Review: Elect, by Rachel Van Dyken

20131218-094137.jpg

Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance & Mysteries
Warnings: None.

Blurb:

Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will.

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

Add this book to goodreads

About the author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at http://www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-…

Author’s website

20131218-094413.jpg

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I read the first installment a few months ago and really enjoyed it as the few twists were unexpected and the characters very interesting. I was eager to read this new installment.

Now that I’m finished with it, I’m delighted and yet a little disappointed. In the first installment, I really loved Trace while here she annoyed me to no end. That being said, Nixon and Chase are amazing and outweight everything that I think are lacking – like the little use of descriptions and overabundance of dialogues in the first part, or the many, too many indeed, twists that make the whole plot slightly confusing at times.

Like always, the author won me over with her well thought out story and her characters complicated and very thrilling to follow. I mean, if there’s one story in which the author is going to make her readers barely breathing, it’s with this series and with this second installment if I have to be more precise.

Throughout the novel I didn’t know what to expect and fear clawed at me in the best way possible. The setting is unique in this genre of books and even if it feels cliché at times, it’s also very much addictive to read about.

But, and here it’s a matter of personal taste, I have a hard time with love triangle and there’s a big one here even if the love story is not the only focus of the plot – far from it. I’m often if not always rooting for the wrong guy and it’s really frustrating, but here it’s not what happened. For the most part of the book, I didn’t know who I preferred: Nixon or Chase. It came to the point that I agonized the fast coming end and Trace’s behavior. To be honest, I find her quite weak in this novel which is a disappointment.

But this book is an amazing follow up. The author built her plot like a thriller of some sort and it’s a welcome new twist in the genre. Some things are under-developped in my opinion because there’re so many twists and secrets which kind of make me unsure how much is too much.

But the thing I should point and this is why I love reading this author’s novels. Her writing style is dynamic and flows effortlessly so. It’s graphic when it needs to, emotional in the right places without being too mellow and the humor is there, brought into ‘life’ by characters you always want to know more about.

I can’t wait to read more about the other characters as, I think, they also have their part to play and their story to tell.

I recommend you this series. Give it a shot!

I’ve got a tough question for you, my friends. Chase or Nixon?

Who read the first installment? Who is eager for the release of this one?

Rating:

3.5 –

20131218-094935.jpg

Review: Sneaking Candy, by Lisa Burstein

20131218-090623.jpg

Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Warnings: None. A few sexy scenes, but if you’re used to read NA books you won’t be shocked.

Blurb:

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.

Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and—surprise!—my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

Add this book to goodreads

About the author:

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Candy, Stripped. As well as a contributor to the upcoming essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

Author’s website

20131218-090835.jpg

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

It’s not the first book I read written by this author and Sneaking Candy only confirms that I truly enjoy her stories.

First of all, once I read the blurb I thought “a forbidden sexy love story on campus ground? Where do I sign?!” I mean, there’re all the best ingredients to make this story a page turner. I’m not disappointed at all and this author knows how to write a steamier story!

Granted, a few things put me off, but I giggled like a school girl too many times to say that I didn’t fully enjoyed reading this book. Not only the plot is well-built, but the characters are compelling. Amanda is a fun and great support character, James is THE swoon worthy and amazing male lead character and you will enjoy the witty dialogues he has with Candice and Candice is an interesting, complicated and fun main character.

I liked Candice right away which is not always the case when I start reading a book. But the fact that she’s also an erotica writer hiding it to her college peers makes it quite entertaining and gave a few hints at some fun scenes.

Yet, even if I truly enjoyed reading Candice POV, at some point I was a little bored by her internal fight between beeing Candice the TA and Candy the erotica writer. It ran a little too long for my taste – or maybe is it repetitive? – to rate this book five stars. It’s the only bemol, which is really not much, I’m telling you.

