Review – Layers (Stark Series Book #1) by Sigal Ehrlich

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 CLICHÉD GENRE!

TITLE: Layers (Stark #1 Series)
AUTHOR: Sigal Ehrlich
GENRE: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
PAGES: 299
REVIEWER: Nicole

*** Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review*** 

BLURB:
According to Hayley love is a subject of ridicule, a myth created by hopeless romantics.

When Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle era R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…

That is until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected, mid-thirties business man who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships as well as his strict preserve of his private life.

Opinionated, sharp tongued Hayley accidently steps into his office leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed.

Both Hayley and Daniel can’t avoid the immediate instigation of the attraction between them.

In a unanimously agreed upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorbed, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, Daniel Stark is to be Hayley’s pure physical attraction, emotions aside era closure.

Will it indeed be a closure, or a beginning to something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for…

REVIEW:
Layers by Sigal Ehrlich, a familiar read in this genre as of late, is another ‘extremely wealthy bachelor meets young beautiful girl and have wild and crazy sex’ romance storyline, which has many similarities to the some well-renowned books in the market place only a milder version.

Layers protagonist, Haley Grace Aka Hales is a young, beautiful, outspoken girl about to start her career. While accompanying her best friend Natasha to her orientation day at Stark Software Technologies, Haley accidently and unknowingly meets the dark, gorgeous and broody Mr Daniel Stark. As you might have guessed, Hayley makes a lasting impression on Daniel and one thing leads to another. At first their relationship is just pure lust – and sex – with no strings attached, until you guessed it, they quickly come to the conclusion they can’t do no strings attached since they are actually falling in love with each other.

Once I started reading this book I realized how many books I have read lately with this similar formula. I couldn’t get into this story as much as I hoped to, having to keep putting the book down and coming back to hoping to find some connection, but I struggled. I feel the plot and the characters lacked depth and content, which made the story drag. The main focus of the plot was centered on the mundane issues in any new relationship, there were no character pasts or secrets revealed and no real conflict in the story, and the so called conflict in the story, for me, fell very flat.

This is obviously a series and I found nothing really happened in this installment, which is a shame being the first book, you would think Ehrlich would want to hook the reader into the plot and characters in order to engage them into the series? But maybe she is leaving all her hidden aces in the new installment? Because the ending of the story was a HUGE disappointment for me, it just ended – no cliffhanger – just ended, so you need to read the next book to have some resolution to the story and characters.

The characters were ok but once again struggled to connect with any of them. Hayley was relatable but I found there was way too much inner monologue. I feel Ehlrich did this to try and express Hayley’s humourous personality, but I feel she was trying too hard. Daniel’s character was mediocre, I wanted more depth, mystery and baggage to him. I really didn’t like or connect with Tasha’s character, yes she was a good best friend towards Hayley but the way she was portrayed – having a affair with her boss who is already in a relationship – and stating that being in a existing relationship is “his” problem not hers – yep not my type of character.

The best character in this story for me was Daniels mother, straight away I liked and felt a connection. She felt real and her presence in the story was my favorite part not to mention my favorite quote of the book;

You need to think hard about what and how much is really enough. Once you find that out; it’s what makes you live in sheer bliss. Till then, there is constant doubts.

I actually took a moment to ponder this quote.

Even though I have stated quite a few negatives, I feel it just a sign that I need to move on from this particular genre but if you enjoy this genre and are not over this familiar storyline you will enjoy this story, just make sure you have book two ready to go!

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Review – That Dating Thing by Mackenzie Crowne

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Sweet, Sexy, Romantic!

Title – That Dating Thing
Author – Mackenzie Crowne
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Pages – 196
Reviewer – Laura

*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review*** 

Blurb: 

The daughter of Wall Street’s most notorious stock swindler, dog trainer Rylee Pierce has perfected the art of flying beneath society’s radar.

Prosecutor, Cooper Reed, is a threat to her carefully hidden truths, but how is a woman supposed to resist a man capable of handling a psychotic Great Dane while charming her out of her panties before she has the chance to blink?

Opinion:

I found this book to be a very enjoyable and easy read!

Rylee Pierce – After everything she had been through with her swindling, criminal father basically ruining her whole life, I found her character to be determined, strong and extremely kind hearted. I felt so sorry for her by the end of the book as it just seemed her past would continue to haunt her and she would never get a chance to be out of the media’s eye and live a normal life.

Cooper Reed – Well, he just sounds extremely sexy! After the first few chapters I was convinced he was just going to be this chauvinistic pig who only wanted Rylee for one thing. However, I’m pleased to say that he turned out to be very romantic and sweet, and by the end,I really started to love his character!

All in all “That Dating Thing” had the perfect balance of fun, wit and romance that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend to anyone who has not read it already!

