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REVIEW: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

16 Jan

Title: Practice Makes Perfect
Author: Julie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humour
Rating:

SYNOPSIS
Behind closed doors, they’re laying down the law.

When it comes to the laws of attraction…

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

There are no rules…

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the lawβ€”and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar.

MY THOUGHTS
So, I’m on a roll with my contemporary reads, huh? Somebody stop me. And by stop I mean, “Do anything but stop me. Join me, recommend me some other must reads because this sh#t is good and I want more”.

Before there were ebooks, there were Mills and Boon. I was sucker and always snuck into my sisters stash and read those babies like there was no tomorrow. Then, I started having some money and I’d buy my own on the streets. Good times.

Now, thanks to ebooks, I have access to such a deep pool of great books and authors. It’s like heaven on earth or some other cheesy thing that people say.

So, about the book:
Sexy? Check.
Witty? Check.
Funny? Check.
Romantic? Check
Enjoyable banter? Double Check.
Drool-worthy moments? Hell Yes. Check.
Loveable Characters? Check.
Ding. Ding: it’s me we are talking about. Payton is a successful badass lawyer. Um…are you really surprised that I love her?
J.D is a douche. Okay, not really. He’s just a man.

What more can I say? It was a fun, entertaining and seriously hilarious read. I’m talking…

You guessed it. Rolling on the floor and hope no one is looking because you are probably looking like a loon with your ridiculous laughter. Okay, so maybe not really rolling on the floor like a loon, but it was still funny.

This book just gave a new meaning to playing dirty.

Any book where a character breaks her heel and tumbles to the floor- ripping her tight pencil skirt and showing everyone…in court (judge, jury, the audience) her butt-cheeks because she chose to wear a thong that day- but still manages to brush it off and make a joke about it, is a win for me. Who wouldn’t enjoy such a read?

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-Dee

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REVIEW: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

16 Jan

Title:Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Erotic
Rating:

SYNOPSIS
The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

MY THOUGHTS
Look alive people. O has left the building. And no, I’m not talking about Oprah.

Can I dish out six stars? I think I just did.
I give it 6 “O-filled-zucchini-bread-eating-sizzling-hot-panty-incinerating-tear-dropping-hold-your-tummy-cause-this-book-is-hilariously-epic” stars.

P.S: O is for Orgasm. Don’t look at me like that.

This book was WALLBANGING great. It was so funny and I probably looked like a retard all through this read.

It was filled to the brim with sexual frustration, O-lessness, Zucchini bread, and one hilarious page after the other. I freaking loved it. The wit, the snarky dialogue, the characters, the cat. Yes, you read right. The cat was part of my enjoying this book. And I mean the animal, not my innocent way of referring to the hoohah. So good.

Caroline AKA “pink nightie girl” just became my favourite Female character this year. It was entertaining reading her POV. Did I mention she refers to ‘lower Caroline’ in the third person? That’s right. After her ‘O drought”, she sort of started to talking to it. I know.

And Simon AKA “Wallbanger”, well, I liked him. Despite his harem, well it’s what Caroline called it. Any other time I would have minded it, but hey, they were adults and all consenting. Whatever floats their boat. Who am I to judge?
Anyway my point is, I liked Simon. Come on, you know me by now. Any book that has a sarcastic, funny and ‘charming’ main guy is an instant love for me. *cough* *cough* and hot *cough*

I started reading this one and I didn’t want to put it down.

The other characters were also well developed. So good. And the last chapter in the Cats POV -don’t ask, just go with it- was just the cherry on the sexual-frustrated-not-even-George-Clooney-can-bring-back-the-O awesome cake.

I wanna read it all over again.

*And I know this review seems a bit off, you can’t blame me. I’m still feeling the rush of this read πŸ˜€

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-Dee

Contemporary Challenge

2 Jan

So, this is another book reading challenge that I’ve signed up for (Lord help me).
I’m sure a number of you have noticed that I’m a sucker for fantasy and paranormal novels… I just can’t get enough. You’re probably wondering why then would I sign up for this challenge. Well, as one of my resolutions for this year was to be involved in more blogger reading challenges, I came across this awesome one and I knew I just had to join. It will surely help me diversify my reading pool, not to mention take me closer to my “Read a 101 books” goal. I’m so excited.

Anyway, I found The Contemporary Challenge over by The Book Belles blog.
The challenge is simple. You can read any book you want as long as it’s a contemporary novel and it doesn’t necessarily have to be published in 2015. This is a plus for me because I’ve been meaning to get aboard the Colleen Hoover express train for some time now.

I’m aiming for Peony: 11- 15 books.

I’ll be posting my progress as I read books and review them. Do drop by to check them out.

PROGRESS

  1. The Note by Teresa Mummert
  2. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
  3. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

If you want to join in, just follow the link above

-Dee

REVIEW: The Sham by Ellen Allen

26 Nov
The Sham

The Sham

When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…

SYNOPSIS

Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods. Who is the killer?

MY RATING 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review πŸ™‚

The Sham is an intriguing, exciting debut novel by Ellen Allen. A true page turner. It’s a psychological and contemporary Young Adult thriller that has just the right amount of mystery and drama to keep you reading…desperately wanting to figure out just who the bad guy is.

Ellen wrote this book with such detail, devotion and left nothing to the imagination, that from the first paragraph a reader is immediately drawn in. You will be swallowed up in this world, this town that has people as weird and as unconventional as the name of the town itself.

Fair warning though, you might find the first chapter to be…umm…what’s the right way to put this…umm “creepy and disturbing”…but this was a necessity because everything that followed was related to this.

Once you get past the first chapter (with your mind blown and your faith in humanity a bit shaken), then the goodness will just keep on coming. Piling up until, like me, you lose yourself in the story. From here on, the only thought in your mind will be…
WHAT…

THE…

EFF…

IS GOING ON??
But in a good way, believe me. I mean, come on, it is a thriller after all. You have to wonder.

50% in the novel, I found myself at the edge of my seat (well if I am being accurate, its more like bed). I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. This just intrigued me even more. The evidence was piling up, more bodies were being uncovered and Jack was still a mystery to me.

It just goes to show what an amazing writer Ellen Allen is.

I enjoyed her characterisation. The protagonists were likeable and had just the correct dose of believability. Their interaction and conversations came natural and I felt that they really started to understand each other.

Emily was real, funny, smart but still had her flaws (she was gross at times with her descriptions and thoughts…but hey who wouldn’t be when people you know keep dying around you). Jack was…different, but you just can’t help falling for him…even when you are suspecting him of cold blooded murder πŸ˜€
The pair are cute together, but not in that “I wanna hurl just reading this corny fest” way. They are a believable couple. Real and at times awkward. I kinda found it funny.

I did have some gripes with the naming of the other characters, like the 4 best friends. I found it distracting and I didn’t know who I was reading about whenever “Becky” and “Rebecca” were in the scene. In the beginning, I didn’t even know they were two people and as the story progressed, I kept thinking “which one is becky again? Is it the quiet one or the slutty one?” I constantly kept wanting to facepalm myself so hard that I give myself a concussion. Or maybe I’m just being a hard ass? But I always thought “becky” and “Rebecca” is the same name…what are the odds?

Now without, giving any spoilers, I would just like to say that the ending was EPIC.I did not see that coming…at all.
The writer executed it so perfectly and wonderfully, that the only word I can use to describe her is “genius”. I loved it so much.

You know those moments when you are reading a book and your jaw almost reaches the floor because the shock is just too much to measure? Yeah, that’s how I felt.

To end this review, I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a psychological thriller with just the right hint of romance and humour. I wouldn’t recommend it to younger teens who might find the descriptions of murder scenes and talks about sex disturbing.

All in all, it was a good read.

Till the next review.

-Dee

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