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In Flight (Up in the Air #1), by R. K. Lilley

In Flight
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When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

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Soooo…In Flight. Well, first off, I liked and enjoyed this read.

“I knew I had a problem. I was starting to like that kinky rich bastard.”

The book is well written, the plot is more than interesting, the sex is oh so hot and you get attached to the characters. I loved that each chapter in this book started with a new name for James and that it described a bit of his personality each time.

“Mr. Stalker
Mr. Kinky
Mr. Spellcaster
Mr. Charming
Mr. Personality
Mr. Stalker
Mr. Celebrity
Mr. Beautiful
Mr. Mercurial”

It took me some time to finish this book but normally, I would have finished it in less than a day. It’s that kind of book. Once you start it, you cannot put it down until you’ve turned the last page.

“I’m going to ruin you. I’ll be your first, and I’ll fuck you so thoroughly that I’ll be your last too. You won’t want any other man after I’ve gotten my hands on you.”

Now, and this is what kept it from earning five stars, is that even if the characters are lovely and sweet and you get to like them more and more as you read the book (especially Stephan and James) Bianca became a problem to me at the end.

“If you are having trouble understanding, let me spell it out for you … This is serious, Bianca. I’ve never been more fucking serious in my life.”

I liked her character a lot, and that from the start. But the thing is, she was so quick to jump to conclusions and think the worst of James when really, nothing justified it, and that is something that annoys me to no end!

“I had fallen in love with a perfect lie.”

I can’t really tell you what happens and what Bianca does or think at that time in the book but it happens close to the end, something like six or seven chapters before it. When you read it, it’s clear she just exaggerates everything that has happened. Well at least that’s how it felt to me. And then she’s all sad and depressed, blaming James for things that he didn’t do. Anyway, sorry for the rant.Well, it’s probably of no help to those who haven’t read the book yet, but when you do, I think you’ll see my point.

“My past has shaped me, that’s true of anyone.”

Anyway, that was really the only thing that bugged me while reading, so all in all, I really recommend this book, and I will be reading the sequel very soon!

Insufferable Proximity (Insufferable Proximity #1), by Z. Stefani

Unsufferable Proximity______________________________________________

Someone is hell-bent on sabotaging Julian King.

Julian is a hot-shot lawyer and a natural born womanizer with an unnatural addiction to the opposite sex. He also happens to be the boss’s son, which makes him a natural target. With a Rolodex filled with scorned women, a brother who loathes him and the competitors he defeated on his way to the top; there were plenty of people that would love to see him burn. But his money was on the person he despised most, his enemy Heaven Deville.

Heaven is an aggressive, ambitious, destructively-driven lawyer who HATES Julian King. The two stubborn lawyers were currently locked in a brutal battle for the coveted partnership position at the firm; and Heaven would do ANYTHING to prevent her arch rival from winning.

When Heaven goes too far Julian gives her two options- either he turns her in OR she has to willingly sign herself over to him for the next 30 days.

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Honestly, I think this book was a joke. If I had to come up with a list of words to describe it, it would look like this: clumsy, unrealistic but somewhat entertaining.

“Your hatred is my foreplay.” – Julian King

If you get past the many many typos (you’ll notice there is even one on the cover of the book, just sayin’), the stereotypes, the over the top plot, the really laughable resolution of dilemmas, conflicts and enigmas, the delusional characters (Gosh those crazy secretaries!), the main characters who change their minds like they change underwear and end up being and acting very very differently from the characters you meet at the beginning of the book and the abrupt ending, you will be able to enjoy the book. At some point I just started rolling with it because I would not have made it to the end otherwise.

And the thing is, I enjoyed the book to a certain point. Even if the plot and characters are very obvious and clumsy, I enjoyed (I’m using this word very loosely here) myself more or less until the contract between Julian and Heaven was over. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was somewhat entertaining.

I think the blurb depicted a story and characters that had the potential to be very controversial sexually speaking, but sadly, the end result was really….well, soft and normal. I mean, with a cover like this one…

(that was the cover at the time I bought the book)Unseffurable Proximity 2nd

and quotes like this one….

“I want you – every inch of you. I want you naked and on your knees before me, I want to stick my tongue in every orifice on your body, and I want to fuck you until you’re begging me to stop”

…I was sort of expecting something hot or at least something a little bit outrageous. So imagine my surprise when the book turned out to be very mild compared to what I was expecting. The quote I put above? Well it’s really not an indicator of what happens in this book. If I had to comment on it, I’d say it’s all talk and no action.

