Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tangled by Emma Chase

** 5 out of 5 Stars**

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? 

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, and his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. 

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 

Can Drew Evans win at love? 

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

This book is awesome!  I have not laughed this much in so long.  Drew is hilarious.  I love the way his mind works and his inner monologues are something to be read.  I loved the reading style.  The book is told from his POV and he’s talking to you as if telling a story.  It’s like you’re a friend and he’s telling you how they 
came to be, with some very interesting POV’s on other things.  I spent most of my time reading this book either laughing or shaking my head.  The characters are lovable and intriguing.  I love the plot.  Give it a try!

Kate is beautiful with long dark hair and the perfect figure.  Drew thinks of her as a hot teacher or a sexually oppressed librarian.  She’s very professional, smart, has a quick wit and keeps Drew on his toes.  She’s not one to mess with either.  She’s ruthless when it comes to work.  She’ll knock Drew on his butt before he knew what happened.  They are both a little on the immature side of things though.

Drew is a douche bag.  There just isn’t another word for him.  He’s cocky, conceded, arrogant, selfish, spoiled, and a flippin rockstar in his eyes.  He is a womanizer in the worst way.  He picks up and throws away women like it’s another day’s work.  He drop dead beautiful, filthy rich, and at the top of his game.  He wouldn’t know how to treat a woman if he tired.  All that being said I love him.  He’s hilarious!  His view on things is just ridiculous at times.  He’s an alpha male, controlling and possessive.  When he finally finds the woman he wants he will do anything and I mean anything to make sure he keeps her.

Drew meets Kate in a bar.  He hits on her and he turns her down.  She’s engaged and he just doesn’t care.  He thinks she beautiful and he’s gonna go after her.  That is until he’s introduced to the twin sister of the girl he just left the bathroom with.  Yeah…from a woman he just has to have to twins.  Like I said he’s a douche bag.


He’s still thinking about Kate on Monday morning.  Imagine his surprise when she’s introduced as the new employee at his firm.  He may be a douche bag but he’s got great work ethics.  He doesn’t mess around with the people he works with, never has.  . 

There is a competition between the two for an account and Kate came to play hard ball.  She has no intentions of letting him run all over her.  So the battle ensues.  I would like to think it would be a grown up competition but oh no…that’s not gonna happen.  I find myself rolling my eyes or laughing a lot at this point.  I mean they are grown adults and they are unhooking and hiding computer cables, switching disk labels and checking every book out of the library the other needs.

And as I’ve said before—this, my friends, is war. I’m talking DEFCON-one, gloves-off, I’ll-knock-you-down-even-if-you-are-a-girl war.

After a particularly nasty shouting match at the office one night when it’s just the two of them, things take a different turn.  Turn as in screaming then kissing.  I saw it coming.  You can’t hate someone that much and not be into them…not possible.  She pushes him away but the damage is done.  She’s full of regret because of the fiancé and he is starting to realize he may actually feel something for this girl. 

At dinner with a client things go really badly in no time.  The client will only sign if Kate agrees to sleep with him.  The only reason I’m putting this in my review is because of Drew’s reaction and what it says about him.  He goes ballistic to the point of cussing the client and threatening to throw him out a window.  There are feelings there he’s gonna have to deal with.  He’s got some serious things going on inside him for this girl. 
Time moves on and they become friends.  He is still an arrogant douche bag who sleeps with everything that has legs (female anyway) but the problem is it’s not what it once was.  He can’t seem to keep his mouth off her lips when they fight.  She’s having the same problem.  Every time they scream at each other they end up fused at the mouth.  Her and her fiancé break up the following day and apparently Drew hasn’t had sex in 12 days.  I think hell just froze over…

So over time, Drew is turning into not so much of a Douche bag.  He’s going as far as trying to help her get her ex back even though he wants her.  Holding her is the closest thing to heaven for him.  He just doesn’t see what she means to him yet.  He kisses her on the dance floor in front of her ex and it works.  The guy is jealous, only Kate isn’t really thinking about him anymore.  Next thing we know, Drew is trying to drive to his apartment which is hard considering she’s straddling him in the drivers set.  It was only a matter of time.  So after they reach the apartment really hot sex happens…a lot.  She spends the weekend with him and that’s when he realizes that he’s in love with her.

On the following Monday morning he’s ready to confess his undying love.  They get to her apartment, both happy as can be until he realizes that her ex fiancé is there waiting and wanting her back.  He can’t do the things he wants to and her ex is still serious competition.  He knows he’s in trouble just looking at her.  This is going to end badly and it does.  She and her ex talk and she takes him back.  Drew being who he is and the fact that she just ripped his heart out and is holding it in her hands does what he can to make himself feel better.  It turns out the only way for him to do that it hurt her.

After he gets her out of his office he goes home sick.  This is where the beginning of the book starts.  He’s been home for 7 days with the flu.  It’s obviously not the flu but he tells himself that’s what’s wrong.  The man has a broken heart and since this is his first time he doesn’t know how to handle it.

After a week of hiding and wallowing in self pity it’s time to start fighting.  Turns out she didn’t take the ex back just ended it on better terms.  She wanted Drew and now he’s got the fight of his life ahead of him.  He’s not gonna take it lying down.  He’s pulling out all the stops.  She’ll take him back just so he’ll leave her alone.  He’s relentless.  It’s not having the best effect in the beginning but she starts to wear down once she sees he’s not going anywhere.  Finally, after he goes all “The Notebook” on her she gives in and takes him back. 

There is no epilogue but it’s still a HEA.  She’s moving in with him and they love each other. 

So this book gets 5 stars because it’s awesome!  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long, long time.  I would recommend it to anyone.  It’s a little long in places but never a dull moment.

My Drew/Kate

  

Favorite Quotes…

Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad?  When it’s not us who ends it? We don’t get to walk away. We crawl.

“I’m not lying to you now, Kate. But it’s okay. Do what you need to do. Curse me out, slap me around—get it all out of your system. I can take it. Because the more you push me away, the harder I’m going to fight to prove to you that this is real. That I’m not going anywhere and that what I feel for you isn’t going to change. And then someday—maybe not any time soon, but one day—I’m going to tell you that you, Kate Brooks, are the love of my life, and you won’t have any doubt that it’s true.”

Dr. Kevorkian was just trying to help his patients too. And we all know how they turned out.  (This one is my favorite!)

“She talks like you. It’s not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming is a douche bag who’s only holding Cinderella back.”

Friday, June 28, 2013

Crush by Lacey Weatherford

** 4 out of 5 Stars **

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**

Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other. 
As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

This is a cute little book.  The writing style is easy to follow and there aren’t any errors.  The characters are lovable for the most part and the plot is enjoyable.  There is enough mystery and angst to hold an older audience captive…likes me.  I’m 30 and it’s YA so I was a little worried but it was fine. 

Cali is a nerd by all standards in her high school…more nerd by association though.  She’s beautiful with long red, curly hair, perfect skin, a curvy but slender body.  She’s perfect.  She’s 17 and finishing up her senior year of high school.  She’s the girl all boys want to date but because of her social status no one asks her. 

Hunter is the bad boy.  He just moved to town a few months ago.  He quickly climbs the social ladder but all in the wrong ways.  He likes his parties, his alcohol and his drugs.  He’s not looking for a relationship of any kind and he’s got a secret.  A really big secret.  He’s got black hair, brown eyes and a perfect smile.  He’s the guy every girl wants and every guy wants to be.

Cali and Hunter meet at school.  She’s not his type and he’s not hers.  For some reason they are both crushing on each other.  Her best friend, Clay, doesn’t approve but he’s got ulterior motives.  She and her best friend have been BFF’s since Kindergarten.  She looks at him like a little a brother but over time his feelings for her have changed.  He’s nerdy to the point of a pocket protector but one day shows up looking completely different in designer clothes.  They are going to the movies and it’s obvious he thinks it’s a date.  She’s uncomfortable.

At the movies, Hunter is with his buddy sitting in the back row and notices how uncomfortable she is so he takes up the seat right beside her much to the dismay of Clay and asks her on a date.  He asks her right in front of Clay.  She tells him yes and the next day they go on the date.  She goes straight into the hard questions.  Does he use drugs…yes he does.  Is he a womanizer…yes at one time, but not some much lately. 

They begin seeing each other but he’s not what he seems.  He carries a gun, he has an uncle that says he’s too young to be an uncle.  They are keeping a low profile in town while they are up to something.  He needs to be under the radar.  The problem is he’s really into Cami and even after being warned to keep it in control, he can’t.  He decides he’s going to play the role of boyfriend with this girl as long as he can.  He’s meddling in the drug scene.  Cami knows he does it but doesn’t like it.  He wants some of the harder stuff.  He’s obviously not who he says he is and he has no choice but to keep lying.  He doesn’t like lying to her but he has to.  He hopes when all is said and done that she will still want to be with him.

