Book Review: Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3) – S.E. Jakes

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In Daylight Again, more ghosts from Prophet’s past are presenting themselves to be dealt with. This time, it is with the help of his lover Tom Bodreaux. Together, along with Prophet’s old NAVY SEAL team and another mercenary who’s been following him for years, they are to face more adversaries to finally heal some wounds and discover more secrets that will either make or break Tom and Prophet’s relationship and the people around them.

Written in similar fashion as the second book, this one has considerably increased the thrill factor of the series. Each character were introduced well and it’s not as slow-paced as the first book. One thing I disliked about it though is the confusing sequencing every now and then.  The editing kinda throws you off at some point. Overall though, I thought the series is getting better. I’m actually excited to read the follow up fourth book and yes, I’ll stop comparing it to the Cut and Run series J

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) – S.E. Jakes

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As a follow up to “Catch A Ghost” from the Hell Or High Water series, Long Time Gone focuses on Tom Boudreaux as he finally faces his tumultuous past. Set in New Orleands in the middle of a hurricane, Tom found himself arrested for murder and with his partner Prophet helping to clear his name. With death and past ghosts on their feet, Tom and Prophet realized that there’s actually a lot more that they have to do to neither one of them expected to be confronted with.

I’m actually glad that this one made up for the rather “bland” mood of the first book in the series – plot wise. Prophet and Tom’s story has gotten better and here, the sequencing is much more organized. I also loved the fact that it’s not very predictable this time and there is an element of surprise, though, I still couldn’t get over how similar this was to Cut & Run. I know it’s unfair of me to compare both series but hey, I’m on the third book which means I’m actually starting to like the series after all.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) – S. E. Jakes

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I’ve had this book on my to read list for a few months now and I’m sure glad that I’ve taken the time to read it during one of my downtime days. It’s the first book from the Hell Or High Water series that centers on Prophet Drews – a former Navy SEAL, used to work for CIA and is now employed as a mercenary at Extreme Escapades LTD. Tasked in a case involving the “ghosts” from his past, he was assigned a new partner by the name of Tom Bodreaux – an ex-FBI agent, a voodoo stuff believer and one who also keeps the demons of his past at bay. Together, they are to wage their way into the world of cage fighting that led to the dark past of Prophet. Now, both are fighting their way to escape those ghosts and the attachment they had through all these.

These type of books are what I’m into recently especially after reading the Cut & Run series which is by far my favorite LIKE EVER. Now with “Catch A Ghost” there’s this awfully distinct similarity of its character to Tyler and Zane’s character from the Cut & Run series. And if I’m being honest, it almost read like a copycat. There’s also this disconnect from Prophet and Tom – they are not that likeable at all. The book tends to be confusing as hell especially with all the excessive flashbacks of Prophet. There’s too many things happening in the book and too many characters that it’s almost hard to catch up. I’m not giddy about reading its second book but I’m still going to give it a chance to redeem Prophet and Tom’s adventure – perhaps it’s the piercing that got ME more than the story. LOL

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Take Me Home – Sloan Parker

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The concept of the book was relatively old – best friends who have feelings for each other but were afraid to admit because they don’t want to ruin the friendship. It’s actually a fairly good foundation for Kyle and Evan’s story to develop throughout the book only if it didn’t feel a bit of a drag midway. The “journal” angle was very much welcomed because it gave the story a very melancholic feel about it. So in perspective, the book provided a rather solid ending despite the unnecessary and prolonged scenes in the lot.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Dreaming In Color – Cameron Dane

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I’ve had this book on my to-read-list for like the longest time and I can’t believe that I’ve waited so long to have a go in it. The book was wonderfully written and I’m rather pleased that my preconceived idea about it was proven wrong.

The sight of the red door saves Colin Baxter in his dream, but very quickly a man appears and the dream becomes a thing of raw sexual need with a person Colin can’t identify. He just knows the man needs him, and Colin aches to find and heal his lover…even if the man doesn’t really exist.

Marek Donovan just wants to be left alone to lick his wounds and recover from a terrible loss. The rundown house in Fiji suits his minimal needs just fine. He doesn’t want to face the world again, and on a small, secluded island figures he’s safe from everyone and everything. Particularly guilt from his past.

Dreams of this nameless man and his house plague Colin for two years, but he’s come to care about his phantom lover so deeply he doesn’t want them to end. Then Colin visits Fiji and comes face-to-face with the house from his visions, prompting him to believe these dreams just might be his destiny.

