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Book Review – When In Paris…

Published 31/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: When In Paris…

Author: Beverley Kendall

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Release Date: 21st May 2013

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So this tells the story of Olivia who is attending college halfway across the country and on her first day of classes she was not expecting to see Zachary Pearson, the guy she has had a crush on for the past four years, enter the room. Considering he barely acknowledged her at school, she knows it’s stupid to want him but she cant help it. Zach, unbeknownst to Olivia and everyone else, feels the same way but due to family loyalty has treated her like she doesn’t exist. When a trip to Paris with the French class comes up, Olivia cant wait to go with her best friend but things don’t always go to plan…

On the back of that last sentence I’ll say I was expecting for their to be more time spent in Paris–what with the title and all–but it lasted from 49% to 61% which isn’t that long and then they were back in the States and their relationship was full steam ahead.

It’s a fairly long book and though something seems to be happening all the time I found myself a little…dare I say it, bored? in some places.

I did enjoy it though and the characters were interesting. I’m dying to find out what happens with the other two couples too so I think I’ll be buying the next two books when they’re available.

Next review(s): Fire Inside

Book cover…

Published 30/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

I decided to go with Cat’s Wolf as I think Wolf Claimed will be more fitting for Brent and Misha’s story. I just spent the last ten minutes are so making a cover for it and I know it’s not perfect because, considering I went to college to do art and we used photoshop, I am fairly crap at it. I can always do a new at a later date. I’d still like to know what you think of it though…so who’s up for another poll?

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Book Review – Losing It

Published 29/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Losing It

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: 28th March 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll start by saying I love the name and cover of this book. They are so fitting of the story.

Anyway, it tells the story of Bliss, a 22 year old theatre student who has let slip to her best friend that she is still a virgin. Her friend then decides they should go out to try and find the right guy for Bliss’ first time. After downing four tequila shots for courage she heads to the toilet and on her way back she sees a guy reading Shakespeare in the bar. Drunk, she blurts out something stupid and the guy, Garrick, puts the book down to talk with her and before Bliss knows it, they’re flirting with each other and on their way to his place. I don’t want to spoil it for you but let’s just say things go a little wrong and she’s just grateful she wont have to see him again. Only the next day when she goes to class and he’s there…as the teacher.

This story was right up my street. It had everything I look for in a book; humour, sexiness and a good plotline. So in my opinion Cora Carmack is a genius!

If you ask me, Garrick quite possibly pulled every single female reader within those first two chapters. Girls, he’s hot! In fact, Garrick seems pretty fecking perfect and I have to say I’m slightly jealous of Bliss. The rest of the characters are a fun bunch and when they do the whole getting drunk thing together I was laughing.

If you’re looking for a fun, sexy read then I recommend this book. It’s amazing!

Next review(s): When In Paris…

Book Review – Deeper We Fall

Published 28/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Deeper We Fall

Author: Chelsea M. Cameron

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Release Date: 23rd January 2013

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Hmm…

This book tells the story of Charlotte – A.K.A Hottie Lottie/Lottie – and she’s struggling to forgive herself and others for the accident two years ago that left her friend with brain damage. The other people she blames are Zach and Alexander “Zan” Parker who were both drunk and in the car when the crash happened. On arriving at college, she finds out her room-mate is dating Zach and then bumps into Zan on Campus a while later. Lottie doesn’t take it well, them being there, and looks to her twin brother and friends for support. The plot then thickens abit when we start seeing things from Zan’s point of view and things get interesting…but I’m not going to spoil it by telling you what happens in the end.

Anyway. This is my first book by the author and though I have her “My Favourite Mistake” on my amazon wishlist I haven’t got around to buying it yet.

For me, this started good. We understood her animosity to the brothers and everything and we could see for ourselves how much of an arse Zach was while Zan was a man of few words and dark, bottomless eyes. I just didn’t quite seem to catch the bit where her feelings changed. Yeah, we as the reader knew that Zan wasn’t so bad and he may have done stupid things in the past but he’s changed now, but when did Lottie figure it out because she never really gave him a chance to talk to her?

That being said, I did like the characters (though there are quite a few by the end and I got confused a bit between Audrey and Trish). On the other hand, Lottie and her twin brother Will’s “twindar” was very impressive. If that really happens when you have a twin, I am impressed and wish I had one. I really liked Stryker too, he seemed like a chilled out kind of guy who could talk a lot of sense, I wish I had a friend like him. Looking forward to his and Katie’s story when it’s released.

It was quite a sweet story when they finally got together and the bad guy got his comeuppance in the end.

 

Next review(s): Losing It

Got it back

Published 27/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

Well I’ve just received *Shifter Romance* back from Natalie and apart from a few uses of the wrong word i.e are/or (brain obviously couldn’t keep up with the story in my head and the words I was typing) and one bit of repetition it’s all good.

