April 30, 2012

book reviews: april 2012 recap

My Read of the Month: E L James' Fifty Shades trilogy. These books have
a lot going for them. I inhaled these well-written, entertaining and super sexy
books. They even inspired some of the most... interesting dreams I've had
in a while. I recommend them to anyone looking for a spicy beach read.
Another great month of reading with a mix of genres, from women's literature to erotica, dystopians to chick lit. These books were all written by new authors for me, and I was amazed by how strong their writing styles were. I love finding new writers.

I also stepped out of my comfort zone this month. I tried science fiction and erotica — something new for me. And you know what? I adored them. Granted, the erotica made me blush (and still makes me when I think about it), but it was so well done, it never made me feel like I was being bad. Well, not too bad. Just bad enough.

So check out my recap of this month's book reviews. You will find several good reads in here.

Blame it on the Fame by Tracie Banister
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Award show junkies and cinema fans alike will find an entertaining and well-executed read in Tracie Banister's debut novel, Blame it on the Fame. The ballots are in, and the story begins as Hollywood announces its nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards. Up for best actress are a golden girl with a careful image to mask her natural bitchiness; an unknown Brit who can't seem to stay away from her bad boy ex-boyfriend/co-star; an ex-model turned actress who loves parties, too much; the daughter of two past Oscar winners keeping a big secret from the world; and a comeback has-been warring a personal battle.
Read the rest of the review here.

Children of the Gods by Monica Millard
Rating: 4 of 5
One one level, Monica Millard's Children of the Gods tells the story about making the best of a situation when decisions are made beyond an individual's control. But it goes beyond that.
Read the rest of the review here.

Jackpot by Jackie Pilossoph
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Frankie Jacobson's friends give her a better chance at winning the lottery than of getting grandchildren any time soon. In Jackie Pilossoph's Jackpot, she sets out to accomplish one after doing the other.
Read the rest of the review here.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Rating: 4.5 of 5
E L James' debut novel Fifty Shades of Grey had me blushing fifty shades of pink before I was halfway through the story.

Ana Steele is about to graduate college, but first she volunteers to interview Christian Grey, the university's elusive eligible bachelor benefactor. Sparks fly instantly between the pair, and Ana soon finds herself the object of Mr. Grey's interest.

Innocent to relationships and sex, Christian catches her off guard with an indecent proposal to be the submissive to his dominant self -- in and out of the bedroom. In return, Christian agrees to delve into a side of relationships he has never before embarked on: intimacy and romance. What follows is a journey filled with confusion and turmoil as each tries to make it work without compromising who they are.
Read the reset of the review here.

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Rating: 5 of 5
After leaving us hanging at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James brings Ana Steele and Christian Grey back together in Fifty Shades Darker.

Vowing to find middle ground and compromise, Ana and Christian throw themselves into their relationship to make it work. What started as an instant attraction between the couple in book one manifests itself into deep commitment and love throughout the romantic story.
Read the rest of the review here.

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Rating: 5 of 5
In the final installment of E L James' Fifty Shades trilogy, the main characters settle into playing house, albeit unconventionally, while facing the past and present obstacles that prevent them from living happily ever after.

Fifty Shades Freed begins with Anastasia Steele Grey and Christian Grey on their honeymoon after a short engagement and even shorter courtship. Even though they are obviously in love and manage to positively affect each other, life is far from a perfect paradise.
Read the rest of the review here.

Blue Straggler by Kathy Lynn Harris
Rating: 4.5 of 5
In Kathy Lynn Harris' Blue Straggler, a woman on the verge of a meltdown breaks away from her life to discover the truth behind a family mystery while finding herself in the process. 

At 30, Bailey Miller feels her life slipping away. She is disconnected from her family in rural Texas, works at a job she barely tolerates and is unable to maintain romantic relationships. After trying to fix her problem by creating a new persona (RODA), visiting an unhelpful Ed Harris-look-alike shrink and self-medicating with booze, Bailey is farther from inner peace than ever. Even her friends -- diner owner Idamarie and college buddy Rudy -- are at a loss to help her get it together.
Read the rest of the review here.

Love by Design by Liz Matis
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Sexual tension in the workplace has never been greater than in Liz Matis’ Love by Design.

Victoria Bryce is living her dream as the host of the successful home makeover show “Design Intervention.” But when her fabulous co-host takes an indefinite sabbatical, she finds herself paired with Russ Rowland, an Aussie invader better known for being built than what he builds.
Read the rest of the review here.

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