Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: Bared To You (Crossfire Series Book 1)

Book Title: Bared To You (Crossfire Book 1)
Author: Sylvia Day |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Berkeley Trade
Genre: Erotica Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: Trade Paperback
Cost: $15.00
Pages: 334
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Shelfability:  Must Have
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Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily… Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...

Originally I borrowed this from the library, I was thirty two (32) pages into the book when I jumped up and ran to the local Target to get the second book because the library didn't have it. So I got it so I wouldn't have to wait to read it.  Let me tell you the best decision ever because I could read from one book to the third without waiting. And I finished this book in one day.

I truly enjoyed meeting Eva & Gideon, they were both good, strong characters with depth and issues and flaws but with each other they absolutely made each other great and at the same time the worst people.  And OMGawd their private moments???!!! Sweet jeezus it's a fire!!  They did move with lightening fast speed but I guess when you know you know, and boy did they know.  I LUUURRRVE Gideon Cross, why yes I do!! OMgosh I know see why people love this book/series so much, and why they are always tweeting Sylvia about it.

Eva's background story is so heartbreaking and I'm so proud of her mother for doing the best for her daughter with a tough situation, especially when she could have pretended she didn't know just to keep the money on tap/ Instead she was a good mother and *although personally I think if she had been paying attention more she would have caught it before it reached that boiling point* did what was best for Eva. It still left her with scars though and Gideon pushed all the wrong buttons when he first met her.  I wrote on goodreads "is it ok to like a character and still want to punch them in the face??" Yeah that's how Gideon made me feel when I first met him.  Gideon himself has a pretty messed up background as well but we haven't been given the full story, I'm going to have to read to find it all out.

Imma need exes to take all the seats over there and stay out of grown folks business. Really though??*ghetto moment over*These women are doing the most especially because he isn't giving you even the slightest time of day. Just tacky.

The attraction, the love that develops, the complications of the relationship are just so well written & amazing. Ms.Day writes in a way that draws you in & keeps you glued you just want to know what happens next and how are they going to meet the next challenge as a couple & as individuals.  Even some of the side characters are interesting and have depth, 'm looking forward to learning more about them as well.

Reading Eva's and Gideon's journey to couple~dom has been wow, good and fraught with lots of danger **for others who tried to interrupt the reading, I'm looking at you mister man**.  Definitely a story I will be re-reading especially now that I own my own copy. Yeah I wasn't even into book two before I went online and purchased the other two for my own library. That's how good they are ok?!!

Make sure to check back for the review of Book 2: Reflected In You.
Burn Rubber to get it kind of series!!
Happy Reading my loves

Monday, July 22, 2013

YT Posts: 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge

Hi everyone this is my post about my participation in the 30 books in 30 days challenge on Youtube. The challenge was started by NerdInTranslation and she started the challenge by stating she wanted to clear up her to be read list, it stated reading books with 200 pages or less. My goal was 200 pages books (or more), & a total of 6000 pages read which would be 30 books read.

These are the books I read and series I completed during the challenge:

The Seven Series I started

The Crossfire Series: by Slyvia Day
  1. Bared To You
  2. Reflected in You
  3. Entwined in You
The Goddess Test Series: by Aimee Carter
  1. The Goddess Test 
  2. The Goddess Interrupted
  3. The Goddess Inheritance
Thunder Point Series: by Robyn Carr
  1. The Hero
Giants in the Land: Clark Rich Burbridge
  1. The Way Things Are
Highlander Series: Terry Spear
  1. Howl For the Highlander
HP Lovecraft Middle School: by Charles Gilman
  1. Substitute Creature
The Submissive Series: by Tara Sue Me
  1. The Submissive
Single Books Read:
  1. Lauren Dane's "Cake"
  2. EB White's "Charlotte's Web"
  3. Heather Graham " The Night is Watching"
  4. Christen Haden " Creepy Crochet"
  5. Kim Lawrence " The Brunelli Baby Bargain"
  6. Alice Hoffman's " Indigo", "Survival Lessons"
So these are my books I completed from June 16th to July 15th. I completed 18 books, for a total of 4975 pages!! Yes I am so excited, if only I could keep this pace up for the rest of the year. Make sure to check out the other vloggers who participated and view their lists as well. Check-out the Shelf on Goodreads

Happy Reading 

Friday, July 12, 2013

YT Posts: BookTube Challenge: Update

Well, it's that time again. a time to check up and let y'all know about how I have done in the challenge thingie that I have signed up for (yet another one) Here is my progress so far:

