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Review: Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown

October 11th, 2015 @ 12:01 am
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Swimming to TokyoTitle: Swimming to Tokyo

Author: Brenda St. John Brown

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 28, 2014

Format: Paperback, 315 Pages

ISBN-10: 1939392349 (Spencer Hill Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1939392343 (Spencer Hill Press)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The rules for swimming are simple:

Rule #1: There is no lifeguard on duty.

Since her mom died three years ago, nineteen-year-old Zosia Easton’s been treading water. Living at home. Community college. Same old Saturday nights. So when her father breaks the news he’s taken a job transfer—and by the way, it means renting out the house that’s been her refuge—a summer in Tokyo feels like it just might be a chance to start swimming again.

Rule #2: Beware of unexpected currents.

Finn O’Leary has spent God knows how many years trying to drown out his past. Juvenile detention. Bad decisions. Worse choices. He’s managed to turn it around – MIT, Dean’s List, a sexier-than-thou body with a smile to match – at least on the surface. When his mom asks him to spend the summer with her, Tokyo seems as good a place as any to float through the summer.

Rule #3: Swim at your own risk.

Quick & Dirty: Emotional, gorgeous new adult romance that I devoured. All romance fans need to pick this one up!

Opening Sentence: I wipe my nose on the sleeve of my T-shirt, right across the pink Nike swoosh. Disgusting, but it can’t be helped.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Zosia Easton’s mother died a couple of years ago and she’s never quite been the same. She hasn’t taken any risks because she felt like she’s had enough heartache in her life and she doesn’t think she would be able to deal with more. She has a best friend, a loving family, not much of a love life, but at the moment she’s content. But she knows that she is stuck in a rut and she can’t stay there forever. So when her father suggests that she spend the summer in Tokyo with him she decides it’s probably a great opportunity to start over. Then she runs into Finn O’Leary, the boy she has had a crush on ever since high school. Her summer goes from being a relaxing experience to something much more. Finn might be her new start, but she soon realizes that love is complicated and she will have to be patient if she wants their relationship to last!

Finn hasn’t always made the best choices in life and he has had some pretty serious consequences because of it. But he finally has his life back on track, he is attending MIT, on the Dean’s List, and has managed to stay out trouble. But some scars run deep and no matter how much you try to cover them up they never seem to go away. Spending the summer with his mother in Tokyo seems like the perfect way to relax and have a good time. What he didn’t expect was that he would fall for a girl that he would never be good enough for!

Zosia is a very easy character to like and I felt like I could relate to her. She is smart, cute, and fun, but she also has a fair amount of insecurities. She is naturally a little on the reserved side and after her mother passed away she pretty much lost all her motivation to really succeed. She didn’t start failing or getting in trouble but in areas of her life where she really excelled she just became more average. As the story progresses she slowly comes out of her shell and you finally get to see her to start living life to the fullest. I thought she was a wonderful character and I really enjoyed reading her story!

Finn is one sexy guy that I complete fell head over heels for. He has to deal with a lot of inner struggles and watching him heal was inspirational. He is already a good guy, he just needs to realize that he is. With his background and genetic makeup he feels like he’s doomed to fail, but ultimately it is his choice who he becomes. I have always been a fan of hot broken guys and he definitely fits in that category.

I loved the relationship between Finn and Zosia, it was insanely cute! They have seriously hot chemistry and are very compatible. I’ve always been a sucker for when a friendship becomes more, but what I love most about this relationship was we got to see their friendship develop first and then the romance come later. Their relationship is definitely not easy but it teaches you that a good thing is worth fighting for no matter how hard it gets.

Swimming to Tokyo is an emotional, beautiful romance that I completely loved. The characters in the story were so engaging and I really could sympathize with their stories. There’s tons of great sexual tension that kept me intrigued and the book is extremely fast-paced, so I got through it super quick. I thought the setting was gorgeous and while I’ve never been to Tokyo this made me really want to go and see some of the historical sites there. There were definitely some funny moments that helps to lighten the mood of the story but there was also some very emotional times that really pulled at your heartstrings. Basically, from the very beginning of the story I was totally hooked and read the entire book in one sitting. I honestly can’t say enough good things about it, so if you are a new adult contemporary romance fan this needs to go on your to read list right now. You can thank me later when you enjoy it as much as I did!

