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Review: Take this Regret by A.L. Jackson

August 29, 2012 Aman 0
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Published: July, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 242 (Paperback)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives.  For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life.  He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm.  Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life.

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgivable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate.  Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.

Review:
             
     Take This Regret is my first read by A.L. Jackson, and after finishing this, I can safely say that I'm very much intrigued about reading other works by her. I liked that most of her books have a lovers reunited theme, and once in a while I enjoy reading an emotional, heart-breaking, teary-eyed reunion of the meant-to-be-together couples. Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic that way. This what this book is basically about. Girl and guy are college sweethearts, they fight, breakup, meet after 5 years, work through their relationship, and BAM happy endings. The little twist in all the drama was the involvement of their little 5 year old girl, and her hopes of seeing both her parents happy. 

     Christian, and Elizabeth dated during their 4 years of college, and were on a path to become lawyers, but everything changes when Elizabeth becomes pregnant during her final year, and Christian asks her to choose between him & the child. That was the last Elizabeth saw of him until one day he comes to her doorstep five years later asking for a second chance. Christian has regretted the day he let Elizabeth walk out of his life, and every single day following that. He believes that he is now ready to meet his child and prove to Elizabeth that he is not the same person he was before, in hopes of getting his family back.

     I had mixed feelings about this book. There were some good things that I liked, and some bad decisions that I completely disagreed with, and a lot of unanswered questions, but at the end of the day I really liked it. The best part about Take This Regret was that it was told from both the protagonists' POV which really helped understanding Christian's character, and sympathizing with Elizabeth's. I know Christian comes off as a heartless jerk, and I was so mad at him throughout the first half of the book. The decisions he made were completely wrong, and at times cowardly, but hey everyone makes mistakes, and are lucky if they get second chance to correct them. Impossible as it may sound, he does manages to redeem himself. He takes his responsibility as a father with all sincerity, and was so loving towards his daughter, Lizzie. Their initial interactions were the turning point of his character, and it made me like him.

     Everything that happened with Elizabeth was unfair, and I can understand her fear of abandonment when it came to Christian. I feel bad for saying this, but I felt that at times she over-exaggerated, and blamed Christian for things when in reality it was her insecurity that kept her from being happy. I just wished she wouldn't have stretched the issue so much, and came to her senses way before than she did. That being said, I liked Ms. Jackson's writing, and it was so capturing that I couldn't put the book down. Take This Regret is one of the few books that have made me cry so bad that I had to take an Advil at the end. Just kidding, but it was pretty bad.

     I enjoyed reading Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson, and it is a really good one-time read. I said one-time because I just can't go through those emotions again, but if you are a sucker for reuniting stories, then this is a go-to book for you, just keep the tissues in hand.


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Review: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

August 28, 2012 Aman 0
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: March, 2009
Genre:Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Series: Travises
    Sugar Daddy
    Blue-Eyed Devil
    Smooth Talking Stranger 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    Jack Travis leads the uncomplicated life of a millionaire Texas playboy.  He makes no commitments, he loves many women, he lives for pleasure.  But no one has ever truly touched his heart or soul.  Until one day, a woman appears on his doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms.  It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby’s aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister.  And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life.  With delicious romantic tension, characters so real they walk onto the page and into your heart, Lisa Kleypas delivers the kind of novel that makes you laugh, love; cry and cheer.

    Review:

         Smooth Talking Stranger is the final book in the Travises trilogy. I loved Blue-Eyed Devil, so I was expecting a LOT from this book, but unfortunately it wasn't a bang-on fantabulous end to such a good series. Don't get me wrong, Lisa Kleypas is a brilliant writer, and this is the best baby story I've read. It is better than so many books out there. The one and the only thing that didn't work for me was the heroin, Ella.

         In this book, we continue with Jack's story. Now, he is known as player of the Travis family, and I definitely won't mind getting down &dirty with him. He's not all that bad actually, more quite on the good side, and he is smart. He runs his own multimillionaire business. It's like hotness with brain. Now, who wouldn't want that in a man. The good thing about him is that he comes of as very understanding, and charming in his first meeting with Ella, which makes him extremely likable from the start. He is the one who made this book a really enjoyable read for me. Well, obviously besides the star of the book,Luc. He is the sweetest, cutest baby I've ever read about. His unspeakable interactions and silliness were the best parts.

