MsMichaels' Take...

Reading is my passion. I love nothing more than to get lost in a story. Whether that be a fantasy story or one true to life. I love being able to share my experience through reading it.

"Imagine Me" by Fiona Cole

Okay... I now know why I had such an enormous pull/need to read this book.
It totally showcased in many ways, what occurred with my hubby and me. 
Seriously Ms. Cole, were you reading my journal when you penned this?! 
I mean some of the things here scared me they were so similar. LOL

My heart shattered and was put back together in the most awesome way. I love this story.
It's funny, sweet, passionate, poignant in it's prose. I love the chemistry between Shane & Juliana I love every single character in this book actually.

Shane had me wanting to do this to him for most of the book though..
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But I also loved and hated that he had me crushing on him big time. Just falling all kinds of dis-functional love with him. He had me like.. 
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He's such a Jerk Monkey to be able to have my emotions all in knots like this. But I love his broody a&&.
But mainly, again, I just loved where this story took me. How it reminded me of my own personal journey in many ways. It was just awesome.
I would highly recommend this read.
HappyFunSexyReading ;)

Ms. Fiona Cole, THANK YOU! so much for writing this book and gifting me a copy to read it.
 
 

 

Vampire: A Sensual Romance Novella - Gwendolyn R Morris

WTF KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT?!!!!

See, this is what happens every time I go against my instincts. When they tell me not to finish a book, I usually listen. But on those rare occasions when I decide to go against that, this happens. I waste my precious time on a story. Yup. I'm mad. I'm mad because there were things here that caught my attention and kept me reading, but then the outcome made it not worth it. Basically it should not have felt like a chore, and taken me this long to get through a book that is only 120 pages long.

I had plenty of problems with the execution of this story. From the way these two MC's related and spoke to one another, to the events that occurred in their journey till the end. There was some hotness here though. The beginning of their interludes were very awkward. But as the story progressed, the passion, heat and naughty bits you would expect to see; finally made themselves known.

What I did like was that the Vampires here, they aren't fluffed up like we've become so entralled with concerning these characters in others stories. They kill. To survive and sometimes for the fun of it. They are who they are and they don't apologize for it. It was refreshing for me to see this type of take on a Vampire that's fallen in love.

I can't say that I would recommend this read though. It's just not all that great.

Loving Storm (Ashes & Embers Book 5) - Carian Cole

This book was just simply perfection. LOVE this re-visit with Storm & Evie

That Epilogue! OMGoodness! But honestly, my fave chapter was... ALL of em!!!
Read this book people. But don't you dare touch it without starting at the beginning. (book 1)

I'm definitely in my happy book place right now. Would certainly recommend this read. This entire series :)

I can't wait for Asher's story. Come on Carian!!!! Hurry it up Girl!!

Happy Reading ;)

Dipping Into Sin 2: Dipping Deeper Into Sin - DJ Parker

WTF KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT?!!!!

That Epilogue!!!! You can't leave me hanging like this D.J. Parker! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I'm Dead... I don't know whether to wind my butt or scratch my watch.

This was a great follow up to book 1 in this series. But my heart is hurting right now. I'm scared to find out what that Epilogue is leading to. Maybe when I grow some stronger female balls I'll dive into book 3. But for now I kinda got to step away for a bit. But... Just.. WOW!!!

Based on books 1 and 2, I would definitely recommend this series.

Happy #DangerousSexyIntenseReading ;D

Dipping Into Sin (a BWWM Alpha Male Romance) - DJ Parker

I am UBER P&ssed about the type of cliffy that this book ended on, because it was simply that dang good! OMGoodness!!! Sweet Baby Jesus! I gotta hop to book 2 right now... I mean I was so engrossed in this story, I didn't even realize I was at the end of the book until I read those dreadful words.. To Be Continued.. I literally yelled out loud at my kindle. As if it was my Kindle's fault. Smh.

Intense. Passionate. Sexy. Loving. The immediate connection between Simone & Andriano was white hot. Completely off the charts & believable. And barriers they are contending with, not easily fixable. My heart is breaking yet pounding beyond hope for these two. I could not put this book down.

All I have to say is I MUST know how their story ends.
So onto to book two I must go!

HappySexyReading ;)

Absinthe - Winter Renshaw

Well....