Notable Scene:

“It’s okay, Mom. It is. I’m just freaking out a little. I’m not ready for this. I mean, it’s cool, but I just didn’t think things would change until…”

“Until what?” The voice is soft and close in the dark.

My eyes fly open and I lurch off the swing. A hand catches my wrist, but I yank it away as soon as I’ve got my footing. “Jesus Christ. What are you doing?”

When I look up, my heart drops to my knees.

Finn O’Leary, as I live and breathe. Standing a foot away from me. It’s dark, but I know it’s him by the line of his jaw, the smooth buzz of his hair. His white T-shirt glows in the moonlight, and it’s the thing I can see most clearly about him. “I…nothing. What are you doing?”

“Nothing. Seriously, what are you doing here and why are you sneaking up on me?” My voice is loud and hard, and my pulse throbs in the back of my knees now.

“Whoa. Hey. I’m not sneaking up on you.” He takes a step back and holds his hands up like I’m threatening him.

“Really? What would you call it?” I can’t really see Finn’s expression, but in the back of my mind I wonder if I should be worried. I don’t even have my phone with me and it’s not like I know him very well. We had a bunch of random exchanges in high school, but comments on the lunch menu can hardly be called a conversation.

“I just…I saw you and I came to see if you were okay. You shouldn’t be here at night by yourself.” His tone hasn’t changed; it’s still soft and even. But, wow, his voice is deep. Has it always been? I’m sure he sounded different that day I saw him in Walgreens. Didn’t he?


FTC Advisory: Spencer Hill Press provided me with a copy of Swimming to Tokyo.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

October 10th, 2015 @ 12:10 am
Posted by Kristie under Blog Tour Tags: , , ,


I’m so excited! Kit and Noah’s rock star romance is finally here in the newest addition to Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss Series!!  I’ve read this one and it is quite different from what I’ve read by Nalini before but the emotionally charged scenes she can create are still there. Rock Redemption is more than just a romance it also deals with some deep emotional/mental illness issues too. My proper review is forthcoming but in the meantime enjoy the excerpt below.

Don’t forget to enter into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card below!

naliniAbout Nalini:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a beautiful, charismatic guitarist with a dark past. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don’t forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

You can visit Nalini around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Nalini Singh?

Slave to Sensation Visions of Heat Caressed by Ice Mine to Possess Hostage to Pleasure Branded by Fire Blaze of MemoryAngels' BloodArchangel's KissArchangel's ConsortArchangel's BladeArchangel's StormArchangel's LegionArchangel's ShadowsRock AddictionRock Hard




by Nalini Singh

Kit groaned at the sound of her phone. Reaching out blindly toward the nightstand, she hurled mental curses upon herself for forgetting to turn it off so she could catch some uninterrupted sleep before her four-a.m. makeup call.

It’d be fun and great for her career, her agent had said when recommending Kit take the superhero flick. Coming off two serious and emotionally wrenching projects, Kit had taken Harper’s advice and jumped on board the high-budget, high-octane venture. Unfortunately, Harper had forgotten to mention the four hours it would take to put her into the head-to-toe makeup required for the role. Daily.

“What?” she snarled into the phone without checking to see who it was.

“Hey, Katie.”

Every cell in her body snapped wide awake. Lifting her eyelids, she just stared at the ceiling through gritty eyes. Her heart thumped, her throat moving convulsively as she swallowed. She hated that he could still do this to her, hated it, but her visceral response to Noah wasn’t something she could stop. She knew because she’d tried for the past two years and three months.


“Noah,” she said flatly. “Do you know what time it is?”

“Two fifteen,” he answered.

