Review: Layers, by T.L. Alexander

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Part of a series? Yes.

Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Self-published

Pages: 308

Blurb:

Alexia Keith, self-proclaimed nerd and potty-mouth, is a beautiful, scotch drinking, complicated mess. In other words, she has issues, and the last thing she needs is her boss, Jaxson Ryan, CEO of Ryan Acquisitions, messing with her issues. She finds him hard and even harder to resist, but she must, he’s off limits.

One of New York’s most eligible bachelors, Jaxson Ryan, is the poster boy for the tall, hot, conceited self-proclaimed manwhores. The only thing he wants is Ryan’s, Risk Manager, Alexia Keith.

What happens, when a man with a bedpost-notching waiting list, a man who thought he had it all, wants the only woman he can’t have?

The Layer Series is written for adults, by an adult (this is questionable). In contains adult language, and adults doing adult stuff like, hot sex and drinking scotch. It’s written for those who like to laugh and maybe shed a tear or two.

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

Layers is the first book in the Layers series.

I will keep this short because this book is a DNF for me at 14%. I know, it’s very early in a book to give up and maybe I will pick it up at another time. The thing is, I can’t find a single thing I enjoy in this book or a single thing that makes me want to know more.

I don’t like the overly caricatural characters, I don’t like the heroine’s POV (her voice if you wish), I don’t think the dialogues flow well and to me all characters sound the same with an over-use of “Freakin'”, “fuck” and “hey” for no real reason whatsoever. The plot itself isn’t fully developed considering I’m only at 14% in, but even the mystery/conflict introduced doesn’t interest me, probably because all characters annoy me. A. Lot.

Also, the story starts out of nowhere and while it’s the author’s choice to throw us right in the story without much build up, it’s not something I enjoy here because I find the opening scenes a bit confusing and so over the top that I can’t bring myself to smile when I should. And I can’t picture the male character, Jaxson Ryan. Actually, other than his eyebrow thing there’s no real description of him when he makes his first appearance. He doesn’t sound like a character I would want to know more, to be honest. It’s obvious him and Alexia have a past, but it’s confusing and somehow I don’t buy it.

Once again, I know I’m only at 14% so I can’t judge anything, but right now there are too many things working against the book for me and I don’t feel like pushing through my annoyance and dislike to read more of this book. Maybe in a few days/weeks I will want to try again, but right now I know this book isn’t for me.

I’m really sorry, but I’m not the right reader for this book. Don’t let it stop you from picking it up, because it could be a good match for you. 😉

RATING:

I won’t rate this book because it’s a DNF

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Review: The Hurricane, by R.J. Prescott

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Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category/Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports Romance.

Publisher: Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group UK)

Pages: 300

Blurb:

Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.

Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him, but just being around her makes him want to be a better person.

They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

The Hurricane is the first book in the series and the second book is now available. It’s funny because up until a few days ago I’ve never heard of this book. I must have been under a rock somewhere because when I see the amount of ratings this book has I don’t understand how come I’ve never heard of it.

Anyway… Because I love sports romance novels and fighters romance books even more, I had to read this one. And…

I’m disappointed!

I expected to love this one so much that I’d be gushing shamelessly like so many reviewers but in the end it doesn’t live up to my expectations. I don’t feel like all the readers that seem to be so in love with this book.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book and it has its moments when I’ve easily lost myself to the story, but these moments are too few and “far” between moments when I got bored. I know, some of you must be cursing me already and thinking I’m nuts or something, but I think the author is mostly telling and not especially showing, even when the emotions are running high or when there are scenes with the two main characters that should have me either afraid or swoon. For example, when the main character says that a room stinks, I want to actually “feel” it. You know what I mean? Basically, I don’t find the writing vivid enough to make me experience this story as I should and I wouldn’t be this disappointed if this story wasn’t calling for gut wrenching emotions at times.

Also, while Emily and O’Connell are so sweet together, I didn’t see the actual falling in love. To me, it feels like they meet, feel lust and soon after deeper emotions. It would be fine if only I was on board, but somehow I kept expecting something more and truly feel the chemistry. And the sex scenes were… honestly, I don’t like these scenes because it goes back to what I said above: I don’t feel the chemistry. Somehow, I don’t feel like so many other readers and I am honestly wondering if I’m not turning into a very tough reader. :/

Overall, it’s a nice story with interesting supportive characters, but if I’m being honest there’s not much happening (and I mean in a term of actual conflicts) throughout the book. It’s mostly in the end and it’s over pretty fast, but isn’t badly executed. I think some chapters are more filler chapters than anything else and usually that’s when I got a bit disconnected.

So yes, I’m not blown away and it makes me really sad. I guess I’ve missed the mark here. To me, it’s an average read, entertaining in some parts, but the overall story could have been a lot more powerful if only emotions and feelings could have been felt through the writing itself. I want more “showing” and less “telling”.

I’m tough and I apologize, but I don’t know if it’s only me but when I expect a lot of a book I end up a lot more difficult once I’m finished if it doesn’t meet my expectations.

