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Book Review: “Rush” by Maya Banks

One of the reasons I love reading romance novels is that I get to live vicariously through the female protagonist page after page. It also gives me an added bonus to daydream! 🙂

“Rush” is the first book in Maya Banks’s “Breathless” trilogy, which follows three 38-year-old handsome best friends and hotel billionaire business partners —Gabe Hamilton, Jace Crestwell and Ash McIntyre. The men dominate both in the bedroom. Each novel in the trilogy explores the relationship of one of the men as he discovers the woman he will love.

The story begins when Gabe sees 24-year-old Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening. He knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend Jace’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.16033902

Gabe has been Mia’s crush since she was a teenager. The fourteen year age difference doesn’t bother her. Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. Now an adult, Mia feels there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

Ever since the Fifty Shades phenomenon, there have been a lot of contemporary or erotic romance novels published. The romance genre is sizzling hot right now, but that’s another story for another time. Banks does a great job in providing details and fluidity to the plot. The chemistry between Gabe with Mia, Gabe with Jace and Ash, and Mia with Jace add substance to the story. In the beginning, Gabe is this dominant, stern alpha male who has no problem in getting what he wants, but on the flip side, we get to see a softer side of him that can melt your heart. I like gentle Gabe better than the domineering Gabe. I enjoyed the character development of Mia. She is a great heroine. She’s known Gabe all her life but is able to stand up for herself. She’s sweet and innocent yet spunky. She’s not afraid to tell Gabe what she wants and doesn’t want. Compared to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Rush” is a better read, and Banks is a better writer than E.L. James.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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Cover Reveal: “This Girl” by Colleen Hoover

I’m so excited to unveil the cover for Colleen Hoover’s upcoming book  “This Girl.” “This Girl” is the final installment in the Slammed series. The book is expected to be released on April 30. Below is a short synopsis of the story.

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to51zL0RcynRL withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past.

Hoover has posted the prologue and first chapter on her blog.  (PLEASE  do not read it until you’ve finished book #2 – Point of Retreat)

Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, and Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. For more information, please visit ColleenHoover.com.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Cover Reveals

 

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Book Review: “Room For Love” by Andrea Meyer

Recently, I did something that I thought I would never do. I went on a blind date! 🙂

OK, I have to be honest it wasn’t with a guy. My date was with a book. I know you’re probably thinking, “Rosie, WTF! You had our hopes up!”  Before you go and revolt, let me explain. I participated in my public library’s Valentine’s Day event called “Blind Date with a Book.”  The staff gift-wrapped a1264885 small selection of romance novels and placed them on display at the front of the library. With the book’s title in disguise, those interested could pick one lucky member out of the group, check it out of the library, unwrap “the date”, and start reading.

Beneath the cleverly-wrapped red-hearted tissue paper, I read Andrea Meyer’s debut novel called “Room For Love.” The book is about a 32-year-old film writer and editor named Jacquie Stuart and her quest is to find the man of her dreams in the streets of New York City. She has looked for love in all the wrong places, and she wonders whether she’ll ever meet Mr. Right. Taking her sister’s advice, Jacquie scours through the “roommate wanted” ads to find her one true love. In doing that, she can find out more about a guy by studying his surroundings. It’s such an innovative idea that she writes a piece about it in the fictional Luscious magazine (think Cosmo, Redbook, Harper’s Bazaar, etc).

After visiting several apartments and seeing (and dating) potential candidates, Jacquie finds in an almost perfect situation with Anthony, a reality show producer. Certain circumstances makes Jacquie questions her actions. Is Anthony Mr. Right? What will happen when he finds out the truth about her? Did she really have to look hard to find love?

This is a very light chick-lit read. It almost reminded me of Candace Bushnell and the show Sex and the City. The characters were appealing and Andrea Meyer did a great job in making them seem real and in building the suspense. While reading the book, I kept wondering when Jacquie was going to Mr. Right.

I was very surprised with how my “date” ended. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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Book Review: “Bared to You”

They say if you love the Fifty Shades trilogy, you’ll love this book.

I’m here to say that you didn’t love the writing of the Fifty Shades trilogy, you’ll love this book.

I’m a newcomer to New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day. I’m not very familiar with her stories, but when I found out that “Bared to You” (the first installment in the Crossfire series) is similar to E.L. James’s recent works, I immediately downloaded it on my Nook. After reading the book, I can honestly characterize it as Fifty Shades without the BDSM.

The book is about two coworkers who eventually become lovers. Eva Tramell is a smart, assertive advertising assistant who falls head over heels in love with Gideon Cross, a John F. Kennedy Jr’esque billionaire tycoon who owns the firm Eva works at.

Sound familiar?

Eva and Gideon’s chemistry and connection are volcanic and very consensual. Their first exchange caught me off-guard of the things that Gideon says to Eva. If it was a real situation, the words “sexual harassment” would be branded on the walls, but I digress. At first, their relationship becomes very physical, but then as you begin to learn more about the two lovestrong characters, their relationship becomes more emotional and deep.

Eva and Gideon carry a lot of baggage from their past, albeit both of them being abuse survivors. We know how Eva was abused, but we don’t get a clear picture into Gideon’s abusive past. All we know is that Gideon can’t stand to be in his mother’s home for some unknown reason, which can leave the reader in suspense.

Like Fifty Shades, there are some hooks to this book that draws you into the chemistry of Eva and Gideon. Like Christian is to Ana, Gideon is very possessive to Eva that one would think a restraining order is long overdue. The main characters are rich, beautiful, and successful — almost too good to be true. In that sense, it lacks realism, but then again it’s fiction.

I do have to say that Sylvia Day’s writing is better than E.L James for a romance novel. Day is very detailed and her writing flows in almost every scene. You don’t get a sense of constant repetition of certain words like in the Fifty Shades trilogy. Her vocabulary is broad, which is a good thing for an author. Day is also very knowledgeable of the story’s upscale setting in New York City.

For those of you who have read the book and is wanting more, I’m happy to inform you that the second installment of the trilogy called “Deeper in You” comes out this October.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Cover Reveal: “The Watcher” by Lisa Voisin

My fellow readers and bloggers, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Here’s the cover and blurb about YA author Lisa Voisin’s new book “The Watcher”.

                 Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

This romantic thriller for young adults will be released in March 4, 2013. For more information about Lisa or her new book, visit her blog at http://lisavoisin.wordpress.com. Info courtesy of Inkspell Publishing.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Cover Reveals

 

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Nosey Rosie’s Top 10 summer reading list for 2012

This coming Monday is Memorial Day, a day to honor the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and our country. It also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. With the hot, humid weather on the horizon, you can bet your bottom dollar you will need something to cool you down while you’re reading a good book.

Summer is usually a really good time to catch up on some reading. You get to kick back and relax, whether you’re at the beach or in your backyard. There are a lot of great books published right now that are dying to be read. Whether you’re looking for a biography or a mystery, a romance or a historical fiction, a chick-lit or a lit-classic, I have a book for you. You may or may not agree with them, but check out my top 10 books to read this summer in no particular order.

1. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby’s youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. Considered Fitzgerald’s best work, The Great Gatsby is a mystical, timeless story of integrity and cruelty, vision and despair. The timeless story of Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan is widely acknowledged to be the closest thing to the Great American Novel ever written.

2. “Elizabeth, The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch” by Sally Bedell Smith

In this magisterial new biography, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II. From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.

3. “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

4. “11/22/63” by Stephen King

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

5. “Come Home” by Lisa Scottoline

In Lisa Scottoline’s new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who sacrifices her future for a child from her past. Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her—-though it is stressful—-and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

6. “The Family Corleone” by Ed Falco

New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family’s future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father’s true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father’s footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.

7. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals. 

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, ZoĂ«, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with ZoĂ« at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

8. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

9. “Dark Lover” by J.R. Ward

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

10. “My Enemy’s Cradle” by Sara Young

Cyrla’s neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke’s soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their father’s custody—or taken away. A note is left under the mat. Someone knows that Cyrla, sent from Poland years before for safekeeping with her Dutch relatives, is Jewish. The Nazis are imposing more and more restrictions; she won’t be safe there for long. And then in the space of an afternoon, life falls apart. Cyrla must choose between certain discovery in her cousin’s home and taking Anneke’s place in the Lebensborn—Cyrla and Anneke are nearly identical. If she takes refuge in the enemy’s lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards, and other mothers-to-be? Can she escape before they discover she is not who she claims?

If there are any books that you think are worth reading this summer, please let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Reviews for these books will be posted on this blog so stay tuned. I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and happy reading!! 🙂

***All the italicized overviews are courtesy of B&N.com.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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