Friday, December 12, 2014

Television Review--Arrow Season 3 Episode 9 "The Climb" and Why It Was One of the Weakest Episodes Overall

I'm a huge fan of Arrow. I'm a really huge fan of Arrow and it bums me out week after week that I have to wait until 10pm EST for the opportunity to watch it. I love TiVo. Anyway, this week I kept counting down the minutes to being able to sit down and watch the midseason finale knowing how many people were saying how epic it was. I was really let down and I sort of feel like the only one.

For those of you who do not watch Arrow, let me give you a brief summary.

This guy gets stranded on an island. Five years pass and he gets rescued.

He becomes this guy.

These two join him.

Then he takes a protege.

This one Dies.

These people want her killer found.

Oh and this is his sister.

Got it? Good.

It's really not that complicated even though we're on season three. The show, in essence is about good vs. evil, identity, fighting for a cause, friendship. loyalty, love and family. So it's just like every show. Except for the parts where they were masks and run around shooting arrows at people. I digress.

I look forward to this show every single week and was so excited for the League of Assassins to come back. I was so excited for the 'epic' battle between Ra's al Ghul and Oliver. I was excited for them actually starting to move forward with the Canary's murder.

Okay so some of that happened. The League did demand Oliver produce the killer. Oliver produced a killer. He produced himself lest the LOA go after his sister (he believes to be the killer) or fifty innocent civilians. He confesses his love. He says goodbye. He says he'll win in a trial by combat. He doesn't. Oh and Laurel tells her mother Sara is dead...

Here's the thing, this episode had four major things wrong with it.

1. Two much was condensed into one episode. Throughout the entire episode the Laurel storyline and Ray Palmer storyline (no one cares about you Ray!) added nothing to the story and detracted from the episode. The flashbacks added virtually nothing other than showing some 'tragic thing' happened in the past and Maseo (who no one cares about ) is now with the LOA. Still not important.  Plus we have Oliver saying goodbye, an epic fight, and the Thea coming face-to-face with the Arrow.

2. Malcolm Merlyn is a plotpoint. I'm sorry but I was actually bummed when I heard he was coming back. Nothing bad towards the actor, but I felt like going backwards was not helpful. Malcolm Merlyn is a villain with no motive other than evil at this point. He manipulates...and for what?! Ignoring all that, he popped into this episode for the sole reason of getting Oliver to cop to Sara's death even though he didn't do it. Why? Because Malcolm has a video showing Thea doing it (I'll believe that when pigs fly). What a bummer for the character to be used in such a way.

3. Oliver's "epic" battle with Ra's al Ghul. Um epic? Really!? I kid you not, I actually picked up a magazine during the four minute beatdown of Oliver. I understand Ra's is supposed to be this unstoppable force but Oliver basically just got hit around for awhile before getting punched in the throat and killed. Really?! How epic was him floundering in the snow? How epic was it for Oliver to never actually stand a chance? How epic was it when Ra's never even broke a sweat. Epic my ass.

4. Oliver's Death....**facepalm**. REALLY!? Let's take a moment and just remember he's the title character. Not only is he the literal title character but he's the character people watch the show for! He's not going anywhere. What a cheap trick to use in order to reveal the Lazarus Pits. Oh who else is being resurrected next...Tommy Merlyn?! Actually that wouldn't surprise me since he's been filming.

I just...there were no words at the end of the episode. I would have much rather seen Oliver win OR get knocked out than go through the whole rigamarole of death and resurrection. Also how much do you want to bet the three episodes with Laurel's transformation into the Black Canary resolves none of Oliver's stuff? There we'll be watching 3 episodes of Laurel falling on her ass because they need a new hero to cover until Oliver comes back, waiting for Ollie to come repelling in safe and sound.

The one highlight for me in the entire episode was the Olicity exchange in the Foundry. It was so out of character, it was beautiful. Felicity is anti-death and her telling Oliver to kill Ra's was amazing. On top of that he admitted his feelings. Do we think he might use near-death to pursue a relationship with our blonde tech girl?