         The only part I didn't get was why Ella was so special for Jack, and why did he have an instant connection towards her. If it wasn't for the baby, they would never have connected that much, and probably not at all. Ella was the no-need-for-marraige kind of girl. I shouldn't bother me that much, but it did when she changed her so-called believes without much of a thought. She was annoying at times, and kept rejecting or regreting Jack after their interactions. I just didn't like her, and didn't understand why Jack Travis would change his lifestyle for her. Also, her mother was such a (excuse my language) Bitch. If she were my mother,  I would've cut off all ties with her way before. All the unlikable things/characters were completely overshadowed (lets be real, to some extent) by Jack's & Luc's character, and Ms. Klepas way of writing.

         Smooth Talking Stranger is a great addition to the Travises series, but certainly not the best. That title still goes to Blue-Eyed Devil. Like I said, the author knows her way around words, and can definately write an addicting, enjoyable read. I will re-read it again sometime because I just can't get enough of Jack Travis ;)  


     
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    Review: Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Klepas

    August 26, 2012 Aman 0
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Published: March, 2008
    Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
    Pages: 328 (Hardcover)
    Series: Travises
      Sugar Daddy
      Blue-Eyed Devil
      Smooth Talking Stranger 

      Synopsis (from Goodreads):
      MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL - His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.

      MEET THE HEIRESS - She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.

      WATCH THE SPARKS FLY....Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word
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      Review:
            
           Blue-Eyed Devil is the second book in Travies series. I have been a fan of Lisa Kleypas historicals, so there was no shocker that I loved her contemporary as much. Her writing is so magical, it just sucks you in from the very first page. The one thing I did wrong was reading it out of order. I know, I should have read Sugar Daddy to get a background on Marcus Hardy, but I couldn't wait for his story *pouts*. Nonetheless, it was perfect, though I'll read the first one sometime later.

           The Travis featured in this book is Haven. She was such a well written character. Kudos to Ms. Kleypas for that. This is the first book I've read that involves abusive relationship, and I literally felt everything Haven was going through. Beginning from the abuse to calling someone for help, and later on, dealing with the trust issues; I just loved her for her strength & courage. The first half was her story, and that is what got me reeled in for the ride. The one person I didn't like was Haven's father. Ofcourse he must have some emotional story from Sugar Daddy that I'm not aware of, but still, that is no reason for how bad his relationship was with her daughter. Not the beginning part, but later on when she goes to meet him, he has this rubbish attitude towards her, and I hated him after that.

           Don't fret all Hardy fans, he does gets his share of limelight. Marcus Hardy is the frenemy (more on the enemy side) of the Travises, so it is kind of hard for him to have a relationship with Haven. Their first meeting in the wine cellar was just the best part, and it got me excited for more Hardy Hotness. He was so good to Haven, and helped her overcome her sexual fears. I was really nice seeing them get close, and falling for each other. Both of them were due for a happy ending and they sure got it with a BANG.

           Lisa Kleypas is a fantastic writer, and anything she writes will always be a 5 star must read for me. It is an emotionally invested book, and I was 100% invested in it. Anyone who loves tortured heroin, strong heroes, awe-worth romance with some drama should definitely give this book a try. Oh, and don't forget to read Sugar Daddy first.


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      Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

      August 23, 2012 Aman 0
      Publisher: Entangled Teen
      Published: August 14, 2012
      Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
      Pages: 376 (Paperback)
      Series: Lux
        Shadows
        Obsidian
        Onyx
        Opal   

        Synopsis (from Goodreads):
        Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

         
        Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

        The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.


        But then everything changes…
        I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

        Review:
        Oh...Holy alien babies everywhere, can this series get any better? 

             Wow, what a roller-coaster ride it was. Onyx is the second book in the Lux series, and it undoubtedly does not let us down. I was not liking where the story was going in the beginning, but after few events it just blew my mind. I loved what the author did and oh my god, it is so hard not to spoil it. (I will not of-course)

             From Obsidian we know that Daemon & Katy are somehow connected. In Onyx, they are still figuring out the extent of their connection throughout this book. It leads to so many new revelation which in turn becomes the strong-point of the series. There are a lot of new intriguing characters, and return of some old ones. The most important one was a new student, Blake. The interesting thing about him was that we didn't know if he was good or bad, which made up a lot of suspense in the story. I liked him, and he was the one who made this book exciting for me, well obviously except from Daemon. Oh, what can I say about him? He showed a totally different side of him, and I loved that Daemon. The one who is caring, overly-protective, sarcastic, funny, and just so sexy. My favorite part was when he & Katy are filming together. Just the best scene ever.

