Monthly Archives: March 2014

Some Like It Wild by: M. Leighton

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I wonder if I am becoming more critical of books, or if I really am just not liking a lot of what I read as much as I used to? Yesterday, I finished a book by another author that I usually really enjoy, and I was under-impressed. This seems to be a common occurrence lately, and that makes me sad. The latest book to do this to me was Some Like It Wild by: M. Leighton.

Here is the Goodreads description:

Some Like It Wild by M Leighton

First was The Wild Ones. Now, the next book in M. Leighton’s Wild Ones series…

How far will a good girl go for the bad boy she loves?

Laney Holt is a preacher’s daughter. A good girl. Her only goal was to get married, have babies, and live happily ever after, just like her parents. Only that didn’t happen. The two people closest to her betrayed her, and Laney’s dreams came crashing down. Now she’s left with an empty space she doesn’t know how to fill. Until she meets Jake Theopolis, a daredevil with a death wish who has heartbreaker written all over him.

Jake has no interest in thinking beyond the here and now. All he wants out of life is the next rush, the next “feel-good” thing to keep his mind off the pain of his past. His latest rush? Showing Laney there’s more to life than being a good girl—and that going bad can be so much fun. Her only concern now is how she can ever hope to satisfy the wild side of a boy like Jake. She’s looking forward to trying. And so is Jake.

I enjoyed this book well enough, but it did not wow me.

I am really not sure how I feel about Laney and Jake. In some ways, I really liked them together. Laney was really shy and afraid to do anything even remotely naughty. Jake definitely helped to bring her out of her shell and helped her to be more open to new things. However, it bothered me that Jake’s whole motivation at the beginning was “corrupting the preacher’s daughter.” I don’t know, that’s just a little iffy to me. I can understand the appeal in that story line, but I am not really sure what I think about it.

Then there was Jake’s big “secret” and the reason why he refused to get close to someone. I won’t say what it was, but I really don’t think as an adult that he should still be carrying around all that guilt, because he had to know what his dad said wasn’t true. I know things from childhood greatly impact who a person turns into, but he was smart enough to be able to see things differently. And what father would ever say that to their 8-year-old child even if they were heartbroken? That was just despicable.

I did enjoy watching things build between Laney and Jake, and I thought that, by the end, the two of them were really sweet together. I think all of the Shane stuff could have been avoided had Laney just told her parents the truth, but then we wouldn’t have had the plot device needed to bring her and Jake back together, so whatever.

Oh, and Laney’s father, the preacher, was a bit too judgmental, holier-than-thou for my taste. I really think that if anyone would be giving Jake the benefit of the doubt, it should be the town preacher, but he seemed worse than anyone. That kind of bugged me, too.

3.5 Stars

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Four Years Later by: Monica Murphy

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You know what’s the worst? Being super excited for a book to be released only to be disappointed when you actually read it. This happened to me with Four Years Later by: Monica Murphy.

Four Years Later by Monica MurphyHere is the description from Goodreads:

Owen’s story

New Adult bestselling author Monica Murphy winds up her sensational series with this sexy story of two college kids with nothing in common but a bunch of baggage and a burning attraction.

Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations—and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now—until I get a look at her.

Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m really over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love—like no one’s ever given her any—that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?

This book was a disappointment for me. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely did not love it either. The writing was good, and the characters were well developed, but this book just didn’t do it for me, and it took me a while to figure out why.

Eventually I figured out that it was because I honestly do not think Owen and Chelsea will last. I am just like Chelsea, and I don’t mean that in a “she is so relatable” type of way because honestly, for most people, she is probably not a particularly relatable character, but for me, she was. Skipped a grade? Check. Incredibly socially awkward? Check. Can’t string a sentence together in front of a cute guy? Check. And because I understand her, I don’t think her and Owen will work. In fact, I don’t see the appeal in Owen at all. First of all, he is Fable’s little brother who we first met as a 14 year old, so that’s weird to begin with, and he is supposed to be this dark, sexy, brooding character, but to me, he was just a whiny drug addict who had every opportunity in the world to turn his life around and wasn’t. That’s not to say that he didn’t have his moments, he did, just not enough of them for me to really love his character.

People always say that opposites attract, and that is true up to a point. However, relationships without strong foundations and mutual interests will not last. Owen and Chelsea have absolutely zero in common. At one point one of them, I think it was Chelsea, thought something along the lines of “we only talk about school and flirt and I am falling in love.” If you only talk about the classes you are tutoring him in or flirt with him, do you even know anything about him? What is his favorite food? Favorite color? Favorite TV show? His major? This doesn’t sound like a strong foundation to me, but I could be alone on that one.

The other thing that bothered me was that this book didn’t feel like it ended, more like it was just over. When the last chapter of a book, especially one that is the last book in a series, is “One Year Later,” I expect it to tell me all about what the characters are up to, what they are planning, and give me an overall warm fuzzy feeling about everyone I met during the series. That is not what happened. Instead I got: “We don’t know what we’re doing” and “We’re in love, so we don’t need a plan.” Umm… No. That is not how it works, and there is no way Chelsea would actually be okay with that.

Despite what this rant of negativity would have you believe, I did not hate this book. However, it definitely fell way short for me.

3 Stars

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White Hot Kiss by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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A few weeks ago the amazing author Jennifer Armentrout released the first book in a new series called White Hot Kiss. This is the first book in her new Dark Elements series. Think gargoyles and demons. Not convinced? Read on and I will see if I can change your mind.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L ArmentroutHere is the description from Goodreads:

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Now, as much as I love the Lux novels, I am pretty sure I have a new favorite JLA book/series. Seriously, this book was great.

For starters, I loved the concept. Gargoyles? Genius. And throw in some demons and an epic struggle between good and evil, and you have a winning combination. Now, this was not the first book about gargoyles that I have read, I have read one other, but this won was written 10,000x better. I connected with Layla, I understood her struggles, and I felt like I was living her life right along with her.

Speaking of struggles, this might be the first book I have ever read with a love triangle that I did not have a clear favorite love interest at the end of it. In fact, love triangles usually annoy me because they add drama for no reason, but here, it worked, and I really have no idea how this is going to play out. I really liked Roth, and I really liked Zayne, too. Whenever Layla was with Roth, he would absolutely be my favorite, but then whenever she would be with Zayne, I would be. Both guys are completely different, yet at the same time, seem similar enough that I could see either one with Layla. That being said, I don’t really see how she can have a future with either one of them. With Zayne, there is the whole she can’t get close to him without wanting to suck out his soul thing, and with Roth, there is the whole evil demon without a soul thing. To say there are issues regardless of who Layla ends up with would be an understatement.

That’s not to say that I did not have any problems with this book, but in the grand scheme of things they were pretty minor. For starters, Jasmine from Bitter Sweet Love was in the house for pretty much the entire book, and we hardly saw her, other than her doing things that cast her in a bad light. Second, Jasmine’s sister Danika was around, and I just don’t like her. I don’t think she is a bad person at all; she just seems, I don’t know, desperate? Like she was trying to hard to force something? I don’t really know, and I don’t just think that because she annoyed Layla. I thought that when I read Bitter Sweet Love, also. Finally, the whole lack of communication and all of the secrets kept from Layla bothered me. I understand why that had to be part of the story, but that just always bothers me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.

5 Stars!

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