Review: LoveLines (The Wilmington Saga, #1) by S. Walden

20636361Title: LoveLines (The Wilmington Saga, #1)
Author: S. Walden
Published: March 25th 2014
Date Read: April 6th 2014
Rating:: 5 stars

Arrive at work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.

And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.

Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.

Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.

But Reece isn’t like all the others.

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MY THOUGHTS

I have heard and read lots of recommendation for S. Walden’s previous novels and I don’t know why Love Lines – the newest from her – is the one that has gotten my attention. Maybe it was the unique premise of the story or the unique description of the lead character – but whatever it might be, one thing I did realize as I finished reading this is that – I should be reading more from this author!

First things first, I don’t want to sound overly confident but I know from reading the first five chapters of this book that this was a definite 5 star. I was easily driven into the world that S. Walden created and its not every time that such thing happen especially on the genre that this book belonged too.

“And I don’t want to do it, but the idea of not counting, not arranging, not tic-ing sends my heart reeling with anxiety.”

Bailey suffers from OCD. Yes, you might think OCD is one of those light mental disability like “OMG, I, like, have to eat all the yellow M&Ms first out of the bag. I’m so OCD.” its not like that. Bailey suffers a very difficult and unbearable illness that never gave her the chance to leer from her routines from simply lining up her pens in certain order, walking into her office room at a specific time and even walking certain number of steps going to her office table.

From the beginning, we saw how she suffer from this but we also see aside of her from the first hand her willingness to conquer it. I totally loved her. She was flawed and she knows it and owned it. She was a really well rounded character that is so much easy to like and relate too.

I love her relationship with her father, it such a shame that she’s not that close to her mother and sister but I come to realized that since her father suffer the same illness as hers, they find solace with one another. They understood each other’s struggles.

Thirty-one rocks. Thirty-one disastrous relationships. Thirty-one years lonely.

Her disorder also affected her dating life. Finding someone that can understand what she’s going through can be a tough job until she met Reece – not Reese the chocolate. (lol kidding)

Reece totally made my heart flutter. He’s understanding, sweet, giving and totally adorbs!

“Bailey, if you think I want to fix you, you’re dead wrong. I don’t even want to help you manage this thing you’ve got going on. I’m only doing it because I know it’s the right thing to do, but I’d rather you go tic-ing all over my heart and brain.”

Sweety right? Reece is more than just an office guy that wanted to save a struggling girl. He has his own story. He wanted someone to “adopt him”, to accept him and love him for who he is after the not so good years of being transferred from home to home – the perks of being a foster kid. Reece doesn’t want Bailey to be fixed or changed; he simply wanted to help her conquer something to at least help her control over her own life. He’s a very good dose of medicine or therapy for Bailey.

Bailey and Reece together are just too cute! I know cute as supposed to be used to describe couples mostly from the young adult genre but hey despite these two being not so teeny anymore their first encounter and every conversation they have was just too cute and it just get more cuter and hotter as the story progress. They are endearing and sweet and just beautiful together. They are both so vulnerable and seeing them open up to one another is scary at the same time exciting.

S. Walden’s writing was effortless. As I have mentioned, I easily delved into the world and surroundings of Bailey and Reece. Finding myself truly invested to the whole story didn’t even surprise me.

Love Lines was a freaking good must read book! It may not have the angst and tension and mystery and most readers crave and it may come off as another ordinary contemporary romance for others but one thing is for sure, just like what happened to me, you will be left feeling utterly satisfied from all the laughter, swooning & ugly cites that this book will give you.

It was an awesome introduction to me for S. Walden’s writing. I’m excited to read the next books to this series as well as the other works from her.