             One of the things that made me frustrated was Katy's constant stupid decisions. I really liked her in the first book but in this one, she was beyond unlikable. What the hell happened with you? I just wanted to smack her upside down. Girl, just think before you do something, and don't rush things because that will make it worst. I just wish she'll grow in the next book, because I'm obsessed with this world building, and won't give up. Remember when I said some old characters return, well that was the highlight of the book for me. I'm SO excited to read about them.

             Onyx is filled with drool-worthy romance, action-paced climaxes, unexpected betrayals, and a fantabulous must-read story. It is only going to get better from here, and you do not want to miss out on one of THE BEST paranormal YA series out there. Buy the book, and start reading it.   


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        Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

        August 22, 2012 Aman 0
        Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
        Published: October, 2011
        Genre: Paranormal, Greek Mythology, YA
        Pages: 281
        Series: Covenant
          Daimon 
          Half-Blood
          Pure
          Deity
          Elixir
          Apollyon
          Sentitel

          Synopsis (from Goodreads):
          The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

          Review:

               Half-Blood is the first book I've read by Jennifer Armentrout, and I'm in love with it. Let me just clear the air by saying that YES, Half-Blood does have some similarities to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead but it's only in the beginning. Halfway through the book, the story takes unexpected turns of events which makes it so much more exciting and entertaining.

               One of the things that made me love this book instantly was the use of mythology in a usual yet interesting way. I'm a huge fan of Greek mythologies, and the author did justice using it. I loved the world Ms. Armentrout created with pure bloods (Hematoi) and half bloods. Pures are the descendents of Gods and basically rule their entire race. Whereas, Halfs are the result of Pure-Human relation, and are the lowest in their food chain. Oh, how I felt bad with their slave/servant treatment, but of course there will be changes about that in the future. Know why? Because our main protagonist is a Half-Blood.

               Alex is the best heroin I've read in a long time. She's bad-ass, feisty, saucy, lovable, and just the most entertaining person. There is not one dull moment with her. She has a forbidden romance going on with her trainer, Aiden who is a Pure. He is like one of those goody go follow-by-the-rules kind of guy. He's nice enough but didn't leave a lasting impression on me. Oops. But there is someone who not only made my heart flutter but exploded it out of my chest. SETH. Love at first sight. Yes, it happened with him. I just fell irrevocably, irresistible and all that IR kind of love with him the moment he entered the auditorium. He just had this persona about him that can't be explained in words. Please Ms. Armentrout, don't let him turn out to be a jerk because it will simply break my heart.

               Ms. Armentrout writing is just brilliant. It makes me hold on to the story, and never let it end. The anticipation of what's going to happen next is always there. The other thing I like is the secondary characters. They are not there for the sake of the story but their characters are important and very well defined. I loved reading about Caleb, Deacon, and so many more. I wish Deacon gets a novella or something. I'd love to read more about his story. 

               Everything about this book is excellent. I can't wait to read about more Seth & Alex. This series has a really good potential, and is already one of the best I've read. I love it, and just can't recommend it enough. If you don't read it, then you are definitely missing out on something great.   


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          Review: Breaking Point by Pamela Clare

          August 17, 2012 Aman 0
          Publisher: Berkley Sensation
          Published: May, 2011
          Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult
          Pages: 355
          Series: I-Team
            Extreme Exposure
            Hard Evidence
            Unlawful Contact
            Naked Edge
            Breaking Point
            Striking Distance (coming in 2013) 

            Denver journalist Natalie Benoit and Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride find themselves captives of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Working together, they escape through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun. They fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both...

            Review:

                 Breaking Point is officially my favorite read by Pamela Clare. I love it. I love it. I LOVE IT. I don't have enough words to describe how good great absolutely mind-blowingly fantastic it is. I thank Ms. Clare for creating such a wonderful series. I-Team, no doubt, is THE BEST romantic suspense series out there. I know I've said it before, but everyone should buy all 5 books, and start reading it right NOW.

                 In this book, we meet another I-Team member, Natalie Benoit. Natalie is originally from New Orleans where she lost her family and fiance to Hurricane Katrina. Six years later, she works for Denver Independent and goes to Mexico on a journalist trip with her colleague Joaquinn where she is abducted by a Mexican drug cartel. That is where she meets Zach, who is also captured in a cell next to hers. From thereon continues their journey of surviving from the drug cartels, and crossing the border to go back to the United States. It is definitely an enlightening read. I liked reading about the part where both the characters cross Mexican-US border, and the hardship that comes with it. The journey is terrifying; I was scared for them, and I had no idea that it would be so harsh. Ms. Clare researched really well for that part, and it was so realistic to read about.

