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I'm one of those pathetic people who writes pathetic stories. Such people have a name, I think.


Who cares, right?


I love to read. A lot. More than I love to do that pathetic-story-writing stuff. And then I love to chat about what I read, whether I loved it or hated it. I'm all about the chat, baby.


Because, well, reading's no fun if ya' have no one to chat with about what you read. Whether to rant or to rave, I read to chat.


If it doesn't have romance in it, I don't wanna hear about it. Boo!



Currently reading

One Night in London (The Truth About the Duke #1)
Caroline Linden

Shards of Us

Shards of Us - K.R. Caverly Has this book been pulled? I can't find it on Amazon. Blurb sounds intriguing.

Down to You (The Bad Boys, #1)

Down to You - M. Leighton 3.75stars

A bit Harlequin-like with some plot implausibility , but I enjoyed it, nevertheless.

Accidentally on Purpose (Accidentally on Purpose, #1)

Accidentally on Purpose (Accidentally on Purpose, #1) - L.D. Davis I dunno. I am torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars.

While I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either. There were times when I was balling my fists screaming, "Fuck this book!" but at the same time I couldn't stop reading it. Like a meteorite falling from the sky about to fireball your ass, and you know you should run for cover, but you just can't tear your eyes away from that beautiful disaster. Devastation it will be, but oh what fucking beauty it is before the impact.

There were times when I wanted to murder every asshole in this book, save for Luke. After all, he had a "monstrous penis". Why would I wanna kill a guy with such prized possession?????? NEVA! I loved me some Luke.

Emmy, I wanted to gag her, beat her, pour melted steel on her vagina so she'll never be able to screw another guy over ever again, or maybe just rub scotch bonnet pepper on her crotch and dump her in a nearby river.

Kyle, Gosh, I hated this douche! I wanted to cut his balls off, feed it to him, bend him over and screw him with a baseball bat, then bash his scull in with it.

That just about sums up how much I hate those two characters and the frustration they put me through throughout this book.

I finished Accidentally on Purpose wishing I'd never goddamn read it, but at the same I'm wondering what took me so long to read it.

So you see, I'm kinda conflicted how to even rate it, 'cause at the moment, I'm ambivalent about the emotional disaster that this book was. And let's not talk about the lack of descriptions and details, the straightforward telling and no showing, the tame, glossed-over sex scenes, the dragging...ugh.

I'm incapable of writing a helpful review at the moment, this is just a RANT. Maybe I'll come back and try again at this review thing...

Or maybe fucking not.

A fist-shaking read on Goodreads.

One Love :)

Submit (Songs of Submission, #3)

Submit (Songs of Submission, #3) - C.D. Reiss My favorite so far, because this is more than just about Jonathan and Monica's relationship. But about loss, grief, friendships, forgiving and forgetting, moving on, and facing your fears.

I love the slow build of Drazen and Mon's relationship, the openness, honesty and understanding between them. I have really fallen in love with these two.

Enjoying this series a heck of a lot!

Jonathan Drazen has officially made it to my list of book boyfriends :)

A good read on Goodreads.

One Love <3

Tease (Songs of Submission, #2)

Tease (Songs of Submission, #2) - C.D. Reiss 4.5 stars

Am luvin' this!

Beg (Songs of Submission, # 1)

Beg (Songs of Submission, # 1) - C.D. Reiss “I had him. All I had to do was slow down and tease him so close he’d beg me to finish him. But he put his head back and looked at the ceiling, groaning deep in his throat. It was such a position of surrender, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stop. I was going to make him come way before he begged.”

Okay…so, yeah, it’s been a while since I have read such beautiful writing. CD. Reiss has me hook on her writing, I can say that much.

Just beautiful.

I have been searching for a story like this since FSOG. While many people had found their FSOG hangover fix in the Crossfire series, I didn’t. While I did enjoy that series to an extent, for the most part, it annoyed me. I hated the way Gideon talked…and…For fear of being lynched, I won’t hate on GC much further.

This, though, is the fix that I never found, until now, and I am finally glad I did. I gobbled this up in one sitting and am begging for more.

