Saturday, December 16, 2017

Alpha Review

Alpha (Alpha, #1)
By: Jasinda Wilder

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom's hospital bills. My baby brother's tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.," and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.
If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it?
I did.
The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: "belong."
A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. "To me."
The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom's hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you're desperate? You don't. I didn't.
And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: "It's time to pay your debt."
Would you have gotten in?
I did.
It turns out $120,000 doesn't come free.



Did you read that synopsis?
Yes? Well, good. Because that's basically the extent of this novel. 
The writing was good, but the story itself lacked....well.....story. There seemed to be no purpose to this book other than writing good sex scenes, and sure, who doesn't love a good steamy sex scene? But in between those scenes should have some content that keeps the reader entertained and want to continue reading the novel. I had a hard time with this one. I felt like I had to keep coaxing myself into continuing to read the book when I really just wanted it to be over.

The characters were shallow and lacked personality. Their actions were never really explained to the extent that satisfied me into believing their actions were warranted, for example, who continues to cash random cheques from a stranger, knowing full well that they don't come without strings attached? Furthermore, who willingly goes with a stranger, to meet another elusive stranger and allows themselves to be told what to wear and blindfolded?? Honestly, just reading the account of the interaction was enough to make me uncomfortable, but to make myself believe that anyone would be stupid enough to put themselves into that situation is beyond comprehension. 

Seriously readers, do yourselves a favour and skip this book. Again, props to the author on her descriptive writing style, but next time add a bit of story between those sex scenes to keep us interested!

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

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

If You Find Me Review

If You Find Me
By: Emily Murdoch

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.


I began reading this book in between reading the House of Night series, and thought this would be a good break from the Young Adult fantasy genre that I seem to be obsessed with as of late. I prejudged the book by it's dark cover and anticipated reading some sort of crime or mystery novel; what I ended up reading was so much better than I had predicted. 

I was instantly drawn in by the description of the dirty, backwoods setting the author created. She described a place that not many people would willingly live in, a place without any of the most basic  modern comforts (which we now think of as necessities) such as electricity and running water. Somewhere that no one who had once lived within modern society would ever dream of raising their children. Yet, there you are, reading about this shabby place and the two young girls who call it home. The idea of it is heartbreaking, but the story, while sad is not one of complete despair.

The characters were portrayed as normal, friendly people and there really isn't any character that I could say I didn't feel anything for. The main character, Carey, is a strong fifteen year old girl who has already suffered through more than most people go through in an entire life time and yet she's still positive and still trying to improve the lives of herself and her sister, who she cares for like a mother would. She never got to experience a normal childhood and is so loving and protective of her younger sister that you can't help but to admire her spirit.

The story, while starting off quite dark, very quickly took on a tone of enlightenment and prosperity and the journey that the reader gets to watch the characters go on is so heartening and inspiring to read. The author really displays how resilient children can be, even when faced with an absent drug addicted mother and a father they never knew who is trying to help assimilate them into a new kind of life. 

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


Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Haven Review (Relentless #5)

Haven (A Relentless Novel)
By: Karen Lynch

Things are going well for Roland Greene. High school is behind him, he has a sweet new ride, a good job, and he’s making plans for his future. At eighteen, he’s one of the strongest werewolves in his pack, and he already has more vampire kills than most wolves have in a lifetime. Life is good. Almost.


It’s time for the annual pack gathering. Wolves from all over Maine come to take care of pack business and socialize – and to find mates. Everywhere Roland turns there are unmated females, and as the Alpha’s nephew, he’s prime mate material. The last thing he wants right now is a mate, and he’ll do all he can to stay a free wolf.




This story takes place after the Relentless trilogy, and details Roland's life in the pack. I had been hoping for a more detailed view of Roland and his pack in the original books and was so happy to see that the author gave Roland his own book. His character was always a strong ally and friend to Sara and it was so rewarding to read his experience after all of the events that took place in Relentless. 

It was doubly rewarding to also get to see a more intimate look at Emma, the girl that Sara saved from a life of living as a vampire and how she grew and matured into her own person again after being controlled by her sire for so long. 

Of course when the stories of Emma and Roland start to intertwine you can't help but hope that something more happens between them, regardless of Roland's absolute opposition to being mated. We get to see a side of Roland that the author had left us wanting to see in the original story, but in such depth that you can't help but wonder why the heck Sara never dated him when they were growing up together. From everything the author details about his character he is strong, caring, reliable and passionate. Seriously, my crush on him may be getting a little ridiculous, but what girl could blame me? 

This book was far more short on dangerous conflict than the original series had been, but had all the compelling markers of the original books; strong characters, undeniable love story and the personal growth of each character in a way that satisfied the reader to no end. The author has proven herself adept at keeping the reader wanting more, and I cannot wait until the next book in the Relentless story-line comes out.

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

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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

Alpha Review

Alpha (Alpha, #1) By: Jasinda Wilder The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to...