Thursday, 21 June 2018

Review: Mute by M.L. Nystrom




“HE LOVES LONG, LOVES HARD, BUT HE DOESN’T LOVE EASY.” 

Katrina Vega is set on one thing: finishing college. She’s determined not to let anything or anyone distract her, especially not hot brooding bikers. On her mission to stay focused, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into the fold of a motorcycle club, let alone into the arms of Alec "Mute" Stillwater. 

Unable to keep her guard up, Katrina soon discovers that beneath the hard and rough exterior of a family she’s grown to care for, there’s also loyalty and passion she’s envious of. But falling for the club’s enforcer will not only threaten her plans but quite possibly her life.

*more like 3.5 stars but I couldn't make that work on my graphic...*


ebook


Full length novel


First person


No


No


No


Yes


No but there's sex with another woman before the hero and heroine get together but after they've met - which I know many hate.


No


Mild


Mute is one of those books that I thought the blurb sounded good but I 1-clicked because of the cover. Yep, sometimes I’m that shallow.

However, a pretty cover does not a good book make but luckily Mute was a pretty good book. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad it was somewhere firmly in okay territory. 

It was easy to read, the story wasn’t angsty or nail biting. It was pretty much what you’d expect from a MC romance that rides on the tamer side of the genre, i.e. rebel club rather than a straight-up criminal club, abusing the women not tolerated out with some misogynistic asshattery etc. etc.

The characters were likable enough, even though I wanted to kick them on various occasions… My only big grumble would be that there were some inconsistencies in some characters behaviour that I found jarring, like sudden personality flips, not on a jekyll and hyde scale, just behavior later in the book that didn't jibe right with the character we got to know in the beginning…

As I said, it’s not awesome but it’s not bad and if you like this sub-genre and want something lighter to read then give I’d give it a try.


 I’m in love with this cover. I just… I love it. I hate the cigarette - as I’m not a fan of smoking and who wants to kiss an ashtray? - but I love the cover. That hair, the jaw… I’m a pretty boy fan girl apparently with the depth of a puddle. 
😂


Monday, 18 June 2018

Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Minor spoilers ahead!


A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more. 

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.


*Read via Kindle Unlimited*


Ebook


Full-length novel


First Person, alternating POV


Yes.


No.


No.


Yes.


No.


No.


Mild.


Dirty English is a new adult, college, romance between a sexy British wannabe MMA fighter and an English Lit major with issues. It’s loosely (and I mean loosely) based around the plot of Pride and Prejudice. 

As what I’m about to say is laid out in the first chapter of the book, I don’t feel bad about it being a spoiler. 
I’m stating it up front so that others who are sensitive to this topic are forewarned before reading: 
Elizabeth was raped in high school and subsequently attempted suicide. 
The rape is described, as is the aftermath. 
It is tough to read but it is real. It is not glossed over or trivialized. 
I appreciated that although the topic made me incredibly tweaky when reading. 

You get through that first chapter and the book is essentially Elizabeth truly healing from the events of senior prom and finally getting closure while finding love, and learning to trust, along the way. 

Elizabeth and Declan have insane amounts of chemistry and I liked them both individually and as a couple but their relationship wasn't a straightforward one which gave me some angst.

The book is well written, it’s entertaining and despite the darker undertones, it is a snarky and enjoyable read full of random things that made me giggle. 

I’ll definitely read the next book in the series - Filthy English - for it focuses on Declan’s cheeky Romeo of a brother and I really liked him, but it's unlikely that I'd add Dirty English to the re-read shelf. 


Can't say the cover drew me to the book but it doesn't put me off either.


💬

“Big moments happen with the smallest actions, and sometimes it's not until later we connect the dots, but in that instant, I knew that somehow, someway Declan was going to own my heart.”

💬

“His understanding of the theme of the book made me hot. Right then and there, I wanted to toss him down on the floor, crawl on top of him, and ride him like the Jane Austen reader I was.” 

💬

“She was my queen and I wanted to be her king.”

💬


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Weekly Update #16


Welcome!
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!


Building work and chaos pretty much sums up my week.
Just chaos... Parking chaos, snarky rude builders, mud, noise.
Not a great time to be living where we live and it makes the loss of the house we were buying last week all the more painful and annoying at having to put up with building crap that is nothing to do with us but the properties around us.
It's got weeks (months?) left to go and I'm losing my shit with it on a near daily basis while desperately trying to find my freakin' zen.


Hard Bitten - Chloe Neill


⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book four in the Chicagoland Vampires and the ending is an absolute heart-breaker!

Drink Deep - Chloe Neill


⭐⭐⭐⭐

Yeay for endings!
This fixed the absolute cluster of a heart-hurting ending in book four but it caused it's own problems... Book six here I come!


Nothing!
I'm being positively angelic and I'm not reading much at the moment.
What I am reading is stuff I already own.


I've been living in a bubble and know nothing.


I started watching a true life documentary thing called The Staircase on Netflix about an author (Michael Petersen) who was accused of killing his wife but that's pretty much it except for How to Train Your Dragon: Race to The Edge tv series with my kiddo.


Excerpt: The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young
Giveaway: Splash Into Summer
Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas


I have a pretty quiet week coming up so I'll be catching up on reviews and hoping to join in on a few memes!


Behind.
All behind... Oh well.


Have a great week all!