Julian tells Heaven he’s going to make her do the most disgusting and degrading things imaginable, but really, she keeps getting serviced by him. I swear, except for some light spanking and bondage here and there, Julian spends his time with his hand up her skirt or his head between her legs. There wasn’t even one tiny BJ in this book! So like I said, the sex turned out to be very mild (and not really original), but still somewhat entertaining.

One thing that I think some readers will have a problem with is that the characters are very one dimensional. Julian is pretty much a sex addict and a jerk and Heaven is pretty much just ambitious and stuck up.  And they both hate each other with a passion. They even end up hating loving each other. A little messed up you say? I’d have to agree on that. Want proof? Let’s take a quick look into their heads:

“He’s a cocky, egotistical, competitive, selfish, self-righteous egomaniac, and there’s nothing sexy about that.” ~ Heaven

“She was driving him insane, he couldn’t stand her, but he’d never wanted a woman in his life as badly as he wanted her right now.”~ Julian

It’s when I got to the last part of the book (approximately the 70% mark) that it became especially hard to not roll my eyes every five second. And then the ending did it. That’s what made me give this book only a 2 stars rate. It took the author about 700 pages to tell us her story but she didn’t even take the time to give it a real ending? Seriously? So yeah, that annoyed me a little.

So to sum it up the clumsy and unrealistic aspects of the story didn’t make this book unreadable for me. I found this book somewhat entertaining and it was easy to read. I think the story had potential and could have been really good. That’s why I read it but as it is, well it’s simply went really wrong somewhere along the way.
So in the end, I’m not sure I would recommend this book to anyone and after some review reading for the second book in this series, I don’t think you should give the sequel a chance either, unless you’re ready to waste a little bit of money.

One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1), by Monica Murphy

One Week Girlfriend_______________________________________________

Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.

But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…

Me.

I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.

Forever.

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Well, what a surprise! This book totally made a number on me! This novel really went beyond what I expected. The story is much deeper and darker than I thought it would be… But Oh. My. God! THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING !!!!

“There’s no going back,” he whispers … “Once I am inside you, you’re mine.”

When I first picked One Week Girlfriend, the title let me think it would be one of those sweet, cute, funny — and definitely sexy — stories where the characters play pretend and end up developing actual feelings for each other and not play pretend so much anymore. And well there is a little bit of that in this book, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Literally.

“It’s the people who know you the best who can hurt you the most.”

There are so many sweet and lovely moments in the story I kept oooow-wing  at all the time. And at the same time the “true story” is so freaking insane and one character in particular is SO SICK and disgusting I truly wanted to punch her through my Kindle!!!! Adele is freaking sick, insane, delusional, disgusting, manipulative and let’s just say it, just a freaking psycho. I really hope bad things happen to her in the next book because she definitely deserves it. And I’m not one to wish harm to people or character so it’s saying something.

“I shut myself off to make life bearable. I’m like a damn machine sometimes. Unfeeling. Uncaring. Emotionless.”

She completely messed up Drew and she acts like they share something special. Like she owns him. Like what she did wasn’t completely sick and awful. Honestly, sometimes I just felt like taking a shower when I read moments of the story she was involved in, she made me feel so dirty!

“But this girl…she doesn’t feel pointless. She’s real and she’s beautiful and she fits perfectly when she’s in my arms. She makes me want to feel.”

I really cannot wait for the second part of the story to be released. Drew and Fable were amazing characters. They start out as complete strangers and complete opposites too, but they eventually find in each other someone special who cares for them and accepts them for who they are. Their connection to each other and their relationship was lovely and deep and so beautiful.

“He might be more trouble than he’s worth but I don’t think so. This man came into my life for some reason. Just as I came into his. Maybe we’re supposed to help each other cope. Or give each other hope.”

Honestly, the ending left me hanging and I can’t wait to read the next part of Drew and Fable’s story because I might just go insane not knowing what happens next.

“Honestly, I don’t quite know how we got to this point. I hated him on sight. I did this only for the money. I thought he was a fucked up mess. I still think he’s a fucked up mess. But so am I. And he’s so beautiful, so thoughtful, so vulnerable. We can be a mess together. I want to heal him. I know I can heal him.”

I really recommend this book. This story is so much bigger and darker than it seems at first glance but it’s totally worth it!

God, I’m sorry, this review sucks. I actually wrote this right after finishing the book so, let’s just say that my emotions were all over the place and it was kind of hard to write anything remotely good we me still gushing over this novel.

I’ll just add one last little thing:

“M-A-R-S-H-M-A-L-L-O-W” !!!

Hansel, Part III (Hansel #3), by Ella James

Hansel 3_______________________________________________

In part three of Hansel’s story…Limits are pushed, walls come down, and secrets are revealed. Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember? *This is a dark, erotic romance, and is part three in a four-part serial series.

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I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the last two. Nothing really happens in this book. Hansel/Luke and Leah spend most of the book in a car driving, and even though it’s the perfect time for them to talk and for us to learn more about the both of them, well they spend the majority of this time in the car not talking to each other.

Things started to get more interesting the moment they arrive at the motel for the night. After that night, Hansel becomes more approachable and a lot less guarded with Leah, which made things more interesting for me.

“He’s full of shit.
He thinks he can fool me?
He thinks I don’t know him?
He’s lying to himself.”

We do get to know a little bit more of Hansel’s story as a kid after he was taken by Mother. Their relationship during the time he was alone with her is definitely twisted and even though nothing is really described or said, well it gave me the creeps.

And from what we read in this book, it seems there is a little more behind Leah’s abduction than we thought.

“Leah is a fairy tale.
A princess…
I know I’m not her prince.
I’m not the happy ending for her…
The goal is not to keep my princess.
I brought her here to set her free.”

So even though I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the last two because there isn’t much action or revelations in this one, the bits we do learn and the last page of the book still left me curious to read the last part of the story and finally get the answers to my questions.

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I wasn’t supposed to tell her, but I have to.”

Hansel, Part II (Hansel #2), by Ella James

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He was Hansel.
She was Gretel.
Once upon a time, they shared a prison wall inside a crazy woman’s house.
When they meet again, he has a whip. She wears a mask. And fear runs high – for so many reasons.
What will happen when the mask comes off, the walls come down?

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?_______________________________________________

“The past can find you anywhere you go.”

I still have a lot of questions after this book even though some of my questions got answered while I read.

“I don’t talk about my past, Leah. Not ever. Not with anyone. If that’s what you’re here for, you should leave.”

I enjoyed reading more about Leah’s past and how she was kidnapped ten years ago. It was especially creepy when Mother rambled on to Leah on their way to The House. This woman seriously gives me the creeps.
I loved even more finding out about Hansel’s past in this book. His story is truly heartbreaking but I have a feeling it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to him…

“It seems to me like love should be a literal shield. It should offer physical protection; it should be a balm that heals real wounds. I lay back down beside him, and I wonder why the opposite is true – why loving someone almost always leads to pain.”

Things between him and Leah don’t get any easier though. I loved seeing how they connected with each other when they were captive, but unfortunately, ten years later, it’s way different between them and at the same time, some things don’t change.
Hansel is scared to let Leah see the real him. He’s always been her protector and now, showing her his weakness scares him. Which doesn’t make things easy between them after all this time apart.

“This man is mine. No one else’s. Only mine.”

I have a feeling Hansel is going to do something really stupid in the next book so I’m crossing my fingers for Leah to change his mind before that or for him to make some really good groveling once he messes up.

Hansel, Part I (Hansel #1), by Ella James

Hansel_______________________________________________

FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLA JAMES…

One boy. Mother calls him Hansel.
One girl. Mother named her Gretel.
Locked in little rooms, in the mountainside mansion of a crazy woman.
Until he saws a hole into the wall dividing them.
Then at least, they have each other’s hands.

It doesn’t end well at Mother’s house.
Everything gets…broken.

Ten years later, they meet again in an exclusive Vegas sex club.
Whips.
Chains.
And most of all, a mask.
What happens to love when it gets twisted?

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?_______________________________________________

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started this book. All I knew was that there would be elements from fairy tales and I usually like that in my contemporary books once in a while. It was a first though for me that the story was an erotica. So I was curious about the story.

And well I liked this book as far as introductionary books go. It gave just enough info on the character’s back story to make me want to know more and just enough new elements to make me want to know how Hansel and Leah reconnect in the coming books.

“It’s fucked up, I know, but I still lust for Leah.”

The story is definitely twisted and there were enough clues in this first book to let us know that some twists will be huge and a little unsettling, like for example, why does Mother kept them locked in rooms? Or why did she pick Leah in particular? How was life for Hansel and Leah during all those years apart? And why does Hansel recreated their “cells” in his sex club when they are such traumatic places from both their pasts?
So yeah, I see many many mysteries to come in this serie.

