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: 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 That Mattered ( Book #1 ) – Jewel E. Ann

Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.
When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.

 


I’m in this weird place where I’m not sure if I liked what I read or not.  The Life That Mattered ( The Life Series #1 ) by Jewel E. Ann was definitely an interesting read but it didn´t grab my attention the way I hoped it would.

A slow-burn romance with an unknown promise

 

The feeling you get when someone promises you a basket full of chocolates but you never get it and you end up questioning if there ever was a basket with chocolates, to begin with? That´s how this story felt for me. I kept waiting for something to happen but was left with a feeling that nothing ever would…. until the ugly cliffhanger happened.

Still, I´m convinced this story has something great to offer. I might not know what but I can sense something big happening in book 2, which is why I´m going to continue with the story.


The Cover:  3 Stars – Not my cup of tea. The blue with the red font irritates me a little.

The Story:  3 Stars –  The details were appreciated but still… things dragged.

The Characters:  3 Stars – I loved Evelyn and found Ronin a tad transparent.

My emotional state after finishing this read:  Mixed feelings with a dash of hope that book 2 will knock me out of my socks.

 

You can purchase `The Life That Mattered` by Jewel E. Ann at Amazon.com.

Book Review: My Life In Shambles – Karina Halle

When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.


Hmm… * scratching head * I guess you could say this is the type of book that takes on a completely different route than one would expect.

`My Life In Shambles by author Karina Halle is a 350 page standalone romance that gives you all feels, even the ones you didn´t necessarily ask for.

To be honest- I´m a little torn about this book. I loved the romantic side of it but I didn´t necessarily enjoy the overall depressing vibes it gave off. My Life In Shambles is sort of a tragic romance. Heavy topics such as illness and death weigh the story down. It´s hopeful but not hopeful enough if that makes any sense?

There´s absolutely nothing wrong with the story. It´s a story well told. The writing was great. I can´t even complain about the characters. It´s just that I wasn´t looking for this type of romance.

I bought My Life In Shambles thinking I´d get something different… something maybe about life as a fake fiance of a rugby player, trying to keep her wits together while dealing with his lifestyle. Well, that´s almost what a reader gets… Only with additional gloom darkening the newly couple´s lives.

 

My Thoughts In A Nutshell…

 

Its me, not the book. The book is fine. The story is great. I just not something I´d drop everything else for as this type of story isn´t what I usually enjoy reading.

 

Would I recommend this book? I would.

Would I reread this book? Probably not.

 

The Cover – 3 Stars:  It´s cute.

The Story – 3 Stars:  Meeh. It wasn´t for me.

The Characters – 4 Stars: I actually enjoyed the MCs and even the sub-characters.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

 

 

If you think `My Life In Shambles` by author Karina Halle would be something you´d enjoy then click here and get a copy!

 

 

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…


 

My Thoughts 2

 

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.