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miércoles, 28 de enero de 2015

[Review] Four Play by Maya Banks and Shayla Black

Hello again my great reader friends!

How did you enjoy last week Book Review? Did you pick up Kelly Elliott's book? Did you leave a comment? *wiggle her eyebrows*

This time I have another Book Review, for the Week #03 draw of the 2015 Reading Challenge from the great Spice Up Your Reading jar :)

The premise was reading An Anthology and like the good, crazy ass girl I am, I picked an erotic book to read *lick her lips* And just let me tell you, I did NOT regret my decision.

Disclaimer: Picture from Goodreads



Four Play by Maya Banks and Shayla Black

Erotic Romance Menage Anthology published October 5th, 2010

SYNOPSIS (From Goodreads)

In Pillow Talk by Maya Banks, Zoe is a woman in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy, which involves his two best buddies. Is Zoe game? She sure is, because it opens the door for a secret fantasy all her own. In Shayla Black's Her Fantasy Men, a girly-girl named Kelsey plays football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends-all male. Yet she's never seemed sexually interested in any one of these hot guys. So what does Kelsey want? A fantasy come true for all four of them.

MY THOUGHT ON PILLOW TALK (Story #1)

(Disclaimer: This part could contain little spoilers)

I have no words to describe how much I loved this story. I was honestly speechless when I was done with this short erotic romance and the way that I felt it was the thing that shocked me the most.

Leaving aside the fact that it was utterly HOT... I felt like... This girl I could totally relay too in the way that if my life was different and I was in another's womans body... Like hers for example... This was something that could have happen to me.

A boyfriend open to explore your darkest, kinkiest fantasies with you but that even when he fulfill your crazy ass sex fantasy he is taking care of you, protecting you, making sure everything goes well for you and that you are safe and happy? Damn! I want some of that please!

AND add to the mix two hot best friends that love you like no other could and are willing to work with you boyfriend to be with you too? There is something better than that?!

MY THOUGHT ON HER FANTASY MEN (Story #2)

(Disclaimer: This part could contain little spoilers)

This story has a little bit more fantasy in it than the one before but I still enjoy it fully. Also I have to say that the way Shayla Black writes it's as much erotic as you could hope it to be girls... Oh and the men *big sigh* Holy crap the men...

I mean... Come on... You can't really have your firefighter neighbor, your cowboy best friend from childhood and your boss all having the hots for you at the same time, can you? And if you ever did, I envy you with every single fiber of my body.

I can see the troubles in having three hot and oh so different men trying to have you all to themself but the fact that the end of this story was like it was... Oh-My-Freaking-God!

Written in a way that was really good, with no mistaking the situations and the reasons behind the action of every character. I have to say that Shayla Black made a great job with this story. Which I will be re-reading... A LOT!

DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?

HELL YEAH!

I was more than excited when I finished this book. I was high with a dose of erotic so good as I have not felt in a long, long time.

If you like a story where you could easily dream yourself into the shoes of the main female character, loved and fucked by three of the most amazingly gorgeous, attentive and great lovers on earth. So you end up having them as your partners for the rest of your life in your dreams. Pick this book up!!

Four stars it's my rating for this book in general. The two stories where great and this is one for my "Re-Read books list" without a moment of doubt. This two authors are amazing at what they do and I pretty much-loved their work. Maya Banks surprise me with her story and Shayla Black... well... If you like erotic novels, you should have at least heard of her somewhere, right? I sure did :)

Have you read this book?

If not then what are you waiting for?!

Read it and come back so we can talk about it!

jueves, 22 de enero de 2015

[Review] Broken by Kelly Elliott


Hello everyone! How are you all? Mid January and I'm back with something new in this blog that I hope you enjoy because I'm thinking of making it a regular thing (in a way).

I'm going to do a book review for you today and the book I'm going to talk about it's the first one in the Broken Series by Kelly Elliott.

This book was my choise for the Week #02 of the 2015 Reading Challenge draw from the Spice Up Your Reading jar :)

The premise was reading something about a Southern Author, and when I saw that paper with the writing I just couldn't shake this book out of my head. I have bought it from Amazon Kindle and I was itching to read it. I did a little research and BINGO, Kelly Elliott it is, in fact a country girl!


Broken by Kelly Elliott

Broken Series (Book #1)
New Adult Romance published November 17th, 2013
Another titles in the series: Broken Dreams, Broken Promises

SYNOPSIS (From Goodreads)

Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.

When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache.

Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.

The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.

Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past.

Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone and…
Broken.

MY THOUGHT ON BROKEN #1

(Disclaimer: This part could contain little spoilers)

I really enjoy reading this New Adult Romance with a double point of view, one from each of the main characters (Layton and Whitley). It was easy to read, kept me smiling most of the time and wanting to read more.

My favorite character was Courtney, Whitley’s best friend. She was crazy as you can’t even imagine, outrageously funny and the things she said to her friend kept me laughing. Mix that with the fact that the girl reads books for a living and she got me good. The story was not about Courtney though, that will come in the 2nd book of this trilogy (so far).

