Teaser Tuesday – 27th February 2017

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

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pg 178

  • Excited to wear the mark of a real man
  • “Hugging is good.” At least it is when it’s explained to me what the hug means.

 

Blurb:

This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

 

Review: Between The Duke and The Devil by Kelly Bowen

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Title: Between the Duke and The Devil

Author: Kelly Bowen

Published: 31 January 2017

Publisher: Forever

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads synopsis

Their love was always in the cards.
He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he’s more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beauty—in his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he’ll have to devise a proposition she can’t turn down.

Gossip said he was an assassin.
Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie’s club offered a surefire way to make quick money—until she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible.

Review

Okay the book was so engrossing I read and finished it within a few hours and I think this is the last time I will finish reading at 4 am, ever. My body can’t take it anymore. Ageing does this to a person apparently.

To start off let me just say that I dislike the male leads name not because it doesn’t suit the character or anything but more because that name, Alex, is also my ex’s name. To put a long story short we had a brief fling a few months back which became a complete fiasco which I completely regretted.

Anyhoots, I found it very sweet how Alex Lavoie falls in love with Angelique for her mind and her talent with numbers and it is so cute how everybody around him notices he has fallen in love with her except himself and how they tease him about it.

Another thing I liked was that Angelique wasn’t a virgin anymore and that her first sexual experience wasn’t that great and how it left her confused and disappointed. Also, the ending of the book never stated (or it did and I missed it) that Alex and Angelique will get married or anything. It means that they will enjoy their relationship at their own pace and crud whoever thinks the opposite.

Plot wise, it was great especially when they found out the reason why Angelique is losing her family inheritance and asset AND the honest to God truth as to how her mother died. I definitely did not see that plot twist coming. The plot twist was good, like reality TV good.

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Last but not least I also liked how the author introduced the characters of which might or might not be in the next book. It is hard to say. Kelly gives/writes all these characters who are mysterious and have mysterious backgrounds who also have awesome skill sets and jobs that are bizarre which then allows said characters to fester in your mind longer than it should with the burning question of who are they and thus from that you want to know more which will then lead you to read whatever books that Ms. Kelly has already written.

If you noticed, I didn’t talk much about the characterization of the characters themselves and this is because I felt like their characters are more or less similar to other characters that I have read in other historical romance novels so I found it redundant to comment about it.

*I received a copy of the e-book by the publisher via Netgalley and it has in no way affected my review

Teaser Tuesday – 21st February 2016

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie 121648

page 48:

  • Superintendent Hale paused,drew a deep breath and passed, as it were, to Chapter Two.
  • Mr. Philip Blake had urged his brother to come over to Alderbury at once and they would talk the matter over.

Blurb:

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other “little pigs” who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcée), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

Sixteen years later, Caroline’s daughter is determined to prove her mother’s innocence, and Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind.

Review: Wicked in His Arms by Stacy Reid

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Title: Wicked in His Arms

Author: Stacy Reid

Published: 23rd January 2017

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary

Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade, has learned it is best to exercise rigid control over his passions and emotions in all that he does. Uncaring that it makes him seem cool and aloof to most in the ton, he is content with his desire to only woo agreeable and demur females. Then unforeseen circumstances see him trapped in a closet at a house party with the last woman he would ever make his countess.

Lady Olivia Sherwood is everything he should not desire in a female—unconventional, too decisive, and utterly without decorum. But passion ignites between them and they are discovered. Honor demands they wed, and while Tobias finds himself unwillingly drawn to the bewitching beauty, he must do everything not to tempt the passion that burns in him for her, lest it leads to disastrous consequences.

Review

I swear I am embarrassed that my current favorite genre to read is historical romance and the reason why I chose this book in Netgalley was because of the half naked man on the book cover. Imma be real with ya’ll. I don’t like those super beefed up half naked men I always see on book covers especially that of historical romance. I like guys who are lean but muscular kind of like the guy on this book cover. I am telling you, this obsession with historical romance novels will only end once I get a boyfriend and get first hand action of my own instead of just reading it. I unfortunately realized too late that this is the second installment in the Wedded by Scandal series but hey its better than my Maiden Lane series where I missed 10 books in between and jumped from the 1st to the 11th

So, the main characters for this book are Tobias and Olivia and I love them both. They both are so flawed and are constantly bickering with each other but it works. I absolutely love how Livvie (Olivia) does not know how to restrain herself and just goes all gung-ho into a situation without thinking of the repercussions whereas Tobias is the opposite where he is more calculative and mindful of his reputation and of people close to him and the dude seriously has communication problem with his wife it’s so obvious he cares for her but he doesn’t know how to say it and worse he doesn’t even realize it, the poor fool.