I hope so.

Either way. It was just so bumtastic, I had to spend two days thinking about how to explain it. Seriously...epic?!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review--Lush (Delicious Bk 3) by Lauren Dane

Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself. 

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good. 

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…

I have been sitting on this book for about two years now. I got the galley copy back when it was new but I wasn't in the mood to read it. I read the rest of the Brown series (save the last one) but I just couldn't bring myself back to the Delicious series until now. I read "Tart" first and found it to be sexy but mediocre. Awhile later I read the first book/novella "Sway". I loved, loved, loved "Sway". I was so bummed it was a shortened story and not a full-length novel. I wanted more resolution, more time with the couple, etc. I was sort of, on the fence about reading this one since I was sort of disappointed with "Tart". Well it ended up being a mixed bag.

Mary Whaley has no time for romance. She's busy with catering and her supper club so she has no time for anything serious. When she meets Damien she's all for some nights of hot sex but she expects nothing more. Damien, on the other hand, cannot get Mary out of his head. The less Mary wants the more he does. He's determined to prove he is not he slutty rockstar from the past but a ready to settle down musician.

Now I'll preface my feelings by saying my mother was undergoing an emergency heart procedure when I read this one so that may have colored my feelings a little bit. This was my waiting room book while a 20 minute procedure turned into a five hour waiting period. For the record it was a good distraction.

I really wanted to just love this book. I was so excited for it since it tied with the Brown series a bit since it surrounded Gillian and Adrian from the Brown series. I had seen hints of Mary and Damien and I was hoping for the same love of "Sway" to come into play. Sadly it missed the mark a little bit.

Mary was an interesting character. Seriously I wanted to sit down and talk with her. She was the woman who paved her own way and carved out a successful business. She had worked so hard and she wanted to enjoy her success. Good for her! I totally understood her reasoning for trying to avoid a serious relationship.

At the same time Mary's major conflict was reconciling how she felt about Damien with his life as a rock star. Could she handle the media? Could she trust him when young, hot women threw themselves at him? Could she handle when he went on tour? Could she spend time with him and not feel as though she was jeopardizing her business?

It was actually a pretty amazing conflict and Ms. Dane handled it very well. Mary had a lot of friends who were involved with the Brown Siblings. The Brown Siblings have a mega-hit band and they get hounded by the press (especially Adrian). Mary gets to watch a pregnant Gillian deal with bodyguards and the press hounding her and Adrian. She gets to witness the pictures that get printed about her friends. Who wouldn't wonder if they could handle it?

On the tail end of the amazing conflict comes the actual terrible application of it. After 200 or so pages Mary gets pictures from the media showing Damien in 'compromising' positions with an ex-girlfriend. Immediately she runs. She runs and she cries. Damien knows what happened and gets to play the grovel card. I hated that. I literally hated those scenes. The thing was it was supposed to show how Damien had grown and how scared Mary was of a serious relationship. To me it highlighted a more troubling problem. Mary didn't trust Damien. That was the actual conflict with that scene and it was never dealt with at all.

The other problem was Damien himself. By the end of the book I felt like he was basically a 'insert here' type of hero. You could have put almost any attractive man in the story and it would have been the same. Damien had no deep, relatable characteristics. He was a guy who became famous, partied, and now wanted to settle down. In essence that was it. He had no hobbies or personality other than 'I must have Mary'. It was bothersome and not a good quality.

I've always felt this series was no up to snuff with her Brown series. I thought "Sway" was a strong start but "Tart" and now "Lush" sort of felt like sex with a little plot instead of plot with a little sex. It's weird but it does cause me to barely re-read the series.

In the end if you like the series or the Brown siblings, I'd give it a shot. It's a solid average book for me but an okay read for a distraction.

