30 May 2013

Review: Fifty Shades Freed

Author: EL James 
Rating: 4.5 Stars 

Synopsis: When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driver and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately, repelled by Christian's singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. 

Now, Ana and Christian have it all--love,passion, intimacy,wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges, that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate conspire to make Ana's deepest fears turn to reality. 

Review: For me, this entire trilogy was a huge fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

In this final book, we're final able to see how Ana and Christian are moving on with their relationship and their life. A lot of this book, we still find Christan and Ana making an effort in trying to learn more about one another. Of course there are arguments and obstacles that stand in the way for Christian especially in coming to terms with realizing how much Ana does care for him.

This was my favourite book in the trilogy. There was more action in this book as opposed to the other two, and it was enough to keep me hooked. One of the only problems that I had with this book, was that I feel like EL James could have probably spread out some of the events in this book a little bit more. There were a few things that were left without answers, but  overall, I'm really happy with the way that James has decided to end her trilogy.

I'm aware of how much slack that this trilogy has gotten. And there were times and some instances, when I thought that the writing could have been better. At the end of the day, I really enjoyed all three books, and James has written a story that was able to entertain me. At its heart, this series is a love story , and one that I'm sure will stay with me,and I will continue to enjoy. 

29 May 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly even that is hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming released that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Here is this week's can't wait selection:

Synopsis: How do you move on when he's every song you sing? 

After Laurelyn Prescott walked away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer's outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career--until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it's a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she's always dreamed of.Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more? 

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott--but he did. After he foolishing let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searing for her, but their reunion doesn't come easy. The woman he finds isn't the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won't have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him? 

Having only just finished Beauty From Pain, I'm really excited that this book comes out tomorrow! I was a little disappointed that the book ended with a cliffhanger, but I don't have too much longer to wait! I'm anxious to see what comes next for Laurelyn and Jack as their story continues. 

What book are you anxious waiting for?

Review: Beauty From Pain

Author:Georgia Cates 
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 366
Rating: 4.5 Stars 

Synopsis: They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries. Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia's most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that's why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. 
He arranges relationships likes business deals and they're always the same. No long term relationships. No real names. It's his game and his rules. He's content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy mush change because this play in like none he's ever encountered.  His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she's exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer. 

Review:  I want to start off this review by saying, how gorgeous is that cover?! Its part of the reason why I wanted to read this book! 
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to end up liking it as much as I did and I was pleasantly surprised! In some of ways, it kind of had a Fifty Shades kind of feel to it, but on a much lighter, and quite a bit different side. 

This story follows the growing relationship between Laurelyn Prescott who finds herself on a 3 month trip to Australia with her best friend. A relationship is the farthest thing from her mind. Jack , on the other hand, is looking for one, but he has really specific rules about what he wants.Laurelyn, is the perfect girl for his no-strings-attached plans. 

The characters were great! I really enjoyed Laurelyn. She wasn't a typical heroine. She was strong, and was able to stand up to Jack, she wasn't just falling all over him. As for Jack, I was a bit hesitant about him in the beginning, and I wasn't sure that I was going to end up liking him as much as I did. He really put up with no nonsense. As soon as he figured something out, he dealt with it. 

When I first began to read, I wasn't too sure if I was going to like the writing style as wit switches POVs between Laurelyn and Jack, but it was definitely needed and it was so great to know what was going on in each of the characters minds, and what they were feeling. It was necessary to have the alternating viewpoints because it helped with all of the secrecy. I have to admit that it was something to do with the secrecy that kept me hooked. This book was pure escapism for me, and it lived up to it! It was unlike anything I have read, I was completely thrown into Jack and Laurelyn's world, and I was quite happy to be there. 

While the book did take some time to build,it managed to hold my attention. There were some places where I felt the book was rushed, but I'm hoping these loose ends will be tied up in the second book. This was the first book that I have read from Georgia Cates, and I'm very happy to say that it won't be my last.I would highly recommend this book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one! 

27 May 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? This is an excellent way to plan out your reading week, and to have fun and see what others are reading as well. 
This is hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading this week:

For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together--Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university--everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the unhappy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source--a local rock start named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything chances...and none of them will ever be the same. 

I've been talking about this book for some time now, and I'm so excited that I've finally gotten a copy! I cannot wait to start this book, and I'm sure that I'm going to enjoy it! 

