2014 Welcome Book : Broken Dove by Kristen Ashley

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Title : Broken Dove ( Fantasyland, #4)

Author : Krsiten Ashley

Publication Date : December 27th 2014

Far too young, Apollo Ulfr lost Ilsa, his wife, the love of his life and the mother of his two children. The grief of her loss does not settle in his soul, it solders to it. But when he discovers there is a parallel universe where his wife may have a twin, he feels there’s hope and sets about bringing her to his world so he can have her back.

But Ilsa Ulfr of our world is married to the parallel universe’s twin, Pol, who is not a good man. Not in any way. She’s on the run from him and the last thing she wants is to be transported to a fantastical world and be forced to take his side as his wife, even if he is not Pol. And Apollo finds the broken, bitter Ilsa nothing like his beloved and he further wants nothing to do with her.

But darkness is looming and evil is amassing. Apollo must protect his land and keep his family safe, including the new Ilsa.

Review :

Finished reading Broken Dove on midnight January 1st was like New Year gift (yes, I spent my New Year eve on home, babysit my baby nephew, haha lucky me I have Broken Dove to accompany me). And after couple of disappointment, finally Kristen Ashley back to the game. Bow for you Ms. Ashley. Proudly present : 5 freaking stars!!!!!!

Love love love love the book. Superb storyline, amazing characters, epic romance, and HOT HOT HOT scenes, also must be said : wonderful epilogue, just like Ms. Ashley signature, queen of Epi.

KA bring her greatness again with the fourth installment of Fantasyland series. Please noted that you recommended to read the previous books, as all of the h/H of the series made appearance, and it would give the reader deep insight to our H/h and all secondary characters.

Won’t get much to the story. But it was about two parallel universe, where you could found your identical self in the other world. As we could found the same faces in other world, our Hero, Apollo (Lo), after years of grieving for his wife, Ilsa, was asking (well paying actually) a witch, Valentine, to bring Ilsa from the other world (latter on Ilsa from modern world called herself Maddy). It was story of how the couple overcome the hurdles, how Lo treating Maddy and redeem himself to win her love and trust, how to work it out with his two children, how Maddy adapt to the new world and found herself then put the pieces together after broken by abusive husband for years, and also how they will fighting the enemy and win the war.

In this amazing story you could found the suspense, the action where sword, arrow, and pistol involve, the scenes where blood splattered, the queen-princess-and prince with their castle, do not forget the dragon and fairy, also the witches with their magic spell. Adding with spice of hot romance.
When I written hot, I mean HOT. Ms. Ashley always known for her sizzling romance, even she write under erotica by her Unfinished Hero series. But this book way out in sensuality. The bed scenes were panty melting, body squirming, and self fanning. Yes, prepare a fan and ice for the ride.

“I tell you now, my poppy, for years, I never thought I would again be happy. Never again.” He tucked me closer and finished on a rough whisper. “So I never imagined I could be happier.” – Lo

“So this is what it feels like not to be broken.” – Maddy

Behold The Stars by Susan Fanetti

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Title : Behold The Stars (Signal Bend #2)

Author : Susan Fanetti

Publication Date : December 7th 2013

Lawrence Ellis, with vast wealth and power, has made it known that he wants control of Signal Bend, Missouri. He is a man who always gets what he wants; there are no limits to the lengths he’ll go, and he has the means to pay all manner of people to do his dirty work for him. The Night Horde MC, led by its President, Isaac Lunden, is wildly outmatched but prepared nonetheless to defend their hometown to the last man, and they are willing to do whatever they must to protect their home. Lilli Accardo, Isaac’s old lady, with her own special skills and resources, stands with them, rebelling against Isaac’s need to shield her.

After toying with them for months, Ellis loses patience for the game and rains down destruction on the Horde, their families, and the town itself. Tested to their very limits, beyond anything they could have imagined, forced to travel dark roads, the citizens of Signal Bend fight a war no one—not even they themselves—thinks they can win.

Challenged constantly from without, beset by their own inner demons, Isaac and Lilli must find the true strength within their bond. Isaac needs to protect what is his; Lilli needs to stand on her own; but they are stronger side by side.

Even in the deepest darkness, love brings hope.

Review :

4.5 stars

Behold The Stars picks up after where Move The Sun ended. The story focused not only about Lily and Isaac romance but more on  the threat from  Lawrence Ellis and MC business. Please noted that it highly recommended that you should  read the first book.

If the first book is raw, this second installment went beyond. It was gritty of the grittiest, very very real, absolutely gut wrenching and simply epic. Do not expect warm, fuzzy, sweet, and nice romance.  A lot of OMG moment, unbelievable act, gruesome scenes, and tragedy (es). Such heinous act being done in this story, by both side, the villain and the hero. Yup, it was about outlaw and biker, and the hero is the president, the writer does not sugar coat the life-much- alas it was real (as far my knowledge of their life).

Speaking of the romance, we see how the H/h building their relationship, growing together, handling their problems and issues because there were always stories behind every HEA. Lilli and Isaac stand still and strong because they were in love and believe with their love. The love scenes are hot and sexy, very satisfying (not repetitive and still make me squirm, LOL).

The characters were develop beautifully. And it was nice getting to know other members, escpecially Show. As this book was the turning point of his story in the third installment.

There were little thing that felt off to me, Isaac characterization. Isaac seem overly change, not as badass as the first, tid a bit sappy few times. I also felt way way off with the club act of seeking retribution toward the traitor. Yes, I know they were an outlaw, dealing with drugs, and not your white collar type. But still it was too far for me (Geez I almost hate Isaac for his decision).

The most devastating and heart wrenching from this book are the tragedies (plural guys). Such abuse and torture were beyond me. Weirdly, I mostly heartbroken that it happen to the girls rather than Lilli, because I knew she could held her own.

Behold The Stars was a very satisfying read and a very memorable one. Mix of emotion roll into one and made me want more of them when I finished the last page. As a book with great storyline, deep characters, and written wonderfully, kudos to Ms. Fanetti.

Link to short story of Isaac and Lily
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Move The Sun by Susan Fanetti

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Move The Sun (Signal Bend, #1)

By Susan Fanetti

Publication Date : October 27th 2o13

Source : Freebie Amazon

Lilli Accardo moves to the dying town of Signal Bend, Missouri, where the citizens have made a devil’s bargain to stay afloat. Lilli quickly garners the attention of the whole town, particularly Isaac Lunden, President of the Night Horde Motorcycle Club and de facto protector of the town and its citizens. When it turns out that Lilli is there under murky circumstances, Isaac decides to get close and try to figure out what she’s hiding. Their chemistry is instantaneous and electric, but each is a potential danger to the other. Action, sex, and drama ensue as Isaac and Lilli try to navigate the rocky terrain between trust and threat.

Review :

A GEM!!!!

5 STARS!!!

Whew… what a wonderful journey I had with this book.

It’s not eye dreamy Cinderella story with flower and candy, but it was definitely REAL.

I dunno a whit of any MC real life, an outlaw, or even government agent but the story and characters are believable. And it make the whole book loveable.

Didn’t expect much when I take a chance on this new author, but Ms. Fanetti succeed entrap me to the Horde world.

Speak of the romance, the instant-lust between Lilli and Isaac was described rightfully, and their relationship thorough the story simply beautiful.

Off course, the sex scene was extra hot, out of the world hot. Not sweet but raw, gritty, and kind of dirty (in a good way).

Can not wait to read the next installment.

Jagged by Kristen Ashley

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Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5)

By Kristen Ashley

Publication Date : November 5th 2013

Source : Forever via NetGalley

Rating : 2.75 stars

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

Review :

I’ve waited so long for this book and when the publisher provide the ARC via NetGallet I was like deliriously happy. If you are KA’s addict you must know what I’m talking about.

So yeah, after such emotionally excited feeling, I expecting that the story will blown my mind away, just like KA did with the previous book in the series, Breath. Did it? Sadly no.

It was Meh. Beyond Meh honestly. I was sooo disappointed that it not great, almost not good, just quite good. The disappointment much worse because it was KA’s. And beyond worse because her latest book, Fire Inside, also lack of greatness which means that it wasn’t just a lapse but there was something going on here with KA. It was strike two to me and I pray-wish-beg it won’t goes to strike three.

Enough of my rant, lets cut to the review.

Many readers said that KA books are starting to sound very much alike, badass alpha hero and damsel in distress who plays way too hard to gets. But I like her premise, so it wasn’t about the lack of diversity which made this book not awesome but lack of feeling. I didn’t get the love between Ham and Zara (Cookie). I never felt those lack of love before from KA, but this book somehow made it. I didn’t mean love in the sexual terms, but in the romance and feeling department. The non existing grovelling scene didn’t help it either.

Talk about the hero, Graham Reece a.k.a Ham (weird name btw), he was a jerk, manwhore, and not a loveable character at all from the beginning till the end. And the heroine, Zara Cinders (I love her name), feel like a shallow woman. Must said that it was bugging the hell out of me that KA portraying her ex-husband, Greg, as someone who thought that night well spent is watching a subtitled film at home rather than getting sloshed in the bar as something less cool. Was it wrong to enjoy your solitude? Was it not cool if people didn’t went to bar every night?

