Minute Reviews [10]

Posted June 18, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 1 Comment

Minute Reviews

It’s been a few months since I’ve done a Minute Reviews post, but *gasp* I am REDONKULOUSLY behind on reviews again and if I ever want to see the light of day again, I’m gonna have to roll with it. I’ve read a lot of great books lately and my inability to review them in a timely manner or in a full review capacity DOES NOT reflect my feelings for the books in question at all. It’s just because I’ve been busy and a sucky blogger lately. I’ve made time to read, but when it comes down to write a review, I’m all “Mehhhhhhh. I could read another book instead…” So I do.

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Minute Reviews [10]Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #4.75
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 21, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 194 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.

He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.

He can’t stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic.

In Review: My Thoughts

It’s been MONTHS since I read Ninja at First Sight and I can’t believe I’ve not reviewed it yet. I loved this novella. I read it as part of my Knitting in the City binge earlier this year and I was so fixated on moving onto the next book that I just never sat down and put my thoughts into words. I’ll keep those words short and sweet.

Fiona and Greg are just the best. I loved getting to watch them get to know each other and see how their relationship progressed over time in the beginning. This short novella has a whole lot of heart and it certainly made mine happy. I laughed, smiled and swooned my way through each of the 194 pages. The characters were charming, if awkward at times – classic Penny Reid – and they were so easy to fall in love with.

This isn’t a full story, but simply the beginning of their story. The rest continues in Happily Ever Ninja. (Which I still haven’t finished because I suck and got distracted by review books… I need to do something about that VERY soon.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now – if you’re not reading Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series, you’re totally missing out.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I’ve never heard of co-ed dorms. It’s disgusting. They might as well just hand out condoms and host an orgy.”

More likely my reticence was because I typically enjoyed watching people more than I enjoyed actually speaking to them.

My brain liked this guy, my body liked this guy, and my heart was beyond infatuated with him.

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About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-8 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Minute Reviews [10]Emergency Delivery by Samanthe Beck
Series: Love Emergency #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 14, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 240 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Madison Foley is determined to stand on her own two feet, no matter how wobbly her circumstances. Fate, however, keeps throwing her off balance, and then sending heroically hot paramedic Hunter Knox to save her.

She’s put men on the back burner until she gets her life on track.

But Hunter’s got other plans.

Decisions. Decisions.

In Review: My Thoughts

Emergency Delivery is another book I read AGES ago, but just never found (or took) the time to get my thoughts down. It’s a shame, too, because I absolutely LOVED this book. I’ve read a lot of books from Entangled’s Brazen line and this is definitely one of my favorites. I’m not entirely surprised though. I always love Samanthe’s books.

This book had all the trademarks of the Brazen line – sexy alpha, dirty talkin’ hero and hot AF sexy times – but it also had a pretty hefty dose of feels. I am a total sucker for a hero who steps up to help a woman who has been disappointed by another man. (I refuse to call it rescuing. Haha.) In this case, it was Madison, a single, pregnant woman running from her past. Thankfully, Madison wasn’t a needy, weak heroine who begged to be rescued. Instead, she was hell bent on doing things on her own, even as she found herself in need of kindness and a helping hand. Hunter was just what she needed, even if she didn’t really recognize it at first. I loved how he connected with Madison and how attentive he was to her after they were placed back in each other’s lives a few days after their initial, unconventional meeting. (You know, when he delivered her baby in her car.)

I loved this book so freaking hard. Hunter was amazing. He fell hard for Madison (and her daughter) and it was nothing short of wonderful. (And I fell for both of them.) There’s something so darn swoony about a hot, sexy guy and a baby. I can almost feel my ovaries exploding while I read. I loved how he took care of them and, more than anything, how Madison didn’t EXPECT him to take care of her. She wanted to do this on her own, but somehow it was just so much better with him by her side.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Oh, God. I can’t believe I’m going to give up my underwear to a fast-talking guy with a pretty face. These kind of decisions are what got me into this mess in the first place.”

“Do it,” he whispered. “Kiss it, lick it, suck me in deep and make me need to come so bad it hurts. Anything you want. Just put that sweet mouth on me.”

She shattered into a thousand shimmering particles of energy, and she knew with utter certainty, even if those particles reassembled into an exact replica of Madison Foley, she would never truly be the same again.

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About Samanthe Beck

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

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Minute Reviews [10]Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
Series: Radleigh University #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
Publication date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 188 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn't mean she should—not when the person she's eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren't meant to be crossed.

But when Frankie learns she's been on Samara's mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam's not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she's afraid she'll never find it as long as Frankie's in her head.

Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who's been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy...under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she's afraid she might, she doesn't want to throw Samara's life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie's heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.

In Review: My Thoughts

Dahlia Adler’s Radleigh University series is easily one of my favorite new adult series. I’ve loved the first two books and I was more than ready for Frankie’s story when I got my hands on an eARC of Out on Good Behavior. I was totally intrigued by her character and, while I’ve read a number of NA and adult M/M novels, I’ve only ever read a YA F/F book. It was time to change that and what better way to do it than by reading a book from a series I love by an author I love about a character I already loved? (That’s a lot of love, eh?)

Frankie and Sam’s story was a fantastic addition to the Radleigh Univeristy series. They were wonderful, diverse characters and I just loved the storyline. I have a thing for watching characters get “tamed” in books when they find the right person and that, mixed with Sam’s coming out made this a book I just couldn’t put down. I stayed up late to read as much as I could and then refused to get out of bed until I finished the rest the next morning. That’s how addicted I was to these two and their story. I loved how they challenged each other.

Out on Good Behavior was a wonderful read all the way around. I loved the characters (of course I already had somewhat of a head start on this since they were introduced in a prior book) and I enjoyed getting to see more of some of my favorites from earlier in the series, too. It was a funny, sweet and sexy book and it gave me a fair few feels along the way, too. This is the first time I’ve come across a pansexual character in a book and, as someone who has pansexual friends in real life, I know it’s not the easiest thing to understand. I appreciated how it was defined and handled in this book.

I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but I can’t wait to see what Dahlia gives us next. And yes, I’m aware my list of favorite quotes is longer than my review. 😉

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I forget everything I’m supposed to be when I’m around you.”

“I’m not looking for anything, Frankie. I never was. I just found you. And I don’t want anything that you aren’t. I don’t care who you’ve been with. And I think you know exactly who you are and what you want. It’s one of the things I like most about you. I don’t care if you like girls, guys, both, neither, whatever–I just won’t share you with anyone else. Not like that.” 

“And my sexuality is not a Sapphic thesis. I’m gay, if you need to hear me say it. I’m not embarrassed about it. I’m not questioning. I’m not trying to change it about myself, and I don’t hate myself for it. I will be out someday.” 

“When that day comes, I will lose everything. I will lose my family, I will lose my old friends, and I will lose my financial support. The day I come out is going to wreck me, even as I know it’s coming, even though I’ve prepared for it for years. So I’m the one who’s greedy, Frankie, because I won’t go through that alone. I won’t do it without someone at my side who loves me, who has the potential to make up for what I’m losing. And that won’t be a casual thing. It won’t be a person who isn’t monogamous with me. It’s a lot of pressure, I know, and maybe it’s unrealistic. Maybe I’m dreaming of some woman I’ll never find. And it’s lousy luck that the first girl I’m crazy about can’t be that partner. But I’m afraid that if I keep spending time with you, I’ll never find the person who is, and I need to. I need to start my life.”

It isn’t just about the way she feels, or smells, or tastes; it’s the way she sighs into my mouth, like: finally. Like: you found me. Like: this is everything I dreamed it would be. How do you ever stop kissing a girl like that? 

“You make me feel perfect, exactly as I am.”

“I want you to fuck me like you don’t know you’re the only person I’ve ever been with.”

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About Dahlia Adler

Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens by night, and writes Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She's the author of the Daylight Falls duology, the upcoming Just Visiting, and Last Will and Testament, as well as over five billion tweets as @MissDahlELama. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

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