Monday, 16 February 2015

Slam by Holly S. Roberts

Title: Slam    
Author: Holly S. Roberts
Series: Completion #4
Genre: Romance, Adult, Sports, Suspense, 18+
Source: ARC
Pages: 210
Rating: 3 stars

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)
Olivia Stradmore, daughter to Senator Jonathan Stradmore, has one goal in life—win her fifth grand slam tennis title in as many years. 

Olivia doesn’t have time for problems with a stalker who disapproves of her less than modest life choices. She enjoys the occasional tennis pro in bed, short skirts, and the chance to allow her wild side out.

Her dreams take a turn when her stalker, known only as Ty, runs over her with a van and puts her in the hospital. Ty will stop at nothing to possess what he covets.

Enter bodyguard Brack Jacobs—hair too long, attitude too uptight, and body too damn hot.

Brack has a job to do and sleeping with a target is not in the target’s best interest. Doesn’t matter that Olivia is sexy as hell and bent on adding a notch to her bedpost with Brack’s name on it.

Life is not as straightforward as it seems and deadly consequences await them both.

Can Olivia change Brack’s mind and turn a spark of desire into a raging inferno? Will Brack survive the flames or would slam, bam, thank you ma’am be his safest bet? 

My Review:

I was in the mood for a Romance novel, so when I had the opportunity to read Slam in exchange for a review, I took it. I don’t mention it a lot, but the Sport genre is actually pretty high on my interest list, and sadly, I don’t read it enough. So, that was another reason I was really excited to read Slam.

Let’s start with my loves. I loved that the main character, Olivia, is a sassy, confident woman that has no understanding of the word ‘shy’. She knows what she wants, *cough* Brack *cough* and she has no issues asking, begging, and demanding him. Saying that, I love that Brack was an Alpha male, to Olivia’s Alpha female personality. I love that he refuses to give her what she wants, but he isn’t afraid to admit he wants it too. The main characters and their development was definitely this novel’s strongest aspect. For the most part, they were extremely well established and they developed nicely with the plot. Saying that, I was a little disappointed on how flat every other character was. They were mentioned briefly, had little to say, and were only brought up when convenient. Unfortunately, that also includes the stalker.

And speaking of the stalker, I felt that it was such an integral part of the novel that was massively underplayed. Much like the other secondary characters, he only appeared when convenient. Starting right at the beginning, I felt like I was coming into the story half way through. I would have really enjoyed seeing the build up of the stalkers actions, but instead, I walked into the book right as the stalker got straight to deathly violent. I would have like to see Olivia’s reactions when the stalker first started to contact her, and see how those reactions changed and developed all the way through.

Just as I felt the beginning was a little too rushed, I also felt that the ending was a little rushed as well. It felt extremely out of place, and it also felt as though it came out of left field. More hints pertaining to who Brack is, or rather who his family is, would have been ideal for the ending to make more sense. Additionally, I believe the author intended a joke at the end of the novel (toward Brack and her father), but it played out very awkward, confusing, out of place, and a little crazy white-girl for my taste. The ending was definitely the weakest part of the novel. I think that 50 pages could have been added to both the beginning and the end to take away the rushed feeling, and I would have felt a lot more comfortable with the novel as a whole.

Lastly, one of the reasons I was so excited about this book was because of the entire sport aspect. However, there wasn’t a lot of tennis going on at all. HOWEVER, the author does give reasons for this fact, and she does bring attention to those reasons so the reader understands what is going on. So, while I was a little disappointed, I entirely understood it as a creative choice and I didn’t let my disappointment take away from my rating.

So overall, while the beginning and ending of the novel were very rushed, the middle of the novel was well established and ran at a good pace. I loved the details and the dialogue that was included in the plot, which really saved the book in my opinion. The main characters were amazing and fun to read, but I would have liked to read about the other secondary characters in more depth. And the ending? Eh, not the best I’ve read. I wish that I had read the other books in the series so I could have had a better understanding of the authors writing style, and to see if any of those secondary characters had more of a lead role else where. However, I didn’t have that opportunity, so I have to give this book a 3/5.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Losing It: A Collection of VCards

Title:  Losing It: A Collection of Vcards
Author: 22 different authors
Series: N/A
Genre: Romance, Adult, paranormal
Source: ARC
Pages: 271
Rating: 4 stars!!

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22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.

In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!
Stories include excerpts and extended material--ALL NEW CONTENT featuring the following YA novels & authors:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish 

My Review:

Let’s start off by saying that this is definitely an 18+ book. There are some graphic scenes that are not appropriate for younger readers. 

NOW, saying that, this book was H-O-T hot! I usually review a specific book, but considering that this book is actually 22 different stories, I will just give you guys an overview of what to expect. I didn’t know most of these authors, I probably only knew two or three of them, but when I was contacted by one of those said authors to try out the book, I was excited to see what her more mature writing was like. Now, while I didn’t know most of these authors, they made me feel right at home. You don’t go into the stories blind, there is a little bit of back-story for you so you at least get an idea of what’s going on before you dive into some pretty intimate scenes. The stories were fast paced and the perfect length for this anthology of short stories. I was flipping through these pages like crazy! I probably consumed this whole anthology in a couple short hours.

Speaking of intimate scenes, you get a WIDE variety of how they play out. You have the random hook ups, they intimate gushy love, the hot and sexy spontaneous sex, and the goofy awkward first time. There were a lot of scenes in here that made me blush, but there were also a ton that made me laugh out loud. There is something in here for everyone to remember his or her first time.

Possibly my favorite aspect of this anthology is that it exposes you to a large amount of authors, many of them you probably haven’t even heard of. You get a sense of their characters and their writing styles and it leaves you wanting more! With just a few minutes of googling, you can find out what the authors have published, and it’s easy to get hooked into a new series. That is the best part, finding new books to love.

I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to my older readers out there. This set of short stories has everything you need, and there is something for everyone. It definitely leans to the paranormal side, which I was very happy about, and it leaves you with a whole slew of emotions and feelings. 4 stars to something pretty damn awesome!