Monday, September 22, 2014


Hi Everyone!!

Long time no....see? speak? type? blog!

I've been SUPER busy lately with planning a wedding and everything, so I hadn't had a chance to blog as much as I wanted (or basically, at all). Of course, I had been reading, (I mean honestly when am I not?) but I just didn't have the time, or the drive to write or post reviews of the books I've read.

That being said, I am BACK!!! I'm married now (and hating the process of changing my last name)

I have also picked up a new hobby in addition to reading. You're now perusing the blog of a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu white belt, and I'm almost at my first stripe (Yay!)

What made me pick that up you ask? Well, after reading so many books with heroines kicking major ass, and deciding to write a story about one who does as well, I began to feel like a fraud since I didn't even know how to throw a proper punch. I decided to take a trial class, and never looked back. It's my new obsession!!!

Get ready for some reviews to come your way, just as soon as I can jot some feelings down.

It's good to be back.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Complicated Creatures by Alexi Lawless

Book: Complicated Creatures (Part 1)
By: Alexi Lawless
Published: April 24, 2014
Published by: VIVRANT Press Publications

Description: What happens when curiosity becomes obsession? And when that obsession leads to an unstoppable journey you could never have imagined?

Luck is Jack Roman's middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he's immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. An entire world is revealed to Jack, where living for pleasure becomes fighting for survival. And the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have...

COMPLICATED CREATURES is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine romantic suspense that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?

My Thoughts: Complicated Creatures is a good story full of new beginnings, uncertainty, and hope.

Told in dual POV, CC follows Sam and Jack, two completely different people who wind up meeting and tearing each other’s worlds apart. Sam is a soldier/hero who constantly puts herself in danger to protect her clients. She’s totally badass, and keeps her feelings to herself. Jack, on the other hand, is a wealthy ladies man who is apparently no match for Sam’s allure, and is soon swept up into her life, and begging her to let him in.

I really liked this book. I loved seeing Sam and Jack interact, and loved seeing the passion they could have when they were together. I couldn’t get enough of the scenes of them together. Additionally, this book had tons of fight/combat scenes, which were awesome, and gave this book more of an action feel than just regular romance.

There’s a lot of back/side story in this book, and though interesting, it could sometimes take away from the plot. I just didn’t get enough Sam and Jack, and it left the book feeling as if it was missing something. Furthermore; this book is what I like to call a build up book. Everything is set up nice and neat, and slowly builds and builds and builds, but then as soon as you’re anticipating what will happen, it ends. Nothing is really resolved. Perhaps that’s the reason for the next book in this series, but I would have still liked a bit of resolution somewhere.  Hopefully in the next book I’ll be sated.

I give this one 3.5 stars. It was a great start, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was definitely missing that certain something that I just needed. I would recommend this to those who like romances that include badass women who tame their male counterparts and can beat the crap out of anyone she comes up against. 
This month, I was part of the Complicated Creatures Blog Tour. In celebration of the blog tour:

  • Complicated Creatures Part Two is due out in September. If people sign up to be part of the LAWLESS Ones here, they will receive Complicated Creatures 1.5, a novella, FREE.

  • For the stalkery type (like me) You can find Alexi here

Monday, May 26, 2014

Audio Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Book: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
By: Robin LaFevers
Published: April 3, 2012
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Description: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Thoughts: Grave Mercy is a Story about Ismae, a girl who has had a rough time in life because she;s seen as the daughter of death since her mother tried to poison her from her belly before she was born, and yet she was still born. Everyone is afraid of her, and men beat her. Then, on her dreaded wedding day, she's taken to a covenant of St. Mortain where she's trained to be an assassin.

She's a great assassin, until her assignment becomes a bit more difficult and interesting. She must deal with lies and deceit and is unable to determine how to handle it. Meanwhile, her horrible feelings toward men are slowly going away.

I enjoyed reading it, though I must say Ismae seems a bit too trusting. Often, it was extra obvious who the villain was in a particular situation, and yet, she didn't seem to see it, or overlooked it. It was ridiculous. Still, it was a pretty great read, once I got past being annoyed at how dense Ismae was at times. For that reason, I give this one 3 stars. it was great, but some of the characters were just a little too unbelievable.