3 Stars
Published by Berkley Trade
April 2, 2013
304 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Related Books
1. Sway--featured in "Cherished" by Maya Banks and Lauren Dane
2. Tart

Related Series--Brown Siblings
1. Laid Bare
2. Coming Undone
3. Inside Out
4. Never Enough
5. Laid Open
6. Drawn Together

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves--November 15

I'm not sure if anyone noticed I dropped away since November 6th. That is because my mother has been in the hospital and I've been busy picking up slack. We're not sure where we're headed in the coming months when it comes to her health but I'm going to try and keep blogging in my spare time. I have a little more than expected in my pile since I'm covering for two weeks this time. I hope you guys had better weeks than I did.


 1. Broken (LOST Bk 1) by Cynthia Eden

2. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Seduction Diaries Bk 1) by Jennifer McQuiston

3. Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars Bk 2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

4. Once Upon a Highland Christmas (Once Upon a Highland Season Bk 3) by Lecia Cornwall

5. The Blank Canvas (Apartment Bk 2) by Amanda Black

6. The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire Bk 1) by Viola Carr

7. the Marriage Charm (Brides of Bliss Bounty Bk 2) by Linda Lael Miller

8. The Vampire Diaries Comic Book Vol. 1


1. Unbroken by Maya Banks [99 cents]

2. Arrow Season 2.5 #5 by Marc Guggenheim [99 cents]

3. The Flash Season Zero #5 by Andrew Kreisberg [99 cents]

4. The Flash Season Zero #6 by Andrew Kreisberg [99 cents]

5. One Night: Promised (One Night Bk 1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

6. The Tycoon's Convenient Bride...and Baby by Shoshanna Evers

7. Arrow Season 2.5 #6 by Marc Guggenheim


1. The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery

2. Blood Magick (Cousins O'Dwyer Bk 3) by Nora Roberts

3. Full Blooded (Jessica McClain Bk 1) by Amanda Calson

4. Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris Bk 1) by Jim C. Hines

 5. Lush (Delicious Bk 3) by Lauren Dane

6. Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning Bk 1) by Cecilia Tan

7. The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

8. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Books Read

1. Arrow Season 2.5 #4 by Marc Guggenheim
2. the Flash Season Zero #3 by Andrew Kreisberg
3. the Flash Season Zero #4 by Andrew Kreisberg
4. Lush (Delicious Bk 3) by Lauren Dane
5. the Flash Season Zero #5 by Andrew Kreisberg
6. Arrow Season 2.5 #5 by Marc Guggenheim
7. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Currently Reading

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review--Baby It's Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, and Kate Meader

Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle... 

Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a "Christmas Carol" by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate... 

With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she'll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind... 

Can a southern California transplant survive Montana's deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series, melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan... 

What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how, as Brett Farraday and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Lucy Cochrane discover, nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love...

Searching For You (Searching For Bk 2.5) by Jennifer Probst

I am the first person to tell you about my issues with the last book in this series (I really didn't like it) but I picked this anthology up for a different author and figured I'd read all of the novellas anyway. Well let me start by saying I loved this one. When I say loved, I mean it was one of my favorites. That's hard to say because I really enjoyed the whole book.

The novella (which can be read without the other books in the series) follows reunited frenemies from college. Riley was Ms. Perfect in college, perfect grades, perfect future, and all around stick in the mud. Dylan was the perennial party boy who managed to get straight A's anyway. They hated each other so much they wanted each other. Years passed between college and a blind date set up by Kinnections (matchmaking agency). When Riley gets stranded at Dylan's home they try to decide if maybe "so wrong it's right" works for them.

This is a series that requires you to suspend disbelief a little since one of the matchmakers can sense soulmates via touch. They set up these two without the 'touch' but wonder if they've made a mistake since the couple are opposites in every way. Well it's funny because they really are not so different after all.

The story is one of those great 'stranded in a snowstorm' reads and I adore those. I love how close it requires the hero and heroine to become since there are no others stumbling around interfering. All conflict typically comes from the couple, not the external world.

