Book Review Bar – April ´20 Edition

The Book Review Bar…

A place where Short Stories Receive Short Reviews… 


 

 

Sinful Abandon

( Abandon Collection #4 )

Jeannine Colette

You know… In a way, this novella was picture perfect. Only 8 chapters long and 101 pages. The story about a * cough cough * bitch who needed a guy with money only to end up falling for a guy who doesn´t have any… Well, that was great, too. It´s just that the Heroine wasn´t anywhere near my cup of tea and that made it so hard for me fully ship the romantic couple.
A cute and short standalone romance perfect for in-between reads!



Off Sides 

( Off #1 )

Sawyer Bennett

Here´s the deal: 158 pages. 18 chapters and an epilogue. Dual POV. The writing was right up my alley… the story wasn´t. I´m convinced Off Sides ( Off #1 ) and I weren´t meant for each other. I felt underwhelmed from start to finish ( which didn´t take long ). Also, I didn´t like the characters. On a positive note: I´ll definitely have a look at the author´s other works because the writing really drew me in.


 

Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women

Otegha Uwagba

Any woman with common sense would do best to not buy this book. Every piece of advice offered in this booklet is nothing new. Nothing groundbreaking or life-changing. I kind of expect toolkit booklets to be a tad more enlightening.  113 pages filled with Meeh.  Would not recommend it.


What Would The Spice Girls Do: How The Girl Power Generation Grew Up

Lauren Bravo

 

This book was a real treat. A fab walk down the 90´s memory lane. I wasn´t much of a fan of the Spice Girls but I definitely grew up with their music and their “girl power”. Their message impacted me just as much as it’s touched any girl/teenager/young adult back then.

A nice reminder of what happened back in the day and how the events shaped our world today. I would highly recommend reading as it shines a new light on feminism the Spice Girls era delivered.


Book Review: Playette – T. L. Smith

Vengeance has a name, and her name is mine.
My role is to take action against the darkest men I’ve ever come across.
To kill them one at a time.
Until my list is complete.
And in doing so, I’m going to use my most powerful weapon—my body.
They ruined my life, and now it’s my turn to destroy theirs.
Even if it means a death sentence for me, each drop of blood will be deserving.
Each kill will be worthy of the price I may need to pay.
My name is Isadora, and my target is the Moretti Mafia.


Playette is a book best suited for readers who´re just getting into the dark romance niché. A beginner’s dark romance, if you will. A mafia romance for readers who just like the idea of a badass Heroine. Basically, anyone who isn´t me can read this book.

The story is, to my dismay, pretty much all over the place compared to other dark romances. There are parts of the story that deliver but as the story continues things take a nosedive. That, for me as a reader, is exhausting to deal with.

What´s also exhausting is when the Heroine, Isadora ( who spoke to me through the synopsis ) doesn´t live up to the “ I´m a woman seeking vengeance” theme: A woman on a mission should be On. A. Mission. All I encountered was a character with an attitude who just so happened to kill on the side. It´s much like a “Here´s my shit. Deal with it.” style of book with characters who´re desperately trying to be badasses ( because… the Mafia, you know? )

Still, I´m not going to shit all over this book because to tell you the truth- It wasn´t God-awful. Playette is not for me ( because I´m picky and have high standards ) but I can definitely see why many others would love this book.


The Cover – 3 Stars:  The cover is much darker than the story is.

The Story – 3 Stars:  Oooh, how promising the story felt but in the end, it was just another romance with a few deaths.

The Characters- 2 Stars: A no from me. I didn´t like any of them, especially the Heroine.

My emotional state after finishing this read – * sigh * I´m okay.

 

Playette is a standalone and can be purchased online here.

Book Review: My Way To You – Catherine Bybee

A woman’s journey through tragedy leads to the discovery of love in a novel about hope and survival by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.

Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.

As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new.

 


 

**Because of the very informative book description there will be no need for me to add my own version of a description or include other story details.** 

 

I LOVED My Way To You ( Canyon Creek #1 ) by author Catherine Bybee. I loved it so much that I´m not able to find the right words to explain why.

A feel-good romance that´ll have you smiling for days!

A romance reader gets the full bookish package with this one- A well-balanced story with

great dialogue. Lovable characters. A conflict and a resolution. My bookish needs were satisfied. My book standards were met. I can´t really ask for more.

Roll on July 2020… I need myself the second book, Home To Me ( Canyon Creek #2 )


Would I recommend this book? Yes! My Way To You is an emotional romance that pulls at heartstrings. It´s a story you never knew you needed to have on your bookshelf!

Would I reread this book? Without a doubt, yes!


The Cover – 4 Stars:  I like it. It´s neutral and friendly. Easy on the eye but still an eye-catcher.

The Story – 5 Stars:  Well told! Well written.

The Characters – 5 Stars: I loved Parker and Colin as individuals but also adored them as a couple. They worked so beautifully together as a team, conquering their struggles as their relationship developed.

My emotional state after finishing this read – In love.

 

`My Way To You`( Canyon Creek #1 ) by author Catherine Bybee is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

`Home To Me` ( Canyon Creek #2 ) is available for pre-order on Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Filthy Rich Boys – C. M. Stunich

Break the new girl.
That should be easy, right?
Trash like her doesn’t belong at Burberry Prep.
No, Marnye Reed is going down, and we plan to make a spectacle out of it.
Let’s see who can make her fall in love first.
Bet’s on. Any takers?