Kit should’ve hung up. God, he’d hurt her. So much. But there was something in his voice that had her sitting up. “Are you drunk?” One thing she knew about Noah: no matter his bad-boy rep, he was never wasted. He might give a good indication of it, but look closely and those dark gray eyes were always sober.

“Probably.” A silence, followed by, “I just wanted to hear your voice. Sorry for waking you.”

“Wait,” she said when he would’ve hung up. “Where are you?”

“Some dive.” He took a deep breath, released it in a harsh exhale. “I’m sorry for being an asshole. I wanted to tell you that. I don’t want to go without saying that.”

“Noah,” she said, a horrible feeling in her stomach. “Where exactly are you?”

“The Blue Flamingo Inn off Hollywood Boulevard. Far, far, far off.” He laughed, and it held no humor. “It has a neon sign of a blue—surprise!—flamingo that’s flashing right through my window. Looks like someone stole the curtains.”

Having already grabbed her laptop, which she’d left beside the bed after answering some e-mails before sleep claimed her, she found the Blue Flamingo Inn. But Noah was already gone, having said, “I love your voice, Kit,” in an oddly raw tone before hanging up.

He didn’t pick up when she called back.

“Damn it! Damn it!” She shoved aside the blanket under which she’d been buried, having turned the AC to ice-cold as she usually did at night. Shivering, she tugged on a pair of jeans and an old sweatshirt over the panties and tank top in which she’d gone to sleep.

Pulling her black hair into a rough ponytail to keep it out of her eyes, she ran through the house, phone in one pocket, credit card and driver’s license in the other. In the kitchen, she grabbed her keys off the counter and shoved her feet into the tennis shoes by the door that led to the garage.

She was in her car and on the way to the motel three minutes after Noah had hung up, mouth dry and an ugliness in her gut. “Please be okay, please be okay, please be okay,” she kept saying, the mantra doing nothing to calm her down, but at least it kept her mind focused.

She wanted to call Molly and Fox, or the others in the band, but no one was currently in the city. Schoolboy Choir had completed the final show in the band’s hugely successful tour just over two weeks earlier. Day after that, they’d all gone their separate ways to recharge and regroup.

“Much as I love these guys,” David had said with a grin that reached the dark gold of his eyes, “I’ve been looking at their ugly mugs daily for months. We need to go blow off some steam separately before we start snarling at each other.”

At the time, Kit had nodded in understanding, having had that same experience while working on location for long periods. Tonight, however, she wished the others were all here, not scattered across the country, because something was very wrong with Noah.

“Noah doesn’t do drugs,” she told herself as she drove as fast as she dared, not wanting to risk getting pulled over and further delayed. “He isn’t the kind to—” She couldn’t say it, couldn’t even think of Noah ending his life. “No,” she said firmly, her hands white-knuckled on the steering wheel. “Noah isn’t like that.”

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rock redemption cover

Available October 6, 2015 from TKA Distribution

About this Book:

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

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Review: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

October 10th, 2015 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: , , , , ,

Nameless_450x675Title: Nameless

Author: Jennifer Jenkins

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Nameless (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-101942664427 (Month9Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1942664420 (Month9Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

Quick & Dirty: Amazing fantasy read that will leave you breathless and with the worst book hangover! If you are a YA fantasy lover you need to pick this one up!

Opening Sentence: Zo couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t fear the Ram.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

The Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf, and the Ram are four clans that have been at war with each other for hundreds of years! The Ram have proven themselves to be the dominating race by teaching their clan members to be brutal warriors. The other three clans have decided to finally join together to try to take down the Rams!

Zo is a member of the Wolf clan and she has volunteered to infiltrate the Ram city by becoming a slave. She knows that her chances of survival are slim to none, but she had to do something to revenge her parents who were murdered during a Ram raid. She has come to terms with the fact that she will most likely not ever leave the Ram city alive, but circumstances change when her eight year old sister follows her into the city. Zo has to change her plans and help comes from those she least expect. Zo never suspected she would meet a Ram that would have an actual soul. One that is honorable and helps her even though she is the enemy! Maybe there is hope for this suicidal mission after all.

Gryphon is one of the best soldiers in the Ram army. He has had to work extremely hard to prove himself after the disgrace of his father. Growing up in the Ram clan is brutal but it has made them a superior race or at least that is what they are taught to believe. But the more Tristan immerses into the ways if the Ram the more he is torn between staying loyal to his people and following his own heart! Things really start to change when he meets Zo, a nameless healer that is more then she seems. Will Gryphon have the courage to do the right thing even if it deems him a traitor?

Zo is an amazing heroine that I instantly loved. She is smart, brave, loyal, caring, and witty. Volunteering for her mission is extremely dangerous, but the information she will be collecting is priceless to her people. She gladly risks her life to help others and that made me really respect her. She isn’t afraid to take chances and do whatever it takes to fulfill her mission. She makes mistakes along her journey, but she owns them and tries to make amends if she can. I found her very easy to connect with and I can’t wait to read more of her story.

I am madly in love with Gryphon. He is loyal, kind, intelligent, and gorgeous!!! He is an amazing solider and he cares deeply for his clan. His loyalty runs very deep, but he doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing, even if it means he is betraying his people. He’s not one of those people that makes rash decisions, he thinks things through and does what he thinks is best no matter what the consequences are. His relationship with Zo is sweet and slow burning. Even though they are enemies they learn to trust each other and they bring out the best in each other! Gryphon has quickly climbed the charts as one of my favorite book boys!

Nameless destroyed me in the best way possible. Do you ever get that nervous feeling where it seems like butterflies are fluttering around inside of your stomach? I felt like that the entire time I was reading this book!! I almost had an anxiety attack because I was so attached to the characters and I was worried some of my favorites were going to meet their untimely demise! I loved that the book was told from a dual POV. Both Gryphon and Zo had a unique story to tell and it added great depth to the story. The romance was subtle, but written beautifully. The plot was very intriguing and the pacing was spot on. I loved the entire cast of characters, every single one of them added to the story. Then there is the killer ending that left me dying to see what happens next. If you can’t tell from all my flailing, I LOVED this book and it has definitely been one of the best books I have read this year! Trust me when I say you should pre-order it, add it to your TBR, request it from your library, do whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands because if you are a YA fantasy fan like me you need this book in your life!

Notable Scene:

Gryphon kept his eye trained on the prisoner as he took the length of rope. The pain from his shoulder streaked through his whole body, pulsing and terrible, but he didn’t show his enemy weakness.

Blood dripped from the Wolf’s nose onto his lips and chin. He didn’t seem to be any older than Gryphon. One eye was swollen shut. A deep gash ran from cheek to chin. He stood tall, looking Gryphon in the eyes.

Gryphon couldn’t help but be impressed.

It was a shame the Wolf had to die.

Nameless Series:

1. Nameless (October 6, 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Month9Books provided me with a copy of Nameless.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: Undead and Unwary by Mary Janice Davidson

October 10th, 2015 @ 12:01 am
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Undead and UnwaryTitle: Undead and Unwary

Author: Mary Janice Davidson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Undead (Book #13)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages

ISBN-100425263444 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13978-0425263440 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


How do you out-devil the devil? For Vampire queen Betsy Taylor, the answer is relative—literally—as MaryJanice Davidson’s “sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling series continues…

Quick & Dirty: Queen of the vampires, co-ruler of hell, is the weird stuff ever going to stop happening?

Opening Sentence: “You know how you see someone you love stuck with a job they don’t know how to do?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Betsy is back in Undead and Unwary! Here is my tiny disclaimer, I have not read this series at all! So I am not positive how soon after Undead and Unsure does Undead and Unwary starts. Betsy has killed Satan and is now the co-ruler of Hell with Laura. Betsy also finds out and begins looking into her father’s death, as her bestie Jessica claims to have seen him. Betsy knows her stepmother Ant is dead as she saw her as a ghost shortly after the accident. Betsy also does time-traveling chasing the twins around.