Review: Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, #2) by J.A. Redmerski

19315347Title:Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, #2)
Author:  J.A. Redmerski
Published: December 8th 2013
Date Read: April 6th 2014
Rating:: 3 stars

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

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MY THOUGHTS

I took me awhile to get my hands on the continuation of Sarai’s story. I’m expecting that from the way the fist book ended this continuation will be blowing and yes – it was indeed blowing. ;)


With the way Victor settled Sarai, we all thought that she will be okay.
But she had this urge to get revenge over a certain guy – Arthur Hamburg – that she and Victor encountered and she will do anything and everything just to get him dead.

Sarai totally owned this book. She may not be the center for every chapter but we see great lengths of her throughout the duration of the story. We have met the independent, stubborn & strong Sarai on the first book but in here we get a stronger, more independent, more stubborn and more defiant Sarai. We lose the Sarai we have met on the first book for she loses the innocence as she became one of them – The Killers. We see her here pushes herself and doing her best to be a well-trained assassin – a badass assassin.

Victor, on the other hand, was the very determined, focused, dangerous and detached kind of character. In here, he’s tougher, more dangerous but softer. We get to see a side of him ruled by his emotions.

“He became my ‘hero’, after all. The other half of my soul who could never let anything bad ever happen to me.”

Together, they did work out very well – personally and professionally. They build a new Order together learning to trust, feel and love more of each other. Their whole relationship was not the lovey-dovey type and there are definitely no rainbows and butterflies for these two. Together, their dynamic was just so fitting – the tests and the questioning between them alone gives thrills that will capture your attention as a reader.

New and old characters – some are good and some are bad – are brought up. They are all pretty interesting to read. Frederik is one of the new characters and I would just like to point out this specific character because he scares the crap out of me and he definitely left his mark on me. Oh and please don’t let me be interrogated by this guy!!
Morbidity = Fredrik!

The twists, turns and loops and chaos that followed throughout the whole duration of the story were literally finger-gritting! There are threats, killings, tortures, and suspicions – OH THE SUSPICIONS! I was baffled on who to trust and who not to trust. I was torn in thinking who is really behind all the crap that seems to be endlessly hitting Sarai/Izabel and Victor’s way.

J. A Redmerski’s writing on this was so detailed and outlined making it easier for us to get really “in the zone” with the story. Reading Sarai’s story is like an action film full of mystery, twists, loops, additions and surprises that come in every other way. Also, the thing about this book that I like was the consistency; Consistency in the way that though there is romance on the story itself it doesn’t cover up the action/thrill part of the book. This second book has a lot more romantic feel to it however it was not the kind of book full of those, it is still consistent on the context of it which is more of the terrifying, dirty, suspenseful and gritty scenes. There is a right amount of everything – from the angst to the romance.

The ending? Well, I could say that it feels like a happily ever after for the villains. It was not your typical ending full of happiness and all that fairytale stuffs instead it was the type of ending that still left us guessing about their future – it was very suited for Victor and Sarai.

Reviving Izabel was a good addition to the series and is very much interesting enough to keep me intrigued with the whole story and the characters!

Review: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2) by Nichole Chase

18103891Title: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2)
Author: Nichole Chase
Published: March 25th 2014
Date Read: April 3rd 2014
Rating:: 4 stars

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

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MY THOUGHTS

That’s it – Nichole Chase really have a knock in writing feel good modern royalty stories with a nice balance of sweet, fun and of course royalty.

After Samantha and Alex’s fun story in Suddenly Royal it’s now time for Princess Catherine’s story – the not so reckless but needs to be recklessly royal crowned princess.

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Princess Catherine puts everyone and everything first. She is very far from the stereotypical type of princess people are thinking about because she is not spoiled or bitchy or demanding; instead she is full of compassion, understanding and is very much aware of the responsibilities of what her title involves. Despite her being all prim and proper in front of the public Cathy was just another woman out their who wanted to find love, have that someone that she can spend her life with and just be true to herself and not use her for her title.

“Will they disapprove of her dating a commoner?”

Ahhhh, the typical question for royalties. Catherine faced this question when David – the adorable and handsome best friend of Duchess/Princess Sam enters her life. But don’t fret this question didn’t became a problem at all.

