Let Me Just Leave This Here

Serial books: love ’em or hate ’em? My definition of serial books is a set of novels that carry at most two main characters’ s story from one book to the next. Take for example: the Twilight series, the Crossfire series, and this one below.

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This series, with books 1-3 pictured above, where I had thought when they were simultaneously released in early January 2017, ended with “Ray of Love.” The way that author E.L. Todd writes is perfectly fine. Except that this story is just too damned stretched. It’s quite interesting, because it’s actually got several stories meshed together:

(1) There’s the one about Rae’s heartbreak over Ryker, with whom she had entered into a hook-up slash serious relationship in book 1, but then she finally gets her shit together and feels THE feelings for Zeke, one of her and her brother’s best friends, who had been harboring lovey-dovey feelings for her for 3 years. Unfortunately…

(2) Zeke’s in a super-speedy, but great relationship with Rochelle, whilst still holding a candle for Rae. By “super-speedy” I mean, Zeke was on the verge of proposing marriage to Rochelle after only 6 months of knowing and dating her. So, then he abruptly breaks Rochelle’s heart and goes after Rae, after he finds out that she’s got the feels for him, too.

(3) Ryker suddenly wants Rae back.

(4) Then, there’s Rae’s brother, Rex, who has gotten his head out of his ass and went after Kayden, another one of Rae and Rex’s best friends, romantically. Kayden had suddenly exemplified whore-y characteristics to get back at Rex for breaking her heart. I still don’t get why Kayden wants him, though. Rex, after all, is neither the brightest bulb in the room, nor is he the richest or the most hard-working. His only redeeming traits must be in between in his legs and his heart (i.e., loyalty)?

Reading these three books sequentially was like reading TV shows “Friends” and “Dallas” mashed together in book form, except it has different character names, has only 2 guys in the group, and one of the girls, Jessie, has a purposeless role within their circle. Everyone in the group lusts for someone else, but is too lame to speak up, thus making their stories too long to tell in one book.

Then, after spending $15 on those 3 simultaneously-released e-books, I then found out at the end of book 3 that there’s more to this tale.

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Books 4 AND 5 are, apparently, going to be released in April 2017, and each are priced at another whopping $4.99, making the total investment for this weird but very erotically sexy and trying to be funny series a hefty $24.95. I refuse to spend another ten bucks, man. I’m tapping out.

Hence, my predictions: Rae is going to hem and haw between her supposed love for Zeke and Ryker; and, Rex and Kayden will live HEA. I’m hoping Rae chooses Zeke, ‘coz, damn, the boy broke innocent-bystander, Rochelle’s, heart to be with her. However, I think E.L. Todd is going to make Ryker the winner of Rae’s stupid heart. Le sigh. I hate serials. (less)

What about you?

Review: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

Warning: spoilers ahead. When I hate on a book, sorry (not sorry), I can’t help but expound on the reasons why I hated the story in it, just so I’ll remember NOT to buy another book of the same author’s.

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Welp, so the heroine cheated on a seemingly good, older man who had loved her enough to let her go. That was the worst part of the story. It’s women like this fictional one who make the rest of us look bad, quite frankly. I couldn’t tolerate (i.e., completely skipped over) the main characters’ first sexy scene together (at around the 75% mark of the book), particularly because I felt really bad for Frankie’s then-boyfriend, Victor.

Added to that, the 2 main characters, Mack Morrison and Francesca “Frankie” O’Hara, just don’t know how to communicate themselves well. During their time in college, Mack didn’t break up with his then-girlfriend, Torrie, when he felt like he should pursue his feelings/interest/relationship with Frankie. By the time that he found his balls to finally say adios to Torrie, he then discovered that he’s already knocked her up. So, he compounds one mistake after another, but continues to looooooong for Frankie. On the flip side, Frankie had moved on and formed her first long-term relationship with an older guy, Victor, who, by all indications made, was a super nice guy. He even gave Frankie a hall pass to spend 1 week with the a$$ she couldn’t get over. What did the stupid girl do? She proceeded to string Mack along, told him about the hall pass, but made it apparent that she didn’t want to use it. Mack got pissed that she didn’t want to use the hall pass, and breaks it off with her. Temporarily, of course, since she’s his true love.

Oi. WTF. And then, there was the question of Mack’s son’s paternity, since Torrie had also been sleeping with his own father, Sen. Morrison.

Jaaaaayzus, this was a 1985 soap opera/Mexican telenovela all rolled in one. Hated it, absolutely hated it. I hereby resolve not to read another Penelope Ward book, unless she’s writing it with Vi Keeland. Such a waste of time and money.

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Review: Her Touch by Alexa Riley

This is where I normally show the cover of the book I’m reviewing. However, due to the discomfort, agitation, and aggravation I felt after reading “Her Touch,” I decided not to show the otherwise sexily photographed and beautifully laid out book cover. The book cover belies what’s inside.

I’ve read all of Alexa Riley’s books. These two women know how to write smut. Good smut. But I guess this one crossed a line that I never thought existed for me.

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Ms. Riley pushes the boundaries in the romance genre. Taboo is her specialty. It’s inherent in all her stories, which, like I said, I’ve read. The theme of “daddy and his little girl” – that one I don’t like at all, especially the Innocence series, but it’s, to a certain degree, tolerable (still DNF’ed it). Virgins having a ruddy good time? They’re also part of Riley’s repertoire. Case in point, Shielding Lily, continues to be one of my favorite AR books. I also even like Coach, which was my first Riley-authored book. Teenaged girl and dad’s friend falling in love, with a 12-to-18-year age gap between them? Okay, I can find that hot – but only if the fictional parents approve the relationship.

But in “Her Touch?” I got the heebie-jeebies. A lot of ants metaphorically crawled all over my skin, just because I had the audacity to read this after all of the authors’ warnings in their social media feeds. In my defense, I ignored them because I thought I could handle whatever new taboo AR is dishing out.

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As the book’s blurb indicates, it’s primarily the story of how Maggie and Eli met and fell in love. In the middle of this full novel, Eli gets parental custody of 17-yo Maggie, as her dad, Thomas (Eli’s friend and mentor) went missing while on an official mission for the USMC. Maggie’s upset, sure, but her best friend, Alice? Well, she lost it. Turns out she was secretly boinking Maggie’s dad, while she was living with them during her senior year of high school. When Thomas went missing, Alice cried unconsolably and repeatedly, because… well, she’s preggers. That’s right. Eighteen year old Alice, best friend to 17-yo Maggie, is secretly pregnant with her friend’s half-sibling, thanks to Maggie’s 39-yo father. *VOMIT*

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There were other overused elements that annoyed me to no end in “Her Touch” (i.e., Eli was apparently so handsome and macho, all the women around him hit on him non-stop, including a teacher who threatened to report his taboo relationship with Maggie if he didn’t go out with her [the teacher]). However, it was the secretly pregnant Alice that broke this camel’s back. The very thought that Thomas impregnating his daughter’s high school best friend is a sexy plot twist?! And Maggie is okay with that, because Alice was a perpetually tearful wimp who was her only friend in her new school?! *EW* Excuse me while I go throw up again.

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1 star

Review: Badd Motherf*cker by @JasindaWilder

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This was good. As in, G-O-O-D. Author Jasinda Wilder gave us a hot and sizzling tale about a man who felt abandoned by everyone he loves – in Alaska, of all places – and a woman who was betrayed by the one she had thought loved her the most.

Initially, “Badd Motherf*cker” sounds like another one of those OTT BDSM “I wanna be the next Fiftieth Shade of Grey,” with chains, dildos, and whips attached to it. That’s farther from the truth that I found in between its pages. It’s well-written, fast paced, and made me want more. There ARE 8 Badd brothers, after all. While the story wasn’t original, I didn’t get bored, because Ms. Wilder did away with all my pet peeves (e.g., terrible parents and sex-starved pushy best friends). She did include, however, the cliched cheating rat-bastard of an almost-groom and a runaway bride.

Sebastian “Bast” Badd and Dru Connolly’s story was so fast-paced that after one night in Alaska, Dru succumbed to her uncontrollable bodily wishes to get it on with Sebastian. This was just 2 days after her aborted wedding with the man she supposedly loved. Two. Days. True, the rat-bastard needed to be taught a lesson, but the way Dru was so sluttily portrayed didn’t quite jerk a tear from me. It was okay, though, since Sebastian seemed equally smitten with her. There was that moment he flopped back to his catch-and-release manwhore ways, but thankfully, he redeemed himself.

What I especially loved about this book, though, is, despite her seemingly uncontrollable sexy urges regarding Bast, Dru is a very strong woman. She knows how to defend herself, cusses like a sailor, and gives no two sh!ts about anyone who stands in her way. Bravo for this, I say. We need more strong women in our romance books, ones who don’t sob, cry, and weep perpetually, waiting for their prince to come save them while they’re licking their own wounds.

All in all, I think I’ve found myself a new author to obsess over. “Badd Ass,” 3 starsthe next installment in this series (brother #2, Zane Badd’s, book), is out now, and coincidentally, it’s calling my name.

New Release!!! Park Avenue Prince by @Louisesbay

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This is a new author whose latest work I am craaaaaaaaving to read: Louise Bay’sPark Avenue Prince.” It just came out today, February 13th, 2017.

Personally, I never thought that the 13th of any month is a lucky day, but I suppose it’s fitting since it’s Valentine’s tomorrow. Is the world expecting a baby boom soon? I hope not, unless it’s expecting an immaculate conception from me. Read the blurb below – doesn’t it sound goooooooood?
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THE PRINCE OF PARK AVENUE FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FEISTY MANHATTAN PRINCESS.

I’ve made every one of my billions of dollars myself—I’m calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a monk.

I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They’re the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I’m not the guy who sends flowers. I’m not the guy who calls the next day.

Or so I thought before an impatient, smart-talking, beyond beautiful heiress bursts into my world.

When Grace Astor rolls her eyes at me—I want to hold her against me and show her what she’s been missing. When she makes a joke at my expense — I want to silence her sassy mouth with my tongue. And when she leaves straight after we f*ck with barely a goodbye—it makes me want to pin her down and remind her of the three orgasms she just had.

She might be a princess but I’m going to show her who rules in this Park Avenue bedroom.
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Review: The Cad and the Co-Ed by @LHCosway and Penny @ReidRomance

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“The Cad and the Co-Ed” by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid is the 3rd installment in the authors’ Rugby series. I must confess: I really liked the first book, “The Hooker and the Hermit.” Their second one, “The Player and the Pixie“? Meh. This one? It was okay, in my estimation.

The cad is professional Irish rugby player, Bryan Leech, while the co-ed, Eilish Cassidy, was not a co-ed anymore at the time their story really unfolded. Bryan and Eilish hooked up once, while she was still a 19-year-old college student and Bryan was in his mid-20s. She unexpectedly got pregnant, decided to keep the baby, and kept Bryan out of the loop, particularly because he was an unreliable alcoholic who had immediately forgotten about her and their sexual foray the minute he had woken up. As per usual, there were the rotten parents who made the main characters’ lives miserable. Misses Cosway and Reid also threw in a disgusting lunch-thieving sexist senior physiotherapist and a weird meddlesome best friend in the mix to further highlight the angst, toils, and troubles Bryan and Eilish needed to get through to find happily-ever-after with their son, Patrick.

Was the book good? Well, it was pretty predictable. Nothing new, really, but it sure helped ease my boredom while waiting for my dentist over the weekend. Did the sexy scenes, at least, make up for my lack of vested interest in the story? No, not really. Those, too, seem canned and trite. I wish that the authors would lessen the immature and unnecessary “dun, dun, DUN” sound effects in Eilish’s inner monologues. Nobody really thinks that way, do they, in fake movie sound effects? They’re silly and annoying. I also wish that the oft-repeated themes of main characters getting thwarted by bad parents, worse/traitorous/extreme fun-loving/kid-hating/sex addicted best girl-friend, and comically bad co-workers would stop. We need some type of originality in our stories. Finally, I also hope that my dangling “what ever happened to…” questions would be answered. For example, what happened to Bryan and his relationship with his AA sponsor, (lesbian) Sarah? At one point, he had mildly resented her for her strong insistence that he get Patrick’s paternity tested and validated. Eilish didn’t seem to like her, too. However, Sarah is an essential part of Bryan’s success as a recovering alcoholic. So… what happened? And what about Eilish’s cousin, Sean Cassidy’s, long-distance romance 2 stars with Lucy Fitzpatrick? I’m still not convinced they’re living in their own HEA. Nevertheless, I’m just going to presume all’s well that ends well. But I still didn’t like that I don’t know for sure. “The Cad and the Co-Ed’s” ending was loosely clomped together and their HEA was… there. Just there. So, okiedokie.

P.S. My long and winding book review is based on an ARC generously given to me by the authors and their publicist. Don’t just take me at my word and my own star rating, though. Read it yourself and share with me your thoughts.