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COVER REVEAL – Ringer (Book #3.5 from The ‘Summer Series’) by C.J Duggan

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Book Title: Ringer
Author: C.J Duggan
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Release Date: March 18th 2014
Cover Designer: Keary Taylor http://www.indiecoverdesigns.com/
C.J Website: http://www.cjdugganbooks.com/

SYNOPSIS:

They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

C.J Duggan is a Number One Best Selling Australian Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

The ‘Summer Series’
The Boys of Summer (December 2012)
An Endless Summer (July 2013)
That One Summer (December 2013)

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Summer Series purchase links: http://www.cjdugganbooks.com/books.html

Ringer: Pre Order https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/x/id797741096
(this link will be LIVE on January 20th)

Forever Summer: Pre Order https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/x/id797802550

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Summer Series Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTMF8Pprxew

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20437487-ringer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cj-Duggan-Author/207724915934429

Twitter: @CJ_Duggan

C.J’s Street Team: http://www.cjdugganbooks.com/street-team.html

Review- Tousle Me by Lucy V. Morgan

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TOUSLED!

Title: Tousle Me
Author: Lucy V Morgan
Genre: Young Adult/ Romance
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 222
Reviewer: Kelly

*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***

Explanation:
Tousle Me is a parody about college student Cammiebelle Hicks, who is about to embark on her freshman year with her two best friends- Enid and Archer. Enid and Archer are Cammie’s childhood friends and they are now all attending UCLAP together. Archer got into the Pi Pi Pi Frat House, and it’s here that Cammie first meets the alluring Hunter von Styles. Hunter is the ultimate party boy, he is wealthy, handsome and a real ladies man. Cammie is the opposite, a book blog reviewer, a virgin and an introvert. Cammie and Hunter’s story forms the crux of Tousle Me.

Opinion:
I feel Tousle Me is like the awesome model you admire from afar, which has great abs, a handsome face and impeccable taste. Then when you meet them you realise they are airbrushed abs, a digitally enhanced face and not quite as intelligent as you thought. If Tousle Me was a model, it would be the real life version. It looks like an interesting, romantic love-story and then half way in you realise it’s a hilarious parody of all contemporary great fiction novels!

Morgan had everything a great novel needed. She had a relatable main character, Cammiebelle Hicks the college freshman. She had the drop dead gorgeous frat boy. She had a jealous male best friend, who secretly had a crush on the main character. Then my personal favourite is that she had a main character that loved reading, had a reading review blog, was on Goodreads and watched Gossip Girl. All this and the clichéd characteristics of the main characters made Tousle Me an excellent parody.

Firstly, there is the unrealistic love interest by the name of Hunter von Styles. Hunter starts off as somewhat believable- a hot, rich, British guy who goes to a college in America and is part of a frat house. Then we find out he is so rich he is a billionaire, was in a German rock band before coming to college and dated Taylor Swift for a while. He is also so super rich that he bought Goodreads for Cammie, within the first few minutes of meeting her. He epitomises the characteristics of the ultimate male protagonist, he just happens to have all of these awesome features rolled into one!

Secondly, this leads me to the romantic plot development, or lack thereof, between Hunter and Cammie. In true love story style the reader has not really had the chance to meet and understand Cammie yet, let alone Hunter, before a random, chance meeting on a rooftop has them going on a first date. Okay, that’s fine. Then the real cliché’s appear with Hunter being overly pushy and obnoxious, exactly what you expect from a wealthy guy. What you don’t expect is that out of nowhere after date number one, they are completely besotted with each other?! Morgan was again using the parody very well, but it’s here that I felt that there could have been a little more explanation of their feelings and affection.  It is also on said first date that the reader learns yet another fact about Hunter, he is sometimes cage-fighter. Is there anything this guy isn’t – billionaire, rocker, college student,  serial dater, and a cage-fighter?

Morgan’s one downfall was the semantics, sentence structure and vocabulary in this novel.  The sentences were long and clunky, taking two sentences to explain what could have been written eloquently in one. The vocabulary chosen seemed almost immature, and not something you would expect from a contemporary, young adult novel. The demise of the vocabulary occured when Cammie’s lady parts started to be named things like “vaj mahal’, ‘daffodil’and ‘tuna cake’, just to name a few.

Summary:
A hilarious and tremendously witty read! Please note that it is a parody, so roll with the humour and clichés.

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Review – Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker

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BREATHING IS THE KEY!

Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A Tucker
Pages: 280
Genre: New Adult / Young Adult – Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: Nicole
 

BLURB:

Four years ago, Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything – anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes and deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice  guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable, and Trent is desperate to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart – even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.

REVIEW:

K.A Tucker has delivered a remarkable, must read book for readers of all ages for this story holds some of the most powerful and real life messages we all need to understand and value.

The messages in this story will test your heart and make you think harder about how you view situations from another person’s perspective.  This book helps the reader understand that good people can make mistakes and open the reader’s eyes to the consequences of certain mistakes and how many people can actually be affected by that one mistake.  While realization is key, the most important message this story holds is the healing tool of forgiveness.