HOWEVER, I am going to take my time with series and read other books in between, because I don’t want it to end too quickly for me. I learned my lesson with FSOG, I read that trilogy wayyyyy too fast and then there was this huge hole that it left inside me that no other read could fill, so I ended up ordering the audio books to listen to it again. Ha!

I recommend this book to anyone who likes…these kind of stories. The only reason I am giving it 4stars is because Drazen is described as having red hair and copper-colored eyelashes and freckles on the nose…wha?

I’m sorry, but, tried as I did, I couldn’t picture a red-haired guy who was hot, and that sort of messed with the level of enjoyment for me…
THEN there was a mention of him being Irish or something of that sort, and my mind catapulted back to that scene from Hall Pass. Yes, that scene!

***See Irish guy scene here: (http://ow.ly/oChPi)***

BUT, that’s just my personal preference. If ginger-heads floats your boat, by all means, have at it.
I like ‘em anywhere between caramel and dark-chocolate anyways, so…neva mind me.

Anyway, I loved this, and will mostly definitely be dabbling in this series at snail's pace to enjoy every second of it. I’ll just paint my own picture of Jonathon Drazen as I read along.

A good read on goodreads.

One Love :)

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)

Shooting Scars - Karina Halle 4.5 stars

“If I were you two, I’d get the fuck in this car, or this would have been a big waste of my time.”

“Before I kill your Clark Kent over there, my plan is to get us the fuck out of here.”

It was with those words that Javier won me back ten times over!
I’m one hundred percent #teamJavier again, even though I feel a bit sorry for him that everything keeps blowing up in his face. He has a right be fearful at this point.

“I can see why Ellie chose me. My balls are bigger.”
Camden has definitely grown some balls in Shooting Scars and I am finally starting to like him a bit. I didn’t care for him in S&N which was the main reason that book wasn’t a five star read for me. I couldn’t grasp who or what he was. One minute he was a sexy, tattooed, tight-jeans-wearing, guitar-playing hottie, the next minute he was a lunatic waving around a gun and giving ultimatums, and the next minute he was sissy wailing “I’m sorry, Sir” as his father slapped the ever loving shit out of him. So I didn’t really care for the majority of S&N until Javier came into the picture, where I fell in love with him just by Camden’s description of him—hence my being team Javier

In SS, though, Camden hasn’t just grown balls, but has sprouted tiny red horns. He's smart, he’s observant, he's swift, he’s angry and even though he is fearful in the mind, his actions surpass courageous. Also, he was bit more constant, personality wise, and, for a first, I was somewhat attracted him.

“Blue, beautifully blue and soulful eyes behind Clark Kent glasses. Strong wide jaw, full lips, straight nose. Model looks on a model body, dense muscular shoulders, biceps I couldn’t fit my hands around. Tight black t-shirt that showed it all off, including a sling that went around one shoulder, propping up his heavily-inked arm. Camden McQueen.”

Shooting Scars was amazing, all in all: action-packed, riveting, all-consuming and I absolutely loved it. I impatiently await Bold Tricks, though I am kindly asking the author, please do not do any of following (smiles):

a) Dilute Javier’s person, his formidability, just to make Camden look like a complete badass. (In SS, I think Javier loses his temper far too easily for someone who’s supposedly smooth and calculated. He wasn’t like this at all in OES, and in this book he's older, so he's supposed to be more acute, honed, experienced, aware… He suspected Raul was pulling away, switching sides—better yet, Raul wasn’t even hiding it. WHY didn’t Javier just kill him before things got out of hand?? Javier claimed he doesn't trust anyone and that’s what kept him alive all this time, YET he stood with his back turned to these said men he didn’t trust? Especially Raul? Really? If you don’t trust someone, you should never leave your head open to them, they should ALWAYS be in front of you, never behind. Simple logics. It was little stuff like these that pussied-up Javier for me, making him seem not so smart.)

b) Kill Javier

c) Rush the action scenes so much that they come off as unbelievable, unrealistic. (I’m still trying to figure out how the fuck Camden got inside Travis’s house with bleach bomb and how the hell Ellie got away in the jungle with Camden by her side in a nanosecond—wha?—what with all the securities and all.)

