Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Discussion--Pricing, M. Pierce, and Twitter



A few nights ago I saw a post about M. Pierce's "Last Light" cover reveal and pre-order links. I jumped right over to pre-order book two in the "Night Owl" series and saw the price was $8.89. Um they're kidding right? I remember buying book one less than a year ago for 99 cents and even not on sale it is $3.79. So....$8.89 seems a bit ridiculous right?

Well apparently not to M. Pierce twitter fans. I made some comment referencing the author and M. Pierce replied how they hoped the publisher would lower the price. I said thanks but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much for one e-book. Well that set off the hordes. Everyone started telling me about movies costing 10+ dollars for a two hour movie so 8.89 is totally worth it for one book of 'naughty pleasures'. Um...no.

First of all, I do not pay anything more than 6.25 for a movie. Why? I have a stack of discount coupons. Even then I haven't been to the theater in two years. Why? Because I can get movies for free at my local library when they come out. I don't really see the point in paying ten dollars, etc. for two hours of entertainment.

Second of all, why did it come off like I was personally attacking M. Pierce? I was merely explaining to the author why I was not going to order the book because of the price. I wasn't asking M. Pierce to change it. I wasn't rude. I wasn't saying it was a bad series. I was merely saying the price was too high to convince me to buy it. That was it.  Then I started getting tweets from people telling me I was trying to convince myself the price was too high, M. Pierce's work was genius, blah blah blah. I wasn't saying any of that.

Basically I was saying 8.89 for one book that will give me three hours of reading time was too much when I could buy eight 99 cents books for 24 hours of entertainment. I have to make these calls with my limited income all the time. I cannot buy books that expensive simply because I like the series. I have a limited budget and I find spending more than half my typical book budget on one book.

Maybe I took the complaints too personally. Maybe I should have talked back to them. Maybe I should have said nothing at all. I just felt the author had the right to know why I would not be buying. I like the series but not enough to pay more than my hourly salary for the book. Maybe that makes me ridiculous but then I'll be ridiculous.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves--July 24/Weekly Wrap-Up


This week has been one for the books. Basically I got a job offer (Part-time) that I want nothing to do with but I need the money. There is a 9 hour orientation (miserable). On the plus side I have an interview for a job I actually want in almost 2 weeks. So...there's that. I read only a little this week due to constantly running around. I imagine I'll be reading less once I start working the part-time job which has hours all over the map. So what did you guys get this week?

Review


1. His For a Price by Caitlin Crews

2. Maybe This Christmas (O'Neil Brothers Bk 3) by Sarah Morgan

3. Once Perfect (Shattered Past Bk 1) by Cecy Robson

4. The Christmas Bouquet (Chesapeake Shores Bk 11) by Sherryl Woods






Purchased


1. His Lady Bride (Brothers in Arms Bk 1) by Shayla Black [4.99]









Pre-Ordered

1. His Stolen Bride (Brothers in Arms Bk 2) by Shayla Black

2. His Rebel Bride (Brothers in Arms Bk 3) by Shayla Black






Library

 1. Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard Bk 1.5) by Christina Lauren [Courtesy of Mt. Lebanon Public Library]

2. Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful Bk 3) by Jamie McGuire

 3. I Just Want to Pee Alone by Mommy Bloggers [Courtesy of Martin Library]

4. Kiss Me Like This (Morrisons Bk 1) by Bella Andre

 5. Master of the Mountain (Mountain Masters and Dark Havens Bk 1) by Cherise Sinclair [Courtesy of Fort Vancouver Regional Library]

6. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

 7. Take Me On (Pushing the Limits Bk 4) by Katie McGarry

8. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

9. The Longest Night by Kara Braden

Weekly Wrap-Up

Reviews

1. Hard Knocks (Ultimate Bk .5) by Lori Foster [4 Stars]
2. Matched to a Billionaire (Happily Ever After Inc. Bk 1) by Kat Cantrell [4 Stars]
3. No Regrets by Claire Kent [2 Stars]
4. How to Marry a Cowboy (Cowboys and Brides Bk 4) by Carolyn Brown [3 Stars]
5. Savage Kiss (His to Claim Pt 2) by Opal Carew [2 Stars]

Misc.

1. Sailor Moon Crystal: Act 2-Ami

Books Read

1. The Book of Life (All Souls Bk 3) by Deborah Harkness
2. The Wickedest Lord Alive (Westruthers Bk 3) by Christina Brooke
3. Master of the Abyss (Mountain Masters and Dark Haven Bk 2) by Cherise Sinclair
4. Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer (For Me Bk 1) by Cynthia Eden
5. Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard Bk 1.5) by Christina Lauren
6. Master of the Mountain (Mountain Masters and Dark Haven Bk 1) by Cherise Sinclair

 Currently Reading

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review-Savage Kiss (His to Claim Pt 2) by Opal Carew

A rock musician by night and head of a billion dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to break from the secure life I’d always known to discover who I really was.I never expected Rafe to follow me.