But don’t worry, I’m not rating this book badly! I know that when reading my review you’d think I hated it, but I didn’t. It’s a nice story with a lot more potential in my opinion.

RATING:

3

Review: Hook, by Marie York

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Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? Yes.

Category/Genre: Adult, Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Self-Published

Pages: ?

Blurb:

Knox “Knockout” McArthur should be on top of the world. He’s the top fighter in the country, he lives in perfect Las Vegas, and he never has a problem getting women. But, no amount of partying and women can heal the scars from his past. He could never forget Zoey.

Mila Greene is just trying to survive. Granted, her way of survival is not the most conventional, but she does what she has to to support her little sister, MacKenzie. Stripping has become a way of life for her, and she chooses to embrace it. Her worst fear, however, is that Kenz will follow in her dirty footsteps.

When these two’s worlds collide, can they heal each others’ wounds? Or are they just bound to be another scar of the past?

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the first installment in the Las Vegas serial/series. This first installment is rather short (think novella length) and sets characters and events for the next few installments.

When I started this book, what threw me at first was how quickly we’re launched into the story without a real handle on who Mila and Knox are. And what I’m still unsure of is the chemistry between these main characters.

Considering this book is a dual POV story, I expected to feel more of what they feel toward each other and while it’s spelled out that they have no issues feeling lust toward each other, I don’t feel it. You know, sometimes in books I actually feel something between the characters, as if the chemistry is palpable. Here, I’m one of the few early readers who doesn’t feel this way. It’s apparently me, though.

And yet, I was quite drawn to the story and the characters, more as individuals as who they are together. If that makes any sense to you. Mila is, with no doubt, a strong character and I feel really bad for her. Actually, the author deals with Mila’s little sister wonderfully, so much so that I actually feel what Mila feels when her sister is disrespectful. And yet, I’m sad that the author doesn’t spend more time on what happens to Mila with one of her clients. I’m not going to say anything more as to not give away something, but I think it’s too easily overlooked. Maybe it’ll be talked about more in another installment.

Knox is interesting and yet we still don’t know much about him. There’s a mystery kept regarding his past and even though the author gives away a few hints to keep us hooked, I’d like to know more and in details. I feel like I don’t know who Knox is yet, even though it’s obvious he’s not a bad guy at all. He’s strangely sweet actually.

Knox and Mila works together, but I expect to feel more for them when they’re together. I’m not just saying that for the sex scenes because I honestly don’t care much here. No, actually I want to see more of them and feel more when it comes to their chemistry. I don’t expect a whirlwind romance because it’d clash completely with the somewhat gritty atmosphere of this story, but I want something that reaches out to me in a way.

The plot itself is… I don’t really know how to describe it. I think the author has a lot more up her sleeve for the next installments. The ending sure lets us think that things are going to turn out more complicated for Mila soon and I wonder what impacts it’ll have on Knox’s career. Speaking of, I’d love to see more of Knox as a fighter.

Overall, it’s a great first installment. I’m not as into it as I expected, but the writing flows well, the characters have something to them that makes me want to know more and see more so I will be reading the next installment. And I hope the plot gets a lot more twisted than it is so far.

RATING:

3.5 to 4

Review: For Seven Nights Only, by Sarah Ballance

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Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category/Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)

Pages: 186

Blurb:

Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister’s wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got “serial dater” written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He’s got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

For Seven Nights Only is the second book in the Chase Brothers series. This second installment can be read as a standalone. Each book features a different couple—and a different brother.

I’m not familiar with this series and this author and I was eager to read this book after reading the blurb. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm lasted so long. It’s an enjoyable read, but not something I’d necessarily recommend or remember in a few weeks. As soon as I was a few pages in I knew it wasn’t for me, that the writing wasn’t lively enough for this type of book in my opinion.

Is it badly written? No, it’s not badly written. It’s just that, considering the rather light plot I think it’s important that the writing style must be lively, must be a breath of fresh air and mostly shows the characters in such a light that they appear somewhat alive.

The thing is, I don’t have a real appreciation for Sarah Ballance’s characters in this book. Granted, Swayer and Kelsie are likable, but they seem too superficial to me. I enjoy it when an author dugs very deeply in their characters’ psyche and here I’m left hanging. Somehow, I think they lack substance.

The same goes for the plot. The plot is basically circling to the same thing, with the same kind of dialogue without much of anything solved until suddenly something clicks for the characters and it’s changed. They’re changed. I’m sorry, but maybe it’s because I wasn’t really into it, but somehow it left me with an emotion of no real interest. Of disbelief too.

And I’m still wondering what is the interest of a few passing characters barely introduced in this book. They barely register, are of almost no use and we forget their name as soon as they’re mentioned. At least, this is how I feel. :/

Somehow, this story is “so light” in all things that it misses the mark of truly entertaining me as it should. It could have packed a punch if only the plot was tighter and if the events were more nuanced instead of them feeling like a repeat.

Then again, it’s an easy read, quick and with its sexy scenes so it can be nice to read in between books or when you need something to chill after a long day.

I’m sorry to say I’m not the right reader for this book and I will not read the other books in the series.

RATING:

2.5 to 3