Monday, May 30, 2016

Review: XO, Blake @AveryAster

TITLE: XO, Blake
SERIES: The Undergrad Years
AUTHOR: Avery Aster
RELEASE DATE: June 9th, 2015
FORMAT: Ebook & paperback

If you think my besties Lex, Taddy, and Vive have had some bad luck earlier this year, cut to me at Glamorama. Last thing I remembered was dancing with Diego and Miguel from my English class, when the room started… spinning. And not in a good way! We got sick. Think Regan in The Exorcist. Taddy was rushed to the hospital. Holding on for dear life, I was carried out by the boys and taken back to their dorm.
Now I’m waking up in Diego’s bed and Miguel keeps staring at me from across the room. I’ve wanted to get into these dudes’ pants since the first day of class. But Diego told me he likes to be tied up and—wait for it—spanked. WTF! The news on TV reports that last night we all got roofied. And Vive just texted me saying that someone is out to kill her. Could this semester get any more bizarre? -–Blake Morgan, college freshman, gay best friend, virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a new adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.

I'm a New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

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This is the first Avery Aster book I read and it was a good experience. This is a short story about one of the characters of what's meant to be a full-length story. 'XO, Blake' is about this gay young man with a particular exciting group of friends.

Basically, Blake has a crush on his classmate and one night he goes dancing with his friends to have fun but ends up been drugged.

Blake has a bubbly personality and he's very loyal to his friends. The story has super fun moments, and the dialogues are hilarious, it's hard to not laugh at some of the girls and you cannot take them seriously. Despite all the fun the story also deals with some heavy subjects such as HIV and I think the author was smart to include them.

It's a fast story, with all the NYC glamor and more drama than any soap opera.

I think I will continue reading more of this author work.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Villainess @DTDyllin

TITLE: Villainess
AUTHOR: D. T. Dyllin
RELEASE DATE: January 19th 2016
PUBLISHER: Tik Tok Press
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Everyone knows there can be no hero without a villain...Or that’s what Leila Lovett believes. Is she completely insane or does she merely see things that others aren’t willing to? Her fate rests in the hands of one man. Doctor Jonah Yoshihara is given the job of analyzing Leila to see if she’s fit to stand trial. It’s a high profile case that could make his career. What he didn’t count on was Leila being so entrancing. Soon he doesn’t know which way is up and which way is down. But maybe that’s because Jonah is exactly what Leila needs… A hero to her villainess.


D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes both paranormal and contemporary romance. Anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two spoiled German Shepherds.
Stuck in a mental health institute, Leila has to prove that either she is crazy or she will face death penalty. Her doctor, Jonah Yoshihara, sees in her the opportunity to make his name big with her high profile case. When the sessions begin, Jonah finds that Leila has her own agenda and doesn't make his job any easier. Discovering why she did what she is accused of, will take them into an exciting and hot adventure.

Leila Lovett is a disturbed and unstable person. However, once we start to get to know her we discovered a strong woman who hides under a vulnerability shield. She awakens a protective side in all the men in her life but they don't know she is smarter than they think. She has a dark and hidden past. As we dig in we learn that nothing is what it seems. Jonah changes or evolve as we read. At first, he is a professional who only cares about doing his job and has a dominant side. As he falls under Leila's spell, he becomes reckless and acts like a hormonal teenager.

The plot has many layers and each one adds more elements to the story. Just when we think we have all figure out another revelation comes and shakes our theories. We have to pay attention to every detail to fully understand the complete story. Overall, the author created a solid world and the outcome sounds believable.

As all D.T. Dyllin books, this one has sex in it. This time, the sex is another element of the story and characters use it as a way to communicate. There is no much tension or foreplay but it's still good.

