55 Question About Me and My Books

Hi fellas. I got this post about books from Ren’s blog. Sound like fun, so let’s begin.

1. Favorite childhood book?

Lupus, written by Hilman, amazing Indonesian writer.

2. What are you reading right now?

If you were mine – Bella Andre

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

Only went to library in my course place – when I need to find French books. So, nope, don’t have request there.

4. Bad book habit?

Reading while sleeping. Reading and then sleeping (in this case I read ebook and my laptop always on). Reading and *poof* I forget everything, it was just me and the story.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

French books

6. Do you have an e-reader?

I read e-book in my laptop. I also used KOBO application. So, it yes or no? hmmm…

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

One book at a time. But sometimes I put aside the book I was currently reading when I found a very interesting book.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not really, I wasn’t a good blogger.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?

Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsay

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year.

Again, so many. I will pick my top read so far this year :

The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter, Seven days of Loan by Tiffany Reisz,  Acheron by Sherrylin Kenyon, all SEP books I read this year, ALL Kristen Ashley Books I read, etc.

But if I have to pick one : Breathe by Kristen Ashley

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

This year? not much.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Romance books. Particularly subgenre contemporary, suspense, and paranormal.

13. Can you read on the bus?

Yup, I read everywhere.

14. Favorite place to read?

My bedroom

15. What is your policy on book lending?

Rarely lending my books.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

Yes, it was my bad habit….. it ruined the pages…

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Nope.

18. Not even with text books?

Yes for text books, but not often.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

English for romance. I didn’t liked read the translation version.

20. What makes you love a book?

Because it makes me happy. That’s why I read romance.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

Mutual interest.

22. Favorite genre?

Romantic suspense

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?

YA

24. Favorite biography?

Don’t have

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

Yup

26. Favorite cookbook?

I love all my cookbooks. So, no I don’t have any.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Gah, no idea.

28. Favorite reading snack?

Peanuts.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

Blank. No idea.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

Often, but only if the review really made a balance opinion of the book.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

It was hard giving bad review. I didn’t wanted to be rude, but also I need to be honest.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

Russia.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

None.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

Shakespeare

35. Favorite Poet?

I loved Pablo Neruda and Maya Angelou, also Poe.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

2-3 books in a month (for French books)

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

Often, hehehe….

38. Favorite fictional character?

Acheron

39. Favorite fictional villain?

I never remember any villain.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation

Harlequin.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Maybe a week.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

None.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Food.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Lord Of The Ring!!!!!!!!

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

None.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

Don’t remember. But never had over 50$

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Not often. But I always read the reviews with a lot of spoiler. So it was the same I think.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

Another book way more interesting.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Not really.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

Keeping them. I loved when my book shelves was full.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Yup, non-romance books.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

None. Ennnnggg… I know, Breathe by Kristen Ashley. I was angry it was over because I loved it so much.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

Dirty by Megan Hart.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

Johanna Lindsay books. I expected to like it (I mean, hey she was a famous romance author) but gee Ie

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Erotica romance.

Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4)

Stuck in a colorless world, Tyra Masters decides to chuck her old life and starts searching for something. She doesn’t know what it is until she meets her dream man. The goateed, tattooed, muscled, gravelly voiced motorcycle man who plies her with tequila and gives her the best sex of her life. But she knows it isn’t the tequila and sex talking. He’s it. He’s who she’s been daydreaming about since she could remember.

Until he makes it clear she isn’t who he’s looking for.

Tyra slinks away from his bed, humiliated. The problem is, he’s her new boss. She just may or may not have forgotten to tell him that part.

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. And he lets Tyra know that in his motorcycle man way. Tyra fights for her job and wins it using sass and a technicality. Tack challenges her that if she hits his bed one more time, she loses her job.

Tyra is determined to keep her job and keep away from Tack. But she makes a big mistake. During their head-to-heads, she lets it all hang out and shows Tack she is who he’s looking for. And Tack has had a good woman slip through his fingers, he’s not about to let that happen again.

Although Tack colors Tyra’s world with a vibrancy that’s blinding, being with him means she has to live in his Motorcycle Club world. Full on, no holds barred. And since Tack’s world, not to mention Tack, is a little scary, Tyra isn’t so sure.

It’s Tack’s job to convince her.

6++++++++ stars

I fraking in love with this book!!!!!!!!!!

