Review: Crush #1, Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

22606645Blurb from Goodreads

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Flirt/Random House
edition language: English
series: Crush
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
There is time when I feel like I have to stop reading New Adult contemporary romance. I don’t remember when the last time I got 4 stars reading. But silly me, I keep thinking that I might find a good one if I keep trying. I got this book from a recommendation after my not-so-good NA contemporary romance, and it is still not-so-good for me.

It has everything I usually read and is so predictable I was questioning the main character, Brinley, for not guessing it. I don’t know whether she’s that clueless or just ignorant or is truly naive. Let’s say she’s a naive-clueless nineteen years old, but what happened with her in the past should be a lesson for her. So it seems she didn’t get her lesson well. It’s so frustrating knowing that your main character falling to the same hole again, even when at the end of the day, it isn’t quite the same hole. But still I want her to get her lesson.

Reading her personality is not-so-good either. She says that she’s shy but she doesn’t seem that shy. I don’t find her shy enough as a shy person. She slut-shaming her roommate while she doesn’t know her at all. She also says that what Ryder did to her 4 years ago made her angry and caused her as an outsider at their school. But the first time she meet him again, she’s weak and all from his gorgeousness. I feel like I want to shout to her and demand her answer of where her anger and hate go? I think four years as an outsider in school is quite a long time to hold grunge, but suddenly it goes nowhere in the first sight at their second meeting. I don’t buy it.

And Ryder, is just typical I’m-not-good-for-you-so-stay-away-from-me-but-I-can’t-stay-away-so-I-keep-knocking-on-your-door kind of guy. His hot and cold attitude is so annoying I want to smack his head and tell him to make up his mind.

All in all, it looks like I’m still searching my perfect NA contemporary romance. And this one is far from it. So the question is, like Adele says, should I give up or should I keep chasing pavement?

Result: 2 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenge:
– GoodReads: Book #15
– YA Buddy Readers’ Corner ♥: Read books I never thought I’ll read
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Review: Everything Has Changed by Mia Kayla

24356312Blurb from Goodreads

Imagine finding the love of your life at the age of six.

Bliss Carrington did.

Bliss has known Jimmy Brason since first grade. He took on the role of the big brother Bliss never had, breaking Bliss out of her shy shell, encouraging her to have fun in high school, and pushing her to live her life to the fullest. They have always been friends—until one day, Bliss wanted more. Now seeing women everywhere swooning over Jimmy, head quarterback of the New York Cougars, is enough to drive her to madness.

Jimmy has been in love with Bliss forever, but she doesn’t know and she can never find out. In all the craziness of his fast track to fame and money, Bliss is the one person who has kept him sane. He firmly believes that history repeats itself and with his tainted past, he’s afraid that he’s fated to hurt her if he allows himself to follow his heart.

Bliss has watched Jimmy grow from a boy into a man, and it’s not fair that someone else will get to keep him when she knows in her heart that he only belongs to her.

When they tiptoe on the edge of love, can their friendship remain intact with both of them ignoring the rumblings that’s threatening to explode?

Everything Has Changed is a story of love, loss, and longing for the one you grew up loving.

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 16th 2015 by MAM Books LLC
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

This is another case where the book has perfect formula but somehow I just missed it and think that it isn’t the one for me, while it has things I usually like.

So Bliss and Jimmy is best friend for forever. But somewhere along the way, Bliss feels something different. She falls in love with Jimmy while he is a I-don’t-do-relationship kind of guy. As a famous quarterback, of course there are women around her that makes Bliss feel even more insecure of herself.

From the beginning I can sense that this one is an angsty story. I don’t mind angst, I even like it. It’s my guilty pleasure. So I really like first couple chapters. I think it captures Bliss feeling for Jimmy well. I feel bad for her when it seems he doesn’t see her more than a BFF. And I understand her insecurity. At the same time, I know that Jimmy’s feeling is mutual but for some reason he doesn’t want her to know it. This causes problems between them. And it goes on and on and on in more than half of the book.

The thing is I can bear and understand their conflict as it can make the drama to the story, and yes the angst that I like. But if it happens more than I can count and it’s like they are running in circle, it’s frustrating me! Even Bliss feels it too. She tells me herself. There is nothing much in 70% of the story aside that they talking the same things over and over. Reading it is just exhausting.

I also don’t like the way Bliss keeps telling the same things over and over. Not just in the way she describes her feeling, it also when she describes something. She sounds like a song in repeat to me. Jimmy isn’t much better either. He keeps hurting Bliss while he says that he cares for her. If he cares for her, he won’t hurt her all the time and makes her the only one who fights for their love. At this moment, I didn’t know which one I most dislike. Bliss who cannot move on and letting him hurt her for countless time or Jimmy who hurt her in most of the story and doesn’t have a backbone to pursuit their love?