Okay… so what the good points from this book? Good storyline, hot scene here and there, nice epi, and better execution about Zara insecurity as second best.

I didn’t said that I hate the book, but absolutely didn’t love it. Just quite like it.

 

Teaser Tuesday : Rock Chick Revolution

1422544_girl_with_bookTeaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Just Grab your current read, pick a random page, and share 2 sentences.

My Teaser :

“This is important to me,” I whispered.

“And it’s important to me to be with the woman I love, the woman with
whom I intend to have a family, and do that without the possibility of her
getting riddled with bullets or comin’ back from getting ice cream with the
kids and finding our home has been leveled.”

(pg.169)

 

15752757 The teaser is from Rock Chick Revolution, 8th installment of Rock Chick series written by Kristen Ashley.

As few peoples knew that I was/is/always be addicted to the amazing Kristen Ashley, this is the second time I  re-read this book after it published on August 13th 2013.

Being the last book in the series I was bit (liar, more than a bit actually) sad when I read this book. Definitely crying. It was like saying goodbye to our beloved friends.

Well, just let me share that the Heroine, Ally Nightingale, and the hero, Ren Zano. were not the standard contemporary romance where the badass is the hero. In this awesome story, Ally was the badass of the good side – daughter and sister of a cop, and Ren was a businessman who handle the legitimate side of his Shady Business Big Family (just call it simply MAFIA).

Read it , Enjoy it, Love it, and ROCK ON!!!!

 

 

 

Nora Roberts Reading Challange : Holding The Dream

114188Judul : Holding The Dream (Dream Trilogy, #2)
Pengarang : Nora Roberts
Format : Mass Market Paperback
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Bahasa : Inggris

 

Review :

Akhirnya setelah hiatus dari reading challange Nora Roberts/J.D Robb milik Ren, hari ini aku hatam baca satu bukunya Tante Nora.

First,buku ini ke-dua kalinya aku baca . Pertama baca waktu jaman SMA dulu edisi bahasa Indonesia, dan berhubung lupa my first impression of this book, kecuali bahwa aku suka banget sama trilogy dream ini.

Pilih buku ini gara pas mau beresin lemari si buku ini ktinggalan masuk, dan berhubung merasa bersalah sudah dianaktirikan ya sudah aku baca saja.

Ini seri ke-2 dari Dream Trilogy. Menceritakan tentang Katherine, perempuan yang obsesif terhadap karir dan kesuksesan. Me-map-ing segala detail masa depannya. No emotion. She only trust the fact, the number, the order.

Si Kate ini sebenernya yatim piatu, waktu umurnya 8 tahun ortunya meninggal, kemudian diadopsi sama kerabatnya yaitu keluarga Templeton. Dari kecil hobinya belajar, tidak ada kata gagal dalam kamusnya. She’s taken life seriously. Too seriously.

Cerita dimulai ketika Kate sudah hampir mencapai target hidupnya (catet bukan mimpi, tapi target), menjadi bagian dalam firma akuntan terkenal dan prestigius. Dan tiba-tiba dia dikejutkan bahwa ayahnya adalah seorang pencuri. Dan dia mencuri uang dari Hotal millik keluarga Templeton. Tapi Templeton ini baik banget, Susan dan Thomas bahkan menebus uang yang dicuri itu, dan tetap menyambut Kate bak anak-nya sendiri.

Singkat cerita si Kate ini dituduh mencuri uang klien sama firma tempat dia bekerja. History repeated again. Malu, syok, stress, intinya dunia dia runtuh.

Romance-nya mana nih? Hadirlah sang Hero kita, Bryon de Witt. Manajer di hotel Templeton. Perfecto lah orangnya. Nah awalnya mereka ini tidak saling menyukai.

Inti cerita sih tentang opposite attraction, dan  bagaimana si Bryon meluluhkan dan menebus dinding Kate, si wanita dengan logika.