'Villainess' is a dark romance with a twisted heroin and if you are a fan of Dyllin's work you will enjoy this book.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Shimmer @Bella623

TITLE: Shimmer
AUTHOR: Claudette Melanson

Do you love Faerie Tales? Ariane & Aureliam have grown up together, always knowing they were destined to spend their lives together. But a chance meeting may bring an end to the happiness they've always hoped to have together. Ariane's father has other plans for her future...and they don't include Aureliam
The faerie pair are not willing to lose each other so easily and Aureliam has laid a plan in place that will hopefully ensure their future together. Will Ariane's dreams of a life with her true love come true? 

Claudette Melanson lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. Vampires have been a passion since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time--what's that???--she loves to watch anime, game the XBox 360--especially Silent Hill Games, read great works of fiction & play with the bunnies. Coffee Lover, occasional blogger, Keto eater & movie watcher. RA changed her life in Dec of 2011 but she's fighting back every day with dietary changes and Enbrel!


"Shimmer" is a really good fantasy story that despite being short feels complete and is well written.
It´s the story of Ariane & Aureliam, two faeries who see their happiness threatened by a jealous human.

It has just a few pages but the author manages to create a solid story with all the ingredients of a great fantasy tale. It has a colorful and exciting narration.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: Aisuru

TITLE: Aisuru
AUTHOR: Anma Natsu
RELEASE DATE: March 27th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Zenbi Press
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

For the last eight years, Sakura Takeshi has been counting down the time till her life ended. Though she survived the attack that left her an orphan, it's always been borrowed time as her damaged body continued to break down.
She told herself she was ready, that she had come to terms with dying before she reached 19. Then she found Kazuki lying wounded in her garden. His arrival opens the door for her whole world to change, but is it too late for her to learn to live, or to love, when there are only months left in her life?
Set in Hakodate, Japan, Aisuru is a young adult fantasy romance that will appeal to readers who enjoy shōjo manga and Japanese light novels, have a fondness for magical realism, and who are looking for something just a little bit different from the usual young adult romance.
If you're looking for stories featuring abusive relationships, stalkery bad boys, or shallow, mean natured girls, this isn't the story for you. What you will find are realistic characters, relationships built on mutual respect, and two hearts brought together just when they needed each other most.
Anma Natsu is a self-confessed Japanophile and voracious reader of manga and light novels. When she isn’t immersing herself in reading “just one more” volume, she is a writer of stories that explore love in all its various forms, and how it can be both a good and bad part of our lives, sometimes at the same time. 

Her stories span a range of genres and focuses, including young adult, contemporary romance, and fantasy, and her romantic pairings rarely follow the standard fare. Thanks to her unabashedly allowing her favorite reads to influence her writing, she has no problem with pushing her characters to their limits and taking readers into places that may be unsettling, but it’s always worth the trip!

Away from her novel writing, reading, and hosting her irregularly broadcast podcast "The Lackadaisical Writer,” Anma spends her days coding up sites in a variety of foreign-looking languages as a web developer, snuggling with her sweetie and her pets, and spending hours lost in the world of video games.

"Aisuru" is an intelligent story about learning to live when your hopes are down. Set in Japan, this is a colorful and intense story. If you are looking for a different story and one that leaves you feeling inspired and light, you should read this one.

Sakura has a deadline, she has been living with the knowledge that her days are counted. She has lived secluded and her social interactions are non-existing. However, everything changes when Kazuki appears in her garden. Kazuki comes from another world and shakes her life forcing her to live.

Sakura is a really nice character. She had to endure some terrible things in the past and she did her best to move on. She is in a position where hope seems a faraway dream. I like her hopelessness because it sounded real, she is a bit dark but she finds another part of herself when Kazuki appears. He is also a great character. He has a curiosity for the human world that makes us appreciate things we take for granted.

This story has some fantasy elements but the focus is on other things, it teaches about humanity and love. The romance is very sweet and mature. We see it grow until it becomes a beautiful relationship that can achieve the impossible.