What are you planning to read this week?

25 May 2013

Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Author: E.L James 
Publisher: Vintage 
Pages: 544
Rating: 5 Stars 

Synopsis:  Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades. 

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before, and make the most important decision of her life. 

Review: While I did enjoy the first book, I  really found that I liked this one so much better. While yes, there are sexy-times in this book,much like the first. Instead, what I found a lot more enjoyable was getting more of a history for some of the characters.

What is there to say about Christian Grey? He's such a complex character and his history is quite a bit more in depth in this book. I also enjoy how he is becoming slightly more flexible in terms of his relationship with Ana. He is slowly learning to accept things that he himself believes that he is not deserving of.

Ana has grown on me slightly, from the first novel. There are moments when I just want to take her and shake her, but at the end of it all, she really is the one who is responsible for how Christian is opening up.

I am fully aware of how many negative reviews this trilogy has been getting. At the end of the day, what I really do enjoy is love story, and at the core of this trilogy, that's what it is, a love story, with intensity , and passion, and albeit slightly out there. I truly do enjoy these books.

22 May 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Its Wednesday, and once again, we're waiting! This is hosted over at Breaking the Spine.

After reading through a bunch of book reviews, and going back and forth on whether or not to purchase this book, and I went ahead and did it. This week, I'm waiting for:

For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together--Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university--everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the unhappy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source--a local rock start named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything chances...and none of them will ever be the same. 

I know this book has been out for a while but I'm SO looking forward to getting this book! It sounds SO good. I had gone back and forth on whether or not I would get this, and the reviews that I had read definitely sealed that deal for me. I can't wait until I finally get this book and dive right it! 

What are you waiting on?

20 May 2013

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: E.L James 
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 528
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis:  When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful,brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resister Ana's quiet beauty, wit and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too--but on his own terms.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.  

Review: When I first picked up this book, I'll admit that I had no idea what it was about, except that it was supposed to be some kind of a love story. As I was reading it, I was definitely in for  a surprise, but I haven't looked back. When I finished this book, I wasn't entirely sure what I thought about it, but I wanted to continue Ana and Christian's story. I'm so glad that I did. 

I was not excepting this book to be the kind of love story that it was. Of course, there was a lot of hot kinky fuckery, but it was SO much more than that. I so enjoyed the emotional journey that both of these characters had to embark on, Christian especially. Even more than all of this, at the core of it, I just really enjoyed the love story.

This was unlike anything that I had ever read before, and I was pleasantly shocked to see how much I did enjoy it. It is a story that will remain with you.

17 May 2013

Stacking the Shelves [1]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly blog hop that was created by Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews. The main purpose of Stacking the Shelves is to share the books (physical & virtual) that we have bought and our adding to our shelves.

This week, I have three books to add to my shelves. They are:

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire: 
Synopsis: Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love Hard. Fight Harder.

In Walking Disaster the life of Travis Maddox is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he's invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her said. Now it's time to see the story through Travis' eyes.
I have been waiting to get this book for a while, and every time I ended up picking it up, something else sparked my attention, and I just always waited for later.I was browsing online and I saw it, and I thought I might as well pick it up! I am SO looking forward to getting into this book!

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Synopsis: He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche is My Homeboy.

That was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.
Awkward? Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother's? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn't supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she's never quite met. But when does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection. 

But here's the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations--it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.


I would never have heard of this book if it weren't for the book community online. I have seen so many great reviews for this book that I thought I would give it a go. It sounds completely like something I am going to enjoy reading and I cannot wait until I can get to it!

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Synopsis: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies.

That's what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder.  A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she's never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to him at a distance knowing he's nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds out that Holder isn't at all who he's been claiming to be. When the secrets he's been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky's life will change forever.


As with Flat-Out Love, Hopeless is another book that I had heard about from the online book community. I have heard nothing but good things from Colleen Hooever, and this will be my first book of hers. As with the other two books, I'm definitely excited to getting to this one as well.

That's all I have for this week, I'm sure there will be more to come in the near future. I can't seem to say no when it comes to book buying.

16 May 2013

Review: Reflected In You

Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 432
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:  Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction...my every desire...mine. 

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We'd never work. It was too hard, too painful...except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And out passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...

