Sweet Getaway Romance : Frenched

Frenched

 

Title : Frenched

By : Melanie Harlow

Publication Date : March 16 2014

Book Description :

When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon—alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The easygoing bartender’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?

Review :

Frenched was a wonderful, fun, sexy, getaway romance in Paris.

It’s about Mia, who was ditched by her fiancee a week before the wedding, and decide to take the supposedly honeymoon trip to Paris by herself. She met Lucas and the rest is history.

The story was perfect. It was sweet, funny, and worth mention twice : SEXY. The insta-love was quite believable and the ending was fit as it is, it gave the reader space to wonder their relationship. I wouldn’t say it was HEA, but it was HFN. Who knows when they face with everyday reality the LDR would sustain.

Things I loved about this book :

1. The List. It was hilarious.
2. Paris duh.
3. Mia and Lucas. They were so sweet and yes the honesty was refreshing.
4. The sexy time (but I must admit the BDSM scene threw me of. Why why why???? Not fit to the story, in fact so totally out of character of the supposedly sweet Lucas. No alpha vibe whatsoever and yet there was tie and spanking include. Really? I cut one star just for that. Should put it in hate list I guess)
5. No angst and drama. Thank you very much.


“Time is a strange thing when you’re in love.”

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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
tfcpress.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/pri…

 

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!!!!

 

 

 

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!

Fire Inside By Kristen Ashley

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Fire Inside (Chaos #2)

By : Kristen Ashley

Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club…

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.

Review :

First, let me said that I was thrilled when knew that KA put Lanie and Hop as the next couple in the Chaos series. Hop, whose described as cheater (yeah totally my big no) and Lanie, whom messed up from her dead fiancee, was going to be an unit. Wow, I knew then KA would blow me away with their story.

So, did KA? Honesty this book left me with such disappointment. As KA’s addict through and thorough, I pledge myself to read and gushing for all her works. And I did. Enjoyed them all. Okay, maybe not for Mathilda.

Disappointment was harsh, but it’s true. I wish so much more of this book when NetGalley approved my request to read the ARC. I prepared to be blown away. To shed a tear. To laugh out loud. To immersed in the drama.

And in the end there’s no tear, no laugh, no drama, no KA’s sign. It wasn’t KA (Well, there’s tears. Crying for why this book didn’t satisfied me)

Okay, that being said. This book was good (but again not KA’s good). For contemporary romance, I enjoy this book. Worth repeated : this book was good.

Hop and Lanie were interesting characters, and with their flaws, perfect for each other. The prologue was captivating and keep the reader to the next pages. Hotness level as usual unquestionable. MC’s bunch deserve medal for it and Lanie, hold herself among them.

Sadly, there’s no peak here. With quite great epilogue (KA is still win the queen of epilogue for sure) I hope for an action before it. Alas, there’s no gun blazing or kidnapping.

Still, with no glowing review, next KA’s installment always will put in in auto buy list. Still addicted to her works. Still a fan.

Apologized for the unappropriated review. It was dedicated for KA’s reader.

ARC Courtesy of NetGalley

The Most of 2012

Hello Romenceland-ers!!

For the end of year 2012 I will share all things the most.

Let’s the fun begin!

The Most Favorite Book :

Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4)

This book definitely my favorite and also the second most frequently read (4 times!!!). There’s few competitor for the title, but this amazing story win the vote because there was not a single thing I didn’t like, none whatsoever that made me thought that this book was not perfect. Yes this book wasn’t flawless but it made the whole aspect of this book much more satisfying for me. Click here for my review.

The Most Frequently Read :

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)

This one almost made itself for become my favorite read, but I choose this one as my frequently read (4.5 times – why I used half measurement, coz there’s a time when I re-read it just for refreshing my favorite moments, basically just scan it). I love the couple, but the hero, Tack, win me over completely. Click here for my review.

The Most Favorite Author :

Without no further ado, this amazing author absolutely and utterly are my favorite author for this year.

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Kristen Ashley

The Most Favorite Hero :

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acheron

(The Picture is image of Acheron taken from Sherrilyn Kenyon official website  http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/character/acheron/)

Yes. For you who claimed as paranormal romance genre lovers, the infamous Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and her focal character Acheron surely wasn’t a novel thought.  Ash. Akri. T-Rex. Achimou. My everlasting favorite hero. Sure, his position as my fave hero always had and always will be shaken by another contender, another alpha male hero, another gorgeous guy. But, he will always held the top five of my favorite hero.  Click here for my review.

The Most Favorite Heroine :

elena

The heroine from Guild Hunter series (Angels’ Blood, Archangel Kiss, Archangel Consort) by Nalini Singh crawl up as my favorite heroine in few days time. Yes, I just recently started the series week ago and finished it today and Elena – the new immortal angel – somehow caught my attention so strongly. I love how she was trying compromised between her relationship with the hero, Raphael, without losing herself as independent warrior woman.

The Most Surprising Books :

The Siren (The Original Sin...The Angel (The Original Sin...The Prince (The Original Si...Seven Day Loan (The Origina...

togs

This series categorized as erotica genre with BDSM theme surprisingly didn’t revolt me. In fact the series amazingly got me hooked up, crave for more of the characters and for the happily ever after which was quite impossibly  happen.  I wasn’t a fan of erotica, but enjoyed  erotic romance (note the different  please) and I was absolutely didn’t loved BDSM theme but ended like it like A LOT. Weird. But, this books surprisingly well written, so that was enough  explanation. Click my review of the series in here, here, and here.

Reading Challenge 2013 : Read-a-Long Nora Roberts & J.D. Robb

Happy Friday Mes Amies!!

This Reading Challenge held by Ren’s Little Corner.  Started January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. There’s 4 level category for the participants :

Clueless  : 5-10 books by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb
– Familiar10-15 books by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb
Fans : 15-20 books by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb
Hardcore Fans : >20 books byNora Roberts/J.D.Robb!! Or you read all her books!!

Facing 2013 I will trying real hard to finished my JD Robb and Nora Roberts collection. Yup for months I was looking for JD Robb’s books  In Death series.  So, here I pledge myself as Hardcore Fans Level.

Why I choose them? Well, I’ve read NR since junior high school. The McGreggor series were my loyal and fave companion in my teen. And frankly though as an hardcore fans of NR but until late this year I never read her pseudonym works as JD Robb. I’ve known her In Death series for years but the series never catch my attention. I already read the first 4 books of the series but for this challenge I’ll re-read from the start.

Happy Reading Romanceland-ers 🙂

Update : 

1. Naked In Death (In Death #1) by JD Robb – finished 15 January 2013 (Review)

2. Glory In Death (In Death #2) by JD Robb – finished 16 January 2013 (Review)

3. Immortal In Death (In Death #3) by JD Robb – finished 17 January 2013 (Review)

4. Rapture In Death (In Death #4) by JD Robb – finished 18 January 2013

5. Ceremony In Death (In Death #5) by JD Robb – finished 19 January 2013

6. Vengeance In Death (In Death #6) by JD Robb – finished 19 January 2013

7.  Holiday In Death (In Death #7) by JD Robb – finished 20 January 2013

8. Holding The Dream (Dream trilogy #2) – finished 02 September 2013 (Review )