Waterfall – Book Review #18 (2017)

Title: Waterfall

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren

Series: #1 of River of Time 

Goodreads synopsis:

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents.

Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.


Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.


My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

I love Historical Romance with an element of Time Travel. I’ve read a few good ones and some of which are “just okay”. This first book of the River of Time series is one of the ‘just okay’ books on Time Travel Historical Romance that I’ve read so far.

3 stars is actually me being kind for the effort on the research on Etruscan or Italian history and I really love stories with Time Travel. Honestly, I don’t have any background on Italian/Etruscan history – one of the reasons I did not feel that much connected to the story.

Gabi is a whiny heroine. I know that she’s young. But her stubbornness and pride is NOT endearing at all. Lia is weak on my opinion, though her archery skills are a big help. Romana is a confusing character.

Marcelo and Luca are one dimensional prince and knight on a white horse off to save the damsels in distress, namely Gabi and Lia.

I was underwhelmed on the story and I’m sorry but I’m not interested to continue on this series.😿

Easy Melody – Book Review #17 (2017)

Title: Easy Melody

Author: Kristen Proby 

Series: #3 of Bordeaux 

Goodreads synopsis:

Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.

And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?


Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment.


My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Finally, Declan’s story. Declan is one of the twins of the Bordeaux siblings. He is the musical genius of the family.

This is his story and how he will win Callie’s heart. Callie is the owner of the Odyssey bar where Declan performs on some nights.

As usual, the story was smooth sailing. But I felt that the conflict here is almost non-existent. I still enjoyed reading this. Like the previous books, the chemistry of the main characters are amazing.💜

Easy Charm – Book Review #16 (2017)

Title: Easy Charm

Author: Kristen Proby 

Series: #2 of Boudreaux 

Goodreads synopsis:

Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a Bed and Breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy and her family. She meets new people every day, and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she’s also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone. Until Rhys O’Shaughnessy walks through her door, brooding and wounded and the sexiest thing she’s ever laid eyes on.


Rhys has been at the top of his game as a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for more than ten years. Baseball is in his blood. But when he tears his rotator cuff and has to sit a season out, he retreats to Inn Boudreaux at the recommendation of his cousin, Kate, to heal and work toward building his shoulder back to perfect shape with only one goal in mind: to return to the game he loves. But he didn’t plan on being utterly charmed by a devastatingly beautiful woman and her baseball-loving son.


My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

The second book of the series is as good as the first and better with a plus one namely cutesy Sam. 😚 I really love single mother romance theme. I love how the new guy needs to win the kid too. So cute.😄

This is the story of Gabby, the youngest among the Boudreaux siblings. Guess who her partner is? None other than Rhys, Kate’s famous baseball pitcher cousin.

Their chemistry is sizzling people.🔥 I love it. I love how their story was written. This has the same feel as the first book.

It was smooth writing until the end. I love this series. Totally recommended.👍

Easy Love – Book Review #15 (2017)

Title: Easy Love 

Author: Kristen Proby 

Series: #1 of Boudreaux

Goodreads synopsis:

Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

I am a super fan of book series featuring members of the family. This one is sooo good.💜 This is a story of Eli and Kate. Eli is the first Boudreaux to be featured on this series. He’s the CEO of the family’s company. Kate meanwhile was hired to investigate who’s stealing in the company. Kate is also friends with some of the Boudreaux siblings.

Kate and Eli’s chemistry is HOT.🔥

The story hooked me in and I think the writing is really engaging. I read this on one seating and halfway, I stopped and searched my shelf if I have the succeeding books on this series because I’m perfectly sure I want to read them. To my delight, I have books 2 and 3.🙌

The story is smooth sailing with some minor bumps along the way but you just have a feeling that everything will be fine.

I didn’t gave it 5 stars because I did not feel the conflict that much. But since I’m in the mood for a light reading, it went well.

If you’re looking for a light read and cute and hot story. This one’s for you.👍

Book Reviews #11, #12, #13 & #14 (2017)

Titles:

1. Get Me Off by Penny Wylder

2. Billionaire Mafia Boss’s Baby by Piper Sullivan 

3. Billionaire Boss’s Baby by Roseanne Rolling 

4. The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth

My rating for all these books: 

🌟🌟.5

You might be wondering why I’m cramming 4 book reviews on one post. The thing is, these books didn’t make any good impression on me.

I don’t know how I managed to finish them. Reading 4 consecutive books that forced me to give a low rating is making me down.😿

For some reason, these books seem similar. I just did not feel any connection at all on the stories. They have the same tendency to detail too much of the s** scenes. Is that the norm on short stories? Or am I just having a bad reading time?

I promised to post a book review for every book that I’ve read. And this is the best I can come up with.✌

I don’t know what to read next. Is this the dreaded reading slump sneakily coming to me? *sigh* 😰

Sway – Book Review #10 (2017)

Title: Sway

Author: Adriana Locke 

Series: #1 of Landry Family

Goodreads synopsis:

BARRETT LANDRY has it all. 
Power, prestige, and plenty of women, the dapper politician’s life is pretty phenomenal. But in the midst of the biggest campaign of his life, he needs to focus. The last thing he can afford is a distraction.

ALISON BAKER is a work-in-progress.
As a single mother to HUXLEY, she’s rebuilding life on her terms. She’s focused on family, faith, and a future for her son that can’t be taken away. Putting her child first means not being careless, no matter what. 

A chance encounter forces Barrett and Alison to redefine what they really want out of life. But everything comes at a cost … and sometimes, even for love, it’s a price too steep to pay. 

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Let me just start this by saying that I love series that follows the life of each member of a family and very much into stories of brothers who are loyal to each other. This book is an example of that.❤

This was really an engaging read. I breeze through this book. And let me tell you guys, I wasn’t able to put this down.😸 I mistakenly started this book at about 10pm. I always try not to read at that time and just go straight to sleep because tendency is that I’ll end up reading until dawn.😝

I finished this on one seating. What I also love about this is the ‘single mother’ theme. I love the relationship between Alison and her son Huxley. Also Barrett and his brothers’ interaction.👍

It was well written and the story just flows. But there was one glitch. That grape fruit scene is weirdly hilarious.😂

Gah, forever scarred for grapes. Can never look at grapes without *tries bleaching my memory*😵

There are times that Barrett and Alison test my patience but all in all, I love this book.💜

Monster in His Eyes – Book Review #9 (2017)

Title: Monster in His Eyes

Author: J.M. Darhower

Series: #1 of Monster in His Eyes 

Goodreads synopsis:

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

After not liking Ruthless People that much, I was hoping I can read another one to redeem this kind of theme for me, so I started reading this book. It was not good. It was slow on a lot of parts and there are a lot of plot holes.

I don’t even think this is a mafia story. There’s a hint that it could be. But it was more focused on the err romance part. I was expecting action and guns blazing but meh.😑

This is the story of Karissa and Naz. It’s actually a May-December affair with 18 years, I think, of age gap.

It was a story of love, obsession and revenge. But sadly, I did not connect with the story. Sometimes it’s okay, sometimes it’s not. *sigh*