While the story was a tad rushed, it worked for a cute holiday story. I loved the discussions the two had as they discovered appearances weren't always what they seemed back in college.

3 Stars

It's a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol (Tangled Bk 4.5) by Emma Chase

I'll start by saying I have read none of the all. I've heard of the Tangled series but I've never managed to sit down and actually read about Drew and Kate (can you say on my 'to read' list?). This story asks you to suspend disbelief since it hybrids "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol". It did it well.

Drew has to work Christmas Eve but sees nothing wrong with leaving his family to the holiday in order to make money. Kate, his wife, is upset how he disregards her and their son's feelings. When Drew heads to the office he encounters his guardian angel and later three spirits (?) who show him Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Can he learn the errors of his ways before it is too late?

The story itself followed a predictable pattern. It's a romance and for those of you who have seen these movies, know how those end. So in the end of course things would work out. What I loved was how they used spirits who were people he knew. From his niece, to his sister, to a frenemy, Drew encountered those he knew as he experienced what had, is, and could have happened. Yes, that's right, in a twist Drew doesn't see his future but rather what would have happened if Kate and him had not met.

It was a fun story and it made me want to read the series. This time I will.

3.5 Stars

Saving Grace (Love Under the Big Sky Bk 2.5) by Kristen Proby

I tried Ms. Proby years ago during the Seattle series but couldn't get through it. So I was not optimistic about this one. I was wrong. It was a really fun story and I loved the level of realism injected in the end.

Grace is a klutz and her friends sign her up for ski lessons before their weekend in Aspen. There she mistakes the billionaire owner for her ski instructor and he is completely willing to play along. As Grace learns to ski and Jacob pursues her relentlessly, they banter playfully about his British accent. It was a lot of fun to read. Their interactions were flawless.

I really loved how they both had insecurities. Grace really didn't like being lied to or manipulated (who would?) but Jacob always worried people liked him for his money. With Grace he got to experience a relationship first and then she found out. It gave him the opportunity to see she liked him versus his billions. A typical plot but it worked well in the short novella.

I always dislike how some novellas end after a few days romance and everything is sparkles and rainbows. Real life is not like that and I have trouble getting over it. In this case we get a glimpse of long-term romance for those of us who need a little more realism in our stories.

3.5 Stars

Safe In His Arms (Unexpected Heroes Bk .5) by Melody Anne

I've never read Ms. Anne before and I'm not quite sure how I felt about this one in the end. The story was a typical like for me with a teacher moving to a new area and the landlord. I was ready for hot, hot, hot and I was ready for the charming small town. Unfortunately it didn't deliver for me. I never really felt the romance worked. It seemed a little forced. Also, what was up with the matchmaking elders. They hired a woman in order to marry off one of the bachelors. Who does that? If it had been me, I would have been upset as the teacher to find that out even if it had worked for the best.

In my opinion, this was the weakest of the bunch. It's wasn't bad just not up to par with the others. I felt the story struggled a bit and while it was a stepping off point for a new series, it didn't endear me to it if we are going to have matchmaking elders running around willy-nilly.

2.5 Stars

Rekindle the Flame (Hot in Chicago Bk .5) by Kate Meader

Okay so this was the one I wanted and it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved Ms. Meader's "Hot in the Kitchen" series and cannot wait for the Fireman series next year. This is the series jumping off point about a group of foster siblings and their work with the fire company. In this one we have reuniting lovers after a bad breakup.

Years before Beck, the foster kid from the wrong side of the tracks, broke up with Darcy, Miss Rich, for reasons unknown to her. Seven years later they reconnect and begin a flirtation during the short time Darcy will be in town. Darcy is still upset about the boy she loved breaking her heart and making decisions that changed her life just as her father continues to do. Beck never felt good enough for Darcy and even now questions if he's good for her. It was only when he discovered how her life had changed so drastically, did he see a real future for them.

