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Review of Breakaway by Cate Cameron

  • Title: Breakaway
  • Author: Cate Cameron
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Crush)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2017
  • Pages:172
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
  • Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #4

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old NHL player Logan Balanchuk came to Corrigan Falls to distract himself from his career-ending injury. He doesn’t want to even hear the word “ hockey,” so when he meets Dawn, a beautiful, free-spirited girl who goes skinny-dipping instead of watching the draft, he’s intrigued. Neither of them is looking for anything serious, anyway.

Dawn is happy to be a distraction, happy to have an adventurous summer romance with the dashing guy from the big city. She’s busy working three jobs and counting the days until she can move away from her tiny, hockey-obsessed town. Plus, she’s already done her time as a hockey player’s girlfriend—now she wants to live her own life and have her own adventures. But as things heat up with Logan, she realizes they aren’t as no-strings-attached as she thought…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, melt-the-ice kisses, a drool-worthy hockey player, and a fun summer romance that will leave you smiling.

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ARC of Breakaway was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

Dawn is a strong female character that wants nothing more than to be awesome and be the star of her own life. It’s a great thing to work towards and want to be. Unfortunately, I felt she went way over the top. Yeah, finding something you’re passionate about, something that makes your life more interesting is great. You don’t have to pass up on a great relationship to do that though. This was the thing that infuriated me with her. She was way over the top when it came to avoiding being a hockey player’s girlfriend. It was because of this naive and childish behavior that caused me to barely connect with her.

Logan, on the other hand, was great. I felt so bad that he was injured and was losing his dream. But through it all, he stayed strong and kept his humor, and yeah I guess Dawn helped make him feel better. Then again I didn’t feel like she was all that helpful. In fact, I felt like she made things harder and was more worried about herself half the time while poor Logan was trying to hang onto her.

Besides Dawn’s issues, Breakaway was a fun light hearted read. I liked it, but it wasn’t super attention grabbing. For the most part, it just felt like a short summer romance read with a heard headed heroine. There wasn’t really anything special to it or any excitement. Like I said, a light fun read but nothing to rave about. Still, if you’re just looking for something light that you could read in less than a day, then you should check it out. Might help if you’re a hockey fan too.

 

 

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Review of Wicked Takeover by Tina Donahue

  • Title: Wicked Takeover
  • Author: Tina Donahue
  • Publisher: Entangle Publishing LLC
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2017
  • Pages: 225
  • Genre: Romance, Erotica, Contemporary
  • Series: Wicked Brand #1

Goodreads Synopsis:

She’s just inherited a tattoo parlor…and the hunk who comes with it.

Lauren’s in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate HR job, she’s just inherited Wicked Brand, a struggling West Palm Beach tattoo parlor…along with the virile dude who runs it. Lauren’s full-figured, sorta pretty, and wanting him badly. Dream on. She’s here to sell the place as quickly as possible for some much-needed cash and score a new position in the corporate world.

Dante’s sinfully hot with a killer smile and beautifully inked biceps. He sees the heat in Lauren’s eyes despite her conservative appearance, recognizing the dynamite woman she could be if she’d just loosen up and have some wicked fun. Dominance and submission. Making love in a public place. Having her lush body always accessible to and ready for his.

Unwilling and unable to keep their hands to themselves, Lauren and Dante turn to carnal games and seduction. Until lust turns to surprising need and friendship to something deeper that might just change their futures.

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ARC of Wicked Takeover provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

Wicked Takeover had a very interesting concept of an independent corporate woman, Lauren, who was let go from her job and then inherited a tattoo shop. There she meets Dante and falls in instant lust, plus it helps that he’s actually a great guy too. I loved the whole tattoo shop idea and the employees who worked there. The only thing is I wish the other artist in the shop had more personality. He was an amazing artist and very talented but personality wise, he was just there and always moping. He never really showed much interaction with the rest of them and that kind of bugged me.

Lauren was a cool character and I loved that she wasn’t a size 2. She was described as independent and didn’t rely on anyone to get herself by. She actually preferred to struggle on her own then take anything away from anyone else and I thought that was very admirable. Problem was, she was extremely self-conscious about her weight and didn’t think she was good looking. A part of me just really want’s to see a full figured woman who is confident.

Dante had a very interesting back story. He wasn’t just some hot tattoo artist who wanted to bone constantly, though they did bone constantly. Which brings up another thing. I felt like this book, for the most part, was all about the sex. Every other page they were either having sex or thinking about having sex. Yes, I know this is a romance and sex is the lure to romance novels, but if there’s no story to it than the whole thing falls flat. Wicked Takeover did have a story to it, but I felt like it was some what ignored and could have had so much more done with it.

For the most part, it was a good book, and very steamy. Even though I had my own issues with it here and there it was still an easy enjoyable read.

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Review of Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews

  • Title: Bad Girl Gone
  • Author: Temple Mathews
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2017
  • Pages: 256
  • Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of the street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parent’s car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she s not.

She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

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ARC of Bad Girl Gone provided through NetGalley for an Honest Review.

Now I am going to hang my head in shame. To be completely honest, I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book. I thought it looked interesting but wasn’t optimistic about it. So I put off reading it for a while, then finally decided to “get it out of the way”. BIG MISTAKE! This book was so much better than I could have hoped for, and I have no problem admitting that I was being a fool.

The main character, Echo, was interesting. When she wakes up in Middle House she remembers her life but it becomes glaringly obvious that while alive she saw herself in a completely different light. First off she panics and throws tantrums which I don’t mind as much as I usually would because, hello, she doesn’t know where she is and the kids there aren’t exactly taking it easy on her. So I excuse her prissy attitude for the first part of the book.

Once she finds out what happened to her and the others at Middle House I feel like she had a true break through personality wise. I guess finding out your dead is one way to make you cut the crap and grow up. As she investigates her death she has several more eye openers about who she was when she was alive that helped a lot with her personal growth. Honestly, I like dead Echo, but I don’t think I would have liked a live Echo.

The rest of the residents of Middle House really made this book something special for me. They each had their own personalities and I loved hearing their murder stories, as tragic as they were. I felt like each kid was a part of this finely oiled machine that worked together to investigate, haunt, and resolve each other’s deaths.

The only issue I have is that the connection between Echo and Cole felt an awful lot like insta-love. Which never, ever sits well or feels organic. But it wasn’t all that unsettling to the point where it ruined the story for me.

I’m not normally a fan of mystery but this book was really enjoyable. Having mystery, with ghosts, with kids, with a little love oddly worked for me. It’s a combination that I don’t think can be pulled off often, but this time it did. I would definitely recommend  Bad Girl Gone, and would also like to advise those that read it to keep an open mind.