Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown #bookreview

 

Sunset Embrace

 

 

No woman on the trek to Texas was more mysterious than Lydia Langston. No man was more stubborn than Ross Coleman . . . and both were running from the past. Lydia had vowed no man would ever take away her pride, while Ross Coleman stayed true to his wife, who had died in childbirth, the woman who had given him his son. Yet Lydia and Ross would find themselves together, fighting the same enemy and the same dangerous emotions building inside them . . . unable to stop the events that would eventually pit a man’s deadly vengeance against the strength of a woman’s love.

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I must admit that I didn’t know I was reading a historical romance until I realized the settings in the book are kind of old school. And the words they’re using makes me look back again and “OH! It’s a historical romance book.” Well, I’m attracted to the book cover as well as the blurb behind the book. 😂

While reading the book, I have mixed emotions running through me. As a reader, I know what really happens to Lydia. But the others don’t. So I’m kind of upset and mad when they start calling her a ‘whore’ or ‘white trash’. Especially when it comes to Ross Coleman. He never fails to remind me his late wife’s name. How beautiful or elegant or refine she is. 

In every book, there is always a bad guy. And in this case, there are quite a number of them. Bad guys or mean guys or mean women? There’s this very pitiful and sad woman who always like to raise hell if something doesn’t go her way or she’s just too jealous to acknowledge that someone is happy. And there’s this family who is really good folks since they’ve rescue Lydia and tend to her even without knowing who she really was. 

I did enjoy some part of the book and I did get mad at most part of the book. This is a very frustrating historical romance book that I ever read.

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I’m playing around with my newly bought camera. 😊

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Appealed by Emma Chase #bookreview

Welcome to the last of The Legal Briefs Series. I’m sad to see this end but we have to say goodbye anyway.

xoxoxo

 

Appealed

 

 

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate–and prized–parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Louboutins.

When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.

But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore–she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more–and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

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I’m sad to see the series ended and I did have an enjoyable journey with all these characters. The last bachelor, Brent is still standing until he’s reunited with his childhood friend Kennedy. He doesn’t understand the animosity she had towards him until the judge orders them to have dinner together and sort out their ‘shit’ before returning to his courtroom.

We all know the men have commitment issues and that includes Brent. His family is from old money and they are epic. They are not snobbish but they can manage to drive someone crazy. Especially his mother.

Kennedy is someone from Brent’s past and he’s happy to see again after so many years. But Kennedy has issues with Brent. It’s kind of hurting when you know the truth.

Overall, I do enjoy this series. And yes they are all manwhore who found true love. 

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Fated by Rebecca Zanetti #bookreview

Dark Protectors Book 1. With Cara Paulsen and Talen Kayrs as the two main characters and their story is the kickstart for this series.

 

Fated

 

 

Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem. . .

Or Else

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice. . .

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Truth to be told, I’m kind of annoyed with the way Talen address Cara. “Mate” or “wife”. It’s like addressing a dog.

Well, it’s an okay book for me. Since it’s a series of different characters in each book and I’m looking forward to reading the next since it’s Emma and the king. 

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Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told By Christian by E L James #bookreview

What a journey I had with this book. The most debating questions we have about this. Do we really need to read this since it’s the same scene with Ana? And the answer is YES! 

 

Darker: Fifty Shades as Told by Christian

 

 

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself.  Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

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I didn’t read the first book since I enjoy Darker scene more while I’m reading Fifty Shades Trilogy. So everyone is debating should we waste money on this since we already know what’s going on between Ana and Christian and everything is repeating. And my answer is yes, we need Christian’s POV.

Is it the BDSM or the sex scenes that attracted me to read this trilogy? NOPE. There are a lot of authors writing BDSM and it’s more intense than Fifty Shades. As for the sex scenes? Nothing new since most of the authors are incorporating into their books now. So what makes Fifty Shades so special??

 

This is about love, trust, commitment, family, friends, and lies. A young man who has a difficult childhood, growing up thinking that he’s a fucked up man who doesn’t deserve to be love or love. We have a young woman who doesn’t experience love before met a young man who’s fucked up and she’s attracted to him and vice versa. 

The book is about Christian’s journey. How he overcome his fear of losing Ana and how he’s accommodating his lifestyle for Ana. And his ‘relationship’ with Mrs. Robinson. That is one of the fucked up that I wish I can give that woman hell. Christian has been unwilling to divulge more when Ana ask him some questions and this book has the answers to all his inner thoughts. Especially when his mother comments about his relationship with Ana. That part we aren’t aware when we are reading Ana’s POV. It’s refreshing and frustrating to read this book. 

But do I regret it??? Nope. I’m kind of looking forward to the next book. 

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Fifty Shades Freed by E L James #bookreview

I’ve just completed Fifty Shades trilogy, the last book Fifty Shades Freed. This book has many reviews. Some really like the books and some despised it. For me??? I really enjoy the journey with Christian and Ana. Not practical but it’s a fiction. So it’s fine…. 

