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Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills (book 2, English)

Filthy English - Ilsa Madden-Mills

From Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new, full-length STANDALONE novel about HOT British alphas.

A smokin’ hot British player…
A jilted girl…
One night of mistaken identity…


Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn't plan on attending a masquerade party. She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.

But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

 

*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*
**no one dies in the writing of this novel**

 

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This is in no way like Romeo and Juliet. 

I'm a bit disappointed, to be freakin honest. I loved the first book, Dirty English. The introduction of Dax in there is pretty promising. Playboy, Party guy, Sweet talker. 

In this book, I couldn't grasp his character much. It has swayed the moment, i guess, after he met his heroine. Geez, the plot of finding each other again after years because of a misunderstang is no way a new one. I've read it at least 30 times already in romances.

Maybe i've been reading  too much new adults. hah.

Juliet--ah, Remi. The poor girl being miserable having been left by her fiance'. Being swayed by her emotions between the two boys.

Lots of lots of encounters, many love scenes and regrets afterwards, it made me laughed some other times.

It didn't blow my mind, it didn't warm my heart enough. Maybe my ovaries, but it's not devastatingly heartffelt romantic--if it's the motive of this book. 

It didn't impress me.

 

Love scenes: steamy

 

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Lullabies - Lang Leav

Souls unfractured (Hades Hangman, book 3)

— feeling smile
Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen) (Volume 3) - Tillie Cole

I've been reading this series for the past few months and all the other Motorcycle club related romances i could ever seen. LOL

 

It's just one of those moments when you just want a little more of them biker stories to spice up your reading experience. >.<

 

Hades Hangmen series is one of the rare motorcycle stories you should totally read. Big  part of this series, includes a cult, a religious charismatic cult with Brothers named from the bible characters that somehow practiced child rape within such a belief that they are cleansing girls(as early as 6) from evil. A very sensitive type of story in need of some discretion to readers. Specifically, book 3 got the darkest of narration. 

 

The taboo is palpable and cringey, bikers paired with the ladies brainwashed by their cult. Very disturbing to read but for me, it adds to such uniqueness to the series. 

 

Probably by far my favorite biker series.

 

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Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

— feeling haha
Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare

 

“He let his eyes flitter over her. “I don’t see anything ‘precisely.’ I can tell you’re slender. I can see you’re wearing white, or some light color. Your face is pale, your lips are reddish. And there appears to be a dark brown octopus attacking your head.”

“That’s my hair.”

Ransom shrugged. “You asked what I see. I see tentacles.”

Pressure (Valley Hospital, book 1) by Lillian Bryant

Pressure  - Lillian Bryant

If you love to read a smooth paced and intense love story in this cold winter weather, look no more. This might be your book. It's about a doctor and a nurse and it was perfect. They are so hot for each other. Hotter than your coffee!

 

Look out. This new author will work magic.

 

 

Book Published: Dec 21, 2015

 

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Similar Series post:

This post is a recommendation if you like: (not all are present in both)

 

*shifters

*breeds

*erotism

*alpha males

*laboratory experiments

*dark pasts

*mates/mating

*hunters

*"Mine."

 

1. Breeds series by Lora Leigh (this is LL, so there's quality in this genre)

 Start from: Tempting the Beast, book 1

 

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2. Awakening Pride series by Lacey Thorn

 

Start from: Waking the Beast, book 1

 

 

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SPOILER ALERT!

This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp

To be published: January 5th 2016

From: Netgalley (TY! Sourcebooksfire)

 

There are two types of reviews in this world(well at least for me! haha), the one with the highest rating that if you could, you will use all the stars in the sky for, and the ones who have 3 stars.. which you cant quite explain them why into writing. sadly, this post belongs to the later.

 

I rarely request books from Netgalley. Because, it will take time for me to finally read the book and my attention span to start some new ones is like a toddler in a new park. I expected a lot for this book. I requested it(but I forgot i requested it) and I wished it is so good that the free copy is worth it if i will give it a 5-star rating. 

 

The premise is about high school shooting. You will greatly assume it's gonna be dramatic-- disturbingly life-changing devastatingly sick kind of story. The kind you can't forget the day after. The kind that will make you question life, people, decisions.

 

It started with POVs of some students and boy, I was taken aback by them, I thought at first, there will be like, 30 of them having their own paragraphs narrating something. I am so not good with remembering names. I think, they are five in the story. You know what I dont like about names also? The creativeness of them or the uncommonness. There's Far I think, which is, I just then realized short for Fareed. >.< There's Ty, for others, Tyler, which confused me at first, by i got used to it.

 

Tyler, the bad guy. I think, he's the plot. I mean, he's the star of the story. His goal was to make the story interesting. He's the shooter. He's the one who have the gun.

This is the character, I found, who fell short. I was looking for the depth, the shades of gray, the psychological side. The disturbance that I should have felt. I didn't felt it. His goal, for me in this story, is not to shoot many students, his goal is to affect me. To at least make me feel something strong, it's either to loathe him, to feel disturbed by him, or even to sympathize him. the lack of psychological aspect was there. The intensity of the shots wasn't there. I could even figure it out whose gonna be killed soon. I believe, the drama isn't depending on how many people have been killed(GOT??? haha), it depends on the impact of the killing. 

 

On the lighter side, it's a fast-paced story-telling. I like them in my books. 

 

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Heiress for Hire by Erin McCarthy

Heiress for Hire - Erin McCarthy

I have this curse that always happen in Booklikes. It's that whenever I write a blog and ready to publish, there is some force that doesn't want me to post it. (LOL) it's like, the post is either accidentally erased by me, my keyboard is acting up or my laptop hangs or i get no wifi connection for a minute. (seriously!) This is my second time(not the first in all my booklike blogging experience) to write this blog and I am not that enthusiastic anymore. >.<

 

Anyways, dang, i judged this book as chicklit. The cover is so chicklit, right? The title is so chicklit. But the meat...(can i say the meat? lol) is a bit sensual and the hot scenes is like a new adult. It's probably a contemporary-romance. I don't usually take this genres too seriously. It doesn't appeal to me that much if it is chicklit. I seldom read those. But when I do, they are fillers in heavy dark lengthy series. They are a breath of fresh air for me, and that's why i remember them all because it's a long journey from Scotland to France you know?(Outlander) and I want to sometimes take a detour to a small town or a big city, present time. 

 

This book is a the second book of Cuttersville series. It's about Amanda, a 20-million dollar heiress who was cut off by her dad while staying in Cuttersville. Eager to support herself and her dog, she started looking for a job. Danny, a farmer, who recently discovered that he has a daughter doesn't really need a babysitter, but changed his mind. He like Amanda but he was afraid that being close to her will make his heart broken when the time comes for Amanda to leave the town.

 

The opposites are very noticeable, aren't they? A farmer and a heiress. A single girl with a dog, and a new dad with an abused daughter. Probably, a premise for a heavy drama but it was a surprisingly easy read and an enjoyable one. 

It is always been the heroine that makes you either hate or love the book, IMO. It does and they are judged if they acted a bit bratty or bit distressed. 

In this book, Amanda is a bit bratty but definitely not the distressed one.

 

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Pokemon Adventures, vol 15

— feeling hypnotized
Pokemon Adventures, Vol. 15: Ruby & Sapphire - Hidenori Kusaka, Mato

So i found this volume in my cousin's house when i was there, and read it. it's basically Ruby and Sapphire's meeting for the first time. I'm a 90's kid and when you are one, for you, Pokemon is about Ash, Brock and Misty. That's it. Like, there are the original. that's childhood. (haha) But My nephews are way passed them and is so much updated with all the new episodes and legendary pokemons and all that shits. it is a bit surprising at first when i discovered those few years ago. lol

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The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden (Purgatory, book 1)

— feeling smile
The Wolf Within - Cynthia Eden

It's about vampires and werewolves alright. You probably are tired of reading about them in different series these past few years, but why not read another one?

 

While reading this, i found myself already nearing its end.. it's so face-paced. The writing is clean and exciting: Have steamy couple, short and hot sex scenes, a bit of some secrets here and there, alpha males, remarkable minor characters, some shocking revelations..

 

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Barbarian Alien by Ruby DIxon

Barbarian Alien - The Complete Serial: A SciFi Alien Serial Romance (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 14) - Ruby Dixon

You know that one author that always makes you click and read on his new book every time, whether it's a full-on erotica or an innocently dramatic pretentiously written young adult?

For me, this year, it's Ruby Dixon.

Like, hell yeah, she got a new one, i'll read this. and then, probably thank God because she's also the author who writes fast. Shortly written novellas. Hot Blue barbarian aliens in a North pole-like planet with two nonfunctional suns. Kidnapped girls thrown into the said planet and was mated to these barbarians. 

 

A summer read. Indeed.

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Grey (FSOG, book 4)

Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian - E.L. James

Fifty shades of Grey book's Grey POV

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i am not easily being moved by other people's feelings about this whole series and i liked and enjoyed the trilogy but this pov of Grey is all over the place. he's like a chick-lit girl inside. Grey appeared shallow. >.<
im disappointed.
those inner thoughts are so cliche'. fans shouldn't have shouted for this pov. james is better left writing girls pov. imo (and i like james, she's kind and all in twitter)

 

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A deeper darkness by J.T. Ellison

A Deeper Darkness - J.T. Ellison

CReading,, *may edit after reading*

clean, smooth writing.  a bit slow in the beginning(pace).. aren't all crime books that way? 

not enough suspense tho.. i love a very good suspense in crimes. 

