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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) [Hunter & Kevin] By Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 25%) ~~~

I had high hopes for this one..  I added this series initially because I loved the collaboration I've read of L.A. Witt with Aleksandr Voinov. I thought the other books in the series would be a nice bonus so when I started this book and almost from the start couldn't connect with either Hunter or Kevin I didn't know in which unknown parallel universe I'm at.. I know this book will appeal to certain people, but I'm not one of them :( I tried giving this book enough of a chance but at the 25% point I decided to finally let it go. 

This book is a sort of the total wet dream of people who are into FanFic and SURELY for anyone who've wrote any. I have never read FanFic before and don't actually feel like reading any. I do appreciate the whole idea behind it, and I think new authors can start there and grow with a known universe at first, before jumping into writing their own fiction, but generally speaking, it never drew me in. I love many authors, I wish I could meet them but it doesn't seem likely (being across an ocean and a sea..) but I don't think I've ever read a series I was THAT obsessed about to truly participate in group discussions. I do follow some authors' groups but I'm not really active. It's just great getting the updates and such and naturally meeting more people who are into the genres I read. But the authors? Yeah they're great but I don't idolize them. I appreciate them, I respect the hell out of them. But it stays there.. which is why (I think..) this book passed right by me without making an impact 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3) [Nash & Spencer] By Z.A. Maxfield ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

What a sweet sweet story! I loved everything about it! It was an easy read, wasn't angsty and yet there was enough emotion and the relationship buildup, much like the first one, it was about friendship before it was about love. Nash and Spenser were sweet together, they had so much in common but also they had so much to give one another, teach each other without even realizing the great lesson in life their short friendship brought to both of them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

There's Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) [Buck Ellis & Ari Valentine] By L.B. Gregg ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This novella was absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed every minute of it! This is my first (and won't be the last!) from L.B. Gregg, honestly it's been a while since I've read a book by an author I don't know, I just somehow got stuck on reading full book lists of my favorites and so I'm happy I've read this one and got acquainted with someone new to "hunt" ;) This story was solely told from Buck's POV which was perfect. Yeah getting both POVs is always nice but I think the full impact of their relationship and emotions was done beautifully through Buck's eyes and mostly his mind since he is a man of few words (unlike Ari..)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) [Levi & Carter] by L.A. Witt ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This was a nice start to the series. It felt honest and sweet from both Levi and Carter's POV. It took me a while to get through this one even though it's not long, when I think about it, it's me having hard time concentrating and so reading less, but also though I really did enjoy Levi and Carter, the story was somehow missing. I'm not sure what really, because I really enjoyed the writing and the way Levi and Carter started and the way the relationship progressed. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Goals

It's been mmm I don't know more that a year for sure since I did something like I'm attempting this month - to read an ENTIRE series and not one with 5-7 books but 14 (!).
I might not actually GET to read them all, and I'm actually not sure how it's going to be like since each book it written by a different author.. some I know and love and others I haven't read.. 

So here it goes! 

  • The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) 
  • By Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz
  • The Deep of the Sound (Bluewater Bay, #8) 
  • By Amy Lane
  • When to Hold Them (Bluewater Bay, #9) 
  • By G.B. Gordon
  • Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay, #10)
  • By L.A. Witt
  • Stuck Landing (Bluewater Bay, #11)
  • By Lauren Gallagher
  • How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay, #12)
  • By Jaime Samms
  • Selfie (Bluewater Bay, #13)
  • By Amy Lane
  • All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) 
  • By Ann Gallagher
The Bluewater Bay series is a Contemporary MM Romance Series taking place in a small ghost town who got "bombed" by publicity after been chosen as a site for a successful TV show. 
Each novel is focused on a different couple and written (mostly) by a different author.
I LOVE Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov, also excited to read more by Anne Tenino, SE Jakes & L.A. Witt. Hope the new (to me!) authors are going to be great as well :) 

Note - L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher and Ann Gallagher are the same author using different pen names.

Check out more of my Recap and Goals of the past months!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 2016 Recap

Considering how little I've read this month is great realizing ALL the book belong in the favorite's pile but frankly it's no wonder.. As I started removing books from my list (July Goals) due to time running short I left the ones I was the most excited about. 

Total Read - 7 ebooks / 1783 pages (~58 pages a day)

Not as I would like my statistics to be, but I it's better than last month, and next month I'll be studying less so I'll be back to business enjoying my reads more freely. 

★  ★  ★  ★  ★ - Cheers and Shouts for the Favorites -  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★ 
So basically, everything I've read this month have been a favorite.

I started this month with the second installment in the "True North" series by Sarina Bowen - "Steadfast", while I had a few misgivings about the previous one, this one was EXACTLY what I would expect from Sarina to deliver - a touching story, a hero who is a hero exactly or despite being NOT your regular "hero" type - dealing with past mistakes and his drug addiction. 

