Sunday, October 26, 2014

Free ebooks Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

I just joined the Free eBooks for an Honest Review team. Here is my first review and the first 5-star review of the year for me.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Buy the Book

Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 5 stars

Here's why:

At the risk of gushing over how great this book is, I'm going to take a breath and try to hit the highlights without spoiling anything for you.

I'm a big fan of fairy tales and Kelly Oram has managed to combine two (Cinderella/Beauty & the Beast) into one awesome book.

Ella & Brian are definitely my two favorite characters at the moment because they were HUMAN and very much likeable as well as believable as people. You got to see their fears, hopes, and a host of other emotions as the story went along. I found myself crying, laughing, ranting and falling in love with both of them and I know that I would, if they existed, be friends with the pair.

The secondary characters had just as much depth and feeling as the main pair. Not once did I feel that a character was in there just to take up space.

The plot and pacing made it hard for me to stop to take a break, I was that invested in what was happening with Ella & Brian. When I got to the end I was firmly in their corner and I hope that maybe the author will write a sequel *hint, hint* Well, I can dream, can't I?

Would I recommend this book? That would be a huge, almighty YES, YES, YES!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2014: Status Update

When I saw this challenge back in December I decideed to enroll in it. The other day I went back and re-read the rules and realized that I could include books I added in 2014 as well. To, I've updated my lists with everything that is in my TBR pilesit was one I was glad to take. I decided to go for the Gold challenge (50 Books). 

To read the reviews for the books I've conquered so far, please visit here. Occasionally, I don't post reviews to my blog but I do post them to Amazon, LibraryThing, Smashwords, Shelfari and Goodreads.

2013 Netgalley TBR list:
  1. Dead Sexy Dragon
  2. Expecting a Bolton Baby
  3. Vampires Need Not...Apply
  4. Mistress of the Solstice
  5. A Shimmer of Angels
  6. Awakening the Warriors
  7. Broken Forest
  8. Compliance
  9. Dark Wolf Running
  10. Dead Beautiful
  11. Defy
  12. Dragonwitch
  13. Dream Girl
  14. Echo Prophecy
  15. Endless
  16. Escaping Reality
  17. External Forces
  18. Forbidden to Love
  19. Hereafter
  20. Hero's Lot, The - Patrick W. Carr
  21. King Hall
  22. Mage Fire - C. Aubrey Hall
  23. Mind Bond
  24. Night Creatures
  25. Rebels Divided
  26. Rival
  27. Runes (book one) - Ednah Walters
  28. Safe in His Arms
  29. Scrap - Emory Sharplin
  30. Sekret
  31. Shadow Allegiance
  32. She Is Not Invisible
  33. Spirit - Brigid Kemmerer
  34. Stargazing from Nowhere
  35. The Bane - Keary Taylor
  36. The Dominant - Tara Sue Me
  37. The Naturals
  38. The Silver Chain
  39. The Trials of the Core
  40. The Waking Dreamer
  41. Tin Star
  42. Turned
  43. Unspoken
  44. Will in Scarlet - Matthew Cody
  45. Winds of Purgatory
  46. A December Bride
  47. A January Bride
  48. A February Bride
  49. Elfin

2014 Netgalley TBR List

  1. The Millionaire Affair
  2. Sheikh's Scandal
  3. The Billion Dollar Bachelor
  4. Only With You
  5. Alex + Ada volume 1
  6. Waking up Pregnant
  7. Wrecked
  8. Catch Me When I Fall
  9. A Secret Colton Baby
  10. Black Rook
  11. Blind Faith
  12. Blood Orange Soda
  13. Clipped Wings
  14. Darkness
  15. Dark Wolf Returning
  16. Desired
  17. Divided
  18. Don't Judge a Lizard by His Scales
  19. Dragon Defender
  20. Fire Heart
  21. Forbidden
  22. Freed
  23. Lingering Echoes
  24. Longing
  25. Love's Paradox
  26. One is Enough
  27. On Her Watch
  28. Outshine
  29. Raytara - Judgement of the Stars
  30. Shadow Heart
  31. Star Trek: Khan
  32. Stitching Snow
  33. Street Fighter Origins: Akuma
  34. Tales from OZ
  35. The Circle
  36. The Fifth Vertex
  37. The Mark of the Dragonfly
  38. The One
  39. The Professional
  40. The Thirteenth Tower
  41. We are the Goldens
  42. Worth the Fall

