Thursday, September 18, 2014

{Review} Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshi—wait, what?

By day, Viv Franklin designs software programs. By night, Vivian’s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice—don’t forget the bodice.

When a phone call brings news that she’s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don’t they?

There’s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there’s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.

In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian. 

Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?

Dear Alice Clayton, 

I shall recount the different ways I am in love with you... You are funny, witty, and produce characters that make me want to live inside your stories. I was infatuated with you during the Redhead Series and then my undying love was carved in stone with Simon... Oh and Clive, can't forget that pussy. Now... Now I am pretty sure we would make amazing babies together and I have already planned our wedding... Of course it's in a state where our love can't be denied or shunned!!

Hope this sounds as appealing to you as it does to me ;)..

The Book Trollop...

Ok.. Ok... now that that is out of the way, lets get down to business with Screwdrivered and the character I was most excited to learn had her own book, Viv. She was just as charming and straight forward as she was when we were introduced to her in Rusty Nailed but this time we get more involved in her life. What she was doing, where she was going, why she ended up where she was...etc... 

This book was more than just romance, it was like romance mixed with expectations and what can happen if you are expecting one thing but something completely different was unfolding in front of you. What happens if you are too blind to see that "something" and the consequences of putting too much faith in one thing and not having it live up to your expectations... 

This book was interesting, entertaining as hell, and it had a different vibe than the normal romances that I read. I did at one point miss my Wallbanger but he made a cameo and I was quite happy to see his personality inside this story... Did I wish he would have stripped down and talked dirty to me, HELL YES, but I was just happy he was in there at all ;)...

The only aspect I found a little weird and not sure if I liked it or not, was the romance novel daydreaming Viv did. Some of it was kind of hot and other times I was annoyed with it so I'd say it was a good and bad thing. There were times when I wanted to scream "OMG just snap the fuck out of it already" but that had more to do with what was going on in the story than the actual daydreaming itself. 

Overall, I really loved this story and if you are a fan of Alice Clayton, like I am, then you will love this story too!! 

I give this awesome sauce story a 4.5/5 "I want to ride a librarian" STARS!!! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

{Review} What If by Rebecca Donovan

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn't Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

I read a lot of books... I mean, A LOT... Some books I read and can't even make it through the whole thing because of some particular reason; something pisses me off, something makes no sense, something happens that is too hard for me to get through, the list could go on and on. There are even some books that are so predictable, I skip to the end just to test my theory and then I am pissed at myself (and maybe a little at the author) for guessing right...

I didn't have any of these problems with What If. This book consumed me from the very beginning to the very end. It was a multi-layered, puzzle story that didn't make sense unless it was read from the very beginning to the very end and then even after reading the very last word, I wanted to read it again just to make sure I caught everything that was suppose to be in the book. 

I was left feeling a little like this... 

Each chapter revealed a little more insight into these character's world and even though I had a ton of guesses of what was happening, I didn't really GET IT until everything is revealed at the very end. And then when it ended, I was amazed with all the layering that this story entailed. It got confusing but everything is answered in the order it was suppose to be answered in and revealed just how it was supposed to be revealed. 

Plus, it left me wondering about different scenarios in my own life, about what could have happened if something went a different way or if this or this happened instead of this... Although I am the type of person who hates looking back on my life and wondering what could have happened if something was changed because I believe that everything happens for a reason, I did take a step back and wonder about a few things and what would have happened if things were changed or didn't happen at all...

In the world of fiction that is so vast and ever-changing, it is nice to come across a story that sucks me in because of the storyline and the characters, rather than just superficial things like sex, obedience, dominance, and more sex. 
Not saying those books are not as good, because I like my one-handed reading as much as the next book slut, but it is rare to find a book that can make me feel the chemistry and emotions so hard that sex has nothing to do with it, it is the real EMOTIONS, not the superficial ones. 

Cal and .... (no spoils) had these emotions in spades. Even when I was confused, I could feel the underlying emotions that were being portrayed. The pain, heartache, happiness, loneliness, everything was there and presented when it was suppose to be presented. And lets face it, I am such a sucker for long time best friends and lovers that even if this puzzle wasn't presented how it was, I would have loved the pure innocence and romantic elements shown from the very beginning. 

The secondary characters also added their own quirkiness and humor to the story, which made it that much better, and I wasn't left feeling that they overshadowed the main characters. They were there to add substance and more heart but they stayed mostly to the background. 

I don't know what more to say about this book other than you will regret not picking it up. If the author herself can't get you to read it by just her name alone, then take it from me, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!! 

I wish I could give this more stars than the 5 that is offered on different reading sites, but I can't, so I will say I give this book 5 "YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK" stars!!! 

Set to be released on SEPTEMBER 16th... TOMORROW!!!!.... TOMORRROOOWWWW!!! 


About this Author...
Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what's supposed to happen... will! In that regard, I don't know how to give up; it's not part of my biological make up.

I'm a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I'd like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do - fail or succeed. 

I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers - love it or hate it. 

The path I'm on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way..

Twitter: @BeccaDonovan (I heard she was a Twitter whore) ;)...