Betsy and Sinclair are still going strong despite the fact that she is sure he is angling to get a piece of Hell for himself. Betsy also finds herself being out maneuvered and being manipulated into taking over all of Hell. It also brings her to the realization that she has a lot of people who care about her and are willing to help her. I am going to stop there as the rest may be spoilers, I will say she does let some people have it!

This being my first book in the series, I have to say I wasn’t as confused as I thought I would be for not having read the 12 books before this one. The author also does a great job of foot-noting things so that you know which book previous things happened in. One of the major things I loved about this book was the wit, the weirdness and just the all around funny stuff Betsy says or thinks. She is a klutz and a train-wreck for bad things on bad days, but she tries and cares deeply about the people in her life.

Just like in real life she finds herself being used and set-up and isn’t happy about it. The only thing that confused me was the time-traveling, it really wasn’t explained and seemed to be just thrown in. However, since I haven’t read the other books that may not be the case, it may just be something that I am not aware of jumping into this series so late. I did enjoy how the paranormal in this book is just ordinary, it’s no big thing to be a vampire or werewolf or in charge of Hell.

I can’t make up my mind about the lack of action, I think most urban fantasy books I read have a ton of action in them, so I am on the fence whether the lack of action bugged me. Or if it was just a really interesting change of pace, someone using their brain to figure out things instead wielding a sword. In fact, while writing this out I have to say I enjoyed that it played a part into why I enjoyed this book, the MC was engaging, witty and totally normally abnormal. I can’t wait to start this series from the beginning so that I really can get to know all the characters and understand fully what is going on behind the scenes.

Notable Scene:

“The things we do in moments of weakness: recycling in a desperate attempt to save the earth, obsssively updating Amazon wish lists, agreeing to run Hell with the Anitchrist.”

“I screamed and nearly fell down the stairs a second time.”

“I wanted a baby of my own, and it had orphaned my brother.”

“Someone had lost their damned mind and egged the Antichrist.”

Undead Series:

1. Undead and Unwed

2. Undead and Unemployed

3. Undead and Unappreciated

4. Undead and Unreturnable

5. Undead and Unpopular

6. Undead and Uneasy

7. Undead and Unworthy

8. Undead and Unwelcome

9. Undead and Unfinished

10. Undead and Undermined

11. Undead and Unstable

11. Undead and Underwater

12. Undead and Unsure

13. Undead and Unwary

14. Undead and Unforgiven (October 6, 2015)

15. Undead and Untitled (TBA)


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Undead and Unwary. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Fearless by Shae Ross

October 9th, 2015 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: , , , , ,

FearlessTitle: Fearless

Author: Shae Ross

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Pretty Smart Girls (Book #2)

Publication Date: August 17, 2015

Format: Ebook, 208 Pages

A-SIN: B011I2MMZY (Entangled Embrace)

ISBN-13: 978-1633753211 (Entangled Embrace)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Every fighter has a weakness…

Devi Dalton won’t let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she’s taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she’s desperately trying to resist. If she’s going to succeed, she can’t afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.

Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they’ve reunited in New York, he’s not letting her push him away again. They’re more than friends-always have been-and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay…one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.

But every fighter has a weakness. Ben’s is Devi. And this time, she’ll need more than just her favorite “Fearless Red” lipstick to protect her heart if she lets him in…

Quick & Dirty: A fun new adult romance that I enjoyed, but didn’t love!

Opening Sentence: I’m standing on stage watching her strut in front of me with a beauty queen swagger.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Devi Dalton is going to start a new life away from her dysfunctional family. She is moving to New York to live with one of her amazing friends and she is lucky enough to land a job that she absolutely loves! The only thing Devi isn’t looking for is to start a relationship with Ben Winslow, the hot guy she has been resisting for months. When they met months ago they had an instant connection, but they come from such different backgrounds that a relationship would never last. Instead of ultimately ending up broken hearted Devi decides to just ignore the attraction and just stay in the friend zone. But how long will Devi be able to deny the desire she feels for Ben?

