April 25, 2015

April 2015 24-hour Read-a-thon is here!

Hi there!

It's nice to see you all again. Working weekends sucks sometimes, so I will have to go to work in between, but I will be back as soon as I can. I always have a great time with you guys! This is gonna be tons of fun :) Twitter blast and all!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Edinburgh, Scotland!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
All lined up by Cora Carmack - considering I have to go to work too, one book will probably all I can manage. Thank god is not a competition! :D 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Coffee. Lots of coffee. And chocolate chip cookies.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I come from Slovenia, but I live in Scotland. I am doing a Master in Psychology of Individual Differences. I am in my second year and submitted my last assignment last Thursday. I am only left with my dissertation to write now.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Last readathon I had to study for an assignment, so instead of romance novels I was reading scientific articles about behavioural frontotemporal dementia. This time around should be more fun than that! ;)

You can find me on twitter@neabarabea
You can find me on Goodreads

Happy readathon people out there. I hope you are gonna have an incredible and unforgettable time. And good luck :)

April 21, 2015

Hero by Samantha Young Review

by Samantha Young
Published on February 3rd 2015
NAL, 404 pages

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again… 

- Goodreads.com description

Romance. Twists. Sex. Secrets. Betrayal. This book has it all. And I loved every second of it!

Alexa. Alexa is a very fascinating character. She has an impressive personality. And her sarcasm is mind-blowing, awe-inspiring and wonderful. I shall say, she is a legend and I want to be like her. I really wish I was that awesome.

Caine. HA. I don't really know what to do about this guy. He is messed up. Like driving you out of your mind messed up. I understand traumas and various circumstances, but Jesus, this guy almost borderline. First he is an ass, then he is kinda better, then he is an ass again, then all of a sudden he cares and then.. mahh. I did enjoy the woah moments of pure raw passion, but.. mahh. It's complicated.

The plot was great and the twists and secrets and mystery, all of it was magnificent. I love this book! And the family drama. Oh, love me drama! Yes, I rather enjoyed this book very much. 

So, the new romance of the bestselling author of On Dublin Street is stunning. I enjoyed it way more than I did On Dublin Street. Alexa was, in my opinion, way more likeable than Joss ever was. So, if you are searching for a hot contemporary romance full of secrets, betrayal, unforeseeable twists, Hero is the perfect book for you!

April 14, 2015

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas Review

Blue-Eyed Devil 
Travis Family #2
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on March 25th 2008
St. Martin's Press, 328 pages

MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL - His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.

MEET THE HEIRESS - She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.

WATCH THE SPARKS FLY....Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word.

- Goodreads.com description

Many great bloggers recommended me this book. I was also recommended to start at the beginning, but this time around I skipped the first book :P I will probably read it the year. But I was really intrigued by this one. So I couldn't wait. I went into this book expecting great romance and hot sex. Lol I know, but this is genuinely what I thought I was getting myself into. Wrong.

Holy shit. This book. Especially the first part. Fuck. I did not expect that. He first husband was a complete narcissistic psycho. 

I was scared while reading, let alone poor Haven in the actual story. It was horrible and I was crying, cause it hit me that this isn't only a story.. Abuse does happen in reality and that is scary. Very much so.

When Haven finally escapes its pure relief for the reader. And this is where the new journey begins. 

Haven was a lovable character. I really liked her. And completely loved her therapy sessions! Must be a psychologist thing, I dunno. Anyway, the way she is trying to rebuild her life.. she is brave. Ofcourse relapses happen along the way but she is determinated get it through. 

Hardy. Oh, poor guy. See this is what happens when you skip the first book in the series. You have no clue what the hell is going on, kinda. The Travis family isn't really nice to him, but he genuinely likes Haven, so I liked him.

The romance was, mmm, different. Because of course, after what Haven went through in her marriage, some finesse would be expected, if not demanded, really. But nonetheless, it was sweet. I liked them as a couple. 