The Books I will be Reading:
  1. The Submissive Tara Sue Me 
  2. The Dominant Tara Sue Me
  3. Indigo Alice Hoffman
  4. Survival Lessons Alice Hoffman
  5. Substitute Creature Charles Gilman
  6. Cake by Lauren Dane
  7. Bared to You S. Day
  8. Reflected in You S. Day
  9. Enticed by You S Day
  10. The Hero Robyn Carr
  11. The Wanderer Robyn Carr
  12. The Newcomer Robyn Carr
  13. Unwind N, Schusterman
  14. Unwholly N. Schusterman
  15. The Goddess Test Aimee Carter
  16. The Goddess Inheritance Aimee Carter
  17. The Immortal Rules J. Kagawa
  18. The Eternity Cure J. Kagawa
  19. Born Wild Julie Ann Walker
  20. Giants in the Land
  21. Poisoned Politics Maggie Sefton
  22. The Night is Watching Heather Graham
  23. the christian mama's guide to baby's first year erin mcpherson
  24. Soapmaking Anne Marie Fiola
There you have it, I have completed 11 books so far. BOOM!!! It's so awesome. How are y'all doing?? Leave it in the comments below
Happy Reading

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Classics Review: Charlotte's Web

Book Title: Charlotte's Web
Author: E.B. White
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Genre: Children
Format: Paperback
Cost: $7.19
Pages: 184
How I got it: My Mother's Library
Purchase:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and miracle found in the simplest of things.

I really enjoyed this book, I remember my mother reading this book to me when I was younger, but I didn't remember all the details, so I made the decision to re-read this story.

It's a good story, that highlights the life on a farm from the point of view of the animals. I really liked it, I'm not sure I liked the rat, no in fact I don't really like the rat, I never like rats in any kind of setting, real or unreal.  The little characters are intriguing and I am really glad I have read this story again.

As I was reading I was laughing that this book probably wouldn't be published now since it's so 'graphic' (which is what one of my friends said when I asked her if she wanted a copy for her child O_o). I loved Charlotte she is a genius, and the little ideas she comes up with to save her friend are just amazing.  It's a wonderful read about friendship and listening especially thanks to Fern.

I highly recommend this as a good read to children who are a little older.  It's a great read!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ARC Book Review: The Officer and The Secret

Book Title: The Officer & The Secret
Author:  Jeanette Murray |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romance
Format: ebook, Mass Market
Cost: $6.99
Pages: 352
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Recommedation: Burn Rubber to Get It!!
After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.(

Perhaps one fo my all time favorite romances, Yeah I loved how real Dwayne was, and the glimpses back into the other stories, watching as they advance and grow as couples. I totally get why Veronica did what she did, but at the same time I can't cosign on her mess, her lies just kept snowballing and even when given plenty of chances to come clean she kept them going )which made her a complete and real character as well, totally loved her), those final few pages had me glued to the kindle until I was done, I just knew the crap was going to hit the fan & I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen, how they would handle it, and if Veronica would grow as a woman.

Veronica's upbringing skates close to the edge of becoming cultish & abusive (actually scratch that) it was cultist and abusive, just because you have a calling on your  life doesn't mean you have to demand others follow that same mission, perhaps if her parents hadn't interpreted the Bible so harshly this would have been a fun way to grow up, but to oppress her and lock her away from living life so she can do what you do is not being a good parent or a good Christian.  you know who does that?? Oppressive regimes & cults, yeah, all her parents needed were a few followers and they would have been a full on cult. Idiots. I loved that Veronica recoginized it for herself and made a break for it, and demanded of herself something more, something better, she's a survivor and I totally understand why she lies about who she is and where she's from. Although, in a relationship lying to one's partner?? O_o *unless it's for an awesome surprise?* Yeah no bueno.

This had to be the second book I have read this year that deals with PTSD in military characters and handles it well, even though it's part of the story it doesn't become the whole story, it doesn't overwhelm the character and make him less, which sometimes those who aren't in the military or don't have military ties can write or talk about it in a way that helps to stigmatize those who are suffering.  Jeanette did a wonderful job discussing it, discussing even how the Marines themselves can be reluctant to seek help, or even worse believe somehow they are less for needing the help.

It's just well written as a romance, one I can't wait to add to my collection, Definetly a burn rubber to get it as soon as it comes out kind of book.