                 Natalie and Zach didn't meet under the right circumstances, but what they make of it is just so beautiful to read. Natalie is such a strong spirited character. She fights for what she wants, and I love people like her. She was really sweet, kind & caring by nature and just absolutely adorable. Zach, on the other hand, comes from a military background carrying survivors guilt. He was tough, strong, yummilicious, and all in all my favorite hero. I'm sorry Marc, you ain't got nothing on Zach.

                 The reason why Breaking Point is my favorite is Natalie and Zach. I feel like both of them were two lost people who were meant to be together. I know how cliched that sounds but it is so true. I felt everything they were going through. I felt their struggles for survival, I felt their attraction, I felt their heartache, I felt their longing for reach other, and finally, I felt them falling in love. All these emotions made me so connected to them, and I can safely say that I'm not forgetting them anytime soon. Some of the readers believe that it was unrealistic for the protagonists' to fall for each other under those circumstances, but I believe that when you are at the edge of your life, then you stop thinking with your brain and simply follow your heart. That's exactly what happened in this story and for me, that makes it much more realistic.

                 Breaking Point is another great addition to the I-Team series, and I'm so excited about the next book. It gets better with every book and is something you don't want to miss out.


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            Review: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

            August 16, 2012 Aman 0
            Publisher: Self-Published
            Published: February, 2012
            Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
            Pages: 300
            Series: Slammed
              Slammed 
              Point of Retreat 

              Synopsis (from Goodreads):
              Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

              Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.'

              Review:
                      
                   I was not a fan of Slammed but after reading Point of Retreat, I can happily say that I abso-freaking-lutely loved the second book in this series. It was just everything I was looking for. I wanted to see Will & Lake as a couple, and that's exactly what I got. I wanted less drama, more happy moments, and that's exactly what the author delivered. In this book, there were certain things questioned in Will & Lake's relationship, and I think it was necessary to get that barrier out of the way in order to move on with their lives with no regret. It just needed to happen, and I'm glad that the author confronted it.

                    The best part about this book was that it was told from Will's point of view. In Slammed, we got to see a strong, controlled side of Will, but in Point of Retreat, we actually get to know that young boy hiding within him. I loved his dialogues, and his thoughts were just laugh-out-loud funny at times. There were little things in this book that made it a really good & fun read. The moments where everyone talks about their suck & sweet of the day, the moment where Will & Lake figure out a punishment for the boys, and my personal favorite was the countdown. I loved seeing them grow as a couple, and a parent.

                   There were a lot of new characters introduced, and I don't know how Ms. Hoover comes up with them but I just love them. Eddie and Gavin are just so cute as a couple. There is a mini-Eddie named Kiersten introduced who lives across Will. She was such a blast to read about, and I wish the author continues with her story. I loved her personality, her outspokenness, her maturity and her slam was THE BEST. I can safely say that I might not say butterfly in the same way because of her and everyone else. I'm in love with this book, and will definitely re-read it again soon. It is a must-read book that needs to be shifted up in your TBR list.           


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              Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

              August 15, 2012 Aman 0
              Publisher: Self-Published
              Published: January, 2012
              Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
              Pages: 314
              Series: Slammed
                Slammed
                Point of Retreat 

                Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.
                Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
                Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

                Review:

                     Slammed is a debut novel by Colleen Hoover, and I really wanted to love it. I'm having a hard time rating it because I liked it, but I guess, I was not emotionally invested it in. The writing was very addictive; I just could not put it down, and had to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was satisfied with it rather than abso-freaking-lutey lovin it.

                     The story is about dealing with grief, accepting reality, and moving on with life. Layken aka Lake moves to Michigan after her father's death with her mother and younger brother. Will lives across the street from Lake, and has an instant attraction towards her. Their romance was too fast yet completely believable. I've seen or read their type of story so many times that I was not excited about this one. One thing that did work for me were the secondary characters. I just loved Eddie, and I wanted her to be my best friend. She is such a refreshing character, and I loved reading her parts in the book.

                     The highlight of the story was slam poetry. I didn't even know what it was, but when I read Blue Sweater, I was completely blown away. Now, I'm not a poetry fan, so it was shocking to realize that I loved it every single one of the slams. Just for that, I'll read the next book. It's not that I didn't enjoy it; Slammed was a really good read, and I would definitely recommend it. It's just that I didn't feel the main character's emotions that much, and was not really connected to them. I'll read the next book in the series in hopes that it will be better than this one, and we'll get to know more about them as a couple.