David was a pretty great guy. He does not care about titles and royalties but his attraction and care for Catherine evidently runs deep. He’s a very intellectual guy who can see beyond Cathy’s pretenses. I also see his character as little more introverted than what the readers wanted to see. He’s showing great actions for Cathy but somewhere it still felt a bit lacking for me. I wanted to see more of his background especially his family whom I think is a big part of his life.

The road to the relationship between these two was I guess much easier than the other. The conflicts – Cathy trying to figure out how to be more of herself, the paparazzi and the evil new assistant – were much easier to handle especially the characters or Catherine was pretty headstrong and I know she will be able to handle those conflicts maybe not immediately but eventually. Plus their relationship was slow yet burning – you know what I mean? *wink*

As I have mentioned, I really admire Nichole Chase’s writing style which is effortlessly feel good. I admire the author’s description throughout which makes the story feel more genuine and real and makes me want to visit this small country if Lilaria.

As a huge fan of the first book Suddenly Royal, it was also nice seeing old characters – encountering Samantha and Alex on their wedding day and even Chadwick! It was also nice to read new characters and have that inclination on who the next story might be about – ahem Max ahem.

Recklessly Royal was a good sequel but it felt a little flat for me compared to the first book however it was still a very much enjoying and wonderful read and surely I will still be waiting for the next book from this series.

Review: Bad for You (Sea Breeze, #7) by Abbi Glines

18870159Title: Bad for You (Sea Breeze, #7)
Author: Abbi Glines
Published: April 1st 2014
Date Read: April 2nd 2014
Rating:: 2 stars

Innocence was never meant for the addictive…

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.

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MY THOUGHTS

If you’re expecting this story to give a new twist in the new adult category then this one is definitely <b>not</b> for you. If you’re tired of clichés, broken characters, uncomplicated conflicts and a bit predictable plot then this story is definitely <b>not</b> for you. You shouldn’t even dare pick this one up.

This story offers not much difference from the previous works of the author and stories that fall on the same category as this. But what can I say? Sometimes I’m just a sucker for clichés and there are just days that you need angst filled easy read that would make you smile silly and feel butterflies flutter around your stomach.

Bad For you is the latest installment from the See Breeze Series and I’m telling you before hand that even though it doesn’t rate as high as the first five books from this series, I could sill say that Bad For you was still a great addition to the story because we get Krit Corbin out of it. Right? Right?

School and Church yet people still think of her as sinful.
Blythe Blakely lived in a very closed and guarded life with the pastor and his wife looking up as her guardians.  Blythe simple wants to be free and be successful on her dreams to be a writer. From the get go, it was pretty evident how naive and innocent Blythe is – don’t even get me started on the sweet tea incident! She’s an okay character and we have seen her struggles in growing up and how her life unravels before her eyes.

Music, booze and girls – Krit Corbin is the THE rock god. Yet he was emotionally damaged and refuses people to let in. He lives on day a time with his music, friends and different girls.

I like Krit and Blythe and I can feel their chemistry as the story starts. I love how their differences still make their relationship work; how their friendship worked.

This would have been a much better read if certain things were not rushed or left out (Oh maybe the pregnant stint could definitely be left out). Just like the past of each other broken lead characters. Blythe experienced a not so good childhood which was described to us readers but it would have been better if Blythe also explained this to Krit giving him also a chance to open up his own past. I’m really intrigued with happened on this hot rock star we only get glimpses of it but a full explanation would have made it better

As I have mentioned this book offers nothing that much different from your typical dose of New Adult story but the thing with Abbi Glines’ novels is that each of them has their own variation. I enjoyed reading Bad For You but I just wish to get back the five-star-I-just-cant-get-enough-of -the-story- mojo back in reading Abbi Glines’ story. But don’t fret; I’ll still be looking forward for her works! :)

Review: Seeing Stars (Celebrity, #1) by J. Sterling

20494896Title: Seeing Stars (Celebrity, #1)
Author:  J. Sterling
Published: March 13th 2014
Date Read: March 14th2014
Rating:: 3 stars

Walker Rhodes is a hot singing sensation who never settles down, spends too much money gambling and gets in trouble on the daily- at least if you believe all the tabloids.