Oke, so my rambling thought abou this one are :

  1. I want to smack the heroine head, wracking her brain and shouting at her. Ada cowo sempurna, idaman tiap hawa, ganteng, pintar, kaya, charming, gentleman, baik hati, pekerja keras, pokoknya mah TOP, eh si Kate malah bersikap seakan-akan hidupnya yang tertata rapih diporakporanda. Ngeluh lagi kalau dia ga suka di-handle sama cowo. Diperhatiin ketus, dibilang cinta panik, bicara pernikahan ngamuk ga karuan. Stress tuh cewe.
  2. Kalo aku jadi si Bryon, ditinggal aja deh si Kate, let her sit in her sorry as*
  3. Mana epilogue-nya Tante Nora…. kaga ada epi-nya sama sekali, ga nendang deh.
  4. After all the heroine defect(s), kudos for Aunt Nora writing skill. Smooth. Deskripsi yang pas, cukup untuk menghadirkan imaji bagi para pembaca tanpa terlalu terpaku pada detail yang tak perlu. Karakterisasi yang kuat dan well just awesome.

Well this is my rambling thoughts. Maaf karena ngaco reviewnya. Bahasa campur-campur. Buku dalam bahasa inggris, review dalam indonesia campur2.

*Next to the third installment*

A To Z Bookish Survey

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Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has come up with this creative A to Z survey about all things bookish.  It was fun and I must participate!  Check her original post HERE, and if you want to join in the fun on your blog as well be sure to leave her a comment with the link to it.

Btw, thx to Ren for introduce me to this awesome post!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Nora Robert/J.D Robb. Total is 55 books I’ve read of her works.

Best Sequel Ever:

Not a big fan of sequel, I prefer a series, which I could encounter with a previous hero and heroine.

Currently Reading:

Re-read all Kristen Ashley books

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea. Hot Peppermint Tea to be precisely.

E-reader of Physical Books:

Both, but since I bought my kindle early this year, I hold Kindle most of the time (lighter guys)

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

High school? I hate my High School, But if I have to choose I would love and must have fall in love with Fin Holliday, secondary character from Kristen Ashley book Games Of Heart.


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Lords Of The Underworld series by Gena Showalter. if I didn’t won the book from giveaway maybe I wouldn’t get to read those awesome series.

Hidden Gem Book:

Tangled by Emma Chase it was one of the funniest book I’ve read this year. Btw, it was adult book.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I love reading since I was a child. When my father introducing me to awesomeness of  Manga (Japanese Comic) when I was 7 or 8 years old. And in the junior high school, 15 years old at that time, my friend got me hooked by Harlequin. Yes, I agree it wasn’t appropriate reading material for my age, but well since then I love romance books. I also love some Indonesian fictional author like Fira Basuki, Ayu Utamy, Dee, Djaenar. and Remy Silado.

But maybe the stepping stone when I finally announce myself as Book Addict is when I read Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series – Romancing Mister Birdgerton, since then I couldn’t stop reading romance books.

Just Finished:

I’m just finished re-read for the third times With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:

Right now I won’t read any Text Book. Ecology subject was fine but Mathematic, Physic or Chemist BIG NO

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Until today I haven’t finish read The Edge of Never by J.A.Redmerski since I started it on Dec 17th 2012. Gee sue me…

Major book hangover because of:

Rock Chick Revolution, last installment of Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. I read it till 03.30 AM which I have to get work at 07.00 AM – only slept for 2,5 hours.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have 4 bookcases. One big container (75 ml). Four big boxes.  All of it full of books (include comic)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. Rock Chick Regret and Breath by Kristen Ashley

Preferred Place To Read:

My bedroom.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The perfect I was looking for wasn’t perfection. The perfect I was looking for was the one. And he was you.”
Kristen Ashley, Motorcycle Man

Reading Regret:

My biggest regret is I never finished read Lord Of The Ring, the main reason is because I crazy in love with the movies, so it will ruined me to read the books.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Tons of it. Should I type it one by one. Well, I guess In Death series by J.D Robb is my numero uno

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

I am big fan of Kristen Ashley, so apologized if I always mention her every time.

My All Time Fave Books:

1. Breathe by Kristen Ashley

2. Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley

3. Lover Awakened by J.R Ward

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

ACHERON. Love him. SOOOOO MUCH.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5) By Kristen Ashley. Expected publication November 5th. Can Not Wait!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Sleeping position. Bad for the eye ladies and gent

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Dreams of A Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Your latest book purchase:

A lot. Actually it just arrived by post on Saturday from my fave OL Bookshop :

1. Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

2. Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward

3. Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

4. Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale

5. An Irresistible Bachelor b Jessica Bird

6. A Christmas Night To Remember by Helen Brooks

7. Master of Torment by Karin Tabke

8. Hunger Tamed by Pamela Palmer

9. Lover Revealed by J.R Ward

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

None, this past week I was sick, so couldn’t read. But before I got sick it was Rock Chick Revolution, on 22 August 2013.