I know Bold Tricks will do an number on me anyway, so, October, please hurry!!
Oh, I think the woman who did Gus’s head in is Ellie’s mother! But we’ll see…

Still Team Javier

A must read on Goodreads.

One Love

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2)

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies, #2) - Tarryn Fisher

Dear Johanna Leah Smith,
I LOVE you.
Even if no one else does, I do. Why? Because I kind of have a thing for bitches. And you’re the ultimate bitch.

Your father is an asshole.
Your mother is cold bitch.
Your sister is a weakling.
And your husband is a boring dick—pun intended.

One thing that has been bugging me as I read your piteous story, though: WHY are you in love him? Like, seriously, him?
You couldn’t have fallen for someone with a bit more...spunk? Flame? Balls, even?

Why, oh, why did you ruin your life for such a boring old fart of a man? I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it.
You’re witty, you’re fun, you’re fiery, you have red hair for Christ's sake! You just have to click your shiny little heels and the world stops spinning. That’s what I see in you, Leah. Why did you let Mr. Blah take your shine away from you? Why did you let him out your flame?

I don’t see how you could’ve possibly think someone like him, and someone like you could’ve been happy together. It’s just ludicrous. I am just so pissed that you messed up your nice, spunky life for this douche. The guy who says, “burp her.” (I mean, really? A young, hot, every-girl-wants-me guy like that saying “burp her”? I bet Will Ryan would’ve made motherhood seem exciting by saying something cooler than “burp her”.)

Remember what Cammie told you about Mr. Blah and Olivia being like a hurricane and a tornado together whenever they are in the same room? I’m calling her out on her bullshit. That, Leah, was a lie!
I’ve been privy to their story, and believe me, Olivia and Mr. Blah belongs together, because they are both borrrrrring. You don’t belong in that mix, you little fire cracker you.

Remember when Mr. Blah said you didn’t know the real him because he’s been someone else with you? Well, Leah, you wouldn’t want to know the real him, because the real him is lammmmeee. The real him does dumb shit with Olivia like throw cake batter on her head. I know you, Leah, and you wouldn’t want that gunk in your hair! Me, either. I’d slap the ever-lovin’-shit out of a guy if he did that to me. (I wear weave, for shit’s sake!)

Trust me Leah, he’s not worth the fight, don’t throw away rest of your life for him.

You know what , I know the perfect guy for you. His name is Drew—Drew Evans. Lives in New York and works at his father’s investment banking firm. He’s currently drooling over some snarky twat name Kate—Katherine Brooks. But with your, prowess, Leah, you could have him eating out of the palm of your hand in no time, and have him saying buh-byyyye to that Kate biatch. Forget Grandpa Caleb. You and Drew would most definitely work!

Just say the word so we can start plotting to break up another relationship.

From Another Bitch


Dear Caleb,

Well, aren’t you just one manipulative, heartbreaking, life-ruining, love-stealing, sorrow-inducing, amnesia-pretending, Olivia-pining son-of-a-streetside-bitch?

Caleb, I HATE YOU.

That is the beginning.
That is the end.
That is everything.

From A Growling, Teeth-Baring Bitch.

(Ella Frank’s words used above)

To say I am obsessed with this book is an understatement. I was consumed with Leah’s story. From the very first page, I was sucked in.

While I wasn’t very fond of The Opportunist, I think Dirty Red is FLAWLESSY written. I was hanging on to every.single.word. Tarryn Fisher is the BOSS at describing emotions, making you feel every bit of what her characters are feeling. She does it so effortlessly, sans exaggeration and hyperbole. I commend her on that.

I’ve hated heroes before: I hated Professor Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno in a two star kind of way, and I hated Gabe from Maya Banks’ Rush in one star kind of way.
I hate Caleb with a bitter passion, yes, but in twenty star kind of way. I hate him, but God, I am dying to get inside his head with Thief. I want him to prove to me that he is not an old, boring Grandpa who says things like “burp her” and “will you dream of me tonight?”