 

Fifty Shades Freed

 

 

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

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I am so sad that this book has come to an end! Oh my… And I’m so pumped to listen to Fifty Shades Darker Christian’s POV. I like Darker compare to Grey so I decided to skip to Darker instead. ☺️

Ana and Christian are married and now they’re enjoying their honeymoon. And Christian is domineering as ever. I think it got worse after they have gotten married. Someone from Christian’s past appears in the book and the bad guy Jack Hyde is still lurking around and trying to bring harm to them.

In this final book, we finally have all the answers why Jack Hyde is so obsessed with Christian’s family. And what’s really happening between Christian and ‘Mrs Robinson’. I like the ending and the roller coaster emotions the book brought me. 

So who wants their own Fifty Shades? 

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In the Barren Ground – Loreth Anne White #bookreview

 

In the Barren Ground

 

 

In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.

Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn’t mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child.

But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron “Crash” O’Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow.

When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than an animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town—and herself—from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark.

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Happy Blue Monday! I’ve been binge watching Stranger Things Season 1. And holy crap! I’ve been binge watching. Just couldn’t stop! I want to know why and how. Wanted to know what’s going to happen. It’s a very interesting Sci-fi thriller. 

Okay…. Back to my book thoughts! This is not an easy book to read. The scene that’s being described in the book are very gruesome and gore. It’s all about how animals mutilate the bodies. Missing chunks of meat here and there. But the scene looks kind of not normal and Tana is determined to uncover the truth. Is it really the animals???

This is not a love type of scenario we have here. Tana Larsson is trying to escape her past by accepting the post at this place where it’s a tight-knit community. There she knows about this pilot name Cameron O’Halloran who ‘import’ liquors and drugs into the community. And Tana hated his guts and attitude especially when she realized that an underaged girl is living with him. 

But as Tana try to investigate the deaths of the two students, she starts to uncover more truth about this community. 

This is a thriller more than a romantic suspense. The romance part between the two is very limited. 

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Blame it on the Bet (Whiskey Sisters) by L.E. Rico #bookreview

 

Blame it on the Bet

 

 

Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie tin.

When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.

Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.

Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.

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What can I say about this book? My very first time reading by this author and I think she’s new. First, I find myself being distracted and skim most of the part. And the story goes by DUAL POV. We get to read both Hennessy and Bryan’s thoughts.

The story is based in a small town where everyone knows about everyone’s business and we even have a priest goes by the name of Father Romance. So yea… You heard it right. Not to mention that the sisters are all name after whiskey. Hennessy, Jameson, Walker, and Bailey.

Hennessy is a public defendant and she’s back in Mayhem to sought out the documents their father had left behind. He passed away suddenly and they’re in shock. But the real shock was that the pub is in debts and their father is going to sell the pub away. Hennessy and her sisters are not going down without a fight and therefore they’re going to try and raise money so that the bank will not foreclose the place.

Bryan is a real estate developer who set his sights on the pub’s location. And he’s determined to have that land. But he has a secret. No one knows about it. Me too until I read towards the end. 

Overall, it’s a fine enjoyable book for a quick read and laugh. 

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Sustained by Emma Chase #bookreview

The legal briefs series book two.

 

Sustained

 

 

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that—that, I know how to do.

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Oh boy… I just enjoyed this book as much as I laugh at the characters in it! It’s so cute and hilarious… 

Meet Jake Becker, the manwhore who just bammed and goodbye type of guy. He didn’t even date the women he takes to bed. Just one night with them and goodbye not seeing you again. That’s when he received an unexpected visit from his past hookup who told him that he might be diagnosed with ‘STDs’ since she caught the disease from her ex.

But he managed to meet Chelsea McQuaid who is looking after her six nephews and nieces since her brother and sister in law died in an accident and leaving their kids to her care. Innocent and attractive, Jake couldn’t help himself. 

What’s makes this book so funny was that the children in the book are so adorable and yet they didn’t steal the limelight from the main characters. Instead, they just added the extra ‘spice’ to the whole story. 

Definitely a hit for me… 

There are some ups and downs in the story of cos but that makes the whole package a must read. And we get to know about Sophia and Stanton’s life since they gotten together. 

“I feel a ridiculous amount of pride when Ronan lets out a deep, rumbling belch that any grown man would be impressed to produce. I’m not going to tell the others, but I think he’s my favorite.” – Jake Becker when he’s burping the little guy, Ronan. 

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Heart of Evil by Heather Graham #bookreview

This is Book 2 in Krewe of Hunters series. 

 

Heart of Evil

 

 

Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.

Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare—often inexplicable—intuition. Among the “Krewe of Hunters” is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.

The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried—even in death.…

 

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Kind of disappointing since the book managed to put me to when I start to read it. 

The first quarter talks about the civil war history and they’re arguing who’s going to play which character since they’re reenacting the history at Donegal Plantation.

No chemistry between Ashley and Jake. They look weird together and seems off to me. At least Jackson and Angela have some chemistry but these two??? Nope.. Nothing. 

Paranormal activities??? Not much though. What really has me pay attention are the names appearing in the book. Quite a number of characters appearing. 

“By sweet Jesus, did I breed a line of whimpering cowards? Ashley Donegal, pull yourself together! I’m here to help you.” Ghost of Mashall Donegal

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