Minute Reviews [1]

Posted June 14, 2015 by Kim in In Review, Minute Reviews / 2 Comments

Minute Reviews

I’ve been considering doing mini reviews on my blog for awhile now, but I was so addicted to the ease and organization of the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin that I didn’t want to format my own posts (and not have my mini reviews show in my archives). Now that UBB v.3 is live and offers support for multiple books, it’s time to take the leap!

Minute Reviews won’t be a weekly feature. I’ll just post them as needed. I just find that sometimes my thoughts on books, no matter how much I enjoyed them (or didn’t), don’t always lend themselves to full reviews. Sometimes I just need a few sentences to get my point across, but it never feels right to set up an entire post to tell my thoughts in three sentences. I hope Minute Reviews will help me stay up-to-date and take the pressure off forcing myself to find more to say just to make a review post (what I consider to be) a reasonable length.

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Minute Reviews [1]Center Ice by Cate Cameron
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Format: eARC, 296 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Center Ice was a fun, quick read. I always enjoy a good sports romance and this one fit the bill nicely. I liked both Karen and Tyler. At times, they seemed older than most of the characters I encounter in YA books so when they did something immature, I had to take a moment to remind myself of their actual ages. The romance was sweet and the challenges they faced with their respective families were realistic. I did have some frustrations with the hockey storyline as far as Tyler’s dad was concerned, but they didn’t ruin the story for me. All in all, it was a good palate cleanser after reading a couple heavier stories. I definitely plan to continue on with this series.

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About Cate Cameron

Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn't looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks - when there aren't entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting!

She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.

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Minute Reviews [1]Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris
Series: Love and Games #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Format: eBook, 191 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

In Review: My Thoughts

I’ve been meaning to read this series forever – or at least since I picked up the books on sale several months ago. I’m such a sucker for books set in New Orleans. There’s something about the city that I just find so romantic. Plus, you know, I love a good southern gentleman. (Or even NOT so gentleman.) Jason is definitely the former. He’s so sweet and swoony and *sigh* an amazing single dad. I fell for him hard right from the very start. Colby is no slouch either. She’s a strong, driven woman and I really liked her – even if she was a bit jaded when it comes to love. (Because, really, who can’t relate to that on some level?) I loved the banter and the heat between these two. It was apparent a “no strings attached” agreement wasn’t going to work for long. If you’re looking for a swoony romance with likable characters and a whole lot of heart, look no further. This book is guaranteed to leave you with a big, goofy grin on your face.

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About Rachel Harris

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.

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Minute Reviews [1]Sweet Ache by K. Bromberg
Series: Driven #6
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Signet Select
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screw-up could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage…

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

I had pretty high hopes for Sweet Ache. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work for me. (I am CLEARLY in the minority, too, so take my thoughts lightly.) It was still a good read overall, but it didn’t strike the chord with me that I hoped it would. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve only read one of the other books in the series, so I didn’t have a real connection with the characters, but it left me wanting more.

I liked both of the characters. Hawkin and Quinlan were both great in their own right. There was no denying there was something between them, but the flipping between hot and cold left me frustrated. I found each of their inner dialogue too long and drawn out. I had a hard time staying interested in the book at times. I did like how they opened up to each other though and the sexy scenes were fantastic. When it was all said and done, I found myself fairly invested in the story and happy with how everything wrapped up.
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About K. Bromberg

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015.

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Minute Reviews [1]Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook, 311 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother—a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career—if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes—and mouth—are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

In Review: My Thoughts

After *finally* reading my first Jill Shalvis book a couple months ago, I knew I had to go back and devour her backlist as time allowed. A quick Twitter poll told me her Lucky Harbor series is preferred to the others, so I decided to start with Simply Irresistible. It didn’t have quite the same magic as Still the One, but it was a good start to a new-to-me series. I enjoyed it, even if it did seem just a little bit long to me. There’s a lot that goes into starting a new series, and I know that what I found distracting in this book – namely the introduction of A LOT of characters (and even a bit of their back stories) – will just make the series more enjoyable in the long run.

Jax was all kinds of swoony and a genuinely good guy. Maddie was funny and easy to relate to. I enjoyed the easy banter between these two. I also really liked Maddie’s sisters and the relationship between the three of them. I can’t wait to get their stories. Simply Irresistible was sweet and even a bit emotional at times. A nice, solid read. I’m looking forward to reading more of Jill’s books soon!

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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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  1. Oh I like these mini reviews. I have read Taste the Heat and thought it was a fun romance, also gave it 4 stars I think. I have Simpy Iressitible on my to-read list, I still haven’t read any books by this author, but heard good things about her books. So I am hoping to read it soon. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it, even though it was a bit too long and too much introduction and backstory, it still sounds like a good series starter.
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