Also, I love how Olivia was so bad ass and damn is she independent! She knew she was cornered into marrying Tobias so she laid down her terms and she will be damned if she didn’t keep her man (one of the terms was that he be loyal) and she went and confronted Tobias’s ex Arabelle and literally threatened her by saying ‘if you come near my husband again I will put a bullet in you’ and I was all OMAGA! SHE DID NOT JUST DO THAT! AND AND… when the stress of the strained relationship she had with Tobias got too much for her to handle she up and left the man to go and so quote give them both space so she can stop loving him and they have an amicable marriage whenever she comes back be it weeks or months from now. I have read a fair amount of historical romance and never have I read where the female protagonist up and just left her man like damn! That wasn’t even when Livvie didn’t trust Tobias to defend her honor, she went to her brother who sexually harassed her and called him out for a duel and got to smack him about too! Both with her sword (or something) and her fists. I applaud how bad-ass Livvie is in this book and considering she really loved her husband it was a feat that she managed to leave him for 6 weeks without him ever managing to locate her before he found a way to make her come back to him. The way Tobias finally managed to find a way to bring Livvie back to him was so sweet and I’d come back to him too if I were her.

In conclusion, it is safe to say I REALLY enjoyed this book not because of the plot but because of the characters. Also, I forgot to add that the book was split between the POV of that of Olivia and Tobias so it was great fun to see how these two react to each other and the situation in their perspective. I cannot wait for the third installment and getting my hands on the first book. This book exceeded my expectations to be honest and I am so happy I got to read it.

Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

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Title: Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love #3)

Author: Sarah Morgan

Published: 29th November 2016

Publisher: HQN books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary

It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

Review

Let me start off with what I liked about the book.

  • First of all, I liked how Eva said that she hasn’t slept with any man in such a long time that her type is now pretty much a man with a dick and a pulse which sadly mirrors my own love life which is why I can totally understand her dilemma. Trust me after 6 years being single even hooking up with your ex seems appealing but DO NOT DO IT! This I learned from experience unfortunately.
  • Secondly, I also liked how Lucas was cynical and is doubtful of people due to a past experience making the reader empathize with him. It did help that his description is that of a very attractive man which makes one wonder what was his ex-wife thinking?
  • Thirdly, liked the sex scenes. Duh.

Now we are coming to things I find quite annoying

  • Really, found it annoying how Eva was such a coward when she read Lucas’s book (he is a murder mystery writer btw) I mean his books can’t be that scary and really woman. Get your shit together. I found that part really unrealistic and also the part where Eva just blew a fuse when she knew that Lucas’s new murderer is based on her is also annoying. Like first of all its just a book and second of all shouldn’t it be flattering how Lucas thought that Eva could be a murderer even though in reality she is such a sweetheart. Plus, she is his muse so just chill lah. There is no need to be so upset you gotta break things off with him and let me just say I saw what they were going to fight about 5 kilometers away so you can say the book is very predictable. Sweet plot yet predictable. Still didn’t get why she was offended though.
  • The conversation in this book was so long and took forever also annoyed me. I mean it didn’t add anything new or important in the plot so why even include it in the first place? Definitely did not understand why it had to be in there.
  • My biggest annoyance about this book is how the ending is too happy. Like the ending is just too unrealistic and is just pushing it for me. Can’t they just get to know each other better, work on the relationship and their communication without any marriage shiz. The ending was too rushed and came out of nowhere. Totally killed the happy and good vibes I was feeling when I read the book up to the ending. Just killed it.

Anyhoots, this book is a good book to be read to relax your mind after a long hard day at work but just skip the ending if I were you and make up your own.

*I received the book from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: The Devils Prayer by Luke Gracias

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Title: The Devils Prayer

Author: Luke Gracias

Published: 18th February 2016

Publisher: Australian ebook publisher

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognizes that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Review

The first things that caught my eye about this book and subsequently made me want to request it on Netgalley was the book cover. It had an eerie, spiritual, demon-y vibe to it that I liked which sets the mood for the plot in my mind. Also the book cover can be interpreted in both ways where on one side it is just a picture of a few priests doing a march or something but when the picture is seen from afar it looks as if it is some kind of demon worship.