And even though I know that this asswipe is going to go after Olivia and start ruining other people’s life, people who think they are so happy and safe at the moment, people like that dear, precious Noah…

Thief, here I come…

A phenomenal read on Goodreads.

One Love :)

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1)

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher 3.5 stars...

Okay, so, for 90% of this book I kept telling myself that I wasn't going to continue this series because I really and truly wasn't enjoying it; for various reasons ranging from the inconsistencies in the flashbacks, to the erratic writing (a MAJOR pet peeve of mine)-- everyone says it's "beautiful", "perfect", "amazing" writing, but, for ME, it was all over the place. Soooooooo, I'm thinking something's wrong with ME.


I LOVED Olivia.
Mainly because I love selfish bitches. The world would be a rather boring place without them. Also, I didn't see what was oh so bad about Leah, the woman's just fighting for what she loves. Olivia messed up and blew her chance, so, bitch, step the F back. He's no longer yours. (I HAVEN'T READ Dirty Red YET, SO THIS IS MY VIEW FOR NOW.)

Caleb...seriously, what's all the brouhaha about this dude? Caleb was just there, that's all. I don't get what everyone's hanging themselves over. Caleb is #Blah. Vapid. Insipid. Just #Blah!

The last six or so percent of this book is what saved it for me. That's when Noah came into the picture.

Like, no joke, I cried real life tears at the ending. And that shit hasn't happened since, let's see, Katherine Allred's The Sweet Gum Tree.

Really, I'm a Roll-Eye Reader. One could say I'm book-weary. You don't get to this girl's emotions so easily. So the fact that the ending of this book made me all teary-eyed says something.

I like Noah and am a bit more interested in him than I am in Caleb, and I would love to know how things turn out.

So am I going to read Dirty Red?
Without further freakin' ado! I hear she's a bitch and I can't wait be bitch-slapped o_0

A good read on Goodreads.

One Love

Rock Chick Rescue - Kristen Ashley Eddie,

""Holy crap," I whispered.
It was like the Justice League of Super Heroes, but instead it was the Justice League of Hot Guys."
Rock Chick - Kristen Ashley 4.5 stars

Lav it! Laughed my ass off with this one.

Indie is coo-coo crazy, but that's what made the book so much fun. And Lee is all shades of bad boy Alpha.

Action driven, far from boring. I'm definitely diving into this series, nose first!
Consequences - Aleatha Romig 3.5 stars


Have you ever seen that HTC One BlinkFeed commercial where it is indicated that scrolling through a phone (that’s not HTC One) is like digging dirt “gopher style”?

(View it here: http://youtu.be/DJnN0Upy_jE)

If you have, then you’d know exactly how I felt reading this.

CONSEQUENCES is a good story. REALLY good. Like, ‘what the lickity shit slap f@ck is going on?!’ good.
However, I had to dig my way “gopher style” to get to the good bits of this story.
It was soooooo long and it just kept going on and on and on and onnnnn with the descriptions.

I was tired of Tony ordering wine then tasting and approving it.
I was tired of Claire going out to the woods to walk (Honestly, when I first started the book I thought she was going to find some secret path to get AWAY from Tony.)
I was tired of hearing the lake water beat “swoosh, swoosh, swoosh”.
I was tired of getting a first-class-tour-guide-description of every country/state they visited.
I was tired of everything being described and detailed to death.
I was just...tired. So. Very. Tired.

For the plot itself. I loved it.

I know it’s insalubrious, but there’s something about me and sick bastards that just clicks. (I mean, I'm #teamJavier, for shit’s sake. #TAT) So, the twisted, psychotic, screw-ya-in-the-ass-ness of this book was right up my alley!

When I finally got to where shit got real (at about 85%) I could not put the book down! Tony is one messed up mofo, yet I still liked him. The last fifteen percent kind of made not ditching the book worth it.

I really, really, really, want to read TRUTH. But I honestly don’t think I can put myself through this again. I’m too exhausted from all this “gopher-style” digging.

