Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recommended Read: Challenging Andie by Sally Clements

Challenging Andie 
by Sally Clements

Amazon Ratings: 4-star 52%

About the book:

Is loving Ryan a challenge too far?

Jaded war correspondent Ryan Armstrong reports terrible events without letting them pierce the armor covering his heart. When his colleague Emily Harte is murdered, he feels responsible for her death, and travels to England to return Emily’s effects to her daughter.
Bereaved, primary school teacher, Andie Harte has set herself a list of challenges to prove she can be as brave as her recently murdered mother, but when she’s hounded by the press the need to escape means she must accept help from Ryan. During their time in seclusion, attraction blossoms into an affair. Their relationship was only supposed to be a fling. When the time comes for Ryan to return to Bekostan, can she risk loving a thrillseeker, or is that a challenge too far?

Ryan avoids love, knowing the pain losing it can bring. A life without Andie is sensible, but is it possible.

Book Review originally posted in September 2012

It's been a while since the last time I've read  a pure romance book. For the past months, it's always been paranormal-ish romance books and reading this makes me want to buy more "normal romance" books.  Challenging Andie is a story of two people, Andie and Ryan, who don't believe in love. 

Andie grew up with her grandmother. She never had the chance to bond with Emily, her mother, as she is always away working as a war correspondent in Bekostan. As for Andie's father, he left them even before she was born and her mother never told her his identity. With no parents to care for her, she swore not to fall in love. Especially not with Ryan, who, like her mom, works as a war correspondent in Bekostan.  

Ryan also doesn't believe in love. When his father left them for another woman, he saw how it crushed his mother's world. Depression claimed his mother's life. Because of this, he avoids getting into a serious relationship until he meets Andie. He wants Andie but he can't do it since he doesn't want to go through the pain of losing someone close to him - ever again.

I think the author wove a very realistic love story of two people who don't believe in love. I can relate with the main character's dilemma. Falling in love isn't easy when you've been hurt before. I can feel their pain, though if I have to choose who gets hurt the most, it'd be Andie. You know that feeling when someone tells you straight in the face that what you have is just a "fling"? Ouch!

It was such a heart breaking story, one that I can't easily forget. I only have one comment on this book. The story is told in third person POV.  Knowing what they both feel somehow spoiled the story for me. It would have been better if this was written in first person, preferably Ryan's POV as he has so much issues going on. . .

I loved the story. I'll look forward to reading more from the author, Sally Clements.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review: Dead Wolf Walking by Veronica Blade

Dead Wolf Walking 
(Shapes of Autumn Book 3)
by Veronica Blade 

File Size: 1665 KB
Print Length: 232 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Crush Publishing, Inc. (January 15, 2016)
Publication Date: January 15, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★   

My thoughts:

Yay, love Dead Wolf Walking! Like the first three (including The Legend of Hannah and Eli) books, it's so good. I found the addition of vamp politics entertaining, especially the vamp king... wish we could see more of him in the next books. 

There are some twists, one was expected - - too obvious for me but there's this one that I didn't see coming. Oh I had to mention the different POVs here. Wow, it was nice seeing Zack's head. Really cool to know what he's thinking and how he feels about Autumn and their relationship problems. 

I had fun reading this third installment. So in love with the series, looking forward to reading the fourth! 

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About the book:

Third installment of the Shapes of Autumn series

When a tragic death triggers Autumn and Zack’s worst fear—pursuit by dangerous werewolves—they escape to a safe house. But within the walls of the refuge, an even greater menace looms. Now under the reluctant protection of a vampire king, Autumn and Zack are targeted by a palace full of vamps out for revenge against vampire-killing werewolves. 

After the vampire king discovers a rebel plot to overthrow him, Zack and Autumn are forced to remain in the palace as bait to draw out the enemy. But can the king shield them from so many who want them dead? They have only days to root out the traitors before Autumn’s parents arrive to claim her—not to mention it’s illegal to mix species—which gives them little hope of a future together. But with werewolves hunting them and vampire rebels out for their blood, Zack and Autumn need each other more than ever. Each secretly dreams of finding a way to be together—if they can stay alive. 

About the author:

Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Free Kindle Download : Mallory Ridge by Deb Kemper

Mallory Ridge 
by Deb Kemper

About the book:

Will’s advances, twice denied, at a dance in Fort Benning, Georgia thirty years ago became a Legend of the Golden-eyed Princess to his sons. Caroline’s faith and determined loyalty to her fiancĂ© caused her to reject the, now well-known, British actor who finds himself recaptured by her memory. A chance meeting plummets them into romance.

Will has much to hide in his past life, and is fairly confident of his privacy. His veneer is shattered when he finds Caroline knows his darkest secrets — through supernatural means.

Can he overcome the hurdles of loving a woman who can’t be trifled with?

Can Caroline move past her late husband’s infidelity and desertion to give herself fully to Will’s demanding adoration?

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