Monthly Archives: July 2013

Book Review: Undescribable (Undescribable #1) by Shantel Tessier

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
The playboy-turned-one-woman-man and the angel.

goodreads blurb: 

Samantha Hall needs a fresh start

Broken hearted and alone in a new city, Samantha begins to build a new life for herself while working as a bartender. Focusing on her new friends and rebuilding her broken life, Samantha is content.

Until she meets him – attorney by day and a cocky, foul mouth playboy by night. All girls want Slade Long, but not one has ever been able to keep his attention for long. Having a different woman in his bed every night is how he prefers it-no emotion, no connection.

Until he meets her – an angel with the sweetest voice he has ever heard and the most enticing green eyes. Samantha makes him second guess his actions and has him wanting something he didn’t know existed. How can a man who has never been in love, be so sure? Can real love happen this fast?

Burned by her past, Samantha struggles to keep up with the overwhelming passion she feels for Slade. She knows that he will be nothing but trouble to her already fragile heart, but how long can she continue to deny the love that she feels for him?
Will Samantha let Slade prove his love is real, or will she push him away?

She thought she knew love…… He thought he never wanted love….. Together they will show each other what they can’t live without.

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“The bottom line was that he cheated, and I left.”

What really got me into the story early on was that I may or may not have cheated and been cheated on at some point. Let’s put it this way: I personally can relate to Sam.

“Don’t worry, I get it, bros before hoes and all that stuff.”

The worst part of being cheated on for sure is the fact that other people actually know about what’s going on but they don’t tell you. It messes with your ego, doesn’t it? It makes you look stupid and you do feel stupid when you finally find out. But my point is, we can’t be too hypocritical about “bros before hoes” because let’s be honest, us girls tend to do the hoes before bros thing too when it comes to keeping our girlfriends’ secrets.

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Silhouettes by Avicii

[Press Play Saturdays is going to be a regular feature which will include randomly selected songs, videos, television shows, movies or sports-related updates. My blog, my prerogative. Happy Saturday!]

 
Today happens to be my birthday so it seems fitting for me to start a new feature on my blog. Although I basically want to focus on all things books, I still wanted to be able to show my readers that there are other sides of me too.

So for my first Press Play Saturdays post, here is one of my favorite songs from my favorite DJ, Avicii (whom I am so happy to have seen live a couple of months ago – epic night).

Silhouettes is actually the main inspiration behind the name of my blog.


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Book Review: Spiral by Mila Ferrera

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
Unexpected. Insightful. Appropriate. Brilliant.

goodreads blurb:

Nessa Cavanaugh, psychology student, knows how to stay on an even keel. Despite the urging of her mother and her academic advisor to get a life and have some fun, “all work and no play” sums up her plan to survive her grueling internship year at a children’s hospital. She doesn’t want to end up like her father, whose constant ups and downs broke her family, and avoiding unnecessary emotional entanglements is a must.

Then she (literally) runs into Dr. Aron Lindstrom in the middle of her disastrous first day on the job. The attraction is instant—and terrifying. Nessa knows she should stay away—especially when she finds out he has a reputation for being a player—but Aron is brilliant, intense, and as sexy as they come. When he challenges her to take a chance on him, her plans to stay focused on work start to crumble.

But what begins as passion takes on a dangerous edge, becoming an emotional roller coaster that’s frighteningly familiar. As things spiral out of control, Nessa must decide whether she should hold on for the ride or run … even if it means leaving her heart behind.

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“Always do the thing that scares you.”

OK, I totally did NOT expect that. I can’t even begin to imagine!

I’m pretty sure I was so looking forward to this being another intense love story about the typical brooding playboy and a girl who has trust issues. Oh boy, was I wrong. VERY wrong. True, it was intense but for a whole different reasons. Just when I started to really swoon, every gushy feeling I had just spiraled.

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Book Review: Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
Secret identity. Hot billionaire. A whole lot of mystery.

goodreads blurb:

Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

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“I’ve found you and so can they. Go to JFK Airport directly. Do not go home. Do not linger. Locker 111 will have everything you need.” 

OH. MY. GOD! I need the second book so bad! I really REALLY want to know what’s going to happen next. A cliffhanger always makes me so frustrated. Why can’t these books be standalones instead?

OK, rant over.

This book is definitely one of my favorites this year. It has all the elements that I love – a girl with a past, secret identity, a hot and possessive billionaire, steamy scenes and a whole lot of mystery.

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Book Review: Frigid (Frigid #1) by J. Lynn

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
Best friends to lovers kind of story

goodreads blurb:

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

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“This is forever.”

This is one of those times when I wish I had a guy best friend too so that we could then conveniently fall in love with each other. Sigh. Sucks to admit now that I went to an all-girls high school.

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Book Review: This Man Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas

PPFF Rating (for the trilogy)4/5 Stars
Christian Gray / Gideon Cross – ish, sans the BDSM 

Honestly, I had already started reading the first book earlier this year but for some reason, I didn’t get past the first couple of chapters. I guess partly I felt it was too 50 Shades for me at that time (though it really isn’t, no BDSM with this one) or I probably hesitated after reading a bunch of negative reviews. But I finally relented a few days ago and I just couldn’t stop reading.

Book 1: This Man

goodreads blurb:

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Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident.

“Just tell me one thing before you leave, Ava.” His voice prickles at my senses… His face is serious, but still stunning. “How loud do you think you’ll scream when I fuck you?

OK. If some guy whom I just met would be this blunt, even though he looked like the-God-that-Jesse-Ward-is, I probably still would have run away from him, FAR AWAY as I possibly could.

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Book Review: Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

PPFF Rating: 4/5 Stars
What happens in Vegas.

goodreads blurb:

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

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When I first read the blurb on GoodReads, I got so excited. Ordinary girl got drunk on her 21st birthday. Hot rockstar. Vegas. ‘Nuff said. But after finishing this book in just one sitting, I felt like there was something missing. It seemed like there were details that were omitted.

I was not puking in front of this guy.
Not again.
“I’m so sorry.”
He physically recoiled from me. “Let me get this straight, you don’t remember anything?”
“No,” I said, swallowing hard. “What did we do last night?”
“We got fucking married,” he growled.
This time, I didn’t make it to the toilet.

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