Book Review: I Don´t – Ella Fox

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Done.
Finished.
Kaput.

Whatever you want to call it, the bride-to-be won’t be at the church on time.

Walking away from her fiancé was the hardest thing Ava has ever done. After all, the sexy and charming Mateo is everything she’s ever wanted—and more. But she needs to protect herself—and her heart—before it’s shattered once and for all.

Mateo has no choice but to let her go. His woman needs space, and he loves her enough to give it to her—no matter how much he hates it. The only thing keeping him sane is the certainty that their separation will be short-lived.

Ava thinks it’s over, but she’s about to find out that Mateo will stop at nothing to turn her “I Don’t” into an “I Do.”

 

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my thoughts

 

`I Don´t ` by author Ella Fox has been collecting dust in my home for almost six months. Can you believe it? And I was so dead set on buying – then – immediately – reading this gem.

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Well, I finally found it in me to pick this romance up.

 

It´s safe to say I liked the idea of the story but hated the way the story developed and ended.

 

 

Things About This Story That Were Off-Putting For Me

 

The description gives the impression that there will be a decent fight of wills between the main characters. He wants her to say yes and she´s dead set on saying no.  You can imagine my disappointment when I found out the “ fight of wills ” lasted only a few pages. The rest was just moping, moaning between characters who were super attracted to one another.

Another novel with rich people. The only thing that made this read stand out from all other billionaire romances was that both MCs were super well off, as in We have more than we´re able to spend but hey, we´re still humble and shit. 

I wasn´t able to develop a connection with the MCs. To me, everything that happened to everyone, especially to the MCs,  was too dramatic. Too eye-roll worthy.

This is also another romance novel with time leaps. If I had known beforehand about the constant back and forths then I wouldn´t have bought this book.

As for the story… Yeah, it was nice.

 

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Would I recommend this book? Probably not.

Would I reread this book? Nope.

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The Cover – 5 out of 5: Hands down, a gorgeous cover image.

The Story – 2 out of 5: Would´ve loved if there were more title related struggles.

The Characters – 2 out of 5: They did nothing for me.

My emotional state after finishing this read:  Not as happy as I hoped I´d be.

 

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If you want to puchase `I Don´t` by Ella Fox then you can do so on Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After ( Scottish Bookshop #1 ) – Jenny Colgan

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Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…


 

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Naaaw. NAAAW! What a lovely read.

`´The Little Bookshop Of Happy Ever After` by author Jenny Colgan is a charming and heartwarming romance. Something I would consider to be a traditional romance with an extra pinch of coziness and rich with beautiful details.The Little shop

“Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can’t fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.”

 

Nina, an ex-librarian is forced to start over new and decides to get into the mobile bookshop business. She buys a van and transforms it into a bookshop on wheels.

Set in the beautiful Highlands, Nina ( MC ) goes on a journey to start a new life for herself.

Nina´s voyage wasn´t particularly exciting but it was interesting. What I loved most was how much love she had for books.. and the countless indirect book title mentions. * sigh *.

Enter the romance: 

Not really anything overly dramatic or gut-wrenching but still enjoyable. It´s simple and great for the soul. Think of this read as soul food. Comforting and uncomplicated.

The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After is a quick read. The writing is effortless. And the story is also highly predictable. I´m not really too mad about the predictability of the story, though. I wasn´t expecting too much mind blow with a chick-lit, to be honest.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? For fans of Jenny Colgan, yes. For romance readers- If you love mature fluff- yes.

Would I reread this book? I might.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars:   Chick-lit illustrations are pretty to look at but they´re all terribly alike.

The Story – 3 Stars:   A lovely comfort romance.

The Characters – 3 Stars:   Comfort romances usually have wallflower characters. Not a terrible thing but I would have loved a little more depth with the MC.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy.

Book Reviews: MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy – Kresley Cole

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A friend of mine urged me back in 2009 to check out what she referred to as “Wolfy Scot sex on Vampire fire”. A book with the title `A Hunger Like No Other´ by an author I hadn´t known- Kresley Cole. After having read a few books from the captivating  Immortal After Dark Series  ( and liking what I was reading from the author ) I was stuck with waiting for the story to continue. That´s when I noticed the author had more than just Vampires, Valkyries and Lykaes to offer. Kresley Cole also wrote Historical Romances? Highlander Historical Romances? Move out of my way!

The deal was sealed. I purchased the MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy, To be honest- I didn´t know what to expect when I ordered these books. All I hoped for was to receive the same captivating reading experience I had with her paranormal books.

