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Love , In English by Karina Halle

Love, in English - Karina Halle

4.5/5 estrellas


I loved this book.

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive going into this book because of the whole ‘love triangle’ aspect of it, especially since Mateo was married. But in all honesty, it wasn’t that bad. There’s no uncertainty on who belongs together.


K. Halle has the magic to pull you in with her words. The prologue alone immediately got me hooked.


”Love has made me a villain.”


This is the story of Vera, a single 23-year-old Canadian covered in tattoos and Mateo, a married 38-year-old successful Spaniard (oh, and ex-football player). The term ‘opposites’ attract couldn’t be anymore true. Judging from the outside, they may seem like an unlikely couple but learning their story and witnessing their intense connection and chemistry there’s no way you couldn’t root for them. Although their journey wasn’t an easy one, it definitely was a beautiful one. I definitely encourage every one to read this.


"No. Love in Spanish is you.”

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma

Just a little FYI: this book should not be read alone.

It’s completely heartbreaking and emotionally draining. Although the story itself isn’t beautiful, Tabitha’s writing is. For a controversial issue that rarely gets the limelight, this book leaves you feeling conflicted. 

I don’t think I have the strength to ever re-read this book again but it did leave an impression that I won’t ever forget.


Thank you, Suzanne for being my support system.

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz

Misbehaving - Tiffany Reisz

HOLY SHIT! I swear there's not a book of Ms. Reisz that I have not LOVED!  This was soooooooo frekin' GOOD.  It was HOT, FUNNY and all kinds of SEXY.  I just wish it was a bit longer.

Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley

Kaleidoscope - Kristen Ashley

It’s no question that I’m a big Kristen Ashley fan. I will stop whatever I’m doing to read her latest book. She has a way with words that make you fall in love with her characters and her stories flow so effortlessly. The Colorado Mountain series has been one of my favorite series from KA. I’ve always loved Tate & Lauren, Ty & Lexie, and Chace & Faye’s story. So, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to finally get to the mysterious Jacob ‘Deck’ Decker’s story.

This book left me feeling conflicted. It’s not that I didn’t like the book because I did. I just felt that it was missing the ‘KA’ magic. 

Disappointed? In a sense, I was. Based on the first 4 books in her series, I was hoping for some ‘over the top’ crazy drama to happen (ie. Lauren & Lexie getting kidnapped, Faye getting buried …) and the camaraderie between the girls and the crazy situations they get themselves in. Sadly, none of that happened.

Instead, I found this book solely focused on the relationship between Deck and Emme and everything else was just in the background. Seeing their relationship developed was great and the cameos from the Hot Bunch and the rest of the Colorado Mtn men were a plus, but I still found myself wishing for ‘more’.

No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow

No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series) - Tiffany Snow

The Kathleen Turner series has been taking over my feeds for months now. Based on the ‘blurb’, I didn’t think much of the series (esp since I’m not a big mystery-suspense fan) and failed to add it to my tbr list. Recently, a friend recommended this book to me & since she hasn’t steered me into a series I haven’t liked, I hesitantly jumped in.


Prior to reading this series, I couldn’t shake of image of the actress Kathleen Turner (from War of the Roses) out of my head

but that changed as soon as I started reading.

There’s no turning back with this one. There’s just something about Tiffany Snow’s writing that immediately hooks you. This series is seriously like crack. You find yourself completely addicted to it that you need the next book STAT!

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Review: Sex. Love. Repeat. by Alessandra Torre


I commend A. Torre for coming up with such an original storyline.  The blurb alone will pique your interest.  It’s hard to put this one down once you start especially since she has a way with words that will completely captivate you from the get-go.


Although the story is mainly told from the heroine’s POV, there are 3 other POVs.  Personally, I felt the other POVs where pointless since they had no major impact on the overall plot.  If anything those additional POVs made it harder for me to grasp and accept the ending.  There were also times that the author does flashbacks in which I felt myself spending more time figuring out the sequence of events.


Overall, this definitely was far from the typical love story/love triangle that’s out currently out there.  The twist in the story definitely was unexpected & completely destroyed my vision of what would have been my HEA for the story.  Unfortunately, we can’t always get what we want, right?  Still, it’s a good read & I definitely would recommend it.



ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.


Broken by Kelly Elliot


Broken was exactly that – broken. 


It’s the same storyline as most, two broken people who vow not to love again, only to fall madly in love with each other.


There was potential for this to be a good read but sadly, it just fell all over the place.  Between, the insta-love and all the damn ‘winking’ going on, the story just fell flat. 

Not to mention that certain characters whom the author originally made likable all of a sudden did a 180 which seemed uncharacteristic of them.  This abrupt change of character seemed forced on to the reader to set the stage for the next book.  Overall, there just seemed to be a huge disconnect between the flow of the plot and the characters itself.

Unforgiven by Elizabeth Finn

Unforgiven - Elizabeth Finn

5 cry worthy stars


I recently saw a friend's review for Unforgiven and was immediately intrigued.  I picked it up based on her review alone.  I expected it to be good but I was shocked to find out how captivating the story and characters were.  Elizabeth Finn outdid herself with this one. 


Unforgiven truly lead me on an emotional rollercoaster ride.  There were some funny and steamy moments but a majority of the scenes were filled with a lot of pain and remorse.

  Honestly, it was like experiencing all the stages of grief right that I literally cried my eyes out.

There were so many gut-wrenching and agonizing moments that I don’t think I even have any more tears to cry.  Seriously, I ended the book with a stuffy nose and puffy eyes.


It’s been awhile since I’ve been so emotionally invested in a book & I’m glad that I completed my 2013 reading challenge with a 5 star read.


Just a word of advice, before you pick this one up, make sure you’re fully stocked on your Kleenex & you have your eye drops within reach.


Panic by J A Huss



Absolutely LOVED it.

Review to follow.


Maybe This Time by Chantal Fernando


Uh, Maybe not.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a badass alpha male. But there’s a difference between ‘alpha’ and plain ‘asshole’. For me, Reid was the latter. I firmly believe that Katy Perry’s song “Hot N Cold” was solely inspired by him.



Besides that fact that I didn’t care for Reid, the overall story seemed all over the place. There were several inconsistencies and contradictions that at the end of it all, my head started to hurt.



For instance, the story starts off and drags on about this ‘secret’ that they can’t tell Summer although it supposedly places her in danger. It’s initially known that Jack, her father is the one who wants to keep her in the dark. Then later, once it’s all out. It’s stated that Reid was the one who didn’t want her to know. Huh????


Then there’s the fact that Jack & Xander, her brother act extremely protective of her.
“Don’t get me wrong, he hurts you, and he’s dead.”
Yet, even though Reid treats her like shit and completely breaks her heart. They don’t do anything about it. 


And I can just go on and on about the rest …

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The 2 stars were mainly for the supporting characters which I enjoyed. But as much I liked them, I won’t be continuing this series.

Panic by J A Huss


Soooooo excited to start this!



Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Bold Tricks  - Karina Halle

First of all, let me say this:  Karina Halle, no doubt is an amazing writer.


I absolutely LOVED On Every Street, Sins & Needles and Shooting Scars, but as for Bold Tricks – well, I’m at lost for words.  I’m quite unsure how to rate this book.   Maybe, it was my high expectations from this series, but this one left me feeling cheated in investing so much time into these characters only to end up feeling nothing.


This isn’t about which team won.  It never was in question who Ellie would end up with.  It was hinted in Sins & Needles and quite apparent in Shooting Scars.  I’ve known that from the get go and as a Javier fan, I’ve always been okay with it.  Through the series, what I’ve always been anticipating to see is the connection and chemistry between Ellie and Camden that was so obvious between Ellie & Javier, yet still after it all, I found it was still lacking.  And quite honestly, for the most part I found their romance kind of cheesy.

As for the rest characters and the story, I just couldn’t connect.  I was confused since for the most part, a lot of the characters, Javier included just felt off.


I was able to finish this one, as I needed closure even though I was struggling and skimming through most of it.  Although, I didn’t care for Bold Tricks, I'm definitely looking forward to more of her work.

Convicted by Aleatha Romig

Now, that my friends is how you end a series.



After the last two books, I’ve learned to just jump into Convicted with a support group handy and a couple bottles of alcohol within reach.   There’s no other way to prepare for Convicted.  It’s guaranteed to blow your mind away and leave you questioning your own sanity. 



Aleatha did not hold anything back with Convicted.  The mind games started right from the very beginning.  To say, I was confused & paranoid was an understatement.  You find yourself constantly questioning and scrutinizing every character and their motives.  You can’t trust no one, not even yourself.  After Consequences and Truth, you may think you have it all figured out, but you have no idea.


Personally, I don’t think Convicted could have ended any better.  The way everything unfolded was pure perfection.


It was never any secret that I wasn’t completely on board the whole ‘Tony has changed’ train.  Seriously, what he did in Consequences was just too hard to forget, no amount of ‘compartmentalizing’ could erase those events away.  So, I was really glad that we got to see Tony’s POV here, we finally see how much he cares and truly loves Claire through his eyes.  I thought it was genius on how he wanted to let her go in the end so that he couldn’t hurt her anymore & I loved how Claire showed him her journal to show that she finally stopped compartmentalizing and started acknowledging those past events so she can heal.  After all the craziness, it’s refreshing to see the light at the end of the tunnel where they finally have their ‘happily ever after’.

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