Okay so I was totally taking a break from serials after reading so many absolutely terrible ones. Well I caved when I saw "His to Claim" Pt 1-6 available on NetGalley. It sounded fine, a rock star and a girl next door type. Well so far it has been one crazy ride and I've only read two parts. I'm curious to see where it all goes.

Summary of Part 2

Melanie and Rafe have a decent make-out session in the apartment before being interrupted. Melanie is invited to watch Rafe perform and goes. She meets the band and is introduced to Travis (Jessica's brother and potential love triangle bait). Rafe and Melanie have sex where he immediately (afterwards) claims to not want a relationship. Melanie agrees and then promptly goes on a lunch date with Travis.

Review

Okay the thing is this serial makes no sense. It took me ten pages to figure out Rafe=Storm. What is that about? It's totally confusing and not at all interesting. By the time I sorted out what was happening, it was over.

On top of that the expected love triangle was created with Travis. Oh love triangles in serials tend to just prolong the story that could have been completed in four sections versus in six. I have no idea whether Travis will be of any use but he's most likely sequel bait. Whatever.

So Melanie and Rafe slept together and then he backpedaled. Yeah that wasn't a surprise at all. Of course there has to be some form of conflict and also some sort of payout with sex. Of course like an idiot Melanie agreed to sex and no commitment. Seriously what is wrong with her?!

In Sum

Still loads of crazy sauce and kind of worth it just for that reason.

2 Stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
June 3, 2014
42 Pages
Provided by-NetGalley



Related Books:
1. No Strings
3. Rock Hard
4. Wild Ones
5. Breaking Storm
6. Perfect Rhythm
*. The Complete Novel [September 2, 2014]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review--How to Marry a Cowboy (Cowboys and Brides Bk 4) by Carolyn Brown

Rancher Mason Harper’s two little girls want nothing more than a mama of their own. So when a pretty woman appears on his front porch in a tattered wedding dress, while Mason’s looking for a nanny, he can’t help but wonder if it’s fate. 

Annie Rose Boudreaux is in a downright hellish mess. She’s just a few steps ahead of the low-life ex who’s been hot on her heels, but she’s tired of running, and nannying Mason’s two sweet girls may be just what she needs. As her days on the ranch fly by, and the night’s with Mason get hotter, Annie Rose decides that she’s going to stay…for a lifetime.


Last year I read the second book in the series "The Cowboy's Christmas Baby" which was an okay read but nothing amazing. Then I picked up book three "The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride" which was pretty terrible. I ended up DNFing that one but when I received the invite to review this book, I decided to give it a try. Well I'm glad I did.

Annie is on the run from an abusive ex when she wakes up on Mason's front porch. Mason's twins seem to think Mason got them a new mommy for their birthday so Annie stays on as a nanny. Mason hasn't been in love since his wife died years ago but for some reason Annie calls to him. As they begin to navigate their relationship, the two have to learn how to move past their previous relationships and give the girls a family.

It was a cute little story and the girls were absolutely adorable. The general plot wasn't the best in the long run but the adorableness of the kids and the family were beautiful. I really loved the twins and their story from birthday parties to goat wrangling to shopping to trying to get Annie and Mason together. It really sold the story for me.

The thing that irritated me was Annie's ex. He was this abusive asshole but the story was wrapped up in about 30 seconds in the middle of the book. I sort of wondered why Ms. Brown bothered with the plotline. She could have just had a woman out to find herself or something but instead she made up this semi-complicated storyline that was dropped mid-way through. Weird choice.

It was a cute end to the series and I would recommend the read. It was totally worth it just for the girls' shenanigans

3 Stars
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
July 1, 2014
340 Pages
Provided by-NetGalley


Related Books:

1. Billion Dollar Cowboy
2. The Cowboy's Christmas Baby [3 Stars]
3. The Cowboy's Mail-Order Bride [DNF]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review--No Regrets by Claire Kent

On my last birthday, I made one vow for the year. Live with no regrets. Eleven months have passed, though, and nothing has changed. I still sleep alone, spend my life working, and never move out of my comfort zone. 

Then the loss of my dog throws my whole life out of orbit, and I end up in bed with a very hot and slightly-too-young veterinarian, who has recently made a vow of his own. Live with no strings. Josh is more than happy to help me with the things I’ve been afraid to try. Semi-public sex. Spanking. Anal sex. 

He’s a willing partner for everything I’ve wondered about, as long as I don’t demand more. He’s serious about his no-strings philosophy. As serious as I am about living with no regrets. I can’t help but fall for him, even though I know better. So my biggest regret might be a broken heart.


I've been hearing a lot of amazing things about Claire Kent for awhile and thought I should check her out. I had thought I would be wowed by this book but it actually disappointed me. Either way it was an interesting read.