It was a good book. The first 75% of it was awesome.. But the last 25% it felt like I was reading a completely different story concerning the main characters. Where they end up and how, left me wanting big time. I see what you meant Princess J, about how it felt like the author was holding back in ways she really didn't need to.

The story, IMO, suffered greatly because the author was afraid to truly go there. At least this is the impression the author left for me. I felt as though there were many really intense paths this story could have taken, just given the characters and their plight. It was very clear the numerous directions in which this story could have gone. But I hate to say it, the author, IMO, chose the easiest and most common route possible. The depth that you think you'll get from this one is just not there towards the end. Many things were missing, lost and quite frankly; glossed over a bit.

The closing of the story was way too rushed as well. And just way to simplistic of a conclusion, considering the way the story started and what occurred in the middle of their journey.

I would say the first 75% of this read is a solid 5 stars. But by the time you're done, it falls to a solid 3.
It's still a good story though. Solid characters. 
I would still recommend this read.

Happy reading :)

Three, Two, One (321) - J.A. Huss

I walked away from this one a bit disappointed. For a time there, there were many things that looked promising. I will say the story kept me engaged. It kept me wondering what would happen next and why. But when it was time to bring all the chaos & mystery together to paint a picture of why this was all happening, it just fell way flat for me. 

The ending, for me, didn't feel like the story was closing. It felt like it was finally beginning.

I'm personally not bothered by all the hotness in this book. For me the hotter the better. What bothers me is that there was no balance between the hotness & the story itself. So I can see why many would be quick to say it was too much sex here. I've read plenty of books with much physical hotness in the mix. The difference between those stories and this one, is that there was a true, clear point/ purpose as to why all the physical love was there. Some how it was one of the many things that showed growth emotionally with the main characters involved.
Here, it feels like it was just thrown in there between the main characters, often, so they could have something to do.

So, yeah.. This held alot of promise overall, but in the end it just couldn't deliver for me.

4****

A Trucker Christmas: A Romantic Short Story - Jamie Schlosser

A nice quick revisit from Travis & Angel, who I love. And a clever but brief way to introduce new characters in the series. Unfortunately, they didn't pique my interest enough to continue on with the series though.

 

But this Novella (#2.5) and books #1 and #2 of this series are great reads that I would recommend :)

 

Happy Reading :)

4****

Dancer (The Good Guys Book 2) - Jamie Schlosser

5*****

Trucker (The Good Guys Book 1) - Jamie Schlosser

Loved it!

Beauty and the Beast: An Adult Fairytale Romance - Vivienne Savage

"Meh" It was just okay...

 

It was sweet in some instances and too "simpleton like" in others. A decent twist on the fairytale arc, but nothing truly original. I loved the Dragon and his male counterpart, Alistair. The heroine left much to be desired though in many instances, IMO.

 

Again, an okay read if you're in the mood for something very light in the passionate romance/ deep plot department.

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts Book 1) - Kele Moon

Decent intro to the series. Not my fave though.. I'm glad I read book 2 in the series first.

But this one holds it's own and I liked the main couple.

Star Crossed (Battered Hearts Book 2) - Kele Moon

AWESOME!!!

 

Romeo & Juliet took my breath away here.

The Fall Up - Aly Martinez

Loved it! Very Emotional & hot read ;)

Defining Destiny - Deanna Chase

This story would have been so much better, and at least a 4 star read for me, without the added & Unneeded element of Soul Mates. Especially if in this version, a soul mate isn't someone you'll end up with. That your soul mate can & most likely will be bad for you & the whole of your life. That they're either selfish, self centered lying a&&holes, or they're dead.
WTActualF is that? The fact that you can have a deeper more whole connection to someone who isn't your soul mate, renders this story completely pointless.

There were things that were interesting & even loving and sexy here. But that goes for the story outside of the whole destined mates things. This book would have been fine without the confusing & disppointing mess of the soul mate angle.

So no, I can't say I would recommend this one. I would say skip it.
It's hard to ignore the added elements here. It really mucks up the story as a whole that other wise would have been a decent read.

Never Let You Go: A Modern Fairytale - Katy Regnery

WHOA!!! Just WOW!

I love this second installment to this series. Very poignant story telling. Heart breakingly
beautifully. I would definitely recommend this read. Thus far this series. Book 1 is a gem of a read too.

Trust me folks, pick up this series right now.

Happy Reading :)