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Book Review: Dominic (Slater Brothers #1) – L.A. Casey

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“I more than like you but don’t feel near love yet, so I put the word love and life together and got live so I live you. I’m in live with you, pretty girl” – Dominic

From a debuting author from Ireland, the story of Dominic Slater was penned that would surely make the tweens [as of press time, they already are] and not so tween-nation swoon all over this bad-ass, hot, cocky and slightly immature 18 year old American expat in Ireland who tormented Bronagh Murphy’s life and introduced her to the world of underground fighting, his equally demigod-like brothers and found a way to shatter Bronagh’s heavily guarded heart.

I ordered this one right away when a friend of mine recommended it after discussing the Beautiful Disaster series. I looked it up and with stunning reviews, I figured that this would probably be a good fix after soaking myself up with all the fantasy and sci-fi reads I’ve had so far. And if this is nearly as good as “Beautiful Disaster,” well then, I’ve no problem losing some money over it.

Okay, here we go…

So at first, I wasn’t entirely convinced of Bronagh’s character. I was already expecting that she’d go Bella Swan on me like “I’m a weak girl, I cannot defend myself. I’m such a klutz and can’t live without my man and all” but I was utterly and completely wrong. Bronagh’s everything but weak. What a feisty character and I totally loved her! I mean seriously, she’s like a dream. I’m tired of all the female MC being all so annoying and overly conflicted with themselves but Bronagh’s a refreshing gal that I even find myself comparing her with Pidge of Beautiful Disaster [Hhhmm, Lucky 13 still edge her out though].

Now let’s go over Dominic – it has to be about him mostly right? After all, he’s the guy in the title and well – he’s like the most perfect book boyfriend based on the author’s description – at least physically. See, I’m trying to really assert my thoughts about this guy but I just can’t get over the fact that he’s only freaking 18 years old! I mean yeah, he’s handsome, cocky and all but he’s basically a baby – ugh. No further comment.

Now let’s move on with the rest of the Slater brothers I’m mostly interested more than Dominic himself. Let’s start with Ryder since he’s dating Bronagh’s sister – he’s kind of off limits for now so let’s also not discuss him any further. LOL

We have Kane, the one with the scar in the mouth for apparently doing some of the hoodlum jobs for Marco Miles (See, I really cannot really you more about Marco because then I have to spill everything here). Let’s move forward with their bisexual brother Alex. He’s like my favorite If I’m being honest [perhaps because of my affinity to MM genre] I could just imagine what his story will be, I reckon it’ll be a great idea for the author to cross over the MM genre at least just for this character. [DEAD – apparently, Alec’s story was already released and he was paired with a woman –it sucks I know].

Lastly, Dominic’s twin brother – the white haired Damien. I love his adorable image in the book but for the life of me, I can’t imagine his snow-white hair. The only time I saw a snow-white hair person was while watching Top Model series. Okay, nuff said.

Going back to the story, though I find the premise a bit over the top which was very intentional by the way, I still went along with it because of the smooth way the story was written. Now I’m just a bit worried with the upcoming series because they may be a bit repetitive, I still believe though that the author will rise to the occasion. This first book in this rather exciting series is not that bad. Not bad at all.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Published April 2nd 2013 by Atria Books

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Walking Disaster narrated everything that happened in Beautiful Disaster but this time, it was told from Travis perspective. Both books are nearly identical (except for this book’s epilogue) so if you want to start reading the series – you can start with either although I highly suggest you start with Beautiful Disaster.

I actually find Travis’s perspective more interesting than Abby’s ( although I was totally raving about the first book after reading it). Here, we see everything through the mind of Travis and his rough, bad-ass boy facade. And of-course, we don’t have Abby’s quite annoying habit of being stupid. It’s also a given that we see more of the Maddox Family – learn more about them especially the things that made them stronger. In this book, you will also discover the history behind Pigeon (Travis’s nickname to Abby).

You see, I’ve raved about Beautiful Disaster like crazy but If I’ve read this one first, I think I will find this much more fun. As  interesting as it was, it gets kinda repetitive but I still enjoyed it. So if you’re like uber-addicted now with these two – you better get a copy of this book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

 Published May 26th 2011 by Jamie McGuire

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Can I just tell you guys how I totally adore this book? I’ve read it non-stop in a day and I just couldn’t get over it – not just yet. The story was narrated by Abby Abernathy as a freshman college student in a new place and finding herself getting involved with Travis Maddox – a guy who’s everything that she was trying to escape from her past.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match

Travis is such a character. He’s very relatable, funny, charming, romantic and obnoxious at times. He’s what “realistic- boyfriend characters” are made of. Abby Abernathy on the other hand was a very annoying biatch. Don’t get me wrong though, I loved her character but most of the times – she’s borderline annoying because she’s so dense! At some point of the book I’m like, “WTF? Do you even have a brain girl?” I gotta love her back-story though but ‘am quite disappointed that that part of the book was way too short.

The story was almost on a normal scale – reality wise. The secondary characters are also well-written. The most exciting amongst them are the Maddox Brothers themselves (which I’ve already know that a book was about to be released starting with Trenton! Yay!)

This was overall a very good read. It was mostly romantic that sometimes its borderline cheesy but hey when it comes to the business of love, who isn’t?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars