Minute Reviews [2]

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Minute Reviews

Did you look at this post and ask yourself “is that ‘minit’ or ‘minoot’ review?” Well… I’ll never tell. I love that both totally work. You can read it however you’d like. 😉

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Minute Reviews [2]For the Win by Brenna Aubrey
Series: Gaming the System #4
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 360 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Millionaire bad boy Jordan Fawkes has problems. Big problems.
That molten-hot intern he hooked up with at Comic-Con is now his assistant. No one can know they’re the stars of the cosplay sex tape that broke the Internet.

Business school hopeful April Weiss has drama. Big drama.
Working under the CFO of Draco Multimedia should be the opportunity of a lifetime for her, but Jordan Fawkes is the boss from Hell—a sexier-than-sin boss from Hell who holds all the cards for her future career.

And then there’s the small problem of a certain video…

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

The first three books in Brenna Aubrey’s Gaming the System series definitely had its ups and downs for me. As much as I liked Adam and Mia and enjoyed the nerd angle (which was, admittedly, what drew me to the series in the first place), I felt like it was too drawn out. Their story could’ve been told in one or two books, IMHO. But, I liked the world she built, her characters and writing, so when I learned she was writing a fourth book for the series, this time following a new set of characters, I was all in. Especially after the tease at the end of At Any Moment with the sex tape. Cosplay and sex tapes? Yes, please.

Jordan and April were a fun couple to follow. I enjoyed the forbidden angle of their romance. I also liked watching them come to realize that they were already WELL acquainted with each other. They had tons of chemistry and their sexy times were HOTT. It was easy to root for them, even as I occasionally wanted to wring Jordan’s neck. April struggles during the book, which only endeared her more to me and Jordan comes through and winds up being a great guy. Both Jordan and April grew quite a bit during this book, which only made it that much better.

This was a quick read and a well-written book. I’m anxious to see what Brenna will do with Will’s story in For the One. I’m already looking forward to it.

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About Brenna Aubrey

Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, released December, 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.

She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

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Minute Reviews [2]The Trouble with Paradise by Jill Shalvis
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Statistically speaking, these years are supposed to be the sexual highlight of Dorie Anderson’s life. So where are the highlights already?

One phone call has turned Dorie’s dead-end life into an adventure: she’s won a trip on a singles cruise to Fiji. With her cutest outfits packed and the Love Boat theme in her head, Dorie boards—and soon meets two irresistible men: a pro baseball player with an irresistible Texas drawl, and the ship’s dark and mysterious French doctor, Dr. Christian Montague. She’s sure to fall head-over-heels in no time. She just never expected to do it so quickly, or so literally, tripping over her luggage.

With her foot twisted and her ego deflated, Dorie’s dream vacation is about to take the biggest detour yet. A violent storm has wrecked the ship and cast everyone ashore. A deserted island would be the perfect setting for a steamy romance, if something sinister wasn’t lurking. Whose alluring arms will Dorie run to? Being stuck never felt so…liberating.

In Review: My Thoughts

I saw this book on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, was entranced by the cover and decided to pick it up because of that… and because I really enjoy Jill’s books. Trouble in Paradise was definitely different than the other books of hers I’ve read, but it was no less enjoyable. The doomed boat and subsequent time on the island made for an interesting backdrop for Dorie’s story.

I really liked Dorie. It was easy to relate to her… and her klutziness. The potential love interests were sexy and swoony, but I definitely think Dorie made the right choice. (Though I wouldn’t mind a little story from the guy who didn’t get chosen!) The other characters in the story were intriguing, and even a little mysterious, in their own right. The romance was fun and a bit steamy and there were several moments that had me chuckling as I read. There’s even an element of suspense, if you’re looking for something like that.

Trouble in Paradise was a fun and enjoyable contemporary romance. I love Jill’s characters and the humor she brings to her books… and the romance, naturally. I’m already looking forward to when I can make time to read another of her books. She’s definitely becoming a favorite in this genre.

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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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Minute Reviews [2]Unrequited by Jen Frederick
Series: Woodlands #4
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 13, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 235 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.

Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has.

Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.

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

Unrequited was a great addition to Jen Frederick’s Woodlands series. I loved the diversity of the Asian protagonist and, honestly, Winter was just a fantastic character. And Finn? Holy hell. So hot. I loved how these two came together, after years of each having a crush on the other. It was fun to read about, even if it was a little awkward at times thanks to Winter’s sister, who dated Finn in high school. I loved how determined Finn was to get Winter. And, you know, how much sexual chemistry these two had. Wowza. Hot times ahead.

What I didn’t love about this book was Winter’s manipulative disaster of a sister. Ivy infuriated me for pretty much this entire book. I hated how she played with Winter’s feelings when it was obvious Winter was so devoted to her and would do anything for her. I was SO not a fan. At times, it was hard to keep reading because I so badly wanted to see Winter stand up for herself and worry about herself instead of her sister. But, I was so invested in Winter and Finn that I couldn’t NOT keep reading – and I’m glad I kept going. The ending was worth any frustration.

I really enjoyed Unrequited – except for Ivy’s antics and one questionable sexy time word choice. (FWIW: If you use “golden juices” to describe something… my brain automatically goes to a place you didn’t intend and I struggle not to throw up.) But the romance was fantastic and it was just angsty enough to be believable without being overwhelming. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series! And, on a side note, I LOVED catching up with the couples from earlier in this series during this book. Love them!

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About Jen Frederick

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at [email protected]

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