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The setting in Fiji was beautifully imagined and it’s such a great but ironic backdrop for the rather painful pasts of Colin and Marek. It’s a novel that feels like it came out of a movie first. The history behind the house, Colin’s dream, Payton’s death and all – it’s such  a perfect script for a movie which somehow rendered the novel a bit cliche but the good kind of cliche.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Special Delivery (Special Delivery #1) – Heidi Cullinan

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After raving so much about “Nowhere Ranch” and “Dance With Me,” I maybe a bit underwhelmed with this book or it’s simply not just me thing. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not exactly big on bdsm-themed story but I’ve no problem with the subject. The threesome just made me a bit uncomfortable that I caught myself skipping a page or two at the latter part of the book. Don’t get me wrong though, the book was written beautifully but aside from the bdsm aspect of it, there’s just too much sex in it. It’s like 80% sex and the story’s fine and all but I wished there was more “meat” into it. It’s almost pornographic but it’s not because there is still a sense of connection there especially with Mitch’s character. Now I’m not sure if reading the succeeding book in the series would be a good idea soon. So there, if you’re not squeamish like me about group sex and some bdsm stuff, dive in and give this book a go.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars 

Book Review: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) – James Dashner

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In this final book of The Maze Runner Trilogy, a lot of things have been revealed including the horrors of the Flare, the “Underworld /The Walking Dead” vibe is back and the fate of the characters we’ve come to love from the first book. Those who survived the scorch trials were given a choice to get their memory back (now that apparently all the tests have been completed) and discover the truth about themselves and the world as it is now. That includes Thomas who vehemently refused the offer. Eventually learning that he’s really got no choice in the matter, Thomas devices a plan to escape the WICKED facility and travel to the walled city where the virus was “rumored” to be contained. In the hopes of discovering the cure, Thomas and his remaining ally blended in the city which was eventually overrun by the infected ones. This led to a decision where Thomas has to sacrifice for a cure or sacrifice the lives of people he care about or the world entire that is.

With a conclusion as emotionally charged as this, I can’t help but cry after Thomas had to keep his promise with one of his ally. That was beyond heartbreaking and I think is one of the highlights of the book. The survivors of both mazes came full circle when they returned back to the maze (glade). That particular scene was so riveting that it’s almost depressing. I didn’t quite expect the ending to be like that but I find it pleasant and somehow almost too ideal. There was just too many loves loss and if they (WICKED) could actually create / isolate a safe haven to begin with, such casualties should’ve been avoided. I was thinking all throughout the ending, whatever happened to that bitch who keep sending those e-mails? Oh hell, this one’s a pretty good ending, is all I’m saying. One of the best series I’ve read in a while in this genre.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Dance With Me – Heidi Cullinan

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I thouroughly enjoyed reading this novel. After reading my first book by the author called “Nowhere Ranch” I was convinced that this would be as good as said book.

Ed Maurer’s life would be fine if he could just get Laurie Parker off his back. He’s bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, and he volunteers now at a local community center. It’s just that every time he turns around, that damn professional dancer is in his way, hating Ed right back. But when a bargain Ed strikes at the center lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Both Ed and Laurie have heartbreak in their pasts, but somehow dancing together eases their individual pain. For Ed, dancing with Laurie becomes a way to reconnect with his body after losing football. For Laurie, partnering with Ed has erased some of his fear of performing and brought back joy to a sport he wasn’t sure he could ever truly love again.

As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them into the arms of love, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed. via Goodreads

What I really loved about Heidi’s writing style is that she’s never boring. She’s got this ability to write a full chapter with mere narration and no dialogues at all and it’ll be interesting. And being a THE Britney Spears stan myself – this already earn some good points for me. I was so giddy whenever Ed go in the zone with Britney!!!! Too EPIC right? LOL

This is another book I didn’t mind losing some sleeping hours over because it’s really that good. That book has great pacing, great characters and amazing premise! Another “gold” from Miss Heidi Cullinan!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) – James Dashner

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After escaping from the maze, the test continues for the boys chosen by WICKED in the hopes of finding the “cure.” Thomas along with the rest of the Gladers who survived the escape has no choice but to survive yet another test. Transported in a desert-like hell, the boys had to endure the scorching heat of their new environment and meet another group – this time, they are group of girls who escaped from their own similar maze and were apparently also put to the test and were promised a cure upon completion. Lies, betrayal and some truth were also revealed to Thomas here as his search for Theresa became a catalyst for slowly discovering himself.

I find the whole premise of the book almost too predictable this time. From the accomplices and the betrayals and all, it all feels like playing RPG where the reader becomes the tactician and the outcome is almost resolute because you already have an idea about it.

I also thought that the narrative went too long when the goal was as simple as crossing the desert-like Nowhere Land. The controlled environment reminded me of the “arena” in The Hunger Games. Like seriously, If I were part of WICKED, I will never agree for those kids to undergo such trials because it kinda seem stupid to kill some of them just to see who actually has the survival skills and all regardless if they have the Flare or not.

The book is still a great teaser though for the trilogy’s final book and it actually got me a bit pumped up to know who actually have the cure in the end or if they’ll ever find one to begin with.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Training Season – Leta Blake

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I’m not really into BDSM stuff so that chapter in this book made me shudder a bit. And that “enema” scene was downright off for my taste. I also thought that the jump to BDSM was quite off to begin with. The analogy the author was trying to make about it and Matty’s Olympic aspiration was way too trying hard If I may say so.

The first half up to the middle of second half of the novel has a very slow build up and the conclusion didn’t even make up for it. I’m glad though that a character like Matty made it into this genre. I mean there’s also few of them who are that flamboyant and I really want to see more. This is actually my first read with an effeminate and flamboyant gay character and that’s the best part of this novel. Matty’s just fabulous!

It’s just too bad that there was too much going on with the characters and the pacing of the story didn’t help at all. I’m not quite sure if there’ll be a reread for me but I’d definitely consider.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars