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Book Review Sunday + Giveaway!

I read three books this week.  All three of the books were fantastic.

Book 1 of the week

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Blurb:  Stephanie Plum is back in an all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich. This time Stephanie’s in deep. To get to the bottom of the mess, she’s going to have to keep things Top Secret.

My rating: 4 stars

I love the Stephanie Plum series and like a lot of people I have been very invested in the series for quite some time. However lately the books have been recycled plots and well boring.

So while I am emotionally invested in this series I was not looking forward to this book. I was expecting the same thing with different characters.

I am so glad I jumped right into this book. I could NOT stop laughing. This book was hilarious.

Sure there is still the whole should she stay with Joe (UMMM YES) or have a wild night with Ranger (uhh maybe?) don’t get me wrong I get her dilemma, but seriously stay with Joe. He is perfect (and until the Rock Chick Series my number one fictional boyfriend!)

Yes there are car bombings and yes there is a “little person” but this time the Stephanie Plum ride was a fun one. A very fun ride.

Grandma has a bucket list which includes getting even with Joe’s evil grandmother Bella & seeing Ranger naked… and oh my god I could not stop laughing at her antics, and does she see Ranger naked? well read to find out 😉

I gave this book 4 stars because I felt there was some of the original Stephanie Plum charm that has  been missing in the previous books. I still feel it is time to start wrapping the series up but at the same time I am going to miss the crazy situations Stephanie, Lula & Grandma get into.

Book 2 of the week

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Blurb: Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can’t even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina’s cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

My rating: 5 stars

God if I ever meet Kristen Ashley I don’t know if I should hug her or slap her.

Seriously. Her books have taken over my life. They are that good. Ever since I discovered the Rock Chick series I can’t stop day dreaming about the hot bunch and what they look like. Also if these very hot dudes are based on anyone real? Cause I want to be THEIR friend.

In fact, and I am pretty sure I don’t want to admit this, I even convinced one of my dear friends that she needs to go The Romance Author book convention so I can check out the book models and find the models that were used in the series.

I swear I need to see a therapist.

Anyway, when I finished the Rock Chick series I felt it was time to dive into something new, and maybe sad and depressing like the newest Dystopian novel, but I just couldn’t. So what did I do?

Started reading The Gamble.

Oh. My. God.

I am not sure if this is better that the Rock Chick or what but I am in love with Max. Seriously could I be a bigger fictional boyfriend whore? Seriously this fictional boyfriend crush is  like dude number 10 in a matter of 2 weeks.

It reminds me of a quote from Austenland (the movie) when Jane quotes & Colonel Andrews (who is gay!) agrees

Jane: I’m single because apparently the only good men are fictional.
Colonel Andrews: Touché!

Seriously that is how it feels, except I am not single and I have a fantastic man, but either way the point is these men are well yummy.

I might be slightly twisted though, cause every time Max was mentioned I pictured Joe Manganiello (who by the way is Hollywood’s Hottest Bach according to People)

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Anyway in typical Jen fashion I digress.

I am not sure why I love Kristen Ashley’s books so much maybe it is because I am able to escape in her world for a few hours or maybe it’s because I relate to her characters so I can’t help but devour the books. There is not a question I do love the books.

Either way the books do tend to have the same sort of plot girl gets in trouble hot sexy fictional boyfriend saves her. Then they ride into the sunset happily every after.

But you know what I love every moment of it and I apologize for nothing.

Book 3 this week

MYSTERY-MAN

Blurb: Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore.

My rating: 4 stars 

Again, I can’t decide if I want to hug or slap Kristen Ashley the woman can write some steamy stuff. Stuff that takes my life over.

My co-worker even asked if I was ok, cause I was so quiet. (I bought the whispersync so I could listen at work, and read when I got home! Yes I have serious issues.)

This is a spin off of the Rock Chick series so the premise is the same as the Rock Chick series, but this book was a whole lot naughtier in a very steamy way.

I had a slight small issue with the book which is why I gave it 4 instead of 5.  This circumstance REALLY wasn’t realistic to me, and it irked me but not in a way that ruined the book.

The main character Gwen has a “one night stand” with Mr. Mystery Man, and pretty much he keeps coming back for seconds, thirds… well you get it over the course of the year… AND SHE DOESN’T EVEN LEARN HIS NAME and he gets into HER HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

Don’t know about you, but that screams girl you need a restraining order. 

If this situation isn’t naughty I don’t know what is.

Still this book had me googling flights to Denver for the weekend (too bad I am broke!) cause I am really and I mean really starting to wonder about the men of Denver.

This book was a hot ride and even has an appearance or two of the hot bunch from the Rock Chick Series.

I love Kristen Ashley. I know I make jokes about her destroying my life, but she entertains the hell out of me!

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Book Review Sunday

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This book has been on my list for quite some time. I love zombie books but if I am going to be truthful here… Zombies scare the crap out of me.

This book is really no different.

The Plot: As most zombie books this book is set after the zombie apocalypse, life as we currently know it is gone. A virus outbreak that effects all mammels has pretty much made every animal over 40 pounds a zombie. Humans live in zones, and humans get their news from bloggers.

Enter Georgia and her twin brother Shaun. Our two main characters, that track the news and zombie outbreak, and get the break of a lifetime to follow a Presidential Candidate (of course our government managed to survive the apocalypse!)

What happens is a series of events, that lead to one hell of a crazy ending. I was actually very sad about the ending… but don’t fear I won’t spoil it for you.

Plus the ending was an ending I NEVER saw coming.

This book is a trilogy and I have not read books 2 or 3. I will eventually. In fact I am kinda shocked I haven’t read the books just yet.

I gave this book 5 stars because it was a fast paced page turner that totally got me in the end. I will say that as far as zombie books go, I personally think this is one of the better ones.

Book Review Sunday

I am going to start doing something new this week, I am on a huge reading binge and want to share all the books I have read with you.   So without further ado, the books I read last week…

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I gave this book 5 stars

This is a very fun book.

This book is witty, charming and a hilarious ride.

Sure there are parts of when the main character makes you slap your forehead and say REALLY????!!!! but overall this a very fun book, and exactly what I am needing to recover from all the depressing dystopia I have been reading lately.

I loved the main character and felt she was realistic. Or at least how I would imagine a teenage spy to be.

The supporting characters were also fun. They supported the main character and made the story move smoothly.

The Plot: Maggie is ordered to make friends with a boy who’s father is going to sell out her family. What could go wrong with this I wonder? You guessed it she falls for him and it makes for one hilarious fun ride and just goes to show even spies have feelings.

Can’t blame the girl though, he is pretty swoon worthy.

This book was so fun, I am starting the second book ASAP!

Book Review Sunday: Dorothy Must Die

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It has been a little while since I reviewed a book on here, and I think it is time I get back on track with reviewing books.

I recently finished Dorothy Must Die and I loved it for so many reasons I really am kicking myself for not getting this review up much earlier.

The Plot: This was one twisted, fun and messed up plot. Take the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz and throw it out the window. Dorothy is not the sweet girl we all know and love but in fact a very evil and powerful version of her. She is actually down right psycho and scary. She has let the power go to her head (I mean who wouldn’t) and has taken over Oz and all her glory she now rules it with an iron fist, and even forces her minions to wear perma-smile. I recommend you read the prequel before you start this book to give you an idea what really happened.

The lion? yeah his bravery turned him into one scary beast.
The Scarecrow? Well his brains have turned him into the psychotic scientist.
The Tin Man? Is a Dorothy obsessed weirdo (shame he was my fav!)

The Wicked? Man oh man the switch has flipped and they are the good guys.

The point of view is told from Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas. she is a strong willed and strong character that gives the story some grit. She isn’t perfect but she is determined to take Dorothy down.

The characters were well developed, Paige took very well developed characters and developed them for evil and did a damn good job at doing it!

Oh don’t worry you wizard lovers, the Powerful Oz will also make an appearance. I know you were secretly worried. I was 😉

Some people have called in Dystopian and I suppose in a weird way it is, but I just think it is a very fun twist with a slice of crazy that makes this book such a fun ride.

I give this book five fun stars, because while the characters may not be original the story sure as hell is.

Hurry up Ms. Paige let’s get that next book out, cause we really need to know “Will Dorothy Really Die”

Disclaimer: This was a fun book, but I know I have read a lot of people out there ticked because it takes away from the political interpretations and symbolization that Baum intended. This was still a fun ride and if you can let that aspect go, I feel you really can enjoy the book.