Book Review: Understanding Jeremy (Discovering Me #2) – A.M. Arthur

Understanding Jeremy“If your smile warming me inside means love, then I love you. If feeling pride when you stand up for me despite everything means love, then I love you. If wanting to touch you just because you’re standing next to me in the room means love, then I love you. It’s what I know when I’m with you, Jeremy, and I think that’s love.”

What is so good about this series is how the author maintains the POV of her characters. Their voices and consistency are felt all throughout the first book and this one. In this installment, we have Jeremy narrating the story which picked up exactly where it ended in the first book. Jeremy and Cole are now living together but as for their relationship, both are still unsure about it. Cole was still reeling from his asshole ex-boyfriend sudden reappearance but he’s trying to at least move on from that episode. Jeremy meanwhile is still in cloud nine for having Cole with him although he’s still very much wary about Cole’s plan for the future.

When Jeremy’s best friend Bethann asked a favor from him to claim the baby she was carrying, Jeremy has to say no. Bethan has been there for him at his lowest point but he won’t deny Cole and his relationship with him. This didn’t go well though, when Bethan panicked and told a co-worker that Jeremy is the baby daddy. This conversation was privy to Cole so along with the rumor in town that Cole is gay, Jeremy’s relationship with him is also on the rocks.

Fear of losing a loved one yet again is what Jeremy’s most scared of so when Cole decided to break up with him, he knew that he’s got to do something soon to save the relationship and show the man he loves what he truly means to him. I just loved Jeremy’s character here. He’s just too nice and too perfect. His patience towards Cole was just beyond and I loved that he’s not afraid to take risks. The abuse that Cole went through his ex was more detailed here and I feel like killing the guy myself. I mean, I almost wished that he (Martin) was gang-raped to death when the “incident” in the first book happened to him. I mean, Jeremy should’ve at least got to punch him once.

The tone of the story was very nerve-wracking yet romantic. I loved the easy countenance of the premise and the very realistic dialogues in it. I also loved the unpredictability of the story.

This is one of those series that has its own voice and makes you root for a certain character from the get go.

Another great series on my list! Thank you A.M. Arthur for this amazing book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published July 23rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press

Sequel to Unearthing Cole

Discovering Me: Book Two

(I’ve read the first book entitled Understanding Jeremy but I lost the original file of the review and I’m trying to locate it but I also gave it a 5 star rating :))

Book Review: Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2) – Christina Lauren

Beautiful StrangerBLURB: Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner—and speed—with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara—and the wild photos she lets him take of her—that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

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I can’t at the hideousness of this story…

I was feeling good until Sara and Max’s club encounter and then boom!

Like seriously, what the fcuk just happened?!

This was like the worst case of over indulgence. I loved Max and Sara but the story – gawd! It was a hundred shades of awful!!! >_<

Tsktsktsk.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Published April 16th 2013 by Gallery Books

Book Review: Sorting Out (Fitting In #2) by Silvia Violet

Sorting OutThis is the continuation of Mason, Gray and Jack’s story. After their declaration of love in the first book, the three are now settling together. This time, Mason is now attending college while Gray also applied for a promotion. Jack however was on a limbo. After the robbery incident from the first book left him still reeling and feeling the pressure of coming out from Gray and Mason, he just doesn’t know how to deal with it. After getting shot in the line of duty, he finds himself withdrawing from his lovers. With Gray becoming a detective and Mason studies – both becoming extremely busy, he feels like he’s drifting away.

Now the funny part about this book was the reversal of roles. Jack’s now having a hard time communicating his feelings towards his lovers. He suddenly became oversensitive and way too submissive. I’m still ignoring Gray in this book because he’s still an hard-ass but this book clearly focused on Jack which isn’t a bad thing at all, I just thought that it would’ve been great if there’s an alternate POV between him and Gray since we got Mason in the first book.

Jack’s characterization was obviously altered here which I didn’t like at all. The plot turns improved a little and the sex still plenty – some good, most forced into the story. It was like they just need sex to solve a problem.