Books that have been completed and/or reviewed
15/50 goal
35 to reach goal
  1. The Millionaire Affair
  2. Sheikh's Scandal
  3. The Billion Dollar Bachelor
  4. Only With You
  5. Dead Sexy Dragon
  6. A December Bride
  7. A January Bride
  8. A February Bride
  9. Expecting a Bolton Baby
  10. Vampires Need Not...Apply
  11. Dark Wolf Running
  12. Awakening the Warriors
  13. Dead Beautiful
  14. Mind Bond
  15. Sheikh's Scandal

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kishaz Reading Corner: MAID in the USA (The BAD BOY BILLIONAIRES Series Book 2)

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book


Celine Santini couldn't have been more shocked when billionaire bachelor Pierce D'Amato offers her a job as nanny to his four-year-old charge. After all, he hardly even knows her. But after finding herself thrown into an unexpectedly intimate encounter with him, are they really strangers? Celine is captivated by the green-eyed heartthrob who takes her heart ransom but how can she give in to her feelings when they're from two totally different worlds?

From the first day he lays eyes on the dark-eyed beauty, Pierce D'Amato knows he is lost. He immediately devises a plan to get her under his roof...and it works. But the more he gets to know the sweetly seductive Celine Santini the more he realizes there's a lot more to this woman than he could ever have imagined. Her intriguing combination of sophistication and innocence keeps him forever off-balance and, before he knows it, his bachelor heart turns traitor. The heart knows what the heart wants and it wants Celine Santini...whatever the cost.

A thrilling romance with twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages...

Buy the Book

Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating:  4 stars

Here's why:

All though there are a few cliches in this story, I gave it 4 stars because of the flow, characters and the overall warm fuzzy feeling it gave me when I reached the happily ever after ending.

I've been on a bit of a romance kick as of late and so I'm looking for that special something in the story. I will admit that I wanted to see Celine be a little bit more wary about Pierce's initial offer but other than that, I thought her reactions and behavior fit the story.

Pierce was interesting because he defied my idea of what kind of person/character he was going to be when he started waving around money and telling Celine that he needed her help. He was a little high-handed but that passed as the story unfolded.

Would I recommend this? Yes, I would.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2014: Oct part 2

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author, Netgalley or the publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . . 

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4.5 stars

Here's why:

I was expecting a little of the same-old song and dance when it came to this but I got a fireworks show instead and loved every minute of it.

Sophie is the kind of character that you don't see every day in stories. She has issues and yet, she is very sensitive to those around her to point of not taking care of her own emotional needs. She has spunk, yet a vulnerability that kept me glued to my seat as eagerly read through the story.

Gray drove me bonkers because I've met people like him and the urge to shake some emotion into him made me scream in frustration on more than one occasion. At the end of the day, you find out some surprising things about Gray and sympathy as well as a reluctant cheering him on develops.

The two were fantastic as a couple and the humor as well as snappy dialogue between the two was well-written.

The secondary characters were no slouches either. Overall, everything from the plot to the characters to the scenery were awesome and I would willing come back for more.

Would I recommend this? That's a resounding YES!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (Oct 15-31)

I don't do as many blog hops as I used to but I love doing this one. Don't forget to check out the other participants. This giveaway is international. Autographed copy is US & Canada only.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2014: Oct part 1

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author, Netgalley or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

Jax Morrow is a dangerously handsome, spectacularly wealthy entrepreneur whose world is turned upside down when Pandora Garret walks into a dark, smoky bar one night—a stunning combination of sex and innocence. He knows she’s trouble at first sight, but Jax can’t let her leave…unless she’s leaving with him.
Pandora has had enough. Kept under lock and key by her powerful, controlling father, she aches for freedom. When she briefly escapes and meets Jax she knows he is just what she has been looking for: forbidden, unforgettable passion. After one night in Jax’s arms, Pandora knows she can never go back to living under one man’s domination. Determined to control her own life she tries to resist Jax, but a dangerous desire rises between them—one that threatens to destroy them. But both Pandora and Jax discover that they just can’t be pulled away… in The Billion Dollar Bachelor.

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

I truly enjoyed this story and the pairing of Pandora with Jax was well done. You really feel for Pandora who has been raised in a rather uncaring environment. The same goes for Jax who comes from a family with lots of secrets to hide.

The romance was believable and the character development and plot were well done.

I really did despise Pandora's father and felt that the ending of this novel was great. I would definitely read more by this author.