Now, I´m able to say that these HR treasures are on my sacred golden bookshelf. They´re exactly what I crave for when it comes to reading. Great Heroes, lovable Heroines ( except for the first one. Didn´t care much for her ) and exciting stories. * sigh *

 


 

If You Dare  ( book #1 ) – Kresley Cole

 

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We meet Courtland, the first of the three fierce and cursed Scottish brothers, who´s a mercenary. He lands on the wrong side of the fight and ends up beaten by a river where he´s rescued by a beautiful hot-tempered woman named Annalia. From there on their journey is passion-filled and adventurous.

If you´ve read books from the author you know things won´t roll smooth for her characters. And her stories are most definitely not half-assed.  `If You Dare´ was an okay read, though. I loved the writing and the story but the Heroine was a buzz-kill. At times I wished the Hero would kill her by accident. That didn´t happen, though. Nonetheless- An exciting Highlander read with so many steamy scenes that I feared my glasses would fog up on their own. Although I enjoyed the story I will say that I thought book # 1 was the weakest of the trilogy.

 

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If You Dare  ( #2 ) – Kresley Cole

 

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Meet Huge MacCarrick, second cursed brother of the MacCarrick lot. And because of this family curse, Hugh decides to forget his ultimate crush and leaves home, ultimately becoming an assassin. Years later he´s back and has a job to do- to protect the woman who stole his heart before he left home. From there on we accompany both on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

I loved this book so much. I loved how frustrating these characters were. Hugh, the reluctant, superstitious Highlander killer and the elegant English lass, Jane, with her sharp mind and quick mouth. They were explosive as a couple and miserable on their own. ` If You Desire ´ by Kresley Cole is one of those exciting and intense Historical Romances that makes a reader beg for more.

 

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If You Deceive  ( #3 ) – Kresley Cole

 

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Hands down- This one was my favorite. It´s, in fact, my favorite HR from all HR I own. If You Deceive,  introduces the oldest and deadliest of all three cursed MacCarrick brothers. For me, Ethan is the ultimate Hero. Ruthless, dangerous, dark and such an asshole who´s gradually brought to his knees by a beautiful and clever young Madeleine. This is the type of story I could never get tired of. Lots of deceit, a few heartaches, and the glorious heroic ending. * sigh * I´m a lost cause when it comes to this book. Know that whatever I say will never do this story justice. My favorite from the trilogy.

 

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The MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy by Kresley Cole is available on Amazon.com

If You Dare  ( book #1 )

If You Desire  ( book #2 )

If You Deceive   ( book #3 )

 

 

 

Why I DNF´d`Eighty-One Nights` by Georgia Cates

What a beautiful cover, right? I love the color theme. I love the simplicity of the whole. And after having read the synopsis and a few Goodreads reviews I decided to buy this romance stunner.

Eighty One Nights

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Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.
Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?
It’s not.

This story begins with a contract.
And an exchange of money.
A lot of money.

An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.
A devil lounges smugly on my other.
And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.

Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And I’m going to give it to him.

I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.
I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.
But I do. Both.

When our contract expires, I will walk away.
Because I have to.
But he’ll always have a piece of me.

I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.
I’ll hide my love with indifference
… all while it’s killing me softly.

A fairy-tale romance.
It isn’t mine to have.
And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.

 

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There´s also a little info notice under the online book description over at Goodreads.

About Eighty-One Nights:
While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material.

(This title was very briefly released as The Girlfriend Experience under a pen name. This edition contains new and updated material different from that of the original release.)

 

 

Oookay. I´m not sure if I needed to know all this since I had never read any previous works from the author. I´m totally clueless. But hey, it´s there. Might as well take notice.

 

I went into this book with an eager mindset, thinking I´d get my average romance fix. Something romantic. Something heartbreaking. It was what I was looking for. The title indicates that something will happen within 81 nights. That´s a little over 2,5 months. A lot can happen in that time frame. I had a slight feeling this book would also be some sort of escort/client romance. I wasn´t wrong. I was looking forward to reading an escort love story. It´s been a hot minute since I read the last one.

I started reading and ended after chapter 4. Why?

 

  • The writing. It wasn´t for me. I know many readers who love this type of style but I just couldn´t.

 

  • The dialogue was another thing that was off-putting for me. There was too much of it and it was also a tad choppy. I missed a nice flow of conversation between characters.

 

  • The beginning wasn´t strong enough to hold my attention. Which is a shame because I was really looking forward to reading about the struggles of an escort´s romantic life.

 

  • The beginning also has an info overflow. I´m one of those readers who likes bits and pieces thrown at me throughout the entire story instead of getting a full character description within the first few pages. 

 

  • When the Heroine referred to herself as a “dumbass American”. Two things: Either the author wanted to emphasize how little the Heroine thinks of herself or there was a wish to point out how Europeans perceive Americans. Either way… this was a turn off for me. What´s next? Frog leg eating French? Cheese-head Dutch? 

 

With that being said- I´m a little gutted `Eighty-One Nights` didn´t meet my reading expectations.

 

Even if I wasn´t into what this book had to offer I can still see why others would go absolutely ape-shit over this read.

 

If you´re interested in reading Eighty-One Nights by Georgia Cates then be sure to get your copy now!

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Book Review: Hard To Love – W. Winters

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She was too good for this world. I was too much of a bastard to push her away.

I grew up in this life, and now I run these streets. Blood and violence taint everything I touch.

Everything but her. She was my constant through it all.

Just a touch would singe and soothe.

Just a look would tempt and torment.

She became my escape and my addiction.

I only survived because she was by my side.

I should’ve known better than to indulge.

I should’ve known better than to let her fall for me.

It was only a matter of time before the danger bled into what we had.

I was Laura’s downfall. Problem was, she was mine too.

 

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my thoughts

 

I saw a post about this book somewhere on Facebook. A book blogger claimed that this was the real deal. Dark romance galore! My first thought was  ” Tell me something new.

A book cover with a guy who doesn´t have a shirt on? * holds breath *  We all know my thoughts on those cover images. Insert the title and I was ready to forget about this book. It was the hilarious statement that got me interested, though. The post caption said:

 

“Bitch, PLEASE! Give me more.” 

 

I hopped on over to Amazon. One look at the price for the paperback had me swallowing hard. 14.46 Euros. Well, slap me silly. That´s a proud sum of money for a 197 page read from an author I wasn´t familiar with. Weeell, I ended up buying the paperback. Don´t judge… I was in a good mood that day and turned a blind eye towards the price. Hard To Love 2

 

`Hard To Love by author W. Winters has become my favorite 2019 dark romance! Good Lawd, I went through some awful hot-flashes while reading this gripping romance and I loved every minute of it.

Right at the beginning, you get to experience a heartbreaking moment through the eyes of Seth- the Hero. That first scene had tension with a nice build-up. From there on a reader is plunged back to the past, where the story unfolds and you can understand what happened, in the beginning, a little better.

If you´ve been following my reviews you´ve come to know that I´m not a fan of time leaps or dual POVs. Funnily enough- There is a time leap and dual POVs in this one but neither bothered me. I can´t really say why. Maybe because the story was short? Or because the time leaps were reduced to a minimum? Beats me. All I know is that I´m one happy camper.

 

`Hard To Love` is intense. It´s unforgiving. It´s romantic and sexy. It´s exactly what I´ve been looking for.

 

I like my romances dark. Darker than dark. While `Hard To Love` is a dark romance I wouldn´t classify it to be shocking in any sense. There is a level of violence in this one but nothing too dramatic. The focus is more on the relationship and what the couple´s environment has done to their relationship.

About the writing: You know, it´s a total surprise for me that the author pulled off a well-balanced story in a little less than 200 pages. The writing was spot on. The dialogue and details were perfect. I lived in their world and suffered with the characters thanks to the writing.

If there is one thing I´m not happy about then it would be the page count & knowing there´ll be a book 2. I flew through this one effortlessly. And even if I loved the story I´m still a little hurt about the price. Other than that…
All in all I´m satisfied and can only second what the book blogger included in her post.

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Would I recommend this book? Sure. To anyone who loves themselves a quick and intense read and for fans of dark romances, absolutely.  

Would I reread this book? You can bet your ass on it.

 

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The Cover – 3 Stars:   Nope. Not a fan. But I will say that I think it fits the story.

The Story – 5 Stars:   I´m a sucker for the violent stuff. I love myself some bad guys/gangster/mobster romances. For me, they somehow make everything more dramatic.

The Characters – 5 Stars:   Seth- I loved his character to bits. Laura- She easily made my top 5 fav Heroine list. Strong but still delicate.

My emotional state after finishing this read:   Thrilled I can add a new favorite to my list!

 

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