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REVIEW: Only By His Touch by Bree Kraemer

6 Jan

Title: Only By His Touch
Author: Bree Kraemer
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Rating:

Recommend it: YES
Recommend it to Who: Anyone in need of a charming, witty and passion-filled romance novel.

You can get your Kindle version from Amazon.

Note: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my very honest review.

SYNOPSIS
Several years after a tragic event, Samantha still finds herself unable to get close to others. The slightest bump into someone makes her cringe and she avoids handshakes as much as possible. She can’t even touch her close friends and family. It seems she will never be able to overcome that terrible, life-changing day.

Until one day, she sees a man that may change everything for her. This man seems so familiar and without even thinking it through she has an undeniable urge to touch him. Where does she know him from?

Will this handsome stranger be able to help her to become the person she was before?

MY HONEST THOUGHTS

This is a first full novel written by Bree Kraemer. I was reading an unedited version so I’ll not point out errors and the like but instead I’ll talk about the controversy behind such a premise, the characters, the overall plot and how it all made me feel.

The author, Bree Kraemer brings us a very inspiring, funny and emotional story. It has wit, it has charm and the characters were very likeable and relatable. Just everyday people who experience things that anyone one of us could go through. I read it with a stupid grin on my face. Okay, fine, some parts made me sad and curse out loud.

I particularly loved it because of the main female lead, Samantha. After a very horrific and life-altering incident, she was willing to give living a shot. She didn’t let fear and ‘what-ifs’ dictate her life anymore. Sure, it took years for her to let anyone close but when she did, I truly felt inspired. Imagine a world where you avoid all human contact…you’re not a germaphobe but it’s still just as hard. Crowds make you nervous and elevators are a nightmare. How would you live?

As a female and being close to Samantha’s age, I felt really attached to her and felt her pain. The PTSD she had was believable and it touched me how her life was affected. But like most people who are hurting, she masked her pain with sarcasm, wit and jokes. I loved that because that’s how I usually live my life. It’s a better alternative to being moppy and wanting everyone to feel sorry for you…all the time.
I don’t know how long it takes someone to get over what happened to her so I can’t really comment on it much. But I can say the fact that she took a leap of faith and decided to not be afraid anymore really sat well with me.

Then, in walks Ethan. A man who signed up for the army straight out of high school. He has his own tragic story but like Samantha, he picked himself up and made something of his life. As someone who was in the army, Ethan came off as a ‘perfect’ gentleman. Notice how I write perfect? Yeah, well, that’s because perfection is so hard to achieve. He was caring, loving, funny and yep, attractive as heck. 

“Even blurry, he was handsome. Well, handsome really wasn’t the right word. He wasn’t hollywood handsome. He was real-life handsome.”– Only By His Touch

I laughed at this part. It made me happy. He came into her life and for the first time in a long time, Samantha felt alive again. He never rushed her to accept him or did anything to make her feel uncomfortable. He just wanted to spend time with her. It was nice to read.

“You can be gentle, rough or any other way there is, just as long as you’re with me.”– Ethan

I enjoyed how their story was written, the feelings were not forced and rushed. You could clearly see that it wasn’t love at first sight but a love that grew over a period of time and got stronger as they grew together. There conversations were natural and they both had great sense of humour. I love funny characters.

The other characters were likeable too. Well except one bitch who deserves a year behind bars or something. It was a welcome plot point that made the story even more real.

I’m a sucker for romance and when beautiful words are used I can’t help the feelings that start up in me. Come on, we love the notebook for a reason :). Every great relationship has bumps along the way and when you work through them, that’s when you become even stronger.
I loved the quote below a lot, I just had to share it. See if you can tell why…

“Say that you know that I want to try this too. Say that you’ll understand if we have to take it slow. Hell, say that you want me so much it might kill you, but please don’t say that you need to wait or walk away.”– Only By His Touch

There was enough drama and conflict but not too much that you cringe and think you’re watching a spanish telenovela. They say too much of anything is bad…well except books maybe and pineapples :D.

I’ve tagged the story as Erotic so I have to talk about the sex, right? Now again, I’m out of my element here -not talking about sex, I read Erotica, talking about sex has to be my element- but I mean just how sex would eventually happen for someone so traumatised. I don’t know anyone who’s ever gone through such and ordeal. So, I’ll talk about how it made me feel.

As with everything in the book, even these scenes where written so well. It didn’t come off as dirty or cheap. It didn’t make me want to wash my brain with soap and bleach. It was beautiful and it was hot. Okay, fine ‘hot’ is an understatement. It was panty-melting-lip-bitting-ice-cube-requiring sizzling hot. Ethan was one mean ‘cat-lover’ *wink *wink.
I should probably end there before I go full “Perve Mode”.