The twist was kind of expected, but not really. There is some great action as well. The writing was very real, it encompassed all the horrible things into a very vivid picture. Feelings, so many feelings! As I said, scary. So, if you are searching for a contemporary romance, which tackles real world abuse and real world problems and consequences about it, then the Blue-eyed devil is the perfect book for you!

April 10, 2015

Wild by Sophie Jordan Review

The Ivy Chronicles #3
by Sophie Jordan
Published on November 18th 2014
Avon, 288 pages

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

- Goodreads.com description

As you probably know, I completely adored Foreplay! Tease was great as well. But I must say.. Wild was probably my favourite one. I re-read it a few times already this year.

Georgia. I fucking loved Georgia. She is tired of being boring and she takes her life in her hands and starts to actually live. She dares herself to be more and do more and she does! Sometimes she is a bit overly dramatic about Logan, but damn, I can't blame or resent her for that, cause I get it. And I also just like her too much.

Logan. Holy hotness. Logan. I dream about this guy. Honestly. This guy is wow and I wish he was real. No matter how many times she pushes him away, he never gives up on her. Never. And he is so open-minded and honest and I just melted reading about him. And he deserved to finally be happy.

The romance was ... passionate. Aggressively so. With all the pushing back and forth. But I loved it. God knows I understand the fear of being too close to someone and the need to flee. I get it. Completely. But here is the thing, he never gives up on Georgia. He keeps coming back and challenge her and she cannot deny how she feels. At least not in the long run. 

I wish people were more like Logan. That they would fight for that girl even when she tries to push them away. To keep trying and not giving up after the first obstacle or because it takes too much effort.

Wild is an incredible book. As I said, I think I read it at least 3 times already in this year. And it's only March. It's full of passion, temper and wild romance and love. And there is a kink club as well! This book is made of awesome and I cannot recommend it enough. Pick it up and read it. It's a wild journey you will never regret.

April 07, 2015

The Deal by Ella Kennedy Review

The Deal
Off-Campus #1
by Ella Kennedy
Published on February 24th 2015
358 pages

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy... 

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. 

...and it’s going to be oh so good. 

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

- Goodreads.com description

I never expected her. Sometimes people sneak up on you 
and suddenly you don't know you ever lived without them.” 

Holy shit, this book was abso-fucking-lutely amazing. It has everything! Chemistry, non-bullshit-drama, awesome sex scenes and a twist that wasn't cheesy or eye rolling. It felt real, believable. 

Hannah. Oh, Hannah was such a nice character! It was very easy to relate to her. I really liked her and all the decisions that she made. There was no bullshit with Hannah. She was honest and raw and perfect. 

Garrett Graham. Holy mother of God. This guy. This panties melting guy. I fucking loved him! He was funny, sarcastic, straight-forward, typical popular college guy - the guy I wished for the past 2 year that I would meet at my University. But as much as believable as he was, I suppose these kind of guys only exists in romance novels, sadly. But hey, a girl can wish!

The writing was perfect! For the first time, the double POV did not bother me at all. The story runs smoothly, and I didn't feel like cheering for one side or the other. I cheered for them both. 

I wish all the New Adult books would be like this one. I loved every second of it. So, if you are searching for a New Adult book filled with great chemistry, non-bullshit-drama, real life issues, relatable characters and all that topped up with the sexiest steamy scenes.. The Deal is the perfect book for you!

April 02, 2015

Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas Review

Scandal in Spring
Wallflowers #4
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on July 25th 2006
Avon, 374 pages

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies. 

- Goodreads.com description

Daisy is the last wallflower left of the group. All her friends have found their love matches and she is the only one left. But with all the plotting and scheming, her father ruins everything. He decides that he is going to pick her husband. Daisy is horrified and Lillian is outrageous about it. They plan to avert their father's plan completely. But you know how it is with plans..

Daisy. Sweet, little, bookworm Daisy. She read romance novels during the day and she dreams about them during the night. And when she is faced with the grown up man Matthew Swift has become, her whole world spirals out of control. 