Continued to "What Remains", a standalone novel by Garrett Leigh who is also one of my favorite authors. This one, yeah, I wasn't ready for it.. I don't really read the synopsis of her books, maybe right before I delve into them, and so I haven't realized I'm going to be crushed one hounded times before the story was over. Well, it's exactly Garrett's style so I'm not sure why I was so surprised! and yet, seeing a couple struggle with learning to love each other again due to head trauma leading to memory loss was heart breakingly beautiful.

and you know what I actually had another read of a hero suffering from memory loss in the third installment in the "Returning Home" series by Serena Bell - "To Have and to Hold" which was also the last book I've read this month. Though similarities can be drawn from the subject, they were totally and absolutely different. 

I even managed to read a short series this month, the second "sub-series" in the "Blueberry Lane" world by Katy Regnery - "The Winslow Brothers". I enjoyed these as much as I enjoyed the previous part of the Blueberry Lane series, though these ones felt more emotional which I really enjoyed! "The English Brothers" being more of a fun read dealing with less complicated stuff. I love me some romantic drama :)

 ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

That's if for this month reads, I had a really busy month, haven't read at least a whole week, and since I study twice a week, these are days I don't have time or energy to read at all.. I promised myself and also delivered through my registration for the following year - no more! once a week studying, and yeah, naturally my exercise routine but nothing major. I want to enjoy myself and not stress myself this year. 

To Have and to Hold (Returning Home #3) [Trina & Hunter] by Serena Bell ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

PERFECTION, This book drawn me in from the first page, not allowing me to let it go until I was finished (which is why I'm DEAD on my feet today..). I LOVED both previous installments in the series, there is something about wounded soldiers/heros, right? Yet it's different with how much realistic this story feels, or just how much emotion this story (as with the previous ones) sucked out of me. Trina and Hunter deserved each other SO MUCH, and losing each other the way they did left ME broken. Both didn't know how to fight for one another even though it was obvious from the start the WANT to. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Campaigning for Christopher (The Winslow Brothers #4) [Christopher & Julianne] by Katy Regnery ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

THIS is my favorite Winslow book :) I had a feeling it's going this way quite early and considering how much I LOVED Preston and Elise's book (yeah will all the times I was annoyed as HELL included! hehe) that's saying something. In a way there are similarities between the two, but as two different characters in the book say at certain points what Elise did is NOTHING like what Julianne did and yet the thing that IS similar is her need to make amends and how sweetly and beautifully she does exactly that. 

While Christoper have been mean to Julianne quite a lot I think his behavior could totally be understood especially when you read his inner turmoil. It's one thing to hate someone who hurt you BADLY, it's a totally another deal when she won't go away but while she is doing the best that she can to make amends he is distracted but how much he is attracted to her, knowing trusting her is NOT possible, and it certainly doesn't help that while getting to know her he liked EVERYTHING about her.. For Julianne it's the same, or maybe worse? She hurt him badly and she needed to make amends and so she is at his disposal until election day, posing as his girlfriend. Trouble is, as SHE gets to know HIM, she loves everything about him as well and knowing he won't ever trust her while she is falling for him, knowing in weeks he will be gone from her life, is making her miserable. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Crazy about Cameron (The Winslow Brothers #3) [Cameron & Margaret] by Katy Regnery ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ~~~

This was a fun sweet read. I enjoyed meeting both Margaret and Cameron and loved getting a taste of the Story family (Margaret naturally but also one of her 5 sisters - Priscilla). The family situation there seems tense.. so I'm happy it worked out so beautifully for Margaret, getting her heart's desire not only with Cameron but also with her dream occupation - building her own winery. Cameron is in a different yet similar place in life, he is unhappy with his work and even though he CRAVES Margaret and have been for most of his life, with how much is work is costing him (time wise) there is no way he can commit to anything more, especially not a relationship that will surely suffer from his demanding company. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Proposing to Preston (The Winslow Brothers #2) [Preston & Elise] by Katy Regnery ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Well, this book brought out so much out of me! I was agitated, I was mad, I was annoyed and most of it because Preston is SUCH an amazing guy, and through the synopsis I could just imagine how much Elise is going to hurt him and so every word, every step, I was cringing inside, feeling as though she doesn't deserve him with her self doubts and tendency to RUN. But what kept me going and what made this book so amazing was how HUMAN she felt. She made a LOT of mistakes, not only where Preston concerned, and considering how difficult her life have been, I mostly feel sad for her, and TOTALLY get all her actions. I couldn't and wouldn't hate her for her actions, each and everyone of them was her trying to find herself, her place in this world. She truly didn't mean to hurt Preston and even he at a certain point got her action and realized he could have played things differently himself if he was aware of her fears and worries. The whole story was heart breakingly beautiful, so touching and sweet on the one hand and on the other, sad and almost hopeless (for them, we, as the readers had the privilege of knowing they never forgot each other). 

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