I will say this, however, even when she (the author) was hinting at sex, she made it all sound beautiful and made me happy.

“I’m asking you to make me forget. But more than that, I’m asking you to make me remember. Help me remember what it feels like to touch and be touched. Help remember why I should take chances. But most of all, help me remember that love always wins over fear.”– Only By His Touch.

Now I confess. At first I was a bit skeptical…I thought it was going to be another wounded-heroine-meets-hot-eye-candy-and-he-heals-her-with-his-magic-penis. You know the stories I’m talking about. You’ve probably read enough. You roll your eyes so much that you develop a headache. This however wasn’t like that…at all.
As a first novel, it was well executed.

That’s all for this review.

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-Dee

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REVIEW: Tangled by Emma Chase

2 Jan

SYNOPSIS
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.

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.

MY RATING: 5 stars

MY THOUGHTS
You ever start reading a novel and from the first sentence you just know that you’ll love it? If not, I feel nothing but pity for you. You can, however, remedy that and try reading Tangled.

Once I picked this one up I gobbled it up in one day. I couldn’t even sleep that night until I finished it. That should give you an idea of just how amazing a read it was. (Plus the 5 star rating is also a dead giveaway)

Tangled is a rib-cracking, face-palming, panty-melting, must-read sizzle-fest that will leave you satisfied and glad that you love books. This is the reason why I’ll forever be a reader, why I even started this blog in the first place. Once in a while you come across such works and it all makes sense.
Emma Chase really did a wonderful job on this one.

Characters:
The characters were developed so well that you just can’t help but love and care for them. Sure, Drew is a giant douchebag from start to finish and most times I wanted to bash his stupid handsome face in but I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed reading his story. He is funny and somewhat charming without really meaning to. Okay, fine…he does mean to. The guy has some warped ideals about women and the world in general. I loved reading the story from his point of view. You will seriously believe you’re in a guy’s head. It’s nasty, it’s funny and it’s 100% uncensored.

Exhibit A:
“Every healthy man in the world wakes up with a stiffy…A chance to begin the day with your best dick forward.”– Drew

I cracked up when I read this part. Like seriously, WTF?
I admit reading this book will have you rolling your eyes at him. You’ll be angry with him more times than you’ll count. The jerk compares having sex with different women to toothpaste . Seriously? Like I said, warped mind. You will curse, you will hate him but sooner or later you’ll just have to board the Drew express and like him like the rest of us.

Now on to the other character worthy of being talked about and praised. Katherine Brooks is the main female character in this book. She is strong. She is sassy. She is beautiful. She is dang ambitious. She isn’t a pushover and gave back as good as she got. So yeah, I absolutely adored her.
I loved that she stood her ground on things she believed in. She went after what she wanted with everything she had and didn’t let anyone get in the way of her path to success. She didn’t make it easy for him to be with her and I enjoyed that. A lot. He had to work for it. He had to earn her.

Plot:
When it comes to the actual story, you might be thinking its your everyday, generic playboy-ass-meets-beautiful-woman-and-stops-his-dog-ways-as-he-falls-in-love-quicker-than-a-slut’s-knickers-drop. You’re right. And you’re also so wrong.
Emma Chase wrote this book in such a way that from the very first chapter, it distances itself from the other books that it might be compared to. It has to have a pedestal high up there with the other 5 star novels, looking down and smirking because it damn well knows all the ‘feels’ it gave me. Such a ride.

Okay, I have to go into my perve mode for this next part. I apologise in advance. It might get…graphic. But first….

Remember how the synopsis said, “this isn’t your mother’s romance novel”? Well, throw missionary and vanilla sex out of the boring window and prepare to have your mind blown as you have scotching-hot images etched in your brain that will leave you wanting a fan or a tub of ice.

Drew might have been king of the douches and all but when he set his mind on…um…loving Kate, all bets were off. In those moments, he could very well have been sent down to earth to love vag and worship it…one tantalising lick at a time. Check this out….

Exhibit B:
“God! Oh God!”
I smile as I pick up the pace, “God’s not the one fucking you, baby.”
Sure, I’m in love, but this is still me here.
“Drew…Drew…yes…Drew!”
Much better.

I found this funny…and kind of hot. (Don’t judge me.)

*Perve mode: OFF*

In conclusion I have to say, this truly is a must read for everybody (well, if they’re above 15 that is :D). I would recommend it for lovers of good witty books. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who believes in prince charming or guys who are above playing dirty.

-Dee

REVIEW: Reasons I Fell For The Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann

27 Nov

SYNOPSIS

It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips.