Gah, KA is the queen of romance. I pledged my everlasting love to her heroes.

I love every part of this book. Tack, oh holly cow, you are here in my heart, standing beside Chace, as my ultimate sexy as hell heroes. He was rude, harsh, jerk, stubborn, you name it guys, but OMG, you are unbelievable romantic. One point I wanted to throttle you, the next I want to kiss you top-to-toe.

“That movie you made me watch, first time at your house. Love and redemption. You said, ‘the most beautiful stories ever told are the most difficult to take’. You said that, Red. Right out. And I knew if you got that, when it was later and I shared my shit with you, you’d get me. I never thought my story was beautiful. I thought it was shit. But you said that and when you did, I saw it. The ride is not over but if I can keep my Club together and find a sweet, feisty woman who’s got my back and enough to her that she’ll stay there, holding me up not dragging me down, I figure I’d find my way to beauty eventually. And I’d find absolution because I’d know, I earned the love of that woman, a woman who’s got so much to her it’ll take years to dig down and find the heart of her, that would be my reward.”

Red, Tyra, Cherry. She was awesome!!!! Yeah, she was little bit meekly and kind of naive, but I totally loved her. Maybe someone called her quitter, but it was justified. I hurt when she hurt. I smiled when she smiled. The too long pages felt too short for how KA waved her magic wand of romance. But had it been thousands pages, I still felt it too short. Gah, my addiction was getting worst by the day.

Can’t wait for the next series The Chaos, yay… Tabby and Shy.

”Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.”

Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Running Wild (The Men from Battle Ridge #1)

Genre : Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

ARC Netgalley

Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

Zeke doesn’t challenge Carlin’s terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she’s a woman in trouble. Problem is, he’s so blindsided by his attraction to her he can’t think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications—but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman

Linda Howard is my favorite author and I’ve been waiting for her new installment. Was the waiting worth? Given my rating is 3.5 stars, I guess maybe.

This book wasn’t her strongest. Not as good as Mr.Perfect, Open Season, or even MacKenzie series but way better than her newest books, Veil of Night, Ice or Burn. That being said, Running Wild was great romance novel. It was nicely written (as we know it, LH is superb writer). Great dialogue with plenty humor. Though the storyline was a standard woman on the run premise, it was interesting and quite engaging.

Lets talk about the character. Carlin Reed, describe as a pretty woman, not outrageously beautiful, she was an average woman with decent job and ended stalk by an obsessive cop. She was sassy and smart-ass. A strong woman (survive being on the run for months).
The hero, A.Z Decker or Zeke. I felt he wasn’t really an alpha hero. Yes there was moments where we could see her protective strike an his macho act. But,  compared with other LH’s heroes he wasn’t an alpha. He’s a strong man with high confident and responsible person. Describe as a gorgeous and handsome cowboy but also a hard worker.  The relationship between the build in slow pace and it was sweet to watch their interaction banter. Their banter added the humor atmosphere into the story. Their dialogue was hilarious, though not much.

“Holy crap! You lied. You lied like a yellow dog, with apologies to the dog.”
Dark brows drew together, eyes narrowed. “Lied?” he repeated softly.
She pointed into the kitchen. “The cows do live in the house!”
He turned his head to give the kitchen a slow, considering look. Then, damn him, a very pleased smile curved his lips. “Should keep you busy for a while,” he said cheerfully.

I’m fond of your balls,” she said abruptly.
A wary look came into his eyes. “So am I.”
“I don’t love them, but they’re endearing in a cute, wrinkly kind of way. I don’t want to hurt them – you.”
“Let me give you a tip, buttercup: you don’t tell a man his balls are cute.”
“You’re tough enough to take it. I’d be lying if I said they were pretty.”

The storyline wasn’t weight with suspense. The stalker threat was only a shadow without much of action. Only in the beginning and the end of the story we could see face to face with the real threat. There is also minor villain but quickly solved. The secondary character was a nice addition. It showed another layer of personality of the hero and heroine.

With quite an appreciation why I gave this book 3.5 stars? Let’s peel them off. The beginning was slow and not really a catcher. I felt bored for the first few pages. Though the romance was sweet but I wasn’t totally involved emotionally with the couple. The heroine got too much inner self dialogue. I wanted more interaction and dialogue between hero and heroine which showed their emotional depth. I liked the characters but I didn’t felt I knew both the hero and the heroine as I hoped to be.  As a reader I felt them at a distance. Maybe because the book written with 2 authors I didn’t get the Linda Howard vibes. If I read it without knew who the author was I couldn’t even guess it was her book. That being said the collaboration of Howard and Jones writing together was satisfying and it works well.