I loved the romance so much and it actually reminded me of one of my favorite authors. Lauren Dane wrote these books about tattoo artist (two of them with a new series forthcoming) and I was reminded of them in such a good way. In this case Miss Rich had become an inked, tattoo artist instead of a trophy wife. I loved that so much and I loved how Beck saw her as beautiful with her ink and vulnerability.

I was actually bummed how short the story was in the end. I could have seen this one being a full length novel with Darcy dealing with her family a little more and watching Darcy and Beck navigate their happy relationship. Instead we got introduced to some of the upcoming heroes/heroines of upcoming books.

I have the series on my 'must read list' and I think you should too!

4.5 Stars

The Anthology:

I really enjoyed this anthology and eagerly recommend picking it up. It's a great way to read 'new to you' authors and also find some fun, holiday stories.

3.5 Stars
Published by Pocket Books
October 28, 2014
544 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Monday, November 3, 2014

NaNoWriMO 2014

So it's that time of year and this year I'm doing it! What am I doing?

Well NaNoWriMo of course! Every year I promise I'm going to do it and year after year nothing happens. Well not this year!

I went on, created my book AND actually wrote something! I know right?

So here it is (title tentative):

Flames of the Fallen

Author: tsukikomew
Genre: Fantasy


Centuries ago Phee was found guilty of a crime she willingly committed and banished from the warrior sect known as the Guardians. Those with elemental and psychic powers were trained from a young age to be the protectors of the world. Phee, one of the strongest fire warriors, was sent to the West where she would wait for her thousand year banishment to be over.
Years pass when Phee is summoned to the Outpost, the Guardians furthest west citadel, Phee knows she must head back and face her past. With her, Elysia, the unwanted daughter of the village leader and together they will fight their way to the Outpost.
As they travel further East they encounter unknown forces bent on erasing the Guardians and the Council from the world. Others try to warn them but can they make it in time before Phee and Ely face down the beginnings of the next Great War?
WC: 2761
Basically this story is about Phee and Ely and their adventures. Phee is this Guardian...well an outcast one who has been exiled for a crime she willingly admits to doing. Years later she has been summoned back to the Outpost for some reason. When she leaves the village she's been living in, she takes Ely with her. Ely has never been outside the area and longs for adventure.
Did I mention Phee can manipulate fire? She has the ability to create fire from almost nothing, pulling heat and energy from the air around her. She's an incredibly fierce warrior who is comfortable with herself. Ely is the one who is searching for herself and looking to discover if she can just marry a man her father has chosen OR does she need something more in her life.
This is planned (at this point) to be 3-5 books with the journey building to a big conflict in later books. I've been planning this story for years and am eager to immerse myself in this world.

What do you think?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Short and Sweet Sundays: The Cowboy's Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown/How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn/Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas/Merger to Marriage by Addison Fox

So I am absolutely terrible when it comes to writing reviews on books I found to be average. I rarely have anything to say about them so while I've read my NetGalley copy, I'll be honest and say the review never comes about. Well I'm trying to improve my overall stats on NetGalley so I want to go back and give some short and sweet reviews for those titles that have languished for up to two years in my Goodreads account. I have read them, DNFd them, etc. but I could not bring myself to actually review them. So here it is, 3-4 weekly short reviews each Sunday.

Disclaimer: While I have read all of these books in the past two years, this is also a test to see how well I remember them. I will try to be as accurate as possible but two years can be a long time.

The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (Cowboys and Brides Bk 2) by Carolyn Brown

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can't wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person. 

When he pulls in, there's Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet. Lucas is unfazed. 

But that a BABY in her arms?

I have this terrible 'can't stop reading these nearly DNF' books syndrome with Carolyn Brown. I've read 3-4 and liked one. That's it just one. For some reason I keep reading them. I think I keep hoping they get better but so far...not really.

This one dealt with a soldier returning home and finding his dead friend's girlfriend/fiancee/whatever at his home. They'd been talking online for awhile and anyway she's got a kid. His dead friend's kid. The thing is they've been talking online for a year or so and he's expecting a relationship and then gets pissy because she has a kid she never mentioned. Okay...anyway they have issues and then everyone around them keeps pushing them together.

So not a terrible premise but the actual story is quite ridiculous. I never felt any chemistry between the two characters the whole time I read the book. I never understood why I continued reading it even though it was a struggle. I never quite understood why the hero was so pissy in the beginning.

So basically I do not have much to offer in line of a review because, to be fair, I really did not care for it. I just find Carolyn Brown's writings to be sort of amateurish which is sad because she's a veteran. I just feel like the story could use a really good collaboration or editor to make the book shine. Instead it seemed watered down and unpolished.

2 Stars
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
September 24, 2013
352 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn

Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school. 

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods. 

But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become dome to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body. 

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable.

Okay I've been sitting on this review for a long time (since I read it) because I wasn't sure how to review it without being mean. Seriously that's why. Okay so a basic premise:

Edward William is a sparkly submissive vampire who needs human Domme to punish him. Enter Bella Cerise a bookworm substitute teacher Domme. So Cerise has these elaborate fantasy requirements. Basically she wants a guy to spend all day every day creating elaborate fantasies with props (grand piano). She then is ridiculously strict and they have clinical sex. Okay...oh and they fall in love.

Okay so first, the humor was terrible. It wasn't funny and I sort of felt like I was watching paint dry. I couldn't figure out why I kept reading the thing but for some reason I just had to know where it ended (predictable). It was an odd situation for me.

I've read a bunch of P2P Twilight fanfiction and honestly this is the worst one I've ever read. It sort of felt like the author just did a find & replace for Bella and Edward. The characters had no depth or interesting qualities. They never should have had a relationship like that (major unhealthy). It just confounded me.

So skip it.

1 Star
Published by Pocket Star
August 19, 2013
280 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancĂ©. 

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he's forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling "first date", but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. Too bad Jake's figured out just why her ex is so obsessed with her, and he's afraid he's not going to be able to give her up either.

Okay so I remember this one...somewhat. There was this guy "Jake" who had issues with the relationship his sister's fiance had with his ex. I get it. So he decides to be "Beth's" fiance to help stop that weird relationship. Get me?

Okay so here's the thing. It was a stupid premise. Really, really stupid. On top of that Jake is a rock star. Did I mention there is a fake bride lottery? Yeah he did that. So Beth won a contest she never entered and he just moved in to her house for their 'engagement'. Whatever.

The book was so ludicrous and on top of that was so full of insta-love (don't get me started) that I almost DNFd the whole thing. I really hate insta-love for the sole reason it's ridiculous. She's going on about not having heard him say things in a tone or look a certain way at her and she's known him for about 24 hours. Get real.

Skip it. Seriously skip it.

1 Star
Published by Entangled Publishing-Indulgence
July 8, 2013
187 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Merger to Marriage (Boardrooms and Billionaires Bk 2) by Addison Fox

Mayson McBride has spent the last decade restoring her family’s magazine empire with her two sisters. She loves what she does, but she can’t shake the feeling something’s missing. Which is why she jumps at the chance–incognito–for a single night of no-strings-attached sex with Holt Turner. 

Holt’s been unable to forget the woman he shared one night of explosive passion, and he’s thrilled to get reacquainted with her at a weekend house party. What he doesn’t expect are the immediate feelings of need and desire–emotions he keeps firmly in check–upon their reunion. 

When Mayson and Holt’s single night together leads to unexpected consequences, both must decide what matters most. Especially when a threat from Holt’s past promises to ruin their relationship before it’s barely begun.

I'll be honest, I do not remember this one in the slightest. I remember when I read it the trope seemed overdone but other than that I'm blank. I went back to look at reviews and still nothing. So here's the deal I'm just going to put my Goodreads rating here and say the trope was a marriage of convenience. That's it. Take from that what you will.

2 Stars
Published by Entangled--Indulgence
May 13, 2013
166 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley