Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dirty Together Review

Dirty Together (Dirty Billionaire, #3)
By: Meghan March

My wife. 

I love saying those words.

She’s mine, and if she thinks I’m going to let her run without tracking her down and bringing her back to where she belongs—with me—then she’s about to be introduced to a new reality.

Because I’ll fight dirty to give her the happily ever after she deserves.



Again this novel picks up where the second one left off with Creighton going to find Holly. The first few chapters of this book bored me because it was predictable and didn't add much to the overall story. I started to feel the book later when Holly and Creighton finally confess to loving each other and trying to make their marriage work, regardless of their differences or the unconventional beginning they had to their relationship. 


The author really tugged at our heartstrings in this book with Holly's mom coming back into her life and trying to make money by screwing Holly and Creighton over. The writing was so well done with it that I felt Holly's pain and confusion when it came to dealing with her mother. Creighton proved himself to be caring and selfless as he tried his best to help Holly overcome the obstacles that her mother put in their way. It was gratifying to see them face their biggest obstacle together and come together as a team instead of Holly running away, as proven to be her typical response to difficult situations. 


The sex scenes of course were deliciously dirty. The author had no hesitations in being as descriptive as possible and making the scenes come alive in the minds of her readers. 


Final Rating:
✬✬✫✫✫
Probability of Rereading:
No

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Dirty Pleasures Review

Dirty Pleasures (Dirty Billionaire #2)
By: Meghan March

I did it. I married a billionaire.

My reasons are my own, but the last thing I expected was to feel owned.
I may have taken vows, but I’m still determined to be me.
Now his rules are taking over my world, but I’m not the kind of girl to just obey.
There’s only one problem: I might actually be falling for him…
I have no idea how this marriage is going to go, but holding onto a piece of myself while succumbing to his dirty pleasures is shaping up to be the ride of a lifetime.



This book focused more on the plot than the sex scenes unlike the first installment. It picked up right where the first one left off with Holly taking off and leaving Creighton, so we get to see his reaction to her leaving him first hand. It was very satisfying. He fights hard to find her and get to her as quickly as he can and then when they talk about their issues and what they want for each other it's a very sweet moment. Holly was confused by Creighton's apology and calm demeanor and his willingness to please her and come up with a solution for their problem that suited them both. I feel like this moment would have been an ideal time for Creighton to admit to himself that he was in love with Holly, as it is quite clear to the readers how he feels. But we have to suffer through the rest of this book and most of the third before they both come to terms with their relationship. It's a bit frustrating.

Holly's character takes center stage in this book, as she goes on tour with her band with Creighton trailing behind her like a lost puppy. It was necessary for his character to see what hers goes through to try and make a career for herself in country music, however, it's not very befitting to his character to fall away and become a background figure in the book. I was glad that the author didn't prolong the tour narrative because it quickly became boring. 

I think this was probably the most dull book in the series and I made my way through it quickly because in a trilogy the most juicy parts happen in the beginning and the end. In keeping with that, this book was a lot of filler; some sweet moments between Creighton and Holly where you can see that they're falling for each other, even though they're doing their best not to, moments of watching Holly's career blossom, seeing a bit of Creighton's career in play, and of course, their complicated pasts coming up to haunt them. 

Again the end was another cliff hanger, the only disappointing part was that it was literally the exact same scenario as the first book. It had much more impact on me the first time, the second time her departure was foreshadowed and I was less inclined to dive into the third book as I knew what to expect with Creighton's reaction. There just wasn't as much urgency and mystery involved because we had just seen this exact situation play out before us.

Final Rating:
✬✬✫✫✫
Probability of Rereading:
No

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm


Dirty Billionaire Review

Dirty Billionaire (Dirty Billionaire Trilogy, #1)
By: Meghan March

I've got a big dick and an even bigger bank account. That's pretty much where my bio ends. Honestly, I don't need to say anything else. I've just sold 99% of women on going home with me. 
Do I sound like an asshole to you?
That's because I am.
And guess what? It works for me just fine. 
Or at least it did.
Until I met her.
Books talk about sparks flying. Fuck that shit. With her, it was like emergency flares mixed with jet fuel. Or maybe just straight up napalm. 
Only one problem. 
She didn't leave her name or number when she disappeared from the hotel room after the hottest fucking night of my life. Now I've had a taste of unicorn pussy—the sweetest, rarest of all pussy—and I need it again.
So what's an asshole to do?
I took this problem to the street. A missed connection gone viral.
And when I find her? I'm keeping her.



I don't know what it is lately but I've been obsessed with the free books on Kobo, and my go-to for downloads always seem to be of the romance variety. And lately the dirtier the better! I've been reading so much delicious smut lately that my other half has taken to making sure the kids aren't in the room before asking questions about my latest read. I downloaded this book because of the gorgeous looking model on the cover, knowing that if the male character in the book was portrayed as looking anything like the cover model I was going to love it no matter what the contents. The author did not let me down.

Creighton is a pretty close replica of Christian Grey, rich beyond your wildest dreams, emotionally closed off, kinky beyond belief and gorgeous. He's also domineering, over confident and controlling. But somehow the author makes even those qualities seem endearing as she weaves a complicated love story between Creighton and Holly. Holly is a country bumpkin trying to make something of herself when she gets caught in the hype of the music industry and forced into a situation she can't seem to find a way out of. Luckily for her Creighton comes along with a proposal of his own, quite literally, and it seems like it could be the answer to all of her problems. 

At first I was struck by all the similarities that this book shares with 50 Shades (which I loved, by the way, so that's not necessarily a bad thing), but then the book took on it's own identity when the love story grew quite differently than that of 50 Shades. The characters are sort of thrown together by Creighton's sexual attraction to Holly and Holly's need to escape her fake relationship before it ruins her reputation. They have a shot gun wedding and then it gets a little messy from there. I was happy to see that Holly is more independent than Creighton expected and she has a hard time following his rules and even rebels against him, making him work harder to keep her happy so that she stays. But he maintains that he doesn't have feelings for her and that the relationship is one based on mutual physical pleasure. And they have no issues that that part of things. Creighton dominates in the bedroom and that seems to be the only place that Holly is ok with his domineering personality. 

My only real qualm with the book is that Creighton takes his dominance to the extreme and comes off as being really cruel sometimes. Holly calls him on it, which is good, but at the same time she takes that verbal abuse as if accepting it as her due. In the beginning Creighton seems more interested in keeping her on as a hired-whore, having her be available for his sexual pleasure at any time, and doesn't think of her as being a human and having her own thoughts and feelings. He also goes through the whole book knowing that he feels differently about Holly but refusing to admit to himself that it's because he has any sort of feeling or attachment to her. 

Honestly, I didn't realize I was all that invested in the novel until I got to the cliffhanger at the end, and I didn't even consider moving on to my next downloaded book. I needed to know what happened so badly that I went directly to Kobo and bought the next two books in the series. I read the whole series in the span of about 7 hours, taking breaks to live my life, of course. The author did a great job of reeling me in and making the book worth my while.

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✫✫
Probability of Rereading:
Yes

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Dom who loved me Review

The Dom who loved me (Masters & Mercenaries #1)
By: Lexi Blake

A routine mission…

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She's the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

…turns into a dangerous seduction.

Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean's every dark desire. She's living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she's only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?



Have you ever noticed that erotic novels always seem to be chock full of steamy sex scenes a not a whole lot else? It's like the author puts their all into mapping out every minute detail of the couplings in the books but when it comes to the plot of the story they're all tapped out of ideas. Let me tell you, this was not one of those books. I was impressed that not only did this book have a plot line that made sense to the story, it was also a decent enough one that even without the sex I would still have been interested in reading this novel.

That being said, there were definitely some really racy scenes. There was a couple of times when I blushed while reading, and looked around to make sure no one was reading over my shoulder. How I would have explained what I was reading to someone if they had been snooping is beyond me. One thing is for sure, the author had no qualms at all about using whatever vocabulary she so desired. And it was fabulous.

One of my favorite things about this book was the physical attributes of the characters. The author describes the main character, Grace, as being slightly overweight and her counterpart, Sean, as being as fit as can be. It gets so old to read about these tiny women and fit men as if these types of men wouldn't find an average body type just as appealing as a petite one. I also liked the Grace was self conscious of her age and being in a relationship with a younger man. It added some realism to the characters and their story. 

In the end while I did enjoy the book I don't know that I would go out and buy the rest of the series. I wasn't invested in the characters enough to wonder about their fate beyond what the author wrote about in this book. 

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✫✫
Probability of Rereading:
Yes

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nightwalker (Stormwalker, #4) Review

Nightwalker (Stormwalker, #4)
By: Allyson James

Stormwalker Janet Begay, proprietor of the Crossroads Hotel, a place where the paranormal stop for a safe night’s rest, discovers the hard way that a slayer is targeting Ansel, a Nightwalker who’s become the hotel's more-or-less permanent resident.

When Janet and her lover Mick intervene to save Ansel’s un-life, they find that the attack is the beginning of an oncoming storm. Janet has her hands full already with the upcoming marriage of her father, the return of a woman who claims to be Coyote’s wife, her crazy half-sister, a couple dragons on her back, and her worry about Mick, who’s behaving strangely again.

But it seems that everyone is after Ansel, who fears he killed the woman he loves in a Nightwalker frenzy. Janet must choose between protecting Ansel, or facing the most powerful magical beings in the world, who are willing to destroy Janet, Mick, her hotel, and everyone she cares about to get to Ansel and his secrets.
 



This book was available for free download on Kobo and the cover looked like it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately neither the cover, nor the name of the book uncovered the fact that was book is the fourth book in a series that probably makes a lot more sense when read in conjunction with the others. It was annoying and distracting to have to read small flashbacks of the story sprinkled throughout the first half of the book. Although, admittedly, without those I would have been completely lost. Had I have known that it was the fourth book in a series I'd never heard of I would not have bothered reading it.

Most of my drawbacks with this book come from the fact that I did not read the preceding novels and as such did not get to experience the relationships between the characters as deeply as I may have had I read the earlier volumes of their stories. Writing this review is made a little difficult and my view a little skewed because of that, but take this review in with a grain of salt and remember I only got to read a small part of the characters stories.

The different factions that the author created were pretty impressive, and the powers they possess even more so. It never fails to amaze me the sort of original ideas that authors can come up with that I haven't yet heard of. And the characters in this story are no exception. I loved the idea of dragons being able to shift into human form, and the idea of stormwalkers that can command the power of the elements, and Gods moving about on the earth in human forms. It all seemed so much larger than life and it was the main pull of the book for me. 

There were a number of things I did not enjoy about this book, the least of which was the scene at the end of the book when the Goddess, Dragons, Stormwalker, and mages all came together in what I had anticipated to be a massive battle and showing of power. I felt that there was too much going on between all the different characters and the scene was hard to follow as the descriptions spanned across all characters and tried to encompass all of their powers and doings. Another, was the bizarre sexual relationship between Mick and Janet. Maybe in one of the earlier books it addresses why it is so strange, but it was hard to figure out in this book. Does having Mick having sex with Janet heal her? Even still does that exempt him from having to have her express permission before he forces himself on her? There was one particular scene where Janet returns home too exhausted to walk or speak and Mick cleans her up, puts her to bed and without her even being able to move her own limbs, has sex with her. It just read like a rape scene to me, and made me think a lot less of their relationship.

Ultimately regardless of the fascinating characters and descriptive narrative I had a hard time getting through this book and came up bored quite a few times with it. Again, had I had read the first books maybe my opinion of it would be different. 

Final Rating:
✬✬✫✫✫
Probability of Rereading:
No

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Not so Fragile Review

Not so Fragile
By: Maq Lancaster

Letting people in is a daunting task for Valerie Morrison, and probably always will be. Confrontations are just never on her side, and she has enough scars—both physical and emotional—to prove it. That's why she chooses to avoid people whenever possible. Now studying at a university not too far from home, Val's plan is simple: keep her head low. Should be easy...

Except it isn't.

Because there's this guy named Louis (Lou for short) who is as kind as he is beautiful. Somehow, he looks beyond her walls and reaches in... and has other plans of just letting her be.

Here's the problem: Val doesn't do relationships, and she isn't planning on getting into one anytime soon, regardless of how tempting it may seem. At the end of the day, getting involved with Lou in any way can't be worth it... Right? 


*NOTE: This 74,000+ word standalone novel deals with a sensitive subject matter.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I surprised myself by reading through this book very quickly, not because I'm not a fast reader, but because although I enjoyed it I wasn't pulled into it like I usually am with quick reads. I enjoyed the plot and the characters and even the little bit of darkness that the author worked in with the mental health and drug dependency issues. About half way through the book I had the faint sense of familiarity, as though I had read this book or one like it before. It reminded me a lot of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It shared a lot of the same hallmarks of her book with the setting and the pattern of the relationship between the main characters, the only thing I found lacking was the depth of love between the main characters.

In this book the author did a great job at detailing the struggle's of the main character Val, and wrote about her obstacles in a sensitive way that can definitely resonate with readers who have dealt with similar issues. I was rooting for Val's success and survival early on as it's hard to read a story like hers and not want her to become stronger in spite of everything she has had to live through. I love books that detail a characters endeavor to better themselves all while lending the reader some inspiration to overcome anything that they may currently be facing. There is something very powerful in the writing of a fictional character that gives audiences hope and strength in their own personal lives. 

I was surprised to see that the love story, although plagued by Val's reluctance to have a love life, was still able to blossom and grow; helping Val become stronger in her pursuance of a "normal" life. Lou was the perfect counterpart for her, and although he had issues of his own he made her a stronger, better person. My only misgiving with their story is that at the end Val stopped seeking independence and leaned more on Lou than she should. It's a beautiful idea that at 18 they would live 'happily ever after' but the rest of the book deals in realism and the end of the book should have as well. I was left feeling that if Lou and Val broke up in the future Val would be back at square one; lost, lonely and drug dependent. 

As much as I appreciate a good love story, this book was much more about the real life problems that the characters encountered. The author did not shy away from writing bluntly about heavy subject matters, and was sympathetic in the treatment of the characters. It made for a very dynamic read.

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✫✫
Probability of Rereading:
No

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Rogue Review (Relentless #3)

Rogue (Relentless #3)
By: Karen Lynch

Sara Grey is done hiding and done being afraid. The Master thinks he has her running scared, but she’s taking matters into her own hands and taking her life back. With the help of her friends, she sets out to find the one person who can answer her questions about her past, and who may be able to lead them to the Master.


On her journey, Sara faces new challenges and dangers, and learns that the world of good and evil is not as clear cut as she had believed. She makes new friends, unexpected allies, and reconnects with people from her past. As her powers continue to change and grow, she transforms from a struggling girl into a strong young warrior.


But at what cost? How much is Sara willing to sacrifice in her need for independence and her quest for the truth? And will her newfound strength be enough to save her and the people she loves when she finally comes face-to-face with her powerful nemesis? Nothing could have prepared her for what is to come, and it will take everything in her to survive the final test of courage and love.




In this third, and final installment of the trilogy, we get a real sense of the power that Sara possesses and it's fantastic. Sara is growing stronger than she ever imagined she could be, and takes on some pretty formidable opponents on her quest to find her mother for information. Her power goes beyond anything that has ever been seen before as her mix of heritage is completely unique to her, which makes her the perfect match for Nikolas who is hailed as the best warrior of the Mohiri. 

My only complaint about this book is that I was bored throughout some of Sara's road trip adventure with her friends. The introduction of new characters, new enemies and new species were interesting but the journey and some of the conflicts she experienced were a bit more sluggish than I had expected them to be. I found the whole Greg scenario dull and pointless, it served no real purpose in the grand scheme of things. Although my lack of enthusiasm could have been because of the absence of Sara and Nikolas scenes. The redeeming factor for me was the extra use of Sara's powers. 

My absolute favorite part of the book came at the end with what I call "the big fight scene". Sara finally meets the ultimate evil character that has been, unknowingly to her, plaguing her throughout the series. The scene was so powerful that I reread it three times to make sure I didn't miss any part of it, and I cried every time. The narrative is unbelievable as the author makes Sara's pain so palpable the the reader can't help but her agony as well as every other emotion that runs through Sara as she experiences the worst loss and biggest fight of her life. Her character really blossoms in this scene as her power eclipses anything that we have seen from her thus far making her character truly awe-inspiring and terrifying all at the same time. 

With this book being the first novel that Sara and Nikolas were a couple in I was completely hooked on all of their scenes together. The depth of their feelings for each other really became apparent midway through this book. Their characters had a lot of obstacles to overcome, the least of which was Nikolas' annoying need to protect Sara from everything effectively smothering her in the process, but their characters really complimented each other. I loved that they were open and honest with each other and effectively went from arguing about their difference of opinions to discussing them with each other and trying to come up with solutions that they could both live with. It felt like a very realistic and undramatic way to deal with problems and was refreshing to read about in a novel that thrived on the dramatic. 

I was so sad when I came to the end of this book because I didn't want it to be over. I wanted to stay in the Mohiri world with Sara and Nikolas and was ecstatic when I got to a preview at the end of the novel for Warrior, the next Relentless book. Stay tuned for my review on it!

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✬✬
Probability of Rereading:
Yes

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Dirty Together Review

Dirty Together (Dirty Billionaire, #3) By: Meghan March My wife.  I love saying those words. She’s mine, and if she thinks I’m going ...