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                Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

                August 12, 2012 Aman 0
                Publisher: Harlequin Teen
                Published: July 31, 2012
                Genre: Contemporary, Mature YA
                Pages: 384
                Companion Novel : Dare You To (coming in 2013)

                Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

                Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

                Review:

                     Pushing the Limits is a debut novel by Katie McGarry, and I loved it. The writing in this book is so clever, and simply brilliant. The author knows exactly how much information to give out to keep the readers on their toes, hence keeping the suspense intact. I kept reading to know the how & why moments throughout the book. It is such an emotionally invested book that either you're in it or not, and I was completely 100% in for the ride.

                     The book involves Echo and Noah's journey for a normal life. Both high school seniors are scarred in some way, and meet through a mutual therapist/counselor, Mrs. Collins. Echo is struggling to remember the night her mother put scars on her arms, and Noah is having a tough time dealing to get the custody of his brothers after they were separated when a fire burnt down their house, killing their parents. The book was told from both protagonists' point of view which helped increase their character's depth, and understand their emotions even more. I felt like I was with them through every step of the way.
                             
                     I know Echo's story is somehow suppose to be the main focus of the book, but for me, Noah stole the show. I just loved him so much. He did drugs, but he was not a bad boy; just a little misguided. I felt bad for the boy who could have such a great future, but instead his life was ripped apart, he had to go through several foster homes, and the only thing holding him together was a hope/will of getting his remaining family under one roof. His scenes made me cry at times, and I just wanted him to be happy. Mrs. Collins played a huge part in this story. She pushed Echo & Noah through their troubles, and helped them get closure from their past. 

                     Both Echo & Noah are the epitome of the perfectly imperfect couples. Their attraction towards each other is not instant, it grows gradually. They knew their relationship would be hard at times, and they worked through it. Noah understands Echo in a way no one has been able to, and Echo knows the importance of family in Noah's life. Both of them supported each other through bad times, and came up happy on the other end. I just loved seeing them grow.

                     Pushing the Limits is a wonderful read. The author did really well portraying the story, and made the readers connect to the characters & their emotions. I loved it, and would definitely be reading more of Ms. McGarry's work in future.


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                Review: Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh

                August 9, 2012 Aman 0
                Publisher: Berkley Sensation
                Published: September, 2011
                Pages: 310
                Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
                Series: Guild Hunter
                  Angels' Blood
                  Archangel's Kiss
                  Archangel's Consort
                  Archangel's Blade
                  Archangel's Storm (coming Sept 2012)

                  Synopsis (from Goodreads):  
                  The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past...but Dmitri's need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

                  Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel's right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality...the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

                  As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting...and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more...

                  Review:
                          
                       Guild Hunter is my new favorite series. I just can't get enough of this brilliant world Ms. Singh has created. This is hands down THE BEST BOOK in this series till now. I have not one complain from this book. Everything from the story to writing, pace, characters, romance, drama, emotions, sexual tension & heat, action was just absolutely perfect. I loved it, and can I just say that Raphael ain't got nothing on Dmitri.

                       I don't even know where to start. Okay, so this book features vampire Dmitri (Raphael's second), and hunter Honor. Now, Honor comes from a troubled past; she was brutally tortured by a group of vampires and is still dealing with the after-shocks. One thing I liked about Honor was that she didn't hide away from her past or pretend it didn't happen; she was strong and faced her captors with no fear. She doesn't take crap from anyone and defends herself even if it's from the head vampire of New York.

                       Dmitri is full-on sex on a stick. I had a love-hate relationship with him in Angels' Blood. He was too evil for me, and I didn't think for one second that he had anything nice about him. But boy, was I wrong. Dmitri was still his arrogant self, but he was so different & open with Honor. One of the things that made me more connected to his character was the bits & pieces of his pre-vampire life with his wife, Ingrede. The author didn't tell us, she actually showed us the good moments between Dmitri and his wife. The moments where he was loving, honorable, honest, loyal and just the sweetest husband ever. I just fell in love with that Dmitri. We also get to know the reasons behind his now-cruel behavior, and it make me understand & love  him even more.

                       Archangel's Blade is an emotional story. One of the complain I always have with Ms. Singh's books are the rushed & confused endings. But that was not the case here. The author gave us one of the most beautiful ending in this book. For some reader, it was cliched or unrealistic; but for me, the ending works. It just flows nicely with the story, and makes it realistic. I believed in it. This is one of the books that I will cherish, and re-read it again. Guild Hunter is a must-read series, and it's only going to get better from here.


