really got over all that, including him.

She had a better control on her looks and was always smiling now. Then Sawyer came back to town. He came back to fix up his parents dream home, sell it, and go back home to New York. He also got set up to direct a play that Brynn was in. Sawyer doesn’t remember her and Brynn likes it that way. So Brynn lets him believe things about her that aren’t true and it just kept getting worse and worse. . She goes hot and cold on him a lot depending if the conversation hits her past in anyway.

Now that they both like each other, Brynn doesn’t know how to tell him the truth about her. Then Sawyer has/had some issues of his own and so he doesn’t see anything. He had one ex-crazy actress girlfriend who tried to hang on to him hard. He also lost his dad to ALS when he was young which he still hangs onto. Put all that together and you have a catastrophe. Mix it with a lot of humor and quirkiness and you have a cute love story.

What will happen when it all comes to light? How will it all come to light? You will have to read it to find out. But it is so cute and definitely would be a great romantic comedy on the big screen!

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Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novelsAll the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, bestselling short romance Falling for Her FiancĂ© and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

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11 June 2013

Blog Tour: The Waiting Game by Eve Devon (Giveaway + Review)

The Waiting Game by Eve Devon.
Audience/Genre: Adult/Romantic Suspense,Thriller
Publication: May 27th 2013 by Entangled: Suspense.
Five years ago a madman stalked her. Kidnapped her. Tattooed her.

When security expert Cameron Dexter—the man Brooke Bennett once loved—appears unexpectedly at her door with terrifying news, the former musician discovers she can no longer hide from her past. After five years, her vicious kidnapper is out of prison and on the hunt—for Brooke.

Now he’s returned to complete his art.

Cam failed to protect Brooke once before. Now he’d rather die than let her be captured. With her life at stake, Cam vows to keep her hidden and safe. Brooke, however, is done with running. Unlike Cam, she wants to stand and fight. Emotions both old and new roil between them, but addressing their heated past must wait. Together they set a trap in London to catch a killer. But they soon discover the enemy wears many faces.

Reviewed by Kelly.

First Impressions- I kept thinking I was reading a second book in a series like I somehow missed the first book when she was kidnapped. I kept going to goodreads to be sure I wasn’t missing something. Nope, it is a debut novel.
I have been reading a lot of new adult books lately and realized that I enjoy adult books a little better. The F word isn’t plastered everywhere. Just sayin...

We start off 5 years after Brooke Bennett’s kidnapping and torture. Her kidnapper has just been released from prison early for being a model prisoner so he could get out early and finish what he started. Her kidnapper, Spinks, is a narcissist, and wants Brooke as his living art work. He is Sick, Sick, Sick!!! Did I tell you he was Sick? Well, he is. We don’t see a lot of him. We just get bits and pieces of his whereabouts and thoughts. But something else doesn’t add up in this story. I figured out part of it early on. But that’s all I can say about that.

This book is called The Waiting Game for a reason. Because for most of the book, we are all waiting. Waiting for him to make a move. Waiting for it to be over. Waiting for something to happen. Waiting for Brooke to run when she needs to. Waiting for the guilt to go away. Waiting for her life to come back and to live it. That gives it a lot of suspense and I liked it.

Brooke is only living to eat and breathe, which isn’t really living. She is broken. She used to be a famous singer and composer. She doesn’t even write anymore. She can’t. She is in France living a solitude life with only her former manager knowing where she is. Or so we thought since Cameron (her former bodyguard) just shows up at her door to wisk her away because she is no longer safe alone. There is some chemistry between the two but Cameron makes it appear to Brooke that he is only doing his job. He feels guilt at her being caught under his guard before and he won’t, no- can’t, let that happen again. He tries to keep her at a distance but it is just too hard for both of them. Every time you think they will get past his guilt and her humiliation at being scarred and marked, he pushes her away. He thinks that she can’t choose him (whatever that means) until she is free of him forever. She just gets to the point where she just wants him and she falls in love with him. He remains with guilt for, uh, well I guess you have to read it to find out how long that happens. I loved watching both of them grow and learn and move past obstacles.

Brooke has moments of flashbacks and panic attacks. Brooke didn’t know whether she was a survivor or a victim. She wanted to be a survivor. She wanted to run away often from everything. She knew that several times she was in a fight or flight situation and for most of them, she just froze, even though she knew she needed to run. I don’t know what I would have done in her shoes. I probably would have shriveled into nothing of a human being! She really was a survivor to me.

Her manager, Steven, is a lowlife, a pathetic thing for a human being!! I didn’t care for him at all. Her friend, Megan, was a gem. I only wish we could have seen more of her. Cam’s other security personnel were dedicated to their job and loyal to Cam.

There is a lot of suspense, action and a mystery to be solved as well. In the end, you get that happily ever after and I get that sigh of reading a good book.

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Eve Devon writes sexy heroes, sassy heroines & happy ever afters... Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave Eve Devon a taste for adventure; her love for romances began when her mother shoved one into her hands in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals! When Eve wasn't consuming books by the bucketload, she could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down her adventures. As a teenager, Eve wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, still hooked on romance and mysteries, she worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realizing she was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense herself. Visit Eve at her website: www.EveDevon.com

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