Overall, I think this was a great conclusion to the trio’s story when some life-altering decisions were made. At least they’ve got some sort of a happy ending which I’m okay with – sort of.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

Book Review: Fitting In (Fitting In #1) by Silvia Violet

Fitting InWhen two hot cops walk in to the bar, Mason’s porn fantasy was ignited. When they talk to him, he was almost speechless. When they propositioned him, he was beyond himself. But when feelings got involved overtime, things got complicated. Mason does not want to go in between Gray and Jack. So he has to say goodbye before causing a rift in their relationship and end up getting hurt yet again.
First, I’d like to say how incredibly hot the chemistry was between these three guys. I mostly loved their sexy times but find the Dom act of Gray too abrasive for my taste. It was mentioned though that he’s not good in communicating his feelings and does better showing it through sex (really now?!) but he could get really annoying. I’ve read a few books involving BDSM and this is one of my least favorites in terms of their scenes. Although the BDSM part was not really excessive here, I just thought that Gray isn’t that solid of a character especially when he’s acting all dominant towards Mason and Jack. He’s too gruff, too macho, acting like a caveman all the time. Mason mentioned that he tried the BDSM scene before and does not like the pain shit stuff but when it comes to Gray, he realized that it’s what he really needs? Huh. I don’t buy that for one second. Maybe he’s got daddy complex or something. Okay, so I just don’t like Gray at all I guess.
Jack was my favorite amongst the three. I loved his passive-aggressive personality and he’s obviously the most rational in the relationship. Mason, I didn’t get much at all despite all his issues about his family’s denial of his sexuality which the author forgotten altogether because apparently sex is more important than getting a story out of it.
Speaking of the story itself, the robbery thingy was just an unnecessary plot to give it some sort of twist or happenings outside their sexual ménage. It’s almost ridiculous because it didn’t really work. But hey, I’m not hating here – I mean I liked the story as a whole and since it was a fairly quick read – I say why not?

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 Episode 2 – The Girl With K-POP Fever!

This season’s second episode got all K-POP on us with the girls posing in groups trying to outshine each other while donning colorful and vibrant K-pop ensemble.

As for their challenge, the girls did their best to impressed by dancing K-POP style which consequently won by the trio of Aimee Bradshaw, Franchesca Lagua and Melissa Tan.

During the photoshoot, the girls were group into four where they will be posing as Korean Pop singers. Pretty neat concept If I may say but the end result – not really digging them but I gotta say Melissa’s group totally nailed this shoot!!! Special mention to Melissa – she’s bringing that K-POP attitude in the pose! Just amazing!!!

Melissa Gani and Celine

Melissa Gani and Celine

Melissa – damn girl. Winner potential! Not gonna complain if I’ll see here in the final four this early in the competition!
Gani – oohhchow! Beautiful Gani is beautiful!
Celine – Not a fan of her face here but as a whole – she’s totally complementing Gani and Melissa.

Loretta, Barbara, Aimee

Loretta, Barbara, Aimee

Loretta – She’s really working it in her pose but her face does not really work for me here.
Barbara – Too studied for me but no one can deny how pretty Barbara is.
Aimee – I loved Aimee here and I don’t understand why she got a very low score.

Amanda, Franchesca, Monika

Amanda, Franchesca, Monika

Amanda – IMO, the worst this week. I can’t at her styling. From top to bottom. Ugh. I think she’s got tons of potentials though so let’s see in the upcoming episodes.
Chesca – Loved her face! Need more neck.
Monika – Not a stand out but she’s okay.

KB, Rani, Tahlia, Kiana

KB, Rani, Tahlia, Kiana

KB – A bit hoochie.
Rani – Very surprising! Loved the face but that thigh is killing me!
Thalia – I’m not a fan of that pose but I loved the attitude!
Kiana – Forgettable but IMO, not the worst.

Call Out Order
Group First Call Out
Melissa
Celine
Gani

4. Tahlia
5. Franchesca
6. Loretta
7. KB
8. Barbara
9. Monika
10. Rani
11. Aimee
12. Amanda

ELIMINATED: Kiana (Thailand’s sole rep)

images c/o asia’s next top model

Book Review: Pretend (Blackcreek, #3) – Riley Hart

Pretend BLURB: Mason Alexander thought all he wanted in life was something to call his own—something without the family name attached. He got that when he bought his bar in Blackcreek…but then a hard truth opens his eyes that he’s been lied to his whole life, and he’s tangled amid the family that loves him, a truth that haunts him, and torn between the life he wants for himself and the obligation he feels for his family.

Gavin Davis knows a thing or two about living a double life. Being a gay man with strict Christian parents who believe he’s going to Hell, has never been easy. Instead of dealing, Gavin lost himself in his career. Teaching music gives him solace. So when he loses his job at a private school for helping out a gay kid, he feels like he lost more than a job. He lost his identity.

Blackcreek is a new start for both of them, two men, loyal to a fault, who both feel obligated to people in their lives. What Mason and Gavin don’t expect to find in each other is the place where they can be real. They know they want each other, it’s the rest of it they can’t figure out. Caught between loyalty, obligation, fear, tragedy and family, Mason and Gavin’s lives threaten to pull them away from each other if they don’t get real, and stop playing pretend, for good.

***

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And here I thought that this would be an awesome third book for the Blackcreek series. So not the case! Just so not the case! Mason and Gavin’s story started out great until all their issues mostly revolving around their respective families started to get annoyingly repetitive. Gavin with his uber-religious parents and the “your soul is going to hell” speech started to get on my nerves just after the third time he visited his mom – like every single interaction with his Mom were like that. Mason on the other hand acted like the most sensitive prick to ever live and was always guilt ridden like Gavin for shunning his parents after it was revealed that he’s not their biological son. I mean, lawd – is he like twelve or something?!

This is Too mUch

Don’t even get me started with Isaac – Mason’s annoying ex-boyfriend. And then there’s Braden – I know that he’s Gavin’s first boyfriend and he really cared for him but this dude need to get it in his head to mind his own business just for once. Ugh. ANNOYING! ANNOYING!

I can’t believe the story turned out like this, I really do like the start but somewhere in there – it was like the summation of the whole series – repetitive, weak plot points and lost potentials. Sadly, it’s the weakest amongst the series so far…

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Perfect Imperfections – Cardeno C.

Perfect ImperfectionsHollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.

***

There are some books where I usually complain because of the very slow pacing, some because they’re too fast. Perfect Imperfections falls under the latter – the story in my opinion was maybe a bit too fast for my liking that I ended not connecting well with Reggie and JJ. Don’t get me wrong though, they’re great characters and they have this amazing chemistry at first but throughout the story, I just lost that with them.

The story was okay in a predictable way, the premise light though a bit incredulous if you think about it and like what I’ve mentioned; the whole thing was overly rushed. Another thing, I’m still not convinced about JJ’s preference. ^_^ that’s just me though. Perhaps, I was expecting the story to be discussing more about the music (ala Conquest by SJ Frost) and the travels and not just the internal battles of JJ and Reg babying him all throughout the story.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Raven’s Mark – Jade Archer

Raven's MarkRaven’s stutter and previous abusive relationships with the people he thought cared for him led him to be overly introverted with anxiety attacks looming his already closed-off personality. But for Ryan’s sake, his four year old kid –Raven is trying to venture out more and be the best parent he could be. Meeting Mark, the head chef of the Sandpiper’s Restaurant made Raven feel things that he knows he’s got no right to feel because this would only lead to more complications.

Mark who took care of his two younger siblings until they went to college finally has all the time to take care of himself. When he meets Raven, he was immediately drawn to the painfully shy guy and hopes to get to know more about him including the haunted look his carrying around and the fierce protectiveness towards his son Ryan. With both father and son around, Mark’s protective instinct kicked in and wanted to take responsibility of caring for them. Will Raven be able to overcome his painful past and finally move on and will Mark be able to show Raven that he’s up for the long ride?