My excitement to Bliss and Jimmy story soon replace with boredom. And when they finally tell each other feeling, I lost my interest and just want to finish it as soon as I can so that I can move on to another book.

Result: 2 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenge:
– GoodReads: Book #14
– YA Buddy Readers’ Corner ♥: Finish all of ARCs (Advance Reader Copy) I have by the end of 2015.

Review: Up in the Air #1, In Flight by R.K. Lilley

16134782Blurb from GoodReads

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published October 20th 2012 by R.K. Lilley
edition language: English
series: Up in the Air
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
My Thoughts
This book is kind of new for me. I never read about BDSM before. Yes it means that I never read Fifty Shades of Grey which some readers say there are lots of similarities with this book. I didn’t even have reason why I picked this book up, except that I was curious about it, to be honest. And after this one, I think I’ll read FSoG sooner just for the sake of my curiosity

As my first experience, I’d say there is nothing new in the story, except that it has lots of BDSM sex scenes and is predictable. I bet you can guess what will happen at the end of book even if you skip the middle of the story. There is insta-actraction between the main characters, Bianca and James, though thank goodness it wasn’t an insta-love. I liked both of them enough to keep reading their story as much as I didn’t quite like their other side. It was kinda hard for me to connect to both of them. James is so moody and selfish I was so annoyed with him. While Bianca is so naive I can’t believe that she is that naive. But I think I can still manage them since their past story was what I mostly interested. And it’s quite good, I think. In a way it made me glue to the book.

But my favorite character here is Bianca’s bestfriend, Stephan. I liked her relationship with him, though at first it was quite hard for me to believe that they don’t have any romantic feeling. In the end, I liked that they have sibling relationship and have each other all of the time.

I think this is an okay book. When I first picked this book up, I never thought I’ll read its sequel, but now, with the way it ended I feel like have to read it.

Result: 2 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenge:
– GoodReads: Book #2
– YA Buddy Readers’ Corner ♥: Books I never thought I’ll read. Book #2
– Popsugar: A book by an author I’ve never read before

Review: The Fowler Sisters #1, Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

22747260Blurb from GoodReads

I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.

My everything.

ebook, 400 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Bantam
edition language: English
series: The Fowler Sisters
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
My Thoughts:
I liked One Week Girlfriend series I was excited to read Monica Murphy’s latest series, Fowler Sisters with its first book, Owning Violet. I can say I still like her writing but I cannot say the same thing for the story and also the characters.

From the blurb I can tell that I usually like this kind of story. There is nothing new in Ryder and Violet story, I know, and is predictable but I think it makes room for drama and angst, which is my guilty pleasure in contemporary romance. However I didn’t enjoy Ryder and Violet’s story as much as I thought I would.

Ryder uses Violet to make him reach higher position in Violet’s father’s company and to take revenge to Violet’s boyfriend. He keeps telling her that he is mean and is a bad guy with dark past. Problem is I didn’t see and feel it. Yes he uses her for his benefit but so does her boyfriend, Zachary. I’m sure everyone will use her for their benefit, if they have a chance. It doesn’t mean that he is mean, not mean enough for me to tell him that he is mean, at least. And about his dark past? I’ve read lots of that kind of “dark” past before, so yeah his dark past is nothing as dark as I thought he had when I read first chapter.

As for Violet, I’m confused by her personalities. Ryder keeps telling me that she’s shy and in some occasion she indeed seems a shy introvert girl. But then she can do things that are far from her shyness before she backs to her quiet personality. For me, most of the things she does aren’t believable. Maybe she can switch her personalities that easy because of Ryder which she claims change her in so many ways, but still I found it’s hard to believe when she does things that are out of her personalities.

And for the story, there are things that left unclear and feel like it comes out of the blue. Maybe they are meant to be in the sequels but I still feel like they are there just to make me wondering about it and maybe glue to it. While in reality it is kind of an epic fail because it’s just annoying me. And not to mention that the story is so drag on I’m bored most of the time and the ending felt rushed and too easy. I think I’ll still read the sequels though. So I’m waiting for Rose’s story now.
Result: 2 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenge:
– GoodReads: Book #1
– YA Buddy Readers’ Corner ♥: Books I never thought I’ll read. Book #1
– Popsugar: A book with a color in the title

Review: Sweet Home by Tillie Cole

18105011Blurb from Goodreads

At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England’s grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn’t know a summer could be so hot, she didn’t know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn’t know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…

Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published October 13th 2013
edition language: English
series: Sweet Home
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
First part of the book is quite boring and I was annoyed with the heroine, Molly. She keeps misunderstand Rome, her love interest, and it makes their relationship works in a pattern. They are attracted to each other, make out, Rome is trapped at the wrong place in a wrong time, Molly caught him in the act, misunderstand it, blame Rome for it and run away, he explains to her she takes it the wrong way and he swear that he only has his eyes and mind for her, they forget it and make out. And then the pattern repeats again a couple times. But second part is a bit interesting. It has more stories, though Molly still likes to run away since it’s her defend mechanism.

This book reminded me of Dangerous to Know & Love  which I didn’t like, but thankfully Rome and Molly’s story is slightly better than Daniel and Lisanne’s story. The main part that reminded me was in the way Rome acts and thinks. He’s one caveman guy regarding of Molly. Other guy couldn’t even stare at her, unless they don’t mind being punch by him. I don’t have problem with alpha hero but if he lets his emotion changes easily it makes him dangerous to other characters, I don’t like it. Being alpha doesn’t mean he has to have unstable emotion.

I couldn’t help but laugh. “Mm-hmm! And why, Romeo, do you want to help me write notes again?” He lost his playful smile, the same flash of vulnerability that I saw spread across his face yesterday dulled his beautiful features, and he crossed his arms defensively. “You don’t want me here? I’ll go if I’m gettin’ in your way. I don’t wanna be where I’m not wanted.”

I shook my head, ready to argue, and he shuffled forward until he held me captive with his tall, broad body.
“Say you get me, Mol?”
“Rome, I—”
I groaned.A clenched fist hit the shelves behind, causing stacks of boxes to crash loudly to the floor. “You’re not runnin’. YOU GET ME???.

So yeah…I didn’t like reading Rome takes Molly’s words wrongly because it mostly makes him mad and hurt her, emotionally. With his possessive attitude, his moodiness and Molly’s defend mechanism I think they have an unhealthy relationship. I’m sure Molly disagrees with me, though, since they are in love in a very short time. Yes, they are fall in another insta-love pattern, just like most of NA books I read.

I liked that Molly is different from Lisanne. So it’s just Rome that actually reminded me of Dangerous of Know and Love and for that I’m happy. She has more backbone than Lisanne, especially regarding of Rome moodiness. She can say no and refuse him when she disagrees with him. And she knows what she wants and her priorities, though in the end she also compromise with Rome’s needs.

I think this book is quite interesting and has the kind of story that I like. I like reading good girl/good boy falls in love with bad boy/bad girl with problems on their way as the ingredients. But it also has things I don’t like. So 2 stars for me.

Result: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: Sea Breeze #9, Until The End by Abbi Glines

22606008Blurb from Goodreads

The backstory that fans have been clamoring for—how Rock and Trisha fell in love—is the final installment in the Sea Breeze series from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. And don’t miss the sizzling Epilogue, where Abbi wraps up all the Sea Breeze couples’ stories!

Trisha Corbin always knew how to hide a bruise. With her momma’s boyfriends unable to keep their hands off of her, she had no choice. And as long as it meant the guys wouldn’t go near her little brother, Krit, it was worth it. But her days of dreaming that Prince Charming would ever come rescue her are far, far in the past.

Rock Taylor always had a plan. Through football, he would rise above the life he was born into. A full ride to play for a major college team was within his reach—assuming he didn’t let anything get in his way. But scoring a date with the hottest girl in Sea Breeze was proving harder than expected. Trisha Corbin was every man’s walking fantasy, and she wouldn’t even glance his way.

When Rock finally does get Trisha in his truck, it isn’t for a date. It’s because he picks her up on the side of the road, beaten and bruised and walking to the local hospital. Before Rock knows it, football is no longer his life. Trisha Corbin is. And he’ll do anything to save her. And keep her.

In addition to Rock and Trisha’s love story, this special novel contains the wrap-up stories of all your favorite Sea Breeze couples: Sadie and Jax, Marcus and Low, Cage and Eva, Preston and Amanda, Jess and Jason, Krit and Blythe, and Dewayne and Sienna.

Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Simon Pluse (first published October 14th 2014)
edition language: English
series: Sea Breeze
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
When I knew this book is the last one of Sea Breeze series, I was kinda looking forward to it. I can’t wait to finish the series so I can start a new one. And I think Trish and Rock being the last one is suitable as they seem more mature than any other couple, maybe it was because they are the first couple who married among the characters. And then I heard that the book is also contains other characters story which I also looking forward since I’m still curious of their present life.

What surprised me was I didn’t expect other characters from previous books have as big story as in this book. I thought they will only appear in a glimpse in the Taylors’ story. But what I got was a bunch of novellas about Jax and Sadie, Marcus and Low, Preston and Amanda, Jason and Jess, Krit and Blythe, Dewayne and Sienna, and Cage and Eva. So all of Sea Breeze heroes and heroines got to tell their story after their happily ever after book.

