Minute Reviews [19]

Posted December 7, 2017 by Kim in 3 Stars, 4 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 1 Comment

Minute Reviews

Oh hey, it’s been a few days since I posted a review. How about I give you three for the price of one with this edition of Minute Reviews? Each of these books are ones I borrowed with my new Audible Romance Package and/or Kindle Unlimited subscriptions!

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Minute Reviews [19]Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 14, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, Audiobook, 349 pages
Length: 9 hours and 15 minutes
Narrator: Rose Dioro
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited, Audible Romance Package
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2017 Rock My TBR Reading Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

From New York Times Bestseller Alessandra Torre...
You know girls like me. You hate girls like me. The privileged blonde who skips her Ivy League classes when she's had too many martinis. The one draped on the asshole's arm because he drives a Bugati and screws like a champ.

I was that girl. I loved being that girl.
Then, my door was broken in. Literally.
And in that moment? Everything changed.

In Review My Thoughts

Love, Chloe was the first audiobook I downloaded once I subscribed to the Audible Romance Package. I’d had my eye on it for quite awhile, but I’d never pulled the trigger. I thought I might love it, but I was also somewhat worried about whether or not Chloe would be too spoiled, too vapid and/or too helpless for me to relate to. If she started out a touch so, she certainly didn’t end the book the same way.

This was such an enjoyable little read. It was funny and sweet, with a sexy and swoony romance — and hero! But, my favorite part was Chloe’s growth over the course of the book. I never actively disliked her, even if I did roll my eyes a little in the beginning. She really was rather charming when it came right down to it, so it was easy to root for her as she began putting her life back together.

I’m not sure exactly how much of this book I listened to before ultimately deciding to switch over to eBook to finish it. If I had to guess, it was probably somewhere between 50-60% of the book. Rose Dioro did a great job bringing Alessandra’s words and Chloe’s character to life. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance, I just wanted to finish the book more quickly than I could on audiobook.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Life might be a bitch, but love? She kicked that bitch’s ass.

That’s right, bitches. I couldn’t balance my checkbook and didn’t know the capital of Iowa but I apparently gave amazing head. I could die a happy sexpot.

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About Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.

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Minute Reviews [19]The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
Series: The Virgin Romance Novelist #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 2, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 292 pages
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2017 Rock My TBR Reading Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Her bosom heaved at an alarming rate as his rough hand found its way down to her soft, yet wiry briar patch...

Can you say briar patch in a romance novel? What about meat sword? That’s what it is…a meat sword, right, all meaty and sword like, slaying through the inner dungeons of a woman’s dark desires. What about breasts? Do bosoms really heave?

God, I have no idea what happens when private parts touch.

I’m a virgin trying to write a romance novel and can’t seem to write past a sex scene thanks to my lack of experience.

My two best friends encourage me to drop the pen for a while and gain some real life practice through multiple dating facets such as blind dates, online profiles, and random hookups.

But losing my virginity is proving to be tougher than expected…

In Review My Thoughts

I’ve been itching to read The Virgin Romance Novelist for AGES. Basically since I first read one of Meghan Quinn’s books back in 2016. As is often the case, I just never made time to do it. It was one of the first books I downloaded from Kindle Unlimited once I finally subscribed to it though. It was easily one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, but I do have a thing for gross, awkward and totally embarrassing “OH MY GOD DID THAT JUST HAPPEN” humor in books. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I literally laughed out loud.

I absolutely adored Rosie. She was charming and awkward and hilarious. She won me over from the very start. There were also some great secondary characters. The hero, on the other hand, I had a few issues with, which made me sad because I flipping love friends to lovers books. I don’t always love manwhores, but if there’s character growth or maturing, they generally can win me over. This guy lost me in the last few chapters by doing something I find inexcusable. He just *barely* got me back before the end. It wasn’t enough to ruin the book for me, but … it left a bad taste in my mouth. The rest of the book? Completely wonderful.

I am anxious to read the next book in the series to see if I can fall for the hero the same way I did Rosie. I’ll get to that sooner or later!

FAVORITE QUOTES

I’m the girl who lives in fantasies where love always prevails and a hero is just waiting around the corner to swoop in on his white horse to save you.

“There is nothing regular about you, Rosie. You should know that by now.”

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About Meghan Quinn

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Minute Reviews [19]#Nerd by Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 1, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, Audiobook, 472 pages
Length: 8 hours and 8 minutes
Narrator: Chandra Skyye, Eric Michael Summerer
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited, Audible Romance Package
Add it: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2017 Rock My TBR Reading Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together...

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn't even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo's relationship.

But that's about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you're a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

In Review My Thoughts

I decided to give finally give #Nerd one a chance after hearing so many people rave about it. I’m not sorry I did. It was cute book, but I just didn’t love it the way some others have. If I’d have read it a few years ago when it first released, back when I read A LOT of new adult, I might’ve felt differently. Who knows.

The characters in this book were just average to me. I liked Rimmel more than Romeo most of the time, but I never truly fell head over heels with either character. I didn’t DISLIKE them, but I just didn’t connect with either of them. Honestly, I didn’t get a lot of believable emotion from either of them until the very end, when they did deliver a few feels. Overall, the book was almost unbelievably trope-y at times and there wasn’t much to make it stand out to me. I probably won’t continue reading the rest of the series. So many of my friends loved it that I feel like maybe I should give it another chance, but I’m not sure. Maybe.

I will say that I did enjoy the audio performances. I think both narrators — Chandra Skyye Chandra Skyye and Eric Michael Summerer — did a good job with the story. I did listen to the majority of the book before finally switching over to the eBook to wrap up the final few chapters. Regardless, Chandra and Eric made a great Rimmel and Romeo, respectively. I enjoyed their performances even if the story didn’t totally win me over.

FAVORITE QUOTES

I glanced back at Murphy. My kindred spirit. Underneath, he was a good cat. Loyal and loving. But no one ever bothered to look past his rough exterior, because in reality, looks meant more than everyone wanted to admit.

I was no longer the #nerd with friends. He was no longer the popular jock with a million conquests under his belt. I was just a girl. He was just a guy. And there were just a million different emotions spiraling around the room with us.

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About Cambria Hebert

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than thirty books. She went to college for a bachelor's degree, couldn't pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently resides in North Carolina.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she'd rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized series are: The #Hashtag Series, The GearShark Series and the Take It Off series.

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