Ben has wanted Devi from the first moment he meet her and he has spent the last six months trying to convince her that they would be amazing together. Now that they are both in New York and live in the same apartment building she can’t avoid him as easily. As soon as it looks like Ben might finally get what he wants, some things from his past threaten the future he has been fighting so hard for.

There were things I loved about Devi and there were things about her that grated on my nerves. Let’s start with the good stuff. She is very independent and I really respect that she has made something of herself when she comes from such a poor upraising. I loved that she makes her own dreams come true because she isn’t willing to give up easily. She also has a fun, witty personality that made her very likeable. Now for the stuff that bugged me. I hated how hot and cold she was with Ben. Technically, she doesn’t lead him on because she is pretty honest about how she feels, but her actions seem to say different things than her words, which I didn’t love. It made her come across as flimsy, which I felt wasn’t consistent with her character because in everything other aspect of her life she wasn’t that way. There were also a few times where she would make really stupid decisions and I wasn’t a fan of that. Overall, I did like her character, but I felt like I was let down because she had potential to be a character I loved.

Ben is a really sweet guy that knows how to have a good time. He is smart, very good looking, and he knows how to be extremely charming. He comes from a wealthy family, but his childhood was no fairytale. His father left when he was a young boy and ever since he has had to be the man of the house for his mother and 3 younger sisters. His family has relied on him heavily for most of his life and it has been hard for him. I thought his relationship with his family was really adorable and the way he treated his sisters made me totally love him. I also have protective older brothers so his brotherly love just melted my heart. But there were a few things about Ben that I didn’t like as much. Some of the poor choices he makes in the story bothered me and ultimately they ended up making me like the overall story less.

For the most part, I really enjoyed the relationship between Ben and Devi. For majority of the book things between them were very hot and cold, which created great tension, but it also got a little annoying after a while. They have hot chemistry and I felt like they were highly compatible even though they come from drastically different upbringings. Their romance was pretty steamy and overall I enjoyed reading their story.

Fearless is a fun story with great humor, sexy romance, and fun characters. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was really looking forward to this one. I thought that the romance was developed great, the pacing was perfect and I did like this book, but unfortunately I didn’t love this one as much as I wanted to. There were a couple things that bothered me but ultimately the most disappointing thing for me was how it ended. It’s not that it was a bad ending, it was more just not my type of story. But with that being said, I still thought it was an entertaining book and to be honest the stuff that bugged me probably won’t bother most people, so if you are a new adult contemporary romance fan you should definitely give it a try.

Notable Scene:

Ryan starts the count down. “Five. Four. Three. Two.”

“What’s going on?” Jett asks.

“One!” Ryan screams. We turn, $ip our guns to our shoulders and unload the Super Soakers. Two solid streams of icy water shoot through the air and pelt their chests. Ryan moves her stream up to Jett’s face, and I move mine down to Ben’s crotch. They stumble back a pace, hiss out a series of curses, and start to scramble toward us. Jett slides on the wet $oor, and Ben knocks into his back. We dive into our apartment and slam the door. My !ngers fumble to $ip the dead bolt as Ryan slides down the door laughing hysterically.

“Oh, my God, I totally got Jett right in the face!” she gasps.

I drop to my knees and join her trying to draw a breath between wails of laughter.

“I got Ben in the crotch. It looked like he peed his pants.” Fits of laughter wash over us as we compare notes on the expressions on their faces. I retrieve a roll of paper towels, and we wind them onto our hands and crawl around to mop up the residue, still laughing. “These are awesome!” I say. “This was all we really needed. Why did we buy all that other stuff?” “

All that other stuff’s for defense, when they start to retaliate,” she says.

“Let the games begin,” I say, and we laugh.

Pretty Smart Girls Series:

1. Lace Up

2. Fearless


FTC Advisory:  Entangled provided me with a copy of Fearless.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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