Review: Off Limits

Off Limits (Aces Hockey, #1.5)Off Limits by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Off Limits is the first Kelly Jamieson novel that I have read, and while I found it too short (although as a novella it is a good length) I quite enjoyed the characters. Taking the ‘older brother’s best friend’ and twisting it just a bit was really sweet.

I will definitely be looking into more of Jamiesons work, especially the Aces Hockey books.

Review: Heartache and Other Natural Shocks

Heartache and Other Natural ShocksHeartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Being a Torontonian may have influenced my choosing of this book a little more than I would like to admit. However there were other factors that drew me in as well; the shakespearean connection, the coming-of-age struggles, and brutal rivalry of teenage girls.

The beginning of the novel was a bit slower than I was expecting, but it still kept my interest enough to keep reading. Once the pace picked up a bit more I was completely drawn in. I loved so much about this book, the subtle historical references–just enough to give the time period, but not too in-your-face. The raw look inside underage drinking and drug use that is so honest it is perfect. The hard realization that not all families are perfect, and how utterly heartbreaking that can feel.

While there are some very minor things that kept this book from being an five star favourite for me, I absolutely adore this book and will be keeping an eye out for more of Glenda’s books.

Review: Black Cipher Files Trilogy

Blowback (Black Cipher Files series Book 1)Betrayals (Black Cipher Files Romantic Suspense)Burned (Black Cipher Files #3)Burned by Lisa Hughey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before–review multiple books in the same review. I’m doing this for two reasons, the first is that I received the Black Cipher Files Trilogy as one ebook. The second is that it is all part of the same story, without NEEDING to be read as such.

The thing that I like about all three books (Blowback, Betrayals, and Burned) is that they all have their own plot, but added together they help make sence of the underlying plot.

All three couples are unique and well thought out, keeping the romance of the books on the steamy side. They all deal with high level government agencies and extremely sensitive information. Each couple’s story have their own quirks and I adored them all. Although Zeke and Sunshine (of Burned) are my favourite.

Review: The Summer We Loved

The Summer We LovedThe Summer We Loved by Wendy Lou Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Summer We Loved is about two emotionally traumatized thirty-somethings who each feel strong connections, but act like teenagers about their feelings and spend the whole book pretending not to like each other. Their backgrounds are developed pretty well, the supporting characters help tremendously and, for the most part, I actually like the main characters.

I just couldn’t put the immature actions out of my head. That coupled with the short, choppy sentences and jumping from timeline to timeline, made this an almost did-not-finish for me.

Review: The Drafter

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1)The Drafter by Kim Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Kim Harrison, and I adore her writing. The story drew me in and I felt very connected to Peri’s emotional state.

Set in 2030, the technology doesn’t seem to far off from what we have now. The lives the Drafters and Anchors are a unique combination that I’ve never read before, and I found myself in awe of the detail Kim has put into these talents.

I found it particularly humbling that despite all that Peri has gone through her senses were what kept her sane.

I’m hoping that the next book picks up where this one left off, because I was a little disappointed by how the book ended.

Review: The 12 Brides of Summer- Novella Collection #4

The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection #4The 12 Brides of Summer – Novella Collection #4 by Vickie McDonough
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All three novellas are by different authors, but are all similar, while still being unique stories. However, I am slightly torn for the rating of this book. Part of me loves these quaint stories about love in the late nineteenth century, but part of me strongly dislikes the multitude of God references.

I finally decided on five stars, primarily because when I selected this book it was clearly stated that it was a Christian romance, but also because I shouldn’t be judging a book by it’s character’s religion. Much to the same way I can read book with characters of a different sexual orientation than myself–I can read books, and not take offence to, with different religious beliefs.

Review: 32 Lays Later: The List 2

32 Lays Later: The List 232 Lays Later: The List 2 by Kate J. Squires
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read Part One a little while back and really enjoyed it. I liked the characters, including the two main characters in Part Two.

Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. The concept was unique and the titles of the movies were hilarious, but I found it to be off. There seemed to be no connection between the main characters and all three were annoying and immature in their actions.

The entire book is one big sex scene and while it is hot, it’s not the greatest I’ve ever read.

Review: While You Were Gone

While You Were GoneWhile You Were Gone by Kate Moretti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While You Were Gone is a breathtakingly stunning account of a young woman’s struggle with the pressures of a broken family, a failing career, and a new relationship.

Karen has let her love of music distract her from the turmoil of her home life for her whole life. Now she’s passed over for a position she was ‘made for’ and an accident leaves her unable to even play for months.

A new relationship helps rebuild, but will it do more bad than good?

The elegant writing, heartfelt connections, and vibrant emotions make this book one that I will remember for quite some time.

While I suggest reading Thought I Knew You, as I will be doing, it is in no way required to understand this novela.

Review: Because of Sydney

Because of SydneyBecause of Sydney by T.A. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mason, a self-made millionaire, is always looking for a new project and always gets what he wants. Until he meets Sydney. A business reporter who, despite her attraction to Mason, must make her deadline–digging up what ever she can on the work Mason is doing on the island.

The chemistry is clear between the two and is written in such a realistic way that it does not come across as fake or cheesy–a common problem among Chick Lit and Romance novels. The pair are navigating unknown territory for them both and hitting the ‘normal’ speed bumps of an accelerated relationship, along with some ethic and moral issues related to their work.

I adored this book, I loved the relationship between Mason and Sydney and their supporting characters–his Nephew and future niece-in-law. I have a slight personal issue with how controlling Mason came off at some points and I detested the way he always said ‘girl’. Those two little things just get under my skin and are the only things holding me back from a five star review.

I’m going to be picking up Grey’s story, as well I am sure there will be another novel–about Sydney’s sister, or at least one in which we find out about them.