She’s the school’s matchmaker,’ and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk to, even about the most awkward situations. Hayley’s tips seem to be working, but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker, he starts finding reasons to spend time with her, and not the girl he thought he was in love with.

MY RATING: 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
So, one word “AWESOMESAUCE, 😀 well at least that’s what Harley would say. She is so cool.

This is a book by Cassie Mae writing as Becca Ann.
It was fresh, it was hilarious and I loved every part of it.
Reading a book from the Point of View of Brody wasn’t just new to me, it was amazing. Brody’s voice (well Becca’s Voice really) was refreshing and from the first two paragraphs I was hooked. His thoughts are insane and it made me wonder if boys really do think like that. I mean, come on! The way he described everything, you just gotta love. I know I did.

Well, as I’m not the FFF (Funny Fat Friend), you know since I was more the ATF (Awkward Tooth-pick Friend), I found it nice to read how Harley felt about her own body. It made me realise that as females, we are never really completely happy with whatever body we have (well unless, you are like a Victoria’s Secret Angel and yeah those hotties make up like what, 1% of the earth’s population?). We are constantly looking at our friends and thinking they look better. Its kind of sad, really.


More than half the time, girls who think they’re fat really aren’t. They’re just fatter than the skinniest chick in school. And even that girl thinks she’s fat.
– Brody

Anyway on to the fun part.
I’m going to do this review in the form of a list, well because who doesn’t like lists, right? (But in actual sense, I’m just trying to take a page from this awesome book and be a bit cool as well. Hey a girl can dream.)

Reasons I fell for this Book

  1. Just look at the title…lol, need I say more?
  2. It is beyond cute.
  3. I love awkward
  4. Brody is one ‘cool’ guy. Notice the quotes? Well yeah, I don’t mean cool in the sense that he is scoring with all the chicks and wears leather with abs for days but more like he is a likeable character. A real guy I would want to be found with.
  5. Harley is a relatable character. A female I wanna be besties with. She is a natural comedian. She has her issues but she, like me, masks them by adopting a coping mechanism that’s as old as time. She doesn’t drink her problems away, she instead makes jokes and comes off awesome. I loved her
  6. Harley flinches each time Brody cursed and so it was interesting each time he had to change his first thought and come up with some clever way of saying it.
  7. That first kiss was a must read (No, I’m not a perve, I just had to mention that)
  8. Its funny, not in a forced “knock knock joke” way.
  9. It made me realise there is nothing sexier than being exactly who you are. No pretending or faking it so people will like you.
  10. Made me miss my teen years (I admit the puberty sucked but the crushes and what not were kinda cute…I think 😀 . Okay so maybe being a teenager was weird…but it was still awesome.)
  11. The writer is talented.
  12. Its a quick read (you know, ’cause I just finished a book yesterday and here I am reviewing this one so soon). Is quick read even the right word? Makes it seem like its some kind of drabble, doesn’t it? Let’s change that to “its a major page turner. Yes. Let’s go with that.

Okay, I think that’s enough listing for now.

I have to say though, if you are looking for a compelling, deep and very serious book this isn’t it. This is the kind of book you read after watching Sirius Black die or after you accidentally step on your cat, you know, so you can forget that awful sad feeling and it makes you all bubbly inside . It will bring a smile to your face and you might not want to read it in public. People will undeniably think you are certifiable.

I recommend it though, to anyone looking for a nice, airy, and fun read. Tell me how you like it.

Till the next review.

-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 🙂

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 😀
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

The Dark Abyss of No Internet Connection.

24 Nov

Have you ever spent weeks or months without any access to the internet? Well let me tell you, it is a dark and bleak existence that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
My days became so dull and bad that I felt like I was drowning.

Piece of advice to you guys, please have an outdoor hobby or anything that you can do in the unfortunate event that you are cut off from the world.
My poor blog suffered. And let me not even talk about my GoodReads account. I feel ashamed.

I wanna apologise to my followers and also (especially) the authors who kindly requested that I read and review their new books…I am so sorry. It couldn’t have been helped. But now I am back and hopefully this time I will take better care of my book blog. (If you are on Goodreads, you should totally add me…I love “meeting” new people).

To the people who nominated me for various awards and I didn’t respond, I also apologise.

So I have some awesome news, I recently discovered the wonderful world of Fanfiction and now I am hooked. It has really helped me get better with my writing and interacting with all those people from around the globe and getting instant feedback feels awesome.

Now, back to my blog…I have like about 5 books to get through and review. They are all seeming and showing real promise. Since I have so much free time now, I am sure I will be done soon.
So I am kindly asking you my readers if there are any good books (preferably by new authors yet to be discovered) that you know of or would want me to read. If so just comment or email me at (dorcamis@gmail.com).

