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.

Waiting On Wednesday : Brown-Eyed Girl

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where you have the chance to spotlight an upcoming release that you’re eagerly anticipating.

 

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Brown-Eyed Girl (Travis Family, #4)

By : Lisa Kleypas

Expected Publication : 2014

 

Down-on-her-luck fashion designer Avery Crosslin never expected to meet a handsome stranger in the Texas hospital where she has come to visit her father. Joe Travis is a patient in the ICU, recovering from life-threatening injuries after a boating accident. But Avery has no intention of letting any man distract her—especially not a member of the powerful Houston family she has sworn to hate. On the day of Joe’s departure from the hospital, he seeks her out, with unexpected consequences for Avery..

 

 

I am huge fan of Lisa Kleypas, and her contemporary romance, especially Travis Family was one of the best, IMO. So, when the magnificent Ms. Lisa Kleypas announce in her mailing list of her new installment of Travis Bunch, Joe’s story to be precisely, I was freaking excited.

Sadly, she have not made the cover yet… Well she even told us the publication date. This is the quotation of next Travis’s book (taken from her web http://www.lisakleypas.com) :

Will there be a 4th book in the Travis family series? LK : I’m writing it now!

CAN NOT WAIT!!!

Tangled by Emma Chase

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Tangled (Tangled #1)

By : Emma Chase

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

Review :

5 of 5 stars. Plus 2 thumbs up!

This book super awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Delightful. Fantastic. Hilarious.

Just let me rambling for this one.

When I saw this one at GR in Recommendation section, and read the blurb, then looking for the reviews, it just straight top to my TBR list. And I finished this book in one reading position – that how hooked I was with Drew.

Yes, Drew Evans. The hero with uncharacteristic anti-hero. Anti hero in the sense of the jerk and man whore type.

“Fuck, yeah. That’s good. Yeah, like that.“
See that guy—black suit, devilishly handsome? Yeah, the guy getting the blow job from the luscious redhead in the bathroom stall? That’s me. The real me. MBF: Me Before Flu.

He was a complete a*shol*. Arrogant. Full of himself. And this story was told in his POV.

Oh yeah. Just one more little detail you should know: I haven’t gotten laid in twelve days.Twelve days.Two hundred and eighty-eight sex-free hours. I can’t calculate the minutes—it’s too depressing. Remember all work and no play makes Drew a cranky boy? Well, at this point, Drew is practically a goddamned psychopath, okay?

Did, I hate him? Heck No. I loved him. Adore him.

Okay, maybe in the first pages he irritate me, but cmon, the monologue crack me up real bad. There’s lot of LOL moments. I was grinning and giggling the whole time. Definitely brighten up my day then.

This story show us how the mighty fallen, up close and personal. The man, who used to get his every whim, fall for a woman. When I mean FALL, he was really really in a deep hole, 50 feet deep down the earth.

I might as well shave my head and move to frigging Tibet. I hear the monks are hiring.

And I must admit, the heroine wasn’t really that special. She was fine, but definitely Drew win the spotlight. As a characters I love Katherine. She wasn’t some TSTL heroine, and she hold herself toward Drew.

“It makes me want to kiss her and strangle her at the same time. I’ve never been into S&M, but I’m beginning to see its benefits.”

Give yourself a treat by reading this funny, hilarious, romantic and hot story.

Happy Reading Fellas!

Waiting On Wednesday : The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where you have the chance to spotlight an upcoming release that you’re eagerly anticipating.

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh (The Cynster Sistesr Duo #2)

By : Stephanie Laurens

Expected Publication : June 25th 2013

The 2nd in the Cynster Sisters duo, #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens thrills with this fantastic tale of a Cynster who’ll stop at nothing for love.

Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Not that her sister has thrown off her spinster ways and become betrothed, it’s finally Mary’s chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants –and it’s not someone as wild, unmanageable, and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh.

Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn’t happily fall at his feet–or into his bed…until Lady Mary Cynster. But Ryder has made some decisiosn abotu his life and he’ll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge he thrills at.