I have to mention the incredible work and research done by the author. Every detail has been taken care off. The author knows the Japanese culture and we can see this by all the elements used in the story. Her love for this culture transcends the pages and we can feel it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy @hollytierney

TITLE: The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy
AUTHOR: Holly Tierney-Bedord
RELEASE DATE: December 19th, 2015

At just twenty-five years old, Elinor has landed the job of her dreams: She’s going to be Merry the Advice Fairy for the Snowflake Valley Gazette. She’s ecstatic that she’s about to embark on a fun, cushy career while living in the cutest, quaintest town she’s ever known.
She’s barely settled into her desk at work when that famous Snowflake Valley shimmer starts to fizzle. The real Snowflake Valley bears little resemblance to the picture postcard tourist destination she and her family loved when she was a child. Her new co-workers are uninspiring, to say the least, and the problems that people are submitting to the Gazette are much weightier than what she was expecting.
Losing faith in herself, Elinor considers cutting her losses and moving on. However, the attention of hot young reporter Nile might be enough to get her past her chilly start in Snowflake Valley, and back to seeing its charm once again.

Holly Tierney-Bedord writes contemporary fiction. She is the author of Surviving Valencia, Right Under Your Nose, Bellamy's Redemption, and Coached, as well as children's books. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


If you are looking for a short chick-lit to read, 'The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy' is for you. Elinor always wanted to live in Snowflake Valley and now she finally has a job and a home there. However, her dream place isn't as perfect as she imagined. Also, her job is about giving people advice and it might not be as easy as it sound. Real people have real problems and she will have to figure out how to help all of them. Just when she is thinking about leaving she meets Nile, a young reporter that gives her a reason to stay.

It's a short book (less than 100 pages) so it will take you just hours to read it. The story is easy to follow, the writing is very good and the romance is sweet. I liked Elinor's advices, she gives people real solutions and learns as much as the rest from answering questions.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: Visual Effects @Joyce_Holmes

TITLE: Visual Effects
AUTHOR: Joyce M. Holmes
RELEASE DATE: April 13th, 2016
PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Drey Winston is a fierce competitor who enjoys challenging her mind and body. But when it comes to her heart—no one ever gets close enough to compete for it. Having grown up believing she was an unwanted burden to her parents, she prefers to keep her feelings well hidden. Just when her hard-fought goals are finally within reach, the audacious Jesse Devlin comes along to breach her carefully guarded defenses.
After a disastrous marriage early in life, Jesse Devlin prefers strings-free relationships. Confident and outgoing, he gets along well with women, but his natural charm can’t seem to penetrate Drey Winston’s aloofness. While attempting to win her over, he’s the one who ends up losing his heart.
Can this commitment-phobic bachelor convince the stubbornly independent woman he loves that his feelings—and hers—are the real deal?

Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. The award-winning author is happily living her dream of being a stay-at-home writer. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. When she's not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure, she’s off enjoying the great outdoors.

Joyce's debut novel, Show No Weakness, won a 2012 RONE award and was a finalist in Chanticleer Book Reviews' 2013 Chatelaine Blue Ribbon Writing Competition


'Visual Effects' is the story of Drey, a young woman escaping her past life in New York and trying to start over in LA. After getting a position doing what she loves most, she is ready to make a living in the new city. The only bad thing about her new job is Jesse Devlin, a handsome but cocky man who she met briefly in the past.

At first, Drey and Jesse don't get along. There is a sexual tension present but instead of flirting or denying it, they have fun making the other mad and angry all the time. After many goings and comings, they decide to be friends and getting to know each other is part of the adventure.

This is a story about open up to love and in general is good. The writing is good and the book has a fast rhythm but somehow I didn't love it. There weren't many remarkable moments, there was some drama at the end that gave the book a bit of "action" and when her ex-boyfriend appeared I thought: "DRAMA", but no, he was gone as fast as he came.

Drey is not one of my favorite characters, I usually love my female heroines but she was the exception. Not only she pushed all my buttons with her attitude but also she was awful with Jesse. She is always assuming what people is thinking and unless she is a clairvoyant I don't understand why she is always guessing or rather foretelling what's going to happen. If it had been once, I could have let it go but she does it on a regular basis. For a moment I though she would accuse Jesse of sexual harassment, it could have been an option because he is too pushy but no... she is ok with it and gives him mixed signals. Sorry, but she was annoying and I was expecting more justification for her behavior, I do get that she didn't felt loved by her mom and dad as a child but for what be read she was adored by her grandparents. Now... I really liked Jesse, not only he is described as a sexy, handsome and talented man but he deserves an award for tolerating Drey and loving her despite all.

Overall, 'Visual Effects' is a good romance but not one of my favorites.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Natalie's Getting Married @RosaT_Author

TITLE: Natalie's Getting Married
AUTHOR: Rosa Temple
RELEASE DATE: March 14th, 2016
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at university, that all changed. 

Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she's heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is. 

This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits. 
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'Natalie's Getting Married' is a sweet romance about a young woman and her love adventures. A story about friendship, making mistakes, finding the perfect dress, saying yes to life and more.

We first meet Natalie in college when she is secretly in love with Jackson. She is admiring him from afar when Gabe makes an appearance. As soon as we read about him we can see that Gabriel will be a big part of her life. We can see that he loves her, not only as a friend but he has deep feelings for her. But the beauty of the book is to witness how Natalie grows up and falls in and out of love before finding her soul mate. The book is divided into three parts and the writing is easy to read.

Natalie is really funny, down to earth and caring person. As her friends say, when she falls in love she falls hard. She is honest about her feelings and gives all her heart to others. It's easy to relate to her and the situations. She wants to be happy and loved, she works hard and loves her job and has two loving parents. Gabriel is the perfect best friend, he is always there for her even when it hurts him. There are two men, Jackson and Liam each one has his charms and both of them teach Natalie something and help her grow up. I loved all of them. Including Bella, the crazy BFF.

This one is a great chick-lit, fresh and fast to read. 'Natalie's Getting Married' is very recommendable and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: Wonderland @robertmckay

TITLE: Wonderland
SERIES: Intergalactic Fairy Tales, #1
AUTHOR: Robert McKay
RELEASE DATE: August 20th, 2015
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review


Teenage Alice didn’t mean to end up on Wonderland, but the living spaceship she commandeered had other plans, and he was very late.
Abandoned on an unfamiliar planet, Alice’s first day as a space pirate has fallen into madness. Caterpillars? Mad hatters? A Jabberwock? A queen known for chopping off heads? Alice must face all Wonderland can throw at her if she’s to take back possession of The White Rabbit and leave Wonderland in one piece.

Robert McKay is a clever nerd, who feels uncomfortable being called such. He believes in the oxford comma, puns, and true love. Stories that wrap all of these things together, along with some outer space adventure, make his heart go pitter-patter and his days a whole lot brighter. When he’s not writing, he’s probably reading, but if he’s not doing either of those things, he may be found bowling, playing tabletop games, or researching how much it costs to rent a space shuttle.


Wonderland is futuristic re-telling of 'Alice in Wonderland' that use all the classical elements and characters from the original book to create a new story. Unfortunately, the book isn't as original or fresh as I would have liked but still is an entertaining story.

Alice is a teenage girl who wants to be a pirate but her parents are aginst all her crazy ideas. One day she follows a strange rabbit and ends up in a new world. It's a story full of adventures and action with funny characters and fast scenes. If you have read the original one you will find many similarities with this story. I have to say that the writing is very good.

What is new in this book is the setting and the different scenarios. This time, Alice travels in spaceships and visits other planets. The descriptions are quite colorful and it's easy to imagine each new place. The dialogues have the essence of the classical story and the characters are pretty much the same.

Overall, if you are a fan of 'Alice in Wonderland' and you like re-tellings you should read this one.

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