Layton was another character I enjoy, not only for his good looks and the fact that he was not a man to break a promise, but because he was not afraid to let the tears go and cry if it was necessary. From joy or sorrow, either way I love it because it makes him even more beautiful in my eyes, more human.

I couldn’t put it down. It kept me interested all the way thru the end of the book and I have to say, even when it was a little corny at some point, the author made a hell of a job with this book and I want to read more of what she had written.

The parts that I enjoy the most where mostly the hole “I bet you can’t read this book and not reach for a vibrator” (yes, Courtney said this to Whitley) and the part when Layton was talking to his ex almost by the end of the book.

Buy the way, the book that was mentioned in this novel, the one Courtney gave to Whitley to read on her kindle. Look it up! It’s on Amazon and O-M-G!

Not the entire book was amazing, the story of course it was but there were a few things I didn’t like very much. The romance develops too fast, like a love-at-first-sight-but-I-will-not-accepted kind of thing and not very realistic for me. I had not even notice the pass of time if the author had not mention it here or there. I didn’t like the repetition and the winking. I don’t know if in Texas the cowboys wink a lot but it was a little too much for my taste.

Something else that bothers me was the fact that whenever Layton and Courtney touch in any way they felt this “electricity” between them. I’m sorry to say but there it’s only one book that I remember has the same description that happen between characters and I’m not naming it because I don’t want people killing me. And adding to the unrealistic part was that fact of “I knew you were the one since the moment I saw you for the first time” talks. Romantic, yes, but really?

I guess I was looking for a little more realism in this novel and forgot that it’s a New Adult Romance, not a real life romance *laugh a little* Also I was looking to see how the pieces of both broken characters where glued back together but I didn’t felt that pain that comes with being broken so badly for the things that happen to them. I did feel the love thou and that was good.

DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?

If you like cuss words, hotter than life cowboys, ridiculous bets between friends, fights that had no reason what so ever, stupid decisions and love, so much love (and sex).
What are you waiting for??

I can even tell that if you get to the very end of the book and you don’t want to read the second book of the series you are insane, my friend, you are crazy. Because... well I can't ruin the end for you but DAMN! I want to know so many things and trust me, so will you :)

QUOTES

There was only one quote that stuck with me besides all the normal romance "I love you" kind of quotes. It was what Layton said to his ex-girlfriend, Olivia. I remember because I thought "WOW. That it's deep. I'm amazed that he knew the difference and told her that"

"We weren't in love. We were in lust"


 

I gave this book 3 starts. Some of you may ask why and I will explain myself, after all this is only my personal opinion on this book and I'm not a certify reader (if such a thing exist or not, I don't know LOL).
I did enjoy the book. I couldn't put it down. It's funny, romantic and a love story. I will read it again some time. But I was not in-love with it completely and there were some minor things that the author could have made better in my opinion.
It's a good book, a light read and great to entertain the idea of romantic love in a way that only movies or books could :)

Have you read this book?

If not then go find it (if you want to, of course)!

Read it and come back so we can talk about it!

viernes, 9 de enero de 2015

Spice Up Your Reading! - Week #02


lunes, 5 de enero de 2015

Spice Up Your Reading!




We meet again my faithful readers :)

This time I've brought to you the 2015 Reading Challenge BUT with a difference. And you may, or may not, ask yourself " what difference is she talking about? "


Well... You'll see... I found [this video] of Katytastic on Youtube talking about a TBR Jar that she made for 2015 and I thought it was a good idea to make one. So I was going to use my serial killer handwriting to put all the names of the books I own in a Jar and pick them randomly.

Instead of that I typed in Google "2015 reading challenge" and the Goodreads and Popsugar pages were the first to show up, so I click on those and came across a 50 book reading list on Pop Sugar [2015 Reading Challenge] and I love the list, so I downloaded so I could print it and have it at hand every week.

Here comes the BUT...

I started to read the books on the original list and I realized that since I live in South America, some of those categories didn't apply very well with me, so I change the ones I was not going to actually be able to read, with the exception of Graphic Novel because I only have wanted to read one and I already did on 2014.

I end up getting a pretty little SPICES jar at the mall on Saturday and I handwrote the list, cut and folded the paper and put them inside the Jar. Since I did added some books that I got from a Pinterest board [Reading Challenges 2015]. My favorite one that I found on that board where the A Book with a Curvy Heroine Challenge, because I'm a curvy girl myself so go figure, and I have never read a book with a curvy main charater and I want to do it (*-*).