Things are getting a little intense with Cami and Clay as well.  He can’t stand that she’s dating Hunter and he’s making it known that she’s with the wrong guy.  There’s just something off about this guy.  He’s calling her phone time and time again.  He’s showing up at school functions he shouldn’t be at, showing up sitting on the hood of Hunter’s car while they are eating inside.  The guy is just creepy.  He’s spouting of things like, 
“You belong to me even if you don’t know it yet,” and “you’ve always been mine.”  He crosses a line and kisses her while Hunter and his friend watch.  Hunter doesn’t handle it well and neither does his friend.  Even after he slams him up against a car the guy has nerve and tells him he’ll touch her however he wants.  He’s turning into a stalker and she should be a little worried.  Hunter catches him pleasuring himself outside Cami’s window one night.  The guy is sick.

So after the show down with Clay Hunter gives her some options.  Break up so Clay no longer views him as a threat, or stay together and she has to stay away from him.  He doesn’t trust the guy for good reason but Cami is very naive about all of it, refusing to see the way Clay acts as warning signs.  He leaves the decision up to her and tells her he will respect her decision either way.  She chooses to stay with him.  He teaches her to shoot a gun?  That’s interesting in my opinion.  What’s more interesting is when she asks him to shoot he raises the gun and fires the remaining rounds into a can, perfect stance and perfect concentration.  He likes being able to share something real about himself with her that’s not a lie.  Have you figured it out yet?
Things are going really well for Cami and Hunter.  They are spending all their time together.

“I don’t think you understand. I don’t care if she’s seventeen or forty. She’s the one, Chris. I know she’s young, and her life is just starting, but I also know she’s the one I want. I feel it burning inside..."

He’s still got a problem with drugs.  He went to a party while she was at work.  I’m not sure what he took but he is beyond messed up.  He drives to her job (something that should have never happened to begin with) and she finds him in that condition.  It’s not pretty, she drives him home, kicks him out of his car after refusing to drive it home and telling him she’s calling Clay to come get her.  He makes a fuss and she eventually gives in and takes his car home.  Things aren’t looking real good at the moment.  When she gets home Clay sends her a picture of a girl sitting on Hunter’s lap at the party.  That boy will try anything.
He calls and explains but she’s upset.  Then Clay calls and lets her know he’s coming to see her naturally.  He thinks it’s over with Hunter and he’s begging her to be with him.  She tells him she won’t completely write him off as never being with him but she wants to be with Hunter.  She’s so naive.  She’s making a huge mistake her giving him false hope and it will come back to bite her.

She and Hunter talk but it’s not a good one.  Until he comes clean with what he’s hiding they aren’t together.  She thought that talk would send him on his way but boy was she wrong.  He’s not going anywhere and giving Clay the chance to move in on his girl.  He takes a job at the movie theatre where she works.  She gives in and takes him back.

His buddy swears he didn’t take anything but it looks like he’s having a drug overdose.  He goes down in the middle of theater.  This is the 2nd time this has happened.  A few months earlier a guy named Jordan died at a school dance.  The paramedics get him to the hospital.  Cami makes Hunter promise to quit using and this time he agrees.  His friend is in bad shape and they don’t know if he’s gonna make it.  Once they get him to another hospital he finally wakes up.  Now there are questions.  Hunter asked him if he had taken anything but he said no.  Meth was found in his system though.

I knew there was something about Clay.  Clay is responsible for Jordan.  He put something in his drink.  That would also make him responsible for Russ.  Hunter was supposed to drink the drink Russ had.  The guy is dangerous and he’ll do anything to make sure Cami is his. 

The secret is out about Hunter.  His real name is Dylan and he’s a 21 year old undercover cop investigating the death of Jordan.  I saw this coming a mile away.  He knew too much, acted old than 18, and can shoot a gun like a cop.  He had cop written all over him.  The problem is that he got distracted and now Clay has took off with Cami.  He takes her to the theatre where he’s been cooking meth all along.  Hunter has his “uncle” getting the Calvary called in.  Clay has created some weird Phantom of the Opera setting for her…it’s creepy.  He tries to kiss her but she stops him telling him she’s in love with Hunter.  He gets angry and starts spouting what he’s done to keep her.  She gets scared…which she should have been all along.  The girl is really naive.  He drugged her and he’s planning on raping her but in his sick twisted mind, he is of course making her dreams come true.  He stops when Hunter puts a gun to his head.  I don’t know where he came from but at least he’s there.  There is a scramble for the gun and Clay shoots Hunter.  Chris rushes in and kills Clay and now it’s time to help Hunter.  Chris is calling “Officer down” and she realizes what’s happening before she passes out. 

She wakes in a hospital but they won’t tell her anything about Hunter, only that he’d been flown to another hospital.  Chris comes to check on her but says he can’t discuss Hunter with her.  He does tell her that he’s still alive but in critical condition.  He asks if she wants to give him a message.  Faced with “I love you” or “Thanks”, she chooses thanks. 

On her 18th birthday she gets a small present.  Inside was a piece of paper with two words written on it…forgive me.  She recognizes the handwriting as Hunter’s.  He’s in the living room waiting for her.  They talk and he explains everything, including why she hasn’t heard from him in weeks.  He wasn’t allowed to speak to her until she turned 18.  He’s been at her house since daybreak waiting for her to get up.  She forgives him and takes him back.  Now they are free to be together the right way…no lies. 

For this to be YA, it really kept my attention.  I enjoyed it.  It has a 21 Jump Street feel to it.  It was a good book.  It was a little immature for my taste at times but it kept me interested.  I give it 4 stars.

My Hunter/Cami…Can tell you now that my Hunter looks nothing like the guy on the front cover.  That guy looks dead!
  

 Favorite quotes…

“I’m saying I love you, Cami. All of that was as real for me as it was for you. I’m asking if you’ll stick this out beside me. I’m willing to lose my badge and even be dishonorably discharged if that’s the case. I just don’t want to lose you.”

“There’s just something about you that I like. I’m suffering from ‘moth to flame’ syndrome, I guess. Russ teases me about it. He calls you my eye candy.”


**THIS IS BOOK 1 OF A SEQUAL.  SMITTEN (BOOK 2) IS NOW AVAILABLE…review to come

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

**3 out of 5 Stars**

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**


Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.


Oh My Geez...this book was funny.  It had a great writing style and was easy to follow.  It had me laughing hysterically throughout   I enjoyed the characters especially Caroline.  Her inner monologue had me rolling.  The story was easy to follow though it carried on a little long in my opinion.  It's straight-forward and there aren't any twist and turns along the way. 


Caroline is pretty with blonde hair.  She's is an interior designer...not a decorator.  She just moved into a new apartment.  The sassy, intelligent  ambitious and she knows what she wants.  She's had a few bad experiences with men.  One of the experiences, with a man she refers to as the machine gun, her big O has disappeared off her radar.


Simon is gorgeous with dark hair and sea blue eyes.  He has a never ending series of women coming in and out of his apartment.  There's only 3 of them but still.  He lives in the apartment next door.  He's sweet, and loyal.  Once he gets his sights set on Caroline everything else fades into the background...other women included.  He is a photographer who travels all over the world.


Caroline's first night in her apartment she is startled awake by a noise coming from next door.  The guy and his companion are going at it.  She becomes known as Spanx...I'm pretty sure you can figure out why seeing as how the walls are so thin, Caroline can hear every deal of their sordid sexual encounter. The following night it's the same only this time the woman Meow's like a cat...yeah.  This sets off Caroline's cat.  She becomes known as Purina   Next comes the gigglier.  


After she's put up with it for a few weeks she's finally had it and marches next door, dressed in a pink nightie no less, and demands he put a stop to it. He becomes the "Wallbanger" and she becomes "pink nightie girl".


After this point, not a lot happens.  They hate each other at first but we all know there is a thin line between love and hate...or in this case lust.  They quickly become friends, hanging out when he's not off somewhere working.  She's attracted to him but she has no idea that he's falling for her and quickly.


They take a trip to Lake Tahoe and something almost happens in the hot tub but he stops it and she's hurt.  Things change for awhile and she goes on a date with her ex.  It doesn't go well and she ends up spending the night talking to Simon instead after the date is over.


They take a trip to Spain and at this point they are officially dating.  He's cut ties with all the other girls and now it's just the two of them.  On the last night there, they sleep together but the big O is still missing.  She comes home and is trying to put a little distance between them but he takes an early flight and wants to know why she faked it.  When she tells him why he makes it his night's mission to remedy this fact.  And he does, quite well.


They aren't engaged or anything at the end but they are still together and going strong.  

Her friend's are hilarious   Oh and the cat is down right funny.  It thinks it's human and master of her apartment.  He likes to attack people especially Simon when he's otherwise occupied.


It was a good book with no ups and downs.  It took them forever to finally be with each other and the book drags in a  lot of places but it's worth a shot.  It would make a great beach read or bathtub read.  I'm giving it 3 stars because there isn't a lot to it and it wasn't a book that I couldn't just put down.  I did enjoy it though


My Simon/Caroline