The next thing that made me really interested in the book was when the prologue started off by telling a story of how this one monk was sentenced to death by being sealed alive for breaking his monastery vows thus him in his desperation begged and prayed for help from Lucifer. Like hot damn! I would not think of anybody who WOULDN’T seek the help of the Devil if they were about to suffer through an excruciating death where they were left to die of dehydration and hunger after being sealed inside (or is it in between?) a wall. I mean what type of monastery vow the poor man broke for him to die such a painful and extremely slow death. Isn’t it better to just chop his head off and get it over with as fast as you could?

The main character of this book is Siobhan but I felt more connected to Denise rather than Siobhan because when it is Siobhans’ POV it is written in the third person whereas when it Denise’s POV is that of the first person. Also, when reading Denise’s story it is more compelling and interesting because she acts and reacts according to the situation whereas Siobhan for most parts of the book is just being chased around by these creepy ass priests. For example, in Denise’s story she makes a deal with the Devil whereby the Devil will give her full use of her limbs to enact vengeance on the people who betrayed her and if she does not complete her mission the payment will be Siobhans’ soul. I mean that alone is already intriguing enough for me to connect with a character, Siobhan on the other hand, most of the time when I am reading her POV she is constantly on the run so it was hard for me to have a connection with her as I did not know her character as well as I did with Denise’s character.

My favourite character in this book is actually the Devil because he is portrayed as someone who helps those in need and when I mean in need I mean desperation-I-have-no-one-else-not-even-God type of need and the Devil will provide. He does not back away from his promise and neither does he twist the deal to benefit him more. He will give you what you want exactly how you want it. Plus, it helps that he is a gentleman and would never force you to take the deal against your better judgement. So when you make a deal with him you are fully aware of what you are getting yourself into and in the end you have no one else to blame but yourself.

Even though the pacing of the book was fast I didn’t feel confused as to what is going on even though the POV’s kept changing between Denise and Siobhan but the ending annoyed me to no end man. I was so invested, so enthralled, so mesmerized and so absorbed into the plot and the ending is that nothing is resolved and I have to read the second book for me to find out what will Siobhan do is just so damn annoying.

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How I feel when I get to the ending

In Sarawakian, I would say ‘sakit bena ati aku kenak tok’ which translates to my heart really hurts because of this. I swear it seems like a new book marketing technique but at least looking at the bright side the author definitely left the book at the best type of cliff-hanger for me to definitely read the second book because I have no choice if I want to know what Siobhan will do.

So in conclusion, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely recommend it to my friends and my favourite part of the book was when Denise enacted her revenge by slowly killing her betrayers and causing them to die a slow and agonizing death. Must be all that Saw movie I watched with my friends influencing me to be nasty.

*I received this book via Netgalley by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Review: Passion Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

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Title: Passion Becomes Her

Author: Shirlee Busbee

Published: 1st July 2010

Publisher: Zebra

Source: Library

Rating: 2/5

Goodreads Summary

Thief Of Hearts
Forced to resort to a life of crime in order to support his siblings, Asher Cordell is now ready to walk the straight and narrow path. But when an old rival, the Marquis of Ormsby, infuriates him with his insipid arrogance, Asher cannot resist stealing the pompous fool’s famous diamond. However, he’s shocked to discover he isn’t the only intruder in Ormsby’s library. The culprit is none other than his beautiful neighbor, Juliana Greeley. Asher has known Juliana since childhood and has always harbored a secret affection for her. When she asks Asher to steal letters Ormsby is using to blackmail her sister, he’s happy to oblige. Embarking on a bold scheme that gives way to an equally fiery passion, the adventurous pair discover a love neither can live without…

Review

This is going to be a very short review. Very short. To be honest the book was very boring. The plot was flimsy and did not leave a lasting impression on me. The whole debacle of trying to get Julianna to marry him (Asher) was done and over with by the time we reached the middle section of the book and suddenly there is a new dilemma/problem faced by Asher and Julianna’s character is swept to the side like some old trash. This is problematic for me as I like my heroine’s strong and independent and like the infamous line from ‘Dirty Dancing’ “Nobody puts baby in the corner”. It hurts me to say that this historical romance bored me to sleep… I would say death but I am not ready to die yet due to the fact that a few movies I want to watch isn’t out yet.

WWW Wednesdays

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and you just answer three simple questions and BA-DA-BOOM! You are done.