She says she really liked it, which is music to my ears after all my doubting over the ending.

I’ll start putting up the remaining chapters tomorrow and maybe every other day after that. I’ve left it open for a second book and with that I’m thinking the series name could be Shifter Romance? Just a thought…

Still needing some opinions on the book titles mentioned in my previous post.

Which one’s better/more suitable?

Published 27/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

Hi, this one is for my regular blog readers; the ones who’ve stuck with me for the past God-knows how many months as I finished writing *Shifter Romance*.

It’s regarding the title again.

Natalie–my author friends whose reading through my story for me–has come up with two good names and I don’t know which one I think suits it best. So without further ado, here are the two names:

Cat’s Wolf

or

Wolf Claimed

Both are very relevant to the story but I’m unsure which one I like best, so I thought I’d ask for your opinion, my lovely fellow bloggers. 😀

Book Review – Passion Potion

Published 26/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Passion Potion

Author: Mary Beth Daniels

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

Release Date: 28th April 2013

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of Jet, who has just flunked out of college–in time to receive a call from her father telling her she needs to return home. On the drive back with her dad, he tells her her mother was an enchantress and had agreed to make a forbidden love potion for a dark enchanter. Jet then searches through her mother’s lair looking for the recipe knowing that if she doesn’t find it, they will lose everything. On the journey to making the potion, she finds love, friends and a magical world she never knew existed.

Hmm… I enjoyed this story and the background information you receive as you read further into it. The relationships and interactions between the characters was rather entertaining and I really liked the whole “match” thing. If I’m being honest, I mean I like Caleb and Jet as a “match” or maybe just the reaction they have when they meet their perfect “match”.

The world building was very fantasy-esque with portals in bowls and fairies, edible mushrooms and talking animals but I enjoyed it.

This is the first New Adult book I’ve read that was also of a different genre, in this’ case Paranormal/Fantasy. As a lover of both, I had to read this to see what it was like and I did enjoy it. Some of it seemed a little slow and other bits a little rushed but overall it was a good enjoyable read.

 

Next review(s): Deeper We Fall

Twitter

Published 25/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

Well, I’m back on Twitter after a two year break. I kinda went off it because I didn’t find enough interesting things to write about but now with my writing and reviewing…well I’ve started getting followers and I’ve began following all my favourite authors and I’ve found it’s easier to interact with them on there. So if you’re on Twitter, feel free to follow me. I’ve included a Twitter sidebar. My username is @lcrabtreeauthor. I’ll follow back 🙂

Book Review – Wait For You

Published 25/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Wait For You

Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: New Adult, Contemorary Romance

Release Date: 26th February 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book!

It tell the story of 19 year old Avery who had moved across America to attend college after an incident at home that she wanted to get away from. On her first day she meets Cameron Hamilton after literally bumping into him on her first day of class–someone everyone knows and likes and who every girl wants to get with. They live in the same building and quickly become friends with a running joke of Cam asking her out at least once a day.

The interaction between all the characters made me laugh or at least smile. They’re always joking around with each other and it’s a lot less serious than some of the other NA books I’ve read. That doesn’t make it bad, for me it makes it better.

That’s not to say it doesn’t deal with some issues. This one deals with abuse–though I’m not going to tell you who or what happened as that may spoil the surprise when you read it. Which you definitely should! Also some anger issues, though nothing major.

I highly recommend you read this. It comes from a great author and is a highly entertaining read.

Next review(s): Passion Potion

 

I’ve also been gifted another another book off NetGalley:

 

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It might mix up my reading list order since it is being released at the beginning of June but we’ll see what happens 🙂

Book Review – Undeclared

Published 23/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Undeclared (Woodlands #1)

Author: Jen Frederick

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 28th 2013

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This story tells the tale of Grace, who became the pen pal of a marine as an assignment while at high school. They carried on corresponding for four years before Noah, the marine, sent her a “Dear John” style letter telling her he didn’t want to meet her. Grace took the letter badly, after years of pining after him, and shuts him out. Noah on the other hand wanted to get his head sorted out, after spending the last four years in Afghanistan, before meeting her. I don’t want to give too much away but they do meet again.

I found the first half of the book a little slow going and it took me a while to get into it, while the second half seemed to flow easier and I found myself unable to put my kindle down as I wondered how Noah was going to get Grace to forgive him.

The characters are all likeable, especially the guys who live at Woodlands. I’m interested in reading their stories, especially Bo to see who ends up winning his heart.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It’s the first New Adult book I’ve read that involved (ex)military personnel and like I’ve said before, the reason I like the genre so much is because they mix it up a little and deal with bigger issues.

 

Next review(s): Wait For You

I’ve also received two new books from NetGalley:

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wheninparis

Will review soon.