Ten Tiny Breaths protagonist Kacey Cleary found her life shattered at sixteen when a drunk driver hit her father’s car killing her parents, best friend Jenny and her boyfriend Billy while Kacey’s crushed body is trapped in the car waiting for help to come. Kacey endures a year of rehabilitation only to find herself on a road of self-destruction.  It’s not until she sees the anguish she is causing for her little sister, Livie, that she snaps out of her self-harming days. Four years after her accident Kacey and her now fifteen year old sister, Livie, are faced yet with another horrible situation when their Uncle makes a sexual pass at Livie, giving them reason to flee from their current lives and start fresh somewhere where no one will know them. Kacey and Livie move into an apartment building in Miami, and in this apartment building, their lives change in so many ways. Kacey is conflicted when she finally starts to let people into her heart only for complicated situations to present themselves, which force Kacey to confront emotions she has been shutting out for four years.

Ten Tiny Breaths has the most powerful prologue I have ever read, which left a huge, ever lasting impression on me; however, I could say that about the overall plot. This story was extremely well written even though I found the story line predictable the plot keeps you so engaged in the chain of events waiting to witness the unveiling of the truth.  Even when everything falls down and you think the climax has ended, I personally found the recovery and the ending of the story even more powerful and engaging than the climax. 

I loved all the characters in this story and felt a strong emotional connection to all of them but I have to admit even though I empathized with Kasey’s character, she also really frustrated me at times with the self-pity and anger that consumed her to the point of preventing her from witnessing and realizing that the key person in her life, her sister Livie, was struggling as well.

My heart ached for Livie’s character, who suffered greatly.  Some might say Livie suffered more than Kasey as she lost her parents at a younger age and then having to witness the only family member she had left self destruct to the point  that it is debatable she will even survive the day. Feeling that you have to step up, be stronger and way more mature for your age for your older sister’s sake would be a huge challenge, as I said my heart just ached for this character.

Trent’s character was initially so dark and mysterious but when you witness the man completely broken and exposed only quickens the rate that the reader falls in love with his character. I loved Storm’s character and all the boys at Penny’s, if only all the men that worked at strip clubs were like that!!!

What I loved about this story was it was so heartfelt, emotional and tragic and so very relevant to today.  K.A Tucker has done an amazing job opening my eyes to all her messages and meaning behind what this story represents.

I give this story a well deserved five lips for as our rating system states, this book has changed my life in so many ways and has reminded me to remember there is always two sides to every situation.  I have been reminded that forgiveness is so life changing not only to the person giving forgiveness but also to the person who seeks forgiveness.

I look forward to reading the next story in this series, which is about the next chapter in Livie’s life.  I hope she gets the happy ending that she so rightly deserves.  Until then, I will take away Kasey’s mum’s quote and use it on my own daughters for it’s a good one that means so much!

JUST BREATHE,. TEN TINY BREATHS.

SEIZE THEM, FEEL THEM, LOVE THEM.

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BOOK GOSSIPS BEST REVIEWS FOR 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!!!! 

All of us here at Book Gossips hope you have had an amazing start to 2014!

2013 was an amazing year for us and we thought for our first post back for 2014 we will review our most popular book reviews from last year.

 

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1: TOP POST FOR 2013 WITH OVER 4,500 VIEWS TO DATE

Book: Hopeless
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult  – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Hopless by Colleen Hoover

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2: SECOND PLACE WITH OVER 2,500 VIEWS TO DATE

Book: Walking Disasater
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: New Adult  – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

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3: BEST  “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Fallen Too Far
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

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4: SECOND MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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5:  EQUAL FOURTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW (AFTER HOPLESS) TO DATE

Book: The Sea Of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Genre: Young Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: The Sea Of Tranquility BY Katja Millay

imagesCA2M2MV56: EQUAL FOURTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW (AFTER HOPLESS) TO DATE

Book: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy / Dystopian
Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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7: EQUAL FIFTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW (WITH WALKING DISASTER) TO DATE

Book: Wide Awake
Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: Young Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

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8: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Under The Dome
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Supernatural Horror / Suspense
Review: Under The Dome by Stephen King

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9: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Origin
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Romance
Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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10: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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11: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Hunger Games – Mocking Jay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Review: Hunger Games Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

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12: EQUAL SIXTHTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: If I Should Die
Author: Amy Plum
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Romance
Review: If I Should Die by Amy Plum

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13: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Fire Country
Author: David Estes
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Review: Fire Country by David Estes

SEASON GREETINGS FROM BOOK GOSSIPS

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Book Gossips would like to wish all our fellow Book Gossipers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!

One of the real joys of holiday season is the opportunity to say “Thank you” for all your support this year, we have had an amazing year and that wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for you all – So “Thank you” again!

Lastly, this will be our last post for 2013 but will be back in the New Year with more Book Gossip worthy reviews!!

Until then….. “Happy Reading!!”

Love,
Nicole, Debby, Kelly and Laura xxxx