Matthew Swift. He is handsome, kind and ambitious. He also loved Daisy for forever. From the first time he saw her. And he was as shocked as Daisy was about her father's ultimatum. Because Matthew has a secret he cannot share with anyone...

The romance in this book was sweet. Daisy fell in love gradually and the whole romance progressed slowly and although there were moments of passion, it was all very sweet. 

I've read some reviews about this book and they said this book wasn't nearly as good as the previous ones. But I have to disagree. I adored Daisy. And it was beautiful to see how the other wallflowers were doing in their marriages and how happy they were. Building their own families and be still such good friends toward each others. 

So, if you are a fan of a sweet historical romance, full of hope and fears and dreams for a better future, I suggest you read this book. Well, read the whole Wallflowers series :) But really, Scandal in Spring is a really sweet story you do not want to miss!

March 29, 2015

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas Review

Devil in Winter
Wallflowers #3
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on February 28th 2006
Avon, 368 pages

Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third "Wallflower" now met her match?

A Devil's Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts --- which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions ... or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

- Goodreads.com description

I cannot begin to tell you how many great things I've heard about this book. All the bloggers that I know loved this book. I was tempted to skip all the previous ones and jump right to this one, but I am so glad I didn't! They are all great. But this one is kinda special in its own way (and you wouldn't know how very special if you didn't read the previous ones!).

Evie. Sweet Evie. Poor girl I felt so sorry for her circumstances that she was brought up in. She is so shy and sweet and delicate and her aunt and uncle are just pure evil. She deserved better. But in this book we see a complete other side of Evie. She is not that shy, she speaks up her mind and she fights for what she wants. A twist, indeed. I loved Evie.

Sebastian St. Vincent. Remember this name. This guy made a history in the historical romance repertoire. 

And I swear, sometimes I think I dream about him. His sarcasm is so freaking unbelievably fantastically awesome that you will find yourself laughing your ass off. He is also probably the man in the whole series that I enjoyed the most. His. Sarcasm. Fuck, I can't get over it!

I thought the twist was a bit overly dramatic, but the romance and the characters make well up to it. And oh, the romance. It's actually sweet. Not something anyone would associate with Sebastian St. Vincent - but oh, it is. And the characters grow so much in the story. Remarkable. 

So, if you are a fan of historical romance, do yourself a big favour and read this series. All of it. Cause jumping directly to the third book wouldn't be half as much fun as if you read the whole thing. It's worth it. Worth your time, worth everything. The sarcasm is splendid. The action is quite thrilling. And the romance.. it's beautiful.

March 25, 2015

It happened one Autumn by Lisa Kleypas Review

It happened one Autumn
Wallflowers #2
by Lisa Kleypas
Published on September 27th 2005
Avon, 382 pages

Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It happened at the ball...

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden...

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed...thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn...

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable...as his bride?

- Goodreads.com description

To begin with - I love the Wallflowers series!  I completely adore it. <3

In this book Lillian Bowman is second girl in the row that has to secure herself a husband. Annabelle got her pirate and she is as happy as she's ever been. So, now it's Lillian's turn.

Lillian is one of the very best female characters I've ever encountered in a historical romance book. One word: Badass. She is freaking awesome. And her language - oh my God - is pure awesomeness. She swears. A lot. 

She does not hesitate for even a moment to call Westcliff a son of a bitch in his face. She is bold and fierce and stunning. She really has an unique appeal and I really felt like I could connect with her. She even gets totally wasted in a scene. Hilarious!

Westcliff is ... a self righteous ass. At first. But then he becomes more of a nice character and in the end I was really fond of him. 

The writing was stunning as always - Lisa Kleypas - he writing is just like magic. I don't know how she pulls it off but damn, she does. And each book I read is better than the one before. Watch out for this writer!

The romance was fierce and full of passionate moments. I loved every second of it. And omg the twist at the end! Fucking hell, I didn't see that coming. This book is full of action!

So, if you are searching for a great historical romance full of passionate moments, fierce heroine, well developed characters and all that mixed with some great action, It happened one Autumn is the perfect book for you!

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