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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: Love & Other Phobias By Emma Nichols

Love & Other Phobias
By Emma Nichols

For two broken people, love was the biggest fear of all.

When a fire breaks out in Sophie’s high rise, she’s unable to leave. Trapped by her own fears within those four walls, the nearer the fire crawls, the more paralyzed she becomes. Yet, firefighter Cam Everett isn’t willing to let her perish in the flames. He never leaves anyone behind.

Cameron has always been good at his job. A great Marine, infantryman, and now a fireman and EMT, he knows the drill. But when things don’t go according to plan, he’ll have to deal with the one woman who can be his downfall or his savior.

Their only chance of survival is each other. Their only chance of redemption is a heartbeat away.

What becomes of the broken?
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My Review:

* I received a complimentary early copy of this book because I supported it on Kindle Scout.

The writing style did wonders for this novel, but a few things bothered me throughout the story. However, I loved how willing and open the main characters were to getting help for their mental issues and made it a point to actively seek out the help they needed.

Sophie has been through a lot. She's gotten to a point where she has backup plans for her backup plans. She's a recluse who has made it big from posting nail art videos online and well-planned investments. My only problem with her was how her problems seemed to start disappearing a day after she met Cameron. I can only suspend my belief for so long.

Cameron was a gentle giant, but he has a mean side when pushed to the edge. He's been through a lot in his life. I liked how, in a way, Sophie and Cam help "fix" each other throughout the story to a certain degree. What ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth was the secret Cam kept until a few chapters from the end. It was only "revealed" because of pure happenstance. I understand, that ultimately, it wasn't his fault but he shouldn't have kept everything going while knowing she didn't know the full story. I also didn't understand why he hung around her to the point that he did. What ever happened to him having a job?

I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't see the brother and the BFF plot twist. Though it caught me blindsided, it got resolved way too easily. I'd also like to point out the lack of character development for the secondary characters. It felt like they were there only to further the plot line. It didn't feel like they had any substance to them.

Overall, this was a good story with a few details that rubbed me the wrong way. The main characters were very likable, but everything moved too fast to make it believable. I would have loved to have gotten to know the fire department aspect of the story. It would have made for a great series of spinoffs stories if any of Cam's friends had been presented organically throughout the story.

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'm not remotely athletic. I believe working out is a special kind of torture, and food is meant to be enjoyed."

"Life isn't fair [...]. Sometimes the bad guy wins. Sometimes dark conquers the light. Sometimes we forget to chase after our dreams, and we let the ones we love get away."

"Face your fears. Embrace the pain. Take a chance."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Books On My Spring TBR Pile

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:
Top Five Books On My Spring TBR Pile

* Books in this list have a current release date between the months of March, April and May, which is considered Spring in the northern hemisphere. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. Gaslight
(Crossbreed #4)
By Dannika Dark

I named this series the best set of books that I read in 2017! To say I'm expecting a lot from this book is putting it mildly. I can't wait to get my hands on the audio book version of it!

2. Alluring Raven
(Curse Of The Vampire Queen #3)
By Jessica Sorensen

This series won me over since the first book and I can't really explain why. It intrigued me to the point that I lost a few nights of sleep wondering how this could possibly be concluded. I really want to know how it all ends, though I'm not sure this is the last book in this series or not.

3. The Night Realm
(Spell Weaver Trilogy #1)
By Annette Marie

I've loved every book this author has written so far and it's awesome that this is a prequel series to the Steel & Stone series (which I adored). I've been waiting for this to release as an audio book since it was announced! I can't wait to see this character before the events of the Steel & Stone Series happened.

4. Maxen
(Kinky Shine #2)
By Stephanie Witter

It feels like forever ago that I read the first book in this series and was looking forward to the next novel. I'm so glad it's finally going to be released!

5. The Thief
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
By J. R. Ward

I like the BDB overall, though I stopped reading a few books in when the characters stopped appealing to me. I'm determined to give this series another chance. I hope this doesn't book disappoint!

Which books are you looking forward to this Spring?
Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Look #208: Wicked Heart By Leisa Rayven

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
Wicked Heart By Leisa Rayven

For my previous Book Looks click here!

Friday, March 16, 2018

My Ramblings: GraphicAudio Books Just Don't Compare

GraphicAudio Books Just Don't Compare

GraphicAudio Books made it so I'll never look at a regular audiobook the same way again! It's what I always wanted audible to do, but so much better. I would have been happy with a male and female narrator reading simultaneously and some weather sound effects. What I got with GraphicAudio blew everything out of the water!

The only downside is the price. Though I can see how they got to that price. It can't be inexpensive to hire various narrators, create sound effects, editing and hours upon hours of everything else that has to get reviewed throughout the process. If the story they adapt is good then it's worth it to me.

I hope they continue to expand their library of adaptations. Hopefully, in the future, they begin to venture into other genres like paranormal and contemporary romance. Most of the stories they have now aren't my cup of tea. Even Dante Valentine proved to be a challenge in the second novel of the series. 

Have you listened to a GraphicAudio Book?
Are you a fangirl of theirs?
Let's discuss in the comments below!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Power Of Book Covers: Wild Card By Rachel Vincent

They say don't judge a book by its movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Wild Card
By Rachel Vincent

Kaci Dillon is a man-eater.

She’s grown up on the fringes of shifter society, hearing the whispers. One desperate act as a starving, terrified child has made her the first tabby in history with no romantic prospects. But whatever. Eighteen is too young to get married anyway. Still, when she stumbles upon an opportunity to get away for a few days, who could blame her for seizing it?

Justus Alexander is screwed.

Confined to the South-Central territory, awaiting trial for crimes he committed as a traumatized, newly infected stray, Justus has discovered that the tribunal already intends to vote for the death penalty. He has no choice but to run. Too young to touch the trust fund that could finance his escape, he’s betting on a big win at the poker tables—until Kaci, his secret crush, catches him sneaking out and demands that he take her with him to Las Vegas

After a wild night she can’t remember, Kaci wakes up with a ring on her finger, next to a young billionaire who can’t access his fortune until he turns twenty-five—or ties the knot. If she can keep her hands off her hot, charismatic new groom, she can have their unconsummated marriage annulled. But can she really abandon Justus to his death sentence, just to undo her own mistake?
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