The first book of this series was a good one. I loved the whole chemistry between the three guys. With Raven and Mark, it was also good but the plot was too thin for the story to develop easily. It was pretty much predictable all throughout and the chemistry between the MCs was not properly established. It became apparent that Mark was acting more as Raven and Ryan’s protector which was actually insinuated by Raven in the story. I think it was the case even though it was refuted at the end. I’m not saying I didn’t like the story altogether but it’s lacking the romance part of it. The sex scenes were dull, the dialogues not enough and the narrative was longer than necessary.

I’d still recommend this for those who loved an easy read since it was pretty quick to read but don’t go looking for much depth in it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Soufflés at Sunrise (Just Desserts, #2) – M.J. O’Shea & Anna Martin

Soufflés at Sunrise (Just Desserts, #2) M.J. O'Shea & Anna MartinThe first book of the series has set the tone of M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin’s collaboration into something that is maybe a hit or miss for both authors’ fans. These two are in my top 10 favorite authors from this genre and for some reason; their partnership doesn’t quite equate into something spectacular as a fan of both (moi!) would expect. That’s not to say the book was awful though, it’s actually far from that.

Soufflés at Sunrise is a cute story – two guys who found each other in the midst of a reality cooking TV show. Kailua Chin is a chef who left Hawaii and settled in California to try out for the show. He’s confident and very intense and sees himself already winning the top plum in the show. Country boy Chase Christensen grew up in a farm and has his own Ice-cream business in Wisconsin. He’s shy, sweet and very easy in the eye. At the show, they were pitted against each other with the producer orchestrating a mock rivalry for the viewers. But behind the scenes and off cam – they can’t seem to get their hands off each other.Things went wrong when their personal involvement started to get in the way of the competition. And then Chase discovered something that may change their plans for the show…and change things with Kai.

The first half of the story was a bit dull for my taste. I thought it was repetitive until Chase and Kai spent their days off at Kai’s loft (If I remember it right, it was during chapter seven when things started to pick up. Thank gawd!) The sex scenes between them were hot but there’s not too many of it. I thought the D/s tinge in those scenes was such a treat but I’m glad that the authors didn’t overdo it. I would’ve been mad if they did. It was already out of character from Chase and if they went beyond those verbal “domination” then I’m totally refunding this book!

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who’s into cooking / baking desserts would have an orgasm reading this oh-so-sweet story. The chemistry between Chase and Kai was incredible and the oh-so-many desserts in the story was almost info overload for me since I didn’t care one bit about it.

 Needless to say, the story has its moments and just like the first book in the series – there are some things that’s still lacking (I want excessive romancing from the MCs next time please!) but overall, it’s still an enjoyable read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Trapped in Oz (Tales from Kansas #3) – Andrew Grey

Trapped In Oaz[Book 3 of Tales From Kansas Series]

BLURB: Martin Long has plans and dreams, but they are derailed when his parents move and must sell their house. In need of a place to stay, fast, he answers an ad for a roommate, and even though the house needs work, the owner seems nice so Martin agrees to move in.

Gary Hunter is barely making ends meet, with mysteriously disappearing tips at work and tuition to pay. Disowned by his family and left with a house in need of repair, Gary desperately needs the extra set of hands along with the money.

When Gary confesses that his family disowned him for being gay, Martin makes his own confession that opens a world of possibilities. But Gary has paid a heavy price for being who he is, and Martin’s unwillingness to open up to his family puts strain on the fledgling relationship.

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This may be my favorite book in the series only because I just loved Gary’s character and really feel for him dearly. The characters are very well developed although Martin who keeps on repeating himself about not wanting to come out fearing his parent reaction did get on my nerves a bit but with that beautiful ending, I decided to let go of it. One of Gary’s friend was named Larry and I thought he’s the same bully from the second book – it would have been nice if he was able to turn his life around yeah? I’d love for this story to be much longer because I feel that the ending was rush to stay with the series’ 7 chapters policy. I loved that we get to see Roger and Lyle here and the timeline was like years here. I was hoping that we’d get to see Nate and Jeremy as well but perhaps, the author will revisit them in the next book in the series. I decided that I liked this series after all. It’s not overly dramatic, a bit predictable but very easy and fun to read.

 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published October 8th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press

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