So the three WWW’s are:

  • What are you currently reading
  • What did you recently finish
  • What do you think you’ll read next

 

Currently reading:

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So far this book is pretty slow for me. That is all I am going to say because I am still making up my mind on what I feel.

Recently finished:

Listened to a few Sherlock Holmes on Spotify which was great because I can do my work and listen to it and kill two birds with one stone. Yeay!

Reading next:

At this rate. Who knows?

My Rooster Year

I am born in 1993 thus in the Chinese astrological sign I am born in the year of the Rooster which is this year thus I have decided that I want to improve myself both physically, mentally and emotionally. I mean come on this is literally my year. Literally. If this ain’t the year then when am I going to start when I am 60?

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So anyways, I have been overweight for the past 7 years or so and it all comes down to my problem with discipline which also extends to every aspects of my life be it a workout routine, my blog, my job or whatever. The discipline problem is there, it’s worse when it comes to money. My friend says I am an enabler and when I have been working hard (with my side jobs and my main jobs) the enabler Ezza comes out and says…

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Which explains why I spent RM 60 in masks and an RM 80 lip tint from Tony Moly but… there is a but! I am 24 now and I will get a fitter body. I WILL BE DISCIPLINED!!!! Thus on days where I have no idea what to write about in regards to my book blog I will update about my life and most importantly my fitness journey. I really hope by joining this gym of which I am paying RM 200 this month will push me to really put in the time to get said bikini body.

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But let’s just be real we all know this is just me trying to convince myself I am doing this for the greater good when really I am just deluding myself that once I get said hot body I will have a minute chance of being with either Keanu Reeves or Tom Hiddleston. Yup… it’ll happen because IF GOD SAYS YES NOBODY CAN SAY NO!

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Am I delusional? Am I really? Yes…Yeah… Yes.. Okay… I am slightly… just ever so SLIGHTLY delusional but it’s fine. It is still under control no it isn’t. I mean look at them (please see pic below) how can you not be delusional?

Look at them!!! Like how? Tell me how can I not be slightly delusional about them.

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Mind you I am just slightly delusional although if you ask my best friend Jell and Nynna, they’d tell you otherwise. I swear Nynna isn’t even phased anymore she be all it’ll pass soon enough just give Ezza a month or two.

So wish me luck in getting my shit together! 😀

 

Review: Midnight Obessesion by Melinda Leigh

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Title: Midnight Obsession

Author: Melinda Leigh

Published: 3rd January 2017

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads review

When a mysterious package lands on Louisa Hancock’s doorstep, the Philadelphia museum curator can hardly anticipate the nightmare that’s about to envelop her. The package is addressed to her father—an expert in Viking culture—and inside is a ninth-century sword, a chilling thank-you note, and photos of two dead bodies in a tableau evoking a Nordic funeral. The gruesome images match a recent crime scene. But before the police can investigate the killer’s connection to Louisa’s father, Ward Hancock vanishes.

Sports bar owner Conor Sullivan wants nothing more than to spend his life with Louisa. Devoted and protective, he refuses to leave her side after her father’s disappearance. When a troubled young boxer he’s been coaching is suspected of the murders, Conor is pulled in even deeper. Desperate, Louisa and Conor take it upon themselves to find her father, but soon another ritualistic slaying makes it clear there’s a Viking-obsessed serial killer on the loose. And he has a new target: Louisa.

Review

Right, there was nothing inherently wrong with the plot but the characters were too perfect it annoyed me to no end. Louisa was perfect and so was Conor and here I was rolling my eyes so hard I am surprised my eyes are not permanently stuck behind my head. The characters lacked depth and it was hard for me to relate to them because they had no flaw. Louisa is this intelligent beautiful young woman whereas Conor was the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, sweet, handsome, a body to die for and they are perfectly in love with each other. Like where is the catch? The problem? Okay so yeah the main problem is that there is a pyscho-dude stalking and is obsessed with Louisa but get this the writing and the plot was not compelling enough for me as reader that I wanted to know more of what was going to happen. I honest to God didn’t care. So what a pretty girl will be attacked by a serial killer isn’t it always like that? I don’t know what else to say in regards to the book nor characters. I gave the rating a 3 because there really wasn’t anything wrong about the plot like it was technically correct but not inherently correct you know?

The conclusion to this random rant is that the book, writing and the characters weren’t fascinating enough for me to actually want to care or at the least be interested in it. Maybe I am just the type of reader who likes flawed characters.

Anyhoots, I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.