I love the idea of helping out up and coming authors. And if I end up reading an awesome story in the end, well then its a “win win” for me 🙂

So, I just had to put this post up before all the reviewing and recommendations started.
I hope you are all doing okay and tell me what I missed out on.

-xoxo

Made to Love (The Made Series #1) by Candace Nicole Werts

15 Aug

Synopsis

Carmen is a successful business owner who is young and beautiful. Carmen lives in Arlington, VA. She shares an upscale apartment with her best friends, Marcia and Giselle. Her life should be perfect, but every day she faces guilt due to the murder of her younger sister. This tragic event has controlled her love life. Carmen meets Cooper at a summer party hosted by the company he works for A.Werts. With one look Cooper has her mesmerized. How could this handsome successful business man be without a significant other? Her first encounter with Cooper was discouraging until they shared an earth shattering kiss.

MY RATING 3 Stars

MY THOUGHTS

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Made to love is the story of Carmen and Cooper. Two polar opposites but yet so right for each other. Though some of their views and opinions about life and living in general differed, they found a way to understand each other…one steamy and chat filled page at a time.
Made to love was an interesting read. It was edgy, current and hip. I loved that Carmen was a strong, beautiful and independent woman who spoke her mind and didn’t let anyone bring her down. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t scared to go after it.

The story itself was nice, a female with a tragic experience afraid of getting hurt has her heart melted by a man with an almost equally tragic past. Both are afraid of love and commitment but both are the people who need it the most.

“Maybe I do not deserve happiness, but I need her.”- Cooper.

They are attracted to each other and at first after spending time together and that attraction starts to slowly develop into love, it scares them both so much until it seems like their fears might have them pushing each other away.

What I found inspiring and particularly enjoyable was how the Author treated the subject of race and gave us a story that made us all believe and understand that love doesn’t discriminate. When two people love and care for each other none of the small issues like weight, past and colour matter. They just simply fade out into oblivion…leaving only love and mutual respect and understanding.
There are not a lot of books that feature interracial couples and so I was really happy reading this.

As this is erotica I must mention the sex scenes. I usually cringe when I read most erotic novels. So much sex and not enough story or character. But luckily for me that was not the case with this novel.
Made to Love was a page turner because I didn’t have to suffer through page after page of sex and BJs. The scenes were hot but it was good because that was not what the book was all about. Candace Werts didn’t depict the characters as sex starved nymphos who only eat, breath and drink sex. The characters had…well character :D. The Author gave us a story and conversation between two people who shared their experiences with one another and as the story did not happen over a week or a month, it was believable as a love story.
(I can’t stand those books were people meet, bang like rabbits and get married by the end book…after like 9 days of meeting. What the hell right?)

There were some things though that if they were absent I would have given the book a higher rating. Things that got me cursing and irritated at times.
I found that at some points the main character, Carmen, gave descriptions of events with a little too much detail. This included situations where she talked about perfume names, Car models/make, makeup and food like she was strategically doing product placement. I got the same feeling with how she talked about the songs playing in the background.

To sum it all up, Made to Love is a must read for people who believe in second chance and that “love is colour blind”.

-Dee

Desecration (Wizard Queen at Sixteen #1) by Hadley Holt

10 Aug

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything – only if she survives… Addie never questions why men possess magic and women have none until she discovers her own magic, which makes her a desecration. Her fate sends her into the path of an evil sorcerer, but the worst danger may come from inside her own home!

MY RATING: 4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS
NoteDesecration is a three part serial in The Wizard Queen at Sixteen series.

In a world where women are seen as nothing more that breeders, party planners and where the association of Magical folk with humans, also called “norms”, is frowned upon Addie at first must hide that she has Magical powers to avoid the Wizard society from turning her into a Lab rat or worse. But she has to get stronger and embrace who she is so as to change the way life in the Wizard Society is.

Part 1 was a fun and interesting read from the first page to the last. The story was witty, gripping and fast-paced enough that you cannot help but get hooked. I knew from page one that following Addie’s Journey in her magical world was going to keep me entertained and enjoying the whole experience.
The main characters where strong, well developed and likeable. The conversations came naturally and the story flowed beautifully.

I enjoyed the way the Author was trying to combat societies view of how females can never amount to anything more that just being…well “baby manufacturing” machines. It was inspiring reading it all and being there every step of the way as Addie matured and changed from the little scared girl to a confident force to be reckoned with.

I would say this is a series I know many YA readers will enjoy and personally I can’t wait to see what Addie and her friends get up to in the other books.

-Dee

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