Breathe by Kristen Ashley : Left Me Breathless

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4)

Genre : Contemporary Romance,Erotica Romance, Romantic Suspense

In order to protect a father he does not respect, in Lady Luck, we learned that good cop Chace Keaton went bad, sacrificing his career and his future. But when the local police department’s secrets are revealed and the wife he’s forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal’s hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he’ll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife’s murderer.

But he isn’t the only one looking.

While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town’s quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town’s last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.

Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she’s had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn’t know what to do with her

“Just so you know, I’m angry, but still, if i found you were an unknown model of Cylon, i wouldn’t kill you because you’re my Mom. But i would find you a habitable planet and dump you there. I’m also angry enough to dump Gaius there with you. He’s brilliant but he’s annoyingly arrogant, smug, a total jerk, completely self-serving and unpredictable. You’d hate him. So that tells you just how angry i am at you for not letting me speak my mind to Dad. Enjoy church and i’ll see you next Saturday.”

Breathless. Yes, that is how freaking great this book made me. Awesome. Amazing. Wonderful. Magnificent. Brilliant. Poignant. Incredible.  Romantic. Simply Perfect.

Faye Goodknight. A librarian with 13 years crush for local police hero Chace Keaton. Faye – a perfect name for geek, shy, dreamy, and emphatic woman. I love her character. The geek part was a brilliant thing to added into her character traits. It was hilarious when Faye started her ranting about geeky thing. A loveable heroine.

Chace. Oh my Goodness. He is my hero.  Uber alpha hero but thankfully his rudeness scale wasn’t as bad as Ty or Tate. Yes, in the first few pages he liberally hurting Faye. But, never even once I dislike him (which was happened a lot with Ty and Tate).  He got strong sense of duty and responsibility. Though he deserved felt a huge anger and resentment he never lost his tenderness and gentleness side. With a lot of demon and burden in her shoulder he was capable of loving someone deeply. And it made him absolutely beautiful. I love love love love love Chace.

The best heroes inspire loyalty. The best heroes keep fighting the good fight, tirelessly, quietly. The best heroes always have scars. If they didn’t, the heroine would have nothing to do. It’s her job to help the hero let all that stuff go in order that her man can be strong enough to fight on but when he’s with her he’s free to just breathe.”

The romance between Chace and Faye was off the chart. It was beautiful, sweet, heart-melting, and absolutely hot. Scene after scene were swoon-licious. Every bit of dialogue expressed how deep the feeling between them. Angel, it was how Chace called Faye. An angel who touched his helluva world. A light in the darkness he was living. Watching them was…. gah I lost words to describe.  Speechless.

Near the end Kristen Ashley gave us heart wrenching and tear-jerking scene. I read it with chills in my skin and tears in my eyes. And it was amazing twist. Wow, seriously horrifying. But ended wonderfully.

The epilogue. Like usual KA gave us a long and beautiful ending. Satisfied yet dissatisfied. I wanted them never end. It was a long story yet I felt it was too short. Kristen Ashley, I bowed to you.

“It was this song. It was Ella Mae singing this to me when I thought you weren’t all I knew you to be, which is all the words to this song. Twenty-nine years, I held out for this. Then, half an hour later, you proved every one of these words true and every moment since then, you kept doing it. I’ll take you thinking I’m your angel but you need to know you’re my hero. Twenty-nine, honey, I held out for this. Twenty-nine years, I held out for you.”

<<I need a hero; I’m holding out for a hero till the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast,and he’s got to be fresh from the fight. I need a hero, I’m holding out for a hero till the morning light, he’s gotta be sure, and its gotta be soon, and he’s gotta be larger than life.>>

 

Friday’s Recommendation #4

Happy Friday Ladies…..

Yay, like usual, every Friday I’m gonna pick a book for Friday’s Recommendation, a Meme held by Ren’s Little Corner. It was hard to decide which book, ‘coz this past days I fully engage with Kristen Ashley’s books. So I decide to introduce you to one of my favorite author : Lisa Marie Rice.

Dangerous Lover (Dangerous #1)

Genre : Romantic Suspense/Erotica Romance

“I don’t want to be alone tonight.”