Madison Myers is a hard working talent agent assistant thrust into the spotlight one day after Walker pulls her on stage during one of his concerts. She tries to stay away from him, but he keeps chasing her. She is strong in her resolve and he is relentless in his pursuit. The question is… WHY?!?!

Tabloid Headline Reads: Walker Rhodes pulls woman on stage during LA concert and serenades her with stars in his eyes and we watched as the sparks flew! But just who is this mystery woman who has stolen Walker’s heart? And will she be the one to finally tie down our favorite womanizing gambler?

Our readers poll:
80% say no way!
The other 20% wish they were her!

Read more inside…

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MY THOUGHTS

After falling in love with her The Perfect Game series, J. Sterling has been on my radar. Seeing Stars is her latest novel and is the first book from her Celebrity series. This story is definitely for all the fan-girls out there. If only Adam Levine or Will Anderson could remember the summer we’ve spent together. Sigh.

Seeing Stars is a short, fast and simple read yet I enjoyed every cliché moment of it. It was a very unrealistic story yet as a fan-girl myself, I bought this story because I’m as cliché as that.

Walker Rhodes is the entire fan-girls dream comes true. He’s our typical famous musician. While Madison is another strong-willed character; she’s honest and goes with what she’s really thinking. She stood up to what she really believed in.

Seeing stars is more than the famous singer-meeting a normal girl. In here, we get the second chance on love trope. A second chance at love that happened when the characters are 14 and 15 – With them meeting again after a lot of years were exciting yet it was also filled with a bit of insta-love but despite that it’s cute and sweet.

The story doesn’t have much conflict plus I liked how the author didn’t drag the story long. It was a pretty direct story and the swooning was also pretty direct. The characters, Madison and Walker are so easy to like and are both dynamic. I’m excited on how this series will play out!

ARC Review: Twisted (Tangled, #2) by Emma Chase

17977710Title: Twisted (Tangled, #2)
Author: Emma Chase
Published: March 25th 2014
Date Read: March 5th2014
Rating:: 4 stars

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

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MY THOUGHTS

Who wouldn’t be excited to see more of Drew’s cockiness and hotness? On the sequel of Drew and Kate’s story, they took the meaning of the word twisted in a whole kind of level.

Told mostly in Kate’s perspective and taken two years down the track its fun getting back with these two and even though the twist they did encounter was hilarious and a bit of an overkill I still did enjoy the majority of their story.

*ARC kindly provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books thru Netgalley*

Hiatus No More!

Hello people of the book blogging world!

It’s been over a month since I posted a decent book review and has been in the loop with latest ins and out of the book blogging world and now I’m finally back! Yehey!!

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Well, I actually found a new work place and I have spent the past month adjusting to the new environment and people. The new place and the people there were awesome and  I’m definitely excited.

Time Management has not been very friendly to me for the past month. I  still find myself struggling with time itself and putting priorities on things. Yes, I do still find the time to read (of course) and browse Goodreads & Twitter for news about stuffs, but the mojo and inspiration to put my thoughts into words after reading was just not there, but finally <b>finally</b> that mojo suddenly came back and I’m once again back.

I just want to give a shout out to the people who still visited my blog page despite the posts being outdated. The posts for the past month can be counted in a single hand but Reads and Thoughts’ page views are still moving and active and I thank you fellow readers for that.

Oh and I just want to give a little disclaimer for you all, I have fifteen (15) pending book reviews to write, so please behold for the spam of book reviews that will come for the next two days. Hihi.

Ending this, I will do my utmost best to write reviews from time to time and hopefully, I’ll get to master the art of time management. *wink*

Thanks guys and much love!

Mwa. ♥