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edited: read: 3.5 stars

 

from GR:

As a medical examiner, Samantha Owens knows her job is to make a certain sense of death with crisp methodology and precision instruments.

But the day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from Sam's life. She has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, D.C.

On the other end of the line is an old boyfriend's mother, asking Sam to do a second autopsy on her son. Eddie Donovan is officially the victim of a vicious carjacking, but under Sam&#39;s sharp eye the forensics tell a darker story. The ex-Ranger was murdered, though not for his car.

Forced to confront the burning memories and feelings about yet another loved one killed brutally, Sam loses herself in the mystery contained within Donovan's old notes. It leads her to the untouchable Xander, a soldier off-grid since his return from Afghanistan, and then to a series of brutal crimes stretching from that harsh mountainous war zone to this nation's capital. The tale told between the lines makes it clear that nobody's hands are clean, and that making sense of murder sometimes means putting yourself in the crosshairs of death.

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Just as I've said, a slow pace. The story was being built nicely with all the plot and all. Twists were in there. Not many, not that shocking.. but it's okay. I can't review a crime book more technically for now but i'll get used to it eventually. I plan to read crimes this summer and i somehow knew already the gist and the build-up from this book and all the few others that stuck with me years ago.

 

I am currently reading the book 2 of this series and it's more interesting with the biological attack being the challenge, and with Dr. Sam having a new life with his new love.

 

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Tempting the Beast - Lora Leigh

Dang. What a naughty erotic idea of a series. 

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Otherwise Unharmed (Evan Arden, book 3) by Shay Savage

Otherwise Unharmed - Shay Savage

I am pretty much done reading this series.(except Isolated--which is a novella about Sebastian--remember, Bastian's Storm(Surviving Raine series)?-- and Evan. Just a short review about this hero. 

 

Evan Arden. Easy to remember. From a talented author. Shay Savage's heroes are alpha men and have the softest hearts. They started as tough and strong and handsome(must be oh so handsome--dont forget about that) and have devastating unimaginable pasts. If I could categorize Savage's books.. I'll start with action. Next, romance. Those steamy scenes coming out of nowhere. It's like, after a good fight, hero needs a good fuck(pardon ma language). It balances the angst. 

 

To be a honest, if I were to meet Evan, if I were Lia, i would probably take off and run to the other side of the world. Away from Evan. In book one, she started as a normal girl healing a broken heart. Evan Arden is a person of crimes and deaths. He's a killer. They are opposites.  You'd think they will never have a chance for them to meet. Even in the streets. What do you know, they met in a desert. Lia popped out of nowhere, came in to Evan's shack located in the middle of a vast landscapes of pure heat and sand. 

 

In this book 3, it's action-packed, alright. I mean, deaths, shootouts, betrayals. It's like watching an action movie. With subtitles on it, which is pretty cool for me. >.< 

 

Savage's stories are all stirred up with enough of everything. I don't like reading so much cheesiness in long dialogues. I hate super detailed description of settings. She's done none of those. She's writing good action romantic fiction. Surely, this author's name should be bookmarked and remembered and watched for if she started a new series.

One of my favorite authors.

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*P.S./edited: I just found out that there will be book 5 of Evan Arden series

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Perfection by R.L. Mathewson (Neighbors from hell, book 2)

Perfection - R.L. Mathewson

Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.

Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.

 

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This is the first book I've read that references Twilight and didn't mocked or teased it. I don't like people disrespecting book stories in general, because first, it's not easy to write and complete a book, second.. it's still rude, whether you liked the book or not. Which makes it to my last reason, preferences. If a reader doesn't like the book, it doesn't necessarily mean the other should not like the book as well. 

It was pretty romantic actually. Zoe, is reading the book for Trevor, who is in the other room. Zoe tricked him that the sex scenes are coming but the truth is, it wont until book 4.

 

I like the characters. Zoe is a curvy woman, knows what she wants, very independent. The owner of the apartment she's renting, Trevor, waits for his 'perfect' woman a.k.a. (for me) a maid that looks like a model. Before that fortunate dream, he's going to have fun first by suggesting an agreement to Zoe. Later on, the attraction of Trevor for Zoe is palpable.

The story includes on how Trevor see Zoe as a beautiful woman. He started to care for her especially her unhealthy diet to lose weight and the reaction of people when they are together. He also later on will find himself trying hard to convince Zoe of what he feels. 

 

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