Caroline Lake can hardly believe she would ever say these words to someone she’d never met before. When a tall, dark stranger arrives wanting to rent a room in her beautiful empty shell of a mansion, she hesitates. Though she is in dire financial straits, the man looks dangerous–dangerously sexy. She’s overwhelmed by the desire he sparks in her–hotter than anything she’s ever felt before, making her ache to experience his sensuous touch. But who is this armed and mysterious man with danger following in his wake? He’s not who she thinks he is . . .

Jack Prescott has wanted Caroline forever. He has spent the past twelve years dreaming of her, desiring her, while fighting in some of the worst hellholes on earth. Now he’s back, with twenty million dollars in blood diamonds and a relentless enemy stalking him. But this time Jack’s determined that nothing will stop him from finally making Caroline his.

I love Lisa Marie Rice books. I read all her works (she also had pseudonym Elizaebth Jenkins). Mostly her book only got 4 stars for me, they weren’t my favorite, but the author does. LMR books are my guilty pleasure and comfort reads. I like how he wrapped the story, balance between the suspense and erotica romance. And I most definitely love her heroes. The possessive and overprotective alpha male. The hot, sexy, gorgeous, handsome, over the top hero. So, yeah, I read them for the heroes.

Dangerous Lover is the first book of Dangerous series (contain 3 books, and 2 short stories). Like the title, the heroes in this series not your average man. Simply put : dangerous. And they always fall hard with the heroine.

This was a very enjoyable romantic suspense. Both the hero, Jack, and the heroine, Caroline, were great characters. Their story was hot, sexy and emotional. Well, maybe Jack little bit obsessive with Caroline and borderline with stalking behavior (though in my opinion it was sweet of him) , but hey, it was romancelandia (gotta be freaking meout to face the real one in the real life). I love how Jack treats Caroline with tenderness and genuine affection.

Overall it was nicely written, easy and fun to read. Again, coz it’s erotica romance so it wasn’t for all of you. I recommended it for you to read (not to be published). And if you like a scorching read heavy with bedroom love, including the stark emotions of a man has for his woman, LMR is your choice.

At that moment, Jack realized, with a sense of truth that went deep as bone, strong as blood, that
Caroline held his heart forever, and that his mission in life was to keep her safe and happy, bring a smile
to her face and the rose blush back to her cheeks

Friday’s Recommendation #3

Welcome to another Friday’s Recommendation – Ren’s Little Corner. It only took me few second to decide what book should I recommend. For this past week I’ve been engrossed with this particular series : Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley. I’ve known her works for a few months, and some GR group I followed mentioned her books a lot (with high recommendation). So I tried to put my finger on, and I declared :  I am a FAN.

Rock Chick (Rock Chick #1)

Genre : Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Indy Savage, cop’s daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy’s employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he’s interested, Indy’s decided she’s not. But she can’t seem to keep Lee out of her life when she’s repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she’s finding dead bodies).

Indy’s best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee’s challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart

This is my ultimate romance book. It’s all about relationship between the hero and the heroine. It’s about the badass alpha man fall hard to their women and try hard to build the real thing. It’s mixed with good portion of suspense. It’s all about romance.  Gah, I was totally, instantly and irreversibly falling in love with the series and all the character.

Meet India Savage a.k.a Indy, a sassy, stubborn, independent and smart ass heroine. She is also funny and like the title – rock n’ roll. You might love her or you might get irritated by her. There was some TSTL moment where she denied her feeling.  Sometimes she was bitchy. But I adore her all the same.

And you’ll meet our Hero, Liam Nightingale – Lee – the most badass sexy man, possessive beyond words, protective alpha man, and I-own-you attitude. You will definitely love him. He is holly molly yummilicious.

Some people might like this book or hate this book. I would said Kristen Ashley was a great story teller, but I wouldn’t called her superb writer. There’s some bad editing , weird sentences, and you might not like her first person POV. It’s written like we heard the heroine told us her story. A lot of repetitive words and phrase (A LOT). But, read it with your heart, and you would love it.

Yes, there was suspense. But it wasn’t dark nor scary. It was hilarious and there were some LOL moments. Overall it was a nice, lighthearted, sweet and entertaining story.

“There’s nothin’ better in the world than hearing you say my name when I’m inside you.” He slid in deeper, filling me. “I’ve been waiting years to be right here.”