Leslie promised herself to have a year with no regrets but never did much of anything about it. When she has to put her dog to sleep she meets the new vet in town. Josh doesn't want a commitment but he has no problem having some sexy fun with the attractive Leslie. Their relationship begins with nights of fun but the promise of no commitment. When Leslie calls it quits because she can't stand not having a commitment, Josh has to decide whether or not he can go the distance.

Okay so the story was actually pretty terrible. It opened terribly with the dog being put down and then quickly derailed into sex encounter after sex encounter before they were in love (?). It was weird and mostly just about the sex. Now I like a good sex scene but this book was pretty much 80% no strings sex, 10 percent sad dog stuff, 10 percent issues. Unbelievably that was really it.

I really didn't buy the romance or the characters. The thing was I learned so little about the characters and what I did know was mostly superficial. Did Leslie have family? If she did it was only mentioned in passing. What was the deal with them on the day to day basis? What were their interests? NONE of that was explored. It was just unbelievable.

So in the long-run, this was totally not my cup of tea. Some people will probably really enjoy the sexual escapades of Leslie and Josh. I just wanted a little more character development and plot.

2 Stars
Published by Claire Kent via Amazon Digital
July 22, 2014
Provided by--Netgalley


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review--Matched to a Billionaire (Happily Ever After Inc. Bk 1) by Kat Cantrell

Venture capitalist Leo Reynolds is married to his work, but now he needs a wife. Someone to run his home, host his parties...and accept a marriage that's strictly business. His one rule: love will play no part in their union. At least that's the lie he tells himself, until he meets his match. 

Enter Daniella White--handpicked by the matchmaker as the perfect wife. Marriage to Leo means security, and she's willing to give up passion for friendship. But the moment they meet, sparks fly. And now temptation--and Leo's own heart--have the billionaire ready to change all the rules.


I've gotten really far away from the Harlequin lines in recent months. They were starting to blend together and I was getting irritated by the repetition. Personally I think I just read too many. So I laid off of them for awhile and came back with this one from the Desire line.

Leo needs a wife. Basically he wants someone who knows he plans to give them nothing romantic but who will plan parties, hang on his arm, and have his children. He heads to a matchmaker and gets the perfect wife. Dani needs money for her mother's medical expenses and agrees to the arrangement even though she wants to be in love. As they begin to navigate their relationship together Dani realizes she'll convince Leo to fall in love with her and Leo realizes his wife is just what he needed in his life.

I was really interested in the plot of a guy getting a wife via a matchmaker. I'm pretty sure I've read this one before but still. I was really interested in how they would navigate being strangers but falling in love already married.

It was a really cute story in the long run as they navigated their relationship. Leo was completely ridiculous since he was determined only he could do everything in his corporation correctly. It seemed utterly ridiculous he had made it that far into a million dollar corporation when he did all the work. Whatever. At the same time Dani probably could have supported her mom but at the same time she was determined for love so kudos.

The thing is while I loved the story I was a little turned-off by how amazingly everything turned out. I mean Dani randomly decided to make Leo fall in love with her and he just did. There was really no reason for everything to turn out so smoothly and the conflict was resolved nearly overnight. Whatever.

I would pick this one up when you have the chance. It was a cute story in the Desire line and I'm planning to pick up book two in the future.

4 Stars
Published by Harlequin
July 1, 2014
192 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley


Related Books:
2. Matched to a Prince [August 5, 2014]
3. Matched to Her Rival [September 2, 2014]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review--Hard Knocks (Ultimate .5) by Lori Foster

Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It’s no wonder Harper Gates hasn’t been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact… until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town. 

Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He’s got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who’ll give her everything she needs.


Okay I have a confession to make. I was sitting there reading this novella and I kept thinking the premise sounded familiar. Naturally it took me the majority of the novella to realize this was a spin-off of er love undercover series with book one featuring Cannon. It took me awhile to realize this guy was the scrappy kid in the previous series who protected the bad neighborhood. He wanted to open a neighborhood rec center/gym or something to get kids off the street. Either way I was totally confused until I realized it.

Gage and Harper had a fling months earlier but when Gage had to go train for a tournament, he left her behind. Harper had thought they were done but Gage wasn't ready to call it quits. They spend the night dancing around each other and realize they are much happier together now that they could communicate about their future.

It was a little confusing to say the least but it was certainly an enjoyable read. Gage and Harper already had an established relationship but the reader didn't get to experience it. We jumped in right when it seemed like their relationship might be over without any insight into their characters or relationship. It was unfortunate but it seemed to work in a small story.

Gage and Harper were so hot especially in the closet where they got it on between rounds of someone else's fight. It was great and made me want to start book one immediately. I showed some restraint. The things was that I bout the relationship. Gage and Harper had a history. I didn't experience it and that bummed me out but their romance just came off the page.

It was a really good novella and I'm super excited to read book one in August. I highly recommend it and think you will all just love it.

4 Stars
Published by Harlequin
August 4, 2014
Provided by: NetGalley



Related Books:

1. No Limits
2. Holding Strong