Also, a few reviewers of TRUTH stated that Claire doesn’t actually seek revenge as she said she would at the ending of CONSEQUENCES. So, unless someone tells me that Claire gets out of jail, locks herself in an apartment with a shit load of every kind of armament ever created, with the walls covered in maps showing the layout of every company building, apartment building, house, island or whatever Tony owns, as she plots day and night wearing cargo pants and tank top with a bandanna tied around her head, drinking cup after cup of coffee until she comes up with a solid plan to TAKE TONY DOWN...then I might not bother reading the next book.

I want to see revenge for all that Tony has done to her and the people in her life. I want to see TPE. I want to see a freakin' battle, mind tricks being played, Tony getting what he deserves and then, of course, their HEA. *grin*

Consequences is really, really brilliant, I just wish it hadn't been such a debilitating read.

An exhausting read on Goodreads.

One Love :)

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)

Hopeless - Colleen Hoover
I can't imagine how anyone could give this book less than five stars. It's...beautiful. Amazing. Brilliance. Raw.
And I love it. I love it. I love it.

I waited a long while to read Hopeless because I was dubious. Overhyped books always tend to disappoint; coupled with the fact that I'm not entirely a fan of YA/NA: the overuse of exclamation signs, screeching virgins, and kids who do nothing but party and say "OMG!" all the time annoys me. So I'm always a bit hesitant when it comes to YA/NA. Rarely, some turn out to be exceptional.

Hopeless was one of those unexpectedly exceptional reads.

Loving the heroine more than anyone in a novel is seldom for me. And Sky? WOW. I just love her. She’s amazing, adorable, strong, funny, courageous, strong, strong…did I say strong?
That’s my weakness right there: strong, sensible, rational-thinking heroines. The type you almost never get in romances these days.

Holder is amazing. Simply amazing.

BUT, he’s also 2G2BT.

Holder is fictitious in every sense of the word. Disagree as much as y’all want, but there is NO eighteen year old boy out there like Holder.



Not in this life.

At 18yrs old, Dean Holder is super-patient, super-calm, logical, carefully thinks before he speaks or acts, says the right—and the most sweetest—things at the right time, has all the answers, kisses Sky on the forehead at least fifty times per day….

Yeah, like I said, 2G2BT.

But I accepted this story for what it was, and accepted the characters for who they were. Sky and Holder didn’t in least acted like young adults. They were both really mature for their age. I never once felt like I was reading a YA.

I don’t think I can express how much I love this book. How much it moved me. How many times my eyes watered. How much my heart swelled when Holder and Sky were together. How AWESOME this read was.

I loved every word. Every sentence. Every paragraph. Every chapter. I loved it all.
Still can’t believe I waited so long to read this.

FIVE beautiful, deserving, non-hesitant stars.

An amazing read on Goodreads.

One Love :)


Tangled - Emma Chase 3.5 stars

This book was so freakin’ good…up until about 70%. After that, it got cornier than an ex-boyfriend standing outside your apartment window with a boom box over his head blaring Player’s ‘Baby Come Back’.

A good read on Goodreads.

One Love :)
Unbeautifully - Madeline Sheehan Only thing I could say after finishing this book at 3am this morning was, "Motherfuck..."

Wanna know the real definition of 'entertaining'? Forget the dictionary and read this book. Madeline Sheehan doesn’t give you a chance to even crack a yawn. No room for boredom here. It was wide-eyed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment at every turn.

Someone ought to give this author a movie deal, yeah?

An entertaining read on goodreads.

One Love :)
Beauty From Pain (Beauty Series) (Volume 1) - Georgia Cates Good story, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. Not because of the story in itself, but because of my HATE for male POVs written in the first person PRESENT TENSE.
I love a hot hero, and I Iove to snuggle up and lose myself in them. But once you put their POV in the first person present tense, that's it for me. It just makes them sound...idk...not hot?

I mean, Jack Henry is a 30 yr old moneyed hunk, yet his thought process sounds like a pimply fifteen year old, with stuff like "chickie babe" and "sore loser". Nuh uh.

Other than that, the story was good.

One Love :)