At first I was excited to read it, but then after 4 novellas I didn’t think that way anymore. They are similar to each other and always end up with the same thing. It’s like their drama in it is just a way for them have a make-up sex. So I got to read about 1) misunderstanding in Jax and Sadie novella (which I admit that it was kinda good drama in the beginning but reading how easy it is solved changed my mind) and Preston and Amanda (their misunderstanding was quite good, I think. At least I was more enjoyed it than Jax and Sadie’s). 2) Insecurity in Jason and Jess and Krit and Blythe novella. Jess’s insecurity is still the same as in her own book, Misbehaving. It was just with different setting while Krit’s insecurity is understandable. But it feels like it was there so that there is conflict in their relationship because it was kinda overshadowed by another story from other minor characters, a story that I found quite interesting (and might be a new series from the author).

And then the (supposed to be) main part of this book, Rock and Trisha’s story. At the beginning it was good. I was excited but I soon lost my interest because Rock is just like any other heroes in Sea Breeze. After 8 books, they are just the same with different name. All of them are bad boy who are tamed by good girls, well…except in Jess and Jason’s case. I don’t mind reading bad boy story, I like it, to be honest. But if I have to read it in each book, I’m kinda bored too, you know. I found there are at least three good boys in the series, I liked them all (Jeremy, Cam and Davey) but they are either just a friend or a third wheel for Sea Breeze heroes and heroine. So they are only there just to be the hero’s punching bag or just so they realize that they love the heroines.

I just realized that reading Sea Breeze series is like watching Beverly Hills 90210. Everyone sleeps with everyone. This rule didn’t apply for the heroines, though, since they are good-naïve kind of heroines, except Jess. And it’s okay calling a woman a slut because she sleeps around while the heroine doesn’t mind sleeping with her hero though he slept with most women in Sea Breeze. And finally, I’ve made it! I finished the series! Yay!

Result: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: Sea Breeze #8, Hold On Tight by Abbi Glines

18870150Blurb from Goodreads

Six years ago, Dewayne Falco’s life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

What he didn’t expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne’s younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

Now, she’s back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin’s son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna’s story before it’s even begun.

ebook, 288 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Simon Pulse
edition language: English
series: Sea Breeze
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
I think this book supposed to be good if I compare it to other previous books in the series, especially the last three. It has drama I usually like from romance story. Not to mention that I liked the way it was written, in flashback to tell Sienna and Dewayne past and present life. It also didn’t have (much) similarity with previous book. Well…at least not as much as other books. I only recognized one sentence that really similar with Bad For You. So yeah, I think it is better, much better than the last three previous books.

However I still found things that I didn’t quite like. It mostly about one thing that I think is important to the story, aside the story itself. It’s the characters, Sienna and Dewayne. Sienna, despite her independence and strong personalities, she’s one insecure woman. I get that she didn’t have much under her protective parents, but she take care of her son by herself when she’s a child herself. I thought she can pass the insecurity regarding of what people, especially what Dewayne thought about her. But she keeps it to herself to the point that she prefer to be hungry because she doesn’t want Dewayne thinks that she doesn’t pretty anymore. As my eight books from Abbi Glines, I know that her heroes tend to be an alpha kind of hero. They are territorial and possessive they won’t even let people stare at their heroine. At one point I didn’t (quite) mind of this kind of heroes. But now I feel like it’s time for me to call it enough. Dewayne, just like Marcus, Preston, and Krit, is also possessive. And Sienna likes it which I just didn’t get it.

I had never seen him in a relationship with a female. Which was a shame because the territorial thing he did and the way he called me baby was pretty amazing. Even in his barbarian way he made me felt special. He was good at that.

Did he think everything should be handle with violence? And why was that so incredibly hot? I needed to seek mental help. Violence was not sexy. Even if Dewayne’s muscles flexed when he was just talking about a fight.

Damn right girl! Violence isn’t sexy, moreover when he twisted your arm and made it bruised and hurt you. But why did you keep thinking it’s sexy just because he has muscles, and all?

And Dewayne, he keeps saying that he’s bad for her and doesn’t do relationship but at the same time he can’t keep his hand off her. I think I can bear reading it one or two times but am just enough when it keeps happen so many times. His push and pull attitude to Sienna is frustrating me. And once she tells him that she wants to be with him, he jumps right away toward her. It just doesn’t suit with his personalities that he keeps telling me on and on.

I’m so glad this is the last two books of the series. I just can’t wait to finish it.

Result: 2 out of 5 stars