Also, I kind of enjoyed the whole thing with Professeur Dylan. It adds quite nicely to the plot and brings just enough tension to make me feel for Candice, to be afraid for her future. And if I want to be honest, I would have loved to see more of him near the end. You’ll see what I mean. 🙂

To conclude my short review, I should tell you to buy and read this book. Not only you will have a good time, but you will add a new book boyfriend to your list. James is really a drool-worthy character with a great personality.

Seaking Candy is a great new addition to the New Adult family. Goo job!

Who read this one? Do you think James is Hot Stuff or not? (I seriously think he is.) 😉

Rating:

20131218-091404.jpg 4.5

Trusting You, by L.P. Dover

20131209-101010.jpg

Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: None
Pages: 296

Blurb:

I trust you …

These are the three words that Melissa Ashford wishes she could say to someone; to the one person she can fully give herself to and not worry about being betrayed. Being twenty-eight years old and divorced from a cheating ex-husband, Melissa enjoys her freedom … until one night when she finds herself indulging in a one night stand that changes everything.

There’s something about the alluring Brett Walker that has Melissa feeling things she’s never had with any other man. These feelings not only scare her, but push her past her limits as well. Just when she begins to open her soul to this new love, their bond is put to the test by jealousies from the past trying to break them apart.

It’s not only Melissa’s trust that’s put on the line, but Brett’s as well. Will their love be strong enough to get them through the lies? Will Melissa finally be able to say those three words she’s been dying to say? I trust you …

Add This Book to Goodreads

About the author:

I am an avid reader that loves my collection of books. Writing has always been a passion of mine and now I am glad that I get to share my passion with the world. I live in North Carolina and I absolutely love being a southern girl. I spent several years in college starting out with a major in Psychology and then switching to dental. I worked in the dental field for eight years and then decided to stay home with my two beautiful girls. I spent the beginning of my reading years reading suspense thrillers, but now I can’t get away from the paranormal/fantasy books. I knew ever since then that if I wrote anything it would be in a paranormal aspect. Now that I have started on my passion and began writing, you will not see me go anywhere without a notebook and pen.

20131209-101151.jpg

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

It’s the first book I read written by L.P. Dover and while it’s a pleasant read, it’s not a book that I will remember in a few short weeks.

The plot itself is very interesting and the few twists put here and there did the job to keep me interested. After all, I enjoyed this book enough to finish it in two days! 🙂

But even if the plot is good enough, I think that the author should have put more under the spotlight Melissa and Brett’s issues. It would have helped making me feel more in tune with their love story. It takes off too easily for my taste.

That being said, these two are really sweet – and hot – to read about. The chemistry is well described, the sex scenes maybe too numerous which puts the characterization not as important as it should have been.

I enjoyed very much the subplot around Melissa’s ex-husband. I was quite into it and enjoyed the way the author brought it up. Sometimes it was too fast, though. The fear for the main character couldn’t build enough to qualify this novel a page turner, in my opinion at least.

Though, even if I’ve got mixed feelings about this book which makes it really hard for me to rate it, I think it’s worth the read. This book is perfect to chill out and enjoy an easy read, fast with that.

But I have to point out the main issue I have with this novel. Dialogues. In my opinion and it’s a matter of personal taste, the dialogues don’t sound ‘real’. Sometimes they’re quite clichés and other times they are too explanatory which breaks the rhythm of the story. The funny thing is that in the second half of the book it gets better. Is it me or is the author more at ease with the dialogues in the second half of the novel? I’m not sure, but I was more into it by then.

The ending is sweet and exactly what I hoped it would be which leaves me with a little smile and no frustration. If only more books would leave me feelings like this! 🙂

As you can read, I’ve got mixed feelings about this book and it’s all the more difficult for me to write a review. So don’t think I didn’t enjoy this story because I did, but not as much as I hoped I would.

I’m sure you will enjoy reading Melissa and Brett’s story and will swoon at some of their scenes.

Who read this book? What do you think about Brett?

Rating:

20131209-101652.jpg