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                  Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

                  Aman 0
                  Publisher: Entangled
                  Published: February, 2012
                  Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
                  Pages: 179
                  Series: Lux
                    Shadows (Prequel)
                    Obsidian
                    Onyx (coming in 2012)
                    Opal (coming in 2012)

                    Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
                    The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

                    Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

                    Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

                    Captivated. Lured. Loved.

                    Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

                      Review:

                         Shadows is mentioned before Obsidian but really should be read afterwards or it will completely spoil the first book in this series. I just simply loved it.

                         This book is about Daemon’s brother Dawson and Bethany’s story. Their story was love at first sight, and I actually felt it. It was all hearts & flowers; just the sweetest romance ever. They just made me go awe at every scene. Dawson & Bethany are the couple everyone wants to see have their HEA but from Obsidian we know things go differently.  I knew from the beginning how it was going to end but still reading that part was just heart-breaking. I cried for them, for their future they would never have, and I just hated it. A small part of me is still hopeful that they are not dead, and will come back in the upcoming books. No one saw their bodies. I just want Ms. Armentrout to do a miracle. They are aliens, anything can happen.    

                         Shadows is a short story and a fast read. It also helps understanding Daemon’s character even more, and is a must-read for all Lux fans.


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                    Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

                    Aman 0
                    Publisher: Entangled
                    Published: November, 2011
                    Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mature YA
                    Pages: 335
                    Series: Lux

                    Shadows (Prequel)
                    Obsidian
                    Onyx (coming 2012)
                    Opal (coming 2012)

                    Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
                    Starting over sucks.

                    When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

                    And then he opened his mouth.

                    Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

                    The hot alien living next door marks me.

                    You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

                    If I don't kill him first, that is.

                    Review:

                         I’m a huge fan of Ms. Armentrout’s work; so when Obsidian came out, I bought it on my kindle, and was hooked from the first page. I didn’t read the synopsis, so I was surprised to find it an alien story. Bonus points for that. I really liked this book, not as much as covenant series but this one definitely has potential.

                         The main character Katy moves in to a new town for her senior year. *flash* Twilight *flash*. I know, but this book is 100 times better, and much more entertaining. Katy is a book blogger which is so much relatable. I think that’s the best part I like about her because I’ve never read about a blogger in any other book. Otherwise, she is just a normal teenager, nothing out-of-the-world special about her. The main guy, Daemon, is an alien from a light planet known as Lux. I didn’t like him at first, he was just too much of a jerk for me. But as the story progresses, he kind of grew in on me. Both the protagonists’ had a love-hate relationship which is my guilty pleasure. I loved seeing them fight then have sexual tension, and it repeats all over again until they give in to the pleasure. That was amazing and so HOT.

                         One of the things that I loved in this book was the world building. The author researched well, and executed brilliantly. I loved reading about the alien powers and the fact that they don’t know the extent to their abilities. I’m really excited to see where the story goes from here.

                         I just had one problem with the book cover. I do not like the couple. The boy was too plain for me, and I just can’t picture him as Daemon. I’m sure he has a cute face but that’s just it. Maybe that’s one of the reason I didn’t like Daemon (I know it sounds stupid). I just wished the author/ publisher would instead have used a green eyed blurry faced man or just something abstract. That is just my opinion.

                         Obsidian is a beginning to a wonderful series that I know I would love. Anyone who loves paranormal with romance and a lot of heat should read this book.


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                    Review: While it Lasts by Abbi Glines

                    August 8, 2012 Aman 1
                    Publisher: Wild Child
                    Published: July 31, 2012
                    Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
                    Pages: 222
                    Series: Sea Breeze

                    Breathe
                    Because of Low
                    While it Lasts
                    Untitled (coming in 2012)
                    Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.

                    Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?

                    Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.

                    Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.

                    Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

                    Review:

                         I just loved this book. It is one of the steamiest in this series. I can't believe this book is written by the same author who wrote The Vincent Boys (which I didn't like one bit). It seems like Sea Breeze series gets better with each book.

                         While it Lasts is Cage's & Eva's story. Remember Cage, the biggest man-whore from Because of Low. Well, in this book we get to see a sweet side of him. Shocker, right. I never thought I would like him more than Marcus, but Ms. Glines had made the impossible happen. Cage York is the bad boy I wouldn't mind having to myself. He is still flirty, talks dirty but is so much more with Eva. Now, Eva herself comes from a tragic past. She lost her fiance in a war, and has not been able to move on with her life. With Cage moving in for summer, she lets herself give in for the change. I was really happy to see both the characters grow, and open up with each other.

