Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: The Pact by Karina Halle

Book: The Pact
By: Karina Halle
Published: December 28, 2014
Published by: Metal Blonde Books (Self Pub)

My Thoughts: I so completely love Karina Halle; I'd read her grocery list. Everything she writes is so freaking good, and despite The Pact being much different than any of the other books she's written, it was just as perfect as the others

The story: Linden and Stephanie are best friends. They've been best friends since the moment Stephanie walked into his friend James' Bar and got a job there, and began dating James. As you can imagine, Steph and James broke up and moved on with their lives and Linden, Steph, and James became best friends. Of course, the chemistry between Steph and Linden had been hot from the moment she met him, though he didn't/couldn't make a move because James snatched her up first, and with the whole "bro's before ho's" mentality, she had become off limits to Linden.

Fast forward a few years and a few drinks. Linden and Steph are at the bar, both complaining about their relationship woes, and they decide on a friendly pact. If neither of them are in a serious relationship by 30, they'll just marry each other. Stephanie thinks Linden is joking, though he's dead serious, and the two agree nonetheless. James hates the idea, of course, because he may still be in love with her. What ensues is an amazing story that begs the question, can men and women actually be "just friends"

Verdict: I loved this book so much. Stephanie and Linden are so perfect for each other, and the characters themselves are just flawed enough to be realistic. I also liked that this story was absolutely believable. Even I made a deal with a best friend that I would marry them if I reached 40 and had no prospects. Of course, she was a girl despite me being a heterosexual, and it was made as a joke, but still. The only thing that stopped me from giving this book a perfect 5 stars was James' character. Sometimes I felt he said things aloud that no person would actually admit, and it frustrated me a bit. Still, 4.5 stars and an awesome read.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Audiobook Review: Addicted by Nicole Edwards

Book: Addicted (Club Destiny #2.5)
By: Nicole Edwards
Narrated By: Sabrina Brooks and Jay Crow
Published: January 27, 2015
Published by: Blackstone Audio - Unabridged
Length: 2.0 hours

**This audiobook was received from Audiobook jukebox in exchange for an honest review**

My Thoughts: Addicted was another hot and steamy book from Nicole Edwards that extended the first book in the series to show what happened to Sam and Logan in the fallout of Luke's new relationship. Still, there was no real storyline. It just seemed like an excuse to add some more steamy scenes with a new third

The Story: After book 2, Luke is no longer able to be the "third" in the relationship between Samantha and Logan. Despite this, Sam misses that experience, and Logan wants to ensure that she doesn't miss it for long.

Narration: Sabrina and Jay are the better narrators in this series so far, but I still don't love them. They didn't seem to get into the various scenes as much as I would have liked them to. Their voices spoke them the way they would have spoken anything else. No heavy breathing, no real shouting. I found myself actually rephrasing and rereading it properly in my head to compensate. This one just wasn't my favorite narration job.

Verdict: I give this one 2 stars. The mix of the story being nothing more than extra sex scenes and the search for a new "third" for those scenes, and the narration not quite getting into the mood of the story made me just not really enjoy it much.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Audiobook Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Book: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)
By: Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 11 hours and 17 minutes
Published: October 30, 2007 / March, 31, 2010
Published By: Avon / Blackstone Audio

My Thoughts: This review will be brief because I would like to get back to breezing through this series. I got this one because all the hype surrounding it made me give in. Also, Ilona Andrews (author of the Kate Daniels series) sings the praises of Jeaniene Frost and this series, so I had to see what the hype was about. So freaking glad I gave in. Jeaniene Frost is now on my auto buy list, and as for the Narrator Tavia Gilbert, I love her forever.

Halfway to the grave follows Cat, a half vampire who wants to kill all vampires in hopes that one day she will find her vampire dad, the one who raped her mother and caused Cat to exist, and kill him. Along the way, she meets Bones, a sexy English vampire hitman who trains her to be a better vampire killer. That's all I'm saying about the plot because, just read it.

There's so much action, and so much wonderfulness, and I just love every character in here, even the bad ones. Cat is so badass, and Bones makes me quiver. (At the time I'm writing this, I have already read book two, and all I can say is...Chapter 32 *sighs*)

If it's not obvious, I love this story/series already. I give it 5 giant stars, and I know for sure I will read them again. There will be no reviews for the next books in the series, but feel free to check out my goodreads to see how many stars I give them all. By the time this review is posted, I will have read all the books in the series and all the spinoff novels. If you havent started this series, you're really missing out on something amazing.