Review: I read Bared to You fairly late in August of last year, and I had completely loved it. For some reason or another, I had no idea that this book was so close to being out. I noticed it by chance one day while I was out shopping, picked it up, and read it in one sitting. Once again, I was just not able to put this book down! 

I am so in love with the world that Sylvia Day has created in the series, and I am definitely in love with the characters. Its really hard not to like any of the characters in this series.

While Bared to You was more of a setting up of the story, and introductions, this books goes deeper and we get to learn more about the Eva and Gideon's pasts. There is just so much that is happening between these two. They are trying so hard just to make their relationship work, and lust just is not enough. Their intense passion for one another is evident on every page of this book. Ultimately what this book comes down to is trust, and that is something that both Eva and Gideon need to work on. 

I am still enjoying Eva's character as well, which in a lot of cases is unusual for me. I sometimes find myself getting completely annoyed with the heroine by the end of the book, but not Eva. Being able to witness her relationship with Gideon first hand is intensely hot, and just having to watch her continue to overcome all of her past demons keeps me coming back.

Part of the reason that I enjoyed this book so much is that we finally got to get a better look at Gideon  and understand a little more about what he is about. He is such a complex, and completely flawed character, and he's so damn hot! Getting to know him even more is only making him that much more attractive. 

I cannot wait for Entwined With You and the next chapter in Eva and Gideon's story.  

15 May 2013

Review: Bared to You

Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 352
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds...and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...

Review: Before I read this, I had never read anything by Silvia Day. If I can be completely honest, I picked up this book as it was a recommendation if I had enjoyed the Fifty Shades trilogy.  I loved it! 

I  literally had to force myself to put this book down. I became completely consumed in the world that Day had created, and I really had a hard time pulling myself out of it. Her writing style was wondering, and it was an intense and captivating story. 

Eva is such a strong character and I really enjoyed her. Despite coming from money, she has really wanted to make it on her own, and claim her independence. In spite of all that has happened to her, she remains a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants. 
Enter Gideon Cross, and there is a spark between him and Eva almost immediately. Gideon is definitely swoon worthy, powerful, possessive, and damaged. 
Eva and Gideon's relationship just works, despite all of the obstacles they both face and have to deal with. They are definitely one of my favourite book couples! 

Sylvia Day  has created some really wonderful side characters as well. I absolutely love Carey Taylor! Another character with his own demons to deal with, but he was just so loveable! I also really liked Eva's boss Mark as well. I don't always find myself really enjoyed a lot of the side characters, but it was almost impossible not to in this book! 

I enjoyed this book so much, that I  have already re-read it! I juts cannot get Eva and Gideon's story out of my head, and I'm looking forward what is coming up for Eva and Gideon and what other obstacles they are going to have to face. 

Waiting on Wednesday

I Hate Waiting!

It seems like we've all been waiting for this book for quite some time, and now the wait is just about over! 

From the mom I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn't resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside--so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knowns how much he risked for me. How much I'd been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession...

I really cannot wait for this book! I completely devoured Bared to You and Reflected In You (I'll be posting reviews soon). In the meantime, I have been thinking about rereading the first two books in order to be prepared for the release of this one. It feels like it has been forever since we have heard from Gideon and Eva.I have been so completely drawn into this story, and I am so looking forward to finding out what is coming up next for Gideon and Eva.

14 May 2013

Review: Beautiful Disaster

Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher:Atria Books 
Rating: 5 Stars 
Synopsis: The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. 

Review:  I first picked this book up primarily just based on its cover (look at it, its gorgeous). I really didn't know anything as    I was getting into this book, but it turns out that I absolutely loved it! 

This was an incredibly addictive book and I found that I had a really hard time putting it down.

The story follows Abby, a good girl with a bit of a dark past. She meets Travis, a bad boy at college, and they seem to hit it off right from the start. After a deal has been made between the two,  their friendship begins to grow, and you just know that they are made for each other. 

I really enjoyed this story and the characters. Travis is definitely a very flawed character and his desire to be with Abby  is definitely swoon-worthy. At the same time I really enjoy Abby as well. It was definitely interesting to learn about her past, and it wasn't necessarily something that I had seen coming. 

Overall this is a really action packed and intense story. Its  very quickly paced and I think that's why I seemed to enjoy it so much. McGuire has written a wonderful story, and she has done an excellednt job at creating a world that just pulls you right it, I loved it! 

I cannot wait to read Walking Disaster.