                         The romance between Cage & Eva was so well written. There was a lot of foreplay, and the result was mind blowing. I really like Eva. She was innocent but not shy; she was upfront with what she wanted, and boy, did she got it. I loved both the characters and they were just perfect for each other.

                         I just wished the author would have explained Cage's DUI or the story behind it. But that is just mere curiosity, and nothing else. While it Lasts is a fast-paced book with real relatable emotions, and a hot  steamy romance. I loved it, and would definitely re-read it again.


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                    Review: Because of Low by Abbi Glines

                    Aman 1
                    Publisher: CreateSpace
                    Published: February, 2012
                    Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mature YA
                    Pages: 310
                    Series: Sea Breeze

                    Breathe
                    Because of Low
                    While it Lasts
                    Untitled (coming in 2012)
                    Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol' dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she's sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage York.

                    Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time job doesn’t produce excess income. But Cage has a new roommate and suddenly sleeping over at her best friend’s apartment isn’t such a bad thing. Not when she gets to see those sexy green eyes of Marcus Hardy’s twinkle when he smiles at her like he wants her there.
                    Even though Cage seems a little territorial where Low is concerned, Marcus finds time to spend with Low without upsetting his roommate. Cage may use his small college baseball star persona to sleep with every hot female in his path but he’s still under the disillusion that when he’s through sowing his wild oats, he’s going to marry Low. Marcus intends to change that assumption for both Cage and Low. Until his carefully laid plans come crashing down with a revelation he never expected. He’ll have to choose between Low or his family. Because once the truth comes out.... there’s no other choice.

                    Review:
                                  
                         Because of Low is the second book in the Sea Breeze series, and it is even better than what I expected. Breathe was a light-hearted summer read but this book is full of emotions, and drama. The characters had so much depth in them; I was completely involved in the story.

                         The book featured Marcus Hardy & Willow (Low) Montgomery. I have been rooting for Marcus since the last book, and was so excited to finally read his story. First of all, can I just say wow, I had no idea Marcus was a rich boy. But that doesn't change the fact that he is still the sweetest, caring person ever. In this book, he moves back into town for some family crisis, and moves in with Cage (who is the biggest man-whore I ever read about). Marcus is a good boy, a boy every mother wants their daughter to marry. Simply, he is just perfect.

                         Willow aka Low was a refreshingly unique character, and I liked her a lot. She comes from the wrong side of the town, had a tough childhood, and the only thing stable in her life was her best friend, Cage. People tend to abandon her (like her bitchy sister), and therefore, she had trust issues. The relationship between Low & Cage was weird at first, but after a while I was okay with it. Marcus and Low are completely different people yet absolutely perfect for each other. They clicked from the moment Marcus saw Low standing at his door, and from thereon their connection became even stronger. The thing about Marcus that I really liked was that he understood Low so well. He knew when she needed a little time & space, and he gave it to her.

                         Because of Low is an emotional story with lots of family drama, and hot steamy moments. I just loved this book , and I'm really excited to see where Ms. Glines will go with Cage's story.


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                    Review: Breathe by Abbi Glines

                    August 6, 2012 Aman 0
                    Publisher: Wild Child
                    Published: May, 2011
                    Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
                    Pages: 166
                    Series: Sea Breeze

                    Breathe
                    Beacuse of Low
                    While it Lasts
                    Untitled (coming in 2012)
                    Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

                    When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star. 

                    Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.  

                    Review:

                         I was a little hesitant about reading Breathe because I had already read The Vincent Boys, and didn't liked it. But surprisingly Abbi Glines debut book, Breathe is so much better. It is a great summer read.

                         Breathe is full of cliches. At the beginning I felt like I was reading a Cinderella story without the evil sisters, but it is so much more than that. Sadie comes from a lower class family, and works at the Stones house as a hired help. Jax Stone is a teen rock star (think Justin Bieber). They both meet during summer in Alabama, and have a summer fling. Their connection was instant; it wasn't love at first sight but kind of similar to that. I have read or watched the "famous guy falls for his maid" story so many times, but somehow Ms. Glines story stands out. It is a light read; there is drama, but it isn't overstated.

                         The main protaganists' were really mature for their age. I felt like I was reading about 25 year olds. No complaining there, in-fact I liked it. I just wished that story had Jax's POV along with Sadie's, it would have increased the depth even more. The secondary character were very entertaining & supportive especially Marcus. I loved his character the most, and I'm going to start his book right-away.

                         Breathe by Abbi Glines is quick light-hearted book meant just for the fun of reading and not over analyzing. I loved it , and would recommend it.


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                    Review: Naked Edge by Pamela Clare

                    August 5, 2012 Aman 0
                    Publisher: Berkley
                    Release Date: March, 2010
                    Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult
                    Pages: 370
                    Series: I-Team
                      Extreme Exposure
                      Hard Evidence
                      Unlawful Contact
                      Naked Edge
                      Breaking Point
                      Striking Distance (coming in 2013)

                      What do you do when desire drives you to the very brink?

                      Someone wants the Native Americans off their sacred land. And when Navajo journalist Katherine James and park ranger Gabriel Rossiter team up to investigate why, their passion for the truth-and each other-makes them targets for those desperate enough to kill.

                      Review:
                              
                           I-Team is one of my favorite series in contemporary romance, and I'm always so excited about reading a new book when it comes out. When I finished reading Naked Edge, I wasn't satisfied with it. I like it but didn't love it as much as I should heart a Pamela Clare book.  

                           Naked Edge follows Gabe Rossiter, a park ranger, and Katherine (Kat) James, an investigative reporter working for Denver Independent. Kat comes from a very conservative Navajo family, and for me, it was really easing connecting to her. I myself come from a conservative Indian family, and follow my roots with my heart. She was a refreshing character, and I loved reading about her. The best part for me was getting to know more about the Native Americans, and learning about their beliefs & culture. Ms. Clare took a chance with this book, and I think she pulled it off. It was an enlightning read.

                           All the other book in the I-Team series are very fast-paced, but this was on a slow side. I just felt the investigation part was at times dragged, and boring. I just wanted to fast-forward to get to the point. The other reason I didn't like this as much as the other books was Gabe Rossiter. I know he is hot & adventurous, but he just felt flat for me. Ms. Clare made us fall in love with fabulous characters like Marc & Julian, and I'm sorry, but Gabe was nothing compared to them. He was nice to Kat, and they had the sweetest romance in the series.

                           If you follow these series, then you don't want to miss out on this book. It is definitely different than most books out there, and I'm glad to have read it. Not my favorite but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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                      Review: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

                      August 4, 2012 Aman 0
                      Publisher: Self-Published
                      Release Date: June, 2010
                      Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
                      Pages: 546
                      Series: Thoughtless
                        Thoughtless
                        Effortless (2011)
                        Untitled (coming in 2012)

                        Synopsis (from Goodreads):
                        For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

                        Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source – a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes...and none of them will ever be the same.
                         

                        Review:
                                   
                             I heard about Thoughtless through all the hype going on goodreads. I was really looking forward to read this because I heard that the boy was a lead singer in a band, and what's not to love about that. If someone had told me prior reading that this book involves cheating, I would not have read it. The one thing I hate is when people cheat in a relationship. In this book, it wasn't just once, it was throughout the story, and I just couldn't look past it.

                             The main characters involve Kellan (the love interest), Keira (the cheater), and Denny (the boyfriend). I liked Kellan. His emotions felt real, and I was so pissed at how Keira treated him like a worthless person. I know he is part-faulty for cheating but what is he suppose to do when the girl is literally begging him to do it. On the other side, Denny was such a sweetheart, he was so loving & selfless, and even left his job for Keira. Both the guys were absolutely perfect but that does not mean one (thats you Keira) gets to play with their feelings. Keira was a selfish bitch of the story. She wasn't interesting enough in the beginning and what she did afterwards made me hate her even more.

                             Sometimes people find the one while they are in a relationship with someone else. Thats okay, just break up from one guy before you make a move with another. Not like Keira where you can't even make up your damn mind, and fucks both of them the same time. It was ridiculous of how she acted. I mean your boyfriend is gonna find out sooner or later, so why are you making the situation even worst than it is. I'm not even gonna start with the ending because it was just unrealistic. The other thing I don't like about this book was the extremely descriptive writing. The beginning was so streched that I had to skip parts to get to the point. Also, what kind of college is Keira attending where she needs only 3 classes a semster, and what kind of a degree is she going to get?

                             I don't know why people like this book so much. For me, it was long, boring, dragging, and one of the worst books I've read. I would not recommend it. Need I say, I will not continue this series.    


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