“Pretty little blondes girls. That’s what I needed. A pretty little blonde to be my Gretel.”

Because of the format (which is a format I like less and less when it comes to series) we don’t get to know Leah and Hansel a whole lot in this book, both when they were captives and when they find each other again ten years later.

“I start to cry – quiet, tired weeping – because I want to see him and I’m scared to.”

But I liked the connection between Hansel and Leah. I liked how even without knowing it is her, Hansel recognizes Leah on an instinctive level. I’m really looking forward to more of their interactions and knowing more of their past together.

This first book made me curious and willing to read more of the story.

Ps: Also, this first book for free while the other three are not. So if you’re still unsure this is for you, you can still get the first one and decide later.

Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy #1), by Courtney Cole

Nocte______________________________________________

Save me and I’ll save you…

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.

He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

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“I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day.”

Well that’s going to be a fun one to review!

So I just finished Nocte and to be honest, now that I’m done, I’m a little all over the place. And if the fact that the none blurb and the whole mystery around it didn’t already make this book impossible to review, I’m having a sort of dilemma on how to rate it.

So because I’m nice and don’t want to bore you to death, I will spare you my rambling on should I or should I not rate a book on its twist only and cut right to the chase.

First things first (and to get this out of the way), the things that left me a little “meh” about the book when I was still completely clueless:

Calla: I grew to love her. At first I was intrigued with the dynamic between her and Finn. I actually enjoyed their relationship even though it wasn’t the healthiest.
But what I bothered me a little about her attitude in the book, is that for most of it, I felt like she was very passively living her life. I guess it’s more of a book problem than her character specifically, but since she is the narrator in most of the book, it felt like she wasn’t really active in what she did. It’s hard to explain but I felt like she was a really passive character for a good part of the book.
But as the book goes and the story unravels, I really started to feel for her and Finn and the Calla I had a hard time connecting with disappeared and I was able to relate to her. And by the end of the book, my heart truly broke for her and what she went through.

“because sometimes that’s how life is.  A puzzle made up of a million pieces, and when one piece doesn’t exactly fit, it throws the rest of them off.”

The Story: until I got to the twist, some things just didn’t work out. When I got to the twist of course it all made perfect sense why I had felt that way while reading, but I think some readers (and I only say some because clearly, there is a majority of people who had absolutely no problem reading it) might give up reading Nocte because of it, be it because a character feels off because of it or that you can’t really relate to something of someone in the book because of it. But it was a risk to take on the author’s part and if you keep on reading and don’t give up, you might end up thinking that Courtney Cole had the lady balls to take this risk.

Now what really didn’t leave me “meh” about the book:

THE FREAKING TWIST: OMG this was pure genius! I mean, how Courtney Cole thought of it I have no clue but her muse (and Courtney herself) is totally awesome for thinking of it! I figured it out at the last minute and when I did, first I was like: “F********************CK”. Then , when I got a little over the awe of it all, something wonderful happened: everything that didn’t make sense or that felt off before that moment finally made sense and it was like I could see the book in a completely different light. So brilliant! I’m telling you, this plot twist will smack you in the face!

The Cliffie: Yep, that’s right, the little satisfaction you get after figuring out one of the secrets in the book is really short lived because about three chapters later, the book end and the mother of all cliffhangers! Really, it was up there with The Cruelest and Most Brilliant Cliffhangers in Literature History, like the one at the end of Onyx and Night Howl. And the little, let’s say…bonus after you’ve turned the last page is like the proverbial cherry on top of the cake. All those things combined made me pre-oder 1-click the heck out of Verum when really, at some point, I doubted there was enough material to writes a second book.

I’m not going to go much into the details of this book or tell you more about the plot and characters (I’m thinking Dare here that I quite enjoyed), because then I would ruin the whole point of this book and also because it’s much better with books like this one to go into somewhat blind.

“Save me and I’ll save you…”

The thing is, this book is brilliant because of its twist and how original it is and because of the whole mystery around it. You couldn’t start to figure out what is happening if you tried until you do, and that’s at the very last minute. So that was brilliant. I don’t think I’ve read a book like this one ever and the twist was complete genius. So I’ll give it a 4/4,5 stars rating because there were moments when I was bothered with little details in the story before everything fell into place and made sense.
And for those who are still a little skittish about giving this book a chance, I’d tell you that if you don’t give up on the story and see it through, you won’t be disappointed with how the story turns out.

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