***

Take on the filthy rich boys.
They’re the idols of the school, veritable gods on earth.
Old Money. New money. A rising star.
These guys are nothing like the ones at my old school.
I might come from nothing, but I’m determined to be someone, and I won’t let them get in my way.
They say they’ll make my life a living hell; I think they mean to keep that promise.

***FILTHY RICH BOYS is a 97,000 word reverse harem/mature high school bully romance novel. This is book one of four in the series. Contains foul language and sexual scenes; any sex featured is consensual.


Ooookay. So, this book was a little like Stephen King´s Carrie and Cruel Intentions in one book.

A school filled with vicious little cunts who all bow down to 3 majestic cunts referred to as the Idols. Insert a normal young girl who has actual life goals. Majestic cunts feel bothered by the normal girl. Then all hell breaks loose. This pretty much sums the story up. Was it good? In a way, yeah. But then again, I had such a hard time wrapping my head around a few things.

 

First off- The author´s note. 

 

 

  1. This author´s note/warning is a little late. I already bought the book.
  2.  Why does this feel like an apology?
  3. Why does this feel like the author is trying to avoid negativity?
  4. The author spoiled her own book before it even started. I don´t mind but I can already hear half the romance community throwing a shit fit. If not from the author´s note then definitely when they read the prologue ( You´re welcome )

Since when do readers need such a detailed explanation about a story before having read the damn thing? I understand that this is a kind gesture but is it really necessary? I think not. Or is the reading world unable to handle the unknown?

But on a positive note- The map that´s inlcuded does give this book a nice touch.

 

Burberry Preparatory Academy a.k.a Cunt-Ville

 

Filthy Rich Boys by C. M. Stunich is a high school bully, reverse harem romance that´ll render any rational thinking person speechless.

Personally, I thought everything was okay except for the characters. I wasn´t able to warm up to them. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that these elite kids were 15. The shit they pulled off was just too bogus for their age and my taste. They were too intelligent for their own good.

The reverse harem bit… Weeeell, if you ask me I´d say this book doesn´t need that label because a girl having a fling with more than one guy isn´t worthy of a label ( unless there´s some real harem business going on in the next books ).

All in all not a terrible read. I can definitely see why many romance readers would love this type of book. It´s filled with drama and heartbreak.


Would I recommend this book? To bookish nitpickers- No. But I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who can´t get enough of rich asshole bad boys. I promise- In this book, they come in threes!

Would I reread this book? Who knows what the future brings.

Will I continue the series? I´m currently not rushing to Amazon to buy book #2. I really didn´t feel enough vibes to want to continue with the story.

 


 

The Cover – 4 Stars: White, gray and gold. Elegant color combo. I like, I like.

The Story – 3 Stars: Well written. Well though out. At times cringe worthy. But that´s what a reader gets when reading a bully romance.

The Characters – 2 Stars: The Heroine could´ve been better. The asshole trio needed an enema they´d never forget. Everyone needed to be older than 15 because I wasn´t convinced.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Enlightened.

 

This book can be purchased online.

 

Book Review: The Life You Stole ( The Life Series #2 ) – Jewel E. Ann

Sex. Lies. Revenge.

On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.
Only … part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.

“If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”

When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.

“We weren’t unbreakable.
I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”

Don’t miss the explosive conclusion to this unforgettable thriller by Jewel E. Ann, bestselling author of The Transcend Series.


 

Screw whatever I said in my review for book #1, The Life That Mattered by author Jewel E. Ann. All confusion and mixed feelings vanished after having read The Life You Stole, book #2 from The Life Series.

Holy shitcakes… this was an intense read. So much drama, so much emotional pain, so many crippling highs and lows. I wanted it all to end but the bookish sadist in me wanted more!

There was only one thing that bothered me. Something this story could´ve lived without. The supernatural bit. Have you ever seen the movie 1996 movie Phenomenon? The one with John Travolta? This story is similar to the movie only with a focus on romance and friendship ( and lies, heartbreak, betrayal, money, death, sex, snow, power, etc ).

I like to think the story would´ve been perfectly fine without the supernatural bit. It certainly would´ve been just as painfully emotional. But other than that, I can´t complain. I´ve been through bookish hell and back with this read. That´s exactly what I want when reading a book.


 

Would I recommend this book? Yes! I think, even if I thought book #1 was slow, it was the perfect build up for what happened in bok #2. A necessary calm before the storm, if you will. A reader gets a slow-burn romantic start with a shit – has – properly – hit – the – fan romantic ending. It´s a romance, y´all.

Would I reread this book? I´ll definitely reread bits of book #2 in the near future just to torture myself a little.


 

The Cover:  3 Stars – Still not my cup of tea. At least it matches the cover of book #1.

The Story:  4 Stars – A little over the top but still enjoyable. Certain scenes are very intense. Disliked the supernatural addition.

The Characters:  5 Stars – * standing ovation * Great character development. Loved Evelyn and Lila.

My emotional state after finishing this read: So pooped that I need a large cocktail.

 

 

The Life You Stole by Jewel E. Ann is available on Amazon.com