I want to explain some things before putting the list down so you can have it and use it as you like. Added to the list it's occult, witchcraft, erotica, LGBT, self help, self development books, and others  because those are topics I'm curious about and I want to read, if you don't, feel free to take them out of your list. Another thing, I put #51 there because I live in Paraguay, so I want to read some of my national author's books, like Augusto Roa Bastos. And last but not least the #62 it's a little treat :)

I would love to have some of you adding me on Goodreads [My Profile] or post a coment telling me if you are doing the Spice Up Your Reading Challenge, or the 2015 Reading Challenge, or any other Reading Challenge so I can get a look, or if you are not doing none then it's fine too...
And if you want to see me talking about this a little bit you could watch my YT Video [here] :)

2015 Spice Up Your Reading

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author
  10. A mystery
  11. A book with a one-word title
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A historical romance book
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author's first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to read list
  21. An ocult book
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
  26. A memoir or biography
  27. A book you can finish in a day
  28. A book with a curvy heroine
  29. A book about witches
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle
  35. A book set in the future
  36. A book set in high school
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic
  40. A book about witchcraft
  41. A book by an author you've never read before
  42. A book you own but have never read
  43. An erotica book
  44. A poetry book
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book with a prominet mythology theme
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished
  51. A book written by a national author
  52. A book you got for free - freebie
  53. A LGBT book (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, etc)
  54. A book about self-help / self-development
  55. A book by an author of color
  56. An anthology book
  57. A book with a main character that is a person of color
  58. A book written by a souther author
  59. A thriller
  60. A series you saw on youtube and have want to read it since
  61. A gothic fiction book
  62. A book you feel like reading today

Sources:
http://www.popsugar.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/
http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.com/
http://www.nellesnightstand.com/
http://www.thebookvixen.com/
http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/
http://novelchallenges.blogspot.com/
http://www.pinterest.com/

jueves, 1 de enero de 2015

Goodbye 2014 - Welcome 2015

So... Hello Everyone :)

This year 2014... that it's already gone, by the way. It's been one of the most interesting ones that I can remember, at least for me and the non-meaningful kind of life that I was living.

First and foremost I didn't make any New Years Resolutions for 2014, which was good at the time but as the days and months rolled by, I realized that I didn't have a good plan of what I wanted to happen or accomplish during the year.

I mean... I knew I wanted to finish university, which I didn't yet. I also knew I wanted to start writing again which I did for a month and then stopped. I knew I wanted to save money and I did, a lot more than I thought I would. I wanted to have a better looking body, instead I gain weight. I wanted to stop drinking to much soda, instead I drunk the same amount or even more, not so sure which one, but not less.

To make this a little bit short I have to say that I didn't do so well in 2014, and for that reason I will make some GOALS for the year 2015.

But before we start with the goals making and all that I have a few Q&A to say goodbye to 2014.

1) What did you do this year that you have never done before?
Work my ass of at the office for 9 months straight and loving it.

2) What was the smartest decision that you made last year?
I think the smartest decision I made was to break up with my ex. The relationship was not healthy for me and I let it ate me and destroy me a lot more than I should, so I end it. Not in the best of ways but it had to be done and I can't say I regret doing it :)

3) What one word best sums up and describes your experience last year?
One word? Really? Damn... Challenging

4) What are you most happy about completing?
The full circle that was my relationship with my ex and the fact that I open my eyes, noticing that I was worth more than what she made me feel. That if she couldn't spare me a moment of suffering, she didn't deserve me and the pain and stress I was under, it was only for her and not for me.

5) What was the biggest risk you took?
Omg! This is a tricky one but I think I know what was the biggest risk... Buy a sex toy and keeping it. Let me explain a little... I live with a very curious mother that can't stop snooping around my closet so if she ever find that sex toy I'd better be dead LOL

6) What are you most grateful for this past year?
I have a lot of things to be grateful for even thou most of the time I don't acknowledge them, but the one that I am grateful the most this year it's the fact that I don't feel a weight over my shoulders to please everyone around me. Now I know I can be me and even thou I do care about what other people think of me, I know I can't do nothing about it, they will think whay they want to think and I have to be me regardless of that.

7) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My biggest achievement was letting go of the heavy load that I carry when it came to how people affected my live with the way they talk or think about me. And the fact that I feel more comfortable in my own skin at 28, it's a huge achievement.

8) What do you wish you had done more of?
I don't have regrets in my live. I can't live with regrets. I have lessons learned and things I will not do again but no regrets. So, that being said, I wish I had done more for myself than I did. What I mean it's going to the gym, walk, go to the salon to get my nails done at least once a month or two, pamper myself and love myself more.

9) What do you wish you had done less of?
Drinking soda, hands down, drinking soda it's the thing I wish I did less for 2 main reasons: health wise and money wise LOL. Also, one other thing... I wish I have not procrastinated so much this year when it came to my studies.

10) Knowing what you know now, if you could write a letter to yourself that would travel back in time so that you would receive exactly one year ago, what advice would you give yourself?
Don't trust 100% in people, because they will disappoint you, so it's better not put your hopes up like that, just be careful and you will be fine. Don't wait for others to like you, they don't know you and everyone will pull in their own direction, specially at work. It's not you, it's them. You don't have to please each and everyone and you deffenitively can't solve other people's problems. Don't get involved in their problems because they will find a way out with or without you and they can blame you if things don't go their way. Love yourself, give yourself a time each day to enjoy just being you and liking the things you do like to enjoy. You are gorgeous, you can be even more gorgeous, it's all up to you. No matter what others say, you can always improve in any aspect of your life if you really want to and work for it. Don't do it for others, do it for yourself.

Sources

Image from: http://www.happyholidays2014.com
Questions: http://hubpages.com/hub/End-of-the-Year-Reflections-Process-and-Survey-Questions-to-End-the-Year-Mindfully